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23 Sep 2014 - United States
You have to check out some ofiPhones may not have as many megapixels as a lot of cameras on high-end Android phones, but repeated photography shootouts have shown that the device’s camera typically punches above its weight and... can still deliver fantastic photos despite having lesser top-line specs. Now with the debut of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, it looks like Apple has delivered its best smartphone camera yet and fans over at MacRumors this past weekend started posting some stunning photos they’ve taken with their new iPhones. RELATED: You won't believe these gorgeous photos were taken with an iPhone 6 and 6 Plus As you can see in the picture below, the iPhone 6 Plus can take some very nice low-light pictures thanks to the addition
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Valve Corporation is calling for mediated talks with the ACCC in the lead up to the competition watchdog's federal court case alleging Valve violated Australian consumer law over Steam refunds.
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Apple airs new iPhone 6 adsApple has started airing two new iPhone 6 ads starring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Tim Cook unveiled two ads starring the pair during the iPhone 6 announcement earlier this month... with ads that focused on the Health application and size of the phone. The new ads, dubbed “Huge” (above) and “Cameras” […]
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Graphene biosensor moreA biosensor made of specially patterned graphene was found to be five times more sensitive in detecting molecules that indicate risks for cancer compared with the conventional bioassay test ELISA.
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A successful test in passing information from light into matter - using the teleportation of the quantum state of a photon via optical fiber cable to a receiving crystal located over 25 km (15 mi)... away - has been claimed by physicists at the University of Geneva. This test shattered the same team's previous record and may herald the development of greater, long-distance teleportation techniques and qubit communications and computing capabilities...
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Peer-to-peer ridesharing platform Lyft has bought Californian transport startup Hitch, in bid to build its shared ride offering Lyft Line and take on Uber in the carpooling stakes.
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In 2009, we had a look at the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) concept that promised patients suffering from kidney failure an alternative to conventional dialysis. Now the tool-belt sized prototype... has been granted approval for human testing in the United States by the FDA with clinical trials scheduled to take place in Seattle later this year. ..
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Most of us here at TUAW were baffled by the lack of waterproofing on Apple's upcoming Watch. This is a device that will always be on your wrist, will accompany you to the shower if you forget to take... it off, will go for a swim if you don't leave it...
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Google Chairman: Giving Money To ALEC Was A 'Mistake'

The Huffington Post - 23 Sep 2014 02:43
Google Chairman: Giving MoneyGoogle executive chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that his company's support for the American Legislative Exchange Council was a "mistake," adding that it should avoid aligning with groups that... deny climate change. "We funded [ALEC] as part of a political campaign for something unrelated [to climate change]," Schmidt said on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show." "I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake and so we're trying to not do that in the future." "The company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts -- what a shock. And the facts of climate change are not in question anymore," Schmidt continued. "Everyone understands climate change is occurring and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and...
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(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is set to unveil a new advertising platform to improve effectiveness of online ads, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday citing people with knowledge of the matter.
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BlackBerry Passport smartphoneBlackBerry offers consumers a $50 perk for picking up its square-faced smartphone, undercutting the prices of the latest offerings from Apple and Samsung. BlackBerry continues its efforts to grow a... loyal following for its hardware and a larger installed base for its software.
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Iridium's satellite broadband network will pull double-duty as a flight-tracking system. Iridium subsidiary Aireon is opening up the planned locator network to international rescue agencies for free.
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iPad Air 2 Rumored to LaunchApple has plans to introduce the next-generation iPad Air in October, according to Taiwan's Commercial Times [Google Translate]. The site says the updated tablet will enter production in September,... shipping next month. Commercial Times also suggests that the next-generation Retina iPad mini might not launch alongside the iPad Air, coming instead in early 2015, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to follow in the second quarter of 2015. Physical mockup of the second-generation iPad Air While the rumor suggesting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be coming in the second quarter of 2015 is in line with previous rumors, there has been no prior indication that second-generation iPad Air and the next-generation Retina iPad mini will see separate launch timelines. Previous rumors have indicated that both the...
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Apple may change Beats brandThere are conflicting reports about what Apple will ultimately do with Beats Music, with Recode reporting a potential name change, and TechCrunch calling for the service to be scrapped completely.... Apple says TechCrunch's report is inaccurate.
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Review: Moto 360 smartwatch isOutside of Apple Watch, Motorola's Moto 360 has been the most widely anticipated smartwatch of late.
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BlackBerry Passport smartphoneBlackBerry CEO John Chen has said the Passport smartphone will go on sale this week, and cost $600 without a contract, seeing it slightly undercut high-end phones from Apple and Samsung. The post... BlackBerry Passport smartphone is coming this week, CEO says it’ll cost $600 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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US criticized for 'feeding theAs Obama stands poised to implement his plan to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS, there’s another fight playing out between US officials and the Islamic extremist group — and it’s taking place on... social media. In order to counter ISIS’s well-oiled social media propaganda machine, which has included everything from beheading videos to Instagram photos of cats next to assault rifles, the State Department has launched a campaign on Facebook, […]
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The space ministers of France, Germany and Italy are to assess how far they are from agreement on strategy and funding for Europe's next-generation Ariane rocket.
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The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) study examines ways to potentially deflect asteroids from trajectories that could lead to them impacting Earth....
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Apple Wants You to Know HowFor a company whose CEO once claimed any smartphone over 4 inches is too big, Apple is quite proud about the size of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Case in point: the latest two ads for the new... iPhones, narrated by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake "This is the new iPhone 6, and this is the new iPhone 6 Plus. They're the biggest iPhones ever made," the famous duo proclaim in one of the ads. Throughout the ad, Fallon lists some of the device's features, while Timberlake simply repeats the word "huge." See also: Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Star in First iPhone 6 Ad The ad echoes the first iPhone ad, launched at the Sept. 9 event, that also starred Fallon and Timberlake — well, their voices, at least. The two sing the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey over footage of the new...
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After $25B IPO US Cloud Amazon Web Services better watch its back. And while we’re at, let’s issue a warning to Microsoft and Google and just about any cloud service you can think of because there is a new player in... town and they have a lot going for them including being based in China and oh, getting a record-setting IPO last Friday that resulted in raising a whopping $25B. That kind of money gives you…
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Heroku 101: A Beginner's GuideApps are big business. Everyone is using them for games, messaging, and information. Some people are even making their own. Small businesses and amateur programmers might be interested in getting into... the app game, too. There are plenty of tutorials online for building an app. The hard part is figuring out what to do once the app has been built. How do you get it to people? See also: How To Build A WinJS App In 10 Easy Steps If you've built a Web app--that is, a self-contained program designed to run in Web browsers, as opposed to the kind of app you might download from an app store--then it needs a home on the Web. Specifically, it needs a Web address so people can find it, storage for the app's code and associated data and background support to ensure that traffic spikes won't knock it...
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Elevator into space: JapaneseJapanese construction giant Obayashi said this week it hasn't given up on its ambitious plan to build an elevator into space. However, those riding it will need to be patient types, as the terminal... station will take seven days to reach. 
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10 Strange Projects InNASA is pursuing future cosmic exploration with some rather unexpected whimsy. Occasionally fantastical but always backed by concrete science, here are 10 of the most awesomely strange projects NASA's... scientists are cooking up.
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Man Shot Dead After AllegedlySYDNEY — A "person of interest" in an Australian counterterrorism operation has been shot dead after he allegedly stabbed two police officers in Melbourne. News Corporation reported that the... deceased man had allegedly made threats to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The details of the threat are currently not known. See also: Australia Raises Terror Threat Alert Level to High, Meaning Attack 'Likely' The two officers pulled over a vehicle near the Endeavour Hills police station in southeast Melbourne at 7.40 p.m. AEDT Tuesday when the occupant of the car attacked them, sources told News Corporation. Following this, it has been reported a police officer shot the attacker.
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Apple iOS 8 Users ComplainSome iPhone and iPad users gripe about sluggish wifi and dwindling battery life post-update
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Corsair Gaming Gear, PC Parts,Here's an eclectic Gold Box deal for you. Corsair makes some of the best PC parts and gaming peripherals, and today's deals run the gamut.
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Panasonic Goes Old School WithPanasonic is clearly targeting a certain demographic, or at least a specific age group, with its latest voice recorder. Because anyone who grew up before the age of MP3s, or even compact discs, will... spot the RR-S30's uncanny resemblance to an audio cassette tape. To anyone younger, it will simply look like something they vaguely remember seeing in their parent's basement--or a museum.
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A Brief History of Emoticons

Mashable - 23 Sep 2014 15:08
A Brief History of EmoticonsYou might think emoticons a relatively new "Internet" phenomenon, but evidence suggests they could date back to the 19th century — perhaps even earlier. The video above — by Jeremiah Warren and... Greyson MacAlpine — rolls back the printed history of text turned into tiny, sarcastic faces. See also: Emoticons: The History of Digital Sarcasm ;-) Be sure to subscribe to Mashable's YouTube channel for more tech, fun and news. BONUS: GIF vs. JIF
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Groupon Doubles Down On Its Groupon — on a mission to expand its business beyond the daily deal and into more local commerce (a mission to be partly fuelled by Apple Pay) — is also making efforts to ensure that the... inventory of offers that it does have continues to grow. As part of that, Groupon is updating its Deal Builder, a do-it-yourself tool it launched in February for merchants to create and upload…
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Israel's ironSource Raises One area that Israel’s tech scene has always done exceptionally well in is ad tech. So it’s not terribly surprising that one of its startups would quietly do a $85 million mega-round.... ironSource, a Tel Aviv-based company with reach into both the Chinese and U.S. markets, is picking up this funding from a syndicate of institutional and strategic partners across the U.S., mainland…
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Meet Dubs, Doppler Labs' If you feel like you’re losing your hearing, it’s because you are. In fact, more than six million people in the United States between the ages of 18 to 44 suffer from hearing loss. To tackle the... problem, Fritz Lanman’s new company Doppler Labs is announcing Dubs Acoustic filters, otherwise known as extra fancy ear plugs.
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Wink's New Touchscreen SmartWhen it introduced its ultra affordable hub a few months ago, Wink signaled that it wanted to win the smart home wars . Now, with the release of a touchscreen display and control pad called Relay,... it's clear that the Quirky off-shoot is in a hurry, too. It's not like the home of the future is going to build itself!
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Dubs Earplugs Don't LookDubs' "Acoustic Filters" are snazzy new earplugs that hope to conquer one of the biggest obstacles between you and wearing crucial gear to protect your hearing. Though they're not the first earplugs... in the world, they're some of the first that don't look terrible. Can Dubs trick you into better hearing with design?
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Dubs aims to make earplugs aWith an intriguing design accented by splashy colors, Dubs is hoping to persuade concert-goers, sports fans and anyone else exposed to piercing sounds that wearing earplugs can be about "cool" as much... as maintaining healthy ears.
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Karma Rolls Out An LTE Version Karma, makers of the small, portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you pay-as-you-go, contract free, for the data you use ($14/1 GB), is now accepting pre-orders for its latest device, the Karma Go... portable LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The new device, which also supports up to 8 concurrent users, runs on Sprint’s Nationwide 4G LTE network, with fallback to 3G CDMA. Before, the device ran on…
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Pretty much any animal medical researchers test is male. So too are the tissues they use to conduct tests. Despite the loads of research demonstrating important biological differences between how men... and women react to various drugs or diseases, the default study subject is male. That trend's about to change, as the world's largest medical funding agency -- the US National Institutes of Health -- announced today that it would grant a total of $10 million to 80 researchers who will study the effects of gender in their work.
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If you tried to count the number of times that we'd wished cable companies would offer nothing more than HBO Go and broadband, you'd run out of limbs well before you hit the total. AT&T, however, is... following Comcast's lead in offering a cord-cutter...
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Video Shows U.S. NavyThe U.S. military unleashed a multitiered assault on ISIS militants in Syria overnight that included a mix of fighter jets, bomber planes, drones and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, according to the... U.S. Central Command. The AFP reports at least 120 militants were killed in the strikes. #BREAKING: At least 120 jihadists dead in US-led Syria strikes: monitor — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 23, 2014 The airstrikes mark the United States' first military action inside Syria, news of which first broke on Twitter. "The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the U.S. Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in announcing the strikes late Monday night."
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Zeef Pulls In $1.55M For Its European startup Zeef has closed a $1.55 million Series A funding round to grow its crowdsourced content curation platform. We first came across the company exhibiting at TechCrunch’s startup... alley back in September 2013.
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Live Updates: UN Climate Summit

Mashable - 23 Sep 2014 14:15
Live Updates: UN ClimateToday 120 heads of state are at the United Nations in New York to talk about climate change. It is the largest-ever gathering of world leaders in one place at one time to focus on this issue Mashable... is on scene to provide live updates throughout the day. Keep this tab open, and follow along below
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Watch Apple's First Timberlake Apple has gone back to territory that treated it well in the past with new ads for the iPhone 6, with a spin on the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” John Hodgman/Justin Long duo act that served it well... in the latter half of the last decade. This time, it’s not quite so oppositional, as the spots compare the relative virtues of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Jimmy Fallon…
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BlackBerry may have fallen out of favor with the majority of mainstream smartphone purchasers, but the company has always held a certain appeal with the, erm, super-rich. That's why it's no surprise... to see the Porsche Design P'9983 getting unveiled...
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[VIDEO] The people who manage Apple's advertising have a good ear for voice talent. Both Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have very recognizable and, more importantly, likable voices.
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Stanford Promises Not to UseStanford University recently declared that it will not use money from Google to fund privacy research at its Center for Internet and Society, according to a legal filing made by the school.... "Since 2013, Google funding is specifically designated not [to] be used for CIS’s privacy work," the university said in the court filing, found by ProPublica in documents filed in an unrelated lawsuit. See also: Google For Spies: How the NSA Created Its Own Search Engine Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long been generously funded by Google, but the center’s privacy research has proved damaging to the search giant in the past two years. Two years ago a researcher at the center helped uncover Google privacy violations that led to the company paying a record $22.5 million fine
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Apple may be getting ready to sunset the Beats brand as part of a bigger music refresh. Here are five things the company should do with iTunes.
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Polaroid's $99The company that first brought the public instant film photography has a low-cost action camera that's about capturing everyday moments, not extreme experiences.
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Vizio has just announced that the P-Series 4K LED HDTV line we first saw way back at CES is now available. And it starts at only $999.99 for the 50-inch model, a price point that instantly takes 4K... viewing to the mainstream and makes the pixel-rich displays affordable for average consumers. The top-of-the-line 70-inch model is $2,499, so these sets are cheap and aggressively undercut just about every major TV manufacturer out there. That's been Vizio's game so far and has made the company a force to be reckoned with in the TV market, so it's no surprise to see the those cutthroat pricing tactics move into 4K. Yet somehow Vizio isn't slouching on specs. Like its current 1080p E-Series, heralded as "unbeatable" for the price, Vizio has...
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ZVOX rolls out new Platinum Series models

Coolest Gadgets - 23 Sep 2014 14:00
ZVOX rolls out new PlatinumYou might want to play closer attention to ZVOX as they intend to deliver theater-quality, 3-D sound through the simplicity of a pedestal design as well as single-wire connectivity. In other words,... there will be a trio of new models that will make up the Platinum Series in 42″, 36″ and 30″ widths, which will in turn, be able to accommodate up to 80″, 70″ and 60″ televisions respectively. Each ...
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The woman who saved Mongolia's stolen dinosaurs

New Scientist - 23 Sep 2014 14:00
Though illegal for more than a century, looting Mongolian dinosaur fossils was commonplace - until culture minister Oyungerel Tsedevdamba stepped in (full text available to subscribers)
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Polaroid Cube Review: A TinyThe Polaroid Cube is a delightful little camera that takes still shots and video. Like the name suggests, it's a tiny little cube just 35mm on a side. It sticks to any and all magnetic surfaces--even... your dinner fork. It can be tossed around and taken out on the town and record all of life's oh-so-precious moments. But so can your smartphone. Does being darling make a difference? Yes, but perhaps not enough to justify your $99.
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NASA will have to pay firms like SpaceX and Boeing more than it pays Russia for rides to the International Space Station, according to a new report
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Are Pro Athletes Prone to Violence?

Live Science - 23 Sep 2014 13:49
Are Pro Athletes Prone toSeveral professional athletes have made the news recently for charges of domestic violence, but are athletes actually more prone to domestic violence?
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Traxpay Raises $15M, Teams Traxpay, a German startup that has created a platform for businesses in a supply chain to make payments to each other — think PayPal for the B2B world, or an Alipay of the Western world — is... making two significant announcements that point to the company’s global growth ambitions–specifically in the U.S. and Asia. First, it has raised another $15 million, in what…
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Indian Spacecraft on Course toIndian spacecraft on course to orbit Red Planet on 1st try, aims to explore Martian atmosphere
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Very positive trend numbers for iOS 8, especially as compared with the poor initial numbers reported by as network Chitika.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Home-Packed Lunches OftenThere are many benefits of packing a lunch for your child. In most cases, you save money and gain the peace of mind of knowing that your kids aren't left to their own devices in the lunch line (french... fries and apple pie, anyone?). But are you giving your kids the best meal they could eat? It turns out that the brown-bag lunches we make may be less nutritious than we think they are, according to a study published last month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The study showed that most home-packed lunches flunked when they were graded based on the criteria set by the National School Lunch Program. This organization requires that school lunches contain servings from all five major food groups: fruit, veggies, grains, protein and dairy.
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Nazca Lines of Kazakhstan:The mostly earthen mounds, with shapes ranging from squares to swastikas, were various sizes, with some rivaling the length of a modern-day aircraft carrier. Archaeologists aren't sure of the purpose... of these more than 2,000-year-old geoglyphs
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Adobe's Aviary acquisitionAdobe swoops in on Aviary, but it seems the interest wasn't in the photo-editing app the startup offers for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
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Tesla Model S avoids trafficTraffic avoidance features and calendar integration are among the goodies in an over-the-air software update pushed out by Tesla.
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Most Adorable Vacuum Ad EverHere’s what could happen if you bring a fancy new cleaning gadget into your home: sparks will fly and love will bloom. And that’s not just between your lazy bones and your Vorwerk self-propelled... vacuum. Your toy robot, a randy little guy with an eye for fresh meat, wants in on the action, too. This new commercial, a continuation of the current robot rage in advertising, stars a classic character with shades of Wall-E pursuing an automaton that may just be out of his league. He’s undaunted, though, willing to make a goof of himself for the object of his affection. Look at him dance! See also: The Rise of the Robot Pitchman
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What's Wrong With The Internet?

Forbes - 23 Sep 2014 13:32
What's Wrong With TheI really hate pop-up ads.  It seems that whenever I click on something that looks interesting, I’m distracted by something that doesn’t interest me in the least—a subscription offer, an app... download, a conventional ad, whatever.  It’s maddening.  I could kill the guy who invented it!
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Watch Live: Obama Speaks AfterIn an NBC News Special Report, President Obama delivers remarks after launching airstrikes in Syria targeting ISIS.
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Last-Minute Sports Ticket Mobile app Gametime was designed entirely for that use case, helping even the laziest of slackers to buy last-minute tickets on their phones moments before it’s time to enter their local arena.
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20 Things David BowieNo matter how original you think you are, David Bowie did it first. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially proclaimed Sept. 23 as "David Bowie Day" in honor of the rock star's retrospective exhibit,... David Bowie Is..., opening that day at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. See also: 101 Typefaces Inspired by David Bowie The exhibit will feature more than 300 items from the rocker's personal archives — including clothes to hand-written lyrics and set lists, as well as diary entries from his teen years until his retirement from the music industry. It's a glam fan's sparkly dream come true. But it's not just Chicago who should pay tribute to the legendary star. Throughout all this rock chameleon's ch-changes, David Bowie has always been about one thing: originality
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Airport Car Rental Startup Silvercar is taking a bit of a contrarian approach to changing airport car rentals. The company, which launched in Dallas nearly two years ago, isn’t trying to make car rentals cheaper, but trying... to make them better thanks to an awesome mobile app and generally higher-quality vehicles.
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In Photos: Google EarthMore 50 geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years have been discovered in northern Kazakhstan. Google Earth images revealed the geoglyphs, most of which are earthen mounds, though a swastika-shaped... one was made of timber.
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Ultra-thin NanothreadEveryone knows diamonds are the hardest naturally formed substance on Earth. So what happens if you combine them with nanotech? You get stuff that could build a space elevator.
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Instagram Begins Rolling Out Ads In UK

TechCrunch - 23 Sep 2014 13:26
Instagram Begins Rolling Out UK users of Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app, will now begin seeing sponsored content — i.e. ads — show up in their Instagram feeds. Advertising on Instagram was first introduced... in the U.S. all the way back in September 2013, but, until today, Brits have escaped the invasion of sponsored content, though, of course, plenty of brands have already set up shop on the…
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Branch Metrics Raises $3 Palo Alto-based Branch Metrics has just raised $3 million from NEA and others to address a series of challenges affecting the mobile app ecosystem today. The company has come up with an advanced... “deep linking” technology for app developers, which allows for a more powerful means of sharing content from within apps, referring or inviting others to install apps, and more. The…
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Former Australian PrimeSYDNEY — The first female prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, has come out of hiding for a no-holds-barred interview on her former leadership. In 2010, Gillard ousted Kevin Rudd as leader of... the Labor Party in Australia and rose unopposed to become Australia's Prime Minister. See also: A Farewell to Kings Cross: Our Friend, Our Enemy, Our Wild Times It was a volatile reign, marred by party in-fighting, devastating polling and detrimental leaks. In 2013, Rudd got his revenge. He instigated a spill which saw him reinstated as Prime Minister of Australia. Yet, he couldn't hold it together and the party was dropped in favour of the opposition, the Liberal Party, in the 2013 election.
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5 Things Managers Should Never Say Aloud

Mashable - 23 Sep 2014 13:15
5 Things Managers Should NeverIn a perfect world, supervisors would be cool under pressure and the perfect source of inspiration — and always say the right thing at exactly the right time. But if you're in that type of role, you... know that in reality, that usually doesn't happen. Management is chaotic. People — employees, managers, customers, and everyone in between — are unpredictable, situations escalate, and in the heat of the moment, it's easy to let something not so appropriate slip out, without even realizing it. As a supervisor myself, I had plenty of those moments. And it usually wasn't until the end of the day that I'd realize, "I probably shouldn't have said that."
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Second chances. A second wind. Seconds on dessert. All good things. So why do second novels have a bad rap? Even the most brilliant among them seem to be ceremoniously picked apart by critics and... readers ("Why isn't it more like the first book?"), ignored completely ("We already ran a profile!"), or praised but not actually purchased. But in today's publishing environment--in which often terrific books, absent a news peg, fall off the map far sooner than they should--second novels need all the help they can get.
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The iPhone 6: Has Apple DoneBeing a technology journalist, you have to remain unbiased when reviewing the latest gadgets. This can be tricky at times, especially if you're already very used to one product - perhaps because you... own it yourself, like I do with the iPhone 5 and now the iPhone 6. There's nothing more polarizing than the iOS vs Android battle too, but having used a plethora of devices from both camps in the last few weeks, including the Google's excellent Nexus 5, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, has Apple actually done enough physically with its latest handsets to appeal to current iPhone owners, and also to tempt Nexus 5 and Galaxy S5 owners?
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Google no longer considers it necessary for Gmail users to have a Google+ profile.
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Philips Cuts Umbilical CordPhilips of the Netherlands announced a dramatic move to hive off its historical lighting activities. This split could be a prelude to a next phase of transformational deals that will further change... the ownership structure and reduce "Philips" to just a brand, perhaps even no longer Dutch.
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Having just discovered that Halo's Master Chief is actually Chinese, we were about to call out the irony of the Xbox One's delayed launch in mainland China, but now we have some good news. According... to our brethren over at Engadget Chinese, Microsoft...
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Get a Toshiba Satellite S70This ultra-high-end desktop replacement normally runs $400 more.
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Apple joined the big screen smartphone competition last week and those whose lives are enhanced by large displays will love this device.
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Real Estate Startup LevelREIf you've ever sold your house, you know the 6% commission that realtors charge can net out to tens of thousands of dollars for the average home. Now, a startup is taking a hatchet to that standard... fee. LevelRE, which launches this week, offers a 1% commission for sellers. If you connect to a buyer's agent, then you'll pay 4% on a sale. If you sell your house on your own, you just have to pay the 1% It's an attractive proposition, especially since the 1% lets you list your house on popular sites like Realtor.com and Zillow. The site also lets you retain the services of agents for consulting (like on what to price your house) for a fee which is refundable if you don't sell your house. When you list your house, LevelRE also sends contracted pro photographers to shoot it for free. (The...
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After discreetly tweaking its overall look, swapping some of its obsidian palette for varying shades of deep blue, Steam has launched its Discovery Update. The redesign introduces a brand new store... front, along with a barrage of features intended to help streamline its cluttered portfolio of games. Beginning today, users will see personalized recommendations based on their past purchases, recent playtime, and suggestions from their friends. It is also now possible to follow "Steam Curators," individuals or organizations that have volunteered to become tastemakers for the community. Although just about anyone can assume the mantle, only those who have made at least 10 recommendations will be listed for the public to find.
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'Big Bang Signal' Could All Be Dust

Wired - 23 Sep 2014 13:00
There was little need, before, to know exactly how much dust peppers outer space, far from the plane of the Milky Way. Scientists understood that the dimly radiating grains aligned with our galaxy’s... magnetic field and that the field’s twists and turns gave a subtle swirl to the dust glow. But those swirls were too […] The post 'Big Bang Signal' Could All Be Dust appeared first on WIRED.
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COTA Closes $3.7M, Plans To Cancer data platform COTA (Cancer Outcomes Tracking and Analysis) has announced the close of $3.7 million in a planned $7 million Series A funding round led by Horizon Healthcare Services, with... participation from Med-Metrix. COTA is a cloud-based program which collects certain cancer patient data and provides real-time genetic sorting of certain cancers. It also provides outcome tracking…
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Last week mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) vendor FeedHenry was acquired by Red Hat, continuing a busy series of acquisitions in the space. Previous deals in the space include the acquisition of... Parse by Facebook and that of StackMob by PayPal. All this frothiness is happening for a reason: mobile is the way that modern enterprise IT is primarily going to be delivered. Thus tools and platforms that helps enterprise deliver on the mobile opportunity are super valuable. And where there is value for customers, there’s plenty of money for vendors to make. By extension, where vendors can make money, investment dollars are sure to flow.
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The Strongest, Most Expensive Material On Earth

The Atlantic - 23 Sep 2014 13:00
The Strongest, Most ExpensiveGraphene's most problematic superlative is its cost.
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There's a lot of debate about which method of drying your hands is actually the most clean. This video explores the benefits of both and explains which one actually helps keep your hands the most... clean.
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Yandex.Master Wants To Clean Yandex, the ‘Google of Russia’ that has made inroads into areas like mapping, mobile, cloud storage and a variety of apps (like its U.S. counterpart), is today launching its newest effort to... build out a service based on its core search business: it is launching Yandex.Master, a platform for individuals to find and hire contractors for home jobs and small errands.
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Why it's time for the two-speed CIO

ZDNet - 23 Sep 2014 12:48
You can think of its a two modes or two hats but in either case, according to the analysts Gartner, the successful CIO is the one who can operate at two speeds.
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Apple Opening Retail Store inApple has announced on its official retail website (via Apfelpage.de, Google Translate) that it will be opening its new retail store in Hanover, Germany on Saturday, September 27 at 10 AM. The... announcement follows a prior report which stated that the store would open at some point in September after a year of work. Apple originally put up its traditional black barricades at the store in April 2013, however issues with physical defects, mold, and ventilation issues pushed back its grand opening. The layout of the Hanover store is said to be similar to that of the Apple Store Opéra in Paris, France, which boasts a wide space and multiple floors for numerous products and services. The Hanover store will be Apple's 14th location in Germany, joining stores in Berlin and Frankfurt among others.
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Why Millennials Are the"To be honest, I'm here to recruit everybody in this room, everybody watching online, to join me in making a movement." That's what Niall Dunne, chief sustainability officer at BT, said on stage at... the 2014 Social Good Summit on Monday. The movement he was referring to? Giving sustainability a makeover, and making it so that younger generations come to expect it as the norm, not a goal. See also: Consumers Are Willing to Pay More for Sustainability "Anybody of the 400,000 people who marched in the streets [for the People's Climate March] yesterday realizes that we're starting to reach a tipping point. But we can't march and go home to ... our family lives as usual. We've got to make sure the pressure that represented on the streets ultimately drives a movement ... so that sustainability...
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Google Now tracks flight prices so you don't have to

Android Central - 23 Sep 2014 12:34
Google Now tracks flightInterested in going on that ultimate getaway, but flight prices a bit too steep? You no longer need to constantly check fares on a daily basis, as Google is now offering a Google Now alert that... notifies you of any changes in the flight prices. Flight information is tracked based on your recent searches on Google Flights.
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Finland's Jolla Takes Its Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that used the MeeGo open source OS as a jumping off point for its own Android-app compatible Sailfish OS — and which last November released its first handset... in its home market — has now expanded availability of the phone to India.
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This season, there's a whole slew of cool commuter gear to look forward to. We've been keeping an eye on the announcements and here's what we're most excited to ride and wear. The post From Shoes to... Bags, This Is the Season’s Coolest Commuter Bike Gear appeared first on WIRED.
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Samsung's new NX1 is perhaps the most powerful midrange DSLR-style camera on the market. This is a mirrorless camera has an absurdly high-resolution 28.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and an image processor... that will be able to pull off some incredible feats. The post Samsung Woos Action Photogs With a Blazing-Fast Mirrorless Camera appeared first on WIRED.
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The Alba bulbs are designed to work autonomously, both by adjusting light output based on sunlight and by learning and adapting to its owners household habits. The post Ex-Tesla and NASA Engineers... Make a Light Bulb That’s Smarter Than You appeared first on WIRED.
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We have figured out the rules of creating sleek sophistication. We know, more or less, how to get it right. Now, we need a shift in perspective that allows us to move forward. We need a pole right... through a horse's head. We need to enter the third stage of this cycle. It's time to stop figuring out how to do things the right way, and start getting it wrong. The post Why Getting It Wrong Is the Future of Design appeared first on WIRED.
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For more than 50 years, the dramatic shot from a blimp floating high overhead has sent a clear message to TV viewers: You are watching a big-time event. Now, a new generation of photographers with... drones is ready to bring that same technology to all levels of sports while giving audiences a perspective they've never seen before. The post Drones Will Transform Sports Photography—Once the FAA Gets Out of the Way appeared first on WIRED.
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18 Terrifying Photos From theSome people like to live life on the edge — literally. Modern, lightweight camera equipment and a heightened (sometimes illegal) sense of adventure has made urban exploring an experience that most... people wouldn't even dream of See also: 15 Terrifying GoPro Videos to Make Your Heart Skip The trend, called Rooftopping, has thousands of photographers climbing to the top of the world's tallest skyscrapers for an unrestricted, bird's-eye view of the street below Cue the acrophobia Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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[HTML1] [HTML2] go back The post 13 Lessons for Design’s New Golden Age: Comments appeared first on WIRED.
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If you find yourself in a bookstore, Peter Mendelsund can be hard to avoid. The post What Makes for a Brilliant Book Cover? A Master Explains appeared first on WIRED.
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Gotham is built around a tantalizing premise: a Batman story without Batman. But instead of embracing the complexity of its police procedural side, the series opts for the bombast and broad strokes of... superhero cliches, and ends up falling short of its promise. The post There’s No Batman in Gotham, But There’s a Whole Lot of Clichés appeared first on WIRED.
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The age of commercial spaceflight is finally here. From Richard Branson to Elon Musk, some of the world's greatest innovators have spent years developing a new kind of space shuttle, with the promise... that one day, in the not too distant future, all of us will have a chance to hop on a flight to space. And Kevin Heath wants to make sure we don't puke on the way. The post The Next Big Thing You Missed: This Startup Will Train You for That Trip Into Space appeared first on WIRED.
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We're living amidst a new renaissance in design: Call it Silicon Modern--a moment made possible by cheap processors, new software, digital manufacturing, and novel approaches to problem solving. The... post 13 Lessons for Design’s New Golden Age appeared first on WIRED.
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A group of German researchers have come up with a clever way of speeding up the 3-D printing process. The post Cool 3-D Printing Software Just Makes the Skeletons of Your Stuff appeared first on... WIRED.
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Facebook said to be nearNew Atlas platform expected to help marketers better target and measure their ads, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Videos: US Navy launchesThe attack against ISIS in Syria has begun, according to the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby: "US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix... of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles." The US Navy has released these videos to prove it.
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Lyft, it seems, is going to be getting a bit bigger and, perhaps, a touch better. The not-a-cab outfit has recently acquired a stranger-based carpooling company by the name of Hitch. The service... itself will shut down, but TechCrunch says that the...
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How Facebook Can Predict YourKim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian: They're just like us!
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EU tells Google to make moreGoogle has to improve its settlement terms in an antitrust investigation over its search practices or face charges, following opposition from some quarters to the deal, the European Commission's... competition chief Joaquin Almunia said Tuesday. Some of the twenty formal complainants "have given fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google," Almunia, who is vice president of the commission responsible for competition policy, said in a speech of which the transcript was posted on the European Union website The information has been communicated to Google earlier this month. "We now need to see if Google can address these issues and allay our concerns," he said.
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Lyft acquires Hitch to expandRide-sharing service Lyft has acquired Hitch in a move it says will help it expand its Lyft Line carpooling service, where passengers can save money on fares by sharing a rides with others taking the... same journey. The post Lyft acquires Hitch to expand its new carpooling service appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Modern Life Without a Pancreas

The Atlantic - 23 Sep 2014 12:15
Modern Life Without a PancreasThe technology that helps people manage diabetes has gotten so good that patients sometimes feel trapped without it.
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Apple's developer support page has revealed the rapid pace at which iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch music players have been upgraded to the latest iOS software. Having been made available to download... on Wednesday, by Sunday iOS 8 had already been installed on some 46 percent of devices connecting to Apple's App Store. This comes at a time when the 10-month-old Android KitKat is still working its way toward the 25 percent mark. The relatively quick transition isn't out of character for Apple's devices and compares favorably to Google's efforts, however it hasn't been entirely painless. Many people were unhappily surprised by the large amount of free space that the new upgrade required, and there remains a swathe of important and prominent...
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Huawei firms up its plans for a bigger push into managed IoT for mobile network operators.
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Image: A cosmic hurricane

Phys.org - 23 Sep 2014 12:00
Image: A cosmic hurricaneThe giant planet Saturn is mostly a gigantic ball of rotating gas, completely unlike our solid home planet. But Earth and Saturn do have something in common: weather, although the gas giant is home to... some of the most bizarre weather in our Solar System, such as the swirling storm shown in this Cassini view.
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Naked and Afraid

Slate - 23 Sep 2014 12:00
Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read... Prudie's Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)
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New Study Predicts 21,000LONDON — New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up. Since the first cases were... reported six months ago, the tally of cases in West Africa has reached an estimated 5,800 illnesses. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures. See also: 3 Basic Reasons You Shouldn't Freak Out About Ebola In recent weeks, health officials worldwide have stepped up efforts to provide aid but the virus is still spreading. There aren't enough hospital beds, health workers or even soap and water in the hardest-hit West African countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
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Watching the iPhone 6 PlusRatedRR continues with its six days of torture for the iPhone 6 Plus. And being RatedRR, at one point they had to take out the guns and shoot at it. And being a dedicated hater of gigantic phones like... this or the Samsung Note, it's a real pleasure to watch it being pulverized by a 50 cal bullet.
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2,400 Phones 4U staff loseRoughly half of Phones 4U's staff are to be laid off, while EE, Vodafone and Dixons Carphone snap up other stores.
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'Sleepy Hollow' KillsYou've heard of the curse of the sophomore slump, right? It's lore that dates back centuries (or, you know, as long as people cared about TV shows) : A show, so brilliant and bold in its first season,... enters Season 2 only to find all the charm that first made it a success gone like a headless man in the night See also: 18 New TV Shows to Watch This Fall Considering the twisty and wonderful tales that Sleepy Hollow dished out in its first season, it was fair to enter this sophomore year with concerns. But if Monday's season premiere did anything — besides change the way we saw Benjamin Franklin forever — it was prove that this train shows no signs of slowing down
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Facebook reportedly close toFacebook is reportedly close to launching a new ad platform in a bid to take on Google in the lucrative online ad market. The initiative is linked to the Atlas Advertising Suite that it bought from... Microsoft last year. The post Facebook reportedly close to launching new ad platform in bid to take on Google appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple: Almost 50% of the iOSApple isn’t bragging on its iOS 8 adoption numbers like it has in years past because it appears uptake has been slightly slower. The reason? The much bigger iOS 8 download doesn’t fit on many... people’s devices which are often stuffed to capacity with music, movies, photos and apps. (Hint: Here’s how to slim some GBs […]
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Prost! Toast Oktoberfest 2014 in Photos

Mashable - 23 Sep 2014 11:43
Prost! Toast Oktoberfest 2014Every autumn, thirsty fair-goers and beer-lovers gather in Munich, Germany for the largest festival in the world: Oktoberfest The 181st Oktoberfest kicked off on Saturday, Sept. 20 at noon after the... Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, ceremoniously tapped the first keg See also: It's Not Too Late to Make Plans for This Year's Oktoberfest Approximately 6 million people will be attending the festival this year, and will consume 1.8 million gallons of beer before the festival ends Sunday, Oct. 5 But if you can't travel to Germany for the event, you can at least celebrate the at your computer (beer in hand, of course), or through a number of mock Oktoberfest-style celebrations held around the world.
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The new Atlas platform will reportedly help marketers more easily reach target audiences.
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Activision taps Rudy GiulianiBack in July, former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega slapped Activision with a lawsuit over Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The reason? His likeness was used without permission, and he was shown committing... "numerous fictional heinous crimes", which apparently tarnished his reputation. So says the lawsuit, which was detailed this past summer. Noriega is 80 and currently serving a jail …
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ARM's CEO has defended the company's stance in light of Nvidia's push to ban the sale of devices allegedly infringing upon intellectual property.
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A New Business Direction forWith the acquisition of Neul, Huawei Technologies is expanding in the Internet of Things
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Watch: iPhone 6 Sales Better Than Expected

ABC News - 23 Sep 2014 11:24
Watch: iPhone 6 Sales BetterApple says they sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the first weekend.
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Cryptosense has completed a seed funding round, raising €700m to improve the security of our banks.
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Elevator into space: JapaneseJapanese construction giant Obayashi said this week it hasn't given up on its ambitious plan to build an elevator into space. However, those riding it will need to be patient types, as the terminal... station will take seven days to reach. The post Elevator into space: Japanese firm determined to proceed with bold engineering project appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Looking To TransformTraditionally, nurses have been the "face of healthcare" to the patient. Unfortunately, due to the culture of the healthcare industry, nurses have usually taken a back seat to physicians and... administrators when it comes to changing the policies and practices of optimizing care. However, there is a wealth of evidence that points to the vital and increasing leadership role nurses are taking in healthcare practices around the country.
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sciencehabit writes: The power of anonymous comments — and the liability of those who make them — is at the heart of a possible legal battle embroiling PubPeer, an online forum launched in October... 2012 for anonymous, postpublication peer review. A researcher who claims that comments on PubPeer caused him to lose a tenured faculty job offer now intends to press legal charges against the person or people behind these posts — provided he can uncover their identities, his lawyer says.
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The $772 million facility in Eemshaven will benefit from proximity to the landing point of major international submarine cables, as well as a good deal of renewable energy, reports say.
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Development goals 2.0: focus on premature deaths

New Scientist - 23 Sep 2014 11:14
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, in force from 2016, should focus on cutting premature deaths by tackling chronic disease, say health experts
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Whenever we talk about Huawei, it's normally within the context of the company's growing smartphone business. What we don't talk about as much is the Chinese giant's massive networking operation --... but it's this department that's making a big entry...
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Short film: Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst plays herself in this short film directed by Matthew Frost: Two young women approach Kirsten on the street to take a selfie with her. The girls are more interested in the impact the... selfie will have on their Instagram fans than in actually meeting her face to face. A sign of the times, I guess.
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Peugeot Quartz concept boastsGiving hybrid doubters something mull over, Peugeot has unveiled its latest crossover, the Quartz concept. Aside from a rather futuristic-looking exterior that unambiguously shouts out its athletic... personality, the Peugeot Quartz concept's "sedan half" also flaunts new cabin materials and processes that not only add passenger comfort and class, but also a bit of environmental consciousness as well. The Quartz …
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EnGo public charging stationKinetic tiles and solar panels are ready to power up mobile devices for people on the go thanks to something called the EnGo charging station. The technology involves a combination of kinetic tiles... and solar panels. The tiles are designed to harvest energy from footsteps.
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Budiu: Smart shoes that track kids

Geek Time - 23 Sep 2014 11:03
Budiu: Smart shoes that trackFinally, the booming wearable tech industry has something to offer parents who are worried about losing track of their kids - kid friendly wearables
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Apple's App Store UsageRoughly a week after its initial release, iOS 8 is now installed on 46% of devices connected to the App Store, according to the latest numbers posted on Apple's App Store developer support page (via... iClarified). The numbers also indicate that 49% of users are using iOS 7 while 5% of users are on older versions of iOS. Earlier this month, Apple's analytics indicated that 92% of devices connected to the App Store were using iOS 7, while 7% were using iOS 6 and 1% were on earlier versions of the mobile operating system. In December 2013, iOS 7 usage was at 74 percent, which jumped to 78 percent later that month. In late January, iOS 7 usage was at 80% and then scaled to 85% in March. iOS 8 was released last Tuesday and brought several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards,...
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Google Now has a new card, which will keep an eye on flight prices for you. If you've been shopping on Google's flight comparison site recently, it would appear that you'll get a Now card popping up... with current flight prices for your intended destination on it. Now if only it could organise all your frequent-flyer miles...[Android Police]
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The European Union's antitrust commissioner today said that Google will face charges unless it improves its proposal to settle a four-year antitrust probe. In a speech published Tuesday, Joaquin... Almunia said that complaints from competitors "have given us fresh evidence and solid arguments against several aspects of the latest proposals put forward by Google." The commissioner added that Google has been informed of the EU's concerns, and that regulators were awaiting its response. At issue is the way in which Google displays results from competing companies on its search pages. The company published a settlement proposal in February, promising to display results from three competitors alongside its own services, though it has come under...
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TinyCam gets Android WearThe childhood dream of monitoring camera feeds directly on your wrist watch has finally come to fruition with the introduction of devices like the Moto 360. TinyCam Monitor has received a new update... that brings support for Android Wear, allowing those with a related wearable to take a peek through their camera from their watch. TinyCam is an app that …
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The search firm's new Yandex.Master platform aggregates offers from smaller service providers, be they cleaning firms or other Taskrabbit-ish platforms like YouDo.
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Apple Watch rumored to haveDuring device announcements, Apple is notably light on technical details, preferring to use phrases such as "faster" or "more secure", which is admittedly what consumers prefer to hear. That said,... knowing the innards of a device is always an interesting adventure, and thanks to an analyst who checked Apple's supply chain, we might be getting a glimpse of the parts …
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iOS 8 Adoption At 46% After The latest official iOS 8 adoption stat comes courtesy of Apple, which has added a note to its App Store Distribution page for developers revealing that the proportion of users that had updated to... iOS 8, as of September 21, stood at 46% vs 49% using the prior iOS 7 flavor, and 5% on an earlier iteration of its mobile OS.
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Size does matter, especially when your own is being called into question. The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and musician Justin Timberlake return in two Apple commercials, both of which are focused... on the girth of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Of the two, "Camera" is subtler about its opinion on mass. The aptly titled "Huge," however, presents no illusions about its purpose. It has Fallon listing the advantages of the larger display while Timberlake breathlessly reminds viewers, again and again, that the new devices are "huge." It's a hilarious shift from Apple's 2012 paradigm, which evangelized the iPhone 5's relatively diminutive size in comparison to its more hefty competitors. The company even created an ad calling the screen...
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5 Reasons Paper CurrencyIn 2015, the Apple Watch will likely prompt millions of consumers to stop digging into their pockets for their cell phone and possibly ditch their wallets. Many economists are arguing that governments... should consider doing something similar The movement for a cashless society has been gaining momentum over the past decade or so, but now it is technologically possible. Still, getting a country of 315 million people to throw away their pennies and dollars and instead embrace digital wallets would require political will and public education on a mass scale. That makes going digital unlikely in the short term in the U.S
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Google Science Fair WinnersThe answer to world hunger could lie in a single naturally-occurring bacteria. That was the finding of this year's winning project at the Google Science Fair. The goal of the annual event— now in... its fourth year— is to give students round the world the opportunity to experiment with ambitious scientific ideas. And, of course, potentially change the world. See also: Google-Backed Nonprofit Startups Tackle World's Toughest Problems This year's competition saw thousands of teenage participants from around the world enter the online contest. The field was eventually narrowed to 18 finalists, representing 15 different projects in three different age groups.
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Move over SpaceX, Japan'sThat's right - a Japanese construction company has declared its intentions to build an elevator that reaches outer space by 2050. And they just might do it
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Online Survey And Form Builder Typeform, the Spanish startup that takes the heavy-lifting out of creating user-friendly surveys and other types of online forms, including payments, has raised a €1.2 million further round of... funding, led by London­-based VC Connect Ventures. Existing backers Point Nine Capital, and RTA ventures, also participated, along with Mariusz Gralewski, CEO and founder of DocPlanner. The fresh…
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Learn Just How Crazy RussianTo be a smokejumper -- the front-line firefighters who parachute into forest fires -- in the US, you've already got to be a little unhinged. To do the same job in Russia, with antique equipment, for... no pay, you must be certifiably insane.
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Back in March, a group of astronomers using data from the South Pole reported that they'd seen something astounding in the night sky -- the birth of our universe. Using the BICEP2 telescope positioned... at the bottom of our planet, the scientists said they were able to find evidence of gravitational ripples in space that they said were echoes of the Big Bang. But a new report has cast doubt on the BICEP2 team's findings, suggesting that the ripples might not be telltale waves left over from the moment of our universe's creation, but simply clouds of space dust that happened to coalesce into swirling shapes after being polarized by magnetic fields.
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Sigfox Wants To Turn Its French startup Sigfox is building a low cost, alternative cellular network for connected objects. It allows small connected objects to talk with Sigfox’s server with a very small battery and cheap... hardware. It sounds too good to be true, but the company’s network already works in a few countries and has many interesting potential use cases. Now, the startup wants to turn its…
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Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs SamsungWith both Apple and Samsung unleashing new phablets into the consumer space, we take a look at how the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus measure up against each other. Which device has more fire power... to entice consumers?
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Enjoy how Chrome and other apps share data back and forth on Android? Now you can get that feeling on iOS, since Google has updated Chrome to take advantage of the app extensions supported by iOS 8.... That doesn't mean you'll be able to install any of...
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Galaxy Alpha, Xperia Z3 andIndian smartphone fans are in for a treat this week, as both Samsung and Sony get set to launch their latest offerings in the country. Sony will kick things off by launching the Xperia Z3 and the... Xperia Z3 Compact on September 25 in a media event in New Delhi. Samsung, meanwhile, is scheduled to launch the Galaxy Alpha on September 27.
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The first weekend sales of the iPhone 6 were very impressive.
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Is the App Ecosystem Sustainable?

TechPinions - 23 Sep 2014 09:33
The focus on mobility and mobile platforms as the growth engines for the tech industry's future is now so engrained into most people's heads that it seems nearly blasphemous to suggest there could be... faults in that thinking. But there's ...
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In Me-Too Move, Finnish Mobile When Finland’s Jongla re-booted to offer a multi platform mobile messaging app for modern-day smartphones, I questioned how it was going to distinguish itself in such a crowded market. In part,... the plan was to focus on a very youth-oriented positioning of its app, with an emphasis on cartoon-y virtual stickers from the get-go. Another was to go far and wide in terms of device support,…
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Messaging app seeks to bringLongtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4Carriers rejoice as the preorder window for Samsung's phablet has been cut short due to high demand.
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The government's own watchdogs say they tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability.
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The life of billionaire Facebook executive and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg has been distilled into a 32-page comic book set for release this week.
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Epson's Latest Printers Gain Mopria Certification

Photography Blog - 23 Sep 2014 09:05
Epson's Latest Printers GainEpson has announced that 13 of its latest home and business printers have gained Mopria-certified status.
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Learning lightbulbs,This week's podcast covers a bunch of topics from a hub to handle your many home hubs, to a smart light bulb that responds to you and your environment.
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Health Tip: Scrub Hands Thoroughly

MedicineNet - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Scrub Hands ThoroughlyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Scientists Spot How Bacterial Pneumonia Damages the HeartCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Microsoft's Former SoftwareRay Ozzie, former Chief Software Architect at Microsoft, has decided that voice communication -- in other words, the venerable phone call -- is broken, and he's going to fix it. With an app.
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Title: Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: College Women Can Use Food Strategies, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/21/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Adults Over 45 Not Meeting U.S. Muscle Strengthening Guidelines, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 12:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Newborn ICUs With Private Family Rooms Benefit Preemies: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 9:36:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Some U.S. Troops May Face Greater Skin Cancer RiskCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Get a Flu Shot During Checkup, Doctor Says

MedicineNet - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Title: Get a Flu Shot During Checkup, Doctor SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/20/2014 9:40:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: E-Cigarettes Don't Help Cancer Patients Quit Smoking: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Brain Structure Might Help Predict Risky BehaviorCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Avian Flu In Harbor Seals Could Infect People

MedicineNet - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Title: Avian Flu In Harbor Seals Could Infect PeopleCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Adobe Acquires Aviary

Photography Blog - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Adobe Acquires AviaryAdobe has acquired Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs for the delivery of creative apps.
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Title: Do Greener Neighborhoods Produce Healthier Babies?Category: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Trulicity Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

MedicineNet - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Title: Trulicity Approved for Type 2 DiabetesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Don't Fall for Food Safety Myths

MedicineNet - 23 Sep 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Don't Fall for Food Safety MythsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Some may still see it as a Cinderella science, but botany flowers magnificently in Plants: Roots to riches and accompanying 25-part BBC Radio 4 series
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Title: Pediatricians Urge Flu Vaccine for All Kids 6 Months and OlderCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/22/2014 9:36:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Cyberbullying Seems to Ramp Up in Middle SchoolCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/19/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/22/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Google Now has been showing off alternate info for when your flight's been delayed for a bit, and as of late the app's looking to take another bite out of air transit frustrations: keeping an eye on... ticket prices. Poking around on Google Flights for...
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Tiny robot learns to fly aA doll-sized humanoid robot has learned how to use a cockpit simulator to fly a light aircraft designed for humans.
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Netflix Launches SiteEveryone hates spoilers, right? Nothing worse than someone blabbing out the murders in yesterday's episode of Game of Thrones, which you haven't had time to see yet Netflix, however, seems to think... that spoilers can be fun, so it launched a special section of its site dedicated to showing you the pivotal moments in many popular films and TV shows See also: 12 Signs You're Addicted to Netflix Besides spoiling yourself in a Russian roulette-styled app, which randomly chooses from a database of spoilers, you can also take a quiz to see what type of spoiler you are, or vote on which spoilers should be in the public domain — that is, which are so common that they can be considered harmless
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Deciding on the most appropriate cloud strategy for an organization can be a daunting task.
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'Dancing With the Stars' WeekLast week, after the at home audience chimed in, four couple found themselves in hot water after the first dances of the season: Leah and Artem, despite having some of the highest judges scores; Betsy... and Tony; Michael and Emma; and Keo and Lolo faced jeopardy of going home Ultimately, Lolo and Keo met their demise, and while we couldn’t help but have sympathy for first-time pro Keo's early exit, the show must go on and that it did.   See also: Which 'Dancing With the Stars' Pair Is Your Early Favorite? Week 2 brought us My Jam Monday, as the stars got to dance to their personal faves. But who was the judges' fave? Read below for the details
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SpaceX cargo capsule nearsSpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft was nearing the International Space Station on Tuesday with a cargo of supplies, including freeze-dried meals, 20 live lab mice and a 3D printer.
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The next generation of USB connectors might extinguish the need for dedicated display ports. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) recently announced that DisplayPort technology will... allow the upcoming Type-C USB connectors to relay audio and video signals, with the potential to drive monitor resolutions of up to 5K.
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The Department of Finance has listed a request for tender on AusTender for suppliers interested in helping the government establish a whole-of-government cloud services panel.
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New submitter ted_pikul writes: Newly declassified documents reveal that, 30 years ago, the CIA pitted one of its own agents against an artificial intelligence interrogator in an attempt to see... whether or not the technology would be useful. The documents, written in 1983, describe a series of experimental tests (PDF) in which the CIA repeatedly interrogated its own agent using a primitive AI called Analiza. The intelligence on display in the transcript is clearly undeveloped, and seems to contain a mixed bag of predetermined threats made to goad interrogation subjects into spilling their secrets as well as open-ended lines of questioning.
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A Farewell to Kings Cross: OurSYDNEY — The party is finally over Kings Cross, the notorious red light and entertainment precinct in Sydney, Australia, is dead. See also: Whisky-Drinking Cowboys Look at the Dark Side of... Technology Those wild nights that ended in a toilet cubicle, the first strip club you entered, the five teapots of cocktails consumed at World Bar, the meat pie from a convenience store as you waited for hours for the first morning train. Savour them in your memory, it's time to say good bye to the king of debauchery, Kings Cross. You can only hold on to your 20s for so long, but fear not, grown Sydneysider, if history has taught us anything, the Cross will live again. Somehow, one day.
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NASA's MAVEN SpacecraftAfter a 10 month journey, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at Mars.
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[From GamerTell] On the WWE Network, a panel of superstar legends reveal some of the WWE 2K15 roster, including.. CM Punk! CM Punk!
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Incase Portable Power 5400

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Incase Portable Power 5400Running out of phone charge is a common among all smartphone users and this Incase Portable Power 5400 could be one good solution to combat this problem. It has a 5,400mAH internal battery and an LED... power level indicator which when used with the Embedded USB-A cable can help it collect power when you're at home and then be of help anytime you lose out of phone charge midway on the road. The device is extremely portable and is slightly...
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Q Knot Reusable Cable Ties

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Q Knot Reusable Cable TiesStep into the eco-friendly age of Q Knot Reusable Cable Ties that are way more efficient than plastic cable ties and can be used on practically every bundle you need to keep in place. This could be a... pack of pencils or a bunch of computer wires or even last year's Christmas lightings – Q knots are a multipurpose tie for just about anything and everything used in your daily lifestyle. It's the smart self lock design which makes bundling...
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Wild iPhone 6 Plus Case by HardGraft

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Wild iPhone 6 Plus Case byUsing maximum leather and minimum stitching, HardGraft's latest beauty is this Wild iPhone 6 Plus Case that can take your iPhone 6 experience to unimagined heights everyday. The beauty of the piece... lies in the new washed Italian leather which is soft, relaxed and comes with a rugged skin texture. The woolen interiors will wrap around your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in a comforting way with two additional hideout pockets for fitting your credit cards (upto 4) and...
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MobileMunky Portable Battery Charger

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
MobileMunky Portable BatteryMobileMunky™ power bank is the smallest, lightest 10,400mAH external battery charger in the world! Never before has so much power come in such a small package. The patented design is only 1.5 x 1.5... x 3.5″ and weighs only 0.5 lbs. MobileMunky™ will add 5-6 full charges for iPods, 4-5 full charges for iPhone 5. It will charge any cell phone, tablet, music player, camera, or any USB device. You can use it as a substitute car charger. The universal...
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Brinno HDR Time Lapse Camera TLC200 Pro

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Brinno HDR Time Lapse CameraIn order to enjoy the art of time-lapse photography, the next gadget you could have in your camera bag is this Brinno HDR Time Lapse Camera TLC200 Pro. By using impressive photographic technology, it... can create HD videos at 1280 x 720 resolution from the captured still images. The best fact being that it can do so without any stitching or post processing. For shooting any natural beauty or events, you can choose a time interval of 0.3 sec or...
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Mezzo For Smartwatch

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Mezzo For SmartwatchBeing in the era of wearable tech, it's important to have a device like Mezzo For Smartwatch on your work desk which never lets you lose touch with your smartwatch when its charging. The dock is made... of highly durable aluminum using CNC technology and has a clear anodized surface finish. This not only makes the setup look classy but also prevents your desk from looking too cluttered due to the presence of a charging dock. It also consists of...
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Kelvin.23 All In One Tool

The Gadget Flow - 23 Sep 2014 08:00
Kelvin.23 All In One ToolFrom hanging pictures to measuring spaces around the house, the Kelvin.23 All In One Tool is made for new homeowners to have a gala time arranging their newly owned space like the way they want. It... comprises of a number of essential tools which include a Screwdriver, LED light for making work in dark areas more comfortable, Liquid level, 5 ft tape, Powerful alloy magnets, 16 essential screwdriver bits: Hex, Flat, Phillips, Square and a tiny hammer. Thus, your everyday...
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Goat Simulator bashes its wayGoat Simulator, the very unlikely PC game hit from developer Coffee Stain Studios, made its way to Android and iOS devices on September 17. On Monday, Coffee Stain Studios revealed that the mobile... version of the $4.99 game has sold over 100,000 copies in its first six days.
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Cirque du Soleil's Drone Video, 'Sparked,' Is Pure Magic

The Huffington Post - 23 Sep 2014 07:45
Cirque du Soleil's DroneSeems like Cirque du Soleil can turn just about anything into a mesmerizing performance -- even drones. A new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios features 10... quadcopters carrying out the kinds of complex synchronized dance maneuvers we usually see from the circus' famed acrobats. But what makes this clip amazing is the one thing it doesn't feature: computer graphics. You can see how the film was created in this "making of" video. Verity co-founder Markus Waibel told Gizmag that each of the 10 drones was given a different personality, and that the entire film was shot in just three days. "The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync," Cirque du Soleil said in the description on YouTube. "Precise...
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Watching the iPhone 6 Plus GetThe pace of iPhone coverage has been a little relentless the last few weeks: first there was the announcement, then the reviews, then the laughing at idiots camping in lines for weeks. Now, the... ultimate stress relief: watching Apple products get some .50-cal slow-motion loving.
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Government Hackers Try toReport: Government's own 'white-hat' hackers give HealthCare.gov mixed review on security
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Already a subscriber to media outfit Plex's services? Good news: when the company raises its prices at the end of the month, you won't be affected. For everyone who signs up for the firm's Plex Pass... subscription come September 29th, however, the...
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Magnetized iron dust moves inWatch these metal filings mesmerizingly dance the night away as the music pumps in. The board, which is made by TechnoFrolics, uses iron dust in a choreographed magnetic field to react to noise. It... looks like a field of waving dancing metal mini trees.
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Pi-Top: The 3D-printableIn the interests of making computer-building -- and computers -- accessible to all comes the Pi-Top, a do-it-yourself, 3D-printable Raspberry Pi laptop.
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Messaging App Seeks to BringShould voices be used more on smartphones? Former Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie has an app for that
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This Is What It Looks Like toSYDNEY — There are extreme sportsmen, and there are extreme sportsmen. Skydive athlete Chuck Berry now sits in the latter category, after completing five — yes, five — extreme activities in one... hour. See also: 5 Outrageous Things Australian Senator Jacqui Lambie Said Out Loud In this non-stop action video, Chuck tests out the latest offering in New Zealand for adrenaline junkies. The introduction of the world-first 5x1NZ pack in Queenstown means you can skydive, snowboard, mountain bike, bungy and jetboat, all within a single day Chuck laughed in the face of "one day" and squeezed the five activities into an action-packed 60 minutes for this epic video, filmed by director Justin McMillan.
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New team collaboration / messaging apps are seemingly everywhere, from Trello to Slack to (now Microsoft-owned) Yammer. A new entrant Talko is interesting not only for its pedigree -- the team is led... by Lotus Notes co-creator and former Microsoft...
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Telstra CEO David Thodey has said TPG's decision to rollout fibre to the basement in competition with the NBN is not a threat to the telecommunications giant.
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World Vision Australia will be enhancing its end-to-end communication both internally and externally with Microsoft Australia's AU$4 million software donation.
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UPS Now Offers 3-D Printing Nationwide

Gizmodo - 23 Sep 2014 06:36
Fresh off its 3-D printing experiment with a measly 6 stores last year, UPS is now offering 3-D printing at 100 stores nationwide. If you've ever wanted your very own tiny thing made out of plastic,... your hour is here.
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An Australian Climate ChangeSYDNEY — This is one way to make an arse out of the government. This image taken by Cranky Curlew Productions at a beach in Queensland gives a powerful bums-up salute to the Australian government... over its climate change stance. See also: 7 People Who Stand in the Way of Progress on Climate Change The message from participants was clear: Prime Minister Tony Abbott, you've got your head in the sand. George Hirst from Cranky Curlew told Mashable is the even hoped to highlight the way our leaders are ignoring a planetary emergency "People around the world are realising this more and more every day and yet Australia, in particular, is going totally backwards on this. It's just plain embarrassing and it makes us angry that our government has become so controlled by big coal and carbon...
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'The Voice' Premiere Recap:Voice fans all been waiting for the start of Season 7 with hopeful anticipation ever since witnessing the great chemistry between newest coach Gwen Stefani and three-time champion Blake Shelton during... their "Endless Love" lip-sync duet on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Well, it turns out that was just a small snapshot of the seamless and palpable compatibility of this season's new crew The night began with what many will call the standout performance of the night, as the four coaches took the stage — Pharrell Williams at the drums and Adam Levine on the guitar — to rock out to No Doubt's "Hella Good," a hit song that Gwen and Pharrell worked on together in 2001. So, yes — #WelcomeGwenAndPharrell
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How To Fix Your iPhone 6'sWhat kind of monster would ruin the beauty of their brand new iPhone 6 by putting a case on it? YouTube user Peripatetic Pandas has a handy solution for your brand new iPhone's most annoying feature.... Now you can finally enjoy the smooth, scintillating sensation of a brand new iPhone without any bumps getting in your way. You don't even need a camera. Everyone was getting tired of your selfies anyway. Everybody Is Lonely, So Stop Being a Jerk John Oliver Slams Miss America Pageant and Scholarship Practices Charles Dance Drops 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Hint About Tywin's Future Freerunners Level Up With 8-Bit-Inspired Parkour Video
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Smartphone app knows whenA newly developed smartphone app collects and analyses various data to predict when you're feeling depressed, stressed, or lonely.
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Lyft acquires ride-sharing startup Hitch

PC World - 23 Sep 2014 06:25
Lyft acquires ride-sharingCar-sharing service Lyft has acquired Hitch, a startup in the mobile app-enabled car-pooling business, to integrate the service with its own shared rides business that it set up last month. "Similar... to Lyft, Hitch has always believed the shared rides experience is inherently social, and we're excited that they're joining the team to accelerate this movement together," Lyft wrote in a blog post Monday. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hitch co-founders Snir Kodesh and Noam Szpiro will join the Lyft team as the company expands personal transit to more cities across the U.S. Hitch offers its service in San Francisco.
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DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

Slashdot - 23 Sep 2014 06:22
wabrandsma sends this news from Tech In Asia: Privacy-oriented search engine DuckDuckGo is now blocked in China. On Sunday DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg confirmed to Tech in Asia that... the team has noticed the blockage in China on Twitter. DuckDuckGo had been working fine in mainland China since its inception, aside from the occasional 'connection reset' experienced when accessing many overseas websites from within the country. But now the search engine is totally blocked in China. ... [T]he GreatFire index of blocked sites suggest that DuckDuckGo got whacked on September 4. DuckDuckGo joins Google in being censored and blocked in the nation. Google, after years of being throttled by China's Great Firewall since the web giant turned off its mainland China servers in 2010, was...
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Looking for Oculus RiftVrvana, the company behind the Totem virtual reality headset, is seeking to raise C$350,000 through its Kickstarter page to bring the Oculus Rift and Morpheus competitor to the market.
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How We Can Control Aging (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 23 Sep 2014 06:18
How We Can Control AgingWhen I was younger, about ten years old, I realised that everyone ages and dies. And I thought well why should that be? Can't we do something about it?
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Google+ on its death bed?: NewThe end of Google+ appears to be not too far away as Google made another surprising decision. By not forcing users to create a Google+ account when signing up for Gmail, the search giant could be on... the verge of sending Google+ six feet under.
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Field Test: Comparing an 85mmWhich lens is better for portraits? We put the 85mm vs 50mm Lens debate to the challenge.
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Ray Ozzie's New Venture Talko After two and a half years, former Microsoft chief architect Ray Ozzie and his team are finally ready to reveal what they’ve been working on. Called Talko, their new mobile app is designed to... change the way consumers and enterprises collaborate with each other through a mix of live and asynchronous voice communications.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Rob Schneider's old Richmeister character is no longer part of State Farm's Discount Double Check campaign
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2015 Audi S3 Sedan First-Drive

Slash Gear - 23 Sep 2014 06:01
2015 Audi S3 Sedan First-DriveYou can't accuse Audi of playing it low-key with the A3 series. From the core sedan, fundamentally designed to tickle American tastes, comes a car family that spans electric-gasoline hybrids through... to this, the performance S3 Sedan. Hottest of the range, and certainly the most striking in appearance, the S3 pairs Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive with a 292 HP 2.0-liter …
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Ray Ozzie, who invented Lotus Notes before becoming Bill Gates' right hand man, thinks the phone part of smartphones is ripe for improvement. The post Ex-Microsoft Tech Chief Thinks He Can Get You to... Talk on the Phone Again appeared first on WIRED.
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Ray Ozzie is back to his old tricks -- this time parlaying smart phones and cloud as opposed to PCs and servers -- to foster communication including high-quality calls (!) between…
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Ray Ozzie on Talko, His NewSometimes, written words just don't do the job.
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Ray Ozzie's new app reimaginesOne of Bill Gates' all-time favorite programmers is back after pondering the hypothetical: What would people do if the phone had never been invented before the Internet came along?
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We haven't heard from Ray Ozzie in a while, which is unusual. Ozzie has been a very busy man since the early 80s -- he worked on VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet app, invented Lotus Notes and sold it... to IBM for billions, then founded Groove Networks, a peer-to-peer collaboration app, which he sold to Microsoft in 2005. In 2006, Ozzie took the reins from Bill Gates as Microsoft's chief software architect. It's quite the resume. Five years have past since Ozzie left Microsoft, but he hasn't retired. He's been pursuing an old vision disguised as a new one. It turns out that Ozzie wasn't finished with the problems Groove set out to solve. The app prophesied a new age of internet services where you could share files, instant message, and...
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Q&A: Science journalism andNew leaders of Knight Science Journalism program discuss role of science coverage in modern society.
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(American Society for Microbiology) Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit only a handful of pathogenic microbe species remain behind in... patients' intestines. The team tested these remaining pathogens and discovered that some can become deadly when provoked by conditions that mimic the body's stress response to illness.
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(University of Cambridge) Individual differences in early language development, and in later language functioning, are associated with changes in the anatomy of the brain in autism.
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(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) The Fashion Footwear Association of New York and QVC recently presented $240,000 for breast cancer research to the University of Pittsburgh... Cancer Institute.
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(American Cancer Society) A new study suggests that participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as the food stamp program, had lower dietary quality scores compared... with income eligible non-participants.
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3 Questions: Calestous Juma onMIT event spotlights new approaches to economic growth on the continent.
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(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) Researchers from the University of Toronto, directed by Drs. Gelareh Zadeh and Boris Krischek, investigated gene expression in normal vestibular nerves and... vestibular schwannomas. Two important discoveries were made: 1) there is negligible difference between VSs that sporadically occur and those commonly associated with neurofibromatosis Type 2, a genetic disorder; and 2) the overexpressed PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway in these tumors may be an excellent therapeutic target.
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Google partners with HTC for Nexus 9 tablet

Tech Times - 23 Sep 2014 05:59
Google partners with HTC forGoogle will be working again with HTC on a Nexus device, rekindling a partnership that started the smartphone and tablet line. Will this combo benefit the Nexus 9?
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Why Research Trumps 'Certainty' (Op-Ed)

Live Science - 23 Sep 2014 05:55
Why Research TrumpsIt is comforting to feel like we understand the world around us and reassuring to have an explanation for everything. But where does our understanding come from and how reliable is it?
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GTA 5: ISIS uses hit game to recruit teens

Tech Times - 23 Sep 2014 05:55
GTA 5: ISIS uses hit game toGrand Theft Auto 5, a popular game known for its violence, is the new recruitment tool being used by ISIS to inspire young gamers to switch over to their side.
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This perfectly timed pictureI know this picture looks like the Moon is passing perfectly between the Earth and the Sun. And I know it seems like the people in the picture are trying to look at the eclipse. But this picture taken... by Reddit user MDPPatrick is not of a solar eclipse. It's just a perfectly timed snap of a basketball shot.
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Without more powerful disease control measures in West Africa, more than 20,000 people will be infected by November 2, according to a World Health Organization report. Previously, the WHO has warned... that 20,000 could be infected before the disease is contained. Today's report is less optimistic. Already there have been more than 4,000 confirmed cases and almost 2,300 confirmed deaths from the disease, but those numbers are almost certainly underestimates, according to WHO data published by the New England Journal of Medicine. The number of cases is continuing to double every 16 days in Guinea, every 24 days in Liberia and every 30 days in Sierra Leone, the report says.
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Telstra looks to scrap pen and paper

ZDNet - 23 Sep 2014 05:46
Telstra is pushing further into Silicon Valley with an undisclosed investment in e-signature startup DocuSign.
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'Boardwalk Empire' Star LandsThe end of HBO's Boardwalk Empire is anything but the end for Shea Whigham — better known as Eli Thompson, brother of Nucky — who's just booked his next big gig Mashable has confirmed that Whigham... has boarded Marvel's Agent Carter as a series regular, playing SSR Chief Roger Dooley. The role will put him alongside star Hayley Atwell, who plays the title role in the highly anticipated midseason show See also: Are You 'The Flash'? Step Into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit and Find Out In the series, set in 1946, Atwell's Peggy Carter is a driven employee of the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve who must balance her day-to-day life with doing secret missions for Howard Stark
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Physical data centers, how quaint

ZDNet - 23 Sep 2014 05:40
'All you need is cloud'? Hold that thought.
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For Your Consideration,As the UN Climate Summit begins, one photographer has offered a quiet, intimate look at environmental devastation in China — the world's biggest carbon emitter. Over 30,000 protestors filled the... streets of New York on Sunday to demand action from global leaders at the UN climate summit Chinese climate activists don't have that same freedom of assembly — although their country is the world's worst polluter See also: China's Pollution Is Creating Dangerous Smog in the U.S. According to Rolling Stone, one fifth of China's farmland is polluted and 60% of its groundwater is not safe for humans to drink. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that the air pollution in the city of Xingtai was eight times higher than in America's smoggiest city — Fresno, Calif
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UPS' experiment with in-store 3D printers apparently went off without a hitch -- the shipping service has expanded the availability of 3D printing services from six test markets to nearly 100... locations across the US. While the hardware is still...
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Researchers at the University of California, Davis, say the amount of iron taken by pregnant women could be linked to the likelihood of a child developing autism. The research published Monday in the... American Journal of Epidemiology indicated low iron intake was associated with a five-fold greater risk of autism in mothers 35 and older or suffering from metabolic conditions like obesity hypertension or diabetes.
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Apple has posted two new commercials to YouTube for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop superstar Justin Timberlake. The first is called Huge, which focuses... on the large screens on both devices. The second is called Cameras and talks about the new lenses, slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, and image stabilization. Here are both commercials, in full. Huge: Cameras:
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Apple today debuted two brand new ads called "Huge" and "Cameras", focusing on the larger sizes of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and all of the new features of the highly praised new camera in both... devices. Both ads once again feature Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake having some banter. The first ad, "Huge", has Fallon and Timberlake talking about how big the new phones are. While Fallon points out "huge" new features like the Health app while Timberlake repeatedly points out how the phones are literally "huge". The second ad, "Cameras", has the duo talking about the camera features like time lapse, 240 frames per second slow-motion video and image stabilization for video while using their voices to vocally represent what each app does. The ads are the third and fourth in a new series...
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NASA's latest challenge seeksNASA has issued a new challenge, this one called the Balance Mass Challenge, which is seeking ideas from the public on payloads for the Mars Spacecraft. The challenge is detailed under the space... agency's newly unveiled NASA Solve website, which was introduced at the World Maker Faire recently. The Balance Mass Challenge, according to NASA, is to develop ideas on …
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We're Finally Going to Be AbleIt's only taken two major crashes and untold millions in search operations, but the world is finally going to have the capability to track airliners anywhere in the world.
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Modern datacenters and next-generation IT requirements depend on capable platforms, with open source solutions offering a strong foundation for open hybrid cloud and enterprise workloads. A powerful,... unified platform enables enterprises to use a solid foundation to balance demand while utilizing new trends and technologies such as virtual machines and the open hybrid cloud.
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US jury says Arab Bank isBack in February, Pando’s Adam Penenberg told the story of the victims of Palestinian suicide bombing who were suing the Arab Bank in the US for helping to facilitate the funding of terrorism.... Suicide bombers with the wherewithal to plan ahead could even opt for their own "Martyr Kit," a package containing all the necessary forms and […]
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Watching a falcon hunt down aSeeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon's point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is... happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons.
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Telstra will be growing its datacentre partnership with Equinix as it moves into the SY3 facility and the soon-to-be opened Melbourne datacentre.
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Not sure if you're depressed? Your smartphone may be able to clue you in. Researchers at Dartmouth have developed an Android app that keeps tabs on student behavior -- silently logging how long they... sleep, the number of conversations they have, how...
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What Climate MarchThe People's Climate March on September 21 drew an incredible 310,000 protestors to the streets of New York, with tens of thousands of people taking part in action elsewhere on the planet The march... was held ahead of Tuesday's U.N. Climate Summit, which will be the largest gathering of heads of state ever to discuss global warming See also: A Timeline of Climate Talks, Milestones and Policies The march drew people from as close as New York City to as far away as Europe and Africa, and a diverse array of interests were represented. But when Mashable spoke to participants, a number of consistent theme emerged — such as the urgency of addressing the climate change issue, the desire to preserve the planet for future generations and the need for world leaders to take action at the Climate...
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iPhone 6 case spotlight: mod-3

AppleTell - 23 Sep 2014 04:47
The barest minimum of metal necessary to protect your iPhone 6. The post iPhone 6 case spotlight: mod-3 appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] iPhone 6 case spotlight: mod-3

Technology Tell - 23 Sep 2014 04:47
[From AppleTell] The Radius has a very simple design that cuts down on bulk, utilizing just the barest minimum of metal necessary to provide corner and back drop protection for your iPhone 6.
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See evil haunt an IKEA-likeAngry spirits torment employees at a modern furniture store, giving new meaning to the phrase "graveyard shift."
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Skype for iPhone updated, nowAnother reason to update to iOS 8, if you haven't already. The post Skype for iPhone updated, now optimized for iOS 8 appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Skype for iOS now makes full use of the interactive notifications, which give users the ability to manage your notifications right from the lock screen or the notification center.
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When MakerBot announced that Bre Pettis would be stepping down as CEO earlier this month, we knew he wasn't going far. Today, the 3D printing guru's new project was revealed. The Pettis-led Innovation... Workshop at Stratasys is called Bold Machines,...
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Google calls ALEC supportGoogle has previously come under fire for supporting the American Legislative Exchange Council, more commonly called ALEC, which skews towards the "denier" side of the climate change sciences. That... changed today, with Google's Eric Schmidt saying the company's support was a "mistake". The statement was made during a session by Schmidt on The Diane Rehm Show. During the show, a …
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Apple finally brings the big-screen love--with some strings attached.
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This Is What Happens When YouWhen you think Cirque du Soleil, you probably think teams of sequin-suited acrobats doing improbable things in time to music, not quadrotors. Well, that's where you're wrong. The Montreal-based... circus's latest trick manages to take the mechanical, and make it wonderfully artistic.
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New two-factor authenticationA new iOS app for managing two-factor authentication keys called Lockdown launched this weekend with a set of unique features like the ability to sync your keys over iCloud with other devices... (including an upcoming Mac counterpart). Accounts in the app will also be backed up along with your phone’s data so that you can restore […]
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Slashdot - 23 Sep 2014 04:19
FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would... see a Japanese car. According to the NY Times, a new assembly plant in Kansas is "part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for 'a nuclear-free world' and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy." Mind you, Mutual Assured Destruction is a dangerous path, and one we managed to negotiate only because we were lucky (and we were) and because we were careful (and we were). As a strategy, it only works with rational people (e.g., world powers with lots to lose)...
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DealBook: Aging Tech GiantsBig hardware firms like EMC are looking at a range of possible transactions as they pursue relevance and growth.
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Lyft buys Hitch, giving itsThe peer-to-peer car service buys another ride-sharing platform that's focused on connecting multiple passengers along the same route.
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U.S. Launches AirstrikesThe U.S. military has launched air attacks on Islamic State forces inside Syrian borders for the first time, a Pentagon official confirmed Monday night. "U.S. military and partner nation forces are... undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack missiles," said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby in a statement around 9:40pm ET. "Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time." Kirby also tipped the hat to several unnamed "partner nation forces." Several Arab nations were involved in the bombing run, including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, according to the Washington Post.
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Scientists map the 219 millionA new catalogue of the visible Milky Way is the most detailed yet, charting 219 million distinct stars in the region we can see from Earth.
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'Gotham' Premiere Recap:“I promise you, however dark and scary the world might be right now … there will be light. There will be light, Bruce.” Gotham, perhaps the biggest network series premiere of the year, opens... with its main character telling an even bigger lie — though a young Det. James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) has no way of knowing that Bruce Wayne, who’s just seen his parents gunned down in an alley, will grow up to be a guy they call the Dark Knight. SEE ALSO: Amid High Expectations, 'Gotham' Cast Hopes to Deliver The brooding boy billionaire is going to have a lot of baddies to battle, and Monday night’s series premiere of Gotham wasted no time with the introductions: The first person we see onscreen (and last, as it were, though she never speaks) is Selina Kyle — later to be known as...
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Google is to stop funding a major conservative group over its stance on climate change. Speaking in a radio interview with NPR's Diane Rehm, Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt said that Google... would not be renewing its membership to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because the group was "literally lying" by opposing efforts to reduce global warming. The right-leaning ALEC, which has received donations from fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, has fought against the US government's efforts to pursue renewable energy sources, battled against regulations for coal power plants, tried to get ecological activists classified as terrorists, and questioned climate change research.
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Immersion looks to shake upThe company unveils TouchSense Engage, which uses touch feedback technology to simulate the roar of a crowd or the boom of an explosion.
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Kinetic sculpture reflectsThe lunar surface gets artsy in the hands of two London digital designers and their data-driven hanging sculpture based on cosmic events.
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The world of image editing has changed a lot in the past few years -- you're now about as likely to tweak a photo on your phone or tablet as you are on your PC. Adobe is clearly aware of this shift,... as it just bought Aviary and its cloud-savvy image...
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7 things you probably didn'tAs we all get excited about the new second part of Fight Club coming out in 2015, let's take a look back at some fun facts that you probably didn't know about the movie. Like how Brad Pitt's outfits... were even crazier than you thought and how perfect the blood dripping needed to be.
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Hulu teams up with J.J. AbramsHulu inks a deal with JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, and Stephen King to air an original series centered around Kings' novel, '11/22/63,' which centers around a fictional attempt to stop JFK's... assassination. The post Hulu teams up with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King for new original series appeared first on Digital Trends.
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After UN Speech, Emma WatsonJust when you thought 4Chan had grown up, one of its members pulls a stunt like this Emma Watson's well-received speech at the UN calling for gender equality around the world may not seem... controversial to most viewers. But it apparently was for many users on the anarchic, fast-deleted website that first hosted the nude photos stolen from the iCloud accounts of famous actors, all of whom happened to be women See also: 'Feminists Are Not Man-Haters': Emma Watson's Moving UN Speech On the 4Chan board /b, where jaded male users try to get a rise with shocking pictures and statements, Watson was the target of a stream of vilification and threats, according to Death and Taxes, which preserved some of the messages.
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How to get the Xperia Z3'sSony is about to be very unhappy with the XDA Developers community. It seems that an XDA forum member who goes by the name of XperiaPlaystation has figured out how to port the Sony Xperia Z3’s... PlayStation 4 Remote Play feature over to any Android device, despite the fact that Sony has said that it wants the feature to remain an exclusive to its smartphones. MORE ON THE XPERIA Z3: Meet the smartphone Sony will use to fight the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 In case you don’t recall, PS4 Remote Play essentially lets you use the Xperia Z3 as a remote screen that you can use to control and connect with games that are running on your PS4. This means, for
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ImPekable, a San Jose-based design consultancy, has released a complete Apple Watch GUI as a Photoshop PSD, squeaking it out ahead of the SDK's release. Anyone can grab the files from Dribble or... ImPekable's website and use the template to tinker with app designs. The release is to get developers up and running with making "amazing Apple Watch apps" as …
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Kavli Q+A: Guth, Linde andThe 2014 Astrophysics Kavli Prize Laureates tell the story behind their theory of cosmic inflation, and contemplate how it has changed our view of the universe.
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Virgin America Flight DivertedOMAHA — Officials say a commercial airplane traveling from Boston to Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Nebraska. The Federal Aviation Administration says the Virgin America flight made the... unscheduled landing Monday morning at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The plane landed safely and no injuries were reported. See also: Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck The agency says the flight crew requested a diversion following a medical emergency on board, but additional information has not been released. Omaha television station KETV reports a passenger from the plane was later taken to the airport's police office.
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Lyft , the pink 'stache-sporting ride-sharing service, announced today that it's acquiring Hitch, a service that tries to get multiple users into one taxi. Lyft has said that the acquisition will... bolster its Lyft Line service (and hopefully stem the onwards flooding of the Uber tide ). [Lyft]
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Uber seen upping fee itDrivers for the peer-to-peer car service are increasingly being hit with pay cuts and raised costs, according to an Uber notification posted to Reddit.
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Plex will soon get moreIf you're a Plex subscriber or thinking of becoming one, now would be the time to renew or join as Plex has announced that it will be increasing its membership prices for the monthly, annual, and... lifetime plans. The company said that current customers can lock in their rates so that subscriptions won't increase so if you've been on the fence, you should act sooner than later to get the current pricing.
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Google's Eric Schmidt SaidGoogle Chairman Eric Schmidt said publicly on Monday that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was "literally lying" about climate change. In an interview on NPR, Mr. Schmidt said that his... company's former association with ALEC was a "mistake," and that the lobbying group's stance on climate change was "making the world a much worse place."
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Earlier this year, researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the BICEP2 telescope in Antarctica were thought to have found evidence of gravitational waves produced during the... first moments of the big bang. The discovery was...
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Google updates Chrome Apps forEarlier this year, Google had made an important move to allow developers to package their web apps and submit them to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Known as Chrome App for Mobile, the... move makes it easier for developers to have something that looks like a native app. Now, Google has updated its frameworks to bring rich notifications, Google Cloud Messaging support, and new Chrome APIs.
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Lucky you! You're going to see a pile of reviews of new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus accessories over the next couple of months. One of the more respected names in the accessory business for Mac and iOS... devices is Speck, and the company sent along four of...
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iPhone 6 usage tops 6 PlusGiven how constrained supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus have been, it should come as no surprise that Apple’s biggest smartphone isn’t being used the most right now. While Apple won’t say how many... of each model it’s sold, mobile…
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Lyft grows with Hitch acquisition

Slash Gear - 23 Sep 2014 02:49
Lyft grows with HitchLyft, the pink mustachioed ridesharing service living in Uber's shadow, has acquired competing transportation startup Hitch. As a result of the acquisition, Lyft will absorb Hitch's co-founders into... the business, as well as its roster of existing drivers into its own platform. The news arrived in a joint statement today from both Lyft and Hitch, with the first of the …
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Months After Beats Purchase,Apple paid $3 billion for Beats, which makes headphones and also offers streaming music -- a service that analysts say could be discontinued, though Apple remains vague.
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This beastly sword with an arcThough I think Tony Stark would try to invent some sort of laser if he made his own saber and that Iron Man doesn't quite need a sword with all his weaponry, this beast of a sword made by Man At Arms:... Reforged would still look pretty badass when used with Iron Man's suit.
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Bono wants to help Apple reachIn an interview with Dave Fanning on Irish radio station 2FM, U2's Bono revealed that the band wants to help Apple get to 1 billion iTunes subscribers, TUAW reports. Apple currently has 885 million... users according to the well-informed musician, who has been in the news quite a bit lately because of the free U2 album download “scandal.” FROM EARLIER: The funniest thing you'll see today: Conan thinks Apple could do more to help U2 haters “They have 885 million iTunes accounts,” Bono said, “and we’re going to help them get that number to a billion.” He further said that the more iTunes accounts are there, the better the chances are for musicians to make more money. Apple is yet to confirm
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Wireless charging is still a relatively new technology in the portable electronics arena, but it is rapidly gaining steam. As a result, plenty of companies are embracing it and making use of it in... creative ways. Once such firm is Qimini, which is launching a wireless charging device called Deuce that also features its own battery packed in its tiny form factor, allowing it to charge devices without wires while on the go...
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China clearly not a Google fanChina's latest Internet policing is bad for Google and worse for productivity in the country. Anxiety continues to rise among foreign tech companies.
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Google's Chrome Apps for Mobile project has been handy for developers who want to repackage their websites as native apps for your phone, but the resulting projects have been limited in what they can... do -- it's pretty obvious that they're recycled....
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10M iPhones fly off shelves,A whopping 10 million iPhone 6 units have been sold since the device was released. The iPhone 6 is outselling the larger iPhone 6 Plus by eight to one.
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TPG has reported a jump in yearly profit by 15 percent as the company plans to offer services on its fibre to the basement product this month in direct competition with the NBN.
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The Competition Policy Review panel has suggested that an independent regulator be introduced to ensure that consumers are able to benefit from the growing choices of taxi services and the... technological changes.
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Chinese Site Reports AppleApple is planning to release the next iPad in October, according to Chinese-language site Commercial Times. Citing sources in Apple's Chinese supply chain, the site said that Apple would release the... "iPad Air 2" next month, while the iPad mini won't be updated until the first quarter of 2015.
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An anonymous reader writes: Microfluidic systems promise to bring the same level of precision and control seen in the electronics industry to chemistry and the life sciences. Typically, devices are... fabricated at substantial cost and using borrowed techniques from the semiconductor industry. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have invented a system of discrete microfluidic elements akin to those found in electronic board design. It was inspired by the ease with which LEGO bricks are assembled into a larger structure, and finally allows for the rapid prototyping of "Lab-on-Chip" devices. The original paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
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Pro-ISIS Group Kidnaps,ALGIERS, Algeria — A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts its airstrikes against the Islamic... State (ISIS) group in Iraq. In a video that appeared on social media, a masked member of a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, addressed the threat to French President Francois Hollande and said the hostage would be killed unless the airstrikes were halted within 24 hours. See also: Wife of ISIS Captive Alan Henning Asks for His Release The group said it was answering a call by Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani to attack Americans and Europeans. The U.S.-led campaign against ISIS "will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were...
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This smart sleep trackingBeddit is a detailed, high-tech sleep tracker, but it's not one you wear on your wrist. You slip the thin pressure-sensitive strip under your bed sheet, lay down, and sleep on it instead. The post... This smart sleep tracking strap monitors your heart and breathing each night appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Trademark filing suggests MattHere’s a story I missed last month. Capital New York reports that Matt Taibbi’s new e-magazine, bankrolled by Pierre Omidyar, will likely be called “Racket.” According to a trademark filing by... First Look Media, the publication will publish: “news, commentary, information, non-downloadable audio and visual media, and… editorial articles in the fields of government, politics, finance, business, sports, the media, entertainment, humor, arts and culture” It will also feature: “technology that enables users to […]
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Students at California Polytechnic Pomona have been reinterpreting the cabins used by visitors to US state parks as part of a program by the Architecture Department Studio. Revamp the Camp aimed to... make the cabins in California State Parks cheaper and greener, as well as more appealing to a wider range of park users...
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Listen to Episode 97 of Slate's The Gist:
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ZEFR Has Acquired Social Video monetization platform ZEFR could be looking to extend its advertising reach beyond YouTube with its acquisition of social advertising startup Engodo. Last week ZEFR entered into a purchase... agreement with the Salt Lake City, Utah-based startup in what appears to be a cash-and-stock deal, according to an SEC filing.
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Netflix's long wait timesRumors and speculation that Netflix will be dropping its DVD shipping business in favor of streaming only aren't anything new, and we've seen various things crop up over the years seemingly pointing... towards an end to that aspect of the service. Newest to that category is the unusually long wait times subscribers are seeing for many DVDs. The Consumerist reports …
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One chart shows you howSo we already know that Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units over the weekend, which in itself is a hugely impressive achievement. However, Apple’s massive weekend iPhone... sales only look more impressive if you compare them with sales of past product launches, as Asymco’s Horace Dediu did on Monday when he posted the following chart on Twitter. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales pass 10 million units in record-smashing debut Per Dediu’s calculations, Apple sold well over 3 million iPhone 6 units per day, an astonishing number that doesn’t even include any sales to consumers in China, which just happens to be the world’s biggest smartphone market. Where this really gets
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Beautiful Short Film Shows OffBen Canales, an Oregon-based photographer and filmmaker, wasted no time putting his new iPhone 6 Plus to the test once he had it in hand. As soon as he got it, Canales packed his bags and took to the... Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to piece together a short film that shows you just how capable […]
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The Startup CEO's Daily Bag

Life Hacker - 23 Sep 2014 02:00
The Startup CEO's Daily BagBeing a CEO at a startup can mean just about anything these days, but you usually need to be prepared for a lot of different things while still being mobile. Everyday Carry reader Colin Ryan shares... his bag.
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The iPhone 6 introduced Apple's first 240 frame per second slow motion video camera into the pockets of users lucky enough to pick one up. One of those iPhone 6 owners has posted the single best... advertisement for the slow motion video camera with...
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Website of the day: The Internet in Real-Time

Pocket-lint - 23 Sep 2014 02:00
Website of the day: TheI think we can all agree that Big Data is a big deal. Really big. But just how big? And should we be worried? We know that there are scare stories about how much personal information is being shared... on an hourly basis, but that's usually through choice,...
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Apple denies it is shuttingApple bought the streaming music service started by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre in May.          
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In line with previous rumors,As has been previously rumored, Apple is said to be preparing for an October event to introduce an updated model of the iPad Air, according to the Commercial Times. Though earlier rumors of an event... on October 21st have been shot down, there are still plenty of other days in October that Apple could hold […]
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Xbox One China launch in aThe launch of the Xbox One in China is being delayed. While there is a lot of speculation surrounding the launch delay, Microsoft has not stated any particular reason.
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Gigaom recently hosted a meetup featuring thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the world of artificial intelligence and deep learning. Watch the videos of their presentations here.
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Bad news, Ferrari-drivingThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is recalling all 2010 through 2014 model year Ferrari 458 and 458 Spiders for lack of interior trunk release latch. At only 8.12 cubic feet, however,... it's rather unlikely such a space poses a problem for many American-sized individuals. The post Bad news, Ferrari-driving mobsters: NHTSA recalls 458 over missing trunk release appeared first on Digital Trends.
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When Valve debuted game-recommendation tags not long ago, it was apparently a precursor to something much bigger. Today the PC game-sales juggernaut has revealed a new look for its store that aims to... put games in front of you that you didn't even...
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Picture of the Day: Basketball Eclipse of the Sun

Twisted Sifter - 23 Sep 2014 01:43
Picture of the Day: BasketballPhotograph by MDPPatrick on reddit   Reddit user MDPPatrick took this perfectly timed photo of his brother shooting a basketball and creating an eclipse of the sun at the same time. For those... curious, the photo was taken on a Galaxy S4 using the ‘Sports’ mode which takes pictures of fast movement. The photo, which…
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This week's sidebar poll: WhatVote in this week's poll and tell us your favorite! We've been having a bit of discussion around the water cooler that past week. It seems we (the editors here at AC) have all hit the device... de-authorization limit for Google Play Music. That means, for the next year we're stuck and can't use the service on any new devices we happen to pick up for a review or for our own use. We understand that this isn't going to be a problem for most folks, but we just want to listen to some tunes on our phones. So that means we need to make a switch. That means we're going to ask the biggest and best Android community on the planet what paid music service they are using. Find the poll below, or on the home page in the sidebar to the right. Let us know which service -- if any -- you're using and tell us...
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Yes, Virginia, Santa canSony is set to release PlayStation TV in mid-October. Along with boasting over 700 games at launch, its low cost is sure to draw in buyers.
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Outlining Thin Linux

Slashdot - 23 Sep 2014 01:40
snydeq writes: Deep End's Paul Venezia follows up his call for splitting Linux distros in two by arguing that the new shape of the Linux server is thin, light, and fine-tuned to a single purpose.... "Those of us who build and maintain large-scale Linux infrastructures would be happy to see a highly specific, highly stable mainstream distro that had no desktop package or dependency support whatsoever, so was not beholden to architectural changes made due to desktop package requirements. When you're rolling out a few hundred Linux VMs locally, in the cloud, or both, you won't manually log into them, much less need any type of graphical support. Frankly, you could lose the framebuffer too; it wouldn't matter unless you were running certain tests," Venezia writes. "It's only a matter of time...
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Microsoft said Monday that it will make a version of its Office 365 productivity software free for students. The deal also includes a free terabyte of storage on the company's OneDrive cloud service.... Microsoft officials said the move was partly motivated by a desire to ensure that the nation's school system is producing students able to work with computers and digital technologies.
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How to Find Your Drafts andTwitter released an iOS 8 friendly update last week that included a new profile design and interactive notifications. But although the most noticeable change was the revamped profiles, many users are... unhappy with parts of the update — largely because it changes the location of draft tweets and lists Luckily, both are still accessible. Here's how to find them. See also: 8 Awkward Times the Media Tried to Explain the Internet The change users seem to be most confused by is drafts, whose new location in the iOS app is not immediately obvious. So much so, in fact, some users seem to think the folder has been removed entirely.
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MemoPics is a free game for iPhone and iPad that gets inspiration from the classic memory match games in which you keep flipping over cards until you find all the matching pairs and eliminate the... cards. That version of the game is built in to...
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Signing Up For Gmail No LongerEarlier this month, Google stopped forcing Gmail users to create a Google+ account upon sign up. Google+ is considered the second largest social networking website after Facebook. The growth of... Google+ was largely attributed to its requirement for using another Google-owned service like Gmail or YouTube's comments section. The requirement to create a Google+ account to sign up for Gmail started in January 2012.
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The iOS 8 update went smoothly for most users, but like every software update there are sometimes bothers, hangups, and difficulties that arise for a subset of users. One frustrating issue that is... impacting some iPhone and iPad users are recurrent wireless connection difficulties post iOS 8 installation. Since these devices are so reliant on ...
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Here's the low-down on why Hearst is launching a San Francisco digital team.
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What's the latest in VR? Oculus Rift's new Crescent Bay prototype, that's what.
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Over the past year, it’s become a lot easier to buy bitcoin, thanks to services such as Coinbase. And thanks to retailers such as Overstock.com and TigerDirect, it’s now a lot easier to to spend... them online. But there’s still one big pothole in bitcoin’s bumpy road to mainstream adoption: Your local coffee shop. That’s […] The post Square Is Making a Register That Takes Bitcoin and Apple Pay appeared first on WIRED.
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[From GamerTell] Gaming is about to see a major change, in the form of the PlayStation TV.
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Mysterious feature teased forThe MacBook Air family is going to get a smaller, slimmer and significantly improved family member at some point in the future, and a new report from Jack March reveals that Apple's upcoming 12-inch... Retina MacBook Air will offer users a complete redesign. FROM EARLIER: The Retina MacBook Air might have an unexpected surprise for you when it launches... in mid-2015 According to a source familiar with Apple's plans, the Retina MacBook Air will have a "noticeably thinner design" because it will not have any fans inside. Such laptop designs are possible thanks to Intel's Core M processor, which is supposed to offer improved performance and power efficiency, and thus let OEMs come up with fanless notebooks and tablets. The source also
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Apple Is Considering RenamingApple is considering making a bunch of changes at Beats Music, but shutting down the subscription streaming service isn't one of them. "It's not true," Tom Neumayr, a spokesman for Apple, said in a... phone interview with Mashable in the wake of a Techcrunch report that Apple plans to shut down Beats Music. See also: Apple TV Update Brings Beats to Your TV Apple is weighing whether to rename Beats Music to bring the service's brand closer to other businesses the company already operates, people with knowledge of the situation told Mashable. The Cupertino company is also considering changing the technology behind the service, adding new features and designs, and adding exclusive music — much like the U2 album that can only be streamed on Beats Music, said the people, who asked not to be...
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Apple's iOS 8 RapidlyAlongside the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple also released the next version of its mobile operating system for its older devices. iOS 8 is a major release of the platform, and five... days after its launch, one in four iOS devices are running the latest version of the OS.
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The Causes and Effects That Led to World War I

Twisted Sifter - 23 Sep 2014 01:07
The Causes and Effects That  100 summers ago the countries of Europe collapsed quickly into war: it was sudden but also strangely inevitable. Countless books have been written since about the causes of The Great War, but in... this video essay, delve.tv offers an alternative history. By tracing the story backwards in time, they stumble upon a very unexpected…
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At some point or another, you've probably half-heartedly swung your car's passenger door closed, only to see the "door ajar" light come on once you're on the road. In some cases, this can even result... in the door swinging open while driving. Slamming the doors shut is one option, although Slamstop is designed to be a quieter alternative. ..
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Badass photo of an F-15 refueling

Gizmodo - 23 Sep 2014 01:04
Badass photo of an F-15So the US Air Force is on Instagram and sometimes they post some nice shots. This one is not just nice. This one really kicks ass. It reminds me of Macross for some reason. The F-15 is still so damn... cool.
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Lyft Buys Hitch, Competitor toLyft has acquired Hitch, a small startup working on the hot new trend of app-enabled carpooling, to join forces with its similar Lyft Line feature. Lyft Line, which is now operating in San Francisco... and Los Angeles, has already come under state scrutiny for charging individual fares to passengers who share part or more of […]
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Lyft Acquires Shared Ride Before Lyft Line, before UberPool and before SideCar Shared Rides, there was Hitch. The Hitch founders today announced they will be joining one-time competitor Lyft in order to bolster that... company’s own shared ride offering.
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Lyft Acquires Hitch, ExpandsLyft has picked up a startup that should accelerate its carpooling efforts. Lyft announced late Monday that it has acquired Hitch, a small San Francisco startup, to help with the development and... expansion of Lyft Line, its recently launched carpool service. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. See also: Driven: Uber's Campaign to Run Over Competitors and Win the World Hitch's two-person team developed an iOS app that promised to save money on Uber and Lyft rides by simplifying the process of splitting rides with strangers traveling on the same route. It also provided features that help you learn more about the strangers in your car.
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DIY: A Cheap and Effective RigIf you're looking for a quick and easy way to digitize your old slides and negatives, this tutorial is just for you. Created by Instructables user barkergk, this clever DIY setup uses minimal... supplies, but leaves you with some impressive results. The items you'll be needing for this little weekend project are PVC pipe, vellum […]
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The Reinvention Of Medicine: Editor’s note: Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, which is focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. The... “practice of medicine” developed through tradition, and the experiential evolution of best practices with small-scale medical research studies can be substantially improved through…
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Jason Koebler writes With all the conspiracy theories surrounding some high-profile deaths in recent years, how can you, theoretical whistleblower with highly sensitive documents, be assured that your... information gets leaked if you're murdered in some government conspiracy? A new dark web service says it's got your back. "Dead Man Zero" claims to offer potential whistleblowers a bit more peace of mind by providing a system that will automatically publish and distribute their secrets should they die, get jailed, or get injured.
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Lyft Buys Carpooling StartupIn early August, Uber and Lyft tripped over each other to be the first to announce they were debuting a carpooling option. Hours before Lyft was set to announce Lyft Line, Uber jumped in front and... shouted they were beginning UberPool, both of which offer riders the chance to pay lower fares and pair with other riders.
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Get Perfect French Toast byFrench toast is a classic breakfast staple, but it's hard to find the perfect balance of moisture. Drying out your bread slices beforehand can keep the interior from getting too soggy.
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Scanbot (US$1.99) advertises it can pretty much eliminate your desktop scanner, and it's hard to argue with that. My colleague Steve Sande looked at an earlier version of Scanbot and was impressed (he... scans all paperwork that comes into his home with...
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Hear Michael Jackson andIn 1981 Freddie Mercury recorded "There Must Be More to Life Than This," which originally featured additional vocals from Michael Jackson. The song was eventually released without Jackson's voice, but... thanks to the new compilation Queen Forever, you can finally hear Freddie and Michael together.
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Steam Is Getting A Massive Overhaul

Gizmodo - 23 Sep 2014 01:00
Steam Is Getting A MassiveValve is changing Steam in a big way, overhauling the front page and adding some brand new features that will drastically change the way we find and buy PC games on the ubiquitous digital store.
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Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million The cross-border Japanese-U.S. venture capital fund Draper Nexus has raised $30 million for its $100 million second fund in the latest sign that the former affiliate funds in the DFJ Global Network... are growing up. A little over a year ago, DFJ restructured its network of affiliate funds, changing the payment scheme and flattening the management structure so that the main DFJ fund did not…
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iPhone 6, 6 Plus charge quickThe iPhone 6 brings in a larger battery, but not necessarily better battery life. the larger screen and battery scale to one another similarly to the iPhone 5S, suggesting your time between charges is... going to be the same. Well, if you use the standard charger, that is. A new report suggests the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can both …
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Oh, Beats -- we hardly knew ya. For a while there it looked as though Apple would use the Beats streaming music service as its own entity, preferring to keep its own brand attached to iTunes Radio.... But that's no longer the case (if it ever was), according to a new report from TechCrunch. Indeed, only a couple of months after acquiring the service in May, Apple is reportedly getting ready to shut it down. "Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes," the report says. "It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand."...
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AT&T shanghais cord-cuttersAs more so-called cord-cutters turn their backs on TV services, providers like AT&T U-verse are doing everything in their power to lure them back, even bundling services like HBO Go and Amazon Prime.... Yes, for $40 per month, AT&T will give you U-verse broadband, basic cable, a year's worth of HBO Go on-demand movies, and even a year's worth of Amazon Prime--with all the Amazon on-demand movies, Kindle lending, and free two-day shipping that entails. All AT&T is asking from you is to please, please, PLEASE be a customer--and to pay a little more when a year's out. And to be locked into a year's contract with an early termination fee of up to $180. And bunches of other little charges that AT&T hopes you won't think about until you're on the phone with a helpful salesperson.
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Who does want to go to space? No less, in an elevator. While NASA's been working hard for years trying to find the necessary tools to do just that, other firms are doing the same across different... parts of the world. Japanese construction company...
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Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic, and stands up as one of Steven Spielberg's finest films. But, while most of us fell in love with the fight scenes and special effects, Steven Soderbergh seemingly... admired the director's singular gift for staging. Soderbergh writes on site that staging "refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated." To expose Spielberg's mastery of the technique -- according to him, few people even do it well -- he produced a black-and-white version of the film with a whole new soundtrack as a way to make us consider how each scene is created and shot. It's nowhere near as extreme as what he did with Heaven's Gate, but it's a powerful way to make fans think...
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Transgender Model Geena RoceroTransgender activist and model Geena Rocero is supporting Emma Watson and her definition of gender During a speech Watson made at the United Nations on Saturday, she said, "If we stop defining each... other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are, we can all be freer..." See also: 5 Times the Internet Demanded Gender Equality Rocero, who spoke during the 2014 Social Good Summit on Monday, said she "couldn't agree more" with the actress "Gender is a spectrum," she said Something happened when we, as a culture, created the mandate to put sex on the birth certificate the moment the baby was born. As much as I understand the purpose of it, we've confused that genitalia is always the same as gender. We've been led to believe gender is binary — either you're just a rigid...
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It's not the new FR-S, butOfficial images of Toyota's C-HR concept have been released, and it looks to be a small crossover that could slot below the RAV4. Toyota has previously said that the concept would introduce a new... design language. The post It's not the new FR-S, but Toyota's C-HR concept looks like a blast appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Eric Schmidt speaks outLast month, Microsoft made headlines after it cut ties with the American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC), a Koch Brothers-backed right-wing public policy group that’s been involved in a... murderer’s row of controversial issues over the past three decades. That includes pushing climate change denial in schools, calling gay people a "health risk," advocating for controversial Voter ID laws, and crafting a piece of piece […]
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iPhone 6 Plus Display is theSamsung's recent Galaxy Note 4 apparently edged out the recent Apple iPhone 6 Plus in terms of display quality, even though the analyst reviewing it basically called Apple's displays the best he's... seen to date. In a report released Monday, DisplayMate's Raymond Soneira--who does nothing more than test smartphone displays, by the way--called the iPhone 6 Plus display the "best performing smartphone LCD display that we have ever tested," Soneira wrote. "The iPhone 6 Plus has raised the bar for top LCD display performance up by a notch," he added.
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If all that hullabaloo about record numbers of preorders and crowded Apple stores didn't tip you off, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are selling quite well. How well? According to a press release sent... out by the company this morning, customers acquired more than 10 million of the devices over the weekend. Yes, that's a record. "Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," Apple CEO Tim Cook says in the press release. "We would like to thank all of our customers for making this our best launch ever, shattering all previous sell-through records by a large margin." Indeed, those numbers could have been higher if the two devices' release weren't slightly tainted by the low availability we've come to expect from Apple...
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Amazing escape fromLegend says that cats have nine lives. Science says that's superstition based on uncanny reflexes and amazing flexibility. Whatever. Looking at this video of the fire of the Towers Hotel--a historic... hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba--I'm saying nine damn lives and scientists can go poop in a litter box for all I care.
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Google's best iOS app got evenIt seems odd since Google and Apple are huge rivals, but Google is indeed one of the best software companies in the world when it comes to iOS apps. Google’s apps -- at least, the ones that are... updated regularly -- always feature beautiful designs and great functionality. In fact, some might argue that Google’s iOS apps are even better than Apple’s own iOS apps. Personally, I can say that Google’s Search app in particular is easily one of the apps I use most often. It brings Google’s incredible Google Now functionality to iOS and it makes searching the web a breeze; I rarely use Safari at all on my iPhone, opting instead to do a quick search with Google’s nifty
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What Does It Mean to Be an American?

Slate - 23 Sep 2014 00:30
Last year the ABC News series What Would You Do? visited Kingston, New York, a small Hudson Valley city, to see how the locals would react if a Muslim shopkeeper faced verbal abuse from a bigoted... anti-Muslim customer. The producers hired a bunch of actors, one portraying a Muslim man working a deli counter and the others a rotating cast of incorrigible racists who loudly objected to being served by a "terrorist." Rather encouragingly, the people of Kingston rose to the man's defense again and again, and the emotional payoff came when a U.S. Army soldier in uniform offered an eloquent defense of the freedom of religion before telling the racist provocateur to buzz off. You will not be shocked to learn that the good people at Upworthy, the perfecters of earnest virality, shared the resulting...
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The old adage is "drive for show and putt for dough" and refers to pro golfers where the best putters often make the most money. Well that also applies to us amateurs who are trying to best our... golfing partners in a friendly wager. Now Putting...
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The NFL Is Utterly Absurd: 3The NFL is absurd; God bless the NFL Amid weeks of intense, often disturbing controversy surrounding the NFL, let us not forget one thing: America's most popular sports league is a totally absurd... spectacle, both on the field and off. Viewed through the prism of normal life, then coupled with the league's current domestic violence crisis, the league's fundamental absurdity was never in starker relief than it was this weekend Let's take a quick trip through the looking glass with three ludicrous moments from Sunday's menu of NFL action See also: When Football Isn't Worth It
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Imagine if your smartphone was ringing away in your bag or pocket, and you were able to silence it simply by waving your hand in the air - without even taking the phone out. Well, that could soon be a... reality, thanks to technology being developed at the University of Washington. Known as SideSwipe, the experimental system allows a phone to recognize gestures via the manner in which the user's hand reflects back the phone's own wireless transmissions. ..
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Welcome to the fall premiere season. We're welcoming back familiar shows like Key & Peele, Person of Interest, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, as well as some of last year's holdovers like... Sleepy Hollow, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,...
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Slashdot - 23 Sep 2014 00:17
mpicpp writes with news that UPS will be expanding their 3D printing services. UPS announced plans Monday to bring in-store 3-D-printing services to nearly 100 stores across the country, billing... itself as the first national retailer to do so. With the UPS system, customers can submit their own designs for objects like product prototypes, engineering parts and architectural models that are then printed on a professional-quality 3-D printer made by Stratasys. Prices vary depending on the complexity of the object; an iPhone case would be about $60, while a replica femur bone would be around $325. UPS can also connect customers with outside professionals who charge an hourly rate to help produce a design file for the printer. It generally takes about four or five hours to print a simple...
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Creative Perspective Turns theIf an art director approached you and said, “we want to capture two people dancing on the side of city hall,” you might think he was crazy. Then again, you might just give it a shot and wind up... with something wonderful. The video above features dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber of Bandaloop, a […]
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Apple is building an enormous new ring-shaped campus for its headquarters in Cupertino, California, the design and overall futuristic qualities of which have inspired the nickname "the Spaceship... campus." Although construction on the campus (actual name Campus 2) has scarcely begun, Apple CEO Tim Cook is already boasting that that the building will be great for the rest of us earthlings who won't work there. Speaking today at the environmental nonprofit event Climate Week NYC, Cook said "we're building a new headquarters that I think will be the greenest building on the planet." (his comments start 1:15 into this video).
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How to craft UI with sound

GigaOM - 23 Sep 2014 00:10
Audio, boosted by next-generation data technology, is emerging as a user interface of the future.
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AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Giant WPP

TechCrunch - 23 Sep 2014 00:09
AppNexus Raises $25M From Ad Ad tech company AppNexus announced early today that it has raised an additional $25 million in funding from ad holding company WPP. As part of the deal, AppNexus is also acquiring Open AdStream, the... ad-serving technology from WPP’s Xaxis. “Open AdStream has been one of the most effective and trusted ad serving platforms in the world for years,” said AppNexus CEO Brian…
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After Climate March,A day after an estimated 310,000 people took to the streets of New York to call for action to combat global warming, Secretary of State John Kerry along with other high-ranking officials sought to... harness the momentum, saying the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday offers a crucial opportunity for making progress Speaking at the launch event for The Climate Group's annual Climate Week NYC, Kerry compared climate change to other transnational threats the U.S. is facing, including terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction "Too often climate change is put into an environmental challenge box," Kerry said
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Ancient Mayan Batman

Twisted Sifter - 23 Sep 2014 00:07
Ancient Mayan Batman  To commemorate the 75th anniversary of “Batman”, Warner Home Entertainment Mexico in conjunction with the Mexican Museum of Design MUMEDI, organized an exhibition inviting 30 artists to modify... an effigy of the iconic character. Kimbal was one of the 30 artists invited to participate in the exhibition and he used the Mayan God Camazotz…
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Hulu bringing Stephen King's 11/22/63 to TV

Slash Gear - 23 Sep 2014 00:07
Hulu bringing Stephen King'sHulu is trying to compel you to subscribe to their service, and if you've yet to sign up, this may seal it for you. The company is announcing a new series based on the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King.... Centering around the JFK assassination, the series will take a look at what may have been, should President Kennedy not been …
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PlayStation TV BringsSony announced Monday that its PlayStation TV console, which plays classic games and streams newer titles, will soon be available here in the states.
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Tomorrow Daily 055: A $1On today's show, we wonder what we'd use a cell phone microscope for, discuss the ongoing (and highly entertaining) Twitter war between Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams, and freak out over how cool the... newest Oculus VR prototype looks.
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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus supportApple has apparently enabled much faster battery charging in the newest iPhone models, but you’d never know it if you only use the included power adapter. According to a change in the iPhone 6 and 6... Plus discovered by iLounge, both of the new smartphones are equipped with the hardware to support 2.1A charging. The […]
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BlackBerry Passport to costBlackbery's latest smartphone, which is perfect for Instagram snaps, will cost less than $600 when it launches in the US this week. The Wall Street Journal has reported the BlackBerry Passport... smartphone will go on sale Wednesday in the US for $599 without...
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Build a Face-Recognizing SafeHaving a safe is a great way to store your valuables, and now you can lock them away in a DIY, face-recognizing setup with a some free software, a Raspberry Pi, and a Pi camera.
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With over 10 million of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models sold in the first weekend alone, it's understandable that Apple Stores are facing supply issues. You could call the Apple Store every day... to check on stock, or you can use a new website...
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Killed-off 'Game of Thrones'A pivotal character could be making a surprising return when the HBO series returns next year. Potential spoilers ahead.
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Aphex Twin Syro is out now:This afternoon Bleep have released the entire Aphex Twin album as a stream for the public. The album is also available for sale on Vinyl, CD, 24-bit WAV, WAV / FLAC, and as a collection of MP3s.... There's also the Limited Edition for $400, the one we detailed earlier this month. The album is also available from sources like Google …
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iOS 8 Users Seeing Issues WithReleased last week, iOS 8 is Apple's latest operating system update, bringing several new features like Continuity, third-party keyboards, Notification Center Widgets, and more. As with any new iOS... update, users have been reporting several bugs in the operating system, with some of the more prevalent complaints pointing towards slow Wi-Fi speeds and problems with battery life. As outlined by PCMag, iOS 8 users on the Apple support forums have been complaining about Wi-Fi problems in a thread that now spans multiple pages, an issue that was confirmed by the site's own testing. It appears, based on complaints, that multiple devices may be affected by a Wi-Fi bug, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad mini, and more. I also got an iPhone 6 on...
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Mobile Rewards Startup Lootsie Lootsie, a startup that allows advertisers to present mobile app users with special rewards, announced today that it has hired its first chief operating officer, Steve Cho. Cho previously worked in... sales at IBM, and he was most recently vice president of business development at Kiip — which is pretty much in the same business as Lootsie. He said it was “a difficult decision”…
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2 Days Out from the RedTwo days out from her history making date with destiny, India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully completed a crucial test firing of the spacecraft’s main liquid engine to confirm its... operational readiness for the critical Mars Orbital Insertion (MOI) engine firing on Wednesday morning Sept. 24 IST (Tuesday evening Sept. 23 EDT). Engineers at the […]
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Confirmed: Next Mercedes-BenzThe next Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG will use the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the AMG GT sports car, producing more than enough power to crush the competition. The post Confirmed: Next Mercedes-Benz C63... AMG will get the AMG GT’s twin-turbo V8 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rumor: Apple Watch to featureWe'd rather get rumors on pricing and availability. The post Rumor: Apple Watch to feature 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Apple may offer an 8GB version of the Apple Watch, according to the report, but it will not be the default configuration.
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These Tiny Diamond NanothreadsA team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these... nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space--just like in science fiction.
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Ravens Owner Fires Back atBaltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti fired back at an ESPN report from Friday that that probed into how the team and the NFL handled their investigation of Ray Rice after the running back knocked... out his then-fiancée in a casino elevator in February On Monday, Bisciotti alleged that the bombshell report botched or left out important details. Bisciotti appeared before reporters at a press conference in Baltimore, while the team released a long statement attempting to refute parts of the ESPN story, point by point See also: When Football Isn't Worth It The lengthy piece was written by two of ESPN's most respected reporters, Kevin Van Valkenburg and Don Van Natta Jr.; the latter is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner. The piece appeared to damn the Ravens and the NFL by their actions over the...
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Origin now offers GTX 980, 970Now that Nvidia has launched the GTX 980 and 970, Origin has already added both cards as configurable options with three of its PCs. Learn more here. The post Origin now offers GTX 980, 970 with... Genesis, Millennium, Chronos gaming desktops appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Is this the most ridiculouslyThis is Gary Dryfoos demonstrating one of the 2014 Ig Noble prizes: Use bacon "to stop uncontrollable, life-threatening nosebleeds." Seriously, it's a real research paper and it has already saved... lives. Watch the ceremony to see the most ridiculous--but sometimes crucial and enlightening--scientific research of 2014.
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[From GamerTell] Join Stone Cold Steve Austin, Renee Young and a host of WWE superstars past and present for some WWE 2K15 roster news tonight.
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Pinterest wants to show media organizations the power of its traffic referrals.
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Apple Watch will reportedlyApple usually doesn't compete with rivals when it comes to certain hardware choices it makes for its iOS products, including processor cores and clockspeed, memory or megapixels, though some have said... that might change with the Apple Watch. In a note released on Monday to investors, and obtained by AppleInsider, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri says Apple's first smartwatch will have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, in its most basic versions. FROM EARLIER: This is what a more fashionable Apple Watch might look like For what it's worth, the most recently launched smartwatches released by some of Apple's competitors, including the Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S, also come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage
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Keep Your Pants, and YourThe open-backed, pantless hospital gowns could be dehumanizing for patients and contribute to a traumatizing hospital experience, some doctors argue.
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Google Street View Is BlurringEver notice how all the faces are blurred in Google Street View photos? That happens thanks to a privacy-enabling robot . But it's not a perfect robot. The Google Street View robot not only blurs the... faces of humans but also of statues, despite the fact that statues have no notion of privacy. Makes you think, doesn't it?
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Bejeweled 'Alibaba' iPhone 6 aWe've seen a $48 million iPhone 6, but what if you're a little more thrifty when it comes to multimillion dollar luxury gadgets sure to become obsolete in two years? We've found just the thing for... you.
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Maingear adds Nvidia GeForceYou can now get a Maingear PC with Nvidia's latest graphics cards. Learn more about the cards, and the PCs you can get them with, here. The post Maingear adds Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, 970 to its PC... lineup appeared first on Digital Trends.
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iOS 8: Hide and Unhide Images in Photos App

The Mac Observer - 22 Sep 2014 23:40
iOS 8: Hide and Unhide ImagesThere may be times when you want to hand your iPhone to someone to let them scan through some photos. But perhaps there's a photo mixed in that you don't want to be seen. iOS 8 introduces a way to... hide the photo.
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Hotels Use Online Reviews as Blueprint for Renovations

The New York Times - 22 Sep 2014 23:38
Hotels Use Online Reviews asHotel managers are relying more and more on reviews from websites like TripAdvisor for direction regarding renovations and upgrades of their facilities.
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The extreme popularity of shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black means streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are making an even bigger push for original content. Accordingly, Hulu... today announced that it has given the green light...
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Did You Get a Screenburn? (Comic)

Re/code - 22 Sep 2014 23:37
Did You Get a Screenburn?Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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X Prize Offers $15 Million forThe X Prize Foundation is setting up a $15 million global learning challenge to tempt people to build tablet apps that will help underserved kids teach themselves.
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An anonymous reader writes Apple has announced that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, just three days after the launch on September 19. From the article: "Chief Executive... Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened."
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There should not be any flight bans to Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said Monday. A handful of carriers have canceled flights to and... from West Africa in recent months, which the WHO-affiliated committee of international experts and local authorities said actually hinders containment.
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Scientists have identified a new species of duck-billed dinosaur that they have dubbed Rhinorex condrupus after its unusually massive sniffer, according to a new study published in the Journal of... Systematic Paleontology.
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The autumnal equinox, which marks the first day of fall for the Northern Hemisphere, takes place Monday at 10:29 p.m. EDT. Instead of saying goodbye to summer, one should say hello to the fall. While... the autumnal equinox does not have a tradition like the "egg standing on its end" legend associated with the vernal equinox, there are some interesting facts and trivia associated with the event.
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Hundreds of environmentalists stopped traffic in lower Manhattan Monday as they gathered at Wall Street to protest what they described as corporate America's hand in climate change. Police officers... looked on as marchers in blue "Flood Wall Street" T-shirts blew whistles, played brass instruments, danced and scribbled "invest in solar" and "end corporate greed" messages on the street with chalk.
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The Politics of Stigma

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 23:33
If you had to describe Republican and Democratic Party coalitions in a single term, you could do worse than "stigmatized" versus "non-stigmatized."
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Researchers believe futureA recent study discovered that mobile data can significantly increase the accuracy of crime predictions. While this may be the case, the study also showed that anonymous data really isn't anonymous.... The post Researchers believe future crimes can be predicted by analyzing mobile data appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple May Shut Down BeatsApple said on Monday that it may shutter the Beats Music brand when it comes to streaming music, but that it plans to say in the streaming music space. The comment was given to Re/code in the wake of... a TechCrunch report claiming Apple was planning to shut down the entire service.
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'iPod Father' Tony FadellTony Fadell, who formerly worked at Apple and is widely known as the "father" of the iPod, today commented on the recent discontinuation of the iPod Classic in an interview with Fast Company, saying... that he's "sad to see it go." "The iPod's been a huge part of my life for the last decade. The team that worked on the iPod poured literally everything into making it what it was." Eighteen months after launch, the iPod owned the portable media player category, and for the next decade, it continued to do so. "Products just don't come around like that often," laments Fadell. "The iPod was one-in-a-million." Though he's sad to see the end of the iPod, Fadell notes that the product was "born to die," with employees speculating in 2003 or 2004 what would kill the device. "Even back then, at Apple,"...
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The floodgates have opened, and the rushing waters of pre-Paris concept car previews are flowing strongly. Toyota has released a first look at its all-new C-HR Concept, which provides a sneak preview... of new design language Toyota plans to bring to production. ..
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In the end it wasn't wisdom for the ages. The American College of Cardiology said today that it was withdrawing one of its five recommendations in the "Choosing Wisely" campaign.  In 2012 the ACC... recommended that heart attack patients should have only their culprit artery unblocked. It said that patients and caregivers should question whether complete revascularization of all nonculprit lesions in heart attack patients should be performed.
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How to Hack an Inkjet to PrintAfter graduating from Harvard, Grace Choi decided that she wanted to target the makeup industry with a low-cost device that would actually let consumers simply print their own. And while she's working... on perfecting (and raising the needed funding) to put her Mink printer into production, she's created a tutorial on how to hack a run-of-the-mill inkjet to actually print makeup.
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Evernote for Mac Rebuilds theMac: Evernote released an update to its Mac app today that adds a few new features and clears up some bugs. The new features include a new notes editor, image resizing, improved tables, and more.
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MyScript Smart Note is a note-taking app for iPad geared toward stylus users who want a comprehensive solution for jotting down handwritten notes that actually function like physical, organized... notebooks rather than like sketches. It recognizes your...
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Beautiful Astrophoto: Jupiter at Dawn

Universe Today - 22 Sep 2014 23:29
Beautiful Astrophoto: JupiterProlific astrophotographer Joseph Brimacombe from Australia shot this beauty from his Savannah Skies Observatory near Cairns. He notes on Flickr that “Jupiter has been enhanced for effect,” but... what a lovely effect! Plus what a great view of the landscape in Queensland. (...)Read the rest of Beautiful Astrophoto: Jupiter at Dawn (60 words) © nancy […]
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New Gmail users no longer needThose without a Gmail account (we were surprised they existed, too) will no longer have to join Google+ as a result of signing up. Quietly, Google slipped the once-mandatory Google+ account away from... Gmail, leaving those who want email to have that alone. It's a strange subtraction for Google to make for social, but may be the biggest sign yet …
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California Drought Triggers Massive Mudslide

Live Science - 22 Sep 2014 23:27
California Drought TriggersMiles of slick mud poured down the parched throat of California's Mount Shasta on Sunday (Sept. 21) in one of volcano's largest mudslides in two decades, the Forest Service said.
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Apple Shutting Down BeatsAn Apple spokesperson says a report that Apple will discontinue the streaming music service it acquired earlier this year is "not true."
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AMC nabs rights to newAMC is close to concluding a deal that would allow it to acquire domestic rights to the upcoming sci-fi drama Humans. The deal would see AMC take over in place of the now-shuttered Xbox Entertainment... Studios for co-production of the series. The post AMC nabs rights to new android-based sci-fi drama ‘Humans’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tim Cook, John Kerry, makeA day after almost 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan on the People's Climate March, Secretary of State John Kerry and Apple CEO Tim Cook helped kick off Climate Week NYC.
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Watch: XPrize Hopes toFounder Peter Diamandis announces $15 million prize for new education app development competition.
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Samsung's Answer to the iPhoneThe Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which is the company's answer to the iPhone in terms of both looks and specs, is officially launching in the United States later this month, exclusively at AT&T. First... announced in August, the metal-framed phone (a departure from Samsung's plastic offerings) will be available online and from AT&T retailers beginning on Sept. 26, starting at about $200 with a two-year contract, the company said on Monday. See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps The svelte Galaxy Alpha has a 4.7-inch HD display, which is the same size as the iPhone 6. The screen is on the smaller side compared to the other Samsung option — the Galaxy S5 clocks in at 5.1 inches — and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It runs on KitKat, the latest Android mobile operating system.
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Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
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Bold Machines: MakerBotWhen Bre Pettis, the co-founder of MakerBot, began his company in 2009, the mission was clear: make 3D printing accessible. Five years later, the company has sold tens of thousands of printers and... joined forces with the industry stalwart Stratasys . Now that these creation machines are (relatively) financially feasible, how are we going to use them?
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Pioneering social TV service Miso will shut down on October 23, according to an email sent to Miso users. The shut-down comes roughly 18 months after Miso's assets had been acquired by…
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How to add every NFL teamWe know the NFL season has already started, but it's not too late to start following along. If you want to casually keep up with the NFL and at least know what teams are playing every week, it's easy... to add the schedule of your favorite team to Google Calendar. Or if you're a diehard fan, you can add and follow every single team in the league -- we won't judge. It's a simple process either way, and we're going to show you how to do it.
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Investors Fret Yahoo's Future, Stock Dips

ABC News - 22 Sep 2014 23:16
Investors Fret Yahoo's Future,Yahoo stock falls after Alibaba IPO, amid uncertainty over future of Silicon Valley pioneer
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Pink Floyd, simultaneously one of the most influential and popular bands ever and one of my favorite musical acts of all time, died three times by my count. First, principal songwriter Roger Waters... left the group in the '80s under a cloud of (now-dissolved) acrimony. Everyone assumed that was the end. However, the remaining members carried on without him and released a couple more albums. One was pretty terrible, one was pretty great, but both were a shadow of what the band did when they were whole. They essentially called it a career in 1995 after a fairly epic tour. But in 2005, it rose from the dead again for a one-off reunion with Waters. I thought that was really the end. I cursed not being there, and let it go. It turns out, I was...
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Amazon Looking To The Wisdom According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the... acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites. The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have…
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Apple engineers have begunApple’s first timepiece isn’t expected to hit stores until early 2015, but if you live in certain parts of Silicon Valley, you just might see Apple Watch dangling on a few lucky wrists. Reports of... Apple Watch sightings have started…
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My First Cover: PhotographingBeing a freelance photographer has its ups and downs, its pros and cons. We all know this going into it. One of the most exciting parts, for me, is that anything could happen, at any time. Most jobs... we get come out of nowhere. And this is a perfect example. A couple weeks ago, on […]
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sciencehabit writes A study of evening campfire conversations by the Ju/'hoan people of Namibia and Botswana suggests that by extending the day, fire allowed people to unleash their imaginations and... tell stories, rather than merely focus on mundane topics. As scientists report, whereas daytime talk was focused almost entirely on economic issues, land rights, and complaints about other people, 81% of the firelight conversation was devoted to telling stories, including tales about people from other Ju/'hoan communities. The team suggests that campfires allowed human ancestors to expand their minds in a similar way and also solidified social networks.
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The X PRIZE Foundation, the brainchild of entrepreneur and futurist Peter Diamandis, is already working on some of the world's biggest problems, and on Monday, it added another to the list: global... education. The post X Prize Pledges $15M for Software That Lets Children Teach Themselves appeared first on WIRED.
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The internet of things is hot and so are the executives we've gathered to speak about both the consumer and industrial opportunities that connected sensors, devices and people have to offer…
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Five years is a long time in the camera world, but that's how long Canon's EOS 7D was on the market - buoyed by a midlife firmware update that kept it impressively competitive against APS-C offerings... from other manufacturers. Canon has not been idle in the past few years, it seems, and the new EOS 7D Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original 7D, offering improvements to every aspect of its feature set. We got hands-on with a pre-production sample recently. Click through to see more.  
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Watch This Madman Fix theThe industrial design of the iPhone 6 is close to flawless... Except for one flaw so weird, so major, that it's maddening: The fact that the camera protrudes from the body of the phone, meaning it... never lies completely flat and gets caught on all kinds of stuff. The perfectionists at PeripateticPandas have a solution, and it involves industrial machinery.
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Dark Souls II: Crown of theCrown of the Ivory King, the final chapter in Dark Souls II's Lost Kings DLC trilogy, has been pushed back from 9/24 to 9/30 on Steam and Xbox Live and 10/1 on PlayStation Network. The post Dark Souls... II: Crown of the Ivory King DLC delayed to September 30 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Senators introduced the legislation last week as a means of amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
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Next-gen USB gives HDMI rivalDisplayPort technology lost out to HDMI in the marketplace, but it could get some help from next-gen USB connectors coming in 2015. Don't kiss those copper cables goodbye just yet.
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Don't expect the iPhone 6 andNow that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are in the hands of millions of buyers, people are putting them through all sorts of experiences including accidental or intentional drop tests and detailed... teardowns, but also battery life tests. In fact, Phone Arena has put both devices through its regular battery measurements that use "a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage," publishing its findings and updating its battery life smartphone rankings to accommodate the new arrivals. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus crush rivals in performance tests despite dual-core CPU During the iPhone 6 event, Apple’s battery estimates for both devices revealed that they should offer more usage time than the iPhone 5s
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I really want to play DestinyThe Destiny review is out at Kotaku and Kirk Hamilton loves it. And hates it. But mostly loves it. But then he really hates it and he can't stop playing. I read the review and I want to put on an... Oculus Rift and play it forever while being fed with Soylent Green through an IV. But perhaps I shouldn't.
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Kim Jong-Un isn't going toSeth Rogen and James Franco's upcoming comedy about a pair of bumbling assassins out to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has a new red-band trailer. The post Kim Jong-Un isn’t going to like... the new red-band trailer for The Interview appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Japan may be on the cutting edge of everything from servant robots to tech-laden toilets, but music? Not so much, it seems. Old-fashioned CDs still make up 85 percent of the country's music sales... despite years of declining volume, and the Recording...
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Apple is shutting down BeatsIt's important to remember that rumour reports are in fact just rumours. And the latest example involves a story about Apple allegedly planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming service as well... as the Beats Music brand. TechCrunch has claimed, according...
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Gawker What Reparations in America Could Look Like | Gizmodo 8 Videos of New iPhones Getting Dropped, Soaked, and Torture Tested | Jezebel Miss America Was Kicked Out of Her Sorority for Abusive... Hazing | Kotaku Destiny: The Kotaku Review | Kinja Popular Posts
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AT&T's $40 Internet, HBO andIn the quest to entice us into their cord-tethered grasps, cable companies will come up with anything to win us over. But AT&T might have struck upon the first truly innovative deal: Broadband, plus... HBO, and a year's subscription to Amazon Prime. For only $39 per month.
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Businesses and InvestorsAhead of UN summit on climate change, businesses are pressing for market-based solutions
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iPodFather Tony FadellWhen Apple quietly pulled the iPod classic from its online store the day of the iPhone 6 event earlier this month, it meant the last iPod click wheel from Apple had finally been retired in place of... touch screens and voice input. Tony Fadell, CEO of Google-acquired Nest Labs who is most known for his […]
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You Can Read This MirroredSo, it turns out the human brain is incredibly easy to fool. All you need is a clever illustration, or a few wonky lines, or in this case a mirror that makes your mind think the arrow hands on this... sleek clock are floating in mid-air.
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How Emotions Drive BadEmotional situations can cause you to make bad financial decisions. If you're feeling jealous or embarrassed about your own finances, it's better to weigh your logical options before acting... emotionally. Here are eight emotions that can cause you to make bad financial moves and how to take control.
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Swatch co-inventor Elmar MockAs one might have anticipated, the Apple Watch elicited its fair share of groans and critiques from traditional watchmakers who were quick to question the device's utility and design aesthetic. LVMH... executive Jean-Claude Biver, for example, said that...
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A new report indicates that intrusion prevention systems grew 4.2 percent in 2013, with growth predicted to continue.
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'Winter Is Coming': RichardRichard Stengel has a bleak vision of the world's future — so bleak, in fact, he compared it to Westeros During Monday's Social Good Summit, the under secretary for public diplomacy and public... affairs provided a dystopian outlook for 2030 — in contrast to the optimistic visions several other panelists presented — in hopes of mobilizing today's youth to get more involved and start preparing for the future as soon as possible See also: The 20 Most Socially Progressive Countries in the World "Winter is coming," Stengel said, quoting the famous House Stark motto from Game of Thrones The under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs is the third-ranking position in the Department of State after secretary and deputy
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Rudy Giuliani Takes OnFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega
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Adobe Acquires Aviary, WillHuge acquisition news just broke in the world of photography: the photo editing company/suite Aviary has been acquired by the imaging and design giant Adobe for an undisclosed amount. Together, they... hope to make the world of mobile editing a more connected and capable place for creative professionals. Aviary’s editing suite is at the heart […]
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BlackBerry is set to unveil its latest smartphone Wednesday, in a move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the struggling Canadian tech group.
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World's first 24-karat goldWhile the rest of us waited to get an iPhone 6 over launch weekend, an elite few were anticipating an exclusive variant: a custom 24-karat gold version of Apple's next-generation handset. The waiting... list of exclusive customers includes music industry…
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Facebook's Sheryl SandbergSandberg will be featured Thursday as part of a biographical comic book series.
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v3rgEz writes Advanced cell phone tracking devices known as StingRays allow police nationwide to home in on suspects and to log individuals present at a given location. But before acquiring a... StingRay, state and local police must sign a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI, according to documents released via a MuckRock FOIA request. As Shawn Musgrave reports, it's an unusual setup arrangement for two public agencies to swear each other to secrecy, but such maneuvers are becoming more common.
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Fans of the Disney classic Fantasia will no doubt remember the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of that film, in which a hapless Mickey Mouse accidentally brings an army of mops to life. Well, Cirque du... Soleil has teamed up with ETH Zurich and spinoff group Verity Studios to create a somewhat similar video entitled Sparked - instead of mops, however, it features a fleet of lampshade-clad quadcopters. ..
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One Fast Mountain Bike: Cannondale F29 Black Inc.

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 22:53
One Fast Mountain Bike:Stitch together dirt roads, pavement, and smooth singletrack for some #epicrides with the Cannondale F29 Black Inc. I previously reviewed the Cannondale SuperX cyclocross bike and noted it was a... potential category killer. Which is to say it excels at commuting, road riding, and dirt. In fact, the latter is its one weakness. Yes, it can handle dirt roads. But anything close to rocky or steep terrain has you longing for some mountain bike handlebars and suspension. Enter Cannondale's corresponding 29-inch hardtail, the F29. Built primarily for racing, this bike is feather-light at 18 pounds. Yes, that's what high-end road bikes weighed only a few years ago. This is accomplished through a carbon fiber frame, Shimano's top-of-the-line drivetrain and brakes (XTR), and super-sexy carbon wheels...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Against the phrase "Wussification," John Rocker on "Survivor" and Kevin Smith has been bad for a long time
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A troll called called Rotatable claimed a patent monopoly on the use of rotating mobile screen displays. Rackspace won a victory for everyone by destroying its patent.
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Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed what may be the first-ever signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun....
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A Ponemon Institute study, sponsored by Raytheon, revealed that employees increasingly use mobile devices for work but cut corners and circumvent security.
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Samsung Galaxy AlphaAT&T has made it official, it will exclusively carry the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. The metal-framed smartphone is ultrathin and includes a 4.7-inch display, just like Apple's iPhone 6.
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64 percent of internet users have worn a piece of wearable tech already or are "keen to do so in the future." It's not that I'm uninterested in technology. I just don't want to wear it.
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Cops Clash With Activists atPolice and climate-change activists clashed on Wall Street on Monday during a protest over corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis. See also: How the World Is Predicting and... Preparing for Climate Extremes Hundreds of activists gathered in Lower Manhattan's financial district for "Flood Wall Street," where they chanted, carried signs and — in some places — sat down in the street. At one point, activists struggled with police to gain control of metal barricades. At least one man appeared to be taken away in handcuffs after the incident, and an NYPD official threw three punches (as seen in the video above at 2:29)
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NFL Sunday Ticket.tv hands on

Digital Trends - 22 Sep 2014 22:45
NFL Sunday Ticket.tv hands onFlaws aside, the NFL Sunday Ticket.tv streaming package is the best option out there for getting your football fix at a reasonable price. The post NFL Sunday Ticket.tv hands on appeared first on... Digital Trends.
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NASA Administrator toNASA Breaking News: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will give remarks at the launch of the world's first "flying classroom" -- an innovative program to inspire and engage students in science,... technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The event will be held at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Signature Aviation Terminal of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
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Pssshhhhhhtttt. Like a shot of steam in your morning latte, the sound of train doors opening injects vitality into any urban commute. But imagine that at 7:18 a.m. on Monday in the London Underground... the red doors stay open and quiet, and stay, and stay . . .
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This Man Waited In Line For AnThe new iPhone 6 includes a mile-long list of new and upgraded features, but one man is banking on the phone having the power to fix his marriage. Darius Wlodarski of Swindon, England waited outside... the Apple Store in Bristol for 44 hours in order to buy Apple's latest phone for his wife, the Bristol Post reports. The couple split one month ago, but Wlodarski was determined to make good on his promise to buy her one. "I bought her an iPhone 5 two years ago and she was delighted," he told the paper. "She told me she would like an iPhone 6 because it had a bigger screen but realized we could not afford it but still, I want to buy it for her." Wlodarski is currently unemployed due to health issues and paid for the iPhone with a credit card. Though the 41-year-old realizes the phone itself may...
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iPhone 6 vs. Motorola Moto XAfter months of rumors, the iPhone 6 has been officially announced. See how Apple's latest stacks up against the Motorola's Moto X in this spec comparison showdown. You decide which is better. The... post iPhone 6 vs. Motorola Moto X (2014): In-depth comparison appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple's Beats Music Brand MayThat makes more sense.
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The annual Tokyo Game Show has just wrapped up, and while there weren't any major console announcements, we still had our fair share of memorable moments on the show floor. On top of trying several... different virtual reality demos, we also watched...
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A Day for Universal Connecting and Creativity

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 22:40
A Day for Universal ConnectingUnplug and reconnect... A soapbox I jump on every once in a while and a cause I truly believe in -- passionately. In fact, more so after reading about the late Steve Jobs and his strong views on his... children's education. My view is that everyone should pick a "Sabbath" -- a time of some duration (an hour, minimum) -- on any day they choose and put down their electronics, turn off their devices, close their computers, walk don't ride, fight the urge to tweet and reconnect with their lives... friends... family... nature... themselves... It is my belief that inherent in those connections is a powerful creativity that we run the risk of losing in the crowded and noisy and complicated world that consumes us from the time we wake up and first pick up our smartphones -- and, by the way, the...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Seth Rollins made his move at WWE Night of Champions. Things didn't go as planned, but they set up some compelling future storylines.
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Like OKCupid for homeHave a home renovation or repair project that needs doing, but don't have lots of time to track down the right contractor for the job? Check out Sweeten -- a new startup that functions as a... matchmaking service for homeowners and construction professionals The post Like OKCupid for home renovation projects, Sweeten matches you with local contractors appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Alibaba IPO becomes world's largest ever

L.A. Times - 22 Sep 2014 22:38
Alibaba IPO becomes world'sAlibaba Holding Group's IPO officially became the world's largest ever on Monday.
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Here's Where We Stand With Ebola

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 22:34
It's nine months into the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, and the situation is only going from bad to worse. The outbreak simmered slowly in West Africa from December 2013, when the first case was... retrospectively documented, through March, when it was first recognized by international authorities. It began gaining momentum in June and throughout July. Now, terms like "exponential spread" are being thrown around as the epidemic continues to expand more and more rapidly. Just last week, an increase of 700 new cases was reported, and the case count is now doubling in size approximately every three weeks.
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The hidden dark side of theEarlier on Monday we learned that Apple shattered all previous iPhone launch records, as customers couldn't wait to get their device over its launch weekend. People were willing to wake up in the... middle of the night to make sure they get their desired iPhone model or to stay in line for days to grab one in the store come launch Friday. But unlike in previous years when lines were filled with more anxious fans waiting to get the next iPhone model than people looking to make a quick buck, the iPhone 6's launch seems to have had a darker story, as you can see on a video that went viral on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device
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How New STD App Might ChangeWhen it comes to casual sex, safety is a huge concern ??? but what if proving you???re clean could be as easy as showing someone your results on a smartphone?
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Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 22:34
Apple Plans To Shut Down BeatsApple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats Music... have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes.
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A Wall Street Journal report suggested that EMC and HP have investigated a potential merger deal that would have  created a massive vendor worth close to $130 billion. Citing unnamed sources, WSJ... wrote that the deal was approached as a “merger of equals” and was in discussion over the past year. Under the proposal, Current HP CEO Meg Whitman would have become CEO of the combined company, while EMC boss Joe Tucci would have been President. According to the report, the deal fell apart because both companies had concerns over whether their respective shareholders would have approved it.
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eBay: Phishing, hacking attackeBay phishing attacks continue, but the auction site holds its lax stance. These vulnerabilities aren't new, says an eBay spokeswoman.
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Adobe Adds Aviary to AppThe company said the purchase will help as Adobe looks to integrate its creative tools into more apps.
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In EMC Talks, HP WasThe software company is a juicy part of the larger federation.
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Assassin's Creed Unity'sUbisoft has revealed details of the Assassin's Creed Unity Season Pass, which promises to take your adventures far beyond the city limits of Paris to 16th century China. The post Assassin’s Creed... Unity’s Season Pass takes you far beyond Paris appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple reportedly plans to pullApple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronic was supposedly anchored by the killer music service Tim Cook has touted in recent interviews, but according to a report from TechCrunch, Apple’s... brand new music streaming service is already scheduled to be…
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The Gel Nail Polish RemoverIf you’re the type of person who enjoys getting their nails done, then there’s a good chance that you’ve tried out gel polish. This type of polish stays on for weeks and doesn’t chip at all if... applied correctly. The process consists of roughing up your actual nail with a file or dremel, applying the polish (base, one or two coats of color, and a top coat), and setting it ...
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SpaceX speaks on Texas rocketThis week the world's first commercial launch complex designed specifically for orbital missions has been the subject of a groundbreaking in Texas. Elon Musk of SpaceX and Governor Rick Perry have... spoken up on the subject, noting that construction on the project will likely begin by mid-2015. Musk let it be known that he expects one commercial flight per month …
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Is Pluto a Planet? PopularAudience members voted to restore Pluto's planethood during an event held last week organized by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
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Your Next Laptop Could HaveIn just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won't understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size... USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that's what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner.
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Secure Loose Buttons with Twist Ties

Life Hacker - 22 Sep 2014 22:30
Secure Loose Buttons withWe've all had to deal with a loose or popped button. Twist ties make a good quick fix if you can't get a hold of some proper replacement string and sew it yourself .
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Hey, Siri, please stop listening

TUAW - 22 Sep 2014 22:30
iOS 8 makes Siri smarter and more accurate, but one feature of the newly improved virtual assistant has become a bit more annoying that it probably should be. The "Hey, Siri" command, which lets you... activate her without touching your phone, as long...
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Climate change skeptics callCritics of the People's Climate March called the protesters hypocrites for wasting paper and burning fossil fuel in getting to the big event.
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Safe Mode Slows Dawn Mission'sNASA's Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal operations after a high-energy particle event forced the mission to enter safe mode, knocking its ion drive offline.
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Tim Cook to Tech Firms: GetTim Cook spoke at Climate Week NYC Monday to tell tech companies that they need to get serious about environmental issues or face real consequences.
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There is a sequence to growth, an implicit order. Consecutive development activities are initiated and concluded by the forward and aft positions. We look out to discover opportunities and threats to... our growth before we may streamline our actions to maximize their value to us. First, the unknown must be found and revealed. This is […] The post Innovation: Hedge First, Optimize Later appeared first on WIRED.
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The widespread growth of the sharing economy has been hard to miss, with more and more new businesses entering the space on what feels like a daily basis. Forbes estimates the equivalent revenue... flowing through the sharing economy directly into people’s wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25%. The sharing economy today […] The post Learning How to Share: Why Delivering a Product or Service Isn't Enough appeared first on WIRED.
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Apple is set to discontinue the Beats streaming music service it acquired earlier this year to focus on iTunes, the news website TechCrunch reported Monday.
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In other words, Red Hat is moving from Linux to OpenStack as its primary breadwinner.
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Everybody Is Lonely, So Stop Being a Jerk

Mashable - 22 Sep 2014 22:25
Everybody Is Lonely, So StopWe all have one thing in common: We are all totally, completely, existentially alone Animation Domination High-Def teaches us that this realization can be used for social good: Being kind to one... another makes life easier The next time life feels like the absolute worst, you can lay off the car horn and remember this video. John Oliver Slams Miss America Pageant and Scholarship Practices Charles Dance Drops 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Hint About Tywin's Future Freerunners Level Up With 8-Bit-Inspired Parkour Video The Obligatory iPhone 6 Unboxing
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38 cameras capture thisThe Swiss Air Force's aerobatic team and pilots at Swiss International Air Lines put on a memorable air show using 6 fighter jets and a large Airbus A330 plane. The pilots' POVs were documented with... 38 cameras. The post 38 cameras capture this aerobatic show put on by 6 fighter jets and a wide-bodied plane appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tekmira Tempers FDA OK ForTekmira CEO cautions that extended access does not constitute a controlled clinical trial and that TKM-Ebola is targeted against a 1976 strain of the virus.
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Cyclist miraculously escapesThis Russian cyclist miraculously escaped death when he got involved in what could have been a terrible traffic accident. Luckily no one got hurt, but I couldn't help but to gasp when I saw the... debris, resulting from the collision between the car and the truck, passing inches away from him.
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Adobe just bought Aviary, a suite of mobile editing tools used by several other companies (Flickr!), as well as in a standalone Aviary app. Given Adobe's recent push on mobile editing, the move makes... a lot of sense.
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The San Jose-headquartered firm ended the quarter with more than 2.81 million paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, up 502,000 from last quarter.
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A Closer Look: Ways to hide,Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data.
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SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.
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Last Chance to Register for MacBook Air Giveaway

The Mac Observer - 22 Sep 2014 22:19
Last Chance to Register forToday is the last day for you to register for the 11-inch MacBook Air giveaway we have with Stack Social. I love being able to promote this for our readers, because, you know, it's a frakking MacBook... Air giveaway. All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal emails, and boom, you're registered for the giveaway. Registration ends tomorrow (September 23rd, 2014), so if you want in, do it now.
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Infant Solar System ShowsNational Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO): NOAO astronomer Colette Salyk has led a study using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed what may be the first-ever... signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun. This may help explain why some T Tauri stars have disks that glow weirdly in infrared light while others shine in a more expected fashion. NOAO Press Release 14-07](://.noao.edu/news/2014/pr1407.php)
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Dancers Waltz Across The SideTwo dance performers recently took a waltz on the wild side. Strapped in harnesses and tethered to the facade of Oakland City Hall in California, Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber of the vertical dance... group Bandaloop leaped boundlessly off the side of the building during an August show for Oakland's Art + Soul festival. Set to the tune of William Ryan Fritch's "Hopeless Romantic," a newly-published GoPro video of the dance captures Rudolph and Seeber gracefully flipping and twirling through the air. "They say what we do is death-defying. I'd say it's life-affirming," says Rudolph, Bandaloop's founder and artistic director, on the troupe's website. Watch Rudolph and Seeber defy gravity above, and check out more mesmerizing performances at Bandaloop.org. h/t: Laughing Squid
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Starbucks Is ExperimentingStep aside, pumpkin spice latte. Your cooler, older brother is here to steal your autumnal spotlight Starbucks is experimenting with a beer-flavored coffee called a dark barrel latte in a "handful" of... stores in Ohio and Florida, a Starbucks representative confirms to Mashable. The coffee tastes like a dark, stout beer — think Guinness — and has no alcohol content. See also: What Your Coffee Preference Says About You "We regularly test new beverages, and testing is an essential part of bringing the Starbucks Experience to our customers," the rep says. "We’re looking forward to learning more from the test, but do not have additional information to share on future availability of this product in our stores."
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Simulated Martian soil supports plant life, but questions about extraterrestrial plant growth remain. Originally published: Sep 11 2014 - 2:45pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Patricia Waldron,... Contributor(Inside Science) -- Any explorers visiting Mars and the moon will have to boldly grow where no man has grown before.Setting up lunar or Martian colonies will require that explorers raise their own food. New research finds that simulated Martian soil supported plant life better than both simulated moon soil and low-quality soil from Earth. But many problems must be solved before astronauts can pick their first extraterrestrial eggplant. The study appears in the journal PLOS ONE."Research like this is needed to fine-tune future plans for growing plants on Mars, which I think is going to be...
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[From GadgeTell] According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the plan, Google has selected HTC as the next Nexus tablet manufacturer, with the executives flying... to the Google headquarters in Mountain View to work on the project.
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Iconic Portrait PhotosUpon first glance, the photo above looks like Dorothea Lange’s iconic Migrant Mother photo captured in 1936. Then you realize that the woman in the frame is definitely not Florence Owens Thompson,... the woman in the original image. Looking a more closely, you start to notice an uncanny resemblance to actor John Malkovich. Turns out […]
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What is 4chan? The underbellyNude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other Hollywood stars were recently leaked online in a massive scandal involving at least one hacker who correctly guessed weak iCloud passwords and security... questions. And the stolen photos mostly surfaced from one...
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Apple to drop Beats, may rollAll the lead-in to Apple purchasing Beats has since left us underwhelmed. Beats Music didn't quickly move to implement iTunes, and wasn't pre-loaded on the iPhone 6 or cobbled into iOS 8. Now sources... claim that Beats Music isn't long for the world, and Apple will shutter it soon. Let's be clear that Apple is discontinuing the Beats Music brand, …
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Rosetta's Philae Lander: AWhen traveling to far off lands, one packs carefully. What you carry must be comprehensive but not so much that it is a burden. And once you arrive, you must be prepared to do something extraordinary... to make the long journey worthwhile. The previous Universe Today article “How do you land on a Comet?” described Philae’s landing technique on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. […]
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Silver Lake in Lead to AcquirePrice would be at least $2 billion, sources say.
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HizookRobotics writes Georgia Tech researchers announced a new way robots can "sense" their surroundings through the use of small ultra-high frequency radio-frequency identification (UHF RFID) tags.... Inexpensive self-adhesive tags can be stuck on objects, allowing an RFID-equipped robot to search a room for the correct tag's signal, even when the object is hidden out of sight. Once the tag is detected, the robot knows the object it's trying to find isn't far away. The researchers' methods, summarized over at IEEE: "The robot goes to the spot where it got the hottest signal from the tag it was looking for, zeroing in on it based on the signal strength that its shoulder antennas are picking up: if the right antenna is getting a stronger signal, the robot yaws right, and vice versa."
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Whatever Apple has in the works for its future audio offerings, it may not include keeping Beats Music in app stores. TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to shut down the music streaming service,... noting that CEO Ian Rogers has already been tasked...
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All about your phone's developer options

Android Central - 22 Sep 2014 22:09
All about your phone'sThere's more there than USB debugging Hidden in the settings on your phone, (really, they are hidden by default) are settings used for debugging and application development. While plenty of us have... dove in there to switch to the ART runtime or to enable USB debugging, there's a long list of options. While most of us will never use them, it's always nice to know what's going on under the hood of your phone. Let's take a look at them, and see if we can't decipher some of these settings so that all of us have a better understading of what happens when you tap them. Come on, you've tapped them ...
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China blocks 'privacy' searchChina has begun blocking the privacy-protecting search engine DuckDuckGo, which avoids storing user data or tracking online activity, according to the company and security researchers.
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Cable packages are looking awfully expensive these days -- especially to cord-cutters used to spending $10 a month on Netflix and (for the lucky ones) borrowing someone else's HBO Go login. So as... Recode notes, AT&T is now offering a pretty fantastic bundle meant to lure in those users and eventually convert them into loyal customers. For $39 a month, you get broadband internet, a basic U-verse TV package, and access to both HBO and Amazon Prime. Yes, HBO Go access is included. And on the Amazon side, you're not just limited to Prime Instant Video; you get a full Amazon Prime subscription, which includes other perks like free two-day shipping, Prime Music, and so on. If you're already a Prime member, the extra year from AT&T's deal just...
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Jerry Yang On the Rise of Asia

Forbes - 22 Sep 2014 22:08
Jerry Yang On the Rise of AsiaWhy Yahoo's co-founder sees a wealth of investment coming from the East in the wake of Alibaba's mega IPO. Music: "As Colorful As Ever" by Broke For Free
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American home appliances areAmerican appliances are getting smaller and more efficient, like their European cousins.          
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SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Spaceport

Space News - 22 Sep 2014 22:07
Wwork to build the facility will not ramp up until the second half of 2015.
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Investors fret Yahoo's future,Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba.
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New report claims Apple isWell, this is somewhat unexpected -- TechCrunch’s sources are saying that Apple is planning to shut down the Beats Music streaming app that it acquired when it bought Beats for $3 billion earlier... this year. The only way that this report would make any kind of sense would be if Apple were simply folding Beats Music into iTunes -- there is simply no way that Apple would consider abandoning a music streaming service at a time when it’s working to regain some of the influence over the music industry that it’s lost ever since the rise of Pandora, Spotify and other popular streaming services. Nonetheless, TechCrunch’s sources say that “it's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service
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Roger Goodell must be relieved. On Friday, critics of the NFL's handling of domestic violence cases found a new target: U.S. women's soccer. "When Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson were... arrested, there were loud calls for those players to be suspended," the New York Times' Juliet Macur wrote. Meanwhile, Hope Solo--one of women's soccer's biggest stars--is still playing goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national team, even as she awaits trial on two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence. (Solo is accused of instigating a fight in which she allegedly punched, tackled, and scratched her nephew and attacked her half-sister when she attempted to intervene; the nephew allegedly responded by hitting Solo in the head with a broom and sticking a BB gun in her face). "The response to Solo's...
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Apple TV Update Brings Beats to Your TV

Mashable - 22 Sep 2014 22:06
Apple TV Update Brings BeatsApple quietly updated its Apple TV set-top box last week with fresh software that includes a new, more iOS 8-like design — and, for the first time, Beats Music. In June, Apple paid north of $3... billion dollars for Beats Audio, which includes the hardware earbud and headphone business as well as the still relatively new Beats Music subscription service. Since then, we haven’t seen or heard much from Beats founders and new Apple employees Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, nor have we seen much of their products, at least in connection with Apple's own offerings. See also: The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8
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Move Over, Braille: This NewThe KNFB Reader app allows blind people to listen to an audio readback of printed text.
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FBI widens probe of naked celebrity photos

Phys.org - 22 Sep 2014 22:05
The FBI vowed Monday to widen a probe into the massive hacking of naked celebrity photos if necessary, after new reported leaks including nude shots of Kim Kardashian.
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Beats Music will eventually disappear as a brand, according to a new report. TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to eliminate the Beats Music streaming service, which it acquired in May, but doesn't... say when. The report is less clear on what Apple plans to do with streaming music. One source tells TechCrunch that on-demand music could be integrated into iTunes; another source says Apple will make a "significant music announcement" in the first half of 2015.
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Report: Apple Is Shutting DownTechCrunch reports that Apple plans to shut down Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired earlier this year. The blog's Josh Constine says that he's confirmed the news with five... sources at both Apple and Beats. And to be honest, it makes sense.
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Free pot for vets in Denver toAn organization called Grow4Vets recently hosted an event in Colorado, giving away pot to hundreds of veterans coping with PTSD. The organization is pushing for country-wide legalization of medical... marijuana to treat vets with PTSD.
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Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Platform Aviary

TechCrunch - 22 Sep 2014 22:01
Adobe Acquires Photo-Editing Aviary just announced that it has been acquired by Adobe. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Aviary offers a software development kit to developers who want to add photo-editing... capabilities to their apps. (Aviary has also created apps of its own, which it says have been downloaded 100 million times, as well as options for advertisers to turn filters and stickers into ads.) At…
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With banks desperate for freshLarge incumbents in every industry struggle to innovate. There's a whole shelf in most bookstores dedicated to this "dilemma." Last summer we produced an entire series called "Dancing Giants" about... the lengths established companies go to to contort their organizations to foster more innovation - at least in the cases where they're willing to admit they have a problem. In some cases this means launching incubators, accelerators, and skunkworks labs. In others, it […]
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[From GamerTell] Project Scissors, the Clock Tower successor, will be a mobile exclusive and that could prove to be a very good thing.
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iOS 8-ready: More apps are updated

TUAW - 22 Sep 2014 22:00
iOS developers continue to update their apps to take advantage of iOS 8. Here's a list of a few more that you might want to check out. Wunderlist (our full review here) has been updated with a new... "Today" widget for the iOS 8 Notification Center,...
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Five Best Electric Toothbrushes

Gizmodo - 22 Sep 2014 22:00
Five Best ElectricLast week we stood in front of the bathroom mirror with you and asked for your picks for best electric toothbrush. Now we're back with your most-nominated mouth cleaning tools, and we're ready to... narrow down a winner.
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Five Best Electric Toothbrushes

Life Hacker - 22 Sep 2014 22:00
Five Best ElectricLast week we stood in front of the bathroom mirror with you and asked for your picks for best electric toothbrush. Now we're back with your most-nominated mouth cleaning tools, and we're ready to... narrow down a winner.
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Apple Reportedly Planning toApple is planning to discontinue Beats Music, the streaming music service that it acquired as part of an acquisition of Beats Electronics back in May. According to TechCrunch, multiple sources that... include "several prominent employees at Apple and Beats" have confirmed that Apple is shutting down the music service. Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It's not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre's music service will be shut down or what Apple will do with streaming, but every source with knowledge of the situation that we talked to agreed Apple plans to sunset the Beats Music brand. Apple first acquired Beats Music in May, and at the time, announced plans to leave the music service untouched....
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Flying lampshades: Cirque duIn a new video, the billion-dollar entertainment giant shows what it can do with a few quadcopters, and a lot of imagination.
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This week in gaming: FanFIFA 15, Gauntlet, Hyrule Warriors, and Disney Infinity highlight a busy week of video game releases as the holiday season kicks into high gear. The post This week in gaming: Fan favorites come in all... shapes and sizes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Stephen King's Book About theHere's a TV power couple if we've ever seen one: Hulu announced Monday that it has ordered straight to series a project from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV based on the novel 11/22/63 by... Stephen King The thriller, released in 2011, tells the story of a teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a journey that leads him to encounter Lee Harvey Oswald and face a past that may not want to be changed See also: 18 New TV Shows to Watch This Fall Former Friday Night Lights scribe Bridget Carpenter is set to executive produce and write the series, which is billed as a nine-hour limited event
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BusinessWeek: Tim Cook was jubilant. It was Sept. 10, a day after the introduction of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., and Apple's chief executive officer... couldn't have been happier about reactions from the audience and the media. Cook sat down for an hour-long chat with Bloomberg Businessweek's Josh Tyrangiel and Brad Stone. I love how the interview ended.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Physicists Are Backing AwayBack in March, a group of physicists announced the first direct evidence of the Big Bang in a splashy press conference followed by Nobel prize forecasts and champagne . But scientists have since... questioned the discovery, and a new paper suggests the signal detected was not evidence of the Big Bang but instead largely, if not entirely, from interstellar dust. Oops.
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Report: Dell, HP held mergerWith more and more computing hardware moving into the tablet and smartphone spaces, old giants like Dell, EMC, and Hewlett-Packard are exploring merger talks, according to a report. The Wall Street... Journal reported Sunday night that EMC had called off a year-long round of talk that would have merged the company with Hewlett-Packard, according to the report. Dell also reportedly held limited talks with EMC, possibly about taking over a portion of the business. Since the talks broke off, there's no indication that the established PC landscape is going to be rewritten anytime soon. Combining EMC and HP would have created a company with a market value of about $130 billion, the Journal reported, combining enterprise storage with HP's PC and printer business.
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Sorry, Netflix and Hulu:YouTube is the most popular source for online TV, with Netflix coming in second and Hulu third. That's the conclusion of a 2,400-person survey conducted by Frank N. Magid Associates, one of broadcast... television's most respected consulting firms. The survey was conducted in June 2014, with the results being released to CNET on Monday. The numbers: Magid asked 2,400 people to check off a list of websites that they use to watch online TV. Thirty-eight percent checked YouTube, followed by 33 percent for Netflix. Hulu came in at distant third with 17 percent, and Amazon Prime was checked off by 14 percent.
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Apple says Beats Music serviceAccording to a report from TechCrunch, Apple plans to shut down the Beats Music streaming service it recently acquired through its acquisition of Beats. The report cites several sources close to the... situation including “several prominent employees at Apple and Beats”: Many engineers from Beats Music have already been moved off the product and onto […]
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Google Play will soon listAfter coming under fire for lax in-app purchase standards, Google has taken steps to ensure clarity on the topic. After first making strides to shore-up the need for your password when making... purchases, Google is now going to be a bit more upfront about their in-app purchasing practices. When downloading an app via Google Play, you'll see a designation that …
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The 404 Show 1,555: NetflixToday we're not spoiling anything, unlike what Netflix is trying to do with a random spoiler generator it just released. Also, researchers think they've discovered a simple thing that happier people... do.
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Paris unclogs its sewers withThough it's been around since the Middle Ages, the sewer system beneath Paris won fame in the 19th century, when the city offered boat tours through the tunnels. This is also when an ingenious method... for cleaning clogged tunnels was devised. It involves giant balls of iron and a lot of velocity.
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This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

TechCrunch - 22 Sep 2014 21:46
This Robot Tastes Better Than Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap... stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they…
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Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music

TechCrunch - 22 Sep 2014 21:46
Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Apple will discontinue the streaming music service Beats Music it acquired in May, according to five sources, including several prominent employees at Apple and Beats. Many engineers from Beats... Music have already been moved off the product and onto other projects at Apple, including iTunes. It’s not clear when exactly Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s music service will be shut down or…
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Nvidia debunks moon landingAre you one of those people who believes the moon landing was made in a Hollywood basement? You'd better be careful how loudly you say that, lest 84-year-old Buzz Aldrin straight up punch you in your... contrarian face. Especially since Nvidia is now backing him up with science. One of the foremost claims of moon landing conspiracy theorists is that the lighting doesn't match up in several photographs--that there's no way Buzz Aldrin could be clearly seen in the above photograph if he was in the shadow of the Lunar Lander. Not unless there were supplemental studio lights because it's all a giant hoax, that is.
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We've told you all about the upcoming USB cable's high-powered abilities, but now audio and video have joined the mix. Working alongside the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, the Video Electronics Standards... Association (VESA) has leveraged a DisplayPort "Alt...
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Hulu Is Producing a StephenCreators of creep Stephen King and J.J. Abrams were destined to pair up at some point, and now Hulu is going to be one to bring them together. The site scored a huge coup in booking the duo for a new... miniseries about the John F. Kennedy assassination, Hulu's first big original content win.
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LG G3 Vigor hits AT&T: What's the difference?

Slash Gear - 22 Sep 2014 21:44
LG G3 Vigor hits AT&T: What'sThe LG G3 Vigor is a rebranded version of what was released internationally as the LG G3 Beat. This device resembles the LG G3 VERY closely, coming with back-facing buttons, a high-powered camera, and... a rather sizable display up front. So what's the difference? The keys to the kingdom are in the display, the back-facing camera, and the processor under …
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[From EntertainmentTell] International superstar Angelina Jolie is set to direct Eric Roth's script 'Africa,' about famed anthropologist Richard Leakey's anti-ivory poaching efforts
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Samsung to strike back in smartphone wars

USA Today - 22 Sep 2014 21:44
Samsung to strike back inElectronics giant preps for release this week of Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha.          
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[From EntertainmentTell] Gore-spatteres GWAR now have a frontwoman among their new lead singers - and the band was able to promote from within their ranks, as Vulvatron has been a performer in the... band for a while now. Her new role as a lead singer means a dual promotion - she's going up in the ranks from monster to high priestess, too.
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Frequent Apple critic says theDisplayMate president Raymond Soneira has never been shy about slamming Apple when he thinks that it’s released a device with an inferior display -- recall last year, for instance, he ripped the... Retina iPad mini for “lagging” behind both the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. Now that he’s gotten his hands on the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, however, he’s happy to report that Apple has finally taken a big leap forward in terms of display quality that he’s been waiting to see since the release of the iPhone 4 all the way back in 2010. FROM LAST YEAR: Display expert slams Retina iPad mini, says Apple is 'lagging' behind First, Soneira outlines Apple’s role in boosting
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Gravitational waves according to Planck

Phys.org - 22 Sep 2014 21:40
Scientists of the Planck collaboration, and in particular the Trieste team, have conducted a series of in-depth checks on the discovery recently publicized by the Antarctic Observatory, which... announced last spring that it had detected some direct effects of gravitational waves on cosmic microwave background radiation, a potentially groundbreaking discovery in the field of cosmology. Analysis of the Planck satellite data demonstrates that the effect of contaminating sources, such as gases from our galaxy, cannot be ruled out.
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Liquid-Metal Batteries Get a Boost from Molten Lead

Scientific American - 22 Sep 2014 21:40
Liquid-Metal Batteries Get aThe technology could provide large-scale storage for energy from erratic sources such as wind or solar --
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(Reuters) - Sony Corp said PlayStation TV set-top box, which allows users to access movies and TV episodes from the PlayStation store, will hit stores in the United States and Canada on Oct. 14.
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NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has successfully completed a maneuver designed to place the robotic explorer in Mars orbit. The achievement is the crowning moment in a... 10-month journey through deep space, representing the culmination of millions of dollars and over a decade of planning and hard work by NASA mission operators. ..
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$139 bundle adds a controller, memory, and game. It's Vita gaming on TV--with caveats.
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Infant solar system showsAstronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed what may be the first-ever signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun. This... may help explain why some T Tauri stars have disks that glow weirdly in infrared light while others shine in a more expected fashion.
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Microsoft's next CRM release codenamed 'Vega,' available in cloud and on-premises flavors, is due in the fourth quarter of 2014.
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Ice in Arctic seas shrinks to 6th lowest; less ice than last year, but up from 2012 record low
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Former NYC mayor Rudy GiulianiActivision Blizzard filed to dismiss the lawsuit of former dictator Manuel Noriega, who sued earlier this year over his unauthorized appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The post Former NYC mayor... Rudy Giuliani to represent Activision against Manuel Noriega appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Killing With Kindness

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 21:33
Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, chats with readers weekly on Mondays here at Slate. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week.... Read Prudie's Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com.)
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Students, faculty and staff at Webster University in St. Louis don't have to worry too much if their mobile gadgets run out of power. Volta, a sustainable technology company, has installed its EnGo... Public Charging Station on campus, that can recharge up to 14 mobile devices at a time without taking electricity from the grid. The Webster installation marks EnGo's public debut in the US. Besides providing an alternative charging point to fall back on, EnGo does so without taking an extra toll on the environment. ..
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The Philips Wake-Up Light - rise with the sun

Coolest Gadgets - 22 Sep 2014 21:32
The Philips Wake-Up Light -No one particularly enjoys getting up in the mornings. We know we have a full day ahead of us, and somehow sleeping just 10 more minutes seems like it will make the day easier to handle. Of course,... the worst part is being jolted awake by your alarm tone. Sometimes that dreaded noise can even seep into your dreams and ruin them. If you’d prefer to be woken up with ...
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Zone Focusing: How to UseYou’ll seen all those markings on lenses, but do you know what all of them are there for? Some of you might, but for those who don't or are looking for a refresher, YouTube user Tim Heubeck has put... together a quick little how-to that introduces you to the numbers on the front of the […]
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Waiting on those 6 Plus Cases

TUAW - 22 Sep 2014 21:30
As TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda, Jr. put it, my new iPhone 6 Plus is a dropportunity waiting to happen. I've put in an order for a new case to protect my baby (review to follow when it finally... shows up.) Until then, I've had to make do,...
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When nuclear winter strikes, it's highly likely that cockroaches and duct tape will be all that survives. But just because our new post-apocalyptic wasteland might appear bleak doesn't mean it has to... smell bleak, too. At least, that seems to be the train of thought behind the Duck Tape brand's new line of scented tapes. Because why else would you ever buy scented duct tape? We decided to try a few rolls and find out.
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Mute Inactive TabsChrome: Chrome recently added a handy volume indicator that shows you which inactive tab is making noise, but you still have to open that tab to actually silence it. Mute Inactive Tabs is an extension... that does it automatically.
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A Tipping Point In The NetThe FCC Open Internet Roundtables began last week, and if the agency were judging solely on the merits, the debate would be over. But net neutrality will be decided in part on popular opinion, which... makes this race too hard to call.
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This is a question we are often asked: what is the difference between a coronal mass ejection (CME) and a solar flare? We discussed it in a recent astrophoto post, but today NASA put out a video with... amazing graphics that explains it — and visualizes it — extremely well. “CMEs and solar flares are […]
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Tiggly, An iPad Learning Toy Tiggly, an educational app designed for iPad’s youngest users – babies! (oh, and toddlers, too) – has raised a Series A round of funding led by Habermaass GmbH, a Germany-based early play and... learning company, and owners of the toy brand HABA, which is now entering the U.S. edtech market. Though the startup won’t disclose the size of the round, it had previously raised…
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The iPhone 6 retails at $649 but only costs $227 to make.
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schwit1 writes Using its new top-shelf graphics processing unit, Nvidia tackles one of the most persistent conspiracy theories in American history: the veracity of the 1969 to 1972 Apollo moon... landings. From the article: "'Global illumination is the hardest task to solve as a game company,' Scott Herkelman, Nvidia's GeForce general manager, said in an interview. 'Virtual point lights don't do a bad job when the environment stays the same, but a game developer has to fake shadows, fake reflections...it's a labor-intensive process.' So when a Nvidia research engineer used the company's new dynamic lighting techniques to show off a side-by-side comparison between an Apollo 11 photo and a GeForce-powered re-creation, the company knew it had a novel demo on its hands. 'We're going to debunk one...
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[From GadgeTell] Excited for Intel's 14 nanometer Haswell refresh, dubbed Core M or Broadwell?
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The humble iron, while an incredibly useful device for keeping clothes looking their best, has not seen very many major changes over its history, at least from a core functionality standpoint. Collar... Perfect is aiming to make that happen, by making it portable and allowing it to get to hard-to-reach places more easily...
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[From GadgeTell] DuckDuckGo has been blocked in China, according to a statement from the search engine's founder.
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Lenovo to cough up $100Lenovo will refund $100 or issue a $250 voucher to owners of the IdeaPad U310 and U410 laptops to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging design defects in the computers. The U310 and U410 laptops,... which shipped in 2012, had defects that caused Wi-Fi to slow down or not work. Complaints about Wi-Fi in the laptops have piled up over the years and flooded the company's forums. Notices about the settlement agreement were sent starting this month. Customers can visit the settlement website to sign up and to get more details on the terms. The class-action settlement was agreed to by Lenovo and plaintiff Garrett Kacsuta and others, and filed Aug. 22 with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division.
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White House Fence Jumper HadInvestigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car belonging to the man who allegedly jumped the White House fence, a federal prosecutor said Monday. The... intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, managed to jump over the north fence of the White House on Friday and escaped capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the presidential mansion The event led to a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Obama and his family were headed to Camp David when the breach occurred Friday evening. In a federal court proceeding, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd said that the accused intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, was a danger to the president.
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The iPhone 6 clone warsThe iPhone 6 clone wars didn't stop with the Goophone i6. Another clone, called the Sophone i6 is also available for purchase. For $140, you'll get a MediaTek quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and... Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The post The iPhone 6 clone wars continue with the Sophone i6 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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iPhone sales records and 3DApple reaches new records for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launch weekend, HTC is said to be working on the Nexus 9 tablet, and a 3D printer will build tools in space.
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Netflix Deliberately Ruins A Lot Of Good TV And Movies

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 21:20
Netflix Deliberately Ruins ANetflix thinks that in this new era of television, spoilers matter less than they used to. In fact, the company has created an entire site that gives away major plot twists of some popular and classic... movies and TV shows. We're talking major. You know that part in the second season of "House of Cards" that you didn't see coming? Yeah, that's in there. The really sad ending of "Old Yeller?" That's in there too. Spoilers from "Rocky," "Breaking Bad," "The Hunger Games" and "Good Morning Vietnam" are also included. You do have to click a few times to see the spoiler, but don't say you weren't warned. Netflix's "Living With Spoilers" site, which also includes a flow chart that identifies what kind of spoiler you are, is part of a promotion the company is running just as the fall TV season...
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Netflix could top 100 millionNetflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed last week that the over-the-top (OTT) streaming service is aiming to penetrate one-third of international TV households within seven years of each respective... country's official launch of service. The post Netflix could top 100 million international subscribers by 2020 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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What We Know About the LatestAnd what we don't
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After 3.7 million public comments and an orgy of lobbying, do we know what the FCC will decide on net neutrality? No, but here are five things we've learned so far.
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Back when it launched the Student Advantage program, Microsoft made it possible for 35,000 educational institutions across the globe to receive free access to Office 365. As part of that, students and... teachers alike could get a subscription to the...
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Opel unveils 'turbochargedThere's a new member of Opel's Adam family. Dubbed the Adam S, the turbocharged city car features a 150 horsepower motor, retuned suspension, a trick red roof, and loads of zippy, pint-sized fun. The... post Opel unveils 'turbocharged pocket rocket' Adam S ahead of Paris debut appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Budweiser's Latest Drinking  Next time you go out, be sure to make a plan to get home safely. Your friends are counting on you. Please drink responsibly.    
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iOS 8 third-party keyboardsChoice is a magnificent thing, but comes at a price. Sometimes that price is severe, and sometimes it's $1.99. In downloading several popular third-party keyboards for iOS 8, I made several "choices".... As it turns out, you might want to hold off for a bit. Let me first temper this article by saying I consider the option to have keyboards …
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When The Funding Bubble Bursts Hold tight. Wait till the party’s over Hold tight. We’re in for nasty weather ~Talking Heads, Burning Down The House One law of economic physics always holds true: what goes up must come down.... Last week, my pal Alex Wilhelm pointed out that winter’s coming to Silicon Valley, not in the form of snow of course, but metaphorically. He was reacting to Bill Gurley’s…
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A Closer Look: Ways to Hide,A Closer Look: Ways to hide or secure sensitive photos, data on phones
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YouTube Star Sam PepperThere's a (big) difference between a prank and assault, but this YouTube star seems to have confused the two. Sam Pepper, a British YouTube celebrity with a following of over 2 million, posted a video... on Sept. 20 where he walks around grabbing unsuspecting women's butts and films their reactions. The public outcry for the clip to be taken down was so loud that YouTube removed the video this morning. Pepper is famous for his outrageous YouTube prank videos, however this one not only confused but angered many of his fans and a large portion of the Internet. The video features Pepper walking up to five different women, starting a conversation and then pinching their butts when they look away. It's painful to watch as these women awkwardly laugh off Pepper's "prank" and walk away, violated and...
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LG G3 Vigor arrives on AT&T Sept. 26

Android Central - 22 Sep 2014 21:12
LG G3 Vigor arrives on AT&TCome Friday, if you're interested in the LG G3's little brother, you can grab the LG G3 Vigor from AT&T starting September 26 for $334.99 without a contract. The mid-ranger will also support AT&T's HD... Voice for clearer calls where available and delivers a lot of the styling from LG's flagship phone.
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Wild Bug-Eyed Telescope toA new European prototype telescope inspired by an insect's eye could help protect Earth from dangerous asteroids when it is expected to come online next year.
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iOS 8 Guide: 10 Cool Tips and Tricks

Time - 22 Sep 2014 21:11
iOS 8 Guide: 10 Cool Tips andWhether you just picked up an iPhone 6 or you're looking to squeeze a little life out of an older iPhone, here's a handful of tricks to try once you're using iOS 8.
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Google+ accounts no longerPeople signing up for Gmail can now say "no thanks" to Google's social network -- one of many moves the search giant has made in the past few months regarding Google+.
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Announcing My Boldest Mission Yet

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 21:10
Announcing My Boldest MissionI'm writing to tell you about the boldest XPRIZE I've ever launched. ...and I want you involved. There are nearly one billion illiterate people on Earth. Two-thirds of them are women; 250 million of... them are children. These are kids who can't read, write or do basic math. And there is a huge cost to society here: 250 million minds are going to waste. We know from hard research that educated populations have lower growth rates, are more peaceful and add to the global economy. The best way to create a more peaceful and prosperous world is to educate these kids. But how? To meet the demand of 250 million illiterate children would require training over 1.6 million new teachers by 2015. There is no way to teach enough teachers and build enough schools. The old way just doesn't scale. It's time...
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Microsoft Office for studentsA year ago, Microsoft launched its Student Advantage Program, giving Office 365 access to students whose schools provided it to their faculty and staff. Now Microsoft has added a self-serve option,... too. Previously, the Student Advantage Program forced students to contact their campus IT department, who then had to set up the account and provide access to the students. Now, all the student needs to do is to provide a verified email address from the school, and Microsoft will do all the heavy lifting. Microsoft also announced a corollary benefit: If a school buys an Office disc-based subscription for their faculty and staff, Microsoft will give the faculty and staff a (presumably one-year) subscription to Office 365 as well. The students will get the same benefit, Microsoft added.
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Bits Blog: Amazon Workers WalkA total of 2,000 workers refused to show up for their shifts on Monday in an effort to force Amazon to accept an agreement in line with other retailers.
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Robotic 'Exosuit' Does the Heavy Lifting

Live Science - 22 Sep 2014 21:05
Robotic 'Exosuit' Does theCarrying 100 pounds of stuff on your back is hard for a human. But for a robot? Not so much.
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More iPhone 6 mysteriesIn addition to iFixit's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus teardowns, Chipworks has also dived into the new iPhones, looking at their various components and focusing specifically on the chips inside the new... devices. In the process, the publication has revealed more details about the mysteries behind both new iPhone 6 versions. FROM EARLIER: Oh no! Your worst iPhone 6 Plus fear has been confirmed Looking at the A8 chip, Chipworks confirmed the new processor has 1GB of RAM on board, just as had been previously and later confirmed by iFixit's teardowns. More importantly, the publication also revealed that there are plenty of signs suggesting the 20-nanometer A8 chips have been manufactured by TSMC, not Samsung. Furthermore, Chipworks revealed in its initial look
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Amazon’s streaming video service began as an extra perk that could attract more people to Prime, the company’s unlimited two-day shipping program. Now, video is the main attraction and shipping... the odd side benefit in a new subscription package from AT&T that bundles Amazon Prime with internet broadband access. The new offer also comes with […] The post AT&T’s New Internet Plan Comes With Free Amazon Prime appeared first on WIRED.
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Campfire Tales Served as EarlyFirelight storytelling helps people develop and spread culture and abstract ideas, an anthropologist says. Sharing tales around a fire can also reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and... equality, and create a sense of community.
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Apple has issued an update to the Mail app for OS X Yosemite, which aims to fix some issues which caused the Mail application incapable of composing an email message. Apple recommends that all users... of OS X Yosemite Developer Preview and OS X Yosemite Public Beta install the update, though if you don’t use ...
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[GadgeTell] Gadgetell Review: Pong Case

Technology Tell - 22 Sep 2014 21:00
[From GadgeTell] Unfortunately, you cannot tell by looking at your service bars how much strength your outgoing signal has gained. The test I used was what I dubbed "The Tunnel Test". I sent test text... messages to Boyfriend rapid-fire while my train went underground after going over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and they sent well into the tunnel. This is very unscientific, but it's the best I could do and I was pleased with the results.
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How to master Messages in iOS 8

Cult of Mac - 22 Sep 2014 21:00
How to master Messages in iOSI’ve pretty much become a full-time texter these days, using Apple’s Messages app on my Mac and iPhone to send iMessages (to friends and contacts who use iOS or OS X) as well as regular text... messages (to people outside…
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Apple's new campus to beWith 7,000 trees and buried parking lots, CEO Tim Cook expects the new headquarters to be a major statement of Apple's environmental push.
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Image Gallery: The KalahariStorytelling, dancing and singing reign supreme when the African Kalahari Bushmen light their nighttime fires and depart from daytime conversations about economics and gossip.
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[From GamerTell] The Rebuild of Evangelion is getting all up in Tales of Zestiria's business.
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New 'topological insulator'University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material - a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor - that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform... lightning-fast calculations but don't overheat.
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Lego-like modular componentsThanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping... together small modules by hand.
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If you're not a fan of iOS 8 , you want your jailbreak back , or you just made the upgrade on your 4S and it's not working so well , you can still downgrade for a short amount of time. iDownloadBlog... shows you how to do it.
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We're so impressed with the new iPhone 6's slo-mo capabilities, we had to share some more examples. Late last week The Verge posted photos of Iceland taken with the iPhone 6 Plus and the results are... nothing short of astounding. If you haven't seen...
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The north-west US has been getting hotter over the past 100 years, bringing pest infestations and wildfire. But it seems human-caused climate change isn't to blame
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Once they were free-living bacteria, then they hijacked complex cells, now it turns out they have a hand in everything from memory and ageing to obesity (full text available to subscribers)
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Touch-Sensitive Outlet ShutsHere's a wonderful mashup of existing technologies that promises to make it all but impossible for little kids to get shocked by a power outlet. The Guardian Angel Shockproof Safety Outlet uses... similar technology as your smartphone's touchscreen to detect when it's being touched, and then automatically shut down power to eliminate the risk of electrical shock.
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Rosetta Spacecraft's CometA probe flying through deep space has been beaming back amazing photos and information about its target comet since arriving at the cosmic body in August.
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Share Your Home Wi-Fi EasilyGet your best buddies around for a movie marathon and before you can hit "play" they're all going to want access to your Wi-Fi. This is the age of the second screen experience after all. You could... simply tell them your network's name and password, but here are a couple of alternatives that might be more convenient and add to your geek credentials at the same time.
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With recent news of Android apps on Chrome, you might think that Google is placing more emphasis on its mobile app platform. That's not the case as Chrome apps on Android…
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[From GadgeTell] Old is the new new. Or so LG would want its devoted Korean audience to think.
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The deal with Fullscreen, a digital media company that connects online personalities and brands, is said to be valued at about $200 million to $300 million.
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Bits Blog: Hurd: Oracle Takes On Microsoft in the Cloud

The New York Times - 22 Sep 2014 20:57
Bits Blog: Hurd: Oracle TakesThe opening keynote at Oracle's annual conference will be about its"unique opportunity to be the leader of the next generation of cloud," according to Mark Hurd, the new co-chief.
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Fanless 12-inch MacBook withOne of the less frequent--yet just as persistent--rumors in the Apple universe is the notion of 12-inch MacBook Air with a completely redesigned exterior. Much like how Apple has gone back to the... rounded design of the original iPhone with…
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Where Did Ebola Come From?

Live Science - 22 Sep 2014 20:56
Where Did Ebola Come From?Myths about Ebola's origins -- including some that hold that the virus was brought to African regions by health care workers -- have hurt the ability of workers to respond to the outbreak. But where... did Ebola really come from?
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Climate crisis frontline needs more doctors

Tech Times - 22 Sep 2014 20:56
Climate crisis frontline needsA new study published in JAMA discusses the heat risks associated with climate change. The study's authors call for doctors to get involved in preventing global warming and climate change to save not... just the planet, but their patients' health.
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Another View: Jack Ma on"They call me 'Crazy Jack,'" Mr. Ma said. "I hope to stay crazy for the next 30 years."
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A Timeline of Climate Talks,Scientists first noticed the dangerous effects of carbon dioxide emissions back in 1896; the press started reporting on rising temperatures in 1930. And yet, more than 80 years later, the nations of... the world still haven't passed sufficient legislature to curtail the disastrous effects humans have on the planet. Recent studies show that the next 15 years of climate-related decisions, says Felipe Calderón, the former president of Mexico, will "determine the future of the world." The message is clear: If we don’t implement the difficult but necessary changes to reduce the effects of climate change, it will be all but impossible to turn back.
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  Every day, it seems like there’s another news item about wearable devices, or “wearables.” Stories about how trackers will revolutionize personal fitness, privacy concerns about recording... video without permission, why wearables will never catch on, and everything in between. Today, mobile technology is ubiquitous, with many consumers carrying mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and wearables […] The post Will Wireless Power Be the Catalyst for Wearables Adoption? appeared first on WIRED.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Derek Jeter is retiring, and Twitter has said goodbye
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Neil Armstrong's SpacesuitConspiracy theorists often point to moon landing photos as evidence that the whole thing was faked by the US government. One of the arguments is that since there’s only one main light source in the... photos — the sun — the shadows should have been much darker and less detailed. That argument has now been […]
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The risk management facility is said to be able to cut recovery times due to service disruptions down from roughly 48 hours to mere minutes.
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Astronomy Cast Ep. 353: Seasons on Saturn

Universe Today - 22 Sep 2014 20:52
Visit the Astronomy Cast Page to subscribe to the audio podcast! We record Astronomy Cast as a live Google+ Hangout on Air every Monday at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. You can watch here on... Universe Today or from the Astronomy Cast Google+ page. © susie for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | […]
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Nintendo doesn't attend the Tokyo Game Show, but its latest gaming platform made an appearance anyway. The post Hands-On: Nintendo’s New 3DS Underwhelms at Tokyo Game Show appeared first on WIRED.
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You knew it was coming. Videos of people torturing the newest rash of iPhones are starting to emerge online, including one by SquareTrade, which shows the new iPhones being tortured in every way... imaginable. So how did Apple's latest crop hold up? Surprisingly well, with a few caveats.
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If you think that ex-dictator Manuel Noriega's lawsuit over his appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops II is more than a little ridiculous, you're not alone. Activision has filed a motion to dismiss... the former Panamanian leader's complaint before it...
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A Closer Look: Ways to hide or secure sensitive photos, data on phones
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Hollywood Trash: How skepticsYesterday afternoon, over 300,000 people gathered in midtown Manhattan for the “People’s Climate March,” which organizers claim was the “largest ever” climate change rally. Politicos like Al... Gore rubbed elbows with Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio amid a sea of homemade signs demanding policy changes to help curb rising temperatures — which the majority of climate scientists agree are manmade and may lead to a host of dangerous (and expensive) consequences for both animal and […]
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants toJoseph Gordon-Levitt isn't just an actor or an entrepreneur, he's a feminist. And he wants to know what that word means to you. After giving several interviews on why he considers himself a male... feminist, including going on Ellen and an article in The Daily Beast, Gordon-Levitt is responding to fan questions about his comments. While many of his fans have reached out with their positive feedback, the actor says he has also discovered a great amount of anti-feminist sentiment. See also: Jon Hamm, Other Celebs Step Up in White House PSA to Stop Sexual Assault Instead of biting back at his critics, the actor has decided to use his latest artistic project, an online collaborative production company called hitRECord, to explore the topic of feminism and invite everyone — whether they're fans...
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Chinese search engine Baidu is trying to speed the performance of its deep learning models for image search using field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, made by Altera. Baidu has been... experimenting…
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Alibaba's Record-Setting IPO

Forbes - 22 Sep 2014 20:46
Alibaba's Record-Setting IPOThe Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO and listed on the NYSE. Music: "Now or Never" by Pim Phillips
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Every two years Cologne in Germany goes photo crazy. Photokina is the focal point for everyone who is passionate about taking photographs or recording video, or sitting back to enjoy looking at both.... Over the past week, Gizmag has covered the big news coming out of Germany. Now we take a look at some new releases that didn't make the front page, and catch up with some show favorites...
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Canon packs a lot of punch inCanon's new PowerShot G7 X compact with a 1-inch sensor offers a lot of performance in a compact form-factor. We took a closer look at the camera at this year's Photokina show. The post Canon packs a... lot of punch in its 1-inch sensor G7 X pocket camera appeared first on Digital Trends.
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Slashdot - 22 Sep 2014 20:45
An anonymous reader writes Scientists have shown that the swirl pattern touted as evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in space and time dating to the universe's explosive birth —... could instead all come from magnetically aligned dust. A new analysis of data from the Planck space telescope has concluded that the tiny silicate and carbonate particles spewed into interstellar space by dying stars could account for as much as 100 percent of the signal detected by the BICEP2 telescope and announced to great fanfare this spring. The Planck analysis is "relatively definitive in that we can't exclude that the entirety of our signal is from dust," said Brian Keating, an astrophysicist at the University of California, San Diego, and a member of the BICEP2 collaboration.
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Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at least... one accident reportedly caused by a human driver). But those test-drives have been limited to a few closed courses and select areas. Starting this month, Google and a few other ambitious automakers will be able to unleash self-driving vehicles on any public road in the state of California. Last week, the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handed out its first 29 permits for testing autonomous roadways on all of the state's public roads. Google won 25 of the 29 total permits, which will allow the company to test 25 modified, self-driving...
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AT&T's Cord-Cutter Pitch:Of course there is a lot of fine print. Still, interesting.
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Strong iPhone 6 Sales BoostFollowing Apple's announcement that it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over its launch weekend, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley raised his target price for the... company's stock from US$112 up to $115 citing demand for the new models.
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The Souped Up Acoustics BehindWhen art museums first became a thing, in the 19th century, they were the aristocracy's idea of intellectual charity: A chance for the hoi polloi to catch a thin whiff of true civilization. They... couldn't have imagined a fine art museum spending $2 million on a show about a pop star who grew up in a completely average London suburb--and if they had, they would have hated it.
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First Zero-G 3D Printer Is OnMade in Space is bringing 3D printing into the final frontier.
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We're running out of ways to say "Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are in a digital video arms race." So we'll just say that one last time and move on. Just last week, Netflix announced a new show from... comedy kingmaker Judd Apatow, And now this week, Hulu has struck a deal with Stephen King and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions. Based on King's 2011 novel 11/22/63, the nine-hour series revolves around a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Dead Like Me) will adapt the novel for television. No casting and no production date has been announced. Hulu has been pushing original content for some time -- especially its imported shows from...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Anchor Bay's "Spartacus: The Complete Series" offers an exciting, occasionally comical look at Roman history, sort of.
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Don't be a baby: your iPhone 6Your iPhone 6 Plus is massive. You should have realized that before you ordered it without touching it because you were so hyped up about the release that you couldn't handle not taking the... opportunity. Let's talk about your first big mistake. You didn't check out the cases section of the store. Have a peek at our [iPhone 6 and …
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The 1930s Refrigerator-RadioBy the late 1930s the vast majority of American households had a radio. So how were radio manufacturers supposed to expand their market? By insisting that the ideal American home has a radio in every... room . Sometimes that meant putting radios in the latest appliances -- like right inside every American's favorite new gadget, the mechanical refrigerator.
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Be My Friend: The StaggeringAfter her six year-old flip phone had lost keys and was literally falling apart, my parsimonious and independent 20-something daughter finally agreed to let me get her a new one. It seemed to be... taking forever to transfer the data from her old phone to her new one. Finally, she asked the Verizon salesman what was going on. "Well," he said, "It does take some time to transfer all of your 623 contacts." 623 contacts! Really? My daughter was nonplussed. "That has to be wrong, "she said. But later she checked. There were 623 contacts. Then it was my turn to be nonplussed. I only have 62. It may be that the number of contacts on my daughter's phone is quite average, but there's an awful lot of variability. A survey in 2011 by the Pew Research Internet Project found that "the average cell phone...
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[From EntertainmentTell] With the focus on his entire life, not just his time walking the lunar surface, TNT is preparing a mini-series based on the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong
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Trendon T. Shavers pocketed more than $101 million after convincing Bitcoin owners to invest in his phony firm.
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[From EntertainmentTell] A Hulu adaptation on the way for Stephen King's historical novel "11/22/63"
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Bold Machines, a new workshop in Brooklyn headed by MakerBot founder Bre Pettis and owned by Stratasys, is an entrepreneurial garage which plans to give gives architects, designers, and artists... access…
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Geek Out With the Best Sci-Fi Gadgets

NBC News - 22 Sep 2014 20:36
Geek Out With the Best Sci-FiResistance is futile. Set your wallet to "spend" with these geeky gadgets.
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Watch 14 iPhones and iPads doThe Ukrainie-based indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes have created a clever music video that uses iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and even an iPod nano to tell a fascinating animated love story. The video... for the band’s single, ‘Knock Knock’, uses 14…
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These Frogs Go Bonkers Over An iPhone Video Of Worms

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 20:33
These Frogs Go Bonkers Over AnWe all spend a fair amount of time staring at our smartphone screens, but these frogs might have us beat. In the video above, a small army of frogs-turned-couch-potatoes watch enrapt as a video of... worms plays on the screen of an iPhone placed in the dirt. A few of the frogs even take a leap at the phone, in hopes the worms could be dinner. It's clear these little amphibians are true smartphone fanboys. And hey, who could blame them?
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MIT Hackathon creates bestMove over, clumsy, inconvenient breast pumps! The results of MIT's Hackathon to improve breast pump design are in and a promising new hands-free pump named Mighty Mom has been created.
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Tim Cook: Apple's New CampusWe already know Apple's new "Spaceship" campus looks cool . And if Tim Cook's claims are true, it's going to be cool and the most incredibly eco-friendly building on the planet.
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MakerBot's Bre Pettis Launches After a slightly surprising move away from a managerial role at MakerBot, former CEO Bre Pettis has finally announced what he’s working on: Bold Machines, an “Innovation Workshop” for MakerBot... parent company Stratasys. Designed to be a creative skunkworks for the 3D printing company, Bold Machines will design cool 3D prints, work with artists and inventors, and even make movies.
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An insanely simple trick forNeed to charge up your iPhone 6 in a hurry? Don’t sweat it -- there’s an insanely simple trick for doing it that’s so obvious you’ll kick yourself for not thinking of it yourself. We’re... referring, of course, to charging your iPhone 6 with your iPad adapter. RELATED: Is your iPhone getting poor battery life? This great new iOS 8 feature might solve your problems Both MacRumors and iLounge have found that using higher powered adapters like the ones that ship with the iPad will get your iPhone charged much faster than if you use the standard iPhone 6 charger that you get out of the box. While this may seem like common sense, iLounge says that there was some doubt about whether
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New USB Type-C connector andWhen products that use the recently finalized USB Type-C connector and cable start launching in smartphones, tablets and notebooks, they will also be able to support DisplayPort audio and video,... thanks to a newly announced agreement between the USB 3.0 Promoter Group and the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).
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Lumsing's harmonica-shapedBattery packs are a necessary evil in our modern lives. Devices that can't get through a day without a charge surround us, but the thin-and-light profiles we take for granted can’t accommodate... swappable batteries. Add battery-intensive tasks like gaming or…
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Apple's annual iPhone update always brings with it a nice bump in specs, and this year is no different. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at... AnandTech, and the preliminary results show that...
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Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple's command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and... don't require any knowledge of coding -- all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!Recent OS X updates have made our Macs more power-efficient, but it hasn't addressed the biggest power concern on portables: the display. In this article, we'll show you a few tips to get the most out of your battery life by putting the display to sleep when it's not in use. Putting Display to Sleep When Not in Use Ensuring that your display sleeps often when on battery power can help ensure you're conserving the most energy. Fortunately, OS X lets you customize these settings very easily. Simply navigate to...
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Apple Releases OS X YosemiteApple today released a new version of Mail for OS X Yosemite, fixing an issue that could prevent users from composing a message. The update is available to all developers with the Yosemite Developer... Preview installed, as well as public beta testers. The software can be downloaded through the software update function of the Mac App Store. A new public beta version of Yosemite and Yosemite Developer Preview 8 were released last week, on Monday. The software is expected to continue on in its beta testing phase until late October, when it will be released to the public. OS X Yosemite brings several new features to the operating system, including Continuity, which offers unprecedented integration between iOS and OS X. The operating system also includes a complete visual overhaul with a flatter...
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Ikea leads the solarAfter successfully making residential solar panels more accessible to customers in Britain, IKEA is now expanding its solar offering to eight new European countries The post Ikea leads the solar... revolution, adding panel sales to its stores in eight new countries appeared first on Digital Trends.
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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. Check in for new dispatches every Wednesday. The lowly fire hydrant remains an essential lifeline for fire fighters, but there haven't been significant changes to its design in the past few decades. One retired New York City firefighter designed a new hydrant that could last longer and break down less frequently. Tune in Wednesday for the full episode.
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Want to play a significant role in NASA's space exploration efforts without spending years in training? You now have a better chance of making your mark. NASA has launched Solve, a site that makes it... easy to find all the agency's public competitions...
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[From GadgeTell] Following in the steps of animation, claymation and CGI, a new "Innovation Workshop" appears to be shooting to bring 3D printing and the entertainment industry together, among other... things.
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Kickstarter: Creators MustKickstarter's new policies mandate that creators complete their projects, or make their best effort to bring the project to the "best possible conclusion."
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Yahoo After the Alibaba IPOFlush with cash after the Alibaba IPO and boasting one of the largest digital audiences on the Internet, Yahoo is in a spot that most companies would love to find themselves. It is led by one of the... most high-profile chief executives — former Google exec Marissa Mayer — and it is making inroads into the growth areas of mobile and digital video. See also: Marissa Mayer's 2-Year Report Card at Yahoo: C- That rosy outlook, however, is not enough to convince most analysts — and the stock market — that the company is improving. In fact, the opposite appears to be the case. Despite the money and the audience, Yahoo has remained mired in a business that is forecast to steadily decline.
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Disaster Relief to Filmmaking:Mike Senese, executive editor of Make Magazine, gave a presentation at the World Maker Faire this weekend (Sept. 20-21) on ways drones can be used for good.
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15 Moments From iHeartRadioLAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas. Videocameras descended upon Sin City for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which was pre-taped over the weekend for its Sept. 29 and 30... broadcast on The CW. Once televised, the festival will treat viewers with exhilarating performances from radio stalwarts like One Direction, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Usher. See also: Amen! A Christian Rap Album Is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart Among the most memorable moments: Ed Sheeran teamed up with Macklemore on LGBT anthem "Same Love;" Taylor Swift teased her upcoming album with "Shake It Off;" Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea brought rap flavor to the otherwise pop- and rock-heavy event; and Coldplay and Train reminded us why we're Generation Selfie.
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Phablet reviews before andDoes the Apple iPhone 6 have something special? Can it succeed where others have .... well, already succeeded? And more importantly, are tech reviewers being fair when they review the iPhone 6 Plus?... Here's what they said today, and how they reviewed earlier phablets from the competition. The post Phablet reviews before and after iPhone 6 Plus (Everyone got it wrong) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Like Google, DuckDuckGo hasHere's an interesting one: China is blocking DuckDuckGo. the very private search engine, and newly found option in iOS 8, is reportedly being blocked in China. In response to a Twitter question asking... why a device with iOS 8 -- and DuckDuckGo enabled -- wouldn't connect to the search engine, CEO Gabriel Weinberg acknowledged the Chinese stiff-arm. The oddity is …
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Virtual-Reality Headset Is Reinventing Exposure Therapy

Scientific American - 22 Sep 2014 20:15
Virtual-Reality Headset IsResearchers are using the Oculus Rift to test immersion treatments for PTSD and phobias --
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After the Alibaba IPO, IsCan Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer make it rain? Or will she get soaked?
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Crusader, Sans Cape

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 20:12
Superheroes: beacons of hope, of inspiration, and of cold, hard cash. Having reliably raked it in for movie studios for years now, brand-name superheroes are being drafted by television networks who... are looking for the audiences and the advertisers that come along with boldface names in tights. Last year, ABC trotted out Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, an Avengers spin-off both dull and craven. (People with more patience than me say it got better as the season went on.) And, Monday night, Fox premieres Gotham, a sort of Batman prequel, which has the dubious distinction of being the new series that most completely exceeded my expectations of it.
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HughPickens.com writes Ezekiel J. Emanuel, director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the US National Institutes of Health, writes at The Atlantic that there is a simple truth that many of us... seem to resist: living too long renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. "It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic." Emanuel says that he is isn't asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening his life but is talking about the kind and amount of health care he will consent...
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IBM opens cloud resiliency center in N.C.

SC Magazine - 22 Sep 2014 20:11
The center will help enterprises avoid costly disruptions caused by cyber incidents and natural disaster.
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IPhone's Big Opening WeekendiPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales set record, exceed expectations.
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It looks like GTA 5 for PC,The upcoming remake of Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One might feature a first person gameplay mode, according to a quickly-removed page on Rockstar's website. The post It looks... like GTA 5 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One has a first-person mode appeared first on Digital Trends.
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5 of the Greatest iOS 8 Features

OS X Daily - 22 Sep 2014 20:07
iOS 8 is a fantastic update for most iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users with tons of excellent additions, feature enhancements, and great changes. Sure, some users are resistant to change and there... may be some annoyances, but for the most part iOS 8 adds so many positives that it’s hard to imagine going backwards. ...
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Apple releases Mail app updateApple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple... says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update […]
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Good news: You can still rollApple released iOS 8 last week, and while the operating system brings several interesting features to iPhone and iPad, some users may simply not be thrilled by the new OS, especially those iPhone 4S... and iPad 2 owners that might not enjoy iOS 8 on their older devices. Luckily, OS X Daily reports that, for a limited time, people will be able to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2, the version that was previously installed on their devices. FROM EARLIER: Don't install iOS 8 on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 yet Because iOS 8 has just been released, Apple still supports the last iOS 7 version before it, in this case iOS 7.1.2. This means any iOS device users who want
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Yup, a Star Wars Theme Park is really in our future. We'll all learn more about it in 2015, but here are some rides we think are a must in a Star Wars Theme Park.
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On September 22nd, 1994 at 8:30PM, Friends premiered on NBC.You could celebrate by binge-watching all 236 episodes -- that's about four days' worth of shenanigans in all -- starting with "The One... Where Monica Gets a New Roommate" (Rachel, wedding dress, Central Perk). Alternatively, you can watch this Windows 95 instructional video starring Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Matthew Perry (Chandler). The whole thing clocks in at just under an hour, but the only part you need to watch is the first section, "Cyber Sitcom." We'll let the narrator describe it: "In section one, you'll get more than a few laughs as we present the world's first Cyber Sitcom starring two of television's hottest comedy personalities, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew...
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Cosmic dust proves prevalent

Symmetry Magazine - 22 Sep 2014 20:03
Space dust accounts for at least some of the possible signal of cosmic inflation the BICEP2 experiment announced in March. How much remains to be seen. Space is full of dust, according to a new... analysis from the European Space Agency’s Planck experiment. That includes the area of space studied by the BICEP2 experiment, which in March announced seeing a faint pattern left over from the big bang that could tell us about the first moments after the birth of the universe. The Planck analysis, which started before March, was not meant as a direct check of the BICEP2 result. It does, however, reveal that the level of dust in the area BICEP2 scientists studied is both significant and higher than they thought. “There is still a wide range of possibilities left open,” writes astronomer Jan...
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Haven't picked up a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus yet? Apple has posted these to help you see if there are even any in your neighbourhood. Canada iPhone 6 Availabilty page USA iPhone 6 Availabilty page For... the USA page, you'll have to make your choice of iPhone and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the link for "Available for pickup: Check availability". If you know of similar links for other countries, please post them in the comments section. Thanks to Sly Marton for the Canada link and Brian Monroe for the USA link.
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[From GamerTell] It may be silly, but Secret of the Magic Crystal is definitely the right game for people who always wanted a unicorn.
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Walking towards its edge would be an unearthly experience---you could be wrapped up in the Bay Area fog, or simply find yourself standing above the horizon. The post A Monumental Lookout Point That... Could Transform an SF Landmark appeared first on WIRED.
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Piezoelectric chin deviceTwo researchers share the wish for more autonomy for mobile technologies, greater convenience for consumers contemplating electronic wearables, and better solutions for avoiding the environmental... effects of cast-off batteries. A quest for human-powered electronics may be worth contemplating; in this context their piezoelectric chin-strap to harvest energy from chewing is drawing interest. Kinetic energy (limb motion), strain energy (muscle force), and thermal energy (body heat) are three forms of energy that can be harvested from the human body, said the two in their report, "Flexible piezoelectric energy harvesting from jaw movements," which appears in Smart Materials and Structures. Their paper details the energy conversions and transformations that occur while the device is in...
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Leaning Out Over Norway's MostChris Brinlee Jr recounts his travels to Norway, including how he captured such an amazing shot of its breathtaking cliff "Trolltunga."
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Android/Chrome: Spots for Chrome is a customizable new tab page, SMS synchronizer, and Android Launcher all in one.
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Three days with the iPhone 6 Plus

TUAW - 22 Sep 2014 20:00
I've now had enough time with the iPhone 6 Plus to really get a feel for the device, so I thought I'd follow up Friday's "quick look" with a more detailed look at what's to like or dislike about the... big new iPhone. Battery Life The folks at iFixit...
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Apple breaks record, sells 10Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models over the weekend, breaking a company record.
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Was Aristotle the inventor of science?

New Scientist - 22 Sep 2014 20:00
The ancient Greek philosopher deserves our homage, and Armand Marie Leroi delivers it in his edifying and excellent book, The Lagoon
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Is There Life After Facebook?

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 19:59
Is There Life After Facebook?Be it ever so humble, there's no place like Facebook. The site is a major component of the digital connective tissue that holds a growing percentage of the world together. It is a mainstay of the... mainstream, a placeholder for our lives when the real world becomes too much of a distraction. While you're waiting for a train, for the waitress to bring your dinner order, or for your daughter to finish soccer practice, there's always good ol' Facebook to get you through the idle moments. A departure from Facebook is not an earth-shattering event, although those leaving it feel that somehow they have to diminish the blow in advance. I am noticing more and more people notifying their networks that they have had it with the site, declaring their independence from its attention-sucking tentacles....
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Up Close With The Biggest The Italian creator of the Udoo Raspberry Pi board, Michelangelo Guarise, was at the Maker Faire in New York this weekend with a special treat: something that appears to be one of the biggest... working joysticks in the world. Built by the Udoo team, the massive stick and two Frisbee buttons allowed children of all ages to play emulated games on a little LCD screen connected to Guarise’s…
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Infor's suite of high-end cloud financial software products include a new user interface, in-memory database technology and more. CloudSuite signals a major shift in the application space. Will CIOs... bite?
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After a Year-Long Wait,PlayStation TV, the pocket-sized Sony set-top box that brings older and handheld games to the television, will be released in stores in the United States on Oct. 14. The PlayStation TV plays handheld... games from the PlayStation Vita, either from the cartridge or download, as well as older games from the PlayStation 1 and PlayStation Portable handheld. It also works with streaming services like PlayStation Now to stream PlayStation 3 games. See also: PlayStation Now First Look: Smooth Gaming Without the Console The PlayStation TV can also serve as way to remotely play games from a PlayStation 4 on a different television, similar to how the PlayStation Vita currently works. The set-top box was originally announced and released in Japan in 2013, and Sony announced at E3 that it would come...
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PlayStation TV release set for USA, Canada

Slash Gear - 22 Sep 2014 19:57
PlayStation TV release set forIt's time to put your cash where the cash-register is, Don Reisinger, the PlayStation TV is coming to the USA at last. What was once known in Japan as the PlayStation Vita TV is now known as the... PlayStation TV in the USA and Canada, headed for a formal release on October 14th. Nearly 700 games will be available for …
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Tim Cook says new AppleAs we shared this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook today participated in the Climate Week NYC environment-focused conference to speak on behalf of Apple and the company’s efforts on preserving the... planet. During his interview, Cook stated that Apple’s new headquarters will be what he thinks is the greenest building on the planet: “We’re building […]
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha coming toSamsung's Galaxy Alpha, the latest in the company's never-ending avalanche of devices, is coming exclusively to AT&T this Friday. The carrier announced Monday that you can order the smartphone online... or head into one of the AT&T retail stores to pick one up. The Galaxy Alpha sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 1280x720 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 32GB of storage. The back camera is 12MP, with a front-facing 2.1MP selfie cam. The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and includes the usual suite of Samsung software, such as S Health.
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If you're in any way familiar with the history of energy, then the name Rockefeller is synonymous with oil. That's why it's such a surprise to learn that the Rockefeller Brothers fund, worth $860... million, has pledged to dump its remaining investments...
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Will Google Drop Big Money OnFrom teen fashion gurus to tipsy chefs, bedroom video blogs may be coming to an end for some of YouTube's biggest stars. The Google-owned video site announced it'll soon start paying the production... bills for new content.  "We've decided to fund new content from some of our top creators, helping them not only fulfill their creative ambitions but also deliver new material to their millions of fans on YouTube," Alex Carlos, YouTube's head of original content, said last week.  See also: YouTube Is Chasing Hollywood--But It Should Worry About Its Homegrown Stars YouTube clearly has a lot of confidence in its homegrown stars, which is smart, considering the millions of impressionable, fanatic teen loyalists who support their favorite vlogger's every move. Where the YouTube celebs go, their...
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How Can Employers andThis question originally appeared on Quora.What are some tips for efficient one-on-one meetings with employees? What is the best way to give both positive and negative feedback?Answer by Ian... McAllister, general manager at Amazon. Below are a few ways to make one-on-one meetings productive: Don't cancel them. The easiest way to communicate to an employee that they're not important is to cancel their one-on-one, no matter the reason. If a conflict comes up, try to reschedule the one-on-one at another time on the same day, and apologize for doing soCanceling a one-on-one is worse than never scheduling one at all. Let your employees drive (to start). Don't start a one-on-one by piling more work on employees. Encourage them to drive the agenda and bring a list of things they'd like your advice...
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Platform Sandals Revealed onArchaeologists have revealed the feet and platform sandals on a pair of wavy-haired female statues standing guard at the entrance of a huge ancient tomb in Greece.
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iOS 8 Hit By WiFi And BatteryReports are spreading of WiFi and battery life problems for iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad mini owners. Apple is yet to respond.
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Where's the app for an earthquake warning?

Phys.org - 22 Sep 2014 19:50
Among the many things the Bay Area learned from the recent shaker near Napa is that the University of California, Berkeley's earthquake warning system does indeed work for the handful of people who... receive its messages, but most folks find out about a tremor only after it knocks them out of bed.
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How To Make a 1000x MicroscopeIn the aftermath of our annual ritual for receiving the newest and shiniest iPhones, let's not forget that even our slightly outdated phones are pretty nifty devices. With a cheap glass bead, a... 3D-printed clip, and the camera of an old phone, scientists have made a powerful microscope with up to 1000x magnification. And better yet, they've shared the instructions--all two steps of it.
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Powerful Portraits CaptureAbidjan-based photographer Joana Choumali recently captured and put together an incredibly powerful portrait series titled Hââbré, The Last Generation. The hard-hitting collection of images shows... some of the final faces of scarification, the ancient practice of cutting the flesh to form permanent markings. The practice of Hââbré, which translates to "writing," has died down in […]
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Making Sense of Mobile WhenHow the staff of Re/code prepares the lineup for Code/Mobile, Oct. 27-28.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TacklingIn one of the company's most detailed discussions of global warming to date, Apple CEO Tim Cook told business executives and political leaders that Apple sees taking action on global warming as a... "core value" at a New York event on Monday. “Apple has a very core value of leaving the world better than we found it," he said at a launch event for Climate Week New York City, sponsored by the nonprofit organization The Climate Group. “There is no one out there that wants the planet to continue to go in the wrong direction.” See also: Tim Cook Narrates Apple Ad on Saving the Planet He said Apple has taken action to address its environmental footprint throughout its supply chain, touting the company's environmental checklists that go along with its new product launches. Of eliminating...
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Even Apple didn't want my iPhone 6 Plus

The Verge - 22 Sep 2014 19:45
I bought a really expensive phone last week. Then I got rid of it. After the big Apple announcement, I internally debated the merits of a mobile phone that would instantly connect me to a lifetime's... worth of entertainment and knowledge, and a slightly larger version of the same thing. I chose the big one. Like so many bad decisions, I made this one at 3AM in my underpants. On Friday evening, the colossus arrived. Removed from its slim, minimalistic cardboard home, the iPhone 6 Plus's size intimidated me. I couldn't decide how to hold the thing, so I cradled its bottom in my right hand and its top in my left, like a vulnerable cranium. "This is huge!" said my wife, snatching the phone. She held the slab to her cheek, as if to make a...
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Super Schnozzle: Dinosaur withThe plant-eating dinosaur, which sported some of the largest nasal passages of any dinosaur, may have been killed by a giant crocodile 75 million years ago. The croc attack would have led to the quick... death and burial of the beast.
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Cheaper Streaming Boxes,Staples is coming strong with the home theater deals today. The Fire TV deal in particular is the best price we've ever seen.
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Roberto Orci leaves PowerThe director of the next Star Trek movie, Roberto Orci, has exited his role as producer on the upcoming, big-screen reboot of the Power Rangers franchise. The post Roberto Orci leaves Power Rangers... movie due to Star Trek 3 commitments appeared first on Digital Trends.
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iPhone 6 Plus has best LCDThe display rating experts at DisplayMate got intimately acquainted with Apple’s bigger than big display over the weekend, and after thorough testing, the LCD experts pronounced Apple’s 5.5-inch... display the best performing LCD display they’ve ever tested on a smartphone.…
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[From EntertainmentTell] matthew It seems all wrong: The "all right all right all right" guy, perfectly chiseled, Oscar-winning, and recently Emmy-robbed Matthew McConaughey will not appear in the... Magic Mike sequel Magic Mike XXL. The film's new director Greg Jacobs confirmed McConaughey would not be involved in an interview with Indiewire.
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The FCC Hasn't Decided How It This morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicated in a blog post that it is “reviewing” a number of legal methods concerning how to enforce new net neutrality rules. The... implication is plain: No choice has been made. The FCC claims that it is “looking ahead” to more round tables that could help shed light on which method is best. The agency noted…
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For the past few years, Sony's RX100 has been the go-to device if you want a pocketable compact camera with a zoom lens - that also offers a massive step up from your smartphone. But now the... Cyber-shot RX100 III looks like it has some competition in the shape of the recently-announced Canon Powershot G7 X. Gizmag compares the specs and features of the would-be pocketable compact champions...
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Sunset Overdrive live actionThis morning the folks behind Sunset Overdrive have let it be known that they really can't create a live-action trailer for their game. It's be too crazy. It'd get too nasty. Instead, they've opted to... make an effort to parody a behind-the-scenes sort of situation with bright colors and goop. This game is about a future in which an energy …
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iPhone 6 Plus display calledDisplayMate has put the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus through its usual rigorous display quality tests today, giving us a look at how the displays have improved and the differences between the two models.... The iPhone 6 Plus gets particularly high praise in the report with DisplayMate calling it "the Best performing Smartphone LCD" […]
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In a rare public appearance, Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about why Apple cares about fighting climate change and embracing sustainability.
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Goat Simulator Is A Gloriously While the free section of Apple’s App Store can sometimes make it seem like we’re living in an Idiocracy, some weird stuff occasionally finds a way to take off on the paid charts as well. The... latest such oddity is Goat Simulator, a game that gives you a small town to wreak havoc in as the titular farm animal.
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New video shows your iPhone 6You shouldn’t try to charge your iPhone 6 in a microwave but that doesn’t mean the device can’t take a beating. According to durability tests conducted by consumer electronics protection firm... SquareTrade, the iPhone 6 might be the most durable smartphone on the market today. RELATED: Try not to cringe at these brutal iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus drop test videos Overall, SquareTrade conducts durability tests on several factors including “front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, friction quotient, water resistance and grip-ability” to determine how well a device can hold up after succumbing to assorted everyday accidents. In the video posted below, you can see that SquareTrade put the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
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[GadgeTell] 15 cool gadget cases you NEED to own

Technology Tell - 22 Sep 2014 19:39
[From GadgeTell] Want to spruce up your laptop, tablet or smartphone? Check out these awesome gadget cases. Only on TechnologyTell.
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7 Amazing Google Science Fair Projects

Scientific American - 22 Sep 2014 19:37
7 Amazing Google Science FairTonight, Google will announce the winners of its fourth annual Google Science Fair, which Scientific American co-sponsors. Watch the awards ceremony here live. --
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7 Amazing Google Science Fair Projects

Scientific American - 22 Sep 2014 19:37
7 Amazing Google Science FairTonight, Google will announce the winners of its fourth annual Google Science Fair, which Scientific American co-sponsors. Watch the awards ceremony here live. --
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The mobile operating system, Android L, is expected to be released later this year.
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Subprime Loans Are Back!

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 19:37
Five years after the worst of the financial crisis, subprime loans are creeping back, this time primarily in the form of auto loans. As U.S. auto sales have surged, credit standards have moved lower,... with more than a quarter of all auto financing now classified as subprime. That amounted to more than $100 billion last year and has continued through the first eight months of 2014.
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In a time where everything you see on TV and in the movies could easily be faked with computer graphics, it's nice when someone goes the extra mile to create something special using old-school... techniques. For its new single Knock Knock, the band Brunettes Shoot Blondes created an animation that jumps across 14 different devices, and filmed the accompanying perfectly-synced performance in real time.
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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-22

The Mac Observer - 22 Sep 2014 19:35
TMO Daily Observations:iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales hit record numbers for Apple over the weekend. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the iPhone 6 launch, share some of their first... impressions on Apple's latest iPhone models, look at some of their favorite features, and talk about the fix to get AT&T's MicroCell to see your new iPhone.
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iOS 8 is showing higher levels of instability compared to iOS 7, with older devices being more susceptible to crashes than the new iPhone 6.
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SpaceX founder Musk says company to spend $100M on rocket launch site at South Texas beach
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'Touch' Sensor Developed For Robots | Video

Live Science - 22 Sep 2014 19:33
'Touch' Sensor Developed ForAn MIT developed sensor called GelSight was integrated into a robotic arm. This sensor has successfully been used to grab a USB cable and plugged it into a USB port.
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Huawei sees an opportunity in the industrial internet of things, so its buying a U.K. company specializing is sensor and meter networking for a reported $25 million.
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The Moment of Truth: GlennGlenn Greenwald arrived in New Zealand a little over a week before the country’s general election, armed with damning claims (courtesy of Edward Snowden) that NZ Prime Minister John Key had —... despite assurances to the contrary — authorized mass surveillance to be conducted on New Zealanders. When Greenwald landed, Key was looking a safe-ish, if slightly wobbly bet for re-election. A recent tell all book from NZ investigative journalist […]
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While many people may love the "recent contacts" feature in the iOS 8 app switching jump screen, I personally don't. Showing a bunch of names and faces each time I want to move from app-to-app isn't... my cup of tea as I find it visually...
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For the first time, Forbes is bringing together 1,000+ members of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list with some of the globe’s top leaders and mentors to create partnerships that will change the world... over the next 50 years. The Under 30 Summit will take place in Philadelphia from Oct. 19 – 22.
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Chrome for iOS updated, adds extensions

Slash Gear - 22 Sep 2014 19:29
Chrome for iOS updated, addsAs iOS 8 finds its way to more devices, Developers will start to update their apps. Though Safari is the default browser for Appel products, many insist on downloading Chrome to take its place. Those... fancy extensions Apple bragged up for iOS 8 and Safari are now available on Chrome, via an update. Extensions are your way to share articles …
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"That's Called Jim Crow"

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 19:29
Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this fourth installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a... former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.
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Zothecula writes The internet has become a critical means of communication during humanitarian crises and a crucial everyday tool for people around the world. Now, a Portuguese company wants to make... sure everyone has access to it. Quarkson plans to use SkyOrbiter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to transmit internet access "to every corner of the world."
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Apple engineers apparentlyThe Apple Watch is only shipping early next year, after being announced earlier this month, and Apple engineers are reportedly already sporting the wearable in the wild. According to reports on... Twitter, Apple engineers have been spotted with the sport model at their usual bus stops en route to work: Saw a few Apple employees wearing […]
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New $15M Global XPrize Focuses XPRIZE, a nonprofit that runs competitions to stimulate technologists toward building products that improve humankind, is dipping its toes into basic education. They’re launching a $15 million... educational tech challenge that is looking for a free, open-source and scalable software solution that will enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. There are…
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Sony will be releasing its PlayStation TV here in the US and in Canada on October 14th. What's more, as it looks to get people amped up for it, the company also let it be known that the mini console... is set to have nearly 700 playable games from day...
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Samsung's metal phone comes out on September 26 for $199.99 with contract.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Were you wondering why "The Interview" was going to be rated R? Now you know.
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Apple's new iPhone 6 modelsApple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were not only praised for their best-in-class LCD screens, but also for their fast processors and superior durability. Doing the praising were DisplayMate,... Anandtech, and Squaretrade. The post Apple’s new iPhone 6 models praised for best LCD screen, fast processor, and durability appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Video Reveals The Dark Side Of Long iPhone Lines

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 19:24
New Video Reveals The DarkFor some, the annual pilgrimage to an Apple store to buy a glossy new iPhone is purely for the spectacle. Die-hard fans spend hours outside to be a part of the fanfare and become the first to get... their hands on latest device. But a disturbing new video documents why so many are willing to wait in line: They're reselling the phones for cash. In a six-minute short film, filmmaker Casey Neistat highlights the black market for phones at New York City's Apple stores. Here's how the process works. With the aid of a Mandarin translator, Neistat interviewed elderly Chinese men and women who all said they were buying phones for themselves or loved ones. Some of them weren't. Instead, they'd later be seen hawking the phones on the streets. The iPhone line looked nothing like the joyous atmosphere...
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Today is Earth's equinox andRight now, the Earth is at its equinox. Today, the duration of the day and the night all around the world would be the same because the sunlight is hitting the Earth at the perfect angle to align its... shade with Earth's spin axis. You can see it in this video, captured by the Russian satellite Elektro-L.
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Launcher Adds Shortcuts To A new iOS application called Launcher is taking advantage of iOS 8’s expanded feature set in a unique way. With the updated version of Apple’s mobile operating system, developers can now create... interactive widgets that sit in iOS 8’s Notifications Center. But currently, most apps that have rolled out widget support are offering support for their own applications alone.
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Has Apple Abandoned Egalitarianism?

The Atlantic - 22 Sep 2014 19:22
Has Apple AbandonedThe company has always marketed to the middle class. Does its new gold watch represent a foray into the luxury sector?
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MESSENGER Completes SecondA little over a week before NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft fired its rockets to successfully enter orbit around Mars, MESSENGER performed a little burn of its own - the second of four orbit correction... maneuvers (OCMs) that will allow it to remain in orbit around Mercury until next March. Although it is closing in on the end […]
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PlayStation TV launch set forPlayStation TV, Sony's answer to media streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV and Roku, will have nearly 700 games available to stream at its impending launch on October 14. The post PlayStation TV... launch set for October 2014 with 700 games in tow appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Radiohead has been largely dormant since releasing The King of Limbs in 2011, but signs are starting to gather that the band will be back in action soon. A few weeks ago, Radiohead's app for iOS and... Android was updated with some new music -- and now Consequence of Sound has noticed that frontman Thom Yorke today tweeted a link to his Tumblr, showing off an image of a plain white piece of vinyl playing.
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Oculus VR Unveils NewIt's lighter, features built-in "3-D" audio and includes 360-degree motion tracking to make it easier for users to move around.
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'Star Of David' Molecule Created After Decades Of Effort

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 19:18
'Star Of David' MoleculeAfter more than 25 years of effort, scientists say they've finally succeeded at synthesizing a so-called "Star of David" molecule. The complex molecule--created at the University of Manchester in... England--is made up of two molecular triangles that were coaxed to join up via a "self-assembly" process familiar to students of biology, according to a written statement released by the university. The feat--achieved by Ph.D. student Alex Stephens--was the result of a change of strategy. Story continues below. "Previously, chemists had tried to cyclize linear arrays of twisted molecules to try and make Star of David molecules," Prof. David A. Leigh, chairman of chemistry at the university, told The Huffington Post in an email. "We used a process called 'self-assembly,' which is like the way...
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Weekend iPhone sales top 10 million

USA Today - 22 Sep 2014 19:18
Weekend iPhone sales top 10Apple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus set new sales records.          
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Request for proposals forThe Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Education seeks proposals for faculty-led projects to enhance the educational experience of MIT undergraduates.
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Can the Germans improve theThe Chevrolet Corvette Stingray gets a supercharger and carbon-fiber body kit courtesy of Geiger Cars, but those upgrades seem tame compared to what's in store for the upcoming Z06. The post Can the... Germans improve the Stingray? Tuner Geiger Car gives it a supercharged shot appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google nixes G+ requirement for Gmail accounts

Ars Technica - 22 Sep 2014 19:15
A forced marriage between Google's mail and social networks finally dissolved.
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8 big problems with iOS 8

BGR - 22 Sep 2014 19:15
8 big problems with iOS 8Following reports of adoption that has been slower than iOS 7 last year or even iOS 6 in 2012, Apple failed to mention any iOS 8 download numbers when announcing rec0rd-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6... Plus sales on Monday morning. The omission was a bit odd considering Apple announced first-week iOS 7 download figures in 2013, and it suggests the adoption rate indeed hasn’t been terribly impressive thus far. Why are people waiting? Is it a lack of exciting new features? After all, iOS 7 was a huge deal because it featured a completely revamped user interface. Of course, it could also be that people who have updated to iOS 8 have sometimes had some pretty substantial complaints, and they’re advising
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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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Al Gore wants to engageFormer VP to launch campaign that spurs young people to demand action from leaders.          
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The name "Rockefeller" is basically synonymous with capitalism and oil, ever since family patron John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil in 1870 and went on to become the first billionaire in... American history. Now the heirs of that sizable fortunate are doing a 180: the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a philanthropic organization with investments worth $860 million, announced plans today to divest the from the majority its holdings in fossil fuels over the coming years. The fund will begin by reducing its investments in two major polluting energy sources -- coal and tar sands -- to less than one percent of its entire portfolio by the end of this year, then sell-off any remaining fossil fuel investments "as quickly as is prudent" over the...
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Suspected Deadly Bear AttackA 22-year-old man was killed by a black bear in New Jersey's Apshawa Preserve on Sunday, according to police. Police said evidence at the scene indicated Darsh Patel had been attacked by a bear, and a... bear at the scene was euthanized by authorities. The 576-acre preserve is usually used for hiking and bird watching. See also: Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck Patel and four friends were hiking Sunday afternoon when a black bear began to follow them, according to police. The group dispersed, running in different directions, to get away from the bear. When the group could not locate Patel afterward, they called police. Authorities searched for two hours, and located his body at about 6 p.m. ET.
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Sony's $99 TV Box Launches October 14

Re/code - 22 Sep 2014 19:13
Sony's $99 TV Box LaunchesPlayStation TV, the $99 media box that debuted in Japan as the Vita TV, will hit shelves in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 14, Sony said today. For an extra $40, buyers will get a PlayStation 3... controller, the Lego Movie Videogame and an eight gigabyte memory card. The company says hundreds of games […]
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Tech Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres today at Climate Week NYC to discuss Apple’s concerns when it comes to climate... change, and what the company is doing to address the situation. Cook summed up his company’s efforts by saying that Apple needs to be “one of the pebbles in the pond that creates…
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Fujifilm X100T (beta) real-world samples

DP Review - 22 Sep 2014 19:11
Fujifilm's new X100T is the latest evolution of its popular X-series of enthusiast compacts. Introduced with this model is an updated Hybrid Viewfinder that includes a new electronic rangefinder... feature and automatic brightness controls. The X100T carries over the 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor seen in its predecessor as well as a fixed 23mm (35mm equiv) F2 lens. We've had access to a pre-production model for a few days - just time to prepare a small gallery of samples.
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Code/red: BlackBerry'sPlus, Alibaba slips below $90 and Rand Paul's search for SV brains.
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Thousands of Climate ActivistsOne day after a huge climate march in New York City, activists gathered on Wall Street Monday to protest what they say is corporate and economic institutions' role in the climate crisis. The... protesters, many dressed in blue, scheduled a rally in Battery Park before marching to the financial district in Lower Manhattan, according to organizers of the protest, #FloodWallStreet. Watch it live: Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Organizers said in a press release that the sit-in aimed to disrupt business in the financial district by targeting "corporate polluters and those profiting from the fossil fuel industry."
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Search engine DuckDuckGoThe privacy-focused website is no longer available to users in mainland China, though its CEO isn't exactly sure why.
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[From EntertainmentTell] After taking on Wall Street with 'Margin Call' and shipwrecking Robert Redford at sea, J.C. Chandor is traveling to NYC circa 1981, 'The Most Violent Year'
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Bombay's Crazy New DistilleryThis is a new glass house on the grounds of the new Bombay Sapphire complex in Hampshire, England, opening this week. The Thomas Heatherwick designed-building almost looks like one of the company's... iconic blue bottles of booze. Gin and tonic, anyone?
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Don't try this at home: How toThe iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the thinnest iPhones Apple’s ever made, but all that design perfection is slightly tainted by the protruding camera that makes it annoying to use the smartphone on a flat... surface. Slapping on a…
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How Do Alibaba's IPO andThis article also appears in the South China Morning Post China's e-commerce leader, Alibaba, celebrated its landmark U.S. $21.8 billion listing in New York on Friday -- the largest IPO in American... history -- on the same day that British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was hit by a record fine of U.S. $500 million imposed by the central government in Beijing. The two stories -- one happy and the other unfortunate -- are perfect examples to showcase the rise of China on both the economic and political fronts on the world stage. Alibaba puts China on par with the United States in the rapidly increasing global competition for technological innovation and economic transformation. The GSK case reminds me of a popular book "China Can Say No," first published in China in 1996 and...
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[From EntertainmentTell] A comedy is being proposed that's set in the Olympic Village
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EFF Tor Challenge yields more than 1600 relays

SC Magazine - 22 Sep 2014 19:04
The privacy group said the response to the Challenge exceeded its projections threefold.
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Canon Working On New CompactIt took a minute, but it seems Canon has finally started to take Sony and Panasonic’s compact camera game seriously. The G7 X — basically a cheaper Sony RX100 Mark III with better zoom but no EVF... — proved this already, and more evidence is piling up thanks to a Canon Hong Kong press release […]
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Review: iPhone 6 cameras liveBut do you need the 6 Plus for extra camera features? No, says Jefferson Graham.          
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New Reversible USB Type-CThe Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced a DisplayPort Alternate Mode for the upcoming USB Type-C connector standard, which will let USB-Type C connectors and cables deliver... DisplayPort signals. As noted by AnandTech, DisplayPort technology built into USB Type-C has the potential to connect monitors, cables, docking stations, and more. With the ability to support displays and carry video data via USB, USB Type-C could potentially serve as the next Thunderbolt connector, powering 4K and higher resolution displays. The DisplayPort Alt Mode repurposes some or all of the four existing SuperSpeed USB lanes to deliver full DisplayPort performance, and uses other signaling available in the USB Type-C connector for DisplayPort's AUX channel and HPD (Hot Plug Detection)...
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[From GamerTell] Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines may be older, but it's aged quite well.
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Toshiba Encore 2 review

Pocket-lint - 22 Sep 2014 19:00
Toshiba Encore 2 reviewUpon switching on the Toshiba Encore 2 tablet, the company's "Leading Innovation" brand strategy slogan pops onto the screen. But does the second-generation tablet truly innovate within the entire... market, or does it merely represent progress within Toshiba's...
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How to Use a Fake Name onFacebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if... you need to.
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Chrome for iOS Adds Supports for Extensions

Life Hacker - 22 Sep 2014 19:00
Chrome for iOS Adds SupportsiOS: Chrome for iOS has been updated with full iOS 8 support, including the ability to use third-party extensions in the browser. This means you can integrate apps like Pocket, Lastpass, and Evenote... right into Google Chrome.
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When the Dealership StealsYou bought a car and a couple days later the dealership comes by in the middle of the night and steals it back from you. Surprised? It happens all the time.
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How to Use a Fake Name onFacebook has always had a policy of requiring users to supply their real name on the site. Enforcement has been lax, but there's still a risk of getting caught. Here's how to fly under the radar if... you need to.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] We love our iPhones because they're capable of doing so much, even in such a small and portable package. But with the right... accessories, you can equip your iPhone to be even better. We have three fantastic iPhone accessories that will have you even more addicted to your device and they're all on sale now in our Deals tab. Plug in with the Wireless Feather Buds and get amazing sound in a tiny package. These earbuds come cased in a noise-canceling shell so you'll only hear what you want. Bluetooth connectivity gives you 30 feet of range to move without interrupting transmission. You can get these headphones for just $28.99. The new camera on the iPhone 6 is more impressive than ever, but it's hard to replace a DSLR with the...
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The iPhone 6 Plus is an enormous phone, and this screenshot posted on Twitter by Brian Henderson puts Apple's 'bigger than bigger' tagline into perspective. "Screenshot from the original iPhone... compared to a screenshot from an iPhone 6 Plus. Crazy"...
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Google Play soon will listGoogle today dropped word on the developer dashboard that the price-range for in-app purchases on a given app soon will be listed in the app description. The change takes effect Sept. 30. Basically if... an app has in-app purchases or subscription rates, you'll be able to see the ballpark cost first thing and not get blindsided later by, for (extreme) example, a free app that for some reason charges $20 later to do something. (And for parents, this definitely is a good thing.)
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Ellen Degeneres Shows KidsIn today's world of FaceTime and an app for everything, kids are totally clueless about the outdated products their parents grew up using. In a recent episode of "The Ellen Degeneres Show," Ellen... interviewed a few kids to get their thoughts on outdated technology from her younger years -- including one of the first cell phones, a typewriter, and an answering machine. When she asks the kids how long ago they think the now-comically large cell phone was used, one boy answers with certainty, "100 years!" We feel old. (hat tip: Tastefully Offensive) Like Us On Facebook | Follow Us On Twitter | Contact HuffPost Parents
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The first trio of companies looking to test self-driving cars on California's public roads got newly required permits from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles last week. Google nabbed paperwork... for taking a fleet of 25 Lexus SUVs to the streets,...
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iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Capable ofApple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus ship with higher capacity batteries that deliver exceptional battery life, but as pointed out by iLounge and MacRumors forum members, the two new iPhone models can also... charge significantly faster when used with an iPad charging adapter rather than the smaller adapter included with the iPhones. According to preliminary tests using a Kill-A-Watt device and OS X system information, the charging profile for the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus match that of the iPad, allowing them to charge using 2.1A. Unlike earlier iPhone models which would only draw 5W regardless of the charger being used, the new phones are capable of drawing up to 12W, allowing them to charge at a faster rate. Early feedback from owners suggest the larger iPhone 6 Plus can charge fully in approximately...
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Comet's Dust Streams andSince it was awoken from deep space hibernation, the ESA mission has been collecting scientific data on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It has imaged dust streams emanating from the surface and... captured grains with an on-board instrument.
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New Book Spotlights the Google Revolution

NBC News - 22 Sep 2014 18:52
New Book Spotlights the GoogleGoogle's Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg talk about "How Google Works," a new book that provides a look inside the $50 billion global company.
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How Apple Can Surge In ChinaMy iPhone 6 arrived last week. Perhaps yours did, too. But we're increasingly the exceptions, not the rule. The rule? That's Android, and it's becoming clearer every day. No, not in Western markets... like the United States. But as much as we like to think we're the center of the universe, Google just demonstrated that it knows how to compete where volumes are massively high but margins are vanishingly low. With a $105 high-end smartphone launched recently in India, Google just set the standard for what it takes to compete. An Expensive Luxury? Apple's problem, as mobile strategist Curtis Prins points out, is that it's cool with the rich kids, and rich-kid markets are heavily saturated. Google, by contrast, expects to sell two million smartphones in India by the end of 2014 at price points...
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AT&T And Chernin To Buy YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen will sell a controlling stake in the company to AT&T and the Chernin Group’s joint web video venture, Otter Media. The Chernin group, Comcast and WPP made a... $30 million investment in a Series A round in Fullscreen over a year ago. This new deal will likely value Fullscreen at around $200-$300 million, according to ReCode, which first reported…
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iOS 8 adoption hits 30% afterWhile iOS 8 adoption was lagging behind last year's release at just 15% before the official launch of the new iPhones on Friday, it's now hovering at approximately 30% after record first weekend sales... for the new iPhones. That stat, which comes from research and analytics firms Fiksu, Mixpanel, Appsee, & Chitika is below the […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] "The Maze Runner" is your new box office champ.
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Here are the coolest videosApple definitely added some cool new tricks to its smartphone cameras’ arsenals with the release of the iOS 8, including the ability to shoot videos in Time-lapse mode, the ability to shoot videos... in slow motion at 240 frames per second and the ability to shoot videos in regular time at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. RELATED: Terrific video walks us through every great new iOS 8 camera feature 9to5Mac has rounded up some of the best videos that popped up on YouTube over the weekend that take advantage of these new camera features and we’ve picked out the three that really stand out to us as the best examples of what you can do with your iPhone 6
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[From EntertainmentTell] Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is the latest 'South Park' episode villain
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Get a 480GB SSD for $169.99

CNET - 22 Sep 2014 18:49
Get a 480GB SSD for $169.99That's your post-rebate price, but it's also one of the best deals to date on a massive solid-state drive.
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iPhone 6, 6 Plus use stats forWe may love to talk iPhone 6 sales, but they don't tell the whole story. Even more interesting to some are usage statistics, which can be pointed to as a more boots-on-the-ground way to analyze how... well a phone is doing. Via Chitika, we've now got iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus usage stats from the first weekend the device …
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BlackBerry's big plan: a $600 phone

Slash Gear - 22 Sep 2014 18:47
BlackBerry's big plan: a $600Let's talk about the BlackBerry Passport. Today it's been revealed by BlackBerry that it'll cost a cool $599 USD off-contract. It's basically the size and shape of a paper passport and has a physical... keyboard, and it's BlackBerry's next big plan for sales and recovery. Let's talk about why that's wrong. The BlackBerry Passport is a device that will appeal …
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Wall Street to Apple'sApple could still see a boost once it begins selling the new iPhones in China, which has been delayed by regulators.
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Rambo Tribble writes The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is partnering with HTC for its upcoming 9-inch Nexus tablet. Shunning larger manufacturers like Samsung, speculation is that... Google is trying to mitigate the effects of market dominance by one firm. When asked for comment, a Google spokesperson only responded, "There's room for many partners to do well and to innovate with Android."
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The Squarish BlackBerryIn mid-June BlackBerry confirmed the strange existence of the BlackBerry Passport. This atypical smartphone raised eyebrows because of its near-square design and devotion to a physical keyboard.... Today, the company's CEO John Chen revealed the Passport would cost $600 sans subsidies.
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Monoprice's Famous Earbuds,Monoprice's unassuming 8320 earbuds have a huge cult following, and a Lifehacker Hive Five recommendation. They're pretty much always under $10, but today you can get a pair for just $6. Stock up!... [Monoprice Enhanced Bass Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earphones, $6]
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Start your week with theIt's Monday, and that usually isn't very fun to deal with. Rather than getting down in the dumps about starting another work week, why don't you get it started the right way by watching or listening... to the latest episode of the Android Central Podcast. Episode 203 is full of Motorola talk as we break down Phil's Moto 360 review and the release of the new Moto X, but there's plenty of other great Android discussion as well. Well, what are you waiting for? Get to the podcast page and watch the latest episode today.
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Microsoft, continuing in its mobile-first, cross-platform vein, is updating its services and software for Apple's latest operating system release.
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Brocade says the controller was built continuously from the OpenDaylight Project, the company's open-source initiative focused on growing SDN and NFV technology.
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Northern Hemisphere orWater rotating clockwise in Australia and counterclockwise in the States? It's a myth.
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The story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Earth’s oceans have never been this far beyond the bounds of normal. ERIC HOLTHAUS Eric... Holthaus is a meteorologist who writes about weather and climate for Slate’s Future Tense. New data released Thursday by the National Oceanic […] The post 2014 Is on Pace to Be the Warmest Year Ever appeared first on WIRED.
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Giuliani to Help FightVideo game company deploys Rudy Giuliani to fight lawsuit filed by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega
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'Call of Duty' Lawsuit: RudyFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining video game publisher Activision's fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing over his inclusion in the hit game Call... of Duty: Black Ops II. Giuliani says he does not want to see the imprisoned Noriega profit from his crimes, which include convictions for murder, drug trafficking and money laundering. See also: 11 Video Games That Will Ruin Your Friendships Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Monday that Giuliani and his firm will ask a Los Angeles judge to dismiss Noriega's lawsuit, which claims his likeness was used without permission in the 2012 game, part of its popular Call of Duty video game franchise.
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With most flagship handsets costing $650, $700 or more off-contract, BlackBerry hopes that a $599 unsubsidized base price, combined with a 4.5-inch square display and hardware keyboard, will propel... sales of…
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Intel to spend $6B to upgradeAs part of a deal, Israel will grant Intel $300 million in total over five years and will allow the company to pay a lower-than-normal corporate tax rate for 10 years.
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Down With Loose Laces

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 18:31
Loose, overlong laces are an enduring problem for runners, and everyone has their own makeshift solution. Slate's Abby McIntyre learned one secondhand from a shoe seller in Washington, D.C., and the... results were revelatory. The simple trick in the video above requires nothing more than laces and the extra pair of holes found on most athletic shoes.
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Reversible USB Type-C wonderThe upcoming Type-C USB cable just keeps looking more and more like the Holy Grail of cords. The fact that it works no matter which way it's plugged into a port is a game-changer all by itself, but... the improvements don't end there: Type-C USB will deliver USB 3.1's blazing 10Gbps speeds and up to a whopping 100 watts of power. But wait! There's more. On Monday, VESA and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced that the Type-C USB connector will also be able to deliver audio and video signals via DisplayPort technology. Forget separate USB and DisplayPort cables. Type-C can do it all.
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Good news: if you want Samsung's slimmer, ritzier Galaxy Alpha in the US, you won't have to beg your Canadian friends to ship an unlocked unit across the border. AT&T has revealed plans to carry the... Alpha starting on September 26th, the same day it...
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Ericsson acquires majorityTo fill out its cloud services portfolio with policy and auditing controls, Ericsson is acquiring a majority stake in San Francisco enterprise services company Apcera. Ericsson plans to incorporate... Apcera's Continuum platform into its set of hosted offerings for telephone carriers and network operators, called the Ericsson Cloud System. Apcera will remain a stand-alone company, using the Ericsson investment to expand its sales channel and continue to develop its technology. Apcera was founded in 2012 by Derek Collison, one of the chief creators of the Pivotal Cloud Foundry management software, developed at VMware and now managed by Pivotal.
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 22 Sep 2014 18:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: free will and brain scans, New York climate march and talks, ancient Mesopotamian pop, water quake warnings and more
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How the Pirate Bay's CleverVarious countries and corporations have been trying to shut down the Pirate Bay for years, and yet, the site keeps soldiering on. This is not an accident. It's actually the result of an ingenious... cloud-based hardware setup that's spread all over the world and more or less bulletproof.
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Android: Your phone's volume keys could be a lot more useful. Noyze lets you customize the look of your volume panel and use your volume keys to launch different apps.
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iOS 8 adoption may be low, butiOS 8 adoption may be off to a slower start than iOS 7, but consumers seem to be picking up the iPhone 6 models in droves. Just when you might have assumed that the days of consumers standing in line... for hours for the latest iPhone model were long...
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Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax... making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a "household microwave for a minute and a half." Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you. (If you want a full list of things not to place in a microwave, no matter how pretty the flames, check this out.)
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Apple reports record-breakingOver 10 million units sold in three days. The post Apple reports record-breaking iPhone 6 launch appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Apple confirmed today that it has sold more than 10 million units of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus three days after it was launched on September 19, 2014.
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Timetraveler App Allows You To Metaio and Timetraveler Augmented announced the Timetraveler application today. Using Augmented Reality (AR), smartphone and tablet owners can view historical content about the Berlin Wall, in and... near the locations where it used to stand. Content includes historical film footage, reconstructions of demolished sites, and stories about the divisive impact the wall had on Germany during…
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GE's New Chip Lets You EasilyAt one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance... as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer, freezer, or whatever.
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Apple intercepts Microsoft'sMicrosoft Corp. thought it had scored a touchdown when it struck a multiyear deal with the NFL that would allow teams to use the company's Surface tablets during games.
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A spacecraft that launched early Sunday is transporting a 3-D printer that could change life on the International Space Station.
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MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

CNN - 22 Sep 2014 18:19
MAVEN has arrived in Mars's orbit after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there.
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Embracing the Digital Learning Paradigm

The Huffington Post - 22 Sep 2014 18:18
Embracing the Digital LearningWith four children at different educational crossroads, I am fascinated by how wireless technology is transforming teaching and learning. From our preschooler who expertly navigates through early... learning apps, to our middle school daughters who rely on their smart device to track assignments at home, and collaborate on group projects on Google Drive in class, today's students are astute, digital natives. Our nation's community of learners has enthusiastically embraced mobile technologies as an onramp to untold blended educational opportunities and enhanced learning environments. Mobile Future's new infographic - EdTech + Mobile = Learning - showcases just how essential mobile devices have become in education and the tremendous promise wireless technologies offer both students, parents,...
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It's just incredible to see how many people are buying iPhones. Every year analysts say sales are slowing and every year Apple proves them wrong.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Panasonic squeezes guts ofPanasonic made a splash with its new products at Photokina in Germany, including the Lumix LX100 compact camera. See our first impressions with the 4K-capable camera. The post Panasonic squeezes guts... of larger Micro Four Thirds camera into compact LX100 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Changing Face of Climate Change

Slate - 22 Sep 2014 18:15
At the front of the People's Climate March, moments before the crowd began to move, you could look back and see the wall of stone that makes up the wealthy Upper West Side apartment buildings to your... left, and Central Park to your right, in the last of its full-blown green phase before the leaves start to turn. Visible on the street: signs, artwork, and many, many heads.
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