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8 Feb 2014 - Global
A new map of the cosmic microwave background, the relic radiation from the Big Bang, completed in spring of 2013 by Europe's Planck satellite team refines our understanding of the Universe's... composition and evolution, and unveils new features that could...
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Immune treatment for MS shows promise

Medical News Today - 7 Feb 2014 12:00
A new treatment that boosts immunity to Epstein-Barr virus may benefit patients with multiple sclerosis, according to the results of an Australian study published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.In... their study report, Michael Pender, a professor at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, Brisbane, and colleagues describe how a patient with advanced multiple sclerosis (MS) experienced noticeable clinical improvement after receiving 6 weeks of the immunotherapy treatment.
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Google's Latest Doodle ShowsHours before the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony is set to kick off, Google is putting some of its most valuable real estate -- their logo -- to good use: to show their support for the lesbian,... gay, bisexual, and transgender olympians on their way to Sochi.
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Bitcoin, namecoin, dogecoin,Cryptocurrencies: you’ve heard of them, sure, but you may not understand how they actually work or which one is which.
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From Dino Brains to ThoughtIn light of President Obama's plan to advance brain science, here are some recent cool findings about the brain.
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Friday's rather spectacular opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was capped by the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. This is a huge honor, one that Russia... bestowed upon acclaimed figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey legend Vladislav Tretyak. Rodnina is also a member of parliament of Vladimir Putin's United Russia political party The lighting itself went smoothly, but another problem soon arose: In a matter of minutes, people began realizing that Rodnina posted a racist, doctored photo of Barack and Michelle Obama on Twitter just five months ago See also: Glee Over Sochi Problems Is a Problem of Its Own
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HTC to fork over undisclosedIt’s hard to believe, but one of the major patent disputes in the mobile industry has come to a close. Nokia published a press release on Friday informing the public that it had reached a settlement... with HTC, and the two companies have signed a patent and technology agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, “HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, further strengthening Nokia’s licensing offering.” The companies say that they will look into future collaboration opportunities as well. “We are very pleased to have reached a settlement and collaboration agreement with HTC, which is a long standing licensee for Nokia’s standards essential patents,” said Paul Melin, chief intellectual property officer
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This Infographic Reveals thePSA: Valentine's Day is next week. Whether or not you celebrate the occasion, this infographic from happiness training app Happify could help you improve your romantic relationship. It sums up several... important findings from studies on what makes couples happy.
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Hark, Quarks! Strange TinyA phenomenon first seen decades ago and revisited in a new experiment involving quarks could extend one of the most successful theories in physics.
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World Of Warcraft SeesBlizzard's World of Warcraft MMORPG is probably one of the more older MMORPGs available at the moment, and given that there are plenty of newer games out there with better graphics, different... gameplay, different stories, we can't we're too surprised to learn that over the past couple of years that the World of Warcraft subscriber base has actually been on the decline, but hold that thought. According to Activision's latest financial report, it would seem that Blizzard actually saw an increase in subscribers, with the number of active World of Warcraft gamers set at 7.8 million which is up by 200,000 from back in September 2013 where it was reported to be at 7.6 million. Granted this still pales in comparison from back in the day where World of Warcraft enjoyed 12 million active...
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Google must post news ofGoogle lost an emergency appeal, meaning it will have to post a notice in the middle of its French homepage for a period of 48 hours that tells users it violated their privacy.
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State regulators unveiled the proposed piece of legislation, hoping to suppress theft of mobile devices. But will resistance from the wireless industry halt the effort?
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The Homeland Security Department is back to flying drones along the country's borders more than a week after one crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
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Tim Cook yesterday revealed that Apple in the last two weeks alone snatched up US$14 billion worth of its own shares. That's an astounding figure that really puts Carl Icahn's investment in Apple to... shame. To help put the $14 billion buyback into...
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Backlash over AOL CEO'sAOL Inc chief executive Tim Armstrong tried to tamp down a backlash after he blamed a pension cut on costs stemming from two employees' "distressed babies," insisting that the Internet provider was... focused on families.
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In Israel, a push to bringIbrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
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Kia's extremely handsome andThe Kia Optima Hybrid, just debuted at the Chicago Auto Show marks the next step for hybrids: the quality of a gas car with unbelievable economy. It may not be thrilling, but then again thats not the... point. The post Kia’s extremely handsome and efficient Optima Hybrid gets a facelift for 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From HomeTechTell] Want a no-frills wireless LED lighting kit that is low on price and big on performance? Connected by TCP is the answer.
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[From GadgeTell] The company won't be releasing its own smartphone but soon, any smartphone you buy will be powered by Qualcomm.
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WASP Gives NASA's PlanetaryNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: Planetary scientists looking to use high-altitude balloons for their observations need highly stable systems to track their targets. Such a system now exists.
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Most of the world uses an embedded chip, pin based credit card system. The US does not. That is going to change next year. The Wall Street Journal interviewed MasterCard’s Carolyn Balfany to discuss... the particulars.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Nikon announces six new point-and-shoots, three of which are superzooms, two rugged models and an enthusiast's compact. The post Nikon Introduces a Slew of New Point-and-Shoots, Including Superzooms... and Rugged Models appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Scrap tires used to boost masonry blocks

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 13:50
Scrap tires used to boost(Phys.org) --Scrap tires could gain a new purpose as ingredients for construction materials, thanks to research at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
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'Slut' Gets Credit Card Offer From Bank Of America

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 12:23
'Slut' Gets Credit Card OfferA California writer received a highly unusual credit card offer from Bank of America this week: It was addressed to "Lisa is a Slut McIntire." While "Lisa" is her first name and "McIntire" is indeed... her last, the "Is a Slut" part appeared to have been added by Bank of America, so she called out for help on Twitter: Hi @BofA_Help. I just received a credit card offer from you that addressed me as "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire." pic.twitter.com/7OeNZSlNhX -- Lisa McIntire (@LisaMcIntire) February 6, 2014 After a series of Tweets, Bank of America apologized: @LisaMcIntire We're incredibly sorry this happened and are researching now so we can take the appropriate action. ^bm -- Bank of America (@BofA_Help) February 6, 2014 Apparently, McIntire's name had been changed in the database of the Golden...
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Is It the End for theMonarch numbers are rapidly falling, but what can be done to protect them?
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Voyager Universal Case - $232

The Gadget Flow - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
Voyager Universal Case - $232The Voyager Universal Case from Manekibook is a compact and extremely good-looking case that holds all your cash, cards and important documents. It has a separate section for cash, two more chambers... that hold up to 10 plastic cards, and...
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Super Strong, Extra Long Charging Cables - $15

The Gadget Flow - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
Super Strong, Extra LongWe all love our gadgets and their accessories. GoNow Gadgets have revolutionised the charging experience with these stronger, longer charging cables. These chargers are made with Aramid Fibres... ensuring strength and durability! At 6 feet long you will not be...
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple, in the last two weeks alone, repurchased $14 billion worth of their own shares. Recall that when Apple announced its earnings two weeks ago, the... company posted an all-time quarterly record for revenue,...
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Panasonic's new GH4 is a camera with lots going on on the inside, but not much outside. The post Panasonic’s New GH4 Shoots 4K Video and Has a Brand New Sensor appeared first on The Phoblographer....     
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Olympic Google Doodle AppearsIt appears Google is not a fan of Russia's anti-gay law. The Google homepage featured a Doodle on Thursday of 6 athletes across a rainbow banner, with the following quote from the Olympic Charter:... "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." The Doodle was visible across international sites, including Russia's, as the Olympic games began in Sochi. Russia's ban on gay "propaganda" to minors has sparked international outrage as gay activists have been fined across the country since the law's implementation last year, according to the Associated Press. Russian President Vladimir...
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(Reuters) - IBM Corp is exploring the sale of its semiconductor business and has hired Goldman Sachs to find potential buyers, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with... the matter.
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Get ready for a tougher iPhone. Word came in today via 9to5Mac that Apple's partner GT Advanced had received equipment for sapphire glass manufacturing and testing at its new plant in Arizona, and the... whole setup is allegedly capable of putting out between 100 to 200 million 5-inch iPhone displays per year. As usual with these sort of things lately, analyst Matt Margolis (who discovered the news) doesn't give the direct source of this information asides from "import/export records," but he claims that GT now has 518 production-ready furnaces that can make around 103 million to 116 million 5-inch sapphire displays. Once the additional 420 machines start running, that number will jump up to the 200 million described above. Sapphire is tough stuff. Just yesterday Cult of Mac posted a video...
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Company said to have backed out of Jack Ryan placements The ongoing tensions between the government and private sectors over Edward Snowden's document leaks has reportedly pushed Oracle to cancel a... high-profile film placement deal....
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Twitter may resort to legalSAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is hinting that it will file a lawsuit if it is not allowed to release far more detailed information about requests for information about users it receives from the U.S.... government.     
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After 26 years of analysis, German researchers conclude that "with great likelihood" they've been dealing with the skeleton of Charles the Great.
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All three of the most popular streamers have their merits, so we'll help you decide which box is right for you.
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Have you played Flappy Bird? If not consider yourself lucky. The crushingly difficult, yet equally addictive, title has been exploding in popularity on iTunes thanks to its free price tag and simple... enough premise. Players tap the screen to make a...
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Turkey passes draconianThe Turkish parliament has passed draconian new amendments to its internet law, which will allow the authorities to block content at the URL level without a court order, something critics of the new... law say will effectively kill free speech
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Could your SMELL replace yourSpanish researchers say they have developed an electronic nose that can sniff humans to prove their ID.
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Sony downgrades annual financial forecast

Slash Gear - 7 Feb 2014 00:52
Sony recently revealed plans to sell its VAIO PC business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) in the near future. Following this, the company revealed today a downgraded forecast for the …
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An anonymous reader writes "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), are leaning on the United States government to discourage India from allowing the production and sale of... affordable generic drugs to treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. India is currently on the U.S. government's Priority Watch List — countries whose practices on protecting intellectual property Washington believes should be monitored closely. Last year Novartis lost a six-year legal battle after the Indian Supreme court ruled that small changes and improvements to the drug Glivec did not amount to innovation deserving of a patent. Western drugmakers Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Roche Holding, Sanofi, and others have a bigger share of the fast-growing drug market...
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[From GamerTell] Team Ninja will be bringing their unique style to the PS4.
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3D Scanning Saved TheseIn May 2013, a storm uncovered these ancient footprints on an English beach. At over 800,000 years old, they're the oldest human ancestor footprints ever found outside of Africa. The storm that... revealed them soon washed them away too, but scientists have been studying the footprints for months after the fact, thanks to 3D imaging.
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The more news we hear about the beta patches for iOS 7.1, the more it sounds like a release of Apple's operating system that should make even the staunchest critics happier. And according to 9to5Mac... (which seems quite in-the-know these days), we won't have to wait much longer. Based on their "reliable" sources, we'll likely see the highly anticipated patch sometime in March. As we've seen in previous coverage, the OS overhaul will include everything from visual tweaks to bug fixes to some improved features. But according to the sources in question, what you see (in previous coverage) is essentially what you get. Source: 9to5Mac In their words, "While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first...
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Giant dancing teddy bears, women in questionable outfits, a girl flying through the air — we're not describing a Miley Cyrus concert, but rather the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The Olympics... usually stand for tradition, culture and athleticism, but the opening ceremony gives countries a change to add their own particular flair. And what did Putin opt for? Disney-inspired ballerinas, a mechanical horse and dancing jellyfish. See also: 13 Olympic Figure Skaters Whose Faces Might Get Stuck Like This Sochi also had a bit of hard time getting all five Olympic rings working properly. Perhaps there's hope for the closing ceremony, though.
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Following its plan adjustments earlier this month, Aio Wireless has announced the expansion of its product offerings with three additional smartphones: the Moto G, Nokia Lumia 520, and the ZTE …
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A massive avalanche violently invaded the Passeier Valley--in South Tyrol--yesterday. In this video it looks harmless until you get to the 1:30 mark. Then things start to get scary and weird.
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 334: Chelyabinsk

Universe Today - 8 Feb 2014 01:37
Around this time last year a space rock crashed into the Earth above Chelyabinsk, Russia. It brightened the skies for hundreds of kilometers, broke windows and injured many people. Let’s look back... at the event. What happened, and what did we learn? (...)Read the rest of Astronomy Cast Ep. 334: Chelyabinsk (46 words) © Fraser […]
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Rockstar Games founders,Relive the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards thanks to the magic of photographic technology, with looks at the evenings top winners and a rare peek at Rockstar Games' founders. The post Rockstar Games founders,... Naughty Dog highlight our 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards gallery appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Don't like your Facebook LookAs promised, Facebook now lets you edit your Look Back video. The social network recently launched a Look Back page to celebrate its tenth anniversary. If you visit that page, Facebook's algorithm... will auto-generate a video of your profile history....
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We Heart It Is TheWith teens and young adults leaving Facebook in droves, it’s up to social networks like We Heart It to pick up the slack. The new image-centric app is gaining a ton of traction with this... highly-coveted target demographic, breaking the…
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In this week's episode of Ask A VC, Storm Ventures' managing director Jason Lemkin joined us in the studio to talk about enterprise, sales models and more.
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Samsung has been reprimanded by the U.S. Justice Department for using its standards-essential or FRAND patents to seek an import ban against some older Apple products into the United States. The DoJ... investigated the case after concerns were raised about companies unfairly wielding their standards-essential patents to hamper competition. As part of their extensive legal back-and-forth over patents, Samsung and Apple went before the U.S. International Trade Commission which ordered an import ban on several older Apple products saying they had violated a particular standards-essential Samsung patent. Apple argued that Samsung was asking an unfair licensing fee, but the ITC ruled that the Samsung's claims could proceed nonetheless. The Obama administration ended up vetoing the import ban, the...
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Webee: A home hub that's allThe smart home is fine, but I'm still waiting for it to learn and anticipate my needs as opposed to me having to program them. The team behind an Indiegogo product called Webee feels the same way.
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Nokia And HTC Agree To SettleWould it be more expensive for HTC to find workarounds for their devices in order to avoid infringing upon Nokia's patents, or to sign an agreement with them in which HTC would pay Nokia in order to... use their patents? Perhaps HTC has crunched the numbers and realized that the latter would make better financial sense because Nokia has recently announced that they and HTC have agreed to settle all outstanding patent litigation and to enter into a patent agreement, although exactly how much HTC will be paying Nokia for the right to use their patents remains unknown, unsurprisingly. (more…) Follow: Cellphones, HTC, legal, Nokia, Patent, Nokia And HTC Agree To Settle Their Patent Litigations original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Nokia Teases Windows Phone Announcement

Ubergizmo - 8 Feb 2014 01:24
Does Nokia have a new device in the works that has yet to be announced? At the moment we can only think of two devices that the Finnish company has yet to reveal: the Nokia Normandy and the Nokia... Lumia Icon which is a Windows Phone handset destined for Verizon. While it looks like Nokia could be making the announcement soon thanks to a new teaser trailer that Nokia recently uploaded onto YouTube. The clip itself is relatively short and is about 15 seconds long. All the video contains is a sound of a car engine revving and the words, "Have you heard what's coming?" and "See and hear what you've been missing." Of course the video could be talking about the Nokia Normandy, which is allegedly Nokia's take on Android, but at the end of the video, a Windows Phone logo pops up which would then...
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The Suck UK Rechargeable Bottle Light turns old bottles into new lights. The sleek bottle stopper houses an LED light for creative mood lighting.
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Tim Cook Compares Android To Europe

Ubergizmo - 8 Feb 2014 01:23
Tim Cook Compares Android ToWhile Apple's Mac computers are starting to become more commonplace, it is safe to say that their distribution numbers still pale in comparison to the likes of the Windows platform where it is used... more widely, especially in schools, businesses, and governments. That being said, is it fair to compare iOS to OS X where the latter is viewed as a niche player just because it is by Apple? Well perhaps not, and that's what Apple's CEO, Tim Cook refutes when asked if the mobile market will eventually follow the PC market where Apple will end up catering to a niche market with iOS. Cook stated that directly comparing the PC and mobile market doesn't work due to the differences. One of the reasons is because unlike Mac where there aren't as many apps available compared to Windows, iOS has a very...
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Unique 'smart covers' make modding your mobe a snap Upstart Finnish smartphone company Jolla has released a developer kit that enables independent tinkerers to create devices for The Other Half (TOH),... Jolla's exclusive, snap-on peripheral system....
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TV sales take a hit in 2013,A new report put out by IHS Technology shows TV sales have dropped for two years in a row, down to 34 million in 2013 for the first time in 5 years. But the drought isn't likely to last long, with... some tantalizing new technology on the horizon. The post TV sales take a hit in 2013, but the slump won’t last long appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Urbanization, Gentrification,The "smart city" might not be so smart, and gentrification might not be so bad. Plus a sad story about how urban development is destroying Chinese villages--300 of them per day. This is our weekly... look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
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Law would force vendors to offer remote bricking Lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that would force vendors to equip all mobile phones and tablets in the state with a remote-wipe tool....
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Bungie's 'Destiny' seen as theDespite the yearly release schedule, the gaming populace has still yet to tire of the Call of Duty franchise, a series of first-person shooters that has kept Activision at the top of its game for... nearly a decade. Call of Duty: Ghosts was another huge success late last year, but during Activision’s earnings call earlier this week, President and CEO Bobby Kotick told investors that Destiny, the upcoming title from the creators of Halo, could be Activision’s “next billion dollar franchise.” Kotick said that he and his colleagues “expect that Destiny will become the best selling new video game IP in history when it launches across Xbox and PlayStation consoles on September 9th.” Considering how few original properties have been
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Squeaks past Exxon Mobil, sets sights on Cupertino Apple may handily hold the title of World's Most Valuable Company when measured by the size of its market capitalization, but the number-two spot,... long held by fossil-fuel pusher Exxon Mobil, has been usurped by one of Cupertino's craftiest competitors: Google....
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Impressive Desert Dust StormNASA's Aqua satellite snapped a photo of a dust storm blowing over the Taklimakan Desert in China on Feb. 1, 2014. The source of the dust is actually seasonal ponds that leave behind minerals picked... up by winds.
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Big Blue tackles big cloud compatibility problem IBM has developed a tool to tackle fragmentation in the cloud management ecosystem, and hopes its approach will encourage more providers to support... OpenStack-based applications without having to run OpenStack....
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Researchers have created a prosthetic hand that allows the wearer to feel objects via wires to the nerves in the upper arm.
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If you have been frustrated with the hugely successful and extremely difficult game Flappy Bird, here's a tutorial that will teach you how to beat the hell out of it. It's actually really easy once... you learn this technique.
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The prepaid carrier chooses Valentine's Day to expand its smartphone portfolio with three new offerings.
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HVAC Vendor Confirms Link toWhile it's been widely reported since Wednesday that Fazio Mechanical Services was the third party vendor whose login information the Target hackers hijacked, president and owner Ross E. Fazio has... finally put out an official statement confirming his company's role in the attack.
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Soon you'll be able to use OpenTable to not only book your restaurant reservation, but pay for your meal as well. As rumored last year, the program is currently being tested at new diners and... restaurants in San Francisco area, with plans to expand to...
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ShopAndroid.com Sale: LoveSave 20% on all Android cases and accessories this Valentine's Day by using coupon code 'sweet20' at checkout! Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and while you're probably thinking flowers and... chocolates for the significant other in your life, you don't want to forget to take care of the other sweetie in your life. You know the one we're talking about. The one that's in your hand all day long. Your phone! In honor of Valentine's Day, you can show your Android a little love and save 20 percent on all Android cases and accessories at ShopAndroid.com in our Valentine's Day Sale. To take advantage of the savings, all you need to do is enter in coupon code sweet20 during the checkout process. Free shipping is available on all orders over $50 (domestic U.S./Canada), and you have lots...
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Teledildonics: The Weird,Sex toys are great, but they still can't compare to skin-on-skin contact. That may be about to change--kind of--thanks to a new generation of internet-enabled playthings that fall under the... awesomely-named umbrella of teledildonics. These toys let long-distance partners "feel" each other in real-time via data-enabled devices.
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Today In Dystopian War RobotsA merry TIDWRTWHUFOO to you and yours! This week’s installment brings you some DIY, some dangerous, and some fun. Can you guess which is which? Probably not, because all of these robots will... eventually eat your eyes like lychee jellies. First up we have this autonomous Ardiuno robot that looks fairly harmless. Created by a cool Redditor, the robot can go around objects using a very basic bit of logic and some sensors. The code for the robot is right here and the video is unique in that the robot’s creator expresses heartfelt joy at his creation and he is not screaming in terror as the robot mauls his couch. Then we have this autonomous boat that can map hard-to-access rivers and lakes and features an on-board laser scanner and autonomous quad-copter that can get a bird’s eye view....
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Spread Salt More Evenly with a Flower Pot

Life Hacker - 8 Feb 2014 01:00
Spread Salt More Evenly with aSpreading salt (or gravel) on snow or ice helps it melt faster and provides some much-needed traction. Redditor TheGuyThatAteYourDog shows us an easy way to spread salt evenly.
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Our Favorite Android, iOS, andIt's the end of a long week and the beginning of Winter Olympic madness. Don't let your smartphone or tablet get left behind--turn it into a gold-medal productivity star, or the olympic village of... time-wasting games, with our favorite new apps.
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This Week in Time Capsules:This week in our time capsule news round-up we have 100-year-old papers that look like they were printed just yesterday, a Girl Scout capsule that won't be opened until the year 2214, and some... artifacts in Florida from the ancient Age of Videotape.
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Apple's iOS 7.1 updateiOS 7.1 is currently scheduled for release in March, according to 9to5Mac. The long-awaited update is said to include numerous bug fixes and slight tweaks to iOS 7's user interface. Apple recent... distributed the fifth beta of iOS 7.1 to registered iOS developers, so 9to5Mac's timeframe isn't by any means unreasonable. The site previously reported on some of the visual changes included in the betas so far; Apple has made small changes to the dialer, Music app, and users also now have the option of turning off wallpaper motion, or the "parallax" effect, while keeping folder animations turned on.
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Firefox's Chrome-LikeThis has been a long time in the making, but after almost three months of testing in the highly experimental Firefox Nightly release channel, Firefox’s new Australis user interface has now found its... way into the pre-beta Aurora channel. The new user interface, which the company has been working on for a long time, gives the browser a more Chrome-like look. As in Chrome, the settings and options are now behind the same kind of drawer menu next to the URL bar as in Google’s browser and rounded tabs at the top of the screen. These similarities with Chrome is likely the first thing users will notice. Indeed, if you quickly switch back and forth between the two, you’ll likely get confused about which one is which. The team also completely redesigned the menu too, and added a large number...
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Moto G coming to Aio Wireless Feb. 14th for $149

Android Central - 8 Feb 2014 00:55
Moto G coming to Aio Wireless$79 ZTE Sonata 4G also available starting today As the Moto G continues its march through seemingly every carrier and retailer, Aio Wireless has just announced that it will carry Motorola's... inexpensive handset starting February 14th. The Moto G will set you back $149 without a contract, which is a $30 savings over the unlocked GSM model but currently a $50 bump over the carrier-specific CDMA versions on Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Another even cheaper device, the ZTE Sonata 4G, also goes on sale from the prepaid carrier today. It's hard to expect much with this device, and you'll be getting a 4-inch 480x800 display, dual-core processor and a 5MP camera. But for $79 off-contract, that will probably be enough. Aio Wireless operates on the AT&T network (and is actually owned by the carrier),...
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An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has officially launched the Gigabit Community Fund, an organization that seeks to 'advance the development, experimentation and implementation of learning and... workforce opportunities enhanced by new, super powerful Internet technologies.' The intent is to provide funding around cities like Kansas City and Chattanooga (and more, as fiber networks spread) for people to build open source applications that take advantage of super-fast fiber connections. 'The new $300,000 fund aims to bring discoveries out of the lab and into the field to help move prototypes to Minimum Viable Pilots and get tools in the hands of users. In each city, two, 12-week pilot periods will run, with up to 10 projects receiving awards between $5,000 and $30,000.'"
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[From GamerTell] The Banner Saga has exceeded its creators' expectations, becoming a commercial and critical success. And despite King.com's threats to Stoic Games over the use of 'Saga' in The Banner... Saga title, the developer has confirmed they're moving forward on the next installment.
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Gizmodo The 19 Sochi Olympians You Should Follow on Instagram | Jezebel Farrah Abraham Admits She Was Lying About Her Sex Tape | Jalopnik Woman Takes Cab Ride From NYC To MA That She Couldn't Pay For... | Kotaku Fake Zombies Terrorize New York Pedestrians | Kinja Popular Posts
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10,000 Racial Slurs AreAccording to a new study by think tank Demos, 10,000 tweets containing a racial slur of some sort are posted on Twitter every day. To arrive at that figure, the group’s social media unit analyzed a... whopping 126,975 English-language tweets from around the globe over a 9-day period last November. It’s not all bad news though. As many as 70 percent of tweets containing racial epithets use them in a “non-derogatory fashion -- often to describe themselves or their own community” in a way that might express group solidarity or “re-claim” slurs. Only one percent used them as part of a political statement or call to action. The U.K.-based study comes only a few months after Twitter rolled out the “report abuse” button in August. Researchers who conducted the study found that as few...
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There's a kind of stop-motion animation* called "vinylmation" right this minute, if you did not know, using vinyl toys as the models and just as simple a stop-motion technique as …
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Following the popularity of those battle bots from a few years ago, it only makes sense that someone, somewhere, would pit quadcopters against each other in a battle to the death--or at least first... crash.
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Android Central 170: Alex in Wonderland

Android Central - 8 Feb 2014 00:39
Android Central 170: Alex inPodcast MP3 URL:  ://traffic.libsyn.com/androidcentral/acpc170.mp3 Thing 1: Devices, devices everywhere Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Z1 HTC One, one year on LG G Flex (AT&T) review Red Nexus 5... unboxing and hands-on Pebble Steel retail unboxing and hands-on Chromecast reportedly hitting the UK as soon as March 1 HTC: A wearable device will be here by the Christmas season First HTC M8 photo shows dual rear cameras Thing 2: More things Nexus 5 launcher becomes 'Google Now Launcher' after Search update NBC News and the bullshit 'ZOMG Sochi Olympics Android hack' story Android 4.x now on 78.6% of active devices, KitKat still under 2% Beta version of Pebble app with new appstore now available to developers Samsung Unpacked 5 (and Galaxy S5, perhaps) coming to Mobile World Congress Google...
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In an interview with the Wall Street Journal today, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked extensively on a variety of topics, ranging from business in general to product specifics. Among them …
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Intro, we hardly knew you:LinkedIn has "retired" its barely-three-months-old iPhone app, LinkedIn Intro. LinkedIn says it wants to focus on other projects, but the real reasoning may be because of Intro's invasive nature, as... how critics have described the app. The post Intro, we hardly knew you: LinkedIn gets rid of its 3-month-old email-centric iPhone app appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 333: When Worlds Collide

Universe Today - 8 Feb 2014 00:36
Just take a look at the surface of the Moon and you can see it experienced a savage beating in the past. Turns out, the whole Solar System is a cosmic shooting gallery, with stuff crashing into other... stuff. It sure sounds violent, but then, we wouldn’t be here without it. (...)Read the rest of […]
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How Your Favorite Web Site Gets Taken Out

Scientific American - 8 Feb 2014 00:35
Every week brings us news of another Web site taken out by hackers or even foreign governments. At the heart of all this digital mischief is the denial of service attack, which floods a Web site... with... --
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Review: The nicest iPhone caseIf you're looking for the best iPhone case ever made, look no further. When it comes to iPhone cases I've tried just about all of them. Protective cases from companies like Otterbox, Lifeproof, and... HardCandy, super-slim cases that add barely any bulk to the device, wallet cases for holding cash and cards, and just about […]
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Google should license itsBuilding a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But in an op-ed over at Ars Technica, the CEO of Wicked Broadband in... Lawrence, Kansas suggests that if Google really wanted to drive broadband […]
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Apple buyback takes $14bn of its stock

The Australian - 8 Feb 2014 00:31
Apple buyback takes $14bn ofAPPLE has repurchased $US14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its financial results and revenue outlook disappointed investors.
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Engadget Podcast 383 - 2.7.14

Engadget - 8 Feb 2014 00:31
Your host Terrence O'Brien weaves his way through this week's hot topics with the agility of an Olympian athlete, aided by what can only be described as: the cult of Joseph Volpe's personality.... Missing from today's podcast is Ben Gilbert, who will be...
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Reporter Tracks Your LifeiPhone: If you're looking for a quantified self tracker that manages to be both simple and filled with charts, Reporter is an iPhone app that pings you with simple quizzes throughout the day and then... collates that into graphs.
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A new PayPal service lets you order a custom-written poem for your paramour just in time for Valentine's Day. Crave writer Michael Franco tells you all about it in partial verse.
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Add a terrific keyboard toI use my iPad Air a lot, and when Logitech sent me their new $149.99 CAD FabricSkin Keyboard Folio for iPad Air I was very interested in trying it out.
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Settle the Tab from YourI don’t care if you’re surrounded by the most wonderful people in the world; waiting for the check to arrive in the midst of a food coma is the worst part of dining out. So I’m glad that... OpenTable is trying to get rid of the paper check ritual for good. A pilot program in San Francisco is letting diners pay through their phones, so they can just get up and leave whenever they feel like it. Users who participate in the program add a credit card through the OpenTable app beforehand. Items then show up on the bill in real-time, and diners can pay at the end with just a swipe. Tax and tip are added automatically, and receipts are sent via e-mail. There’s no paper bill invovled. OpenTable spokeswoman Tiffany Fox told me by e-mail that the goal really is to let you leave the restaurant...
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Customize What Shows in the iTunes Sidebar

OS X Daily - 8 Feb 2014 00:24
The iTunes sidebar is now invisible by default, but if you’re one of us who like to show the sidebar all the time you may also want to customize what’s visible in it. This lets you control whether... or not to hide or show any of the iTunes library media types that are visible in ...
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It would seem that the term "exports" is going to be continuing to take hold as Blizzard has suggested that they'll be funding "collegiate exports" soon. This "Membership Milestone Program" …
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Renewable Energy Rides theA clever new idea could save renewable energy for when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining.
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Gasping and shivering, entrepreneurs from 26 Finnish startups jumped into near zero-temperature water Friday in one of the most unusual pitches ever for funding.
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Sega redesigns the iconic blue hero for a new game and TV series, California pushes for a smartphone kill switch, and Amazon adds new tricks to its shopping app.
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These Retro-Cool Posters LetHave you ever dreamed about living in your favorite movie? Maybe you want to float through space chatting with HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, or kick it with crazy Jack Nicholson in The Shining.... Well, now you can get one step closer with these posters of classic movie interiors.
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Did you watch that? It’s total crap. The security expert quoted in the piece, Kyle Wilhoit, has just written a blog post that calls out the report, essentially saying that the hacks shown in the... video can happen anywhere, and…
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iOS 7 vs iOS 7.1: What's going to be new?‏

Pocket-lint - 8 Feb 2014 00:18
iOS 7 vs iOS 7.1: What's goingApple is currently developing iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7. It's largely expected to release in less than a month. Unlike iOS 7, iOS 7.1 will not be a completely new OS update. It... therefore won't roll out with any mind-blowing features,...
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TicketLeap lets you cash in onWe trey out and speak to the creators of TicketLeap, a new service that's trying to take online ticketing to the next level with a new mobile-first design and ticketing engine. The post TicketLeap... lets you cash in on your shindigs with DIY ticket sales appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Coaches for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Olympic teams are using a slow-motion video iPad app to record, analyze, and improve athlete performance ahead of competitive events that will begin next... Wednesday. Ubersense Coach, the app being used, specializes in slow motion video analysis, allowing coaches to record up to 120 FPS video using the iPhone or iPad camera. Captured video is then played back in super slow motion for a frame-by-frame analysis of technique. The app, which Ubersense says is used by professional and amateur coaches alike, also includes zooming and panning tools, side-by-side comparisons, and both audio recording and drawing tools for making notes. Along with being used by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Olympic teams, the Ubersense Coach app has also been promoted by...
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"Our games will be cool," assured Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, during his speech at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday. The festivities, which NBC... will broadcast stateside at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, opened with the Parade of Nations, where athletes from 88 national delegations introduced themselves by walking into Fisht Olympic Stadium while wielding their countries' flags. The three-hour ceremony continued with a glimpse at Russian history (watch NBC's sneak peeks, below) See also: 'Lesbian' Duo tATu Performs at Winter Olympics Opener The night ended with hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak and figure skater Irina Rodnina lighting the Olympic Cauldron. They were the final torchbearers on the months-long torch relay, which included sending the...
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Shutterstock Adds 4K Video

TechCrunch - 8 Feb 2014 00:07
Shutterstock, the publicly traded stock photography and video site, has quietly launched support for 4K video. As the company tells us, it has already amassed a catalog of over 11,000 videos that are... now available for anybody who needs ultra high-res images of somebody scrolling on an iPad or having a fun meeting in the office. There is a very slim chance that you have a 4K screen on your desk or in your living room, but it’s really just a matter of time (years?) before you will. As demand for 4K content increases, demand for 4K stock video will also surely increase, and the company is trying to position itself as an early leader for users who need this kind of video content for their projects. At just over 10,000 videos, the 4K library is still a small slice of Shutterstock’s overall...
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Amazing Astrophoto: Aurora Through the Dome

Universe Today - 8 Feb 2014 00:06
There's not many places where you can be indoors and have a spectacular view of the Aurora Borealis, but the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Canada is one. This incredible shot of the the aurora... was taken from inside a plexiglass dome created specifically for being able to watch the sky from indoors. Astrophotographer Alan […]
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Game Frame Puts Pixel Art OnDisplaying pixel art at larger sizes in your house can be as simple as making a large print, but that means you’re stuck with a single image. San Francisco’s Jeremy Williams wants to make... something a little more dynamic, so he has created the Game Frame, a square box with 256 LED lights that’s designed to make it easy to show off pixel art and OG video game art. The Game Frame calls to mind a simpler time, when we used graph paper to create most digital art, and if you could assemble colored squares, you could help build a AAA video game title. It’s also a modern interpretation, however, and a way to display either your own original creations or those that live in your fondest memories. Pre-installed on the Game Frame are 40 new animations from pixelart legend eBoy, but you can...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Costas loves Pussy Riot, defending the ukulele and Harvard Business Review on WWE
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As we continue to evolve our Industry Insider analysis service, we continue to get good ideas. Insiders has grown already much faster and much larger than I could have expected from when we launched... the service. Thanks to ...
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Monoman writes "The Washington Post reports, 'The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight. But if you're among the 9 percent of U.S. households who have broadband but don't subscribe to paid... television, it will be nearly impossible to (legally) watch the games online this year. ... That's because while NBC is streaming all of the events live online, full access to the livestream will only be available to paying cable subscribers. And thanks to a $4.38 billion exclusive deal NBC struck with the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in 2011 for the privilege of broadcasting the Olympic games in the U.S. through 2020, cord-cutters don't have a lot of options.' Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back? Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a...
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center collected images of all the cities and surrounding areas that have hosted the Winter Olympics since 1924. Most of these photos were taken by satellites, but some are... from astronauts who were living on board the International Space Station. See also: Is There an Olympian From Your Hometown in Sochi Right Now? The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi after a spectacular — albeit a little strange and not quite flawless — opening ceremony. Take a look at these amazing images below. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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In December, a rumor surfaced that Apple was working on iOS 7.1 with a expected release date in March. Since then, the company has seeded the third, fourth, and fifth betas of the update to... developers, and is likely putting the finishing touches on the public release version. According to a report from 9to5Mac, Apple will be releasing iOS 7.1 next month, as previously expected.
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[From AppleTell] Apple has seeded the third, fourth, and fifth iOS 7.1 betas to developers, and is likely putting the finishing touches on the public release version.
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Cryptocurrencies have exploded over the last few years, creating nongovernmental economies that allow users to buy goods with "money" made from ones and zeros. The craze kicked off with Bitcoin, but... other competitors are rising with surprising...
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Reimagining the Home Bar of the Future

Gizmodo - 8 Feb 2014 00:00
I don't know about you, but my home bar is a mess. It's two shelves utterly stuffed with bottles any way they'll fit, with no rhyme or reason behind it. Rarely do I have any concept of how much I have... left of what; I have to check every bottle and hope there's enough to scrape together a decent cocktail. In the future, it wouldn't have to be this way.
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How to Make Foolproof Homemade Pasta

Life Hacker - 8 Feb 2014 00:00
How to Make Foolproof HomemadeThere are certain dishes most amateur chefs refuse to try. One of the biggies: homemade pasta. But good DIY tagliatelle, fettucini, and tortellini is doable--you don't even need a pasta machine. The... cooks at Stack Exchange provide tips on cooking up pasta from scratch.
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Connecticut police say the FAA is investigating a drone equipped with a camera that appeared over the scene of a car crash. Was it being used for commercial or even journalistic purposes?
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Spell Quest: Grimm's JourneyMark Smith’s Spell Quest: Grimm’s Journey is this week’s iOS Game of the Week, and it’s a fun one. You’ll need to spell words to move Grimm from left to right, with longer words causing more... damage to the baddies…
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When you've been responsible for some of the most amazing and occasionally creepiest technology in human history, you can afford to take a load off every once in a while and celebrate yourself The... Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which has been funding research and development for a wide array of defense and military projects for 56 years, chose to celebrate its birthday on Twitter Friday by sharing a whimsical image of — you guessed it — a robot with a birthday cake. It's a photo that's well-earned, especially considering DARPA's impact on modern society Happy Birthday DARPA! 56 and innovation never looked so good pic.twitter.com/sn6fgs2ysi — DARPA (@DARPA) February 7, 2014
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5 Intriguing Things: Friday, 2/7

The Atlantic - 7 Feb 2014 23:56
MOOCs, eukaryotes, city-wide surveillance, transportation in the year 2050, and the weirdest dinner party ever.     
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As of Friday afternoon, Airbnb listed 700 locations in Sochi, most of which were available. Meanwhile, many of the world's top sports journalists are whining about their subpar accommodations on... Twitter What's a brand to do? See also: Glee Over Sochi Problems Is a Problem of Its Own For Airbnb, it's time for a little real-time marketing. Working with ad agency Pereira & O’Dell, it jumped on Twitter to connect journalists to some hot Sochi propertiesGrantland's Katie Baker, for instance, complained of a broken doorknob, so the service directed her to a nearby locale that had fully functioning ones.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook compared Android to Europe in his wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal yesterday, saying that the PC and mobile platform wars couldn't be compared. Cook said that... Android is made up of many different things under one banner, as opposed to Windows which was one uniform platform. Cook's statement was in response to a question asking if the mobile device market will ultimately follow the PC market, where Apple remains a comparatively niche player compared to the dominance of Windows. He said that the examining the PC and mobile markets as a direct comparison doesn't work, largely because one of the historical differences between the Mac and Windows was the lack of availability for applications on the Mac, while iOS has a very strong developer base. "There was...
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Someday, when the first humans walk on Mars — after they’ve taken a commemorative “one small step for man” selfie, of course — they will turn their iPhone 27′s back towards Earth and snap... a photo of their home planet that might look something like the image above. Taken on January 31st, this is the […]
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Canada, publishers reachFour major ebook publishers reached a settlement Friday with Canadian authorities to end practices which officials said choked off competition and kept prices high.
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Google Search update enablesAn update to the Google Search app brings wider support for the "Ok Google" hotword on Android, meaning that it will now work with the UK and Canada English language options. Previously the app only... worked with US English. When the Ok Google hotword first...
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Feds scold Samsung for usingThe Justice Department wrapped up its investigation into Samsung's decision to use so-called FRAND patents to obtain an import ban on Apple devices at the ITC.
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The world of competitive gaming revolves around young players, but it's not always easy for them to participate -- many of them are college students without the resources to host large tournaments.... They'll soon get a helping hand from Blizzard,...
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We've had our first long look at the upcoming massive multiplayer game EverQuest Next: Landmark this month, now it's time to get up close and personal with some of the …
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[From GadgeTell] TechnologyTell Review: Nomad ChargeKey Cable (iPhone 5)
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Google Now keeping you on topNew card shows you the upcoming schedule and medal tables If you're taking an interest in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, then Google is giving you a convenient way to do it. This new card has... started appearing in Google Now providing us quick access to the upcoming events schedule and current medals table.  We're not sure how exactly this is rolling out at the moment, though. I started seeing it out of the blue, and since I'm British (and Britain generally sucks at winter sports) I'm pretty sure it isn't related to anything Olympic specific I've searched for. Anyway, it's there, and now the games are officially under way it should start showing up for a lot more folks soon.      
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Acidic Chesapeake Bay WaterAs the world's oceans get more acidic, Chesapeake Bay oysters could be at risk.
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Ephemeral And 'Anonymish', WutSomewhere between Snapchat’s rise and the NSA spying revelations, it became en vogue not to have our daily adventures and thoughts etched in stone on a timeline or profile page. Capitalizing on this... trend were Whisper, Confide and then Secret. Now there’s Wut, from one member of Square’s founding team, Paul McKellar. It’s a very, very, very simple app. Just a text screen with a fluorescent background. You type in what you want to say, and then it shoots out as a push notification to all of your friends. You never reveal who you are. (But people might be able to guess because they’re your friends, after all.) “It’s an ambient pulse of what your friends are doing and using,” said McKellar, who quietly launched the app a few weeks ago with Beamer Wilkins. Like Secret, it riffs...
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Future Tense: A Digital DetoxWhen you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.     
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[From GamerTell] Sign-ups are open access to the closed beta for Deep Silver's upcoming free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game, Dead Island: Epidemic.
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Newly Discovered SnapchatWith great power comes great responsibility, and as Snapchat continues to grow rapidly, security researchers grow increasingly interested in the security of the platform. Security researcher Jamie... Sanchez has today exposed a vulnerability within Snapchat that opens up the app to a denial-of-service attack. By overloading an inbox with messages, hackers can freeze and crash the iPhone, requiring the user to reset their device. For Android devices, the attack doesn't crash the device, but does make it noticeably slower, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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If they need to consult U.S. or other non-European authorities about the hardware's export or eventual use, they risk losing credibility in their effort to position themselves as a U.S. alternative.
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Half a century ago this month, four lads from Liverpool introduced themselves on a U.S. television show and played a few songs. That was all it took for millions of music fans across the States to... fall in love with the Beatles. On Feb. 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived at newly named John F. Kennedy airport in Queens, N.Y. to a surprisingly shocking mob of screaming fans and reporters. With their mop-top hair, British humor and catchy music — John, Paul, George and Ringo were something new and fresh that Americans hadn't seen or heard before. See also: 9 Boy Bands Rocking Beatles Hair When the Beatles took to the stage at The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964, it was a turning point in pop culture and music history. More than 73 million people tuned in to the broadcast, confirming that...
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It wasn't just you — Facebook briefly went down for some users on Friday afternoon. The social network experienced technical issues for many members trying to log onto the site. The news comes as... Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. Maybe it's getting a jump start on its moody adolescence. SEE ALSO: Your Facebook ID Number May Not Mean What You Think It Means "Earlier this afternoon, we experienced a load-balancing issue that prevented some people from accessing Facebook for a brief period of time," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We're sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused."
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How safe is Sochi for your electronics and personal data? The games, like nearly all international events, have sparked a series of online calls to arms, with various branches of the nebulous... Anonymous movement pledging action over issues as diverse as gay rights, Chechnya, and the destruction of stray dogs. More recently, a sensational network news report about how spectators' and athletes' devices could be compromised within minutes of arrival of Russia.
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Ireland says Yahoo! move isIreland is not a tax haven and Internet giants such as Yahoo! are attracted to the low-tax country for sound business reasons, the Irish prime minister insisted on Friday, fending off a French attack.
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Scientists Say They CanWell, this sounds promising. A team from Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research say they can efficiently harvest enough electricity from low frequency vibrations to power small... electronic devices.
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JTRIG active intelligence unit boasts of bugging and burgling At the start of this week, documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden detailed DDOS attacks on chatrooms by a British online... intelligence unit dubbed the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG). Now he has released a new trove showing that JTRIG is about much more than purely online annoyances....
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NASA Satellite Sees SochiThe 2014 Winter Olympics officially begin with an extravagant opening ceremony today (Feb. 7), and even NASA has embraced the spirit of the games by snapping satellite views of Olympic venues from... orbit.
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Sochi Winter Olympics LaunchThe 2014 Winter Olympic Games launched in Sochi, Russia, Friday (Feb. 7) using the torch that flew to the International Space Station. The space-themed spectacle, which took place as part of an... elaborate opening ceremony, also had cosmonauts carry the Rus
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After 25 Years, Timbuk2  No one but actual, honest-to-God bicycle messengers had the authority to wield a Timbuk2 messenger bag. If you were an iron-assed hard case living life on a bike, you’d probably earned the right;... though you might still have found…
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The FBI is creating theThe FBI has its eye on malware and is willing to pay to collect it. In a recent listing on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the bureau's Investigative Analysis Unit (IAU) has invited... security vendors to give quotes on malicious software. While the listing does not give hard specifics on how this software might be implemented, the FBI writes that it needs the malware to gain a "global awareness" of the malware threat.
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After years of preparation, the Sochi Winter Olympics are finally here The run up to the games was not as smooth as Russian President Vladimir Putin might have liked, with the #SochiProblems hashtag... overtaking Twitter, the uproar around the nation's LGBT policies, and the culling of the stray dogs, to name a few See also: What City Is Ever Ready for the Olympics? But some of that may fall by the wayside now that the opening ceremonies are over — It's time for the athletes to take the stage. So you won't miss all the sporting the Olympics has to offer, here's the full schedule for the first week, from alpine skiing to skeleton. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.
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Unsettled Science BehindAn independent panel of experts said Friday there are flaws in the science the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) used to make its case for ousting gray wolves from the Endangered Species list.
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Secret Hits A Hot AppWell that didn’t take long. The new anonymous sharing app Secret, which has morphed into Silicon Valley’s “blind item” (and a great place to troll reporters, apparently) has been hacked.... Don’t worry, it’s not that serious. The hack doesn’t expose who said what – though we’re sure someone is already working on that because, hey, nothing is ever really anonymous. However, the hack does expose that Secret may have less than ideal security measures in place, which may be concerning to those spilling their guts or trash-talking on the service. (Unless all your friends already know which secrets are yours, of course.) The hack allows users to make requests under the context of another user, which is possible because the server doesn’t do any authentication to check that you...
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Coming every couple years, Olympic games provide a mile marker to look back at how far online video options for live events have come -- and what we're still missing.
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New study says smartphones areDo you find that reading on your smartphone late at night ruins your ability to sleep? Well you’re not alone. The Wall Street Journal reports that researchers from University of Florida, Michigan... State University and University of Washington have found that reading on your smartphone and checking work email on your phone late at night will make you much more restless and will even make you less productive at work the next day. The researchers say that smartphone fatigue can be so bad that it might offset all the productivity benefits that smartphones have to our work lives. So what’s the cure to this self-induced affliction? The researchers say you should tell your boss that you’re shutting off your phone for
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For the first time in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show's 138-year history, mixed breeds are finally being allowed into the competition. Which is very nice and inclusive of them. Sadly, mutts will... only be allowed to compete in the "agility" competition, because Westminster has no "standards" with which to judge how attractive they are. Those "standards" of course, are the reason the St. Bernard went from running around rescuing people in the Swiss Alps with barrels on their necks to being so big that they get overheated if they work too hard and being super prone to disease. Two Saint Bernard dogs sit in the snow on the Great St. Bernard Pass after returning from their winter quarter in Martigny, Switzerland. Image: Jean-Christophe Bott/Associated Press
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Accused Silk Road mastermindThe accused mastermind of the online black market bazaar Silk Road pleaded not guilty Friday to drug and money laundering charges in federal court in New York.
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The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of calling data from Americans despite the agency's massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers... reported Tuesday.
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Conduct a Postmortem on Budget Failures

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 23:30
Conduct a Postmortem on BudgetOften we set ourselves goals, especially financial ones, and then we fail. We dust ourselves off and promise we'll be stronger next time. But many of us don't take the time really examine why we... failed and that failure postmortem is an essential learning tool.
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Millennials In Love: WhyThis is a whole new breed of breeders. Except it's not. The popular trope of the Millennial age is that sex and love might not be any different now from what they've always been, but the way they're... practiced and pursued has changed meaningfully, in large part because of the technology that enables it. The school dance gave way to the singles bar which gave way to the personal ad, which gave way to the Internet which gave way to the smartphone--your handheld, in-pocket, 24-hour police scanner for love. OKCupid and Match.com have always-with-you apps; Grinder and a host of other new apps trump that by swapping compatibility for geography: who's nearby and who's available--right now? Tinder gamifies it all--dating and mating as a portable match game, with an unending succession of faces...
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Finally, Zimbabwe gets its moment in the Olympic sun. During Friday's Winter Olympics opening ceremony, athletes from 88 nations marched into Sochi's Fisht Stadium, waving their country's flags high... above their heads See also: The Evolution of Winter Olympics in GIFs In keeping with International Olympic Committee standards, Greece was the first to walk in the Parade of Nations, and Russia, the games' host country, walked last. Other countries participating in the Winter Games entered alphabetically in accordance with the Russian alphabet. But for folks unfamiliar with the Russian language, the parade order may have seemed uncharacteristically disorganized. Zimbabwe, typically the second-to-last country to march, was the 26th country to enter the stadium. Chilie, however, marched at number...
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Facebook Is Down For Some, Don't Freak Out

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:28
Facebook Is Down For Some,Facebook appears to be down for many people on Friday afternoon. Users are getting an error message when they try to navigate to the site. Don't think I've ever seen this before on Facebook.... pic.twitter.com/v5M3MhAQy3 -- Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) February 7, 2014 FB now down for me. pic.twitter.com/RGpjkS0bn1 -- Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) February 7, 2014 facebook is down for some. didn't see that coming mr. prophet hands, did you? pic.twitter.com/7cXQhi7A5W -- drew olanoff (@drew) February 7, 2014 Down Right Now says that there is a "likely service disruption" on Facebook as of two hours ago. Try not to lose your mind. We'll update you when Facebook is back.
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How to reclaim your email whenLinkedIn's attempt to wedge itself into iPhone users' emails is being "shut down"--a euphemism for killed--as part of the professional network's effort to focus "on fewer things." But LinkedIn's Deep... Nishar said the company is still focused on email, so maybe its Intro product is going away because it was a little creepy. Intro launched in October as a way for LinkedIn to go beyond its own walls and be where you spend all your time: your email inbox. Intro placed a card with LinkedIn profile information in every email you received in the iOS Mail app, so if a stranger reached out to you by email, you could see their professional information and add them to your LinkedIn network.
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Company must serve notice of privacy settlement Officials in France will force Google to display a notice on its French home page of a recent privacy court ruling against the company....
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FTC clears Google's $3.2B acquisition of Nest

Digital Trends - 7 Feb 2014 23:27
FTC clears Google's $3.2BIn a move that wasn't expected to happen until the end of the month, the FTC and the Department of Justice's Antitrust division have given Mountian View the green light on its recent acquisition of... Nest The post FTC clears Google’s $3.2B acquisition of Nest appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Tech Tools for Travel

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:26
New Tech Tools for TravelBy Jessica Hoffman When planning a trip across India, expect to be shocked by the number of ways you can go from point A to point B. According to Amit Somani from website MakeMyTrip.com, the country's... 1.2 billion people and its thousands of cities are connected by a staggering 18.5 million routes that involve a transfer (like from a bus to a train). "Only two percent of them, just 400,000 routes, are direct connections," says Soman. Add just one more stop for a "three-hop route between these 4,300 cities," and Somani says you're up to an astonishing 27 billion possible routes, a number that can overwhelm even a seasoned commuter. India may be the most perfect example of the complicated choices that travelers face, but the problem isn't unique. Here we present four hot companies that are...
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[From EntertainmentTell] While many in the Marvel movie fanbase know his as Tony Stark's computer assistant J.A.R.V.I.S., actor Paul Bettany now will play Vision in the Avengers sequel
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British Drone TaranisIn a major boost for the growing spread of drone technology, a British-made fighter drone has successfully completed secret test flights, the British government revealed this week. Named after the... Celtic god of thunder Taranis, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was first unveiled to great fanfare by British defense manufacturer BAE Systems in July 2010. Details of the British drone program were then classified, until BAE and the government on Wednesday released footage of the maiden flight. A government statement said that Taranis completed a perfect first test flight last August and has made several more since. The location of the tests was not disclosed, but the BBC reports that Taranis is widely believed to be flying in the Australian desert. The size of a small fighter jet, Taranis is...
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Dramatically Improve YourWhile iPhone calls these days are vastly better than those of iPhone models in the past, let a lone calls made on those old flip phones, they can still be pretty cruddy, depending on your service... coverage and location within…
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Daniel_Stuckey writes "Not content with the 27-kilometer-round Large Hadron Collider, researchers at CERN have their sights set on a new beast of a particle collider that could have a circumference of... 80 to 100 kilometers. The nuclear research organization announced that it was hatching plans for an ambitious successor to the LHC with an international study called the Future Circular Colliders program, which will kick off with a meeting next week. The idea is to consider different hadron collider designs similar to the existing LHC but more powerful — much more powerful. CERN wrote it was looking for a collider 'capable of reaching unprecedented energies in the region of 100 TeV.' The existing LHC will reach a maximum of around 14 TeV."
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Amazon pulls mangled ebooksAmazon on Friday yanked gibberish translations of classic works from the shelves of its online ebooks shop.
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When In Doubt, Complain

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 23:20
When In Doubt, ComplainThere's an old saying that you get more bees with honey than with vinegar. It's true--to a degree. Sometimes if you want to get your way, it's worth giving whining a try.
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Northwestern University AlumniAlumni of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism are incensed over the school's decision to discontinue a widely used group email list and replace it with a new social network the... university has created. A message sent to the email list at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday from Belinda Clarke, director of communications and alumni relations at Medill, told the former students that the list will be gone on May 30. "As I explained briefly in the newsletters that went out last week, the Northwestern Alumni Association has spent the last several years building a new online community for Northwestern alumni, students, faculty and staff called OurNorthwestern," Clarke wrote. "It's now live, and each of you has a pre-loaded profile page in it." Pushback came within the hour, with many alumni...
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[From GadgeTell] The phone is said to have a fixed focus camera at the back, 5 megapixel sensor, 4GB built-in memory, 512MB RAM, 1500 mAh battery, and a microSD card slot.
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NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back some impressive photos from its time on Mars - selfies, moon timelapses, and billion-pixel panoramas - but its latest helps put the plucky rover's …
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California Drought

PTTU - 7 Feb 2014 23:16
California DroughtScience@NASA: California is experiencing a historic drought--by some measures the deepest in more than a century. NASA researchers are investigating the underlying causes and practical consequences... for people living in the Golden State.
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Wall Street Beat: TechTech sector earnings this week stirred concerns about growth for social media companies LinkedIn and Twitter but highlighted positive trends for some networking and cloud services companies.... Meanwhile, weak economic growth in emerging markets caused IDC to lower its forecast for global IT spending this year. Professional social network LinkedIn said Thursday that revenue for the fourth quarter was US$447.2 million, an increase of 47 percent year over year. Increased demand for Talent Solutions, a premium-fee recruitment package, helped boost sales. However net income, dragged down by stock-based compensation expenses, was $3.8 million, a drop of 67 percent year over year.
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VW's Snowreg uses tank treadsVolkswagen has built an ultimate off-roader called the Snowreg for the World Rally Championships. Based upon the 4.2-liter V8 TDI Touareg, it should go just about anywhere with its 18-inch Mattracks.... The post VW's Snowreg uses tank treads to conquer mud, sand, swamps, bogs, and - oh yeah - snow appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nanoparticle pinpoints blood vessel plaques

e! Science News - 7 Feb 2014 23:14
A team of researchers, led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to pinpoint blood vessel plaques... caused by atherosclerosis. The technology is a step toward creating a non-invasive method of identifying plaques vulnerable to rupture-the cause of heart attack and stroke -- in time for treatment.
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Sonic the Hedgehog is comingSega's once famous mascot is making a return in several mediums under the "Sonic Boom" banner, which includes a new game, toys, and an animated TV show. The post Sonic the Hedgehog is coming back with... a new game, TV show, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dengue fever and West Nile fever are mosquito-borne diseases that affect hundreds of millions of people worldwide each year, but there is no vaccine against either of the related viruses.
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Seeking a solution to decoherence -- the "noise" that prevents quantum processors from functioning properly -- scientists at USC have developed a strategy of linking quantum bits together into voting... blocks, a strategy that significantly boosts their accuracy.
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Top 7 Myths in Small Business Wireless Security

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:13
Top 7 Myths in Small BusinessBeing a professional services consultant, I have the pleasure of working with some of the largest organizations in the world -- solving their IT security problems. This allows me to see many different... of network designs and configurations. Thus, in my time in this field, I have heard many myths that organizations believe to be true when it comes to their WiFi security. Is your network safe? The answer might surprise you. Here are seven common myths in WiFi security and some tips on how to properly secure your network. 1. Our wireless network requires a password: therefore it is safe. While requiring a password to access a wireless network is better than leaving it open to unauthenticated users, it may not even prevent even a novice hacker from breaking into the network. Even after all of...
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[From GamerTell] It looks like there'll be a Yoshi's New Island 3DS XL bundle coming out alongside Yoshi's New Island next month.
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Department of Justice endsThe US Justice Department announced today that it will close its investigation into Samsung's use of patents to attack rivals like Apple. This decision comes after Samsung filed a patent infringement... complaint against Apple at the US International Trade Commission and won an order in June 2013 to ban the sale of some iPhone and iPad models in the US. The ban was vetoed by President Obama last August, and now the Justice Department is stating that it sees no reason for the investigation to continue. The Department of Justice has been investigating Samsung's use — and potential misuse — of "standards-essential patents" (SEPs) for years now. Companies have to license these kinds of patents to rivals under fair, reasonable, and...
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Even the bravest of daredevils might find this clip tough to stomach. This nail-biting video from a slacklining group called the Skyliners shows the team attempting to cross a slackline between two... floating hot air balloons. See also: 17 Breathtaking Instagrams By Daredevils The video description explains that no one managed to successfully cross the slackline, but the group is planning to try again. This gasp-inducing stunt is a collaboration with Spanish hot air balloon company Globus Kon Tiki. Fear of heights or not, wobbling across that shaky wire is the last place we'd want to be. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Officials in California have announced proposed legislation requiring smartphones to have a built-in "kill switch" to render stolen or lost devices inoperable.
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Let's be real here: the nostalgic "Look Back" videos Facebook rolled out for its tenth birthday are... let's say, hit or miss. Sure, some of them are tremendously meaningful. Most of them are much... less so. But fear not! In the event that your Look...
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Whoops! Amazon Green-UpThe Amazon rainforest's surprising dry season growth spurts are fake, the result of misleading satellite data, a new study finds.
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Analyzing Your Media History

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:07
Analyzing Your Media HistoryEach spring semester for the past eighteen years, I've taught a course at Tufts University called Children and Mass Media. And each January I've chosen to begin the class the same way. On the first... day of class, I give my students their first assignment: analyze your personal media history. Years ago I asked them to write about their personal television history, but with the dominance of the Internet, the growing importance of social media and the multiple uses of different types of mobile platforms in the lives of young people, I've had to revise the assignment. Even though the prompt has morphed a bit, I find that the results are always the same: it's a great way to get students to start thinking about how their media preferences and consumption as children colors their media preferences...
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US drops antitrust probe ofUS Department of Justice officials on Friday dropped an antitrust investigation into whether Samsung abused essential mobile gadget patents in its ongoing battle with Apple.
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Beginning in 2015, all smartphones and tablets sold in California could be required to have a remote "kill switch," if legislation that was introduced Friday passes. The bill, proposed by California... State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), is aimed at curbing the rising tide of smartphone thefts and the violence often associated with those crimes. See also: 9 Things You Would Immediately Fail Without Your Smartphone If the legislation passes, California would be the first state to require manufacturers to include such stringent theft prevention measures. Under the proposed regulations, the penalty for selling devices without kill switches would be fines between $500 - $2,500 per device
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Don't like your Facebook 'LookFacebook now lets users edit their "Look Back" videos, so people embarrassed by a particular photo or trying to purge evidence of an ex can rest easy. However, the alternative photos offered as... options may not be any better than what the algorithm picks. The post Don’t like your Facebook ‘Look Back’ video? Here’s how you can edit it appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rugged, rapid monitorThere are few things as important on, and especially off, Earth as breathable, quality air. When air quality is compromised, we often don't have seconds to spare, which is why development of the... Multi-Gas Monitor is so important.
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Missing Pieces: Wrapping upWelcome to Missing Pieces, our weekly games wrap-up. Each week we're going to round up the stories we found interesting that didn't quite make it through the dastardly news gauntlet on our site. This... week Knuckles gets fat, a man is miraculously cured of deafness, and the Internet gets mad about everything. Humble Sid Meier Bundle If you're itching for some good strategy games on the cheap, you can't beat the latest Humble Bundle. Pay whatever you want for copies of Civilization III Complete, Civilization IV Complete, Ace Patrol, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, and Railroads. Beat the average (currently sitting pretty at $8.91) too add copies of Civilization V and its expansion Gods and Kings to the mix.
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A Peek Inside the Super-ShedsThe Northeast has been buckling under this year's winter weather, in part because we're running out of road salt . We here at Gizmodo wanted to see what we were dealing with ourselves, so we visited... three of the biggest salt sheds NYC's five boroughs have to offer.
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Just when you thought there was hope for fewer Candy Crush invites, a new study indicates Facebook users won't be declining as previously predicted.
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NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet — a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the... moon shining nearby. The Curiosity rover photographed Earth from Mars on Jan. 31 using the left-eye camera on its head-like science mast. You can see a video of Curiosity's Earth-from-Mars images here. The rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky about 80 minutes later, NASA officials said in an image description SEE ALSO: Amazing Photos of Earth from Space (Gallery)
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Android Central Podcast - Live!

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 23:00
Android Central Podcast -Live at 4 p.m. EDT Feb. 7 The Android Central Podcast is recorded live in front of a live studio audience, so you can catch us in the act. To take part in the live Q&A, hit this link. Or watch us live... from your phone with the all-new Android Central app!
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Could pot be good for your heart?

BGR - 7 Feb 2014 23:00
Could pot be good for yourOK, so it’s definitely an exaggeration to say that smoking a bowl is good for your heart but it turns out that pot’s major psychoactive component does have some benefits to keeping your heart safe... during a major coronary blockage. According to a study published in Biochemical Pharmacology, administering a tiny dose of tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a., THC) can help reduce damage done to your heart if you’re suffering from myocardial ischemia, which is what happens when your heart’s arteries are partially or completely blocked. Essentially, the researchers injected a tiny dosage of THC -- “3-4 orders of magnitude lower than the conventional doses,” according to the researchers -- into mice anywhere from two hours to three days before inducing myocardial ischemia. The result was the
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This Week's Most PopularThis week we learned why you shouldn't put your address on your resume , why you should use Linux , how the Chromecast differs from other streaming devices , and common ways we blow money . Here's a... look back.
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Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward and hugely successful. Those three things make it a prime target for copycats, and now that the game has perched itself on the top of the App Store charts, the... clones are arriving in full force. They are, on the...
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Ben Saunders and TarkaBen Saunders, 36 (left) and former WASPS rugby player Tarka L’Herpiniere, 32, (right) completed the epic Terra Nova trek just over 100 years after Captain Scott attempted the same route.
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India's MakeMyTrip AcquiresIndian travel booking site, MakeMyTrip, has acquired EasyToBook, an Amsterdam-based hotel booking portal for around $5 million. With this acquisition, MakeMyTrip is hoping to increase its proportion... of revenue earned through online hotel bookings, and also target inbound customers traveling to Asia. “With the ETB acquisition, we are expanding our presence beyond South East Asia,” MakeMyTrip founder Deep Kalra told me. “One of our key company objectives is to continue growing the share of the hotels and packages business in our overall revenue mix,” he added. MakeMyTrip is among the early online businesses in India. It became the poster child for the country’s growing Internet population after raising $70 million in a Nasdaq public offering in August 2010. Since then, MakeMyTrip...
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Recovering hard disk space on your Mac

The Loop - 7 Feb 2014 22:58
Some good tips from Peter Cohen.∞ Read this on The Loop
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COZY regulates your radiatorIf you live in an apartment with a steam-heated radiator, you need to check this out. COZY is a thermally insulated radiator cover that lets you control how much heat radiates into your room. The post... COZY regulates your radiator and helps keep your pad at a comfortable temp appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Aligning Content Marketing Teams and Processes

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 22:55
Aligning Content MarketingAs content marketing becomes more commonplace, brands are becoming savvier about creating processes and building teams to support content initiatives. In fact, Curata's recent survey of 500 marketers... found that 71 percent say they plan to boost their investment in content marketing in the areas of people (internal and external) and technology during 2014. Twelve percent say they will make a significant increase in investment. Investing in people often means hiring a dedicated content marketing team, including Chief Content Officer, VP, or Director of Content to oversee the team. Forty-three percent of the companies surveyed already have an executive focused on overall content strategy. But once they have a content executive in place, how do savvy brands align marketing with broader...
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Tim Cook says Google wasn'tIn a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked for his thoughts on Google's pending sale of Motorola to Lenovo. "I wasn't surprised," Cook said, calling the deal "a... logical transaction." Cook pointed out that Motorola was a financial disaster for Google — a point many others have raised as reason enough for a sale. But Apple's chief executive also took a shot at Mountain View, describing Motorola as something that Google wasn't "committed to."
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Bitcoin is acting like a realBitcoin took a fall after some bad news this week -- but nothing like its notorious crashes of the past. Meanwhile, other currencies, including the lira and the peso, fell just as much.
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New application of physicsA Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist and his colleagues have found a new application for the tools and mathematics typically used in physics to help solve problems in biology.
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Bottom-up insight into crowd dynamics

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 22:53
Bottom-up insight into crowdStampedes unfortunately occur on too regular a basis. Previously, physicists developed numerous models of crowd evacuation dynamics. Their analyses focused on disasters such as the yearly Muslim Hajj... or of the Love Parade disaster in Germany in 2010. Unfortunately, the casualties at these events may have been linked to the limitations of the crowd dynamics models used at the time. Now, a new study outlines a procedure for quantitatively comparing different crowd models, which also helps to compare these models with real-world data. In a paper published in European Physical Journal B, Vaisagh Viswanathan, a PhD student from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and colleagues have demonstrated that these crowd evacuation dynamics models are a viable decision-making tool in safety...
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Catalyzing gigabit apps forWonder how we'll be using the Internet in five to 10 years? Take a look at Kansas City and Chattanooga, where experiments in high-speed networking are taking shape.
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The US government is creating seven new "climate hubs" designed to help farmers handle the effects of global warming, such as droughts and invasive pests     
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TELUS' network is currentlyAccording to MobileSyrup, Telus customers nationwide are experiencing a service outage affecting voice, text messages, and data connections.
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Three bitcoin traders arrestedFlorida state police have arrested three alleged money-launderers after a lengthy investigation into the world of face-to-face bitcoin trading, reports Krebs on Security. Working through the site... localbitcoins.com, the traders arranged face-to-face meetings in which they would hand over Bitcoin wallet codes in exchange for cash, rendering the transactions effectively untraceable. Unfortunately for them, the state attorney considers that a money transmittal business, and is charging the men under Florida versions of the same anti-money laundering statutes used in the case against BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem.
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Google Search App For AndroidGoogle is rolling out an update to its Google Search for Android app today, and with this, it is introducing a number of new features for Google Now as well.
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TheFamily Launches Koudetat+,Paris-based startup accelerator and fellowship TheFamily recently unveiled a side-project called Koudetat+. From March to July, anyone can pay and attend a day-long class targeted specifically towards... aspiring entrepreneurs. As TheFamily’s baseline suggests, it “nurtures entrepreneurs with education, unfair advantages & capital.” According to the team, entrepreneurs are made, not born — and that’s why creating this special program makes sense for those who are not quite ready to make the jump to the startup world. Every saturday from 10am to 6pm, participants will attend very practical classes about fundraising, legal, business models, design and more. There will be pitching sessions, cases and more general classes as well to teach attendants the right mindset to become an...
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Already an action camGoPro announced that it has filed the paperwork for its initial public offering, paving the way for the company to public. The company is already valued in the billions, with the profits and sales to... prove it - making it a potential Wall Street darling. The post Already an action cam juggernaut, GoPro plans to go public and grow even bigger appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Earlier today, 500px announced that it would be getting into the licensing game with a new commercial licensing site dubbed 500px Prime. Announced on the image sharing site’s blog, 500px is painting... Prime as a revolutionary commercial licensing marketplace that will “fundamentally change the way photos are licensed.” The company makes this claim for three […]
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NASA is known for hi-tech wizardry when it comes to spacecraft, but some of its technology has floated back down to earth and made it into objects we use everyday. Here are five that surprised us! --
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Aerojet Rocketdyne could lay off as many as 225 employees by March as it streamlines operations.
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[From EntertainmentTell] For those Journey fans who got their hopes when the Internet lit up with rumors of the band's impending reunion with former singer Steve Perry: Sorry folks, but it ain't... happenin'.
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People just love pranking the good people of New York City. First the "Devil Baby" terrorized pedestrians, then The Walking Dead unleashed zombies beneath the streets, and now, Chobani yogurt has... released a hungry bear in the city. To pull off the stunt, Chobani created a man-operated replica of the 1,400 pound grizzly bear used in its Super Bowl ad, that searches for food made with only natural ingredients. Unhappy with the typical pizza, churro, and hot dog options New York has to offer, the fake bear takes it's aggression out on a food cart, and some unsuspecting citizens See also: Cold-Hearted Snowman Prank Scares the Snow Out of Shoppers
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These Century-Old Selfies MakeMayfair, Kelvin, Earlybird--it really won't make a difference. Because when it comes to these absolutely wonderful selfies taken as early 1909, all of our carefully selected Instagram filters will... never begin to compare.
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World's first energy plantThe scheme would involve a six-mile (9.5km) wall built around Swansea Bay, which would create a lagoon in the Severn Estuary.
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The first wearable gadget based on the Intel Edison chip is a onesie that monitors your baby's breathing and sends audio and data to your smartphone. Staying connected to your baby has never been more... wireless.
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Why do your fingers wrinkle inGerman researchers have uncovered the secret of the skin's elasticity - and say it comes down to expandable lattices.
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The Apple-sphere gets whipped into lather whenever new hardware is on the horizon, but if you take a longer view Apple has much more that a smartwatch up its sleeve.
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Nokia Lumia 1520 camera review

DP Review - 7 Feb 2014 22:35
Nokia Lumia 1520 camera reviewThe Nokia Lumia 1520 runs the Windows Phone operating system and offers high-end specs all-around. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and ships with 2GB of RAM but... it's the camera specs that should make the 1520 an appealing option for mobile photographers. The PureView branded camera combines a 1/2.5-inch 20MP BSI CMOS sensor with a F2.4 lens and optical image stabilization. How does it perform as a camera? Read our in-depth review to find out.
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If you are a fan of app design, spend a few minutes going through this dissection of the interface niceties of Facebook Paper. Some beautiful design going on here. Yum. [Via iosdevweekly]∞ Read this... on The Loop
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Apple might be rolling out a larger iPhone later this year, but designer Federico Ciccarse didn't want to wait to see what a big-screen iPhone would look like. Ciccarse created a series of concept... photos that reveal what the iPhone could look like if it grows in size. Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported Apple will launch two new iPhones in the second half of 2014: one with a screen larger than 4.5 inches and one with a screen larger than 5 inches. The current iPhone 5S and 5C have screens that measure 4 inches diagonally. See also: 10 Best iPhone Chargers The picture below is Ciccarese's vision for an iPhone with a 5.5-inch display (1,568 x 878 pixels) as well as one with a 4.7-inch (1,338 x 750) display. The 4-inch iPhone 5S (1,138 x 649) is shown to the left.
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[From GamerTell] There are many great Amnesia Fortnight 2014 game proposals to choose from, but these 6 sound exceptional.
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The Issue With Gary VaynerchukAmong other hot images making the rounds lately, an image of suit-clad businessmen and women absorbed in newspapers on a subway is garnering support for the idea that minimizes, diminishes and... pooh-poohs the impact of technology on our behavior and thoughts. Gary Vaynerchuk, author of The Thank You Economy and Crush It!, recently wrote a rant on Medium.com entitled "Technology hasn't changed Us". His basic premise is that people are doing what they have always wanted to do: ignore other people and settle into our natural state of distraction. While I agree with this premise, there's still something wrong here. Let's look at this more closely. What is the difference between the subway image of 1947 and today's image of devices in our faces instead? With newspapers, there was nothing but...
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Eton Corp. makes well-reviewed emergency radios and hand-cranked generators for emergency use. Timothy Lord talked with them at CES and made this video of how the devices work. Alternate video link @... tv.Slashdot.org.
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Images reveal inner workingsThe KC-97 flight simulator, built in 1953, was one of only eleven ever made. Weighing in at nine tonnes, the simulator took three technicians to maintain.
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Google is clawing towardIn case you haven’t noticed, Google has gotten very, very big. Bloomberg reports that Google has recently surpassed Exxon Mobil to become the second most valuable company in the United States... behind, you guessed it, Apple. Based on Bloomberg’s data, Google is now worth $393.5 billion, just a smidgen over the $392.6 billion valuation of Exxon. Apple, on the other hand, has a market value of $465.5 billion, a significant leap over the silver and bronze candidates. Microsoft has taken fourth place on the list, but falls far short of the top three with $302.1 billion. It’s only been a few years since Apple claimed the top spot from Exxon, but this latest development is another sign that the tech industry is becoming
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Facebook has added editing tools to its Look Back video feature, allowing users to switch which uploaded photos, most-Liked posts, and other content from their time on the social network …
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Para Bellum Labs, an RNC incubator, looks to change the business of campaigning.     
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Use Actionable Verbs for a Better To-Do List

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 22:30
Use Actionable Verbs for aTo-do lists are action plans, but all too often we try to define those actions using wimpy, meaningless verbs. For a to-do list you can get some traction on, try replacing vague verbs with specific... actions.
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If you're still looking to make good on that New Year's resolution to kick your photography habit into high gear, we might have a few options that can help. From an entry-level Nikon DSLR to a Wacom... peripheral to aid with edits, there are a few...
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Russia Outlaws Bitcoin

Mashable - 7 Feb 2014 22:29
Russia's Prosecutor General has declared use of bitcoin illegal in the country, charging that the currency is used for money-laundering and other illegal purposes. The office reiterated that the ruble... is Russia's official currency. "The introduction of other types of currencies and the issue of money surrogates are banned," continued the statement, which was quoted in Russia Today. See also: Bitcoin: How the Internet Created Its Own Currency Russia's Central Bank also warned citizens last month that such crypto-currencies can be used to subsidize illegal activity, including terrorism. The Central Bank also advised Russians that crypto currencies carry a high risk of devaluation.
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We hope those backpacks are parachutes.     
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We hope those backpacks are parachutes.     
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'Technical issue' keeping customers' coins locked away The value of Bitcoins dropped sharply on Friday after leading Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox suspended all withdrawals and the Russian Federation... declared virtual currencies illegal....
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Hungarian renderer does whatHungarian renderer X-Tomi released two stunning Subaru wagon renderings this week. One is of a 2015 WRX wagon and the other is of a Legacy wagon. While I have long preferred the WRX sedan to the... hatch-y version, this one makes me rethink my stance. The post Hungarian renderer does what Subaru refused: Design a 2015 WRX wagon for dog lovers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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You Can Become Tim Cook'sGetting Apple to dish on secrets is practically impossible, but if you’re looking for an inside line to one of the most powerful CEOs in tech, the house next door to Tim Cook just went on the... market. That’s right,…
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Nokia and HTC reach patentThe patent battle between Nokia and HTC has come to an end. Nokia on Friday announced the companies have settled all patent litigation, and have entered into a patent licensing and technology... collaboration agreement. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but HTC will […]
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Knocking Big Data Down to Size

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 22:26
Knocking Big Data Down to SizeBuilding loyalty and engagement with big data and gamification doesn't mean you have to lasso the moon. My Coke Rewards Strategic marketers like Coca-Cola's Taylor Miffleton talk a lot about brand... love. After all, it's the purest form of loyalty. Brand love emerges only after consumers make a primal connection with a product or service - a bond that's stronger than the lure of lower prices or snazzy new features. Not long ago, cultivating brand love required equal helpings of hard work, patience and luck. But few companies today, no matter how hard they work, can afford to patiently wait for consumers to come around, and counting on a surfeit of good luck isn't much of a strategy. Creating brand love today requires getting out in front of a fast-moving, digitally connected customer base...
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The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of calling data from Americans despite the agency's massive daily efforts to sweep up the bulk of U.S. phone records, two U.S. newspapers... reported Friday.
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See the best Sochi OlympicsTV coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics may be a bit hit or miss, but The New York Times has you covered when it comes to chronicling the event via still photography. Today marks the launch of what... it's calling The Firehose, a real-time live stream of photos from the Sochi Olympics. And you're not just limited to images taken by Times employees. The Firehose features what's basically a dream team of photographers from the Associated Press, Reuters, Getty Images, Agence France-Presse, the European Pressphoto Agency, and of course the Times. A few things to note: since it's live, photos flash by rather quickly — and as the "Firehose" name implies, they come without any context or captions. But plenty of stellar photography has...
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Walter White's Facebook LookNo one except you wants really cares about those Facebook Look Back videos you've been posting online. But here's one you'll actually want to watch. Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues made one for good... ol' Walter White, and it's pretty spot on. From his family vacation to that pizza throw, the would-be Facebook Look Back video for Walter White gives us everything we've been missing since the "Breaking Bad" finale.
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In old age, arms dealer ruminates on problems caused by rifles Tech magnate and extremely rich chap Larry Ellison bemoans the effect technology has on children....
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Consumers Willing to Trade Privacy for a Price?

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 22:21
Consumers Willing to TradeIn the wake of the data breach at Target over the holidays, media outlets rushed forward to caution customers about giving out personal information at the cash register. Offering zip codes, phone... numbers, and other information can create a massive log of information, stored conveniently alongside credit card information. But despite consumer concerns about privacy, a recent study from IBM shows that many customers are willing to share information about themselves in exchange for freebies, coupons, and discounts. The research, released by IBM at an annual retailers' convention, revealed that the number of consumers willing to share current location information with retailers has nearly doubled since last year. While the majority of consumers may still prioritize privacy, IBM found that 36...
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The 19 Sochi Olympians YouThere are about 6,000 Olympians in Sochi and only around 300 medals up for grabs. Do the math; this isn't YMCA soccer and not everyone's taking home an award. But win or lose, these renown athletes... still give good Instagram. Here's who you should be following in Sochi now that the games have finally begun:
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[From GadgeTell] Unlike Sony, Samsung didn't reveal the list of devices which will get the latest Android 4.4 KitKat update, but a source confirmed to the folks at Phandroid that they will release it... for a number of devices other than the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. The list is as follows:
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If you use Maya on the new 2013 Mac Pro for rendering highly complex scenes, and are experiencing major drops in performance, a quick configuration setting adjustment may fix the issue.
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A vulnerability in the Snapchat app opens the iPhone up to denial-of-service attacks that can cause the device to freeze and crash, according to cyber security researcher Jamie Sanchez [Google... Translation] (via The Los Angeles Times). A weakness in the app's system can allow a hacker to send thousands of messages to a Snapchat user in seconds, which can cause a crash that requires a hard reset to fix. Tokens generated by the app used to verify user identity can be reused by hackers to send a flood of messages. By reusing old tokens, hackers can send massive amounts of messages using powerful computers. This method could be used by spammers to send messages in mass quantities to numerous users, or it could be used to launch a cyber attack on specific individuals, [Sanchez] said. Sanchez...
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Why Pay for SkyPagers or Old Phones?

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 22:17
Why Pay for SkyPagers or OldAsk a teenager about using a "pager" and almost assuredly their only reference to this nearly obsolete form of communication would come from the resurgence of "Old School" 90s Hip Hop taking place.... Despite the virtual disappearance of "SkyPagers" from popular use, in FY2011 $934,000 in federal E-Rate funds to assure access to advanced communications technology in U.S. schools and libraries were allocated for paging services. President Obama wants to repurpose anachronistic budget items like this through his ConnectED plan. The plan would connect 99 percent of American students to the digital age through high-speed broadband in schools and libraries, get educational software into the classroom and train teachers in the use of this new technology. Within five years, schools would have...
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What kind of Roku are you? NewRoku announces a new way to customize the Roku experience, opening the door for third-party developers to design customizable home screens, which users will be able to purchase through the Roku app... store. The post What kind of Roku are you? New themes will let you customize the experience appeared first on Digital Trends.
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According to a statement issued today by the Endocrine Society, the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy for older men with declining levels of the hormone need to be fully evaluated.
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Hal Lasko is 98 years old. And while age brings experience and wisdom, even he was caught off guard by the propitious events of this past week. Lasko, who is partially blind, has become a master of... Microsoft's Paint program, which he uses to construct pixelated yet beautiful landscapes and portraits. His big week started Sunday during the Super Bowl, when Lasko and his art appeared in a memorable Microsoft advertisement. The very next day, an art gallery hosted an exhibit featuring 25 of Lasko's pieces — his first-ever solo gallery. See also: 8 Incredible Museums Sharing on Pinterest "I had a good week, excellent week," Lasko told Mashable. "A most-surprising week."
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Viddler gets ready to deleteViddler used to be a pioneer of personal video blogging. Now, it's getting readu to delete most of those early web videos
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Tim Cook discusses GoogleAfter posting excerpts last night, in which Tim Cook announced Apple’s share buyback of $14 billion in the last two weeks, The Wall Street Journal has now published the full interview with Apple’s... CEO. The interview repeats many of the comments Cook has made to investors in the past, reaffirming that new product categories under development, […]
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Here's What Would MakeGoogle is reportedly putting considerable brain power into a smartwatch and we couldn’t help wondering just what they’d add to the burgeoning technology. More than any other company, Google is... positioned to solve the single biggest shortcoming in wearable technology: pattern recognition. What is it about our daily activities makes us fatter, more alert? What helps us get better sleep and be more productive? Buried within the big data of our everyday decisions are gems of truth about how we can become the best versions of ourselves. Last Summer, Google’s new head of engineering and artificial intelligence pioneer, Ray Kurzweil, let me know his plans to build everyone a “cybernetic friend”. So, we know Google wants build the perfect lifestyle recommendation engine; a watch that...
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As the video in the post shows, there's a bug in iOS 7.0.4 that allows anyone with access to your iPhone to disable Find My iPhone. Obviously, this disables the ability to track your iPhone if it is... stolen.∞ Read this on The Loop
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AMD targets budget-minded PCThere are multiple signs which suggest that AMD is releasing a budget-priced Radeon graphics card dubbed the Radeon R7 250X.
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The documentary about the manThe documentary "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide" follows Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind the Gran Turismo series. The full documentary is now on YouTube. The post The documentary about the man... behind Gran Turismo is now available on YouTube appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook Found a Way to MakeA few days ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed when I saw a post that said, "Here's my Facebook movie. Find yours at s://facebook.com/lookback/ #FacebookIs10," above a collection of... thumbnail photos. I thought it was just a fluke, so I continued to scroll. The next day, my news feed was filled with "Here's my Facebook movie" posts, and comments like, "Your Facebook movie made me cry!" I clicked "play" on my younger sister's Facebook movie. First, there was the dramatic music. And then, the titles slides: "A look back," "Your first moments," "Your most liked posts." My sister's video told the story of her meeting her now-husband, their dates and vacations and their wedding. It showed the announcement that she was pregnant with twins, belly bump pictures and her adorable...
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The Coolest Cars From The 2014 Chicago Auto Show

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 22:06
The Coolest Cars From The 2014Though the Detroit Auto Show is largely considered the premiere auto show in North America, it's not the largest. That distinction goes to the Chicago Auto Show, which opens Feb. 8 and continues... through Feb. 17. Because of the sheer size of the show's floor space and its long history (the first one was in held way back in 1901), a large number of manufacturers use the Chicago Auto Show to debut new models and concept cars. This year, models from Subaru, Lincoln, Kia, Chevrolet, Nissan and Toyota will make their first official appearance in the Windy City. Check out photos of the cars on display in Chicago (below).
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HTC Will Pay Nokia LicensingSmartphone maker HTC will have to pay up to Nokia to continue peddling its wares (via Android Central), as part of a patent license agreement set out by the two companies today. The settlement means... that all pending litigation between the two companies is dismissed as of today, and the extent of the payments made by the Taiwanese company isn’t being made public. Nokia has been racking up wins with regards to HTC’s use of what it views as its intellectual property. First, HTC was found to be in violation of a key microphone tech patent held by Nokia, and then the HTC One Mini was banned from sale in the UK over the use of certain chipsets (which was stayed), and finally the HTC One faced an injunction in Germany, too. The deal will see HTC also share rights to its own LTE patent...
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Samsung continues to push theSamsung is trying to renew interest in the Galaxy S4 with a new paint job and leather-like back cover.
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£200m program to include 'predictive' tech la Minority Report London's Metropolitan Police are about to be equipped with a new crime-fighting tool: Apple's iPad mini....
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NASA Spacecraft Snaps MoreA probe orbiting Mercury has beamed more than 200,000 images to ground controllers on Earth, and it's still going strong.
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Apple hasn't "given up on the Mac" like some of its competitors and has "some really cool things" coming, according to CEO Tim Cook who sat down for a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street... Journal. Answering a question about new product categories, Cook said the company is going to focus on "only doing a few things and doing them great", but that Apple does have significant new products, in new categories, in the works. He went on to say that he felt Apple has a long way to go in its existing categories as well, the Mac in particular. I think Apple can grow well with great improvements and new products on its existing category of products.
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R.I.P. LinkedIn Intro and Slidecast

GigaOM - 7 Feb 2014 22:01
R.I.P. LinkedIn Intro andLinkedIn is nixing two services in an effort to "focus" its product line.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The long gestating Preacher TV series will finally become a reality at AMC.
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Yet another way coffee willWe all know coffee is good for us and that it's just a matter of time before scientific studies everywhere confirm this. Now, it looks like we're one step closer to this glorious day because... researchers have found coffee apparently improves one's long-term memory. According to a study from the journal Nature Neuroscience, study participants who received caffeine were better at remembering images shown to them a day before. In the study led by Michael Yassa, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Johns Hopkins University, subjects were shown a series of images. Right after that, some subjects received either a 200-milligram caffeine tablet or a placebo. Twenty four hours later, the subjects were tested with a different
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This Week On The TC GadgetsSony's Vaio PC business is no more, with the company confirming reports that it will sell the PC division. But a forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will soon arrive and comfort you during this very... difficult time. After all, it's smartphone season with MWC right around the corner.
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A research team has shed more light on how Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine could orbit two stars which are themselves bound together in an orbital dance --
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These Modular Panels AbsorbAcoustic panels, however cool looking, are usually designed to remain out of sight. But a new company called Baux is changing that with a series of functional geometric tiles that do double duty as a... pretty brilliant wall decoration.
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How We Work, 2014: ThorinWe regularly share the tips, tricks, and tools of our favorite experts and internet personalities. This week we're giving you guys a glimpse into how we work. Today, I'm sharing how exactly I get... stuff done.
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We know exactly nothing about the iPhone 6. Neither does any other site. We hope this helps....
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Amazon Flow Integration: AR ToThe Flow technology (above: shown on Android) is now integrated in Amazon for iOS Amazon has recently updated its iOS mobile app to let users add products directly by taking pictures of them. In some... ways, works like previous apps that would let buyers scan the bar codes to find what the lowest prices. Since this app uses a database of known product images, it tends to work best with packaged good, and not fruits and vegetables. Packaging boxes are easier to identify because a "fingerprint" can be reliably generated from the packaging artwork. (more…) Follow: Cellphones, Shopping, Amazon, Amazon Flow Integration: AR To Build Your Shopping List original content from Ubergizmo.     
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Host: Fraser Cain Astrojournalists: Scott Lewis, Nicole Gugliucci, Morgan Rehnberg, Brian Koberlein, Elizabeth Howell, Amy Shira Teitel, David Dickinson This Week’s Stories! Morgan Rehnberg... (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter): New Mars impact crater Nicole Gugliucci (cosmoquest.org / @noisyastronomer): Weird Asteroid Itokawa Has a Dual Personality Shiny new radio image of M82 (but no supernova afterglow) David Dickinson […]
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GPS 3 Main Payload Facing More Delays

Space News - 7 Feb 2014 21:57
Continuing problems with an Exelis-built payload will delay the delivery of the first of the GPS 3 next-generation navigation satellites.
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Bear Kirkpatrick lives and works in Portsmouth, NH. You can visit his website here PetaPixel: First Bear, tell us about what spurred your initial interest in photography? Bear Kirkpatrick: Two things... happened, and they never fully blended. My father had a 35mm film camera when I was a boy. One day he, my younger brother, our […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] Fresh from its debut at the Berlin Film Festival, the next great cult mockbuster arrives with a trailer filled with the title terror - Zombeavers!
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Five Monuments that Might NotAncient civilizations have long written about the power and force that weather once brought upon them, and now these international monuments are showing visible signs of wear.
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Valentine's Day is next Friday and it looks like Nokia and HTC are setting the mood by reaching an agreement and dismissing all patent litigation.
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Curiosity Rover Sees EarthNASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped its first photo of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet, an amazing image that also includes the moon. See the photos here.
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Facebook updates Look BackFacebook has updated its Look Back feature with the ability to let users edit their minute-long personalized videos.     
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Last Call To Apply For The ATLTechCrunch is about to roll into Atlanta and New Orleans. You only have a few days left to apply for each meetup’s 60-second pitch-off. If you’re a budding startup in these cities, apply below to... pitch to close to a thousand of your local peers. It’s free to apply and pitch. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 10th. For the pitch-off, we will have 3-5 judges, including TechCrunch writers and local VCs, who will decide on the winners of the Pitch-off. First place will receive a table in Startup Alley at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt NY; second place will receive two tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt NY; and third place will receive one ticket. If accepted, you’ll meet with John, Jordan or myself the day of the pitch-off. We can talk about your pitch, your company, or my...
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Nokia and HTC have officially put all this patent litigation nonsense behind them. The two have settled their disputes, signed an agreement to license each others technology, and even decided to... explore further opportunities to collaborate. The...
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What I missed in the GoogleGoogle's build out of fiber networks around the world could give its cloud a leg up on #1 player Amazon Web Services, says Randy Bias.
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The deal between the two is just the latest patent agreement as technology companies look to end the squabbling over intellectual property.
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Nokia and HTC have inked a patent agreement that will see all ongoing litigation between the companies cease, sharing technology in future and cutting off a potentially imminent sales ban …
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] How much time do you spend planning out Valentine's Day in hopes of making it perfect for your partner? Well, we know some of our... partners here are into design, so we've put together a wonderful gift for them. The Valentine's Day Designer Bundle is packed with assets that any designer would love. It's on sale now in our Deals tab. There's no shortage of tools that can be put to use by graphic designers with this amazing bundle. Start with the Giga Design Bundle, which is packed with 2,500 premium elements. Then check out the 50 amazing t-shirt vectors made to be designed on. And in the hundreds of ornamental vectors and tons of text styles and you'll have plenty assets to put to good use. The Valentine's Day Designer...
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New submitter kc123 writes: "The team that runs the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has released a photo showning a new impact crater on Mars, formed sometime early this decade. The... crater at the center is about 30 meters in diameter, and the material ejected during its formation extends out as far as 15 kilometers. The impact was originally spotted by the MRO's Context Camera, a wide-field imaging system that provides the context—an image of the surrounding terrain—for the high-resolution images taken by HiRISE. The time window on the impact, between July 2010 and May 2012, simply represents the time between two different Context Camera photos of the same location. Once the crater was spotted, it took until November of 2013 for another pass of the region, at which...
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Two new reports say the agency's warrantless, bulk phone-records program has been sweeping up less metadata than popularly believed -- but that the government and the NSA still want it all.
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CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is canvassing readers for ideas on where to take his Road Trip project this summer. Suggest an idea he uses and you could win a prize.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Olympic opening ceremonies, cauldron and all, are taking place Friday
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[GadgeTell] Google Nexus 8 in the works?

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 21:42
[From GadgeTell] Sources of DigiTimes are saying that the new Nexus tablet will be announced this coming April and about two million units will be shipped.
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PetaPixel: In 50 seconds and one uninterrupted flowing video shot, UK directing duo US and advertising agency Grey pay tribute to six completely unique, culturally iconic images by expertly recreating... one after the other. If that sentence made no sense, it’s because it’s hard to describe what you’re about to see. Rodin, Forest Gump, Mad Men, Michelangelo, Reservoir Dogs and Daft Punk all in one shot. Make sure you watch the behind the scenes video.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouNo doubt, you're gearing up for an Olympics marathon this weekend, whether that involves making fun of all the crap going wrong in Sochi, or getting seriously wrapped up in curling. I mean, have you... seen the pants on the Norwegian men's team? Just incredible. Before you embark upon a winter sports-filled weekend, let's talk about that and more, right here. Spill your guts!
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On today's episode, we'll count the days until you'll never have to sign a credit card receipt again. We'll also recap a story of a mailing glitch that shows exactly how much banks know about your... life, and discuss the merits of the Agree It app that lets you borrow real money from your Facebook friends.
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Rain makes most of us grumble and beg to stay curled up indoors, but this kid just can't get enough of it. Baby Kayden experienced rain for the first time, and her amazement at nature is almost too... precious to handle. Fortunately, her parents captured the moment and shared it with the rest of the world on YouTube this week. See also: Emotional 4-Year-Old Knows Exactly How You Feel Kayden's awe is a great reminder for us grumpy grownup types to stop and appreciate the little things in life once in a while. Maybe the next time you're caught in a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella, stop and think about what Kayden would say.
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Video: Meet the high-endTwo designers have imagined what Apple's iWatch may look like while also providing details about the kind of specs the device would pack and how it would be built. Mark Bell and Ran Avni from Belm... Designs have created their vision of the iWatch for a design contest in which they were asked to conceive future products from some of today's tech-giants. The designers chose a traditional circular shape for the iWatch that doesn't feature a flexible display. Instead, it has a circular Retina touchscreen with HD resolution. Furthermore, the watch is "constructed with a uni-body design," from a single titanium disk that's pressed into shaped and then "CNC milled to perfection." The iWatch also has chamfered edges and a
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All of Earth's Water Comes From Space

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 21:40
If there's one thing that makes our home planet special--other than the presence of you and me--it's water. This is The Blue Marble after all. But for something that's so characteristically Earth-y,... its origins are positively extra-terrestrial.
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For the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, it would appear that Infinity Ward has had enough of the hacking nonsense that's been running rampant for weeks. To make …
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[From EntertainmentTell] The flies barely had a chance to land on ragin' Cajun James Carville, who has barrel-rolled into a deal with FOX News, TheWrap.com reports. Longtime Democratic Party... strategist, author, and lizard-like talking head Carville lands at FOX just a little bit after waltzing away from CNN just as new president Jeff Zucker took helm.
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How safe is Sochi for your electronics and personal data?
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NSA reportedly collects onlyAs the FISA court approves limits to the NSA's phone-record tracking, anonymous sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the agency actually collects 20 percent or less of American call records,... contradicting reports that the program creates a comprehensive database. According to people apparently familiar with the matter, the agency has struggled to adapt to the decline in landline use, and the orders sent to companies don't cover "most" mobile phone records. One official says that because the agency is not allowed to keep cellphone location records in the database, figuring out how to purge them has delayed attempts to modernize the program. NSA head Keith Alexander has said that the agency is not currently collecting any location...
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A new rendering of the iPhone 6 presented in multiple sizes has been released by Italian designer Federico Ciccarese. The concept images give an accurate size comparison of the existing iPhone 5s next... to a 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch iPhone, two sizes that have been rumored for Apple's next-generation smartphone. iPhone 6 4.7" 750--1338 px Aspect ratio 16:9 iPhone 6 5.5" 878--1568 px Aspect ratio 16:9 iPhone 5S 4" 640--1138 px Aspect ratio 16:9 Ciccarese does take some liberties with the look of Apple's next iPhone, however, incorporating both a tapered back and an almost bezel-less display. While early iPhone 6 rumors indicated the iPhone would have a curved design, more recent rumors from The Wall Street Journal have refuted that claim, and no mention has been made of a tapered...
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Nokia, HTC end litigation andNokia and HTC announced Friday they will no longer be fighting over patents, after several disputes in courts around the world. The duo have dropped all pending patent litigation and have entered into... a patent collaboration agreement. Details of the...
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Slopes and Shores | Space Wallpaper

SPACE.com - 7 Feb 2014 21:35
Slopes and Shores | SpaceThis north-looking space wallpaper, acquired on Jan. 4, 2014, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft, shows the Sochi... Olympic Park Coastal Cluster in Russia.
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HTC, Nokia sign patent agreement

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 21:35
HTC, Nokia sign patentAndroid handset manufacturer ran afoul of courts in 2013, will make payments to Nokia HTC and Nokia today announced that they've reached an agreement on disputed patents and "explore future technology... collaboration opportunities." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, according to today's news release. All lawsuits between the two companies have been dismissed. The April 2013, HTC found itself in violation of a microphone technology that was exclusive to Nokia devices. In December, a UK court ruled that the HTC One Mini could not be sold, but that ban was stayed pending appeal. In December, a German court banned the HTC One over patent issues. There have been other rulings as well. We've got the full text of HTC's release after the break.
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Bitcoin takes a dive as Mt.Bitcoin's value declined sharply Friday, just as Mt. Gox, an online exchange for buying and selling the digital currency, announced that it was temporarily suspending withdrawals. Bitcoin was trading... for roughly US$750 late morning U.S. Pacific time according to CoinDesk, which aggregates the price of Bitcoin across several exchanges. Bitcoin had been trading for about $850 for much of this week. Given its volatility, pinpointing the exact cause of any rise or fall of Bitcoin is difficult, but the timing of the drop in trading price suggests it was tied to technical problems experienced by Mt. Gox, the prominent Bitcoin exchange. The Tokyo-based site said Friday that it was temporarily suspending bitcoin withdrawals, due to unspecified problems that appear to have been causing long delays...
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[From HomeTechTell] Bose's new Bluetooth speaker, available in a variety of candy colors, is the latest entrant to the company's popular SoundLink line.
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Nokia and HTC sign patentNokia is announcing today that it has signed a patent and "technology collaboration agreement" with HTC. The settlement ends months of pending patent litigation between the two firms, and means HTC... will make payments to Nokia. Both firms will work together on HTC’s LTE patent portfolio, and "future technology collaboration opportunities." Full terms of the agreement are being kept confidential.
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Amazon Flow makes searchingAmazon on Thursday updated its iPhone app with a feature that lets users find items within the online store by simply holding them in front of their iPhone's camera.     
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Google Now has been updated to make airline notifications more useful, with the contextual engine now able to figure out not only when your next flight will leave, but when …
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Car design firm Pininfarina has designed an inkless pen with a metal nib that will write without ever running out.
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We often plan our lives a year in advance. Holidays coinciding with certain days of the week mean that we can have a longer or shorter amount of time off. It is through the calendar that we know... whether or not we have a long enough stretch of time to make it to and from
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Make Your Own All-Natural DIY Dusting Spray

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 21:30
Make Your Own All-Natural DIYCommercial dusting sprays are typically expensive, smelly, and have chemicals you may or may not want to use. They also seem to leave a slight residue behind no matter how hard you polish after you... spray. This DIY dusting spray may be just the replacement you're looking for.
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You'll Never Guess How Much AnThe capabilities of today’s are so incredible, a few weeks ago we came across a 20-year old RadioShack ad and everything you could buy has already been made obsolete by the iPhone. Still, the... iPhone’s powers are so much greater…
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We've got a little of everything you want out there in the great big App Store today. We've got productivity boosters, games for you, games for the little ones, photo editors, free and discounted... hookups with art and music. Heck, it's all good, and it's all either free or cut way, way, way down in price, so get those gift cards ready, kids.
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A first look at this ambitious new MMO set in the world of Skyrim and Oblivion.
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[From GadgeTell] Although there's really no excuse for snubbing Motorola's sensational Moto G smartphone when it can be had with close to vanilla Android 4.4 KitKat and upper mid-range hardware at a... measly $100 contract-free, if you've been holding off all this time, you may want to give it a couple more days.
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Alleged Silk Road owner pleadsRoss Ulbricht, the 29-year-old man accused of operating the digital underground drug marketplace Silk Road, has pleaded not guilty on all charges despite the fact that prosecutors say they have eight... to 10 terabytes worth of evidence, reports Forbes. Ulbricht faces more than 20 years in prison on allegations that he engaged in narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to activities on Silk Road. More than $1.2 billion worth of commerce was conducted on the site exclusively in the virtual currency Bitcoin. Prosecutors allege that Ulbricht launched and operated the site under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts. He is being held without bail and the trial is scheduled to...
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Why California's kill-switchYou may not live in California, but should that state's legislature pass a bill mandating kill-switch technology for smartphones and tablets, the implications will be felt far beyond the borders of... the Golden State.
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These Heavenly Photos RevealSo, you think you know Manhattan and New York City, do you? Well, multimedia artist Peter Wegner is about to show you a completely unexpected side of your city. His series, Buildings Made Of Sky,... turns you upside down to show you the hidden "skyscrapers" all around you.
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LinkedIn Is Killing Intro, ItsI just got an e-mail from LinkedIn with the subject line “We’re retiring LinkedIn Intro.” Intro is the service the company unveiled last October that cleverly inserted contact information into... the iPhone’s Mail app — a piece of software with no mechanism for plug-ins. At least I thought it was clever. Much of the insta-response to the service was stingingly negative: It performed its trick by serving as a middleman between you and your e-mail service, then injecting the contact info into the message as HTML. Some observers saw that as a privacy violation or even a sort of attack. “Retirement” is a funny word to use in explaining the service’s demise, given that Intro introduced itself to the world just over three months ago. In the real world, if someone steps down from a...
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What Is Slopestyle?

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 21:18
What Is Slopestyle?Slopestyle is one of the newest games in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Snowboarders compete on a course with jumps, rails and other obstacles.
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Current compromise not 'meaningful' Twitter says that the current compromise allowing tech companies to disclose some of the data requests orders made in secret by the US intelligence services isn't... good enough, and it may sue to get the right to be more transparent....
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Russia Bans Bitcoin

TechCrunch - 7 Feb 2014 21:16
Russia Bans BitcoinRussia doesn’t do things by halves — Bitcoin can no longer be used by individuals and legal entities anymore. If you have a Bitcoin wallet on your computer, you are now breaking the law. The... Central Bank of Russia reiterated that the official currency is the Ruble, and that it considers Bitcoin a money substitute. That’s why the cryptocurrency is now banned. The reasons behind this move is that Bitcoin is reportedly used for money laundering and other criminal activities. Moreover, the Russian institution thinks that it’s a purely speculative currency and that there is a great risk of value losses. Yet, banning Bitcoin doesn’t mean that people will stop using Bitcoin overnight. As Bitcoin doesn’t rely on any physical institution but the network of miners around the world, you...
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This is the song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on my friend. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, And they'll continue singing it forever just because . . ....
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Keep tabs on Sochi from yourThe 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are upon us. The games are always filled with great competition, and now you can keep track of all the action throughout the games with these mobile apps. The post... Keep tabs on Sochi from your anywhere with these 7 Winter Olympics apps appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The company's new mobile app aims to make you buy your most-used products faster than ever before. Here's how your household items -- and a bit of augmented reality -- could help the retail giant's... bottom line.
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The company's new mobile app aims to make you buy your most-used products faster than ever before. Here's how your household items -- and a bit of augmented reality -- will help the retail giant's... bottom line.
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Cybercriminals compromise homeAttacks recently observed in Poland involved cybercriminals hacking into home routers and changing their DNS settings so they can intercept user connections to online banking sites. Researchers from... the Polish Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Polska) believe attackers will likely target users from other countries as well in the future using similar techniques. "The attack is possible due to several vulnerabilities in home routers that make DNS configuration susceptible to unauthorized remote modifications," the Polish CERT researchers said Thursday in a blog post. "In the resulting man-in-the-middle attack content of several e-banking websites was altered to include JavaScript injects that tricked users into giving up their usernames, passwords and TANs [transaction authentication...
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NASA Spacecraft Snaps MoreA probe orbiting Mercury has beamed more than 200,000 images to ground controllers on Earth, and it's still going strong.
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Nokia teases mystery WindowsNokia has unveiled a rather mysterious Windows Phone teaser today. In a YouTube video, the company simply asks, "Have you heard what’s coming?" After some car revving the 15-second video goes on:... "See and hear what you’ve been missing," before it fades out to Nokia and Windows Phone logos. Nothing else is teased, and it’s not immediately clear what Nokia is planning to announce. However, Nokia has posted this particular teaser to its US YouTube account, suggesting this isn’t a worldwide announcement. It’s likely that Nokia is getting ready for its upcoming Lumia Icon device for Verizon. After months of leaks the handset is practically official, but Nokia and Verizon have not yet acknowledged its existence. Nokia’s Lumia...
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Outlets Everywhere, Fix YourWhether you're at home or on the road, you should never be without power. Luckily, you can get a high-powered dual USB car charger for $8 today from eBay, and a six outlet surge protector for your... home for $16 from Amazon, also sporting two USB ports of its own.
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Goodbye, Internet Explorer!Finally, the Metro/Modern interface gets an alternative Web browsing option. Mozilla has announced that it has released the beta of the Firefox Windows 8 app.
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Amazon's Long Game With Hardware

TechPinions - 7 Feb 2014 21:12
Amazon has been a fascinating company to watch. My perspective with Amazon has always framed them as a retailer who fused technology to retail in brilliant ways. Only Amazon’s retail strategy was... not in physical space but in ...
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This TV Spot is the height of creativity, and we absolutely love it. In 50 seconds and one uninterrupted flowing video shot, UK directing duo US and advertising agency Grey (the guys behind the... amazing exploding spices commercial) pay tribute to six completely unique, culturally iconic images by expertly recreating one after the other. If […]
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Nokia has begun teasing its latest device, promising something with an emphasis on audio quality that will be revealed soon. The clip - which opens with the tagline "Have you …
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A number of documents have appeared this week showing how Apple and the folks at GT Advanced have moved in a number of machines made for inspecting Sapphire Displays to …
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[From GamerTell] The latest Bandai Namco arcade game in Japan lets you shoot and dance with zombified members of the JPop group AKB48. Because Japan.
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Here's DARPA's HilariouslyWhy is DARPA's terrifying humanoid robot having such a good time twirling sparklers around like its flying on ecstasy? Because 56 years ago, the Advanced Research Projects Agency was born. (It only... got the "Defense" in its name later) Happy birthday DARPA! Just, uh, please don't give Atlas a wish. Bad idea.
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Astronaut Hall of Fame to AddA spacewalker who lifted off a record seven times to orbit and the first American woman to complete a long-duration stay on board a space station will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut of Hall of... Fame, officials with the Florida institution announced.
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Winter Stargazing: SkywatchingFor much of the contiguous United States this winter has been marked by perpetual ice, snow as well as the now infamous polar vortex. Such conditions might make even the most committed stargazer think... twice before venturing outdoors.
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...No, that's not the beginning of a joke. It's an actual part of the opening ceremonies in Sochi for the Winter Olympics And the large, animatronic versions of the Olympic mascots didn't just walk,... they skated across the ice during the opening ceremony on Friday evening. The furry, four-legged mascots are animals all found in Russia, and they represent strength, speed and agility. See also: Olympic Ring Fails in First Minutes of Opening Ceremony According to the Olympic mascots' official page, the animals were selected as part of a competition, in which artists submitted their sketches and suggestions. The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee received more than 24,000 sketches over the course of three months.
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The government said its inquiry is no longer necessary after the Obama administration overturned a ban on sales of Apple devices.
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NASA's Planet-Hunting KeplerThe late news anchor Walter Cronkite, the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope and a hypersonic aircraft mission are among the people and projects being honored by this year's National Space Club... awards.
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[From GadgeTell] Yes, you're reading it right, Verizon has started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for its HTC One today and brings forth a handful of new features and bug fixes, including... the latest Sense 5.5 UI. Yesterday, HTC product manager tweeted that it has passed certification on Verizon, and should roll out shortly.
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Microsoft's toughest choice

BGR - 7 Feb 2014 21:00
Microsoft's toughest choiceNever mind Bing and Xbox. What the heck is Microsoft’s new CEO going to do about its feature phone unit that is churning out 200 million low-end handsets a year? The dilemma here is that Nokia’s... handset unit has two very disparate parts: feature phones and smartphones. Feature phone demand is now dropping rapidly as low-end Android smartphones are beginning to hit the $100 unsubsidized price. That was the segment of Nokia’s feature phone business that kept the whole low-end business profitable: The $80 to $100 premium feature phones that offered tolerable camera performance, relatively tight pixel density and extras like WiFi support. Now that this precious slice of the budget phone market is about to be engulfed by an
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ERP system 'difficulties'Microwave networking equipment maker Aviat Networks was forced to delay filing its second-quarter earnings report due to "unexpected difficulties" with a newly installed ERP (enterprise resource... planning) system. The problems meant Aviat could not make the deadline for filing, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, "without unreasonable effort or expense," according to a document filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Aviat ultimately released its earnings on Thursday. More details of the ERP system's issues didn't come up on Aviat's second-quarter conference call, but CEO Michael Pangia did say he expected it would begin benefiting the company's bottom line. The company unveiled a restructuring plan last week that will result in job cuts.
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City living is SAFER than lifeResearch from Pennsylvania university found the biggest single cause of death overall were car crashes, with more than double the rate in the country than the city.
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The Science of Fat

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 21:00
The Science of FatIf you're anything like over sixty percent of Americans, you've got a few pounds of fat you could stand to lose. If you saw what a pound of body fat actually looks like , you might be... double-motivated. Yet there are a ton of misconceptions about fat--some of which could inform mistakes in our weight-loss endeavors. Let's see if we can't cut through some of the misinformation with a little bit of knowledge.
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Do you feel like having some fun at the expense of your iPhone-toting friends? There are a number of nasty things you can do to anyone with a mobile phone -- switching contact numbers, for example --... but there are a few special tricks you can pull on...
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New Fiery-Red Coral SpeciesIn the clear waters off the coast of Peru, researchers have found a stunning new red coral species that was not previously described by scientists.
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A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting

Slashdot - 7 Feb 2014 20:59
Nerval's Lobster writes "Renault's new concept car gives drivers an unusual companion: a small flying drone, controllable via tablet or preset GPS waypoints, which scans the area ahead for obstacles... and traffic. The so-called 'flying companion' can exit the vehicle via a retractable hatch in the roof, and buzz around the immediate vicinity shooting video and photos; as this is a concept, actual hardware and software specs aren't available, although Renault's engineers envision something closer to the size of a small bird than some of the larger drones currently available. But how practical is a 'driving drone'? Considering all the accidents caused by people texting or Web-surfing while driving, it seems questionable to introduce a piece of hardware that could prove even more...
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National sovereignty, security and the creation of domestic jobs will be the key drivers behind Canada's future space activities.
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Golden Arc | Space Wallpaper

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 20:57
Golden Arc | Space WallpaperThis stunning space wallpaper shows the Toby Jug Nebula, which is located about 1200 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Carina (The Ship's Keel). More formally known as IC 2220,... it is an example of a reflection nebula.
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LinkedIn kills its Intro emailLinkedIn just announced that it'll be shutting down Intro, a service meant to integrate LinkedIn contact details right into the iOS Mail app, after less than four months. LinkedIn simply said it was... discontinuing the service in an effort to "focus on the most relevant offerings for our members." While the company didn't come right out and say it, though, it's safe to assume Intro never found a significant following — probably due to security concerns rising from the fact that LinkedIn had to scan every email that came into your inbox. In the days immediately following LinkedIn Intro's launch, security researchers reacted quickly and negatively. Security firm Bishop Fox called the service "a dream for attackers" and Richard...
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Everyone has their favorite style of art. Some prefer more realistic looking styles while others enjoy cartoon-y designs. If anime... art and animations are your thing and you're interested in creating your own, check out Anime Studio Debut 9. It's on sale right now in our Deals tab.  Anime Studio Debut 9 is a fully featured animation suite that can help you bring your creations to life. It helps you in the process of making animations with tons of help features, including built-in designs and characters for you to play with. With image tracing and easy bone-rigging, animating your own drawings has never been easier. Plus, you can add your own audio files and have the lip syncing automated to match the sound. It's an easy...
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OpenIDFA, A Solution ToFollowing Apple's crackdown on mobile apps' usage of IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) - that is, it's rejecting apps which are pulling the identifier for non-advertising related purposes - Appsfire... is proposing an alternative solution. Called "OpenIDFA," the technology allows for the type of tracking use cases that Apple's ban could prevent, while still protecting end user privacy by offering built-in expiration that prevents the possibility of long-term tracking.
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An ancient hominin male and several children were foraging along an estuary in Norfolk almost a million years ago     
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Apple shareholders shouldProxy advisory firm Egan-Jones advised Apple Inc shareholders on Friday to reject activist investor Carl Icahn's demand that the iPhone maker expand its stock buyback program, a proposal that will be... put to a vote this month.
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LinkedIn Axing Clever ButLinkedIn is axing its feature that intercepted emails to iOS devices to inject them with information from the site. The announcement was made via email to customers today, where the company detailed... steps on removing the feature if users had enabled it. “We strive to deliver product experiences that delight our members and add value to their professional lives,” reads an email sent to LinkedIn user Nicholas Shulman. “This sometimes means shutting down certain products or features to focus on the most relevant offerings for our members.” LinkedIn has also put up a blog post about shutting down the feature. “We are making large, long-term investments on a few big bets, and in order to make them successful, we need to concentrate on fewer things,” a LinkedIn spokesperson told...
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NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins"Dynamic Earth," a video created by staffers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and their colleagues, took first prize in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.
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[From GadgeTell] An iPhone deal and an iPad promotion kicked off just two days apart? This must be your lucky week, Apple aficionados looking for a change of scenery.
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Snap and Share with a GalaxyIf you've ever wanted the image quality and optical zoom of a dedicated camera, but didn't want to lose smartphone features like editing and sharing, Samsung made the perfect camera for you. Check out... Gizmodo's review if you're curious, and then get it for nearly $100 off street price from eBay.
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The Moto G is the best cheap Android phone you can get your hands on, and now you've got another way to nab one. US Cellular today confirmed what a blurry screenshot told us yesterday: the 8GB model... will hit store shelves on February 10. Just can't...
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The best Flappy Bird techniqueCouldn't agree more. See also: How to win at Flappy Bird for Android     
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U.S. ends probe of SamsungThe U.S. Justice Department will close its investigation into Samsung Electronics' use of a special class of essential patents to attack rivals but said it would continue to monitor related patent... litigation.
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Flappy Bird on Windows Phone site

BBC - 7 Feb 2014 20:42
Flappy Bird on Windows PhoneFlappy Bird, the popular game for mobile devices, appears on the Windows Phone website even though its developer says he has not built a version for the platform.
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Verge Favorites: Rich McCormick

The Verge - 7 Feb 2014 20:42
Verge Favorites: RichVerge staffers aren't just people who love technology. They're people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the best... smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Verge readers, and we hope you're encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on.
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Ariane 5 Rocket Blasts Off onDual payloads to broadcast television and broadband signals for Asia Broadcast Satellite and French and Italian security forces rocketed into orbit on an Ariane 5 rocket Thursday on Arianespace's... landmark 250th launch.
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LinkedIn shutting its IntroGoodbyes are always hard, and today LinkedIn is saying farewell to its Intro service. The product released last fall by the social network that used questionable methods to connect its contact data... with the native Mail app for iPhone is shutting down next month, the company announced today. First impressions are always important, of course, and […]
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The first stages of President Obama's overhaul of NSA data collection have gone into action, placing limits on how easy it is for security services to monitor individuals, though new …
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After more than 125 days in custody, Ross Ulbricht has officially entered a plea: not guilty. The alleged mastermind of the online drug empire Silk Road denied charges of acting as kingpin of a... large-scale criminal enterprise, drug trafficking, hacking and money laundering at his indictment hearing in a New York City courtroom on Friday. Federal prosecutors released a formal indictment against Ulbricht on Tuesday. See also: Exclusive: Inside the World of a Silk Road Drug Dealer The majority of Friday's hearing was dedicated to working out logistics and agreeing on a timeframe for the discovery period of the case. In particular, federal prosecutor Serrin Turner and Ulbricht's defense attorney Joshua Dratel discussed the technical details of transferring electronic evidence from the...
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DICE Awards recap: The Last ofVEGAS--We're sitting in one of Las Vegas's many oversized cocktail lounges waiting for the man on stage to figure out how to tear open an envelope. It's a little bit too quiet. A little bit too... awkward. He finally manages to pry it apart. "And the winner is..." The man pauses. I brace myself. The lights wiggle around in half-hearted anticipation. "I bet it's The Last of Us," says someone at our table. "The Last of Us!" the man confirms a second later. Our whole table groans. Welcome to the seventeenth annual DICE Awards--maybe the closest thing the video games industry has to the Oscars. And just like the Oscars, nobody is ever satisfied.
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3 Things to Know About YourReading nutrition labels at the grocery store can be a daunting task -- here are tips for determining what's really healthy.
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Ubergizmo For Mobiles: Faster,For a while, we have use a plain-vanilla Mobile template for our mobile users. This was not something that we were happy with, but there was seemingly always something more urgent to do. In a 24/7... news world, it just ever ends. Given how Mobile is important to everyone of us, an improvement could no longer wait. "NOBODY LIKES SLOW SITES, AND NEITHER DO WE"   We have put some time aside and built a new 100% custom mobile website designed to dramatically improve your experience when browsing Ubergizmo. Nobody likes slow sites, and neither do we. We made Ubergizmo better, stronger, faster! Try it from your mobile browser, navigate around and we hope that you will bookmark it. (more…) Follow: Announcements, Cellphones, Featured, Tablets, Ubergizmo For Mobiles: Faster, Leaner, Better. Try...
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Gathering of the Juggalos has found a new campground and hopefully a whole new set of positive vibes for its annual fest in Missouri, specifically the CryBaby Campground... in Kaiser, about 170 miles west of St. Louis. This year's event will be the 15th annual Gathering.
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Dell Cloud Connect is a cloud-access device on a USB stick. Road warriors need only use a Dell Cloud Connect device with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to access cloud-based applications. Dell claims... this is a first but not really.
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Olympic rings fail(Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) Sochi has been fraught with problems in the days leading up to the Olympics, but no one issue has been quite so telling of Russia's hosting struggles as a malfunction... at its opening ceremony that led to an incomplete set of Olympic rings going up on display. While the ceremony was supposed to feature all five rings growing from small snowflakes into the Olympic logo's five intersecting circles, the top-right ring failed to expand alongside the others, leaving four circles beside what looked almost like an asterisk.
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Yahoo shifts Europe tax baseYahoo Inc is shifting its main European tax base to Ireland from Switzerland, a Reuters examination of company statements and accounts shows, as pressure mounts on the Alpine nation to abolish some... corporate tax incentives.
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In a study, researchers surveyed a random sample of US emergency departments and found substantial variation in the adoption of policies relating to contact precautions.
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While snow is beautiful during and after its fall, it is an absolute pain should it melt and freeze. Things were bad enough when you have the extra task of shoveling out your driveway in the mornings,... but having to scrap ice off of your windshield can make any day feel like Monday. Not only
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What's Your Favorite Money-Saving Tip?

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 20:30
What's Your FavoriteWe all like saving a bit of money, especially when we find a clever new way of doing it. We've shared all kinds of ways to save money, but now we're curious to hear from you. What's your favorite tip... for spending a little less or just for putting more into your savings?
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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... Valentine's Day Designer Bundle [On sale for...
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A scientific team has made a surprising discovery about the brain's hunger-inducing neurons, a finding with important implications for the treatment of obesity.
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New genetic evidence strengthens the case that one well-known type of cholesterol is a likely suspect in causing heart disease, but also casts further doubt on the causal role played by another type.... The findings may guide the search for improved treatments.
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Sochi 2014 Olympics photo firehose

The Loop - 7 Feb 2014 20:28
The New York Times has a "firehose" of live stream photos from the Sochi 2014 Olympics. It's cool to watch but lacks context.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Hackers can use Snapchat toA cyber security researcher has discovered a vulnerability within the Snapchat mobile app that makes it possible for hackers to launch a denial-of-service attack that temporarily freezes a user's... iPhone.     
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[From EntertainmentTell] What could basic cable network FX possibly do to further bolster its forthcoming comedy roster after signing Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Billy Crystal,... Josh Gad, Seth Rogen and Tracy Morgan for soon-to-air sitcoms?
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Yahoo Confirms It Has No PlansYahoo has no current intention to update its Flickr application for Windows Phone. A user request for the company to both update its extant, but quite dated Windows Phone app, and perhaps build one... for Windows 8 (another user requested a Windows 8.1 app separately) was met with a terse, if friendly response: Thank you for this feedback. At this point, we are focusing our mobile development efforts on iPhone and Android apps. If this changes, we’ll let you know in the forum here. Yahoo confirmed the decision with TechCrunch. The company provided a second short statement: We can confirm that we currently have no plans to update our Flickr Windows Phone app. At times, we have to make tough decisions and prioritize our efforts. This change will allow us to spend more energy on improving our...
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Well, that's just ridiculous.The Dubai Police already has a collection of cars that would make any billionaire envious, but the latest addition may be the most impressive yet. it's a 1,001-hp, 253 mph Bugatti Veyron. The post... Well, that’s just ridiculous. Dubai’s Police Department bought a Bugatti Veyron appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This image, right here, shows us the value of long-term observations. It’s a composite of pictures taken between 1999 and 2012 from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Telescope. Put 9.5 days’ worth of... observations together, and you can see a lot of action in Centaurus A — namely, a huge jet emanating from a ginormous black hole […]
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This week a piece of legislation is making its way through to the state level in California, a piece of legislation that would mandate a so-called "Kill Switch" for smartphones …
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Apple removes all bitcoinOver the past week, Apple has been slowlying removing all bitcoin related apps form its iOS app store, prompting outrage from the bitcoin community.
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Matrix villain spawns 177,000 ways to knot a tie

New Scientist - 7 Feb 2014 20:23
Inspired by a style from the film The Matrix Reloaded, mathematicians have found thousands of new ways to knot a tie. Not all will make it to the catwalk     
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Locked Apple iPhone codeThe access code locking the iPhone 5 of an Italian murder victim is depriving police of information that might help them solve the crime, but Apple has so far resisted requests for help in unlocking... the device, a Milan prosecutor confirmed Friday. Nicoletta Figini, 55, was found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of Milan last July, her body bound with computer cord and strips of bed sheets and curtains. Police said she had been suffocated by the duct tape placed over her mouth. The apartment was in disorder but the killer did not appear to have been motivated by theft, since numerous valuables had been left behind, including Figini's three mobile phones.
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Life On Mars Sim: PracticingThe new world of tele-anesthesiology and tele-surgery is practiced in high altitude Utah by MarsCrew134. The crew's executive and medical officer Dr. Susan Jewell discusses.
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Google to own $750M US LenovoInternet search company Google Inc will own a 5.94% stake in China's Lenovo Group Ltd worth $750 million US once Lenovo's deal to buy Google's Motorola handset division closes, according to a... disclosure on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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Facebook Now Lets You EditEarlier this week, we learned that Facebook would soon let you edit the automatically-generated "Look Back" videos the company had made to celebrate Facebook's 10th anniversary. Sure enough: they just... launched the editor.
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EA's ability to enrage its ownFor the past two years, Electronic Arts has been named the “Worst Company in America” by Consumerist readers… and it stands a damn good chance of winning the award again this year. Every time... this happens, it sparks a round of self-righteous, finger-wagging lectures about how EA doesn’t deserve to be named America’s worst company since it hasn’t, say, caused a calamitous environmental disaster or aided and abetted massive financial fraud. But while it’s literally true that EA’s alleged crimes against consumers aren’t on par with those of BP or JPMorgan, it also undersells EA’s remarkable achievement: That is, it’s managed to make people incredibly angry by selling them video games. I mean, really think about that. Video games are
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Avengers: Age of Ultron castsActor Paul Bettany has been announced as the Vision in Joss Whedon's upcoming Avenger: Age of Ultron. The actor has previously appeared in four Marvel movies as Tony Stark's AI, J.A.R.V.I.S. The post... Avengers: Age of Ultron casts a familiar voice as the Vision appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Science Wants a Large HadronThe Large Hadron Collider certainly lives up to its name: the underground behemoth is nearly 17 miles in circumference. Oh, and it also helped scientists discover the Higgs Boson , no big deal. But... those crazy scientists always want more, which is why CERN, the particle physics group behind LHC, wants to build it a big brother that's over three times the LHC's circumference.
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An ancient hominin male and several children were foraging along an estuary in Norfolk almost a million years ago     
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Emerging from the veil of time, footprints along a Norfolk beach are thought to be the oldest ever discovered outside of Africa.
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The FDA Just Approved aThe Jetsons was one of the most important cartoons of all time, having helped shape the way that we talk about the future here in the 21st century. The show predicted many of the technologies we have... today. And this week, Americans can check another crazy Jetsonian prediction off the list.
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If you’re still upset that you missed out on buying one of those limited edition Ralph Gibson Monochrom cameras that sold out in five minutes, and that spare $28K is burning a hole in your pocket,... Leica might have something for you — although it probably won’t do away with all that cash. Announced a […]
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Smoke break: what tobacco-freeCigarettes have been sold in pharmacies for so long that we rarely contemplate the inherent contradiction: stocking the leading cause of preventable death next to prescriptions and vitamins. So when... CVS announced its decision earlier this week to stop stocking tobacco products in order to establish itself as a committed health care provider, the news was on every front page. Immediately, competitor Walgreens flip-flopped on a statement it made last year about selling cigarettes and announced it was "evaluating" the possibility of dumping them. But analysts say the announcement is a manifestation of an existing trend, rather than the sign of a new one. CVS’s decision to forfeit $2 billion in revenue will have little impact on the...
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[From GamerTell] Episode 2 of The Wolf Among Us, "Smoke and Mirrors," has arrived. Also, Spinal skeleports his way back into the Killer Instinct fold.
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The Most Realistic iPhone 6Even though it feels like the iPhone 5s just came out, the rumor mill is already churning out little bits on the iPhone 6: a supercharged camera, bigger display, and a ton of Sapphire Crystal glass. A... number of designers…
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Explore the Tate Britain afterThe After Dark project was the winning idea in this year's IK Prize. It was created by London-based designers who plan to launch the scheme this summer.
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The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are under way, and while you can always catch the replayed broadcast on TV, that’s not always as fun as watching the live stream. Fortunately the wonderful world of... iOS apps has us covered, and for most localities you can get completely free access to live streams of the ...
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Google has made a bold statement against discrimination on its home page.
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Members of Russian pop duo tATu, who are perhaps most-remembered for kissing each other onstage during performances in the early 2000s, put on a show Friday at Fisht Olympic Stadium before the Winter... Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova of tATu held hands while singing, and the moment caused "Tatu" to become a worldwide trending topic on Twitter See also: Rainbow Olympic Google Doodle Disses Russia's Anti-Gay Laws The choice to have tATu perform raised eyebrows because of what's been described as their "pseudo-lesbian" behavior (which some saw as simply as an attention-grabbing stunt at the time). In the group's 2003 debut music video, "All the Things She Said," the two women acted as lovers, kissing each other in the rain while decked out in schoolgirl...
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[From GamerTell] Every Sony system is getting Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends in some form next month.
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The Best Air Purifiers forA good air purifier with a HEPA filter can reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma while cleaning the air in your home. Here are some of the best air purifiers for home use.
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An anonymous reader writes "The Diplomat's Zachary Keck wonders why the U.S. government is doubling down on missile defense systems even as hypersonic missiles threaten to render them obsolete. Keck... notes that hypersonic missiles pose two distinct challenges to current missile defense systems. First, they travel far faster than the missiles the defense systems are designed to intercept. Second, they travel at lower altitudes and possess greater maneuverability than the missiles the current systems have been built to destroy. Nonetheless, the U.S. was planning on spending $2 billion a year on missile defense through 2017, and now the Pentagon is asking for an additional $4.5 billion over the next five years."
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GoPro files for confidential IPO

The Verge - 7 Feb 2014 20:06
GoPro files for confidentialExtreme sports camera-maker GoPro's remarkable ascent from niche startup to video juggernaut continues: today, the company announced it filed for a confidential initial public offering (IPO). The... process lets companies keep financial details private until a few weeks before their shares begin public trading, and is the same route pursued by Twitter. Confidential IPOs are a relatively recent phenomena, enabled by new rules from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) designed to make the IPO process cheaper and more manageable and to encourage smaller firms to make the move into public markets.
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California State Senator Mark Leno is introducing a bill that would require all cellular phones sold in the state to include antitheft technology, reports The New York Times. This measure is being... introduced as a way to curb smartphone thefts, which are on the rise in major metropolitan areas like San Francisco and New York City. "With robberies of smartphones reaching an all-time high, California cannot continue to stand by when a solution to the problem is readily available," Senator Leno said in a statement. "Today we are officially stepping in and requiring the cellphone industry to take the necessary steps to curb violent smartphone thefts and protect the safety of the very consumers they rely upon to support their businesses." Co-sponsored by San Francisco's district attorney George...
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In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple has repurchased $14 billion of its own stock in the past two weeks, following its last quarterly earnings call... on January 27th, after which Apple stock fell by 8%.
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[From AppleTell] Following a recent stock drop, Apple made full use of the opportunity by repurchasing the company's own shares at a considerably lower price.
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Moto G available for $99Online-only for today, in-store availability starts Feb. 10th After writing yesterday of the expected Moto G launch on U.S. Cellular, we now have the full details on this budget device for the... carrier. It turns out the date of February 10th for a launch was correct, but only for in-store availability — you can pick up a Moto G on U.S. Cellular today for just $99 (with free shipping) when paired with one of its No Contract plans. The retail price is supposedly $189, but we're told (and the website reflects) that a $90 rebate is instantly applied when you buy the device. That's one heck of a deal, and matches Verizon's prepaid Moto G offering exactly. U.S. Cellular's No Contract plans start at just $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and data (500MB full speed) — a great deal when...
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Mysterious 'Boom' Rattles Maryland

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 20:04
Mysterious 'Boom' RattlesWas it an earthquake that rattled Maryland on Feb. 6? A sonic boom? Or some other, yet-to-be-determined phenomenon? Despite a number of official investigations, some frazzled Maryland residents still... aren't sure what happened.
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Mixpanel Releases Data About AAnalytics company Mixpanel just released its first report about the broader patterns among the 17 billion mobile and web actions (such as sharing content or creating an account) that it tracks each... month. In doing so, it says it can portray a "typical US day on smart devices".
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Have you ever experienced a situation (single folk need not answer this question as they are able to do as they please in their own domain without having to worry about anyone else living under the... same roof not agreeing to having the lights turned on – or off, in this case. Pets? They will
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When a developer decides to completely rip off another game, they usually at least attempt to give it a fresh spin. Sure, games take inspiration from each other all the time, and to be fair, it's... oftentimes difficult to pin the word "ripoff" on a...
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The Arrow-Shooting Slingshot:We usually think of slingshots as the weapon of choice for precocious little kids, but in the right hands they can be deadly. Especially when they're designed to fire actual hunting arrows like the... Survival Slingshot that lets you take down prey larger than sparrows and squirrels.
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Miss a few stories this week? We'll bring you up to speed with this rundown of all the tech news.
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What's With New BloggingDear Lifehacker,I keep seeing these new blogging platforms pop up like Medium and Svbtle. Why would I use one of these new platforms instead of more powerful classics like Wordpress?
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Let's Just Forget Everything

TechCrunch - 7 Feb 2014 19:58
Let's Just Forget EverythingI always think a little historical perspective is good in a fast-moving industry like tech. So when Facebook released Paper this week, I did what any decent tech journalist would do -- I visited the... website of the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, the only thing I could find about the social networking company was the museum's Facebook page, which at 573 likes, is apparently showing greater user growth these days than Twitter.
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Before you sink into your couch this weekend to live through the Winter Olympics vicariously, get a little more familiar with the athletes who will represent the United States in Sochi, Russia See... also: 15 Winter Olympians to Follow on Instagram In the map below, explore the birthplaces of the 230 men and women on Team USA at the Winter Games. Simply click the numbered tabs to explore the geographic distribution of athletes by sport the blue dots represent male athletes and red dots represent female athletes. You can also find fun facts on the left sidebar. Did you know that athletes from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association comprise nearly half of the athletes on Team USA? The team includes two foreign-born athletes, one in Canada and one in England. Click around and explore above.
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Want to Avoid the NSA? Use a Cell Phone

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 19:56
Want to Avoid the NSA? Use aHoly crap, the latest NSA report is actually good news--sort of. Despite what you've heard in the past nine months, the NSA only collects information on 20 percent or fewer U.S. calls. Why? Because... they're having a hard time figuring out how to tap cell phones.
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We at Universe Today often hear theories purporting that Einstein is wrong, and perhaps one of the most common things cited is the speed limit for light used in his relativity theories. In a vacuum,... light goes close to 300,000 km/s (roughly 186,000 miles a second). Using a bit of geometry, however, isn’t there a way […]
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Google's attempts to escape privacy sanctions in France that will force it to publish an embarrassing mea-culpa on its site have failed, with the French courts insisting there'll be no …
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Turns out the fault lies with Maya.     
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As the Sochi Winter Olympics begins, people are making comparisons between the Russian venue and the host cities that have come before it. This year's games in Sochi disprove any notion that the... Winter Olympics lacks the pomp of the Summer Olympics. Medal counts aside, each successive host city works to make its games bigger, its torch relays longer and its total cost greater than the games before. Well, maybe not the latter so much, but Sochi's estimated $51 billion price tag sure makes it seem that way. See also: 12 Sochi Photos That Russia Probably Doesn't Want You to See When compared, the facts and figures of the Winter Olympics certainly show signs of trending more and larger. Back in 1998, 72 events comprised the Nagano Games. That number has increased to 98 in just 16 years....
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Under the new agreement, ESA and EDA will test the use of UAVs for environmental monitoring and maritime surveillance beyond the line of sight of ground antennas to manage the UAVs' performance.
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In Images: Fiery-Red CoralA fiery-red coral species has been discovered off the coast of Peru.
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Report: Apple Preps SapphireSay goodbye to those chintzy smartphone screen protectors; Apple could be on track to use scratch-proof sapphire crystal in its next iPhone. A report by 9to5Mac suggests that Apple could produce 100... million to 200 million smartphone-sized displays per year in a new Arizona manufacturing plant. Apple is working with New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies to operate the plant, and documents show that GT has received hundreds of furnace and chamber systems for producing “boules” of sapphire crystal. With further processing and polishing, these boules can become screen-sized sheets of sapphire. Although Apple already uses sapphire for iPhone camera lens covers and the TouchID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, inspection tools ordered by GT are clearly designated for screen cover...
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Here's everything we knowThe rumored iWatch smartwatch is not yet confirmed, but many top Apple execs as well as new hires are reportedly working on the product. An in-depth 9to5Mac profile of various existing and new Apple... employees reveals that not only is the iWatch expected to look good and appeal to a variety of buyers, but also to offer plenty of smart features thanks to the many talents currently at work for it. Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations; Bud Tribble, vice president of software technology; Bob Mansfield, special projects; James Foster, senior director engineering; Kevin Lynch, vice president of technology and Achim Pantfoerder, engineering manage are some of Apple's execs involved in one way of the other in the iWatch
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Rosanne Cash has been writing songs for 35 years and creating hit records for almost as many, but few have achieved the popular and critical success of her most recent release, “The River and the... Thread.” The album debuted in mid-January at No. 11 on the Billboard album chart and quickly rose to No. 1 on Amazon’s music best sellers’ list. The Los Angeles Times recently predicted that the album would earn its place among “the most powerful works of 2014.” See also: 13 Must-Follow Musicians on Instagram "The River and the Thread" traces a reunion of sorts that Cash experienced with her family’s roots in the Deep South, weaving together bits of history of the region and glimpses of the world her father, Johnny Cash, grew up in.
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GOES EXIS Quadruplets TogetherNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: Four Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors or EXIS instruments that will fly aboard four of NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R or... GOES-R Series spacecraft were recently lined up like babies in a nursery. The EXIS Team at NOAA's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) in Boulder, Colorado took a short timeout during the week of January 20, 2014 to take advantage of a rare photo opportunity. Each EXIS instrument will fly aboard one of the GOES-R series of spacecraft that include GOES-R, S, T, and U. All four EXIS instruments happened to be in the clean room at the same time. It is expected that this will probably be the last time that all four siblings will be in one place together as Flight Model 1 (seen on...
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No Hotel Room Is 'Bed BugBed Bug Proof — Utilities — Free America is seeing a resurgence in bed-bug infestations, and here’s an app to help you screen a room and identify the little biters before they introduce... themselves. To be perfectly clear, Bed Bug…
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 7 Feb 2014 19:45
All the latest on newscientist.com: the bird with a key to human language, how to live on digital money, new sports tech at Sochi, Smaug frog and more     
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Clever Family Photo SharingThe issue with online photo sharing is that, inherently, you have no idea what will happen to your photos. On the Internet once, on the Internet forever, as the phrase goes. And that is a big problem,... not for teens on Instagram but for a market that spends real money online: Families. And not just traditional families, but 'families' either in the sense of your in-laws and extended family, but also in the sense of groups who consider themselves a bit of a 'tribe'. This is the market Togethera quietly launched a few months ago to address.
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Europe's Ariane 5 rocket placed commercial and military telecommunications satellites into orbit in the first of what operator Arianespace expects could be its busiest-ever year.
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Who in the universe isOn Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles took the state at the Ed Sullivan Theater for their first U.S. show. The waves of that TV broadcast are now nearly 300 trillion miles away -- and still traveling.  
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Glam Media Plans To Expand ItsAs company names go, Glam Media is pretty memorable -- but the name is about to change, according to co-founder and CEO Samir Arora. Back when the founders of the digital publishing and advertising... company were first meeting in December 2003, Glam was actually called Project X. It was only when the company started to focus on reaching women that it took on the name Glam Media in 2005.
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Google fears France's privacyGoogle is trying to avoid public shaming by asking a French court to suspend an order forcing the company to notify users of its recent €150,000 fine, reports The Wall Street Journal. France's... privacy watchdog, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés, fined Google for its 2012 privacy policy change, which allowed it to consolidate 60 privacy policies into one and combine data from individual users across its different services. The order handed down with the fine was very specific as to how the message should look: it should be placed on Google.fr right below the search buttons, and it should be written in an Arial typeface no smaller than 13 points. That's much larger than any fine-print, and placing the message...
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How Snowstorms Reveal theDuring any of the several recent catastrophic blizzards that have draped the country with snow, you might have seen people tagging their photos #sneckdown. No, it's not a protective garment you wear... to keep your neck snow-free (although that could also come in handy!). It's a word coined by transportation geeks.
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[From In-Car Tech] We've told you about it for a few months now, but Kia finally gave the Kia Soul EV its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week.
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An experimental microsatellite built by Millennium Space Systems for the NRO has had three years of "near-flawless" operations.
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Sculpted skate suits debut at Sochi

New Scientist - 7 Feb 2014 19:34
Almost every winter sport involves some kind of gear, but there are some particularly exciting innovations making a debut at this year's Winter Olympics     
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Almost every winter sport involves some kind of gear, but there are three particularly exciting innovations making a debut at this year's Winter Olympics     
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Defending the selfie in this day and age is a dangerous angle to take, but the folks at the PBS Idea Channel are taking a swing at it because, in their words, “despite being possibly the world's... most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language.” It’s an interesting argument to […]
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Supposing you've never been to Bonnaroo before, you might not know what it means to be part of "the Bonnaroo experience" - it's unique, to put it simply. As depicted …
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Renault Kwid concept car comesRenault has unveiled a concept car that comes with its own traffic scouting drone. The quadcopter can be released from the roof to find the end of a traffic jam. Nissan showed off a similar idea... previously with its Juke Nismo model. The Renault Kwid concept...
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An HP Chromebox aimed atThough Google and Asus grabbed the spotlight by revealing a Chromebox aimed at making video conferences easy for businesses to pull off, this won't be the only Chromebox that sees the light of day.
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You Are Legend In Overlive [Review]

Cult of Mac - 7 Feb 2014 19:30
You Are Legend In OverliveThis just in: Someone has made a game about zombies. Overlive by FireRabbit Category: iOS Games Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $1.99 (lite version available) You probably weren’t expecting that,... huh? A zombie game? It’s crazy on the face of…
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A widely circulated iPhone tip would have you believe that your device will charge must faster in Airplane Mode. On the surface, this makes a whole lot of sense. After all, with GPS lying dormant and... all of the wireless radios inside the device...
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Organize a Chest Freezer with Reusable Bags

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 19:30
Organize a Chest Freezer withChest or deep freezers are wonderful for stocking up on food, but it's all too easy for packages to get buried, lost in the freezer's frozen underbelly. Reusable shopping bags make it easier to see,... sort, and pull out the foods you're storing.
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The Last of Us takes the bigThe Last of Us takes Game of the Year as one of its 10 wins, out of 12 nominations, at the 2014 D.I.C.E. Awards. The post The Last of Us takes the big prize (and many others) at the Oscars of video... games appeared first on Digital Trends.
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An incredible Android bargain, Motorola's Moto G just landed on US Cellular for $99.99, sans contract.
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Storing Renewable Energy InBecause solar and wind energy isn't consistent, many renewable energy power plants have to store excess energy for when demand is highest. A new system using train cars offers a clean, cheap, and fast... method of storing that energy for later use.
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Designers have been working up their fantasies for how the next iPhone 6 may look. Take a look at two awesome concepts.
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A new archive is trying to digitize thousands of hours of tape from TV and radio stations across the country--before those tapes disintegrate.     
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Final Fantasy VI for iOS IsFinal Fantasy VI, probably the fan favorite in Square Enix’s (nee Squaresoft’s) long running Final Fantasy series, is now available for iOS. In fact it might have been available since January 29,... which is what Square Enix lists as the “posted” date in Apple’s iTunes Store (though, confusingly, its “released” date is February 6 on the iTunes Preview page). What unquestionably went live on February 6 is the game’s first update, version 1.01, about which Square Enix writes “A number of bugs have been addressed.” If you’re so moved to make a purchase, it’ll set you back $16, same as the current pricing for Final Fantasys III, IV and V. I realize the game’s appearance won’t be welcome news to some of you, who’ve decided the cartoonish look of the V and VI...
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The Most Unusual Sports inEverybody gets the gist of the Winter Olympics. Skiing, hockey, figure skating, various sled races--we're all familiar with the classics. But did you know that dogs once competed in the Winter... Olympics? Have you heard of the sport that's a cross between hockey and soccer? The Olympics used to be weird, man.
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Colin Trevorrow recently took to Twitter to announce that they will be shooting the entire Jurassic World film on 35mm and 65mm Kodak films with Panavision equipment. The post Jurassic World is Doing... it Old School, Shooting on 35mm and 65mm Films appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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The stink continues: AppleA week ago, we shared Rocco Pendola's story over at The Street about the body odor problem at the Santa Monica Apple store. After speaking to a couple anonymous Apple retail employees, Pendola was... able to confirm that store management recognizes the problem. The employees blamed the smell on poor positioning of high-tech "sniffers" that Apple stores use to activate a ventilation system if stores become too smelly. However, in the Santa Monica store, the "sniffers" are placed too high on the wall, which means the stores stink until the body odor reaches the sensors late in the morning. Since Pendola's first report, the situation appears to be getting worse; when he visited the store yesterday, he said it was "easily
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Just three weeks after President Barack Obama announced a series of changes designed to (partially) rein in the NSA's bulk data collection program, at least two of these measures are moving forward.... The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court...
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The National Security Agency might be busy collecting your Angry Birds high scores, but our previous notions that the government is collecting all of our phone data may be over-exaggerated, according... to the Wall Street Journal. The publication...
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Anime Studio Debut 9 For Mac:Ever wanted to dabble in anime? Sure you have. Anime Studio Debut is fun, easy, and exciting for any age and any skill level. This powerful and comprehensive animation software will help your ideas... come to life. Plus, it includes…
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Founders Pitch Startups FromWhile the whole of Silicon Valley got sucked into the vortex of insecurity and ego called Secret this week, something cooler (or colder) happened on the other side of the world today. Up in the city... of Oulu, Finland by the Arctic Circle, the local tech community held a small startup pitch contest today. The rules? There was no time limit, but you had to do it from inside a bear-sized ice hole, which the organizers cut from a nearby frozen lake. Oh, and no diving or wet suits allowed. “You might feel like you can’t breathe. Relax, that’s only normal and harmless. It will pass,” warned the invite. Twenty-six companies took the plunge. The winners included Laturi, which makes tools for companies offering corporate fitness programs, Tosibox, which sells a plug-and-play device for...
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Mark Zuckerberg's stake in Facebook has been reduced to just under 20%, according to an SEC filing on Friday. Zuckerberg, the company's cofounder and CEO, now owns 478.9 million shares of Facebook, or... 19.6% of all shares. One year ago, Zuckerberg's stake in the company was nearly 30% See also: Is Facebook Too Big to Fail? In December, Zuckerberg sold $2.3 billion worth of Facebook, largely to pay his tax bills for options that he exercised Zuckerberg famously pledged in September 2012 not to sell any shares of Facebook for at least a year, a move that was intended to show his confidence in the stock at a time when it had hit a new low. A few months later, he actually increased his stake in the company to 29.3% from 28.2% on the day of the IPO.
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Government sources say that the NSA's phone metadata collects only a fraction of calls, owing to the program not collecting most cell phone call records.
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Scandal has surrounded every aspect of the Winter Games in Sochi. From anti-gay remarks to stray dog slaughtering to environmental concerns to shoddy construction to yogurt wars to — well, you get... the point. But the Sochi Games is far from the first time Olympic festivities have been marred by scandal involving both the competitions and the social conditions surrounding the event at a whole. See also: The Athletes Arrive: 15 Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Sochi During the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, a marathon runner who finished in first place was later disqualified for driving a car throughout most of the race. In 1936, Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime oversaw the games in Berlin. Two decades ago, an associate of U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding's then-husband assaulted her compatriot and...
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ATLAS Experiment © 2013 CERN | ://bit.ly/LegAIF Dark matter is currently one of the greatest mysteries in the universe. Now, scientists reveal that the most powerful particle collider in the world... has unearthed no signs of the hypothesized dark matter, placing new limits on what it could be.Dark matter is hypothesized to be an invisible, enigmatic substance thought to make up roughly five-sixths of all matter in the cosmos. Astronomers began suspecting its existence in the 1930s, when they noticed the universe seemed to possess more mass than stars could account for. For instance, the speed at which stars circle the center of the Milky Way is so fast they should overcome the gravitational pull of the galaxy's core and escape into the intergalactic void, but something is apparently holding...
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Bob Sutton reports that in 2012 Adobe moved from yearly performance rankings to frequent "check-ins" where managers provide employees targeted coaching and advice. There... is no prescribed format or frequency for these conversations, and managers don't complete any forms or use any technologies to guide or document what happens during such conversations. They are simply expected to have regular check-ins to convey what is expected of employees, give and get feedback, and help employees with their growth and development plans. 'The aim is to give people information when they need it rather than months after teachable moments have passed,' writes Sutton. Donna Morris, Adobe's senior vice president for People and Places, says her team calculated that annual reviews...
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[From In-Car Tech] After EPA fuel economy testing, it turns out the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel came up just shy of the magic 30 MPG -- but still leads truck fuel economy at 28 MPG.
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'We're not ready to talk about it' says 'aggressive' CEO Tim Cook has embarked on a massive $14bn share buyback in a bid to calm the nerves of tetchy Apple shareholders....
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[EntertainmentTell] Reliving "Destroy All Monsters"

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 19:00
[From EntertainmentTell] "Destroy All Monsters" is so jam packed with kaiju that it seems neither the writers nor the set designers even knew what to do with all of them.
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The temperature's freezing out there, which basically means you would need to wear something over your ears to prevent them from freezing and falling off. The thing is, you are particularly stressed... out that day, and would like to get some relief from your favorite tunes, but it is either wearing a pair of headphones
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Bits Blog: Entering the Era ofA number of new apps, including Wut, Secret and Confide, are intended to let users either talk secretly or semi-anonymously online.     
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Science Finally Figures OutThe science world's understanding of pruney bathtub fingers is shockingly thin, especially considering every great mind the world over has probably experienced it firsthand. Finally, German physicists... have uncovered the mechanism that lets your fingers go all shriveled, then bounce right back to normal. And that understanding could revolutionize the materials we make.
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Want to look slim and sharp in your dress shirt, and not like you're wearing a poofy blouse? This video from Birchbox Man demonstrates how to use the military tuck to do just that (whether you're a... guy or a gal).
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That's a pretty cheap option for bringing a wired Ethernet connection to the far corners of your house, no drilling required.
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Folks, we have the first Olympics fail of the opening ceremony. An oversized Olympic ring failed to illuminate during the early moments of the ceremony, leaving a sad snowflake where the fifth ring... should have been. See also: 13 Olympic Figure Skaters Whose Faces Might Get Stuck Like This Those able to watch the festivities live (sorry, America) hit Twitter to take a jab at the mishap. Epic fail during @Sochi2014 #OpeningCeremony..pic.twitter.com/CCCr8ikdWr — Daily_Express (@Daily_Express) February 7, 2014 Looks like $51 billion only gets you 4 out of 5 Olympic Rings! #FAIL . Good luck to all taking part #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/lxiDg2CDTF — Eamo (@eamonharbison) February 7, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Z1

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 18:58
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versusSony's miniature marvel delivers almost everything that made the Z1 great, in more hand and pocket-friendly design The Sony Xperia Z1 is a great phone. It's also a big, blocky phone with enormous... bezels and an unashamedly chunky design. So we gave a warm welcome to its smaller sibling, the Xperia Z1 Compact, when we first saw it at CES 2014. The Compact, as we'll call it, incorporates just about all the high-end hardware of the full-size Z1, only with a significantly reduced footprint, making it an easier fit for hands and pockets alike. Unlike some other "mini" phones we could mention, you don't have to settle for lower-end hardware if you want a smaller handset. So now that both are on the market in the UK, how do they compare? We've got a full walkthrough, including video, after the...
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Google's Glass may be a self confessed work-in-progress for the company, but that hasn't stopped early-adopters from coming up with their own alternative visions for how the wearable should work. …
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Four Handy Tools To WorkaroundiPhoto and iCloud, despite being the default photo application and accompanying syncing service that much of the Apple universe uses regularly, are actually kind of awful. iPhoto is slow and bulky.... iCloud is limited, and more expensive than many competitors’ cloud storage services when you need to upgrade. And yet, we’re stuck with them…or are we? Fortunately, there are few applications from independent developers that can either improve Apple’s out-of-the-box experience by filling in the gaps its software overlooks, or lets you bypass using Apple’s products altogether. You may think that having so many one-off solutions for iPhoto highlights the problems with Apple’s own software. Or you can instead believe that these kinds of augmentations and improvements are the benefits of...
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At the beginning of the year, Nikon usually overhauls its entire Coolpix line of cameras, releasing new point-and-shoots and bridge cameras galore in an announcement fest that is usually swallowed up... by other photography news. Like we did last year, we’ll give you a quick rundown of all the new models, which this year include […]
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5 Ways Your Emotions InfluenceHow you feel about something can affect your perception of it, with real-world consequences. Here are some of the ways our emotions inform our senses -- and the other way around.
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How to watch the Sochi 2014The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games kick-off today. Here's how to catch all the snow and ice-based sport live and on catch-up TV. If you're in the UK, watching the games live is easy as the BBC will... be delivering huge amounts of coverage. BBC Sport says...
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In a bittersweet moment, Curiosity looks back and takes a snapshot of its home planet above the Mars skyline.
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These 1.5 Billion Pixel/SecIt's being billed as the widest-looking, fastest-shooting, deepest peering telescope on Earth. Or at least it will be when the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope comes online atop a remote Chilean... mountain top in 2032. The LSST, combining cutting-edge optics and massive computing power, will scan huge swaths of the heavens and peer deeper into cosmic history than ever before.
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[From EntertainmentTell] t.A.T.u is planning an unlikely Olympic comeback
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If R2D2 got crushed in theIs it us, or does the ZOTAC ZBOX ID45 look something like a miniature, PC-ified R2D2? Whether it does or doesn't,
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RGZ Team Spotlight: Lawrence Rudnick

Galaxy Zoo - 7 Feb 2014 18:47
RGZ Team Spotlight: LawrenceMeet Larry Rudnick, Project Advisor for Radio Galaxy Zoo. Larry is often seen chatting to volunteers on RGZ Talk; now he’s written a bit more of an introduction. I’m a Distinguished Teaching... Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota. But before I was distinguished, I grew up in Philadelphia, where I decided in 6th […]
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About six years ago, the Canadarm — Canada’s iconic robotic arm used in space — was almost sold to a company in the United States, along with other space technology from MacDonald, Dettwiler and... Associates. The Canadian government blocked the sale and swiftly came out with a promise: a space policy to better support Canada’s industry. […]
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How to make a killing as anThe next time you travel overseas, you might want to bring a hefty stock of unlocked iPhones with you -- they might just make you a healthy profit. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a great piece on... how iPhones are becoming almost like an international currency in many markets where they’re prohibitively expensive for most people to buy. In Brazil, for example, an unlocked iPhone 5s costs just under $1,200 when taxes are included while an unlocked iPhone 5s in Italy costs just shy of $1,000. This means that if you buy the latest version of the iPhone and bring it with you to certain countries, you’ll be able to sell it for more than what you paid for it while
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The Engadget Podcast is live at 12PM ET!

Engadget - 7 Feb 2014 18:44
With Ben Gilbert currently escaping the DICE-y wilds of Las Vegas, our three podcasting amigos are down to just two for today's installment. Join in then as Terrence O'Brien and Joseph Volpe walk... through the week in tech that was, and dissect the...
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This image of Sochi was acquired on Jan. 4, 2014, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft....
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Mozilla releases Firefox forBeta showcases the upcoming touch-enabled version of the popular open-source browser for Windows 8
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Following 18-month probe, Competition Bureau strikes agreement with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster
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[From EntertainmentTell] USA Network cancels "Psych" after its eighth season and discusses a spinoff.
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Researchers have developed a new method for organizing and prioritizing genetic data. The Combined Annotation-Dependent Depletion method will assist scientists in their search for disease-causing... mutation events in human genomes.
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Researchers have found a "potentially novel therapeutic target" to reduce the rate of deterioration and to promote growth of brain cells damaged by multiple sclerosis. Current therapies can be... effective in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis but have little impact in promoting tissue growth.
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A comprehensive analysis of patient telephone records at an inflammatory bowel disease clinic revealed that 15 percent of patients account for half of all calls to the clinic. Forty-two percent of... frequent-caller patients also were seen in the emergency department or hospitalized within the following year.
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It would seem that US Cellular has joined the Moto G train, offering up this no-contract device amongst their own ranks with their own pricing plan involved. You'll find our …
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GoPro IPO Is a Go

Mashable - 7 Feb 2014 18:41
GoPro, the maker of high-definition cameras often used to record feats of athletic derring-do, is planning to go public. The IPO is expected to happen after the SEC finishes reviewing the company's... submission documents, according to a press release from the company See also: 8 Tech Companies That May Go Public in 2014 Founded in 2003, the Half Moon Bay, Calif.-based GoPro has operated until now as a unit of Woodman Labs. The company, which originally intended to go public in 2012 but later scrapped the plan, has received more than $200 million in private funding until this point, valuing it at around $2.25 billion.
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Moderate aerobic exercise helps to preserve the structure and function of nerve cells in the retina after damage, according to an animal study. The findings suggest exercise may be able to slow the... progression of retinal degenerative diseases.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Jay Leno finally signed off Thursday night, probably for good
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Gladiator Heads? Mystery ofAbout 40 Roman-era skulls and other bones were unearthed in the heart of London. The skeletal remains likely belonged to execution victims, gladiators, or captives of war.
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The Silicon Valley company, which sells rugged cameras and lots of accessories to adventurous types, announces plans to go public.
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Use Outlook.com's aliases toMicrosoft's Outlook.com isn't anywhere near as tweakable as Gmail, but one great thing Outlook.com does offer is email aliases--multiple, independent email addresses belonging to a single account. Why... would you want to use an email alias? You can create a hard-to-guess alias as a password recovery address for your online accounts, making it more difficult for hackers to nab your data through the back door. Creating junk addresses to hand over to websites or apps that force you to register is also a great way to keep your personal email address out of the hands of marketers.
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[From GamerTell] Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD will use PS2 videos for the Separate Ways extra content.
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Arctic Drilling Faces Setbacks | Video

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 18:37
Arctic Drilling Faces SetbacksFacing harsh weather, massive ice floes, and even whales, Shell Oil decided to postpone their plan to start drilling for oil in the arctic ocean.
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Picture of the Day: Northern  NORTHERN LIGHTS IN NORTHERN FINLAND   Photograph by Jorma Luhta via Visit Finland   In this breathtaking capture, we see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) as seen from Lapland, Finland.... Lapland is the largest and northernmost of the regions of Finland. It borders the region of North Ostrobothnia in the south and also borders…
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According to Netcraft, which surveys publicly-accessible web servers, millions of websites still appear to be using vulnerable versions of Apache, including versions which are no longer supported.
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'I had to sort everything by myself' alleges irate chap A customer of domain name and web hosting provider 123-reg blames the firm for a domain hack that redirected surfers to malicious sites pushing... a ransomware scam....
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In Images: Skulls of RomanAbout 40 Roman-era skulls and other bones were unearthed in the heart of London. The skeletal remains likely belonged to execution victims, gladiators, or captives of war.
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Want to buy Bitcoin, but don't know where to start? If you're prepared to take a risk and maybe lose your money,
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Siri's phone integration is top-notch. I use it on a daily basis to place calls. So why after placing my call do I have to look at my screen and tap to place my call into speaker mode? If I'm using... hands-free to place the call, you'd think the phone...
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The game, expected to launch on Xbox and PlayStation consoles later this year, is the first major release from Bungie since the Halo franchise.
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Free Apps Roundup for February 7, 2014

AppleTell - 7 Feb 2014 18:26
This week on the Free Apps Roundup, Pacemaker is the first DJ app that can take advantage of Spotify's catalogue of music, Avengers Alliance is the latest game featuring all of your favorite Marvel... super heroes and villains, and Facebook - Paper is a much prettier way of keeping up with your Facebook news feed.
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[AppleTell] Free Apps Roundup for February 7, 2014

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 18:26
[From AppleTell] This week on the Free Apps Roundup, DJ your Spotify catalogue, stop Dr. Doom and Loki, and keep up with your Facebook feed.
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Can't make it out to Tennessee this June to catch the concerts at Bonnaroo? If you have an Xbox, you won't have to. A new Bonnaroo app will let you watch the music festival through your console. There... will be multiple streams from the four-day show,...
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Chromecast UK launch tipped for early March

Slash Gear - 7 Feb 2014 18:23
Google's Chromecast will go on sale in the UK in a matter of weeks, according to one retailer, the first launch outside of the US for the streaming dongle. Currys, …
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Y Combinator-Backed SendwithusSendwithus aims to bring optimization and A/B testing to marketers and anyone else sending out targeted promotional emails. The company, which is part of the current class of Y Combinator-incubated... startups, was founded by Matt Harris and Brad Van Vugt. Harris told me that Sendwithus emerged from the pair's work as developers, when they found themselves repeatedly having to change a bunch of email templates and wanting to test different variants but finding that there was no real technology in place to do so. (Larger companies will usually build their own systems for this, he said.)
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The company strongly denies the allegation, but if it is found to be true, it could cause an upheaval in the world of telecom equipment
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In case you missed it, someone drew your favorite '90s cartoon characters as really hot adults. Join YouTuber Lamarr Wilson as he takes a look at some of these photos, and tries not to completely ruin... your childhood on this week's Socially Awkward. See also: Feeling 'Flappy Bird' Rage? You're Not Alone You can catch new episodes of Socially Awkward every week, so do us a personal favor and subscribe to his channel — there's a lot more awkward fun in store. On last week's episode of Socially Awkward: FLAPPY BIRD RAGE! Image: Mashable, AP, Ivan Sekretarev
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To the Powerless, World Weighs Heavier

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 18:20
To the Powerless, World WeighsFeeling powerless is more of a drag than previously realized. A lack of power actually makes objects feel physically heavier.
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Hands Down the Easiest Way ToHave you seen some of the contraptions needed to make those sphere-shaped ice cubes that are all the rage? They look like they belong in a factory stamping out auto parts from sheet metal. This... silicone Frozen Peas mould looks infinitely easier--and so much more adorable.
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Jay Leno ended his long stint as Tonight Show host on Thursday the same way he began it in May 1992: with Billy Crystal as a guest. But what stood out the most during the celebrity-studded finale... episode was Leno's heartfelt goodbye speech "Boy, this is the hard part," said Leno, fighting back tears. "I want to thank you the audience. You folks have just been incredibly loyal. This is tricky. We wouldn't be on the air. Secondly, this has been the greatest 22 years of my life." See also: 22 Knee-Jerk Tweets on Leno's 'Tonight Show' Exit, Fallon's Takeover Leno went on to remind viewers that his mother and father both passed away during his first two seasons in the hosting chair, followed by the death of his brother
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In most cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, a toxin released by cells that normally nurture neurons in the brain and spinal cord can trigger loss of the nerve cells... affected in the disease, Columbia researchers reported today in the online edition of the journal Neuron.
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Second-hand mobile salesInvestigation finds 'wiped' phone still contain bank data and corporate documents
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jfruh writes "Having already gotten out of the low-end server market, IBM appears to be trying to get out of the chip business as well. The company currently manufactures Power Architecture chips for... its own use and for other customers. Big Blue wants to sell off its manufacturing operations, but will continue to design its own chips."
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Low Latency No. 86: Look familiar?

CNET - 7 Feb 2014 18:14
There's something really familiar about the design of Flappy Bird; we just can't quite put our finger on it.
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[From GadgeTell] It appears seniority trumps hardware in Sony's camp as far as software updates go, with the Xperia Z likely to score Android 4.4 KitKat ahead of the younger, more technically gifted... Z1.
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Researchers: Playing too muchWhile violent video games are often unfairly used as scapegoats for mass shootings, scientists have found that playing violent video games for several hours a day every day actually can do bad things... to your sense of morality. BBC News reports that researchers at Brock University in Canada have found that “over-exposure” to violent games can weaken teenagers’ sense of right and wrong and can lower their ability to develop empathy for others. Lacking a sense of right and wrong and lacking empathy are, of course, two primary traits of sociopaths. This doesn’t mean that every teenager who plays Grand Theft Auto will turn into the next Hannibal Lecter, of course. The researchers found that only teenagers who played violent
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Philip Seymour Hoffman May BePhilip Seymour Hoffman's character may be digitally recreated for final scenes of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Before his death, the 46-year-old had one emotional scene left to film as Head... Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee for "Mockingjay - Part 2," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "They seem to have plans [to complete the film without Hoffman] that don't seem very complicated," a source told The Hollywood Reporter. "You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you're not focusing on him but the people he's talking to." A representative for Lionsgate was not immediately available for comment. Variety previously reported Hoffman had seven days of shooting left. Production began in September of 2013 in Atlanta, with both installments filmed simultaneously. The cast...
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A team of scientists led by the British Museum have discovered a series of footprints left by early humans in estuary muds at Happisburgh, Norfolk, England over 800,000 years ago. Only footprints... found at Laetoli in Tanzania at about 3.5...
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Google has surpassed Exxon Mobile to become the second most valuable company in the world. Google's market cap topped $391 billion in early trading Friday, while Exxon Mobil's market cap dipped... towards the $390 billion mark, according to data provided to Mashable by FactSet Research See also: 10 Startups to Watch in 2014 The search giant's stock ticked up following the news last week that it plans to split its stock in April, more than three years after the move was first proposed. Exxon Mobil's stock, on the other hand, ticked downward after reporting a decline in profit in the December quarter.
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[From HomeTechTell] Three steps for negotiating with your cable company to keep your bills low.
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Which New Amazon OriginalAmazon's pilot season has begun and, just like last year, the future of the next Amazon Original series is in your hands. Ten new original pilots are now available to stream for free on Amazon and you... get to vote on which ones will get picked up for series. While five of the pilots are for kids, the other five are comedies and dramas starring and written by some pretty reputable names. Since we know you only want to spend your weekend streaming the best of the best, we broke down each of the five "grown-up" pilots with our recommendations. You can watch all the pilots on Amazon. "The After" (Chris says ...) What's it about? A group of mysteriously-linked strangers who are thrown together while trying to figure out why the world has suddenly gone all post-apocalyptic. Who's in it? Some...
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It is often difficult to regain trust and improve perception after a social networking site has angered its users. We look at six companies that have made decisions which have stained their brand... image.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The actual 2014 Sundance Film Festival may have wrapped up almost two weeks ago, but Sundance acquisitions haven't, with the latest movie to premiere in Park City and... ultimately get a distribution deal being war drama "Camp X-Ray".
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Hands-on with Mozilla'sThe modern side of Windows 8 finally has an alternative to Internet Explorer, with a new "Windows 8 Touch" mode in the latest Mozilla Firefox beta. The "Metro" version of Firefox has been a long-time... coming. The first experimental versions launched in October 2012, but a final release has faced several delays in the last year. You can try it now by downloading the Firefox beta and clicking "Relaunch Firefox for Windows 8 Touch" from the options menu. (You must also set Firefox as your default browser to use Windows 8 mode.)
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It's easy to assume the public cloud war is over and Amazon has won. Gartner highlights Amazon Web Services offers five times the utilized compute capacity of the other 14 cloud providers in the... Gartner Magic Quadrant. Combined. However impressive this lead may seem, Gartner's analysis didn't include the Google Cloud, which hadn't yet publicly launched. Google is different from Amazon's other cloud competitors. And it has something that AWS doesn't: massive, insanely fast network capacity. This could be a game changer. AWS: Game, Set ... Match? There are many reasons to love AWS. Unlike the prototypical vendor wielding monopoly power, AWS hasn't raised prices or slowed innovation. In fact, it has done the exact opposite, relentlessly dropping prices and spinning up new services and...
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Apple iPhone 6 release date,Apple is consistently the subject of rumour, when it comes to the next iPhone, no sooner has the latest model been released than speculation surrounding the next appears. The iPhone 6 name appeared... before the iPhone 5S even launched with some reports...
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Color-Coded 3D Brain Map Comes to Life in Video

Singularity Hub - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Color-Coded 3D Brain Map ComesThe Harvard SEAS Connectome Group is building a color-coded three-dimensional map from scans of paper-thin slices of a mouse brain, and the map comes to life in a recent National Geographic video.
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In a mouse study, researchers found that fetal mice who were exposed in the womb to a maternal immune system in overdrive - due to an infection or other illness - displayed lasting signs of brain... damage into adulthood. And the investigators believe their findings could be relevant to human neurologic diseases, such as schizophrenia and autism.Results of the study, conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, MD, are published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.
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​How to Save the MostA price book, which tracks the lowest prices on the products you buy most often, is the best tool for saving money on groceries and household items. With it, you'll always know when a sale is really a... good deal, when produce is in season, and when to stock up on the essentials. Here's how to make and keep this time-tested savings tool yourself--and save as much as $1,000 a year.
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Macs have simply beautiful displays, but still there's no getting around how tired your eyes can get while staring at a screen. Even beyond your own personal comfort, there are other people to... consider. How many nights have you kept a significant...
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No childhood leukemia risk from power lines

Medical News Today - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Children who spend their early years living near overhead power lines are not at greater risk of developing childhood leukemia, according to researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK, who... report their findings in the British Journal of Cancer.In the UK, as in the US, leukemia accounts for around a third of all cancers diagnosed in children.
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The Bank of Tetris?

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
How banking institutions are getting videogame revamps.
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NASA has signed two patent license agreements with GRoK Technologies LLC of Houston to help develop novel biotechnology approaches that could have multiple applications in space and on Earth. The... agreements are the results of the agency's Technology Transfer Program, which helps opens up NASA's research and technology to the public for use and development.
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Understand how the Bengalese finch acquired its virtuoso singing, and you can learn a lot about the forces that freed our own tongues, says Kate Douglas     
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Media accreditation is open for the launch of NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station.
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The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have created guidelines for health care professionals for the prevention of stroke in women for the first time. The new recommendations have... recently been published in the journal Stroke.Approximately 795,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke every year, with 60% of stroke deaths occurring in women.Many of the risk factors for stroke are the same for both men and women. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, obesity, alcohol use and lack of exercise.But Dr.
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In Brooklyn's Industry City aIn Brooklyn's Industry City a 2,579,789 gallon storage tank stands tall amongst the rest of the neighborhood's buildings. It's part of US Power Generating Company's "Narrows" Gas Turbine Facility;... overall the company is capable of powering 20% of New York City. [Image - Nicholas Stango]
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Move should shed expenses without forcing IBM to exit high-end server business     
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Launching online on Friday, the new film "Lust for Love" comes together through some Kickstarter love and the efforts of several favorites from the Whedonverse.
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Sticks to smartphones, tabs, Chromebooks and high-end lappies Samsung withdrew from the fight at the sharp end of Blighty's PC market last quarter, figures from Gartner indicate....
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An NBC report that claimed visitors to Russia would have their phones and computers hacked almost immediately upon arrival has come under fire from security experts who claim the segment is... misleading. In the report, NBC's Richard Engel claims that visitors are "especially exposed as soon as you try and communicate with anything" and that hackers are "counting on" people to "log on." See also: Pretend You're Competing at Sochi While You're Really on the Couch The report quickly became a point of skepticism among security specialists. Kyle Wilhoit, the expert involved in the NBC segment, took to Twitter to discuss the piece. He said he will be issuing a "white paper" that will clarify the details of the security flaws that Engel highlighted.
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[From GadgeTell] Leave it to Google to find a classy way to protest Russia's notorious anti-gay law with a meaningful Olympic doodle. In celebration of the coming Sochi Olympic Games, Google has taken... a stand against Russia's anti-gay law which has been an issue of heated debate for this coming Olympic season. Google's response: put up a Google doodle with a rainbow backdrop which celebrates the Olympic games, while simultaneously sticking it to Russia's policy.
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[EntertainmentTell] DVD Review: Angel of the Skies

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 17:55
[From EntertainmentTell] War movies get a slow starting but decent finishing entry in Entertainment One's "Angel of the Skies."
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It would appear that we've hit a camera release pocket this week as brands like Panasonic bring on devices like the Lumix DMC-GH4 DSLM 4K digital camera for the masses. …
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Apple Has Repurchased $14You can feel Carl Icahn’s presence in Tim Cook’s recent announcement to the Wall Street Journal — Apple just repurchased the equivalent of $14 billion in Apple shares as part of its massive... share buyback program. At today’s market capitalization, it represents just over 3 percent of the company. As a reminder, activist investor Carl Icahn recently lobbied on Twitter, saying that Apple wasn’t going far enough when it comes to its share buyback program. We feel $APPL board is doing great disservice to shareholders by not having markedly increased its buyback. In-depth letter to follow soon.— Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) January 22, 2014 Despite an all-time high in sales with more than 50 million iPhones sold, Apple reported mixed results for Q1 2014. Revenue was below the...
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The idea of receiving traffic updates on your sat nav may suddenly seem tawdry next to this more futuristic alternative dreamed up by Renault: If you're driving along in its "KWID" concept car and... you're worried about jams up ahead, you simply launch...
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iPhone 6 concepts show bigApple might be tight-lipped about its next iPhone, but that doesn't stop designers showing what they think the iPhone 6 should look like. After the iPhone 5 jump in size it looks like expectations are... for more growth. These iPhone 6 concept designs from...
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[From EntertainmentTell] It's no prank, the estrogen-fueled "Expendables" equivalent, cheekily titled "Expendabelles", is really coming together, with a director attached to the project, writer duo... and plot details announced.
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Changes on the map are more important than they may appear.     
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A new report from 9to5Mac claims iOS 7.1 will indeed be released to all iOS users in March, representing the first major revision since iOS 7 was launched publicly in September of last year. Sources... note the next version of iOS 7 will continue with the visual improvements, minor tweaks and bug fixes reported in earlier beta versions seeded to developers. While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March. The iOS 7.1 update is said to not have any "secret features," and it will basically be what we have been told to expect by the past five betas: some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes. BGR...
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NBC will stream the 2014 Winter Olympic sporting events in real time, but Friday's opening ceremony is the one thing you won't be able to watch live in the United States. Starting at 8 p.m. local time... in Sochi (11 a.m. ET), the ceremony won't air until primetime in the U.S.Mashable will be covering the event in real time here. Experience all the viral moments, dramaturgy and pageantry of the opening ceremony the way it was supposed to be — live
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Human and dolphin surfingMatt Hutton fell in love with photography at age seven in his native Australia. He's also in love with his country, which he travels working for Rio Tinto Rail, a railroad company that transports ore... across the big Oz. I don't blame him. Just look at the beautiful photos he sent us:
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"Nice job @IOC giving Russia the Winter Games. Might as well let Cleveland host a Super Bowl."     
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GoPro Files For IPO As TheAction camera company GoPro has filed the initial documents for its initial public offering, according to a press release from the company this morning and confirmed by GoPro to TechCrunch. The... announcement is brief, revealing only that the San Mateo company intends to go public as soon as the Securities and Exchange Commission completes its review process of the IPO submission draft filed today, February 7. GoPro only just appointed a new Chief Financial Officer February 4, bringing former Qualcomm Atheros SVP Jack Lazar on board to occupy the spot. Lazar has occupied high-ranking financial roles at a number of companies both public and private over the years, and began his career as an auditor at Price Waterhouse. At Atheros, he helped the company IPO back in 2004, a year into his...
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Big data-backed securityFirms urged to consider big data technologies to bolster their cyber defences
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Opinion: Will the next MacWhen it first launched in 2005, the Mac mini was almost unimaginably small. The original aim of the machine was to convert owners of desktop Windows machines. Because those people already owned... monitors, keyboards and other peripherals, selling them just the computer itself would enable them to switch to Mac for far less than the […]
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Security Cam Catches Giant  On February 5th, 2014, the Toronto Zoo closed early due to a record-breaking snow fall. Da Mao, the zoo’s giant panda decided to make the best of the situation.    
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Apple bought back $14 billionChief Executive Tim Cook said Apple Inc. repurchased $14 billion of its stock over the last two weeks after a weak outlook caused its share price to plunge.     
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Says planned settlement deal shouldn't be ridiculed by Microsoft Microsoft is wrong to suggest that the European Commission has caved in to Google's revised package of concessions to resolve a... long-running competition dispute over the ad giant's search biz, antitrust boss Joaquin Almunia said today....
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5 Reasons SoundCloud WithMost of the music services available today have more or less the same music, so they distinguish themselves with third-party apps, free versions, improved designs, mixtape-style playlists, and other... attractive features. On-demand music services have the same music (more or less) because the same copyright holders decide which songs to put on subscription services, and they typically put certain songs on all of them, or none.
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Want to See the NorthernWant to see the beauty of the northern lights, but don't want to sit out in the freezing cold? There's an app for that: A scientist is developing an app with real-time views of Alaska's auroras.
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How to take a voice note on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 17:37
How to take a voice note onVoice recording on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is really simple and useful. Taking a voice note on your Samsung Galaxy S4 is really easy. The built in Voice Recorder, though simple, packs all of the... options and tools you need for capturing audio. Open the Voice Recorder app. Tap the record button at the bottom in the middle.  Tap pause to delay recording, then the record button again to continue recording to the same file. Tap the square stop button to finish recording.  Tap the x button to delete the current recording. (Recording controls are also available via the notification tray; swipe down from the top of the screen from anywhere outside the app to pause, stop, or cancel recording, as well as go back to the app.)
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Winter Olympics Cities fromSee the Winter Olympics cities as only NASA can with these amazing views from space. From the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014 through the past, these NASA photos show Earth's Winter Olympics from orbit.
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How to watch live streams ofWith the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kicking off with opening ceremonies today at 11 AM EST/ 2 PM PST, you're probably wondering how to watch live streams and keep up to date with events... from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. NBC will be delaying the live TV broadcast of the opening ceremonies until 7:30pm […]
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Telco UPC is planning to have 500,000 of its customers sharing their networks before too long.
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Write Down Intentions WhenStaying focused is a difficult problem to overcome, since the problem occurs inside your own mind. To combat procrastination, give yourself a written objective when you sit down to do something.
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ananyo writes "Physicists have produced nanoribbons of graphene — the single-atom-thick carbon — that conduct electrons better than theory predicted even for the most idealized form of the... material (abstract). The finding could help graphene realize its promise in high-end electronics, where researchers have long hoped it could outperform traditional materials such as silicon. In graphene, electrons can move faster than in any other material at room temperature. But techniques that cut sheets of graphene into the narrow ribbons needed to form wires of a nano-scale circuit leave ragged edges, which disrupt the electron flow. Now a team led by physicist Walt de Heer at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta has made ribbons that conduct electric charges for more than 10...
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Naked on the Internet Is Not Forever

The Atlantic - 7 Feb 2014 17:27
As long as you were smart enough to get naked 10 years ago.     
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Whether beta blockers in perioperative care are protective, safe or harmful continues to be a subject of debate. The new ESC Guidelines will try to clarify some of the controversial issues. In the... meantime, the current position is that "the initiation of beta blockers in patients who will undergo non-cardiac surgery should not be considered routine, but should be considered carefully by each patient's treating physician on a case-by-case basis."
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How to win at Flappy Bird for Android

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 17:24
How to win at Flappy Bird forThey say you can't beat Flappy Bird. We say they're wrong. Flappy Bird is a ridiculously simple, mind-numbing, intelligence-sapping game that feeds off your boredom and pumps thousands of dollars into... the hands of the sole developer through advertising. Flappy Bird has become ridiculously popular in the past weeks, amassing between 10 million and 50 million total installations on Android. Flappy Bird is available on iOS. It's eventually headed to Windows Phone. And now, we're going to show you how to win at Flappy Bird.
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India to launch four foreignIndia will launch four foreign satellites in 2014-15 in the Earth's lower orbit, using its workhorse polar rocket, an Indian space agency official said on Friday.     
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Despite the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., about three-quarters (74 percent) of Americans do not fear dying from it, according to a recent... survey.
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Curiosity's first photo of18 months into her mission to discover a habitable zone on the Red Planet, NASA's Curiosity rover has at last looked back to the inhabited zone of all humanity and snapped her 1st image of all 7... Billion Earthlings living on the Home Planet.
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Toilet Seats Should Have ComeOutside of cartoonish decals there hasn't been much innovation in the toilet seat industry for a few decades. So it's nice to see Kohler finally bringing something new to the table (err, toilet). A... built-in LED nightlight means you'll never have to squint your way through an overnight bathroom break again.
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Dyson DC59 Review: A PortablePeople who haven’t used a Dyson often believe their reputation to be hype. How, after all, could one device designed for sucking up dirt so far exceed any other machine designed for the same task?... There’s no operating system, no laundry list of features, no app market to consider, and so on. But while vacuums are simple in function, Dyson’s sophistication behind the scenes makes its machines somewhat magical, and the new DC59 (or DC62 in Canada, which explains the badging in the photos) Animal Digital Slim vacuum may just be the most magical of all. Basics 26-minute battery 6-minute boost mode Comes with 4 vacuum heads 4.6 lbs 0.12 gallon bin capacity MSRP: $499.99 Product info page Pros Thrice the sucking power of any other handheld vacuum 6 more minutes running time than its...
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The device has been the subject of countless rumors over the last few weeks, which might prompt LG to show it off sooner than expected.
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HP's first Chromebox is comingForget Chromebooks--the PC world has succumbed to a severe case of Chromebox fever. Mere days after Asus announced an itty-bitty Intel NUC-sized Chromebox, and on the same day that Google announced a... $1000 Chromebox designed for Hangouts-based business teleconferencing, HP hopped on the nettop bandwagon with the aptly named HP Chromebox. Unlike Asus, HP is positioning its Chromebox for use in the office. The marketing materials talk up baked-in TPM security, ChromeOS's automatic software updates and "multi-layered virus protection," and managing deployment via Google's web-based configuration tools.
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That NBC Story Is 100 Percent Fraudulent

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:17
That NBC Story Is 100 PercentYesterday (Feb 5 2014) NBC News ran a story claiming that if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it'll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on. The story was... fabricated. The technical details relate to going to the Olympics in cyberspace (visiting websites), not going to there in person and using their local WiFi.
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Top 6 Gaming Headsets

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 17:17
Top 6 Gaming HeadsetsWe've counted your nominations, and now the time to vote has come. With only one vote separating the 5th and 6th most nominated headsets, and a wide gulf between these top 6 picks and the rest of the... pack, we decided to head to the voting round with 6 options.
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The larger iPad's high-res screen is a plus for shooting video, but wielding it can make one look like, dare we say, a dork. One way to overcome that stigma is by shooting with the original Padcaster... (pictured above), a metal frame that lets you...
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Meet Beep, The Chromecast ForIt feels like a new music app launches every week, but there are surprisingly few innovative hardware options that put them to work. Happily, soon a new player will be in the mix--literally. Meet... Beep, a project by two former members of Google's Android team. Beep wants to give your home stereo system the Chromecast treatment, turning old speakers into smart, streaming music-savvy speakers. And while it's not dirt cheap, at $150 it's one of the most affordable options around for anyone who wants to blend hi-fi and Wi-Fi.  Like A Chromecast, But For Speakers Beep--the name of both the company and its product--looks like a retro volume controller of some kind, but it's a whole lot smarter than that. Much the way a Chromecast plugs into (almost) any TV, the Beep plugs right into any speakers...
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Stargazing Duo Snaps GorgeousNetherlands-based night sky photographers André van der Hoeven and Michael van Doorn teamed up created this breathtaking image of the Triangulum Galaxy. See how they did it here.
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Vector 29: Microsoft's new CEOBen Thompson of Stratechery joins Rene to talk about Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella and the challenges he faces making money in mobile, why Motorola was so important to Lenovo, what it means for... Samsung and Apple, and why good products aren't enough. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in RSS Download directly Follow on Twitter
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Apple Inches Closer ToWith rumors of a new Apple-made "fitness app" coming to iOS 8, secret meetings with the FDA, and murmurs of more sleep and fitness experts joining the Apple ranks, the iWatch rumors are heating up on... this week's CultCast! Plus,…
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Bitcoin Is Crashing -- Again

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:12
Bitcoin Is Crashing -- AgainBitcoin prices plummeted late Thursday and early Friday morning after one of the crypto-currency's biggest exchanges halted trading. The price of Bitcoin fell from a high of $827 this week to $619... last night, shaving off 25 percent of its value before ticking back above $700 on Friday morning. Mt. Gox, one of the largest and best known online markets for Bitcoins, said it was encountering technical problems when people tried to withdraw bitcoins. "In order for our team to resolve the withdrawal issue it is necessary for a temporarily [sic] pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the current processes," read a statement on the Japan-based exchange's website posted Friday. Naturally, Bitcoin traders freaked out. Bitcoin dove 25 percent overnight from Thursday to...
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The madness of HTC

BGR - 7 Feb 2014 17:11
The madness of HTCI’m still trying to wrap my mind around the trippy interview HTC’s chairman gave to Bloomberg this week. The comments made by Cher Wang can only be compared to Ed Zander’s legendary... obliviousness in the fateful autumn of 2006 as he argued that betting everything on expanding the RAZR portfolio was the best route for Motorola. What HTC seems to believe is that it can rebound by a.) improving marketing, b.) launching smartwatches and c.) praying that the upcoming HTC M8 will click. If this seems disjointed, that’s because it is. This list of three points makes no sense on any level. First of all, HTC already made a huge bet on marketing last autumn. You know -- the $1 billion
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Temporary blindness 'helps hearing'

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 17:11
Temporary blindness can improve hearing, a new study has shown. Scientists have discovered that keeping mice in the dark for several days altered their brain circuit and made their hearing better....     
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Dan Rather Hosts Latest SpaceIn the latest episode of Space To Ground, the legendary anchor - and son of Texas - steps in to talk cargo crafts, the Olympic torch and station science.
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A French judge has refused to suspend an order obliging Google to publish a notice saying it had been fined for breaches of the French data protection act.
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The Best Sellers On Women'sReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce. Today's women's fashion "re-commerce" websites are certainly no bargain bins. Sites like Threadflip,... Poshmark, Bib + Tuck, LikeTwice, and Thredup are re-selling used--sorry, make that "pre-worn"--haute couture, and even pieces from upscale outlets such as J. Crew, like nobody's business.  So if you were afraid you'd be browsing past Forever 21 and TJ Maxx rejects at these sites, think again. Turns out that women are busily recycling couture gloriousness, making it available to others at much cheaper prices--and turning those Chanel and Saint Laurent dreams into reality for buyers. Check out the best-selling brands at these five leading women's fashion re-commerce sites:
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California Drought: Is ClimateSatellites snapped imagery of a surprisingly snow-less Sierra mountain range, painting a grim picture of the water prognosis for California. NASA scientists are investing the cause.
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In Elisa Kreisinger's imagination, Mad Men's Don Draper and Roger Sterling are loversSex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw embraces her sapphic tendencies. Even Ann Romney is a beacon of feminist... enlightenment Kreisinger's kingdom is the Internet, where fair use law allows her to subvert the television characters and tropes that viewers know intimately. As Pop Culture Pirate, her video remixes create an alternate universe in which Carrie Bradshaw is a gay feminist warrior and Jay-Z's 10-minute art house opus "Picasso Baby" syncs perfectly with Taylor Swift's "22." "People like to see their identity represented in the stuff they find online," Kreisinger says. "That's what remix does — it puts disparate things together in a way they can identify with."
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Concerns are increasing among doctors about the safety of a procedure performed on tens of thousands of women a year in the United States who undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus,... or to remove the entire uterus.     
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For some of us photo types, the enduring relationship we’ll be celebrating this February 14th will be the one we share with our beloved gear. Fortunately, the wonderfully quirky people at... LensRentals understand, and have created a hilarious ad that takes “loving” your gear to the literal extreme. Violins, roses (LOTS of roses), creepy winks, […]
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Digital music gets a cubist makeover

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 17:00
Digital music gets a cubistAn 8-inch wooden cube may be an unlikely spark for a musical revolution - but that's the hope of a collaboration of electronic engineers and musicians working towards hackable electronic instruments... that performers can easily modify to produce sounds in surprising new ways.
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In another universe, in another time, the world may have had its first Apple retail stores in the 1970s. Why? According to just-released documents, that's when Apple originally considered building its... own line of shops. The documents come courtesy of...
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Speakers at MIT's 40th annualAs the MIT community gathered for the 40th annual breakfast celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., speakers reflected on how much the nation has progressed toward his dream of... inclusiveness over those decades -- as well as on the need to keep working toward that vision, despite the fact that signs of racism in society have become less obvious.Graduate student Mareena Robinson, who is pursuing a doctorate in nuclear science and engineering, spoke on King's leadership during the early days of the civil rights movement. "Unlike race relations today, where prejudice and discrimination is subtle and often denied by the ones who perpetrate it, the discrimination of that time was undeniable, inescapable, and not to be apologized for," she said.Robinson added, "It is true...
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Hubble and Spitzer SpaceHubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases: Get larger image formats An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has... just released the first analysis of the observations of the Abell 2744 cluster of galaxies, a coordinated program of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes. They have discovered one of the most distant galaxies known to date, which clearly shows the potential of the multi-year Frontier Fields project. The project uses a phenomenon called "gravitational lensing" where select foreground galaxy clusters amplify the faint light from far-more-distant background objects. By combining Hubble and Spitzer data, these astrophysicists have determined the properties of this young galaxy with a better...
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WifiInfoView Shows Info AboutWindows: When setting up your wireless router, it can be helpful to know what networks are nearby, what channel they're using, and how crowded the neighborhood is. WifiInfoView can help you find all... this information and more.
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Does the American Innovation System Need a Reboot?

Scientific American - 7 Feb 2014 17:00
The principles underlying the U.S. approach to government-funded research and development remain solid—but the world has changed --
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The Real-Life Monument Men:They came from the best museums and universities in the country: Art historians, curators, artists and architects who probably never dreamed of joining the army. This band of unlikely soldiers was... tasked with the uniquely challenging job of finding--and saving--Europe's great masterpieces before the Nazis could steal or destroy them. They were called "Monument Men."
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How to play an M3U file and also how to get the referenced songs onto your Mac.∞ Read this on The Loop
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For sake of EC's rep, it SHOULDN'T be 'done behind closed doors' - complainant Google's secret backroom deal with the EU's competition chief can only worsen the crisis of trust in the European... institutions, one MEP tells us. This week the Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia said he would advise the Commission to reject complaints made about Google's business practices, thus allowing the search giant to avoid a costly competition trial....
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Cancer is a disease of genes gone wrong. When certain genes mutate, they make cells behave in odd ways.     
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Hitlist, A Smart Flight FinderThanks to Google Now, other virtual assistants, and mobile applications that can tap into our location to feed us information at will, consumers are being conditioned to think of information-gathering... as more of a passive process, these days. One company tapping into that larger trend is Hitlist, a mobile application that watches your favorite travel destinations and alerts you when fares become more affordable. The service emerged as a pivot from TripCommon, a group travel-focused company Gillian Morris and Timo de Winter founded together back in 2012. While de Winter has since dialed back his involvement to part-time, Hitlist’s third co-founder Luka Kladaric, joined the team in July 2013 just ahead of the initial beta release of the Hitlist application. The problem, explains Morris, is...
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Hackers Have Stolen $40,000If you're looking to dive into the exciting world of Bitcoin, chances are you're going to get your start with Coinbase, one of the more reputable of wallet services that boasts about $15 million in... Bitcoin transactions per month. As one TechCrunch editor said, "It's the one I would tell my mom to use." But even the best of Bitcoin can be prone to theft, and as The Verge found out, that susceptibility has lost users upwards of $40,000.
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Met Police outlines £200mBetween 500-600 Apple iPad Minis to be used in first mobility trials
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[From GadgeTell] Next in line are not-so-new Samsung devices: the Galaxy S4 Active, S4 Zoom, Galaxy Note 2 phablet, Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy mini.
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A Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration contractor says it was the victims of a "sophisticated cyber attack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to the... data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers.
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Apple currently plans toWhile recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March. The iOS 7.1 update... is said to not have any “secret features,” and it will basically be what we have been told to expect […]
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Is global warming hidingESA Top News: Satellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global... warming, but the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat.
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Is global warming hidingSatellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global warming, but... the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat.
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Deal of the Day: Qmadix SThis Note 3 hard case features a hard polycarbonate outer shell and a shock absorbent TPU underneath for double the protection against impacts. Best part is you'll be sporting this level of protection... with a slim design! The back has a glossy finish while the sides provide softer edging for a comfortable grip. The Qmadix S Series Cover is available for just $14.95, 40% off today only. Take your pick of black, white or pink! Save 20% on all other accessories right now during our Valentine's Sweet Deal savings with coupon code: sweet20     
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[From GamerTell] This week's casual game update includes My Kingdom for the Princess IV, I am Vegend: Zombiegeddon, and four other games.
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HTC One sequel homescreenAfter some questionable images showing the HTC M8 smartphone hit the web earlier this week that purportedly revealed the back side and also the front side of the handset complete with a turned on... display, @evleaks has posted an image that shows the purported homescreen of the device. The new picture seems to show the new version of BlinkFeed, while also featuring the on-screen buttons that were present in previous rumors and reports. However some of the other expected Sense 6 features, including the user interface that’s expected to be found on top of Android on this handset, aren't shown. When comparing @evleaks' image with earlier pictures showing the turned on display of the handset, one can immediately notice the resemblance of the
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Look At These Big-ScreenIn 2012, after five generations of iPhone, Apple switched up the size of their flagship smartphone. Rather than sporting a 3.5-inch display, as it had for five years, the iPhone 5 had a 4-inch display... making it longer, thinner and lighter than any generation before it. This year, it's entirely possible that the same shift will occur.
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alphadogg writes "Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital... 'kill-switch' that would make the devices useless if stolen. The bill is a response to a rise in thefts of portable electronics devices, often at knife or gunpoint, being seen across the state. Already half of all robberies in San Francisco and 75 percent of those in Oakland involve a mobile device and the number is rising in Los Angeles, according to police figures. The trend is the same in major cities across the U.S. and the California bill, if it passes, could usher in kill-switch technology nationwide if phone makers choose not to produce custom devices for California. California Senate bill...
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[From GadgeTell] The Samsung Galaxy S5 rumor bonanza is far from over, and the latest so-called spill of information takes us back to square one.
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Researchers have identified a patient's gender as a clear and simple guidepost to help health-care providers anticipate some of the complex effects of NF1, a genetic disorder.
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A team of researchers has found a clue as to why muscles weaken with age. The team observed a change in homeostatic set points in neuromuscular junction synapses of aged fruit flies.
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Avian flu variant stalks Egypt

Science Daily - 7 Feb 2014 16:40
A new study tracks the spread of an H5N1 variant in Egypt -- a country recently identified as a major epicenter for the virus. In results researchers track the spread of H5N1 cases using a technique... known as phylogeography.
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A new study analyses the risk factors and excess mortality among heroin and cocaine consumers admitted to treatment in Spain. The results reveal that the fatality rate among consumers of both drugs is... 14.3 times higher than for the general population, while among those only using cocaine, it is 5.1 times higher.
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In an interview with Wired, the inventor of the World Wide Web stresses the importance of an open environment following efforts by certain countries to centralize the Web.
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Proteins snap those wrinklyYou know how your fingers wrinkle up in the bath? The outer layer of your skin absorbs water and swells up, forming ridges - but quickly returns to its old state when dry. Two physicists, Professor... Roland Roth of Tübingen University and Dr. Myfanwy Evans at Erlangen University have shown just why skin has this remarkable ability. Their conclusions were published recently in the journal Physical Review Letters.
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Would Buy: Concept CarRenault has cobbled together a compact SUV concept called the Kwid. It’s meant to be affordable and stylish - aimed squarely at youngsters who like selfies and don’t like traffic. In that spirit,... the Kwid sports a little flying drone that can launch from the roof of the car, buzzing up ahead of it to scout out traffic conditions or hovering above it to record your ever-exciting commute. You could then share footage and photos of you driving, for instance. A car selfie, as it were. In the above video, you can watch Renault staffers talk about the Kwid as though it’s a tried and true product, though don’t get too excited: This is simply a concept right now, which may or may not ever make it to market. Aside from the drone thing, the driving setup is a bit unique as well. Renault...
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[GadgeTell] Welcome to Poke Friday

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 16:39
[From GadgeTell] About a year ago, friends Amy Spalding and Kevin Fanning decided to revive a perpetually maligned Facebook feature by starting Poke Friday.
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Microwaving Your Meals:After 44 people became sick with Salmonella after eating frozen dinners, researchers realized that many people were skipping an important step in microwaving their meals.
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Last month, Apple reportedly reduced the licensing costs for accessory manufacturers who are producing official gear for the iPhone, iPad or iPod. According to Mac Otakara, this reduction applies to... Lightning cables as well as other accessories that are part of Apple's MFi (Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad) Program. Made for iPod (MFi) was launched in 2005 as a licensing and quality control program that allowed iPod accessory makers to ship their products with an Apple-approved "Made for iPod" label. At launch, Apple reportedly charged companies that wanted to participate in this program a 10% fee based on the wholesale cost of the device. Apple expanded its MFi Program to include the iPhone and iPad as those devices were added to the company's product portfolio, with Apple's Lightning cable...
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California Drought: Is ClimateSatellites snapped imagery of a surprisingly snow-less Sierra mountain range, painting a grim picture of the water prognosis for California. NASA scientists are investing the cause.
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500px just became a stock agency...sort of. The post 500px Announces New Licensing Service, Gives Photogs 30% Cut appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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A comment from Microsoft's new CEO may be just the thing to inspire the next series of books on leadership and management.
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Space History Photo: Mars Climate Orbiter

SPACE.com - 7 Feb 2014 16:34
Space History Photo: MarsThe Mars Surveyor Climate Orbiter undergoes testing to simulate launch conditions.
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Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world. Apple’s sapphire-manufacturing capabilities just got a major... boost. The Cupertino, Calif.'s manufacturing partner GT Advanced has obtained 518 sapphire furnaces, with another 420 on the way, according to 9to5Mac. In other Apple news, the tech giant scooped up $14 billion of its own shares, according to The Wall Street Journal And IBM will begin developing self-destructing electronic devices for the U.S. government Check out the video, above, for more on these stories.
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Government requests for Twitter user information is on the rise, the messaging service said as it released figures while pressing for more transparency.
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Map Out Financial SecurityWhen you're trying to plan for your financial future, you're going to get a lot of advice from people who may not be in the same place as you. Figure out which stage of planning you need to focus on... with the above Maslow-like pyramid.
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Curiosity Rover Sees EarthNASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has captured its first view of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet -- a striking image that shows our home planet as a bright light in the Martian sky, with the... moon shining nearby. The Curiosity rover photographed Earth from Mars on Jan. 31 using the left-eye camera on its head-like science mast. You can see a video of Curiosity's Earth-from-Mars images here. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this photo of Earth from the surface of Mars on Jan. 31, 2014, 40 minutes after local sunset, using the left-eye camera on its mast. The inset shows a zoomed-in view of the Earth and moon in the image. The rover apparently watched the Martian sunset, then photographed Earth in the night sky about 80 minutes later, NASA officials said in an image description....
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All-flash and hybrid arrays dangled in front of channel PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell....
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[UPDATE] A bug in the Facebook mobile app allows a malicious app to prevent users from removing it. Updated to include Facebook reaction.
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On Thursday, Apple seeded the fifth beta of OS X 10.9.2 to developers for testing with a build number of 13C53. There doesn't appear to be any major changes from the previous beta which was released... earlier this month. Like the last build, Apple asks that developers focus on MB2, Mail, Messages, Graphics Drivers, VoiceOver and VPN.
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[From AppleTell] There have been many issues pertaining to Mail since the launch of OS X Mavericks, and Apple appears to be addressing these problems.
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Dropbox Alternative HubiC NowFrench hosting company OVH just updated its product offering for its Dropbox-like service called HubiC. Now, you get 25GB of storage for free, 100GB for $1.35 per month (€1), and you can opt for a... whopping 10TB plan for $13.50 per month (€10). Launched two years ago, HubiC has slowly but surely evolved into a full-fledged Dropbox alternative. It now provides a sync client on the desktop, mobile apps and an API. But it lacks mainstream appeal. HubiC remains a newcomer, and when it comes to file hosting services nowadays, every big company has one. Microsoft has SkyDrive, Google has Google Drive, etc. Dropbox has a powerful lock-in effect as well. Your files and photos are already on the service, you may have shared folders with other Dropbox users, and many apps now use the Dropbox API....
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Apple takes $14B bite of itsApple has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.
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Chromecast reportedly hittingAn official release outside the U.S. may finally be about to happen Ever since Google first launched Chromecast, those of us outside the U.S. have been waiting with bated breath for news of an... official launch. Now, according to the folks at The Next Web, the UK might be seeing a release as soon as March 1. A spokesperson for high street electrical retailer Currys has provided the news, while a Google spokesperson added that March 1 is still a provisional date at this time.  With the Google Cast SDK now officially open to developers, there are exciting times ahead for Google's low-cost HDMI dongle. There was no word on any possible UK pricing for the Chromecast, though other retailers have previously been selling imported versions for £35. Needless to say, March 1 is only three weeks...
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Make phone calls through tablets sans sim cards

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 16:20
Moreover, operators can also offer CloudPhone on smartphones as an alternative to improve cellular coverage using small cells     
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Make phone calls through tablets sans sim card

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 16:20
Moreover, operators can also offer CloudPhone on smartphones as an alternative to improve cellular coverage using small cells     
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Sochi: Our tweeted emotionsEPFL researchers will track emotions of the viewing public during the Olympic Games in Sochi. Via social media, they will show in real time what people are feeling during the competitions.
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[From GadgeTell] To add to the information we've been receiving is a photo of possible Galaxy S5 cases.
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Geek looks so good on Motilo

Geek Time - 7 Feb 2014 16:19
Fashion based social community, personal stylist and ecomerce site picks up $5.8M
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The Shirk Report - Volume 252

Twisted Sifter - 7 Feb 2014 16:18
The Shirk Report - Volume 252Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find the 25 funniest images, 10 most interesting articles, and 5 most viral videos from the previous week of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles... typically originate from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from a variety of sources. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com!…
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The Vergecast is a discussion of all things relevant and irreverent in the worlds of art, culture, science, and technology. On this week's episode, Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Ross Miller discussed... the red Nexus 5, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella, and the strange success of Flappy Bird.
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Galaxy S5′s monsterOne analyst expects Samsung to unveil at least two Galaxy S5 versions in the near future when it comes to overall specs, including a higher-end and a lower-end model, although both devices will be... flagship handsets compared to the rest of Samsung's lineup. And now a new benchmark leak seems to provide specs details regarding the less thrilling Galaxy S5 handset, the model that's expected to pack "just" a Full HD display instead of a 2K one. HDBlog reports the handset has been spotted in AnTuTu outclassing the Galaxy Note 3 - however such scores may no longer be relevant for Samsung devices considering that the company has been proven to intentionally bump a mobile device's performance during benchmark tests.
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Virtual cash giveaway forEvery Icelandic citizen is to be given the chance to get a handful of virtual coins on 24 March.
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Ed Bott uses corporate quarterly reports to build pie charts that show where each company gets its revenue.∞ Read this on The Loop
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With a new white coat and Fedrigoni Italian paper, this limited edition Leica X2 looks even better than ever. The post Leica Wraps X2 Camera in Limited Edition White Fedrigoni Paper Skin appeared... first on The Phoblographer.     
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Japan gadget wizards conjureIn February, the hills around Tokyo come alive with cypress pollen, and that means one thing: hay fever. Millions of miserable Japanese try to cope with their allergies by donning surgical masks. But... for one upstart Tokyo company, that just doesn't cut it. Enter the USB Pollen Blocker, a filtered, ventilated head covering developed by Thanko, a small firm based in the capital's electronics mecca of Akihabara. The Pollen Blocker looks like a bright yellow hazmat hood and can completely seal off the heads of hay fever sufferers from the ambient pollen. The filtered fan in the baseball cap-style brim is powered by USB. Just hook it up to a laptop or mobile device and you'll have a pollen free head space as long as your battery lasts.
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The Ray Flash 2 is an improvement on the previous version, though it seems minor. The post ExpoImaging Announces the Ray Flash 2 Ring Flash Adapter appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Flying in comfort using virtual reality

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 16:10
Flying in comfort usingFuture technologies to help airline passengers experience increased comfort and space and an altered self-perception - Press release of Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and Fraunhofer... IAO
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Week in Images

ESA - 7 Feb 2014 16:10
Week in ImagesOur week through the lens: 03-07 February 2014
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Winter Olympics 2014

Live Science - 7 Feb 2014 16:07
Winter Olympics 2014Live Science will bring you the latest on the science and technology behind the Olympic Games.
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How Big Numbers Short-CircuitSorry to be the one to tell you this, but your brain is just not evolved to process big numbers. In our journey from hunter-gatherers to wage slaves, homo sapiens never quite evolved the mental... machinery needed to efficiently process the high numbers we typically face when doing things like buying cars, taking out mortgages, and saving for retirement.
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Winter Olympics Host CitiesNASA Goddard Space Flight Center has released a fresh collection of stunning satellite images to celebrate the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Thanks to them you can view all the cities and countries that... have hosted the Winter Olympics, through the eyes of NASA. Each one is more stunning than the last.
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One report names a number of Samsung smartphones and tablets awaiting updates in the "near future," including phones in the Galaxy Note and S4 families.
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The updates are expected in the "near future," but no word on exact timing yet.
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A string of thefts hitIn a few hours on December 15th, Jeff lost nearly $10,000. It was 10.6 bitcoins held in the wallet service Coinbase, the most well-funded and widely implemented service on the market. Jeff, who asked... that we not use his last name, got the news of the transaction as soon as it happened, and after going back and forth with a customer-service representative, he had his money refunded. Exactly one month later, it happened again.
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Happy Valentine's! Parnter boss woos partners in US... and soon EMEA With Valentine's Day on the way, Dell is showing more love to the channel by rewarding direct sales reps who push up to... half-a-million customer accounts to partners....
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In celebrating the significant contributions Twitter, Facebook and other Web giants have made to open source, did ReadWrite fail to credit more traditional software vendors for their own... contributions? That's the accusation being leveled by some members of the open source business community. But is it fair? When I Was A Kid, We Didn't Have GitHub ... Not if you ask the enterprise software crowd. And you should. When many Web entrepreneurs were still finishing high school, the open source movement was going mainstream in enterprise computing. The first contenders were Linux and the Apache server, both of which owe a huge thanks to IBM, as Apache Software Foundation president Jim Jagielski calls out. I still remember IBM's provocative announcement in 2001 that it was putting $1 billion...
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Sony has patented a new sensor design that employs a nano-carbon layer shutter. The post Sony Patents a Sensor Design With an Integrated Nano-Carbon Film Shutter appeared first on The Phoblographer....     
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From fashion to fitness: theApple has been developing a sensor-laden, fitness- and medical-focused wearable computer as indicated by several notable recent hires and information we have received from sources. New Apple hires on... both the senior executive and standard engineering levels have expertise in fashion, wearable product industrial design, retail, blood-reading sensors, medical device product management, hardware engineering, software […]
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#FollowFriday IV: Physicists to follow on Twitter

Symmetry Magazine - 7 Feb 2014 16:00
In the final installment (for now) of #FollowFriday, symmetry highlights four more physicists on Twitter. Want to give your Twitter feed an intellectual boost? Add a few more physicists to the mix! In... the final installment of symmetry's #FollowFriday series, we introduce you to four more science-types who tweet.
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Microchip Tracking Reveals How Songbirds Forage

Scientific American - 7 Feb 2014 16:00
A massive avian-tracking program reveals how songbirds survive winter --
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Are desktops really going the way of dinosaurs? Tell us if a desktop still has a place in your personal computing ecosystem.
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iOS has always been about intuitiveness, but every once in a while, it assumes a little too much. That seems to be the case with the Panorama photo feature, which, at first glance, appears to only... allow panoramas to be shot from left to right. If you...
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Footprints left by ancient humans 800,000 years ago have been found in Britain, the earliest evidence of such markings outside Africa, scientists said on Friday.     
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Gawker What Is a Sochi?

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 15:58
Gawker What Is a Sochi? Everything You Should Know About the 2014 Olympic Site | Jalopnik Millennials Suck At Maintaining Their Cars Apparently| Jezebel You Can Edit Your Facebook Look Back Video Now... | Kotaku The Best New Way To Play "F**K, Marry, Kill" | Regressing This New NBA Stat Is A Huge Step Forward For Basketball Analysis
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Gawker What Is a Sochi?

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 15:58
Gawker What Is a Sochi? Everything You Should Know About the 2014 Olympic Site | Jalopnik Millennials Suck At Maintaining Their Cars Apparently| Jezebel You Can Edit Your Facebook Look Back Video Now... | Kotaku The Best New Way To Play "F**K, Marry, Kill" | Regressing This New NBA Stat Is A Huge Step Forward For Basketball Analysis
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Pa. vendor confirms link to Target data probe

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 15:58
A western Pennsylvania heating and refrigeration contractor said it was the victim of a "sophisticated cyberattack operation" that is being investigated by the Secret Service and possibly linked to... the data breach that enabled hackers to access millions of credit card numbers belonging to Target store customers.
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[GamerTell] Lucifer Ring Review: Why?

Technology Tell - 7 Feb 2014 15:57
[From GamerTell] Lucifer Ring is short, but definitely not sweet.
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Twitter Transparency ReportSixty percent of data requests come from US, UK fourth on list
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Infuse 2.2 for iOS incomingWe were quite impressed with the redesigned Infuse media player from developers FireCore when it first launched version 2 last month. The app, which supports 14 video formats and 1080p playback, is... today getting an update to version 2.2 with a few notable new features and performance enhancements. The update includes some features highly requested […]
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iOS 7.1 reportedly won'tAlthough Apple is very close to being done with iOS 7.1, iPhone users may have to wait a little longer to finally get their hands on an update. One of 9to5Mac’s sources says that the final version... of iOS 7.1 won’t be available until March and that it won’t include any secret surprises that we weren’t expecting. Instead it will include “some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes,” 9to5Mac writes. It’s taken Apple a little longer than expected to get iOS 7.1 ready to launch and the company is expected to launch iOS 8 just three months later during WWDC in June.
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Ben Horowitz's Bitcoin Bet

TechCrunch - 7 Feb 2014 15:53
Ben Horowitz's Bitcoin BetToday in bitcoin ephemera I present this interesting bet between VC Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz and Felix Salmon, noted bitcoin curmudgeon. Ben has invested in multiple bitcoin startups while... Felix has a really cool name and is a well-known economics writer.
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schwit1 writes "According to the Inspector General, NASA and HP Enterprise Services have encountered significant problems implementing the $2.5 billion Agency Consolidated End-User Services (ACES)... contract, which provides desktops, laptops, computer equipment and end-user services such as help desk and data backup. Those problems include 'a failed effort to replace most NASA employees' computers within the first six months and low customer satisfaction,' the report states (PDF). It adds that NASA lacked the technical and cultural readiness for an agencywide IT delivery model and did not offer clear contract requirements, while HP failed to deliver on multiple promises."
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Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition.
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Sugar cane waste use asHydraulic concrete is one of the most-used construction materials around the world. Portland cement is its principal component, but during its production a lot of energy is needed, and big volumes of... greenhouse gases like CO2 are released.
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The virtual currency didn't react well to news that a Japanese exchange had temporarily halted all withdrawal requests.
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A representative from UK electronics retailer Currys has just revealed to TNW that it'll start selling Google's Chromecast dongle beginning March 1st. Google all but confirmed the arrival in Britain... as well, though it cautioned that the date is only...
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Google Chromecast could beGoogle should finally be selling its Chromecast TV dongle outside of the US with its first stop being the UK. According to The Next Web the UK can expect the smart streaming dongle to hit Blighty... shores soon. READ: Beep wants to be the Chromecast of audio...
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Apple removes Bitcoin walletBlockchain accuses Californian company of anti-competitive, draconian tactics
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Mark Horak, the former president of the Americas at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will join the DVD-rental kiosk company in March.
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Mark Horak was formerly president of the Americas at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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iPhones Have Become A New International Currency

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:42
iPhones Have Become A NewI've been paying my bills with iPhones. Not with apps or on bank sites--I've been using the Apple hardware as currency.
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A few weeks ago, we posted about an iPhone doing everything in a 1991 Radio Shack ad. Follow the headline link for a follow up, "How much would it have cost to have built an iPhone in 1991?"∞ Read... this on The Loop
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Listen to the Sound of Atoms Bonding

Gizmodo - 7 Feb 2014 15:40
You'd be forgiven for thinking that a large tuning fork, a nail, some Blu-Tack and a guitar amp sounded more like the contents of a DIY music studio than a science lab. But they are, in fact, all the... ingredients required to listen to the sound of atoms bonding.
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Viruses mutate fast, which means they can quickly become resistant to anti-viral drugs. But viruses also depend on proteins and nutrients provided by their hosts, and therefore one strategy to... identify new anti-viral drugs is to identify and target such host-cell components. Proteins involved in the regulation of cholesterol are essential for hantavirus entry into human host cells, new research shows.
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Through collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and members of the clinical-laboratory and non-profit-research communities, 35 DNA samples containing many common RS... genetic variants have now been characterized and made publicly available, eliminating a major stumbling-block for investigators and opening the possibility of earlier, more accurate diagnosis of Rett syndrome.
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Given its unique nature, the X chromosome has often been neglected when performing large-scale genetic studies. Because women have two copies of this chromosome and men only one, identifying genetic... associations with X chromosomal genes can be particularly valuable in helping us to understand why some characteristics differ between sexes. Researchers have now identified novel X-chromosomal genetic variants that influence human height.
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Septic shock is caused by excessive and systemic reaction of the entire body against infectious agents, in most cases of bacterial origin. The number of deaths by septic shock in intensive care units... is very high and is still increasing, despite numerous large scale clinical trials. Scientists demonstrated in a mouse study that a potential novel treatment for sepsis may consist of the simultaneous neutralization of two harmful cytokines in the blood circulation, namely interleukin-1 and interleukin-18.
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Protein structure: Peering into the transit pore

Science Daily - 7 Feb 2014 15:37
The lipid-rich membranes of cells are largely impermeable to proteins, but evolution has provided a way through -- in the form of transmembrane tunnels. A new study shows in unmatched detail what... happens as proteins pass through such a pore.
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A promising compound for cancer treatment has been synthesized in a laboratory by a PhD student.
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First stroke guidelines for women created

Science Daily - 7 Feb 2014 15:36
Despite strokes being on the decline in the U.S., more women are dying from them than are men. Now medical scientists have released guidance on prevention specifically for women.
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Domoic acid accumulates in seafood and is toxic to the brain. Research indicates that the toxin damages kidneys at concentrations that are 100 times lower than what causes neurological effects.
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Hospitalized patients who recovered from acute kidney injury had a 67% increased risk of experiencing coronary events or dying during a recent study, suggesting that there is a linkage between the... two. Acute kidney injury's harmful effects on heart health were comparable to those attributed to diabetes.
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Nursing researchers find adverse outcomes are linked to turnover in studies of a sample representing more than 16,000 nursing homes in the United States, suggesting that preventing staff turnover... should be given greater emphasis.
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Renault wants to make your commute as chill as possible. Assuming your route is "protected" (free of pedestrians, cyclists or lane changes), the French automaker has a few tricks up its sleeve to make... gridlocked traffic less of a hassle. Once you...
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'Thankfully he's not in charge' opines thoughtful fanboi Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has infuriated fanbois everywhere after suggesting the fruity firm should start building Android iPhones....
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Samsung denies it ever toldA mini-controversy arose earlier this week when a Swiss website reported that Swiss Olympians claimed they were told by Samsung to cover up the logos of their iPhones during public appearances.... Samsung could supposedly get away with this because it’s an official sponsor of the Olympic games and because it’s given every Olympian their own Galaxy Note 3 to use. The Guardian brings us word, however, that both Samsung and the International Olympic Committee deny that anything of the sort ever happened and that athletes who want to brandish their iPhones in public during the games are free to do so. Although Apple and Samsung are brutally competitive with one another, it would have been surprising if Samsung had really taken
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Adding these two video codecs allows you to play DVD movies and recorded TV
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The tablet will start with 2 million shipments to stores, according to a new report.
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January Jobs Report: U.S.The U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, as the unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Here's more from the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP)... -- Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000. Job gains have averaged only 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three months. Still, more people began looking for work in January, a sign that they were optimistic about finding work. Some of these people found jobs, thereby reducing...
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EC reveals 'toughFirm cites fines against Microsoft as proof concessions must be met
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9 Boy Bands Rocking Beatles Hair

Mashable - 7 Feb 2014 15:30
Boy bands have been making girls scream since the '60s, when groups like the Beatles filled radio waves with catchy lyrics and poppy melodies — oh, and they had really great hair The Beatle haircut,... coined the "moptop," was one of the many factors of Beatlemania that first took place after the group debuted 50 years ago on The Ed Sullivan Show. The shaggy, unkempt bowl cut was widely popular, and even inspired toy companies to manufacture licensed Beatles wigs. See also: 5 Facts You Didn't Know About The Beatles Many boy bands, even today, have in one way or another been inspired by the Beatles, from music technique to fashion. Some have even created their own spin on the iconic 'do. (Looking at you, Harry Styles.)
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German court finds domainA domain name registrar can be held liable for the copyright infringements of a website it registered if it is obvious the domain is used for infringements and the registrar does nothing to prevent... it, the Regional Court of Saarbrücken in Germany has ruled. The court ruled in a case between Universal Music and Key-Systems, the German registrar of the domain name for h33t.com, a torrent tracker site. Universal had wanted to prevent unauthorized distribution of Robin Thicke's album Blurred Lines, said Volker Greimann, Key-Systems' general counsel, in an email. While Key-Systems argued that it was not responsible for the copyright infringement, the court ruled that the registrar had a duty to investigate after notification of infringing activity and had to take corrective action in case of...
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Threes! is a game of threes that, appropriately, was made by three people -- Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend and Jimmy Hinson. It's a sliding puzzle game that'll have you doing math and loving every... minute of it. Threes! challenges you to slide numbers...
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There are a lot of variables when it comes to a good--we mean really good--cup of coffee, but one that's often overlooked is how you grind your coffee beans. If you're going with whole beans (and by... all accounts, you should), this video will show you how to get the best grind for your brewing method.
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Take a walk down YOUR memory lane

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 15:30
Facebook is turning the tables on users by giving them a personalised video showing highlights of their online life.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed concerns that 2014 will be a replay of 2013 for the company with no releases in new segments claiming the company has some "really great stuff" planned. "There will be new... categories. We're not ready to talk about it, but we're working on some really great stuff," Cook told The Wall Street Journal. When asked if "new categories" might refer to a refinement of an existing one, like an iPad Air or new mobile payment services, Cook replied that any "reasonable" person would deem what the company is working on as a new category. See also: Apple's Holiday Quarter: By the Numbers
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Ringblingz Is Wearable TechThe lack of wearable technology created just for teenagers is surprising, especially when you consider how tech-obsessed kids are: the average American teen spends 7.5 hours consuming media, while 70%... of 13 to 17 year olds now own a smartphone. A new startup called Ringblingz wants to tap into this potentially lucrative market.
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The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices …
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Barely a year after its beta launch, the streaming video arm of Redbox could buckle this year under increasing pressure from Netflix and what one industry insider calls a "lack of... profitability."Benzinga is reporting that Redbox Instant owners Verizon and Outerwall could be looking for the exit door later this year as the DVD kiosk plus streaming video experiment falters against the competition.According to GroupFlix.tv Founder and CEO James Norman, "Redbox doesn't have the infrastructure that Netflix does," which has resulted in ongoing issues with buffering while streaming content from Redbox Instant apps.Norman came to the conclusion Redbox Instant was marked for death after compiling a survey of 500 television viewers for a report on the set-top box industry, and found that the...
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Tim Cook has hinted in the past that his company is working on new product categories, but he has provided a direct answer on the topic in a recent interview.
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Tim Cook has hinted in the past that his company is working on new product categories, but he has provided a direct answer on the topic in a recent interview.
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"We're working on great stuff," says Apple CEO Tim Cook, who dangles new product category hints from time to time to buy more product development time.
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Renault unveils Kwid concept(Phys.org) --French multinational vehicle maker Renault has unveiled a concept car called the Kwid, which among other things, boasts a camera equipped drone that lives in a hanger on the roof--when... needed it could be launched to allow for viewing nearby terrain from an airborne position.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 MiniThe Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini Black Edition handsets were announced for release in Russia without a UK release planned. Now Samsung has announced the Black Editions are coming to the UK. The Black... Editions are essentially the same as the current S4...
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[From In-Car Tech] One of the latest infotainment and telematics tie-ups is from Volvo and Ericsson, creators of a Connected Vehicle Cloud exclusively available in Volvo cars.
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Sacaton students get robots ready for contest

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 15:13
There is something about a robot that fascinates kids — even if it is only 10 inches tall.
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Available sometime this month, the new models sport a "leather-like textured black back cover and bezel," according to Samsung.
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Father's Tearful YouTubeThe plea of a man who lost his son and asked Facebook to release a "look back" video for him has moved millions of people.
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Will Bitcoin be adopted by a desperate nation, or become a ledger for all transactions? Former derivatives broker Brett Scott speculates on the future     
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One of the latest processor families from Intel is the Bay Trial line. Those processors for desktop computers were on display at CES 2014 last month. Since the processors are …
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Russia Bans Bitcoin

Slashdot - 7 Feb 2014 15:02
mask.of.sanity writes "Russia has banned digital currency Bitcoin under existing laws and dubbed use of the crypto-currency as 'suspicious'. The Central Bank of Russia considers Bitcoin as a form of... 'money substitute' or 'money surrogate' (statement in Russian) which is restricted under Russian law. However, unlike use of restricted foreign currencies, Bitcoin has been outright banned. The US Library of Congress has issued a report examining the regulatory approaches national financial authorities have taken to the currency."
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Cold-water coral found growingA cold-water coral that thrives in deep, dark water has been found growing off the shore of Greenland as a reef for the first time, scientists report.
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Mobile app developers in regions outside the US and Europe are choosing to develop apps in HTML5 rather than iOS but it's iOS that's earning devs the biggest bucks.
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Production and reception ofEmoticons, punctuation and creative spelling have been debated, condemned, and regulated since the very beginning of online text-based communication.
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Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens review

Pocket-lint - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 PhotoThe Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Photo Lens bolts on to your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S and transforms the Apple device's lens into a close-up shooting machine. If macro shots are your thing then this triple lens... kit - there are 7x, 14x and 21x options - enables...
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The Split Personality Desktop

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
The Split Personality DesktopReader Noah wanted a desktop that helped him quickly get to work and quickly get his game on when work is done, so he put this desktop together with work on one side, play on the other, and tons of... shortcuts at the bottom. Here's how he set it up.
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Telstra slams 'misleading' ad

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Telstra slams 'misleading' adTELSTRA will claim in a legal action that an Optus advertisement has caused it to lose customers.
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Telcos fight for $100m in bush grants

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Telcos fight for $100m in bushA ROW is brewing as the nation's largest telcos jockey for new government grants to improve mobile phone networks in the bush.
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How would you rank your strategy for optimizing CMS's 5-Star Quality Rating System? Were you a top-rated plan in 2013?If not, the Star Ratings Symposium is a must-attend conference for you. The... information will be high-level, but very practical. You'll learn valuable strategies from the nations top health plans for improving your rating, including how to get buy-in from your providers - as well as intervention strategies.
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The shape of things to come? Review Ask any consumer technology pundit and they will tell you the future of communications gadgets is all about physical flexibility and wearability. With its new G... Flex tablette, LG has embraced the former and produced a device with a flexible screen and a flexible battery....
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Cheaper official MFi LightningThe cost of Apple-endorsed Lightning cables may fall if Macotakara is correct that Apple has reduced both the cost and minimum purchase volumes for MFi licenses. The new deal was reportedly introduced... last month, and would likely take some time to filter through into retail prices. The MFi program is a licensing arrangement dating back to […]
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Top 10 challenges forV3 draws up a to-do list for Microsoft's third ever CEO
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JP Morgan's Mark Moskowitz would rather see Apple pour more of its cash into new products and services.
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Do the 'ayes' really have it?Except under unrealistic controlled circumstances, voice votes are useless, researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City found. Their research suggests that the "ayes" don't necessarily have it.
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If you still happen to be rockin' an iPhone 4S, want to jump ship from Apple's camp to Windows Phone and live near a Microsoft Store, this could be your lucky day to trade in that old device for... Nokia's best.The official Microsoft Store Twitter account tweeted out an intriguing deal on Thursday, yet another in a long line of efforts to get Apple hardware owners to ditch their favorite product in favor of something from Redmond."Trade in your iPhone 4s and get a Nokia Lumia 1020 or 1520 for free with a two-year contract," the sales pitch reads, along with the image of a slightly aging apple (the fruit kind) and the words "ditch that old apple."The accompanying link takes interested parties to the online Microsoft Store in search of the nearest retail location, given that the deal is only...
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Here are the next SamsungSamsung is reportedly getting ready to update several of its Android devices to Android 4.4 KitKat, Phandroid has learned from a source close to the matter, although actual roll out dates aren't... available for any of them. So far, the Polish Galaxy Note 3 version has received its respective KitKat build, with Samsung said to prepare other models to also receive it, while the LTE-A variant of the Galaxy S4 is getting its KitKat update in South Korea. Other devices listed by the publication include several flagship smartphones and tablets that were launched in 2012 and 2013, as follows: Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Mega, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy
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Apple retail stores in 1976

The Loop - 7 Feb 2014 14:48
Jobs and McKenna had dinner and talked about what the future of Apple could look like, and McKenna signed on. Eventually McKenna drafted an eight-page marketing plan in December 1976. Lo and behold,... what was written under "Distribution Channels"? Apple stores. ∞ Read this on The Loop
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Bits Blog: California BillA smartphone is sleek, compact and valuable, which makes it the perfect target for a thief. Californian lawmakers want to require cellphone companies to fix that problem.     
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The Indonesian volcano Sinabung was dormant until pretty recently. In 2010 it kicked into action, but in January 2014, it switched to high gear, blasting out massive amounts of ash high into the... atmosphere (see picture below). Then a lava dome collapse on Feb. 1 created a pyroclastic flow, a rapid wave of hot gas and rock that thundered downslope. These flows are incredibly dangerous (15 people were killed by Sinabung's flows when they ventured inside the 5-kilometer exclusion zone) and are for my money one of the most terrifying events on Earth. And now I find out they can create tornado-like vortices! And they've been caught on camera. Here is some video of the flow, which cuts to the towering funnels about a minute in: Now technically these aren't tornadoes, even if they look like it....
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Bits Blog: A Virtual Airline, a Real Crash

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 14:44
Bits Blog: A Virtual Airline,As entrepreneurs invade regulated industries and evade traditional watchdogs, the question of who is responsible when something goes wrong looms large.     
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Rushes out and buys startup to bolster job vacancy biz Shares in business networking site LinkedIn have dropped 7.8 per cent in after-hours trading, struggling back from an earlier low of 15 per cent,... after it predicted weaker-than-expected results for the first quarter....
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There have been many rumors circulating about the LG G Pro 2 smartphone. The launch of the device was previously tipped to happen sometime this month. We mentioned earlier this …
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LG hosting pre-MWC press event in Korea on Feb. 13

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 14:40
LG hosting pre-MWC press eventLikely introduction of LG G Pro 2 at event in Seoul We already know that the LG G Pro 2 is a thing, and that its a thing we'll be seeing soon, but now it looks like we're likely seeing it next week.... Invitations to an event at the LG Twin Towers in Seoul on February 13 have started going out to local press. While the invite doesn't hint at much with the message "Knock-knock knockin' on" and an image of footsteps the only visual aids. But given the time frame, we'd take a punt on it being the new G Pro 2. Of course, in Europe later this month the worlds press and smartphone makers will be hitting up Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This may have been a more obvious spot to introduce the G Pro 2, but then LG isn't always conventional in how it announces new devices and we shouldn't be...
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Did Samsung Try to Ban AppleLucky Olympic athletes taking part in the Sochi Winter Olympics found a Samsung Galaxy Note III in their arrival goodie bags, so even if they don't take home a medal they've still got something of a... fairly high value to sell on the internet when they get home. But did Samsung demand they avoid being seen using Apple hardware as part of the deal?
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Sign up for The Times digitalSpotify has teamed up with The Times and The Sunday Times to give subscribers of the newspapers' digital editions, free Spotify for a year. The news will mean that you'll be able to listen to... Spotify's 20 million songs while you read the paper, and save...
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Earlier this week, a report surfaced that the late Steve Jobs wanted Mac OS X to run on Sony VAIO PCs -- a rather ironic coincidence as the Japanese consumer electronics giant announces plans to kick... that very brand to the curb.Sony Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to sell its entire PC business along with the coveted VAIO brand as part of a reform effort more focused on the company's smartphone and tablet devices.The move has been widely rumored in recent weeks as Sony looks to accelerate the "revitalization and growth of its electronic business," which includes "various cost reduction initiatives" for the television division as well.Sony intends to sell the VAIO business to Japan Industrial Partners, citing "drastic changes in the global PC industry," with a final agreement...
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Moto G offers a good screen, latest Android version, clean software, quality hardware at a price less than a third of iPhone 5C.     
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Apple almost began its RetailWhat was to become the world’s most successful retail stores - generating more revenue per square foot than even luxury stores like Harrods and Tiffany & Co. – might have been opened as long ago... as 1976, if Apple had agreed a proposal made by Silicon Valley marketing guru Regis McKenna. CNET reports that he made the proposal […]
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New mums shun Twitter andAlthough it might sometimes seem that your Facebook feed is overrun with chatter about babies, research from Microsoft has suggested that mums actually spend less time on the site after they have had... children. And while the rest of the world tweets about their every waking move, mothers just aren't into using Twitter to share the latest milestone passed in the family home. When they post about their kids, they post on Facebook.
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If artificial intelligence is the way of the future, then we should probably prepare for the worst. Because who really knows what these little guys are capable of? See also: What Google Is Really... Doing With All Those Robot Companies To protect ourselves from the possibility of a robot revolution, here are a few helpful guidelines for sensing when you're in danger. Keep these scenarios in mind the next time your Roomba seems to be acting up Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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S Everywhere for Firefox forAndroid: S Everywhere, one of our favorite privacy-protecting browser extensions , now protects your surfing on your Android phone as well, provided your primary browser on Android is Firefox. The... Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has made the add-on available to mobile users, and it works like a charm.
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How NASA Is Launching 3DThe newest adopter of 3D printing isn't some hobbyist in a basement -- it's NASA. The agency is already building some of its customized spacecraft and instrument parts using 3D printing.
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Facebook has a massive data center that deals with all the data that users of the social network upload on a daily basis. The data centers that Facebook uses are …
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Beaten, slightly battered, but now shining on the web. What's not to like? Comment The JavaScript programming language has been in the wars over the years....
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Hubble Telescope Helps SolveUsing data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories, astronomers are learning why some massive galaxies hit their peak young and quit making stars when the universe was less than a... quarter of its current age.
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VIDEO: The world's smallestBBC Click's LJ Rich takes a toy quadcopter - based on smartphone technology - for a spin.
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Magazine industry auditors say that total average U.S. circulation for 386 magazines fell 1.7 percent in the final six months of the year to 284.9 million.
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Next Nexus device is bigger,Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet will apparently be the last Nexus device at that size, if a new Digitimes report is to be believed, with the company said again to launch an 8-inch Nexus 8... tablet in the near future. Apparently, the Nexus 7 (2013) has not performed as well as expected, having sold only three million units last year. With a bigger tablet, the company is said to be interested in avoiding price competition with 7-inch tablets and having to face 5- to 6-inch smartphones. The Nexus 8 tablet is tipped to launch at the end of April, sooner than customers would have anticipated, and Asus is said to build the device for Google. The company has partnered with
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February's New Moon Is Nowhere To Be Found

SPACE.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:14
February's New Moon Is NowhereHere's a trick question for you: When is new moon this month? Stumped? The answer is, there is no new moon this February.
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Congratulations to Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Royal Astronomical Society - 7 Feb 2014 14:12
Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE, astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Astronomical Society, will become the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). She... was overwhelmingly elected by RSE members and will take up the post in October. Bell Burnell was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002-4 and of the Institute of Physics from 2008-11. Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, elected as President of the Royal Society of EdinburghIn 1967, as a postgraduate student in Cambridge she made the key discovery of the first neutron star, the compact remnant of a star many times more massive than our Sun. This object, located in the constellation of Vulpecula, emits radiation in narrow beams and rotates rapidly. When the beam points towards the...
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Long-awaited beta of browser for Windows 8 features a tiled start screen and pinch to zoom support.
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Nissan has unveiled an interesting new Frontier truck at the Chicago Auto show this week. The truck is the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner. We already knew that Nissan was working …
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Tim Cook teases 'really great'Apple CEO Tim Cook has said in an interview we should expect new products which fall into new categories from the company soon. Although he didn't go into detail, he could be talking about the iWatch,... an Apple television, or a phablet-style iPhone. The post Tim Cook teases “really great” all-new products coming soon from Apple appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft details upcomingCompany kicks off February with 'light' patch Tuesday update
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Bitcoin price drops after Mt. Gox exchange halts withdrawals
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Mapper's delight: rap'sInspired by Pablo Picasso's light paintings, an artist has created light pen drawings that map the geographical mentions in hip hop lyrics. Last year, Tahir Hemphill set out to create a database... containing every lyric in rap history for his Kickstarter-funded Hip Hop Word Count project, and he's now using that data to find patterns in the language rappers use.
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The content arms race between streaming video providers Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (and YouTube/Google Play and Crackle and Redbox and... you get the picture) shows no signs of slowing down, and here's... Amazon's latest assault. The Prime Instant Video...
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Wine Spectator WineRatings+Popular wine tasting app Wine Spectator WineRatings+ has received a notable upgrade, adding updated content, a new design interface, and a version designed specifically for iPad. While the mandatory... iOS 7 design improves readability and ease of use, the real…
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US military funds 'vanishing'The US military is funding a project to develop electronics that can self-destruct like the secret messages in the Mission Impossible TV show.
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The EPA plans to reevaluate standards for tritium in water --
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The EPA plans to reevaluate standards for tritium in water --
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Researchers 'design for(Phys.org) --When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task. A material's macroscopic, or bulk,... properties in this area--whether it can spring back into shape, for example--is generally the product of what is happening on a microscopic scale. When stress causes a material's constituent molecules to rearrange in a way such that they can't go back to their original positions, it is known as "plastic deformation."
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Apple's Arizona facilities took the spotlight on Thursday as export documents revealed the company's newly purchased inspection tools are intended for "device displays" -- although no one knows for... sure if they are intended for the fabled iWatch, the next iPhone or something else entirely. While you ponder that latest rumor, here are a few slices of other news from yesterday that are a little less tinged in speculation... Instapaper Debuts All-New Safari Extension Following a quick stop in the Google Chrome camp, Instapaper rolled out a whole new extension for Safari on Thursday that offers the same great features, including Ctrl + S and right-click keyboard shortcuts for saving articles and the ability to add "Save to Instapaper" buttons directly on Twitter, Reddit or Hacker News. Last...
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Glass'em, Dano! BelovedThe NYPD is beta-testing Google Glass. But what if our favorite cops from TV and movies had been wearing the eyewear all along?
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Get up and go! It's the Friday Open Thread

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 14:00
Get up and go! It's the FridayIt's Friday, that magical time of the week when we get together and show our stuff, ask incredibly complicated questions, or tell each other how we tackle life... or maybe just type out anything... running around in our minds.
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The Best Resources to Learn to Code

Life Hacker - 7 Feb 2014 14:00
The Best Resources to Learn toWe've talked about the best programming languages to get started with , why you should (and shouldn't ) learn to code, and even highlighted some great tools to get started , but let's be honest;... they're all the tip of the iceberg, especially if you're looking to learn something specific. Let's make a list of the best resources to learn to code, from the general to the specific.
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Feedback: Stick to the rules, worldwide

New Scientist - 7 Feb 2014 14:00
Stick to the rulers, worldwide, trying train translation, minister's average performance, never too late for time travel and more     
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Republicans Still Seen As(Repeats with no changes) By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, Feb 7
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Japan to abandon troubled fastJapan will scrap plans to generate electricity at its multi-billion dollar experimental Monju fast breeder reactor, a media report said on Friday, in a move that could affect the nation's nuclear fuel... cycle programme.
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Redmond man spills the beans on Microsoft's top-secret software Exclusive Satya Nadella may have just taken the reins as Microsoft's chief executive, but he's already intimately familiar with one of... the company's key internal tools to let it compete with Amazon and Google: a complex software system named Autopilot....
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Hands-on: Philips SonicareWhiter than white teeth - that's just one of the claims of the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Black electric toothbrush. There are all manner of toothpaste and dental care adverts on TV these days.... We're supposed to be brushing, flossing, gargling, and...
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Google doodle attacks RussianThe Google doodle, found above the search bar, today depicts a rainbow coloured Olympics theme ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The colours are in opposition to the Russian anti-gay law. Under... the search bar it quotes the Olympic Charter - also...
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Samsung Galaxy S5 specs leaked in benchmark test

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:55
All the key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5 have been leaked by benchmark testing app Antutu.     
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Malicious Android apps hit 10 million

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 13:55
Android seems to be most active target for cyber-scammers
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Microsoft has a new CEO at the helm and many are giving him advice on how to run the huge company. I'm not going to do that, but it is time to be clear about Windows RT.
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The streaming wars are heating up between Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video. Netflix typically gets all the cool shows as an exclusive, but that is changing. Amazon has announced …
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Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider is the perfect game for anyone who wants to be a particle physicist but would rather play games instead of doing real science. Fuse atoms together to create every... element on the Periodic Table of Elements. You might even discover a new element (well, in the game, anyhow).
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[From AppleTell] Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider is the perfect game for anyone who wants to be a particle physicist but would rather play games instead of doing real science.
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Source of 'moon curse'Strange events have long been linked to nights of a full moon, though careful scrutiny dispels any association. So, when signals bounced off the lunar surface returned surprisingly faint echoes on... full moon nights, scientists sought an explanation in reason rather than superstition. Still, the most compelling evidence arrived during another event that once evoked irrational fears--on a night when Earth's shadow eclipsed the full moon.
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'2 out of 3' major holes in router plugged: researcher EE is rolling out an update to its BrightBox routers to fix a series of vulnerabilities which allowed hackers to access the devices by a simple... copy and paste operation....
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Apple extends chip deal withUK tech firm gets significant boost as device giant continues to use its designs in iPhones and iPads
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Beep wireless audio deviceDefinitely a cool product for syncing up all the speaker systems in your home, the Beep is a music device that connects to your home's Wi-Fi network and allows users to play stored or streaming music.... The post Beep wireless audio device operates like a Chromecast for speakers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitter is taking a beating after reporting fourth-quarter earnings.
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Big Companies Want You to FeelMan, I bet you can't believe that someone got the same anonymous-looking lifestyle product as you. They're such copycats. [Doghouse Diaries]
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Google Made A MassiveGoogle made a surprise announcement at the end of January that confirmed it was selling Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion, but the search giant seemingly forgot to tell us that it made a big... investment in the Chinese consumer…
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Logitech has been making mice and other computer peripherals for a very long time. The company makes some of the most popular mice out there and it is back with …
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Biometrics on a mass scale

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 13:40
Biometrics on a mass scaleThe largest biometric program in history - collecting iris and fingerprint patterns of 1.2 billion people in three years - aims to improve the quality of life for some of India's most disadvantaged... and marginalized citizens by "giving the poor an identity."
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Apple Never StoppedA recent report suggested that Apple was restarting manufacture of the iPhone 4 to target India, Indonesia and Brazil as developing markets. In fact, sources say that Apple never stopped making the... phone. A news story for BGR India claims that…
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VIDEO: Why speed is a complexClick's Kate Russell looks at a TED's educational YouTube channel, plus other sites and apps reviewed.
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Jolla's new Other Half backplates and its SDK may go some way to explaining to consumers what the concept is really about.
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The dual-sim phone is available for purchase online on the company's official website     
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TV's 'Dr House' helps solveThanks to an episode in "House", doctors at a German clinic were able to save a 55-year-old man who was in a serious and baffling decline.
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IBM in $100m Africa computing push

Tech Central - 7 Feb 2014 13:32
IBM is launching a 10-year initiative to bring Watson and other cognitive computing systems to Africa. Dubbed "Project Lucy", the company intends investing US$100m in the initiative, giving scientists... and IBM partners access to advanced cognitive computing technologies
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Sonic the Hedgehog gets new look for TV, game

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:30
Sonic is starring in a new Nintendo 3DS and Wii U game, as well as a Cartoon Network series set for release later this year.     
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Nintendo has announced its last exclusive Sonic games for the Wii U and the 3DS portable console. The games will also have a spin off TV series. Both the games …
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Cook says 'really great stuff'In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook again reinforced the idea that Apple is working on new categories of products, and will not limit itself to the current device lineup.... "There will be new categories. We're not ready to talk about it, but we're working on some really great stuff," Cook said without revealing what kind of product Apple is working on. Apple has not introduced a new product since the iPad in 2010, with some people worrying that the lack of brand new devices will negatively affect the company's growth in the future. However, Cook tried to reassure customers that Apple is a "growth company" with further significant opportunities to expand the position of
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You read these depressing facts about love all the time — about rising divorce rates, technology ruining relationships and even clinical heartbreak. When you can't find a date for Valentine's Day,... it's enough to make you want to give up on love all together. Don't give up yet! You still have plenty of time to find your perfect somebody. True love is out there and these elderly couples will help you believe in it See also: 15 Valentine's Puns to Make You LOL in Love If these couples can keep the flame alive in their golden years, we can all have a little hope that we find our own somebody to take cute photos with and live happily ever after.
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Google buys 5.94% stake in Lenovo

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 13:28
Google buys 5.94% stake inGoogle bought a 5.94 percent stake in Lenovo for $750 million on the same day it agreed to sell handset maker Motorola to the Chinese technology giant, a report said Friday.
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Congratulations to Prof DameRoyal Astronomical Society: Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE, astrophysicist and former President of the Royal Astronomical Society, will become the first female President of the Royal... Society of Edinburgh (RSE). She was overwhelmingly elected by RSE members and will take up the post in October. Prof Dame Bell Burnell was President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002-4 and of the Institute of Physics from 2008-11. In 1967, as a postgraduate student in Cambridge she made the key discovery of the first neutron star, the compact remnant of a star many times more massive than our Sun. This object, located in the constellation of Vulpecula, emits radiation in narrow beams and rotates rapidly. When the beam points towards the Earth, a pulse of radiation is seen, so this type...
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15 Ways to Get the Most Out of an Older Camera

The Phoblographer - 7 Feb 2014 13:26
Older cameras tend to need a bit more care. Here's a couple of reminders of what to do. The post 15 Ways to Get the Most Out of an Older Camera appeared first on The Phoblographer.     
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Sony hopes fourth overhaul is the one that counts

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:25
Sony is restructuring again. This time it may mean business.     
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For a given value of 'shrink' - they're still rolling in moolah It's tough at the top. Just ask senior execs at distie titan Tech Data, who took home a smaller pay packet in fiscal '13 as sales and... profits slipped....
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Browser-Based Call CenterBarcelona-based startup Voz.io has closed a $150,000 seed round from Kima Ventures. Summann Gandham, co-founder and CEO of Voz.io, says the funding round will "allow us to vigorously pursue business... development and user acquisition strategies." At the same time they've launched what they describe as a "scalable browser-based call center & CRM solution" aimed at SMEs. The advantage? As it's all via a browser, there's no investment, training or hardware needed to set it up. The secret of course is the employment of the fast-growing WebRTC technologies which are currently pointing a collective gun at the heads of the major voice carriers.
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Popular MMO (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online) game, Line of Defense, has arrived on iOS via a new combat strategy game called Line of Defense Tactics. Giving gamers the opportunity to take... control of a team of four Galactic Command Marines…
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Renault Next Two brings theRenault has unveiled its Next Two car that offers self-driving, smart connectivity and can even valet park itself while you're walking away. The Renault Next Two is currently a prototype for what the... car of 2020 will be able to do. The idea is that...
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Oceanographer and "sea architect" Jacques Rougerie is spearheading the creation of a sea exploration vehicle that makes any imagined before ...
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UK scientists claim footprintsScientists say they have discovered human footprints in England that are at least 800,000 years old — the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in Northern... Europe.
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The last of the new digital point and shoot cameras that Nikon has unveiled today is the Coolpix S32. This camera is designed to be easy to use and family …
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Greg Knauss is not a jerk. He's just a little forgetful, and sometimes he gets a little too wrapped up in his work. After 18 years of marriage, he sometimes forgets to tell his wife he loves her, even... though he does So he created an iPhone app to remind him, called it Romantimatic, and made it available for $1.99 on the App Store in late January "If I could hire some guy to stand behind me and once a day kick my chair and say 'Hey, dumbass, say something nice to your wife,' I would," he tells Mashable. "It's a little easier and less creepy to have an app do it." See also: Why 'Her' Is the Best Movie Ever Made About the Singularity
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Lawmakers in California are so intent on curbing record levels of smartphone theft, they're ready to fine phone makers if anti-theft measures aren't installed on their devices. The New York Times... reports that the order will come from State Senator...
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Forget Mobile Payments, GoldThe money side of Apple is nothing out of the ordinary for anyone who follows investor news and views. The idea, however, that Apple products — specifically the iPhone — may be considered a form... of hard currency in themselves…
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Marketplace for the smartwatch launched on Monday.
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Swarm heads for new heights

Phys.org - 7 Feb 2014 13:01
Swarm heads for new heights(Phys.org) --Some tricky manoeuvres are now under way to steer ESA's trio of Swarm satellites into their respective orbits so that they can start delivering the best-ever survey of our magnetic field.
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'SCAM to drive Cognizant's growth'

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:01
Rajeev Mehta, CEO, IT Services, Cognizant, tells how social, mobile , analytics and cloud could drive the company's future.     
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Nikon has trotted out several new digital cameras today. Earlier this morning Nikon unveiled the AW120 digital camera. Nikon also has several new digital cameras that slot into the Coolpix …
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Read this now: 7 clever mobileCall it a disease, a bad habit, or a character flaw, but procrastination spares no one from its strangling grip. Just search "procrastination" in any mobile app store, and you'll be rewarded with a... glut of solutions that promise to motivate, badger, cajole, prod, inspire or otherwise spur you into action. Before you kick another project down the road, check out these 7 apps and conquer your task-avoidance once and for all. Yelling Mom Yelling Mom's annoying alerts keep your tasks top-of-mind.
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If we show you how to back upIf we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it? Beyond simple hard drive failure, your PC could fall prey to user error or all sorts of nefarious malware. The only way to... ensure that none of your personal files or programs are lost in a catastrophe is to back up everything regularly. While backing up your data can be as simple as dumping critical files on a USB key or external hard drive every now and again, you'll ideally want to make multiple backups and store them on different drives--preferably with the drives stashed at different physical locations. Here's an easy, comprehensive three-pronged backup method, using free tools, that can save your bacon in the event of a catastrophic OS failure.
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It might not look much, but this small disc of metal helped shape science--because it was the primary mirror in Sir Isaac Newton's original reflecting telescope.
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Mooshimeter Is A SmarterThe presence of Bluetooth LE/4.0 in the latest generations of smartphones and tablets has let to an explosion of hardware/sensor add-ons that extend the capabilities of the mobile devices we all now... carry around with us. Here's the latest example: an updating of the digital multimeter, called the Mooshimeter, that brings circuit testing abilities to your smartphone in app form.
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Google launches device to make it easier to hold videoconferences online
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Metal Gear Solid: GroundDifferent consoles have different graphical capabilities, and especially with the newer consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the difference in graphics from its predecessors is astounding.... That being said with the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes that is scheduled for a release on the 18th of March, we're sure gamers are wondering if they should get the game for current-gen consoles or if they should get it for the newer consoles instead. Gameplay wise we expect the game to be the same across the board, but in terms of graphics, there will be obvious differences. To that extent the game's producer, Hideo Kojima, confirmed on his Twitter account that there will be a comparison trailer. This comparison trailer will basically compare the differences between the PlayStation 4,...
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Ever been stuck in a traffic jam and wondering what's happening in front? Naturally walking away from your vehicle might not be the smartest idea, especially on a highway, but what if you could launch... a drone to help check the traffic status in front of you? How awesome would that be? Well it seems that Renault thinks that would be an awesome idea too and have since dreamt up a concept car called Kwid that would come with a tiny drone that hides in the roof of your vehicle. From there, the drone can be launched and help scope out the situation around for you. Alternatively the drone also can go ahead and check to see whether you're headed in the right direction, film you in the event that you might need evidence to prove you were in the right of way, and so on. The drone can be either...
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Destiny Public Beta To Launch This Summer

Ubergizmo - 7 Feb 2014 12:49
Destiny Public Beta To LaunchWhen Bungie was done making the Halo franchise for Microsoft, many were wondering what was next for the developers. Well as it turns out, Destiny was the next title that Bungie would be working on and... the good news is that for gamers who loved what Bungie did with Halo, you can look forward to seeing Destiny released later this year. In fact this lines up with what we have heard back in 2013 which suggests that Destiny could see a release later this year in September. This was confirmed during Activision's investor's call in which the company's president, Eric Hirschberg, revealed that the game would launch on the 9th of September 2014 and that a public beta would be released in summer ahead of the release. Given Bungie's reputation and what we can see in Destiny, it certainly is shaping...
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Genpact Q4 net falls 8.6% to $48.8 million

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 12:47
BPO major Genpact reported a 8.6% decline in its net profit at $48.8 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.     
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Genpact Q4 net declines 8.6% to $48.8 million

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 12:47
BPO major Genpact reported a 8.6% decline in its net profit at $48.8 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013.     
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Google's Olympic doodle postedProbably one of the first images that Vladimir Putin saw when booting up his computer yesterday, Google switched out the search page doodle to promote diversity in the Winter Olympics. The post... Google’s Olympic doodle posted in protest of Russia’s Anti-Gay Law appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Google Chrome FeatureSince the dawn of the Internet, bad guys have been trying to hijack our web browser settings. With a few lines of nasty code, a third party can change your preferred search engine, install unwanted... toolbars, set a new homepage, track your movements around the internet, redirect to you to questionable sites, slow down your computer and - worst of all - make you even more vulnerable to future browser hijackings and other malware. Google Chrome is fighting back against these kinds of hijackings. According to a new post on the official Chrome Blog, developers have added a new feature to the Windows version of the browser that autodetects changes to its settings. Should someone try taking Chrome hostage, you'll now get a prompt (shown) asking if you'd like to reset the changes. The new reset...
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Watching snowfall can makeUrban planners love nothing better than a complex, multi-factor map illustrating how many variables go into their decision making, but sometimes the simplest methods are the best. Jon Geeting over... at This Old City illustrates this point perfectly with his photos of snowfall on the streets of Philadelphia. By simply looking at where snow is allowed to build up, Jon builds a compelling argument for reclaiming parts of the city's road network for pedestrian use. Highlighting islands of disused asphalt, he makes a series of suggestions that would help by reducing driver speeds and making the areas nicer to walk through. Geeting doesn't expect his ideas to be uncontroversial, but the method by which he arrives at his supporting evidence is...
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Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has offered games and apps for its users, especially the young, during February.     
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LG may not wait for MWC, couldLG will hold an event in Korea on February 13, where it may reveal the G Pro 2, its first major smartphone announcement of 2014. The device has already been confirmed to appear during Mobile World... Congress later this month. The post LG may not wait for MWC, could reveal G Pro 2 during February 13 event appeared first on Digital Trends.
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EA Sports has announced a new game called 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. The game will hit North America on April 15 for the Xbox 360 and PS3 game consoles. …
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Biometric: Body odour to be your new password

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 12:36
Researchers are developing a new biometric technique that would allow identification of people through their body odour.     
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Tight-fit rubber and tape Something for the Weekend, Sir? A staple of radio phone-ins is to invite listeners to share their stories about funny things they found when moving into a new property....
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5 Predictions for Sochi'sOver 3,000 people will participate on the Feb. 7 extravaganza.     
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The search giant is fighting a ruling that could see it fined €150,000 and forced to make changes to its French homepage.
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France and Google are playing a delicate game of brinkmanship in the courts of Europe, and it still isn't clear who'll come off worse. France fined the search company €150,000 ($200,000) last month... as a penalty for failing to tell French...
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Google in rumoured £459mHong Kong exchange suggests major share purchase, but others unconvinced
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littlekorea writes "Australia's weather bureau has racked up bills of $38 million for a water data system, based on Red Hat Linux, MySQL and Java, that was originally scheduled to cost somewhere... between $2 million and $5 million. The Bureau's supplier, an ASX-listed IT services provider SMS Management and Technology, did a good job of embedding itself in the bureau, with all changes having to be made by the original consultant that built it."
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Samsung mum on GS4 Black Edition UK availability

Android Central - 7 Feb 2014 12:24
Samsung mum on GS4 BlackSamsung has started releasing Galaxy S4 models with a new Note 3-like leather-effect back — in recent da