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24 Jul 2014 - Global
Claim Cupertino withheld wages and lunch breaks A lawsuit against Apple by disgruntled employees has just been granted class action status, potentially creating a payday for staff who say the firm... held back their wages and stopped them from taking rest breaks....
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Microsoft has confirmed it cancelled plans to release a Surface Mini tablet in the spring. During Tuesday's quarterly earnings call, CFO Amy Hood said that part of the reason revenue from the... company's line of Surface tablets took a hit was because it had decided to kill an unreleased product. See also: There Was No Surface Mini Because Microsoft Already Lost on Tablets "During the quarter, we reassessed our product roadmap and decided not to ship a new form factor that was under development," Hood said. While she doesn't identify the Surface Mini by name, other reports claimed Microsoft has scrapped plans to release the tablet late in the game, then the company accidentally confirmed the product's existence in a user manual that referenced the Mini directly.
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America's Next Big SpaceWith its forthcoming Space Launch System, NASA hopes to send astronauts farther into space than it ever has ever before--to Mars and beyond. And when the first crew does leave to make interplanetary... history, they'll do so aboard these rocket engines.
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New meteor shower 'just aThe weak display of last month's Camelopardalids meteor shower, the result of the close passage of comet 209P/LINEAR, may have disappointed backyard observers, but this never-before-seen shower now... has scientists excited. An analysis of airborne and ground-based observations published in the latest issue of the Journal of the International Meteor Organization finds that this comet's dust was unusually fragile, and had fallen apart into undersized meteors that were largely invisible.
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A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibres is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos--incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies.
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New Space Race? US EyesIn the four decades since Apollo, no humans have landed on the moon. While NASA has no concrete plans to send astronauts back, other nations are talking about going there.
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A knowledge base article was posted to address concerns about packet sniffers discovered running on every iOS device.
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SYDNEY — A fish that looks strikingly similar to Nemo has been sacrificed in a new controversial ad by Greenpeace Australia. The cartoon clownfish is seen swimming in water, until the video pans out... to show that "Nemo" is actually inside a blender. See also: Panic, Then Tears, as Humans Save Beached Whale Australian actor Richard Roxburgh provides the commercial's voiceover, and declares that this is the reality of the Great Barrier Reef's animal life if a Queensland coal mine moves forward. The 30-second TV spot is part of Greenpeace's Save the Reef campaign. "Right now, a proposal to build our biggest-ever coal mine in Queensland threatens the Great Barrier Reef," Roxburgh says in the ad. "Three million tonnes of sea floor with be dredged and dumped into the Great Barrier Reef World...
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Company executive expects to repeat results seen in other countries.
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This amazing magical treeSam Van Aken discovered that an old New York state orchard--with varieties of stone fruit 200 years old--was about to be abandoned in 2008. He bought it to save those species but also to experiment:... Grafting from the existing trees he created the magical Tree of 40 Fruit, which produces over 40 types of fruit.
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Airport lounges offer travelers a place to relax, unwind and get away from the crowd while they wait for a flight, and airlines have gone to great lengths to make their lounges appealing to guests... willing to pay for the privilege. While other airlines add chandeliers, culinary masterpieces, luxurious sleeping quarters and spa treatments, Alaska Airlines is appealing to travelers who just want a quick and tasty breakfast. See also: Star Wars Pancakes: The Breakfast of Champions The airline's lounges have pancake "printing" machines that work at the push of a button, originally offered in Seattle and now with expanded hours of operation in Anchorage, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles. While a printed pancake is far from gourmet, it doesn't look any worse than a lot of airline fare. The...
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Putin signs data retention law

ZDNet - 23 Jul 2014 05:02
Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law requiring internet companies to retain the personal data of their Russian customers, or face being blocked from access in the country.
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As the number of people who use Airbnb to list and rent lodging grows, so do the horror stories. The latest is from Palm Springs, California, where a squatter is occupying a 600-square-foot condo... reserved through the apartment-rental website. The owner of the rental, Cory Tschogl, is a rehabilitation therapist who lives in the Bay Area, and purchased the condo as an investment. She has listed it on Airbnb and FlipKey since last fall. See also: 11 Beer Vacations You're Going to Want to Remember Earlier this year, a verified Airbnb user by the name of Maksym reserved the condo for 44 days, from May 25 to July 8, 2014 at $450 per week. After 30 days — Airbnb collects monthly payments for longterm reservations — Maksym stopped paying for the condo, and the company reimbursed Tschogl for...
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8-bit game version of TheI don't know which Avengers character I would love playing the most in this game. Would it be Iron Man so I get to use his crazy ass suit? Thor, for his long locks and hammer? Captain America's super... shield? Ah, who am I kidding, it'd definitely be The Hulk.
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Fake social media accounts are spreading pro-Chinese propaganda on Twitter, disseminating upbeat news stories about the troubled regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, according to an investigation by... advocacy group Free Tibet. It's unclear if this effort is led by the Chinese government, whose online-propaganda efforts normally involve real people paid to post favorable comments to shape public opinion. But if China is indeed behind the propaganda, it wouldn't be the first country to try something like this. See also: U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting Russia has reportedly used fake Facebook accounts to attack Ukrainian protesters, accusing them of horrendous crimes, according to Forbes. The pro-Russian commenters — some real, some fake — even spread bogus...
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Hey look, a new router from ASUS and, apparently, it is super, super fast. According to the Taiwanese company, its RT-AC87 is "the world's first" with Wave 2 features, which bring better reliability,... major speed boosts and overall performance...
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Here comes the 2nd Wave ofAsus promised to deliver the first next-generation 802.11ac router in January but nothing appeared -- until now. The new device, sporting multi-user MIMO technology, is now at Best Buy. But at $280,... it ain't cheap. Here comes the 2nd Wave of Wi-Fi: Asus's new hopped-up 802.11ac routers start shipping originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Nadella is continuing down the same path that his predecessor laid.
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Wildfire season off to slow start in some areas of West, expected to get more intense
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Arrests in global, $1.6MOfficials say thieves fraudulently bought tickets for events through the ticket reseller.          
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After much pressure, Twitter90% of Twitter's tech staff is male, 88% white or Asian          
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Slashdot - 24 Jul 2014 01:00
An anonymous reader writes: An enterprising hacker took on a project to rebuild a broken Gameboy using emulation software, a Raspberry Pi, and a few other easily-obtainable parts. The result: success!... The hacker has posted a detailed walkthrough explaining all of the challenges and how they were solved. "Using a Dremel, I cut out a most of the battery compartment as well as some posts that on the case for the LCD that would no longer be needed. Doing so, the Pi sits flush with the back of the DMG case. ... The screen was the first challenge. The screen runs off 12V out of the box which wouldn't work with the USB battery pack. The USB battery pack is rated at 5V, 1000mAH so the goal was go modify the screen to allow it to run at 5V. ... I finally got it to work by removing the power...
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GigaOm: Yes, the quarterly sales are down from the prior three months and the year-ago period. Apple sold 16.3 million iPads in the first three months of this year and 14.6 million in the fiscal third... quarter of 2013. Look at the iPad sales data since Apple's tablet debuted and you can see a broader view of the same thing: The iPad sales growth rate overall has slowed of late. I don't think this is cause for alarm. Expecting iPad sales growth to mirror that of the iPhone, which is still on a relatively stronger upward direction, is unreasonable for a number of reasons. People are slowly coming to the realization that maybe, just maybe, the sky isn't falling.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Acetaminophen Doesn't ReduceAcetaminophen, the drug found in Tylenol, works no better than a placebo at reducing pain in people with sudden lower-back pain, nor did it help these patients get better faster, a new study finds.
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Facebook revenue jumps 61% onFacebook revenue jumped 61% on the strength of its mobile ad business. Users top 1.3 billion.          
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Top 3 Techniques for Creating Organs in the Lab

Live Science - 24 Jul 2014 00:35
Top 3 Techniques for CreatingPeople who need organ transplants may die while waiting receive them, and so researchers are looking for ways to produce organs that don't require a donor.
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Twitter is latest tech company to acknowledge a shortage of women, black, Latino workers
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AT&T profit hurt by cheaper wireless plans; fighting on price with T-Mobile
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It took a few weeks, but Twitter has finally released diversity data on its company, joining the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook and Google. The results? Twitter's roughly 3,000 employees are... predominately white (59%) and overwhelmingly male (70%). The company's gender gap, in particular, becomes even more pronounced when broken down by expertise. Of Twitter's technology employees, a whopping 90% are men. For non-technical jobs, the split between genders is 50-50. What's more, almost 80% of those in leadership positions are men (and 72% are white) See also: 9 Gay Leaders Making a Difference in Technology
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Twitter's Diversity Report Is Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they’re pretty bad if you’re not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter’s... employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female. However when you look specifically at employees in tech, the gender gap grows, and 90 percent are male. (Source: Twitter)…
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Facebook Share Price Hits Facebook’s stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups... expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On the back of a strong Q2 report, Facebook stock is at an all-time high in after-hours trading. It’s been creeping up for the last…
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Bits Blog: Six Indicted onAuthorities say an international criminal ring used stolen credit and debit cards to buy tickets to shows like "Book of Mormon," and pocketed the money when they resold them.
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theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it,... characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year to highly-skilled H-1B visa holders could in fact be done by Americans with no more than a two-year community college degree.
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Facebook 2Q Earnings, Revenue Soar

ABC News - 24 Jul 2014 00:17
Facebook on a roll as 2nd-quarter earnings, revenue surpass expectations
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Orbit Mars, send data from rovers back to Earth.
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SYDNEY — Poor Tasmania. It is the island that floats just off the bottom of mainland Australia, and no one can seem to remember it is there. Tasmanians have copped a lot of slack over the years: A... politician even had to issue a press release to help Australians remember the "forgotten state," and the state tourism organization ran a campaign drilling home the fact Tasmania is "a world apart, not a world away." See also: Australia and Scotland Compete for Ugliest Uniform at Commonwealth Games Tassie, as it is known locally, is the 26th largest island in the world and is only separated from the mass of Australia by the Bass Strait. But it seems, as much as they try, Australia just won't let them join in the mainland party.
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Weekly Photo Contest: Dots

Android Central - 24 Jul 2014 00:09
Weekly Photo Contest: DotsCircles, holes, dots, whatever you want to call them -- they're all over the place, and they often come in patterns and designs that offer a cool opportunity for photos. This week's prompt is "dots,"... and we're looking for the best photos you can come up with this week that incorporate that idea. We're picking out two pictures again this week to win prizes, and each winner will receive an iOttie Easy Flex Wireless Charging Car Mount for their phone. Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (July 29) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest. Enter this week's photo contest
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Consumer trust boost from data breach laws would do more for online biz than any subsidy or share scheme Thank you, Catch of the Day: in taking three years - three years - to own up to a data breach... (and by the way doing it late on a Friday afternoon), Australians have had a first-rate demonstration of why we need data breach disclosure laws....
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Chris LaRosa, the head of YouTube’s "upcoming" music subscription service, is leaving the company. This setback marks yet another roadblock for the long-delayed project. Although YouTube music has... been touted as a "Spotify killer," this most recent departure makes its future all the more ominous. LaRosa is the second person in charge of the project to leave over the past year The Wall Street Journal reports these departures and delays are the result of internal arguments about how the service should be designed and organized, including what features YouTube users would have to pay for. See also: The Beginner's Guide to YouTube
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Back in the day, breaking in your baseball glove was a summer rite of passage. Nike is looking to make that process obsolete.
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Skype updated its Android app Wednesday, and the 5.0 version syncs users' address books from their phones to their Skype accounts. First, users will have to verify their phone numbers in the app to... sync contacts. Then, the phone's address book will instantly import information on the Skype contact list. Those who have Microsoft accounts will also be able to automatically import contact lists from other Microsoft programs like Outlook. See also: The Beginner's Guide to Skype Here's how the updated layout looks: Image: Skype Previously, users had to input each contact. The new update promises a smoother transition from phone to Skype.
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15 Minutes Might Be the Ideal Meeting Length

Life Hacker - 24 Jul 2014 00:00
15 Minutes Might Be the IdealA meeting that drones on and on is hardly productive. Keeping a meeting to 15 minutes is ideal for the same reason that TED talks are maxed out at 18 minutes: attention span and memory.
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The search for extraterrestrial life begins, often enough, on Earth. In this case, it's an Alaskan glacier, where the robot VALKYRIE is proving its ice-chomping abilities in a field test. VALKYRIE is... supposed to one day land on Jupiter's moon, Europa, where it will drill through miles of ice to reach the liquid oceans that could harbor alien life.
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Failure to launch? Auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to build big rockets on time
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Facebook Says Messenger And Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it’s going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on today’s Q2 earnings call that “over... time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed thatThe payments piece will be a part of what will help drive the overall success and help people share…
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Gadgetwise: Can a Smartphone Take the Fall? It Depends

The New York Times - 23 Jul 2014 23:55
Gadgetwise: Can a SmartphoneA dropped device's chances of emerging with its screen unscathed depend on a number of factors, including previous damage and how it lands.
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But those orders are now being revised Comcast management has said the staffer who was recorded endlessly haranguing a subscriber over the phone was doing what he trained and paid to do....
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Machine Learning: LG'sGoogle's operating system for wearable devices has some promising features, but they're not ready yet.
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How Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Being Destroyed

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 23:48
How Syria's Chemical WeaponsSomewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, military and civilian experts aboard a U.S. cargo ship, the MV Cape Ray, are disposing of Syria's arsenal of deadly chemical weapons.
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Small businesses, in particular, seem to have a fondness for the Facebook secret sauce.
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Report: Apple's Mobile PaymentApple is seriously talking to payments-industry companies about debuting a mobile wallet, according to a report from The Information. Executives are at least considering a fall release date, and are... discussing hardware security features.
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Indiana teenager Haris Suleman died on Wednesday when his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. The 17-year-old was attempting to fly around the world in 30 days and set a record as the youngest pilot... to do so in the shortest amount of time. The plane went down shortly after leaving Pago Pago in American Samoa Tuesday night. Suleman and his father, Babar Suleman, were on board. Suleman's last tweet: "Pago Pago is without a doubt top 5 places I've been this summer :)" Pago Pago is without a doubt top 5 places I've been this summer :) — BonanzaBoi (@worldrounder) July 22, 2014 Writing on Facebook, where the duo had documented the journey in a group called Fly Around the World in 30 Days, a family member listed as a group admin on a Facebook group dedicated to tracking the flight confirmed...
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Hands On With The Production Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they’ve developed the Myo armband, a gesture... control device that fits around the meaty part of your forearm and detects slight muscle movements, arm rotations and even electrical impulses as you gesture, translating all that…
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Facebook has earned a reputation for delivering the goods on earnings day, and Wednesday was no exception. The social giant reported record totals for revenue, profits and user figures across the... board on Wednesday, beating Wall Street estimates on a day when company stock rose nearly 3%. See also: 12 Facebook Statuses You Need to Retire The new numbers show that despite more than 1.3 billion users, Facebook is still growing at a steady rate. The company added more than 40 million monthly active users in Q2, and mobile monthly actives increased more than 30% over the past year. In fact, more than 650 million people use Facebook every day from a mobile device, more than twice the U.S. population.
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AT&T Reports Subscriber Growth, but Slightly Lower Profit

The New York Times - 23 Jul 2014 23:39
AT&T Reports SubscriberThe communications giant, in reporting its second-quarter results, said its contract-free plans helped attract many new subscribers.
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coondoggie writes: If what we know as advanced life exists anywhere other than Earth, then perhaps they are dirtying their atmosphere as much as we are. We could use such pollution components to... perhaps more easily spot such planets. That's the basis of new research published this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They say that if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions (PDF), it would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence."
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Huge savings on the HTC One Dot View Case!

Android Central - 23 Jul 2014 23:31
Huge savings on the HTC OneA quick heads up, folks -- if you're in the market for a Dot View Case for the HTC One M8, you can currently get one from ShopAndroid.com at a pretty huge discount. This is the case with the... semi-transparent cover that protects your screen while still feeding you information such as the time, weather, recent calls and more, and it recently added themes, so it looks cool, too. Don't know how long this sale will go on, so be sure to hit it up soon. Buy an HTC One M8 Dot View Case from ShopAndroid.com!
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"What I believe is that good things come to those who work their asses off, and that good people who reach the top of the mountain didn't just fall there," Jake Gyllenhaal's character Lou Bloom... proclaims in the latest Nightcrawler trailer There's ambitious, and then there's dangerously ambitious. In this trailer from Open Road Films, Lou appears to be trying too hard to succeed in the world of crime journalism. Gyllenhaal, who lost 20 pounds for the role, stars as a aggressive TV reporter See also: Daniel Radcliffe Teaches You How to Flirt Using Bacon Lou and his camera crew are "nightcrawlers" — people who rush to murder scenes, fires and vehicular crashes in order to present the footage to the public for profitNightcrawler debuts in theaters on Oct. 17.
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Hover Hound Compares NeweggComputer hardware is expensive, so you always want to ensure you're buying at the best price. The Hover Hound extension for Chrome and Firefox compares hardware prices at Newegg with Tiger Direct and... Amazon with a hover of your mouse cursor.
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Final Fantasy IV, NBA Jam, andSeveral games and apps have gone on sale in the Google Play Store. They include Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy IV, NBA Jam, Runtastic Pro, WeatherPro, and Beautiful Widgets Pro, among others. The... post Final Fantasy IV, NBA Jam, and more discounted in Google Play Store appeared first on Digital Trends.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the... constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets On the street, wearing your compulsory and heavy body armor, only children play in small bunches. There seem to be no adults about. No fishermen in the sea. No one on the beach. See also: Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War And then the boom and the boom and the boom again from the ships offshore, followed by thump after thump as shells hit their target
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SSD prices for hybrids,A shortage of solid-state drives for ultrathin laptops and hybrids will cause prices to flatten next year after dropping for the last several years, with lower prices coming again in 2016, according... to a market analysis. Although SSD prices may be flat into next year, the cost-per-gigabyte will go down as storage capacity of drives continues to increase on a yearly basis, said Fang Zhang, storage analyst at IHS. Most thin-and-light laptops typically use SSDs that are closely bolted to the motherboards, much like in the MacBook Air. That differs from the SSDs in mainstream laptops, which can be plugged into bays and are easily upgradeable. Storage typically makes up 8 to 9 percent of the cost of building portable devices, Zhang said. SSD price drops have contributed to lowering laptop...
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Major Wi-Fi advance will help prevent wasted bandwidth.
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Major Wi-Fi advance will help prevent wasted bandwidth.
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With more than 45 million wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches projected to ship by 2017, tech manufacturers and major brands are already starting to brace themselves for the... upcoming wave. While the category is already heralded as a hot trend, adoption isn't quite there yet — many consumers still need to be convinced that they want a smartwatch in their lives. The smartwatch aesthetic isn't quite there, either; most are clunky, unattractive and look too much like computers. See also: Why Are Smartwatches So Ugly? During the 2014 Wearable Tech Expo in New York City on Wednesday, Myriam Joire, chief evangelist at smartwatch startup Pebble, said many of these issues stem from one culprit: the battery
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Amazon-beating, Google-ganking, Microsoft-muddling high-speed IO lands IBM wants to make its newly acquired SoftLayer cloud a destination for high-performance computing workloads - so it has rolled... out a high-end connectivity option unavailable in other large clouds....
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American Users Spend An American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q2 earnings call that “people on Facebook in the US spend around 40... minutes each day using our service”, while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 minutes a day but only 20% of people meet that goal. Zuckerberg said that the 40 minutes a day on…
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This Galaxy Note 4 conceptConcept renders of unannounced devices can be a fun way to think of how you would design a phone if you were put at the head of the table, and this Samsung Galaxy Note 4 render is a cool example of... what happens when you let your mind run wild. This Galaxy Note 4 is made out of either bamboo or ceramic, and boasts an awful nice combination of colors and materials.
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How To Scan 50 Miles ofTracking the lightning quick development of modern cities is easy with Google Street View , but a big new project aims to provide context for the past 1,000 years of urban evolution in Venice, Italy.... The Venice Time Machine will digitize and catalog a staggering amount of historical documents--a combined 50 miles worth of shelves!--then turn the data into an internet archive and adaptable 3D model.
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Maingear's new Pulse 15 laptopMaingear reveals the Pulse 15, which packs in an impressive amount of hardware. But does it go a little overboard in some areas? The post Maingear’s new Pulse 15 laptop wears a 3K display to go with... Intel and Nvidia hardware appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Modern Combat 5 review -Modern Combat 5 is the latest in a long series of high-quality first person shooter games from Gameloft. The whole Modern Combat series shamelessly riffs on popular shooter franchises like Call of... Duty, and has been doing so well before official mobile counterparts for those games were made. Even now that Call of Duty has come to mobile, Modern Combat 5 still manages to give it a run for its money. By and large, Modern Combat 5 is lock in step with Modern Combat 4. It boasts bar-setting graphics, rich multiplayer, familiar experience and achievement progression, a dazzling array of weapon customization, and top-notch voice acting. That's great and all, but there is one distinct difference in Modern Combat 5 which could easily stand as the sole selling point: there are zero in-app...
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Most Popular Desktop AntivirusA good antivirus tool doesn't have to cost a ton of money, and it doesn't have to drag your system down either. Last week we asked you for the best , then looked at the five best desktop antivirus... applications . Now we're back to crown the crowd favorite.
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[From In-Car Tech] The 2015 Volvo XC90 is practically all Volvo's public relations people seem to want to talk about lately. With safety technology this cool, we can see why.
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Fans recreate classic GTARockstar has shared a collection of fan-made jobs for GTA Online inspired by classic missions from GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, GTA IV, and Chinatown Wars. The post Fans recreate classic GTA... mission as GTA Online jobs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber drives into the Windows Phone Store

PC World - 23 Jul 2014 23:12
Uber drives into the WindowsTaxis suck. Waiting for taxis sucks, paying for a taxi is always more difficult than it needs to be, and actually riding in a taxi? Well, that sucks too. That's why on-demand ride-sharing services... such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity over the past couple of years: They're fast, clean, and dead-simple to pay for. At least, they are for iPhone or Android users. Neither service is available for Windows Phone, so Live-Tile-loving mobile users have been stuck with waving their hands and praying for taxis, or using mobile versions of ride-sharing websites, like chumps. No more. Wednesday, Uber came to Windows Phone.
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Celebrities, they're just like us! Chris Pratt proved he's a god among men by expertly French braiding an intern's hair during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. The Guardians of the Galaxy and... Parks and Rec star has previously boasted about his hairstyling skills on Instagram. See also: 13 Hairstyles to Tame Your Mane in Humidity This is actually quite impressive considering no one except Pinterest models and Lauren Conrad can actually do a clean braid. Next up for Pratt? Fishtail braids In other news, that intern has vowed to never wash her hair again BONUS: 11 Secrets We Learned About Celebrities From Instagram
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Strong subscriber growthAT&T had a great quarter that was driven by the addition of 2 million new users to its wireless and wireline businesses. Combined with the rest of its operations, the carrier reported that revenues... were up 1.6 percent, meaning that it took in $32.6 billion. The carrier noted a higher $1 billion operating expense compared to a year ago at $27 billion giving it an operating income of $5.6 billion.
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Mobile ads help FacebookFacebook's quarterly sales rose 61 percent on the strength of mobile advertising, the company said Wednesday. Sales for the second quarter, which ended June 30, were $2.91 billion the company... reported, beating financial analysts' estimates of $2.81 billion, as polled by Thomson Reuters. Revenue from advertising, which makes up the bulk of Facebook's sales, was $2.68 billion, up 67 percent from the same period last year. Of that, 62 percent, or $1.67 billion, came from ads on mobile devices, a 41 percent jump from 2013.
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More Samsung Galaxy AlphaWe just recently saw our first look at the purported Galaxy Alpha, and now a new set of pictures and more details have emerged that give us a better indication of just what this device is. New clear... pictures from SamMobile show off the Galaxy Alpha next to the known quantity that is the Galaxy S5, confirming that the Alpha is indeed a smaller device with a slightly different look. The Galaxy Alpha reportedly has just a 4.7-inch display, and one that's similar to what shipped on the Galaxy S3 -- though the details of resolution and technology aren't known at this point. That's going to be paired up with 32GB of storage but no SDcard slot, according to the leak, and the Alpha will retain the fingerprint scanner found on the S5. The body is indeed made out of metal -- reportedly aluminum --...
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Federal judge threatens toA federal judge has said she is strongly considering holding streaming video service FilmOn.TV in contempt of court for continuing its operations even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Aereo was... guilty of copyright infringement. The post Federal judge threatens to hold FilmOn in contempt of court appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Facebook's Profit Soars PastMobile devices accounted for nearly two-thirds of the social networking company's revenue, which rose 61 percent over the same quarter last year.
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Perth-based Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider, Zettagrid, says its focus is offering fully automated cloud services, reports David Hazan.
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These Graphic Prints ContainThere are lots of different kinds of love out there, but perhaps none more pure than between people and their favorite books. You could keep a copy of your one and only out at all times, prominently... placed on a shelf at home, or you could spring for one of these posters, t-shirts, or totes from Litographs, which condenses the text--all the text--into a single graphic print.
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How to Find Balance BetweenYou have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it's going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can't help but be dissatisfied... with what you've actually accomplished. I got sick of this pattern. So I changed it.
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Jon Stewart launches $10In light of a recent report detailing Fox's failed bid for Time Warner Cable, and Fox's willingness to dump CNN had it been successful in the bid, Jon Stewart launched a fake Kickstarter campaign to... purchase CNN. The post Jon Stewart launches $10 billion fake Kickstarter to purchase CNN appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitter promises it is working with organizations like Girls Who Code as well as historically black colleges and universities to diversify its workforce.
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ONA Partners with Charity:ONA products are best known for their fashion-savvy looks and impressive build quality, but their latest product takes it one step further by doing some good while looking good. It's called the Sahel,... and it’s the result of a partnership between ONE and charity: water that will net the charity ‘part’ of the proceeds. Before […]
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Lead Ebola Doc in Sierra Leone Contracts Virus

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 22:57
Lead Ebola Doc in Sierra LeoneThe doctor leading the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been infected with the highly lethal virus, according to news reports.
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Walk this way: 6 pedometer apps for iPhone

The Loop - 23 Jul 2014 22:57
TechHive: Apple's M7 processor, currently in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display, collects data from the device's sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass) and then... provides that data to the apps. But how accurate is an M7 processor at counting steps? To find out, I downloaded six popular step-counting apps on both an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 4s, and then carried both phones to track my steps over a few weeks. Then I took (a lot) of walks, including a few where I literally counted each step in order to compare results. Here's the breakdown of each app's features and flaws. I've used some of these and quickly found out something crucial - I don't walk nearly enough.∞ Read this on The Loop
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MailPoet attacks commandeer an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 sites, researcher says.
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Advocatus Diaboli sends this report: The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither... "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. ...The heart of the document revolves around the rules for placing individuals on a watchlist. "All executive departments and agencies," the document says, are responsible for collecting and sharing information on terrorist suspects with the National Counterterrorism Center. It sets a low standard—"reasonable suspicion"—for placing names on the watchlists, and offers a multitude of vague, confusing, or contradictory instructions for...
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Gizmodo The Untold History of How Autocorrect Came To Be | Jalopnik Here's Why Monaco Is The World's Best Place For Car Enthusiasts | Jezebel College Party Mogul Threatens Female Journalist With Rape... | Kotaku Suspended Kickstarter Says They're In An 'Information War' With Russia | Kinja Popular Posts
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Internal report: Social Security spent nearly $300M on new computer system that doesn't work
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[From GadgeTell] Leaker extraordinaire @evleaks has cultivated quite the bogeyman reputation of late in regards to mobile device manufacturers desperately trying to keep a lid on inside information... relating to unannounced gear.
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(AP)--Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.
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On the wireless front, AT&T performed well with 1 million net postpaid additions and a postpaid churn of 0.86. Wireless revenue was up 3.7 percent from a year ago.
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Unforced Errors

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 22:43
The gift shop at Wimbledon, which rests above the subterranean Wimbledon museum, sells towels, polo shirts, and even strawberry-shaped earrings. The shop also sells a yearbook, known as the Official... Wimbledon Annual. The 2013 annual, a compendium of photos and writings from that year's tournament, featured a cover shot of Andy Murray kissing the championship trophy. The tournament's online shop touted the book thusly: "Retold by award-winning writer Neil Harman, the official annual review comprises 160 pages packed full of memories, day-by-day highlights, player interviews, the complete draws and features on the stories that made the fortnight so memorable."
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(AP)--AT&T posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US.
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Facebook Stock Hits All-TimeMobile ads made up 62% of Facebook's $2.7 billion in ad revenue
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An Automatic Parachute WillHere's the thing about drones--and really any machine that flies: If something goes wrong, it will fall to the ground. And if you are in the way, it will hurt you . That's why DJI is rolling out a new... feature called DropSafe to ensure that a falling drone doesn't fall too hard.
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Roosevelt University'sThe 32-story $123 million Wabash Building is an important statement about the new growth strategy of urban universities such as Roosevelt -- upward, not outward.
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Facebook shares profit growth story

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 22:38
Facebook shares profit growthFacebook on Wednesday reported that is quarterly profit more than doubled amid big gains in ad revenues and a jump in users.
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Facebook posts Q2 2014Facebook has just reported its Q2 2014 earnings, showing growth in revenues, income and user numbers. As for the financials, Facebook saw a 61 percent jump in revenue over Q2 2013 to $2.91 billion,... with net income also jumping to $791 million, a boost of 139 percent over last year. Operating income, operating margin and EPS were all up substantially from last year.
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Another busy day in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street after markets closed on Wednesday. Here's what happened in tech earnings.
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Allwinner, Actions Semi pledge parts by late 2014 - but can they outpace Samsung? Chinese cheap'n'cheerful chip designer Allwinner has boasted that its first 64-bit ARM system-on-chips for tablets... will in punters' hands by the end of 2014....
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Tech Leaders Tell Interns What Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code... founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whose advice ranged from whether or not you should drop out of school to launch a startup to how to network.
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AT&T misses Q2 expectations,AT&T's so-called post-paid showed surprising growth, adding more smartphone customers in the period.
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Tweet for a share price

Gadget - 23 Jul 2014 22:34
IRESS, a supplier of share market systems has created a tool that lets Twitter users send a tweet to receive share price information.
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Research must catch up to print

Gadget - 23 Jul 2014 22:34
Recent AMPS readership figures show that print is stable, but things could be better. The print media industry has the opportunity to be ahead of the curve in responding to South Africa's needs, but... the research just needs to improve, says INGRID LOUW.
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This 45-Story Slum CouldThere is perhaps no unfinished skyscraper more infamous than Torre de David , a 45-story shell of a building that has informally housed about 5,000 Venezuelans since 2007 . Now the property that has... become known as the world's tallest slum is being acquired by Chinese investors, and this week, the government began evicting residents.
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No, LG, we don't want to playThe LG G3 is one of the latest Android beasts to hit stores, and one of the few smartphones that actually packs a high-resolution 2K display that offers users an even better mobile experience, whether... they're browsing the web, watching videos or - especially - playing games. So why on earth would you want G3 buyers to play games that occupy only a tiny portion of that gorgeous new display, LG? The company's official case accessory for the handset has a round window that can be used to access certain apps on the screen, and developers can add QuickCircle functionality to their apps, including games, as well. To further promote this feature, LG launched the industry's "first games for play specifically in QuickCircle Window," which
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[From EntertainmentTell] Harry Knowles loves "Lucy," looking back on "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and Derek Jeter gets an "offer" for strippers
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Jim Carrey on Why You Shouldn't Fear Failure

Life Hacker - 23 Jul 2014 22:30
In a recent commencement address at the Maharishi University of Management, actor and comedian Jim Carrey spoke about failure, fear, and why you should pursue something that you love.
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TV writer and editor Jason Lynch tweeted this past Monday that FXNOW will make its way to the Apple TV within the next 12 months. FXNOW is Fox's on-demand video service which features content from FX,... FXX, and FXM. That means that TV fans will soon...
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Apple patent reveals 'iTime'Apple was awarded a patent in the U.S. for a device called iTime. The device has rendered speculation of a smartwatch coming from the company.
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Did Microsoft hand NokiaMicrosoft says its newly acquired Nokia handset business is on track to hit breakeven by fiscal 2016. In the meantime, it's the proverbial work in progress as management looks to cut costs.
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FreeWavz brings untetheredRunners and other fitness enthusiasts often listen to music while they're doing their thing, and a good portion of those folks also have a fitness wearable. Rather that have to wear two devices,... wouldn't it be handy to go as lightweight as possible? FreeWavz, currently being funded on Kickstarter, wants to give you just that; fitness tracking and music, all …
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Qualcomm earnings rise, butThe chip maker posted sharply higher earnings for its June quarter, but shares fell after hours as the company predicted a lighter-than-expected profit for the current period.
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Cancel your dinner plans. CNN has something new on the menu for you A CNN op-ed titled "The Argument for Eating Dog" published Wednesday by columnist John Sutter profiles the illegal dog meat market... and suggests that eating dogs could be less cruel than euthanizing them. Sutter goes on to say that while he couldn't bring himself to eat dog meat, it is curious that meat eaters in the United States have no problem with killing and eating other animals. See also: 10 Dogs That Eat Like Humans Unsurprisingly, CNN's tweet about the story sparked harsh criticism on Twitter with many canine lovers appalled at turning man's best friend into man's best dinner
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Qualcomm announces record FQ3It looks like Qualcomm's increased expenses into researching an developing better 3G CDMA and 4G LTE modems are paying off as the chip-maker has announced record earnings for the third quarter of the... 2014 fiscal year. Revenues are up 9 percent year-over-year making a growth in net income of a whopping 42 percent compared to the previous year.
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Happy Birthday, Landsat: SpaceToday marks the 42nd anniversary of the Landsat program, which provides the longest continuous record ever of observations of Earth's landmasses. Landsat 1 launched on July 23, 1972.
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Facebook profit more thanThe social networking company said its profit more than doubles, driven by fast growing mobile advertising revenue.
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Facebook Sets Revenue Per User Facebook just turned in a very strong quarter, with its revenue and earnings per share both beating analyst expectations. The company reported sequential-quarter user figures that were soft, but... Facebook’s stock is now in the green after-hours. Driving its strong financial performance in the period was high average revenue per user, or ARPU. Facebook set records around the world for how…
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[From GadgeTell] Apparently, Pornhub is giving Coolio some models for his video "Take It To The Hub," in exchange for an exclusive premiere of Coolio's new tracks. Because isn't that what you really... want to see when you come to Pornhub? Coolio? I'll take your suspicious silence as a yes!
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Pepper Spray Camera Snaps andWhat you see above is a strange conglomeration of technologies that surprisingly makes for a pretty useful end product. Currently in its crowdfunding stage on IndieGoGo, The Defender is a self-defense... tool that combines a camera with a bottle of pepper spray. As you probably already figured out, the idea is to capture a photo […]
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Mobile processor giant Qualcomm said a regulatory investigation in China and licensees that aren't reporting sales of licensed products will hurt fourth quarter results.
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Apple could release 12-inchA new report claims that Apple could be readying a new Retina MacBook and a 4K desktop or monitor for release this fall. The post Apple could release 12-inch Retina MacBook and 4K iMac or monitor late... this year appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Three things we learned fromFor Apple CEO Tim Cook, it was a time to talk up China and a new partnership with IBM -- and to downplay weak iPad sales.
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How to Turn An Old SatelliteRadio telescopes, which you may remember Jodie Foster intently listening to for signs of alien life in Contact, pluck out radio waves from far away space. Ordinary communications satellite dishes also... pick up radio waves, but of manmade origin. So hmm, how easily can you convert one into another? It's totally possible, according to New Zealand astronomers who detail how they turned an obsolete satellite dish into a radio telescope for astronomy.
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Darth Vader trounces top USWhether running for office on Tattooine or in Washington, D.C., some of the nation's top political leaders would get walloped by Jedi, Sith lords, and even Jar Jar Binks.
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[From EntertainmentTell] I never, ever imagined I would get to write this sentence. But 80s cult classic show Manimal is poised to become a major motion picture.
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Win a custom Sony Xperia Z2We have a beautiful one of a kind custom Xperia Z2 that shows off the best of dbrand and some Android Central flair Whether your device is dinged up and could benefit from a facelift or is brand new... and you want some protection, dbrand likely has you covered with some stylish and practical full-device skins. Where dbrand's skins really shine is on specific devices that have lots of uniform surfaces -- and there are few devices with more swaths of flatness than the Sony Xperia Z2. The folks at dbrand already make several different styles and colors of skins, but in collaboration with them we have a pretty special device here to show off -- a custom Android Central skinned Xperia Z2!
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New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to... take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference, he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the…
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Facebook among most hated,Facebook is once again at the bottom of overall user satisfaction ratings, according to a new study. The results show that the social network is not seeing massive support for their efforts.
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[From EntertainmentTell] With dozens of obvious Oscar contenders, and perhaps as many not so obvious, on the official slate for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, getting noticed and... building healthy buzz ahead of the fest's debut isn't exactly a walk in the park.
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The Birdwatchers On This ClockThe designers at Studio Kuadra have deconstructed the iconic cuckoo clock for this amusing new timepiece that introduces a pair of bird watchers, obsessively hoping to catch a glimpse of the cuckoo in... a nearby tree at the top of the hour.
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The harsh fluorescent lights in the office don’t give you that much-needed dose of Vitamin D. Neither does binge-watching Orange Is the New Black or playing Watch Dogs. Head outside and soak up some... summer, mole people. See also: Who Cares How Dorky These 10 Summer Accessories Are? It's Frickin' Hot And while you're there, you might want to — yes — take out your phone. Through ad agency TBWA\Toronto, Zealios Skin Care is offering a 50% discount on its Sun Barrier sunscreen for those who use their mobile device’s ambient light to download the coupon. (Each order includes sun safety and general health tips, too.)
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Facebook revenue surged to nearly $3 billion in the June quarter on the strength of its ad sales, handily beating Wall Street estimates. Facebook reported earnings of $0.42 per share on revenue of... $2.91 billion for the June quarter, compared to the consensus estimate among analysts for earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $2.81 billion. See also: 7 Charts With All You Need to Know About Facebook's Blowout Q2 Earnings Revenue for the quarter was up more than 60% from the same quarter a year ago thanks largely to strong growth in ad sales. Total ad revenue for the quarter hit $2.68 billion, a 67% increase year-over-year. Mobile ads, once thought to be a weak point for Facebook after its IPO, now account for 62% of ad revenue.
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Slashdot - 23 Jul 2014 22:14
An anonymous reader writes: Andrew Binstock has an article about the ever-increasing complexity required to write code. He says, "I got into programming because I like creating stuff. Not just any... stuff, but stuff other people find useful. I like the constant problem solving, the use of abstractions that exist for long periods nowhere but in my imagination, and I like seeing the transformation into a living presence. ... The simple programs of a few hundred lines of C++ long ago disappeared from my experience. What was the experience of riding a bicycle has become the equivalent of traveling by jumbo jet; replete with the delays, inspections, limitations on personal choices, and sudden, unexplained cancellations — all at a significantly higher cost. ... Project overhead, even for simple...
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It's not a Tor exploit, but it will hit fully patched systems with default settings, we're told Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous... user of the Tails operating system....
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Facebook Beats the Street, andA quick look at Facebook's Q2: $2.91 billion and 42 cents a share. Wall Street had expected at least $2.81 billion and 32 cents, but this isn't enough to impress investors - the stock is basically... flat after hours.
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IBM aims to disruptIBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand.... "Companies are embracing cloud for standard workloads, but they are also looking to move their high-performance workloads to the cloud, or looking to augment capacity they have in-house," said Marc Jones, IBM SoftLayer vice president of product innovation. "A lot of these companies will have workloads that are extremely demanding of performance." InfiniBand may help sway their decision to go to the cloud, Jones said. SoftLayer, the IBM subsidiary running the company's cloud infrastructure, will offer the option of using InfiniBand to connect bare metal servers within its data centers by the end of the...
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CEO Mark Zuckerberg offered a succinct, if not humble, reflection in prepared remarks: "We had a good second quarter."
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Six charged in global e-ticketCriminal charges were filed Wednesday against six people in what authorities said was a global cyber-crime ring that created fraudulent e-tickets for major concerts and sporting events.
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Portland, Oregon could soon be one of the most permissive cities in the U.S. for Airbnb-style rentals, as the city council prepares to vote on regulations that would legalize short-term one- and... two-bedroom rentals in privately owned homes. The council discussed planned rules Wednesday that could have effects outside the northwestern city, as municipal law adapts to the emergence of startups in the growing sharing economy. If adopted, homeowners who have been violating local laws by renting to tourists would have a new ally in a city government trying to keep up with the times. The vote is planned for July 30.
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Facebook Beats In Q2 With Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a... whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32…
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Don't panic! Microsoft isn'tFirst, Microsoft axed its video-producing Xbox Entertainment Studios and spun off Nokia's MixRadio streaming radio service as part of its devastating round of layoffs, which will see 18,000 jobs cut... over the next year. Then, during Tuesday night's portentous quarterly earnings call with analysts and investors, CEO Satya Nadella dropped this little bomb:
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Line goes Snapchat-mode withLine has updated its app to offer a hidden messaging service. Messages using the 'Hidden Chat' function will be erased after an allotted amount of time, much like the popular Snapchat app does... currently.
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In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years... since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations...
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Fousquare may be challenged,Foursquare is challenged — no question. Even Bijan Sabet, one of Foursquare's earliest investors, acknowledged as much at our last PandoMonthly when he said: I believe, I gotta tell you. I know... there are a lot of haters out there - maybe not in New York, but I know certainly in the San Francisco. I am so committed in pulling for these guys. I love their product - I'm not allowed to […]
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AT&T beats estimates in Q2,Following the solid quarter Verizon posted on Tuesday, AT&T on Wednesday reported its results for the second quarter. Wall Street was expecting a slight on-year decline in EPS, with consensus earnings... of $0.65 seen on revenue totaling $33.22 billion, an improvement over the $32.1 billion in sales it posted in the June quarter last year. The numbers are now in, and AT&T beat expectations, having reported earnings of $0.68 per share on revenue of $32.6 billion. In the first quarter this year, the nation’s No. 2 wireless carrier managed to add 1 million net subscribers, which included an impressive 625,000 net postpaid additions. Last quarter, AT&T added 707,000 net postpaid smartphone subscribers and 366,000 net tablet subscribers. The carrier added 1.03 million net subs in total. AT&T
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Let family track you inA new app from one of the chief creators of Google Maps, Sam Liang Ph.D, is appearing this week to allow your family to track you at all times. Contextual awareness is key to the existence of... "PlaceUs," an app which allows you to tell your family you're running late without ever taking your smartphone out of your pocket. You'll …
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Fire Phone's problem is AmazonAmazon can't be too pleased with the first batch of Fire Phone reviews. The smartphone's more outlandish technology works, certainly - Dynamic Perspective tracks your face; Firefly snaps and searches... for your products - but the takeaway nonetheless has been "so what?" Amazon can't complain too loudly, however: it only has itself to blame. It's not hard to see Amazon's …
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Ballpoint Pen and Gold Leaf  Rebecca Yanovskaya is a graduate from the Illustration program at Sheridan College. Her main focus is creating illustrations in the fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres. She is inspired by and... frequently illustrates mythological stories, natural forces, and the beauty of the human figure. While Rebecca’s work began in small sketchbooks it is becoming larger…
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Avengers bundle, Guardians ofThe Guardians of the Galaxy will have their own play set for the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes and Sony is offering an Avengers Collector's Edition of the game. The post Avengers... bundle, Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Disney Infinity 2.0 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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. TUAW: Apple just ran a TV ad showing just how amazing your MacBook can look with a little bit of vinyl applied. If you saw something you liked on that fast-moving ad, you're in luck because I did... the legwork of searching for every funky sticker that made an appearance. Well, ok, not every sticker -- I ignored the section of the ad with the generic music stickers -- but every sticker you probably care about. All 71 of them. I'm glad somebody did this. How about you? Do you put stickers or the like on your laptops?∞ Read this on The Loop
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IHEP in China has ambitionsWho will lay claim to having the world's largest particle smasher?. Could China become the collider capital of the world? Questions tease answers, following a news story in Nature on Tuesday.... Proposals for two particle accelerators could accelerate China itself as a scientific leader, upstaging the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Europe's famous particle-physics laboratory, where the LHC is the world's largest particle collider.
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[From GamerTell] The D&D rules now allow players to create characters with new gender identities and sexual orientations.
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I am always on the prowl for something a little different in a photo editor, and Truefilm (US$0.99) meets the requirements with a comprehensive suite of tools at a low price. The emphasis in this app... is on making changes quickly and having a complete...
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Fantastical for iOS AddsiPhone/iPad: Fantastical is one of the best iOS calendar apps, and today it gets a little bit better with the ability to snooze events, customize notifications, and more.
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The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear.... The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leakThe Samsung Galaxy Alpha -- or S5 Prime, if you will -- has shown up in several leaked images, giving us a better look at what could be a mid-generation refresh of the flagship. The Galaxy Alpha, as... it's called in the latest leak, looks like a Galaxy S5 but with less-rounded edges (reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 3), small bezels and purportedly has a metal chassis rather than plastic.
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Talk about a camera ham. A deer in upstate New York pranced up to a man's front porch and casually licked his camera. Good thing this deer has a photogenic nose. Dogs in Wheelchairs Playing Fetch Is... All You Need Right Now 20 Pounds Thinner, Jake Gyllenhaal Works Butt Off in 'Nightcrawler' Trailer Army of Baes Invades Pharrell's 'Come Get It Bae' Music Video Weird Al Understands Your Feelings About Annoying Buzzwords
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Uber Releases Windows Phone Uber is pretty much everywhere these days, as its on-demand ride service is available in more than 150 cities in 40 countries around the world. But until today, there was one place you couldn’t... find Uber — on Windows Phones. It changed that today with a native Windows Phone app.
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In the face of escalating tensions with Russia, the U.S. Air Force is examining what it would take to accelerate production of ULA's Delta 4 to ensure continued access to space for military... satellites.
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The distance between the engineer and the end user of a product can be dramatically reduced - thanks to cloud. The result is unmatched speed of innovation, greater simplicity, and reduced time to... value.
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Seven Arrests Made in $1.6The suspects were charged with using stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of event tickets.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Last night, Jon Stewart addressed the suckness of today's media in the most spectacular way ever: by starting a Kickstarter project to buy CNN from Rupert Murdoch after a... hypothetical future purchase of Time Warner.
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Orange may be the new black on Netflix, but not at the Saginaw County Jail in Saginaw, Michigan. Sheriff William Federspiel said he started buying new black-and-white jumpsuits for inmates after the... traditional orange jumpsuits — featured in the Netflix dramedy series Orange Is the New Black — became "cool." See also: Keep Frenemies Close With These 10 Tips From 'Orange is the New Black'
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What is the tipping etiquette for ordering at the lunch counter or picking up takeaway meals? There is no delivery or table service to express gratitude for, and the person running the register likely... had nothing to do with the food's preparation. My husband, who clocked many years as a waiter, says that no tip is expected for handing over a $4 sandwich and not to worry about it unless the order was especially large or complicated.
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Arrests made afterSix people have been indicted on charges of running an international ring that resold tickets bought through compromised StubHub accounts for some of New York's biggest concerts and sporting events.... Four others were arrested in connection with the case, but authorities have not said if they have been charged. The six who were indicted, who have also been arrested, face charges of money laundering, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, said the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, which announced the indictments Tuesday, hours after search warrants were executed at suspects' homes. Suspects were arrested or indicted in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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When Valve first announced its controller for the Steambox, it was a weird little dude with strange, small buttons and a touchscreen . And for as weird as it was, it was kind of great . Then it lost... the touchscreen for standard buttons and a D-pad . And now it's getting a thumbstick.
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Tyrannosaur 'Gangs' Terrorized Ancient Landscape

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 21:44
Tyrannosaur 'Gangs' TerrorizedParallel Tyrannosaur footprints unearthed in Canada suggest the fearsome predators were pack animals that may have hunted in groups to increase their odds of survival.
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A purportedly pristine copy of the first Superman comic book could fetch millions of dollars when it goes up, up and away in an auction at online marketplace eBay.
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Study finds emotionless code likely to extract dark secrets A study linked to a military IT contractor has backed the use of chat-bots for screening US government security clearance applicants....
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Eerie and Fascinating PhotosEmpty New York, c. 1964, Vintage gelatin silver print, 5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (paper) In 1964, photographer Duane Michals fortuitously found himself leafing through a photo book that contained the work... of French photographer Eugene Atget. Atget’s intimate 19th century photographs of Paris inspired Michals to attempt to capture a similarly intimate portrait […]
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Microsoft is trying to fix the chicken-and-egg problem it has on mobile.
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[From EntertainmentTell] We have a new trailer for Star Wars Rebels, with a very special guest. The latest animated series in this far off galaxy debuts this fall on Disney Channel, before moving to... its permanent home on Disney XD.
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Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Despite Aereo’s trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world. A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of... raising $50 million to fill that void. The startup is called Kumo, and it’s still in stealth, so details are limited.
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Pressure Grows on E.U.An antitrust inquiry into Google's search engine and advertising business could last for many years to come.
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Sync brings wearable utilityWearables are al the rage, but their aim is often a bit myopic. some focus on fitness tracking, others notifications. Some simply measure steps taken, while others are there to track your entire life.... Sync, currently being funded in IndieGoGo, is not only meant for you, it's meant for your family as well. Sync offers up more than just a …
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha imagesLong rumored as the Galaxy S5 Prime, the Samsung smartphone could debut within the coming weeks.
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[From EntertainmentTell] With 'Captain America 3' and 'Ant-Man' already set to go, Marvel announced five more film dates, taking the studio and possible titles up and through 2019
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Here's how Amazon is going toNo one was overwhelming impressive by Amazon’s lackluster streaming music offering, Prime Music, when it launched out of nowhere early last month, but the company isn’t giving up on it yet. Amazon... announced on Wednesday that Prime Music has added hundreds of thousands of new tracks to the service along with hundreds of new professionally curated Prime Playlists. Some of the new music on the streaming service comes from popular artists such as David Guetta, Al Green, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Linkin Park, Shakira, Deadmau5, Ella Fitzgerald, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Neil Young, DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky, Elvis, Oasis, Kacey Musgraves, Ray Charles, Panic! at the Disco, Wyclef Jean, Nick Cave and
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[EntertainmentTell] Blu-ray Review: Open Grave

Technology Tell - 23 Jul 2014 21:37
[From EntertainmentTell] Cinedigm's "Open Grave" offers a local plot with global implications.
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Anthony Hopkins and EvanThe upcoming series based on Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi thriller will be produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and co-written/directed by Jonathan Nolan. The post Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood... join HBO’s Westworld series appeared first on Digital Trends.
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After three fruitless days of extensive searching by authorities, an amateur drone pilot located a missing elderly man in a mere 20 minutes. On Sunday, David Lesh helped save Guillermo DeVenecia, an... 82-year-old man who had gone missing for three days in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, last week. Search and rescue teams had been looking for him for all that time, using helicopters, search dogs, and hundreds of volunteers, according to the WMTV See also: Are the Hamas Drones Real? Then Lesh, who owns a ski and snowboard outerwear company in Colorado but was in the area on vacation, volunteered to help using his drone — and found DeVenecia in 20 minutes.
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

Slashdot - 23 Jul 2014 21:32
MojoKid writes: Intel just launched their new SSD 2500 Pro series solid state drive, the follow-up to last year's SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive... shares much of its DNA with some of Intel's consumer-class drives, but the Pro series cranks things up a few notches with support for advanced security and management features, low power states, and an extended management toolset. In terms of performance, the Intel SSD 2500 Pro isn't class-leading in light of many enthusiast-class drives but it's no slouch either. Intel differentiates the 2500 Pro series by adding support for vPro remote-management and hardware-based self-encryption. The 2500 Pro series supports TCG (Trusted Computing Group) Opal 2.0 features and is Microsoft eDrive capable as...
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'Uncontacted' Amazon People Treated for Flu

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 21:31
'Uncontacted' Amazon PeopleA group of people in the Amazon who had been living without any contact to the outside world suffered an outbreak of the flu after fleeing attacks on t, Brazilian authorities say.
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In a move that could have major implications for social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday strengthening regulations on Internet data... storage. Starting in 2016, the new law will require Internet operators to store Russian user data in centers within the country. Once data is stored on Russian servers, it will be subjected to Russian laws, putting it at risk for censorship, critics say. Companies that don't comply will be blocked from the web See also: Vladimir Putin's Last Victory The law is part of a plan to improve "the management of personal data of Russian citizens on computer networks,” Agence France-Presse reported. Critics say it could have a chilling effect on a variety of websites, including Facebook and Twitter,...
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The Tabletop Aquaponics SystemThere is no such thing as a leisurely schedule nowadays. We work all day, trying to make it so that we don’t have to work more in the future. While we can only do so much within one 24-hour period,... we’re always striving to do more. If you wish you could have an herb garden but know you don’t have the time to fully take care of it, then you ...
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Putting stickers on your MacBook is cool. I know this because the majority of you told me you're totally cool with it in a recent poll. Oh, and also because Apple just ran a TV ad showing just how... amazing your MacBook can look with a little bit of...
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Hemingway, the Webapp thatWindows/Mac: We're fans of Hemingway because the syntax highlighting makes it easy to glance at a block of text and edit for specific parts of speech. Now, the webapp is available for Windows and Mac....
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VivaLnk's Digital Tattoos CanTired of unlocking your Moto X smartphone with a password or a PIN? Now you will be able to unlock it with a digital tattoo.
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GENEVA — The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Tuesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations by both... Israel and Hamas may amount to war crimes. The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special session of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip. See also: 'My Saddest Photo Yet': Astronaut Sees Israel and Gaza Rocket Fire From Space Only the United States voted against the resolution championed by Arab nations. Another 17 of the Human Rights Council's 47 member-states abstained.
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In Images: Tyrannosaur Trackways

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 21:24
In Images: TyrannosaurNew tyrannosaur trackways unearthed in Canada suggest that the ferocious predators may have been pack animals.
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Philips Blu-Ray Surround BasePhilips Blu-Ray Surround Base HTB3525B (photos)
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Now You Can Unlock YourMoto X smartphone users can now unlock their device by tapping it against a so-called "digital tattoo." On Tuesday, Motorola Mobility released a video showing off its latest smartphone accessory. Not... quite a tattoo, in the permanent sense, the item is actually an adhesive bandage equipped with near-field communication technology. According to a post on the company's blog, the average person takes 2.3 seconds to unlock his or her phone. This happens usually 39 times a day. Developers at Motorola apparently believe people find this so tedious and exhausting that they're willing to wear a sticker that lets them simply tap their phone to their wrist to unlock and access it. (Story continues below.)
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Sun Appears Eerily 'Quiet' During Period Of Peak Activity

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 21:19
Sun Appears Eerily 'Quiet'Our sun erupted with activity, sported several sunspots and unleashed massive solar flares just last month in what scientists dubbed a "solar mini max." But now, the sun appears to have gone strangely... quiet. In fact, the side that faces us appeared spotless on July 17 for the first time in almost three years. (Story continues below.) An image of the "spotless sun" taken July 17, 2014 from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. That's a bit unusual, given that scientists believe the sun is in solar maximum, a period of peak activity during the sun's roughly 11-year solar cycle. The sun is currently in solar cycle No. 24, since scientists first started tracking sunspot variation in 1755. "It is weird, but it's not super weird," solar physicist Tony Phillips wrote on his website,...
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One Parent May Have BiggerThe age at which girls reach puberty is influenced by a set of genes that were previously only known to be involved in the development of a fetus before birth, according to a new study.
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Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor has reportedly saved over 100 patients from the deadly disease — now he will have to fight it within his own body. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, is a virologist whom Sierra... Leone's health minister called a "national hero" for his efforts to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. He is now receiving treatment at a center run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), according to a Reuters report. Though he is reportedly alive, his current condition is unknown See also: Understanding the Ebola Virus Khan acknowledged the risk he was taking back in June, when he told Reuters that treating patients had him "afraid for my life." That risk was heightened just this past week when three nurses died after contracting the virus in the same treatment...
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Fox Invades Comic-Con With Drones

Mashable - 23 Jul 2014 21:16
Comic-Con, the 2014 iteration of which kicks off Thursday in San Diego, has seen an increasing amount of outlandish stunts over the years — stadiums full of zombies, entire pop-up houses devoted to... movies But Fox is set to kick it up a notch this year by bringing along a bunch of drones to promote the show 24 — and giving attendees instructions on how to pilot them. (What could possibly go wrong?) See also: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year We're told that the drone promotion, revealed exclusively to Mashable, includes lessons from a FAA-licensed drone pilot. Each DJI Phantom Vision 2+ quadrocopter comes equipped with a camera that will record the flight. Participating pilots will be encouraged to share the resulting video on social media
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Adblock Plus: We can stopCanvas fingerprinting is a completely new way of tracking users online for advertising purposes, and reports detailing it claim it's rather difficult to bypass. Even Adblock Plus users can't escape... canvas fingerprinting, but the company explained on its blog there is a way to deal with it, and with cookies for that matter, using its browser plugin. Canvas fingerprinting is basically a smart way of combining data obtained with help of a web browser to create profiles and then track them online. However, because the data gathered includes graphic drivers, browser version, operating system and - maybe - "some settings like ClearType,” canvas fingerprinting may not be so efficient at tracking users of websites that have high traffic. Adblock says
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Audi boss says 'nein' toThanks to Tesla and BMW, fully electric cars are all the rage in 2014. Audi has no plans to build one, however, because the German brand doesn't believe they sell well enough, and thinks that plug-in... hybrid technology is much more practical. The post Audi boss says ‘nein’ to all-electric vehicles, commits to plug-in hybrids instead appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Wish come true: The GenieUnlike some of the network-connected smart deadbolts we've seen in the past, this smart door handle is designed to operate on batteries for a full year The post Wish come true: The Genie smart lock... may have year-long battery life appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Associated Press made news on Wednesday, but not the kind it intended The news organization put out a breaking news update that the plane carrying the bodies of victims from the Malaysia Airlines... crash in Ukraine had landed in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the way that update was worded led many to mistakenly believe the plane with the remains had crashed as well BREAKING: Dutch military plane carrying bodies from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash lands in Eindhoven. — The Associated Press (@AP) July 23, 2014 Some rightly questioned whether a plane landing safely merits the "BREAKING" news treatment. Perhaps that was part of the reason why those who saw the original update were primed to believe another plane had crashed. When you see a breaking news alert about an airplane, it's...
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This Gamer Says He Found HisVideo games have been archiving little facets of our selves for years, leading to unexpected encounters like this one.
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Red Hood story pack DLCGamers will be able to play as the vigilante Red Hood in a number of Batman: Arkham Knight DLC story missions when the game arrives in 2015, thanks to an exclusive pre-order bonus from GameStop. This... new content is in addition to the Harley Quinn DLC and exclusive poster already on offer for GameStop customers that pre-order the game. Red Hood […] The post Red Hood story pack DLC announced for Batman: Arkham Knight appeared first on Digital Trends.
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8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99

The Mac Observer - 23 Jul 2014 21:09
8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99I have a deal aimed at developers today called The 8 For 8 Design Bundle. It's a collection of eight UI kits all designed iOS 8. Combined, it includes more than 700 hand-crafted UI elements, all of... which were designed to meet Apple's Human Interface Guidelines for iOS apps. Because they were designed for iOS 8, they include new features such as widgets, updated keyboards, and more. There are examples of all of the kits on the deal listing, and you can get it for $24.99 (regularly $59).
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Video: Blind PhotographerAustralian-based photographer Brendon Borellini sees the world differently than most of us. In fact, he doesn't really see it at all. This is because Borellini was born with congenital deafness and... partial blindness, which has since turned into complete blindness. You’re probably thinking to yourself that these disabilities aren't exactly conducive to becoming a photographer, […]
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Xiaomi MiBand is more thanChinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, otherwise known as China's Apple, has launched a very affordable wristband alongside its Mi4 smartphone. Unfortunately, both devices are limited to China.... Called the MiBand, Xiaomi's new wristband only costs £7.50....
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A Brief History of Voyager 1You may have heard that Voyager 1 has exited the Solar System. And that it hasn't. This is a chronicle of that probe's greatest journey in headlines, including a few of our own.
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Wall Street Journal suffersSome of The Wall Street Journal's databases fall into the hands of a hacker. The news organization says the matter is being addressed.
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LG G Watch with Android Wear:Apple's famous iWatch has been rumoured for months. But Google has jumped into the smartwatch market first with Android Wear - a tweaked version of its mobile OS designed specifically for wearable... technology.
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Rumor: Apple has two FallAnother day, another iPhone rumor popping up. This time, folks "briefed on plans" say Apple has two fall announcements to discuss a bevy or things. From desktop to your wrist, Apple has a lot to talk... about -- so much so, they need two days to do so. These "friends of the program" spoke to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, and …
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Where Restaurant Reservations Come From

The Atlantic - 23 Jul 2014 21:01
Where Restaurant ReservationsA journey into the mysterious origins of the pre-arranged table
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'Disney Infinity 2.0' adds allThe Guardians of the Galaxy are the latest Marvel superheroes announced for 'Disney Infinity 2.0.' All five heroes will be available to own and play.
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Why YouTube Will Never Replace TV

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 21:00
Why YouTube Will Never ReplaceYouTube recently embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content. A move no doubt inspired by the successes of Netflix, this is part of... YouTube's continuing efforts to increase viewership and to transform itself into a destination for long-form original content. But will it work? Despite spending more than $100 million so far, YouTube has not seen much success luring viewers to their long-form content. Sure, YouTube is still an excellent place to visit for a few minutes and watch a cute video about cats around the world sleeping in strange places. And with the addition of channels like VEVO, there's finally something to fill the void MTV left when it exited the music video business. Why won't we watch? So why aren't we drawn to...
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[GamerTell] Where's the multiplatform Peggle 2?

Technology Tell - 23 Jul 2014 21:00
[From GamerTell] EA's Q1 2015 earnings call mentions a new Peggle game, and it better be a multiplatform version of Peggle 2.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Teenage Mutant Ninja...
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Can you separate a bell from its ring? You can in the quantum world - the Cheshire cat experiment has shown neutrons splitting from their spins (full text available to subscribers)
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My new favorite TwitterBack in college I took an undergrad law course that devoted a day to looking at silly old laws that were still on the books. One of the laws stated that it was illegal to serve margarine in any... Wisconsin restaurant without also offering customers butter. The whole class thought it was hilarious. And then, not a few weeks later, the state ran a sting operation, busting restaurants for serving margarine.
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I'm Ira Glass, Host of ThisIra Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio shows, and has influenced and inspired... countless others to grab a mic and give podcasting a try.
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The Amazon Fire Phone Is A For the better part of a decade, Amazon has been rolling out e-readers, tablets, and a box that you hook up to your TV while building up a library of content available on all of them. Now they’re... hoping they can replace the device you always have on you and spend the most time on: your smartphone.
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Announcing the 'Weekly PhotoWhen we posted last week's photo contest with the prompt of "reflections" we knew folks would come up with something good. The pages full of entries in the forums did not disappoint, and we were... greeted with dozens of fantastic pictures to choose from. In the end we had to narrow it down to just two winners, who will each take home a prize for their photography skills. Read along and see the winning entries this week
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Yosemite and Apple's best MacsApple will release the public OS X Yosemite beta on Thursday, with 9to5Mac reporting that the final version will be released as a free download via the Mac App Store at some point in late October,... possibly alongside new Macs that will come with high-resolution displays. FROM EARLIER: Why it makes sense for iOS 8 and Yosemite to launch separately The publication says the final Yosemite Developer Preview version will be seeded on September 29, followed by a golden master around October 10. Sources familiar with the matter revealed that Apple is also readying products with better displays, including a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air model and either a 4K iMac and/or a new 4K display. "Those [Yosemite] interface elements [including
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Agile Enterprise ArchitectureDigital transformation requires a solidly agile approach to architecture
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Google offers big prize forGoogle is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.
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Reddit's Live Feature Is Now ... Live

Mashable - 23 Jul 2014 20:53
Reddit's live thread feature, which has been embraced by the site's news junkies covering topics like the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Ukraine, has been rolled out to all users. "I’m pleased... to announce that reddit live is now… ahem… live," a Reddit representative wrote in a blog post. See also: Reddit's Newsgathering Comes of Age After Growing Pains Reddit live is the site's first project that exists primarily outside the subreddit system that the site uses to organize topics, links and comments. The project was born out of interest on the comment boards of reddit for a way to track live events without having to refresh each page.
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Concrete pours into Michigan physics site

Miami Herald - 23 Jul 2014 20:53
Concrete pours into MichiganThe construction of a new national facility for nuclear science at Michigan State University is continuing with the addition of 140 truckloads of concrete.
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EA Sports UFC's first, freeEA Sports UFC gets three new fighters and new mechanics compliments of the publisher's first free update for the game. The Octagon is becoming a more dangerous place, one content pack at a time....... The post EA Sports UFC’s first, free update adds three fighters and new moves appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Grace Digital's new EcostoneWe've seen floating speakers before, but Grace Digital's Ecostone appears to be far from a one-trick pony. Ecoxgear, Grace Digital's outdoors-focused arm, began shipping the versatile Bluetooth... speaker yesterday at a price-point of $150. The post Grace Digital’s new Ecostone speaker helps you rock out while you ride the rapids appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Android grabs more tablet market share

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 20:50
Android grabs more tabletGlobal sales of tablet computers edged higher in the second quarter, in the slowest growth since 2009, research firm Strategy Analytics said Wednesday.
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Slashdot - 23 Jul 2014 20:50
Dave Knott writes: Scientists from the University of Maryland say they have turned thin air into an "optical fiber" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. As... described in the research, this was accomplished by generating a laser with its light split into a ring of multiple beams forming a pipe. Very short and powerful pulses from the laser are used to heat the air molecules along the beam extremely quickly. Such rapid heating produces sound waves that take about a microsecond to converge to the center of the pipe, creating a high-density area surrounded by a low-density area left behind in the wake of the laser beams. The lower density region of air surrounding the center of the air waveguide has a lower refractive index, keeping the light focused, and...
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Chernin and AT&T Set to BuyThe joint venture will take a majority stake in the YouTube network, valuing it at more than $200 million.
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Skype 5.0 for Android updateThe app now hooks into your contacts list to find out who is using Skype and how to get in touch with them.
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Halo: Nightfall's star once hunted Osama Bin Laden

Digital Trends - 23 Jul 2014 20:46
Halo: Nightfall's star onceMike Colter, the actor playing Agent Locke in Halo: Nightfall, talks about the live action series, and his character, who will feature prominently in Halo 5: Guardians. The post Halo: Nightfall’s... star once hunted Osama Bin Laden appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The ghost in the machine

The Loop - 23 Jul 2014 20:46
. Kottke: In racing video games, a ghost is a car representing your best score that races with you around the track. This story of a son discovering and racing against his deceased father's ghost car... in an Xbox racing game will hit you right in the feels. What a lovely but sad story.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Beer Pong Balls Are Disgusting, But Now You Can Clean Them

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 20:46
Beer Pong Balls AreIt has been well-documented how disgusting beer pong balls can get. But now, there is a new solution. In one of the most college-friendly Kickstarters to date, Tyler Dobush has invented the "Clean... Cup," the world's first portable and automatic beer pong ball washer. Dobush's clever invention is also timely. Beer pong has come under a bit of fire recently after Clemson University researchers found the balls used may carry dangerous bacteria. But don't kid yourself, it's not like you actually thought a lukewarm cup of water did anything to clean the balls, right? This isn't the first time someone has tried to tackle this problem. Not long ago, a group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled their luxurious beer pong table that actually included a ball washing system...
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Watch the Political Gabfest Taping

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 20:45
Welcome to a live stream of the July 24 Political Gabfest taping. The show starts around 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, but please allow a few extra minutes if we need to find Plotz or resolve a tech... issue.
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. Jezebel: Less than 100 years ago, people genuinely believed that there was no such thing as "menial service" to an American, that waiters could be gentlemen, and that service didn't mean servitude.... They believed the idea of tipping was a fundamentally demeaning and classist notion of which they wanted no part. Since then, we appear to have come a long way down a road paved with good intentions. What the hell went wrong? I'm always of two minds when it comes to tipping and appreciate those places I've travelled where it is not allowed or culturally frowned upon.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The Untold History of HowDespite the well-documented foibles of autocorrect, it actually is pretty good at turning my gibberish touch typing into comprehensible if profanity-free prose. For that, we have a man by the name of... Bill Vaginal to thank. Erh, I mean Vignola.
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EA delays Battlefield:Somebody at EA must've hit the panic button. The game maker just announced that highly anticipated titles Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition will both miss their expected release dates.... Hardline, developed by Dead Space creator Visceral Games, is the bigger delay. Originally scheduled for an October 21 release, the game is now delayed until "early 2015"--probably sometime in the February/March period where most just-missed-the-holidays games land.
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. Polygon: I blinked at my phone, fighting simultaneous urges to hurl my phone across the room in anger and cry. Later that day, someone texted me my address -- telling me they'd "See me when I least... expected it." I haven't been out to my car at night by myself since January 2nd. My name is Brianna Wu. I lead a development studio that makes games. Sometimes, I write about issues in the games industry that relate to the equality of women. My reward is that I regularly have men threatening to rape and commit acts of violence against me. An awful story about a serious and ongoing problem in general but specific in this regard to the gaming industry.∞ Read this on The Loop
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That HTC Smartwatch? It's aThe eagle-eyed were ecstatic: HTC had shared a video of its design studios and there, lurking in plain (if pixely) sight, seemed to be the much-rumored HTC smartwatch, right there on a designer's... desk. It was enough to reignite speculation about an HTC-made Android Wear wearable, but now HTC has waded in with some cold water, claiming the whole thing …
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When I first downloaded and opened up Overcast, a new podcast-listening app for iOS that was developed by Instapaper-creator Marco Arment, I was overcome with a sense of relief. Finally: An app that... understands what it's like to actually listen to a podcast, and seems willing to make the tiny tweaks that can add life and legs to the medium.
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Alexander Gerst took a photo of the region from the International Space Station.
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Lara Croft and friends raidLara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, sequel to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light that Square Enix revealed last month at E3, will arrive on December 9 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The post Lara Croft... and friends raid The Temple of Osiris on December 9 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Are Camera Drones the Future of Filmmaking?

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 20:35
Movie magic is undeniable and production used to be limited to giant studios with massive budgets. In the final episode of Hardwired 2.0 I explore how technology is helping to make the creation and... distribution of your own movie easier and more affordable. Remote controlled camera drones are becoming widely accessible to consumers. I checked them out with help from the Drone Dudes and learned why they are quickly becoming the equipment of choice for aerial photography. Previously, the only option was filming from a helicopter, which is loud and expensive. Andrew Petersen, a Pilot from Drone Dudes, took me through some of the drones. Their main drone is the Red Carbon Fiber Dragon, which uses a gimbal called a mōvi to stabilize the camera while in flight. Make sure to check out the video...
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Making Hot Air Bread BalloonsHere is the most fun way to make bread: Prepare a massive pile of dough, brightly colored with natural dyes; cut off a small section and flatten it out; place that pizza-like sheet on top of an... industrial-strength blower and watch it inflate into a toasty, instantly edible balloon.
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Massive Mayfly emergence in Wisconsin

The Loop - 23 Jul 2014 20:34
Wired: This week Wisconsin-ites were treated to a mayfly emergence. Just how many mayflies are there? Enough that they show up on weather radar. The slippery goo created by millions of mayflies is... blamed in a three-car pileup in Hager City, WI yesterday night. Mother Nature is amazing and sometimes, disgusting.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Kids Are Legit Worried TheirFrom Instagram to "Candy Crush" to plain old texting, it's no secret that young people are obsessed with their mobile devices. But kids apparently think parents are tech-obsessed, too. According to a... survey released Tuesday, 69 percent of children in the United Kingdom feel their parents are addicted to their mobile devices. Conducted by research agency Opinion Matters for the U.K.'s New Forest National Park Authority, the survey also found that 21 percent of kids say parents' mobile devices divert their attention from family matters. What's more, 40 percent of children surveyed also admit that while at home, they occasionally use text, email and social media to communicate with their parents. Guardians also weighed in, with 60 percent saying they believe their kids spend too much time on...
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Sony super-slim Xperia T3 heading to India

Tech Times - 23 Jul 2014 20:33
Sony super-slim Xperia T3Sony India is launching the new slim Xperia T3 later this month. The move aims to bolster sales and enter the India market ahead of Apple's iPhone 6 launch this fall.
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DETROIT — General Motors is issuing six more recalls covering a total of almost 718,000 vehicles in the U.S. The latest recalls bring the total for GM so far this year to 60, affecting a record 29.7... million cars and trucks. GM already has passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year. The biggest recall announced Wednesday was for just over 414,000 cars and small SUVs for faulty seats. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts. See also: Why Are There So Many Auto Recalls These Days?
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How to make long flightsFlying is amazing. You can start your day in Russia, and finish it in Reno. You can travel in relative comfort at over 500 miles per hour. Of course, the operative word here is relative. Few things... are sweeter than figuring out a way to cruise in business class as you cross an ocean or two, but if I'm honest, it's pretty impractical for the vast majority of humans. So, do you squeeze yourself into an impossibly tight seat for 13 hours to get from Atlanta to Seoul, or do you stay home and spend the day clicking through Google Images? You go. I've endured my fair share of excruciatingly long flights in economy class, and there's really no redeeming
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Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker +Analysis Microsoft has cracked open its annual and Q4 results, the first end of year results under brevity-challenged chief executive Satya... Nadella....
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The Grovemade Wood Watch givesWhile most of us rely on our phones to tell us the time, there are a few that still enjoy wearing a wristwatch. In today’s world, there aren’t as many people spending a good deal on one timepiece,... as an expensive one doesn’t play well with water or rough-and-tumble activities. If your lifestyle gives you the ability to not only wear a nice watch, but also afford a high quality ...
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Thiel Fellow's Elegant Sleep When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q... product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to create…
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Fantastical for iPhone/iPadFantastical 2 for the iPhone and the iPad were today updated to version 2.1, adding several new features to both mobile apps including a new Snooze feature, event invitation notifications, birthday... notifications, and more. The biggest new feature, Snooze, allows users push back notification times for calendar events or reminders using either preset times or custom set durations, a useful function when a notification pops up and needs to be paused until a later time. Along with Snooze, the 2.1 update adds notifications for upcoming birthdays and event invitations, plus it's possible to search for and add contacts and locations when creating new events. There are also new keyboard shortcuts enabled when using an external keyboard and several little tweaks have been added, such as improved...
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Study shows forward osmosisThe two-step process is better suited for other applications
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Android/iOS/Windows: Sometimes you'd like to share a file without actually letting someone else have access to it permanently. Digify steps up, letting you give others temporary access to... files-including those in Dropbox-that automatically expires.
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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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The physics of lead guitar playing

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 20:29
String bends, tapping, vibrato and whammy bars are all techniques that add to the distinctiveness of a lead guitarist's sound, whether it's Clapton, Hendrix, or BB King.
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Hockey's About To Get TheVirginia Tech thinks hockey helmets are bullshit, which is more or less true. In turn, it wants to look at the differences between hockey's helmets and football's recently evolved versions, and bring... the concussion-stopping advances to hockey. This is pretty much bullshit.
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HTC on that watch in thatHere's HTC's response to an obvious watch showing up (look for it about 35 and 44 seconds in) in that design video from July 9: "HTC encourages our design team to explore and tinker with new ideas and... even models, as is the case with the watch some viewers noticed in our recent HTC Design video. It in no way indicates an actual product HTC is planning to release. Keep an eye on this space for exciting new products from HTC when they are ready to be announced!" So, yeah. It's a watch. Or a design of a watch. Either way, not a real product. The good news is we can still expect some Android Wear fare from HTC, as it's still an official partner. We just don't know when, or what, we'll eventually get.
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Bits Blog: Open Source and the Challenge of Making Money

The New York Times - 23 Jul 2014 20:28
Bits Blog: Open Source and theMany open source companies now work the same way: Get a software project going that outsiders can work on, and then sell proprietary stuff that makes the open source project useful.
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Access over 15,000 MarvelClear your calendar. For the next month you can treat yourself to Marvel Unlimited's massive online comic library for just under a buck.
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Risk Reduction Milestone TestsThe winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has successfully completed a series of risk reduction milestone tests on key flight hardware systems thereby moving... the private reusable spacecraft closer to its critical design review (CDR) and first flight under NASA's Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America's indigenous human spaceflight […]
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U.K. government embracesThe U.K. government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens... will not be required to buy a particular application or software suite in order to collaborate with government staff. ODF (OpenDocument Format) is the native file format of free open-source applications such as Apache OpenOffice, originally developed by Sun Microsystems, and LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice maintained by The Document Foundation. It is also supported by recent versions of Microsoft Office and other commercial office productivity software such as WordPerfect Office X7.
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Chip Yates built an electric plane that can keep up with its gas-powered counterparts.
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Big Companies Invest in 'Smart' Home Technology

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 20:24
Big Companies Invest inSmartThings home automation kit Samsung, according to TechCrunch, is in talks to buy home automation company SmartThings for $200 million. As of my deadline, the deal hadn't been confirmed, but if it... goes through, it would put the giant Korean electronics company in direct competition with Apple and Google. But even if this deal doesn't pan out, you can be sure that Samsung -- along with just about every other consumer electronics company -- will be entering this market. Although technically the term "home automation" could apply to any labor-saving device, including dishwashers and washing machines, in today's world it means remote control and monitoring of home appliances, lights, doors, security and entertainment systems. For example, SmartThings sells a $99 hub that connects devices to...
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That's My Owner! Dogs Get Jealous, Too

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 20:24
That's My Owner! Dogs GetMan's best friend does not like anything muscling in on that friendship; -- the first experimental test of jealousy in dogs shows that canines nip even at stuffed dogs when these fakes are taking away... the attention of the animals' owners.
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Nikon's new D810 consolidates the older D800 and D800E into a single body with no AA filter on its 36MP CMOS sensor. A few days ago we received a final production sample Nikon D810 and we've been... shooting with it intensely ever since. As well as putting it through our initial studio testing, we've also taken a quick look at the effectiveness of the new electronic first-curtain shutter and created a gallery of real-world sample images to show what the camera can do. Click through for links.
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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Strangers fondled their luggage, read their diaries, and pored over their effects spread out in the burned field of the crash site: Teddy bears, magazines, I love Amsterdam... T-shirts. According to some reports, credit cards, cell phone and even a wedding ring were looted. And for days, the bodies just lay there — some only partially clothed. Today, the first victims were returned to the Netherlands and finally honored, almost a week after they were killed as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down, reportedly by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. See also: Malaysia Airlines Victims Honored as Bodies Are Returned
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Apple's Busy Year-End Could Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri both have claimed excitement about the fall, but we have yet to get a glimpse at the total product pipeline. New reports from 9to5Mac claim a whole host of... new info around specific launch timelines, however, including a mid-September event and launch for the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, as well as late 2014 or early 2015 launches of OS X Yosemite, a 12-inch…
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Modern Combat 5: BlackoutThe latest in Gameloft's Modern Combat series is now available in Google Play, and it's actually hitting a day earlier than we expected. Modern Combat 5: Blackout offers a new unified character... progression system that ties together the single player and multiplayer games, along with four distinct character classes, new vehicles and improved visuals.
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Reuters has reported that Sony is planning to invest 35 billion yen (approximately US$345 million) to expand its manufacturing capacity of smartphone and tablet image sensors. Sony says the investment... will allow for a 13 percent increase in production to 68,000 wafers per month in 2015. Sony leads the market for smartphone imaging sensors, and supplies the sensors for Apple's iPhones and a large number of Android smartphones.
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Good News! Sitting Won't KillSitting is undeniably one of the comfiest ways to arrange your body. Almost as good as lounging, really, and just short of "dangling worry-free from hammock." But it has acquired a very bad rap over... the past few years. A bad rap it doesn't quite deserve.
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Clockwise Podcast: Backdoors,Apple denies it's made a backdoor for spies, one of our panelists brings a 3D TV into his house, the Yosemite public beta arrives, and people seem to dislike their social networks. With guests Philip... Michaels and Dan Frakes.
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Tomorrow, Apple will release the first Public Beta version of OS X Yosemite to Mac users who have registered with the open beta program. The first public beta build of OS X 10.10 will apparently be... the same as Yosemite Developer Preview 4, and is aimed at soliciting feedback from non-developer Mac users, according to ...
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Why Facebook Is Not For Me

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 20:18
Why Facebook Is Not For MeFirst things first, I just want to say: I am not anti-Facebook. I have nothing against those who do choose to have an account (and it would be a real problem if I did, because that includes virtually... all of my friends and family members). There are people who know how to use it right, and anyone who really wants a Facebook account has the right to one. However, I made a personal choice to opt out of Facebook a few years ago, and it has turned out to be a really interesting social experiment. If you ask people you know why they don't have a Facebook, you'll probably hear a slightly different reason from each person. Many would probably say something about not wanting to get addicted to it. And who could blame them? I've only ever borrowed friends' accounts, but even I know that the...
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Despite the cutting edge technology in automobile design and safety, why has the combustion-based engine technology not evolved? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jason Lancaster.
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The rapid-fire rocket exchange between Israel and Hamas on Wednesday evening was so bright it could be seen from space. German astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted two images on Wednesday that he took... from more than 200 miles above the Earth as the International Space Station was flying over Israel and Gaza The rocket fire and explosions crisscrossing between the two areas appear to be visible in the photos. (Mashable reached out to NASA for further clarification on where the explosions are located in the images. We will update shortly.) My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel pic.twitter.com/jNGWxHilSy — Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) July 23, 2014
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​So You Want To GoSpearfishing combines the thrill of the hunt with swimming in the ocean and eating healthy, tasty fish. We figured that sounded like fun so, last weekend, paddled kayaks to a remote beach and caught... some fish.
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Apple's $425 million spike inEddy Cue thinks 2014 will be the best product pipeline Apple’s had in 25 years, and according to the company’s latest filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cupertino is certainly... pouring enough money into R&D to back him up. Apple increased…
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String Theory: The Physics ofHow do great guitarists bend a string like Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix? One scientist sought to figure out how legendary performers make great music.
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[From EntertainmentTell] That said, we're in a renaissance these days in terms of recording and filming live concerts for home viewing. The quality of sight and sound on recent concert discs is... uniformly excellent, in keeping with the level of equipment we play this stuff on these days. Five new Blu-rays from Eagle Entertainment perfectly illustrate this point. And whiie they cover the gamut of musical genres, they all meet the company's standards for musical and visual excellence.
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Which Moto 360 band do you plan to brandish?

Android Central - 23 Jul 2014 20:16
Which Moto 360 band do youAs we're all not-so-patiently awaiting the Moto 360 -- which some 61 percent of more than 12,000 of you said you are holding out for -- let's take another look at its aesthetics. Specifically, the... watch strap, or band. While we're still missing any real official details, Motorola's been showing off its Android Wear watch from the start with a metal links band, as well as a leather strap. (It was the leather variety that we got to take a look at a month ago.) Both have their merits. Leather tends to be a little more comfortable for some. The links certainly look more sophisticated, though. But then there's the issue of hair pulling, and sizing it to fit in the first place. And so we ask you: Which one are you planning on rocking? Leather? Or links?
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The Most Precise MeasurementNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a planet beyond our solar system.
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Gaza Explosions and FlyingPhotographs taken by ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst show the waging war on the Gaza strip and Israel. Gerst says "My saddest photo yet. From the International Space Station we can actually see... explosions and rockets flying over Gaza and Israel."
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Volvo's all new 2015 XC90 isVolvo continues to pioneer on safety with the new XC90. Not only is it built more strongly than any of its competitors it has multiple safety world firsts; including systems designed to prevent... rear-impacts and protect occupants if the car runs off the road. The post Volvo’s all new 2015 XC90 is so safe, it detects and avoids accidents before they happen appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Turn your smartphone into aThere are ways to construct a do-it-yourself projector for your smartphone, but not all of you have the time or money to invest into such a tedious project. That's when the Prezzy Box Smart Phone... Projector comes in. Listed on PrezzyBox.com, the Smart...
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How new data created newEnterprises have overwhelmingly committed to accelerating their transition to new technologies, with the goal in mind to free up IT investment dollars in order to create more strategic... business-changing applications and to have more agility in implementing ongoing change. How new data created new products in the second-quarter 2014 originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Target 'In a Snap' app targetsTarget's latest app takes the hassle out of connecting shoppers to merchandise displayed in ads. 'In a Snap' uses image recognition to receive product information and build wish lists.
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AirFrame+ review: the carAndroid devices (and probably the iPhone, too) are getting larger, and that's not a trend that will cease any time soon. Finding a mount for your car that can accommodate your girthy smartphone may... not be easy. So many still cater to smaller phones, but an update to the popular Airframe changes that. The new Airframe+ will hang onto your …
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Apple invites public to test drive Yosemite

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 20:10
Apple invites public to testYou can join the Mac OS X Yosemite beta program starting Thursday.          
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Get paid for posts? Social(AP)--Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared --except the money those posts produce.
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Most volcanoes are inherently unstable features. They are constructed of loose piles of volcanic debris (tephra) and lava flows on relatively steep slopes. This means that they can be prone to... landslides. This is especially so inside calderas, a depression formed by the collapse of the land surface. The inner slopes are usually steep and […]
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Blue Whales Roam DangerouslyThe feeding grounds of blue whales along the U.S. West Coast overlap dangerously with shipping lanes, placing the behemoths in danger of collisions with ships. This finding could help prevent human... threats to these endangered titans, scientists added.
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blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives... have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so severe that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS.
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The FCC reminds ISPs theyAttention, ISPs who have vague terms of service or promise one thing and then fail to deliver: The FCC is keeping an eye on you. The FCC reminds ISPs they can’t mess with broadband without telling... the consumer originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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When we talk about the effects of climate change, the discussion usually centers around the poles, coastal regions, or major storms, but there are already some major effects being felt in less obvious... ways. The Washington Post dives into one of them today with a report on flooding in Chicago that's come about as a result of increased rainfall. Aside from having damaging effects on residents -- such as one whose basement ended up overtaken by maggots -- the rainfall already shows signs that it could become increasingly problematic for urban sewer systems like those in Chicago, which were designed for much drier times. The Post looks at just what's happening to get Chicago prepared for storms of the future.
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100,000-Year-Old Case of Brain Damage Discovered

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 20:03
100,000-Year-Old Case of BrainThe skeleton of a child who lived 100,000 years ago shows signs of severe brain damage from a head trauma, new research suggests.
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If you're like me, you've paid for a certain speed from you internet provider only to get a fraction of the promised bandwidth. The FCC is reminding those who control access to the interwebs to be... honest and forthcoming with their advertised data...
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Photos: Blue Whales SwimResearchers have tagged more than 100 blue whales off the California Coast, finding the behemoths feed around major shipping lanes.
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[From GadgeTell] Colfax Smart Pack melds wireless tech, power, with urban appeal
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Indie RPG 'Majestic Nights'Indie studio Epiphany Games has a fascinating premise for their upcoming episodic RPG Majestic Nights: What if the craziest conspiracy theories, past and present, were true? And what if you were... responsible for them?
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New Boy of Benchmark:Every time a startup is funded, a VC gets his wings.
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Google Play Store now tellsOne of the many cool things to come from Google's Material Design update to the Play Store app, which now features big beautiful images and colorful icons when you select just about anything, is a... huge deal for All Access subscribers. After this update hits your phone or tablet, you'll be able to check and see if an album is a part of your All Access subscription thanks to this single line toward the bottom of the page. This is a huge step towards fixing the somewhat clumsy relationship Google has created between All Access and regular Album shopping on the Play Store. Previously, the lack of clarity could lead to accidental or unnecessary album purchases because there wasn't just an "add to Play Music" when you were subscribed to All Access. While that button still doesn't exist, because...
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[From GamerTell] Want to play Super Smash Bros. at SDCC 2014? Send Nintendo a tweet and a 3DS with the game will be brought to you.
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Rockmelt Co-Founder Eric Eric Vishria, who was co-founder and CEO of social browsing startup Rockmelt, is joining early Twitter and Uber backer Benchmark. In doing so, he will be joining Matt Cohler, Peter Fenton, Bill... Gurley, and Mitch Lasky as the fifth member of the firm’s partnership.
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Windows 9: One OS to rule allUnlike Apple, which thinks merging iOS and OS X would be a "waste of energy," Microsoft wants one single Windows operating system to be available to all its device users, whether they're Windows Phone... handset owners, Xbox fans, or rely on a Windows computer for work or play. Business Insider reports that CEO Satya Nadella said on the company’s FQ4 earnings conference call that a future version of Windows will merge all current Windows versions, becoming an "operating system that covers all screen sizes." "In the year ahead, we are investing in ways that will ensure our device OS and first party hardware aligned to our core," Nadella said. "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems
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Top 10 Rules of Travel Photography

PetaPixel - 23 Jul 2014 20:00
Top 10 Rules of TravelPhotography is not about the camera. It's not even about the beautiful images we create. It is about telling powerful stories. Photography is a tool for creating awareness and understanding across... cultures, communities, and countries; a tool to make sense of our commonalities in the world we share. I believe the way to find common […]
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Turn a Pringles Can Into aYour phone's speakers are pretty small and probably can't fill a room with sound. There are a few ways you can boost the sound , but one of the best might be using the trusty old Pringles can.
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Rock'n'Roll Oncologist RevealsDuring daylight hours, Dr David Robert Grimes takes on the serious and important job of battling cancer. But by night, the Doctor swaps his white lab coat for a leather jacket to become a rock'n'roll... guitarist.
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Place a Hard Cap on YourWhen you change income levels, or even when you have varying bills from month to month, it's tempting to adjust how much cash you keep easily accessible. If you really want to save, however, place a... hard cap on those liquid assets, no matter how much you make.
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GM Announces Another 6 Recalls Covering 717,950 Vehicles

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 20:00
GM Announces Another 6 RecallsDETROIT, July 23
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Apple spent a record amount onTaking a look at Apple's recently filed Form 8-K, we see that the amount of money Apple spent on R&D this past quarter was up 36% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Indeed, Apple during the June... quarter spent more on R&D than it's ever spent in...
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Complaining about a flight on Twitter has become common practice for frequent travelers, but for one Minneapolis man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media. He was asked... to leave the plane — before eventually being allowed to re-board. See also: Teen Arrested After Tweeting Terror Threat to American Airlines Duff Watson had priority status to board Southwest Airlines flight 2347 from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday. At the gate, his two children were not allowed to join him in boarding early. He tweeted about it: "Something to the effect of, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,’” he told the local CBS station.
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4K iMac or Thunderbolt DisplayApple's desktop Mac line may finally be getting the Retina update OS X users have been hoping for, with chatter of a 4K model headed to stores around October. Although Retina display technology is... already offered on the MacBook Pro and across Apple's iPhone and iPad line, so far the Mac Pro and iMac have stuck with their lower pixel-density …
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Out of the frying pan and into the fire some startup The manager for Google's controversial and yet-to-launch YouTube music streaming service is leaving, the Wall Street Journal claims....
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Report: Apple's Got a 12-inchIn the midst of updating its operating system to Yosemite, Apple seems to also have some hardware refreshes in mind. According to Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, sources say that Apple is planning a smaller... Macbook (12-inch diagonally) with a high resolution display as well as a pixel-drunk 4K iMac or standalone monitor.
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How The Cloud Is Improving AndWe all know how frustrating the experience of calling into a customer service department can be. Long hold times, the endless repetition of birth dates, previous addresses, maiden names... It’s... enough to make you want to avoid the whole process altogether.
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Batman Day means free comicsThe Dark Knight turns 75 this week, but shows no signs of slowing down. Celebrate with free capes, masks, and other geek goods.
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Darth Vader samurai costume:Japanse warriors combine with "Star Wars" for Darth Vader and Stormtrooper costumes designed to look like samurai in space.
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Harvard inventors create sprayable cake

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 19:53
Harvard inventors createLove cake, but hate baking? Spray Cake is a piece of cake--literally.          
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You Can't Check-In onFoursquare is shedding its rep as a check-in app to compete with discovery services like Yelp
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45 Years After Moon Landing,The United States is outsourcing space exploration to other countries, something that should be a cause for concern.
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At the end of her excellent column on the practical consequences of the anti-Obamacare ruling in Halbig v. Burwell--in short, liberals shouldn't worry--my colleague Emily Bazelon makes a quick point... on the politics of the decision:
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Baby's Body Image

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 19:47
In this week's video Prudie counsels a woman whose mother is concerned about the physique of her 1-year-old granddaughter.
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OS X Yosemite to Launch inFollowing an earlier report on the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, 9to5Mac has released a second report with details on OS X Yosemite and Apple's fall Mac plans. As has been previously mentioned, OS... X Yosemite will launch in October, following iOS 8's September release alongside the iPhone 6. The final Yosemite Developer Preview is expected to be seeded to developers on September 29, with a final golden master build coming around October 10, which suggests a late-October public launch date for Yosemite. October will also see the potential introduction of the iWatch, as has been widely rumored, and Apple may also be planning to unveil several new products designed to promote Yosemite, including a smaller 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop computer, which may...
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Kindle Fire Phone: Our first 5The more I use Amazon's Fire phone, the crazier it seems that Amazon is launching its first smartphone in 2014. The smartphone market is now saturated with iPhones and Android handsets, and they've... become so sophisticated that smaller competitors have little room for error. Just ask Microsoft and BlackBerry, whose respective platforms are constantly playing catch-up on features and struggling to gain market share. Still, I get why Amazon wants to step into the ring. The Fire phone, which launches July 25, offers a direct pipeline into Amazon's library of videos, books, music and apps--more so than any other phone. It's also the easiest way to shop for physical goods on Amazon's website. Amazon already sells tablets and a TV set-top box for these purposes; a smartphone is the obvious...
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Six MIT Lincoln LaboratoryThis year's awards recognize innovations in antenna design, high-speed microswitching, space-object imaging, ground-penetrating radar, laser communications, and chemical sensing
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Augmented Reality ClimbingThere are lots of reasons to tackle a climbing wall at your local gym: it's great exercise, it can improve your hand-eye coordination, and it helps instill useful mountaineering skills should you ever... find yourself trapped on a cliff. But researchers at Aalto University in Finland want to take them one step further through the use of Kinect sensors and projectors that turn climbing walls into interactive games.
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Foursquare unveils itsFoursquare's new, drastic redesign cements the app's purpose: Local discovery, not check-ins. But will consumers flock to adopt the "new Foursquare"? Foursquare unveils its elegant, drastically... different design. But is it too late? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Mark Ruffalo Has His LostJust when you think the world is only full of bad news and depressing stories, the smallest acts of common decency can really brighten your day. Take Mark Ruffalo, who got a big surprise after he lost... his wallet last week: The actor learned that sometimes you can depend on strangers when a man tweeted at him saying he found his wallet in a cab and wanted to know how he could return it: @MarkRuffalo I have your wallet. Found it in a cab in chicago on Friday. Let me know the best way to get it back to you. Thanks -- Trezeduet (@Trezeduet) July 21, 2014 "@Trezeduet thank you! Wow! Another point for the decency in people," the 46-year-old actor replied, and asked the Twitter user to send him a direct message. He added, " You are a hero!" TMZ identified the kind Twitter user as Ross McHale, who...
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When scientists want to find out how a new medication will affect the cardiovascular system, the traditional way of doing so is via animal or human trials. This takes time, can be potentially harmful... to the test subjects, and doesn't always deliver conclusive results. Thanks to a device created at Coventry University in the UK, however, the testing process may soon be quicker, safer and more reliable. ..
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What Is the Bloop?

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 19:41
In 1997, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a mysterious sound deep in the Pacific Ocean. The sound was nicknamed the Bloop, and its origins have been a matter of... informed and not-so-informed debate in the years since.
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Apple to offer 1 million usersApple won't officially release its OS X Yosemite desktop software until this fall, but on Thursday, the Cupertino company will give 1 million users early access to a beta version of the operating... system.
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A Super Simple DIY Lens CapLens caps are the bane of every photographer's existence. They're meant to protect our beautiful glass from getting destroyed with scratches or worse yet, cracks. But as helpful as these little things... are, they're also the socks of the photography world, going missing every five seconds. After losing his more time than he cares to […]
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To celebrate the start of Comic-Con tomorrow in San Diego, Marvel is kicking off a promotion that provides an all-you-can-have pass to its entire digital library for less than a dollar. There are a... few caveats, as expected, but not enough to make the...
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PuppyPOP is the first game forIf you've ever looked at your case-ensconced smartphone with its windowed flap and thought, "Man, if only I could play a game on this," then you should take heart in the fact that someone at LG... thought that too. Just released into the Google Play Store is PuppyPOP, which is the first game that is designed to be played through the circular window on the LG G3's Quick Circle case.
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The TSA's PreCheck program is doing a decent job of moving travelers along at many airports. But as more frequent flyers sign up to take advantage of expedited security screenings, officials are... working to head off potential traffic jams at busy terminals. They've quickly come to realize that some airports are ill prepared to handle the diverging traffic that PreCheck has created. 400,000 applicants have been cleared to join the program since December, Fast Company reports, and that's not even counting the regular travelers that are sometimes waved through PreCheck to keep things moving swiftly. The TSA knows it needs to come up with something better. But rather than working internally to create a new system capable of handling the...
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5 reasons my phablet is fabulous

CNET - 23 Jul 2014 19:33
5 reasons my phablet isCrave's Michael Franco has been living with an awfully big phone for just over four months. His conclusion? Size really does matter.
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No one really cares about theWhen Amazon first announced the price increase from $79 to $99 for Prime memberships, everyone was up in arms. Looking back at the reaction of Amazon customers following the announcement, you might... have thought we’d be in the middle of a worldwide boycott of Amazon Prime about now, but it appears that the fallout was much less eventful than many had predicted. On Wednesday, CIRP released a report which shows that even after the price increase, 95% of U.S. Prime members still indicate that they will either “probably” or “definitely” renew their membership when it runs out. "Amazon Prime enjoys solid loyalty," said CIRP co-founder Josh Lowitz. "While renewal intent is not the same as actual renewal, our data on length of membership and lapsed membership generally confirms
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Games like League of Legends and Dota 2 have been inescapable forces in the gaming world, but those uninitiated to the genre might be left wondering why they're so popular. Both these games are part... of a genre called MOBAs, or "multiplayer online battle arenas." Not only are they converting gamers, and their dollars, by the millions, they're attracting publishers all over the world to develop games around this frenetically paced, highly competitive model. See also: 14 Video Games That Changed My Life If you're in the dark about what these games are and why they are so important, check out our Mashable Explains video above. If you like it, be sure to subscribe to the Mashable YouTube channel.
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The birth of topological spintronics

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 19:30
The birth of topologicalThe discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic will be described in the journal Nature on July 24, 2014. The research, led by... Penn State University and Cornell University physicists, studies "spin torque" in devices that combine a standard magnetic material with a novel material known as a "topological insulator." The team's results show that such a scheme can be 10 times more efficient for controlling magnetic memory or logic than any other combination of materials measured to date.
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Choosing The Right Storage ForDigital storage is a critical element in all enterprises. Combined with processing and networking, digital storage provides the content that will be the basis of all future business and services.... Choosing the right digital storage technologies and architectures involves making trade-offs between numerous important demands and the capabilities of available storage devices and architectures. The particular requirements of an application may drive the use of a single dedicated storage appliance or a more sophisticated tiered storage system with multiple storage technologies and advanced communication networks.
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A robot designed to work alongside humans in factories is finding a range of unusual alternative applications – from treating patients to farming in space
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These researchers are studyingLast month, it was revealed that Facebook had conducted an experiment on nearly 700,000 members without their knowledge or consent to determine how its News Feed algorithm affects users’ emotions... and moods. Showing users more positive content resulted in them sharing more positive posts, and vice versa with negative content. Many users, journalists, and data scientists were at once outraged at the ethical implications of Facebook toying with emotions, and disturbed by […]
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Sprint will offer Google AppsSprint is partnering with Google to offer Google Apps for Business. The carrier wants businesses to see them as the only place they need to go for their mobile-centric, cloud-based office needs.
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[From EntertainmentTell] After being unceremoniously dumped from Marvel's 'Ant-Man' after eight years of development, director Edgar Wright will make 'Baby Driver' his next film
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ASUS RT-AC87 router can handleASUS is at it again, producing great routers for your home or office. This time they've unleashed the RT-AC87, which was first shown off at CES this year. Using a 4x4 MU-MIMO chipset, the RT-AC87 will... handle anything you throw at it, even Google Fiber-esque speeds. Margaret Chen, President of Open Platform Business (OPBG) Group for ASUS Computer International, said …
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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23

The Mac Observer - 23 Jul 2014 19:27
TMO Daily Observations:It's Apple earnings report time, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro on to share their perspective on the company's conference call with investors and analysts. They also took a... look at a new class action lawsuit alleging Apple mistreated its employees in California.
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[From GadgeTell] Between the closing of Nokia's acquisition, its biggest employee shake-up ever and the recent surprising Surface Pro 3 introduction, you can definitely say it's been an eventful past... few months in Microsoft's Redmond camp.
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jfruh (300774) writes Liquid Robotics and its Wave Glider line of autonomous seafaring robots became famous when Java inventor James Gosling left Google to join the company. Now one of its robots has... passed an impressive real-world test, shrugging off a monster typhoon in the South China Sea that inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars of damage on the region.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Spoiler alert: the whole point of the newly released trailer for SLC Punk 2 Punk's Dead is to not spoil the movie for you. I am not joking, as the source of this is none other... than the Facebook presence of the movie itself (maybe even posted by writer-director James Merendino himself?), which recently posted this gem:
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Sprint will start offering its own "mobile-centric" version of Google Apps for Business soon.
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Code/red: A Rackin', Frackin'Plus, Surface Mini's untimely end, Apple's massive R&D spend and the first volley of Amazon Fire phone reviews.
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On All Fours, Humans Don't5 Turkish siblings, with very rare Uner Tan Syndrome (UTS), walk in lateral quadrupedal motion. Apes and all other primates use a diagonal limb-fall pattern. Credit: Shapiro LJ, Cole WG, Young JW,... Raichlen DA, Robinson SR, et al.
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Jon Stewart launches $10"The Daily Show" host creates LetsBuyCNN.com, a mock Kickstarter site that seeks to buy one of Time Warner's jewels.
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Why that iOS 'backdoor' isn'tForensic scientist and iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski revealed what appears to be a backdoor in iOS. The backdoor could be used by hackers or the NSA to spy on iOS users, but is it really a danger to... you? The post Why that iOS ‘backdoor’ isn’t really a threat unless Big Brother is after you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sony is doing precious little at Comic-Con this year — with no Spider-Man film in production, the Columbia Pictures panel isn't even in Hall H — but they'll be back soon enough. Just not as soon... as we thought, and with different titles to promote. The studio on Wednesday announced that Sinister Six, its supervillain team-up from the Spider-Man "universe," will be released November 11, 2016. It also said The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which had been set for June 10, 2016, is now coming sometime in 2018. SEE ALSO: Movie News Still Rules Comic-Con. Here's What You'll See This Year That prime June date now falls to Uncharted, based on the Playstation game featuring Nathan Drake — a project that's been in development for a good long while now and finally gets a deadline and a fast-track. Seth...
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In the frenzy to determine who — and what — shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a group of citizen journalists armed with simple intuition and an Internet connection has been collecting... information more nimbly than American spies. On Tuesday, U.S. intelligence officials admitted that while it's true that Russia has been arming pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine for months, no proof exists that the Buk SA-11 surface-to-air missile launcher, which Washington says took down the plane, was Russian. (However, a Ukrainian rebel leader confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had the Buk missiles.)
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Microsoft enjoyed thirty years of dominance in the operating system arena. Most of those three decades, however, desktop and laptop PCs were really the only devices to worry about, and Microsoft had a... virtual monopoly in that department. The tech landscape has shifted dramatically in the last few years—resulting in declining relevance for Microsoft and the Windows operating system—but there may be a way for Microsoft to get its swagger back and rule the OS market once again.
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eBay to auction very firstUp for auction on eBay starting August 14, the so-called "Holy Grail" of comic books could easily sell for close to $3 million.
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Review: Fire phone, an(AP)--Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.
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Mobile Action Raises $800K For Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that... trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding from Felicis…
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OS X Yosemite planned for lateWhile iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch, Apple is planning to bring its next-generation Mac software, OS X Yosemite, into the wild a month later, in October,... according to several sources. Apple plans to continue releasing OS X Yosemite Developer Previews every two to three weeks until […]
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FCC serves notice to ISPs on speeds

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 19:16
FCC serves notice to ISPs onFederal Communications Commission service notice to Net providers on speeds          
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Samsung invests $13M inSamsung continues to float an interest in the largely-uncharted waters of Android games as it invests in BlueStacks' GamePop.
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Shoutcast relaunches with newRadionomy has relaunched Shoutcast and is now offering free hosted broadcasting with ad monetization. Shoutcast relaunches with new hosted streaming service originally published by Gigaom, ©... copyright 2014.
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What would Darth Vader drive?Ever wondered what Darth Vader would drive? This life-size Star Wars-inspired hot rod was unveiled at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, sporting a 526-horsepower V8 and a menacing look modeled on the Sith... Lord himself. The post What would Darth Vader drive? A car that looks like his helmet, obviously appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Spoiler: J.J. Abrams' is going to be super different from the movie
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Watch An Active ProtectionWe have discussed Active Protection Systems many times before, but it is another thing seeing one work operationally. The video below depicts a Merkava IV tank being fired on in Gaza by an RPG, with... Trophy intercepting and destroying the explosive projectile before it could plow through the tank's side armor.
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Operator escaped after treeing Phantom quadcopter laden with illicit electronics.
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Age of puberty in girlsThe age at which girls reach sexual maturity is influenced by 'imprinted' genes, a small sub-set of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent passes on that gene, according to new... research.
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Genetics of cancer: Non-codingCancer is a disease of the genome resulting from a combination of genetic modifications, or mutations. We inherit from our parents strong or weak predispositions to developing certain kinds of cancer;... in addition, we also accumulate new mutations in our cells throughout our lifetime. Although the genetic origins of cancers have been studied for a long time, researchers were not able to measure the role of non-coding regions of the genome until now.
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Trees: Unlikely Culprits in Ozone Pollution

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 19:12
Trees: Unlikely Culprits inPeople aren't the only polluters -- trees emit harmful compounds, too, as a recent map reveals. However, tree emissions would not be harmful were it not for the human emissions that react with these... compounds, causing ozone pollution.
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Dropbox Boosts EnterpriseWithout getting into much detail, Dropbox says it has twice the number of corporate customers that rival Box does.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "The Real Housewives" franchise and wrestling have more in common than you think- both have featured fights involving prosthetic legs
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The Ivy League Is Not the Problem

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 19:10
In a piece in the New Republic, William Deresiewicz argues that Ivy League schools "are turning our kids into zombies." Elite universities, explains the former Yale professor and author of Excellent... Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to  Meaningful Life, churn out "young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose." In their current form, he goes on to say, the Ivies take in adrift high achievers, charge them around a quarter of a million dollars each, and ensure that they leave their vine-covered campuses newly soulless and on the path towards a career in investment banking or management consulting. In the process, students either forget or are trained to...
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While the June quarter wasn't anything special analysts are focused on the upcoming new products.
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HTC One Remix is officiallyThis week the folks at Verizon have officially unveiled the HTC One Mini 2, known on this carrier as the HTC One Remix. This is essentially the same device as we saw in our HTC One mini 2 review from... earlier this year save the data connection and the apps. This version of the HTC One mini 2 will be …
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It's easy to get sucked into a nostalgic listening session, but tracking down the songs of your youth can be tougher than you think -- and "best of" medleys on YouTube will only do so much to scratch... the itch. Don't worry, though, as The Nostalgia...
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New social networks, Bubblews and Bonzo Me, promise to reward people with money as well as 'likes' for their posts.
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Finally, A Pair of SunglassesIf you're prone to breaking sunglasses just hours after you've bought them, hold off on ordering a bunch of replacements in bulk until you can try the I-Ultra sunglasses from Italia Independent.... They're made of stiff but forgiving rubber--everything except the lenses--so they'll require quite a bit of effort to destroy, not just an accidental fall to the ground.
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5 Tips from a Snapchat Pro

Forbes - 23 Jul 2014 19:05
Snapchat celebrity Shaun McBride (shonduras) shares his secrets for making fun, captivating snaps that stand out on the ephemeral platform. Music: "Line of Flight" by Revolution Void
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The best calendar app for iPhone

The Verge - 23 Jul 2014 19:05
A great calendar app is like a great assistant. It lets you know 30 minutes before important appointments, updates you about events with work friends and college friends, and has directions ready as... you walk out the door. I can't afford an assistant, but luckily calendars apps are a lot more affordable: some of the best options for iPhone can be had for under $9.99. These apps do a lot more than Apple's stock calendar app, which has only one great feature: that its icon changes to show the...
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An easier way to turn plant scraps to plastics

New Scientist - 23 Jul 2014 19:05
A new way of turning vegetable waste directly into bioplastics could make such materials even more environmentally friendly
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A paper recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters describes an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere -- a "bubble" around our planets and sun -- and the... interstellar medium. It also proposes a test for whether...
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Tonga May Have Been a Vast Seafaring Empire

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 19:04
Tonga May Have Been a VastThe seafaring empire of Tonga, an archipelago of about 160 Polynesian Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, once spanned more than a thousand miles, serving as the hub through which distant settlements... exchanged artifacts and ideas, researchers say.
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How to send a text message in Android Wear

Android Central - 23 Jul 2014 19:04
How to send a text message inSending an SMS in Android Wear is as easy as telling it to text someone Sending a text message with your Android Wear smartwatch -- and it doesn't matter whether you've got the LG G Watch, the Samsung... Gear Live or the Moto 360; it works the same on all three -- is just a matter of speaking a few words. And it's smart enough to figure out what it is you're trying to do even if you say it differently than someone else.
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In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object....
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The power of the mind:A study found that asthmatics who expected a harmless odor to be harmful exhibited more airway inflammation than those that believed the odor to be therapeutic.
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Second quarter results: It's good, and it's, er, not so good EMC sold a record $5.9bn of products and services in its second 2014 quarter, representing a stately five per cent year-on-year increase in... sales - and a $400m boost over the first quarter of this year....
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Skype for Android will soonSkype for Android has updated to version 5.0, adding the ability to sync with your phone's address book. Skype said you must first download the update, and then in a few months, you should recieve a... prompt to verify your phone number. The Skype for Android...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Apparently, Stephen Daldry's adaptation of Andy Mulligan's novel 'Trash' features street kids vs. corrupt cops battling over a bag full of mysterious things
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[From EntertainmentTell] According to the interwebs, today is Batman Day. In part because this year is the 75th Anniversary of DC Comics' first dark knight appearance, and probably because retailers... felt like capitalizing on Batman-themed sales. I'm not one to complain about it; in fact, I plan on embracing it. For as long as I can remember, Batman has been a big part of my life. Although that might sound crazy and borderline obsessive, it's true and I don't care if you don't like it. So, even though I left my cape and Batman shirt at home today, you can bet I'll be thinking about the Caped Crusader all day. Who knows? Maybe I'll even go home and play Lego Batman on my Playstation all night. Living on the edge.
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Roughly 780 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year. ETH... student Jeremy Nussbaumer set himself the goal of making a contribution to solving this problem. Working with researchers from a group led by Wendelin Stark, head of the Functional Materials Laboratory, the 23-year-old spent a year researching a membrane filter and developing a prototype.
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Low field magnetic stimulationResearchers at Harvard Medical School and Weill Cornell Medical College discovered that a single treatment of low field magnetic stimulation produced mood-elevating effects in depressed patients.
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Sprint Partners With Google toSprint to sell Google Apps for Business as the carrier looks to bolster its business solutions unit.
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[From GamerTell] If you're attending SDCC 2014 this weekend, make sure you make time for Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision, and CD Projekt Red!
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The Modernization Of Computer Most people, especially in Silicon Valley, are aware that there aren’t enough engineers graduating from college today. By 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor projects that there will be 1.4 million... computer science (CS) jobs available, but only enough graduates to fill 30 percent of these jobs. What’s perhaps even more troubling, but frequently overlooked, is that the engineers who…
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New web app aims to bringThe new Synapsify Core app promises to make consumer sentiment analysis faster and easier for normals. New web app aims to bring Synapsify’s text ranking to the masses originally published by... Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Android users: What screenIf the rumors are true, Apple will soon offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. Android users have enjoyed those sizes for years. What are the pros and cons?
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How to stop pesky Android appsAndroid’s notification system is without question the best in the business right now. It’s flexible and actionionable, providing a means for users to interact with notifications to save steps. For... example, a user can archive or delete a new email in Gmail without ever having to open up the app. As great as Android’s notification system is, however, there are still plenty of apps that abuse it and pester users with annoying or useless notifications. Thankfully, there is a remarkably simple way to stop annoying apps from bugging you with notifications. As noted by Phone Arena in a recent post, a few quick taps and a change to a single setting can save you from dozens of headaches in the future
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Sprint gets into the GoogleSprint's move is part of a bigger push into the business area, even as its consumer business continues to suffer subscriber losses.
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Sprint and Google are today announcing a new partnership which allows Sprint to sell Google's Apps for Business services to its enterprise customers starting next month. Google Apps, which is the... search giant's business-focused offering of its ubiquitous consumer services, includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Docs, and a number of other Google services. Sprint will essentially be a reseller of Google's services, and it will offer expanded support and other services that Google itself doesn't provide. Sprint is expanding on the support services that Google already provides by offering customers a single line of contact for Google Apps and wireless devices and services and support for end users. Google offers a...
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Humanity is one step closer to understanding what triggers all the mysterious changes that take place in women during puberty. By looking at genetic variants in over 180,000 women of European descent,... an international group of researchers was able to pinpoint which regions of our DNA contribute to the timing of puberty. This, they say, is crucial to our understanding of health problems like Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer, because the timing of a woman's first period has been linked to both.
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Oxygen oasis for early life found in ancient rock

New Scientist - 23 Jul 2014 19:00
A 2-billion-year-old rock has revealed the first evidence of the isolated pockets where oxygen-breathing life may have evolved
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] For consumers and developers alike, a new operating system release is an exciting time. Developers are especially pumped about the... upcoming changes with iOS 8, including the new Swift coding language. If you are a developer of you're looking to learn how to build apps, you can be ready to launch for iOS 8 with the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course and iOS 8 templates and UI kits. You can get them on sale now from our Deals tab. The Swift programming language and introduction of iOS 8 promise to be game changers for mobile developers. You can be at the forfront of this shift by pre-ordering the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developers Course. You'll get over 36 hours of training that will walk you through working with...
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Apple faces CaliforniaApple is facing yet another class-action lawsuit, this time from a group of employees in the State of California. The suit was filed initially in 2011 by four people who worked in Apple's retail and... corporate operations, alleging that the company...
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Hijacking how neurons of nematode worms are wired is the first step in an approach that could revolutionise our understanding of brains and consciousness
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The Essential Android SecurityYour phone is probably the most personal device you own. You carry it with you at all times, and it can access a large chunk of your most sensitive data. Here's how to keep it secure using just the... basic tools provided by Google.
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The private company SpaceX has been making amazing strides in making it easier and cheaper to access space. Besides three missions to resupply the space station under its belt, it's also looking for... ways to reuse the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 rocket. Engineers there have been testing hardware and software to do a soft vertical landing of the booster after it's used to loft a payload into orbit. Their last vertical take off and landing test earlier this year was a success, reaching a height of a kilometer before safely touching back down. They did a flight test of this in April, but the video was unfortunately corrupted. But a second attempt, during a launch on July 14, 2014, went better. The mission was to put a collection of global communication satellites in orbit, but there...
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Landsat's Global Perspective Over 40 Years

SpaceRef - 23 Jul 2014 18:59
On July 23rd, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called "Earth Resources Technology Satellite," or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a scanning... spectrophotometer....
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[From EntertainmentTell] "Mandatory Fun" is Weird Al's first #1 album on the Billboard chart
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Apple earns $37 billion in Q3 2014

AppleTell - 23 Jul 2014 18:58
Apple earns $37 billion in Q3Apple earned a revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion during the third quarter in 2014, which ended June 28th. This is an increase over this time last year, which saw a revenue of... $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion. The earnings are a result of strong iPhone and Mac sales. The post Apple earns $37 billion in Q3 2014 appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] Apple earns $37 billion in Q3 2014

Technology Tell - 23 Jul 2014 18:58
[From AppleTell] Apple earned a revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion during the third quarter in 2014 thanks to strong iPhone and Mac sales.
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The headquarters of a federally funded metals research program that President Barack Obama announced earlier this year is slated to open this fall in Detroit.
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China will crack down on smartphone apps featuring pornography and obscene content, the government has said.
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Fire a laser, make an air tube, do stuff. Simple, innit? You may think that a waveguide is something issued to junior members of the royal family ahead of their first pomp parade through London. But... it's actually a new communications technique that makes the air behave like a fibre-optic cable....
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The Dog Days of Summer and 99Ah, the dog days of summer, sticky and stagnant, similar to the way people are feeling about Facebook these days. Almost everywhere I speak as a social media expert and privacy advocate, I hear the... same comment over and over again - from 18-year olds to senior citizens and everyone in between -- "I just quit Facebook." Meanwhile, Facebook stunningly continues to live in its privacy glass house. Just because they've gotten away with ten years of privacy deception and abuse, they seem to think they can continue to fool us all for another decade. Think again, Facebook. Princeton University's research team thinks the jig is up and I'm thinking the same. When it comes to privacy, Facebook continues to misfire on all cylinders. It is time for a change, don't you think? This relationship has...
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Teens and human growthTeen usage of synthetic human growth hormone increased by 120 percent from 2012 to 2013 in the U.S., according to results from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study.
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In his July 23 "Hawkings Here" column, Roll Calls David Hawkings states: "No piece of stand-alone spending legislation is going to take another step forward this year on either side of the Capitol --... neither on the floor nor in committee ... For the fifth straight year (and seven of the past eight) not one of the dozen annual spending bills will be cleared by Congress before the nominal Oct. 1 deadline."
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Genius Dad Figures Out Way ToWe've seen our share of dumb Kickstarter campaigns this summer. There was the $60,000 potato salad that set the Internet on fire. Then there was that guy who wanted $22,000 to make a handle for your... iPhone for some reason. But finally, there's a Kickstarter campaign that's trying to solve a very real and pressing problem during these hot summer days -- namely, that water balloons take too damn long to fill up. Need we remind you how much it sucks to wait patiently by the hose to fill 20 water balloons amid an old-fashioned splashfest? Thankfully, Josh Malone, a Texas-based father of eight and all-around genius, has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds. Do you understand what this means!? Water balloon fights will never...
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Voyager spacecraft might notIn 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object.
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You Can Access 15,000 MarvelAs we all prepare our brains and twitter feeds for the unstoppable flood of comics and entertainment news that will pour out of San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced some news in the quiet before the... storm. Now, for 99 cents, readers can gain access to Marvel Unlimited, the publisher's treasure trove of 15,000 issues from current series (well, at least six months old) and classic golden- and silver-age titles.
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Google Play Store gets aContent pages get a cleaner look, with larger visuals.
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littleBits cloudBit released:The device and device collection known as littleBits cloudBit offers to connect every electronic object you own to the web. Better than that, these devices allow you to make things - everything from a... Remote Pet Feeder to your own web-controlled camera. These devices are made for the everyday DIY tinkerers amongst us. Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, …
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Low-cost Android tablets toLow-cost Android tablets with 64-bit processors and 4K video decoding capabilities could be around the corner, thanks to Allwinner's plan to ship its first 64-bit ARM processor by year end. Allwinner... on Wednesday said the 64-bit ARM processor will have the ability to decode H.265 video, a 4K multimedia standard. In practical terms, this means users of a tablet with the chip can shoot 4K video with the device, or stream 4K video via the device, but in order to view video at 4K resolution will likely have to attach it to a 4K TV via HDMI, as tablet screens lack that resolution. The chip will let users play 4K video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times that of the current 1920 x 1080-pixel high-definition resolution. High-end tablets already have cameras that can shoot...
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Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

TechCrunch - 23 Jul 2014 18:49
Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk... Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his…
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SNC Enlists Japan for Dream Chaser Study

Space News - 23 Jul 2014 18:49
Tthe two sides will collaborate on mission concepts and potential applications of Japanese technologies for Dream Chaser.
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Weird Al's 'Mandatory Fun'Weird Al Yankovic's album "Mandatory Fun" became the parody master's first ever to hit number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Weird Al's eight-day music video extravaganza seems to have worked.... The post Weird Al’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard after viral video craze appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Get paid for posts? SocialFacebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared —except the money those posts produce.
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Tor creator works to debugOne of the co-creators of Tor says he is working with others to tackle a "bug" that undermines the anonymity offered by the dark web system.
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(This July 22 story is refiled to include omitted title for Chris Valasek, paragraph 3)
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Predators writer to work onThe Deus Ex movie will receive a rewrite from Predators screenwriter Michael Finch, and will need to find a new director to replace Scott Derrickson. The post Predators writer to work on Deux Ex... screenplay as Scott Derrickson exits appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bringing devices to work does not create a separate IT platform, and shadow IT digs far deeper into the enterprise than smartphones.
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MTorrice (2611475) writes Electronics printed on paper promise to be cheap, flexible, and recyclable, and could lead to applications such as smart labels on foods and pharmaceuticals or as wearable... medical sensors. Many engineers have managed to print transistors and solar cells on paper, but one key component of a smart device has been missing—memory. Now a group of researchers has developed a method that uses ink-jet technology to print resistive random access memory on an ordinary letter sized piece of paper. The memory is robust: Engineers could bend the device 1,000 times without any loss of performance. The memory is not yet very dense, but could be: "Each silver dot they printed was approximately 50 microns across and separated from its neighbor by 25 microns, so each bit of...
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Nuclear-Renewable Mix Is JustThe not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State is exactly what the EPA?s new carbon rules are supposed to encourage - a diverse mix of non-fossil fuel generating systems that operates over 90% of the... time and emits less than 20 gCO2/kWhr for between 4.7 - 5.2¢/kWh, now and for the next 30 years.
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Deals: Bluetooth Headphones,These Bluetooth headphones have fantastic reviews, 15 hours of battery life, playback controls, and a folding band. An absolute steal at $33. [Mpow Bluetooth Headphones, $33 with code MPOWAPTX]
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Could This Old Warplane Really Shoot Down MH17?

Popular Science - 23 Jul 2014 18:44
An Su-25 In Flight Wikimedia Commons Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine, Russian state-owned media started focusing a lot on a strange little... plane. The Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" is a jet fighter from the late Cold War, designed to support ground troops from closer overhead, and in the MH17 tragedy, what the Su-25 can and can't do is a centerpiece of Russian denials. According to some theories, a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 jet fighter fighter was armed with anti-air missiles and flew to an altitude of 33,000 feet, within 3 miles of MH17-implying that the warplane shot down MH17. Primarily Russian media (including Russia's state-owned English language television network RT, Russian state-owned media news agency RIA Novosti, and...
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Inside Google's New York CityTIME takes a look at Google's New York City headquarters complete with office-lounge slides, subway-themed conference rooms and free food.
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New social networks promise to reward people with money as well as 'likes' for their posts
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Apollo 11 Astronauts MeetU.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collin, the two surviving Apollo 11 astronauts, to the White House yesterday (July 22) to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first moon... landing.
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A Triptych That ProvesUsually, we are very much against shooting video with your phone in portrait orientation , because for the most part it looks like trash. But Dan Toth did something we never thought of, using three... portrait-oriented videos to make a lovely triptych of his neighborhood in Sunnyside, Queens.
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Is Comcast lying about itsComcast's customer care cancellation call crisis continues with a new episode, as IBTimes took a closer look at the claims made during that customer service call by the company's representative who... repeatedly said Comcast's broadband is the fastest, wondering whether Comcast is purposely instructing its employees to lie about data speeds. The publication cites the most recent survey from Speedtest.net and PC Magazine (September 2013), which said that Comcast was the third fastest broadband provider in the country, following Midcontinent Communications and Verizon's FiOS. However, during the call that went viral the other week, a Comcast employee kept repeating that Comcast offers subscribers the fastest Internet in the country. "You're not interested in the fastest Internet in the...
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I Do Not Want to Be a Number

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 18:36
GAZA--Despite a long night of bombing, I woke early Tuesday morning to the sound of voices drifting through the window of my room, newly displaced people taking refuge in the United Nations Relief and... Works Agency school across the street. In the last two weeks thousands have been forced to leave their homes on the coastal side of Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun to avoid being killed by a shell from a tank or a warship. They have brought with them little but their desire to survive and have traveled toward Jabalia, the neighborhood I have lived in all my life. Jabalia is itself a refugee camp, established after the 1948 Nakba when thousands of were forced to leave their villages and towns across the country that was Palestine. Already the most densely populated camp in the Gaza Strip, Jabalia...
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Ever been asked to give feedback on enterprise helldesks? Thought not
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The top 12 tablets you can buy right now

Engadget - 23 Jul 2014 18:35
Whether you're looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there's a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market,... narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we've...
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Border Official Threatens BoyCentral Iowa Boy Scout Troop No. 111 received a little more when they bargained for during their three-week road trip. While trying to cross one of their four vans into Alaska from Canada, about ten... days into their trip, they came across a border patrol, as you usually do. Things were going normal until one […]
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The latest version of Skype for Android has one new major feature: you can connect it to your phone's address book, so Skype can match your contacts with your Skype buddy list. Skype notes that this... will happen "in the coming months," so it's unclear how quickly the update will roll out. Check out Skype's full blog post for more info.
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YouTube music chief leavingChris LaRosa, the product manager in charge of Google's music platform on YouTube, is the second person to leave that post in the past year.
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Teens' reported use of synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription -- generally with the intent of mimicking the effects of steroids -- has more than doubled over the last two years, rising... from 5 percent of high school students in 2012 to 11 percent in 2013, according to a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The partnership says that the results represent teens' increasing interest in performance-enhancing substances like steroids, which synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) is often used as a substitute for.
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The next version of Skype willMicrosoft has announced that an upcoming version of Skype for Android smartphones will allow its users to connect to their phone's address book for the first time.
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Google's device can revolutionize teaching in the medical field and diagnostics in rural areas, but there will have to be usage rules so patients don't suffer.
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Climate Change May Doom the Wine Cork

Mashable - 23 Jul 2014 18:30
Wine lovers might treasure the oaky, full-bodied taste of a cabernet sauvignon or the light and fruity aroma of a pinot grigio. But if the bottle is stopped with a low-quality cork, they can kiss that... meticulously cultivated flavor goodbye. Many people may only worry about corks when it's time to pop the Champagne, but some experts are worried about wine cork quality, which has been mysteriously in decline for almost 20 years. Corks are made from the bark of Quercus suber trees, commonly called cork oaks, which grow only in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. More and more low-quality cork trees with thin bark are sprouting up.
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Sony invests $345 million toThe most important camera upgrade on the iPhone 6 won’t be on in the back, it’ll be the front-facing selfie-cam, and Sony says it’s ready to spend $345 million to make sure it has enough image... sensors for future iPhones, iPads,…
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 23 Jul 2014 18:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: turning CO2 to stone, one woman and her hawk, alcohol sharpens smell, liquid computers and more
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Apple doesn't break down its iPhone sales figures by model type, but Tim Cook during yesterday's earnings conference call provided a few interesting crumbs regarding iPhone 5c sales growth last... quarter. I can tell you this. That if you look at the...
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Deep Clean Greasy Stove GratesOver time, stove grates take on a greasy, cruddy film. If you want to make them look like new again, some really hot or boiling water can help cut through the grossness and make the cleaning chore... easier.
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Battle of the bands: FitbitFitness bands are well and truly everywhere. You could say they're in step with trends, if you were desperate for a pun. Since we're not, we've decided to spend our time finding the best activity... trackers so you can decide which is the best fit for you....
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A Self-Powered Bike TrailerThey're a cheaper and often less stressful way to get around a big city, but compared to a car, bikes kind of suck when it comes to hauling cargo. A trailer certainly helps if you're willing to put in... the extra effort needed to haul it, but there's now a better solution. Someone's created a self-propelled bike trailer that makes it feel like your bicycle is pulling nothing at all.
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IBM to offer InfiniBand asFirms will be able to specify SoftLayer bare metal servers with InfiniBand networking
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9to5Toys Lunch Break:Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: Fantastical 2 calendar... app for iPhone, iPad and Mac up to 50% off Media: Man of Steel Blu-ray set w/ figurine $15, Eric Clapton free iTunes First Play, American Hustle $10, more Roku 3 1080p […]
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Duolingo Test Center now live,Duolingo today announced their Test Center feature is going live. The app, available now for Android and the web (in September for iOS), will now let users take an administered language test right... from their mobile device. There isn't a proctored test other than English right now, but Duolingo hopes to expand on that quickly. The testing is currently free; …
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First time accepted submitter cowdung (702933) writes In spite of Elon Musk's characterization of the landing as a KABOOM event. Judging by this video SpaceX has managed to land the first stage rocket... booster nicely on the ocean after their Orbcomm launch on July 14th. It seems we're one step closer to a landing on dry land. Both this and the previous landing seem to have gone well. Hopefully the next landing test camera has something to deice the camera lens.
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[From GamerTell] EA is taking it slow with Battlefield Hardline. After the problems with Battlefield 4, that's the best move possible.
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Here's How Hackers Stole OverU.S. law enforcement charged 6 Russians and Americans who were allegedly part of a far-flung international hacking scheme
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The 6 Best Back-to-School Bags

Time - 23 Jul 2014 18:24
The 6 Best Back-to-School BagsHeavy textbooks may be on the way out, given the increased use of tablets, e-readers and other tech for students, but the weight of those laptops, tablets, chargers and other items adds up quickly.... Choosing the right bag to carry your gear is key. Whether you're hiking across a big college campus or roaming the…
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BlueStacks Gains Samsung asThe company, which also makes Android-on-Windows software, has raised $24 million to date.
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VIDEO: 6 Best Back-to-School Bags

Time - 23 Jul 2014 18:23
VIDEO: 6 Best Back-to-SchoolWhether you're hiking across campus or roaming the halls of your high school, you need a bag that's functional as well as fashionable.
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Foursquare is dead. Long live Foursquare

PandoDaily - 23 Jul 2014 18:22
Foursquare is dead. Long liveFoursquare has given the Verge an exclusive look at its new branding and application, the first major update the company has revealed since it split its service into two parts earlier this year. The... new application is nothing like its predecessors: it has a new icon, a revised color scheme, and a purpose that couldn’t be further from the Foursquare app introduced at SXSW in 2009. The update follows repeated efforts by the […]
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Intel's Latest SSD 2500 ProSnowden, the NSA, Target's data breach, eBay's data breach - I could go on with buzzwords and catch phrases but you get the idea.  Security is big business these days, whether it be securing networks... or devices.  And end point data security could be considered the "end game" on some levels.  Once the bad guys have stolen a piece of hardware or compromised the network, the ability to lock down sensitive data is paramount.
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Pong Was Never Intended ForToday I found out "Pong" was originally meant only as a training exercise for a new gaming developer at Atari, Allan Alcorn, and wasn't intended to be released as a consumer product.
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Sony could be working on a phablet targeted at enthusiast photographers, based around its new curved Exmor-RS IMX271SMK sensor unit and an F1.2 lens. According to a post on Chinese forum... digi-wo.com the Xperia Z3X's Android L OS will be powered by a 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC that is clocked at 2.86 GHz and 4GB of RAM. The screen is rumored to measure 6.14 inches, offering a QHD resolution and will use OLED technology.
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Interview: Trion Worlds CEO OnIn an interview with Forbes.com, Trion Words' CEO Scott Hartsman discussed the march of free-to-play, and how Trion Worlds' own stable - including Rift, Defiance and the upcoming ArcheAge - has... negotiated it.
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Who knew so many people want to be killed off by George R. R. Martin? Martin's wolf sanctuary crowdfunding campaign with Prizeo, through which fans could purchase an in-book death at the hands of the... Game of Thrones author for $20,000, has raised more $450,000 — more than double its initial goal. While the two "martyr" slots available were both purchased (one by a Facebook employee), one young fan's touching letter was enough to draw a personal response from the author See also: The Brutal Truth About 'Game of Thrones' Dads Mashable has obtained a correspondence between Martin and the 13-year-old fan named Jack, who lives in the United Kingdom.
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Foursquare rebrands, unveilsSocial media app Foursquare is shaking things up with a complete rebranding and redesign          
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Why so serious? Now you canLEGO has licenses for just about every franchise out there, from Star Wars to Spongebob. In anticipation of Comic-Con, LEGO have announced a stunning replica of the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's... Dark Knight Trilogy. The post Why so serious? Now you can fight crime in your livingroom with LEGO’s Batman Tumbler appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mike Taylor is an accomplished landscape astrophotographer and an instructor for night photography and post-processing. Taylor contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.... As a night photography instructor, I'm always encouraging students to integrate inspiring landscape elements in their photographs to create stunning night-sky compositions. During a recent trip to Utah, I came across an iconic, gnarly tree clinging to the top of the canyon wall at Dead Horse Point State Park, and I knew I had to incorporate it into some astrophotographs. While one of my cameras shot time-lapse footage of the Milky Way moving across the sky behind the tree, I set up another camera to capture a 16-image panorama that features the full Milky Way arc and covers 240 degrees of view...
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Give yourself the tools toMore than ever before, our connected world is a mobile one. What good is having a strong web presence if it isn’t optimized for use with mobile devices? That’s where having your own app comes into... play. It allows your…
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Deals: Bluetooth on a Budget,These Bluetooth headphones have fantastic reviews, 15 hours of battery life, playback controls, and a folding band. An absolute steal at $33. [Mpow Bluetooth Headphones, $33 with code MPOWAPTX]
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You Can Sign Up to Try the NewThe sign-up page is open for the Mac OS X Yosemite beta, but probably not for long
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This Tree Bears 40 Different Fruits

Twisted Sifter - 23 Jul 2014 18:13
This Tree Bears 40 Different  The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each unique Tree of 40 Fruit grows over forty different types of stone fruit including... peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds. Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in…
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Amazon Prime members willA survey from CIRP finds almost all Prime members will renew their subscriptions despite the recent bump to $99 a year.
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Potential Breach At GoodwillBargain shopping might have just become more costly with the news that Goodwill Industries International is investigating a potential credit card breach.  Federal authorities and a payment card... industry fraud investigative unit contacted Goodwill late in the afternoon last Friday about a potential credit card number theft, according to a statement on Goodwill’s website. “Goodwills across the country take the data of consumers seriously and their community well-being is our number one concern,” the statement said. The incident is currently under investigation, and there is no new information as of Tuesday morning, according to Lauren Lawson, Goodwill’s Director of Public Relations.
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Delight is in the Details

The Loop - 23 Jul 2014 18:10
A new book from Shawn Blanc, "Delight is in the Details" describes how to make good things great. Shawn says it's "an audio book, eBook, and interview series for people who make things."∞ Read this... on The Loop
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NASA's Chandra X-Ray SpaceThe agency's Chandra X-ray Observatory -- one of NASA's 'Great Observatories,' along with the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and the now-retired Compton Gamma Ray Observatory -- launched aboard... the space shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999.
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'Batman: Arkham Knight'Antihero the Red Hood will be playable in 'Batman: Arkham Knight' to those who pre-order. Red Hood even comes with his own story mission.
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Fiber: It's good for yourWant the best broadband? Fiber to the home is increasingly the gold standard of high quality connectivity. Too bad more people can't get it. Fiber: It’s good for your digestion and your home value!... originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Landsat: 42 Years of EarthNASA's first Landsat mission launched in July 1972. Seven more satellites have been launched since. Two of these, Landsat 7 & 8, are still active. The program acquired science imagery of natural... disasters, urban change, water, ice, and farming.
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Microsoft has released their latest earnings report, and it's not as bleak as last week's news might have you suspect. Quoting Forbes: Microsoft reported $23.38 billion of revenue for the fourth... quarter, up 17.5% from the same period last year. Net income, however, came in at $4.6 billion, down from last year and behind Wall Street analysts' consensus estimate, both about $5 billion. At 55 cents earnings per share were down 4 cents and a nickel short of the Street’s call. For the full year, revenue clocked in at $86.8 billion an 11.5% increase from a year earlier. Net income was $22.1 billion and earnings per share were $2.63. They took a hit from finalizing the acquisition of Nokia's handset division (not unexpected). The cloud services side of the business appears to be growing, while...
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5 major revelations hidden inFinancial results and earnings calls are typically as boring as boring can be. Estimates, projections, GAAP versus non-GAAP results, yaaaaaaaawn. But Microsoft's financial results and quarterly... earnings call yesterday gleefully bucked that depressing trend. If you managed to stay awake through the onslaught of numbers and esoteric terms, some very interesting takeaways were tucked within--takeaways that reveal things that even everyday PC users should be interested in. Without further ado, here are the five most important revelations hidden in the Microsoft earnings that you should care about. 1. Yes, there was a Surface Mini Microsoft confirmed what we all knew (and the Surface Pro 3's manual hinted at): Yes, a Surface Mini was supposed to launch alongside the Surface Pro 3. The company...
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Investors are pouring millions into Urban Compass, a New York City-based startup that offers an antidote to Craigslist chaos.
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Today, Little Bits has announced a bit leap forward that will make hardware hackers drool.
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Skype for Fire Phone landsMicrosoft isn't letting any grass grow under Amazon's Fire Phone, pushing out a version of Skype for the face-tracking smartphone in time for its public release. The new app, already available in... Amazon's Appstore, has been tweaked to take advantage of the Fire Phone's enhanced carousel as well as its quad-camera Dynamic Perspective system. For the UI, that means as …
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Landsat: 42 Years of EarthNASA's first Landsat mission launched in July 1972. Seven more satellites have been launched since. Two of these, Landsat 7 & 8, are still active. The program acquired science imagery of natural... disasters, urban change, water, ice, and farming.
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The Foursquare faithful have had some time to get used social venue tracker's Swarm option for sorting check-ins, as the outfit jettisoned the activity to a second app. Folks who didn't want to give... up the OG method were still able to tally stops,...
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Anniversary Lets You Share andAn app called Anniversary is putting a new spin on remembering and reliving the visual moments of the past. Rather than the usual method of instantly sharing an image or video on a social media... network, Anniversary lets you share your memories with a friend on a future date of your choosing. The plan, of […]
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Watch the Apple advert thatSamsung Mobile has published a new video to advertise that it is the first global partner of the ASP, otherwise known as the Association of Surfing Professionals. And the advert might seem awfully... familiar to you. The two-minute-long clip demonstrates...
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German state tries to banNorth Rhine-Westphalia has decided to enforce a ban on biker gangs' logos being displayed on websites. It is not at all clear how this is supposed to happen. German state tries to ban online Hells... Angels logos originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Apple's treatment of itsApple has now faced two setbacks in court this summer over how it treats and pays its blue-shirted workers. Apple’s treatment of its retail workers in spotlight again after new court ruling... originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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LG: Play this smartphone gameA new free game called Puppy Pop can be played in the window of the QuickCircle case for a G3 phone.
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Duolingo Launches Its Duolingo, the free language learning service, today announced the launch of Test Center, its digital language certification program. The company is launching this service with an English Proficiency... Exam that will rate your language skills on a scale from one to ten, but it expects to expand to other languages as well. For the time being, the certificate is available for free, but the…
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Nokia has thrown its hat into the budget ring with the Lumia 530, an affordable handset with low-end yet capable specs. The 530 is the cheapest Windows Phone device yet, offering a 4-in display and... quad core processor...
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Duolingo launches a test toSoon you'll be able to take a foreign language standardized tests on an Android smartphone as Duolingo opens up its certified, proctored Test Center. But will institutions accept the credential?... Duolingo launches a test to certify foreign language fluency on a smartphone originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The US Environmental Protection Agency got a splash of pop culture, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
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Duolingo offersDuolingo, the free language-learning service, is releasing an app called Test Center that lets users take a standardized test on their mobile device and potentially earn certification for their... English skills.
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Xiaomi's Hugo BarraChinese manufacturer Xiaomi swears it's not in the business of copying Apple. In fact, the allegations have apparently become so loud and ever-present that former Google executive and current Xiaomi... executive Hugo Barra is "sick and tired" of...
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This Graphic Lists Over 200There are tons of ways to make money online , in your spare time and maybe with very little effort . From freelancing to flipping sites, this infographic covers the major resources that can help you... put more money in your bank account.
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The International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA), an international body that facilitates international collaboration in the construction and use of particle accelerators for high-energy... physics, has issued a statement that endorses the strategic plans for the future of high-energy physics in Europe, Asia and the United States.
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Ultra-Deep Astrophoto: 75You might think the image above of the famous Antenna Galaxies was taken by a large ground-based or even a space telescope. Think again. Amateur astronomer Rolf Wahl Olsen from New Zealand compiled a... total of 75 hours of observing time to create this ultra-deep view. “To obtain a unique deep view of the faint […]
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Weird Al Yankovic has finally laughed his way to the top of the charts with his 14th album, Mandatory Fun, more than 30 years after releasing his first. The project's debut at No. 1 on the Billboard... 200 chart was bolstered by his #8videos8days stunt, which gave fans eight parody music videos in just as many days across YouTube and other online platforms such as College Humor, Funny or Die and Nerdist. See also: 8 Very Gaga Things Lady Gaga Said on Her Artpop Ball Tour Weird Al's social channels heavily promoted links to iTunes and Amazon, where people could buy the album, at one point as cheap as $5.99 on Amazon.
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After the world's most expensive salvage operation, the ill-fated Costa Concordia is being floated back to Genoa, where it will be chopped up for scrap metal
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NASA Voyager Statement AboutNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone responds to an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium.
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New handset launches in Europe first for €85, succeeds the popular Lumia 520.
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Senate May Pass NSA Reform After some pessimism that a deal couldn’t be reached, there is indication in Washington that the Senate may be able to pass its version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) before the coming August... recess.
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Auctioning off links WILL pay off for Google, insists Foundem The lead complainant against Google in the ongoing European antitrust case has accused the Competition Commission led by Joaquin Almunia... of "misleading" other Commissioners and the European Parliament about the search giant's proposals to resolve the matter....
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Android Wear HandlesThe smartwatch was unveiled at the Google developers conference.
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Tiny Gold Nanomotors Spin 10xNanomotors are an amazing feat of engineering: tiny gold rods less than a micrometer long, powered by ultrasonic waves to spin at crazy-fast speeds . How fast? Scientists just figured out a way to... measure, and it's astonishing: 150,000 RPM, ten times faster than the fastest race car engine.
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Review: Amazon Fire phone is an improvement on the familiar
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Office 365 and Azure together generating more than $4.4 billion a year.
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Nikon D810 Review

Photography Blog - 23 Jul 2014 17:50
Nikon D810 ReviewThe Nikon D810 is a brand new 36 megapixel full-frame sensor DSLR camera with no optical low pass filter. The D810 also offers 1080/60p HD video, a 3.2-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder with 100%... coverage and 5fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon D810 review to find out if it can emulate the success of the previous D800/E cameras... Read the review »
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It's named Bodock, and 3D printing powerhouse Stratasys will march the giant, 14-foot, 2,000-pound creature into the event Thursday.
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The file-syncing service is rolling out several Office-related features for businesses, including full-text search of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, among other file types, and the ability for... multiple users to simultaneously edit Office documents via Dropbox.
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Star Wars Battlefront releaseEA Games will be releasing Star Wars Battlefront next year - it's almost, but not quite assured. This week EA Studios EVP Patrick Soderlund has spoken up about the game, speaking specifically to how... it'll be released and on how it will relate to Star Wars 7, aka Star Wars VII, the yet-unnamed movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Battlefield Hardline …
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20 Nintendo Facts to Blow Your 8-Bit Mind

Mashable - 23 Jul 2014 17:46
You know it's a bad day when you learn that adult love shacks and porn stars have deep, historical roots in your childhood icons Or maybe it's just a sign you're getting older Take Nintendo: On the... surface, it's an 8-bit, fun-loving universe packed with colorful heroes and affable villains. But behind the scenes? Let's just say there's more to the plumber than a little butt crack. See also: 9 Most Annoying Fighter Moves in 'Super Smash Bros.' In the latest episode of 5acts, we take a look at the funniest (and dirtiest) facts behind the world's most beloved gaming franchise Subscribe to 5facts on YouTube to catch more trivia and jokes like this each week. And special thanks to Smooth McGroove for providing the soundtrack for the show
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Coolio Is Releasing His NextMore like wanker's paradise: Rapper and hairstyle pioneer Coolio is releasing his new music through Pornhub in a bold new plan to change online music distribution forever.
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Foursquare is refocusing theirFoursquare announced plans to release a new design for its popular local search app for Android in the near future, along with word that it will permanently move its check-in feature to its recently... launched Swarm app on Thursday.
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Mobile apps can offer realistic graphics and sophisticated controls that simulate many aspects of flying real aircraft.
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Apple Planning Mid-SeptemberAccording to 9to5Mac, Apple is putting the finishing touches on iOS 8 in advance of a September iPhone and iOS 8 launch event. Based on current projections, Apple is unsurprisingly tentatively... planning to hold this iPhone-oriented event in mid-September. In line with previous reports, Apple is said to be aiming for a second product launch event in October for the iWatch and OS X Yosemite. iPhone 5s with mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models Similar to other recent September events, Apple is reportedly planning to focus on only iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 in this year's September event. While the 4.7-inch iPhone will headline the presentation, the debut of the 5.5-inch model is still uncertain as it is further behind the 4.7-inch model in both testing and manufacturing. These people...
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Dropbox enhances documentCollaboration, security and search features added
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Why slowing iPad sales didn'tApple's slowing iPad sales met Apple's own expectations but nobody else's apparently. Sure, slowing growth rates aren't necessarily a good thing but there are several reasons to explain why iPad sales... have slowed. Why slowing iPad sales didn’t surprise Apple and shouldn’t surprise you originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Amazon's recently announced music service for Prime members just got a bit better. Today, the giant online retailer revealed that its Prime Music library is welcoming a bunch of new songs into the... mix, from artists such as Miles Davis, Ray Charles,...
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Almost a week after the Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky, killing all 298 aboard, the first bodies from the crash were transported to the Netherlands, the country that suffered the hardest... toll. Pictures and videos from the Eindhoven Airbase in the Netherlands captured the solemnity and grief of the occasion See also: Flight MH17 Victims Targeted in Facebook and Credit Card Scams As many as 154 of passengers on the flight were Dutch. Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, compared the scale of the devastation for the Dutch to that of 9/11 in the United States Very impressive: A huge procession for the 40 MH17 victims pic.twitter.com/1tGrctrfrb — Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) July 23, 2014
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Arab-American Journalist'sAs clashes between Hamas and the Israeli armed forces escalate and the death toll climbs with heartbreaking consistency, a photograph of an Arab-American journalist and her Israeli-American boyfriend... kissing has gone viral, sparked a Twitter movement, and become a symbol of peace. In the age of social media, it no longer has to be a […]
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Attention Foursquare users!

Gizmodo - 23 Jul 2014 17:35
Attention Foursquare users! Starting tomorrow, you'll need to use Swarm to check in to the service. In a few weeks the existing Foursquare app will be getting a complete redesign focused on local... search and discovery features.
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meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes Advancing a career in the U.S. government might soon require an interview with a computer-generated head who wants to know about that time you took ketamine. A recent... study by psychologists at the National Center for Credibility Assessment, published in the journal Computers and Human Behavior, asserts that not only would a computer-generated interviewer be less "time consuming, labor intensive, and costly to the Federal Government," people are actually more likely to admit things to the bot. Eliza finds a new job.
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How to delete and re-installRemoving and re-installing games on the Xbox One's hard drive isn't difficult, but it's a process that not everyone's familiar with. Here's a brief how-to that runs through every step. The post How to... delete and re-install games on your Xbox One hard drive appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Continues to Hop Along With Revamped Offerings

The Huffington Post - 23 Jul 2014 17:33
Apple Continues to Hop AlongApple, arguably the most innovative technology company in the world, continues to limp along by merely updating its current products and calling them "new and improved." Just like your typical laundry... detergent or a new flavor of soda, Apple products work great and have become staples in many peoples' lives, yet this re-branding strategy seems rather pathetic coming from a creativity giant like Apple. Will they ever be the powerhouse invention company that they once were? Apple faithful will no doubt continue to extoll the virtues of the company that created the iPod and the famed iPhone mobile devices. It was Apple that reinvented itself from a computer company into a mobile device company. When it comes to anything mobile and entertaining, Apple holds a lion share of the market. This...
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Samsung drafts famous iPhoneSamsung gets a lot of stick for its commercials -- mostly because they almost always make cheap stabs at Apple and other rivals. But the South Korean company does have the ability to produce great ads... every so often, and its…
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Foursquare Teases Its After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare... ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in…
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[From GadgeTell] For as long as we can remember, speculation in regards to Samsung preparing a shift away from plastic and towards metal-constructed high-end smartphones has constantly emerged from... various sources, only to be suppressed sooner or later by, well, reality.
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[From GadgeTell] It's sad that perhaps Nokia's most highly anticipated release of 2014 targets the low-end branch of the smartphone market, but even with Microsoft completely behind the erstwhile... mobile giant, the Lumia makers can't abandon the entry-level boat for bolder high-end goals.
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Cross-platform mobile software company BlueStacks has just snagged a major new investment from Samsung. The $13 million investment from Samsung will be focused on BlueStacks' GamePop product, a... white-label solution allowing cable providers and television manufactures to offer a wide range of Android mobile games on traditional televisions See also: Android Gaming Consoles: The Ultimate Guide "This is a huge win for the mobile generation," Rosen Sharma, BlueStacks CEO, told Mashable. "We interview a lot of young kids in our GamePop research. None of them have heard of Mario, but they all know Subway Surfers. There is a mindshare shift to mobile IP happening, and with Samsung we will bring all of this popular content into living rooms around the world."
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Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines Apple fanbois have erupted in rage after an update bricked their Macbook Airs....
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CNN iPhone app exposing loginSecurity researchers at Zscaler claim to have found a security flaw in CNN's iPhone app that exposes personal login and passwords of its users. The CNN app for iPhone, which includes an iReport... feature that allows users to sign-up and submit news stories, is reportedly not using SSL encryption for registration/login and SSL certificate pinning […]
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Stop Calling EverythingImportant tweet from the Associated Press: A plane landed safely this morning.
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Samsung Backs GamePop As Samsung’s venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year... to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs. Samsung’s investment backs the company’s vision of delivering GamePop as a white-label solution aimed at TV makers and…
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When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family's house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the... university's huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of 3 and 6 in the morning, allowing the budding computer enthusiast to teach himself how to program--night after night, until the sun came up.
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Family Guy: The Quest forJust in time for Comic-Con International, iOS game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is rolling out an appropriately themed update, adding a whole new storyline and cameos from a bevy of geek-chic... celebrities. The new plot line concerns (surprise, surprise!) a…
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This "selfie a day" photographer had the unfortunate experienced of being "glassed" a few months into his daily photo project. From that day forward, his selfies took on new meaning as they documented... his terrible facial injury, the resulting scar...
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DIY Vaginal Ultrasounds CouldWomen undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be able to cut down on their trips to the doctor, thanks to a technology that allows them to perform vaginal ultrasounds at home.
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It DOES exist! 5,000-HP,With a claimed 5,000 horsepower and 348 mph top speed, the Devel Sixteen is as improbable as Bigfoot. Now, there's evidence that it can at least move under its own power. Can it do anything else? The... post It DOES exist! 5,000-HP, 348-mph Devel Sixteen spotted on the move appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Newly acquired Apple patentApple has recently acquired a patent for a 3D photography technology that could easily be implemented as an iPhone app. The technology requires the use of just a single lens, and no glasses are needed... to view a 3D image. The post Newly acquired Apple patent shows how 3D photography could work in iPhone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Lowe's adds to its Iris smartFans of the Lowe’s Iris smart home platform can now automate their pet doors, garage doors, hoses and window blinds. The hose timer is actually pretty interesting, especially for folks that might... not have an irrigation system or just want to water some plants while they […] Lowe’s adds to its Iris smart home device portfolio originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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NASA tackles new space threat

CNN - 23 Jul 2014 17:25
Seems NASA's fascination with the moon is in the past. It's focused on something far more menacing: incoming asteroids
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DDoS attackers turn attentionCyber attacks target IT infrastructure with the potential to cripple datacentres
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Nissan Note NISMO makes compact crazy

Slash Gear - 23 Jul 2014 17:22
Nissan Note NISMO makesThis is not your mother-in-law's Nissan Note. In fact, the meaty body-kit, tuned engine, and splashes of red trim can only mean one thing: Nissan's NISMO tuning team has got its hands on the... diminutive hatchback, and massaged some extra driving pleasure from the compact. Full specifications aren't being revealed yet, but Nissan says it will have two versions of …
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Ridiculously sculpted muscles don't just happen overnight. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had a pretty demanding exercise regimen to get in godlike shape for his latest film, Hercules. The... wrestler-turned-actor stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to let Jimmy Fallon in on his secret: a little-known workout duo known as The Fungo Brothers. See also: 14 'Late Night' Videos That Prove Jimmy Fallon Rules the Internet The hilarious sketches take on the signature exercise styles of 1950s, '80s and '90s. The fictional Fungo Brothers even had their own version of the Shake Weight. Johnson took a moment to explain his now infamous #tbt Instagram. But, let's be real: Even with the turtleneck and fanny pack, Johnson is still as buff as a demigod.
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Luigi is ice cold in thisSomeone in Nintendo's marketing department has been on the internet sometime in the last month, as Luigi's 'Death Stare' makes an appearance over in Japan. The inescapable meme still has some life... left in it. The post Luigi is ice cold in this Japanese commercial for Mario Kart 8 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Kinect projector guides people up a climbing wall

New Scientist - 23 Jul 2014 17:18
Smart projector plots glowing climbing routes onto a wall and tracks the movement of climbers as they follow it, suggesting the next move as they go
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HTC One Remix announced forThe HTC One Mini 2 is coming to Verizon, but on Big Red it'll be known as the HTC One Remix. Long-rumored and often leaked, the One Remix brings the things that we liked about the HTC One Mini 2 to... Verizon's network, and at a relatively reasonable price. The phone will be available starting on Thursday, July 24th for $99.99 with a two-year contract.
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Tim Cook: Businesses CouldAlthough iPad sales were below analyst projections for a second straight quarter, Cook says the tablet can continue to grow.
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Your Cat's Poop Could One Day Treat Cancer

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 17:15
Your Cat's Poop Could One DayScientists are looking into cat poop to explore whether a microscopic organism that lives in there could be modified and used as a cancer treatment.
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Windows Pro, Windows RT, Windows Phone — it's all very confusing, isn't it? Microsoft thinks so, too. But pretty soon, you won't have to worry about what version of Windows your device is running,... because they will all be the same. See also: 9 Things You Would Immediately Fail Without Your Smartphone At least that's what CEO Satya Nadella said to analysts during the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday. All signs were already pointing in this direction — the different versions of Windows share the same code, and one executive publicly commented that there were too many OSes — but this is the first confirmation that Microsoft is working to truly unify its core software.
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Smart Things in a Not-Smart World

The Atlantic - 23 Jul 2014 17:15
Smart Things in a Not-SmartAs the "convenience economy" conquers ever more of our lives, a call to remember what technology can't do
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Microsoft announces theAfter it was first tipped in early March by Evleaks, Microsoft-owned Nokia announced the Lumia 530 on Wednesday. The budget-grade 3G smartphone is a follow-up to the Lumia 520 and 525 and the first... Lumia launch since Microsoft finalized its Nokia acquisition in late April. The Lumia 630 and 635 were announced just weeks before the deal officially closed during Build 2014.
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Always Be Prepared with ThisIt's not often that you find yourself stuck alone in the wilderness with no hope of being rescued. But if you did, you'd want the Recon 6 Watch strapped to your wrist. The timepiece opens up like a... treasure chest to reveal a full survival kit tucked neatly inside.
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Almond Milk Is Not the Problem

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 17:11
When deciding what to put in their stomachs, well-meaning people regularly conflate "healthy for me" with "healthy for the environment." It's an unintended side effect, perhaps, of rising awareness... that many foods that are bad for us--fast-food burgers, for instance--are also bad for the planet. Unfortunately, there's no one-to-one relationship between nutritiousness and eco-friendliness. As accomplished environmental journalist Tom Philpott has shown, nutritional powerhouses like quinoa and goji berries aren't nearly as sustainable as marketers want you to think.
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Imagine that you have a cup of coffee and sit down to read People magazine. How long do you think the energy boost will last before you reach for another cup? Would you need more caffeine if you tried... to read War and Peace? A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research finds that consumers wrongly believe that pharmacological products such as coffee and aspirin lose their effectiveness when they engage in more strenuous activities.
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Dutch spy agencies can receiveDutch intelligence services can receive bulk data that might have been obtained by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) through mass data interception programs, even though collecting data that way... is illegal for the Dutch services, the Hague District Court ruled Wednesday. The possibility that data received by Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD could have been collected in a way that would not be legal for the Dutch services, doesn't mean that receiving this data violates international and national treaties, the court said. The Hague District Court ruled in a civil case file by a coalition of defense lawyers, privacy advocates and journalists who sued the Dutch government last November. They sought a court order to stop the AIVD and MIVD from obtaining data from foreign...
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Golfers could get tailored golf balls with more precise separation control for the best performance, new research suggests.
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William Shatner Doesn't LikeWilliam Shatner is not impressed. Shatner, best known as Captain Kirk on the 1960's TV show "Star Trek," is less than enthused about Facebook's new app for celebrities, called Mentions. He made that... more than clear on Tuesday, when he wrote a blog post detailing all the ways the app isn't living up to his standards. Shatner's first gripe with the app, which was released last week, is that it forced him to follow other "celebrity" accounts. Those quotes are his, not mine. He comes out with guns blazing. "The first person on the list I was given was George Takei (rolling my eyes.)," he writes. Ouch. In case you missed it, the former "Star Trek" co-stars have been feuding for around 40 years. Takei called Shatner "very self-centered" just last week on "Real Time With Bill Maher." So instead...
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Mt. Gox creditors leave TokyoToday was a coulda-been type of day for bitcoin as creditors of the now defunct Mt. Gox exchange met with bankruptcy trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi in a Tokyo court, leaving with more questions than... answers. It was the first chance for an in-person discussion between these two sides. Approximately 100 of the exchange's reported 127,000 creditors were in attendance, most traveling from within the country. The private proceedings were held in Japanese with all […]
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7 awesome Android apps not available for iPhone

Times of India - 23 Jul 2014 17:08
There are quite a few awesome apps that Android owners can use that their iPhone-using friends can't.
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Marvel celebrates Comic-ConMarvel Comics has announced that it is letting people access the over 13,000 digital comic book issues in its Marvel Unlimited online service for Android for just $0.99 in a special promotion deal.
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Chuck Palahniuk's long awaited sequel to Fight Club is coming in the form of a 10-issue comic book series, and today we're getting our first idea of what that will look like. Set ten years after the... events of Palahniuk's novel, the comic book will apparently feature the wedding of Fight Club's narrator -- who now goes by the name Sebastian -- and Marla. Tyler Durden is also featured in the artwork; just take a look at the stained glass window behind the expecting couple.
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Ancient genetic material fromStreptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that cause dental caries, has increased the change in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary change linked to the... expansion of humanity.
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It's understandable if you're nervous about sharing files in this era of widespread surveillance. Can you really trust that a document is safe once it's out of your hands? Digify might just ease your... mind now that it has launched Android and iOS apps...
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EMC's Tucci: I haven't talkedEMC's CEO has not met with activist investor Elliott Management yet, but when he does, he'll likely argue that breaking up (the federation) is hard, and the wrong thing to do. EMC’s Tucci: I... haven’t talked to Elliott. Yet. originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Virtualisation and cloud infrastructure provider says that new centre emphasises supports its hybrid cloud credentials.
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Canon Mentions RumoredIn what we would call a semi-confirmation, Canon recently made mention of the high megapixel EOS camera that we had been hearing so much about the past couple of years before 7D Mark II rumors swept... talk of any other Canon camera out of the public eye. For those of you who don’t remember, the […]
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Effortless Vehicle Escape ToolI am quite sure that many of us have come across scenes in movies and books where a person or a group of people watch in horror at a fast sinking vehicle that has passengers still trapped within.... Unless Superman is around, folks inside are more or less doomed with the door lock not working, and they bang helplessly against the window with their fists while sinking into the deep ...
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[From GamerTell] Last week the doldrums hit something fierce, but Sony is back with some enticing offers in the PlayStation Store.
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Marvel's spectacular Comic-ConIf you’re a fan of Marvel Comics (and, frankly, who isn’t?) you’ll likely be pleased as punch to hear of the publisher’s latest offer. To celebrate Comic-Con International, Marvel is opening... up its online archive — consisting of more than…
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How the Crowd Taught a Robot to Build a LEGO Turtle

Singularity Hub - 23 Jul 2014 17:00
How the Crowd Taught a RobotHumans learn by imitation. There's no predicting what your kid will bring home from school or the park. What if machines could learn like kids? In fact, they can and do. Robots don't go to the park or... school (yet)--but they live in labs and can go online. University of Washington […]
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The next age of Foursquare begins today

The Verge - 23 Jul 2014 17:00
In mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two. The first half is Swarm, an app that lets you find friends nearby and check in. The second half is the forthcoming Foursquare 8.0, a complete... redesign of the company's existing app that has until now been kept secret. It's launching in just a few weeks. In the words of CEO Dennis Crowley, the new Foursquare is the app he always wanted to build -- an exploration app unhindered by the check-ins that previously held center stage. Now we're finally getting to see how it looks.
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A new approach in the searchHumanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if... replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs?
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My 2014 Comic-Con Schedule

Bad Astronomy - 23 Jul 2014 17:00
Starting tomorrow is the madhouse that is San Diego Comic-Con, and I'll be there. I'm moderating two panels and participating in a third, and it's always way more fun than I remember it being (and I... remember it being a lot of fun). Just in case any BABloggees are going, here's my schedule for your edification: Thursday, July 24 at 12:45 p.m.: Behind the Scenes of Sci Fi in Movies and on TV (Room 6DE) I'm moderating this panel of four incredible people: Nicky Perlman (co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Berg (Caper), Jane Espenson (80 bazillion things like Firefly, Once Upon a Time, and Husbands), and Gale Anne Hurd (producer of things like, oh, say, Terminator, T2, Alien, Aliens, and Walking Dead). We'll be talking about new ways we consume media, and what it'll mean for the people...
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OS X's search tool, Spotlight, does more than just file and web searches. The handy utility also can be used to do semi-complex math equations with the answers appearing within the results section of... the app. To use Spotlight for math, just open the...
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Seven Things I Wish I KnewWe've discussed some important things to know if you're headed to college , but if you're headed to grad school, the game changes. In many fields, it's all but required, and even if it's not, it might... be necessary to distinguish yourself from the competition. If that sounds familiar, here are some things we wish we knew when we went after our advanced degrees.
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NASA Team Lays Plans toNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: Missions can take years to get from concept to launch. If approved, an infrared telescope first proposed in the early 2000s could launch in the 2020s.
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North Korea Launched a BizarreRefusing to let little things like a lack of widespread internet/food access get in its way, everyone's favorite warmongering-dictatorship-that-could has just launched its very own cooking website.... Say hello to North Korea's uncanny online food valley.
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Motorola's digital tattoo made real

Slash Gear - 23 Jul 2014 16:56
Motorola's digital tattoo madeThis week the digital tattoo - temporary tattoo, that is to say - has been made a real product by the folks at Motorola, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group, and VivaLnk Inc. This is not... the firs time we've heard of such a product - Motorola first showed a prototype off at D11 last year. Now Regina Dugan's Motorola …
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Copyright law reforms will keep m'learned friends busy The government's fourth IP minister* in less than two years took office at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last week, but her... predecessor has left a few undetonated hand grenades in her in-tray. One of them concerns using other people's copyrighted works for free - whether they like it or not....
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Social Media: Where's the Satisfaction?

NBC News - 23 Jul 2014 16:55
Social Media: Where's theSocial media may be extremely popular, but these are some of the worst-performing companies tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Bad Readers

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 16:55
Unless you are a lawyer or a glutton for punishment, you probably want to avoid reading the new D.C. Circuit and 4th Circuit opinions reaching conflicting results on the legality of key provisions of... the Affordable Care Act--the parts that provide subsidies for Americans who sign up for health insurance through the exchanges the law created. The opinions are full of jargon parsing the intricacies of the mammoth health care law. But well within the weeds of these lawyerly discussions is a more fundamental question: Is it the courts' job to make laws work for the people, or to treat laws as arid linguistic puzzles?
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Like any good blockbuster tie-in, Marvel's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film will be integrated as a play set in the next Disney Infinity title. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will feature... toys and a full interactive adventure starring Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot and Drax. The toys will also integrate into Disney Infinity's freeform Toy Box mode. See also: 14 Disney Movies Made Better Out of Context Guardians of the Galaxy toys for Disney Infinity: Marvel Heroes. The next generation of Disney Infinity will also feature two other Marvel play sets — The Avengers and Spider-Man — and each is a multi-hour adventure starring the heroes and villains of that world. Other Disney characters appearing in the game for the first time include Tinker Bell, blue alien Stitch...
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ATV-5: loaded and locked

ESA - 23 Jul 2014 16:55
ATV-5: loaded and lockedESA's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle is now scheduled for launch to the International Space Station at 23:44 GMT on 29 July (01:44 CEST 30 July) on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in... Kourou, French Guiana.
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chicksdaddy (814965) writes The Security Ledger reports on newly published research from the firm zScaler that reveals CNN's iPhone application transmits user login session information in clear text.... The security flaw could leave users of the application vulnerable to having their login credential snooped by malicious actors on the same network or connected to the same insecure wifi hotspot. That's particularly bad news if you're one of CNN's iReporters — citizen journalists — who use the app to upload photos, video and other text as they report on breaking news events. According to a zScaler analysis, CNN's app for iPhone exposes user credentials in the clear both during initial setup of the account and in subsequent mobile sessions. The iPad version of the CNN app is not affected,...
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Travel mobile apps: Get with the programme

The Economist - 23 Jul 2014 16:53
airline selection error message from hertz.com HERTZ is America's largest car rental company, and it gets a lot of things right. Gulliver is a regular customer--I like the company's (nominally... fee-based, but in practice free) Gold programme, which removes a lot of hassle. You give Hertz your information in advance, the company sends you an e-mail telling you how to pick up your car, and you can skip the counter and head right for the exit.But this Friday, I had an extremely frustrating experience that exposes a broader problem with many firms that cater to business travellers. Despite the fact that we are on our phones constantly, a good number rental-car companies and airlines have mobile websites and apps that work poorly, if at all.It would seem obvious that in toady's world, a sharp...
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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

The Mac Observer - 23 Jul 2014 16:52
OS X Yosemite Public BetaApple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates... at a faster pace. The Mac Observer Spin: Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.
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Same hacker attacked BBC, Vice websites, offered user databases for sale.
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Finding the Real T. E. Lawrence

Slate - 23 Jul 2014 16:51
Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this second installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a... former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with Scott Anderson, veteran war correspondent and author of the book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.​
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Marine biologist: 6th-grader stole my idea

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 16:51
Marine biologist: 6th-graderA Florida marine biologist says a 6th-grader's discovery is really his          
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With sales sputtering, Apple'sApple Inc's iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped... corporate market.
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The Luigi 'Death Stare' Is NowIt's also probably not a good idea to say his name three times while standing in front of a mirror.
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Discover the 'X-Factor' ofNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: NASA's James Webb and Chandra have something in common: a huge test chamber used to simulate the hazards of space and the distant glow of starlight.
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Here's a whale of a tale Two kayakers in Argentina came in extremely close contact with a few southern right whales before their boat was lifted up by one of the mammals. See also: Boater in Baja... Slapped in the Face by an Enormous Whale The kayakers were paddling through a marine sanctuary near Puerto Madryn as they reached a pod of whales. They were surrounded ever so calmly, then hoisted onto the back of a whale. The duo captured the event on a GoPro camera and uploaded the incredible footage to YouTube (although Mashable could not independently confirm the veracity of the footage) One of the kayakers can even be heard yelling in Spanish saying, "We’re on top of the whale, we’re on top of the whale!" It's the YOLO version of "We're on a boat." (Thanks to Reddit for the translation.)
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Jon Stewart has a long, playful, and antagonistic history with CNN, but his relationship with the 24-hour news channel could change dramatically if Stewart's latest plan pans out: raising $10 billion... to buy the network. Stewart isn't actually trying to buy CNN -- "Keep in mind," he says, "we need ten-billion dollars" -- but he did announce a fake Kickstarter campaign to do so on his show last night, even launching a website in support of it. Stewart's campaign would offer some pretty great rewards too, including the chance to make a talking head appearance in a 21 box, a 6 box, or a 2 box. Fans of Fareed Zakaria and party drugs will also be interested. Stewart's parody campaign comes in response to Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox's...
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(Reuters) - A rise in margins has raised hopes that Apple Inc may be able to hold the line on pricing ahead of the launch of new iPhones later this year.
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Want major new aircraftWith hundreds of new orders on the table, the airline industry is moving toward incrementally improving existing designs instead of making all-new jets. That means major new pizzazz likely won't... arrive for many years.
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Bits Blog: With the BlessingMicrosoft's co-founder has resurrected "Business Adventures," a book published in 1969, and made it a best seller by declaring it his favorite business book.
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In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same... time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the...
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Israeli gaming companies lookIsrael's Ministry of Economy and GameIS have organized a tour for 10 gaming companies to meet with execs and potential investors in the U.S.
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The Pill May Affect YourWomen taking higher doses of estrogen in their birth control pills may place more importance on other women's appearance, a new study finds.
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Top app, device and accessoryLooking to gear up for the summer? We've got some new sales on Android devices, accessories, and apps that you may be interested in...
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A future form of computing could see information stored on clusters of microscopic particles suspended in liquid
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Shatner Disses CelebrityThe "Star Trek" celeb took to Tumblr to slam Facebook's new app, along with former co-star George Takei.
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Kayak Gets Lifted Out of Water by Huge Whale

Twisted Sifter - 23 Jul 2014 16:41
Kayak Gets Lifted Out of Water  A father and daughter kayaking off the coast of Argentina had the experience of a lifetime when a huge Southern Right whale lifted their kayak out of the water before lowering them back down onto... the surface. The close encounter was captured on video, and while the kayakers make a concerted effort to never…
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Forensics expert disputes Apple claim that services serve purely diagnostic purpose.
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Oracle ships nearly 60 mobileOracle is responding to an ever more mobile customer base with the rollout of 57 mobile applications for its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business software suite. "JD Edwards is one of the fastest-growing... parts of Oracle's business," said analyst Ray Wang, founder and chairman of Constellation Research. The new apps are "a response to what customers have asked them to do." While Oracle has a number of ERP (enterprise resource planning) software products, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is popular in industries such as agriculture, distribution and food production, where many workers are mobile in fields or on factory floors, rather than sitting at a desk.
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Apple's 36% Boost in ResearchApple made a significant investment into research and development this past quarter, increasing spending in the category by 36 percent over the same quarter last year, reports Financial Times. As... noted by BTIG Research analyst Walt Piecyk, Apple's $1.6 billion quarterly investment represents 4 percent of sales, the highest percentage of spending in R&D since 2006, the year before Apple released the first iPhone. This huge increase supports rumors the company is investing significantly in more than just new iPhones, iPads, and Macs for its upcoming product pipeline. Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly confirmed the company is preparing to enter new product categories, with Cook saying Apple is working "really great stuff." Apple's Internet Software and Services chief Eddy Cue also...
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Amazon Prime Music expands byAmazon Prime Music launched a little over a month ago in the States and has now had its first major update since. Amazon has announced the addition of "hundreds of thousands" of songs to the music... streaming service and hundreds of new curated playlists....
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VMware opens London dataVMware adds a second UK site for public cloud services based on its platform
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Apple 'tentatively' plansApple is gearing up for its first major hardware and software launches of 2014. The Cupertino-based company is “tentatively” planning a keynote address in mid-September to announce the iPhone 6... and provide final details on iOS 8, according to sources briefed on the plans. These people say that the second and third weeks of September are the […]
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Sense sleep tracker analyzesA new sleep-tracking gadget which aims to do for the bedroom what wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone have done for exercise claims it can wake you more naturally without a frustrating wristband,... figuring out sleep cycles but also taking into account the state of your bedroom. While there's no shortage of products out there which will analyze how you're sleeping, …
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iPad sales are strong, but declining. Apple may have the bulk of the Fortune 500 in its portfolio, but penetration rates are low. Why isn't Cook worried?
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Running surveys is an age-old approach that technology vendors take in order to make some news. It’s also a really good source of data points for technology commentators – so long as you ignore... the requisite vendor pitch amongst the data, these surveys are pretty useful tools. The latest to come across my desk is one from productivity solutions vendor Docurated. Essentially Docurated is a vendors that helps organizations surface the most valuable and relevant content in is various content stores.
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Microsoft's mixed results have largely pleased Wall Street. But the good news on cloud services and stabilization in the PC market can't mask an ugly truth for the software giant: All of its hardware... divisions are performing somewhere between terrible and absolutely dreadful. The worst among them, though, was the Xbox division where the rapid deterioration of Microsoft's console business may lead to another round of calls to spin the division off.
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Tim Cook Just Made The CaseDuring Apple's earnings call yesterday, CEO Tim Cook was asked a seemingly harmless question about the impact of trade-in programs on iPhone sales. Cook's wide-ranging response was that he felt... trade-ins were good for Apple overall because they allow iPhones to reach "price sensitive" customers without cannibalizing sales of higher-priced new models. But if that's the case, wouldn't Apple be even better served by building a low-cost model to reach those customers? The answer, employing Cook's own logic, seems to be a resounding yes.
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Samsung actually makes a solidSamsung’s latest ad entitled “Every Day is Day One” is really, really nice. The cinematography is top notch and the soundtrack makes it even richer (a cover of David Bowie’s “Absolute... Beginners”). It features Samsung’s Galaxy phone and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smart watch without being embarrassingly tacky, and it was done in partnership with the Association of […]
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BlackBerry offers BES10 as aBusinesses wanting the security of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 without the complexity of managing it onsite can now buy it as a hosted service from six BlackBerry partners. The BES10 service can... manage and secure iOS and Android devices, as well as those running BlackBerry OS. Isec7, a German mobility management company, will host BES10 for customers worldwide, alongside its existing offering of managed mobile Exchange, SAP and Lotus services. Three other companies in Germany, BFI, Solvito and Systag Systemhaus, will host the service for companies there, while IBM's German subsidiary will serve customers across Europe, according to the BlackBerry website.
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Bats are not entirely creatures of the dark as some of these animals rely on light to some extent to navigate, according to a new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.
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Cloud can power Africa

Gadget - 23 Jul 2014 16:34
Africa has an enormous opportunity to harness technologies like cloud computing, mobility, social media and big data technologies to get cities working better, create a new wave of entrepreneurship... and give millions of people jobs, says DEREK KUDSEE.
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AppDate: Healthy eating with Jawbone UP

Gadget - 23 Jul 2014 16:34
In this AppDate, SEAN BACHER highlights the Jawbone UP app, Dragons Adventure: World Explorer, Nike Football app, Relax and Sleep Well, by Glenn Harrold and BlackBerry Virtual Expert.
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SpaceX Successfully Tests TheSpaceX had another successful test of its reusable rocket.
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Supposed Sony Xperia Z3 specsIt's time for another set of leaks on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3, this time it's specs. We've seen peaks at the Xperia Z3 before, which looks to have a lot visually in common with its predecessor,... the Sony Xperia Z2. The newly-leaked specs, some of which we've seen before, are also quite similar.
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StubHub has revealed that it's been the victim of a global fraud operation that's lasted longer than a year. Rather than being hacked, however, criminals obtained user details from other websites and... keylogging software, then proceeded to make...
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Best Android Camera Apps 2014

Forbes - 23 Jul 2014 16:33
Best Android Camera Apps 2014One easy way to get better pictures from your Android phone is to use a third party camera app instead of the one that came installed on your device. Here's a look at three of the best apps in the... Google Play Store that offer compelling features, great performance, and a well-organized interface.
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MIOPS is a SmartphoneMIOPS lets you catch lighting mid strike and program timelapses from an iPhone remote.
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This Box Can Hold an Entire Netflix

Gizmodo - 23 Jul 2014 16:32
This Box Can Hold an EntireYou've probably heard about Netflix peering issues recently, the pissing contest between Netflix and ISPs arguing over who should pay who for what, with us poor binge-watchers caught in the crossfire.... But at the heart of all the arguments is mundane yet spectacular piece of hardware. An unassuming box that holds approximately one (1) Netflix.
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A New Approach to SETI:Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics: Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like... oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life.
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Want to start using OS XDevelopers and people with access to developer accounts have already been able to try out the OS X Yosemite in beta form for more than a month, but soon Apple will make the beta version of its new OS... available to a much wider audience. As promised at WWDC 2014, Apple will roll out a free Yosemite public beta release this summer, so anyone who's interested in running Apple's latest operating system on a Mac can test drive it before it's released this fall. The company told The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple that the public beta will be released on Thursday, July 24th. FROM EARLIER: Why it makes sense for iOS 8 and Yosemite to launch separately Regular Mac owners will get the
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Can Startups CreateA growing class of tech startups are fostering job creation -- and I'm not talking about engineering jobs.
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Watch: Security Breach atAuthorities say Stub Hub was hit by an international fraud ring.
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Opinion: Will the iPad be leftWith Apple reporting lower-than-expected iPad sales for the second quarter in a row, it’s likely that Tim Cook will be once again be called on to reassure investors that the decline in year-on-year... sales won’t continue indefinitely. Cook has been very bullish on the iPad, despite the numbers, pointing especially to growing sales in the […]
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101-year-old weather observerA retired dairy and chicken farmer on eastern Long Island has been tracking daily weather readings since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.
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Rotate Your Everyday HouseholdOdds are you have a few favorite items in your home: Your usual plates and favorite mug, or favorite sheets and blankets. The Kitchn has a simple way to keep your home from feeling stale (and beat the... urge to buy new things) and to make sure everything wears evenly over time: Rotate those favorite items regularly.
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Apple yesterday posted its earnings results for the quarter gone and, per usual, they exceeded Wall Street expectations. All told, Apple posted revenue of $37.4 billion (a Q3 quarterly record) and EPS... of $1.28. This compares to revenue of $35.3...
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[From EntertainmentTell] As much as on-the-rise, smaller shindigs like Telluride or New York continue to chip away at Toronto International Film Festival's prominence and relevance in the build-up to... the Oscars, TIFF remains a barometer of often low-budget cinematic excellence and virtue.
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The Sync Smartband Is A Health Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as... the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and adults as well, with a variety of health tracking functions, including a fitness tracker and sleep…
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Businesses, cyber securityBoth businesses and Internet security firms are taking some interesting measures to combat against hackers and ransomware. The post Businesses, cyber security firms are coming up with creative ways to... fight hackers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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BMW i8: Hot Hybrid (pictures)

CNET - 23 Jul 2014 16:29
BMW i8: Hot Hybrid (pictures)BMW have caught the world's attention with their first hybrid supercar. XCAR takes a closer look at the i8 and runs down the key specs.
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Mini shopping spree! Network buys 2 companies in 2 weeks LinkedIn has slurped its second company in as many weeks, splashing out $175m on advertising firm Bizo....
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Wall Street Journal's systems attacked by hacker

Times of India - 23 Jul 2014 16:27
The systems have been taken offline to prevent the spread of attacks.
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In an industry which tends to chase the shiny new thing, you’d be forgiven for not realizing just how many critical business applications run on relatively old systems and languages. People talk... about the fact that most airlines still run on massive old mainframes and that’s a fact but even smaller applications still overwhelmingly use last year’s solutions. A case in point is .NET, Microsoft’s well known application language that people often talk disparagingly about. While it may not be as “sexy” as more modern languages like Ruby, the fact is that .NET still runs a large proportion of the world’s apps.
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Lessons Learned From A WeekWhile I've been playing both the Hearthstone expansion and the Destiny beta this week, there's one more game that's taken up a fair bit of my time. That would be Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a game that... caught my attention not for its subject matter, but for its massive profitability.
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Apple responds to complaintIn response to alleged security holes, Apple reveals details on how its diagnostic services access certain data on iOS devices.
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What to Expect From Amazon's Fire Phone

ABC News - 23 Jul 2014 16:23
What to Expect From Amazon'sAmazon's first smartphone includes two "new breakthrough innovations."
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The Luxembourg government is in advanced negotiations with satellite fleet operator SES to place a military telecommunications payload on an SES satellite for use by Luxembourg and NATO.
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Another snapshot of our strange universe: astronomers recently caught a pulsar — a particular kind of dense star — switch off its radio beacon while powerful gamma rays brightened fivefold.... “It’s almost as if someone flipped a switch, morphing the system from a lower-energy state to a higher-energy one,” stated lead researcher Benjamin Stappers, an […]
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Macmillan invests in 'GoogleThe London startup's product, Overleaf, lets researchers collaborate on scientific papers that use the LaTeX markup language. Macmillan invests in “Google Docs for researchers” firm WriteLaTeX... originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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MPs move to cut DRIP dataProgramme is contrary to human rights legislation, say Tom Watson and David Davis
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[From GadgeTell] Are we that lazy? It seems smartphone-owners would rather not take the five seconds it requires to enter a PIN to unlock their phones. So, Motorola's solution? Temporary tattoos! And... they're not even cute; they look like ringworm mixed with a cigarette burn. It's like the ultimate mood-killer, but it's totally worth it if you can unlock your phone in one second, right? WRONG! Admittedly, I was all on board with the fingerprint sensors from companies such as Apple and Samsung, but I was fine with the technology ending there.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "Maverick" actor, the down-to-earth James Garner died in his home of natural causes at age 86 on July 19. His first job was modeling, but he said he hated it. He was later... talked into a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, where he was able to study actor Henry Fonda every night. His first film appearances were in The Girl He Left Behind and Toward the Unknown in 1956.
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These Architects HaveBrazil's national government poured $4 billion into new and renovated World Cup stadiums for this summer's tournament -- a sky-high price tag that drew harsh criticism from many of its own citizens.... So what should happen now that the 12 stadiums' intended purpose has run its course? If you ask Sylvain Macaux and Axel de Stampa of 1 Week 1 Project, the answer is simple: Make new spaces available for the Brazilians who need it most. The French architects have proposed transforming each gigantic athletic facility into affordable housing complexes for Brazil's homeless and impoverished populations, according to Gizmag. The project, titled "Casa Futebol," could house an estimated 20,000 residents. Photo by Jobson Galdino "We've read, like everybody, about the social protests in Brazil, about...
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Diagnosing the First Patient:Nic Volker. Beatrice Rienhoff. Alexis and Noah Beery. If you happen to be a scientist or clinician in the genomics field, you already know the topic of this article just from those four names. Each is... a child who suffered from a mysterious or even one-of-a-kind disease. Collectively, they endured years in hospitals, met dozens of doctors, took countless tests to achieve that precious objective: a diagnosis. And for each of these kids, DNA sequencing was critical to providing that answer.
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EMC Is Ready to Meet WithJoe Tucci is ready to talk with a hedge fund that wants to break his company up.
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKayThe Gary Sanchez Productions duo will produce an action-comedy based on the 1983 series about a man who could transform into various animals to fight crime. The post Will Ferrell and Adam McKay team... up for Manimal movie appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In just a matter of hours, 150,000 rabid comics fans of all stripes will descend on San Diego for Comic-Con 2014. It's the mecca of all things nerdy for the summer, where some of the biggest names in... geek culture and entertainment come to show off what's to come for the next few years. This year's event is a bit different, though: with movies like the new Star Wars and Avengers coming out, 2015 and 2016 already promise to be the biggest years in film history, and Comic-Con could very well be...
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"Google Street View" of the Cosmos Unveiled

The Daily Galaxy - 23 Jul 2014 16:15
A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibres is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos -- incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies.... Developed by researchers at the University of Sydney and...
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Apple's execs didn't say much on its third quarter earnings call on Tuesday about the various new products rumored to debut this fall, but the earnings report may offer some clues In the report, Apple... revealed that it spent $1.6 billion on research and development in the June quarter, up more than 30% from the same quarter a year earlier. Walter Piecyk, an analyst with BTIG, noted in a writeup [registration required] that this suggests Apple is likely investing in more than just updated iPhones and iPads. See also: The Complete Evolution of Apple's iOS in One GIF "The ramp of R&D expense is a good indicator that Apple is working diligently on something new," Piecyk wrote. "R&D investment topped 4% of revenue, a level it has not reached since 2006, in the quarters before the first iPhone...
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Microsoft is making Skype available on Amazon's Fire phone, making good on the company's commitment to provide its productivity tools on all mobile platforms.
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Orchard Laboratories makes the Orchard and Fig applications - popular projects to come out of the Docker open source ecosystem.
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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes When animals lose a limb, they learn to hobble remarkably quickly. And yet when robots damage a leg, they become completely incapacitated. That now looks set to the change... thanks to a group of robotics engineers who have worked out how to dramatically accelerate the process of learning to walk again when a limb has become damaged. They've tested it on a hexapod robot which finds an efficient new gait in under two minutes (with video), and often faster, when a leg becomes damaged. The problem for robots is that the parameter space of potential gaits is vast. For a robot with six legs and 18 motors, the task of finding an efficient new gait boils down to a search through 36-dimensional space. That's why it usually takes so long. The new approach gets around this...
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Samsung to hold its DevelopersSamsung has announced that their 2014 Developers Conference will take place this November. The event will run from November 11-13th in San Francisco, taking place at Moscone West. While Samsung isn't... yet talking about their specific plans for the Conference, it wouldn't be surprising to see updates on the Samsung Mobile SDK, S Health, and wearables.
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Where's the Straight LineAnyone who's spent any amount of time playing Tetris knows how vital the straight line pieces are. And that's why it seems almost absurd that Monarch decided to omit them from its new Tetris-shaped... Totris tater tots. In a pinch you could probably use a french fry, but it's just not the same.
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5 awesome iPhone and iPadSmartphones have completely changed the ways we work and play, but a problem has developed over the years: there are so many features and so much functionality packed into these nifty devices that it... is impossible for anyone to remember it all. As a result, many of the features we might find incredibly useful often go undiscovered. Here at BGR, we try to help as often as we can but offering tips and tricks of our own, and also by bringing things to your attention when other sites offer useful tips -- and here’s one we couldn’t pass on sharing. FROM EARLIER: 5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother Cult Of Mac’s Joshua Smith recently put together a quick
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The electric slide dance of DNA knots

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 16:10
The electric slide dance ofDNA has the nasty habit of getting tangled and forming knots. Scientists study these knots to understand their function and learn how to disentangle them (e.g. useful for gene sequencing techniques).... Cristian Micheletti, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and his team have been carrying out research in which they simulate these knots and their dynamics. In their latest paper, just published in the journal Soft Matter, Micheletti together with Marco Di Stefano, first author and PhD student at SISSA, and colleagues from Ljubljana and San Diego devised and tested a method based on the application of electric fields and "optical tweezers".
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Gawker It's Time for England to Ask: Should Prince George Step Down? | Gizmodo 7 Dead Websites That Should Be Brought Back | io9 Robert Downey Jr. Not Quite Ready to Give Up Iron Man | Kotaku... "Suspicious" Lady Causes Another Japanese Internet Conspiracy
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Lowe's Iris smart home systemLowe's Iris plug-and-play smart home system is getting bigger, with a new range of add-ons that can control garage doors, allow pets in and out of the home, and more. Iris now gets four new devices to... play with, all hooking up wirelessly to the central hub, though the degree of installation complexity will vary. For inside the home, there's …
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Visit us at San Diego Comic-Con!

Think Geek - 23 Jul 2014 16:04
We've finally landed and are ready to take on Comic-Con. Are you ready for us, San Diego? If you're here, be sure to visit us at Booth #3849 to check out our exclusives and top-secret prototypes in... person! We're unveiling them at Comic-Con, but we guessss we'll let our faraway geeks take a peek at them, too.
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We’ve got vertigo watching this video, but in a good way! This is a sped-up view of Earth from the International Space Station from the Cupola, a wraparound window that is usually used for cargo... ship berthings and Earth observations. (...)Read the rest of Video: A Dizzying, Whirly View Of The Earth From Space! (101 […]
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REG MAN penetrates GOOGLE'S LAIR

The Register - 23 Jul 2014 16:03
Did he get the good(ie)s? What do YOU think, reader... Pics A Google Hangout of a different sort took place at its London offices yesterday. And, neatly fulfilling quite a few of our expectations of... the Choc Factory, we ogled tech while milling around a real chocolate fountain....
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Deadspin The Top 200 Ways Bleacher Report Screwed Me Over | Jalopnik Son Finds His Late Dad's 'Ghost' In A Racing Video Game | Jezebel Things I Learned from #WomenAgainstFeminism | Lifehacker Make and... Store Poached Eggs Up to Two Days for Easier Breakfast
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iPhone Camera Supplier SonyAs hinted at in an earlier report from Nikkei, Sony today confirmed it is investing 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase the production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, reports... Reuters. The electronics firm will use the 35 billion yen to boost production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories in Kyushu, Japan as well as complete work at a factory it recently purchased from Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics. This investment will increase manufacturing by 13 percent, allowing Sony to produce up to 68,000 wafers a month by August 2015. Sony is a leader in the imaging sensor market, supplying camera modules for major mobile phone and tablet manufacturers, including Apple and its iPhone since the iPhone 4s. Sony is rumored to be supplying Apple with a 13-megapixel Exmor...
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Meerkats kill their childrenThey might look cute but don't be deceived by their furry, little faces, these are cold-blooded killers.
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Flexibits' Fantastical 2.1 for iOS is available today with a host of new features, improvements and bug fixes. The calendar, reminders and to-dos app is a major hit with the TUAW team, so we're always... pleased to see an update to this fantastic app!...
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Lots of great content to dig through, all free until the paywall is put in place in the fall.∞ Read this on The Loop
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LittleBits launches a cloudAfter years as a toy company, LittleBits is ready to advance to the next phase of its strategy -- becoming a platform that makes it easy for novices to build and prototype hardware. LittleBits... launches a cloud bit and turns from toy maker to hardware revolutionary originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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[GamerTell] Dragon Age: Inquisition delay woes

Technology Tell - 23 Jul 2014 16:00
[From GamerTell] Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed until November, but everything's going to be all right.
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Japan Airlines hopesIt can be tough getting the attention of airport gate staff. Soon they might have an additional distraction: smartwatches. Japan Airlines (JAL) on Wednesday demonstrated how some of its staff at... Haneda airport in Tokyo are using Samsung's Galaxy Gear 2 to locate and communicate with each other. JAL officials said smartwatches could help improve the efficiency of how and where airport staff are assigned, and improve passenger service. Attendants at two gates in the airport's Terminal 1 building were sporting the smartwatches during the demonstration, which involved actual flights to domestic cities. The Galaxy watches were linked to smartphones that receive data from JAL's back office at the airport. Meanwhile, the location of attendants, who shuttle between various stations in the...
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ONA's New Sahel Strap is Designed to Help a Charity

The Phoblographer - 23 Jul 2014 16:00
ONA's New Sahel Strap isONA's Sahel strap is meant to be worn across your body; and proceeds from the sale help charity: water.
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File-encrypting AndroidA ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts. The malware app is called Simplocker... and was first identified by security researchers from antivirus vendor ESET in early June. At the time it was the first malicious program for Android devices that used file encryption to extort money from victims. The original variant was indicative of a work in progress and displayed ransom notes exclusively in Russian, but that has changed recently. Simplocker is now being sold on underground forums and actively distributed to users, so it's no longer just a proof of concept, the ESET security researchers said Tuesday in a blog post.
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Road Trip Pic of the Day,If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.
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Startups Anonymous: A"I am the greatest!" Muhammad Ali called himself the greatest -- In all of boxing and all the history of boxing, among all the famous older, stronger, better boxers of his time, Ali had the audacity... to stand on a podium and call himself the greatest.
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Iron Man Mark V Armor SuitcaseMarvel's Iron Man has definitely gained a fair number of fans ever since the first of many movies that featured Tony Stark appeared on the silver screen. In fact, it is exciting to see the various... types of armor that Stark has thought up of, and he seems to be indestructible, although power is a major issue in ensuring Iron Man lives up to his reputation. Going in the same ...
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New etching process buildsScientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a customizable chemical etching process that can be used to manufacture high-performance focusing devices... for the brightest X-ray sources on the planet, as well as to make other nanoscale structures such as biosensors and battery electrodes.
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LittleBits Now Lets You BuildWe've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to... anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy Google products necessary.
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Airconditioning apps: a cool idea

The Australian - 23 Jul 2014 16:00
Airconditioning apps: a coolWHEN it’s hotter than Hades outside, wouldn’t it be nice if your airconditioner knew you were coming home?
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The magnetic, interconnecting circuit boards that make up LittleBits' library of electronic modules make it easy to build all sorts of neat (and noisy) devices with almost no technical knowledge at... all -- but if you want to create something that...
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LittleBits Now Lets You BuildWe've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to... anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy Google products necessary.
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iPad, iPhone & Mac sales go up in India

Times of India - 23 Jul 2014 15:59
This was disclosed by Apple during the course of announcement of results for the third quarter on Tuesday.
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Hands-on: Fantastical 2.1 forWe’ve already taken a close look at Fantastical 2 for iPhone and Fantastical 2 for iPad, and today Flexibits is releasing Fantastical 2.1 for both platforms with a list of new features and... discounting Fantastical for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Among the list of changes include new snooze functionality, event invitation notifications and badges, notifications for upcoming […]
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Dropbox for Business growsDropbox will continue beefing up the business version of its cloud storage and file sharing service, adding security features to shared links, full-text search capabilities and new tools for... enterprise developers. For Dropbox content shared via links, it will now be possible for users to require a password for access to the content and set an expiration date for the link. This feature can be turned on by Dropbox admins now for their end users. In the coming months, Dropbox for Business will also gain a full-text search engine, an upgrade over the current search feature which is limited to querying file names. Dropbox is also extending its improved Microsoft Office document preview capabilities to its Android application, so that users can check out a file without necessarily downloading...
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iPhone 6 likely to launch inBased on Apple's predictions for the current quarter, analyst Gene Munster believes the new iPhone will roll out around the last week of September.
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Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 305 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.
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Media Space appoints head of photography

British Journal of Photography - 23 Jul 2014 15:53
Media Space appoints head ofThe Science Museum Group has named Kate Bush as its head of photography. In her new role, Bush, who was the former head of art galleries at London’s Barbican Centre, will lead a programme of... photography exhibitions for Media Space, the Science Museum’s new photography and art gallery, and the National Media Museum in Bradford. She will also be responsible for the development of a major touring programme to bring the National Photography Collection to a wider national and international audience. "In luring Kate to our group […]
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With the aid of NASA's Kepler spacecraft, a team of astronomers, including members from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, has discovered an exoplanet with the longest yearly cycle ever... recorded. The planet, imaginatively named Kepler-421b, takes an impressive 704 days to orbit its parent, a dim type K star...
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This Couple's Shared PassionGet the tissues ready, because this one is aiming right for the feels. Tucked away within a documentary on the history of Japanese cameras, this touching story of Yoko and Minoru Tanaka took us... completely unawares. We thought we were watching a mildly interesting and informative documentary… as it turns out, it was much more […]
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EA delays 'Battlefield,' 'Dragon Age'

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 15:52
EA delays 'Battlefield,''Hardline' pushed back to early next year; 'Dragon Age' launching in November.          
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Snaps to Riches: The Career ofSnapchat celebrity Shaun McBride and Viner Nicholas Megalis have turned their seconds of silliness into lucrative brand collaborations. Music: "Orchestral cinematic epic trailer" by KingHyenX, "Data... Celebration" by DCHarris
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Have Concerts And SportingHas the cost of top-acts in concerts and premiere sporting events made them elitist affairs? Here's a look at the changes in the two industries, and the growth of minor league sports and tribute bands... that are filling the gaps.
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Designing exascale computers

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 15:50
Designing exascale computers"Imagine a heart surgeon operating to repair a blocked coronary artery. Someday soon, the surgeon might run a detailed computer simulation of blood flowing through the patient's arteries, showing how... millions of red blood cells jostle and tumble through the small vessels. The simulation would identify the best repair strategy.
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The company reported diluted EPS of 55 cents, but that figure included three cents worth of one-time charges. The 58-cent figure compares to analysts' estimate of 60 cents a share, according to a... consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. So much volatility, it's hard to get any sense of direction from Redmond. A big part of this instability is the Nokia acquisition and pending layoffs.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Motorola taps 'digital tattoo'The nickel-sized piece of tech adheres to your wrist and enables instant unlocking.
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21st Century Fox's recent attempt to acquire Time Warner came with the caveat that the combined company would need to sell off CNN Time Warner executives rejected the deal. But, just in case, Jon... Stewart is ready to pounce. See also: 7 Kickstarter Projects That Would Make Killer Gifts for Dad On Tuesday night's episode of The Daily Show, Stewart announced the launch of a "Kickstarter" page to buy CNN. There is no actual campaign (sadly), but it does have a website: LetsBuyCNN.com. Like any good Kickstarter, there are plenty of perks for contributors, such as inclusion in a CNN 21 box for $10, the chance to take molly with Fareed Zakaria for $25,000, and the right to host a CNN Hunger Games-style fight to the death between CNN anchors for $1 billion.
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Scientists find way toPhysicists Sergei Filippov (MIPT and Russian Quantum Center at Skolkovo) and Mario Ziman (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Institute of Physics in Bratislava, Slovakia) have found a... way to preserve quantum entanglement of particles passing through an amplifier and, conversely, when transmitting a signal over long distances. Details are provided in an article published in the journal Physical Review A.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Conan O'Brien showed a Gary Oldman death reel, with Oldman as his guest
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The latest new Google MapsAdvertisements can certainly be annoying, but they’re not always a bad thing. Problems arise most often when ads are intrusive or irrelevant, and when they do more to pester us than inform us. In... the case of Google Maps, ads can actually be quite helpful in many scenarios, and Google just announced a few changes for the ads it serves in its Google Maps mobile app that might actually enhance users’ experiences. Google on Tuesday night posted a new note on its Google+ page for ads that explains a few key changes made recently to ads in the Google Maps mobile app. “Recently, we began showing search results for places like restaurants and hotels in a list view below the search
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Newfound alien planet hasA newfound alien planet is one for the record books.
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Essays in English yieldGrammatical habits in written English reveal linguistic features of non-native speakers' languages.
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War of words erupts between news groups

Tech Central - 23 Jul 2014 15:44
Independent Newspapers' group executive editor Karima Brown on Wednesday accused Mail & Guardian owner Trevor Ncube of telling an "odd bare-faced lie". "Mr Ncube has called to question the integrity... and professionalism of the Independent journalists who have produced our stories on his
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Citizens of Africa's most populous nation could not buy goods directly from foreign merchants before the launch by PayPal.
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New Google Maps ads blend inGoogle just introduced more ads to the recently revamped Google Maps, plopping discrete paid placements for local businesses next to organic listings in the service's search results. Google Maps is... giving ads the first class treatment. When you search for businesses, such as "Chinese food New York City," the top result in the drop down menu will be an ad. Similar ad results will appear on mobile.
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Obese kids don't viewA good number of children who are overweight and obese have a misconception regarding their weight, claims new CDC data. That doesn't bode well for getting children to adopt healthier lifestyles, say... researchers.
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Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered that a gold nanorod submerged in water and exposed to high-frequency ultrasound waves can spin at an incredible... speed of 150,000 RPM, about ten times faster than the previous record. The advance could lead to powerful nanomotors with important applications in medicine, high-speed machining, and the mixing of materials...
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Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses

Toronto Sun - 23 Jul 2014 15:41
Microsoft sees end to NokiaMicrosoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade.
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iOS backdoor: Apple andCompany loaded iPhones and iPads with intentional encryption holes, claims security expert
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Why Adults Struggle to Pick up New Languages

Live Science - 23 Jul 2014 15:41
Why Adults Struggle to Pick upWhen learning a second language, effort helps adults learn vocabulary but hinders their ability to learn grammar, a new study finds.
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The Amazon Prime Music catalog has been expanded by hundreds of thousands of songs, including some previous glaring absences. Time to get your Kendrick Lamar and David Guetta on.
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Developing the next evolutionThink about how far telecommunications have come in the past century, from the telegraph, to the wireless telephone, to being able to access the Internet from nearly anywhere on the planet. Along that... path are a series of small evolutions that, when viewed from a distance, are revolutionary.
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The new PandaX facility, located deep underground in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, hosts a large liquid-xenon detector designed to search for direct evidence of dark matter... interactions with the nuclei of xenon and to observe 136Xe double-beta decay.
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Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh,Apple reported US$37.4 billion in revenue for its third fiscal quarter and 35.2 million iPhones sold, coming in below Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um's expectation of $38.2 billion. That may be... disappointing, but it doesn't spell certain doom for Apple because Mr. Um sees the upcoming fall product launches as a big boost for the company's performance. The Mac Observer Spin: iPhone sales were up for the quarter, but not up enough to please analysts. But Q4 will reportedly include new iPhone models and maybe the iWatch, so maybe Tim Cook can make them happy this time.
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Apple users, Mac OS X 10.10Apple is set to release the beta version of its new Mac operating system to the public.
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The U.S. Postal Service ThinksJudging by its executive summary of a new report, "If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service," the USPS can't wait for 3D printing.
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Two security experts say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks.
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Dropbox for Business is good for collaborating on files stored in the cloud, but it hasn't had fine-grained permission control -- not great if you have a sensitive project you'd rather not share with... the folks in Accounts Receivable. You'll be glad...
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Apple revenue lags Street view

Toronto Sun - 23 Jul 2014 15:33
Apple revenue lags Street viewApple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6% rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, but revenue surged 28% in greater China despite intense competition in its third-largest market.
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Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill Microsoft's ex-Nokia phones unit has produced the successor to the Lumia 520, its best-selling Windows Phone by miles, topping the charts in the... UK's Crimbo sales....
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Slashdot - 23 Jul 2014 15:33
NotInHere (3654617) writes As promised, version 33 of the Firefox browser will fetch the OpenH264 module from Cisco, which enables Firefox to decode and encode H.264 video, for both the tag and... WebRTC, which has a codec war on this matter. The module won't be a traditional NPAPI plugin, but a so-called Gecko Media Plugin (GMP), Mozilla's answer to the disliked Pepper API. Firefox had no cross-platform support for H.264 before. Note that only the particular copy of the implementation built and blessed by Cisco is licensed to use the h.264 patents.
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Cathcart Joins Zest4

Comms Business - 23 Jul 2014 15:32
Zest4 have strengthened its Senior Management team with the appointment of Adam Cathcart as Sales Director. Adam's main focus will be to continue to develop the successful relationships with existing... partners whilst also recruiting new partners that are looking to evolve or develop their offering in the ITC market. Adam has an established & successful
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Amazon Expands Prime Music One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company’s new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially... current hits. Today, Amazon is taking a small step towards remedying that problem with an announcement of an expansion of the Prime Music service, which now has grown by “hundreds of…
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Apple is bringing its OS XListen up, Mac users! Apple is gearing up to release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, July 24, giving those without a developer account the opportunity to get their hands on it for the... first time. Only the…
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Drone pilot locates missingA search involving dogs, a helicopter and hundreds of volunteers came to a happy conclusion after a drone owner lent his gadget to the efforts. Drone pilot locates missing 82-year-old man after... three-day search originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Zelda-like RPG toots its ownThe console-quality, Zelda-inspired game Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas was one of the best original games in ages when it hit iOS late last year. Based on the amazing feedback that game... deservedly scooped up, developers FDG Entertainment and Cornfox…
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NASA spacecraft just one yearLess than a year from now, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists' understanding of the dwarf planet.
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Compact vibration harvesterOMRON and Holst Centre/imec have unveiled a prototype of an extremely compact vibrational energy harvesting DC power supply with worlds' highest efficiency. The prototype will be demonstrated at the... TECHNO-FRONTIER2014 exhibition in Tokyo from July 23rd till July 25th. Combining OMRON's electret energy harvester with a Holst Centre/imec power management IC, it can convert and store energy from vibrations in the µW range with high efficiency to the driving voltage of general sensors. The prototype measures just 5 x 6 cm - with potential to shrink as small as 2 x 2 cm. Its small size, light weight (15.4 gram) and user-variable output voltage are ideal for a wide-range of autonomous wireless sensor node applications in the industrial and consumer domains, particularly in inaccessible...
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Watch the Falcon 9 rocketSpaceX today released video from the Falcon 9 first stage flyback and landing video from the July 14 launch of six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites. This was a test of the reusability of... the Falcon 9′s first stage and its flyback and landing system. It splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, and SpaceX called it a "soft" landing, even though the booster did not survive the splashdown. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on July 14 that the rocket booster reentry, landing burn and leg deployment worked well, but the hull of the first stage "lost integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)." He later reported that detailed review of rocket telemetry showed the booster took a "body slam, maybe from a self-generated wave."
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Read Carefully Before SigningDebt settlement is supposed to be a lifeline for people struggling with money. However, even legitimate programs with good intentions can leave consumers with more debt than they started with,... according to a new report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Read carefully before handing over the reins to your debt.
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Plane-tracking app tops the charts

IOL - 23 Jul 2014 15:30
Flightradar app goes viral as Ukraine crash spawns planespotters.
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Apple confirmed it is opening up its OS X Beta Program to the public starting tomorrow -- Thursday, July, 23. Mac owners can sign up for the beta program on Apple's website using their Apple ID and... will receive a Mac App Store promo code to download...
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'Weak' New Meteor Shower Due To Fragile Comet Dust

Universe Today - 23 Jul 2014 15:29
'Weak' New Meteor Shower DueWhile the Camelopardalid shower only produced a few meteors, the lack of flashy disintegrations showed astronomers something new, a new study reveals: the dust from its parent comet (Comet... 209P/Linear) was much more fragile than the usual. The reasons are still being investigated, but one theory is that after a century in space, there wasn’t […]
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A TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on a small Taiwanese island on Wednesday after attempting to make an emergency landing in typhoon conditions. Taiwan's transport minister says 47 people are... trapped and feared dead, and seven injured have been rushed to area hospitals. Images from the airport showed a handful of firefighters using flashlights to sift through the wreckage in the darkness Local television is showing live video (below) amid rescue attempts at the crash site. This image is being shared among Taiwanese Twitter users purporting to show the crash site of TransAsia flight #GE222 pic.twitter.com/MntQ984NCC — Brian Rie$ (@moneyries) July 23, 2014
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ESO's La Silla ObservatoryAny human being knows the awe-inspiring wonder of a splash of stars against a dark backdrop. But it takes a skilled someone to truly appreciate a distant object viewed through an eyepiece. Your gut... tightens as you realize that the tiny fuzzy blob is really thousands of light-years away. That wave of amazement is encouraged […]
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Zest4 Open the UC Door to Partners

Comms Business - 23 Jul 2014 15:28
Zest4 are set to launch new partnering models to provide a unique choice to channel partners on how they structure their Unified Communications portfolio. Zest4 recognise that whilst the channel are... acutely aware of the need to sell Unified Comms solutions, there is a bridge to cross in terms of knowledge, skills and support to
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Forget.me helps you exerciseEurope's "Right to Be Forgotten" ruling has been gotten much attention since being handed down in May with 70k URL removal requests to date
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drawElements specializes in analyzing and assessing mobile 3D graphics. Its signiture product, dEQP, is a toolkit for benchmarking the accuracy, precision and stability of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs.
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Amazon wants you to use PrimeAmazon has announced it has added "hundreds of thousands of songs" to its recently launched Prime Music streaming service, along with "hundreds" of new Prime Playlists.
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Google has acquired a Finnish firm specializing in mobile 3D graphics analytics, a move that will help the search giant tailor its software to a variety of hardware smartphone options The startup,... drawElements, focuses on figuring out how to optimize complex graphics for various pieces of mobile hardware. See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed "We’re excited to announce that we’re joining Google. Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way; we’re grateful for your support," the company posted on the front page of its website. "Over the next few months, we’ll be working with our colleagues on the Android team to incorporate some of our technology into the compatibility test suite. Stay tuned!"
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OS X Yosemite Public BetaIn a coordinated release today, a number of publications have released official overviews of the latest OS X Yosemite beta build alongside word of Apple's plans to open up the public beta tomorrow,... July 24. As noted by The Loop, the public beta of Yosemite will be the same build released to developers on Monday. The public beta version of OS X Yosemite is the same version released to developers on Monday, so to start off, consumers and developers will be running the same software. However, the developer version of Yosemite will be updated more often over the next few months than the public beta version. This is so developers can continue to test their software with the latest operating system available. Consumers really don't need updates that frequently. As far as the overviews designed...
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Snaps To Riches: The Rise OfShaun McBride takes no risks when drawing a Snapchat. He takes screenshots instead, to protect his works in progress in case of calamity.
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Got Cavities? Ancient TeethThe bacteria that cause many cavities has been diversifying over the last several thousand years, according to a new study of DNA extracted from ancient, cavity-ridden teeth.
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Why it makes sense for iOS 8Apple's new operating systems for mobile devices and computers will not launch simultaneously, 9to5Mac has learned from sources familiar with the matter, but that's not necessarily surprising, even... though iOS and OS X will be tied together more than ever once iOS 8 and Yosemite are released. Apple is said to launch iOS 8 in September, followed by Yosemite a month later, according to the publication. Sources revealed that Apple's OS X update required additional resources from the iOS team this year, in order for Yosemite to be completed by fall. In 2013, iOS 7 and Mavericks launched a month apart because Apple called up OS X engineers to work on its mobile OS, according to the publication. While one of
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[From GadgeTell] Great news, AT&T customers swimming against the tide to snub the iOS/Android duopoly, your stubbornness and patience may pay off really soon, as the freshest version of Windows Phone... is in advanced stages of testing and due out "as early as this week".
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Engineers recall five-yearWithin the world of wind power, Kurt Myers and his engineering team are like Swiss Army knives in a silverware drawer. In his career as a wind energy systems expert, Myers has become a leading... consultant in federal wind and solar developments. He travels as a Department of Energy contractor to influence regional, national and international energy research and development projects.
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Master Mobile Gaming With ThisTouchscreens are fine for solving puzzles and flinging birds, but for action-based mobile games nothing will ever beat a physical controller in hand. The makers of the FC30, a Bluetooth controller... that paid homage to the original Nintendo Famicom, are back with a new and improved wireless gamepad that now hearkens back to the NES.
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Apple Opens OS X Yosemite BetaOS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of Apple's operating system, won't launch until the fall, but if you're interested in trying out its new features now , you can sign up for Apple's public beta... today. The beta was previously limited to developers and dev accounts, but now it's open to the first million users who opt in.
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Apple Opens OS X Yosemite BetaOS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of Apple's operating system, won't launch until the fall, but if you're interested in trying out its new features now , you can sign up for Apple's public beta... today. The beta was previously limited to developers and dev accounts, but now it's open to the first million users who opt in.
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Apple posts support documentEarlier this week, forensic data scientist Jonathan Zdziarski made a bold claim: iOS may be vulnerable to government snooping by design. According to Zdziarski, iOS had multiple backdoors installed... that made any device running the OS “almost always at risk…
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Microsoft updates its low-endThe Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone smartphone retailing unlocked for under 100 euros. Microsoft updates its low-end Lumia Windows Phone sales champ originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Apple releasing OS X YosemiteAs we reported Apple was readying for release this month, Apple has shared that it will open the public beta version of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, July 24th, for users wanting to preview the upcoming... version of the Mac operating system ahead of its release targeted for this fall. Users can sign up to be an OS […]
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NASA's New Horizons SpacecraftLess than a year from now, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists' understanding of the dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far... away -- it orbits the sun at an average distance of 3.65 billion miles (5.87 billion kilometers) -- many questions about the dwarf planet's composition and activity remain unanswered. Researchers hope New Horizons will lay some of those questions to rest when it flies by Pluto on July 15, 2015. "Many predictions have been made by the science community, including possible rings, geyser eruptions, and even lakes," Adriana Ocampo, program executive for NASA's New Frontiers program, said in a statement. "Whatever we find, I believe Pluto and its satellites will surpass all our expectations and...
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SYDNEY — The Western Australian parents of three children, who were killed with their grandfather on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, released a heartbreaking statement on Wednesday. Anthony Maslin and... Rin Norris lost their three children — Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 — plus Norris's father, Nick, when the plane was shot from the sky above a field in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The children and their grandfather were returning from a family holiday in Amsterdam on the doomed MH17, while their parents remained behind. See also: Flight MH17 Victims Targeted in Facebook and Credit Card Scams Maslin and Norris said they are living "in a hell beyond hell" in the statement addressed to "Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family" It was released on their behalf by the...
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Fleksy revamps AndroidFleksy added several new keyboard themes to its app. The company also said that it plans to offer premium emoji in the future and talked briefly about iOS 8. The post Fleksy revamps Android keyboard... app and tells us about iOS 8 plans appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google rival slams EUOne of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google's proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no... fair chance to express their views on the settlement. Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports. Lead complainant Foundem sent an open letter to competition European Commissioner Joaquín Almunia on Wednesday, urging him to read a July 11 response the company made to the Commission's plan to adopt Google's settlement proposal in the suit,. That letter concerned Google's treatment in search results of specialized search services that rivalled its own products, among other matters.
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FiftyThree introduced the Pencil a while back. It's an advanced stylus for iOS devices with a pressure-sensitive rubber tip, an eraser on the end, a USB charging port and a direct bluetooth connection... that adds amazing features to connected apps. Up...
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Clemens Wirth's Beautiful and Quirky Miniature World

The Phoblographer - 23 Jul 2014 15:14
Clemens Wirth's Beautiful andPhotographer Clemens Wirth creates his own scenes using miniature models and lots of imagination.
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Developers have been toying with the beta of OS X Yosemite since Apple announced the operating system at WWDC in June. Now you can join in too by signing up for Apple's public OS X Yosemite beta... program.
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The hi-tech sleeping sensor22 year old Londoner James Proud says his $99 Sense system can tell you exactly why you aren't' sleeping.
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In this striking new image from ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust....
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The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26... through September 29....
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Panasonic launches T41, P41 and P61 smartphones

Times of India - 23 Jul 2014 15:10
The T41, P41 and P61 models are powered by a 1.3GHz quad core processor and run Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
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Bitcoin investors voiced anger Wednesday after the first creditors' meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency's reputation and left a... trail of unanswered questions.
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Lives and deaths of sibling stars

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 15:10
Lives and deaths of siblingThis beautiful star cluster, NGC 3293, is found 8000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina (The Keel). This cluster was first spotted by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille... in 1751, during his stay in what is now South Africa, using a tiny telescope with an aperture of just 12 millimetres. It is one of the brightest clusters in the southern sky and can be easily seen with the naked eye on a dark clear night.
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Telerobotics puts robot powerAt the Smart America Expo in Washington, D.C., in June, scientists showed off cyber-dogs and disaster drones, smart grids and smart healthcare systems, all intended to address some of the most... pressing challenges of our time.
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7 Dead Websites That Should BeLast week, we asked you which dead or long-ignored website you want dusted off and brought back to life. You answered the call--all 433 of you who commented--and the result was a tour of the best... sites of the 90s and early 2000s. Here are the seven sites you miss the most. Let's surf the web of nostalgia.
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Kitchen gadget Egg-Q-ber turnsA gadget that can squash eggs into cubes has been unveiled (shown). The plastic Egg Q-ber is being sold by London-based Firebox.
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory - 15The NASA space-based telescope has delivered amazing imagery of the hidden Universe and expanded our knowledge of black holes, dark matter and the life and death of stars. It was launched on July... 23rd, 1999 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
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Sony invests in image sensorSony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($370 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders... for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies.
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Apple says its latest securityThe security researcher who revealed during the HOPE/X conference earlier this month that there are back doors installed on 600 million iOS devices has responded to Apple’s claim that the back doors... are used only for diagnostic and enterprise purposes. The gist? “That’s bullshit.” The initial report focused on small utilities that allowed anyone in possession of a file used in the connection between an iOS device and a PC […]
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Glow Raises $7M Series A From It was only in January last year that UK startup Glow Digital Media, a social advertising platform that sells services to Facebook advertisers to grow their marketing ROI, closed a $1.3 million seed... funding round. Investors in the round include Germany’s Project A Ventures and the UK’s Avonmore Developments. It’s Glow Platform product gives advertises tools to create and…
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Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000... have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of…
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Google Maps photo sphere ViewsNot everyone who knows about Google Maps might be aware that a lounge for Photo Spheres exists within it. But for those that are hooked on viewing the collection available on Google Maps Views, Google... just announced a treat for them. It has placed +1 buttons and comment boxes in Views so that viewers can show how much they like …
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Schizophrenia: Scientists tieResearchers from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium found new gene variants tied to schizophrenia, a discovery that could pave way to better and more effective treatments for the mental disorder.
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Why iTunes, apps and servicesDespite its ecosystem of products, Apple's business relies heavily on the sales of iPhones. In the third quarter results reported on Tuesday, iPhone sales were 52.7% of revenue.
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Cyberthieves got into 1,000Officials say thieves fraudulently bought tickets for events through the ticket reseller.          
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Lytro's Interactive LightOne of (if not the) main challenges Lytro faces as it attempts to bring light field photography into the mainstream is the fact that there aren’t a lot of places you can actually experience the... ‘living’ images where they’re, to use Lytro’s vernacular, alive. Most places just don’t support viewing of the interactive images, and […]
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Watch: Hands On With Android Wear

ABC News - 23 Jul 2014 15:02
Watch: Hands On With AndroidGoogle technologist Daniel Sieberg shows why you don't always need to pull out your phone.
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Drone Startup Airware RaisesAirware, a San Francisco startup working to develop a common platform for commercial drones, said Wednesday it has raised $25 million in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The... company plans to use the capital to expand its staff in preparation for the upcoming launch of its Aerial Information Platform, a hardware and software package that […]
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Dropbox launches a slew of newNot to be outdone by recent announcements from Amazon and Box, Dropbox unveiled new updates to its Dropbox for Business plan, including the ability to make folders view-only to make Dropbox links... password-protected. Dropbox launches a slew of new features for its enterprise customers originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Making your next career move can be daunting, especially if you don't have the tools to help you search. Mashable partnered with Wakefield, a guide to startups and new jobs, to help you out See also:... The 25 Best Free iPad Apps Enter our sweepstakes here for the chance to win an iPad Mini and free Wi-Fi for one year from Karma, a portable hotspot. With it, you can continue your job search during your commute, at your local coffee shop and at the airport or hotel You can also check out Karma’s job openings on the Mashable Job Board if you’re seeking new career opportunities at a startup in New York City (for positions like senior firmware engineer and graphic designer). Our board connects you with leading employers in tech and digital; just uploading your resume to the board means you...
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App That Gives Hourly WorkersAn app that gives hourly workers immediate access to their wages — in exchange for tips — has raised $4.1 million in funding from financial technology investor Ribbit Capital and early-stage... investor Felicis Ventures. Activehours allows workers to access their pay from their smartphones without waiting two weeks for their paychecks to arrive. It joins […]
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OS X Yosemite Preview (Public Beta)

Slash Gear - 23 Jul 2014 15:00
OS X Yosemite Preview (PublicApple's Mac platform has had a great year. At a time when traditional PC consumption is shrinking, more people are diving into OS X, and the next big upgrade is Yosemite 10.10. Revamping the... interface, eroding the barriers between iPhone, iPad, and your MacBook, and seamlessly connecting local apps and the cloud, Yosemite promises to be not only an ambitious …
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FiftyThree Releases SDK So FiftyThree, maker of creativity app Paper and iPad stylus Pencil, wants more users. To do so, it’s going to make its Pencil hardware available for third-party developers to use with their own... creativity products with the launch of an SDK. While Pencil only worked with Paper at launch, it was always the company’s plan to open up to third-party developers, according to FiftyThree…
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Booking Apple's in-storeOne of the best things Apple offers for newbie customers is the ability to go into brick-and-mortar retail stores for training sessions. Looking to improve this service — or at least to speed up the... ability for users to make…
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Apple's OS X Yosemite publicApple promised a public beta for OS X Yosemite, and now it's delivering on that, with the work-in-progress software set to launch for eager early-adopters from Thursday, July 24th. The pre-release... software won't require an Apple developer account in order to download, but will be the same version those coders are playing with to recreate their apps in time for …
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Drone startup Airware raisesThe 3-year-old San Francisco company will use the money to hire more people ahead of its commercial launch later this year. Drone startup Airware raises $25M Series B to build out its staff originally... published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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[From GamerTell] The $40 price tag is more than worth the amount of gameplay, depth, and freedom that Divinity: Original Sin gives you.
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First Look: Apple's YosemiteApple opens up a beta version of its new Mac OS to consumers.
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As promised, Apple is releasing a public beta of its latest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Apple told me during a meeting earlier this week that the public beta would be released tomorrow, July... 24.
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Yosemite will be available asThe latest version of OS X will be available as a public beta ahead of its expected official launch later this fall. Yosemite will be available as a public beta, Apple’s first since OS X launched... originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Airware Preps Launch Of Its Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from... agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this…
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How to Download Apple OS X Yosemite

Mashable - 23 Jul 2014 15:00
As promised, Apple is throwing open the doors on the beta program for OS X Yosemite Thursday. That means, starting tomorrow, anyone with a compatible Mac can download and install a preview of the... software, as long as they register. To get the preview, you'll need to sign up through the OS X Beta Program site. Once you've done that, Apple will email you instructions for downloading and installing the beta on your Mac. See also: 16 Best Free Mac Apps Of course, the usual caveats that go with beta software apply. Developers have had access to Yosemite since Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it's already been through a few iterations, so the software is more stable now, but it's still not complete and bound to be buggy. Apple recommends installing the public beta on a...
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Android keyboard Fleksy addsThis super-fast keyboard app gets a new look and support for 17 new languages.
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NVIDIA SHIELD tablet elevatesOur previous exposure to the NVIDIA SHIELD brand was that of it being touted to be a "portable Xbox", although in reality, it did not seem as though the device was being shaped in such a direction... despite the intention of looking like it. This time around, the NVIDIA SHIELD brand is still being used, except that it will focus on the tablet form factor, now how about that? It ...
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The first public OS X beta in over a decade brings quite a few changes with it.
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Ported to iOS, ghostlyAs someone who’s never witnessed any paranormal activity, I’d probably crap myself should I ever come across a ghost in real life. Luckily I’ve got the Blackwell adventure games to give me a... tidy little taste of the supernatural. The…
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This fall, Apple will release OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its operating system for the Mac. OS X Yosemite features a brand-new look, tons of new features and tight integration with iOS 8 If... you can't wait until the fall, though, Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite beta to the public — for the first 1 million users that sign up. That means you can try out OS X Yosemite before it is officially released, bugs and all See also: The 18 Most Important Features in iOS 8 We've had some time to spend with OS X Yosemite across its various betas and have our preliminary preview of the beta operating system as it exists now. Because this is a beta, we're not going to address issues such as app compatibility or stability (though generally speaking, the beta is more stable than other versions of...
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Everything You Ever Wanted To Apple has a new version of OS X coming to Macs this fall, and for the first time ever, it’s giving up to 1 million members of the public the opportunity to test it out in advance – for free, and... without requiring they register as a developer, starting this Thursday. The purpose of the advance feedback is to gather feedback and help test the release before its wider launch, and…
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The first direct-diode laserDiode lasers--used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications--are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.
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Docker is a copybook case study of an open source project done right. The initiative took an existing technology and approach (Linux containers), modernized it for today’s applications and put it... out into the community. And my how the community responded, support for Docker is incredible – large vendors and small startups are embracing the project as potentially the biggest thing in infrastructure since virtualization.
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Pyrus Organizes MultiplePyrus is a webapp that makes it easy to organize multiple projects at the same time, bring in others and have them collaborate with you, manage due dates, set deadlines, and more, all from the same... window. Think of it like Gmail for project management, with a dash of Google Wave for good measure.
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The Apple we know is run by a bunch of perfectionists. The company only shows off final devices at its launch events, and developers are strictly forbidden from sharing screenshots of upcoming iOS... releases. This is a company that doesn't usually...
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The last time Apple released a new version of OS X, we came away feeling a little... underwhelmed. Don't get us wrong: We'll never say no to a free software upgrade. But despite a handful of new apps... and features, last year's Mavericks release still...
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Apple OS X Yosemite PublicTimes are changing at Apple. The days of not letting you know or see what the company is up to until it is on sale are no more and now, for the first time, Apple is letting the public play with its... desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the...
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Mac OS X Yosemite preview: IsTimes are changing at Apple. The days of not letting you know or see what the company is up to until it is on sale are no more and now, for the first time, Apple is letting the public play with its... desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the...
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Apple OS X Yosemite beta nowApple for the first time in the company's history is letting the general public beta test its latest operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the final release later in the year. Following in the... footsteps of Microsoft who for the last couple of versions...
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First 30 Minutes of 'GuardiansGuardians of the Galaxy, the new Disney movie based on the Marvel franchise coming out later this year, has been confirmed as the third Marvel play-set for Disney Infinity.
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Wix said the key achievement of the app is that it gives small business sellers the freedom to sell items on both Etsy and Wix with cohesive branding.
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After denying the accusation that it deliberately included backdoor services in iOS for potential data collection by third-parties, Apple has followed up this denial with a new support document that... details several backdoor services and their...
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Despite being accused of being "hostile to privacy", Dropbox has announced new features to Dropbox for Business that helps businesses ensure their data is safe and secure.
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Locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus have been identified in the US for the first time, while cases soar in Europe and Central America
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FiftyThree launches SDK toFiftyThree, the developers behind the popular drawing app Paper, today announced its releasing an SDK that will let all developers take advantage of its Pencil stylus for iOS devices. First launched... last year alongside an update to Paper, Pencil is a $60 Bluetooth stylus for the drawing app that aims to offer a realistic pencil-to-paper […]
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Fleksy keyboard goes fancyDress up your keyboard with some fancy new themes Fleksy, the popular Android keyboard, has today pushed an update to version 3.0 which among other things opens up a brand new content store for the... app. Available to its premium users, the Fleksy Store will provide themes and customizations for its users to download and dress up their keyboard to their tastes. Initially 6 new premium themes are available and premium users will be able to claim a free bonus theme. Additionally, the standard look and feel of Fleksy has been updated with new colors and animations.
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Fleksy Debuts Version 3.0 On Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy has launched version 3.0 of its software today, which includes new monetization options via premium themes and content packs. The new themes complement the new design... of the app, with alternate color options and a bonus theme available to Fleksy premium users free of charge, and there’s also support for over 700 new emoji for those of you who like to…
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First look at Fleksy'sIn addition to launching a redesigned version on Android, Fleksy today has given us a first look at its upcoming keyboard offering for Apple’s iOS 8. iOS 8 launches this fall with several new iPad,... iPhone, and iPod touch features, including the ability for developers to launch custom system-wide keyboards. Fleksy previously announced that it […]
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Elephants can outsniff rats and dogs

Fox News - 23 Jul 2014 14:56
Elephants can outsniff ratsElephants are known for their impressively long trunks, but perhaps less well known is the large number of genes that code for their sense smell
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Sponsored post: What canThe Open Government Initiative calls for technology leaders to help harness the power of open data, but how is data actually being made accessible? Discover how eRegulations Insights is providing... interactive dashboards for anyone to analyze public comments posted on Regulations.gov. Sponsored post: What can public data tell us about U.S. regulations? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Microsoft has said profits took a hit from its newly acquired Nokia phone division but that revenues got a strong lift from cloud services.
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WTF is 'Et anatis cum tape XL WD'? It's fair to say that the quest for a stirring motto for our proposed Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission patch is proving to be the most fun we've... had in a long while....
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Alien Planet Sets New RecordA newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b -- which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth's perspective -- takes 704 Earth days to complete... one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. (For comparison, Earth orbits the sun once every 365 days, and Mars completes a lap every 780 days.) "Finding Kepler-421b was a stroke of luck," study lead author David Kipping, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said in a statement. "The farther a planet is from its star, the less likely it is to transit the star from Earth's point of view. It has to line up just right." [10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life] To be clear, Kepler-421b does not have...
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Isle of Wight's glitteringPhotographer Chad Powell, from Ventnor, Isle of Wight, used a Canon 6D DSLR camera to capture images of the spectacular constellation above the familiar beach scenes.
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Get a TextNow Galaxy S4 forLast year's flagship phone is this year's steal, provided you're willing to live with a couple compromises.
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Tech Five: Broadcom, Microsoft shares up

USA Today - 23 Jul 2014 14:51
Tech Five: Broadcom, MicrosoftChipmaker's shares jump off quarterly earnings.          
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Tech Five: Broadcom, MicrosoftChipmaker's shares jump off quarterly earnings.          
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Minimising drag to maximise results

Phys.org - 23 Jul 2014 14:50
Minimising drag to maximiseOne of the most exciting parts of the Tour de France for spectators is the tactical vying for spots in the breakaway group at the front of the pack.
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ananyo (2519492) writes Scientists at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) in Beijing, working with international collaborators, are planning to build a "Higgs factory" by 2028 — a... 52-kilometer underground ring that would smash together electrons and positrons. Collisions of these fundamental particles would allow the Higgs boson to be studied with greater precision than at the much smaller (27 km) Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Europe's particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Physicists say that the proposed US$3-billion machine is within technological grasp and is considered conservative in scope and cost. But China hopes that it would also be a stepping stone to a next-generation collider — a super proton-proton collider — in the same tunnel. The machine would...
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Twitter's New User Pitch MeansTwitter wants Wall Street to give it credit for people who don't use the service. So it needs advertisers to do the same.
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MH17 forensic experts' methodsExperts will soon begin analysing the remains of the MH17 victims (crash site shown). Aircraft containing the bodies have begun leaving Ukraine's Kharkiv today.
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Deal of the Day: SeidioCrafted from a hard yet flexible material, the SURFACE Case provides an amazingly thin layer of protection without adding any excessive bulk. It features interlocking top and bottom pieces that fit... snugly around your Moto X with an easy-grip coating. The Seidio SURFACE Case is available today for just $15.95; that's 47% off the list price! Colors include black, blue, red and purple.
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Free Webinar for Adobe Add-ons

AppleTell - 23 Jul 2014 14:47
Free Webinar for Adobe Add-onsOne of the big changes that came with the Creative Cloud 2014 was the demise of the Adobe Extension Manager, now replaced by Adobe add-ons. If you are at all interested in learning more about Adobe... Add-ons--how to create them or use them--the Add-ons team is holding their first webinar on July 30th. The post Free Webinar for Adobe Add-ons appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] Free Webinar for Adobe Add-ons

Technology Tell - 23 Jul 2014 14:47
[From AppleTell] If you are at all interested in learning more about Adobe Add-ons--how to create them or use them--the Add-ons team is holding their first webinar on July 30th.
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Apple denies intentionallyFollowing an extensive security report from an iOS forensic and security expert that questioned some of Apple's iOS tools when it comes to the user's security and privacy (see his questions in the... image above), Apple has taken another step to address "backdoor" concerns on top of stating that it's not working with anyone to include backdoors in any of its products. Researcher Jonathan Zdziarski said in his paper that certain tools available in iOS will allow governmental spying agencies and other third parties to remotely control an iOS device and install silent malware that could then be used to spy on an unsuspecting user. Apple has published a new support document on its website, offering some explanations on how
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Build or Upgrade Your PC withAmazon is back with another great Gold Box for anyone looking to build or improve their PC. Whether you're starting from scratch with a motherboard or processor, or just upgrading your mouse or... router, there are some great deals to pick from.
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Build or Upgrade Your PC withAmazon is back with another great Gold Box for anyone looking to build or improve their PC. Whether you're starting from scratch with a motherboard or processor, or just upgrading your mouse or... router, there are some great deals to pick from.
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iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help Fix Red-Eye

The Mac Observer - 23 Jul 2014 14:45
iPhoto: A Shortcut to Help FixThereâs a secret to fixing red-eye on images within iPhoto-and it leaves a certain frustrating pupil-size slider in the dust. In this Quick Tip, weâll go over how to use this fast little repair... tool.
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Vodafone launches Smart 4 Power in the UK for £175

Android Central - 23 Jul 2014 14:44
Vodafone launches Smart 4If you're on Vodafone in the UK and are looking for an affordable 4G-enabled smartphone, look no further than the Smart 4 Power.
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Chrome Show: Acer overtakesLong the king of Chromebook sales, Samsung is facing a challenge from Acer, which offers many more choices to consumers. The company accounted for nearly 1 in every 3 Chromebook purchases in the... second quarter of this year according to one report. Chrome Show: Acer overtakes Samsung’s Chromebook sales lead originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The new Beats L.A. campus is pimpin', yo!

Cult of Mac - 23 Jul 2014 14:42
The new Beats L.A. campus isBeats may have been acquired by Apple for $3 billion earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean that the trendy headphone maker is ready to adopt the white Jony Ive-favored minimalism of Apple just... yet. While Apple continues to work…
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How Do You Model a Spring?

Wired - 23 Jul 2014 14:42
This was my greatest lecture. Yes, everyone has looked at springs before. But has anyone done all of this in one single lecture? Have they? Yes, they probably have. Here is my version. Stretching a... Spring Here is a spring hanging vertically with a mass on the end – a 100 gram mass. The mass […]
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BBC trials high-frame-rate TV

BBC - 23 Jul 2014 14:41
BBC trials high-frame-rate TVThe BBC is experimenting with new ways to deliver TV coverage of live events, with a series of trials at the Commonwealth Games.
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7 things copycat XiaomiWhen Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced the Mi 4 on Tuesday, we -- and pretty much every other site that covered the news -- were quick to point out that it bears a slight resemblance to the... iPhone. This isn’t the first time…
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EMC Q2 solid, ups outlook

ZDNet - 23 Jul 2014 14:38
EMC said its XtremIO all-flash storage array is on a $300 million annual run rate and is landing new customers.
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Continental offers cheaperWith the company's simpler "combiner" HUD, more cars could overlay information like driving directions atop drivers' view of the road. But distractions must be kept to a minimum.
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[VIDEO] There's some good stuff in this video. The biggest surprise was the two finger tap in a paragraph of text. Worth the price of admission right there. Nice job, Joshua.
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Appidemic: Blackwell 3:A chance encounter leads Rosa Blackwell and her ghostly sidekick Joey Mallone to a series of unexplained events--an actor haunts the last scene of his movie, an art gallery prepares to open, and a... grieving father watches over where his son died. Are they connected somehow? Find out in Blackwell Convergence. The post Appidemic: Blackwell 3: Convergence for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] The Blackwell series just gets better and better, and Blackwell 3: Convergence is one of the best point and click adventure games I've played in a long time.
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Why iPad art is more than aEarly doodles on the iPad looked a lot like this generation's Etch-a-Sketch. But in just a few years, after celebrated artists such as David Hockney have shown their iPad works in galleries, Apple's... revolutionary device has come into its own…
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Can't get damn jammed turnover dial to move up Serial acquirer Capita IT Services reported a low-single digit revenue jump for the first half of calendar 2014, but given the numerous acquisitions made... this looks to be something of a commercial damp squib....
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Samsung's latest ad followsSamsung has released an video for its involvement with the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals). The company really is a hit or a miss when it comes to marketing its own family of products.... Samsung's attempt to take over Terminal 5 at Heathrow was met by a mixed reception, while its recent Galaxy 11 football-match-to-save-the-world adverts are just strange. It's pleasing to see the company has returned to simple, yet effective presentations.
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Blizzard releases first Hearthstone expansion

Cult of Mac - 23 Jul 2014 14:35
Blizzard releases firstReleased earlier this year, Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft manages to do what many would have thought impossible: out MtG Magic: The Gathering. An astonishingly addictive collectible... card game, Hearthstone‘s only failing, if you could call it that, is it…
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Following bubonic plagueAfter a man died due to bubonic plague, China sealed off Yumen, Gansu province which was turned into quarantine zones. One million yuan is allotted for vaccinations.
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Is Microsoft building a single version of Windows that will run on phones, tablets, PCs and gaming consoles? Nope. Here's a refresher as to what really is happening.
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TrewGrip wants to change howWe first spotted this flipped-around mobile keyboard at CES. Now we've gotten a chance to try out a prototype before the finished version arrives this fall.
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Apple's gross margins are theWhile Wall Street may have been slightly disappointed by some of the numbers Apple reported yesterday, they should feel reassured by Apple stabilising and growing its gross margins, say Apple bulls -... analysts who expect the stock price to rise. Business Insider noted the above chart tweeted by Benedict Evans with the commentary: Very stable long-term […]
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