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22 Jan 2014 - United States

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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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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[From GadgeTell] It looks like Boost Mobile is preparing to enrich its budget-friendly 4G LTE-enabled smartphone line-up just as ZTE eyes an intensification of its US mobile décor aura.
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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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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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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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The Most (and Least) ReliableBackblaze uses 25,000 hard drives for its online backup service. This has provided some interesting information, such as how long hard drives are likely to last and the difference in reliability... between enterprise and consumer drives . Today, Backblaze has spilled the beans on which drive manufacturers are the most reliable.
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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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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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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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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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​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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Hackers Swiped 70,000 RecordsAfter the bevy of problems Healthcare.gov encountered in its first few months of life, dumping one more onto the pile shouldn't phase you all that much, right? Well, not if that hiccup is actually a... gaping vulnerability--and one that can grant hackers access to over 70,0000 private records in just four minutes, at that.
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99% of mobile malware targetedThe good news is that mobile malware is still a very small portion of overall malware in the world. The bad news is that if it does grow in prevalence then it’s much more likely to hurt Android... devices. Cisco’s annual security report claims that 99% of all mobile malware targeted Android devices last year, although the firm also notes that such malware only made up around 1.2% of all web malware encounters in all of 2013. That doesn’t mean that Android users should be entirely comfortable, however, because Cisco also says that “Android users, at 71%, have the highest encounter rates with all forms of web-delivered malware,” which Cisco says can include “phishing, likejacking, or other social engineering ruses, or forcible
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Longer service lives forNew nuclear power stations are being built on all sides of Germany and service lifes for existing facilities extended. It is therefore important that German experts remain able to assess the safety of... the nuclear power stations in neighbouring countries in the future as well, notwithstanding the German government's decision to opt out of nuclear energy. For this reason, scientists from Germany have participated in the LONGLIFE project funded by the European Union with approx. 2.7 million EUR. The partners in the project have investigated how pressure vessels of nuclear power stations age. They presented their findings at an international workshop in which 70 experts took part. The EU project was coordinated by the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).
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Apple today was awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,633,916 (via AppleInsider), which describes a touchpad that utilizes force sensors and acuator feedback. The buttonless design uses an array of sensors and an... actuator to mimic the function and tactile feedback of the current trackpad found in the company's MacBook product lines. Currently, Apple's trackpad technology is based on an integrated button design. Surface touch sensors track the movement of fingers and a hinged button allows the trackpad to click when a user presses down on it. A switch located under the trackpad is actuated when a click pivots the trackpad downward on its rear hinge. The pivoting motion of this button makes it difficult to click near the rear edge of the trackpad and requires extra space within the chassis of the...
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Coursera Launches An OnlineOnline education juggernaut Coursera has unveiled its own version of a college credential. And, unlike traditional college, Coursera’s “Specialization” program track is less than $500,... vocationally oriented, taught by faculty from top universities, and takes less than six months to finish. From mobile application development to music, Coursera aims to create a new type of verified training program for continuing learners. “It’s a new form of credential,” says Coursera co-founder, Daphne Koller. Their new program is “much easier to fit into one’s lifestyle. There’s a whole bunch of working adults out there who will not go back to school to get another, because it’s just not in the cards for us.” Coursera’s initial partners include Vanderbilt, Duke, and Maryland, all...
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Students at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio and their congressional representative will speak with Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. CST... Thursday, Jan. 23.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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A Marshmallow Launcher To Hit Your Sweet Tooth

Popular Science - 22 Jan 2014 17:59
What happens when you give four college students $250 and three months to make something for an engineering class? They build an auto-reloading cannon that blasts Jet-Puffed Marshmallows into the air... and toward people's faces. A team of Olin College students designed the face-tracking Confectionery Cannon after initially trying to recreate the Popinator, a voice-activated popcorn launching machine that is triggered by the word "pop." But due to challenges stemming from popcorn's inconsistent size and shape, the cohort of student engineers decided to go with a squishier route: the marshmallow. The pneumatic Confectionery Cannon boasts a reloading mechanism that can fire six marshmallows in less than 10 seconds. To calculate the distance to a target, a webcam detects how far away a person is...
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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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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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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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The Cypher Labs Theorem 720 portable digital converter-headphone amp will take your sound to the next level.
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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS) MAARS is a remote-controlled gunbot. It can be fitteed with machine guns and grenade launchers, as well as less lethal weapons like tear gas. It's... controlled by a person, for now at least. QinetiQ By the middle of this century, U.S. Army soldiers may well be fighting alongside robotic squadmates. General Robert Cone revealed the news at an Army Aviation symposium last week, noting that the Army is considering reducing the size of a Brigade Combat Team from 4,000 soldiers to 3,000, with robots and drones making up for the lost firepower. Cone is in charge of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the part of the Army responsible for future planning and organization. If the Army can still be as effective with fewer people to a unit,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The future of marketing that can take you places. Literally.     
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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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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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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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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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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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Focused on companies with fewer than 20 employees, the platform handles a wide range of online billing processes.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Texas Instruments said Tuesday it is eliminating 1,100 jobs worldwide as the chipmaker moves away from slow-growing segments.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amazon may soon be implementing "anticipatory shipping" where it ships products closer to its customers before purchase.
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Best Vine accounts to follow

Digital Trends - 22 Jan 2014 11:15
Best Vine accounts to followVine is one of the more peculiar social media fads but it can be a great way to waste some time. Here is a list of the best Vine accounts you aren't following yet but should be. The post Best Vine... accounts to follow appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Truth Behind Apple's Latest iPad Ad

Gizmodo - 22 Jan 2014 11:15
The Truth Behind Apple'sApple's latest iPad advert shows the tablet being used by helicopter rescue pilots, storm chasers, ice hockey coaches, musicians, Bollywood filmmakers, scuba divers, rock musicians and artists. But... let's face it, you're using it on the toilet, aren't you? (Click 'enlarge' to see full-size.) [Doghouse Diaries]
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Canon EOS 700D Firmware Version 1.1.3

Photography Blog - 22 Jan 2014 11:15
Canon EOS 700D FirmwareCanon has posted a firmware update for its EOS 700D digital SLR camera.
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Lego expands Marvel line-upLego is timing new set launches with different Marvel movies throughout the year. Talking to Pocket-lint at the Toy Fair in London, the hugely popular toy manufacturer explained that new Spider-Man... and Captain America sets will be launched in its Marvel...
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'Password' Is No Longer The'Password' is no longer the world's worst password - but only just. A new study of the most used - and so most obvious and least secure - passwords has discovered that the old faithful has been... gradually abandoned by lazy or forgetful internet users. Unfortunately the password which has taken its place atop the list is not much better - '123456'. Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData who ran the survey, said it should be a reminder to think more carefully about how you try to protect your data. "Seeing passwords like 'adobe123' and 'photoshop' on this list offers a good reminder not to base your password on the name of the website or application you are accessing," he told Sky. "Another interesting aspect of this year's list is that more short numerical passwords showed up even though websites...
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Amazon denies it's working onAmazon has denied claims that it is in talks with television broadcasters and media companies to set-up its own internet-streamed TV service. Instead, it says it is working on building its Prime... Instant Video service in the US. "We continue to build selection...
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Toshiba's ready to make betterToshiba made its first move to rescue faltering solid state drive manufacturer OCZ Technology back in November, and now that sale is final. In the deal, OCZ gets to keep its identity and independence,... but will now operate as OCZ Storage Solutions. ...
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S. Korea to spend $1.5 bn onSouth Korea, already one of the most wired countries on earth, Wednesday announced a 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) plan to roll out a next-generation 5G wireless service quick enough to download... full-length films in a second.
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Top execs face dismissal, while financial firms face heavier fines and suspensions as part of proposed measures in the wake of the data breach involving over 20 million credit card customers revealed... earlier this week.
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Windows 8 is Worse Than Vista (for Microsoft)

TechPinions - 22 Jan 2014 11:00
Hewlett-Packard created a bit of a stir this week it promoted its PCs by announcing that it was bringing back Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft replaced nearly a year and a half ago.... Despite claims such as “HP ...
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Self-testing for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - the virus that causes cervical cancer - is as effective at detecting cancer as a conventional smear test (cytology screening) even when scaled up to test... large populations.Researchers from Queen Mary University of London conducted a pilot study of 100,242 Mexican women - the largest study of its kind - aged 25-75 and from low-income backgrounds. Around 11% of women tested positive for HPV (10,863 women).However, when self-testing was rolled out on this scale, the number of women referred to clinics for follow-up tests rapidly increased.
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The team from Manchester Urban Collaboration of Health (MUCH), based at the University, say broader public health strategies are needed instead as obesity figures continue to rise.Obesity has now... become a global epidemic affecting children, adolescents and adults alike.The Manchester team reviewed of studies looking at dietary interventions to tackle the condition as latest figures now show in the UK 31% of boys and 28% of girls aged 2-15 are classed as either overweight or obese.
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In an individual patient data meta-analysis of studies published before July 2013, Jan A Staessen and colleagues (University of Leuven, Belgium) found that patients with masked hypertension, or normal... BP in clinic but elevated BP when measured at home, had an increased risk of death and cardiovascular events compared with those who had normal BP in both the clinic and at home.The analysis included 5008 participants. While self-measured home BP was lower on average than clinic BP (mean home systolic BP 7.0 mm Hg and diastolic BP 3.0 mm Hg lower than the conventional blood pressure), 67 (5.
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Improving HPV vaccination rates starts with physicians

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 11:00
The risk of developing cervical cancer can be significantly decreased through human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Despite calls from leading health and professional organizations for universal... vaccination for girls ages 11 and 12, the most recently published national data indicate that only 14.5 percent of 11- and 12-year-old girls have received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine and 3 percent have completed the three-dose series. A new Moffitt Cancer Center study provides insight into physician recommendations, one important factor that may contribute to these low levels of uptake.
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At rest, we breathe approx. 12-15 times per minute, and for each inhalation we change approx. one litre of air. Depending on the activity level, this makes up a daily quantity in the order of twenty... cubic metres of air that - with its content of pollution in the form of particles and different gases - can make us ill depending on how polluted the air is.Asthma attacks, wheezing, cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer are some of the more glaring examples of diseases we - in worst case - can get from the domestic air. The list of injuries due to air pollution in Denmark is long.
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Genetic counseling delivered over the telephone is as effective as face-to-face counseling, finds the largest randomized study to date comparing the two methods. The multi-center study, led by... researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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A new brain-imaging technique enables people to 'watch' their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in pre-determined brain regions. The study from the Montreal... Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre, published in NeuroImage, is the first to demonstrate that magnetoencephalography (MEG) can be used as a potential therapeutic tool to control and train specific targeted brain regions.
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New guidance from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) provides recommendations to prevent transmission of healthcare-associated infections through healthcare personnel (HCP)... attire in non-operating room settings. The guidance was published online in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the SHEA, along with a review of patient and healthcare provider perceptions of HCP attire and transmission risk, suggesting professionalism may not be contingent on the traditional white coat.
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Fever-reducing medications may aid spread of influenza

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 11:00
Contrary to popular belief, fever-reducing medication may inadvertently cause more harm than good.New research from McMaster University has discovered that the widespread use of medications that... contain fever-reducing drugs may lead to tens of thousands more influenza cases, and more than a thousand deaths attributable to influenza, each year across North America. These drugs include ibuprofen, acetaminophen and acetylsalicylic acid."When they have flu, people often take medication that reduces their fever.
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Alzheimer's disease can reach epidemic range in the coming decades, by the increasing average age of society.There are two key issues for Alzheimer's disease: there is currently no effective treatment... and it has been described very few associated genetic changes (mutations) which reduces the number of targets for future therapies.Alzheimer's diseasePathologically, Alzheimer 's disease is characterized by the accumulation of protein deposits in the brain of patients. These deposits are formed by plates of a protein called amyloid-beta and rolled tangles of tau protein .
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How the genetic blueprints for limbs came from fish

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 11:00
The transition from water to land is one of the most fascinating enigmas of evolution. In particular, the evolution of limbs from ancestral fish fins remains a mystery. Both fish and land animals... possess clusters of Hoxa and Hoxd genes, which are necessary for both fin and limb formation during embryonic development. Denis Duboule's team, at the UNIGE and the EPFL, Switzerland, compared the structure and behavior of these gene clusters in embryos from mice and zebrafish.
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As a result of their findings, a multi-centre team led by researchers at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Genetics and Genomics at The University of Manchester, say that patients with severe... active disease, who are waiting to go onto a biological therapy, should be routinely screened for depression by their doctors.
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Ancient DNA from early Iberian farmers shows that the wide-held evolutionary hypothesis of calcium absorption was not the only reason Europeans evolved milk tolerance.Most of us grew up drinking milk.... We were told it was the ultimate health drink. It is packed full of nutrients like calcium and other minerals, vitamins, including vitamin D, protein, fat and sugar in the form of lactose.In the West we 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.
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Sony Alpha A5000

DPhoto Journal - 22 Jan 2014 10:36
Sony Alpha A5000 is a new entry-level mirroless camera that announced in January 2014. This camera is the successor to the NEX 3N with improvement in its performance to capture high quality image even... in low-light situations. Sony Alpha A5000 has a 20.1 Mp Exmor APS HD APS-C CMOS Sensor that combined with BIONZ X […]
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T-Mobile's Mobile MoneyThe latest in a line of UnCarrier tactics, T-Mobile has just announced that it's launching a Mobile Money service--a personal finance system that uses a smartphone app and pre-paid Visa card to help... people handle their cash.
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It seems almost ridiculous that people have to pay others just to use their own money, but that is how the world currently turns. T-Mobile, however, is of a different …
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Experts: Target hackers will be tough to find

Miami Herald - 22 Jan 2014 10:08
Experts: Target hackers willIt doesn't surprise experts that some debit and credit card numbers stolen from Target's computer systems may have surfaced among nearly 100 fake credit cards seized by police in Texas this week.
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Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that... changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.Turkey skin, it turns out, can shift from red to blue to white, thanks to bundles of collagen that are interspersed with a dense array of blood vessels. It is this color-shifting characteristic that gives turkeys the name "seven-faced birds" in Korean and Japanese.
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The first 30 seconds of a social encounter is crucial for people with symptoms of schizophrenia for establishing contact with people, according to new research carried out at Queen Mary University of... London.Using motion capture technology more commonly found in the film industry, the researchers studied social interactions of patients in a group and analysed the patterns of verbal and non-verbal communication.Publishing in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers found people with schizophrenia are sidelined in conversation even when other participants are unaware of their illness.
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Engineers at the University of Illinois have created a new "species" of swimming micro-organisms. They hope these could one day develop into "smart structures" that could help with delivering drugs or... targeting cancer.These wonders of modern engineering are a miniature mix of biological and engineered components. Unlike complex but morally ambiguous famous movie "cyborgs," though, these bio-bots consist of just a simple head and tail - similar to single-celled, long-tailed swimming creatures such as sperm.
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According to a new study from the Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) at Boston University, African-American women who reported high levels of depressive symptoms had a greater likelihood of adult-onset... asthma compared to women who reported fewer depressive symptoms.The study, which currently appears online in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, was led by Patricia Coogan, DSc, senior epidemiologist at SEC and research professor of epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health.
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Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have identified a new molecular mechanism by which cocaine alters the brain's reward circuits and causes addiction. Published online in the... journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Dr. Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, and colleagues, the preclinical research reveals how an abundant enzyme and synaptic gene affect a key reward circuit in the brain, changing the ways genes are expressed in the nucleus accumbens.
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Self-rated Health an Efficient and Effective Predictor of Long-Term Depression RiskSelf-rated health appears to be a strong and consistent predictor of the risk of future depression in patients with... recent experience of depressive symptoms. Analyzing data from a primary care cohort of more than 500 patients with depressive symptoms, researchers found those who rated their health as poor to fair had a twofold greater risk of major depression up to five years later compared with those who rated their health as good to excellent.
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Scientists from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital in Canada have discovered that two genes linked to hereditary Parkinson's disease are involved in the early-stage quality control of... mitochondria. The protective mechanism, which is reported in The EMBO Journal, removes damaged proteins that arise from oxidative stress from mitochondria.
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New research finds significantly higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. Contaminated water poses an... increased risk for infection in immunocompromised patients. The study was published in the February issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America."Aerators are a reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria and a source of infection for patients at risk," said Maria Luisa Cristina, PhD, a lead author of the study.
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A novel examination of the long-lasting consequences that World War II had on continental Europeans finds that living in a war-torn country increased the likelihood of a number of physical and mental... problems later in life.Experiencing the war was associated with a greater chance of suffering from diabetes, depression and heart disease as older adults, according to the study.
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Cancer cells have something that every prisoner longs for - a master key that allows them to escape. A study in The Journal of Cell Biology describes how a protein that promotes tumor growth also... enables cancer cells to use this key and metastasize.Unless it can enter a blood or lymphatic vessel, a cancer cell is imprisoned in the tissue where it arises. The growth factor VEGF is the tumor cell's master key.
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The first large scale study in the U.S. on the mortality of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been published and provides new information about the life expectancy of people with the disease.... The study appears in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.David Kaufman, ScD, of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, is the lead author.
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Past studies have suggested that following a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Now, a new analysis of previous research suggests that the diet, supplemented with... extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, may reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease. This is according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA.Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which fatty deposits build up in the arteries, restricting blood supply to the arms, legs, stomach or kidneys.
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Up to 30 percent of heart attack patients suffer a new heart attack because cardiologists are unable to control inflammation inside heart arteries - the process that leads to clots rupturing and... causing myocardial infarction or stroke.But a report in Nature Communications by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai scientists showcases the development of a new technology that may provide a solution to this high risk of repeat heart attacks - and potentially help save more lives.
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Risk of suicide, homicide increased by access to guns

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 10:00
Someone with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access, according to a comprehensive... review of the scientific literature conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.The meta-analysis, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, pools results from 15 investigations, slightly more than half of which were done after a 1996 federal law prohibited the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from funding research that could be seen as promoting gun control.
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Probability of blindness from glaucoma has nearly halved

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 10:00
The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a study published this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American... Academy of Ophthalmology. The researchers speculate that advances in diagnosis and therapy are likely causes for the decrease, but caution that a significant proportion of patients still progress to blindness.A leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, glaucoma affects more than 2.7 million individuals aged 40 and older in the United States and 60.5 million people globally.
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Recognising dehumanisation as part of human nature helps us guard against its darkest consequences     
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A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with ankle-foot disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an... assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.Park, working with collaborators at Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT and BioSensics, developed an active orthotic device using soft plastics and composite materials, instead of a rigid exoskeleton.
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Air pollution tied to goods made in China for the US

Medical News Today - 22 Jan 2014 10:00
Chinese air pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean is often caused by the manufacturing of goods for export to the U.S. and Europe, according to findings by UC Irvine and other researchers... published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The study is the first to quantify how much pollution reaching the American West Coast is from the production in China of cellphones, televisions and other consumer items imported here and elsewhere.
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California court rules SamsungA court in California has ruled that Samsung Electronics infringed in its devices an Apple patent on word recommendations during text input, ahead of a March trial. Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S.... District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose division also ruled that a Samsung patent in the suit was invalid. At the center of the second patent lawsuit before the court are some of Apple and Samsung's latest smartphones, media players, tablets and computers, including the Galaxy S III, iPhone 5, iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad, also referred to as the iPad 4. The court earlier ordered the parties to limit their infringement contentions to five patents, 10 asserted claims, and 15 accused products per side. Judge Koh ruled Tuesday that Samsung infringed Apple's patent...
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Beats Music forced to throttle access
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T-Mobile wants to be your next bank

The Verge - 22 Jan 2014 09:47
T-Mobile wants to be your nextAfter announcing a number of "uncarrier" campaigns, what's T-Mobile's next step? Apparently, becoming a bank. The carrier today announced Mobile Money, a way for users to manage their finances. The... scheme combines a money management app with a prepaid T-Mobile Visa card, offering "$0 cost" services to existing T-Mobile wireless users.
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All the top desktop browsers now can use a plug-in that blocks Web site ads -- except for nonintrusive ones from companies that pay to be whitelisted.
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T-Mobile doesn't just want toThe Uncarrier wants to be the Unbank of prepaid debit cards T-Mobile has been playing "bank" for some time now with its 24-month financing of devices, and now it wants to expand that reach to... purchases and customers of all kinds. "Mobile Money" is a new initiative from T-Mobile to help with the struggles of banking in the U.S. faced by an estimated 68 million people who don't use "traditional" bank accounts. Mobile Money isn't much different than other prepaid debit card programs — you simply load money onto the card through a variety of sources, and use the card anywhere VISA is accepted. You can make purchases, withdraw from ATMs, cash checks, setup direct deposit into the account and use it as if it were a bank-issued debit card. Where the "Uncarrier" (er, Unbank?) vision of T-Mobile...
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World Economic Forum 2014: Live Updates From Davos

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 09:43
World Economic Forum 2014:The World Economic Forum, commonly referred to as the Davos Annual Meeting, is kicking off today in Switzerland. The theme of this year's gathering is "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for... Society, Politics and Business." Below, live updates from the 2014 World Economic Forum:
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A US judge has just awarded Apple two summary pre-trial judgements, significantly reducing Samsung's chances of prevailing in the second patent clash between the two tech giants. Judge Lucy Koh... invalidated a Samsung multimedia synchronization patent ...
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Judge Koh invalidates one Samsung patent and finds that Samsung infringes on one of Apple's in an upcoming courtroom patent battle.
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New submitter fynbar writes "Computer scientists have identified almost two dozen computers that were actively working to sabotage the Tor privacy network by carrying out attacks that can degrade... encrypted connections between end users and the websites or servers they visit (PDF). 'Two of the 25 servers appeared to redirect traffic when end users attempted to visit pornography sites, leading the researchers to suspect they were carrying out censorship regimes required by the countries in which they operated. A third server suffered from what researchers said was a configuration error in the OpenDNS server. The remainder carried out so-called man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks designed to degrade encrypted Web or SSH traffic to plaintext traffic. The servers did this by using the well-known...
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Sony announces Wifi-only Xperia Z Ultra for Japan

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 09:12
Sony announces Wifi-onlyPrice set at $495 for launch Jan. 24; availability in other regions not yet confirmed Following a string of rumors, Sony has announced a Wifi-only version of its 6.4-inch behemoth Xperia Z Ultra for... Japan. Released as a nearly identical version of a phone which really felt more like a tablet in the first place, the Wifi-only model packs the same internals, screen and build as its mobile data-enabled counterpart. That means a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display, 32GB of storage and an 8MP camera. Even down to the color options — you have black, white and purple — this looks to be the same big 'ol slab of Sony that we know from before. It's funny to see a device that was marketed as a purpose-built phone now simply called a "tablet" in marketing materials with...
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If you've ever tried to use YouTube as a practical measure of how fast your Internet connection is, then you might be in for a surprise. Apparently, Google has the …
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Explore the world from above without leaving the couch. Professional paragliding pilot, designer and test pilot Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes you on an adventure in the skies with a video showcasing... his amazing skill. See also: 14 Ice Skating GIFs to Warm Up for the Olympics In the video, you experience a sweat-triggering point-of-view as Chandelier performs tricks at dangerous heights and speeds. He flips and spins through the air, skates along an active road, skips by a pool and even lands on the top of a moving bus Chandelier performed the stunts in three gorgeous locations: the Greek island of Santorini and Col du Galibier and Mount Blanc in the French Alps
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Walk, But Stay Safe: Tips for Pedestrians

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Walk, But Stay Safe: Tips for PedestriansCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/19/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Scientists Explore Effect of Exercise on Prostate Cancer PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: 'Sleep Hormone' Tied to Possible Lower Prostate Cancer RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Progress Against Cancer May Be Greater Than ThoughtCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Coping With Strep Throat

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Coping With Strep ThroatCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Extra Zzz's in Morning May Help Teens Stay Alert in ClassCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Vitamin D May Slow Multiple Sclerosis, Study SuggestsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Quinoa May Be Safe Grain for People With Celiac DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Eat Breakfast

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Eat BreakfastCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Concussions Common in Middle School Girls Playing Soccer: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Reducing Your Child's Risk of Ear InfectionsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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No Proof That 'Blood-Type' Diets Work: Study

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: No Proof That 'Blood-Type' Diets Work: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Sleep During the Day May Throw Genes Into DisarrayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Disinfectants Can't Defeat Salmonella in Food-Processing Plants: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: U.S. Children's Hospitals Vary Widely In Tonsillectomy CareCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Deal With Chronic Pain

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Deal With Chronic PainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Your Brain Structure Might Influence Pain ToleranceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Genes May Be to Blame for Hard-to-Handle ToddlersCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/21/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Despite New Rules, Injuries Still Costly for NHL, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Testing for Smoke Exposure May Predict Rehospitalization for AsthmaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Zest for Life Can Be a Moving Experience

MedicineNet - 22 Jan 2014 09:00
Title: Zest for Life Can Be a Moving ExperienceCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Easy Access to Guns Tied to Higher Risk of Suicide, HomicideCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/20/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 1/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
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India's Income Tax department initiates another round of reassessment against the two tech vendors, alleging they had claimed tax exemptions for work overseas that had no links to their Indian... outfits.
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Vikram Kumar, CEO of Mega, shifts to Kim Dotcom's Internet Party, aiming to win the "hope and excitement" vote.
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Las Vegas casinos warm up toYet another sign that Bitcoin is gaining greater acceptance in the United States, two Las Vegas hotels have started to accept the digital currency to pay for lodging, food and other hotel amenities.... The post Las Vegas casinos warm up to Bitcoin payments for hotel stays appeared first on Digital Trends.
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T-Mobile doesn't look to be satisfied just mixing it up in the wireless carrier industry as they are now offering consumers an alternative to costly banking services.
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New Super Bowl ad is a departure, highlighting a new approach at tech company.
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Telstra caps bills for mobile calls at AU$130 per month, but lags behind Optus and Vodafone in cracking down on bill shock.
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Tuniu.com The Latest IPO To Rise In The East

TechCrunch - 22 Jan 2014 08:09
Tuniu.com The Latest IPO ToThe initial public offering for Chinese online tour booking web site Tuniu may not carry the heft of the impending Alibaba IPO juggernaut (rumored at $130 billion and counting), but it is a sign of... investors’ continuing demand for public offerings from Chinese tech companies. The Beijing-based tour site has selected Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to run the offering process for its expected $100 million IPO, according to several sources with knowledge of the company’s plans. In the clearest public sign of the company’s intentions, one of its investors, Gobi Partners, announced that Conor Yang, the architect behind the public offering of both AirMedia Group and Dangdang.com, had been hired as Tuniu’s chief financial officer earlier this year. Tuniu has raised over $60 million in...
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Bamboo Wood IPhone Fifty-Fifty Case - $25

The Gadget Flow - 22 Jan 2014 08:00
Bamboo Wood IPhone Fifty-FiftyThe Bamboo Wood IPhone Fifty-Fifty Case is brought to you by...wait for it...tmbr. It's unique because it's made of 50% wood and 50% plastic. How does that work? Well, let's not get into how the... sausage is made, as long...
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Bombers Polarized BambooStay fly in these aggressive, yet classic shades. Designed to make a statement that speaks for itself. Johnny Fly brings you these POLARIZED Bamboo sunglasses made from sustainable materials at a... price of just $77. These sunglasses are made from...
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Eileen 8-Cup French Coffee Press CoffeeMaker - $39

The Gadget Flow - 22 Jan 2014 08:00
Eileen 8-Cup French CoffeeThe Eileen Coffee Press from Bodum is a French Press coffeemaker named after designer Eileen Gray. It combines the legendary name with a design capable of withstanding the endless strain of keeping... the patrons of cafes in Paris hopped up...
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Beaver Bottle Opener - $13

The Gadget Flow - 22 Jan 2014 08:00
Beaver Bottle Opener - $13The Beaver Bottle Opener from Kikkerland Design is a cute and efficient bottle opener. The chocolate colored beaver's buck teeth will flip open the bottle with hardly any effort. All you have to do is... position him right at the...
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Most important thing in music is to 'find new voices,' says legendary film composer.
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ANITA Love Shelf From Quattria - $1700

The Gadget Flow - 22 Jan 2014 08:00
ANITA Love Shelf From QuattriaThe Love Shelf is part of the ANITA Collection, created for Quattria by Ricard Mollon. The ANITA collection is a line of shelves that are made to look like words. In other words, you can create your... own shelf that...
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The Game of Thrones season four trailer left fans confused. Quick cuts, ambiguous clues, Jamie Lannister wielding a sword — what will happen when the show returns? YouTube user Tobuscus doesn't... reveal any big plot points, but he has broken down every scene, literally explaining everything going on. Everything. See also: If 'Game of Thrones' Sigils Were Designed By Lisa Frank The clever video really knows how to play on the things that all Game of Thrones die-hards know to be true. Tyrion is our favorite character ever. Joffrey is the worst. We really hope everyone doesn't die this time BONUS: 15 TV Shows That Debuted 15 Years Ago
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Tarantino puts 'The HatefulDeadline reports that Quentin Tarantino has shelved plans to direct his next film, The Hateful Eight, after a first draft of its script was leaked in Hollywood. Instead, the director will move on to... direct another project, publish a written version of The Hateful Eight, and then "maybe revisit the prospect of a movie in the next five years." Tarantino told Deadline that he was "very, very depressed" to discover the script for his ensemble western had been leaked, having first learned about the breach when his agent started receiving calls from other agents who were keen to pitch their clients for roles in the movie. The director reportedly gave the script to six people, including actors Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern....
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'Name Your Own Price' MacFrom 9to5toys.com: Stack Social is running another ‘Name your own price bundle’ with some solid offerings starting at $1 and an email address (Update: Now over $3 and rising!). The price goes up... as people buy it so it is best to get in early. The bundle includes: Snagit For Mac ($50) - The #1 […]
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T-Mobile's latest service seems to fit its 'UnCarrier' agenda perfectly, since it has little connection to wireless and doesn't actually require users to have the company's phone service. Called... Mobile Money, the personal finance product combines a ...
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If tomorrow's version of the internet is to be safe, countries that are yet to improve their security must do the one thing that will immediately make things worse.
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Jackery Leaf charging case canPerhaps ideal for anyone that runs out of battery power by the end of the workday, the Jackery Leaf charging case helps you keep using your iPhone without having to carry around a charging cable. The... post Jackery Leaf charging case can double your iPhone 5S battery life appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Photovoltaic energy conversion offers one of the best means for the future of renewable energy in the world. The efficiency of solar cells depends heavily upon the light-absorbing materials they use.... Photovoltaic systems based on lead halide perovskite are a new, revolutionary type of device with efficiencies currently exceeding 16%. However, a detailed description of how these solar cells turn light into electrical current is still lacking. Publishing in Nature Photonics, scientists from EPFL have investigated how the generated electrical charge travels across the perovskite surface of solar cells built with different architectures.
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Today, January 21, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, published a modern approach to a famed experiment that explored one of the most intriguing research questions facing scientists today --... the origin of life on earth.
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Access to guns increases risk of suicide, homicide

e! Science News - 22 Jan 2014 07:42
Someone with access to firearms is three times more likely to commit suicide and nearly twice as likely to be the victim of a homicide as someone who does not have access, according to a comprehensive... review of the scientific literature conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS), low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led by Harvard... School of Public Health (HSPH) investigators in collaboration with Bayer HealthCare. The findings suggest that patients in the early stages of MS could stave off disease symptoms by increasing their vitamin D intake.
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Concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most continue to play with symptoms, according to a study by John W. O' Kane, M.D., of the University of Washington Sports... Medicine Clinic, Seattle, and colleagues.
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Minimalist artist Javier Pérez Estrella took to Instagram, through his moniker Cintascotch, to create a wonderful two-part series aptly named "Instagram Experiments," in which he uses regular... everyday things and melds them with his sketches to create brilliant illustrations. The post Minimalist Artist Creates Brilliant Illustrations with Everyday Things, Publishes Them on Instagram appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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As Target breach unfolds,At least three security companies have scrubbed information related to Target from the Web, highlighting the ongoing sensitivity around one of the largest-ever data breaches. How hackers broke into... Target and installed malware on point-of-sale terminals that harvested up to 40 million payment card details is extremely sensitive. Now, details that give insight into the attack are being hastily removed or redacted, perhaps not to tip off hackers or jeopardize the investigation. On Dec. 18, a malicious software sample was submitted to ThreatExpert.com, a Symantec-owned service. But the public report the service generated vanished. The report was a technical description of how the Target malware functioned, including network drive maps, an IP address and a login and password for an internal...
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A new time-lapse photomosaic shows China's Yutu rover dramatically trundling across the Moon's stark gray terrain in the first week after she rolled all six wheels onto the desolate lunar plains. Our... complete time-lapse mosaic (see below) shows Yutu at three different positions trekking around the landing site, and gives a real sense of how […]
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Wood Stoves: Hot Technology

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 07:25
Wood Stoves: Hot TechnologyWood stoves, which have been around for hundreds of years, have been updated for the 21st century.
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A transparent screen might seem to be a far fetched idea even in this technologically advanced age, as the ones that are in the market these days seem to lose out on their practicality. Bigger models... tend to be expensive and bulky, while smaller heads-up displays have extremely narrow viewing angles. MIT researchers might have the solution to this issue with their prototype nanoparticle display. The device itself will create color images on a glass surface through the act of ‘tuning’ a silver nanoparticle coating all the way until it lets only certain light wavelengths pass through. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, science, MIT Creates Transparent Screens That Are Practical Enough For Everyday Use original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Cable companies sue Apple'sThe Apple/Sony/Blackberry/Microsoft-backed Rockstar consortium is involved in yet another patent lawsuit. This time, several large US cable companies are up in arms over the idea that Rockstar is... preparing to break up its patent portfolio into a host of smaller shell companies, each of which would hold a portion of the key patents needed by […]
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Former NSA contractor is expected to offer his opinion on NSA reforms President Obama announced last week.
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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was the hit of CES 2014
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If a Motorola device has recently charmed you away from the iPhone, make sure to check out the company's Migrate app. Moto just refreshed the transfer tool to add iOS support (similar to the one found... on MotoMaker), making it easier to transfer ...
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What Are Imaginary Numbers?

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 07:10
What Are Imaginary Numbers?An imaginary number is a number that, when squared, has a negative result.
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schwit1 writes "This report explains how Virgin Galactic space tourists could be grounded by federal regulations. From the article: 'Virgin Galactic submitted an application to the FAA's Office of... Commercial Space Transportation in late August 2013, says Attenborough. The office, which goes by the acronym AST, has six months to review the application, meaning an approval may come as early as February. Industry experts, however, say that may be an overly optimistic projection. "An application will inevitably be approved, but it definitely remains uncertain exactly when it will happen," says Dirk Gibson, an associate professor of communication at the University of New Mexico and author of multiple books on space tourism. "This is extremely dangerous and unchartered territory. It's space...
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CyanogenMod uses incrementalGoing 'official' means complying with official certification processes, too Using a recent bug on the Oppo N1 as an example, CyanogenMod gave an interesting look into the process of making and... pushing out an OTA to devices now that it is a Google-certified software vendor. Although it has a good history of managing updates — including complete nightly software builds — for multiple devices, things change a little bit when you go "official." Those who have installed CyanogenMod through the official installer or have a CM edition Oppo N1 can benefit from what are called "incremental OTAs," or small patches that can fix just a specific part of the system without touching anything else. In the case of a recent bug involving the O-Click accessory for the N1, the fix was small and could...
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Texting while walking makes for dangerous gait changes, a new study confirms.
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Google Video Quality ReportDo you remember the old days of a 14.4kbps modem with all the screeching that it made just to get connected to the Internet? Well, in this day and age, we have places like South Korea offering a... whopping 300Mbps LTE-A connection for mobile devices, which makes short work of video streaming. Google themselves have a brand new project which was specially designed to test the quality and connection speeds of internet service providers, and this particular service is known as Google's Video Quality Report. (more…) Follow: Computers, Google, YouTube, Google Video Quality Report Tests Your ISP's Connection Speed original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Docker snags $15M to buildThe company, once known as dotCloud, will use its new money to build out managed services around the popular Docker open-source project and staff up sales and support.
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Immense Unease Over Advertisers Nabbing Student Data: Poll

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 07:01
Immense Unease OverAs technology continues to seep into U.S. classrooms, an overwhelming number of parents and others worry that children's private information may not be secure. A whopping 89 percent of Americans... reported they are "very" or "somewhat" concerned about "advertisers using personal data about children to market to them," according to a nationally representative survey conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of Common Sense Media, an advocacy group for children and families. The survey asked questions of 800 registered voters, including 227 parents, by phone earlier this month, and has a 3.5 percent margin of error. The poll found that while only 37 percent of the public has "seen, read, or heard" "some" or "a great deal" about schools collecting, storing and sharing information,...
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The carrier's Mobile Money program is designed to go after customers who haven't traditionally had bank accounts.
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Docker Raises $15M For ItsThe shift to scale out architectures and an app-centric culture has turned out well for Docker and its lightweight open-source “container” technology designed for developers to quickly move code... to the cloud. That’s evident in today’s news that the company has raised $15 million in a Series B round led by Greylock Partners, with minority participation from Insight Venture Partners and existing investors Benchmark Capital and Trinity Ventures. Also participating is Yahoo! Co-Founder Jerry Yang, who has participated in previous rounds. Docker will use the funding to push toward the general availability of the Docker environment, develop commercial services that pair with the open-source technology and build a team to support the growing community. The technology path is similar to...
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(Northwestern University) A team of Northwestern University students has proven that pencils and regular office paper can be used to measure strain on an object and detect hazardous gases.
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(Biophysical Society) The Biophysical Society has announced the winner of its Minority Affairs Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in... San Francisco, Feb. 15-19, 2014. The awards are meant to encourage participation at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting by minority students and postdoctoral fellows currently studying biophysics. Recipients will be honored at a reception on Saturday, Feb. 15.
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(Rice University) Rice University scientists have created a way to fine tune a process critical to the pharmaceutical industry that could save time and money.
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(California Institute of Technology) For decades, astrophysicists have encountered a contradiction: although many galactic-wind models -- simulations of how matter is distributed in our universe --... predict that most 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. New simulations offer insight into this mismatch between the models and reality: energy released by individual stars can have a substantial effect on where matter ends up.
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(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) The updated review assessing the accuracy of Xpert® MTB/RIF includes new studies published since the original Cochrane Review was published in January last... year. Led by Karen Steingart, an Editor with the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, the researchers found that Xpert® MTB/RIF is more accurate than smear microscopy for diagnosing tuberculosis and also accurate for detecting rifampicin resistance.
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(Elsevier) Elsevier, world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Institution of Structural Engineers, the world's leading professional body... for qualifications and standards in structural engineering, announce their collaboration to publish Structures, a new online peer-reviewed journal covering the full breadth of structural engineering research.
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(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) The Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology has been granted a $30,000 Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship for... Christina Marsica Grassi.
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(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) 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 by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 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 US.
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Texting changes the way we walk

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Public Library of Science) Texting on your phone while walking alters posture and balance according to a study published in PLOS ONE on January 22, 2014 by Siobhan Schabrun and colleagues from the... University of Queensland.
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(Deutsches Aerzteblatt International) Girls treated for Hodgkin's disease during adolescence acquire a considerable risk of developing breast cancer, as shown by an observational study published in... the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International.
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Spider silk ties scientists up in knots

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) 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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(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) The Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology has been granted a $250,000 Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award to support eye research... conducted by Jason I. Comander, M.D., Ph.D.
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(ESO) 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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(Elhuyar Fundazioa) The CoLaBats initiative works in provide new industrial processes for the recycling of the critical metals cobalt and lanthanides and key economic metals nickel and Lithium, from... waste batteries, significantly improving recycling efficiencies and metal purity from existing recovery routes. Tecnalia will operate the pilots in an industrial setting at battery recycling plants and demonstrated to the wider recycling and battery communities.
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(American Chemical Society) Recreating the story of humanity's past by studying ancient bones can hit a snag when they deteriorate, but scientists are now reporting an advance inspired by seashells... that can better preserve valuable remains. Their findings, which appear in the ACS journal Langmuir, could have wide-ranging implications for both archeology and paleontology.
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(Monell Chemical Senses Center) New research from the Monell Center reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect and discriminate levels of dietary fat in food. As food smell almost always is... detected before taste, the findings identify one of the first sensory qualities that signals whether a food contains fat. Innovative methods using odor to make low-fat foods more palatable could someday aid public health efforts to reduce dietary fat.
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(University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center) University of Cincinnati trauma and critical care researchers received over $1 million from the United States Air Force in a set of grant awards to... study how air medical evacuation affects patients, medical professionals and equipment. The funding supports seven research projects led by eight members of UC's Institute for Military Medicine. The institute, a collaboration among basic science and clinical researchers, trauma surgeons and Air Force personnel, studies the complex traumatic injuries of warfare.
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(Johns Hopkins Medicine) 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 by researchers from... Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. 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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(Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz) Professor Jairo Sinova of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz has been allocated a highly coveted ERC Synergy Grant to carry out spintronics research together... with project partners from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.
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(University of Minnesota Academic Health Center) Drugs used to treat HIV penetrate poorly into lymphatic tissues where most HIV replication takes place and there is persistent low-level virus... replication in these tissues according to research from the University of Minnesota and University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) A UCLA 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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(University of East Anglia) Surveillance minimization -- where surveillance is the exception, not the rule -- could help rebuild public trust following revelations about the collection of personal... data, according to a law academic from the University of East Anglia.
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(University of California - San Diego) Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new genetic platform that allows efficient production of naturally occurring molecules,... and have used it to produce a novel antibiotic compound. Their study, published this week in PNAS, may open new avenues for natural product discoveries and drug development.
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(Duke University) Across the globe, children growing up in dangerous neighborhoods exhibit more aggressive behavior, says a new Duke University study that is the first to examine the topic across a... wide range of countries. The effect may be indirect: dangerous neighborhoods may influence parents' behavior, and harsh parenting practices may in turn promote aggressive behavior in children.
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Mobile money helps KenyansOnly about one-fourth of Kenyans have access to a traditional bank, and many people in the country farm for a living. Add those things together, and the result is that a large number of Kenyans are... vulnerable to unpredictable income fluctuations. But a new study co-authored by MIT economist Tavneet Suri shows that a growing form of electronic payments is helping Kenyans weather these financial problems by letting them informally borrow and lend money more easily. The electronic payments system, known as M-PESA, was introduced in 2007 and is now used by at least 70 percent of households in the countryIn a new paper published in the American Economic Review, titled "Risk Sharing and Transaction Costs," Suri and her co-author, William Jack of Georgetown University, show that income shocks...
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(Rice University) Rice University scientists have created a highly sensitive portable sensor to test the air for the most damaging greenhouse gases.
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(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) Structural biologists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and collaborators at Emory University have obtained important scientific results likely to advance efforts to... develop new drugs targeting NMDA receptors in the brain.
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(University of Michigan Health System) The prevalence and incidence rates of vulvodynia were substantial among all ethnic groups.
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Cooling microprocessors with carbon nanotubes

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab researchers at the Molecular Foundry have developed a "process friendly" technique to enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through the... use of carbon nanotubes.
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology 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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(University of Sheffield) Our most common male ancestor walked the earth 209,000 years ago -- earlier than scientists commonly thought -- according to new research from the University of Sheffield.
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(American Chemical Society) 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. They published their results on growing cardiac muscle using a scaffold containing carbon nanofibers in the ACS journal Biomacromolecules.
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'Physics, Nature and Society'

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Springer) "Physics, Nature and Society" by Joaquin Marro is a wide-ranging and accessible book which serves as a fascinating guide to the strategies and concepts that help us understand the... boundaries between physics, on the one hand, and sociology, economics, and biology on the other.
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Modest familial risks for multiple sclerosis

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Karolinska Institutet) Even though multiple sclerosis is largely caused by genetic factors, the risk of patients' relatives developing the disease is lower than previously assumed. This is the... conclusion of a new population registry-based study, published in the journal Brain.
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(University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business) Businesses spend billions to reach customers through online advertising but just how effective are paid search ads? Using data from eBay,... economist Steven Tadelis at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business compared whether consumers are more likely to click on paid ads than on free, generic search results and found that advertisers may not be getting their money's worth.
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Faster testing of new pharmaceuticals

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) To improve medical treatment, researchers test new drug ingredients on biological cells. By combining two microscopy techniques, the time required for testing can be reduced... by 50 to 80 percent. And far fewer measurements are needed.
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(Biophysical Society) The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its Education Committee Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San... Francisco, Feb. 15-19, 2014. The recipients of this competitive award, all of whom are students and postdoctoral fellows, are selected based on scientific merit. Each awardee will be presenting their research during the meeting, will receive a travel grant, and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, Feb. 15.
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(Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) A new drug, idelalisib, showed promise in a phase 2 study for treating patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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(Aarhus University) Good health and personal registers in combination with model calculations of air pollution down to an individual address has helped Danish researchers to become among the very best... in the world to detect harmful diseases deriving from polluted air.
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(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) Research 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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(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Metastatic melanoma has a poor prognosis, but treatment with high-dose interleukin-2 (IL2) can extend survival. Now, a combination of IL2 therapy and... activation of patients' immune systems using personalized vaccines made from their own tumor cells has been shown to improve survival rates even more than IL2 alone, according to a new article in Cancer Biotherapy and Radiopharmaceuticals.
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(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) This FASEB Science Research Conference provides a small meeting forum for cutting-edge research in basic immunology. The objective of the... meeting is to critically evaluate recent advances in fundamental immunology and to encourage vigorous discussion of unresolved and emerging areas of major interest to the field. The emphasis of this meeting is on the development and workings of the immune system in vivo.
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(Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery) This "Watch" is based on a case presented in the Jan. 22, 2014, issue of JBJS Case Connector and three previously published cases. Modularity and long femoral neck... length are the common denominators among all the cited cases. While the "Watch" recognizes the desirable outcome of optimized hip biomechanics -- particularly for younger, active patients -- these cases indicate a real risk of fracture that should be discussed with patients.
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(Stanford School of Engineering) How do the neurons in the brain control planned versus unplanned arm movements?Krishna Shenoy, a Stanford professor of electrical engineering, neurobiology (by... courtesy) and bioengineering (affiliate), wanted to answer that question as part of his group's ongoing efforts to develop and improve brain-controlled prosthetic devices
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(Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health) 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. These are the results of a European research team led by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München in a population study published in the British Medical Journal.
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(American Chemical Society) Many US cities are taking steps to grow urban centers in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But a challenge is the significant carbon footprint of spacious... suburban living, which in many areas, may be cancelling out these efforts. The report, appearing in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that about half of the country's household carbon footprint comes from people living in the suburbs.
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(University of Edinburgh) New types of drug intended for use in place of antibiotics have been given a cautious welcome by scientists.
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(University of Missouri-Columbia) Meera Chandrasekhar, Curators' Teaching Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri, has been named the recipient of the Baylor University Robert... Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. The $250,000 Cherry Award is the only national teaching award presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) On Jan. 24, 2014, Marilia Samara will be waiting for the perfect aurora. Samara and her science team will be at the Poker Flat Research Range in Poker Flat, Alaska,... looking for classic curls in the aurora in the night sky -- curls that look like cream swirling in a cup of coffee. When they spot the appropriate conditions, the team will launch a sounding rocket for a 10-minute flight right into the heart of the aurora.
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Click away the snow

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The control center at the Cologne Bonn Airport coordinates a number of actors during winter services. A new software upgrades the airport's central control of winter service... activities. Now, one click is enough in order to respond to weather changes.
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Bright star reveals new exoplanet

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Aarhus University) An 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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(Washington University School of Medicine) A new study conservatively estimates that one in five women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations that increase the risk of the disease,... according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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I don't know about you guys, but there is precisely none chance of me sticking Mr. Wiggly anywhere near that thing.
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(Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore) Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research has entered into a research agreement with Nestlé today to help boost the... company's expansion in R&D in the country. This agreement will set the stage for cutting-edge research in areas including packaged food and beverages, food ingredients, nutrition, food manufacturing processes, food science and technology, as well as biotransformation.
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(American College of Medical Genetics) From Incidental Findings to Whole Genome/Exome Sequencing to Cancer Genetics, the focus of the ACMG Meeting is on the actual practice of genetics and genomics in... health care, showcasing the latest breakthroughs in genetics research and its practical applications to medical practice. The ACMG Annual Meeting attracts medical and scientific leaders from around the world working to apply research in the human genome to the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of genetic conditions and rare and common diseases.
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(Biophysical Society) The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its annual CPOW Travel Awards to attend the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San Francisco,... Feb. 15-19, 2014. The recipients of this competitive award must be female postdoctoral fellows or mid-career scientists presenting a poster or oral presentation at the conference. Each awardee receives a travel grant and will be recognized at a reception on Saturday, Feb. 15.
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(Jackson Laboratory) The Jackson Laboratory, in collaboration with Seoul National University, will receive a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the South Korean government for a large-scale cancer... genomics project employing the latest sequencing technology and special JAX mouse models that can host human tumors.
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(International & American Associations for Dental Research) The International Association for Dental Research (IADR), with Unilever, today announced the creation of the "IADR Unilever Social... Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Research Award." This is an IADR award with funding provided exclusively by Unilever. IADR will be accepting proposals for this new award until March 3, 2014.
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(American Chemical Society) After years of research, development and testing, a new class of drugs is emerging on the market with two frontrunners acting as harbingers of what's to come. The cover... story in Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly news magazine, explores the potential of these antibody-drug conjugates and the challenges in developing and manufacturing them.
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(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) This FASEB Science Research Conference will focus on the regulation and molecular mechanisms of intestinal lipid digestion and absorption... with new translational emphasis on the importance of these processes to understanding the mechanisms of health maintenance and development of chronic diseases, such as obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes, dyslipidemia, intestinal failure and gastrointestinal inflammation.
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(Yale University) An anti-malaria drug combination might be useful in helping to prevent pregnancy complications in women with lupus and the related disorder antiphospholipid syndrome, Yale School of... Medicine researchers have found in a new study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology.
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(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Dr. Beth Levine, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Director of the Center for Autophagy Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received the... 2014 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
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Nighttime smartphone use zaps workers' energy

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(Michigan State University) Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day, indicates new research co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar.
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(Biophysical Society) The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its international travel grants to attend the Biophysical Society's 58th Annual Meeting at the Moscone Center in San... Francisco, Feb. 15-19, 2014. The purpose of these awards is to foster and initiate further interaction between American biophysicists and scientists working in countries experiencing financial difficulties. Recipients will be honored at a reception on Sunday, Feb. 16.
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(North Carolina State University) Researchers at North Carolina State University have shown that a one-atom thick film of molybdenum sulfide (MoS2) may work as an effective catalyst for creating... hydrogen. The work opens a new door for the production of cheap hydrogen.
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(DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) A 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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Rome to host ESC Congress for the first time

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(European Society of Cardiology) he European Society of Cardiology announced today that Rome was chosen as the venue for the ESC Congress 2016. The ESC Congress is the largest cardiology meeting in... the world. This will be the first time it comes to Rome. 30,000 cardiovascular medical professionals are expected in the Italian capital for the five-day event, from Aug. 27-31, 2016.
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(VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)) 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. In addition, the creation of a zebra fish model may facilitate the discovery of new drugs.
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(University of Louisville) Kira Taylor, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and her research team have identified five new... genes associated with increased waist-to-hip ratio, potentially moving science a step closer to developing a medication to treat obesity or obesity-related diseases.
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The unexpected power of baby math

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) A new study from Tel Aviv University has found new evidence that educated adults retain traces of their innate sense of numbers from childhood -- and that... it's more powerful than many scientists think. The findings could contribute to the development of methods to more effectively educate or treat children with learning disabilities and people with brain injuries.
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(Springer) 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 titled "Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy," suggests that privacy has not declined, but has become cyclical.
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Holographic diagnostics

EurekAlert! - 22 Jan 2014 07:00
(University of Cambridge) '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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(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The dedication of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg to renewables over many years has now been recognized in the form of the Zayed Future... Energy Prize 2014. Awarded to Fraunhofer ISE on Jan. 20, 2014, the prize is endowed with 1.5 million US dollars. Prizewinners are selected on the basis of their impact as a leader and role model, and the viability and innovative potential of their organization.
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(Scripps Research Institute) A new study from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute offers insights into how aging affects the brain's neural circuitry, in some cases significantly... altering gene expression in single neurons. These discoveries could point the way toward a better understanding of how aging affects our cognitive ability and new therapeutic targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
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Shocking Photos from the WaterGetty Images has published a fresh set of photos from the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro--which is the site chosen for water sports at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The photos are... frankly shocking, as the iconic bay will be the site of sailing events during the summer Olympic Games.
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$450K panel of glass atSeveral readers are reporting that a snowblower has accidentally knocked into and shattered one of the large glass panels at Apple’s iconic 5th avenue Apple Store. That’s one of 15 panels, and... those large slices of glass were installed a couple of years ago. In total, the late-2011 renovation project to move from 90 glass […]
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Why Netflix is not the next Covad

USA Today - 22 Jan 2014 06:58
Could Netflix become next Covad, a failed poster child of late-1990s telecom boom? Doubtful.
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On top of environmental degradation, suspect infrastructure and anti-homosexual legislation, we can add a new entry to the list of concerns about how ready Sochi is to host the Winter Olympics, which... begin Feb. 7: Toilets It's not that there aren't enough toilets. It's not that Sochi doesn't have indoor plumbing. No, the apparent problem is that fans visiting Sochi for the Games may have to get a little too up close and personal with one another while handling their "business." See also: Norway's Wild Curling Uniforms Would Make Willy Wonka Blush At least that's the indication from a photo posted to Twitter by Moscow-based BBC News correspondent Steve Rosenberg on Tuesday. According to Rosenberg, the photo shows a men's room inside one Olympic venue in Sochi:
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[GamerTell] Worst Games of 2013: R.I.P.D

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 06:47
[From GamerTell] GamerTell's Brian Allen flashes back to one of the games that scarred him emotionally in 2013.
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The 1.4 Terabytes per second speeds are possible on existing networks.
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Las Vegas casinos bet on Bitcoin

CNET - 22 Jan 2014 06:28
Two Sin City casinos have begun allowing guests to use the virtual currency when paying for hotel stay, restaurants, and gift shops.
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WhatsApp Doubles Active Users in 10 Months

Mashable - 22 Jan 2014 06:27
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced Monday that the cross-platform mobile-messaging app now has 430 million active users. That's up from 200 million in April 2013, which means its user base has more than... doubled in less than a year. The number of messages sent and received via WhatsApp has increased, as well, from 20 billion per day to 50 billion per day. See also: 10 Best iPhone Apps of 2013 Private messaging is becoming increasingly popular of late, especially for social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat — and yet, it seems WhatsApp continues to hold its own. Statista's chart, below, shows the progression of WhatsApp's active user base and daily-message volume over the past 10 months.
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LG said to outfit its entireThe fingerprint scanner's spot in smartphones apparently isn't diminishing. LG will be the next manufacturer to include the technology, coming to its whole line of 2014 handsets, according to... Korea-based ETNews. LG has chose the fingerprint scanner over...
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Icahn wants eBay to spin off its PayPal payments division
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Intel announced Tuesday that it sold off the assets of its Intel Media unit to Verizon, formally ending the chipmaker's forays into the Internet-TV space. Intel Media incubated Intel's OnCue Cloud TV... platform. If you don't remember OnCue, this was the elevator pitch: All of the pay-TV content you're used to getting from cable, delivered over-the-top (that is, online) and alongside web-only channels In essence, Intel wanted to help rethink the pay-TV space, and it wanted to do so in a way that was both innovative and appealing to consumers I Saw the Future of Television and It Was Good At a dinner last May, I was part of a small group of reporters and analysts that had met with members of the Intel Media team, including the group's leader Erik Huggers. We got to preview the company's OnCue...
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Google Glass user questionedGoogle Glass has raised privacy concerns in many countries. It now appears that it is being monitored as a potential aid to copyright infringement. A man who wore Google Glass to a movie theater in... Ohio was detained and interrogated by officials of the Department of Homeland Security, highlighting concerns that the device may be used by people to illegally record movies at a theater. A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America, which works closely with theaters all over the U.S. to curb camcording and "theater-originated piracy," said Tuesday that no such activity was discovered in the particular case. The DHS could not be immediately reached for comment.
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Telecom snaps up final 700MHz block

ZDNet - 22 Jan 2014 06:20
Single block of "digital dividend" spectrum reaps NZ$83 million for the government
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Bitcoin has been making waves across the world, and now the cryptocurrency craze has reached the good city of Las Vegas. Starting Wednesday, two hotels in Las Vegas, including the …
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Netflix profit zooms six-fold from a year ago as subscriber base tops 44 million worldwide.
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Now you have another reason toMany of us know Candy Crush Saga as the annoyingly ubiquitous mobile game that’s made a ton of money for British software developer King. However, it looks like Candy Crush Saga is gearing up for a... second career as an intellectual property troll. GameZebo reports that King has successfully trademarked the word “candy” as it relates to both games and clothing and is issuing takedown notices to mobile apps that use “candy” in their titles. Benny Hsu, the developer behind the game All Candy Casino Slots, tells GameZebo that he and other developers with candy-related games have been targeted by King, a development that has left them “frustrated” because their games aren’t at all comparable to Candy Crush Saga. IP attorney Martin
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Online users in the country were redirected to a webpage operated by a U.S. tech company which clients include The Epoch Times, a newspaper run by the Falun Gong religious group which is outlawed in... China.
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Australians will need to get used to using their PIN for credit card purchases, with signatures set to be phased out from the middle of 2014.
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Edward Snowden will answerThe whistleblower who provoked the United States to surveillance reforms will be taking your questions this Thursday. Edward Snowden is hosting an hour-long live Q&A on January 23rd at 3PM ET, the... first such chat since June of last year. On Thursday, you'll find it at this link. While Snowden interviews of any sort are still relatively rare during his exile in Russia, the NSA leaker has been more outspoken as of late, giving The Washington Post an extensive interview last month, and delivering an "alternative Christmas message" a day later. Most recently, he spoke to The New Yorker to dismiss claims that he could be a Russian spy. "It's not the smears that mystify me," he told the publication. "It's that outlets report statements...
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Many are tempted to blame stuttering YouTube streams on our internet providers, but who's really at fault? Google may shed some light on the subject now that it has launched a Video Quality Report.... The tool tells surfers how well their providers ...
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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2Whenever a game has been announced to go gold, you know for sure that it is about to flood the market – and this would do nothing other than to raise expectations even further, especially when this... particular title has been anticipated for the longest time. We are pleased to announce that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has just gone gold, with an impending release date pegged to February 25 later next month. The "going gold" announcement was made by game producer David Cox on his Twitter account, touting that a Steam demo, too, is well on its way. (more…) Follow: Gaming, castlevania, steam, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Goes Gold With Steam Demo In The Pipeline original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Sporting the same massive 6.4-inch 1080p display, what Sony now calls a tablet is largely unchanged from its smartphone roots.
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[AppleTell] Mac Pro shipping dates slip to March

Technology Tell - 22 Jan 2014 06:03
[From AppleTell] If you're patiently waiting for Apple to replenish its stock and improve the shipping estimates for the new Mac Pro, bad news awaits.
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Uncle Sam wants you for a very important mission: Seeing American Olympians off to the Winter Olympics with plenty of good vibes, as part of Team USA's "digital sendoff" this Thursday The idea is to... amass an outpouring of well-wishes via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for the athletes who will represent the United States in Sochi, Russia, beginning Feb. 7. In return, many of those athletes will interact with fans via online chats and video hangouts See also: The Olympics' Social Media Secret Weapon The sendoff runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 23 Team USA's Twitter account will feature question-and-answer sessions with luger Erin Hamlin, skeleton athlete John Daly and bobsledders Steve Langton and Jamie Greubel from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET. Figure skating siblings Maia and...
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Those who bought the June 2013 model of the MacBook Air say that they have constant WiFi issues, with one thread in Apple's support community logging more than 130 pages. Issues include latency,... dropped packets and network connections, and unstable ...
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VTech Kidizoom Watch TargetsYou know what they say – monkey see, monkey do. The thing about kids is this, they learn extremely fast, and most of the time, it is by example. Ever wondered why they start to clamor for a tablet... or smartphone of their own when they begin to see how both mom and dad use these two devices all the time? Well, with the advent of the smartwatch, it does seem that the day would come when little Johnny tugs at your sleeve and asks for a smartwatch of his own. Good thing you read this beforehand, as you know the folks over at VTech have the Kidizoom Watch for such an occasion as this. (more…) Follow: Gadgets, smartwatch, VTech Kidizoom Watch Targets The Little Ones original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Forget the Sex and the City location tour. Now you can take a trip to the garbage can Hannah Horvath illegally dumped her trash in on HBO's Girls. Now that's classy tourism YouTube comedy channel... Above Average followed Monica — a.k.anewest Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata — on a tour of some of the most iconic locations from Lena Dunham's HBO comedy See also: 'Cats' Is the 'Girls' Parody for the Millennial Feline Take a tour of the G-train subway station and visit the real-life Grumpy's Cafe, where you'll have the chance to pay $8 for a cup of coffee named after the show's leading lady.
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Cricket Launches RuggedWhen it comes to smartphones, most of us would end up purchasing a slew of accessories for it to make sure that the beautiful exterior does not suffer from any nicks or scratches from everyday wear... and tear. Having said that, there are some Android-powered smartphones that do come with a rugged exterior, as if they were taunting you to do your worst to them. Well, one of the latest models from Cricket would be the Kyocera Hydro Plus, where this smartphone's rugged casing has been IP57 certified, which means it is able to withstand being immersed in water that is up to a meter deep, and to do so for a good half an hour – far more than any human can. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Cricket Launches Rugged Kyocera Hydro Plus Smartphone original content from Ubergizmo.     
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EA Paid YouTube VideoElectronic Arts (EA) has taken the very same road that Microsoft did, by paying YouTube video producers in order for them to post footage of its games, where among the titles include Battlefield 4 and... Need for Speed Rivals, at least this was what was reported by NeoGAF. This particular program from EA known as Ronku allows video producers to earn money for showing off footage of the next-gen versions of Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed Rivals. (more…) Follow: Gaming, ea, YouTube, EA Paid YouTube Video Producers For Next-Gen Game Promotions original content from Ubergizmo.     
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[From In-Car Tech] Ford, MIT, and Stanford are researching automated car tech -- the goal being to jump the biggest hurdles automated cars face for real-world viability.
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[From AppleTell] Although using the Beats Music service is currently free, it will only run for 7 days. After that, the app will require a subscription fee of $9.99 per month.
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FTC taking action against 12The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against 12 US companies found to be in breach of a treaty that means they have to comply with European Union privacy laws. The companies — including... BitTorrent and the Denver Broncos — violated the US-EU Safe Harbor framework: a voluntary program in which companies must meet seven EU privacy principles. Despite the FTC's action, the Commission said the 12 companies had not necessarily committed "substantive violations" of the privacy principles. The problems appear to stem from certification marks that companies opting-in to the US-EU Safe Harbor framework are able to display on their websites or in documentation. The FTC said that the 12 companies, "through statements in their privacy...
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Premium channels say subscribers on rise
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The 5G network is expected to be 1,000 times faster than the existing 4G LTE service, allowing users to download an 800-megabyte movie in one second, and will also play a key role in driving South... Korea's economy.
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Amazon Debunks Rumors Of Live TV Service

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 05:35
Amazon Debunks Rumors Of LiveIt was reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier this morning that Amazon approached a minimum of three large media conglomerates, being on the lookout for rights to distribute their TV channels... online, similar to the ones that are currently available via cable and satellite. All of that has been debunked, however, thanks to word from the proverbial horse's mouth – Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener. Herdener emailed USA TODAY and mentioned, “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.” (more…) Follow: General, Amazon, Amazon Debunks Rumors Of Live TV Service original content from Ubergizmo.     
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New iOS in the Car screenshots leaked

ZDNet - 22 Jan 2014 05:30
New screenshots of Apple's iOS in the car technology show a vastly different product that what Apple publicly displayed in June 2013.
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16 Million Email Accounts Hacked In Germany

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 05:29
16 Million Email AccountsTo have an organization or service hacked is no longer an extremely rare occurrence. No sir, it seems that this scourge happens all too frequently – making security of digital assets a paramount... importance regardless of the organization that you happen to be working in, or helming. The German government recently announced that it had managed to discover criminals who relied on malware to obtain not only the email addresses but passwords of as many as 16 million of its citizens. (more…) Follow: Computers, hack, 16 Million Email Accounts Hacked In Germany original content from Ubergizmo.     
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In a move that appears designed to limit anonymous free speech, the government orders all people to use their real names when uploading videos to the Internet.
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Online photo tools such as Snapchat allow users to share images that are meant to be seen only for a limited time, creating a sense of urgency for viewers. But what if there was a similar tool for... another, less casual visual medium, like art? See also: Banksy Sells Original Artwork for $60 in Central Park Enter Slash Temp, a Japanese site that lets anyone post their artwork for a finite period of time. But its dynamics are a bit more fluid than Snapchat. In fact, the easiest way to explain Slash Temp is to describe it as Snapchat meets Reddit meets deviantArt. Once a user posts a piece of art on Slash Temp, it will only remain visible for 24 hours — that is, unless someone comments on the image. Once this occurs, one hour for every typed character is added to the artwork's shelf life....
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Nest is that rare blend of hardware, software and service, the combination that seems to be Google's latest holy trinity.
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San Francisco Tech WorkersIt seems that a transit agency has voted unanimously to kick off a pilot program that will oversee tech company buses. The likes of Google, Facebook and Apple among others rely on these luxury buses... to send their workers to as well as from Silicon Valley campuses, and the fact that these private buses load and unload at public bus stops have raised the ire of those who are not working at the tech companies involved. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, this causes city buses to stop in traffic lanes, causing a backlog in traffic, and not to mention endangering the life of bicyclists. Activists wish to see such private luxury buses be fined for making use of public spaces illegally, or to fork out a substantial fee instead. (more…) Follow: Apple, General,...
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The Innovation Race is Killing Innovation

Mac Life - 22 Jan 2014 05:19
Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines innovation as the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices or methods. But when we're talking about technology, that definition doesn't quite tell the... whole story. It's not just the unveiling of some new or better design -- it's making as big a splash as possible before anyone else can even get in the pool. It was once a relatively slow process. Every few years, an exciting new product would come along that indelibly altered the landscape: color televisions, VCRs, Walkmen, iPods. It was given room to grow and evolve until something inevitably better was born out of its influence.  It's a cycle, a process that can't be forced. Innovation begets innovation, and there's no secret shortcut that'll produce the next big thing. Yet these days, it...
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HTC M8x Approved By Postel

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 05:14
HTC M8x Approved By PostelWhenever a particular device is well on its way to hit the market, you can be more or less sure that there will be additional leaks that make an appearance, and at more frequent intervals, too. With... the HTC M8, we have seen alleged cases for the upcoming flagship smartphone appear, not to mention the UA Prof file being revealed, too. Having said that, there seems to be yet another variant of the upcoming HTC M8, where it is known as the HTC M8x, and was given the nod of approval recently by Postel. This is not the first time that Postel, an Indonesian authority which certifies telecommunications and radio equipment in that part of the world, has shared something about a smartphone variant, so it could point to the very real possibility of this soon-to-be flagship device to boast of two...
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Was Expedia hit by 'negative SEO' campaign that hammered its Google search rankings?
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Those looking for a budget smartphone they can use for their more active lifestyle might now have an option. Kyocera has just made available its new waterproof Hydro Plus smartphone …
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[From EntertainmentTell] Amazon was reported to consider live TV service- but then denied it
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Minuum Keyboard App Runs On Smartwatch

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 05:09
You know what they say – it is pretty pointless trying to reinvent the wheel, so what should be done is this – to make sure that the wheel itself is enhanced to be even more efficient. When it... comes to virtual keyboards, the original one that came out is pretty much useless and slow, until apps such as Swype came into the picture that made your virtual keyboard a whole lot more intelligent. Well, the Minuum Keyboard did make quite a splash when it was first announced, allowing it to be flexible enough to adapt to new and upcoming technologies, wearables included. This time around, the video above depicts how the Minuum app is able to run on a smartwatch – now how about that? (more…) Follow: CellPhones, app, Minuum Keyboard App Runs On Smartwatch original content from Ubergizmo....
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Samsung Smartphone GrantedThe folks over at the USPTO did grant South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung a design patent (No. US D697,886 S) today that depicts a smartphone which is large in size – clearly pointing to... the very real possibility of a Galaxy device (the Samsung Galaxy S5, anyone?) which will not feature hardware buttons that are located on the front. Originally filed on July 20, 2012, this is a new design patent which made an appearance hot on the heels of another patent which was filed by Samsung, showing off a different buttonless handset that has some similarities as well, don't get me wrong. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Samsung, Samsung Smartphone Granted Design Patent, Could Be The Galaxy S5 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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itwbennett writes "It was widely reported last year (including on Slashdot) that IBM attempted to sell off its x86 server business to Lenovo, which seemed logical as Lenovo had bought out the IBM's PC... business a decade ago. However, the two firms could not come to financial terms and the deal was never struck. Well, the rumors have started up again, only this time Lenovo has some competition, as Dell and Fujitsu are now being thrown into the mix as possible suitors."
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[From EntertainmentTell] With the NFL regular season behind us, we know which teams are eligible for HBO's Hard Knocks.
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Gamers, rejoice! The YouTube scientists of AsapScience are here to explain how video games can actually improve your brain function and make you smarter Before you text your mom about how right you... were all along, the video does state that — like anything else you can eat, drink, play or watch — there is always the possibility of too much of a good thing. Excessive gaming is still not recommended. See also: 10 Remarkable Facts You Didn't Know About Pixar However, studies do show that responsible gaming can stimulate grey matter growth, as well as improve hand-eye coordination Take a look to see why it's sometimes better to hang out with Mario instead of going outside.
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A free flight test of a Morpheus prototype lander was conducted Jan. 21 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida....
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China outlaws anonymous onlineChina's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, film and Television (SARFT) on Monday announced that Internet users who want to post videos on any of the available online video sharing... sites in the region will have to register their real names before being able to do so, Reuters reports. According to the publication, there are more than 428 million users in China that access online video sites. So far, Youku Tudou and Renren, which operate such popular sites, have not commented on the new policy. With this new law, SARFT wants to "prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society," although the new law will also prevent anonymous
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What King's 'Candy' trademark really means

The Verge - 22 Jan 2014 04:58
What King's 'Candy' trademarkWhen it was recently revealed that social game developer King.com filed to register the trademark for the word ‘candy,' the response from fellow developers and game players was less than kind. The... company, best known for making the highly successful puzzle game Candy Crush Saga and other titles in its Saga series, was accused of throwing its weight around and intimidating small developers.
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Yesterday the NPD released data from a survey showing fewer US TV watchers are subscribing to premium cable channels, but now the networks say that isn't true. First reported on the LA Times Company... Town blog, spokespeople from HBO, Showtime and ...
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Snapchat Makes You 'Find TheSnapchat now verifies new users aren't robots by making them choose its ghost mascot in images. It's an attempt to keep out hackers who could steal phone numbers by exploiting a leaked database of... details on 4.6 million accounts. A 16-year-old hacker proved he could do just that by finding the number of Snapchat CTO Bobby Murphy, but now he says Snapchat has patched the holes he harnessed.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Subscription services such as Netflix are growing- at the expense of HBO and Showtime
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NASA's TDRS-L Ready for Launch

SpaceRef - 22 Jan 2014 04:47
NASA is poised to launch the TDRS-L spacecraft to geosynchronous orbit where it will play a vital role in communicating with Earth-orbiting spacecraft including the International Space Station and... NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and other scientific observatories....
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Sony makes Wi-Fi-only Xperia ZSony has officially announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Xperia Z Ultra, morphing the smartphone into a mini-tablet. It was only Monday when we saw the Wi-Fi-only version leak through Sony's website,... but now the Japan-based company has announced availability...
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See Twitter's Founders AsRemember Fail Whale? It might be hard to recall now that Twitter is a public company with a $34.7 billion market cap, but a few years ago, the site had frequent outages as it struggled to scale up.... The appearance of a placid-looking white whale borne aloft by eight birds was source of irritation and amusement for Twitter's users, and the image by artist Yiying Lu quickly became iconic.
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Badass spider uses insectLike in Game of Thrones, where the Iron Throne was forged from the swords of all the enemies Aegon the Conqueror defeated, this Cyclosa spider uses its dead enemies' bodies to build a big fake spider... decoy design to sit on. Seriously, the spider uses its victim's insect corpses to construct a larger spider-shaped design on its web to scare off potential predators. That's so badass.
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Reddit and Tumblr recently went crazy over a 1981 Lego print ad, singling it out as emblematic of a time when girls were encouraged to build, rather than be princesses. As inspiring as the ad is,... though, the backstory behind it is an equally uplifting tale of female empowerment. The "What is Beautiful" ad was created Judy Lotas, who was the creative director at SSC&B, a now-defunct ad agency. Female creative directors are rare even these days — just 3% of women hold that title, according to one survey. Things weren't any better in 1981, just a decade or so out of the Mad Men era. See also: What the World’s Biggest Websites Looked Like at Launch
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There's something mindlessly simple and endlessly entertaining about watching something — anything — filmed in slow motion. So when YouTube stars The Slow Mo Guys released video of a watermelon... explosion, shot at 2,500 frames per second, we couldn't help but pay attention. See also: Slow-Mo Beatboxing Is Both Disturbing and Fascinating For this clip, Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy use a firework to blow up a small watermelon they had originally used for this failed video experiment Here's the explosion in real-time: Video: YouTube, The Slow Mo Guys And here's the explosion slowed down: Video: YouTube, The Slow Mo Guys
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Sony's Wi-Fi-only Xperia ZSony's Xperia Z Ultra exists on the very peripheries of what we might call a phone; its huge 6.4-inch 1080p display is great for some things, but carrying it in your pocket every day might cause... problems. To that end, Sony has announced a new Wi-Fi-only model of the device for release in Japan, and the press release refers to it throughout as a "tablet."
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Uber wants to be big in Asia

CNET - 22 Jan 2014 04:23
The on-demand car service, which has been rapidly growing overseas, is aggressively hiring for new positions in Asia.
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IBM's Shares Slip After Its Q4This fine Tuesday, IBM reported its fourth-quarter financial performance and was greeted with raspberries from investors with period revenue of $27.7 billion and earnings per share excluding items of... $6.13. Using GAAP, IBM earned $6.2 billion, or $5.73. Off nearly a percent in regular trading, IBM eased another 2.5 percent in after-hours trading. Investors had expected IBM to earn revenue of $28.25 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $5.99. So IBM beat on profit, but faltered on the top line question. As ZDNet points out, “IBM missed its revenue targets every quarter in 2013.” Zing. Right, so what’s going on? Well, the company’s hardware business had a terrifically terrible fourth quarter. As MarketWatch notes, “IBM’s systems and technology segment, also known as...
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Tech giants like Google and Apple will soon be paying their dues to the city of San Francisco, though many critics believe the charge isn't hefty enough The San Francisco Municipal Transportation... Authority's Board of Directors unanimously approved a pilot program on Thursday that will charge tech companies a small fee to shuttle their employees from San Francisco down to campuses in Silicon Valley. See also: 2013's Top Winners and Losers in Tech Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook, have been using San Francisco's public bus and railway stops as pickup locations for employees that work south of the city, sometimes by as much as much as 50 miles. San Francisco residents have vociferously complained that the use of these public stops cause traffic issues in an already strained...
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Who is this guy teasing a MacOh, it’s Lee Clow. Huh. For fun, here’s Apple’s original Super Bowl ad from 1984 that kicked off the product line we all love today:
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EA accused of secretly payingElectronic Arts has reportedly been offering to pay YouTube video posters up to $10 per 1,000 views for coverage on certain games, and the agreement calls for the poster to not disclose it. The post... EA accused of secretly paying YouTubers for coverage appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Don't call Luca Iaconi-Stewart crazy. He'll do that himself. He built a gorgeous scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER, entirely out of manila folders. Now he tells CNET why he did it.
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Dropping its radios for cell service and turning itself into a tablet... The 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra may be big enough to pull it off, but are you willing to pay just under $500 (52,000 yen) for the... pleasure? Sony hopes you will. It's a Japan-only ...
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Chrome hack lets websites keepToying around with voice-recognition apps, developer Tal Ater noticed something strange. Because of a quirk in Chrome's microphone settings, any site enabled for voice-recognition could use a pop-up... window to keep recording almost indefinitely, hidden in the background. In Ater's demonstration, he closes the tab and continues talking, only to reveal a pop-up behind the main Chrome window, transcribing everything he says. It's an unsettling thought: could a malicious site use Chrome to listen in on users' offline conversations? Ater first reported the bug in September The core of the problem is Chrome's microphone permissions policy. Once you've given an S-enabled site permission to use your microphone in Chrome, every instance of...
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King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans may have lost their battle against Xerxes and the Persian army, but that doesn't mean there can't still be a sequel. The next installment, 300: Rise of an Empire,... comes to theaters on March 7, and the trailer promises more heroic battles and feats of bravery for fans to feast upon. See also: Watch the First Nail-Biting Trailer for 'Game of Thrones' Season 4 Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel Xerxes, the plot of 300: Rise of an Empire centers on Themistokles, a Greek, who fights against Xerxes and Artemesia, a commander of the Persian army BONUS: 10 Ways 'House of Cards' Can Help You Get Ahead at Work
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Final Draft is without a doubt the industry's leading software for screenwriting. It is used in virtually every writer's room across Hollywood and endorsed by such heavyweights as James Cameron, Tom... Hanks and JJ Abrams. However, the reason the ...
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Target-related malware was aIn a surprising TV interview, a 23-year-old living in Russia said he helped code a software program that experts believe was eventually modified to steal tens of millions of payment card details from... Target. Rinat Shabayev, who lives in Saratov, Russia, told Lifenews.ru that the program has a defensive purpose of finding software problems but could have been abused by criminals. The news outlet characterized his work on the program as a side job, quoting him as saying, "I am trying to find work. I want to find a normal and stable job and time to start my own business." Efforts to reach Shabayev through two email addresses and a social networking profile were unsuccessful.
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Ukraine government textsKiev, Ukraine is the site of violent protest this week, as up to 100,000 people defied new laws which make it illegal to cover one's face, wear a helmet, set up tents, or use a sound system in what... was formerly a peaceful assembly. The New York Times reports that protestors are using baseball bats, Molotov cocktails, and even a catapult, while riot police have fired rubber bullets and thrown stun grenades. Technology is also being used as a weapon of sorts. Around midnight last night, people standing near the fighting received an ominous text message on their cell phone: Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance. While some governments like Egypt and Sudan have turned off their networks in response...
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Zenefits lands $15 million in funding

USA Today - 22 Jan 2014 03:52
The human-resources start-up wants to ease bureaucratic paperwork for small businesses.
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Verizon reaches a deal with the chipmaker, Amazon may ship items before you even order them, and HP brings back Windows 7.
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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the... top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all ...
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AT&T brings NFC and mobileAT&T is apparently getting ready to launch an iPhone accessory that will turn the smartphone into an Isis-ready, NFC-enabled device. Even though the iPhone doesn't actually have a near field... communication (NFC) chip inside, which would allow users to use the device for NFC mobile payments, a leaked image provided by Engadget shows a special iPhone case - the Incipio Cashwrap - which contains a micro-NFC chip complete with a secure element that could be used for wireless payments via the Isis service. In addition to the hardware, which will reportedly retail for $70 when it launches, users interested in Isis-based mobile payments will also have to install a free application, the Isis Mobile Wallet. However, a launch date for
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Sources familiar to the matter disclosed that Amazon has approached at least three major media companies in a bid to launch its own Online Pay-TV service. Rumors and acquisitions such …
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Previously unknown pharaoh'sArchaeologists have discovered the tomb and mummy of a previously unheard-of pharaoh. Woseribre Senebkay was found close to a larger burial site in Abydos, which researchers unearthed earlier this... month and is believed to belong to Sobekhotep I. Senebkay's tomb is smaller in scale, but the discovery is more significant — it proves the existence of a separate Abydos Dynasty that ran concurrently with the 15th (Hyksos) and 16th (Theban) dynasties in Egypt's Second Intermediate Period.
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While the Department of Defense chooses the device maker's phones to be used by its employees, the company still moves forward in selling the majority of its Canadian real estate holdings.
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A look at some of the mostNow that the iPhone 5s and iOS 7 have been jailbroken for a while, tweak developers have had some time to evaluate the current state of iOS and find some great ways to improve on the existing... features. Below you'll find a bunch of great iOS 7-ready tweaks for your newly-jailbroken iOS 7 devices. Most […]
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San Francisco approves newSAN FRANCISCO -- City transportation officials gave the green light to a new pilot program that will regulate private shuttles operated by Google and other tech giants and charge fees for the buses to... use city bus stops.     
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The flap underscores a glaring economic contrast between the tech rich and others.
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A broken billboard looksIt's okay. It's not just you. You didn't pop a pill you shouldn't have before your afternoon coffee. You're not in a dream world. The billboard actually looks like that in real life and apparently... it's on purpose, the broken electronic billboard is being tested for all working colors. I see acid.
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Norway has the world's fourth-best men's curling team, according to the World Curling Federation. But that's not nearly all According to our unofficial power rankings of curling team uniforms, the... Norwegians are also number one in on-ice style — by a longshot. So long, in fact, that there is no number two See also: The 4 Normal Guys Who Just Happen to Be Olympic Curlers Team Norway's curling uniforms for the Winter Olympics that begin in Sochi on Feb. 7 were revealed on Tuesday. Behold this promo shot of the splashy kits in all their garish glory: Image: Cassie Kovacevich, Loudmouth Golf/Associated Press
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Toshiba completes acquisitionToshiba has completed its acquisition of OCZ Storage Solutions, a failed Silicon Valley maker of solid-state drives, the company said Tuesday. Solid-state drives are storage components built with... flash memory that are intended to replace spinning disks in laptops, desktop computers and servers. They offer lower power consumption and better performance but are typically more expensive per gigabyte than hard drives. OCZ said in November last year that it had defaulted on a loan agreement after its business was hit because it was having trouble buying enough flash memory chips for its drives. Revenue had fallen to US$33.5 million in its most recent quarter, down from $88.6 million in the same period a year earlier. But despite the sharply lower revenue, its losses shrunk to $26.1 million from...
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PS4 and Xbox help AMD to aAdvanced Micro Devices has reported a profit for the fourth quarter, thanks largely to the sale of its chips in the latest game consoles from Microsoft and Sony. AMD's forecast for the current quarter... seemed to disappoint, however, and investors pushed its shares 10 percent lower after the results came out. The chip maker's profit for the quarter ended Dec. 28 was US$89 million, compared to a loss of $473 million a year earlier, AMD announced Tuesday. It was its second profitable quarter in a row after a string of losses. Revenue climbed 38 percent to $1.59 billion, AMD said. Both the revenue figure and its earnings on a pro forma basis beat the expectations of financial analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
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Weasel words abound in the Coalition's NBN Strategic Review, which cites an industry report to justify its assertion that HFC is a better investment than FTTP. Curiously, the report actually says... something completely different.
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You're probably reading this article while sitting comfortably in your seat. Well, it's time to stand up! A new study highlights the hazards posed to your health by too much time spent sitting.
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Cable industry suesA shell company backed by Apple that owns thousands of old Nortel patents has been employing controversial tactics to wring money from the patents, many of which date from the 1990's. The cable... industry just launched a counter-attack.
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Amazon rises from the ashes ofIn the midst of Intel's failed attempt at live internet TV with its OnCue system, Amazon has begun developing its own service to provide an online service that offers the same content as cable and... satellite.
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This insane Cadillac conceptLaser Power Systems is reportedly working on a prototype car that could be powered for 100 years by only eight ounces of thorium. Although the concept has been around for several years, the... Connecticut-based company apparently is trying to take the alternative power source to the streets. The post This insane Cadillac concept remains a radioactive, laser-powered dream appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Large social networks would be required to remove content deemed to be bullying under a proposal put together by Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher.
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(Reuters) - IBM missed revenue expectations for the fourth straight quarter as it grappled with weakening demand for servers and storage in emerging markets such as China.
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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is in the early stages of developing a pay-TV streaming service with live programming, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
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In a move that probably shocks nobody, the Chinese government has implemented a new rule that will require anyone who uploads a video online to register with their real names. …
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Mobile advertising will surge 37 percent to more than $18 bn this year and nearly $42 bn by 2017. And while display ads will account for the lion's share of spending, video is expected to enjoy the... fastest growth toward the end of this explosive three-year period.
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SF Approves Tech Bus PilotToday the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a controversial pilot program that will see some 200 area bus stops made available to private shuttles that ferry corporate tech... workers to campuses outside of the city. Despite impassioned, and occasionally coherent, commentary — not to mention more than a handful of Google talking points — the agency’s final deliberation was quick and to the point: Yes. The shuttles, often referred to as ‘Google Buses,’ have become frontline in an increasingly bitter argument between the younger, newer and wealthier technology workers that call San Francisco home, and long-time residents concerned about the balkanization of the city’s less well off. Toss in a still weak job market for most sectors, spiraling rent costs, and tax...
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An anonymous reader writes "Brent Simmons has posted about a troubling email he received from Network Solutions. He registered two domains with them in the 1990s, and the domains remain registered... today. Simmons just received an email informing him that he'd been opted into some kind of security service called Weblock, and that he would be billed $1,850 for the first year. Further, he would be billed $1,350 for every year after the first. Believing it to be a scam, he contacted the official Network Solutions account on Twitter. They said it was real. The email even said he couldn't opt out except by making a phone call."
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It's Tuesday and time for the Engadget HD Podcast. We hope you'll join us live when the Engadget HD podcast starts recording at 8:45PM. Tonight we get back into our regular weekly routine of covering... the the most recent, top HD news. If you'll be ...
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GT Advanced, Apple's manufacturing partner for its new sapphire glass plant in Mesa, Arizona, has sent a postcard to local residents advertising for open positions at its new facility. A MacRumors... reader who lives in Mesa sent us the postcard he received. The new facility is reported to have some 700 employees between both Apple and GT. The positions are separate from the job openings that Apple posted last week and they are likely for lower-level jobs than the more supervisory Apple roles. Jobs mentioned include Manufacturing Operators and Technicians, Process Engineering Manager, Metrology Manager and more. Right now we're looking for people to join the team behind our new state-of-the-art sapphire material manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. If you can bring excellent technical...
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Website of the day: Replace Your Plates

Pocket-lint - 22 Jan 2014 03:00
Website of the day: ReplaceThere are moments in life when your blood runs cold. When the boss says something like , "So, whose idea was this...?" or when you present your debit card in front of a queue of impatient shoppers and... it gets declined. Awful. But there's one that can...
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When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPod in October of 2001, the device was greeted with a rather tepid response. Indeed, a number of fan reactions taken from a 2001 MacRumors message board have... taken on a life of their own. As an example, there's ...
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If you have a subwoofer in your home theater, stereo, or car, you probably know how tough it is to get the bass levels just right. Here's a trick to setting it up in just a few seconds.
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Dropbox update fixes Camera Upload issues

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 02:59
Dropbox update fixes CameraA short but sweet change log wraps up today's update Dropbox got updated today, with one very small, but very irritating bug being fixed — the broken camera auto-upload. Previously, users on... Android 4.4.2 were forced to open the app and manually upload their pictures, as background uploading was not working as intended. In addition, now you can choose to upload only pictures to your Dropbox, and eave the videos on your phone to take care of later. While this bug affected very few devices, we're glad to see such a timely fix. Go grab it.     
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This 3D Printer, Capable OfImagine being able to lease a 3D printer to build your entire house. The technology, called Contour Crafting, is already here and can build a 2,500-square-foot home in 20 hours. The massive robot... printer was invented by University of Southern California professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, who says that the technology is so versatile that it can be used to build homes in slums or human habitats on Mars. The technology is ideal for the world's slums and areas destroyed by natural disasters, claims Khoshnevis, because the robot's construction is cheaper, stronger, faster, safer and more eco-friendly than manual construction. Khoshnevis also says NASA is supportive of using the technology to build lunar habitats, laboratories and roads on the Moon or Mars that could eventually house human life. NASA...
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If you let German engineers create your Super Bowl ad, this is what you'll get. And what you'll get is quite brilliant.
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It seems the latest method to scam money from the innocent is to use cute doggie pics to entice vulnerable dog lovers.
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Major tech companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook often use private buses to ferry employees from living areas in San Francisco and the bay area to company campuses in places like Cupertino,... Mountain View, and Menlo Park. Previously, the city was not receiving any income from the campus buses, even though they often used city bus stops. Today that changed as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) approved a pilot proposal (via The Verge) that will require commuter shuttle buses from companies like Apple to pay $1 for each stop they make every day. Commuter shuttle buses have been subject to several protests over the course of the last few months, with activists in the area attacking employee buses in protest of rising housing costs in the San Francisco Bay Area....
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KIEV, UKRAINE — The violent three-day standoff between protesters and riot police here paused briefly on Tuesday, as protesters switched their focus to finding a prominent civil activist who they... allege was abducted. The activist, Ihor Lutsenko, was a widely-known blogger who had been an outspoken critic of the government and a regular presence at pro-democracy protests that have engulfed the country since late November See also: Someone Sent a Mysterious Mass Text to Protesters in Kiev Lutsenko's girlfriend, Mariya Lebedeva, wrote on Facebook that he was kidnapped from a Kiev-area hospital, where he had taken another protester to be treated for an eye injury suffered during a clash with police
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Selling chips to all three console makers is apparently good for the bottom line.
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The latest version of the app Todoist, referred to simply as "Next," hopes to capture the attention of the busy bees among us by offering small-scale project management features at a new, affordable... cost of... zero dollars. Alongside a streamlined ...
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Electronic whiskers could giveUniversity of California-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers believe the sensors, which are made with carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles, could also be used for... biological applications or human-machine interfaces.
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Call it cosmic zen. Yin and yang appear to meet on one of Saturn's moons in a photo taken by a spacecraft exploring the ringed planet and its many moons.The new Cassini photo of Saturn's moon Iapetus... shows the satellite's dark and light sides as comma-shaped features that bear a striking resemblance to the yin and yang symbol in Chinese philosophy. The image was released in December, but actually taken by the Cassini spacecraft in August."This view looks toward the Saturn-facing hemisphere of Iapetus," NASA officials wrote in an image description. "North on Iapetus is up and rotated 30 degrees to the right.
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Refe Tuma had always dreamed of writing a book, but he never thought it would be about dinosaurs After having their fourth child, Refe and his wife Susan found themselves looking for ways to get their... kids excited, and as Refe puts it, "give them something to look forward to each day even though mom and dad were tired." The solution came almost by accident: Susan found some old toy dinosaurs and placed them along the sink with toothbrushes in their plastic claws. The next morning, their 4-year-old daughter ran into their bedroom, exclaiming that the dinosaurs had come to life and were brushing their teeth.
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Bike laserlight wants to cutThe Blaze Laserlight is hoping to keep cyclists safe with a new take on the bicycle light by using a Batman-like signal. It projects a warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, to stop... pedestrians and drivers from stepping/driving out in front...
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The watermelon might be theWhat's your favorite thing to see explode? Never thought about it? How could you. I think it might have to be the watermelon The hard outer shell of the fruit makes for perfect fragmentation, the... watermelon's shape holds an explosive pretty darn well and its red flesh makes for colorfully gory splashes (especially against the green shell). Plus, it's watery so the explosion range is fantastic. I don't think it's a competition. Just look at the SlowMoGuys blowing up a watermelon and try and think of something better to blow up. The watermelon looks like some super bomb from Mario Kart.
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Nokia Lumia Icon makes anAfter popping up last week on an internal test page, the Lumia Icon made an abrupt reappearance on Verizon’s official site on Tuesday. The page was promptly taken down, but Gigaom managed to snag a... few screenshots before it went offline. The listing was nearly identical to the one on the test page from last week, featuring the same photos of the device and the same $777 placeholder price tag with or without a contract. Unlike the previous listing, this time Verizon included a full spec sheet for the Lumia Icon. According to the specs listed, Nokia’s latest device will have a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 20-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel
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The usually endearing emoticon gets super creepy for an eye-catching French campaign getting aimed at making parents aware of who their kids may be talking to online.
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Patch 2.1 For StarCraft 2Blizzard's StarCraft 2 is one of the hottest RTS games at the moment and is played worldwide in tournaments and championships. Unfortunately it isn't necessarily free to play, although there is a... Starter Edition that basically lets gamers enjoy some elements of the game, while restricting some features to those who have paid for the full version of it. Now the good news is that for gamers who are still holding out on purchasing a full version of game (maybe you're waiting for all three expansions to be released and purchase them as a bundle, who knows) is that Blizzard has announce patch 2.1 for StarCraft 2 gamers that basically unlocks more features of the game for those who own the Starter Edition. Previously one of the restrictions of the Starter Edition was that gamers could not access...
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Picture of the Day: Looking Up to Giant Sequoias

Twisted Sifter - 22 Jan 2014 02:29
Picture of the Day: Looking Up  LOOKING UP TO GIANT SEQUOIAS   Photograph by xeno_sapien on reddit   In this breathtaking photograph by xeno_sapien on reddit, we look skyward, surrounded by giant sequoia trees. The photograph... was taken at Sequoia National Park which is located in the United States in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California. Established on…
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In Photos: National Zoo Animals Play in the Snow

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 02:23
In Photos: National ZooThe cold-loving animals in Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. got out to enjoy the snow today.
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Australian Employment Minister Eric Abetz has welcomed the resignation of an ATO employee who was under fire for a tweet he made in January 2012.
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San Francisco's transit authority unanimously approves plan requiring shuttle buses to pay fee for stopping at designated areas in the city -- a flashpoint in growing culture clash between geeks and... locals.
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bmearns writes "The Voynich Manuscript is most geeks' favorite 'indecipherable' illuminated manuscript. Its bizarre depictions of strange plants and animals, astrological diagrams, and hordes of tiny... naked women bathing in a system of interconnected tubs (which bear an uneasy resemblance to the human digestive system), have inspired numerous essays and doctoral theses', plus one XKCD comic. Now a team of botanists (yes, botanists) may have uncovered an important clue as to its origin and content by identifying several of the plants and animals depicted, and linking them to the Spanish territories in Central America."
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Despite reports, King does notKing, developer of the hugely popular Candy Crush Saga, has not yet been granted the trademark for the word "candy" in the U.S., as has been widely reported.     
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Google and Apple shuttles willThe 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...
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7 Ways Bill Gates Is FightingIn their annual letter published on Tuesday, Bill and Melinda Gates addressed a number of claims about global poverty often used to argue against giving aid to countries that need it most -- and... debunked each and every one. Read the letter in its entirety here. Myth No. 1: Poor countries are doomed to remain poor. Fact: Citizens of countries once said to be "trapped in poverty" are now earning competitive salaries. Since 1960, China's income per person has increased eightfold and India's has quadrupled. Even smaller countries are seeing vast improvements. Botswana, for example, has witnessed a 30-fold increase in per capita income, Bill Gates noted. Myth No. 2: There is no hope for Africa. Fact: Africa has its share of problems, but the continent has also come a long way on a number of...
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Blizzard's Hearthstone EntersEarlier last year, Blizzard announced a new free-to-play virtual trading card game called Hearthstone, a game which would be based on its Warcraft franchise. The game has been undergoing closed beta... for quite a while now but the good news for those wondering what all the fuss is about and want to get in on the action, Blizzard has officially announced the Hearthstone is now in open beta, meaning that if you're interested in giving the game a go, you can hit up the Hearthstone official website for the download of the game. According to Blizzard, despite this being an open beta, they have no plans on performing any more wipes, so whatever you collect now will stay with you all the way to the end. As it stands the open beta is limited to the North American region although Blizzard did state...
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The Fantastic Four rebootFox's long gestating Fantastic Four reboot that is scheduled for July 2015 release, has a completed script, and the filmmakers will begin to meet with actors to test for the lead roles. The post The... Fantastic Four reboot moves ahead, casting to begin this month appeared first on Digital Trends.
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(Reuters) - Two Las Vegas casino hotels will become the first known U.S. commercial gambling houses to allow the use of the unregulated digital payment system, bitcoin, casino officials said on... Tuesday.
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Nintendo Rumored To Be WorkingAs you might have heard by now, Nintendo isn't doing too well as they have recently slashed its Wii U sales estimates by 70%. The company announced they would be exploring a new business strategy and... reassured gamers they were not done with consoles just yet, and now thanks to a new rumor, it seems that Nintendo could be working on new consoles, with one of them being the handheld variety. If the rumors are to be believed, the consoles are expected to be called the Fusion Terminal and the Fusion DS, with the latter being the handheld version. Now it should be stressed that these are just rumors for now, although admittedly rather extreme rumors, so be sure to take it with a grain of salt for now, although they do make for an interesting discussion. (more…) Follow: Gaming, nintendo,...
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The Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Artisan Fire Pizza Oven can bake a pizza in as little as 3 minutes. The outdoor countertop pizza oven achieves temperatures in excess of 800 degrees.
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The Long Paper Trail: U.S.Recycling may seem new, but it's an idea older than the United States.
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With its upcoming book of essays and applicant letters, the nonprofit trying to colonize Mars seeks a deeper, more communal understanding about what it may be like to travel to the Red Planet and... never come back.
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Apple announced iOS in the Car last year, but so far the company’s official web page for the product still sports a “coming soon” message. However, on Tuesday one developer based in Europe... tweeted what appears to be an early look at Apple’s in-car system in action. See also: How Android and iOS Should Work in Your Car Posted by Dublin, Ireland-based Steven Troughton-Smith, the screenshots show off several images of the iOS in the Car version of Apple Maps, most likely displayed via the iOS Simulator toolkit that developers use to test apps Although unconfirmed by Apple, this early look at the in-car version of iOS offers users a peek at a completely different take on the company's mobile operating system, as well as an early look for for the developers planning to create apps for...
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Why Sloths Leave the Trees to Poop

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 02:01
Why Sloths Leave the Trees toThree-toed sloths descend from the trees once a week to defecate, providing a breeding ground for moths that live in the animals' fur and nourishing gardens of algae that supplement the sloths' diet,... new research finds. Leaving the trees burns energy and
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Common medications that ease the pain and fever of flu might be responsible for 1000 deaths a year     
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This Smartphone-PoweredSometimes, you never knew you wanted something until someone drops it in your lap. That's exactly what Bodelin Technologies has done with their smartphone-powered ProScope Micro Mobile microscope.... This genius little thing now works underwater.
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We May Have Stumbled Upon The Greatest Tinder Photo Ever

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 02:00
We May Have Stumbled Upon TheThere are a lot of dos and don'ts to consider when posting a photo to Tinder, the dating app that prompts you to like or dislike someone based entirely on their picture. Don't post a selfie of just... your abs -- you are more than your impossibly chiseled body! Do post a pic where you're looking toward the camera -- we want to see what you look like! Still, there are some Tinder photos that defy all rules. Take, for instance, this gem of a photo, which newly divoreced Imgur user kthnxbye had the good fortune of stumbling upon recently. "Jumping back in the dating pool has been... interesting," she said of the photo. Clearly. By the way, we'd like to point out that it makes total sense that Mateo is riding a unicorn in his pic. Why? Because like the rare mythical creatures of fantasy, you...
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Failure rates vary from 2 percent to 24 percent per year, depending on make, model.
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The Verbal 'Tee-Ups' ThatWe all have our own set of verbal tics. We'll pause at certain moments, fill in a sentence with extra words, or qualify a statement to make it sounds more honest. According to The Wall Street Journal,... we'll often use "tee-ups" before a conversation starts that attempts to evade the consequences of the oncoming comment.
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Today Beats launched its own music service, which I'm trying out for the 7-day trial period. Engadget has a good writeup of the Beats Music experience here. I previously subscribed to Spotify, Rdio... and Pandora. I've also been a big fan of Slacker ...
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Sony Reportedly BlockingIf there is one way that new smartphones or tablets are leaked, it is through the use of benchmarks. Benchmarking software/apps are commonly used to determine how powerful a device is and also how it... compares to the rest of the competition and to see where it is performing and where it isn't. Unfortunately some of these benchmarks used are public websites, meaning that those who are constantly combing for information will stumble across new and unannounced devices. We're sure these "leaks" weren't done on purpose, but it looks like Sony might have had enough. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Sony, Sony Reportedly Blocking Benchmark Apps On Prototype Phones To Prevent Leaks original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Meizu Teases MX4G And MX4G Mini

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 01:56
Meizu Teases MX4G And MX4GMeizu is a Chinese company that has recently shown interest in expanding beyond China's borders into the US and Europe, and recently the company has taken off the wraps on two of its latest handsets,... the MX4G and the MX4G Mini, with the latter presumably being a slightly smaller/less powerful version of its big brother. Unfortunately the details of either handset is scarce at the moment as the announcement was actually made by J. Wong, the CEO of Meizu, on his Weibo account in response to a user asking about the device. The only thing he was able to confirm was that the MX4G would sport a 5" display but apart from that not much else was revealed. Based on past rumors, it had been suggested that the Meizu MX4G would come in at least two variants, so we're guessing the MX4G and the MX4G Mini...
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Xiaomi Could Launch 5,200mAhRunning out of battery on your smartphone can be a real stinker, although not such an inconvenience especially if you have a portable battery pack or a battery case for your phone. Unfortunately... sometimes these battery cases can get pretty pricey meaning that you have to ask yourself if the extra battery is really worth an additional expense of $20-$90. Well the good news is that Xiaomi is hoping to take the indecision out of the equation by creating a battery pack that will apparently only cost $5 to purchase, meaning you can get one without thinking too much about it. Heck, you could probably even get a few for friends and family and all at the price of a nice meal. The battery in question is a 5,200mAh battery that will retail for $5. Unfortunately this is only a rumor at this point in...
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Despite the many uses for Google Glass, this new class of wearable devices is inevitably meeting some growing pains (pictured above is 7'3" Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a Glass wearer who has... experienced some growing pains) as the world gets ...
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Turkey-Inspired Sensors Could Detect Toxins

Live Science - 22 Jan 2014 01:53
Turkey-Inspired Sensors CouldNew explosives detector uses inspiration from turkey skin.
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The news over the last year has been stuffed with tales of stolen iDevices and the measures used to present those thefts, but it's been woefully silent on whether such techniques actually work. But... they do, as Stuff.co.nz reports (via Cult of Mac), and they do it well. Using Apple's Find My iPad feature, father and son duo Chris and Markham Phillips of New Zealand were able to hunt down the thief who took their iPad and even retrieve it. The trouble started in Nelson, New Zealand, when the pair returned from a restaurant only to find that someone had gone through their car and run off with cash, glasses, and their iPad. But they quickly remembered Apple's security feature. "As despair and disgust begin to kick in, we remember a newly installed tracking application on both the stolen iPad...
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You can quickly create a playlist based off the song that is playing in iTunes, as opposed to doing so from a selection in your iTunes library.
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As another round of polar vortex bears down on the U.S., east coast Instagram users are storming to their accounts to document the snowy weather The storm, which some are calling "Winter Storm Janus,"... brought snow on Tuesday across the Mid-Atlantic. The National Weather Service predicts that the storm system will strengthen overnight off the east coast, spreading heavy snow and winds off the coasts of New England and the Northeast. Massachusetts could potentially experience blizzard conditions, and temperatures across the eastern U.S. will be 10 to 25 degrees below average See also: 20 Arctic Photos From the Midst of the Polar Vortex
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The worst of El Niño, the infamous weather pattern that brings abnormal flooding and drought to many parts of the world, is yet to come. According to a new study that looks at the effects of global... warming on El Niño, extreme El Niño events are likely to double this century.
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Bioengineers at UC Berkeley say their smartphone-enabled sensor can detect volatile chemicals by mimicking the color-changing abilities of turkeys, who can shift dramatically from reds to blues to... whites.
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cartechboy writes "These days, you go to a car dealership and you buy a car. If you want seat heaters, you might need to option for the cold weather package from the factory. Want the high-end stereo?... You'll be likely be opting for some technology package which bundles in navigation. While some options are a la carte, most are bundled, and even when they are a la carte, they aren't cheap. What if in the future you could buy a car and unlock options later? Say the car came from the factory with heated seats, but you didn't pay for them. But later on, say in the middle of the freezing winter, you suddenly want them. What if you could simply pay a monthly fee during the winter months to have those heated seats work? Whether this model would benefit the consumer, the automakers, or both is yet...
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Good news, Mac users: You can now Snapchat on your Mac with a new unofficial Snapchat client called Snapped. Snapped is currently in beta, and brings much of the Snapchat experience to desktop. You... can log in to your Snapchat account, send photos to your friends and view images they send you — all without having to grab your phone. The app is the product of ThinkDev, a small development shop run by two University of California, San Diego students. It runs on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and will eventually be available in the App Store. To use Snapped, log in to Snapchat using your username and password. Choose the desired amount of time for your snap, select the recipients and you're done. By default, Snapped uses your Mac's front-facing camera to take photos, but you can also upload an image...
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It's not just Microsoft: EAMicrosoft may have secretly paid YouTube video creators to promote the Xbox One, but it's not the only game company with a hand in the cookie jar. Video game publisher Electronic Arts has an entire... program which pays YouTube fans to promote games like Battlefield 4 and Need for Speed: Rivals. It's called Ronku, and If a report at NeoGAF is accurate, the company pays gamers quite a bit: $10 for every 1,000 views, or roughly $200,000 for an entire 20,000,000-view Battlefield 4 promotional campaign. In order to qualify for some of that money, YouTube video creators apparently have to follow specific instructions about how to promote the game.
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You can always count on the 90 Second news team to be there. Not snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor acid rain, nor fire showers, nor apocalypse will stop our team from bringing you all the latest news.... With people like news anchor Ross Miller or street reporter Ross Miller or even our 90 Second executive editor at large Ross Miller, your family can feel safe knowing that Ross Miller has you covered.
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Amazon is considering the launch of a live subscription-based online television service, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The service would include live television channels from major... providers, with Amazon approaching at least three media companies to distribute their channels online. Apple was said to be in high-level negotiations with television content providers in August of last year for a similar Internet-based subscription TV service. Still, Amazon's initiative is in the early stages, and it isn't clear whether it will move forward. Several other tech companies including Sony Corp. and Google Inc. are pursuing similar initiatives. An Amazon spokesman declined to comment.
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Scientists have identified a channel present in many pain detecting sensory neurons that acts as a "brake," limiting spontaneous pain. It is hoped that the new research will ultimately contribute to... new pain relief treatments.
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Folic acid supplements at levels consumed by breast cancer patients and survivors in North America promoted the growth of existing breast cancer in rats, new research
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Patients with masked hypertension, or normal BP in clinic but elevated BP when measured at home, had an increased risk of death and cardiovascular events compared with those who had normal BP in both
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Ten Weird and TerrifyingFor me, the progress of science best described by advances in medicine and the instruments used to practice it.
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Despite being diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses, childhood cancer patients are no more likely than their healthy peers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study indicates.
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The Australian government has commenced a review into employee share schemes on the back of concerns that the tax arrangements in Australia are deterring startups from staying local.
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World's first front flipIt's amazing the new tricks that people can just invent with their bikes. Once you think that everything has been done before, someone decides to murder the laws of physics. This new trick though... might be more impressive because I'm getting the spins just looking at it. How does the rider manage to land such a violent combination of a front flip and forward bike flip in one leap? Amazing.
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Samsung Galaxy S3 And Note 2It is not surprising that Samsung's newer devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 are on the receiving end of the latest build of Android, but what about Samsung's older devices? If... there was a drawback to not owning a