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3 Aug 2015 - Global
(Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund) A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, UK researchers have found. The discovery could lead... to a non-invasive, inexpensive test to screen people at high risk of developing the disease.
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Mt. Gox founder arrested inThe head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million, authorities said. Mark Karpeles, 30, is... suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system in February 2013 and inflating his account, Japanese police said. If found guilty, the France-born Karpeles could face up to five years in prison, or a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($4,000). See also: Old-school NYSE creates a new bitcoin index Karpeles' lawyer said his client denies wrongdoing, the Kyodo News agency reported. Mt. Gox went offline early last year. Karpeles said then that tens of thousands of bitcoins worth several hundred million dollars were unaccounted for, and suggested they were stolen by hacking.
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The arrest, trial and conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht -- and his sentence of life in prison -- was a stark reminder that 21st century policing is a different game. And judging by the... shitshow that was the Silk Road investigation, it's one that the police need to get better at.
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Softbank's Pepper robotWhen Softbank made its Pepper helper robot available for sale back in June, the device sold out almost immediately Now, before announcing the availability of additional units to the general public,... the company is offering the robot as a rental device, officially putting robots in the same category as other mainstream rental appliances (at least in Japan) See also: Japan's NTT to put home care robot's in the homes of the elderly The price for the "Pepper for Biz" service will be 55,000 yen per month, or about $444. (Incidentally, the number four is considered an unlucky number in Japan. Kind of like the number 13 in the U.S. But that's all silly robot apocalypse superstition, right?) Users will be required to sign a three-year contract, which will total about $16,000 in rental charges
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Is this the first ever animalResearchers used high-resolution GPS, spatial statistics and modelling to examine fossils of Fractofusus from Newfoundland, Canada, to determine how they reproduced.
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Could we use drones to exploreEngineers at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida are developing Extreme Access Flyers to prospect the lunar surface for minerals and explore the network of lava tubes beneath the surface.
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Japanese companies wantTwo Japanese companies hope to put autonomous taxis on Tokyo streets in time for the 2020 Olympics. The cars would likely be based on existing production models from a third-party manufacturer. The... post Japanese companies want autonomous taxis ready in time for 2020 Olympics appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Entrepreneur, hacker, and aspiring politician Kim Dotcom has said that he intends to launch an open-source, non-profit cloud storage service that will follow in the footsteps of his previous... file-sharing sites Megaupload and Mega. In a user-led Q&A on Slashdot, Dotcom said that since leaving Mega he doesn't trust the service anymore, alleging that the site suffered "a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor" whose shares were subsequently seized by the New Zealand government, putting them in control of the site and putting users' data at risk.
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Samsung is creating a multi-million dollar fund to compensate employees and contractors who developed cancer because of working in its factories. According to Reuters, Samsung is putting 100 billion... won (around $85.8 million USD) into the fund, which will be used to compensate sick workers, make payments to the families of deceased workers, and fund research into increasing worker safety at its chip and display facilities. By one activist group's count, around 200 workers, 70 of whom have died, became sick while working at Samsung's plants. Samsung apologized to the workers and their families last year, saying that several people involved with semiconductors had developed "leukemia and other incurable diseases." Samsung reportedly...
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Lube up your censorship-dodging dongles and get to work The Indian government has got a grip on the Asian nation's masturbation issues and dished out an order to ISPs to block access to a staggering... 857 pornography websites....
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Apple Just Lost its ChineseBut another company should be even more worried
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Downloads of 'Angry Birds 2'Game publisher Rovio launched the mobile game last Thursday.          
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New mechanism discovered forResearchers have discovered a new interference mechanism in ultracold chemical reactions, one which has important technological applications in precision measurements, sensing and quantum computing.
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Curiosity discovers Mars rockOn the eve of the 3rd anniversary since her nail biting touchdown inside Gale Crater, NASA's car sized Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover has discovered a new type of Martian rock that's... surprisingly rich in silica - and unlike any other targets found before.
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'Snowball Earth' Might Be Slushy

SPACE.com - 3 Aug 2015 13:01
'Snowball Earth' Might BeClimate modelers go back in time to simulate past Snowball Earth conditions and find that complete freeze-over is hard to achieve.
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Satcoms linking rural schoolsTeachers and students from rural schools in South Africa and Italy are benefiting from an ESA-supported project that enriches education through satcoms.
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These days, it seems that the trend with social networks is no longer about what you're eating or how you're feeling right now. It's all about what's happening as it's happening, live and uncensored.... With the likes of Meerkat and Twitter's Periscope getting all the attention, it's not surprising that Facebook wants in as well, but in its own way. …
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Parrot ditches plans forAt CES 2015, Parrot unveiled the RNB6, an in-dash car infotainment system with support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. During the launch, Parrot said that the RNB6 will be available to... customers as an aftermarket upgrade, but it now looks like that option is no longer available as the vendor has announced that it will sell the infotainment system directly to car makers:
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(Reuters) - The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T Inc said it will bundle its wireless service with DirecTV's pay-TV offerings after the $48.5 billion deal was approved last month.
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VIDEO: 'Bad things happen toA hitchhiking robot, HitchBOT, who has spent weeks travelling around Europe and Canada is smashed to pieces two weeks after arriving in the United States.
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Mt. Gox. That's a name you probably never imagined, or wished, hearing again after all this time. Good thing that this is more about its CEO Mark Karpelès. Sadly, it might actually still be linked... with the scandal that rocked the Bitcoin world early last year. In Japan, Karpelès was arrested on the grounds that he allegedly manipulated the company's …
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IOC to order tests for virusesThe International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete during next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympic... Games. Before, the IOC and local Olympic organizers in Rio said they would only test for bacteria in the water, as Brazil and virtually all nations only mandate such testing to determine the safety of recreational waters. But after an Associated Press investigation published last week revealed high counts of viruses directly linked to human sewage in the Olympic waters, the IOC reversed course after being advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) that it should expand its testing.
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There are few things worse for DVR-toting sports fans than to realize that a game is going into extra time that they can't record -- just ask Red Sox and Yankees fans, who may have missed 10 innings... this April. Thankfully, Comcast might save you fr...
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If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of... German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as …
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Spy Software Gets a Second Life on Wall Street

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 04:26
Spy Software Gets a SecondA wave of companies with ties to the intelligence community is winning over the world of finance.
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Tesla Presses Its Case on Fuel Standards

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 04:24
Tesla Presses Its Case on FuelTesla is preparing to make a public case this week for leaving mileage and emissions regulations intact, or making them even more stringent.
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In colossal co-incidence, eight-petaflop limit keeps China atop fastest supercomputer charts China has banned the unlicensed export of supercomputers and certain types of unmanned aerial vehicles....
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DNS server attacks begin usingAttackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses. Last week, a patch was issued for the... denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s. The flaw can be exploited with a single packet, crashing both authoritative and recursive DNS servers. Security analysts predicted that attackers would quickly figure out how to exploit the flaw, which has now happened. "We can confirm that the attacks have begun," wrote Daniel Cid, CTO and founder of the security company Sucuri. "DNS is one of the most critical parts of the Internet infrastructure, so having your DNS go down, it also...
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Composite image from 09:00 (UTC) on Wednesday 29 July 2015, shows tropical cyclone 02B (Two-15) in the Indian Ocean....
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You're about to get a fresh alternative to internet-based restaurant delivery services like GrubHub and Seamless. Groupon has just launched the simply-titled Groupon To Go, an order-in service that... focuses on (what else?) discounts for your food....
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2015 Moto G 16GB now sold out on Moto Maker

Android Central - 3 Aug 2015 20:22
2015 Moto G 16GB now sold outIf you had your eye on the 2015 Moto G with 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, you may be out of luck for the moment. The higher-end version of the smartphone is now sold out on Moto Maker, leaving just... its smaller-storage, lower-memory brother as the only option for purchase for the time being.
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Sales of image sensors helped push Sony to triple its net profit after the second quarter this year, up to 82.4 billion Yen. Sales of Devices, the category containing Sony's sensor business, rose... 35% year-on-year, which Sony attributes to higher demand of mobile products containing its sensors.
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Moving is a lot easier when you streamline your packing. But many of us just toss our junk in boxes and say we'll figure it out when we get to the new place. On more than one occasion, I've ended up... with a box of unidentifiable cords. An easy fix: simply label those cords.
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Today: Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Today's HRP operations included Lindgren's Flight Day (FD) 7 Body, perspiration, and surface samples for the Microbiome experiment....
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HTC One M9 in Europe, theHTC One M9 owners who live in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) will begin seeing the Android 5.1 update hitting their devices beginning August 4. Graham Wheeler, HTC's Product and Service... Director of EMEA tweeted information about the update.
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One Plus's Carl Pei: We'llThe head of OnePlus says a third device, which might have better specs than the just-released OnePlus 2, will launch by the end of the year. In an interview with USA Today, OnePlus's Carl Pei, Head of... Global, seemed to mistakenly hint the the forthcoming phone is a step up from the OnePlus 2. His initial reaction to viewing the device's specs was, "that's going to be my daily driver," which certainly indicates something more impressive than the OnePlus 2.
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How to watch TheThe biggest e-sports tournament of the year is underway this week in Seattle--The International Dota 2 Championships (or just The International for short). Starting at 10AM Pacific on Monday,... Seattle's Key Arena will be full of furious click-click-clicking noises, all in pursuit of an insane eighteen million dollar prize pool. That's a huge leap over last year's International prize pool of around eleven million, and makes the million dollar prize for the League of Legends World Championship look paltry in comparison. It's all thanks to the community--Valve funds The International by selling a special item called "The Compendium" which unlocks various in-game Dota 2 reward items and provides a more active experience for watching the matches. And people buy a lot of Compendiums.
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This Guy Managed to Shoot aPhotographer Trevor Mahlmann has a knack for capturing light trails showing the International Space Station zipping across the sky. Back in June, he made headlines by photographing the ISS from the... seat of airliner as he cruised at 40,000 feet. Now he’s back again with another neat feat: he shot a self-portrait of himself staring […]
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All Gears Of War Titles AreMicrosoft is currently in the process of remastering the first Gears of War title for Xbox One and while it won’t be remastering all of the previous titles for the console Xbox One owners will still... be able to play them. Not too long ago Microsoft announced that backwards compatibility is coming to Xbox One and this feature will enable owners of this console to play previous Gears of War titles even though they haven’t been remastered. Microsoft announced today that all those who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition or the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle will be able to unlock the entire Gears collection through backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Playing Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live from August 21st through December 31st will provide access to Gears...
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Amazon cracks down on sharingThe free ride is over for anyone mooching Amazon Prime from friends or extended family, as a new policy restricts how subscribers can share their benefits. Under the old policy, Amazon Prime... subscribers could share free shipping benefits with up to four other adults. Invitees simply had to provide their name, birthday, e-mail address and relationship to the account holder, and could then purchase items through Prime with their own payment methods. (Sharing of other benefits, such as Prime Instant Video, wasn't allowed.) The new policy, first discovered by AFTVnews, requires Prime subscribers to create an "Amazon Households" account to share their benefits. This account limits shipping benefits to two adults, who must share all of their payment methods with one another. The idea is that...
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Today EA Games, DICE, and Frostbite reveal "Fighter Squadron" gameplay for Star Wars Battlefront. In this reveal, you'll see a whole lot of potential. We're obviously not going to be able to judge... this game without actually playing it first, but it does seem - from this footage alone - that there might be a chance that this game has …
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One big perk of being a homeowner is, ideally, you've got equity: this is the difference between your mortgage amount and the appraisal value of your home. Even the basics of equity can be confusing,... but this video lays it out in simple terms.
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Apple Reportedly Working OnApple is reportedly in talks to launch a phone service of its own, it’s mobile virtual network operator service is expected to be offered in Europe and the United States. The company is said to be... considering launching such a service in the U.S. but is also believed to be in talks with telecom companies in Europe for launching the service across the pond as well. MVNOs are basically virtual carrier networks that don’t own their own infrastructure, rather they lease space from established carriers and then sell it directly to customers through various plans. Business Insider reports that Apple’s MVNO will require users to pay the company directly for data, texts and calls and the company will provide them with everything that they used to get from their carrier with the Apple SIM...
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AT&T Launches A New $200It hasn’t been long since AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV was approved, this move brought together the country’s second largest mobile carrier with its biggest satellite TV provider. It was... evident that AT&T would capitalize on DirecTV’s offering and the company is wasting no time in putting its new asset to work. AT&T has launched a new wireless-and-TV plan worth $200. FCC made AT&T and DirecTV promise certain things before the merger was approved, the companies have to increase fiber optic broadband user base by 12.5 million customers which includes schools and libraries, and they’re also required to provide broadband at discounted rates to low-income customers. This $200 promo deal is going to be rolled out nationwide in the coming week and it provides customers with AT&T...
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IBM applies some engineeringBringing some old fashioned engineering discipline to the emerging Internet of Things, IBM has updated its design tools to allow IoT component builders to keep track of their work though a widely used... technique called product line engineering (PLE). "Everyone is trying to create products, devices, and components that are applicable across a wide variety of industries and yet are customizable to any particular product domain," said Greg Gorman, IBM director of product management of Internet of Things platform. The PLE process can maintain order over such a dizzying array of end-products, he said. IBM has integrated its stack of development and project management software so that it can accommodate the PLE documentation in the design and building of IoT devices.
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Sony's New Photo-CentricSony has announced two new Android smartphones: the Xperia C5 and Xperia M5. Both devices come equipped with large Full HD displays and fast Octa-core processors, but most interesting (to us at least)... are the integrated cameras powered by Sony Exmor RS sensors. Both cameras feature a 13MP front facing camera for selfies, and the […]
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Samsung Sets Up Cancer Fund ToFor about a decade Samsung has been involved in a dispute with many workers from its chip and display factories and their families as they claimed that prolonged exposure to radiation and dangerous... chemicals at Samsung factories had made them sick with illnesses like lymphoma and leukemia. Samsung made a significant shift in its stance on this issue by making a public apology to those workers and families in May 2014 and now it has announced that it’s setting up a multi-million dollar fund to compensate them. The company said today that it’s setting up a 100 billion won – roughly $86 million – fund to compensate the cancer-stricken workers and their families. Money from this fund will also be used to increase efforts for the prevention of such diseases at its chip and display...
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How To Disable Google LocationMost people don't even know that they are constantly being tracked and that all their locations are being recorded in Google servers. Every place you visit is being tracked using Wi-Fi, mobile... networks and GPS. This option is enabled by default and usually makes the user experience better and more convenient. There are many applications and services that depend on your location, such as "Google Now" or showing your location in Tweets and Facebook posts, etc. so your movement is constantly tracked. Even though tracking your location has many benefits, however, privacy conscious people are not comfortable with this privacy breach and don't want to give away their exact location. For those people there is an option to disable this function and also delete all the previous location history. If...
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The Best Web Browser for Android

Life Hacker - 3 Aug 2015 19:00
There's no shortage of great web browsers for Android, and which one you use is largely up to personal preference. If we had to pick one however, we think Chrome is your best bet for speed, support... across devices, and integrated features.
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Ocean Scientists Pore overAviation specialists are hurrying to confirm a new clue to last year’s mysterious Malaysian airliner crash --
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The Amazon Echo speaker canPeople who want to purchase the Amazon Echo connected speaker now have another option besides Amazon itself. It is now for sale on the Staples website for the same price of $179.99.
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Amazon Prime Two-Day ShippingPreviously Amazon Prime members were able to share two-day free shipping, which is one of the major selling points of the $99 Prime program, with four other adults but Amazon has now made some changes... to the way members can share this privilege with other adults. Free two-day Amazon Prime shipping can now only be shared with just one other adult, thus effectively ruling out the practice of sharing it with friends. Amazon’s new policy says that only one other adult can be added to a Prime account and the primary account holder has to have no qualms with the other adult having access to their credit or debit card that’s on file for making purchases on Amazon. The other adult can add their own debit or credit card to the account but the payment method will be visible to both people who...
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Exploding Kittens stop-motion unboxing

Slash Gear - 3 Aug 2015 18:50
Exploding Kittens stop-motionThis morning our very own box of Exploding Kittens cards arrived, ready to show us what a massively successful Kickstarter campaign looks like. Using the BLACKBOX company (the same folks that ship... Cards Against Humanity) along with hundreds of other contributors, the creators of this game have created a high-quality piece of work. This card game is one of the …
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Sprint Galaxy Note 4 AndroidSprint has released a new update for Galaxy Note 4 today which brings up the device from Android 5.0 to Android 5.1.1. Aside from bringing all of the improvements that are part and parcel of Android... 5.1.1 this update also brings a critical security vulnerability fix. Sprint has patched the Stagefright vulnerability discovered in Android recently with this software update for the Galaxy Note 4. The Stagefright vulnerability can allow hackers to exploit a phone using MMS as it targets Android’s Stagefright media handler component. Hackers can send a video using MMS with the malicious code embedded, since the media handler automatically processes the video without requiring the user to open the MMS the malicious code runs and grants access to the device. Data can then be stolen from the...
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Lens Rentals Canada Closes DueLens Rentals Canada is calling it quits after years of being one of the prominent gear rental services serving photographers in Canada. Owner Craig Blair — the same guy that’s behind Canon Rumors... — writes that his company is closing immediately due to logistical issues and personal reasons. “While it's profitable, there were too many […]
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Steam gamers already useThe final version of Windows 10 hasn't even been available for a week yet, and it's already more popular with gamers than any individual OS X operating system version--and all Linux operating systems... combined. That's what the July 2015 Steam hardware and software survey reveals, at least, as first spotted by Windows Central. Windows dominates among Steam users, with 44.91 percent using Windows 7 64-bit, and 31.65 percent using Windows 8.1 64-bit. According to the numbers, Windows 10 64-bit can already be found on 2.21 percent of Steam users' systems, with the 32-bit variant found on another 0.09 percent.
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Sony unveils selfie-friendlySony is back again with two more smartphones, and they each have their own claim to fame. The Xperia M5 is for those want a device that will catch the eye of others, as it has a mostly-glass build and... gold color option. The phone has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera to go with the 21.5-megapixel option on the back. It includes a 5-inch 1080p display, 2.0 GHz MediaTek Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a claim of two days worth of battery life from the 2600 mAh battery. The front and back are built with what Sony calls "sleek, premium glass." The Xperia C5 Ultra is for those who want their phone to withstand a drop in the water. That's a good thing because it's huge: with its six-inch display, there's a decent change it may slip out of your hand. While the Xperia C5 has the same 13...
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iOS: Period tracking is nothing new. Most women track their cycle in some way, whether it's with a basic app, a calendar, or just noting the days mentally. But beyond tracking your period or... ovulation, this app offers a more inclusive look into a woman's sexual, menstrual, and reproductive health.
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Sony Xperia M5 vs Sony XperiaSony is well known for launching several smartphones a year. It doesn't stick to the annual refresh cycle that many of its competitors do, instead it opts for more of a bi-annual cycle with both its... flagship and mid-range series of devices. The latest...
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently said he wants to eventually see Windows 10 installed on a billion devices by 2018. The operating system, formally released July 29, is nowhere close to that yet --... but it is off to a good start.
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Apple May Allow Siri To Answer Your Calls

Ubergizmo - 3 Aug 2015 18:20
Apple May Allow Siri To AnswerA report published today claims that Apple employees are internally testing a new voicemail service which allows the Siri digital personal assistant to answer calls for a user and transcribe voicemail... messages. The iCloud service would then be used to send users the text of that transcribed voicemail which effectively means that you will never have to listen to your voicemail messages again. Business Insider reports that the service is going to be called iCloud Voicemail and it will allow Siri to answer the call if the user is unable to or doesn’t want to. This would prevent the call from going to a standard digital audio recorder, instead iCloud Voicemail will be able to deliver custom messages about where you are and why you can’t pick up the phone to select people. The “coolest...
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10 Ways To Test If Your MVP IsThrowing together a minimum viable product, or MVP, is a great way to test your concept and find out what customers really want before you sink more money into the game. However, there's a fine line... between tossing something together and a MVP that's too buggy to launch. Finding that sweet spot is tough--spend too long on a proof of concept and you're wasting your time, but send out a too-buggy product and you risk your reputation. How do you know when you're ready? I asked 10 entrepreneurs from YEC how they know if an MVP is ready launch. Their best answers are below. 1. Your MVP Solves a Problem You shouldn't judge your product based on feature set. You should judge it on whether or not it solves a problem. Here's a good way to think about your MVP: Suppose you want to help someone get...
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Probe into spy leaks site paused

BBC - 3 Aug 2015 18:17
Probe into spy leaks siteGermany's attorney general has confirmed that a treason probe into a political website has been momentarily paused.
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Parrot RNB6 Will Not BeParrot showed off a very impressive connected infotainment system for vehicles at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 earlier this year, called the RNB6 it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop... proper and features supported for both Android Auto and CarPlay. Parrot did say back then that RNB6 will be released around the summer but that’s not going to happen, the company has confirmed that the RNB6 is not going to be released as an aftermarket head unit. RNB6 has very impressive features for a connected infotainment system, it comes with a high-resolution capacitive touchscreen display, voice control, driving assistance services and it’s even able to tap into on-board diagnostics to show the driver important technical information from the car. Parrot says that its RNB6 infotainment...
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The best looking Apple WatchThe Apple Watch is a design focused bit of kit. Even for those not that bothered by gadgets it's been something they're hearing about and even want. But the latest variant on the Apple Watch theme has... got to be the best yet. The design was done by hand...
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Samsung Putting Final TouchesSamsung unveiled its payments service back in March alongside the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Pay will first be launched in South Korea and the United States. The company has already been... running trials for the service in its home country and a report out of Korea today says that Samsung is now putting final touches on its payments service which means that a formal launch is not too far off now. Card companies which include BC Card and Samsung Card are working with Samsung on trial tests for the service using Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets, another round of beta testing kicks off today and runs through August 20th. Both card companies will receive feedback from their testers and they will then share those results with Samsung to further improve the payments service which...
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Samsung is setting aside 100 billion won ($85.56 million) to compensate employees that contracted illnesses while working in its semiconductor and display factories. The fund will also be used towards... prevention measures.
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Astronomers have teased out that secret: a planet in a 3-day orbit that transits, or crosses in front of its star. At a distance of just 21 light-years, it is by far the closest transiting planet to... Earth, which makes...
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Picture frames and boxes require joining two boards to create a right angle. The cleanest way to do that is cutting 45 degree angles at the end of each board, called a miter cut. Here's the formula to... determine the length each of your boards should be cut.
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While Samsung made it clear late last week that price cuts were coming on their latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the company hasn't wasted any time. Europe has already seen discounts... of over $100 applied to the devices, when both models are barely four months old. The S6 and S6 Edge were heavily promoted, and while …
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Thousands Rally in Mexico CitySeveral thousand people attended a rally in Mexico City yesterday to denounce the killing of a Mexican photojournalist over the weekend. The bound and tortured body of photographer Ruben Espinosa was... found alongside four others in an apartment in Mexico City on Saturday. The New York Times reports that Espinosa was the seventh journalist to […]
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Amazon has officially begun moving units of their hands-free, voice-command home speaker solution "Amazon Echo" with a 3rd party retailer. Staples.com will be the one place online - other that Amazon... - where potential users can purchase the device. Amazon Echo will not necessarily be available in Staples physical locations. So in essence, this is just for people who like …
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Central Square Foundation, today, launched a study titled Teaching with Technology: Early Adoption of EdTech by Indian School Teachers, that analyses the availability and usage, perceptions, and... challenges with technology adoption among teachers across India.
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With Jon Stewart departing from The Daily Show this week, Canadian hackers associated with the decentralized activist group Telecomix have apparently used Donald Trump's company website to publish a... love letter to the satirical news show host. In a page titled "Your Moment of Zen, Mr. Stewart" published to Trump's corporate website (and archived here), the hacktivists sent a message of adoration for Stewart--an apropos venue, as the Comedy Central host has been spending his final days at the Daily Show news desk having a field day with Trump's frighteningly serious yet too-ridiculous-to-not-be-a-joke presidential run. "We are writing you today via Mr Trump's website because, seeming, the only way to get anyone to pay attention any more is to grease a Presidential candidate's website," the...
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MoD signs £1.5bnMove designed to save £1bn over a decade
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Kodak now lets you edit,Kodak has released an update for its Moments app, which now lets you share, edit, and print photos all from one location. No longer do you need a separate app to print using one of Kodak's Picture... Kiosks, instead you can do it from the same place that you just edited that new photo.
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These are the smartphonesWindows has now released its latest OS in Windows 10. But it's held off on the mobile version. Only now has the full list of phones that will receive the update hit the interwebs. Windows 10 for Lumia... smartphones will begin to roll out for free to handsets...
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Expect another OnePlus phoneOnePlus co-founder Carl Pei hinted at a new OnePlus phone that will arrive before the end of 2015 and in time for Christmas. He also explained why he thinks NFC is "overblown" and his hopes for the... company's future. The post Expect another OnePlus phone for Christmas, says co-founder Carl Pei appeared first on Digital Trends.
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3D Supernova Simulation TurnsEnormous stars collapse in ultramassive supernova explosions -- now in 3D! For the first time ever, researchers have turned back the clock on a star's final moments to simulate how wrinkles in its... violent collapse trigger a vast explosion.
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The cultural shift within Japanese game developer Konami that led legendary Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima to leave the company earlier this year seems to be even worse than we initially imagined.... Konami's decision to split ways with Kojima, cancel his collaboration with film director Guillermo del Toro on horror game Silent Hills, and use game series like Castlevania to promote pachinko machines, already indicated that the company is less concerned than fans about the legacy of these beloved games. Now, a new report in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei (which has been translated by Kotaku) alleges working conditions at the company that indicate it doesn't care about its employees either. According to the report, employees who were deemed "not useful" (or "useless," according to several...
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Sony Will Focus Heavily on Its Full-Frame Cameras

The Phoblographer - 3 Aug 2015 17:30
Sony Will Focus Heavily on ItsSony's future may be in its full-frame line at the expense of its APS-C cameras.
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Microsoft buysMicrosoft has acquired Incent Games and plans to integrate the Texas startup's FantasySalesTeam sales-gamification software into Dynamics CRM. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Adding the fantasy... sports component to its CRM offering will give companies a tool to make incentive programs for sales staff more engaging, according to Bob Stutz, corporate vice president for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in a who discussed the news in a blog post. Microsoft will integrate the platform into its own Dynamics CRM software in the coming months, Stutz said. It will also continue to support customers using FantasySalesTeam with other CRM products.
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Earth's Ancient Magnetic Field Just Got a Lot Older

Scientific American - 3 Aug 2015 17:30
Earth's Ancient Magnetic FieldEarly magnetism could have helped create conditions to support life --
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If you know anything about Deadpool the character, you know he wouldn't be able to resist teasing his own movie in the most meta way possible. Ahead of tomorrow's debut of the official Deadpool... trailer, Ryan Reynolds donned the old red suit to prep rabid fans for the mayhem. Sure, studios already tease official trailers online so much that it's all a little maddening, but the Merc with a Mouth uses the practice to pretty wonderful effect. Deadpool hits theaters next February.
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BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around $2.8-billion to buy Nokia's maps business
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What is the toy to life crazeOn the whole, console games aimed at younger family members these days come with toys attached. Whether that's Skylanders, which started the "toys to life" craze rolling, Disney Infinity or newcomer... Lego Dimensions the basic formula is the same: purchase...
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Peacock spiders jump, actively hunt their prey instead of building webs, and can see as well as cats--but they could still win over even mild arachnophobes with their crazy colors and elaborate mating... displays. Much like birds of paradise, each species of peacock spider has its own distinct mating dance that they use to try to impress lady spiders. It waves its legs and skitters back and forth, sending vibrations through the ground that the female picks up on. These three species, discovered earlier this year in Australia, were nicknamed Skeletorus, the elephant spider, and Sparklemuffin (really). Each spider has a flap on its abdomen that it lifts up and displays during its seduction routine--the elephant spider was so named because the pattern on its flap resembles a pachyderm. But for...
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Space Peanut passes by Earth:NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California release video of asteroid that looks remarkably like a peanut. This "space peanut", as it's being called, is around 1.2-miles (2 kilometers) in... length. So we're glad it wasn't headed directly at our planet's surface. Instead this is one of many flybys the nutty rock will be making with the Earth in its …
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Wildfire-esque functionality to be added to Siri Siri will soon answer your phone calls, adding a functionality that Orange killed in 2005 when it shut down the still-lamented Wildfire service....
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Intex launches Aqua Trend &Intex Aqua Trend and Cloud Q5 have been priced at Rs 9,444 and Rs 4,990, respectively; the Star II now has 16GB built-in storage and 2GB RAM and costs Rs 7,444.
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A small Colorado company has successfully tested a new type of propulsion technology that it believes could eventually enable low-cost, single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles. The post Startup Makes... Progress in Beamed Propulsion for Reusable Launch Vehicles appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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BMW, Audi, Daimler to buyThree major automakers signaled their commitment to automated cars late Sunday with an agreement to buy mapping technology from Nokia for just over $3 billion.
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No more running reds! BMW'sThe German automaker is the first to embed an app (screenshot shown) that lets drivers anticipate traffic signal changes by displaying real-time data on the dashboard.
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Missed Fallout 4's collectorsIf you missed your chance to get a real life Fallout 4 Pip-Boy, it's not too late to get one--if you have access to a 3D printer. When Bethesda announced Fallout 4 a few months back, it also came out... with a special preorder edition that came with a Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV portable computer you could strap to your wrist. The contraption was just a shell that could fit a regular smartphone, with the real computing being done by a Fallout 4 companion app, but the notion of getting a real-life piece of Fallout was so exciting that the package sold out in no time.
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Real Boxing 2 to enter theVivid Games had a smash hit with the original Real Boxing game. Now the developer has posted the first trailer for the sequel, Real Boxing 2, with some impressive looking graphics that use Unreal... Engine 4.
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Angry Birds 2 tips and tricks

Android Central - 3 Aug 2015 17:16
Angry Birds 2 tips and tricksIt's time to fling birds and wreck pigs. And cast spells. And sometimes compete with all of your friends. Angry Birds 2 is here, and once you get over the name after Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds... Space, and all of the other Angry Birds games that came before this sequel, you'll see this is a worth successor to the franchise that started it all. All you need to get started is an itchy trigger finger and an eye for toppling poorly constructed towers of glass, wood, and stone. Getting past Level 20 without spending money requires something a little different from the previous Angry Birds titles, but to help you through we've got some tips and tricks that will carry you well into the game.
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67P up close: Stunning imagesThe images document the probe's fall, and could even reveal where it finally took up residence after a bumpy landing last November (comet from nin metres away pictured)
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Bronze Age knife discovered onTwo holidaymakers with a metal detector came across the ancient artefact (pictured main from different sides) hidden beneath a stone slab while visiting Sandown Beach on the Isle of Wight.
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Fujifilm Announces the X-T1Fujifilm has announced the X-T1 IR, a variant of their flagship X-Series camera that can capture infrared and ultraviolet portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Nearly identical to the original... X-T1, the new X-T1 IR utilizes infrared technology allowing it to view light not normally visible to the human eye. The camera is aimed at professionals […]
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Earth's first starter kit of complex lifeforms emerged some 565 million years ago, with a unique group of fractal plant-like animals known as rangeomorphs. These Ediacaran period organisms are... considered to be among the first animals--or complex species of any phylum--ever to evolve on our planet. Now, researchers based out of Cambridge University have discovered that rangeomorphs dominated the ancient oceans using both sexual and asexual reproduction. The new research, published today in Nature, sheds some much needed light on the murky origins of life in our planet's seas. Fractofusus fossil. Image: AG Liu "Rangeomorphs don't look like anything else in the fossil record, which is why they're such a mystery," said paleoecologist Emily Mitchell, the paper's lead author, in a statement....
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Soylent 2.0 comes ready-made in bottles

Engadget - 3 Aug 2015 17:04
The next version of Soylent is perfect for anyone who's been intrigued by the curiously named food replacement, but doesn't want to deal with mixing messy powders and storing pitchers of liquid.... Soylent 2.0 is actually going to be pre-mixed and bottl...
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More 'iPhone 6s' DisplayFollowing the release of several photos of a claimed display assembly for the "iPhone 6s" over the weekend, Macfixit Australia has shared additional images of what appears to be the same display... assembly, further suggesting the leaked images to be real internal parts for the next-generation iPhone. One of Macfixit's photos includes a quality control label showing a pass date of July 29, which, if legitimate, would put the assembly in a correct time frame for Apple's traditional September iPhone launches. The image also appears identical to those released over the weekend by repair company GeekBar, with the same possible cutouts for a taptic engine to fuel Force Touch and a slightly thicker frame. A few possible third-party case manufacturer design renders have also been shared by uSwitch...
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Pacific Research Platform will perform the internet's original purpose on own fat pipes A "hypernet" to be known as the Pacific Research Platform, shuffling data at up to 100Gb/s, will be established... between US West Coast laboratories and several supercomputers thanks to a $5m grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)....
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AT&T starts bundling mobileNow that AT&T owns DirecTV, it's bundling mobile broadband and satellite TV together at a discount. Starting August 10, new subscribers can pay $200 per month for four lines of smartphone service with... 10GB of shared data, plus DirecTV on four televisions with 145 channels. That's $10 cheaper than buying the two services separately--$160 per month for wireless service, $50 per month for satellite TV--and combines everything on a single AT&T bill. The same deal applies when bundling wireless service with AT&T's U-verse Family television package. Subscribers can also pay a bit more for additional channels: DirecTV Xtra (220 channels) and U-verse U-200 cost $220 per month, DirecTV Ultimate (240 channels) and U-verse U-300 cost $225 per month, and DirecTV Premiere (315 channels) and U-verse...
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Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint now receiving Android 5.1.1

Android Central - 3 Aug 2015 17:01
Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint nowThe Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Sprint is now receiving its Android 5.1.1 update. Weighing in around 615MB in size, the update also brings along some performance improvements and new multi window... features. At this time, Sprint has yet to post an official change log with all of the changes found in this build.
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Putting with SpacelikeNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:
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The land of the Kama Sutra is cracking down on sex, online at least.
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Asexual discrimination

The Economist - 3 Aug 2015 17:00
Asexual discriminationThis curious fernlike fossil is a rangeomorph, a member of a group believed (though no one is quite sure) to have been sessile animals. They lived on the seabed 565m years ago, during the Ediacaran... period, which preceded the explosion of animal life during the Cambrian. The specimen shown is part of a study led by Nick Butterfield of Cambridge University, just published in Nature. Dr Butterfield and his colleagues wondered if they could work out how rangeomorphs reproduced. They looked at three places in Newfoundland where large fields of the fossil creatures are exposed, and mapped the precise location of individual specimens using the global positioning system. The pattern suggested rangeomorphs lived in groups that grew, by asexual reproduction, from a single individual (as a beech tree...
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Feeling stressed on a Monday? Take a minute to visit Mars's Atlantis Chaos region, courtesy of the European Space Agency. It's a lot more chilled out than its name would suggest, especially when it's... accompanied by gentle spa-like music. Atlantis Chaos is the delightful moniker for a region in the southern hemisphere of Mars characterised by its tumultuous geology, which includes cliffs, craters, ridges, and general chaos terrain. The region is around 160km across, and ESA explains that some of its most exciting features are channels carved into the topology that could indicate past evidence of water on the planet. "It is possible that standing water once filled the Atlantis basin and the adjoining depressions," explains a post by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). "It could even have...
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Cortana is easily one of the coolest new features of Windows 10. You're probably already familiar with personal assistants like Google Now and Siri, but now you have one built right into your desktop!... Here's how to get information, manage your schedule, and even run a few Google commands.
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Sony reveals high-spec Xperia'Super mid-range' devices available this month
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With less than a month until release, Microsoft has just announced that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, the hit game remastered for the Xbox One, will include the four original Gears titles for free... via the Xbox One's upcoming backward compatibility feature. The first four games were all released on the Xbox 360, and consist of Gears of War (the …
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Since 2001 the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, has brought an interdisciplinary approach to the study of planets and search for life... outside our solar system. The NASA initiative inspired by the UW...
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Server fault felled Standard Bank

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 16:45
After almost a full day of service disruption, Standard Bank late on Monday said it had finally resolved all technical issues that resulted in downtime on its website, in its smartphone and tablet... applications, in branches and in its call centres. The bank has blamed
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This Insane Motorcycle SurfingSurf photography doesn’t usually feature motorcycles, but this crazy shoot did. For its latest project titled “Pipe Dream,” DC Shoes partnered with Australian stunt bike rider Robbie Maddison... for dirt bike surfing. The team spent 2.5 years working on making the idea a reality, creating a modified bike that has boasts special fins for hydroplaning, […]
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It's all well and good that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition lets you relive the original game in the series, but what about the other three titles? Don't worry -- you'll get those too. Microsoft and... The Coalition have revealed that anyone who buys Ult...
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How to stop Windows 10 fromOne of the more intriguing changes in Windows holds the potential to save you a ton of wasted download bandwidth: Its new peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery update mechanism. Using the P2P option, you could... download a Windows update once, then use that machine to spread the update to all the PCs on your local network. Yay efficiency! Unfortunately, the settings for the new P2P option default to sharing with other computers over the Internet, not just ones on your network, and Reddit users have been fretting over a potential nasty side effect: Windows 10's P2P sharing eating into your upload bandwidth and slowing down your network connection.
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A year and a half ago, OnePlus may as well have not existed. It had no products under its name, no brand recognition, and certainly no mindshare. Then it announced the OnePlus One, a low-cost,... unlocked smartphone that promised to rival the best flagship phones from known brands. It was launched with a raft of unconventional (and often criticized) marketing campaigns to build buzz. Those efforts were undeniably effective: OnePlus quickly went from non-existent to the talk of smartphone enthusiasts the world over. Waitlists to purchase the phone stretched from weeks into months, and it took the better part of a year for OnePlus to catch up with the ravenous demand. Last week, OnePlus revealed its follow-up, the OnePlus 2. It's also a...
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There's been a lot written lately about Apple Music, iTunes Match, and the threat of one or the other deleting your music from your music library.This issue has turned into a perfect storm of fear,... uncertainty and doubt. At the end of the day, I believe an understanding of the basic mechanics at work here will make it easy to keep your music library 100% rock solid safe.
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Running out, or forgetting, paper business cards is easy. Trading phones to exchange contact details at formal networking events can be awkward. Meet Glitter, the iOS app that lets users create a... mobile card with personal information and creative elements that can be shared with others via email, text and social networks. It's fun and quick to set up. Sign up with an email address and a password. Then you create a username and select a photo.
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Windows 10 GodMode: What It IsGodMode is a hidden folder that makes available a range of handy customizations for your PC. The best part is that it is easy to install.
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A new meningitis vaccine launched Monday in the United Kingdom for teenagers and university students under 25. Public health officials were urging people born between Sept. 1, 1996 and Aug. 31, 1997,... as well as all college freshmen, to get the Men ACWY vaccine immediately -- preferably, before school starts next month, the Guardian reported.
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What A Blue Moon Looks Like InCosmonaut Gennady Padalka captured imagery of the second full moon of the month, aka Blue Moon, on July 31st, 2015. It is seen setting behind Earth.
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Red Panda Takes On Its Greatest Foe Yet

Twisted Sifter - 3 Aug 2015 16:30
Red Panda Takes On ItsIt was a well fought battle but the panda emerged victorious.
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A bench-top brain that accurately reflects actual brain tissue would be significant for researching not only the effect of drugs, but brain disorders like schizophrenia, and degenerative brain... disease. Researchers have now completed 3-D printing a six-layered structure similar to brain tissue, in which cells are accurately placed and remain in their designated layer.
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Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 43

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 16:30
Chasing the Light OnlineIssue 43 of David Noton's Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available.
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Let's say you've got low-interest debt, maybe a student loan, and you're easily making your minimum monthly payment. If you've got the extra cash, what's the smarter financial move: pay your loan off... early or invest the money instead? The answer depends on a number of variables, and Student Loan Hero has a handy calculator to help you figure it all out.
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Apple's week: Apple Pay atThe biggest stories from Apple over the past seven days
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Daily Report: Small Holidays Play Big on Social Media

The New York Times - 3 Aug 2015 16:27
Daily Report: Small HolidaysLooking for something to say, many social media users are timing posts to match novel holidays. Tweed Day was big, as was Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day. Today happens to be National Watermelon... Day. You didn't know?
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After delays because of concerns over funding, the Canadian government has decided to proceed with a project to provide search and rescue repeaters for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation GPS... satellites. The post Canada Finds its Way To Providing GPS 3 Search and Rescue Repeaters appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Former Chairman Dubens Reinvests in Daisy

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 16:26
Less than a year after Daisy group has been taken private by Matthew Riley former Chairman, Peter Dubens has reinvested in the business. Dubens’ private equity firm Oakley Capital has invested £39m... in a minority stake in Daisy Group following the purchase of IT services company Phoenix. When Daisy was taken private for £484m Oakley
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The Spratly islands are not a natural spot for a layover. They are isolated--tiny, shallow islands spread out over a huge chunk of the South China Sea. So why are China and other nations rushing to... construct airline runways and other infrastructure there?
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Nearly 20 years after "Back to the Future II" predicted 2015 would be the year of the hoverboard, Lexus is trying to make that come true. The car company appears to have developed a working model, and... teased August 5 as the release date.
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Hands-On With China's iPhoneThe OnePlus 2 is one of the best cheap smartphones out there
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What It's Like to Be the First VR Cam Girl

Motherboard - 3 Aug 2015 16:16
Virtual reality is changing the way we view media, interact with each other, and get off, and adult performer Ela Darling wants to be on the cutting edge of it all. Darling is the creative director,... star, and co-owner of VRtube, a burgeoning VR porn company and lab for development in the emerging tech space of virtual reality. The company started with VR porn, expanded into the market with the first-ever real-time VR porn video game, and this week launched an interactive VR camera, the launch of which marked the first ever Oculus Rift-enabled 3D virtual reality live cam offering. I chatted with Darling about camming, how porn fuels developments in technology, and what the big names in virtual reality think of putting XXX content into the mix. MOTHERBOARD: How long have you been involved in...
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Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 55mm Sample Images

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 16:15
Sony A7R II with the Sony FEWe've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA prime lens. Here are 45 JPEG and 45 Raw images taken with a final production version of the... Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens. Read the preview »
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In case you haven't heard, Windows 10 is here, and the version for phones will arrive soon. To help you prepare, Microsoft posted the initial list of Lumia handsets that'll be privy to the free... upgrade later this year. The collection of mobile device...
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Save 40% today on this ruggedThe Seidio CONVERT Combo features a durable 3-layer case with built-in kickstand that shields your Galaxy S6 from serious impacts. The included swivel holster clips to your belt or pocket for quick... and easy access. Available today for $29.95!
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The fight over PlannedRepublicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling... videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers. See also: New app lets users get STD test through mobile device Conservatives have long targeted Planned Parenthood, which provides health services, family planning and abortions in clinics across the country. The furtively recorded videos, with hair-raising close-ups of aborted fetal organs and Planned Parenthood officials dispassionately describing how "I'm not going to crush that part," have forced the group and its Democratic champions into a defensive crouch.
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Small Prototype Earth ReturnNASA's Ames Research Center News and Features:
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Xbox One backwards compatibility is coming to the "Gears of War" franchise, Microsoft and The Coalition announced on Monday. This will include "Gears of War," "Gears of War 2," "Gears of War 3," and... "Gears of War: Judgment," which will be available this fall.
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Back to school 2015: the best laptops

USA Today - 3 Aug 2015 16:12
Back to school 2015: the bestIn part 3 of USA TODAY's Back to School 2015 series, Jefferson Graham looks at what type of laptop to buy for the new school year--PC, Mac or Chromebook?          
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Sport was top of mind for South Africans using the internet last month, according to the search giant.
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Samsung pushes SA to do more exercise

News24 - 3 Aug 2015 16:12
Samsung is hoping to push South Africans to do more exercise with a Discovery Vitality partnership.
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Back to school: Picking the right laptop

USA Today - 3 Aug 2015 16:11
Back to school: Picking theSome tips on choosing the best laptop for school.          
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Hacking of Jeep leads to probeAfter a Jeep was hacked, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating if other Harmon Kardon products have security flaws. Video provided by Newsy          
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Here are the best of today's deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on... Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.
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Developers will get theirMicrosoft says HoloLens will start rolling out to developers within the "Windows 10 time frame," but no one really knows what that means. Over the weekend, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella clarified this... just a tad in an interview with the BBC. In short, it looks like you'll be waiting a while to mine your couch cushions for coal, diamonds, and redstone. Although the company is not ready to reveal a roll out date yet, Nadella told the BBC that we can expect to see developers get their hands on HoloLens "within the next year." The kicker is that Microsoft will focus on developers and enterprises at first. Nadella said something similar to ZDNet in mid-July when he remarked that the first version of HoloLens would be "more about developers and enterprise scenarios."
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Movies on the big screen sometimes have valuable nuggets of wisdom that can be applied to photography (and life). We recently shared one such clip from the movie “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.”... Here’s another one from the movie “Boyhood.” In this 3-minute clip, the main character, Mason, has a conversation with his photography […]
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Are humans allowed in VR storytelling?

The Verge - 3 Aug 2015 16:05
I'm sitting at a table in the center of a small, humbly cheery forest hut. Warm sunlight streams in from the windows, birds chirp sweetly outside. Across the table from me is a wide-eyed little... hedgehog, his huge, bobbing spines swept up behind him like the spiky 'do of a bassist in the most non-threatening pop-punk band ever. Either he's gigantic, or I have become very small, because as we sit we are nearly eye to eye with each other. It's his birthday, and he's getting ready to blow out the candle on his cake; or rather, a big, juicy birthday strawberry. He closes his eyes and breathes his wish in a little desperate mutter: "I wish I had a friend!" The candle blows out, and he gazes at it longingly with his big, tragic saucer eyes....
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Microsoft Acquires Sales Microsoft announced this morning the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based Incent Games, the makers of a “sales gamification” platform called FantasySalesTeam. As the name implies, the company’s... software allows sales organizations to run contests that are similar to those found in fantasy sports. Microsoft says today it will make this feature available to its own customers in…
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Tech Five: Nokia sells mappingNokia hands over mapping service to consortium of German automakers.          
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Wireless charging has become an increasingly popular feature among high-end smartphones, but it's not particularly useful when you leave your lone charging plate at the office. IKEA recognises that... for wireless charging to be truly convenient, it nee...
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Eat or Be Eaten

Slate - 3 Aug 2015 16:03
Secret, the leading American women's deodorant brand, has sold its product in scents that include Hawaii Citrus Breeze, Coconut Splash, So Very Summerberry, Pretty 'n Peach, Mystic Melon, Cherry... Mischief, Truth or Pear, and Vanilla Chai.
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Hands-On: TomTom's Bandit GPSA simple shake of your smartphone will have TomTom's app instantly produce a ready-to-share edit of the highlights of your clips and footage from this $399 device.
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It isn't just smartphones anymore. Hisense, a popular Chinese appliance and white goods manufacturer, is joining the big leagues when it comes to making and selling high-end TVs in America. But it... will do so not through its own power but through buying Sharp's manufacturing plant in Mexico and using its TV brand in both North and South America. With …
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Americans inherited a legal system shaped by history, not by science. The post America’s Justice System Sure Doesn’t Know Much Science appeared first on WIRED.
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Brown Dwarf Boasts BrightestAstronomers just spotted auroras on a brown dwarf for the first time, but this is just the latest case of known extraterrestrial auroras --
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'Options a lose-lose'

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
'Options a lose-lose'Employees could be disadvantaged under laws designed to make it easier for start-ups to issue share options.
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iPhone rip-off good value

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
iPhone rip-off good valueThe Oppo R7 may be an iPhone 6 rip-off when it comes to design. But it does have some stellar features of its own.
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Somebody has to do dirty work

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Somebody has to do dirty workBevan Nel says his start-up is capitalising on the wave of outsourcing boring or mundane tasks.
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Data use crucial for society

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Data use crucial for societyNSW government unveils plan to establish a whole-of-government data analytics centre.
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Human issues dog driverless future

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Human issues dog driverlessThe technology exists, but how do we condition Australian road-users to deal with autonomous vehicles?
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Mobile WiFi calls on the horizon

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Mobile WiFi calls on theCould Google beat Telstra, Optus and Vodafone to the punch on Wi-Fi Calling in Australia?
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There are many plants that are useful for more than cooking or decorating. For example, many common herbs have health benefits, and they're easy to grow. What multi-use plants do you have in your... garden?://lifehacker.com/the-surprising...
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Stock connections made

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Out to make a fortune on the stockmarket? An Australian start-up has an easy way to scope investment opportunities.
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Labor uneasy about security bill

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Labor uneasy about securityGovernment ­efforts to force telcos to comply with new security rules are unlikely to be rubber-stamped by Labor.
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Think Tank Photo Roller Flair Kit

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Think Tank Photo Roller FlairThink Tank Photo have announced four new Roller Flair customisation kits for their roller bags.
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TruRating seeks Asian feedback

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
TruRating seeks Asian feedbackBritish-based point of payment review start-up truRating has announced plans to launch in Australia.
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Local boost for mobile shoppers

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 16:00
Local boost for mobileFrom Singapore to the ASX the mobile commerce start-up Sprooki can’t wait to get started in Australia.
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AT&T to Offer TV and Wireless Bundle

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 15:58
AT&T to Offer TV and WirelessAT&T plans to offer bundled TV and wireless phone services, about a month after the company closed its acquisition of DirecTV.
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Ditching GSM-R will help the trains run on time, says Deutsche Bahn German choo-choo chaps Deutsche Bahn are replacing their GSM-R communications technology and has commissioned a consortium of... Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei to sort out the migration of the system across northern Germany's railway lines....
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If you catch a Greenlandic mosquito in your fist, do not relax your fingers. Unless you've clasped your grip so tightly that you fear you've broken skin and then squeezed a bit more, you haven't... killed it. When you loosen your grip, the mosquito will simply fly away faster than you can react, a bit battered perhaps, but still able to take a bite out of you. "They're aggressive because they're desperate," says Lauren Culler an ecologist with Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies who researches Greenland's mosquitoes. "My research here," says Culler, "has found that only 12-15 percent of mosquitoes ever get a blood meal." Female mosquitoes (only female mosquitoes bite) require a blood meal to lay eggs, and here in Greenland blood meals are limited primarily to caribou (also known as...
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Gizmodo Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible | Jalopnik Street Outlaws Star Daddy Dave Flips Six Times During Amarillo Drag Race | Jezebel New Ghostbusters Cast... Visits Children's Hospital; Attracts Trolls | Kotaku Report: Konami Is Treating Its Staff Like Prisoners |
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PlayStation gamers who subscribe to the $50 per year PlayStation Plus service are well accustomed to the free games each month, but soon they will be able to help decide which games are given away... sometime in the future. As it is now, each month sees two free games each for the PS4, PS3, and PS Vita, while lately there's …
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Deadspin Ronda Rousey Destroys Bethe Correia In 34 Seconds | Gawker 9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies Day After Being Hit in Head With Practice Swing | io9 If You're an Adult Watching Disney's Descendants,... Drink. Heavily. | Lifehacker Amazon Prime Will Now Only Allow Sharing Between Two Adults, Four Kids |
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The app uses a peer-to-peer mesh networking technology and has store and forward capabilities to send messages
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Mars: Flight Over Atlantis Chaos

SpaceRef - 3 Aug 2015 15:48
Explore the Atlantis Chaos region of Mars, in the Red Planet's southern hemisphere. The video showcases a myriad of features that reflect a rich geological history....
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DoT bans 5 websites that don't even show porn

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 15:47
Comedy websites like CollegeHumor, 9Gag.tv, Barstool Sports, and ShitBrix, along with content aggregator PopURLs, have been blocked by DoT.
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Hitchhiking Robot Meets DemiseHitchBOT, the tweeting, child-sized robot that made its way across Canada and safely visited Germany and the Netherlands was "vandalized" in the U.S.
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Lexus will take on the BMW 6Lexus is busily developing the production version of the LF-LC concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show. Likely called LC, the production coupe will borrow styling cues from the concept,... and it will launch with a 5.0-liter V8 engine. The post Lexus will take on the BMW 6 Series with an LF-LC-inspired coupe appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Bees vaccinate their babiesResearchers from Arizona State University, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä and Norwegian University of Life Sciences discovered that queen bees vaccinate their young via a protein in... the blood.
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iPhone Battery With 1715 mAhFrench site Nowhereelse.fr last week shared a photo [Google Translate] of a battery appearing very similar to an iPhone battery and labeled as being from Apple's usual supplier, but the battery's... capacity of 1715 mAh leaves questions as to whether the battery is intended for the upcoming "iPhone 6s" or a smaller "iPhone 6c" that has reportedly been delayed or canceled. The battery's 1715 mAh capacity is lower than the 1810 mAh capacity of the iPhone 6 battery, indicating Apple would have to have increased power efficiency of the device for the "S" generation in order to achieve the same battery life as its predecessor. Given the consistent overall design of the iPhone 6 and 6s, it is unclear why Apple would reduce the battery capacity at all, unless other changes such as a thicker display...
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Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 35mm Sample Images

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 15:45
Sony A7R II with the Sony FEWe've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA prime lens. Here are 34 JPEG and 34 Raw images taken with a final production version of the... Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens. Read the preview »
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For a long while, Amazon would let you share some of your Prime perks with four other people of any age -- handy if your roommates need to get an order in a hurry. However, it looks like the internet... shopping pioneer is clamping down. A quiet rule ch...
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New photo of the Queen showsLONDON — The Queen has sat for dozens of portraits in her decades-long reign, but the latest is a little different from the rest The photos, which were actually taken back in 2013, but released on... Sunday, show the monarch from four different angles. See also: Prince Charles reacts to a flapping eagle, sparks brilliant meme Taken by photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas, the portrait was captured using full-length mirrors, which lets us see the Queen from the front, back and sides. It will go on show as part of a new exhibition that includes similar portraits of other royals such as Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall. The exhibit also has portraits of members of the royal household and other British figures
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Experts Debate Whether AOpinion is divided on whether taxing products based on their sugar content would help in the fight against obesity. Supporters point to taxes on alcohol and tobacco, which have reduced consumption;... opponents say a sugar tax is unfair because food is a necessity, not a luxury.
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Cybathlon practice session a success

Phys.org - 3 Aug 2015 15:38
Cybathlon practice session aSlicing bread in the morning, pouring a cup of coffee and sitting down at the kitchen table are a part of everyday life for most people. But for people with physical impairments such as amputated... limbs, the tasks so many of us take for granted are anything but a matter of course - and they are often difficult to accomplish without help. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 15% of the world's population is physically impaired to some degree. In order to overcome the hurdles of everyday life, many disabled people use assistive technologies. This is where the Cybathlon comes in: it aims to drive forward the development of these technologies in a fun and competitive environment.
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Every journalist with a beat thinks their beat is the most important and interesting thing in the world, and I'm no exception. The law isn't an arcane and incidental facet of modern life, it's an... invisible web of power that can determine the shape of the future. Behind dry documents and inscrutable jargon are stories about the way we live now and the way we will live eventually--"portraits of the future," as Derek Mead once described what Motherboard does. We live in strange times, and the great thing about Motherboard is how it embraces the strangeness. I, too, am a strange kind of journalist with a strange kind of beat. I've written about revenge porn, about Bitcoin, about privacy, about the wonderfully odd convolutions of copyright law since graduating from law school in 2014. A lot of...
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Sony Unveils 'Super Mid-Range'The new Xperia M5 is a super mid-range handset from Sony that will soon become available in emerging markets.
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The Night Sky for August 2015

SpaceRef - 3 Aug 2015 15:35
Learn where and when to look for the 2015 Perseid shower. Also this month, look for all the planets in the night sky....
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Box office hits and misses:Tom Cruise's return as super-spy Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation won the weekend in a big way, while the Vacation reboot fell short and Adam Sandler's Pixels plummeted down the... box-office charts. The post Box office hits and misses: Mission: Impossible soars while Pixels plummets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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French trio sing the bestSummer is almost over — so take three-and-a-half minutes to relive it. French trio L.E.J. mashed up 11 popular, so-called songs of the summer from artists like Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Mark Ronson... for a smooth cello and drum remix. Merci beaucoup, ladies. Please do this every summer. Famous movies mashed up as 'Uptown Funk' is the real song of summer 13 sandwiches from around the world that will spark your wanderlust This quaint English village store is actually a giant vending machine Aussie daredevil surfs waves on his motorbike in mind-blowing footage
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick isBest Buy is offering a one-day savings on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, dropping the price of this streaming accessory to only $24.99. The streaming media accessory usually retails for $39, but Best Buy... has placed it as a Deal of the Day, along with a $15 savings.
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There's always a lot going on behind the scenes at museums. For example, in the basement of Chicago's Field Museum, researchers prepare the specimens that will be studied and displayed at the... museum--and then they post that gnarly goopiness on YouTube through a channel the museum maintains.
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BMW, Daimler and Audi to Buy Nokia's Maps Business

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 15:31
BMW, Daimler and Audi to BuyGermany's biggest auto makers have clinched a deal to buy Nokia's digital mapping business, beating out rival bidders for some of the vital technology for self-driving cars in a $3.1 billion... acquisition.
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KFC's New Chicken Bucket CanKFC is celebrating 60 years in Canada with a brand new bucket of chicken that can wirelessly print your photos.
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AT&T's just bundled TV andAT&T isn’t wasting any time pushing out new service offerings now that it’s merger with DirecTV is official. AT&T on Monday announced its first DirecTV bundle that offers users TV service along... with four lines with 10GB of shared data and unlimited talk and text for $200 a month. While $200 a month might seem like a lot to fork over to AT&T every month, consider that you are getting four different cell phone lines and a full pay TV package — AT&T claims this will produce an annual savings of $600 a year versus what you’d pay for each service separately. FROM EARLIER: Huge leak: Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus press renders and specs AT&T is positioning itself
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For a long time the only cool car Ford offered that tickled my fancy was the Mustang. Ford then rolled out the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, and both of those cars were performance bargains. Then Ford... announced its slick Focus RS was coming to the US for the first time. At this point, we know everything there is …
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India has ordered Internet service providers to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.
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Whether it's squash, watermelon rind, or plain old cucumbers, we, my friends, can (quick) pickle that. In anticipation of bumper crops, the clever folks at Epicurious have come up with a simple... brining base that will allow you to pickle whatever, whenever the mood moves you.
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Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28mm Sample Images

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 15:30
Sony A7R II with the Sony FEWe've just tested the brand new Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 28mm f/2 prime lens. Here are 58 JPEG and 58 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II... compact system camera with the Sony FE 28mm f/2 lens. Read the preview »
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Famous movies mashed up asThe only way to top the countless "Uptown Funk" parodies out there is with a star-studded cast. YouTube user dondrapersayswhat compiled the perfect lines from 280 famous Hollywood movies for a... masterful supercut of Mark Ronson's song of the summer. This one definitely tops them all. 13 sandwiches from around the world that will spark your wanderlust This quaint English village store is actually a giant vending machine Aussie daredevil surfs waves on his motorbike in mind-blowing footage 'Zoolander 2' teaser is here to teach you about neuroscience
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Brain Training iPad Game HelpsResearchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have developed a new iPad app designed to help people, especially patients with schizophrenia, improve their cognitive skills to allow... them to live independent lives.
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New dinosaur's powerfulWhile pursing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Steven Jasinski fulfilled a childhood dream: he discovered a brand new dinosaur.
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Why horrible reality hobbles the gleaming, solid-state future Analysis The all-flash data centre: does it exist? Will it ever?...
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Syrian government planeA Syrian warplane crashed into a marketplace in the town of Ariha in northwestern Syria on Monday, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more, according to activists in the town The plane had... reportedly been involved in earlier airstrikes on the town. It is not clear if the warplane was shot down or crashed for a different reason. See also: Syrian women tear off black garb as they flee ISIS territory The Local Coordination Committees said the warplane crashed in a busy market in Ariha, adding that it was not immediately clear whether the warplane was shot down. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the warplane crashed in the center of the town, destroying several homes.
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OnePlus to launch another phone this year

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 15:24
In an interview with USA Today, Carl Pei mentioned that OnePlus intends to release a second phone by Christmas.
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Listening to voicemails on an iPhone may soon be a thing of the past. Apple employees are testing a new service that transcribes voicemail messages using Siri, according to a report from Business... Insider.
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US considers retaliationSeparate report shows US government strengthening security infrastructure
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No real mod support coming toThe original Doom was a fantastic game, but it's remembered as much for the its mods and user-created levels as it is for its own innovations. Those days seem to be gone, as the upcoming Doom won't... support mods outside of its SnapMap level editor. The post No real mod support coming to Doom, SnapMap is as close as it gets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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After admitting that it didn't do enough to prevent illnesses and deaths of workers at its Korean semiconductor plants, Samsung has launched a new fund to put things right. Reuters reports that the... company has set aside 100 billion won ($85.8 million...
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Image Gallery: Amazing Photos by Ecologists

Live Science - 3 Aug 2015 15:20
Image Gallery: Amazing PhotosA recent photo contest highlights images captured by ecologists in the field.
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With $3.6 Million In Funding, After launching in Istanbul just over a year ago, Meal Box, a healthy meal delivery startup, is looking to corner the take-out market in the world’s fifth-largest city. Backed by $3.6 million in... funding from Aslanoba Capital, one of Turkey’s most active venture firms, the company wants to replace fast food with traditional, healthy Turkish cooking for a generation of young…
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Ex-British prime ministerLONDON — Britain's police watchdog said Monday that it is investigating claims that authorities dropped a sex abuse case during the 1990s that contained an allegation against the former Prime... Minister Edward Heath. Heath, who died in 2005 at 89, was named by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which said the probe will look at Wiltshire Police's investigation into an alleged claim of child sexual abuse made in the 1990s. "It is alleged that a criminal prosecution was not pursued, when a person threatened to expose that Sir Edward Heath may have been involved in offences concerning children. In addition to this allegation, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police subsequently took any steps to investigate these claims," the IPCC said in a statement on its website
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BMW, Audi, and Daimler JustThe German automakers' luxury cars are about to get smarter
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Next OnePlus Smartphone WillOnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei has let slip that the third phone from the company will launch in time for Christmas. The new device in question is speculated to be the OnePlus Mini.
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Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 90mm Sample Images

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 15:15
Sony A7R II with the Sony FEWe've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the brand new Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS prime lens. Here are 83 JPEG and 83 Raw images taken with a final production version of the... Sony A7R II compact system camera with the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens. Read the preview »
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Finnish augmented realityRobust North and other new startups are catering to a rising demand for more personal, customized, and memorable marketing and entertainment experiences
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The Risks of Nuclear Weapons: An Exchange

Scientific American - 3 Aug 2015 15:10
The Risks of Nuclear Weapons:A prominent poitical scientist argues that our fears of nuclear weapons have been excessive. --
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Fly over Atlantis Chaos

ESA - 3 Aug 2015 15:10
Fly over Atlantis ChaosSpace science image of the week: Explore the Atlantis Chaos region of Mars in images and a new fly-through movie
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Airbnb guest suspected ofSan Francisco police suspect a woman got much more than a bed for the night when she booked a stay in the city through Airbnb earlier this year. Police say Jana Dominquez, a 27-year old from the... nearby city of Richmond, is suspected of stealing over $35,000 in valuables from a house she rented though the site. Dominquez had full access to the house on 27th Avenue in the city's Outer Sunset district in April this year when the theft is thought to have taken place. The victim, who rents the house though the site, kept valuables in a locked closet and office. Closed circuit TV images from the residence time-stamped April 30 clearly show Dominquez entering the locked upstairs apartment and a commercial establishment directly below it.
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Legionnaires' disease has killed four people and sickened at least 71 people in the Bronx, New York as of Monday. Legionnaires' is a type of pneumonia, or a lung infection, that is spread through... airborne water droplets and through water systems, but officials remain unsure how the ongoing outbreak in New York, which dates back to July 10, began.
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Betaworks-Backed Glitter Is A Every two years, betaworks brings in brand new entrepreneurs and helps them bake up a new batch of products and services. In 2013, those companies included Giphy, Dots, and Poncho, and now the... startup studio is ready to introduce its first new product of the 2015 batch. World, meet Glitter! Glitter is a personal trading cards app, which lets users create mobile, tradable cards that feature…
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Didi Kuaidi to Get Backing From China Investment Corp.

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 15:06
Didi Kuaidi to Get BackingChina's homegrown ride-hailing service, Didi Kuaidi, is getting an influential backer in its battle against Uber.
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6 Must-Have Back to School Apps

Time - 3 Aug 2015 15:06
6 Must-Have Back to SchoolSmartphones are the new backpacks
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Upcoming new iPhone featureI absolutely hate the concept of voicemails. I don't want to leave you one or listen to yours. Texting is definitely a better way of exchanging messages. If you feel the same way and you're an iPhone... user, then you'll be glad to hear that Apple is rumored to be working on fixing voicemail once and for all. And interestingly, Siri is involved. DON'T MISS: Windows 10 is spying on almost everything you do - here's how to opt out According to information received by Business Insider, Apple is already testing a voicemail service that relies on Siri to automatically answer calls and transcribe the resulting voice messages. The new service would debut in 2016 as part of Apple's iOS 10 release, the blog said, assuming
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Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 25mm Sample Images

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 15:05
Sony A7R II with the ZeissWe've just tested the Sony A7R II compact system camera with the brand new Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 prime lens. Here are 66 JPEG and 66 Raw images taken with a final production version of the Sony A7R II... compact system camera with the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 lens. Read the preview »
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Twitter controversies can be confusing for the average user. They blow up without warning, and you might not even realise that you've been embroiled in a frenzied hashtag war until it's too late. But... that could be set to change if researchers can spot controversies developing in real-time. MIT Technology Review highlights an Arxiv paper by a team headed up by Kiran Garimella from the Department of Computer Science at Aalto University in Finland, who have found a way to distinguish polemical conversations from non-polemical ones by visualising controversy in a cluster of tweets. The researchers tested out their theory by comparing ten "neutral" conversations with ten conversations associated with controversial hashtags. They mapped out the structure of these conversations by analysing the...
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Windows 10 Taps Your InternetA default feature on the Windows 10 named Windows Update Delivery Optimization utilizes a user's connection to the Internet to share updates to other users that are online. If possible, users should... not turn off the feature to help out other Windows 10 users.
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The 'business value of IoT' after this deal remains to be seen Cloud-based IoT player Jasper has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft, which will see Jasper's platform integrated with the... tech giant's Azure cloud suite....
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Microsoft HoloLens AR kit setAugmented reality headset will be developed over a five-year period
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The Resplendent Inflexibility of the Rainbow

Universe Today - 3 Aug 2015 15:02
Children often ask simple questions that make you wonder if you really understand your subject. An young acquaintance of mine named Collin wondered why the colors of the rainbow were always in the... same order -- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Why don’t they get mixed up? (...)Read the rest of The Resplendent Inflexibility of […]
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The new Fujifilm X-T1 IR is made for crime-scene photographers, as its infrared capabilities can unearth invisible clues. The post Sooooo Fujifilm’s New Camera Sees Through Some Clothes appeared... first on WIRED.
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ThinOPTICS Reading Glasses on your Phone

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
ThinOPTICS Reading Glasses onCarry your reading glasses wherever you go from the back of your phone through the ThinOPTICS Reading Glasses on your Phone. These glasses are the thinnest, lightest and most durable reading glasses... in the world. You can attach them to the back of your phone by using the ThinOPTICS soft touch phone case. So you won't have to remember carrying your reading glasses everywhere anymore. The glasses come with a secure and comfortable grip which can fit all noses. You...
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CBS Bets Fantasy Sports FansRemember SportsLine? It's back, with a focus on fantasy sports.
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Time for some pancakes from a galaxy far, far away! The post Here Is Your WIRED Star Wars Challenge for Day 92 appeared first on WIRED.
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From time to time, Samsung lets a few retailers get a privileged preview of upcoming devices, which then become fountains of leaks and rumors. Sounds almost counterproductive if you're trying to keep... a lid on things. That's exactly what a certain retail shop owner is claiming on Reddit, having gotten some very early hands on time with Galaxy Note 5 …
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What is HitchBOT and why was it murdered?

Pocket-lint - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
What is HitchBOT and why wasA robot has been murdered for hitchhiking. HitchBOT has met its end at the hands of humans, despite loving them to the bitter end. HitchBOT was a robot created by Ontario makers at Ryerson University... who wanted to see how far it would travel. The robot...
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The Fujifilm X-T1 IR Shoots Infrared Images

The Phoblographer - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
The Fujifilm X-T1 IR ShootsThe Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the company's first entry into the infrared camera world with the X series cameras.
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Shear Jug by Propaganda

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
Shear Jug by PropagandaTill date if you were used to a jug that stands straight, it's time now to change your perspective. Introducing the Shear Jug by Propaganda which is undoubtedly a jug that defies the laws of gravity... and looks elegant while doing so. The design is made of ceramic and can hold 11 oz. liquid at a time. It is a dishwasher and microwave safe design which is perfect for your dining table and will surely be a conversation starter when...
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Satechi SX20 Aluminum Portable Energy Station

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
Satechi SX20 Aluminum PortableThink you run out of your device charge too often? The Satechi SX20 Aluminum Portable Energy Station can be a good power bank that can be put to use anywhere on the go. The device features two 1A... ports, a 2.4A port and a beautiful aluminum body. It can charge all your devices including MP3 players and smartphones and tablets at the same time. The device has a solid and sturdy build which doesn't compromise on elegance and style either....
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How To Find Your IMEI NumberThe IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is a unique number given to every phone, and it is used for identifying a phone. Most people don't know what the IMEI number is, as there is... usually no need to use it. However, this number is actually important, especially when your phone is lost or stolen. This number is required to identify your phone, so it could be blocked from networks (but that's rarely the case). You may also be required to provide your IMEI number if you want to sell your phone, if the buyer wants to check if it was stolen. Although the IMEI number is not located right in front of you, finding it is not a difficult job and there are many different methods to find it. Even if you have lost your phone, you can still find your IMEI number through different...
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S'More To Love S'More Maker

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
S'More To Love S'More MakerYou won't have to go through the pain and smoke of a campfire when you use to prepare your s'more on this S'More To Love S'More Maker. S'mores make a delicious treat for any outdoor picnic or camping... trip and this product will make it easy for you to prepare those treats in an easy and hassle-free way. The maker is capable of preparing your treats in under five minutes and will guarantee that ultimate perfectly toasted delicious graham-cracker-chocolate-marshmallow treat...
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Fujifilm's latest X-series camera is its least expected yet. The X-T1 IR is a variant of the fantastic X-T1 mirrorless camera, and matches it in just about every regard apart from its sensor -- this... model captures light from different parts of the spectrum, including ultraviolet and infrared as well as visible. The range is around 380nm to 1,000nm, whereas the human eye typically responds to light between 390 and 700nm; in other words, the XT1 IR will show you information that your eye can't see. Why would you want an infrared camera? Although niche, the technology has several functional and artistic uses. Crime scene investigators often use infrared photography, for example; because the images can show differences in temperature, they...
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Fujifilm X-T1 IR

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 15:00
Fujifilm X-T1 IRThe Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the first X-series camera to feature advanced infrared technology.
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Fujifilm has introduced the X-T1 IR, a version of its flagship mirrorless camera designed specifically for infrared photography. The camera captures light from UV, visible, and infrared portions of... the spectrum, from approximately 380-1000nm. Everything else is identical to the standard X-T1.
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No, this isn't the next flagship camera you've been waiting on from Fujifilm -- but this doesn't mean some of you won't be interested in it. The company today announced the X-T1 IR, a new edition of... its high-end shooter featuring infrared technology,...
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Most stores would like you to think that impulse buying is limited to sodas and candy at the checkout. In truth, impulse buying is anything you weren't planning on buying already. If you want to know... whether the thing you're about to spend money on is really important, wait a month first.
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MTO Completes 2-Part Mural inStreet artist MTO completes a two-part mural in Sliema, Malta and Sapri, Italy entitled, "The Mediterranean Tunnel".
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Bentley Bentayga goes off roadThe Bentley Bentayga proves it really can go off road in a short teaser video released by Bentley. Whether any customers will actually exercise these off-road abilities remains open to debate. The... post Bentley Bentayga goes off road in new teaser video appeared first on Digital Trends.
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According to a new report, Apple is said to be working on integrating voicemail into iCloud, bringing about some of the biggest advancements since visual voicemail on the first iPhone. This... information comes from Business Insider, which says the primary feature will be Siri's ability to transcribe voicemails into text, letting users read their messages instead of listen to the …
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Nokia sells Here Maps businessNokia has reached an agreement to sell its Here mapping and location services business to an automotive industry consortium consisting of Audi, BMW Group and Daimler, in a deal that gives the business... an enterprise value of €2.8 billion ($3.1 billion). The deal fits with the plans of the automakers to progressively introduce more Internet-based services and automation to assist drivers. Here is developing a location cloud that uses the data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services, Nokia said in a statement Monday. The three automotive companies said they will each hold an equal stake in Here, but will take a hands-off approach to the business which will be run independently to serve the entire industry.
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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 14:57
It provokes the desire and makes the performance BIGGER AND HARDER China's Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration has warned that distilleries in Liunan District are producing booze contaminated with... chemicals used in the production of erectile dysfunction treatment Viagra....
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'Dead' League of LegendsLast week saw the apparent death of League of Legends champion Gangplank, leaving him unavailable to play. Riot Games has revealed that while the pirate survived the attempt on his life, he is now... missing an arm. The post ‘Dead’ League of Legends champion Gangplank returns, players get a free skin appeared first on Digital Trends.
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When you're experiencing FOMO (fear of missing out), Snapchat is no longer the only social network you can turn to for viewing live footage. Facebook tested a "Live Events" feature Friday that pulled... public content from its users -- including verified performers and attending friends -- at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
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Mid-Range HTC Desire 828w GetsHTC is expanding its Desire range of smartphones and that too at a very steady rate. In the latest development, the company has added yet another device in the list, named as Desire 828w. The new... device has made an appearance at the TENAA certification center in China. Going by the specifications, the phone looks like a mid-ranger and the design treads the same path as other Desire range of smartphones. The certification has revealed many details about the device, as per the leaks, the Desire 828w will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It will have 16GB of internal storage, with expansion up to 128GB via microSD card. It will sport a 13-megapixel rear camera along with an Ultrapixel front camera, and will...
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Lockheed Martin says it can reduce the time it takes to build payloads and satellites for the U.S. Defense Department by about six weeks as a result of closing its Newtown, Pennsylvania, space system... factory last year. The post Lockheed Touts Benefits of its Satellite Manufacturing Consolidation appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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New dinosaur species with powerful sniffer found

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 14:52
New dinosaur species withA new dinosaur species with sharp sense of smell that helped it track its prey and potentially allowed it to hunt at night has been discovered.
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Summer Games Done Quick 2015All last week some of the world's fastest gamers came together in order to play some games for a good cause. By the time the event wrapped up this weekend, it had raised over $1.2 million for Doctors... Without Borders. The post Summer Games Done Quick 2015 raises over $1.2 million for charity appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nokia selling map biz to autoAuto consortium buying mapping service includes Audi, BMW, Daimler AG.          
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Sony's newest waterproofSony has announced the Xperia M5, an impressive waterproof smartphone with a high-end spec sheet that includes a 21.5-megapixel rear camera, a 13-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5-inch 1080p screen. The... post Sony’s newest waterproof Xperia M5 is a mobile photographer’s dream appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Alleged Hunter S. ThompsonThe legend of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is not one of restraint and diplomacy. He infiltrated Hell's Angels in their heyday, burnt bridges all over D.C. covering Nixon's presidential campaigns and... embarked on a wild goose chase for the "American Dream." Over his 67 years, Thompson created an image that was part reality, part fiction -- and oftentimes, it was hard to tell between the two.  It makes a fun thought exercise, then, to imagine how that larger-than-life persona would deal with the banalities of daily living.  What would the Doctor do when, say, some guys installing a new DVD player at his Woody Creek, Colorado, ranch made a mess of his home entertainment system? Would Thompson shoot off some rounds of bullets in frustration? Would he drive to their shop at night and leave an elk...
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Camo-free Ferrari F12 SpecialeAn amateur spy shot taken in Maranello, Italy, has given us the best look yet at the upcoming Ferrari F12 Speciale. Tentatively set to debut in Frankfurt, the Speciale will be lighter, faster and more... expensive than the F12berlinetta. The post Camo-free Ferrari F12 Speciale photographed in Maranello, Italy appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton ADr. Dre announced over the weekend, on his own Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy," the exclusive debut of "Compton A Soundtrack" on Apple Music (via Pitchfork). The album is set to release this Friday,... August 7, and will be available exclusively to iTunes and Apple Music customers. The Apple-exclusivity announcement was made by Dr. Dre, alongside fellow musician and former band-mate Ice Cube, and director of Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray. Although officially a soundtrack for the film -- which chronicles the real-life story of Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, and a few others, around the formation of legendary hip hop/rap group N.W.A. -- "Compton A Soundtrack" is also Dr. Dre's first album in over 15 years. The album will have 16 tracks in total: 01 Intro 02 Talk About It [ft. King Mez &...
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Viennese beak orders ISP to shiver timbers of copyright-infringing sites An Austrian court has ordered local internet service provider (ISP) A1 Telekom to block access to The Pirate Bay....
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For people living in a house with more than one storey, stairlifts or home elevators are often a necessity of life as they get older and find it harder to get up and down the stairs. Normal stairlifts... have the disadvantage of being a permanent and visible addition to a staircase, while traditional home elevators are bulky and often impractical for most homes.
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Robot roadkill: AdorableHitchbot was trying to make its way across the US, relying on the kindness of strangers. This weekend it was found beheaded. This is why we can't have nice things, America!
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Windows 10, which by default will download updates automatically, appears to be hijacking customers' bandwidth to distribute those same updates to others.
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Microsoft CEO: Hololens WillThe first version of the augmented reality headset will be geared toward developers and enterprise customers
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Since when does a computer algorithm know more about what interests humans than humans themselves, asks Emma Gannon
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High-grade serous ovarian cancer often responds well to the chemotherapy drug carboplatin, but why it so frequently comes back after treatment has been a medical mystery. Now a team of researchers has... discovered that a subset of tumor cells that don't produce the protein CA125, a biomarker used to test for ovarian cancer, has an enhanced ability to repair their DNA and resist programmed cell death -- which allows the cells to evade the drug and live long enough to regrow the original tumor.
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Telecoms probe 'wonderful news': DA

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 14:36
Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn has described the move by telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele and the Public Service Commission to launch an independent probe into the... problems besetting the troubled telecoms department
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While pupils from minority groups are over-represented in Norwegian special needs education, practically no children from these groups are diagnosed with dyslexia. As a consequence many miss out on... important help. Researchersare studying whether a computer game can pick up dyslexia in pupils from minority groups.
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Researchers are using a novel dimensional method for distinguishing misbehavior that is expectable in early childhood versus that which is cause for clinical concern. Using a survey developed by the... researchers to enhance precision of clinical identification in early childhood the Multidimensional Assessment Profile of Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB), scientists obtained mothers' reports of their preschoolers' irritability at multiple time points. They used these irritability patterns to predict which preschoolers would exhibit problems that interfered with their ability to regulate their behavior and learning and participate in daily life activities.
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Proving nanoparticles in sunscreen products

Science Daily - 3 Aug 2015 14:34
Proving nanoparticles inLoads of cosmetics like sunscreen lotions contain titanium dioxide. These nanoparticles are contentious. Experts suspect they may have harmful effects on people and the environment. But it is... difficult to prove that the particles are in the lotions. Using a new method, these particles can now be calculated.
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Abstinence is the best way to avoid drug addiction. But in many societies, drug use is the norm, not the exception, especially by youth. What keeps the majority of users from becoming addicted? How... drugs are taken has something to do with it, according to pharmacology researchers.
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Study sheds surprising lightCerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children. It has historically been considered to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke and infections in the developing... brain of babies. In a new game-changing study, a research team has uncovered strong evidence for genetic causes of cerebral palsy that turns experts' understanding of the condition on its head.
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Medications commonly used to treat dementia could result in harmful weight loss, according to researchers, and clinicians need to account for this risk when prescribing these drugs to older adults,... they say.
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Eminem Shares PreviousRapper Eminem confesses of having overdosed of prescription drugs in 2007 and how his addiction caused him to gain weight. After rehab, the rapper's addiction was redirected to exercise, which helped... him lose about 80 pounds.
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Urine test for early stageA combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, researchers have found. The discovery could lead to a non-invasive, inexpensive test... to screen people at high risk of developing the disease.
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Sony unveils Xperia C5 Ultra, M5 smartphones

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 14:31
Sony unveils Xperia C5 Ultra,Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and M5 have 13MP front camera, run on Android 5.0 (Lollipop), support 4G networks, and are compatible with 200GB microSD cards.
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Soylent 2.0 is coming--pre-mixed, in a bottle

Ars Technica - 3 Aug 2015 14:30
Ready-to-drink food substitute ships in October, won't replace powder form.
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iPhone 6s leak shows newWith September just around the corner, the number of iPhone 6s component leaks have started picking up. Just this past weekend, photos purporting to showcase iPhone 6s display components leaked... online. Originally spotted by Nowhereelse, the components appear to be just slightly different from corresponding iPhone 6 components. So while the photos in and of themselves don’t provide any insight regarding the Force Touch feature Apple is reportedly incorporating into the next-gen iPhone, previous reports have indicated that Apple’s supply partners have already started manufacturing Force Touch displays. Even more interesting is a leak which purports to showcase an iPhone 6s prototype out in the wild. Originally published by M.I.C gadget, the photos were allegedly taken by “old”...
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Soylent, the oddly named meal replacement with a niche following (particularly in the Valley) has announced its second product this morning: Soylent 2.0, which comes ready to drink in recyclable... bottles. Each bottle represents one-fifth of a daily meal plan. Twelve bottles will sell for $29 when they go on sale in October; preorders go live today. Just like the original, it'll only be sold online, at least for the moment. Traditionally, Soylent has been sold in powder form with the idea that the user would add water at their home, making as much as a full day's ration at once -- it's cheaper and more efficient to produce and ship it that way. As a product, Soylent has always been about efficiency -- so I asked its creator, Rob Rhinehart,...
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Anyone who prefers the mouse and keyboard controls of a PC for some game types has found a game they like on a game console and wished it had mouse and keyboard controls. I always felt that way before... Halo landed on the PC. If there are games on the PS4 that you think would be much better if you …
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If you're planning to build a new PC, or even just upgrade your existing rig, Amazon just posted great deals on a variety or peripherals, PC parts, storage, and networking gear to get you started.... Just remember that this is a Gold Box deal, so these prices are only valid today, or until sold out. [Amazon]
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On-Demand Satellites Can Shoot High-Def Video of Your Car

Scientific American - 3 Aug 2015 14:30
On-Demand Satellites Can ShootNew commercial satellites that promise constant close-ups of Earth are a boon to emergency responders and police but also raise privacy concerns --
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On-Demand Satellites Can Shoot High-Def Video of Your Car

Scientific American - 3 Aug 2015 14:30
On-Demand Satellites Can ShootNew commercial satellites that promise constant close-ups of Earth are a boon to emergency responders and police but also raise privacy concerns --
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If you're planning to build a new PC, or even just upgrade your existing rig, Amazon just posted great deals on a variety or peripherals, PC parts, storage, and networking gear to get you started.... Just remember that this is a Gold Box deal, so these prices are only valid today, or until sold out. [Amazon]
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Android: AirDroid is one of our favorite apps for managing your Android device from your computer . Now, the company has added a handy desktop widget and right-click menu option so you can send files... to your phone or tablet super quick.
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Glaciers melting faster asGlaciers worldwide have shrunk to levels not seen in 120 years of record-keeping, with melt-off accelerating in the first decade of the 21st century, according to a study.
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New social network onlyBeme is a video-based social network that encourages more honest shared content, by removing the users' access to editing tools.
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Apple Could Kill Voicemail ForCompany reportedly testing a new way for you to avoid listening to your voice messages
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy A8 InSamsung has unveiled the Galaxy A8 in India, and the device will up for purchase from today, for a price of Rs. 32,500 (Approx. $507). The company initially announced it in China last month and... garnered much attention for its sleek metal design. Following the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy A8 also features a fingerprint sensor in the home button. The Galaxy A8 is just 5.9mm thick and it will be available in color options such as White, Black, and Gold. It features a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, and is powered by a 64-bit Samsung Exynos octa-core SoC (1.8GHz Quad Core + 1.3GHz Quad Core) coupled with a 2GB of RAM. The device boasts 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. There is a 16-megapixel rear camera on-board along with a 5-megapixel...
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Back in March, Native Instruments -- the company behind the ubiquitous Traktor DJ software -- announced Stems: a music format that lets DJs and remixers to control individual parts of a track. Today... Stems launches to the buying public on a number of ...
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Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G ComesFujitsu's Arrows NX F-04G is the very first smartphone with an embedded iris scanner to be released into the market. The smartphone costs $750 and has flagship-level specifications.
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Challenger, Columbia wreckageNASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
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You guessed it. CDW is go for gobble Reseller Goliath CDW has acquired the remaining 65 per cent of Kelway, only a month after management swore blind a full-acquisition was definitely not on the cards... any time soon....
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PlayStation owners that subscribe to Sony's PlayStation Plus service already receive more than 60 free games a year (as well as, you know, access to online multiplayer), but Sony is now giving users... more choice about which games they get with a new feature named Vote to Play. This will let subscribers vote for a single game from a selection picked by Sony, with the title that receives the most votes automatically included in a "future monthly games line-up." The feature will be available to both PS4 and PS3 owners, and although it won't be a monthly occurrence, Sony says it will "take place at regular intervals throughout the year." There's no word on when the first vote will be, but it's worth remembering that access to these free games...
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13 sandwiches from around theThere's no need to worry about lunch while you're giving in to your wanderlust. Food and travel website Food, People Places prepares 13 delicious sandwiches from around the world like the Vietnamese... Bánh mì, the classic, American peanut butter and jelly, and a South African creation that slides in our favorite food group: french fries. Clearly, you haven't lived until you've tried french fries on a sandwich. French trio sing the best songs of summer in under 4 minutes Famous movies mashed up as 'Uptown Funk' is the real song of summer This quaint English village store is actually a giant vending machine Aussie daredevil surfs waves on his motorbike in mind-blowing footage
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The Upload: Your tech newsAttacked then abandoned in Philadelphia, Hitchbot's attempt to thumb a lift across the U.S. ends in disaster A robot that counted on the kindness of strangers to help it travel around the world has... met a cruel fate in Philadelphia, barely three weeks into an attempt to hitch-hike across the U.S. Hitchbot, developed by robotics researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, had already hitch-hiked successfully across Canada and Germany, but U.S. residents turned out to be less welcoming, AP reports.
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Halo 3 Zombie Mode 'Infection'A post on the Halo Waypoint revealed that the zombie-themed 'Halo 3' game mode 'Infection' could be coming to 'Halo: Master Chief Collection.'
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Picky Eating May Indicate RiskChildren with more severe forms of selective eating habits exhibit symptoms of conditions that include ADHD, depression and anxiety. Such children may meet the criteria for the eating disorder called... Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.
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Indian online marketplace Snapdeal is set to raise $500 million from a group of foreign investors including China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
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Xiaomi has reclaimed the top spot in China, as Huawei pushes ahead of Apple.
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Robbie Maddison Just Rode a"It's not about being the first or being right, it's about believing in yourself because you know something is possible." - Robbie Maddison
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Smartgadgets from guns to cars ripe for hacking

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 14:10
Connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief.
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Mitt Romney helps StephenStephen Colbert is pulling out every trick in the book in his new Late Show promos to try to win your viewership. In one case, he does an actual magic trick The three new promos — the longest of... which features a cameo from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney — debuted Sunday night during 60 Minutes and come a little more than a month before Colbert's first episode See also: Stephen Colbert interviewed Eminem on a Michigan public access show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres Sept. 8 at 11:35 p.m. ET. Hopefully Romney gets his pancakes before then. Check out two other promos below.
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Probe into mess at telecoms dep't

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 14:07
The Public Service Commission (PSC) will conduct an inquiry into the management affairs of the department of telecommunications & postal services. This comes after telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele... approached the PSC for "assistance regarding the
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These Are The Most Popular Types Of Coffee On Instagram

The Huffington Post - 3 Aug 2015 14:06
These Are The Most PopularPart of what justifies overpaying for a fancy coffee is the knowledge that you can, if you'd like, share it with your Instagram followers in exchange for precious likes. A photo posted by HuffPost... Lifestyle (@huffpostlifestyle) on Apr 4, 2015 at 4:44am PDT That perfectly logical argument is supported by a new infographic by UK-based vending machine supplier Express Vendings, which reveals the 11 most popular types of coffee on Instagram.    Lattes and cappuccinos unsurprisingly lead the pack (foam art FTW), but iced coffee, a worldwide fan-favorite, landed fifth. Less shocking is the fact that there are more than double the amount of coffee Instagrams than tea. We're buzzing just looking at the highly caffeinated cartoon.  What's your go-to coffee order? Sound off below!  Also on...
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Get an unlocked Amazon FireThat price includes a full year of Amazon Prime, a $99 value all by itself. As for the phone, take it to the GSM carrier of your choice. Plus: a product I've never featured before!
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HCL plans to hire more locals for onsite jobs

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 14:02
The company, which hired about 14,500 people in 2014-15, has about 21.7% of employees at onsite locations.
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Cronut inventor's new dessertsDominique Ansel, the man who made the Cronut, has a crop of new desserts meant to jog your memory It's not just a menu, it's a gustatory and emotional journey through life's important "firsts" held at... his new tasting experience, U.P. in New York City. U.P., which stands for Unlimited Possibilities, isn't just about the taste of his pastries. These desserts symbolize first kisses, first loves and first heartbreaks, respectively. (One is a whimsical play on peas and carrots; in another, diners play with fire.) Through the dishes, we relive memories, whether they are sweet sensations or bitter heartbreaks.
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T-minus 12 days to perihelion,With just 12 days before Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reaches perihelion, we get a look at recent images and results released by the European Space Agency from the Philae lander along with... spectacular 3D photos from Rosetta's high resolution camera.
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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 4GThe phone, unveiled at Samsung Forum, will be available in available in white, grey and gold colour variants.
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In the creative industry, especially in the 3D and game development realms, Autodesk is already a very popular name. Responsible for 3D modeling and animation software like Maya and 3D Studio Max, the... company has had one foot already in the gaming world. Today, however, Autodesk ventures even further to plant both feet solidly in the game development market. With …
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Connected Worlds aims to teach youngsters about environmental science by immersing them in it. The post The Key to Digital Learning? Bring It Into the Real World appeared first on WIRED.
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'Celebrating the first openly Asshole Presidential Candidate' Canadian hacktivists TelecomixCanada have defaced Donald Trump's website. The message, entitled "Your Moment of Zen, Mr Stewart" is a... shoutout to Jon Stewart of the Daily Show for his steady criticism of Donald Trump....
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Dr Dre's first album in 16Apple Music may have come under fire from big-name Apple commentators including Jim Dalrymple and John Gruber, but you can’t say that the service hasn’t delivered when it comes to artist... exclusives. Over the weekend, Dr. Dre announced on his Beats 1 show “The Pharmacy” what, for long-time hip-hop fans, may be the most exciting […]
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If you play video games, you've probably seen the effects of Autodesk's work. Autodesk owns the Maya and 3ds Max modeling software, the Scaleform rendering engine, and a variety of animation and... texture-making tools. But the meat of the game will (usually) be made in an engine like Unity or Unreal, both of which have spent years courting developers with low prices and approachable tools. On August 19th, though, they'll see a new competitor: Autodesk's own engine, called Stingray. Stingray was first announced in March, but it's technically existed for several years as an engine called Bitsquid, which Autodesk acquired in 2014. Bitsquid is behind, among a handful of other games, chaotic cooperative shooter Helldivers. The core of...
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Autodesk finally has a game engine to go along with its design tools. The company just launched Stingray, which it built around the Bitsquid engine it bought last year. Autodesk kept the basic guts of... that program -- which has already been used on ti...
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Blue Coat has broadened its CASB abilities with the acquisition of Perspecsys.
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Windows 10: The new version of Windows curiously doesn't allow you to change the image that displays behind on the login screen when you first start your computer. This tiny utility, aptly called... Windows 10 Login Background Changer, can do it for you.
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World Breastfeeding Week: HowBreastfeeding does not only provide benefits to babies, but to moms as well. In line with this, the World Breastfeeding Week is being held every year to promote the utmost importance and advantages of... continuous breastfeeding.
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88% of consumers have logged into a website or app using an existing social network account, according to customer identity management provider Gigya. That's up 11% from 2014.
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Apple Testing Service ThatEmployees at Apple are reportedly putting a new service through its paces, one that would allow Siri to not only answer a missed call instead of a pre-set voicemail message, but give her the ability... to record and transcribe those message for users to read as text later (via Business Insider). The messages would be sent to users via iCloud, completely skipping the need to check voicemail. The so-called "iCloud Voicemail" service could relay information regarding where a user is and specifics as to why they can't pick up the phone, if given the permission to do so. According to Business Insider, "multiple Apple employees" are testing the new feature and if it stays on track, it could see a debut sometime in 2016 in iOS 10. Apple's proposed solution is both incredibly simple and incredibly...
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The Planet Saturn

Phys.org - 3 Aug 2015 13:56
The Planet SaturnThe farthest planet from the Sun that be observed with the naked eye, the existence of Saturn has been known for thousands of years. And much like all celestial bodies that can be observed with the... aid of instruments - i.e. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and the Moon - it has played an important role in the mythology and astrological systems of many cultures.
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The IndyCar league has debuted a small but important new feature to its race cars that's designed to improve viewers' experience: LED number panels. They're placed on each side of a car, just behind... the driver's head, and display that vehicle's race position in real-time. The panels debuted over the weekend at an Ohio race, and are designed to let …
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Infoblox enables hybrid cloudInfoblox lets users manage AWS and on-premise networks with the same tool
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Here's how you can generate aLONDON – If you happen to have an old CD case and a few basic tools lying around, this one will make a pretty cool party trick. See also: Not far down the road, your car could have a 3D dashboard... British YouTuber and independent tech reviewer Mrwhosetheboss has uploaded an instructional video on how to turn any old smartphone into a 3D hologram projector – using nothing more complicated than a sharp knife, a ruler, a pen and paper, an old CD case and four squares of sticky tape. The projector he creates is essentially a budget version of Holho – a portable hologram generator created by Cospe Sas and Imagination Farm. Here's a breakdown of how he makes the projector in 7 easy steps...
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The survey, which was derived from a total of 12,355 users from 26 countries, including 401 Indians, states that around half of the consumers surveyed also used their devices for work.
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Jessica Alba's Honest CompanyA small number of Honest Company customers complained about the all-natural sunscreen lotion, which caused sunburns on their skin despite the product's SPF 30 label. The company says they are taking... the matter seriously, but also mentioned that the number of complaints make up a very small percentage of the total number of products sold.
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Huge leak: Galaxy Note 5 andIn less than two weeks, Samsung will unveil new Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, during a special Unpacked event. Many leaks have already mentioned the most... important details about the new handsets, with photo leaks and 3D renders offering us a look at what the new handsets might look like. However, a leaker with an accurate track record shared on Twitter press renders of the two devices. DON'T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now "Just in case you missed these elsewhere," Evan Blass wrote on Twitter, posting the image above. Later, the same Blass shared specs for the Galaxy Note 5, which are in line with pretty much every
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Parrot says you won't be ableWhen Parrot unveiled its new CarPlay-compatible infotainment system the RNB6 at CES, it promised pricing and availability later in the year. The company now appears to have had a change of heart,... updating its blog post to say that it now has no plans to offer it as an aftermarket upgrade, and will be selling […]
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8 most awkward tech product launches

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 13:43
Here are some awkward performances by celebrities and executives at conferences:
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ZTE Axon Pro Now Available ViaThe Chinese smartphone maker, in an effort to make it big in the American market, has started selling the ZTE Axon Pro, a new phone with flagship specs that is not bogged down by a flagship price tag.
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Coffee Can Help Boost YourHow coffee affects mental health is not only based on the amount consumed but also the drinking habits practiced by individuals. Modifying coffee intake through time may have an impact on the rate of... cognitive decline that one may experience later in life.
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All drivers can relate to the annoyance of a stop light that stays red way longer than you feel like it should. We naturally progress from annoyance at when the light will change to some level of... being convinced that the light has stopped working correctly and we will never get to go. BMW has created an app that works …
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Biz in its third age after first tape, and then deduped D2D Quantum swung into loss-making territory with its latest quarterly results as reduced revenues couldn't cover existing costs. The StorNext... ejector seat, as tape revenues crash and burn, maybe didn't operate fast enough....
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Apple wants Siri to take yourSiri is looking for a way to stop you ever having to listen to your voicemails again, according to a new report. Apple is reportedly testing a new smart voicemail feature which, among other... innovations, would allow Siri to answer your calls and then transcribe the voicemails as text messages. Having messages transcribed for you […]
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When the iPad first came out in spring 2010, tablets were a rarity.
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This is Why Most Etsy SellersWomen are opening Etsy shops at a much higher rate than they are starting other types of small business
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Can Canadian ringID become theThis new platform aims to simplify messaging and social communication in a better way than Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. Will users be convinced?
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Mobile Marketing And Analytics WizRocket, which helps companies increase user engagement by fine-tuning mobile, web, and e-mail notifications, has raised $8 million in new funding from Sequoia Capital and returning investor Accel... Partners. The Palo Alto-based startup will use its fresh capital to launch an API for developers and a new engagement platform. Along with a previous seed round from Accel, this brings…
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Mumbai taxis provide platformTaxi Fabric will transform a fleet of taxis using prints created by promising young designers, to portray the power and joy of design.
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Last summer, an enterprising robot named hitchBOT set off on an ambitious transcontinental voyage across Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Victoria, BC. Along the way, the adorable hitchhiking... android crashed weddings, hung out with rock bands, and attended a Wikwemikong powwow ceremony. To quote our own 2014 article about hitchBOT's inaugural road trip, dated almost a year ago, "we at Motherboard worried that the trooper might meet a tragic end (and we weren't the only ones). But fortunately, our fears were groundless." The headline: "Canada's Hitchhiking Robot Completed Its Trip Without Getting Murdered." Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for hitchBOT's attempt to hitchhike across the United States. Two weeks ago, the robot set off on its journey in Boston, with the aim of...
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Vertical gardens are the perfect way to cultivate a peaceful green space, even if you don't have much room. When you create your vertical garden , think about the way the water will drain, and which... plants will thrive at the top versus the bottom of your garden.://lifehacker.com/5542774/build-...
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Device made from an old CDA simple hack converts your smartphone into a hologram projector using an old CD case and some sticky tape. The device allows you to view objects on your display apparently floating in mid-air.
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Chinese distilleries addedTalk about hard liquor Two Chinese distilleries are under investigation after it was discovered they added Viagra to spirits and sold them to customers claiming the drinks had "health-preserving... qualities," the BBC reports Chinese authorities seized more than 5,300 bottles of alcohol as well as packets of Sildenafil — another name for anti-impotence drug Viagra — in the city of Liuzhou See also: That Fiat Viagra commercial is creeping everyone out According to Lizhou's Food and Drug Administration (link translated from Chinese), an inspection found Sildenafil, Tadalafil (sold under the name Cialis, also an anti-impotence drug) as well as other "prohibited substances" in three brands of baijiu liquor — a strong, distilled spirit that's popular in China. The value of the seized goods...
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Re-seller re Cilla - 'we were the first success story' The managing director of an IT distribution outfit who met his wife 28 years ago on Blind Date has paid tribute to the show's host Cilla Black,... who passed away yesterday....
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Apple is testing a service that will let Siri take your calls, record them and transcribe them to text, according to Business Insider. The company is reportedly referring to it as iCloud Voicemail,... and it's similar to the existing visual voicemail se...
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Samsung launches new 4GThe Galaxy Grand Prime 4G comes with a 5-inch quad HD display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor combined with 1GB RAM. It offers internal storage of 8GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD... card.
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Microsoft's HoloLens AugmentedMicrosoft's HoloLens will be released in 2016 first to developers then to enterprise owners and consumers.
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Huawei's Honor records revenueHuawei launched its Honor sub-brand last year, aiming to offer unlocked devices through an online-only business model to reduce overhead costs. The Chinese manufacturer has announced today that the... Honor brand accounted for 20 million shipments during the first six months of 2015, netting $2.63 billion in revenue.
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When physicists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar were tasked by DARPA to modify graphene so that it provided thermal sensitivity like that of infrared imaging devices, they didn't know what they'd end... up with. Now, through hard work and a little luck, they have a new kind of super material on their hands.
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Call for entries - BJP's International Photography Awards 2016

British Journal of Photography - 3 Aug 2015 13:14
Call for entries - BJP'sBritish Journal of Photography's annual International Photography Award is now open for entries, offering the winners the chance to show their work at TJ Boulting, an innovative gallery in the heart... of Fitzrovia, central London. The winners will also have their work printed and framed by one of Europe's leading professional photography labs, theprintspace. Now in its 10th year, the IPA has established itself as one of the photography world's leading showcases for new work, with last year's series winner, Dominic Hawgood, attracting rave reviews in The Guardian and Time Out. This year's elite judging panel, drawn from the worlds of photography, art and media allow entrants to get their work in front of the most influential people in the industry. This year's panel includes: Kate Bush, head...
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You might not have know that you could share your Amazon Prime account benefits like the free shipping and streaming video with your friends, but you could. That allowed you to get together with other... folks to share the cost of Prime and all reap the benefits for less out of pocket expense. Amazon has now made a move to …
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Virgin Mobile Offers AppleSprint's prepaid arm has now started offering Apple's flagship iPhones five months after dropping the devices from its carrier offerings.
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Apple reportedly testingApple is reportedly conducting internal testing on a service that allows Siri to transcribe your voicemail messages into text, so that you can read them rather than having to listen to them. Business... Insider reports that the service is expected to be launched next year. When someone using iCloud Voicemail is unable to take a call, […]
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Space on economy class flights is notoriously limited, especially with the tray table down. Craig Rabin has created a device that means your tray table can remain stowed for the most part. The Airhook... attaches to the stowed table to hold an electronic device, a drink and a coat. ..
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Wild Beauty: Winning EcologyThe winning photos from a recent ecology photo contest prove that Mother Nature is always ready for her close-up.
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The evolution of the flyingNov. 1947 A ConVairCar Model 118 flying car during a test flight. The hybrid vehicle was designed by Theodore P. Hall for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Company of San Diego, California, but never... went into production. A test pilot had to make a crash landing after the vehicle unexpectedly ran out of fuel — he'd been reading from the car's fuel gauge, not the plane's. Image: FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come. Henry Ford, 1940 Even before the Wright brothers made their first flight in 1903, people have widely imagined a future where flying cars — or aerocars — are a fact of life, whisking us about without the hassles of roads and traffic.
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Selfie fans, rejoice: SonySmartphone manufacturers are starting to up the megapixels on their selfie cameras with more at 5-megapixels than ever. Sony has gone to the next level with its Xperia C5 Ultra packing a 13-megapixel... Exmor RS powered selfie snapper with HDR. But it's...
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Since Jon Stewart took over hosting duties on The Daily Show, he and his correspondents have vaulted to super (or at least moderate) stardom. The post The Daily Show: A Comedy Vortex That Launched a... Thousand Stars appeared first on WIRED.
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With snowpacks at zero percent and reservoirs looking more like puddles, engineers in San Diego are preparing to hook up a new $1 billion desalinization plant. The post One Way to Fight California’s... Drought: Desalt the Ocean appeared first on WIRED.
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Broadly, Vice's new women's interest channel, launches today. The post How Vice’s Feminist Channel ‘Broadly’ Plans to Get Women Right appeared first on WIRED.
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A new study says the reason buildings always seem cold to women is because they were designed for men. The post Why Men and Women Battle Over the Office Thermostat appeared first on WIRED.
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The common wisdom is that Apple computers are more secure than PCs. It turns out this isn't true. The post Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs appeared first on WIRED.
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Stuart Palley charges into California wildfires, taking stunning long-exposure photos of the blaze. The post The Hellish Beauty of California’s Wildfires appeared first on WIRED.
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This incubator is on theWhile the African tech scene may be on the rise, a lot still needs to be done to change the face of these startups. The Riversands Incubation Hub hopes to do just that by supporting talented black... entrepreneurs.
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Organisations often have a negative perceptions of the IT department. Here's how to get them to think again.
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How to Secure Your Home When You're a Renter

Life Hacker - 3 Aug 2015 13:00
Owning a home comes with quite a few perks, but chief among them is security. Renters are 85% more likely to experience a home burglary than homeowners. When you own your home, it's easy enough to... install a security system. But renting is a different story; you're usually at the mercy of your landlord. Thankfully, renters have options.
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Nvidia turbocharges the 2016The 2016 Audi TT's engine is turbocharged, and so is the graphics on its new, all-digital 'virtual cockpit' instrument cluster. We're talking 60fps, the speed PC gamers seek from their monitors--and... the speed automakers need on displays to show tachometer, speedometer, and map data in real time. Nvidia knows a thing or two about delivering that kind of speed. In this case, a Tegra 3 system on a chip (SoC), with dedicated processors for video, sound, and imaging, is the roaring beast in the Visual Computing Module (VCM), which drives the 12.3-inch, 1440x540-pixel 'virtual cockpit' display in the TT. In another parallel to PC gaming hardware, the VCM is upgradeable. Audi will be able to swap out the component, so you needn't be stuck with the same old graphics technology for the life of your...
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Android TV FAQ: Everything youStill got questions about Android TV? Allow us to clear up the confusion.
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What a Comet Looks Like... from 9 Meters Away!

Bad Astronomy - 3 Aug 2015 13:00
The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This release came out along with a passel of scientific... papers (in Science magazine behind a paywall; here's a summary) about results from the Rosetta probe's lander, too. When I saw these images the hair on the back of my neck stood up. These photos may not look like much at first, but when you realize you're seeing the surface of a comet hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth, and can see objects as small as a centimeter across... well, I hope your brain gets that same electric shock mine did. Here's the story. On Nov. 12, 2014, at 15:34:06.471 (± 1 second), the Philae lander made contact with the surface of the comet...
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International AstronomicalAstronomers from all over the world are gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss the most cutting edge space science around. Members of the public can join the scientists for talks and stargazing... events.
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On the Campaign Trail

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 12:59
Manchester based Xarios has carved a successful niche for their products most notably with the vendor Mitel. Here we talk to Managing Director Chris Harris about the launch of their new Mitel Campaign... Manager. Comms Business Magazine (CBM): Campaign Manager is an outbound calling application and management tool - also known as a 'progressive dialler'. What is
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Xiaomi Takes Top SmartphoneXiaomi is a company you've probably heard about even though for the most part, the company's smartphones aren't available for purchase in the US. However it seems that despite the fact that the... company seems to operate largely in Asia, they are doing pretty well. In fact they are doing well enough where they have claimed the number one spot in China. Previously companies such as Apple and Samsung have enjoyed their positions at the top of the list, but it looks like today Xiaomi will be stealing their spot. This is based on data from two analysts firms, with Canalys stating that Xiaomi actually accounted for 15.9% of smartphone shipments in the country. In fact Xiaomi appears to have done better than its China rival Huawei who has been in the game for much longer than they have. Huawei is...
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VTech Launch SIP Phones

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 12:58
Comms Business speaks to Charles Williams, Sales Director EMEA and India at VTech, about the launch of their SIP phone range in the UK next month and how his company intends to take market share from... competitors whilst at the same time offering the channel a great margin opportunity. Comms Business Magazine (CBM): Not many
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Accounting for Start ups

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 12:58
Accounting for Start upsAnnually in the UK, more than 500 000 people start their own business. Nearly one in six of the UK workforce is running their own micro-enterprise with 90% of all new jobs being created by new single... person, self-employed enterprises. There is a marked 40% increase in micro enterprises for this millennium with numbers growing
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Angry Birds 2 Sees 10 MillionA few days ago, Rovio announced that Angry Birds 2 saw 1 million downloads in its first 12 hours. We were initially skeptical about the game given that the Angry Birds franchise is a little old, but... it looks like we were proven wrong because in a recent tweet by Rovio, it turns out the game is doing a lot better than expected. According to Rovio's tweet, it seems that Angry Birds 2 has seen over 10 million downloads since its release which was about 3 days ago. That is very impressive for a game that has been around for several years now. Of course it helps that the game is a free download unlike previous Angry Birds titles. The game was announced on the 31st of July and while there have been many Angry Birds variants, safe to say that this is probably its truest successor. While the core...
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OnePlus Co-Founder ConfirmsWith the announcement of the OnePlus 2, the startup company has basically two devices in the market, but what about the rumored OnePlus Mini? That's a handset we have been hearing about for a while... now and if you're wondering when that phone will launch, you might be interested to learn it is on track for a late 2015 release. This is according to a recent interview OnePlus' co-founder Carl Pei did with USA Today. When asked if there are any plans for an additional smartphone this year, Pei replied in the affirmative where he was quoted as saying, "There’s going to be a second phone this year, before the end of the year. Hopefully for Christmas." As far as its specs are concerned, Pei said, "It may or may not be (higher spec’d than the OnePlus 2)." He then added that he was pretty...
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Origins of automated surveillance Special Report Duncan Campbell has spent decades unmasking Britain's super-secretive GCHQ, its spying programmes, and its cosy relationship with America's NSA. Today,... he retells his life's work exposing the government's over-reaching surveillance, and reveals documents from the leaked Snowden files confirming the history of the fearsome ECHELON intercept project. This story is also published simultaneously today by The Intercept, and later today we'll have video of Duncan describing ECHELON and related surveillance matters....
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Coms Reports £15.1m Loss

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 12:54
Coms has reported a £15.1m loss for its fiscal year ending 31st January, £10m relating to an impairment charge which was imposed on its telecoms arm which has since been sold to Timico for £2.5m in... May. The disappointing results cap off a turbulent year for Coms which has seen its share price plummet after
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Is That Really Alien Life?Signs life on planets outside our solar system could be found in exoplanet atmospheres, but possible "false positives" are making scientists cautious.
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Some of the funniest 5-wordSINGAPORE - The hashtag #5WordSingaporeStories blew up on Twitter on MondayStarted by popular local blogger @mrbrown, the meme got hundreds of Singaporeans joining in within hours. Flat's here. We can... marry#5wordSingaporeStories #Singapore #SG50 pic.twitter.com/JPTGvIWPnF — mrbrown (@mrbrown) August 3, 2015 Some reminisced about their childhoods, others complained about the subway service, and some took less-than-subtle jibes at the government. See also: #PutYourWalletOut is the ultimate takedown of high-flying politician Many of the stories went deeper than you'd assume the word limit would allow, proving that often, less can be more. Here are some of the funniest and most effective.
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Get A Verizon LG G4 And Get AVerizon has cooked up a pretty awesome offer for customers who are thinking of purchasing a new LG G4. How about getting a $100 Visa prepaid card in exchange for a brand spankin' new awesome... smartphone?
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World's most accurate AppleApple is expected to launch new iMac models this quarter that will be even better than their predecessors when it comes to processors and display quality. The news comes from one of the world's most... accurate Apple insiders, who accurately predicted various of Apple's moves in the past. DON'T MISS: How to download and install Windows 10 right now KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note to investors seen by MacRumors that Apple's new iMacs will use a new LED phosphor material to enhance color saturation. "We believe Apple will introduce new iMac models in 3Q15, which are expected to have key selling points such as more powerful processors and much better display quality," he wrote. "We predict
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Sony hopes its camera technology will make its two new midrange smartphones stand out.
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Can't let porn turn into social nuisance: DoT

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 12:46
India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's... largest democracy.
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Can't let porn turn to social nuisance: DoT

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 12:46
India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said on Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world's... largest democracy.
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American gov contractor goes rogue? We've heard this before A US Air Force contractor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for stealing classified documents,... in addition to conspiracy to commit naturalisation fraud....
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When disaster strikes, the private crisis-response firm Global Rescue gets you out alive---if you can afford it. The post The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business appeared first on... WIRED.
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There are lots of smartwatches on the market today from Apple, Motorola, and many other makers. Another smartwatch was unveiled back in March at Baselworld by a Swiss watchmaker called Mondaine. That... smartwatch was called the Helvetica 1 and it is now up for pre-order. The manufacturer will make 1,957 units in honor of the year the Helvetica font was …
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There was a time before Facebook and social media and text messaging. But for the current and subsequent generations they're already here, whether or not they're aware of them. Inevitably this can... lead to ill thought-out or regrettable public posts. It's said that "the internet is forever", but a campaign that has garnered ministerial backing aims to give those reaching adulthood a second chance.
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'Ultimate Frisbee' getsLONDON — Ultimate Frisbee could be coming to the Olympics. Flying disc sports, including Ultimate Frisbee (or Ultimate), Disc Golf and Freestyle, have just been recognised by the International... Olympic Committee (IOC). See also: Awkward frisbee game proves some people don't know how to summer The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) said the news was "an incredible milestone in the 30-year history of WFDF." "Today's decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents," they declared. Congratulations to the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), which was granted full IOC recognition at the #128IOCSession today! — IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) August 2, 2015
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AT&T combines TV and wirelessNow that AT&T has had its acquisition of DirecTV approved by the FCC, the US carrier has cemented plans on offering new bundles, providing customers with a selection of TV and wireless packaged plans.... These new packages start from $50 a month, but you'll be able to grab a $10 discount if combining a new plan with a wireless subscription.
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German Car Companies Snap UpAudi, BMW Group and Daimler are the proud parents.
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New energy-saving concepts for industrial parks have been developed by a team of RUB engineers headed by Prof Dr-Ing. Hermann-Josef Wagner from the Chair of Energy Systems and Energy Economics on... behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Environment. Collaborating with partners under the umbrella of the "GET.Min" project, they have analysed four industrial zones to test in what way enterprises in an estate can benefit from each other. Based on those data, the team developed a web tool which interested parties can use to determine energy-saving potentials. "This check is the first one of its kind in Germany, and the first instrument that gives an overview over energy consumption in industrial estates," says Wagner.
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Ricky Gervais dubs Texan'sLONDON – Ricky Gervais has started the hashtag #karmadillo to draw attention to a bizarre incident where a man injured himself while trying to shoot an armadillo The man was treated for a minor... injury to the jaw, according to USA Today, after one of his bullets ricocheted off the animal's armoured shell and hit him in the face. See also: 16 smug foxes celebrating Britain's cancelled hunting vote The news broke Saturday in the UK, and the British comedian – an active campaigner for animal rights who was recently outspoken about the killing of Cecil the lion – was quick to share his thoughts Texas man shoots armadillo, bullet ricochets back into his face ://t.co/1TNl5y3yVN karmadillo! — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 1, 2015
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Now here's a Lego creation that's impressive! A humanoid robot with arms and legs is controlled with a wearable Lego exoskeleton. It should be obvious by now that this isn't an official upcoming kit... from the Danish toy maker, but rather a DIY project from engineer Danny Benedettelli. The setup is powered by an Arduino hobbyist board, and the exosuit …
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Samsung Drops Galaxy S6 AndSamsung has cut its recommended retail prices for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in the Netherlands. Are there grounds to believe that the same is about to happen in the U.S.?
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Climate change means we can'tHow do we go about designing buildings today for tomorrow's weather? As the world warms and extreme weather becomes more common, sustainable architecture is likely to mean one major casualty: glass.
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Ever wondered how different parts of the U.S. kept the electricity flowing day and night? This maps breaks down every power plant around the country showing their fuel type and power output.
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Ring Video Doorbell review:My house has never had a doorbell. This alone makes me a good candidate for the Ring Video Doorbell ($200), which uses home Wi-Fi to transmit the sound of a doorbell chime directly to smartphones, as... well as to Ring's wall-mounted Chime accessory, which is about to begin shipping for a sale price of $20. But there's a deeper reason why I wanted to test Ring: It's got intriguing home-security features that could discourage the crooks who've been targeting my neighborhood in a series of daytime robberies. Burglars typically start these capers by ringing the doorbell to determine if anyone's home. The Ring Video Doorbell, thanks to its built-in video camera with two-way communication, directly addresses this nefarious use case by making the bad guys think you're always at home. There's also a...
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Dual-booting Linux withWindows 10 isn't the only free operating system you can install on your computer. Linux can run from just a USB drive without modifying your existing system, but you'll want to install it on your PC... if you plan on using it regularly. Installing a Linux distribution alongside Windows as a "dual boot" system will give you a choice of either operating system each time you start your PC. It's the ideal way for most people to install Linux, as you can always get back to a full Windows system with a reboot.
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Nokia sells Here maps businessThe deal shows how important mapping and location data are to the future of the car industry, particularly in the coming era of self-driving cars.
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Unlocking a door with your smartphone feels like the future, but you still have to fish something out of your pocket to do it. If you happen to own one of the Yves Behar designed August smart locks,... however, you can open it with something on your wri...
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Not all dreams come true. Ask hitchBOT, the free-spirited Canadian robot that wanted to hitchhike across America relying solely on the kindness of strangers. The robot, it has now emerged, met an... untimely demise in Philadelphia -- just two weeks after it began its journey from Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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Google's week: Android malwareSearch firm also received the support of Silent Circle for its Android for Work programme
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China clamps down on exportsChina plans to limit exports of advanced drones and supercomputers for national security reasons. The new export controls on certain drone and high-performance computing technologies will come into... effect Aug. 15, Chinese government regulators said Friday. Affected vendors will have to apply for a government permit to ship their technology outside China. The regulations target more advanced drones that can be flown for at least an hour, "beyond the natural sight of the operator" and function more as an unmanned aerial vehicles. Shenzhen-based DJI, a major Chinese builder of drones, seems confident the new export controls won't disrupt its business.
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Up next: video-on-demandTelstra last week announced that it will launch Telstra TV in September. This could be the "all-in-one" video streaming service many Australians have craved, bundling together the three leading... video-on-demand (VoD) services: Netflix, Stan and Presto.
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Nokia sells maps for R39bn

IOL - 3 Aug 2015 12:18
Telecoms group sells its Here mapping service to auto-makers BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
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Clicking it big: How Valve isThe massive prize pool of Dota2's biggest tournament could turn some eSports gamers into millionaires, but it also sends a wide swath of competitors home with nothing for their efforts. The post... Clicking it big: How Valve is making pro gamers into millionaires appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pretty soon a small crack can become a gaping chasm Comment Nexenta CEO and evangelist Tarkan Maner has talked about potentially displacing double-digit petabytes of NetApp storage at a global net... giant....
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China's e-commerce raked up a whopping $2.68 trillion in 2014, registering a 59.4% jump from the year before despite a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
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Stunt rider Robbie MaddisonWho needs a surfboard when you have a motorbike that does the same thing? That's what stuntman Robbie Maddison thought, though when he used his modified dirt bike to take on a giant wave in Tahiti he... said he thought he was going to die. The post Stunt rider Robbie Maddison takes on a giant Tahitian wave - on a dirt bike appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sony Xperia M5 official:Sony has just taken the wraps of its new mid range smartphone, the Xperia M5. Despite being a handset aimed at the mid range the specs are impressive. Power-wise there's a 2GHz 64-bit MediaTek... octa-core processor backed by 3GB of RAM. There's also 16GB...
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Perhaps omens and portents of things to come, Sony has just announced that its online store in the US will be practically closing on the 28th of August. In its stead, Sony will be putting up a website... that will still have products on display but will also just redirect to authorized resellers for the actual purchase. Without much explanation …
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There are now over 2,400 artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics researchers who have signed an open letter calling for autonomous weapons - often dubbed "killer robots" - to be banned.
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Nokia sells Here maps to Audi,Offloading mapping and location services is latest stage in Nokia restructure
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Chinese iOS developer team TaiG released the Mac version of its popular jailbreak tool on Sunday to allow users of iOS 8.4 to jailbreak the firmware, which was released by Apple in June. The latest... version of the untethered jailbreak tool was rolled out more than a month after the team released the software for Windows.
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Intel Core i7-5775C review:The narrative is already in place on Intel's new Broadwell for desktop CPU: It's the chip no one wanted. As someone who watched this story unfold, I know the truth is actually the opposite. You see,... Intel's 3.3GHz Core i7-5775C is actually something the Internet demanded. Remember that in 2012, the Internet said Intel would effectively "kill the desktop" PC because the company had no plans for a socketed CPU past Haswell. Gordon Mah Ung Intel's Broadwell flanked by a Haswell, Sandy Bridge, and massive Haswell-E chip.
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When is a Photograph No Longer a Photograph?

The Phoblographer - 3 Aug 2015 12:03
When is a Photograph No LongerWhen does a photograph stop being a photograph and instead turn into digital art?
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The ground bucked and rocked in Nepal for more than two weeks. More than 8,000 people died. The physical destruction to the valley community was massive. Normally flat roads buckled beyond... recognition. The quakes destroyed homes and livelihoods. Landslides and aftershocks worsened the damage around the Kathmandu Valley. Cell phones barely worked. Internet access was essentially nonexistent. In the middle of a crisis, access to the net is important. It allows first responders to communicate with one another, keeps hospitals connected, and helps ensure governments don't collapse. The net also lets people living in disaster areas talk with their families and friends. And it all ties back to a simple truth: When the worst happens, communication saves lives. "The fundamental challenge is: How...
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Sony has just announced two new mid-range phones, both with a firm emphasis on photography--and in the case of this the Xperia C5 Ultra, that means selfies.
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India blocks 857 porn sites

BBC - 3 Aug 2015 11:51
India has blocked free access to 857 porn sites in what it says is a move to prevent children from accessing them.
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You can buy a $2,650If you've been affected by Cecil the Lion's senseless killing, and feel the only solution to making you feel better is to buy a new smartphone -- the custom phone makers Goldgenie has the answer. It's... a Cecil the Lion commemorative HTC One M9. Really. The post You can buy a $2,650 commemorative Cecil the Lion gold HTC One M9 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Are We There Yet?

Slate - 3 Aug 2015 11:46
Rest stops are a comforting staple of the American highway system, but sometimes when you need one--really need one--in the midst of a long road trip, the closet exit to relieved bladders and... stretched legs can seem miles away. How far apart are rest stops supposed to be placed on the interstate?
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German Carmakers Snap UpAccording to a report from last month, it was suggested that a group of German carmakers were close to making a deal with Nokia in which it would see them acquire Nokia's HERE maps technology. Looks... like it is official as it has been confirmed that the group which consists of BMW, Audi, and Daimler will be buying Nokia's technology for a whopping $3.1 billion. Given that there are three companies who are buying the technology, how would this work? Basically the technology will be shared equally amongst the three companies. If successful, it is expected that the deal will close in the first quart of 2016, but as is the case with acquisitions, regulatory bodies will have to be involved in approving it. As for those who rely on Nokia's HERE maps, fret not because for now it looks like nothing...
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AT&T's first DirecTV offer isAT&T certainly doesn't hang about. Ten days after the FCC cleared the way for the carrier's acquisition of DirecTV, it's unveiled new bundles that it describes as "the first-ever nationwide package of... TV and wireless services." The post AT&T’s first DirecTV offer is a nationwide TV-and-phone promo for $200 a month appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Purported iPhone 6s screenWe’re ramping up to iPhone launch season and -- as expected this time of year -- the web is inundated with purported leaks of components, renders and images of Apple’s next smartphones. Over the... weekend a couple of new, interesting leaks surfaced purportedly confirming a couple of rumors we’ve already heard. Check out our coverage […]
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The Getaway: Foreign LanguageGone are the days when tourists wander around clutching guidebooks with an index of handy phrases. Today there are more convenient ways to facilitate communication.
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For many of us, August is the time of year when we set out for parts unknown--or perhaps parts comfortingly familiar. It's the month of beach schleps and backpacking sojourns, of road trip warriors... and Rick Steves wannabes. At the height of summer, we want to stuff our bags and grab our passports; we want to get out and go somewhere, anywhere, else. We want to travel!
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iMacs With Improved ProcessorsThe last time we saw Apple refresh the iMac was in May earlier this year where they introduced a slightly more affordable 27-inch model. Then last month we heard the rumors that maybe a 4K 21.5-inch... iMac could be in the works and now thanks to a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it seems that we could expect new iMacs in this quarter. It is unclear as to what kind of refresh we're looking at, but presumably it will sport faster and newer hardware. Interestingly enough Kuo also notes that these new iMacs could feature better quality LED displays. This will apparently involve the use of an LED phosphor material called KSF which will apparently help boost color saturation. However apart from those alleged changes, Kuo does not mention if the rumored 4K 21.5-inch iMac will make an...
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China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 11:42
China Proposes to Keep OnlineDraft rules for online payments issued by China's central bank look set to hamper the growth of services offered by the likes of Alibaba's financial affiliate and Tencent.
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iPhone 6s Video And PhotoThe latest leaked image renders of the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus reveal the handsets have a slightly thicker build than their predecessors.
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Bethesda managed to make one of the coolest limited edition video game bundles of all time when it launched the Pip Boy editions of Fallout 4. These limited edition games came with a version of the... Pip Boy from the game that you could wear that offered details from the game on your forearm. If you wanted one of those …
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Space probes: sterile launchComponents used on a space mission must be cleaned meticulously. Fraunhofer researchers designed a cleanroom for the ESA (European Space Agency) in which the most infinitesimal contaminants can be... removed. These experts, together with partners, are sterilizing ESA's "ExoMars" Mars rover, scheduled for launch in 2018.
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Top 10 most read: Windows 10Top stories from the past seven days on V3
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Apple is gearing up to released a refreshed iMac lineup before the end of this quarter, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, the industry analyst with easily the best track record when it comes... to predicting Apple's plans. Among the improvements of the new iMacs are said to be more powerful processors, along with better display technology, although it's not …
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Recognising the problem of ignorance Mobile security is becoming more of a headache as the crossover between business and personal activity continues to increase, and employees generally expect more... freedom. Research suggests, however, that you can only push technology-based protection so far before users rebel and try to find ways around it. To manage risks effectively, you therefore need to address the human factor....
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Xiaomi Regains Top Spot In Xiaomi regained the crown as China’s top smartphone in Q2 2015, according to reports from multiple analyst firms.
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Hitch-Hiking Robot Who ReliedPoor hitchBOT. After successfully traveling around Canada, Germany and The Netherlands, the hitch-hiking robot who relied on the goodwill of strangers to get around met an untimely and brutal demise... in Philadelphia. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that the child-sized robot was damaged “beyond repair” by vandals on Saturday in the city of brotherly love, pulling the plug on the bot’s first American tour. HitchBOT had kicked off the tour just two weeks before in Massachusetts. “Sadly, sadly it's come to an end,” Frauke Zeller, one of the robot’s co-creators, told the AP. This is how far hitchBOT managed to travel before it was destroyed: According to Canadian journalist Lauren O’Neil, hitchBOT was found with its...
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Watch Adorable Animals SneezeIt's Monday, and you need to see these adorable sneezing animals. You really do.  Even if it's not Monday whenever and wherever you're reading this, your life will still be better after you've seen... some of the cutest pet sneezes ever. Check them out in the clip above, from BuzzFeed in association with "America's Funniest Home Videos."   Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Customers of Standard Bank have taken to social media to express their frustration at the financial institution's banking website having gone down.
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Smart driver seat thatA multitude of professional drivers suffer from back problems. One cause: driver seats that are inadequately adjusted to each driver's ergonomic needs. Fraunhofer's researchers, in joint collaboration... with Isringhausen GmbH & Co. KG, engineered a driver's seat whose shape and position can be adjusted by using simple hand gestures.
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Richard Boyd has been working on virtual reality since the 90s, back when virtual reality promised the world but failed to follow through. While working on "desktop VR" at the Virtus Corporation, he... helped found Red Storm Entertainment with author Tom Clancy, which went on to become a huge name in video games with titles like Rainbow Six. In 2001, he also co-founded 3Dsolve, which Lockheed Martin acquired in 2007 to work on several virtual reality and simulation technologies. During his time there, he had over 100 patent disclosures around virtual reality, which he's now trying to bring to the commercial sector. Boyd left Lockheed in 2013, and today is CEO of Szl, a tech startup building AI-powered mobile apps. Similar to our interview with VR pioneer Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Motherboard...
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Beware Of Phony Email OfferingAs Microsoft rolls out the much-awaited Windows 10 OS, hackers are taking advantage of the public frenzy by sending out ransomware emails to unsuspecting users who are eager to get the free upgrade.
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The world's first luxury dogWonderboo is a small brown food truck in the Swedish capital which caters to health-conscious dog lovers and their pampered pets.
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Here's new owners Audi, BMW and Daimler promise its digital maps will be available for use by all customers.
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Standard Bank hit by downtime

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 11:16
Standard Bank's online banking services were offline on Monday morning, prompting frustrated customers to turn to social media to complain. "Internet banking is temporarily unavailable [and] we are... working on restoring services urgently. Apologies
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Texting while walking can makeIt seems that we're getting better at texting and walking, though we may look a bit silly doing it. New research suggests that while our ability to engage in the practice has improved, we tend to make... "exaggerated movements" when trying to clear obstacles. The post Texting while walking can make us look a bit silly, study shows appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sony Xperia M5 Officially Launched

Ubergizmo - 3 Aug 2015 11:14
Sony Xperia M5 OfficiallyEarlier today Sony announced the Xperia C5 Ultra, but in case you're after a slightly more rugged handset, you might be interested to learn that Sony has also announced the Sony Xperia M5. Just like... what we've seen in the leaks, it seems that now the handset has been officially confirmed. It also addresses one of the teasers that Sony put out last week in which they hinted at something gold would be coming, which is actually one of the colors of the Xperia M5. Moving on to the rest of the phone, the Xperia M5 is smaller than the Xperia C5 Ultra with a 5-inch Full HD display. It will feature a waterproof design and under the hood, a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2GHz can be found, where it will also be accompanied by 3GB of RAM and support for 4G LTE networks....
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KGI: New iMacs with betterKGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is reporting that Apple will refresh the iMac hardware this quarter. KGI claims that the external appearance of the iMac will remain the same but Apple will update the internal... components, such as the CPU, as well as a new screen for improved display quality, for this revision of the hardware. The report does not mention whether a 21.5 […]
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Wickedleak launches Wammy NeoIndian brand Wickedleak has released its Wammy Neo 3 smartphone the at a price of Rs 14,990. The phone is available for pre-booking on the company's official website.
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Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Has BeenLast week Sony was posting teasers on Twitter in which they promised that they would be making an announcement come 3rd of August. We were then treated to leaked photos of what appears to be the Sony... Xperia C5 Ultra and now it looks like the wait is over as Sony has officially announced the device. The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is Sony's latest smartphone and just like the leaked photos, it has a near bezel-less border. Given that the phone has a 6-inch display, the lack of a border makes the phone a bit more manageable and potentially addresses some of the complaints users have had with regards to phablets. The specs of the Xperia C5 Ultra are also pretty decent. It has a 6-inch Full HD display and under the hood, an octa-core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.7GHz can be found. It will also come...
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GTA V just got a bit more Marvelous, so to speak. And at least unofficially. That is, only if you have a PC copy of the game. Carrying on the venerable tradition of modifying, or modding, just PC... games, Brazilian coder extraordinaire JulioNB included something, or someone, in the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto that you wouldn't normally find …
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Heating with the sun

Phys.org - 3 Aug 2015 11:10
Heating with the sunSolar-Active-Houses heat themselves using heat collectors and water tanks. However, no one had conducted an objective assessment of how efficiently they do so. Fraunhofer researchers put some of these... solar houses to the test, identified where there was room for improvement and laid the scientific groundwork for this housing concept.
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Cloud Adoption Increases 15% in SMB

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 11:09
Cloud computing take-up among UK small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) has increased 15 per cent in the last year, according to the latest research from BT Business and the British Chambers of... Commerce (BCC). The results, part of a wider survey which examined how UK SMEs use and benefit from technology, revealed that 69
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This quaint English villageIf you want the final, terrifying piece of proof that machines are rapidly taking over the planet and we're all completely doomed, just head down to the sleepy English village of Clifton in... Derbyshire. As YouTuber TheModernIdiot discovered when he was passing through a car park outside the village pub, the local 'store' in Clifton is actually a huge, completely automated vending machine – selling everything from tea bags to breakfast cereals and essentials like milk and eggs. See also: Pizza and Other Weird Things to Come Out of Vending Machines The vending machine is supplied by villagevending.com and, according to their website, is one of four 'Speedy Shops' currently operating in Derbyshire.
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Solid state-of-the-art 2.4GB/s consumer storage Review Although SSDs have a huge performance advantage over the good, old-fashioned clattering mechanical drive, they have (up till now) been held back... because of their reliance on AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) architecture, developed in 2004 for standard disks and, in particular, SATA interfaced disks....
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A flexible solution for secureToday, almost everything in your car is managed by an electronic control unit (ECU). The problem is that these minicomputers are increasingly coming under attack. Fraunhofer researchers have now... developed a platform that makes it possible to flexibly install secure devices in a way that is based on open and vendor-neutral hardware and software standards.
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Colour Confidence Launch Mystery Monitor Promotion

Photography Blog - 3 Aug 2015 11:00
Colour Confidence LaunchTo celebrate the launch of a new “mystery monitor,” Colour Confidence is inviting professional photographers to register their interest for the chance to win the mystery monitor on launch day... along with an X-Rite i1Display Pro.
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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review:The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is one of the first waterproof smartphones to offer exposed ports, meaning no faffing around removing a flap to reveal the Micro-USB charging port. That, along with its... flagship-mimicking design, saw this mid-ranger greeted with...
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Presumably someone at Google is making sure that the car knows its driver is actually a human, rather than a rock. Or a particularly large cat.
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Sexual harassment, assault and child porn are endemic in the Vine and YouTube communities, says Caitlin Dewey.
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BoardVitals Raises $1.1 BoardVitals is essentially a repository for hard questions. Aimed at doctors to be, the service wants to change the way medicine is taught and is beginning with the medical boards, test taken by... doctors in specific fields to become licensed to bleed you to release the bad humours. The company raised $1.1 million in Series A from Rock Creek Capital after a small seed fund. The company has…
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Annodata Wins O2 Award

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 10:50
Annodata has been awarded both the Customer and Digital Excellence accolades at the O2 Direct Partner Network Awards 2015. The awards, which come as welcome validation of customer-focused strategy,... will help to drive continued growth in the company's mobile and unified communications divisions. The awards were established after the relaunch of the O2 Direct Partner
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These are dark days for Sony's smartphone business. The division saw sales drop 16.3 percent over the past year, and is losing money faster than PlayStation is making it. The answer to this problem,... according to Sony, is to release two new mid rang...
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It seems that Apple really took the recent bendgate scandal that rocked its iPhone 6 to heart. A new batch of images, actually more CAD design renders than marketing material, detail both the overall... design and dimensions of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due next month. Though not exactly new information, it confirms something we've expected and might …
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Compressor disks for aircraft turbines are milled from a single piece of material. During processing, the blades begin to vibrate. Now, a novel clamping system boosts vibration absorption for the... blades by more than 400 times, and cuts manufacturing costs by as much as 5000 euros.
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Sony has announced a pair of new mid-range Xperia smartphones, the C5 Ultra and M5, promising (as it often does) that its devices will offer consumers "camera brilliance" -- the holy grail for Android... handsets. The Xperia C5 is being sold as a "pro selfie" smartphone, with twin 13-megapixel front and rear cameras and an enhanced front-facing flash. The Xperia M5 also offers a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, but has a 21.5-megapixel camera on the rear that Sony claims will be a market leader for mid-range devices. We're withholding judgement until we try the devices ourselves, as Sony's attractive specs have a habit of translating into not-quite picture perfect cameras. It's also unlikely that the C5 Ultra and M5 will have enough clout...
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London's police forces are adopting cameras and other recording equipment in earnest. Twenty-thousand officers are already in the process of receiving body-worn cameras and soon, every police van will... be equipped with CCTV too. The initial target i...
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Chrysler Jeep hack, roboticV3 highlights the top security stories of last week
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We're upgrading it anyway. Honest, no really, yawns Ministry of Justice The Criminal Justice Secure eMail system (CJSM) relies on insecure protocols that some security conscious organisations... deliberately block, claims a Register source....
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Gauteng network hits milestone

IOL - 3 Aug 2015 10:34
The R1.2bn Gauteng Broadband Network reaches a key milestone with fibre broadband connectivity to all eight vital core nodes.
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SoftBank Leads $100M SoftBank is back investing in India after it lead a $100 million round for OYO Rooms, a two-year-old startup that runs an online marketplace for affordable hotels in the country.
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M&A Global Report: Consolidation Continues

Comms Business - 3 Aug 2015 10:33
A new research report which analyses more than 30 recent mergers and acquisitions in the telecoms industry highlights the increasing attention regulators are paying to the nitty gritty of deals to try... and ensure competition does not suffer as the number of players shrinks. Sacrifices at the Regulatory Altar, just published by telecoms consultancy TechPolis,
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End the social media outrage

IOL - 3 Aug 2015 10:33
If you haven’t been shamed online, you’re among the lucky few, says Rhodri Marsden.
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This isn't a dirty, peeling sticker but a scientific first. Researchers have been able to make complex 2D and 3D structures using nanoparticles for years--but they've never before been able to curve... or fold a flat sheet of them like this.
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YU Yureka Plus gets a price cut

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 10:27
Amazon.in will credit a gift voucher of Rs 1,000 in next days to all the existing Yureka Plus users.
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The Mt.Gox Arrest Is The End The former head of bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox, Mark Karpeles, screwed a lot of early adopters. It is unclear at this point how much Karpeles allegedly lost or took, but the Japanese police are claiming... he lost about $387 million while Mt. Gox was in business. While his inept management was inexcusable – according to Japan Times Karpeles apparently added millions in bitcoin to a live server…
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The scientists that revealed the "world's first solar battery" last year are now, following some modifications, reporting its first significant performance milestone. The device essentially fits a... battery and solar cell into the one package, and has now been tested against traditional lithium-iodine batteries, over which the researchers are claiming energy savings of 20 percent. ..
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No surprises here. Hot on the heels of the FCC approving AT&T's takeover of DIRECTV, the US carrier announces its first ever subscription plans that combines the wealth of content from broadcast... television with the wealth of content from the Internet. Yes, a bundle that combines and TV and wireless, all under one provider, all with one bill. This "first-ever …
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and an S6 edge Plus are close to being revealed as the biggest leak yet has revealed details. Leakster Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, has revealed not only specs but... also a photo showing off the new smartphones. The Galaxy...
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BMW, Mercedes and Audi buyAlthough it was heavily rumoured for a while that Uber would acquire Nokia's Here Maps, the rival bid from German car manufacturers was accepted instead. A consortium of BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz... owner Daimler has succeeded in buying the mapping service....
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Samsung's svelte Galaxy A8Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8 in India, with the phone going on sale from later today. Priced at ₹32,500 ($507), the 5.9mm thick Galaxy A8 will be available in white, black and gold color... variants.
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Poor pay, invasive hiring process sees over a third of posts unfilled The Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to hire computer scientists, according to a Department of Justice audit of the... feeb's attempts to implement its Next Generation Cyber Initiative....
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There's a seemingly endless variety of traditional hangover cures, but researchers at Australia's CSIRO now claim to have uncovered one that actually works. Thankfully it's not dried bull penis or... even a raw egg, but something far more palatable - the juice of the humble Korean (or Asian) pear. ..
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Facebook's Plan for Messenger Sounds Familiar

TechPinions - 3 Aug 2015 10:00
Facebook’s Messenger monetization strategy On Facebook’s earnings call last week, Mark Zuckerberg outlined, for the first time, a medium-to-long-term strategy for monetizing Facebook Messenger and... WhatsApp. I’ll quote here from the earnings transcript provided by …
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The Dawning of High Mobility

TechPinions - 3 Aug 2015 10:00
The Dawning of High MobilityOver the past few months, I have been running a series of experiments analyzing my own time spent using computers. Primarily, I’ve been tracking the amount of time I spend per day on my Mac …
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Telkom's massive job cuts bill

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 09:59
Telkom has paid out R1,1bn in voluntary early retirement and severance packages, according to the company's quarterly report. On Friday, the company released an operational update for the quarter... ended 30 June 2015. The operational update was released on
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Microsoft's VR headset to shipMicrosoft just launched Windows 10 on Wednesday, but it's their wireless virtual reality headset, the HoloLens, that people are really excited to get their hands on. Now we have more of an idea of... when that moment could arrive. Recent comments from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, have indicated developers should receive the HoloLens sometime in 2016. See also: Softbank's Pepper robot offered as rental assistant for Japan businesses In an interview with the BBC posted Friday, Nadella said the company would have developer versions of the headset available first, before moving onto commercial use. "We're looking forward to getting the V1 out, which is more around developers and enterprises in the Windows 10 time frame," he added. "Which means it is within the next year."
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ICYMI: The 'failure' of Google+

BBC - 3 Aug 2015 09:55
ICYMI: The 'failure' ofA round-up of interesting technology-related links you may have missed over the past weekend.
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Samsung launches itsAt just 5.9mm, the phablet is also Samsung's thinnest smartphone till date.
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Telkom job cuts cost R1.1bn

News24 - 3 Aug 2015 09:47
Local telecoms company Telkom has paid R1.1bn in voluntary early retirement and severance packages, according to the company's latest quarterly report.
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Gov't short-changing ICT sector: Mophatlane

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 09:46
Government is not doing enough to create the environment necessary to grow South Africa's information and communications technology sector and can learn from what other African countries, including... Kenya and Rwanda, are doing in this regard
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The chief executive of BMW hinted in a German paper that there was potential for another of its "i" electric car models.
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No one enjoys choking on smog, but are more trees really the answer for polluted city air? It's not as clear-cut as you might think. Air pollution is clearly a problem for health and well-being - and... as more and more people across the world move to live in megacities, they could miss out on the fresh air associated with the green countryside.
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Sony unveils Xperia C5 UltraSony has announced the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra. Both mid-range smartphones were previously teased in a recent leak, but are now officially coming soon. The former packs a sizeable punch in a... waterproof design, while the C5 Ultra has two 13-MP cameras and a near borderless 6-inch HD display.
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What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars?

The Huffington Post - 3 Aug 2015 09:39
What The Heck Is This Thing OnA NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Some say... it looks a bit like a crab monster straight out of a science fiction tale.  Here's a closer look:  But don't worry, future missions to Mars are unlikely to encounter any crab monsters.  Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he gets images showing formations such as this one about once a week.  "Those that send them to me are generally quite excited, as they claim that these frequently resemble SOMETHING you wouldn't expect to find on the rusty, dusty surface of the Red Planet," he said via email. "It's usually some sort of animal, but occasionally...
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VIDEO: The app that recognisesResearchers have developed a smart glasses app for those with dementia and the elderly
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Kraft recalls cheese SinglesStep away from the cheese. Kraft has recalled a selection of American cheese singles over fears people may choke on the plastic wrapping. Apparently, a small section of the plastic has the potential... to remain connected to the cheese after unwrapping It has already caused the choking of three Americans and 10 complaints, according to a statement by Kraft. See also: Golden Gaytimes now comes in a tub and Australians can't cope Image: Kraft Image: Kraft On Friday, the company asked for the return of 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles American and White American Singles. It applies only to the 3-pound and 4-pound sizes with a used-by date of Dec. 29, 2015 to Jan. 4, 2016
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ZTE Blade Qlux 4G review

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 09:35
We used the Blade Qlux 4G to find out if it's worth a buy for people who are buying their first smartphone...
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Airbnb guest suspected ofSan Francisco police suspect a woman got much more than a bed for the night when she booked a stay in the city through Airbnb earlier this year. Police say Jana Dominquez, a 27-year old from the... nearby city of Richmond, is suspected of stealing over $35,000 in valuables from a house she rented though the site. Dominquez had full access to the house on 27th Avenue in the city's Outer Sunset district in April this year when the theft is thought to have taken place. The victim, who rents the house though the site, kept valuables in a locked closet and office. Closed circuit TV images from the residence time-stamped April 30 clearly show Dominquez entering the locked upstairs apartment and a commercial establishment directly below it.
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Pop star Taylor Swift admits she "never expected" Apple Music's stance on paying artists' royalties for music streamed on the service would change after she openly spoke against it.
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A consortium including Audi, BMW Group and Daimler will acquire the Here unit as technology and digital maps become an increasingly important part of the car industry's future.
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True enough, Sony did have something in store today, but sadly, it's not a better Xperia flagship. Then again, for some people, these two smartphones might very well be, especially since the OEM... doesn't seem to budge away from 1080p screens anyway. But what really makes the Xperia C5 Ultra phablet and the somewhat higher end Xperia M5 special is …
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Road ends in Philadelphia for friendly tin hitcher hitchBOT, the small robot that hitch-hiked across Canada last year, has been decapitated in Philadelphia....
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SA start-up joins Silicon Valley accelerator

Tech Central - 3 Aug 2015 09:26
A technology-powered South African home cleaning start-up, SweepSouth, has become the first local company to be selected by 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund and start-up... accelerator. It's the first time a South African company
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People love road trips. Some like 'em more than others. And some like them perhaps a little bit too much. This interactive map from Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez crams the locations mentioned... in twelve road-tripping books including Mark Twain...
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Snapdeal, One Of India's Snapdeal, one of India’s biggest e-commerce companies, has scooped up $500 million in funding from Alibaba, Foxconn, and SoftBank, according to Re/code.
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The Scrambler is a radical departure from the sleek, expensive high-performance machines Ducati is known for these days. It's a small, humble, retro dual-sport machine with an 800cc engine, a modest... 75 horsepower and a look so American you'd hardly believe it was designed in Italy. But this bike has been Ducati's biggest success of the year, single-handedly boosting global sales by more than 20 percent, so we've been very keen to get our hands on one. Last week, the stars aligned, and we had a chance to ride it. And yes, the Scrambler is nothing like any other Ducati in the range. ..
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Boss explains lousy Q1 results As expected from its earlier warning shot, QLogic's first quarter fiscal 2016 results were pretty bad. Revenues of $113.4 million were 5 per cent lower than a year ago,... with net income of $2.6 million being 57 per cent down on last year's Q1....
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Summer Science SaturdayPlanetary Science Institute:
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Nokia's map platform HERE has impressed ever since it was first released . Now, it's impressed enough for a motoring consortium made up of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes to buy it for $3 billion.
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Apple Expected to Launch NewApple's iMac line is set to receive a significant boost this quarter in the form of a refresh including new processors and improved display quality, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.... Display improvements are said to arrive in the form of greater color saturation, but Kuo makes no mention of whether Apple is planning to extend Retina display options to the smaller 21.5-inch iMac lineup. We believe Apple will introduce new iMac models in 3Q15, which are expected to have key selling points such as more powerful processors and much better display quality. We predict the panel will use a LED phosphor material called KSF to notably boost color saturation. While Apple has released several 27-inch Retina iMac models since last October, the remainder of the iMac lineup has not been...
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The Chinese smartphone maker has inked a deal with telco Optus to make its latest high-end smartphone available for customers in Australia.
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A consortium of German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler announced Monday it is buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business in a deal that values the unit at 2.8 billion euros ($3.1 billion).
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The stage is set for the next big fight in the online world as new CEOs take the helm at the top fashion e-commerce companies amid mounting challenges of getting customers to buy clothes and... accessories without deep discounting.
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Nokia reaches deal to sellNokia has reached an agreement to sell its Here mapping and location services business to an automotive industry consortium consisting of Audi, BMW Group and Daimler, in a deal that gives the business... an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (US$3.1 billion). The deal fits with the plans of the automakers to progressively introduce more Internet-based services and automation to assist drivers. Here is developing a location cloud that uses the data generated by vehicles, devices and infrastructure to deliver real-time, predictive and personalized location services, Nokia said in a statement Monday. The three automotive companies said they will each hold an equal stake in Here, but will take a hands-off approach to the business which will be run independently to serve the entire industry.
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Nokia is selling its Here maps service to a group of German car makers for €2.8 billion (roughly $3.07 billion). The consortium is comprised of Mercedes' owner Daimler, BMW, and Audi. As the latter... is a VW subsidiary, the buyers essentially re...
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'Friday Night Lights' Coach IsCoach Taylor is back! And he has an important message for moviegoers: don't text during the film.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our... terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Audi, BMW and Daimler to buyA consortium of German automakers including Audi, BMW and Daimler are buying Nokia Corp.'s HERE map business to incorporate into automotive technology and eventually autonomous driving. Monday's... announcement gave no price but previous news reports said it might be worth 2.9 billion euros ($3.2 billion) See also: German carmakers will buy Nokia's maps app for $2.7 billion, report says Nokia, based in Finland, has refocused its business on producing equipment for wireless networks after selling its mobile phone handset operation to Microsoft Corp. In a joint statement, the German automakers said HERE is "laying the foundations for the next generation of mobility and location based services."
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HERE today, gone tomorrow, in an autonomous car reliant on crowd-slurped cloud maps Nokia has announced that a consortium comprising AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG will drive off into the sunset as... joint and owners of its HERE maps unit....
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Now that Microsoft's voice-guided Cortana assistant is up and running in Windows 10, you might be eager to trigger it without leaving the "hey Cortana" feature on (which might sap battery life) or... staying within reach of your computer. If so, Sate...
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'Halt and Catch Fire' seasonTrouble can follow you from anywhere, to anywhere — from your past jobs, past relationships, past missteps — sometimes all the way to northern California. That's the lesson that Donna, Gordon, Cam... and Joe learn in the Season 2 finale of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire — titled "Heaven is a Place." SEE ALSO: 'Halt and Catch Fire' Episode 9 recap: Another one walks away in 'Kali' Sarah has left Joe, and his final interaction with her is actually not with her at all — he arrives at a legal office to sign his divorce papers, but hopes to speak with Sarah one last time. As it turns out, she arrived earlier in the day to sign on her dotted line, no intention of seeing her now-ex-husband ever again.
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Online fashion site Myntra wants to turn itself into a fashion network where users can invite friends, form a group, chat, upload photos and seek out the opinion of friends and experts before buying... clothes or accessories.
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Trial parking sensors for Cardiff

BBC - 3 Aug 2015 08:13
Trial parking sensors forAn app which uses sensors to show drivers available parking spaces is being piloted in Cardiff.
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AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV,AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a... week ago.
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Cannabiz and high-tech, aIncreasingly it's Israeli tech startups which dominate the medical cannabis industry. With growing interest in the field and the ingenuity of the Startup Nation it will be interesting to see where... this industry is headed.
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Mars Levitation Bluetooth Speaker System

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 08:00
Mars Levitation BluetoothTake your experience with music to a gravity defying level with the Mars Levitation Bluetooth Speaker System. It's a levitating speaker system that has been power packed with Hi-Fi sound. The clean... and elegant design is easy to use and will definitely improve your audio experience both indoors and outdoors. Whenever music plays on this speaker, the UFO shaped Mars Craft will be seen to be hovering above the base. It will also be accompanied with a circular lighting system....
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HiFiMAN HM901S Portable Audio Player

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 08:00
HiFiMAN HM901S Portable AudioComing as an upgraded version of the original HiFiMAN HM901S, this is an amazing portable audio player you can use to listen your favorite music outdoors. The eye-catching aluminum case is more... durable and rigid as compared to the previous version. It will dissipate heat in the best way possible and gives you the same unrivaled sound quality like before. You can play a wide variety of audio formats on it with the option of replacing amplifier cards for better...
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Wall Cleat - For Storing Your Electric Plugs

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 08:00
Wall Cleat - For Storing YourWhat do you do with your electrical plugs when they are not in use? Don't even think of that idea anymore and switch to these Wall Cleats instead. They are two simple tabs on either ends of a standard... cover plate which makes sure your electrical plugs do not make your home look cluttered and messed up. But to be specific, this is just for storage use only. You shouldn't run electricity through a coiled extension cord or supply wire....
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KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhone Stabilizer

The Gadget Flow - 3 Aug 2015 08:00
KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhoneIf you're in search of an excellent 3-axis handheld smartphone gimbal stabilizer, the KumbaCam 3 Axis SmartPhone Stabilizer is definitely worth a try. It's a perfect device for getting those smooth... and professional footage from your smartphone. The stabilizer will work with a GoPro too if required. It's a must have for those who often use their smartphones for amazing video shooting these days. The stabilizer will make sure you get to do it in a better way. No shaking...
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That tiny speck in the middle of this photo is the International Space Station. The photo was taken earlier today, August 2nd, as the ISS passed the moon going roughly five miles per second.
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Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.
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New cocktails to test limitsNew cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market... strategies.
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Eggfaced Serbian idiot-tax man heads for the door Aleksandar Vulovic, czar of the Serbian state lottery, has resigned from his position after winning numbers were mysteriously broadcast on television... before they had been drawn....
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A year after he took the helm at Infosys, Vishal Sikka implied that Infosys would need more time to show the full impact of his long-term strategy.
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Nokia sells HERE to German carmakers for $3 billion

Android Central - 3 Aug 2015 07:48
Nokia sells HERE to GermanNokia has announced that it has sold its mapping business HERE to German car consortium comprising of Audi, BMW and Daimler for 2.8 billion Euro ($3 billion). The Finnish company was looking to sell... HERE to focus on the integration of Alcatel-Lucent, which it acquired for $16.6 billion earlier this year. HERE's high-definition real-time digital mapping technology gives the aforementioned car makers the ability to further their research on self-driving cars, and integrate connected services into their nect-generation vehicles. The deal is estimated to close in the first half of 2016, with Nokia netting 2.5 billion Euro ($2.74 billion) from the proceeds.
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Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Nokia has announced that it has agreed to sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for €2.8 billion ($3.07 billion), ending months of speculation over its future.
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Nokia might be expanding into areas like VR, but it's no longer in the maps business -- it's just sold its Here unit to a consortium of German carmakers including BMW, Audi, and Mercedes' parent... company Daimler. The final price was €2.8 billion, or just over $3 billion. Each partner will hold an equal stake in Here and none will seek to acquire a majority interest. The Wall Street Journal reported two weeks ago that the deal had been agreed in principle, and that the consortium plans to invite other carmakers to invest in the new business. "High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of the future." said Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche. "With the joint acquisition of Here, we want to secure the independence of...
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Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.
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Two Chinese smartphone makers pushed US technology giant Apple into third place in the world's biggest market in the second quarter, an independent analyst firm said Monday.
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Nowt 'disastrous', but current kernel candidate is in 'fairly annoying' state Linus Torvalds' regular Sunday night missive on the state of kernel development has labelled version 4.2 as a bit of a... problem child and warned he "might not react politely" to some developer requests....
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Infosys revamps training programme

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 07:29
Infosys, the country's second largest software exporter, has revamped its traditional training programme in Mysuru and started rolling out a new learning framework for entry-level employees as part of... chief executive Vishal Sikka's strategy to position the firm as different from its peers.
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Nokia Confirms $3 Billion SaleAudi, BMW and Daimler will now control the fate of one of the last remaining alternatives to Google Maps.
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One South African startup has hit the accelerator jackpot by being the first to be included in the US-based 500 Start-ups accelerator.
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Ever been poking around in low-light with your camera and thought, "you know what, I could really do with an extra few million ISO"? To be honest, neither have we because such a light-sensitivity... would be ludicrous for most users. Well, that hasn't stopped the folks at Canon stepping things up in a big way with its full-frame ME20F-SH, a 4,000,000 ISO HD video camera that seems sure to bring the noise. ..
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China is restricting the export of some drones and powerful computers in the name of national security, with draft regulation also proposed in the country for control of e-payments.
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BMW CEO hints there is spaceThe chief executive of BMW hinted in a German paper that there was potential for another of its "i" electric car models.
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Clinton campaign launches itsHoping to make some inroads in states where Republican candidates are already buying loads of air time, the Hillary Clinton campaign has launched its first TV ads of the 2016 election cycle See also:... Hillary Clinton: America is leaving 'talent on the sidelines' by limiting women at work The two ads, aimed at positioning Clinton as a candidate strong on families, are part of a five-week campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire — the first states to hold contests in the nomination cycle, at a tally of $1 million in each stateAccording to McClatchy, while the ads will run statewide in New Hampshire, they will only air in the Iowa markets of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids
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VMware doubling down on OpenStack

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 06:58
Second Virtzilla distribution is on the way and it looks like telcos are the target The content catalog for late August's VMworld San Francisco has yielded up another nuggetoid of vNews: a new version... of VMware Integrated OpenStack....
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The Helvetica 1 smartwatch, unveiled in March at Baselworld by Swiss watch manufacturer Mondaine, is now available for pre-order. Packing MotionX and Sleeptracker sensors, the first batch of the... Swiss-made smartwatch will be limited to only 1,957 units in honor of the year the Helvetica font was introduced. ..
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Indian government orders ISPsThe Indian government has ordered a large number of porn websites to be blocked, creating an uproar among users and civil rights groups in the country. The Department of Telecommunications has issued... orders for the blocking of 857 websites serving pornography, said two persons familiar with the matter, who declined to be named. Section 69 (A) of India's Information Technology Act allows the government to order blocking of public access to websites and other information through computer resources, though this section appears to be designed to be invoked when a threat is perceived to the sovereignty and integrity of India, security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states or public order.
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Q2 wins drag Cray back into profit territory

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 06:32
Wins in India and Australia give suits confidence for strong performance throughout 2015 Cray Computer's commanding footprint in the high-performance computing (HPC) market has pitched the venerable... vendor back into profitability....
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The algal bloom in Lake Erie is particularly bad this year, thanks to a combination of agricultural runoff, sunlight, and warm water. The result, as seen by NASA's Landsat 8, is the Great Lakes... turning slowly green.
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The CEO of a tech firm in Turkey has laid a new claim to being the best boss in the world after giving his employees 17 million pounds in bonuses following the sale of the company.
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Quickflix in trading halt ahead of acquisition

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 06:17
Quickflix in trading haltStreaming service has struggled to retain customers in the face of Netflix and other rivals.
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Big T slings patch at man-in-the-middle diddle. Regional Australians could have their internet connections intercepted and data stolen through a remotely-exploitable vulnerability in a series of... wireless terminals the nation's dominant telco, Telstra, deploys under its universal service obligation....
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The FCC approved AT&T's $48.5 billion takeover of DirecTV just under two weeks ago, and we're already seeing the first results -- new bundles that the carrier describes as the "first-ever nationwide... package of TV and wireless services." DirecTV packages range from $50 to $125 a month, and AT&T is offering a $10 discount when combined with wireless subscription. For example, the company's $160 plan with 10GB of shareable data and four phone lines would run you $200 if you added the $50 DirecTV Select option. Continuing the two companies' history of offering TV and internet bundles, you can also add AT&T broadband service to any package from $30-50 a month depending on speed. Existing DirecTV customers may want to take advantage of the...
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Dr. Dre unveils first album in 16 years

Mashable - 3 Aug 2015 06:08
Dr. Dre unveils first album inFinally, the wait is over: Dr. Dre has a new album. While fans have been waiting for the legendary rapper to release the long-rumored Detox for years, the new album is Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr.... Dre, which Dre says was inspired by the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. It's Dre's first album since his 1999 album, 2001. See also: 'Straight Outta Compton' review: Hip-hop nostalgia goes Hollywood Dre made the announcement on Saturday during his Beats 1 show, "The Pharmacy," saying, "It's an 'inspired by' album, it's inspired by Straight Outta Compton." On the new album Dre is joined by a laundry list of guest stars, including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and former N.W.A. bandmate, Ice Cube
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Opening salvo from AT&T andCustomers can save up to $600 in the first year. Then prices climb to prevailing rates.          
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VMAX flashes its virtues for all to see

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 06:02
EMC runs stream and block storage benchmarks You wait for a bus forever, then two come along at once. So it is with EMC and SPC benchmarks, and all of a sudden we have both SPC-1 VNX8000 and SPC-2... VMAX 400K....
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Win a Canon 6D from the Phoblographer and EyeEm

The Phoblographer - 3 Aug 2015 06:01
Win a Canon 6D from theWe're teaming up with EyeEm to give away a Canon 6D in our new creative contest. Want to win? Here's how!
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AT&T Introduces Its FirstSubscribers can get high-definition video to up to four TVs and four smartphones with 10 gigabytes of shared wireless data for $200 a month.
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Drawing Lessons From July's Jeep Hack

TechCrunch - 3 Aug 2015 06:01
Drawing Lessons From July's If you were anywhere near the internet in late July, you probably read the news: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two security researchers who specialize in hacking cars, figured out how to... remotely take control of a Jeep. They didn’t just take control of the vehicle from ten miles away— the hacking duo exploited a software flaw that shut down the Jeep’s engine while…
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AT&T launches first DirecTVIt marks the first time a company has been able to offer a bundle of television and wireless service throughout the nation.
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After closing its takeover of DirecTV, the telecommunications giant announced its offering includes high-definition and digital video recording services, wireless phone service and a data plan.
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AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could... save you money if you need to get both cellpho...
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An ally for the understudied YGraduate student Alexander Godfrey tackles a chromosome that half the world has -- yet few understand.
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(Duke University Medical Center) Picky eating among children is a common but burdensome problem that can result in poor nutrition for kids, family conflict, and frustrated parents. Although many... families see picky eating as a phase, a new study from Duke Medicine finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety that may need intervention.
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(European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) At a median follow-up of 10.9 years, an EORTC study has shown that irradiation of regional nodes in patients with stage I, II, or III... breast cancer has a marginal effect on overall survival, the primary endpoint (at 10 years, overall survival was 82.3 percent for regional irradiation versus 80.7 percent for no regional irradiation).
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(University of Basel) Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel have used resonators made from single-crystalline diamonds to develop a novel device in which a quantum... system is integrated into a mechanical oscillating system. For the first time, the researchers were able to show that this mechanical system can be used to coherently manipulate an electron spin embedded in the resonator -- without external antennas or complex microelectronic structures. The results of this experimental study will be published in Nature Physics.
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(American Association for Cancer Research) The Cancer Research Institute, the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy, the European Academy of Tumor Immunology, and the American Association for Cancer... Research will join forces to sponsor the first International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York, Sept. 16-19, 2015.
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(BrightFocus Foundation) BrightFocus Foundation, which funds research worldwide on Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, announced the 58 scientists awarded research grants for... 2015. The awards are part of an $11 million research investment this year, the largest ever by the foundation.
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(National Academy of Sciences) The National Academy of Medicine, formerly the Institute of Medicine, along with the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products have named the 2015-2016... class of the FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellows.
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(Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) The July special issue of Ergonomics in Design examines the health and safety effects of the sedentary workplace, the pros and cons of alternatives to sitting at... work (for example, sit-stand and treadmill workstations, ball chairs), and proposed workplace design solutions.
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(Michigan Technological University) Michigan Tech researchers have combined two unlikely materials to make a digital switch that could improve high speed computing.
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(Barry Teater, Self-employed PR consultant) Fingerprint Molecular Identification, a new category in forensic science, will enable law enforcement agents, district attorneys and government agencies to... build a molecular profile of criminal suspects by analyzing residues on fingerprints with patented technology.
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(Northeastern University) During a four year project to imbue graphene with thermal sen­si­tivity, Northeastern researchers discovered an entirely new material spun out of boron, nitrogen, carbon,... and oxygen that shows evidence of magnetic, optical, electrical, and thermal prop­er­ties.
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(Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University) DNA damage increases the risk of cancer, and researchers have found that a protein, known to rally when cells get stressed, plays a critical,... early step in its repair.
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(Georgia State University) A vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles, or microscopic, genetically engineered particles, is an effective treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according... to researchers at Georgia State University.
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(Brown University) In the AMA Journal of Ethics, Dr. Eli Adashi writes that after centuries of concerns about the potentially compromising role of money in medicine, the debate remains irreconcilable... and the link remains indivisible. Even the reforms of Obamacare, he writes, may not change much.
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(Aelan Cell Technologies) A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Aelan Cell... Technologies has identified regulatory elements that allow for the creation of a diverse range of different cell types from different genetic information. Critical aspects of this regulatory program are encoded by genomic sequence elements that were previously thought to be mere 'junk DNA' without important functions.
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(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) A star in the constellation Cassiopeia has a planet in a three-day orbit that transits, or crosses in front of its star. At a distance of just 21... light-years, it is by far the closest transiting planet to Earth, which makes it ideal for follow-up studies. Moreover, it is the nearest rocky planet confirmed outside our solar system.
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Cybathlon practice session a success

EurekAlert! - 3 Aug 2015 06:00
(ETH Zurich) Zurich will host the first Cybathlon in autumn 2016, bringing together physically impaired people from all over the world to compete against each other using the latest assistive... technologies. ETH Zurich welcomed 30 of the participating teams from 15 countries to complete a practice session at the Swiss Arena in Kloten.
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(ITMO University) Scientists from ITMO University developed artificial blood vessels that are not susceptible to blood clot formation. The achievement was made possible by a new generation of... drug-containing coating applied to the inner surface of the vessel. The new coating can save patients from lifelong intake of anticoagulants and even additional surgical interventions.
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(Washington State University) Washington State University researchers say environmental factors are having an underappreciated effect on the course of disease and evolution by prompting genetic... mutations through epigenetics, a process by which genes are turned on and off independent of an organism's DNA sequence.Their assertion is a dramatic shift in how we might think of disease and evolution's underlying biology and 'changes how we think about where things come from,' said WSU biologist Michael Skinner.
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(New York University) A team of New York University scientists has developed a technique that prompts microparticles to form ordered structures in a variety of materials. The advance offers a method... to potentially improve the makeup and color of optical materials used in computer screens along with other consumer products.
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(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Tel Aviv University researcher Dr. Carmit Levy has discovered the trigger that causes melanoma cancer cells to turn lethal.
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(Rockefeller University) To cut down on the barrage of sensory information, the human brain ignores input caused by eye movements. Researchers have found a similar process in flies, whose brains shut... out input generated by flight turns. This discovery gives researchers a new tool with which to study this silencing process.
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(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert... climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
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(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Federal University of Rio de... Janeiro in Brazil have designed a DNA-loaded nanoparticle that can pass through the mucus barrier covering conducting airways of lung tissue.
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(Purdue University) Using heat to style curly hair poses a nagging problem: applying too much causes permanent damage resulting in limp fibers devoid of natural curve.Researchers are now working to... learn precisely how much heat to apply and how frequently to use heat treatment for a given hair type without destroying it.
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Nature: Compact optical data transmission

EurekAlert! - 3 Aug 2015 06:00
(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Compact optical transmission possibilities are of great interest in faster and more energy-efficient data exchange between electronic chips. One component... serving this application is the Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) which is able to convert electronic into optical signals. Scientists of KIT and ETH developed a plasmonic MZM of only 12.5 micrometers length which converts digital signals at a rate of 108 gigabit per second, and presented this device in the Nature Photonics journal.
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(University of California - San Francisco) Medications commonly used to treat dementia could result in harmful weight loss, according to UC San Francisco researchers, and clinicians need to account... for this risk when prescribing these drugs to older adults, they said.
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(Elsevier) Researchers at Northwestern University are using a novel dimensional method for distinguishing misbehavior that is expectable in early childhood versus that which is cause for clinical... concern.
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(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Infectious diseases researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are leading a five-year, $5 million initiative to monitor... drug resistance during the rollout of HIV prevention drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Can we save the strawberries? (video)

EurekAlert! - 3 Aug 2015 06:00
(American Chemical Society) Strawberries are sweet, juicy and delightful. Unfortunately, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean 2016 will be the end of strawberries in the US. How can we... protect our strawberries from pests and comply with federal fumigant standards? In this Speaking of Chemistry video, Sophia Cai explains the problem and some possible solutions. Check it out here: s://youtu.be/noaec9-BmwU.
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(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Researchers have devised an entirely new approach to vaccines -- creating immunity without vaccination. They demonstrated that animals injected with... synthetic DNA engineered to encode a specific neutralizing antibody against the dengue virus were capable of producing the exact antibodies necessary to protect against disease, without the need for standard antigen-based vaccination. This approach, was rapid, protecting animals within a week of administration.
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(American College of Medical Genetics) ACMG President Gerald Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., FACMG said, 'We wanted to clearly define the value that board-certified Clinical Geneticists and Clinical Laboratory... Geneticists provide, from their roles performing genetic testing interpretation in the diagnostic laboratory to the medical genetics consultation. The ACMG Scope of Practice document also establishes how our specialty interacts with other members of the medical genetics healthcare team and where we find common ground with other medical specialists.'
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(University of California - Santa Cruz) A recently discovered family of small RNA molecules, some of which have been implicated in cancer progression, has just gotten much larger thanks to a new RNA... sequencing technique enabling sensitive detection of small RNAs that are chemically modified (methylated) after being transcribed from the genome. The researchers used the technique to reveal an abundance of modified fragments derived from transfer RNA molecules in both yeast cells and human cells.
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(Kansas State University) A study co-authored by a Kansas State University researcher and one of her former students helps with estimating cattle movement to determine disease risk.
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(McGill University Health Centre) Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children. It has historically been considered to be caused by factors such as birth asphyxia, stroke... and infections in the developing brain of babies. In a new game-changing Canadian study, a research team from SickKids and the Research Institute of the MUHC has uncovered strong evidence for genetic causes of cerebral palsy that turns experts' understanding of the condition on its head.
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(American Society of Hematology) The first protein engineered to help control bleeding episodes in patients with severe von Willebrand disease (vW disease) has been shown to be safe and effective,... according to results of a Phase III trial. Study data were published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology.
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Molecular spies to fight cancer

EurekAlert! - 3 Aug 2015 06:00
(Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) Scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, together with colleagues at the University of Zurich and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, have for the first... time successfully tested a new tumor diagnosis method under near-real conditions. The procedure first sends out an antibody as a 'spy' to detect the diseased cells and binds to them. This antibody in turn attracts a subsequently administered radioactively labeled probe. The scientists could then clearly visualize the tumor by utilizing a tomographic method.
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(American Cancer Society) The first comprehensive study of its kind finds weight cycling, repeated cycles of intentional weight loss followed by regain, was not associated with overall risk of cancer... in men or women.
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(Rice University) Women are more likely to smoke during pregnancy when they live in areas where socio-economic resources are lower but also where smoking is more socially accepted, according to new... study from Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
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(Future Science Group) Future Science Group today announced the publication of a new article in Future Science OA, covering the use of animal models in scientific research.
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(Northwestern University) Northwestern University scientists will lead an interdisciplinary project funded by the National Institutes of Health to invent, develop and test an implantable drug delivery... system to protect high-risk individuals from HIV infection. Northwestern recently received a five-year, $17.5 million grant from the NIH for this project.
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(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Researches from the Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics at the MIPT Center of Nanoscale Optoelectronics have developed a new method for optical... communication on a chip, which will give a possibility to decrease the size of optical and optoelectronic elements and increase the computer performance several tenfold. According to their article published in Optics Express, they have proposed the way to completely eliminate energy losses of surface plasmons in optical devices.
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(New York Stem Cell Foundation) Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute successfully designed a revolutionary, high-throughput, robotic platform that automates and... standardizes the process of transforming patient samples into stem cells. This unique platform, the NYSCF Global Stem Cell ArrayTM, for the first time gives researchers the scale to look at diverse populations to better understand the underlying causes of disease and create new individually tailored treatments, enabling precision medicine in patient care.
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It looks like "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" will get further updates as developer 343 Industries teased the "Infection" multiplayer mode from "Halo 3" for the collection. The "Infection"... multiplayer was essentially a "Halo" zombie mode that had players join a team of the living or a team of the undead in a battle for survival.
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India's fourth largest software exporter reported a net profit of Rs 1683 crore in the previous quarter.
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India's fourth largest software exporter reported a net profit of Rs 1683 crore in the previous quarter.
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#PutYourWalletOut is theTwitter has enjoyed watching the fall of Australia's Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, and like any self-respecting social network has torn her to shreds. Bishop resigned from... her position on Sunday, after the true extent of her obsession with lavish travel at the taxpayer's expense had been revealed. From chartered helicopter flights to wedding extravaganzas, Bishop knew how to travel in style. Despite being squarely within the parliamentary rules, her galavanting ended abruptly on the weekend See also: Social media celebrates news of Australian politician's resignation
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Australian telecommunications company Telstra has revealed that it provided access more than 90,000 times to customer information over the course of the last financial year.
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New Orleans Finally Has ANearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina, medical staff who worked at the Charity Hospital have now moved to a new facility, the University Medical Center New Orleans. The hospital started its... operation on Aug. 1.
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The "Worms" series will be celebrating its 20th anniversary soon. For that occasion, developer Team 17 has announced "Worms WMD" for the Xbox One and PC in 2016. The studio also announced "Worms 4"... would be coming to the iTunes App Store this month. Both games will be playable next week at Gamescom 2015.
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Mexico news photographer amongA photographer for the Mexican investigative magazine Proceso, who had fled his home state after being harassed, was among five people found slain early Saturday in an apartment in Mexico City,... according to the magazine. The body of Ruben Espinosa, who collaborated with Proceso and other media, was identified by a family member at the morgue Saturday afternoon, Proceso reported, adding that his body had two gunshot wounds. See also: Four journalists reported missing in Syria Ruben Espinosa pic.twitter.com/8bP6E7Opsm — Le Butcherettes (@LeButcherettes) August 2, 2015 Espinosa had recently gone into self-exile from the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, where he felt under threat, according to Proceso. His family had lost contact with him on Friday and by Saturday the free speech advocacy group...
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If you were hanging around midtown Manhattan this weekend, you may have noticed some exotic animals projected on to the side of the Empire State Building. What was that all about? As it turns out,... that was one of the more ambitious examples of te...
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Chrome extensions crocked with simple attack

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 04:58
Security-enhancer S Everywhere switched off with this one weird trick Detectify researcher Mathias Karlsson says attackers can remove Google Chrome extensions, including the popular S Everywhere... extension, if users do nothing else but visit a web page....
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Deloitte Australia has been appointed to uncover how an update to the Department of Education's OneSchool System prevented 644 suspected child abuse cases from being reported to police.
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Space Station Lunar Transit

SpaceRef - 3 Aug 2015 04:49
The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, Woodford, VA....
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Blue Moon Over Washington

SpaceRef - 3 Aug 2015 04:48
A second full moon for the month of July is seen next to the dome of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Washington....
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Microsoft under fire; collectsA report on Guardian notes that when the new OS is installed, Microsoft assigns the user a unique advertising ID that is tied to the email address registered with the company. This address is also... linked with other services like app downloads, cloud storage, etc.
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Booting JSON from Android client puts cat vids in front of you in even less time Facebook has rolled out an open source project from Google to try and improve its ad-slinging performance on... Android....
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Whistleblower claims doping inThe leaked blood test data of thousands of athletes is raising serious questions about the use of performance enhancing drugs at the Olympics and other high-profile sporting events Handed to the... Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WRD by a whistleblower, the secret results of 12,000 tests from 5,000 athletes have cast doubt on a large number of track and field medals won at the Olympics and world championship events See also: White House unveils ambitious climate mandate for clean power The publication claims the evidence — data taken from the world athletics governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) — reveals the "extraordinary extent of cheating" by athletes.
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Drones Are Put on a Leash

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 04:18
Drones Are Put on a LeashThe commercial promise of drones has been limited by their short battery lives and propensity for flying off. Now some companies believe they have a solution: tie the drones to the ground with tethers... hundreds of feet long.
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Memphis police name suspect inOn Sunday evening, Memphis police officials named a suspect in Saturday's shooting death of MPD officer Sean Bolton and released more details around the incident See also: Memphis police officer... fatally shot during traffic stop During a press conference, Memphis police chief Toney Armstrong said Bolton was shot as he interrupted a drug deal when he approached a vehicle for being illegally parked Saturday night. Inside the car, Armstrong said, police found a scale and 1.7 grams of marijuana Armstrong also named a suspect in the shooting, 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn, who was allegedly a passenger in the car
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If you're a fan of collectibles and exclusives, you might be interested to learn that if you were to pre-order Fallout 4 on the PlayStation 4, you will have access to the Fallout 4 Garage Theme which... you can check out in the video above, courtesy of YouTuber MadMoneyBanks. Basically this will give you a nice Fallout-related theme for the PS4's UI. According to the listing on the PlayStation Store, this is only available for those who pre-order the game, so if you're a huge Fallout fan and want to get your hands on as much content as possible, then maybe you'd like to pre-order the game. Unfortunately the theme itself is pretty static as it is more or less a background image. We would have preferred if it was a more immersive theme with audio effects or maybe even custom Fallout music, but...
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European Commission Wants FlatWhile Europe shares a common currency, not everything is priced the same. For example a game you buy on Steam in Germany might be priced differently compared to if you were to buy it if you were in... Italy. However the discrepancy in pricings might so go the way of the dinosaur if the European Commission has their way. According to a report from MCV, it seems that the Commission is currently proposing implementing a flat price on digital goods across the EU. This means that digital products such as games you purchase from Steam, the PlayStation Store, or Xbox Live will be subject to the same price, regardless of which EU country you live in. In a statement made to MCV, the Commission said, "The Digital Single Market initiative seeks to provide an unfettered European market for digital goods...
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BMW Will Let Drivers Know WhenWhen we're driving ideally we would be paying attention to the road ahead of us. This includes noticing stop signs and also traffic lights, so that if it turns orange we know we should start slowing... down. In case you're a bit of a distracted driver, don't worry because BMW has got your back on this. The company has recently announced that they will be integrating the EnLighten app into their vehicles, as long as the BMW vehicle has BMW Apps and it is connected to an iOS device, like the iPhone. For those who are unaware, basically what EnLighten does is that it shows the current status of the traffic light that your car is approaching. It will also include a countdown to when the signal will change, and depending on your speed, the app will inform you if you should keep going or if you...
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Come talk about Motorola'sWe've all had a handful of days to digest the big announcements from Motorola, and as we're all waiting for the Moto X Style and Moto X Play to hit stores -- and maybe play with a Moto G 2015 while we... wait -- there's a lot to talk about. We've already given our quick takes in the last podcast, and will continue to bring you all of the coverage you've come to expect from Android Central as we spend more time with the phones. But as we do, we also want to encourage you to hop into the forums and chat it up with other members. Moto X Style (Pure Edition) forums Moto X Play forums Moto G 2015 forums Forums for each new phone are already plenty lively, and there's something for everyone, whether you want to start new threads, contribute to what's there or just read through other opinions. Join...
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Virtual Reality Isn't Just About Games

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 03:54
Virtual Reality Isn't JustVirtual reality is going to be much bigger, much more compelling, and much less trivial than what its earliest adopters have so far envisioned, says Keywords columnist Christopher Mims.
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'Because you can' has long been the rationale of mountain climbers, but it also works pretty well for Robbie Maddison, who used a tricked-out dirtbike to surf waves in Tahiti.
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'Zoolander 2' trailerThe remarkably scientific trailer for the "Zoolander" sequel brings science to the forefront.
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Golden Gaytimes now comes in aIt's hard to have a Gaytime on your own, and now you don't have to The Australian ice cream of choice — Golden Gaytime — is coming at you in bulk. The biscuity, toffee, creamy mess that used to be... only available on a stick, has now been released in a 1.25L tub. An entire country is rejoicing See also: Aussie daredevil surfs waves on his motorbike in mind-blowing footage Because a multi-pack was never enough, a brilliant Australian man calling himself the "Golden Chief" started the "Golden Gaytime Icecream Tub Project" to get Golden Gaytimes converted into tub form. In news to brighten your Monday, the campaign worked and the Golden Chief let the world know the product is on supermarket shelves
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Red Bull and GoPro need to get their act together, because the #1 craziest extreme promo video on the internet today belongs to a shoe company. Representing DC Shoes, Australian motorcycle daredevil... Robbie Madison has dropped into a massive Tahitian wave and surfed it - on a lightly modified KTM dirt bike. This is one of the most supremely ridiculous and jaw-dropping things we've ever seen. ..
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How Ferguson Changed America

Slate - 3 Aug 2015 03:38
On Aug. 9, one year ago, Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown after a brief scuffle in the middle of a small street in Ferguson, Missouri. There wasn't any video of the encounter, but... many bystanders and local residents saw the aftermath. For four hours, Brown's body sat in the summer sun, slumped and face down, blood pooling in the street where he was killed. Neighbors, shocked at the violence and the police's disrespect for Brown's corpse, took photos and shared video. "They killed him for no reason ... they just killed this n--er for no reason," said one man in a video recorded just after shooting. "Do you see a knife? Do you see anything that would have caused a threat to these motherf--kin' police? They shot that boy because they wanted to shoot that boy in the middle...
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Uber valuation soars past $US50bn

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 03:35
Uber valuation soars pastUber raising sees valuation equal Facebook’s record for a private venture-backed start-up.
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Windows 10 Now Has 2.47% Of The OS Market

Ubergizmo - 3 Aug 2015 03:29
Windows 10 Now Has 2.47% OfA couple of days ago, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 has been installed on over 14 million devices which is a pretty impressive figure, but in terms of overall market share, exactly how much does... that 14 million and more represent? The folks at Statcounter (via WMPoweruser) have the figures and the numbers are pretty encouraging. As you can see in the graph above, Windows 10 is currently on a pretty steady rise and actually accounts for 2.47% of the entire OS market. Now some of you might think that 2.47% is only a fraction of the market, but as you can see in the graph it is climbing pretty quickly. In fact despite it being less than a week old, Windows 10 has since outpaced Windows Vista, Chrome OS, and Linux. Based on the way it is climbing, it is expected that in the next week or...
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Russian Carriers And RetailersIt would seem that despite the changes that Samsung has brought to the table with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, sales of either devices haven't been going too well, so much so that Samsung was forced to... adjust the prices in order to keep the momentum going. Unfortunately it looks like their troubles will not be helped by the Russian market. According to a report from Bloomberg, it seems that over in Russia, several carriers and retailers have decided that they would stop buying Samsung's smartphones. Apparently this is due to concerns over defective units and disagreements about repair guarantees. While defective units are to be expected every now and then, it seems that the percentage of Samsung is a bit too high for some. The report claims that carriers PJSC MegaFon and VimpelCom Ltd. and...
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iPhone 6, 6 Plus FinallyIn the next couple of months we expect that the next-gen iPhones will be announced. However if you're not too fussed about having the latest in smartphone technology, you might be interested to learn... that Virgin Mobile is finally offering both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on its network, despite dropping the iPhone from its lineup earlier this year. Now we know that the current iPhones are almost a year old and some customers might think it's more prudent to wait for the next-gen. However like we said if you're not too fussed about specs and want to save some money, Virgin Mobile is actually offering both iPhones at a $100 discount. The 16GB iPhone 6 will be priced at $549.99 which is $100 down from its retail price of $649.99, while the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $649, $100 down from its...
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Deloitte Digital picks up MashUp

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 03:27
Deloitte Digital picks upConsultancy firm buys start-up as it continues to expand its focus to physical retail spaces.
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Traffic lights are supposed to help keep driving orderly, but they often create more tension than they resolve. How do you know that the green light won't turn yellow before it's too late to slow... down? BMW thinks it can help. It's the first auto...
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Travel SIM and telecommunications company ZipTel has its sights set on expansion into India, recording a second quarter loss of AU$771,000 following the launch of its international communications app... Zipt.
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Cancer treatment gets mini-accelerator boost

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 03:10
Researchers at Cern are developing a new particle accelerator, just two metres long, that can be used in hospitals for imaging and the treatment of cancer.
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Building Networks For The NextAn overarching trend sweeping the industries that combine to create IT infrastructure is the embrace of open, inter-company collaboration on core technology. There have been plenty of examples of... corporate affection for open source of late, however the trend was on full display at the recent OpenDaylight Summit where network hardware vendors, component suppliers, telecom companies, software developers and online service providers came together to plot the future of software defined networks (SDN) and cloud provisioned services. The OpenDaylight project, under the auspices of the Linux Foundation and sponsored by 50 (and growing) organizations, exists to catalyze and direct projects that address network plumbing. By shepherding the strategy and development of full stack SDN, from physical...
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Now, 3 more super-Earths discovered

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 03:05
Now, 3 more super-EarthsA new 'secret' planetary system that includes three super-Earths and one outer giant planet has been discovered by astronomers at a distance of just 21 light years from Earth.
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"Behold us nearly here, coming down the long path," Clarice Lispector writes in the story "The Burned Sinner and the Harmonious Angels." "An angel's fall is a direction." For almost all of New... Directions' remarkable new Complete Stories, brilliantly translated by Katrina Dodson, I felt wrapped in flame. I might as well have been burning up on re-entry trying to follow strange angels, receiving ecstatic signals, sometimes from afar and sometimes very near.
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The company charged with rolling out Australia's National Broadband Network has announced the creation of an additional 4,500 jobs in the field across construction, maintenance, and training.
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App that pops up the right pill

Times of India - 3 Aug 2015 03:04
Coming to the aid of common man plagued by costlier alternatives of affordable generic medicines is an Android mobile application 'Ausodhyatmika', developed by Krishnakant Tiwari of Varanasi.
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Government Should Think Before On July 16, the U.S. Treasury Department finally made a move that many fintech professionals have expected – and some dreaded – for years. They issued a Request for Information (RFI) for online... marketplaces. Their goal is to “allow policymakers to study the various business models and products offered by online marketplace lenders, the potential for online marketing lending…
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Aussie daredevil surfs wavesRobbie Maddison is a self-described "nutter." The Aussie daredevil is no stranger to wild stunts, but recently he outdid himself. On August 2, DC Shoes shared a video on YouTube titled "Pipe Dream,"... which shows "Maddo" riding on water with his motorbike, surfing waves on his motorbike and performing other God-like activities to slam home the fact that he is not a human. According to the video, it took nearly two years of training for the epic stunt to become a reality. Using a highly-modified dirt bike on the waters of the Pacific Ocean in French Polynesia, Maddo rides the waves like he is riding on air
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Japan driven to distraction, US can't sweeten Oz, NZ drowning in a milk lake The controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have stalled once again....
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Uber has filed documents with the Federal Court against the Australian Taxation Office to overturn a directive that requires Uber drivers to register for the Good and Services Tax (GST).
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Fake Apple iOS crash reportsSome Apple mobile users have been encountering a pop-up message that is particularly difficult to close. The message appears after a user has been redirected to a different domain, usually caused by... viewing a malicious advertisement, wrote Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher with Malwarebytes. The message warns that a third-party application on the phone has caused the device to crash and includes a phone number where users can allegedly get their device fixed. Warnings such as this one are employed by technical support schemes, which convince people to call their support lines by falsely warning that their computers or devices have security or performance problems.
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Fake Apple iOS crash reportsSome Apple mobile users have been encountering a pop-up message that is particularly difficult to close. The message appears after a user has been redirected to a different domain, usually caused by... viewing a malicious advertisement, wrote Jerome Segura, a senior security researcher with Malwarebytes. The message warns that a third-party application on the phone has caused the device to crash and includes a phone number where users can allegedly get their device fixed. Warnings such as this one are employed by technical support schemes, which convince people to call their support lines by falsely warning that their computers or devices have security or performance problems.
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Need a Reason to Celebrate?The growth of social media has spawned a national holiday -- sometimes two -- for seemingly every day of the year. It is an instinct as old as America itself.
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Cool Influencers With BigAdvertisers work with people who have millions of YouTube subscribers or social media followers to turn promotions into person-to-person conversations.
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August Smart Lock Now WorksA slightly misaligned door, and the thing won’t close. For those who are unfamiliar, smart locks are basically a more hi-tech lock where instead of relying on a key, you can use your smartphone to... unlock it. Granted there are locks that use key cards, but with smart locks, you can use it with an app and share the "key" with your guests, change access on the fly, and so on. The August smart lock is a perfect example of such a lock. Previously it was only compatible with smartphones but if you have a smartwatch like the Apple Watch, you might be interested to learn that the August smart lock app has recently been updated and will now support the Apple Watch, meaning that you can now unlock your door using your watch. In a way this is a lot more convenient since your way is already on your...
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Parents who joke and pretend with their children are teaching them important life skills, research has revealed. The study showed that children as young as 16 months old naturally learn the difference... between joking and pretending by picking up on their parents' cues. It also showed understanding the difference between the two allows children the opportunity to learn, imagine, bond, and think in abstract ways.
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A 'brain training' iPad game may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at work and living independently, according to new research.
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Density Sensor Lets You KnowAs fun as bars are for friends to meet up and hangout, sometimes it gets a bit too crowded which in turn kind of ruins the experience. Having no place to move, lining up for the bathroom, people... bumping and spilling drinks on you, and so on can quickly lead to a bad night. This is where the Density sensor comes into play. The Density sensor is a tiny sensor that anyone can setup in their home, office, restaurant, bar, club, and etc. Basically it's a break beam sensor similar the one used by elevators and automated doors, but thanks to its pairing with an app, it turns it into a much more functional and feature-rich device. Like we said it can be used by venues such as restaurants and bars where it will be able to detect the number of people inside that particular location. From there and...
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There are speakers in the market which are designed for audiophiles, then there are speakers designed for mobility, then there are also speakers designed to be hi-tech and come packed with all sorts... of features like touchscreen displays and more. This means that if you wanted all those features, you'd basically have to end up buying multiple speakers which can be expensive. Enter SparkBlocks. This is a Kickstarter project for a set of modular speakers, which by its description alone should clue you in on what to expect. Basically these are speakers whose features and functions and arrangement can be determined by you as per your need. Its base unit is a portable speaker with a 4-hour battery life so if you're after portability, you're all set. However if you wanted more, like extra...
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Ontario college studentsA pair of Ontario college students is facing a tough crowd as they try to design an audible hockey puck that can be used by visually impaired players.
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Satechi BT Cortana Button addsWho would have thought that Bluetooth technology would last until today, where it is right now in the 4.0 iteration amongst the most current gadgets? Well, going wireless does seem to be the right... direction for many a device, and until now, most of the time where we see Bluetooth technology applied would be to send music from a device to a speaker sans any kind of pesky wires that ...
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Weekly poll results: Motorola did it better

Android Central - 3 Aug 2015 02:26
Weekly poll results: MotorolaLast week we asked what people thought about the two "big" events in the Android world of the week -- the OnePlus 2 announcement, and Motorola showing us the Moto X Style (or Pure, or something) and... the Moto X Play. Most of us paid close attention to both, and while there were some surprises, in the end we are left with what each manufacturer thinks is a natural successor to last year's product. That's how it goes, but that won't stop us from debating things over and over. And over.
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Australian brands failing theNew report from SAP finds 47 per cent of respondents unsatisfied with their digital experiences, costing companies loyalty and revenue.
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Save some cash for beer withHeading back to class? You need a laptop that will keep you going through class, and won't leave you eating ramen. We've got you covered with our favorites. The post Save some cash for beer with the... best back-to-school laptops under $500 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Great Debate: DISH Network vs. DirecTV

Digital Trends - 3 Aug 2015 02:15
The Great Debate: DISH NetworkSo, you've chosen to go with a satellite television provider. Check out our quick rundown of what DISH Network and DirecTV offer in terms of content, hardware, and pricing. The post The Great Debate:... DISH Network vs. DirecTV appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Click here to hack the network

BBC - 3 Aug 2015 02:04
Click here to hack the networkWhat does it take to be an ethical hacker?
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Biden mulling 2016While President Barack Obama's time in the White House is winding down, his VP, Joe Biden, may be looking to prolong his White House residency a bit longer, as The New York Times reports Biden is... considering a 2016 run See also: Joe Biden on son Beau: Success is when your children turn out better than you The paper reported Saturday that Biden and his advisers are beginning to test the waters on a challenge to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and other Democratic candidates in the 2016 presidential race. Part of this preparation includes reaching out to leaders within the party who have yet to commit to Clinton.
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Mt Gox's Mark Karpeles arrested in Japan

The Register - 3 Aug 2015 01:58
Police move on boss of collapsed Bitcoin exchange French-born Mark Karpeles, head of the failed Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange, has been arrested in Japan....
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Imports of Digital Goods Face Test

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 01:58
Imports of Digital Goods FaceLaw Journal: The clash over protecting a free-flowing Internet while also fighting online piracy has shifted to an unlikely and largely unknown setting: a legal battle about teeth-alignment devices at... a federal trade body.
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Windows 10: The Emotion, TheI'm not going to repeat a checklist review that explains to you, once again, how the start menu is back, how live tiles are incorporated into the UI, or the potential that lies behind universal apps.... I want to talk about the emotional impact of Windows 10, how it feels in use, how it helps or hinders my work, and if you should rush out to install it as soon as possible.
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Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Sees PriceJust the other day we reported that Samsung had announced during its earnings call that they would be adjusting the prices of its flagship handsets the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. This was done in... order to help both handsets maintain its sales momentum, which many had interpreted to mean that price cuts were in order. It was unclear as to when the cuts would begin, but it looks like it already has. According to a report from Androidworld, it seems that Samsung has already made price cuts to both the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge over in the Netherlands. The handsets have had their price adjust to €599 for the Galaxy S6 which represents a €100 cut, while the Galaxy S6 Edge saw a €150 price cut which dropped it down to €699. Those are some pretty substantial cuts but for now it only appears...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 MightWill the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 feature microSD card support? Some say yes, some say no. However thanks to a recent tweet by @evleaks, it looks like "no" might be the answer after all.... According to his tweet, it seems that the Galaxy Note 5 might not come with microSD card support, which for some users might be a deal-breaker. The debate on whether the phone will feature microSD support has been going back and forth for a while now, although given that @evleaks has had a pretty good track record with leaks and rumors, there is a good chance that his recent tweet might be the real deal. Like we said the lack of microSD card support will be considered a deal-breaker for some users, especially those who store a lot of music, video, and photos on their devices. That being said Samsung...
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ZTE Axon Pro Now Available ForA couple of weeks ago ZTE announced the ZTE Axon Pro handset which for a handset with its specs was surprisingly decently priced, but then again that is kind of how ZTE typically prices its products... to begin with, so we can't say we're too surprised. The handset was only available for pre-order at that time but in case you missed out on that, fret not. The ZTE Axon Pro is now available for purchase directly from a handful of online retailers. Customers can head on over to ZTE's website, Amazon, Newegg, or even eBay where you can pick up the device fully unlocked for a relatively affordable price tag of $450. Given that flagship smartphones from more mainstream OEMs usually cost $100-$200 more, this would be a pretty good deal. Now just in case you forgot what the ZTE Axon Pro is all about,...
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Facebook debuts new live event stream

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 01:40
Facebook debuts new live eventSocial network starts testing a new feature that lets users check in on live events from their couches at home.
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'China's Airbnb' Raises $300 Million in Funding Round

Wall Street Journal - 3 Aug 2015 01:39
'China's Airbnb' Raises $300Tujia.com raised $300 million in its latest funding round, underscoring strong investor demand for Chinese startups despite volatility in the country's domestic stock market.
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MSI does the Windows 10 danceWhen it comes to notebooks, you can generally break that market down into two different niches – the first would be for the road warrior or businessman, who simply wants it to work without weighing... too much. Sure, it will be able to crunch numbers and churn out spreadsheets, but chances are you would also find Minesweeper and Solitaire on it as the only games, too. The other would be ...
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The Logic Pros: TimeIn this week's episode of the The Logic Pros, Flex audio features are up, with some serious hardware reviews on deck. Next week we will start a mini-series of episodes showcasing some top-notch... instruments from the likes of Moog, Native Instruments and more, but first we will dive into Logic's time compression/expansion and micro pitch […]
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Best Android gadgets of theThis weekend we're rounding up the best new Android accessories to hit the market again. Amazon pulled the trigger on the public launch of their incredibly convenient shopping button, while Motorola... offered up two new pairs of headphones. There's plenty more, so dive in!
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We've all been there. You pick up your keys, pick up your jacket, grab your bag and suddenly you're over-encumbered.
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Which Character Strengths areIf you seek high well-being, your best bets are gratitude and love of learning. --
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Ouch! The 10 most painfulNo gets a tattoo without expecting a little pain. But there's a difference between a lil' sting and the fire of a thousand suns. Luckily, Cincinnati-based tattoo artist Andy Eschenbach of Flying Tiger... Tattoo filled Mashable in on which body parts to avoid inking if you don't want to ride the Carousel of Agony. See also: Beautifully embroider your skin with cross-stitch tattoos Want a tattoo with minimal pain? Eschenbach suggests opting for the arms, lower legs and shoulders — all popular locations. However, he also stresses that even the areas listed below are manageable. "People get tattooed in all these places all the time, and they usually do fine," he says. "The real enemy is their own fear."
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Think of the future, edit the past The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your... organisation's data....
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From the New Guy's Desk:There's no shortage of opinion to be found right now on OnePlus as a company, or the viability of its recently announced and entirely overhyped smartphone, but I'm going to steal a moment of your time... to talk about something the company did really well. In fact, it's the one thing I wish and pray and hope for every time a new smartphone is announced. A few hours before everyone strapped Google Cardboard to their faces and watched a pre-recorded launch event officially announcing the OnePlus Two, a small press event was happening in San Francisco. Like many smartphone press events, the goal is to let us get some hands on time with the phone so we can tell all of you about it as soon as the announcement is over. Unlike most smartphone launch events, OnePlus created a relaxed, incredibly...
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How To Restore Missing DesktopIt can be quite shocking to find out that that your Windows desktop icons or some specific icons are missing. You might have accidently removed the icons or a malware program might have infected your... PC and caused the removal of desktop icons. However, you can get these icons back using different methods. In this tutorial, we are going to show you different methods for restoring missing desktop icons. These methods should be enough to restore the icons, whether they were accidently removed or deleted by an infected program. Method #1: Restore Specific Icons If you have accidently removed specific Windows desktop icons such as, My Computer, Recycle Bin or Control Panel, then you can easily restore them from windows "Personalize" settings. Right-click on any blank area on the desktop and...
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Verizon Giving Away $100 VisaThe LG G4 is LG's latest flagship smartphone which based on our initial reviews has proven to be quite a pretty decent handset. Now if you're still on the fence regarding what smartphone should be... your next, perhaps this Verizon promotion for a $100 Visa prepaid card for be tempting enough to pick a side. The promotion basically gives customers a $100 prepaid card if they were to buy a LG G4 from Verizon. Of course as is with all promotions, this isn't forever. The promotion will only be good for the next couple of weeks as it will run from the 1st of August until the 12th of August, and given that we're already a couple of days into the month, you've got about 10 days left to take Verizon up on it. All customers will have to do is purchase the handset from Verizon's website or from their...
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Isaac Asimov and other classic sci-fi writers envisioned a future in which great vats of yeast or bacteria could feed humanity. We're not there yet, but today's startups are using yeast cultures to... produce milk, egg whites, and even coffee. And if you're not sure about yeast-brewed egg whites, you can always try lab-grown cultures of beef, produced by a company whose other line of work is "bioprinted leather."
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Steady as she goes for Windows XP, 7 and 8.1, but 8.0 and Vista are just about dead Windows 10 has rocketed to account for 0.375 per cent of the world's PC-driven web traffic, according to ratings... firms Netmarketshare and Statcounter....
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Sony's IFA Event Confirmed ForRecently Sony had begun teasing an announcement that they would be making on the 3rd of August, which at the moment is speculated to be the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. So what about the... rumored Sony Xperia Z5? As it turns out, the flagship Sony smartphone might be reserved for another event – IFA 2015. Sony Italy has recently confirmed via Twitter that the company will be present at IFA 2015 which is held in Berlin next month. According to the tweet, Sony will be hosting a press conference on the 2nd of September itself which is when many expect the Sony Xperia Z5 to be officially announced. In a way this doesn't come as a surprise given that last we heard, the Xperia Z5 was rumored for a launch in September, and with IFA taking place in September it hardly seems like a...
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In the movies and sci-fi TV shows, it's not uncommon to see the characters have communication devices which have holographic displays. Now if you've always wanted something similar for yourself,... you're probably thinking that we're years or maybe even decades away from something similar. As it turns out that might not be the case. In fact you could go ahead and give your smartphone a holographic display right now, thanks to a recent video that surfaced which shows you how to go ahead and assemble one right now. In fact the materials required to make such a display are pretty simple and you might have them at home already. Basically all you'd need is graph paper, a CD case, tape, pen, scissors, a knife/glass cutter, and your smartphone. Yup, you read that right, that's all it takes for you...
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'Zoolander 2' teaser is hereInside Derek Zoolander's brain, Einstein's theory of relativity swirls, orange mocha frappuccinos float, synapses sputter and the word "Eugoogly" is very clearly defined. The new teaser for the sequel... to Zoolander also explains the most pressing question some fans may have: Why isn't the movie called 2oolander. Puns are just too much for Derek to wrap his head around. Actually, the phrase "wrap your head around" probably wouldn't make much sense to him, either Image: Paramount Pictures Aussie daredevil surfs waves on his motorbike in mind-blowing footage Homeless puppy gets second chance after vets nurse her back to health Face first is the best way to smash a skydiving world record Boy with cerebral palsy tosses aside his walker to finish the triathlon
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Still wondering what Samsung is going to unveil at its August 13th event? Well-known tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) might have just removed what few doubts are left. He not only posted... official-looking snapshots of both the Galaxy Note 5 and i...
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The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has landed with a 200 mph splash among today's super-sedans. As decisions go, it would be a nice problem to have: which of the current breed of high-performance four-doors... would be sitting in your garage, were you to have a roughly $100k budget and a taste for motoring? Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz deliver the obvious options, …
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This One Teen Was Behind TwoAustin Haughwout has a knack for getting drones featured in news stories… and usually not in a positive light. The 18-year-old’s name first appeared here back in 2014 when he captured viral video... of himself getting attacked by a woman on a beach. She claimed that he was being a “pervert” and was using his […]
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Meanwhile, nbnTM emnarks on AU$40m techie training cash-splash Remote communities in Queensland believe they've been dudded out of a promise to give them a connection to the long-haul fibre... connections being built as part of Australia's National Broadband Network....
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Thailand's tiger cub tourismImage: Amanda Mustard Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, or the Tiger Temple, began in 1994 as a Theravada Buddhist monastery nestled in the forest three hours west of Bangkok, Thailand. The monks took in... abandoned wildlife, including everything from wild boar to peacocks, and yes, a few tigers. Over the years the tigers multiplied, as did the visitors that came to see them. Today, a plethora of species still roam freely on the grounds, but it is now known as Tiger Temple: tourist hotspot, perpetual controversy, and home to almost 150 tigers See also: The death of Cecil, Zimbabwe's beloved lion, is a far too common story
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NBN to double construction force

The Australian - 3 Aug 2015 00:02
NBN to double constructionCompany building the National Broadband Network launches a $40m program to boost total construction workforce to 9000.
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The fear of millions of jobs being automated out of existence by robots and artificial intelligence is real. Here's how it will change the world -- for the better.
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Ephemeral Vs. Perpetual If you are following the battle of the short messaging systems, you might think it is a one-dimensional contest between the systems that maintain your chat history for all time – like Twitter and... Facebook – and the so-called disappearing messengers – like Snapchat – where messages vanish after being read.
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Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's website now redirects to an LGBT chat room and forum. That's because when Hutchinson's domain registration expired, it was quickly grabbed up by college student... Dylan Hailey, who set the site to redirect to the forum.
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Mac: The emoji search in OS X is just fine, but if you're looking for something a little smoother, Mojibar is a menubar based emoji app that makes typing in an emoji quick and easy.
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