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20 Dec 2014 - Global
Google wants self-driving carGoogle "doesn't want to become a car maker". And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we're happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the hardware for their self-driving cars to be done by... someone else. Anyone else. Noting they're "looking for partners", Google's self-driving care lead, Chris Urmson, also notes they'd like the car to hit us …
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Tor warns users of possibleThe Tor Project has issued a statement warning that it has learned of a possible “attempt to incapacitate our network in the next few days.” The statement doesn’t identify the source of the... alleged threat but warns an attack might come “through the seizure of specialized servers in the network called directory authorities.” After assuring users that their anonymity won’t be compromised in the event of an attack, Tor appears to beg any would-be […]
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A 'GPS' for molecules

e! Science News - 20 Dec 2014 00:37
In everyday life, the global positioning system (GPS) can be employed to reliably determine the momentary location of one en route to the desired destination. Scientists from the Institute of Physical... and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Bonn have now developed a molecular "GPS" with which the whereabouts of metal ions in enzymes can be reliably determined. Such ions play important roles in all corners of metabolism and synthesis for biological products. The "molecular GPS" is now being featured in the journal Angewandte Chemie.
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Take a Tour of the MostPeople do some pretty dumb things for YouTube videos. Derek Muller does them for the sake of science, though. The host of Veritasium, a YouTube channel about science, recently visited the most... radioactive places on Earth for a TV show about how Uranium and radioactivity affected the modern world. And he lived to tell about it.
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iCamPRO home security 'robot'Amaryllo has introduced its iCamPro FHD, something it says is the first home security robot available. The small round unit features an integrated camera that keeps tabs on one's home or office,... monitoring movement, sounds, and more to detect if an intruder is present. The related app is used to communicate with the home owner with picture alerts and more. …
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Staples: Hack may haveThe office supply chain says a breach that took place earlier this year gave attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.
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Are You Sure You Want to Use Email?

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 01:30
Are You Sure You Want to UseDevastating leaks from Sony's computer systems have dramatized the risks of storing corporate email for extended periods. Some people in Silicon Valley wonder if it is time to rethink that practice.
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Apple Pay claimed 1% ofA new report from ITG has revealed that Apple Pay was responsible for 1% of the total digital payment dollars spent in November. The study also found that 60% of new Apple Pay customers used the... service multiple times throughout the month, while competing services like PayPal see only 20% of customers do the same. Additionally, […]
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Galaxy 6S: new leaked imagesAs speculation over the next model of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone, one rumor has been getting the most attention: Whether the device will finally move on from using plastic and upgrade to a... metal chassis. While there have been several reports already about the Galaxy S6 sporting an aluminum body, several images have been released that could very well be …
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Earth From Space: The Great Bahamas Bank

SpaceRef - 20 Dec 2014 18:00
Underwater structures of the Great Bahamas Bank are pictured in this image from the Landsat-8 satellite on 5 February. Sitting north of Cuba, the bank is made of limestone - mainly from the skeletal... fragments of marine organisms - that...
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Boeing, BlackBerry workingThe Boeing Black phone, an Android-based smartphone from the aerospace and defense contracting company, has long been in development, but little heard about in the last 2 years. With many questions... raised over the devices main feature, its ability to self-destruct as the ultimate security tool, it seems development may very well be moving forward with a newly announced partnership. …
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Leaked doc suggests EU's right to privacy could be ridiculed Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Brussels on Friday to express anger about secret trade talks between the EU, US and others... that they believe would damage the 28-member-state bloc's data protection rights....
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Apparently Google's sufficiently kickstarted pursuits into autonomous driving, and is ready for some help with its own driverless cars. As the leader of the project told The Wall Street Journal, the... folks in Mountain View aren't looking to replicate ...
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wiredmikey writes Just hours after the FBI and President Obama called out North Korea as being responsible for the destructive cyber attack against Sony Pictures, US-CERT issued an alert describing... the primary malware used by the attackers, along with indicators of compromise. While not mentioning Sony by name in its advisory, instead referring to the victim as a "major entertainment company," US-CERT said that the attackers used a Server Message Block (SMB) Worm Tool to conduct the attacks. According to the advisory, the SMB Worm Tool is equipped with five components, including a Listening Implant, Lightweight Backdoor, Proxy Tool, Destructive Hard Drive Tool, and Destructive Target Cleaning Tool. US-CERT also provided a list of the Indicators of Compromise (IOCs), which include C2 IP...
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Video: How airplanes are made

Gizmodo - 20 Dec 2014 04:06
Video: How airplanes are madeBuilding a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and... re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one.
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You can buy a Sony-style hack

CNN - 20 Dec 2014 03:39
You can buy a Sony-style hackThe next Sony-style hack is for sale. CNN's Laurie Segall reports how hackers can make big money offering hack services.
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NASA releases 'astronaut's-eyeEver wonder what an astronaut would see as he or she splashed back to earth aboard a NASA spacecraft? A new video released by the space agency allows you to experience just that, providing an... "astronaut's-eye view" of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere aboard the Orion spacecraft See also: Why NASA's Orion is critical for our future in space The perspective, filmed by a camera onboard Orion during it's historic Dec. 5 test flight, shows the moment of re-entry to the craft's successful splashdown. NASA plans to one day use Orion for a roundtrip manned Mars mission, so one day astronauts may see this very same view.
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Hours after Google took legal action against him, Mississippi's attorney general is retreating. Jim Hood issued a statement late Friday saying he is "calling a time out, so that cooler heads may... prevail." His next sentence seemed to be missing a word or two, but here you go: "I will reach out to legal counsel Google's board of directors to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the issues affecting consumers that we attorneys general have pointed out in a series of eight letters to Google."
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2014 Is Ending, but This WaveThe sun is setting on 2014, but we're about to watch a new wave of technologies rise and remake the world. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was... unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won't exist 15-20 years from now. Here are five sectors to keep an eye on: 1. Let's start with manufacturing. Robotics and 3D printing have made it cheaper to manufacture in the United States and Europe than in China. Robots such as Baxter, from Rethink Robotics, and UR10, from Universal Robots, have arms; screens which show you their emotions; and sensors that detect what is happening around them. The cost of...
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Tesla tentatively testsToday Tesla Motors announced a pilot program to test the battery swap scheme for its Model S sedans shown off last year.
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Hyperloop May Become aBillionaire industrialist Elon Musk's fantastical "Hyperloop" mass transit system may actually get itself built, and possibly within 10 years.
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Google+ Can Now Automatically For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+; starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won’t do this automatically,... though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes. You can also…
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The devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures continues to cause problems for the company, and it recently made headlines for leading to the company's decision to pull the film The Interview. The... attack affected all computers at the company -- all, that is, except those made by Apple. According to report from TechCrunch, the attacks have left most of the studio "stuck in 1992." Many meetings, for instance, now take place face-to-face rather than via e-mail and text messages. Source: TechCrunch "We had barely working email and no voicemail so people talked to each other. Some people had to send faxes. They were dragging old printers out of storage to cut checks," said one source who spoke with Techcrunch. "It was crazy." Sony Pictures' computers are apparently off-limits until the company...
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Hacker wars in the UkraineVirtual battle for eastern Ukraine
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Judge questions evidence onA federal judge on Friday questioned the strength of a key lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's Internet surveillance program known as "upstream" data collection. Judge... Jeffrey White heard oral arguments by attorneys from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed the suit, and the government, during a hearing in a federal district court in Oakland, California. The EFF says its suit is the first challenge in public court to the government's upstream data program, which copies online data from the main cables connecting Internet networks around the world. The EFF first filed its suit in 2008 after an AT&T technician provided evidence that the company routed copies of its Internet traffic records to the NSA.
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Gecko Grippers Get aNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: Gecko-inspired grippers might one day help service satellites and collect orbital debris.
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Tesla reveals the next step inTesla has been on a roll lately and now the company has unveiled the next step in its long-term plan to make electric cars the way of the future: A battery swap pilot program that Tesla promises will... let you replace your Model S’s battery “in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank.” RELATED: This is what it's like driving Tesla's incredible new Model S P85D “Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners,” Tesla writes. “They will be given the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program is intended to test technology and
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You Must Watch the Acid TripA few days ago, we saw what astronauts see when they reenter Earth's atmosphere in the Soyuz space capsule. But that awesome array of sparks and glowing heat waves pales in comparison to new reentry... footage recently taken from a camera on the Orion crew module.
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Welcome Home, Orion! NASANASA's first Orion space capsule -- which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month -- is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
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Quantum physics just got less complicated

e! Science News - 20 Dec 2014 00:37
Here's a nice surprise: quantum physics is less complicated than we thought. An international team of researchers has proved that two peculiar features of the quantum world previously considered... distinct are different manifestations of the same thing. The result is published 19 December in Nature Communications.
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New Adobe Creative Cloud libraries feature lets you share assets with others and within other applications. The post How to share assets via your Creative Cloud libraries appeared first on AppleTell.
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The perceived risk of married co-founders

Geek Time - 20 Dec 2014 21:00
The perceived risk of marriedIf you happen to be one of these married couples co-founding a startup, what can you do to convince investors that these stark statistics don't apply to you?
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How to Harness Your Fear toStreet photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. Not only do you have to rapidly compose, frame, and approach strangers, but you have to do so with the risk of "injury."... They might injure you verbally (threaten to break your camera, give you a dirty look and call you a […]
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Sony hacking case combines rare blend of international intrigue and Hollywood star power
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Wow! The Most Amazing ImagesIce melt in Greenland, disappearing reindeer and boulder-moving storms are just a few of the cool images this week.
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Dictionary.com updates freeThe Dictionary.com free and premium apps for Android have both been updated to version 5.0 in the Google Play Store. Both versions include a visual redesign and a new Word of the Day quiz widget, but... the ad-free premium version includes a bunch of other new additions.
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Poll: 43% of Americans opposeA new Associated Press-GfK poll shows there are more Americans who oppose the use of commercial drones than there are Americans who support their use. Americans are especially opposed to the use of... drones to deliver small packages. The post Poll: 43% of Americans oppose the commercial use of drones, especially to make deliveries appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Denzel Washington has not been blacklisted
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Xiaomi reportedly raising overA new report claims that Xiaomi is raising over $1 billion in a new funding round that could be finalized as early as Monday. The latest influx is supposedly led by All-Stars Investment, run by former... Morgan Stanley analyst Richard Ji.
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Rambo Tribble writes: It sounds like a Mission: Impossible scenario, but aerospace company Boeing is teaming with Canadian phone maker BlackBerry to produce an ultra-secure mobile phone that... "self-destructs." The phone uses encryption on calls and is intended to serve the high-security needs of government and industry. As Blackberry CEO John Chen said, "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say." No word yet if you'll need the services of the bomb squad when you go over your minutes.
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How to Make a Coffee Cup SpyHere’s an interesting weekend photography project of moderate technical difficulty: the video above is a tutorial on how you can make a DIY coffee cup spy camera. The camera sees out of the cup’s... base and has a shutter that’s triggered whenever you lift the cup and pretend to drink from it. The build comes […]
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[In-Car Tech] Honda FCV to debut at NAIAS in January

Technology Tell - 20 Dec 2014 19:21
[From In-Car Tech] Lest you think Toyota gets to have all the fun with fuel cell vehicles, the Honda FCV Concept will bow at North American International Auto Show.
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Flipping through The Manual:Burned out on apps, keys and screens? Improve your analog life this weekend! Digital Trends' brother site The Manual exists to give men straight-up advice, from unspoken suit rules you need to know,... to the latest in fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming and culture. The post Flipping through The Manual: Backpacking flasks, socks and boots for the snow appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How to Make the Leap fromUse it as a guideline to vet your business ideas and find out if entrepreneurship in the right path for you
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[From GamerTell] Fluster Cluck is so bad that reading this review is actually a more entertaining way to spend your time. And this review isn't even that good.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] You're always on the lookout for a great deal. Any opportunity to snatch up an awesome item for an affordable price gets you... excited. Well, then you'll love our Deals tab. There are always great offers available, and new ones being added regularly. But they're only around for a limited time--like these great deals that are about to end. There's over 27 hours of content in the Adobe KnowHow course bundle. Start with the Night Photography Unlocked course so you can learn how to get great looking shots even in the dead of night. Then move on to the definitive course on Photoshop so you can learn to make the most out of the powerful editing program. Pick up the best ways to master your DSLR with a beginner's course, and learn...
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[From In-Car Tech] In 2015, the Indy Lights racing series will get all-new Dallara racing chassis -- and Mazda will provide the engines that power them.
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North Korea wants joint probeDenying responsibility for a major hack on Sony Pictures, North Korea has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. but promised "serious consequences" should its offer be rejected. On Friday, the... FBI said it had concluded North Korean responsibility because of several similarities in the malware code, the computer control network used and the software tools used against Sony and that used in previous attacks in South Korea that had been blamed on North Korea. North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, said in a statement Saturday that it needed to see "clear evidence" and said comparisons with previous cyberattacks were irrelevant to the Sony case.
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Birds Fled Area Before Tornadoes Appeared

Slashdot - 20 Dec 2014 18:40
SternisheFan sends a report from scientists who were tracking a group of birds — golden-winged warblers — in the Appalachian mountains. Just a few days after the birds completed their seasonal... migration, they did something odd — they picked up and moved again. Shortly thereafter, a series of storms swept through that area of the U.S., which led to a destructive tornado outbreak (abstract). After the storm had blown over, the team recaptured five of the warblers and removed the geolocators. These are tiny devices weighing about half a gram, which measure light levels. Based on the timing and length of the days they record, these gadgets allow scientists to calculate and track the approximate location of migratory birds. In this case, all five indicated that the birds had taken...
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First of four FukushimaOne of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said Saturday.
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The ultimate Tesla-killingBMW is reportedly in the early stages of developing a large luxury sedan aimed squarely at the Tesla Model S. Unlike the S, BMW's yet-unnamed sedan will be powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in... hybrid. The post The ultimate Tesla-killing machine? BMW preparing Model S fighter appeared first on Digital Trends.
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One Small Experiment inBenjamin Storm, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz , recently ran an interesting experiment in memory and technology. Storm took twenty college students and gave them a...
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Chai with Lakshmi: BringingWith technology, affordable healthcare anywhere could be a reality, explains Sujay Santra, Founder of iKure
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Facebook Messenger gets theRead receipts. They’re the first thing I turn off when I get a new messaging app or iOS device. But Facebook is doubling down on read receipts in the new Facebook Messenger, which has new,... blisteringly fast notifications showing you…
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Top 10 Food Staples You CanMany simple foods are not only easy to make at home, they'll likely be cheaper, healthier, and much tastier than the store-bought varieties. From cheese to peanut butter, here are a few DIY, delicious... food projects.
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[From In-Car Tech] Ford appointed Paul Ballew to help it better understand consumer behavior and develop even better mobility, connectivity, and autonomous driving tech.
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I have bought and returned anIt’s entirely possible this could be classified as an actual mental illness. But there’s just something about the iPhone 6 Plus that draws me in about a week after I switch back to my iPhone 6. It... goes something like this… There’s nothing wrong with the iPhone 6. It’s the best smartphone not only in the world, but ever made. It’s gorgeous, it’s luxury-level premium, it’s the phone Apple wishes they could have made 7 years ago -- it is completely perfect. Though, as someone who has always bought the best available iPhone, it kind of hurts that there’s one a bit better. Better is a relative term, obviously, but the screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is just perfection
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schwit1 writes: A careful updating of the geological timeline has shown that massive volcanic eruptions aligned with the extinction event that wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs 66 million years ago... (abstract). "A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic kilometers (264,000 cubic miles) of lava. The main phase of eruptions comprised about 80-90 percent of the total volume of the Deccan Traps' lava flow and followed a substantially weaker first phase that began about 1 million...
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[From In-Car Tech] The Nissan NV200 is about to get a lot more common in New York City, as the city has set an April 20 start date for the Taxi of Tomorrow program.
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When will Apple merge OS X and iOS?

AppleTell - 20 Dec 2014 17:15
When will Apple merge OS X andWith merging OS X and iOS, it's a matter of "when," not "if." The post When will Apple merge OS X and iOS? appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] When will Apple merge OS X and iOS?

Technology Tell - 20 Dec 2014 17:15
[From AppleTell] Apple will merge OS X and iOS, and it will massively simplify things for software developers, resulting in economies of scale that will benefit both Apple and the third-party... developer community.
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Apple forces Nintype to dropWith iOS 8, Apple has been showing a lot more indecision about what kind of app extensions, keyboards, and widgets are and aren’t allowed under the developer guidelines. This has caused even popular... apps like PCalc and Drafts to have…
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Review: iHome's iBN10 shedsI’ve reviewed a lot of iHome clock radios over the past nine years. They weren’t all formulaic, but there was a very clear evolutionary line from the original 2005-vintage, iPod-only iH5 to the... iPad-ready iDL95 released last year: take two speakers, stick a clock in the middle, center a dock on the top, then make the […]
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Caturday: Steve's a classic!

TUAW - 20 Dec 2014 17:00
Perhaps that headline should say, Steve is in front of a Mac Classic. He's a cute new kitten belonging to TUAW reader Adam Gray of Manchester, UK. Adam says: Please find attached my submission for... Caturday. Meet my new kitten, Steve who seems to be...
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Give Your Mac aWith Yosemite, you can create your own voice commands on your Mac using Automator. Blogger Jacob Salmela points out that if you like to live on the edge, you can make a voice activated self-destruct... sequence.
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Cut the Cord in the New YearIf you're ready to stop paying the cable company $100 per month for channels you don't use, maybe it's time to cut the cord and get an antenna . Amazon's leaf-style indoor models have great reviews,... and they're both marked down to all-time low prices today.
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Cut the Cord in the New YearIf you're ready to stop paying the cable company $100 per month for channels you don't use, maybe it's time to cut the cord and get an antenna . Amazon's leaf-style indoor models have great reviews,... and they're both marked down to all-time low prices today.
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[From AppleTell] AR-K is a four-episode adventure game with mystery, humor, and suspense that's available now for iOS and Android, and the first episode is free.
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AR-K adventure game is nowA theft, a one-night-stand, and an unearthly golden sphere. The post AR-K adventure game is now available for iOS and Android appeared first on AppleTell.
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Amazon is finally shipping theAmazon has started shipping the Magic Cover for the Nexus 9, but only in a single color. Should you be looking out for a new cover through the online retailer, you'll have to make do with Coral... Amethyst (pictured above), though at least it's something, right?
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North Korea Says It Didn'tNorth Korea says there will be "grave consequences" if Washington refuses.
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Volvo's smart connected helmet keeps cyclists safe

Digital Trends - 20 Dec 2014 16:33
Volvo's smart connected helmetVolvo, POC and Ericsson are developing a cloud-based system that can help drivers and cyclists look out for each other through a series of alerts -- provided they have the right technology. The post... Volvo’s smart connected helmet keeps cyclists safe appeared first on Digital Trends.
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HughPickens.com writes: Victoria Shannon reports in the NY Times that fifty years ago was a good year for music, with the Beatles appearing on Billboard's charts for the first time, the Rolling Stones... releasing their first album, the Supremes with five No. 1 hits, and Simon and Garfunkel releasing their debut album. The 50-year milestone is significant, because music published within the first half-century of its recording gets another 20 years of copyright protection under changes in European law. So every year since 2012, studios go through their tape vaults to find unpublished music to get it on the market before the deadline. The first year, Motown released a series of albums packed with outtakes by some of its major acts, and Sony released a limited-edition collection of 1962 outtakes...
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Motorcycles ski races: WhatAt the 1953 Motorcycle Skiing championships, held at Ehrwald in Tyrol, Austria, skiers held on to ropes attached to the backs of motorcycles — some even with sidecars — which had spiked wheels to... grip the snow.
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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. Stephen Colbert Is Dead. ...
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Another busy travel week,There are two winter storms that may cause travel problems in the U.S. leading up to Christmas, in what could feel like déjà vu for holiday travelers. The storms will likely impact the Northeast and... Midwest with rain, snow, a miserable combination of both and wind. See also: The worst things people do on airplanes, ranked The airports most likely to be impacted include: Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Boston (BOS), New York's LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Detroit (DTW), and potentially Chicago's O'Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). Considering many of those are hubs, any issues will have a ripple effect on the country's air-travel network.
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5 bizarre Christmas foods fromIn the U.S., Christmas dinner has a pretty reliable menu: roast ham, beef or turkey, potatoes, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, plus some fruit pies and sugar cookies for dessert. But come to the... table outside of North America and you'll likely find a very different spread. As Christianity spread across the globe, different cultures integrated Christmas into their existing traditions to create some, err, unique holiday dishes. These are some you’re unlikely to see on your own table: See also: Your Christmas tree has lived through one hell of an adventure
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Santa Phil Day 6: Win one ofThe Six Days of Santa Phil are coming to a close, and we're going out right. Up for grabs today are two 32GB Nexus 9 tablets. You've got the opportunity to win one, and someone else has the... opportunity to win the second. (You're not winning both, in other words.) And with each tablet we'll throw in a keyboard folio for good measure. To enter: Leave your best holiday haiku here in this contest thread. (Not in the comments below. If you leave your haiku in the comments here, we can't be held responsible for the amount of ridicule you may endure.) That's it. We'll accept entries through 5 p.m. PDT Monday, Dec. 22. Good luck! Enter to win a Nexus 9 tablet and keyboard folio!
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Why your Mac's firewall is off by default

The Loop - 20 Dec 2014 16:13
The Mac firewall is designed to block incoming connections. This article digs into the process of working with a firewall and explains why the Mac firewall is not necessary for most users.∞ Read... this on The Loop
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Off-world manufacturing is aOn Friday, the BBC reported on a NASA email exchange with a space station which involved astronauts on the International Space Station using their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent... up in the e-mail. Quite a marker for things to come? An object, after all, was designed on Earth and then transmitted to space for manufacture, indicating such events may have an impact on the economics of supply and demand for space missions. Astronauts would be more self-reliant on future long-duration space missions if on-demand manufacturing were in place, as an alternative to launching the actual items from Earth. NASA in this recent episode was responding to a request by ISS commander Barry Wilmore for a ratcheting socket wrench. Previously, said the BBC, if astronauts requested a...
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North Korea demands jointSEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington... rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation, analysts said. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. The break-in resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of confidential Sony emails and business files, and escalated to threats of terror attacks...
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Meet Amazon's #1 Reviewer, aAli Julia may or may not be her real name. But to the complex and influential world of Amazon reviews, Ali Julia is a name to be reckoned with. The mysterious Boston woman with an affection for... computers and battery chargers is the number one ranked reviewer on Amazon. She sounds a little quirky, too.
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Kate Winslet, MichaelAs work on the Aaron Sorkin-penned biography movie of Steve Jobs continues to move forward, the full line-up of actors continues to shift. With Michael Fassbender only recently confirmed to be... starring as Jobs, and Seth Rogen to portray Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, there are still a number of important and supporting roles that are unaccounted for. After recent negotiations, …
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Viewers may find the following scenes mildly disturbing ... A sad day as Vulture News Central loses its lead anchor, Regina Eggbert, in a horrific misunderstanding ... no, I can't go on. I simply... can't describe it. You'll have to see for yourself! ®...
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Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics?

TechCrunch - 20 Dec 2014 16:00
Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At I’m reluctant to cite what I’m about to cite. It’s scathing. It’s scurrilous. It’s caustic criticism that seems often overblown and, in some cases, deliberately devoid of context. It’s... the New York Times Magazine‘s condensation of Nicholas Carlson’s book about Marissa Mayer, which is clearly an attempt to do to her what Hatching Twitter did to…
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ITG report finds strong Apple Pay momentum

The Loop - 20 Dec 2014 15:58
Apple Pay momentum is growing, and is a real threat to PayPal.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The ASUS ZenWatch video review walkthrough

Android Central - 20 Dec 2014 15:56
The ASUS ZenWatch video reviewGot two minutes? Here are the broad strokes of the ASUS ZenWatch, the first Android Wear from the Taiwanese manufacturer. And two minutes really is all it takes to convey that this is arguably the... best-looking Android smartwatch thus far, from the stainless steel body to the hefty leather strap. And should you want to use something else, that strap is plenty easy to swap out. On the negative side? Well, there's not a lot. ASUS doubles up on some of the software, and it tends to nag you about installing other apps more than anyone else we've seen so far. But otherwise you get the same Android Wear experience as on other smartwatches -- only in a design that definitely turns heads. When you're done here, be sure to check out our complete ASUS ZenWatch review!
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The Quadraphonic Edition 

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 15:53
Listen to Episode No. 32 of Slate Money:
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In 2014, NASA took significant steps on the agency's journey to Mars -- testing cutting-edge technologies and making scientific discoveries while studying our changing Earth and the infinite universe... as the agency made progress on the next generation of air...
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Links to the official FBI update on the Sony hacking, as well as an interesting offer to Sony from the hacker quarterly 2600.
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Quiptalk is a social networking app for communicating with friends in topical chat rooms. Its spotlight feature is live typing which shows other users your message as you type it, eliminating the need... to wait for someone to tap "Send" before you get ...
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MojoKid (1002251) writes Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to most Slashdot readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had... issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech support scammers. According to the company, more than 65,000 complaints have been made about tech support scams since May of this year alone. Bogus technicians, pretending to represent Microsoft, call the house offering fake tech support and trick people into paying hundreds of dollars to solve a non-existent issue. If successful in their ruse, the scammer then gains access to a person's computer, which lets them steal personal and financial information and even...
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This Samsung Galaxy S4 skinMade of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when held, the Mobi Soft Shell Case features anti-slip properties that give your Galaxy S4 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a... special anti-dust, glossy coating with cut-outs for all ports and buttons. Gets yours today and save 80%
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Remember that post Google put up this week that accused the MPAA of trying to resurrect the spirit of SOPA with the help of state prosecutors (that included evidence based on some of Sony Pictures'... leaked emails)? It just turned into a lawsuit -- and...
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On Ice Bucket Challenges andHarassment and abuse on the Internet, Amazon vs. everyone and more.
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13 albums we can't wait to hear in 2015

Mashable - 20 Dec 2014 15:03
13 albums we can't wait toNew year, new music In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting... a bunch of new releases See also: 15 visually stunning album covers of 2014 While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like Adele, Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna, here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015.
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Sony and the rise ofNorth Korea has been blamed for one of the most destructive cyberattacks on a company in US history. It's just the latest in a string of hacks sanctioned and funded by governments.
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Indonesia's tin mining issues aren't the fruity firm's fault, guys. Move on Comment We've had another instalment in the campaign to blame Apple for all that goes wrong in poor countries, and this time... it was the BBC's Panorama that scolded the iFruit for buying tin in Indonesia....
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Cadillac CT6 will getCadillac said Thursday it will add high resolution streaming video to the function of a rearview mirror, so that the driver's vision and safety can be enhanced. The technology will debut on the 2016... Cadillac CT6. That means visual obstructions--passengers, headrests, car roof and rear pillars--can be removed.
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Winners of the National Geographic's 2014 Photo Contest have been announced, with first place winners in three categories bringing in cash prizes. The overall Grand Prize winning photo (above) has... earned a total of $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters. Take a look at some of the winning images. See gallery
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Fungi, bacteria and yeasts are the unsung heroes of chocolate production. Managing these little helpers better could keep the future for chocoholics sweet (full text available to subscribers)
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Study: songbirds knew a tornado was coming

Fox News - 20 Dec 2014 14:58
Study: songbirds knew aDays after five tiny golden-winged warblers finished their seasonal migration, flying 3,100 miles from Colombia to Tennessee, they vacated their new home to travel 400 miles south to the Gulf of... Mexico.
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Sony faces 4th ex-employeeA former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information.
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Scrap Tire Playgrounds LightenThe fire burned for nine months, billowing toxic black smoke thousands of feet above its Appalachian valley source and across five states. It would take 20 years and $12 million to clean up the... remains of the tire heap. At the time of the 1983 Rhinehart, Virginia, tire fire, about 90 percent of America's discarded tires went to landfills. There, they would take up massive amounts of space, occasionally ignite, and collect water that created fertile breeding grounds for disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Today, in part because of actions sparked by the Virginia disaster and many smaller tire fires, more than 90 percent of the nation's approximately 230 million tires scrapped each year are put to use -- burned as fuel, incorporated into asphalt roads and, increasingly, shredded into components...
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Detecting an Exoplanet... Without a Telescope

Bad Astronomy - 20 Dec 2014 14:30
Years ago, when the first transiting exoplanet (HD 209458b) was found, I was startled to realize that it could be easily detected using a small, inexpensive telescope. Transiting exoplanets are... planets that orbit other stars, and from Earth we just so happen to see their orbit edge-on. That means it passes in front of their parent star (that's the transit bit), blocking a fraction of its light. A tiny fraction, usually far less than 1%. But if the star is bright this dip in brightness can be spotted in small telescopes. I remember doing the calculations and finding that a 30 cm telescope could detect HD 209458b in a single night's observations. Tough, but possible. That meant an amateur astronomer could detect exoplanets! What didn't occur to me at the time is that you don't necessarily...
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The secret engine technologyOn December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest... airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works.
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Andrew Steele, 15, chose a drone as a Christmas present. And he's not alone. Thousands of drone fans--young and old--turned out at a recent show in Los Angeles.
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Seoul, Toyko pledge to workSouth Korea and Japan on Saturday vowed to work closely with the US to combat cyber crime, after Seoul blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures.
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8 free wallpapers to zap yourYou've decked out your home with festive lights, decorations and a dead tree — now it's time to get your phone into the holiday spirit. As a gesture from Mashable, we're giving you a collection of... eight festive, X-ray vision mobile wallpapers from our graphic designer, Christopher Mineses. See also: 13 Free Mobile Wallpapers We Designed Just for You So, from our family to yours, Internet, have a safe and happy holidays with a stylish new background on your phone Click your device or screen resolution, then download: Elf Image: Mashable, Christopher Mineses iPhone: iPhone 4/4SiPhone 5/5C/5SiPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus
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Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues.
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Dystopian Fiction's PopularityIn the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes Everything. The post Dystopian... Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future appeared first on WIRED.
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El Reg talks to The Theory of Everything producer Interview Folks in the scientific know like to pick apart movies about science and science fiction, pointing out all the ways in which they don't... embrace real facts and theories. They also love to complain about how nerds are so often portrayed on film the same way, as socially inept weirdos, sweet maybe, but not really taken seriously. And yet, the most likely criticism to be levelled at the two Oscar-worthy movies about scientists this year, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, is that they're not scientific enough....
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From the reactions to Sony pulling The Interview to the end of the beloved Serial, a lot happened on the Internet last week. Catch up here. The post While You Were Offline: 30,000 People Buy Bull... Poop, George R.R. Martin Freaks Out Over The Interview appeared first on WIRED.
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North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington's "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of... retaliation.
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Sony tells AFP it still plansSony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film.
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Stridalyzer smart insoles show how you run

Slash Gear - 20 Dec 2014 13:27
Stridalyzer smart insoles showSmart products tailored to runners have been cropping up, including the Bionic Runner bike that combines running and cycling into a single hybrid activity. The latest to surface for the marathons... among us are the Stridalyzer smart insoles, something users slip into their running shoes. Data from a running session is sent to a related mobile app, which shows stress …
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6 Times Holiday DecorationsEvery winter, people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments, trees and tinsel. But none of these holiday pastimes is risk-free, as people -- and cats, dogs and owls -- have... learned over the years.
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The smartphone could throw a spanner in the works of the car sector's post-crisis turnaround, with the big manufacturers facing a long-term threat from apps.
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Do cell phones cause cancer?Phones can cause cancer. No, they can't. It's an argument which has gone on for years, and shows no sign of being settled. The trouble is, regardless of the outcome, smartphones have no become so... important, we just don't seem to care if they're dangerous to our health. The post Do cell phones cause cancer? Admit it: You couldn’t give yours up if they did appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Is it a router? Nope! It's Asus' new mini-PC

Digital Trends - 20 Dec 2014 13:15
Is it a router? Nope! It'sAre you looking for a small, silent computer that can tuck behind your monitor? Asus thinks it has just what you need with its new E210, a miniature desktop that leverages Intel's Bay Trail processor... for efficient performance. The post Is it a router? Nope! It’s Asus’ new mini-PC appeared first on Digital Trends.
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You know what will go perfectly with those futuristic rocket-powered, heartrate-monitoring bikes? This smart helmet that Volvo wants to create. It's a two-way system that works by uploading both... cyclists' and drivers' locations to Volvo's cloud. Whil...
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Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

The Phoblographer - 20 Dec 2014 13:07
Review: Peak Design SlideThe Peak Design Slide Camera Strap is the single most versatile camera strap that we've ever tested.
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Top 10 must-play games of 2014

Mashable - 20 Dec 2014 13:04
Top 10 must-play games of 20142014 was an exciting, surprising year in gaming While the new consoles found their footing, game creators also had to wrestle with that new hardware. It was a year of triumphs, experiments and some... utter fails. See also: The best mobile games of 2014 As the dust settles, we picked 10 games for consoles and PC worth your time and money Watch the video, above, or read the following list to see the titles that delighted us the most with their creativity and execution. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Alfa's wild child goes for a spin Vulture at the Wheel The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is a car with far too much power. The 240hp from the 1750cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine overwhelms the fat... tyres, so it struggles for grip and torque steers....
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North Korea has ratcheted the absurdity level of the Sony hack up a notch by pleading its innocence again and even offering to help find the real perpetrators. The FBI recently blamed North Korea for... the attack that forced Sony Pictures Entertainment...
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Earthquake Retrofit writes The Register is reporting that the Tor Project has warned that its network – used to mask peoples' identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming... days. In a Tor blog post, project leader Roger 'arma' Dingledine said an unnamed group may seize Tor's directory authority servers before the end of next week. These servers distribute the official lists of relays in the network, which are the systems that route users' traffic around the world to obfuscate their internet connections' public IP addresses.
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Apple has said that the company is "deeply offended" by BBC's investigation into workers' conditions in Chinese factories involved in manufacturing its devices.
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A US judge has rejected HP's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the IT company's botched acquisition of Autonomy.
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Best Google easter eggs

Digital Trends - 20 Dec 2014 12:15
Best Google easter eggsGoogle is known for playing pranks every year in April, but the fun doesn't stop there. The company has also hidden Easter eggs throughout the web and if you know where to look, you can find them. The... post Best Google easter eggs appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Chromebooks now listen up when you say 'OK Google'

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 12:15
There's a Chrome browser extension that lets users activate voice commands by saying "OK Google," but Chrome OS users soon won't need it anymore.
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Surprise! Madonna releases 6Madonna isn't hung up on people leaking new music from her 13th album The "Material Girl" singer responded to the leaks by surprisingly unleashing six songs from her forthcoming Rebel Hearts album... early Saturday morning. See also: 15 Things Madonna Said on Reddit: I'm a Gay Man and Dream of Brad Pitt "I was hoping to release my new single 'Living For Love' on Valentine's Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring," Madonna said in a statement. "I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift."
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A funny and moving dig at the patriarchal 1960s Film review The ingredients are all there for an Oscar-winning film in Big Eyes. Multiple Academy Award nominee Amy Adams and one-time winner Christoph... Waltz play Walter and Margaret Keane in a flick based on a true story about pop culture and high art in the 1960s....
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Beyonce and Jay-Z lost their bid to Minecraft creator Markus Persson to buy $70 million mega mansion in Beverly Hills, California.
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BlackBerry's latest financialBlackBerry has announced its latest set of incomings and outgoings, and while the company still made a loss in the last quarter, there are indications that the firm is on the way back. The post... BlackBerry’s latest financial results show further signs of recovery appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Office-supply retailer Staples said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.
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Instagram now valued at $35 billion, beats Twitter

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 11:14
Photo sharing website Instagram has been valued at $35 billion by Citigroup beating Twitter's market capital of $23 billion.
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Mark E Smith, these days, looks a bit like an ET lost in the bookies Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston is joined by Andrew Orlowski to review the pick of publishing this week. A compilation of... works from mysterious Stark Houghton tells tall tales of the wild west. Mac users can brush up their skills or get a break from hapless relatives with the latest from Bob LeVitus. And music lovers get a down to earth view of the indie scene from The Fall's bass player Steve Hanley....
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2014 Holiday Season Retail Trends

TechPinions - 20 Dec 2014 11:00
Welcome to the weekly Tech.pinions podcast. This week, Ben Bajarin, Bob O’Donnell and Steve Baker discuss the holiday shopping trends for tech devices in US retail stores.
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Facebook's popularity among teenagers still dipping

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 10:59
Facebook is less popular among teenagers than last year, says a survey, adding that 88% of teenagers now use the social network against 94% last year.
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Drones take off as Christmas gifts

IOL - 20 Dec 2014 10:59
While historically people have thought of drones as military aircraft, the growth of drones as recreational vehicles has exploded.
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Flipkart Internet Raises $700 Million

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 10:58
Flipkart Internet Raises $700Flipkart Internet, India's largest e-commerce company by sales, said it raised $700 million in a third round of financing this year as global investors seek to get a piece of India's growing online... market.
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Orion's Belt: String of StarsOrion's Belt is an asterism of three stars that appear about midway in the constellation Orion the Hunter. The stars are so called because they appear to form a belt in the hunter's outfit.
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The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but hasn't made its way to mobile until now.
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The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but hasn't made its way to mobile until now.
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Before It's Too Late: AnThe technology of the future can't wait.
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Before It's Too Late: AnThe technology of the future can't wait.
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Could Lenovo's next phone haveBigger batteries might at last be about to save us from charging smartphones up multiple times a day -- rumors from China say Lenovo's next mobile will be able to keep going for over a month. The post... Could Lenovo’s next phone have a 46-day battery life? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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When Counseling After aAs the country reels from the Sydney siege and its unhappy end, many will be wondering what can be done for the hostages stuck for hours with the gunman in the Lindt café.
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Complaints regarding various issues, such as taxis with doctored meters for example, are now taken very seriously and actioned on as well.
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India's E-Commerce Giant Flipkart raised $1 billion at the end of July, and less than six months later the Indian e-commerce giant is rounding of the year with a new $700 million round.
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Old man, take a look at my wife Something for the Weekend, Sir? Old Man by Neil Young...
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Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh financing

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 09:53
The new round catapults Flipkart right up into the top-tier of the world's most valued privately-held tech startups like Uber, Snapchat, Airbnb and Dropbox.
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Flipkart raises $700 million, files to go 'public'

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 09:53
The new round catapults Flipkart right up into the top-tier of the world's most valued privately-held tech startups like Uber, Snapchat, Airbnb and Dropbox.
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Setting a new trend, startup companies offering competitive salaries took part in good numbers in this year's annual placement season at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
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OLA Cabs, Flipkart major recruiters at IIT-M

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 09:45
Setting a new trend, startup companies offering competitive salaries took part in good numbers in this year's annual placement season at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
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Black Mirror's new 'ChristmasEvery generation needs its Black Mirror. In 1932, Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World reflected the ugliest sides of consumerism, commoditization, and complacency. In 1949, George Orwell published... 1984, which warned against how governments used surveillance, propaganda, and fear to control societies. And in 1984, William Gibson’s Neuromancer forecasted the terrifying confluence of big data, the connected self, and cybercrime, years before those terms even existed. Today, with so many of Huxley’s, Orwell’s, […]
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Nerval's Lobster writes Ever since 3-D printing began to enter the mainstream, people have discussed the technology's potential for building prosthetic arms and legs for human beings. But what about... doing the same for dogs? In one of those videos that ends up circulated endlessly on the Internet, a dog named Derby, born with a congenital deformity that deprived him of front paws, is outfitted with a pair of 3-D-printed prosthetics. With those "legs" in place, the dog can run for the first time, at a pretty good clip. Both the prosthetics and the video were produced by 3D Systems, which builds 3-D printers, and it seems likely that other 3-D-printing companies will explore the possibility of printing off parts for pets. And while the idea of a cyborg pooch is heartwarming, it will be...
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About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants. However little is known about how early... exposure to these medications might affect their offspring as they mature into adults.
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New technique reveals immune cell motion

e! Science News - 20 Dec 2014 09:32
Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are the immune system's all-terrain vehicles. The cells are recruited to fight infections or injury in any tissue or organ in the body despite differences in... the cellular and biochemical composition. Researchers from Brown University's School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery in the Warren Alpert Medical School collaborated to devise a new technique for understanding how neutrophils move in these confined spaces.
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E-commerce sites' new focus: Packaging

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 09:32
Packaging gains weight for burgeoning industry in battle for brands, aesthetic value.
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Princess Di and the History of Mass Grieving

Live Science - 20 Dec 2014 09:22
Princess Di and the History ofThe common thread in this public expression of grief is the untimely, unexpected deaths of people who are often in the prime of their lives; both the famous and the unknown.
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Tor founder warns attack onOh boy. For weeks, Pando has been covering the cosy relationship between the Tor network and the US government. Tonight that relationship appears to be on the rocks. Earlier today, Tor cofounder Roger... Dingledine (above) published a blog post warning that Tor had received a tip that forces unknown (or undisclosed) may be about to seize one or more of the nine "directory authority" servers which tell Tor traffic […]
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Like ICANN's NetMundial but with an actual goal and without the boycotts The European Commission has signed a contract to create a system that will gather up the world's policies on governing the... internet, and put 'em all under one roof. That way, people can look over them and work out how to best run the 'net....
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Cork Stool by Pip Eco

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Cork Stool by Pip EcoNext time you decide to carry a seater for your impromptu outdoor trip, try this extremely portable Cork Stool by Pip Eco. It's not only eco-friendly but can also be stored and assembled as a... comfortable seater whenever required. The four stable wooden legs can fit into the cork body and convert it to a comfy seat in no time. When not in use, you can easily slip the wooden legs into the storage zones on the side of the...
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Table Tap Drink Dispenser

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Table Tap Drink DispenserPouring a simple glass of water will now be real fun once you start using the Table Tap Drink Dispenser. The design might remind you of a perfume atomiser but this one mostly serves as a mini water... pump on the table. It will definitely make you feel close to being in a scientific laboratory which is where lies the real fun. You may have had a lot of experience in trying out different kinds of water dispensers before but...
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Fuji X-Pro 1 Camera

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Fuji X-Pro 1 CameraYour extreme passion for photography together with the greed of capturing high-quality images will be driving you towards the new Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. It's a 16.3Mp resolution camera that has been... provided with a 3.0″ RGBW LCD Monitor. The Fujifilm X Lens Mount together with the Hybrid Multi Viewfinder only makes the process of photography easier and more refined. You get to capture your best moments with precision and quality that only makes those precious days even more special....
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Legion Collection Alliance Backpack by Hex

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Legion Collection AllianceTravel on those occasional weekend trips in style by carrying all your necessities in this Legion Collection Alliance Backpack by Hex. It is a water resistant waxed canvas bag which has been adorned... with genuine leather zipper pulls. The main storage compartment inside has been divided into segments that can easily fit a 15' laptop and a tablet separately. The bag flaunts a rough, sturdy appearance perfect for adventurers who love to travel with technology by their side. This backpack...
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Wall Side Shelf by JM&Sons

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Wall Side Shelf by JM&SonsStore everyday necessities including your phone on this two-staged Wall Side Shelf by JM&Sons. Apart from having a separate slit for your mobile, the shelf has enough space to hold miscellaneous items... such as your mail, keys, metro passes, and pocket change. You can mount it anywhere on the wall preferably by the bedside for easy access. The bottom shelf has been made of handcrafted salvaged wood with the rest of the unit coming in a gunmetal black or eggshell...
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Olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens For iPhone 6 & Plus

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens ForYour iPhone clicks will now be more enhanced and crystal clear once you pair it up with the Olloclip 4-IN-1 Photo Lens For iPhone 6 & Plus. It comes with 4 advanced optics lenses that can work best... for both your front and rear cameras. This helps in enhancing the quality of your phone clicked photos as well as selfies. To add to this, the set also comprises 3 wearable pendants to ensure you get to carry your cameras always...
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Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday TreatCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts SayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market Herbs

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: E. Coli Germs Found on Farmers Market HerbsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: CDC Warns of Listeria Danger From Caramel ApplesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Study Supports Benefit of Widely Used Glaucoma DrugCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Cancer Treatment Costs Weigh Heavily on Patients, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: More Children in the U.S. Are Getting Type 1 DiabetesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study Finds

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: Work Steals Valuable Sleep Time, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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You don't have to grin and bear it

IOL - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Load shedding. Everyone hates it but some clever apps and gadgets are making it a little easier to bear.
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Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger DriversCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Loss of Teeth Linked to Physical, Mental Decline in StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier Holiday

MedicineNet - 20 Dec 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: 12 Ways to a Healthier HolidayCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Crohn's, Colitis May Have Genetic Underpinnings, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Regular Cigarettes, Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/19/2014 12:00:00 AM
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ZumZum Bike

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 08:59
ZumZum BikeWe proudly present to you, ‘ZumZum - the first bike for your child! Children as young as 18 months can now start to learn riding a bike in a safe and controlled manor, with ZumZum's unique design... and natural suspension system! We are a new, innovative company, looking for your support through our Kickstarter Campaign over the coming weeks… In conjunction with none-other than the legend himself, Steve Peat has been a figure head of cycling for many years throughout...
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MUZEGG: Music and Phone Calls anywhere

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 08:59
MUZEGG: Music and Phone CallsUnique, fashionable and trendy is what your friends will say to the new way to enjoy music anytime or anyplace. Introducing the MUZEGG, the deliciously different way to listen to your music driving,... playing, sunbathing or showering. Wherever your music and mood takes you, Muzegg is there. The Muzegg comes as a cute, colorful, funky little egg with a suction cup, but underneath this adorable exterior lies a high-tech, waterproof, life-proof speaker that with provide incredible sound quality wherever you...
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The Pop Up Art Book

The Gadget Flow - 20 Dec 2014 08:59
The Pop Up Art BookThe Pop Up Art Book. is a unique art pop up book featuring 3-d versions of art from 6 popular comic book, pop, and street artists: Angry Woebots, Skinner, Tara McPherson, kozyndan, Jim Mahfood and... Junko Mizuno.
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The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with.
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The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with.
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Timeline of cyberattack against Sony

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 08:38
The US has accused North Korea of a massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures over 'The Interview,'.
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An outspoken supporter of bitcoins has been sentenced to two years in prison for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to Silk Road.
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An outspoken supporter of bitcoins has been sentenced to two years in prison for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to Silk Road.
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Samsung is closing its ChatOn application in all its markets in the first quarter of the next year as a survey found that users spent only six seconds on the app per month.The app would be shut down... in most of the countries by February 1. However, ...
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Sony Xperia E4 images leaked

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 08:20
The Xperia E4 is rumored to have a 5-inch screen, but with its thin bezels it appears only slightly larger in overall size than the 4.3-inch Z1 Compact.
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BlackBerry cuts losses but disappoints analysts

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 07:50
Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter but its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.
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Netflix adds BoJack HorsemanIf you are a fan of BoJack Horseman, Netflix has a special holiday treat for you: the BoJack Horseman Christmas Special. The show is up to stream on Netflix as of now, starring the voices of Alison... Brie, Will Arnett, and Aaron Paul. Of course, the show is a lot of things -- cynical, witty, and deadpan, according to Netflix …
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4K video recording comes toMicrosoft has started rolling out its 'Denim' software update for Lumia devices, bringing an improved camera and more abilities for Cortana, the voice assistant on Windows Phone. The update, detailed... back in September, is a big one, bringing a solid list of new features See also: Nokia's Lumia Phones Get Camera Superpowers The highlights of the update mostly have to do with the camera, including 4K video recording, fast camera start (from sleep mode to taking a photo in a little more than one second), Rich Capture mode (which automatically applies features like HDR, Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure)
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No FDI in B2C e-commerce for now

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 07:12
India will not allow foreign investment in business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce for the time being to protect Indian ventures.
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Review: Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4The Sony Zeiss 16-35mm f4 OSS is a lens that the photojournalist, real estate and landscape photographer will swoon over. But not many others.
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Don't fall prey to cyber crimes this holiday season

Business Standard - 20 Dec 2014 07:04
While the year 2014 saw a slew of breakthrough technology advances, the sophistication and number of cyber threats across the world grew as well.
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Inside the Pakistan schoolOn Tuesday morning, Taliban gunmen attacked a school in northwestern Pakistan, killing more than 140 people — mostly children. It was the deadliest Taliban attack in Pakistan's history. This week,... memorials and funerals have taken place to commemorate those who died The Army Public School's hallways and classrooms are now destroyed, riddled with bullets, marking the horrific event. Additional reporting by The Associated Press
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Duet Display second screen appEarlier this week we detailed Duet Display, an app that'll turn your iOS device into a second screen for your Mac, giving you an extended display in situations when you need more screen real estate... but don't have a monitor around to utilize. The app wasn't available at the time, but it didn't take long for it to drop, and …
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Sony cyber attack may be costliest ever

News24 - 20 Dec 2014 06:54
Sony faces losses on multiple fronts from an unprecedented cyber attack that US authorities say stems from North Korean hackers.
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Want to Lose Weight? WeighDiligently weighing yourself can lead to actual weight loss, according to a study. That's an easy complement to eating healthy and engaging in regular physical activity.
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Woman assaults grandmother forLikely feeling spurned after her grandmother ignored her Facebook friend request, a 27-year-old Florida women decided that committing aggravated battery would be the best way to become Facebook... friends. The post Woman assaults grandmother for denying Facebook friend request appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dr. Ruth's tips for jolly sexAs the holidays approach, people are heading home in droves, often with their significant others in tow. Unfortunately, nothing dampens sexual appetite quite like the thought of having sex in a room... that shares a wall with the guest room occupied by grandma. With fears of unwelcome relatives barging in on intimate moments, we turned to a household name known for her candor when speaking on both sex and relationships: Ruth Westheimer, best known as Dr. Ruth See also: 5 Amazon Sex Toy Reviews That Will Tickle You Pink [NSFW] At the age of 86, Dr. Ruth remains a welcome voice in the world of sexuality. Since her early days working for Planned Parenthood and her resulting interest in the study of human sexuality, Dr. Ruth has spent nearly 40 years helping people discover, understand and grow...
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An extreme case of how someRemember Me is a typical boy-cheats-on-girl story that turns into a surprising tale of someone so narcissistic that he would do anything to get attention. Add Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to the... mix, and things get crazy fast. It's exaggerated, yes, but I'm sure you know people like this online--and in real life too.
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RunKeeper update givesRunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their... own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them …
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Kim Kardashian's over herOh no she didn't Kim Kardashian West sent momager Kris Jenner a strongly-worded email Friday critiquing her fashion choices, telling Kris to stop strutting about town in "pilgrim adams family... outfits." Jenner published the email on her Instagram, because she needed some new material for the 900th season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians After spending an amazing morning at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast, and while I was in my car and hadn't even gotten home yet, my LOVELY daughter @kimkardashian sent me this delightful email after she apparently saw my picture online...so I wanted to share with you her special holiday cheer. #ithoughtilookedfab #cantdoanythingrightlol A photo posted by @krisjenner on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:49am PST
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Now Explore Street View with Google Cardboard

Tech Times - 20 Dec 2014 06:19
Now Explore Street View withUsers can now take a virtual reality tour of faraway places, such as Dubai's Burj Khalifa, using the new feature of Google Maps that integrates the Google Cardboard virtual reality headset.
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Boeing's mysterious, self-destructing Black phone is getting help in the security department from none other than BlackBerry. During a conference call on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced... that the company is collaborating with the defense contractor to bake its end-to-end BES 12 platform into the long-gestating Android device.
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2015 Audi RS5 Coupe SportAudi has a new limited 2015 RS5 Coupe Sport edition, a model only available in a 75 unit limited production run. The Sport limited edition model sports a substantial price boost over the standard... model, but for the price increase is a design by an exclusive customization team at Audi, the particulars of which we have showcased in a gallery …
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Ferguson prosecutor says grandSt. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch said in a local radio interview on Friday that some of the witnesses who testified before the grand jury that declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the... shooting death of Michael Brown were clearly not telling the truth, but he will not seek perjury charges In his first interview since he announced the grand jury decision last month, McCulloch told St. Louis radio station KTRS that he wanted jurors to be able to decide for themselves whether witnesses were credible, despite the fact that some accounts were demonstrably false. McCulloch said the jury was well aware that these witnesses were not being truthful.
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Two world leaders, one pressU.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin both recently held end-of-year press conferences, so why not compare them? Both world leaders spoke about a range of topics, though... Putin's lasted around three times longer than Obama's See also: 6 standout moments from Putin's marathon speech You can watch Obama's hour-long press conference, below And here's an English translation of Putin's three-hour conference: But if you'd rather skip to some of the better parts, then
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Gold Standard: Nikon D750 review posted

DP Review - 20 Dec 2014 05:45
The D750 is Nikon's newest FX-format camera, offering a number of features from the D810 in combination with a 24MP sensor. It also boasts a faster frame rate than any non-professional full-frame... Nikon DSLR since the D700. Aimed squarely at enthusiasts and full-frame upgraders the D750 boasts a comprehensive video and still photography specification - see how it performed in the field and in our extensive studio tests. Read review
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A true survival story about aRed Bull is animating crazy surfer stories and this one from surfer Dean 'Dingo' Morrison is a doozy. It starts when he decides to buy a boat to try and catch the biggest fish he can. But him and his... friends get too drunk and capsize the boat and end up swimming from island to island in search of rescue.
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Peace Offering -- MicrosoftHalo shepherds 343 Industries and Microsoft are making good on their promise to deliver a peace offering to beleaguered Halo: The Master Chief Collection players.
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Who's really to blame forLOS ANGELES — Will you ever get to see The Interview? There's a Rube Goldberg machine of factors between now and the day you get to watch Seth Rogen and James Franco go on a mission to North Korea,... bent on assassinating Kim Jong-un — the very guy who, according to the U.S. government, is preventing you from seeing The Interview. SEE ALSO: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you As of Friday night, we were still in the finger-pointing stage: Sony squarely laid the blame on movie theater chains for chickening out, saying the film was pulled "as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision."
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How the FBI says it connectedThe FBI on Friday said that North Korea was responsible for the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack leaked personal employee information, embarrassing emails and after a series of... threats ultimately led to the cancelation of the comedy film, The Interview. See also: Sony hackers reportedly praise executives for pulling 'The Interview' The FBI's official statement offered insight into how it believes the intrusion into Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) took place. Malware at large The FBI says that the SPE attack consisted of "the deployment of destructive malware." In other words, the hacking group infected SPE systems with malware that not only provided access to thousands of systems but destroyed the data on those systems after the data sieve was complete. Its...
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Comcast brings user timeComcast is America's favorite company to hate, and it is trying to change that popular view by eliminating some of the hassle customers often encounter. The latest on the chopping block is waiting on... hold, at least under certain circumstances. On Thursday, Comcast announced that it had added two new features to its My Account App, one of which allows …
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Obama: Sony 'did the wrong thing'

USA Today - 20 Dec 2014 05:08
Obama: Sony 'did the wrongSony Pictures CEO responds: 'We have not caved.'          
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You know Halo: The Master Chief Collection's multiplayer has been, well, problematic since launch despite numerous patches. We know it and Microsoft does, too. That's why it's making it up to everyone... who's played it with freebies. Those include a re...
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Here's what happens to yourThe world of contraband electronics probably isn’t one that you’re familiar with, but if you read about smartphones on a regular basis, you’re bound to come across stories of black markets all... around the world selling devices for hundreds of dollars more than they’re worth. This is one of the most interesting we’ve ever read. FROM EARLIER: A step-by-step guide for recovering your stolen iPhone... and proof that it works In a recent article on Wired, Matthew Shaer recounted the story of a single batch of stolen iPhones, a tale that has far more twists and turns than you might expect. The story begins at a FedEx facility in California, where a package split open and dozens of unopened iPhones cascaded on to
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Google Play would be theIt's not looking good for The Interview. The film, which saw its release canceled in the wake of the epic Sony Pictures hack and subsequent terror threats from the hackers, may not appear on the... screen of any theater for a very long time. President Barack Obama weighed in on the matter Friday, saying it was a "mistake" for Sony to pull the release of the film. Sony CEO Michael Lynton responded, saying the company was still committed to some kind of release, and blamed the halted release on theater owners, who refused to screen the film after threats of physical attacks. See also: Sony CEO fires back: 'We have not caved,' disputes Obama's comments
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Google+ adds auto enhancementGoogle Plus's Auto Awesome feature has been improving its users' images for a while now, and we've seen different updates related to it roll out over the months. Back in December of last year, Google... added its year-in-review videos, for example, and it now it has added an auto-enhancement feature that improves uploaded videos (if the user wants). The enhancements …
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Lawmaker stands by abortionThe Missouri state representative who introduced a bill that would require a woman to obtain the written, notarized consent of a the father before obtaining an abortion has defended the proposed... legislation despite outcry from state Democrats and women's health groups. In an interview with local NBC affiliate KHSB on Thursday, Rep. Rick Brattin said H.B. 131, which he filed in early December, was a bid to stand up for men's rights, which, he said, have been eroded by feminists. See also: Americans voted in favor of legalizing weed, a higher minimum wage and more “With the women's movement for equal rights, well it's swung so far we have now taken away the man's right and the say in their child's life,” Brattin said. "Right now the way it is, the woman gets the full say and the father...
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Judge Rejects ProposedHewlett-Packard can't quite move past the legal messes from its 2011 acquisition of U.K. software firm Autonomy. A judge rejected Friday a proposed settlement of a shareholder lawsuit claiming current... and former H-P executives and directors failed to heed warning signs about problems with Autonomy. H-P later wrote down much of the value of the deal, and it's been mired in legal tussles ever since.
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mpicpp writes with this excerpt from Fortune: Staples said Friday afternoon that nearly 1.16 million customer payment cards may have been affected in a data breach under investigation since October.... The office-supply retailer said two months ago that it was working with law enforcement officials to look into a possible hacking of its customers' credit card data. Staples said in October that it had learned of a potential data theft at several of its U.S. stores after multiple banks noticed a pattern of payment card fraud suggesting the company computer systems had been breached. Now, Staples believes that point-of-sale systems at 115 Staples locations were infected with malware that thieves may have used to steal customers' names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and card verification...
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The app that puts Yosemite onDuet Display is a brand new application that lets users repurpose old and new iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and turn them into handy second displays for OS X laptops and... desktops -- and it’s available for download right now. FROM EARLIER: This is the best reason to revive that old iPad and put it to good use The OS X application is available as a free download that users can grab from the company's website, but the iOS app is a little pricier at $9.99. Once both applications are installed, users only have to connect their iOS and OS X devices using either a 30-pin or Lightning cable, and they'll be able to extend the OS
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Staples says hack may haveThe data breach at the Staples office-supply chain may have affected roughly 1.16 million payment cards as criminals deployed malware to point-of-sale systems at 115 stores, the company said Friday.... The affected stores cover 35 states from California to Connecticut, according to a list Staples released Friday. The chain has more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. The malware, which allowed the theft of debit and credit card data, was removed in mid-September upon detection, Staples said. The retailer had previously confirmed the incident in October. A previous report from security researcher Brian Krebs around that time cited fraudulent transactions traced to cards that were used for purchases at Staples stores in the Northeastern U.S., but apparently the attack was much wider than that.
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6 best Bluetooth speakers under Rs 6,000

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 04:07
Here are the best budget Bluetooth speakers that you can buy...
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Criminals used malware that may have allowed access to cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.
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8 ways to manage your e-mail better

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 04:00
Buried in newsletters? Harassed by spam? Tired of juggling multiple inboxes on your smartphone?Here are the best apps and web services to help you...
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8 ways to manage your email better

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 04:00
Buried in newsletters? Harassed by spam? Tired of juggling multiple inboxes on your smartphone?Here are the best apps and web services to help you...
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Damaged 'scope still producing good science The Kepler space telescope might be damaged goods, but the clever hacks created by NASA's engineers have kept it running and it has spotted a new - if... distant - planet that could harbor water, just like Earth....
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Rival protesters — forAfter two rival demonstrations converged near New York City Hall Friday afternoon—one supporting the New York Police Department and the other opposing police brutality—some anti-police protesters... continued their march throughout Manhattan, temporarily taking over the Manhattan Bridge overpass and stalling traffic. While the New York police brutality protesters focused on the police-involved killings of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson in August and 43-year-old Eric Garner in Staten Island in July, activists in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, gathered to remember another black man fatally shot by a police officer who hasn't had as much play in the national media.
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Google adds Christmas window shopping to Maps

Slash Gear - 20 Dec 2014 03:52
Google adds Christmas windowGoogle has been progressing nobly in its effort to bridge the physical world with the digital one, and the end result is the ability to tour all sorts of locations you otherwise never would. The... recently added The Colbert Report set is one excellent example, and now in time for the holidays is something similar and entirely more festive: virtual …
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This is it: the last hottest news stories of the year! Unless something major drops next week, this is it for 2014. So let's see how things go out this December. Looks like the iPhone 6 is continuing... as a juggernaut in the marketplace, and -- good news -- the order turnaround time is down to one day. Meanwhile, looks like Samsung continues to stumble, Apple Pay is going abroad, the Apple Watch is inspiring others, and Apple is having successes all around. Those stories and more below the fold at this year's end. Happy Holidays to all our Mac|Life readers!
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Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism: 'We had no choice'
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Colorado's neighbors are suingNebraska and Oklahoma would like Colorado to roll back its week legalization, and they're willing to go to court over it The two states have filed a lawsuit against Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court,... challenging the nation's first, but not the last, state to legalize marijuana See also: Former driver takes on UPS in Supreme Court pregnancy discrimination case We've broken down different aspects of the legal challenge, below Why Nebraska and Oklahoma? Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Nebraska on Dec. 18. Image: Nati Harnik/Associated Press Nebraska and Oklahoma both share relatively small borders with Colorado, and officials in both states say they've seen more pot slip across state lines since Colorado legalized marijuana at the start of the...
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Good grief, the hacks just don't stop. Now office-supply store Staples believes that it suffered an attack that compromised some 1.16 million payment cards. Between August 10th and September 16th this... year, 115 stores were afflicted by malware that "...
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Developers warn of swoop plot to cripple privacy network The Tor Project is warning that its network - used by netizens to mask their identities on the internet - may be knocked offline in the coming... days....
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Finished the Serial podcast and want to know what all those people and places looked like without just using your imagination? Here's every Google image search you were scared to do until it was over.... The post Every Serial-Related Google Image Search You’ve Been Afraid to Do appeared first on WIRED.
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Balckberry confirms it isThe Canadian phone firm is working on the secret handset, which it is believed is already being offered to 'approved' purchasers, CEO John Chen (pictured) said.
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T-Mobile forks over $90Remember how indignant T-Mobile got when it was accused by the Federal Trade Commission of profiting from scams against its customers? Well now T-Mobile has agreed to fork over $90 million to settle... the FTC’s charges, which it said were “unfounded and without merit” earlier this year. As part of the settlement, T-Mobile will have to provide full refunds to any affected customers. RELATED: FTC sues T-Mobile for allegedly hitting customers with hundreds of millions in bogus charges "Mobile cramming is an issue that has affected millions of American consumers, and I'm pleased that this settlement will put money back in the hands of affected T-Mobile customers," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "Consumers should be able to trust that their mobile
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Power solution lies in champagne bubbles?

Times of India - 20 Dec 2014 03:30
Using Japan's most powerful computer, researchers have explored how the physics of champagne bubbles may enable the design of more efficient power stations or propellers.
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gReader update brings MaterialBoth the free and the ad-free versions of gReader have been updated recently. The apps, both in version 4.0, brings a lot of visual changes to give your news a fresh look. With the update, gReader... gains support for Lollipop, brings Material Design to its look, and adds a new card view for item lists.
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Apple Pay has only been around since October, but according to a new report from ITG, the service has already grabbed 1 percent of the total digital payment dollars spent in the U.S. in November. If... the trend continues, the report suggests, Apple has already won itself a more loyal mobile payment audience than some rival services like PayPal. That's an impressive gain for so short a period, especially since ITG notes that Google Wallet has only managed to reach 4 percent since its release in 2011. For specifics, 60 percent of Apple Pay users used the service multiple times throughout November compared to the mere 20 percent of PayPal users who used the service more than once per month. (ITG isn't clear, but the vast majority of other digital payments seem to come from PayPal.) Apple Pay...
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Binge anyone? Hulu scores aHulu has made two major content deals this week that will bring a score of FX programming like Fargo and Tyran, as well as older shows from the MGM vault like Flipper, Green Acres, and the Addams... Family. The post Binge anyone? Hulu scores a heap of shows, from Fargo to Flipper appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google is close to launchingYou can now say "OK Google" to your Chromebook. Well, people running early release software can anyway. The latest early release of Chrome OS has an always-on feature that allows users to jump into... voice command mode. All they have to do is get the release...
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Updates available for remote code-execution vulnerabilities. Patch now!
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Mobe software tweak released amid Fire Phone Mark II rumor Amazon hasn't learned its lesson from the thundering belly flop of its Fire Phone, and by some accounts it's even already at work on a second... version....
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Google+ brings 1-click Auto Enhance to video uploads

Android Central - 20 Dec 2014 03:04
Google+ brings 1-click AutoGoogle just brought over its Auto Enhance feature that debuted with photos to videos. The feature isn't enabled automatically for all videos, but with a single click, you can allow Google to use its... algorithms to fine-tune your videos. The feature will work on the Google+ Photos app on Android as well as on Google+ for Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.
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Most Popular Interviews of 2014

Life Hacker - 20 Dec 2014 03:00
Most Popular Interviews ofEvery week we have the pleasure of highlighting some of our productivity heroes, from company CEOs to artists and writers who manage to accomplish more than any reasonable human being should. Let's... look back at some of our most popular interviews of 2014.
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Swipe N Clean [iPhone; ...
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All 45 episodes of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, including its Christmas special, are now available on Netflix. The cult show, starring Paul Reubens as a mischievous man-child perpetually clad in an... ill-fitting grey suit, is possibly the most bizarre children's program to air on network television, and definitely one of the best.
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Sims 4 to get "Game Pack" in January

Slash Gear - 20 Dec 2014 02:59
Sims 4 to get 'Game Pack' inThe folks behind The Sims 4 have a treat for gamers, and it has been dubbed a "Game Pack". There will be more than one Game Pack in the future, and the first one -- called Outdoor Retreat -- will... arrive some time next month. Sound fun? Likely. Details on what exactly the Game Pack is are less clear, however, …
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Despite making overtures that it has not "caved," or "backed down," in the face of hacker threats, Sony Pictures appears to have been quietly pulling each and every online promotion for its movie, The... Interview. As of Friday evening, the film's website, Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube channel (plus trailers from Sony Pictures' channel) have all disappeared without so much as a note that suggests they'd be back.
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Verizon's holiday deal takesVerizon is running a holiday promotion for those who are willing to sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Through the deal, Android smartphones priced at $199 or higher with a contract will be... discounted by 50 percent, meaning the new, expensive Android flagship you've been eyeing could start as low as $99.
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Bad Movies, Good Podcast

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 02:50
Listen to Episode 160 of Slate's The Gist:
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Bitcoin entrepreneur Shrem to prison

USA Today - 20 Dec 2014 02:49
Bitcoin entrepreneur Shrem toCharlie Shrem, former CEO of BitInstant, pleaded guilty to trading bitcoins for Silk Road deals.          
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Onnimikki writes James Stewart, author of the calculus textbooks many of us either loved or loved to hate, has died. In case you ever wondered what the textbook was funding, this story has the answer:... a $32 million dollar home over-looking a ravine in Toronto, Canada.
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Deepest fish found 5 milesSnailfish has translucent, wing-like fins and a head 'resembling a cartoon dog.'          
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Google Maps has just madeGoogle has a new amazing perk that will make Christmas and holiday window shopping insanely better for Internet users, as the company has updated its Google Maps Business View feature to include... detailed imagery of certain business locations in New York and London, decorated for Christmas. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon "So much of the fun of holiday shopping is seeing the lavish, seasonal displays in the windows of shops and department stores as you pass by," Google on Friday wrote on the Latlong blog. "Starting today, with Google Maps Business View, you can see decked out displays in New York and London--without braving the cold weather, lugging bags
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Reddit Notes: Don't call it a currency

Engadget - 20 Dec 2014 02:37
Back when Reddit -- bastion of the internet's weirdest conversations -- raised another $50 million in venture funding, the investors involved agreed to give a combined 10 percent of their shares back... to the site's users. For almost three months, none...
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Waze widgets finetune socialThe crowdsourced driving directions app now lets you add widgets so you can track your ETA more easily and quickly.
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AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens us all if society lives in fear
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Future Smartphone Could Fall Smartly Too

Scientific American - 20 Dec 2014 02:28
Future Smartphone Could FallApple got a patent for a system to adjust your falling device in flight to minimize the damage upon landing. Larry Greenemeier reports.   --
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Future Smartphone Could Fall Smartly Too

Scientific American - 20 Dec 2014 02:28
Future Smartphone Could FallApple got a patent for a system to adjust your falling device in flight to minimize the damage upon landing. Larry Greenemeier reports.   --
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Serial, easily the biggest podcast of the year, ended this week just as it began -- with questions about the nature of truth instead of definitive answers. Plenty of people may feel disappointed by... that fact, but it had a hell of an impact. One of the many, many things that managed to burrow into our collective consciousness -- from Sarah Koenig's folksy delivery to MailKimp, whatever that is -- was that theme song. Naturally, it needed a remix. What you're listening to is New York-based Soundcloud producer fafu mixing the Serial theme with the late, great Biggie Smalls' "Somebody's Gotta Die." And it's...perfect, even if it gives the music a much darker mood. fafu even included recorded interviews from the podcast to add to the...
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Turns out Sony's stolen emails weren't all bad news Google is taking legal action against the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, claiming he exceeded his authority in suing the search giant over... piracy - and taking his cues from the Motion Picture Ass. of America....
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The company is the third major mobile phone carrier, after AT&T and Sprint, to settle with regulators over the practice, known as cramming.
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Hyperloop May Become aBillionaire industrialist Elon Musk's fantastical "Hyperloop" mass transit system may actually get itself built, and possibly within 10 years.
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With a 4K TV and plushLuxury converter Lexani has announced the Concept One Curve, an Escalade with a 4K Curved Smart TV. Lexani calls the ridiculously lavish Cadillac the world's first mobile office and theater. The post... With a 4K TV and plush captain’s chairs, Lexani's mobile office will make going to work easier appeared first on Digital Trends.
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BlackBerry Working With BoeingThe Android-based Boeing Black phone will use BlackBerry Enterprise Service.
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FCC proposal removes hurdleFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes online video services should have the same access to content as cable companies, and he has proposed tweaking regulation to ensure that happens.
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Rolling solo at a hotel?Your next business stay at a Marriott hotel could be more like a hostel thanks to Six Degrees, a social-networking experiment designed to connect like-minded travellers staying under the same roof.... The post Rolling solo at a hotel? Marriott wants to hook you up (with platonic pals) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The ethnic maps of AmericaHarvard researchers researchers analysed the genomes of more than 160,000 African Americans, Latinos, and European Americans as part of the study.
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Apple Loop: iOS 8.2 Update,This week's Apple Loop covers a preview of iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support, the result of the class-action suit, the BBC looks at working conditions in Apple's supply chain, a new TouchID patent,... Paypal in the Apple Store, Apple Watch issues, and iBeacons invade McDonalds.
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Apple's New Campus

Forbes - 20 Dec 2014 02:06
Apple's New CampusApple wants to build a new campus in Cupertino, California.
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CrunchWeek: Fallout From The Sony Hack

TechCrunch - 20 Dec 2014 02:05
CrunchWeek: Fallout From The Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI’s confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House: There has been so... much coming out of the Sony breach that this week we felt it necessary to devote our entire show to discussing everything that has happened.
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Staples says as many as 1.16 million customer credit cards may have been compromised as part of a malware attack on some of its point-of-sale systems earlier this year. Today the company released some... of its findings of an investigation into the attacks, saying that malware was found in 113 of its US stores, and may have affected purchases at those locations made between August 10th, 2014 and September 16th, 2014. Staples added that at two stores, the malicious software could have been running unseen for even longer, dating all the way back to late-July.
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Sony to release 'TheTwo days after saying it wouldn't release the controversial film, the movie maker now says it wants to offer customers a way to see it "on a different platform."
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T-Mobile wins a big victoryScore another win for the “Un-carrier.” Ars Technica notes that T-Mobile has now “won a declaratory ruling that could force AT&T and Verizon Wireless to charge lower prices for data roaming.”... Essentially, T-Mobile has been arguing that America’s two biggest carriers have been charging unfairly high prices for data roaming that artificially kept the price of its services higher than it should be. RELATED: The sneaky brilliance of T-Mobile’s Data Stash plans A decision made by the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau may mean that T-Mobile and other small carriers will have a better chance of successfully challenging the rates they pay because the bureau largely agreed with T-Mobile’s proposed guidance for what constitutes commercially...
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Apple bought back $56 billionApple is no stranger to stock buybacks so its no surprise that the trend continued in the 2014 fiscal year. And how much stock did Apple buy back this year? According to a new report for FactSet,... Apple spent over $56 billion buying back stock this ye...
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A Charlie Brown ChristmasYou've probably been watching A Charlie Brown Christmas since you were small enough to still believe in Santa Claus. But did you know it originally aired in 1965, almost 50 years ago? So it seems only... fitting for the Blockhead Trio to re-record the animated special's instantly recognizable holiday soundtrack using similarly vintage synths and drum machines.
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The First Parking Spot You SeeWhen you're trying to find a parking spot in packed parking lot, many of us spend a lot of time and energy to find the closest spot to the entrance as we can. It's more likely that taking the first... spot you see is really the most efficient in regards to your time and energy.
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12 Days of 'Orange': TheEven inmates like to feel festive during the most wonderful time of the year. The ladies of Orange is the New Black relive their first days in Litchfield with a Christmas carol, complete with... everything from "12 smokes for smoking," down to "a chicken in the yard." The holidays are always sweeter when you're filled with fond memories and good frenemies. Too bad orange jumpsuits don't go with red and green. Woman claims Jenga victory with an insanely difficult move Brighten your holidays with Kermit singing 'It Feels Like Christmas' The cutest staring contest you'll ever have is one with a baby sloth Nick Offerman does a Grinch-y reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'
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Google sends out last Inbox invites for the year

Android Central - 20 Dec 2014 01:57
Google sends out last InboxEnding the year, Google announced that it has sent out the last batch of Inbox invitations for 2014. Those who requested an invitation by emailing Google directly were given one, and Google says that... it won't be sending out new invitations for the Gmail-based email service until 2015.
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The Music Club, 2014

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 01:54
Hey Starbucks lovers,
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Wondering how to get the weekend started? If you're a fan of Netflix's original series Bojack Horseman, there's a pretty easy choice, since the service just released an extra episode out of the blue.... As Bojack (voiced by Will Arnett) and Todd (voiced...
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itwbennett writes T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suit that alleged it looked the other way while third parties charged T-Mobile... subscribers for services they didn't want. The settlement is the second largest ever for so-called 'cramming,' following one that the FCC reached with AT&T in October. It came just two days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint for the same practice.
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Android Circuit: AndroidThis week's Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including Android's market share domination of iOS, details on Android 5.1, the retiring Nexus 5, reviews of the Nexus 6 and the Oppo R5,... Android M might take over your car, Samsung looks to mimic Apple Pay, and RAW support for images is arriving in Android.
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How Much Energy Does YourAre they vampires or sippers? Here's what's worth worrying about and what's not.
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Fast and Loose

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 01:46
President Obama has a more than 11-hour flight ahead of him to Hawaii, but at his press conference on Friday it felt like he was already on vacation. He was loose as he joked with a Politico reporter... about the magazine's new Brussels' bureau, admitted to another he'd forgotten the back half of her list of questions, and even interrupted his remarks to say "bless you" to someone who sneezed. Before leaving the podium he offered the traditional Hawaiian Christmas salutation (Bing Crosby earworm available here). But if it seemed like he might let slip the cocktail umbrella up his sleeve into a fruity drink, Obama was more serious about the messages he was sending to everyone from the North Korean dictator to Sony executives and the network television bosses who wouldn't air his address...
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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the brand new 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: Get 15% off iPad Air 2 at Target stores Samsung 40-inch 1080p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV: $298 shipped (Reg. $400) Amazon Gold […]
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Google to bring Nexus 9'sProject Ara will offer a few choices in processor selection, and now Google has announced that it is working with Marvell and NVIDIA to bring their application processors as options for the modular... smartphone. Both the NVIDIA Tegra K1, the same chip that's found inside the Nexus 9 tablet, and the Marvell PXA1928 will be joining Rockchip as options for Ara's processing power.
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Arctic offshore drilling company enters guilty pleas to environmental, maritime crimes
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Microsoft holiday promoThe sale prices offer hefty holiday discounts on popular games, but you have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to take advantage of them.
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Take your popcorn to gooey newThe Waring Popcorn Maker with Melting Pot brings together everything needed for a gooey batch of popcorn. The incorporated pot can be used to melt chocolate, caramel and more.
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Rideshare Drivers StillEven though insurance coverage for UberX and Lyft drivers has greatly improved over the last year, many drivers are still confused by mixed messages about when and what to tell their personal... insurance providers, which can lead some drivers to commit insurance fraud and others to have their policies suddenly canceled.
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Microsoft deal throws in freeThe first 50 to buy the latest "12 Days of Deals" offer at a Microsoft Store will get two free games.
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Run for the tills! Run for the tills! Staples says malware that infected its registers in 115 stores swiped bank card numbers from 1.16 MILLION customers....
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Science and Innovation strategy: RAS response

The Royal Astronomical Society - 20 Dec 2014 01:35
Science and InnovationThe UK government published its new Science and Innovation strategy on Wednesday 17 December. The new document, "Our Plan for Growth: science and innovation" includes a number of positive... announcements and restatements of support for projects in astronomy and geophysics, such as the capital funding for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio observatory and the Polar Research Ship, and the more recent support for the European Space Agency to develop the ExoMars mission. The Society welcomes these, along with the statement of support for peer review in investment decisions; the importance of international collaboration, the new targets for the recruitment of maths and physics teachers, the new postgraduate loans scheme, the recognition of the success of the Gaia and Rosetta missions and the...
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A 7-foot-long, fossilized skeleton of an extinct marine reptile has been discovered in the U.K. Jonathan Bow, a 34-year-old computer programmer, found what's believed to be an ichthyosaur fossil as he... walked along Penarth Beach in South Wales with his brother, Wales Online reported Friday. "Something this large and complete is a once in a lifetime find," Bow, an amateur fossil hunter, said of the reptile remains.
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Google Sues Mississippi Over Campaign to Restrict Searches

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 01:31
Google Inc. sued Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on Friday, seeking to prevent him from enforcing a wide-ranging subpoena that has become entangled in a dispute between Google and Hollywood.
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America, Truck Yeah!

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 01:30
American car buyers are, as always, living in the present. With gas prices falling by more than $1 per gallon since this summer, consumers have responded by opting for big SUVs and light trucks... instead of smaller and more fuel-efficient cars. In November, sales of the larger vehicles climbed by nearly 9 percent compared with the same month last year, while sales of the smaller ones dipped by a tenth of a percent. As the newly immortal Stephen Colbert would say, "carpe gasum."
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On Friday, Google filed a lawsuit in federal court against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. The post Google and Hollywood Return to Bickering Over SOPA appeared first on WIRED.
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For the US connectedCommentary: Cisco's John Chambers and former FCC chief Julius Genachowski applaud the FCC's funding boost for expanded broadband in schools, calling it a big win for modern digital learning.
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North Korea on the Sony hack:North Korea on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony but it said the now-shelved film "The Interview" mocked the impoverished but nuclear-armed... country. See also: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you "It defamed the image of our country. It made a mockery of our sovereignty. We reject it," a North Korean diplomat to the United Nations, Kim Song, told The Associated Press. "But there is no relation (to the hacking)." The satirical film is about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un. Sony this week canceled its release after major U.S. theater chains decided not to show the movie amid threats of violence by the hackers.
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Staples: Data Breach Exposes Million Cards

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 01:21
Staples: Data Breach ExposesStaples said criminals stole personal information from as many as 1.16 million payment cards during the back-to-school shopping season from stores across the country.
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Horsehead of a Different Color

PTTU - 20 Dec 2014 01:15
Horsehead of a Different ColorNASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features: The famous Horsehead nebula takes on a ghostly appearance in this newly released image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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11 Perfect Gifts For The Instagram Addict In Your Life

The Huffington Post - 20 Dec 2014 01:13
11 Perfect Gifts For TheInstagram has already blessed us with five new filters and other updates this holiday season. But if you've got friends who just can't get enough of the photo-sharing network (and we all do), you may... need even more Instagram-themed gifts. And wow, there are a lot of them. People have created all sorts of ways to not only improve your Instagram photos, but to bring them out of your smartphone and into your real life. Instagram calendar, anyone? Here's a sampling.
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Twitter co-founder EvThe newsy blogging site, his encore to Twitter, is taking blogging to a new level.          
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As one of the world's most impoverished powers, North Korea would struggle to match America's military or economic might, but appears to have settled on a relatively cheap method to torment its foe.
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The Navy has developed a new drone that looks and swims just like a shark. Somebody call Roy Scheider.
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Here's the only place at CESCES is host to two of the most entertaining tech spectacles you'll ever see. At Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, the makers of the most cutting-edge gadgets and apps are given a stage,... an audience of hundreds, and just 4 minutes to sell their products and defend their lives. The post Here's the only place at CES where your vote really matters appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple Pay still trails GoogleApple Pay hasn't been around long, but new research shows those who use it are doing so in a pretty significant way. Via mobile payments research firm ITG, we find that Apple Pay accounted for 1.7% of... all digital payment transactions in the month of November. Those using Apple Pay have their favorite spots, too. Whole Foods, Walgreens, and McDonald's …
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Sony's CEO Michael Lynton: 'We Sony CEO Michael Lynton blamed theaters for the studio’s decision to pull out from the scheduled theatrical release of The Interview this Christmas. He told CNN in an exclusive interview that Sony... had no other choice after a slew of theaters decided to not show the film.
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astroengine writes: In a mesmerizing new video released by NASA, the Dec. 5 reentry of the Orion test space vehicle is chronicled — and it's a phenomenal 10-minute ride from fiery reentry to sudden... splashdown into the Pacific Ocean. (YouTube Link.)
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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

The Huffington Post - 20 Dec 2014 01:01
Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could BeHyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years. In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on... Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building Musk's futuristic transportation system, which could cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco down to 35 minutes. The trip takes between three and four hours by Amtrak train, and more than six hours by car. The system would carry passengers in pods moving as fast as 800 miles per hour, according to the white paper. The plan laid out by Musk -- who has no involvement in the project, and did not help with the paper -- has broadened beyond the two California metropoles. Hyperloop...
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How Israeli extremists usePraise for murderers, calls for revenge and mobilization of angry activists: This is how an extreme right-wing Israeli group uses WhatsApp to communicate among its members. See also: How Israel's... government collapsed Records recently obtained by Mashable show that members of the group, “El-Yahud Revenge,” advocate vigilantism and violence in response to attacks on Israeli Jews. "For every terror attack, we need to retaliate with a vendetta like the one done by our strong brothers who murdered Muhammad Abu-Khdeir," wrote one member of the group, referencing the Palestinian teenager who was bludgeoned and burned to death in June as revenge after the killing of three Israeli teens.
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The Supreme Leader's Plan (Comic)

Re/code - 20 Dec 2014 01:00
The Supreme Leader's PlanHere is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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After Sony, Every Startup The battle between Sony and what the FBI believes are North Korean hackers may be at its end, but the war for the security of the enterprise is just getting started. Companies have been rapidly... transitioning their legacy systems to modern IT technology like cloud services, hoping to save money and improve performance in an increasingly competitive world. And while security has always been one…
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Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.
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Clean Wool Blankets with Fresh Snow

Life Hacker - 20 Dec 2014 01:00
Clean Wool Blankets with FreshWool blankets are warm, comfortable, and they last forever. Cleaning them can be tough, though, if you're trying to avoid shrinkage or other unwanted alterations. Some fresh, powdery snow can freshen... up your wool blanket in no time with no worries.
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Leaked Sony IT Evaluations:We already knew that, mere months before hackers attacked Sony, the company's execs were aware of extensive issues plaguing its IT department . Now, leaked 2012 evaluations from Sony IT employees shed... light on a department full of internal strife, lacking the necessary tools to do its job.
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FCC moves to expandCommission votes to begin a rule-making process.          
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Free charge or a fast battery switch - take your pick Tesla Motors has a Christmas present for a few owners of its Model S all-electric cars, in the form of a pilot program for its new... battery-swapping technology beginning in California next week....
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Google searches for partner toGoogle is looking for a car manufacturer to partner with in building autonomous, self-driving cars. Though Google has built concept and prototype cars in the past, the search giant says that it... doesn't want to be an auto-maker and is instead searching for a partner to bring its vision to consumers within the next five years.
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Here’s a short, inspiring video profile of Brooklyn-based street photographer Andre D. Wagner. We’re offered a glimpse into Wagner’s mind as he talks about his process for creating images, from... how he approaches photographing people on sidewalks with a Leica 35mm film rangefinder to his love of making photos with his hands in his darkroom. […]
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With the App Store getting ready for the annual holiday break at the end of the year, developers are going crazy with the discounts. We've got some seriously big name titles and some big name houses... slashing prices deep and often across the board, so let's stop wasting time and get right to it, because some of these will be gone before you know it.
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The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers,... such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by sending fake emails with malicious links to employee inboxes. Here are five simple steps to make your email more secure and limit the harm a hacker can have:
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ISS astronaut needs a wrench,An astronaut aboard the International Space Station needed a socket wrench, so NASA engineers emailed him designs for 3D-printing one. What a world we're living in.
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Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths at wind farms in Wyoming
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Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick

The Atlantic - 20 Dec 2014 00:44
Antarctica Tourism Could BeHuman visits to the South Pole may threaten the adorable creatures with deadly diseases.
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Muujo Leather Wallet CaseOn the iPhone 6, there is no black or tan...only shades of gray. The post Muujo Leather Wallet Case toned down to simple monochrome appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] On the Muujo Leather Wallet Case, "We're toning it down, choosing monochrome over color to create astonishing looking desaturated cases."
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Instagram Users Finding They're Less Popular Than Thought

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 00:44
Instagram Users FindingInstagram has revealed "corrections" in the number of people following many users, after announcing last week it had removed a significant number of fake accounts from the Facebook-owned photo-sharing... service.
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Dumb and Dumber and Dumberer

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 00:40
As 2014 draws to a close, America's thoughts naturally turn to crime, and the people who were worst at it over the past year. To be clear, 2014 was not a great year for funny crime stories. I... admittedly feel sort of weird writing a "Dumb Criminals of the Year" roundup because the crime story of the year was police misbehavior, and the inability or unwillingness of our justice system to do anything about it. But acknowledging the existence of the frivolous and the absurd doesn't mean we don't care about serious, important stories. So I'm giving myself permission to write about the most ridiculous, bizarre criminals of 2014, and I'm giving you permission to read about them. Proceed!
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Justin Bieber dethroned asIn what is being referred to as the Instagram "purge," many Instagram users lost tons of followers when the picture-sharing platform cleared out inactive and spam accounts on Thursday. Poor Justin... Bieber was dethroned as the most-followed Instagram user, losing 3.5 million followers in less than 24 hours, according to a list compiled by 64px. On Thursday, he had 23.8 million followers; after the purge, Biebs has a mere 20.3 million Instagram acolytes. Beliebers, we assume, rallied after learning of his fall from grace. See also: Kim Kardashian crops North West out of picture, enrages followers
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When asked to predict the future, it's hard to forget that the totally automated future that expo organizers and Sci-Fi prognosticators prepared us for has not come to pass. We are all still waiting... for our flying cars -- not to mention the end of email spam. In fact, we've recently come to realize that without […] The post Predictions for 2015: Power to the People appeared first on WIRED.
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Never Surrender

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 00:36
The world is brimming with news right now. North Korea is blackmailing the U.S. entertainment industry, the pope is secretly brokering rapprochements between the United States and the Castros, and... politicians are stepping forward to enter the race to be the next leader of the free world. You might think that is enough to permanently sideline the national conversation about Benghazi.
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'We Have Not Caved': Sony CEOPresident Obama said Sony made the wrong decision by pulling "The Interview," but the studio's CEO Michael Lynton says he would do it again.
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Sean Penn Says Pulling 'TheSean Penn has joined George Clooney, Judd Apatow, Aaron Sorkin and Barack Obama in blasting Sony for its decision to pull "The Interview" from release. In a letter sent to Mother Jones, Penn noted... that Sony's move -- which happened after the company reportedly put the fate of "The Interview" in the hands of theater owners, who decided against running the film -- had given ISIS "a commanding invitation." "I believe ISIS will accept the invitation," Penn wrote. "Pandora's box is officially open." As with Clooney and Apatow, Penn noted that Sony's decision set a disturbing precedent: The damage we do to ourselves typically outweighs the harm caused by outside threats or actions. Then by caving to the outside threat, we make our nightmares real. The decision to pull 'The Interview' is...
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Kim Jong-un vs. KimOne is ranked No. 80 on the Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. The other is No. 49 on the Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful People. Both are hell-bent on nothing short of... Global Worldwide Domination.
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49 wonderful Christmas moviesIf you're anything like us, you plan to watch roughly a thousand Christmas films during the month of December. There are tonnes of films to choose from, after all, including cult classics, cute... newbies, and of course the occasional oddballs that you secretly...
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Google, Samsung can't TopWhat's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch-a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google,... Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT. The Mac Observer Spin: Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.
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FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 00:30
FBI Blames North Korea forThe Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday evidence points to North Korea as the culprit behind a hack of Sony Pictures that led the studio to pull the movie "The Interview" out of theaters.
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The latest victim of the SonyThe hackers responsible for the Sony cyber attack have leaked a treasure trove of data stolen from the company's computer network, revealing many details regarding Sony's current and future business... plans, as well as many personal details concerning Sony employees. Gizmodo, however, discovered an interesting new tidbit in an alleged email thread from a Sony executive, and it might prove to be the most interesting leak so far, at least from a gadget perspective. FROM EARLIER: Sony hackers may have stolen the newest James Bond script The leaked inbox of Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton contained design concepts for the Xperia Z4 as part of a product-placement pitch for the upcoming new James Bond movie “Spectre.” According to a detailed email, Sony Mobile has specifically
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I have seen a number of apps for skiers and other downhill enthusiasts like mountain bikers and longboarders. These apps normally record your speed, the distance you travel, changes in elevation, and... the time it takes you to complete your run. Ski Bu...
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If you're out fishing, hunting, or camping, a decent knife is a good thing to have on hand. If you haven't honed the blade in a while, you can do it along the top edge of your vehicle's window.
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Weekend Roundup: New Code War Is Not Funny

The Huffington Post - 20 Dec 2014 00:29
Weekend Roundup: New Code WarIt took an insolent Hollywood comedy mocking the surreal character of North Korea's Kim Jong Un to awaken us to the dangers of a new code war, a war in which geopolitical and geo-cultural battles will... be duked out in cyberspace. As Alec Ross, America's top digital diplomat when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, writes this week in The WorldPost, "the weaponization of code is the most significant development in warfare since the weaponization of fissile material." Other battles are also shaping up to determine the contours of our digital future. Lu Wei, China's Internet czar, makes his case for sovereign rule over cyberspace. Amy Chang examines how the Chinese campaign for "Internet sovereignty" will rupture the World Wide Web. This week's Forgotten Fact notes the threat by North...
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Staples Breach May HaveThe hack involving point-of-sale systems at 115 of the company's 1,400 stores was announced in October.
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(Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.
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Deadspin Hae Min Lee, Team Player: The Serial Murder Victim's Lacrosse Heroics | io9 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014 | Jalopnik Afroduck Explains How His Fast Lap Cost Him $50,000 And His... Life In NYC | Jezebel Shade Court: Nicki Minaj Shades Dudes and Many Continue to Not Get It | Kinja Popular Posts
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Deadspin Hae Min Lee, Team Player: The Serial Murder Victim's Lacrosse Heroics | io9 Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs Of 2014 | Jalopnik Afroduck Explains How His Fast Lap Cost Him $50,000 And His... Life In NYC | Jezebel Shade Court: Nicki Minaj Shades Dudes and Many Continue to Not Get It | Kinja Popular Posts
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Sony's had a seriously rough go of it lately, but hopefully its hacking nightmare has finally come to an end -- the FBI has confirmed that North Korea was definitely involved in the initial... cyberattack and the White House is formulating its response....
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Portuguese minister forPortuguese Minister for Economy António Pires de Lima visited MIT on Dec. 12 as part of a short visit to the United States.
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Mr. Jones writes: My 11-year-old son is fascinated by games — game mechanics in particular. He has been playing everything from Magic to WarFrame since he was 5 years old. He seems mostly interested... in creating the lore and associated mechanics of the games (i.e. how a game works). If it was only programming I could help him, but I am lost when it comes to helping him learn more formal ways of developing and defining gameplay. I really see a talent for this in him and I want to support it any way I can. Can you suggest any conferences, programs, books, websites, etc. that would help him learn?
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FCC Launches Effort to HelpThe plan could make it easier for online video companies to start offering less-expensive cable-like service.
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Jawbone UP Move Fitness Tracker Review

Live Science - 20 Dec 2014 00:20
Jawbone UP Move FitnessJawbone's new UP Move fitness trackers will track your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned and hours slept, and can motivate fitness newbies to see whether their daily activities translate... into lax or rigorous workout routines.
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Let This Crack Designer TurnFor better or worse, almost every form of correspondence in our lives has migrated onto the internet. Except for one: Thank you notes. And since you're about to have many of those notes to write,... consider stepping up your game with a sweet personalized address stamp.
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Chevron: Flames, white clouds of steam from California refinery part of routine process
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FCC Proposes Rules for Online Video Services Providers

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 00:13
FCC Proposes Rules for OnlineThe FCC proposed new regulations on companies that provide subscription video services over the Internet, a move to give the companies access to more TV programming and allow them to compete with... cable and satellite.
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Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car

Wall Street Journal - 20 Dec 2014 00:13
Google Seeks Partners forThe head of Google's autonomous-vehicle project said the company is looking for auto industry partners to bring its vision of a self-driving car to market within the next five years.
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New Stonehenge DiscoveryArchaeologists studying Stonehenge and its environs say they've unearthed the remnants of an untouched, ancient encampment that dates back 6,000 years--a find that could rewrite British prehistory.... "This is the most important discovery at Stonehenge in over 60 years," Professor Tim Darvill, a Bournemouth University archaeologist and a Stonehenge expert who was not involved in the new discovery, told the Telegraph. And as he told The Huffington Post in an email, the discovery overturns previous theories that "Stonehenge was built in a landscape that was not heavily used before about 3000 B.C." But if scientists are buzzing about the discovery, they're also bummed about a new government plan calling for the construction of a new tunnel underneath Stonehenge. The discovery was made during a...
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Feds release new details about exploit targeting major entertainment company.
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2012 movie massacre hung overWhen a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was... all but sealed.
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Report: Apple Pay is"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been... responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.
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Vevo and Pandora apps pump up the jams on Xbox One

Digital Trends - 20 Dec 2014 00:09
Vevo and Pandora apps pump upA selection of new media apps just went live on Xbox One, including those for the Pandora music streaming service and the music video channel Vevo. The post Vevo and Pandora apps pump up the jams on... Xbox One appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Live reading of The EmpireA live-reading of the script for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back casts Ellen Page as Han Solo, and Mark Hamill as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The post Live reading of The Empire Strikes Back casts... Ellen Page as Han Solo, Mark Hamill as Obi-Wan appeared first on Digital Trends.
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No baby bro for the Boxster:Porsche's rumored baby brother to the Boxster, codenamed 718, has been cancelled. Porsche's head of R&D said that there simply isn't room below the Boxster in Porsche's range, claiming that the... automaker should focus on quality rather than quantity. The post No baby bro for the Boxster: Porsche cancels entry-level 718 project appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Don't Sweat the Dodd-Frank Rollback

Slate - 20 Dec 2014 00:07
Now that President Barack Obama signed the $1.1 trillion "CRomnibus" spending bill this week, Jamie Dimon and other bank CEOs are dancing on the remains of Dodd-Frank, the landmark 2010 Wall Street... reform package that hoped to prevent another financial crisis. "The Wall Street interests--the big banks--they're back," Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois apocalyptically proclaimed a few days earlier, after lawmakers successfully included language in the bill that rolled back Section 716 of Dodd-Frank, which barred financial institutions from betting on the kind of risky derivatives that contributed to the collapse while using federally insured funds. Former Rep. Barney Frank, a namesake of the original law, called the repeal "a road map for further attacks on our protection against...
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Google publishes Android 5.0.2Google has just posted the factory image of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the WiFi version of the 2012 Nexus 7. This follows the rollout of the Android 5.0.1 on many Nexus devices recently. With the... factory image up, an OTA update can't be too far away, and we'll keep you posted on AndroidCentral if we see Android 5.0.2 on other Nexus smartphones and tablets.
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Crave Ep. 187: Did life formsMars Curiosity makes an amazing discovery, organic matter on the Red Planet that makes up the building blocks of life.
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A Brief Comparison of CanonCanon shooters have a bit of 400mm excitement right now. The biggest news, of course, is the release of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens, replacing the original version that’s had a very long,... successful run. Not quite so much excitement was generated by the release of the 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens. It […]
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Google files lawsuit againstThe search giant continues its campaign against Mississippi's Jim Hood. Google says his request for company information is an "unjustified attack" that violates federal law.
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Flying Machines? 5 Da VinciFrom humanoid robots to machine guns, here are five da Vinci inventions that were truly before their time.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Don't blame Barack Obama for the Sony trouble, a great thinkpiece parody and previous uses of "We'll Meet Again"
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Déj Vu All Over Again:A man's persistent déj vu episodes puzzles scientists who probed his brain to find an explanation.
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The President's comments come as Republican leader Mitch McConnell has said his party's first act in the new Senate would be to pass a bill fast-tracking approval of the $8 billion project --
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Sony Pictures defends decision to shelve 'The Interview,' says "We had no choice."
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Lamborghini's latest AventadorWhat the world needs, Lamborghini has decided, is an Aventador with a pinstripe. Thus we have this, the Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition, a special series celebrating not only the Italian supercar's... 700 HP power, but the role Pirelli tires have played in getting all that power down to the road over the years. Set to hit forecourts for a …
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[GamerTell] Fairune is a deconstruction of RPGs

Technology Tell - 20 Dec 2014 00:00
[From GamerTell] Fairune may be small, but its simplicity allows us to see exactly how RPGs work.
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Morocco raises 1.7 bn eurosMorocco has raised more than $2 billion (1.7 billion euros) for the next phase of a huge solar energy project, officials said on Friday.
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North Korea's UN mission on Friday denied involvement in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures after the US FBI said it had evidence that Pyongyang was behind the hacking.
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Minecraft developer Mojang has announced they will be collaborating with Telltale Games to create a new story mode for the game. Mojang promises it will be a narrative-driven game about Minecraft, but... didn't expand on what exactly that would look lik...
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5 Ways to Make Old, Stale WineUsing things is always superior to wasting them, but squandering alcohol is an especially galling dissipation because alcohol is delicious and excellent. Most of the hard stuff has a long shelf life,... but if you uncork a bottle of wine and forget to finish it off within a few days, it gets vinegary and bilious-tasting. Especially after a housewarming party or dinner shindig or any other occasion where a bunch of people show up at your house bearing fermented grape drinks, the potential volume of wine down the drain can amp up to tragic.
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A Basic Guide to the CountlessDeciding between endless methods of birth control is a complex process. You have a ton of options, so here's a basic explanation of the more commonly used ones, and what you'll need to consider with... each.
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Malware infected Staples' point-of-sale systems at 115 of its 1,400 U.S. retail stores, mostly between Aug. 10 and Sept. 16.
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Staples Says Security BreachOffice equipment supplier Staples Inc said the investigation of a data security breach showed that malware may have affected about 1.16 million payment cards. The breach at 115 of the company’s... 1,400 stores was announced in October. Staples said it has since eradicated the malware. (Reporting By Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Joyjeet Das)
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Staples says 1 million cardsOffice goods retailer Staples recently saw themselves fall prey to hackers, much as Target, The Home Depot, and a laundry list of retailers ahead of them have. The company has now addressed the hack,... saying that over one million unique cards were compromised. The hack also affected more than 100 point-of-sale systems at 1,400 stores. Staples didn't say if the …
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You'll never want to fly againFear of flying is all too common, but it’s typically unfounded. Your chances of being in an accident are astronomical, but if you went through what the passengers of American Airlines flight 280... went through, it would be hard to blame you for avoiding airports for at least a few months. FROM EARLIER: TSA's new app could make dealing with airport security less of a nightmare On Wednesday, The Washington Post shared a video captured during an extremely turbulent flight which was diverted to Tokyo earlier this week. The flight was originally scheduled to make its way from South Korea to Dallas, Texas, but a huge storm over the Pacific Ocean was in the flight path. Ron Baker, a commercial pilot, says that the airplane
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Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October.
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New Year's Resolutions: TechForget 2014. It's a brand-new year and you have a long list of New Year's resolutions you want to conquer. Unless one of them is "don't download and buy awesome stuff," this list should really help... you out
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But vague details raise questions about org's security The internet's critical IANA body - which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS - was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name... overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed....
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[From EntertainmentTell] Trust me, this list could have been MUCH longer. Still, here are the TEN WORST FILMS OF 2014.
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Sony Chief Says 'We Have Not"We have not given up," Michael Lynton said after his studio cancelled the movie under pressure
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Instagram follower purgeStop the presses! Kim Kardashian just lost 1.3 million followers in what is being described as the Great Instagram Purge of 2014 or even the Instagram Rapture. In an attempt to delete inactive... accounts, Instagram is removing millions of accounts believed...
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Photo Sharing is Big, BigWhen Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a 17-month-old company at the time that had just... launched on Android, and there was no income on the horizon. Well, fast forward two years, and Facebook founder and […]
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Carnival's Mobile Marketing When someone tells me that they’re introducing “trigger messaging” to their product, well, it’s not the most thrilling start to a conversation. But hey, mention automated FaceTime calls from... One Direction, and suddenly I’m onboard. (Not that I’m a huge One Direction fan or anything. It’s not weird that I think this sounds cool, right? Please tell me…
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Apple Pay Responsible for 1%Apple Pay is seeing impressive early adoption numbers according to a new ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch), which suggests Apple's new payment service was responsible... for a total of 1 percent of digital payment dollars during the month of November. Apple still trails industry leaders like Square and PayPal, which captured 18 and 78 percent of digital payment dollars in November, respectively, but ITG analysts suggest Apple Pay is showing strong momentum given that it's available only to customers with the newest hardware and supported by a limited number of merchants. According to the report, which uses data from ITG's Investment Research consumer panel, 60 percent of new Apple Pay customers used the service on multiple days throughout November, averaging...
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SDO captures images of twoThe sun emitted a mid-level flare on Dec. 18, 2014, at 4:58 p.m. EST. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful... bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however--when intense enough--they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
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Keys to sysadmin accounts nicked, abused, it appears Hackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as... no surprise to IT professionals....
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Sony CEO Says President Obama,Shortly after President Barack Obama called Sony Pictures' choice to cancel the release of "The Interview" in the wake of threats made by hackers a "mistake," the studio's CEO, Michael Lynton, told... CNN that critics of the decision don't understand the full story. "I think actually the unfortunate part is in this instance the president, the press and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened," Lynton said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria. "We do not own movie theaters. We cannot determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters. So, to sort of rehearse for a moment the sequence of events, we experienced the worst cyber-attack in American history and persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress and enormous difficulty. All with the effort of...
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Hackers warn not to releaseHackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any... form."
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cartechboy writes: Remember 18 months ago when Tesla promised it was going to launch battery-swap stations? Well, it's finally happening, sort of. It seems Tesla's about to announce a battery-swap... pilot program that will launch next week. The swap site will be located across the street from a Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California — 184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200 miles north of Los Angeles. The pilot program will involve an unspecified number of Model S electric-car owners, who will be invited to take part in the test. For now, the battery-swap service will be offered by appointment only, at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan. Tesla's using words to describe this pilot program like "exploratory work" and "intended to test technology and assess...
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Sony CEO fires back: 'We haveLOS ANGELES — Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton told CNN on Friday that the studio did not "cave" under pressure from hackers to pull The Interview from theaters, disputing President Obama's... version of events and placing blame for the decision squarely on the nation's movie theater chains Lynton added that Sony "would still like the public to see" The Interview. He spoke on the heels of a press conference during which Obama said Sony had "made a mistake" by pulling the film in light of a threat aimed at theaters. SEE ALSO: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you
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SpaceX's Next Launch to SpaceThe private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying a mission to the International Space Station until early 2015.SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost... under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
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Undercover Video Reveals HarshAn Apple supplier is violating the company's standards for worker treatment in its Chinese factories, according to a new video report from the BBC. The video, captured by an undercover reporter who... got a job at a factory run by Pegatron, a Chinese manufacturer making Apple products, renews some longstanding safety and health concerns about the workers making Apple goods. The report raises issues similar to those in a New York Times investigation of Apple's Chinese suppliers nearly three years ago, which found that "[e]mployees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week," and that some workers "say they stand so long that their legs swell until they can hardly walk." After the Times report, Apple said it had hired an outside company to audit factories. The BBC found several...
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App City: An App, Memoir, Guesses Your Fondest Memories

The New York Times - 19 Dec 2014 23:35
App City: An App, Memoir,Memoir, a time-capsule app that resurfaces photos, Instagram snaps, Facebook posts and more, creates a collage from what it thinks might be your most cherished moments and lets you share them.
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1.16 Million Payment CardsIn case anybody still believed we were doing ok on cybersecurity, Staples just announced that malware deployed at 115 of its stores nationwide gave hackers access to some 1.16 million customers'... payment cards. Check here to see if your store was hit.
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1.16 Million Payment CardsIn case anybody still believed we were doing ok on cybersecurity, Staples just announced that malware deployed at 115 of its stores nationwide gave hackers access to some 1.16 million customers'... payment cards. Check here to see if your store was hit.
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A number of people -- The Verge included -- have called on Sony to release The Interview online, be it streaming la Netflix / Hulu or for sale on a service like iTunes / Google Play. In an interview... with CNN's Fareed Zakaria (which will air in its entirety tonight), Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton says that while Sony "has every desire" to release the film, online isn't the immediate option. The network has been teasing the interview all day -- here's the relevant snippet: "There are a number of options open to us, and we have considered those and are considering those. As it stands right now, while there have been a number of suggestions... there has not been one major VOD distributor [or] one major e-commerce site that has stepped...
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Apple just made it easier thaniPhone fans looking to score an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in time for Christmas will be happy to hear that Apple has yet again improved shipping times for iPhone orders placed on Apple.com. After... improving shipping estimates twice in the past month, lowering waiting times to just three to five business days for some iPhone 6 versions, Apple is now ready to ship customers most new iPhone 6 models in just one business day. FROM EARLIER: You can finally get your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from Apple within a week Apple has not completely caught up with demand, as not all models can be shipped that fast, but customers will still be able to have a new iPhone 6
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Reddit Announces RedditNotes, Reddit, the world’s favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to... the site’s readers using a lottery method. The 950,000 notes will be given away at random to folks who have been on the site before 9/30/14 and will be given out next fall. The company…
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[From HomeTechTell] iPhone universal remote showcasing at CES 2015, shipping January
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Report: FBI's anthraxThe FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the... FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator.
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Now that we've talked about the design process behind the NFL's Surface Pro 2s, it's time to show you how these things are actually being used throughout the league. It's worth noting that at least... for now, the functionality of the Sideline Viewing S...
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Build a Spy Camera Inside a Coffee Cup

Life Hacker - 19 Dec 2014 23:30
Need to take some secret spy photos? Make shows off a simple way to build a spy camera inside a coffee cup using an Arduino.
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Sorry Google, This Isn't About SOPA, It's About You

The Huffington Post - 19 Dec 2014 23:29
Sorry Google, This Isn't AboutThis week came news -- via the leak of Sony documents -- that State Attorneys General have opened up an investigation against Google. And that the movie industry has provided them with evidence to... back up claims that Google is facilitating content theft, while others have shown that Google is making it easy to illegally buy drugs and steroids, stolen credit card and counterfeit passports and other fake documents. And Google is shocked, shocked, to find that a group I oversee - the Digital Citizens Alliance - has been supported by the movie industry, and that we've demonstrated that Google is falling short of its promise to "don't be evil." Instead, Google wants to frame the State Attorneys General efforts as an attempt to resurrect the SOPA-PIPA battle to combat piracy. Sorry, Google, this...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Just in time for your annual holiday festivities, Luc Besson and Liam Neeson give you the trailer for 'Taken 3,' the terrific "12 Days of Christmas" version
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[From GadgeTell] TechnologyTell Review; Intocircuit Power Castle Battery, iClever Charger
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Outsourced Terror

Slate - 19 Dec 2014 23:28
As bad as the stories in the Senate torture report are, there is a whole class of victims who aren't even mentioned. The executive summary released last week makes only passing reference to an... integral component of the CIA program: the "extraordinary rendition" of prisoners to foreign custody for "interrogation" by those countries' intelligence services--with the full knowledge that the men would be tortured.
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[From GadgeTell] Voice assistance and touchless control of various smartphone features and functions aren't exactly groundbreaking or futuristic things anymore, but there's clearly a lot of room for... improvement in the field.
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review

Digital Trends - 19 Dec 2014 23:27
The Hobbit: The Battle of thePeter Jackson concludes Bilbo Baggins' origin story with an outrageously action-packed finale -- and not a moment too soon. The post The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies review appeared first on... Digital Trends.
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[From GadgeTell] While capable of keeping a surprisingly tight lid on information spills regarding its next-gen high-enders, Sony has apparently lost track of an early Xperia E4 prototype, which ended... up in the hands of Polish tech bloggers.
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[From EntertainmentTell] VH1's reality offering Sorority Sisters has drawn the ire of many. But it's also drawing ratings, so it's not going anywhere for the time being.
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Three ways enterprise software is changing

PC World - 19 Dec 2014 23:25
Three ways enterprise softwareOnce upon a time, life in the enterprise IT shop was fairly simple, at least conceptually speaking. IT issued computers and laptops to employees, and maintained enterprise software, databases and... servers that supported the company, which were mostly run in-house. These days, IT's basic firmament is giving way to a more breathtaking geography that the IT pro must traverse, based on pay-as-you-go cloud computing, building applications and performing deep data analysis. Perhaps more fundamentally, IT operations are moving from merely supporting the business to driving the business itself, which requires agility and making the most of resources.
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Apple Responds To BBC Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple’s own... stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported by the BBC included problems at Pegatron factories outside Shanghai, as well as issues at the bottom level of the supply chain, in…
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Analysis: Standard cybercrime is complicated enough to deal with already, without throwing in some international politics too.
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Far Cry 4's prison escapeEscape from Durgesh Prison, Far Cry 4's first major DLC expansion, is set to arrive on January 13, 2015, adding a challenging new mission with unprecedented permadeath. The post Far Cry 4’s prison... escape add-on makes Kyrat even more dangerous with permadeath appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Stephen Silver got the last "Word" in on the series finale Thursday night
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Want to know what VirginVirgin Hotels won't launch its first property until January, in Chicago. But that isn't stopping the Richard Branson company from getting its membership program up and running, giving us a sneak peek... at how the highly-anticipated property aims to run things differently. "The Know," announced this week, is clearly a Virgin-branded approach to customer service. The sign-up process for the "preference program" — with its questions about minibar preferences, favorite music and cocktails — is less about the hotel room and more about providing an experience. See also: 14 Unique Hotels for an Extraordinary Vacation
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At least for now, you can't easily add your own torrents or really do much with it.
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Support for security tech topsSecurity is rising to the top of the list of issues that the Internet Society (iSoc) is tackling in Africa, joining its efforts to develop infrastructure and promote an inclusive "bottom-up"... governance model for the Web. "We are going to support the deployment of security technologies," said Dawit Bekele, director of the iSoc African Bureau, in a webinar this week. ISoc is a nonprofit international organization that works to promote standards and inclusive Internet governance policies. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which works on Internet standards . ISoc's African bureau plans to measure interconnection and promote open standards in Africa. It also will continue to help develop traffic exchange and DNS programs in partnership with ICANN, and promote local success stories,...
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Why Bose Is Stepping intoBose is mulling entering the music-streaming business and that raises the question 'does it matter?' Yes, it does, as there are a number of reasons that a Bose streaming service could be a hit.
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BlackBerry Classic temptsA new BlackBerry arrives with signature features, Sony's ready to show off a new take on smartglasses, and TAG Heuer goes after the Apple Watch.
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A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder... City.
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Directors Guild Of AmericaThe Directors Guild of America agrees with President Barack Obama and the rest of the chorus criticizing Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" following terrorism threats.... DGA President Paris Barclay released a statement on the group's website Friday. He indicated that he would like to see "The Interview" receive some sort of distribution: As the events of the past weeks have made painfully clear, we are now living in an age in which the Internet can enable a few remote cyber criminals to hold an entire industry hostage. This unprecedented situation demonstrates that even basic rights such as freedom of expression can quickly fall prey to those who would misuse and abuse the Internet to steal from, intimidate and terrorize our industry and our nation, and stands...
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Facebook Messenger add-on letsFacebook Messenger, the social network's message app, is getting some Christmas-themed updates on Android on Friday. The biggest one is Stickered, a lightweight add-on app that allows Facebook users... to add stickers to photos and send them through Messenger See also: Don't Freak Out About the Facebook Messenger App That means you can finally put huge smiley faces with heart-shaped eyes over your friends' faces, like so: Image: Facebook In addition to Stickered, the updated Messenger will include holiday features like "festive frames" for New Year's Eve selfies along with holiday-themed sticker packs and snow globe chat heads. (Chat heads are the circular icons that float in the Facebook app when a conversation is active.)
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What Happened at Slate This Week?

Slate - 19 Dec 2014 23:15
Hey Slate Plus-sters,
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Google may take on Amazon withThe search giant is reportedly talking to retailers about new shopping features. Also, Google adds voice controls to the Nest thermostat and reveals the top trending search terms of 2014.
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Trends with Benefits: SonyThis week we talk about North Korea's attack on Sony, including some conspiracy theories about Sony's response, Samsung's attempt to monopolize 4K content, SpaceX rockets, and Jetsons-style wrist... bands. The post Trends with Benefits: Sony conspiracy theories, a screen on your arm, and rockets! appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Samsung reportedly eyeingIf true, the technology would work with regular credit card readers, potentially giving Samsung an edge over Apple in the mobile wallet arena.
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Uber Is Trying to Patent ItsThe practice recently fueled criticism when users in Sydney faced rising prices as they tried to flee the area of a hostage crisis
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3-D Printer System Beams Up aThe International Space Station's 3-D printer has created a plastic ratchet -- the first hand tool to be printed out in outer space.
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Netflix brings socialNetflix also integrated the feature with Android Wear, alerting you to movie and TV tips from friends on your smartwatch.
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Gillmor Gang LIVE 12.19.14

TechCrunch - 19 Dec 2014 23:11
Gillmor Gang LIVE 12.19.14 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Alexia Tsotsis, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm PT. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show G3 on Facebook
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Coal Ash Is Not Hazardous Waste under U.S. Agency Rules

Scientific American - 19 Dec 2014 23:10
The new label means that states, not the EPA, will be the primary enforcer of rules regarding coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead... --
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The United States is often described as a cultural melting pot. The degree to which that's true socially can be debated - and, at least as regards to race, it has been debated lots lately. But another... way to look at that question could be to examine the mixing in Americans' genetic ancestry. And that's just what researchers at 23andMe, a genomics and biotech company, have done. Their analysis of 160,000 Americans revealed subtle differences in genetic ancestry as it relates to race across
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Android Central 215: Woes and wows

Android Central - 19 Dec 2014 23:09
Android Central 215: Woes andIt's that time of year in which Google tends to dump a bunch of year-end updates on us. Some good. Some ... could use a little more time in the oven. We take a look at some of the bigger changes of... the past couple weeks -- including the major Android Wear 5.0.1 update -- and see what's worked out, and what needs more work. This week's sponsor Lynda.com: Get a free seven-day trial of more than 100,000 courses. Click here! Podcast podcast 215: Woes and wows
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Your jolliest rule-bendingOne horse open sleighs and wassailing are all well and good, but some holiday rules were meant to be bent. Last week we partnered with HP and guest host Evan Hilton to challenge our audience to... create the next generation of holiday greeting cards. See also: Vine Challenge: Show us your rule-bending greeting card to win an HP x360 From reindeer to robots, your submissions took typical greeting cards and turned them on their heads. Congratulations to Matt Fogarty and his holiday Rube Goldberg machine for winning our challenge and an HP x360. Scroll through to see his submission, as well as the rest of our favorites, below.
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Meteors, Andromeda and theThe Andromeda galaxy appears to twinkle behind two stunning meteors in this skywatching image taken from Tobias Lookout near Kernville, California. Astrophotographer Casey James took this image on... August 2nd, 2014.
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Strong Dollar Weighs Down U.S. Software Firms

Wall Street Journal - 19 Dec 2014 23:07
Strong Dollar Weighs Down U.S.A strong U.S. dollar is terrific for American tourists on holiday trips abroad. But for U.S. software companies, the mighty greenback is a bummer.
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Sony Pictures CEO: We Have Not Given In

Gizmodo - 19 Dec 2014 23:07
Sony Pictures CEO: We Have NotIn a laughable dodge, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton has responded to President Obama's assertions that Sony Pictures made a mistake by pulling The Interview. His case? It's the theaters' fault.
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Early exposure toEarly developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, has been studied by researchers in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. They found... that, although these serotonin-selective reuptake inhibiting antidepressants were thought to work the same way, they did not produce the same long-term changes in anxiety behavior in the adult mice. About 15 percent of women in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders and depression during their pregnancies, and many are prescribed antidepressants.
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New technique reveals immune cell motion

Science Daily - 19 Dec 2014 23:06
Neutrophils, cells recruited by the immune system to fight infection, need to move through a great variety of tissues. New research shows how neutrophils move through confined spaces in the body. A... new system can mimic tissues of different densities and stiffness, enabling improved development and testing of drugs.
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Here's What James Franco HasHollywood responded with outrage on Wednesday after Sony canceled the release of "The Interview," scheduled for Dec. 25. But the film's stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have remained silent since... preemptively nixing all press appearances on Tuesday. Franco (or "Flacco," if you're Obama telling the nation that Sony made a "mistake") has been a busy boy. The actor/writer/director/poet hasn't let Sony's decision -- which could set a deeply troubling precedent for future films and freedom of expression -- slow him down. Here's what James Franco has been up to since Sony canceled "The Interview": 1. He saw Emma Stone on Broadway in "Cabaret." #Emmastone kills it in @cabaret!!!! #alancumming is so good I started smoking and slapped his ass. ❤️Bye NYC!❤️ -- James Franco...
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Reducing emergency surgery cuts health care costs

Science Daily - 19 Dec 2014 23:05
Researchers have determined the hospital costs and risk of death for emergency surgery and compared it to the same operation when performed in a planned, elective manner for three common surgical... procedures: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, coronary artery bypass graft and colon resection. The research indicates that reducing emergency surgery for three common procedures by 10 percent could cut $1 billion in health care costs over 10 years.
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Despite showing interest in web or mobile apps to help manage their type 2 diabetes, only a small number of older adults actually use them, says a new study. Approximately 2.2 million Canadians are... living with type 2 diabetes, 2 million of whom are age 50 or older. A study found that although more than 90 per cent of research participants owned a computer or had daily Internet access, just 18 per cent used applications on this technology to help manage their diabetes. While almost half owned smartphones, only 5 per cent used them to manage their disease.
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Women whose loved ones are critical of their weight tend to put on even more pounds, says a new study on the way people's comments affect our health. "When we feel bad about our bodies, we often turn... to loved ones -- families, friends and romantic partners -- for support and advice. How they respond can have a bigger effect than we might think," said one author.
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The James Flacco Name Generator

Slate - 19 Dec 2014 23:05
At a press conference on Friday, President Obama said Sony made "a mistake" by canceling the release of The Interview. He also praised the film's stars Seth Rogen and James ... Flacco? If, like actor... James Franco, you want a new last name--one you can share with an NFL quarterback--then use our name generator below.
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Buyer's Guide: Deals on iPadThe Christmas holiday is less than a week away, and while deals have tapered off a bit this week, there are still a few discounts to be had on the iMac, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, and... older iPads. There's also one last deal on the iPad Air 2 that drops the price quite a bit. We've also got discounts on some great potential gifts, including personalized iPhone cases from Casetify, wireless headphones from Jaybird, the popular Pencil stylus from FiftyThree, and more in this week's Buyer's Guide deals post. iPad Air 2 If you're in need of an iPad Air 2 and didn't take advantage of the deals offered around Black Friday, there's one last discount available this week. Target is offering 15 percent off the iPad Air 2 in all colors and capacities through its Cartwheel app. That...
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Cat travels nearly 700 milesCookie the cat disappeared in March 2013 from the French town of Grasse. Owner Dan Bouchery had brought Cookie with her for a three-month hotel stay, but the cat disappeared when she left him briefly... in the courtyard. “I thought someone had stolen him,” Bouchery said. See also: Cats destroying Christmas trees is enough to ruin everyone's holiday She tried desperately to find Cookie, posting fliers and even putting an ad in the local newspaper Nice Matin, but eventually gave up and returned to her home in Calvados, in the Normandy region of France. Then, nearly a year and a half later, Bouchery got a phone call. A veterinarian in the nearby town of Orbec said a woman had brought the cat in. He was dirty, emaciated and a bit worse for wear, but the vet identified Cookie by his microchip....
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'Ok Google' added toGoogle has quietly added "Ok Google" support to its bleeding-edge Chromebooks, giving the web-centric notebooks the ability to listen out for voice commands with nary a button press, just as on... Android phones and Android Wear smartwatches. The feature, part of the latest developer build available optionally through the Chrome OS Dev Channel, has to be manually enabled, but once …
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Kate Winslet eyed for femaleUniversal Pictures is eyeing Kate Winslet to play the lead female role in Aaron Sorkin’s movie on Steve Jobs, reports Variety. It’s still unknown what character the Titanic star might play, but... after a couple of other Oscar nominated actresses…
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You've been able to yell voice commands at Android smartphones and Android Wear smartwatches for some time now, but soon you'll be able to do the same to a Chromebook computer. A new feature available... to Chromebooks running early release software lets users say "Ok Google" to activate voice commands and searches on the laptop, just like on many Android smartphones. Voice commands can be used to perform web searches, get itineraries, check the weather, and more. The Chromebook will always listen for the voice command so long as the screen is on and the display is unlocked. The feature was first described by Google employee François Beaufort on Google+. It is currently only available on the Chrome Dev channel, and users need to enable a...
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While President Obama has joined the voices criticizing Sony Pictures for its decision to pull The Interview, its CEO claims he " In an interview with CNN set to air tonight during Anderson Cooper... 360, Michael Lynton tells Fareed Zakaria that "We hav...
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Evernote just released a new premium feature called Context, in which it shows relevant information from your notes and the web as you write or research in Evernote for Windows and Android.
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Apple's response to the BBC'sApple is a terrific company in many ways but it often does not handle criticism all that well. Although there have been times when Apple has shown a commendable willingness to own up to its mistakes... — Tim Cook’s apology for the Apple Maps fiasco is one example — just as often it will get overly defensive and will insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that it hasn’t made any mistakes. Recall the company’s initial response to “Antennagate,” in which it told customers that they were holding their phones the wrong way, to get an idea of what I’m talking about. All of this brings us to Apple’s response to BBC Panorama’s newest report on working conditions in Apple suppliers’ factories that
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Apple Raises Prices in RussianApple has raised the price of apps in the Russian App Store in the midst of a meltdown in the value of the Russian ruble. The move follows Apple's decision earlier in the week to stop selling iPhones... in Russia because of the volatility.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop beginsHeads, up, UK Moto X (2014), there's an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop possibly waiting for you! We've received word from multiple readers that the update to Google's latest and greatest is rolling... out now.
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Tesla's automated battery swap stations that boost cars with a fully charged power pack instead of a slow charge are finally becoming a reality. First shown off over a year ago, the company announced... today that it's ready to start a pilot program for...
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Microsoft Lumia Denim updateMicrosoft said Friday that while two older midrange Lumia phones will receive its Denim update in just a few days, Lumia Icon owners will have to wait until 2015 to receive it, breaking an earlier... Microsoft promise. Microsoft said Friday that the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 would receive the Denim OS upgrade in the next few days. The phones are old: The Lumia 928 is a midrange phone from June 2013, and the 822 also dates back to mid-2013. But the newer, better Icon will have to wait until "early 2015" to receive it.
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Bradley Cooper takes aim inA new trailer has debuted for American Sniper, which casts Bradley Cooper as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. The post Bradley Cooper takes aim in new... trailer for American Sniper appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If classic Christmas carolsForget rockin' around the Christmas tree. It's 2014 and we're going to twerk around it. While some Christmas carols have aged gracefully, many simply haven't held up. (What's a "bobtail ring"?) See... also: 9 holiday hybrids to get you in the Chrismukkah spirit It's a lot more fun to give classic Christmas tunes a modern twist — so we invited the Internet to do the same Take a look at some of our favorite #ModernXmasCarols so far, below — and then tweet yours (we'll be updating this list). Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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[From GamerTell] More NFC figure woes. Toys R Us cancelled its Lucario Amiibo pre-orders and has removed the product page from its website.
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6,000-year-old encampmentLONDON — Archaeologists from the University of Buckingham have discovered an untouched 6,000-year-old encampment near Stonehenge. Lead researcher David Jacques and his colleagues recently had the... carbon dating results returned from their October discovery at Blick Mead, which is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the famous monument. See also: Underground Mapping Reveals Secrets of Stonehenge "Charcoal dug up from the encampment has been scientifically tested, and reveals that it dates from around 4,000 BC," they said in a release. The dig site at Blick Mead Researchers believe the breakthrough could offer unprecedented insight into how Britain's oldest ancestors lived, but have expressed concern over the UK government's plans to carve out a road tunnel in the area, the BBC reported.
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But will car makers agree to cede control of the infotainment system to Google?
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NASA on Pace To Loft 13 EarthWith three missions launched in 2014 and two scheduled to fly in January 2015, NASA is making significant progress reinvigorating its fleet of Earth observation satellites and space-based instruments.... The post NASA on Pace To Loft 13 Earth Science Missions by 2022 appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Internet TV may have just gotten the break it needed. The Federal Communications Commission officially proposed a rule change today that would give any company that wants to carry television shows the... ability to license them from cable and broadcast networks. That's a big deal, because networks aren't required to negotiate with most companies in the same way that they negotiate with cable and satellite providers. If this proposal goes into effect, any company that wants to offer TV shows over the internet will have the same negotiating powers to do so as a traditional TV provider would, meaning that internet TV providers could finally get off the ground. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to propose this back in October,...
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On December 18 the BBC's Panorama aired a documentary called "Apple's Broken Promises" which questions if Apple is doing enough to protect the people who make their products. The already controversial... film utilizes undercover reporters and hidden cam...
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A Brief History of Brief Histories

Gizmodo - 19 Dec 2014 23:00
A Brief History of BriefWe have a long tradition of providing summarized encapsulations of topics that span a large swath of time. Here is an abbreviated chronicle of those bygone days:
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Learn to Fold a Pocket Square with this Chart

Life Hacker - 19 Dec 2014 23:00
Pocket squares seem straightforward: you stuff it into a pocket then head off to your fancy gathering, right? Turns out it's slightly more complicated, but thankfully The Art of Manliness shows off a... variety of folding methods for a pocket square.
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NASA took the first major step in re-establishing its manned space program two weeks ago when the Orion spacecraft made its initial test flight. Today, the space agency released this 10-minute video... that shows the craft's reentry from the moment it began to burn through the Earth's atmosphere to its eventual splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, the video shows a number of things happening. First, the craft encounters friction from the atmosphere as it descends at 20,000 mph, creating a plasma trail of ionized gas behind it: Once Orion's reaction control system gets the ship on the correct path toward its landing target, the various parachutes begin to deploy. Before that, though, the forward bay cover is...
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For now, revenues still spiraling toward drain In a conference call with financial analysts on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm kept costs under control and even eked out a meager profit... in the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, but he couldn't hide that the ailing mobe-maker's revenues continued their steady decline....
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Rambo Tribble writes: Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could moderately increase the reflectivity... of our oceans, which would have a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but there could be side effects, like wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster.
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​T-Mobile reaches $90As part of its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, T-Mobile will pay at least $90 million in customer refunds, as well as penalties and fines over complaints that it put bogus charges on... customer bills.
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The Unexpected Ways AppleCalling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's... lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.
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TIDAL music service now streams on Sonos

Android Central - 19 Dec 2014 22:54
TIDAL music service nowSonos now supports music streaming service TIDAL on its wireless speaker system. TIDAL bills itself as the first high fidelity lossless music streaming service with HD music videos and curated... editorial. TIDAL has announced that the integration with Sonos is now live in the U.S. and Canada, and support in the U.K. will follow shortly.
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Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able... to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. 
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Facebook Expands F8 DeveloperFacebook has expanded its annual developer conference to cover two full days in 2015. The conference lasted just one day in 2014, and was the first F8 since 2011. The conference, which attracts... developers who build products and services that work in conjunction with Facebook (e.g. Facebook login), will take place on March 25-26 in […]
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T-Mobile settles in 'cramming' case

USA Today - 19 Dec 2014 22:53
T-Mobile settles in 'cramming'Company accused of allowing unauthorized bill charges.          
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Apple is not the only company that benefits from a system where cost-saving efficiencies come with a human toll. The post Apple Isn’t the Only One to Blame for Smartphone Labor Abuses appeared first... on WIRED.
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If you ask President Obama, Sony made a "mistake" by canceling The Interview's release -- but that doesn't mean the movie is gone for good. CNN has just run a quick teaser of Fareed Zakaria's... interview with Sony Pictures CEO Lynton (emphasis ours): "When it came to the crucial moment when the threat came out from what was called the [Guardians of Peace] at the time threatening audiences who would go to movie theaters the movie theater came to us one by one over a very short period of time we were completely surprised by it and announced that they would not carry the movie. At that time we had no alternative not to proceed with the theatrical release on December 25th. We have not caved, we have not given in, we have persevered and we...
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As six-cylinder sales fall,Six-cylinder engines are decreasing in popularity around the world. Subaru engineer Yoichi Hori recently weighed the options of switching to smaller engines equipped with hybrid tech and forced... induction. The post As six-cylinder sales fall, Subaru may lean on turbo and hybrid four-bangers appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Neverquest, also known as Vawtrak, is data stealing malware that targets banking information.
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Guy Proposes in a Photo Booth  Watch Kevin propose to Molly in a photo booth and capture the entire thing on video. Her expression is priceless :) Congrats to the happy couple!    
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Leaked images reveal metalMore unconfirmed details about Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone have leaked online, with a couple of new reports featuring pictures allegedly showing a major design element of the Galaxy S6, as... well as confirmation that at least one prototype is already in testing. FROM EARLIER: A leak may have just revealed the Galaxy S6's most important feature A Samsung handset with model number SM-G920F, believed to be a version of the Galaxy S6, has been spotted on a shipping manifest on Indian site Zauba. The device has a listed value of around $300, much lower than the expected price for the Galaxy S6, and it's marked as an R&D handset. More interestingly, French blog Nowhereelse has obtained some pictures from component assembly lines that
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Disney's Club Penguin arrives on Android

Android Central - 19 Dec 2014 22:44
Disney's Club Penguin arrivesDisney has released its Club Penguin app for Android. Club Penguin is a virtual membership-based world for kids, letting them play games, create characters, and find collectables. The Android release... comes just in time for Club Penguin's Merry Walrus Celebration.
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Kate Winslet May Take on LeadActress Kate Winslet is currently in negotiations to play the lead female role in the upcoming Jobs biopic, reports Variety. Winslet, aged 39, is best known for dramatic movies like Titanic,... Divergent, All the King's Men, and Finding Neverland. It remains unclear what role Winslet will play, but female parts in the movie are rumored to include Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa Brennan and Katie Cotton, Apple's well-known former PR lead. Natalie Portman was formerly in talks to play a major female role in the film, but she pulled out of negotiations in early December. Actress Jessica Chastain, of The Help, may also be in talks for a part. After some difficulties in casting, it seems the Job biopic is finally taking shape. Both Leonario DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the role of Steve Jobs,...
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Beyond 3-D: '4-D Printing'The new technique can print out dynamic 3-D structures capable of changing their shapes over time.
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Add Wi-Fi connectivity andDesigned to replace the faceplate of your existing Roomba, Thinking Cleaner connects the bot to your home wireless network and gives it all the features and functionality that iRobot forgot to include... The post Add Wi-Fi connectivity and HomeKit compatibility to your Roomba with this clever retrofit appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Our First Steps to Make Things Right

Think Geek - 19 Dec 2014 22:42
It's the holiday season and for many of you that means ordering gifts for yourselves and others. A great many of you have already received your orders from ThinkGeek and we hope that you enjoy them.... That said, we also understand that there are those of you who have had issues and we want to take a moment to address them and let you know we're doing everything we can to make things right.
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World View CapturesWorld View has just released new footage from a recent unmanned flight, offering a glimpse at the vistas future customers might experience during a sunrise voyage.
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Mildred Dresselhaus selectedThe IEEE Medal of Honor will be given to Dresselhaus in June for "leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering."
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What To Watch On Netflix WithIt's the holidays, which means spending lots of time with family and spending even more time with Netflix. But when deciding what to watch, you may want to avoid anything too inappropriate (your... grandma may not be a fan of the Quaalude-induced chaos of "The Wolf of Wall Street) or too dark and gory for the cheery season (i.e. "American Horror Story"). After you get through Netflix's best Christmas TV episodes, here are the best movies to watch with the whole family that aren't the same old holiday classics:
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This Photographer TransformsBristol, England-based photographer Peter Thorpe has a special treat for his clients every holiday season. For the past 20 years, he has sent hilarious promo Christmas cards featuring his dogs as... different animals in elaborate handmade scenes. What’s interesting about Thorpe’s images is that, through the years, he has continued to create the scenes using […]
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​FCC sides with T-MobileFederal Communications Commission's decision to clarify what it means by "reasonable" rates for wireless data roaming could result in stronger wireless competition.
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Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations raised by the US Federal Trade Commission....
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Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations brought by the US Federal Trade Commission....
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Facebook Has So Much To Facebook more news to share at f8 than can fit in a single day, so it’s adding a second for its developer conference now slated for March 25th and 26th, 2015 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason... Center. Registration for the first two-day f8 will open in early 2015, but developers hoping to attend can sign up for a reminder of when they can vy for tickets. Facebook explains the…
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Miyamoto: Nintendo alreadyWhen will you see the next Nintendo console? That's anyone's guess, but Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed Nintendo is in the early stages of planning for their next hardware offerings.... Speaking to the Associated Press, Miyamoto said Nintendo is working on "new ideas" for their next hardware offering, but are remaining committed to the Wii U. Miyamoto also suggested the …
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Samsung Galaxy Note EdgeUsing the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is an exercise in obsession with using the biggest and the newest in smartphone tech. This smartphone is not necessarily the most well thought out for the end user -... you, and it's not necessarily the best smartphone solution for your everyday life. Instead, like the original Galaxy Note, this device presents a unique …
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EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era,... use a EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, however, is the provenance. Almost none of this watch is European, a…
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This crazy giant giga-yacht isThis is Imāra, a 918-foot (280-meter) long, 187-foot (57 meter) 11-deck luxury giga-yacht. Today it is only a concept by yacht design shop Motion Code: Blue--but not for long. They are aiming it to... their Middle East clients. I'm sure Arab princes and Russian oligarchs are grabbing their diamond-encrusted phones now.
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There Are Gonna Be 9280928In the wake of a police raid in Sweden that shut down the Pirate Bay as we know it, a number of opportunistic torrent sites have created clones. We've said before, Pirate Bay clones are potentially... problematic . Nevertheless, Isohunt just launched a tool that makes it confusingly easy to set up your very own open source clone. I tried it;It works.
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[GadgeTell] Miiya smartwatch keeps kids fit

Technology Tell - 19 Dec 2014 22:34
[From GadgeTell] Launching through an Indiegogo campaign, Miiya is a colorful kids' gadget that turns physical activity into a game "in which your child is a hero."
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T-Mobile protested its innocence after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of letting text message-based scams run amok in the name of profit, but it's not going to fight that complaint to the... bitter end. The UnCarrier has agreed to a settlement ...
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A Visit From Android Santa

Android Central - 19 Dec 2014 22:32
A Visit From Android SantaTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a smartphone was stirring; even Lloyd did not stand. The stockings were hung by the Nexus Player, In hopes that Android Santa would soon... arrive there.
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The Anti-Plagiarism Machine

The Atlantic - 19 Dec 2014 22:30
The Anti-Plagiarism MachineAn analysis of hundreds of thousands of scientific papers finds text re-use is rampant, but it isn't always malicious.
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BGR plays Halo 5 multiplayerThe highly anticipated mutliplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians is launching later this month, but Microsoft has given us the opportunity to jump in for an early preview event this weekend. Starting... today at 4:00 p.m. ET, the beta will go live and, providing there aren’t any issues, we’ll be playing for at least an hour right here on the site with an embedded stream from our Twitch channel.
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They were a discussion topic on Google's Earnings Call and were a focus at I/O. Facebook created a standalone initiative called App Links to take a leadership position. Long time internet watcher John... Battelle claims the quickening is nigh. What is it about deep links that has everyone so worked up? Today, they help us […] The post If You Think Deep Links Are a Big Deal Now, Just Wait appeared first on WIRED.
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Win the Game of Dreidel byThe traditional game of dreidel played during Hanukkah focuses on a spinning top and a bit of gambling. It's a game of chance, but the player who spins first often ends up with the largest pot.... Changing the rules evens the odds for everyone.
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T-Mobile to pay $90M forT-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission suit that alleged it looked the other way while third parties charged T-Mobile subscribers for services they... didn't want. The settlement is the second largest ever for so-called "cramming," following one that the FCC reached with AT&T in October. It came just two days after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint for the same practice.
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News Cues is a news aggregator that brings national headlines at any given moment direct to the app in an easy-to-read format. In doing so, it also links to other sources reporting on the same news... story so you get to see every angle plus choose your...
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This ruling may convinceThe data breach said to have affected 110 million consumers who shopped at Target in the tail-end of 2013 might become even more expensive for the beleaguered retailer. According to Reuters, a judge... says consumers whose credit cards were compromised via the breach will be allowed to sue the company because the plaintiffs “plausibly allege that they suffered injuries that are ‘fairly traceable’ to Target’s conduct.” US District […]
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Google Files Suit Against Mississippi Attorney General

The New York Times - 19 Dec 2014 22:27
Google Files Suit AgainstThe search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content.
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Call of Duty's zombies returnExpect to see some familiar faces when Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode shambles forth in the upcoming Havoc DLC, due to arrive in January 2015. The post Call of Duty’s zombies... return in January, and they’re chasing John Malkovich appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Companies battle for controlTelecom companies are vying for control of a small company that rents out fiberoptic cables in Milan in a competition that could determine who gets to build and control Italy's high speed... telecommunications network. Telecom Italia, Vodafone and Wind have all expressed interest in ownership of Metroweb, which generates sales of only €60 million euros (US$74 million) a year but offers a model for high speed connectivity in a country that comes last in the European Union (EU) for 30Mbps fixed broadband penetration. The Italian telecom regulator, AgCom, confirmed recently that only 21 percent of Italian households have access to 30Mbps broadband, compared to the EU average of 62 percent.
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Evernote Context automaticallyEvernote is adding what it calls "augmented intelligence" to its Android app with a feature called Context. Available to Evernote premium subscribers, Context essentially adds relevant contextual... information as you're typing in your notes. These tidbits of information could be culled from existing notes that either were shared with you or were created in the past, along with external sources, like from The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Pando Daily.
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Obama promises response onPresident Obama believes Sony made a mistake in canceling release of "The Interview" following a major cyberattack and said the U.S. is prepared to respond to the attack, but he wouldn't say when or... how. "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," he said. Obama's strong words, at a scheduled year-end news conference at the White House, came just two hours after the FBI said it had determined North Korea was responsible for the attack on Sony that included widespread leaks of sensitive company documents and employee information.
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T-Mobile to pay $90 million toT-Mobile will pay at least $90 million in penalties and refunds as part of a settlement over its alleged practice of "mobile cramming," or placing unauthorized third-party charges on customers'... cellphone bills, the Federal Communications Commission announced Friday.
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All Day Raises $2 Million To Would-be media moguls take heart: with nothing more than a Twitter handle and a dream, you can raise capital to become the next Vice or Vox Media Group, or Buzzfeed. All it takes is a knack for... viral content, 2.15 million followers on your marquee Twitter account, and a core team of (incredibly) young social media entrepreneurs. Then you too could be raising $2 million from investors…
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Hot, smelly, and handmade: AThis video profiles the city of Yiwu, China, where 60 percent of Christmas decorations are made. Somewhat surprisingly, they're mostly hand-assembled, instead of being mass-produced in a huge factory.... The post Hot, smelly, and handmade: A behind-the-scenes look at how Christmas decorations are made appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists have reconstructedTourists have contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and rubbish. Researchers say they were originally a deep blue (pictured) - rather than the current orangey green.
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Now You Can Add Stickers ToNow you can festoon the photos you share in Facebook Messenger with stickers, the company announced Friday. See also: Facebook Makes Messenger Mandatory Called Stickered For Messenger, the... "lightweight" new feature will be available for Android beginning Friday and "soon" for iOS. Just in time for the holidays, it will include some festive sticker packs for Christmas and New Year's. Stickered For Messenger links to your Facebook Messenger account so you can send decorated photos to your friends directly. The app doesn't support other messenger platforms, but since the photos then save to your camera roll, you can share them with other platforms indirectly through that route. It's unclear if Facebook got its inspiration from the East, but there's no denying that the stickers-on-photos thing...
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If you're a Nine Inch Nails fan and want to get your hands on nearly every bit of music Trent Reznor has ever performed, look no further: NIN fan site / archive Reflecting in the Chrome has just... released a 527GB Torrent file that has essentially every single NIN concert that has been recorded, from the Pretty Hate Machine days through the present. That isn't everything the band has done, but a quick perusal of the archive shows that it is incredibly comprehensive. The site's founder Ryan J. has been searching out and organizing the shows for a good six years and now feels the collection is complete enough to put out there. Nearly everything is sourced from an audience recording, which means the audio quality isn't going to match that of...
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Let's Talk About Whatever YouYou think the news will be all heartwarming Santa stuff the week before Christmas, but hackers come in and steal Sony's Christmas. But worry not, little elves, we've got a big 'ol blog fire roaring... here at Gizmodo. Grab a hot cup of content and come talk about whatever you want right now.
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Back in September, Reddit announced a new $50 million round of funding, but what raised the eyebrows of many redditors and crypto-geeks alike was its plans to distribute 10 percent, or…
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Your say Friday: Has a corporate hack affected you?

Digital Trends - 19 Dec 2014 22:15
Your say Friday: Has aMany corporations have fallen victim to hacks, leaking hundreds of millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. Have any of these leaks directed affected your life? The... post Your say Friday: Has a corporate hack affected you? appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ice pancakes the size ofLONDON — Biologists in Scotland were struck by an unusual discovery this week: ice pancakes the size of dinner plates floating on the River Dee More common to the Antarctic or Baltic Seas, they need... rare conditions to form, and this is the first time they've been found on the UK river. They were spotted by biologist Jamie Urquhart on the Lummels Pool at Birse, which is 29 miles from Aberdeen See also: 10 most clichéd tweets about the weather Image: Facebook River Dee The pancakes were likely formed after foam floating on the water began to freeze at night. As the frozen foam swirled around the eddy, or current of water, they became circular
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In his end-of-year press conference today, President Barack Obama called the decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the release of its film The Interview a “mistake.” “I am... sympathetic to the threats they face,” Obama said. “Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.... “We cannot have a society in which […] The post Obama’s Surprisingly Strong Statement on Sony: Canceling The Interview Was a 'Mistake' appeared first on WIRED.
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Facebook's new Stickered forIf you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that -- it lets you place stickers on photos and... send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.
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Buchwald honored with UlyssesChemistry professor Stephen L. Buchwald recognized by University College Dublin for his outstanding global contribution to the field of chemistry.
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Their website says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the... game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW. So if you have an idea for a session, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free...
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You're sitting outside a Starbucks when a man walks up to you carrying a video camera. He sits next to you, training his camera on your face, saying nothing. You ask why he's filming and he says,... simply, "why not?" What do you do?
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Petitioners Demand SonyWant to see "The Interview"? So do a lot of other would-be moviegoers, dissatisfied with Sony Pictures' decision this week to scrap the controversial film (which depicts the assassination of North... Korean dictator Kim Jong Un). And some have whipped up online petitions in an attempt to change studio executives' minds. Sony's decision -- made following terror threats sent by the hacker group responsible for breaching the corporation's computer systems in November -- was met with plenty of criticism this week. On Friday, President Barack Obama said Sony "did the wrong thing." Writer and producer Aaron Sorkin called the ordeal "an unprecedented attack" on free speech, while celebrities posted reactions on Twitter in various shades of disgust. The hackers, of course, were pleased with the...
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'Illusion Coatings' Are LikeInstead of using invisibility cloaks to conceal objects from detection, "illusion coatings" could hide things by making them look like something else, researchers say.
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Microsoft's TitanfallTitanfall's sequel looks unlikely to be a Microsoft exclusive, with Respawn Entertainment chief Vince Zampella confirming that the studio's deal over the AAA title was for the first installment alone.... Details on "Titanfall 2" are, unsurprisingly, scant at this stage, but according to Zampella the collaboration with Microsoft - which proved so valuable in leveraging the server-side processing of the …
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FCC Mysteriously Lost HundredsAs the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority , startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC... recently released about the process shows that the agency lost and/or ignored a whole bunch public comments. How many is a whole bunch? Oh, about 340,000.
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What is FBI evidence for NorthWhy the FBI linked North Korea to the Sony hack attack
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This is what your in-laws areAli Vingiano made another hilarious subtitled short, this time dedicated to all of your who had to bring your significant other to meet your parents over the holidays (or worse, those who will have to... do it this year. I'm sorry! Best of luck!)Like the previous one, this short is funny because it's exactly how it is.
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This Cat Was Just Named the  Meet Setsu-Chan, an adorable cat who according to several Japanese publications, was recently given the title of “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan. The title of course is in good fun, as the... cat is clearly cute and very popular with fans as she has nearly 60,000 ardent followers on Twitter. The cat’s surging…
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Spoiler alert: This piece discusses many details of the series and its finale. The world's first blockbuster podcast, Serial, released its final episode yesterday. You can be forgiven for missing it,... because not a lot of people were talking about it. That's because its long-speculated dramatic conclusion ended up lacking in both drama and conclusion. Its thoroughly unsatisfying denouement highlighted everything I have come to dislike about this show, which I feel is a failure as both a journalistic enterprise and true crime narrative.
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Over the last year, Google added the "OK Google" hotword to both the Chrome browser and Chrome OS computers. It works well but there's a catch: You need to be on…
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Stash all your secret files inThis post is brought to you by IdeaSolutions, creator of KYMS. What better way to keep your media safe than to encrypt your files and hide them behind an iOS app that appears to be nothing more than a... stylish calculator?…
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This Week On The TC Gadgets Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry. BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in... bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink.
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[From GamerTell] Browsing the second day of deals available during the Steam Holiday Sale? Consider grabbing Hack n Slash or these other games.
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Over 45% of Americans have hadA recent poll from the Wall Street Journal relays that 45% of Americans have received a notification that their credit card information was compromised as part of a data breach. The poll also found... that more Americans than ever think they have been...
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Pearls of wisdom: The truth behind common sayings

New Scientist - 19 Dec 2014 22:00
A watched pot never boils and the early bird does catch the worm, but you can teach old dogs new tricks (full text available to subscribers)
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'The Interview' won't open,They range in price from 99 cents to over $1,000. There are nearly 500 of them available on eBay. We're talking posters from the ill-fated The Interview the most talked-about film that may never be... officially released. The movie was scheduled to open Christmas Day, but Sony pulled the release after major distributors decided not to show the film. They were reacting to terrorist-style threats from the Guardians of Peace cyber group which hacked Sony's servers. See also: Sony ends 'The Interview' and hands hackers a terrifying new script Within minutes of that decision on Thursday afternoon, people started selling and buying The Interview Christmas Day premiere posters, banners and paraphernalia on eBay. At first, the highest bids were around $40 — but within 24 hours, some of the...
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Congratulations, Guardians of Peace (and North Korea!) -- you've successfully prevented a "dangerous" Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy from getting released. But guess what? You've also made The... Interview, which appeared to be just another slacker come...
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Phishing emails, a phishing kit and phony browser alerts are being used by the attacker to steal credentials and deliver a variant of the Zeus trojan.
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Cord cutters, rejoice: FCCThe cable and satellite television industry could be in for a big shift thanks to a small change proposed by the Federal Communications Commission. The regulator is officially considering a tweak to... regulation that would remove a major roadblock for companies seeking to offer television online, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in a statement released on Friday. The change, if adopted, would allow any company that streams numerous TV channels online to gain the important designation of a multichannel video programming distributor, or MVPD. "Big company control over access to programming should not keep programs from being available on the Internet. Today, we propose to break that bottleneck," Wheeler wrote.
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Great news, everyone! We're one step closer to the Ghost in the Shell future we've been promised since 1995. Leslie Baugh has become the first shoulder-level double amputee to receive a pair of... robotic arms. And the best part is, they're mind-controlled.
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Smart locks: a market overview

GigaOM - 19 Dec 2014 21:54
The smart lock looks to be one of the most promising smart-home technologies in 2015, thanks to technology improvements, user convenience, and lower costs.
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Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) (...)Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Dec.... 19, 2014: Methane on Mars! (296 words) © Fraser for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: black hole, cats, cluster, Curiosity, Dark Matter, galaxy, India, […]
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Brighten your holidays withIf perhaps your holidays aren't quite warm and fuzzy enough yet, this will undoubtedly do the trick Kermit the Frog performed "It Feels Like Christmas" from A Muppet Christmas Carol while strolling... around the most magical place on Earth and taking selfies with his new friends. The cutest staring contest you'll ever have is one with a baby sloth Woman claims Jenga victory with an insanely difficult move Nick Offerman does a Grinch-y reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Fallon's #ChristmasFails can knock out your holiday spirit
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1st drone authorized for Nevada test program crashes in front of dignitaries during ceremony
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Audi spruces up its RS 5 CoupeThe 2015 Audi RS 5 Coupe Sport edition gets unique exterior and interior touches and a limited production run to distinguish it from regular models, but it's mechanically unchanged. The post Audi... spruces up its RS 5 Coupe with limited-run Sport edition appeared first on Digital Trends.
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An advisory is warning all users of GitHub for Windows and GitHub for Mac to update their clients as soon as possible.
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Blaming Kim Jong Un is like Saddam's WMDs all over again The FBI claims to have found evidence linking North Korea with the hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures' servers and dumped gigabytes of... sensitive data online....
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Obama Vows U.S. Response toPresident Obama said the U.S. would "respond proportionally" to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.
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Next year's 'Android M' updateGoogle is working on a new Android version that is specifically created to better fit cars, Reuters has learned, and that should offer users a smart car experience regardless of whether or not they... connect an Android phone. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Codenamed Android M, this Android version is not expected for another year, and is supposed to be a completely different take on adding smart features to a car than Google's existing Android Auto project. Instead of requiring a smarpthone to be connected at all times in order to access certain apps while driving, Android M will be built directly into a car, being able to work independently from other Android devices.
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Hulu doesn't want to leave all the good shows to Netflix and Amazon: The streaming video services has signed deals with 20th Century Fox and MGM to make Hulu the exclusive…
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A little clicking sound is made every time you type on the iPhone keyboard. Some users really like that sound effect and find that it helps them to type on the virtual keyboard easier, but other users... find it to be annoying and obtrusive. If you don’t want to hear the clicky sound effects when ...
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Getting the best TV picture:Your TV looks pretty good, right? What if, for free, you could make it look even better? With a few minutes of time, you can master your TV's connections, placement and settings to get it looking even... more realistic. Here's everything you need to know.
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Facebook 'Stickered' app letsInt heir ongoing attempt to dominate your home screen, Facebook is announcing another app today. An accompaniment to Messenger, Stickered is a new app that lets you plaster stickers all over your... photos before sending them along to friends via Messenger. Facebook Messenger is also getting some festive new tweaks in time for the holidays, with a "festive frame" for …
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Bits Blog: Rent the Runway, aInvestors are bullish on the company's prospects, particularly its new subscription-based, Netflix-like business model.
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Obama has Adele Dazeem moment,President Obama, eternal purveyor of pop culture, expressed his unfaltering love of renowned Oscar-nominated actor, comedian and poet James Flacco during his year-end press conference Friday. Oh wait,... what? It's James Franco. Right, maybe Obama would've known that if he could've seen The Interview, in theaters, on date night with Michelle. But thanks to Sony and North Korea, Obama has no damn idea who James Franco is and thinks he is the same guy as Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco or maybe Waka Flocka's son. See also: 27 weirdest news stories of 2014 Seth Rogen, though, Obama definitely knows — He's probably a huge Zack and Miri Make a Porno fan.
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Rumor: Nikon Will Soon UnveilPlanning to purchase a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D lens? You might want to hold off for now: Nikon is rumored to have a replacement to that lens ready for a near-future launch. Nikon Rumors is... hearing that Nikon will soon unveil its new (and long rumored) Nikkor AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 VR lens. It […]
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FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

ABC News - 19 Dec 2014 21:47
Obama says Sony made a mistake in shelving film
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T-Mobile settles with FTC forCompany accused of allowing unauthorized bill charges.          
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Most Popular Vacuum: Dyson DC65

Life Hacker - 19 Dec 2014 21:45
Most Popular Vacuum: DysonVacuuming is, objectively, the best chore . The Dyson DC65 sucked up almost 30% of the thousands of votes you cast , earning it the honor of Best Vacuum.
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Most Popular Vacuum: Dyson DC65

Gizmodo - 19 Dec 2014 21:45
Most Popular Vacuum: DysonVacuuming is, objectively, the best chore . The Dyson DC65 sucked up almost 30% of the thousands of votes you cast , earning it the honor of Best Vacuum.
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The cutest staring contestStaring contest time. Ready? Go! The San Diego Zoo welcomed a lazy addition to its family in July: a baby sloth. If you want to have the staring contest in person, though, you'll have to visit the... zoo's Elephant Odyssey. Brighten your holidays with Kermit singing 'It Feels Like Christmas' Woman claims Jenga victory with an insanely difficult move Nick Offerman does a Grinch-y reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Fallon's #ChristmasFails can knock out your holiday spirit
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This Board Lets You Give Any Up until the last few years, heat sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super-rich got to play with. Then FLiR figured out how to make the... required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. Hell, you can get heat vision in an iPhone case now. Now, with this tiny board, you…
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Pointing out that North Korea had inflicted considerable damage in its Sony hack, President Obama said the U.S. would respond.
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National Geographic: More than 9,200 entries were submitted from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating.The Grand Prize Winner... will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. Check out the winner and let us know what you think. It's not the usual photo that comes to mind when you think of National Geographic.∞ Read this on The Loop
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If you’re a majority Chrome browser user in OS X you’ve probably noticed that when printing from the web browser, a custom print preview window opens up that looks quite different from the default... print window on a Mac. Some users may like the alternate Chrome print preview option with it’s larger viewport and different ...
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Obama: Sony 'did the wrongSony executives got an e-mail praising them for pulling the film.          
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New Facebook App Lets You PutFacebook may have found a way to make Messenger a little stickier for users.
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"Sony exposed its nuts to the world this week, and it's been confirmed, they're real small." Your friendly neighborhood Taiwanese Animators have the best, most insane Hot Take on the Sony hack and the... ensuing parade of idiocy.
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In 1996, the first episode of Internet Cafe looked at the net's hacker problem. Not a lot has change since then. The post Tech Time Warp of the Week: The ’90s TV Special That Profiled Hackers and... Their Glorious Hair appeared first on WIRED.
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Report: Google plans to buildGoogle is reportedly planning to build its connected car platform Android Auto directly into vehicles. Reuters is reporting that the integration would differ from how Android Auto already allows users... to sync their cars to an Android device. With Android Auto built right in to the vehicle, there would be no need to sync to a smartphone but the driver could still have access to the Internet, apps, music-listening services and other features. See also: Everybody's Racing for Connected Cars The car software will run the next version of Google's mobile OS — called Android M — and debut in vehicles starting in 2015, the report suggests. It builds on the concept of "infotainment" systems in cars, which allow drivers to map directions, listen to music and make calls, hands-free with verbal...
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Individuals in Australia are being targeted with emails that claim to come from the State Debt and Recovery Office.
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Garmin Vívosmart Fitness Tracker Review

Live Science - 19 Dec 2014 21:33
Garmin Vívosmart FitnessGarmin's Vívosmart fitness band is part tracker, part smartwatch and part cheerleader.
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[Updated] FBI confirms NorthSpeculation that North Korea was directly responsible for a cyber attack on Sony Pictures has now been confirmed by the FBI. President Obama is expected to address the issue during his end-of-year... address later today. The post [Updated] FBI confirms North Korea hacked Sony pictures, Obama pledges response appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Space Celebrities Sing inTV personality Stephen Colbert ended his final episode of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" with a truly epic celebrity sing-along featuring more than a few space-themed surprises.
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phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you're fluent in... information-technology security. If you're not, you're probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you're aware that this could happen to any company." He continues, "The worst invasion of privacy from the Sony hack didn’t happen to the executives or the stars; it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company’s email system. Because of that, they’ve had their most personal conversations—gossip, medical conditions, love lives—exposed. The press may not have divulged this information, but their friends and relatives peeked at it....
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The Magnetic Wristband is aIf you’ve ever tried to sew, do handyman work, or tinker on pretty much anything, there are going to be some metal bits and bobs you’ll need to keep track of. Whether it’s needles, screws, bobby... pins, washers, or some other tiny piece, they are integral to keeping everything together. However, until they are in place it’s hard to keep a handful of them on you while you’re working. Even ...
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Alien has seemingly been everywhere this year. We've seen blockbuster games dedicated to recreating the tension of Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic, and fan projects that turn the late H.R.... Giger's most famous creation into incredibly detailed sculptures. All this despite the fact that the seminal film came out in 1979 -- and to celebrate the 35th anniversary, Poster Posse has curated a collection of Alien posters from some of the best artists around. "Alien will always be regarded as one of the most terrifying films of all time," says artist Robert Bruno, who contributed to the project, "and rightfully so. It set the tone for virtually every sci-fi / space movie and was remarkably inventive and ambitious for its time." The posters...
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Track Your Time with aThe Chronodex is a graphical way of visualizing and keeping tabs on your time every day. For very visual people, this might be the perfect system for adding more accountability to your activities and... motivate you to use your time better.
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Geek Gift: It's a WaterStill looking for that very unique holiday gift? This bottle provides water, mobile power and can carry a tune. The multifunction water bottle plays audio routed to it via Bluetooth or a 3.5-mm... connection.
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Facebook gives MessengerFacebook has a few Christmas gifts for you. The social network has announced it is rolling out "fun holiday" features for Messenger. They include a festive frame for New Year's Eve selfies taken with... the Messenger app, as well as snow globe chat heads,...
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It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory.... Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...
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Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures "made a mistake" when it pulled its comedy The Interview in the face of threats by hackers who he said were from North Korea. Speaking at his... year-end press conference, Obama said he was "sympathetic" to Sony's situation. The company had just had its computer network sabotaged and huge amounts of internal data exposed, and the hackers who did it then threatened violence against theaters that showed the movie. See also: U.S. blames North Korea for Sony hack "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake," Obama said. "I am sympathetic that Sony as a private company was worried about liabilities," the president said. "I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them, do not get into a pattern in which you are...
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6-Ft MFi-Certified iOSIf you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch).... Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.
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Tesla opening first batteryTesla is keen to get more charging stations positioned throughout the country, which will allow Tesla owners to charge their cars at appropriate way stations without ever running out of power. With... 312 existing Supercharger stations so far, Tesla is on the way to providing a true network of power for their owners. Now Tesla is testing an even quicker …
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10 must-have gaming giftsChristmas is less than a week away. Hopefully, you’ve already finished your gift shopping, but it never hurts to have a last-minute guide to fall back on just in case you need a few extra stocking... stuffers. The sales aren’t as easy to find as they were a few weeks ago, but we managed to cobble together a selection of affordable games and accessories for every modern game console that any gamer would appreciate. DON’T MISS: Last-minute gift ideas: 10 great tech gifts under $100 PS4 Watch Dogs DYNAMIC NAVIGATION: Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops
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Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Tesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick... fill-up that’s speedier than actually refuelling a standard car’s gas tank. Starting next week, it’s launching the pilot program of that advancement in Harris Ranch, California, at…
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Like stroking beards? FindHaving Movember withdrawals? Fancy facial hair? Bristlr app wants to connect bearded men to those attracted to them.
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DirecTV subscribers now haveDirecTV announced a partnership with Fox Networks today that will see its subscribers gain access to content in Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV apps on both Apple TV and iOS in addition to other... platforms. Fox Now and FXNow both have iOS apps and Apple TV apps, while Nat Geo TV is available […]
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Shield Tablet gaming bundleIn time for the holidays, NVIDIA is rolling a special Bundle in a Bundle promotion for its Shield Tablet. The $399 bundle combines the gaming hardware and titles you need to get started and enjoy the... full capabilities of the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. The promotion goes into effect tomorrow, December 20, and will run through December 24.
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Engadget's Hottest Tech Gifts Of 2014

The Huffington Post - 19 Dec 2014 21:24
Engadget's Hottest Tech GiftsWith the holiday season in full swing, Engadget editor Dana Wollman stopped by HuffPost Live to give her picks for the best tech gifts of 2014. Check out the full guide here, and watch the video above... for a rundown with examples. Catch the rest of the HuffPost Live conversation here. Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!
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Unseasonably warm weather lingers in Alaska's largest city with solstice, Christmas days away
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Obama: Sony pulling ThePresident Obama has criticized Sony for pulling The Interview following the hack blamed on North Korea, saying that while he is "sympathetic" to its losses, he nonetheless believes "they made a... mistake." Describing cyber-security as an "urgent issue," Obama drew parallels between the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and other, perhaps more traditional types of terrorism, including the Boston Marathon bombing. …
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Obama Says Sony 'Made a"That's not who we are," Obama said
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Crowdfunding sites have been teasing us with inexpensive 3D printers for a year now. But in the end the first modern desktop 3D printer that costs less than $500 came from…
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It Was Them: FBI Says NorthSony took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of canceling the Christmas Day release of the film.
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Columnist: Prince HarryGuardian columnist Jonathan Jones is a master of sparking controversy in the world of photography. As you might remember, he’s the guy who keeps arguing that photography is not art… a year after... calling it “the art of our time.” His latest target is the above photograph showing Prince Harry shooting with a Fujifilm X100 […]
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Big Companies Are StillData science remains the surest ticket to Big Salary nirvana. If only it paid equally large dividends for the companies paying those salaries. Part of the problem stems from getting enough qualified... people into a market desperate for answers. But part of the problem stems from asking the wrong questions in the first place. Big Love For Big Data Given the furor over Big Data, it's not surprising to see companies clamoring to hire people with data science expertise. As LinkedIn's annual analysis of 330 million user profiles shows, statistical analysis and data mining skills top the charts as the hottest of hot skills in 2014, with Big Data-related talents accounting for a third of the top-15 hottest skills.  See also: LinkedIn Reveals The Top 25 Job Skills Of The Year Source: LinkedIn Given...
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T-Mobile to Pay $90 Million toWireless carrier had originally called FTC lawsuit "unfounded"
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How To Pack A Backpack

Gizmodo - 19 Dec 2014 21:17
How To Pack A BackpackDon't be this guy. Carrying a backpack so large that it extends over your head and outside the width of your back makes for a long, arduous day on the trail. Instead, choose what you need wisely, then... pack the bag efficiently for a lighter, more comfortable load. Here's how.
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After delays and extra costs,Setting Up Shop is a 10-part series on Mashable that aired between June and December 2014. Mashable followed Azalina Eusope as she set out to open a brick-and-mortar Azalina's in San Francisco, and... Stephen Roginson as he seeks to open a microbrewery in Detroit. This is the 10th and final episode. Most American small businesses, says Stephen Roginson, are built on a dream and elbow grease. Roginson is a former corporate marketer turned homebrewer, hustling to open his Batch Brewing Company nanobrewery in Downtown Detroit before year's end. He's on a mission to help revitalize the city he loves, and there's a lot at stake: His life savings, a $50,000 grant, an Indiegogo campaign, his reputation and the hopes of a neighborhood craving a comeback.
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The Horsehead and the Flame

Bad Astronomy - 19 Dec 2014 21:15
Well folks, looks like I have your next desktop wallpaper for you: a Spitzer Space Telescope image of the incredible Flame Nebula, a star-forming gas cloud hanging off Orion's belt: Holy. Wow. Spitzer... is an infrared telescope, sensitive to light well beyond what our eyes can see. When it comes to astronomical objects, this part of the spectrum is dominated by the glow of dust--long, carbon-based molecules created when stars are born and when they die. Chemically, the dust is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and is pretty similar to soot. That makes it dark in the kind of light we see, but when it's warmed by nearby stars it glows in the far infrared, where Spitzer can see it. The Flame Nebula is a cloud of gas and dust roughly 1,000-1,500 light-years away, and in visible light it glows...
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This 1970s Energy SimulatorIn the mid-1970s, Americans were reeling from the energy crisis. The environment was in terrible shape and oil shock was disrupting the economy. So the U.S. Department of Energy developed a new tool... to help kids learn about energy use. It was called the Energy-Environment Simulator and it was more fun than a barrel of crude. Or not.
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This week in games: MinecraftThis is it, everyone! We made it through 2014 (mostly) intact. Next week I'll be sleeping off the effects of huffing wrapping paper and pine needles while drinking copious eggnog, so I think this is... goodbye until the New Year. And that's fine anyway, if this week's weak news haul is anything to go by. Still, there are a few gaming news gems to polish off the year: Telltale and Mojang team up for a Minecraft adventure game, Nintendo is fascinated by donuts, and a Pac-Man restaurant is opening in Chicago. Let's dig in. Hate leads to suffering You might recall controversy surrounding a certain "2edgy4me" game called Hatred a few months back--a game with a main character who quite literally spews the line "My genocide crusade has begun" as if he's locked himself in his bedroom with a battered...
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President Obama says that the United States will respond to North Korea over its cyberattack on Sony Pictures. He declined to say what that response will be, saying only that it will be... "proportional." Obama said that a number of options are being worked up by his staff and that he will choose what to do based on what he feels is "appropriate to the nature of this crime."
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Dreaming of a 'Star Wars' Christmas

CNET - 19 Dec 2014 21:12
Dreaming of a 'Star Wars'Deck the halls with "Star Wars" snowflakes of Jabba the Hutt, Greedo, Han Solo, Captain Rex, wampas, X-Wings and Space Slugs.
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Obama: Sony 'Made A Mistake'President Barack Obama spoke Friday afternoon on the recent hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI attributed to North Korea in a press release earlier on Friday. During a year-end... press conference, Obama said Sony made a mistake by canceling the premiere of the film "The Interview," a comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. "I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced," Obama said. "Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake." "I wish they'd spoken to me first [before canceling the release of the film]," Obama said later. Anonymous hackers breached Sony's servers in November, leaking sensitive emails and documents. Some of the leaked emails included exchanges between the Sony Pictures...
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Twitch Plays Pokemon And TheEditor's Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen as part of Kill Screen's Year In Ideas series.   Twitch Plays Pokemon is one of those ideas that should never have really... caught on the way it did. Type a command into an endlessly scrolling barrage of Twitch.tv comments, look over at the tiny GameBoy emulator at the left of the screen, and if you're lucky, you might just see the avatar do what you asked. This was never how things really went down, though.  With thousands of TPPers at their computers fighting to have their commands heard, most inputs would never actually register with the computer. This was the video game equivalent of closing your eyes, making a wish and then throwing your penny into a volcano. For more stories about video games and culture,...
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Obama Says Sony Made A Mistake Disagree with Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters? So does President Barack Obama. In a statement during a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said: “I am... sympathetic to the concerns that [Sony] faced. Having said all that, yes, they made a mistake. We cannot have a society where a dictator someplace else can start imposing censorship here in the…
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In a blog post, Tesla says that it'll finally start offering battery swaps for the Model S -- a feature that was first demonstrated in mid-2013, designed as a quicker alternative to charging. The... concept is that a complete battery swap, which was promised to take as little as 90 seconds, would be far faster than charging even with an ultra-fast Supercharger, so you could be in and out of a station in roughly the same amount of time (if not less) than filling up with gas.
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Obama comes out swingingPresident Barack Obama on Friday had tough words not only for North Korea — which earlier in the day had been named by the FBI as the chief culprit in the massive hack of Sony Pictures — but also... for Sony itself. In particular, Obama said that he thinks Sony “made a mistake” by pulling the film from theaters in response to threats it had received from hackers tied to the North Korean government. FROM EARLIER: Read the FBI’s full statement naming North Korea in the Sony hack “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” Obama added. “If somebody is able to intimate folks out of releasing a
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Sony's already acquiescing to demands made by the North Korean hackers associated with the Guardians of Peace, and the US' commander-in-chief is none too pleased by it. In a press conference that led... off with a recap of his past year in office, Presi...
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How Tech Is Improving TheIn Swipe this week, the team is in London to investigate technology retailers are using to attract shoppers into their stores.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook 'deeplyThe BBC's Panorama report into conditions in the firm's iPhone 6 production line at the Pegatron factories near Shanghai claimed Apple was breaching its standards.
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Facebook's cartoon stickers add a whimsical touch to the company's Messenger app, and now they're coming to photos. The company announced today a new app called Stickered that lets you add stickers to... your pictures, and then send it to a friend using Messenger. The app, which will be available today on Android and on iOS "soon," lets you add as many stickers as you want to pictures using either your front or rear camera. Or you can add stickers to a photo from your camera roll. Stickered is one of a number of holiday updates from the Messenger team, which also include new themed sticker packs, a "festive frame" for New Year's Eve pictures, and "snow globe chat heads." It's all in good fun, and a nice little present for everyone...
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Citigroup: Instagram is worth $35B

USA Today - 19 Dec 2014 21:04
Citigroup: Instagram is worthThat's $34 billion more than the price Facebook paid to buy Instagram.          
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Fire Phone gets arty with Amazon update

Slash Gear - 19 Dec 2014 21:03
Fire Phone gets arty withAmazon has given the Fire Phone a high-brow update, adding the ability to recognize famous works of art with its Firefly visual search system, in addition to making the little-loved handset more... capable for business users. The update, taking Fire OS to v3.6.5 for AT&T versions of the phone, also adds flexibility to how the Fire Phone's camera processes images …
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