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23 May 2015 - Global
4 leaked Microsoft apps revealCall them the "mash and slash" Office apps. A new wave of productivity apps from Microsoft appear to have either one of two goals: mash together two or more Office apps, or strip down an existing... Office app to its bare parts. Last fall, those apps included Sway and Delve, Microsoft's content-creation app and its tool for finding relevant contacts and information, respectively. But Microsoft's new approach includes four new productivity tools: "Office Now," OneClip, Revolve, and Flow. And Microsoft said Thursday that, as promised, its Sway app had begun rolling out as part of the full-fledged Office 365 suite. Much of the credit goes to Twitter user Walking Cat, who posted shots of the apps themselves or even links to download the files themselves, including OneClip.
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What Would It Take to Send People to Pluto?

SPACE.com - 22 May 2015 16:54
What Would It Take to SendA manned mission to Pluto may be far out, but it's not impossible.
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Google Wants You To Shop While'TrueView for shopping,' a new YouTube feature, will allow users to purchase products shown in video ads without having to search for the items themselves.
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Senate Debate Over NSA Has Patriot Act in the Balance

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 05:17
Senate Debate Over NSA HasThe Senate remained divided over whether to pass a House bill curbing NSA phone surveillance as part of a late push to extend the Patriot Act, set to expire at month's end.
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Why Mark Zuckerberg wants kidsVideo games have gotten a bad rap for years now. They create killers, many critics like to claim. They glorify criminal behavior, some politicians often shout. But often left out of the video game... discussion is how video games can actually be helpful to a child’s intellectual development. While it may sound a bit outlandish at first, video games can often help kids hone their problem solving skills, sometimes without them even realizing it. What’s more, kids who really love video games often start trying their hand at making their own, a sentiment recently articulated by none other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who credits his childhood love of video games with turning him into a programmer. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9
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Gold Apple Watch EditionsNearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch... Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel Apple Watch, save for the box noting the color […]
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Brilliant new bearing designJapanese engineering firm Coo Space has reportedly developed a new type of bearing that spins with up to 10 times less friction than the bearings we currently use, without the aid of grease or any... other sort of lubrication. The post Brilliant new bearing design spins with 10x less friction, doesn’t require grease appeared first on Digital Trends.
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(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday.
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(Reuters) - Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business.
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Ricoh develops energy-generating rubber

Gizmag - 23 May 2015 02:59
As digital technology becomes more ubiquitous and the Internet of Things takes shape, the question of how to power it all becomes more pressing. Japanese technology firm Ricoh is looking at its new... "energy-generating rubber" as one solution. According the company, the new piezoelectric polymer converts pressure and vibration into electric energy with high efficiency, yet is extremely flexible and durable. ..
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Philips Uses LEDs To Guide Shoppers Indoors

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 02:49
Philips Uses LEDs To GuideApple's iBeacon platform is one of the ways that many believe will change the way we do our shopping in stores. Basically for those unfamiliar with the technology, it uses Bluetooth to detect when a... customer is nearby, which in turn could prompt them on their phone with announcements such as discounts on a particular food product, and so on. However Philips might have something up their sleeves too with the company's LED bulbs which can also be used as an indoor navigation system. Recently over in France, a Carrefour supermarket has become the testing ground of Philips' LED navigation system. How it works is that the LED bulbs can transmit codes via light waves. These codes can then be picked up by a smartphone's camera and in turn will help guide shoppers around the store. For example if...
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How an 8-minute surgery couldOne of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if Ocumetics Technology is successful with its Bionic Lens... trials. DON'T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) The company has developed something called the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, CBC News reports, a device that can be implanted into the eye and replace your natural lens to give you perfect vision. The tiny Bionic Lens, which looks like a tiny button, would be inserted into the eye during an eight-minute surgery where the patient's sight would be corrected instantly. The device would be folded like a taco in
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Study pits shoppers againstWhen online shopping emerged as a global phenomenon in the early 2000s, I remember reading prophecies that consumers would now cruise far and wide across the Internet for the best ever bargains,... because search had become completely effortless. A decade on, it appears that people can get click-weary more easily than the pundits might have presumed. Academic studies have long pictured consumers as somewhat lethargic when it comes to search. Studies have shown, for example, that people are not very likely to click beyond the top few links on a results page so if a company's website is to have high visibility on the Internet, it must rank high on search engines' results pages
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Google's Plan for a Sci-fiGoogle has patented the idea for a connected stuffed animal that is part toy, part robot
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Researchers Find FactoryWhen you want to sell off an old handset or give it away to a friend or family member, what you'd usually do is perform a factory reset on the phone. You do this under the assumption that the factory... reset would delete all your photos, contacts, apps, saved app data, settings, and more, and that usually seem to be the case when you check your phone post-wipe. However according to researchers at Cambridge University (via BGR), it turns out that factory resetting your phone does not completely wipe its data, and that hackers or computer experts who know what they're doing can still retrieve some of the data that's left behind. According to a report from ITNews, "[Researchers] found the file storing decryption keys on devices was not erased during the factory reset. With access to that file,...
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Silk Road darknet mastermind seeks leniency

USA Today - 23 May 2015 01:59
Silk Road darknet mastermindRoss Ulbricht says he regrets creating a criminal eBay for drug users          
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Oculus VR's founder sued overThe founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, has been hit with a lawsuit from his former employer Total Recall Technologies. According to the lawsuit, Luckey used confidential information he acquired... during his job at Total Recall to later launch his own Oculus Rift headset. As a result, Total Recall is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Oculus has likewise been …
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This is Uber's self-drivingIt's no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the... only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why The Pittsburgh Business Times has spotted one such car on the city's streets, and the vehicle was clearly marked with "Uber Advanced Technologies Center." “This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems,” Uber spokeswoman Trina Smith told the publication in an email. As can be easily seen in the image,
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Elephant steals man's GoPro,Animals are just as vain as we are! While visiting an elephant sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand, traveler Christian LeBlanc captured an adorable photo after a hungry elephant mistook his GoPro... camera for food, the Mirror reports See also: If you haven't taken a selfie with a quokka, you haven't lived The camera happened to be in timelapse mode (which automatically takes a photo every few seconds), so when the elephant stretched out his trunk, the camera snapped a selfie, or as LeBlanc called it, an "elphie." LeBlanc says the elephant snagged the camera right out of his hand after he had run out of bananas. Luckily, the gentle giant gave the GoPro back after snapping a few pictures
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Google Reportedly Testing NewFrom time to time Google makes a variety of changes to its design of its websites. It's usually nothing huge or drastic, but rather subtle changes meant to help improve the ease of use of its... services. Recently it seems that Google has been testing out a new design for its image search results on mobile devices. As you can see in the screenshots above, the image to the left is the original design where Google would place the image you selected against a black background. However as you can see in the image to the right, Google has changed the background color to a brighter color making it easier on the eyes. Google also appears to have shifted the "X" button from the bottom right of the screen to the top right of the screen. Google has also introduced a sliding sheet at the bottom of the...
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Amazon Targets Etsy With 'Handmade' Marketplace

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 01:05
Amazon Targets Etsy WithHaving vanquished scores of brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon has a new target: Etsy. The online retailer is prepping a marketplace for artisan goods it is calling Handmade.
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Google executive vows to doFollowing the PR nightmare of the racist Google Maps search for "n---- house" that landed users at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Google has issued an official apology by vice president of Engineering and... Product Management Jen Fitzpatrick. The post Google executive vows to do better after racists results appear in Google Maps appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Early BuzzFeed Employee EricHe joined in 2008, when BuzzFeed was very different -- and much, much smaller.
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There comes a point in every zeitgeisty app's life when it wonders if it should stop eating nothing but Doritos and having those drunken one-night stands and become a mature, serious business. We've... already seen Snapchat evolve from a way to distribu...
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'Popping' HIV With MicrobicideDoctor's Cameron Abrams and Irwin Chaiken are developing and testing a molecule, called a Dual Action Virolytic Entry Inhibitor--DAVEI, for short, that can put HIV out of commission by tricking the... virus.
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Eric Omuro, the operator of RedBook, has been sentenced to 13 months behind bars. RedBook or MyRedBook.com was a popular website that hosted ads for Bay Area sex workers, as well as forums where both... clients and escorts can review each other. A lot o...
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Good deal: $200 off Retina 5K iMac

The Verge - 23 May 2015 16:24
Earlier this week, Apple cut the price of its beautiful Retina 5K iMac by $200, but Best Buy is where you'll want to go if you're looking for the best deal on the new all-in-one. The big box store is... taking another $200 off the model this weekend, bringing it down to $2,099.99. The model comes with a 3.5GHz Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion drive, and discrete AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics. Of course, the most notable feature is that stunning 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 screen. There's even more good news: if you have a .edu email address you can get an extra $50 off that price with Best Buy's college discounts. In all, that makes the upper-tier model just $50 more than the step-down version that lacks a Fusion drive. Not bad.
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Water regulators in California this week approved a deal set forth by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who voluntarily agreed to cut their water usage this upcoming season. The deal... only applies to delta farmers who own land near a river or stream and have rights to channel water to that land, The New York Times reports. Farmers with established water rights like this have not faced state-mandated restrictions since the 1970s. The farmers agreed to cut their water usage by a quarter in the June to September growing season. The move was preemptive -- an effort to avoid more severe cuts later in the season. Because the agreement was made with just a small number of farmers, it's unlikely to affect the state's water supply...
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How to Set Up Apple Pay onApple restricted Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due to the need for an NFC chip that's not included in older phones, which means Apple Pay has been limited to those with newer iPhones since it... debuted in October of 2014. One of the major perks of the Apple Watch is that it enables Apple Pay for some older iPhones because it has the same NFC chip that's in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s, you can now use Apple Pay and the watch to make secure purchases in retail locations. For those of you who haven't had a chance to use Apple Pay, we've written up a tutorial that walks through how to set it up on your watch. Setting Up Apple Pay Even if you are already using Apple Pay on iPhone 6, you will need to add your credit and debit cards to Apple...
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Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. This week, we learned what it was like to be a child research subject, we rode in an IndyCar, and we went to the talent competition... Eurovision. We'll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us.
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Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope... you enjoy the read. Why VFX Is Being Vilified...
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Unable to gain an extension, McConnell plans May 31 vote on provisions of Patriot Act
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A last-minute bid to reform NSA spying before lawmakers break for a week-long recess failed early Saturday morning after hours of debate and filibuster overnight when Senate lawmakers voted 57-42... against the USA Freedom Act. Senator Mitch McConnell then tried to lead an effort to extend the key provision in the Patriot Act that has […] The post The Senate Fails to Reform NSA Spying, Votes Against USA Freedom Act appeared first on WIRED.
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The new Roomba is too politeIt can clean multiple rooms at once, but avoids furniture a little too much.          
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Pointer Salad Servers

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 15:00
Pointer Salad ServersYou have been serving salad in the same old manner for ages. Now it's time you add some fun to the whole process with these Pointer Salad Servers. It'll show you the direction where you need to serve... your salad. These pointed shaped tongs are available in red and white colors. They will surely be a conversation starter on the dining table and make your salad meals more fun. So next time you invite guests for a quick salad lunch...
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Sleeve Dandy for iPad by band&roll

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 15:00
Sleeve Dandy for iPad byUse the beauty of leather to keep your iPad Air or iPad Mini safeguarded from unwanted damage. The design is minimal and has that ethnic touch of leather which enhances its beauty altogether. It has... been made out of a beautiful blend of felt and leather with the front side being of natural leather and the back side made of antistatic wool felt. The tight grip ensures to keep your iPad well protected. You can choose from the brown or...
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Starter Smartphone Lens Set by instaLens

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 15:00
Starter Smartphone Lens Set byExperience the advance style of jaw-dropping mobile photography with the Starter Smartphone Lens Set by instaLens. With this set, you'll be able to capture the tiniest of details from nature behind... your lens. The instaLens fisheye will give you a 180-degree perspective of the world with the broad scope wide angle lens coming as a bonus. Two most popular instaLens products having three different optical effects will come to you in a set you can use to experiment with your...
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Hi-Fi audio converter GeekOutTake your headphones to the next level. The post Hi-Fi audio converter GeekOut V2 revolutionizing sound appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Tend to use headphones into your phone or laptop? The GeekOut V2 is looking to change what we should expect from our listening experiences.
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[From AppleTell] Zen Studios' latest downloadable content for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 pinball table takes us to aperture science. Portal Pinball arrives this week.
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Portal Pinball opens nextZen Studios' latest downloadable content for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX2 pinball table takes us to aperture science. The post Portal Pinball opens next week, new trailer released appeared first on... AppleTell.
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Smartphones have made it easier than ever to shoot photographs, but now that we take selfies left and right, our devices are getting choked in terms of storage space. For most people, storing pictures... in the cloud is the best choice, but with so many offerings, how do you choose? Allow our guide to help.
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12 new roller coasters toAmusement parks are opening their gates, and behind them are plenty of new rides waiting for thrillseekers. This year's new roller coasters are not only bigger, they also plunge faster and flip in... spins previous coaster technology could only dream about. See also: Where to celebrate spring with amazing views of flowers The International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA) recently released the list of new rides opening this year in amusement parks across the U.S., and we're highlighting some of the ones that people who can't get enough adrenaline should ride. The more than 375 million people visiting amusement parks this year have some serious excitement ahead of them.
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2,000-Year-Old Water SupplyPart of an ancient aqueduct built more than 2,000 years ago to transport water into the city of Jerusalem was uncovered during a recent construction project, according to the Israel Antiquities... Authority.
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Soon, vaccines for 2 bird flu strains

Times of India - 23 May 2015 14:27
A new study has detailed vaccine development for two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans.
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Riding Cuba's railroad, one ofHAVANA, Cuba — The National Railway Company of Cuba, Ferrocarriles de Cuba, is the sixth oldest railroad in the world, having opened its first 17-mile long route in 1837. Now the railway covers more... than 2,600 miles, stretching from Havana in the west to Santiago de Cuba on the eastern coast. It has a reputation for being the cheapest — but also the slowest — way to travel from one side of the country to the other. Passengers wait to board the train in the Central Station in Havana. A man looks out of the railway car at a passing train that is heading west, to Havana, near the town of San Luis. The trip from Havana to Santiago de Cuba can take 20 hours, while driving would take about half the time. Tourists and many Cubans choose not to take the train because of its unreliability: It...
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Ireland says 'yes' to same-sexIn a historic vote, Irish voters appeared to say yes to marriage equality, While the counting isn't done yet, an early vote count on Saturday showed a groundswell of support for same-sex marriage.... David Quinn, a prominent No campaigner and head of the Catholic Iona Institute, appeared to concede defeat early Saturday, tweeting "Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done." Congratulations to the Yes side. Well done#MarRef — David Quinn (@DavQuinn) May 23, 2015 Irish voters celebrated on Saturday with one government minister tweeting: Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"...Ireland has said:"F❤️CK YEAAHHHH" — Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015
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Watch: Paralyzed Teen CrossesWalking device enabled Will Hutchins to walk for the first time since a car crash two years ago.
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Wedding day yoga: 5 calmingYou've prepared everything: flowers, finger food, something old and blue. But somehow you forgot to take care of yourself in the process Wedding day jitters are natural, even expected. Whether you get... them in the weeks leading up to your wedding or just the morning of, nerves may play a part in your nuptials See also: The 7 best bike routes in the world Rather than fight them off with a hefty shove of denial, yoga can help you acknowledge that stress and breathe through it. Even a last-minute stretch before you walk down the aisle can open up the chest so air can move more freely. (Bonus: You'll have better posture, too.)
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Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in... 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harnes...
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CHICAGO -- Six months after graduating from college, Julie Berliner had to make a life-changing decision: pursue a career as an elementary school teacher or take a chance on the budding marijuana... industry in Colorado. "I took that left turn and didn't look back. That was five years ago," Berliner said in an interview at the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo here this week. Berliner's Sweet Grass Kitchen produces edibles for both the medical and recreational cannabis markets.
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5 major threats toThe fewer animals we have, the fewer humans we will have That's why biodiversity is important. The wide variety of species on Earth, whether they're plants, animals or microscopic organisms, are vital... to keep the world's many ecosystems healthy, balanced and thriving — growing plants we can eat, trees we can shade under, and landscapes to use for everything from vacations to computer screensavers In other words, biodiversity ensures natural sustainability for all life on the planet — think more abundant crops and fresher air, for example. More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity, while more than 1.6 billion people rely on forests for their livelihoods. The loss of biodiversity affects the lives of more than 1 billion people living in drylands.
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We've hit the peak of 'free'Everyone wants everything on the internet for free. Just ask the New York Times. Over the years, the Times website has gone from free, to paid, back to free, and, finally, back to paid. Well, mostly... paid. For now, anyway By practice and by ethos, the Internet has generally been a place where free content thrived and paid — news, music — struggled. The information superhighway had few toll booths. It was, in fact, less like a highway and more like a hippie commune where people shared everything and smelled kind of funny. See also: 'The New Yorker' reinstates paywall after a summer of free articles
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A mini tool belt for the wrist (OZY)

USA Today - 23 May 2015 14:00
A mini tool belt for the wristIt's a bottle opener, screwdriver, SIM card tool, glass breaker -- all in one.          
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Seemingly, 'unlimited' means access to a frozen screen Furious Formula One fans are fed up with the glitzy motor racing contest's official mobile app, which spews out inaccurate driver information and... regularly buckles on customers....
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Novel kinds of artificial eye lenses are allowing both the short-sighted and long-sighted to see fine without glasses, even for reading (full text available to subscribers)
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5 most incredible discoveries of the week

USA Today - 23 May 2015 13:45
5 most incredible discoveriesThe happiest kids in the world and pot-stunted short guys make the list          
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Surf Report: Which smartphoneOur tech columnist puts three rugged smartphones to the test.          
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1920s erotic postcards areImage: Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images Like the vast majority of erotic postcards from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, these were made in France. Such cards came to be known... informally as "French Postcards" in the U.S.  However, such postcards were actually illegal to send via mail carrier in the U.S. Thus, they were traded very discreetly in stores and by French street traders. Creating erotic images could be a lucrative sideline for early photographers, who would use a false signature to avoid tarnishing their professional reputation and encountering problems with the law.  The identity of almost all "French Postcard" models remains entirely unknown. But this set appears to feature two men and two women, in various combinations.
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Your connected home will beFrom getting news on a screen to robots that vacuum, cartoon had much future-tech nailed.          
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Increasingly rapid advances in AI have given Stuart Russell's concerns heightened urgency. The post This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns appeared first on WIRED.
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A slur recently showed up on Google Maps, and it was the work of trolls. It was the work of algorithms. The post Google Maps Is Racist Because the Internet Is Racist appeared first on WIRED.
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This week the Internet showed us that we were shortchanged by puberty. The post While You Were Offline: We’d Like to Buy Furiosa a Coke appeared first on WIRED.
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See how Industrial Light & Magic created the futuristic tech and magical world in Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland.' The post Design FX: The Magic Behind Tomorrowland’s 6-Minute Jetpack Shot appeared first... on WIRED.
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It's Finally Time to SayIn the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, horror author Clive Barker talks about writing one last Pinhead story in his new novel. The post It’s Finally Time to Say Goodbye to... Hellraiser’s Pinhead appeared first on WIRED.
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A wholesome family adventure that stays the right side of cloying Film Review I don't think there's ever been as Disney-esque a movie as Disney's new offering, Tommorowland, from writers Brad Bird... (The Incredibles) and Damon Lindelof (Lost)....
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Timothy Prus on the The Whale's Eyelash

British Journal of Photography - 23 May 2015 13:00
It's not particularly easy to locate the Archive of Modern Conflict. It lies behind a side-door, down an unmarked path, tucked back from one of the more modest streets of Kensington. Holland Park lies... just to the north, with its open-air opera nights, Japanese gardens and lining of grand mansions. To the east is High Street Kensington and then Sloane Square, the most affluent of playgrounds. It's likely many of Timothy Prus' neighbours won't know him from Adam, or have a clue that one of the most eclectic photography collections in the world nestles in their midst. You can understand the aura of hushed discretion and hearsay when you stand inside the archive. But for the standard issue Apple computers, the building and its decor could be from any year after World War II. Photographs are...
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Space Photos of the Week, May 17-23. A beautiful shot of the Medusa Nebula and a star named Nasty. The post Space Photos of the Week: A Star Named Nasty appeared first on WIRED.
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Could Wallapop be Barcelona'sIf Wallapop is indeed raising a more than $100 million round, it puts them and the Barcelona startup ecosystem directly in the global spotlight - here's how you can enter the scene
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Review: Project CARS and CarI allow for a certain amount of magic in my life. While I know a fair amount about the inside of computers, there are other machines I use every day that I understand literally nothing about. How does... a blender turn fruit into fruit-glue? How does my shower faucet go from freezing cold to burning hot with nothing in between? And most importantly, how do cars work? Actually, to be honest: I thought I knew more about how cars worked. I've changed a (real-life) tire before. I've changed oil. I play a lot of arcade-y racing games. But then Project CARS and Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 released within a few weeks of each other and I suddenly noticed this vast hole in my knowledge.
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Mozilla shifts gears: $25An internal email seen by CNET sets out Mozilla's plan for increasing the adoption of Firefox OS in the future -- if budget smartphones don't work, then perhaps support for Android apps will. The post... Mozilla shifts gears: $25 phones out, Android apps in appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dent Bot is a concept design aimed at protecting cars against carpark dents, dings, and scratches by means of a deployable set of buffers that ward off open doors and other hazards. ..
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Digital Life: Careful withHere's what to do if someone's gym selfie leaves you uncomfortable.          
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Apple may deliver ways to revMacRumors last month said that the latest numbers from market research firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker revealed Apple stayed on as the largest vendor in a declining tablet market. The... iPad in 2010 looked as if this was to be a big step for Apple in enjoying leadership of an in-demand form factor but growth slowed down.
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French adventurer seeksSkimming across the surface of the vast Pacific, Alain Thebault scans the horizon with his blue Breton eyes. He is feeling good. A record is there to be broken.
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There's an all-out ninja battle going on at our finer urban cocktail establishments, and the prize at the center is a beautiful block of ice. The post Inside the Obsessive World of Artisanal Cocktail... Ice appeared first on WIRED.
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Senate blocks HouseThe Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA... Patriot Act.
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Shake it to Murs, Muse, andNot sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week are worthy of your attention. Up this week: Murs, Holly Herndon, Muse, and more. The post Shake... it to Murs, Muse, and more in our top 5 songs to stream appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Build your own arcade machineConsoles and TVs are so last year! Instead, build your own arcade cabinet from an old computer and some new arcade controls. The post Build your own arcade machine this weekend! We’ll show you how... appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google aims to patent childGoogle has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices.
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Silk Road: The Untold Story

Wired - 23 May 2015 12:00
The story of Silk Road, how it grew into a $1.2 billion operation, and how federal law enforcement shut it down. The post Silk Road: The Untold Story appeared first on WIRED.
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A touch of class for tech travellers Product Round-Up If you've been promising yourself a new laptop holdall for ages, why not use this Bank Holiday weekend to get yourself, as the saying goes, a... brand new bag? We'll be looking bags for women tomorrow, so everyone can get kitted out with something chic, but first the swanky stuff for men....
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Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices.
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US Senate blocks NSAThe U.S. Senate voted early Saturday to block the USA Freedom Act, a legislation that aimed to put an end to the bulk collection of telephone records by the National Security Agency. It also voted... down a bill that would extend to July 31 certain provisions of the Patriot Act, including Section 215, which provides the legal framework for the current NSA phone surveillance program. The Senate, which adjourned Saturday for the Memorial Day weekend, will reconvene on May 31, when it will try to hammer out a deal ahead of the June 1 deadline when the Patriot Act provisions expire, unless reauthorized in the same or modified form by legislation.
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Senate blocks USA Freedom ActWhere now for online surveillance legislation and data privacy? The USA Freedom Act breezed through the House of Representatives last week but has been stopped in its tracks at the Senate. The post... Senate blocks USA Freedom Act on data collection reform appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Myth and mischief-making in fact and fiction Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Vulture South's own Simon Sharwood and Vulture Central's Nigel Whitfield to pore through the latest from... the publishing world. William Davies examines the current political and corporate obsession with wellbeing. Neal Stephenson's latest sci-fi tome adds a satirical spin to saving the world and Ms Lonelyheart Rosy Edwards gives an amusing kiss-and-tell account of her trials and tribulations using the addictive dating app Tinder....
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Einstein and Schrödinger: The price of fame

New Scientist - 23 May 2015 11:00
From personal feuds to fruitless quests to overhaul quantum theory, the two physics legends fought hard to maintain their fame, argues a new book
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Display tech: The India story begins...

Times of India - 23 May 2015 10:59
As the leader of the team that developed OLED in Eastman Kodak, G Rajeswaran knows a bit about this emerging technology.
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Curved and 'self-healing' phones: Things to know

Times of India - 23 May 2015 10:47
For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best described as the Lamborghinis of smartphones.
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ULCC DDoS attack causes ITUniversity's open source learning platform taken offline for four hours
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As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It's a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has... figured out a way to "reduce vainglory and self-importa...
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Urs Holzle started at Google in 1999 and helped build the massive computer systems that run the world's largest and most successful web company.
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Playboy launches new 'safe for work' app

Times of India - 23 May 2015 10:23
Playboy has launched a new mobile app -- but don't look for nudity.
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Microsoft reportedly mullsHuawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi are also said to be interested in Canadian firm
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Toshiba will expand its accounting probe to other operations with a focus on its TV, computer and chip businesses, public broadcaster NHK reported Friday.
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Observations made using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have revealed new, surprising clues about a gigantic star, surrounded by a massive 2 trillion-mile wide disc of gas, nearly 3,000 light-years from... Earth. The star's "weird" behavior and appearance have baffled the scientists so much that they have decided to name it "Nasty 1."
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One place you won't find theDoes Apple have something against the new Steve Jobs film? Perhaps Tim Cook preferred Christian Bale for the lead role? Whatever the reason, you can't find the movie trailer on the iTunes site. The... post One place you won’t find the Steve Jobs trailer: Apple’s site appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Welcome to this week’s Tech.pinions Podcast. This week Tim Bajarin, Jan Dawson, and Bob O’Donnell discuss the 10th Annual Maker Faire, preview our expectations for Google I/O, and debate the... opportunities for messaging platforms. Click …
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Media recording is boring as f**k Something for the Weekend, Sir? Last week, I promised you I'd rip my two mighty appearances on Granada Plus's The Computer Channel (later relaunched as .tv) in 1997... from VHS. Well, a promise is a promise, if only half-kept. Here for your viewing curiosity is just one of my BAFTA nomination-worthy performances for a short-lived night-time satellite TV programme that was watched by literally tens of viewers....
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Disney to bring mobile technology to more parks

Times of India - 23 May 2015 09:34
The mobile technology that helps Walt Disney theme park guests beat lines will expand in some form to other Disney resorts.
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Farmers in drought-stricken California agree to drastically cut back on water use
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Memories influence our choice of food: Study

Times of India - 23 May 2015 09:07
The stronger our memory is of a certain food, the more likely we are to choose it - even if it is the more unattractive option, according to a new study.
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France's highest administrative court approved two out of three main restrictions on private chauffeured vehicle services such as Uber.
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How SAXA is changing the fashion industry

Geek Time - 23 May 2015 09:06
How SAXA is changing theWhile Brazil-born Valeryana Allemand is beginning to change the fashion scene in Ireland, can her budding business stand up to the heavy competition of indie designer e-commerce?
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Hacking to save lives

IOL - 23 May 2015 09:00
Technology in crisis situations needs to be simple to use, tough and, in some cases, dipped in chlorine.
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Title: Persistent UTI Symptoms May Signal Bladder CancerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Rugby Player's Head Injuries Linked to Brain DeclineCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Weight Training's Benefits May Depend on GeneticsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC WarnsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: '$5 Insanity': What You Should Know About FlakkaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain MedsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Vitamin D Levels Tied to Survival in Seriously Ill CatsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Dog-Human Bond May Go Back 40,000 Years

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: Dog-Human Bond May Go Back 40,000 YearsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Why Is My Nose Bleeding?

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Why Is My Nose Bleeding?Category: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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That Lingering Cough Could Be Bronchitis

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: That Lingering Cough Could Be BronchitisCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at BayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart Health

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Exercise Boosts Heart HealthCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?

MedicineNet - 23 May 2015 09:00
Title: Does Botox Actually Rejuvenate Skin?Category: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Animals May Ease Social Anxiety in Children With AutismCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Quadriplegic Uses Thoughts to Control Robotic ArmsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/21/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Founder of Facebook's Oculus hit by lawsuit

Times of India - 23 May 2015 08:57
The founder of virtual reality glasses maker Oculus VR Inc, acquired by Facebook Inc for $2 billion, has been accused of taking confidential information he learned while working with another company... and passing it off as his own.
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Sebi has named Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy to head a panel that will devise rules for a new funding platform for homegrown startups.
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Here's why Microsoft didn't buy Salesforce

Times of India - 23 May 2015 08:35
Microsoft and Salesforce.com held "significant talks" this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Google plans to patent 'creepy' toys

Times of India - 23 May 2015 08:20
Google has filed a patent for toys that pay attention to who is in a room and can interact with other media devices.
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Timex Ironman Move X20 review

Times of India - 23 May 2015 08:14
Is the Move X20 the perfect fitness band you've been waiting for? We try to find out in our review.
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CCI orders probe against Ericsson

Times of India - 23 May 2015 08:12
Fair trade regulator CCI has ordered a detailed probe against Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, after it 'prima facie' found the company in violation of the competition norms.
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Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business.
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The off the Books Edition

Slate - 23 May 2015 08:05
Listen to Episode No. 54 of Slate Money:
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Flyte Walnut

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 08:00
Flyte WalnutFLYTE is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. With FLYTE, we’ve set the lightbulb free. The world moves so fast, so take a break from gravity and... experience something surreal that appears suspended in time. FLYTE requires no batteries and powers light through the air via induction. Designed in Sweden, the FLYTE base is made of sustainable sourced oak, ash and walnut. We want your FLYTE to look good, feel good and...
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CICLONE - Double Walled Tumbler by notNeutral

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 08:00
CICLONE - Double WalledEnjoy your hot and cold beverages on a premier collection of glassware introduced by notNeutral. The CICLONE gets its name from the constant spinning nature of a lathe with the glassware silhouette... being extremely unique. You'll feel as if the moldings have been specifically made to fit your hand. This set of glassware have been constructed from the inside out. The interior has the perfect fluid dynamics to ensure the ideal pour. So whether you're serving a cappuccino or an...
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PANCH Cocktail Key - For Good Measure

The Gadget Flow - 23 May 2015 08:00
PANCH Cocktail Key - For GoodThe Cocktail Key is an elegant measure with a unique tiered system allowing you to make perfectly balanced drinks. The design is based on the classic SWEET, SOUR & STRONG (WEAK & SPICE optional)... combination found in many cocktails such as the Mojito, Daiquiri, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sour & Tommy’s Margarita. The easy-to-follow stepped measure ensures that you make flawless cocktails at home with basic ingredients found in the kitchen. Once you’ve mastered the simple process of adding a syrup,...
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ProGrip - Floating GoProBy using the ProGrip, you'll be able to float your camera as well as provide waterproof storage for up to 2 GoPro batteries. So you'll be able to take this to your next outdoor adventure and not miss... out on capturing any of those golden moments. The expandable top section will be giving you an additional ultra-compact grip section. It also works as the GoPro Remote Control. You just have to take the Remote Placeholder out and pop your GoPro...
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Adult dating site hack exposes millions of members

Times of India - 23 May 2015 07:21
The operator of a popular adult dating website said it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation... or habits of up to 4 million members.
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One of the longest lines atIt wasn't just Sleeping Beauty itching for a nap at Disneyland's 24-hour celebration kicking off its 60th anniversary events. Thousands of super fans, camped out since 6 p.m. Thursday night,... officially entered the park at 6 a.m. Friday to spend all day and night at the Anaheim, California amusement park “When you’re tired, just find a bench and knock out,” John Valerio, a Santa Clara resident, told the Orange County Register. “It’s an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience." See also: Trippy song uses samples from classic Disney movies to create dance music Other drowsy parkgoers opted for a trip to Starbucks. The line for the coffee shop snaked down the block at one point.
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In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the... end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified form. Tonight's failure to arrive at a vote makes it likely that many of those powers will automatically expire, although Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) scheduled a last-minute session on May 31st for one last shot at passing the bill. In particular, the USA Freedom Act would have modified the Section 215 of the Patriot Act, a clause that allows the FBI to secretly order the collection of "tangible things" that could help in a...
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The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream... here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...
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EBay Memorial Day Sale BestNow is the best time to be in the market for tablets. If you're looking for the best deals, eBay is having a special Memorial Day Sale on a wide range of tablets from well-loved brands such as Apple,... Samsung and more.
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Review: Tap and Dye Nero Horween CXL Camera Strap

The Phoblographer - 23 May 2015 06:05
Review: Tap and Dye NeroThe Tap and Dye Nero Horween Chromexcel camera strap is quite possibly the most perfect camera strap that we've ever tested.
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(European Society of Cardiology) Moderate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all-cause mortality in patients with heart failure, according to research presented today... at Heart Failure 2015. The results from OPERA-HF show that risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failure. Patients who were not depressed had an 80 percent lower mortality risk.
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T-Mobile To Drop Price Of 64GBT-Mobile and MetroPCS are offering deals for its new and existing customers on Samsung’s newest flagship smartphones over Memorial Day weekend between May 23rd and May 25th. Through T-Mobile, the... 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge will cost the same as the 32GB versions.
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BlackBerry to Cut Jobs in Device Arm

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 05:34
BlackBerry to Cut Jobs inBlackBerry said it is laying off an undisclosed number of employees in its device business including those focused on development of smartphone software and applications.
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Mary-Kate and Ashley OlsenThe Full House revival has the actors who played Uncle Joey, D.J. and Stephanie on board, but the famous twins who brought Michelle Tanner to life will not be part of the fun. Mary-Kate and Ashley... Olsen will not be joining the cast of the '90s TV show reboot, dubbed Fuller House, executive producer Robert L. Boyett said in a statement Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. See also: Uncle Joey will visit Netflix's 'Fuller House' “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," Boyett said. "It has been exciting to see how they have built their professional careers, and I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors. I appreciate...
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To Prepare For The Future YouToday, you need shape your future before someone else does. Those that lack the courage to predict and shape their future may become victims of an unwelcome destiny.
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Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android... devices might not be capable of completely wiping t...
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Rare supernova burst shinesDebris blown off a dying star collided with its companion, creating a blast of ultraviolet radiation that is helping scientists better understand the evolution of one of the key tools to measure the... expansion of the universe. Known as Type Ia supernovas, these rare events have led scientists to argue for two different theories, but new observations of a recent supernova by NASA's space-based Swift telescope suggest that both may be correct. SEE ALSO: Supernovas - Amazing photos of star explosions "The pulse of radiation detected by Swift is probably produced when the supernova-ejected material slams into a companion star," principal investigator Yi Cao, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, told Space.com by email. Cao served as lead author on a recent paper from an...
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Man Hacks Starbucks Gift Card,Gift cards are handy if you don't know what to buy someone. It can also be used like a prepaid system like iTunes Gift Cards where you can purchase a $50 card for yourself and limit your app purchases... to that amount. However it seems that security research Egor Homakov has found a way to hack the Starbucks gift card to create unlimited amounts of money. According to Homakov (via Business Insider), he claims that this is done by exploiting a bug in payments software systems known as "race conditions". There's a bunch of code involved in explaining how this works, but basically it involves transferring the money from one card to the other and because of the bug, he found out how to increase the amount which in turn let him transfer more than what he really had. Instead of exploiting this and...
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BlackBerry To Layoff SomeblaWhile it is possible that BlackBerry could one day find themselves performing like how they used to in their glory days, it certainly does not look that way at the moment. In fact the company which... is known for its handsets has recently announced that they will be laying off an undisclosed number of employees in their device division. The layoffs are part of the company's strategy in which they will be refocusing their efforts towards the development of smartphone software and applications. It is also part of their goal to increase its margins which in turn will help to fuel its growth, which is actually an interesting direction that the Canadian company is headed towards. In a statement provided by BlackBerry, "Our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us...
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If you love cars, racing, and just random acts of destruction, then Mad Max: Fury Road is a movie you'll want to check out. Let's not forget the movie also features a pretty impressive cast of actors... and actresses, such as Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult. That being said YouTuber Kris Sundberg has decided that the trailer of the movie could use a rework, and that's exactly what he did. Given that the trailer of the movie featured a lot of car chase scenes and cars being blown up, tossed in the air, and so on, Sundberg decided that a mashup with Nintendo's Mario Kart was a good idea and we have to admit that it is hilarious. The trailer features parts of the movie interspersed with elements from the Mario Kart game. This includes the infamous Blue Shell, banana peels, the red...
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Watch as one man's 'VictoryAn extremely slow police chase in Los Angeles came to a halt Friday evening after an apparent bystander ran in front of a top-down convertible and pushed the surrendering driver toward a crowd of... police officers. The more than hour-long pursuit, which at times clocked in at below 10 miles per hour, captivated nearby onlookers and news broadcasters, alike. The driver, wearing a newsboy cap, waved to crowds watching the bizarre display from the sidewalk and their stalled cars on the streets of Tarzana and Encino in the San Fernando Valley. The driver is thought to have been under the influence, authorities told local media. A sign that read "Victory" hung on the driver's black Ford Mustang. The sign was embellished with stars
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N.Y. to Change Email Policy for State Workers

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 04:08
N.Y. to Change Email PolicyThe Cuomo administration on Friday eliminated a contentious policy that auto-deleted New York state workers' emails after 90 days.
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Amazon Handmade Wants To Take On Etsy

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 03:45
Amazon Handmade Wants To TakeAmazon is a great place to go if you're looking for more mainstream commercial goods, but if you're after some handcrafted or unique, then chances are you will turn to Etsy which plays host to a ton... of independent artists who sells handmade goods on its website, ranging from fashion, to toys, to accessories for your smartphone, and so on. However according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon might be thinking of taking Etsy on with a new platform called Amazon Handmade. Apparently this is according to emails that Etsy sellers have been receiving from Amazon, inviting them to test out Amazon's upcoming Handmade marketplace. According to the email, "We're offering artisans like you a first peek at Handmade, a new marketplace for handcrafted goods." Unfortunately apart from the...
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As gamers might recall, a couple of weeks ago Konami took P.T. down from the PlayStation Store. The company also later confirmed that Silent Hills had been officially cancelled, but this does not mean... that P.T. has to die off completely, does it? Well as it turns out it doesn't as P.T. has been remade in none other than Minecraft. In the video above you can watch the folks at Eurogamer playthrough the Minecraft version of the game. Surprisingly despite the Minecraft version being more blocky and cartoony, there is still a rather scary element to it. Perhaps we're just recalling the original game which is why it still feels a bit scary, but that being said this fanmade version is pretty close to the real thing. The recreation even features the speech and text from the game, talk about...
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Turtle Beach Elite 800XThere are plenty of gaming headphones available in the market at the moment, but when it comes to gaming, a few brands pop into mind and Turtle Beach is one of them. Now if you're an Xbox gamer... looking for a new pair of headphones, then you might be pleased to learn that the company has recently announced the Elite 800X pair of headphones. This headset has been designed specifically designed for the Microsoft Xbox One console in mind. The company even goes as far as calling one of the most advanced gaming headsets ever launched and based on its specs, it certainly looks and (hopefully) sounds like quite a monster. For starters it will feature DTS 7.1 surround sound. There will be genre-specific presets that will also help improve the sound immersion. It will feature Turtle Beach's...
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FriendFinder Networks, the Silicon Valley company that operates the service, said in a statement that it hired a prominent cybersecurity firm to investigate and is telling members to update their user... names and passwords.
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Cuomo Administration EndsThe move followed rebukes from watchdog groups and some lawmakers in recent months about the policy.
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Indie artist delivers anJust because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort... Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at itself but at their own record labels for taking such huge chunks of cash from Spotify royalties. RELATED: Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive Instead of going through a major label to distribute work on Spotify, McMillin’s band pays a distributor called TuneCore $50 per album per year to distribute the band’s records on Spotify and nearly two dozen other streaming sites and online music stores. The
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There's a lot to love about Etsy -- it's one of the best places on the internet to find all sorts of stuff like minimalist Captain America prints or laser-cut Deathly Hallows earrings, but shipping... windows are kind of a crapshoot. That could change b...
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Vi-Band hands-free headWhy should we have to rub our own temples in this day and age? We don't. There's a group of engineers -- actually a team of rocket scientists with a serious sense of humor -- that came together and... invented the Vi-Band head massager. The post Vi-Band hands-free head massager means no need for a girlfriend appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Chromecast iOS app updated w/The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface... tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently […]
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[From EntertainmentTell] The collapse of The Duggars, ten years of David Foster Wallace's "Host," and another side of the Coens
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[From EntertainmentTell] True, the "Transformers" films aren't known for plot. But the new writer's room for the movies is pretty outstanding.
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[In-Car Tech] EV rebate makes comeback in TN

Technology Tell - 23 May 2015 03:09
[From In-Car Tech] Weeks after Georgia ended its state-funded rebate for EV and PHEV purchases, Tennessee has announced its own EV rebate program is making a comeback.
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "Poltergeist"

Technology Tell - 23 May 2015 03:05
[From EntertainmentTell] "Poltergeist" is the latest horror flick to be resurrected... but it REALLY should have stayed buried.
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Man sets world record ridingYou still can't go down to the store and buy yourself a hoverboard, and that is disappointing. You can, however, watch one Canadian man hover above a lake like the Green Goblin, and that'll do for... now. The man in question is Catalin Alexandru Duru, and he recently took off on a hoverboard over Lake Quareua in Quebec, Canada. He …
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[From EntertainmentTell] Look out bad guys, Batkid is coming for you. This kid's a fighter, the Penguin's got no chance.
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BMW's 3.0 CSL Hommage blendsBMW revealed last week its 3.0 CSL Hommage to honor classic designs and integrate new ones. The results offer a somewhat confusing picture of where old and new styling shouldn't mix. The post BMW’s... 3.0 CSL Hommage blends old and new, but the cocktail leaves a bitter taste appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If you ever want to feel old, you should know that Pac-Man, an all-time arcade classic and favorite, has recently turned 35 years old. Yes, there are probably some of us who weren't even born when... Pac-Man was first introduced, and there are probably some of us who were in our teens when the game was launched. That being said the game is getting a makeover in celebration of its 35th birthday. The folks at Bandai Namco have recently tapped developers Hipster Whale to recreate the game. The end result is a title called Pac-Man 256 which is based on the original game's infamous glitch at level 256. While the gameplay is similar to the original Pac-Man where you have to eat as many dots as you can while avoiding the ghosts, Hipster Whale's take on it turns it into an endless maze runner,...
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Chrome For Android Is AlmostWe're sure there are many users out there who rely on Google's Chrome browser for their Android devices. After all with it being able to sync with the desktop version and its deep ties and integration... with Google's services, it is only natural that heavy users of Google's products and services can see the benefits of using Chrome. However it isn't necessarily the perfect browser, but what if you wanted a Chrome-like browser without the issues? Wouldn't that be ideal? As it turns your wish could be granted. Google's Chrome Android Software Engineer Aurimas Liutikas has recently announced on Reddit (via OMG! Chrome!) that the Chrome browser for Android is almost entirely an open source platform. According to Liutikas, "After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome...
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A Field Guide to Apple WatchHere is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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Why Karaoke Carries a Torch for 1984

Slate - 23 May 2015 02:35
Listen to Episode 263 of Slate's The Gist:
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The Strong, Loud Type

Slate - 23 May 2015 02:32
OKLAHOMA CITY--Chris Christie doesn't give speeches so much as engage in performance art. How he speaks is as much a part of his message as what he says. At the Southern Republican Leadership... Conference on Friday, after explaining his plan to manage the growth of entitlements, the New Jersey governor said he knows that Social Security is a "third rail of American politics," but that's why he's meddling with it. "I just grabbed it and hugged it, everybody, because that's what leadership is." 
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Dating apps are often characterized as 21st century "meat markets" and, thanks to this Dutch art installation, Tinder's getting uncomfortably close the real thing. The piece, appropriately called... Tender, was built by four students at Leiden Universit...
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Java, java! Three coffeeLife is busy business and coffee is the fuel upon which it runs (for many of us, anyway). Coffee shops have their place, but discerning coffee drinkers know making their own cuppa is the best way to... make sure it tastes just right...and that there's enough for a second or third cup when needed. Coffee makers are nothing new, but …
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EBay Memorial Weekend 2015The Memorial Day Sale on eBay offers Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 at a discount. Buyers can save over 50 percent.
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Uber promises big things for its drivers, from plenty of work to flexible hours, and even discounts on vehicles that can be used when drivers aren't on the clock. However one thing that is not... promised when someone becomes an Uber driver is the legal consideration of being called an "employee" versus an "independent contractor." Anyone who's worked in a company with both roles knows the difference: the former comes with numerous benefits, including expanded legal protections and maybe even a dental plan. The latter does not. And if you're a professional driver, whatever camp you fall into could also define who's footing the bill for things like gas, maintenance, and car repairs.
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In today's Apple Daily, a green iPhone 5c saves a man's life from a close-range shotgun blast. In other news, more insider rumors concerning Mac OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 have surfaced, and Apple's TV... streaming service may not launch this fall owing to complications with local television stations. iPhone 5c Saves Man from Close-Range Shotgun Blast The iPhone 5c is sometimes frowned upon for its plastic casing, but as a 25-year-old British man recently found out, that plastic can sometimes be a lifesaver. Quite literally, actually. After a confrontation outside his Cheshire home, the unidentified man was shot in the chest at close range with a shotgun but managed to stumble back to his home to call emergency services after the phone took most of the force. The victim still sustained severe...
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Check out this awesomelyDavid Lynch has his own coffee, and the eccentric director's daughter has made an amazingly bizarre, utterly catchy ad for the brand, mixing German industrial set design and rock music from the duo... Nonviolet. The post Check out this awesomely bizarre industrial rock ad for David Lynch’s coffee brand appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Crims could smuggle nasties in files 'downloaded' from web souk eBay is racing to fix a second serious security flaw that may allow criminals to spread malware through files seemingly hosted by the... online tat bazaar....
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These next-gen hotel apps letHotels are evolving their mobile apps to become virtual concierges - to the point where, some day, you may never need to talk to a real person. The post These next-gen hotel apps let you pick your... room, unlock it, order meals and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Geek Watch brings the classicWe’ve already seen a couple of useful calculator apps for the Apple Watch, but the most recent one, released today, arguably has the coolest interface of them all. Geek Watch takes the design and... interface of the classic Casio calculator watch and puts it on the Apple Watch. As you can see in the screenshots above, […]
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Apple Rumored To Include LocalOne of the perks of subscribing to cable TV or using devices like Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, or the Apple TV is that you get access to non-local content and content on demand, which is kind of why... customers choose to subscribe to such services to begin with. However it seems that Apple could be thinking of working backwards. According to a report from Re/code, it has been suggested that Apple is thinking about including local TV stations in its upcoming Apple TV refresh. The idea behind it is that it will help distinguish the Apple TV from the competition as we're sure that there are customers out there who don't mind on-demand content but wouldn't mind having the option of switching to local TV stations too. However it seems that this idea could potentially force the Apple TV to be delayed...
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All Project Fi InvitationsLast month Google officially announced Project Fi. For those who missed the news, basically Project Fi is Google's attempt at being their own carrier, although to be fair they will be relying on... T-Mobile and Sprint's networks for coverage. That being said customers who were interested then could request for an invite, but at the number of invites Google has since received, it is not surprising that there are some users who have yet to be confirmed. Thankfully this is something that Google is working on as the company has recently confirmed via emails to its users that the rest of the invites should have reached everyone who has requested for one by mid-summer. The company states that they are sending out invites as fast as they can, but they won't compromise on quality which is why there...
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How to turn your old AndroidAttention Chromecast users: Your Chromecast experience can significantly be improved by turning one of your older Android devices into a dedicated Chromecast remote, as one Android fan has discovered.... DON'T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why After purchasing a $19.99 Moto G from Best Buy, Reddit user Laschoni turned into a single-purpose Chromecast remote. You don’t need a Moto G, either — any old Android device you might have around the house could be turned into your own customized Chromecast remote. In addition to downloading various apps that have Chromecast streaming support, the Android user installed Nova Launcher to remove bloatware from the home screen, turned off syncing features (including Hangouts and Gmail) and used
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Google patents 'creepy' toysWorried about Google snooping on your Web browsing or email? That may be the least of the Internet giant's intrusions if their patent for sensor-packed dolls and toys ever gets put to use in your... kids' room.          
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Watch this dude set a GuinnessHoverboards are a thing. We're not talking about that Back to the Future Part II-themed marketing stunt from last year. We're talking about real-life hoverboards. A guy named Catalin Alexandru Duru... built one recently and actually flew it 905 feet over...
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HTC One M9 a top-notch Android phone

Toronto Sun - 23 May 2015 01:48
HTC One M9 a top-notch AndroidThose looking to pick up a top-of-the-line Android phone, are most likely looking at Samsung's latest offerings- the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Though slightly less hyped, the HTC One M9 gives the S6 line... a run for its money.
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Alarm.com Files for IPO

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 01:33
Alarm.com, which provides a cloud-based platform that allows home and business owners to control its security systems and thermostats remotely, among other things, has filed for an initial public... offering.
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HopSkipDrive Claims aFingerprint checks are the gold standard, but make it harder to scale.
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Selfie, Bacon, and AvocadoThe Unicode Consortium today released a list of 38 emoji characters that are candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0, which is set to be released in the middle of 2016. These represent emoji that... could be available on iOS and Mac devices in the future. Candidates include a range of different character emoji, from "face with cowboy hat to "drooling face" and "lying face." "Selfie," an emoji represented by a hand holding a camera, is also on the list, as is "shrug," and "handshake." As for food, emoji proposals include croissant, avocado, cucumber, bacon, potato, and carrot. There are also several proposed animal additions: fox face, eagle, duck, bat, shark, and owl. According to the Unicode Consortium, these emoji have been chosen for several reasons. Some are proposed based on expected...
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Reading Roundup: Everything toOver the past week, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the... software that runs on the Apple Watch). With the long weekend ahead, we’ve decided to put together a roundup of all of our published […]
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Gunpowder heads to Mac and PCReturn to the West. Bring explosives. The post Gunpowder heads to Mac and PC via Steam Greenlight appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Choreographed explosions and Rube Goldberg-esque contact chains shouldn't be isolated to tablets, so go help give Gunpowder the Steam Greenlight.
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Munchery Valued at About $300 Million Amid Food Fight

Wall Street Journal - 23 May 2015 01:26
Munchery Valued at About $300Munchery is the latest food-delivery startup to raise cash from hungry venture capitalists.
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LG G Watch R WiFiRecently Google released a list of Android Wear devices that would receive WiFi compatibility with an upcoming update to the platform. Oddly enough several LG wearables were left out of the mix, such... as the LG G Watch and the LG G Watch R, although the good news is that LG has since clarified the matter. According to a post on AndroidWorld (via Ausdroid), the reason why some of LG's wearables are not supported is because the functionality was not built in the first place. Based on the translated statement from LG, "Regardless of what HAS BEEN Reported, the latest version or [sic] Android Wear does not automatically providence [sic] Wi-Fi support Unless the device was designed with this functionality in place at the time of sale." The statement claims that the LG G Watch was not designed...
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Bionic Eye Promises To GiveThe future is here because according to Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, he claims to have invented a bionic eye that will give its wearer vision three times better than 20/20 and... the good news is that it will last you an entire lifetime. Speaking to CBC News, Webb claims that this is a project that was 8 years in the making with $3 million worth of funding. Speaking about how clear the Bionic Lens would be, “This is vision enhancement that the world has never seen before. If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away." Webb is also claiming that the device will not require a long procedure and will only take 8 minutes to install. How the surgery works is that the lens, folded like a taco, will be...
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Alex's favorite Android Wear watches

Android Central - 23 May 2015 01:22
Alex's favorite Android WearFor all its flaws, I'm still using Moto's Android Wear watch instead of its more capable competition. I've used a fair few Android Wear watches since the platform first launched almost a year ago.... I've gone from the imperfect and frustrating LG G Watch to the functional but slightly clunky G Watch R, before finally settling on the Moto 360. But the 360 isn't the only watch I'd recommend -- there are a few others worth considering, many of them more practical than Moto's circular wonder.
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Gadget Lab Podcast: SpotifyThis week, the hosts go deep on the changes at Spotify. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: Spotify Sings a New Tune appeared first on WIRED.
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AMD and Nvidia slap-fight overAMD and Nvidia are arguing about hair again, and user on both sides have picked up their pitchforks and torches to join the battle. Ultimately, though, everyone loses. The post AMD and Nvidia... slap-fight over hair in ‘The Witcher 3’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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LilBubome Decodes the Genes ofA project called the LilBubome aims to decode Lil Bub's genome and figure out just what it is that makes her so ... well, cute.
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The Rock smashes world recordKim Kardashian may be known as the Selfie Queen. But Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the speed Selfie King — and his crown is confirmed by the record-keepers. At the world premiere of San Andreas, The... Rock snapped 105 selfies in under three minutes. That was enough to win him a Guinness World Record, the publication revealed Friday The actor actually took far more than the requisite 105 on the red carpet at London’s Odeon Leicester Square Thursday night, but some were disqualified for being blurry or cutting off parts of his face. In addition to smiling for the camera with eager fans, he got a "helluva shoulder workout," he joked on Twitter
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Nexus 6: Another reason whyGoogle surprised Android fans who were anxiously waiting for a new Nexus smartphone last year by only launching one new handset, a 6-inch Nexus 6 phablet that proved to be too big for some users. The... correlation between the gadget's name and its screen size might help explain why Google had to release a phablet last year. Google may have also done it to show developers what apps running on a vanilla version of Android look on a phablet, though. That said, there might be one other reason behind Google's decision to only launch a bigger Nexus phone in 2014. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why Google's advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy on Thursday told The
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Lil Bub the cat will have herLil Bub is perhaps the most interesting cat on the Internet, and she enjoys a hefty fan base. She's instantly recognizable due to her unique appearance: large green eyes, a short snout, and a tongue... that is perpetually sticking out. She also is small and has very short legs, has extra digits on her paws, and sadly has no teeth. …
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Dogs may have been domesticated by humans about 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought, according to a new analysis of ancient wolf DNA.
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Self-destructing devices to help reduce e-waste

Times of India - 23 May 2015 01:07
Scientists have developed electronic devices that can self-destruct on demand when heated, a step towards reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing.
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Scientists turn blood cells into neurons

Times of India - 23 May 2015 01:03
Scientists turn blood cellsIn a breakthrough, scientists, led by an Indian-origin researcher, have successfully converted adult human blood cells into neurons.
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Worried that your own inbox isn't keeping you busy enough? Following a judge's request to release emails from Hillary Clinton's private account on a rolling basis, the State Department posted some 296... of them to its Freedom of Information Act website...
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iOS 9 rumored to improve agingApple's next major iOS release packs a bevy of improvements aimed at upcoming, larger-screened iPads and older iPhones. It'll notably support A5-based devices, which include devices as far back as... 2011. The post iOS 9 rumored to improve aging iPhones and upcoming big-screened iPads alike appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Both heat waves and winter chill kills hundreds of people, mainly the homeless, every year. But a study conducted by a team of scientists has found that 20 times more people die in winter as compared... to during summers.
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Total Recall Brings Oculus To Court

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 01:01
Total Recall Brings Oculus ToTotal Recall, a Hawaii company, has recently sued Oculus VR (the company that recently sent out a special invite). Grounds for this legal entanglement? Total Recall claims that Oculus VR has... misappropriated confidential information and proprietary technology. This particular lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Northern California, where it claimed that they hired Oculus founder Palmer Luckey in 2011 in order to come up with a prototype for a head-mounted display. Needless to say, it has been alleged that Mr. Luckey eventually made use of the information to come up with the Oculus Rift headset. When approached, an Oculus spokeswoman did not want to comment on the situation. Total Recall Technologies also mentioned in the suit that it forked out an unspecified amount of dough for...
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The Best of Gizmodo This Week

Gizmodo - 23 May 2015 01:00
This week at Gizmodo, we got our hands on Buckminster Fuller's FBI file, recounted your worst PayPal horror stories, told you why you need to stop drinking bottled water, and hung out with Neal... Stephenson to chat about his latest novel. Here are the highlights.
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Snapchat invests in shopping app Spring

Mashable - 23 May 2015 00:58
Snapchat invests in shoppingWould you buy clothes on Snapchat? The social media startup seems to think so — or at least, it is investing an unspecified amount into a shopping app called Spring, according to a Re/code report... which cites sources familiar with the matter See also: Snapchat's CEO on the question he's asked the most: 'Why didn't you sell?' Spring, which launched last year for iOS and Android, recommends menswear and womenswear via a slick photo-friendly feed somewhat resembling Instagram. Spring's parent company Jello Labs already raised $25 million in April, but it has the option to raise another $5.7 million in this round — which is where Snapchat might come in
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Innos D6000 Sports Pair Of Batteries

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 00:57
Innos D6000 Sports Pair OfIt goes without saying that modern day smartphones tend to have a whole lot of features, and useful ones at that, too, which make our life a whole lot easier and more convenient, but on the other... hand, the smartphones also do not last too long. Which means having to constantly juice up our smartphones, or to carry a seemingly more important accessory these days, the portable power bank. The Innos D6000 intends to make dead batteries a thing of the past by sporting not one, but two batteries with a total capacity of 6,000mAh. In other words, you will be able to hot-swap either battery as the other battery remains in order to ensure that everything else runs fine and dandy. The internal battery will feature a 2,480mAh capacity, in addition to a 3,520mAh battery. So far, official figures...
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Open Platforms, Open Networks: The New IP

ReadWrite - 23 May 2015 00:55
Open Platforms, Open Networks:This post is sponsored by Brocade. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite's editors. The Internet has grown enormously in the past 20 years. But in many fundamental ways, Internet... Protocol-based networks haven't.  New application models require a New IP. See how the New IP architecture is designed for a new environment where cloud, mobile, big data, and open ecosystems are driving change. Watch this video to learn more. This post is sponsored by Brocade. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite's editors. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock
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Gear up for Nextflix's Wet HotAhead of the Netflix prequel to Wet Hot American Summer, take a look at these cast photos from the show. 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' features the same star-studded cast as the... original film -- and it looks like they're as goofy as ever. The post Gear up for Nextflix’s Wet Hot American Summer prequel with these cast photos appeared first on Digital Trends.
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T-Mobile Nexus 6 To ObtainIt was not too long ago that we mentioned how Wi-Fi calling could very well make its way to the Nexus 6 via T-Mobile within a week or so, and it looks as though the patient waiting will finally pay... off, as T-Mobile's Nexus 6 is set to make your Memorial Day weekend all the more exciting , as the Nexus 6's Wi-Fi Calling update has been approved and it should see a roll out over the weekend. It must be taken into notice that the update happens to be build LYZ28E, which T-Mobile's support site has depicted it to be an update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Hence, all of you Nexus 6 owners out there, you are not only going to be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling capability, but you would also be able to enjoy the latest version of Android, now how about that for a double bonus? Do take note...
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1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

The Mac Observer - 23 May 2015 00:47
1987 Apple Promo Video HintsHubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the... future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on...
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GeekWatch Brings Old SchoolI am quite sure that by now, there have been a whole lot of folks who have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch, and surely when this happens, the inevitable will follow.... Some smart aleck has decided to forge ahead and come up with an app that will surely resonate with the older generation, calling it GeekWatch. Basically, GeekWatch will "dumb down" your Apple Watch, so to speak, as this app will transform the expensive Apple Watch into a calculator watch. While it is not too difficult to pick up a calculator watch on the likes of Amazon without having to break the bank, it does not have that kind of novelty factor associated with the irony in using your Apple Watch with Casio calculator watch lookalike. Of course, on doubt due to humor and in order to avoid...
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How to Green the U.S. Government

Slate - 23 May 2015 00:46
Big defense contracts awarded to big defense contractors are usually a big cause for concern. They tend to go over budget, often for things we don't really need (like a certain type of fighter plane).... But a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon announced a contract with a big-time defense contractor that good-government and energy-efficiency types should cheer--and demand grow more common. Honeywell Building Solutions, a unit of the conglomerate Honeywell, got a $22.4 million contract to overhaul the energy system at Rock Island Arsenal--an ancient military outpost on an island in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois.
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Why Apple's cable-killing TVEarlier this year, we learned that Apple was beginning to get serious about launching a web TV service of its own -- something to compete with the other over-the-top services that have started popping... up around the market. Having its name attached to the service will be a plus, but Apple wants to truly differentiate itself from the competition. Unfortunately, that could mean we won’t see the Apple’s service any time soon.
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See an Apple Watch haterWhen you’re ranting about Apple and its products, don’t forget to breathe. One incredibly angry man learned that crucial lesson the hard way: His profanity-laden diatribe about the Apple Watch... ended when he broke into a coughing fit. You can…
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The Internet golden rule:Time to update the adage “She’s a lady in the street and a freak in the sheets.” Let’s just simplify that to: “Actually? We’re all a bunch of freaks in the sheets – thanks, Internet!”... Everyone and everything we do online is at risk See also: Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home In March, a lone Darknet user exposed nearly 4 million users' data from their activity on an adult dating site. Independent IT security consultant Bev Robb uncovered the hack and reported it on her site April 13: a “treasure trove of hacked data that appears to be from an adult social networking site...one of the most heavily-trafficked websites in the world, boasting an Alexa U.S. page rank slightly above 747.”
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Mad Max: Fury Road is already one of the year's best movies, but you know what was missing in all of director George Miller's gear grinding under the desert sun? Mario Kart's banana peels and green... shells. Check out the video below for a quick look a...
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Archer, Cowboy, Medic, andBlizzard has released a number of new Overwatch gameplay videos over the last week or so, featuring complete matches from the perspective of a single character, giving you a much clearer sense of how... they will actually operate. The post Archer, Cowboy, Medic, and Robo-monk: Check out Blizzard’s Overwatch in action appeared first on Digital Trends.
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MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

Slash Gear - 23 May 2015 00:30
MPOW Edge Bluetooth headsetWhether you're using your smartphone or your smartwatch, using Bluetooth headsets has become necessary in many instances -- when driving, when multitasking, and such. There are full Bluetooth headsets... that resemble headphones, but often times a small ear piece is all you need, something small tucked behind the ear that can be popped in and out without fanfare. MPOW has …
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Android Central 237: The Google I/O Preview!

Android Central - 23 May 2015 00:29
Android Central 237: TheThe time has arrived. Or, rather, it'll arrive May 28-29. In San Francisco. For that is when the 2015 edition of the Google I/O developer conference is upon us. Or, rather, we're upon it. And so in... this week's podcast we preview the things that shall come in the week hence. Or the things we think we'll see. Maybe. Hopefully. If you at all care about Google and Chrome and Android and the Internet of Stuff/Things/Whatever, you don't want to skip this podcast. And be sure to check out all our Google I/O coverage here! Podcast podcast 237: Google I/O Preview!
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iOS 9 Version For Older Models Being Built?

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 00:26
iOS 9 Version For Older ModelsIt does look as though there has been much that has been going on concerning Apple's upcoming iOS 9. So far, we have heard that there might be a Home app with the operating system, not to mention the... use of the "San Francisco" font, in addition to Apple Maps transit directions being thrown into the mix, and of course, whispers of split-screen multitasking on the iPad being part of the deal. The latest rumor? Apple might be working on a version of the iOS 9 that will work on older Apple products. A report has been published that mentions of how Apple intends to optimize the next build of its mobile OS for iPhones and iPads that are now part of the AARP group. Rather than coming up with a single version of iOS 9 that will see the butchering of selected features where older hardware is...
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Android 5.1 is now availableThe NVIDIA Shield Tablet is receiving an update to Android 5.1, which brings a number of performance improvements to the device. NVIDIA is pushing out an update for its Shield Tablet (both Wifi and... LTE models) that improves performance and responsiveness, adds support for Android for Work and more. The update to Android 5.1 is available on the tablet now for users.
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Uber's self driving carThe car was spotted on the streets of Pittsburgh, where it has been revealed Uber has secured a massive warehouse to house its self driving taxi project.
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Yeast strain that isScientists at the University of Texas at Austin created thriving strains of genetically engineered yeast using human genes to prove that yeast is a distant cousin on our family tree.
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Google study finds websiteA new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This... is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset. Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding
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Buyer's Guide: Deals onIt's nearly Memorial Day, which means there's a long three-day weekend coming up and some solid deals on Apple products from vendors who are cutting prices in the hopes of drawing customers into... stores over the weekend. Best Buy's offering a can't-miss deal on the 13-inch MacBook Air and the high-end 27-inch Retina iMac is available for the lowest price we've seen. The 2014 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is also being sold at low prices following this week's refresh. As always, we've also got some solid deals on Apple accessories and we've rounded up a list of apps you can get on the cheap. iPad Air 2 Deals on the iPad Air 2 aren't as good as they have been in past weeks, but Apple started offering refurbished iPad Air 2 models this week, so the company's refurbished store is worth checking...
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Best Buy Offers LG G4 With $100 Gift Card

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 00:16
Best Buy Offers LG G4 WithIf you have set your heart on picking up the LG G4 as you reside in the US, then there are several options to choose from, although picking it up from Best Buy might be a prudent idea should you be... one who counts where every single cent goes each month. Best Buy, the giant retailer, has started to take pre-orders for the flagship LG smartphone, and in order to entice you all the more, they will be putting up on offer a $100 gift card. WIth Best Buy, you will be able to place your pre-order for the LG G4 in both on, and off contract, over on a range of mobile carriers including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. T-Mobile’s version of the LG G4 smartphone is unavailable, while we do know that Sprint will be selling the LG G4 on June 5, and T-Mobile is tipped to roll out the handset 3 days earlier,...
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Ocumetics Bionic Lens implant20/20 vision may be the golden standard today, but the introduction of ahe Ocumetics Bionic Lens takes correcting vision to a whole new level, promising eyesight that is up to three times better than... 20/20. The post Ocumetics Bionic Lens implant promises eyesight that’s better than 20/20 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hyundai gears up to add pickupHyundai plans to introduce a pickup and potentially two new crossovers to its lineup. The pickup will be based on the Santa Cruz Concept and one of the crossovers may be based on the Genesis sedan.... The post Hyundai gears up to add pickup and two new crossovers to its lineup appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gaveDwayne Johnson and Screen Junkies interviewer Nick Mundy have garnered one of the most unlikely friendships throughout the years The two immediately bonded over candid interview sessions and eating a... banana Lady and the Tramp-style. Johnson decided to go all out in a surprise wedding prank by getting officially ordained as a minister so he could officiate Mundy's wedding. The Screen Junkies crew distracted Mundy by trying to come up with comedy skit pitches for The Rock's team while everyone got ready for the ceremony. After getting his ideas shot down again and again, Mundy was amazed to see The Rock come out from behind a door and lead him into the wedding hall.
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Why the Disabled are SuingThe ride-sharing services are being sued for allegedly denying service to passengers with wheelchairs and guide dogs.
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​So you think you can'tGrab a mic! Most people can carry a tune, even if they think their voice would make Simon Cowell scowl at them, a researcher at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto says.
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LHC restart timeline

Symmetry Magazine - 23 May 2015 00:11
Physics is just around the corner for the LHC. Follow this timeline through the most exciting moments of the past few months.
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Xiaomi Mi 4i Update ToIt was at the beginning of this particular work week that we brought you an interesting video of the Xiaomi Mi 4i's packaging – one where it proved itself to be extremely tough and strong, even when... adults are standing on it. I suppose the only thing that the packaging needs now would be the ability to float, just in case a shipment gets lost at sea. But I digress – it looks like this particular handset has issues with overheating as well, as it runs on the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC that boasts of an octa-core 1.7GHz CPU and is mated to the Adreno 405 GPU. Xiaomi decided to pull one back for the team by rolling out a rather hefty 804MB update, which will be known as V6.5.4.0 LXIMICD. This particular update is said to be able to adjust the thermal control algorithm in order for the...
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Last month student union leaders at Goldsmiths, University of London, organized a meeting for minority students to chat about their stake in the student protests being staged at schools across London... over the high cost of tuition. Bahar Mustafa had just been re-elected to her post as welfare and diversity officer for Goldsmiths' student union, and she eagerly recruited her Facebook friends to help spread the word. Oh, and "if you're a man and/or white PLEASE DON'T COME," she wrote in a note. "Don't worry lads we will give you and allies things to do."
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When we are faced with a foreign company that has more or less established itself outside of the home country, there are several things to take into consideration as well, and one of them would... obviously be the pronunciation of the name, especially if it is worded in a way where it is not so straightforward. Having said that, the YouTube video above is pretty interesting, as Huawei’s School of Pronunciation hopes to aid you in your learning on how to say the manufacturer’s name. Pronunciation coach Gordon Friend who hails from the “Future Facing Association of Pundits” (or FFAPS) intends to depict how one can accurately and correctly say the names of several soccer football players, while making use of a fair number of odd tools (Cher included) as part of his methodology in...
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NASA images reveal life onCanadian Andre Gignac says he has spotted what he believes to be a dead alien, a four-legged robot and alien carvings in a photograph of Mount Sharp released by Nasa.
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Amazon's U.K. Contract WithIf no agreement is reached by the deadline, Amazon could pull all Penguin Random House print and e-books from its U.K. online store.
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'Destiny's' New 'CelestialThere's always one. Destiny is a balanced game, overall, but Bungie seems to like to throw some items into the mix that are just dominant enough to make you feel like you're cheating. The new "House... of Wolves" expansion dropped last week, and with it, a whole new suite of exotics weapons and armor. One of them has emerged juggernaut du jour: the "Celestial Nighthawk."
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A water dispenser tops ourA roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.
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Three Reasons Your Term Sheet So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has... conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most Founders may expect.
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Romero's 'Empire of the Dead'Zombies have been an entertainment favorite since "Night of the Living Dead", and in the current Walking Dead-climate others are looking to cash in on the genre. Enter George A. Romero's 'Empire of... the Dead' graphic novels, a series from Marvel Comics that details a world with both zombies and vampires. A television adaption of the comics series is being …
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Foxconn To Re-Enter India (Rumor)

Ubergizmo - 23 May 2015 00:00
Foxconn To Re-Enter IndiaThere is a new rumor going around, and it involves the folks over at Foxconn. It seems that the company which has come into the limelight for a fair number of years already due to its association with... helping Apple manufacture a number of its products, is said to be re-entering India with new manufacturing facilities. This contract manufacturer happens to assemble plenty of smartphones, was mentioned in a report that was recently published. In that particular report, Devendra Fadnavis, India’s Chief Minister of the state, did confirm that Foxconn is set to invest a large sum of dough in either Pune or Aurangabad. Another area of India where Foxconn could very well establish its facility would include Gujarat, Noida, and Andhra Pradesh, which does seem to jive with the “Made in India”...
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CyPhy Works CEO Helen GreinerIn the late 1980’s, MIT was a place where a generation that grew up on the writing of Isaac Asimov, Star Trek, and the Star Wars films was trying to make the worlds that they had found in science... fiction a reality -- albeit one without robots as overlords and all powerful droids trying to destroy humanity. It was during this period that Helen Greiner met Rodney Brooks and Colin Angle […]
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[From GamerTell] Cyber Gadget's Retro Freak console can play games from 11 classic consoles. I'm in love.
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It's the weekend, friends! In America, it's a long weekend -- Monday is off for Memorial Day, and everyone barbecues, as dictated by tradition. What's cooking, Gizmodo?
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Facebook-Owned Virtual Reality System Sued

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 23:59
A Hawaii company has sued Oculus VR, saying the founder of the Facebook Inc.-owned virtual-reality system misappropriated confidential information and proprietary technology.
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This Band Photo Shoot Used 18Here’s a photo shoot idea that you probably shouldn’t try yourself. Photographer Jake Harsh recently did a wild photo shoot with the electro-pop band Hand of Hearts that involved 18 pounds of... fireworks exploding around the three band members. The short behind-the-scenes video above shows what the intense shoot was like. “[W]hen you’ve got something […]
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Microsoft tried to buyThe world's largest software maker was poised to make its biggest acquisition to date, but talks fell through, according to CNBC.
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'Louie' hits the road inIn Louie's world, it's all a disappointment — but that's okay. "The Road Part 1" follows our hapless hero as he embarks on the first leg of a U.S. comedy tour. As usual, things don't go Louie's way,... with the comedian enduring an uncomfortable plane ride, living in a sketchy motel, failing to help a lost child, losing luggage and nearly missing another flight. Naturally, these events stress Louie out, but what's more revealing is his reaction after everything dies down: He seems to let it all go. Indeed, the episode's final scene shows Louie simply buying a new piece of luggage and new clothes. C'est la vie
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Ryan Reynolds dressed up asWhile Deadpool may be something of an antihero, he did something undeniably heroic on Friday Ryan Reynolds donned his Deadpool attire and visited Tony Acevedo, a little boy battling Hodgkin's disease,... for the Make-A-Wish Foundation See also: Chris Pratt makes good on bet to visit kids with cancer as Star-Lord Image: Instagram Tony got the chance to try on Deadpool's mask and gloves, which certainly brought out the little superhero's spunky side. Reynolds described on Instragram what it was like to meet such a powerhouse little kid: "Tony Acevedo asked Make A Wish Foundation if he could meet Deadpool. I wasn't expecting him to sneak the mask, put on the gloves, smile... and then beat Deadpool about the face, arms and jugular with blazing speed," Reynolds wrote
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Need for Speed, DOOM andEvery week, a landslide of video game trailers hit the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don't have release... dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we've decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Rainbow Six, Assassin's Creed and Destiny Need for Speed – E3 Teaser After being disappointed with Rivals in 2013, I couldn’t be happier to see Need for Speed get a reboot this year. Let’s hope Ghost Games takes the series in a direction that fans of the classic entries can appreciate. DOOM – E3 Teaser Bethesda is
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Tinker, tailor, soldier, Silicon Valley wonks A high-level private meeting between Silicon Valley execs, spies and others was held in the UK this month: on the agenda, the state of government... surveillance, and what limits should be put on it....
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Congratulations to our Galaxy S6 case winner!

Android Central - 22 May 2015 23:51
Congratulations to our GalaxyLast week, we had a contest. This week, we have a winner! Bret took you all on a lovely tour of some of the hottest Galaxy S6 accessories available right now. We asked you what your favorite S6 case... in the store is, and chose one reply at random to win that case for their very own. It's time to see who won!
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When June 15 arrives, those who are well versed with the gaming universe would know that this is the date that E3 2015 will kick off. Just in case you regret it that you are unable to be there in... person, you will definitely be pleased to know that the E3 2015 experience can be had live in theaters, too. Part of the reason that this is happening is attributed to the fact that there were quick sell outs in the previous year, which is why it will be staged in a far higher number of theaters this year – for free, too. In the previous year, tickets in majority of the markets out there sold out in 15 minutes or less, hence the organizers intend to increase the number of theaters by over 150%, which would mean there is at least a single theater in every state across the US – Hawaii and Alaska...
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Home robot cleaner that can beThe remote controlled robot could act a a companion for the elderly, let workmen fix problems remotely, and even clean your apartment and go and pick up dry cleaning.
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Every now and then, BMW releases a concept car that is the design team's way of honoring its classic models. Last year it was the M1 Hommage (which the BMW i8 essentially pulled its design language... from). In 2011 it was the crazy open-top roadster 328. BMW did it again today; the automaker introduced a reimagining of its classic 1970s coupé with the all-new 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. Everything about it -- from the big rear spoiler, to the molded body kit look, to the "Golf Yellow" coloring -- is sure to ruffle traditionalists, but that's sort of the whole point of concept cars in the first place. Unlike the i8, this car won't even see a limited production run. That said, there are a few things to love about this car, like the...
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No, this isn't some guerilla marketing campaign for Back to the Future's upcoming pseudo-anniversary. It's a world record-setting flight by Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru aboard a homebrew... hoverboard. He recently piloted this prototype near...
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A year on, his tweets in Chinese or Korean, the Weibo account, or a selfie with Li Keqiang are no thumb-stoppers but for the common man, the PM is accessible.
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Fans of the upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV title, here is something that you might want to check out – the game is all set to hit the PS4 via a digital launch later next Tuesday, so you might very... well have some sleepless nights along the way over the weekend. What other news concerning Ultra Street Fighter IV that you might not have heard of before? Well, it does look as though Ultra Street Fighter IV will be offering support for PS4 FightSticks, and Lab Zero's drivers have also been thrown into the mix in order to have it support licensed PS3 FightSticks to boot. Additional details as to how the entire set up will work would mean having to play the patience card, as Capcom Unity or Lab Zero sites will have additional details after the game has launched this coming May 26. Ultra SFIV...
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Fiat's Aegea Project sedanFiat makes more than its cute-and-cuddly 500 models. Outside the U.S., it's a full-line carmaker producing models like this Aegea Project sedan, a new compact unveiled at the 2015 Istanbul Motor Show.... The post Fiat’s Aegea Project sedan ditches retro cuteness for grown-up style appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tesla's new Gigafactory nearKnown as the 'Gigafactory', the $5 billion Tesla structure in the Nevada desert is hoping to produce 500,000 lithium ion batteries annually. Production will begin next year.
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Breakthroughs in synthetic biology have suggested a bizarre and realistic possibility for the future of black market drug trade. Genetically-altered yeast could be used to make opiates for hospitals... seeking a source of the painkillers -- and then appropriated by drug dealers who want to homebrew heroin.
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There are already human-powered devices that allow you to walk on water, plus there are electric motor-powered stand-up paddleboards. The WaterBlade, however, appears to bridge the gap between the... two. It's a floating platform that you stand on to "walk" across the water, but it also has a motor to help make things easier. ..
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Mars Rover's Laser-ZappingNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features:
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SoundCloud's doomedDigital platforms can be divided into two distinct breeds: There are products like Facebook, which despite being immensely popular are rarely described by users as something they “love.” Whereas... Zuckerberg’s social network was once a fun way to connect with old friends and stalk the girl who sits behind you in Chem 101, today Facebook is as much a utility as anything. You don’t hear anybody say, “I love the power grid.” Meanwhile, other platforms like Twitter are considerably […]
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In this music video, evenSee what happens when a guy falls for a mutant girl with pyrokinetic abilities in the music video "Right Now" by Never Let This Go -- released on Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel.
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Tourist falls off 6-foot cliffA Singaporean tourist fell off a cliff on Lembongan Island in Bali while trying to take a selfie, according to local police. Mohamed Aslam Shahul, 21, was taking a selfie as a wave crashed against the... cliff, causing him to lose his balance and fall into the sea from a height of about six feet. His body was recovered and taken to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. See also: Man's bull-running selfie in Spain is extreme — and illegal "He could not control his balance when he was hit by a wave. He slipped and fell into the ocean," Nusa Penida police chief Gede Arianta said in a statement. "He apparently couldn’t swim.”
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An extract from the thunder god vine, which has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, reduces food intake and causes up to a 45% decrease in body weight in obese mice. The weight-loss... compound, called Celastrol, produces its potent effects by enhancing the action of an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. The findings, published May 21 in Cell, are an early indicator that Celastrol could be developed into a drug for the treatment of obesity.
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OnePlus Two's monster specsAfter a leaked benchmark on Thursday shared some details about the OnePlus Two's high-end specs, a new report brings even more information about the company's next-gen Android handset. DON'T MISS:... Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why A OnePlus handset with model number A2003 has been spotted complete with a specs list on benchmarking website Ludashi.com, Android Headlines reports. According to the leaked specs, the OnePlus Two features a 1920 x 1080 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The previous leak, showing a Geekbench test for a OnePlus One A2001, also said the phone will have a Snapdragon 810 processor and
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Frédéric Durand-Baïssas says Gustave Courbet's oil on canvas of a woman's genitalia deserves to be shared. But Facebook disagrees and has removed his profile for breaching the social network's... nudity ban.
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Who in the NBA 'sucks at getting dressed'?

Mashable - 22 May 2015 23:24
Who in the NBA 'sucks atThe NBA finals start June 4, which means we're closer to crowning the NBA's most stylish player. In our third week, we've trimmed all the fat and are left with only the top four sartorial stars in the... league See also: 7 ways Apple Watch will transform how you date Chime in and give your two cents while exploring our infographic, and let us know if you agree with our judges. Just click on your favorite player's picture to view his three best looks. Check back next week to see who is finally crowned NBA's God of Fashion 1. Kevin Durant vs. Carmelo Anthony Jeff Laub: "Do I have to pick here? These guys both lose. (Okay, fine, if I have to, Melo)." Winner: Carmelo Anthony
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Official: Anti-drilling protests in Seattle caused environmental damage to popular dive park
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Live like the Jetsons, in five years

USA Today - 22 May 2015 23:22
Live like the Jetsons, in fiveMike Soucie of Nest and other attendees at a conference on the 'connected home' talk about how and when our homes could mirror the Jetsons' futuristic abode.          
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Palmer Luckey and his company, Oculus VR Inc, are being sued yet again. Total Recall Technologies, a company in Hawaii, is accusing Luckey of violating a confidentiality agreement that he signed as a... former employee of the company. According to the l...
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Live Off the Grid in ThisEver feel like just leaving it all behind and moving into a tiny pod in the country? You might, after seeing the Ecocapsule.
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T-Mobile approves Wi-FiT-Mobile has finally approved an update for the Nexus 6 which enables Wi-Fi calling, a small group of people will receive the update hitting their devices this weekend. Customers have been waiting for... Wi-Fi calling to hit their Nexus 6 on T-Mobile, and now the update has finally received approval. T-Mobile Product Evangelist, Des, has confirmed that a small number of customers will begin seeing the update hit their devices as soon as this weekend. If all goes well they hope to roll it out to everyone over the next few weeks.
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TC AppleCast 16: MacBook This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making... things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for…
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iOS 9 will work with your old iPhone

Slash Gear - 22 May 2015 23:15
iOS 9 will work with your oldApple's next iPhone and iPad software tipped to focus on quality, will work on older devices. Word this week is that the next operating system suite for Apple mobile and desktop machines will be aimed... at delivering a highest-quality experience to the user. Not that Apple products with iOS or OS X didn't promise this before, but this round it's …
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[From In-Car Tech] If you're traveling this Memorial Day weekend, you may want to look into radar detector or GPS smartphone apps. Some of them can even warn you about potholes.
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Feel good with this bizarre"Eraserhead" on espresso? Watch this avant-garde commercial directed by David Lynch's daughter Jennifer to promote his unique coffee brand.
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ICYMI: New Apple gear, real and imagined

Cult of Mac - 22 May 2015 23:10
ICYMI: New Apple gear, realWe’ve got a host of new stuff to show off this week, from Killian’s look at the new MacBook and iMac lines to Luke’s exploration of all things bacon (emoji). We’ve got Rob’s essential Apple... Watch tips, a new credit-card…
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Mystery Uber cars inMysterious Uber cars are zipping around Pittsburgh, and witnesses aren't quite sure what to make of them Uber is currently testing out several vehicles in the city, which are easy enough to pick out... by the large gray contraption on top and the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" on the sides, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times See also: The 7 unexpected problems with having an Uber addiction The Pittsburgh Business Times originally published a purported image of one of Uber's self-driving vehicles. But Uber claims otherwise. "This is not a self-driving car," an Uber spokesperson told Mashable. "This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems." Of course, given that most driverless car tests require a human as backup in most...
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Evidently relying on the old adage "If you want something done right, do it yourself," Elon Musk is now a school founder. In a recent interview on Beijing Television, the Tesla founder revealed that... he opened a school, called Ad Astra, last year for his five children. In his view, regular school wasn't educating his kids the way he thought it should. "They weren't doing the things I thought should be done," Musk said during the interview. "I thought, well, let's see what we can do. Maybe creating a school would be better." Musk hired one of the teachers from the boys' school to help found Ad Astra, and the school now teaches 14 elementary-school-aged kids from mostly SpaceX employees' families. The CEO wanted his school to teach...
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Circumcision Armageddon

Slate - 22 May 2015 23:06
Heather Hironimus and Dennis Nebus are fixated on their son's foreskin. It is an obsession that has bound them together long beyond the end of their relationship. Nebus believes their 4 1/2-year-old... son, Chase Ryan Nebus-Hironimus, should be circumcised for medical reasons. Hironimus believes circumcision is barbaric genital mutilation. Nebus has gone to court to get his son circumcised. Hironimus has gone to jail to prevent it. Their dispute is easily the weirdest, saddest, most disturbing battle yet in the war over circumcision.
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Mario Kart: Fury Road is theAre you ready to see the best mashup of 2015? It’s subtle, it’s brilliant and it’s one of those things that you’ll never get out of your head after you watch it. Kris Sundberg, a VFX artist... who worked on films such as Divergent and Into the Storm, has remade the Mad Max: Fury Road trailer with Mario Kart visual effects, and I think I’ve watched it a dozen times already. DON’T MISS: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video What’s so great about the mashup is that it’s not just footage from the film spliced together with footage from the game, but a perfect blend of the two, morphing elements of the movie into characters, items and sounds from the
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How a Gay-Marriage Study Went Wrong

The New Yorker - 22 May 2015 23:05
Last December, Science published a provocative paper about political persuasion. Persuasion is famously difficult: study after study--not to mention much of world history--has shown that, when it... comes to controversial subjects, people rarely change their minds, especially if those subjects are important to them. You may think that you've made a convincing argument about gun control, but your crabby uncle isn't likely to switch sides in the debate. Beliefs are sticky, and hardly any approach, no matter how logical it may be, can change that.
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Android Factory Reset Doesn'tA new study reveals that the factory reset feature on Android phones doesn't completely delete the owner's data. Researchers were able to retrieve Google credentials from supposedly reset phones,... gaining access to emails, login details, text messages and more.
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Can you beat off the stiff competition? Have you got what it takes? Find out As Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said about pornography: "I know it when I see it." What he may not have... envisioned was that 50 years later, people would make a living from doing just that....
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Rosetta's View of a Comet's "Great Divide"

Universe Today - 22 May 2015 23:01
The latest image to be revealed of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comes from October 27, 2014, before the Philae lander even departed for its surface. Above we get a view of a dramatically-shadowed... cliff separating two regions on 67P, the high, smooth plateaus of Babi and the boulder-strewn, slumped valley of Aten. Both are located on the larger lobe […]
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Woman reportedly shoots selfTechnically Incorrect: A Russian woman is taking a selfie while holding a 9mm gun, according to a news story. It doesn't quite go to plan, but she survives.
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Honeycomb Cake Pan by Nordic Ware

The Gadget Flow - 22 May 2015 23:00
Honeycomb Cake Pan by NordicYou must have come across a honeycomb sometime in your life. How about getting that design on your baking plate by using this Honeycomb Cake Pan by Nordic Ware. It's inspired from the golden honeycomb... and the buzzing of the bees which can totally give your baked treat a new look altogether. The durable, heat-responsive cast aluminium will provide you with a uniform baking experience. Even the nonstick interior encourages easy release and quick cleanup. Now that deserves to be...
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Paint Splatter World Map -Want to imagine the world as a planet of vibrant colors? The Paint Splatter World Map will actually make you think so. It's an amazing set of wall stickers that are colorful and reusable. You can add... them to your room and add a vibrant spark to your decor that very minute. The sticker is super easy to install and can also be removed and reused anytime. No sticky residue anywhere. An adorable representation of the world in an eco-friendly...
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CrunchWeek: Pebble's Cash Happy holiday Friday, team, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around, we remain camped out in the CrunchBase offices while TCHQ undergoes reconstructive surgery, Our own Kyle... Russell, Colleen Taylor, and your modest supplicant sat down in broad red chairs to dig into Pebble’s reported cash woes, Stripe’s shiny new valuation, and just what is going on in the…
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Beyerdynamic MMX 102 iE -You can consider the Beyerdynamic MMX 102 iE Premium Earphones as the perfect upgrade to its predecessor. The cable for this earphone is pretty smooth which eliminates noise with the voice being... represented by smooth highs and extended base frequencies. Even the acoustic drivers guarantee high fidelity music reproduction throughout the full frequency spectrum. The response that you get out of this set of earphones is simply mindblowing. Ready to give it a try all you music lovers out there?
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Blunt™ Lite - Blunt Umbrellas

The Gadget Flow - 22 May 2015 23:00
Blunt™ Lite - BluntThe lightest mid-sized stick umbrella. Now with a genuine leather curved handle. The BLUNT™ Lite is for those who need a mid-sized umbrella without the weight of our highest performing umbrellas.... Its elegant and stylish design and built in handle strap makes it the best choice to carry folded when walking or getting about. All BLUNT™ umbrellas are a revolution in umbrella design creating an aerodynamic robust canopy structure, making BLUNT™ the ultimate defense against the elements.
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Which of the current presidential hopefuls have the strongest social media base? You might be surprised. Rand Paul blows Hilary Clinton away on Facebook, while Clinton creams Paul on Twitter. No one... likes Jeb Bush.
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Kanye may release his newKanye West's highly anticipated seventh LP Swish could be exclusively launched with the debut of Apple's upcoming streaming music service, Apple Music. While just a rumor at present, Kanye appears to... have had a falling out with Jay Z and his Tidal streaming service. The post Kanye may release his new album exclusively on Apple Music appeared first on Digital Trends.
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SoundScoopz could be anThe low-tech, low-budget solution redirects sound waves from a TV's down-firing speakers towards the viewer.
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Weather whiplash: Texas goesTalk about weather whiplash. Just three weeks ago, large parts of Texas and Oklahoma were still locked in the grips of an unrelenting, multi-year drought, with parts of Texas classified as being in... "exceptional drought" conditions — the worst possible category. Now, thanks to historic rainfall that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, these areas, along with parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska and other states, are coping with dangerous flooding See also: Fueled by warming oceans, Earth is on course for another record warm year Many locations have already eclipsed their record rainfall total for any calendar month, never mind just setting a record for the wettest May. Wichita Falls, Texas, which was particularly hard hit by the drought, has now had its wettest month of any calendar...
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The Santa Barbara oil spill is going to kill a lot of animals. A lot. The post What the Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Is Going to Kill appeared first on WIRED.
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Google patents kids toys withIf your laptop's webcam staring back at you gives you the willies, Google's newly patented connected kids toys will bring a whole new level of creepiness. The patent details "an anthropomorphic... device, perhaps in the form factor of a doll or toy, [that] may be configured to control one or more media devices." Joining the description is an illustration showing …
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Paying $15 a month for HBO Now is a pretty good deal, especially if you're a cord cutter who yearns for your weekly fix of Game of Thrones. But what if even that price is a little too rich for your... blood? Well, HBO could be considering prepaid discou...
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There are dozens if not hundreds of iPhone stands on the market, but every once in awhile, there's one that sets itself apart with a unique form or a rich set of features. The MOS Kick falls into the... latter category, offering a stand, screwdriver, bottle opener and tripod connector in a portable package. Developed by the MOS team that's created several other popular products like the MOS Reach power outlet and the MOS cable organizer, the MOS Kick is made from metal so it can withstand being carried on a backpack or in a pocket. We went hands-on with a prototype (hence the small bit of rust) of the MOS Kick and found it to be a convenient stand. It works with any smartphone because it includes adjustable silicone pads that hold a device in place. It's able to mount on a tripod with its...
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Don't get too excited if youTinder users who stumble upon a potential match resembling Zedd should know there's a reason for that — and it's not because he's looking for love. The popular dating app is getting into music sales... See also: How some ladies are using Tinder to get free pizza Tinder signed a deal with the electronic music artist, who is currently hanging on at No. 72 on Billboard's Top 100 with "I Want You To Know." If you're lucky across to come across Zedd's profile, you'll see the following: Image: Tinder If you swipe right, you'll receive a scripted message in the app — "We're a match!" — prompting you to download Zedd's new True Colors album for $3.99, which is about $4 cheaper than its price on iTunes or Google Play
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What does a 10 million square foot factory look like? That's the question one amateur videographer tried to show with a drone.
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The Orbit 20 JellyfishThere have been studies done on how important it is for us to zone out and think about nothing. We get so caught up on all the things we need to do, have done, and still need to do that our brains get... overloaded. We don’t have any time to rewire our minds and calm down, which is why a lot of people end up getting low-stress pets. If you ...
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Spotify Running timed my jogI wouldn't have guessed that the pace of my jogging is perfectly aligned with the musical stylings of Jennifer Lopez, but today, I learned my feet touch the pavement during "I'm Into You" at all the... right times. One of the best new features of Spotify's newly revamped mobile app is its ability to match a song in its database to your running tempo. This eliminates the need of poking through playlists to find something that matches your mood and speed, and the algorithm pushes out songs based on your listening history. See also: Spotify adds video and a new running feature that will match music to your footsteps
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Roger Goodell Denies RequestNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the NFL Players Association that he will not step down from hearing the appeal of Tom Brady's 4 game suspension as part of DeflateGate.
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Benioff doesn't get out of bed for less than $70bn Microsoft wanted to buy cloud giant Salesforce.com for $55bn, it is reported....
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Disney's FuturisticA few minutes into "Tomorrowland," it becomes clear that Disney's latest live-action adventure isn't going to brood over the apocalypse or depict a purely desolate future. Instead, the movie blends... sci-fi and fantasy with realism to depict a world where hope is the only antidote to extinction. In "Tomorrowland," directed by Brad Bird and co-written by Bird and Damon Lindelof (with Jeff Jensen earning a story credit), we first meet Frank Walker (George Clooney), a once bright-eyed young boy with innovative dreams, as a now-hardened cynic in the present day. We learn what shattered Frank's buoyancy when Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) backtracks to tell her story as a teen determined to save the future of a doomed NASA rocket launch site. After finding a mysterious pin secretly given to her...
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Watch: This Real-LifeBut it's real, according to the Guinness Book of World Records
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CNBC pundit declaresIt’s always fun reading contrarian hot takes that tell us why certain major companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google are doomed to fail. The hottest take we’ve read this week comes to us from... venture capitalist Ed Fernandez, who writes over at CNBC that the smartphone industry is essentially “over” and that Apple is in danger of going down in flames like BlackBerry did circa 2011. FROM EARLIER: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reflect on early Apple days in rare video Fernandez starts out by making some solid points about how the potential for smartphone growth seems limited at the moment while also rightly pointing out that fierce competition has made it almost impossible for any company other than Apple and
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Two weeks ago, SpaceX successfully tested the launch abort system for its new commercial crew capsule, which is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017. The company has... just released a first-person view video recorded by cameras mounted on the Dragon capsule, so you can take a virtual ride on the capsule as it accelerates from 0-100 mph in 1.2 sec during the first critical pad abort test.
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Steak-loving romantics,An important new invention turns Tinder into an actual meat market. Tender uses a rotating slab of meat to swipe right on every Tinder profile that comes up to strengthen your chances of finding a... match. If rejection is more your speed, rotating the phone 90 degrees so the raw beef swipes left would probably work, too See also: How some ladies are using Tinder to get free pizza The device was created by Dutch students Cors Brinkman, Jeroen van Oorschot, Marcello Maureira and Matei Szabo, according to The Creators Project. The machine will be on display next weekend at Radion Amsterdam, if you need a last minute date for Saturday night.
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Most 'luminous' galaxy in theA far-away galaxy, shining with the light of 300 trillion suns, has been discovered by NASA.          
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"The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt," which has received a tremendous amount of praise, was recently found to have its own share of issues, specifically for the PC. However, PC players are fortunate for the... fast action that developer CD Projekt Red undertook, as patch 1.03 has been effectively released for the PC. Redditor oGenesiss has listed the patch notes taken from the site yesterday.
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Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'Two words: twerking burgers Students at the University of Newcastle in Australia were asked to animate 52 frames of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" music video using the rotoscope method, a technique... that involves drawing over the footage by hand. The results are a wild, beautiful mix of artistic styles and weird creatures like octopus ballerinas, robots and dancing burger-people. If there were any way to improve upon T.Swift's work, this is it. The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever How the bathing suit has changed over 120 years
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Pittsburgh Pirates want you toWhile we agree that eating a perfect doughnut can be a near sensual experience, we're pretty sure that isn't what the Pittsburgh Pirates social team was going for A photo caption posted to the team's... Instagram account on Friday advertised a local Dunkin' Donuts promotion that would give drive-thru customers free game tickets and a "sexual Pirates donut!" Oops. See also: 10 People Who Take Doughnuts Too Seriously If you're going to have a typo, sexual donuts is an epic way to go#smsports pic.twitter.com/oWwgHiwHT5 — Jessica Smith (@WarJessEagle) May 22, 2015 The post was quickly taken down, but not before Internet sleuths could screenshot this autocorrect mistake in all its uncomfortable glory.
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Adopt a Gremlin:The legendary Rick Baker is selling work including animatronics and puppets from "Gremlins 2" and "Men in Black." Find out what Mogwai monsters and alien gems await.
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Dog is totally getting thisThis dog just found the most perfect stick ever Unfortunately, the stick is a little too wide to fit across the footbridge that leads home. What's a discerning stick-collector to do? Leaving the stick... behind is obviously out of the question. Fortunately, the clever pooch figures out a way to cross the the bridge — without having to sacrifice his awesome newfound treasure. The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever How the bathing suit has changed over 120 years
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Known widely as Apple's biggest tablet ever, the iPad Pro has been the subject of rumors for quite sometime now. Based on recent reports, the iPad Pro will come with a humongous sapphire glass... display, along with NFC and Force Touch technology support. But now, a new report from Apple Insider clearly points out what to expect from the advanced stylus, expected to be part of the upcoming tablet.
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61 of the best Samsung GalaxyWallpapers... ugh. We love them, but we also hate them only because it's so difficult to find the perfect one, especially if you own a brand new handset, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6... Edge. It's almost sacrilegious to display some low-res...
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Apple Maps adds new dataWhile TomTom continues to top Apple’s list of data providers for the backend of its Maps service, a few new additions have recently joined the list of contributors supplying information to Apple... Maps. New sources providing business listing data per Apple’s acknowledgement page include E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely […]
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OS X 10.11 likely to haveRumors about OS X 10.11, which is expected to appear at WWDC 2015, are beginning to fly. They hint at a Control Center feature and new security measures designed to protect users from malware. The... post OS X 10.11 likely to have Control Center, new security scheme, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Although we've definitely seen a number of thought-controlled prosthetic arms before, most of those have been activated by implants in the user's motor cortex, which is the brain's movement-control... center. The arms' resulting movements have been somewhat jerky, plus there's typically been a delay between the user thinking about moving the arm, and the actual movement taking place. Now, however, a team of researchers has announced the results of an experiment in which those limitations were greatly reduced. ..
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If 'Mad Max: Fury Road'"It's-a me! Mad Max!" A new twist on the original Mad Max: Fury Road trailer imagines what the film might be like if it took place in the Mario Kart universe. What if Fury Road was littered with... cartoon-like banana peels, and giant chain-chomps that cause explosions? The results are pretty awesome Some of the details are very subtle, though — like the Bowser brand and the cold coins — so you may need to go back and watch this twice. The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever How the bathing suit has changed over 120 years
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So, they say robots are supposed to be stealing all our jobs . Soon. And service jobs at especially at risk. Included in that group? Those who usher us through the magical portal of happy hour:... bartenders.
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New Book Explores How theOver the past several years, BlackBerry has gone from one of the top smartphone manufacturers to a company that's struggling to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market. BlackBerry is... hemorrhaging subscribers and losing revenue quarter after quarter as it attempts to turn the tide by focusing on marketing secure devices and software to its enterprise customers. An upcoming book by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal, explores the events that led to the rise and fall of BlackBerry, and an interesting excerpt was shared by The Wall Street Journal today, covering the iPhone's contributions towards BlackBerry's (then known as RIM) failure. As we've previously learned from Google execs, the launch of the iPhone, which stood apart from all other smartphones on the market...
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With Cloud Computing, Feds Should Swing for the Fences

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 22:19
With Cloud Computing, FedsBryce Harper is hitting the cover off the ball for the Washington Nationals. He's already hit more home runs this season than all of last season. For Harper, the sky's the limit because he finally has... reached his potential. But a few blocks away from Nationals Park, Federal IT managers aren't quite in the swing of things. The Congressional Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group's new report on the state of cloud computing in the Federal government, "Don't Be a Box Hugger," sees both balls and strikes in Federal efforts to adopt cloud computing. Cloud represents "a tremendous opportunity to dramatically transform how the Federal government manages, processes, and shares information," writes U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) in his foreword of the report, available here. Cloud promises...
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BLU Studio C is the new smartphone from BLU that comes with an affordable price tag of $99 unlocked. It is the successor model to the BLU Studio 5.0 C, released in 2014. BLU Studio C Specifications
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Magnitude-5.4 earthquake in rural area felt 100 miles away in Vegas; highway damage reported
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(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday.
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A good opening title sequence doesn't just preface a narrative. It's a mini story unto itself. The post Watch a Captivating CGI Trip Through Outer Space appeared first on WIRED.
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Google shows how patheticTechnically Incorrect: Your mother's maiden name? The name of your first dog? Easy meat for a hacker. Got a clever answer instead? Just try remembering it.
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Excited to try Google'sGoogle's recently launched MVNO wireless initiative sounds like an intriguing proposition for Nexus 6 owners, especially now that the company is sending out the first invites for it. However, many... users who have asked for an invite might have to wait a longer time before they'll be able to actually start using it. DON'T MISS: A major feature from Android M and the next-gen Nexus phone has leaked According to Droid-Life, Google sent out emails telling everyone who signed up for Project Fi that invites may only arrive at some point in mid-summer. Apparently, Google wants to ensure a "high-quality experience," to all Project Fi subscribers, although the company isn't explaining what that means and whether it's related to Project Fi coverage.
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Bill Murray has a ChristmasNetflix has another exclusive up its sleeve, and it'll be bringing with it a huge roster of well known celebrities. It's called "A Very Murray Christmas", and it very much stars Bill Murray alongside... a bunch of guests: there's Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, and Rashida Jones, among others. It's a Christmas special, and as …
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When game developer Zen Studios announced "Portal Pinball," many fans of the Valve game became extremely excited, as the combination of a pinball game and the portal-hopping mechanic from the "Portal"... games would make for a thrilling pinball experience. Fans no longer have to visualize how the game will look, as Zen Studios released a "Portal Pinball" trailer Thursday with plenty of gameplay footage.
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Microsoft's Windows app storesThe software maker is struggling to make sure its online stores are clean, well-lighted places for apps, even as it readies the update to its Windows operating system.
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The ridiculously fun new version of Mad Max has only been in theaters for a week, but the hot takes, memes, and mash-ups are already popping up with a fury. Mad Max met The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,... MRAs threw a fit, and we even made a parody of our own by placing the oily hunks of Magic Mike: XXL alongside the dystopian future of Fury Road in Mad Mike: XXL. It's time to add one more to that list. Above you see Mario Kart: Fury Road, a mash-up between the George Miller movie and everyone's favorite polygonal go-kart racing game. If you loved Mario Kart 64 as much as I did, it hits all the right notes: a flying blue shell takes out a lead car, there's a scene on Rainbow Road, and the sound effects -- my god, the sound effects! Excuse me...
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How the bathing suit hasIf you went swimming in the 1890s, you pretty much wore an entire dress. And pants Model and Vine star Amanda Cerny shows off just how much women's beachwear has changed since the late 19th century by... modeling styles from every era — complete with historically accurate soundtracks. While we we might not want to revisit every style, we wouldn't mind wearing the retro suits from the 1940s. The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever If 'Mad Max: Fury Road' happened in the world of 'Mario Kart'
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A Visualization of Sunrise and“All Our Suns” is a new project by NYC telecommunications grad student Michelle Chandra that visualizes the snapping of sunset and sunrise photos around the world using Instagram data. Chandra has... released three interactive maps using data gathered from monitoring Instagram for 24 hours. The first tracks sunlight across the face of the Earth by […]
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Motorola has made an official announcement that the first-generation Moto G can be updated to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The handset was released in November 2013. It comes with Android v4.3 Jelly Bean... OS out-of-the-box. However, the new update will allow its users to enjoy the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on their handsets.
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The 404 Show 1,615: YourZDNet and CNET writer Zack Whittaker is in the studio today talking Internet security, attention spans, the Light Phone and what "words" have been added to the Scrabble dictionary.
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Zendrive Uses Mobile Phones as If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and... accurate according to individual risk. Zendrive, a company backed by First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures and Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners is partnering with Guild to create a new kind…
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DxOMark Mobile Report on HTC One M9

DP Review - 22 May 2015 22:00
DxOMark Mobile has published their report on the HTC One M9, HTC's latest top-end smartphone. The new model is a touch smaller and thinner than its predecessor, the One M8, but under the hood HTC... upgrades the 4MP "ultrapixel" 1/3" BSI sensor of the predecessor to a larger, higher resolution 20MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor. The F2.2 lens provides no optical image stabilization, but the M9 is the first One model capable of recording 4K video. Read our report on DxOMark's findings
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'Safe writing, ladies': It'sAfter a year of threatening and intimidating multiple female journalists who wouldn’t fall in line, Uber appears to have awaken a sleeping female reporting giant. I’m heartened to see that while... David Plouffe’s photo opps may have distracted much of the tech blog corps (before, yunno, Plouffe got unceremoniously kicked upstairs to make way for the harder-charging Rachel Whetstone), it’s largely female reporters who are continuing to ask Uber the hard questions. […]
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Last (But Not Least) CodeWe'll be livestreaming this one from my iPhone 6, natch!
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Thousands of hospital patients in at least three states may have had their personal information compromised after MML data breach.
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Want to Fend Off Cybercrooks? Wear Protection!

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 21:58
Want to Fend Off Cybercrooks?Every year at this time we anxiously await Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, hoping that this would be the year that all cybercrooks would disappear. But, as usual, our hopes have been... stomped upon by the facts. We're all aware of the large-scale attacks against big companies, which have gotten big play in the media. But, the vulnerability for so-called small businesses is a shocking one in 2.2 chance that they will becomes victims. This, coupled with a slower reaction time of software companies to patch vulnerabilities and the rise in "trojanized software updates," has made the waters of the Internet hazardous, at best. Here are the numbers for 2014, as provided by Symantec: It took software vendors an average of 59 days to create patches compared to four days in 2013 One-in-12...
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By annotating the active genes and structures that make up glioblastoma tumors, researchers have created a roadmap for the deadliest form of brain cancer. The project, announced last week, is... available to everyone and can be perused at will.
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Code as a Second Language

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 21:56
Code as a Second LanguageOn appearance, Kaira Villanueva seems to be an average sophomore student at Columbia University tracing her way through New York with a well-worn backpack, scratched-up MetroCard, and a youthful... curiosity. Except she's not typical. As a Latina computer science major, unfortunately, there is nothing common about her career path. And after being selected this year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Google to be part of the Code as a Second Language (CSL) initiative, she's more of a Tech Action Hero. Kaira and about a dozen other Latino programmers were tapped to be CSL Fellows to teach computer programming to Latino youth across the country - Kaira just finished instructing a class of high school girls in New York over an eight-session course using CS First curriculum to ensure...
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New POV video from SpaceXSpaceX wants to take you for a ride. Elon Musk's rocket company released new footage on Friday of its Crew Dragon capsule taking flight for the first time during a test earlier in May. The uncrewed... test was designed to help engineers gather more information about the effectiveness of the capsule's abort system — a key component used to quickly propel astronauts away from a failing rocket should something bad happen during flight. See also: Wonderworld: A spectacular photo journey of Earth The test appears to have gone well “It was a great, great outcome," Musk said after the test. "Had there been people on board, they would have been in great shape.”
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Holychild Wants 'Brat Pop' To Save The World

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 21:53
Holychild Wants 'Brat Pop' ToIt's easy to stand out when you're wearing a leather jacket covered in googly eyes and have jewels glued to your scalp. But Holychild frontwoman Liz Nistico was unbothered by the wandering eyes --... googly or otherwise -- at a Lower East Side coffee shop. Louie Diller, the other half of Holychild, sat beside her, in an oversized gold jacket affixed with angel wings. They were deep in conversation about lofty plans to move from Los Angeles to Mexico City, where they want to write and record their second album. Never mind that Holychild's first full LP, "The Shape of Brat Pop To Come," has yet to debut. There's a whole bunch of other things just about to happen for Nistico and Diller, who met in 2011 while they were students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and formed...
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What playing Pac-Man really cost you

USA Today - 22 May 2015 21:52
What playing Pac-Man reallyPouring quarters into Pac-Man 35 years ago cost you a whole lot more than 25 cents          
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Star Wars Canon: Luke's storyWhat you're about to see is a glimpse of the awesomeness that is the Disney and Lucasfilm archives-approved comic series "Star Wars: Before The Force Awakens." This is working with Jenn Heddle from... the Star Wars story group. This means you WILL indeed be able to count on these panels being canon for the movies. This comic is being written …
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Airtel's Zero Rating platform and the Facebook-Reliance Communications combine's internet.org plan have been found to be against the spirit of net neutrality by a preliminary inquiry conducted by the... telecom ministry.
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Mozilla is learning that making smartphones dirt cheap doesn't guarantee success when you're running up against Google's Android operating system. CNET reports that in an email to employees sent out... on Thursday, CEO Chris Beard made it clear that the company will soon be changing its mobile strategy. "We have not seen sufficient traction for a $25 phone," Beard wrote. He went on to say, "We will focus on efforts that provide a better user experience, rather than focusing on cost alone."
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See what Spotify's next majorOn Wednesday, Spotify took the stage in NYC to unveil a host of additions that will soon be arriving on its service, including videos, podcasts and a surprisingly extensive list of content partners.... We got a peek of the updated app during the presentation, but on Friday, 9to5Mac shared a heap of screenshots from the redesigned Spotify app on iOS. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak The update hasn’t publicly rolled out yet for mobile devices, but someone with access to the update sent a gallery of photos to 9to5Mac earlier today. In the images, we get a closer look at Now playlists, podcast functionality and tempo detection while running. Save for the new features, the user interface of the app appears to be
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'Tomorrowland' is first movieThe "Tomorrowland" future is bright -- especially if you watch it in a theater with Dolby Vision. Also coming to the world of tomorrow: 38 new emojis and a possible flag for planet Earth.
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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a midrange smartphone from the Japanese tech giant that comes with impressive specs and features. It was first unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2015 tech event that was... held at the beginning of March. Now the device is available for purchase in the U.K.
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Insects with nightmarish spiky penises that can harm their mates are really nothing new. But a new study in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology has determined that given the right conditions, wielding... a nightmarish spiky penis could also harm a different species.
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How Does Salmonella Get into Sushi?

Live Science - 22 May 2015 21:48
How Does Salmonella Get intoRaw tuna is the suspected source of a new outbreak of Salmonella, but how does tuna become contaminated with the bacteria in the first place?
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Fine-control brain-powered technology with a solid use case Video Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have developed a brain-controlled prosthetic arm that can perform fine motor... movements - perfect for drinking a beer without spilling it....
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Hope you've already checked out of work on this pre-Memorial Day Friday because this site might eat your long weekend for breakfast. Over 40,000 vintage photos of New York City from the New York... Public Library archives have been geotagged to a Google Map, letting you click right through history on every street corner.
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This turned out to be quite the week for unannounced Microsoft apps. News of a "light-weight" email solution broke cover a few days ago, and today another pair of productivity apps were tipped. Thanks... to @h0x0d on Twitter -- the source of the Flow em...
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The annual Google I/O developer conference has been scheduled for May 28 and 29 in San Francisco. The search giant is expected to unveil Android M (or Android 6.0), the next version of its operating... system. However, just few days before the launch, a key feature of the upcoming OS version has been revealed.
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Memorial Day Meals: ExpertHere is advice from nutrition experts for picnic-friendly foods that are easy to prepare, transport and eat outdoors.
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Five to Try: Hexy LauncherHere are the new Android apps you need to check out this week.
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Snapchat Is Investing inAnother day, another messaging app that wants to explore e-commerce.
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Damon Dash Responds To Jay Z'sJay Z debuted his latest freestyle last weekend at the Tidal X: B-Sides show. In the freestyle called "Stream of Consciousness," the business mogul defended his streaming service by flipping the... dialogue and questioning consumers' existing support of YouTube, Apple and Spotify. The Grammy Award-winning rapper's lyrics went on to garner the attention of many fans , including his former business partner, Damon Dash. During an interview this week with Dr. Boyce Watkins, Dash -- who has previously expressed his own displeasure over the practices of corporate America taking advantage of artists -- shared his thoughts on Jay's decision to take aim at his new tech rivals. "I know Jay, and as my experience with him, whatever's winning is what he's going to embrace," he admitted during the...
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Pac-Man turns 35 today -- iOSIf you love Pac-Man and have an Android or iOS device, Bandai Namco has a treat for you: a new game to celebrate the game's 35th anniversary, which is today. The game is available in the respective... app stores, with each one hawking a big '35' at players and a bunch of other features. The game features a bunch of …
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Cute little girl realizes sheYou really laid an egg on this meet-and-greet, chicken. Kat McLaugh took her daughter, Angelina, to a friend's house to meet some chickens in her backyard. Unfortunately, one of the chickens had not... been prepped on proper human greetings beforehand Word to the wise, chicken: Nests are for the coop, not for little girl's heads. The Rock smashes world record for most selfies taken in less than 3 minutes Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae Dwanye 'The Rock' Johnson gave his BFF the best surprise wedding ever How the bathing suit has changed over 120 years
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LADAR-on-a-chip could bring 3D optic scanning to robots, drones, cars; HELLADS makes things go boom.
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Meet the robot that willUC Berkley researchers have hit a major milestone in the creation of usable AI. They’ve created a new set of algorithms that will allow robots to learn through trial and error — much like humans... learn new tasks. With this…
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Google Patents Toys That WatchEmail snooping may be the least of Google intrusions if this patent for sensor-packed dolls and toys ever gets put to use.
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Oru's foldable kayak is backDespite being four feet longer and considerably more spacious, Oru's latest foldable kayak still collapses down, origami style, to the same size as the company's smaller kayak The post Oru’s... foldable kayak is back and bigger than ever — and it still fits in your trunk appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Watch a Killer Whale SwimAn amazing video has emerged of an orca swimming underneath a paddleboarder off the coast of New Zealand on Monday. The once-in-a-lifetime footage, captured off Kuaotunu beach, shows the killer whale... swimming right next to boarder Luke Reilly.
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SelfiePICTEE: A T-Shirt with aIf you thought the Selfie Arm was a strange idea, check this out: the SelfiePICTEE is a T-shirt that has a fold-down bounce reflector on the front that provides a quick fix for the harsh shadows on... your face when snapping a selfie. The reflector on the front of the shirt folds down to light […]
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Google recently made changes to its Maps feature, adding a traffic alert system that can estimate driving delays and offer alternative routes. The company has also taken strides into providing a... different kind of Android Wear experience, stepping up to the wearable competition. Yet amid the changes, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky advised tech giants like Google and Apple to keep their platforms open if they want to continue pursuing innovation.
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Jim Gaffigan, Comedian And Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on JimGaffigan.com. The show will air on TV... Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Gaffigan knows the Internet or at least hires people that do. He…
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Sometimes, you have no choice but to fight fire with fire.
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Disney's Research Lab Figures Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops... out of seemingly impossible shapes. Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say. Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those…
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Blur Premium PrivacyBlur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit... cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards calls and texts to your real phone number. It also includes a password keeper that will sync across devices and browsers. We have a deal that will let you get a lifetime subscription to Blur for $49.99, a discount of 74 percent. Check it out.
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Large numbers of bottlenose dolphins have been washing up on the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest spill to take place in US waters.... While it seems like it should be a safe assumption to link the spill to the dolphins' deaths, there's been a holdup: the dolphins actually started washing up in elevated levels two months before the spill, potentially because of a cold winter.
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Sony is ready for the E3 2015, and it wants as many fans to witness the event as possible. This year will be the same in that more fans will have a chance to watch the event even without being present... in Los Angeles.
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LG promotion scores you a freeLG is offering a great deal to customers who end up making the LG G4 their next phone. For a limited time the company will be offering a package that both doubles the battery life and storage of the... new device. Unfortunately the new promotion is only good for US customers, but it scores them a spare battery, battery charging cradle, and a 32GB microSD card, for the low price of free. Customers who purchase the LG G4 from any authorized seller, such as Best Buy, Amazon, carrier locations, or LG's own site, will be able to redeem this offer.
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Sony is reportedly gearing up to release a new Xperia flagship smartphone for 2015. The device is believed to be the international version of the recently launched Xperia Z4. Apparently, two special... press events have been scheduled for May 27 in Taiwan and May 28 in Hong Kong for the launch. During the event, Sony will also unveil the long-awaited midrange Xperia C4 and the Xperia Z4 Tablet, according to the Xperia Blog.
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Sony is reportedly gearing up to release a new Xperia flagship for 2015. The device in focus is believed to be the international variant of the recently launched Xperia Z4. Apparently, two special... press events have been scheduled for May 27 in Taiwan and May 28 in Hong Kong for the launch. During the event, Sony will also unveil the long-awaited mid-range Xperia C4 and the Xperia Z4 Tablet, says Xperia Blog.
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DTAOL.

PandoDaily - 22 May 2015 21:25
DTAOL."So many books, so little time." ― Frank Zappa Earlier this week, the US Director of National Intelligence released a Chomsky and Palast, boxes bursting with conspiracy literature and military porn,... along with
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This Android phone has aNow this is a phone that should give you at least a full day’s charge… and very likely at least three. GizmoChina brings us word that Chinese manufacturer Innos has just released a new smartphone... that features a huge 6,000mAh battery, which just happens to be the biggest battery we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. Innos says this will deliver power that lasts between three to five days per charge depending on use. DON’T MISS: Here's the complete set of 38 new emoji coming to your phone next year How did the little-known manufacturer pack so much battery power into what looks like a pretty thin device? “The manufacturer uses a unique ‘Double cell structure’ technology,” GizmoChina informs us. “It comprises of two batteries, one being an
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Watches2U: Will SmartwatchesThe market looks to be Apple's for the taking. The post Watches2U: Will Smartwatches become the future? appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Watches2U predicts that future forecasts for smartwatches is growing exponentially over the next few years. They also say the Apple Watch will be a major factor in that growth.
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Not all online shoppers feeling 'appy'

Times of India - 22 May 2015 21:23
The writing on the screen is clear. A crisp 4.5 inch monitor is more than enough for most Indians, whether it is to read a map, book a cab or play a quick game on the go.
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We'd expect image quality from Canon's EOS Rebel T6s and T6i (760D and 750D) to be very similar, and so far the 24.2MP APS-C DSLRs haven't surprised us. The real differences between these two models... is in the user experience, as the T6s provides advanced touches like a top-panel LCD and rear quick control dial for easier access to exposure settings. We delve into what it's like using each of these cameras in our shooting experience. 
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3 roommates created aGet ready, Californians in the San Luis Obispo area: The garage sale of the century is happening on Sunday Three roommates — Nick, Matt and Rhys — are moving out of their home, so naturally,... they're selling off all of their old stuff for just $1 Yep, everything — even speakers and a snowboard — are just $1, regardless of its actual value. To promote the garage sale, the guys created a hilarious video, complete with flying dollar bills and pitch-shifted voiceovers, reminiscent of local ads that have dominated TV stations for the past 20 years. [H/T: Reddit] The deep, dark Hollywood secret about Julia Roberts' real voice This dude could easily replace Harry Shearer on 'The Simpsons' This little girl will never eat cake again Crazy family yells at mom after she faceplants during beach...
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Amazing Animal Surgeries

Live Science - 22 May 2015 21:22
Amazing Animal SurgeriesHere are some of the other amazing advances in animal surgeries.
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This week in games: Ten-secondI could write a lengthy introduction to this week's Missing Pieces. Or I could keep playing Witcher 3. EA reboots Need for Speed, H1Z1 bans 25,000 players, and Bethesda flashes ten-seconds of DOOM at... our eye-sockets--this is gaming news for the week of May 18. We can be heroes Blizzard's newbie-friendly MOBA Heroes of the Storm entered open beta this week, meaning you can now play it for free (ahead of its official "launch" on June 2). If you've ever wanted to get into Dota 2 or League of Legends and were too intimidated, this might be a good place to start. Especially since, thanks to the floodgates opening wide, everyone is terrible at the moment.
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Hot Pockets are the official food of those who have declared: "I've given up caring about my health and I just want radiated bread, cheese and 'meat.'" But you can't deny how easy it is to pop one in... the microwave when you're just the right amount of...
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Mozilla overhauls FirefoxAfter its $25 phones fail to dent the dominance of Google and Apple, the Firefox backer will try to compete using technological superiority -- and maybe by adding key Android apps, too.
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The White Wolf of Wall Street:The region of Velen is full of poor, dirty peasants, and so there isn't nearly as much unattended money lying around in The Witcher 3 as other RPGs. Here are a few easy exploits so you can game the... system and get that paper. The post The White Wolf of Wall Street: How to make infinite money in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Huge dinosaur thighbone foundA fragmented femur bone hidden underwater for millions of years has become the first evidence that a dinosaur once roamed Washington, a new study finds
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Wired Founders Are StillThe founders of Wired magazine -- business and life partners Jane Metcalfe and Louis Rossetto -- received a lifetime achievement award at the Webbys this week. But rather than focus on the past, The... Huffington Post caught up with them after the ceremony in New York Monday night to ask about how the world has changed since 1993, when Wired launched, and what they expect from the future. How do you think the world has changed in terms of how people interact with technology and how they care about technology? Louis Rossetto: It was a small community inventing the future almost in isolation from each other, and Wired helped unify that community. That community has now grown to all the people using this technology, all the ones who care about what's the next thing. We used to say our mission...
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Trends with Benefits: SpotifySpotify wants to get into more than just music, KFC has a keyboard especially for your greasy fingers, and LG has an OLED TV you can literally unfurl and stick to the wall with magnets. The post... Trends with Benefits: Spotify world domination, KFC keyboards, a roll-up TV appeared first on Digital Trends.
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White House: Offensive replies on @POTUS Twitter account are 'part of an open society'
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Want to see a movie tonight? Wondering what the showtime are of a movie playing nearby? You can quickly find local movie showtimes by using the Spotlight search feature in Mac OS X. Yes you read that... right, the same Spotlight that works as an app launcher and file search engine, can also uncover movie ...
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With Apple Watch still sold out and Google reportedly gearing up to deliver Android Wear support for iPhone at Google I/O next week, it’s time for two of the hottest wearable platforms to face off.... Apple Watch is selling 30,000 units every day in…
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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff wanted $70 billion.
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Behmor's building a smarterThe perfect cup of coffee might be just a profile, and several hundred dollars, away.
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500 Million Android Devices AtOne of the most important things to do before selling or giving away a used smartphone is to wipe the device clean. After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a complete stranger to have access to... all of their personal data. Unfortunately for Android users, researchers from Cambridge University recently discovered that performing a data wipe on Android devices doesn't clear the device as one would expect. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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The Rhino Slider EVO - shoot film like a pro

Coolest Gadgets - 22 May 2015 21:10
The Rhino Slider EVO - shootWhen it comes to shooting film, angles and movement can determine a lot about how it will be perceived by an audience. Movies tell us a story, and through the guidance of the director we see these... stories come to life through careful planning and shooting of various locations. That being said, without the proper equipment it would be very difficult to keep up the illusion of the story. For example, ...
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Amazon rules Gartner's magical box

PC World - 22 May 2015 21:10
Amazon rules Gartner's magicalHas there ever been a Gartner Magic Quadrant as lopsided as the one issued this week for cloud infrastructure providers? Amazon Web Services towers above other global infrastructure providers in terms... of the quality and breadth of its offerings, according to the research firm's latest calculations. Only Microsoft's Azure nears the AWS juggernaut status in the boxy Gartner universe. Other established players, such as Google, IBM, VMware, Verizon and CSC, are all huddled far further down within the lower quarters. A few enterprise providers, HP and Oracle notably, aren't in the box at all.
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Our return to Camp Firewood is only a few months away, when Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premieres on Netflix. Everyone looks excited for the eight-episode prequel series. And they still... totally look like teenagers. Yup. The new Wet Hot American Summer takes place two months before the events of the original, despite being made a full 14 years after the movie hit theaters in 2001. The whole cast has reunited for the project, and, where the joke was that they were 10 years too old for their parts before, they're nearly 20 years too old now. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will debut on Netflix on July 31st.
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A new pop-up local business campus is set to open in Brixton, London, UK. Pop Brixton will be home to local independent start-ups and small businesses. It will be housed in a temporary shipping... container village, but it is the project's ethos that is perhaps its most innovative facet. ..
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Orangutan goes ape with GoProA great ape called Cherie stole a GoPro camera placed in her enclosure and her footage reveals what it's like in her zoo enclosure at Blackpool Zoo, as well as initiate self-portraits (pictured).
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[From EntertainmentTell] Kurt Sutter's "Bastard Executioner" is going forward at Fox
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TLC to pull '19 Kids andTV network TLC will drop airings of 19 Kids and Counting from its current lineup, TMZ reported on Friday, following child molestation allegations against one of the show's stars, 27-year-old Josh... Duggar. Duggar resigned from his job at the Family Research Council on Thursday after In Touch released a police report with claims Duggar molested multiple young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager. He posted a lengthy statement on Facebook admitting that he "acted inexcusably" 12 years ago "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation," Duggar wrote. "We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."
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How Things Break

Slate - 22 May 2015 21:06
A version of this essay was originally printed in the Iowa Review.
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Earthquake-proof desk canThe desk is composed of steel and wood, and its structure is what keeps it from collapsing under more than a ton of weight. In the event of an earthquake, students could use the furniture as a form of... shelter. The post Earthquake-proof desk can withstand a ton of weight, literally appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Celebrate Pac-Man's 35thWhat better way to celebrate the 35th birthday of a gaming icon than by slowly driving yourself mad? Hit play now and see how long you can last as you read this brief history of Pac-Man. For people of... a certain age, Pac-Man's infectiously catchy theme song is permanently burned into the brain. But did you know that the game's composer, Toshio Kai, never wrote the music for any other game? See also: You can now play Pong, Pac-Man and Space Invaders at the same time Namco designer Toru Iwatani cooked up the pellet-chomping hero in 1979, working with Kai, programmer Shigeo Funaki and a small Namco team to build the game the following year. Their creation quickly traveled from Japan, where it was born as Pakkuman, to the United States.
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Video Overview: Fujifilm X-T10

DP Review - 22 May 2015 21:06
We've been shooting with a close-to-final version of the Fujifilm X-T10 for a few weeks now, and decided to take a bit of a closer look at this classically-styled interchangeable lens camera. Watch... the video
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[From EntertainmentTell] Peter Sarsgaard is joining the list of stars in Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."
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Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

e! Science News - 22 May 2015 21:03
An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of... researchers.
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Hope or Fear? What Guides Your Company's Tech Future?

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 21:02
Hope or Fear? What Guides YourLast year at the MIT CIO Symposium, I had the opportunity to participate on a panel regarding the Board / CEO relationship with the CIO. The panel was moderated by the Wall Street Journal's Michael... Hickins. Earlier in the year, Michael and I spoke about the challenges of security and innovation in a post-Snowden / Target era. In the panel I recast this as part of a larger existential question of hope vs. fear. This became a micro theme of the event. This year as I return to the event I wanted to reflect on how preserving security has influenced enterprise innovation this past year and enterprises should move forward. After the removal of Target's CEO, it became a natural reaction for any CEO and Board to slow down new innovations in favor of making sure things are "secure." However, it's...
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Report says hackers stole users' names, dating preferences from adult dating site
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This Week On The TC Gadgets One important note about this podcast: Matt can’t seem to get his microphones to work. Ever. So if you’re wondering why we all sound like professional radio hosts (two of us are, actually) and... Matt sounds like hot garbage, it’s because he is incompetent with microphones. Moving on! Pebble is against the ropes, according to a new story from John Biggs, with the Apple Watch…
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[From GamerTell] PC owners will get to experience Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R on May 26, 2015.
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Here's Why Microsoft Didn'tNegotiators couldn't close a $15 billion price gap
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The relationship between US law enforcers and the communities they protect is broken, but data can be used to repair that trust
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A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics , including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special... opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its automated book transportation system--basically a roller coaster for books.
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Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Special Guest:Dr. Rhys Taylor, Former Arecibo Post Doc; Current research involves looking for galaxies in the 21cm waveband. Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org /... @MorganRehnberg ) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout - May 23, 2015: Dr. Rhys Taylor (426 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2015. | […]
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Apple Begins Shipping GoldStarting on Monday of this week, Apple began preparing to ship out the first batch of gold Apple Watch Editions to customers who pre-ordered in April. MacRumors readers have begun seeing credit card... charges for the devices and have received shipping notifications and courier information from Apple. Some of the first Apple Watch Edition orders will begin arriving tomorrow. Image via MacRumors reader Calvin The Apple Watch Edition is available in yellow gold or rose gold and is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. Given its high price tag, the Apple Watch Edition delivery process is somewhat different than the delivery process of Apple's less expensive watches, with customers receiving emails asking them to set up a delivery time. iFixit's Kyle Wiens ordered a 38mm Apple Watch Edition with a...
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If You're in EdTech, ThenFor quite some time now, entrepreneurs have been looking to the EdTech market as one where money will be made. The inevitable transformation of the schools model by technology will open up vast... possibilities for innovation. Vast fortunes will be created, as these technologies are laid in front of millions and millions of users. It's a dream that Venture capital companies have certainly bought into, with half a billion pumped into EdTech start-ups in the first half of last year alone, although not always successfully. Many of those think that, one day, they'll get a smooth ride, as with the Facebook model. Get to a point where they just grow and grow and grow. Ubiquity is the target. Billions of dollars the result. And that won't happen. If you're in the US market, for example, then getting...
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Have you noticed the wealth of sunrise and sunset photos on Instagram? Michelle Chandra certainly has, and her project offers a look at the sun's activity around the world in real time. "All Our Suns"... gathers snapshots upload with either the #sunrise...
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Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, enlightened by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago.
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Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

The Mac Observer - 22 May 2015 20:55
Apple May Finally Be Ready toApple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to... backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.
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This is Grace Autosport, an IndyCar team that will attempt to build its organization around females. The post Meet the All-Female Team on a Quest to Shake Up Indy Racing appeared first on WIRED.
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Testing out Tesla's 'Insane'We've seen videos of people reacting to the all-electric Tesla Model S P85D "Insane Button", but it's just not complete until we can see it in slow motion When the 'Insane' mode is initiated, the... vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just a little over 3 seconds — fast enough to send any full grown adult flying back in their seat. Thankfully, Defensive Driving put their GoPro to good use, and filmed some great passenger reactions to the high-speed acceleration from the vehicle in slow motion A Folksy Ode to the Life of Nikola Tesla Jack Black spends the day with a homeless child in Uganda Dad skips father-daughter dance for a game of catch at wedding Competitive eater kills 11,000 calorie ice cream sundae
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Roughly 3,300 patients have been notified that their personal information was included in a spreadsheet that was improperly emailed to an unauthorized recipient.
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How To Survive A Car Crash

Gizmodo - 22 May 2015 20:50
Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do. It's also something for which they likely have no or minimal training. Before you hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, let's look at how to make... it more survivable.
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Hillary's Bubbles

Slate - 22 May 2015 20:48
Hillary Clinton spoke recently on bubbles and public life. Asked about emails sent by her longtime confidant and Clinton Foundation employee Sidney Blumenthal, the candidate said that she communicated... with old friends to keep balance as Secretary of State. "I think you do have to work to make sure you're not caught in a bubble and you only hear from a certain small group of people. And I'm going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are."
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Even if Pebble is truly having financial difficulties , the show will go on. The company writes that the first batch of Pebble Time smartwatches will ship to backers on May 27th, and that every backer... should receive a shipment tracking number by mid-June. [Pebble]
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Space Station ModuleThe International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for... the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew and cargo vehicles. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the activity beginning at 8 a.m. EDT.
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Snooping on calls? Stalking people in the streets? Surely some mistake US Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) wants America's mobile networks to reveal the types of customer information they share with Uncle... Sam....
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ULA Execs Say RD-180 EngineThe willingness of United Launch Alliance's parent companies to fund a next-generation rocket hinges on winning relief from the ban on the Russian-made engine that powers its current government... workhorse, the Atlas 5. The post ULA Execs Say RD-180 Engine Ban Blocks Path to Next-gen Rocket appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Picture of the Day: Swim Call in the Gulf of Aden

Twisted Sifter - 22 May 2015 20:46
Picture of the Day: Swim CallSailors and Marines aboard the USS Iwo Jima participate in a swim call on 18 April 2015. During 'swim calls' sailor and marines get to take a casual dip in the sea while onlookers above keep an eye... out for sharks and other undersea creatures.
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Uber's first autonomous carIf everything goes according to Uber's master plan, pretty soon you won't have to sit through having to make small talk with a human when you take one of their rides. The ride-sharing giant has set up... a research and development outpost in Pittsburgh, and its first project has already driven itself off the lot for a test drive. Uber now has an autonomous car. The modified Ford vehicle spotted in the wild had an Uber logo on the side and a large Back to the Future-looking device on top when it was first spotted driving around Pittsbugh on May 13. Uber quickly confirmed that the car was the work of the company's Advanced Technologies Center to experiment with the use of robotics in transportation.
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Live almost anywhere on EarthThe egg-shaped, off-grid Ecocapsule can be moved nearly anywhere you want to live for a while -- and it looks like an awesome little home.
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Google's new 'Literata' fontYou expect different fonts in the books you read than on the Web pages you read, and so it is common for some fonts to only be found in books -- they're tailored for the long-form reading experience,... and altogether visually pleasant. Apple will reportedly be switching up its system fonts for better readability, and Google is doing something similar …
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WhiteHat Security's "2015 Website Security Statistics Report" looks at vulnerabilities in websites and the amount of time it took to patch them.
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MyAlbum Lets You Quickly TurnMyAlbum is a new service (currently in beta) that lets you transform a set of photographs into beautiful photo essays that you can share with a simple link. After creating an account on the service... (or logging in with your Facebook or Google accounts), you can create an album by uploading a collection of photographs. […]
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Oil rig fire causes 'rainbowAn oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico early Friday morning has caused "rainbow sheen" more than a mile long, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said it received a report at 2:50 a.m.... from an offshore supply vessel that reported a fire on board an oil production platform. The U.S. Coast Guard released this photo of a burning oil rig owned and operated by Texas Petroleum on Friday, May 22, 2015. Image: U.S. Coast Guard The ship evacuated the crew of 28 workers on board who were taken ashore. No one was hurt in the incident. The oil well was "shut in and production has ceased," the Coast Guard said, which noted that the platform had an estimated 4,000 barrels of crude oil on board in storage tanks
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Computers can now see images

Business Standard - 22 May 2015 20:43
I took a picture of a small citrus fruit in the palm of my hand, and sent it to Baidu with the question, "What is in the centre of the hand?" The software answered: "An orange."
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The Mac Messages app maintains a transcript of conversations that have been carried out on the computer, thus when you open a message window to a particular sender, you’ll see the prior... conversations, pictures, and other sent/received data in the same message thread. If you’d like to clear out these conversations transcripts and related media, ...
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Dragon-Eye View of SpaceX Pad Abort Launch

Bad Astronomy - 22 May 2015 20:42
On May 5, 2015, SpaceX tested its launch abort system: A set of powerful rockets on the Dragon space capsule that can pull the Dragon away from the Falcon rocket underneath in case of catastrophe.... SpaceX just released video taken from a camera on the Dragon capsule, and it's pretty dang dramatic. Come along for the ride: Whoa. SpaceX said the capsule went from 0 to 160 kph in 1.2 seconds, which is an acceleration of four times Earth's gravity. It reached a top speed of 550 kph, arcing nearly 1200 meters into the air. You can see the trunk jettisoned at 0:30 (in a real flight, this sits under the Dragon and contains unpressurized cargo and the capsule's solar panels). At the time I wondered where the trunk landed after the test; from this it looks like it came down in the water; it looks to...
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Be Very Afraid of Ticks

Slate - 22 May 2015 20:41
All parents have at least one issue that keeps them up at night worrying over their kids. For some, it's gun violence. Others, cyberbullying. For me--especially in the spring and summer--it's ticks.
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Scientists discover gorgeousFor the past four years, scientists have been under the sea, collecting tiny creatures from all the world's oceans and analyzing them. This expedition, on board the schooner TARA, set out to map the... biodiversity of a wide range of planktonic organisms. They collected 35,000 samples and observed the organisms, exploring their interactions and how they are affected by their environment, primarily the temperature and acidity of the oceans "This is the largest DNA sequencing effort ever done for ocean science," says Patrick Wincker, from Genoscope, CEA, in a post. "Analyses revealed around 40 million genes, the vast majority of which are new to science."
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Save all the things withA beta application is now available on the Windows Phone Store called OneClip, which saves anything you copy to the clipboard to the cloud. It's not just for Windows though, it's purported to be on... its way for iOS and Android as well. The post Save all the things with Microsoft’s new cross-device clipboard appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Study Finds 'SecurityGoogle has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence,... security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember-but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.
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Adobe killing off PhotoshopAdobe is discontinuing Photoshop Touch mobile apps for iOS and Android. The company announced the move Friday as part of a strategy to focus on more desktop-style editing capabilities with other... mobile apps. The phone-friendly versions are still available for $5, while the tablet-optmized editions are $10 in the App Store and Google Play. Adobe says you'll be able to buy them until May 28.
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Today on DT Daily: a possibly major breakthrough in vision correction technology, the smart watch that's also a Bluetooth earpiece, and take on the neighbors with this awesome propane-powered golf... ball cannon. The post DT Daily: Invention may do away with glasses, contacts appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dating Site Adult FriendThe racy online dating site Adult Friend Finder has been hacked - leaking the personal information of nearly 4 million users, including names, addresses and sexual preferences.
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Regina George's house in 'MeanLiving in Regina George's house from Mean Girls would be so fetch, and it can be yours if you have $14.8 million to spend on a mansion in Toronto The modest 20,000 square foot property, which was... recently listed by Sotheby's, includes 11 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a pool, tennis courts and lots of fancy marble fit for a Spring Fling Queen See also: 22 'Mean Girls' Accessories for Your Totally Fetch Lifestyle The master bedroom is described as "an oasis of solitude with a private sitting room and fireplace with all views overlooking the gardens" — perfect for a determined teenage girl to bully her parents into giving up
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T-Mobile tried hard to position the Sidekick not as a toy for geeks and business people, but as a cool lifestyle gadget. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: Before the iPhone, Anyone Who Was Anyone... Rocked a Sidekick appeared first on WIRED.
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Only one volcano in the Cascades has experienced an eruption in the past 100 years. The post Why Have Volcanoes in the Cascades Been So Quiet Lately? appeared first on WIRED.
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Standard Deduction: Yahoo'sYahoo's spinoff plan for its Alibaba holdings creates a nasty tax risk for shareholders.
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Chef'd Raises $5.25M To Help Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it... has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum…
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425-million-year-old 'tongueAbout 425 million years ago, a sneaky wormlike parasite invaded a crustacean before the two were fossilized together in the limestone of modern-day England, a new study finds
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San Francisco's independentRetail in San Francisco is hard for the little guy. Shoppers have migrated to mobile. Commercial tenants have no rent control protections. A new minimum wage law has taken effect, amounting to a 40%... increase over the next five years. Larger retail chains — Target being the most visible example, opening three stores in the past five years in the city, with plans for more — can absorb these […]
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Pre-order the LG G4 from BestBest Buy is now taking pre-orders of the LG G4, and to sweeten the deal they are throwing in a $100 gift card with the order. The company is now accepting pre-orders of the LG G4 for AT&T, Sprint, and... Verizon for customers who want to guarantee they get the device the day it comes out. Both the Verizon and Sprint models show pricing of $199 on contract, while the Verizon model is $609 off contract and the Sprint model is $649. The AT&T model is listed at $22.34 a month with the leather back, or $21.00 for the plastic, both paid over 30 months with the AT&T Next Program. Full retail pricing for the AT&T model is listed by Best Buy at $669.
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Review: Mophie's Watch DockAs I noted in yesterday’s review of the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, I wasn’t initially certain that the Apple Watch needed a dock, but actually using a Watch changed my mind: just as the Apple... Watch Edition’s custom charging cases hinted, it’s best to keep metal or metal-accented Watch bands from rubbing against nightstands during charging, and even Apple’s […]
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Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an ongoing series, we'll be preparing one recipe... from the book until we've made all of them. Wish us l...
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Martini's are a sophisticated drink, but they can be daunting if you don't know the ingredients or lingo. This infographic explains everything you need to know about ordering and making one the most... iconic cocktails there is.
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Best Buy Memorial Day TVMemorial Day is a great holiday to enjoy discounts and sales, especially when shopping for a TV. Browse to check the top TV deals on Best Buy.
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'Tomorrowland' Celebrates WaltThe world of tomorrow is a pretty wonderful place ... at least that's the sentiment of the makers of Disney's new epic: 'Tomorrowland.'
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Watch What It's Like to GetWe'd almost definitely vomit
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Crunch time: Watch Mashable'sIt's crunch time for the NBA Playoffs, as just four teams still stand a chance of hoisting the championship trophy next month The Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals are both underway,... and the drama, anticipation and stakes are all higher than ever. Can the seemingly unstoppable Golden State Warriors increase their 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets to emerge victors in the brutal West? Can a balanced Atlanta Hawks team overcome the incomparable LeBron James, or will King James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers back to the finals in his first season since coming home to Ohio? See also: Stephen Curry is the NBA's most Vine-worthy star
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Another development overnight in the ongoing saga around Salesforce's ownership status. Some weeks ago, when it was alleged that Salesforce was taking legal advice over a possible takeover offer,... there was much discussion about who the suitor could be. One of the possible candidates was Microsoft. While only a few short years ago this would have seemed impossible, the recently minted Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, has certainly changed things at Microsoft and it now has a ring of truth to it.
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Google files patent for smartA patent filed by Google shows that stuffed toys that listen to you could soon become a reality. This technology could enable a teddy bear, for instance, to turn its head and listen to you before... transmitting commands to other smart-home devices. The post Google files patent for smart teddy bears that listen in and control devices appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The fear of genetically-modified creatures escaping from the lab is the basis for a thousand sci-fi stories, but it's also a legitimate concern. That's why genetic engineers are inventing kill... switches, or genetically-encoded suicide triggers, for GMOs they want to keep contained. Here's how they work.
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This App Turns Your $600 Apple Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into... an oldschool calculator watch. I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 bucks. But where’s the meta/hipster/ironic/kinda-obnoxious humor in that? They…
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Rouse Social Simplifies 12 Sites in 1 App

The Huffington Post - 22 May 2015 20:18
Rouse Social Simplifies 12In the ever evolving world of technology, it's painfully obvious that there is an app for everything. Whether to connect to the bank, pay something on-line or host numerous cyber conversations at... once, we are mobile. Whatever you're doing, there is no doubt you are multitasking. A trendy guilty pleasure these days are social media apps and often enough we spend more than a view minutes, okay, we binge roam throughout our favorite feeds. I often find myself on the check-out line groveling over Beyonce. But who am I kidding, she has 33.4 million followers literally watching her every move, spending an unnatural amount of time obsessing over her new music, hair style or video. Society bounces from app to app not to miss the latest trend...but what if all of our favorite apps combined? A site...
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First Apple Watch update mayThe heart rate sensor on the back of the Apple Watch is very accurate, a recent report has shown, on par with some of the most accurate heart rate monitors that are currently available. Unfortunately,... it looks like Apple may have inadvertently crippled the heart rate functionality with its most recent software update. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why Soon after the Apple Watch received its Watch OS 1.0.1 update, some users noticed that their devices weren’t writing heart rate data to the Health app on the iPhone as often as they should, complaining about their experience on forums including MacRumors and Apple's own support pages. The device records your heart rate during intense workouts,
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Behind the Rise and Fall of BlackBerry

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 20:15
Behind the Rise and Fall of"Losing the Signal" tells the inside story of Research In Motion's efforts to take on the iPhone. Read an excerpt.
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VW Group's Audi R8 V10 &The VW Group is reportedly considering swapping the Audi R8's and Lamborghini Huracan's V10 for a turbo five-cylinder. Both models currently use a 5.2 liter V10, so this move would more than halve the... cylinders. The post VW Group’s Audi R8 V10 & Lamborghini Huracan may cut cylinders in half and go turbo appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft, Salesforce HeldMystery solved.
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Fixed's App Can Now Fix Your Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one... of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he…
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Maybe Online Voting Isn't AThis post first appeared on the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service; it has been edited. For inquires, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein. A team of British and American... researchers have developed a hacker resistant process for online voting (PDF) called Du-Vote. The technique could theoretically allow citizens to securely cast online ballots in public elections, even if their computer is infected with malicious software. The development is be a significant step forward for the prospect of secure online voting, one of those ideas that seems like a no-brainer until you start thinking about how to ensure that the system couldn't be tampered with. (Say what you like about paper ballots, at least they can be recounted.) The specific method used by Du-Vote, however,...
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From Clooney to Miley, BillWatch the first teaser for A Very Murray Christmas, the upcoming holiday special featuring Bill Murray and a long list of celebrity guests, including George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Chris... Rock, Jason Schwartzman, and Miley Cyrus. The post From Clooney to Miley, Bill Murray’s weird Netflix Christmas special is star-studded appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Some Apple Watch UsersFollowing the release of Watch OS 1.0.1 on Tuesday, Apple Watch users have been noticing a problem concerning the frequency with which the Apple Watch sends heart rate data to the iPhone. Prior to the... update, the Apple Watch sent heart rate information to the iPhone's Health app every 10 minutes, but now some users are seeing inconsistent update times. As highlighted by everythingiCafe on Wednesday, Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple's Support Communities have been complaining that their Apple Watches are sending data sporadically, with gaps up to eight hours in some cases. Before update on left, after update on right. Image via MacRumors forum member twisted-pixel. Many of the users are still seeing occasional updates to the Health app, but at unpredictable intervals...
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Spotify Review: Here Comes the All-Around Entertaining App

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 20:09
Spotify Review: Here Comes theSpotify now streams podcasts and video. But, is it enough?
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Four International (and one domestic) social media feeds you should follow. The post Go Here for Sweet International Science, You Xenophobe You appeared first on WIRED.
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What interaction did waiters who served Steve Jobs have with him when they served him at restaurants in Palo Alto and the rest of the Bay Area?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any... question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Answer by Brian Frank, Mobile Entrepreneur, Foodie & Man-About-Town I've actually had the pleasure to serve Steve at a restaurant in Palo Alto, and here's the story ... I took some "time off" from the tech industry in 2000 to learn more about one of my passions, wine. So, on a whim, I walked into Niebaum-Coppola on University St. and applied to be an assistant behind the wine bar. After about 3-4 months behind the bar, Steve walked in with one of...
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Microsoft, Salesforce talksMicrosoft Corp and Salesforce.com Inc held "significant talks" this spring but could not reach a deal over pricing, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Got Extra Time This Weekend?In Bending the Light, you get a behind the scenes look at Canon's lens factories and hear stories from photographers who use their products.
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Why this weekend is startingA series of atmospheric events, beginning with El Niño and a string of powerful Northwest Pacific typhoons, have led to record heat across much of Alaska The heat has caused rapid snowmelt that... flooded the crucial oil trucking route between Fairbanks and Deadhorse, Alaska, which may jeopardize oil production in Prudhoe Bay. It has also broken longstanding records throughout interior parts of the state. Some locations in Alaska have had their warmest temperatures ever recorded so early in the year — soaring into the 70s and 80s in inland portions of the state. Meanwhile in Texas and Oklahoma, typically much milder locations at this time of year, temperatures have been held down due to round after round of severe thunderstorms and heavy rain showers, with all-time monthly rainfall records...
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Galaxy Note 5 Edge is better off S Pen-less

Slash Gear - 22 May 2015 20:02
Galaxy Note 5 Edge is betterSamsung's Galaxy Note 5 Edge edition is tipped to be released without the standard S Pen. This follows well with feedback from commenters on their experience with the S Pen and the first Galaxy Edge,... as slipping off the bend isn't all that uncommon. A much larger edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge is what this new Galaxy Note 5 …
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Marines on a sunny golf course in Quantico, Virginia, this week demonstrated a pair of augmented reality glasses that simulate combat scenarios. The Office of Naval Research recently completed... development of the goggles and this week hooked them up t...
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NASA's Curiosity Rover AdjustsNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features:
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[From GamerTell] This week's marketplace offerings include long-awaited Destiny DLC and a party game about grabbing sweet, sweet money.
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Google gives AndroidAndroid developers who want to keep tabs on how their apps appear to Googles search engine got a couple of new tools on Friday. Targeting those who participate in its App Indexing initiative, Google... updated its newly renamed Search Console (formerly known as Webmaster Tools) with new reports to provide insight on how its search engine views in-app content. The Search Analytics report provides detailed information on top queries and top app pages as well as traffic by country. It also has a comprehensive set of filters, allowing users to zero in on a specific query type or region or sort by clicks, impressions, click-through rates or positions.
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[From GadgeTell] While nowhere near as handsome as its aluminum unibody M8 kin, the plastic-made HTC One E8 probably deserved more media attention and software love than it recently got.
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Visualizing how radiationSometimes a little damage can do a lot of good--at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale... damage tracks that can enhance the materials' ability to carry high current with no energy loss--and without lowering the critical operating temperature. Such high-current, high-temperature superconductors could one day find application in zero-energy-loss power transmission lines or energy-generating turbines. But before that can happen, scientists would like to understand quantitatively and in detail how the damage helps--and use that knowledge to strategically engineer superconductors with the best characteristics for a given application.
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Review: Samsung wirelessI remember when wireless headphones were a big deal.
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It's hard to fall asleep when your mind is going full speed, but you can clear your head of ideas and worries by cutting a deal with yourself.
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Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes (full text available to subscribers)
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The effect that weather has on air traffic delays is probably one of the most misunderstood aspects of aviation.
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Google Maps No Longer DirectsGoogle has corrected an issue with its Google Maps search algorithm which had led users who searched for "nigga house" to the White House. "This week, we heard about a failure in our system -- loud... and clear," Jen Fitzpatrick, Google's vice president of engineering and product management, wrote in a blog post Thursday. The Huffington Post was first to report this week that entering the racist term in Google Maps led some users to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., where the White House is located. In other cases, the map pinpointed the historically black Howard University or a location of the Waffle House. The Current World We Live In pic.twitter.com/nszfSmA5Hc -- Bomani X (@AceBoonCoon) May 19, 2015 "Certain offensive search terms were triggering unexpected maps results, typically because people had...
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Target breach settlement withFewer than 90% of the financial institutions accepted the offer.          
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State Department releasesThe State Department on Friday released 296 pages of emails that come from a personal address Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state. All those emails relate to the 2012 attack on an... American outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The State Department plans to eventually release a total of 850 pages of Benghazi-related emails from this email address at Clinton's request. Those emails were also given to a government committee whose purpose is to investigate the Benghazi assault See also: Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign — what went wrong last time
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Apple Care: man survivesAn Apple iPhone 5c stopped a shotgun bullet from piercing a 25-year-old British man's chest during an altercation with a teenager. The post Apple Care: man survives shotgun blast thanks to iPhone 5c... appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber hard at work on effort toTravis Kalanick might be able to replace Uber’s drivers faster than expected. Pittsburgh Business Times has spotted a vehicle emblazoned with “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” on a side door.... That vehicle is supposed to help the company develop the technology needed to power its self-driving vehicles. This car has a driver, but it carries special equipment used as “part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems,” […]
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Santa Barbara's oil-slicked waters

New Scientist - 22 May 2015 19:55
A clean-up is under way on California's coastline, following an oil spillage on Tuesday that threatens the area's wildlife
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Deal alert: Get an iPhone 6Earlier this week we told you about two great deals for smartphone shoppers who were more interested in saving money than having the latest and greatest gear. For these consumers, the prospect of a... modern phone for $250 off contract or even an older handset for just $20 may be too good to pass up. But there is another group of consumers that wasn’t addressed by these deals. These shoppers want the latest and greatest smartphones, but they don’t want to pay top dollar to get them. Well, gadget fans, look no further. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why Those of you who are looking to score one of the latest new
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CNET's LG G4 Giveaway

CNET - 22 May 2015 19:53
CNET's LG G4 GiveawayHere's your chance to get your hands on the 4-star-rated LG G4 phone, a 32GB micro SD card, an extra battery and a battery charging cradle.
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College Students Are Not Customers

Slate - 22 May 2015 19:51
In what is apparently a vogue of Republican state legislators exercising misplaced vendettas against college professors, Iowa Sen. Mark Chelgren recently made headlines when he introduced Senate File... 64, "an Act relating to the teaching effectiveness and employment of professors" at Iowa public institutions.
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U.S. Fund Top Nintendo Shareholder

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 19:50
U.S. Fund Top NintendoAn American mutual-fund company has become Nintendo's largest shareholder, placing a growing bet on signs of a revival in the Japanese videogame company's fortunes.
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Here's Great News if You HaveiPhone 4S owners, rejoice
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Identify songs and get lyricsWith Shazam's newest update, you can identify a song and get the lyrics right on your Android Wear smartwatch. The feature comes with an update to the Shazam Android app, which also integrates more... deeply with Google's voice commands. You can now launch the app on your phone by saying, "Shazam this song" or "OK Google, launch Shazam." When you launch Shazam on Android Wear, it will use your watch's microphone to listen for music. Once it identifies the song, you can swipe to the left to get a real-time display of the lyrics, perfectly synced with the playing song.
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SuperUROP class of 2015Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanks SuperUROP students for their research and innovation contributions; praises program's quintessential "MIT-ness."
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Adult FriendFinder website owner FriendFinder Networks Inc. announced that it was aware of and investigating a potential data security issue.
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Some Spider Adds Salon's Blake Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer... Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at Salon.com, to be the editor in chief of Cafe.com.
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Maybe you grew so fast it left stretch marks on your legs. Or your voice started cracking every time you got on the phone. Or you hated needing to wear a bra. Growing up means going through puberty.... It's an integral part of becoming an adult. But we still don't know how our bodies start the process.
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This is the Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge

Slash Gear - 22 May 2015 19:44
This is the Iron Man Galaxy S6This week the folks at Samsung have revealed a big teaser - the entire device, that is to say - for the Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge. The teaser image is shrouded in black. Amp up the levels and... you'll see the whole device. This machine is hot rod red and gold, just like Tony Stark ordered it. Ready …
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6 Tips For Playing 'TheThe Witcher 3 is an excellent game: CD Projekt Red's new game is an achievement in fantasy open-world games, and I'd recommend it to anyone fond of a good video game horse. But if there's one thing... it's not, it's short. That's great! there's a huge amount of content for $60, and it's nearly all worth it. But maybe you've been waiting a few days to really commit a big time chunk to exploring Temeria. If that's the case, here are a few tips to get you started on your journey.
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What Are Those Bright Spots onThe mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission... website.
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A Look at What Top CloudIn the age of digital photography, many of us turn to online cloud solutions to help us backup our precious moments. However, the question that many of us want to know is what permissions a... perspective service has with our content. With a form of hysteria sweeping the Web, we have decided to take a […]
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Smoked Mummy Helps VillagersFor the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
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In Photos: The Smoked MummiesFor the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
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Spy Agencies Explored Tapping Google, Samsung App Servers

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 19:41
Spy Agencies Explored TappingWestern intelligence agencies explored tapping Google and Samsung mobile-software stores, according to a document leaked by former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden.
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On Tuesday, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published trends and findings from 2014.
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Martian Reminder of aNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features:
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Watch Kawasaki's new 300 hpKawasaki's new H2R superbike makes 300 horsepower and embarrasses the world's fastest supercars. Watch the H2R beat a Bugatti Veyron and Mclaren MP4-12C, and only be challenged by a 1300 horsepower... Nissan GT-R. The post Watch Kawasaki's new 300 hp H2R superbike decimate a Bugatti Veyron SS in a race appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Gadgets And Apps Helping You To Relax

Sky News - 22 May 2015 19:36
The Gadgets And Apps HelpingMore and more developers are releasing apps which help us relax, with some using Buddhist meditation-inspired techniques.
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An unassuming, Mormon family man. A brilliant physics and engineering student with a goofy smile. Five years ago, neither of these men knew each other, let alone suspected that they'd be drawn into a... web suffused with libertarian dogma, hard drugs an...
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Get this 22400mAh triple USBWhat do you get for the Dad who has everything? Something that keeps everything charged. Order Innori's 22400mAh portable battery pack soon for guaranteed delivery for Father's Day...or any day. It's... just $34.99 now at the BGR Store. With two outlets for smartphones and one for tablets and other USB-compatible gadgets, this portable power bank has intelligent charging technology that recognizes your device and automatically allocates the optimal current. And for those who value form as much as function, there's plenty to love. Sleekly designed and weighing in at under a pound, it fits easily into a pocket or bag--so you'll never be without backup battery power. Whether you're shopping for Dad or for yourself, it's hard to beat this
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Bill Ford's Venture Firm Invests in Lyft

Re/code - 22 May 2015 19:32
Bill Ford's Venture FirmBill Ford has admitted that individual vehicle ownership may not be the future.
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Nest for electricity? EcoismeHow much power is currently being wasted in your house? Chances are, with all the gadgets and chargers plugged into sockets in remote corners of my home, you have no idea Ecoisme, a Krakow,... Poland-based startup that launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign Wednesday, aims to change that — with a device that automatically detects all the electrical appliances in your house and gives you a detailed overview of their power usage. See also: Tesla's Powerwall is a step toward a clean energy economy — but isn't a game changer Alexander Diatlov, co-founder and CMO of Ecoisme, calls the solution "Shazam for electricity in your house." The Ecoisme device needs to be plugged into a socket, but also connected to your main power line via a clamp. Then it analyzes the noise made by each...
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Start-Up Provides Drone Pilots on Demand

NBC News - 22 May 2015 19:31
Start-Up Provides Drone PilotsNothing may say 2015 more than a company that claims it's "the Uber for drones."
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Anker unveils line of 12-inchPopular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is... Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable -- the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor -- which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and […]
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When you use a recipe that calls for mozzarella, you sometimes get stuck with a bunch of leftover bits that may not seem too useful. A quick bath in boiling water, however, can help bring all those... bits back into a single ball of mozzarella again.
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Google's hoping there's a market for sophisticated artificial intelligence voice assistants you can hug.
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Nvidia re-enables lock on GTXNvidia reinstated a block on overclocking the GTX 980M GPU in certain laptops. While some fans have been able to find methods to circumvent it, those with locked BIOS are being left out in the cold.... The post Nvidia re-enables lock on GTX 980M clock speeds in recent driver updates appeared first on Digital Trends.
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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp held "significant" talks with Salesforce.com Inc this spring and was willing to offer about $55 billion for the company, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the... situation.
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TED Talk Man gives the Ministry of Justice a rude nickname Page File There are two interesting sides to Steve Hilton, the former political advisor once called "Cameron's Brain". One is a kind of Holy... Fool, who in Government asked questions nobody else dare ask....
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Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Anker, the company that makes affordable, good quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers... of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. They…
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For decades, the pictogram for the women's restroom has featured an A-line skirt. London firm SomeOne has come up with a more modern alternative. The post Redesigned Ladies’ Restroom Icon Cleverly... Skirts the Skirt appeared first on WIRED.
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US Senate leader pushes toThe U.S. Senate was deadlocked on Friday over whether to extend authorization for the National Security Agency's massive collection of domestic telephone records, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... insisting the surveillance program should continue with no new limits. With a weekend deadline looming, McConnell advocated for extending the section of the Patriot Act that the NSA has used to justify its collection of millions of U.S. phone records over the last nine years. Section 215 of the Act, which allows the agency to collect any telephone and business records relevant to a counterterrorism investigation, expires June 1, and Congress is scheduled to take a week-long recess starting this weekend.
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A different approach to testing will hopefully result in less slowdown.
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App City: An App for Single Soccer Players

The New York Times - 22 May 2015 19:23
App City: An App for SingleJogabo allows users to schedule soccer games, invite friends or strangers to play, and to keep track of goals, assists and other statistics.
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See all 38 new Emoji here,The newest batch of proposed Emoji have been released (in proposal mode) this morning. These 38 new images include such gems as Drooling Face, Raised Back of Hand, and Croissant. The list includes... notes about proposed popularity, including suggestions based on Google searches. Imagine how popular a Selfie Emoji will be with Google hits at 233,000,000 in text and 138,000,000 …
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NASA spacecraft finds theA NASA spacecraft has just discovered the brightest galaxy in the known universe. NASA's WISE (short for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) found the blindingly bright galaxy poetically named WISE... J224607.57-052635.0. The galaxy seems to have a giant supermassive black hole eating all the gas it can find in the galaxy's center, making it glow brilliantly to the spacecraft's eye. See also: 25 Awe-Inspiring Images of the Milky Way Galaxy The galaxy shines as brightly as 300 trillion of our sun. (That'd be: 300,000,000,000,000, if you were wondering.) "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, lead author of the new galaxy study published in the Astrophysical Journal this week said in a statement....
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Mitsubishi's next full-sizeDown but not out, Mitsubishi is in the early stages of developing a brand new Montero. The off-roader will be positioned as a budget alternative to the Land Rover LR4, and it will be available with a... fuel-sipping plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The post Mitsubishi’s next full-size Montero will be a budget Land Rover LR4 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Why Apple's New TV Service MayAnother setback in Apple's quest to deliver your TV shows.
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'Deep Web Search' May HelpNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features:
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Must have road apps for the summer season

USA Today - 22 May 2015 19:17
Must have road apps for theFrom cheap gas to interesting roadside attractions, don't get caught with your apps down this summer! Brett Larson has a few must-haves as we head into the unofficial start of Summer.          
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Lighting Candle Smoke in Super Slow Motion

Twisted Sifter - 22 May 2015 19:17
Lighting Candle Smoke in SuperIf you've ever relit a candle by igniting the smoke, this is what it looks like in super slow motion. Oh yeah, and a brief explanation why :)
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'Mayday! Emergency Landing. We're on Fire.'

The Atlantic - 22 May 2015 19:17
'Mayday! Emergency Landing.We all like to think we'd be calm in times of great pressure. Here is how it looks when people really are.
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Scientists create mice with aA novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS,... Lou Gehrig's disease), both of which are caused by a mutation in the a gene called C9ORF72.
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New research has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton therapy experienced significantly less toxic side effects, including nausea, blood abnormalities and loss of appetite, than... patients treated with older radiation therapies.
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Audi cooks up 'e-benzin,' aAudi's "e-benzin" is a gasoline substitute made without using any petroleum products. Along with "e-gas" and "e-diesel," it's another attempt by Audi to create a viable synthetic fuel. The post Audi... cooks up ‘e-benzin,’ a renewable, synthetic gasoline substitute appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hands on with Microsoft'sThis morning, an unannounced app by Microsoft for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 10 was revealed. OneClip leverages OneDrive to easily copy and paste documents, photos, text, phone numbers... and more to share between your devices. We go hands-on with the apps on Android, Windows 10, and Windows Phone. Watch our video.
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Neutrogena's UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen dominated the best sunscreen voting , with more than 2000 of you giving it your nod of approval and numerous glowing recommendations in the comments.
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Neutrogena's UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen dominated the best sunscreen voting , with more than 2000 of you giving it your nod of approval and numerous glowing recommendations in the comments.
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Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 Earlier this year, Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon announced its plans to enter the subscription video market with its own over-the-top streaming service aimed at the preschool crowd.... Called Noggin, the service launched this March on iOS with a decent selection of titles, including a few popular names from the kids TV market, like “Blue’s Clues.” The question…
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The surface area of every raindrop presents a physical barrier to their formation. How is that barrier overcome? The MinutePhysics team breaks it down into (almost) understandable terms. Watch,... rewatch, and learn.
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Take a look at the next majorSpotify announced yesterday that it would be redesigning its iOS application with support for new features like original video clips and podcasts. A few glimpses of the updated version of the music... streaming app were shown off during the announcement, but today a tipster has supplied us with a collection of screenshots from a beta build of […]
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Don't let the oil spill ruinThe California coast is a popular destination come summertime, and officials don't want a silly oil spill to scare tourists away this Memorial Day weekend. While images of sticky black California... beaches pervade the media, only travelers who had plans at two state beaches — Refugio and El Capitan — should actually have to change their plans Those beaches were in the direct path of Tuesday's spill, which officials estimate at 105,000 gallons of crude, 21,000 of which is believed to have made it to open water. See also: The 'Wild' effect: Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail Other beaches in the area — which officials refer to as the "American Riviera" — are not currently affected.
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Unmanned

The Atlantic - 22 May 2015 19:11
UnmannedAs drone warfare becomes a more familiar concept in American life, anxiety about its ubiquity--and what it means for humankind--is being explored in film, theater, and music.
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Watch 14,000 walruses straightAfter almost 10 years, a delightful webcam showing male Pacific walruses lounging on an Alaskan beach is streaming once again. Now animal lovers (or people who are bored at work) can watch 14,000 of... the flabby fellows, 24/7. The high-definition stream, which first aired in 2005 on the remote Round Island, went dormant after private funding dried up. But thanks to the philanthropic organization Explore.org, a version of the camera is back up and running. See also: These gorgeous photos of endangered animals will make you want to save the earth Image: explore.org The monetary grant from Explore.org, along with other donations made this year, have allowed Alaska's state government — which is struggling financially because of low oil prices — to put two paid staff members on the island,...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Amy Schumer has a deal for a second movie which she will star in and co-write
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6 Android M features fans wantWe always try to keep up with assorted fan communities to get a sense of how they’re feeling about their favorite products. Reddit’s Android fan community is typically very smart and insightful,... which is why we were interested to see what Android M features they’d most like to see Google unveil at its big Google I/O conference next week. Here are the six most popular responses as ranked by upvotes. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why Multiwindow support: This is something that Apple is reportedly working on for iOS 9 and most specifically its 12-inch iPad Pro. Being able to have multiple app windows open at once and being able to
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TMO Daily ObservationsGoogle wants to offer Android M users the convenience of Touch ID's fingerprint unlocking... will users want to offer Google their fingerprints? Also, do you care if Apple Watch checks your resting... heart rate less than every ten minutes, because it seems like that's what's happening with this week's Watch OS update. Bryan and Dave talk through all of this today on TDO.
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MY thanks to WALTR for sponsoring The Loop this week. WALTR is the first Mac app in the world to allow users transfer and playback unsupported formats such as MKV, AVI, FLAC & more - directly from the... native Videos/Music app.iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats -- such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV -- to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It...
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Apple II and Cinema DisplayIf you grew up in the 80’s one of your earliest video gaming memories was probably playing Oregon Trail on an old Apple II or Macintosh, but you haven’t experienced Oregon Trail until you’ve... played it on a 27-inch Apple…
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Apple might be building aYou'll be happy to learn that iOS 9 won't grind your old iPhone or iPad to a halt when it rolls out next autumn. Most rumours have indicated the next major version of iOS will focus on performance and... stability, rather than new and fancy features, but...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Smartly paced, beautifully shot, and an all around wonder, it's AMC's "Turn: Washington's Spies: the Complete First Season."
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This guy's homemade hoverboardVideo shows Catalin Alexandru Duru setting a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight by traveling almost a thousand feet on his homemade hoverboard.
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This Swiss Company JustThe company says its products are timeless
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The ESA CryoSat mission has detected significant ice loss in a usually stable Antarctic region. The data recorded by the satellite revealed how multiple glaciers along the Southern Antarctic Peninsula... started shedding ice in the 2009, with no prior warning. ..
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[From EntertainmentTell] Popcorn in Your Browser- Black Lodge-style red curtains and all- is dead after just a few days
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Weav allows artists to alterWith Weav, a music engine produced by Google Maps co-creator Lars Rasmussen, the tempo of your soundtrack could fluctuate with your heart rate. Fundamental to the project is giving artists control of... what happens when the tempo is changed in Weav. The post Weav allows artists to alter their music to follow your body’s rhythm appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Need to park a trailer? Ford'sFord is adding a new feature called Pro Trailer Backup Assist to the 2016 F-150. It automatically steers a truck and trailer while reversing, which may prevent a few dings on the F-150's aluminum... body. The post Need to park a trailer? Ford’s 2016 F-150 can do it for you appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Record-Breaking EnergyThe beauty of the fallout from particles slamming into each other with record-breaking energy can be seen in images released yesterday.
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The Faraday Porteur is one of the most elegant and zippy e-bikes we've tried. The post Conquering SF’s Hills in Style on a Zippy Electric Bike appeared first on WIRED.
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[From GamerTell] This week's indie game bundle update includes the Bundle Stars Barbaric Bundle and more.
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For the first time ever,Every Friday is a holiday when you're a Destiny fan That's when Xur, Agent of the Nine, appears in a random part of the game's social spaces to peddle his rare weapons and armor. As long as you have... enough Strange Coins, a rare currency that can be earned by completing Weekly Heroic Strikes, Xur has the goods for you. See also: Destiny aims to reinvent high-level versus competition for dedicated players Xur deals in Destiny's so-called "exotic" gear. In a game ruled by random loot drops from virtually any scenario, exotics are the most sought-after of them all. They're also the only class of gear in the game with usage restrictions; namely, you can only have one exotic armor piece and one exotic weapon equipped at any given moment.
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LaunchKit Now Helps Developers LaunchKit, which aims to give developers a tool set that makes launching new apps easier, announced its newest service this week. The free LaunchKit App Store Sales Reporter helps developers track... the sales they generate from Apple’s App Store (just like its name implies). Instead of building a complex dashboard that developers can then obsess about every day, the team decided to use…
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Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs

TechCrunch - 22 May 2015 19:00
Smart Regulation For Smart Nootropics, smart drugs, and other biohacks are now drawing mainstream scrutiny and controversy as more and more people are using legal, off-label, and unscheduled “research chemicals” as... nootropics to enhance their academic or work performance.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] The internet can be a scary place. It's impossible to browse the web without a sneaking suspicion that someone might be watching or... stealing your information. If those concerns loom in your head, you need the protection provided by Blur Premium Privacy Protection. You can get a lifetime subscription on sale from our Deals tab. When you're online, your best line of protection is Blur Premium Privacy Protection. It's the extra precautions you need to keep yourself safe while navigating the web. You can trust it to protect your passwords and login information so it's always available to you and never falls into the wrong hands. Plus, when you need to interact with others or make a purchase, Blur lets you create temporary...
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Retailers are darn good at inventing tricks to separate us from our money. Whether it be through the price points they choose, how they market their products, or their discounting techniques, they are... experts at getting inside our brains and influencing our buying decisions. Here are a few of the most popular pricing tricks retailers' use, along with some easy ways to fight back.
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The House of Representatives has voted to exempt the fledgling space industry from much regulation for 10 more years, but critics say it doesn't protect passengers
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Two bears got into a grizzlyWhen the bearpocalypse comes, every scrap of food is valuable. In what we can only assume is post-apocalyptic New Jersey, the human race is no more and bears run free. Food is scarce, and it's every... bear for itself See also: Human and bear scare the crap out of each other A resident of Montville, New Jersey, captured things getting ugly between two bears as they fought over the last piece of trash: Eventually, one bear decides to live another day and saunters off. Guess you could say he bearly made it out alive. (We won't apologize for that.)
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The Aria Lets You Control Your The Aria is an add-on band that measures movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing... band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face.
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Weaknesses in the factory reset function within Google's Android mobile operating system mean data from more than 500 million phones can be discovered despite being wiped, researchers have found. And... Recovering data was even possible with full-disk encryption switched on, the researchers discovered. Good luck Android people. Here is a sure way to fix the security issues you're having.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Nokia Seeks Higher Bids for Mapping Unit

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 18:56
Nokia Seeks Higher Bids forNokia said it was in no rush to sell its mapping services, increasing pressure on suitors to raise their bets.
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Cimran Virdi captures NCAAMIT junior's third national title follows wins at the last two indoor national championships.
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Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Meet Izberg Marketplace, an interesting French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s... already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity. “We can add an…
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An optometrist in British Columbia claims to have invented an easily implantable device that provides its wearer with vision "three times better than 20/20" for life. Dubbed the Ocumetics Bionic Lens... by its inventor Dr. Garth Webb, this device appear...
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Exclusive: Google I/O attracts more women

USA Today - 22 May 2015 18:51
Exclusive: Google I/O attractsNearly one in four software developers attending the annual software developer conference will be women, the Internet giant says.          
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Samsung's S6 is a sales disaster

The Loop - 22 May 2015 18:51
In the month since the phone's launch, however, the response has been lacklustre. The Korean news outlet Yonhap News Agency reports that the device has seen 10 million shipments so far. For... comparison, Samsung's previous model, the S5, shipped 11 million units in the same time frame a year ago -- the year in which Samsung's sales collapsed. These are shipments, not sales, so the number of devices sold could be even lower. I guess you can't copy and be successful forever.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Before you head out to the beach or pool, be sure your phone is protected with this waterproof dry bag. The pouch is transparent, meaning you can still use your phone (including the camera), but it's... certified waterproof up to 100 feet, and will also keep dirt and sand off your precious pocket computer. [Newisland Universal Waterproof Case For Smartphones, $8 with code JOY30OFF]
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Before you head out to the beach or pool, be sure your phone is protected with this waterproof dry bag. The pouch is transparent, meaning you can still use your phone (including the camera), but it's... certified waterproof up to 100 feet, and will also keep dirt and sand off your precious pocket computer. [Newisland Universal Waterproof Case For Smartphones, $8 with code JOY30OFF]
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[From EntertainmentTell] Why Washington should be on "Hard Knocks" this year
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Doing Their Fair Share?

Slate - 22 May 2015 18:49
This post originally appeared on Inside Higher Ed.
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Facebook Adds Caller ID toNew feature helps screen messages from new contacts
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Jack Black spends the day withAs part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, Jack Black traveled to Uganda to spend a day with a 12-year-old boy named Felix. Felix has been living on the streets for three years, selling empty plastic... bottles to recycling stores as a means of survival. His mother has passed away, and he has never met his father. Felix tells Black his greatest wish is to attend school. Black then explains to viewers some of the funds raised through Red Nose Day will go toward educational programs that offer classes to children living on the streets "It's a community, and, you know, there's goodness there," Black says. "But there's also desperation and danger... That's no place for a kid to grow up."
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A proposal from Formula One's strategy group could see the return of mid-race refueling and way faster cars. The post New Rules Could Make Formula One Exciting Again appeared first on WIRED.
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Street Artist HULA UsesSean Yoro aka HULA has been painting beautiful portraits in NYC, using his paddleboard to get to hard to reach places. The avid artist and surfer is originally from Oahu, Hawaii but is currently based... in New York City.
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LOL: Fanboys wonder if AppleThe Apple Watch really is an impressive device that hits so many notes earlier smartwatch offerings were unable to manage. The design is sleek, the build is solid and premium, the display is gorgeous,... and the interface is smooth and beautiful. It’s certainly not perfect -- in fact, some things about the Apple Watch are positively infuriating -- but there’s no question that Apple has done an impressive job when it comes to bridging the gap between fashion and wearables. One thing Apple likely hasn’t done, however, is create a device that will go a long way in helping single men attract members of the opposite sex. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is
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Hack of online dating siteTechnically Incorrect: Adult FriendFinder, a site where people seek casual, discreet relationships, suffers a breach, exposing the details of almost 4 million of its members.
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Have you seen the Apple Watch's "Us" ad? The one-minute spot presents several vignettes of humans interacting from afar by way of wrist, from sending tiny sketches to checking various chat... notifications. It's a technically accurate, if wholly idyllic, take on the experience: You, too, can show off your cursive skills to a partner -- or send them haptic proof that you're still among the living. Messaging is a huge component of the Apple Watch -- so much so that it dedicated a hardware button for quickly communicating with your closest friends. But how much of that is novelty and how much is actually valuable? To that end, I convinced my significant other, a pair of Apple Watches in tow, to see if we could move all our digital communication...
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Stopping Data Breaches: WhoseTo prevent the continuing loss of money, reputation, and customers, companies must make stopping cybercrime a team sort, internally and externally. Collaboration is the essence of preventing data... breaches and responding to them effectively.
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[From EntertainmentTell] It seems like we've been saying this for a decade, but things don't look good for TNA. Reports have Destination America ready to pull the plug on Impact Wrestling.
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The Real Reason Google LovesFor the search giant, size definitely matters
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OS X 10.11 Could FeatureWhile OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security... features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac. OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release. "Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac's Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac's display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the...
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BlackBerry to buy up to 12BlackBerry Ltd. said it plans to buy back 12 million shares, sending its stock up nearly 2% in extended trading in the U.S.
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∞ Heineken Door Lock

The Loop - 22 May 2015 18:39
I need one of these.
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Google pledges to fulfill allNo, that email from Google isn't an invite to Project Fi. Instead, if you signed up to try and score access to Project Fi (Google's take on wireless service), you probably got the following message.... If you signed up for Project Fi, this email may be waiting in your inbox. The only upside is that Google is pledging to let everyone inside the gates by "mid-summer." The email also alludes to some kind of method for checking up on the status of your invite, but there aren't any details as to what that would look like.
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Report: Next version ofSay goodbye to remembering long passwords. The next version of Android — tentatively called Android M — will reportedly include "native fingerprint authentication," according to a report from... BuzzFeed. See also: 10 ways to squeeze more battery life from your Android phone With fingerprint authentication baked right into the mobile operating system, users will be to "log in to all of the supported applications on their Android devices without entering a password," the report states. Google is expected to announce the feature at its annual Google I/O developer conference that will be held from May 28 to 29 in San Francisco.
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[From EntertainmentTell] The Doof Warrior is the greatest character in "Mad Max: Fury Road," and possibly cinema history itself
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Esther Duflo receives PrincessTop Spanish prize awarded to MIT economics professor and J-PAL co-director for contributions to development economics and policies to reduce poverty.
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Retro Toys Make a Big Comeback!

Coolest Gadgets - 22 May 2015 18:37
Retro Toys Make a Big  It used to be a pleasure, shopping for gifts for kids, imagining their smiles as they got the toy of their dreams. Watching them play with it day after day, imaginations soaring. I remember the boy... next door making sound effects for his cars, motors, and screeching tires. Those days are gone, replaced by a lot of plastic junk, and video games. Or so I thought... Check out the ...
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Nokia CEO: We don't know yetHere has attracted suitors including German automakers and Uber, but Nokia says it needs more time to determine whether a sale makes sense.
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Heelgate - and other highs andIt's time to pack our suitcases and slip on some comfortable, arch-supporting shoes. The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival is wrapped-up, save for the distribution of trophies. See also: Cannes review:... Paolo Sorrentino's 'Youth' dazzles but ultimately disappoints I'm not gonna lie: This was a bit of an off year. It's not that there weren't great films, there surely were. But some years there's an avalanche of great films. That wasn't the case this time, especially for the movies in the main competition. For those keeping score, there are 19 titles all hoping to grab the Palme D'Or, but if you include sidebars like “Un Certain Regard,” “Directors' Fortnight,” and “International Critics' Week,” the quality of which is often on par with the main competition, close to 80 movies made...
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George Romero's Empire of theEmpire of the Dead, the popular Marvel Comics series penned by Night of the Living Dead director and co-writer George A. Romero, will be turned into a television series scripted by Romero. The post... George Romero’s Empire of the Dead comic book is getting a television series appeared first on Digital Trends.
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AOL's MapQuest Inks UI Deal AOL, which is in the process of getting acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, says it has no plans to divest itself of its content operations (which include TechCrunch) as part of that deal. But... it’s not leaving them on autopilot, either. We’ve confirmed there are plans to overhaul MapQuest, its mapping business, later this year. Part of that includes a deal with developer…
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Irritatingly stable firm just trundles along like a vintage Volvo Brocade's second quarter fiscal 2015 revenue was $547m, up two per cent year-on-year and down five per cent sequentially, as is... Brocade's seasonal pattern. Net income was $77m, monstrously better than the $14m loss it announced a year ago....
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Microsoft's focus on productivity is bearing new fruit. Twitter user WalkingCat revealed today that the company is now working on a cloud clipboard app called OneClip. The app is designed to let the... user copy whatever they want and access it on whatever device they need it on: Microsoft OneClip, the cross-device cloud clipboard for Windows/WindowsPhone/Android/iOS pic.twitter.com/HdlY8iZ6y6 -- WalkingCat (@h0x0d) May 22, 2015 The One branding alone jibes with Microsoft's cross-platform outlook. Like OneNote, OneDrive, and now even Office, OneClip will work on Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. OneClip is currently in internal beta, but judging at least from the positive reviews in the Windows App Store, don't be...
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It seems that not a day goes by that we don't learn about a new game that on the surface is deceptively simplistic, but is easy on the eyes and hides a daunting complexity underneath. It's a lot like... life. Anyway, not to get too philosophical on you in the Price Drop column, but we've got a few of these simple games this week, along with fitness apps, classic art and literature, photography, fonts, and more. Time to save some money, people.
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Yongnuo to Launch ThriftyLast year we reported that Yongnuo is planning to expand its third party lens lineup to include Nikon lenses by the end of 2015. If you’ve been eagerly waiting to get your hands on a cheap (and... possibly look-alike) Nikon lens, your wait will soon be over. The company is planning to launch 50mm and […]
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Whether you're a writer, coder, or simply spend your days writing lots of emails, you tend to need to change text formatting for all kinds of reasons. TextFlow is a set of Automator actions that makes... it easy to instantly manipulate text with options to change case, delete extra spaces, grab URLs, and more.
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It's Friday: Watch Jason SilvaJason Silva isn't a scientist, he's a synthesizer. And he is a quoting machine. Kevin Kelly, Freeman Dyson, Ernest Becker, Erik Davis, Steven Johnson. These are Silva's heroes, and he aims...
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Thirty-five years ago Pac-Man was released in arcades, rapidly becoming one of the greatest and oddest pop culture touchstones of its era. People got really excited about what looked like a half-eaten... pie taking pills. You could celebrate this anniversary by singing the unofficial Pac-Man song, playing the original game in your browser, or watching the trailer for that Adam Sandler Pixels movie. Some of those options are surely better than others. I celebrated by making a text adventure inspired by Pac-Man. I think you might enjoy it. It has highs and lows and multiple endings -- nothing like the original Pac-Man. I guess you could say my game is even better. You could say that, but you shouldn't.
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'House Of Wolves' Still'Destiny' hasn't shaken off its fatal flaw.
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Game developer tweets shot ofIt looks like those leaked images of the upcoming next-generation AMD Fiji GPU were quite accurate, as a sneak peak from the technical director of EA's Frostbite engine backs them up. The post Game... developer tweets shot of new Radeon video card, confirms earlier leaks appeared first on Digital Trends.
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HBO ponders discounts forNow that HBO sells a standalone streaming service, it must figure out how to keep those subscribers between seasons of hit shows such as Game of Thrones. One possibility: Offer discounts on the... standalone HBO Now service to those who pay for more than one month at a time. According to Cut Cable Today, HBO is already surveying recent users to see if they'd consider some cheaper, prepaid plans. After exhausting HBO Now's free month-long trial and deciding not to renew, Cut Cable Today's Steve Belk received a survey from the company, gauging his interest in another month-long trial or several one-time discounts. The hypothetical discounts included three months of HBO Now for $30, six months for $60, or one year for $100, compared to a normal price of $15 per month.
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Starbucks gift card hack wasA hacker reporting a security hole in Starbucks' website criticises the company's handling of the matter.
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Strange 'nasty' star may beAn ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism may be responsible for the strange appearance and unprecedented behavior of a gigantic star nicknamed "Nasty 1," a new study reports.
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Economic View: What to LearnUniversities are struggling to figure out how to impart information to students that won't be overridden in the near future by computers and robots.
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The shruggie made a cameo onThe shruggie is now a VIP on the Senate floor Sen. Chris Murphy (D.-Conn.) used the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ on Thursday to describe how the GOP is reacting to the possibility of millions of Americans losing... their Obamacare subsidies, pending a Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act. See also: 23 Times Celebs Mastered the Shruggie My US Senator, @ChrisMurphyCT, just used a shruggie on the Senate floor. And they say your vote doesn't countpic.twitter.com/VgwRQMPtgB — Josh Levinson (@Joshua_Levinson) May 21, 2015 "This is a pretty good summary of what the Republicans' plan is to respond to King v. Burwell," Murphy said as he displayed a white poster board featuring the shruggie. Burwell is the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is responsible for carrying out the Affordable...
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YOU NEED THIS: New freeHow annoying is it when you buy something online or in a store only to find out that it went on sale a few days later? Many stores have policies that offer to refund shoppers when this happens, but by... and large, consumers don’t know about these policies or don’t bother to keep track of sale prices in order to take advantage of them. Now, however, there’s a free service that does the heavy lifting for you, promising to automatically get you a refund if there are coupons you missed or if the price on something you purchased drops after you buy it. In short, you’re crazy if you don’t sign up for this service. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon
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This Bionic Lens Could Give"When you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away"
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Mark Gurman talks to CNBCMark discussing his recent scoops including split-screen apps and the upcoming 12-inch iPad on CNBC today following this week’s exclusives on the Apple Watch’s San Francisco font coming to iOS and... OS X, Apple’s plans for a ‘Home’ app to manage HomeKit on iOS, Apple Maps transit and indoor mapping plans, and features coming to iOS 9 and […]
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Here's your first look at CubaThe first official images from the upcoming FX limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson feature Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson and John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, among other cast... members. The post Here’s your first look at Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson in American Crime Story appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Domino's taking orders via tweet

Phys.org - 22 May 2015 18:20
Domino's on Wednesday launched perhaps the easiest way to satisfy a pizza craving this side of mind reading: order by tweet.
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A federal judge recently denied banks' motion to block the settlement, but now the deal has been nixed for different reasons.
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NaSt1 'Nasty' star blasts gasNASA and the Goddard Space Flight Center use the Hubble Space Telescope to watch the Wolf-Rayet star NaSt1 blow its outer layers. This star isn't exactly new - in fact its thousands of years old, and... it was first discovered by humans several decades ago. What's strange about this star and what makes it newsworthy today is its unique pancake-shaped …
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Apple's iOS 9 Could Herald A Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this... about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS…
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Exclusive Interview withPhoto: Taylor Reaume Courtesy of: Taylor Reaume In this, my latest installment of interviews with outstanding marketing professionals, I visit with Taylor Reaume, marketing coach and owner of the... Santa Barbara, California-based marketing agency Search Engine Pros, a privately-held international provider of search marketing services. Reaume and his company help businesses and individuals understand online marketing plan components so they can develop a comprehensive, integrated website marketing strategy that builds a strong online presence. Small business website promotion has been his specialty for years, but he also helps clients develop a pricing strategy for marketing their products. How did you happen to end up in this line of work? Ever since I was a kid, I've been fascinated by...
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Save 85% on the fastest way toPlay any video, on any device. This bundle at Cult of Mac Deals makes it easy to convert videos and rip DVDs for playback on all of your Apple and Android devices. It's also one of the fastest... solutions you'll…
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House lawmakers might have had some of their personal data compromised in the confirmed CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield data breach earlier this week.
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Design by committee is usually a recipe for a hot pile of garbage. Design by a committee of two million? It's not as bad as you'd think.
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The next versions of iOS and OS X are supposed to focus on performance and stability instead of new features, and that focus on performance could extend all the way back to devices that Apple released... three and four years ago. According to 9to5Mac, a focus of iOS 9 has been optimizing the OS for old devices, including the iPhone 4S and iPad mini, neither of which handles iOS 8 very well. That'd be a change for Apple, which typically drops support for devices once they get that old. Apple is reported to have built a "core version" of iOS 9 that's designed for these older devices. They will reportedly run that instead of receiving the OS as it's optimized for Apple's newest hardware.
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Adult FriendFinder HACKEDIntimate details of nearly four million users on Adult FriendFinder have been leaked. The California-based site is one of the world's largest adult websites (front page pictured above).
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Nvidia begins shipping machineNvidia has started shipping hardware and software to manufacturers, such as Bentley and Tesla. The company says its machine learning hardware will help autonomous cars see and understand their... surroundings. The post Nvidia begins shipping machine learning hardware to Tesla, Bentley and others appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A hacker with security firm Sakurity identified a way to generate unlimited funds on Starbucks gift cards, and proved that it worked.
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No lightsabers were used toVoltaire was the first. Now Vader is a wax figure. Madame Tussauds has been in the business of meticulously sculpting lifelike models of the famous since 1777. Now, in a gallery far, far away (well,... London), the wax museum has…
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CBS wasted no time destroyingOne network's trash is a Late Show superfan's treasure. Following David Letterman's last show on Wednesday night, CBS wasted absolutely no time in dismantling the host's set and tossing it out to the... curb Cue devoted fans rushing to the scene to dumpster dive for some iconic talk show memorabilia. See also: 8 comedians who worked for David Letterman before they were big While some items got special treatment — Letterman's desk was shipped off to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and a replica of the George Washington Bridge was taken away in a van — others got the boot. Chairs, tiles and small pieces from the backdrop were tossed into the trash, up for grabs to the fastest collectors.
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13 TechCrunch Stories You TechCrunch had some big internal news this week, as we said goodbye to co-editor Alexia Tsotsis and Conference Program Chair Susan Hobbs.
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When Star Wars released in 1977, the face of science fiction in popular culture was changed forever -- but a year later, the movie helped transform the toy industry as well. Since then, Star Wars and... the toys it inspired have been forever linked, a story that can just as easily be told through figures as it can the films.
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Dell delivers EVO:RAIL withDell offers ready-built VDI appliance using VMware EVO:RAIL
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Netflix just invited BillYou can plan your holiday viewing early this year. Netflix announces its very own Christmas special -- with a mopey Bill Murray playing himself.
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The best robot vacuum has finally arrived

USA Today - 22 May 2015 18:06
The best robot vacuum hasOne of our top-tested robot vacuums is now ready for primetime.          
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It's amazing what you can do with 49 old floppy drives and an Arduino Uno.
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SSD in new 15-inch MacBook ProTests carried out on the latest model of Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro demonstrate that its new SSD offers a considerable boost in read/write performance. The post SSD in new 15-inch MacBook Pro reaches... read speeds of 2GB/s appeared first on Digital Trends.
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From plant matter to jet fuel:Plant materials are one of the oldest renewable energy sources, and today scientists are working to produce ultra-clean fuels from them using refined chemical techniques, work made possible by... Canadian Light Source techniques.
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New Cabinet Office Minister lavishes fulsome praise on Maude's fiasco Be afraid. The previous government's "elite digital team" which so brilliantly borked most of Whitehall's websites, and that... failed to meet its own targets, may be put in charge of handling real money: your money....
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This week a lot of very sweet, very funny people said goodbye to David Letterman. #ThanksDave The post This Week In TV: We Enter a Life Without Letterman appeared first on WIRED.
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Customers report Wi-Fi outage of over 24 hours. Ethernet still works, though.
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: high-endKeep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.... Today’s can't miss deals: Apple's high-end 5K iMac w/ 1TB Fusion Drive drops to $2,100 or $2,050 for anyone w/ .edu email (Reg. $2,299) Anker Car Mounts for iPhone […]
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[GamerTell] Watch a war of the words in Last Word

Technology Tell - 22 May 2015 18:00
[From GamerTell] An intellectual discourse is an astonishing thing in Last Word. See for yourself in this Let's Play.
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CameraLends Wants to Change the Way You Rent Cameras

The Phoblographer - 22 May 2015 18:00
CameraLends Wants to ChangeCameraLends is a peer to peer rental community that can help you make more money with your photo gear.
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Why Washing Chicken BeforeDon't wash your chicken -- really.
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Windows/Mac/Linux: Google updated the Hangouts Chrome app today with a brand new look that makes it a lot more appealing to use. The new app looks a lot like the Android and iOS versions of Hangouts.
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Technology is a conquerer. The evidence can be seen in mounds of dead pagers, flip phones, and CDs. When companies and startups agree to kill something off, it's usually not long for this world. But... one piece of tech has become an unkillable cockroach--the credit card.
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It seems like every other week a new robot restaurant opens in China. Meanwhile, you know who hasn't opened a robot restaurant in basically forever? America. That's right. Forget our students' math... test scores and our number of fighter jets, China is eating our lunch in the only area that really matters. And that lunch is being served by a robot waiter.
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The best air purifier

Engadget - 22 May 2015 18:00
This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the full article at TheSweethome.com It took 100 hours of research and testing conducted by an... airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist us...
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Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We've got the answer. This time the focus is on the Find and Spotlight functions in Mac OS X, which can be essential for locating files on your computer. But... what do you do when that function just stops working? We'll show you how to get it running again. Question I recently moved all my content to a new Mac running OS X Yosemite, and everything is working great except that the Finder won't actually find anything! When I hit Command + F and run a search, most files aren't showing up, even ones that I can actually see and know should be there. How do I fix this? Answer When the Find command stops working properly, usually it means that the contents of your Mac need to be re-indexed. Fortunately, it's a pretty easy process.  If your files aren't...
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Switch, With $2 Million In Switch, the Tinder for job apps, has just announced a new investor in the form of Marker VC, closing out their seed round at $2 million. Other investors include Metamorphic, Rhodium, Marker, BAM, SG... VC, and Marcel Legrand. Switch lets users search anonymously for jobs through an algorithmic matching process and a UI similar to Tinder. This lets users swipe right of left on potential…
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3 new iOS 9 features were just9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has been all over iOS 9 leaks this week and he’s back with a new report today that outlines more features the new software will deliver. In the preface to his article, Gurman... makes clear that this is not going to be the most exciting iOS release. In fact, he says that Apple is putting most of its work into adding stability improvements for the platform, which went through several less-than-stellar releases with iOS 7 and iOS 8. That said, he did highlight three features we can expect to see at WWDC this year. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard 'never looking back' after switch to iPhone 6 - find out why The first feature is something called Rootless
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British poo-powered bus sets speed record

Ars Technica - 22 May 2015 17:57
"It sounded like a Vulcan bomber."
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Uber Dealt Fresh Blow by French Court

Wall Street Journal - 22 May 2015 17:57
Uber Dealt Fresh Blow byUber Technologies lost a round in its ongoing legal battles in Europe, when a French court upheld parts of a transport law aimed at reining in the California-based car-hailing firm.
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From the Streets to the Gym:Ever since I photographed basketball in Rwanda, I have been fascinated and almost obsessed with ways sport and fitness can improve culture and society. In particular, my fascination has revolved... around impoverished regions. Last June, in Rwanda, where genocide, poverty, and disease devastated the small country and, a few months ago, in the Boston neighborhood […]
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Google's Android poised to getThe feature would allow developers to bake fingerprint sensing into their applications and Google to use it freely across Android.
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Spider Skies

Slate - 22 May 2015 17:56
In the Southern Tablelands region of Australia, a "ballooning" event has seen millions of spiders riding the wind and creating their own arachnid storm. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the... spiders in question crawl to the highest point they can find, release strands of silk, then launch themselves into the air.
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Mashable: There's a building in China that looks almost exactly like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek. Drone footage shows how a relatively conventional-looking building from the ground dramatically... transforms into a regal starship when viewed from the air.Lest you think this is visual trickery done via Holodeck or CGI, the starship/building is clearly visible on Google Maps. Don't lie - a bunch of you saw that video and thought to yourself how much you'd like to work there, didn't you? It looks like Nerd Valhalla.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day!

TechCrunch - 22 May 2015 17:53
Happy Bitcoin Pizza Day! Every May 22 cyphernerds around the world celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day, the day when early bitcoin enthusiast and programmer Laszlo Hanyecz offered 10,000 bitcoins – about $25 at that time – for... two Papa John’s pizzas (pictured above). In 2010 he posted this to a bitcoin message board: I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I…
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Could this rendering previewRenault's upcoming Alpine coupe is right around the corner, and a new rendering shows what it could look like. The coupe will feature a highly aerodynamic design and will borrow a handful of styling... cues from the A110 built in the 1960s and the 1970s. The post Could this rendering preview Renault’s retro-inspired Alpine sports car? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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New Apple TV could be delayedApple's next-generation Apple TV could be delayed if the company is unable to strike a deal with content providers to get live local programming for its Internet TV service, according to a report from... Re/code. The report claims Apple is aggressively courting local U.S. TV stations in hopes of getting their live programing — commercials and all — onto its new Internet service. Apple reportedly wants to stream that content on all iOS devices, rather than limiting it to a set-top box. See also: The Apple TV will never happen, and one analyst is infinitely sad Apple's new Internet service would not be unlike Dish's Sling TV service, which streams live cable channels to mobile devices, PCs, set-top boxes and game consoles starting at $19.99 per month.
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Your smartphone is a target,Consumers beware: Your smartphone represents a uniquely valuable and vulnerable target for hackers, scam artists and other bad actors.
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Facebook, like many Silicon Valley giants, has a mythology that's used to indoctrinate workers. To help spread this ancestral origin story, Facebook enlisted its in-house print shop to publish a book... of cultish aphorisms to guide inductees towards the light.
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Seidio Spring-Clip Holster for Samsung Galaxy S6

Android Central - 22 May 2015 17:49
Seidio Spring-Clip Holster forHolsters never seem to make much of an impression these days, but with the right clip, they can make accessing your device quick and convenient. If you're already using your Samsung Galaxy S6 without... a case, then Seidio's Spring-Clip Holster might be an ideal go-to solution for protecting your display from scratches while providing an easier way of answering a call, text or email. It doesn't hide your device behind layers or kickstands -- it lets it all hang out.
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Apple Watch on pace to beatApple Watch orders are currently coming in at a rate of around 30,000 units per day — according to analytics provided by Slice Intelligence, which combed through the e-receipts of around 14,000... online shoppers who used Slice’s services. Although there…
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HP sells stake in China unit for $2.3bn

News24 - 22 May 2015 17:48
Hewlett-Packard is selling a 51% stake in its China-based server business, creating a joint venture with Tsinghua Holdings that will be a sector leader in China.
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A Nigerian man was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a phishing scheme targeting U.S. government employees.
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Earlier this week, folks in the know claimed that Apple's HDTV project had been junked after more than a decade of development. Now, however, Re/code is reporting that the company is still working on... an online TV service for its devices, but wants to...
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Watch all the best insults onPolitical attack ads are vicious, but they seem tame compared to the burns Selina Meyer and her staff throw around the White House on Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus is truly is at her best when physically... and verbally expressing disgust — in expletive-ridden comments — for everyone she encounters See also: The 7 best lady burns from the 'Mad Men' series finale "That's like trying to use a croissant as a fucking dildo," remains one of the most eloquent sentences ever spoken on television Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Mysterious Uber Test Vehicle Hits the Road

ABC News - 22 May 2015 17:41
Take one look at the mysterious Uber car spotted on the road in Pittsburgh earlier this month and it's clear it isn't a typical vehicle in the ride-hailing app's fleet.
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A Microsoft Sway preview isUsers of Office 365 for business and education will now be able to use Sway to generate presentations that maintain an eye-pleasing look on any device. Some notable improvements include the Grid Card,... enhanced Flickr Integration, and the support of six new languages. The post A Microsoft Sway preview is now available for Office 365 business and education appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Logjam, encryption wars andThe biggest news from the hacker community over the past seven days
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The Android Central Google I/O 2015 Preview

Android Central - 22 May 2015 17:38
The Android Central Google I/OIt's that time of year again, and by the looks of things Google has plenty of awesome to show us. Google's annual developer conference is right around the corner, and there's a lot to talk about this... year. A lot has happened in the last 12 months that position Google to make some big announcements this year, continuing the bold new direction the company has taken Android, Chrome, and just about everything else the company does. While San Francisco prepares for thousands of developers -- as well as a couple of Android Central's finest -- to descend once again upon the Moscone West convention center, it seemed like a good time to take a look at what we're expecting from this year's Google Nerd Christmas.
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Pebble Time smartwatch toPebble will start shipping its latest smartwatch next Wednesday and finish manufacturing all orders for the device by the end of May. People will receive an email by the end of this month asking them... to finalize their Pebble Time selection choices, according to the project's Kickstarter page. Even though "production is now in full swing," Pebble reiterated that not everyone who contributed to the watch's crowdfunding campaign will receive the device immediately. Pebble made a similar point earlier this month when it provided information on the Time's software features and shipping details.
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Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but Don't Say 'Tech Bubble'

The New York Times - 22 May 2015 17:37
Overvalued in Silicon Valley,The tech industry's venture capitalists admit to a certain amount of "frothiness" in start-up investments, but they studiously avoid another word. Bubble.
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Irish abroad explain why theyIreland went to the polls Friday in a historic vote on marriage equality, and many expats travelled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to make their voice heard. See also: Irish abroad travel... thousands of miles #hometovote on marriage equality The hashtag #hometovote topped Twitter trending charts during the day as people documented their journeys back to the country. This is the scene on the 9:10 London to Holyhead train as Irish abroad return #hometovote #marref pic.twitter.com/spVfkb5sIT — Naomi O'Leary (@NaomiOhReally) May 22, 2015 Colm Coyne spoke to some of the people who had made the trek for Mashable and discovered what made them decide to come home to vote.
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Apple's streaming TV serviceApple's long-rumored streaming video service could be slipping away once again, as the company reportedly struggles to get TV programmers on board. Apple wanted to launch the service in the fall with... roughly 25 channels, priced around $30 to $40 per month, unnamed industry sources said in March. A new report from Re/code says Apple has hit a couple of roadblocks. The biggest hurdle involves local broadcasts from networks such as ABC, CBS, and Fox. Apple is reportedly intent on carrying these networks, but the negotiations for streaming can get complicated because the networks don't own all their local stations. Some markets rely on affiliates or a franchise system, which leads to rights issues and the need for new infrastructure in certain cases. For these reasons, even the networks...
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Severe Infections Linked to Lower IQs

Live Science - 22 May 2015 17:35
Severe Infections Linked toHaving an infection so severe that you have to be hospitalized may affect your IQ, a new study suggests.
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Antarctic going from 'inJust one week after the last report of a massive melting ice shelf in the Antarctic comes another report of ice loss in the same region. While last week's 11,000 year old ice shelf break-apart... suggested just one area was in danger, this new paper published in the journal Science suggests the entire Southern Antarctic Peninsula is at risk. A …
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First 'Wet Hot AmericanCamp Firewood is almost back in session The first photos from the Wet Hot American Summer Netflx series set have finally arrived — and everyone still looks gloriously stuck in the '80s. The... eight-episode series is a prequel of sorts to the 2001 cult film of the same name, which was set on the last day of a summer camp in 1981 See also: Teaser for Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer' series confirms epic cast Stars like Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and more are back for their roles as wildly inept camp counselors. The series will be released on July 17 on Netflix Until then, here's a first look at the upcoming series.
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25 fantastic iOS apps andEach and every day, we alert our readers to a selection of apps from the App Store that are free to download for a limited amount of time, but the official promotions run by Apple are rarely... interesting enough to deserve a post of their own. This week is different though, as Apple has put 25 great apps and games on sale for $0.99 a piece, and we figured we’d highlight a few of the best. MORE DEALS: 8 awesome paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time Enlight One of the most popular photo editing apps on the App Store. 80% off its original price of $4.99. Download Enlight Living Earth A neat clock and weather app that presents a live 3D simulation
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Lastronaut is our favoriteHave you really had enough of endless runners? And don't you want to race Duke Nukem? The post Lastronaut is our favorite free app of the week appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Our favorite free app of the week has you escaping a sentient robot. Our honorable mention has you racing Duke Nukem.
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Ok so reseller recruitment was slow but we want to bed other partners too Huawei intends to hop into bed with nearly 50 per cent more partners this year in order to boost its sluggish enterprise sales... in Europe....
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Even More Zappos Employees AreEarlier in May, 14% of the company accepted exit pay
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Someone Build A Startup To Tech companies old and new are powering an on-demand revolution, letting us get everything from house cleaning, to lunch, to product, to almost literally everything where we want it, when we want... it. Of course, there’s a cost – a monetary one for users of these services, and, arguably, a long-term economic one on the supply-side. But there’s also a hidden cost, in that…
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"Oh yeah, they're going to have an Osprey," the NYPD K-9 unit policeman told me when I arrived at the Lower Manhattan Heliport at 4:30 AM. "Those things haven't been too reliable. A lot of crashes... lately. Good luck." Two hours later, we were lifting off the ground.
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CNET: There's no doubt that the Apple Watch can do a lot of things. It can be used to communicate with others, view notifications from an iPhone and even pay for items with Apple Pay. It's also a... dedicated activity tracker that can measure active calories burned, active minutes, the number of times you stand throughout the day, your daily step count and distance traveled.We've been testing the Apple Watch over the past few weeks, and focused on those final two metrics -- steps taken and distance traveled -- to see how it stacks up against the competition. This is an important question for those who want or need to have accurate tracking. Good to see the Apple Watch scored so highly and that Apple has done a good job in making sure the Watch works as advertised.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Adult FriendFinder HackAdult FriendFinder is looking into a security breach after reports that more than 3.5 million users had their information stolen.
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'We tell Spotify no, YouTubeAt Liverpool's Sound City conference, record business insiders discuss the world's biggest music platform and its 'big scary lawyers'.
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Watch This Stunning Video ofIt took six hours and 100,000 miles to get there
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Uber seeks $1B line of credit;The car-hailing service is reportedly looking to boost its relations with banks in anticipation of an IPO and doesn't need the cash for day-to-day operations.
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Meet Your Maker in the Friday Open Thread

Life Hacker - 22 May 2015 17:21
Hello! Welcome to the Friday open thread, where we say goodbye to Elmo and collectively wonder what we could have done to help him before he went airborne.
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Jon Snow and Ygritte areWatch Coldplay round up your favorite and not-so-favorite characters from HBO's "Game of Thrones" as part of NBC's Red Nose Day Live Benefit Show to combat poverty.
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A computer algorithm that(Phys.org)--A team of researchers working at Aalto University in Finland has devised an algorithm that mines a database full of rap songs, picks lines from them based on rhyming and produces a new... song of its own. The team has written a paper on their project, which they call DeepBeat, and have uploaded it to the preprint server arXiv.
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Last summer, I spent some time getting to know the first four entries in Samsung's "Level" audio line. There's a new item this year, though: a wireless version of the original Level On headphones. In... case you missed the first roundup, this model is a...
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Korean Air 'nut rage'SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her... incarceration. The Seoul High Court said Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline's chairman, did not violate the aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. See also: The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked The upper court sentenced Cho to 10 months in prison for assault and then suspended the sentence for two years. A lower court had earlier sentenced Cho to a year in prison. She has been locked up since her December arrest.
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See Spotify Run

The Atlantic - 22 May 2015 17:18
See Spotify RunWill the streaming service's new features transform how people work out, or just transform's Spotify's value proposition?
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By way of the UK and Vegas,San Francisco-based sports league platform Mitoo has slowly been making its way West since it was founded in London in 2011. Along the way, the company has partaken in Seedcamp in Paris, 500 Startups,... and Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project in Las Vegas. With a new $1.5 million funding, Mitoo is now fully entrenched in Silicon Valley, ready to become the go-to app for managers of adult soccer leagues, the […]
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Apple Watch OS Update ReducesApple Watch OS 1.0.1 appears to have reduced how often the device measures your heart rate in the background. While this likely has a positive effect on battery life, it has the side effect of making... heart rate data less accurate.
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What Happened at Slate This Week?

Slate - 22 May 2015 17:14
What's up, Slate Plus members?
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Valve acknowledgesThe good news is a long-standing issue with hitbox detection in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has finally been acknowledged by Valve. The bad news? The company has said there is no ETA on when... we'll see a fix. The post Valve acknowledges Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hitbox bug, but no ETA on fix appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft's week: LatestThis week, Microsoft fine-tunes Windows 10 for release and previews Office apps for Android smartphones
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The Shirk Report - Volume 318

Twisted Sifter - 22 May 2015 17:11
The Shirk Report - Volume 318Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Twitter,... RSS and email; videos come from everywhere.
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iOS 9 & OS X 10.11 to bringFor the first time in several years, Apple is changing up its annual iOS and OS X upgrade cycle by limiting new feature additions in favor of a “big focus on quality,” according to multiple... sources familiar with the company’s operating system development plans. We first reported in February that iOS 9, codenamed “Monarch,” would heavily feature under-the-hood optimizations, […]
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[From GadgeTell] While T-Mobile chose to directly concede LG G4's highly anticipated commercial launch date on the network, then got cold feet, suggesting the timeline isn't entirely worked out yet,... Verizon goes a more devious route to tease the 5.5-inch Android's arrival.
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Researchers develop method of(Phys.org)--A team of researchers working at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology in South Korea, has found a way to make fabricating perovskite based solar cells that is both more... efficient and costs less than other current methods. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process and the efficiencies they were able to achieve.
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France's highest court has rejected ride-sharing company Uber's bid to have much of a recent law banning its services declared unconstitutional.
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Scientists To Sequence Lil Bub's Genome

Gizmodo - 22 May 2015 17:10
A team of geneticists is ready to unlock the secrets behind Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub's unique appearance.
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I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the... fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.
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Former Android diehard 'neverEarlier this week, we told you about an Android fan who went running back to Google after spending just two weeks with an iPhone. Both platforms are very mature and capable at this point, but... sometimes it’s hard to give up an operating system you’ve grown accustomed to in favor of something new and different. Of course, there are also plenty of times when a user jumps from one platform to the other and loves the new software so much, he wonders how he ever went so long without switching. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) While pundits continued to argue over whether or not Apple was too late in launching the iPhone 6
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Sculpture and landscape come together in Tanya Houghton's This Must Be The Place, which the judges (Simon Bainbridge, Leo Scott and Laura Pannack) chose as the winner of the graduate series category... of the BJP Breakthrough Awards. Houghton, who is currently studying an MA in photography and urban culture at Goldsmiths, made the work during 2013-14 at a time when she was looking for new experiences, she explains. "I became really fed up with society's need to constantly have a plan, this rigid structure we feel we have to conform to - where are you going? What are you doing? So the project is based on this idea of going against the flow, walking, looking, and seeing what you're surrounded by." The concept was to devise a map based on the "ways we walk, rather than the maps we follow," says...
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The Eiffel Tower is closed,The company that manages the the Eiffel Tower closed it to the public on Friday amid a walkout by workers protesting the prevalence of pickpockets at the world-famous landmark. "The Eiffel Tower is... currently closed due to the exercise of the right to withdraw of its staff," reads a message on the landmark's Facebook page. "Thank you for your understanding." See also: Eiffel Tower nearly disappears within thick haze of smog The site is normally open to visit the top from 9:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. local time.
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The Best Way To Use InstagramOverwhelmed by all the choices on Instagram? You're not alone. With 27 filters and endless ways to customize your photos, it's hard to decide how best to edit your pictures to get the most satisfying... results. Thankfully, science is here to help. Researchers from Yahoo Labs and Georgia Tech have figured out which filters and edits tend to result in the most views and comments. It might be trendy to tag your photos "#nofilter," but filters can actually help an Instagram photo's performance, the research shows. Filtered photos are 21 percent more likely to be seen and 45 percent more likely to receive comments, according to this new paper. More specifically, higher contrast, exposure and warmth tend to correlate to more comments and views. Adding an aged effect has a positive impact on the...
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[From GadgeTell] Samsung came so close to Android smartphone perfection with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
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Lizard Squad teen admits guiltA 17-year-old in Canada plead guilty in court this week to 23 criminal charges of harassment, including swatting and extortion, mostly aimed at young women who played the online game League of... Legends. The British Columbia resident describes himself as being a member of the hacking group Lizard Squad, and admitted to a number of swatting incidents that targeted victims …
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Wanted: Rollercoaster testerLONDON — Scrunch up that CV. Cancel all job interviews: Alton Towers is looking to hire a rollercoaster tester. The theme park is searching for someone to test their 'Big Six' rides before it opens... to the public this summer, and they're currently taking applications. See also: First 'launched wing roller coaster' to open in Indiana It's more of a competition than a recruitment drive. Hopeful testers need to upload a video saying why they're coaster fans and tell Alton Towers which is their favourite ride. “Every morning before the park opens to the public, each ride goes through serious testing so we’re looking for someone that can take this on," the park's Katherine Duckworth said.
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Most luminous galaxy glowsSomeone left a bright nightlight on in the universe. One of NASA's spacecrafts located the shiniest galaxy ever discovered.
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[From GamerTell] Rockstar has a bone to pick with the BBC's Grand Theft Auto drama.
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Casual dating service was breached more than a month ago.
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Lots of movies have a wonderful first half, followed by a blah second half. Setup is often easier than follow-through. But Tomorrowland, out today, might become the clearest example of this syndrome.... And the reason Tomorrowland falls apart halfway through is because it sinks into Baby Boomer angst. Spoilers ahead...
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Book Review:Black Hole

Scientific American - 22 May 2015 17:00
Book Review:Black HoleBooks and recommendations from Scientific American --
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Week In Images

ESA - 22 May 2015 17:00
Week In ImagesOur week through the lens: 18-22 May 2015
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Working in the IT department is often a thankless job. You're like the invisible behind-the-scenes worker who is only noticed when something breaks--and then you're blamed for it. Here are seven... misconceptions about tech support reps and the IT department you should know so you can work better with the IT guy or gal.
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This one-off Land RoverLand Rover's Special Vehicles Operation has designed a one-off Defender that will be used to take the Rugby World Cup trophy all over the UK. The off-roader is fitted with a custom-designed display... case that's controlled by a tablet. The post This one-off Land Rover Defender will take the Rugby World Cup trophy around the UK appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GadgeTell] The smart grid IT market is expected to double in the next decade. How could smart grids revolutionize your daily life?
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High school sophomore Brynn Myers decided to tackle a forensics topic for her science fair project this year. And in the process, she discovered how to commit murder and hide the evidence thoroughly.
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'Rocket Science'

ESA - 22 May 2015 16:55
'Rocket Science'ESA at the Chelsea Flower Show
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8 unique summer vacations thatA getaway can really put an exclamation point on a great summer, but not if it ruins your budget for the rest of the year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans, on average, spent... $1,372 on travel in 2011 See also: 15 Action Items for Your Summer Bucket List Don't let that dissuade you from traveling, however. Both tranquil and exciting vacations can be had for a song if you research ideal travel times and discover unheralded destinations that don't hurt your wallet like a trip to New York or Miami might We've done the curation work for you and identified eight affordable (and often overlooked) domestic vacation ideas.
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Adult dating site hacked,Dating website AdultFriendFinder is the latest victim of a massive hack that exposed the personal information, including sexual orientation details, of nearly 4 million users. According to UK-based... Channel 4 News, hackers leaked sensitive data, such as email and IP addresses, birth dates and usernames. But also included in the data dump, which was posted to a darknet forum on the anoynmous network Tor, is users' sexual orientation — and if they might be seeking an extramarital affair. See also: The biggest online dating myths that are ruining your love life Image: AdultFriendFinder California-based AdultFriendFinder, which calls itself a "dating, hookup and sex community" and boasts 63 million users worldwide, is investigating the breach and working with law enforcement.
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The first definitive summary of the best and safest blood pressure lowering treatments for kidney disease and diabetes patients has been compiled by clinicians. Diabetes and high blood pressure are... the most common causes of kidney disease around the world, and people often have both. Chronic kidney disease caused by diabetes always affects both kidneys and generally gets worse over time, often leading to kidney failure requiring dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant.
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Documents subsequently submitted by the manufacturer show an advantage in sustained virologic response also for hepatitis C infection of genotype 1 with HIV coinfection without cirrhosis of the liver,... reviewers report.
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How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain

Science Daily - 22 May 2015 16:52
Brain imaging studies have already revealed that mental illnesses involve alterations in both the structure and connectivity of the brain. Scientists have now, for the first time, shown how the... disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain.
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A data breach at a website billed as "the world's largest sex and swinger" community may expose personal and sexual information on millions of users worldwide, a report said Friday.
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Coke wants to tap into start-up mojo

USA Today - 22 May 2015 16:49
Coke wants to tap intoWith seed money and global resources, Coke hopes start-ups can solve some pressing issues          
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[From GadgeTell] Although it's more or less meant to be the wrist-worn equivalent of Google's smartphone and tablet-dedicated OS, Android Wear wasn't drastically altered when it moved up to version... 5.0, but it's now in the process of a few important changes with build 5.1.
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Pac-Man turns 35: Six facts onWe revisit one of the video game industry's most important characters.          
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New computational techniqueWorking with researchers at Zhejiang University in China, Changxi Zheng, assistant professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, has developed a technique that enables hydrographic printing,... a widely used industrial method for transferring color inks on a thin film to the surface of manufactured 3D objects, to color these surfaces with the most precise alignment ever attained. Using a new computational method they developed to simulate the printing process, Zheng and his team have designed a model that predicts color film distortion during hydrographic immersion, and uses it to generate a colored film that guarantees exact alignment of the surface textures to the object. The research will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2015, August 9 to 13, in Los Angeles.
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Spacecraft Finds Galaxy asA galaxy so bright it shines with the luminosity of 300 trillion suns has been discovered by a NASA spacecraft.
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Apple wants local stations toBefore Apple finally unveils its long-awaited update for the Apple TV, the company is reportedly looking to add a key new feature that rival streaming services don’t have: local TV. The addition of... live local TV streaming could delay the…
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Will Toyota show a CaterhamRumors claim Toyota will introduce a Caterham Seven-like sports car next fall at the Tokyo Motor Show. The concept will feature an aggressive motorsport-inspired design, room for the driver and two... passengers and a 100-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. The post Will Toyota show a Caterham Seven-like hybrid sports car in Tokyo? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apax Partners of France is negotiating to buy Airbus Defence and Space's mobile satellite communications services division, which Apax sold to Airbus in 2011. The post Apax Looks Set to Repurchase... Airbus Mobile Satcom Unit appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Can a superhero save Samsung'sNo, it's not the Galaxy S6 Active that appeared in many leaks so far. Instead, it's a special edition smartphone that superhero fans will likely appreciate, especially if they’ve been holding out... from buying the smartphone in anticipation of this particular version. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) Samsung recently confirmed that a special Iron Man Edition of the Galaxy S6 will be launched soon, just as it was previously rumored. The move isn’t surprising, as Samsung products are featured in the latest Avengers movie. In addition to this special Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 smartphones, the company is expected to also sell several other accessories based on the characters in the
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Last week was all about TV, this week is... kind of all over the place. It's mostly films, but the styles, genres, and tones are just wildly different. And while some of the films are big -- like... Steve Jobs and Pan -- they're big in different ways than we've come to expect. No superheroes, no laser guns. Just big personalities. That makes watching through this week's best trailers a bit more fun than usual. There's 15 below and a lot of interesting ideas to check out.
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Last year, the Qatari government promised to, uh, get better about using forced labor to build the stadiums and infrastructure it needs to host the World Cup in 2020. But according to a new report... from Amnesty International, nothing has changed.
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Meyer Optik USA Opens New Office

Photography Blog - 22 May 2015 16:45
Meyer Optik USA Opens NewNet SE, the company which took ownership of the Meyer Optik Goerlitz brand name in 2014, has opened a new subsidiary, Meyer Optik USA, headquartered in Atlanta.
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Huawei takes us to its 'SchoolHuawei takes three soccer pundits to its School of Pronunciation in a fun new video. Huawei, the subject of many a pronunciation snafu on the part of us English speakers, has tackled the issue head-on... in a new video in which an instructor humorously aids soccer pundits in pronouncing some difficult Arsenal player names and, of course, the company's name itself.
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Many mobile game fans were happily surprised with the match-3 RPG gameplay of "10000000" by EightyEight Games, perfectly balancing the dungeon crawler aspect of a role-playing game with the high-speed... strategy needed in a puzzle combat system. Now EightyEight Games has announced the price and release date for the game's sequel, "You Must Build A Boat," which expands on the gameplay of "10000000," while also having fans build a boat.
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Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases:Samsung Galaxy S6 is a beautiful looking device and one that really steps it up in terms of design compared to its predecessors. There is a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera... and 5-megapixel front camera, all within a stunning...
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DirecTV launches a kid-friendly video app

Engadget - 22 May 2015 16:42
DirecTV saw what YouTube and Netflix were doing with their kid-focused apps, and decided that it, too, wanted a piece of that action. After many months of toil, the company has busted out DirecTV... Kids, an iOS app that lets your rugrats consume conten...
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The Musical Omnivore's Dilemma

Slate - 22 May 2015 16:41
Jim O'Rourke came slipping into my brainpan again a few months ago--well before I learned that this week he would be releasing the extraordinary Simple Songs, his first song-based solo album in 14... years.
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Facebook brings context toIf your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it's filled with acquaintances, close friends, old friends, and a few people who got in due to an errant click. To help you keep everyone straight,... Facebook recently announced a new addition it's dubbing "caller ID for messaging." When you get a new message from someone it will include context information such as how you're connected to them or where they're from. Facebook says it will also include a larger photo. The new context can help jog your memory if an old high school friend is coming into town or an acquaintance from your community wants to say hello. Facebook's messaging update is rolling out to both Android and iOS users in the U.S. It's not clear if the new feature will also show up in Facebook's messaging window on desktop PCs.
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Octopuses and their tentacled brethren are fascinating, and even a little scary. In addition to their uniquely alien intelligence, cephalopods are known to change color based on their surroundings.... That ability is thought to rely mainly on eyesight, as the creatures can visually detect basic changes in the environment and camouflage themselves in order to hide from predators. However, new research shows that pigment proteins found in eyes are also present in cephalopod skin, allowing them to detect different kinds of light without input from the brain. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, investigates how cell structures known as chromatophores interact with light, and is an extension of research on octopuses...
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Quick, before Skynet takes control of the Five Eyes Research by American and Israeli academics has lead to the development of Astoria, a new Tor client specifically designed to spoil spooks' traffic... analysis of the surveillance-dodging network....
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The Radian 2 is a time-lapse motion-controller which improves on its predecessor with the addition of wireless Bluetooth programming from iOS or Android devices, and camera control via USB. Multiple... devices can be used together for multi-axis motion shots, while brackets and adapter kits allow for tilting and linear movement. The Radian 2 is currently on Kickstarter, where it has already met its funding target with 14 days left. ..
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UK government has startedMay have sold 150,000 for £600,000
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NASA Discovers A Super-DistantTalk about brilliant! NASA says it has discovered the brightest galaxy ever seen--a super-distant collection of stars that shines with the intensity of more than 300 trillion suns. This artist's... concept depicts the new record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. The light from the galaxy, WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is brighter than 300 trillion suns. The record-setting galaxy lies some 12.5 billion light-years from Earth and is an example of a new class of celestial objects known as extremely luminous infrared galaxies (ELIRGs). It was detected by the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope and is known formally as WISE J224607.57-052635.0. Why so bright? "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," Dr. Chao-Wei Tsai, of...
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I think we should see other processors The latest top-of-the-range phone from handset maker and rising dragon Xiaomi will use the ambitious ten core Helio X20 processor from semiconductor company... MediaTek....
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Instacast podcast player addsNow you can start playing 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast from your Apple Watch Watch OS 1.0 (and 1.0.1) decidedly omits certain iPhone apps like Podcasts and Reminders from the Apple Watch, leaving... third-party apps to fill these spaces for users. Today a new version of Instacast for iPhone was released, adding an Apple Watch app […]
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For years, activists and governments alike have been lobbying for more controls on spyware and the research that fuels it. At the same time, security researchers have warned that export controls on... vulnerability research would mean regulating the flow of information. Now, the first of those regulations are finally reaching America -- and the security world couldn't be angrier. The proposals come out of an international agreement called The Wassenaar Arrangement, laid out in 2013. It covers export rules for all sorts of technologies, providing broad guidelines for how countries should license technology and software as it crosses international borders. The agreement leaves the details of enforcement up to individual nations, and the US...
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Washington is the best city in the United States when it comes to hygiene, claims the 2015 American Fitness Index. Citing data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the index... lists the healthiest and least healthiest cities in the country. The top five healthiest cities were Washington, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Fransisco and Sacramento, California; while the least healthiest were Oklahoma City; Memphis, Tennessee; and Indianapolis.
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A Photographic Journey withSomeone, somewhere, recently decided to bid a fond farewell to one of the most legendary telephoto lenses ever made, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM. Now that it is at the B&H SuperStore, a group of... photographers from B&H were given the opportunity to take this optical giant out for a unique shooting experience. […]
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Best Buy Memorial Weekend TechBest Buy offering discounts on iPad mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro for Memorial Day. Bundle deals for iPad mini are also available on Best Buy.
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How's your swing? NewPIQ could be the new name for sports sensors. They've received their Series-A funding and have plans to release them to the public later this year. The firm focuses on sensors that provide users with... performance metrics. The post How’s your swing? New multi-sport motion sensors focus on performance, not biometric data appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Mars mission makes India topIndia's accomplishment in becoming the only Asian country to send a spacecraft to Mars has earned it a place in the top rankings of space-faring nations, a report by a Chinese research institution has... said.
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Can baby tech make parenting easier?

The Verge - 22 May 2015 16:30
Parenting can be a joy, but it's also pretty hard -- so hard that you sometimes end up parking your kid in front of the TV or an iPad just so you can catch a break. But technology can be more than a... distraction for your kid. There are a lot of products out that fall under this mysterious "baby tech" category, and they're aimed at helping you, the parent, relieve some of the stresses of parenthood.
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European teams demonstrateThree European teams - including the EU-funded WALK-MAN - will present their emergency-response robots to the world at the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals from 5 to 6 June. They are among 25... teams showing how far robotics has come since the Fukushima disaster, as well as the obstacles still to be tackled.
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Short, sharp shocks let slipWhen we look up at the night sky, it's easy to feel as though the stars we see have always been, and always will be, there. But just like ourselves, stars are born and die.
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One of the toughest parts of hosting a party or other large gathering is figuring out the food. There's a calculator for wine and other alcohol tips , but how much should you purchase of specific... types of foods?
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Apple Watch Orders EstimatedAn estimated 2.5 million Apple Watch orders have been processed in the United States in the first five weeks of availability, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). Extrapolating from the... e-receipts of about 14,000 online shoppers who use Slice's services, more than half of the orders placed so far came on April 10, the first day of pre-orders, with the Apple Watch averaging 30,000 orders per day since. Daily Apple Watch order estimates in U.S. (first-day orders of nearly 1.5 million omitted) As Quartz points out, the Apple Watch saw a notable rise in order interest on April 24, the day most initial Apple Watch pre-orders that weren't high in demand, like the Leather Loop or Black Sport band, began arriving to customers. Social media posts and word of mouth that day no doubt helped...
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'Tomorrowland': A movie thatLOS ANGELES — Could the key to a better tomorrow be a simple matter of attitude? Is today’s media-fueled cycle of “observe, be outraged, repeat,” driving us toward a cliff? And finally: Can we... fix it? These are the central questions of Tomorrowland, and the answers are unequivocally 'yes,' 'yes' and 'yes.' SEE ALSO: George Clooney: See 'Tomorrowland,' get a free car? In an entertainment landscape where visions of doom and dystopia (The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, Terminator, Divergent, Mad Max, The Maze Runner et al) dominate, Tomorrowland tips the balance — much like Star Trek does — toward a future world where the environmental, economic and social problems we face today have been solved through hard work, technology and yes, positive thinking.
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Central Nepal As Seen From Orbit at Night

SpaceRef - 22 May 2015 16:28
ISS nadir point: 28.4° N, 84.5° E Date taken: 2015.05.16 Time taken: 20:27:51 GMT...
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Google 'Brillo' may joinGoogle is reportedly looking to tame the glut of low-power, Internet-connected devices with a new operating system codenamed "Brillo." The software is aimed at connected light bulbs, doorbells, and... other devices that form the so-called Internet of Things, The Information reports (via Ars Technica). Google wants to take some of the legwork out of building these products, providing a free operating system that handles things like the boot-up process, input, output, and network communications.
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The remains of a Bronze Age cultic priestess found in Egtved, Denmark, in 1921 belong to a teenager who'd likely traveled all the way from southern Germany—a great distance for the year 1370BC,... researchers report in a press release.
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A Bill Murray ChristmasChristmas is going to be so chill this year Netflix picked up a Christmas special starring Bill Murray called A Very Murray Christmas, which will be co-written by the comedian and Oscar winner Sofia... Coppola and Mitch Glazer (who also wrote the 1988 Christmas comedy Scrooged — starring Murray, of course). Coppola will direct the special See also: The beginning of Bill Murray and David Letterman's bromance The Christmas special will pay homage to classic variety shows, according to Variety, and will star Murray as himself. In the special, after a snowstorm hits New York City, Murray parties the night away with guests at The Carlyle Hotel; the cast of partiers includes some big names, like George Clooney, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus, Jason Schwartzman and others
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When it comes to classic Sega games, they don't get much bigger (or better) than Shenmue and Streets of Rage. They were released more than eight years apart and on completely different consoles, but... they share an important trait: incredible sound. No...
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Android M could bring nativeRumours about Android M are circulating and with Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, fast approaching it's expected that details of the new version of the operating system will soon... get announced. BuzzFeed News is reporting that a native...
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Digital Rev Puts the NikonThe folks at Digital Rev put the Canon Rebel T6s and Rebel T6i against the Nikon D5500.
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Social media sackings riskThe one defining ideal of journalism is the belief that journalists should "speak the truth" even when the truth may be contested, unpopular or damaging.
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Here's a ludicrous rumor we're going to explore just for the heck of it because the thought of Kanye West and Apple and Dr. Dre doing something together makes me want to throw a cartoonishly large... old-time cash register off a building just to watch millions float away in the wind.
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Supermodel's intimateAustralian supermodel Nicole Trunfio is showing the world that being a mom and a successful international model are anything but mutually exclusive. During a cover shoot for Elle Australia, the... 29-year-old new mum began feeding her son Zion. Photographer Georges Antoni noticed the intimate moment and moved Trunfio in front of the lens. See also: Everyone needs to grow up about breastfeeding on planes “This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Elle editor in chief Justine Cullen wrote in a post. "It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture."
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Apple's next smartphone could be getting bigger -- just not physically. According to market research firm TrendForce, the so-called iPhone 6S may see its base storage double from 16GB to 32GB.
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Android M Reportedly ComingAndroid M to feature native fingerprint authentication support. However, current Google handsets do not support fingerprint scanning.
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Firefox for iOS begins accepting beta testers

Slash Gear - 22 May 2015 16:15
Firefox for iOS beginsFirefox may have given up its title of "most popular desktop browser" some time ago to Chrome, but hasn't stopped Mozilla from working on the long-awaited iOS app. And it's likely there's plenty of... Firefox users who've been looking forward to said app for some time. Their wait may soon come to an end, as Mozilla now seems to be …
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Here are the best of today's deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on... Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.
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This Slinky lookalikeIt looks like a Slinky suspended in motion.
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Apple is reportedly working on a streaming TV service that would rival recent offerings from Sony and Sling. Up until now, it seemed like it would include mostly premium cable channels like ESPN and... HBO. But Recode is now reporting that Apple wants to include a live feed of local broadcast stations, something that may complicate the process and delay the launch.
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HP forecasts split-relatedHewlett-Packard Co., which is in the process of splitting itself, forecast separation-related costs below the expectation of several analysts and reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit.
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Television is changing, andThe opening months of this year saw the first rumblings of a seismic shift in the Australian television market, with the introduction of three video-on-demand (VoD) subscription services: Stan;... Presto; and Netflix.
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Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

The Mac Observer - 22 May 2015 16:10
Apple's App Store Needs ColdThere are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being... updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it.
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AMD's new flagship RadeonAfter months of teasing and rumors, the world got its first official glimpse at AMD's forthcoming flagship Radeon graphics card on Friday, as EA technical director Johan Andersson tweeted out the... above picture. Andersson's one of the big brains behind EA's Frostbite engine, which powers Dragon Age: Inquisition and the Battlefield series. Frostbite was also the first high-profile engine to support AMD's Mantle technology--which has since morphed into Vulkan--so it's no surprise to see Andersson being among the first people to fondle the new graphics card.
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Study of Maglev trainA new approach of industrial fault detection based on Artificial Intelligence has been studied on the electro-magnetic suspension of floating Maglev trains and could be applied to other... safety-critical control systems, scientists believe.
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Facebook Messenger Will GiveFacebook has introduced a new feature for the Facebook Messenger app that would display bits of public information about one's chat mates. Facebook would roll out the update first to U.S., U.K., India... and France over the next few weeks.
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Solstice be damned: in the movie business, summer begins in May. Theaters become awash with equal parts over-the-top blockbuster action and family-friendly escapades -- explosions and hugs, in other... words, mapped to innumerable sequels and reboots. It's a place where all the trailers, teaser trailers, extended trailers, preview scenes, television spots, and pint-sized blips finally get to germinate into real, honest-to-goodness audience pleasers. So what exactly is there to watch in this post-Furious 7 world -- a movie that upped the ante both in explosions and hugs? We've got a couple dozen suggestions that will be hitting theaters between now and the end of August.
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Apple's Watch gets updated andThis week: ok sure, Apple may have forever shelved plans for a proper television, but reports of a souped-up Apple TV debuting at WWDC will make you forget all that. Plus: the good stuff in Apple's... first Watch update; new…
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The OnePlus Two smartphone, tied to the internal code name "lettuce," has apparently visited the Geekbench benchmark testing site, revealing key configurations. Notably, the OnePlus Two release date... is set for the third quarter of 2015, news that OnePlus has reportedly confirmed.
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Your Password SecurityYou're probably used to setting up security questions whenever you register an account on a new website. They're supposed to help confirm your identity in the event that you forget your password, but... a new study from Google says that they have a number of major shortcomings. The main problem is that they're either easy to remember or "somewhat secure," but usually not both. That's according to a blog post written by Elie Bursztein, Google's anti-abuse research lead, and Ilan Caron, a software engineer. If security questions are easy to remember, they're probably easy for an impostor to guess; but if they're too complicated, the person who created them won't be able to remember them. According to Google's research, which was based on "hundreds of millions of secret answers and millions of...
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Warning over Android reset systems

BBC - 22 May 2015 16:00
Warning over Android resetUsing the "factory reset" option to wipe Android phones may not remove all valuable data, warn security experts.
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Tomorrowland is a beautiful film full of infectious ideas, but it ultimately leaves the audience wondering instead of full of wonder. The post Despite Its Big Ideas, Tomorrowland Ultimately Falls... Short appeared first on WIRED.
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Booq delivers photography-oriented Python catch bag

Coolest Gadgets - 22 May 2015 16:00
Booq deliversThe folks over at booq are certainly a creative team, especially since their bunch of designers have come up with their fair share of fashionably functional bags and carrying cases in the past – and... continue to do so, too, targeting creatives. In fact, their most recent addition to the world of photography would be the photography-oriented Python collection, which is simply known as the Python catch. The Python catch ...
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French court rejects Uber's challenge to legal restrictions on virtual ride-hailing service
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[From GamerTell] Nom Nom Galaxy is more work than fun.
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Germany sues e-commerce sitesFacebook isn’t the only company receiving flack from regulators over the data it collects through its “Like” button. Germany’s consumer watchdog has sued two e-commerce companies for using the... button on their websites because, the Wall Street Journal reports, the sites didn’t warn visitors that their personal data would be shared with Facebook. The news follows months of intense scrutiny of Facebook’s data practices across much of […]
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Kahney's Korner: Are you readyBelieve it or not, it’s been nearly a decade since The Cult of Mac got published. The book, by our fearless leader Leander Kahney, took readers on a deep dive into the world of Apple fanatics around... the world. It…
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How bad can solar storms get?

Phys.org - 22 May 2015 16:00
How bad can solar storms get?Our sun regularly pelts the Earth with all kinds of radiation and charged particles. How bad can these solar storms get?
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Michael Bromwich was in court with the most powerful company and the top government law agency in the country when he seemed to get antsy. Apple and the United States Department of Justice had, after... all, been exchanging jabs about him. "I'd like to be heard, your Honor, if I can," he told the judge, who said they'd need to "exhaust the arguments of the main combatants" first.
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Meet the "beer can burger," a stuffed-with-everything burger that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next grilling party.
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How to turn your smartphoneIt's Friday! What better time to kick back with a relaxing YouTube session after a tough week? Whether you're watching on a PC at the office or at home, you can make it even better by turning your... smartphone into a remote control. No, you don't need a Chromecast or a TV. Just your PC and a smartphone will do. Here's how it works using an Android smartphone, but it works pretty much the same way on iPhones, too. Leanback YouTube The first thing you need to do is open YouTube on your PC, but we won't be using the typical YouTube site. Instead, we'll need the leanback version at YouTube.com/tv that was first introduced in 2010.
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Challenges ahead as Lenovo slumps

The Australian - 22 May 2015 16:00
Challenges ahead as LenovoLenovo chief executive Yang Yuanqing warned of challenges ahead, after the company posted a 37 per cent profit slump.
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Sliders for iOS

Photography Blog - 22 May 2015 16:00
Sliders for iOSSliders is a new mobile app that turns any iOS device into a digital photo frame displaying photos uploaded to Flickr as a slideshow.
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Cost, Schedule Woes on 2 LidarThe space agency wants to avoid a repeat of what has happened with two of its Earth Explorer missions, ADM-Aeolus and EarthCare. The post Cost, Schedule Woes on 2 Lidar Missions Push ESA To Change... Contract Procedures appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Samsung Protective Covers forThese OEM hard cases offer an enhanced grip around your Galaxy S6 edge along with a super-slim form that doesn't take away from the device's good looks. Available in black or gold, the simple snap-on... design makes installation and removal a cinch, leaving complete access to the ports and buttons. Get yours today for $17.95
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Salesforce sees financial,Cloud company sees significant potential in the UK and Europe to propel growth
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Smell the bacon? It's one ofIf you’ve long found yourself unable to communicate effectively with your friends because of the lack of “bacon,” “shark” and “man in tuxedo” emojis, you could be in luck next year.... That’e because the Unicode Consortium, aka the Mountain View,…
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Early Twitter investor joinsEverybody seems to have an opinion on what's wrong with Twitter Add investor Chris Sacca to that list. But unlike many others, his opinion just might matter. Sacca was one of the earliest backers of... Twitter long before it became the media world's equivalent for the table of kids at a high school cafeteria that think they're way cooler than they actually are. At one time, he and his investment funds combined to be the biggest holder of Twitter stock. He says he still owns a lot. See also: 'Ungood': Analysts show infinite disappointment with lame Twitter revenue In a lengthy blog post published Friday, Sacca outlined his history with the company, describing his passion that drove him to buy so much Twitter stock that used up his savings and nearly became insolvent. He then issued a...
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Another Reason ConsumersNatural gas vehicles are saddled by a number of drawbacks.
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Walmart wants its food suppliers to put an end to the inhumane treatment of animals and the overuse of antibiotics. Walmart, which is the largest food retailer in the US, said today that it would urge... its suppliers to support what are known as the "five freedoms" of animal welfare, which include raising animals in environments that keep them free from fear, hunger, discomfort, sickness, and confined spaces. It also said that it wants suppliers to cease using antibiotics for growth purposes and to adopt voluntary FDA guidelines that limit the use of medically important antibiotics.
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29-Story Pong - LEDs Light-UpEver wanted to play a video game on a skyscraper? Dr. Frank Lee, director of Drexel University's Entrepreneurial Game Studio, made his dream of making a gigantic game of Pong a reality.
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At MakerCon, Java ME 8 FuelsUnderlying much of the connected devices that make up the Internet of Things is Java ME 8 software. At MakerCon 2015, inventors tested the commercial waters for their wares.
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Google's Project Fi Invites To Project Fi, Google’s recently announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service, appears to have a lot of demand – or at least, that’s what an email sent out to potential customers... seems to imply. The email informs those who previously registered their interest in trying out the new service that, due to the number of requests Google has received, it will likely…
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Loretta Lynch: 'I Am VeryU.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she's "very concerned" about what could happen if section 215 of the Patriot Act, set to expire June 1, is not reauthorized by Congress. "My biggest fear is... that we will lose important eyes on people who have made it clear that their mission is to harm American people here and abroad," Lynch said in an interview with CBS. Section 215 has been the legal basis for the intelligence community's bulk metadata collection. As HuffPost's Jessica Schulberg and Ryan J. Reilly reported Thursday, the Justice Department's inspector general found the government failed to properly implement guidelines limiting the amount of data collected on Americans for seven years. Lynch said she's concerned the U.S. will lose valuable resources for tracking terrorists if the...
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Butter Boss lets you butter like a boss

Gizmag - 22 May 2015 15:51
Whether you need to spread it, measure it or slice it, a new device is claiming to make the process of using butter simpler. The Butter Boss is described as being like a "Chapstick for your butter,"... gradually dispensing it for easy use. ..
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Used MRI magnets get a secondWhen it comes to magnets, a doctor's trash is a physicist's treasure.
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