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31 Oct 2014 - United States
You can't exactly use Google Wallet everywhere you go just yet, but if you do use it often enough to warrant semi-regular transfers from your bank, then you'll love its latest update. Now, you can... activate recurring bank transfers, even pick the...
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In this video analysis/padcast I take a look at some of the numbers behind Samsung’s steep revenue and profit decline. If you have the Perspecive iOS app from Pixxa, then you can click this link and... watch my story on ...
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(H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute) The scientific community has made significant strides in recent years in identifying important genetic contributors to malignancy and developing... therapeutic agents that target altered genes and proteins. A recent approach to treat cancer called synthetic lethality takes advantage of genetic alterations in cancer cells that make them more susceptible to certain drugs. Alan F. List, MD, president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, co-authored an article on synthetic lethality featured in the Oct. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Ars Technica: Last week three men filed a class action lawsuit in Northern California District Court alleging that Apple's 2011 MacBook Pro laptops were defective and that Apple did not take proper... steps to compensate customers whose hardware broke. The lawsuit specifically addresses 15" and 17" MacBook Pros from 2011, which the plaintiffs claim suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability, and system failures." The plaintiffs also assert that the problem is widespread, with an online survey conducted by the plaintiffs receiving over 3,000 responses from 2011 MacBook Pro owners in a single week. As someone who has one of these affected machines and has already had one logic board failure attributed to it, I'm going to follow this closely.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The French government is investigating a series of unidentified drone flights recently conducted over state-owned nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over seven different... nuclear power plants around the country in a two-week period between October 5th and October 20th. The drones were reportedly commercial models, available for purchase by the general public, but it's not yet clear who was behind the controls.
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Google to pay fine for showingIn Canada, a judge rejects the defense that once you are doing something in public, you have no right to privacy.
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The largest hot air balloonTime lapse anything and it immediately turns epic. Take something as kooky as the annual hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico where 750 hot air balloons get together to lift off and put... it in a time lapse video and it looks absolutely incredible. It's like a ballet in the air.
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Video: How removing tattoosSmarter Every Day takes an in-depth look at something super cool: removing tattoos with the help of lasers. The science behind it is fascinating, all the zapping lasers do is basically break down the... bigger ink blobs inside your skin and let your body's white blood cells and liver take care of the rest of the removal process.
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Super Slow Motion Surfing Video Is Heavy And Beautiful

The Huffington Post - 31 Oct 2014 02:03
Super Slow Motion SurfingNo wave will ever look heavier than it does at 1,000 frames per second. That super slow frame rate will also give everyone a whole new appreciation for the athleticism and risks in surfing. Shot with... $235,000 worth of Phantom Camera equipment, a video by surf cinematographer Chris Bryan features some of the finest surfers in the world doing what they do best -- all in super slow motion. It makes for an astonishing 6 minutes. The athleticism of surfers is often overlooked (thanks Spicoli stereotypes), but the enormous talent displayed in this video refuses to be ignored. With that many frames per second, every ebb and flow of the water -- surfing's ever-changing playing field -- is dramatically jaw-dropping. Pro circuit favorites John-John Florence and Kelly Slater make impressive...
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vinces99 writes A new study shows that the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributed to the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago did not occur gradually but rather was... characterized by three abrupt pulses. Scientists are not sure what caused these abrupt increases, during which carbon dioxide levels rose about 10 to 15 parts per million – or about 5 percent per episode – during a span of one to two centuries. It likely was a combination of factors, they say, including ocean circulation, changing wind patterns and terrestrial processes. The finding, published Oct. 30 in the journal Nature, casts new light on the mechanisms that take the Earth in and out of ice ages. "We used to think that naturally occurring changes in carbon dioxide took place relatively...
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Hubble Sees Ghost Light From Dead Galaxies

SpaceRef - 31 Oct 2014 00:56
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago....
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This flying car is lightweight and efficient enough to soar across the country, and small enough to fit into the parking spot at work.
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Apparently I'm a masochist. That's an odd way to begin a review. But to give BlackBerry's latest handset, the Passport, as thorough a review as possible, I decided to type the entire thing from the... phone itself. My twisted idea came from a...
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HP announces Sprout--a trulyHewlett-Packard Co has announced the development of a new kind of computer workstation--one that combines the power of a desktop computer with 3D scanning and projection--and adds a second display... surface that is actually a touchpad. The workstation, called the Sprout will go on sale next week for $1,899.
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Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this fifth installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a... former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with Terry Anderson, former Associated Press chief Mideast correspondent and author of Den of Lions, a memoir detailing the horrific six years and nine months he spent in captivity in Lebanon.
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Facebook is now availableThe "deep web" is not only home to shady online drug bazaars where you can exchange bitcoins for drugs, but also portals where whistleblowers can safely pass sensitive documents to journalists. Now,... it's also also home to Facebook. See also: How to See When Someone Unfriends You on Facebook The social network announced on Friday that it is now hosted directly on the Tor network to allow for an even more secure and private way to connect to Facebook. People using Tor, software that allows for safe and anonymous web browsing, can now connect directly to Facebook using its new onion address (s://facebookcorei.onion/), also known as a hidden service.
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Today's Your Chance to UpgradeEveryone remembers those classic blue Linksys routers of yore, so while the Linksys WRT1900AC may exude nostalgia , its technology is all brand new.
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Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There... aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series D stage, but cloud platform provider Joyent today announced that it has raised an additional $15 million from existing investors Intel…
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Q&A: 'Interstellar' filmmakerIn his secrecy-shrouded sci-fi extravaganza "Interstellar," filmmaker Christopher Nolan isn't just taking audiences to outer space. He's also sending a couple of robots along for the ride--and they're... just not on board to sweep the floors.
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3 Things to Know AboutHere's what to know about the new Samsung models
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Jony Ive Is So Focused On Apple design lead Jony Ive spoke to an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night, the Wall Street Journal reports, addressing the difficulties in designing an Apple smartwatch.... The Apple Watch design process was “difficult and humbling” because of the expectations consumers have with regards to wearable tech and fashion, Ive said, but perhaps his most…
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Introducing MashFlix: OurMashable is proud to announce the launch of MashFlix, our online and offline film club. Every few weeks, we'll be showing a newly released or upcoming movie in an open screening, along with... conversations with filmmakers This month, in tandem with our partner IFC Films, we'll be shining a spotlight on The Babadook. The film tells the story of a single mother, Amelia, who is grieving the violent death of her husband and battling her son’s nighttime fear of a shadowy monster. Watch the trailer below, get #spooked and then sign up for the free pre-release screening at the IFC Center in New York on Nov. 20 here. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with writer and director Jennifer Kent, who we'll stream in from Australia
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Meet systemd, theSystemd is one of the most controversial projects in Linux-land right now. How controversial? So controversial that Lennart Poettering, one of systemd's developers, even claims that horrible people... have been pooling Bitcoins to hire a hitman on him. On a more reasonable level, there's a Boycott systemd website that argues for a boycott of this software on various technical merits. All this backlash is a reaction to systemd's success. It has been--or is being--adopted by Linux distributions from Fedora and OpenSuSE to Ubuntu, Debian, and even Arch Linux. GNOME is becoming more dependent on it over time--one of Debian's stated reasons for switching back to GNOME was because of its systemd integration. It's everywhere.
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Apple this month announced its new iMac with a 5K Retina display, which boasts of an impressive 14.7 million pixels packed into the 5120--2880 matrix. Why did Apple choose this novel 5K resolution... over a myriad of standard 4K options? Ars Technica...
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Amazon says it's sticking withAmazon says it's not giving up on the Fire phone, despite disastrous sales and a cold critical reception so far. Speaking to Fortune, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices David Limp acknowledged... that the company has made mistakes with its first smartphone. "We didn't get the price right," Limp said, referring to the Fire phone's initial $199 on-contract price tag. "I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations"
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A Giant Drill Came This CloseA whole bunch of Queens commuters almost got to star in their very own horror movie yesterday when a rogue contractor accidentally bored through an F-train subway tunnel with a 10-inch drill bit. So,... uh, happy Halloween. Or something.
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Tweet much to gain popularityThe imbalanced structure of Twitter, where some users have many followers and the large majority barely has several dozen followers, means that messages from the more influential have much more... impact. Less popular users can compensate for this by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the outcome is costly and inefficient. This was confirmed by an analysis of the social network performed by researchers from the Technical University of Madrid.
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7 Half-Assed, Last-MinuteYou hate Halloween. Now you have to go to a party, and you don't have the guts to not dress up. You're screwed, but don't worry, not so screwed that you can't make a good showing.
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CurrentC is DOA before it's even launched

PC World - 31 Oct 2014 15:46
CurrentC is DOA before it'sCurrentC--a mobile payment system developed by a consortium of major retail chains--has made headlines lately for brazenly blocking Apple Pay transactions. The heat CurrentC faced from that poor... strategic move is nothing, though, compared to the trouble the embryonic payment system is in now, thanks to news of a data breach. CurrentC isn't even officially launched yet. It's currently pilot testing with a handful of early adopters, and it's projected to be available to the masses sometime in 2015. Merchants Customer Exchange (MCX)--the organization behind CurrentC--confirmed Wednesday that it was the victim of a hack, though, compromising the email addresses of the early adopters.
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Facebook sets up shop on theFacebook has made its site directly available on Tor to prevent access problems for people using the anonymity network and to provide an alternative method of accessing the social network securely.... People who have a Tor-enabled browser will be able to access Facebook via s://facebookcorei.onion/, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in a post to the social network on Friday. Tor, short for The Onion Router, is software designed to offer users better privacy when browsing the Internet. It routes traffic through a network of worldwide servers in order to mask the user's location. The system is widely used by people who don't want to reveal their real IP address while browsing and it is also used by people to access services that are blocked by governments in some countries.
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When people think about cyber and information security they often think about anti-virus software and firewalls; however, according to an information security expert from the University of Adelaide,... organisations would become a lot more secure if employers invested in more security-related training for staff.
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Vlad the Impaler: The realCount Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III, known in his heyday as Dracula or Drăculea, in old Romanian was a... medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood.
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Flying qubits make for a(Phys.org) --In a quantum memory, the basic unit of data storage is the qubit. Because a qubit can exist in a superposition state of both "1" and "0" at the same time, it can process much more... information than a classical bit. However, qubits are often very unstable due to decoherence, currently making them impractical for real-life memory storage.
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I reviewed Droplr a couple of years ago and found it to be an easy method of transferring large files. The Mac application is back with a spanking new interface and new features that are likely to... appeal to people who share screen shots, screen...
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These pictures show the NexusThe Nexus 6 is Google's most advanced Nexus smartphone yet, with the company focusing on premium Nexus devices this year that feature high-end specs and matching prices. The Nexus 6 has top-notch... hardware across the board and the phone's camera is supposed to offer a significantly better performance than previous models. Even though the Nexus 6 is not available to users for extensive camera testing, one Googler has just posted camera samples taken at night with the Nexus phablet. FROM EARLIER: These are the first photos taken with Google's hot new Nexus 6 The first camera samples taken with the Nexus 6's main 13-megapixel rear camera -- which packs a Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor and optical image stabilization (OIS) -- were posted online a few
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Kaci Hickox is Maine's biggestKaci Hickox, a nurse who served Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, defies the quarantine order from Maine state officials. She has tested negative for the virus twice, but Maine officials want her to... stay home for 21 days.
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Sony Posts Hefty Loss

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 15:16
Sony Posts Hefty LossSony reported a $1.2 billion loss for the quarter after writing down the book value of its struggling smartphone business.
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Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and... Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week. The valuation is…
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When Did Ghosts Start Saying "Boo"?

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 15:15
This evening, children everywhere will throw sheets over their heads and emit the same exact noise. How did everyone come to agree on the noise a ghost makes? Forrest Wickman attempted to answer that... question in 2011. The story is reprinted below.
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Deadspin How Muhammad Ali's Rope-A-Dope Myth Suckered America | Gawker A Child's Treasury of This Year's Most Offensive Halloween Costumes | io9 10 Tropes Involving Fantasy Weapons That Should Die In... A Fire | Kotaku School Tries To Recreate Studio Ghibli Food
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Arachnophobia chopped out of a man's brain

New Scientist - 31 Oct 2014 15:11
A man's lifelong fear of spiders vanished overnight with the removal of a part of his brain – it gives an insight into where and how our fears are stored
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The World's Smallest 3DThe two biggest factors when it comes to choosing a printer are price and capacity. The bigger an item you want to print, the more expensive the printer will be. But if you've decided to just tip-toe... into the world of 3D printing, and are just testing the waters, the $299 iBox Nano looks like a great choice, as long as your printing plans aren't overly ambitious.
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'Scandal' characters find hopeAs we learned on this week's episode, "An Innocent Man," everyone is someone's puppet Whether it's Fitz, who is being played by Rowan; Cyrus, who's literally sleeping with the enemy; or a former... president whose wife is the one pulling all the strings. Even Olivia finds herself an unwitting pawn in someone's twisted game. No one is immune. Jake, of course, refused to play Rowan's game, and for that, he is well on his way to meeting a tragic fate. Abby intervention Concerned about Liv's nightmares, Abby insists that Fitz talks to Liv about Jake. Fitz doesn't appreciate her in-the-face intervention, but it works. Soon, he finds himself on Liv's doorstep
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A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive... information for Danish authorities.
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Apple's Jony Ive Says Smartwatch Was Design Challenge

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 15:06
Apple's Jony Ive SaysJony Ive, Apple's chief designer, said he believes with "every bone in his body" that the forthcoming Apple Watch will help establish a new category of computing device.
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7 Brilliant Facebook CoverToo lazy to whip up a Halloween costume? It's fine; you can just dress up your Facebook cover photo. Too lazy to do that? Just take a look at these clever cover photos, change you profile picture to a... pumpkin, and imagine what it'd be like to be more creative.
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Massive blaze at fireworksLONDON — Dramatic footage has emerged of a blaze at a fireworks store in the UK on Thursday evening. Two people are still missing after the fire in Stafford, in the West Midlands, while another four... were injured. Police say one of the injured is in a "poorly condition" while the second is said to be stable after being treated The video, filmed outside SP Fireworks by Jacob Willcox captures the intensity of the event. Police have been working through the night coordinating with the family members of the two missing people. A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. “We have a great deal of sensitive and challenging work to complete in order to allow us to establish the cause of the explosion and following fire. We understand the unit was storing a significant...
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Avoid the snooze button withThis post is brought to you by Withings, creator of the Withings Aura smart sleep system. Do you hit the snooze button every morning when you wake up? You’re not the only one. According to surveys,... over half Americans do. And…
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Slack Communication Hub RaisesSlack, the workplace collaboration tool, raised $120 million in a new funding round that values it at $1.12 billion. The round was co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures. The... reason venture capitalists fought to get into this one? Quick growth. After launching in February, Slack said it has more than 73,000 […]
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Amazon's Fire Phone Product Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and... supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199…
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Cops can force you to useOne of the big pluses of iOS 8 has been the security measures Apple has taken, meaning that the company can no longer bypass security passwords to access your data if it’s requested by law... enforcement. While viewed as a…
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Slack is now one of the most highly valued business software startups in the world.
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If you haven't noticed,You might have noticed that your Facebook News Feed is faster than it used to be on your iPhone or iPad. You're not crazy. Facebook has made the News Feed operate 50% faster than the previous version... in the iOS app, according to the company. See also: 8 Brutally Honest Facebook Notifications That Need to Exist Now About two years ago, Facebook switched from HTML5 to native iOS code to make the app perform as smoothly as possible. But the developers noticed something strange: Each time the app updated, it would take longer for the News Feed to load. And gradually, users started noticing, too. "As we added more and more features to the app, every part of the app got slower," Adam Ernst, a software engineer at Facebook's New York office, told Mashable.
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Possible bright supernovaI sat straight up in my seat when I learned of the discovery of a possible new supernova in the bright Virgo galaxy M61. Since bright usually means close, this newly exploding star may soon become... visible in smaller telescopes. It was discovered at magnitude +13.6 on October 29th by Koichi Itagaki of Japan, a prolific hunter of supernovae with 94 discoveries or co-discoveries to his credit. Itagaki used a CCD camera and 19.6-inch (0.50-m) reflector to spy the new star within one of the galaxy's prominent spiral arms. Comparison with earlier photos showed no star at the position. Itagaki also nabbed an earlier supernova in M61 in December 2008.
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Five ways to fight onlineOnline and social media's capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate?
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ICYMI: Tim Cook's proudest moment

Cult of Mac - 31 Oct 2014 15:00
ICYMI: Tim Cook's proudestIt’s been a full week here at Cult of Mac, so we’ve once again put together a special Newsstand issue — all of the best news stories and features compiled in one place to read through easily on... your iPad…
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Announcing the DynamicDyDESS 2014 will unite scientists and engineers around Earth's systems science and engineering challenges.
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When I spotted he Insanely Great History of Apple 3.0 poster over at Pop Chart Lab, it jumped out at me as being the best gift ever for the Apple fan, especially for one who already has every Apple... gadget under the sun. The 28" x 42" print includes...
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Mussolini's Hidden Shelter

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 15:00
Only 60 meters long, the converted shelter boasted a network of telephones, blast doors, and a ventilation system.
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The Best Free Android Apps inThe Amazon Appstore already gives away one free app each day, but today it's decided give away 30 apps, worth a combined total of $115, for free to anyone with an Android phone. Here are the pick of... the bunch that you should download first.
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iPhone fans are trashing AppleMCX may claim that its CurrentC mobile payment platform is a bold challenge to the mobile payments status quo but its target audience isn’t seeing it that way so far. In fact, it looks that like as... Android fans have done, iPhone fans have also taken to trashing CurrentC on their favorite platform’s app store and are often doing so in rather humorous ways. RELATED: This might be the reason MCX retailers won't let you use Apple Pay, even if they want to In fact, although CurrentC is averaging one star right now on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play, the best reviews being written are the rare five-star reviews, largely because they trash the app in ways that are
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Apple loses title of bestBack in May, Apple’s iPad regained its illustrious titles as the top tablet according to the J.D. Power’s U.S. Tablet Satisfaction survey. Fast forward five months, and Apple’s lost the title…... to Amazon, of all companies. Is this even real…
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Apple Pay Moves World Closer to Mobile Payment Acceptance

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 14:47
Apple Pay Moves World CloserApplePay's recent launch in the U.S. is the latest indication that paying for things with our phones will become more normal, but for most, "normal" remains some way away.
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Car Rental Startup Zoomcar Following on from Socar, Korea’s answer to ZipCar, which raised $18 million earlier this month, another car rental startup in Asia is in the money today. India-based Zoomcar has added $8 million... to its coffers with a funding round led by Sequoia Capital.
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Leaving the right to beWhen the "right to be forgotten" was established in the European Union, allowing people to have inaccurate and potentially harmful information removed from search engine results, there were concerns... it would be misused - for example by those wishing to hide information about them that is in the public interest, such as reports of criminal wrongdoing.
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Researchers develop a deviceEl Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) and the Spanish shoe company KELME have designed a prototype running shoe with an integrated device that improves training management and prevents... injuries.
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Today, the ancient city of Rome welcomed an important new initiative for the large-scale integration of grids and of renewables sources into Europe's energy mix, with nearly 40 leading organisations... from research, industry, utilities, transmission systems operators announcing their united goal to find the BEST PATHS to deliver affordable, reliable power in Europe from "coast to coast".
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Hungary suspends Internet taxHungary's prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet usage and reconsider the matter next year after backlash Two protests within the past week attended by tens of... thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users. See also: What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday the tax will not be introduced because "people have questioned the rationality" of the measure, but added the government will hold a national consultation from mid-January about regulating and taxing the Internet.
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Google's New Droid CommanderMeet Google's new droid commander.
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The 7 most terrifying gamesIf dressing up as a ghost and going to a party doesn’t quite give you the fright you were hoping for on Halloween, how about staying in and scaring yourself silly with some of the most terrifying... games you’ll ever play?…
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Why scratching an itch only makes it worse

New Scientist - 31 Oct 2014 14:30
The pain that scratching causes soothes an itch – but only for a second. As soon as the brain's response to that pain kicks it, it ramps up the itch further
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The next time you are at a game or watching a game on TV or out with friends you can improve your photos of the event with Winz, a free universal app that enhances the sports photos you share through... social media outlets. Winz requires iOS 7.0. Open...
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Attention! Mark ZuckerbergWant to ask Mark Zuckerberg a question? Now you can with a question-and-answer session that will be aired live over Facebook on Nov. 6.
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Method to reconstruct overtCan scientists read the mind, picking up inner thoughts? Interesting research has emerged in that direction. According to a report from New Scientist, researchers discuss their findings in converting... brain activity into sounds and words. Their study, "Decoding spectrotemporal features of overt and covert speech from the human cortex," was published in Frontiers in Neuroengineering, an open-access academic publisher and research network.
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Razer Naga Epic Chroma MouseRazer, which recently introduced a new speaker system targeted at gamers, has unveiled a new gaming mouse designed specifically for use with MMOs. The maker brags its newest device has a hearty number... of buttons at 19, and that it brings with it millions of color options. "The new Naga Epic Chroma gives MMO gamers more freedom than ever before," …
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FCC Eying Net Neutrality PlanThe FCC chairman is mulling a "hybrid" legal strategy to justify new rules on Internet lines.
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Here is the most idioticWhen Tim Cook came out as gay on Thursday, the reaction from fellow tech leaders and from most politicians was largely positive. We knew that not everyone would react this way, however, and sure... enough The Washington Post has cataloged some of the more idiotic reactions to Cook coming out. While some of the reactions were fairly predictable -- really, who didn’t think the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer would say something stupid? -- the most boneheaded reaction so far actually comes to us from Vitaly Milonov, a Russian member of parliament who wants Cook banned from entering his country for life. VIDEO: This is why Tim Cook finally decided to come out as gay “What could he bring us? The Ebola
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Homophobic politician wants toIt was only a matter of time. Just a few hours after Tim Cook bravely and historically made his sexuality open, the gay-bashing has already begun. Where? In Russia, where Vitaly Milonov, the politican... behind Russia’s anti-gay laws and the…
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Self-driving vehicles generateDespite safety concerns about equipment failure, a majority of drivers on three continents have high expectations for autonomous vehicles.
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Sunset Overdrive review: Frat boy fun

Pocket-lint - 31 Oct 2014 14:15
Sunset Overdrive review: FratLet's just get right to it and say that Sunset Overdrive is bonkers - and not always in a good way. It is among the best looking games on the new-generation consoles and pulls off the tricky feat of... both borrowing from older games, yet feeling fresh and...
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This Is Why National Parks AreThis incredible satellite image is of the dormant volcano of Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island. And that clear, sharp boundary on the left is where the park stops and human kind... starts.
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Fifteen years of NASA'sThis Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours.
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Universe may face a darker future

Phys.org - 31 Oct 2014 14:10
Universe may face a darkerNew research offers a novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be.
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U.S. court rules that phoneWhile Touch ID makes sense for most of us as a secure and convenient way to protect our phones, there is one group of people who may want to stick to good old-fashioned passcodes: criminals. A... Virginia District Court has ruled that while phone passcodes are protected by the 5th Amendment, which says that those […]
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Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island is pictured in this satellite image....
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This Is the Best iPad StylusThe TenOne Pogo Stylus focuses on getting the little things right
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5 iPhone Apps Your TeenBetter hide these in a "Utilities" folder, because your kid will kill you for having them.
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Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareOne of the coolest things about Call of Duty: World at War game back in the day was that the game brought with it the first zombies mode in a CoD game. Those zombies were scary and the mode quickly... became one of the most popular modes for gamers around the world. A video trailer has leaked that is supposedly …
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Analysing animal anatomy usingThe University of Liverpool's School of Veterinary Science is utilising cutting edge technology to allow students to analyse animals' internal anatomy, using their smartphones.
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Researchers at Trend Micro found that attackers were targeting Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) servers to execute malicious code and an IRC bot.
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Feedback: Trial by water

New Scientist - 31 Oct 2014 14:00
Advertising standards fail, decent desert dessert, pencils for the End Times and more (full text available to subscribers)
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The Continuity features, and SMS Relay in particular, are my favorite part of Yosemite so far. Using my iMac as a giant speakerphone is beyond awesome, and group texts in Messages can finally include... the one BlackBerry-toting holdout among my...
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Sony has launched a 'Pro Support' program with the aim of offering professional photographers the levels of support available from the big DSLR makers. The move presumably comes to help persuade pros... to consider switching to the company's SLT and mirrorless camera systems. The program, called Sony Imaging PRO Support, provides 'superior support' so that pros can 'ensure their Digital Imaging products are always ready'. 
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Chef Jamie Oliver shutsLONDON — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, known for his TV shows that encourage cooking from scratch and his global campaigns for healthier food, has closed two of his London cookery school stores,... giving staff and customers little notice that he was shutting shop. In a note placed in shop windows and on the company's website, Recipease says it's closing all but one of its cookery stores in London, however it fails to give a reason for the decision. Described as Oliver's "food and kitchen shop where anyone can learn to cook and make great food", Recipease opened the first of its London stores in Feb 2009, followed by a second in Brighton in May that year. As well offering cookery classes, it also sold a range of ready-to-cook food
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Confirming a 3-D structuralA team of astronomers have observed a distant gravitationally-lensed quasar (i.e., an active galactic nucleus) with the Subaru Telescope and concluded that the data indeed present a 3-D view of the... structure around a quasar. Although the team had earlier suggested this as a possibility, the final conclusion was drawn only through additional observations.
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Samsung's slimmest iPhones yetAfter many reports leaked various details about Samsung's iPhone-5-like-looking Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 smartphones in the previous weeks, the South Korean giant has finally announced them. The Galaxy... A5 and Galaxy A3 are "ultra-slim" And "optimized for social networking," the company says. The devices, supposed to hit stores next month in various markets including China, are also supposedly part of Samsung's plan to reinvent its mobile business in light of the rough year it had profit-wise. They're also similar to the iPhone, just like the Galaxy Alpha that just preceded them. FROM EARLIER: Hands on: Samsung's iPhone 5 is absolutely beautiful The two devices are generally have the same specs, and almost identical in design. Unlike the Galaxy Alpha,
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Google Fined $2,000 for StreetGoogle has been handed a fine from a Canadian court, after it was found to have embarrassed a lady and invaded her privacy by sticking a photo of her cleavage on Street View.
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BT's Trajectory: From Telephony Firm to Content Provider

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 13:42
For the 168-year-old company and former state-run monopoly known as British Telecom, telephony is no longer its primary focus, growth engine or revenue stream.
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Movie watching just got easierIt's a common plight: you fire up Netflix and start scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling...and you can't find anything decent to watch. It seems like most of the shows have disappointing ratings,... and you've already binged on the latest releases. This usually leads to a bunch of other websites, where you hunt down "Top Ten" lists and similar charts in …
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Researcher aims to developMobile apps have exploded in popularity in recent years, as studies have reported that smartphone owners are spending more time on their apps versus the mobile web. However, users also face increased... risks from attackers that clone the codes from legitimate Android apps and repackage them with malicious code. Peng Liu, a professor at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is part of a team that is developing technology that would enable users to accurately and efficiently gauge app clones from their legitimate counterparts.
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Large Apple Store in Lille,French site MacG reports that a new Apple Store in Lille, northern France, looks set to open next month. Apple has put up the black hoardings that usually appear in the final weeks of preparing a new... retail store for opening … The store, located on rue Faidherbe, will be a relatively large one for France, […]
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I Experienced The Dreaded AT&T 'Throttling' Firsthand

The Huffington Post - 31 Oct 2014 13:37
I Experienced The Dreaded AT&TLast month, when I was in California for a work trip, my phone suddenly became useless. Even though I was in downtown San Francisco, the data connection was so slow that it was pretty much impossible... to download email, use apps, browse the Web or load photos on Instagram. I was being "throttled." AT&T had deliberately slowed down my data speed because I used more than five gigabytes during a billing cycle, even though I have had an unlimited data plan since 2009. (AT&T no longer offers unlimited data plans, but I have renewed my contract, so I've been allowed to keep it.) AT&T began throttling in 2011. But the policy was thrust into the spotlight this week, when the Federal Trade Commission sued the telecom giant for slowing data speeds, sometimes by more than 90 percent, for unlimited...
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DARPA circuit achieves speedsOfficials from Guinness World Records today recognized DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage... common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or one trillion cycles per second--150 billion cycles faster than the existing world record of 850 gigahertz set in 2012.
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Disaster expert identifiesDr. Robin R. Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) has identified nine ways robots... can protect Ebola workers. Murphy also cautions that military and civilian robots often do not directly transfer to disaster situations and more work is needed to identify the use cases for robots.
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Happy Solarween!

Bad Astronomy - 31 Oct 2014 13:30
Even the Sun is getting into the holiday spirit. That image, taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on Oct. 8, 2014, shows places on the Sun where magnetic activity is high. In the far... ultraviolet, the intense energies tossed around by these ridiculously strong magnetic fields can be seen, in contrast to more sedate areas. And, happily, on that date the Sun wound up looking like a giant pumpkin. A pumpkin big enough to have over 100 Earths across its face, and well over a million needed to fill it up. If you want terrifying, then a star is a pretty decent way to go. But if you do want more cosmic Halloweeny goodness, then you should go to my gallery of spooky star stuff, which has some honestly really cool and creepy shots in it. The Skull Flower gets me every time. This one of a...
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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M reachBMW has announced the second generation of the BMW X5 M and X6 M Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe. Both of the new vehicles are 2015 models and they are designed for comfort, people... hauling, and performance. BMW notes that both of the new vehicles use a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Both vehicles also share the same …
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Sales have fallen hard oneA government cap on carrier subsidies caused a steep decline in phone sales, although there are some signs of recovery as low-cost monthly plans and used phone sales are on the rise.
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Sharp smartband LCD uses 1,000Sharp is developing a "color memory LCD panel" for wearables that has dramatically lower power consumption, allowing smartbands, smartwatches and other devices with small displays to be used far... longer. The prototype panel, described as being in the 1-inch class size, uses 1,000 times less power than conventional LCDs in mobile devices and is slated to go into mass production in Japan next spring, a Sharp spokeswoman said. It's able to sip tiny amounts of power because its design uses two savings approaches--doing away with the energy-draining backlight and using semiconductor memory. Instead of a backlight, it makes use of ambient light and reflector layers inside pixels to illuminate what's on the display.
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Hungary Withdraws Its ProposedFollowing continued protests , Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, has announced that he's withdrawing plans for his proposed Internet tax --at least for now.
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Topshop's skinny mannequinLONDON — Topshop has found itself at the centre of controversy this week after a shopper tweeted a photo of an in-store mannequin with long, skinny legs Becky Hopper posted a photo of her friend,... who is a size 8 - 10 (4 - 6 in the U.S.), next to the dummy with the hashtag #poorbodyimage. Her tweet has been retweeted more than 8,000 times. See also: 'Thinspiration' Packages Eating Disorders as a Lifestyle Choice Text of tweet here — BeckyLHopper October 27, 2014 Hopper has since been inundated with messages, most of which were supportive, while a minority accused her of body shaming slimmer girls, a charge she has refuted on her blog. The tweet has inspired others on Twitter to post similar pictures.
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Video games, animations nowYouTube rolls out support for 60-fps video playback. While the current 30 fps is already satisfactory, the new 60 fps playback definitely brings more wonderful results.
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Russian lawmaker wants TimYesterday Apple's Tim Cook made the brave decision to bring a piece of his personal life into the public light. He went into details about his decision, saying in part, "If hearing that the CEO of... Apple is gay can help someone ... then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy." As expected, Cook's comments about his sexuality were …
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Samsung ditching plasticWith four metal-framed phones under its belt, it looks like Samsung's preparing to upgrade its lineup to aluminum. That isn't exactly the case.
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Five ways Samsung can overhaulProfits tumbled a stunning 74 percent in Samsung's mobile business in the third quarter, and tough times may continue. Here's what Samsung can do to turn things around.
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xIf you're looking for a pair of over-ear headphones to wear at home, but don't want to break the bank, and aren't interested in bass-boosted unnatural listening, then the Audio-Technica M50x are a... definite contender. Whether or not the Japanese manufacturer...
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Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III Review

Photography Blog - 31 Oct 2014 13:00
The Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III is a new 10.7x wide-angle ultra-zoom lens for Nikon, Canon and Sony 35mm full-frame DSLRs. Offering built-in image stabilisation and splash-proof construction, the... Tamron 14-150mm effectively replaces at least three lenses in your camera bag. Read our Tamron 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III review to find out if it's worth seriously considering as a do-it-all lens... Read the review »
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Seven Wonders of the Modern World

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 13:00
When the weather is clear and all systems are go, as many as 3,100 flights can take off and land each day at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the busiest airport in the world. In recent... years, the airport has expanded its flight capacity slightly, but not by increasing the number of runways. Watch the planes take off, and you might see a more subtle innovation.
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République makesI love an amazingly taut and tense stealth adventure, but I would never, ever want to play a traditional, full-fledged Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell game on a touch screen. Can you imagine the... finger gymnastics needed to simply get around tactfully amidst the constant peril? It'd be a mess. Maybe that's why I'm so drawn to République ($3), which made a big splash on Kickstarter a couple years back and just landed on Android after a successful launch on iOS late last year. Yes, it's a streamlined take on the stealth-action genre, but that's not a slam.
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HP flexes muscle withHP is about to change the desktop computing language for good with a new PC that combines the physical and digital worlds and a screaming fast new 3D printer.
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LG G4: What we want and what to expect

Pocket-lint - 31 Oct 2014 12:55
LG G4: What we want and whatLG has been consistently improving its flagship smartphones over the last few years with its popular G2 and G3 handsets. So it's fair to say there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the LG G4.... But at this stage very little has leaked out about...
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NASA finishes building itsHumanity is one step closer to reaching Mars. NASA finished up its Orion Spacecraft Thursday, and it's preparing for a test flight on Dec. 4 When Orion launches in December, aboard a Delta IV Heavy... rocket, it will complete a 4.5-hour, two-orbit test flight. See also: Send Your Name on NASA's Voyage to Mars The flight will really put Orion to the test. NASA says the spacecraft will return to Earth at speeds of more than 20,000 mph. Those speeds will generate temperatures up to 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, the agency says. In future, missions Orion will be used as part of NASA’s Space Launch System, the world’s most powerful rocket. The SLS will be the vehicle of choice to take astronauts to an asteroid and on to Mars.
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Apple Opening New Retail StoreApple today unveiled its traditional black barriers around its forthcoming store in Lille, France, indicating that is construction is winding down as a grand opening is imminent, reports MacGeneration... (Google Translate). The store will contain two levels and span 1400 square meters (roughly 15000 square feet). MacGeneration notes that the store will likely be opened by the end of November, which would mark Apple's eighteenth store in France following the iconic Apple Store Opéra and other locations in cities like Lyon. Apple noted in its earnings conference call last week that it expects to open 25 new stores in fiscal 2015 with most of those stores planning to be located outside of the United States. One of those stores is expected be located in the United Arab Emirates, which is rumored...
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Andy Rubin calls it quits,Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android and former Android Guru inside Google, is leaving the company to start a tech incubator for start-ups that want to build hardware, The New York Times reports.... After being removed from the Android team last year and replaced with Sundar Pichai, Rubin was put in charge of Google's new robotics division. FROM EARLIER: How the original iPhone forced Google to completely rebuild Android "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next. With Android he created something truly remarkable -- with a billion-plus happy users," Google CEO Larry Page said in a statement. Rubin's departure is just one of the recent changes at Google. Only last week, Google gave Pichai even more
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HTC makes slim profit inThe HTC One M8 and Desire smartphones have helped HTC avoid a second cruel summer of losses.
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How Paul Allen's $7 millionAfrica's elephant population is in crisis Some 30,000 were killed for their tusks in 2012, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and by some estimates, the population could be... decimated in a decade if poaching continues at this rate. That's where Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Great Elephant Census, the project he started with a $7.3 million grant and a partnership with the Botswana nonprofit Elephants Without Borders, comes in. See also: Yao Ming Works to Save Africa's Elephants and Rhinos from Poaching Nobody knows exactly how many elephants are left in Africa, which makes them extremely difficult to track and protect from poachers and other threats. The GEC seeks to solve that problem by counting the continent's savanna elephants, living and dead, over two years. The...
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NASA's Cassini spacecraftNASA's Cassini spacecraft catches a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's large moon Titan. [NASA]
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Two coasts, 10 days:Apple Pay's eventful early days were full of highs and lows. Excited iPhone users rushed to test the mobile payment service on day one and found it super seamless. Cashier confusion, Bank of America's... double-charging foul-up, and the NFC block at Rite Aid and CVS marred the rollout, but a major product launch is never smooth. And who knew CurrentC, a QR code-based app that isn't even on the market yet, would turn into such a huge thing?
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Telenor partners with Opera inAs demand for bandwidth increase, carriers in Myanmar are looking toward third-party solutions such as Opera to help relieve traffic congestion.
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zero2infinity bloostar launchLaunching a satellite is a very expensive proposition when done the traditional way by hitching a ride aboard a commercial rocket. There are several firms out there that are working to make putting... satellites into orbit cheaper and one of them is the Barcelona based zero2infinity company. Zero2infiity is known for near-space ballooning and has announced that it has been …
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The 5K display is coming.The 5K monitor has landed, with the launch of the 5K iMac and the upcoming release of a 5K Dell monitor. We're taking the next big step in screen resolution. When we already have Retina-class and... other high-res displays, though, it's natural to ask whether 5K delivers a difference worth the premium price. Dell's 5K monitor shown above, for instance, will sell for a wallet-splitting $2500.
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Google Calendar's been updated so now you don't need to refresh for new appointments to appear. Finally.
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Grad student's aTmCam offersAs a child peering through her toy telescope, Texas A&M University graduate student Ting Li was fascinated by the Moon and constellations - not so much by their cosmic beauty, but about why they exist... in the first place.
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Want to change your iPhoneOnline gadget retailer I Want One of Those is selling a screen protector for iPhone that can also be used to view glasses-free stereoscopic 3D. No, really. The EyeFly 3D screen protector sticks to the... front of an iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C or fifth generation...
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Angry Birds TransformersRovio, the company behind Angry Birds, revealed this past summer that a new blockbuster would be assimilated into the game's bird-flinging world: Transformers. The thing is, you won't be flinging... angry birds in this version of the series -- you'll be running on mechanical legs and using your robot arms to bring all sorts of blasting chaos instead. Such is …
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Hungary ditches Internet taxHungary has ditched for now plans for an Internet tax after tens of thousands of people took to the streets last week protesting what they called an absurd and crippling measure. The country's prime... minister, Victor Orbán, announced on national radio on Friday morning that he would scrap plans for the tax after mounting pressure, according to a message posted to his website. "He said that there will be no Internet tax in this form," a group of protesters said in a news release welcoming the decision. However, there could still be an Internet tax in Hungary. "While obfuscating details, he announced a national consultation to take place starting in January 2015," the protesters said. By Friday the group had gathered almost 240,000 'likes' on Facebook.
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Barely a week after it was first proposed, Hungary's internet tax looks to be dead in the water. Tens of thousands of Hungarians took to the streets last weekend to protest the tax, which would have... seen internet use charged per gigabyte transferred....
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4 mistakes to avoid whenAs more millennials continue to enter the workforce, employers are increasingly turning their attention to recruiting them. But if employers think Generation Y workers will respond to the same old... tactics they used in years past, they may want to think again: Millennials aren't always the easiest to recruit. "[According to a Kauffman study], 54% of millennials either want to start a business or already have started one," said Ryan Jenkins, millennial keynote speaker and author. "As technology and the Internet enable new avenues for entrepreneurship, not only do recruiters have to compete against other companies wooing young talent but now have to also compete with millennials' passion and entrepreneurial aspirations."
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Hungary has decided to suspend a controversial plan to tax internet data transfers, after the proposed policy sparked large protests earlier this week. As Reuters reports, Prime Minister Viktor Orban... announced told Hungarian media today that the so-called internet tax will be withdrawn from the country's draft budget, and that a tax on money earned online will be revisited next year.
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12 Weekend Projects You Can Try With Your Phone

The Phoblographer - 31 Oct 2014 12:09
12 Weekend Projects You CanIt's the weekend, and this time, we urge you to go shoot with your phone.
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Hungary's Orban says willHungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said he was scrapping a draft Internet tax law that has sparked mass demonstrations in the central European country.
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10 insanely realistic Sims andVirtual reality isn't real enough for some Sims and Sim City fans. The simulation video game franchises let users simulate real life, creating human-like characters and helping them live their daily... lives. Gamers can control nearly everything, from custom-building characters to designing the homes around them. See also: 10 Incredibly Realistic Minecraft Creations Some particularly skilled gamers need more, though. A character or a home isn't enough — they want to build entire worlds Gamers have taken inspiration from fiction, creating Sims versions of shows like Seinfeld or Orange Is the New Black, while others have made completely new worlds in Sim City, like the perfect, gargantuan Magnasanti
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Dell Venue Pro 8 3000 seriesDell has launched a new Windows tablet series called the Venue Pro 8 3000 series. The company was one of the first firms to toss Windows tablets with 8-inch screens onto the market. Dell's latest... addition to the Venue Pro 8 series tablets are cheaper than the original tablets in the line pushing the price point for entry to the …
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A Spooky Net Neutrality Story,The mechanics of how Comcast throttles Internet speed, using Photoshop to solve a murder and more.
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Many people, even those who are usually confident and outgoing, can shrink into themselves in front of a camera. In this video, headshot photographer Peter Hurley teams up with psychologist Anna... Rowley to explain how you can overcome that problem.
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10 gorgeous,Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepower So you built yourself a brand new gaming rig, you've slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you've sealed up the case, and you've heard... it all POST--congrats! Now it's time to throw games at your brand new build until it breaks, then cry when you realize if you'd spent just two hundred dollars more you could've run the game in 4K instead of mere 1080p!
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The best of Steam's HalloweenKiss your free time goodbye Clear your schedule and get ready to apologize to your wallet: Another Steam sale is upon us. Sure, at first glance, the Steam Halloween Sale bucks the traditional Steam... sale mold, with no flash sales or cute meta-games built around loading up your shopping cart. But make no mistake: The Halloween sale offers a slew of very appealing PC games for very little money.
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Russian action star caughtDONETSK, Ukraine — A Russian action film star is in hot water after he was caught on film wearing press gear while firing a machine gun toward Ukrainian lines with Moscow-backed rebels at Donetsk... airport. In the video released by the rebels’ NovorossiaTV on Oct. 30, the barrel-chested Mikhail Porechenkov is heard saying, “ceasefire,” before opens fire with a mounted machine gun at the airport, grinning widely. Afterward, he poses for a photograph with the fighters, wearing a blue helmet and vest marked with “PRESS.” See also: Naked Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear in Protest “For the fighters at combat positions at the airport, this visit was a big surprise and definitely an enjoyable event,” reads the Russian text in the video’s description.
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Sony's new mobile chief hasSony's new mobile chief has a tough job ahead of him--convincing people to buy Xperia smartphones. Hiroki Totoki will be in charge of a business that hasn't yet had a winning product, and which is... expected to post an operating loss of ¥204 billion (US$1.8 billion) for the year to March 31, 2015, according to an earnings report Sony released on Friday. Totoki, a 50-year-old senior vice president currently in charge of corporate planning in the Finance and New Business Creation Department, will be trying to generate interest in Xperia handsets as he replaces Kunimasa Suzuki as the head of Sony Mobile Communications. Totoki previously worked at Sony Bank and Sony's Internet service provider So-net.
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Samsung announces slim, fullSamsung has finally taken heed of the requests of its users and created a full-metal unibody smartphone in two models, the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. The Galaxy A5 and A3 are not only metal but are also... slim at 6.7mm and 6.9mm respectively. Aimed at social...
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The holidays are fast approaching, and chances are you're already busy planning your schedule for the next couple of months. Knowing how important it is to stick to a schedule for seasons like this,... Google has introduced a handful of changes to its...
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What Google’s new InboxGoogle is a company that thrives on innovation, and it has brought that energy and spirit to the email channel over the last few years, helping shake up the industry that just won't change (see, I... didn't say "die" there). Google seems to have doubled down on email as it realizes it is the cornerstone of the consumer Internet experience. The latest shake-up in the inbox is their latest product called Inbox (hey, no one said they are innovative product marketers). A provoking article about why Google wants to replace Gmail is a must-read as a companion piece to this article. See also: Google Launches Inbox to Reinvent the Email App
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7 Ways Satya Nadella'sIt’s not even nine months into the Satya Nadella era of Microsoft and the new CEO is making his mark. Notably, his Microsoft is smaller after completing this week most of the 18,000 job cuts he... announced in July. Whether Nadella’s plans for Microsoft succeed, it’s clear the company is dramatically different from the Microsoft…
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The 5 Best PC Games Right Now

Time - 31 Oct 2014 11:45
The 5 Best PC Games Right NowAn essential video game checklist for new PC owners
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IBM joins Tencent to targetAfter partnering with Apple and Twitter for the enterprise market, IBM is doing the same in China with local Internet giant Tencent in a deal targeting growing businesses in the country. The two... companies are joining forces to deliver public cloud and software-as-a-service technologies to small, medium businesses working in the smart cities and healthcare industries, IBM and Tencent said Friday. The goal is to help China's emerging businesses tap into more cloud computing and mobile tools to expand their reach, the companies said in a statement. For both IBM and Tencent, it also represents a huge opportunity to collaborate on selling their enterprise services to a major market.
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Here's How the New Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards Could Be DOA

The Huffington Post - 31 Oct 2014 11:41
Here's How the NewA recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming more... educated on the topic, and financial institutions are beginning to do more to combat fraud, including introducing new types of credit cards. One example of the latter is chip-and-PIN technology, which everyone from consumers to the president has hailed for its ability to help prevent fraud. But is it the panacea that it's been made out to be? Let's take a closer look at exactly what this technology entails. Unlike cards that use a magnetic stripe containing a user's account information, chip cards implement an embedded microprocessor that contains the cardholder's information in a way that renders...
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Judge rules fingerprint-lockedThere are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first... three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is …
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New Crater On Moon Made ByNASA is getting an up-close look at one of the moon's newest craters, but this beauty mark wasn't caused by a space rock that got just a little too close. It was created by the impact of a spacecraft... that NASA deliberately smashed into the moon at 3,800 miles per hour. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which studied the moon's atmosphere, crashed into the surface of the far side on the completion of its seven-month mission in April. The 10-foot-diameter impact crater was found just two-tenths of a mile from its predicted location using images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Here is what the area of the LADEE impact looked like before and after the spacecraft hit: "The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team recently developed a new...
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HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the... previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company.
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Android founder quits Google to build robots

Cult of Mac - 31 Oct 2014 11:34
Android founder quits GoogleAndy Rubin, co-founder and former head of Android, has left Google to start up a hardware incubator dedicated to building robots. Rubin helped establish Android as the world’s most widely-used... mobile operating system after it was bought by Google in…
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After huge protests, Hungary suspends plans to tax Internet use; to revisit issue next year
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Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 11:29
Hungary Drops Internet TaxHungary's prime minister has backtracked from his plan to impose a levy on online traffic after mass protests but said he would revisit the issue next year.
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Apple Warns Shareholders On Change To Irish Tax Structure

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 11:29
Apple Warns Shareholders OnApple says the European Commission could require changes to existing tax rulings that may increase the company's taxes in the future. The EC could also require Ireland to recover from Apple past taxes... that may be deemed to have constituted state aid.
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HughPickens.com writes We know that about 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act but until now it has been difficult to say much about who was... getting that Obamacare coverage — where they live, their age, their income and other such details. Now Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz report in the NYT that a new data set is providing a clearer picture of which people gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The data is the output of a statistical model based on a large survey of adults and shows that the law has done something rather unusual in the American economy this century: It has pushed back against inequality, essentially redistributing income — in the form of health insurance or insurance subsidies — to many...
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Hubble sees 'ghost light' from dead galaxies

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:21
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem happened 4... billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744.
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Lord of the microrings

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:21
A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC)... Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with joint appointments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, have developed a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity. This ability to provide single-mode lasing on demand holds ramifications for a wide range of applications including optical metrology and interferometry, optical data storage, high-resolution spectroscopy and optical communications.
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New study finds oceans arrived early to Earth

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:20
Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for... life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when?
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TiVo adds Walmart's VUDU video service

Slash Gear - 31 Oct 2014 11:20
TiVo adds Walmart's VUDU videoNetflix and Hulu Plus might be the two best known video streaming services at the moment, but many competitors exist, not the least of which is Walmart's VUDU. Like some other services, VUDU allows... its customers to rent and buy digital movies and TV shows, including things like flat-rate season bundles for entire series seasons. The service has long been …
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Biology meets geometry

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:20
Architecture imitates life, at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages. Stacked and connecting parallel levels, the ramps are replications of helical structures found... in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body.
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Could daylight saving time be a risk to diabetics?

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:18
Soon, many will turn back the hands of time as part of the twice-annual ritual of daylight saving time. That means remembering to change the alarm clock next to the bed, which will mean an extra hour... of sleep before getting up in the morning.
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Yale finds a planet that won't stick to a schedule

e! Science News - 31 Oct 2014 11:18
For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem.
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Exciting results from an innovative, multicultural, five-year initiative, known as the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes (Alliance), have been published in ten peer-reviewed articles in the... November 2014 supplemental issue of Health Promotion Practice (HPP). The findings reveal that a new model of chronic disease management for vulnerable populations with diabetes shows significant promise in strengthening coordination of care, reducing diabetes health disparities and improving health outcomes.
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Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes.
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What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of... lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface of light-sensitive material to create complex surface patterns that form the sensors and electronics components on nanoscale devices. Their research, published recently in the journal Nature Communications, offers a simpler and more affordable alternative to the high cost and complexity of current state-of-the-art nanofabrication methods such as electron beam writing.
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Android co-founder Andy RubinThe man who helped bring Android into being before going on to lead Google's push into robotics is leaving the Web giant. Andy Rubin will reportedly set up an incubator for startups developing... technology hardware products. The post Android co-founder Andy Rubin to leave Google, Web giant confirms appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Don't Panic: The Ozone Hole'sDespite research suggesting that the ozone layer is still being chewed apart , NASA's most recent study of the Antarctic ozone hole reveals it isn't getting any larger .
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Weeping Taranaki

ESA - 31 Oct 2014 11:05
Weeping TaranakiEarth observation image of the week: Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme
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Sony Narrows Q2 Loss With Help from PS4

Re/code - 31 Oct 2014 11:00
Sony Narrows Q2 Loss With HelpA sign that restructuring may be starting to work.
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Scientists develop 'decoder'Not much in this world is private any more, but your thoughts -- specifically the ones you think but don't speak -- are the one thing you can be certain stays private. That certainty mightn't be so... strong in the future, however, with a team a researchers revealing that they've successfully decoded volunteers' unspoken thoughts. The work was done by …
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According to the latest Nasscom report, India is still lagging behind in M&A deals. So far, there have been only 20 M&A deals in the last three years, amounting to a little over US$1 billion
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Banking on Influence

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 11:00
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants West Virginians to know she's a defender of community banks. From her seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Capito argues, she has protected small local... financial institutions from the overreach of aggressive regulators.
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Fireside Launches

Photography Blog - 31 Oct 2014 11:00
Fireside LaunchesFireside is a smart system for your home that makes enjoying all your photos and videos as easy as taking them.
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Wonder why some people dieA study done on a special kind of mice could explain why some people die from Ebola and others survive. While almost 5,000 people have been killed by the virus, thousands have also recovered.
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Microsoft's Azure team is moving toward remaking the private cloud part of Azure so that it is more 'microservice oriented,' says Mark Russinovich, the Azure Chief Technology Officer.
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When a company like HTC has been on a year-long losing streak, it's hard to work out if its earnings for this quarter are a cause for celebration or despair. Last quarter, you see, the One M8 helped... the company achieve a huge turnaround, pulling down...
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Serious users of Google's Wallet rejoice: now it can auto-withdraw funds from your bank and send low balance alerts so you never run out of cash.
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Microsoft Beyond Windows

TechPinions - 31 Oct 2014 10:44
Microsoft is going through an evolution. Microsoft has always been a “platform” company and for decades that platform was Windows. Microsoft is in the post-Windows era but they are still poised to... be a platform company. The only difference is ...
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Prime minister Viktor Orban says Hungary will hold a national consultation on the matter from January, but for now the people have spoken.
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As hype builds over the potential of drones in business, Europe is looking at when and where rules need to be put in place.
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Corrections

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 10:26
In an Oct. 30 Food, Cybele May misstated that candy corn has an orange base and a yellow middle. It is has a yellow base and an orange middle.
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No matter how hard you squintNo matter how hard you squint and stare, no matter how many you have to try, why do Captcha codes never seem to get any damn easier? [Truth Facts]
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Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink.
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Google on Thursday confirmed that an executive behind leading mobile device software Android is leaving the company to create an incubator for hardware startups.
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China web users laud AppleApple chief Tim Cook's announcement of his homosexuality was the top topic on Chinese Internet forums Friday, with many users lauding him as a hero--and some joking about his declaration.
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People facing mental health challenges are significantly more likely to have heart disease or stroke, according to a study presented today at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
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An anonymous reader writes Despite the death of the EU Data Retention Directive in April, and despite the country having taken six years to even begin to obey the ruling, the Swedish government, via... its telecoms regulator, has forced ISPs to continue retaining customer data for law enforcement purposes. Now the last ISP retrenching on the issue has been told that it must comply with the edict or face a fine of five million krona ($680,000). While providers all over Europe have rejoiced in not being obliged any longer to provide infrastructure to retain six months of data per customer, Sweden and the United Kingdom alone have insisted on retaining the ruling — particularly surprising in the case of Sweden, since it took six years to begin adhering to the Data Retention Directive after it...
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If you're rooting for Sony to pull through recent tough times, it's still a cliffhanger, according to its latest earnings report. On the plus side, PS4 sales have been stellar, up 83 percent over last... year at 310 billion yen ($2.8 billion). The good...
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Samsung attacks Chinese rivalsWith Chinese vendors coming out with high-spec phones at affordable prices, Samsung is hitting back with two handsets sporting "metal unibody" designs that'll be targeting consumers in China with... mid-range prices. Samsung announced Friday the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3, a pair of Android smartphones. China was the only market the company specifically named of the "select markets" where the phones will be available starting November. The Korean electronics giant wouldn't give an exact price, but said the devices would be "mid-range additions" to its smartphone portfolio. In its announcement, Samsung highlighted the metal and slim design of the phones. Previous Samsung handsets have often come in plastic casings, a design choice that has become a frequent complaint among critics as rival...
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Planet Hunting to Sky Surveys,After a century-long hiatus, astrostatistics is bringing astronomy and statistics back together to answer some of the most challenging problems in science.
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For U.S. nurse Kaci Hickox, just ordering a pizza for delivery was enough to make some people uneasy. Hickox, who remained under voluntary quarantine Thursday at her home in Maine after she returned... last week from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, is one of many health workers and travelers coming to the U.S.
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For Mental Health, SocialFrom teenagers to Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, young activists are forging a new platform for mental health support for the texting generation.
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The Monkey's Paw

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 09:30
Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about... the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.
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NASA and Lockheed Martin announced on Thursday that they have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft, which is designed to carry NASA astronauts on deep space missions. This... clears the way for the first test flight in December as NASA prepares to re-enter the manned spaceflight business...
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Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of... business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion.
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Belting out your favorite track in the shower is definitely a highlight of the morning. No, it's not necessarily all that tuneful...but that's only because there's no backing track, of course. The fix... for that is something like the Bluetooth Shower Speaker from TRNDLabs, which is fully water-resistant, and is currently on sale at a 60% discount...
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#BeenRapedNeverReportedA powerful hashtag began trending on Twitter on Thursday night as women who had been victims of sexual violence -- but never reported it -- spoke out against rape. The hashtag,... #BeenRapedNeverReported, appears to have been started by Antonia Zerbisias, a writer for The Toronto Star who has been tweeting in support of actress Lucy DeCoutere. DeCoutere is one of nine women to accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence, and one of two to publicly come forward. Her accusations led to the rise of the #ibelievelucy hashtag. Tweeting in support of DeCoutere and other women who have come forward with stories of their own, Zerbias started the #BeenRapedNeverReported hashtag: #ibelievelucy #ibelievewomen And yes, I've been raped (more than once) and never reported it....
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A magnificent photo of theNASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day is featuring this extraordinary 16-photo panorama by astrophotographer David Lane: The Milky Way arching over the Devils Tower, in northeastern Wyoming. I keep... looking expecting the UFOs from Close Encounters to zoom into the frame at any time now.
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Tickets for Sony's PlayStation Experience in December go on sale today, but aside from a few coy teases, what you'll do there hasn't been clear. Well, now that's changing. For starters, Project... Morpheus -- the catch-up king's VR headset -- is making...
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theodp writes Techcrunch reports that Mark Zuckerberg has donated $500K to expand the Hour of Code campaign, which aims to reach 100 million students this year with its learn-to-code tutorials,... including its top-featured tutorial starring Zuckerberg (video). Techcrunch adds that Zuckerberg's donation will be matched by fellow tutorial team teacher Bill Gates (video), Microsoft, Reid Hoffman, Salesforce, Google, and others. Zuck and Gates appear to have a sizable captive audience — a Code.org District Partnership Model brochure on the code-or-no-HS-diploma-for-you Chicago Public Schools' website calls for partner districts to "hold a district-wide Hour of Code event each year" for three years.
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Refined Touchscreen Gloves

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Refined Touchscreen GlovesThe brand pioneered unrestricted touchscreen gloves, loved by tens of thousands of fans worldwide who have grown to depend on them. This didn't stop them from obsessively evaluating every single... detail. Introducing the Refined Touchscreen Gloves. Stepping up the game with an updated elegant design including a leather wrist closure and cuff, grip dot patterns on the palms aid in anti-slip capabilities, and last but not least, fleece lining is integrated for a soft touch.
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Frame Silhouette Of A Minifig In Lego Pieces

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Frame Silhouette Of A MinifigFor a super-trendy decor ! The head silhouette of the well-known Lego minifig reproduced behind the glass of a wooden frame and filled with 200 Lego® pieces in the colors of the firm. Dimensions: 33... x 43 cm.
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TAKTIK 360 & AQUATIK For iPhone 6 by LUNATIK

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
TAKTIK 360 & AQUATIK ForSEISMIK Suspension Frame for iPhone is built for the unexpected everyday drops in life. SEISMIK utilizes the same patent-pending Impact Truss system of the TAKTIK series, providing a lean and mean... case with serious drop protection for your iPhone. Additional Colors To Be Announced. Images are renderings. Features are not final and subject to change. Available November 2014.
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Poynt The Smart Terminal

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Poynt The Smart TerminalThe Poynt Smart Terminal is a future-proof device that accepts magnetic stripe, EMV (also known as chip cards), NFC, Bluetooth and QR code payment technologies. You are ready to accept your customers'... favorite payment methods: Apple Pay, chip-and-pin, mobile apps, and whatever else the future brings. Purpose-built from the ground up with your and your customers' security and privacy as a priority. The Poynt Smart Terminal meets the highest PCI and EMV requirements, comes with 24/7 fraud and tamper detection,...
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Attachadrink Water Dispenser

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Attachadrink Water DispenserDo not let your pup lose their energy while on the go by keeping them hydrated with this Attachadrink Water Dispenser. The suction cup attachment system makes it easy to use on your car, the height... and location of which can be adjusted depending on your pet's height. Your pets won't have to stoop down in order to drink from this dispenser which also reduces dripping due to the pressure sensitive ball valve. Simply stock it with drinking water and...
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Alienware Area-51 Gaming Desktop

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Alienware Area-51 GamingForget everything you know. With unprecedented gaming power and iconic, innovative design, the new Alienware Area-51 is the next evolution of high-performance desktop gaming.A legacy of excellence... takes shape. You demand the best systems on Earth. Ever since our inception, Alienware has strived to deliver incredible gaming performance without sacrifice. You’ve never seen anything like the Alienware Area-51. It is more than an iconic design. It’s a perfect convergence of power and design beauty. We reimagined this system from the...
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36″ Ampersand & Sign by Vintage Marquee Lights

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
36″ Ampersand & Sign byBe it at weddings or restaurants, the 36″ Ampersand & Sign by Vintage Marquee Lights is surely going to add some colorful vibrancy during any celebration you organize. The design is made of rusty... metal so as to give the lights that vintage charm that can make your parties glow with an individual elegance of its own. It's 24″ tall and 4″ deep with a hanging bracket on the back for easy wall installation. The lights are suitable for both...
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Dejean Leather iPad Case by Bleu de Chauffe

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Dejean Leather iPad Case byDesigned especially for the iPad Air and iPad 5, the Dejean Leather iPad Case by Bleu de Chauffe is both carefully designed and extremely beautiful. It's made of organic tanned leather which has an... elegance of its own that will envelop your iPads thus safeguarding it from unwanted wear and tear. This charming product has been made in France and is a great case for your iPads that will not only protect it but look good at the same time....
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Microsoft Band

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Microsoft BandMicrosoft Health is a new service that helps you live healthier by providing actionable insights based on data gathered from the fitness devices and apps that you use every day. It’s designed to... work for you, no matter what phone you have, device you wear, or services you use. Microsoft Health makes tracking personal fitness easier, more insightful, and more holistic. Microsoft Band, the first device powered by Microsoft Health, helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart...
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Zumby

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
ZumbyA Cleveland based biotech startup has invented a new medical device for dogs that fights oral bacteria using micro-current technology. Oral bacteria is associated with both gum disease and bad breath.... 80% of our canine friends by the age of three have gum disease. And what dog doesn't have bad breath? The recommended treatments are brushing and teeth cleaning by a vet, but unfortunately, dog parents don't do either regularly. The device, called Zumby, is disguised as a chew toy....
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Crave giveaway: ArcSoftWant to know what's going on at home while you're away? Win a Wi-Fi camera that streams live video of homestead happenings to your smartphone, tablet or computer.
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Title: High-Fat, Low-Carb Diet May Help With Tough-to-Treat EpilepsyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHO

MedicineNet - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Ebola Outbreak in Liberia May Be Slowing: WHOCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Why People Seek Counseling

MedicineNet - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Why People Seek CounselingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Scientists Create Tiny Stomachs From Stem CellsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Discovery of 100-Plus Genes Tied to Autism May Improve TreatmentsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Would Alternative Payment Plan Cut Medical Bills?Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Dress Kids in Safe Halloween CostumesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Many U.S. Colleges Have Indoor Tanning Salons On, Near Campus: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Backpack

The Gadget Flow - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
BackpackBackpack perfect for business or school (or business school) with its classic and sleek silhouette –great for a professional setting! Easily carries a 15″ or 17″ Macbook Pro. Fully lined with... water-resistant canvas. Reinforced bottom to minimize sagging, metal feet to protect bag bottom and fully-adjustable straps allow you to wear comfortably. Just enough compartments inside and out to fit your essentials and an internal d-ring to clip keys/pouches.
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Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart Trouble

MedicineNet - 31 Oct 2014 09:00
Title: Women Often Ignore Signs of Heart TroubleCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Frailty Tied to Lower Survival Rates After Kidney TransplantCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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The companies will work together to build Software-as-a-Service offerings that tap into mobile, cloud and big data for use in internal processes and operations.
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Title: Voters' Views on Obamacare Split Along Party LinesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against MeningitisCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Hormone Therapy May Up Heart-Related Deaths in Some Prostate Cancer PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Stroke Prevention Guidelines Emphasize Healthy LifestyleCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/29/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Egg Freezing for a Future Pregnancy: What to KnowCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Review: Parrot's Jumping Sumo minidrone

Gizmag - 31 Oct 2014 08:58
With all the interest surrounding aerial drones of late, it might seem like a step backwards for Parrot to come out with a quirky two-wheeled vehicle that rolls around on the floor. But after spending... some time with its new, spring-loaded minidrone, we can report the Jumping Sumo is quite a fun little toy. ..
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The long-tailed classic that is Chevrolet's Impala has gone through many iterations since it was introduced in the late 1950s - some good, some excessively bland. The redesigned 2015 Impala LTZ is in... the former camp and after 10 days of driving I was pleasantly surprised at how well Chevy has executed the overall package. ..
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The Actian chief technology officer believes that the wave of big data and analytics will become so overwhelming that Hadoop will become the dominate platform in the market that business will rely on... to store their data.
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Sony's attempt to become a major player in mobile has hit another speed bump. The company now expects to ship 41 million smartphones in its current fiscal year -- that's down from a forecast of 43... million units in July, which was itself a cut from the 50 million projected in April. Although Sony's mobile division brought in ¥308.4 billion ($2.83 billion) in revenue from July to September, around a 1.2 percent increase on a year ago, the company is writing down ¥176 billion yen of the business' value. Kunimasa Suzuki, the president and CEO of Sony Mobile since April 2012, has been replaced by Hiroki Totoki, until now a senior VP in charge of corporate planning. Suzuki will become executive VP at Sony Entertainment and move to a group...
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I would sell a piece of myNot only it produces me great pleasure to watch this bartender preparing an awesome Rum Martínez--complete with a tingling in my spine from listening to the sounds-- but it whets my thirst to now... end. How can you not want to drink this magic potion?
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How — and how notMore than 50,000 runners are expected to travel to New York City this Sunday for the marathon. If you’re one of them, or if you’ve ever traveled to compete in an athletic event, you know that... there are a lot of ways things can go wrong. You’re staying in an unfamiliar place, eating unfamiliar food and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed. See also: 7 Travel Tips for Road Warriors Many runners have two approaches to competing in a foreign land: They either try to replicate their conditions at home as closely as possible, or they say screw it and run the race for fun, using traveling as an excuse for poor performance. But there is a middle ground.
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Russian scientists have proposed a novel way to accelerate a spaceship while in flight - firing a ground-based laser up its backside. The new technique uses a plasma flow caused by laser ablation to... increase the exhaust efficiency of a traditional rocket propulsion system, and could theoretically accelerate an aircraft beyond Mach 10. ..
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Mandatory data retention is not just about national security, but also about cracking down on illicit online file sharing, according to Greens communications spokesperson Scott Ludlam.
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Disgruntled Pentium 4 OwnersThanks to a settlement in a long-running class-action lawsuit, Intel is now offering fifteen shiny dollars to anyone who bought a Pentium 4-powered PC almost fifteen years ago. One dollar per year of... lying and misery that you've had to suffer.
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Australian politicians areMetadata can be confusing. Just ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull. They've been changing their minds about data and what it... actually means for years On Thursday, the Australia Government introduced a data retention bill to Parliament. The main focus of the proposed legislation is to ensure Internet service providers and telecommunication companies retain customer's metadata for a two-year period, so the government can fight crime. See also: What you need to know about the government getting your metadata Australians would be forgiven for being a little uneasy with the undefined elements of the bill, such as what the government's exact definition of metadata is and what happens to the data after two years. They would...
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The ACMA and the Australian Privacy Commissioner have signed a deal to work together in a bid to streamline telecommunications, spam, and telemarketing matters, and to ease duplication in their... respective duties.
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'The Colbert Report' end dateStephen Colbert's Comedy Central sign-off has been officially set The host announced Thursday night that the final episode of The Colbert Report will air Dec. 18, 2014, bringing to an end his almost... decade-long run on the network. See also: Gwen Stefani Has No Idea How to Say Stephen Colbert's Name As Mashable first reported back in April, Colbert will inherit David Letterman's seat at The Late Show sometime in 2015. No word on whether his new duties will interfere with his job as intergalactic chancellor. When Colbert visited Letterman back in April, shortly after the switch was made official, the Comedy Central vet shared his plan for success
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Xiaomi now third-largestXiaomi is now hailed as the third-largest smartphone vendor on a global scale, according to statistics from IDC. Its market share is now set at 5.3 percent.
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FCC's Wheeler said to mullThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission appears set to reclassify broadband so that it comes under the agency's authority, but without explicitly prohibiting special access deals between broadband... and content companies, according to a news report. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is mulling this hybrid answer to the knotty "net neutrality" issue, and his proposal would still require a vote of the full five-member commission, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Broadband providers may also challenge in court the move to give the FCC more authority.
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Samsung Announces The Galaxy Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 —... two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.”
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Poynt might be the future ofPoynt is a newly launched smart payment terminal that offers huge support for all currently used payment technologies. This makes it future-proofed and a 'no-risk no-brainer' payment solution for... merchants.
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Acquia has experienced a revenue growth for the 22nd consecutive quarter, driven by the demand the company is receiving from global brands for its open-source web content management platform.
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Dropping a nuclear warhead may not seem like a particularly bright idea, but earlier this year Sandia National Laboratories did just that. As part of the US government's Life Extension Program (LEP)... for its nuclear arsenal, the inert W88 ALT 370 warhead was dropped from a crane in New Mexico onto a slab of concrete to test the updated design's safety. ..
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Softbank Earnings: What to Watch

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 06:37
Softbank Earnings: What toSoftbank Corp. is scheduled to announce its second-quarter earnings after the market closes on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Here's what you need to know.
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Plantronics BackBeat Pro:Anyone who's ever been to a tech expo such as IFA, where Plantronics first showed its BackBeat Pros, knows that the headphone market is an extremely crowded space. Choices abound: Prosumer and... high-end headphones from companies such as Sennheiser, all-around, stylish cans like the ones from Beats Audio, and in-ear headphones which come in a zillion flavors But there's one space in the world of headphones that's not quite overpopulated yet — the Bluetooth, wireless, noise-canceling, over-the-ear headphones. It sounds like a tiny niche, but actually these are the headphones most of us need: Travel-friendly, practical, and potentially great-sounding. Most, however, fail in at least one of those categories, and they're pretty expensive
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Set to debut at next month's LA auto show, BMW's new X5 M and X6 M both powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 423 kW (575 hp) between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. The engine also... produces 750 Nm (553 ft lb) of torque from just 2,200 rpm, which is 70 Nm more than BMW's previous generation of SUVs produced...
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Mystery Drones Have BeenLe Monde reports that quadrotors of various shapes and sizes have been flying over some of France's (numerous) nuclear power plants over the course of the past few weeks, causing mild alarm,... embarrassment for the Air Force that's supposed to police the air space, and a judicial enquiry.
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

Slashdot - 31 Oct 2014 06:30
merbs writes "Earlier this year, Denmark's leadership announced that the nation would run entirely on renewable power by 2050. Wind, solar, and biomass would be ramped up while coal and gas are phased... out. Now Denmark has gone even further, and plans to end coal by 2025.
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ScanEagle 2 UAV prepares for takeoff

Gizmag - 31 Oct 2014 06:22
Since its first flight in June 2002 and introduction to the US Navy in 2005, the ScanEagle UAV developed by Boeing subsidiary Insitu has received a steady stream of improvements, including a... short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and clocked up over 800,000 combat flight hours over land and sea. Now Insitu has announced the next generation of the platform in the form of the ScanEagle 2...
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Why SoftBank's Son bet big on India

ZDNet - 31 Oct 2014 06:20
By investing $840 million in just two companies, SoftBank's Masayoshi Son signalled the beginning of a long-term romance with India. Here are some reasons for his decision.
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Wal-Mart Weighs Matching Web Prices

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 06:10
Wal-Mart Weighs Matching WebWal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals like Amazon this holiday season, a move that could make the discounter more competitive but cut into profits.
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Starbucks coffee deliveryDelicious, piping hot java juice delivered right to your cubicle? Starbucks seems to think that's possible. The coffee company plans to roll out a delivery service in specific cities before the end of... next year. The post Starbucks coffee delivery coming soon for mobile app orders appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Review: Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD (Canon EF)

The Phoblographer - 31 Oct 2014 06:05
Review: Tamron 28-300mmThe Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD is a lens that isn't for everyone, but the folks that will go for it will be smitten.
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Look at the size of Rosetta'sHoly crap, this is amazing. Imgur user grouchymcsurly made this incredible size comparison between the stinky comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and a Boeing 747-400. It really puts it in perspective.... This thing is incredibly huge!
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Samsung unveils Galaxy A3 andWe've seen the leaks pointing to "Galaxy A" series devices from Samsung, and now the Galaxy A3 and A5 are official. Targeted at the younger crowd, the Galaxy A3 and A5 are both metal unibody devices... that are just 6.9 and 6.7mm thick, respectively, and come in six different flashy colors.
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Catching air

MIT - 31 Oct 2014 06:00
Catching airJimmy Gasore is working on Africa's first high-frequency climate observatory in his native Rwanda.
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Sexual fantasies: Are you normal?

EurekAlert! - 31 Oct 2014 06:00
(University of Montreal) Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing about golden showers is not. That's just one of the findings from a research project that scientifically defines sexual... deviation for the first time ever.
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(George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health) A new report by Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University examines the challenge of... maintaining enriched health care for pregnant women who are enrolled in Covered California and who are also eligible for Medi-Cal, which includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program.
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The digital therapist

EurekAlert! - 31 Oct 2014 06:00
(Acoustical Society of America) A program that analyzes your speech and uses it to gain information about your mental health could soon be feasible, thanks in part to research from the University of... Maryland showing that certain vocal features change as patients' feelings of depression worsen.
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The Australian Taxation Office is hoping to save up to AU$4 million annually from an IT contractor panel overhaul.
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Play the Slate News Quiz

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 05:58
Welcome back to Slate's weekly news quiz. I'm your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
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Google has been making it easier for more and more third-party companies to take advantage of its products' features recently. For instance, it's now taking airlines, restos and event venues (among... others) by the hand, showing them how to use the new...
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A city car with a semi-amphibious ability sounds like a bit of a misnomer, but for the residents of Bangkok in recent years, it could have been a true lifesaver. Created by a small Japanese company... called FOMM (First One Mile Mobility), the Concept One vehicle is designed for Thailand's high flood risk areas. Gizmag has been following Concept One's progress since it was announced earlier this year and we were recently invited to take a closer look...
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

The Loop - 31 Oct 2014 05:43
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014 - Timelapse Short Film from Knate Myers on Vimeo. Vimeo: Every year the city of Albuquerque host the largest hot air balloon event in the world, the Albuquerque... International Balloon Fiesta. This festival is on my "Great Places to Shoot Photos" bucket list.∞ Read this on The Loop
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MPAA tells Google Glass users:"Please turn off your phones and remove your Google Glass." The MPAA updates its policy to officially make Google Glass and other wearables unwelcome inside movie theaters.
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Stocks Rise; Glitch Hits NYSE

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 05:34
Stocks Rise; Glitch Hits NYSEU.S. stocks rallied Thursday with help from strong corporate earnings, even as traders were forced to wrestle with a significant technical glitch for New York Stock Exchange stocks.
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Xbox Games with Gold NovemberMicrosoft announces the Xbox Games with Gold for November, including the likes of 'Volgarr the Viking,' 'Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise' and 'Red Faction: Guerrilla.'
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Wildlife officials look into animal resembling gray wolf roaming northern reaches of Arizona
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Olympus Stylus 1s camera announced in Japan

DP Review - 31 Oct 2014 05:30
Olympus has announced the Japan-only release of the Stylus 1s, a successor to its Stylus 1 enthusiast compact camera. Maintaining almost all of the same hardware as the Stylus 1, the Stylus... 1s offers an OM-D based design with a fixed lens and provides some software upgrades. 
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Apple CEO Cook Is 'Proud to Be Gay'

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 05:25
Apple CEO Cook Is 'Proud to BeApple's Tim Cook said he is "proud to be gay," a declaration that puts an openly gay man at the helm of the world's most valuable company.
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Google reveals firstGoogle's Project Ara has reached an important milestone A new video shows off the most advanced prototype of the modular smartphone yet— one that actually boots and is able to launch an app. See... also: Google Went Public 10 Years Ago, But It's Still Not a 'Conventional' Company Project Ara is Google's ambitious plan for modular smartphones that have interchangeable pieces. The idea is to create phones whose individual components, like the processor, display, or camera, can be swapped out individually so users have more ways to customize their devices at a lower cost The latest prototype, called Spiral One, is the most functional Ara prototype yet. In the video demo, the Android device is powered up, the display unlocked and an app launched— though the three-minute video only contains...
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Here's Two More Samsung PhonesThe latest things to dance out of Samsung's hyperactive R&D department are the A5 and A3, a pair of all-metal, super-thin phones aimed at teenagers. However, they're also "optimized for social... networking" and feature a "5MP Camera For Unmatched Selfies", which probably mean that they'll be shit.
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Samsung Galaxy A5 and A3Rumors can be put to rest, with Samsung introducing the new Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets tonight. The phones come in a rainbow of colors, each sporting a full metal unibody and the design we saw... leak earlier this month. The two handsets are largely the same, differing the most with their displays (5-inches and 4.5-inches, respectively) and their …
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Man in Teletubby costumeSometimes the urge to eat good General Tso's chicken is too strong. In this installment of embarrassing Halloween stories, 20-year-old Lehigh Universtity student Terez Sharek Owens was arrested on... Sunday after breaking into his friend's home and stealing Chinese food from the fridge while wearing a yellow Teletubby costume. Owens was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief See also: Visitors in Lake Tahoe are taking too many bear selfies Video: YouTube, Teletubbies According to The Morning Call, police received several phone calls from residents just before 2 a.m. reporting that someone had entered the house by breaking the glass on the home's rear door. The victims told police that the man took the leftovers, put them into a black purse and left the residence.
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Hilarious animation shows howThese are great. Gentleman Scholar made these amusing animations called The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton and it shows how daily life--like sports and gravity and puberty and first... days--for a skeleton isn't a lot of fun. Watch them, they're quick and easily digestible and easy to laugh at.
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Slowly but surely, 3D printing is working its way through the human anatomy, replacing infected jaws, cancerous vertebrae and deformed hips in a procession of world-first medical treatments. The... latest body part to be ticked off the list is the heel, putting a 71-year-old cancer patient who was facing an amputation below the knee back on his feet. ..
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Ketogenic diet, high in fatStudy shows a high-fat diet may be good for epileptic patients. Think bacon, eggs, and heavy cream. Controlling epilepsy seizures has never been this appetizing.
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Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records isn't just about who can eat the most hotdogs or fly a paper airplane the highest. Sometimes it involves technological breakthroughs with huge... potential. Guinness has handed DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program the award for the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC) is a ten-stage common-source amplifier that cranks speeds of one terahertz (1012 Hz), or one trillion cycles per second...
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WWE Drops Multimonth Commitment for Video Subscription

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 04:44
WWE Drops MultimonthWorld Wrestling Entertainment is removing a six-month commitment requirement from its WWE Network video service, a move it hopes will boost subscriptions.
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A unibody metal body, 5-inch AMOLED display, 13-megapixel camera, a claim as Samsung's "thinnest smartphone to date" and yet, this isn't a flagship smartphone. Especially for Halloween - or not... related at all - the Galaxy A5 and A3 yet more...
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It wasn't a huge mistake, but the structure that Arrested Development's fourth season used was a bit off-putting for some viewers. Each episode followed the foibles of single members of the Bluth... family in a few different timelines, and the early...
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Though iOS gets more advanced every year, there are still plenty of iPhone and iPad owners that want to break down Apple's walled garden and jailbreak their devices. If you think that might be you,
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How does an old-fashioned print-era company - formerly known as the Yellow Pages - attract top talent to its offices as it tries to remake itself as an online local search company? For those who live... in hip parts LA, the company now called YP has an answer it borrowed from Silicon Valley: the luxury bus.
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Creepy App Uses Healthkit ToMost Healthkit apps are single-mindedly practical, created with the sole aim of making you healthier or tracking your sleep. This app is the opposite. This app wants to creep you out big time.
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The Google executive, who was in charge of the company's robotics group and spearheaded the Android operating system, will start a tech incubator focused on hardware.
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Bethesda confirms Prey 2 cancelled

CNET - 31 Oct 2014 04:18
Bethesda confirms Prey 2No longer just in development hell: Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda, has confirmed that the company has officially stopped working on Prey 2.
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Victor Zsasz's 'Gotham' debutZsasz is coming, y'all, and it's going to be awesome On Monday, Anthony Carrigan, who recently portrayed The Mist on CW's The Flash, visits Gotham as supervillain and serial killer Victor Zsasz. And... in a just-released sneak peek at the episode, we get our first extended look at his debut, which looks fantastic and totally creepy. See also: Alfred Is About to Show His 'Badass' Side on 'Gotham' The episode, titled "Penguin's Umbrella," also happens to be one of star Robin Lord Taylor's favorite episodes, as it finds his character Penguin "embracing his role in the city and making strides to fulfill his destiny." "It's a really exciting moment," he told Mashable earlier this week during an exclusive sit down
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Nintendo to debut fatigue,Nintendo is working on a sleep-tracking device that can measure fatigue as well. The product from the company's healthcare division is targeting a March 2016 release.
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Japan's SoftBank Takes Hard Look at America Movil Assets

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 04:12
Japan's SoftBank Takes HardSoftBank Corp., the Japanese telecom and technology giant, is taking a hard look at wireless assets that have been put up for sale by America Movil.
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Magic Dirt may sound like the soil used by Jack to grow his beans, but the Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award winner is just one result of a process that's addressing the environmental issues... caused by effluence from factory farm feedlots. The process starts with anaerobic digesters, specifically a patented two-stage model from Wisconsin-based DVO, which more efficiently converts manure into three valuable byproducts...
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Google Street View cleavageGoogle's Street View has caught some interesting things over the years, some of them fueling conspiracy theories, others being less fun but no less notable. Sometimes it catches things inappropriate,... however, as was the case with Maria Pia Grillo of Montreal, who was sitting on her porch when the Google mobile drove by. It caught her in a picture leaning …
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6 Things to Know About the iPhone 6

Time - 31 Oct 2014 04:07
6 Things to Know About theA new design, digital payments, better camera and more
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thygate writes In France, an investigation has been launched into the appearance of "drones" on 7 different nuclear power plant sites across the country in the last month. Some of the plants involved... are Creys-Malville en Bugey in the southeast, Blayais in the southwest, Cattenom en Chooz in the northeast, Gravelines in the north, and Nogent-sur-Seine, close to Paris. It is forbidden to fly over these sites on altitudes less than 1 km in a 5 km radius. According to a spokesman of the state electric company that runs the facilities (EDF), there was no danger to the security and production of the plants. However these incidents will likely bring nuclear safety concerns back into the spotlight.
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Google is giving you freeEveryone loves the idea of being able to make free international calls on their phones and now Google is letting you do so… but only for a minute. Google this week announced that “the first minute... of calls to phone numbers in twenty-five different countries is now free” if you make those calls using Google’s Hangouts mobile app. RELATED: Is Google about to pick a fight with wireless carriers? While this free minute might not sound like very much, Google points out that you can actually say quite a bit over that time and that this new feature is somewhat like leaving a live voicemail to someone who’s overseas. And of course, if you want more time to talk with
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Why Australians cackle in theSYDNEY — Halloween is here. Except a random street party held by 20-year-old students and a lonesome house covered in cobwebs, there is a stillness in the air. There are no knocks at the door, there... are no groups of kids cackling as they hurry down the street, there are no free sweets. This is Australian Halloween. Every year, the debate is thrown around — why do we ignore the most brilliant holiday of them all? (When you remove Australia Day and Boxing Day, of course). This year is no different. People are FREAKING out. See also: 50 last-minute Halloween costumes This is what I want to do and say to people who celebrate Halloween in Australia pic.twitter.com/VIgDe8YQaw — NZ (@normyzee) October 30, 2014
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Spain is making Google (andFor companies like Google, facing problems with the law across Europe has become a common thing. The most recent example of this is now taking place in Spain, where the country's parliament just gave... the go-ahead to what's being known as the "Google...
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Google Project Ara gets aGoogle's team of Project Ara developers show progress, post video of modular phone prototype booting on Android Jelly Bean.
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Guns, weed and abortion: TheIt's much easier to frame an election around two candidates exchanging verbal punches than it is around an issue such as increasing the minimum wage or legalizing marijuana, but much of what is up for... vote during this 2014 midterm election season has as much to do with issues, as politicians Citizens around the United States will decide whether their states should increase early voting days, loosen or tighten gun control restrictions, and more See also: The Midterm Elections Are Worth Your Attention. Here's Why Below, we've mapped out some of the more critical ballot issues in each state Image: Mashable Christopher Mineses and Bob Al-Greene
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Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital.
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Australia's proposed data-retention laws still leave too many questions unanswered. Turnbull and Brandis must fill in the blanks.
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Autodesk take aim at theLast September, Autodesk opened a large two-story workshop on Pier 9 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero, a luxuriant facility with the indulgent goal of bringing its employees closer to the machines... they were making software for. “People said, ‘A workshop? On the water? In downtown San Francisco? From Autodesk? Why?” Autodesk’s Vice President of Consumer Products Samir Hanna says at an event this morning held to celebrate the building’s first anniversary. The […]
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Pirate Bay Founder Guilty OfGottfrid Svartholm Warg, the Swedish cofounder of The Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking by a Danish court in the latest of a fairly long line of legal problems for him.
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[From AppleTell] Jagged Alliance: Flashback is a unique mix of turn-based tactics, role-playing and squad management. This is the first time a game in the series will be playable on the Mac.
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Etsy competitor Minted hopesThe crowdsourced e-commerce site lands $38 million to expand its line of art-inspired printed products to textiles and open storefronts for its artists.
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Credit-Card Companies Ride Wave of Electronic Payments

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 03:36
Credit-Card Companies RideMasterCard and Visa reported strong growth as more consumers ditch cash.
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Photo challenge: Bring out your dark side

Mashable - 31 Oct 2014 03:35
Photo challenge: Bring outFor this week's Mashable Photo Challenge, bring out your dark side. Explore the outdoors after sunset, look for shadows on dark pavement and entertain your superstitions See also: These Vintage... Halloween Costumes Will Scare the Sheet Out of You Your submissions can be Halloween-related — orange and black, spirits and haunted things — but they certainly don't have to be. You're free to experiment with shadows, still life, and low light settings in basements and warehouses. Take advantage of late dusk and early dawn. We want to see a variety of raw images, heavily edited shots and even film photographs with vintage effects.
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Tomorrow Daily 078: A hauntedOn today's show, we're gearing up to celebrate Halloween, so we showed up in costume and talked about haunted advertisements, a bike prepared for the zombie apocalypse, and a drone made for... emergencies.
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The creators of Google InboxGoogle's on a mission to reinvent email. Its weapon: Inbox, a standalone app that launched last week. Inbox aims to make email more useful with several new tools. It surfaces relevant content (photos,... for example) and information from within individual messages so you don't have to open anything to get at what you really want. Bundles sort your messages for you, letting you find important messages faster. Plus you can add your own reminders that work with Google Now. See also: Google Inbox Hands On: An App With an Identity Crisis But there's something important that Inbox isn't: Gmail. Although the whole aim of Google Inbox is to make email more useful, it's not intended to replace the Gmail experience. Yet.
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Android co-founder RubinAndy Rubin leaves Google and its ambitious robotics projects behind to return to another of his passions: Building successful startups.
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Jonathan Heiliger and Michael Skok are both leaving the VC firm to pursue their own, separate, efforts.
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Refurbished 2014 15-InchApple today added several new models of the current 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro to its online store for refurbished products, marking their first availability at a lower cost since their July 2014... launch date. There are six different models available, which are currently mistakenly listed under the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro section, an error that should be corrected soon. While one machine displays a shipping estimate of 24 hours, the rest offer shipping estimates of three to five days. Discounts of more than $400 are available on some models, with prices that are approximately 15 percent off the standard pricing on brand new machines. Available models are as follows: - 2.2GHz quad-core Intel i7 with 16GB RAM, 256GB flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics: $1,699 ($300 savings) - 2.2GHz...
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Fireside digital frame showsHave you grown weary of the static picture frames dotting your home's various planar surfaces? Digital picture frames have been a thing for many years, but have only recently been getting a modern... tech upgrade, with things like Canviz adding a welcomed twist to the products. Latest among these is the Fireside SmartFrame, which includes a cloud service and promises …
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Common Sense: Apple Chief TimMr. Cook said the trade-off to his own privacy was worthwhile, "if hearing that the C.E.O. of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is."
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Google project aims toGoogle is applying a surveying technique from the 1960s to a project that aims to collect data about users' computers without potentially compromising their privacy. The project is nicknamed RAPPOR,... which stands for Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Google plans to present a paper on it next week at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security. RAPPOR is intended to collect statistics about software, such as security flaws, but in a way that doesn't expose sensitive information. It can do that by applying a technique used for randomized response surveys, wrote Ulfar Erlingsson, tech lead manager for security research.
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Aaron Sorkin may have foundDo you imagine Steve Wozniak smoked a lot of pot and made a lot of penis jokes in his youth? If so then you’ll think the casting choice for Woz’s role in Aaron Sorkin’s new Steve Jobs biopic is... absolutely perfect. According to Variety, none other than Seth Rogen has been tapped to play Wozniak in the upcoming film, which we think is an inspired choice for the brilliant and often very amusing Apple cofounder. Christian Bale, who is best known for playing Batman in Gary Nolan’s highly acclaimed trilogy, will play opposite Rogen as Steve Jobs. RELATED: This is the next Steve Jobs Although we still don’t know for sure how this new Jobs movie will turn out, the casting
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Andy Rubin, Google's robotAndy Rubin, the man at the helm of Google's robotics initiative and the co-founder of the Android mobile operating system, is stepping down from his post. The robotics team, which Rubin took over less... than a year ago, is to be led by James Kuffner, a Google research scientist, when Rubin leaves, a Google spokesman told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the executive shuffle Thursday. Rubin left his leadership role with Android in March 2013. Google acquired Android in 2005. See also: Andy Rubin's Next Big Thing at Google: Robots Up next for Rubin: Creating an incubator for startups in the technology-hardware field, the Journal reported.
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Major banks ready their ownSeveral major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year. The banks would be major competitors to handset makers Apple and Google because unlike... others pushing mobile wallet technology, such as mobile phone carriers and retailers, they already have an intimate relationship with consumers and know their spending habits. "Banks all around the world are working on this right now," said James Anderson, senior vice president for mobile and emerging payments at MasterCard. Anderson didn't name any of the banks, but said MasterCard is already in conversations with them on how to add mobile payment capability to the existing apps that millions of consumers already have on their phones.
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In The Best Conditions, A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered... at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6).
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ANZ Bank has posted a 15 percent jump in statutory profit after tax, which has been partially lifted by the company's strategy to adopt an enterprise-wide approach to operations and technology.
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(Reuters) - Google Inc said on Thursday that Andy Rubin, co-founder of its Android mobile business and head of its nascent robotics effort is leaving the company.
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Apple's Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Reuters - 31 Oct 2014 03:00
(Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move... civil rights forward.
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Hindsight is 20-20, something Amazon now has about the launch of its first smartphone. Amazon debuted the $199 Fire Phone in June, though trimmed the price of the device to 99 cents (with a two-year... contract) just two months after it went on sale, without explanation. Speaking to Fortune, Amazon's senior vice president of devices David Limp now says the company simply whiffed on the pricing. "We didn't get the price right," Limp said. "I think people come to expect a great value, and we sort of mismatched expectations. We thought we had it right. But we're also willing to say, 'we missed.' And so we corrected." "We thought we had it right." That correction -- as Amazon calls it -- also hit its bottom line, as the company revealed last...
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An anonymous reader writes Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, but scientists may have now uncovered where she ended up. Researchers have identified a piece of aluminum, which washed up on a remote... Pacific island, as dated to the correct time period and consistent with the design of Earhart's Lockheed Electra. From the article: "The warped piece of metal was uncovered on a 1991 voyage to the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has spent millions of dollars searching for Earhart's plane in a project that has involved hundreds of people. 'We don't understand how that patch got busted out of (the plane) and ended up on the island where we found it, but we have the patch, we have a piece of Earhart's...
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Scratching an itch is likeItching may just become worse after it is scratched, but what could this discovery mean for those suffering from chronic scratching?
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Motorola official Android 5.0If you own a Moto X, Moto G, or recent Verizon Droid you're probably wondering when you can expect all the sweetness that comes along with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Motorola has created a page where you... can check out what smartphones are getting Lollipop.
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Orion spacecraft constructionNASA puts finishing touches on Orion capsule set to take astronauts into deep space. First unmanned test of the spacecraft set for December.
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Android creator Andy Rubin leaving Google

PC World - 31 Oct 2014 02:50
Android creator Andy RubinAndy Rubin, the engineer who developed Google's Android OS and was lately in charge of its robotics efforts, is leaving the company, Google confirmed Thursday. Rubin cofounded a company called... Android, which Google acquired in 2005 for its mobile OS. Android has gone on to become the world's most widely used mobile operating system. Last year, though, Rubin was moved off the Android team and put in charge of Google's robotics projects. His work was taken over by Sundar Pichai, who now leads Google's Android, Chrome and other products. The reasons for Rubin's departure weren't clear, though it had something to do with the structure of his team at Google, according to a report on tech news site The Information.
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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that copyright holders could sue ISPs to get hold of data retained as part of the government's mandatory data-retention regime.
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"When so many other features of the site have changed, why is Poking still a thing?" That's the question I'd ask Mark Zuckerberg if I ever had the chance. And next week, I might get an answer. Just... about anyone could get a query answered by the...
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Watch this 3D scanner-printer fail

CNN - 31 Oct 2014 02:42
Watch this 3D scanner-printerThis 3D two-in-one scanner-printer attempts to print an exact copy of an object and fails.
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Twitter Appoints ProductTwitter said it had picked Kevin Weil to speed its sluggish efforts to make its social network easier and more compelling for new and old users.
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New research into the effects of the Ebola virus on mice has shown that genetic differences played a major role in determining which animals experienced severe Ebola symptoms and which exhibited only... mild signs of the infection. The experiment, the first of its kind, could indicate that genetics play a similar role in humans, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
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Rendezvous with a Comet

Twisted Sifter - 31 Oct 2014 02:33
Rendezvous with a Comet  AMBITION is a short film starring Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger, GAME OF THRONES) in support of the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Rosetta Mission. Directed by Tomek Bagiński, the “6 minute... trailer to a 20 year mission” tells the story of one of the most important space exploration endeavours of this decade. Just as Gillen's enigmatic…
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Nextdoor's treat map shows youTrick-or-treating may be the best part of Halloween — but not all neighborhoods are equal when it comes to candy distribution That's why Nextdoor, a social network aimed at connecting neighborhoods,... rolled out new mapping features to help users plan the best trick-or-treating routes. See also: The unofficial Halloween candy exchange rate The goal of Treat Map is to help parents identify the best areas for visiting Halloween night. Users indicate whether they plan to give out candy or set up a haunted house. This information then appears on the app's main neighborhood map. "We’re taking the guesswork out of Halloween to ensure you find the best, most convenient route possible for your trick-or-treaters." the company wrote in statement.
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The latest Call of DutyNext week, one of the most popular video game franchises of the past decade will return with its latest entry, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It’s fair to say that the buzz has died down slightly... from the record-breaking days of Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2, but Activision has a great deal of faith in Sledgehammer Games, the recently minted developer which has yet to release a full game. Call of Duty: Ghosts didn’t do much to push the series forward. Based on what we’ve seen prerelease, Advanced Warfare will, for better or for worse. The exoskeleton suit adds a new dimension to maneuverability and gunplay, giving a new audience the opportunity to learn the systems alongside series regulars. This
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Wal-Mart mulls price-matchingWal-Mart is testing a service that would match its pricing to rival online retailers' prices in an attempt to remain on top as one of the nation's most cost-effective retailers. Many retail stores are... suffering as customers are turning to online stores to do holiday shopping.
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Will Apple Pay be mobile pay's kick-start?

Phys.org - 31 Oct 2014 02:30
If anyone can get us to use our smartphones as wallets, it's Apple. That's what experts think about the recent launch of Apple Pay, the first mobile wallet to work on an iPhone.
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The Goofball Sci-Fi Film ThatDid Orson Welles really cause the mass mayhem with his 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast on this very night in 1938? Historians aren't so sure . What is certain, however, is that Welles was... definitely reporting a real attack before being forced to spin that truth as fiction--by the very aliens invading earth.
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Andy Rubin is parting ways with Google

Slash Gear - 31 Oct 2014 02:28
Andy Rubin is parting waysAndy Rubin has had a long and fruitful career at Google, having started big there under his work with Android, later moving on to other projects and eventually ending up managing the company's... robotics division -- a position from which he is stepping down, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The reason isn't clear, but his future plans include kicking …
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Microsoft Band Isn't a FitnessAt first glance, Microsoft's fitness-tracking device looks like another hardware foray for a company with a much stronger track record in software.
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Starbucks is ahead of the retailing curve with its mobile efforts and is hoping to stay that way with a mobile order and pay service about to launch with delivery next year.
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Does Verizon owe you cash?Verizon quietly agreed to a settlement for $64.2 million. The settlement stems from a lawsuit that alleged Big Red over-charged its Family SharePlan subscribers between 2002 and 2006. The settlement... has yet to be approved. The post Does Verizon owe you cash? It’s about to fork over $64 million to over-billed consumers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Next time you download or update an app for your smartphone or tablet and blitz through messages asking for permissions approval, you may be unnecessarily exposing your personal information to... possible cyber violation. Researchers suggest this issue could potentially be addressed through better consumer education and an easy to understand risk score for each app...
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Guess Which Devices AreAcer tells the public it’s pulling away from PCs in favor of mobile devices. It showed a smartwatch, tablets and rack of smartphones at the major tech show in Taipei this year. But Acer also... acknowledged then that its traditional product the PC would lead business growth for now.
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LinkedIn offers languid revenue forecast

USA Today - 31 Oct 2014 02:10
LinkedIn offers languidLinkedIn extends trend of strong results, disappointing forecast          
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Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with... “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next.
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Former Android chief AndyJames Kuffner, a Google research scientist who is in the robotics group, will replace Rubin.          
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FCC Plans More Power Over Broadband

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 02:05
FCC Plans More Power OverThe head of the FCC is laying the groundwork for expanding the agency's authority over broadband providers, but would still allow them to cut deals with content companies for special access.
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Instagram now boasts videoInstagram adds auto-play video ads into its feeds. Only a handful of companies are on board so far, but Instagram says it hopes to add more soon.
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Google Robotics Head AndyAndy Rubin, who headed Google’s robotics effort and was the creator of its Android system, has left the company to start his own incubator, according to a company spokesperson. James Kuffner, a... research scientist at Google, will take over the robotics group, the company said. Rubin’s move was earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal.
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Just about a year ago we learned Andy Rubin had shifted his focus at Google from Android ("the definition of open") to working with robots, like the ones from its acquisition Boston Dynamics, but... tonight reports indicate he is leaving the company...
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Former Android Leader Leaving Google

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 02:01
Former Android Leader LeavingAndy Rubin, co-founder and former leader of Google Inc.'s Android mobile business and the current head of its nascent robotics effort, is leaving the Internet company, the company said Thursday.
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UPDATED: Google confirmed Rubin's departure with a comment from CEO Larry Page.
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The Floating Cards Home Screen

Life Hacker - 31 Oct 2014 02:00
The Floating Cards Home ScreenIf old-timey cartoons taught us anything, it's that monochrome color palettes go pretty well with a dash of red. My Color Screen user JRS takes this approach with today's home screen design.
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Andy Rubin, former head ofAndy Rubin, a co-founder of Android and long time employee of Google, is leaving the company. In Android circles Rubin is best known for his time leading the Android division at Google after his... company was acquired in 2005, only to move after many years to head up robotics efforts at the company instead. Sundar Pichai has led Google's Android efforts since Rubin made the move in 2013. Since moving to lead the robotics "moonshot" at Google Rubin oversaw the acquisition of multiple robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, to strengthen its efforts in the field. Rubin is leaving Google to start his own company focused on technology hardware (and you can bet robots are somehow involved), though Google is still staying committed to robotics after he leaves. James Kuffner, who works in...
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T-Pain goes Auto-Tune-free andDeciding to unplug his voice from technology for NPR, the man who made Auto-Tune de rigueur shows that he didn't need it at all.
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Guess who might play SteveThe original geek behind Apple is rumored to be played by one of Hollywood's original geeks in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin flick inspired by Steve Jobs' biography.
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Andy Rubin Has Left Google ToThe Wall Street Journal is reporting that Android cofounder Andy Rubin is leaving Google to launch a hardware startup incubator. Rubin had recently been tapped to head up a top-secret robotics... division at Google.
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Andy Rubin is leaving Google a little over a year and a half after he moved from Android to focus on Google's robotics efforts.
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Ford has a new surveillanceMethods to monitor law enforcement are in demand, and we've been seeing different related technologies that meet this need appear increasingly. One example is the Yardarm sensor that monitors firearm... usage, shuttling the data off to a cloud platform where it can be accessed by dispatchers and investigators if needed. Ford is working on its own surveillance system, this one …
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Andy Rubin, who co-founded the Android project, is leaving Google. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin's departing to create an incubator for hardware startups. His role heading up the... company's robotics will be taken up by James Kuffner, a research scientist at the company and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. In a statement, Google's CEO Larry Page thanked Rubin for his work. "I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next," Page said. "With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you."
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Yamaha intros sleek newYamaha shows off its latest premium in-ear headphones, the EPH-M200 and EPH-M100, both of which offer sleek styling, form fitting housings, and powerful oversized drivers to curry your favor. The post... Yamaha intros sleek new premium in-ears, the EPH-M200 and EPH-M100 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Burkina Faso president plansThe President of Burkina Faso said he will hand over his 27-year rule of the west African nation after violent protests rocked the capital city of Ouagadougou on Thursday. In a televised statement to... the nation, President Blaise Compaore announced his intention to hand over power to a new democratically elected leader after a period of transition. Compaore intends to remain in power while the transition takes place See also: What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom The government shake up comes after demonstrators stormed the country's parliament building earlier in the day ahead of a planned vote that would have paved the way for extending the president's tenure.
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Meet Samantha, Ethan App's Sister

TechCrunch - 31 Oct 2014 01:49
Meet Samantha, Ethan App's Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl.
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Tim Cook isn't gay for you

Slash Gear - 31 Oct 2014 01:47
Tim Cook isn't gay for youLet's talk about Tim Cook being gay. Or, actually, let's not talk about it at all. The Apple CEO's unexpected open letter today, discussing his reasons for suddenly talking about his sexuality and the... feelings of responsibility to use his platform to further the understanding of LGBTQ issues, confirmed what many had believed for years. It also met with its …
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Video: Stephen Colbert targetsOn Wednesday night, Anita Sarkeesian, creator of feminist video game critique “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” stopped by The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Gamergate started... out as a revolt aimed at alleged poor ethics in video game journalism, but then devolved into a misogynistic movement that harassed prominent women in the video game industry. Sarkeesian has had to cancel speeches, received bomb threats, and even had to flee her home because of threats of violence. Colbert sat down with her to discuss Gamergate and thankfully found some humor in the debacle. In the clip below, Colbert obliterates Gamergate people he describes as “male gamers harassing women who are speaking out about the portrayal of women in video games. Presumably, after
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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9With the mid-size tablet genre being redefined, Amazon has stepped in with their latest, an 8.9-inch HDX version of the Kindle Fire. Taking square aim at the iPad mini and Air, as well as the Nexus 9,... this tablet brings a familiar set of specs and viewing experience. Depending on what you want from your tablet, though, the Kindle Fire …
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7 things Australia spends moreMELBOURNE — As the Ebola virus befalls its 10,000th victim, governments around the world are contributing resources to try and contain the epidemic in West Africa Among those countries is Australia,... who has pledged $A18 million to the cause. While commendable, the contribution has drawn criticism from some who argue it is inadequate and are urging the government to scale up its support See also: The 5-step process for making an Ebola vaccine So could Australia be doing more? For a little perspective, here's seven things the country spends more money on than fighting Ebola
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The first laptop with clickyMechanical keyboards are often preferred by gamers for their increased accuracy, but they haven't been available on gaming laptops. MSI is changing that with the GT80 TItan. The post The first laptop... with clicky mechanical keys will make everyone at Starbucks hate you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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It's official: Lenovo marriesLenovo is now the official owner of Motorola, having announced the completed acquisition on Thursday. Motorola and Lenovo now control 8 percent of the smartphone market together and it is expected... Motorola will help Lenovo be more competitive in the industry.
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Flipboard update brings brandFlipboard for Android grabbed its largest update in some time today, bringing a fresh new design to the personal magazine, as well as over 30,000 new topics to follow, the option to follow others, and... what the Flipboard team is calling a "Daily Edition."
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Seeing surfers at 1000 FPS isIf you're not convinced that the ocean isn't just one giant sea monster, here is some evidence for your fantasy theory: this video of surfers surfing at 1000 FPS. Come on, the ocean totally looks like... a monster here! More reasonable view: it's a really amazing surfing video captured gloriously in beautiful slow motion.
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Slow-Motion Disaster: KeyQuestions, answers about slow-moving lava threatening homes, roads in rural Hawaii town
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LinkedIn's Revenue Grows Strongly Across the Board

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 01:35
LinkedIn's Revenue GrowsLinkedIn reported strong third-quarter revenue growth across its three main businesses, helping the professional social network post a smaller-than-expected loss.
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As we mentioned this morning, Apple attracted some unwanted attention yesterday when it informed James Thompson, the developer behind calculator PCalc, that he'd have to remove the app's iOS 8 widget... if he expected the popular app to remain on the app store. Supporters of the app rallied in favor of Thompson not long after, and in the face of such an overwhelming response, the Cupertino company called Thompson personally to announce that it had reversed its decision. A report from TechCrunch claims that Apple hadn't anticipated that the Notification Center widgets could be used in the way Thompson was using them. The initial notice apparently claimed that calculations could be entered into the widget but the widget couldn't perform the calculations itself, which essentially nulls the point...
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The Victorian government is dipping into its AU$12 million Technology Innovation Fund to back a program that is aimed at digitising courtroom paperwork and providing a mobile solution for case... management and transparency.
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Lambda Chi Alpha nationalMIT withdraws recognition, offers members on-campus housing.
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The Dad Rock Version of TheOn this very night in 1938, a radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds may or may not have caused mass hysteria for American listeners. But there's another War of the Worlds that scared me much more... as a kid. For me, there's the HG Wells version, the Orson Wells version, and the rock opera version by composer Jeff Wayne, released in 1978.
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Kodak PixPro SP360 action camJ.K. Imaging, a licensee of the Kodak PixPro camera brand, is finally shipping the SP360 360-degree digital action camera that it unveiled earlier this year. Pocket-lint had hands-on time with a... concept version of the camera in March 2014, and at that...
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As a member of Slate Plus, you'll get access to exclusive podcasts--including our newly launched series about Season 4 of FX's American Horror Story.
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Zuckerberg to connect withIf you've always wondered if Mark Zuckerberg has a favorite hoodie, or a favorite programming language, now's your chance to find out. Facebook's chief will host his first community Q&A next Thursday... at 5 p.m. Eastern, giving the public a chance to ask any questions they might have for him. The event will be livestreamed and last about an hour. It expands on the internal Q&A sessions that Zuckerberg holds each Friday with Facebook employees. The event is structured similar to an "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on Reddit, but could draw considerably more attention given that it involves the CEO of one of the most used services on the Internet.
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The Greek Nymph At Stonehenge

Forbes - 31 Oct 2014 01:26
The Greek Nymph At StonehengeWhat does a Greek mountain nymph have to do with Stonehenge? Quite a lot, argues an acoustic archaeologist. Echo played a central part in the creation of the earliest known human cultural artefacts --... such as cave paintings and megalithic circles, he said
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Under a headline that did not directly address the issue, Mr. Cook chose to write a sober, conscientious essay for Bloomberg Businessweek that repeatedly used the word "privacy."
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Jason Reitman brother-sisterJason Reitman is hopping into television — casually Hulu has picked up 10 episodes of Casual, a single-camera, half-hour comedy from the Oscar-nominated director, set to debut on the streaming... service in 2015 See also: On Hulu's 'Quick Draw,' Improv Is King The show centers on a brother-sister duo who help each other navigate the dating world while raising a teenager together. He's a bachelor and she's newly divorced. Reitman, best known for directing 2007's Juno and 2009's Up in the Air, is set to direct the first episode “I've long looked for the right first step into episodic storytelling,” said Reitman in a release
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This Is The Suicide InfoWhat exactly did Whisper hand over to the Pentagon?
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Check out the Lenovo YogaLenovo's new 13-inch tablet runs Windows 8.1 and packs a quad-HD display. Let's take a closer look.
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The Vergecast 125: I have 23 children

The Verge - 31 Oct 2014 01:17
The hype meter is off the charts this week. The sweat is real. This Vergecast is beef, not bust. Our hosts Nilay Patel, Chris Plante, and The Verge's social beast Sam Sheffer begin the hour with a... reflection on various motorized death machines and enormous phones. Then David Pierce steps in to discuss super heroes, Apple Pay vs. CurrentC, Microsoft's fitness band, and Chris's alarming misunderstanding of contraception. Join us, won't you?
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Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where... you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and...
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Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCXMeet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and... CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.
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Starving Jake Gyllenhaal

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 01:16
Listen to Episode 126 of Slate's The Gist:
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An anonymous reader writes Google today announced plans to disable fallback to version 3 of the SSL protocol in Chrome 39, and remove SSL 3.0 completely in Chrome 40. The decision follows the... company's disclosure of a serious security vulnerability in SSL 3.0 on October 14, the attack for which it dubbed Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE). Following Mozilla's decision on the same day to disable SSL 3.0 by default in Firefox 34, which will be released on November 25, Google has laid out its plans for Chrome. This was expected, given that Google Security Team's Bodo Möller stated at the time: "In the coming months, we hope to remove support for SSL 3.0 completely from our client products."
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Twitter Replaces Product Chief Daniel Graf

Wall Street Journal - 31 Oct 2014 01:15
Twitter Replaces Product ChiefTwitter has replaced its new head of product, Daniel Graf, just six months after his much-touted hire away from Google.
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Hiring Business DrivesTalent Solutions accounted for 61 percent of total revenue.
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(Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.
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Earlier this year, the iPad got its toughest competition yet, in Samsung's Galaxy Tab S. Join Gizmag, as we compare the features and specs of the new iPad Air 2 and the Galaxy Tab S 10.5...
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Question Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook Q&A

USA Today - 31 Oct 2014 01:06
Question Mark Zuckerberg inThe "Community Q&A," an hour-long session, will be streamed live on the Web on Nov. 6 at 2 pm PT.          
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Cook's declaration that he'sApple CEO Tim Cook's revelation is applauded by LGBT leaders.          
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Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and... operates in a similar market space. As a company, Seedrs is most interesting for its ability, with certain caveats, to accept small dollar amounts from regular folks that can be converted via a…
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AirGuard can tell when there'sUsing a special set of polymer films, the device can accurately detect cigarette and marijuana smoke in a way that a normal smoke alarm cannot. The post AirGuard can tell when there’s weed or... tobacco smoke in the air appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Myths And Misconceptions Of Wearables as a second brain. The Internet of Self and Things. One trillion sensors.... There’s no doubt that a sensor-laden world is the buzz of the town. The next Big Thing. In fact, there is so... much buzz that many consumers probably dismiss it as hype. Yet, in spite of all this hype, as a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley’s semiconductor and sensor industry, this is about as…
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One MCX member will bravelyThe Apple Pay vs. MCX's CurrentC war has been one of the highlights of the week, with MCX having to defend its position against Apple Pay and in favor of its own smartphones payments solution that... will launch next year and will be available via its CurrentC app. MCX members, including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, CVS, Gap and many others must exclusively support CurrentC in stores, reports revealed, suggesting that a fine is involved if this contract requirement is broken. MCX sort-of denied the fines, saying there are no fines for anyone wishing to leave the MCX group. And it looks like at least one retailer wants to put this claim to the test by supporting both CurrentC and Apple Pay. FROM EARLIER: This
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Save Face When You're AngryAnger has a way of getting the best of us. Most of the time, it's better to walk away and take a few minutes to cool off, but you may not always have the time or space to do so. A "discomfort caveat"... can inform the other party that you're not thinking as clearly as you'd like to and help keep the conversation under control.
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We've already seen eye-tracking systems being used to control things like laptops and TVs, but ... cars? Well, the Visteon Corporation isn't suggesting that we use our eyes to steer our cars. At... least, not yet. Its HMeye cockpit concept, however, is designed to show how such technology could be used to help drivers keep their attention on the road. ..
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GoPro Sees Strong Holiday Quarter Sales; Shares Jump

The New York Times - 31 Oct 2014 00:57
The video company reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, driven by strong demand for its action cameras.
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(Reuters) - GoPro Inc forecast better-than-expected holiday quarter sales, underscoring the increasing popularity of its wearable cameras among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies.
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While web companies are building massive-scale data warehouses on top of Hadoop and analyzing data in every manner under the sun, Lockheed Martin is trying to help its government systems embrace…
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This Chandra X-ray Observatory image of the Hydra A galaxy cluster was taken on Oct. 30, 1999, with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) in an observation that lasted about six hours....
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Even in an industry where things move quickly, 2014 has seen a dizzying amount of change for Twitter. In the last 10 months, Twitter has lost: its chief operating officer, its chief financial officer,... its head of product, its head of news, its head of engineering, and (just this week) one of his deputies. Then today came another twist: the company promoted Kevin Weil, its head of revenue products, to oversee the entire product organization. That means that Daniel Graf, the former Google Maps executive who Twitter hired away with some fanfare six months ago, has effectively been demoted.
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Psyphotology: A Look at WhyWell known headshot photographer Peter Hurley has teamed up with respected psychologist Anna Rowley to develop a way for people to overcome their fear of being in front of a camera. The pair call this... research and application Psyphotology, a clever wordplay on psychology and photography. Their hope is to impact the world by helping […]
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Reddit launched a crowdfunding tool Wednesday that gives users of the popular online forum a tailor-made alternative to Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
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At least 8 women now accuseAt least eight women now have accused Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi of sexually abusive behavior, as detailed in shocking new allegations published by The Toronto Star. The alleged abuses,... which include nonconsensual hitting and choking, as well as workplace sexual harassment at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, span from 2002 to 2014, the newspaper reported Wednesday. Most of the women interviewed by the Star spoke on the condition that they remain anonymous. Ghomeshi reportedly met some of the women during a 2012 tour to promote his memoir 1982, at work, or at film, music and CBC events.
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Earth's Water Existed 135Scientists have found evidence of water in our inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previously thought.
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Atomos Power Station UsesCamera accessory maker Atomos has just announced Power Station, its new piece of equipment that turns your extra batteries into a clever power pack that's capable of powering up to three devices while... out in the field. Looking akin to a matte black brick, this device, which sits between your camera and your tripod, is […]
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Microsoft Band adds to healthyFitness band and services can work across multiple mobile platforms.          
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Harry Potter's Facebook pageIt's that time of year again, when ghouls and goblins come asking for treats at the doorstep. Scary movies are plentiful, too. Over on the Pottermore Facebook page, curious things have been going on.... It seems JK Rowling is cooking up a treat for Harry Potter fans. Or is it a trick? We're not certain, but a series of clues …
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Motorola is now officially part of Lenovo

Ars Technica - 31 Oct 2014 00:40
Lenovo and Motorola say they will continue to ship stock Android devices.
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Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg help run Google, one of the world's best-known, most successful - and most controversial - companies. They've just published a new book, "How Google Works," a guide... to managing what they call "smart creatives," the technically proficient, innovation-savvy workers whom companies in every industry are trying to recruit and retain.
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Online Stores Fight Amazon forSmaller retailers take page from Amazon, offer free shipping, price match to woo customers
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Get Free Bitcoins with 52I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight... sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.
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Invention lets newborns inIntel "Make it Wearable" finalist Team Babybe created a wearable that lets preemies or other babies in incubators feel their parents' heartbeat while separated.
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Robots are generally programmed to keep a steady gait. But birds constantly speed up and slow down to accommodate obstacles. Copying their movement could help robots be safer and more efficient.
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VoiceOfDoom writes Major UK charity The Samaritans have launched an app titled "Samaritans Radar", in an attempt to help Twitter users identify when their friends are in crisis and in need of support.... Unfortunately the privacy implications appear not to have been thought through — installing the app allows it to monitor the Twitter feeds of all of your followers, searching for particular phrases or words which might indicate they are in distress. The app then sends you an email suggesting you contact your follower to offer your help. Opportunities for misuse by online harassers are at the forefront of the concerns that have been raised, in addition; there is strong evidence to suggest that this use of personal information is illegal, being in contravention of UK Data Protection law.
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Everyone has fears, even the most successful photographers in the business. The key to overcoming those fears is to manage them rather than spending time and mental energy dwelling on them. During... Stand Out! events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, several photographer speakers were taken aside and asked about the greatest fears in their […]
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Man Indicted For Allegedly Impersonating Winklevoss Twins

The Huffington Post - 31 Oct 2014 00:30
Man Indicted For AllegedlyA San Francisco man allegedly infiltrated the rarified world of Wall Street banking by impersonating a pair of famous tech entrepreneurs, according to an indictment announced in Manhattan's district... court this week. Arun Ganguly, 37, allegedly sent investors hundreds of emails in which he pretended to be Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the twin brothers and Olympic rowers whose famous feud with Mark Zuckerberg over ownership of Facebook was depicted in the film "The Social Network." Ganguly also impersonated the twins' father, Howard Winklevoss, and other tech heavyweights, according to the indictment. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said in a statement that "the masquerade has come to an end." "The lengths to which the defendant is alleged to have gone to represent himself...
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Samsung Gear S smart watchThe Samsung Gear S is set to arrive in AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile stores on Nov. 7. It offers up quite a neat feature for Samsung smartphone consumers.
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Sequoia Capital has invested $8 million in Zoomcar, an Indian vehicle-rental startup, along with other investors. While small in value, the deal is the latest sign of investors' growing appetite for... startups focused on urban transportation needs in emerging markets.
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RCA gives unexpected boost toRCA unexpectedly jolted an otherwise slowing tablet market in the third quarter as Apple's iPad shipments continued to decline. Global tablet shipments totaled 53.8 million units during the third... quarter, growing by 11.5 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to research released Thursday by IDC. The surprise of the report, though, was that RCA shipped 2.6 million tablets worldwide, up 194 percent year-over-year, vaulting the company into fifth place among global tablet vendors. The venerable brand was established in 1919 as the Radio Corporation of America and had never before cracked the list of top vendors.
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Trialfire Begins Selling Toronto-based startup Trialfire is launching a service so companies can track customers as they interact with applications and websites without the need for data analysts and technical support. The... company’s new software allows companies to collect every user click, navigation and entered field, without the need for fancy coding. “This way you don’t have to add any custom code…
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GoPro Beats Estimates onThe big picture looks good.
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New app Hash cuts down TwitterTwitter is this constantly flowing stream of, well, everything. It's sometimes had to keep up, especially if you're too busy to stay glued to your Twitter feed. A new app called Hash might help,... though. Released a few days ago, Hash is a cultivated feed of the things people are talking about most, and gives you quick access to the …
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Twitter names a new head ofTwitter has named a new head of product — for the second time in just six months Twitter has appointed Kevin Weil, previously the head of revenue products (ads, basically), to serve as VP of all... product efforts at the company, people familiar with the matter confirmed to MashableThe Wall Street Journal was first to report the executive change See also: Twitter Isn't Essential and Probably Never Will Be The move comes a little more than six months after Twitter announced it had hired Daniel Graf, a former Google Maps director, to head its consumer products efforts. Graf's hiring boosted Twitter stock, with investors optimistic that the ex-Google employee might be able to help the company renew its slowing user growth rate and engagement.
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Apple iPod: Goodbye to theThe Apple iPod Classic has been discontinued, signaling the end of an era in music consumption. Here is the history of the iPod.
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Bon Appetit: Think about your usual supermarket routine. Chances are, if your market is designed like the majority in the U.S., you start shopping at the right side of the store and work your way... around the outer rim of the supermarket--with occasional forays into certain aisles, but generally sticking to a counterclockwise route till you get to the register. Now you may wonder, Why do I always choose to go that way? The answer is, you don't. These stories of how we are subtly (and sometimes, not subtly) manipulated in these situations are always fascinating to me. Similar psychology is going on in casinos, too.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Been waiting for a Windows-powered smartwatch? Well, you'll have to keep waiting; Microsoft's debut wearable is a Nike FuelBand-like fitness tracker called the Band. That's not all we have on deck,... though. Click through for our Nintendo 3DS review,...
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You can now uploadThere has been a heated debate regarding frame rate in video games for quite some time, but it came to a head with the release of the PS4 and Xbox One. When it became clear that 1080p 60FPS wasn’t... going to be possible for every current-gen game, gamers were disappointed, but now developers have one more incentive to crank up the visuals on their upcoming releases. This week, YouTube implemented a new feature which allows 60 frame per second video uploads. YouTube announced this feature over the summer, but didn’t have any firm release plans at the time. Kotaku was one of the first to note that 60FPS videos had begun appearing on the popular video streaming site, pointing to a few astonishing
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Mark Zuckerberg's not afraid of you, internet. The Facebook CEO has announced that he'll participate in a public Q&A session next Thursday afternoon, answering questions submitted and voted on by the... social network's own users. Facebook holds its own internal Q&A each Friday, according to Zuckerberg, a forum that gives employees a frequent opportunity to ask the CEO anything they'd like. "People ask thoughtful questions about why our company is going in certain directions, what I think about things happening in the world, and how we can continue improving our services for everyone," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook wall today. "I learn a lot from these Q&As, and the questions people ask help us build better services." Now he wants to...
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According to a report by Variety, actor Seth Rogen will likely be playing Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Christian Bale. There's a touch of iffiness... about the claim as TheWrap notes that Rogen doesn't have a deal in place, but most sources agree that Rogen is at least in talks for the role. Rogen will reportedly get to work with Woz himself for advice on the role, which is based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of Jobs. The screenplay itself, written by Aaron Sorkin of The Social Network fame, consists of three lengthy scenes corresponding to three major product launches from Jobs' life. Danny Boyle, best known for films like Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, will direct the film. Source: IndieWire Rogen himself is usually...
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Chris Roberts' brain spun out a grand vision: a rich, immersive galaxy; exquisite spaceships traversing between infinite star systems with thousands of computer gamers manning the cockpits, racing,... dogfighting and defending humanity.
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Cut the Rope: Time TravelCut the Rope: Time Travel is expanding once again, this time with new levels that take Om Nom back to the Industrial Revolution. Along with a nice new icon indicating that new levels are afoot, you'll... be able to dive into the "industrial age" as the 10th available level in the game after this update. The new content is unlockable with 390 stars collected (yes, that's a lot), or you can unlock all of the levels right away with a $3.99 in-app purchase.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to open the pay-TV industry to technology companies.
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50 last-minute Halloween costumes

Mashable - 31 Oct 2014 00:10
50 last-minute HalloweenRemember about 10 months ago, when you swore that this would be the year that you finally get your act together and plan a Halloween costume ahead of time? Yeah. There's always 2015. See also: 12... Halloween costumes you can make in 5 minutes or less If you've found yourself panicked because you waited until the last minute to select a costume, don't worry. Depending on your level of skill in painting, makeup, hair and wardrobe, there's likely a costume below that you can create ASAP. (Remember: you can always keep it simple, stupid.) Just don't be surprised if you see someone wearing the same costume — the two of you can bond over the fact that there's never enough time.
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Could it be Apple's refresh of the Mac mini that has these beloved little boxes back in refurb-land, ready for you to snatch up at deal prices? Hmm, could be. All we know for sure is that we're not... complaining and you shouldn't either, just hop on board these awesome deals.
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Seth Rogen might play WozIf you liked the pairing of Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, than you'll love what's likely going down in Sony's upcoming Steve Jobs movie. Both Variety... and The Wrap have reported that Seth Rogen is being...
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New York City's most haunted buildings

Mashable - 31 Oct 2014 00:05
New York City's most hauntedIt's a city of almost nine million people — so there are bound to be a few spirits here and there, right? Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead, a "macabre" New York City walking tour,... stopped by our office to give us a brief history of the Big Apple's surprisingly eerie past See also: 12 Halloween costumes you can make in 5 minutes or less Some highlights: Washington Square Park is basically a giant graveyard, and John Lennon still plays the piano Happy Halloween Also, here's how you can turn your pumpkin into a keg: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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NetApp indicated that this creates the capability of Cloud Brokering, where a customer can shift their compute layer between competing providers in a given data center and even multi-cloud brokering,... between data centers. This is an interesting model and if this works, could offer customers even more ways to control their IT spending. So, is this a commodity bare metal storage world? Well maybe not all of it, but customers are certainly getting more options for monitoring and controlling their IT costs and their choice of hardware in today's open source market.
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Listen to Our October Music Roundup

Slate - 31 Oct 2014 00:03
Slate's Brow Beat team covers the latest pop music daily, from David Bowie to Chance the Rapper to James Blake. Slate's critics dig into the state of music: Carl Wilson's album reviews; Chris... Molanphy's in-depth Billboard chart analysis on Brow Beat; Slate pop critic Jack Hamilton's sharp Cultureboxes. And in October, Dee Lockett interviewed El-P and Killer Mike, the minds behind of one of rap's best duos, Run the Jewels. (We also highlighted other classic hip-hop albums that should get all-cat remixes.) Also, Slate video producer Chris Wade edited an entertaining (and surprisingly insightful) visual history of U2's Bono posing like Jesus for 34 years.
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North Korea to quarantinePYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Thursday it will quarantine foreigners for 21 days over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus, even though no cases of the disease have been reported... in the reclusive country — or anywhere in Asia — and very few foreigners are allowed to enter. North Korea is always on guard against outside influences, but now that it perceives the deadly disease to be a threat, its anxiety has reached a new level. It has banned tourists, put business groups on hold and is looking even more suspiciously than usual at every foreign face coming across its borders.
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Google Ordered to Pay WomanA Canadian judge has ordered Google to pay a Montreal woman for the violation of her privacy after she found an embarrassing photograph of herself on Google Street View. Google’s automated cameras... had captured the woman sitting on her doorstep, leaning forward with a portion of her cleavage exposed. The Journal de Montreal reports that […]
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Probe Of Possible FergusonWASHINGTON -- St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch stated definitively on Thursday that a Twitter account claiming inside knowledge of the grand jury deliberating whether to charge... the police officer who killed Michael Brown "had, indeed, been hacked." But a spokesman for McCulloch revealed that his conclusion was based solely on an interview with the St. Louis County woman associated with the account and a search of her computer. Susan M. Nichols had operated a Twitter account under the name @thesusannichols. In early October, a tweet sent from the account indicated that the user knew "someone sitting on the grand jury of this case" and that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death. The message was quickly...
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'Ghost Light' of Long-DeadNASA is adding a cosmic twist to Halloween with an unexpected find by the Hubble Space Telescope: eerie 'ghost light' from the remains of a multi-galaxy massacre. See the photo here.
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Samsung bringing curved Gear SAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will carry the watch. AT&T, Sprint are up first.          
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ZIP Lookup Provides CulturalIf you're planning to make a move to a new area or city soon, it might be a good idea to know what the area is like. ZIP Lookup gives you detailed descriptions of the types of people and cultural... lifestyles you'll find within each ZIP code.
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Seth Rogan set to play Woz inSeth Rogan has been tapped to play the role of Steve Wozniak in Aaron Sorkin's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports. The 32-year-old actor, known for his roles in films such as 40 Year Old... Virgin and Pineapple Express, will star alongside...
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LinkedIn reports 3Q loss but sales climb

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 23:56
LinkedIn reports 3Q loss butLinkedIn Corp. posted a third-quarter loss on Thursday, but its results were better than expected as revenue grew sharply, sending shares of the online professional networking service higher in... extended trading.
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The sturdy 88 year old Israeli industrialist, Stef Wertheimer, became a member of the Forbes Billionaires Club due to a combination of his warrior drive and a passionate dream of turning agrarian... Israel into a world-class industrial power.
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Satechi Edge wireless gaming mouse looks pretty mean

Coolest Gadgets - 30 Oct 2014 23:55
Satechi Edge wireless gamingWhen it comes to gaming peripherals such as the mouse, there are dime a dozen models to choose from, and the budding beginner could end up with a plethora of candidates that he or she might be... paralyzed and overwhelmed with the selection. While some folks do swear by a wired mouse for superior and guaranteed reaction with each click and flick, I am quite sure that technology has moved ...
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Twitter Demotes Product VPKevin Weil has been appointed Twitter's new VP of product.
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The next version of the Google Chrome browser expected in six weeks will arrive with support to fallback to SSLv3 disabled by default.
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This 45,000-year-old leg boneA paper has been published by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig which shows the results of their decoding of a set of genes from a 45,000-year-old modern... human male from Sibera. It'd be enough to noteworthy that this man was nearly twice the age of the otherwise eldest modern human whose genome was sorted, …
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Brace yourself: Sam Smith andThe English are coming to invade your heart Sam Smith's "Stay With Me," arguably the ballad of the year, just reached an entirely new level: Smith performed it as a duet with Ed Sheeran See also:... Nailed It: Demi Lovato Slays 'Give Me Love' Bridge in Duet With Ed Sheeran The duo teamed up Wednesday night at Albert Hall in Manchester, capping the performance with a hug. Here's another clip from a fan: Sheeran previously covered "Stay With Me" during a visit to BBC Radio 1. BONUS: Kelly Clarkson Sings Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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The Intercept -- a magazine that is part of Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media -- has written a piece about the departure of Matt Taibbi, who was supposed to be running…
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It's not enough to just see 4K content--you have to be able to edit it, too.
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New iPad impresses, but notApple recently released a pair of new iPads, one of which is a real winner. But as snazzy as it is, the new model may do little to change Apple's declining position in the tablet market.
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Rare Look Inside Tiny MouthThe winners of this year's Nikon Small World photo competition have been announced. The grand prize goes to a photographer who captured a rare glimpse inside of a rotifer's open mouth.
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At $400, this compact SoundCreative Technology's Sound Blaster X7 is designed to be a powerful amplifier in a compact box. The device is slated to cost $400.
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Review: Sharp Aquos CrystalSharp is not the first company that comes to mind when you think about cellphones, but its new Aquos Crystal is starting to turn some heads with its edgeless screen design.
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itwbennett writes The critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line... utilities. Two remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems [also mentioned here]. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools.
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Free app mania: Amazon appThe Amazon Appstore for Android is offering a great free deal for Android smartphone and tablet owners. For a limited time, 40 of the most popular paid apps are absolutely free of charge.
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We're posting weekly transcripts of David Plotz's Working podcast for Slate Plus members. This the transcript for Episode 3, which features the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, a senior pastor of Alfred... Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more about Working, click here.
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Shooting Challenge: Halloween Costumes

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 23:41
Shooting Challenge: HalloweenIt's the greatest holiday of the year. You get to freak people out, and you get unlimited candy for it. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, photograph a fantastic Halloween costume.
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Groupon Loss Widens on Higher Expenses

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 23:40
Groupon Loss Widens on HigherGroupon said its billings and customer base grew in the third quarter as the online discount company continued ramping up its spending on marketing and acquisitions.
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Green Car of the YearGreen Car Journal announced its finalists for the Green Car of the Year award it gives out every year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Images: 'Small World' Photo Contest Winners

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 23:38
Images: 'Small World' PhotoA peek into the mouth of a microscopic animal took the top award in photo contest that honors all this small.
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GoPro Reports Profit as Sales Soar

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 23:37
GoPro Reports Profit as SalesGoPro, the maker of wearable video cameras, swung to a third-quarter profit on a 46% jump in sales, and described the launch of its latest camera as strong.
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LinkedIn Reports 3Q Loss but Sales Climb

ABC News - 30 Oct 2014 23:36
LinkedIn Reports 3Q Loss butLinkedIn posts 3Q loss, but revenue grows 45 percent; stock rises after-hours
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(Reuters) - Corporate networking site LinkedIn Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue as more businesses used its services to hire staff.
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The biggest reason AndroidIf you were worried that Motorola changing hands after its recent $2.9 billion acquisition by Lenovo would affect its products in any meaningful way: don’t be. Motorola has managed to avoid much of... the bloatware and the unwanted features that have pervaded phones from other vendors, and it’s going to stay that way. That’s the message Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh wanted to convey in a recent blog post on the Motorola blog. “The iconic Motorola brand will continue, as will the Moto and DROID franchises that have propelled our growth over the past year,” he wrote. “We will continue to focus on pure Android and fast upgrades, and remain committed to developing technology to solve real consumer problems.” The most
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Sometimes it's hard to explain exactly how you feel. This handy vocabulary wheel helps you narrow down exactly what word best expresses your current emotional state.
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'Call Of Duty: Advanced'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' gets a new live-action TV spot that feels like a real life video game.
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Have a Look at Tim Cook's TimeFollowing Tim Cook's announcement that is gay, here is a look back at the many successes of the Apple CEO.
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Kodak has already thrown its hat into the action cam fray, but its new gadget offers a much wider view of the goings-on. The company's PIXPRO SP360 effort captures footage with 360-degree views in... full HD (1080p), which it says is capable of creating...
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An anonymous reader writes Oculus has repeatedly tapped Epic Games to whip up demos to show off new iterations of Oculus Rift VR headset hardware. The latest demo, built in UE4, is 'Showdown', an... action-packed scene of slow motion explosions, bullets, and debris. The challenge? Oculus asked Epic to make it run at 90 FPS to match the 90 Hz refresh rate of the latest Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype. At the Oculus Connect conference, two of the developers from the team that created the demo share the tricks and tools they used to hit that target on a single GPU.
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Teal pumpkins signal whenA blue pumpkin on your porch or lawn can signal non-food treats for children with food allergies, group says. The Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness of allergies in children.
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CFOs Feel Powerless When ItWith U.S. enterprises spending more than $620 billion each year on healthcare costs, and nearly half of all Americans receiving their coverage through their employer, it’s no surprise that four out... of five chief financial officers (CFOs) across all industries are feeling the pressure. In fact, nearly all CFOs (97%) believe that employers must “step-up” to the plate to help fix the broken healthcare system.
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Pinterest's seventh employeeJustin Edmund is the seventh employee at Pinterest. He's also one of the few African Americans in Silicon Valley.          
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Cops can make you unlock yourCops can force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint — but they can't force you to unlock it with your passcode, according to a judge in Virginia. The decision, one of the first ones... to deal with fingerprints and cellphones, confirms the fact that law enforcement agents can get access to a locked phone with legal means if they need to. At the same time a PIN or a password might enjoy more protection than a fingerprint. See also: FBI Director: Encryption Will Lead to a 'Very Dark Place' Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Steven Frucci ruled that a criminal defendant can be compelled to give up his fingerprint and unlock his cellphone in the course of a criminal investigation — because that's just like handing in a DNA sample or a physical key, which citizens can already be...
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Although the hack didn't breach the mobile payment app itself, consumer confidence may be shaken.
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Tim Cook, authenticity andFor years, John Browne led two lives. In public, Browne pretended to be "asexual" while he ran BP, one of the largest corporations in the world. He lived with his mother and took her to business... events in lieu of a date. In private, and only in private, John Browne was gay. The idea of bringing both of these lives together seemed impossible at the time. As the company's CEO in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Browne worried that publicly opening up about his sexuality would damage BP and perhaps end his career "My suppliers will leave, my customers will leave. [Competitors] would think I was weak. Foreign governments would stop doing business with me," Browne told Mashable in an interview, recalling his many fears from that era
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Faculty highlight: ChristopherMetallurgist pushes grain boundaries: Nanostructured metal alloys deliver tougher materials, lower costs, and safer outcomes.
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The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into... servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden. In the Danish case, Svartholm […] The post Pirate Bay Founder Convicted on Hacking Charges appeared first on WIRED.
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Carrying Two Phones Is the New Black

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 23:20
Carrying Two Phones Is the NewHow a fashion-conscious tech minimalist came to embrace toting a smartphone and a flip phone--and figured out how to do so with style.
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Spotify finally gets it together on the iPad

Cult of Mac - 30 Oct 2014 23:19
Spotify finally gets itFor the last year or two, Spotify’s iPad app has been sadly, pathetically ignored. Like Twitter for Mac and Tweetbot for iPad, the app has lagged behind the iPhone version so badly that it almost... feels like using a different…
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$41,395. That's How MuchBack in mid-September, we reported that luxury gadget company Brikk was planning to release a gold covered Nikon Df camera. The camera is now official with more photos and more details. Brikk is known... for creating opulent versions of popular electronics, including phones and tablets. By releasing a Nikon Df, the company is moving its […]
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T-Mobile release date leakedA leaked T-Mobile internal document reveals the release dates for the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Google Nexus 6, and HTC One M8 for Windows. November will be a busy month.
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Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Mac Observer - 30 Oct 2014 23:17
Last Chance for The BluetoothThe Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music... or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.
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Good news, Euro drivers!Creative technology company Ixonos has released the Honda App Store, the cloud-based in-car content store for the brand's Android head unit. The App Store will run as a standard feature on all new... 2015 Hondas in Europe. The post Good news, Euro drivers! Honda's new 'App Center' brings cloud-based content into your car appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Surprisingly Low-Tech WayWhen the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practiced protocol.... The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly surprising.
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Can You Really Get Ebola from a Sneeze?

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 23:14
Can You Really Get Ebola fromThe Ebola virus can spread through contact with an infected person's blood, feces and vomit, but some information online suggests it's also possible to get Ebola by being near an infected person who... sneezes.
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Quarantined Ebola nurse goesKaci Hickox went for a bike ride in Maine, after treating Ebola patients in Africa, fueling a political and legal battle.
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As automakers attempt to make vehicles more energy-efficient, they're increasingly turning to lighter building materials. While doing so may indeed result in lightweight cars, these materials... generally lack the sound-dampening qualities of their heavier counterparts. That's why Harman and Lotus Engineering have developed the HALOsonic system, which cancels out road noise by making noise of its own. ..
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io9 The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun | Jalopnik This Brilliant Honda Civic Type R Ad Is Secretly Two Films In One | Jezebel Searching For the Dead in Witch City: A... Weekend in Salem, Mass. | Kotaku Guy Pretends To Be Serial Killer, Terrorizes GTA Online Players | Kinja Popular Posts
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CES Rebrands iLounge PavilionCES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts... Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.
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Best premium luxuryIf you think paying $600 for a smartphone is too much, wait until you check out these premium handsets. Let's be real: regular 'ole smartphones from Apple and Samsung aren't cheap, but they look like... pocket change when compared to the expensive hardware...
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These officials said their 40-strong engineering team preparing the IXV for a mid-November launch aboard a European Vega had worked nights and weekends to make the November date.
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Microsoft jumps into mobileMicrosoft has announced a health platform to rival the likes of Apple's HealthKit and Google's Android Fit. The company also announced its first smart fitness device, Microsoft Band.
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[From EntertainmentTell] To me, the, "Rocky," series ended with the emotion Italian Stallion exclaiming to the Soviet crowd that just gave him the Brubaker, "If Eye cahn change, and yoose can... change...MAYBE WE CALL CAHN CHANGE!!!!!!!" Chill moment indeed, Mr. Simmons. That was it.
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Expedia profit soars 50 percent

Reuters - 30 Oct 2014 23:06
(Reuters) - Expedia Inc reported robust earnings on Thursday, topping analyst estimates, as quarterly profit rose by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter.
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Hell is for app vendors

BGR - 30 Oct 2014 23:05
Hell is for app vendorsThe new Fiksu numbers highlight just how infernal life for app vendors has become. The price of acquiring a loyal app user has doubled from early 2012 to current level of more than $2 per user. This... is a disaster for many app vendors because the lifetime value of an app user is typically less than $2, and in many cases less than a dollar. Getting consumers to download your app is becoming more difficult with each passing month and the room for smaller app vendors keeps shrinking. Just look at the state of the current iPad revenue chart in America. 6 out of top 20 highest grossing apps are casino apps, which keep growing their portion of the revenue pie.
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New Hampshire Hawk

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 23:05
John Bolton is beating a path between Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire. Bolton's spokesman said the former United Nations ambassador will head to the Granite State this weekend to make a campaign... stop for Republican House candidate Marilinda Garcia, with whom he held a national security press conference earlier this month. He will also do some phone-banking for the state Republican Party. On top of that, his political action committee recently gave the state party $10,000, and he will soon be announced as a member of the Chairman's Circle (a small group of significant donors to the party that, per the Daily Caller also includes Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Sen. Scott Brown, and Sen. Rand Paul).
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mikejuk writes The announcement on the Google Geo Developers blog has the catchy title No map is an island. It points out that while there are now around 2 million active sites that have Google Maps... embedded, they store data independently, The new feature, called attributed save, aims to overcome this problem by creating an integrated experience between the apps you use that have map content and Google Maps, and all it requires is that users sign in. So if you use a map in a specific app you will be able to see locations you entered in other apps.This all sounds great and it makes sense to allow users to take all of the locations that have previously been stored in app silos and put them all together into one big map data pool. The only down side is that the pool is owned by Google and...
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Instagram starts displayingAds in your Instagram feed are nothing new, but video ads? That's happening. Instagram has gone ahead and made video ads live in your feed, but don't panic -- it's not as bad as it seems. Though... you'll have ads forced upon you, they won't be the same boring routine you're used to. Instagram is taking steps to ensure the …
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McAfee found that 60 percent of 504 surveyed IT professionals prioritize security as the primary driver of network design.
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Gaming laptops are prone to wild designs, and the newest one from MSI -- called the GT80 Titan -- is no exception. The massive 18-inch laptop was announced today and its most notable feature is a... mechanical QWERTY keyboard made by Cherry, a company that has been making mechanical keyboards for almost 50 years. Instead of the typical chiclet keys found on most current laptops, the GT80 Titan will feature Cherry's MX Red keys, which are actually well-suited for gaming thanks to the way they're built (light with quick actuation). They keyboard will still add weight, but for mechanical keyboard devotees it's probably an easy trade-off -- especially considering that it's a huge laptop in the first place. MSI hasn't...
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Seth Rogen reportedly nabsAaron Sorkin's upcoming film about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly found its Steve Wozniak: Seth Rogen. The news, first reported by Variety on Thursday, comes just one week after Sorkin... confirmed that Christian Bale will portray Jobs in the Sony Pictures film, which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the late tech luminary. See also: Aaron Sorkin on the Steve Jobs Film: He's Part Hero, Part Antihero Sony did not immediately respond to Mashable's request for comment about the casting report, but Rogen is no stranger to working with Sony. He previously starred in the studio's This Is the End last year and will star in The Interview in December.
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iPad Air 2 Review: When ThinGadgets get thinner every year. That's a given. But the iPad Air 2 crosses a threshold where thin makes a difference.
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Have a burning question for Mark Zuckerberg? Next Thursday, he might answer it.
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Flipboard (free) has always been popular for reading news and following topics. The only downside is that it lacked any personalization. You got the topics you selected, but the app did not learn my... favorite topics the way another news app -- Zite --...
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The Theory of CumulativeFor most people, stress is simply a fact of life, and you need to learn how to manage it. Simply ignoring the stress in your life can cause it to snowball and take a physical toll. Here's how to deal... with your stress when it starts to build up.
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The Life Aquatic trailer inIt's hard to turn an optimistic movie as full of light and absurd humor as Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou into a dark horror movie that tells the story of a man turned mad-man in... the style of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining--but our video magician Iván Róbert did it. Check it out:
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Land Chris Hadfield's SpaceIs there a person left on the internet who hasn't yet swooned over astronaut Chris Hadfield's jaw-dropping images from space? Here's a chance to have them in your home: The former ISS commander has... collected some of his photographs into a book.
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NY Times narrows loss, seesThe New York Times Co. said Thursday it narrowed its losses from the same period a year ago, while touting progress in its transition to a digital news operation.
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The latest shift in Twitter's management is the head of product. Will Twitter's staff departures help fix its biggest problem?
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Sometimes it can be difficult to get your canine companion to get the commands you're giving, but there could be an easier way in the future. Researchers at North Carolina State University are working... on a means to improve those communication skills...
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Bang & Olufsen reveals theirWhen it comes to audio products that actually deliver an explosive performance, you might want to check out the likes of Bang & Olufsen, as this outfit’s offerings have been consistently good over... the years. In fact, one can more or less feel safe picking up any of their products along the way, only if one is able to afford it, that is. Well, this time around, those who are ...
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GoPro Shares Spike As It GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280... million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusting for generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), profits were $14.6 million, or…
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Lenovo ThinkPad W540 Review -The ThinkPad's distant history is pocked with no-nonsense business machines sporting plain designs and thick bodies. Those are largely a thing of the past, with the newest ThinkPads coming with a side... dish of sleekness that make them stand out from systems of days gone by. Such isn't the case with Lenovo's new ThinkPad W540, a mobile workstation targeted at …
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A common complication, gestational diabetes affects approximately 6-7% of pregnant women. Currently, screening is done in two steps to help identify patients most at risk; however, the suggested... levels for additional testing were based on singleton pregnancy data. Now investigators have analyzed data from twin pregnancies and have determined that the optimal first step cutoff for additional screening appears to be a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 135 mg/dL for women carrying twins.
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Ask Mark Zuckerberg Anything Most people have a burning question to ask about Facebook, whether they’re one of its 1.35 billion users or not. So taking a cue from Reddit’s Ask Me Anything sessions, Facebook’s CEO Mark... Zuckerberg is upping the transparency and will play customer support himself on November 6th when he does Facebook’s first “Community Q&A”. The hour-long…
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Magma 'Pancakes' May HaveThe most catastrophic volcanic eruption in the last 2 million years may owe its superpower to stacks of hot molten rock layered like jelly filling inside a sky-high wedding cake.
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A Look Into Google'sGoogle’s Nexus 5 and 6 smartphones have a new Camera app feature called HDR+. This mode uses fancy computational photography tricks to help you capture better photos in situations with uneven... lighting or low amounts of light. In a post published to the Google Research blog this past week, researchers behind the new feature offer […]
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The Uber for Gentleman Companions

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 22:43
The Uber for Gentleman"ManServants" are not hookers. They are not escorts. They are not gigolos. Dalal Khajah and Josephine Wai Lin -- the two women behind the freshly launched, completely real San Francisco business... that sends attractive men to do the bidding of (mostly) female clients for an hourly rate -- would emphatically like you to know this. "The Ladies" of ManServants (not my embroidery --"The ladies" is their shared email address) emphatically wanted me to know this when they made nervy, cautious arrangements for me to experience their "signature service" in the American citadel of sex work and absurd technological enterprise. Read the full post on Matter, where it first appeared. Follow posts like this from Matter on Twitter and Facebook. Photo by Peter Bohler.
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FTC breaks up dating sites'The company behind 18 dating websites has agreed to settle with the FTC for $616,165. The online dating enterprise is accused of luring members into subscriptions using fake profiles.
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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: Apple iPad Air 2 16GB... WiFi (Gold, Silver, Space Gray) $460 shipped (Reg. $499) Apple 27-inch iMac w/ Retina 5K display 3.5GHz/8GB/1TB $2,349 shipped (Reg. $2,499) iTunes Free App of the Week: PAC-MAN Friends ($3.99 value) Amazon's […]
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Video: A slab of asphaltThe BlackBerry Passport is so big and rugged that it’s quickly garnering a reputation as the Chuck Norris of smartphones -- in other words, we expect that when it’s subjected to a drop test,... we’re more worried about what will happen to the parking lot asphalt than the actual phone. RELATED: Are you man enough for the BlackBerry Passport? CrackBerry points us to a new video posted by United Arab Emirates carrier Axiom that gives the Passport the full drop test treatment in a parking lot and finds that even if you drop the device from roughly 10 feet off the ground, it will still function and won’t have any cracks or scratches on its display. So it really does look like
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Evidence of Abundance #16:Today, it's 1,000 times cheaper to start an Internet company than 14 years ago. That's amazing! Today's evidence of abundance is about this plummeting cost of launching an Internet startup. In 2000,... just before the first dot-com bubble burst, it cost a whopping $5 million to launch a tech startup. Watch what happened, though, as open source communities, cloud computing, and developer-founded companies came into vogue over the next 11 years: As of 2011, it cost about $5,000 to launch a tech startup. These days, the barrier of entry to entrepreneurship is even less, thanks to crowd-powered technologies like incentive competitions, crowdfunding and crowd content creation. It's never been easier to share your ideas and passions with the world. And, as you've heard me say, it's only getting...
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Announcing some parties for Roadmap 2014, featuring the Hoff and KITT, designer Gadi Amit, media artist Reza Ali and more!
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At Least One CurrentC Store IsMidwest retail chain Meijer is refusing to go along with the coalition of retailers that have ditched Apple Pay in favor of their own vastly inferior alternative. At least one company cares about its... customers.
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Apple reverses stance on weirdYesterday Apple notified indie developed James Thomson that he would have to remove the iOS 8 widget from his calculator app, PCalc. After the news received a good amount of backlash and press... attention, Apple has reversed its stance on the issue.…
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Google Calendar on the webIt isn't the flashy Material Design upgrade we've been seeing on other Google properties, but Google Calendar on the web is getting a little smarter with a few subtle upgrades. Starting today if you... use Google Calendar in a web browser you'll notice real-time updates of information without refreshing the page, meaning you'll never miss a meeting time change or updated details.
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Solar Flair

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 22:34
Back when it was an expensive, unproven technology, solar energy was driven by hippies in sandals rigging up off-the-grid systems. About a decade ago, change-the-world Silicon Valley types hoping to... make gazillions of dollars entered the fray, raising venture capital and promoting moonshot projects, like futuristic solar farms in the Southwestern desert.
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Hubble sees 'ghost light' from(Phys.org) --NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. The mayhem... happened 4 billion light-years away, inside an immense collection of nearly 500 galaxies nicknamed "Pandora's Cluster," also known as Abell 2744.
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The Case For MakingDestiny's "The Vault of Glass," the current six-player endgame raid, as you may have heard, is meant to be very difficult. It takes dozens of hours sunk into the game just to have a character capable... of approaching its myriad challenges, and even when you're in there, it's a bear. It's the most difficult challenge the game has to offer, only for the most advanced players. Recently, Bungie even tweaked the final boss to make it even harder - difficulty at all times. The raid, they said, was never supposed to be easy. Here's Bungie developer David Deeg: "I recalled all the times I stood and delivered the line "...the most challenging encounter we've ever created.' It was hard to disagree. As a veteran of Cairo Station on Legendary in Halo, I had to admit that I had been carried through the...
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Hunt the fell beasts ofThe first DLC expansion for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Lord of the Hunt, will focus on Torvin the Dwarven Hunter and a deadly new class of mounted Beastmaster Warchiefs. The post Hunt the fell... beasts of Middle-earth in Shadow of Mordor’s ‘Lord of the Hunt’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Andrew Sorkin is taking on Wall Street again, this time in a Showtime pilot starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.
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Microsoft and Nintendo jumpThe Microsoft Band goes beyond fitness tracking and works with Android and iPhones, and Nintendo reveals plans to track your sleep with a bedside gadget.
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Now you can go green even in death

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 22:30
Now you can go green even inWhen Phil Olson was 20, he earned money in the family business by draining the blood from corpses. Using a long metal instrument, he sucked the fluid out of the organs, and pumped the empty space and... the arteries full of three gallons of toxic embalming fluid. This process drains the corpse of nutrients and prevents it from being eaten by bacteria, at least until it's put into the ground. Feebly encased in a few pounds of metal and wood, it wasn't long until all the fluid and guts just leak back out. Most of the bodies Olson prepared in his family's funeral home would then be buried in traditional cemeteries, below a lawn of grass that must be mowed, watered, sprayed with pesticides and used for nothing else, theoretically until the end of time.
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Omnistat Puts A System MonitoriOS: Sometimes, you just want to know everything that's going on with your iPhone or iPad. Omnistat is an app that does just that. It gives you a ton of info about your device and displays it all... right in the Notification Center.
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When you're planning your next hunting or fishing trip and putting together a list of all the items you need to take with you, consider downloading ConnectedAfield. This free universal app requires... iOS 7.1 or later and will provide you with some...
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Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Why Do IHello, Internet! Welcome to Ask Dr. Nerdlove, the only dating advice column that knows how to get every ending in the dating sim of your life.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The makers and exhibitors of movies agree- no more Google Glass in the theater
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Podcast: Discussing Disruption Theory

TechPinions - 30 Oct 2014 22:27
A few weeks back Horace Dediu of Asymco and I were having dinner and we got to discussing some of this updated thoughts on disruption theory. One bit in particular was how the luxury tech market was... causing him to ...
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Our New Show 'Built In We’re announcing a new TechCrunch TV show called Built in Brooklyn, and its main goal is simple — to showcase a bunch of cool Brooklyn startups. This has been in the works for months, but I’m... glad we’re announcing it today — exactly one year after I moved from San Francisco to New York City. I ended up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, and boy, it…
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The last time we thought about Timex, we were still using landlines and adjusting the tracking on the VCR so that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze would display properly.... Remember "Indiglo"? That's still a thing, apparently!...
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Facebook's Internet.org appFacebook is broadening the scope of its Internet.org initiative in Africa, launching its app for the program in the East African country of Tanzania. In July, Facebook launched its Internet.org app in... the Southern African country of Zambia. Tanzanian mobile phone operator Tigo has announced that it is offering customers an opportunity to buy low-cost smartphones for them to be able to access the Internet.org app. Facebook and other tech companies launched Internet.org last year as a project to make the Internet accessible to people in emerging markets. Facebook has been working with local telecom providers to roll out Internet.org apps free, with options to upgrade to paid services.
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Groupon Beats Estimates on Q3Groupon rebounded from last quarter by beating Wall Street estimates in Q3.
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Now that HBO plans to start offering online subscriptions, it seems like everyone else is eager to join in. On a call with investors today, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht strongly hinted that the network... was working toward an online offering, though he didn't go as far as actually announcing the service. "While you will hear more from us on this over time, I can tell you now that we have the content right [and] the technology platform and infrastructure in place to ensure that the Starz businesses are positioned to capitalize on these new opportunities, both here in the US and abroad," Albrecht says.
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Stretching oxides to modulateGrad students Lixin Sun and Qiyang Lu are developing techniques for applying strain to materials to accelerate oxygen-reduction reactions for applications in solid-oxide fuel cells.
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Hammeh writes BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security... to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name.
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Icewind Dale: Enhanced EditionIcewind Dale: Enhanced Edition has been launched for Android, bringing a whole new generation of players to the game. Leveraging the Dungeons & Dragons style of game play, Icewind Dale: Enhanced... Edition is set in the Wizards of the Coast's legendary Forgotten Realms where you'll journey deep into the Spine of the World mountains and encounter fearsome beasts.
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Cassini sees sunny seas on Titan

Phys.org - 30 Oct 2014 22:20
Cassini sees sunny seas on(Phys.org) --As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas.
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Tim Cook: A Private Man GoesMan on a mission.
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Lumera Connects Your DSLR toAs more and more cameras make their way into smartcamera territory, there are countless DSLRs that could very easily get left in the dust. But that won't be the case if Lumera Labs has its way, thanks... to Lumera, a clever little device that connects your DSLR to your phone to give it connectivity and […]
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Here are all the PS4, PS3 andEvery month, Sony announces a new slate of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The announcement typically comes a few days before they’re made available on the PlayStation Store, but list... for November leaked at least a few hours ahead of schedule when Sony accidentally published a video featuring all six games. Sony is sure to have an official post up soon, but until then, here is the Instant Game Collection for November. Following last month’s critically successful indie game additions to the collection, Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and SteamWorld Dig will both be free on the PS4 in November. If you never got around to picking up Binding of Isaac when it launched three years ago, consider yourself lucky — you now have the
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GoPro stock catches air on earnings

USA Today - 30 Oct 2014 22:16
GoPro stock catches air onShares of extreme camera maker GoPro are catching some major lift in afterhours trading          
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Like Shazam for songbirds,Similar to song-identifying apps like Shazam and SoundHound, Warblr uses your smartphone to record a nearby bird song and then analyze it in real time with sophisticated machine learning algorithms to... determine the species of the performer. The post Like Shazam for songbirds, this app identifies birds by their tweet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber wisely over-communicatesUber's surge pricing has landed the company in hot water on countless occasions. Most publicly were the company's arguably tone-deaf response in the lead-up to Hurricane Sandy in New York, where rates... climbed as high as 8X normal as people tried to get home from work or leave the city. More recently, Uber came under fire (unfairly in my opinion) in San Francisco for what many claimed was profiteering […]
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U.S. patients show Ebola canThis week’s news on Ebola should make you breathe a sigh of relief — and seethe with anger. The news is the recovery of Amber Vinson, the nurse who got Ebola while treating Thomas Duncan at Texas... Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She left Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, free of the virus and on her way back to a normal life. The announcement came less than a week after Vinson’s colleague, Nina Pham, was discharged from the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Pham was in such good shape that she got to visit the White House and give the president a hug. It’s become a familiar ritual — the Ebola patient leaving a U.S. hospital, alive and well. But the medical feat behind those scenes is among the more under-appreciated developments in this whole saga....
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Cassini Sees Sunny Seas on Titan

PTTU - 30 Oct 2014 22:15
Cassini Sees Sunny Seas onNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas.
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'Gone Purrl' is an all-catIf you've seen Gone Girl, you know the real star of the film was the Dunnes' cat So it makes sense that someone created an entire trailer devoted to the furry felines as they navigate the dark and... troubling landscape of a David Fincher film Purrrrhaps a leading contender in the 2015 Oscars race? Yes. Viral voguer Brendan Jordan works it with Queen Latifah OK, so T-Pain can actually sing without auto-tune NBC thought 'Friends' was too racy when it first aired Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water War
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Trailblazers: Tim Cook IsThe Apple chief executive's public announcement that he is gay could have a cascading effect on the culture at other companies.
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First Look staffers finallyWell this is absolutely remarkable. Just a few days after NY Magazine reported that Matt Taibbi was on the way out of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, Taibbi’s former colleagues have published... what they claim is the inside story on his departure. In the post, the First Look staffers finally admit what Pando has been reporting for months: That Omidyar exercised a ridiculous level of editorial control over First Look. That […]
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LinkedIn also held steady with its user count, citing once again that it has "more than 300 million members."
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LinkedIn Q3 Beats The Street, In a quarter that has seen a mixed set of results for social networks Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn today reported its quarterly results, handily beating analyst estimates on sales of $568 million,... up 45% compared to a year ago and sales of $393 million and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. But it also posted a wider net loss of $4.3 million, versus to net loss of $3.4 in Q3 2013.
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Neil Armstrong's Moon LandingForty-five years ago, astronaut Neil Armstrong added his autograph to an envelope for one purpose: that it be sold to provide for his family in the event he did not make it back from the moon. Now,... that iconic autograph is up for auction.
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The Asia-Pacific region is the sole bright spot in Alcatel-Lucent's set of third quarter results, which show the networking vendor still has some work left to do on its restructure and cost-saving... plans.
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Why Everyone Wants to Kill theIn the past few decades, everything about our computers have changed. The screens. The guts. The size, weight, and materials. The software itself, of course. But one thing has stayed exactly the same,... frozen in time from the early days: The tools we use to tell them what to do. So it's odd that we're so desperate to throw them out the window.
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Groupon Q3 Beats The Street On Still pushing hard on its strategy to be more than just a site for daily deals, e-commerce powerhouse Groupon reported its quarterly earnings today, reporting revenues of $757.1 million on non-GAAP... earnings per share of $0.03, but a negative EPS of $0.03 on a GAAP basis. Analysts were expecting an EPS of $0.01 on revenues of $748.76 million. Groupon managed to best expectations, but not by…
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Get Creative with SocialHave you considered how using social media today can help you realize your vision and accomplish your long-term goals? Whether you are a student contemplating career paths, a young entrepreneur... seeking to establish your business, or an experienced professional you can grow through social media by engaging in insightful conversations and supporting the leaders, projects and organizations you care about. Allow me to share with you my recent experience using twitter to support the vision of a Latina entrepreneur as one of many examples of social media's potential to be a tool for growth. Deborah Deras, international speaker and Principal of Synergy Unlimited, produced and hosted the Global Latino Summit, the first online conference celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Through a series of...
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Britain has a housing problem. According to homeless charity Crisis, the recession, deep cuts to the benefits system, and a comparative lack of new homes being built have all contributed to increased... levels of homelessness over the last few years. With this in mind, QED Property recently collaborated with WCEC Architecture and the Brighton Housing Trust to build a new shipping container-based housing development in Brighton, UK, for people at risk of homelessness. ..
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'Wasting time on the Internet'Finally, all those hours spent noodling around on social media can be harnessed into real college credit at a prestigious institution.
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Seth Rogen Might Play Steve Wozniak In Steve Jobs Biopic

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 22:03
Seth Rogen Might Play SteveAccording to TheWrap, Sony wants Seth Rogen to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the studio's new Steve Jobs biopic. But a source close to production told HuffPost Entertainment that Rogen didn't... even have a formal offer yet. If a deal is worked out, however, Rogen would appear opposite Christian Bale in the film. Bale was cast as Jobs earlier this month after Leonardo DiCaprio bowed out of consideration. Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple together in the 1976, though Wozniak left the company in 1987. He is credited as designing both the Apple I and Apple II computers. Josh Gad previously played Wozniak 2013's "Jobs," which starred Ashton Kutcher. "I had such high hopes for this movie and, oh, it was so hard to say that it let me down a bit and it fell a bit flat," Wozniak told ABC News....
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How 'coming out' has evolved,"For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation," Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a powerful personal essay, published Thursday in Businessweek. "Plenty of colleagues at Apple know... I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a difference in the way they treat me." While Cook's sexual orientation has been rumored for years, he hadn't acknowledged it to the wider public. But, as he further explains in his piece, he wanted to speak up now in order to help inspire others who may be coming to terms with their own sexualities Notably, Cook didn't use the phrase "coming out." His essay shows how much the concept and action of coming out have drastically evolved.
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Tips for coming out in the workplace

USA Today - 30 Oct 2014 22:02
Tips for coming out in theApple CEO Tim Cook's coming out is sparking others to do so. What's the best way to do it?          
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Google tries injecting newAn extension for Google's Chrome browser called Bookmark Manager embodies the company's effort to make organizing bookmarks better than riffling through a dusty filing cabinet.
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Elite: Dangerous Beta 3:So you'd like to experience the newly updated YouTube in all its 60fps glory, yes? How about doing so with what's easily one of the most beautiful games in development today? That's the game "Elite:... Dangerous" from the folks at Frontier Developments we're talking about, and you're about to be strapped in. You'll be owning multiple ships and scooping up …
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[From GamerTell] Hatsune Miku fans around the world will get equal opportunity to grab all of the Project Diva F 2nd DLC.
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Verizon's official Droid TurboAfter posting two "viral" videos featuring actor James Franco earlier this week, Verizon Wireless has unleashed its full one minute TV ad featuring the man who cannot say "No" to a gig using the just... launched Motorola Droid Turbo. A second ad also has a nod to the recent iPhone 6 "Bendgate" controversy.
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Microsoft Band hands-on -Who would've thought it would be Microsoft that would embrace cross-platform wearables so thoroughly, and indeed first. Microsoft Band is, on the face of it, the company's play for the fitness and... health market, trailing Android Wear to market but beating Apple Watch by a number of months. However, where Google and Apple's approaches are resolutely wedded to their own …
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What Is On Netflix? UsesPicking a movie to watch on Netflix is often pretty hard . What is on Netflix? taps into Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB scores to help you quickly find something good.
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If you swear from time to time -- or, if you're like me and curse like you just stubbed your toe in your everyday conversations -- you've probably noticed by now that every popular third party... keyboard available for iOS (and the same is true for...
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They've been called safe, dangerous, a way to quit smoking – and a way to start. New Scientist sifts through the evidence about e-cigarettes (full text available to subscribers)
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#ChevyGuy is having a no good,Poor Rikk Wilde. Poor, poor Rikk Wilde. Madison Bumgarner may have been crowned World Series MVP on Wednesday, but Rikk Wilde has also been getting a good deal of attention since the end of Game 7.... See also: All hail MadBum, the World Series legend from Bumtown (yes, really) The Chevrolet executive was given the task of presenting Bumgarner with the MVP award and keys to a new 2015 Chevy Colorado (which has already been recalled). Things didn't go very well. Product placement fail. Wilde's flub didn't go unnoticed, and shortly after Game 7 ended, #ChevyGuy started trending on Twitter. If you see Wilde wandering around the streets of Kansas City today, please give him a hug. He needs it.
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The motion for a preliminary injunction Orbital filed Oct. 28 is the latest turn in a lawsuit centered around the Transporter Erector Launcher.
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The 404 Show 1,573: MicrosoftScott Stein is in the studio with a brand new Microsoft Band. We'll play around with it and see if it fills any of the voids that plague current wearables. We'll also give impressions of the Nexus 6,... 9 and Player and discuss Nintendo's "quality of life" campaign that involves its own sleep tracker.
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[From EntertainmentTell] WWE Network is gearing up for yet another promotional push, and has stopped requiring subscribers to commit six months upfront.
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This is what the WesterosAs much as George R.R. Martin appreciates what HBO has done for his stories, he still thinks its portrayal of the scenery in the Game of Thrones series is wrong, or at the very least not what he... personally envisioned. That’s why he spoke at 92Y in Manhattan on Sunday about his new book The World of Ice & Fire that chronicles the history of Westeros and what everything should look like. RELATED: Game of Thrones' most iconic prop should be even more massive than what you see on HBO “I wanted accurate versions of these castles. We’ve had a number of different artists draw them on covers and on the fantasy like cards and games, and some of them have been beautiful images but
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Google's Inbox is the latest interface for Gmail, both on the web (only through a Chrome browser at the moment) and via mobile apps for iOS and Android. It's a major and almost entirely positive... upgrade to the Gmail experience. But if we're honest, the best thing about using it for the past week is finally being freed of that bloated, boring and increasingly clunky Gmail interface that's needed an overhaul for a few years now. ..
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Orion Is Complete

SpaceRef - 30 Oct 2014 21:52
NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed final assembly and testing of the Orion spacecraft. The spacecraft will remain inside NASA's Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center until it rolls... to launch pad 37 in November....
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[From GadgeTell] We told you Google was having trouble mass-producing its latest Nexus installments and meeting demand, even more than usual, and N6's failed US launch just adds fuel to the... speculation fire.
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Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably ) can--if you have a shitload of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier , so it's... entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don't want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet.
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I’m very lucky to have interviewed some amazing women on my podcast, “All The Social Ladies.”
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[From GadgeTell] Samsung may have difficulty, to say the least, in meeting Gear S release deadlines in the UK, but intriguingly enough, the US rollout seems to be going ahead as planned.
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Autodesk Invests $100 Million Autodesk is opening a $100 million 3D printing fund, called Spark Investment Fund, to give money to startups and designers in the 3D printing space. The company is now encouraging those interested... in developing hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio.
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DealBook Street Scene: PraiseDavid Geffen, the 71-year-old Hollywood mogul, was one of the first business executives to come out publicly as gay.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak- "Woz" in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic
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Instagram finally flips theInstagram announced that it was bringing advertisements to users last year, and now the first full-on video ads are starting to arrive. The first ad spots, which land between eight and 15 seconds... long, come from big names like Disney, Activision, Lancome, Banana Republic and CW, and are shown sparingly in user's Instagram feeds.
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Ray Ozzie Talks Up Talko,The software pioneer and former Microsoft chief software architect says that voice-based messaging has a role to play given how much time workers are on the go.
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Tricky Treats

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 21:46
As the author of the candy review site called Candy Blog, I eat a lot of sweets. I do my best to try new candies as they hit the market and to keep abreast of candy trends. Predictably, late October... is a time when candy manufacturers release new products at a rapid-fire pace. But what's struck me over the past five years or so is that the newest Halloween flavor trends aren't really new at all--they're just atypical applications of common seasonal flavors.
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Hands-on with the brand new Microsoft Band

Android Central - 30 Oct 2014 21:46
Hands-on with the brand newMicrosoft is in the wearable game and supporting Android. Here's a first look Last night - in a somewhat bungled outing, no less - Microsoft officially joined the wearable market with the Microsoft... Band. More a fitness band with benefits than a smartwatch, the Band is perhaps best compared with the Samsung Gear Fit that launched earlier this year. The big news for us is, is Android support. Through the Microsoft Health app for Android - also for iOS, Mac and Windows - you can pair your Band with your favorite smartphone. We haven't seen it yet, but our buddy, Daniel Rubino, over at Windows Central sure has, and he's unboxed it and given it a thorough hands-on.
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Google coughs up $2,250 forEarlier this month, Google was ordered to pay a Canadian woman $2,250 for showing her cleavage in Street View on Google Maps. The lawsuit was initially filed back in 2011. The post Google coughs up... $2,250 for showing a woman’s cleavage in Street View appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Oklahoma parents panic overSince the arrival of Ebola on United States' shores, a couple of things have become abundantly clear: No matter how often health officials say that the disease is not transmitted through casual... contact — it's easier to get a cold — plenty of Americans are witch-hunt-level paranoid about catching it. And too many folks have no clue about the geography of Africa or how big the continent is. Combine those two things, and we get the sad situation that a teacher in Blackwell, Oklahoma finds herself in. The educator, who teaches at Blackwell Elementary School, has an upcoming mission trip to Rwanda. The teacher, whose identity hasn't been revealed, is off to do good deeds. But after fearful parents in the 7,000-person town launched a petition expressing concern over the teacher's possible...
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The troublesome two: BMWAhead of their debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show, BMW has unveiled the 2015 X5 M and X6 M. Both cars are powered by a 567-horsepower, twin-turbo V8 and go on sale in the spring of 2015. The post The... troublesome two: BMW announces 567-horsepower X5 M and X6 M appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The guidance, developed by a PCI Special Interest Group, will help merchants educate staff on protecting cardholder data.
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Zombie Ants to Ghost Frogs: 6Halloween is a time to celebrate mythical creatures that haunt our dreams, but some of these beasts have real-life counterparts in the animal world.
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First Hasselblad camera usedA Hasselblad camera and Zeiss lens that captured extraordinary images of Earth back in 1962 await bidding by space fans.
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Will Tim Cook Pave the Way forAs one of the most powerful tech executives in the world, Cook holds a unique position from which he can show the way for other gay corporate leaders.
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Take a tour of the bewitchingFind out how wizards and witches relax in our tour of the Wizard Chambers inside London's Georgian House Hotel. You may not be Harry Potter, but you can still vacation like him.
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The 29 States Where You Can Still Be Fired For Being Gay

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 21:43
The 29 States Where You CanTim Cook came out as gay in an essay in Businessweek on Thursday. He said that the unequal treatment LGBT employees face all over the country was a critical factor in his decision. "I've had the good... fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people's differences," Cook wrote. "Not everyone is so lucky." Indeed, there is no federal law protecting LGBT workers against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. And while some states and cities have passed their own protections, there are still 29 states where you can actually be fired for being gay, leaving more than half of all total workers vulnerable to employment discrimination. Most Americans incorrectly think that this problem has already been solved. A 2013...
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is still new, but there are even newer programming tools. Fortunately, with the latest Version of Red Hat Software Collection, programmers can keep up to speed.
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Lured to ISIS: Denver TeensThree Denver teens became radicalized online and chatted with an ISIS recruiter for a year before their attempted flight to Syria, report says.
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Offshore wind power in the United States is nowhere close to meeting the potential this renewable energy form has to offer. There are a myriad of reasons why, including lack of information on... energy-harnessing possibilities at specific sites. The US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is looking to change this, by dropping two very advanced data-collecting buoys into coastal waters...
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An anonymous reader writes John Oliver calls it "cable company f*ckery" and we've all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy's new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive... proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation of service at interconnection points between Comcast, Verizon and other monopoly "eyeball networks" and "transit networks" such as Cogent, which was contracted by Netflix to deliver its bits. The report shows that interconnection points give monopoly ISPs all the leverage they need to discriminate against companies like Netflix, which compete with...
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It's not really surprising that Microsoft's Band smartwatch will work with Android and iOS as well as Windows Phone as we heard rumors suggesting it would. It's a bigger deal than…
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DxO has taken the wraps off its OpticsPro 10, the latest software version that brings with it, among other things, DxO ClearView for correcting atmospheric haze. Joining the new feature are some... improvements to the software, not the least of which is enhanced noise reduction promised to trump competing products, as well as interface changes. 
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When Did Halloween Get So Tawdry?

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 21:40
Despite agitations to the contrary, this year's Halloween will likely be marked, as in Halloweens past, by women dressing up in "sexy" costumes. But when did this trend get its start? In 2010, Juliet... Lapidos tried to find out. The article is reprinted below:
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This tour of the Harry PotterYou may be a Muggle, but you can still vacation like Harry Potter. Stay at the Wizard Chambers located inside the Georgian House Hotel in London. No owl or wand required.
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7 Things Photographers WishHindsight is always 20/20, which is why if you're a photography student or about to launch your photo business, you should turn to those who have already completed the right of passage for a little... first-hand, grade-A advice on how to go about the whole thing. With experience comes great wisdom, so we asked seven […]
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The 3 weird gimmicks NintendoAgainst odds, Nintendo turned a profit in the September quarter. It turns out that Mario Kart 8 was successful enough to give the Wii U home console enough of a sales bump to help Nintendo to eke out... a $86 million profit during the autumn period. Nintendo also repeated its vow to achieve profitability for the full fiscal year and after its autumn surprise, this suddenly seems achievable. RELATED: Mario Kart 8 is breathing life into the Wii U Nintendo cited both Europe and North America as performing particularly well. Looking at the coming winter, Nintendo has high hopes about new Pokemon titles, which may revive the seriously weak 3DS portable console sales. The 3DS’s sales volume tanked to just 1.27 million
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All hail MadBum, the WorldMadBum from Bumtown is not the nickname of some 1920s hobo rail-rider with a corn-cob pipe in his mouth and rucksack slung over his shoulder. No, MadBum from Bumtown is your new baseball overlord. As... San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner etched himself into baseball history with a dominant performance throughout the Major League Baseball playoffs — and especially in the World Series — much of the casual baseball-watching public latched on to something else besides his filthy work from the mound That something: MadBum, the simple and slightly giggle-inducing nickname by which Giants fans have known him for years. But lesser known is that he hails from a place called Bumtown
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Why Cybersecurity Threats AreLet me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: our nation's cybersecurity sucks and everybody knows it. The president knows it. The Pentagon knows it . And, worst of all, the hackers know it... , too. That's why I'm so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says we'll likely get hit with a deadly cyberattack by 2025.
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University Beyond Raises $300K Plenty of companies are looking to give brands and recruiters a way to connect with the ultra-valuable, soon-to-be-working, super influential college demographic, and University Beyond has just... raised $300,000 in seed funding to do just that. The round was led by Innovation Garden, with participation from two unnamed angel investors.
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The Withings Aura Sleep SmartIt’s easy to get excited about being able to learn more about how your body works. We weren’t exactly born with an instruction manual, but it’s hard to pay attention to all of the subtle nuances... that comes with eating, exercise, and sleep. We’ve seen a huge variety of trackers for this and that crop up lately, and some are more successful than others. Our activity levels and being able to effortlessly ...
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IBM drills into the energyFinding new sources of oil underground is an expensive and risky undertaking. Now IBM is working with energy company Repsol to look for ways in which new cognitive computing techniques could help... reduce the uncertainty and improve production. The research that the two companies are doing may one day lead to computer systems that more effectively aid all industries in making decisions. "This is a whole new time where people and machines will be working better together," said Brian Gaucher, IBM Research senior manager and research staff member at the company's Cognitive Environments Laboratory.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free DropTask - Visual To-Do...
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These Charts Reveal WhetherDoes having more money automatically make people happier? We know a little about how that works (and doesn't work) on an individual level, but what happens when we're talking not just about... individuals, but about the happiness of entire countries?
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The Ubiquity of Cyber-Espionage

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 21:30
The Ubiquity ofFirst Look Media's Morgan Marquis-Boire and Crowdstrike's Dmitri Alperovitch on why nation states are the hackers we should be most afraid of
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Five Best Battery Chargers

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 21:30
Five Best Battery ChargersYour nominations are fully charged and now it's time to find a winner. Check out the contenders and then head for poll.
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White noise for your nose cancels pungent aromas

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 21:30
By combining compounds in just the right mixture, researchers have worked out how to produce the olfactory equivalent of white noise
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Five Best Battery Chargers

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 21:30
Five Best Battery ChargersYour nominations are fully charged and now it's time to find a winner. Check out the contenders and then head for poll.
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What Are Your Login Apps?

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 21:30
What Are Your Login Apps?Setting an app to launch at login is like committing to a relationship. Every time you wake up in the morning, you'll see it sitting there looking back at you. So, we want to know, what are your login... apps?
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Guy Gets Haunted By SnapchatSnapchat can get pretty wild, but this ghost took it to the next level. The funny folks at FLAMA put together this sketch about a sensitive guy who gets scared easily -- and who really isn't thrilled... when he thinks his friends are sending him creepy Snapchats right in the middle of their argument over the pronunciation of the word "salmon." The truth is scarier than he ever imagined.
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Spacefaring Hasselblad cameraA very special camera made its way into orbit in 1962 on a NASA mission. Now, it can be a part of your personal space collection if you're fortunate enough to be the winning bidder.
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Pee-wee Herman redubsPaul Reubens lends his signature Pee-wee Herman voice to make the new Avengers trailer even better. Plus, a new Pee-wee Herman movie is on the way, with Judd Apatow attached.
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Mississippi's Race to the Bottom

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 21:26
Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness. It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the country, as well as the highest mortality... rate for infants and adults. These ills are worst among its black residents: 43.2 percent of Mississippi blacks are afflicted by obesity and its associated problems and 44 percent live at or below the poverty line, compared with a--still high--30.2 percent obesity rate and 16 percent poverty rate for whites.
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Interactive website helpsA new interactive website allows you to choose the exact make and model of your smartphone and then gives specific interactive tips on boosting the battery life for that handset.
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The GOP's Other Takeover

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 21:25
Forget the U.S. Senate. Even if Republicans seize control of the chamber, their policy-changing prospects will be limited at best. The election night results you should really keep an eye on involve... candidates whose names you don't know in races that rarely, if ever, cross the national radar. These election contests could affect how high your taxes are, whether your neighborhood abortion clinic stays open, and just how much influence unions have in your state. Spoiler: State legislatures matter--a lot.
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Vulnerabilities found in moreThe critical Shellshock vulnerabilities found last month in the Bash Unix shell have motivated security researchers to search for similar flaws in old, but widely used, command-line utilities. Two... remote command execution vulnerabilities were patched this week in the popular wget download agent and tnftp client for Unix-like systems. This comes after a remote code execution vulnerability was found last week in a library used by strings, objdump, readelf and other command-line tools.
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Sometimes you can buy a toy for yourself and pretend you bought it for a child. That won't be the case with the Crazy Cart XL. It's a new version of Razor's original Crazy Cart that was released last... year. It's been made bigger and more powerful, especially for grown-ups who should know better...
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Sometimes you can buy a toy for yourself and pretend you bought it for a child. That won't be the case with the Crazy Cart XL. It's a new version of Razor's original Crazy Cart that was released last... year. It's been made bigger and more powerful, especially for grown-ups who should know better...
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Google Camera app updated forGoogle's own Camera app for Android devices has received an update today, and the big change is that it is now compatible with the upcoming Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
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This new app uses a visual perception technique called a D-Fence to make your disappearing pictures a little more private.
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Tim Cook's 'proud to be gay'Gay rights are the civil rights issue of our time, whether in the marriage chapel, the emergency room or the workplace. That’s why Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to proclaim he is “proud to be... gay” in a powerful personal…
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Nintendo's first entry into the "quality of life" business, which it plans to release by early 2016, is a device that tracks a user's level of fatigue by monitoring sleep. The post Nintendo’s New... Health Device Listens to You Sleep appeared first on WIRED.
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Your Instagram feed will nowIf a picture is worth 1,000 words, a 15-second video has to be worth quite a bit more. Instagram has launched its first video ads, adding another entry into the lucrative but increasingly crowded... market See also: 7 Smartphone Photography Tips for Enviable Instagram Photos Disney, Activision and Banana Republic are among the first companies to have autoplay videos featured on the Facebook-owned platform, according to Adweek. Brands have already been producing videos on Instagram that are seen only by those who follow their corporate accounts. Now, Instagram is pushing ads into feeds. Instagram added video in June 2013 and has been very deliberate about using that tool for advertising. CEO Kevin Systrom said in July that he had personally been reviewing every ad in hopes of setting a "high...
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Not only has the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic likely found an actor to play Jobs, it may have found an actor to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak too: according to The Wrap, Seth Rogen is being... considered for the role. Variety reports more definitely that he's actually set to play it. Rogen would be acting alongside Christian Bale, who is reported to have taken the part of Jobs. Danny Boyle, who made Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, is directing based on a script by Aaron Sorkin. Jessica Chastain is also reported to be under consideration for a part, though it isn't known who she would be playing.
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Sharp AQUOS 4K LED TVs debutIf there's one certification process you're going to want to pass with your newest 4K TV here in 2014, it's THX. Sharp have gone through said process with their newest UD27 line of Ultra HD (aka 4K)... TVs, bringing on sets that've therefor passed more than 400 picture quality tests set up by THX. Precise color, sharpness, and richness throughout. …
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'Halo 2: Anniversary' Full-Length Trailer Released

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 21:20
'Halo 2: Anniversary'We've finally been given a full look into the visual remastering of "Halo." Microsoft is re-releasing and remastering the Xbox first-person shooter game series under the title "Halo: The Master Chief... Collection." The compilation, which is due out on Xbox One on Nov. 11, combines four games in the "Halo" series. The real thrill of the trailer is the brief look at the game's visual overhaul by award-winning animators at Blur Studios. The trailer features cinematic scenes from "Halo 2: Anniversary," which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Nov. 9. With graphics this stunning, you're excused if you think it's a feature film, not a video game.
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More autism-contributing genesStudies find more genes linked to development of autism spectrum disorder. Research provides picture of how genetic changes pile up to increase autism risk in children.
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The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET!

The Verge - 30 Oct 2014 21:20
Hello humans! Today is Thursday, which is the day we Vergecast, so guess what -- we're Vergecasting! Today on the show we have our fearless leader Nilay Patel, joined by the inimitable Chris Plante,... and me, Sam Sheffer. It's my Vergecast debut, so be nice. What should we talk about?
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First Look Media sounds like aMatt Taibbi quit. Other journalists clashed with management, and founder Pierre Omidyar changed his vision from content to product, leaving First Look Media something of a mess. That is the takeaway... from the 1,825-word screed posted by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and John Cook — all First Look Media contractors — to The Intercept on Thursday The post highlights the rough history of the young media company, along with the events that led Taibbi to split from the company The group acknowledged that tension had emerged between journalists and the company's executives. The media startup had originally been founded as a place to empower journalists, but disagreements about various areas including budgets — and as small as taxi rides — caused issue.
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Republican gains in CongressAnticipated Republican gains in the U.S. Congress after next Tuesday's election have limited implications for tech-related issues like net neutrality and reform of National Security Agency... surveillance programs, with some observers expecting no huge changes. Many pollsters and prognosticators are predicting Republicans will add to their majority in the House of Representatives and possibly take over majority control of the Senate, allowing Republicans to set the legislative agenda for the next two years. In recent years, with split party control in the two chambers of Congress, it's been difficult for lawmakers to pass any major pieces of legislation, particularly involving anything controversial. That may not change with Republican majorities, with many in their ranks resisting new...
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Earth's Water Existed 135Scientists have found evidence of water in our inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previously thought.
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Google Adds $250 Million to Its Illicit Drug Marketing Tab

The Huffington Post - 30 Oct 2014 21:18
Google Adds $250 Million toGoogle is a wealthy company with very deep pockets, and it's digging deep into them again right now to try to make an embarrassing situation go away. It's about to write another big check, this time... for $250 million, to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by shareholders who claimed Google didn't take adequate steps to prevent these online pharmacies from using its ad networks. That is on top of the $500 million Google already agreed to pay the U.S. government to avert prosecution. During the 2011 investigation, there were hints from prosecutors that high-level executives from Google had known about the illicit drug marketing, so perhaps that is why the company was quick to write a big check to avoid criminal charges. There is a lot we don't know about this troubling chapter in Google's...
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LG develops smartphone displayDoes your phone lack screen real estate? That might seem like a strange question, given that smartphones seem to grow in size with each generation. But if you don't have the palms to hold a phablet,... LG has developed an LCD panel for smartphones that obliterates the frame — called the bezel — that surrounds phone displays. That way you get maximum screenage. In fact, judging by LG's promo photos, the device looks a bit jarring, as if the screen doesn't have much of a frame at all See also: Hands on with the Google Nexus 6: Android goes big Image: LG The sliver-thin bezel is just 0.7mm thick — even thinner than a credit card. That's only for the left and right sides of the display, so the top and bottom portions of the bezel are more clearly visible.
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A Gold Moto 360 Just AppearedA couple weeks back, we reported on the curious disappearance of a Gold Moto 360 on one of Motorola's promotional material. Now, that disappearing act has reached it's natural conclusion: With the... blinged-out wearable briefly reappearing on Amazon.
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As it soared past Saturn's large moon Titan recently, NASA's Cassini spacecraft caught a glimpse of bright sunlight reflecting off hydrocarbon seas....
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This is What a PhotographersA UK-based amateur photographer named Bob Riach was stopped outside a shopping center in East Yorkshire last week by a security guard. Riach was attempting to take some nighttime shots of the complex... when the guard confronted him and told him that his photography wasn’t allowed due to the complex, citing concerns of an attack […]
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Android Central's HalloweenAndroid Central's No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween Contest! We have had a fantastic time with our Halloween Contest the last several years, and we can't wait to see how you guys top it this year!... While you're out getting spooky, be sure to snap a photo with your Android device (you can include other mobile gadgets too, but you know... we love Android best). Then Instagram it using hashtag #LloydOWeen. We'll put together all the photos received into a sweet video for the blogs. And beyond that, you can win some awesome prizes for taking part. Full details below!
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[From GamerTell] The baddest vampire slayer on the planet has entered Avengers Alliance. Get out there and show those vamps that they do not know who they are messing with!
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What's next for the Sprout?We got to speak with Steve Smith, who is the Director of Research and Development for the team in charge of the Sprout by HP, which was just revealed today. Steve gave us a clear glimpse at what he... and HP have in store for the Sprout. The post What’s next for the Sprout? From 3D printing to accessories, HP explains appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Sure, smartphones have been getting larger and larger every year. And for those who really want to go big, large-screen "phablet" Android phones have risen to fill the demand. But iPhone users who... wanted a larger screen have always been left wanting...
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Police department offers its lobby, parking lot as safe places to complete online transactions
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Introducing Checky, The AppInterested in knowing just how many times you check your phone per day? There's an app for that. Checky not only shows you a numerical figure of how many occasions you glanced at your phone, but it... also offers a map feature, showing you the geographical coordinates of each and every phone check. While the app is vigilant about protecting users' privacy, the average person checks their phone more than 50 times a day, according to internal research and user tweets. "It looks like 60 times a day is roughly the average, but it varies quite a lot," Checky founder Alex Tew told HuffPost Live in a Thursday interview. He explained that, for some, figures were up in the hundreds, and for others they were as low as three. But those numbers are gleaned just among users. Tew noted that there's a whole...
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The sky is falling -- SamsungFollowing a poor earnings report, Samsung vowed to revamp its smartphone strategy. This revamped strategy involves focusing more at different price points rather than just the high-end. The post The... sky is falling — Samsung to revamp its smartphone strategy after poor earnings appeared first on Digital Trends.
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After a couple of years of work, I finally released my app, Cloth to the world this week. Launch coverage was great, with positive write-ups throughout the tech press.
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Talking satire, tech andOne part snark. Three and a half shots wit. 13 seconds of dead air. Half a wry smile. Blend well and serve fresh at precisely 3:03 p.m According to Baratunde Thurston, the comedian, entrepreneur and... author of New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, this is the secret recipe for successful satire See also: Futurist Fashion Designer Envisions a World of 3D-Printed Possibilities With a hefty following on social, and career milestones that include a five-year stint at satirical news site The Onion among countless accomplishments, Thurston knows firsthand about the power of the Internet and social media, particularly how digital communities intersect (and interact) with comedy.
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Picture of the Day: Underneath a Transmission Tower

Twisted Sifter - 30 Oct 2014 21:13
Picture of the Day: UnderneathPhotograph by SirSaucySquid on reddit   Reddit user SirSaucySquid lay directly underneath a transmission tower to capture this hypnotic photo. The dizzying array of steel is reminiscent of a sort of... giant kaleidoscope pattern. The photo was taken on his phone and edited using the VSCO Cam app. A transmission tower is a tall structure,…
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Seth Rogen will play Woz inChristian Bale is a great decision to play Steve Jobs. The incoming biopic about the Apple co-founder is set to blow the pretenders (yes, you, Ashton) out of the water, and the addition of Seth Rogen... will only enhance the experience. Variety is reporting that Rogen has signed on to play Steve Wozniak for the film, presenting as much of …
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HackingTeam spying manuals posted online

SC Magazine - 30 Oct 2014 21:11
The Italian spyware company had its manuals posted online that detail how thoroughly an infected user's actions can be monitored.
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Seth Rogen to play Woz in Jobs biopic

Cult of Mac - 30 Oct 2014 21:11
Seth Rogen to play Woz in JobsSeth Rogen just landed the role to play Christian Bale’s sidekick in Sony’s upcoming biopic on Steve Jobs. Rogen will reportedly don the mantle of Steve Wozniak, according to Variety, in the film... written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny…
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Seth Rogen to Star as SteveSeth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak alongside Christian Bale, who has been cast in the role of Steve Jobs in Sony's upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Rogen will have the opportunity to get advice... directly from Wozniak, who is working as a consultant on the film. Rogen is a popular actor who has starred in movies like Neighbors, 22 Jump Street, and This Is the End. While Rogen often stars in comedic films, he has demonstrated his ability to do more serious work in movies like Take This Waltz and 50/50. Image courtesy of Variety After several months of limbo after writer Aaron Sorkin finished the screenplay, production on Sony's Steve Jobs movie is picking up. Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire has been announced as the director of the film, and just last week, Sony signed on...
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Report: Seth Rogen will playVariety reports that actor Seth Rogen has been casted to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Sony: Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite... Christian Bale in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic. We learned earlier this month that Christian Bale, who starred in the recent Batman trilogy, will portray Steve Jobs in […]
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Heart's own immune cells can help it heal

Science Daily - 30 Oct 2014 21:06
Heart's own immune cells canThe heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research. In a mouse model of heart failure, the researchers showed that blocking the bone... marrow's macrophages from entering the heart protects the organ's beneficial pool of macrophages, allowing them to remain in the heart, where they promote regeneration and recovery. The findings may have implications for treating heart failure in humans.
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Nearly 5 percent of U.S. children may be affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), according to a new study. FASD are a group of conditions that can occur in the children of mothers who... drank alcohol during pregnancy. Characteristics are both physical and cognitive and can include abnormal facial features, smaller-than-average physical growth, poor coordination, learning disabilities and vision and hearing problems.
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Lord of the microrings: TeamA significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC)... Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with joint appointments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, have developed a unique microring laser cavity that can produce single-mode lasing even from a conventional multi-mode laser cavity. This ability to provide single-mode lasing on demand holds ramifications for a wide range of applications including optical metrology and interferometry, optical data storage, high-resolution spectroscopy and optical communications.
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Brazil to unweave the NSA'sThe Brazilian government intends to combat NSA espionage by using non-U.S. companies to build new fiber-optic cable infrastructure. The post Brazil to unweave the NSA’s web by laying domestically... controlled fiber optic cables appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Nexus 9: First Look AndHTC's new tablet will be known as the Google Nexus 9 to most people, but it's an HTC device through and through
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Amazon in 2014: A look back

Mashable - 30 Oct 2014 21:02
Amazon in 2014: A look backIt's been quite the year for Amazon — and it was either good or bad, depending on who you ask. From an optimistic perspective, Amazon finally dipped its toes in the smartphone market with the Amazon... Fire Phone, rolled out new Kindle Fire tablets and launched its own entertainment streaming device, called the Amazon Fire TV. From a pessimistic perspective, however, the company took a $170 million hit on its Fire Phone, and was embroiled in an ugly, public fight with book publisher Hachette. See also: Was the Amazon Fire Phone a Gross Miscalculation? To get you caught up on Amazon's year, Mashable is hosting a MashTalk Hangout on Air on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 3:15 p.m. ET
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I've been wearing it for two hours, and I'm still acutely aware that it's there. This is the first and most unavoidable thing you should know about the Microsoft Band: it's big, and it's heavy. It's... not an object with a strap, like a smartwatch or a Fitbit; there's technology in every part of this rigid rubber band. It's not terribly uncomfortable, per se, it's just there. I don't think I'll ever stop noticing it. The Band is, of course, Microsoft's first fitness tracker, the physical actualization of the company's grand plan to be the source of all the world's health data. The Band is part of the plan, but it's not the whole plan; the whole plan involves cross-platform apps, a machine-learning system that turns your data into...
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IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: IStanding desks are not cheap. Or at least, the extremely handy motorized ones aren't. That's why everyone--including this desk-agnostic blogger--freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a... sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!
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Luxury goods brand Brikk has released the price of its forthcoming 'Lux Nikon kit' that has been finished in its trademark yellow gold and which will be on sale this month. Set to cost $41,395, the... kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a specially made gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case. 
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Nike's new LeBron ad and theWho is LeBron James? Is he a fresh-faced youth who, displaying maturity beyond his years, keeps his head and down and lives up to the hype? Is he a goofball whose nice-guy attitude is a relatable... counterpoint to his terrifying on-court prowess? Is he a devil-may-care lord of darkness who simply doesn’t care what jilted Cleveland fans think? Or are they all […]
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[From GamerTell] Sega will release the PC version of Valkyria Chronicles on November 11.
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Nerval's Lobster writes Apple design chief Jony Ive has spent the past several weeks talking up how the Apple Watch is an evolution on many of the principles that guided the evolution of timepieces... over the past several hundred years. But the need to recharge the device on a nightly basis, now confirmed by Apple CEO Tim Cook, is a throwback to ye olden days, when a lady or gentleman needed to keep winding her or his pocket-watch in order to keep it running. Watch batteries were supposed to bring "winding" to a decisive end, except for that subset of people who insist on carrying around a mechanical timepiece. But with Apple Watch's requirement that the user constantly monitor its energy, what's old is new again. Will millions of people really want to charge and fuss with their watch at...
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I collect text editors the way other people collect stamps. Do people still collect stamps? Let's assume they do, and in great abundance. When a new editor comes out I've got to see what it does. This... week I played with Ginger Page for iOS (free,...
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Make Poached Eggs for a CrowdHave a brunch party planned or just cooking breakfast for your large family? Here's a smart way to make beautifully poached eggs for everyone.
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Racist Costumes to EggingSome researchers seize on Oct. 31 as an opportunity for serious study. From an analysis of racist costumes to an assessment of the hazards of egg throwing, here are a few strange chapters from the... annals of Halloween science.
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Middle East Relationships,Trying to understand the complexities of Middle East politics can seem like an impenetrable task and the tangled and changing relations between governments and groups in the region are a common... subject of discussion. What's more, instead of clarifying the chaos, maps or charts that break down the various conflicts and alliances often merely prove how absurdly complex the situation really is. However, one attempt at capturing how the region's many different actors relate to each other has found an impressive way of merging simplification and accuracy. Using a variety of data sources, David McCandless of the design site Information Is Beautiful (and author of Knowledge is Beautiful) created a chart that gives the appropriate impression of jumbled alliances, but is also interactive and...
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Finding ways to cut battery consumption is driving all kinds of innovations in semiconductors, including building chips that are less accurate as a way of saving power.
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It's maybe not as iconic as a blacklight Led Zeppelin poster, or this cat parading as an actual sandwich, but Pop Chart Lab has a freshly updated version of its history of Apple products poster. It... goes all the way back to 1976, when the company was making the Apple I, and includes everything since then for a grand total of 534 products on a single page. New in this version are recently released products like the iMac with Retina display and iPad Air 2, as well as upcoming products like the Apple Watch.
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The two companies have developed a technology that idles a portion of the mobile network at night when demand is lowest. This won't just save energy costs. It will create a…
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Viral voguer Brendan JordanBrendan Jordan, the 15-year-old better known as the kid who vogued his way to Internet stardom during a local news segment, simply can't be stopped Jordan sat down with Queen Latifah on Thursday to... talk about the story behind that viral video, his brush with Lady Gaga and his love of clothing. That is, after he made the set of The Queen Latifah Show his own personal runway Jordan's mom was in attendance and explained that she couldn't be less surprised by Jordan's bold behavior and overnight Internet fame In the words of his mother, "he was born to be ... this." OK, so T-Pain can actually sing without auto-tune NBC thought 'Friends' was too racy when it first aired Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water War Focused kitty is staring into space and there's nothing you...
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Seth Rogen Is Woz

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 20:54
Seth Rogen Is WozVariety is reporting that Seth Rogen's got the part as Woz in Jobs, the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned take on the Apple icon. Christian Bale has been cast in the role as the main man Steve, and this... new addition... it's surprising, but kinda great.
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Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for... life on the planet,...
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Immediately Is An Email App SquareOne, an email startup that launched its iOS app for organizing messages earlier this year, has now pivoted to become Immediately, an email app designed with the needs of sales reps in mind.... The new app, which is currently live on the web and on iPhone, is an email client application offering features like reminders, templates, scheduling and Salesforce sync, as well as the ability to…
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Tiki-Z mini-Review: The TinyThe following review is going to be short and to the point. Not because it doesn't deserve more words, not because it's not an important product. We'd never do such a thing. Instead, this review is... going to be short because there's not much to say that we didn't already say in our first Falcon Northwest Tiki review and subsequent …
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This Handsome Brick Facade IsWe all like the idea of saving energy, but actually retrofitting an old house is a loud, messy, and expensive headache. So the Dutch company Energiesprond has come up with a way to make houses carbon... neutral with easy, snap-on insulation and solar panels. It doesn't hurt that houses come out looking quite handsome, too.
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The Fascinating PsychologyIf you've ever played a free-to-play game like Candy Crush, Plants vs Zombies 2 or Clash of Clans and defied the "free" part by parting with your cash, don't be ashamed. I've never met anyone who... actually buys items on any free-to-play, but then again I've never met anyone who's lost money in Vegas, either. I'm not ashamed to admit yes... yes I have... bought items in free-to-play games (I've also lost money in Vegas). Trust me, I feel the appropriate amount of shame and self-loathing. But don't judge too harshly. If you haven't spent money on these games, odds are you will pretty soon. Why? Because these innocently fun and entertaining programs are built on mountains of research of the mind's inner workings. These games know what makes us tick, and they know exactly how to get us to say...
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TiVo owners who enjoy doing more than just recording TV shows just got another on-demand option. Walmart's video service, Vudu, will be available on select models soon, bringing over 100,000 movie and... television selections for rent or purchase la...
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iOS 8 jailbreak Pangu nowWhen the iOS 8 jailbreak tool Pangu was released earlier this month for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it still had some rough edges such as no one-click solution to install Cydia or support for... English. Fortunately, the Pangu app now includes a Cydia installer, while English support for the jailbreak tool is coming in the next 24 hours. […]
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Google Now will search in appsSearching for content via Google Now is easy and effective, but there's a problem: it doesn't dive into your apps. You can ask all kinds of things, which get routed through Google's massive... mother-brain search engine, but it fails to bring you results from apps you trust. On the Android Developers blog, Google has outlined exactly how Developers can implement …
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Yesterday, PCalc developer James Thomson revealed on Twitter that his top-rated app had been hit with a request from Apple asking for its widget functionality to be removed. The reason offered -- that... a widget can't be allowed to perform any...
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Beautiful graphics visualiseLONDON — The English capital has long been a cartographer's dream. From Charles Booth's famous poverty maps in the 1890s to Harry Beck's classic design for the London Underground in 1931, London has... always been ripe for visualisation. Created by geographer and big-data fanatic Dr. James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti, a new book has plotted London in 100 new maps and graphics, showing how we live and interactLondon: The Information Capital uses Twitter data, satellite imagery, Strava figures and a whole host of other inputs to visualise life in the city. See also: Music Brings Your Neighborhood to Life in This Audio Visualizer
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Some OS X Yosemite UsersSince OS X Yosemite's October 16 launch, MacRumors has been receiving a number of complaints from users who have been experiencing Wi-Fi issues. Extensive threads about Wi-Fi problems have surfaced on... both the MacRumors forums and on Apple's own Support Communities as well, suggesting there are quite a few users who are seeing Wi-Fi connection issues after installing Yosemite. According to the complaints, Wi-Fi connections are sometimes extremely slow, resulting in long loading times, and in some cases, users are seeing their Wi-Fi connections disconnect continually after just a few minutes of being connected. Since upgrading to Yosemite, my previously-stable (with Mavericks) wifi connection keeps dropping. I have to click the wifi icon and re-select my network every minute or two. I have...
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[GadgeTell] CurrentC may be transitioning to NFC

Technology Tell - 30 Oct 2014 20:43
[From GadgeTell] CurrentC could switch to NFC and Bluetooth LE technology in the future.
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Earlier this year, Virgin Media became the UK's first 'quad-play' provider, meaning it began offering one-bill bundles that include all four of its services: mobile, landline, broadband and TV. Soon... enough, however, TalkTalk will be joining Virgin...
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10 of the most annoying GalaxyHaving a disagreement with your smartphone? Feeling resentful or irritated? Check out our Galaxy Note 4 problems roundup for advice on conflict resolution and repair your relationship today. The post... 10 of the most annoying Galaxy Note 4 problems and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Portraits of Puppies Mid-Shake

Twisted Sifter - 30 Oct 2014 20:42
Portraits of Puppies Mid-Shake  Award-winning animal photographer Carli Davidson is back with her latest portrait book, SHAKE puppies. Building on the wild success of her original SHAKE book, the Portland, Oregon-based... photographer’s newest series uses the same concept and applies it to adorable puppies. You can find more amazing animal photography from Carli at the links below. You…
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Sony's Shu Yoshida apologizesThe saga of Driveclub's fraught launch continues with an apologetic statement from the president of Sony's World Wide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida. The post Sony’s Shu Yoshida apologizes for ongoing... Driveclub woes, postpones PS Plus Edition appeared first on Digital Trends.
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OK, so T-Pain can actuallyDon't get it twisted: T-Pain's signature auto-tune is no coverup for a lack of vocal talent. T-Pain visited NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday for a Tiny Desk concert, proving that the... hip hop artist indeed has some serious pipes "I know everyone's worried about where the auto-tune is gonna come from. It's OK. I got it in my pocket," he said. He jokes, he jokes. T-Pain delivered some soulful, stripped-down versions of "Buy You a Drank," "Up Down" and "Drankin' Patna" equipped with only his voice and a piano Also: T-Pain thinks "pianist" is a really funny word. He's not wrong. NBC thought 'Friends' was too racy when it first aired Jake Gyllenhaal and Jimmy Fallon play an intense game of Water War Focused kitty is staring into space and there's nothing you can do about it Tony...
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Death or Full Recovery? EbolaPeople infected with Ebola vary greatly in terms of how severe their symptoms are. Now a new study in mice suggests genetics may play a role in how each body fights off the virus.
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U.S. safety regulators are ordering Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. to provide more information about air bags that can explode and shoot shrapnel toward drivers and passengers.
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(Reuters) - Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has set its sights on the wireless assets put up for sale by America Movil, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the... matter.
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Like Pandora for photos, theFireside uses contextual computing and machine learning to auto-curate your digital photo libraries, showing only the content you actually want to see. The post Like Pandora for photos, the Fireside... smart frame learns what you like to see appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Birth of the Internet Troll

Gizmodo - 30 Oct 2014 20:36
The Birth of the InternetTrolls are shitting all over our internet. You can hardly search for something as innocuous as "dog" on Google without coming across inflammatory attacks on every possible dog-related opinion under... the sun. All horrible things have to crawl before they can walk/crush spirits, though. Even trolls.
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Call of Duty Advanced WarfareSo you've seen the gameplay trailers and the cinematic trailers for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. But have you seen real human beings wearing those war machine outfits and blasting caps through the... heads of their opponents? It's time to do that now. This isn't Iron Man, and it's not Elysium. This is Advanced Warfare, and it's going to be …
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Let the Right Ones In

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 20:35
This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
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The Weather Channel has clarified its official position on global warming: It's real. The U.S. cable channel issued an official "position statement" on the phenomenon just days after its co-founder,... John Coleman, said that he doesn't believe it's happening.
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Kaci Hickox went for a bike ride Thursday, defying Maine's "voluntary" quarantine that she's fought against for the past week. The nurse's refusal to stay in her home has ignited debate over whether... she should be considered a hero for volunteering to fight Ebola in West Africa or a selfish danger to the public.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Everyone's favorite married Daily Show correspondents have another little bundle of joy to share with the world: Samantha Bee and Jason Jones are having a pilot! According to... Deadline, TBS (home to Conan O'Brien) has given a pilot order for a comedy about family road trips, a comedic premise that is truly a classic that the greats can make their own. Bee and Jones wrote the script for the pilot; a 24-hour road trip in Key West. Florida would be a rich trove of jokes, but Key West is even funner.
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The Bruvelo makes coffee just how you like it

Coolest Gadgets - 30 Oct 2014 20:30
The Bruvelo makes coffee justWe seem to talk about coffee a lot, and the reason being is that it’s what keeps us upright and moving forward. There are just so many different ways to brew it and such variation between every cup... that it’s easy to get excited about what method you can use next. Of course, with our busy schedules, it’s usually best to use some sort of automatic setup. However, that’s not ...
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What Halloween looked like inThe New York Village Halloween parade is America's only nighttime parade. The parade route stretches for more than a mile, up Manhattan's Sixth Avenue. In addition to elaborate costumes, the event... features giant puppets manipulated by several puppeteers and bands. Each year, parade themes draw upon extensive research into the symbolic language and meanings underlying celebrations and rituals. Today the event sees around 2 million spectators, plus over 60,000 costumed participants. The 2014 grand marshall is actor and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg. The parade dates back to 1974, when Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee asked his children and friends to wear the 100+ costumes he had accumulated through his work.
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The Tornado Body Dryer - HaveThere is nothing like a nice hot shower, and of course nothing like stepping out of said shower, dripping all over the floor, while you freeze your butt off drying yourself with a towel. Then... there’s the aftermath, a wet soggy towel, or the boatloads of laundry that need to be done. It happens everyday, and you’re washing over, and over again. sigh. There’s got to be a better way. ...
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HP's New Sprout Computer CouldHP has announced a futuristic new personal computer called Sprout that hopes to transform the way we interact with our computers. The system consists of an all-in-one Windows 8 computer, a system of... 3D scanning cameras, a large tactile touchpad, and a projector that beams a display onto the touchpad. It’s a computer that may […]
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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Thank you, Tim Cook

The Verge - 30 Oct 2014 20:28
In a way, what Tim Cook said today felt inevitable. At least since 2008, when Owen Thomas asked the question in Gawker, a steady accretion of reporting has suggested Apple's chief executive is gay. By... 2011, Cook's sexual orientation was a matter of regular discussion in the media, with gay magazine Out putting him on the top of its gay power rankings. And since becoming Apple CEO, Cook has inched toward making a more public statement about his private life: making suggestive speeches about "human rights," for example, and leading Apple's opposition to antigay legislation around the country.
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[From GadgeTell] While owners of flagship devices and even mid-rangers from household Western mobile brands are holding their breaths in anticipation of Android 5.0 Lollipop updates, Huawei dropped a... massive bombshell bound to hurt its already shady stateside reputation.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud To Be Gay'

NBC News - 30 Oct 2014 20:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm ProudWith his announcement, Cook becomes the first Fortune 500 chief executive to come out publicly.
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[From GadgeTell] Don't make any plans for gadget holiday shopping just yet, as you might end up hating yourselves for jumping the gun.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The plot details to "Terminator: Genisys" are...not great.
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The media world was taken by surprise when HBO — and subsequently CBS — announced they will allow consumers to bypass traditional pay TV distributors to access entertainment content directly via... the Internet. This move was seen as both validation of and a direct challenge to Netflix, whose rapid growth has dramatically changed the way […] The post Digital Innovation and the Future of Storytelling: A New Golden Age? appeared first on WIRED.
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What you should know aboutChina's Lenovo finally has the global smartphone presence it has craved, finalizing the purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. Motorola's offerings in mature markets will... complement Lenovo's growing smartphone presence in developing countries. Lenovo hopes to unseat the likes of Apple and Samsung, and has an ambitious goal of shipping 100 million devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, by the end of March next year. Details of the joint product road map were shared in a Thursday press conference and these are some points that stood out. No Motorola or Lenovo brands are being discontinued Lenovo and its Motorola subsidiary will continue to distinguish their individual brands. Lenovo will target its products at emerging markets and Motorola products at mature...
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Next up to jump on the unbundling bandwagon may be Starz: The premium cable channel is planning to launch an online-only subscription service in international markets over the coming months, and…
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[From EntertainmentTell] Phish played in San Francisco the night the Giants won the World Series
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Can a Class Shake Off theA class called "Alone Together: Finding Intimacy in the Age of Facebook" aims to explore the effects of social media -- sometimes by giving it up.
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Amazon Appstore is throwing aAmazon really wants you using its own app store, and it's dangling $115 in paid apps as bait. There are some great titles here, but you'll first have to install the Amazon Appstore on your Android... device (our walkthrough shows you how). After doing so, you can score some excellent ghoulish games and a bunch of other paid apps for free. Here are some of the highlights, including their usual price:
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Hygienic funerals, betterHygienic funeral practices, case isolation, contact tracing with quarantines, and better protection for health care workers are the keys to stopping the Ebola epidemic that continues to expand in West... Africa, researchers said in a new report. They said broad implementation of aggressive measures they recommend could lead to its control in Liberia, the focal point, by mid-March.
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Genetic factors behindA newly developed mouse model suggests that genetic factors are behind the mild-to-deadly range of responses to the Ebola virus. The frequency of different manifestations of the disease across the... lines of these mice are similar in variety and proportion to the spectrum of clinical disease observed in the 2014 West African outbreak. The new mouse model might be useful in testing candidate therapeutics and vaccines for Ebola, and in finding genetic markers for susceptibility and resistance to the disease.
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Disagree in Good Faith?

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 20:21
Joan Biskupic's new biography of Sonia Sotomayor, Breaking In, opens with a telling story from the justice's first year on the Supreme Court. At a party celebrating the end of the term, Sotomayor... decided to shake up the staid affair. After the law clerks put on a series of "tame" skits, she informed them that their performance "lacked a certain something." She signaled a clerk, who produced a stereo. When Latin music began filling the room, before the clerks, her colleagues, and 200 staff members, the newest member of the court began to salsa.
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Rapper shows why you shouldn'tWe’re all concerned about our privacy lately. Using a different strong password for all our banking and website activities is the best way to keep malicious hackers from getting all up into our... grill. Rapper MC Safesearch, though, needs to…
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High-intensity sound waves mayResearchers have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative medicine's significant obstacles.
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Coming from the man who created Terminator and Avatar, two of the most highly recognized sci-fi franchises, you'd think James Cameron would be excited about the rise of virtual reality in the past... couple of years. But not so fast. Yesterday, during...
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lpress writes I tested CBS All Access video streaming. It has technical problems, which will be resolved, but I will still pass because they show commercials in addition to a $5.99 per month fee.... Eventually, we will all cut the cord and have a choice of viewing modes — on-demand versus scheduled and with and without commercials — but don't expect your monthly bill to drop as long as our ISPs are monopolies or oligopolies.
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Raises are coming for the castIf Game of Thrones lives to see Season 7, some of the show's cast is poised to see some pretty hefty pay raises. HBO has reportedly locked the series' primary cast for the as-of-now unofficial Season... 7 after renegotiating the contracts that were set to expire after Season 6, according to The Hollywood Reporter. See also: These Dothraki Pickup Lines Will Woo Your Fine Khaleesi As part of the new deals, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, and Lena Headey will reportedly receive raises for the already ordered Seasons 5 and 6, as well as Season 7 should it be ordered. (Or more likely, "when it is ordered," right?)
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Sharp's new High ResolutionSharp ushers in anew era of wireless home theaters with its new Wireless High Resolution Audio Player, offering high-res audio and video transmission to cut the strings on your home setup. The post... Sharp’s new High Resolution Audio Player could spell the death of the A/V receiver appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Spain's New 'Google Tax' CouldThe Spanish government has just approved a horrible law that will force news aggregation services, such as Google News, to pay news sites for each link they include with their content. You read that... right: On top of sending sites a ton of traffic, Google (other aggregators like Yahoo News, and maybe even Facebook or Twitter) will be forced to pay for each link they publish.
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What happens if a drone enthusiast leaves his quadcopter unattended and his son's friends use it to spy on the neighbors? Many big, sweeping issues have been addressed as the popularity of personal... drones has skyrocketed in the last year, but more specific ones like this have so far gone largely unexplored. Leave it to South Park take up the call. Last night's episode begins with Butters filming birds using the "Specter 2.0" quadcopter -- South Park's version of the DJI Phantom 2. Cartman excitedly convinces him ("We could spy on everyone!") that they should use it to poke around the private lives of their neighbors -- because, according to him, "that's all drones are for." Eventually the kids post a video to the internet of their...
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Sunset Overdrive Review: A Microsoft’s console exclusives are arguably what it needs to make up ground on PlayStation, despite its continued hold on the beloved Halo series. Its brand new Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive,... looks in part to be an answer to Sony’s fan favorite Infamous series, since both offer a lot of grinding, wall-climbing and parkour-ish behavior. And despite a quirky face that takes…
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Grocery chain Meijer says itThe launch of Apple Pay was met with resistance by retailers hoping to kill the new payments solution, but after just one week of waging a war on Apple Pay, MCX is already starting to see its death... grip on CurrentC supporters…
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Porsche's Panamera ExclusiveIs Porsche's fastest and most luxurious four-door too common for you? Check out the Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series, a special version of the top Turbo S Executive limited to just 100 units. The... post Porsche’s Panamera Exclusive Series is a hand-painted Learjet for the road appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Technology gone bad: 15 horrorHalloween is a scary time, especially when you think about all the ways your household technology can ruin your life. Check out our favorite horror movies -- ones that give a whole new meaning to the... term "killer tech." The post Technology gone bad: 15 horror movies to make you afraid of your toaster appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Judge Orders GT Bankruptcy Papers Unsealed

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 20:15
Judge Orders GT BankruptcyA bankruptcy judge in New Hampshire ordered the unsealing of papers spelling out the reasons Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
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SUPER SMASH BROS. FOR WII UEarlier this week, Nintendo invited me to its New York office to go hands-on with the final build of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. I’d had the opportunity to play the console version of the new Smash... Bros. twice before, but this was the first time I was able to see all of the new modes and features, including 8-Player Smash, Smash Tour and the Amiibo NFC figures. FROM EARLIER: 10 awesome new things you need to know about Super Smash Bros. for Wii U We started with the most exciting addition to the Wii U title: 8-Player Smash. For the first time in series history, more than four players can join at one time. After just one round, I
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Steam Halloween Sale will giveBoo! "Oh, it's just you, Steam Halloween Sale. You nearly gave me a heart attack!" That's right: If you noticed your wallet quaking with fear this morning it's because it's Steam Sale time once again.... Dozens of games are up to 85 percent off on Steam from now until November 3rd. It looks like this sale will be decidedly more low-key than Steam's typical Holiday/Summer Sale fare. There's no big front-page display, no meta-game to participate in, no Flash or Community Choice sales, and not even a clear indicator if some of these are Daily Deals or if these are static sale prices for the entire event. It's not nearly as pretty nor as involved as your average Steam Sale, but it'll do.
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Biology meets geometry:Architecture imitates life, at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages. Stacked and connecting parallel levels, the ramps are replications of helical structures found... in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body.
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New iOS 8 Cydia jailbreakPanguTeam’s iOS 8 jailbreak happened much quicker than many people expected, but for most users it wasn’t worth installing since its lack of Cydia meant that most users wouldn’t have the ability... to find and install software packages. That looks set…
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Apple Reverses PCalc Decision; App and Widget Can Stay

The Mac Observer - 30 Oct 2014 20:13
Apple Reverses PCalc Decision;Apple has reversed the App Store decision to pull PCalc from the App Store, according to PCalc developer James Thomson. He received a call today updating him about the status of his app.
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Although fair-weather cyclists may consistently appreciate the ventilation openings in most bike helmets, riders who brave the cold aren't always so keen on them. One solution is to cover those holes... using a shower cap-like helmet cover, but Italy's Limar offers an alternative. Its Velov helmet has air flow-blocking panels that can be installed or removed as needed. ..
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Brand aficionados (including us) are concerned about what could happen to a publicly traded Ferrari. The post Fiat Is Selling Ferrari. What’s the Worst That Could Happen? appeared first on WIRED.
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If You Use Verizon,If you use Verizon, you have no way to opt out of the company's tracking program that will realistically protect you from third-party companies from using Verizon's tracking IDs to build profiles on... you.
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Pirate Bay co-founder guiltyThe Swedish co-founder of file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was found guilty on Thursday in the largest hacking case in Denmark's history.
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Apple reverses course:Good news, iOS users: you can still access a calculator widget from Notification Center. The company on Thursday reversed a decision that would require PCalc — a calculator app featured by Apple in... its "Great Apps for iOS 8" section of the App Store — to remove its Notification Center widget. See also: 10 Apps That Make the Best Use of iOS 8 News of the reversal was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by developer James Thomson: Just had a phone call from Apple - decision has been reversed, no changes required to PCalc's widget. Thanks to everybody for their support!— James Thomson (@jamesthomson) October 30, 2014
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Lab develops infrared cameraGeneral Atomics' DIII-D Tokamak has been a critical part of the nation's magnetic fusion energy research since it was built in the 1980s.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The boy genius who made the greatest film of all time evidently had one more run on the slopes to show us.
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US Salamander Hotspot Could Fall to New Disease

Live Science - 30 Oct 2014 20:08
US Salamander Hotspot CouldA deadly new fungal disease that originated in Asia is killing salamanders and newts in Europe and could soon land on U.S. shores, home to the most diverse population of salamanders worldwide.
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People sensitive to disgust are more likely to be conservative – so much so that their brain's response to a disgusting image can predict political leaning
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Square Enix's classic gameSquare Enix has released a port of its classic 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System fantasy RPG game Secret of Mana to Android devices. It's available to download now via Google Play for $9.
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How Sick Chickens And Rice LedThe discovery of thiamine began with the search for a microbe.
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[From EntertainmentTell] No, President Obama has not "lost" Saturday Night Live
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Has Samsung Lost Its Grip to China?

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 20:02
Has Samsung Lost Its Grip toThe sharp drop in Samsung's mobile-phone business raises the question: Will Chinese companies soon rule the smartphone market?
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Review: Sparkle -- Pro Visual Web Design

Mac Life - 30 Oct 2014 20:01
Sparkle calls itself a "vector drawing tool, uniquely tailored" for creating websites. In use, we found it most reminiscent of Pages, with a workflow based around drag-and-drop and free layout.  Web... pages are constructed from containers -- standard boxes, "wide boxes" that span the entire screen width, and text blocks -- as well as embedded elements such as images, videos and components from third-party websites, where you copy and paste code into a Sparkle sheet. There are no themes to give you a head start, but Sparkle provides useful page templates to work with -- or you can start from scratch with a blank page. Given that mobile accounts for plenty of online traffic, it's good to see Sparkle tackle responsive design. At each of five viewport sizes, you can adjust your site, resizing...
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Gazelle now offers certifiedThere are plenty of reasons to want (or need) a new smartphone or tablet. Sometimes you just want it, and other times it's based on need. Maybe you dropped your device, or junior dunked it in the... sink. No matter what the reason, there's a new way to get a replacement device. Gazelle, a leader in the mobile device re-sale …
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Forthcoming touchless sensor kicks off Nintendo's new "quality of life" initiative.
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Guitar Wing offers 3D MIDI control

Coolest Gadgets - 30 Oct 2014 20:00
Guitar Wing offers 3D MIDIIf you are an avid guitar player and would love to have more accessories attached to it to help you out in your composing or music playing experience, then you might want to seriously consider the... $199.99 Guitar Wing. While I am quite sure that there is a fair number of MIDI compatible devices out there in the market to go along with your guitar, the Guitar Wing is slightly ...
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Omidyar-funded candidate takesUkraine just held its first post-revolution parliamentary elections, and amid all of the oligarchs, EU enthusiasts, neo-Nazis, nepotism babies, and death squad commanders, there is one newly-elected... parliamentarian’s name that stands out for her connection to Silicon Valley: Svitlana Zalishchuk, from the billionaire president's Poroshenko Bloc party. Zalishchuk was given a choice spot on the president's party list, at number 18, ensuring her a seat in the new […]
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This Calculator Shows How LongWith consistent savings and (hopefully) a decent interest rate on those savings, you might be able to become a millionaire. When and what will it take? This interactive calculator will show you.
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China's Chang'e 5-T1 spacecraft captures a stunning image of our planet hanging in space next to the looming moon as it heads back home
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When GT Advanced filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month, COO Daniel Squiller included a sealed affidavit with details on GT Advanced's relationship with Apple. The document was not made... public due to non-disclosure agreements between the...
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[From GamerTell] This week's eShop update is huge, with 3 3DS games and 9 Wii U games.
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Crowdsourcing Health Inspections With Yelp

The Atlantic - 30 Oct 2014 19:59
Crowdsourcing HealthCEO Jeremy Stoppelman on how to put that one-star review to work
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Sharp's new THX 4K-certifiedAfter more than a few teases at trade shows, Sharp's THX 4K certified Ultra HD LED televisions are finally a reality. We've got the details right here. The post Sharp’s new THX 4K-certified Ultra HD... LED TV lineup is a feast for the eyes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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MSI fit a full mechanicalThe mechanical keyboard's become pretty prevalent in certain gaming circles over the past few years, as more and more people are liberated from their mediocre rubber dome lifestyle. If there's one... area that's yet to take advantage of the rise of mechanical keyboards, however, it's laptops. And that makes sense--laptops are on an ever-present quest to get thinner and shed more pounds while gaining performance, which is why most use scissor switches or a modified scissor switch variant. MSI's new 18-inch GT80 Titan laptop has other plans, though. Built into the front of the chassis is a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown switches. The keyboard itself is provided by SteelSeries, and the GT80 will come with a modified version of the SteelSeries Engine software to allow some...
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The fight between Google and news publishers is a story that's been playing out for years. Publishers have argued that aggregation services -- like Google News -- are infringing on copyrighted... material, while Google has said using pieces of news stories and linking to them is within the bounds of fair use. In Spain, there's a new twist: the Spanish parliament has approved intellectual property laws that will allow publishers to charge aggregators for displaying news stories in search. The law will go into effect on the first of next year, the Associated Press reports, but some details, like how much publishers will be able to charge, haven't been decided. Spanish news publishers have been lobbying for the new IP laws, which are part of a...
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Netflix is coming to BT TV YouView boxes

Engadget - 30 Oct 2014 19:55
BT today announced its second quarter financial results, but it's not the facts and figures we're interested in, as thrilling as they may be. All but hidden among tables and text is the news that BT's... hooked up with Netflix, and pretty soon, the...
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For every Galaxy Note 4 soldSamsung's mobile nightmare is far from over, and the company's mobile division -- which brought in the most profit in recent years -- will have a tough quarter ahead as Samsung has to fight against... Apple's iPhone 6 models. Starting Friday, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will be available in stores in South Korea as well, The Korea Herald reports, with the publication confirming previous reports that said combined iPhone 6 preorders beat Galaxy Note 4 preorders in the region. And unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iPhone 6 iceberg for Samsung. FROM EARLIER: Samsung's nightmare scenario is unfolding right before our eyes According to an analyst, for every Galaxy Note 4 unit the company
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11 non-baseball things to doKansas City is known for its jazz music, barbecue, historical war sights and art museums. Although if you've asked anyone over the past month, KC is known for just one thing: baseball. The Kansas City... Royals made it all the way to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The run was incredibly impressive, but sadly came to an end on Wednesday night with a Game 7 loss to Madison Bumgarner (and the San Francisco Giants. But really though, mostly Madison). See also: 15 Gorgeous Vacation Spots Proving Heaven Is a Place on Earth During their playoff run, America had a weird love affair with Kansas City. Actually, America didn't really care about Kansas City, they really just cared about the Royals. It's like America didn't recognize Kansas City as its own entity, but rather a plot of...
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Target Planets, ConstellationsFind out where to find Mars, Jupiter and Mercury this month. Pisces and Aries constellations along with the Triangulum galaxy are great targets as well. Lastly, Earth travels through Comet... Tempel-Tuttle's dust trail.
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This Brain Decoder Can ReadIf this sounds a bit like mind reading, well, it is. A group of neuroscientists have figured out how to decode a limited set of words "spoken" by our inner voices from looking at brain activity alone....
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NASA's Orion spacecraft couldChristopher Nolan's epic movie "Interstellar" is set to open next week...but already NASA's Orion spacecraft is well on its way to making this sort of space exploration beyond the Moon a reality.
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Google's New Bookmarking Google Stars, the long-rumored bookmarking service from Google, has now publicly launched, but with little fanfare. That Google was working to update its bookmarking service has been known for some... time. In May, a developer who had been digging into the service leaked a copy of the “Google Stars” extension, as it was called at the time, while it was still being tested. And now,…
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Fall Back: Set Your ClocksDaylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM this Sunday, at which point most of the country will set their clocks back one hour for no real reason other than that our parents did it. We love us some ridiculous... traditions.://thevane.gawker.com/spring-forward...
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Google Wallet update addsA new update for Google Wallet is rolling out that will let you add money to your Wallet balance automatically. You will also be able to set up low balance alerts. The update also brings Google's new... material design to Wallet.
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Did you know that if you're on the hefty side, you're 78 percent more likely to die in an automobile accident? It's a statistic that has prompted the world's biggest supplier of crash test dummies to... build a model that's more in keeping with our...
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Roku will power Sky's German online video service, which just launched with streams of TV show episodes and Bundesliga matches.
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Let Ichabod Crane of 'SleepyDon't let the Headless Horseman lead you astray! The Waze app offers the voice of "Sleepy Hollow" actor Tom Mison, as Ichabod Crane, for a special navigation promotion through Halloween.
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Fireside SmartFrame is anDigital picture frames seemed like a brilliant idea about six or seven years ago. But the low-res screens, clunky interfaces and lack of any sort of standard operational platform left them to be a... fairly niche market floundered when it arrived into the world. Fireside is a small start-up that’s looking to breathe new life […]
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Where Did Our Teeth Go Wrong?

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 19:43
New research suggests the British had better teeth under the Romans 1,800 years ago than they do now. On a larger scale, did our ancestors all have better teeth than us? The video above explores the... rise of tooth decay and gum disease, which were uncommon among early people.  
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[From EntertainmentTell] Noted celebrity biographer J. Randy Taraborelli has picked one of the entertainment industry's most talented and divas as his next subject.
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What technologies allow airplanes to carry on-board WiFi? This question was originally answered on Quora by Derek Schatz.
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Ebola Goes to Court 

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 19:40
Kaci Hickox has left the building. The Doctors Without Borders nurse ended her "voluntary" home quarantine on Thursday morning, leaving her Maine home for a bike ride with her boyfriend. Hickox's... daylight pedaling comes after a week in which she was ensnared in a tangled web of state Ebola regulations. After landing in New Jersey last Friday, she spent last weekend quarantined against her will in a Newark hospital on the orders of Gov. Chris Christie, then the first half of this week voluntarily isolated in Maine at the request of Gov. Paul LePage. "I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," Hickox told reporters on Wednesday evening, making it clear that she wouldn't abide the state's request that she self-quarantine for the remainder...
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Mammals Might Have Slept Through Dino Destroyer

Scientific American - 30 Oct 2014 19:40
Mammals Might Have SleptThe ability to engage in extended hibernation might be what saved ancestral mammals from extinction at the end of the Cretaceous period. Karen Hopkin reports --
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Baffling new Assassin's CreedA new trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity takes an unexpected turn from what we've seen so far of the game's murdery historical fiction when Arno is sent forward in time. The post Baffling new... Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer sends Arno hurtling forward in time appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The U.S. is losing the battleHurricane Sandy, which made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey, on Oct. 29, 2012, was a showcase of modern weather forecasting — but not necessarily one enabled by American engineering The storm... shined a spotlight on the superiority of a computer model run by a European weather center, known as the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF), which, more than a week in advance, pinpointed Sandy's infamous left hook track directly into New Jersey Now, two years after that monstrous storm, the same computing gap remains — in some cases growing even wider. In addition, the Weather Service is trying to shore up even more basic elements of its infrastructure, like satellites and computer networks. These issues raise the question of whether the agency is ready to face...
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The "How Does a Pastor Work?" Edition

Slate - 30 Oct 2014 19:37
To listen to this episode of Working with guest the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, click the arrow on the audio player below:
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Apple employees and industryIt's not every day that top execs at Microsoft and Google profess their admiration for the CEO of Apple. Shortly after Tim Cook proudly declared in a BusinessWeek article that he is gay, some of the... biggest names in tech and business publicly announced their support and admiration for his announcement See also: Why it matters where — and when — Tim Cook spoke up about being gay Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said he was "inspired" by Cook's decision. Top Google exec Sundar Pichai said Cook's announcement was "inspiring" and "will make a difference." Box founder Aaron Levie called the news "super badass."
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Slashdot - 30 Oct 2014 19:37
An anonymous reader writes Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly... known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don't consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I've benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy." Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are...
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Spoiler-free guide to the science of Interstellar

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 19:36
With physics grand-master Kip Thorne doing the science, Interstellar promises to be the most fact-packed blockbuster of the year. Time to brush up
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High-intensity sound waves mayResearchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative... medicine's significant obstacles. The researchers will present their technique at the 168th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), held October 27-31, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel.
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Dietary patterns of babies vary according to the racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds of their mothers, pediatrics researchers have found. For example, babies whose diet included more... breastfeeding and solid foods that adhere to infant guidelines from international and pediatric organizations were associated with higher household income -- generally above $60,000 per year -- and mothers with higher educational levels ranging from some college to post-graduate education.
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Making lab-grown tissues stronger

Science Daily - 30 Oct 2014 19:35
Making lab-grown tissuesLab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to the joints, including articular cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Cartilage, for example, is a hard material that caps... the ends of bones and allows joints to work smoothly. Biomedical engineers are exploring ways to toughen up engineered cartilage and keep natural tissues strong outside the body.
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Young adults ages 18-26 should be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research, because they are in a critical period of development when successes or failures could strongly affect the... trajectories of their lives, says a new report.
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Nearly half of firearm retailers in New Hampshire displayed materials from a firearm suicide prevention campaign generated by a coalition of gun owners and public health professionals.
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Moto 360 spotted in champagneWithin hours of Motorola officially being under Lenovo's wing, the company has experienced a major leak: unannounced models of the Moto 360 have accidentally surfaced through Amazon. Although the... Amazon listings are no longer live, cached pages have revealed...
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Strong sales in the United States helped boost the global market for tablet computers in the third quarter, tracker IDC said Thursday.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Tim Riggins/Friday Night Lights fans, get pumped. Tyler Kitsch has signed on for the second season of True Detective, and he told Adweek that he held out for the role, not... accepting any work for a whole year as he waited to be called. The actor's last project was HBO's so-sad-you'll-be-infuriated Emmy-nominated The Normal Heart.
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An Uber for haircuts

Springwise - 30 Oct 2014 19:33
An Uber for haircutsShortcut is an on-demand grooming service that comes to customers wherever they are.
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Many will turn back the hands of time as part of the twice-annual ritual of daylight savings time. That means remembering to change the alarm clock next to the bed, which means an extra hour of sleep... before getting up in the morning. But for some diabetics who use insulin pumps, researchers suggest that remembering to change the time on this device should be the priority.
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Apple threatened to remove theGood news: It looks like you’ll still be able to whip out your iOS 8-powered iPhone or iPad, head to Notification Center, and perform some quick calculations on a calculator widget that you... previously placed in the Today section. TechCrunch now reports that Apple has decided against an earlier decision to reject calculator apps from building iOS 8 widgets, which should come as a relief to apps like PCalc that first started complaining about Apple’s widget policies earlier this week. FROM EARLIER: The 10 best iPhone apps with iOS 8 Notification Center widgets “The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us,” TechCrunch
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AeroMobil 3.0 transforms fromA flying car is revealed: AeroMobil 3.0 was introduced this week at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna. The current prototype AeroMobil 3.0 incorporates improvements and upgrades to the previous... AeroMobil 2.5.
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With a massive conglomerate of stores from Walmart to CVS working together to keep customers from being able to use Apple Pay in an effort to force them into a competing service it's obvious the... mobile payment wars have begun. CVS competitor...
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 30 Oct 2014 19:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: screen vs paper, TTIP, brain decoder, computers that see like we do, supernova shock waves and more
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Halloween Candy, Ranked by Healthiness

Life Hacker - 30 Oct 2014 19:30
Candy and "healthy" don't really go together, but some candy is better than others. As you go through the buckets of candy brought home tomorrow, choose wisely.
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Can You Count On AYou buy a truck to pull your boat trailer and specifically ask the salesperson if it will do the job. He assures you it will. Afterwards, you discover it couldn't pull your trailer downhill with a... tailwind. Can you sue to un-do that deal? Probably not - unless you took specific steps to protect yourself.
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Blocking a fork in the road to DNA replication

Science Daily - 30 Oct 2014 19:29
Blocking a fork in the road toA team of scientists has discovered the surprising manner in which an enigmatic protein known as SUUR acts to control gene copy number during DNA replication. It's a finding that could shed new light... on the formation of fragile genomic regions associated with chromosomal abnormalities.
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Why scratching makes you itch more

Science Daily - 30 Oct 2014 19:29
Why scratching makes you itchTurns out your mom was right: scratching an itch only makes it worse. New research reveals that scratching causes the brain to release serotonin, which intensifies the itch sensation. Scientists... uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain decades ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch, they say.
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NaturalCycles Expands Its Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle, which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the... subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative to hormone based contraception methods such as the pill.
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Yahoo Hires Amazon Sales HeadAs Re/code reported earlier this week that it would, Yahoo has officially said it was hiring Amazon sales head Lisa Utzschneider to run sales in its key Americas market, reporting directly to CEO... Marissa Mayer. In a move to pretend Utzschneider is not taking his job, current Americas head Ned Brody will now “assume the […]
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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

The Mac Observer - 30 Oct 2014 19:29
TMO Daily Observations:Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact... the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.
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Your old Dragon Age choicesA new Dragon Age Keep web app lets players tweak the choices offered up in the previous two games, then import their saved world state into the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. The post Your old... Dragon Age choices still matter in Inquisition, thanks to Dragon Age Keep appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] Return to the mean streets with a 10th anniversary edition of the epic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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Instagram Video Ads Go Live Instagram has at long last debuted video advertisements after rigorous testing and hands-on work with brands. And because they are advertisements, none of that rigorous work really matters because... we simply hate advertisements. With video ads, the potential for high levels of suckage is high, as brands have a total of 15 seconds to capture you, as opposed to the half-second glance they get with…
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Nikon Patent Shows a VibratingCameras have many different methods of guiding photographers toward capturing quality shots, but physical feedback isn’t really one of them… yet. In addition to providing useful visual and... auditory information, DSLRs in the future might actually guide photographers through their sense of touch. A recently published Nikon patent shows a DSLR that helps photographers capture […]
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By speaking for just herself,I guess it had to happen eventually. Rachel Sklar and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on how to talk about the challenges facing women in tech, and beyond. Today, however, Sklar wrote something... about women that I completely agree with. Like nodding-at-every-word agree with. In an honest, thoughtful essay, posted today on Medium, Sklar shared with the world the news that she is single, 41, and pregnant. And — although Sklar doesn’t say it […]
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Spain OKs 'Google Tax'Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results.
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Apple relaxes stance on calculator widgets

Slash Gear - 30 Oct 2014 19:25
Apple relaxes stance onIf you've seen chatter about Apple blocking calculator widgets over the past few days, the news may have been a bit confusing. The sensational headline was that Apple was blocking all calculator... widgets, which began with the Developer of a popular third-party Calculator app having his widget pulled. The reason given was that widgets were barred from performing any calculations, …
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HP has revealed a new all-in-one computer named Sprout which pushes the everything-you-need-in-one-place envelope to both vertical and horizontal workspaces. Users are able to grab an icon or digital... object on the computer's touchscreen display and drag it down to a projected second screen on a touch-enabled pad below for precision tweaking with fingers or a stylus. Overhead scanning technology can digitize physical objects too, which the user can manipulate and move between both display areas...
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How San Francisco completelySAN FRANCISCO — The city had largely regained equilibrium by its morning commute Thursday, after going completely bonkers on Wednesday night San Francisco's beloved Giants won the World Series in a... nail-biter of a Game 7, its third win in five years. At Civic Center plaza this morning, scene of the official watch party, remnants of the night's revelry remained Crews were breaking down the giant projection screen and fans hustling to work were lingering to snap images of the giant victory banners that had been unfurled on City Hall overnight. #SF city hall largely back to normal. Oh, except for the giant #WorldSeries champs banners #SFGiants pic.twitter.com/xHsNlkzxgV — Kate Sommers-Dawes (@ekatesd) October 30, 2014
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You Can Be Fired in 29 StatesCongressional inaction has resulted in a patchwork of state legislation that's left big gaps across the country where being LGBT can be cause for termination
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Verizon LG G3 update addsVerizon is rolling out a 201 MB update to the LG G3 which adds camera button access on the lock screen, along with a handful of other performance enhancements.
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Samsung, Apple Lose Ground in Smartphone Race

Wall Street Journal - 30 Oct 2014 19:21
Samsung, Apple Lose Ground inThe erosion of Samsung's and Apple's dominance of the global smartphone market accelerated during the third quarter, as Chinese makers of low-cost phones continued to undercut the industry leaders,... according to data from three market-share trackers.
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Using a laptop for gaming usually means making a few sacrifices, including the keyboard; you often have to make do with thin, flat keys that don't compare to what you get with many desktops. You won't... have to compromise on input with MSI's new GT80...
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Microsoft Band Hands-On: AnThe new Microsoft Band is probably the most ambitious activity tracker I've ever seen: It jams 10 sensors into one slim wristable. But after strapping it on for the first time, I really feel that it's... more than just another handsome little metrics bracelet; it's actually got the brains to tell me what to do with them.
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[From GadgeTell] Microsoft is getting rid of another 3,000 employees before the end of the year.
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[From GadgeTell] Lenovo has added a new 13-inch Windows tablet to its Yoga line of devices.
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Data for Your Watch Could CostThe Galaxy Gear S, another Samsung wearable among many, will be available in the U.S. on Nov. 7 and unlike its other Gear siblings, the S can have its own data connection. Unfortunately, it looks like... carriers will make you pay for this thing (and potentially any other data-enabled smartwatch) as if it were a data-enabled tablet.
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The latest version ofThe third version of Flipboard rolled out on Thursday, and it's the most personal and magazine-like experience the platform has offered yet, particularly for phones. Flipboard is a media-aggregating... app that started on tablets around the time the first iPad was introduced, though it later expanded to iPhones, then Android and finally web browsers. Flipboard provides a personalized platform (based on what interests you) to its users, aggregating news articles, social media content and more into a "flippable" magazine-style format. See also: Facebook's Paper vs. Flipboard: Comparing Mobile News Apps
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2014 Antarctic Ozone HoleNASA's Goddard Space Flight Center: The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on Sept. 11, according to scientists from NASA and NOAA.
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iCukoo Alarm Clock App Has YouYou snooze you lose? Not exactly. Last week, developers released iCukoo, a U.K.-based free iPhone alarm clock app that allows users to donate money to one of five charities every time they hit the... snooze button. iCukoo gives sleepers the option of donating to Starlight Children's Foundation, Parkinson's UK, the National Literacy Trust, Prostate Cancer UK and Maggie's, which offers free practical and emotional support to people with cancer. Here's how it works: You set the alarm, select the charity to which you'd like to donate, and start sleeping. The app keeps track of every time you hit the snooze button, and once your snoozes add up to 1 pound -- roughly $1.26 -- the app will send a text asking if you'd like to donate at that time or keep adding to your snoozes. Customers seem excited...
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Play Ubisoft's RPG-racer TheUbisoft's open-world driving game The Crew is set for a closed console beta on November 6-10. This will be the fourth and final beta test before its December 2 release. The post Play Ubisoft’s... RPG-racer The Crew a month early in the November beta appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Treat Your Face to a GreatThe WD My Passport Ultra is one of the most popular portable hard drives on the market, and the 1TB model is only $60 today, which is within $5 of the lowest price ever. [WD 1TB My Passport Ultra... Portable Hard Drive, $60]
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Let These Colorful LoopedSomewhere between the textured artistry of a painting and the hypnotic powers of an animated GIF comes this series of looping illustrations by Nashville-based artist Drew Tyndell. Each block of color... and movement feels like an abstract artwork has sprung into being, with each glorious squiggle, spot and line taking on a life of its own. "The first one I did (The spinning cube) was inspired by a Stan Brakhage piece that I saw at an animation exhibition at the Frist Museum in Nashville," Tyndell explained to The Huffington Post. "I went home and hand-painted 65 or so frames in my basement the next day [picture below]. It was so time-consuming that I decided to make a shorter animation, but just make it loop." "I had so much fun making it that it sent me on a binge of loop-making. The rest...
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