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22 Jan 2014 - Global

More Images of the Fujifilm XT-1 Leak Out

The Phoblographer - 22 Jan 2014 17:00
The Fujifilm XT1 is looking to be quite real. The post More Images of the Fujifilm XT-1 Leak Out appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Hands-on: Hexbug Aquabot review

Pocket-lint - 22 Jan 2014 12:08
Hands-on: Hexbug AquabotHexbug had a colourful and literally buzzing stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London, and among the Battling Spiders and Strandbeast, the company also used the event to launch a new style Aquabot. For... those not familiar with the Hexbug, Aquabot is the first...
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These Robotic Super Socks WillScience fiction has given us a vision of the future where humans might one day enjoy super-strength and abilities while wearing a rigid robotic exoskeleton suit. But back here in reality, researchers... at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a soft bio-robotic socks designed to assist those who have difficulty with something as simple as walking.
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Teksta T-Rex, Kitty andCharacter Options is following up its successful relaunch of the Teksta Robotic Puppy with three additions to the family for 2014. The Teksta collection - also known as Tekno in the US - will gain a... Dalmation version of the pup, Kitty the kitten and Teksta...
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Optoma's ML750 ultra-portableOnptoma has a new ultra-portable projector, and it's called the ML750 with 700 LED lumens. Featuring HDMI and MHL support for connection to mobile devices, laptops, PCs, game consoles, and Blue-ray... players, the ML750 works as a media player, native...
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Westone Elite Series ES60Westone has introduced their Elite Series ES60 in-ear monitors (IEM) that are part of the Elite Series of high performance earphones which were specially designed by musicians, targeting music... professionals and audiophiles in particular. What will you find in the ES60? For starters, it will boast of Westone's legendary custom True-Fit technology, where the musician would end up with earpieces that are cast, sculpted and polished by hand from actual impressions of the individual's ears. You cannot get any more personal than this, that is for sure! This particular level of precision and attention paid to detail out the ES60 makes it the world's most accurate and comfortable fit and acoustic seal. As a result, the happy musician would most probably enjoy the best audio performance of any...
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Video: This might be theWe’ve seen plenty of concept art for Apple’s unannounced iWatch over the past few years. Some have been traditional, others fantastical, but the latest mockup by designer Todd Hamilton might be... the most attractive concept yet, and it looks completely functional to boot. Taking a cue from another concept by Thomas Bogner, which is described as a mix between a Nike FuelBand and an iPhone, Hamilton has flipped the orientation and fleshed out how the device would function. On his blog, Hamilton shows off his ideas for the lock screen, contacts, phone calls, a fitness app akin to Fitbit and basically complete iOS 7 integration. He’s even put together a short video that shows his concept watch in action. If
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Samsung's surprisingly classySamsung has convinced Verizon to stock the Rose Gold White colored Galaxy Note 3. While the network hasn't confirmed when the phone will go on sale, Samsung has released official images of the device.... The post Samsung’s surprisingly classy Rose Gold Galaxy Note 3 is headed to Verizon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hands-on: Hexbug StrandbeastThere's nothing quite like a colourful micro robotic creature to grab our attention and the Hexbug stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London was definitely one to visit for just that. The company unveiled... a number of new products including the Strandbeast,...
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Mysterious Mars Rock LooksA mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before, scientists say.
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A new incubator held a fairly impressive first time conference with one lucky startup taking away with NIS 10K in prize money
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"Warsaw" CPUs aimed at hyper-scale data centers.
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My Monopoly Lets You Name YourBoardwalk, Park Place, and even Marvin Gardens are all iconic properties on the world's most popular board game. But what if you wanted to play a game of Monopoly with locales you were actually... familiar with? A simple Sharpie is one solution, but so is Hasbro's My Monopoly game. It lets you create a custom board online--with graphics and properties of your choosing--that's then delivered right to your door.
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Google chairman Eric SchmidtGoogle’s executive chairman says that the company was outraged to learn that the National Security Agency had been tapping the company’s servers, and he has vehemently denied that Google had any... knowledge of the NSA’s actions. Speaking with The Guardian, Schmidt said that he was upset to learn recently that the NSA was covertly accessing Google servers without the company’s knowledge, and he said that he and other Google executives should have been informed because they have sufficient security clearance. But Schmidt says it may actually be a good thing that he and other execs weren’t briefed on the matter. “I have the necessary clearances to have been told, as do other executives in the company, but none of us
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Human-computer interactionsVirtual reality, gaming and robotics rely on computers using depth images from cameras to recognize, understand and replicate actual body movements. Programming a computer to accurately identify hand... gestures is particularly challenging because of the speed, complexity and dexterity of human hand movements.
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Developer uncovers theIn case you haven’t already figured it out, you probably shouldn’t give permission for websites to flip on your computer’s microphone unless you really trust them. Per The Verge, developer Tal... Ater has discovered a way for hackers to keep recording your voice through Google’s Chrome browser even if you’ve closed the tab that you gave permission to flip on your computer’s microphone. Essentially, hackers can create pop-up windows for websites that ask for your permission to flip on your microphone and that can keep recording you even after you’ve left the original webpage. The Verge notes that this exploit is possible because “once you’ve given an S-enabled site permission to use your microphone in Chrome, every instance of the site
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Activist investor Carl Icahn says he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3 billion.
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Bugs were reported to Google in September 2013, remain unpatched.
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One astonishing number showsWindows Phone has made some impressive gains in terms of market share over the past year but Microsoft still has a ways to go toward filling in its app gap with iOS and Android. In fact, Microsoft is... so determined to get more developers onto Windows Phone that it’s giving developers payouts of up to $100,000 to bring their software over to the platform. The bigger long-term problem for Microsoft is that iOS and Android are still the top destinations for up-and-coming developers who want to have the best chance of making money. Or put another way, Microsoft doesn’t just need to worry about the hot apps it doesn’t have right now but the hot apps it won’t have a
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Mac mini could finally seeLast year came and went without as much as a mention from Apple about the fate of its Mac mini line of desktop computers. The Mac mini lineup currently on sale through Apple, Amazon, and other... retailers last saw its hardware updated in late 2012 at the original iPad mini event. So it’s not too […]
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GTA V photographers hit the streets and capture the criminal carnage with virtual smartphones. The post GTA V's Media Lens Photojournalist Group Follows Crime, Catches Photos appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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The physicist fighting cancer's social network

New Scientist - 22 Jan 2014 18:00
We can disrupt cancer's communication network using the methods of cyberwar, says Eshel Ben-Jacob (full text available to subscribers)     
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A Map of the Mile-Thick IceThink this polar vortex part deux is bad? Here's a little perspective, courtesy the wonderful PTAK Science Books: A map of the glacier that once covered New York City in thick ice some 20,000 odd... years ago, carving out the landscape we know today.
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Vintage Photos of a Snow Covered NYC

The Phoblographer - 22 Jan 2014 17:48
NYC has always had serious blizzards. The post Vintage Photos of a Snow Covered NYC appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Being on a Smartphone MakesIn the 1960s, a sociologist named William H. Whyte revealed something interesting about the behavior of people in parks and plazas across the U.S.: people liked being with people. But has that changed... now that everyone carries a tiny computer in their hands? According to a new study: no.
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Hasbro's Toy Fair 2014 line-upHasbro is always a little more secretive than most at the London Toy Fair, not allowing any photography of its behind-closed-doors toy demonstrations. That's not to say there isn't anything worth... looking at, far from it. One of the things that caught...
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Designers Delay Duck's DeathIn the future, no duck will have to die because of missing legs. In fact, they will live forever if us nerds have anything to do about it. To wit: a designer named Terence Loring in Sicamous, British... Columbia is busy building a fancy leg for a duckling named Dudley who, and this is true, lost his leg in an aggressive chicken fight. Loring own's a 3D design company called 3D Pillar.
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Cosmic Lens Caught BendingNASA's Fermi telescope has captured the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a rare natural alignment in which a massive body distorts light from a more distant object.
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Sculley stood behind the curtain with Steve Jobs moments before Jobs was to go on stage. Jobs was terrified, Sculley says, but once he took the stage, his presentation mastery took over.
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How Often Do You Increase YourEveryone knows you should set aside a portion of your paycheck for savings, whether it goes into a retirement fund or just a separate bank account. How often does that number go up, though?
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Garmin has announced a couple new GPS devices for golfers that are handheld and rugged. The devices include the Approach G7 and the Approach G8. The devices both have color …
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Quickr Adds Quick Action TabsAndroid: Quickr - Action Launcher is a new utility that works alongside your current launcher to make multitasking and switching to often-used apps and settings super fast. You get tabs on the sides... of the screen that swipe out and take you right to where you want to go.
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Tarantino ditches The HatefulBig movie studios are always banging on about how the internet is killing films and now it's happened quite literally. Quentin Tarantino has ditched his film, The Hateful Eight, after his script... leaked online. Tarantino shared the early version of the...
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Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 picturesSony has refreshed its high-end Walkman media player range with a new flagship device that is aimed at the audiophile. The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is capable of playing High-Resolution Audio alongside... the usual suspects of audio, video and picture files,...
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Which Cell Phone Carrier IsVerizon customers, on average, pay more in total for their cellular service than customers of all other U.S. carriers, new research done by financial advisory firm Cowen and Company and published by... ArsTechnica shows. The average Verizon monthly bill comes in at $148, a number that takes into account family plans, taxes and fees. That's slightly more than both Sprint ($144) and AT&T ($141). T-Mobile customers enjoy the lowest bills, with an average monthly charge of just $120. The Cohen study looked at the monthly bills of 1,876 U.S. mobile subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013. Verizon is the most expensive carrier, in part, because it's the most technologically advanced of the four. The company has largely finished its nationwide rollout of 4G LTE while the others are still playing...
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Kia Pro_Cee'd GT review

Pocket-lint - 22 Jan 2014 12:00
Kia Pro_Cee'd GT reviewIn the car world 2013 was very much the year of the hot hatch, or GTi if you're of a particularly VW persuasion. Every manufacturer had a go at turning the regular family shopping car into a... fire-breathing road eater last year, the latest example being...
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There's More to This Image ofAlthough it might look like a lot of the other images you've seen of Saturn , there's far more to this picture than meets the eye.
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Does your boss lack empathy or have a 'grandiose sense of self importance,' if so they may be a narcissist and new research in Personnel Psychology has explored the risks, and benefits, of having one... as your manager.From an employers' perspective, many narcissistic traits mirror attributes considered strong leadership material, such as social dominance, extroversion and high self-esteem. The research team found that these traits, in particularly extroversion, led to a strong link between narcissism and what they called 'leadership emergence'.
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TobyRich SmartPlane: Hands-onTobyRich might not be a company you're familiar with, but it could be about to catch your attention with its smartphone-controlled SmartPlane. TobyRich has introduced the SmartPlane, which was on... display on its stand at the Toy Fair 2014 in London,...
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Hacking OkCupid to find a perfect match

The Verge - 22 Jan 2014 11:42
Hacking OkCupid to find aIn the summer of 2012, Chris McKinlay was trying — and failing — to find love. Like 40 million Americans, McKinlay was using dating sites to search for prospective partners, but in nine months,... he'd gone on only six dates. But unlike 40 million Americans, McKinlay was both brilliant at math, and as a PhD student at UCLA, had access to a supercomputer. He decided to look at his problem like a mathematician. McKinglay used statistical sampling and late night sessions on UCLA's supercomputer to break LA-based OkCupid members into distinct groups, identifying their likes and wants, before tailoring his profile to their tastes. Wired tells McKinlay's story, detailing how he became so invested in his quest for love that he started...
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Fail Whale artist turnsYiying Lu, the author of Twitter's famously adorable Fail Whale graphic, is returning to the site of her greatest success with a new set of matryoshka dolls that celebrates both the founders and users... of the world's favorite 140-character social network. The handcrafted #NestingTwitter figurines include current Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and its originators Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, but the outermost doll is reserved for the user community as a whole. Neat little adornments like @, reply, and retweet symbols decorate the wooden dolls — though you won't find Twitter's official logo anywhere since this project isn't affiliated with the company itself. Launching on Kickstarter today, the project requires $30,000 to get off the ground and...
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According to The Migraine Trust, there are approximately 190,000 migraine attacks in the UK every day. Now, a new device that sends magnetic impulses to the brain could help combat the condition, and... has been recommended as a treatment by the UK's National Institute for Health Care and Excellence.Migraine is defined as a severe recurrent headache that is often accompanied by sensitivity to light and nausea.There are two types of the condition - migraine with aura and migraine without aura.
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Title: Sunlight Might Be Good for Your Blood Pressure: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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XiStera 8-Function Tool For iPhone - $35

The Gadget Flow - 22 Jan 2014 08:00
XiStera 8-Function Tool ForXiStera is an 8-function pocket tool that iPhone users will find extremely handy as an accessory and a multi-tool. You can use it as an iPhone stand, tripod mount, stylus and pocketable lens adapter.... It also includes a bottle opener,...
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(University of Washington) Preclinical studies show that gene therapy can strengthen muscles and lengthen lives in animal models of a fatal congenital disease in children, X-linked myotubular... myopathy. The findings demonstrate the clinical feasibility of future trials of gene therapy for this devastating disease. Children born with the condition have floppy muscles and breathing difficulty, and may need extensive life support. Most die in childhood. Researchers tested the effectiveness of treatment in mice and dogs with engineered adenovirus vector carrying a gene to replace the mutation.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts Review

Slash Gear - 22 Jan 2014 01:09
With a Call of Duty game coming out at least once a year for what seems like forever, it's not easy always seeing the newest title for what it's worth, …
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Rogue Tor volunteers perform attacks that try to degrade encrypted connections.
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This Laser Bike Light Is LikeCyclists can adorn themselves from head to toe in flashing lights, but it's still possible that pedestrians and drivers won't see them until it's too late. It's a problem the Blaze Laserlight hopes to... solve by projecting an early warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, so that others on the road will know they're coming in advance--and have time to react.
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The possibility of piracy was enough to shake a man down for illegal footage.
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Blackberry plans to sell most of its Canadian real estate holdings as it works to shore up its business under new management.
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If the rumors surrounding Amazon's forthcoming set-top box are any indication, the company's betting big on online video delivery. It's a move Amazon may even be hinting at with its latest recruitment... event in Boston. But as the Wall Street Journal ...
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Why Warren Buffett'sBy this time next year, the world could see one more geeky billionaire. Investment mogul Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company is backing a billion-dollar prize to predict the perfect NCAA... tournament bracket. “We’ve seen a lot of contests offering a million dollars for putting together a good bracket, which got us thinking, what is the perfect bracket worth? We decided a billion dollars seems right for such an impressive feat,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans, whose company is partnering with Berkshire Hathaway to fund the monstrous endeavor. The prize is interesting not because world peace has been held back by sub-optimal prediction algorithms, but by the testing of a very important scientific hypothesis: We can pay for innovation. If...
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Weird 'Gravity Waves' in VenusA European spacecraft orbiting Venus captured high-resolution images of gravity waves in the clouds whirring above Earth's nearest neighbor. The ripples could help scientists understand how Venus'... hellish surface influences its atmosphere
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The secret US Army homingKnown as the 'T-1151 Dog Doo Transmitter', it allowed US Military bosses to monitor shipments, or find a soldier in need of rescue.
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​Candy Crush Is GettingYesterday we learned that King.com, makers of the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga, had submitted a trademark application for the word "Candy" that would block other game-makers from using it in... their game titles. This has struck more than a few people as more than a bit ridiculous, and some people are responding with enjoyable creativity.
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In version 9.1, the JPEG standard now supports color depths up to 12-bit as well as lossless compression. The post JPEG Standard Receives Update, Now Supports up to 12-Bit Color Depth appeared first... on The Phoblographer.     
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Using third-party lenses onIn theory, if you've got a collection of old or obscure lenses for long-defunct 35mm film cameras, the full-frame Sony a7 / a7R may allow you to breathe new life into them. Lenses for a great many... systems can be attached to the a7 / a7R without huge cost via a range of third-party mount adapters. We're planning on publishing our full review of the a7 within the next 24 hours, but until then, click through to read about editor Barnaby Britton's experience of shooting with older third-party lenses on the a7 and a7R.
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Researchers have come up with an answer for health care systems and professionals struggling with how to most effectively adopt evidence-based practice in their clinical settings. They've developed... evidence-based practice competencies for nurses.
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Although Apple remains tight-lipped about any plans to release a wearable device, the persistent rumors and concept mock-ups continue to stir excitement among fans and industry analysts alike The... latest conceptual take on the rumored iWatch is a video animation that presents an extremely realistic look at how the device might work if it becomes a real product See also: Why Big Tech Companies Are Going After Smart Watches Created by San Francisco-based professional interface designer Todd Hamilton, this new iWatch concept fuses the sleek design of the Nike FuelBand with the minimalist interface treatments of Apple's iOS 7
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The integrator is one of just two partners to earn the elite designation so far.
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Slashdot visited the Formlabs CES display in 2013. Tim looked at their Stereolithgraphy 3-D printer again this year. The company is now boasting about their PreForm 1.0 software, and not as much about... their hardware, which was their main focus last year. Another important difference was that at CES 2013 they couldn't talk about sales because they hadn't sold any units yet, but now they claim they've sold over 1000. And the last major problem they faced was a patent infringement suit, which seems to be settled (or nearly so). According to this Oct. 2013 article, it's doubtful that Formlabs would have been able to raise $2.95 through Kickstarter, followed by another $19 million from traditional venture capitalists, if the lawsuit wasn't close to settlement -- which may not matter much in the...
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Finally, a Handsome WoodenIf you’re like me, you spend upwards of an hour each day staring quizzically at your Apple TV box, thinking, “You know what this thing needs? A wooden - either walnut or maple - tray that not only... holds the box in place, but that also features a Merino wool-lined cutout - in one of three colors — for the silver remote I’m always losing. And I feel that $49 represents a fair price for such a product.” You and I have a lot in common, no? Same big problems. Luckily this particular problem can become a non-problem relatively easily. Apple TV Holder [Tinsel & Timber via Uncrate]
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are donating $5 million to help expand a community health center in Silicon Valley.
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Argentina tightens controls onArgentina has toughened restrictions on Internet purchases from foreign sources, part of an attempt to stem capital flight.
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How to Survive a Skyscraper Fire

Gizmodo - 22 Jan 2014 22:20
How to Survive a SkyscraperA man died trying to escape a fire in his high-rise apartment building in Manhattan earlier this month. What makes this all the more tragic is that he would have survived--if he had only stayed in his... apartment. Skyscrapers are designed to contain fires, so that, even when you're hearing alarms and smelling smoke, the safest thing to do is to ignore every instinct to flee and stay put.
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Intel launches notebook,Intel unveiled two reference designs on Wednesday aimed at the education market: a clamshell notebook and a tablet, each outfitted with intriguing peripherals and software for educators. Both the... "Clamshell EF10MI2"--part of Intel's "Classmate PC" family--and the 10-inch, ECS TR10CD1 Education Android tablet won't be sold by Intel directly. Instead, it will be up to a network of unnamed partners to deliver both to classrooms. Intel Intel's new Classroom PC. "Education leaders everywhere are passionate about driving student achievement and encouraging lifelong learning," said John Galvin, vice president of the sales and marketing group at Intel and general manager of the World Ahead Program, in a statement. "At Intel, we believe the right technology can be transformative. That's why we are...
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Rocket Renovations Will EndA popular, historic and huge NASA tour spot is closing to the public as the space agency picks up the pace preparing for the future of U.S. space exploration. Public tours into the Vehicle Assembly... Building in Florida are set to end on Feb. 11.
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The nearest exploding star detected since 1987 could offer insights into dark energy, ghostly neutrinos, and even how the universe's story will play out     
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Apple has done it again:LG may be working on its own flagship smartphone that will pack a fingerprint scanner, the LG G3, a mobile feature that's gaining more popularity among mobile device makers, ET News reports (via... GottaBeMobile). The iPhone 5s is the most popular handset that uses fingerprint-reading technology, although there are other Android smartphones that can offer similar features including the HTC One max, and the Pantech Vega LTE-A and the Vega Secret Note. According to the South Korean publication, LG was interested in including a fingerprint scanner in last year's G2 flagship although those plans were shelved because of supply issues with fingerprint sensors. Now, the company is reportedly testing a G3 prototype with a fingerprint reader, which could be placed
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Previously the Pentagon was considering a wider FAB-T program that included equipping its strategic bombers and certain electronic surveillance aircraft with the system.
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A dolphin species has been discovered that lived 19 million to 22 million years ago. Researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago uncovered fossils of a skull, jaw, and a few other parts of an... ancient dolphin in marine sedimentary rocks in the Cape Farewell region of the country's South Island. Named Papahu taitapu -- after ''Papahu,'' the Maori name for dolphin -- the species is believed to be 6.5 feet long, roughly the size of the modern dolphin.
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What does your eye movement say about you? Apparently quite a bit, at least when it comes to how patient or impulsive you are.
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Millions of Chinese Internet users were unable to load websites ending in .com, .net, or .org for about eight hours on Tuesday. The China Internet Network Information Center traced the problem to... China's domain name system, but a new discovery found that the majority of China's Internet traffic was redirected to a small residential home in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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Future MacBooks could haveThe MacBook's trackpad could see some significant changes down the line. One of these twists could the dismissal of its integrated buttons, if a new patent awarded to Apple is any indication. The post... Future MacBooks could have trackpads without buttons appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nokia Earnings Preview: The Lumia Question

TechCrunch - 22 Jan 2014 22:10
Nokia Earnings Preview: TheNokia will report its fourth-quarter 2013 earnings, a seminal moment for the company as the figures will represent the last full period in which it will own the hardware assets that it is selling to... Microsoft.
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Word this afternoon comes from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company that Apple's next iPhone - tentatively called the "iPhone 6" - will certainly be working with a 4.8-inch display. …
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Spider silk ties scientists up in knots

e! Science News - 22 Jan 2014 22:08
Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country... (Spain) has repeated the experiment and the results throw this discovery into question. This has reaffirmed the need to validate scientific findings before proclaiming their validity in the press.
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Chrome exploit can secretlyGoogle has been pushing hard to incorporate speech recognition features into Web apps. But a Chrome exploit that can secretly transcribe your conversations unless you're paying attention probably... wasn't what the company had in mind. Whenever a website wants to access your microphone, Chrome requires permission. A dialog appears at the top of the browser window, and after you give your OK, an icon appears in the tab area, letting you know the microphone is in use. Close the tab or visit another site, and microphone access is supposed to get cut off. But as Web developer Tal Ater discovered, malicious sites can use pop-under windows to keep listening even after the user has gone to another site or closed the main browser window. Unlike a regular browser tab, pop-under windows don't show the...
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Engadget HD Podcast 382 - 1.22.14

Engadget - 22 Jan 2014 22:08
It's that time of year again, CES is fading from memory, football season is wrapping up and Ben is tempted to cut the cable cord with less of his favorite sports programming on the air. The lull in... pigskin-based TV probably doesn't have much to do ...
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CASE WITH BUILT-IN LENSES PERFECT FOR IPHONEOGRAPHERS
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There's no perfect piece of wearable tech, and everything out there has problems. But here's what I like from what I've seen in 2013 and gotten a peek at in early 2014.
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Consumer Watchdog filesGoogle, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a long-time critic of the... company's privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency. Google+ also has a "flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw" because it allows any user to add other users to his circles without their permission, frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog said in the complaint. "A user can be forced to be publicly associated with someone with whom they do not wish to be associated," wrote John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "People must have the right to choose with whom they are associated. Operating a social network as Google is doing in a blatant attempt to build...
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Volvo has high hopes for 2014, glowing from a multi-billion investment after its break-up from Ford, and with a new engine architecture, Drive-E, for its refreshed best-sellers, the S60, V60, …
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Volvo already faced a challenge, taking on the big players in automotive post-divorce from Ford, but now it has given itself a second, arguably more difficult one: weaning America off …
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IBM And SAP Have A Tough RoadTwo tech titans of yesteryear, IBM and SAP, had depressing quarterly earnings call this week. The worst part? Both are pinning their hopes on the very thing that is eating their lunch: cloud... computing. And both are going to have to grapple with the profit-destroying machine that is Amazon Web Services. As Paul Ramsey, co-founder of the PostGIS open source spatial database, asks, "Has anyone ever gotten rich competing with Amazon?" The answer is no.  Teaching Old IT Vendors New Cloud Tricks In a statement SAP declared that it, "anticipates [its] fast-growing cloud business along with growth in support revenue will drive a higher proportion of more predictable, recurring revenue in the future." But if it's growing so fast, why has the company had to delay profits by two years? As for IBM,...
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Mac Pro Shipping EstimatesApple teased the new Mac Pro early on in 2013 and then kept us waiting for it until the end of December. The completely revamped late 2013 Mac Pro started shipping to anxious customers in the very... last days of December, but at least Apple met its timeframe of getting the computer out before the end of the year. It seems that either this new Mac Pro is heavily in demand or perhaps Apple is having difficulties in producing enough units to fill the gap between supply and demand. After shipping times on the online store slipped to March outside the U.S., the same has happened on the U.S. online Apple store as well. (more…) Follow: Apple, Computers, mac pro, Mac Pro Shipping Estimates From U.S. Online Apple Store Slip Into March original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Researchers at Virginia Tech say sugar could be the key to cheap, biodegradable batteries that can be refilled.
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ThinkGeek's Favorite Photos from 2013!

Think Geek - 22 Jan 2014 22:01
In an epic battle of images, several product photos rose to the top as the 2013 victors. The tears and pixels lost will never be forgotten! *Ahem* Alternatively, we just asked our photographer monkeys... to choose the photos they're most proud to have worked on in 2013. They do such a phenomenal job, it was so hard to choose! Hand-selected for your viewing pleasure (& in no particular order), here are our favorite product photos from 2013:
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This website tracks theThis neat simulation, developed by the ESA, shows the spacecraft Rosetta's entire journey to meet its comet -- and where it will go after it does.
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Herschel Telescope DetectsNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the... asteroid belt, Ceres.
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NASA Officially Renames DrydenIt's official: the bill re-naming the NASA's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center in southern California for the first man to walk on the moon is now a law.
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The past year has been full of chart-topping hits with catchy hooks, but only one song can bring home the title of Song of the Year at the 56th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. See also:... How to Watch the Grammys Pre-Telecast and Post-Show Online The nominees for Song of the Year are: "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink feat. Nate Reuss "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars "Roar" by Katy Perry "Royals" by Lorde "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Artists with plenty of Grammy experience are facing off against several newcomers to the ceremony. Bruno Mars won a Grammy in 2011 for "Just The Way You Are," and Katy Perry's nomination for "Roar" is her 11th to date, though she's yet to take home any awards. This will be the first Grammy experience for rookies Lorde and Macklemore &...
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Teach Siri How To PronounceI’ve grown up with this last name, so I’m fairly used to people butchering it. I’m surprised at the amazing number of pronunciations given to my last name over the past several decades, with... people adding all sorts of weird…
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Snapchat increases securityEver since 4.6 million Snapchat users were subjected to a leak that threatened to reveal their phone numbers, the team behind the app has been scrambling to repair both the vulnerabilities of Snapchat... and the image of their company. It started with an apology and an update, one which allowed users to opt out of the “Find Friends” feature that gave hackers the opportunity to corral millions of phone numbers in the first place. According to TechCrunch, Snapchat took its security measures a step further recently by adding a Captcha-like test which requires users to verify their accounts by selecting a series of images containing the familiar ghost mascot. It puts one more wall between users and potential hackers, and
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From a carpet of nanorods to aResearch teams at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and at the University of Limerick, Ireland, have discovered a novel solid state reaction which lets kesterite grains grow within a few seconds and at... relatively low temperatures. For this reaction, they exploit a transition from a metastable wurtzite compound in the form of nanorods to the more stable kesterite compound. At the EDDI Beamline at BESSY II, the scientists could observe this process in real-time when heating the sample: in a few seconds Kesterite grains formed.
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jigamo writes "The Verge reports on a new app from Slashdot co-founder Rob Malda, a.k.a. CmdrTaco, which aims to provide a user-powered and -curated stream of news. It's called Trove, and it's... currently available on the web as well as iPhones and iPads. From the article: 'Trove basically lets users opt in to feeds of stories that align with their interests. Users are encouraged to curate "troves," collections of stories that relate to a particular theme.' You can also read CmdrTaco's announcement post." Rob says, "At its simplest, Slashdot combines editor quality control and insight with crowd-sourced harvesting to cover the 'News for Nerds' space. Trove uses automated harvesting and machine learning to simplify a workflow for curators interested in ANY topic. The idea is that this opens...
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I'm Amit Agarwal, and This Is How I Work

Life Hacker - 22 Jan 2014 22:00
I'm Amit Agarwal, and This IsWhat does it take to become India's leading technology blogger? For almost a decade now, Amit Agarwal has been writing at Digital Inspiration, coming up with guides and hacks to make life easier with... the right tech. He's developed plenty of cool scripts and apps, and even managed to find the time to author a book. We caught up with the one-man blogging and hacking force to find out the tools and tricks he can't live without.
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A Visit to the WeirdestIn the desert two hours northeast of Los Angeles, just outside the town of Barstow, there is a peculiar little place called the Calico Early Man Site. If you've driven either direction, from L.A. to... Las Vegas or back, you've probably seen the sign for it, mysteriously and without any real information implying that the visiting public might want to stop by.
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Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceImagine a giant, roughly 200 ft. tall robot shoots a barrage of missiles at you. Do you: a) Try to run away, but fail and die in a blazing inferno? b) Wet your pants and cry? c) Run towards the robot,... using the missiles as platforms as you parkour your way through the air and chop the menacing machine in half with your sword?
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Steve Jobs was a master showman with an unparalleled ability to introduce a new product with flair and panache. I personally think his 2007 iPhone introduction was a public speaking triumph, setting a... new bar for product announcements. This Friday ...
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An additional, unreportedMore frustrating news has surfaced for the West Virginia residents affected by the Freedom Industries chemical spill: federal and state investigators learned on Tuesday that a previously unreported... chemical was in the tank that leaked on January 9th. The tank that leaked MCHM also contained PPH, a type of polyglycol ether used in many applications including industrial manufacturing and medicine.
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New Windows 8.1 update screenshots leaked?

Digital Trends - 22 Jan 2014 21:53
New Windows 8.1 updateA Russian blog leaked alleged screenshots of an upcoming Windows 8.1 update which could introduce a few new and interesting features to the polarizing, touch-centric operating system. The post New... Windows 8.1 update screenshots leaked? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Verizon reveals 320,000 USVerizon on Wednesday became the first major US telecom carrier to release a "transparency report," and said it received 320,000 data queries last year in the United States alone.
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[From GamerTell] Valve strikes again with another massive round of approved Steam Greenlight candidates. 45 games and 5 programs have gotten the thumbs up.
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Some Tor exit nodes attempt toComputer scientists found almost 20 exit relays in the Tor anonymity network that attempted to spy on users' encrypted traffic using man-in-the-middle techniques. The research was carried out over a... period of four months by Philipp Winter and Stefan Lindskog, researchers in the PriSec (Privacy and Security) group at Karlstad University in Sweden, who recently published a paper with their findings. The Tor network is designed to provide anonymity for users and bypass Internet censorship attempts. This is achieved by encrypting user traffic and routing it through a series of computers that act as relays and are run by volunteers before sending it to its intended destination on the Internet. Computers that handle the final hop in the Tor network are known as exit relays. According to...
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iPhone 6 Design With 4.8 InchTimothy Arcuri, an analyst at Cowen and Company, claims that Apple has “locked down” iPhone 6 design and that it will come with a 4.8 inch display. It should be kept in mind that Apple is not... expected to launch the iPhone 6 until at least September 2014, so its not like the company doesn’t have time to make a few changes here and there before the device goes into mass production, presumably by the end of Q2, 2014. Arcuri believes that Apple will finally subscribe to the trend of smartphones with larger displays, it has already been consistently rumored that the next flagship to come out of Cupertino will have a larger display. (more…) Follow: Apple, CellPhones, iphone 6, iPhone 6 Design With 4.8 Inch Display ‘Locked Down’ [Analyst] original content from Ubergizmo.     
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App Smart: Watch What You Eat, Using Your Phone

The New York Times - 22 Jan 2014 21:45
Apps estimate calorie intake from the bar code information on a food package, or even a photo.     
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Microsoft started blurring the lines between the modern Windows interface and the classic desktop with Windows 8.1, and there are now signs that it's ready to mix things up a little more. WZor has... posted screenshots of a leaked Windows 8.1 update ...
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Apple's iPhone 6 design hasThere has been plenty of back and forth regarding display size and other design elements that we can expect to see in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6. While nothing is set in stone until Apple makes its... highly anticipated announcements, obviously, several sources that have been reliable in the past have each painted a fairly similar picture. From the looks of things, we can expect two new iPhone models in 2014, an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that climbs into phablet territory. The exact size of each display had been debated by plugged-in industry watchers as Apple toyed with different designs, but a new report claims that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized. We
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X-ray diffraction techniqueA team of researchers exploring the intergranular stress corrosion cracking of a type of metallic tubing used within nuclear power plants has developed a technique to both map and predict its... propagation.
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Galaxies on FIRE: StarFor decades, astrophysicists have encountered a puzzling contradiction: although many galactic-wind models--simulations of how matter is distributed in our universe--predict that the majority of the... "normal" matter exists in stars at the center of galaxies, in actuality these stars account for less than 10 percent of the matter in the universe. A new set of simulations offer insight into this mismatch between the models and reality: the energy released by individual stars within galaxies can have a substantial effect on where matter is located in the universe.
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Windows 8.1 Update WillThis morning Paul Thurrott detailed a number of tweaks that will appear in the 2014 update of Windows 8.1. Screenshots from WZor confirm a few of Paul's earlier notes on upcoming changes to Windows... 8.x that are worth discussing.
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'Space cops' to help controlA team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists are using mini-satellites that work as "space cops" to help control traffic in space.
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Mozilla courts developers toWeb developers looking to get in at the ground level of Mozilla’s Firefox OS for tablets project have their chance. In a blog post on Wednesday, Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler made the invite, outlining... details of the program. Last week, Dotlzer shared information on the first Firefox […]
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Water Plume Detected At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Slashdot - 22 Jan 2014 21:40
astroengine writes "Astronomers analyzing data from the now defunct Herschel infrared space observatory have made a huge discovery deep inside the asteroid belt. Dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body... in the region, is generating plumes of water vapor. 'This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an icy surface and an atmosphere,' said Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency in Spain and lead author of a paper published today (Jan. 22) in the journal Nature."
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4 Ways to Make Better RoadsAs a surface for wheels, pavement does its job well enough. Asphalt concrete is flat, smooth, and solid (usually). But there is a price we pay for the convenience of paved roads and parking lots... everywhere--a price paid in heat, noise, and polluted runoff. We went in search of better pavement and found these potential solutions.
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Bright star reveals new exoplanet

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 21:39
Bright star reveals newAn international team of astronomers at Stellar Astrophysics Centre in Aarhus, Denmark, have discovered a new exoplanet, christened "Kepler-410A b." The planet is about the size of Neptune and orbits... the brightest star in a double star system 425 light years from Earth.
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Sony Xperia Z1s Available NowSony launched the T-Mobile exclusive Xperia Z1s smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2014 earlier this month. The device is actually quite similar to the Xperia Z1 that was... released back in 2013. Since last week, the carrier has been offering the smartphone for sale through its website. Starting today, prospective customers can now head to a T-Mobile brick and mortar store to pick up a brand new Sony Xperia Z1s in the U.S. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, t-mobile, Sony Xperia Z1s Available Now In T-Mobile Stores original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Residential refrigerator and freezer energy standards are changing -- here's what you need to know.
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Telescope spies water plumes(Phys.org) --Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
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Around the World: AtlanticThough physically distant from Antarctica, water masses in the north and tropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean appear to have a significant influence on the effects of climate change on the icy... continent.
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Pocket adds AirPlay supportPocket today updated its iOS app with full AirPlay integration, making it possible for users to stream their saved video clips to a nearby Apple TV. Most of us turn to Pocket to keep track of (and... preserve) articles we intend to read later, but it turns out there are quite a few people taking advantage of its video features. More than 2 million videos are saved to the popular app every week, according to a blog post the company published today. "Your videos will even keep playing when you exit the Pocket app, perfect for multi-taskers who want to check their email, Twitter, or simply just lean back and relax," it reads. Pocket's updated iOS app is available now, and AirPlay works just as it does everywhere else; just start playing a...
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Ford is working with MIT,Automakers are building research vehicles that can take in vast amounts of data about their surroundings in a split second. Now it's up to data scientists to figure how cars can use that information.
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It’s painfully cold, windy, and there is a lot of snow, ice, or a combination of both around. You can be annoyed by how dreary the conditions are, or prepare for the worst and make the best of your... situation. Wearing more layers than normal so you don’t freeze, hot chocolate, and having snowball fights
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Advertisers love to associate their products with the future, even if there's nothing terribly futuristic about them. Like in this 1984 ad from a British company that was selling... soap.
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In January of 1984, Steve Jobs introduced the Apple Macintosh to the world. Below you can watch the first public demo of the computer, live in front of 3,000 people. What's most striking about the... demo is how common every revolutionary idea that ...
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Recover Control of Your CarWinter can throw some pretty nasty driving conditions your way: icy roads, reduced vision, and darker evenings. If you live in an area where ice and snow are a big part of winter, make sure you... understand how to recover from common types of skids.
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Piper Is IFTTT for Your Home

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 21:27
As I sat with Russell Ure in a Manhattan cafe, he turned on the reading lamp in his Ottawa, Ontario, home and we watched it light up in real time on his iPhone screen The app he was using is from the... company of which he is CEO and co-creator, Piper, which makes a connected device for homes and raised triple its Indiegogo goal in September. Along with a fisheye camera which captures most of a room, the device has a motion sensor and syncs with Z-Wave outlet adapters so you can turn various electronics on or off — "anything that plugs in," Ure says See also: 9 Excellent Apps For Discovering New Things
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Herschel Discovers Water Vapor Spewing from Ceres

Universe Today - 22 Jan 2014 21:26
With the Dawn spacecraft now heading towards the dwarf planet/asteroid Ceres, the mission has suddenly gotten even more intriguing. The Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapor around... Ceres, and the vapor could be emanating from water plumes — much like those that are on Saturn's moon Enceladus - or it could be from cryovolcanism […]
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Adding to a litany of analyst predictions pointing to a larger iPhone, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company (via AppleInsider) today claimed that the iPhone 6 will ship with a 4.8-inch display, a... significant increase over the 4-inch display of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Citing sources within Apple's supply chain, Arcuri also indicated that the next-generation iPhone will come with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard that first began appearing in Apple products in 2013. 802.11ac, or "Gigabit" Wi-Fi offers speeds up to three times as fast as existing 802.11n wireless networks, reaching speeds over 1 Gigabit per second. Because 802.11ac was included in Apple's updated Mac line throughout 2013, many expected the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c to ship with the standard. While the chips were presumably...
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The winner will receive development funding likely to approach $1 billion for a mission that will launch between 2022 and 2024.
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Once sold for about $2,500, Apple's 30-year-old Macintosh computer dropped in price for years. But that seems to be changing, according to eBay.
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World of Tanks claims 1.1World of Tanks, Wargaming.net's free-to-play online tank sim, has registered 1.1 million concurrent users in Russia alone. Globally, the game has over 75 million registered users. The post World of... Tanks claims 1.1 million concurrent users - in Russia alone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Chrome users are no strangers to speech recognition software -- heck, the internet browser has "Ok Google!" voice recognition built right into its URL navigation bar. But that recognition is... triggered to "listen" only when you've opened a new ...
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A look inside the complexEven though police have arrested two people in Texas who have used stolen Target credit card information, the hackers behind the breach will likely never be found, AP reports. The breach, in which 40... million credit and debit card numbers were stolen along with the personal information for 70 million customers, was likely carried about out by Russian or Eastern European hackers. These hackers are likely part of a complex heirarchy that keeps them several layers removed from the arrested card users. At the lowest level, there are the card users who buy the stolen credit and debit card information and use it to buy expensive goods. They likely buy this information from spam emails sent out by recruiters. They
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Lasers CreateIt's much easier for a telescope to see deep into the universe when it doesn't have to peer through the Earth's atmosphere, but getting them into space is expensive. There is a much cheaper solution,... though, as researchers have actually found a way to make incredibly light mirrors using lasers and polystyrene--aka styrofoam--beads.
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Nikon issues firmware updatesNikon has posted firmware updates for the Df, D5200 and D3200. As well as a number of minor bugs and performance issues, support has been added to the D3200 and D5200 for the new collapsible AF-S DX... 18-55mm F3.5–5.6G VR II, allowing them to display an error message if the camera is turned on with the lens in its collapsed state. 
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"The research is simply incorrect," said a representative for both HBO and Cinemax.
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Men And Women Get All FreakyTalk about seeing the world through someone else's eyes. Virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift is being used in Gender Swap, an experiment within the interactive, open-source art project The... Machine to be Another. As the video above shows, the experiment allows two participants, one of each gender, to virtually switch bodies and see the world (and themselves) as the other person. The notion is to explore ideas of gender, intimacy and mutual respect, according to the clip's Vimeo description. (Warning: The clip above contains some nudity, so it may be NSFW.) The experiment works like this: Male and female participants don the head-mounted displays, which have been fixed with first-person cameras. Then, watching the feed from the other participant's camera, each person performs...
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[From GamerTell] Capcom is 3D-ifying the first three Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games and releasing them in Japan as Ace Attorney 123.
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Berkeley researchers have created flexible sensors that mimic a cat's whiskers from elastic fibers, nanotubes, and nanoparticles. Science: making robots cuter as well as more useful.
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Astronomers and telescopes around the world have observed a supernova in Messier 82, known as the Cigar Galaxy. The death of the white dwarf is the closest supernova since 1987.
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Jelly's Novelty Wears Off, ButLet's get this out of the way up front: I was prepared to dislike Jelly after its reveal. After all, when Twitter co-founder Biz Stone described the new startup as experiment designed to "make the... world a more empathetic place," - yes, a mobile Q&A service - it's hard not to roll your eyes. And if you look at some of the usage in Jelly's first days, it's at least equal parts enlightening and ridiculous.
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Jimmy Fallon Awkwardly HidesWhen you have the undivided attention of one of the richest man in the world, who also happens to be an outstanding philanthropist as well as the co-founder of a company called Microsoft, the last... thing you want to do is commit a faux pas. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon did. Gates was on the show to talk about his various philanthropic activities, notably the global campaign against polio, the show started off nicely with Fallon even branding Gates as “cool.” Things got a little awkward when Fallon noticed Gates eyeing his laptop, which if you have ever seen the show, has always been a MacBook, with an Apple mouse and keyboard on the side. (more…) Follow: Videos (web), bill gates, macbook, Jimmy Fallon Awkwardly Hides MacBook While...
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Would you buy a Land RoverLand Rover wants to call its next SUV the "Landy". I hate that name. So I decided to come up with some better ones. How about the Lancaster or the Defiant? Whatever it's called, it just has to be... better than Landy. The post Would you buy a Land Rover ‘Landy’? We’d much rather have a ‘Lancaster’ or ‘Defiant’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Indestructible Headphones,Not only will these Philips O'Neill headphones not break the bank, they pretty much won't break period. Capable of withstanding 1500kg of static force, they're billed as virtually indestructible, and... they sound great to boot. Pick up a pair today for $150, or $50 less than the previous low price.
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Get Your Crunchies Tickets Now

TechCrunch - 22 Jan 2014 21:13
Get Your Crunchies Tickets NowThe 7th Annual Crunchies Awards is almost here and some tickets are still available. They start at $80 which grants the holder to a night of laughs, drinks and nerds as far as the eye can see. This is... the biggest night of the year for the technology scene. Get dressed up and come party with us.
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Telescope spies water plumesThe largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system to hold that... distinction.
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Is Facebook really just a virulent social virus? So claim two Princeton University graduate students.
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Carl Icahn says stake in AppleActivist investor Carl Icahn took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to rattle his saber at Apple in advance of the company's shareholder meeting next month.     
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Two nerds, a four-track recorder, and 65 million Cisco phone systems.     
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According to TV Guide, the three big stars of the original "Star Wars" trilogy plan to arrive on set for Episode VII in March or April.
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Scientists have long believed life on Earth emerged from the oceans hundreds of millions of years ago when our aquatic ancestors evolved to live on dry land. But how did fish develop limbs in the... first place? It's a question that has perplexed scientists for decades, but a new study is elucidating the enduring mystery of how life on Earth found its legs.
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A newly unveiled atomic clock is the most precise timekeeping device yet, and perfect for anyone who wants to make sure their train arrives on schedule down to the 1/430 trillionth of a second.
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NASA Set to LaunchA fresh satellite for NASA's communications network is set for launch from Florida's Space Coast on Thursday (Jan. 23) to bolster voice and data links between mission control, the International Space... Station and a fleet of orbiting research observatories.
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[From GamerTell] Microsoft can't seem to get its Xbox One message right, even with help from popular YouTube personalities.
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China blames Internet outageTuesday's Internet outage in China is dividing experts over what caused the networking error, with authorities calling it a hacking attack, and others blaming it on the country's censorship systems.... The outage briefly crippled the Internet in China, with many local websites inaccessible to users. User traffic was mysteriously redirected to a U.S.-based IP address belonging to a company that has hosted software capable of circumventing China's online censorship. The networking error, which only lasted a few hours, affected at least two-thirds of China's websites, according to Qihoo 360, a software security vendor in the country. On Wednesday, local authorities said a preliminary investigation found that a hacking attack caused the outage. China's National Computer Network Emergency Response...
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Tool Kit: Crowdfunding TipsPlanning and promoting your idea are critical precursors to beginning an online campaign.     
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Cold Air Could Help You Lose Weight

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 21:03
Cold Air Could Help You LoseEvidence from recent years suggests that regular exposure to mildly low temperatures may help people lose weight by increasing the amount of energy their body has to expend to keep their core... temperature up, researchers say.
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Verizon Received 320,000 LawVerizon received 320,000 U.S. law enforcement requests for customer names, phone call records, text messages, and other kinds of customer data in 2013, the company revealed in a report released... Wednesday. Phone carriers had long resisted efforts to release such transparency reports, which privacy-minded internet companies have issued for years. But Verizon changed course after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that it was turning U.S. customers' phone data to the government in bulk. It is the first major phone company to release such a report. "The past year saw an intense focus around the world on government demands to obtain customer data," Randal Milch, Verizon's general counsel and executive vice president for public policy, dryly noted in a blog post...
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Coolest Gadgets - 22 Jan 2014 21:00
Fido may be pretty good at hanging out at home, waiting for you to get back, but is he excited to have to wait for dinner? Is he eating too much? Let’s face it, over half the cats and dogs in the... U.S. are overweight, and that fact leads to numerous health problems. There has
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Matter of mystery: AntimatterA new experiment at a Swiss physics laboratory has, for the first time, successfully produced a stream of antimatter hydrogen atoms that could help answer a fundamental physics question.
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Total Netflix SubscribersNetflix has made quite a name for itself, after all it happens to be the largest online subscription streaming service in the world. It has seen steady growth over the past few quarters, its rapidly... expanding library and critically acclaimed original content such as House of Cards and Orange is the new Black certainly helped to an extent. Due to make an official announcement later today, Bloomberg estimates that U.S. Netflix subscribers have now crossed 33.1 million, with roughly 2.05 million being added in the previous quarter alone. (more…) Follow: Web, Netflix, Total Netflix Subscribers Expected To Have Crossed 33 Million original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Candy Crush Saga developerKing, the app developer behind popular game Candy Crush Saga, sparked controversy this week when it started issuing takedown notices to several games that had the word “candy” in their title.... However in a statement released today, King denies that it’s trying to take down every single candy-related game from the App Store and it says that it only trademarked the word “candy” to protect itself against blatant copycats of its popular game. “We have trademarked the word ‘CANDY’ in the EU, as our IP is constantly being infringed and we have to enforce our rights and to protect our players from confusion,” the company explains. “We don’t enforce against all uses of CANDY - some are legitimate and of
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Snowed in today? You're not alone, but as long as you have power (and if you're reading this, I'm going to assume you do) there's a wealth of entertainment available to make you feel like you're still... basking in the summer sun. Here are a handful of ...
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Stop Sweat Stains from RuiningYou know what's better than knowing how to get rid of stubborn underarm stains ? Keeping those horrid yellow stains away in the first place. Real Simple tells us we can use baby powder as a stain... guard for our clothing.
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Get Yourself Into Surf-ReadyThe snow is falling, it's freezing out, and you avoid going outside as much as you can. For spring vacation, you decide to go somewhere where you can finally try surfing. You book tickets; you line up... lessons. Boxes: Checked. You show up, and your first lesson goes really well! You stand up a few times, and you actually ride a few waves! You're hooked, and you can't wait to surf again tomorrow. Just one small problem: You wake up in the morning and you can't lift your arms above your head.
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Phone games biz shuts down week-old app for using trademark in its name The developer behind the Candy Slots iOS game has said Candy Crush Saga-maker King has gone "too far" with its enforcement of... its trademark on the word CANDY....
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Motorola's CEO Dennis Woodside has again taken to discussions about smartphone pricing and customization, something he has spoken about at length in the past. Among his topics was a focus …
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States from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering requiring labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients, which account for two-thirds of the processed foods on American grocery... shelves.
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Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes: "A California company called Shape Security claims that their network box can disable malware attacks, by using polymorphism to rewrite webpages before... they are sent to the user's browser. Most programmers will immediately spot several ways that the system can be defeated, but it may still slow attackers down or divert them towards other targets."
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[From EntertainmentTell] Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster is exactly the kind of movie most people think of when they recall watching Godzilla on Saturday afternoons.
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Jennifer Greenburg is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago.... PetaPixel: First off, Jennifer, how did you get your start in photography? Jennifer Greenburg: As a small child, I was fascinated by […]
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Melon Fragmentation VIDEO FromAwhile back the ever-playful YouTube duo the Slow Mo Guys showed us what it looks like when rubberbands make a watermelon explode. Now we're getting an even closer look at bursting melons. This time... around, the guys -- Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy -- discover what "melon fragmentation" looks like when filmed at 2,500 frames per second.
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Protests in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, have erupted in a level of violence that the country has not seen in years, resulting in at least three deaths and hundreds of injuries. Hundreds of thousands... of Ukrainian citizens have gathered in the center of their capital since this past November to protest President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to spurn an integration pact with the European Union in favor of furthering relations with Russia. The number of protesters had waned as the cold settled in, but a law passed last week designed to suppress demonstrations had the opposite effect, and the number of citizens in the streets has swelled.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Richard Sherman is starring in a new Beats by Dre headphone commercial
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Facebook Ads Being Tested InAdvertisements are a major source of revenue for Facebook. There are a wide variety of options that potential advertisers can choose from, Page owners can pay Facebook to increase the visibility of... their posts, while advertisers can even run ads on the world’s largest social network to direct traffic to external websites. Its ad platform is working very well inside the social network, but what if it was let loose on the outside? That’s exactly what is Facebook is testing at a small scale right now. The company is using its own ad serving platform, as opposed to an outside platform, to deliver ads to third-party mobile applications. (more…) Follow: Web, ads, Facebook, Facebook Ads Being Tested In Third-Party Apps original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Right on top of the release of the Rose Gold color for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for Verizon comes word that the Galaxy Note 3 "Neo" will be appearing …
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Facebook Tests New Ad NetworkFacebook is testing a way of distributing Facebook ads in third-party mobile applications that aims to help developers monetize their apps. This is Facebook's latest push to get more developers using... its services. The company said it will operate like a mobile ad network that works with a small number of advertisers and publishers instead of outside ad platforms. The test will extend Facebook's ad targeting to improve the relevancy of ads and provide a larger reach for advertisers. The test is limited to only a few advertisers and partners. 
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[From GadgeTell] Ozobot Hands-On From CES 2014, Now On Kickstarter
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The Sex with Google Glass project is positioning itself as a sex-enhancement app that lets partners swap viewpoints. But can it launch without the burden of massive scrutiny?
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In a study titled, "Virtuous or Vitriolic: The Effect of Anonymity on Civility in Online Newspaper Reader Comment Boards," University of Houston assistant professor Arthur D. Santana at the Jack J.... Valenti School of Communication found a significant correlation between anonymity and civility.
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Do you use the Infrared transmitter on your Android?

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 20:47
Do you use the InfraredIR remotes on your phone — who is using them? 2013 was not officially the year of Infrared. We think that happened sometime back in the late 1970s. But it was the year we started seeing phone... makers add IR transmitting abilities to their high-end phones. Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG all jumped on board and now anyone and everyone can buy an Android phone or tablet with an IR transmitter built right in, and there are built-in applications to use them to control the stuff in your entertainment center. Since its inception, better alternatives to IR have come along. Things like IP-based controllers (using Wifi or even cellular data) work better and have almost unlimited range, and cloud-based controls are the new big thing. But IR isn't going anywhere anytime soon, because it's cheap, and...
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Last year, the Internet opened up the doors on generic top level domains (gTLDs), letting anyone create their own ".anything" space on the web — provided they pony up $185,000. Now those generic... domains have passed their first big milestone. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that there are now 100 generic TLDs that have been "delegated," one of the final steps before the domains can begin taking registrations. Among the new domains are .rich, .sexy, .ninja, .pink, .email, .buzz, .coffee and .domains. ICANN has posted the full list, along with the names of all the registrants.
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Reliable Storage, CheapThe Western Digital 2TB USB3 My Book is back down to its lowest historical price of $90 today. We've seen 4TB externals get down to $130, but after this Lifehacker article on hard drive reliability... yesterday , failure rate is likely the factor on everyone's mind. We'll still post Seagates in the future, but depending on your priorities, backup habits, and how priceless your data is, this may be an essential purchase for you. [Amazon]
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A device that can monitor the levels of specific drugs as they flow through the bloodstream may soon take the guesswork out of drug dosing and allow physicians to tailor prescriptions to their... patients' specific biology. The biosensor combines engineering and biochemistry and has far-reaching potential.
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Dopamine-restoring drugs already used to treat Parkinson's disease may also be beneficial for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness in adults.
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Bare Mount Shasta RevealsImages of a snow-free Mount Shasta seen from space reveal just how bad the California drought has gotten.
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Structural biologists have obtained important scientific results likely to advance efforts to develop new drugs targeting NMDA receptors in the brain.
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In the US, someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds -- their heart is starved of oxygen and suffers irreparable damage. Engineering new heart tissue in the laboratory that could eventually be... implanted into patients could help, and scientists are reporting a promising approach tested with rat cells.
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Arrest That Person -- They're Using Google Glass!

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 20:41
Some argue that perception is everything. Recent news suggests that just by wearing Google Glass, you can be accused of committing a crime. On October 30, 2013 Google Glass Explorer, Cecilia Abadie ,... was cited for speeding and for driving while using Google Glass by a law enforcement officer in California. The Glass related citation was for violating California's Vehicle Code Section 27602, which states that "A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and the...
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New research suggests that it may be the quality of cancer stem cells rather than their quantity that leads to better survival in certain patients with oral cancer.
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Holographic diagnostics in medicine

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 20:41
'Smart' holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed by... researchers.
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New types of drug intended for use in place of antibiotics have been given a cautious welcome by scientists.
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New gene for severe childhood epilepsy identified

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 20:40
Using a novel combination of technologies, the EuroEPINOMICS RES consortium found mutations in CHD2 responsible for a subset of epilepsy patients with symptoms similar to Dravet syndrome -- a severe... form of childhood epilepsy that is in many patients resistant to currently available anti-epileptic drugs. The discovery of CHD2's role in epilepsy offers new diagnostic tools for families and clinicians.
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Before Jeffrey Raider and Andy Katz-Mayfield even launched Harry's, an online service for men's grooming products, they had their eyes set on a first acquisition. The pair wanted to buy an old German... razor factory for $100 million. That isn't how most new startups operate, but then again this wasn't Raider's first time around. Raider was one of the cofounders behind Warby Parker, the popular e-commerce service for eyeglasses founded in 2010 and currently said to be valued at around $500 million In 2011, Raider received a call from Katz-Mayfield, a friend, who complained about his experience buying razors and shaving cream at a store. "Could you do it better?" Katz-Mayfield asked. That conversation sparked the idea for a company that would sell high-quality shaving products for a reasonable...
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White, green or black roofs?Looking strictly at the economic costs and benefits of three different roof types--black, white and "green" (or vegetated)--Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers have found... in a new study that white roofs are the most cost-effective over a 50-year time span. While the high installation cost of green roofs sets them back in economic terms, their environmental and amenity benefits may at least partially mitigate their financial burden.
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The Paleofuture Blog Is 7The Paleofuture blog turns 7 years old today! And you can now find every Paleofuture post ever written--right here at Gizmodo.
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The World's Biggest HammerheadMany of today's seafaring megastructures would be nigh on impossible to build without the lifting assistance provided by dockside cranes. And as we continue to build ever-bigger systems we'll need... ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone.
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Researchers have taken a closer look at the human genome to learn more about the genetic underpinnings of schizophrenia. Scientists analyzed the exomes, or protein-coding regions, of people with... schizophrenia and their healthy counterparts, pinpointing the sites of mutations and identifying patterns that reveal clues about the biology underlying the disorder.
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Regular exposure to mild cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to help people lose weight, according to researchers. On the flip side, that means our warm and cozy homes and offices might be... partly responsible for our expanding waistlines.
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Using the Herschel Telescope, the European Space Agency has detected water vapor on Ceres, the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt. And it just may have a whole lot of it.
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Could DC be using its TVStephen Amell, who plays a reimagined version of the DC superhero Green Arrow in the CW TV show Arrow, has "had discussion" about appearing in the Justice League film as his TV character, the actor... told ComingSoon. “All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue […] The post Could DC be using its TV properties to fill out the ranks of Justice League? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Physicians are employing a technology known as ECMO as a last-resort therapy for extremely severe cases of influenza. ECMO is a sort of portable heart/lung bypass machine.
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African-American men incurred $341.8 billion in excess medical costs due to health inequalities between 2006 and 2009, and Hispanic men incurred an additional $115 billion over the four-year period,... according to a new study. The study looks at the direct and indirect costs associated with health inequalities and projects the potential cost savings of eliminating these disparities for minority men in the U.S.
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A team has developed an easy-to-use "risk calculator" that helps predict heart failure patients' chances of survival for up to five years and can assist doctors in determining whether more or less... aggressive treatment is appropriate.
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That Awkward Moment When Bill  Last night Bill Gates jumped onstage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about how he’s curing the world of polio as well as the next big tech ideas – weirdly there was no mention of an... iWatch.…
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Judge partially dismissesA federal judge has tossed out part of a lawsuit Oracle filed against third-party support providers Terix and Maintech, in what could set a precedent for similar cases. Terix and Maintech persuaded... customers to cancel their support agreements with Oracle by "falsely representing" they could legally provide hardware and Solaris OS service and support for less money, according to Oracle's lawsuit filed last July in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. "While a customer may choose to engage a third party instead of Oracle to provide support services on Oracle hardware, under such circumstances neither the third party nor the customer may access or use Oracle's support website," Oracle said. "In particular, neither the third party nor the customer may use official,...
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[From GadgeTell] Carl Icahn recently spent about $500 million to buy more shares in Apple.
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A new study shows that women who never or rarely screen for breast cancer are also unlikely to receive screening for cervical cancer. The study also identified four key barriers independently... associated with the lack of these cancer screenings in Appalachian women.
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A scientific breakthrough may give the field of radiation oncology new tools to increase the precision and safety of radiation treatment in cancer patients by helping doctors "see" the powerful beams... of a linear accelerator as they enter or exit the body.
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Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study. The findings add to a growing list of health... consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.
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Scientists have known for years that stem cells in male and female sexual organs are regulated differently by their respective hormones. In a surprising discovery, researchers have found that stem... cells in the blood-forming system -- which is similar in both sexes -- also are regulated differently by hormones, with estrogen proving to be an especially prolific promoter of stem cell self-renewal.
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[From AppleTell] Apple's iOS had about 43.39% of mobile ad traffic from October to December, as opposed to Android 's 37.71% mobile ad traffic.
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Rogers touts plan to expand Internet in Kentucky

Miami Herald - 22 Jan 2014 20:32
U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers said Wednesday that the federal government should have a continued role in spreading high-speed Internet access to the struggling coalfields of eastern Kentucky.
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"In much of the world $179 is a lot of money... why can't these devices be $50?"
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If our phones could just put it upon themselves to have a longer battery life, we wouldn’t need to be in search of a power source every few hours. It’s strange that a piece of technology has... become so standard that we panic without it. How many of us can remember more than 5 phone
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There are several apps in the App Store that'll help you explore and track your favorite TV shows and movies. One title that is worth an extra look is 60Hz from M2D2. The app was recently updated with... a new iOS 7 look that makes it even easier to ...
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Two Tricks for MakingIt's not that hard to boil an egg, but along the way, things can (and often do) go wrong. Kitchen Konfidence offers solutions to two of the biggest challenges about making boiled eggs: Timing the... water boiling exactly and getting peels off easily (without losing chunks of the egg).
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U.S. Apple Online Store joinsRepeat of the late-2012 iMac launch, indeed. Joining Apple’s international online stores, Apple’s United States, Canada, and Mexico online stores are now quoting a March shipment timeframe for the... “late 2013″ Mac Pro. The Mac Pro launched in December to a February shipment quote, and as the month of January nears its end, the new March […]
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Facebook Tests Mobile Ad Network

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 20:29
Facebook took a step towards offering a mobile ad network on Wednesday with a small test running Facebook ads in mobile apps from other publishers. "Our aim is to demonstrate even greater reach with... the same power of Facebook targeting for advertisers both on and off Facebook," the company wrote in a blog post. "While we have run similar tests in the past, this current test is more like a mobile ad network in that we are working directly with a small number of advertisers and publishers rather than an outside ad-serving platform." For the user, there won't be a noticeable difference. An ad you see on a third-party app may have been presented by Facebook, but it would look the same. In theory, advertisers are getting the benefit of Facebook's deep targeting. If you want to reach 26-year-old...
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Send And Receive Snapchats OnSnapchat, the service that lets people send self-destructing photos and videos, has become very popular over the past year and a half. Sure it has seen its fair share of ups and downs, such as the... security breach that compromised phone numbers and usernames of more than 4.6 million users, but it has reportedly peaked the interest for two behemoths. Google and Facebook were both reportedly trying to acquire the company, offering as much as $4 billion, both of them were said to have been turned down. As Snapchat continues to grow, it hasn’t said if it has any plans of bringing the service over to desktop computers. If you’ve been wondering about the possibility of being able to use Snapchat on a Mac, then you’re in luck. Snapped is a new app that lets you do just that. (more…)...
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Bill Gates voted for marijuanaBill Gates wants to see Washington state experiment with legal pot. According to BuzzFeed, Gates voted in favor of his state's 2012 referendum to legalize marijuana, feeling that some states should... assess the policy before a similar plan is implemented at a federal level. “It’s an experiment, and it’s probably good to have a couple states try it out to see before you make that national policy,” Gates tells BuzzFeed. Though Gates didn't actually think that the 2012 referendum would pass, he's interested to see what happens now that its full effects are approaching.
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While interviewing Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon suddenly realizes that perhaps it isn't a great idea to have his Mac visible on his desk.
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Administration saysThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the division of the health department that administers the Healthcare.gov insurance exchange, has denied that the website is vulnerable to... hackers. The statement came in response to David Kennedy of TrustedSec who claims that consumer information including first names, last names, addresses, and user names is publicly viewable through Google. Kennedy says he never accessed the profiles himself, but he confirmed their existence by using some advanced search parameters to drill down deep into the site. "There are problems with the site that need to be fixed and things that need to be addressed that aren't being fixed," says Kennedy, who first testified about the issue in front of a...
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Scotland Surprisingly Had Glaciers 400 Years Ago

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 20:23
Scotland Surprisingly HadThe last glaciers in the United Kingdom melted centuries ago, not 11,500 years has had been believed, new research finds. Scotland's Cairngorm Mountains hosted glaciers in the Little Ice Age.
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Facebook Hints At Mobile AdFacebook said in a blog post today that it has started testing Facebook ads in third-party mobile apps. The post doesn't have too many details about the program, like what kinds of data will be used... for the ad targeting and what those ads will actually look like. (I've asked Facebook PR about those points and will update if I hear back.) It describes the test as "extending Facebook's rich targeting to improve the relevancy of the ads people see, provide even greater reach for Facebook advertisers, and help developers better monetize their apps."
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Facebook, Twitter, Google justEven though marijuana is now legal in Washington and Colorado, major Web companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter are not letting weed-related businesses advertise online. The post Facebook,... Twitter, Google just say no to marijuana ads appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] The internet isn't happy about the King.com "candy" trademark situation. So, a Candy Jam game jam has been created, taking aim at the Candy Crush Saga creator. Indie developers are... encouraged to make a candy-themed game before February 3, 2014.
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For over a decade, numerous voices have claimed that online privacy is dead, due to users disclosing their personal details in social media and fuelling government mass surveillance. Just released, a... new book entitled Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy, suggests that privacy has not declined, but has become cyclical.
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Innovative electrodes allowThe computing industry faces constant demands to provide faster access to data and reduce power consumption. As current memory systems cannot meet these demands indefinitely, it is essential to... develop entirely new technologies. One strong contender is resistive random access memory (RRAM), which stores binary information by switching a dielectric material between conducting and non-conducting states.
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Bill Gates's Microsoft-running days are behind him. He's moved on to toilets and condoms and general philanthropy. Still, Windows is his baby, so no wonder Jimmy Fallon felt the need to hide his... MacBook during an interview on Late Night. Awkwardly.
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Samsung Tizen Smartphone Delayed Once Again

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 20:19
Samsung Tizen SmartphoneTizen, the mobile platform that Samsung has developed in collaboration with Intel, is yet to debut on smartphones. Samsung was initially supposed to release a Tizen smartphone last year, though the... company delayed it because it wanted more time to make the OS even better. The release was then rumored for late 2013, once again it was said that the smartphone had been delayed. Then we heard that a release in possible in the first quarter of 2014, and according to latest reports, that might not happen. Samsung has once again delayed its highly anticipated Tizen smartphone. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, tizen, Samsung Tizen Smartphone Delayed Once Again original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Hackers with deep ties to Russia and its government have been penetrating the computer networks of energy companies in Europe, the United States and Asia, according to a new report. The campaign,... dubbed "Energetic Bear," targeted hundreds of companies in more than 23 countries, according to the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which revealed the operation in a report published on Wednesday See also: Cybersecurity Simplified: A Reality Check for the Digital Age China and its army of hackers are the usual suspects involved in cyber operations to steal intellectual property for an economic advantage. Security firm Mandiant exposed the operations of a sophisticated group of Chinese hackers called APT1 last year. In addition, the U.S. government, most recently in a November 2013 report, has...
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'Google outed me'

ZDNet - 22 Jan 2014 20:17
In light of news that a high-profile outing resulted in one transgender woman's suicide, Violet Blue re-examines Google's outing of transgender users with its ongoing Google Plus privacy failures.
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Icahn Says Apple's MistreatingCarl Icahn’s relationship with Apple has been rocky ever since he became the company’s most loquacious investor last Fall. While ribbing Tim Cook publicly with one hand for not doing a bigger... buyback, the other has been busy forking over fat…
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Global panel to review Internet security

Miami Herald - 22 Jan 2014 20:17
A global commission has been created to investigate how to ensure Internet freedom and security at a time of growing concerns over privacy breaches.
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All-new Audi R8 sent back toAudi pushes back all-new R8 after disappointing engineering chief and new quattro GmbH head pushes R8 e-tron back into production. This is good news for us Audi fans but, unfortunately, it means a... longer wait for the next Audi supercar. The post All-new Audi R8 sent back to drawing board after disappointing engineering brass appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Supernova Seen In Nearby Galaxy M82

Slashdot - 22 Jan 2014 20:15
The Bad Astronomer writes "A new and potentially bright supernova was just discovered in the nearby galaxy M82. This is a Type Ia supernova, the catastrophic explosion of a white dwarf. It appears to... be on the rise, and may have been caught as much as two weeks before peak brightness. It's currently already brighter than magnitude 12, and may get to mag 8, easy to see in small telescopes. The galaxy is less than 12 million light years away, so this may become one of the best-studied supernovae in recent times. Type Ia supernovae are used to measure dark energy, so seeing one nearby is a huge boon to astronomy."
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A robotic ankle with artificial muscles that use compressed air could help people with cerebral palsy or ankle injuries to walk     
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Verizon received a grand total of 321,545 requests for customers' data from American law enforcement in 2013, according to the company's first-ever transparency report, published on Wednesday. Verizon... is the first major U.S. telephone provider to release this kind of data, roughly two weeks after CREDO Mobile, a small California cellphone carrier, disclosed that it had received 16 data requests from the U.S. government in its own transparency report See also: Google Reports 68% Spike in Government Censorship Requests Previously, the major cellphone companies had only disclosed a limited amount of information on the subject, in answering a series of questions from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in December 2013
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If you're looking to improve your squat game, hire a personal trainer. And no one says fitness more clearly (read: with more of an accent) than the former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger... recently went undercover at a Gold's Gym in Venice, Calif., as a regional manager named Howard. The Terminator doled out impressive fitness advice, including, "When it burns it grows" and "Quit being a baby. This is Gold's Gym, not a baby gym." See also: The Most Stereotypical People Who Ruin Your Gym Time Schwarzenegger's prank was an effort to promote the After-School All-Stars program, which provides kids with health and leadership education. You can enter for a chance to meet Schwarzenegger himself by donating $10 or more.
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Defense Lobbying Mostly Flat in 2013

Space News - 22 Jan 2014 20:10
Lobbying spending remained mostly flat for the top defense contractors in 2013, as they grappled with sequestration taking effect at the Pentagon.
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Photos: Dwarf Planet Ceres,See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft... will explore Ceres in 2015.
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Reliving 'Boyhood': how“I don’t know what to say about the film, except 4,207 days ago we started shooting this film and we’re really happy to be here.” It was Sunday night, and director Richard Linklater was... addressing a sold-out Sundance audience for the debut of his latest project, Boyhood. Festival audiences are used to seeing premieres of highly anticipated new films, but the energy in the Eccles Theatre was at a higher pitch than usual — and the director of Dazed and Confused and A Scanner Darkly was ready to unveil the most ambitious project he’d ever taken on.
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Young Americans Believe EdwardBy now you must have heard of Edward Snowden, the former CIA technical analyst who leaked a treasure trove of top secret documents detailing the various electronic spying programs of the National... Security Agency. Documents named major U.S. internet companies like Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Google, though all of them denied any involvement with the agency’s clandestine programs. Regardless of that, Snowden’s actions have brought the NSA’s secret operations to the limelight, and there are conflicting public opinions about that. A recent study from the Pew Research Center reveals that majority of the young Americans believe that Snowden has actually served public interest by leaking all of those documents. (more…) Follow: General, Edward Snowden, nsa, Young Americans Believe Edward...
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9to5Toys Lunch Break:Take a few minutes out of your lunch break to snack 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: Solid State Drives: Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB $480 Crucial […]
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Big Red will soon offer the plus-sized smartphone in a pink gold.
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Water Found on Asteroid Ceres

Discover - 22 Jan 2014 20:07
Looking for water is a pretty big deal on Earth, and an even bigger deal elsewhere. The chemical is not only vital to sustaining life as we know it, but it's also an important clue that can reveal... secrets about an object's past. Astronomers had long been looking for it in one particular place, the asteroid belt between Mars' and Jupiter's orbits, and it looks like they finally found it -- on Ceres, one of the belt's most enigmatic bodies. Ceres, SRSLY Ceres has been in the news, off and on
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IBM's low-end server businessIBM has revived efforts to sell its low-end server business and Dell, Fujitsu and Lenovo are all lining up to take a look, according to reports this week. Lenovo was said to be in talks to buy IBM's... commodity hardware division last year, but the discussions apparently broke down over price. IBM is now searching again for a suitor, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. For IBM, shedding its low-end server business might make sense. Weak hardware sales have dragged down its quarterly results, and low-end servers yield less profit than its mainframe and Power systems. Hewlett-Packard led the x86 server market with 32 percent of revenue in last year's third quarter, according to IDC. Dell was second with 21 percent and IBM third with 13 percent. IBM performed worst among the top...
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NASA's call for scientific instrument proposals to be including in the Mars 2020 rover has led to a bounty of proposals. The 58 submissions is double the amount of proposals the space agency usually... receives in competitions.
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If your television still falls in the "dumb" category, a set-top box is usually the easiest solution for gaining access to the goodies that come with Smart TVs. One such …
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New submitter samshead writes in with a bit of interesting news from GÉANT (the European research network): "GÉANT ... recently demonstrated its power by sonifying 36 years’ worth of NASA Voyager... spacecraft data and converting it into a musical duet. ... To compose the spacecraft duet, 320,000 measurements were first selected from each spacecraft, at one hour intervals. Then that data was converted into two very long melodies, each comprising 320,000 notes using different sampling frequencies ... The result of the conversion into waveform, using such a big dataset, created a wide collection of audible sounds, lasting just a few seconds (slightly more than 7 seconds at 44.1kHz) to a few hours (more than 5hours using 1024Hz as a sampling frequency). A certain number of data points, from...
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Take a dip in the Lagoon Nebula, a stellar nursery where bright new stars are being formed     
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AT&T Is Letting Users BreakAT&T announced yesterday that it will waive fees associated with early termination for its existing customers' contracts, but there’s a big catch. Customers must switch to a new AT&T Next plan and... agree to pay full price for their next phone. To be eligible, you'll need to have completed at least six months of your current contract. Your current contract also needs to have been signed by January 18, 2014. That's about the only fine print, though. You'll be able to keep your original phone or have the option to trade it in for up to $300 in credit. I initially panned the AT&T Next plan when it first came out, criticizing it for taking away phone subsidies without offering anything in exchange. The company has since begun offering Mobile Share Value Plans with Next, offering lower rates...
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Where's IBM server businessThe latest rumored would-be buyer is Fujitsu, but Dell and Lenovo are or were also reportedly in the mix.
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Most of the specs and information on the recently-teased Fuji X-T1 that will make landfall on January 28th have already leaked, but the final piece of the rumor puzzle fell into place today when... Digicameinfo published the official-looking product shots you see here. For those of you who haven’t read our previous coverage on the […]
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What If Aereo Wins at the Supreme Court?

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 20:00
Broadcasters will get their chance to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to give them some legal relief in their fight against Aereo, the Internet television company. On Friday the court said it would... hear the appeal brought by ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, and CBS, paving the way for a final determination this summer of whether Aereo's flavor of Internet television is legal. If the broadcasters win, it will be the end of Aereo as we know it. Even if they lose, Aereo's future is far from certain: the industry has already threatened to kill Aereo through technical measures. But first, the court case. Aereo and its antagonists agree on three things. One: Aereo's come up with a really clever technical trick on which to build a business. Two: the company poses a fundamental threat to...
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Is your signature safe? How toHave you ever had your credit card stolen and used? Did the thief try to forge your scrawled signature, miniaturised on that impossibly tiny and slippery white line on the back of your card?
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JILA strontium atomic clockHeralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental strontium atomic clock that has set... new world records for both precision and stability-- key metrics for the performance of a clock.
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New atomic clock could keepIf the atomic clock in the University of Colorado Boulder's JILA laboratory had been started when the earth came into existence, its time would still be perfect down to the very second today.... Likewise, if the clock were reset now and kept running, it would likely outlast life on Earth. The laboratory's atomic clock is — perhaps unsurprisingly — said to be the most precise one in the world, and it's being unveiled today by a paper in Nature. But while it's an incredible feat for timekeeping, for researchers, it's only one tick forward. "We already have plans to push the performance even more." "We already have plans to push the performance even more," Jun Ye, the research's leader, says in a statement. Ye is a fellow with the...
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Which Online Dating Service is Right For Me?

Life Hacker - 22 Jan 2014 20:00
Which Online Dating Service isDear Lifehacker,I've decided to give online dating a try, but there are so many sites out there I can't tell which ones are worth using. Are there any services that are more worth my time than the... others? What are the advantages of each?
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Virgin Galactic Doesn't HaveIf you're one of the 700 or so people who bought tickets to fly to outer space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rockets , don't pack your space bags just yet: Smithsonian notes that the company... doesn't have the Federal Aviation Administration permit required to take passengers to space. Hope you folks got traveler's insurance. Or kept your Bitcoin receipts . [Smithsonian]
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Dwarf planet caught spitting inside asteroid belt

New Scientist - 22 Jan 2014 20:00
The first direct detection of water vapour from Ceres hints that the tiny world has a layer of buried ice or perhaps even slushy volcanoes     
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW's Daily Deals Name... Your Own Price Bundle. We've partnered with ...
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Three-strikes laws don't stopGradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy: That’s the result of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of France’s anti-piracy... legislation, which fines and disconnects users after repeat warnings. Researchers found, according to Torrentfreak, that this simply results in […]
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After IT worker nabbed for putting details of nearly HALF of all SK citizens on USB An IT contractor has been arrested over the theft of credit card and personal details of 20 million South... Koreans....
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The company received about 320,000 requests for customer information in the US, and just a few thousand internationally.
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Global surface temperatures in 2013 were among the highest since scientists started keeping records in 1880. But federal agencies on Tuesday differed when putting last year's climate in historical... context. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that 2013 tied with 2003 for the fourth warmest year. However, NASA said 2009 and 2006 tied for the seventh place See also: Can This Surprising Discovery Fix Climate Change? "This is a real thing," Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientists for NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told Mashable. "It doesn't go away because it's snowing in New York today."
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Your Mac can help you accomplish all kinds of things, but sometimes you need to help it aquire the apps you need. Occasionally you... have to search out the tools you need, going outside of the Apple ecosystem. We've collected some of the best Mac apps available, and you can name your own price to get them. The Mac Bundle 4.0 has an app for just about everything. Think of an area of your life that could be improved on your Mac and you'll find it here. From the powerful SnagIt screen capture tool to the easy to use and extremely capable Flex 4 web editor, the Mac Bundle 4.0 has it all. Grab Boom for your speakers, Camera Bag 2 for your photography, Tunes Cleaner for your music, and much, much more. If you were to buy all of...
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Randi Zuckerberg Discusses HowRandi Zuckerberg, the former Facebook executive and current CEO of Zuckerberg Media, stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss the ways in which Davos has changed since she first attended (and... the ways in which it hasn't). "I still remember the first year I came to Davos on behalf of Facebook. We got some great meetings... But the tone was always, 'What is this new-fangled tech thing?'" Zuckerberg told HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shabib. Zuckerberg's brother, Mark, famously created the social media site while still a Harvard undergraduate. "Now you walk around Davos and Tech Pioneers is an official group [of 36 startups recognized at] the World Economic Forum," she said. "You have really heavy hitters from every major tech company here." Yet Davos can be a little old-fashioned in some...
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Valve SteamOS beta update addsValve's SteamOS beta just got a whole lot more powerful and useful, thanks to a significant beta update that brought support for somewhat necessary features. When Valve released SteamOS beta in... December, it warned that only experienced Linux users should...
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Luna Innovations said Wednesday that it is selling shape-sensing technology used in medical applications to Intuitive Surgical, which makes a robotic surgical system.
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Verizon's general counsel reveals asserted that telcom providers receive more government demands than those in any other industry.
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A new jewelry line on Kickstarter created by a biological electron microscopist immortalizes the beauty of the human chromosome.
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'Tico Timer' Keeps TrackTico Timer — Education — $0.99 Here’s another app from the maker of the very clever Humming Timing. Developer Ricardo Fonseca made Tico Timer for children, and it counts down using animated... shapes instead of numbers. So the clock will…
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Night-Time Landscape Photos  On display at White Cube Bermondsey in London from January 22 – April 14, 2014 is a new solo exhibition from artist and photographer Darren Almond entitled, To Leave a Light Impression. In a... breathtaking series of night-time landscape photos, Almond takes 12 – 30 minute long exposure photographs under the light of a…
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Satechi Smart TV Box Announced

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 19:45
Satechi Smart TV Box AnnouncedThe new Satechi Smart TV Box has just been announced and is available to those who are interested, where it is being touted to stream digital media onto their respective TVs. This Smart Box from... Satechi will run on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, where users will be free to download apps from the Google Play Store as well as stream movies, in addition to performing other tasks such as music playback, being able to access games, among others, on their HDTV – resulting in hours of non-stop entertainment. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, smart tv, Satechi Smart TV Box Announced original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 22 Jan 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: cyberwar tactics to fight cancer's social network, Japan's huge space net, European climate fog and more     
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[GadgeTell] Nokia Lumia Icon page up again

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 19:42
[From GadgeTell] The Nokia Lumia 929 is listed again at $777 but a $199.99 with 2-year contract is expected to be offered by Verizon very soon.
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The billionaire investor tweets that Apple's board is doing a "great disservice to shareholders."
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Fever Treatments May Cause More Flu Deaths

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 19:41
Fever Treatments May CausePeople sick with the flu often take medication that alleviates fever. But their relief may come at a price for others. New findings suggest that suppressing fever can result in the infection of tens... of thousands of additional people each flu season.
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Bill Gates' Viral Video Is Perfect

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 19:41
Bill Gates' Viral Video IsBill Gates wants you to read the Gates Foundations' annual letter about global poverty... and to get you to do that, he wants to create a viral video. Jimmy Fallon was skeptical, but we think they've... done it. See Gates' pretty much perfect viral video above and then visit GatesLetter.com.
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For those of you that've been playing every single Super Smash Bros. game since the first hit the N64, you may very well know about the type of player that …
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Pocket for iOS now supports Airplay, so you can watch your saved videos on the big screen via Apple TV.
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SteamOS Beta Released By Valve

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 19:37
SteamOS Beta Released By ValveValve has just rolled out its SteamOS beta, although this particular introduction will be accompanied by a warning – you should only download this latest beta version if you have a semblance of an... idea of what you are doing. Of course, I guess this is how the battlelines are drawn, separating the real men from boys. At least true testers would be differentiated this time around. Of course, those who qualify would also require a relatively new machine with UEFI, considering how attempts to make the operating system as a secondary boot option did not prove to be that easy. This latest beta that is available to the brave masses would allow interested parties to be more familiar with early SteamOS. (more…) Follow: Gaming, steam, valve, SteamOS Beta Released By Valve original content from...
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[From GadgeTell] Oh, Google Glass. You have gotten people into some major trouble these past months. First, a woman is given a traffic ticket for wearing Glass while driving and now a man is... interrogated by the FBI for wearing Glass while watching "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."
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[From EntertainmentTell] Not unlike the past few years, there's a distinctive scent of money in the Sundance air, as independent filmmakers and art-house studios negotiate their hearts out to reach... what they hope to be mutually beneficial distribution deals.
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During the protests in Kiev, the Ukrainian government uses phone technology to identify those anywhere near the antigovernment marches.
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Google Glass User Detained ByWhile some businesses are banning the high-tech wearable device Google Glass, a theatre owner in Columbus, Ohio, saw enough of a threat to call the Department of Homeland Security. The manager called... in unnamed Homeland Security agents to remove a Balkan programmer who was wearing Google Glass connected to his prescription lenses. The agents and mall police interrogated the Glass-wearer for hours.
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Intensifying Cyber Threats

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 19:36
Intensifying Cyber ThreatsNot too long ago, the phrase "electronic army" would have conjured up visions of a 1980s cyber-dystopian film -- the kind featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and a lot of fog machines. But today the idea... of an electronic army has been adopted outside the realm of entertainment, as a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports Bashar al-Assad's regime, has successfully managed to temporarily cripple the online operations of companies like Twitter and The New York Times. Perceived digital warfare is escalating as a sophisticated breed of attack against corporations, governments and individuals. The Survey on the Global Agenda tells us that people over 50 are more worried about it than the under-50s, but the shift to the cloud and the rise of the "Internet of things" mean that...
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Apple added two new videos ads to its YouTube channel this afternoon – ‘Light Verse’ and ‘Sound Verse’. The two ads have been running on TV for a couple days now and are pared down 30-second... variants of their new…
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Verizon says U.S. governmentVerizon Communications received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2013, more than 100 times the number of requests from... any other country, the telecom carrier said in its first surveillance transparency report. The number of law enforcement requests to Verizon dwarfed the number of requests to some large tech vendors. Google received about 11,000 law enforcement requests in the first half of 2013, while Yahoo received about 12,000, and Apple less than 2000 in the same time frame. Verizon received more than 164,000 subpoenas from U.S. law enforcement agencies and nearly 71,000 court orders, including more than 6,300 pen-register or trap-and-trace orders and nearly 1,500 wiretap orders last year, Verizon said. A...
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Haswell Mac Mini Release Expected Soon

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 19:34
Haswell Mac Mini ReleaseThere hasn’t been much talk about the Mac mini. The last time it was refreshed was back in October 2012, when it came with Intel Ivy Bridge processors and the option to upgrade RAM up to 16GB. Mac... mini happens to be the only product in Apple’s Mac lineup that wasn’t updated in 2013. The company refreshed its iMac, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Intel’s latest Haswell processors, it even launched a radically revamped Mac Pro. Rumor has it that Haswell Mac mini release might take place next month, as a retailer in Belgium has already listed both Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell configurations of the Mac mini. (more…) Follow: Apple, Computers, haswell, intel, mac mini, Haswell Mac Mini Release Expected Soon original content from Ubergizmo.     
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rtoz writes "Researchers at MIT have come up with an innovative approach to creating transparent displays inexpensively, while providing wide viewing angles and scalability to large sizes. To create... the transparent display, silver nanoparticles are embedded in plastic, tuned to scatter only certain wavelengths of light and to allow all other wavelengths through. In this example (video), it is tuned to scatter only blue color using 60nm silver particles. The researchers believe that it can be easily enhanced to a multicolor display by creating nanoparticles that can scatter other primary colors. The ability to display graphics and texts on an inexpensive transparent screen could enable many useful applications. For example, they could bring navigation data to windshields of cars and...
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Blu-Ray Discs Could FeatureThe world looks a whole lot better in color than in black and white, don't you think so? After all, I would say that one of the biggest jumps ever in terms of TV technology would be the one that goes... from black and white to color. Of course, there are other milestones such as the leap to Full HD resolution, as well as 3D and 4K streaming, but are those actually far more important than showing stuff off in color? Well, it seems that the next possible quantum leap in your viewing experience would be the introduction of an algorithm by a company known as Folded Space to encode 12-bit Blu-ray discs with billions of colors. (more…) Follow: General, blu ray, Blu-Ray Discs Could Feature Billions Of Colors original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Fifty-seven percent of people ages 18 and 29 say Edward Snowden "served the public interest" by leaking NSA data. That figure falls to 35 percent among those older than 65.
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Icahn's rhetoric regarding Apple has shifted from having "undervalued" stock to "doing great disservice to shareholders."
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Atomic Fusion: ParticleScience is cool, and Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider wants you to know that. Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider by ByteSized Studios Category: iOS Games Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $1.99 (free... through Level 10) It’s a tough game to describe. It’s…
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A mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before. The strange Mars rock... was spotted by Opportunity on Jan. 8 in a spot where, 13 days earlier, there was nothing. The rock, which scientists now call "Pinnacle Island," is white on the outside, red in the middle and appeared after Opportunity had just finished a short drive. "It looks like a jelly doughnut," said Steve Squyres, the rover's lead scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., during a recent NASA event marking Opportunity's 10th year on Mars. "And it appeared, it just plain appeared, at that spot and we haven't driven over that spot."
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50 of the Best Online CoursesInterested in learning how to build web sites or improve your web design skills? There's a wealth of resources for you (including our own night school on the topic ). Here, in one place is an... exhaustive guide to the best tools around, curated by SkilledUp after reviewing over 140 resources available.
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Jimmy Fallon scrambles to hideBill Gates stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night to talk about his various charitable endeavours and to promote the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's annual letter published today.... Despite the serious subject matter, Jimmy still managed to squeeze in a few laughs including apologizing for the MacBook and Apple keyboard and mouse […]
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BT Achieves Phenomenal Internet Speed

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 19:28
BT Achieves PhenomenalWhen it comes to hooking up the entire slew of homes in Britain to a fiber optic network, BT is still far from finished, as it is certainly a massive undertaking no matter which particular angle you... look at it from. Still, this should not be taken as an excuse to prevent the company from figuring out new methods in order for it to achieve as much performance as possible along the way from the existing infrastructure. Obtaining a little bit of assistance Alcatel-Lucent, the folks over at BT boffins have managed to create what they deem to be the fastest ever “real-world” internet connection. (more…) Follow: Computers, internet, BT Achieves Phenomenal Internet Speed original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Protect, power, and style yourIf you've got yourself a shiny new iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S, and you want to keep it beautiful, then we suggest you get some protection for it. On that note here are our picks for the best iPhone 5/5S... cases. The post Protect, power, and style your new iPhone 5S with these 40 cases appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Verizon Offering UnlimitedVerizon has recently been making a few changes to its plans. It now allows Edge program subscribers to upgrade smartphones after just 30 days, and it has also introduced a new tier in its shared data... plans. The carrier has now turned its focus towards international texts, which can be quite expensive if you happen to do that a lot. Usually carriers offer bundles of international texts for a price, Verizon has gone all out and is now offering unlimited international texts for just $5 per month. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Verizon, Verizon Offering Unlimited International Texts For $5 Per Month original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Findings from a Loyola University Medical Center study ultimately could lead to tests to screen for and diagnose bladder cancer.
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The Internet of Everything (IoE) could generate R152.58 Billion ($14.3 Billion) in value for South Africa's public sector over the next decade, according to a new study released by Cisco.
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Latest European climate targets may never be met

New Scientist - 22 Jan 2014 19:24
Europe has proposed fresh targets for cutting its greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030, but it is unclear how they will be enforced     
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Apple's Mac mini doesn't get a lot of love, at least when it comes to updates. It looks like that will change next month, if a Belgian retailer's website is …
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See the Moon Dance withTo see the quick movement of the moon, observers need a set of bright markers across the sky, exactly the kind of signposts in the night sky this week. Two bright stars and three bright planets mark... the moon's path across the sky.
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AirTerminators RC helicoptersMost remote controlled helicopters merely just let you fly around doing nothing special apart from trying to take out random passers by or crashing into a wall after you've lost control. That's not... the case with the AirTerminators Super Combat Helicopters...
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We're all about the sentiment in Intel's education-focused tablet and PC reference designs, aimed at providing a template for other tablet and PC makers in the education space. That's all fine and... good. Our side that cares about electronics evolving ...
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There are no ifs, ands or buts about it — the sandwich defies the laws of physics Whether you like it buttered or toasted, on whole wheat or rye, slathered with peanut butter and jelly or stacked... high with meats and cheeses (or all of the above), the sandwich is a tried-and-true favorite. See also: Carb Porn: 15 Foods to Scare the Paleo Out of You In this Doghouse Diaries comic, we see how sandwiches have conquered the kitchen as kings of food engineering BONUS: The 10 Biggest Food Crazes of 2013 Comic illustration courtesy of Doghouse Diaries. Published with permission; all rights reserved.
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[From GamerTell] King.com, creators of Candy Crush Saga, have already gone after the word candy. Now, they're going after the word saga. Woe to any game, like The Banner Saga, that uses it.
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Augmented reality liftsImagine strolling along a wildlife refuge trail and finding a marker with a symbol of a bison. Pull out your smartphone or iPad and hold it up to the picture. Now look at the screen and see a 3-D... bison roam across the landscape.
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The Fastest Real-WorldFiber internet is great no matter who's laying it down. Gigabit connection speeds? Hell yes. But if you thought that was fast, researchers in the UK have something better that will not only blow your... hair back, but blow it right off: a 1.4 terabit connection, and all with commercial-grade hardware.
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Spanish cops tweet handy dope-smuggling advice

The Register - 22 Jan 2014 19:19
'Thanks very much :))' replies delighted joint bandit The Spanish National Police force endeared itself to potheads on Tuesday when it obliging responded a Twitter query regarding the best way to... smuggle dope through airport customs....
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Crazy-Town: Star Citizen, theAnd it’s still climbing: according to Roberts Space Industries, which is making the gorgeous gala space simulation (to, in theory, top all space sims), the game could well unlock its final stretch... goal of $39 million. That’s kind of insane. But then this is a game that blew past its original Kickstarter goal of $500,000 to top $2 million already in November 2012, and in slightly more than a year’s time, it’s raised an additional $35 million to top $37 million today. All that crowing over the $10 million Pebble Watch Kickstarter? Forget about it, then insert someone shaking their fist in the air and chanting “game power” here. No pressure, Chris Roberts. Not that I’m worried he won’t be able to deliver. Roberts made some of the best games I’ve ever played (for their...
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Church issues TwitterThe Diocese of Bath and Wells urges its staff and clergy to consider whether they would want God to read their tweets.
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Chrome Exploit Can AllowThere’s an exploit in Google’s popular Chrome browser that can allow hackers to listen in to a user’s offline conversation through their computer’s microphone even after the tab has been... closed. The exploit lies in Chrome’s microphone settings, if a website is given permission to use the device’s microphone in Chrome, it can easily use a pop-up window to keep accessing the microphone and even record while being hidden in the background. Closing the tab will have no effect on the pop-up window’s ability to listen in. (more…) Follow: Web, chrome, Google, hacking, Chrome Exploit Can Allow Hackers To Listen In Even After A Tab Is Closed original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Good news, lunatics! Radical'sThe Radical RXC has a very appropriate name. Looking every bit like a race car with license plates, it's been forbidden fruit for U.S. buyers. Until now: Radical is taking orders for the car in... California. The post Good news, lunatics! Radical’s racer-for-the-road RXC will be sold in the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ears on with Beats Music, theMost streaming services are about what you want to listen to right now. Betas Music is here to bring you the next song with its curated playlists and fill-in-the-blank mixes. It's offering a new way... to discover music. The post Ears on with Beats Music, the Spotify contender you shouldn’t press skip on appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Persistent Structural Unemployment

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 19:14
Persistent StructuralThe world has finally woken up to the problem of persistent structural unemployment. There is a growing consensus on the fact that, unless we address chronic joblessness, we will see an escalation in... social unrest. People, particularly the youth, need to be productively employed, or we will witness rising crime rates, stagnating economies and the deterioration of our social fabric. The fact that governments and businesses are acknowledging these concerns gives me reason to be optimistic, particularly in the West. The latest Pew Research Center data shows that lack of employment opportunities consistently comes out top when people in North America and Europe are asked which issue the government should tackle first. But to make a change we need to follow that realization with real innovation...
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HootSuite boasts that it already serves more than 75 percent of the Fortune 1000. Could the addition of UberVU fill the gap?
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David Jones: 'Business Can BeDavid Jones, founder of Young One World and advisor to Havas, a global communications group, joined HuffPost Live Wednesday to talk about the positive effect business can have on the world. "I have a... fundamental belief that business actually can be a force for good," he said. "That actually, if you want to do well in the future you have to do good. And you'll no longer be able to do well without doing good." But according to Jones, businesses and governments alike have fallen short when it comes to tackling what he sees as one of the world's biggest problems: growing income inequality. "The world needs inclusive, sustainable growth," he said.
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NASA Set for a Big Year inNASA Breaking News: For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our... changing planet.
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KABOOM! Nearby Galaxy M82 Hosts a New Supernova!

Bad Astronomy - 22 Jan 2014 19:11
I woke up to some great science news: A supernova has gone off in the nearby galaxy M82! This is terribly exciting for astronomers. M82 is pretty close as galaxies go, less than 12 million light years... away. That means we have an excellent view one of the biggest explosions in the Universe, and we'll be able to study it in great detail! The supernova has the preliminary designation of PSN J09554214+6940260. I know, that's awful -- it's based on the star's coordinates -- but it'll get a name soon enough that'll be easier on the eyes and brain. And just to get this out of the way, we're in no danger from this explosion. It's far too far away. Also, you won't be able to just go outside, look up, and see it. Right now it's too faint to see without a telescope. But the good news is it appears...
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This infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one direction. Scientists can use these images to learn more about the nature of the... particles that make up Saturn's rings....
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Rare Borneo Bay Cat Captured in Stunning Photo

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 19:10
Rare Borneo Bay Cat CapturedResearchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
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Access your stuff from your phone without touching a public server.
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Tech leaders warn on effectsHi-tech bosses on Wednesday demanded authorities change their murky ways in the wake of revelations of a vast snooping campaign by the US and other governments that has raised concerns on privacy.
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In Images: The Rare Bay Cat of Borneo

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 19:08
In Images: The Rare Bay Cat ofResearchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
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What's Microsoft done lately for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers? A new Microsoft blog post provides some answers to that very question.
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(Reuters) - Japan's Fujitsu Ltd is considering buying International Business Machines Corp's low-end server business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the... matter.
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New think tank tackles Internet governance

PC World - 22 Jan 2014 19:05
New think tank tacklesAn international think tank launched at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday with the goal of influencing the future governance of the Internet. The newly founded Global Commission on Internet... Governance has signed up a roster of worthies, headed by chairman Carl Bildt, Sweden's current foreign minister and past prime minister. The commission plans a two-year process culminating in "a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance." It said on its website that it will "create and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance that can act as a rallying point for states that are striving for a continued free and open Internet." The commission pointed to two current threats to the Internet: efforts by authoritarian states to exert more control...
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China's Firewall Experiences Glitch

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 19:03
China's Firewall ExperiencesThey say that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to China's so called "Great Firewall", it seems that there was a failure recently, and the door was opened to millions to... surf as freely as they wanted to. The cause for this monumental failure (I do wonder whether any party heads are going to roll or not after this) has not yet been determined, although it is widely believed that human error happened to be the cause of this particular glitch. (more…) Follow: Computers, china, China's Firewall Experiences Glitch original content from Ubergizmo.     
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schneidafunk writes " Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.' was the message sent to thousands of protesters as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went... into effect." From NYTimes: "... Protesters were concerned that the government seemed to be using cutting-edge technology from the advertising industry to pinpoint people for political profiling. Three cellphone companies in Ukraine ... denied that they had provided the location data to the government or had sent the text messages, the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda reported. Kyivstar suggested that it was instead the work of a 'pirate' cellphone tower set up in the area."
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High above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a few brave workers began repairs on the 92-year-old Christ the Redeemer statue on Tuesday. The famous monument suffered damage to its fingers and head during a... lightning storm last week. Fixing the 98-foot-tall Art Deco piece of architecture that stands atop of Corcovado Mountain is not a job for anyone with a fear of heights. See also: 14 Stunning Photographs That Bridge Past and Present A photographer captured beautiful (and slightly terrifying) images of the restoration efforts. Officials plan to install additional lightning rods after mending the statue's chips.
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Mobile A/B Testing StartupY Combinator-incubated Apptimize is launching a new "Visual Apptimizer" that's aimed at making A/B testing for mobile apps faster and easier -- in fact, co-founder and CEO Nancy Hua suggested that it... should make this kind of testing accessible to non-developers. The company is also announcing that it has raised $2.1 million in seed funding from a number of big-name investors.
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Teachers From Facebook AndThe Internet is full of lucrative data and businesses are eager for statisticians who can mine it for golden digital nuggets. Responding to the White House's call for more data scientists, Massively... Open Online Course provider, Udacity, has officially launched its paid statistics training program.
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Why is the sun going quiet?

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 19:00
Why is the sun going quiet?The sun is our nearest star and the source of all our light and heat on Earth but recent reports have highlighted an ongoing steep decline in solar activity.
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SteamOS Beta Now SupportsWhen we first took a look at installing the SteamOS beta , it lacked important features like dual-booting or using non-NVIDIA graphics cards. The latter was solved earlier this month , and now... dual-booting has arrived as well.
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Every week, TUAW provides readers with an update on what new or significant crowdfunded Apple-related projects are in the news. While our policy is to not go into detail on items that haven't reached... at least 80 percent of their funding goal, this ...
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Is the 'Internet of Things' Marketing's Next Big Thing?

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 18:59
Is the 'Internet of Things'As a child, The Jetsons was one of my favorite cartoons. It gave me hope for a future and seemed like a perfect utopia -- much preferable to its stone-age counterpart, The Flintstones. I thought... surely by the time I'd be a high school student in 1999, I'd have a Skypad apartment, flying car and a robot maid! In 2014, I'm disappointed to report that I don't even have a dog named Astro, let alone a flying saucer. But with all the fuss about wearable technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) lately, and at this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I think we're inching ever closer. In 2012, I had never heard of the "Internet of Things." By 2013, it seemed to dominate my life. I coveted a Nike Fuel Band, started working with a client in the IoT, received a FitBit for Christmas, and...
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Prip brings its push-to-talkPrip lets you makes push-to-talk calls with other Prip members and Nextel subscribers in Latin America with your iPhone.
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App Duck: The Bluetooth rubberApp Duck is a hands-free Bluetooth media streaming water resistant duck that lets you play music or even take a phone call via Bluetooth while your chilling in the tub. Due out later this year, there... will be four different ducks, including a Zombie duck...
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Ford is teaming up with the brainy folks at MIT and Stanford University to work on self-driving cars. MIT will focus on technology that anticipates movement by pedestrians and other vehicles, while... Stanford will work on sensors that let autonomous vehicles see around obstacles. [Ford via PhysOrg]
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Facebook recently began to auto-play videos that are contained within the news feed of the Facebook app for iOS (and presumably Android). Though the videos play without sound, that auto-play behavior... can still greatly increase the iPhones cellular data usage due to the large size of video files as they are streamed to the device. ...
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Lightweight Linux-lovin approach blows the doors off of typical virtualization Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers... under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive....
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GoDaddy Hopes Super BowlGoDaddy, which earned its Super Bowl reputation with ads featuring cheesecake, has now gone full beefcake. One of its two Super Bowl commercials, posted Wednesday, features a herd of bodybuilders and... a muscle-suited Danica Patrick. Their destination? A spray-tan salon that, of course, got noticed by using GoDaddy's website-building and "Get Found" technology. The ad will air in the second half of the Feb. 2-scheduled big game, GoDaddy said in a press release. This is the 10th straight Super Bowl for the domain registrar. Last year, GoDaddy gave nerds equal time with a spot that had model Bar Refaeli going full lip-lock with cherubic-faced actor Jesse Heiman. This time -- at least in this 30-second, approximately $4 million ad -- the buff get to show their stuff.
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Sponsored post: Head of newTechnology marketing conference announces David Pogue, new tech columnist at Yahoo and former New York Times tech columnist, as the fifth and final addition to the keynote lineup.
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Nvidia to release two moreNvidia, which already wears the crowd of "fastest graphics card in the world," wants to maintain its hold on that prestigious title. Towards that end, they'll be releasing two more heavy duty cards... soon. The post Nvidia to release two more powerhouse graphics cards soon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Candy Crush Dev Also ChasingNot content with stopping game creators from using the word “candy” in their titles, Candy Crush Saga developer King is now trying to block indie developers from using the word “saga,” too.... The company has filed a “Notice of Opposition” against Stoic for its Viking-themed…
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Yamal 601 will operate at Gazprom's 49 degrees east longitude orbital slot to replace the Yamal 202 satellite there now.
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Motorola Could Have Plans For A $50 Handset

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 18:54
Motorola Could Have Plans ForMotorola might be looking into the low end market this time around, as their Moto G did pick up a fair number of followers, and has been regarded in consumer circles to be one of the truly affordable... brand name smartphone that works decently. It does seem that Motorola could be on to something here, as they might just continue to roll out future releases that will resonate with the budget smartphone market. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Motorola, Motorola Could Have Plans For A $50 Handset original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Foxconn Managers Arrested ForTime and time again, the manufacturers that Apple has tapped in China to mass produce its devices start making rounds in the news. Often the allegations deal with worker abuse and labor violations,... apart from the usual product rumors that are supposedly spread by sources within manufacturing facilities Foxconn has been Apple’s manufacturer for a long, long time. Its actually the biggest manufacturer of Apple products, and it finds itself surrounded by allegations once again. Reports coming in from China claim that around a dozen Foxconn managers have been arrested on charges on demanding kickbacks from iPhone component manufacturers. (more…) Follow: Apple, foxconn, Foxconn Managers Arrested For Allegedly Demanding Kickbacks From iPhone Component Makers original content from Ubergizmo....
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Google improves the virtualGoogle has been working on a software keyboard in Chrome OS for nearly a year. And it keeps getting better: the latest improvements allow you to lock the keyboard in place on screen. But what device... is this for? I have an idea.
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Samantha's Futura logo

PTTU - 22 Jan 2014 18:53
Samantha's Futura logoESA Top News: The Futura mission logo was revealed today for ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's long-duration expedition to the International Space Station.
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Samantha's Futura logo

ESA - 22 Jan 2014 18:53
Samantha's Futura logoThe Futura mission logo was revealed today for ESA astronaut Samantha Christoforetti's long-duration expedition to the International Space Station.
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Glass House + Stone (orSnowblower mishap at flagship store in NYC will require costly repair.     
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[From GamerTell] Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft is finally in beta... and you can join in!
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In what has to be the creepiest, most sickening copyright theft story we’ve had the displeasure of running across, a recent photo thief exposed yesterday by the well-known website Photo Stealers was... actually cropping nude shots of young women and passing them off as Senior Portraits in his ‘portfolio.’ The person in question is William […]
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Sight, Sound Out of Sync inA recent Vanderbilt University offers neurological findings that can help account for autism's seemingly disparate symptoms. The study found that children with autism have a broader window of time... than normal children during which their brains process two distinct sensory stimuli as aspects of the same event. The window exists to allow the brain to connect stimuli, for example the sound of the sight of the same action, arriving at slightly different times. In autistic children, that window is much longer, leaving room for confusion.
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Unlocking the brain's secrets using sound

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 18:50
(Phys.org) --The brain is a reclusive organ. Neurons the cells that make up the brain, nerves, and spinal cord communicate with each other using electrical pulses known as action potentials, but their... interactions are complicated and hard to understand. Just getting access to the brain itself is difficult: inserting devices through the skull into the brain requires surgery. But work by Technion Professors Eitan Kimmel and Shy Shoham, and Ph.D. student Misha Plaksin, may advance our ability to unlock the brain's secrets noninvasively using sound, and perhaps create new treatments for illnesses. The findings were published today (January 21, 2014) in Physical Review X.
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Sharp Introduces Aquos Mini SHL24

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 18:49
Sharp Introduces Aquos MiniSharp has always been at the forefront of display technology, even more so when it comes to its range of smartphones and tablets. Well, if you have seen an IGZO display in real life, you would most... probably be blown away by what you see, and their latest handset to hit the market comes in the form of the Aquos mini SHL24. Just where does the “mini” bit come in? I suppose this is due to its 4.5″ 1080p display, not to mention the inclusion of an EDGEST design, which is more or less a minimized level of thickness in its bezel from three sides – and they are on the left, right, and top. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, sharp, Sharp Introduces Aquos Mini SHL24 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has licensed its Equivalent Circuit Battery Model to software developer ThermoAnalytics for use in its recently updated RadTherm... software package.
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Researcher proves mass(Phys.org) --A UT Arlington engineering professor has proven that the effect of mass is important, can be measured and has a significant impact on any calculations and measurements at the... sub-micrometer scale.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Let's be real, we never doubted Kyle Chandler would land on his feet following the premature cancelation of grossly underrated NBC series Friday Night Lights.
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Want a new PC but hate WindowsA big fuss was made over HP’s recent declaration that Windows 7 computers were “back by popular demand.” Why? Because Windows 8′s reception has been beyond disappointing to PC makers and... industry watchers alike. HP moving back to Windows 7 would be yet another sign that computer buyers want nothing to do with Windows 8 but according to ZDNet’s Ed Bott, the entire ordeal was “manufactured.” “This morning I conducted a thorough check of business-focused PC channels,” Bott wrote in a post on Tuesday. “As expected, I found a huge assortment of Windows 7 PCs available for purchase there.” Windows 7 PCs are indeed still abundantly available, as Bott noted. The key to finding them, however, is to shop on
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5 Intriguing Things: Wednesday, 1/22

The Atlantic - 22 Jan 2014 18:46
Sperm smuggling in Gaza, Google Bus protest dioramas, permaculture design, Jeopardy archivists, and paperwork's relationship to the soul.     
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Grand Theft Auto V PC listingsAmazon listings in France and Germany suggest that Rockstar Games may be gearing up to release a long-expected PC port of September 2013's Grand Theft Auto V. The post Grand Theft Auto V PC listings... on Amazon Europe suggest an upcoming release appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Snapchat Makes New Users SolveSnapchat has been in the news quite a lot recently. It was the target of a massive security breach which resulted in usernames and phone numbers of millions of users being compromised. Snapchat took a... long time to acknowledge the hack, and even longer to actually apologize for it. Since then it has been working on beefing up defenses. It now makes new users solve a puzzle before they’re granted access, a simple step that shouldn’t take more than a few seconds, but is bound to keep bots looking to harvest information at bay. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, hacking, snapchat, Snapchat Makes New Users Solve Puzzle To Keep Away Bots original content from Ubergizmo.     
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BT still has a long way to go until it connects all of Britain's homes to its fiber-optic network, but that hasn't stopped the company from exploring new ways to squeeze some extra speed out of it... while it does. With a little help from friends at ...
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Canadian kids take the webToday's youth want to take the Internet with them everywhere, including to bed.
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Disruptive Technology: Building Trust and Driving Change

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 18:42
Disruptive Technology:Business leaders are now thinking about growth. Only a year ago, it was just about survival. However, the traditional approaches to growing a company have to change. If the world is to trust the... economic system again, it must provide sustainable growth but with no more economic peaks and troughs, and no more waste. And so we need to disrupt our thinking as well as embrace disruptive technology. This time last year I wrote about how global business leaders needed disruptive technology to break out of the economic doldrums caused by the 2008 financial crisis. We still felt the cold blast of that event. We were still talking about survival in an economic winter. Today, just a year later, we can see the green shoots of an economic spring. It's by no means a sure thing. Imbalances between...
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There's a bit of technology being introduced this week by the folks at Folded Space that they suggest will allow "Deep Color Content Encoding" that'd be fully backwards-compatible with existing …
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Voice control is an awesomely futuristic way to control your technology like a spaceman, but only if you can trust it. So you might want to stay tight-lipped around Chrome; Google's browser has a... dangerous security flaw that can let malicious sites eavesdrop on your every word.
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T-Mobile wants to be your bankT-Mobile on Wednesday continued to push the boundaries of what defines a mobile carrier by announcing Mobile Money, a new personal finance service that lets customers store and manage their money with... the Seattle-based company.     
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Best Toys 2014: Our favouritesThe Toy Fair took place for its sixth year at Olympia in London this week and saw the launch of some exciting new toys, along with life-sized Minions and a pack of Ninja Turtles walking the aisles. We... trawled the show floor to hunt down the most gadgety...
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Ford, researchers to work onFord Motor Co. said Wednesday it was teaming up with researchers at two US universities to work on obstacles, technical and otherwise, to automated driving.
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At the surface, Venus roasts at more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit under a suffocating blanket of sulfuric acid clouds and a crushing atmosphere more than 90 times the pressure of Earth's. Although... Venus is often referred to as Earth's twin,...
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Apple Reportedly Sold 25On Monday, Apple is going to report last fiscal quarter’s earnings after the markets close. Before the actual announcement takes place, analysts are now making predictions about unit sales, expected... revenue and net profit. We have already heard that Apple is expected to have sold over 55.3 million iPhones in the last quarter, today predictions from various analysts pegs unit sales of all iPads at 25 million, at the very least. (more…) Follow: Apple, Tablets, iPad, iPad Air, Apple Reportedly Sold 25 Million iPads Last Quarter original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Vendors reportedly had to bribe managers to get their foot in the door as iPhone parts suppliers.
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Nvidia splits with Euro sales chief Faulkner

The Register - 22 Jan 2014 18:34
Company veteran off to 'try something new' but PR can't say where or when Grizzled Nvidia hand Fiona Faulkner has left to "try out something new", much to the surprise of industry folk that had her... down as almost one of the fixtures and fittings....
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Gamepad Compatible Category Announced

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 18:33
Gamepad Compatible CategoryA certain Paul Bernhardt from BlackBerry’s Developer Relations team made an announcement that BlackBerry World will feature a "Gamepad Compatible" category. Just what does this entail for the end... user? Apparently, games in BB’s app store which features gamepad compatibility will also be lumped together in this particular category. Chances are, BlackBerry has a soft spot for physical buttons – after all this while, they still push out devices that arrive with a full fledged QWERTY keyboard, which could be why they are asking developers to churn out more games that are compatible with a controller. Other than the existing Gamepad API, BlackBerry did offer free MOGA Pro and SteelSeries controllers for BB 10 game developers last year, which will hopefully help these developers to include...
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[From GadgeTell] As if the Galaxy Note 3 wasn't enthralling enough, Samsung has very recently started its Android 4.4 KitKat updating process, making the 5.7-inch phablet by far the most desirable... mobile device of its footprint.
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Zenefits Adds $15M FromThe thought of managing HR, benefits and payroll is enough to make most entrepreneurs grimace. However, time consuming and frustrating as it may be, it’s a part of the job description and something... every startup and small business has to address sooner or later. Having dealt with the paperwork and administrative headaches at startups before, Parker Conrad and Laks Srini launched Zenefits last year to take the pain of HR management out of the hands of founders and move it to the cloud. Beginning with a service that sought to automate the process of setting up and managing group health coverage and payroll, Zenefits enabled small businesses to transfer administration online, for free, and removed the need to dip into hiring budgets to hire a dedicated HR person. However, the team quickly...
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The most time consuming part of switching phones is often transferring data from the old handset to the new one, something simplified for those switching to Motorola via the Moto …
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The Iconfactory has released Twitterrific 5.6 for iPhone and iPad (universal), with great new features and a sale price of US$0.99. One big feature is streaming. Now, users on WiFi can opt to have... their stream update in real time. Version 5.6 also ...
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The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism. Articles published... over two decades were reviewed in order to locate the soundest research on interventions for children from birth to age 22.
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Mock Mars Mission: Farewell toAs SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell's Mars mission in the Utah desert comes to a close, she reflects on the commitment it takes to 'live' on the Red Planet, from maneuvering in a spacesuit to... simulating zero gravity surgery.
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Google to buy more wind powerGoogle continues to invest in wind power for its data centers -- this time in Finland.
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New test targets salmonella

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 18:27
An array of tiny diving boards can perform the Olympian feat of identifying many strains of salmonella at once.
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Every Nintendo Start Screen inNow THIS is a movie I can get behind. I would go see this in a theater. A glutton for punishment who goes by the username NicksplosionFX has meticulously cobbled together the start screens from what... he claims are every NES game, in alphabetical order. The video is just shy of three hours long. Even if a few oddball titles are missing - not saying they are; just if - it’s an incredible feat. I’ve made a video or hundred in my day, and I can’t imagine taking the time to put something like this together. He deserves a medal. Surely you can set aside three measly hours of your workday to watch this. Yes? Yes. Say yes. PRESS START [YouTube via Geekosystem] Related: The History of Video Game Consoles: Part One The History of Video Game Consoles: Part Two The History of Video Game Consoles:...
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Professionals, such as doctors, lawyers and financial advisers, face conflicts of interest when they have a personal, and often financial, interest in giving biased advice. New research examines... situations in which advisers have the ability to not have any conflicts of interest -- such as doctors who can decide whether to meet with and accept gifts from pharmaceutical companies.
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Unannounced Samsung SM-S780LThere is nothing quite like having a flagship device announced by any smartphone manufacturer, as it underlines the intent of the company to introduce something that users will be proud of. What used... to make the cut in flagship devices, 720p displays on smartphones are now considered to be mid-range handsets. Having said that, 720p is still pretty decent a performer when you look at it, and I suppose that Samsung has the mid-range market in mind with the new and unannounced SM-S780L. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, Unannounced Samsung SM-S780L Is In The Pipeline original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Some psychologists are keen to prescribe oxytocin off-label, in order to treat mild social unease in those who don't suffer from a diagnosed disorder. Not such a good idea, say researchers.
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Few discrepancies exist between the disease management program "Asthma" and current clinical practice guidelines. However, guidelines are in part more detailed.
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The internet of things needs aThe internet of things is an entirely new way of building out networks and services, so why would we use old client-server or even cloud-tested forms of security? What comes next?
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Long-term results of EORTC trial 22921 with 10.4 years median follow-up show that 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy after preoperative (chemo)-radiotherapy for patients with cT3-resectable T4 M0 rectal... cancer does not improve survival or disease-free survival.
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An anonymous reader writes "Canadian law professor Michael Geist reports that the Canadian arm of the RIAA is calling for new Internet regulation, including website blocking and search result... manipulation. While the Canadian music industry experienced increased digital sales last year (sales declined in the U.S.) and the Ontario government is handing out tens of millions of tax dollars to the industry, yet the industry now wants the government to step in with website blocking and ordering search companies to change their results to focus on iTunes and other sales sites."
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[EntertainmentTell] Blu-ray Review: Collision

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 18:24
[From EntertainmentTell] A spectacularly complex thriller awaits in Lionsgate's "Collision."
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Fast food restaurants take a lot of heat for the rise in obesity in the United States, but is it really their fault? A research survey revealed that most people believe individuals are to blame for... their own obesity - not restaurants, grocery stores, farmers, or government policies. One implication from this research is that creating and enforcing public policies to help reduce obesity and/or encourage healthier food choices may not be as effective as policy makers would like.
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Ancient Church Mosaics Uncovered in Israel

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 18:24
Ancient Church MosaicsThe remains of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine church was uncovered in southern Israel complete with ancient mosaics depicting zebras, leopards, turtles and other animals, archaeologists say.
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Nearly half of hospitalized American adults age 65 and older require decision-making assistance from family members or other surrogates because the patient is too impaired to make decisions... independently, according to a new study.
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A new injectable material designed to deliver drug therapies and sensor technology to targeted areas within the human body is being developed by a biomedical engineer who says the system can lock its... payload in place and control how it is released.
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A major component of olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, is the subject of a study of women who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer.
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Huge touch-screen displays, 3D printers, and a host of programmable robots are ready for class.
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Photo Stealers exposes Cambridgeshire-based William Rogers', aka Challenging Photography, affinity for stealing other people's wedding photography portfolio as well as his penchant for turning NSFW... photos of young girls into senior portraits. The post Photo Stealers Exposes Photo Thief with a Habit of Turning NSFW Photos of Young Girls Into Wholesome Portraits appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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How do black holes form jets?

Galaxy Zoo - 22 Jan 2014 18:20
How do black holes form jets?This post was written by Radio Galaxy Zoo team member Stas Shabala, an astronomer at the University of Tasmania. The supermassive black holes at the hearts of galaxies are supposed to be simple. For... someone looking at a black hole from afar, physicists tell us all black holes can be described by just three parameters: their mass, electric […]
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Carl Icahn Has Invested More Than $3 Billion In Apple

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 18:18
Carl Icahn Has Invested MoreNEW YORK (AP) -- Activist investor Carl Icahn says he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3 billion.... Icahn disclosed the purchases on his official Twitter account on Wednesday. He also criticized the iPhone and Mac computer maker's board, saying it's doing a "great disservice" to shareholders by not increasing its stock buyback significantly. Apple did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday morning. Icahn has been pushing the company's board to spend more of its cash to repurchase shares. Shares of Cupertino, Calf.-based Apple Inc. are up $7.29 at $556.36 in morning trading.
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British regulators approved a licensing regime for maritime and aeronautical use of Ka-band satellite frequencies.
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British regulators approved a licensing regime for maritime and aeronautical use of Ka-band satellite frequencies.
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New images show the Lagoon Nebula, classified as Messier 8, located just 5,000 light-years from Earth, as teeming with star formation activity. The mix of gas and dust has made the nebula a perfect... stellar nursery filled with bright young stars.
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After lightning struck andAfter lightning struck and chipped Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue last week, repairs were required. In this AP photo, a worker is inspecting the statue's outstretched arm for... damage, with the goal of installing more protective lightning rods on the figure in the weeks to come. [AP/Felipe Dana via Hypervocal]
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The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is collaborating with Leidos (formerly Science Applications International Corporation) to develop a reference... system architecture aimed at increasing security levels of microgrid control and IT systems used to manage electrical microgrids worldwide.
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[From EntertainmentTell] After taking on subjects as diverse as baseball, jazz, and the Civil War, documentarian Ken Burns will focus on country music for a 2018 release.
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According to the Anime (and Manga) Rurouni Kenshin, there's a mythical sword by the name of "sakabato" out there in the wild, one made only for the warrior most dedicated …
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HootSuite Buys UberVU ToHootSuite -- a platform for enterprises to manage their presence on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and many more -- is ramping up its product offering with more big... data. Today it announced that it has acquired London-based uberVu, a social analytics platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but we're trying to find out.
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Grand Theft Auto V is comingAlthough there has been no official confirmation, it seems that a PC version of GTA V is definitely on the cards. Amazon has listed the game in both Germany and France. The French page for Grand Theft... Auto V on "Windows 7/Vista" has now been taken down,...
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The famous glass cube structure at Apple's flagship store in New York City was a casualty of the snow storm that hit the Northeast on Tuesday into Wednesday. Dozens of users posted pictures to Twitter... and Instagram overnight showing a broken glass panel at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac notes that the cost of repairing the panel will likely be at least $450,000. See also: 16 Best Free Mac Apps A representative at the Fifth Avenue location confirmed to Mashable that the broken glass panel was the result of a snow blower, though it's unclear whether that snowblower belonged to the city or a private business. The store will remain open, despite the mishap
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E-whiskers

e! Science News - 22 Jan 2014 18:10
From the world of nanotechnology we've gotten electronic skin, or e-skin, and electronic eye implants or e-eyes. Now we're on the verge of electronic whiskers. Researchers with Berkeley Lab and the... University of California (UC) Berkeley have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats. These new e-whiskers respond to pressure as slight as a single Pascal, about the pressure exerted on a table surface by a dollar bill. Among their many potential applications is giving robots new abilities to "see" and "feel" their surrounding environment.
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China vs Facebook: Intimate rivals

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 18:10
A couple of years ago I was part of a group visiting the mighty companies of Silicon Valley in California. The purpose of the trip was to understand the views of organisations such as Facebook, Apple... and LinkedIn about their international role. It was clear that China figures in all of their worlds. No wonder, for the country represents a potential market of over a billion people, who - according to most available data - look healthily addicted to social media. As many as 900 million mobile-phone users, and over half a billion who surf the internet every day, is a lure too large to ignore.
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere: 'WeIf there’s one thing T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO loves to do, it’s swear up a storm while talking to the media and while speaking during T-Mobile’s recent press conferences. But beyond that,... Legere also clearly loves shaking up the U.S. wireless industry and stealing his rivals’ subscribers in the process. Looking past the executive’s big talk, T-Mobile is delivering, having added 4.4 million net new subscribers over the past year. In a recent interview with NPR, Legere discussed T-Mobile’s success, the state of the industry, his love of profanity, Macklemore, and even a potential Sprint takeover bid. “We are either going to take over this whole industry, or these a**holes are going to change,” Legere told NPR. “The whole industry is
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Hasselblad unveils world'sHasselblad released a teaser and statement announcing the H5D-50c, the world's first medium-format camera with the 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. Scheduled to go on sale in March, few details were... mentioned. But you can expect it to cost almost $25,000. The post Hasselblad unveils world’s first CMOS medium-format camera, still too rich for your blood appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New subsidiary OCZ Storage Solutions will continue to sell its solid-state drives to enterprises and consumers.
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Apple has crafted two new iPad Air ads based upon the original “Your Verse Anthem” TV commercial that started running recently. The new commercials are 30 second spots, with different imagery that... centers around a theme of either light or sound, both of which feature shorter voice narration from the 80′s movie Dead Poet’s Society. ...
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The NSA leaker will be taking questions via Twitter for a Webcast Q&A session on Thursday. Crave's Eric Mack has five questions for Edward Snowden that have been eating away at him and have little to... do with the NSA.
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The NSA leaker will be taking questions via Twitter for a Webcast Q&A session on Thursday. Crave's Eric Mack has five questions for Snowden that have been eating away at him and have little to do with... the NSA.
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Icahn says Apple 'doing greatFollowing a precatory proposal from billionaire investor and Apple shareholder Carl Icahn urging Apple to vote on a larger buyback, Icahn today announced on Twitter that he thinks Apple "is doing... great disservice to shareholders by not having markedly increased its buyback." He also said that he would soon send Apple another in-depth letter regarding […]
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Conventional Gorilla Glass is like so 2014, yah? Apple manufacturing partner GT Advanced has embarked on a hiring drive for its brand new sapphire-glass-producing iFactory....
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European Space Imaging won a four-year contract with the European Commission to provide satellite data supporting the commission's Common Agricultural Policy.
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European Space Imaging won a four-year contract with the European Commission to provide satellite data supporting the commission's Common Agricultural Policy.
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With plenty of horsepower andThe Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R will bring the historic Z/28 nameplate back to racing when it debuts at the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this week. Unlike many race cars, it's very similar to what customers... can actually buy. The post With plenty of horsepower and punctuation, the Camaro Z/28.R racer heads to Daytona appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Crowdsourcing a living map of world health

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 18:02
Crowdsourcing a living map ofWhat if by collecting data from mobile medical apps on cell phones around the world, we could map significant problems and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? A team of engineers,... biologists and medical researchers at the University of California, San Diego wants to leverage the widespread use of smart phone technology and cloud computing to build maps of large-scale health problems or environmental damage such as the concentration of heavy metals in drinking water. The idea is based on the principle that health, including infectious disease and environmental pollution, is a trackable geospatial event. The team is working towards developing a tricorder that could monitor both individual and environmental health. In phase one, citizen sensors will test their drinking water...
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Trove Rethinks Social News Discovery

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 18:02
Trove, the social news discovery app first created by the Washington Post's digital team, relaunched a completely overhauled suite of iOS apps Wednesday. The app's concept is similar to news... aggregation apps like Zite and Flipboard in that it provides users with curated stories based specific topics. (A "trove" is a curated list of stories based around a single topic.) See also: 10 Free iPhone Apps You'll Use Every Day But unlike these apps, Trove doesn't rely on algorithms to predict relevant stories. Instead, each topic is managed by an individual curator who hand-picks each story. The goal, says CEO Vijay Ravindran, is to reduce signal noise and help readers find all the stories they care about.
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When we shared photographer Adam Magyar’s talk in which he describes the techniques he used to capture the mesmerizing photos and footage in his portfolio, he said ‘everything looks cool in... slow-motion.’ And even though he’s probably right, we would add an Orwellian addendum to that statement: ‘but some things look cooler than others.’ That’s […]
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Blu-ray discs may soon getIt's nice that 4K streaming is coming to match the onslaught of Ultra HD screens, but most media is still encoded with a "measly" 8 bits per color channel, rendering around 16 million colors. That... might sound fine, but so-called deep color (10, 12 or ...
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Got the flu? Think twice before you pop a pill to feel better. Most over-the-counter flu medications include a fever-reducing ingredient such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But suppressing fever,... according to new research, actually increases the number of seasonal flu cases by at least 5 percent in the U.S., and could cause as many as 1,000 additional deaths from influenza nationally each year. Fever Defense Fever acts as a kind of defense mechanism for our bodies. The normal human te
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Apple Wins Big Against Samsung In Court

TechCrunch - 22 Jan 2014 18:01
Apple Wins Big Against SamsungThis is the song that never ends. Judge Lucy Koh of the Norther District of California, presiding over two separate patent cases between Apple and Samsung, yesterday issued a summary ruling against... Samsung. The ruling declared that Samsung was infringing on one of Apple's patents involving autocomplete on a keyboard. Namely, Apple holds the rights to showing both the word that has been typed as well as the suggested autocompletion at the same time. Therefore, Samsung's Android devices are infringing unless Samsung can go so far as to invalidate the patent altogether during the spring trial.
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After WaPo Sale, GrahamA few years back, the Labs group of The Washington Post Co. debuted Trove, a personalized, social news site and aggregator that relied heavily on Facebook for curation. But of course, the company's... flagship newspaper WaPo was sold to Jeff Bezos last year, and the Labs group was absorbed into the new Washington Post Co., which is now Graham Holdings. Today, Graham Holdings is relaunching Trove as a standalone social news reader, which combines existing parts of the original Trove app and WaPo Labs' Social Reader app to create a new social news-reading experience.
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Bits Blog: Test Run: Trove Is a Treasure for News Junkies

The New York Times - 22 Jan 2014 18:00
Bits Blog: Test Run: Trove IsGraham Holdings, the education and media company left after The Washington Post Company sold its namesake newspaper, is venturing back into news with a new app, Trove, that makes it easy for users to... find and curate articles on their favorite topics.     
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Google uses YouTubeA new Google service uses YouTube to shed some light on the bandwidth delivered by ISPs. The Video Quality Report website will first be available in Canada, where users will be able to see how an... ISP's network performs in a specific region. Unlike many other performance tests, the Video Quality Report doesn't spit out a number of megabits per second, but one of three ratings. The top one is "HD Verified," which means users should be able to watch videos in HD (at least 720p) with fast load times most of the time. To get the rating the operator's network has to perform at that level 90 percent of the time. The sustained speed needed to qualify is over 2.5M bps. The other two ratings are "Standard Definition" and "Lower Definition". They mean users can watch videos in standard definition (at...
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Delicious Dishes You Didn'tYou've probably heard about slow cookers, and how they can save you time and money in the kitchen. Most people use them for slowly simmered soups, stews, and broths, which is great--but did you know... you can make cheesecake in your slow cooker? What about barbecue ribs? Let's talk about some unexpected, delicious meals that are surprisingly slow cooker-friendly.
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Though no time is a good time to have a heart attack, a new study reveals that patients visiting the hospital at night or on the weekend for a heart attack have higher mortality than those visiting... during regular hours.The research, published online by the BMJ, also shows that emergency treatment takes longer for patients visiting outside normal business hours, suggesting that "thousands of extra deaths" each year are a result of factors that occur after patients arrive at the hospital.
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A new study published in the British Medical Journal finds a small but significant increase in psychosis risk for people who suffer the loss of a family member in childhood.Although we know that adult... health can be influenced by the genes we inherit from our parents, as well as the environment and lifestyle we experience as children, some evidence has suggested that psychological stress from the mother can also affect the development of a fetus.
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Amazon developing pay-TV - report

IOL - 22 Jan 2014 18:00
Amazon.com is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report.
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Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

NASA Breaking news - 22 Jan 2014 18:00
Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
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For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet.
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SnappyApp is a handy screen capture and display tool for OS X that pins your captured image above all windows on your Mac. No matter what window you are working in, the content that you capture is... always visible. It's the perfect sticky note app for ...
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Oxytocin is commonly referred to as the "love hormone." It plays a significant role in social bonding, and recent studies have shown that the hormone can help people with autism and schizophrenia to... better interact with others. But new research suggests that, for healthy young adults, too much oxytocin can result in oversensitivity to the emotions of others.This is according to a study recently published in the journal Emotion.
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[From HomeTechTell] The Spiral Groove SG1.1is ana mazing, precision turntable that is designed to almost completely eliminate vibration and other interference, for only $36,000
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Building Better Healthcare From the Bottom Up

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 17:59
Building Better HealthcareIn my work designing medical devices, when I ask health workers about the major challenges they face, the most common reaction is surprise. Rarely are they asked this. Their answers also surprise me.... Yes, the usual responses are there: lack of equipment or supplies, power outages, poor pay. But so was morale. As a 30-something, bespectacled doctor at a dusty rural community clinic put it to me: "I'm overworked. I haven't received my pay in two months. I don't have any medicines or gauze. My wife has no one to talk to here." Health ministries and global health experts talk a great deal about finding the right incentives to change behavior to improve healthcare. Yet, from a design -- and human -- perspective, I wonder if we need to flip this thinking on its head. A good solution needs little...
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Internet crowd-solves 20 year old mystery

The Loop - 22 Jan 2014 17:59
This is great. A family kept a mysterious note from their grandmother for 20 years. The note was a series of letters, clearly some sort of code. Try as they might, they could not decipher this last... message from grandma. So they posted it online. 15 minutes later, they had their answer.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Sony Xperia Z1s now available on T-Mobile

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 17:56
Sony Xperia Z1s now available$0 down and $22 per month for the phone, or $528 outright Right on schedule, the Sony Xperia Z1s launches today on T-Mobile in the U.S. Sony's latest handset costs $528 outright, which is split into... 24 payments of $22 per month. As usual with T-Mo it's $0 down, and you pay for your service on top of the monthly device fee, so you're looking at total bills starting at $72 per month for 500MB, rising to $92 per month for unlimited data. The Xperia Z1s is essentially an Xperia Z1 tweaked for T-Mobile, with a lighter plastic frame, some minor external differences and 32 gigabytes of storage versus the Z1's 16. It's powered by the same Snapdragon 800 processor as its international cousin, with 2 gigabytes of RAM, a 1080p "Triluminos" display and a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera. Our own Anndrew...
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Avegant's Glyph, the wearable display with built in headphones, has arrived on Kickstarter today as promised, bringing with it "Virtual Retinal Display" and on-eyes goodness. The campaign funding is... rising …
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Government policy outpaced byNew education curriculum intended to be adaptable and stay relevant
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Activist investor Carl Icahn has just tweeted that his investment firm has acquired an additional $500 million in Apple stock over the past two weeks, pushing his stake to over $3 billion. Calling... continued investment in Apple a "no brainer" at current prices, Icahn also continues to believe that Apple needs to significantly increase its stock buyback program. A more in-depth letter from Icahn on the topic will be forthcoming. Having purchased $500 million more $AAPL shares in the last two weeks, our investment has crossed the $3 billion mark yesterday. — Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) January 22, 2014 Icahn began buying significant amounts of Apple stock last August, and has been vocal about encouraging Apple to increase its buyback program to help investors. Icahn met with Apple CEO Tim...
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How to Write a ProfessionalIt's that time of year again -- summer job and internship application time. Though your interview and cover letters are essential in the job-hunting process, your bios on Twitter, LinkedIn and your... personal website are important parts of how you're represented on the Internet. You probably have accounts on a bunch of different social media, and you can use them to your advantage! A great bio displays your personality and professionalism year-round, and it's also a quick and easy way for you to garner interest from potential employers, bringing you one step closer to the job of your dreams. Here are the most important things you need to know when writing different types of professional bios. LinkedIn Summary Be professional It might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how big an impact...
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CNNMoney says Samsung is failing

BGR - 22 Jan 2014 17:50
CNNMoney says Samsung isOf the hundreds of Android smartphones that have launched since the mobile platform first debuted in 2008, Samsung’s most recent flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, sold the best. The flagship phone... quickly became the fastest-selling Android device of all time and Samsung went on to ship 40 million units in six months. Unfortunately for the company’s share price, analysts were expecting sales to be even better, so Samsung ended up missing expectations. But it’s not just analysts’ estimates that are hurting Samsung’s stock -- the company reported unaudited results for the holiday quarter that saw profit dive -18% compared to the year-ago quarter. According to CNNMoney’s Adrian Covert, Samsung’s strategy is failing. He calls Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 a “disappointment in
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Image: Infrared image of Saturn's rings

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 17:50
Image: Infrared image of(Phys.org) --Although it may look to our eyes like other images of the rings, this infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one... direction. Scientists can use these images to learn more about the nature of the particles that make up Saturn's rings.
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Toshiba snags SSD maker OCZ

Digital Trends - 22 Jan 2014 17:49
Toshiba snags SSD maker OCZOCZ, a maker of solid state drives, was just acquired by Toshiba, which makes its own hard drives and other tech gear as well.
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Snowy Super Bowl? Too Early to Make the Call

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 17:49
Snowy Super Bowl? Too Early toThe snowy conditions currently barreling across northeastern states may have football fans worried about what this might mean for the open-air Super Bowl scheduled for Feb. 2, but the storm has little... bearing on weather conditions two weeks from now.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The rights to a state-side across-the-pond version for the one-off Channel 4 (think of a slightly randier version of the BBC) factual show - which saw three couples each... entering a large box to have sex, then candidly discussing their experiences in front of a studio audience - have been bought by Relativity Media.
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The search giant's executive chairman has the necessary security clearance but tells the Guardian he was never briefed about the NSA's activities.
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The folks at T-Mobile and Sony are proving they're willing to go the extra mile when it comes to the release of the Xperia Z1S this week. In the release …
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New submitter Ramtek writes "Marc Andreessen writes an interesting editorial on how he how he believes Bitcoin is the first practical solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem and why that is... important. He also addresses many of arguments against its future by its critics such as its current limited use by ordinary consumers, its current volatility, its potential lack of acceptance by merchants, and many other issues. While politically agnostic the piece is squarely in support of Bitcoin but presents a more mature perspective than many current Bitcoin editorials." eggboard wrote in with a rebuttal: "Marc Andreessen wrote an essay in the New York Times in which he tried to make the case for Bitcoin going mainstream for payments, if not as a currency. After comparing Bitcoin to the rise of...
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Mysterious Mars rock looksA mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before.
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Two Las Vegas casinos, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, have announced they are accepting bitcoins, but don't expect to use them at the craps tables. Bitcoin will only be... accepted at the front desk of the two locations, at the gift shop and at on-site restaurants, according to CoinDesk. Derek Stevens, co-owner and CEO of both the D and Golden Gate, told the publication that bitcoins won't be accepted on the casino floor because of ongoing concerns from state regulators See also: How Coinbase Became the Top-Funded Bitcoin Startup The locations will use BitPay to process the payments, which are made via tablets and phones. The Golden Gate, built in 1906, is the oldest casino in Las Vegas. The brand likes to style itself as a technology innovator and claims to have...
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[From EntertainmentTell] The initial pitch for Batman prequel show Gotham worried a lot of us. A drama about Batman's city that didn't have the Batman?
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The shuttle buses that transport workers for huge tech firms like Google, Facebook, and Apple between San Francisco and Silicon Valley every day have come under heavy fire lately, but today a vote was... passed unanimously on a pilot program that the city hopes will help ease those tensions. In front of a meeting room packed full with journalists and citizens, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) just approved a proposal that will see commuter shuttle buses pay to share approximately 200 spots with city buses. Companies that operate the buses will soon have to pay $1 for every stop they make, every day, to the SFMTA — amounting to about $1.5 million over the 18-month pilot (set to start in July 2014). The agency won't earn any profit from the money it collects, though;...
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A new poll was released recently on the views of Latinos in America about their health and health care, communities, financial situation, and discrimination in their lives.
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Reducing liver protein SIRT1 levels

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 17:41
A new study demonstrates that the abnormal metabolism linked to obesity could be regulated in part by the interaction of two metabolic regulators, called the NAD-dependent deacetylase SIRT1 and... fibroblast growth factor 21. Using experimental models, the researchers found that a lack of SIRT1 protein in the liver led to lower levels of a liver secreted protein FGF21, which resulted in an increased likelihood of developing fatty liver disease and obesity.
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Apple rumored to be planningiPhoneclub (translation) says that Apple’s rumored plan to build a new data center in Netherlands are now focusing on the town of Eemshaven. Eemshaven is an ideal location due to the high-speed... transatlantic fiber optic cable link to the USA. Google already has a 10,000 square meter data center in the town, and it is believed […]
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Twitterrific 5 updated withThe Iconfactory released a significant update to Twitterrific 5 today bringing support for a highly requested feature: streaming. Just like Twitter for Mac and Tweetbot for Mac and iOS, Twitterrific... will now present new tweets to you as they’re loaded alleviating the need to pull-to-refresh when you’re caught up on your timeline. You will need to […]
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A new article describes a contest for the best technique of intracellular particle tracking. Intracellular particle tracking requires simultaneous tracking of the motions of hundreds and thousands of... intracellular organelles, virions and even individual molecules. Techniques proposed by all the participants find their own ways for solving the problem.
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Online comments can undermine anti-smoking PSAs

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 17:40
Commentary accompanying anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) in online forums like YouTube has an impact on the PSA's overall effectiveness. Both negative and positive comments... accompanying PSAs degrade the persuasiveness of the videos.
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Twelve US companies, including Level 3 Communications and BitTorrent, agreed to settle FTC charges that they falsely claimed to be in compliance with an international privacy framework known as the... US-EU Safe Harbor.
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[From GadgeTell] Japan-headquartered electronics manufacturer Kyocera may still have a long way to go until breaking into the mainstream Western mobile device market, but the OEM is slowly and... steadily making a name for itself in the stateside rugged niche.
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While nearly all of Apple's Mac lines have transitioned to Intel's latest Haswell chip platform, one notable exception is the Mac mini, which has not been updated since October 2012 and is ripe for an... update. As noted in our forums, major Belgian retailer Computerstore.be has now posted placeholder listings for new Haswell Mac minis in Core i5 and Core i7 variations. Retailer placeholders are typically unreliable indicators of new product launches, although they have on occasion been accurate. One forum poster did, however, contact the store and was told that the information "comes from apple or reliable sources". The store representative also noted that a release date is not yet available but that they expect a launch by the end of February based on availability of the placeholder...
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Sci-Fi Spaceship Helps LaunchA new exhibition opening today (Jan. 22) transforms the floor of a museum in New York City into the fictional insides of a spaceship.
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Wow! Now here’s a supernova bright enough for even small telescope observers to see. And it’s in a bright galaxy in Ursa Major well placed for viewing during evening hours in the northern... hemisphere. Doesn’t get much better than that! (...)Read the rest of Bright New Supernova Blows Up in Nearby M82, the Cigar Galaxy […]
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AT&T lights up new LTE markets

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 17:37
AT&T lights up new LTE marketsAT&T has announced that it's lit up 4G LTE service in "several" new markets today, including 20 highlighted in today's news release. Check out the full list after the break.
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T-Mobile wants to be yourUncarrier, indeed.
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The Cypher Labs Theorem 720 portable digital converter-headphone amp will take your sound to the next level.
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Herschel discovers waterESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapour around Ceres, the first unambiguous detection of water vapour around an object in the asteroid belt.
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Cosmic Lens Caught BendingNASA's Fermi telescope has captured the first gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a rare natural alignment in which a massive body distorts light from a more distant object.
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Sprint's iDEN network shutdown may have quashed hopes for an iPhone with native push-to-talk support, but that won't matter much now that Motorola and NII Holdings have brought Prip's service to iOS.... The new app lets American iOS 7 users instantly ...
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Boss at Manchester-based reseller brands case 'ridiculous' Aria Technology has received a telling-off from the Advertising Standards Agency for failing to respond to a complaint about a hard drive... promotion which the toothless watchdog deemed to be "misleading"....
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In a summary judgment order entered late on Tuesday (January 21, 2014), Judge Lucy Koh, the federal judge presiding over two Apple v. Samsung patent cases in the Northern District of California, found... Samsung's Android-based devices to infringe an Apple patent on word recommendations (autocomplete) and declared a Samsung patent on multimedia synchronization invalid. This spells trouble for Samsung.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Sound Waves Make Droplets Dance in Midair

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 17:31
Sound Waves Make DropletsMusic blasts can't quite lift you off your feet just yet, but making droplets levitate with sound may be the first step in that direction. Scientists have now developed a device that makes liquid... droplets dance, hovering in midair, without exploding.
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UK mobile customers hit byProviders have to give you a month's notice, but you can still leave under new guidelines Score one for UK consumers, as Ofcom the UK communications industry regulator has stepped in and declared... that anyone hit by a mid-contract price hike should be allowed to leave. The new guidelines come into effect tomorrow, January 23.  From tomorrow, consumers and small businesses taking out new landline, broadband or mobile contracts should be allowed to exit them without penalty if their provider increases the monthly subscription price agreed at the point of sale. This follows an Ofcom review into the fairness of contract price terms. This found that many consumers, in particular, were caught unawares by price rises in what they believed to be fixed price contracts. A few of the UK carriers...
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Night Mode Drops Your Phone'sAndroid: While many smartphones are pretty okay at detecting changes in ambient light, most have a minimum brightness setting that can still be a little too luminous for your surroundings. Enter Night... Mode.
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You might have heard the rumors that Kansas City is about the receive the world's largest waterslide, but if you haven't seen the new drone-shot video.. you don't know how terrifying it's actually... going to be.
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Nintendo Should Make a Pokémon Game for iOS

The Atlantic - 22 Jan 2014 17:26
It might just will definitely save the company.     
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Research is under way to develop new techniques for detecting diabetic retinopathy at early onset with the hope of improving prevention and treatment of this major cause of blindness.
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Men who married when they were younger than 25 had lower bone strength than men who married for the first time at a later age. Men in stable marriages or marriage-like relationships who had never... previously divorced or separated had greater bone strength than men whose previous marriages had fractured.
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Teen marijuana use may have repercussions in unexposed progeny. This rodent study found that parental use of marijuana/THC was linked to molecular and neurobiological disturbances and increased... motivation to get drugs.
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Pink Lagoon | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 22 Jan 2014 17:25
Pink Lagoon | Space WallpaperThe VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed space wallpaper of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright... young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.
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SteamOS Beta update brings dual-boot options

Slash Gear - 22 Jan 2014 17:25
This week the folks at Valve have introduced a new Beta release - the second of two so far, that is - of SteamOS. This operating system is delivered in …
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Apple today added two new 30-second video advertisements, "Sound Verse" and "Light Verse," to its YouTube channel. The pair are part of Apple's new ad campaign that focuses on how people are using the... iPad for music, mountaineering and more. The uploaded clips, which have been airing on television for several days, are shortened versions of the original 90-second "Your Verse" ad that debuted during the NFL playoffs earlier this month. As their names imply, almost every scene in the "Light Verse" ad includes sunlight or the use of light in the scenes, while the "Sound Verse" clip features the power of sound. Apple also launched a companion website called "Your Verse" that takes a closer look at how the people in the advertisements are using the iPad in innovative ways, a familiar theme that...
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Ever wonder how many tweets go out at any given time? Or what event caused the biggest traffic burst ever recorded at Twitter?
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Track eye movement to know how patient you are

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 17:23
Track eye movement to know howPeople who are less patient tend to move their eyes with greater speed, says a study.     
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[GadgeTell] There's a Google Glass app for...sex?

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 17:23
[From GadgeTell] Between the 4K Ultra HD Porn and this, I'm feeling a little creeped out by society. A developer is claiming he built the first Google Glass app for sex. Yeah, that's right. And while... I can't even imagine what that app could possibly do, apparently Sex with Glass allows partners to share points of view to "experience sex like never before."
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Intel has unveiled the specs of a new toughened tablet powered by its Atom Z2520 processor.
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15 stops of dynamic range is what preliminary reports on the new Magic Lantern hack for the 5D Mk III are claiming. The post Magic Lantern Increases Canon 5D Mk III’s Dynamic Range by 1/2 Stop, Now... 15 Stops of DR appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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3-D imaging provides window(Phys.org) --Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery... of cells and their internal structures - all with conventional microscopes and white light.
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Proposed Child Car SeatThe safest place for your child safety seat is in the middle of the back seat of your vehicle facing toward the rear. If you’re a parent you know this, or you should. I didn’t, but before I left... the hospital where we had our baby boy — he hits the 18-month mark next week — I was briefed and drilled by what still sounds like a boutique service to me: a department within the hospital devoted entirely to new parent child safety seat instruction. We’re talking instruction in the room, repeatedly, as well as instruction (and installation) in the parking garage where we’d left our car, also repeatedly. Proper child car seat installation is serious business. The reasons for placing the seat as such seem like common sense to me in 2014: a very young child (especially a baby or toddler)...
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NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020, twice the usual number submitted for instrument competitions in... the recent past, and an indicator of the extraordinary interest in exploration of the Red Planet.
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A Discovery That LiterallyAnd, yes, we do mean "literally."
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Stream Ultra-D 4K glasses-freeStream TV Networks has created a class of glasses-free 3D screen that can manage 4K resolution. It first showed the screen off in the madness of CES. We met up for a more detailed chat to find out... where the screen technology is going next. It looks like...
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Tanktastic wins new maps,Android gamers who want a World of Tanks-like experience on their phones and tablets can’t do much better than Tanktastic from G.H.O.R. Corporation. Tankastic features online multiplayer, multiple... game types, and tons of tanks – all in an easy-to-swallow free to play game. Just because they’re at the top doesn’t mean the Tanktastic team is resting on their laurels, though. The game recently received a massive update, and we’ve got exclusive details on the new features it brings – plus news of a contest to win MOGA controllers!
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Sheryl Sandberg Becomes a Billionaire

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 17:16
Author. Top tech exec. Female icon. Billionaire. Sheryl Sandberg officially became a billionaire on Tuesday, according to data compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, adding yet another... impressive accomplishment to an already impressive list See also: Facebook for Android: 10 Tips for Power Users The Facebook COO's net worth hit $1.03 billion on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg, as Facebook stock closed at a new all-time high. Sandberg has gradually sold off more than $300 million worth of Facebook stock since the company went public in May 2012, but she still owns 12.3 million shares in the company.
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Byzantine-era church uncovered in Israel

Fox News - 22 Jan 2014 17:15
Byzantine-era church uncoveredA 1,500-year-old church complete with a sophisticated mosaic was uncovered by archaeologists in southern Israel.
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Footprint Travel Photography - Second Edition

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 17:15
Footprint Travel Photography -The second edition of Steve Davey’s book, Footprint Travel Photography, will go on sale in the United States on 1st February.
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Apple wins autocorrect patentAnother victory for US giant in ongoing legal spat
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SteamOS beta updated toValve wasn't joking when it warned that the initial beta version of its living room-friendly SteamOS operating system was for experts only. The initial build was... rough, to say the least--only... Nvidia graphics cards were supported, crucial dual-booting and partioning features weren't supported, and you needed a relatively new rig that rocked UEFI, rather than BIOS, to even try it out. In the weeks since, those limitations have been falling one-by-one. Before CES, Valve updated the SteamOS beta to support Intel and AMD graphics as well as Nvidia. Over the weekend, another SteamOS beta update added BIOS support and dual-boot and custom partitioning capabilities to the operating system, with help from the Ye Olde SteamOSe team that initially provided a BIOS-ready SteamOS fork. Yay! You don't...
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Think back. Which Mac was your favorite?

The Loop - 22 Jan 2014 17:11
Peter Cohen goes back in time (OK, not really!) to revisit his favorites of 30 years of Macintosh.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Space droids battle to saveA comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity's existence - that was the virtual scenario of this year's Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature... satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet.
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Sound Waves Make Droplets 'Dance' | Video

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 17:09
Sound Waves Make DropletsScientists use sound waves to make droplets dance in the air and to control their movements.(NOTE: The music is not the sound used to levitate the droplets).
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Mathematics may be a universal language but a possible proof of a fiendish problem is proving hard to evaluate – partly because it isn't written in English     
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Mathematics may be a universal language but a possible proof of a fiendish problem is proving hard to evaluate – partly because it isn't written in English     
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Moto G features a 4.5-inch HD display, quad-core speed and Android 4.3 Jellybean with a guaranteed upgrade
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The flix just keep on coming. Analysts expect Netflix to announce that it hit 33.1 million online subscribers in the third quarter of 2013, an increase of about 2.1 million in the last three months of... the year, according to a survey conducted by Bloomberg. See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix Netflix will announce earnings after the close of trading on Wednesday and provide the company's outlook. Investors will keep a close eye on subscriber and revenue forecasts to justify the company's elevated stock price Netflix shares have more than tripled in the past 12 months, causing a stir that drew comments from even CEO Reed Hastings.
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Bright Spiral | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 17:06
Bright Spiral | SpaceLying more than 110 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) is the spiral galaxy IC 2560, shown here in this stunning space wallpaper from NASA/ESA Hubble... Space Telescope.
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Sloths' dirty bum fur growsSloths have a reputation for laziness, but these easy-going mammals could be the world's best recyclers, suggests a new study that finds the poop of three-toed sloths attracts moths that colonize... sloth fur and lead to nutritious "algae gardens," which the sloths eat.
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World's tiniest quadcopter,Billed as the world's tiniest quad-copter, the nano quadcopter from Revell is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but at the same time still have a decent amount of oomph to take off and fly... where you want it to. Demoed at the London Toy Fair...
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fiannaFailMan writes "Wired reports one mathematician's mission to find love online by data mining from OK Cupid and applying mathematical modeling to optimize his profile(s). His methods included... using 'Python scripts to riffle through hundreds of OkCupid survey questions. He then sorted female daters into seven clusters, like "Diverse" and "Mindful," each with distinct characteristics.' But the real work began when he started going on dates."
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Bill Murray AMA

The Loop - 22 Jan 2014 17:04
Bill Murray is a national treasure. And now he answers all your questions in this Reddit "Ask Me Anything".∞ Read this on The Loop
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Great post on the chilling effect of trademark law by Kirk McElhearn.∞ Read this on The Loop
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28GHz frequency allocation to give 10Mb/sec during your flight A generous allocation of 4,128 MHz worth of spectrum running from 27.5GHz to 30GHz (albeit not contiguous) will give data speeds of... 50Mbit/sec to a single plane or ship and an estimated 10Mbit/sec per user thanks to a new frequency allocation from Ofcom....
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Building the ultimate paperLuca Iaconi-Stewart is building a paper airplane unlike anything you've ever seen before — and it's taking him years to get it just right. He's building a 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777, one so... detailed even the tiny chairs and bathrooms look real. There are even miniature meal carts. He starts by printing out object designs and then slicing them down with an X-Acto knife, before gluing it all together. Iaconi-Stewart's building material of choice is the manila file folder, something he first started using in a high school architecture class. "Even back then I found it a really versatile material; it's flexible enough to shape and mold, but it can be incredibly strong if you engineer it properly," he tells The Verge. "I never really...
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Video: Avegant Glyph bringsYou know, if only Nintendo’s Virtual Boy would’ve arrived in 2014, perhaps it wouldn’t have suffered such an unfortunate fall. As virtual reality, augmented reality and face-worn wearables... become entirely more acceptable, we’re seeing a smattering of startups emerge with slightly varying visions for taking over your facial region. The latest, as you’ve probably surmised, is the Avegant Glyph. Concocted by a small team in Michigan, this here headset sets out to act as “a mobile personal theater” rather than an all-encompassing VR gaming rig. In essence, it’s built for casual viewers who may appreciate a personal screen when kicking back on a dark train or plane. Avegant claims that its display technology — which involves just under elevently billion
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Microsoft Wants You To RethinkInternet Explorer has long suffered from the bad reputation it inflicted upon itself, and Microsoft is painfully aware of this. Ever since IE9, though, it’s been a pretty good browser and the latest... versions have embraced open web standards, added a very fast JavaScript engine and new features like touch support. Still, even for Microsoft, IE remains the “browser you love(d) to hate.” Over the last year or so – and especially in the lead-up to the launch of IE11 – Microsoft partnered with a number of organizations and developers ranging from Red Bull to Atari and GlacierWorks to showcase what a modern browser can do, and today it’s launching Rethink IE to aggregate all of this content and to start a new conversation around IE. As Roger Capriotti, Microsoft’s senior director...
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When it comes to wine, this is one subject matter that is practically inexhaustible in nature. With so many different wines in the market, not to mention their rich and storied history, it would... virtually take a lifetime to figure everything out, and by then, you would not have learned all there is to it.
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Venus mountains create wave trains

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 17:00
Venus mountains create wave(Phys.org) --The planet Venus is blanketed by high-level clouds. At visible wavelengths, individual cloud features are difficult to see, but observations made by instruments on ESA's Venus Express... orbiter have revealed many small-scale wave trains. Analysis shows that the waves are mostly found at high northern latitudes, particularly above Ishtar Terra, a continent-sized region that includes the highest mountains on the planet.
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Microsoft's 'Rethink'For about two years, Microsoft and its partners have quietly developed sites that transcend the Web, crossing over into what appear to be dedicated apps. Now, Microsoft is making a concerted effort to... show off what it's accomplished, with code and other resources to allow others to follow suit. If you've been following Microsoft's efforts on the Web, the new "Rethink" site will look awfully familiar, with references to Contre Jour, Everest: Rivers of Ice, and the Red Bull Rampage. The Web version of Contre Jour, for example, went live in October 2012, co-developed with Maksym (Max) Hryniv as part of Microsoft's "Beauty of the Web" campaign. Played on a tablet, the puzzle game strips out the address bars and other navigational elements, as does another app, Hover, which is a Web port of the...
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New York City was hit by a big snowstorm yesterday which led to snow trucks, shovels and snowblowers being out in full force. However, that was bad news for the Fifth Avenue Apple store as one of its... 15 massive glass panels was shattered by a NYC ...
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Liat Segal's Confession Machine printer isn't designed for running copies of TPT reports at work, unless you're really making an effort to realize a truly paperless office. Because instead of ink or... toner, Segal's creation uses an array of 16 ultraviolet LEDs to 'print' messages on a static surface covered with a photosensitive paint that turns bright blue as the printhead passes over--but only momentarily.
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Designed with musicians in mind, this premium speaker (normally $299) features a microphone/guitar input for use with iOS music-creation apps.
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[From GadgeTell] The FCC sighting still shows the tablet will have a microSD card slot, 32GB memory, 2GB RAM, 8MP camera, and a 3,000mAh battery.
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Apparently not content with only putting rival carriers on notice, T-Mobile US is now setting its sights on the banking industry with the introduction of a new smartphone-based checking account... service.T-Mobile US announced Wednesday the debut of Mobile Money by T-Mobile, a mostly fee-free bank account powered by a prepaid Visa debit card and a companion smartphone app that allows users to deposit checks from anywhere.Like competing services such as Simple, GoBank and Bluebird, the concept behind Mobile Money by T-Mobile is to eliminate what CEO John Legere calls "outrageous fees" many customers pay to check cashing or payday loan services -- but also to banks, which frequently charge monthly maintenance, ATM and overdraft fees."We've already transformed how Americans use and pay for...
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Where do the ethical obligations of journalism kick in? If you are a blogger, does that make you a journalist? Do you have an obligation to double-check your sources to verify the accuracy of... everything you post? Julie Strietelmeier, a self-professed "tech geek writer" got an email from a reader, telling a story that started when a friend wore his Google Glass into a movie theater (they were prescription lenses) and detailed his detainment by homeland security. Follow the headline link and read the story. It's worth it.∞ Read this on The Loop
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KIEV, UKRAINE — After the bloodiest day in Ukraine's two-month-old uprising, protesters are gearing up for a long and potentially brutal fight with riot police. They packed bags full of fresh snow... in front of barricades on Independence Square and duct taped thick magazines and pieces of plastics to their shins and forearms At least two protesters were shot and killed early Wednesday. A third reportedly fell to his death from atop a colonnade after police beat him with truncheons See also: 9 Essential Twitter Sources for Ukrainian Conflict News Protesters at the scene told Mashable they saw a sniper fire the shots from a nearby rooftop. One of the men took a bullet to the heart, according to Oleg Musiy, a medical services coordinator for the protest movement. The other man was shot in the...
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Apple gets Samsung patentJudge Lucy Koh has struck two blows against Samsung in its ongoing lawsuit with Apple. In a ruling on Tuesday, Koh ruled that Samsung was infringing on one patent, and she invalidated one of the... patents it was preparing to bring against Apple in court. Specifically, the keyboard found on the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, and several other older devices officially violates an Apple autocorrect patent, which covers Android's system of displaying both what the user is typing and what the system thinks they meant to type. Samsung argued that Apple's patent could only refer to a hardware keyboard, not the "soft" one used on both iOS and Android. But this claim didn't hold water, and Koh found the infringement so clear that she granted Apple...
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Analysts contacted by Fortune predict a 10 percent rise in iPad sales over those from the final quarter of 2012.
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Snowblower turns Fifth AvenueThe Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan? You know the one--it cost $6.7 million to build. Yesterday, a snowblower smashed one of its 15 seamless glass panels, which created this beautiful cracked... vignette of New York City. It looks like a painting.
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We've been telling you about the Avegant Glyph for awhile, but now you can finally plunk down some bills to get one yourself. Thanks to Kickstarter, beta-testing the device for its designer isn't... without its own set of perks. For instance, 500 of the ...
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VMware to buy AirWatch for $1.18B in cash

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 16:50
Cloud computing company VMware says it is buying mobile computing company AirWatch for about $1.18 billion in cash.
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LogMeIn Ends Free Service:To be honest, I’m kind of surprised the free version of LogMeIn lasted this long. On the most basic level, the software works as follows: You install a piece of always-running software on one... computer, at which point you’re able to remotely access that computer from another computer (or tablet or phone) located anywhere you have decent internet access. It’s as though you’re sitting in front of the computer - with all the icons, folders and whatnot — but you’re manipulating it from a web browser. The main computer, of course, has to be connected to the internet and can’t be totally powered down. Back about a decade ago, I ran a Geek Squad-style consulting service, where I’d go to people’s houses and fix their computers. Most of the time, these were quick fixes that...
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Get 11 Explosive Mac Apps WithIt's time once again to get some more Mac apps at a price that only you can name. Cult of Mac Deals has partnered with 11 of the world's finest Mac app developers to bring you the fourth-ever Name... Your…
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Amazon smacks The Wall StreetAmazon rarely gives the media the time of day when news sites come knocking and asking for a comment, but a recent report suggesting Amazon is hard at work building a cable-killing pay TV service must... have scared all the right people. The company’s public relations broke its silence on Tuesday evening when it flat-out denied The Wall Street Journal’s earlier report that the company is currently holding licensing talks with several major broadcasters related to an upcoming pay TV service that would rival traditional cable. “We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service,” Amazon’s VP of public relations,
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Somewhere Between Coke AndBeing a successful gaming company is hard. Not only is the competitive landscape vastly overcrowded, but the winds of change pull people from one gaming hit to another faster than you can water your... Farmville strawberries. But for the past four years, one gaming company has miraculously stayed relevant: Rovio.
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Microsoft is continuing to tweak the Windows 8 user interface to make life easier for users who prefer the desktop experience, as new Windows 8.1 Update 1 screen shot leaks indicate.
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NSA whistleblower EdwardIf you've ever wanted to ask NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a question, you might get your chance on Thursday, January 23 at 3 PM ET/12 PM Pacific. The man who revealed the startling revelations... about the NSA's Prism program and cell phone metadata collection--and inspired a slew of security-focused apps and services--is lining up for his second official question and answer session tomorrow. Thursday's virtual town hall meeting is Snowden's second public Q&A, following one hosted by The Guardian and moderated by Glenn Greenwald last June. This time around Snowden will answer questions on freesnowden.is, a leading advocacy site for the whistleblower. Anyone who wants to submit questions must ask them on Twitter starting Thursday using the hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden's responses will be...
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VMware shells out $1.54bn forSecurity firm's Atlanta base to become centre of VMware's mobile operations
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Most of China's Web TrafficYesterday, many of China's 500 million internet users were mysteriously rerouted to a bunch of web addresses registered to this unassuming house in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The New York Times says a fluke... in China's internet censoring system was to blame. But why, of all the places in the world, did the traffic come here? And how?
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[From In-Car Tech] Autonomous Vehicle Benefits.
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Mysterious Mars Rock LooksA mystery rock on Mars that suddenly appeared in front of NASA's Opportunity rover may look like a tasty donut, but it is like nothing ever seen on the Martian surface before, scientists say.
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The country allegedly hacked into corporate networks around the world to try to gain an upperhand in the economic sphere.
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Snow storm? NASA, NOAA callThe sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013.
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As smartphones, tablets and other gadgets become smaller and more sophisticated, the heat they generate while in use increases. This is a growing problem because it can cause the electronics inside... the gadgets to fail.
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Apple releases shortenedLast week, Apple released its popular “Your Verse” ad, featuring beautiful imagery of the iPad Air used in a wide variety of different scenarios, accompanied by a voiceover from the film Dead... Poet’s Society. Today, just in time for the Super Bowl, Apple uploaded two variations of that ad, “Light Verse” and “Sound Verse”, both […]
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Deal of the Day: LLOYD FX Case for HTC One

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 16:39
Deal of the Day: LLOYD FX CaseThe Jan. 22 Deal of the Day is the LLOYD FX Case for HTC One. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the HTC One from day to day use and... drops. The back of the case features our very own LLOYD mascot in front of a flashy blue and white background. The LLOYD FX Case is available for just $6.49, 67% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping! Canada Deal of the Day: Premium Line Screen Guard for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1     
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There has been a lot of action going on centered around SSD marker OCZ over the last few months. OCZ filed for bankruptcy back in November. Shortly after OCZ filed …
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IBM misses revenue targetsIBM Corp missed revenue expectations for the fourth consecutive quarter as the world's biggest technology services company grappled with weakening demand for its servers and storage equipment,... particularly in growth markets like China.
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Groupon Adds 20,000 Hotels ToAnother move from Groupon today to build up one of its new vertical marketplaces: today the company said it would add 20,000 more hotels to its Groupon Getaways travel portal. This is one step in a... series, Groupon tells me: the next will be to integrate last-minute bookings from Blink, the HotelTonight competitor that Groupon acquired last year.
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HBO and Showtime deny thatA new NPD report published Monday shows that premium cable networks like HBO and Showtime are quickly losing viewers while Netflix continues to rack up subscribers at an impressive clip. But... according to those premium cable networks, NPD's data is flat out wrong. It took less than 24 hours for HBO and Showtime to come out swinging against the idea that Netflix is stealing their customers. "While it is true that video services like Netflix have gained, so too have premium cable channels," Showtime said in a statement. The company pointed to recent SNL Kagan numbers — taken from the same period covered by NPD — that showed penetration growth for several premium networks. Showtime penetration grew from 21.1 percent to 22.8 percent; HBO...
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Big Blue execs won't be getting their annual pats on the back IBM's top execs are forgoing their bonuses this year after a five per cent drop in sales and a per cent dip in net profit....
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Looks like the heat might be off SugarSync for now, as users of LogMeIn's free service discover the rug has pulled out from underneath them with less than a week to go before the company's shift to... paid-only.LogMeIn announced Tuesday that it will be eliminating the free version of its remote access product -- and it's giving users a mere seven days to pay up or get out.As first noted by Engadget, LogMeIn users began receiving notification of the change via email on Tuesday largely echoing a FAQ page on the company's website. The bottom line, however, appears to be that the free option is gone, and those accounts will only be active for seven days from the first login made after January 21."In order to address the evolving needs of our customers, we will be unifying our portfolio of free...
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VMware acquires AirWatch toVMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, as it aims let users manage desktops, mobile devices and applications using its products. The... acquisition of AirWatch extends VMware's product portfolio from data center to end-user devices, and strongly positions the company for an era where all devices run hosted applications, Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager at VMware's End-User Computing unit, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. VMware will acquire AirWatch for approximately $1.175 billion in cash and $365 million of installment payments and assumed unvested equity, it said. VMware may be best known for its server virtualization products, but the company has recently increased its focus on client computing, as well....
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Blizzard launches Hearthstone:Blizzard launches the open beta phase for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the studio's new collectible card game based on its World of Warcraft MMORPG universe. The post Blizzard launches... Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft open beta on Mac/PC appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NASA Flooded with Ideas forThe 58 proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. The agency has begun reviewing the ideas and expects to choose the final science gear... for the 2020 Mars rover in the next five months.
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In order to reach automobile utopia of the future, Ford needs to lay the foundations of that dream today. That is why the car maker has chosen to join forces …
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Another awesome Galaxy S5While Samsung has been reportedly working on new wireless charging technologies including magnetic resonance wireless charging for quite a while now, with some of its 2014 smartphones rumored to pack... such a feature, it appears that the Galaxy S5 won't be one of them, Korean publication NewsTomato reports (via SamMobile). Wireless charging devices have been available for a while, although the technology isn't quite a must-have feature for buyers. In many cases, users have to purchase additional equipment to be able to wirelessly charge batteries, which adds to the cost of a new device. Samsung has just launched an official case for the Galaxy S4 that has wireless charging support, although it’s not based on magnetic resonance tech, which means
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Ford Partners With MIT AndFord today announced that it is partnering with MIT and Stanford to research a number of technical challenges surrounding automated driving. A team at MIT will look into how a car can best predict the... actions of pedestrians and other cars around it, while another team at Stanford plans to look into ways for cars to see around obstructions. The teams will use Ford’s recently unveiled Fusion Hybrid research vehicle for their research. The car uses four Lidar sensors to create a real-time map of the environment around it. Completely self-driving cars are still a few years away from being production-ready, but quite a few high-end auto companies recently announced new technologies that could soon allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time while in stop-and-go...
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Ford's New Automated DrivingFord has worked out a new automated driving research project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, where it will continue from where the automated Ford Fusion... Hybrid research vehicle left off (which was also unveiled last month, actually), and the combined teams will work on solutions that will hopefully kiss goodbye to a number of technical challenges that have proven to difficult to solve where automated driving is concerned, until now. (more…) Follow: Breaking, Transportation, ford, mit, stanford, Ford’s New Automated Driving Research Projects In The Pipeline original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Buy Forever Stamps ThisFor those of us who still mail letters from time to time (or even if you don't), now might be a good time to pick up some Forever stamps from the US Postal Service. Rates take a leap from 46 to... 49-cents each this weekend, but you can save by getting out and getting the stamps you'll need now.
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It's not enough for Ford to build automated test cars; it also has to teach those cars how to handle the road. To that end, the automaker is partnering with MIT and Stanford on research projects that... will help automated (and eventually, autonomous) ...
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Motorola Migrate Makes ItIf you’ve been thinking about ditching your iPhone for an Android-powered smartphone, but you’ve been put off by the time and effort it takes to transfer all of your data, you no longer have an... excuse not to make the…
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Like Cyndi Lauper and her girls, the Recording Academy just wants to have fun. Lauper has been chosen to host this year's Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, which will be live streamed on Sunday... from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT on Grammy.com/live and CBS.com. The "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" singer, who is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album for Kinky Boots, will help present more than 70 awards that won't be televised in the main show later that night. Lauper, 60, won Best Score for Kinky Boots at last year's Tony Awards. See also: Grammys 2014: Jay Z Leads With 9 Nominations as Rap Dominates
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Gravity wasn't all fiction: tiny pieces of high-speed orbiting debris endanger our satellites. Now Japan is set to launch an electromagnetic net to catch them     
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Dark Matter Mystery Could BeDark matter -- the elusive stuff that is thought to make up most of the known universe -- is almost certain to reveal itself during the next decade, says a researcher.
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Infrared Image of Saturn's Rings

SpaceRef - 22 Jan 2014 16:27
Although it may look to our eyes like other images of the rings, this infrared image of Saturn's rings was taken with a special filter that will only admit light polarized in one direction....
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Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Slashdot - 22 Jan 2014 16:26
sciencehabit writes "When you've got the flu, it can't hurt to take an aspirin or an ibuprofen to control the fever and make you feel better, right? Wrong, some scientists say. Lowering your body... temperature may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you transmit it to others. A new study claims that there are at least 700 extra influenza deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever."
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Probing changes to infant milk formulations

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 16:24
A chip-based detection system for minor functional proteins in infant milk formula could assist quality-control testing.
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Germany IT watchdog knew forGermany's cyber crime watchdog said Wednesday it learnt last month of the mass theft of 16 million digital identities through a criminal probe but needed weeks before alerting the public.
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People may be able to keep the weight off by using a compact elliptical device while sitting at a desk or watching TV, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
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Tok Tok Tok, The EuropeanTok Tok Tok, a French startup that's tackling a similar problem to U.S.-based Postmates -- having somebody shop on your behalf and deliver the item within the same day or even hour -- has raised its... first round of funding. It's taken $2 million in investment from undisclosed, mainly European, angel investors; money the company plans to use to expand beyond Paris where it first launched last April, to other European cities, with London up next.
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Norway's telecoms regulator has brought in regulations meaning that the country's biggest telco will have to offer local-loop unbundling for its fibre access network as well as its copper.
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Experiencing a family death in childhood is associated with a small but significant increase in risk of psychosis, suggests a paper published today.
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Ancient DNA from early Iberian farmers shows that the wideheld evolutionary hypothesis of calcium absorption was not the only reason Europeans evolved milk tolerance. In the West, people take milk... drinking for granted because most people of European decent are able to produce the enzyme lactase in adulthood and so digest the milk sugar lactose. However, this is not the norm in much of the world, and was not the norm for our Stone Age ancestors.
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VST images the Lagoon Nebula

SpaceRef - 22 Jan 2014 16:18
The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula....
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Google's new wind power purchasing agreement will see a total of 52 new turbines sprout up in Sweden over the next two years.
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Given the financial results, Ginni, you know it makes sense Blocks and Files IBM's storage results are down in the dumps and we're sure it's in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should... it sell off its storage business too?...
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Giving up smoking? Try positive psychotherapy

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 16:16
The thousands of people who've resolved to stop smoking this New Year might soon be able to make use of a new method to help them break free from tobacco.
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If overweight, your child will be less active

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 16:16
A new study reports that being overweight makes children less active. The findings underscore that parents of overweight children have an obligation to keep their children active, as physical activity... is vital for the general health of all children. The study also shows that slender children do not become overweight due to a lack of activity.
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Long-term exposure to particulate matter is associated with an increased risk for heart attack. Moreover, this association can already be observed in levels of particulate exposure below the current... specified European limit values.
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Girls treated for Hodgkin's disease during adolescence acquire a considerable risk of developing breast cancer, as shown by an observational study. This study is of great interest because of its... unusually long follow-up time (average 17.8 years, maximum 33 years).
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Leica Celebrates 100 Years of Leitz/Leica Photography

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 16:15
Leica Celebrates 100 Years ofOne hundred years ago, Oskar Barnack created the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, later known as the Ur-Leica.
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A group of proteins has been on the watch list of scientists because of their important function in epigenetics: histone deacetylases coordinate the transcription of genetic information and play an... important role in the development of diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers recently demonstrated that deactivating HDAC1 accelerates skin tumor development - a vital finding that has to be taken into account when developing new drugs to treat skin tumors.
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Even though multiple sclerosis is largely caused by genetic factors, the risk of patients' relatives developing the disease is lower than previously assumed, according to a new population... registry-based study.
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A second systematic review of a diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), has confirmed the accuracy of the test. The updated review assesses the accuracy... of Xpert MTB/RIF, and finds that Xpert MTB/RIF is more accurate than smear microscopy for diagnosing TB and also accurate for detecting rifampicin resistance.
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Nutritionists develop weight management program relevant to low-income population, as outlined in a newly published article.
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Cosmic Lagoon Shines inA pink lagoon glows in the heart of the Milky Way. New photos taken by a telescope in Chile put the Lagoon Nebula -- a giant cloud of gas and dust located 5,000 light-years from Earth -- on rosy... display.
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Motorola Solutions edges pastMotorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and rugged mobile computers, reported a slight rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher government sales, but forecast a steep drop in... first-quarter sales.
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Fever-reducing meds may help spread the flu

Science Daily - 22 Jan 2014 16:13
Researchers assembled information from many sources, including experiments on human volunteers and on ferrets, then used a mathematical model to compute how the increase in the amount of virus given... off by a single person taking fever-reducing drugs would increase the overall number of cases in a typical year. The bottom line is that fever suppression increases the number of annual cases by approximately 5%, corresponding to more than 1,000 additional deaths from influenza in a typical year across North America.
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Mobile apps are expected to see more than 268 billion downloads and generate revenue of over $77 billion by 2017.     
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Apple will announce its next quarterly earnings on Monday, January 27, and ahead of the announcement analysts are releasing their iPhone and iPad sales estimates for this holiday quarter. As we noted... earlier this week, analysts predict record quarterly sales of 55 million iPhones, a 16% increase over the same quarter last year. A follow-up report today from Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune suggests sales of the iPad will grow 10% year-over-year to also set a new record for Apple. Elmer-Dewitt surveyed iPad sales estimates from 45 analysts, including 28 professionals and 17 amateurs. Estimates range from 21 million to 28 million units, with an average of 25 million units. The average estimate among all the analysts is 25 million iPads, up 10% from the same quarter last year. The indies, as...
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It's believed that human error caused a glitch in the country's firewall, sending people to a company that sells anti-censorship technology to Chinese citizens.
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Deadspin 49ers Fan Allegedly Shoots Two After Being Accused Of Bandwagoning | Gizmodo How A Mathematician Hacked OkCupid to Find His Girl | io9 Underwater cemetery looks like the ruins of the lost... city of Atlantis | Kotaku ​Candy Crush Is Getting Trolled By Smartass Games | Valleywag This Is How All Startups Should Fail
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Gawker Bill Murray's "Ask Me Anything" Is Amazing | Jalopnik Guy Doesn't Notice The Cyclist He Hit Is Halfway Stuck In His Car | Jezebel Suspected Black Widow Terrorist Spotted in Downtown Sochi |... Lifehacker Three Simple Rules to Sustain Creativity | Defamer ​Lena Dunham Helps Some Dude Sell a Couch on Craigslist
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SFMTA approves new shuttleMonths of tension around the use of San Francisco’s public bus stops by Silicon Valley companies to transport workers finally led to action on Tuesday night, as the San Francisco Municipal Transit... Authority (SFMTA) moved forward with its previously outlined plans to charge each bus $1 per […]
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Metro apps infiltrate theMicrosoft is expected to deliver an update to Windows 8.1 in 2014 dubbed Update 1, and newly leaked screenshots suggest U1 will include a stepping stone on the road to the widely rumored Windows 9,... a.k.a. Threshold. Screenshots of a purported early build of U1 show a Windows Store icon sitting on the desktop's taskbar. What's more, the taskbar properties window has an option to pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar alongside regular desktop apps. The leaked shots from Russian blogger WZor, who has reliably leaked early Windows builds for many years and versions, only shows the desktop. Presumably, however, Windows apps launched from the desktop would still send users into the fullscreen modern UI experience. WZor But that may only be a temporary solution on the way to Threshold. Early...
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Samsung can't seem to fixIt has been a difficult start to 2014 for Tizen, the still missing new operating system from Samsung and Intel. The latest round of bad news indicates Samsung's planned Tizen smartphone has been... delayed again. The post Samsung can’t seem to fix Tizen, as first smartphone release reportedly delayed again appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mobile apps are expected to see more than 268 billion downloads and generate revenue of over $77 billion by 2017, becoming one of the most popular computing tools, research firm Gartner said today.
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(Reuters) - Shares of Chinese outdoor digital advertising company VisionChina Media Inc jumped 52 percent after the company said it signed a deal to promote Baidu Inc's online gaming unit in China.
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If there's one company who should know hard drives better than most, it's Backblaze, a cloud backup firm that uses more than 27,000 off-the-shelf hard drives for to run its own Storage Pods.On... Tuesday, Backblaze published a look at how they choose the hard drives that power their online backup service, offering a revealing look at which manufacturer makes the most reliable storage.And Backblaze should know: At the end of 2013, the company had 27,134 consumer-grade hard drives grinding away inside its own Storage Pods, most of them from manufacturers Seagate and Hitachi. Backblaze customers asked which brands were the most reliable, and the company elaborated in a blog post.Judging by annual failure rate alone, Hitachi comes out the clear victor, with Western Digital in second place and...
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Six Documents Everyone ShouldSorry, we have to. It's not the most exciting topic, but you can't call yourself fully protected if you don't have your critical paperwork done. Below are the six things you need to have under... control.
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Get the most the most fromManaging enterprise IT services from the cloud has tremendous advantages, but some major traps lie in wait for companies if technology decision-makers don't do their homework.
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Copernicus mission's bird heads for South American launchpad The European Space Agency's (ESA'S) Copernicus earth observation mission is about to take flight, with the agency yesterday revealing that... the program's first satellite is undergoing final tests before its launch later this year....
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The power of Google's core search business was on display Tuesday when it demoted the travel site in its search results. Paid links to Expedia may have triggered the penalty.
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Opera Mediaworks has published a new report that looks at the mobile advertising industry at the end of 2013. The report shows that Android beat iOS slightly in Q4 2013 …
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Cable TV's Darth Vader is backLast week, Charter Communications formally offered to pay $37.4 billion for Time Warner Cable. It was the third time Charter had placed a bid for TWC, and it was the third time in a row it was harshly... rejected. Charter is the nation’s fourth largest cable company, while TWC is number two. Charter’s bid was for $132.40 a share, roughly what TWC is trading at today — not the $150-160 it has said it might accept. So why exactly does Charter think it can punch above its weight and take over a larger rival with a lowball bid? Two words: Darth Vader. The man widely seen as the force behind Charter's aggressive new stance is John Malone, a former titan of the cable industry who earned the nickname Darth Vader for his aggressive style...
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Charlie O'Donnell's BrooklynVC Charlie O'Donnell, who has worked at both First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures, is announcing the second raise, of $8.25 million, for his New York City-based, early-stage VC fund Brooklyn... Bridge Ventures.
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You know you are in for the long haul whenever you pick up a console – whether it is in the past with an 8-bit system, or sometime in the future after that with a 16-bit, 32-bit, and so on and so... forth. Fast forward to today, and we have the Xbox One as well
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10-Month-Old Harry's LandsNot every 10-month old startup can say that it has crossed a handful of oceans and international borders to purchase a 93-year-old factory -- or raised $122.5 million to do so. Yet, not every Internet... startup is trying to make waves in the prosaic world of shaving, where 85 percent of the market is controlled by a couple of weathered giants like Gillette and Schick. What's more, while adopting a purely online and direct-to-consumer model can help startups cut out that pesky middle man, to truly reduce the friction and high costs in the market and iterate more quickly, you have to control manufacturing.
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Figure Out Which Chrome Tab IsHave you ever been browsing the internet, opening new tabs, and blithely going about your business when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, an ad begins blaring at you from one of your various tabbed... windows? This can happen…
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How Formula One's Amazing NewA 1.6-liter V6 turbo revving at 15,000 rpm with unlimited boost that turns small drops of fuel into 600 horsepower aided by an electrical system that pumps out another 160 electron-charged horses.... This is the pinnacle of engine development.
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South Korea wireless speedWireless service providers in the United States are constantly battling each other over which has the largest or fastest wireless network. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are just big fish... swimming in a small pond, though, because none of them can come close to what wireless providers are delivering in South Korea--not even on their best day. In South Korea, LG Uplus is rolling out 300Mbps wireless service. Meanwhile SK Telecom will reportedly demonstrate 450Mbps wireless at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Those speeds are four to six times faster than the theoretical maximum speeds of U.S. wireless providers and 10 times faster or more than real-world speeds achieved by most US wireless customers. The current marketing campaign for Verizon centers around its 4G/LTE coverage....
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Nikon Df Firmware Update C 1.01

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 16:00
Nikon Df Firmware Update CNikon has posted a firmware update for the FX-format Nikon Df digital SLR camera.
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22 Images From NYC's GoldenThese days, we tend to think of New York's bridges as traffic obstacles. But at the turn of the last century, the bridges that sprang up in thickets around Manhattan's shores were objects of wonder... and civic pride--near magical pieces of infrastructure that took many years (and lives) to build.
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Massive Internet mishap sparksHuman error likely caused a glitch in China's Great Firewall that saw millions of Internet users ironically rerouted to the homepage of a U.S.-based company which helps people evade Beijing's web... censorship, sources told Reuters.
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The photo-sharing site offers a new twist to the standard captcha to ensure you're not a bot looking to harvest user information.
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Twitter has promised to do more to stop this abuse, but there does not seem to be much evidence of this according to a high profile victim of death threats towards him on Twitter.
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Chrome Show: Fly with ChromeGoogle Now on the desktop brings helpful reminders and contextual information right to your attention. It won't do so unless you're running Chrome Canary though. Our extension of the week for the... podcast is super for folks creating websites.
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(Reuters) - Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and rugged mobile computers, reported a slight rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher government sales, but forecast a steep drop in... first-quarter sales.
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Gigaom Research webinar:How are companies hardening Hadoop to meet IT audits? What are the trends in Hadoop over the next few years? Find out in our upcoming Gigaom Research analyst webinar on Jan. 28 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
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AMD unveil two new Opteron 6300 Series server processors specifically designed for enterprise workloads.
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Samsung's rose gold GalaxyAccording to Samsung's press site, a rose gold version of the Note 3 "phablet" is headed to Verizon.
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jjp9999 writes "Weibo, China's replacement for Twitter and Facebook, went offline for about two hours on Jan. 20, when a DNS attack switched its IP address to overseas VPN software used to circumvent... censorship. On Jan. 21, the brief IP switch was the most discussed topic on Weibo, with one user, ITHome, saying posting 'What IP is 65.49.2.178? It's sure to go down in history.' The IP address is one of those used by Freegate, which is free software released by Chinese dissidents in the U.S. intended to help Chinese people break through the Great Firewall. However, Bill Xia, president of Dynamic Internet Technology, which makes Freegate, said he and his team of volunteers thought their networks were under attack when they got a surge of traffic with about 100,000 users a second hitting their...
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Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for the 2013 holiday season next Monday, but many of its partners are already doing the same, including Verizon, who sold a lot of smartphones over the three... months -- but won't say how many of them were of the iPhone variety. Kind of a bummer for those who like to follow such facts and figures, but something tells us the news will be worth the wait next week. In the meantime, on with the recap show! Verizon Sells 8.8M Smartphones in Q4, But How Many Were iPhones? On Tuesday, Verizon announced overall double-digit earnings growth for the fourth quarter of 2013, with an eight percent year-over-year increase in wireless service revenue and the addition of 1.7 million net postpaid subscribers. To the surprise of no one, smartphones made up 70 percent...
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Gokturk-2 has completed a year in orbit with successful operations that have no geographical restrictions on image gathering for military and civil applications.
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With phone specifications often reaching a terminal velocity before the next new technology or trend, giving your hardware a differentiator can be hard. Sharp's new AQUOS Serie mini SHL24, however, is... having a stab at a couple. Firstly, the TV-maker ...
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Boffins invent e-whiskers to stick on their cute ickle faces Given the world's (bizarre) fondness for all things feline, folks will no doubt be delighted to discover that our robot overlords could be... whiskery robot cats instead of creepy robot humanoids....
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you up to date on what's happening in the digital world. Google is rolling out a new service called Video Quality... Report, which lets users test how well their Internet Service Providers stream YouTube videos 4Chan founder and CEO of Canvas Networks Christopher Poole said his company's products, DrawQuest and Canvas, are coming to an end And, don't bring Google Glass to a movie theater, otherwise you might end up in an interrogation room with the Department of Homeland Security Check out the video above for more on these stories.
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Teksta T-Rex, Kitty andCharacter Options is following up its successful relaunch of the Teksta Robotic Puppy with three additions to the family for 2014. The Teksta collection - also known as Tekno in the US - will gain a... Dalmation version of the pup, Kitty the kitten and Teksta...
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Gold HTC One arrives at UK retailer SIM-free

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 15:35
Gold HTC One arrives at UKBag a champagne gold HTC One without a monthly contract We were pleasantly surprised by the gold HTC One when we got our hands on the device recently. But until now UK buyers have been limited to... picking up the golden phone through Carphone Warehouse and Phones4u, both of which have been limiting sales of the device to on-contract customers. Today UK retailer Expansys sends word that it's begun stocking the gold HTC One, which it's selling SIM-free for £479.99 a pop. That's not cheap, especially with a new flagship phone from HTC expected in the next month or so — but if you absolutely must have the HTC One in this exclusive color then it's probably your best bet. Hit the source link for the product listing, and check out our hands-on feature with the gold HTC One for to get a closer...
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PayPal's president defends the digital payment provider's place at the forefront of mobile commerce while quipping he welcomes competition too.
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Deal seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents
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Sony may think that the PC gaming market is dying in the face of the next generation of game consoles like the PS4 and the Xbox One. The PC gaming …
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[From AppleTell] Learn how the young Lara Croft becomes the slightly older Lara Croft when Feral Interactive releases Tomb Raider for OS X tomorrow.
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Skin cancer detector applied(Phys.org) --A team made up of university chemists, art conservationists and research scientists with the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., has discovered a new way to reveal three... dimensional details of paintings. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing their research, the team describes how they applied a laser technique normally used to detect skin cancer, to paintings and how it allowed for viewing its 3D nature without causing harm.
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Anyone who has dabbled in HTML quickly learned most of the tags necessary for laying out pages using the markup language. The most challenging ones to remember are for the lesser-used options like... symbols. If you find yourself always looking up the ...
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Telejoy Brings Your Goals toPart of the hassle of goal tracking is remembering to track. You have to make your habit-tracking as much part of the habit you're trying to build. Telejoy makes it easy by proactively reaching out to... you. You get text message reminders and check-in phone calls automatically--all you have to do is stick to your goals.
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Two Las Vegas casino hotels will become the first known US gambling houses to allow the use of the bitcoin.
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Red Hat Cloud InfrastructurePrivate cloud platform includes new Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation release and greater integration with OpenStack modules
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Rob Ford's attempt to sober up seems to have hit a snafu. Two months after admitting he smoked crack in a "drunken stupor," the Toronto mayor appeared drunk in a video that was reportedly filmed... Monday night. In the video, Ford rambles on for about a minute alternating between what sounds like a Jamaican accent and gibberish, weaving in a string of profanity. Ford later confirmed to reporters that he had, in fact, been drinking Monday night. "I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that's up to me," Ford said. "It really has nothing to do with you guys."
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Bitcoin Accepted At Two Las Vegas Casinos

Sky News - 22 Jan 2014 15:26
Bitcoin Accepted At Two LasTwo casinos allow the use of the cyber-currency as payment for hotel rooms and shops - but not on the gambling floor.
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After a three-year absence, CarMax is back in the Super Bowl ad lineup with a spot that envisions a customer getting a dramatic slow clap after making his purchase and — as a special treat — a... version of the ad features puppies The spot that airs during the game will be 30 second, however the extended version, above, is 45 seconds. The premise is the same: As the customer leaves the lot, he peers out of his window to see various people offering the slow clap. As the effect piles on, it gets more and more silly. For instance, a fireman rescues an old man as he gives his slow clap. Actor Sean Astin also offers a visual nod to his role in the 1993 sports tearjerker Rudy
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Sad but (probably) true ...

9 to 5 Mac - 22 Jan 2014 15:24
Sad but (probably) true ...Sadly, the bottom chart is probably more true than the top one. A humorous response to Apple’s poetry-themed iPad ad.
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Game maker Rovio says it will keep making spinoffs of its popular Angry Birds franchise "just like Nintendo and its series of Mario-based games."
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Fresh 16-core bit fiddlers served up just in time for Open Compute summit Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to... Facebook's "Open Compute" design....
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I Need Tinsel & Timber'sIf you’re anything like me, as much as you love your Apple TV, the fact that it is so small actually causes some problems in your entertainment center, as it can actually be nudged around and fall... behind things. That’s…
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Candy not enough for King -Not content with the word 'candy', game developer King has set out to conquer the word 'saga' according to a report.
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3D Printing and Legos: Perfect Together

The Atlantic - 22 Jan 2014 15:15
New software allows designers to "legofy" their prototypes, eliminating hours of time spent waiting for 3D printers to churn out their widgets.     
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Nikon D5200 Firmware Update C 1.02

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 15:15
Nikon D5200 Firmware Update CNikon has released a firmware update for its Nikon D5200 digital SLR camera.
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Josh Groban Is Twitter's Greatest Philosopher

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 15:13
Josh Groban Is Twitter'sJosh Groban may sing like he has an old soul, but on Twitter he's hip, happening and, most of all, insightful. In fact, he might just be the most important philosopher of our day. Groban is asking the... important questions and dropping truth bombs that make his followers think about the big issues. School's in, boys and girls, and this professor is here to raise you up, so you can stand on (metaphorical) mountains. Open your mind to Groban's infinite Twitter wisdom: He ponders the wonders of evolution ... Can we all just stop a moment and give thanks for our thumbs? -- josh groban (@joshgroban) January 5, 2014 And considers what other marvelous scientific advancements man might benefit from in the future. If scientists have discovered what happens to the brain when we fall in love, I wonder...
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VMware doubles down onWhoa, VMware proves it's serious about enterprise mobility with its intended buyout of Airwatch.
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Leaked screenshots of an upcoming update show an option to open Windows Store apps from the taskbar.
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Take a look inside one ofInternet addiction is an issue taken very seriously in China and with good reason. The New York Times has been to visit a rehab center for teenagers in the country, where some of the residents... report having spent three consecutive days playing games at internet cafes. Feeling the need to take drastic action to counter such unhealthy behavior, their parents have resorted to lying to and even subduing their children with sleeping pills in order to deliver them to the therapy clinic. Once there, the patients are guarded by soldiers and put through a regimen of exercise, therapy, and medication to help them "reconnect with reality." While it all may seem rather extreme, the latter half of the Times' mini-documentary shows that the people...
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(Reuters) - Cloud software maker VMWare Inc said it would buy privately held mobile security company AirWatch in a deal valued at about $1.54 billion to tap into rising demand for software security,... sending its shares up 3 percent in premarket trading.
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With the sale of its devices unit nearly closed, Nokia has detailed how its bottom line would have looked if the business had never been a part of the company.
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The future of marketing that can take you places. Literally.     
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Hands-on: WowWee MiP balancingThe WowWee MiP is the latest robot from the makers of the Robosapien and this time comes with two wheels to whizz around your living room, listening to your commands or instructions. We caught up with... the new robot to have a play at the London Toy Fair....
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KDDI shows off some impressiveSharp coming up with the goods in the form of a new tablet and smartphone, not that we'll see them in the west KDDI over in Japan has been rolling out a bunch of new devices today. Among them are... some we're already familiar with such as the LG G Flex and the new WiFi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra. And then there are those we'll never get to see in western markets, such as this tablet, and a new smartphone from Sharp. Both of which are packing some pretty impressive hardware specs.  The Aquos Pad pictured here is a 7-inch tablet, running the now somewhat outdated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But the interesting part is taking place around back. For this tablet contains a smartphone-class camera; a 13MP rear shooter. We don't know if it's actually any good, but if you're one who enjoys taking...
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Recently research firm NPD published a report that said major pay cable networks like Showtime, HBO, and Starz were losing subscribers to digital streaming firms like Netflix and others. The …
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Telkom pooh-poohs deal rumours

Tech Central - 22 Jan 2014 15:06
Telkom on Wednesday denied speculation in the media that it has received a proposal from a Southeast Asian company or grouping for the sale of its mobile towers business in a deal that reportedly... could be valued at as much as US$3bn. On Tuesday, a report on the
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The Information Counter-Revolution

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 15:06
Many people in Kiev awoke Tuesday morning to a frightening text message on their phones. "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance," it read. Using cellphone... technology, Ukraine's dominant carriers have reportedly helped the government pinpoint the locations of their customers. Anyone with a cellphone in the vicinity of recent protests was added to a government watch list and sent the intimidating text. The incident is just one in a growing number of attacks on Internet users. It's a troubling sign that the information age has entered a new era -- one where our rights to connect and communicate are under constant siege by governments and corporations. Photo: Sasha Maksymenko Closing the Door It wasn't supposed to be this way. Openness, user access and...
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An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile has made headlines recently for trying to change the cellphone industry's reliance on contracts that lock customers into a particular carrier. Perhaps... surprisingly, they've been fairly successful. Now, they're jumping into another industry plagued by high, customer-unfriendly fees: check cashing. 'Specifically, T-Mobile is hoping to offer an alternative for the 70 million or so U.S. adults that either have no bank account or have some bank services but still rely somewhat on check-cashing or payday-loan services.' How will they do it? 'Through the combination of a smartphone and a prepaid Visa debit card, T-Mobile (and its banking partner, Bancor) aims to offer many of the services typically offered through a bank, including check cashing, direct...
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There is no good or pleasant way to broach the subject of pedophilia. But while we find the subject abhorrent, scientists are working hard to try and understand what happens in the minds of those who... are attracted to children.
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AMD slows new Opteron 6300Vendors don't normally brag about slower products but Advanced Micro Devices is making an exception for its latest Opteron 6300 processors, which have a slower clock speed than their predecessors to... reduce power consumption. Some AMD customers use its chips in highly virtualized systems, and those types of servers tend to max out their memory and I/O bandwidth before they can make use of all the CPU performance, said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager of AMDs server division. That means they're using a higher-performance chip than they need, and burning more electricity. So AMD is introducing new versions that dial down the clock-speed and reduce the power draw by 15 to 30 percent. "They're looking at the actual core utilization and seeing that only 60 to 70 percent of the core is...
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Visa reports £110bn in UKCompany sees boom in mobile and e-spending
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Cosmic Lagoon Shines inA pink lagoon glows in the Milky Way. New photos taken by a telescope in Chile put the Lagoon Nebula -- a giant cloud of gas and dust located 5,000 light-years from Earth -- on rosy display.
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East Rutherford, N.J., meet 400,000 strangers. That's the number of visitors expected to make their way to the greater New York City area during the week of Super Bowl 2014. Roughly 20% of those... guests, 82,500 to be exact, will be attending the game. As for what the other 320,000 visitors will be doing — who knows? See also: 10 Beer Cocktails to Booze Up Your Super Bowl Party Below, we've compiled some of the craziest facts about the 48th Super Bowl and what it'll mean for the players, the ticket holders and the region. 1. New Jersey hotels are hiking prices way up. Visitors are heading to the tri-state area in droves, whether to lodging surrounding the stadium in New Jersey or to more creative Manhattan accommodations. New Jersey hotels are egregiously gauging their nightly rates. The...
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Here's How Apple Thinks YouAs with many of Apple’s more prosaic advertisements lately, Apple’s recent Dead Poet’s Society inspired ad for the iPad Air and iPad mini, “What will your verse be?”, has alternately been... praised and ridiculed by critics who were either touched…
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Analysts estimate iPad salesA couple of days after Fortune did its roundup of analyst estimates of iPhone sales, it has now done the same for the iPad, with the average forecast coming out at 25M sales in the final quarter of... last year (Apple fiscal Q1) – up 10 percent from the previous year. iPads were a more challenging […]
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Report: Amazon Mulling Pay-TV Service

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 15:01
Amazon is considering live TV programming via a paid online service, according to a report. The online retail giant has approached "at least three big media conglomerates seeking rights to distribute... their content online," according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's service would offer channels that are currently available on cable and satellite, according to the report. Reps from Amazon could not be reached for comment However, an Amazon rep told Variety that the report was inaccurate, stating "We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to license television channels or offer a pay-TV service." Amazon invested $1 billion in content in 2013, according to Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali.
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Now here is something interesting from the folks over at BRAVEN – they have unveiled the Vibe, which so happens to be the first portable distributed audio Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi audio system... around the globe. The main objective of the BRAVEN Vibe would be to revolutionize multi-room audio through the empowering of users
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A 3D printed house rises in Amsterdam

GigaOM - 22 Jan 2014 15:00
A 3D printed house rises in3D printing isn't just for tiny trinkets. The 3D printed house will be printed on a 20-foot-tall printer and open to the public.
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Who goes there?

The Australian - 22 Jan 2014 15:00
Who goes there?PASSWORDS are about to become passe as we enter the age of biometric identification.
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SMi invites you to its 8th annual Parallel Trade conference, taking place in London on the 10th and 11th February 2014. We are very grateful to our Chairman, Dr Eric Noehrenberg, Director Public... Affairs, Market Access, Shire AG for taking time out to give us his views on the value of this conference, the benefits for attendees, the challenges and the future of parallel trade. View the interview below.1. What is the value of this year's conference?The value of this year's conference is that it brings together key stakeholders in a balanced manner.
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Wi-fi performance in many schools is bad, so some conclude they don't have enough bandwidth. That may be true, but network management may also fix the problem.
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Network with GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Sanofi, Johnson&Johnson, Boehringer-Ingelheim and many more at SMi's 8th annual Adaptive Designs in Clinical Trials conference.Hear first-hand from organisations... that have recently made breakthroughs in adaptive designsSMi invites you to attend the 8th annual Adaptive Designs in Clinical Trials conference, held in central London on the 24 & 25 March 2014.
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Focused on companies with fewer than 20 employees, the platform handles a wide range of online billing processes.
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IIC Show, 14th-15th February, Manchester

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 15:00
IIC Show is arriving at Manchester Central in less than 20 days.IIC Show is set to be the first dedicated exhibition promoting rehabilitation in North England. It is set to be the largest ever... disability healthcare show and is arriving at Manchester Central on 14th-15th February. It will be providing a much needed platform for both the 1.8 million disabled people in the North West and also for healthcare professionals based in the North to continue their professional development via a number of FREE CPD accredited seminars.
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Nikon D3200 Firmware Version C 1.03

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 15:00
Nikon D3200 Firmware Version CNikon has issued a firmware update for the Nikon D3200 digital SLR camera.
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BT-owned telco developing own system for parents to censor web Exclusive Plusnet is developing its own network-level filter to allow subscribers to censor content on its broadband service as well as... help the telco suffocate access to websites linking to pirated material, The Register has learned....
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It's been a few weeks (or at least a few days) since David Gewirtz did a rant. No, it's not about Linux. And yes, this time you're pretty much guaranteed to agree with him.
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The App Store's Dirty Secret:In this era of heightened security fears, when headlines routinely shout about hackers stealing millions of personal records in a single digital heist on some of the nation’s biggest companies, you... should never be handing your Apple ID and password…
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VMware's acquisition of AirWatch will give it a foothold in mobility as well as its end-user computing strategy.
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It began as a rage against the machine. But how did Apple's ads help the Mac be seen as ultimately not part of the machine? Or did the ads matter not so much at all?
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A long-lasting battery that runs on sugar!

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 14:50
Scientists have developed a new biodegradable battery that runs on sugar and can work for long hours without charging.     
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VIDEO: Do you live by YOLO orHow the term "you only live once" inspired a debate about death
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2013 Is the Fourth Hottest Year on Record

Bad Astronomy - 22 Jan 2014 14:45
It's official: 2013 is the fourth hottest year since records started being kept in 1880. It ties with 2003 for that dubious honor. This result was just announced by the National Oceanic and... Atmospheric Administration. It uses global annual land and sea surface temperatures to make the call, and in 2013 these two measures combined for a temperature 0.62 C (1.12 F) above the 20th century average of 13.9 C (57.0 F). Were you born after 1976? Then you've never experienced an average year: 2013 is the 37th year in a row with temperatures above the 20th century average. The report also states that nine of the 10 hottest years on record have been in the 21st century (2010 is the record holder for hottest year ever). Only one year from the 20th century is on that list, 1998, and that's about as...
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China's internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong.     
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Fitness Trackers And Sleep: How Accurate Are They?

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 14:43
Fitness Trackers And Sleep:By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/21/2014 08:48 AM EST on LiveScience Many fitness trackers measure not only the number of steps you take every day and the calories you burn, but also... your sleep habits, with some trackers even claiming to measure the time you spend in each stage of sleep. Although it might be fun to pore over the data, sleep experts say they are skeptical of fitness wristbands' accuracy in measuring sleep. Popular trackers, such as the Fitbit Force, include a sleep mode that aims to provide users with some insight into their shuteye, such as how long they slept, and how many times they were restless or woke up. Some trackers go a step further: the Jawbone UP breaks down sleep time into deep and light stages, and the Basis B1 recently launched a new sleep...
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Google faces $125 millionSimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday. Google infringed SimpleAir's... patent with its Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) services, SimpleAir said in a news release. These services are used by Google to process and send instant notifications for Android applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, it added. The jury found all five claims of SimpleAir's 7,035,914 patent on a "system and method for transmission of data" valid and infringed by Google, according to the jury verdict that was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Saturday. The jury however was unable to...
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India to track endangered snowSix snow leopards in the icy Indian state of Himachal Pradesh will be fitted with satellite-linked collars in a project aimed at deepening understanding of the endangered mountain cat, wildlife... officials said.
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Valve released its SteamOS beta with a warning: only touch this if you know what you're doing. While that surely did something to separate true testers from the first wave of eager users, there were a... few problems. Even the qualified needed a ...
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Germany's energy revolution on verge of collapse

New Scientist - 22 Jan 2014 14:42
Coal burning is at a 20-year high and subsidies for renewable energy are about to be slashed – yet Germany swears it will cut greenhouse gas emissions     
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NASA Flooded with Ideas forThe 58 proposals are double the usual number submitted during such instrument competitions, NASA officials said. The agency has begun reviewing the ideas and expects to choose the final science gear... for the 2020 Mars rover in the next five months.
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Few in the public may be familiar with Smith's work, but colleagues say this brilliant engineer's importance to the Mac is akin to what Woz meant to the first Apple computers.
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Enpass wants to manage your passwords in the cloud

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 14:40
Enpass wants to manage yourEnpass is an Android application that is purely designed to store your passwords and important information. And it offers a couple of main attractions — firstly it’s a real beauty on the eye and... super easy to use, and secondly, it allows for two cloud syncing options. As well as a backup and restore feature using the web, you can also sync your passwords with Dropbox. Of course, you don't have to sync at all, but bear in mind that if you were change to a new Android device you would lose your saved information. Once you launch the application you will need to create a password to enable you to access the app each time. Within the settings you can alter the auto-lock time - just in case you leave your phone unattended.
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Sorry, Jailbreakers! AppleEvery time, the game of cat-and-mouse between Cupertino and jailbreakers goes like this. Apple releases a new version of iOS, patching existing jailbreak exploits. Jailbreakers poke and prod at the... code for a few months, until they find a new…
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[From AppleTell] The Hearthstone open beta makes the collectible card game available to anyone in North America, with more regions to come.
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Rivals step in to satisfy freetards' need to spend nothing A number of vulture firms have swooped in to feast on the desktop access carcass left by the death of LogMeIn's free service....
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Dark Matter Mystery Could BeDark matter -- the elusive stuff that is thought to make up most of the known universe -- is almost certain to reveal itself during the next decade, says a researcher.
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There are a lot of technologies being investigated around the world to help reduce driver distraction and bring a new level of interactivity to infotainment systems in cars. One of …
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A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic - rather than political - gains
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TfL journeys to the cloud forFirm uses Amazon Web Services to react to demand from travellers
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StyleSeat, An OnlineAs hinted at last month, salon-booking service StyleSeat has now closed on its Series A round of funding. Led by Lightspeed Ventures, the company has raised an additional $10.2 million in outside... investment, bringing its total raise to date to $14 million. The funding will be used to both grow the platform and the now 35-person StyleSeat team, which will double in 2014. Existing investor Lowercase Capital also participated in the round. StyleSeat has already seen a couple of notable new hires, with Andrew Dempsey, previously the Director of Business Intelligence at Netflix, now StyleSeat Senior Data Analyst, and Yulie Kim, former VP of Product at One Kings Lane, now StyleSeat VP of Product. According to StyleSeat co-founder and CEO Melody McCloskey, the company is also looking to staff up...
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Intercom Raises Another $23MIntercom, a platform for companies to provide personalised customer responses online, is today announcing that it has raised another $23 million -- funding that it will use to continue to develop its... product, particularly in mobile, and expand its marketing to compete against bigger players like Oracle, SAP and Salesforce (the behemoth that even uses 'CRM' as its stock ticker on the NYSE).
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Native Ad Company SharethroughSharethrough, a startup focused on native advertising, is announcing that it has raised $17 million in its third round of funding. That breaks down to $7 million in equity and $10 million in debt. New... investors in the round include Elevation Partners, Silver Creek, and Patrick Keane (a former Googler who's also Sharethrough's president), while existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners and Floodgate also participated.
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The glass cube of Apple’s 5th Avenue Store in New York City might look iconic, but there’s one big problem with glass: It shatters. And in the latest wave of polar weather to hit the East Coast,... that’s just what…
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This is a developing story. Mashable will be following the events as they unfold and will update this article throughout the day. The Ukraine crisis took a turn for the worse overnight as two... protesters were shot to death in clashes with police. A third died in a fall. According to the English-language Kyiv Post, the general prosecutor’s office confirmed the gunshot deaths, but police denied that officers had fired on protesters. See also: 9 Essential Twitter Sources for Ukrainian Conflict News Crowds were reportedly growing at the scene of the recent clashes on Hrushevskoho Street, a few blocks from the center of the Euromaidan protests, with people chanting, “murderers” and “glory to Ukraine.”
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Yahoo! users will be mostlyStruggling Internet giant Yahoo! will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said on Wednesday at the Davos World Economic Forum.
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Sony grapples with gameAn application crash has sparked hundreds of complaints as Sony works on a fix
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Russian 'Energetic Bear'UK businesses not on victim list, according to security firm CrowdStrike
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Motorola Solutions revenue up 3%

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 14:24
Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies, rugged mobile computers and tablets, reported a 3% rise in quarterly revenue.     
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The big game hunt for 2014

Gadget - 22 Jan 2014 14:24
With the release of the XBox One and Playstation 4, game developers have been hard at work developing new titles to keep gamers glued to their television sets. DARRYN BONTHUYS of Lazygamer outlines... some of the top titles to be released this year.
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Wits event workshops big data

Gadget - 22 Jan 2014 14:24
Leading physicists and engineers from South Africa and around the world will converge on Wits University next week to workshop one of the biggest challenges all scientists face this century: How to... deal with big data output?
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Beware of your kids!

Gadget - 22 Jan 2014 14:24
Almost 1 in 5 parents have lost either money or important personal data due to their children unmonitored computer use, according to a 2013 survey carried out by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.
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Fewer Women Seeking Help for Infertility

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 14:23
Fewer Women Seeking Help forA smaller percentage of women are now getting medical help for infertility compared with three decades ago, according to a new report.
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Apple's Iconic 1984 CommercialFor any longtime Apple fans, it’s amazing to think that today marks 30 years since the January 22, 1984 airing of the Nineteen Eighty Four-inspired Macintosh commercial, directed by Ridley Scott.... Not only did the commercial usher in Apple’s most…
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Hid fact that half-price discount offer DIDN'T include line rental Virgin Media has been walloped by Britain's advertising watchdog for failing to clearly explain that a half-price deal it was... flogging did not apply to line rental....
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Google and Facebook have refused to change their policies on selling advertisement for legal weed, for now.     
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The combination of smartphone and tablet projected to grow the fastest.
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Two researchers were recently using custom software to test out Tor exit nodes for suspicious behavior and discovered something interesting. The researcher spent four months studying Tor exit nodes... and …
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Coming soon! Smartcurtains for your home

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 14:12
It's time to spruce up the look of your drawing room with smart curtains that could bend or straighten in response to the flick of a light switch!     
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[AppleTell] Appidemic: Alayer for iPad

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 14:09
[From AppleTell] Alayer is simple but powerful layer-based image editor for iPad with a secret trump card up its digital sleeve; it's only $0.99.
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How A Mathematician HackedMathematicians aren't renowned for their social skills. But in a quest to find love, Chris McKinlay from UCLA realised he could use his analytical skills to his advantage--by hacking OkCupid.
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Bill Atkinson, Andy Hertzfeld, Steve Capps, and Larry Kenyon share their thoughts about developing the core software for the original Macintosh, which is about to mark its 30th anniversary.
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The 25 Worst Passwords of 2013

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 14:06
If you have a sneaking suspicion that your passwords are bad, we have some upsetting news: They probably are. Luckily, SplashData is here to help you change your lazy ways with its annual list of the... worst online passwords. See also: The Evolution of the Password — And Why It's Still Far From Safe I mean, we wear computers on our faces now. Using "password" as your password just seems out of place in a world where you can wear computers on your face, doesn't it? We should know better by now. Looking at SplashData's findings, it's pretty incredible to learn that many of us don't. The big news with this year's list is that "123456" has dethroned the perennial champion, "password." We're not sure whether that's a good sign or a bad sign, but we're leaning toward the latter. In fact, many of...
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ShapeShifter Will Morph AWouldn't it be awesome if websites had the ability to morph and shift its code on a regular basis to prevent malware from attacking it? That definitely sounds like a pretty awesome idea which is... currently being used by a company called Shape Security. The company's product, called the ShapeShifter is basically a network security appliance that relies on real-time polymorphism that will dynamically change the code in a website's user interface into random strings that will prevent malware from attacking it, essentially turning it into a moving target that is much harder to hit. While it seems like a lot is happening under the surface, the website's UI is apparently not affected and will retain the functionality of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, whichever is being used at the moment. The...
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BBC Turns To Instagram VideoInstagram video allows for recording of up to 15 seconds, meaning that uploading longer videos will not be feasible, and is probably more practical for quick and short videos as opposed to full length... features. Interestingly enough it looks like the BBC has decided to turn to Instagram to spread its news and are currently experimenting with using Instagram video to deliver short news that basically highlights the day's news, allowing users to hit up its website if they wish to learn more. This experiment will be conducted on a daily basis and will run for a month. According to the BBC News Online's chief, Steve Herrmann (via The Guardian), “We want the process to be organic, and we’re keen to trial new ideas on how we can use our video content to reach new audiences." This is an...
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Good news gamers, if you've always been interested in the idea of playing games like Resident Evil on the PC, you soon will be able to come 27th of February. This is according to Capcom who has... announced the Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD will be making its way onto the PC and can be purchased via Steam for $20. According to Capcom, the game will contain all the bells and whistles, including 60fps gaming, full Steam support (which includes Steam achievements, cloud support, and so on), full controller support, along with everything from prior iterations of the game. This means that gamers will be able to access features such as the Separate Way epilogue. Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD will also get widescreen support and updated textures as well. If you're wondering if your computer has what it...
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Minuum keyboard shown on theThere'll be no thumb typing here This video from the folks at Minuum shows off its innovative Android keyboard running on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. As a proof of concept, it's pretty cool, no doubts.... But while it's awesome it can be done, is it a solution to a problem we don't have yet? And I'm not just talking about the fact that the Galaxy Gear isn't exactly widespread in its ownership. 
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Moles blame Bezos for paltry code sharing Exclusive Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today - but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research... papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on....
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Intel Media's sale: Why IntelIntel had it all: An A-list team, an intriguing product and even a number of contracts with TV networks, just waiting to be signed. So why did the company end up selling its OnCue TV service to... Verizon?
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9 facts about animals you wishThese animals have some nasty habits. Here are 9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know.
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Bits Blog: Why Rovio Looks to Coca-Cola For Inspiration

The New York Times - 22 Jan 2014 14:00
Bits Blog: Why Rovio Looks toThe Finnish gaming company rode Angry Birds to international success. Next up: the dream of interacting with one billion customers.     
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Considering how some modern day smartphones do not only come with high end hardware specifications, they are also rugged enough to be able to withstand the likes of some rain or even getting dunked in... water – as long as they do not end up in a pool that is more than a meter deep,
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Holographic diagnostics

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 14:00
Holographic diagnostics(Phys.org) --'Smart' holograms, which are currently being tested to monitor diabetes, and could be used to monitor a wide range of medical and environmental conditions in future, have been developed... by researchers.
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The Best Jailbreak Apps andiOS 7 was jailbroken just a few weeks ago , and while we covered the first wave of excellent apps and tweaks , plenty more tweaks have popped up since then. Here are some (more) of our favorites.
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As Google continues to infiltrate living rooms the world over, it's betting big on the $35 Chromecast: tiny, affordable, and effective at hitting our sweet spot.
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The app is a reaction to the over-embellished existences we find on social networks, making it often moody and melancholy -- and real in the most unsettling of ways.
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"As long as they keep making it easier and faster to get my stuff, that's all the customer service I need." Paul Greenberg and Brent Leary explain why Amazon.com wins CRM Watchlist's Lifetime... Achievement Award.
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PayPal's president defends the digital payment provider's place at the forefront of mobile commerce while quipping he welcomes competition too.
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Muhammad Yunus On DefiningMuhammad Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and a member of the B-Team, told HuffPost Live at Davos about the idea of "social business." "Forget about personal profit making. Once you get out of... the personal profit idea, business is a very powerful tool," Yunus said. "You can use it to solve human problems." Yunus gave his definition of success, noting it's not about money. "Success means what you intended to do, you did it," Yunus said. "Money is not the success. Today the entire idea of success is translated into the volume of money you make. That's the wrong way," he continued. Yunus asked of men and women who are unemployed: "is it his or her fault?" "The system says, 'We don't need you. You're rejected.' Not just one person, not thousands of people, not millions of people,"...
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Using your own iPhone at work?Employees who use their own electronic devices at work under a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) arrangement may have unwittingly authorised their employer to remotely wipe their device when they leave the... company, reports the WSJ. In early October, Michael Irvin stood up to leave a New York City restaurant when he glanced at his iPhone […]
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Try as you might to argue that the tablet is still not mainstream, the fact they are seen everywhere would counter that argument. Even so, the need for a keyboard limits its use for some.
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Now, hair clips that recordThe humble hair clip has now transformed into a crime-fighting gadget for women that can detect an attack and record evidence -- all while contacting the emergency services.     
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Yahoo buys deep-linking appYahoo continues its buying spree by absorbing Seattle-based startup
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BlackBerry gets major boostBlackBerry received a significant vote of confidence in its mobile platform recently when the Pentagon announced that 80,000 out of 82,000 mobile devices being deployed on one of its new networks will... be from the Canadian mobile maker. The post BlackBerry gets major boost from Pentagon, share price surges appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ads served to Android smartphones have for the first time taken over iPhones, but iOS is still bringing in the cash.
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Back in December, we learned that Samsung was rolling out some new color versions of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The new colors included rose gold and merlot. Verizon …
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Command & Conquer was one of the more popular RTS games back in the day and offered a decent alternative to other RTS games like Warcraft and StarCraft. Unlike StarCraft and Warcraft where massing... units might not necessarily mean a victory and can be limited due to housing, Command & Conquer allowed gamers to amass as many units as they can with their resources, and assuming they aren't eliminated by the enemy before then. It made for some epic battles and we're sure there are some of you guys out there who might be wondering what a FPS Command & Conquer game might be like. It'd be chaotic for sure, but thanks to a game titled Renegade X, it is basically a game made by a fan that is set in the Command & Conquer universe, but puts the player into a first-person mode where they are able to...
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GTA 5 For PC Listed On AmazonGiven the success and popularity of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5, we're sure many PC gamers out there are just dying to get the game on their computers. Petitions have been signed and according to... our previous report, references made to the PC version of the game have been sighted in bug reports. As to how accurate those earlier reports are remains to be seen, but it looks like Amazon seems to think that they are legit, or they know something we don't, but it looks like both Amazon France and Germany have no qualms about listing GTA 5 for the PC on their websites. Like we said it's impossible to tell whether Amazon France/Germany are simply predicting that an announcement will be made and that their source of information is from the internet, just like the rest of us, or if they have...
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WiFi-Only Sony Xperia Z UltraAfter being rumored, spotted on Sony's website, and making its way past the FCC, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra WiFi-only version has been officially announced for Japan. As it stands it appears that the... device is only available for Japan at the moment and will be priced at around $495 and will be released on the 24th of January. However availability of the device for other regions has yet to be announced, although given that devices that are usually Japan-exclusives typically remain that way for the foreseeable future, but we suppose you could always get one imported if that's a device you truly wouldn't mind getting your hands on. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, XPERIA Z Ultra, WiFi-Only Sony Xperia Z Ultra Officially Announced For Japan original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Why not just leave your camera set to second curtain flash all the time? We answer that question in today's reader letter. The post Reader Question: Why Not Always Set Your Camera to Second Curtain... Flash? appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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We'd Buy This iWatch In ADespite the lack of concrete news available on the subject, we’re hardly short of concept designs for Apple’s eventual iWatch. This one, by San Francisco UI designer Todd Hamilton, is among the... best yet — a sleek design that resembles…
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Play-it-on-the-loo game owner: Now for the US... Updated The company behind the wildly successful Candy Crush Saga mobile games franchise already has its mitts on the European trademark for the word... "candy" and is now awaiting approval for its application for the same thing in the US....
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With Windows 8, Microsoft made it possible for developers to build apps using HTML and JavaScript. Turns out, no one is really doing that...
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While some parents hire creepy clowns for their child's birthday, a video game developer recently earned ultimate dad points after a delightfully nerdy photo session with his son. To celebrate his... baby's first birthday, Ben Stirling used Photoshop to cast his son into scenes from popular video games See also: Cool Dad Brightens Kids' Day With Interactive Lunch Notes The result is an adorably hilarious photo series that any child would treasure for years to come — once he's old enough. Stirling's son slays zombies in Left 4 Dead, races in Mario Kart and solves puzzles in Portal, among other popular games.
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Social media lockdown: 4You use a social network--at least one, maybe a few. Everyone does. You probably know all about your preferred network's privacy settings, enough to make sure that the whole world doesn't know your... business. But if you're paranoid--aren't we all?--you can find ways to lock down your privacy that go above and beyond even two-factor authentication. You have to start with your social networks' settings, of course. If you don't bother to limit the visibility of your posts or to make sure you're not being tagged all over the place (thanks, facial-recognition technology), then there's no point in proceeding. Facebook has the most convoluted settings of all the social networks, so follow our how-to for complete instructions. After you confirm that your photos, contact information, and political...
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Chromebook power tips: How toDon't let the "Scroogled"-spouting Pawn Stars guys fool you: Chromebooks aren't useless hunks of plastic. Google's Chrome OS has matured into a functional operating system, and not just because Web... browsers themselves are evolving into something spectacular. Beyond a desktop-class browser and other software improvements, Chromebooks offer a full keyboard, mouse support, and peripheral ports. They do involve a learning curve, though. The Chrome OS somewhat resembles Windows, but its small differences can trip you up, and some of the most productivity-oriented features are buried. Whether you're new to Chrome or an old dog looking for some Googley new tricks, this guide will help you sidestep the OS's most glaring flaws and squeeze as much productivity as possible out of your Chromebook....
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Google Nexus 8 features, launch date leaked

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 13:27
According to Digitimes, Google is likely to adopt Intel's Bay Trail-T processor platform for the upcoming Nexus 8 tablet.     
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The UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it has cleared the way for faster in-flight broadband on commercial aircraft. Ofcom has cleared the plan for airlines and other... transportation …
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Yahoo users will be mostly mobile in 2014: CEO

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 13:24
Yahoo will see more users accessing its services by mobile in 2014 than classic desktops, chief executive Marissa Mayer said.     
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Cosmonauts Working In Space

SpaceRef - 22 Jan 2014 13:23
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy, Expedition 38 flight engineer, in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in EVA in support of assembly and maintenance on the ISS....
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A study has for the first time argued that older brains may take longer to process ever increasing amounts of knowledge, and this has often been misidentified as declining capacity.     
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NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures....
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Chinese internet re-routed toIssues lasted as long as eight hours according to Compuware
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NXP's Mantis CAN transceiversBuilding on its industry-leading position in in-vehicle networking (IVN), NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced that Volkswagen has approved Mantis for use in its vehicles without the need for a... common-mode choke, enabling significant system cost savings in applications.
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Bitcoin baron donation started a flood: 'leccy bill paid and then some The cash-strapped OpenBSD Foundation has raised $100,000, potentially saving it from the brink of oblivion....
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Intel to invest $120m in new R&D facility in India

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 13:16
Intel has announced that it will invest over $120 million in consolidating its existing research and development infrastructure.     
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Intel to invest $120m in India R&D facility

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 13:16
Intel has announced that it will invest over $120 million in consolidating its existing research and development infrastructure.     
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Water Found In Stardust, AndScientists have found evidence of water in distant stardust, and that might have huge implications for how we think about life. A team at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu said that the dust which... floats through our solar system appears to contain small droplets of water, which are formed when they collide with particles from the sun. Combined with organic chemicals in those same dust clouds, it means that the ingredients for life could be far more abundant throughout the universe than first thought. Of course, life would not be able to form without a friendly planet or moon, with the right amounts of light, warmth and liquid water. And that's still a tricky mix to get right. But forming the elements themselves might not be such a problem - and that's a hugely important part of the...
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Google launches 'Video QualityGoogle on Tuesday unveiled its 'Video Quality Report', an initiative aimed at evaluating the performance of ISPs that involves potentially millions of YouTube users and billions of video views. The... post Google launches ‘Video Quality Report’ initiative to test ISPs’ performance appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The World's Biggest TeaWhile everyone drinks coffee, tea is a beverage for the more discerning drinker. But where in the world do people drink the most?
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Will NotBack in 2013, it was reported that Samsung could turn to magnetic resonance for wireless charging and that feature could make its way into future Samsung products. This is also a similar piece of... technology that was patented by Apple a while back and what makes this pretty cool is that it does not require the device to actually come into contact with the wireless charging pad. Instead phones will just need to be placed nearby in order to begin charging. Now the bad news is that if you were hoping that this technology would make its way into the Samsung Galaxy S5, you'd be out of luck. According to reports from the Korean media, such technology will not be making its way into the Galaxy S5 as Samsung does not believe that it will be a marketable feature. As it stands, the technology is...
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Intel To Invest Over $120 Mn In RD In India

Money Control - 22 Jan 2014 13:13
Intel To Invest Over $120 MnInvestment to help Intel move into newer areas such as Internet of Things.
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US Cable Companies Sue TheFor those unfamiliar with the Rockstar patent consortium, they are basically a group of tech companies that have joined forces to buy Nortel's patents from a while ago. The companies that are part of... the consortium include big names such as Apple, Microsoft, and Sony, just to name a few. Back in December, Google filed a complaint against the consortium, basically alleging that the consortium are a bunch of bullies who have come together to harass other tech companies, such as Google themselves, and it looks like Google is not alone in feeling that. In yet another lawsuit filed against the consortium, it seems that this time several US cable companies have come together and decided that the consortium's plans to break up into smaller shell companies is just not fair. Apparently the plan was...
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This is Russia's new nuclearBehold the Severodvinsk--the pride of the Russian Navy, the first of the post-Soviet era Yasen-class submarines. It entered service at the end of December 2013 and it will replace the old Akula-class... and Alfa-class subs. But unlike those warships, and thanks to a new cruise missile, the Severodvinsk has strategic and tactical nuclear weapon capabilities.
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Judge Rules That SamsungIt looks like Samsung can't seem to catch a break in the courts. While they might have had some success in courts in different parts of the world, over in the US the South Korean company just can't... seem to catch a break. In a summary judgement issued ahead of the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh (the same judge who presided over the landmark Apple vs Samsung jury trial) ruled that the Samsung devices in question did infringe upon Apple's US patent which covers autocorrect functionality. At the same time, Judge Lucy Koh also invalidated one of Samsung's patents-in-suit, bringing Samsung's complaint of patent infringements down to four. The patent in question covered the synchronization of multimedia across multiple devices. The trial between Apple and...
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Millions of Germans caught upThe German information security ministry has warned the country’s citizens that many of them have been caught up in a massive botnet. Around 16 million people’s information - email addresses and... passwords, mostly - was found to have been pilfered by the botnet, which presumably monitored […]
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Vtech baby tablet announced,How young is too young to get a tablet? That's the question some people will ask when they see the Vtech InnoTab 3 Baby Tablet which goes on sale later this year. The new tablet is designed to be used... by babies as young as 12 months old and is a customisation...
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19 Viners Funnier Than Anyone You Know IRL

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 13:09
Happy birthday, Vine! The video-sharing app turns a whopping 1 year old this week. What were we ever doing without it? A breeding ground where short videos go viral nearly every other day, the app is... an incredibly creative outlet. The Vine universe has specifically grown traction for producing some pretty stellar up-and-coming comedians, who manage to pack their punchlines into six sweet seconds. See also: 35 Ways Musicians and Music Brands Are Using Twitter's Vine App One year after it all began, these are the hilarious Vine stars you should be following. 1. King Bach Andrew Bachelor, known to Vine users as King Bach, is all physical. The aspiring actor and comedian dances, does backflips and constantly rips his shirt off to get a laugh out of his 4.8 million followers. Since his rise on...
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Google Glass User Pulled OutThere are bound to be teething problems as Google Glass rolls out to users. Back in October last year, Cult of Android reported on the Glass user given a ticket for “driving with monitor visible to... driver." Now we have…
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The legal proceedings in the patent infringement suit between Apple and Samsung keep raging. Yesterday Judge Lucy Koh issued a summary judgment in the case. Koh declared that Samsung Android …
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Texas Instruments to cut 1,100Firm hopes to save $130m over the coming year
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Icahn says he bought more Apple shares

USA Today - 22 Jan 2014 13:04
Icahn says he bought more Apple shares, bringing value of position to more than $3 billion
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And: Is LG making iWatch screens? Novelty-seeking Apple fanbois turned their backs on the iPad 2 in the run up to Xmas, heralding the imminent demise of the ancient legacy fondleslab....
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Recent 'Internet of Things' attack a wake up call for consumers and manufacturers
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Dutch computer chip maker and global high-tech bellwether ASML on Wednesday posted a drop in profit for 2013, despite record sales in the fourth quarter.
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China's Internet suffered a massive breakdown as traffic was routed to an overseas site linked to the banned religious group Falun Gong--a fiasco a cyber-monitoring group Wednesday blamed on the... country's own censors.
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Fast-growing database startupDatabase startup MemSQL has been on fire since it launched in mid-2012, and now it has a lot more money to keep up that momentum. The company has closed an oversubscribed series B round worth $35... million.
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Sneak preview of SurveyThe VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright... young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.
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Sneak Preview of SurveyESO Top News: The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed new image of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating... intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters. This image is a tiny part of just one of eleven public surveys of the sky now in progress using ESO telescopes. Together these are providing a vast legacy of publicly available data for the global astronomical community.
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A lower risk of heart failure is linked not only to doing more exercise, but also independently to spending less time sitting, concluded US researchers after analyzing 8 years of health data on 84,000... men.Reporting their findings in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, Dr. Deborah Rohm Young, a senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA, and colleagues describe how they found even among men who exercised regularly, sitting for long periods increased their risk of heart failure.Dr.
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SAP plans to be a cloud juggernaut with a great customer experience, a user interface that borders on beautiful, and a growth company---all by 2017.
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Facebook to limit text-only posts from Pages

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 12:58
Facebook has reportedly warned page administrators that it would show their text-only status updates to a smaller batch of followers.     
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YouView expands catch-upDigital TV channels Yesterday and Really are the latest to offer catch-up programming on YouView. Both now offer the ability to watch the last seven day of their shows through connected set-top-boxes.... On demand portals have been added for the UKTV channels,...
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According to the findings, iOS accounted for nearly 43.3% traffic and 55.7% revenue.     
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Can Google Glass -- which includes a camera -- be worn in movie theaters? One theater in Columbus, Ohio, decided not and had federal agents pu...
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IBM executives turn downFirm sees gains in software but cannot escape declining hardware landscape
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Tough to locate Target hackers: Experts

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 12:51
Target says hackers stole about 40 million debit and credit card numbers from cards swiped at its stores between November 27 and December 15.     
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Man Claims FBI InterrogatedA man in the United States claims he was interrogated by the FBI after he wore prescription Google Glasses into a movie theatre. The man told Gadgeteer that he and his wife were asked to leave by... police, before being questioned for "hours" over fears he was trying to record or broadcast the film. "I kept telling them that I wasn't recording anything - my Glass was off, they insisted they saw it on. I told them there would be a light coming out the little screen if Glass was on, and I could show them that, but they insisted that I cannot touch my Glass for the fear "I will erase the evidence against me that was on Glass." For their part the cinema claimed piracy had been a problem before, and that management had ordered staff to contact the FBI in the event of similar incidents. Take a look...
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Apple gets more favourableFOSS Patents is reporting that Apple received two more favourable rulings in their ongoing battle against Samsung in the courts. These judgements increase the chance of Apple winning the March patent... trial “not hugely but significantly”, according to Mueller. In a judgement filed yesterday, Samsung was found to infringe on one of Apple’s asserted patents […]
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Cameroon shows Africa how not to do it

Tech Central - 22 Jan 2014 12:45
Cameroon's government is hanging on to its monopoly state telecommunications provider, Camtel, and the result is that the country now has some of the highest international and national wholesale fibre... rates on the continent. The country refused World Bank funding because it
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Google, Apple commuter busesPrivate buses operated by tech giants that take employees between San Francisco and their Silicon Valley offices will start paying to use public stops. The buses have been the target of protesters... concerned about the tech companies' effect on the community. The post Google, Apple commuter buses in San Francisco to pay for use of public stops appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook Is the New Walmart

Gizmodo - 22 Jan 2014 12:45
Facebook Is the New WalmartBecause when everyone hangs out somewhere, those awkward conversations--just like the ones you end up having in the middle of Walmart when you bump into someone you barely know--are inevitable.
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The Sex with Glass app for Google Glass would change the way people have sex, or more appropriately 'view it'.     
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Rumors of a Nexus 8 tablet areRumors Google will launch a Nexus 8 tablet have reignited this week, with a new report indicating it'll launch mid-year and come with an Intel Bay Trail-T processor inside. The post Rumors of a Nexus... 8 tablet are back, and this time it may have an Intel chip inside appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Intel has pulled the wraps off a couple new computing devices aimed at the education environment. The new devices include the 10-inch Intel Education Tablet and the 10-inch Intel classmate …
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Beats Music Can Be Loaded OntoBeats Music has been launched for iOS and Android today and while it will see a launch on Windows Phone by the end of the week, there is no word on whether the app will arrive on BlackBerry later, if... at all. Well the good news is that for those who have managed to get their hands on the leaked version of BlackBerry 10.2.1, you're in luck because one of the main features of the BlackBerry 10.2.1 is the ability to download and install Android APKs directly without having to go through the trouble of sideloading them. In fact if you thought that you could sideload the Beats Music Android app, you'd be out of luck, according to those who have tried. The good news is that if you own the latest version of the leaked BlackBerry OS update or plan to download it, the Beats Music app should load...
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BlackBerry To Hold 10.2.1According to our report from earlier, it was rumored that BlackBerry planned on rolling out BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 on the 28th of January. Given that BlackBerry 10 was announced about a year ago, we... don't see why this would be a stretch of the imagination, although BlackBerry has yet to make an official announcement. In any case if you were hoping for more proof that BlackBerry could indeed release 10.2.1 on the 28th of January, you might be interested to learn that BlackBerry has announced their plans to hold a BlackBerry 10.2.1 preview in Malaysia on the 23rd of January, which is a little less than a week from its rumored release. At the moment the event is being held in Malaysia, but it has also been speculated that the event will eventually be held in other parts of the world ahead of...
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Cracked iPhone 5C screensApple has reportedly added the iPhone 5C to the list of smartphones it can repair inside its retail stores. It'll now replace cracked iPhone 5C screens while you wait for $150. The post Cracked iPhone... 5C screens should now be fixed in your local Apple Store for $150 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft Not Satisfied WithPresident Obama recently announced that there would changes made to the NSA. Some of these changes included the way data was collected, and also how they would stop spying on their allies, just to... name a few. It sounded like a good compromise, but it seems that not everyone agrees or was satisfied with the changes that were made, and Microsoft is one of the companies that aren't too happy about it, as outlined on their blog by their General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Brad Smith. According to Smith, he believes that more work needs to be done and stated that they will continue working with the current administration and Congress to make reforms that are consistent with their principles as outlined in December last year when the leaders of major tech...
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 showsInitial screenshots of the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 didn’t show many signs of changes, but new images distributed today hint at some signs of improved interaction between the "Metro" and... desktop environments. Russian leaker WZor has published several screenshots that show pinned Metro apps in the taskbar section of the desktop in Windows 8.1 Update 1. There's also a new option to "Show Store apps on the taskbar." While it’s not a hugely significant change, it appears to be the first change that Microsoft has implemented on its path towards Windows 9. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 9 in April 2015 with "Metro 2.0" improvements that allow users to run Windows 8-style ("Metro") apps in separate windows on the desktop....
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US authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass.     
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US authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass.     
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Cult Paint App DrawQuest IsThe team behind cult drawing app DrawQuest have sadly announced that it will be closing shop. For those unfamiliar with it, DrawQuest is was an iOS app — originally for iPad, but with an iPhone... version launched in November last…
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Spark: Look Ma, an open source thermostat

Phys.org - 22 Jan 2014 12:30
Spark: Look Ma, an open source(Phys.org) --Spark.io has come up with an open source thermostat. "We spent about $70 on components to put this together (including $39 for the Spark Core); the wood and acrylic were free. We started... working at 10am and finished at 3am, with 3.5 engineers involved (one went to bed early), and the only work we did in advance was order the electronic components." Their step by step demo and encouraging words to Makers that the future is quite open for success have attracted a number of tech sites to give them praise. Spark is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based group, founded in 2012, which carries a motto to give you "the tools to connect everyday electronics to the internet over Wi-Fi." The group is known already for the Spark Core, a small Wi-Fi development board that makes it easy to create...
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New CEO, new VCs, more cash Ethernet storage startup Coraid has got itself $29.3m in fresh funding after appointing a new CEO, David Kresse, in September last year....
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The German telco has begun offering a free subscription to Evernote's paid product for six months for customers across Europe.
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Pioneer has announced a new addition to its line of DJ gear with the Serato compatible DDJ-SZ DJ controller. The company says that the DDJ-SZ is designed for the DJ …
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Sony launches 6.4-inch Android tablet

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 12:22
Sony has launched the world's first tablet with screen smaller than 7-inch.     
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Sony launches world's smallest Android tablet

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 12:22
Sony has launched the world's first tablet with screen smaller than 7-inch.     
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Emerson Network PowerNew NetSure 5100 compact system first in a new series of DC power solutions and components that improve reliability and reduce opex.
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Todoist Next, A Great Update  The Todoist todo app has been updated and renamed. It's now called "Todoist Next," and it has been turned into a lean, mean visual-scheduling-and-collaboration machine. I was never a Todoist user,... although apparently I already had an account. But…
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Internet retail titan Amazon.com has been reaching out to entertainment studios about licensing television programs for an online streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
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Symantec Announces Latest Version Of NetBackup

Money Control - 22 Jan 2014 12:18
Symantec Announces LatestBackup offering brings comprehensive protection while providing up to 400x faster VM recovery.
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It's anyone's guess what Snapchat's done behind the scenes to patch up its data vulnerabilities, but the firm's continuing to address the issues with a new public-facing measure. For instance: the app... now has a new (and surprisingly cute) security ...
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MemSQL Raises $35M Series BMemSQL, a big data startup that helps retrieve and analyze data real-time, has raised $35 million in Series B funding from Accel Partners and Khosla Ventures. The financing will be used to expand... product development, offer support to a growing base of users and push aggressively for a bigger share of the big data market, which is expected to reach $32.4 billion by 2017. Apart from Accel and Khosla, MemSQL’s existing investors IA Ventures, First Round Capital and Data Collective also participated in the latest round of funding, bringing the total capital raised so far by the startup to $45 million. Founded by ex-Facebookers Eric Frenkiel and Nikita Shamgunov in 2011, MemSQL is at the forefront of a movement that not only aims to help large enterprises manage big data fast, but also with...
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Apple '1984' Commercial Is 30 Years Old Today (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 12:16
Apple '1984' Commercial Is 30On 22 January 1984 Apple changed the world in two ways. First, it announced to the world that it would soon launch 'Macintosh', the ground-breaking computer which fundamentally changed the way most... companies approached consumer PCs. Second, it released one hell of an advert. The classic '1984' commercial debuted during Superbowl XVIII, after Steve Jobs gave his team one simple brief: "I want to stop the world in its tracks". Famously obtuse in form, and directed by Ridley Scott, the advert showed a female runner breaking into a dystopian movie theatre after images of industrial drudgery reminiscent of its namesake and Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Once inside, the athlete is shown throwing a hammer into the screen, symbolically smashing the face of the Big Brother-like figure (representing IBM)...
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Deus Ex: The Fall now available on Android

Pocket-lint - 22 Jan 2014 12:16
Deus Ex: The Fall nowSquare Enix has released the much-lauded Deus Ex: The Fall on Android. It has been available for iPhone and iPad since June last year and now Android tablet and smartphone owners can find out why it's... become a favourite with mobile gamers. Deus Ex: The...
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An anonymous reader writes "I've been a software engineer for about 15 years, most of which I spent working on embedded systems (small custom systems running Linux), developing in C. However, web and... mobile technologies seem to be taking over the world, and while I acknowledge that C isn't going away anytime soon, many job offers (at least those that seem interesting and in small companies) are asking for knowledge on these new technologies (web/mobile). Plus, I'm interested in them anyway. Unfortunately, there are so many of those new technologies that it's difficult to figure out what would be the best use of my time. Which ones would you recommend? What would be the smallest set of 'new technologies' one should know to be employable in web/mobile these days?"
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From phablet to tablet: SonySony has just announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra device, presumably aimed at consumers interested more in diminutive tablets than whopping great phablets that run the risk... of making your head look really small. The post From phablet to tablet: Sony launches Wi-Fi-only version of Xperia Z Ultra appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Patents Buttonless Trackpad

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 12:14
Apple Patents ButtonlessIf you have ever used the trackpad on any of Apple's MacBook laptops, you will know that it supports touch and gesture commands, but at the same time it is clickable as well for those who might miss... the click of a regular mouse button. Well it looks like Apple might not feel the same because according to a patent that was recently granted to Apple, it reveals Apple's potential plans for a buttonless trackpad design that may or may not make its way into future MacBooks. Then again this just a patent so like we said, we can't tell if Apple ever plans on integrating it into future devices. The patent basically incorporates the same features and sensors of the current trackpad design, but instead does away with the hinge that allows to be clickable. Instead an actuator will be used to provide...
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Ukraine Government BroadcastsTaking part in a riot or protest can be dangerous as police might target you even if you were just standing there peacefully. However there is also the chance that no one will recognize you, given... that some protests do consists of tens of thousands of participants, but over in the Ukraine, it looks like the government is trying to scare protestors into staying home. At the moment in Kiev, Ukraine, it seems that there are violent protests going on at the moment where over 100,000 people protested the new laws that would make it illegal to cover ones face, wear a helmet, set up tents, or use a sound system to conduct a peaceful assembly. (more…) Follow: General, legal, Ukraine Government Broadcasts Ominous Text Message To Protestors original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Fantastic aerial photos ofBrooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler took to the skies over Botswana in an ultra, ultra, ultra-light aircraft to take these incredible pics of native wildlife doing its collective thang. From less... than 500 feet up, he was able to capture zebras, cows, and vegetation that are so beautifully composed they look like they're part of a painting.
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Google Glass has seen many uses but it seems that the device will now be used by the Sacramento Kings to broadcast its games live to viewers around the world. As it stands the Sacramento Kings are... also the first team to accept Bitcoin as a method of payment, and it looks like they have no problems embracing technology as they have also announced that Google Glass will be incorporated into its games as well. Unfortunately this does not mean we will be getting a first-person view from a player's perspective, but rather from the court side seats, so for those who can't afford court side seats and want to feel what it might be like, tuning in to their stream is one way to experience that. According to their media release, "The technology will allow fans at the game, and viewing at home, to...
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BBC tries Instagram video toThe BBC is experimenting with Instagram video. Launched late last week, Instafax is a short-form video news service that’s distributed using the BBC News Instagram account. Three 15-second videos... will be published each day over the month-long experiment, and all are designed to highlight the day’s news. "We want the process to be organic, and we're keen to trial new ideas on how we can use our video content to reach new audiences," explains BBC News Online chief Steve Herrmann in an interview with The Guardian. While the Instafax naming is a clear reference to the shuttered Ceefax news service that dominated British televisions in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the BBC’s experiment also mimics other short-from video news services. N...
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5 Apps for Adventurous Nature Nerds

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 12:12
In the dead of winter, we all crave a little wildlife and outdoor adventure. For a breath of fresh air, invest in apps that could teach you more about trees, birds and everything in between See also:... 10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors Whether you're a citizen scientist or are just beginning to appreciate nature, these five apps can help you identify a tree by its leaf or test your outdoor nature skills Do you have a favorite nature app? Let us know in the comments below.
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Verizon 'rose gold white' Galaxy Note 3 pictured

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 12:11
Verizon 'rose gold white'Bronze-trimmed Note 3 to be 'available exclusively on Verizon Wireless' While we haven't spotted anything in the way of an official announcement, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in "rose gold white" has... just appeared on Samsung Mobile's U.S. press site with Verizon badging. It's one of the three new Note 3 colors announced by Samsung in December, with the promise that it'd launch "according to each market’s preference." According to Samsung's entry for the device, this bronze-trimmed Note 3 will be exclusive to Verizon. According to leaked Verizon docs seen by Android Central, you should be able to claim a $100 rebate on this new Note 3 color when it goes on sale. But for the moment it's unclear exactly when the gold Note 3 will land on Verizon — at the time of writing the carrier's site...
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BlackBerry lands 80,000-deviceGood news for embattled smartphone firm
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Security researchers at Ben Gurion University claim to have found a flaw in Android's VPN implementation that leaves what should be protected communications completely exposed.
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Sony's 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra smarpthone is almost big enough it could be considered a tablet, right? Sony seems to agree, as it announced it will start selling a Wi-Fi only variant of the device in... Japan The device is very simple to describe: it's identical to the Xperia Z Ultra, only without the cellular component See also: Sony's 6.4-Inch Xperia Z Ultra Can Be Used Underwater This means it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a Full HD display, Android 4.2 and water resistance The Wi-Fi Xperia Z Ultra will become available in Japan this week for ¥52,000 ($499). There's no word on pricing or availability in the U.S. or elsewhere
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Adobe Reader Now Lets You EditAdobe has issued an update to Adobe Reader, its popular PDF reader app. Version 11.2.0 introduces a new design that matches the look and feel of iOS 7. The new look includes alterations to the color... scheme as well as…
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But you won't leave Sony and and Microsoft quaking to their controllers Review The Powers That Be at El Reg originally asked me to take a shufty at the Ouya gaming box when it first launched in the... middle of 2013. I demurred. It seemed obvious to me at the time that the success or failure of this Kickstarter poster child would depend entirely on the enthusiasm with which game makers and the wider developer community clasped the Ouya to their respective bosoms....
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VOD set for take-off in Africa

Tech Central - 22 Jan 2014 12:02
The number of video-on-demand subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa will grow by one million in 2014, despite the lack of broadband infrastructure in the region, according to a new report. However, most... of those subscribers will receive VOD-based services not over broadband
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Texas Instruments said Tuesday it is eliminating 1,100 jobs worldwide as the chipmaker moves away from slow-growing segments.
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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a number of lung diseases, from bronchitis to emphysema, each caused by long term damage to the lungs. New research in Respirology has explored a... possible link between COPD and nasal dyspnea, a condition which leads to obstruction of the airways to the nose.The research team recruited 274 COPD patients, who were either current or ex-smokers. Of these, 42%, 115, reported chronic nasal symptoms associated with dyspnea.
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An innovative screening technology that tags compounds with unique strands of DNA - like barcodes - will be used to assess up to a billion prototype drug molecules for anti-cancer activity, under a... collaboration announced today (22 January 2014) between The Institute of Cancer Research, London, Cancer Research Technology (CRT) and Denmark-based drug discovery company Nuevolution A/S.
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ViiV Healthcare has announced that the European Commission has approved TivicayTM (dolutegravir), an integrase inhibitor, for use in combination with other anti-retroviral medicinal products for the... treatment of HIV infected adults and adolescents above 12 years of age.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) today issued its final guidance recommending that Aubagio® (teriflunomide 14 mg) should be reimbursed within the National Health Service... (NHS) for the treatment of adults with active relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).
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Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine is more effective than artemether-lumefantrine, and has fewer side effects than artesunate-mefloquine' concludes a systematic review published by the Cochrane Infectious... Disease Group, hosted by LSTM.Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine is one of five artemisinin-based combination therapies currently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this review finds that it is also one of the most studied.
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Longer screening intervals possible with HPV-based tests

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 12:00
A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden finds that testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) allows for longer time between screening tests when compared to cytology-based testing. The study is... published in the scientific journal British Medical Journal (BMJ).Cervical screening programs have until recently relied on cytology to identify women at risk for developing cervical cancer.
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Combining health and environment

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 12:00
Healthy food products that are produced in an environmentally-friendly manner will boost the health of the Swiss population while protecting natural resources. The National Research Programme "Healthy... Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production" (NRP 69) aims to identify new approaches to food production.Diet-related diseases account for a large portion of health-care costs in Switzerland, namely around CHF 20 billion per year. Even though many know full well what and how much they should eat, this knowledge is frequently ignored when choosing food.
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Pandemrix is an influenza vaccination, created in 2009 to combat H1N1, known as Swine Flu. Now, a team of Swedish clinicians testing the vaccine for links to immune-related or neurological diseases... have linked Pandemrix to an increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults.Using a population-based prospective cohort study, the team analyzed data from regional vaccination registries and national health registries, covering seven healthcare regions and 61% of the Swedish population.
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New research [1] published in the American Journal of Geriatrics shows that over 25% of bladder infections (cystitis) can be reduced with the regular use of cranberry concentrate supplements in... vulnerable older people in nursing homes at high risk of urinary tract infections. Over 20% of these high-risk elderly did not develop any UTI's at all when taking the cranberry capsule.
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Not content with trademarkingKing, the developer of Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga and other mobile games with "Saga" as a suffix, is already a hair's breadth away from successfully trademarking the word "Candy", thereby... giving it licence to legally challenge other games on iOS...
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Big Blue taking a $1 billion charge for 'workforce rebalancing.'
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Moto G India launch details coming Feb. 5

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 11:46
Moto G India launch detailsMotorola has announced through its social channels that the Moto G will be headed to India, with full launch details to come on Feb. 5, two weeks from today. The Moto G, which arrived internationally... in November, has proved popular thanks to its low price — $179 or £135 off-contract — and relatively impressive hardware and features. In our review of the G late last year, we described it as "a lesson to other manufacturers in how to make a good, cheap Android phone." And it's gotten even better with the recent arrival of KitKat on the device. It's unclear what price point the Moto G will hit when it launches in India, but buyers will surely be hoping for a similarly tempting price tag. With India being a hugely important emerging market for smartphones, the Moto G's launch there could...
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The U.S. may have outsourced much of its manufacturing to China, but it has regained the effects of air pollution as a result where western areas in the country are seeing poorer air quality.
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Last May, Apple filed a motion detailing five patents violated by the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google's voice activated search assistant Google Now ahead of a second patent infringement lawsuit to take... place on March 31, 2014. However, both Apple and Samsung agreed in September 2013 to drop one patent each from the trial, as Judge Lucy Koh ordered both companies to narrow the scope of their ongoing legal battle. Now, FOSS Patents reports that Judge Koh yesterday invalidated a Samsung patent and ruled that that Samsung infringed on an Apple patent, leaving the Korean company with only four patents to bring to the upcoming trial. In detail, Judge Koh nullified a Samsung multimedia synchronization patent and stated that Samsung's Android devices infringed on an Apple patent for a "method,...
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Federal authorities say they questioned an Ohio man they suspected of recording a movie in a theater with his Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.
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Taiwan has arrested around a dozen managers at the manufacturer on suspicion of soliciting several million US dollars in bribes from iPhone parts suppliers.
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A federal appeals court judge has temporarily suspended the work of a court-appointed monitor assigned to make sure Apple Inc. has safeguards in place to comply with antitrust laws.
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S. Korea vows harsh penaltiesSouth Korean regulators Wednesday vowed harsh corporate penalties for data theft, as angry customers swamped credit card offices for a third day after 20 million people had their financial information... stolen.
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Dr. Toby Cosgrove: Health CareDr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday to discuss health care problems around the world. Cosgrove said "health care's got huge problems, and... the problems are just about the same every place." "Every country that I'm in is concerned about the rising cost of health care and how it affects all the other demands," Cosgrove said. Cosgrove touched on innovation in health care, saying it takes time for new practices to be available to the masses. "A lot of new technologies come along and when it's recognized that it's good, it is 13 years on average before it becomes standard practice," Cosgrove said. Cosgrove said there's a reasonable explanation for that: "the stakes are pretty high." He said physicians want to practice something...
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Spaffs new user credentials all over the interwebulator Exclusive - Updated Sheffield-based telco Plusnet isn't doing any of its new customers "proud" right now, after an anonymous source told The... Register that the company was currently transmitting personal details over an unencrypted web page....
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Sandberg a billionaire asFacebook shares climbed to a new high on Tuesday, catapulting chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg onto the roster of tech billionaires.
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Taiwanese authorities launched raids to investigate allegations that some former managers at Foxconn had solicited bribes from suppliers.