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1 Oct 2014 - United States
Gapgate: Samsung says, 'issueSamsung has released a statement on complaints that its Galaxy Note 4 phablet has noticeable gaps around the smartphone's case and display. Its response is unsettling for anyone considering the Galaxy... Note 4.
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Apple OS X gets Bash securityApple rolls out a security patch for Shellshock, but only for Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion users. Yosemite beta testers will have to wait for the next build for a security update.
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Report: PayPal dropped fromApple Pay is going to make waves in the mobile payment realm, that much is certain. On launch, many wondered why Apple's service didn't just partner with another, similar service -- or buy them. A new... report suggests Apple was in discussions with PayPal to be involved with Apple Pay, but cut them loose because of Samsung. PayPal is currently …
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China Appears to Attack YahooAs thousands of people swarm the streets of Hong Kong asking the Chinese government to fulfill its promise of real democracy in the autonomous region, Chinese censors seems to be tightening their... control over the Internet. In what's almost unprecedented, China appears to be targeting Yahoo with what's called as a "man-in-the-middle attack." With such an attack, connections to Yahoo.com, which are normally encrypted, would be vulnerable to snooping, and Chinese censors could also block search terms or specific Yahoo links with the goal of preventing Chinese netizens from accessing information about the protests in Hong Kong
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An individual who flew to the U.S. from Liberia earlier this month has been diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today. The case marks the first time... the disease has been diagnosed in this country. The post Yes, Ebola Is Now in America. But CDC Says the US Is Ready appeared first on WIRED.
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This year's iPad Air will2014 will be the year the iPad turns golden, according to a new report from Bloomberg. After introducing gold as a color option in the iPhone lineup with the 5s last year, the second-gen iPad Air will... reportedly also be offered…
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Facebook Atlas: Rebuilt adFacebook rolls out a new ad platform that lets the social network track more information about its users' activities, even when they are offline.
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Quadriplegic medical marijuanaMedical marijuana patient Brandon Coats is suing Dish Network after the company dismissed him for testing positive for cannabis. Now, the state Supreme Court is hearing the case.
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Apple Pay Signals New Era at Cash Register

The New York Times - 1 Oct 2014 03:05
Apple Pay Signals New Era atThe swift reaction by companies in the weeks since Apple Pay was unveiled makes clear that how we normally pay for goods and services is ripe for transformation.
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Bits Blog: Microsoft's WindowsMicrosoft believes the next version of its operating system is such a big change that it is calling the software Windows 10, skipping the more logical product name, Windows 9.
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Structur3D's paste extruder is looking more and more polished as the startup approaches the ship date for its Kickstarter backers.
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China is an ardent adopter of technology trends and its enthusiasm for the internet of things is no exception.
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EBay's PayPal plan is firstWith Alibaba and Apple breathing down its neck in mobile payments, eBay took right course.          
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A Messaging Giant Goes Public As the mobile messaging company Kakao Corp. gets ready to celebrate the culmination of its long-awaited initial public offering on the Korean stock exchange, a world away, on Sand Hill Road, the... partners at venture capital firm DCM are probably getting ready to do some celebrating of their own. Three years after its initial investment in Kakao, the venture firm will be able to harvest the…
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Curious Baby Owls InvestigateHere’s a cute little video that shows what happened when As Goprod set up a camera next to the next of an owl family. After the mother flies away, the little baby owls come out to investigate the... mysterious object that showed up out of nowhere. You can almost see the gears spinning in the […]
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Twitter is said to be looking at reaching out to third-party developers of apps and services to help it grow its business -- but some might remember that the last the…
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Give up firstborn for freeAn Internet security experiment reveals just how careless people can be about their use of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
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Hong Kong Protesters' PhonesAs if tear gas and the "Great Firewall of China" weren't enough to deal with, Hong Kong protestors' phones are now being targeted by Chinese malware.
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Who Owns Scrabble's Word List?

Slate - 1 Oct 2014 01:35
In the 1980s, when Brian Sheppard created a computer program that played Scrabble, he typed in a lot of words--more than 100,000 of them, from the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary and... Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. His program, Maven, revolutionized how expert players thought about and played Scrabble. (It also beat them.) Sheppard continued to update his software by hand until 1996, when a Scrabble player who helped assemble the third edition of the OSPD gave him the words via a digital file. Electronic word lists have circulated freely ever since.
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Reddit gets $50 million inIn true Reddit fashion, the social news site says it will share 10 percent of equity from the Series B funding round with its community members.
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Foxconn goes on a hiring spreeLaunching a smartphone in 115 countries and regions within a four month timespan would be difficult enough to pull off without unprecedented demand, but if Apple is going to push its latest flagship... worldwide, it’s going to need some help. Digitimes reports that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus manufacturer Foxconn Electronics is hiring workers at its Chinese plants in droves in order to meet demand. DON’T MISS: The next big step for Apple's iPhone 6 Foxconn would not comment on the report, but supply chain sources tell Digitimes that the manufacturer is “aggressively recruiting workers” to assemble the new iPhones. In just three days, Apple managed to move 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices, but that was only
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Unattended gasoline pumps are a favorite place for crooks to test stolen or counterfeit credit cards before going on a shopping spree. Now Visa is trying to cut off the fuel supply.
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Apple Watch productionWhen unveiling the Apple Watch during its big iPhone 6 event, Apple offered only a mysterious "early 2015" launch window for its first wearable computer, without committing to a specific release date... for the gadget. Meanwhile, Taiwanese publication Apple Daily has found out the iPhone maker will start Apple Watch mass production as soon as January 2015, with Quanta Computer being the only company making the device for Apple. FROM EARLIER: The Apple Watch makes a surprising first public appearance The report says that Apple and Quanta may have reached a deal that prohibits the latter from manufacturing any other smartwatch model from competitors. Furthermore, Quanta has apparently also started hiring more workers to meet Apple's future Watch demands. The report
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With new commissioner, GoogleGünther Oettinger took credit for derailing a settlement between European regulators and Google. Now, he's the incoming leader for digital issues.
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Former Apple managers discussOn the most recent episode of the Debug podcast (iTunes link here), former Apple managers Don Melton and Nitin Ganatra got together and discussed, amongst a slew of other fascinating topics, the... hectic and always-on work schedule that comes with...
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Code/red: The Best Elon MuskPlus, Oracle insults SAP, Jony Ive says "k-chit" and Uber ascends to new heights of idiocy.
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OpenVPN servers can beVirtual private network servers based on OpenVPN might be vulnerable to remote code execution attacks through Shellshock and other recent flaws that affect the Bash Unix shell. The OpenVPN attack... vector was described in a post on Hacker News Tuesday by Fredrik Strömberg, co-founder of a commercial VPN service called Mullvad. "OpenVPN has a number of configuration options that can call custom commands during different stages of the tunnel session," Strömberg said. "Many of these commands are called with environmental variables set, some of which can be controlled by the client." Shellshock and several other flaws found in the Bash Unix shell over the past week stem from errors in how the command-line interpreter parses strings passed to it as environment variables. These strings can be...
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Hacked celebrities 'dumb',Günther Oettinger, the European Union's proposed Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, gave a disappointing performance at his confirmation hearing, dodging questions and calling the... victims of a recent data breach "dumb." Critics said Oettinger's remarks about the celebrities whose iCloud accounts were compromised, allowing hackers to release nude photos of them, showed he was unfit for the job of shoring up public confidence in the Internet. During the three-hour confirmation hearing before Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) late Monday, Oettinger said he couldn't believe the public lamentations over the nude celebrity photo incident.
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Hide and seek: SterileThe Daya Bay Collaboration, an international group of scientists studying the subtle transformations of subatomic particles called neutrinos, is publishing its first results on the search for a... so-called sterile neutrino, a possible new type of neutrino beyond the three known neutrino "flavors," or types. The existence of this elusive particle, if proven, would have a profound impact on our understanding of the universe, and could impact the design of future neutrino experiments. The new results, appearing in the journal Physical Review Letters, show no evidence for sterile neutrinos in a previously unexplored mass range.
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FCC: Some TV stations couldSome U.S. television stations could make tens, or even hundreds, of millions of dollars by giving up their spectrum so that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission can sell it in an upcoming mobile... broadband auction. Full-power, over-the-air TV stations in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia could clear more than US$400 million in the FCC's so-called incentive auction, projected to happen in mid-2015, the FCC said Wednesday in a report to broadcasters. Full-power TV stations in Chicago, the San Francisco area, Boston and Washington, D.C., could receive $130 million or more by voluntarily giving up their spectrum holdings, the FCC said.
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Hurry! Wait! Go! JoomlaThe Joomla project pushed out new updates for its popular content management system Wednesday after a glitch was found in the high-priority security patches it released a day before. Joomla versions... 3.3.5, 3.2.6 and 2.5.26 were released Tuesday to patch a moderate-risk remote file inclusion vulnerability and a denial-of-service issue. However, hours after the updates were made available, Joomla's developers issued an urgent request for users to delay upgrading. "Unfortunately, due to a small technical issue we need to release another version very soon," the project said on Facebook, apologizing for the situation.
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MIT launches Laboratory forProgram aims to develop collaborative technologies to tackle complex social problems.
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MechE alumna catches rareGrace Young recalls Edgerton-Cousteau friendship.
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Cyanide ice in Titan's atmosphere

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 19:00
Cyanide ice in Titan'sGigantic polar clouds of hydrogen cyanide roughly four times the area of the UK are part of the impressive atmospheric diversity of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, a new study led by Leiden... Observatory, the Netherlands Institute for Space Research and the University of Bristol has found. The research is published today in Nature.
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Financial Times Editor LionelPrint is still profitable, says Barber, even though two thirds of the FT's readership is online.
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Solving the mystery of theNew data obtained by NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon--a giant basin often referred to as the "man in the moon"--likely arose not from a massive... asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep within the moon's interior.
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Russia to develop cyberspacePresident Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Russia must increase its cybersecurity but pledged not to impose total control over the Internet, amid fears Moscow is mulling whether to limit access to the... worldwide Web.
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Solving the mystery of theMIT researchers find that a volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon's largest basin.
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Sprint to AT&T: We'll see yourThe one-upmanship among the wireless carriers continues, with Sprint throwing down the latest salvo. The nation's number three carrier says it will double data plans for both new and existing... customers, a response to a similar offer from AT&T. The offer is valid until Oct. 31, and bumps up the data allowance on shared plans to 32GB, 40GB, and 60GB. Business customers who switch their lines over to a matching Sprint plan also have a data carrot, with up to 200GB per month available.
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Titan's swirling polar cloudThe international Cassini mission has revealed that a giant, toxic cloud is hovering over the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, after the atmosphere has cooled in a dramatic fashion.
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Jony Ive talks Apple Watch andIn line with Apple's efforts to position the Apple Watch as a bonafide fashion accessory, the latest issue of Vogue features an in-depth profile on Jony Ive, Apple's famed mastermind of design. The... feature treads across familiar territory: Growing...
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The Times cuts 100 staffers,Reading the New York Times’ opinion pages is like listening to a stoner — and no, I don’t mean Maureen Dowd — ramble about whatever happened to be on the news while they were smoking. With the... exception of the paper’s stilted headlines, nothing attracts mockery from readers and the media like the publication of yet another ridiculous column from some far-overpaid writer. That didn’t stop the Times from releasing a mobile […]
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! I's a Micro Drone from Extreme Fliers! Ok, so that doesn't quite roll off the... tongue quite as nicely as "Superman," but it definitely does fly. All it takes is a remote control in your hand to start enjoying the wild blue yonder. Get ready to explore the skies without having to get your pilot's license. The Micro Drone 2.0 is on sale in our latest Deal. Remote control toys have really taken a step forward in the awesome category over the last few years, and the Micro Drone is all the proof you'll need. With a battery that is rechargeable via USB, the Micro Drone is easy to keep going. It can cover over 400 feet and remain in your control. Weighing just over an ounce, it's...
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LifeTrak's new fitness trackerDid your mom ever pester you to get outside more as a kid? Now there's a fitness tracker to recreate that nagging feeling. Unlike most fitness bands, which use step counters to encourage exercise... indirectly, LifeTrak's Brite R450 actually knows when you've been inside for too long, using ambient light sensors. It'll send a notification when it thinks you need more natural light. Why this matters: Me-too fitness trackers are everywhere these days, but at least the Brite R450 has an original angle. Beyond just reminding you to get outside, the device's light-spectrum sensor can also detect blue light--the sleep-damaging kind that emanates from a computer screen--and recommends getting less of it before bed.
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Review: Kenu Airframe+ carOne of the problems the new iPhone 6 models present is where to put it when you’re in the car. You may not want to keep it in your pocket for obvious reasons, especially the iPhone 6 Plus, and the... new models are larger and slipperier than ever. Keeping it in the seat next to […]
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The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday it had identified four potential sites for landing a rover on Mars in 2019 in its boldest exploration yet of the Red Planet.
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The New York Times Co. says it is cutting about 100 newsroom jobs through buyouts and layoffs in an effort to trim costs and focus more on its digital efforts.
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Satellite images, released last week by NASA, reveal how a large section of the Aral Sea, a lake lying between Kazakhstan in the north and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan, in the... south, has dried out. The images from the Terra satellite show how the eastern basin of what was once the world's fourth-largest lake is now completely parched.
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An unidentified man has contracted Ebola in the U.S. after visiting Liberia earlier this month. Until now, the only known cases of Ebola in the U.S. involved American doctors and aid workers who were... infected while overseas and returned to the country for treatment.
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On the same day health officials said Nigeria and Senegal had managed to halt their Ebola virus disease outbreaks, the U.S. reported its first case of Ebola, sparking concerns the patient in Dallas... could expose others to the virus. While U.S. health leaders said Tuesday the crisis is under control and the public has nothing to fear, it's clear the nation needs a quick and thorough response to its first Ebola patient. Best practices in Nigeria and Senegal suggest the U.S.
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Stop worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot instead. It is far more deadly in the U.S. compared with Ebola and is responsible for some of the worst disease outbreaks in the country's history. In the... past year, there have been 9,632 hospitalizations related to influenza, according to the CDC. That's about 36 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the U.S. Sixty percent of those cases were in people between the ages of 18 and 64.
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FCC Tells Broadcasters HowEstimates may be high, but the FCC offers some guidance to station owners considering selling out in the upcoming auction.
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Now you can fight breastApple has added a new page to iTunes today in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (also known as October) that allows iTunes customers to donate to City of Hope to support medical research for... cancer and other diseases. All…
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Houzz Raises $165 Million,The home remodeling site Houzz has raised $165 million in funding, it formally announced this week (this is the same round we’d previously reported). The round was led by Sequoia Capital and... includes other existing investors along with DST Global and T. Rowe Price. As part of a redesign, Houzz is also going to get involved […]
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You can download the WindowsLess than 24 hours after Microsoft finally introduced its inexplicably named Windows 10 operating system to the world, the very first Technical Preview is now available to download. According to the... video introduction, the Technical Preview will feature a wide variety of new features that Windows users have been interested to test out, including improved multitasking functionality, windowed Windows Store apps and, of course, the newfangled Start menu. FROM EARLIER: The wait is finally over: Microsoft unveils Windows... 10? In order to download the preview, just head over to the Technical Preview download page and follow these steps: Sign up for the Windows Insider Program Read the system requirements Click “Get the upgrade” and follow the instructions Keep in mind that this
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: RokuBe sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0... Portable Hard Drive: $80 shipped (orig. $120) Roku Streaming Stick w/ remote (refurb) $35 shipped (Reg. $50) HDTVs: Sharp AQUOS 60-inch LED Smart HDTV: $780 shipped (orig. $1,000) Samsung 60-inch 1080p […]
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Tile Raises $13 Million toThe company behind Tile, a tiny device that attaches to your keys, wallet and anything else you wouldn’t want to lose, has raised $13 million in Series A funding. The round is being lead by GGV... Capital, but other notable investors include Tencent, Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures, Nick Woodman of GoPro, Dave Morin of […]
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Comcast X1 DVR cloud serviceOne of the biggest reasons people cite gravitating towards cable cutting is that it better facilitates their needs: many in the modern world are not able to plop down on the couch at a specific time... to watch a show, instead catching it later through an online service or by downloading the episode. Comcast has decided to adjust to these …
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Microsoft weaves around OfficeReacting to chronic complaints that Office applications have become unwieldy with endless menus and features, Microsoft is developing a streamlined presentation application built from the ground up... for mobile devices and cloud computing. The new Office app is called Sway and can be used to create a wide variety of things, including documents, flyers, presentations, albums, publications and Web pages and reports that contain elements like text, tables, photos, videos, music and animations. Sway has been designed to let users easily post their creations online and share them via social media. Sway eschews the conventional menu-intensive interface of Office applications and relies mostly on graphical icons that users can click on to execute actions, and on drag-and-drop capabilities for...
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Get a camera-equippedIf you've always wanted a camera equipped quadcopter but balked at their typically high prices, then you'll want to keep reading. For a limited time at Cult of Mac Deals you can get The Extreme Micro... Drone 2.0, a fully…
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and... establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.
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TiVo's Android app now letsYou won't have to wonder what happened in the latest Game of Thrones episode next time you're lounging by the poolside on vacation. Just whip out your phone and watch the battles for glory--at least... if you're a TiVo subscriber. TiVo's Android app now streams programming saved on your DVR. It also has added capabilities to serve as a hub for all your TiVo services, including controlling the TiVo box as well as showing cast information and other details about the show you're watching. Google Play Watch live or recorded programs on the TiVo Android app.
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Estate Assist brings safetyGone are the days when our most important information is stored in file cabinets and on bookshelves. Today, bank statement, legal documents, journals, photos, social media accounts, and all manner of... other data is digital, and typically password protected. And because most things are digital, anything that has not made it's way online is effectively invisible and largely forgotten. This makes for a particularly challenging situation when a loved […]
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As our technologies become ever more sophisticated and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence continues to fail, the "Great Silence" becomes louder than ever. The seemingly empty cosmos is... screaming out to us that something is amiss. Or is it? In...
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HTC REcamera hits FCC, BLE and WiFi in tow

Slash Gear - 1 Oct 2014 18:02
HTC REcamera hits FCC, BLE andHTC's REcamera is a bit of a head-scratcher. Kind of like a periscope, it aims to challenge the likes of GoPro for our sportier photographic endeavors. We've seen the pics of HTC's latest device, but... not much in the way of specs. Now we've got them, as the camera has just passed through the FCC. So what are we getting …
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Rocky Snow

Bad Astronomy - 1 Oct 2014 18:01
Signs of winter to come: Mount Meeker, left in the image above, just got a dusting yesterday, but Longs Peak, to the right and behind Meeker, got a bit more. Some of the mountains to the south and... west got a goodly amount, too. We've had very bad droughts and floods here in the Boulder, Colorado, area over the past few years. Here's hoping for a nice, cold, regular snowy winter.  
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6 musicians who have releasedAnnouncing an album through a big name record label doesn't seem to interest A-list, internet savvy musicians anymore. Here are our favorite "surprise" music releases
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REVIEW: A former AppleWearable devices comprise the next exciting frontier for consumer electronics. Or so we've been told. The sad truth is that wearables have been around for years already and we have yet to see anything... truly exciting hit the market. Tech giants like Sony, Samsung and soon Apple are aggressively moving into wearables now that growth in the smartphone and tablet markets is slowing, but the pitch for these new devices -- you won’t have to take your phone out of your pocket as often -- isn't exactly resonating with the general public quite yet. But I have seen the future of wearable technology and it's much more exciting than you might think. Right now, even the best fitness tracker in
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Canada's refusal to allow Russian delegates to attend a prestigious international astronautical symposium has angered Moscow, which said the decision flies in the face of international space... co-operation and amounts to politicizing space exploration over the conflict in Ukraine.
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Minimally invasive surgeryEndoscopic surgery requires great manual dexterity on the part of the operating surgeon. Future endoscopic instruments equipped with a hydraulic control system will provide added support during... minimally invasive procedures. Their outstanding sensitivity simplifies the biopsy procedure.
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Kickstarter Founder's NextDollar a Day is an email newsletter that fundraises for charity.
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Assassin's Creed is a massive console franchise that has never really fully embraced smartphones and tablets. Sure, there are several Assassin's Creed games (and some comics as well) on the App Store,... but nothing that matches the look and feel of the...
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Windows 10 Technical PreviewThe Windows 10 Technical Preview is a go! Head over to preview.windows.com and sign up for the new Windows Insider program to get your chance to help mold the very future of Windows. And rejoice! It's... in proper ISO format rather than the "Installed via the Windows Store" madness that Microsoft mandated for the Windows 8.1 preview. Remember: This is a very, very, very, very early build, and since you won't want to install a pre-release operating system on a production machine or otherwise crucial PC. Stick to virtual machines or discrete hard drive partitions for this bad boy. And be sure to back up your data first!
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Even with a string of high-profile job wins on big aerospace and aviation projects, the Space Coast still has a long way to go to make up for the thousands of jobs lost to the shutdown of NASA's space... shuttle program, according to a new study of employment projections.
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StoreDot raises $42M to makeToday StoreDot, a two-year-old Israeli tech company, announced the completion of a $42M Series B funding round. Its flash battery charges your phone in 30 seconds
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Sprint offering free doubleToday, Sprint announced a new promotion that gives its customers “double the data” offered by AT&T and Verizon for the same price. The carrier’s 32GB, 40GB and 60GB Family Share Pack plans will... change to 60GB, 80GB and 120GB at no additional charge. Similar to AT&T’s newest promotion, Sprint’s deal also comes to an end on October 31st. […]
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DSCOVR Is Finally Poised for Liftoff

SpaceRef - 1 Oct 2014 17:42
With the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite mission in early 2015, the United States will extend its ability to give accurate warnings of solar activity that could... potentially wreak havoc throughout society and the economy on...
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HILARIOUS: iPhone users areWe first started hearing rumblings about clothing designers creating bigger pockets for bigger smartphones last year, but now the release of the iPhone 6 Plus and the accompanying Bendgate fiasco may... be getting them to take making bigger pockets more seriously than ever before. RELATED: Is that a phablet in your pocket? Uniqlo, a clothing company, told Quartz, “We are having conversations currently with the product development team regarding technology overall, and how our clothes can provide compatibility from a user perspective. Jean pockets is one of those conversations.” Business Insider is reporting that many clothing companies are talking about making their pocket sizes bigger to accommodate that 5.5 inches of iPhone that some pockets just won’t fit. American Eagle, J. Crew,...
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What Earth would be if humansWe hear stories all the time about the effects humans have on our planet, such as the recent news that half of Earth's wildlife has dwindled in the past handful of decades. What would happen if all... humans disappeared from our planet, however? Earth Unplugged takes a look. The results would be more or less as you'd expect: a lot …
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Vote for the Best of the European Web

Springwise - 1 Oct 2014 17:26
Vote for the Best of theFinalists Announced in The 4th Annual Lovie Awards; Voting Open for The People's Lovie Awards
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The Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas in Nepal and Bhutan as Seen from space by PromISSe aboard the Space Station in 2012...
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Ive: Apple Watch was threeIn an interview with Vogue magazine, Apple design chief Jony Ive (pardon me, Sir Jony Ive) gave a rare glimpse into the process that led him to what we now know as the Apple Watch. As it turns out,... Apple was on the forefront of wearable technology. They just sat on their golden egg for three years, until it was …
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HURRY! 7 awesome paid iPhoneAnother day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now free downloads for a limited time. Tuesday brought a batch of six solid apps worth nearly $50 combined (some of them are... still free), and now we have seven more paid apps worth $37 altogether that are all completely free right now -- but only if you hurry! These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now -- obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they are free at
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Does the galactic spiral leadYesterday's post on spiral galaxies raised some questions about the rotation of galaxies. Do galaxies rotate with the spiral trailing the motion, or does the spiral lead the rotation of a galaxy?
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Superset your app workout

Geek Time - 1 Oct 2014 17:13
Superset your app workoutClear Sky's latest release provides users with a holistic workout strategy that tracks progress and adjusts its recommended routine as the user advances through the program
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Comcast brings stream-anywhereComcast is rolling out its cloud DVR service across the country, beginning the long slog toward a future without set-top boxes. The new service will let customers stream DVR'd TV recordings to PCs,... Macs, iOS devices, and Android devices, even outside the home. It's similar in function to Dish's Hopper DVR, but because the recordings are stored in the cloud, it could eventually allow for new features such as unlimited tuners and unlimited storage, GigaOM reports. What this means: This is just the first step toward eliminating the DVR box altogether. At first, cloud DVR will simply allow Comcast to install set-top boxes without hard drives, but it's not hard to imagine an all-streaming service supplemented by cloud recordings, delivered straight to connected TVs, phones, tablets and laptops....
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African countries move toWith foreign telecommunications companies making billions of dollars from projects in Africa, governments on the continent are implementing regulations that require contractors to source 30 percent of... labor or supplies from local companies. What this means is that foreign telecom companies will not be able to bid for telecom contracts without partnering with local telecom companies. Kenya and Zambia are the first to implement such regulations. The rules are expected to affect Chinese companies, including Huawei Technologies and ZTE, which have been winning most of the big telecom contracts in Africa. Both the Zambian and Kenyan governments say the regulations are aimed at boosting local capacity and encouraging knowledge transfer to local contractors that have been fighting for a share of...
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Surface Pro 3, Type CoverChromebooks get a lot of attention from educational institutions, but Microsoft wants to make sure its Surface Pro 3 isn't left out of the mix. This morning the company has announced a discount on... both its new slate and the Type Cover keyboards for educational institutions. The 10-percent discount falls under the Surface for Education Program, and is available to …
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Report Claims Gold iPad Coming Soon

The Mac Observer - 1 Oct 2014 17:02
Report Claims Gold iPad ComingApple is reportedly ready to introduce a gold iPad as part of its product lineup along side its silver and Space Gray versions. If so, the iPad's color options will match up with the iPhone 6 and... iPhone 6 Plus. The Mac Observer Spin: Gold iPads sounds pretty garish, but to be fair, I said the same about gold iPhones and they sell really well.
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This could be our first lookWhether it’s running on Android or Windows Phone software, the HTC One (M8) is one of the best smartphones currently on the market. It’s sleek, it’s powerful and it looks great, but it has one... major issue: the camera just isn’t up to snuff. It might look the part, but the UltraPixel camera doesn’t stack up against most flagship devices. That’s where the One (M8 Eye) comes in. LAST TIME: Is HTC about to finally deliver the killer smartphone camera its fans deserve? Late last month, reports of a new phone from HTC began to surface. The new phone would apparently fix our biggest problem with the original HTC One (M8) and would be unveiled before the end of October. We still don’t have
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Quri launches Impact to helpIt's shocking, in this day and age, how little visibility many advertisers have into their campaigns. Be it TV, print, or outdoor advertising, if it's not digital, advertisers are really guessing at... the impressions, and the resulting lift they're getting from their advertising spend. But one of the biggest categories in all of offline advertising is about to get a major injection of intelligence. Quri, a two-year-old retail […]
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Google bows to pressure,In a move to minimize legal risks, Google has stopped showing news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites in search results. Google will just show a link to a story along with... the headline for news sites such as bild.de, bunte.de or hoerzu.de, said Google Germany's country manager Philipp Justus Wednesday. The decision is the result of ongoing legal action started by several German news publishers that are members of the collecting society VG Media. After Google refused to compensate the publishers, they sued in June to get a cut of the ad revenue the company makes when it republishes parts of their news articles.
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Engineering new vehicle powertrains

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 17:00
Engineering new vehicleCar engines - whether driven by gasoline, diesel, or electricity - waste an abundance of energy. Researchers are working on ways to stem this wastefulness. Ultramodern test facilities are helping them... to optimize the entire development process of the engine. In the laboratory, they have already raised the degree of efficiency by up to ten percent.
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The Daya Bay Collaboration, an international group of scientists studying the subtle transformations of subatomic particles called neutrinos, is publishing its first results on the search for a... so-called sterile neutrino, a possible new type of neutrino beyond the three known neutrino "flavors," or types. The existence of this elusive particle, if proven, would have a profound impact on our understanding of the universe, and could impact the design of future neutrino experiments. The new results, appearing in the journal Physical Review Letters, show no evidence for sterile neutrinos in a previously unexplored mass range.
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Regardless of which side of the "bendgate" controversy you land on, we can all get a laugh out of the iPhone 6 display at this Dutch electronics store. The image, which was first to Reddit yesterday,... shows the store's angled displays holding -- and...
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Do We Live in a Holographic Universe?

Scientific American - 1 Oct 2014 17:00
Do We Live in a HolographicAn experiment going up outside of Chicago will attempt to measure the intimate connections among information, matter and spacetime. If it works, it could rewrite the rules for 21st-century physics --
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GoPro vs Real Life

Twisted Sifter - 1 Oct 2014 16:59
GoPro vs Real Life  We can’t all lead a life of adrenaline-filled adventure… even if you have a GoPro. But that doesn’t mean your life can’t be fun and fulfilling! You just may not BASE jump off a cliff any... time soon.    
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Cheap Photo: Free Two Day Shipping on the Sony A7

The Phoblographer - 1 Oct 2014 16:56
Cheap Photo: Free Two DayAmongst our new top deals are the previous Canon DSLRs, 25% off of select lenses, and more deals on mirrorless cameras. Plus the massive Canon 5D Mk III bundle deal is still going. Also, free two day... shipping on a Sony A7. Top Deals - Sony high speed memory card bundles - 12 month financing on these DSLRs - Over […]
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More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the... plumage of birds.Though many were skeptical of...
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iPhone 6 sale approval inChina approves sale of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Smugglers lament.
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Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present....
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HP debuts cheaper, smaller butHewlett-Packard offers lower cost, lighter options in its Stream line of laptops and tablets. The 11.6-inch HP Stream costs just $200 and can run Microsoft Office programs.
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Tesla powers-up its first UKTesla has opened its first Supercharger station at a UK airport, offering free power to Model S owners, though it's not where you might expect. Edinburgh Airport, in Scotland, is where you'll find the... two-bay charging facility, rather than any of the bigger locations like Heathrow Airport. The station, like most Superchargers, is available 24/7 and - if you've got …
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Program finds flexible rolesRemote Year helps jobseekers find a flexible position while traveling the world with other remote workers.
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You won't believe that thisTwo new console Assassin's Creed games are due soon, Unity for PS4 and Xbox One and Rogue for PS3 and Xbox 360. However, there's a third title in the franchise that plays with the same open world... swagger as the other two that hasn't been mentioned quite...
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Eurockot said it had guaranteed ESA that the three upcoming Eurockot launches will end with the rocket upper stages being placed into an orbit that assures their atmospheric re-entry within 25 years.
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How to avoid the horrible iOSApple has had one headache after another over the past few weeks, spanning from the media circus that is “Bendgate” to a buggy iOS 8.0.1 update that bricked about 40,000 new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6... Plus handsets. Among all of these issues lies a fairly serious bug in iOS 8 that has been causing major headaches for users -- but luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid the issue altogether. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 5s: The definitive camera showdown In a nutshell, iOS 8 has a huge bug that has impacted several users who perform a reset on their devices using iOS’s “Reset All Settings” function. In performing the wipe, some users have found
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Feds pretty peeved aboutAttorney General Eric Holder stands behind law enforcement in opposing tougher encryption on smartphones. Law enforcement needs to be able to take every legal step to save an endangered child, says... Holder.
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Evercore Raises AAPL Target onEvercore Partner analyst Rob Cihra raised his target price for Apple's stock to US$125 in response to stronger than expected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. He now expects Apple to sell 39 million... new iPhones during its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended on September 30, and 65 million units during the December quarter. The Mac Observer Spin: Analysts seem pleased with iPhone 6 demand, but it looks like they won't be really happy until they see new iPads ship.
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Google has long been rewarding anyone who can dig up Chrome browser bugs with a nice amount of cash, but the longer the reward program runs, the harder it is to find vulnerabilities. Thus, Mountain... View's upping the max reward a dedicated bounty...
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New Apple iPad coming inApple is launching a new iPad that will sport a gold color finish. The new color option will add more variety to the already available space gray and silver models.
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The New York Times' App PlanThe New York Times thought it could find an audience for special-purpose apps. No luck so far, so cuts are coming.
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Napoleon the Cat Is One of theNapoleon the Cat is the star of a zany photo project and a calendar.
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Analyzing gold and steel -Optical emission spectrometers are widely used in the steel industry but the instruments currently employed are relatively large and bulky. A novel sensor makes it possible to significantly reduce... their size and, moreover, enables a more precise analysis in half the time previously required.
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It's a big moment for Jony Ive. Apple's chief designer and his team spent three years crafting the Apple Watch before Tim Cook revealed it to the world last month. Now, Apple is trying to position the... watch both as a must-have gadget and a luxury fashion item that belongs in the same conversation as the world's finest timepieces. When you're trying to make the latter argument, Vogue is a good publication to have in your corner. As such, Apple recently granted Vogue a rare interview with Ive, who for all his achievements is known for being private and avoiding the spotlight outside of Apple's halls. But on this day he was willing to give Vogue an early look at the Apple Watch, his most important finished design in years, even before Tim...
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The Clever Chunks of Code ThatThe United States is almost ready to join the rest of the world in the chip-and-pin credit card future . But in the meantime hackers have been stealing all our numbers left and right . Wired took a... deep dive into the software that lets it happen, and the process is both clever and simple.
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UrtheCast President Wade Larson said the company is in the final stages of evaluating proposals for the system.
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These Colorful Kitchen KnivesWhile they might not conform to the classic look of our favorite chef's knives , this Cuisinart knife set is anything but dull (get it?). You can own the whole collection today for just $20, an all... time low.
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The World May Finally Get Gold iPads

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 16:13
The World May Finally Get GoldYou asked for it. Now, you might get it. Gold iPads. Apple is planning to add a gold option to its line of full-sized iPads, Bloomberg reported late Tuesday. The next iPad Air will be available in the... same colors as the iPhone 5S, according to Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the company's plans. The iPad Air starts at $499. Nobody's buying iPads anymore. But maybe, just maybe, people will start buying them if they are covered in gold. Earlier this year, Apple reported a 16 percent decrease in iPad sales. And while other tablets are getting cheaper and cheaper, the iPad stays expensive. This isn't the first time we've heard rumors about a gold iPad, so maybe don't get too excited. Last year, leaked photos claimed to show a gold iPad Mini 2. Not only is there nothing called an...
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PSA for parents: AppleIf you use the Kids sections in the App Store for finding appropriate apps for children, you might want to be careful until Apple fixes a bug that's currently displaying the wrong apps for kids.... Specifically, the "Kids" category under the App Store's Top Charts section is currently displaying apps that should go in the […]
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Uber for Business arrives internationally

Slash Gear - 1 Oct 2014 16:12
Uber for Business arrivesThis past summer Uber launched its Uber for Business offering in North America, targeting businesses specifically to get them on-board for employee transportation. Now users in places where Uber... serves outside of the US and Canada can also take advantage of the service, with it rolling out globally. This brings Uber for Business to 45 different countries across more than …
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5 stunning iPhone 6 docks youTalk about first world problems… each and every time Apple comes out with a redesigned iPhone, buyers need to go out and find a whole new set of accessories to go with it. Beautiful new cases and... other add-ons are always difficult to come by because there are so many options out there. Simple Google searches can lead to hours of digging, and you know you won’t find the best available options by going down to your local big-box retailer. Luckily, BGR is once again happy to do the heavy lifting for you. DON’T MISS: iPhone 6 review Since smartphones need to be charged at least once per day, a smartphone dock can easily end up being one of your
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Never Forget That InternetWith all the excitement bubbling up around the Windows 10 announcement, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the state of Internet Explorer . And, as has been the case since the dawn of... time, more people use IE than every other browser combined. Just as they will continue to do until the End Days.
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Hands-on: Pebble gets a boostPebble hasn't flinched as it faces down Android Wear and the upcoming Apple Watch. Instead, the smartwatch startup has shown its scrapper side with lower prices and further refinements to its... software. The plastic Pebble now costs $99, while the metallic Pebble Steel costs $199--both down $50 from their original prices. (Best Buy is currently selling the Steel for $170.) To coincide with the price cuts, Pebble is releasing its second firmware update in less than a month, allowing the watch to track fitness activity and monitor sleep in the background. Between the improved firmware and the lower prices, Pebble has become a solid smartwatch on the cheap.
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Woman's Racist, Drunken RantsFor those needing one more reason to never fly again, "Modern Family" editor Ryan Case has provided one. On Monday night, she found herself sitting behind "the worst person in the world." The woman,... who apparently is named "Nadia," made a series of obnoxious, racist and very loud comments throughout the flight and was eventually told that she needed to chill out. Here is an abridged series of Case's tweets which chronicle the passenger's infuriating behavior and its consequences. Sitting behind the worst person in the world. -- Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014 She was watching Hawaii 5.0 so loudly in her earphones that her seat mate asked her to turn it down. Worst move he ever made. -- Ryan Case (@film114) September 29, 2014 She keeps saying "I know David Guetta" in a prideful way....
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HERE Maps hands-on: Google &For a long time, Nokia HERE Maps has been Windows Phone's secret ace card. The quiet star of Lumia - and perhaps the most interesting part of Nokia now that Microsoft has its phone division - the... app's free offline navigation and comprehensive traffic data service has made it a hit among users. Now liberated from its Windows Phone blinkers, …
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Apple Tells Developers toApple is signaling we're much closer to the official launch of OS X Yosemite by telling developers it's time to start submitting their app updates now. Calling for Yosemite-compatible app submissions... is one of the last steps ahead of an official rollout, as is the release of Gold Master OS candidates - which has also happened. The Mac Observer Spin: Considering iCloud Drive is essentially hobbled for most iOS 8 users without OS X Yosemite, this launch can't come soon enough.
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In the midst of attempting to gobble up its largest counterpart, battle Netflix on net neutrality and face down customer service scandals, Comcast is still slowly extending its new TV platform. The... latest addition to its X1 setup is enhancing the...
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Tom Krieger's Double ExposuresTom Krieger creates double exposures using his phone. But puts photography first then gear second.
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Derek Jeter Starts Retirement By Launching A New Website

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 16:00
Derek Jeter Starts RetirementNEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter was one of the world's most covered athletes in media during his 20-season career with the New York Yankees. Now, he's joining media with a new website devoted to... delivering athletes' "unfiltered" views to the fans. The Players Tribune is being billed as a digital company that will offer unique access to top athletes in every sport -- from videos to photos to podcasts and more -- without having to deal with reporters to do it. In a statement on the site that posted Wednesday, Jeter said he wants it to "transform how athletes and newsmakers share information, and bring fans closer than ever to the games they love." Jeter -- who admits to being guarded with reporters -- attributed his success in what he called "the toughest media market" to being careful about...
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Reddit's $50M funding roundReddit announced yesterday that it has closed a $50 million funding round from investors like Y Combinator president Sam Altman, Peter Thiel, and Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin. (A number of Pando... investors, including Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, also participated in the round.) And, according to VentureBeat, all of these investors are fine with the way the site handled the people who shared images taken from numerous celebrities’ personal accounts. The funding […]
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More efficient transformer materials

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 16:00
More efficient transformerAlmost every electronic device contains a transformer. An important material used in their construction is electrical steel. Researchers have found a way to improve the performance of electrical steel... and manufacture it more efficiently, using an optimized laser process.
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Meet Microsoft's UnexpectedlyMicrosoft VPs Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore Maybe it really is a new Microsoft--not just a kinder and gentler company under still-new CEO Satya Nadella, but also a smarter one. Consider the way the... company is unveiling Windows 10, the operating system version slated to replace the less-than-successful Windows 8 sometime in mod-2015. Not that long ago, Microsoft would have staged a big, brassy event featuring a series of Microsoft execs bellowing that while Windows 8 was GREAT, Windows 10 will be EVEN GREATER. Cue eye-rolling all around. Not Your Ballmer's Microsoft Instead, on Microsoft invited a few dozen journalists to a "conversation" Tuesday about "Windows and the enterprise" at which it revealed many Windows 10 features for laptops and desktops, offered hands-on time with a...
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One of the great new software-based camera features Apple tossed into its bag of iOS 8 tricks is the ability to take time-lapse video footage. Curious as to how Apple implemented the feature, designer... Dan Provost of StudioNeat -- purveyor of the...
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Germany became the 10th EU nation to join EDA's program to pool and share purchases of commercial satellite bandwidth for military and government use.
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'Smart' bandage emitsInspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of... Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration. Because oxygen plays a critical role in healing, mapping these levels in severe wounds and burns can help to significantly improve the success of surgeries to restore limbs and physical functions. The work was published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express.
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iPhone app Numerous addsNumerous, the number tracking app for iPhone, previewed a new version of the app over the summer with several features that take advantage of iOS 8. Today the update is live and includes support for... HealthKit to read data from Apple’s Health app, a Today widget in Notification Center for glancing at numbers you track, […]
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Best gadgets for Christmas 2014

Pocket-lint - 1 Oct 2014 15:52
Best gadgets for ChristmasIt might seem a little early for santa chat given its only October, but John Lewis has now opened its Christmas shop meaning just one thing - the festive season is coming whether you like it or not.... Yes, you still have a couple of months but if you're...
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You Can Now Get PopcornDespite rumors of its demise, Popcorn Time is alive and thriving. So much so that you can now install the torrent surfing app on your iPhone. Of course, you'll have to jailbreak it first.
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Goodbye car tax discs, helloFrom today you no longer have to stick a tax disc on the inside of your car windscreen to alert officials that your car is taxed, registration and identification is now all done electronically in the... UK. The paper system that has been in effect since...
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DARPA technology identifiesAdvanced software and equipment to aid in the fight against counterfeit microelectronics in U.S. weapons and cybersecurity systems has been transitioned to military partners under DARPA's Integrity... and Reliability of Integrated Circuits (IRIS) program. Researchers with SRI International, an IRIS performer, announced today they have provided Advanced Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM) technology to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Crane, Indiana, where it will join an arsenal of laboratory equipment used to ensure the integrity of microelectronics.
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Sensor network tracks downTerrorists can manufacture bombs with relative ease, few aids and easily accessible materials such as synthetic fertilizer. Not always do security forces succeed in preventing the attacks and tracking... down illegal workshops in time. But bomb manufacturing leaves its traces: Remains of the synthetic fertilizer stick to stairs and doorknobs, waste from the manufacturing process gets into the sewerage and is deposited in air ducts. Until now, no technology for systematically discovering illegal bomb production in an early stage has been commercially available. Researchers have now developed a sensor network as part of the EU project "Emphasis" which can detect such activity early on and locate it precisely. Last week, they showed how a simple kitchen used to manufacture explosives can be...
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Could a merger follow thePayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.
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Matthew Coleman's Image ofMatthew Coleman's falling people image was very cleverly shot.
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Popcorn Time enters iOS viaThe Netflix of Piracy is finally on the hallowed grounds of iOS. Well, sort of. Popcorn Time is indeed now available to be installed on iPhones and iPads but you will need a jailbroken device to do... so, which is probably fitting given the murky legal waters that this streaming service sails through. Unlike Netflix, which streams content that it …
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Ex-Apple managers spill dirtDo you love working long hours, spending a lot of time away from your family, and dealing with insanely demanding bosses? If so then there’s a little company in Cupertino that just might be the... perfect place for you to set up shop. Via 9to5Mac, two former Apple managers recently published a podcast where they talked about their experiences working for the company and what becomes very clear very quickly is that working at Apple probably isn’t for everyone. RELATED: Apple designer walks away from job, dishes dirt on what it's like to work there Don Melton, Apple’s former Director of Internet Technologies, and Nitin Ganatra, its former Director of iOS Apps, start off their podcast by describing how Sunday
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iPhone 5c Topped UK SmartphoneSmartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (via Business Insider) indicates consumer interest in the iPhone 5c remained strong in the UK ahead of the iPhone 6 announcement, with the... lower-cost phone actually becoming the top-selling smartphone in the country for the month of August. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple's share of smartphone sales in the UK fell just 1.6 percentage points between July and August, with strong sales of the iPhone 5c helping to prop up overall sales just ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. Apple has managed to limit the drop this year with its share of sales dipping just 1.6 percentage points versus July this year - almost half the equivalent drop seen in 2013 ahead of the iPhone 5 launch. This has in part been achieved...
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Robot researcher combinesComputer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionise advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher.
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Granny Smith apple a day, canGranny Smith apples can help in the prevention of obesity and obesity-related disorders. The researchers examined faeces of obese mice to conclude the findings of the research.
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Miniature camera may reduce accidents

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 15:36
Miniature camera may reduceMeasuring only a few cubic millimeters, a new type of camera module might soon be integrated into future driver assistance systems to help car drivers facing critical situations. The little gadget can... be built into the vehicle without taking up space. The way it works is particularly reliable, thanks to its special encapsulation.
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A Saddle-Inspired Chair LetsIt's not exactly going to disrupt the furniture industry as we know it, but designer Christian Sjöström might be onto something with this unique flexible chair inspired by saddles that facilitates... several different seating positions. If it's good enough for a cowboy, it has to be good enough for a desk jockey, right?
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'Netflix for pirates' comes toPopcorn Time, the service that allows users to stream movie torrents, today makes its debut on iOS. It’s available only to jailbroken devices -- there’s no way Apple would have approved it for the... App Store -- and it can be…
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Earlier this year Microsoft waived its licensing fee for tablets and phones under 9-inches. According to remarks made at the launch of Windows 10, that program is expected to continue.
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In the age of Snowden and the NSA, no method of data protection is apparently too kooky for consideration. Exhibit 'A' is a new SSD drive from a company called SecureDrives (after the break). It has... features like you'd expect like 256-bit hardware...
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Vogue interviews Jony Ive,Vogue has published a new interview with Jony Ive, covering the life of the designer from his beginnings to the present day. Whilst many of the stories are simply retellings of previous interviews,... the piece discusses Ive’s relationship with Marc Newson and -- most importantly -- Ive comments on the new Apple Watch. Apparently, Sullivan (the Vogue interviewer) was allowed to […]
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App makes voice calls more like emails

Springwise - 1 Oct 2014 15:30
App makes voice calls moreTalko brings together live chats and voice messaging with multimedia attachments to help teams organize more quickly.
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Amazing guitar and vocalIt’s hard enough to sing and play guitar at the same time, let alone manage a floor full of guitar effects pedals. Add to that trying to create vocal effects like most listeners expect and you’ve... got a solo musician’s…
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Come along with The Verge for the second season of Detours. We've traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that are solving America's problems in new and unconventional... ways. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes, wasted businesses, flooded tunnels, and submerged subways. The storm brought tens of thousands of lives to a halt, and revealed New York City's vulnerabilities to severe climate conditions and rising waters. "I saw the devastation," says Henk...
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Thanks to the ubiquity of dashboard-mounted video cameras in Russia yet another bright object has been spotted lighting up the sky over Siberia, this time a "meteor-like object" seen on the evening of... Saturday, Sept. 27.
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Flix Plus Customizes NetflixChrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to Netflix.com, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot... more.
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If the first teaser for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings showed us just how somber the movie is portraying Moses' story, the first full-length trailer, which has just been released, really starts... to show us why. This is the first solid look at Scott's next movie, and it's a good one: there's no denying that it's an action-packed biblical epic, but it appears that there's a lot more to it than just the action. And, when the action does hit, it looks pretty great too. The movie is out on December 12th.
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Industry's thinnest batteryPanasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a battery connector to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) board corresponding to high current capacity and boasting the industry's thinnest... thickness. It is useful in the connection of the battery to the electric circuit in smartphones, tablets, and other wearable devices using embedded batteries.
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Apple's iPad Update Plans Apple could add gold to the menu for the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad Air, according to Bloomberg, and then introduce a 12.9-inch version of its tablet next year. This is in line with rumors... we’ve heard from Bloomberg before, which pegged a large-screen iPad as being added to the lineup back in August. But the note regarding the color update for the new iPad is interesting in that…
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Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialisation of... electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and emit no CO2 or other pollutants. As an added bonus, electric vehicles also create less noise and vibration.
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Watch Nearly 10 Minutes ofStudio Firaxis' upcoming turn-based 4X strategy game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) explained in a nearly 10-minute gameplay trailer
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Move over Chromecast: $25Remember back in June when we told you about a Firefox OS-powered HDTV dongle that was in the works? Well, the device is almost here and it's called Matchstick, according to a blog post on Mozilla's... site. The new dongle is not the work of Mozilla, but the project does have the blessing of the open source organization, and it's not hard to see why. The company behind the dongle, also called Matchstick, is promising a 100 percent open platform for hardware and software, with no gatekeepers or review period for Matchstick apps.
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The secret behind thePeople these days have short attention-spans, so although time-lapse videos can be very appealing, most of us would probably prefer to watch one for 30 seconds rather than ten minutes. Thanks to a... clever feature which Apple simply refers to as “dynamically selected intervals,” almost any time-lapse video you shoot in the default Camera app […]
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It turns out Apple's iPhone 6Apple has mentioned more than once in the past few weeks its commitment to offering iOS 8 device users, including iPhone 6 buyers, better security and privacy. In the process, Apple also explained... that it doesn't hold the keys to iOS 8 data encryption -- which is protected by the user's PIN code -- and therefore it can't offer access to that encrypted data to law enforcement agencies. It turns out that Apple's encryption is so good that law enforcement agencies are already criticizing it, and thus indirectly advertising this particular iOS strength. According to Reuters, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said that officers shouldn't be blocked from obtaining information needed for a crime investigation on Apple devices
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5 Selfie-Enabling Devices ThatHere at Gizmodo dot com we are dedicated to telling you about the best technology and design innovations IN THE WORLD, SON. That means relentlessly following the best new phones , showcasing souped-up... vacuums , or highlighting fascinating social networks . And sometimes it means showing you the absolute worst technology and design innovations so you can use the opposite of them.
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India Spacecraft SnapsAfter being in orbit for just 4 days, India's Mangalyaan spacecraft manages to capture a spectacular photo of Mars.
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Nope! Apple's Patch Doesn'tGet used to reading about the bash "Shellshock" bug, because we won't be rid of it for a while. The fix Apple released to patch it is incomplete, security researchers said. See also: Apple Addresses... Bash Bug With New Patch Shellshock, a bug that allows hackers to control a system remotely by inserting commands directly into variables, is a lot bigger than we originally thought. Google security researcher Michal "lcamtuf" Zalewski has found six vulnerabilities associated with the bug. Previously, Apple thought two Shellshock vulnerabilities were associated with the bash versions running by default on OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Lion Server--CVE-2014-7169 and CVE-2014-6271. However, security researcher Greg Wiseman told CNet that he's found a third. He ran a script on OS...
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iTunes Store Adds City of HopeOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so Apple is hosting a special donation page on the iTunes Store for the City of Hope cancer and diabetes research and treatment organization. You can make... donations through your iTunes Store account ranging from US$5 up to $200. The Mac Observer Spin: It's great to see Apple making it easy to share a little during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Your donations could have a real impact on someone you know.
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Robot arm will install newCanada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company... announced today.
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Image: MOM snaps spectacularMOM is truly something special.
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Spyware targets iPhone, iPadA computer virus is said to be spying on Apple devices of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The attacked devices are the iPhone and iPad.
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Baby Owls Find Camera Near  Two curious (and adorable) baby owls find a camera near their nest and attempt to eat it. Even the mother drops by to make an appearance. Their eyes are so piercing, what an amazing animal! Filmed... by AS Goprod.    
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World's first bullet train,It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky."
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Liftopia introduces dynamicThe ski and snowboard industry is about to see its biggest shakeup since the invention of artificial snow. Today, the vast majority of lift tickets are purchased "at the window" on the day of usage.... This is bad for resorts, because there is no predictability and no ability to separate sales from the vagaries of weather. For consumers, it means that all tickets cost the same, regardless of demand. Thanks to […]
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Microsoft unveils Windows 10Microsoft unveiled its Windows 10 operating system, which will be replacing the much-maligned Windows 8. The company is looking to recapture the lucrative enterprise market.
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Nice essay from Ken Segall (long time creative director who worked on the Think Different campaign, came up with the iMac name) about the fallout from Bendgate.∞ Read this on The Loop
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To-Do App Wunderlist Links Up Wunderlist, the task management app with 9 million+ users, is adding a new feature to its web and mobile service: from today you will be able to link and access Dropbox documents through the app.... Dropbox will be live first on Wunderlist’s web app and Android app, with the feature coming up in the iOS coming any day now. This is Wunderlist’s first full integration with a…
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Xbox One CounterfeitersTwo of the four indicted U.S. men have pleaded guilty to computer fraud and copyright infringement, and will be sentenced next January.
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Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers... and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties of nano-structures for future applications. In an article published in Physical Review Letters researchers propose a new method, utilizing properties of the quantum world - the phase of the electron beam - to detect magnetism with atom-by-atom precision.
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Obama's Brain-Mapping ProjectThe president's moonshot project to understand the human brain is getting a boost by partnering with companies like Google and foundations for neurological disorders, the White House announced today... (Sept. 30).
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PopKey's Animated GIF Keyboard Apple is now accepting keyboards that go beyond just offering different ways to type text – it appears to have opened the doors for graphical keyboards, too. Riffsy already showed us an animated... GIF keyboard that makes it easy to communicate via reaction GIFs, but PopKey is another startup that came up with the same idea at the same time, and their offering is now available, too. And…
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Commercial Drones Are Coming, When Jeff Bezos talked about delivering your Amazon packages by drone last year on 60 minutes, it seemed like a grand publicity stunt designed to get his company some attention, but the fact is we... are not that far away from seeing widespread use of commercial drones –including package delivery and much more. Over the coming decade, drones will very likely become commonplace. Today, when…
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Swarm Drones Take Flight on Indiegogo

Re/code - 1 Oct 2014 15:00
Swarm Drones Take Flight onDreamQii's drones can fly together in a "swarm," controlled via a mobile app.
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FreedomPop was facing a shortage of cheap Android phones -- especially the bigger-screened devices that are popular today -- so it's bringing in custom low-cost devices from overseas.
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DealBook: Shares of GermanThe shares rose as much as 14 percent in their first day of trading, but retreated from that level later in the session.
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Un-Complicating ConferenceAre you the Lurker? Or the Late Joiner, the Bad Connection or the Anti-Mute?
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Apple updated iTunes with a new page that allows users to make a donation to City of Hope, a non-profit charity dedicated to combating cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. This... initiative starts today and continues through October as...
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Four candidate landing sitesESA Top News: Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.
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What Oracle Could Learn FromHas this man seen the cloud? Oracle still doesn't get cloud computing. At Oracle OpenWorld this week, there were signs that Oracle was making serious changes to its business model, embracing cloud... computing in a way that it hitherto hasn't. Unfortunately, a review of what Oracle announced suggests that it has a long way to go before Oracle's cloud becomes anything more than Larry Ellison's derisive "water vapor."   Of course, Oracle was never going to be able to compete with Amazon in the cloud. That's a bridge too far for a company that has spent decades licensing software. Lots of it. Even so, if Oracle truly wants to better understand how to turn a massive, legacy data center business and orient it to the cloud, it need look no further than Microsoft.  Oracle's "Inconceivable" Cloud...
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Sharing ideas on the web is tricky. You probably want something more persuasive than a social network update, but it's usually overkill to design a whole web page just to get your point across.... Microsoft may have reached a happy balance between the...
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At some point in your life, you've used PowerPoint. Whether for a class project or a meeting of some sort, you've click and dragged text boxes, dropped in photos, and awkwardly presented a slideshow.... Now imagine doing that on a phone or tablet. Nightmare! Microsoft thinks its new app, Sway, can help make it less so.
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Four candidate landing sitesFour possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.
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Shure's $40 Headphones Are anIt's not uncommon for people so shell out $200 or more for a pair of headphones that aren't even good, which is why a set of $40 cans from a company we actually trust sounds pretty darn good.
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Glow Gets $17 Million In The app that helps women track their fertility cycles, Glow gained another $17 million from investors today in a Series B round of funding. That makes $23 million in Glow’s total funding. This... latest round was led by Formation 8, with additional participation from Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Formation 8 founding member Joe Lonsdale and HVF’S Nellie Levchin, co-founder…
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IBM's solar Sunflower enhancesSolar power is fine for producing electricity in sunny countries. But current technology takes up room and is expensive for little output. The solar Sunflower, developed by IBM, aims to change that by... combining lots of outputs in one machine. The solar...
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SchrodingerZ writes: Threshold Entertainment has announced that it will be producing a live action film based on the Russian stacking game Tetris. Designed in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has sold... over 35 million copies worldwide. Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff promises "a very big, epic sci-fi movie," explaining, "this isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes." Kasanoff is known for his work with the video game films Mortal Kombat, and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, collectively grossing $105 million in revenue. The studio is planning "a story behind Tetris which makes it a much more imaginative thing," though no directors nor cast have been connected to the film. Threshold Entertainment teased the idea, saying "What you...
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Apple won't be happy with thisWell, this is awkward. Redditor arokrn has posted a picture of an in-store iPhone 6 display at a Dutch electronics retail outlet and it seems that the display was purposefully designed to bend in the... most ironic way imaginable. RELATED: Apple responds to 'Bendgate,' says only 9 customers have complained about the iPhone 6 Plus This wasn’t done specifically for the iPhone 6, mind you -- we can see the display for the device next to the iPhone 6 has a similar bend. Nonetheless, this stylistic display choice is particularly hilarious given how it makes the iPhone 6 bend right about where the volume button is located -- in case you don’t recall, the 6 Plus has been found to most commonly bend
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In this webinar, we will examine the reasons why businesses might choose one methodology over another, evaluate the stresses those choices make on an organization, and suggest concrete steps... businesses can…
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A bigger "iPad Pro" is still a 2015 event says Bloomberg, however, gold will be added as a color option to new iPads later this month to help sales. But will…
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Bjarke Ingels is an architect who isn’t afraid to think weird. When a competition solicited ideas for what to do with a huge trash-munching power plant soon to be built in his native Copenhagen,... Ingels’ studio, BIG, submitted the sort of idea you’d expect from a precocious first-grader: They suggested turning it into an massive […] The post 3 Big Ideas from a Visionary Architect appeared first on WIRED.
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'Twilight' Returns With Short Films On Facebook

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 14:51
'Twilight' Returns With ShortTwo years after we thought "Twilight" was over for good, Lionsgate and series author Stephenie Meyer announced plans to find five aspiring female directors to create short films based on the... "Twilight" characters. The project, titled "The Storytellers -- New Creative Voices of 'The Twilight Saga,' will debut exclusively on Facebook next year. Lionsgate and Facebook will finance the mini-movies, but the winners will be chosen by a group of female panelists: "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, Meyer, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke, producer Cathy Schulman and "Frozen" co-director Jennifer Lee. Sorry KStew/ Robert Pattinson shippers, but no one from the original cast will star in the films. "More people than ever before are creating,...
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In Africa, Anthrax LuresAreas contaminated with anthrax lure grazing animals like zebras, which could lead to new rounds of infections. Anthrax-infected carcasses might release more nutrients into the soil than other... carcasses, making the sites attractive to grazers.
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COLOR CHECKER: How To GetThe secret of fashion and beauty photographers finally revealed!
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In 1981, a young Adam Savage was dead set on seeing the movie Excalibur. John Boorman’s tale of King Arthur and his knights was what Savage describes as a “hard ‘R’” movie. “It was bloody... and there were guts and crows eating eyeballs and skeletons and there was sex,” he told the crowd at Wired […] The post MythBuster Adam Savage Reveals Why He's Obsessed With Recreating Movie Props appeared first on WIRED.
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Celebrate the Return Of theMicrosoft fans around the world cheered when the company revealed the return of the Start Menu to Windows 10 yesterday, so why not mark the special occasion with a stylish backpack that celebrates the... operating system where it all started: Windows 95.
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In Photos: Namibia's ZebrasNew research reveals that zebras, wildebeest and other wildlife are lured to sites contaminated by anthrax bacterium, possibly aiding in the spread of the infectious disease.
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The iPhone 5c was the bestThe iPhone 5c is often criticised in light of its beefy powerful cousins, acting as a bit of a laughing stock for the technology industry. However, it is often reported as one of the top phones by... sales volume in many countries (usually beating out Samsung’s offerings). In fact, for August the iPhone 5c was the best selling smartphone in the […]
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iOS 8: Requesting the Desktop Version of Websites

The Mac Observer - 1 Oct 2014 14:40
iOS 8: Requesting the DesktopThere's a great new way to browse the Web on your iOS device, especially if you don't like the mobile versions of certain sites. With just a tap or two, Safari can ask websites to show you the desktop... version instead, which can be incredibly handy! Melissa Holt's got the lowdown in this Quick Tip.
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Developers, start your engines! Apple released the gold master for OS X Yosemite on Tuesday, and is now asking developers to begin submitting their updated apps, suggesting that a release is just... around the corner. Speaking of gold, rumor has it that the next iPad Air will be available in just that color. And what kind of trick is Microsoft trying to pull now? That and more in today's Morning Report! Next iPad Air Will Reportedly Also Come in Gold Now here's a development even a classic James Bond villain would appreciate: Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Apple's next full-sized iPad will add a third color option alongside the current space gray and silver. The addition of a gold model for the rumored iPad Air 2 will bring the 9.7-inch tablet in line with the color scheme of recent iPhone...
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Mysterious 'Magic Island' OnWhat could it be?! Scientists once again are scratching their heads over a mysterious surface feature on the Saturn moon Titan that some are calling a "magic island." The feature -- observed in a... large sea on Titan known as Ligeia Mare -- was first spotted in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in July 2013. Photos snapped of the area over the ensuing months failed to show the feature, but it reappeared in images from a Cassini flyby on August 21, 2014. Between the two sightings, the feature doubled in size from 30 to 60 square miles (see below). These three images, created from Cassini Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data, show the appearance and evolution of a mysterious feature in Ligeia Mare, one of the largest hydrocarbon seas on Saturn's moon Titan. "Science loves a mystery, and...
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Solar-powered tent keepsThe UK's Bang Bang Tents has developed a colorful camping tent equipped with its own solar-powered charge point.
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Going Private

Slate - 1 Oct 2014 14:34
As recently as a few years ago, companies wanting to undertake extremely risky, ambitious, never-been-done energy projects--a 290 megawatt utility-scale solar plant in the California desert, for... example, or an all-electric sports car--had one big option: to get direct support from the government through the controversial Energy Department Loan Program.
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New Viagra ad taps women toPfizer launches a new Viagra advert featuring a woman talking about Viagra. The drug maker has lost its market share to rivals who offer erectile dysfunction drugs at a cheaper price.
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Giant Clams' Shiny ShellsBrilliant shades of blue and aqua coat the iridescent lips of giant clams, but these shiny cells aren't just for show, new research finds. The iridescent sheen directs beams of sunlight into the... interior of the clam, providing light for algae inside.
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Here is, without a doubt, the most dangerous thing about virtual reality: it's convinced way too many people that the highest-bandwidth solution to a problem is the best one. Do you watch Netflix?... Well, what about a virtual Netflix where you walk around a video rental store and pick up a movie box to start watching? Amazon? How about a virtual shopping mall where every department is a different outlet store and you can examine everything in 3D, and when you buy something, you can carry it outside and drop it into a virtual drone delivery box? Looking up a word in a dictionary? Why not join an immersive virtual chat with an etymologist whose avatar will juggle anthropomorphic representations of its conjugates? Wells Fargo invited The...
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There is a rapidly growing subculture of e-cigarette users across the globe who spend countless hours tricking out their hardware. Vape modding, as it's known, blends technical craftsmanship,... engineering creativity and artistry into one -- and...
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Nvidia Shield with LTE couldThe new NVIDIA Shield gaming tablet with 32GB and support for LTE is now available. Gamers can grab one for $399 or $299 on a contract with AT&T.
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Doctors received $3.5 billionThe Open Payments program released data showing billions of dollars in payments from the medical industry to doctors and teaching hospitals - were they buying influence?
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Alcatel-Lucent sellsAlcatel-Lucent has closed the sale of its IP telephony and ethernet switching equipment activities to China Huaxin. The spun off company will struggle to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Cisco... Systems, and will have to make acquisitions of its own to grow. Both product segments are highly competitive and going through big changes thanks to the growing popularity of smartphones and technologies such as software-defined networking and cloud-based communication services. Alcatel-Lucent first announced the sale of its Enterprise subsidiary in February, when said it had received a binding offer from Huaxin, an industrial investment company that focuses on information and communications technologies.
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Berlin-Based Adtech Startup Today, Remerge, another Berlin-based adtech startup, sees its official launch, off the back of a $1 million seed round led by Point Nine Capital. The startup, whose five founders include CEO Pan... Katsukis (previously a co-founder of Madvertise), offers what it calls an “audience segmentation and retargeting platform” for mobile app advertisers to let them drill down into discrete…
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Bits Blog: German RegulatorThe city of Hamburg's data protection commissioner said the tech giant's information gathering risked creating "meaningful and comprehensive" records of individuals without consent.
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Rumor: More talk of a gold iPad

AppleTell - 1 Oct 2014 14:21
Rumor: More talk of a goldEv'ryone wishes for silver and gold. The post Rumor: More talk of a gold iPad appeared first on AppleTell.
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Let's cross our fingers and hope that we never experience this, but what would happen if every human on the planet was eradicated?
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Can vitamin D help prevent type 2 diabetes?

Tech Times - 1 Oct 2014 14:19
Can vitamin D help preventA latest research suggests that vitamin D is not linked with type 2 diabetes. The study reiterates that type 2 diabetes can be prevented by following a balanced diet and regular exercise.
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Big thanks to long time Loop reader Patrick Crowley for pulling together this fantastic collection of images from yesterday's Apple Watch event at the Colette boutique on Rue Saint Honoré as part of... Fashion Week. The images were all taken with Patrick's brand new iPhone 6. Thanks, Patrick. Great job.∞ Read this on The Loop
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DealBook: A Separate PayPalThe traditional payment system is cumbersome and expensive, but PayPal's numbers suggest the old order is far from done.
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An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk's ambitions for SpaceX keep getting bigger. First he wanted to make the trip to Mars affordable, then he wanted to establish a city-sized colony, and now he's got... his eye on the future of humanity. Musk says we need a million people on Mars to form a "sustainable, genetically diverse civilization" that can survive as humanity's insurance policy. He continued, "Even at a million, you're really assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person, because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine all of these different materials, in a much more difficult environment than Earth. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that are just there. No oil." How fast could we do...
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Video: Watch 'Continuum,'On the surface, Windows 10 appears to backtrack from some of Windows 8's more contentious design elements by reintroducing the Start menu, ditching the Start screen, and dropping Windows Apps into... proper desktop windows rather than blooming them into the full-screen monstrosities that they used to be. That's all well and good for PC users, but what does it mean for the legions of folks who bought into Windows 8's finger-friendly vision and purchased Windows tablets, 2-in-1s, or touchscreen laptops?
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IBM SoftLayer is addressing the same Xen hypervisor vulnerability that sparked reboots by Amazon Web Services and Rackspace -- but it's doing so days later.
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JibJab Jumps Into Selfie Gifs Many hours have been spent on JibJab creating wacky e-cards for my friends and family throughout the years. I’ve “elfed myself,” sent my dad a pic of his face on every member of a five member... mariachi band for his birthday and made many other laughable moments with this site. The company is stepping into the mobile realm today with a new messaging app for creating selfie…
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6 Easy Ways To Get More Battery Life With iOS 8

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 14:00
6 Easy Ways To Get MoreBy now, you're probably familiar with the new bells and whistles of iOS8. But all those new features also come with new ways to accidentally drain your iPhone's battery life -- a horror too many... people too often face. So what should you do to make sure your iPhone doesn't die on you? We've gone through and figured out exactly which new adjustments you need to make. 1. Pay Attention To What's Draining Your Battery Life Apple may not have created an invincible battery for its new iPhone, but it did finally include a way to easily monitor the battery life. With iOS 8, you can now see a detailed breakdown of which apps are using the most of the phone's power. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. There, you can find what applications have been consuming your battery over the last...
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Pica8 makes a custom operating system designed to power the chips that enable software to interact with hardware in networking gear.
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Digital Health Startups RaisedDigital health companies raised more than $700 million during the third quarter, bringing year-to-date funding to $3 billion, according to the latest report from San Francisco incubator and fund Rock... Health. That’s more than twice the total at this point last year. The three largest fundraising deals during the three-month period included Proteus Digital Health ($52 million), […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] Bill Burr has some opinions on women and the NFL
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Wise to the fact that even your mom is over animated e-cards, a denizen of an internet past is trying to reinvent itself. JibJab -- which rose to fame a a purveyor of political satire and "Starring... You" video gift cards -- is today launching JibJab...
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This May Be the Greatest GIFSurprisingly, despite all the websites and apps dedicated to absolutely nothing but GIFs, there really aren't that many that let you turn yourself into your own ever-looping bit of internet infamy.... But today, JibJab's new custom GIF messaging app is filing a void in our hearts we didn't even know existed in the first place.
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If you've ever played a video game on your PC, you've probably seen a setting called "anti-aliasing", which smooths out jagged graphics. But there are different types of anti-aliasing, and some are... better than others.
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A fake smartphone app is being used to remotely monitor pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, according to a report from the New York Times. Researchers from Lacoon Mobile Security say the phishing... scam is spreading across the messaging application WhatsApp, through texts that read: "Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK for the coordination of OCCUPY CENTRAL!", along with a link to download software. Lacoon says the software, once downloaded, can access a user's personal data, including phone calls, text messages, and the physical location of their smartphone. Code4HK -- a developer community that has helped to spread information about the protests -- tells the Times it had nothing to do with the texts. The origin of the scam...
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The best GoPro photos in theGoPro has just launched its latest camera range in the GoPro Hero4. With it comes new 4K video speeds of 30 frames per second, a rear touchscreen display and two times faster image processing. The... camera remains largely the same at 12-megapixels with...
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[VIDEO] Back in March, Billy Joel came on the Tonight Show to take Jimmy Fallon's iPad for an incredible ride with just a brilliant duet. Now it's Robert Plant's turn. The only thing that could have... made this better is if they launched into D'yer Mak'er. Now that would have been something to see.
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Pebble and Pebble Steel nowThe popular smartwatch has skimmed its way to UK shores. Both the Pebble and Pebble Steel are now available for purchase without having to pay out to cover import fees (thanks to stock shipping from... within the EU). Consumers are able to pick up their own Pebble from participating retailers.
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Former Apple managers talk ofWith the extreme competition for senior jobs at Apple, it will come as no surprise that you’re expected to work hard and put in extra hours. But according to two former managers speaking in a Debug... podcast, the demands are far greater than anyone realizes when they join, with immediate responses to emails expected even in […]
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World's 1st Bullet Train, MadeShinkansen at 50: How Japan's bullet train revolutionized rail travel, and what's next
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The nice thing about traveling for work is that you can hop in a taxi without worrying about the cost since, after all, you're not picking up the tab. The downside of that privilege is that, about a... week or two after that, you'll have to sit down and...
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How To Deal With The Growingbig data can help you find people with the skills you need and the subset of those people most likely to be open to a conversation about joining you.
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The origins of local planetary orbits

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 13:30
The origins of local planetaryA plutino is an asteroid-sized body that orbits the Sun in a 2:3 resonance with Neptune. They are named after Pluto, which also orbits the Sun twice for every three orbits of Neptune. It is thought... that Pluto and the other plutinos were clustered into this resonance during the migration of the outer planets during the early solar system.
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Android: Framelapse is a quality timelapse camera for Android users who feel left out of the release of Instagram's "dead-simple " Hyperlapse.
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Say Hello to Our Quasi-Moon, 2014 OL339

Bad Astronomy - 1 Oct 2014 13:30
Quick: How many moons does the Earth have? You might be forgiven for saying "one," but it turns out the question isn't all that easy to answer ... because it depends on what you mean by "moon." Of... course, we have one moon, the one we call the Moon. It physically orbits the Earth, so it counts. In this case, what we firmly call a moon would orbit inside what's called the planet's Hill sphere, a region around the planet where the planet's gravity dominates over everything else. But there are other orbits that make it look like an object is orbiting the Earth, but it doesn't really. There are subtly different flavors of objects like these, but one kind orbits the Sun in elliptical orbits, with an orbital size and shape just right that they take almost (but not quite) exactly one year to go...
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Stormtroopers Sailors stand byStormtroopers Sailors stand by to move an imperial starfighter E-2C Hawkeye in the hangar bay of the Galactic Empire's Star Destroyer aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). [U.S. Navy]
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Pressure is on: eBay needs toThe split is a logical progression for PayPal, but eBay needs to show that it's also a smart decision for its core e-commerce business as Amazon lures away sellers.
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11 reasons why your next TV should be OLED

Pocket-lint - 1 Oct 2014 13:25
11 reasons why your next TVAlthough LG will remain strongly behind the LED TV market, making sets at all sizes using LCD display technology and LED backlighting, it is ramping up its OLED production dramatically as it believes... the panel tech is the future of flat screens. And considering...
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Officially cool: Apple WatchIf you think smart watches have no place in fashion, Apple blasts that misconception by staging a display at Colette in the middle of Paris Fashion Week.
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Acupuncture does little goodPatients with chronic knee pain who received acupuncture and fake treatments reported similar improvement suggesting that the benefits associated with the alternative treatment may be due to placebo... effect.
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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mmAhead of our full review, here are 40 sample images taken with the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens mounted on a Nikon Df body. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens... offers the broadest focal length range in Nikon's super-telephoto zoom line-up. Read the preview »
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When supermarket giant Tesco announced it was closing its free Clubcard TV streaming service, it didn't come as much of a surprise. However, bigger changes could be afoot, after The Times caught wind... of the company's plans to get out of the streaming...
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The new Concert Watch feature located in Cortana's Notebook will keep you updated on whether your favorite musicians are playing in a town near you. WP Central writes that all it takes to activate... this function is accessing Interests and then adding Music from the list of categories. Concert Watch reportedly uses data from Seat Geek, a ticket search and recommendation engine. It is unknown as to how Concert Watch actually identifies who your most beloved bands are, but WP Central speculates it may be related to Xbox Music. The feature is currently being rolled out, so if it is not present in your version of Cortana, it will likely be soon.
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Watch: Microsoft Offers FirstMicrosoft skips ahead to Windows 10 OS, aiming at business customers.
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Apple asks developers toApple has begun contacting developers to tell them that it’s time to submit their apps for OS X Yosemite ahead of its public release later this fall. The email encourages the use of new Yosemite... functions like app extensions -- as…
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October Skywatching: Lunar &October brings a number of stargazing treats, including eclipses of the sun and moon, a dependably dazzling meteor shower, and good opportunities to view planets such as Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.
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7 drone-using criminalsWith news emerging Monday that authorities had nabbed a New Jersey man suspected of using a drone to case his burglary targets, drones have revealed their comic book dark side
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'The Evil Within' trailer'The Evil Within' features the character of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective assigned to investigate the slaughtering of officers by a mysterious force.The game, set for release on Oct. 14, teaches... classic survival skills.
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Garmin today announced the Forerunner 920XT, its latest multisport watch designed for athletes who need metrics beyond what your average fitness tracker can provide. At $449.99, you'd expect this... watch to do just about everything under the sun, and it promises to offer detailed stats on swimming, biking, and running. You'll also get notifications for incoming texts, emails, calls, and calendar reminders, though the "smartwatch" functionality here isn't what anyone will be buying the 920XT for. Instead, they'd likely be after its deep and accurate daily activity tracking, which is a step above what your typical wrist-worn fitness band can do. But there are also features you'd expect from a Jawbone, like sleep tracking. In the water, the...
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A fake mobile app, designed to lure demonstrators, has been found that can be used to eavesdrop on individuals and their data.
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Garmin's GPS watch lineup has had an imbalance as of late; while more modest athletes have had luxuries like color displays and phone integration, you've had to make do with monochrome and old-school... PC syncing if you need multi-sport wristwear like...
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Garmin Forerunner 920XT: TheSince early 2012, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT has been the best triathlon watch, period. Others have tried to step up, but to this date nothing has equalled its wealth of features. And now it seems... Garmin has raised the bar for itself. The new Forerunner 920XT is everything the 910 was, and much more.
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The Great Soda Water Shake Up

The Atlantic - 1 Oct 2014 13:00
The Great Soda Water Shake UpA controversial clergyman and theologian discovered how to make the ubiquitous bubbly beverage.
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The Best Apps that IntegrateiOS 8 has a ton of new stuff , but one of the more confusing new features is Healthkit. After a shaky launch, apps can now integrate with Apple's own Health app. Let's take a look at some of the best... apps for doing so and figure out exactly what Healthkit does.
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How to change settings forThe emergency alerts feature on modern smartphones is legitimately useful: It can warn you about dangerous weather conditions, natural disasters, AMBER alerts, or other important tidbits of... information. But perhaps you already keep up on the news. Or maybe you don't feel the need to be alerted about everything. If any of this sounds like you, you'll be pleased to know that Android has a healthy array of options for managing emergency alerts. To start, head on over to your Settings app and open it. Next, tap More... under the Wireless & Networks heading, scroll to the bottom, then tap Cell broadcasts. Here, you'll see various options you can toggle on and off, such as an option to "Display alerts for extreme threats to life and property," another one for AMBER alerts, and so on. Toggle...
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BMW M3 review (2014)

Pocket-lint - 1 Oct 2014 13:00
BMW M3 review (2014)Create a legend and it creates a rod for its own back. The BMW M3 is one such legend and with every new version you'll hear the same complaints: "It's moved too far away from the original concept."... "It's too heavy." "It's got the wrong number of cylinders."...
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Stunning Photo Captures 'WildThe ESO's 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile captured a spectacular image of the Wild Duck Cluster.
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Celestial 'Wild Ducks' SoarStunning new imagery of the galactic cluster Messier 11 has been captured by the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. It was nicknamed the "Wild Duck Cluster" due to its... brighter stars loosely forming a triangle.
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How to Launch a Space StartupAn inside look at a recent space-startup competition in Silicon Valley.
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US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

SPACE.com - 1 Oct 2014 12:54
US, India to Team Up on MarsNASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation will investigate ways to collaborate on future Mars missions, officials said Tuesday. The two agencies also laid out their roles on the NISAR... Earth-observation mission, which is due to launch in 2020.
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Is there a statistical bias toThe image above shows a pair of colliding spiral galaxies known as Arp 274. What's interesting is not that they happen to be colliding, but that the two galaxies are spiraling in opposite directions.... The one on the left spirals in a clockwise direction, while the one on the right spins in a counterclockwise direction. Sometimes we'll refer to the left galaxy as left-handed, while the right one is right-handed. The reason is that if you hold hands up with your thumbs pointing at yourself, you'll see the fingers on your left hand curve clockwise, and the fingers on your right hand curve counterclockwise.
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Netflix looking for 'officialNetflix is offering Instagram users paid-for travel and $4,000 in exchange for some awesome photo content. The company is looking for three so-called 'Grammasters' for the two-week gig, and interested... folk have until October 7 to put their name forward. The post Netflix looking for 'official Instagrammers' for paid travel gig appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusApple has finally received regulatory approval for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in China. Leaks hint that the devices will go on sale in the country from Oct. 10.
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Chargerito is a mobile chargerIn order to relieve ourselves of the burdens of mobile batteries, we burden our bags or even pockets with the bulk and heft of chargers and external batteries. Enter Chargerito, a charger that goes... the other way and aims to be the world's smallest wall charger. Let's get one thing straight. Chargerito is a wall charger, not an external battery …
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Wild ducks take flight in open cluster

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 12:40
Wild ducks take flight in openThe Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters... currently known--Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster.
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David Whyte uses cosines and exponentials the way Toulouse-Lautrec used oil paints. The post 11 Beautiful, Psychedelic GIFs Created by a Math Whiz appeared first on WIRED.
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The indictment this week of the man behind an app designed for surreptitiously monitoring cellphone activity is only the second federal case filed against someone involved in the commercial sale of... so-called stalkingware. But the case could have negative implications for others who make and sell spyware and similar snooping tools, experts hope. The post The Criminal Indictment That Could Finally Hit Spyware Makers Hard appeared first on WIRED.
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WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Archer

Wired - 1 Oct 2014 12:30
What happens when you cross Don Draper, James Bond, and Buster Bluth? Meet Sterling Malory Archer—code name: Duchess—the world's most dangerous spy. Here's how to binge your way through all of... Archer's booze-swilling, over-sexed antics. The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: Archer appeared first on WIRED.
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This is the stuff from our lives that we either own and never want to let go, or that we've been testing and are totally enamored with. This is September's most loved gear. The post The Gadgets and... Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of in September appeared first on WIRED.
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By the time Ian Allen came across the motorcyclists and their ancient machines, they'd already been riding two weeks. They'd worked their way northwest from Florida, crossing the Mississippi River and... the great, sprawling plains of the heartland before climbing up, up, up Loveland Pass to cross the Continental Divide. And here they were in Utah, with another 1,000 miles to go. Allen had chanced upon the third annual Motorcycle Cannonball Run, a leisurely 4,000 mile tour of the back roads between Daytona Beach, Florida, and Tacoma, Washington. The post Blasting Across the U.S. on Ridiculously Cool Antique Motorcycles appeared first on WIRED.
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When Cody Wilson revealed the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun last year, he showed that the “maker” movement has enabled anyone to create a working, lethal firearm with a click in the... privacy of his or her garage. Now he’s moved on to a new form of digital DIY gunsmithing. And this time the […] The post The $1,200 Machine That Lets Anyone Make a Metal Gun at Home appeared first on WIRED.
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Ah, the thrill of the hunt. The trusty hounds at your side, howling and panting and dragging you toward your quarry: a lumbering beaver not accustomed to moving on land. You close in. You raise your... spear. The beaver suddenly stops, looks over its shoulder at you, and lifts a back leg. It bears its teeth, […] The post Fantastically Wrong: Why People Used to Think Beavers Bit Off Their Own Testicles appeared first on WIRED.
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The new Deck Ultra is louder, has a longer-life, and is bass-heavier than Sol Republic's original Bluetooth speaker. It's also cheaper. The post SOL Republic’s Bluetooth Speaker Gets Louder, Deeper,... and Cheaper appeared first on WIRED.
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LG brings LTE to the budget segment with the F60

Android Central - 1 Oct 2014 12:30
LG brings LTE to the budgetBudget handsets are miles better from what they used to be thanks to devices like the Moto G, although one factor they can do better is in terms of connectivity. LG is looking to remedy that with the... launch of the F60, an LTE-enabled smartphone for budget conscious buyers.
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The iPant. It's real, full of caffeine, aloe vera, and Vitamin E, and doesn't actually make your butt more alert. The post Caffeinated Underpants Won’t Make Your Butt Smaller appeared first on... WIRED.
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Game of Thrones fans love to guess what's coming next to the hyper-violent, ultra-sexual fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin. But while most base their predictions on a close reading of the... books---and a little imagination---Richard Vale is taking a different tack. The post Mathematician Predicts Who Will Live and Die in Game of Thrones appeared first on WIRED.
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Arduino formally joins 3DNo, it isn't a combination of the popular microcontroller and Final Fantasy VII. Arduino Materia 101 is, instead, an almost foreseeable and completely expected merging of two of the hobbyist world's... most popular toys: microcontrollers and 3D printing. That Arduino would be getting into 3D printing is almost a no-brainer, as the whole world that has evolved around it extols …
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Fujitsu to design JapaneseJapan has chosen Fujitsu to help it regain the top spot in the global supercomputer race with an exascale machine, which at 1,000 petaflops would be about 30 times faster than the leading... supercomputer today. The electronics giant said Wednesday it will work with the Riken research center to come up with a basic design for the supercomputer that would succeed the K computer, a machine they co-developed that grabbed the No. 1 spot in June 2011. Riken has a mandate from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to develop a next-generation supercomputer, and said it chose Fujitsu following an open bidding process to develop a "post-K supercomputer."
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These sensor-studded socksSensoria wants to bring high-tech sensors to fitness gear. Now, the company has added a pair of smart socks to its line up of fitness apparel, which already includes a shirt and sports bra. The post... These sensor-studded socks will teach you the perfect stride appeared first on Digital Trends.
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While Amazon tends to release new e-reader and tablet hardware in the UK and US simultaneously these days, we're still not top priority when it comes to new services. That being said, the UK has... caught up significantly in the past week with the...
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From Gillette to the DollarA venture capitalist talks about how the Dollar Shave Club's recent $50M funding round reminded him of Gillette's business model, which inspired so many of the startups he later backed
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Officials in China this week examined the anuses of 10,000 pigeons that were set to be released today in celebration of National Day, amid government fears of a possible terrorist attack. According to... reports from state-run media outlets, the birds had their feathers, legs, and anuses searched for "suspicious objects" yesterday, before being packed onto a truck and sent to Tiananmen Square in Beijing for today's ceremony. Many reports on the probe disappeared from China's tightly-controlled media after being published, though some articles and tweets remain online. The entire process was reportedly videotaped.
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Image: The Pillars of Creation

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 12:10
Image: The Pillars of CreationThe Pillars of Creation (seen above) is an image of a portion of the Eagle nebula (M16) taken by Hubble Space Telescope in 1995. It soon became one of the most iconic space images of all time. The... Eagle nebula is a stellar nursery, with several regions of gas and dust where stars are actively forming, including the pillars.
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Five Tips to Help YouPhotography is a cooperative craft at times. Sometimes you have to capture another person's vision.
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The problem with owning the rights to Twilight is that the story eventually ends, meaning that there's no more massively profitable movies with glitter guy, mumbling girl and the shirtless one with... all the teeth. It's a problem that Lionsgate knows...
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StackEngine Emerges From StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way to manage Docker containers, providing the... operations side of the house some control over Docker instances. Docker’s rapidly growing popularity didn’t escape the attention of company founders Bob Quillin and Eric Anderson, both of…
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PayPal is getting its ownAlthough rumored to still take place next year, eBay has now made the expected announcement. The online retailer will be spinning off PayPal into its own independent company. This is being poised as a... strategy to keep the two brands separate and more lucrative in 2015, when its board predict that the association between the two would start to become …
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Flying Like Saudi Royalty,Here's what $23,000 will get you on Singapore Airlines.
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The great communicator: Government policy

SC Magazine - 1 Oct 2014 12:00
It's all about what you say and how you say it, says DHS's Phyllis Schneck. Teri Robinson reports.
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The latest IT security news regarding Home Depot, PCI Security Standards Council, CryptoLocker, hacks of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, JPMorgan Chase as well as at least four other... financial institutions
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Flock of Space Ducks Caught onUniverse Awareness - Space Scoop: Have you ever been lucky enough to see a flock of ducks getting ready to fly to warmer climates for the winter? Sailing gracefully as a group, from one fascinating... pattern to the next? Normally these ducks are spotted soaring 1000 feet above the ground (about the height of the Eiffel Tower!) But if we look up much, much higher, above Earth's atmosphere and far beyond, we can see another flock --the Wild Duck Cluster. Unless you have the eyes of a hawk, you'll need a telescope or pair of binoculars to see this cluster of stars. Or a photograph, like this one! This beautiful picture shows the Wild Duck Cluster, as seen using a large telescope in Chile. When seen from a distance the star cluster forms a spearhead shape, similar to a ducks flying in formation....
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Same battle, different field

SC Magazine - 1 Oct 2014 12:00
Cyberwarfare is so new that the ground rules are still being established. Nazan Osman provides an overview.
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The latest mergers and acquisitions and personnel moves, including Malwarebytes, Abacus Group, VMware, Bay Dynamics, vArmour, Secunia, Norse and more.
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This Solar Sunflower ProvidesThis floral fabrication may look luxurious, but in fact it has a rather down-to-earth aim: to take renewable energy and warm water to remote, off-grid communities.
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Needing more than signature-based remedies, First Financial Bank found a way to close the gap between what exists and what's possible. Greg Masters reports.
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Bridging the talent gap in health care

SC Magazine - 1 Oct 2014 12:00
Cybercriminals are primarily after patient data as it really gets them more money.
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Life Framer Photography Prize Edition 2

Photography Blog - 1 Oct 2014 12:00
Life Framer Photography PrizeThe 2nd edition of the Life Framer photography prize has just been launched.
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Passwords are passé

SC Magazine - 1 Oct 2014 12:00
New solutions are gaining traction to complement, or replace, the legacy use of username and password, reports Ashley Carman.
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Docker truly is a wondrous thing. Not so much the technology (although I have to admit that containers are very cool) but more the ecosystem that it has built up in an incredibly short space of time.... On a weekly basis I get an email from a vendor launching themselves into the Docker ecosystem. Of course there is a nagging doubt at the back of my mind that just maybe we’re creating something of a bubble. In this respect it pays to look at the OpenStack ecosystem – a few years ago it had a similar level of frothiness with vendors sprouting up like mushrooms. Unfortunately there has been recent carnage and many of those vendors have come to realize that there simply isn’t enough of a market opportunity for all of them.
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Hardware makers and solutions providers seek to find the right formula for protecting devices - and data, reports Alan Earls.
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The demand for infosec-focused communications and messaging pros is growing.
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Wild Ducks Take Flight in OpenESO Top News: The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open... clusters currently known -- Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster.
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Germany Warns Google Over User Google has been warned it needs to rein in its user profiling activities in Germany because its current practice of joining the dots across multiple services is in violation of local privacy laws.
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Apple could introduce goldThe fruit giant, Apple, is getting ready to announce this year's refreshed range of iPads where it will add a gold model, according to sources of Bloomberg. People familiar with the plans of Apple say... it wants to sell more of its 9.7-inch iPads after...
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The Swedish firm wants to use Ambient's technology for allowing smart grid communication over different kinds of connection -- and at a reported $7.5 million, the company was arguably a steal.
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Moto X 2014 available in theUnlocked Mobiles has confirmed with us today that the UK retailer has the Moto X 2014 currently in stock, but supply is limited. Should you be looking to get your hands on an unlocked version of the... new smartphone, this may well be your opportunity to grab one for £395.
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Apple Watch won't hit massApple looks like it may have a tough time getting its new smartwatch into stores by "early" 2015, with a report Tuesday suggesting mass production of the device won't begin until January, two months... later than some observers had been expecting. The post Apple Watch won’t hit mass production till January, report claims appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Student to live in simulatedA Purdue University industrial engineering doctoral student is among six "crew members" spending the next eight months in a domed habitat on a volcanic landscape mimicking life on a Martian outpost.
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In nature, waves - such as those in the ocean - begin as local oscillations in the water that spread out, ripple fashion, from their point of origin. But fans of Star Trek will recall a different sort... of wave pattern: the tractor beam. Tractor beam technology, if it were to exist, would be based on waves that go in the opposite direction, converging from out in space onto the point of origin. In the show, the starship Enterprise would send out a tractor beam, like a cowboy's lasso, to latch onto an object floating in space and pull it back toward the ship.
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Next iPad rumored toFashionistas and socialites might soon have something to root for. Apple is now rumored to soon make available a gold option for the next generation iPad expected to be unveiled this October. This... will give those with a love of gold an option that will be close enough to more luxurious gold plating without costing as much. This isn't exactly …
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The Apple Watch Screen IsApple's just released a new version of its Apple Watch design video. While that's not newsworthy in itself, it's interesting to note that it's also reduced the screen size of the watch that's on... display, too.
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2018 Nissan GT-R tipped to useNissan has been making the GT-R since 2007 and it's a potent beast. The car isn't exactly cheap in its own right, but it punches much higher than its weight class costing significantly less than some... of the cars it runs with on raw performance. Outright performance is a big deal for the GT-R, but it seems Nissan CEO Carlos …
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Google says it is "studying their order to determine next steps." Based on precedent, those next steps will involve Google paying lip service to the privacy regulators and doing nothing to…
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LG F60 brings 4G LTEYou know that LTE is truly becoming omnipresent when mid to low range devices start joining the 4G party. The latest to do so is LG's new F60, a smartphone that the company promises to give you a fast... connection to the Internet but at a price that won't burn a hole in your wallet, at least as far as …
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00_NOP writes: Children in the U.K. have been taught in metric measures in school since (at least) 1972, but yesterday British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that they should actually be... taught in Imperial measures (which are still in use officially to measure road distances and speeds, but not really anywhere else). Is this because he hasn't a clue about science or because he is catering to a particular political base?
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There are times in everyone's life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that's always ready to give a comforting cuddle.
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App teaches kindergartnersThis computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.
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Unsurprisingly, there's one group that's not at all excited to hear Netflix and IMAX are arranging for the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel to hit theaters and streaming at the same time: movie... theater owners. According to the LA Times, Regal,...
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Reddit raises $50m in fundingSocial news site Reddit has raised around $50 million in its latest funding round in an unusual deal that looks set to see investors give 10 percent of their new equity to the site's vibrant user... community. The post Reddit raises $50m in funding round, plans to share some of it with its users appeared first on Digital Trends.
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You can swap Project AraThe first fully functional prototype of Google's modular phone Project Ara will be unveiled in December. The device will run on a tweaked version of Android L, and users will have the ability to swap... several modules without turning off the phone.
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South Korean merger Daum KakaoTwo South Korean technology companies, Daum Communications Corporation and Kakao Corporation, today announced that they have officially merged as one to form Daum Kakao
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Vodafone makes the Smart 4Vodafone has cut the pricing for both the Smart 4 power (pictured above) and Smart 4 turbo, placing both smartphones on more affordable plans. You can now pick up the former on plans from £18 a month... (was £22.50) and the Smart 4 turbo starts from £14 (was £18.50).
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Hello, Ello. Bye, Ello:Ello is the hottest new social network in town. Or maybe not. Here is why Ello is not the Facebook killer we have all been waiting for.
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Wercker's tool can out a developer's code stored in GitHub or other repository and then notify a user whether or not that code can safely be deployed to the cloud.
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Google Drive for EducationAs a place to store digital books and notes, Google is calling Drive as a backpack for the 21st century. Now it is making that backpack infinitely large as it announces Drive for Education, which... gives students and educators an unlimited amount of cloud storage, along with the usual advertised benefits of Google's cloud solution. By bringing the cloud storage …
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Honestly, don't you cringe aHonestly, don't you cringe a little every time you have to write a full sentence using a pen these days? [Truth Facts]
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Kindle First: Get free booksAmazon has launched another new incentive for Kindle owners that offers one of four editorially chosen eBooks a month for free to Prime subscribers. And even if you don't pay for a Prime subscription,... you can still get one for 99p. In addition, the books...
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Pavlok fitness band shocks youUPDATE: Pavlok has just launch on Indiegogo to raise more funding. You can pick up an Early Bird deal for $129 now. All the $99 versions sold out within a few hours. The Pavlok fitness band takes the... phrase "no pain, no gain" rather literally and shocks...
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Data Leak Prevention Has A NewYesterday at the COSAC 21st International Computer Security Symposium and SABSA World Congress in Naas, Ireland, a researcher demonstrated a protocol he had devised that automates the transfer of data... from any display to devices like smart phones.
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Four hackers have been jointly charged with conspiracies to commit computer fraud, copyright infringement, wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, and theft of trade secrets. Individually, they have... been charged with counts of aggravated identity theft, unauthorized computer access, copyright infringement, and wire fraud.
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Teducation: We talk to TedTed Baker took a leap from the fashion world of beautiful prints and wonderful tailoring into the land of audio recently when it launched a headphone range along with a Bluetooth speaker. We loved the... Ted Baker Rockall headphones when we reviewed them....
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Attorney General: DeviceThe Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spoke out yesterday about backdoors in consumer technology, claiming that they should be left open by technology firms so that law enforcement officials are... never locked out during important investigations.
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Apple pioneered the PC, the mouse-driven PC, the digital music player, the modern laptop, the smartphone, and the tablet. Steve Jobs directed the creation of each of these transformative products,... collaborating with Steve Wozniak, Jon Rubinstein, Jony Ive, and others ...
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British company Secure Drives' Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t are solid state drives with 128GB of storage space. They would be fairly unremarkable SSDs, were it not for the ability to delete their... data by sending an SMS message to a special self-destruct number like some kind of Mission Impossible spymaster. And that data's not just wiped. The SSDs like piggy banks -- once you've made the decision to delete the data, the drive is physically destroyed, with the NAND flash chips and security controller broken inside the drive's enclosure.
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The paper car tax disc has had a very good innings, but it's finally come to the end of its life. Presented proudly by UK motorists for more than 90 years, those circular bits of paper have today... officially been replaced by an electronic register....
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Almost every day, it seems, breakfast is accompanied by the debut of a next generation smartphone that makes our perfectly capable current models look positively antiquated. Whether you patiently wait... for the end of your contract before upgrading or contact your provider straight away, you're existing pocket pal will likely be retired to a powered off eternity in an infrequently opened drawer somewhere. The folks over at Mindhelix want to give that old phone a new lease of life in the Rico home security and monitoring system...
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EE upgrades a further 18 townsEE today announced the mobile network has launched 4G in 18 new towns across the UK, including Sandhurst. This takes the total number of major towns and cities with LTE connectivity through the... company to 281 - reported to be over 75 percent of the UK population.
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Drobo Mini 8TB

Photography Blog - 1 Oct 2014 10:05
Drobo Mini 8TBConnected Data has just launched its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle.
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Excited to take advantage of Deezer's ad-free desktop streaming, but prefer the look of the service's tablet app? You're in luck: the company just gave its web interface a visual overhaul,... conveniently inspired by its own tablet interface. The new...
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ZenMate Scores $3.2M Series A As consumers become more tech savvy and privacy conscious, it’s not surprising to see VCs begin to pay more attention to startups who are focusing on privacy in all its various permutations. Enter... ZenMate, a Virtual Private Network (VPN)-style service that encrypts your browsing and hides your IP address/location from the sites you visit and anyone else trying to snoop on your…
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RPS Journal Prints PreviouslyPreviously unseen images from Steve McCurry have been published for the first time in The Royal Photographic Society's RPS Journal.
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Online music videos to startFrom this Friday a trial will begin of an age based rating system for online music videos. The results from the perspective of users won't appear until the end of the year. Although work will be going... on behind the scenes with both YouTube and Vevo agreeing...
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Pro-democracy protesters inIt's hard to stay organized when crowds are involved. It's even harder when communication lines are threatened. Hong Kong protesters pull through with the help of FireChat.
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LG confirms death of plasmaLG has confirmed to Pocket-lint that it will be shutting down its plasma television production line before the end of 2014, possibly even next month. However, it still believes that there is a market... for the technology, even though it will no longer be...
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The classic videogame Tetris, in which players slot a cascade of tumbling blocks together, is being turned into a science-fiction movie, the project's developers said Tuesday.
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Jimmy Kimmel Named 'MostLOS ANGELES (AP) -- If you're about to Google Jimmy Kimmel, beware. Computer security company McAfee says the talk show host is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online. The company said... Tuesday that a search for Kimmel carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. The company has used its own site ratings to make the determination for the past eight years. Other celebrities McAfee deems dangerous this year include Ciara, Flo Rida, Bruce Springsteen, Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera. Kimmel said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday that he can't believe a kid who played the clarinet and carried a briefcase to junior high school grew up to be the most dangerous celebrity of 2014.
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California bans paparazzi drones

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 09:30
California on Tuesday approved a law which will prevent paparazzi from using drones to take photos of celebrities, among a series of measures aimed at tightening protection of privacy.
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Bloomberg: Gold iPad ComingBloomberg is reporting that Apple is set to announce a refresh of its iPad range later this month, including the addition of a gold color way--but the rumored 12.9-inch version apparently won't appear... until next year.
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Ducati's "not a retro bike" retro bike has been unveiled at Intermot Cologne. The 2015 Ducati Scrambler is a flat-track inspired all rounder with a high handlebar, a bench seat, a bucket headlight and... the 75-horsepower (56 kW), 803cc L-twin engine tweaked from the one in the excellent Monster 796. Its unforgivably flowery press release seems custom designed to win the hearts of the hipster crowd, but it looks like a fun and flexible bike even if you're not a barista...
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Apple has released a new version of its Apple Watch design video, and a perceptive viewer noticed a slightly different design from the original. Most noticeable is a smaller sapphire screen and larger... bezel on the Watch render, which appears to more...
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New privacy battle looms afterA new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement.
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Hobbit fans step into 'ShadowWarner Brothers Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday released a "Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor" video game that plays out between "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."
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Samsung rejects claims ofSamsung on Wednesday rejected claims that its new oversized smartphone had a defect, after some customers posted pictures of a gap between the frame and display panel.
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NASA images reveal shockingA series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed "the quiet Chernobyl."
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Title: Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Rat Study Suggests Light at Night Might Hamper Breast Cancer TherapyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Can Exercise Prevent Type 2 Diabetes? Your Genes May Be KeyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH HospitalCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime Nursing

MedicineNet - 1 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Curbing Nighttime NursingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: When It Comes to Sex Partners, Men Prefer Younger Women: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory FadesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Small Heart, Stroke Risks From Asthma Drug: FDACategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 11:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Get Physical Activity

MedicineNet - 1 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Get Physical ActivityCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

MedicineNet - 1 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller GuidelinesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Officials Investigating Paralysis in Kids With Enterovirus D68Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 11:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Medical Implant Devices Skate Through Review Process, Studies ClaimCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: 40 States, District of Columbia Reporting Respiratory Virus That Targets KidsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 4:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/29/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Fish Oil Supplements Have Little Effect on Irregular Heartbeat: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/30/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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The wake-up call that sent hearts racing

Phys.org - 1 Oct 2014 08:51
The wake-up call that sent"But as the minutes ticked by, the relaxed attitude of many of us began to dissolve into apprehension. Our levels of adrenaline and worry began to rise."
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Pokemon Trading Card Game NowThe Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) Online has officially launched for the iPad following its debut at the Pokemon World Championships in August. The title is the first licensed Pokemon game to be... released for iOS, and allows players to build a deck of Pokemon cards and battle against other players while obtaining booster packs. Users can also enter tournaments for prizes, and customize the look of their cards, deck boxes, and avatar. PLAY, TRADE, AND CHALLENGE OTHER PLAYERS AROUND THE WORLD Have fun learning and mastering the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online! Practice against the computer or go head to head with your friends or other players from around the world. Unlock cards and decks as you play to build up your collection and make truly unique decks. Your decks and card collection...
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Pokemon trading card gameIn August we got a glimpse of the upcoming Pokemon trading card game for iPad in what would be the first official Pokemon game for Apple’s platform. Tonight the app became available on the App... Store. The game features both a single-player mode in which you play against a computer as well as an online […]
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Microsoft's Windows 10 unveiling was focused on the desktop and the enterprise, but the company also dropped some significant hints at its future direction for phone and Xbox. While there was no... meaningful discussion about the user interface changes to Windows Phone and Xbox, Microsoft did reveal some changes in an image highlighting Windows 10 across multiple devices. Traditional Windows Phone devices appear to feature the familiar tiled interface with Windows 10 that currently exists with Windows Phone 8.1, scaling all the way up to devices with 6-inch displays. Where things seem to change are with 7- or 8-inch tablets. Microsoft's image appears to suggest that small Windows tablets will take on more of a Windows Phone-like interface...
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While most are familiar with the potential for 3D printers to pump out plastic odds and ends for around the home, the technology also has far-reaching applications in the medical field. Research is... already underway to develop 3D bioprinters able to create things as complex as human organs, and now engineering students in Canada have created a 3D printer that produces skin grafts for burn victims...
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App Teaches KindergartnersApp teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
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App Teaches KindergartnersApp teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
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sandbagger writes: " ...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word." That quote apparently applies to words... offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term "collection" as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, it still isn't collected, even if it has been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schrodinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of...
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Remember that Pokémon iPad game that was teased not too long ago? Well, if the mere mention of it stoked a fire inside that made you want to abandon Blizzard's Hearthstone forever, Joystiq has... spotted that the pocket monster trading card game is...
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Coca-Cola Drink Cooler

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Coca-Cola Drink CoolerBring back the cooler from yesteryears once more in your chilled party outings with this portable Coca-Cola Drink Cooler. It's got the Coke logo embossed on all four side with a cool bottle opener and... catcher residing happily on one corner as well. At a time, it's got the capacity to hold upto eighty 12-oz. cans or sixty 8-oz. bottles, a pretty big number to make your parties with friends even more fun and chilled out. The mounting being on...
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Casetify

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
CasetifyCasetify is the world's first social design service that turns your Instagram and Facebook photos into custom mobile cases and tablets using a patent-pending platform. Casetify was founded with a free... spirit and a lofty objective: to create meticulously crafted cases at a revolutionary price point. Combining quality and brilliance, Casetify celebrates creativity while turning social images into extraordinary products everyday. Shoot it. Place it. Case it.
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Vine by Quirky

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Vine by QuirkyBring about some change in the way you store your wine inside the freezer or maybe on the table rack by using the ergonomic and durable Vine by Quirky. It's a beautiful cork made for your wine bottles... to stay in place and not roll on the table or inside the freezer if kept in a horizontal position. This is a common situation most of us often face when the counter space within the fridge is tight and there's no...
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Tear Drop Necklace

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Tear Drop NecklaceTears of Joy” Lariat necklace, special meaning, Gold / Silver, Teardrop, Birthday gift, Bridesmaid Gifts, sister / mom gift, girl friend, wife,best friend, The necklace symbolizes the tears of... happiness, relationships and love. Made to order. Each piece is individually hand forged, shaped and hammered so there will be very slight variations. It will be totally unique and true one of a kind necklace. Total lengh from end to end 53 c”m approximately. 14K Gold filled chain, 14K Gold filled...
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Vinnebago Cooler

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Vinnebago CoolerCarry your drinks and beverages in this modernistic Vinnebago Cooler that looks nowhere close to a flask from the '70s. It's sleek in design and extremely functional in terms of keeping your cold... beverages perfectly chilled for 25 hours and hot drinks steamy for 12 hours. There's a vacuum-sealed triple-walled insulation behind this awesome looking cooler which keeps your drinks just like the way you want them after long hours of outdoor travelling. The interesting fact is that the matte...
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App Teaches KindergartnersApp teaches kindergartners basic computer programming, lets them craft interactive stories
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Stick Ups Cable Organizer

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Stick Ups Cable OrganizerYou and your cables are absolutely inseparable and that's why you may as well need a pack of these extremely handy Stick Ups Cable Organizer. Each pack comes with 12 clips that have an adhesive tape... on back which not only keeps your cables in place but also some of those important necessities such as pens and stationery stuck on the table or computer surface as well. They do not leave behind any gooey residue which is probably a plus...
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VIZIO P-Series

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
VIZIO P-SeriesDelivering pictures of flawless clarity, the VIZIO P-Series ultra HD smart TV introduces a whole new perspective of home entertainment never seen before. Apart from the classy picture quality, the... processing power and the ability to upscale current 1080p content to 4K Ultra HD resolution is what can make this smart TV an impressive replacement for your current home entertainment solution. Be it movies or your favorite TV shows, you'd forget to finish your popcorn and stay glued on the...
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8 Vines That Show Off UploadLast week, we challenged Mashable readers to use the features of Vine's latest update to create unique six-second videos We saw submissions that showed off the uploading capability, as well as the... duplicating and editing tools. Some Vines even used multiple aspects of the update, resulting in cool compilation videos of special effects and all-natural shots. See also: Hands On With the New Vine: 6-Second Videos Will Never Be the Same Some of our favorites are featured, below. Scroll through them, and take a look at the other Vines submitted using the #LatestUpdate hashtag. 1. T2
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Stand by for action! New documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" goes behind the strings of Gerry Anderson's puppet shows "Thunderbirds," "Captain Scarlet" and "Stingray."
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Batman Candle Attachment

The Gadget Flow - 1 Oct 2014 08:00
Batman Candle AttachmentEverytime you light up your rooms with a candle, make sure it looks close to the Gotham City by using this Batman Candle Attachment. It's a 3D printed attachment that helps you create your own 1992... Batman spotlight inside the room and make your candlelit hours even more special and superhero-ish in nature. The Dark Knight is surely a favorite among most superheroes out there and to have his shadow casted on the wall during those eerie candlelit moments might...
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'The Voice' Recap: A BuddingAfter an exciting start last week, The Voice returned with another round of auditions this week, featuring two returning hopefuls, a total of five 4-chair turners and the show's first blind singer We... also continued to witness the developing coachmance between Gwen and Pharrell, as well as appreciate Blake's witty one-liners and the emotional roller coaster that is Adam Levine As a group, the coaches were certainly more wary of turning their chairs too early, all waiting to hear the particular voice missing on their teams. Diversifying their teams was the goal. See also: 'The Voice' Premiere Part 2: Bribery, Sublime and Soul
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Officials unveil plans for cleaning up troubled federal nuclear waste dump in New Mexico
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In this article we will take a look at cloud orchestration tools designed to automate the deployment and management of virtual instances, applications and services within an OpenStack cloud... environment.
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Hong Kong Democracy ProtestersThe culprit is "a very large organization or nation state," experts say
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Spending on mergers,A record third quarter sees 2014 on track to hit almost $500 billion in M&A spending, says a research firm, not far from 2000's nearly $600 billion.
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A fleet of 737s and 777s are definitely in line for an upgrade, now that the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered airlines to replace their cockpits' displays with ones not vulnerable to WiFi... signals. Let's go back a few years to understand...
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We have seen posture trackers that attach to our backs and waists, but if we were to look to any part of our body to keep tabs on our sitting habits, it would be our backsides that know best, right?... The team behind Darma is banking on our buttocks painting a clearer picture, developing a smart cushion that monitors how we sit to provide feedback on posture, stress levels, heart rate and respiration. ..
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Intel pushes factory IoT withThe Internet of Things is billed as an almost magical realm of possibilities where everything from thermostats to cars will be online. Industrial applications are a key proving ground. Combined with... big data analytics, plants full of smart things could generate billions of U.S. dollars in cost savings. But manufacturers will have to see convincing evidence that IoT will benefit them before they sign on to the concept, according to Intel, which makes chips for IoT gateways. "We'll have to provide proof points for a period of time to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of the capabilities," Intel Asia-Pacific sales director Philip Cronin said in an interview Tuesday in Tokyo.
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NBN Co's updated product road map released today outlines plans to introduce fibre-to-the-basement and fibre-to-the-node commercial products in 2015.
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Fascinating gif visualises theA beautiful gif deconstructs the wing motions of a bat, a goose, a moth, a dragonfly and a hummingbird to reveal the looping patterns therein.
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Apple will add gold to the iPad's monochromatic palette, according to Bloomberg. "People familiar with the plans" reportedly stated that the color option will be revealed this month along with new... versions of Apple's tablets. Bloomberg writes that the decision could be attributed to a desire to boost sales of the iPad, which have been in slow decline since its introduction. With the help of this aesthetic update and next year's rumored introduction of iPads with a 12.9-inch screen, Apple may be able to appeal to a wider range of customers, including the business-oriented demographic.
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Space Time-Lapse Dazzles WithAlthough this time-lapse of Earth taken from space is only a minute long, it's out of this world. (Sorry.) Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured the footage from the International Space Station as he... traveled 17,895 miles-per-hour above our tiny planet. GOTCHA: Hidden Bra Cam Does Its Job, Catches People Staring At Boobs Tim and Eric Switch On Jeff Goldblum's Weird in Lightbulb Commercial Pharrell's 'It Girl' Video Mashes Up Anime and Video Games 'Taken 3' Trailer Is So Much Liam Neeson Ass-Kicking
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VC Ron Conway's 'One City'A spoof video about an overhyped tech product called "MyBook" aims to get tech companies to donate books and resources to San Francisco public schools.
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Australia is the only country that has mobile connection speeds above 100Mbps, according to the second-quarter 2014 State of the Internet Report.
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5 things Microsoft usersThe Start menu is front and center, and updated for modern use.          
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Apple Reduces Screen Size inApple republished the Apple Watch video to YouTube with a couple of changes. The first is that the screen size in the renderings of the device is smaller in the new video-that makes the video match... the way the device has looked all along on its website. The second change noticed so far is that the Glance screenshot has been altered.
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Path takes laziness to a newApps are making it a little too easy to avoid fellow humans. You don't have to hail a cab, order food delivery over the phone, or even walk down to the laundromat, all thanks to apps. But sometimes... you have queries that need to be answered by actual people. Don't worry: Path will handle that for you. You can "message" businesses on Path Talk, which really means that Path reps call businesses for you. The social network, once considered a Facebook rival, in June spun off its chat feature into a stand-alone app called Talk--like Facebook did with Messenger. Path also bought messaging app TalkTo, which lets you text a business with questions. Now Talk and TalkTo have been combined so you can message a place directly from Talk.
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Rescuers Spend Hours Saving aDetermined rescuers in India gave new life to a dog in a painful situation. A passerby noticed a dog covered in tar and frozen in place after he fell into a hot tar pit in Rajasthan, India. A call was... placed to Animal Aid Unlimited, a local rescue center for street animals in need of assistance See also: Firefighters Save Family of Hamsters With Tiny Oxygen Masks Rescuers spent nearly three hours over two days massaging the dog with vegetable oil to loosen the tar from his fur. The process was visibly painful for the dog, but the end of the video reveals a clean dog with a wagging tail, eager to gobble up some treats
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iTunes Store Now AcceptingApple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to donate to City of Hope, which is a non-profit charity focusing on medical research and treatment for cancer, diabetes, and other... conditions. The page can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store as well as the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, with options for $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 donations available. Apple will transfer 100% of each donation to City of Hope, as all donations will be billed to an iTunes account. With Apple currently holding 800 million iTunes accounts, the company has a large customer base that can take part in the donation program. Apple has conducted similar donation campaigns throughout the past few years, which include programs for Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in 2013,...
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Firespotter Labs Becomes Unified communications has long been touted as the future, but being able to provide access to all of one’s calls and messages on multiple devices is an idea that has just barely come to fruition.... Now, the folks at Firespotter Labs think they’ve built a solution — a cloud-based platform for enterprise communications called Switch
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Indoor bicycle trainers may allow cyclists to keep fit and go through the physical motions of riding a bike, but let's be honest ... as compared to actually riding outdoors, they're stunningly boring.... Among other things, one of the problems is the fact that riders tend to use them in isolation, with no real incentive to push themselves. Zwift, however, is designed to change that. It's a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) platform that lets real-world cyclists ride with or race against one another in 3D computer-generated online environments. Just think of it as World of Warcraft for riders. ..
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Apple to collect City of HopeApple has announced that for the month of October it will be accepting donations through the iTunes Store on behalf of City of Hope in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. City of Hope is a... research facility that focuses on prevention and treatment of not only cancer, but many serious diseases such as lymphoma. The Cupertino […]
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On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting... series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.
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Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts... Amherst has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.
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Taking thin films to the extreme

e! Science News - 1 Oct 2014 06:13
Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface --... work that holds promise for making future, flexible electronic devices, creating advanced solar cells and detailing the sides of next-gen rocket ships and spacecraft with extremely lightweight decorative logos.
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Cancer therapy: Driving cancer cells to suicide

e! Science News - 1 Oct 2014 06:12
Researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich report that a new class of chemical compounds makes cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs. They have also pinpointed the... relevant target enzyme, thus identifying a new target for anti-tumor agents.
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Entanglement made tangible

e! Science News - 1 Oct 2014 06:11
Quantum entanglement refers to the "pairing" of two subatomic particles in such a way that they form a whole quantum system. Interest in entanglement is increasing today, as it challenges the... foundations of quantum mechanics itself, and is also key for achieving quantum information processing and communication. Entanglement is thought to exist up to the everyday, or "macroscopic" realm -- according to the predictions of quantum physics -- but experimental proposals to show this often involve conditions that are difficult to achieve in today's labs.
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Shooting Better Macro Images for Under $500

The Phoblographer - 1 Oct 2014 06:10
Shooting Better Macro ImagesShooting better macro images doesn't have to be expensive at all.
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An anonymous reader writes: Contrary to what we were sometimes taught in high school physics, the Earth's gravity is not constant. It actually shows slight variations on different parts of the Earth's... surface, and the variations correlate with the density of the material on that surface. The European Space Agency has been measuring gravity for four years, mapping these variations and recording the changes those variations have undergone. Its data indicates "a significant decrease [in gravity] in the region of Antarctica where land ice is melting fastest. Further analysis is, of course, planned so that the whole of Antarctica can be taken into account and "the clearest picture yet of the pace of global warming" can be determined on that continent.
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Could a Merger Follow theWill soon-single PayPal court other mobile payment players to better fight Apple competition?
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Short animation: The meaningA trio of 9 year olds and a 6 year old helped Prince Ea come up with this lovely stop motion animation video that uses their illustrations to answer the meaning of life. Obviously, the third graders... had some help in answering that unanswerable question but their illustrations are so cute and their speech is so adorable enough that it'll motivate anyone.
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Comcast customers in the Bay Area now have two DVRs available to them: One in their living room, one in the cloud. Eventually, the one in the living room will disappear.
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These 7 Things Are Even Cooler When They Come In 3D

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 06:00
These 7 Things Are Even CoolerWhen you sit and think about it, the world of 3D really is an incredible one. Thanks to innovations in virtual reality and 3D printing, among other things, it appears that the possibilities are truly... endless. In this spirit, we've partnered with the makers of Genius 3D Mammography to bring you a list of things that now exist beyond two dimensions. Many of these once seemed like they could only exist in sci-fi movies, but now they've become part of our hi-tech reality. 1. Manmade 'Organs' It appears that anything can be created using 3D printing. This amazing technology has been used to not only make everyday items like combs but also much more complex objects -- like human body parts. Yes, you read that correctly: Ears, kidneys, blood vessels, skin and bones have all been created using 3D...
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New drug-delivery capsule mayPill coated with tiny needles can deliver drugs directly into the lining of the digestive tract.
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Comcast beefs up X1Comcast adds two features for customers in the country's tech hub: streaming of live TV to mobile devices in the home and the ability to download anything recorded to its DVR onto a gadget.
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Apple Accepting iTunes Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and... treatment center created to combat not only breast cancer, but also diabetes and other life-threatening diseases including lymphoma and brain cancer. The organization aims to make it easier to…
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(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Every Finnish expectant mother can choose to receive a free of charge maternity package containing baby clothes and other useful items. VTT Technical... Research Centre of Finland is currently developing a digital maternity package with the purpose of gathering reliable health information provided by various smart devices, electronic services, and guides into a single user interface.
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(American Chemical Society) One of the most iconic forms of avant-garde cuisine, also known as molecular gastronomy, involves the presentation of flavorful, edible liquids -- like cocktails or olive... oil -- packaged into spheres. Now a team of scientists, in collaboration with world-renowned chef Ferran Adriá, is getting to the bottom of what makes these delectable morsels possible. Their findings appear in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.
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(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Despite advances, millions of children worldwide still die before their fifth birthday, with complications from preterm birth and pneumonia... together killing nearly 2 million young children in 2013, according to a study led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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(Uppsala University) Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique... would give engineers and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties of nano-structures for future applications. In an article published in Physical Review Letters researchers propose a new method, utilizing properties of the quantum world -- the phase of the electron beam -- to detect magnetism with atom-by-atom precision.
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(University of Illinois College of Engineering) Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A... study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has shown that standard thermal models will lead to the wrong answer in a three-dimensional heat-transfer problem if the dimensions of the heating element are on the order of one micron or smaller.
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(JLM&A, SA ) Researchers have discovered a new type of brain activity that underlies the timing of voluntary actions, allowing them to forecast when a spontaneous decision will occur more than a... second in advance. 'Experiments like this have been used to argue that free will is an illusion, but we think that this interpretation is mistaken,' says Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, Portugal, who led the research, published on Sept. 28, 2014, in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
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(Walter and Eliza Hall Institute) An international team of scientists has shown that more than 80 percent of bowel cancers could be treated with existing drugs.The study found that medicines called... 'JAK inhibitors' halted tumor growth in bowel cancers with a genetic mutation that is present in more than 80 per cent of bowel cancers. Multiple JAK inhibitors are currently used, or are in clinical trials, for diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, blood cancers and myeloproliferative disorders.
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(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers find pill coated with tiny needles can deliver drugs directly into the lining of the digestive tract.
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ZEB1, Oscar for leading role in fat storage

EurekAlert! - 1 Oct 2014 06:00
(Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) A team from Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, in collaboration with ETH Zurich, has managed to decode the process of adipogenesis... by identifying the precise proteins that play the leading roles in fat absorption. Their findings have been published in the open-access scientific journal eLife.
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(University of Nottingham) A major medical discovery by scientists at the University of Nottingham could lead to the development of an entirely new type of painkiller.
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(Rice University) Rice University scientists combine graphene quantum dots drawn from common coal with graphene oxide, nitrogen and boron into a catalyst for fuel cells that outperforms platinum.
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(Cancer Research UK) Treating cancers with immunotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time could stop them from becoming resistant to treatment.
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(JLM&A, SA ) The fifth edition of BioMarine, the international investment platform dedicated to the marine bio-resources, will bring together 300 CEO, Top Executives and start-ups from around the... world, on 30 and 31 Oct. at the Estoril Congress Centre, in Cascais, Portugal under the High Patronage of the Presidency of the Republic of Portugal and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
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(University of Melbourne) A new research study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in patients older than 50 years with moderate or severe chronic knee pain,... acupuncture did not provide any benefit.
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(Louisiana Tech University) Faculty from Louisiana Tech University's cyber engineering, computer science, and computer information systems programs, and research and development group hosted over 30... executives from CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT, last week for strategic curriculum workshops.
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(Society of Nuclear Medicine) Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering found that PET/CT imaging of patients younger than 40 who were initially diagnosed with stage I-III breast cancer resulted in... change of diagnosis. As reported in the October issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, while guidelines recommend FDG-PET/CT imaging only for women with stage III breast cancer, it can also help physicians more accurately diagnose young breast cancer patients initially diagnosed with earlier stages of the disease.
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(Academy of Finland) An international group of researchers led by Dr. Warren E. Piers and Dr. Heikki M. Tuononen has been able to isolate and characterize an important chemical intermediate whose... existence has, so far, only been inferred from indirect experimental evidence.
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(Duke University) Using mesocosms that closely approximate wetland ecosystems, researchers show carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in sediments -- a tendency that could indirectly damage aquatic food... chains by piggybacking harmful molecules.
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(American Chemical Society) Cancer vaccines have recently emerged as a promising approach for killing tumor cells before they spread. But so far, most clinical candidates haven't worked that well.... Now, scientists have developed a new way to deliver vaccines that successfully stifled tumor growth when tested in laboratory mice. And the key, they report in the journal ACS Nano, is in the vaccine's unique stealthy nanoparticles.
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Is Australia prepared for Ebola?

EurekAlert! - 1 Oct 2014 06:00
(Wiley) Australia needs to be proactive about potential disease outbreaks like Ebola and establish a national center for disease control.In an Editorial in the October issue of Australian and New... Zealand Journal of Public Health, Allen Cheng from Monash University and Heath Kelly from the Australian National University question Australia's preparation for public health crises.
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Wild ducks take flight in open cluster

EurekAlert! - 1 Oct 2014 06:00
(ESO) The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open... clusters currently known -- Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster.
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(Elsevier) Patients with increased inflammation, including those receiving cytokines for medical treatment, have a greatly increased risk of depression. For example, a six-month treatment course of... interferon-alpha therapy for chronic hepatitis C virus infection causes depression in approximately 30 percent of patients.
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(American Chemical Society) As the threat of antibiotic resistance grows, scientists are turning to the human body and the trillion or so bacteria that have colonized us -- collectively called our... microbiota -- for new clues to fighting microbial infections. They've logged an early success with the discovery of a new antibiotic candidate from vaginal bacteria, reports Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.
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(American Chemical Society) Americans love their dogs, but they don't always love to pick up after them. And that's a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying... bacteria -- including antibiotic-resistant strains -- that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern, according to a report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.
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(Boston University Medical Center) Boston University is one of seven institutions to receive the prestigious Broadening Experience in Scientific Training award by the National Institutes of Health.... The five-year, $1.8 million award will provide biomedical research trainees from across the University with enhanced training to help PhD students and postdoctoral trainees prepare for careers beyond conventional academic research.
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(Queensland University of Technology) QUT researchers are investigating realistic navigation for robots using computer modeling of the human eye and the brain of a rat.
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(The Optical Society) Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, a team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School has created a paint-on, see-through, 'smart'... bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration. Because oxygen plays a critical role in healing, mapping these levels in severe wounds and burns can help significantly improve the success of surgeries to restore limbs and physical functions. The work was published today in Biomedical Optics Express.
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(St. Michael's Hospital) Long-acting insulin is safer and more effective than intermediate-acting insulin for patients with Type 1 diabetes, according to new research published in the BMJ.
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(University of Edinburgh) Emissions produced by human activity have caused annual monsoon rainfall to decline over the past 50 years, a study suggests.
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(Elsevier) Patients receiving lungs from donors whose cause of death was asphyxiation or drowning have similar outcomes and long-term survival as patients receiving lungs from traditional donors,... according to a study in the October 2014 issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
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(Council for Responsible Nutrition) Use of specific dietary supplements can have a positive effect on health care costs through avoided hospitalizations related to coronary heart disease,according to... a new article published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.
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(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Oct. 2014 story tips include stories on materials, cyber analytics, automobiles and energy.
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Lift weights, improve your memory

EurekAlert! - 1 Oct 2014 06:00
(Georgia Institute of Technology) Here's another reason why it's a good idea to hit the gym: It can improve memory. A new Georgia Institute of Technology study shows that an intense workout of as... little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 percent in healthy young adults.
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(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) New research co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will focus on the cyber-security of the UK's vital industrial... control systems which run, for example, manufacturing plants, power stations, the electricity grid, and the rail network. The research will help understand and mitigate threats from hackers or malware infiltrating the systems behind our critical national infrastructure.
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(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) People are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness,... and don't support insurance, housing and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.
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(Case Western Reserve University) Case Western Reserve University researchers have won grants to customize a plant virus into a vaccine for an aggressive form of breast cancer, and to turn another... plant virus into a transporter that delivers clot-busting drugs to a blood clot before it causes a heart attack or stroke.
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(Elsevier) Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery may not have to follow a strict blood sugar management strategy after surgery, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of... the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
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(Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)) This is the first time that a method allows scientists to monitor aggregation while simultaneously detect a structural pattern responsible for... the toxicity of beta-amyloid aggregation.The researchers state that these studies are a step towards finding a therapeutic target for a disease which, to date, has no treatment.
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(Michigan Technological University) Lithium ions traveling through a zinc antimonide anode cause local stress and phase transitions, a process dubbed atomic shuffling. These changes may help explain... why most anodes made of layered materials eventually fail.
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(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their... motor skills have been impaired -- as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists in Munich have now discovered that there is a specific network in the brain for using tools. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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Adobe Creative Cloud Comes ToGoogle is quickly trying to flesh out additional functionality and features for their Chrome OS, beyond just basic apps that run in a browser window.  The company recently announced the growing... capability to run Android apps on Chrome as well, which opens up a world of opportunity for users that have flocked to Google's tablet and handset operating system.
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[From In-Car Tech] ARK Performance Inc. has released information about the Hyundai Genesis AR550 sedan it plans to take to SEMA 2014 in Las Vegas in November.
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Australia's Parliament has passed the first tranche of new national security reforms, approving laws that will give ASIO the power to monitor every device on the internet, and with a single warrant... copy, delete, or modify data held on those devices.
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GOTCHA: Hidden Bra Cam DoesSmile gawkers, you're on Hidden-Nestlé-Boobie camera! Nestlé is taking an unusual, yet on-topic approach to raising awareness for its #CheckYourSelfie breast cancer awareness campaign with this... stunt. The jury is still out on whether this is an effective campaign to raise awareness for #CheckYourSelfie but I think we can all admit that they get an A for effort... or shall I say Double D for effort? Maybe I shouldn't. Space Time-Lapse Dazzles With Nature's Light Shows Tim and Eric Switch On Jeff Goldblum's Weird in Lightbulb Commercial Pharrell's 'It Girl' Video Mashes Up Anime and Video Games 'Taken 3' Trailer Is So Much Liam Neeson Ass-Kicking
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Apple's Shellshock patch forApple just released a patch for Shellshock, a bug that could give hackers access to Macintosh computers, but a security specialist says Apple fixed only two out of three security holes.
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India's MOM Snaps SpectacularMOM is truly something special. For her latest eye popping feat, India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has snapped the first global portrait of her new Home – the Red Planet.(...)Read the rest of... India's MOM Snaps Spectacular Portrait of New Home – the Red Planet (331 words) © Ken Kremer for Universe Today, 2014. | […]
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Should You Freeze Your Eggs?

Slate - 1 Oct 2014 05:51
The cocktail party at the trendy Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo could have been a networking event for a hip New York investment bank or publishing house--a swarm of young women in their late 20s and... 30s, mostly in business attire. But the attendees weren't thinking about their careers. They were thinking about their ovaries. The event was hosted by a company called EggBanxx, and the women had come to drink free wine and learn about egg freezing, something their hosts were promoting as a way to stop the biological clock so they can have their babies later, whenever they damn well please.
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McAfee Names Kimmel Its 'MostJimmy Kimmel is the 'most dangerous celebrity' on the Internet, according to McAfee study
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Apple iOS 8.1 beta includesAside from overall improvements to iOS 8, iOS 8.1 brings better support for Apple Pay, hints at Touch ID functionality for the next-gen iPad.
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Yosemite GM provides an earlyOn Tuesday Apple provided developers and beta testers with the GM build of OS X Yosemite, which will likely be the version that ships to consumers later in October (although since this is only a “GM... candidate” we may see another build sometime before then). Earlier we noted that this build includes updated videos to […]
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HP unwraps affordable StreamHP has taken the wraps off of two new tablets and notebook PCs from its HP Stream series. The budget-friendly devices will go on sale in November.
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iPhone 6 case spotlight: Gresso

AppleTell - 1 Oct 2014 05:40
Eliminate "bendgate" for only $90 to over $2,000. The post iPhone 6 case spotlight: Gresso appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] iPhone 6 case spotlight: Gresso

Technology Tell - 1 Oct 2014 05:40
[From AppleTell] Unlike many aluminum cases that require special tools to remove them from your phone, the Gresso Case uses a hinged magnetic lock system.
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There's no way you'd use a shock collar to train your beloved dog, but you wouldn't mind using one on yourself if it means breaking your nastiest habits, eh? If that's the case, then your day has... come: Pavlok (a wearable band that can zap you with...
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Car-booking app Uber is targeting business customers as it ups the ante in its battle with taxi giant Cabcharge.
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Lewis Hilsenteger responds to'Bendgate' is far from closed. Unbox Therapy's Lewis Hilsenteger bends an iPhone 6 Plus on the streets in front of witnesses, while Consumer Reports attests to the durability of Apple's latest batch... of smartphones.
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The Most Important PromisedMicrosoft unveiled much of what I said you should expect to hear at their Windows press event today in San Francisco, along with a few new details and additional features we hadn't heard of yet from... all of the "Windows 9" leaks buzzing around the net previously.  Though the first curve ball Microsoft threw was quite unexpected, naming the OS two logical steps up from Windows 8, declaring this version as "Windows 10," the rest of the unveil had some pretty predictable fast balls, right over the meat of the plate -- except one of those could be a lights-out 99 MPH heater of a pitch, if the company can truly pull it off.
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Android's Potential Bit Rot Problem

Forbes - 1 Oct 2014 05:31
Android's Potential Bit RotI have been exposed to a large number of mobile devices over the last few years and think there’s a bit (pun intended) of a problem with Android that hasn’t been talked about much. In addition to... reviewing a number of flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Lenovo, Acer and NVIDIA, I have owned a number of other devices from manufactures like LG, Nokia, and Sony, among others.  I was able to keep quite a few of the devices I reviewed in the lab indefinitely and my daily drivers get used and abused constantly; at quick glance I have 12 devices on hand at the moment. And what I’ve noticed is that over time, all of the Android-based devices have gotten increasingly more unreliable and unstable. It’s as if Google's Android suffers from a form of “bit rot”.
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'Marvel's Agents ofWe've known since August that Kyle MacLachlan was coming to Marvel's Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, but there was no realizing the full, surreal impact of seeing the erstwhile Agent Cooper in... the Marvel universe until it actually happened. Well, cue the snappy jazz and put on some damn good coffee, because MacLachlan — who is presumably Skye's father — shows up at the very end of Episode 2, "Heavy is the Head," and he is definitely weird. He has an equally bizarre little sidekick in Raina ("the girl in the flower dress") who's returned after an absence in Episode 1 that almost made us forget the huge hint-bombs she was dropping at the end of Season 1.
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BMW has re-worked its class-leading S1000RR superbike in two directions - more performance and more rider-friendly usability. With a 6-horsepower increase to 199 peak ponies (148 kW), and a 4 kg (8.8... lb) weight reduction, performance seems taken care of. Likewise, the road rider has been looked after with speed limiters, lean angle readouts, and the first cruise control system ever fitted to a superbike. It appears we'll need to get another choir in to celebrate...
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[From In-Car Tech] CRP Automotive's Pentosin brand has introduced Pentofrost E, a multipurpose antifreeze concentrate that is developed specially for VW Group vehicles.
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Why Denver Public SchoolHundreds of students and teachers at Denver-area public schools are skipping classes to protest a school board proposal that could change the way AP U.S. History is taught in the district as well as... board-mandated tweaks to teachers' pay Two Denver high schools were shut down on Monday after a vast majority of teachers called in sick or took personal days while students picketed in the streets, chanting and waving signs that accused the district of trying to censor American history. The districtwide walkouts began the day after a particularly contentious Jefferson County school board meeting on Sept. 18 and have continued through Tuesday, the Denver Post reported.
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iPhone 5 Battery ReplacementApple's iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program now covers iPhone 5 models that had their displays replaced with third-party components, according to a new posting on Apple's GSX site for service... providers that was brought to MacRumors' attention. Previously, iPhone 5 models that had their displays replaced were barred from receiving a brand new battery replacement from Apple. The company generally did not replace batteries in devices that might have seen damage due to liability issues and required phones with damaged displays to correct that issue before progressing. Additionally, Apple's refusal to replace batteries in phones with new displays likely saw some contention amongst those who purchased refurbished iPhone 5 models and had not personally had any work done on the device.
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schwit1 writes: Cassini images taken in 2007, 2013, and 2014 of one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas find that a mysterious feature there keeps appearing and disappearing. Quoting: "The mysterious... feature, which appears bright in radar images against the dark background of the liquid sea, was first spotted during Cassini's July 2013 Titan flyby. Previous observations showed no sign of bright features in that part of Ligeia Mare. Scientists were perplexed to find the feature had vanished when they looked again, over several months, with low-resolution radar and Cassini's infrared imager. This led some team members to suggest it might have been a transient feature. But during Cassini's flyby on August 21, 2014, the feature was again visible, and its appearance had changed during the 11...
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[From In-Car Tech] The K900 proudly wears a Kia badge, as well it should. Don't think "overpriced Kia." Think "half-priced S-Class."
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Malware program targets HongA malware program that targets Hong Kong activists using Apple devices has trademarks of being developed by a nation-state, possibly China, according to a security company. Lacoon Mobile Security of... San Francisco wrote on its blog on Tuesday that the malware, called Xsser mRAT, is the "first and most advanced, fully operational Chinese iOS trojan found to date." The Apple malware is related to a malicious Android one found last month that advertised itself as a way for activists to coordinate protests, Lacoon wrote. Hong Kong has seen massive demonstrations after China moved to only allow candidates it approves to run in the election of the territory's chief executive in 2017. Activists charge China reneged on a promise of an election without restrictions.
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New data from the United States' largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for analysis after their death suffered... from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Department of Veterans Affairs' brain repository, based in Massachusetts, found that 76 of 79 former pro players had evidence of the condition, which can be caused by repeated head trauma.
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iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Gizmag - 1 Oct 2014 04:47
With this year's batch of iPhones, Apple finally has a Galaxy Note competitor in the iPhone 6 Plus. But how does the smaller iPhone 6 compare to the Note 4? Let's compare their features and specs...
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A Boise, Idaho, company is taking armchair adventuring and learning to a new level by letting anyone on the Internet take command of a remotely operated underwater vehicle.
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Sony's newest console canWith the release of Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS this week, this holiday gaming season is finally upon us. Although big releases are primed to steal... the spotlight, Sony is bringing something new to the table — a $99.99 console that will play hundreds of games from the PlayStation library. PlayStation Vita TV has been available in Japan for several months now, but after being rebranded, it’s finally making its way west. PlayStation TV is basically a non-portable version of the PS Vita — it plugs into the television via an HDMI cable but still has a slot for Vita cartridges and one for memory cards. It will also be compatible with PS One and PSP
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Meet 15 of Advertising's Rising Stars

Mashable - 1 Oct 2014 04:29
Meet 15 of Advertising'sAgencies and advertisers have descended upon New York for Advertising Week to discuss new trends, platforms and tactics in the marketplace. We wanted to celebrate the industry's young talent, so we... asked senior agency staff to highlight the up-and-coming creatives whose work has caught their eye. See also: 5 Ways the Ad World Has Changed in the Last 10 Years Below, meet 15 rising stars (in no particular order) who've been noticed for their outstanding creativity and work ethic — and find out how they conjure their best ideas. Anna Edwards, Creative Lead, Senior Copywriter, Firstborn Image: Anna Edwards
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The nice thing about living in Apple's ecosystem is everything is consistent: the app library, the user interface and design motifs echo across all of the company's devices. Well, unless you have a... gold iPhone -- then any iPad you could possibly buy...
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Messages Supporting Hong KongThe protests in Hong Kong calling for more local control of its political future have largely played out on television news broadcasts and live blogs, constantly updated with the latest developments... But for one group of self-described media artists in Hong Kong, even this high level of focus on the protests was simply not enough. They decided to crowd source support for Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) protests from around the globe using technology See also: Drone Footage Reveals Massive Scale of Hong Kong Protests The Add Oil Machine For OCLP is a website that allows anyone with a web connection to add a message of support for the protests to a website that displays the messages, in English and Chinese, in a real-time scrolling feed. That feed is then curated by the team, led by...
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Slim smartphone zoom is oneNew technology from DynaOptics promises to deliver optical zoom to smartphones without the need for a protruding lens element.
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Apple Asks Developers toHours after Apple released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers and members of the public beta, the Cupertino company has begun asking developers to begin submitting their... Yosemite apps to the Mac App Store. Additionally, developers can now submit their apps written in Swift to the Mac App Store as well. Make sure your apps take advantage of all the great new features in OS X Yosemite, which will be available to millions of customers around the world later this fall. Add powerful new functionality throughout OS X Yosemite with app extensions, explore the innovative new Swift programming language, and take advantage of advances in game technologies, Safari, iCloud, and more. To prepare your apps for the Mac App Store, download and build with the OS X Yosemite GM...
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Belkin Thunderbolt 2 ExpressBelkin has just outed a new connectivity dock that utilizes the ultra fast Thunderbolt 2 interface to make file and data transfers a breeze. And with a plethora of other connection ports, this... Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD will surely satisfy your every wired connectivity needs. Connectivity is the name of the game. Wired connectivity, that is. And to demonstrate …
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JibJab introduces messages app

USA Today - 1 Oct 2014 04:11
JibJab introduces messages appThe JibJab guys debut a new text messaging app.          
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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc appears to be close to settling a nearly two-month dispute with Walt Disney Co during which Amazon stopped offering Disney DVDs for preorder, the Wall Street Journal... reported on Tuesday.
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Slashdot - 1 Oct 2014 04:04
Science_afficionado writes: At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way,... astronomers could soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change, lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled Religions and Extraterrestrial Life, published by Springer this month. He discovered that from Baptists to...
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Assassin's Creed IdentityUbisoft has launched a new Assassin's Creed for iOS, touting it as the first in which users can create, develop and customise their (exclusively male) assassins.
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Zen Telecom has been fined AU$225,000 for misleading customers by claiming it is associated with Telstra.
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Hands-on with the rugged Cat S50

Android Central - 1 Oct 2014 04:00
Hands-on with the rugged CatCat Phones has announced their S50 model earlier this month. It's a rugged LTE smartphone designed specifically to be used outdoors and in challenging environments. It's waterproof, scratch-resistant,... dustproof and can withstand more than just a few bumps and scrapes. We first played with the Cat S50 at IFA, but we met with them again last night to have a closer look. Watch our hands-on video.
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Security software provider Trend Micro will share its threat information analysis with global police agency Interpol for the next three years, in a bid to bridge the gap in information sharing between... the public and private sectors.
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Apple Planning to Offer iPadApple is planning to offer its new 9.7-inch iPad, which has thus far been known as the iPad Air 2 unofficially, in a gold color choice in addition to the already available silver and space gray... variations, reports Bloomberg. The new option would bring the iPad up to color parity with its iPhone models, which have been offered in three colors since last year's iPhone 5s. New versions of the company's 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and...
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An ambitious project will focus on public safety and delivering more efficient transport, HP says.
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YC's Altman Thinks Reddit's The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he... said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.” So when he decided to lead Reddit’s $50 million Series B…
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Bloomberg corroborates reportsIn line with previous claims, Bloomberg is now reporting that Apple is planning to introduce a gold model to its iPad lineup with the release of the next-generation iPad Air. Interestingly, the report... is specific to note that the full-size model will get the color while the mini line goes without mention. Per the report: […]
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Netflix is about to do the oneNetflix isn't content to simply make great original TV series, as it looks like the company also wants to make its own feature films. What's more interesting about Netflix's approach to movie releases... is that the company is apparently planning a special launch for its first movie - and probably all future ones as well - making it available simultaneously both via Netflix and in cinemas, as BGR sister site Deadline reports. Netflix has partnered with The Weinstein Company for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, a sequel to the 2000 martial arts movie that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie will launch on Netflix and in IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015. That's certainly a bold move for
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Hidden camera in bra revealsIt's an obvious stunt. Nestle Fitness outfitted a woman with a bra camera to show just how many people sneak a glance throughout the day. Spoiler! It's a lot of random eyeballs. Why did they do this?... Nestle Fitness says: to remind women around the world to check their breasts regularly to help prevent breast cancer.
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Australian ISPs iiNet and Dodo have been warned by the industry regulator to comply with direct debit authorisations.
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Google triples bug bountyGoogle has tripled its maximum reward for finding flaws in its software to US$15,000, a figure the company hopes will deter independent researchers from selling their information on shady markets. The... company had paid a minimum of $500 up to $5,000. But it is now becoming more difficult to find bugs in software such as Chrome, and Google wants to reward the extra effort, wrote Tim Willis of Chrome Security Team in a blog post on Tuesday. Bug bounty programs have proven fruitful for large Web companies such as Google and Facebook, who can attract a greater number of eyes to their software without hiring more security analysts.
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Indoor cycling normally isn't as fun as the outdoor variety, and it certainly isn't as social. Where's the thrill of blowing past a rival? That's what Zwift's upcoming massively multiplayer cycling... game promises to solve. So long as you have a...
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Uber Rider Might Lose An EyeRoberto Chicas, a 35-year-old San Francisco bartender, climbed into an UberX car around 2 a.m. last week and expected to get home safely. Instead, he landed in the hospital after his driver allegedly... bashed in his face with a hammer after a dispute over the route.
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Did you miss our real-time coverage of Microsoft's Windows 10 reveal? You can now watch all 40 minutes of the presentation yourself in this video. [YouTube via The Verge]
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Political Theater With a Purpose

Slate - 1 Oct 2014 03:33
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson spent three-and-a-half uncomfortable hours on Tuesday being grilled by lawmakers who were very, very displeased with last week's White House security breach.... "This failure has once again tested the trust of the American people in the Secret Service--a trust already strained by a string of recent scandals," Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said early in the hearing, providing what would become a common refrain from both sides of the aisle. Proving this was far from a one-sided partisan attack, Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch unleashed perhaps the most blistering one-liner, telling Pierson, "I wish to God that you protected the White House like you're protecting your reputation here today."
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Eftpos has replaced a network of complex bilateral links between banks and merchants with a centralised payment hub.
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Netflix Takes Aim at theNetflix takes aim at Hollywood's theatrical window for movie releases
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Remember JibJab? They're AboutThe digital media studio launches a messaging app for personalized animated GIFs.
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Mozilla Fans Are Getting aAfter cheaper smartphones, it now appears that the next frontier for the Mozilla community is the television, thanks to an open source device called Matchstick Like Google's Chromecast, the Firefox... OS-powered device, which was previewed back in June, aims to make your television smarter by seamlessly connecting it your computer See also: Chromecast Hack Lets You Rickroll Your Neighbor's TV The streaming media stick connects via Wi-Fi to your television's HDMI port, allowing you to push videos, music and games from your PC to your screen Inside the device is a dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, 4GB of onboard storage and 1GB of DDR3 memory. Sticking with the animal motif so popular with Mozilla fans, on its exterior the device sports a tiny porcupine logo accented with Firefox orange
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Murakami turned a PharrellHere's the official music video for Pharrell Williams' latest single "It Girl". It's a visual trip that combines lovely anime and nostalgia inducing 8-bit video games with the always colorful... imagination of artist Takashi Murakami. It's not so much a music video as it is moving art.
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Ellison pushes Oracle's newOracle chairman Larry Ellison has delivered another dose of hype for the vendor's cloud platform, but many customers may need more convincing before they make the leap. In many ways, Ellison's talk at... the OpenWorld conference on Tuesday was a rehash of a keynote he delivered on Sunday, although he dug deeper into the technical weeds and even conducted a number of live demonstrations of what he called a "brand-new, majorly upgraded" platform. "We wanted to make it very easy to move existing Oracle databases and existing Oracle applications to the cloud," Ellison said. However, "there had to be a bunch of benefits associated with that. We wanted to be able to move [them], modernize [them], and lower your costs."
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1907-1915: Russia Before theSergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944) became photographically renowned in Russia for a color portrait of Leo Tolstoy. It was this fame that, in 1909, brought him to the attention of Tsar Nicholas II.... Prokudin-Gorsky's subsequent meeting with the tsar and the tsar's family was to be the pivotal moment in his life: The tsar provided both the funding and the authority for Prokudin-Gorsky to carry out what he would later describe as his life's work. For most of the following decade, using a specially adapted railroad car as a darkroom, Prokudin-Gorsky traversed the length and breadth of the Russian Empire, recording what he saw in more than 10,000 full-color photographs.
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In a world where Neil Young is trying to sell an MP3 player for $399, and Taylor Swift sees selfies as a form of currency, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA wants to sell the group's latest album inside a... portable speaker. The legendary rap group has partnered with speaker company Boombotix to come up with a wearable speaker that has eight of the songs from Wu-Tang's upcoming album, A Better Tomorrow included, along with an exclusive bonus track. The entire package will actually be available in November before the album is released. If there's one catch to all this, it's that only 1,000 of the $79.99 speakers are being sold through Boombotix's site, with another 2,000 that will be sold in Zumiez stores (yes, that Zumiez). After that, you'll have to...
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iOS 8 'Reset All Settings'iOS 8 might be taking another PR hit this week, though hopefully in a more limited fashion. Some users have started reporting that iOS 8's option to reset their phone's settings erased iWork files... stored in the beta version of iCloud Drive, with some left without an option to recover them at all. iCloud Drive was first shown to the …
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Tracy Morgan: 'Can't BelieveSeatbelt or no seatbelt, Tracy Morgan wasn't about to let Wal-Mart put the blame on him without a response. A day after the retailer filed an answer to Morgan's lawsuit, claiming Wal-Mart wasn't... responsible for his injuries because he wasn't buckled in, Morgan fired back: "After I heard what Wal-Mart said in court I felt I had to speak out. I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back." SEE ALSO: Seat-Belt Protest on Swedish Flight Halts Deportation of Iranian Man
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You can finally buy Motorola'sThe only watch that seems to have customer demand enough to sell out is back in stock. The Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch — which sold out quickly at the beginning of September — is now available... for people to buy and wonder if it’s worth it. Sure, the jury is still out as to whether smartwatches can become practical and ubiquitous gadgets, but that won’t stop the big companies from investing in their production. Apple is coming out with one, Samsung has one, and people seem to be wary on whether they should get one. What makes the Motorola’s Moto 360 different is that it doesn’t look like a smartwatch. It looks like a fancy watch which is probably why they’re selling out
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Despite its hugely successful launch, the reviews of Destiny have been underwhelming. Being the new online first-person shooter from Bungie, the creators of Halo, that comes as something of a... surprise. Having just hit level 27, Gizmag's James Holloway shares some things he's noticed, not all of which fit the prevailing narrative.....
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Enterprises Expect ConstantEnterprises want continuous data management innovation while preserving their existing IT investments.
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Key Internet of Things playersGoogle's Nest Labs, Samsung, Big Ass Fans, and others came together to tout the burgeoning Thread standard that allows smart home devices to communicate with one another.
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Here's How Windows 10 WillEarlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I... filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form…
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The Concise, Complex Art Of ABefore the creative project there is: the brief. It's a concise communication nugget developed between a client and an artist, or an architect, or a designer, that clearly lays out the mission for the... task at hand. Briefly is a short doc that explores the complexity of this short form through the perspective of six big name professionals.
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Shellshock flaw could poseThe "Shellshock" flaw has the potential to pose a risk to the payments industry, but doesn't appear to have caused any problems yet, an official with a consortium run by major credit card companies... warned on Tuesday. The PCI Security Standards Council develops technical standards for protecting payment card data, a closely watched area following a spate of data breaches at retailers including Home Depot and Target. "It has the potential to be a risk," said Troy Leach, the organization's CTO, of the flaw in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash), a command-line shell processor in Unix and Linux.
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If you're a fan of Arduino's tinker-friendly approach to computing, you'll be glad to hear that it's now extending that open philosophy to 3D printers. The company has teamed up with Sharebot to... unveil the Materia 101, a small (5.5 inches by 4...
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Tomorrow Daily 060: WindowsOn today's show, we dive into Windows 10 and some of its new features, get excited about Netflix's plan to release an upcoming film the same day it hits theaters, and check out a weird 3D-printed hat... that changes color based on your brain activity.
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The popular forum site Reddit has raised $50 million in funding and investors will share 10 percent of their shares with community members, CEO Yishan Wong said in a blog post. One plan is to create a... cryptocurrency much like bitcoin to share with the community, but the site's management has yet to nail down its final approach.
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BlackBerry Passport hands-onThe BlackBerry Passport is the latest smartphone from BlackBerry and has a unique design. I got to try out the 4.5-inch smartphone and here are some first impressions.
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Room for Debate: When PrivacyHow much should tech companies cooperate with the government on data access?
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This is how Cortana works on Windows 10

The Verge - 1 Oct 2014 02:25
Microsoft showed off a small number of Windows 10 features at the company's event this morning, but one rumored one was missing: Cortana. The software maker focused on some of its desktop improvements... for Windows 10, and Cortana is one of the many changes that will be coming ahead of the final release next year. While the special Technical Preview build of Windows 10 that will be released tomorrow won't include Cortana, Microsoft is already testing the digital assistant inside of other Windows 10 builds internally. It's an early implementation, but Cortana will be fully integrated into the search experience in Windows 10. Microsoft's new Windows 10 OS has a new search button on the taskbar, and Cortana currently appears at the top of...
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Apple brings back SMSiOS 8 and Yosemite work together unlike any other operating systems Apple’s ever created, but after removing one of Continuity’s most promising new features – the ability to send and receive SMS... texts from Messages on a Mac – Apple…
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12 things to know about Windows 10

PC World - 1 Oct 2014 02:15
12 things to know aboutMicrosoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8. The... event in San Francisco was aimed mostly at enterprise customers, and Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here's a rundown of some of the key points we learned Tuesday about Windows 10. Why Windows 10? The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. "We're not building an incremental product," said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's Operating Systems Group.
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It looks like the DroidThe 2014 Moto X is a very impressive smartphone but it looks like Motorola is saving even better hardware for a release set for later this year. Android Community has spotted a benchmark for the... upcoming Droid Turbo, a Verizon exclusive has been tipped in the past to feature specifications that are even better than the ones we saw in the newest Moto X. MOTO X REVIEW: Say hello to the best Android phone in the world According to the benchmark, the Droid Turbo will have a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor that runs at 2.65GHz, a 19-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat For comparison, the new
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While the sun is still shining, the surfer lifestyle is definitely the way to go -- complete with tan, outrageous sunglasses and toned physique. But if you'd rather not venture into the... soon-to-be-chilly walls of angry ocean water, the RipSurfer allows you to hone your skills, and get the same workout, on dry land...
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Man's second-best friend, television, gets out of the house more than ever. On a smartphone app or laptop, people watch sports on WatchESPN, movies and original programming on HBO Go or Netflix, and... weekly network TV series.
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Just in time to counter the news about Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system (via the BBC), Apple today launched a "golden master candidate" for OS X Yosemite. That means that development... of the system is largely at an end, and that from now on Apple will chiefly occupy itself with squashing lingering bugs and honing rough edges. And if you want to jump in, you can. The release of the golden master candidate also marks the launch of the fourth public beta. Specifically, the build for the developers is Build 14A379a; the build for the public beta is Build 14A379b. You can, of course, download it from the Mac Dev Center if you have access to it, and if you're a "regular" user, you can download it from the Mac App Store. But first you'll need to sign up. Yosemite does for Mac OS X...
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Windows 10: Nine things youHave burning questions about Microsoft's upcoming operating system? Here are some answers.
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[GamerTell] Microsoft jumps ahead to Windows 10

Technology Tell - 1 Oct 2014 02:00
[From GamerTell] Microsoft has revealed the upcoming Windows 10, planned for release in 2015.
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The Chinese government is cracking down on Instagram, fearing dissidents and food porn. Europe is once again telling Google how it feels, and the FBI is releasing software. Plus more gov news 'round... the globe.
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When Apple announced Apple Pay earlier this month, PayPal was conspicuously absent from Apple's list of secured partnerships. Now comes word via Ian Kar of BankInnovation that PayPal was initially... part of Apple's vision of Apple Pay, but that...
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The Steam Slate Desktop

Life Hacker - 1 Oct 2014 02:00
The Steam Slate DesktopOver on our Facebook page, Panda Nguyen shared his desktop in the comments of our post about last week's featured desktop--well, we liked it so much, we had to feature it too. It may look like Steam... is built-in, but it's not--it just fits very well. Here's how he set it all up.
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Dominic Cooper to Reprise HisDid you really think Marvel was going to recast Dominic Cooper? Of course not. When Marvel's Agent Cartercomes guns blazing to ABC in 2015, Cooper will, indeed, reprise his role as Howard Stark, the... studio confirmed Tuesday See also: 9 Nerdy Marvel Facts Backed by Science Cooper first played the role as Tony Stark's father in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger Between this news and the news from last week that Boardwalk Empire alum Shea Whigham will be joining the cast, we kind of need Agent Carter in our lives right now. Unfortunately, we have a whole first half of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 first
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How Smartphone SpywareThe FBI shut down StealthGenie and arrested a Pakistani man for selling a smartphone spyware app being used illegally to wiretap and eavesdrop on unsuspecting phone owners.
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upontheturtlesback writes: The Arducorder Mini, an Arduino-compatible pocket-sized handheld sensing tool and the next in line of open source science tricorder-like devices designed by Dr. Peter... Jansen, is nearing completion. Where the previous models have included about a dozen sensors spanning atmospheric, electromagnetic, and spatial readings, an exciting video of the new prototype shows this model includes sensors for spectroscopy, low-resolution thermal imaging, and radiation sensing. The development is open with the project build logs and most recent source schematics, board layouts, and firmware available on github. This project is an entry in the Hack a Day Prize for a trip to space.
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The most important part of Windows 10 won't be in tomorrow's preview.
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New Google+ 'PG-13' featureA new feature has just launched for Google's social networking service Google+ that allows you to restrict your posts based on your audience's age or location. This way, you can set filters for the... content you create to make sure it's not viewable by children, or that you can share your Google+ posts to your peers without the peering eyes of parents. Businesses can also use the new feature to restrict content based on where they want promotions to happen.
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Matchstick is the newThere's a new project on Kickstarter that is taking aim at Chromecast. It's called Matchstick, the streaming stick built on Firefox OS. Chromecast is a HDMI dongle from Google that works over Wi-Fi... and plugs into your HDTV, allowing you to stream content...
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It looks like Microsoft's new OS will be called Windows 10. Who'd have thunk it?
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Siri changes in iOS betaiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will soon be able to use Siri to access credit cards stored in the Passbook app, if the beta version of iOS 8.1 is any indicator. We’ve already seen the Apple Pay privacy... statement and other asssets pointing to this release being the one that enables the payment system […]
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This is probably the most funI think we should re-visit the playgrounds of our childhood to see how much fun we can have now. Because if it's anything like these guys from the Streaks Show, it looks like it'll be an insane amount... of fun. I mean, they used a seesaw to basically jump flip out of the world of physics and gravity and momentum.
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[From In-Car Tech] Chevrolet's SIlverado Toughnology Concept took a bit of a swipe at the largely aluminum 2015 Ford F-150. The F-150 wasn't going to take that lying down.
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Basis Peak is a smart watchIntel subsidiary Basis announces a new fitness watch that promises to get smarter in the future. The $200 watch tracks resting and active hours right now, but it plans to support smartphone... notifications soon.
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Samsung Calls Galaxy Note 4What do you get when your brand new tablet phone has a noticeable gap between the display and body? In the case of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, you get a feature and not a flaw, and it's a feature that's... going to grow over time. The Mac Observer Spin: Apple gets hammered by the media over a few customers complaining about bent iPhones. Samsung ships a smartphone with a screen that doesn't fit flush against the device's body: crickets.
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Smart Park Benches Weigh Sitters

Scientific American - 1 Oct 2014 01:16
Smart Park Benches WeighIn a bid to boost fitness, new park benches in Moscow will let sitters see their weight and receive health tips. Dina Fine Maron reports.   --
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Apple Watch introduction videoApple re-uploaded its Apple Watch introduction video to YouTube today with a few small changes to the design of the device. It seems the company’s initial renders of the watch were not as accurate... as they could have been, as the new version--which also appears on Apple.com now--sports a noticeably smaller screen. The change, which […]
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Aston Martin's Lagonda is partYou may not be able to buy Aston Martin's new super sedan if you live outside the Middle East, but you can at least salivate over these newly-released images of this V12-powered beast. The post Aston... Martin’s Lagonda is part supercar, part luxury limo appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Yvette Nicole Brown Is LeavingWhen Community returns for a new season on Yahoo Screen, it will be without the study group's most perpetually plucky member. Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Shirley on the show, has asked to be... released from her contract with the show so that she can tend to her ailing father See also: Get to Know 'SNL' Newcomer Pete Davidson With These 5 Clips "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown said in a statement via TV Guide, which first reported the news. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."
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wabrandsma sends this article from New Scientist: Hong Kong's mass protest is networked. Activists are relying on a free app that can send messages without any cellphone connection. Since the... pro-democracy protests turned ugly over the weekend, many worry that the Chinese government would block local phone networks. In response, activists have turned to the FireChat app to send supportive messages and share the latest news. On Sunday alone, the app was downloaded more than 100,000 times in Hong Kong, its developers said. FireChat relies on "mesh networking," a technique that allows data to zip directly from one phone to another via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Ordinarily, if two people want to communicate this way, they need to be fairly close together. But as more people join in, the network grows...
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ERA Demo Day Has Something For The Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator unveiled their latest cohort today in New York, with companies launching services for everyone from chief executives on the go to college kids looking for... the meaning behind their messages to a subscription based perfume service to give women and men new scents to make great memories. Behind the glass and steel walls of the Frank Gehry-designed…
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Tim and Eric Switch On JeffJeff Goldblum has found the role he was born to play: famous person Terry Quattro. In this advertisement for GE Link lighting solutions, the Hefner-esque Goldblum struts around the screen with his... "lighting servant" and sparkly-dressed women in a mock infomercial directed by comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Tim and Eric aren't new to the viral advertising game, having created several of the over-the-top Old Spice Terry Crews commercials. Video: YouTube, General Electric How to Fix Your Bent iPhone 6 Plus (Don't Try at Home) Battle of the Status: If Facebook Were More Like 'Street Fighter' Pee Wee Football Team Loses to Its Own Banner How To Fix Your iPhone 6's Annoying Bulging Camera
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Tetris live-action film is inThose of you who love classic video games as well as cinema will be excited to learn about the latest film to come from Hollywood: a Tetris adaptation from Threshold Entertainment. According to The... Wall Street Journal, Threshold Entertainment and Tetris...
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Go To TechCrunch Disrupt TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to London this October, and to celebrate we’re giving away a free pair of tickets to the main event. All you have to do is fill out the entry form and come up with the... best caption for this photo of Kyle wearing Google Glass. We’ll select the winning entry, and the winner will be notified by email. About TechCrunch Disrupt: Disrupt is one of the…
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Reports that PayPal was trying to cozy up with Apple for its mobile payment system are almost as old as the rumors about Apple Pay itself. We last reported on the rumors way back in January, and now a... new report from Bank Innovation (via MacRumors) claims all that work came to naught. In fact, the veteran Internet payment company apparently signed a deal with Samsung to power its own fingerprint payment system for its Galaxy S5 units. Apple apparently made the decision to end the talks. Understandably, PayPal's move incensed the Cupertino company, and it's said that the partnership with Samsung led to Apple's surprise decision to exclude PayPal from the dev kit for Apple Pay entirely. The deal with Samsung "was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe," the report says....
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CDC and Texas HealthThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today, through laboratory tests, the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas,... Texas from Liberia. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately four days after arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20.
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Silver nanoparticles are very effective at killing bacteria, finding use in everything from water filters to non-smelly clothing. That said, there are some major concerns regarding the effects that... those particles may have on human health and on the environment. Among other things, it has been suggested that they cause cell death, and compromise the immune system. Now, however, scientists at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with what could be a less harmful alternative - red algae. ..
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Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview

Mashable - 1 Oct 2014 01:05
Hands On With the Windows 10Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the long-awaited followup to Windows 8 Tuesday. The latest version of Windows walks back some of the more jarring changes of Windows 8, including the return of the Start... menu and improvements to how apps are displayed, while also adding multitasking enhancements that will appeal to those who use touchscreen devices as well as PCs. See also: With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It But while Windows 10 will be a welcome change to those users who were turned off by the "mobile first" approach of Windows 8, the latest version of Windows hardly feels like a step backward
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Charring A Whisky BarrelScotland might be the spiritual home of whisky, but Japan is perfecting its own unique take on the liquor. At Nikka's Yoichi distillery in Hokkaido, watching a barrel get charred--for flavor!--looks a... hell of lot like the living flames of satan's demons are being unleashed from within those wooden staves.
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JibJab enters the messagingFifteen years after launching as a fledgling digital content shop in New York and after surviving two economic downturns, JibJab Bros Studios today is profitable and employs more than 60 people.... Having relocated its operations to Santa Monica a decade ago, the company bootstrapped itself for more than half its life before bringing on venture backing only after things were running smoothly. Throughout, there has been one guiding principle that has […]
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Tesla Breaks into Japan

Forbes - 1 Oct 2014 01:02
Tesla Breaks into JapanEarlier this month Tesla opened its Japan sales operation with Elon Musk handing over nine keys to the first Model S owners in the country.  The event is significant because foreign automakers,... especially U.S. ones, sell very few vehicles in Japan.  Although the country’s vehicle market officially opened to limited foreign participation in the 1970s, despite extensive automotive trade negotiations between the United States and Japan, the country has effectively remained closed.  Nearly 96% of all vehicle sales in the country come from Japanese companies, while the remaining 4% come from German automakers, with a barely visible blip of around 1,000 vehicles coming from GM.  This has been frustrating for foreign automakers – but it’s also hindering Japan’s plug-in...
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X100,000 Flare Unleashed ByNASA's Swift satellite detected the "superflare" blasted by a red dwarf star in a binary system called DG Canum Venaticorum (DG CVn). In comparison, the largest flare ever recorded from our Sun was an... X45, 10,000 times less powerful.
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How to Open Any File on iOS

Mac Life - 1 Oct 2014 01:01
As more and more people start to use their iPad as a real work machine and their iPhone as a primary way of managing emails on the move, we need iOS devices to be able to view a huge range of file... types -- from simple text documents to complex design layouts, 3D models, high-quality sound recordings, and fun videos. The iPad and iPhone can view many file types out of the box with no extra software, but in some cases, they need a bit of help from the App Store. Of course, app developers have stepped up here and created a huge range of apps for handling lots of different files, from the common to the specialist. Using the context-sensitive "Open In..." option in iOS, you can send files to apps that support them, many of which let you do much more than just view what's in the files. Some have...
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The Producer Behind the Year'sIt's hard to find good, quality You Time when you're collaborating with Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Pusha-T (not to mention Azealia Banks, Action Bronson, and many, many others). But after a couple of... busy years, 28-year-old Scottish DJ Hudson Mohawke has finally put out a new EP.
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Is Your Staff, Like Netflix,Because many people first used the cloud through using Amazon Web Services (AWS), they find it tempting to think that anything can be accomplished on Amazon - but this assumption can result in very... large bills and a substandard infrastructure. Here are some warning signs of blind devotion to AWS to watch out for.
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Netflix Looking to Pay ThreeIf you're confident in your Instagram photography, enjoy traveling and are looking to like your pockets with an extra $4,000, Netflix has a job opening just for you. The company, is looking to hire... three "Grammasters" to take an all-expense-paid trip of a lifetime to different movie sets, take pictures of them, and get paid for […]
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Over the weekend, Ariel Adams of aBlogtoWatch posted an incredibly detailed and informative hands-on review of the Apple Watch. While there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the Apple Watch in... terms of pricing, availability, and even...
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This GIF alone is reasonKudos to General Electric for hiring actor Jeff Goldblum and directors Tim and Eric to make this silly toe-curling commercial to promote their new LED lightbulbs. I'm a fan of Philips' LEDs but, after... this, I will be checking GE again. Because I'm that easy to convince and it's Jeff fucking Goldblum, ok?
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A plant at your desk can help you feel more productive , and they can make your desk look a little more exciting. This diagram can help you pick the right one for your specific office environment.
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The Democrats' War at Home

Slate - 1 Oct 2014 00:59
Sens. Mark Udall, Jeanne Shaheen, and Kay Hagan all serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee. With national security in the headlines, that position could give them standing to speak with... authority about terrorist threats and what they believe the United States should do to respond to them. But at the moment when the president's response to the threat from ISIS is being criticized, and approval of his handling of foreign affairs is low (at only 34 percent), being a member from the same party with responsibility for national security issues may be a liability. 
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Reddit Promises To Give Big(Reuters) - Social news site Reddit Inc said it raised $50 million in funding in a deal that would see investors giving back 10 percent of their shares back to the site's user community. The funding... was led by Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, the incubator that originally helped launch Reddit, with participation from Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Reddit said in a blog post. (://bit.ly/1ovvKqP) While the details of the 10 percent giveaway are being worked out, it is intended to reward the Reddit community for the "central role the community plays in reddit's ongoing success". Nine-year old, San Francisco-based Reddit plans to use the funding to expand its staff of about 60, to work better with third-party developers, and to expand its mobile...
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Well, that was quick -- after just a few weeks in preview mode, the revamped MSN homepage is rolling out to everyone. You should see Microsoft's simple, desktop-like web portal in your browser... sometime within the next three days. If you're using...
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The virtual bicycle race is on

Cult of Mac - 1 Oct 2014 00:52
The virtual bicycle race is onNew bicycling game Zwift cruises along at the crossroads where video game nerds, bike fanatics and the land of the long winter come together. Launched in beta today, Zwift lets you compete with... friends in a massively multiplayer cycling game…
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Digitsole is an interactive insole for your shoe, capable of performing three functions your run-of-the-mill insole would struggle with. It can warm your feet, track how many steps you take, and... guesstimate how many calories you have burned. All functions are controlled via an accompanying smartphone app - available for iOS or Android, with Windows Phone on the way - connected via Bluetooth 4.0. ..
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What is the Moon good for? Aside from inspiring poets, helping you see at night, and giving Neil Armstrong some place for a stroll, what can you do with it? If you ask scientists at the University of... Southampton, they'll tell you that it makes a cracking particle detector. With the help of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, the team hopes to use the mass of the satellite to detect the most energetic particles known; Ultra-High-Energy (UHE) cosmic rays...
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Can We Trust Uber?

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 00:51
Can We Trust Uber?I was a big fan of the Uber service since I first saw one of the initial prototypes of the product. Yet, over time, I've started to trust the company less and less, causing me to increasingly wonder... about the leadership team. The news from August that Uber gave contractors phones and credit cards to create fake Lyft accounts in an attempt to recruit drivers and create false demand (which led to 5,000 lost rides) was the last straw. I'm no longer using Uber, at least until I can trust the brand. Here's why, and my story. I'm curious how others feel. Back in 2009, I was hanging out with a couple of friends in San Francisco at the Sheba Lounge -- a classic, near legendary little jazz club on lower Fillmore Street -- when Garrett Camp showed up to hang out. I had met Garrett previously at an...
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Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Tony Hsieh, the CEO and founder of Zappos has stepped down from his leadership role at the Las Vegas Downtown Project, according to Re/code. Hsieh created the massive $350 million project to... revitalize several city acres east of Las Vegas Boulevard and convert the area into a tech hub. Hsieh’s announcement comes right on the heels of a massive 30 person layoff at the project. Hsieh…
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Path Talk update lets you textPath updated their Talk app today, and it brings in one striking feature that might have you using their messaging app. You can now text your questions to a business, and get an answer back in a few... minutes. Well, on your end it looks like you're texting a business -- it's a bit more complex than that, though. Under …
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Netflix's First Major FilmNetflix won seven Emmy awards this year for House of Cards, The Square and Orange Is The New Black, but can they win an Oscar for a major film? Netflix has partnered with The Weinstein Company (TWC)... to release a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon next year. The film will be released on Netflix and select IMAX theaters at the same time.
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Arduino's New 3D Printer WillArduino is at the heart of do-it-yourself electronics, and now the company wants to make inroads into additive manufacturing with its 3D printer: The Arduino Materia 101.
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A year later, EllisonA year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up. Ellison had chosen to indulge in his... other passion, boat racing, and was attending the America's Cup finals instead. Oracle had sponsored a team in the competition and Ellison was instrumental in bringing the event to San Francisco. Some attendees were not pleased and said they felt "disappointed" at his decision. This year, Ellison began his keynote speech with an apology. (See video)
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Smartphone App Can Figure OutA college student's smartphone might be smart enough to figure out when its owner is stressed, and in turn, predict what kind of GPA the student has. StudentLife, a new Android app created by... researchers at Dartmouth College, tracked 48 students for 10 weeks to map out their social interactions, physical activity, sleep and stress levels. What the team found comes as no surprise to college students: As the term goes on, stress rises, while sleep, workouts, conversations and class attendance fall. The researchers also looked at students' GPAs and asked them to take mental health surveys to see how their behavior affected academic performance and emotional well-being. They found that students who slept more or had more conversations (though not necessarily longer conversations) were less...
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Through Darkness and Rain,HONG KONG — Hong Kong Central and Admiralty were packed with tens of thousands of people late Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning, as Mashable took a midnight walk through the protest... areas. The crowd was relaxed See also: Hong Kong Protests: What You Need to Know About the Umbrella Revolution Masses of protestors’ sleeping bodies sprawled across some of the busiest roads in Hong Kong, which remain closed to traffic. Others huddled in groups under umbrellas, with white napkins slapped to their foreheads in an hopeless attempt to stay cool from the thick humidity. Image: Jenni Ryall/Mashable
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Bar Owner Slams Tom Morello:Like many Twitter users when they're upset, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello fired off a tweet to complain about an unfavorable customer-service experience. Morello criticized 5 Point... Cafe, a small Seattle bar restaurant, for being "super rude" and "anti-worker" with the "shittiest doorman in the Northwest." See also: Rage Against the Machine Guitarist Performs Ferguson Tribute Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the WORST. Super rude & anti-worker. Shittiest doorman in the Northwest. Prick. Spread the word. — Tom Morello (@tmorello) September 27, 2014 The tweet reached his 383,000 followers and David Meinert, the owner of 5 Point Cafe.
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Multiple desktops and new application views make Windows 10 more PC-friendly.
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Listen to Episode 104 of Slate's The Gist:
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5 features that we hopeMicrosoft just showed off Windows 10 to the world. While new features that were demoed will likely win with consumers, it needs more to spark a mass exodus. The post 5 features that we hope Microsoft... adds to Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Gates Praises Boost inAs the world lauded Bill Gates??? foundation for its largest humanitarian pledge ever ??? $50 million to help in the fight against the spread of Ebola in West Africa ??? the wealthiest man in America... expressed excitement over the rise of philanthropy among the young,...
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A large plank from a rare, ancient canoe was discovered in New Zealand and has been linked to Polynesian seafarers, the largest of three major Pacific Ocean cultures and the islands' first colonizers.... The 600-year-old wooden plank was part of the hull of a much larger canoe that would have carried ancient Polynesians across wide expanses of the Pacific.
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Viagra's New Ad Campaign Targets Women

IBTimes - 1 Oct 2014 00:34
Viagra is for men, but a new ad campaign uses women to market the now-famous little blue pill. Pfizer will begin airing the campaign's first TV commercial for the erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday.... The 60-second ad has a blonde, blue-eyed woman reclining on a bed in a tropical setting.
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Most iOS users rarely, if ever, need to head into their device settings and hit the “Reset All Settings” button. But sometimes, particularly with a new OS install, unforeseen issues can force your... hand. Unfortunately, a new bug is making device resets problematic for those who use iCloud Drive. “Reset All Settings” specifically notes that […] The post How to Avoid an iOS 8 Bug That’s Deleting iCloud Documents appeared first on WIRED.
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PayPal got kicked out of AppleApple Pay’s launch in the U.S. next month is being supported by some of the biggest players in the payments industry in the country except PayPal, but according to a report from Banking Innovation,... Apple actually wanted PayPal to be…
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Meet eVolo: the first everCalling its new speaker "the world's first electrostatic bluetooth speaker," BenQ's new eVolo offers a chic aesthetic, and a promise of accuracy and precision above anything in its class. But can it... hit the low notes to prop up its crystal clear topside? The post Meet eVolo: the first ever electrostatic Bluetooth speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nvidia Shield Tablet gets aNvidia continues its monthly release of updates for the Shield Tablet. Update 1.2 includes stability improvements and enhancements to the Shield Hub, which lets users browse compatible games.
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Nextdoor, an app forNextdoor, a growing app for connecting people with their neighbors, wants to make those neighborhoods safer. Public agencies such as police departments, sheriff's offices, fire departments and... emergency management offices across the U.S. can now sign themselves up for the service, the company said Tuesday. Previously, some 350 public agencies across 250 cities had accounts on the site, but they were added manually by Nextdoor itself. With the change, Nextdoor hopes to provide a new online channel where public agencies can provide safety and emergency-type information and alerts to their respective service areas. The move comes following feedback from users seeking an improved way to communicate with public safety officials using the service, said Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, in an...
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Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun!...
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Timothy Lord met Joey Hudy at an Intel Dev Forum. Joey is possibly the youngest intern Intel has ever hired, but he's made a big splash in the 'Maker world', so having him around is probably worth it... for the PR value alone. Joey is obviously pretty bright -- he's been called one of the 10 smartest kids in the world -- but let's face it: he's had a lot of luck to help him along. Not many high school kids get invited to White House science fairs and demonstrate their air cannons to the president. (Alternate Video Link)
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One of the biggest, yet still mostly undelivered promises of the iPad age is for this device to become the universal textbook. Use this small, light piece of glass and metal to replace not just heavy... and expensive textbooks, but open up the vast...
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TC Cribs: Ticketfly, Where In this episode of Cribs, we headed over to Ticketfly, the startup that runs a ticketing platform for all kinds of live events. As you can see in the video embedded above, going to visit Ticketfly... HQ is kind of an event in itself. The place is decorated with nods to all sorts of famous venues, from the Louvre to the erstwhile NYC club CBGB, and musical instruments are never more than an…
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An iOS Trojan called Xsser mRat is similar to an Android virus and appears to be a rare cross platform attack. Target: Hong Kong protesters.
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Ellison also took a moment to apologize for missing this regularly-scheduled second keynote last year due to the America's Cup.
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A new challenger appears:Chromecast's crusade for dongle domination might have a pesky new obstacle to contend with. The Firefox OS-powered dongle, dubbed "Matchstick," could end up bringing significant new competition to the... streaming market. The post A new challenger appears: Firefox-powered ‘Matchstick’ aims to take a shot at Chromecast appeared first on Digital Trends.
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This portrait made withPhil Hansen is a multimedia artist "who specializes in representative portraiture using media that connect to the subject matter." This portrait of Nikola Tesla using electricity is the perfect... example of that.
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5 Fashion Brands ActuallyYour pants aren't happy about the new iPhone 6 Plus. Along with Samsung's mammoth Galaxy phones, Apple's phablet mega-sized phone is starting to look like the future of mobile tech That's bad news for... your pants. Gone are the days of casually stuffing your palm-sized phone in your pocket. Phablets are too big for such a trend, causing people to worry: Where do we put our phones now? If you're not prone to carrying a purse, the answer may be to just keep your device in your hand at all times Although, that hasn't stopped people from buying the phones like crazy — the 6 Plus was sold out within 24 hours.
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Putting a Friendlier Face onThe San Jose conference highlights the changing look and language of robotics.
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Good2Go Is An App For Consenting To Sex

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 00:25
Good2Go Is An App ForWant to have safe and consensual sex? There's an app for that. Good2Go is a new smartphone application that encourages users to give consent before engaging in any sexual acts. The app targets... college-aged adults and its creators from Sandton Technologies hope it will prevent unwanted sexual conduct by facilitating a step-by-step process to ensure both parties are on the same page. Lee Ann Allman, president of Sandton Technologies, created Good2Go along with seven other mothers and fathers of college-aged children. The idea emerged from conversations with their children and their children's friends about the overwhelming number of sexual assaults that happen on college campuses all over the country. So, once a user decides she or he wants to have to sex with someone, the app works as...
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Mystery island on Saturn'sA "magic island" on Saturn's intriguing moon Titan has once again popped up on Cassini's radar, but it seems to have changed its look since the last time it was spotted.
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Mac gamers will cross theGameAgent members can pre-order for to find something special. The post Mac gamers will cross the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on October 14th appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac will ship the same day as its Windows/Linux counterparts! Well, done, Aspyr. Well done.
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Years after burning loyal PCGeeks despised almost everything about Windows 8. Microsoft, it seemed, had forsaken them in a misguided attempt to compete with tablets. Now, however, the company has reversed course, and Windows 10... may bring desktop enthusiasts back into the fold. The post Years after burning loyal PC users, Microsoft asks forgiveness with Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft today unveiled its next-generation Windows operating system, Windows 10, previewing the OS at an event in San Francisco focused on its corporate users. Like Windows 8, Windows 10 utilizes... live tiles, but it also draws in design elements from Windows 7 to make it more appealing to users who have thus far opted not to upgrade to Windows 8. The Start menu and taskbar, interface elements that are familiar to all Windows users, are placed front and center in Windows 10 in an effort to make the OS "familiar, compatible, and productive," according to Microsoft's head of operating systems Terry Myerson. While Apple has managed to get the bulk of its user base to update to the newest version of OS X on a regular basis, Microsoft has had less success in recent years. As of April, 49...
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How Apple Watch can avoid someThe unveiling of Apple Watch earlier this month was the moment the nascent wearable computing industry has been waiting for.
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How to 'hack' Tinder in underThis is how you fake the GPS Location on your phone to tell Tinder you're somewhere else! Tinder should really be spelled T - R - O - U - B - L - E because one of these days that's what this popular... dating app is going to get me into! I love Tinder. I can't help it. It's not that I'm browsing for hook-ups or dating partners or anything like that. I'm in a relationship. I'm happy. I just find it really entertaining to swipe through photos of real people. Some people spend all day looking at photos of cats. Personally, I'd rather look at photos of women. To each their own. No judging. I have a few friends who do the same thing as me, so I know I'm not totally alone in this behavior. The trouble with Tinder of course is that in order to browse Tinder, you need to put yourself on Tinder. And...
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The Entrancing CinemagraphThe cinemagraph genre is one of the most exciting to follow because, unlike almost every other type of “photography” (in quotes since you they aren’t photos in the traditional sense of the... word), it’s not yet oversaturated with phenomenal work. Almost everywhere you turn you’ll find a great street photographer, or landscape photographer, or fine […]
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore inEstimated 35,000 walrus gather on Alaska beach; lack of sea ice sends animals to shore
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Secrets of Beyonce's SurpriseA Harvard Business School case study looks at the process of putting out a modern album and a dozen music videos without any promotion - or leaks.
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Move over iBeacon, PhilipsPhilips has created a new intelligent lighting system that will let users and retailers pinpoint customers' exact location indoors. The new technology will use lights, a phone camera, and dedicated... software that can easily be built into any app, in order...
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Photographers Take Quest forSome people will do anything to capture the perfect shot Thrill-seeking Instagrammers have taken their photography to new heights, capturing dizzying images of cityscapes from the tops of skyscrapers... with views typically reserved for pigeons and penthouses The trend, known as Rooftopping, first gained prominence with a 2005 book called Access All Areas. A quick search of the #RoofTopping on Instagram hashtag shows the death-teasing hobby now has a devoted following with more than 9,700 photos tagged. See also: Video: Men Parachute Jump From Top of NYC's Freedom Tower Image: @demidism on Instagram
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Microsoft will open up its first public preview build of the next version of Windows client on October 1. Here's what you need to know about Windows 10.
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Make Bold Statements With Biz After trying to breed empathy with his Q&A app Jelly, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is back with a more light-hearted product called Super. I just stumbled into the unannounced beta of Super, which... lets you share statements starting with “The Best”, “The Worst”, “I Wish”, “Check Out”, “Don’t Ever”, or a few other prompts. You…
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Robot Arm Will Install NewTORONTO, CANADA – Canada’s robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work... themselves, the company announced today (Sept. 30). Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) […]
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Good Technology Raises $80The mobile device management company had filed initial documents for an IPO back in May.
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The iPhone 6 Plus Is Great For Gamers

TechCrunch - 1 Oct 2014 00:05
The iPhone 6 Plus Is Great For With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has stepped into the “phablet” category by scaling the hardware of the six up while (in some ways) scaling the software from the iPad down. The result is a device... that you can use all day to do some of the quick tasks we always do on our phones while also consuming media as you would on a tablet.
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iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible Apps: TMO's Growing List

The Mac Observer - 1 Oct 2014 00:04
iOS 8 HealthKit-compatibleThe list of iOS 8 HealthKit-compatible apps is growing, so The Mac Observer keeps adding more to our list. Apps for tracking your fitness activities, diet, overall health and more are ready and... waiting for you to try out. All you need is an iPhone with iOS 8.0.2 installed and an interest in tracking your health and fitness.
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Signs are pointing to aInternet speeds are increasing worldwide, claims a new report. Not only that is that good news, but the Internet is getting safer thanks to a decline in overall Distributed Denial of Service attacks.
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This Guy Can't Stop  Rodney Pike is an artist, illustrator and Photoshop ninja. The artist specializes in caricature, photo manipulation and political satire and his work has been featured in countless publications... both printed and online. In an ongoing series of hilarious photoshops, Pike skillfully blends Mr Bean/Rowan Atkinson’s face into famous paintings by artists like Da Vinci,…
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10 Words You Must NEVER Use to Describe Yourself

The Huffington Post - 1 Oct 2014 00:03
10 Words You Must NEVER Use toWho am I to tell you how you can describe yourself? Nobody. So ignore me at your leisure. On the other hand, I can tell you for free that the words you use in your résumé, your LinkedIn profile,... your Twitter bio, your cover letter, and in spoken language, create a response in the reader, which can condemn you faster than the blink of an eye. Believe me on this. Recruiters, hiring managers, potential clients, and those in your social community will scorn you, even 'delete' you, based on the emotion these words evoke. I am not saying it's right, but you will be judged if you use these words. And not judged well. 'Guru,' 'legend,' 'maven,' and 'ninja:' Incredibly, these are used a lot! They are very common in Twitter bios, for example. Seriously? Have you paused to consider what these words...
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Said and Done for September 2014

MIT - 1 Oct 2014 00:01
Said and Done for SeptemberDigest of the MIT humanities, arts, and social sciences
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Ebola Outbreak

Live Science - 1 Oct 2014 00:00
Ebola OutbreakThe current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. The three most affected countries are Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and cases have also been reported in Nigeria and Senegal.
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This is the most excitingGoogle's modular smartphone launch is on schedule, PhoneBlocks says, with the first fully functional models supposed to hit in early 2015 after being shown at the second Ara developer conference in... December. The Project Ara phones will offer some exciting features, as Ara project director Paul Eremenko explained in a recent talk. FROM EARLIER: More details on Google's modular 'Project Ara' phone have been revealed The handsets will run a modified version of Android L, Google's latest major Android update that will be released by the time Project Ara phones become available to users, which is certainly an important detail for certain smartphone buyers. More interestingly, Project Ara devices will support hot-swapping modules, which is great news for anyone looking to
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[From GamerTell] There's free DLC for Skullgirls Encore and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on the PlayStation Store today.
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How Twitter became theDaisy Ducati tweets selfies — of her skintight red latex dress, stockinged feet and naked body. It's the sort of thing that could get most people fired, but in Ducati's case, it's actually gotten... her hired. That's because Ducati works in the adult industry, which increasingly treats 140-character missives and follower counts like cover letters and resumes. It's how San Francisco-based porn director Courtney Trouble discovered her — and how could […]
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Before Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and Prism made headlines, a group of technologists was dedicated to making the Internet more anonymous.
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Human lifespan is rising fast everywhere, but the Global AgeWatch Index shows that some places do better than other at making the most of their old people
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Make a Homemade Juice Popsicle with Dry Ice

Life Hacker - 1 Oct 2014 00:00
When you want a cool homemade treat, you can use dry ice as a mold for the perfect juice popsicle.
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A few years ago, TUAW reviewed the iStabilizer Monopod (US$34.95). It's a brilliant little accessory that telescopes out to over 3 feet in length, allowing you to hold your iPhone at more than arm's... length away for those perfect selfies. It's also...
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Pebble firmware 2.6 introducesIn the face of new competition from Apple, smartwatch maker Pebble has released an update to the device’s firmware that enables all-new activity tracking features for health applications. To... accompany this update, new Pebble apps from Jawbone and others that integrate with the health and fitness tracking features. The app by Misfit will be capable of […]
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Arduino Is Building A Sub-$1000 3D Printer

TechCrunch - 30 Sep 2014 23:58
Arduino Is Building A There is by no means a shortage of teams working on low-cost 3D printers. Kickstarter is absolutely overflowing with them. But, as many of those teams quickly realize, shipping hardware is hard. A... challenger approaches! Arduino, best known for building and shipping the absurd number of microcontrollers that power many a DIY project, is about to enter the 3D printing market.
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Apparently, the US government is now on a mission to bring down mobile applications offering spyware services -- which, for a variety of well-documented reasons, simply seems kind of ironic.... Controversy aside though, the Department of Justice...
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Cool animated technicalScience illustrator and animator Eleanor Lutz has created these cool animated technical drawings of flying animals in motion. I would love to paths the wings draw in 3D.
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Why You Shouldn't Freak OutToday, the CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.: a man who was traveling in Liberia and is now at a hospital in Dallas. Should you panic about Ebola now? Nope, and here's why.
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Noice Lets You Send Emoji With Yes, my friends, there is an app more annoying than Yo. If having your phone randomly shout “Yo!” at you (or “Hodor!,” if you preferred the spin-offs) drove you batty, wait until you get... ahold of this: Noice, an app that lets you communicate using only emoji and sounds. Really! OK, OK, I kid. Noice is actually kind of fun, in a very juvenile, very silly way. In fact…
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EBay CEO John Donahoe talksEBay CEO John Donahoe tells USA TODAY why it decided to spin off PayPal.          
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Goodbye, Tough Guy

Slate - 30 Sep 2014 23:54
When the University of Michigan hired Brady Hoke in 2011, the Wolverines' new coach could not stop talking about toughness. "We're gonna have a foundation of toughness, knocking guys off the ball,... because that's how football is played," he said in an early interview. "Toughness, running the football, stopping the run," he explained in a press conference, are the characteristics of the teams he's coached.
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'Rush Hour' may be made into a TV show

The Verge - 30 Sep 2014 23:53
It's probably impossible to replace the hilarious duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, but someone's going to try: Deadline reports that Rush Hour is now in the process of being adapted into a TV... series. The show will be an action-comedy with hourlong episodes, and it'll likely still be about a Hong Kong police officer getting stuck with a wild LA cop. The show happening isn't a done deal just yet -- it still needs to find a network -- but Deadline suggests that it could be a hot property, so we just end up getting to see the remake. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence will reportedly be co-writing and executive producing the new series. Arthur Sarkissian, who produced the three Rush Hour films, and Brett Ratner, who just directed Hercules, will...
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Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10

TechCrunch - 30 Sep 2014 23:53
Lots Of Pictures Of Windows 10 I suck at taking photos, but, here we are. Here’s a bunch more pictures of Windows 10 in action at the Microsoft event that took place earlier in San Francisco today. Also: Featuring me making... accidental duck face, and Peter Bright of Ars Technica singing the song of his people.
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Ello CEO Paul Budnitz: 'We AreEllo had 90 users last month. Now it adds almost 50,000 new users per hour.
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Netflix branches into filmsNetflix is branching out into the world of movies with a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will premiere simultaneously on the online streaming service and in selected theaters next... year.
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Pharrell's 'It Girl' VideoAdd an animated hat to Pharrell's list of noteworthy headgear The "Happy" singer and his attire got quite the transformation for his new "It Girl" music, which features Pharrell running around as a... video-game character in between vibrant anime scenes. See also: Aretha Franklin's Cover of 'Rolling in the Deep' Is Almost Better Than Adele's Original The animated ladies in the video are, we guess, Pharrell's "it" girls, who adventure around the universe to the song's provocative lyrics: "When you kiss on my lips and hold my hand, and moan again, I'mma hold that ass." 'Taken 3' Trailer Is So Much Liam Neeson Ass-Kicking How to Fix Your Bent iPhone 6 Plus (Don't Try at Home) No One Wins in the Barista Spelling Bee Ben Affleck Is a Terrible Singer, But We'll 'Let it Go'
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Pebble chucks a few rocksPebble has announced a number of new features, including the long-awaited ability to track fitness in the background. Not only that, but the company has also announced a price drop for the device.
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ULA will continue to fund a smaller-scale effort by longtime supplier Aerojet Rocketdyne to examine propulsion concepts that include a kerosene-fueled main engine dubbed AR-1.
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Slashdot - 30 Sep 2014 23:45
An anonymous reader sends news that the CDC has confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed on U.S. soil. An unnamed patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was placed in isolation... while awaiting test results for the dreaded virus. Apparently, the patient had traveled recently to a West African country, where the disease is spreading, and later developed symptoms that suggested Ebola. A blood specimen from the patient was sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, a testing process that can take 24 to 48 hours to confirm an Ebola infection — or not. The results came back about 3:32 p.m. In other Ebola news, outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to be completely contained.
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A big Nexus 6 might be a bigGoogle's Nexus lineup of devices is an interesting segment of the Android market. It both provides a low-cost alternative to consumers and lets google thumb their nose at carriers. It's also a... hit-and-miss proposition most times (for various reasons), with google making a few mistakes along the way, and the latest Nexus smartphone may be the biggest mistake yet. If …
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EU Says Apple Tax Deal inIf the preliminary ruling is upheld, Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars.
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Why Selfie's Worth WatchingSelfie is a new romantic comedy series premiering tonight on ABC. Once you get past the terrible name, you're left with My Fair Lady for internet age, and you should definitely watch.
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Fired from Tony Hsieh'sEarlier today, it was reported that Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Project has fired a ton of its staff amid rumors of total organization meltdown. A few hours later, this… uh… slightly ill-timed email... was sent to members of the Downtown community by the Hsieh-backed Life Is Beautiful festival, suggesting they skip work to attend the $250 music event. Delivering happiness indeed.
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You can now stream TV shows recorded with TiVo's latest DVRs on Android devices. Today, the company announced that its app for Google's mobile operating system has finally added streaming... capabilities. You can also find the app in Amazon's Appstore to use with the Fire Phone or Fire tablets. Like the iOS version, TiVo's app lets Roamio owners watch recorded shows when on their home Wi-Fi network and -- in some limited cases -- even when away from home. You can schedule future recordings and search for shows or movies both on TV and across popular video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. TiVo also notes that the app can display cast and crew info for whatever you're watching on TV at home without interrupting the big...
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Princeton And UW-Madsion HavePrinceton University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison got into a strange Twitter spat Tuesday afternoon that involved squirrels and the Taco Bell chihuahua from the 90's. UW-Madison had shared... a page of photos students were tweeting of the fall colors on campus, after Princeton bragged about their Instagram account: Then DO NOT look at our @Instagram: ://t.co/34mvlmtCr3 ;) RT @kaylonnn: @Princeton is so gorgeous in the fall I CAN'T DEAL -- Princeton University (@Princeton) September 30, 2014 @Princeton @Instagram Officially declaring a fall color war :) ://t.co/Y8pc3wEth4 #uwfall -- UW-Madison (@UWMadison) September 30, 2014 Squirrels got involved pretty quickly: "@UWMadison: @Princeton @instagram Officially declaring a fall color war :) ://t.co/NG8B5WsLgn #uwfall"...
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The portal is a virus analysis tool that examines suspicious files and shares information about them.
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PPLConnect: iMessage forFor a long time Android users have been wanting a way to send and receive texts and phone calls from their computer. Well, that solution may have arrived with PPLConnect.
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Social news sharing site Reddit on Tuesday announced it had raised $50 million from investors who agreed that, this time, members of its community would get a piece of the action.
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News that Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project in Las Vegas is imploding was surprising, but not shocking. When you live in Sin City, a lot of the talk is about sweetheart deals…
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In Hong Kong, All Eyes onHONG KONG— An almighty thunderstorm lashed the streets of the city. Earlier in the day, skyrocketing pollution levels had triggered a health warning from authorities. And yet on Tuesday night in... Hong Kong, people took to the streets in the tens of thousands to continue a days-long protest, calling for more democracy. See also: How My Hong Kong Home Turned Into the Frontline Against Beijing Protesters cheerfully gathered in the middle of otherwise busy highways, which have been barricaded and effectively turned into pedestrian zones. Thousands more were shuffling patiently along the streets and elevated walkways, cheering and chanting intermittently, taking photos or lighting up their mobile phones to signal support.
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Watch Microsoft's Windows 10 event

The Verge - 30 Sep 2014 23:32
Microsoft didn't live stream its Windows 10 event this morning, but the company has now posted the full 40 minute video from its press event for all to see. Windows chief Terry Myerson and Joe... Belfiore, head of PCs, tablets, and phones, both discuss Windows 10 at its first unveiling in San Francisco. There's a look at how Windows 10 will work on touch machines, the new Start menu and interface changes, and an overview of the future of Windows. If you missed our live blog, or you want to see Microsoft joke about the naming for Windows 10 it's worth the 40 minutes of your time.
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International Hacking RingHackers also allegedly stole software used by the U.S. Army to train military helicopter pilots
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Researchers found that 42 out of the top 100 apps in the Google Play store with 'browser' in their names were vulnerable.
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What's PayPal's first solo move?

Phys.org - 30 Sep 2014 23:30
What's PayPal's first soloPayPal's impending split from long-time partner eBay Inc. will ratchet up its appeal to online retail competitors such as Amazon.com and give it the freedom to aggressively take on new mobile pay... challenger Apple Pay. For eBay, the challenge will be how to drive revenue without its fastest-growing division.
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The United States and India, fresh from sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit earlier this month, on Tuesday agreed to cooperate on future exploration of the Red Planet.
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Give Yourself a MotivationWhen you have a massive pile of work to get through--or just feel like being extra productive--a "productivity sprint" can help you maximize your output and skyrocket your motivation.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Mafia Rush [iOS...
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California has become the first US state to sign into law a ban on single-use plastic bags, including those used for bagging up purchases at grocery stores. The legislation is meant to cut down on... waste throughout the state and to help protect its land from pollution. The ban will begin this coming July in grocery stores and pharmacies, and it'll expand to convenience stores and liquor stores one year later. "This bill is a step in the right direction," California Governor Jerry Brown says in a statement. "It reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself.
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Here's what's in Asus' $2,699Asus' US$2,699 Zenbook NX500, which will ship in November, has an eye-popping price, but packs some interesting features. The Zenbook is perhaps the most expensive laptop sold by Asus, which at one... time made its reputation on low-cost netbooks. The laptop was announced in June, but its shipment date and price were revealed for the first time in a holiday gift guide sent by the company last week. Asus in recent years has come up with stylish PC designs, and says that the Zenbook NX500 has the sharpest display one can find in laptops. The laptop's highlight is a 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen based on quantum dots, a technology that enables vivid, brighter colors on displays.
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Watch Microsoft demo WindowsMicrosoft has published a video recording of its media event on 30 September in San Francisco, where it demonstrated Windows 10 and shared roadmap details like when an early preview would release. The... entire clip is just under 40 minutes long but gives...
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9to5Toys Last Call: Bose SIE2iBe sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: Headphones: Bose SIE2i... Sport in-ears (multiple colors) $100 (orig. $150), Harman Bluetooth over-ears (refurb) $99 (orig. $250), more Daily Deals: Samsung Mono Laser Printer: $100, Creative Bluetooth speaker: $30, more Apple 32GB WiFi iPads: Air […]
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Cuddle curious? Free app makesDownload Cuddlr to find people near you who are up for a no-pressure cuddle. Well, hopefully it will be no pressure.
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Canon's Digital Photo Professional software, commonly referred to as DPP, has just received updates to versions 4.0.2 and 3.14.41. Both of these were joined by updates to a roster of the company's... other photography-centric software, including the EOS Utility, EOS MOVIE Utility, and Picture Style Editor. 
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Moon Seismometers From ApolloWhen Apollo astronauts landed on the moon, they left flags and footprints, yes, but also dozens of scientific instruments. Among them was a network of seismometers originally meant to study... moonquakes. Forty years later, data from these seismometers are still helping physicists understand how to detect elusive gravitational waves--a challenge even with our fancy modern technology.
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Engineers complete firstEngineers at the University of California, San Diego, have completed the first comprehensive numerical simulation of skeletal muscle tissue using a method that uses the pixels in an image as data... points for the computer simulation--a method known as mesh-free simulation.
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A Visual History of theMicrosoft debuted Windows 10 today and it has a solid Start Menu . Good job, Windows! But before getting Windows 10 on point, the Start Menu went through more than one reinvention. Some went better... than others.
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Ebola Update: 1st Case Diagnosed in the US

Live Science - 30 Sep 2014 23:21
Ebola Update: 1st CaseA man in Texas is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Social Outcasts

Slate - 30 Sep 2014 23:19
One month before the midterms, the general election debates are underway. Aiming at a broad electorate, candidates are looking for issues where the public agrees with them and dodging issues where... they might lose votes. Democrats aren't talking much about President Obama, and nobody's gloating about the economy. But on social issues, the tide of cowardice is running the other way: Republicans are mumbling, cringing, and ducking. They don't want the election to be about these issues, even in red states.
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USB Drives Have Serious Security Flaws

The Huffington Post - 30 Sep 2014 23:16
USB Drives Have SeriousThat little thing that you stick in your computer to store or transfer data can also mean very bad news. The USB device or “flash drive” can be reconfigured to work like a little thief, for... instance, being made to mimic a keyboard and take instructions from the master thief to rip off data or install malware. It can be made to secrete a virus before the operating system boots up, or be programmed to alter the computer’s DNS setting to reroute traffic. There’s no good defense for these kinds of attacks. The firmware on the USB devices can’t be detected by malware scanners. Biometrics are out because when the firmware changes, it simply passes as the user plugging in a new flash drive. Cleaning up the aftermath is no picnic, either. Reinstalling the operating system doesn’t...
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'No Ad' App Replaces NYCIn every facet of our lives, we're bombarded by advertisements: online, while driving, on the radio, everywhere. So much so that they become more noise than anything else. So wouldn’t you like to... erase some of that noise and replace it with iconic photography? Well, soon you can. For one month, starting in mid-October, No […]
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Here's how you can see whatWhile a lucky few people in Paris enjoyed a surprising first look at Apple’s upcoming Apple Watch on Tuesday, most Apple fans won’t be able to check out the new smartwatch until sometime early... next year when it finally hits store shelves. Apple showed off its upcoming new watch during the iPhone 6 press conference earlier this month, and the software looked fantastic. As for the hardware and design, it has drawn mixed responses thus far, with some Apple fans loving it while others were wishing for something round like the Moto 360. Are you on the fence when it comes to Apple’s new watch design. Thanks to a well-known graphic designer, you won’t have to wait until 2015 to see
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One of the best things about Find My iPhone is the ability to, well, find your iPhone if you happen to misplace it. It’s a feature that every iOS device owner (and Mac users too) should have enabled... on their devices, but up until now there has been a problem; when a devices battery runs ...
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Watch a 7-Ton Steamroller MakeThere are lots of ways to put ink on paper, so why not use a goddamn steamroller over pavement to make a massive letterpress print? At San Francisco's Roadworks Festival, an old-timey industrial... construction beast from 1924 that's since been spiffed and shined made literal street art. And it was awesome.
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Swift mission observes megaOn April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting... series of explosions was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded.
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Pebble smartwartch now pricedPebble announced that the original Pebble smartwatch will now cost $100. In addition, Pebble detailed firmware update 2.6, which throws in sleep and activity tracking. The post Pebble smartwartch now... priced at $100, update includes activity and sleep tracking appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Releases New PrinterApple released new printer drivers for eight different manufacturers, including HP, Ricoh, Gestetner, Infotec, and others.
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Although there are already plenty of add-on lenses and apps that allow you to take better photos with your smartphone, they all ultimately still utilize the phone's existing lens and image sensor ...... which typically aren't as good as those found on stand-alone cameras. The Relonch Camera, however, is designed to address that shortcoming. It's a proper camera that uses your docked iPhone as its brains. ..
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If you're keeping score, we've announced a bunch of great speakers heading to this year's Engadget Expand (such as RJD2 and the head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar). Of course there's plenty more where... that came from and we're excited to announce what...
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We've been singing the praises of Hearthstone for some time now, a collectible card game based on the characters from Blizzard's World of Warcraft. It's the kind of refreshing experience that reminds... you free-to-play games don't have to suck. So it's no surprise that over 20 million people have signed up to try it. Blizzard has been cautiously expanding the game, most recently adding some single player adventures and 30 new cards in an add-on called Curse of Naxxramas. Today our sister site Polygon reported that Hearthstone is planning it's first true expansion set, with more than 100 news cards.
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Hands-on with Microsoft's newMy first experience with Windows 8 inspired bafflement and frustration. But I walked away from my first few minutes with Windows 10 with a sense of jealousy. It looks like a significant improvement,... and I want it on my PC right now. Microsoft is launching Windows 10 as the new face of both Windows and eventually Windows Phone. At one point during Microsoft's Tuesday press event, Terry Myerson, the executive vice president in charge of Microsoft's OS group, called the new OS "our most open, collaborative OS project ever." Collaborative, indeed. Microsoft is looking for user feedback, and what I demo'd on Tuesday may not be the same OS that customers receive next year.
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The breaches involved different malware and both companies are investigating whether payment card information was stolen.
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Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC OneIncreasingly the camera on a smartphone figures into a buying purchase. The iPhone 6 is the new kid on the block but here in the Android space we've got plenty of competition. Our pals at iMore have... put two of the big Android devices of this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 up against Apple's latest and greatest.
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Four hackers charged withThe US Department of Justice has charged four hackers with stealing over $100 million worth of intellectual property and proprietary data related to Xbox and the US Army. The post Four hackers charged... with stealing $100m worth of U.S. Army and Xbox technology appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Larry Ellison On Oracle'sLarry Ellison told the crowd at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 that this year marks a turning point in terms of the company's delivery on its promise to innovate in every aspect of cloud computing.
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Hackers admit stealing dataTwo members of an international hacking ring pleaded guilty Tuesday for their roles in stealing $100 million worth of intellectual property and other data from the U.S. Army, Microsoft and several... other technology companies, and two other people also have been indicted, the Department of...
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Open Garden's smartphone app allows protesters to communicate without an internet connection, but it's also being used to spread disinformation. With verified accounts and private chatrooms, Open... Garden hopes to solve…
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Half of Earth's Wildlife LostThe number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on Earth dropped by 52 percent from 1970 to 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund's newly released Living Planet Report.
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Watch Ryan Reynolds get shotA clip from the bonus features of Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West features Ryan Reynolds getting shot repeatedly by Liam Neeson. The post Watch Ryan Reynolds get shot repeatedly in... A Million Ways To Die In The West appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] A Tetris movie? No, I don't think that's possible. I'm blocking it out? Please.
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MacRumors is reporting that mobile Safari in iOS 8 includes support for Animated PNGs (APNG). What's that you say? You thought animated GIFs were the only game in town? Well, they really are, but... who's to say how animated PNGs might fare in the...
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The Dirty, Dilapidated, andNew Yorkers: How well do you know your local skyline? Enough to be able to tell these 23 water towers apart, and place them in the borough where they belong? It's a day ending in "y" which means--hey... look, Popchartlab has a new print out! This time the team has icon-ized a selection of the city's distinctive (and often very dirty ) elevated tanks.
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itwbennett writes: Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and... stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots, as well as software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3.
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How to Effectively Work for aWhether you work from home or your boss works remotely, the workplace today is much different from the centralized offices of the past. For many organizations, remote employees spread across the... country are now the norm. Here's how you can effectively work with your boss, even if you aren't in the same place.
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Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following

The Huffington Post - 30 Sep 2014 22:59
Your Author Platform Is NotI've spent the past five or six years not only educating authors about how to build an author platform, but about how to position themselves in such a way that the platform they already have truly... shines. So this week, when I received multiple emails and links asking what I thought about an article on Creative Nonfiction called "Platforms Are 'Overrated,'" my response was that I was bummed out about it because the author, in equating platform to social media, is so incredibly limited in her scope and understanding of what a platform actually is, and she's promoting a defeatist attitude around the importance of building one. Back in May I wrote a post called "Author Platform: Here's What All the Fuss Is About," in which I broke down the components of a platform like this: social media: 10...
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Factorli, an Early Casualty ofPoof. Just like that, another empty warehouse in Downtown Las Vegas.
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NASA images reveal shockingA series of NASA satellite images has revealed the shocking decline of water levels in the Aral Sea, a massive environmental disaster dubbed "the quiet Chernobyl."
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Thanks to Tusk, Kevin SmithHis recent horror movie Tusk enabled director Kevin Smith to find financing for the third film in the franchise that gave him his start, Clerks. The post Thanks to Tusk, Kevin Smith has the financing... to make Clerks 3 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In this webinar, our panel will delve into why today's operational workflow and monitoring tools are inadequate and how can monitoring and optimizations solutions scale to meet future requirements.... Join Gigaom…
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Air traffic nationwide has been snarled since a fire erupted in the basement telecommunications room of an air traffic control center outside Chicago early Friday. The post A Single Fire Can Cripple... America’s Aging Air-Traffic System. Here’s Why appeared first on WIRED.
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CDC Director: 'We WillThe CDC has confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. CDC Director Tom Frieden said the patient had traveled from Liberia, where he contracted the virus, leaving the country on... Sept. 19 and arriving in the U.S. on Sept. 20 by plane. He showed no signs of the disease while traveling, Frieden said. Symptoms began to show on Sept. 24, and he's now "critically ill" at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Frieden said several times that an asymptomatic patient is not contagious, making the risk to fellow airline passengers extremely low. "Ebola doesn't spread before a patient gets sick, and he didn't get sick until four days after he got off the plane," he said.
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Ex-NSA director AlexanderSmall and medium-size U.S. companies should band together on cybersecurity systems as a way to pool limited resources against increasingly sophisticated attackers, the former director of the U.S.... National Security Agency said Tuesday. U.S. companies should explore ways to share more cyberthreat information with each other and work together to buy cybersecurity defenses as a service, said General Keith Alexander, who retired as director of the NSA and commander of cyber defense agency U.S. Cyber Command in April. For smaller companies, "I think we're going to have to go to something like cybersecurity as a service, where they can opt in," Alexander said during a cybersecurity discussion in New York City hosted by PwC. "If the small and mid-sized companies are grouped together, where it's...
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How Windows 10 plans to winIn Windows 10, you'll finally be able to paste in the Command Prompt using Crtl + V. Yes, it's a silly little feature that only the slightest sliver of power users will ever touch--but it epitomizes... just how wholeheartedly Microsoft is trying to woo desktop diehards back after a Windows 8 launch so disastrous that it apparently tainted even Windows 9's good name. Windows 10 is Microsoft saying "Sorry, PC enthusiasts; won't you please take us back?" using a mixture of compromise and outright bribery. Expect the collective answer to be a resounding YES! if Tuesday's preview is any indication. The previous two years of misery and complaining will soon be behind us. Windows 8 is on the way out, Windows 10 will soon be here, and hot damn does it look good.
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U.S., India to Collaborate onNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation signed agreements to launch a joint space mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for joint... Mars exploration missions.
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With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It

Mashable - 30 Sep 2014 22:53
With Windows 10, MicrosoftCall me crazy, but I think businesses are going to like Windows 10. By reintroducing the start menu, adding easy-to-access multiple desktops and even giving the Command Prompt its first upgrade in... years, Microsoft is doing more than paying lip service to a disenfranchised business customer — it's delivering what could be the best Windows for business ever. See also: Was Windows 8 a Mistake? Microsoft Seems to Think So As is Microsoft’s way, though, it took the long way to get hereWindows 8 was a dangerous detour borne out of a real desire to bring desktop and laptop computing into the modern age, where touchscreens are everywhere.
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Incredibly Fast Laser CouldResearchers in Germany and London have made what may now be the world's fastest laser, and it could be used to make the Internet quicker. The laser turns on and off at a record-breaking speed. It's... uncertain what the real-world impact may be, but the researchers behind the laser say that it could be a big leap for communication technology and data connection speeds. See also: 7 Tech Upgrades to the Old-School Science Class When Mashable reached out to the researchers for more details about how the laser would work, one scientist confirmed it could impact the web "If one can now switch the laser on and off very fast, then more information is transported for a given time frame," Carsten Ronning, a scientist from Germany's Friedrich Schiller University Jena, told Mashable
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Threshold Entertainment isWe've movies based on arcade games and movies based on plastic bricks, so it only makes sense that we'll soon have a movie based on the beloved waster of time known as Tetris. Such is according to The... Wall Street Journal, which is reporting that Threshold Entertainment will be making a live-action film based around it. In case you're wondering …
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iOS 8: How to Enable Notification Center Widgets

The Mac Observer - 30 Sep 2014 22:51
iOS 8: How to EnableNotification Center widgets seem handy, but how do you turn them on? Kelly walks you through it.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just confirmed that the first-ever case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the US. The patient had already been placed in isolation because of his... symptoms and because he had recently traveled to Liberia, which is experiencing an epidemic, before two tests confirmed the disease. This patient is the first to be diagnosed outside Africa with the strain that is currently epidemic there, said CDC director Thomas Frieden, during a conference call with reporters. The outbreak has largely been concentrated in three countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where 6,574 have been sickened and 3,091 have died so far. "I have no doubt we will control this importation of Ebola so it does not...
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Windows 10 aims to blend bestSkipping over Windows 9, Microsoft will combine elements of Windows 7 and 8 into the next operating system. In the world of smartwatches, Pebble drops prices, Basis beefs up its fitness watch and... Pavlok shocks you into going to the gym.
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This social network wants toEver since MySpace fell off and Facebook took control of social media, people have waited for the next big social media empire to rise and give them a new reason to keep their eyes glued to their... gadgets. That day may have finally arrived with a new social network called Ello. According to BBC News, it started as a small network for a group of friends. Now it has exploded and is getting at least 31,000 requests an hour from people looking to join. Starting a new social network doesn’t come without start-up problems. “We’re learning as we go but we have a very strong tech crew and back-end,” Ellofounder Paul Budnitz told the BBC. “It’s in beta and it’s buggy and it does weird stuff – and it’s
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Titan's Disappearing 'MagicEarlier this year, we reported on a mysterious "ghost" object that had suddenly appeared and then disappeared on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Now, new observations by the Cassini team show this... elusive feature is back again. (...)Read the rest of Titan’s Disappearing “Magic Island” Reappears in New Images (400 words) © NancyGraz for Universe Today, […]
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Facebook just launched a potentially massive new ad network called Atlas. According to a headline in The New York Times, Atlas "opens the gates" to Facebook's "vault of user data." It sounds like a PR... disaster waiting to happen -- the kind of thing that's going to startle local news. It also sounds like Google, the market leader in digital ads, should be very afraid -- but should you? First, let's nail down what Atlas actually does. Up to now, Facebook has been using cookies to track what websites you visit on your computer so it can show you targeted ads once you return to Facebook.com. With Atlas, you'll see these same kinds of ads from Facebook on other websites, but also on your phone. Atlas also attempts to find out what percentage...
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Eric Holder says 'worrisome'For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations. In a speech to the Global Alliance Conference Against... Child Sexual Abuse Online conference in Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said it's "worrisome" that companies are introducing systems that thwart the ability of law enforcement to quickly access a smartphone when a child is in danger. "We would hope that technology companies would be willing to work with us to ensure that law enforcement retains the ability, with court-authorization, to lawfully obtain information in the course of an investigation, such as catching kidnappers and sexual predators," he said, according to a transcript provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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US attorney general latestUnited States Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced plans to resign earlier this week pending confirmation of a successor, has criticized Apple and Google for encrypting smartphone data beyond... law enforcement official access, Reuters reports. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said in a […]
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Deadspin How A War Over Tackle Football Consumed America's Most Elite Prep School | io9 10 Geeky Debates That Had To Be Settled By Federal Courts | Jalopnik Porsche Owning Comic Gets Best Revenge Ever... On Email Scammer | Jezebel YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem | Kinja Popular Posts
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Chrome bug hunters, Google'sGoogle increases the top range of rewards to security researchers who find holes in its browser, and clarifies how the bug payment breakdown works.
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This Transforming Pod Is aWhen we think of small living expertise, we think of NASA, submarine engineers, or tiny house enthusiasts. Hotel designers don't come to mind, but they ought to: Like these two Dutch architects... managed to wedge nearly everything you'd need to live comfortably into a wood mechanism the size of a walk-in closet.
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Sometimes, startup pitches sound like infomercials. You know, the ones where a bunch of bad actors try to convince you how tough it is to wrap a towel around your body or cover yourself in a blanket,... before pitching you a solution to a problem you never had in the first place? More and more, […] The post Top Tech Investors Skewer Startup Culture—For a Good Cause appeared first on WIRED.
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These are the Batman stamps Gotham deserves

The Verge - 30 Sep 2014 22:42
It's the 75th anniversary of Batman, so the caped crusader is getting an appropriate tribute courtesy the United States Postal Service. A new stamp collection featuring Batman will be released next... month just prior to the New York Comic Con featuring four versions of Batman's ubiquitous logo and four different drawings of Batman as he's evolved throughout the years. According to Variety, this isn't the first time Batman has been immortalized in postage, but the USPS felt his 75th anniversary was enough of an occasion to bring him back.
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Nine things to know about Windows 10

Slash Gear - 30 Sep 2014 22:41
Nine things to know aboutMicrosoft threw us all a bit of a curveball today, announcing Windows 10 rather than the assumed Windows 9 moniker. There doesn't seem to be a reason for this naming scheme, either. Since we're... playing toss with Redmond, here are nine things you need to know about Windows... 10. Mobile is supported, too: Yes, Windows 10 will come to your …
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'Taken 3' Trailer Is So MuchNot again. The Taken 3 — excuse us, Tak3n — trailer dropped Tuesday, and it's basically the Liam Neeson variety hour, featuring (but not limited to) jumping out of windows, car chases,... bullet-dodging and stuffed-bear holding. In case you were worried how Neeson's character Bryan Mills somehow managed to lose his daughter again, it's OK — she does not get tak3n (that we know of) this time. Instead, the trailer shows Mills avenging his wife's murder in the most showy, explosive, ass-kicking way possible. "My first priority is to protect the only one I have left... I'm going to finish this." Famous last words Neeson — see you in T4ken.
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Tony Hsieh Steps Down FromThe move comes as the ambitious entrepreneurial project has laid off about 30 percent of its staff.
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iLuv Vyneer Case for iPhone 6:Some iPhone cases are designed for robust protection, but others can meet the needs of the average user in a fairly benign environment. The iLuv Vyneer for iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) is the latter: an... excellent case that affords protection with style. And it lets the color of the iPhone shine through.
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Is OS X Yosemite coming soon?Apple has released a candidate golden master version of OS X Yosemite to developers, suggesting the software is set to release soon. Called OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate 1.0 (or build... 14A378a), the software could be the final version of OS X Yosemite...
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Children orphaned, isolated asRelatives of children orphaned by Ebola outbreak refusing to take them in over fears of infection, United Nations says. Infection fear becoming "stronger than family ties," U.N. child agency UNICEF... says.
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Suggesting that educators and students shouldn't have to worry about the technology that helps them teach and learn, Google introduced Drive for Education on Tuesday. In the coming weeks, all Apps for... Education…
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Surprise, surprise: the government doesn't take kindly to being hacked. The United States Department of Justice announced today that four members of an international hacking group have been indicted... for stealing over $100 million of software and...
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Pharrell Williams' new single "It Girl" feels like being dipped in waves of rainbow metallic liquid on a sunny day. So it's only appropriate the music video looks just like that—plus anime and... 16-bit videogame vibes. The post Pharrell’s New ‘It Girl’ Video Is Made of Anime, Videogames, and Sparkles appeared first on WIRED.
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A great explanation for howOne of the things that we’re most looking forward to about Android L is definitely the awesome looking new animations that will be part of Google’s new Material Design user interface. Raveesh... Bhalla, a Google Developer Expert for UX/Design, has written an excellent explanation for how Android L’s animations will work once the new platform finally releases in October. LEARN MORE: Fantastic video tells you everything you need to know about Android L's beautiful new design The key, Bhalla says, is that any animation in Android L should be “governed by the rules of physics, as if it existed in the real world,” which means that any animations “must assume that the objects have some weight and mass.” To see an example
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Antarctica Is Losing So MuchRising sea levels inundating coastal cities are the least of our global warming problems. According to a new report by the European Space Agency, the loss of snowpack along the antarctic ice shelf is... throwing off Earth's gravitational field. Yeah, pretty sure that's bad.
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Microsoft Math: Add 1 toMicrosoft unveiled its grand plan for moving past the Windows 8 legacy, which is to skip a number and go straight to Windows 10. Hey, wow. It's just like OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Imagine that?
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6 Embarrassing Times theWhen the Secret Service makes the news, it's usually not a good thing. The agency's most high-profile purpose is to protect the president of the United States and other high-ranking officials — and... to be invisible in that process. But, not so invisible that they fail to notice a White House intruder. See also: The Biggest Parties in Secret Service History (That We Know Of) The Secret Service has been in the spotlight on a number of uncomfortable occasions in the past month alone, causing a tense House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Tuesday, during which Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a barrage of questions from lawmakers about her staff's competency.
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Mapping the human brain takesU.S. funding for a wide range of projects intended to help treat brain disorders announced. The National Institutes of Health to fund 58 projects involved in brain research.
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FILM Ferrania Needs Your HelpThere are only four places left in the world that are capable of producing color film for both cinema and photography, and one of those is asking for your help to properly rise from the ashes and help... secure “100 more years of analog film.” The company we’re talking about is Italy’s FILM Ferrania, and […]
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Sexism in Tech, and What One NYU Student Is Doing About It

The Huffington Post - 30 Sep 2014 22:30
Sexism in Tech, and What OneThe Tumblr blog Hackers of NY launched in February this year and very quickly became a phenomenon, spawning spin off sites everywhere from Miami to Bangalore -- there's now a "Hackers of..." in nine... countries and 13 cities. It was all the brainchild of NYU undergraduate Dani Grant, who created the site in an attempt to reclaim the moniker "hacker." We talked with Grant, as well as Hackers of LA founding editor Terri Burns (also an NYU undergrad), about the site's runaway success. Unfortunately, Grant also reveals how the misogynistic behavior that's plagued hacker and tech culture can infiltrate even the most uplifting of projects. Wakefield: When you launched Hackers of NY, was it always going to be this kind of Humans of New York format, with a large image and interview text? Dani Grant:...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Leave Chelsea Clinton's baby alone, ranking the Coen movies and Satan reviews "Left Behind"
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The 404 Throwback Ep. 363:CNET's host of The Apple Byte joins the 404 crew in NY for this throwback classic. (Original air date: 6/16/09)
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We've seen a lot of DIY home automation projects over the years, but Instructables user electronichamsters shows off one of the most complete systems we've seen yet. With it, you'll be able to monitor... just about everything in your house.
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The 10K Forever app is intended for runners who already are able to run a 10K distance or about 6.25 miles. The goal of the app is to take the users through an eight week training program designed to... improve their 10K times and overall fitness. This...
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Joshua Corman: A Soldier forWith an increasingly technology-dependent world, I Am The Cavalry's Joshua Corman stresses the importance of digital public safety. Music: "Dark Cerebral" by Happy Town.
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'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel'Aspyr just announced that it's going to release the much anticipated next installment in the Borderlands series on October 14. For anyone keeping score, that's the same day scheduled for 2K’s... release on PC and consoles! The company also confirmed that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for Mac will feature everything the PC release has including cross-platform multiplayer and future […]
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Psychic Uri Geller says he canThe famed Israel psychic has a theory on why some iPhones bend, and he's out to prove it. Hint: it doesn't involve the phones' grade of aluminum.
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Upcoming gigantic 'iPad Pro'Apple might be trying to remove Samsung from its iPhone and iPad supply line, but a new report from Korea-based inews24 quoted by Digitimes seems to further suggest that the company still needs plenty... of components from the South Korean giant, including displays for the future iPad models. FROM EARLIER: Apple's giant new 'iPad Pro' reportedly won't launch until Q2 2015 Apparently, Samsung Display is getting ready to supply both 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch panels for upcoming iPad Air and “iPad Pro” models, respectively, and should start shipping displays by the end of the year. Samsung is said to dedicate "most supply from a 5G Plane to Line Switching (PLS) line" to Apple. Apple is expected to launch the iPad Air 2 at
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News broke this morning that PayPal will spin off from eBay into a separate publicly traded company, ending a 12-year union between the online merchant and the payments processor. At the most basic... level this creates two simpler, more focused companies -- but the real impetus for an independent PayPal is more likely the rapidly maturing ecosystem of digital wallets and mobile payments, especially Apple Pay, which threatens to eat PayPal's business from the inside out.
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Windows 10 Is What We Deserved All Along

Gizmodo - 30 Sep 2014 22:20
Windows 10 Is What We DeservedWindows 8 had it rough. It existed for a post-desktop world that (still) hasn't quite materialized, met by a sea of people who weren't asking for something that new and strange. That's why even though... it feels like a regression, Windows 10 is still such a marvel. It's a step backwards into what Windows 8 was supposed to be.
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Reddit CEO Yishan Wong On One of the defining ironies of the social networking IPOs over the last decade is that the financial returns have been concentrated among so few when the value has been created by so many. But... current Reddit CEO Yishan Wong wants to change that. When Wong served as an early director at Facebook for five years, crypto-currencies were around, but they weren’t as widely accepted or…
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[From EntertainmentTell] The "Taken 3" trailer is here
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An anonymous reader writes: If you're a Grooveshark user, you should probably start backing up your collection. In a decision (PDF) released Monday, the United States District Court in Manhattan has... found Grooveshark guilty of massive copyright infringement based on a preponderance of internal emails, statements from former top executives, direct evidence from internal logs, and willfully deleted files and source code. An email from Grooveshark's CTO in 2007 read, "Please share as much music as possible from outside the office, and leave your computers on whenever you can. This initial content is what will help to get our network started—it’s very important that we all help out! ... Download as many MP3’s as possible, and add them to the folders you’re sharing on Grooveshark. Some...
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Monster portraits so tasty youTo celebrate Halloween, Detroit Free Press writer Eric Millikin is making incredibly detailed portraits of monsters out of, what else? Something very sweet.
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Talking warfare, fanfare, andSledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey charts the path that led to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and its dramatically changes approach to player movement. The post Talking warfare, fanfare,... and power with the minds behind the next Call of Duty appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mercury Pollution Has aYour dentist wants you to clean your teeth. The federal government wants your dentist to clean his office. The Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 25 released a proposal to cut down on the amount... of mercury that winds up in the water supply as a result of a routine dental procedure. The problem? Dentists use mercury and other heavy metals to fill cavities, but those metals can harm human health if ingested. And when dentists remove old fillings or end up with more cavity-filling material than they need, mercury can go down the drain and end up in rivers and streams. According to EPA, more than half of all mercury detected in public water treatment plants comes from discarded fillings.
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Basis Peak wearable tracksIntel company Basis has introduced a new wearable called Peak -- a smartwatch type of wristband that is set to arrive in November for a comfortable $199 USD. With the band will come both fitness and... sleep tracking, constantly monitoring your data both day and night. The new Peak band features a touchscreen display and sensor for monitoring things like …
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Learn the sci fi epicTetris, one of the most enduring and classic games of all time, is getting a film adaptation at some point in the near future from the studio that adapted Mortal Kombat in the 90s. The post Learn the... sci fi epic backstory of Tetris in the upcoming film adaptation appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Need a little Net right now?Ever been somewhere you need Wi-Fi right away? Karma is offering up a brand new mobile hotspot that is LTE-capable and charges only for the data you use. It costs just $99 too until late October. The... post Need a little Net right now? Karma Go is a pay-as-you-go LTE wireless hotspot appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google wants to make backpacks a thing of the past by letting students store all of their files online, and it's going to start giving students enough space to actually do that. Students, teachers,... and anyone else using a Google Apps for Education account will soon be given unlimited storage and the ability to keep files of up to a whopping 5TB in size on Google Drive. Unfortunately, just being a student isn't enough to get this account -- you'll have to attend an institution that supports Google's education suite. But it should be a pretty compelling offer for many, especially given that it's free to nonprofit educational institutions. These same features were introduced to users of Google's business suite back in June, so it isn't...
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DDoS attacks declined in Q2 while Zeus, Storm and Heartbleed made their marks on security, an Akamai report on the state of the internet shows.
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AT&T and Chernin's Otter MediaTom Pickett, fresh from a top content job at YouTube, will handle subscription services for the joint venture. Virasb Vahidi will run the whole thing.
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Popular Supplement Is Culprit in Itchy Rash

Live Science - 30 Sep 2014 22:10
Popular Supplement Is CulpritA man in California developed an itchy rash over his face, torso, abdomen and scalp that turned out to be a side effect of taking a popular supplement called kava kava, according to a new report of... the case.
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Apple, Paypal Talks Over AppleApple and PayPal were in talks that would potentially have seen PayPal becoming a "preferred payment process" for Apple Pay, reports Bank Innovation, but those talks ended abruptly after PayPal inked... a deal with Samsung to allow users to make PayPal payments with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint sensor. Apple was reportedly so annoyed with the partnership between the two companies that it ended talks with PayPal and even went so far as to exclude PayPal from Apple Pay all together, not listing it as an acceptable payment platform in its developer documentation. But while these talks were going on, PayPal went ahead and partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, a move that was reportedly forced onto PayPal by eBay CEO John Donahoe. PayPal's now-former president David Marcus...
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Missing Child Discovered byReporter Cameron Polom of ABC Action News did more than just report on the details of a missing boy in Florida on Friday — he discovered him According to the local news network, 10-year-old Paul... Ezekiel Fagan was last seen in his driveway around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. When his grandmother, who he lives with, was unable to find him by 8:00 p.m., she called police See also: Firefighters Save Family of Hamsters With Tiny Oxygen Masks
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The Crocodile And The Shark:With a desire to get more involved in Western markets, Alibaba could find eBay to be quite the acquisition target in a year's time.
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The Best of Advertising Week, in Tweets

Mashable - 30 Sep 2014 22:08
The Best of Advertising Week,Advertising Week kicked off on Monday, September 30, marking the industry’s busiest week of the year. A whirlwind of parties, panels and award shows, this New York City event draws heavy hitters... from advertisers, agencies, publishers and startups, discussing hot industry topics like “mobile” and “native.” For a full calendar of events, visit the official site, but if you're not able to attend, we're curating some of the best tweets and social posts right here in a RebelMouse. Come back to see updates, and follow Mashable’s coverage here.
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How mobile is Windows 10? AsMicrosoft isn't ready to give up on mobile platforms yet. With Windows 10, the distinction between mobile and desktop is a lot more pronounced.
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It takes time to hone your cocktail craft. Thanks to Ozz, the learning curve isn't quite so steep. The device visually guides pouring and mixing so that you don't have to worry about eyeballing the... notches on a shot glass. A companion app for iPhone...
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Reddit's plan to distribute its latest funding round: inventing a new cryptocurrency.
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Sorry, Apple haters:Admit it -- you were one of the thousands of people who at least momentarily believed Apple’s latest smartphone was as pliable as a stick of gum. After a few scattered reports began to circulate, it... was only a matter of time before isolated incidents became signs of “design flaws.” By the time the Unbox Therapy bend-test video hit, there was no turning back. Bendgate was a epidemic. FROM EARLIER: Ranking the biggest iPhone 'scandals' of all time Ken Segall, a former Apple exec, published a piece on his blog this week examining the consumer relationship with Apple. “To me, the story isn't that Apple created a sub-standard product,” he wrote. “Because it didn't. The real story is that all
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IPsoft seeks to grow theSystems support company IPsoft is testing new virtual help software that it says will help answer customer technical questions much more quickly and thoroughly than today's current crop of online... assistants. The service, called Amelia, is unique in that it is patterned after the IBM Watson cognitive computing service, IPsoft claimed. Both services are designed to answer specific questions from users by using a large knowledge base of data and by building a taxonomy of terms over time to help understand the context of a given question. Also like Watson, and like conversational search products such as Apple Siri and Google Now, Amelia can generate follow-up questions to generate better answers.
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10,000 Pigeons Undergo AnalThe 10,000 pigeons selected to participate in the National Day of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1 were inspected for suspicious objects by security officials this week. Thoroughly inspected.... According to a tweet by People's Daily, China's government-sponsored newspaper, each of the birds was anally examined, ensuring they weren't carrying, you know, suspicious things or whatever. See also: Commandos and POWs: The Extraordinary Pigeons That Helped Win WWII 10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects Tue, ready to be released on National Day on Wed pic.twitter.com/HitEpLMv8o — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) September 30, 2014
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Having arguably conquered television—or, at least, made a sizable dent in it, thanks to original shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black—it was only a matter of time before Netflix... turned its attentions to original movie content. Turns out, that time will be August 2015. That's when the company will reportedly debut Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend on its streaming service simultaneously with the movie's release in Imax theaters in a move that content chief Ted Sarandos hopes will prove to studios that "the sky doesn't fall" if Netflix has earlier access to content. The post Netflix’s Crouching Tiger Sequel Won’t Change the Movie Business Just Yet appeared first on WIRED.
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UK Home Secretary Wants ToAt the Conservative Party conference today - and to great support from the floor - British home secretary Theresa May announced party plans for sweeping new powers.
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Path Talk will call localPath Talk has launched a new feature called Places, where you can find a local business within the social networking app, and you can send an instant message to that business. That message actually... goes to a Path Agent who will call on your behalf and do stuff like make a reservation, check store hours, or see if they have your size of shirt. Surprisingly enough, this service is offered for free in the U.S. and Canada.
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[From GamerTell] It's amazing to watch Pokemon battling techniques, but not as much fun to try and implement them sometimes.
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A Teenage Hacker Ring StoleThe U.S. Department of Justice just charged a group of four young hackers with a doozie of a crime. They're accused of breaking into both Microsoft and U.S. Army servers and stealing $100 million... worth of everything from unreleased games to military training software. Two of the hackers have already pleaded guilty.
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Get Better Sleep by Sticking to Your Bedtime

Life Hacker - 30 Sep 2014 22:00
Get Better Sleep by StickingYou go to sleep when you're tired, right? That seems like the best way to go about it, but as The Wall Street Journal points out, sometimes forbidding yourself from doing that is the best way to get a... good night's sleep.
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Since Apple's HomeKit home automation framework was announced with fanfare at WWDC 2014 in June, we haven't heard a whole heck of a lot about products that are designed to work in its ecosystem.... Today, smart energy technology design firm Velvetwire...
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The Information is reporting that will introduce its own app development platform -- called Twitter Fabric -- at its developer conference October 22. Through the service, app developers will…
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Hackers Charged With StealingFour alleged members of an international hacking ring have been charged with a variety of cybercrimes by the Department of Justice.
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Jay Pharoah Reads Your BasicSure, autumn is a great time to gaze at beautiful foliage. But the best part of the season? Hashtagging your coffee run for all the world to see. Jay Pharoah isn't just a comedian and rapper — he's... also a coffee lover. In celebration of the changing seasons and National Coffee Day, Pharoah stopped by the Mashable office to read some tweets about everyone's favorite fall drink: the pumpkin spice latte. See also: Nick Offerman Reads the Most Profound Shower Thoughts Slip into those comfy Ugg boots and enjoy this hot cup of hilarity. Thanks to Orbit for sending Pharoah to hang out with us. Fans can also check out Pharoah's new EP, The Resurrection, available now on SoundCloud.
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[From GadgeTell] Little known Florida-based mobile phone manufacturer Blu Products knocked it out of the park in a first at-bat in the Windows Phone décor, recently launching a little guy that makes... even Nokia Lumia 500-series handhelds feel overpriced.
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A Lego-Like Kit for BuildingIf the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you're not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using... 3D printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating useful household appliances instead of toys.
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Citizen Developers Will RuinOur use of term ‘citizen’ has evolved. It has transmogrified from its original context pertaining to: any native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government.... Today then, citizen means: a consumer-level or non-specialist participant who engages in the formal activities of an established profession. The citizen (insert job title) will typically carry out his or her actions and then subsequently post the results on social networks and various Internet-based forums.
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Is the iPhone 6 Plus not theThe instant sell-outs and rapidly lengthening delivery estimates of the iPhone 6 Plus have led many observers to believe that the most jumbo version of iPhone is capturing a big chunk of the new... iPhone sales in North America. But new statistics from Chitika indicate that people may have been jumping the gun because it’s possible that the low early production volumes of iPhone 6 Plus are the reason for its relative scarcity compared to the smaller iPhone 6. RELATED: The iPhone 6 Plus is so popular that even Apple employees can’t get one yet According to Chitika, three days after the launch of the new models, the iPhone 6 made up 1.6% of the internet traffic volume generated by all
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Attorney General CriticizesPrivacy should be balanced with law enforcement's needs, says Holder.
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One day this summer, I spent an afternoon with computing pioneer Jaron Lanier talking about virtual reality. Lanier is a leading critic of the internet's advertising-based business models, and when... Facebook's acquisition of Oculus Rift came up, he pushed the company to look for alternative sources of revenue. "Every time there is a new platform, there is a chance to create a new economic model," Lanier said. The desire for an alternative to Facebook goes most of the way in explaining the overnight sensation that is Ello, a three-month-old social network founded on the idea that ad-based internet businesses are corrupt. The service, which has yet to build a mobile app and is available only on the web, exploded in popularity this...
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What to Expect From Windows 10

ABC News - 30 Sep 2014 21:47
What to Expect From Windows 10Microsoft mysteriously skips Windows 9, unveils new and improved version.
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Amazon's 'Transparent' is theMaking great television is hard. It doesn’t matter whether it’s produced by a longtime incumbent with decades of experience like HBO, or a tech company like Netflix venturing from the safe solace... of zeroes and ones into the much less predictable realm of characters and story. Major networks order over a dozen pilots each year, less than half of which are picked up. This year alone, at least 40 shows are slated to […]
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Retouching: You're Going About it All Wrong

PetaPixel - 30 Sep 2014 21:45
Retouching: You're Going AboutRetouching problems start well before we sit down in front of the computer and begin pushing pixels around. I know this because as I reflect on my past work, I realize that I'm as guilty of making... countless mistakes as much as anyone else. Rather than talk about techniques like dodging and burning, frequency separation, […]
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Texas State Highway 4 doesn't end so much as fade away.
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Internet Companies Take Aim atAn Internet industry trade group is pushing the feds to cover wireless networks with new net neutrality rules.
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This video originally appeared on Business Insider.
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Google shutters Orkut, butGoogle original attempt at social, Orkut, has been shuttered. Officially dead to us, those who visit the Orkut page will be redirected to a support page. Though it may not have had an impact... stateside, Orkut's closure is felt elsewhere. Orkut was popular in Brazil and India, where the tone of this shutdown is much different. In those areas, media …
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There was never really any doubt that the next version of Windows was going to look at least a little like Windows 7. Even Windows 8.1 was a step back in that direction for Microsoft, bringing back... the Start Menu that so many millions of customers missed. But for all the time Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore spent on stage today explaining the enormity of change in Windows 10 -- they skipped a version number to prove the point -- there's no obscuring the blindingly obvious truth. Windows 10 is Windows 7. Microsoft has sent a clear message today that they will continue to make new versions of Windows and offer them for sale -- Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) September 30, 2014 Microsoft translated: What we really realized was...
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The reason why you should go abroad

ZDNet - 30 Sep 2014 21:40
Being the largest school in the Netherlands, the University of Amsterdam is teaming with SAP HANA to ensure that all students reach success.
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Apple addresses Bash bug with new update

SC Magazine - 30 Sep 2014 21:39
The tech company issued an update for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion earlier this week.
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NASA Drone Flies Over Hurricane | Video

Live Science - 30 Sep 2014 21:38
NASA Drone Flies OverNASA's Global Hawk drone soared above the eye of Hurricane Eduoard over the Atlantic Ocean in September 2014.
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Propellerhead Ships Reason 8Propellerhead announced the release of Reason 8 on Tuesday. The company's emphasis for this update was to streamline the work flow for musicians, desktop producers, and DJs when creating new music,... with an emphasis on a new drag and drop workflow.
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California Enacts Nation'sCalifornia Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags Tuesday, making California the first state to bar their use. Environmentalists have hailed the law as a major victory, and... plastics manufacturers are already seeking to overturn it. "This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement on his website. Prior to Tuesday's enactment of the statewide ban, 120 local governments in California had already banned single-use plastic bags See also: The 10 Most Polluted Cities in the United States
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Future blockbuster? Tetris toThe classic falling-blocks video game is set to become a major motion picture taking place in a sci-fi universe.
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Yoga can be a great way to stay healthy, but it's hard to refine your technique at those times you can't see an instructor. SmartMat may have a solution for when you're stuck at home, though. Its... self-titled smart yoga mat gives you feedback on poses...
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Google has built a linear optimization add-on for its Google Drive spreadsheet application, as well as an associated API for developers. It also open sourced the underlying code via a project... called…
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This is our first look atMicrosoft had plenty to talk about during the Windows 10 reveal event on Tuesday, from the operating system’s improved multitasking capability to the extensive preview program, but we all know that... there was only one thing Windows users actually wanted to see: the Start menu. Thankfully, the classic Windows feature is making its return alongside Windows 10, but let’s take a look at how it has improved. DON’T MISS: Video: An introduction to all the new features of Windows 10 As you can see in the header image, Microsoft has plugged its Live Tiles into the Start menu on Windows 10. These tiles will be interchangeable and customizable depending on which apps, websites and contacts are most important to you.
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Andy Updegrove writes: The Linux Foundation this morning announced the latest addition to its family of major hosted open source initiatives: the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV). Its mission is... to develop and maintain a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform for the telecom industry. Importantly, the thirty-eight founding members include not only cloud and service infrastructure vendors, but telecom service providers, developers and end users as well. The announcement of OPNFV highlights three of the most significant trends in IT: virtualization (the NFV part of the name refers to network function virtualization), moving software and services to the cloud, and collaboratively developing complex open source platforms in order to accelerate deployment of new business...
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Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Images

Photography Blog - 30 Sep 2014 21:35
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample images taken with the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens, mounted on a Canon EOS 1100D. The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is an... ultrawide-to-wide zoom for DSLRs with APS-C sized sensors, offering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 16-29mm. Read the preview »
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Antarctic Ice Loss Causes DipFluctuations in gravity can be attributed to the loss of ice in West Antarctica according to data from ESA's GOCE satellite.
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In a meeting Tuesday in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite... mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint...
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Microsoft skips Windows 9 toThe next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered on mobile devices and... Internet services.
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Basis has announced a new wearable that aims to provide accurate, convenient and comprehensive fitness tracking. The new device pays more attention to fashion than we're used to from the category and... promises smartwatch-like notifications. ..
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100-Foot-Tall Beer Cans GraceSometimes a regular six-pack just isn't enough Unfortunately for thirsty residents of Buffalo, New York, the towering, 100-foot six-pack of Labatt Blue beer isn't exactly filled with a hoppy... intoxicating beverage. See also: 12 People Extremely Excited About Their 99-Pack of Beer The silos are actually owned by the RiverWorks Brewery. Though they won't be filled completely with beer, one of the silos will actually house the brewery and another will hold grain used in the brewing process, a representative for Labatt told Mashable Close enough. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The brewery plans to open in 2015. While the Labatt logo is plastered on the outside of their building, it will brew local craft beer instead. But don't worry Labatt fans, the brew will be available on site.
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The Silo Mesh Card keepsThere are times where you don’t want to carry around your wallet in its entirety. Going out for a night on the town or to a special event means wanting to carry the least amount of extra junk as... possible. When it comes down to essentials, you really only need a few cards, your drivers license, and some cash. Finding the right wallet to use for on-the-go situations can be ...
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Break your bad posture habitsUsing an array of embedded sensors, the Darma cushion can track not only your posture, but your heart rate, respiration, and stress levels as well The post Break your bad posture habits with Darma,... the slouch-sensing smart cushion appeared first on Digital Trends.
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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. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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What happens at the fishy equivalent of a cocktail party with too many male guests?
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Amazing photos of a hundredWe have covered Robert Bösch's photos featuring a hundred alpinists doing crazy things before. but here are the complete series because they are simply beautiful and amazing. Some are pretty damn... crazy too, like the one above.
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I Ditched My iPhone and SpentFor five straight years, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the screen of an iPhone. I'm not alone in that, but I am usually quick to buy new models and even quicker to download new... operating system updates. Perhaps I'm a little too quick, because earlier this year, my enthusiasm got the best of me.
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Don't 'Reset All Settings' inIt looks like there's another bug in iOS 8. This one was found by MacRumors forum members and causes you to lose all your documents in iCloud Drive.
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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Sample Images

Photography Blog - 30 Sep 2014 21:30
Samsung Galaxy K Zoom SampleAhead of our full review, here are 30 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a smartphone with a a 10x optical zoom, 20.7 megapixel... BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Full HD video, and a Xenon Flash. Read the preview »
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