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22 Jan 2014 - Global
Ahead of its January 28th reveal, the Fujifilm X-T1 leaks out in photos and new specs. The post Leaked Photos Show the Fujifilm X-T1 in all its Glory with New Specs appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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Lego relaunching Ultra AgentsLego has launched a number of new collections at Toy Fair 2014, including a new refreshed Ultra Agents collection. The James Bond-style set comes with a range of exciting mini figures and vehicles... including a truck that expands into a HQ and features...
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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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[From EntertainmentTell] A surprisingly reference to "Knuffle Bunny" last night
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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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Review: Durban-made Piko TV smart stick

Tech Central - 21 Jan 2014 12:07
A Durban-based company, Maslow Holdings, has developed a gizmo that promises to turn any HDMI-enabled television set into a smart TV. The R1 195 Piko "smart stick" is the size of a USB flash drive and... connects to a TV through HDMI. The Piko smart stick, which is manufactured
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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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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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Call of Duty: Ghosts Review

Slash Gear - 22 Jan 2014 01:09
With a Call of Duty game coming out at least once a year for what seems like forever, it's not easy always seeing the newest title for what it's worth, …
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Rogue Tor volunteers perform attacks that try to degrade encrypted connections.
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This Laser Bike Light Is LikeCyclists can adorn themselves from head to toe in flashing lights, but it's still possible that pedestrians and drivers won't see them until it's too late. It's a problem the Blaze Laserlight hopes to... solve by projecting an early warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, so that others on the road will know they're coming in advance--and have time to react.
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The possibility of piracy was enough to shake a man down for illegal footage.
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Blackberry plans to sell most of its Canadian real estate holdings as it works to shore up its business under new management.
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If the rumors surrounding Amazon's forthcoming set-top box are any indication, the company's betting big on online video delivery. It's a move Amazon may even be hinting at with its latest recruitment... event in Boston. But as the Wall Street Journal ...
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Why Warren Buffett'sBy this time next year, the world could see one more geeky billionaire. Investment mogul Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company is backing a billion-dollar prize to predict the perfect NCAA... tournament bracket. “We’ve seen a lot of contests offering a million dollars for putting together a good bracket, which got us thinking, what is the perfect bracket worth? We decided a billion dollars seems right for such an impressive feat,” said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Quicken Loans, whose company is partnering with Berkshire Hathaway to fund the monstrous endeavor. The prize is interesting not because world peace has been held back by sub-optimal prediction algorithms, but by the testing of a very important scientific hypothesis: We can pay for innovation. If...
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Weird 'Gravity Waves' in VenusA European spacecraft orbiting Venus captured high-resolution images of gravity waves in the clouds whirring above Earth's nearest neighbor. The ripples could help scientists understand how Venus'... hellish surface influences its atmosphere
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The secret US Army homingKnown as the 'T-1151 Dog Doo Transmitter', it allowed US Military bosses to monitor shipments, or find a soldier in need of rescue.
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​Candy Crush Is GettingYesterday we learned that King.com, makers of the wildly popular game Candy Crush Saga, had submitted a trademark application for the word "Candy" that would block other game-makers from using it in... their game titles. This has struck more than a few people as more than a bit ridiculous, and some people are responding with enjoyable creativity.
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In version 9.1, the JPEG standard now supports color depths up to 12-bit as well as lossless compression. The post JPEG Standard Receives Update, Now Supports up to 12-Bit Color Depth appeared first... on The Phoblographer.     
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Using third-party lenses onIn theory, if you've got a collection of old or obscure lenses for long-defunct 35mm film cameras, the full-frame Sony a7 / a7R may allow you to breathe new life into them. Lenses for a great many... systems can be attached to the a7 / a7R without huge cost via a range of third-party mount adapters. We're planning on publishing our full review of the a7 within the next 24 hours, but until then, click through to read about editor Barnaby Britton's experience of shooting with older third-party lenses on the a7 and a7R.
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Researchers have come up with an answer for health care systems and professionals struggling with how to most effectively adopt evidence-based practice in their clinical settings. They've developed... evidence-based practice competencies for nurses.
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Microsoft releases a Windows 8.1 how to PDF manual

Digital Trends - 21 Jan 2014 20:18
Microsoft releases a WindowsWish there was a guide out there to help you familiarize yourself with Windows 8.1? You might like to know that Microsoft just put out a guide of their own.
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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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About the Author: Dustin is a full time pastor/part time photographer from Pembroke, Ontario who shoots professionally but primarily for capturing beauty and sharing it with others. .dustinabbott.net... Few lens announcements in recent history have caused quite the stir in the photography community as this new release from Tamron, the Tamron
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Wowwee MiP balancing robotMiP is the balancing robot who zips about on two wheels doing the bidding of your every gesture. It can also carry its own weight and fight other robots. MiP uses two wheels with intelligent balancing... to get around. You can either control it using your...
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Messaging, Positioning and Branding

Geek Time - 21 Jan 2014 10:59
Israeli companies are inept at messaging, branding and positioning. Excellence in branding, marketing and messaging are a key element inhibiting Israeli companies from becoming multi-billion dollar... big companies. We want your feedback on how to solve it
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Syrian Electronic Army HacksMicrosoft seems to be on the receiving end of the wrath of the Syrian Electronic Army recently, where their news Twitter accounts fell victim to. Apart from that, Microsoft's Office Blog has been... caught out by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) – and although the blog was defaced, it was quickly recovered by Microsoft. The screenshot above pointed to SEA putting out a bunch of posts that depicted how they have gained access to the blog, although many would not claim it to be a hack. (more…) Follow: Computers, hack, Microsoft, Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft's Office Blog original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Tencent's CrossfireWhat kind of different sales models can you think of when it comes to games? There are those free-to-play titles that depend on you to purchase in-game items, while freemium titles are free to... download, but your progress more or less grinds to a halt when you do not make any purchases to move forward. Other than that, there is the option to purchase a game outright from the get go for a certain sum of money, and you have everything in there required to complete it at your own pace. Well, Crossfire from Tencent took the free-to-play route, and it pulled in nearly $1 billion in 2013 alone. (more…) Follow: Gaming, crossfire, Tencent’s Crossfire Free-To-Play Shooter Earns Nearly $1B In 2013 original content from Ubergizmo.     
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A new Google Glass app in the works is anything but smoke and mirrors Patrick Jackson, a firefighter and self-taught programmer in Rocky Mount, N.C., is working on a Google Glass app that may very... well change the way firefighters do their jobs. Initial versions of the app already help with minor tasks, such as receiving messages from dispatch or identifying nearby hydrants. But these features are small potatoes compared to what Jackson's app may ultimately accomplish See also: Watch This Bride Walk Down the Aisle With Google Glass Jackson envisions that the app may someday be able to provide maps and floor plans to firefighters battling smoke in unfamiliar buildings, or provide extraction diagrams for when firefighters need to safely remove civilians from a vehicle. Some of these features...
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If Moot can't turn a quid from an app, what chance do you have? Being the (in)famous founder of 4Chan looks like a pretty good platform from which to kick off a mobile application startup....
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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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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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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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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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'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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(University of Michigan Health System) The prevalence and incidence rates of vulvodynia were substantial among all ethnic groups.
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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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Review: Sony Vaio Pro 13 laptop

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 06:59
Sony Vaio Pro 13 is a Windows-based laptop that aims to be at least as good as MacBook Air.     
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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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IBM misses revenue target, hardware woes continue

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 06:58
IBM has missed revenue expectations for the fourth straight quarter.     
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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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If not for Indian educators, biggest-ever dip in APAC sales would have been even worse The APAC PC market suffered its biggest ever yearly decline of 10 per cent in 2013 and the 108 million unit total... for sales was made to look good by major government spending in India, according to IDC....
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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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San Francisco transportationSan Francisco's transportation agency agreed on Tuesday to charge Google Inc , Apple Inc and other tech companies $1 every time one of their commuter shuttles uses a public bus stop, in a deal that... seems unlikely to end the recent wave of technology industry-backlash among some residents.
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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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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

The Register - 22 Jan 2014 06:02
No need to run: it travelled 2.7 metres CERN scientists in the ASACUSA experiment have successfully fired a beam of antimatter and "unambiguously" tested it over a 2.7 metre distance....
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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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'Children's e-Safety Commissioner' could order removal of 'harmful' content Australia has floated a plan to regulate social media at a federal level....
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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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Slovenian court declines extradition request thanks to Romanian conviction A Slovenian court has declined America's request to extradite hacker Victor Faur, on the basis that he's already received a... sentence in Romania....
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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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Social media crackdown

Sydney Morning Herald - 22 Jan 2014 04:46
Social media crackdownMajor social networks will be directed to remove bullying and other "harmful" online content under a federal government proposal.     
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Government's social media crackdown

Sydney Morning Herald - 22 Jan 2014 04:46
Government's social mediaMajor social networks will be directed to remove bullying and other "harmful" online content under a federal government proposal.     
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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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Malicious app can redirect traffic invisibly The Ben Gurion University security researchers who tangled with Samsung over its KitKat security implementation have posted a follow-up, in which they... demonstrate how a malicious app could bypass some VPN protections in Android....
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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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Canberra eyes child e-safety tsar

The Australian - 22 Jan 2014 04:24
Canberra eyes child e-safetyTHE Abbott government has called for public submissions on its intention to appoint a child e-safety commissioner.
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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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NSW won't force agencies to use broker

The Australian - 22 Jan 2014 04:03
NSW won't force agencies toTHE NSW government has no plans to force agencies to use its newly appointed broker for telecommunications services.
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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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Will Lenovo be the Samwise to relieve Big Blue's server burden? IBM reported fourth-quarter earnings that were a mixed bag on Tuesday, with hardware remaining the chief thorn in Big Blue's side - as... has been the case throughout its fiscal 2013....
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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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Credit card signatures to be phased out

The Australian - 22 Jan 2014 03:06
Credit card signatures to beCREDIT card purchases will be PIN-only from the middle of 2014 in a bid to crack down on fraud.
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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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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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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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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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Boffins measure 27 quantum states of light

The Register - 22 Jan 2014 02:58
Just how dead is Schrödinger's cat? One of the key tenets of quantum mechanics, that it's impossible to measure a quantum state without collapsing the waveform, has taken an arrow to the knee,... courtesy of a University of Rochester experiment....
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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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Microsoft to pay vid bloggers $3 per 1,000 views Updated Microsoft has admitted it promised to slip hard coin to gamers who upload favorable reviews of its Xbox One console to YouTube....
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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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'123456' dethrones 'password' as worst password

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 02:30
Internet security firm SplashData has released its list of the worst passwords of 2013. King of terrible passwords, 'password', has finally been unseated from its throne. It has been displaced by... '123456' as the world's most popular worst password.     
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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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Bitcoin acceptable as paymentTwo 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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Lost child of Titanic? Gene test nails lie

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 02:26
A woman who claimed to be a child survivor of the 1912 Titanic disaster has been exposed as a fraud after DNA testing, solving one of the "last great mysteries" connected to the liner.     
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Working night shifts causes "chaos" for people's bodies and may result in long-term health problems, scientists have warned.     
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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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Rosetta sends first message to earth in three years

Times of India - 22 Jan 2014 02:20
Rosetta sends first message toThe European Space Agency's (ESA) comet-chasing space probe, Rosetta, sent its first message to Earth in around three years on Tuesday.     
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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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VIDEO: Data recorder analysesAmerican car giant General Motors are offering racing enthusiasts a 'performance data recorder' on its Corvette range.
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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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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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Common medications that ease the pain and fever of flu might be responsible for 1000 deaths a year     
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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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New definition for overreaction An Ohio man is crying foul after he was detained and interrogated by the feds - because he wore a Google Glass headset in a movie theater....
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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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Did the Romans feed theInitial tests on the Skulls discovered within the boundaries of ancient London found 'clear evidence' they were chewed by dogs.
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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 Nexus device is that you never know if and when your OEM decides to update to the latest build of Android, but the good news is that if you own either the Galaxy S3 or the Galaxy Note 2 from back in 2012, you'd be in luck because according the rumors, Samsung is expected to update both handsets to Android 4.4.2 KitKat by the end of March. Last we heard the rumors claimed that the update could only arrive in April, but thanks to insider info received by the folks at Android Geeks, they claim that the update will arrive by the end of March instead, a good...
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Free services are fading with every passing day. The latest to go is the remote connection service LogMeIn Ignition, which has offered a free version of its service for the last ten years. Users could... pay for additional features, but basic use was ...
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Amazon Rumored To Be WorkingA couple of years ago, Amazon broke into the video market by offering Amazon Instant Video, a pretty awesome feature for Amazon Prime subscribers who basically got a ton of content for free. Well it... looks like that isn't where Amazon's plans end, but begin, because according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, they claim that Amazon is currently working on offering a live TV service that would basically stream over the internet. As it stands, the project is reportedly in its early stages and that Amazon has apparently approached three major media companies to begin working on a licensing deal that would allow them to broadcast content from these companies. Assuming that this is true and Amazon's service does launch, it would put them in competition with the likes of cable and...
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One of today's big surprises is the sudden appearance of what appears to be leaked screenshots from the long-anticipated "iOS in the Car" taken by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith. As MacRumors... reports, it's possible that Troughton-Smith managed to find them lurking in the new beta build for iOS 7.1 that was released today, but if he did, he's not saying how. Source: Steven Troughton-Smith iOS in the Car is essentially what it sounds like: It takes iOS 7 and modifies it for automobile displays to allow Siri-controlled access to the Maps app, phone calls, and music control. MacRumors notes that Troughton-Smith's images differ significantly from the ones already released by Apple, which naturally could point to a shift in design. With the "new" design, for instance, the clock is more...
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Father And Son Duo Use 'FindWe've heard some pretty awesome stories before about how "Find my iPhone/iPad" had been used and actually managed to recover said stolen device, and here's another one we can add to the list, although... this might be a tad more exciting than your typical story as it does involve one of the criminals escaping in a vehicle, although there was no car chase, unfortunately. This took place in New Zealand where a father and son went out to their car after a meal only to find that it had been ransacked and with their iPad stolen (amongst other things). Thankfully they installed Find my iPad and fired up the app on their phone and discovered that the tablet was in a suburb nearby. They called the cops who accompanied them to the suburb, which according to the dad, was "full of suspicious,...
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You might not come out on top if you weigh the pros and cons of storm chasing, but there are definitely pros beyond feeling like a bada** and a deep fulfillment of your twin passions for meteorology... and spiking your adrenaline. If you want proof of that, just check out the awe-inspiring photography of storm […]
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BlackBerry to sell most of itsBlackBerry plans to sell the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio in Canada to bolster its financial position.     
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Looking to broaden and monetize its mobile audience, the Internet giant acquires a platform that lets users jump between apps on their smartphones.
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Startup-land finds a sympathetic ear in Canberra

The Register - 22 Jan 2014 01:24
Promised review of employee share schemes to conduct public consultations Startup-land's liking for gifts of scrip as a way to keep wages and burn rate low has found sympathy within Australia's... Treasury, which has opened a public consultation on the topic of employee share schemes....
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'Super Ball Bot' Could ExploreThe collapsible, flexible spacecraft could be a good fit for the marshy surface of Titan, which features lakes and seas of liquid ethane and methane.
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Fighting fires with Google Glass

CNN - 22 Jan 2014 01:23
When a building is on fire, every second counts for the first responders rushing to the scene. A computer-savvy firefighter in North Carolina is hoping a bit of futuristic wearable technology and... clever programming can help save time and lives.
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Beats Music launches

CNN - 22 Jan 2014 01:23
Is there room for one more music-streaming service on the Web? Some music-industry heavyweights are betting the answer is "yes."
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[From GadgeTell] If the mountain won't come to Muhammad, someone has to envision Samsung Galaxy S5 concept designs to help pass the time.
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Deadspin Sochi Is So Screwed | Gizmodo Oculus Rift Lets You See What It Would Be Like To Swap Genders (NSFW) | io9 All of these outbreaks could have been prevented with vaccines | Kotaku If You Use... Any Of These Passwords, You Should Change It Right Now | Valleywag Twitter Fires Hated Exec | Kinja Popular Posts
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Yet another snowstorm swept across the Eastern Seaboard Tuesday, causing headaches for commuters and travelers alike Both New York and New Jersey are in emergency mode due to the storm, and... Massachusetts sent its public workers home early to try to abate weather-related danger during the evening commute. See also: 20 Reliable Sources to Follow for Winter Storm News "This winter storm will bring a one-two punch of snow and extreme cold," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "I urge all those in the affected regions to exercise caution, and avoid travel if possible." Forecasters expect accumulation of more than a foot in some areas. The NWS predicts regions in and around southern New England will feel the brunt of the storm, experiencing gusty winds in addition to the snow.
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[From GadgeTell] Samsung is currently doing a surprisingly solid and steady job in rolling out (relatively) quick Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its flagship devices, starting with the Galaxy Note 3.
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Scientists discover why we areBelgian researchers say our fascination with shiny objects in due to a deep need for water.
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Transparent screens just aren't very practical these days -- bigger models are frequently expensive and bulky, while smaller heads-up displays tend to have very narrow viewing angles. However, MIT may... have solved all those problems at once with its ...
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Gawker Here's Rob Ford Drunkenly Jabbering in a Jamaican Accent | Jalopnik Police In Afghanistan Are Slashing Tires To Prevent Auto Theft | Jezebel Russian Socialite on Black Lady Chair Offers Hearty... Nonpology | Lifehacker Six Real Life Lessons I Learned from World of Warcraft | Kinja Popular Posts
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Soon you'll be able to watchFrom the outset, Microsoft has marketed the Xbox One as not only a gaming platform, but an all-in-one media center. Although it hasn’t reached its full potential quite yet, the next several months... will bring a slew of new features to the console that should move it closer to Microsoft’s original vision. First up: access to the NFL Network. CED Magazine reports that Microsoft is working with NeuLion, an online video streaming company, to bring live NFL games to the Xbox One at 60 frames-per-second. The NFL Network app will be available to users with a subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a cable subscription that carries the channel. Xbox One owners already have access to an NFL app, but
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Report: Amazon consideringThe service would compete with cable and satellite pay TV services if it goes ahead
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[From EntertainmentTell] All three "Full House" dads are reuniting for a Super Bowl commercial for Dannon
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Facebook adjusts Newsfeed toFacebook adjusted the way it promotes Pages in the Newsfeed, choosing to privilege posts that include link-sharing instead of posts that just have text. But big-name Pages users, including Justin... Bieber's team, have already figured that out. The post Facebook adjusts Newsfeed to make updates from Pages better, prefers links over plain text appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Sends Out iPhone Survey,Apple has begun to send out a survey asking shoppers who have recently purchased an iPhone to provide some feedback about their purchase and their experience with the device. TechCrunch ran through... the survey, providing sample answers to determine the outcome, and found that there were a few areas in particular Apple wanted to hear more about from its customers.
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[From EntertainmentTell] It's rarely wise to kick off a TV project with such a confusing central concept that the title itself needs clarification.
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HiddenRadio Hits TheHiddenRadio was one of the first crowdfunding successes. The original model nearly hit $1 million on Kickstarter in 2012 and spawned legions of fans. The creators, John Van Den Nieuwenhuizen and Vitor... Santa Maria, built a small Bluetooth speaker that offered excellent frequency response and acceptable bass with a very cool design aesthetic. Now they're back for more.
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Hardware torpedoes IBM's Q4 revenue

PC World - 22 Jan 2014 01:05
Hardware torpedoes IBM's Q4Still hampered by slow hardware sales, IBM reported a 5.5 percent decline in revenue for the fourth quarter, even as it managed to post a 6 percent gain in net income. Because of the sluggish revenue,... IBM senior management will forgo their bonuses, or "personal annual incentive payments," for the year, said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, in a statement. IBM's fourth-quarter revenue was US$27.7 billion, compared with $29.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, the company announced Tuesday. Revenue for the entire year was $99.8 billion, compared with $104.5 billion in the year prior, a 4.6 percent decrease. IBM's fourth-quarter income was $6.2 billion, compared with $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the year, IBM reported $16.5 billion in income, down 1...
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After 10 years of letting users remotely access their computers for no charge, LogMeIn Inc. (NASDAQ: LOGM) is killing LogMeIn Free. The company announced that beginning on Tuesday, it will gradually... migrate users of its free products over to LogMeIn Pro, meaning users will need to purchase a subscription in order to continue remote access of their computers.
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Sometimes you just don't know a child until you know their parents Sure, to some, Devil Baby is a rampaging, frothy-mouthed terror wreaking havoc on the streets of New York City, but to one loving... couple, he's just your average bouncing, little bundle of joy. See also: 14 Secrets of the Devil Baby Say hello to Jeffrey and Margee McGee. They're just about the nicest couple you'd like to meet. And their little baby boy just happens to be the Devil. But don't let that make you think they aren't a happy family. They have the same problems any new parents face, from what to name their little "rascal" (yes, Devil Baby is his real name) to how to properly discipline their child, specifically for biting off appendages.
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CERN experiment produces first(Phys.org) --The ASACUSA experiment at CERN has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published today in Nature Communications, the ASACUSA collaboration... reports the unambiguous detection of 80 antihydrogen atoms 2.7 metres downstream of their production, where the perturbing influence of the magnetic fields used initially to produce the antiatoms is small. This result is a significant step towards precise hyperfine spectroscopy of antihydrogen atoms.
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Willem ter Harmsel chats with Ricardo Badalone about SAN bottlenecks With IBM adopting Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage (MCS) for its gen 6 X-servers, we thought it timely to have a look at... the background to this through a Willem ter Harmsel interview with Ricardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies' CEO....
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The Six Things That MakeWhen Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five... most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that page,” he recalls. “I noticed that what was read and what was shared was often different, and I wondered why that would be.” What was it about a piece of content—an article, a picture, a video—that took it from simply interesting to interesting and shareable? What pushes someone not only to read a story but to pass it on? The question predates Berger’s interest in it by centuries. In 350 B.C., Aristotle was already wondering what could make content—in his case, a speech—persuasive...
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Covering the World: Introducing The WorldPost

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 01:01
Covering the World:DAVOS -- Greetings from Davos. I'm here for the 44th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where the theme is "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business," and... I'm in a global state of mind. That's not only because I'm in the company of 2,500 business leaders, heads of state and young entrepreneurs from all over the world, or because I flew in yesterday from Munich and am bound next week for São Paulo for the launch of Brasil Post. It's mostly because we've chosen this moment to launch The WorldPost, in partnership with the Berggruen Institute on Governance. It's a moment that represents the culmination of more than a year of conversations between Nicolas Berggruen, our editor-in-chief Nathan Gardels, executive editor Peter Goodman and me about the...
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Apple's in-car integration is rumored to be coming in iOS 7.1.
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Send In Your Questions For AskThis week on TechCrunch TV's Ask A VC show, Comcast Ventures' Dave Zilberman is joining us in the studio to talk about enterprise IT investing and more. As you may remember, you can submit questions... for our guests either in the comments or here and we'll ask them during the show.
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How Do We De-Suburbanize the Suburbs?

Gizmodo - 22 Jan 2014 01:00
How Do We De-Suburbanize thePhoenix, Arizona, is a famously fast-growing city. But, instead of growing up, the city has almost uniformly grown out, with terracotta-tiled subdivisions consuming the adjacent desert at a... frightening rate: some estimates claim its suburbs grew an acre per hour during the early 2000s housing boom.
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Portland, Ore.-based Grove makes some really incredible bamboo and maple cases, and recently the company extended its product line to the iPad Air and iPad mini with the new Wood Smart Case. Like most... of Grove's products, like my personal favorite ...
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Make Cupcakes or Muffins Without a Muffin Tin

Life Hacker - 22 Jan 2014 01:00
Make Cupcakes or MuffinsHave you ever wanted to make some delicious cupcakes or muffins, but found yourself without a muffin tin? Here's how to make sure that never stands in your way again.
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New analysis of our oceans projects a dire future for Earth's shark and ray populations. A study more than 20 years in the making found that one-quarter of all shark and ray species face extinction... within the next few decades.
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Moto Migrate app now imports your data from iCloud

Android Central - 22 Jan 2014 00:58
Moto Migrate app now importsMotorola just made it easier to switch from an iPhone  Back in October we saw iCloud-to-Google data transfer hit the Moto Maker process, and today Motorola has added it to the stand-alone Moto... Migrate app. Using the app, you can easily transfer data from your old iPhone to your new Moto X, Moto G, Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra or Droid Mini. The process looks pretty straightforward — simply supply the necessary credentials, and the app lets you know how long the heavy lifting will take. While the data transfer from another Android device will include photos, videos, text history, call history and SIM contacts, the transfer from iCloud only includes contacts and calendar events. We're not sure there are a rush of people switching from an iPhone to a new Motorola model, but for those that...
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Apple Falls Behind Sony,When it comes to a company that makes you happy, which is it? Apple? Microsoft? Sony? Samsung? Well in the latest customer satisfaction survey, it has been found that Apple actually placed fourth in... Forrester Research's customer satisfaction survey. Based on the numbers, Sony actually took the lead with a score of 83, followed Samsung and Microsoft who tied at 82, followed by Apple with a score of 81, all of which are admittedly pretty close to one another. However it seems that none of these companies managed to beat out the likes of Amazon who score around the 85 mark, which according to Forrester Research meant that the company had entered into "Excellent" territory. Sony's customer satisfaction has actually been on the rise since 2012, jumping by around 10 points from two years ago....
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iOS In The Car Leaked UI ShowsWe know that Apple plans on making a name for themselves in the automobile industry by integrating iOS into vehicles' infotainment units. This integration is known as iOS in the Car and we're sure... some of you guys are wondering how it will look like. Will it look like the iOS we have all come to know and love (or hate)? Or will Apple take on a completely different design language for its in-vehicle operating system? Well thanks to app developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, he has posted a couple of images onto his Twitter account where it basically shows off what appears to be Apple's upcoming iOS in the Car interface. It is unclear how Troughton-Smith got the images, and when asked about it he declined to comment. As you can see, the design of iOS in the Car is different from what Apple had...
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Now its Office blog is trashed Another week, and yet another successful compromise of Microsoft's servers by the so-called Syrian Electronic Army. And this time it's Redmond's revamped Office blog... that got vandalized....
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

Slashdot - 22 Jan 2014 00:57
Hamsterdan writes "Backblaze, the cloud backup company who open sourced their Storage Pod a few years ago, is now providing information on drive failure rates. They currently have over 27,000 consumer... grade drives spinning in Backblaze storage pods. There are over 12,000 drives each from Seagate and Hitachi, and close to 3,000 from Western Digital (plus a too-small-for-statistical-reporting smattering of Toshiba and Samsung drives). One cool thing: Backblaze buys drives the way you and I do: they get the cheapest consumer-grade drives that will work. Their workload is almost hundred percent write. Because they spread the incoming writes over several drives, their workload isn't overly performance intensive, either. Their results: Hitachi has the lowest overall failure rate (3.1% over three...
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Alienware's Steam MachinesEarlier this month, Valve treated folks to an unveiling of several Steam Machines that would be debuting later on in the year. Popular gaming computer company, Alienware, was one of the companies that... managed to get the license to build Steam Machines and it was a thing of beauty. It was sleek and not ostentatious in terms of its designs and kept the LED lights to a minimum. Last we heard Alienware's Steam Machine offerings would only see a September release which is a relatively long wait, and now according to Alienware, it seems that customers who buy their Steam Machine will not be able to upgrade it. This is according to Frank Azor, Alienware's General Manager who revealed that information during an interview with Trusted Reviews. Azor also revealed Alienware's plans on the life cycle...
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Level 3, 11 other companiesTwelve U.S. companies, including Internet service provider Level 3 Communications and BitTorrent, the company behind the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, have agreed to settle U.S. Federal... Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed to abide by an international data privacy framework. The 12 companies falsely said they complied with the so-called U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor, which allows U.S. companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union to the U.S. in compliance with E.U. law, the FTC said in a Tuesday press release. Other companies settling the FTC charges included DataMotion, a vendor of encrypted email and secure file transport software; Apperian, maker of mobile applications for business enterprises and security; and National Football League teams the Atlanta...
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The latest page in Blackberry's business woes comes in the form of a property announcement, with the company revealing plans to divest the majority of its real estate located in …
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Anticipatory shipping may be closest that retail can come to a crystal ballAmazon, which now has a patent for the algorithm-based system, could conceivably use the system to ship products before you... even place an order. Amazon filed for the patent, officially known as "method and system for anticipatory package shipping,” in 2012, and it was awarded on Christmas Eve of the following year. The patent summary describes a method for shipping a package of one or more items "to the destination geographical area without completely specifying the delivery address at time of shipment," with the final destination defined en route
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Bitcoin payments now acceptedDowntown Las Vegas just stepped into the 21st century, thanks to two casino hotels, which are now accepting Bitcoin in exchange for accommodation. The Golden Gate and The D will now accept the virtual... currency, though only at their front desks. Guests...
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MPAA says Google Glass is notThe crazy stories about Google Glass continue - this time with a man being detained for wearing it into a theater. What's worse is that the MPAA is now saying they have nothing against Google Glass... despite calling the Feds on the movie-goer The post MPAA says Google Glass is not a ‘significant threat,’ but helps detain a man for wearing it appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lost Yeti Review

Mac Life - 22 Jan 2014 00:52
For all of its stylistic variety and myriad pixel art offerings, it's hard to find something on the App Store that looks quite like Lost Yeti. Its retro-chic aesthetic is a throwback to an era long... before mobile titles, when game development was less diversified and often nearly singular in its source. More to the point, Lost Yeti is at a glance undeniably adorable - you could almost picture it as a tiny store of cutesy trinkets nestled away in some little corner of a bustling Tokyo shopping district. Beyond its looks, each level is like a small piece of candy within a larger box. It isn't Japanese, but unlike most games invoking that kind of 16-bit aesthetic, Lost Yeti feels and even sounds as though Nintendo itself had originally released this action-puzzler alongside the likes of Tetris...
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John McAfee Is Happy ThatThe company that spent years under the name McAfee Security is now known as Intel Security, but the company's founder John McAfee doesn't mind one bit. In fact, he's over the moon. "I've been begging... them to do it," he told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. "The McAfee software has reached a point of almost universal consumer hatred -- it's intrusive, difficult to install. I offered to come in and fix it for free or please take my name off. They chose the latter, thank God." McAfee also offered his take on "the first world cyber war," which he says has already begun and is having a significant effect on the United States. Catch the full conversation with John McAfee at HuffPost Live below.
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If you like to text friends and family overseas, you know that it can be expensive -- US carriers frequently charge either per text or for blocks of messages that aren't always enough. Pricing won't... be a problem if you sign up for Verizon's new World ...
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After striking out with Plan A, there's a stronger-than-ever case why Microsoft ought to go with Plan B.
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This ain't your grandma's "Poky Little Puppy." Artists turn out imaginary versions of Little Golden Books starring time travelers, meth makers, and sci-fi heroes.
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Chipzilla's lone x86 competitor struggles back onto its feet in Q4 2013 AMD's provision of processors for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles appear to have worked its magic on the... chip maker's bottom line....
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Intel just sold itsVerizon today announced it has finalized a deal for Intel's OnCue streaming service for between $200-500 million dollars. But with a possible boundless delivery system for its FiOS cable, and massive... resources, what will this mean for competition in the cable industry? The post Intel just sold its cable-destroying OnCue system to Verizon. Now what? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Command-C Review

Mac Life - 22 Jan 2014 00:43
Once upon a time, there was a great iOS app called Pastebot, which could be used to transfer text and images to and from a Mac with Pastebot Sync installed. Unfortunately, time moved on but Pastebot... didn't: as of this writing, the app hasn't been refreshed for iOS 7, still has no native iPad version, and doesn't sync reliably with current versions of OS X. Possibly sensing a gap in the market, Command-C has arrived to fill the shared clipboard void. Like Pastebot, Command-C needs to be installed on any device or Mac you want to use it on -- you then launch all of the apps and configure them to share their clipboards with your other devices. We found setup a bit prickly, and it took a few attempts to get our devices (two Macs and two iOS devices) on speaking terms. Once everything's...
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Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington, it turns out that you still can't advertise with the online supergiants.
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BlackBerry to sell majority ofBlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday it intends to divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, as it seeks to bolster its balance sheet and turn around its fortunes.
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Match Head Igniting In SuperA dying alien world? A bubbling, blue orb? A terrible new disease? This fun new video posted by UltraSlo Studios could be of a lot of bizarre things. But in fact, the video shows a close-up view of a... match head igniting in super slow motion. The clip lasts for nearly three minutes, as the action was slowed down to 4,000 frames per second. "As you can see this is an extremely tight shot," UltraSlo Studios wrote in its description of the video on YouTube, adding that the scene was illuminated with lights rated at more than 2,000 watts. Founded by cinematographer Alan Teitel, UltraSlo Studios "specializes in creating unique images in slow motion and 3d," according to its website. The latest video is legitimately "mesmerizing," noted Neatorama, which pointed out the unique view of the match...
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LogMeIn Free Bites The Dust After Ten Years

Ubergizmo - 22 Jan 2014 00:40
LogMeIn Free Bites The DustLogMeIn is a popular remote access software which allows uses to access their computers and files from any other location. It was launched some ten years ago and quickly made a name for itself because... it offered remote access for computers absolutely free. LogMeIn Free, the service which has been around the better part of a decade is no more. The company has announced today that it is unifying its portfolio of free and premium remote access products into one single offering, which will be paid-only. (more…) Follow: Computers, LogMeIn Free Bites The Dust After Ten Years original content from Ubergizmo.     
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More compelling (at least for us) than the anti-Photoshop/retouching campaigns that have recently been going viral are the magazines and advertising campaigns that are backing these movements by... actually taking excessive retouching out of the equation. Magazines like Verily, who earlier this year explained their no-Photoshop policy, and ad campaigns like Aerie Real, a new […]
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LinkedIn Adds Volunteer Marketplace To Jobs Site

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 00:40
LinkedIn Adds VolunteerNEW YORK (AP) -- Professional networking site LinkedIn is now letting its users search for volunteer positions in addition to paid jobs. LinkedIn Corp. on Wednesday launched a "volunteer marketplace,"... which lets users browse volunteer opportunities posted by nonprofit groups. Nonprofits, meanwhile, can reach out to LinkedIn users who have expressed an interest in volunteering. LinkedIn says it is working with volunteer-matching organizations such as Catchafire, VolunteerMatch and BoardSource to make sure that the volunteer opportunities listed on its site are "high quality." LinkedIn is the world's largest online professional network with 259 million users as of the end of September. Its Class A shares rose $1.06 to $217.28 in morning trading. Its shares have risen more than 84 percent in...
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] How many hours of your life have you lost looking for your stuff? The answer is way too many. There's no need to take time out of... your day searching through the depths of cracks and crevasses in hopes of stumbling upon your items. Stop wasting time and let the Find'Em Tracking Card lead you right to your valuables. It's on sale now in our Deals tab. As important as your credit and debit cards may be, the Find'Em Tracking Card will turn out to be the most important card you keep in your wallet or purse. Paired with an app, the Find'Em Tracking Card will point you in the direction of your valuables, even when you can't find them. It'll even alert you when you've gotten out of range of the card, making sure that it's never...
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Untethered iOS 7.1 JailbreakDecember was a great month for the jailbreak community. Last month, the first ever public iOS 7 untethered jailbreak was released. It was also compatible with all of Apple's new mobile devices, such... as the two new iPhones and the two new iPads. Few other iOS 7 compatible devices also supported the jailbreak. It was only a matter of time before Apple plugged the exploit used by evad3rs developers team to create this jailbreak, and the company might have done that with the latest beta of iOS 7.1, beta 4, which was seeded to developers yesterday. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, iOS, iOS 7.1, jailbreak, Untethered iOS 7.1 Jailbreak Might Not Be Possible original content from Ubergizmo.     
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70% Of Verizon WirelessThere is no doubt about the fact that smartphone adoption has significantly increased over the past few years. They have become intertwined with our lives, smartphones offer features and enable... services that make us do so much more every day. It would be hard to imagine a life without them to be frank. The largest mobile carrier in the U.S., Verizon Wireless, reported its 4Q 2013 earnings today and also revealed that over 70 percent of all of its subscribers now use a smartphone. (more…) Follow: CellPhones, Verizon, 70% Of Verizon Wireless Subscribers Now Use A Smartphone original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Blizzard's newest game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has entered open beta, which means it is now available for all Mac and PC users in North America. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a... free-to-play collectible card game that is set in the Warcraft universe and focuses on 1v1 matches. In the game, each player chooses a hero with a specific skill set. Heroes are all based on Warcraft lore, so well-known characters like Jaina Proudmoore, Gul'dan, Uther the Lightbringer, and Thall are featured. In the free-to-play Play Mode, Players face each other with a deck of 30 cards and aim to win in either casual or ranked games. Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone - the fast paced strategy card game that's easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on...
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Hands on with 'Advanced SleepNew Android and iOS apps will share REM sleep data for users of the B1 and Carbon Steel Edition Basis bands.
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What We Might Not Want to KnowI believe that there have been few times in history when man has seen himself as "the center of the universe." in Italy in 1300, humans became aware of their gifts and took pride in them: it gave rise... to humanism and, later on, to the Renaissance. After 2000, the last time that man saw himself as "the center of the universe" was when 200 people liked his photo accompanied by a quote no historic figure ever said. If we want to know why the use of social networks is becoming more and more impulsive, we need to read what the most renowned sociologists have written on the subject. One of the key reasons is "the hyper-connected being." We use our smartphones almost everywhere, almost all of the time, disconnecting ourselves from reality to keep up our virtual relationships. I've read many times...
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Blizzard Entertainment, the juggernaut studio behind such well-known games as World of Warcraft and Diablo IIII, just announced a surprise that should make a lot of game enthusiasts happy.... Hearthstone, Blizzard's online collectible card game that's generated enthusiasm from all corners of the gaming industry since its announcement last March, has now entered Open Beta and can thus be downloaded by everyone. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft uses a free-to-play monetary system, which means you can jump into the game for free but you'll need to pay for easy access to packs containing additional cards. You can also gain them through playing, but as with most games that use this model, it's a laborious process that could take hours and multiple matches. On the bright side, it rarely feels...
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NBA Rush Review

Mac Life - 22 Jan 2014 00:31
It makes a strange kind of sense that you'd send inhumanly tall and athletic pro basketball players to ward off an alien invasion, as is the offbeat hook for the fun (but generic), free-to-play... endless runner, NBA Rush. All 90 players are licensed from the 30 current NBA team rosters, and are modeled in a rough likeness to their real-world selves, right down to their respective signature dunking styles. There's little to distinguish them beyond aesthetics, however. This extends into a lack of variety in level design, with the same few strips of road and scenery cycled incessantly as you run, jump, and slide to avoid cars, buses, explosions, and alien spacecraft. The bulk of the enjoyment comes from bouncing off and dunking on aliens, or jumping into space via extravagant showboat...
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[From AppleTell] Apple is now officially offering iPhone 5c screen replacements in its retail stores, a service previously limited to the iPhone 5.
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Add Search Shortcuts to YourIf you're going to search a site like YouTube or Twitter from your phone, you usually need to launch an app and then hit the search box, or launch your browser and search from there. That's a lot of... taps of your finger, but Digital Inspiration shows off how you can make your own custom shortcuts that lead directly to site-specific search engines.
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World's Largest Offshore WindGiant wind turbines appear as white specks across the Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom, in this satellite photo of the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm.
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Plus new M3s, cheaper EBS Amazon has slashed the price of its mainstay cloud-based storage service, S3, undercutting rival offerings from Google and Microsoft....
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The Case Against the Case forEarlier today, I expressed enthusiasm for Marc Andreessen’s long New York Times piece explaining why he thinks the Bitcoin virtual currency could turn out to be a technological development of... historic proportions. I hope it makes sense to you that I also recommend reading this rebuttal to Andreessen’s post, published on Medium by my friend Glenn Fleishman, the editor of The Magazine. One excerpt: Bitcoin doesn't eliminate a fraudulent transaction; it only eliminates counterfeit payment. This can, of course, save many tens or hundreds of billions of dollars a year globally and translate to more efficiency in commerce. But removing the intermediary also removes recourse outside of courts, and the cost and nature of that can't be determined. Because Bitcoin is like untraceable cash, the...
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iPad Air and Retina iPad miniNew research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini accounted for 57% of the total number of iPads sold in the U.S. during the holiday... quarter, eclipsing other iPad models available from Apple. The iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, which launched only on November 1st, accounted for 41% and 16% of total iPad sales, respectively. The fourth-generation iPad that was available in stores until the iPad Air was launched accounted for 13% of sales, while first-generation iPad mini sales made up 25%. Only 5% of sales were iPad 2 units, a number significantly lower than the 27% registered in the December quarter back in 2012. "Apple managed to shift significant
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[From EntertainmentTell] Jimmy Fallon announced Will Smith and U2 as his first Tonight Show guests
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Immersion gaming headset canSeattle-based designer Sam Matson has created a new headset dubbed the Immersion that can track gamer rage - something that's happened to the best of us. The headset is currently a prototype and... carries biometric sensors to track a gamer's heart rate....
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Meet Didga and Ollie, an unlikely duo of skateboarding cat and remote-controlled board. The pair recently teamed up and set off for an adventure cruising around the coastal Australian town of... Coolangatta, and taking it by storm. Cat trainer and YouTube user CatManToo captured this rad cat contently cruising around the sunny beach town with the help of his motorized friend. Didja performs some pretty cool tricks — he deftly jumps on and off the skateboard, latching onto a tree and hopping over the shoulder of unsuspecting passerby. He's even brave enough to jump over the calmest Rottweiler you've ever seen.
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We’re partnering with Kupo Grip Gear to make one lucky winner (and lots of other folks) super happy with some awesome giveaways. You can start off by heading over to Kupo’s giveaway page. But... here’s a quick summary: Dream Studio Giveaway: The grand prize (to be announced at the end of March) is a full […] The post Win $10,000 Worth of Dream Studio Gear from Kupo and The Phoblographer appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Amazon developing pay-TVAmazon 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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Along with the usual glowing sentiments about the new ownership, Sparq's CEO noted the current service will be shut down.
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New Trouble Spot for GoogleYou may now add movie theaters to the list of places where Google Glass can get you into trouble, along with bars, casinos and strip clubs. The Gadgeteer has the story of a Glass user in Columbus,... Ohio who brought his high-tech glasses into an AMC movie theater. Because I don't want Glass to distract me during the movie, I turn them off (but since my prescription lenses are on the frame, I still wear them). About an hour into the movie (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says “follow me outside immediately.” It was quite embarrassing and outside of the theater there were about 5-10 cops and mall cops. Since I didn't catch his name in the dark of the theater, I asked to see his...
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A Smart (and TotallyLast week, we asked you where you thought Obama's forthcoming presidential library should be built: Chicago, Hawaii, or (psh) New York? Chicago was the popular winner, and now the first speculative... design for a Chicago library has been published online.
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Battery innovations have promised to change mobile technology for the everyday user, and we've seen all sorts related breakthroughs, from the 30-second battery charge to the urine-powered Samsung cell... phone. …
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Battery innovations have promised to change mobile technology for the everyday user, and we've seen all sorts related breakthroughs, from the 30-second battery charge to the urine-powered Samsung cell... phone. …
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Corbett unveils state energy plan for Pa.

Miami Herald - 22 Jan 2014 00:17
Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled a resources guidebook Tuesday that markets Pennsylvania's business and energy sectors and its government programs, and billed it as a way to lure business people and... investors to the state.
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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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Best New Travel Gadgets for 2014 (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 00:16
From wearable computers and cloud-connected cars to design-forward chargers -- not to mention enough noise-canceling headphones and Bluetooth wireless speakers that'd make even the most ardent... audiophile hit the mute button -- the gadgets making their debuts at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas last week promise to add extra levels of convenience and enjoyment to travelers in the coming months. This year's CES featured a record 3,500 exhibitors and 2 million square feet of convention space. After a week of scouring, we found the most promising new devices and technologies to take on your next trip.
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Amazon exploring pay-TV too?

CNET - 22 Jan 2014 00:16
Amazon is said to be meeting with a few of the big media companies, eyeing the possibility of licensing their TV channels, in a report that comes the same day Verizon makes a big step toward such a... service.
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Most Popular Desktop Video Player: VLC

Life Hacker - 22 Jan 2014 00:15
Most Popular Desktop VideoNot all video players are alike. Some offer more features and tweaking options to make your videos look great, while others boast speed and stability. Last week we asked you for your favorites , then... looked at the five best desktop video players . Now we're back to highlight the winner.
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cold fjord writes "The Daily Beast reports on Web Junkie, a documentary showing the unsettling efforts undertaken by the Internet Addiction Treatment Center in China to break teenagers of their... internet habits. Quoting: 'China was one of the first countries to brand "Internet addiction" as a clinical disorder, and to claim it's the number one threat to its teenagers today. The Chinese government has erected 400 rehabilitation boot camps like this one ... a bizarre hybrid of military barracks and mental hospital. ... Every room in the facility is monitored by cameras. ... Teens spend a minimum of three months at Daxing. ... Wires and nodes will be hooked to their head ... they're administered daily medication (without being told what it is), they have to keep their rooms spotless, partake...
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A developer at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London has developed a Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) Glass app that he hopes will change the way people have sex. Called "Sex with... Google Glass," the app combines many of the functions of Google Glass to give people "the whole picture" of their sex lives.
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Meet The World's Most LovingTheo Tkaczevski, a 23-year-old American student living in Japan, found himself confronting a mortifying girlfriend situation. He was heading home on a crowded commuter train in Osaka two years ago... when his girlfriend, Rinko, began chastising him for abruptly ending their conversation the night before. She demanded a clear indication of his devotion: He had to profess his love to her, right there, in the middle of the throng. "I love you, I love you, I love you," Tkaczevski dutifully whispered in Japanese, trying to keep his head down so other passengers wouldn't stare. Shortly after making amends, he stuffed Rinko into his pocket. Rinko is the first girl to whom Tkaczevski has ever said such words. Rinko is also a video game: She's one of three virtual girlfriends that players can choose...
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Apple releases preview of OS XApple has just pushed out a developer preview of the next OS X Server update, version 3.1. The update has a build number of 12S4076f and is designed to run on the recently-released 10.9.2 beta. You... can grab the update from Apple’s Mac developer center now. The seed notes are below. OS X Server Preview […]
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Wall Street was looking for earnings of 46 cents per share on a revenue of $2.99 billion.
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Blizzard's digital card gameBlizzard's addictive digital card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is finally available to everyone. After a lengthy period in closed beta, Blizzard has announced that Hearthstone is now in open... beta for players in North America, before opening up to the rest of the world over the next few days. "We are still very much in the testing phase as we prepare for the official launch," the developer says. The free-to-play game plays out sort of like a streamlined version of Magic the Gathering, with quick matches and the standard Blizzard layer of polish that extends even to the tiny details. "We've spent an awful lot of time designing how the packs of cards open and how they flip over," lead designer Eric Dodds told The Verge last...
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Phablets to sell in their millions

The Australian - 22 Jan 2014 00:06
Phablets to sell in theirSALES of big-screen smartphones will soar in coming years as people opt for "phablets".
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NASA Hosts News ConferenceNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA's Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later.
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AMD's console business paysAMD's success in the game console business drove the company to its second consecutive profitable quarter, as the company easily beat Wall Street analyst estimates. AMD on Tuesday reported net income... of $89 million or 12 cents per share, compared to a loss of $473 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenue increased 38 percent year-over-year to $1.59 billion. Analysts polled by Yahoo expected AMD to report a profit of 6 cents per share on revenue of $1.54 billion. AMD has consistently lost money over the past several years, a trend that has now reversed itself over two successive quarters. Last October, AMD reported a profit for the third quarter, fulfilling a July promise from CEO and president Rory Read to return to profitability. Then, as now, AMD's earnings were buoyed by the fact that...
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The 5 Ways Most Startup Tech Companies Fail

The Huffington Post - 22 Jan 2014 00:03
The 5 Ways Most Startup TechUnderstanding the most common failure points of startup tech companies can help you improve your own business model and avoid those pitfalls. Startup tech companies fail. Often. More often than most... entrepreneurs would like to admit. When you have a bright idea for a new product or new brand, it can seem like nothing will be able to stop you from developing it into a success, but the harsh reality is there are more potential traps to avoid than there are chances to become a breakout success. The massive tech giant superstars of the past few decades have risen to power in a seemingly short period of time. Though each of them has struggled with drawbacks and periods of strife, the public perception is that any tech entrepreneur with a solid idea can make it big. While that potential...
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Leaked screenshots might offerThe screens look like a cross between Apple Maps and a traditional GPS.
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As mass riots continued on the streets of Kiev, protesters, as well as other people in the area, received a mysterious text message on Monday evening. "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a... participant in a mass disturbance," the message read, as first reported by The New York Times See also: Kiev Riots at Fever Pitch: The Fiery Scene in 30 Photos "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a riot” @radiosvoboda saw it live as it came in last night pic.twitter.com/uyqRKhiC5f — RFE/RL (@RFERL) January 21, 2014 The text came from a number only identified as 111, but the Times suggests Ukrainian authorities were behind it. The country's Interior Ministry, however, denied sending the messages, as later reported by The Guardian. But regardless of who was responsible for the...
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U.S. says 12 companies,The FTC announced it is taking action against companies that failed to comply with treaty rules for storing EU customer data. The move comes at a sensitive time for the cloud computing industry.
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CA Technologies continues to make progress and delivers an upside surprise for the fiscal third quarter.
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This could be our first lookSony has already debuted an impressive mobile lineup for 2014, but recent leaks appear to signal even more announcements on the horizon. The Sony D6503 doesn’t have a name yet, but based on the... rumored specs, it is either a refresh of the Xperia Z1 or a brand new follow-up device. Either way, XDA Developers forum user iRimas has started releasing pictures of the device, including several that show the D6503 side-by-side with the Z1. Based on the images, the D6503 appears to have slightly larger dimensions and a bigger screen than the Z1 (5.2-inch vs. 5-inch). As for the hardware, Xperia Blog has shared leaked screenshots that reveal some specs, including a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm processor, Adreno 330 GPU,
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In a world increasingly filtered through Instagram, a carefully crafted photo shoot starts to look dated. That's why retailers are rushing to crowdsource their product shots — harvesting a stream of... photos from social platforms to help sell everything from West Elm couches to Coach handbags. The photos are typically curated in galleries, where each picture is linked to a page selling the product. Increasingly, the amateur images are also showing up directly on product pages, next to professionally styled pictures. "The path to purchase has evolved tremendously, and consumers are much more likely to trust their peers than a brand," said Mimi Banks, director of social media at L'Oreal's Lancome brand.
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Sochi, Russia, the host city of next month's Winter Olympics, is nothing close to cold right now. The temperature hovers at a very mild 55 degrees which means it's very far from freezing which means... it's very far from snowing. But. Like. Um. You kind of need snow to host a Winter Olympics. So Sochi enlisted the help of snow machines to get man made snow spewed for the games.
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Sochi is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games next month, and for most visitors, it will be their first time in the Russian coastal city. Sochi is a free app that gives you places to see superimposed... on a map of the city, locations of historical ...
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This Polaroid Produces InstantInstead of churning out instant photos, this Polaroid has had its camera guts removed and replaced with a simple cheese slicer. For $10, it still produces fond memories, but instead of a baby's smile... or a day at the beach, it's fond memories of eating thin slices of cheese. And that would put a smile on anybody's face--except the lactose intolerant. [Gamago via Chip Chick]
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Become a mini tycoon of industry with the uArm industrial robot arm, sized to fit on your desk and do your bidding.
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How to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Life Hacker - 22 Jan 2014 00:00
How to Make Your Clothes LastIf you take bargain clothing finds home and neglect to treat them with care, you'll likely have to replace them again in no time flat. However, if you properly care for your clothes, they'll last... longer, and that'll save you even more money in the long run.
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Governments Worldwide AreIn South Africa, Chris Preece was hacked with a machete. In the United States, Megan Boken was shot twice in the chest and neck. In England, Keith Soons was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.... Three victims on three continents, all killed for the same object: a cell phone. "A young man in the prime of his life was left to die on a cold back street, all for the sake of a mobile phone," a Gloucestershire police officer said after Soons' death in 2011. Around the world, smartphone thefts have not only skyrocketed but have also turned increasingly violent, forcing law enforcement, government and industry officials to scramble for solutions to a modern-day global crime wave with deadly consequences. The robberies are being driven by an insatiable demand for a product worth hundreds of...
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BuildDirect lands $27M toHome improvement retailers like Lowes and Home depot might have a some competition on their hands if Vancouver-based online-only startup BuildDirect keeps growing The post BuildDirect lands $27M to... challenge brick-and-mortar home improvement stores appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lingerie clothing brand Aerie joins a slew of other companies who are ditching Photoshop and size-zero models for a more positive body image Aerie, the sister clothing company to American Eagle... Outfitters, launched the "Real" Spring 2014 campaign which uses completely un-airbrushed models in their ads. The images, photographed by John Urbano, portray girls lounging in their underwear, with the copy, "The girl in this photo has not been retouched. The real you is sexy." See also: Special K Ad Tells Women to Stop the 'Fat Talk' The ads don't shy away from healthier body types, portraying curves and skin folds not common in glossy lingerie images. The ads are "challenging supermodel standards," the company said in a press release Friday
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Geoscience Australia releases 2500 new datasets into open data repository Data.gov.au, Australia's open government data portal, has enjoyed a significant injection of new data in the form of 2,500 new... spatial datasets....
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(Reuters) - News Corp said that Dow Jones Chief Executive Lex Fenwick is leaving the company.
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Amazon reportedly looking atAmazon is considering plans to offer an online TV service that would rival cable and satellite companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon is said to be approaching entertainment companies... and media conglomerates about licensing their content...
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Moto X wood-finish backs nowEbony, teak and walnut join bamboo to round out the 'natural' back choices at Moto Maker There were some rumors going around this morning that the wood-finish backs for the Moto X — scheduled to... make their appearance today — would be delayed. We're happy to say that's not the case and the four wood choices are now available at the Moto Maker site. The wood will cost you a $25 premium over the normal $424 (16GB) and $475 (32GB) price, but we've gotta say that in this case, it would be $25 well spent. Derek just ordered his (in teak) and delivery is expected on January 24 — this Friday. For renders, and to just play around if you're not ordering, hit the link below and check things out. If you do pick up one of these beauties, be sure to send us a picture! Source: Moto Maker...
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Biz Stone, accidental Jelly CEO

CNET - 21 Jan 2014 23:52
The former Twitter exec said his latest venture was never meant to be a company.
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Hands-On With The New Basis Sleep Tracker

TechCrunch - 21 Jan 2014 23:52
Hands-On With The New BasisOne of the most popular wrist health trackers, the Basis B1 smartwatch, has added sleep cycles to variables it automatically tracks. I got my hands on an early beta version (which is now publicly... available) and have been comparing it for the last week to other popular sleep trackers on the market. The upshot: of all the consumer-grade sleep trackers, the Basis is easily the most sophisticated. It tracks light, deep, REM, and sleep interruptions, and conveniently displays the totals in a daily dashboard. Waking up feeling refreshed is one of the best things in life. Quality of sleep may be just as vital to peak cognitive performance as the duration. Relatively uninterrupted sleep with long bouts of rapid-eye movement (REM) may be important in boosting creativity, good memory, and weight...
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One of the highest-rated games in history - horror title or not - has been readied for release on the PC in a new edition which brings its oddity back …
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Meizu clearly isn't content to rest on its laurels. Just a few months after the MX3 first reached Chinese shops, the company's Jack Wong has teased a full range of MX4G smartphones that includes Mini,... Uni and Pro variants. Wong isn't going into great ...
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IBM posts higher 4Q net income (Update)

Phys.org - 21 Jan 2014 23:50
IBM's fourth-quarter net income grew 6 percent, surpassing Wall Street's expectations even though revenue fell. Its shares fell in extended trading after the results came out--and CEO Ginni Rometty... said she's recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year.
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All FDA drug approvals not created equal

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 23:47
Many patients and physicians assume that the safety and effectiveness of newly approved drugs is well understood by the federal Food and Drug Administration -- but a new study shows that the clinical... trials used by the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve new drugs between 2005 and 2012 vary widely in their thoroughness.
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Researchers have identified diagnostic microRNA panels in whole blood that had the ability to distinguish, to some degree, patients with and without pancreatic cancer, according to a study. The... authors caution that the findings are preliminary, and that further research is necessary to understand whether these microRNAs have clinical implications as a screening test for early detection of pancreatic cancer.
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A multicenter study that previously reported a reduction in heart attack and stroke with a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or with nuts now also reports a lower risk of... peripheral artery disease, according to a study.
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Several potentially preventable deficiencies, including failure to select optimal drug doses and suitable outcome measures for a study, account for significant delays in the approval of new drugs by... the Food and Drug Administration.
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Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval... of prior versions of the device, according to a study.
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Increased sedentary time may be linked to greater heart failure risk, according to first study its kind. Being very physically active and less sedentary reduces heart failure risk. High sedentary... levels increase heart failure risk regardless of physical activity levels.
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The demand for genetic counseling is rapidly increasing as genetic testing for susceptibility to a vast range of diseases is now available. Can telephone counseling deliver the same quality and... satisfaction as face-to-face interactions? A study says yes, and there's an added bonus: "Counseling on the phone reduces costs and expands genetic counseling and testing access to rural areas, where counseling isn't always available," says lead author Marc Schwartz.
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LogMeIn Cancels Free Service

Mashable - 21 Jan 2014 23:47
Free accounts on the remote desktop service, LogMeIn, are no longer available. As of Tuesday, the company’s remote access services will be limited to paid subscribers, LogMeIn revealed to users... Tuesday via an email alert as well as through an official blog post that discusses the policy changes. See also: 10 Better Alternatives to Your iPhone's Native Apps The company said it was beginning the process of migrating users from the decade-old LogMeIn app to a single premium-access product, LogMeIn Pro. Existing users will have a seven-day window to upgrade, the post said, and the premium product brings with it integration with other cloud services, including Cubby, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
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(Reuters) - Amazon 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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IBM posts higher 4th-quarter net income

Miami Herald - 21 Jan 2014 23:47
IBM posts higher 4th-quarterIBM's fourth-quarter net income grew 6 percent, surpassing Wall Street's expectations even though revenue declined. Its shares fell in extended trading after the results came out — and CEO Ginni... Rometty said she's recommending that senior executives, including herself, forgo personal bonuses for the year.
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Apple expands education appsThe competition to get iPads and laptops into classrooms has been heating up over the last year.     
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Look out Sasquatch; KenWhat do you do with a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor with tank tracks? If you're Ken Block, you film a video of it doing something awesome, and there is no limit to the awesome things this cartoon car can do.... The post Look out Sasquatch; Ken Block’s RaptorTRAX is coming to a mountain near you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Harvard and MIT make aA new study of data from massive open online courses offered by Harvard and MIT professors paints a different -- and welcome -- picture of the state of online education. Completition rates might be... low, the authors argue, but that's a misleading stat.
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Solar wind and space dustWater ice is the most abundant solid material in the universe. Much of it was created as the byproduct of star formation, but not all. John Bradley of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and his... team may have discovered a new source of water in our solar system. His lab experiments reveal that the solar wind may be creating water on interplanetary dust.
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The new subscription-music service lacks an ad-backed, free version. Its chief executive says he fundamentally disagrees with anyone who wants the option.
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Advanced Micro reports quarterly profit

Reuters - 21 Jan 2014 23:44
(Reuters) - Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc posted a fourth-quarter profit compared with a year-ago loss, as sales of new gaming consoles offset falling demand for personal computers.
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AMD shares started to tumble in after-hours trading, likely due to a weak outlook for the first quarter of 2014.
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PARK CITY, Utah — The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz received a standing ovation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the web... pioneer's death rattled the Internet The documentary by Brian Knappenberger (known for directing We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists about the online hacktivist group Anonymous) closely follows the rise and fall of computer programming prodigy and Reddit co-founder Swartz, who emerged as one of the top advocates for Internet freedom and education. In high school, Swartz helped launch the web's first RSS feeds, founded Creative Commons and ultimately co-created Reddit, before it was sold to Conde Naste in 2006. Most recently, he helped push forward the successful grassroots opposition...
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No pop star is safe from criticism — or a good YouTube "shred." Artists from Creed to The Who have fallen victim to the shred, a technique that dubs over cringeworthy audio on live performance... videos See also: Furious Mom Auctions Daughter's One Direction Tickets on eBay One Direction's loyal fan base probably won't appreciate the latest one, though. YouTube user SamRick recut the boy band's American Music Awards performance of "Story of My Life" with audio that sounds more like bad karaoke. Mashable did not make this video, so please, Directioners, don't send us mean threats via Twitter. BONUS: 10 Beer Cocktails to Booze Up Your Super Bowl Party
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Oculus Rift is amazing in that it lets you experience other worlds beautifully and immersively. And, in this project by BeAnotherLabs, it's letting users experience a few minutes as the opposite... gender. (Warning: some nudity ahead).
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This OkCupid Message WillWhen you're fresh out of a long-term relationship, nothing is scarier than getting back into the dating scene -- particularly, the online dating scene. Need proof? Take a look at the message Imgur... user SoyElCucuy received while looking for love online and just try to tell us it doesn't scare the bejesus out of you. "Day 3 this is what I get, I am scared and might not have this account for long," she said. Don't delete your account too quickly, girl. The honey fantasy message is actually dialogue ripped from "Rush Hour 3." But note to dudes everywhere: not everyone has seen "Rush Hour 3" and this message makes you seem totally creepy. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Divorce on Facebook and Twitter.
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The latest statistics are in from 2013 and both NASA's and NOAA's measurements of global temperatures show Earth continued to experience temperatures warmer than those measured several decades ago.... 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, while NOAA […]
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'Pressure-Free' Car BuyingToday is the day for shutdowns, it seems. Joining Outbox and Canvas/DrawQuest as the latest to dive into the Deadpool is CarWoo, a service that aimed to make buying a car less awful.
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WSJ: Amazon wants to be yourAlthough Intel’s cable-killing TV service may be dead, that doesn’t mean tech companies are done trying to disrupt the pay TV market just yet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is in... talks with several major entertainment companies for a new pay TV service that will offer live programming and directly compete with cable and satellite TV companies. The Journal’s sources say that the new pay TV program is still in its early stages and it’s not yet clear if entertainment companies will be willing to forge an agreement with Amazon given how happy they are with their current relationships with cable providers.
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Amazon live internet TVAmazon is considering moving far beyond its Instant Video streaming service, according to a new report out today. The online retail giant is working on offering a live TV service that would stream... over the internet, reports The Wall Street Journal. It seems that the project is in its "early stages," and the paper's sources say that Amazon has contacted no less than three major media companies to begin working out licensing deals to stream programming. Such a service, if it's ever released, would compete directly with cable and satellite television providers. It's not clear how Amazon's live television service would integrate with its Prime subscriptions or its current Instant Video offering. Since early last year a number of separate...
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The world's largest technology services company reported its seventh straight quarterly decline in revenue that also fell short of estimates, hurt by lower demand for its services and hardware....     
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World's Largest Offshore WindGiant wind turbines appear as white specks across the Thames Estuary in the United Kingdom, in this satellite photo of the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 tipped to debut February 23

Slash Gear - 21 Jan 2014 23:35
Following on the heels of yesterday's fingerprint scanner leak, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has found itself in the news again, this time with alleged debut and launch dates. Mobile Review's …
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Report: Amazon Might Create anThe next company in a seemingly never-ending deluge of company working on some kind of online TV streaming service? It's Amazon, according to a WSJ report.
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(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp, the world's largest technology services company, reported its seventh straight quarterly decline in revenue that also fell short of estimates, hurt by... lower demand for its services and hardware.
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Think Software Keyboards Don'tAs smartwatches become a device category that most major hardware makers are turning their attention to, there’s a question of how much smartphone utility we’ll be able to translate to the wrist.... One big convenience hurdle is making it possible to reply to texts and emails quickly from the wrist, and that’s where Minuum‘s go-anywhere software keyboard comes in. The Minuum keyboard from Toronto-based startup Whirlscape is an alternative input method originally prototyped on smartphones that makes it easier to type naturally without using much of the screen. It launched previously in beta on Android, and has done well on smartphones, according to user reviews. Whirlscape had always designed their keyboard to be usable on any number of connected devices, including wearables, the...
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Department of Defense has plans for 80,000 Canadian smartmobes Ailing BlackBerry has received a new vote of confidence from the US Department of Defense, which has reaffirmed its commitment to the... Canadian firm's platform for a major mobile communications initiative due to launch this year....
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Will the robot 'jobocalypse'According to technology expert Ben Way, 70% of all traditional jobs could become automated in the next 30 years.
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Chris 'moot' Poole pens anChris Poole's big post-4chan startup, DrawQuest, is shutting down, and his fair, graceful blog post should be required reading for all startup CEOs.
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This is a slightly puzzling product. To begin with, Christopher Goggin, shown as the inventor of the Electronic Dog Nose (as featured in Popular Science) may not be the actual inventor, at least... according to some of the comments attached to that 2011 Popular Science article. Yet other comments on the same article claim that the unit Goggin supposedly ripped off is totally different from his, and doesn't work, while his does. A report (pdf) on bed-bugs.co.uk says the device "...clearly fails to perform to the manufacturers specification and procedures." Goggin's badge at CES showed his company affiliation as Datt Solutions Group, but Datt's website did not mention him as of Jan. 21, 2013, several weeks after CES 2014 closed. A New York Real Estate blog is skeptical, as are others. Goggin...
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'Flipagram', 'Heads Up!' stillA photo app and a quiz game once again dominated the iTunes Charts this week. As of Tuesday, Jan. 21, Flipagram and Heads Up! are the top downloaded apps at the Apple App Store.
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IBM's Q4 mixed, hardware unit tanks

ZDNet - 21 Jan 2014 23:30
IBM's challenge: Its new businesses aren't growing fast enough to offset struggling units such as the hardware division.
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Talking to Siri: Pet peeves

TUAW - 21 Jan 2014 23:30
Siri's little piggies went to market. Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital... assistant. ...
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The Verge Mobile Show is a weekly podcast on the biggest news in mobile technology with Dieter Bohn, Chris Ziegler, Vlad Savov, and Dan Seifert.
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New iWatch concept iterates onLast October we showed you an impressive iWatch concept based on Nike’s Fuel Band device. The mockup was quite impressive as it appears modern and sleek and mirrors a design Apple could produce, but... commenters were quick to point out the orientation of the display wasn’t fit for primetime. UI designer Todd Hamilton picked up […]
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Nexus cases are 25% off fromGrab some protection for your tablet or phone at a discount Google Play is running a promotion to offer 25 percent off select Nexus 5 and 7 accessories for a limited time. While you won't see the full... range of accessories like chargers and headphones, you can get your hands on the three latest Nexus 7 cases — Sleeve, Folio and Case — as well as the Nexus 5 Bumper Case and QuickCover case for a reduced price. The promotion is automatically applied and is reflected in the price shown on the product pages. You can grab the promotion from the link below, and if you need help making up your mind on any of these accessories, be sure to check out our reviews: Nexus 7 Sleeve review Nexus 7 Folio review Nexus 5 Bumper Case review LG QuickCover for Nexus 5 review 25% Off the Right Accessories...
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The U.S./Mexico Border IsThe very fact that underground robots being used to patrol the U.S./Mexico border--a program now moving into its second decade--can be greeted with what amounts to a disinterested shrug is a good... indication of how sci-fi our everyday lives have gotten. There are underground robots patrolling the edge of the country.
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Facebook's 'teen problem' mayWhile Facebook may have a “teen problem,” it may not be as bad as a report from iStrategy last week suggested. According to a report from GlobalWebIndex, Facebook's usage among teens dropped 2%... from Q2 to Q4 in 2013. That is not nearly as nearly as sharp a drop as the 25.3% drop among high schoolers from 2011 to 2014 that was reported in iStrategy's report. According to the GlobalWebIndex report, teenagers still make up 39% of Facebook's active users, which makes them the dominant age category. Only YouTube and Tumblr can also boast having teenagers as their largest age category. The report unfortunately doesn’t do a demographic breakdown of Snapchat and other mobile messaging apps that are likely also most
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The Internet loves a challenge. Case in point: When a woman asked an online forum for help decoding her dying grandmother's "cancer-addled ramblings," users began to unravel the decades-old mystery in... a matter of minutes. Janna Holm posted two images — the front and back of an index card, each side covered in long strings of letters — to the site Ask MetaFilter on Monday. Holm explained that her grandmother Dorothy Holm, while dying of brain cancer in 1994, left the cards to her grandchildren as puzzles. Holm was about 11 years when her grandmother passed away. See also: Watch Speedcuber Solve Rubik's Cube in 7 Seconds
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All Our Challenges in the Next Decade Are Interlinked

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 23:23
All Our Challenges in the NextDileep Padgaonkar began his distinguished career in journalism at the age of 24. After receiving a doctorate in humanities from the Sorbonne in June 1968, he joined the Times of India as its Paris... correspondent. He served the paper in various capacities before he was appointed its editor in 1988, a post he held for six years. In between, from 1978 to 1986, he also worked with UNESCO in Bangkok and Paris. NEW DELHI - All our key challenges in the next decade are interlinked. In order to meet them, we need to fully understand how they are related. Widening economic disparities, for example, have a bearing on the growth of crime, religious and ethnic extremism and terrorism. Similarly, the failure to reach an international agreement on effective policies to arrest, and eventually reverse, the...
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If you want a PC running Windows 7, where do you look? Skip your local office superstore or big-box retailer and go where the business buyers go. In those channels, you'll find that Windows 7 never... went away. In fact, it's not just alive, it's thriving.
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This Looks Like a House butImage via Eric Mennel/WUNC   In the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, at 3215 Wade Avenue, you will find this building that looks like a house. If you look a little closer you may notice there isn’t... a driveway or mailbox.   Image via Eric Mennel/WUNC   Image via Eric Mennel/WUNC   As you approach…
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The annual analysis of global surface temperatures by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, indicates 2013 was the fourth warmest year since 1880. NASA's analysis has it slightly... lower, coming in as the seventh warmest year and tied with 2009 and 2006.
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Bitcoin now accepted at twoYou can now fund a Vegas trip with bitcoins. Two casino hotels in Las Vegas' old Downtown are now accepting the cryptocurrency — but there's a big caveat. Your bitcoins will only be welcome at the... front desks of both The Golden Gate and The D hotels, as well a few locations around the properties. Significantly, that means Bitcoin will not be accepted at casino tables, and there will be no way to gamble with the virtual currency. Instead, it seems that bitcoins are limited to paying for hotel rooms and a few meals and gifts. Gambling itself is highly regulated and A.G. Burnett, the chairman of Nevada's Gaming Control Board, tells the Associated Press that it's unlikely that Bitcoin would be approved anytime soon. He added, "We would...
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France military to up defencesFrance will soon launch a 1.5-billion-euro ($2 billion) plan to defend itself against "cyber war" as a strategic priority, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday.
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Watch as a biker attempts to base jump off Bolivia's famous Death Road and fails badly. Don't worry, he survived, but it was really painful: "injuries included fractures in his forearm and cut tendons... in his knees."
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Smell-O-Vision is real, and it's called the oPhone

Digital Trends - 21 Jan 2014 23:15
Smell-O-Vision is real, andArt, technology and the science of stink has converged in the oPhone, a cool, if slightly bizarre, smartphone accessory which lets you send smells from your phone to other oPhone owners. The post... Smell-O-Vision is real, and it’s called the oPhone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rumored Sony Xperia 'Sirius'Information has leaked about the Android 4.4.2. KitKat OS to be included in Sony's next flagship Xperia handset that points to 4K video capability. Codenamed 'Sirius,' the high-end device will... reportedly carry many of the same camera features that the current flagship Sony Z1 offers like manual exposure control, and along with 4K video is expected to add some new features like 'timeshift video,' a high frame rate movie mode with the option to apply slow motion effects.
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Ever since 2013's "Blizzard Nemo," it seems all big U.S. snowstorms get a name, and this one is no exception. Get ready for Winter Storm Janus, which has caused thousands of flights to be canceled in... its wake. Needless to say, it's a good day to stay inside with a good movie and mug of warm cocoa.
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Passenger Snaps Photo of FuelIf Boeing was looking to 2014 as a fresh start for their constantly malfunctioning Dreamliner, that particular dream is almost certainly crushed by now. In addition to one of the plane's batteries... malfunctioning (again) just a few days ago, a Norweigan's Airlines flight was cancelled yesterday after a passenger noticed that fuel was pouring from a valve on the plane's wing.
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Leaked images show an interface that blends the look of Windows and Google Now and looks like what we saw from Samsung at CES.
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The 56th annual Grammy Awards are set to take place this Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8pm ET. It’s been a wild year in music, from the on-the-stage (and off) antics of Miley Cyrus to the continued growth of... digital music alternatives, such as Pandora and Spotify – as well as the soon-to-be-launched Beats Music. We’ve also seen the emergence of some new artists in music who have taken the world by storm, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who were the most-played artists on Spotify in 2013, Kendrick Lamar, who is up for seven nominations this year, and Ed Sheeran, who was nominated for a Grammy last year, among others.
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Wild Beaver Caught On CameraAn environmental scientist captured images of a wild beaver in Devon, England, believed to have been hunted to extinction in the 12th century. BBC
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Gadgetwise: Review: StratusThe Stratus game controller from SteelSeries is a stand-alone gadget that connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth.     
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Yahoo Acquires Mobile Marketing Startup Sparq

TechCrunch - 21 Jan 2014 23:09
Yahoo Acquires MobileMobile marketing company Sparq announced on its site today that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company did not disclose the purchase price. Yahoo declined to illustrate the deal’s financial... details. Sparq’s team will be joining Yahoo’s Sunnyvale campus. Before it was acquired, Sparq raised a total of $1.7 million over several small rounds, most recently picking up more than $650,000 last year. According to a Yahoo spokesperson, the company’s technology helped users “jump from app to app to discover, consume and engage with content.” Or, put more simply, it helped users take in more total mobile content. The fit with Yahoo is quite plain: Yahoo needs to monetize its mobile user base if it wants its mobile-first strategy to drive lacking revenue growth. Picking up a firm that...
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A Sugar-Powered Smartphone? Sweet!

Time - 21 Jan 2014 23:07
A Sugar-Powered Smartphone?Your phone might have to start counting calories. A Virginia Tech research team unveiled a new sugar-powered battery Tuesday that could replace conventional batteries in cell phones and tablets in as... little as three years. The battery uses chemical reactions to generate electricity from molecules found in sugar. While not the first sugar-powered battery developed, this early prototype reportedly has a higher energy density and needs refueling far less often than other models. “Sugar is a perfect energy storage compound in nature,” said Y.H. Percival Zhang, a scientist on the team, in a press release on the breakthrough. ”So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.”
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What exactly do you think the web giant blew that $3.2bn on? Video Nest, the smart-home sensor maker that Google just bought for $3.2bn in cash, has hinted that it may change its longstanding policy... of keeping customer data private....
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Blood Test Has Potential toA test that looks for specific genetic material in the blood may have the potential to identify pancreatic cancer in its early stages, according to preliminary research from Denmark.
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Brand new Nexus 8 tabletGoogle is reportedly working on an 8-inch Nexus tablet that will launch at some point in mid-2014, at least according to the not always accurate online trade publication Digitimes. The site says... Google has been forced to focus on the 8-inch tablet market because the Nexus 7 is seeing weaker demand than expected in light of the many considerably cheaper options available in the 7-inch tablet market. Apparently Google is considering both Intel's Bay Trail-T platform and also Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor for the Nexus 8, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The maker of the current Nexus 7, Asus, is considered to have the first chance of building the Nexus 8 for Google, with Samsung, LG or Lenovo "unlikely to
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Delta Air Lines introduced a new in-flight Wi-Fi product Wednesday. The new in-flight Wi-Fi Mobile Pass is available for as low as $1.95 on flights shorter than two hours. The price increases... depending on the length of flight and route. The pass allows flyers to use mobile messaging apps and browse the Internet on their smartphones at a discounted cost. Travelers can pay for a full-day of browsing on tablets and laptops for $14. Southwest recently introduced gate-to-gate messaging services starting at $2. When asked if Delta launched the new rate in response to Southwest's service, a Delta spokesperson responded, "The travel industry by its very nature is very competitive and we're always very aware of what our competitors are doing."
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Man Builds Machine, Which inFollow along in the above video as Ben Krasnow walks us through his Cookie Perfection Machine — a feat of human ingenuity so advanced, it’ll make you glower dubiously at every cookie you put to... your lips from here until the end of days. The calendar year is 2014, but we might as well be living in 2104. Cookie Perfection Machine [YouTube via Singularity Hub]
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Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval... of prior versions of the device, according to a study in JAMA.
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How Google Glass Will Save Car"Computers are killing the automotive hobby!" Car geeks say this with defeatist disdain; tech nerds utter it with futurist superiority. Thing is, they're both wrong. Virtual reality and wearable tech... could very well save hobbyist mechanics from becoming the 21st century's horseshoe installers. Here's how.
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BootChamp Loads Into Boot CampMac: Booting into your Boot Camp partition usually requires a restart while holding down the Option key, but if you're already in OS X, BootChamp is a menu bar app that makes it easier.
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Clinical trials used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve new drugs between 2005 and 2012 vary widely in their characteristics, according to a study in JAMA. "FDA review of new drug... applications is guided by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which requires 'adequate and well controlled investigations' to determine efficacy," according to background information in the article.
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Several potentially preventable deficiencies, including failure to select optimal drug doses and suitable outcome measures for a study, accounted for significant delays in the approval of new drugs by... the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a study in JAMA. "The road from medical product discovery to marketing is typically long and costly. The interval between initial clinical testing and product approval has been estimated to average 8 years and only 1 in 6 drugs entering clinical trials ultimately obtains U.S.
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Researchers have identified diagnostic microRNA panels in whole blood that had the ability to distinguish, to some degree, patients with and without pancreatic cancer, according to a study in JAMA.... The authors caution that the findings are preliminary, and that further research is necessary to understand whether these microRNAs have clinical implications as a screening test for early detection of pancreatic cancer. MicroRNAs regulate gene expression and play important roles in the development of tumors and tumor metastasis. MicroRNA panels are a combination of several microRNAs.
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It's not too often we can legitimately say a device is in a league of its own, yet that's the only way we can describe Nokia's new low-end smartphone, the Lumia 1320. With a 6-inch screen, it arrives... at the same time as more expensive Lumia 1520, ...
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Since its release in June of 2013, the latest version of the MacBook Air has plagued many users with a number of frustrating WiFi issues. Over a 131-page Support Communities thread started within days... of the computer's release, 2013 Air owners ...
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A couple of times last year, we had the chance to share with you amazing color video footage shot all the way back in the 1920s by filmmaker and cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene. His father had... invented the bicolour technique of capturing color video, and using this technique Friese-Greene captured beautiful video of 1920′s Britain for […]
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Game Maker Kabam Doubles ItsKabam, the San Francisco-based social and mobile game maker that bought itself naming rights to UC Berkeley’s stadium, said it doubled its annual revenues to $360 million this year. That gives... another revenue benchmark for top-grossing game makers. Kabam, which made a hard pivot from Facebook to mobile a few years ago, has two games into the top grossing 50 on the iPhone in the U.S. For comparison, other top mobile game makers like Supercell reported making $2.4 million per day early last year. About 70 percent of Kabam’s revenues come from iOS and Android, while the remainder is from Facebook and a destination site at Kabam.com. While the company is profitable, it’s not clear how profitable they are. They ended last year with $70 million on hand in cash, about $25 million up from...
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Nexmo Locks Up $18M At $100M+Nexmo, a quickly growing telco API firm that provides SMS and voice services has locked down $18 million in fresh capital in a Series C round of funding that values the company at more than $100... million. The new capital was led by Sorenson Capital, with participation from previous investors, including Intel Capital on a pro rata basis.
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Several images of what's assumed to be the current developer-ready versions of "iOS in the Car" have appeared on the web this afternoon courtesy of developer Steve Troughton Smith on …
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12 more viral photos that are totally fake

The Loop - 21 Jan 2014 22:56
Gizmodo: Can you spot the fakes? Hundreds of amazing images wash over our greedy eyeballs each and every day, clogging our Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds. Many of them are fakes, lies, or both.... Like these! I'm seeing more and more of these being passed around Twitter. Even worse, being passed around by people who should know better.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Blacksumac's previously pre-orderable Piper all-in-one home security system is now widely available for sale in the United States.
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Pinterest has cooked up a new way for users to find relevant recipes on its platform Users can now enter individual foods and ingredients into the search bar on Pinterest, which will then surface... relevant recipe pins from across the site. Previously, searching for ingredients returned recipes alongside other photos and pins. Starting Tuesday, users can filter so that only recipes are returned when ingredients are searched. See also: 15 Stylish Ladies to Follow on Pinterest Aspiring chefs will be able to filter the results by selecting from a handful of cuisine options along the lefthand side of the page, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo. Another filter, "indulge me," will surface the recipe pins that aren't concerned with calorie counts
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Over the course of the last several years, Apple has begun to take an intense interest in biometrics as a way to improve the security and accessibility of its devices. Apple purchased sensor company... AuthenTec in 2012 and quickly incorporated its fingerprint-sensing technology into the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that debuted in the iPhone 5s. Touch ID marked Apple's first foray into biometrics, confirming user identity via fingerprint, but the company may have much bigger plans in mind for biometric sensors in future devices. Biometrics are said to play a key role in Apple's iWatch, and Apple may even expand beyond fingerprint technology, as the company has reportedly taken a new interest in iris scanning. While little is known about Apple's investigation into iris scanning, it is a...
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The Monk Of A Million Telescopes

Scientific American - 21 Jan 2014 22:50
“IF THERE WERE A MILLION PEOPLE WITH TELESCOPES WILLING TO LET A FEW THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE LOOK THROUGH THEM, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT EVERYONE WHO WALKS THIS EARTH, WITH EYES TO SEE, MIGHT SEE THE... --...
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The Monk Of A Million Telescopes

Scientific American - 21 Jan 2014 22:50
“IF THERE WERE A MILLION PEOPLE WITH TELESCOPES WILLING TO LET A FEW THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE LOOK THROUGH THEM, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT EVERYONE WHO WALKS THIS EARTH, WITH EYES TO SEE, MIGHT SEE THE... --...
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At first glance, this winningAt first glance, this winning design for a mixed-used complex in Zhejiang Province design by Liu Xisang seems like just another glassy tower project. But take a closer look at the facades, which are... laced with a network of outdoor spaces spiraling upwards to connect the ground floor to the roof with a--nearly--continuous path of green. [DesignBoom]
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U.S. Court: Bloggers Are Journalists

The Atlantic - 21 Jan 2014 22:49
Even when they're libeling you     
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Autonomous vehicles and robots won't be used just for Google.     
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Autonomous vehicles and robots won't be used just for Google.     
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First look: Beats Music is offThe Beats brand enters the crowded field of on-demand music subscriptions. Its advantage? Curation from people who get music (and, possibly, you).
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Technology comes in many varieties, and though the left arm may be doing something vastly different than the right arm, both intersect at the same point -- the human element, …
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Denim doyen Brandon Svarc of Naked & Famous has created a line of Teflon-coated jeans that release a minty fresh aroma when you scratch the fabric.
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enharmonix writes "Although Google initially invested in Intellectual Ventures, a patent holding firm, the two have since parted ways and are about to face off in court over some technologies used in... Motorola (and other) phones. This is an important battle and the timing is significant given Congress's recent interest in patent reform. 'Two of the patents in the upcoming Motorola trial cover inventions by Richard Reisman, U.S. government records show. Through his company, Teleshuttle, Reisman has developed several patent portfolios for various technologies, including an online update service, according to the Teleshuttle website. IV claims that the two Reisman patents cover several of Motorola's older-generation cellphones that have Google Play, a platform for Android smartphone apps....
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White hat hacker says he foundThe federal health insurance marketplace at Healthcare.gov still has major security issues according to some experts, including a flaw that allows user records to show up in Google results. At least... 70,000 records with personal identifying information including first and last names, addresses, and user names are accessible by using an advanced Google search and then tweaking the resulting URLs, according to David Kennedy, founder of the security firm TrustedSec. Kennedy notes that he never modified any URLs, just that he noticed that it was possible. Kennedy first testified about the issue before a Congressional committee in November, he says, but it still hasn't been resolved. It's just one of several issues he's identified with the...
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Intel sells off failed OnCueIntel has announced that it's selling off Intel Media - the company behind its failed OnCue pay-TV service - to Verizon. Specific pricing of the deal wasn't disclosed, but Bloomberg reported in... November 2013 that Intel wanted $500 million for the service. ...
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Federal agent yanks man out ofWhat if you could record a movie just by looking at? This appears to be one of Hollywood's deep fears at the moment -- but the feds jumped the gun this week by arresting a man wearing Google Glass in... a cinema.
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Google Glass-wearing movieWearing Google Glass recently proved perilous for a movie patron in Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, The Gadgeteer posted a frightening story apparently from a member of the Glass Explorer program. An hour... into watching Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit wearing his prescription version of Glass, he said, he'd been abruptly pulled from the theater and interrogated at length by "feds," who accused him of attempting to pirate the movie by recording it.
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Google Glass app lets youIt's not easy to look sexy wearing Google glass specs, but you can judge that for yourself.
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What we're playing: Our favorite Nexus 7 games

Android Central - 21 Jan 2014 22:40
What we're playing: OurSee what your AC editors are playing on their Nexus 7 tablets when they should be working I'm not going to lie. A job that involves playing great games on an equally great tablet like the Nexus 7 is... amazeballs. We look through and evaluate hundreds of new apps each month, and plenty of them are games. Then we get choosy, and make sure you know about the best ones. It's a responsibility we take seriously, but it's also pretty fun.  Of course, it also means we each have our favorites. You'll see games here that we may have already talked about a little, but they are the ones we love to play and keep going back to. We wanted to share the list with you guys and gals. Jump through the break and have a look, then tell us your top games in the comments!
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NOAA's GOES-East satellite is providing continuous coverage of the major winter storm affecting the U.S. East Coast on January 21, 2014....
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I used a Mac before you did

ZDNet - 21 Jan 2014 22:40
Fall, 1983 to be specific. The software company where I worked was one of the original pre-release Mac developers. It was a struggle to work with.
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This Anvil Case for YourGo backstage at any rock club in the world and you're going to find tons of anonymous-looking black boxes holding all of the equipment that bands travel with. Now you can get that legendary protection... for your phone.
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Amazon moves toSensing the customer need for more computational muscle in smaller packages, Amazon Web Services has added a number of new packages in its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service. The Amazon subsidiary... also reduced prices on selected storage packages, reducing the cost of its Simple Storage Service (S3) by up to 22 percent and Elastic Block Service (EBS) by up to 50 percent. The new packages, or compute instances, in the EC2 line fill out the company's second-generation M3 line of instances, which the company is now touting as the successor to the original M1 line. Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the M3 series a year ago as a more performance-minded alternative to the base M1 offerings. The M3 series features faster CPUs, making them better suited for compute-intensive tasks such as video...
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Man who wore Google Glass toAs amazing as it might seem, the Department of Homeland Security really has nothing better to do than bust alleged pirates at movie theaters. Business Insider has now received confirmation from AMC... that it brought in law enforcement officials to remove a man who wore his Google Glass headset into a movie theater over the weekend. AMC says that its employees were concerned that the man was using Glass to record the movie he was watching so that he could sell pirated copies of it over the Internet. “The presence of this recording device prompted an investigation by the [Motion Picture Association of America], which was on site,” AMC explained in a statement to Business Insider. “The MPAA then contacted
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When the construction dust has settled and the athletes strut out in front of thousands of fans at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony on Feb. 7, the cameras are not likely to show much of the... surrounding environment, partly because much of it has been destroyed in preparation for the games. Unlike many past Olympics venues, such as London or Vancouver, Sochi did not have much existing infrastructure on which to build. Sochi was a resort town surrounded by marshland, not concrete and asphalt, and much of the terrain is a part of the Sochi National Park. Russia's branch of the World Wildlife Fund has said called the land a "specially protected area with the highest number of species in the whole of Russia."
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Facebook and Google won't sellMarijuana is currently legal for recreational use in the states of Washington and Colorado, with Colorado having just opened its first cannabis shops this month. However, weed businesses won't be... able to advertise their wares on social media for the time being. Google and Facebook don't plan on changing their policies barring the promotion of weed use, even in places where it's legal.
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There's an update coming to the long-standing multiplayer game of epic proportions called StarCraft II called Patch 2.1. This release of the second +.1 patch of the game allows the …
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Matter of Mystery: AntimatterA new experiment that, for the first time, creates a beam of antihydrogen atoms, could help scientists understand why antimatter is so scarce is the universe.
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The idea of catching up to a comet, landing on it and drilling for samples sounds like it could be the plot for Armageddon 3. But the news comes directly from the European Space Agency and NASA:... Earlier this week, the agencies woke the unmanned Rosetta spacecraft after a two-and-a-half-year nap and are preparing it for a rendezvous with a comet later this year. So far, the mission, which launched a decade ago (after more than a decade of preparation), is going smoothly. According to NASA, the first communication from the spacecraft arrived at the European Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, Germany, at 7:18 p.m. local time (1:18 p.m. ET). The signal was received by a ground station at the Goldstone, Calif., complex of NASA's Deep Space Network.
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[From GamerTell] Spider: Secret of Bryce Manor is an amazing action game that's surprisingly deep and engaging.
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Use These Handy Tests to MakeMaking sure a suit fits right isn't terribly complicated, so it's surprising how many people you see walking around with badly-fitting suits. Make sure you're not one of them by employing these five... fitting tricks.
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Have you ever wanted to turn your iPhone into an underwater microscope? Of course you have! And starting today, the folks at Bodelin Technologies -- the same folks who brought you the ProScope Micro... Mobile that we reviewed last year -- have a way ...
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iOS in Your Car Could Look Pretty Great

Gizmodo - 21 Jan 2014 22:30
iOS in Your Car Could LookOne of the big revelations from the iOS 7 debut was that Apple's working on an in-car version of the mobile operating system . Now app developer Steve Troughton-Smith has tweeted some images of what... iOS could, and should, look like when it hits your dashboard. And they're pretty slick.
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Marijuana vs. Alcohol: WhichThe debate over whether alcohol or marijuana is worse for health has been reignited by comments President Barack Obama made in a recent interview. Here's a look at what science has to say.
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Amazon gets out its priceAs cloud rivals ramp up their efforts, Amazon Web Services keeps churning out price cuts and new instances.
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Designer Sam Matson has a solution to gamer rage that doesn't involve throwing things at your screen. Introducing Immersion, a headset that monitors your heart rate and increases a game's difficulty... the more frustrated you become. It may sound like ...
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Did internet kill the radio star?

BBC - 21 Jan 2014 22:23
Did internet kill the radioDid internet kill the radio star?
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Lenovo eyeing IBM server unit

The Australian - 21 Jan 2014 22:22
Lenovo eyeing IBM server unitLENOVO'S talks to buy part of IBM's server unit reveal the PC-maker's ambition to move into the corporate sector.
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Algolia Provides 'Spotlight'French startup Algolia provides a real-time search API that makes the search function on your website sexy. Now Y Combinator-backed, it’s faster than anything you’ve seen before — everything... happens in real time, and results change with each keystroke. “We first started with an offline search engine that would work well on mobile,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Dessaigne told me in a phone interview. “It worked but wasn’t a success. Many people wanted us to run the search queries on our servers, so that’s what we did.” Algolia is a developer-friendly hosted search engine for database objects. It will suit your needs perfectly if you run a sport results website, an e-commerce store, a movie database, a CRM, or any website that relies on small chunks of text (not big pages of...
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Reservation system for the cloud

ZDNet - 21 Jan 2014 22:20
CiRBA's Andrew Hillier discusses how its better to think about cloud computing as a hotel rather than an apartment: Cloud applications move in, stay a while and then leave.
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The World's First NuclearLaunched 60 years ago today, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Its atomic fuel source gave for the U.S Navy a dramatic increase in both range and operational... flexibility. A few years later, the USS Nautilus achieved another historical first: she was the first vessel to complete a submerged transit to the North Pole, on 3 August 1958.
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Big-screen 'phablet'Sales of big-screen smartphones will soar in coming years as people who game or watch videos on the go opt for "phablets" with near tablet-size views.
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Researchers have found amplification of HER2, a known driver of some breast cancers, in a type of bladder cancer called micropapillary urothelial carcinoma (MPUC) and have shown that the presence of... HER2 amplification is associated with particularly aggressive tumors. These findings suggest that administering trastuzumab to MPUC patients with HER2 amplification could improve outcomes, just as it has for breast cancer.
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Findings from a study ultimately could lead to tests to screen for and diagnose bladder cancer.
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OMG, Comcast is about to doIn a bit of good news for Comcast subscribers -- a rare bit of good news, some might argue -- a new report suggests that the company is about to double or even triple its Internet data speeds for some... subscribers. DSLReports on Tuesday afternoon cited an anonymous source in claiming that Comcast is preparing to increase data speeds for some subscribers. Speeds were already boosted for many users less than a year ago, but the ISP apparently isn’t done widening pipes for its customers. According to the report, Comcast plans to increase download speeds on its “Performance” tier from 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps. Subscribers on the “Blast” tier will see speeds jump from 50 Mbps to 105 Mbps, and
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Outbox Shuts Down Its Mail Digitizing Service

TechCrunch - 21 Jan 2014 22:15
Outbox Shuts Down Its MailMail startup Outbox just announced that it's shutting down its current service. The company has one of those ideas that's both intriguing and slightly crazy sounding -- it sent people by your home to... pick up your physical mail, then it digitized that mail, all for $4.99 a month.
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But if a customer chooses to use Dual_EC algorithm, the company's technology will support it
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Former ballet dancer and professional photographer Jesús Chapa-Malacara has two great passions in life: yep, you guessed right, they’re dance and photography. These two passions collide in his... recent Dance Prints series, a beautiful motion photography project that, with your help, he hopes to take to the next level. Dance Prints began as a ‘rut […]
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4chan founder Chris Poole isNo one is guaranteed success in the App Store. Not even 4chan founder Chris Poole. Poole has announced that he's shutting down DrawQuest, the drawing app / game his team launched for iOS back in... February. Canvas, an online community based around image "remixes" that Poole created in 2011, will also be closing. "No soft landing, no happy ending — we simply failed," Poole wrote on his Tumblr page. "There’s a lot of glorification of startups and being a founder. People brush the failures under the rug, but that’s the worst thing you can do," he said in an interview with TechCrunch. "You kind of have to face it head on." Canvas will go offline in a matter of days; users will be given a chance to retrieve their favorite images...
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[From HomeTechTell] Tired of endlessly shoveling cat food into Fluffy's dish? Petnet's Smartfeeder aims to change all that, and keep her looking svelte, to boot.
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The iconic game Simon holds a very special place in the hearts of those who grew up in the '70s, '80s and '90s. Childhood wouldn't have been the same without the hours spent slapping colors — and... hearing that hypnotic beeping — in the back seat of your parent's Volvo station wagon. Now, Hasbro is introducing a new version of the memory game with a very modern twist: touchscreen swiping. (Buttons are so 30 years ago.) Instead of just remembering which colors to tap next, users will have to know when to swipe too. “The Simon brand was extremely popular in the '70s and '80s, so we’re excited to reintroduce the game to a new generation,” Jonathan Berkowitz, VVP of marketing for Hasbro Gaming, told Mashable. “The Simon Swipe game combines favorite elements of the classic game like...
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Mississippi bill proposes ban on human cloning

Miami Herald - 21 Jan 2014 22:08
A longtime Mississippi lawmaker has filed a bill to ban human cloning, although he said he doesn't know why he filed it, who requested it or even whether there's any possibility of researchers trying... to make clones.
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E-tolling 'halted' after anthrax scare

Tech Central - 21 Jan 2014 22:06
Biological testing proved that the white powder found at Sanral's operations centre in Pretoria on Tuesday was not anthrax, the Electronic Toll Collection said. Thirty-seven people were decontaminated... and hospitalised as a precautionary measure
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Pixelmator has updated its image editing software to version 3.1, adding full support for the new Mac Pro, including 16-bit per channel images, full GPU support, and optimizations for the multi-core... processors in the new machine. The app now uses both Mac Pro GPU's simultaneously for composition rendering and uses lots of background computing to speed up zoom and other tasks, with the company claiming that "image editing is now completely seamless, and even with large and complex compositions you will experience profoundly faster and more responsive performance." "We are extremely excited for professionals to experience the power and speed of Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on their new Mac Pros," said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. "Harnessing the power of the Mac Pro's dual-GPU...
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Gadgetwise: Review: The Philips SlimStyle LED Lamp

The New York Times - 21 Jan 2014 22:05
Gadgetwise: Review: TheThe Philips SlimStyle looks like a lollipop, but it meets Energy Start requirements and costs less than $10.     
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Silicon Valley firms use cult-like practices to isolate their workers but it breeds conflict in neighborhoods.
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Dancing on paper

Gizmodo - 21 Jan 2014 22:03
Artist Heather Hansen thought it would be neat to cover her hands and feet on charcoal and transfer her body moves directly into paper, like a human plotter. She called it Emptied Gestures, an... "experiment in kinetic drawing."
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SF to vote on tech employeeSan Francisco transportation officials are voting on a new plan to regulate employee shuttles for companies like Facebook, Google and Apple and charge a fee for the use of public bus stops by the... private vehicles.
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Study shows 99% of mobileCisco's annual security report is out, and shows that nearly all mobile malware in 2013 was aimed at Android devices.
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Thousands have bloggers and webmasters have noticed a strange digital entity, "BuzzMyFX," hijacking their content and adding itself into the website's URL. A simple Google search doesn't return my... information about BuzzMyFx doesn't return much information, so what is it? BuzzMyFx is what's known as a scraper site, a website that copies content from other websites and repurposes it to manipulate search engine rankings and collect advertising revenue.
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SnapTax by TurboTax lets youGearing up for tax season and looking for the easiest way to get it over with? TurboTax is making tax filing in 2014 as easy snapping a photo with your iPhone. Seriously. Similar to many banking apps... that allow you to take a photo of a physical check to make a deposit, SnapTax app by TurboTax […]
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An anonymous reader writes "Matter and antimatter annihilate immediately when they meet, so aside from creating antihydrogen, one of the key challenges for physicists is to keep antiatoms away from... ordinary matter. To do so, experiments take advantage of antihydrogen's magnetic properties (which are similar to hydrogen's) and use very strong non-uniform magnetic fields to trap antiatoms long enough to study them. However, the strong magnetic field gradients degrade the spectroscopic properties of the (anti)atoms. To allow for clean high-resolution spectroscopy, the ASACUSA collaboration developed an innovative set-up to transfer antihydrogen atoms to a region where they can be studied in flight, far from the strong magnetic field (scientific paper)."
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Aorato offers a solution that monitors, analyzes and blocks suspicious behavior in organizations. Now they're launching their solution and announcing the completion of a $10M round
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Screenshots give closer lookProminent developer Steve Troughton-Smith has given us a closer look at the interface of iOS in the Car ahead of its release scheduled for later this year. Apple has remained quiet about specific iOS... in the Car features and interfaces - other than...
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LogMeIn just logged everyoneLogMeIn shocked customers today with a notice announcing the end of LogMeIn Free. According to the notice posted to the LogMeIn blog, users will have seven days to upgrade to a premium access account.... The grace period begins the next time a user logs in to their account. Users who do not subscribe to a premium account service within the seven-day window will lose access to the LogMeIn service. LogMeIn lets you remotely access and use a PC from your mobile device. LogMeIn has posted an FAQ to answer common questions related to the change in service, such as when the change takes effect, what steps users need to take to continue using the service, and what happens for certain customers like those who use LogMeIn Central or those who have paid for the LogMeIn Ignition app for iOS or Android.
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Nobody wants to give their money to developers who are willfully engaging in content theft and underhanded sales techniques, but that's exactly what Hamburg-based Jalada GmbH is. If you check out the... full list of software currently available from ...
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62 Years of Global Warming inIf you're on the East Coast you might be getting some snow today, but rest assured the globe is getting warmer by the year. A lot warmer. See for yourself.
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This GTD Workflow Is How II have a confession to make: I hate email. I hate it so much that emails would just pile up, sometimes burying ones that are actually important. That all changed this weekend when I copied this GTD... Gmail setup from startup founder Andreas Klinger.
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XBiz Conference Will CoverWith the adult film industry facing a critical challenge to its continued existence in Los Angeles, more than 2,000 industry members will gather this week in Hollywood for an annual conference on... topics from legal issues to new cutting-edge technology. Ultra resolution porn, high tech pleasure products and condoms all will be discussed as part of the three-day, XBIZ 360 Adult Industry conference held at the W Hollywood Hotel beginning on Wednesday. It is billed as the world's largest technology event geared toward those who work with X-rated content. "It is the industry's biggest conference series," said Alec Helmy, president and publisher of XBIZ. "It covers the entire spectrum of the adult film industry. There's really nothing like it worldwide. It's more about information than it is...
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2013 Ties for 4th Hottest Year on Record

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 21:58
2013 Ties for 4th Hottest YearIt's official: 2013 was one of the hottest on record, tying 2003 as the world's fourth warmest year since record keeping began in 1880, a new analysis shows.
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As the World Economic Forum kicks off, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith calls for an international convention to create surveillance and data-access rules across borders to protect privacy and... businesses.
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NASA Receives Mars 2020 RoverNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly on the agency's next Mars rover in 2020.
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Google Launches AdSenseGoogle today launched AdSense Direct, a new tool for publishers who - as the name implies - want to sell ads directly and aren't large enough to make dealing with the complexities of DoubleClick for... Publishers worth their while.
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New screenshots show what iOSAs we’ve mentioned before, the next big battle between Apple and Google seems to be over which company will get to use its software to power your car. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a... number of screenshots from Apple’s upcoming iOS in the Car release that show us how Apple is refining the user interface of its new car-centric mobile OS. 9to5Mac notices, for instance, notes that “the design shown in the images… show a user-interface that is strikingly different to the one shown at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013,” as “Apple is toying with moving the horizontal status bar into the vertical position,” thus giving it “more space on the already small car touchscreen consoles.” A beta version
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Lady Gaga No Longer Blacklisted in China

Mashable - 21 Jan 2014 21:50
For Lady Gaga fans in China, some applause is in order. Chinese citizens are now legally allowed to listen to the pop star's latest album, ARTPOP, after she was removed from the nation's blacklist for... the first time since 2011. But that lift comes with some caveats: The album cover, which features an all-but-naked Gaga, won't appear that way in China. Instead, the cover will show Gaga sporting a pair of black tights, and her waist will be obscured by a larger version of the bright blue ball that appears between her legs on the American album. Chinese Culture Ministry officials have also altered one song title, according to CNN, changing "Sexxx Dreams" to "X Dreams."
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H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Rise in Winter

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 21:50
H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Rise inCases of H7N9 bird flu have spiked in recent weeks with the arrival of flu season.
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Facebook Is About To Get MoreYou're going to start seeing a lot fewer text-only Facebook updates from big companies and other brands--and more from your friends--as a result of the social network's latest update to its newsfeed... algorithm. When Facebook tested this newsfeed tweak and displayed users more updates from their friends, they posted more of their own. Although exactly how much isn't clear. The company said that users in the test wrote an average of nine million more status updates each day--but that figure is almost entirely meaningless, since Facebook didn't say compared to what baseline or even how many users were in the test. Facebook went on to say that users weren't as engaged with the service when shown more text updates from Pages. So Facebook is now telling Page owners that if they want their posts...
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T-Mobile Captures More Growth

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 21:49
T-Mobile Captures More GrowthSprint Loses Customers in Fourth Quarter of 2014 AT&T and Verizon Retain Customers Well, Gain Fewer From Others Consumer Intelligence Research Partners released analysis of the results from its... research on mobile phone carriers for the calendar quarter that ended December 31, 2013. This analysis features findings about consumer trends in mobile phone activations from October-December 2013, and is based on its survey of US subjects that activated a new or used mobile phone in October-December 2013. CIRP finds that T-Mobile increased its customer base by the highest percentage among the four largest mobile phone carriers. Sprint saw its customer base decrease as it lost more customers than it gained. Among the four largest carriers, AT&T has the highest share of activations in the quarter,...
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Apply Now For TechCrunch'sIn late February, TechCrunch is heading to Atlanta and New Orleans, and we're looking for a handful of undiscovered startups. If that's you, and you're comfortable pitching to 1,000 people and a panel... of judges, apply below. If not, you could still apply and we'll help you along.
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So Long, MOG

Time - 21 Jan 2014 21:47
So Long, MOGMOG has been on death row ever since it was acquired by Beats Audio in 2012, but now the streaming music service has an execution date. Beats will shut down MOG on April 15, as the company focuses on... its new Beats Music service. MOG subscribers won’t automatically become Beats Music users, but they’ll get one month free with the new service, and Beats is looking into letting MOG subscribers easily transfer their billing info. Yearly MOG subscriptions will be refunded on a prorated basis. I was a MOG subscriber from August 2010 to December 2012, and was a happy one for most of that time. MOG’s mobile apps were well-designed and offered better sound quality than other services. The music selection was extensive, so I was able to rely on MOG for almost all of my listening needs. MOG MOG...
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Airbnb discrimination? StudyA recent study released by Harvard Business School professors says black hosts on Airbnb typically charge lower fees than non-black hosts for similar properties, signaling the black hosts may be... facing discrimination through the online service.     
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Regular gamers have likely, at one point or another, noticed a pronounced video game-esque feel in a dream here or there, maybe finding themselves caught up in the dream world …
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Talk about a good view of the game During Sunday's AFC Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, a member of the high-flying Denver Broncos Thunderstorm parachuted from a... plane into Sports Authority Field. His helmet camera captured the impressive skydive and air-bound views of the stadium See also: Game Changer? Helmet Cameras Hitting Arena Football This Year The Broncos defeated the Patriots 26-16 and will face off against the Seattle Seahawks during the Superbowl on Feb. 2 BONUS: 10 Beer Cocktails to Booze Up Your Super Bowl Party Image: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
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Did McLaren's P1 hyper hybridThe McLaren P1 already has some impressive numbers to its credit, but its missing one: a Nurburgring lap record. McLaren's insane hybrid may have lapped the 'Ring in a record-breaking 6:30. The post... Did McLaren’s P1 hyper hybrid set a 6-minute Nurburgring production-car lap record? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google X explained: What'sGoogle revealed last week it is working on a smart contact lens that can measure glucose levels in tears - but that's just one of the many outlandish projects currently in development at the not-so... top secret Google X lab. The name Google X has popped...
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Geek elite including Steve Wozniak, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Guillermo del Toro, and Stan Lee get their own trading cards complete with stats, trivia, and quotes. The artist talks to Crave's Bonnie... Burton.
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App developer Steven Troughton-Smith posted a number of images on Twitter of what appears to be Apple's upcoming iOS in the Car interface. The files may have been bundled into the recently released... iOS 7.1 beta 4, but it is unclear how Troughton-Smith was able to obtain the images, which show a simple iOS 7-style Maps design. When asked for clarification on the origin of the images, Troughton-Smith declined to comment. First introduced alongside iOS 7, the upcoming iOS in the Car feature is designed to provide enhanced iOS integration in automobiles, offering an iOS-style interface on the car's touchscreen dash that allows users to make phone calls, access Maps, control music, and more. As shown in the screenshots, the software includes a warning screen like most typical GPS software, and...
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Security experts boycotting RSA's conference can hit TrustyCon--same day, one block away.
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This Is the Closest Thing to aNorth Korea remains one of the few places in the world that remains untouched by Google Street View's all-seeing eye. But at least now, we can content ourselves with these fascinating, state-approved... (i.e. likely censored) 360-degree shots from Singaporean photographer Aram Pan.
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A collaboration of surgeons in the U.S. and India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during... the operation.
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Cochrane Review of malaria medication

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 21:38
Dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine is more effective than artemether-lumefantrine as a malaria medication, and has fewer side effects than artesunate-mefloquine' concludes a systematic review
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Keen On... Slava Rubin: HowIt was one of those coincidences that social media types call serendipitous. There I was, wandering around the basement of Las Vegas' Venetian hotel at CES, innocently minding my own business, when... who should I bump into but Indiegogo co-founder and CEO Slava Rubin. It was too good an opportunity to turn down. With Marius Klausen a product developer at Airtame, one of Indiegogo's most popular recent campaigns, acting as spontaneous cameraman, I finally got the chance to drag the elusive Rubin onto my show.
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It's no secret that Apple likes its products to be a big part of the educational sector, not just in the US, but all across the world. With that in mind, the Cupertino-based outfit today is broadening... the reach of some of its education-focused ...
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No more worrying about how you're going to sync or charge your phone. This clever case has the cable built right in.
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There's All This Fish DNA in the Water

The Atlantic - 21 Jan 2014 21:36
And now scientists are using it to take a census of the sea.     
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Resolve to Lose Weight and CutHow much of an impact does beef really have on health and the environment?
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BlackBerry laughs at Samsung'sLet BlackBerry clue you in, Samsung: It is not to be laughed at; it is the laughter. It is the one who mocks. BlackBerry Global Enterprise Services president John Sims this week wrote up a scathing... putdown of Samsung’s Knox security service, which he deemed woefully inadequate compared with BlackBerry’s own mobile security offerings. “Samsung announced Knox at Mobile World Congress in February 2013, and nearly a year later customers are still waiting to go into full production,” Sims writes. “Frankly, this is because security is hard and it is not possible to condense thousands of person years of learning into 12 short months. Furthermore, Knox only works on select Samsung devices. For those highly "regulated" customers - those that require the
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Tesla installs its chargersTesla road-trippers, time to take a spin across Europe with Tesla's new fast chargers on the continent.
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First major update favors fixes over features In keeping with its new rapid-cadence philosophy, Microsoft has shipped the first update to Visual Studio 2013, a bug fix collection that adds no... significant new features....
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Louisiana editorial roundup

Miami Herald - 21 Jan 2014 21:32
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
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You can run, and you can hide, but your phone is still going to die half way through the day. You can’t fight the urge to play games and see what’s going on in the world through social media... either. Of course, being afraid of your phone dying is only fear of the inevitable, which
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Google Redesigns AdWords ToGoogle’s AdWords now sports a much-needed update that brings its design up to par with most of the company’s other web apps. Most of Google’s services, including Gmail, Drive and Analytics, now... sport the company’s new, flat look. Even after a few years of going through this process, however, some apps still look just like they did back in 2011. Both AdSense and AdWords, the publisher and advertiser back ends to the company’s most important revenue sources, were among the services that were left behind in the first waves of the redesign. AdSense started testing a new homepage last November and it got a bit of a facelift back in 2012, too. With today’s change, AdWords’ interface now looks more like Gmail and also sports the same gear icon you find in most of Google’s consumer...
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Orbiting a Solar Twin | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 21 Jan 2014 21:30
Orbiting a Solar Twin | SpaceThis space wallpaper is an artist's illustration showing one of three newly discovered planets in the star cluster Messier 67. Image released Jan. 15, 2014.
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Freshen Your Mattress withMattresses can get a bit stale over time and are notoriously hard to clean. But you can freshen up your mattress in no time with a little help from one of our favorite cleaning supplies--baking soda.
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Did you set a New Year's resolution to become more proficient in your digital life? Is there a pressing question about any of your Apple devices you've been dying to ask? Are you just Apple curious in... general? If any of these scenarios fit you, we ...
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[GamerTell] Rymdkapsel has more content on PCs

Technology Tell - 21 Jan 2014 21:29
[From GamerTell] Rymdkapsel, the most striking space station simulation you will ever play, is coming to PCs this month.
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Despite Low Completion Rates,Long-anticipated research into massive open online courses taught by MIT and Harvard finds that, while very few participants complete these classes, many others take advantage of "substantial" amounts... of the content. The findings, released by the MIT-Harvard MOOC collaboration called edX, jibe with a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education study that concluded only 4 percent of people who register for MOOCs actually finish them. In the case of the 17 edX courses analyzed by MIT and Harvard, the proportion of completers was an only slightly better five percent. But the new research also shows that an additional four percent of those who registered read at least half the content of the online classes, and more than half viewed some smaller amount of it. "We found students in...
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Botnets responsible, says government agency
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Photos: NASA's TDRS-L DataSee photos of NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite L (TDRS-L) ahead of its planned Jan. 23, 2014 launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
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Study says black Airbnb hostsTwo professors at Harvard Business School have found evidence of racial discrimination on Airbnb, the site that lets people rent their extra space to guests for short term stays. The study, which was... based on 3,500 listings in New York City, concludes that black hosts are earning 12 percent less than white hosts for similar properties. The authors say that suggests that white hosts are able to charge more simply because they're white. Airbnb puts an emphasis on the people behind the properties in order to build trust, including large profile pictures, biographical information, and connections from Facebook and Twitter. A thumbnail of the host’s photo shows up next to the main photo of the property in the search results page. The...
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It was tiny, almost toy-like. And yet what it would unleash on the world would be no less than a revolution in Personal Computing.
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Researchers from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) today announced that they have measured the distance to galaxies more than six billion light years away to an unprecedented accuracy... of just one percent. Their measurements place new constraints on the...
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Rather than being the title of a classic cult horror movie, "Ants in Space" is actually the name of a NASA program aimed at establishing a colony of ants on the International Space Station. In... partnership with the BioServe Space Technologies Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder, scientists at NASA have successfully sent 800 ants into space in order to study how the little critters act in low-gravity environments.
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iBooks textbooks go global

Gadget - 21 Jan 2014 21:24
Apple has announced that iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager are expanding into new markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
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Know When To Go: A New Way toFor a firefighter, knowing when it's time to evacuate can be the difference between life and death.
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60-Year Global TemperatureSince 1950, average temperatures have increased 1.1°F to an average of 58.3° in 2013. Increase in greenhouse gas levels continue to drive the temperature increase.
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Of Course, China's Bad Air IsThe latest fear-mongering study about pollution in China has arrived, and it's frightening. According to a new paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, bad air in China is blowing... across the Pacific and polluting the West Coast. Scary!
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Code Is Not Literature

Slashdot - 21 Jan 2014 21:19
An anonymous reader writes "Hacker and author Peter Seibel has done a lot of work to adopt one of the most widely-accepted practices toward becoming a better programmer: reading high quality code.... He's set up code-reading groups and interviewed other programmers to see what code they read. But he's come to learn that the overwhelming majority of programmers don't practice what they preach. Why? He says, 'We don't read code, we decode it. We examine it. A piece of code is not literature; it is a specimen.' He relates an anecdote from Donald Knuth about figuring out a Fortran compiler, and indeed, it reads more like a 'scientific investigation' than the process we refer to as 'reading.' Seibel is now changing his code-reading group to account for this: 'So instead of trying to pick out a...
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Teenager Teaches HimselfTywan Wade Web Chat: Introducing Shortly... from Tywan Wade on Vimeo. At the start of this project, I emailed 127 college professors from universities around the world with only 83 of them responding.... They all told me that what I was trying accomplish couldn't be done. Some told me to be "realistic", while others simply said that, "I was too young to learn such an advanced topic on my own". What I wanted to do was create an iPhone application that had never been created before and I thought that I needed the approval of someone else to do so. I was very wrong. I later read the stories of Cason Crane and Malala Yousafzai and truly became inspired. While I didn't innately understand their struggles, I understood stood them by spirit because we all want to accomplish what others told us that...
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SpaceX Tests Parachutes forSpaceX marked another milestone in its quest to build a spaceship that could deliver American astronauts into orbit. The commercial spaceflight company dropped a human-rated version of its Dragon... capsule into the Pacific Ocean to test out its parachutes.
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PiPad: The Raspberry Pi tablet

ZDNet - 21 Jan 2014 21:17
You can't buy a PiPad, but you can turn your Raspberry Pi into a tablet with some odds and ends and elbow grease.
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Two people arrested by authorities in Texas were using stolen credit cards which came from the massive Target data breach, officials said.
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iPad Air $40 Off, A TV Fit forWhether you're writing your verse of the world's story, or just want to play Temple Run in bed, you can pick up a new iPad Air for $40 off today.
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We're closer than ever to the kind of see-through projection screens that are a staple in science-fiction portrayals of the future. Transparent screens could be the key to a lot of "augmented reality"... applications, from shop window displays to smart glasses and car windshields (imagine if your GPS lit up, not on a tiny screen above you, but right in front of you).
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Y Combinator Announces FemaleY Combinator, one of the most successful and impressive accelerators in the world, has today announced the Female Founders Conference, an event meant to shed light on the journey to entrepreneurship... for many females. Founders from all walks of startup life will come on as speakers, including Eventbrite founder Julia Hartz, Homejoy founder Adora Chung, VMawre founder Diane Greene, and YC's own Jessica Livingston. All of the speakers are YC alumni.
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New surface treatment stopsYou've probably seen it in your kitchen cookware, or inside old plumbing pipes: scaly deposits left over time by hard, mineral-laden water. It happens not only in pipes and cooking pots in the home,... but also in pipelines and valves that deliver oil and gas, and pipes that carry cooling water inside power plants.Scale, as these deposits are known, causes inefficiencies, downtime, and maintenance issues. In the oil and gas industry, scale has sometimes led to the complete shutdown, at least temporarily, of operating wells. So addressing this problem could have a big payoff.Now a team of researchers at MIT has come up with a potential solution to this huge but little-recognized problem. A new kind of surface treatment -- involving nanoscale texturing of the surface, which is then coated with...
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Bitcoin: Marc AndreessenFor more than two decades now, Marc Andreessen has been in the business of figuring out the future of technology before most of us understand it. He proved that he had a knack for that when he... co-invented the graphical web browser and co-founded Netscape; these days, he runs one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture-capital firms and is, at 42, one of the industry’s wise old grizzled veterans. He’s also a talented writer. Over at the New York Times’ Dealbook blog, he’s contributed a long, wonderfully coherent post about why everybody — not just venture capitalists, futurists and geeks — should care about the virtual currency known as Bitcoin. A sample: For example, with Bitcoin, the huge hack that recently stole 70 million consumers' credit card information from the...
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GitHub President Becomes CEO,So now is the time for top execs at middle stage technology companies to trade titles with each other, apparently: GitHub has just announced that co-founder Tom Preston-Werner will be taking over the... role of President from fellow co-founder Chris Wanstrath, who is moving into the CEO position made vacant by Preston-Werner. It sounds familiar because WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg just did essentially the same thing with Toni Schneider at Automattic. For GitHub, the switch seems designed to shake things up a bit in terms of giving Preston-Werner time to take a more hands-on approach to R&D and “growth opportunities within the company,” according to a blog post he ran announcing the news. Preston-Werner will also remain the primary face of the company, he says. Wanstrath, for his part,...
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Riots in Kiev, Ukraine, hit an all-time high this week after the nation's parliament passed laws to crack down on mass demonstrations. Opposition leaders called the move “a constitutional coup... d’état.” Protesters swarmed police, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. In return, police fired rubber bullets and flash grenades. At time of writing, the violence hadn't died down. Here are images from the thick of it. See also: 9 Essential Twitter Sources for Ukrainian Conflict News
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60-Year Global TemperatureSince 1950, average temperatures have increased 1.1°F to an average of 58.3° in 2013. Increase in greenhouse gas levels continue to drive the temperature increase.
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Alienware's sleek, sexy SteamI can't explain it, but over the course of the past two weeks, Alienware's Steam Machine started to look good, even to a devoted PC builder like me. Moderate price for moderate specs, a sleek and sexy... case design--I could almost understand why Valve managing director Gabe Newell was so excited about the thing. But that sleek case comes at a cost--Alienware general manager Frank Azor confirmed to TrustedReviews that the company's Steam Machine will not be upgradable. "There will be no customization options; you can't really update it," said Azor. Oh, and your reward is that you'll be able to buy a brand-new Alienware Steam Machine with updated specs every year, if that's what you want. So much for open The news seems to fly in the face of what we thought was Valve's mission. Back in...
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A new contest from Quicken Loans makes Powerball look like small change. The financial services brand is offering $1 billion to the person who completes a perfect bracket in this year's NCAA March... men's college basketball championship. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will insure the prize. Anyone who completes that feat will get their cash in 40 annual installments of $25 million. If you can't wait, you can get $500 million in a lump sum. See also: Warren Buffett Joins Twitter However, as USA Today recently noted, the odds of actually completing a perfect bracket are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. You would have a better chance of hitting four holes-in-one in a single round of golf. Alternatively, if everyone in the U.S. filled out a bracket, there would be a perfect one every 400 years
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Strange Ball Lightning CaughtThe strange phenomenon known as ball lightning that has been reported for centuries was caught, by chance, on high-speed video by researchers studying conventional lightning, providing insight into... the weird, glowing orbs.
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Lamborghini's ludicrousNot surprisingly, the Lamborghini Urus has been the subject of quite a few rumors. At least we know the Rambo Lambo will arrive in 2017, although we may not know what to make of it when it does. The... post Lamborghini’s ludicrous off-roader SUV, the Urus, confirmed for 2017 production date appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Season Shot lets you spice upInstead of steel pellets, Season Shot cartridges are loaded with high-density spice balls that will bring down your game and season it from the inside out.
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New rule for country's online vid site us... WHO'S THAT at the door? Any Chinese netizens who want to post videos to Chinese sites online will have to do so under their real names from now on, the... official regulator has said....
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President Obama Pushing Support for Technology Industry

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 21:02
President Obama PushingPresident Obama is pushing an initiative to create 15 innovation partnership centers across the country, funded, in part, by $1 billion in federal support. Congress never approved the money, but the... administration is still moving forward on three sites with previously approved funding. In a recent address, President Obama touted a new manufacturing institute: "Today, I'm here to act," Obama told students at North Carolina State University, the leading partner behind the new innovation center in the Research Triangle. The goal, he said, was "to help make Raleigh-Durham and America a magnet for the good high-tech manufacturing jobs that a growing middle class requires and that are going to continue to keep this country on the cutting edge." The new innovation center is a public-private...
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Hitachi hard drives are theIf data loss as a result of critical hard drive failures are a significant concern to you, then you might want to think about investing in some hard drives made by Hitachi, which BackBlaze says are... the most reliable ones out there. The post Hitachi hard drives are the most reliable, says BackBlaze appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft and Machinima brushMicrosoft’s partnership with Machinima to pay YouTube users to promote the Xbox One has generated controversy, and raised some questions this week. While the practice isn’t unusual itself, leaked... documents appeared to show that YouTube stars were being asked to stay quiet about deals to promote and mention the Xbox One in videos. Machinima and Microsoft are now acknowledging the controversy, and spokespeople for both companies sent the following joint statement to The Verge:
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Sony releases patch to fixSome PlayStation 4 owners are reporting the error CE-34878-0, which is causing save data corruption, and in some cases more serious problems. Sony claims it now has a fix, but not everyone agrees. The... post Sony releases patch to fix corrupted PlayStation 4 game data, but issues remain appeared first on Digital Trends.
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9 Unusual Ways To Keep YourLet's just cut to the chase -- it's freezing out and we wish our homes could be a little warmer. And while we all know the standard practices from adjusting the thermostat to making sure our windows... are sealed and lighting a fire, there are definitely some tricks we're missing. 1. Close off unused rooms. Keeping doors closed won't just prevent cold air from moving into the rest of the house -- it will help contain the heat you've generated (whether it be from a fireplace, radiator or elsewhere). 2. Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. Whether you know it or not, your ceiling fan needs to be changed seasonally. By setting them clockwise in the winter at a lower speed, you can drive warm air down towards you and your guests. 3. Change your sheets. Again, sometimes simple is...
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iWatch concept ditches theSan Francisco-based designer Todd Hamilton has mocked-up what could be seen as one of the best iWatch concepts to date. Unlike a few others, Hamilton ditched the old-school watch look and went for a... FuelBand-like design. Given its Apple roots, user interface...
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With Traction But Out Of Cash,"There's a lot of glorification of startups and being a founder. People brush the failures under the rug, but that's the worst thing you can do. You kind of have to face it head on" says Moot aka... Christopher Poole. So rather than raise more money for his art apps Canvas and DrawQuest, later today he'll announce they're closing. "No soft-landing, no aquihire, just 'shutting down' shutting down."
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That the Internet is written in ink, not pencil, hasn't dissuaded many from revealing embarrassing facts about themselves online, but few can boast the transparency of comedian Dawn Luebbe. She... recently began uploading her childhood diary to Tumblr, page by painful page. Image: My 1992 Diary My 1992 Diary follows Luebbe's years as a young'un in Nebraska; she rediscovered the private volumes on a trip home and, after prying off the locks, immediately saw their Internet potential. "In reading them, I was completely brought back to the obsessions of a preteen — weird crushes, periods, 90210, shaving my legs, and, most importantly, my bangs," she told the Daily Dot
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Elves, Sprites & Blue Jets:Lightning isn't just the stuff that zips from cloud to ground during a thunderstorm -- there are many strange and mysterious types of lightning, from red sprites and elves high in the sky to eerie... ball lightning floating near the ground.
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Etsy has a long history of being the go-to place for the quirkiest and most unusual products. Anyone can start an Etsy store and sell basically whatever they want, as long as it's their own creation... in some way. As such, the site is absolutely filled ...
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Honda Grom: City CommutesPound for pound, there's no bit of technology that made me happier last year than the brand new Honda Grom motorcycle. Is it cheating that it's not strictly a gadget? I don't care. Even if the Grom... still breaks fast on old-fashioned dino juice, its diminutive size paired with 50-state street legality changed the way I think about city transit and my personal motive needs.
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Create a DIY Light SwitchIf you have a light switch that controls an outlet or a fan you prefer to stay on, you know how frustrating it can be keeping that switch from getting flipped. This DIY light switch guard will save... you that frustration.
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Toddlers and Tablets

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 20:59
Toddlers and TabletsA relative recently told me about her year-old granddaughter's first three words. "She can say 'mama,' 'dada' and 'iPad', "she reported. Have iPads become the new "babas"? Certainly iPads and similar... tablet devices has become far more ubiquitous in young children's lives than ever. In a Fall 2013 study, Common Sense Media reported that while only 8% of American families with children between the ages of 0-8 had some kind of tablet in 2011, just two years later about 40% did. And not surprisingly, because they are more present in homes, tablets are used more frequently by very young children. In fact, both the frequency of use and the amount of time spent using these devices went way up in just two years' time. The "more than one hour of use per day" figure from 2013 cited in this study...
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The European Space Agency and the European Southern Observatory launched a program to track potentially threatening near-Earth objects, NEOs. As part of the Space Situational Awareness program,... asteroid 2009 FD was observed and found to be less likely to hit Earth than previously believed.
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The Onewheel electric skateboard rolls ahead with the idea that you don't need four wheels or a good sense of balance to ride.
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Developer activates Apple'sAhead of Apple’s launch of iOS in the Car later this year, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has seemingly activated the feature inside what we presume is the iOS Simulator. iOS in the Car allows an... iOS 7 user to connect their iOS device to their car’s built-in center console display. On the console, they can use […]
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Kyocera Hydro Plus headed toLow internal specs, but at least you can drop it in the sink and not worry If there's one thing Kyocera is known for, it's releasing inexpensive waterproof devices for carriers. Building on its... relatively successful "Hydro" line, the Kyocera Hydro Plus is headed to Cricket today for just $139 — and that's without a contract. This 3.5-inch (320 x 480) device is rated for 30 minutes of exposure in three feet of water, but given the price you can't expect much on the internal spec sheet. We're looking at a 1GHz processor, a 3.2MP camera, 2GB of storage (with a 4GB SDcard in the box), 512MB of RAM and a 1500mAh battery. Thats all running Android 4.0 with little customization from Kyocera or Cricket aside from the Muve Music service and a few pre-installed apps. You'll also be sticking to...
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While we're so close to the release of the Xbox One-first release of the Call of Duty: Ghosts expansion "Onslaught" we can taste it, there's a bit more work the …
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Github names Wanstrath CEO;Github Co-founder Tom Preston-Werner is taking on a new position as president of the popular project hosting and code repository while Co-founder Chris Wanstrath is now CEO. Wanstrath will lead... execution of current key initiatives while Preston-Warner will take on R&D and scout out new opportunities, […]
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Polar Vortex, Part II? Nah, It's Just Winter

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 20:53
Polar Vortex, Part II? Nah,For better or worse, polar vortex now seems to be shorthand for any bitterly cold winter air blasting into the United States from the Arctic. But this atmospheric weather pattern is really just winter... as usual.
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The next time you're searching for that perfect recipe to please your finicky friends' ever-evolving dietary needs (you know, the vegan today/paleo tomorrow types), you won't have to go further than... Pinterest. The service is folding in a new search ...
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Last year, Apple executive Phil Schiller tweeted a link to a research report that noted significant growth in mobile malware, particularly on Android. The report found that Android accounted for 79... percent of mobile threats, with just 0.7 percent attacking iOS. Today, Schiller followed up, tweeting a link to Cisco's 2014 Annual Security Report. The report, which came out late last week, notes that while overall vulnerabilities are highest since tracking began in 2000, 99 percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices -- leaving iOS devices relatively unscathed thanks to Apple's controlling mobile ecosystem. The report does note that many mobile users encounter phishing or other social engineering websites, something that Apple's security protocols won't necessarily protect users...
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Take a Visual Tour of theRight, I'm going to kick off this post by saying that I am not a squeamish person. I love food, I love meat, and I particularly love pork. In an ideal world, we would all get our meat from the guy in... our village whose family has lovingly cared for their animals over generations, given the animals the best possible life, fed them only the best food, read them a bed-time story every night and given them kilometers of space to roam free in before being humanely and ceremoniously slaughtered by the patriarch of the family.
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Las Vegas is getting one more novelty. Starting this week, patrons will be able to use the online currency Bitcoin to pay for rooms, food and drinks at two downtown casinos.
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Apple SVP Phil Schiller sharesLike he has done before, Apple's Senior Vice President of Marketing Phil Schiller has taken to his Twitter account to share a new report highlighting a much higher amount of security threats on... Android compared to iOS. Schiller linked to Cisco's 2014 annual security report covering mobile malware trends over the last year, which happens to […]
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Hasselblad replaces CEO,Hasselblad has announced a new camera, the H5D-50c which incorporates a 50MP CMOS sensor. This is a step away from the CCD sensors that have been standard in digital medium-format imaging up to now.... The H5D-50c comes weeks after Hasselblad was reported to have quietly replaced its CEO, Dr Larry Hansen. He was the man responsible for the tie-up with Sony that created the Hasselblad Lunar and has been replaced by former chief operating office Ian Rawcliffe. Learn more
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Yahoo big on desktops as world goes mobile

Phys.org - 21 Jan 2014 20:48
Yahoo was the most popular online venue visited from US desktop computers in December as modern lives increasingly revolve around using mobile devices to connect with the Internet.
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Love Really Is Sweet, Science Reveals

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 20:48
Love Really Is Sweet, ScienceBoth candy and water taste sweeter when people think about love. But fortunately, jealousy doesn't make things taste more bitter, a finding that shows the limitations of metaphor.
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If a 24" U2414H monitor for $269 doesn't grab you, how about your very own R2D2?
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Ancient 'Big Freeze' RapidlyAn ancient cold event known as the Younger Dryas is linked to the disappearance of forests in Europe because of drier conditions in the region that occurred relatively quickly after the onset of cold.
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Evidence of Universe'sScientists hope that in just a few months they may get a confirmation of whether accelerated expansion of the universe did indeed take place in the first fleeting moments after the Big Bang.
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Twilio rival Nexmo closes $18MWith $22 million in total funding, Nexmo is gearing up to expand its cloud-based communication service into the world of telco voice.
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BlackBerry Soars 10% OnBlackBerry has an almost uncanny ability to not die when it’s been written off again and again. Today, the Pentagon has announced that it will install 80,000 BlackBerry handsets on its network by... the end of January. According to Fox News, the new phones are part of the Pentagon’s “new mobile program for unclassified work.” BlackBerry’s shares soared 10% in midday trading on the news. The Pentagon’s faith in BlackBerry gives the company the sort of credibility it needs to retain corporate clients and keep investors interested in its future — that it has one. Today’s gains pushed BlackBerry temporarily north of the $10 per share mark. The company is trading at the time of writing a hair below that threshold. BlackBerry ended 2013 at $7.44, meaning it is up around 34% so far...
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The Healthcare.gov website has had its fair share of troubles since launch, and one that has been persistent among them is claims of security vulnerabilities. TrustedSec's CEO David Kennedy has …
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Spark, Adafruit, and homebrew solutions dip their toes in smart home territory.
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Spark, Adafruit, and homebrew solutions dip their toes in smart home territory.
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Justin Rice - A Sun Amidst theNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: From summer intern to napkin speech writer, Justin is making waves through the Goddard Community.
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AWS is slashing Elastic Block Store pricing by as much as 50 percent in select regions.
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Football vs. Soccer YouTubeEvery YouTube argument should be read by these two gentlemen... by law. Via Reddit
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And gets aggressive by slamming Samsung's Knox for being "easily" hackable.
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A Forrester study of which brands makes consumers happy shows Apple slipping. Amazon remains top of the tech heap.
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sciencehabit writes "The European comet-chasing probe Rosetta is up and running again today after it successfully roused itself from a 2½-year sleep and signaled anxious controllers on the ground.... The spacecraft had been put into hibernation during the most distant part of its 10-year journey in pursuit of comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko because sunlight was too dim to keep its solar-powered systems running. Dozing in a slow stabilizing spin, Rosetta could not receive signals from the ground, so there was a risk that some problem might prevent it from responding to its preset alarm call at 10:00 GMT. Even then, there were many processes to go through before news reached Earth: The spacecraft's heaters would need to warm up its systems, its startrackers get a fix, boosters halt the spin,...
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[From AppleTell] Blackguards first chapter is now available as a free demo, bringing with it the finalized game features and advanced character creation missing from the Steam Early Access.
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3D Printing's On A Roll, ButHere's a bit of irony: 3D printing is suffering from an image problem.  This maker movement has been plagued by a reputation for producing plastic knickknacks via complicated, costly machines that... are really only suitable for businesses. If 3D printing wants to court mainstream customers--and it badly does--it needs to change this image. With the hype and attention on consumer 3D printing ramping up, 2014 might be a make-it-or-break-it year for the industry. And that has spurred the major players--and growing competition--to focus on driving down prices and making their machines simpler to use. Those are key steps toward boosting mainstream appeal of 3D printing, but it will take more than that. Much more. Like showing people what they can do with this technology, and why they need it in...
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40 impressive iPad Air andIt looks great, it's comfortable to hold, but the lightest, slimmest iPad ever is definitely going to need some protection. Check out our top picks for the best iPad Air cases to add function and... style to your Apple tablet. We've got iPad 1-4 Cases, too. The post 40 impressive iPad Air and iPad 2 cases and covers to consider appeared first on Digital Trends.
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As expected, iPhone 4 onceAs we mentioned last week, Apple has reintroduced the iPhone 4 on the market in India as a low cost option, reports The India Times. While Apple’s iPhone 4 is still supported by its latest operating... system iOS 7, it’s certainly not a stunning example of smartphone performance, and industry observers seem skeptical of Apple’s pricing […]
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If you drink a lot of the same food or beverage, you’ll eventually be able to pick out the finer points of how it tastes. Wine is a wonderful example, as there is an overwhelming amount of options... available, but two things can taste almost identical to the untrained tongue. Coffee is very similar, and
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The Phoenix Photo Editor joins a crowded field of photo editors for iOS, but it's free and has a wide selection of features. Of course the app has the usual filters and tools for cropping and... saturation. It also adds high-end features like lighting ...
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Remote Desktop Tool LogMeIn Is No Longer Free

Life Hacker - 21 Jan 2014 20:30
Remote Desktop Tool LogMeIn IsLogMeIn, one of our favorite remote desktop tools , has suddenly pulled the plug on the free version. If you want to continue using it, you'll need to pay up or switch to an alternative if you want to... continue being able to remotely control your PC from anywhere .
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Why would you stick with a boring old ultrasound when you could have a replica fetus thanks to the magic of 3D printing?
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Alienware's Steam MachinesAlienware general manager Frank Azor confirms that the company's small form factor Steam Machines that were revealed at CES 2014 won't support part upgrades, but they'll evolve every year with new... hardware releases. The post Alienware’s Steam Machines will be just like a console … you won’t be able to upgrade it appeared first on Digital Trends.
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'Candy Crush Saga' makerKing, the developer of the ultra-addictive "Candy Crush Saga" video game, has received the trademark for the word "candy" and is now enforcing it against a few games that also use the word in their... names.     
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Evidence for UniverseScientists hope that in just a few months they may get a confirmation of whether accelerated expansion of the universe did indeed take place in the first fleeting moments after the Big Bang.
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How to create and manageOne of Google's Chrome's flagship features is the ability to sign in with your Google account and sync your history, bookmarks, apps, and extensions across multiple PCs. Signing in also helps improve... your Google Now suggestions, and automatically signs you in to Google services like Gmail, Drive, and Google+. The downside: If you share a PC at home, other family members can start searching the web as you by simply opening Chrome. Ruh-roh! Luckily, Chrome's multiple profile support can help, providing an easy-peasy way for multiple people to use the same browser without worrying about imposters or having to constantly sign in and out of Google profiles. Getting started First, open Chrome's menu--the icon with three horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner--and open the Settings...
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Verizon to Buy Intel's TV Division

ABC News - 21 Jan 2014 20:24
Verizon to Buy Intel's TVThe deal marks Verizon's big push for its FiOS service.     
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Straw Could Power Jets

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 20:24
Straw Could Power JetsRenewable biofuels are sometimes criticized for effecting food prices when they use food crops, which is why a research program in France is aiming to turn straw and other agricultural waste into jet... fuel.
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Petnet raises $1.1M to buildPetnet wants to imbue innocuous pet accessories with intelligence, starting with the food dish.
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15 Windows 8.1 keyboardKeyboard shortcuts can be your best friend, especially when navigating through an OS that you're not particularly familiar with. Check out these 15 Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts here. The post 15... Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts and how to use them appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Spacebel of Belgium on Jan. 20 formalized a longstanding contract with the Vietnamese government to build a 100-kilogram Earth observation satellite for launch in 2017.
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The social network adds dietary filters and the ability to search by ingredients.
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In his foundation's annual letter, Gates says it's a myth that poorer countries cannot become wealthier.
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Video: How to use aVarious game controllers have been specifically created for use with iOS devices in games that support MFi (Made for iPhone) controllers, but Sony's PS3 DualShock 3 controllers can't be used by... PlayStation owners to play iOS games. Running the default iOS 7 operating system, the iPhone and iPad won't connect to the PS3 controller, but as soon as they're jailbroken, they can be used together with Sony's controller. In order to make it all happen, there's a $1.99 jailbreak app called Controllers for All, which pairs the controller with an iOS device with help of a Mac/PC/Linux utility called SixPair, iDownloadBlog reports. The creator of Controllers for All says that more controllers will be supported on jailbroken devices in the future,
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[GamerTell] Let's kickstart La-Mulana 2

Technology Tell - 21 Jan 2014 20:20
[From GamerTell] The story of La-Mulana continues with La-Mulana 2. Another Kosugi must enter the ruins.
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Do Kids Really Need a Smartwatch?

Gizmodo - 21 Jan 2014 20:20
Do Kids Really Need aAt the London Toy Fair 2014, VTech has decided that the recent trend in wearable electronics should apply to kids too. So the company's new Kidizoom Smartwatch straps a 1.4-inch color touchscreen... display, 0.3-megapixel camera, and various games, apps, and clock faces to your kids' wrist for somewhere around $66.
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Cyber-Harassment Is Real:One of the stickiest issues in the conversation about combating online harassment is the fact that it's, you know, online. The perpetrator is inside the victim's computer, not under their bed. It's... easy for law enforcement and the public at large to dismiss cyber-stalking as "just trolling," as "boys will be boys," as something clearly less dangerous than the "real thing"--even when perpetrators dig up personal details and deluge victims with explicit threats. Hey, don't feed the trolls, ladies! Calm down, that's just the internet!
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It's a Perfect Day For aAs snow continues to clutter up the Eastern Seaboard, you'd be hard-pressed not to long for a ride in RaptorTRAX. It is, gently put, an unstoppable snow-chewing behemoth.
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One-quarter of sharks and raysA quarter of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Apple's push to bring educational tools and content to the masses continues this week with word that its iBooks Textbooks and iTunes U Course Manager will now be available in more than 50 countries... throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America.
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API Healthcare's products are already in service at more than 1,600 hospitals and staffing agencies nationwide.
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T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z1S Review

Slash Gear - 21 Jan 2014 20:17
To say that Sony is participating in the current "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" trend would be an understatement if you've been keeping track of their hero Xperia …
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LogMeIn Kills Its EponymousAnother day, another free service goes to the dogs -- or logs as the case may be. LogMeIn, a provider of remote connectivity services, 10 years ago made a name for itself by offering easy-to-use, free... services to access other computers and files remotely -- with the idea being the company could upsell them to paid services. Today, however, the company took a turn away from its legacy product, announcing that it is discontinuing LogMeIn Free.
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As yet another major winter storm moves across the U.S. Tuesday, now 's probably a good time to tour a tropical paradise. For those of us who can't do it physically, a virtual tour will have to... suffice. Google Street View, perhaps better characterized as "beach view" in this instance, recently added thousands of 360-degree panoramic images of five landmasses in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The images of the five remote islands — Tern Island and East Island at French Frigate Shoals, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, and Pearl and Hermes Atoll — cover 20 miles located within the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pad &Take a few minutes out of your lunch break to snack on some tasty deals! Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and... subscribe to the new Safari push notifications feature. Today’s can’t miss deals: Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 5/5S […]
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Neutrino Telescopes Launch New Era of Astronomy

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 20:13
Neutrino Telescopes Launch NewWhen scientists using a giant, icy detector in Antarctica announced in November they had found evidence of neutrino particles from outer space, scientists hailed the discovery as the beginning of a... new era in neutrino astronomy.
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This Is What A Canadian Supercar Looks Like

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 20:12
This Is What A CanadianCanada can now proudly announce it will be the home of one supercar company. The brainchild of Canadian race car driver Antoine Bessette, Felino will be headquartered in Quebec and will produce a... supercar called the cB7. The company revealed a second-generation prototype of the vehicle at the Montreal Auto Show last week. The cB7 is a supercar with styling that's, let's say, unique. Autoblog Canada graciously writes that it "looks like an evil step-child of the Batmobile." Regardless of where the car's design falls on your personal beauty spectrum, however, we can all agree the thing looks mean. And, in theory, it should be one mean supercar. Though Felino is quick to note the car's final specifications may change by its reported sale date in summer 2014, the preliminary specs are...
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Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Miami Herald - 21 Jan 2014 20:12
Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Jan. 15, 2014.
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Freevo media center developerThe developer of Freevo, a pioneering media center app for Linux, Windows and OS X, announced that the app won't receive any future updates. Freevo, which was first released in 2002, combined DVR and... media playback capabilities for home theater PCs. Freevo's developer wrote Monday on […]
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[From HomeTechTell] You need help running your household, and 'Mother' can help. Here's how the brilliant new Internet of Things starter kit can get you on the road to a cleaner, healthier, more... enjoyable life!
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It was bound to happen: A developer claims that he built the first Google Glass app designed for sex. No, not porn — sex. Sex With Glass is designed to let partners share their point of view with... each other to "experience sex like never before." The idea is that both parties will don Glass for the encounter, and the app will send a live video stream to the other person's display upon the command, "OK, Glass, it's time," letting them see what they see in real time. You stop the stream with the words, "OK, Glass, pull out," according to the app's website. See also: 8 Great Hidden Features in iOS 7
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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.
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Levels of depression and anxiety in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are higher than previously reported, according to new research. As a result of their findings, a multi-center team says
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New research demonstrates, for the first time, the existence of an epigenetic lesion in the hippocampus of the brain of patients with Alzheimer's
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There is much value in training hospital and nursing home staff in the basics of palliative care to make the last days of a dying patient's life as comfortable and dignified as possible. A recent... study identifies the benefits of introducing palliative care strategies, typical of hospices, within the setting of acute care centers. These findings can have a wide impact, as most Americans will eventually die within the inpatient setting of a hospital or nursing home.
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Economic history: The long shadow of World War II

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 20:07
World War II ravaged much of Europe, and its long-term effects are still being felt. A new survey shows that elderly people who experienced the war as children are more likely to suffer from
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Google's next tablet may be an 8-inch experience from Asus, according to a source.
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Patient centered medical homes have been found to be an effective way to help care for patients with chronic diseases such as
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Taxing sugar - before it's added to processed foods - would reduce obesity-related disease in America, and cut medical costs to boot, according to research.
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AML is a blood cancer, but for many patients the cancer may originate from an unusual source: a mutation in their bone cells. In a study published, researchers explain that a mutation in the bone... cells called osteoblasts, which build new bone, causes AML in mice. The mutation was found in nearly 40 percent of patients with AML or myelodysplastic syndrome, a precursor condition, who were examined as part of the study.
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Facebook and Google refuse potEven though big internet companies can target ads to specific locations, they are still reluctant to allow marijuana advertising.
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ISP blames unspecified attack for morning outage A widespread DNS outage hit China on Tuesday‪, leaving millions of surfers adrift.‬...
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PS4 Error Corrupts Saved Files For Hundreds Of Players

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 20:02
PS4 Error Corrupts Saved FilesSony is investigating a PlayStation 4 error that causes some players to lose saved data, according to Polygon. Known as CE-34878-0, the error indicates that an application has crashed and reportedly... corrupts saved files, resulting in what could be hours of lost progress for players. On rare occasions, users report that the error prevents them from opening apps and even "bricks" their consoles, rendering them useless. A photo of the error screen. Hundreds of PS4 owners have taken to the message boards to express their frustration. The 37-page th
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Supposing you've seen the error "CE-34878-0" in your PlayStation 4 in the recent past, you'll likely be none-to-thrilled about how much of a game you've had to re-play as a …
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Unlocking the brain's secrets using sound

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 20:00
Scientists might be on the verge of finally understanding how ultrasound affects nerve cells. The breakthrough could lead the way to important new medical advances, including the noninvasive treatment... of epileptic seizures and restoration of sight.
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Researchers find a statistically significant correlation between longer normal withdrawal time and higher (overall) polyp detection rates, adenoma detection rates, and serrated polyp detection
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Although a voluntary shopping cart safety standard was implemented in the United States in 2004, the overall number and rate of injuries to children associated with shopping carts have not decreased.... In fact, the number and rate of concussions/closed head injuries have continued to climb, according to a new study.
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Possible new druggable target in Ewing's Sarcoma

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 20:00
A new study shows that downstream from the oncogenic fusion of genes EWS with FLI1 is a signaling chain that includes microRNA-22 and the gene KDM3A. By targeting these links, researchers hope to
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How Can I Make the TransitionDear Lifehacker,I recently got promoted to a more managerial position in my company, which is great--but I'm a little nervous about making the transition, especially since I'm managing all my former... friends and co-workers. Got any tips for a managerial first-timer?
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. TUAW's Daily Deals The... Pocket-Sized USB Power Pack [On sale for ...
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Facebook's latest News Feed algorithm tweak will likely be good news for users, but could prove to be another headache for brands. Facebook announced Tuesday that it will start showing more text... status updates from users in the News Feed, but it will downplay the number of text status updates from Pages See also: Marketers Learn to Play by Facebook's Changing Rules "This will help us show people more content they want to see," Chris Turitzin, a Facebook product manager, wrote in a blog post. "Page admins can expect a decrease in the distribution of their text status updates, but they may see some increases in engagement and distribution for other story types."
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RGZ Team Spotlight: Stas Shabala

Galaxy Zoo - 21 Jan 2014 19:59
RGZ Team Spotlight: StasTo introduce you to the Radio Galaxy Zoo team, we’re doing a series of blog posts written by each team member — in no particular order. Meet Stas Shabala, our team Project Manager from the... University of Tasmania, Australia: I grew up in Tasmania, a gorgeous part of the world which also happens to be the place […]
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Hands-on with the Moto G Grip Shell

Android Central - 21 Jan 2014 19:58
Hands-on with the Moto G GripIt's a Moto G replacement shell — with more grip — in an array of bright colors.​ Motorola's Moto G (be sure to read our full review) brings a (relatively) low-cost phone while keeping the... ability to customize. And one of those ways is with the Grip Shell. It's in the same vein as the $14.99 replacement shells and ads in a bumper-like edging around the phone.  It's a simple enough proposition, and easy to swap on and off. (Just be sure to remove the stock shell before trying to put this one on.) Slide the top end of the phone into the shell, work your way around the rubber edging, and you're good to go. It might take a little prying, but nothing unexpected. As you'd expect with a name like Grip Shell, you get a fair amount of grip added to the phone — not a bad thing in the...
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Could this be what finallyFans of hit HBO shows have long dreamed of the day when they can watch their favorite programs online without having to subscribe to an expensive cable bundle. While HBO has given no indication that... it will ever sever ties with the cable companies that distribute its content, that could change if new trends flagged by the NPD Group keep accelerating. Essentially, the NPD Group found that the percentage of Internet-using households that subscribe to a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu Plus increased from 23% to 27% from March 2012 to August 2013 while the percentage that subscribed to a premium TV channel such as HBO or Showtime declined from 38% to 32% over the same period. While
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State of Maryland opts forAdhering to the saying "be quick but don't hurry," the State of Maryland is in the midst of three and a half year migration to Google Apps, saying the measured, deliberate rollout is a better approach... than a big-bang implementation. The state chose Google Apps in 2011, after deciding it wanted a cloud email and collaboration suite to replace a variety of on-premises and heterogenous email systems across more than 50 agencies. It has now moved about 33,000 employees to Google Apps, so it has about 21,000 more staffers to go, as it gradually turns off internal servers running Novell's Groupwise, Microsoft's Exchange and other systems from other vendors. "We're over the halfway hump and we have a lot of momentum," said Greg Urban, CTO and deputy CIO of the State of Maryland.
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Hyundai planning MercedesHyundai is reportedly considering a performance version of the redesigned 2015 Genesis, combining the current 5.0-liter V8 with all-wheel drive. Could it be a bargain Mercedes S63 AMG rival? The post... Hyundai planning Mercedes AMG-rivaling, V8-powered Genesis Sedan? You bet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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cold fjord writes with this excerpt from Computerworld: "[W]hite hat hacker David Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSec, may feel like he's beating his head against a stone wall. Kennedy said, 'I don't... understand how we're still discussing whether the website is insecure or not. ... It is insecure — 100 percent.' Kennedy has continually warned that healthcare.gov is insecure. In November, after the website was allegedly 'fixed,' he told Congress it was even more vulnerable to hacking and privacy breaches. ... 'Out of the issues identified last go around, there has been a half of a vulnerability closed out of the 17 previously disclosed ... other security researchers have also identified an additional 20+ exposures on the site.' ... Kennedy said he was able to access 70,000 records within four...
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The social network determined that this type of update is undesirable in News Feed.
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Glittering Specks of Blue | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 19:52
Glittering Specks of Blue |The glittering specks in this cool space wallpaper, resembling a distant flock of flying birds, are the stars that make up the dwarf galaxy ESO 540-31.
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A freshly-published patent application describes a trackpad that jettisons the usual click buttons in favor of sensors and tactile feedback.
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Oscar Nominated Films of 2014 All Used ARRI Cameras

The Phoblographer - 21 Jan 2014 19:49
All of the films in the Cinematography, Directing and Best Picture categories this year used ARRI cameras. The post Oscar Nominated Films of 2014 All Used ARRI Cameras appeared first on The... Phoblographer.     
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Technology And Disruption

The Huffington Post - 21 Jan 2014 19:49
Technology And DisruptionUp until about 20 years ago, it was simply another, somewhat uncommon way to speak about interference. Now, "disruption" is a thing each of us knowingly permits, and that purported leaders both intend... and seek -- without really asking whether there is some value worth preserving in whatever order we're upsetting.
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Zirtual Opens Up To AllowZirtual, which operates a marketplace to match up busy professionals with virtual executive assistants, is ready to go big. After three years of operating in invite-only mode, the company is opening... up the floodgates to enable anyone to hire a virtual assistant for as little as $99 a month.
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Snapchat comes to the Mac withSince the app's release, Snapchat has only been available for smartphones. An official desktop client has never been created, and due to the nature of the app, it doesn't seem like one ever will.... That's not to say you'll never be able to send snaps from your Mac, though A new app called Snapped was […]
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5 Intriguing Things: Submergence Special Edition

The Atlantic - 21 Jan 2014 19:47
An homage to the novel Submergence in five links.     
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 21 Jan 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: why humans dehumanise, how Rosetta hit the snooze button, multiverses and fantasy, stardust clues to life and more     
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Just days after Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple couldn't get rid of antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich, Retuers reports that a federal appeals court has granted Apple a temporary reprieve from its... court-appointed monitorship. The 2nd U.S. ...
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I have learned many lessons in my years as a professional photographer, but if there is one that really sticks out it is that every time I have gone for the cheaper option is has cost far more than I... have saved in the long run. Let me give you some examples: Purchased generic batteries […]
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Though most of the MacBooks you'll see out in the wild today - from the last few years, that is - work without any apparent buttons under their surface, they …
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The number sequence "123456" has overtaken "password" as the most common worst password among Internet users, an online security firm says.
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30-Second Tech Trick: How toIf you don’t have 30 seconds to watch the above video, here’s how to do it. 1. Launch Gmail. 2. Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, then Settings. 3. Click the Labs tab. 4. Find Undo... Send and click Enable. 5. Scroll down and click Save Changes. The next time you send an email, you’ll have 10 seconds to undo it. That’s all she wrote. Other tech tricks: 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Retrace Your Steps on Google Maps 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Open Bottles with a Mac Laptop Charger 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Choose the Right Size TV 30-Second Tech Trick: How to Charge Your Phone Faster More 30-Second Tech Tricks
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If you've been using LogMeIn's free account, you might, nay will, need to find another option. The remote desktop service is no longer offering its gratis service, forcing existing users to either... migrate to one of the paid accounts, or move over to ...
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Higher-income Americans hitHigher-income Americans and some legally married same-sex couples are likely to feel the biggest hits from tax law changes when they file their returns in the next month or two. Taxpayers also will... have a harder time taking medical deductions this year.
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Google Glass Sex App Lets YouIt was only a matter of time before the voyeuristic world of Google Glass collided with sex. "Sex with Google Glass," a new app for the wearable technology, lets you watch -- and record -- yourself... having sex from all angles and even "see what your partner can see," the app's website claims. The app operates on command and works like this: Just say, "OK Glass, it's time," and Glass will stream to you and your partner what you each can see; when you're ready to finish just say, "OK Glass, pull out." Ah, modern romance. "We are trying to change the way you experience something personal. It's about seeing two perspectives, at the same time. Seamlessly," Sherif Maktabi, one of the app's developers and a product design student at London's Central Saint Martins art college, told The Huffington...
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Take that, Google! This app serves up a more desktoplike interface for watching clips on the go.
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Supreme Court rejects SAPThe U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from SAP of a US$391 million judgment given to Versata Software in a patent lawsuit the latter filed, but SAP is vowing to fight onward. "Today's action by... the Court was unfortunate but not unexpected," SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie said via email on Tuesday. "SAP will continue to move forward with this litigation. The patent claims at issue were declared invalid last year by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That issue remains on appeal. We continue to believe we will prevail in this matter." That ruling, which occurred in June, set a legal landmark as the first one given under the America Invents Act. The legislation gives the U.S. Patent and Trade Office the ability to review the validity of patents covering "business methods," such as the one...
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The iPhone Home Screen has room for 20 app icons on the front page and four Dock icons across the bottom, with even more app spots available for the iPad. If that seems like 20 icons too many for you,... using a little trick lets users create a completely blank home screen page in iOS, ...
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Microsoft Secretly PaidSeeing a lot of videos fawning over the Xbox One on YouTube recently? It may not be a coincidence. According to a report on Monday from Ars Technica, Microsoft is paying YouTubers to post both... positive or neutral mentions of the Xbox One on the video site. The promotion is born out a "stealth promotional campaign" that Microsoft struck with Machinima.com, a website popular for posting "machinima" -- or animated, cinematic videos created by recording video game gameplay. Last week, an email sent to one of the Machinima's top personalities was leaked, promoting a deal offering $3 in exchange for each 1,000 views on a video promoting the Xbox One. Such a video needed to include at least 30 seconds of Xbox One footage along with a verbal mention of the new system. The email indicates that the...
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Hands-on: Scalextric RCS RaceScalextric has been around for a while, but the company has used the London Toy Fair 2014 to introduce the first 1:32 scale slot car Race Control System that will let you use a Bluetooth-enabled... device to wirelessly create and manage races. Scalextric...
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Browser beware: A list ofThe NSA is watching your every move (not really) and malicious hackers are trying to steal your data at every turn (really), so the last thing you need is for your own Web browser to start working... against you as well. Following recent revelations that some Chrome extensions were packed with adware, Google quickly responded and removed them from the Chrome Web Store. The problem apparently goes much further than the few extensions Google axed, however, and How-To Geek recently ran a post to help bring the issue to light. The site compiled a list of eight Chrome extensions that spy on you, two Firefox extensions known to spy, and 26 additional Chrome extensions that include adware. How-To Geek also
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Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH Review

Photography Blog - 21 Jan 2014 19:30
The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH is a new portrait lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering an 85mm focal length, an ultra-bright maximum aperture of f/1.2, fast and... near-silent focusing, and built in optical image stabilisation, this short tele-photo lens is perfect for head and shoulder portraits. Read our Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH review to find out if it's a must-have lens for Micro Four Thirds users. Read the review »     
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In March of last year, I had the pleasure of testing the Jackery Giant, a 10,400 mAh external battery back that works well with both iPhone and iPad. Today the company has released its first... rechargeable battery case for the iPhone 5 and 5s, the ...
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Clean the Grime Between YourWhen you clean your oven, chances are one area will still be neglected and dirty: the oven window glass. That's because stains can get caught between the glass window. Anna Moseley shows us how to... finally clean it, using a hanger and a glass cleaning wipe.
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Google Glass Explorers come in all varieties and Glassware of many sorts is in development, all of it aiming to augment our existence in a new and functional way. One …
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An Ohio man claimed that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass led to federal agents interrogating him and his wife over the weekend.
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A man wearing Google Glass in an Ohio movie theater says the FBI pulled him out and accused him of recording the movie with his device.
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The power grid is starting toIs there a new dawn of smarter power grid tools emerging? Finally?
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[From GamerTell] King.com, creator of the infamous Candy Crush, has successfully trademarked use of the word "Candy" in clothing, video games, gambling services, and more.
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Syrian Electronic Army hitsThe hacker group known as the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has hit Microsoft once again - the fourth such attack in less than a month. This time, the pesky cyber-miscreants managed to break into the... Microsoft Office Blogs site. The post Syrian Electronic Army hits Microsoft … for the fourth time in a month appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Three-year, 27,000 drive studyIf you're looking to upgrade your PC's hard drive in the next few months, you might want to take a look at an interesting blog post from online backup provider Backblaze. After shining a general light... on how long hard drives actually last late last year, the company took to its blog on Tuesday to provide a detailed look at how consumer-grade hard drives from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital performed in Backblaze's storage pods. By the end of 2013, Backblaze had more than 27,000 consumer-grade hard drives spinning away in its storage facilities, backing up photos, mp3s, and important documents for its users. Those may not be Google-sized numbers, but tens of thousands of drives are certainly enough to glean a few trends. The company took a look at the failure rates for a wide range of...
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Life After Net Neutrality?Always beware when the PR and marketing types cloak obnoxious business practices in the lingo of "greater value" for customers and their "key strategic partners." Code words for: we're putting... handcuffs and you and don't bother screaming because no one will help you. Case in point: the new "verify" policy from ABC. To watch the most recent episodes of your favorite shows, you have to log in and verify that you pay some cable company for a TV subscription. Like many people, I no longer want to pay a cable company $80 or $100 a month to watch TV. So I don't have a cable TV subscription. I prefer to watch TV the old fashioned way: just turn on the TV machine (my desktop computer) and watch a show, commercials and all. Just like I used to do when I was a kid back in the 1960s watching Speed...
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Adidas updates Smart Run watchAdidas released a sizable update for its Smart Run training watch on Tuesday, addressing the complaints voiced by early users. The update is now available to download on the training watch, adding the... ability to export GPS data from runs. It also improves...
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One of the Expedition 38 crew members aboard the ISS recorded this image which features the Manicouagan Crater and reservoir located primarily in Manicouagan Regional County Municipality in the... Cote-Nord region of Quebec, Canada....
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Miniature 'Minuum' keyboardMinuum is the miniature Android keyboard that adds real estate while trying not to compromise your typing experience. We've just spotted the keyboard on an entirely new platform aside from your... average smartphone: a amartwatch. The post Miniature ‘Minuum’ keyboard spotted on a Galaxy Gear appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Taco Bell and T-Mobile have both gained attention in recent months for engaging with customers and other brands on Twitter, but a new study shows most big brands still hold off from the practice.... During the final three months of 2013, 98 of Interbrand's top 100 global brands tweeted at least once and the average company tweeted 12 times per day, according to data from Simply Measured, a social media analytics provider. However, the report also found that 54% of these Interbrand companies send less than one @-reply per day. See also: Why Brands Want to Have a "Two-Way Conversation" With You "While top brands are dedicating resources to brand promotion, many aren’t engaging with users in a one-on-one capacity," Simply Measured's team notes in the report. One caveat, though, is some of...
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This Digital Stethoscope CanPhysicians have been successfully diagnosing heart conditions using just their stethoscopes and ears for years now. But how many particularly subtle issues, like heart murmurs, have gone unnoticed?... With the ViScope MD from HD Medical Inc., hopefully none ever do. It adds audio filters, a visual readout, and automatic murmur detection to a standard stethoscope to enhance what doctors already hear, ensuring nothing gets missed.
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Police Officer Ariel SolturaWhen a police officer in Rosenberg, Texas, saw a young boy playing football by himself on Saturday, he decided to take two minutes out of his day to throw the pigskin. Footage from the dash cam... mounted to his police car caught the wonderful moment between Officer Ariel Soltura and the boy -- later identified by KPRC Local 2 as 10-year-old Jermaine Ford. The clip has since garnered national attention after being posted to the Rosenberg Police Department Facebook page. Post by Rosenberg Police Department. Soltura told KTRK that he could tell the boy was by himself and not waiting for other kids to come. The officer knew even a 2-minute game could make a difference. "It's important because we all live in this world together," Soltura told the station. "We all make an impact in this world and...
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Facebook Starts Showing FewerFacebook has just announced a slight tweak to the Newsfeed algorithm. The newest version of the Newsfeed will show fewer text-based status updates from Pages, but will serve more text-based status... updates from users. The good news for Pages administrators is that Facebook will probably be distributing more status updates from Pages that are media- or link-based, as opposed to text-based.
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Yahoo beat Google, Facebook,Yahoo, which has made strong efforts to reverse its fortunes since CEO Marissa Meyer assumed the throne, scored the most unique visitors among desktop users during the month of December. The post... Yahoo beat Google, Facebook, Twitter for desktop Web traffic in December appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sorry, Kickstarter, you're aKickstarter has long tried to convince the world that it's not a store. And in some ways, that's true. It's not just a store - it's much more than that. Only problem is, it largely functions as a... store, whether it wants to admit as much or not. The post Sorry, Kickstarter, you’re a store (whether you admit it or not) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] Publisher Natsume will be bringing the latest in the Umihara Kawase series to the US via the 3DS eShop as Yumi's Odd Odyssey. The game features a Japanese schoolgirl traversing... surreal platforming challenges with the aid of a bouncy grappling hook, while avoiding fish with legs. It will be the first release in the series to come to the US.
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Sony Xperia Z2 (Sirius) KitKitIt looks like the dam has burst on the Sony Sirius. Not only have we seen some hardware shots and specs detailed, but an extensive leak of what is reported to be Android 4.4 KitKat on the Sony Sirius... has followed. The screenshots reveal a lot about the...
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MakeVR lets anyone build 3DMakeVR, from Sixense, lets anybody create anything using their hands, to be 3D printed into reality. Despite using professional grade CAD software at its core the simple overlaid controls make child's... play of building. MakeVR even allows users to work...
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There are many videos and articles out there condemning the use of Photoshop to alter a model’s body in unnatural ways. The practice is abhorred by most, and hardly a week goes by that another... “Photoshop fail” or controversy doesn’t arise (this week’s featured photos of actress Lena Dunham taken by iconic portrait photographer Annie […]
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The company behind America'sBixi, the company that supplied the bicycles and stations for lauded bike sharing services in cities like New York, Chicago, and Montreal, has filed for bankruptcy, facing almost $50 million in debt... it cannot pay. At the heart of its troubles is buggy software that has led New York and Chicago to refuse to pay millions of dollars, arguing that the promised upgrades to help track and analyze rides have not been delivered.
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An anonymous reader writes "I was able to decode NRF24L01+ and Bluetooth Low Energy protocols using RTL-SDR. As far as I can see, this is the first time NRF24L01+ is being decoded, especially... considering the low entry price for the hardware. Given the extreme popularity of this transceiver, we are likely to see a wave of hackers attacking the security of many wireless gadgets, and they are likely to succeed as security is usually the last priority for hardware designers of such cheap gadgets. A lot of work has been done to decode bluetooth using dedicated hardware, and I am sure this software can be adapted to output the right format as input to existing Bluetooth decoders such as Wireshark."
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Latest US budget requires freeA $1.1 trillion spending budget that will fund the federal government through September successfully passed through Congress on Thursday. President Obama quickly signed the bill into law the... following day. Aside from pushing off the threat of another government shutdown, the 1,582 page-long budget also ensures that the public will soon have access to more federally funded scientific research. One provision of the budget calls for select federal agencies with annual research budgets of at least $100 million to provide the public with free internet access to the papers they fund no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Those agencies include the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of...
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A federal appeals court has granted a temporary stay until a three-judge panel can examine Apple's motion.
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Pay-by-bonk? YEP, it's an Apple patent now...

The Register - 21 Jan 2014 19:07
(Insert preferred 'new iPhone will have NFC' rumour here) Apple has filed a patent which defines how iPhones can make secure payments using a combination of NFC and a separate data connection - and it... could lead to a new payments system for iTunes....
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Cell phones as life savers:Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have developed a process that cooperates with driver assistance systems in cars to pinpoint pedestrians and cyclists--even while they are hidden... from view. To this end, pedestrian's and cyclist's cell phones could soon serve as transponders. On-board positioning systems would then compute the projected trajectory of the transponders and initiate an emergency braking sequence in case a pedestrian or cyclist moves into the path of a car.
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The XC1 wristwatch is the '70sWatches have seen something of a design revival recently, with many buyers looking to small niche brands to provide them with something unique. One such brand is Velox, and its mission is to refine... the classic watch and bring it up to date. Its first product is the XC1, which looks very much like modern take on Braun's classic digital watch, the DW20. Velox doesn't call out that association explicitly, though, instead describing its look as "futuristic simplicity." You’ll find that concept — holding onto the past while simultaneously marching into the future — repeated by any number of companies. Design and processes have matured to the point where it’s possible to create technological marvels that subtly play on our historical...
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When Buying a New Car IsA lot of folks argue that buying a used car is always better than buying new , considering how quickly cars depreciate in value. However, Automatch Tom over at Oppositelock shows off a few situations... in which buying new is actually a better idea.
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T-Mobile gets results: AT&TIf T-Mobile’s goal is to get the wireless industry to ditch two-year service contracts then it’s come a long way toward getting AT&T on board. AT&T this week announced that it will let subscribers... ditch their service contracts as long as they’ve been on it for at least six months and as long as they switch to a Next early upgrade plan that lets you buy a new smartphone once a year. Although critics initially slammed AT&T’s Next plans as a cynical way to milk more money from customers, the carrier greatly upped its Next offerings with the debut of its Mobile Share Value plans late last year that cut your monthly bill by $15 once you’ve paid off your new smartphone’s
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Even if you've not got a PS Vita on which to play the game OlliOlli, you've got to appreciate the next-generation (yet retro) flavor of the title. Here we're seeing …
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Combustion continues to drawThe mesmerizing power of fire keeps researchers returning to the lab to understand the fundamental combustion science behind it. Combustion has powered our world and consumed scientific attention for... years, both on Earth and in space. Fire continues as the focus with the Burning and Suppression of Solids-II (BASS-II) experiments, which recently launched to the International Space Station aboard the Orbital 1 cargo resupply mission.
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But the final verdict rests on how much damage the screen has suffered.
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But the final verdict rests on how much damage the screen has suffered.
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Data, Data Everywhere: MobileGuest author Nolan Wright is the CTO of Appcelerator. Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink. ~ The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,... Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798. If we replace the Coleridge Mariner's "water" with "data," you have the lament of today's mobile apps. Our world may be swimming in data, but little of it is optimized for mobile consumption. Mobile poses a unique challenge for developers to acquire and activate data. What worked in the era of Web 2.0 will not necessarily work for the new era of ubiquitous mobile computing, especially for enterprise-oriented business. Companies need to learn how to tap into this data and create flexible application programming interfaces (APIs) that ultimately give developers a...
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Three Growth Story Lines for Apple in 2014

TechPinions - 21 Jan 2014 19:02
The more I study at the economies of scale within the tech industry the more I taken aback by the opportunities that lie ahead. Some opportunities like the traditional PC may not be big market... comparatively but they can ...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Margot Robbie is going to be in, well, everything.
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Polar Vortex Chilling EffectsThe weather phenomenon that brought frigid temperatures - minus 18°F in some places - to the United States in the first week of 2014 was probed by NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)... instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
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500 Dolphins Captured in Annual Hunt in Japan

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 19:01
500 Dolphins Captured inThe annual dolphin hunt at Japan's Taiji Cove, in which fisherman round up hundreds of dolphins for slaughter, ended today (Jan. 21).
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Those IBM-Lenovo server talks are on again. Can these two agree on a price this time around?
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Alongside the usual weekly dross are a couple of rumors that are finally worth taking seriously. Meanwhile, CNET manages to write the dumbest thing written about Apple all year. Don't worry, though.... 2014 is still young. Apple to begin in-store ...
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Riding in the Car of theAt first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest... look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride.
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Link, Donkey Kong, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, and Princess Rosalina invade a galaxy far, far away with this tribute to "Star Wars" by animator James Farr.
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Add "dunk champ" to Michelle Obama's resume. The first lady showed off her impressive basketball skills in an epic video bomb of the Miami Heat See also: You've Never Seen a Basketball Game End Quite... Like This Image: @TheWoundGod The NBA champions were in the White House doing a promotion for Obama's Let's Move campaign, discussing the bountiful benefits of drinking water, when Michelle comes out of nowhere to make a basket with the help of LeBron James. Note her score! face, which earns major points The FLOTUS also video bombs them while eating an apple. This has been a winning week for sports.
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The German software maker is pushing back its operating margin goal by two years in efforts to gather pace behind its cloud business.
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Hands-on: Playmobil Police Car'Ello, 'ello, 'ello, what have we got here then? Playmobil is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year launching a number of new special-edition products, including the Remote Control Police Car... with Camera. Although the name is far from catchy, the...
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Near the centre of Antarctica, measurements from CryoSat show an unusual pattern in the ice sheet's elevation....
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Another blast of cold weather is bearing down on the Midwest and East Coast, but this one is expected to be a little gentler than the last one. "Like many sequels, 'The Return of the Polar Vortex'... will not be as impressive as the original, with temperatures averaging about ten degrees warmer than during the original Polar Vortex episode earlier this January," Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters wrote on Tuesday.
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Germany seeks to trimGermany's economy and energy minister laid out Tuesday proposals to curb renewable energy subsidies and cap electricity prices but opponents fear they could jeopardise the country's much vaunted green... energy transition.
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Adblock Plus Is FinallyI hate ads. Hold up, stop, don't bother telling me I hate America, because I don't -- I just hate ads. I can maybe count on one hand (and off the top of my head, one finger) the number of ads over the... decades that have colonized my brain with relevant, purchase-worthy info. I want to learn about stuff I might want to try (or buy) on my own time, autonomously researching a product, not while doing something else. I’m a purist. I want as uncorrupted an experience as possible all the time – surfing, gaming, watching TV, etc. – whether I have to pay for the privilege or no. So I'm happy to pass along news that Adblock Plus — arguably the preeminent, must-have, totally free ad-blocking browser plugin — is finally available for Safari users as a “stable beta.” I'm a Safari user...
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... and walk out shouting 'THE WORLD REALLY NEEDS ANOTHER DIGITAL MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE!' Today finally sees the launch of the much-delayed and much-hyped anticipated Beats Music service in the USA.... Its parentage alone assures the service plenty of attention: the lead UI designer is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and it's a venture from the headphone manufacturer owned by producers Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine....
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Manual install method hasA little hackery gets most Gear functions working with Google's latest smartphone One of the major barriers to Galaxy Gear ownership is the watch's lack of support for non-Samsung smartphones. But now... it seems it's possible to get most of the Gear's functions working in conjunction with the Nexus 5, possibly opening the door to it working — unofficially, of course — with additional third-party Android devices. Smartwatch Fans has details of a manual install method first discovered on the XDA forums that gets the Gear Manager app and a slew of other APKs loaded onto the Nexus 5. It's a long-winded process involving pulling files out of the Gear Manager APK and installing them manually — but it eventually gets the Gear up and running with the N5, with everything except S Voice...
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Two more free PlayStation PlusSony adds two more games to the Instant Game Collection that PlayStation Plus subscribers receive on the same day that a month-long PS Vita Play promotion kicks off, offering bonus store credit in... exchange for game purchases. The post Two more free PlayStation Plus games added as PS Vita Play promo kicks off appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The world of digital photography has a rugged outdoor subset, the action camera. In that photography niche resides many different models from a variety of makers both well-known and otherwise, …
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When we reviewed Adidas' Smart Run training watch, we were very fond of it. That said, it had three major niggles: the poor battery life, the low volume of the media player and the inability to export... your map/run data from either the watch itself, ...
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A Mother's Touching Portraits  Elena Shumilova is mother to two young boys, Yaroslav (5) and Vanya (2). An architect by trade, the Russian artist only took up photography in 2012, wanting to capture the precious moments a mother... witnesses as her children grow up. The family owns a farm in Adreapol, Russia, where they have many animals including…
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Polar Vortex Chilling EffectsThe weather phenomenon that brought frigid temperatures - minus 18°F in some places - to the United States in the first week of 2014 was probed by NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)... instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft.
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Some of the most amazing celestial sights are hidden from our view in the daytime sky. Or are they? We recently challenged readers to try and follow the planet Venus through inferior conjunction as it... passed between the Earth and the Sun on January 11th. Unlike the previous pass on June 6th, 2012 when Venus […]
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Apple slipped behind Samsung, Sony and Microsoft in a 2014 customer experience survey from Forrester Research (via The Wall Street Journal). This is the third annual survey, and the first time Apple... has fallen behind these rival companies. The survey measures customer experience, which involves difficult-to-define criteria based on how a customer feels about his or her interaction with a company. Forrester queried 7,500 consumers about their retail and customer support experiences and used the responses to assign each company a customer-experience index score. Amazon scored highest among the 17 consumer-electronics manufacturers operating in North America. It was the only manufacturer to garner an "excellent" rating of 91 for Kindle customers. Sony came in second with a rating of 83, while...
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Richard Franiec creates customAccessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. The grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and should improve handling when using the GM1 with... larger Micro Four Thirds lens. It weighs about 20g and leaves the battery/card door and tripod socket unobstructed. It should be available later this month and cost $34.95 plus shipping. Learn more
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Sony has been rumored to be working on 4K video recording for month, but it appears now that it's finally making its way to its next handset.
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Apple granted temporary reliefIn what is quickly becoming the next big ongoing back and forth between Apple and [insert third party here] of 2014, a new development has unfolded in the antitrust dispute over Apple’s iBooks... practices. Michael Bromwich, the external monitor assigned to ensure Apple complies to antitrust laws relating to its iBooks program, has been temporarily removed, […]
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Homemade Rockets Soar in LaosA coming of age tale set in Laos, "The Rocket," follows a boy on a mission -- he wants to build a rocket and enter it into the rocket festival.
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Mobile advertising, long criticized for its relatively puny size compared to TV and desktop ads, will hit $41.9 billion in 2017, Gartner estimates. That's still a far cry from the $196.5 billion spent... on TV advertising and the $110 billion spent on print in 2013, according to Magna Global. However, it's larger than the $32.5 billion spent on radio advertising, a category that is contracting, not growing See also: 10 Tips for Improving Your Mobile Advertising Campaign "From 2015 to 2017, growth will be fueled by improved market conditions, such as provider consolidation, measurement standardization and new targeting technologies, along with a sustained interest in the mobile medium from advertisers," Stephanie Baghdassarian, research director at Gartner, said in a statement.
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Apple gets temporary reprieve from ebooks monitor

Times of India - 21 Jan 2014 18:42
A federal appeals court on Tuesday gave Apple Inc a temporary reprieve from being subjected to an external monitor appointed to ensure it complied with antitrust laws, after the company was found... liable last year for conspiring with five publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.     
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[From GadgeTell] More than 20 countries in the region will receive the LG G Flex-- France, Germany, UK, Austria, Sweden, and Italy among others.
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Fill your whole house with Beats Music on Sonos

Android Central - 21 Jan 2014 18:40
Fill your whole house withA quick heads up for any Sonos owners that might have taken an interest in the brand new Beats Music service; you'll be able to fill your whole house with as much of it as you can handle. Sonos... already offers support for most of the leading music services out there, so we didn't for one minute expect Beats Music to be left out. Beats Music should be showing up in your Sonos Controller app – link up top if you need it – if not now, then very soon alongside the other supported services.  That's about all there is to it. If you're in the U.S,  a Sonos owner and also curious about the new Beats Music service, sign up, turn it up to 11 and have at it.  Source: Sonos     
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Israel's Adding Lasers to ItsWhen it comes to national air security, Israel doesn't mess around; it has not one but four separate levels of "active defenses" alone. And with the introduction of the new Iron Beam system, Israel... now has five different ways to shoot down incoming projectiles.
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[From GadgeTell] If Lenovo's recently unveiled Yoga 8 and 10 Android tablets failed to impress you with their unusual designs, productivity gifts and hefty batteries, maybe you'll prefer something a... little more on the conventional side of things.
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Cloud and maintenance OK - but no mention of actual new software SAP has delayed its 2015 growth goal by two years because of an uptick in cloud and software maintenance at the expense of its core... business....
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Q&A: How to Unblock Adobe Reader in Safari

The New York Times - 21 Jan 2014 18:38
Plus, checking compatibility in Windows 8.1, and customizing lists in Twitter.     
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More Precise HurricaneNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: The ability to use satellites to locate a storm that could evolve into hurricane will likely become more accurate for this year's Atlantic hurricane season due to... improved sensors aboard Suomi NPP.
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The company is also broadening the reach of its iTunes U Course Manager, which helps teachers design and distribute their own customized courses.
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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 a robotics
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Hospital water taps contaminated with bacteria

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 18:34
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
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Training the brain using neurofeedback

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 18:34
A new brain-imaging technique enables people to "watch" their own brain activity in real time and to control or adjust function in predetermined brain regions. The study is the first to
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According to a new study, 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
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Baseball: Not safe at home

Science Daily - 21 Jan 2014 18:33
Tag plays at home plate have the highest injury rate in professional baseball, occurring 4.3 times more often than other base-running plays, according to
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Intel's itty-bitty NUC mini PCIntel is carving out a lot more room for storage in its "Next Unit of Computing" bare-bones PCs. These units, or NUCs for short, are meant to be lightweight computers for the living room or desktop,... and they include mounting brackets for hiding behind a television. A motherboard, CPU, heat sink, fan and power brick are included, but users must supply their own storage, RAM, wireless adapter, and operating system. The new Intel NUC is roughly a half-inch taller than its predecessors, but that extra headroom allows you to stuff a proper HDD inside the enclosure. The maximum hard drive thickness is 9.5 mm, which translates to 1 TB of storage at most. Intel's previous kit had a SATA port but no room for an internal hard drive, so users were limited to solid state storage through the NUC's...
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When Was the Internet Invented?

Live Science - 21 Jan 2014 18:32
When Was the InternetIdeas about a technology that could connect people via a global, hardwired network have abounded since at least the 1930s. But the information hub that we know today as the Internet traces its origins... back to 1958.
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New leaks suggest an advanced Sony flagship smartphone will capture sharp 4K resolution movies.
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Drone quadcopters in Dubai toGetting a robot to do a dangerous job makes sense, which is why Dubai is using quadcopters to fight fires. The Dubai Civil Defence just bought 15 quadcopters which it plans to use for patrolling... high-risk areas for fires. Once a fire is located the drones...
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Robot Helps Identify the Perfect Cookie

Singularity Hub - 21 Jan 2014 18:30
Robot Helps Identify theThe Cookie Perfection Machine makes individual cookies according to the user's specifications, entered by computer, by meting out the specified proportion of each ingredient and dispensing them into a... receptacle. A sheet of cookies thus becomes a "flight" of cookie recipes to taste, and the fastidious baker can identify which recipe is best.
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Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes: "Internet users in Saudi Arabia, along with most users in the United Arab Emirates, are blocked by their respective government censors from accessing the... websites of the Trinity Davison Lutheran Church, Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries in Pittsburgh, the Amitayu Buddhist Society of Taiwan, and GayFaith.org. An attempt to access any of those websites yields an error page like this one. However, the sites are not blocked because they conflict with the religions beliefs of those countries' governments. Rather, they are blocked because Smartfilter -- the American-made blocking program sold by McAfee, and used for state-mandated Internet censorship in those countries -- classifies those sites as "pornography". You can see the screen shots here,...
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Rosetta Awakens!

Bad Astronomy - 21 Jan 2014 18:30
European Space Agency engineers and scientists hung nervously over their monitors, awaiting a feeble radio signal from a space voyager over 800 million kilometers (500 million miles) away. As the... minutes dragged on, the tension in the Space Operations Centre was palpable. All over the world, people on Twitter and other social media typed out words of encouragement ... ... and then a thin, straight spike appeared among the noise of the cosmos. Rosetta had woken up, and was saying "Good morning!" Rosetta is an ambitious mission: It will rendezvous with a comet, follow it through space around the Sun, and even send down a lander to the surface of the icy dirtball. Rosetta launched in 2004 and has used both Earth and Mars as gravitational boosters to get to its destination (at one point taking...
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Chinese computer giant Lenovo said Tuesday it is in negotiations on a "potential acquisition," following media reports the deal could be for IBM's server division.
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Swiss scientists have uncovered the mechanism by which novel, revolutionary solar cells based on lead iodide perovskite light-absorbing semiconductor transfer electrons along their surface. The... finding shows these devices constitute a new type of solar cells and open the way to the design of photovoltaic converters with improved efficiency.
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Beats Music Review

Slash Gear - 21 Jan 2014 18:26
When you open Beats Music - after you've signed up or signed in - you're not going to find a playlist of music you've listened to a thousand times before. …
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Ezra Klein has announced that he will leave The Washington Post, joining a variety of high-profile journalists that have left mainstream media to launch their own ventures. Klein confirmed his move in... a tweet Tuesday morning. Doubt was cast on his future at the Post starting with a report in December from Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post, which stated that Klein was speaking with investors about leaving the newspaper to start a separate media outlet. See also: Why This Is the Age of Publishers, Not Journalists The move appeared all the more likely after the New York Times reported that Klein's proposal for a new venture at the Post included an eight-figure budget, and was consequently rejected by the paper's publisher and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
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Broadcasters demand moreDigital TV consortium claims value to market is £80bn, far more than mobile services
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The ongoing dispute over external compliance monitoring of Apple in the e-books antitrust case has taken another turn today, with a federal appeals court granting Apple a brief reprieve from... monitoring as it considers the possibility of a longer stay as Apple appeals the original decision, reports Reuters. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted Apple an "administrative stay" of the court order appointing the monitor, Michael Bromwich, while the company seeks permission for a longer stay during its appeal. In a brief order, the 2nd Circuit said a three-judge panel would hear Apple's motion for a stay pending appeal as soon as possible. It gave the government until Jan. 24 to file opposition papers. The government did not oppose the request for an administrative stay. Last...
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Despite an onslaught of devastating high-profile cyberattacks, four in five CEOs aren't regularly informed about potential threats to their organizations and only 14 percent of top executives play an... active role in the incident response process.
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Want to add the 12th Doctor toCharacter Options has revealed the twelfth Doctor Who as part of its Character Building Lego-like brick range. You will soon be able to re-enact the end regeneration scene from The Day of the Doctor... in miniature form. Either that or build yourself a...
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Intel sells Internet TV business to Verizon

L.A. Times - 21 Jan 2014 18:24
Intel sells Internet TVIntel announced Tuesday that it has sold Intel Media, its Internet TV division, to Verizon Communications for an undisclosed amount.     
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Ready for a HUGE year, PS4Late last year, BGR pitted the PlayStation 4 against the Xbox One in a head to head analysis that sought to determine which console was the better buy for gamers. While each box had advantages over... the other, we determined that Sony’s PS4 had a clear edge in the early days. As it turns out, sales numbers reportedly recently by both Microsoft and Sony suggest that our verdict was right on the money. There was one area where the Xbox One had an a