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4 Mar 2015 - Global
In 1905, Albert Einstein provided an explanation of the photoelectric effect - that various metals emit electrons when light is shined on them - by suggesting that a beam of light is not simply a wave... of electromagnetic radiation, but is also made up of discrete packets of energy called photons. Though a long accepted tenet in physics, no experiment has ever directly observed this wave/particle duality. Now, however, researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland claim to have captured an image of this phenomenon for the first time ever...
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Photographer Captures WeaselA photographer and birdwatcher in London has captured a strange and rare photo that has the Internet abuzz: an image showing a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flies through the air.... Martin Le-May was walking with his wife through Hornchurch Country Park in east London yesterday afternoon when he heard […]
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Scientists provide new data onRecent research conducted by scientists from the University of Granada sheds light on the nature of dark matter, one of the most important mysteries in physics. As indirect evidence provided by its... gravitational effects, dark matter amounts to more than 80% of the universe.
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Don't blame gluttony or genes for the obesity epidemic - it's our sedentary habits echoing down the generations, says obesity theorist Edward Archer (full text available to subscribers)
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Giant virus revealed in 3-DFor the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National... Accelerator Laboratory. The virus, called Mimivirus, is in a curious class of "giant viruses" discovered just over a decade ago.
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In April 2004, a 13-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft dubbed DMSP-F11 experienced a similarly catastrophic failure that produced 56 pieces of cataloged space debris. The... post 20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Wasn’t First of its Kind To Explode appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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New technique allows analysisTeam describes use of method to determine properties of clouds surrounding the exoplanet Kepler-7b.
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We Need a Patent System ThatToday I'm introducing legislation in the U.S. Senate that targets abuse in focused and effective ways while strengthening the patent system as a whole.
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iPhone theft victims trickedIt seems there can be further indignity foisted onto people who've had their iPad or iPhone stolen. Symantec has discovered a campaign that aims to unlock Apple devices after they've been lost, which... requires either the device's passcode or the credentials for a person's iCloud account. To get in contact with victims, the criminals appear to be relying on information displayed on the lost device, wrote Joji Hamada of Symantec in a blog post. Apple's Find My iPhone feature has a "Lost Mode" that allows users to display a message on the screen of their lost device, such as a phone number, he wrote.
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This Article Was Written With"Cyber" is being used so often, to describe so many things, that it's creating a cyber-backlash; "computery," anyone?
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Judge says $415 millionA judge has approved a US$415 million settlement in a Silicon Valley employee hiring case, calling the amount "substantial" to settle claims that Apple, Google, Adobe Systems and Intel conspired not... to hire each other's workers. The amount is fair and adequate, particularly in light of the risk that a jury may not have awarded damages, federal Judge Lucy Koh wrote in a Tuesday order in the U.S. district court for northern California. The settlement also avoids what would have been complex and expensive litigation, she wrote. The lawsuit constitutes one of the more high-profile class action lawsuits in Silicon Valley. Engineers alleged a handful of companies entered into secret "no-poach" agreements not to hire their workers, which drove down their wages and restricted their ability to move...
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Google's Gaming Guy on"Head-mounted displays and interacting with the real world are actually really hard things to do well."
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Drive-by attack relies onHundreds of hacked domain name accounts registered through GoDaddy are being used as part of a highly effective campaign using the Angler exploit kit to infect computers with malware. The attackers... are using the accounts to create subdomains that shuttle Web surfers to websites hosting Angler, wrote Nick Biasini, an outreach engineer with Cisco Systems. The owners of the accounts are usually unaware of the activity, which Cisco calls "domain shadowing," since they may rarely log into their accounts. Hundreds of GoDaddy accounts that have several thousand domain names assigned to them have been compromised, Biasini wrote.
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Helldivers review: Galaxy quest

BGR - 4 Mar 2015 04:30
Helldivers review: GalaxyPlayStation’s Spring Fever event is kicking off this week with Helldivers from Arrowhead Game Studios. Helldivers is a cooperative top-down shooter that revolves around the war of the interstellar... soldiers from the planet Super Earth against the three alien races who want to wipe them out. MORE GAMING: PS4 Spring Fever 2015: 8 new games over the next 8 weeks In Helldivers, you take control of a soldier from Super Earth who is tasked with fighting back against the hostile forces of three different systems. In order to do that, you’ll complete objectives on small, randomly-generated planets. Your victories contribute to an overall score that indicates how close the worldwide player base is to defeating the alien race once and for all. On the surface, Helldivers is
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David Sparks Debuts 'WorkflowDavid Sparks recently branched out on his own, and his first project, the Workflow Field Guide, is now available. Kelly tells you more about the latest MacSparky Field Guide.
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Sony Targets 'Morpheus' VR Headset for First Half of 2016

Wall Street Journal - 4 Mar 2015 04:14
Sony Targets 'Morpheus' VRSony said it plans to ship its virtual-reality headset sometime in the first half of 2016.
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Gartner Says Apple BeatGartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone... industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.
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The Driverless Car, Officially, Is a Risk

Wall Street Journal - 4 Mar 2015 04:09
The Driverless Car,Three insurance companies and an auto parts maker warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business.
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Just weeks after the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, achieved first light, a team of... scientists at the X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline tested a setup that yielded data on thermoelectric materials. The work was part of the commissioning activities for the XPD beamline, a process that fine-tunes the settings of beamline equipment to ready the facility for first scientific commissioning experiments in mid-March on its way to full user operations later in the year.
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2016 Audi cars to have AT&T 4G LTE

Slash Gear - 4 Mar 2015 04:01
2016 Audi cars to have AT&T 4GAudi's 2016 cars will have mobile broadband, and it'll be delivered via AT&T. The announcement was made today at Mobile World Congress 2015, with the auto maker saying 4G LTE will be available in... areas where it is offered, otherwise the cars will offer 3G. The auto maker boasts that the two companies together produced North America's first car with …
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As Pao Case Continues, JohnA decade after hiring Ellen Pao as his technical chief of staff, prominent venture capitalist John Doerr faced her in court Tuesday, defending Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers against Pao's claims of... sex discrimination and retaliation.
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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge:Amazon is offering a discount for customers who sign up for email alerts regarding Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge release information. Those who respond will receive a special discount code on any... accessory for the new smartphones.
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring... sample material between devices on the rover's robotic arm....
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Uber buys deCarta to improveUber is acquiring deCarta, a mapping and location company that could help Uber to develop new types of services and also ensure its drivers show up on time. DeCarta, headquartered in San Jose,... California, holds a variety of data pertaining to mapping, local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Location services in cars from GM and Ford have been powered by deCarta's technology, as well as devices from Samsung and Blackberry. Now, Uber is buying the company for an undisclosed sum. It will allow Uber to improve services like UberPool and also give its users more accurate estimated times of arrival. UberPool lets several people share the same ride, with multiple pick up and drop off points, so it involves more complex routing data than a regular Uber ride. But regular rides could benefit too,...
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iPhone 6 wins another majorThis year's Mobile World Congress is slowly approaching its end and the GSMA has announced the winners of its annual Global Mobile Awards. Unsurprisingly, considering all the praises it received since... launch and its popularity with consumers, the iPhone 6 was chosen the best smartphone of the year. Apple won the award even though it completely blows off MWC every year, although it did share this particular award with LG for its G3 handset. FROM EARLIER: With just two new iPhone models, Apple catapults past Samsung in smartphone sales When it comes to the best low-cost smartphone, the GSMA chose the Moto E, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 got the best tablet award, a major win for Microsoft. Finally, when it comes to
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You Can't Skip This YouTube Ad  You can skip after 5 seconds but then you would miss the best part.    
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Uber reveals deCarta mappingUber has been busy rolling out little perks to riders and drivers, but behind the scenes it has been busy acquiring the startup mapping company deCarta. Word has it the deal will be closing some time... later on this week, and with it Uber will score tech related to things like turn-by-turn navigation, mapping, and search. How much Uber paid …
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Valve reveals Steam Link, aWhen Valve announced Steam Machines last year at CES 2014, one of the main things that stood out was the lack of a cheap, simple machine dedicated solely to streaming PC games from one source to... another. After all, Valve had implemented Steam in-home streaming into its venerated games service and pigeon-holed it as a cornerstone of the Linux-based SteamOS--a much-needed one, given the relatively small (but exploding) number of native Linux games. But everything we saw at CES was a computer in-and-of itself, capable of running games of its own accord.
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Oman Seen From Orbit

SpaceRef - 4 Mar 2015 03:06
Image of Oman taken by Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti in 17 February 2015. She asks "What do your eyes see?" Larger image...
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The British government March 3 trimmed a list of potential sites for a commercial spaceport to six, although the public corporation that operates two airports on the list says it is not interested in... pursuing a spaceport. The post British Government Narrows List of Potential Spaceport Sites appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Apple considering settlementElectric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems is currently locked in a lawsuit with Apple over whether the latter poached employees from the former while building out its Project Titan team. Today... Reuters reports that Apple is considering a settlement in the case. Apple has asked for an extension on the time required to respond to […]
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Popular smartphone keyboardIn addition to announcing a new partnership with Samsung, which will bring its paid keyboard app complete with a themes pack for free to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers, Fleksy made one more major... announcement this week, introducing a brand new feature that you wouldn't normally see in apps like this. FROM EARLIER: Check out this cool keyboard app all Galaxy S6 owners will get for free The company has partnered up with Yahoo to offer users instant access to web searches inside its keyboard app. The new feature further builds on new app functionality Fleksy introduced a few months ago, support for extensions, which lets users customize their keyboard app in various apps, whether that means turning it into an app launcher or
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Not Too Many Wins for Famed VC"Her willingness to travel works, unless/until she becomes a mom."
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The ten best bands to see atPando’s going to SXSW! More specifically, I’ll be attending the music/tech/culture festival in Austin later this month. I’m insanely excited, but — like all festivals where an event’s... “popularity” has arguably outlived its “cool” factor — SXSW has in recent years received a healthy dose of criticism. And while I for one was delighted by the absurdity of the politically-conscious rap group Public Enemy performing on a 62-foot Doritos vending machine “powered by tweets” (both Doritos […]
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Samsung just pisses me off

The Loop - 4 Mar 2015 02:50
Samsung ditched almost all of its hardware differentiation to go all in on iPhone 6-style design -- though layering in, iPhone 4-like, with glass on both sides. Does this company have no shame? Can... they not come up with anything on their own? Pathetic.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Valve finally announcesAfter months and months--or more properly, years and years--of speculation, Valve has officially announced Source 2 Engine, the second iteration of the engine that's powered all the studio's games... since 2004's Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. And, in a move that's sounding pretty familiar after the past few days, Source 2 is free to use. "We will be making Source 2 available for free to content developers. This combined with recent announcements by Epic and Unity will help continue the PC's dominance as the premiere content authoring platform," said Valve's Jay Stelly in a prepared statement.
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Apple Seeks to Resolve Poaching Lawsuit

Wall Street Journal - 4 Mar 2015 02:41
Apple Inc. is pursuing a resolution to the lawsuit filed by battery maker A123 Systems Inc. over Apple's efforts to poach high-level battery engineers and chemists, according to a filing made in... federal district court.
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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 arrives:We've been waiting for BitTorrent Sync 2.0, and now it is finally here. Sync has already gone through alpha and beta testing (we've previously detailed the service), and it is now ready to go big with... a finalized product -- that final product is BitTorrent Sync 2.0, the foundation of which stays the same as we've seen in the previous …
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'The dress' gets its ownThere’s no way you haven’t heard of “the dress.” The viral sensation that swept the world last week will probably go down as the most popular story of 2015, and it’s only March. Naturally,... it makes sense for you to…
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You can finally buy this crazyThis week has been packed with exciting smartphone announcements, from the refreshingly gorgeous design of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to the tried and true look of the HTC One M9. We’ve also... seen the future of the most secure Android phone on the planet, and even a few Lumias worth your consideration. But nothing we’ve seen is as inexplicably weird as the YotaPhone 2, which is coming to the U.S. this year, according to Phone Scoop.
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FREAK is another serious flawExperts are warning of a serious security flaw that has apparently gone undetected for years and can weaken encrypted connections between computers and websites, potentially undermining security... across the Internet. The flaw, which has been dubbed FREAK, affects the widely used Secure Sockets Layer protocol and its successor, Transport Layer Security, and can allow an attacker to intercept supposedly encrypted traffic as it moves between clients and servers. The flaw affects many popular websites, as well as programs including Apple's Safari browser and Google's Android mobile OS, security experts say. Applications that use a version of OpenSSL prior to 1.0.1k are also vulnerable to the bug, detailed in this advisory.
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Valve continues to put console gaming in its crosshairs with news that a dozen new Steam Machines are hitting this November. Prices aren't concrete, but the company promises higher performance than... game consoles starting at "the same price point." Wh...
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Google Glass holds promise inThe first plastic surgery procedure performed using Google Glass shows the computerised eyewear holds promise in plastic surgery, scientists say.
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We already saw the new Vive virtual reality headset that Valve and HTC are working on, but they're not stopping there. Hardware engineer Alan Yates says that it's Lighthouse room scale tracking system... brings the "high resolution, high speed tracking"...
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Sony PS4 sales exceed 20Sony wants you to know that its PlayStation 4 gaming console is doing really, really well. While at the Game Developers Conference, the company announced that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales have... exceeded 20.2 million as of 1 March, meaning more than 1.7...
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Universal Audio releases UAD v8.0

The Loop - 4 Mar 2015 02:16
I've been waiting for this version since I saw it at NAMM in January. The new software includes Apollo Expanded featuring Console 2.0 Software; Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In; Distortion Essentials... Plug-In Bundle; Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection; and (Mac) Support for OS X Yosemite. This is a great update.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Apple, Google Prep Fixes forThe vulnerability affects the Safari and Android browsers.
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Virtual reality is a strange type of consumer product. On one hand, it has as much buzz as any tech product category out there, with nearly every company imaginable scrambling to line something up.... But on the other hand, there's barely any consumer-ready VR that you can buy today (those that you can buy are often labeled as developer kits). Today Sony released more details on its PS4-based headset...
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16 Creative Sketches That  In an ongoing series called “Sunday Sketch”, Christoph Niemann incorporates everyday objects in fun and creative ways, playing with perspective and reimagining the objects as something else... entirely. Niemann is an illustrator, artist, and author. His work has appeared on the covers The New Yorker, Time, Wired and The New York Times Magazine. Since…
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Although the U.S. Air Force hasn't concluded its investigation of the Feb. 3 incident that caused a 20-year-old military weather satellite to strew debris, experts say the public details are... consistent with a catastrophic battery failure. The post Battery Likely Culprit in Military Weather Satellite Explosion appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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I just used Sony's newest version of the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus. Rather, I should say that I just faced down a burly British would-be-torturer before being whisked... away to a first-person gun fight in a well-appointed ...
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FireEye's Dave Merkel said investment in technology, intelligence, and expertise will ensure that online attacks become 'manageable' for businesses.
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Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr testified in the gender discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins that he didn't see his firm as run by men. The post Famed Venture Capitalist Says No... Discrimination at Kleiner appeared first on WIRED.
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Watch Nvidia's 'Made to Game'Follow Nvidia's "Made to Game" presentation at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in real-time.
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Washington spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil; tank leaked into irrigation canals, river
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Nintendo says it will increaseNintendo has announced plans to increase its amiibo production in order to meet the continued demand for its figurines. The video game company has apologized to those frustrated by the lack of... availability for certain amiibos, saying that it takes a few months to bring the amiibos from production to shelves, and that it'll be increasing the number of Little …
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Google Contacts gets freshThe Contacts pages that coexists with Gmail is getting a new, cleaner design that makes it easier to communicate with your friends and family.
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Sony unveils new Morpheus VRThe PlayStation maker shows off its latest headset prototype at the Game Developers Conference, saying it's "close to the final consumer product."
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Sony sold over 20 million PlayStation 4s

Engadget - 4 Mar 2015 01:55
People really like the PlayStation 4. How many, though? Over 20 million. As of March 1st, Sony says that it's sold through (not shipped, sold) 20.2 million of its latest console. It's going to be hard... to judge just how far Sony's ahead of chief rival...
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Sneaky 'nanobeacon' deliversBy silencing a mechanism that allows cancer cells to reject anti-cancer drugs, a new breakthrough out of MIT and Harvard could dramatically increase the efficacy of treatment.
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Google Finally Organizes YourGoogle has launched a new platform called Google Contacts. The search giant is hoping it will encourage users to bring all their contacts together in one location.
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Google seriously thinks iPhoneGoogle might have found an interesting approach to competing against the Apple Watch that we didn’t see coming: The company is reportedly going to bring its Android-based wearables platform over to... iOS, thus allowing iPhone and iPad users to buy Android Wear devices and pair them with their Apple products. FROM EARLIER: Huawei says it has 'no choice' but Android because consumers don't want Windows Phone The news comes from French publication 01net, which has learned that Google plans to launch an iOS version of its Android Wear app at some point in the future, likely at Google I/O. The Apple Watch will be launched in the coming weeks, following Apple's March 9th media event, and it's expected to sell quite well in
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Like the lost little puppy that wanders too far from home, astronomers have found an unusually small and distant group of stars that seems oddly out of place....
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Mars rover Curiosity halts its work as NASA engineers investigate short circuit
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This picture is magical. This picture is confusing. This picture is full of amazing science. It's a weasel riding a flying woodpecker, and it's making you feel some #feels. Fortunately,... weasel-woodpecker acceptance is within reach, and these steps will get you there. 1) Denial: is this shit real? The weasel riding the woodpecker is the cutest thing right now, but I need to know if it's real or not. ://t.co/2QHu3fSJob -- Angela Anderson (@angeandersonyyc) March 3, 2015 Okay tell me the weasel riding the woodpecker pic isn't real?! -- Emma Lush Jane (@Emmzza) March 3, 2015 I'm calling it right now. The photo of the weasel riding a woodpecker is not real. -- Dan Riskin (@riskindan) March 2, 2015 It's hard...
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Sony Project Morpheus releaseThis afternoon Sony suggested that their Project Morpheus VR headset would be launching in the first half of the year 2016. They also said that this new and improved headset - still tethered to the... PlayStation 4 - would be "targeting" 120Hz display tech - that's intense. As Shuhei Yoshida said today, Sony is "one step closer to realizing our …
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Zero-G Cocktail Glass LetsAstronauts work hard all day. Why shouldn't they have a nice drink when they get back to the safety of the space station?
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Fright at the museum: SelfieTechnically Incorrect: Citing safety concerns, the Smithsonian goes draconian on the world's latest essential gadget.
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Sony's VR Headset to Ship inNo price yet.
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Rumor Suggests 12-Inch RetinaApple could be planning to introduce the much-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air during its March 9 Apple Watch event, according to one site that claims to have sources within Apple. The Michael... Report believes Apple will use the event to debut the ultrathin MacBook, which is rumored to have a Retina display and a redesigned chassis. Many are expecting Apple talk more about the Apple Watch. However, sources familiar with the matter within Apple have exclusively told The Michael Report that Apple plans to unveil the long-awaited Retina MacBook Air at the same event. The Michael Report has independently verified this information to be highly credible. While there have been no concrete rumors from major sites linking the Retina MacBook Air to Apple's March 9 event, previous rumors have...
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Newly discovered hormoneScientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in... mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet.
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Medical researchers have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the H5N1 virus in two species of animal models.
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uberFAMILY rides to includeUber has announced a new partnership with Fuhu that will bring the maker's nabi 2 educational tablet to its uberFAMILY rides. This gives kids something to do during a ride that doesn't involve playing... with the power windows or kicking the back of the seat, and has that educational twist to put this under utilized spat of downtime to good …
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Apple to hire own security andSecurity employees are currently contract positions.          
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Pebble Time and Time Steel:Pebble has just announced the third-generation of its Pebble smartwatch. It's called Pebble Time. The new watch most notably brings a colour display to the watch-maker's lineup, but that's not the... only reason why it is smashing records on Kickstarter...
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The CMO behind Equinox's boldIn today's rapidly developing digital world, it's hard to determine which innovations are truly worth paying attention to. As marketers are constantly trying to stay on the cutting edge, it's... important to have a broad understanding of what is changing, and which trends are worth the investment As part of a new series called Ask the CMO, Mashable spoke with Carlos Becil, CMO of Equinox, about how he envisions the marketing organization of the future, how he hires employees, how he pushes the envelope and measures the success of his team's marketing campaigns
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Can you estimate the average penis size?

Mashable - 4 Mar 2015 01:30
Can you estimate the averageBros, grab your rulers An enlightening new study published in the British Journal of Urology International purports to have determined the worldwide average penis size See also: How big is the average... penis? Let's compare with household objects The study pulled data from 17 previous academic papers that included the measurements of 15,521 men in total. From there, the researchers determined that that average flaccid penis is 3.61 inches in length and the average erect penis is 5.16 inches in length. As for girth, the average penis is 3.66 inches when flaccid and 4.59 inches when erect. With the latest research in mind, Mashable asked brave staffers to draw what they believe is the average penis size in comparison to the study's findings
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Penguins Rapidly Conquered NewFossils left behind by a penguin that was hunted to extinction reveal a remarkably fast turnover in species occurred after Polynesians settlers wiped out New Zealand's weird island wildlife.
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​Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants the government's proposed mandatory data-retention scheme passed into law this week.
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You'll never believe why AppleA few years ago, we seemingly couldn’t go more than two to three weeks without hearing a story about how Apple’s App Store review team either rejected an iOS app that should have been admitted or... curiously let in an app that should have never been accepted. Now, in 2015, Apple has thankfully worked out many of the kinks that once plagued the App Store review process. But every once in a while, Apple’s old habits resurface. Most recently, Apple rejected the iOS app Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager because it references a well-known third party: Aldrin, of course, who was the second person to walk on the moon. The crazy thing, though, is that Aldrin actually helped design and influence the game! DON’T MISS:
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Sony is sounding a triumphant note today, announcing that worldwide PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 20.2 million as of March 1st. The company's latest console is in a strong position as it continues... to battle Xbox One and Nintendo's sagging Wii U. "We are so grateful for the enormous support from PlayStation fans worldwide, and we are truly humbled that gamers around the globe have continued to select PS4 as the best place to play," said Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House. Along with the sales figures, Sony is pointing to a strong upcoming game lineup as an indicator that its momentum should continue right along. Not all of the console's exclusives have been standouts, however. The Order: 1886 has been praised for its...
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Issues surround the 'Up and Coming' description Privately object storage seller Cleversafe has got itself in a tizzy after being classified as Up and Coming in a recent Neuralytix report (seen by El... Reg), based on an apparent lack of third-party integration....
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Meerkat App That Allows You ToMeerkat is a new video streaming iOS app that allows you post live video to Twitter in just one click. The integration with Twitter has helped the app reach millions of users in just a few days. But... is it just a fad?
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Sony Will Ship Its ProjectWe’re live in a rather humble little room at the W hotel in San Francisco, where Sony is showing off the latest prototype of their Project Morpheus VR headset to a handful of reporters. Externally,... the latest prototype looks… about the same. At this point, though, it’s what’s on the inside of a VR headset that counts, though. Without beefy hardware inside, that sense…
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Pebble Time rocks SteelThe Kickstarter record-breaking smartwatch adds a new model for preorders, and BlackBerry returns to phone designs of the past. Also, check out what's next in smartphone security.
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What Was Your First Smartphone?

Gizmodo - 4 Mar 2015 01:20
Smartphones were once a boutique item, but now they're essential. Still, we all remember a time before smartphones -- at least, the time before we got our first one. How old were you when you got your... first, and what year was it?
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At last year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony unveiled its virtual reality headset, called Project Morpheus. One year later, the company has finally announced a release timeframe... for the device: the first half of 2016. "A year ago, we were hear at GDC to unveil Project Morpheus," explained Shuhei Yoshida, President of World Wide Studios. "And for the last year we all have seen the VR world explode. More people than ever have tried VR at a variety of events... this increased consumer exposure to VR has been very important." He explained how Sony has spent the past year tweaking its dev kit based on consumer and developer feedback. "We want to deliver a VR experience that lives up to our vision," he explained.
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Apple beats Samsung in Q4 smartphone sales

USA Today - 4 Mar 2015 01:18
Apple beats Samsung in Q4Samsung had held top spot in smartphone sales since 2011.          
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Want to pay off your studentNeed help paying off student loans? Why not try out Givling, an online true-or-false trivia game that helps pay off student loans once it earns a certain amount of money. The game will launch sometime... this month. The post Want to pay off your student debts? Why not play this online trivia game appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Even though it has raised nearly $6 billion, Uber had somewhat boastfully never made an acquisition -- until now. Mashable reports that the company has bought deCarta, a platform for location services... including mapping. The company will become a subsidiary of Uber, continuing to offer products including local search and turn-by-turn navigation. Of the company's 40 employees, 30 will remain at Uber, including its CEO, Mashable reported.
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MWC 2015: The Runcible IsThe Runcible, a device that aims to replace the smartphone by combining the smartphone with a wearable, has been announced. But will it ever take off?
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Pleurobot looks like a salamander skeleton come to life and that's no coincidence. The robot was engineered to slink around exactly like a salamander. And we mean exactly.
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Bill Gates explains howTechnically Incorrect: The Microsoft co-founder says research by his friend Nathan Myhrvold has shown that studying dinosaur bones gives insights into the fight against malnutrition.
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SXSW app will put you whereApp is a must-have to navigate this month's huge music, film and technology conference.          
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New Windows 10 leak shows howMicrosoft officially announced Spartan, its new web browser built into Windows 10, in January Although Spartan isn't currently available in Windows 10 preview builds, Microsoft said at Mobile World... Congress that the new browser would be available in the next build, which is expected to arrive later this month. See also: Project Spartan is Microsoft's new web browser for Windows 10 For those of us that can't wait, however, WinBeta has obtained a leaked Windows 10 build and posted a video showing off the new browser alongside its integration with Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana Cortana in Spartan looks like a combination of what Apple is doing with OS X Yosemite in Spotlight and Safari (pulling in Siri data to surface in the search bar) and Google Now, which is designed to surface...
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is catching flak for exclusively using her personal email account to do business for the four years she was at the State Department.
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Jetblue passenger found hidingA Jetblue passenger overstayed his welcome on a flight to New York from the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The 26-year-old New Jersey man was found sitting by the window in the cockpit after everyone... else had already gotten off the plane, according to the local NBC station. See also: JetBlue bans Internet celebrity after threatening tweets Jetblue Flight 810 landed at 1:33 a.m. EST, according to FlightAware. Ground crew found the man in the cockpit, and escorted him off the plane at about 2 a.m., according to the Port Authority. ABC7 reports the man must have snuck past the gate — through the alarmed door of the jet bridge and down the jetway — in order to get back onto the plane after disembarking.
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Google Inc. wants to make the wireless industry less exclusive by facilitating the use of cheap airwaves to lower the barriers to entry, a top executive said Tuesday.
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Sony's PlayStation 4-powered virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, has new specs and a slightly different look (seen above). Okay, it doesn't look that different. What's new? For one, the screen... resolution is improved: it's now 1920 x RGB x 1080...
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Box snaps up Subspace forHard on the heels of debuting a cloud storage service for financial services firms, Box announced Tuesday that it has acquired Subspace, a startup focused on cross-device collaboration security. "The... Subspace team will let us go even deeper with our security and data policies, enabling reliable corporate security policies, even when content leaves the Box platform to be accessed on a customer or partner's device," Box cofounder and CEO Aaron Levie said in a blog post.
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Apple is working on fix forA newly discovered security bug has secretly left Safari users on both iOS and OS X vulnerable to attacks on hundreds of thousands of websites for years. The ‘FREAK’ security flaw was exposed... today by a group of nine researchers…
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(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscriptions.
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Netflix takes its hypocrisy onNetflix is once again playing both sides of the net neutrality debate. Gigaom reports that the company has partnered with iiNet, an Internet service provider, to make sure its content doesn’t count... against its customers’ broadband caps in Australia. The company is even bragging about striking the deal with iiNet — and while there’s no doubt this will be good for Netflix’s customers, it’s also somewhat hypocritical for […]
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Microsoft's Windows PhoneWhen I look at what Microsoft is doing with Windows Phone right now, all I can think of is the straggler Japanese soldiers who kept trying to fight World War II even though their government had... already surrendered. With Windows Phone, Microsoft isn’t just fighting a losing war, it’s fighting a war that’s already been lost. Nonetheless, a new report in The Wall Street Journal shows that Microsoft is still clinging to hope that Windows Phone will become a relevant mobile platform… if we just give it at least another six months or so. RELATED: Windows Phone has no shot at ever being relevant “Microsoft officials say the company is playing the long game,” the Journal reports. “It's pinning its
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The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

TechCrunch - 4 Mar 2015 01:00
The Battle Is For The Customer In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb... the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. Since the industrial revolution the world has developed complex supply chains,…
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Don't expect Samsung toSamsung confirmed the company is taking a break from making smartwatches. Considering how the company released six such devices in a span of just a year and a half, this might not come as a surprise... to some. The post Don’t expect Samsung to release a smartwatch sometime soon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Uber acquires mapping startup deCarta

Mashable - 4 Mar 2015 01:00
Uber acquires mapping startupUber, the popular ride-sharing startup, is acquiring the mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, Mashable has learned. The deal, which closes later this week, is for DeCarta's... technology and talent. Founded in 1996, the San Jose startup provides a software platform that focuses on location-based features, including mapping, local search and turn-by-turn navigation. See also: Uber riders score Starwood points with new deal "A lot of the functionality that makes the Uber app so reliable, affordable and seamless is based on mapping technologies," an Uber spokesperson told Mashable. "With the acquisition of deCarta, we will continue to fine-tune our products and services that rely on maps –- for example UberPOOL, the way we compute ETAs, and others – and make the Uber...
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Kazam Tornado 552L: SlenderKazam - sounds like some kind of magic word, doesn't it? And in the mobile phone market, perhaps it is. For this online-only, European-only brand has just launched its latest super-thin phone: the... Kazam Tornado 552L. The smattering of letters and numbers...
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Mount Everest has a poop problem

Mashable - 4 Mar 2015 00:59
Mount Everest has a poopNepal has a stinky situation on its hands. Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a major problem, and is even threatening the spread of disease, Ang Tshering, the chief of Nepal's... mountaineering association, said, The Associated Press reports Everest's climbing season only lasts a measly two months, but nearly 700 climbers brave the world's tallest peak and not all of them dispose of their trash, urine and feces properly See also: The Deadly Mountains: Why More Inexperienced Climbers Are Dying None of Mount Everest's four base camps, which are located at 17,380 feet, have proper facilities. The camps have tents, equipment, supplies and even cooks, but no toilets. The waste is collected in a drum in a toilet tent, where it is then carried to a lower altitude and disposed
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Vendors did the server jig and more cash poured from the clouds (oh and hyperscale) It looks like execs behind the biggest server-makers can dust off those dancing boots and get jiggy with it again -... the market is expanding in both box shipments and the value of them....
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Apple Watch wins noted iFThe Apple Watch hasn’t shipped yet, but it’s already showing up on fashion magazine covers, and now it’s even winning design awards. The wearable device picked up the iF Design Gold award from... the iF International Forum Design. The organization declared that the Cupertino-designed smartwatch is “already an icon.” The idea of combining classic materials […]
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HBO Go available now on the PS4

CNET - 4 Mar 2015 00:55
HBO Go available now on theThe on-demand streaming service from HBO has finally landed on the PlayStation 4.
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Optus' me-too on uncapped movies; might Telstra follow? Australia's second-largest ISP Optus has followed the third-largest, iiNet, by announcing Australians will be able to watch Netflix without the... downloads counting towards their monthly data cap....
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Researchers announced FREAK, a vulnerability that they say enables attackers to intercept S connections between vulnerable clients and servers.
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2If you're a Resident Evil fan, you might have been swept up in that hoopla surrounding the disingenuous implications that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PC offered offline co-op, then the follow up... quiet correction made later on that no, sorry, there's not actually going to be a local co-op for PC. While gamers' hopes were low, a wonderful modder …
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Dust off your tape players, folks: cassettes are still making a comeback. A number of independent artists have already leveraged the classic format, and Metallica is looking to join the bandwagon. The... metal act recorded the seven-track No Life 'Til L...
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Apple and Google Plan FixesThe two companies have developed software fixes for a newly uncovered security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers.
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Free online course lets youTrace the impact comics and superheroes have had on society and interact with legendary comic king Stan Lee himself with a new EdX course.
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How big is the average penis?Size matters ... for science, anyway. While there have been numerous prior studies (both scholarly and unscientific) on penis size, the British Journal of Urology International published one of the... girthiest analyses to date. Pulling data from 17 previous academic papers that included a total of 15,521 men worldwide, researchers in the UK came up with a meta-analysis of what they believe to be the average size and girth of a penis when erect and when flaccid. Sorry, guys, but your eggplant emoji isn't exactly accurate. According to the new research, the average flaccid penis is 3.61 inches in length and 5.16 inches in length when erect. Girth is 3.66 inches when flaccid and 4.59 inches when erect.
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Under Greenland's frozen surface is a vast network of channels, crevasses, and basins--its "glacial plumbing system." A few years ago, the water suddenly disappeared from a subglacial lake, which then... collapsed into a funny silhouette that NASA likens to a "mitten", but I think looks more like a waving Yeti.
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Would you like to watch the climax of Back to the Future remade with Lego bricks? Of course you would! The post Back to the Future’s Clock Tower Scene, Remade With Lego appeared first on WIRED.
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Twitter CFO Talks Up Progress on New Features

Wall Street Journal - 4 Mar 2015 00:44
Twitter CFO Talks Up ProgressTwitter financial chief Anthony Noto offered an upbeat progress report four months after he and other executives outlined the company's product roadmap in November.
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Former Red Sox star tracksFormer Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling is striking back at Internet trolls who attacked his daughter online with real-world consequences. Last week, Schilling tweeted a congratulations to his... daughter Gabby for being accepted into a college softball program at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. But as Twitter users are wont to do, Twitter users responded with rape references and sexually explicit threats aimed at the 17-year-old Then, on Sunday, Schilling penned a blog post outing some of the trolls, many of whom were suspended from schools, fired from jobs or kicked off sports teams.
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Latest game dev tools feature built-in WebGL exporter GDC 2015 The latest version of the Unity cross-platform game development toolkit is helping to bring advanced 3D graphics and gaming to the web,... albeit in baby steps....
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United Launch Alliance intends to phase out all but the heavy-lift version of its Delta 4 rocket as early as 2018 as it seeks to sharpen its competitiveness in the face of a challenge by SpaceX. The... post ULA Targets 2018 for Delta 4 Phase-out, Seeks Relaxation of RD-180 Ban appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Nissan-Renault CEO Says AppleThe CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said on Monday that Apple making an electric car would be "good news for us." During a keynote address at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Mr.... Ghosn effectively said that Apple's entrance to the market would raise awareness of electric cars, something that could help propel them into the mainstream.
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Tron Legacy director in talksTron Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is reportedly in talks to direct a feature film based on the Gran Turismo video game franchise. The post Tron Legacy director in talks for Gran... Turismo movie appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Play with Apple Watch appsWhether or not you actually plan on picking up an Apple Watch next month, if you’re even moderately invested in the world of technology, you have to be curious to see how Apple’s first wearable... pans out. It might not be seen as much of a risk, considering everything Apple has put out in recent years sells like hotcakes, but if it were to fail, the smartwatch market could take a permanent blow.
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European group wants 5G to be5G should go 100 times faster than 4G, connect 1,000 times as many devices and carry 1,000 times as much traffic in a given area, a European Commission group says. Those goals are laid out in a vision... statement that the Commission's 5G Public-Private Partnership (5G PPP) released on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The document is intended to bring a European perspective to discussions about the next generation of mobile technology, which will be hashed out in a standards effort beginning next year. Commercial deployments should begin in 2020.
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Teletrac, Navman Wireless to merge

ZDNet - 4 Mar 2015 00:33
GPS fleet and asset tracking companies combine to create global telematics business.
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That's no Enzo; the customScuderia Cameron Glickenhaus has fully revealed the SCG003 supercar at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The custom-built speedster features a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 derived from a HPD Honda engine. The... post That's no Enzo; the custom SCG003 by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus walks its own line appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Child Poverty Exists InJorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "There's like, an invisible boundary around ... eastside... San Jose," the 16-year-old told John D. Sutter, who documented poverty in Valencia's community for CNN. "They don't even see you as humans. They think you're trash, or peasants, or less." Valencia -- who said his family often lives on just $2 a day -- is part of the impoverished population that exists within one of the most prosperous places in the U.S., according to CNN. Despite many people prospering, about one in three kids in the San Jose area struggles with hunger, according to Second Harvest Food Bank. The organization is one of several fighting for the valley's most vulnerable. Between...
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The Oscars Of The GIF World Needs You

The Huffington Post - 4 Mar 2015 00:30
The Oscars Of The GIF WorldAnd you! And you and you and you. Kindly turn your attention to the only Vice-approved ceremony of awards season: The .GIFYs, a yearly event honoring the gems that sparkle in the dust of this terrible... planet known as Internet. Let us honor the humble Graphics Interchange Format, as we would a trillion Becks. In its second year, the contest pits the best recent GIFs against each other, as chosen by a team of scholars. (Full disclosure: I was a panelist this year. Also, I was lying about being a scholar.) They're split into categories like Art and Cats and all are "safe for grandma." The winners are decided by public vote -- which ends today -- to be collected in an online capsule so your great great grandkids can laugh at how primitive we once were. Vote here and gaze upon our favorite GIFs...
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Obama criticizes Chinese cybersecurity regs

SC Magazine - 4 Mar 2015 00:29
President Obama told Reuters that cybersecurity requirements proposed by China need to change if the country wants to do business with the U.S.
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TiVo's Quarterly Revenue RisesTotal subscriptions are now almost 5.5 million, up 1.3 million from the same time last year.
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New Report Says Apple Is NowAccording to data from research firm Gartner
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New phone-snooping code for naughty players illustrates state surveillance Australian politicians and activists frustrated at their fellows' apparent indifference to the metadata data retention debate... have cause to thank the National Rugby League (NRL)....
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Organizing your contacts in Gmail historically atrocious. And now, thanks in part to the demise of Google+, it's about to become way better.
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Apple Watch vs Pebble TimeIt was just last week that Pebble unveiled its third-generation watch, called Pebble Time, which has since become the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time, but the company isn't done with... new product announcements. While at Mobile World Congress,...
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Why Google Should Make AnHere's a crazy idea. Maybe Google should submit an Android Wear app to Apple's App Store--one that would allow Android-based smartwatches to work with the iPhone. If you believe a report from the... French tech site 01net, Google might already be working on one. That said, there's no particular reason to think that's true. Google, of course, hasn't confirmed it (see below), and Apple would most likely just laugh before dropping any such application into the trash anyway. None of that, however, means that Google shouldn't pursue Android Wear for iOS. It should, and here's why. Why It Should Happen The overarching reason, of course, is that there's no good reason for smartwatches to be tied down to any particular manufacturer's ecosystem. Sure, it suits corporate interests to lock consumers...
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Golden Apple: Brikk Unveils aIn case the $349 Apple Watch isn't luxe enough, consumers can now purchase a 24-karat gold, diamond-encrusted version for a cool $75,000.
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But the U.S. still remains the top country in detections, a Symantec report found.
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Pebble's CEO Discusses The With the most-funded project ever (with 24 days left to go in its campaign!), Pebble has managed to bring in nearly 60,000 backers to support their unique approach to the smartwatch concept. As... other manufacturers look to bring devices for your wrist to market bearing marked similarity to their phones, Pebble has gone in the other direction, focusing on its seven-day battery life and a…
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'Avengers'-style 'Community'"Community" is coming back for a sixth season thanks to Yahoo, and a new trailer builds the hype for what looks to be the triumphant return of Greendale's most prominent study group.
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Verizon is getting ready for its Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launch and has shown what its models of the devices will look like. Both smartphones will feature Verizon branding on their back... panels when they launch in the early second quarter, the network announced via Twitter.
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Political cartoonists, as satirists, routinely offer some of the most incisive commentary on the issues of the day with just a few words. Of course, it all falls apart if there's a fundamental... misunderstanding of the subject being satirized. Like how net neutrality isn't actually the government, drunk with power, stomping on the free internet all to stop you from enjoying your cat videos. (Sorry, Mike Lester, but it's not!) So many cartoonists were confused, though, that this Tumblr finally had to step in to mock the mockers. This is commentary done right. But, just in case anyone is confused, here's a primer so we're all on the same page.
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Support for Amazon-lookalike clouds is back in HP's IaaS HP has restored Amazon Web Services compatibility to its Helion cloud product line, just over a year after it dropped support in favor of... focusing on a mix of OpenStack and its own, in-house technology....
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Despite a successful round of funding through Kickstarter, Triggertrap has run into difficulties developing its Ada prototype and has announced that it will not be continuing with the project. As of... November last year the company had raised nearly £300,000 in crowdfunding for its latest innovation, Ada - a high-speed shutter and flash trigger. Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps spoke with us about the response he's heard from disappointed project backers. 
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The recent catastrophic explosion of the DMSP-F13 satellite -- which has caused 43 new pieces of space junk -- confirms once again that space debris has become one of the highest concerns for the... space community. The post Op-Ed | Space Debris: Prevention, Remediation or Mitigation? appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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This guy just bought 13 moreFor midwestern record presser QRP, meeting the demand for vinyl's resurgence meant finding new vinyl presses. That's not an easy task when the last one was made in the early '80s. The post This guy... just bought 13 more record presses to keep up with vinyl demand appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Why your laptop battery won't kill you

Phys.org - 4 Mar 2015 00:21
News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices.
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Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice... of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing mobile payment industry.
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The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.
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NBC working on NetNBC working on Net subscription comedy service          
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Koenigsegg is the Swedish word for "crazy." In its two decades of existence, this car company has pushed more boundaries and designed more outlandish automobiles than most others can accomplish in a... century. The latest Regera is no different. Debuting here at the Geneva Motor Show, it ratchets up the insanity a few notches yet again, this time starting with the utterly unreasonable headline number of 1,500bhp. The Regera is a hybrid (a plug-in hybrid, no less!) that combines the output of three electric motors (700bhp) with the power of a twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine (1,000bhp) to produce unspeakable amounts of speed. Combined, the drivetrain will propel all 3,131 dry pounds of the Regera from 0 to 400kmh -- that's nearly 250mph -- in...
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Community will get its 13-episode sixth season (and eventually, maybe a movie?) on Yahoo Screen October 19th March 17th, and now we have the first trailer. It looks like the gang are up to their usual... Dan Harmon-written schemes, but it's still missin...
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Here's the first look atOpen Road Films has released the first image of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic. The post Here’s the first look at Joseph... Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s biopic appeared first on Digital Trends.
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TiVo Reports Higher Subscriptions, Profits

Wall Street Journal - 4 Mar 2015 00:14
TiVo's profit surged as the pioneering TV-recording company continued to expand its customer base through more distribution deals with cable and satellite companies.
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Quiz: What's the Diagnosis?

Discover - 4 Mar 2015 00:14
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Photographer Charles PetersonCharles Peterson is known for being one of the primary photographers on the forefront of the grunge music scene when it emerged from the Seattle underground during the 80s and 90s. He was able to... capture images showing the movement from its inception through the days of bands such as Nirvana becoming huge commercial successes […]
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Target to Cut Thousands ofThe retailer is seeking to narrow its focus and bolster its online business to rejuvenate sales.
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Galaxy S6: This might be oneOne of the areas Samsung really focused on heavily during its Galaxy S6 announcement was camera performance. The company made sure that everyone in the audience got the message -- the Galaxy S6 and... Galaxy S6 edge are both packing amazing rear and front-facing cameras with hardware and software features that will supposedly leave rivals in the dust. AndroidCentral got a hold of the Galaxy S6 to demo one of the camera's features that you're most likely to appreciate if you plan on buying the handset. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Samsung said on stage that it came up with a new gesture for the Galaxy S6 to bring up the
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Sandwich Video: SiliconSandwich Video?s Adam Lisagor is already the guy you want making your startup?s launch video. Now he wants to be your seed-stage investor, too. Music: "Surf Music- Whimsical" by Paul Tyan, "real,... right, wrong, what" by it's there fork
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White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

The Mac Observer - 4 Mar 2015 00:08
White Hat Security HackerWe have a bundle of six training courses that will teach you to protect yourself on the Internet. There's a course on Word Press security, the command line in Linux, a technical and security course on... OS X, a course on white hat hacking and penetration, a course on ethical hacking, and a course on Web scraping. Through our deal, this bundle is just $49, more than 90 percent off retail.
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Forcite eyes $1.5m funding

The Australian - 4 Mar 2015 00:08
Forcite eyes $1.5m fundingWEARABLE tech start-up Forcite is chasing $1.5 million in funding to help commercialise its futuristic snow sports helmet.
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Undersea oil pipelines are typically inspected about once every five years ... but what happens if one of them gives out between those inspections? That's where the Norwegian SmartPipe project comes... in. Initiated in 2006, it's aimed at developing self-monitoring pipelines that continuously transmit real-time status reports to shore. ..
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Yahoo airs hilarious newYahoo airs the latest trailer for Community Season 6, setting up for the cult hit's March 17 premiere on Yahoo Screen. The post Yahoo airs hilarious new Community trailer ahead of March 17 premiere... appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press... March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite. The findings suggest that dietary salt could have therapeutic potential to promote host defense against microbial infections.
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Thanks to the work of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the Dartmouth Center of Nanotechnology Excellence, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the next-generation magnetic... nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating deep-seated and difficult-to-reach tumors within the human body.
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'American Crime' cast took Twitter classes

USA Today - 4 Mar 2015 00:04
'American Crime' cast tookAudience engagement is increasingly important for studios. Hence, social media 101 for actors.          
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Edgy? Well, it has a lot of potential Review Edge. Get used to the word. From here on in, if the scuttlebut is to be believed, several flagship Samsung devices will be available with an Edge variant.... An Edgy version of the Galaxy S6 has already been confirmed. A what? In simple terms with a bit of extra screen that curves around the right hand edge of the device....
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The PenUltimate 7-in-1 Pen - the more the merrier

Coolest Gadgets - 4 Mar 2015 00:01
The PenUltimate 7-in-1 Pen -If you face long days that start early in the morning and end late in the evening, you understand how important it is that you bring everything you need for the day. Of course, life being the... spontaneous little nugget of joy that it is, you never know what you need. While food and water are your main concerns to help keep you alive, you never quite know what sort of ...
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Google Contacts Gets A New Look

TechCrunch - 4 Mar 2015 00:00
Google Contacts Gets A New Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service.... Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a bit easier. The new look takes its cues from Google’s other services that have adopted…
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Poo-predicting wearable letsThere's officially a wearable for everything: A startup is working on a new wearable that notifies users minutes before they need to use the restroom. The device, called D Free, is being marketed as a... medical device for individuals with disabilities or other medical conditions. It's the project of Triple W, which will soon be launching an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to launch the device See also: The 7 Best Apps for When You're Sitting on the Toilet Details are still scarce, but according to a promotional video, the wearable will be able to detect "activity in your intestines" — at which point an accompanying app will send you a push notification providing an approximate window of time that lets you know how much time you have to find a restroom
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If only aluminium, titanium and magnesium were cheaper, they would replace steel and help us cut fuel bills and emissions. That day may not be far off
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The "cloud" is a common computing buzzword with multiple uses; you might store your music in the cloud, or perhaps host a website. But that doesn't mean there's one server hosting your site--rather,... the individual servers of yore are being replaced with virtualized machines. It's the cloud.
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Apple Watch appears in HongIf you're pining to get your hands on the Apple Watch, we've got a few more pictures of it to get you excited. A fashion magazine in Hong Kong has shown off the watch -- somewhat indirectly -- in a... spread alongside men's fashion. The magazine is called "East Touch", and there are four photographs in total, each of them …
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Snowden willing to face trialEdward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's surveillance programs, is willing to return to the U.S. and face criminal charges, if he's... assured of a fair trial, according to a Russian news report. Snowden, now living in Russia, is ready to return to the U.S. on the condition that he's guaranteed a fair trial, Snowden lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told journalists Tuesday, according to a report from Russian news agency TASS. Several Snowden lawyers are negotiating his return to the U.S., Kucherena said. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has promised in a letter to Snowden's lawyers that he would not face a death sentence, Kucherena added.
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Google updates Contacts withToday, Google is announcing an update to Contacts. In the preview, you'll notice straight away that Google has rolled in a bit of the Material Design flavor, giving your Contacts page a fresh look and... feel. Not only a facelift, Contacts also gives you some new features, most notably the ability to easily find and merge (or delete) duplicate contacts. Still …
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I controlled Assassin's CreedWe check out the SteelSeries Sentry, an eye-tracking sensor that uses Tobii's technology to monitor, analyze, and even control your connection with a game. Wherever you look, that's where the camera... goes. The post I controlled Assassin’s Creed with my eyes and it was cool as hell appeared first on Digital Trends.
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We're still here: PayPalApple Pay may have dominated the payments headlines in recent months, but PayPal is once again making its presence felt. And unsurprisingly, the bulk of the company's latest moves appear aimed at... regaining whatever turf it ceded, at least in public perception, to Tim Cook and company. Y Yesterday news leaked that the soon-to-be-independent PayPal will acquire Paydiant for a reported $280 million. Then, at today's Mobile World Congress (MWC) […]
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Vomit comets and 43-footIt's been 100 years since the founding of NASA's predecessor — the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA While NACA, which was formed in 1915, doesn't have the same recognition that... NASA does for, say, landing on the moon or launching Space Shuttles, the organization helped lay the groundwork for U.S. accomplishments in aeronautics and space exploration. During and after World War II, the NACA helped develop vital innovations like retractable landing gear and jet engine compressors, according to a NASA press release NACA's 7,500 employees and $300 million in assets transitioned to NASA on Oct. 1, 1958. Eventually, one former NACA employee — Neil Armstrong — was the first human to set foot on the moon
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Visa, MasterCard sign mobile pay deals in countries where phones far outnumber bank accounts
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If you live in Washington, DC, and are a fan of Uber's family-focused option, you don't have to hand your phone over to the little ones to keep them busy during the ride. The transportation company is... partnering with Fuhu to equip Uber Family commute...
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Twitter CFO floats idea ofHere's an idea for the next version of Twitter that might crystallize the service's value: The Twitter Daily Favorite. Okay, perhaps that won't be the exact title. But a newspaper-themed form of... Twitter that curates an assortment of newsy tweets to provide a summary of the goings-on could come as a future feature or as a separate app. People already check Twitter to see what's happening. But news junkies who follow lots of accounts may have dozens if not hundreds of tweets to comb through every morning. Twitter thinks it can address this, partly by better organizing the content posted to its site and presenting it in new ways. "We've only scratched the surface here," Anthony Noto, Twitter's chief financial officer, said regarding how Twitter might evolve its service. A "Twitter Daily...
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HBO GO is finally available onIt’s been a long time coming, but HBO GO is finally available on the PlayStation 4. Sony announced today on the PlayStation Blog that the long-awaited streaming app would be making its way to the... new-gen console on Tuesday afternoon. DON’T MISS: Photos: All the cool stuff the Galaxy S6 edge's curved display can do HBO GO functions the same on the PS4 as on the PS3, but it will require you to register your PS4 with your current cable provider. To do this, just head to HBOGO.com/activate and follow the instructions. Once your console is authenticated, you’ll have access to all of HBO’s best shows and a wide selection of recent and classic movies. It took a few more months than many
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Safety, lightness, andFollowing the reveal of the next generation Audi R8 is the debut of its race counterpart, the R8 LMS. The race car improves upon its predecessor in lightness and aerodynamics, with an extra focus on... driver safety standards. The post Safety, lightness, and performance is what the new Audi R8 LMS race car is all about appeared first on Digital Trends.
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LAPD shooting victim believedAs protests over the police shooting of a homeless man in Los Angeles continue, new information on the 39-year-old victim has begun to emerge. The man is believed to be a French national and a... convicted bank robber, according to a report from the LA Times See also: LAPD won't release body camera footage of homeless man shooting, for now His shooting death on Sunday has sparked protests in the city and prompted the police department to release a statement. The incident shines a light on LA's Skid Row neighborhood, home to an estimated 1,700 homeless people, many of whom struggle with mental illness and addiction issues.
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Forget Android Wear, MyKronozWhen is a smartwatch more than just a smartwatch? When it's a wrist-strapped phone, that's when. The MyKronoz ZePhone is exactly that: a giant scale watch that doesn't run Android Wear like so many... competitors, but is built on full Android (version 4.2)...
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Google Gives Lick ObservatoryTech giant Google will give $1 million to Lick Observatory, a University of California, Berkeley facility that has been battling for funds since 2013, the observatory announced today (Feb. 10).
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Fella's hot Valentine's Day action ends in clothes ripped off, 3rd-degree burns A bloke in Long Island, New York, claims an iPhone 5C exploded in his pants, putting him in hospital for 10 days with... second and third-degree burns....
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NBC working on a subscriptionAdd NBCUniversal to the rapidly growing list of television content providers embracing Internet-based subscription services The Comcast-owned company is working on an over-the-top (OTT) subscription... service that would stream video to customers over the Internet, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal and confirmed by Mashable. See also: Net neutrality vote: Your guide to the FCC's big decision NBC has been exploring the model for some time now and has looked at a variety of different niches to offer. The WSJ said NBC had settled on comedy, but also looked at other topics like family programming and horror
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Disease-Carrying Fleas HitchNew York City rats are hosting fleas that could carry diseases, including the bubonic plague. Is there reason to be worried?
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Trend Micro researchers observed spammers leveraging DMARC in order to improve the chances of infecting users with TorrentLocker.
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Waze map app to get Amber Alerts on child abductions, but only when driver is stopped
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Microsoft Turns To Software To Microsoft announced two new phones yesterday, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The inexpensive devices are designed to handle global communications, built with dual-SIM slots and the like. They... also included something curious: Free Office 365 for a year. The company currently offers a Surface bundle that includes Office 365, and a cheap HP laptop recently shipped with the same. I confirmed…
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New Zealand telco Spark has inked a NZ$106 million conditional agreement with FlexiGroup to sell Telecom Rentals.
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Photographer captures weaselWhile it might not have caused the same kind of a commotion as a certain dress, one image showing an unlikely animal pair certainly went viral Tuesday. A photograph taken by an amateur Essex,... U.K.-based photographer that shows a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker in flight made the Internet rounds, inspiring countless tweets and memes.
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Artiphon wowed us two years ago when it brought the Instrument 1 to CES, and today -- after a long wait -- it's starting to bring the device to the public. It's launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund... production of the Instrument 1, an electronic instrument that can sound and be played like a guitar, piano, violin, or bass. The Instrument 1 can actually sound like a lot more than that: it hooks up to iPhones, iPads, Macs, and PCs and will output sounds based on whatever MIDI app is running. The actual device is largely just a fret board, with a small head on top and a "body" containing a bridge, speaker, volume knob, and instrument presets.
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First scientific publicationJust weeks after the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, achieved first light, a team of... scientists at the X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XPD) beamline tested a setup that yielded data on thermoelectric materials. The work was part of the commissioning activities for the XPD beamline, a process that fine-tunes the settings of beamline equipment to ready the facility for first scientific commissioning experiments in mid-March on its way to full user operations later in the year.
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First launched as a Kickstarter back in 2013, Dysonic's RondoMotion's 3D head-tracking technology is now being used to power trippy acoustic effects in Bjork's MoMA retrospective. It's true 3D... listening in your earbuds. That and also Björk.
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Curious About Apple Watch Apple’s first wearable is right around the corner, and the Apple Watch will likely debut along a very healthy selection of third-party apps. It might be hard to envision just how those apps will... work, however, especially for potential buyers who don’t have the luxury of being able to wander over to an Apple Store and check one out in person. WatchAware, a new site from the…
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Google has teamed up with a Brazilian NGO that aims to promote conservation in the Amazon jungle, providing us with the Amazon Street View.
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My Biggest Mistake Ever

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 23:32
My Biggest Mistake EverIdiot!!!! in 1992 In 1992, I had just launched a new business called Video News International. It was the world's first video journalist network. I had trained and equipped more than 100 VJs around... the world, many of them highly established journalists with very good credentials in print or photography. The idea was to cover news and sell the service to network news organizations. Because the investors in the business all lived in Philadelphia, they wanted the business based there. (You know, Philly, media capital of the world... after New York, Los Angeles, London, Cleveland...) OK, that was a mistake. One day, a young intern who was working for us named Anthony Lappe pulled me aside. Besides working for us, he was also working for Comcast, the local cable company in Philly. "There is...
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"Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" will reach the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on September 1, according to an accidental video leak on gaming site IGN. The video has... since been removed.
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"You Have to Be Bored."

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 23:30
We've heard time and time again that boredom is a necessity for creativity , and musician Dan Deacon really drives that point home with the above quote from in an interview with NPR.
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Apple Watch is 'definitelyBecoming the most funded Kickstarter in history is certainly enough to boost confidence — and if you’re Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky it’s enough to get you to take some potshots at giant-sized... rival, Apple. With Cupertino’s March 9 Apple Watch…
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Video: Hoverboarding overWhile the type of hoverboards we were teased with in Back to the Future II haven’t exactly come to fruition, this offshoot of flyboarding may be the closest thing yet. While typical flyboarding uses... water pressure to take riders up vertically, hoverboarding uses water to maneuver users both vertically and horizontally above the water. RELATED: Here are the biggest things Back to the Future got wrong about 2015 The result is an incredibly exhilarating ride that looks like an insane amount of fun, and a video showing off the new phenomenon is embedded below.
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Auto Makers Gear Up to Take on Google and Apple

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 23:28
Auto Makers Gear Up to Take onThe old-school auto makers are gearing up to take on the threat posed by emerging competitors Google Inc. and Apple Inc. in a technological and financial gunfight.
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Sure, Gmail is great -- but its contacts manager is far from a best-in-class web app. Many people have had to suffer through de-duping a messy system that pulls in everyone you've ever emailed, anyone... you may have dropped in a Google+ circle, and the actual, fully-fleshed out contact cards you may have added over the years. Thankfully that's all changing: Google just announced that it is launching a completely revamped contacts interface, and you can jump into a preview of the new app now. Aside from a sweeping, Material Design visual overhaul (the Contacts page feels much more like the new Inbox email system than the old Gmail interface), the biggest new feature is a much improved duplicate finding feature. When you first log on to the...
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Google previews new featuresGoogle has announced today that it is overhauling the way we manage contacts through Gmail, making it easier to stay on top of changes in your contacts' information. Released as a preview today, and... rolling out to Gmail over the next few weeks, the new Google Contacts comes with a fresh new interface, along with a number of new ways to interact with and organize your contact information.
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Android users spammed withNew malware spreading across Android devices via text messages promises free Amazon gift cards but delivers only spam to everyone on the device's contact list. The "Gazon" threat, as it is called by... IT security firm AdaptiveMobile, has already infected more than 4,000 Android phones in North America, making it the single largest text-based mobile malware attack against Android to date, according to the company. Gazon has also been seen on devices outside North America. Gazon has thus far spewed out more than 200,000 unsolicited SMS messages, luring some to click on a link promising free Amazon gift cards, an action that causes more messages to be sent out.
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Step It Up! The States Where People Walk Most

Live Science - 3 Mar 2015 23:26
Step It Up! The States WherePeople in New York state log the most steps, according to new data from an activity-tracker company.
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Analyst Gene Munster guessesAnalyst Gene Muster, from Piper Jaffray, has today posted a report with his predictions about Apple Watch pricing. Munster believes that Apple will improve overall margins through the sale of bands.... This makes a lot of sense, especially considering Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts is calling out ‘accessories’ as a key area for retail in the coming […]
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Standalone streaming apps continue to surface, and it looks like NBC has one in the works just for comedy-loving cord cutters. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the network is building a... subscription service in hopes of reaching younger view...
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The issue was notable for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's concurrence in saying that the court went astray in a 1992 decision on online sales taxes.
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Twitter adds phone numberTwitter has made it a personal mission to stomp the trolls and abusive users that are giving its service a bad name (and causing some legitimate users to jump ship). The anonymous corner of the... Internet offers a much-needed service for many, but it is likewise often abused by trolls who use it so that they're harder to trace. Tor …
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More than a week after the Academy Awards broadcast, people are still buzzing about Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech, punctuated with a poignant and resounding call... for wage equality and equal rights for women. Arquette's rallying cry struck a chord with both audience members and viewers at home — a reaction shot […] The post Opinion: How Women In STEM Can Close the Wage Equality Gap appeared first on WIRED.
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Extreme river rafters tackleThere are few things that Devin Super Tramp and his team of adrenaline addicts won't do. Recently, the team visited New Zealand to tackle the Kaituna River, which features Tutea Falls, thehighest... commercially rafted waterfall topping out at 21 feet 'Don't Stop Believing' supercut shows everybody wants a thrill at karaoke The exact moment a pug learns it can't jump New ad takes 'Like a Girl' as a compliment, not an insult Serbia made a 7,500-pound sausage
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Netanyahu's Deadly Gambit

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 23:20
Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress on Tuesday was a disturbing spectacle: shallow, evasive, short on logic, and long on cynicism.
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Microsoft founder back on Forbes rich list Despite Bill Gates' best efforts to offload his massive pile of cash, it seems there's literally nothing the Microsoft founder can do to avoid being the... richest man in the world....
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Ubisoft game aims to be whatUbisoft on Tuesday unveiled a tablet video game crafted as a prescription for a medical condition known as "lazy eye," blending the worlds of play and health care.
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New Site Offers InteractiveAppAdvice recently launched a new site dedicated to the Apple Watch called WatchAware, and today a new feature was introduced that showcases upcoming Apple Watch apps in an interesting, interactive... way. The site's Apple Watch Apps section offers a selection of apps that are displayed on an Apple Watch interface, with different views for "Apps," "Glances," and "Notifications." For example, for the upcoming Twitter app, which was shown during the Apple Watch announcement, WatchAware allows users to click to see both what the app itself will look like and what an incoming notification will look like. Many of the apps on the page use imagery from the apps that Apple showcased when the Apple Watch was first announced, so there may be some significant interface changes, but overall, the site...
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The New York-based bank is notifying an undisclosed number of customers that their personal information was on a laptop that was stolen from an employee.
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Wireless show highlights: EyesAs a major wireless show continues this week in Barcelona, Spain, Apple is highlighting the capabilities of its iPhone cameras with a gallery of photos taken by its users around the world.
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Ubuntu finally has the phoneUbuntu Mobile has found an interesting partner in Meizu, the smartphone brand that has installed the OS on its MX4, which previously ran Android. It has got the hardware, but the software's still not... quite ready for the primetime. The post Ubuntu finally has the phone it deserves. Now it just needs the apps to match appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Rosetta Takes Shadow Selfie on Comet

ABC News - 3 Mar 2015 23:17
Rosetta Takes Shadow Selfie onThe perfect alignment of the sun, Rosetta probe and Comet 67P allowed the spacecraft to snap a shadow selfie that was sent back to Earth.
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Want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in the U.K.? Be prepared to spend over 900 euros, or about $1,000, because the device will likely come only in the pricey 64GB and 128GB versions in the country,... according to Samsung's U.K. website. The Galaxy S6 will be offered to Brits in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models.
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Pushing the aural envelopeSteven Wilson doesn't just prefer the clarity of high-resolution recordings, he's genuinely dumbfounded by artists that choose not to make them in 2015. And his new album, Hand. Cannot. Erase. , is a... perfect showcase of what it can sound like. The post Pushing the aural envelope with high-res audio evangelist Steven Wilson appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Nothing feels dumber than smashing your phone out of sheer carelessness and stupidity. No one knows this better than me . A few weeks ago we asked you to share how you destroyed your expensive pocket... computer. Here are the very finest stories:
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Titan Could Host Life 'Not As We Know It'

Scientific American - 3 Mar 2015 23:15
Titan Could Host Life 'Not AsSaturn's moon Titan is too cold for cell membranes to form as they do on Earth. But researchers have come up with a cell membrane that could exist on Titan. Christopher Intagliata reports. --
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8 times Bibi dropped the micIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the speaker's podium for a closely-watched Iran speech to Congress on Tuesday and dropped references to Game of Thrones, Robert Frost, Google, YouTube... and Twitter See also: I was a prisoner of the Islamic State Here are eight quotes from the speech — and their context.
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Circular robotic vacuum cleaners may be popular, but it's hard for them to reach dust and dirt in the corners of rooms. That's why Panasonic has gone with a triangular shape - a Reuleaux triangle, to... be precise - for its new MC-RS1 Rulo robo-vac. ..
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42Floors Lays Off Half Of 42Floors, the startup that’s built a platform for finding and leasing commercial office space, has laid off around half of its staff as part of a plan to refocus on its core search business,... TechCrunch has learned. A total of 14 people across 42Floors’ San Francisco and New York offices were let go today, we’re told. That’s around half of 42Floors’ workforce. The…
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Upcoming Steve Jobs bookWalter Isaacson’s 2011 Steve Jobs biography left much to be desired. For a person as mercurial, intelligent, inspirational, and influential as Jobs was, many anticipated that the biography would... provide a never before seen glimpse into the man responsible for some of the greatest technological innovations of our time. The reality, unfortunately was much different. For the most part, Isaacson’s book rehashed a great deal of what we already knew about Jobs without providing much in the way of new, or at the very least, interesting information. Now, a new Steve Jobs book slated for release on March 24 promises to deliver where Isaacson’s book fell short. Titled, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader,
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Man Crates raises $3 millionThe list of ecommerce companies is long and varied, but one newly funded startup offers something we didn't know we wanted: crates, crowbars and crazy curated collections Man Crates, a service that... lets users ship sealed crates filled with themed collections of gifts for men ranging from "The Bacon Crate" to "Retro Gamer Crate," announced closing a $3.1 million round of seed funding on Tuesday See also: 10 startups to watch in 2015 Jon Beekman founded Man Crates in late 2011 with just $1,000 and was deliberate in bootstrapping operations — so much so, in fact, that he actually launched a website without actually having invested in acquiring any inventory to sell to customers.
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Build Your Own Cloud! Hard Drives Get a Second Life

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 23:07
Build Your Own Cloud! HardPersonal Technology: Seagate's Personal Cloud and Western Digital's My Cloud Mirror combine the convenience of the cloud with the value of external hard drives, Joanna Stern writes.
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Bug forces millions of sites to use easily breakable key once thought to be dead.
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A rubber sheet with weird properties, held by Bastiaan Florijn of Leiden University. Credit: Mike Lucibella Nearly 10,000 physicists have descended on San Antonio this week for the annual American... Physical Society March Meeting, the largest meeting of professional physicists in the world. The sheer scale of simultaneous talks is overwhelming and the convention center is so vast that many people are actually running from talk to talk. Bastiaan Florijn at APS March Meeting.Credit: Mike Lucibella In this maze of new developments, I caught up with Bastiaan Florijn, a physicist at Leiden University in the final year of his PhD. He and his group led by Martin van Hecke have made something that looks like an extra-holey pink sponge but is in fact the first programmable "metamaterial".A...
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Fox and Getty Team Up to20th Century Fox has come up with an unusual way to promote its upcoming film Unfinished Business. Teaming up with Getty Images and its iStock service, the studio has shot a series of generic-looking... stock photos showing Vince Vaughn and his co-stars in a corporate atmosphere. Adweek, which first shared the photos, reports that 12 […]
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Uber engineers have new offices in Seattle

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 23:02
Uber engineers have newThe ride-hailing company looks to hire tech-savvy workers by spring.          
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[From EntertainmentTell] IFC has cancelled Garfunkel and Oates, but there's plenty of great TV left
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The Igloo Dome Pillow makesIf you live near a busy area, there's a good chance your room is not actually dark. Street lamps, outdoor lights, and headlights from cars randomly passing by make it hard to fall asleep and stay that... way. Not only that, but sounds from traffic, pedestrians, and sirens zipping by are also going to shake you from slumber. If you want to snooze without being bothered by the outside world, you'll ...
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[From GamerTell] Steam Workshop will now allow Skyrim mods over 100MB.
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'Don't Stop Believing'At this point, it's highly possible that more people know the lyrics to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" than they do their own national anthem. It's for this reason that "Don't Stop Believing" makes... such a popular karaoke pick, bridging the gap between raw emotion and unquestioned cheese factor To illustrate just how effective Journey is in bringing people together, karaoke host Baby Van Beezly compiled a supercut of folks singing the rock hit at her bar. This may be the happiest these people have ever been. Extreme river rafters tackle 21-foot waterfall like it's nothing The exact moment a pug learns it can't jump New ad takes 'Like a Girl' as a compliment, not an insult Serbia made a 7,500-pound sausage
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Google is offering up a preview of the new version of Google Contacts today. Contacts gets a big visual overhaul to make it easier to manage your contacts and see everything you've been talking about....
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Here's the beef - think green and cut meat

New Scientist - 3 Mar 2015 23:00
The US panel advising the government on dietary guidelines urges Americans to eat less meat. There is nothing wrong with that, says Josh Voorhees
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New 'iZombie' trailer explainsThe CW has released a few new trailers for "iZombie" that give a clearer look at how the main character absorbs people's memories by eating their brains. The series debuts March 17.
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John Doerr testifies at trialDoerr wrote that it might take two people to replace Ellen Pao.          
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Tech Firms Buy Up Property

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 22:58
Tech Firms Buy Up PropertySome of Silicon Valley's biggest companies are on a real-estate buying binge, paying premium prices to make sure they have enough space for future expansion.
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FCC Head Defends InternetFCC head defends 'net neutrality' decision amid criticism from industry, politicians
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You knew it was going to happen -- just days after Pebble's Time smartwatch topped the company's previous Kickstarter record, it's now the most-funded Kickstarter project ever at more than $13.3... million. Almost all of the pledge money has gone toward...
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YC Backed Gradberry Curates Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and... projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved candidates are passed along to specific employers.
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Tablet video game combats lazyVideo games firm Ubisoft is working on a title that it believes can treat lazy eye, a condition that can result in reduced vision.
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Though not there, Apple gets attention during wireless show; BlackBerry unveils new phone
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While Google may be breaking pieces off of Google+, we wouldn't expect its profiles to go away anytime soon, since they're poised for a bigger tie-in with Gmail. The new Google Contacts setup "pools... together all your contacts, circles, and the people...
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General will avoid the clink for handing over secrets - unlike Chelsea Manning The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement with General David Petraeus allowing the former military leader and... ex-head of the CIA to avoid prison for handing over classified information to his lover....
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Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly doesn't often mince words when it comes to describing to his competition in the Hadoop space, or Cloudera's position among those other companies. In October 2013, Reilly... told…
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Video: See the Galaxy S6 beatNow that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are officially out, all sorts of comparisons between Samsung's newest flagship devices and Apple's iPhone 6 models are being made. In fact, Samsung... practically invited us to compare its new phones to Apple’s when it mocked the iPhone 6 Plus’s photo abilities during its official announcement at MWC. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market Phandroid has performed one such camera comparison and has looked at how the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 handle being shaken by using a special test area Samsung set up at its MWC booth. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S6 is the winner, considering the device has a camera that features optical image stabilization
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'FREAK' Security Flaw Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Kanye West is releasing some details about his upcoming album, including the title and his wish to drop it as a surprise release.
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Although Google said its Android Lollipop devices would have encryption enabled by default, some devices have shown up on the market without encryption.
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Brazilian company revealsSikur's phone, running a locked-down Android derivative, enables encrypted communications. It's one of several arriving at Mobile World Congress.
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The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible , for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy... on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can disrupt regular peoples' cell service.
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Google has a bloatware problem on its Android phones. But now that it's going to be a mobile carrier, it could make everything that sucks go away. The post Forget PCs. The Real Bloatware Problem Is on... Android appeared first on WIRED.
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Get your game on: How toThe need to use a dedicated console controller on a Mac is higher than ever considering the platform's significant increase in popularity during the last several years. Here's our simple walkthrough... on how to connect a PlayStation 3 controller to a Mac. The post Get your game on: How to connect a PlayStation 3 controller to a Mac appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In Vitro Birth Rates On The Rise In U.S.

Tech Times - 3 Mar 2015 22:41
In Vitro Birth Rates On TheIVF assisted reproduction technique led to birth of more than 63,000 babies in 2013, the latest year for which figures are available. Fewer multiple births seen as more women opt to have just one... embryo implanted, report says.
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As the Dawn spacecraft prepares to enter orbit around Ceres on March 6, the science team provided the latest images and a mission preview during a mission briefing on March 2. The images released... yesterday show more of those unusual bright spots and lots of craters, and feature two new global views of Ceres: one […]
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Remember the photo of a "drunk" gorilla that went viral a couple of weeks back? The one that punched a photographer and gave the internet an opportunity to make endless jokes about the gorilla... uprising? Turns out, the gorilla wasn't actually drunk. At least if you believe "scientists" who "know stuff" about "biology."
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New York is the most active state in the U.S. regardless of the weather, according to a recent study from Fitbit. The study monitored Fitbit owners during summer and winter months and analyzed the... amount of time each state's users spent engaging in physical activity.
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NBC has plans to launch a premium, comedy-focused video subscription service. A new report from The Wall Street Journal says the video offering would bundle new episodes of the network's comedy... staples Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. Both shows are already free to watch over the air for TV owners with an antenna, but NBC also wants to invest in original shows for the service and produce exclusive snippets as a showcase for its biggest stars like Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and actors across NBC's roster of current shows. Pricing could be as low as $2.50 to $3.50 per month, making this -- like Netflix and Hulu Plus -- a viable add-on for Sling TV customers. A launch could come later this year. The new service would be entirely...
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The Ferguson Police Department violated the constitutional rights of the city's black residents for years, says a Department of Justice report expected to be released tomorrow. Federal investigators... found that, well before the shooting death of Michael Brown last year, police activity in Ferguson, Missouri, was fueled by racial discrimination against the predominantly black population, resulting in unjustified traffic stops, arrests without probable cause, and the use of excessive force. Investigators in Ferguson conducted hundreds of interviews and reviewed 35,000 pages of police data to determine definitively if racial bias was at the root of the tensions between officers and the black community. The findings show that, despite...
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NBC Plans to Launch Comedy Video Service

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 22:36
NBC Plans to Launch ComedyComcast's NBCUniversal is aiming to launch a comedy-focused subscription Web video service later this year, as interest grows in reaching young online viewers who don't watch traditional TV.
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Voices: My mom, the YouTube star

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 22:35
Voices: My mom, the YouTubeUSA TODAY reporter's mom an online hit with her knitting lesson videos.          
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MWC 2015: Why Pebble's NewPebble's Smart Strap could change the way a smart watch works. The announcement of the new technology outshone the release of the premium Pebble Time Steel watch at Mobile World Congress 2015
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Eva Solo Gravity CookwareEva Solo Gravity Cookware comes in a variety of sizes. The pots and pans have a special lid that has multiple uses.
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The Next Marketing Frontier: Your Medical Records

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 22:33
The Next Marketing Frontier:Practice Fusion is pioneering a new type of data-driven health care. Its software alerts doctors when the a medical record indicates that a patient needs a particular treatment. Some of those alerts... are sponsored by drug companies.
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DTS sounds good to Street

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 22:33
DTS sounds good to StreetAudio tech firm DTS sounds good to Street          
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Last year, the operators of ugotposted[.]com were ordered to pay $385,000 in a default judgment.
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Lego coffee table looks like aExpress your Lego love in the living room and kick your feet up on a giant brick of furniture.
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Norm Carlson, Who Gave 'Go'When U.S. astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with the traditional crock of beans. If so, they'll be honoring the legacy of test... director Norm Carlson, too.
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New Game of Thrones, BatmanWarner Bros. Interactive has at least five upcoming mobile games that are in development.
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Highly sensitive detection of malaria parasites

Science Daily - 3 Mar 2015 22:32
New assays can detect malaria parasites in human blood at very low levels and might be helpful in the campaign to eradicate malaria, reports a new study. An international team led by Ingrid Felger,... took advantage of genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome to reveal parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays.
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Pebble's new premium metalWe’re still over three weeks out from the end of Pebble’s latest record-smashing Kickstarter campaign, but this week at Mobile World Congress, the company revealed a premium model of its Pebble... Time smartwatch… and it looks suspiciously familiar. DON’T MISS: Why you should absolutely consider Microsoft's new Lumias over any cheap Android phone The Pebble Time Steel is the company’s all-metal version of the upcoming wearable, with a stainless steel bezel, steel buttons and a metal strap. Interestingly, it seems to shares a whole lot in common with another upcoming wearable: Compare that image to the header image. Notice any similarities? The Time Steel comes in three finishes: silver, gunmetal black and gold. Ordering a Time Steel will net you an additional leather
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If you want to add a file or application to your dock, you can always just click and drag it over. Or, as OS X Daily points out, you can just use a keyboard shortcut from Finder.
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The City of the Monkey God. La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City. All the names given to the lost city rumored to exist in a pristine Honduran rainforest sound mythical, but National Geographic reports... that now we have evidence that the legendary city was real.
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Fancy taking Facebook's AI exam for yourself? Here are some example questions that get progressively harder
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The exact moment a pug learnsThis is how pugs get their flat faces. Oscar is just a fun-loving pug, frolicking about as fun-loving pugs do. Unfortunately for Oscar, he forgot that his legs bounce about as well as string cheese.... Even more unfortunate, he realized this mid-air trying to jump over a log. No one said pug life was easy. Extreme river rafters tackle 21-foot waterfall like it's nothing New ad takes 'Like a Girl' as a compliment, not an insult 'Don't Stop Believing' supercut shows everybody wants a thrill at karaoke Serbia made a 7,500-pound sausage
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How to Force Reboot an iPhone & iPad

OS X Daily - 3 Mar 2015 22:28
Rarely, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will become completely unresponsive and errant, leading to what amounts to a frozen device that just won’t do anything. The most obvious indicator of this is... when something on screen just ceases up completely and the touch screen becomes unresponsive to all input, and clicking on any of ...
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YotaPhone 2 to arrive onRemember the YotaPhone 2? It's the sleeker second-generation version of the smartphone with two displays: a regular LCD on the front, and an energy-sipping e-paper display on the back. We got our... hands on the phone back in December, but it hasn't thus far been available to consumers in the United States -- something that will be changing this spring …
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The Nokia N1 tablet has quite a few people excited here at Mobile World Congress. If you're unfamiliar with Nokia's return to devices, it's a very familiar-looking Android tablet that you could buy... today if you lived in China for just $250. This is t...
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Signal app encrypts iOS users'Updated iOS app lets you send secure group, text, picture and video messages to other Apple mobile devices, and to Android users who have the TextSecure app.
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HBO Go app arrives on PS4Sony has announced that HBO's on-demand streaming service is coming to the PlayStation 4.
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'Marvel's Agents ofLOS ANGELES — If you can't beat the leakers, join the leakers. All of Marvel's upcoming stuff is apparently too hot to keep under wraps these days, so the studio's TV arm is dispatching a "double... agent" who will infiltrate the production team on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — from whence he will "leak" top-secret information about upcoming episodes of the show itself. SEE ALSO: Marvel assembles first all-female Avengers team, the 'A-Force' It all goes down on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent, a new web series from ABC Entertainment and Marvel Television that launches on Wednesday, the day after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s midseason return on the network. The five-part Double Agent will be available to view at Marvelsdoubleagent.com, ABC.com and the Watch ABC app.
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TRON hands-on: VideogameBefore events began this morning in San Francisco for GDC 2015, we got the opportunity to have a peek at a vintage piece of equipment. This is TRON, the arcade video game made by Disney and ATARI for... the release of the motion picture event of the same name. Seeing this machine sitting amongst other classic games, prepared for attendees …
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New ad takes 'Like a Girl' asThese young women do everything "like girls" — and that's just fine by them. The previous "Like a Girl" ad from Always, which was released in June 2014 and dominated the Super Bowl commercial... lineup, focused on changing the implications of the phrase from an insult to a statement of empowerment. Its followup ad, which you can watch above, highlights that very sentiment — how playing sports to excelling in academics like a girl is a good thing The new ad also includes a cameo from Olympic ice hockey player Hilary Knight, who shoots — as she says — "like a girl." The timing coincides with International Women's Day, which is coming up on Sunday.
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AT&T wants you to control yourPeople generally have a routine when they arrive home and get out of the car. AT&T wants to help automate it by connecting its Drive and Digital Life services, to connect cars and smart homes. The... post AT&T wants you to control your smart home from your smart car appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitter Adds Friend-Finding Twitter’s Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today... with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their phone…
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New Cannes Award Called 'TheWith the support of LeanIn.org, Cannes Lions created the Glass Lion award to recognize progressive work that promotes more inclusive and equal representations of all genders. "The Glass Lion will... award highly creative, positive and progressive contributions to gender representation within creative advertising and communications," Senta Slingerland, the director of Brand Strategy for the Lions Festival, told The Huffington Post. The Glass Lion will be awarded at this year's Cannes Lions festival in Cannes, France. Cannes Lions is an annual festival that honors creative projects in all different types of communication fields. The award was an idea Sheryl Sandberg brought to the table after Slingerland launched the See It Be It program, an initiative that promotes female creatives, in 2014....
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Why We Should All Be ThrilledOn Feb. 19 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a huge step toward patient-centric medicine when it approved the marketing of genetics-testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom syndrome.... This was a startling -- and good -- development because it affirmed the rights of consumers to drive their own healthcare decisions and procedures. But it also means that it has become urgent to develop policies to regulate the rights of companies to resell data derived from the contents of our DNA and from our medical records. Not only did the FDA allow 23andMe to resume business; it also took the step of exempting these types of carrier DNA tests (such as for Tay-Sachs disease) from its pre-market review requirements. This will have the effect of accelerating innovation, because the...
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Report finds FAA systems areAmerica's air traffic control systems are at "unnecessary risk" of being hacked, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office released on Monday. The watchdog agency's report found... that security weaknesses were not always addressed in a timely manner, security assessments were not comprehensive enough, and even the processes in place for identifying and recovering from potential hacking incidents came up short. The purpose of the report was to evaluate how effectively the Federal Aviation Administration had implemented information security controls to protect the country's systems for guiding planes and other aircraft.
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New French law tells consumersPlanned obsolescence is, the practice of designing products with a purposefully limited lifespan so that they need to be replaced sooner. France aims to change this with a new law. The post New French... law tells consumers how long new appliances will last appeared first on Digital Trends.
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HP fine-tunes its multi-cloud pitch

GigaOM - 3 Mar 2015 22:21
It must be really interesting to work at Hewlett-Packard these days. Not only is the company breaking itself in half, it's making multi-billion-dollar acquisitions and it's balancing an array of cloud... offerings. Oh,…
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Google's new carrier is called Google LTE-A

Slash Gear - 3 Mar 2015 22:21
Google's new carrier is calledWith Google announcing they'd be rolling out some sort of new cellular service, the mindshare immediately went to the company operating as an MVNO. Here at SlashGear, we wondered if that meant... Google's rumored foray into cellular service via their Google Fiber network was dead. It's not. It's called Google LTE-A, and it's likely coming sooner than we think. Today, …
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An Amazon Echo SDK is in theAmazon's voice-activated, cloud-enabled speaker and smart-home assistant, Echo, is quite clearly a work in progress. In its current form, it's more of a voice-controlled speaker than a virtual... assistant for your home, when it should be the other way round. But this could change very soon as the e-tailing giant is about to kick this ambitious experiment into high gear. It is working on an SDK (software development kit) for the cylindrical device, the company told Echo owners last week in an email that was first picked up by GeekWire. The idea is to get "hobbyist and enthusiast developers" to create apps for the Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled speaker, which uses its powerful 7-microphone array to continuously listen for the "wake word" (either Alexa or Amazon), so it can do your bidding.
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Jason Mackenzie, HTC AmericaRe/code talks with HTC America President Jason Mackenzie about the company's new direction.
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BitTorrent releases Sync 2.0

GigaOM - 3 Mar 2015 22:16
BitTorrent has been developing products that can lead to cash for the peer-to-peer communications and file sharing platform, with the secure Bleep messaging app and the Bundle content publishing... service. The beta…
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MWC 2015: Facebook AndFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a swipe at Google, calling its projects to bring the Internet to the developing world fringe 'experiments.' Both Zuckerberg and Wikipedia CEO Jimmy Wales told MWC... 2015 audiences that it is mobile carriers that will do most of the heavy lifting.
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NetSuite CEO Nelson Talks theThe CEO of the oldest enterprise cloud software player reflects on how the business and his company have evolved.
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The challenge of warning about"Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." It was fitting that J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the physicists who helped design the atomic bomb, chose to quote from the Bhagavad Gita in response... to the first successful detonation of a nuclear weapon in the remote sands of New Mexico. The Gita, one of the most venerated Hindu religious texts, chronicles the conversations between Prince Arjuna and the God Krishna — and only the words of a God could appropriately convey the incomprehensible scale on which the United States government had acted. On July 16, 1945, the first nuclear blast in Earth's history erupted with the force of 20 kilotons of TNT. The desert sand within the blast radius was superheated into a radioactive green glass, named trinitite, and a mushroom cloud blossomed...
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Can web apps boost the WindowsMicrosoft has revealed that Windows 10 will let developers publish web apps through its store, potentially closing the app gap between the Windows Store and other app store platforms. The post Can web... apps boost the Windows Store? Microsoft thinks they might appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Future of Sports Entertainment

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 22:15
The Future of SportsBy Drew Jankowski, 2013 Venture for America Fellow I Love My Golf During high school and college summers, my family spent Sunday afternoons playing golf and watching the PGA Tournament du jour. Dad... would DVR CBS or NBC (adding an extra hour and a half of course, in case of a playoff), and the family would sit down to watch the end of the event during dinner. Since graduating and entering the working world, I can't afford the expense of a DVR, which leaves me stuck with the schedule dictated by the networks, or the compacted highlight reel somewhere on the internet. Some other media has gone online, but sports remain on the existing system of networks and content providers. The State of Sports on TV As a sports fan, you have few options for watching your favorite events without illegally...
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Sikur's secure GranitePhoneFeeling insecure? Sikur, part of Brazilian security firm Ciberbras, hopes businesses will go for its locked-down phone with encrypted-communication abilities. Here's a Nexus 5-based prototype it... showed at Mobile World Congress.
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What The FREAK? Why AndroidThere's another nasty web bug in town called FREAK. It affects most Apple and Google device users, though actual attacks might not be easy to carry out. Worryingly, the vulnerability stems back to a... decision made by the US government that was supposed to benefit the NSA.
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Well, this is interesting: NBC Universal is working on a comedy video subscription service, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The service, which could launch later this year,…
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Vanishing Binary StarTwo stars, each more massive than our Sun but orbiting 100 times closer, affect each others gravity wells allowing astronomers to gauge space-time itself.
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Phone firms and the quest forLightning-quick downloads, driverless cars and remote surgery: telecom firms are racing to develop a new generation of "5G" mobile networks that could start to change the world in five years.
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Pebble Time most funded Kickstarter ever

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 22:09
Pebble Time most fundedThe smartwatch has netted nearly $14 million -- and counting.          
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I almost touched the firstFrench Android device maker Archos at MWC 2015 announced the first Android tablet in the world that will have a massive 256GB of built-in storage, a new addition to its Magnus line of devices. On top... of that the company also unveiled a new storage innovation at the show, called Archos Fusion Storage, that’s supposed to improve the way memory on a device is handled. Obviously, I simply had to take a look at this new Magnus model, and I was almost able to do it too. FROM EARLIER: Hands-on: Sony's new tablet is a powerful, slim and light Android beast Sadly, however, Archos did not actually have any 256GB Archos 94 Magnus tablets on display, only 128GB versions. Visually though,
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#WeaselPecker image goes viralA photo of a weasel hitching a surprise lift on the back of a flying woodpecker near London has gone viral on Twitter, with more than 7,000 users retweeting the original post of the image.
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D'Oh! Homer Simpson FiguredMaybe Homer Simpson only acts dumb. How else to explain a 1998 episode of The Simpsons in which a guy who usually comes across as a doughnut-eating doofus stands at a chalkboard bearing a complex... equation that prefigures the discovery of the Higgs boson. "That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson" Simon Singh, author of the 2013 book The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, told The Independent. "If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that's only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It's kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered." The equation was snuck onto the blackboard by one of the writers for the episode, who had a friend involved in research on the Higgs, the Daily Mail reported. Singh knows...
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Luxury Sports Car BrandSwedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg showed off its latest car -- an ~1,800... horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service. Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with three electric motors. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, and there's a motor dedicated to each rear wheel. Inside, the Regera is equipped with an infotainment system that includes a 9-inch infrared zForce Neonode touchscreen, which is said to...
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You can now embed OneNoteMicrosoft said Tuesday that it has greatly expanded the types of content and sources that can be embedded into its Sway tool, with an eye toward OneNote. And, just for fun, you can embed other... Microsoft Sways into your Sways, as well. Microsoft has also bumped up its suggested search terms to include tweets and YouTube videos, allowing any Sway user to embed a wealth of content in new Sways. At this point, the list of types of files that can be added to Sway, Microsoft's lightweight content tool, seems fairly small: pictures (including groups of pictures), PDFs, and Office documents. But in January, Microsoft added the ability to add snippets of Web content, greatly expanding Sway's reach. Now, Microsoft has added Office Mix, Infogr.am, and even MixCloud to the, um, mix. You can even add...
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Privacy advocates find ObamaA consumer privacy proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration gives people too little control over their personal data and companies too much latitude to use that information, a... coalition of 14 privacy and digital rights groups said. The Obama administration's consumer privacy bill of rights, released late Friday, allows companies holding personal data to determine whether consumers should be able to demand changes to the information, the groups said in a letter to Obama, sent Tuesday. The White House proposal contains several "shortcomings," said the groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology, Consumer Watchdog, Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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No question, an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated over midtown Manhattan would destroy the city. But the warhead's sheer power is hard to fully grasp: roads so hot it's impossible to drive for... days, superheated hurricane-force winds, and 100 square miles of fire.
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Live chat: Why are women leaving tech?

L.A. Times - 3 Mar 2015 22:05
Live chat: Why are womenIn 2008, hostile work environments were driving women from the tech industry at a startlingly high rate, a study by the Center for Talent Innovation found. Has it gotten any better? Not really,... according to a follow-up report in 2014.
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A Handmade Wooden LeicaCheck out this handmade Leica rangefinder replica crafted out of wood. It has quite a bit of detail, a viewfinder you can look through, an iconic red dot, and two wooden lenses that you can actually... swap on and off the lens mount. The camera is offered by Foto Henny Hoogeveen, a camera store in […]
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Why Do Scientists and the Public Disagree?

KQED Quest - 3 Mar 2015 22:03
Why Do Scientists and theFrom KQED Education Do Now: According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, scientists and the public have differing views on science-related issues. Why do you think scientists and the public... disagree?
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We had an inkling that the fourth quarter smartphone sales crown was close: Last month, Strategy Analytics suggested it was a dead heat between Apple and Samsung. On Tuesday, research firm…
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[From GamerTell] Shovel Knight is getting a free expansion. We all get to be Plague Knight!
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With Spotfire 7, Tibco aims toScan through the news announcements in the world of enterprise software lately, and there's a good chance you'll notice an overriding theme. It focuses on analytics, and it's all about putting the... power of that once-highly specialized function within the hands of a broader spectrum of business users. Oracle and Salesforce both made forays in that direction recently, for example, and on Tuesday Tibco Software announced a similar effort. Namely, Tibco launched Spotfire 7, a new version of its analytics and data-visualization platform that it says was built specifically for a wider audience.
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Fujitsu shows iris recognitionIn the bid to come up with authentication solutions beyond passwords, fingerprint authentication from Qualcomm is making news, and so is Fujitsu's iris recognition, yet another potential... authentication tech step forward. Fujitsu announced that it has developed an iris authentication system, and they built it into a prototype smartphone, shown at the Mobile World Congress 2015, running from March 2 through March 5 in Barcelona. The biometric authentication approach uses infrared light to acquire the pattern formed by the iris--the pattern of one's iris does not change much at all after the age of two. Iris patterns are unique for each individual, much like a fingerprint. Tim Hornyak, Tokyo correspondent, IDG News Service, said the prototype being shown at the Barcelona event was the first...
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Switching to organic apples because they top the "Dirty Dozen" list of produce with the most pesticides? You may want to reconsider. It turns out the "Dirty" foods are fairly clean, and organic foods... aren't free of pesticides anyway.
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Robot Rescuers Battle It Out

Scientific American - 3 Mar 2015 22:00
Robot Rescuers Battle It OutNimble bots are going head-to-head for a $2-million DARPA prize --
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How to Restore Trust in American Technology

Scientific American - 3 Mar 2015 22:00
How to Restore Trust inAmerican tech companies, ensnared by the NSA controversy, must act boldly to restore the world's confidence --
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Birth of a Theorem: A mathematical adventure by Fields medallist Cedric Villani is an exhilarating but exhausting journey with a fascinating mind
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The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 21:59
The Nightmare of YouthHigh levels of youth unemployment may be one of cities' worst nightmares: not only does it signal and perpetuate a struggling economy, but high numbers of disengaged youth can lead to immense... frustration across an entire generation, increased crime, and even revolt. To reduce unemployment rates, cities not only need to create jobs but also need to develop youth who are motivated, skilled and ready to make the most out of available opportunities. In this article, we travel from Lilongwe to Cali, Bototá, and Nairobi to explore initiatives that take creative and holistic approaches to youth employment, seeking to open up new fields to marginalized young people by developing character skills alongside job skills. Chance For Change, a UK-based organization that works with young people,...
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Lax security controls fingered Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear....
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Silent Circle unveilsBlackphone is out. Blackphone 2 is in. One year after unveiling the original Blackphone, privacy protection startup Silent Circle has announced a second-generation of the device called Blackphone 2.... The new phone is all about safety and encryption, but...
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Apple Is Making Security Guards Full-Time Employees

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 21:58
Apple Is Making SecurityApple said it will hire full-time security guards, with benefits, rather than rely on an outside contractor.
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TC Droidcast Episode 40: This week’s Droidcast is all about Mobile World Congress, where HTC unveiled some surprises in addition to the HTC One M9, and Samsung changed up its design strategy with a new take on the Galaxy... that replaces boring old plastic with exciting metal and glass. Will the premium look make up for trade-offs in terms of user accessible storage and batteries, and can in-house processors push…
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After blowing open the NSA's secret surveillance plans and spending the past few years in Russia, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is now in talks with lawyers to make his way back to the U.S.,... reports Russia Today. But, according to his Russian ...
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Kids Get Flu Every 2 Years,Children get the flu more often than adults do, a new study finds. Kids typically catch the flu once every two years, whereas adults over age 30 get the flu about twice a decade, a study of people... living in China found.
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San Francisco-based IoT-startup Aether Things has beefed up its Aether Cone speaker with some additional features: Cone users can now play music on multiple speakers at the same time, Sonos-style,... and…
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Google Play Services 7.0A Google Play Services update may not sound as spectacular as a new version of Android, but often it's just as important. Google Play Services 7.0 is the latest package for developers, bringing a lot... of new tools targeted at gaming and location awareness. With gaming, the update brings more ways to measure a game's success, monetize it, and expand multiplayer capabilities. The video (below) of Beach Buggy Racing demonstrates the possibilities. With Android TV gaming, a group of friends could use their Android devices as controllers or even share secrets, tools, or other items depending on the type of game.
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Hilarious #WeaselPecker Memes Take Over The Internet

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 21:54
Hilarious #WeaselPecker MemesThe woodpecker-riding weasel may have already flown the coop, but #weaselpecker memes are here to stay -- at least until some other shiny object distracts the Internet. Let's enjoy riding this absurd... set of jokes out while it lasts. Without further ado, here are some of the best #weaselpecker memes: Didnt take long for this to happen! #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/ErEKsX2Lc3 -- Charlie Hayes (@oxfcharlie) March 3, 2015 I came in like a #WeaselPecker pic.twitter.com/9pkVciT9t4 -- The Poke (@ThePoke) March 3, 2015 @sheeraf @Laradio Putin
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Netflix (finally) details itsNetflix revealed plans late last year to expand into the Australian market in March of this year, and that time is finally upon us: the service will be available to Australian users on March 24,... exactly 3 weeks from now. Questions about what kind of content and specifics on pricing were left up in the air, however, and though the …
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There is a Reddit forum called SuicideWatch that feels a little bit like a digital version of those telephone crisis hotlines--if all the volunteers took off early for the day, leaving the depressed... to start answering each other's calls. On SuicideWatch, an anonymous poster logs in and airs his feelings, like: "I just want to fucking die." Other anonymous users scroll through the messages, upvote some to the top of the thread, downvote others into obscurity, and weigh in with advice in the comments: "Our bodies aren't so simple, they are a mess of chemicals and electricity that wreak havoc on our minds. ... This shit gets smoothed out with time." If all goes well, the poster and the commenter weave the thread into a little strand of human connection. "I really hope you're right," the...
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DEA official warns thatWe’ve heard plenty of arguments against legalizing marijuana in recent years, but every once in a while someone comes out with something brand new. Such is the case with Drug Enforcement Agency... special agent Matt Fairbanks, who explained recently to The Washington Post that one of the unheralded dangers of pot legalization is that it could lead to a population of stoner rabbits who become too lazy to run away from predators. RELATED: Nancy Grace gets humiliated by 2 Chainz in a debate on legalizing pot “Fairbanks said that at some illegal marijuana grow sites he saw ‘rabbits that had cultivated a taste for the marijuana,'” the Post writes. “He continued: ‘One of them refused to leave us, and we took
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Sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan'sLOS ANGELES — Wu-Tang Clan's unorthodox album release strategy of only selling one copy of its secretly recorded album just got even more unconventional After the 31-song double album Once Upon a... Time in Shaolin is auctioned off, the owner won't be able to legally share it with anyone for 88 years because of a binding copyright See also: Wu-Tang Clan Releasing Part of New Album on $80 Portable Speaker Producer Cilvaringz explained the copyright on the project's new website: We initially wanted the buyer to do whatever they wanted with it. But when we realized how much commercial interest there was, we began to understand that allowing it to play out in that way would undermine its trajectory as an artwork, even if no amount of replication could touch the original. We felt that retail...
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The Apple Watch is one of the more intriguing pieces of hardware to come out of Cupertino for some time. It was long-awaited, and at first glance, well-received. So what is it that we've exactly been... waiting for all this time? Is this the one smartwatch to rule them all or just another in a long line of "meh?"
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Gender Is Actually VeryGender isn't an issue in the tech industry, according to one of the top women in the tech industry. However, there's quite a bit of evidence to the contrary. "There are probably industries where... gender is more of an issue," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a recent interview with Backchannel, publishing platform Medium's tech industry site, "but our industry is not one where I think that's relevant." Mayer, who's been hesitant in the past to declare herself a feminist, was speaking from a personal perspective. Some have claimed that Mayer's male colleagues are spared some of the criticisms leveled against her management style, simply because people are less comfortable with a woman exhibiting many of the traits it takes to run a major company. Her short discourse on gender in tech was an...
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Netanyahu Just Did Obama a Big Favor

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 21:47
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did President Obama an enormous favor Tuesday. Given the opportunity, on perhaps the world's biggest political stage, to articulate the best possible case... against the nuclear deal currently being negotiated with Iran, Netanyahu came up empty. He whiffed. His shot sailed so wide of the rim that it went up into the bleachers and struck a small child in the face.
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Chile's "Lava Fountain"

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 21:47
Villarrica, one of Chile's most active volcanos, forced the evacuation of roughly 3,000 residents in surrounding towns overnight--and it produced some of the most stunning eruption footage in memory.
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Federal probe of FergusonA Justice Department investigation will allege sweeping patterns of discrimination within the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court, a law enforcement official familiar with... the report said Tuesday. The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, will charge that police disproportionately use excessive force against blacks and that black drivers are stopped and searched far more often than white motorists, even though they're less likely to be carrying contraband. See also: Raw City: Inside Ferguson's War at Home County police officers on Florissant street in Ferguson on Aug. 18 Image: Amanda Wills, Mashable
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Image Captures Light's SpookyFor the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of light behaving both as a wave and a particle at the same time.
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Android 5.0 Lollipop rollingIf you're using a Galaxy S5 on Canada's Bell network, you're in for a sweet treat today. The carrier has announced that Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out for the device starting today.
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Get ready for a 'historicallyHumanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures. That's the ominous conclusion of a vast and growing body of research that links sweeping Pacific Ocean cycles with... rates of warming at the planet's surface — warming rates that could affect how communities and nations respond to threats posed by climate change. Papers in two leading journals this week reaffirmed that the warming effects of a substantial chunk of our greenhouse gas pollution have been avoided on land for the last 15 to 20 years because of a phase in a decades-long cycle of ocean winds and currents. With Pacific trade winds expected to slacken in the years ahead, the studies warn that seas will begin absorbing less of global warming's energy, and that some of the heat they've been holding...
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Google quietly backs offGoogle proclaimed last year that all devices running the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" would encrypt data by default. But it turns out that isn't entirely true. Some new Lollipop phones do not encode your... phone's information by default, according to a report from Ars Technica. Between September of last year and January 2015, Google has backed away from the requirement. See also: Watch People React to the Bizarrely Shaped BlackBerry Passport According to Google's Android Compatibility Program, it is merely recommended that OEMs offer default encryption, not required. Google does say that this will most likely be a requirement in the future. The emphasis is Google's:
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Curt Schilling Outs TwitterEven in the age of social media, one thing remains the same: Don't mess with dad. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has outed multiple Twitter users who directed vulgar and offensive tweets at his... daughter, Gabby, after the World Series pitcher himself tweeted congrats on her decision to attend and play softball at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!! -- Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015 This is the tweet that started it all. In a lengthy post on his blog, Schilling names the users, some of whom were ultimately fired or suspended from their respective jobs and schools -- including a part-time worker for the Yankees. Schilling said after he sent his congratulations on Feb. 25, graphic...
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DT Daily: Google's high-flyingToday on DT Daily: Google firms up their cell phone service plan, the best of the best at Mobile World Congress, and a surprise new phone from Blackberry that looks, well, kinda sweet. The post DT... Daily: Google’s high-flying cell service, latest from MWC 2015 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Twitterati sharpen knives against ban

Times of India - 3 Mar 2015 21:35
Twitterati sharpen knivesMaharashtra's ban on the consumption and sale of beef animated the social media with comments aplenty all through Tuesday.
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$415M Settlement in Apple,The US$415 million settlement Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the employee anti-poaching lawsuit brought by Silicon Valley employees has a preliminary greenlight. Judge Lucy Koh chose not... to deny the settlement amount and instead has scheduled a new hearing where it will likely get her official nod of approval. The Mac Observer Spin: The companies involved in the employee anti-poaching scheme were essentially caught red-handed. It's good to see this case closing in on a real settlement so everyone who was impacted by not being able to land a better job can finally move on.
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Apple Will Hire Its Contract Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google... made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house.
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Photographer Proposes byThree years ago, photographer Marvin Lewis and his then-girlfriend-of-5-years Amanda Marie began an annual tradition of doing a photo shoot on their anniversary. For this year’s photo shoot on the... couple’s 8th annivesary, Lewis decided to make it extra special by asking Amanda to marry him. The way he popped the question involves photography in […]
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Watch a giant stormThe North Atlantic Ocean plays host to some of the strongest winter storms on Earth during the Northern Hemisphere's cold season, and this week is no exception A storm system that exited the U.S. over... the weekend has deepened extremely rapidly off the coast of Newfoundland, and is destined to lash the southeastern Greenland coast as well as Iceland with strong winds and towering waves The National Weather Service (NWS) noted that the storm's minimum central air pressure plummeted by 52 millibars in just 24 hours, while spinning up hurricane-force (74 miles-per-hour or higher) winds. This qualifies the storm as a meteorological bomb, which comes from the weather term "bombogenesis."
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Apple Watch's retail salesWith next week’s Apple Watch event fast approaching, Apple has revealed its retail selling strategies to employees, including a focus on “three key features” and a plan to encourage Watch... customers to upgrade or switch to new iPhones. According to selling guidelines provided by sources within Apple Retail, Apple believes that "many customers have already decided they want an […]
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HTC Vive hands-on: HTC divesHTC had a surprising announcement at the end of its HTC One M9 Utopia media event on Sunday, a “one more thing” moment of its own in which it announced a product that nobody saw coming: the HTC... Vive virtual reality headset developed in cooperation with Valve. The device is as real as it gets, but it's not ready for primetime, and all I could do was look at it while at HTC’s booth at MWC and wonder what it'll have to offer. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market As you can see in the images above and below, the Vive looks gigantic, probably slightly bigger than Samsung's Gear VR headset, which uses supported
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Honor 6 Plus: The two-lensHonor has used its press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce a new mid-range device going by the name of the 4X, as well as launch its previously announced Honor 6 Plus... smartphone in the European market. The Honor 6 Plus was...
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Honor 4X: Mid-rangers wouldn'tHonor has announced the launch of the 4X smartphone during its press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It will be aimed at the European market and will be targeted at a slightly lower... sector than the brand's previously announced Honor...
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No one refers to video games as their "stories." Games tend to have a whole lot of sequels but they're hardly suited for serialized storytelling over a long period of time. Super Mario Bros. doesn't... keep a thread running General Hospital style; the m...
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How to Edit and Delete Comments on Instagram

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 21:30
Nobody likes a dumb typo, but thankfully, you can correct those mistakes if you make them on Instagram. It's a feature that's been around for a while, but it's a bit buried and you might not have... noticed it.
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talksFCC chairman Tom Wheeler addressed the Net neutrality decision, spectrum auctions, and more at Mobile World Congress 2015. Although his keynote provided few answers, it held some good info. The post... FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler talks Net neutrality decision and spectrum auctions appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Steam Machines are coming thisSteam Machines are back. Yes, even the name "Steam Machines," if an email I just received from Syber is to be believed. "Syber, a new division of of CyberPowerPC, today announced a full line of Steam... Machines during the Game Developers Conference as part of Syber's open platform PC gaming systems." That sounds pretty definitive to me. We knew a second generation of Steam Machines would probably be at GDC in some form, but recent statements by people like Origin CEO Kevin Wasielewski made it sound like the "Steam Machine" name itself was dead. Even Valve shied away from the term in its recent announcement, instead saying that "new living room hardware" would be at the conference.
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Pebble's 'Time Steel' IsThe all-steel version of Pebble's new Time smartwatch helped the project become the most-backed of all time Tuesday.
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SanDisk Targets Price Barrier With New Storage System

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 21:28
SanDisk Targets Price BarrierSanDisk is unveiling 'Infiniflash,' which offers substantially greater capacity than other flash-based hardware on the market at a price designed to attract attention.
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One in eight people areA Study by University of Derby says 13 per cent of us are addicted, and the average user spends 3.6 hours a day on their smartphone (stock image shown).
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The six things you need toIt's a massive show this year, with exciting news coming at us from every direction. We've had boots on the ground for several days now, and the sheer volume of news coming out of Barcelona this week... has been nothing short of exciting. We've seen huge product announcements, brief glimpses into the future, and a whole lot of new ideas that are going to keep everyone quite busy for a little while. It's been difficult to keep up with, so while we are hard at work getting you our hands on experiences with all the new things it feels like a recap is in order. Here's six quick clicks with all the huge news to come from the show so far.
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Stratos could be a great connected card, but it might not last long. The post New Connected Credit Card Aims to Succeed Where Coin Failed appeared first on WIRED.
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The solar financier and installer chaired by Elon Musk, SolarCity, has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court claiming that the Arizona utility Salt River Project is using anti-competitive practices... to…
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The Fogo smart flashlight is aAfter turning heads and bagging multiple accolades at CES in January, the Fogo flashlight is now trying to charm the Kickstarter community into loosening its purse strings to the tune of $125,000.... According to Fogo Digital, the company behind the device, this money will be used "to build molds and pay for the initial production run." Truth be told, calling it a flashlight would be a bit unfair to both Fogo and flashlights. Because the Fogo aspires to be a digital Swiss army knife, cramming into its IPX8-rated waterproof frame a 1000-lumen flashlight, GPS receiver, backlit LCD display, Bluetooth LE, 128MB flash storage, accelerometer, magnetometer, "bicycle computer," and much more. Further, Fogo's lone USB port is intended to function as a hardware expansion slot that'll let users attach...
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[From EntertainmentTell] The first full trailer of "Community" on Yahoo, which starts March 17
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At Mobile World Congress, Broadcom released a new chipset designed to bring Wi-Fi's speediest technology, 802.11ac, into smartphones. What makes this particular chipset stand out is that it's able to... support…
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Uber teams with Fuhu to equipUberFamily vehicles in Washington have Nabi tablets on-board          
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Fuck off Kanye

The Loop - 3 Mar 2015 21:20
Kayne talking to Oxford students: "I love Steve Jobs, he's my favourite person, but there's one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn't give the ideas up. That's kinda selfish. You know... that Elon's like 'yeah, take these ideas'. Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won't like that, the stock holders wouldn't like that idea, but ideas are free and you can't be selfish with them." What a moron.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Galaxy S6 shames iPhone 6 inIf you need a smartphone camera that can capture a steady image even when you’re not, you’ll want to choose Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 over the iPhone 6. At least, that’s what the South Korean... company hopes to prove with the…
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CyberPowerPC's original Steam Machine plans didn't amount to much (the company ultimately turned them into Windows boxes), but it's back again for another round. Its recently established Syber... division has revealed that it will launch no less than si...
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Pebble's Apple WatchPebble gave its latest smartwatch project an extra bump this morning with the new Pebble Time Steel model, which pushed the project over the mark to become the most-funded Kickstarter project ever.... Pebble Time has raked in $13,617,054 so far,…
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Young women with ADHD who have been exposed to abuse, neglect or other traumas in childhood and adolescence are at greater risk for self-injury, eating disorders and suicide than those with ADHD who... were not mistreated in early youth, according to new research.
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Scientists to see if we canThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is creating an instrument for Mars. Called Moxie it will attempt to turn the planet's carbon dioxide into oxygen as a test for manned missions (illustrated)
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Uber launches a magazine forUber had something for drivers and riders in a pair of announcements this week.
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Silicon Valley's Next Big Hack? Consciousness Itself

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 21:16
Silicon Valley's Next BigBy Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) Is there something that lies beyond the quantified self movement? This MIT trained, former NASA robotics engineer says yes. Admit it: you've used at least one of those... self-improvement apps thinking that it would make you a better person. Heck, you might be using one right now: keeping track of steps, calories, sleep, even the number of times you checked your phone yesterday. You might even be borderline obsessed with what this tells you as your phone and its wearable companions translate your life into trackable data. This is the core of the quantified self movement, and it has become a big business in the past half decade. "The whole quantified self movement is a path towards self-awareness, it's just right now a path towards conceptual self-awareness."...
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Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study suggests. So, while it may feel like more, flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess... how often people are infected by influenza.
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Defang your keys: This liquidKristall's Liquid Screen Protector applies with a few wipes and makes your screen as hard as sapphire glass. The post Defang your keys: This liquid makes your phone screen as hard as sapphire appeared... first on Digital Trends.
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Global warming fed heatDespite a recent influx of snow and rain this past weekend, extremely low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada has conspired with warm temperatures to keep the state in the grips of one its worst droughts on... record for at least another year. The precipitation has been the key ingredient to start the drought, but heat has played an important role in maintaining and intensifying it. A new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that human greenhouse gas emissions have helped increase the odds in favor of warm, dry conditions for the Golden State. More ominously, the results suggest that by 2030, the warm weather driving the current drought could become a yearly occurrence.
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'Community' Season 6 trailerIntroducing Community: Age of Yahoo. The Community Season 6 trailer has officially landed, and it's safe to say that every second is streets ahead See also: 'Community' star's documentary spotlights... female tech pioneer In addition to the regular antics you'd expect from a Community trailer, like Dean experiencing virtual reality, the new teaser introduces new characters played by Paget Brewster ("new Shirley") and Keith David ("I have a brain the size of Jupiter, I'm no one's fourth Ghostbuster") Take a look below: The new season of Community debuts on Yahoo Screen on March 17. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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How Brain Science Explains the Way We See #TheDress

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 21:13
How Brain Science Explains theThe human mind has a marvelous capacity for inventiveness. In our philosophy have been dreamt the plays of Shakespeare and the computations of Alan Turing, not to mention the staggering technology... underlying the phone on which you are perhaps reading these words. And while we've taken great advantage of it, it turns out that this inventiveness is actually necessary for a more fundamental reason. Your brain is forced into being creative in order to perform the simple act of seeing the world around you. Perception is a type of problem that mathematicians refer to as "ill-posed". Because of nothing more than light and geometry, a given image can have an infinite number of possible causes in the real world. Nonetheless, perception is a problem our brains must solve, so that we can find food,...
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LEGO 'Star Wars' Show Heading"Star Wars" is about to get the LEGO treatment. Disney XD is planning to air "LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales" later in 2015, according to a report from the Hollywood Reporter. The five-episode series... will act as a re-telling of the six "Star Wars" films from
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With just two new iPhoneApple’s latest new smartphone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, were largely responsible for the company’s record-smashing holiday quarter. And that colossal quarter didn’t just smash... Apple’s own records… it was the most profitable quarter any company has ever reported. Now, more news is trickling out following Apple’s killer holiday season: According to Gartner, Apple blew past Samsung to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world last quarter. DON’T MISS: Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market According to noted market research firm Gartner, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped the company blow past Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the No. 1 smartphone vendor in the world
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Netflix announces AustralianAs Netflix announces official Australian launch date, iiNet and Optus Broadbandwill allow their customers to stream as much Netflix content as they want without it counting toward their monthly... streaming allowance. The post Netflix announces Australian launch date, inks deal for unlimited streaming appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The Best Way to Back Up Your Computer

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 21:07
The Best Way to Back Up YourPersonal Technology: Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews four cloud storage services that archive your digital life.
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FCC head defends InternetThe head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road.
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Apple Has Reportedly Beat(Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner. Apple... sold 74.83 million smartphones to end users worldwide, ahead of the 73.03 million phones sold by Samsung, according to Gartner's report. The success of big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple's sales in its first quarter ended Dec. 27. The company reported a profit of $18 billion for the period, the biggest ever reported by a public company, according to S&P analyst Howard Silverblatt. Apple's smartphones sales jumped about 49 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Gartner. In contrast, Samsung, the market dominator since 2011, recorded a nearly 12 percent fall. In January, the...
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Mars on Earth: Mock SpacePut six people into an isolated environment for months at a time, and lots of things can happen: frustration, conflict, or at best -- a tight-knit group of people working happily for a common goal.
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Consumers return -- or get ridPeople aren’t keeping their gadgets, appliances, and other gizmos as long as they used to. That’s according to researchers from the -ko-Institut in Germany, which was asked to examine the rate at... which consumers replace their electronics products with new units. People replace consumer electronics for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s because a product stopped working; other times it’s because consumers want the newest version of that product. Both reasons […]
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Tiny Cell Grows Giant DeathLet’s say you’re a small cell engaged in heavy manufacturing. Like most animal cells, you are coated only in a thin membrane made a double layer of fluid fat-like molecules. --
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Researchers Find New 'FREAK'Researchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post.... Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States. These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software companies as a result of the old policy and it has even been built into software in the U.S. The existence of lingering "export-grade" encryption was unnoticed until this year, when researchers found...
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Netflix has acquired another movie, and it would like you to watch it in theaters, and then one more time online: The company will bring its new drama Beasts of No…
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NASA Celebrates 100th BirthdayNASA is celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States' original aeronautics program today with photos showing what the dream of flight looked like a century ago.
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Blogo: Blogging app for the Mac

The Loop - 3 Mar 2015 21:01
This is a really nice looking app. I just downloaded the trial and it works great too--if there's one thing I would add, it would be access to custom fields in WordPress. Otherwise, I really like... it.∞ Read this on The Loop
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James Bay's soulfully groovyWe're four, five seconds from wanting a James Bay duet with Rihanna after listening to his soulful cover her "FourFiveSeconds" collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney Bay, a British singer... who earlier this year was one of Mashable's picks for "15 artists to add to your playlist in 2015," is best know for his ultra-catchy "Hold Back the River." See also: Rihanna, Germany's Sexiest World Cup Fan, Flashed Everyone Most recently, he won the Brit's Critics Choice Award, which in the past has gone to Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Florence and the Machine, Emeli Sandé and Tom Odell.
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EU Considers Lenient Rules on Net Neutrality

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 21:01
EU Considers Lenient Rules onPresent proposals could allow telecom companies serving Europe more leeway than U.S. counterparts.
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Getting Breach Notification Right

TechCrunch - 3 Mar 2015 21:00
Getting Breach Notification President Obama proposed in January the first federal standard for data breaches, requiring that companies notify customers of privacy-related breaches within 30 days of discovery. Other standards... and regulations exist (47 states at last count had some form of regulation regarding breach disclosure), but there is currently no federal standard to act as a uniform baseline.
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[From GamerTell] There's still no sign of the March PlayStation Plus Instant Game Library announcements.
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Marketing your startup: AEllie Mirman was the first marketer hired by the CMO of HubSpot, the Boston-based marketing software startup that IPOed in 2014. Below, she shares many lessons learned
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Far from home: Wayward clusterLike the lost little puppy that wanders too far from home, astronomers have found an unusually small and distant group of stars that seems oddly out of place. The cluster, made of only a handful of... stars, is located far away, in the Milky Way's "suburbs." It is located where astronomers have never spotted such a small cluster of stars before.
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You no longer have to carry an iPhone just to check out Square's restaurant delivery service, Caviar -- it's now available for Android. Like before, you can both order fine meals and track the... couriers in real-time as they bring that dining to your d...
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If you're tired of your current job, it might be easier to switch to a new career if you build on the skills you already have and find a compatible career. The government's mySkills myFuture can help... you there.
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It's man flu! Real flu hits just twice a decade

New Scientist - 3 Mar 2015 21:00
Your girlfriend is right. Adults can expect to get flu only twice every 10 years, suggests an analysis of the antibodies in people's blood
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12 Bubblicious Photos Of Bubbles

Gizmodo - 3 Mar 2015 21:00
Bubbles are micro-thin orbs of liquid suspended around gas. That's nuts. And yet they're never more than a squirt of dish soap away. These 12 photos from this week's Shooting Challenge are a small... reminder that the little things around us are pretty amazing.
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Huawei CEO Says WearableHuawei Technologies Co. Chief Executive Ken Hu says his company's current foray into smart bracelets and connected watches is just the beginning of a broader trend that will see those ubiquitous black... slabs in users' pockets slowly turn into an array of wearable objects and virtual-reality devices.
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To Play Ubisoft's 'Dig Rush,' You'll Need a Prescription

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 20:58
To Play Ubisoft's 'Dig Rush,'Ubisoft designed a game for tablets aimed at treating amblyopia, a condition commonly referred to as "lazy eye." To play it, you'll need a prescription.
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Al Jazeera journalist finedA journalist for Mideast cable network Al Jazeera has been fined for flying a drone over the center of Paris. The journalist was one of three people arrested last week for illegally operating aerial... vehicles near various landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower. Two of the journalists were released but the third, Tristan Redman, was charged and pleaded guilty It is illegal to operate a drone in France without permission. See also: Investigation underway after second night of mystery drones in Paris skies A French court ordered Redman to pay a €1,000 fine (about $1,200). He faced as much as a year in prison and a maximum fine of €75,000 (about $84,000).
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Researchers discover newResearchers at the University of Houston have created a new thermoelectric material, intended to generate electric power from waste heat - from a vehicle tailpipe, for example, or an industrial... smokestack - with greater efficiency and higher output power than currently available materials.
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Hillary Clinton Email: HowHillary Clinton's team confirmed she used a private email account to conduct business during her tenure as secretary of state, forgoing a federal email account.
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Mining The Asteroids: Who Decides?

SPACE.com - 3 Mar 2015 20:55
Mining The Asteroids: WhoOur civilization--and presumably any civilization with a technological capacity at least as advanced as ours--runs on energy and raw materials.
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How to See 2 Star ClustersAs the moon moves around its monthly orbit of the Earth, it passes near or in front of a wide variety of objects. At some points in its orbit, there are almost no stars behind it.
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Apple to Bring Its SecurityLabor organizers have been pressuring Silicon Valley tech companies to stop outsourcing security jobs.
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Samsung reportedly overtakenResearch firm Gartner claims that Samsung sold 73.03 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2014, but was beaten by Apple, which the firm said sold 74.83 million smartphones.
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"Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster" will launch for the PlayStation 4 in North America on May 12 and in Europe and Australia on May 15, developer Square Enix announced via Twitter on Monday. Return to... Spira on May 12, 2015 with Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster on PlayStation 4! @FinalFantasy @PlayStation pic.twitter.com/UgzsBgj3oA
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Fresh off its IPO in January, Box has made its first acquisition of the year, buying a small security startup called Subspace, the company said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the…
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YC-Backed GitLab Is Like GitLab calls itself the open-source GitHub that companies can run on their own servers. Like GitHub, it offers an open source git repository. Also like GitHub, it has a cat creature mascot. “But... sometimes you want your hub protected on your own servers, behind your own firewall for certain geographic reasons,” Dutch co-founder of GitLab Sytse Sijbrandij told me over the phone from…
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Apple rejected Buzz Aldrin'sBuzz Aldrin was one of the first humans to step foot on the moon. Now he’s trying to make the big leap toward becoming an iOS developer, but Apple keeps rejecting his app, Buzz Aldrin’s Space... Program Manager, because of…
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Aside from a few "nits," a federal judge appeared poised on Monday to sign off on a $415 million settlement that would end a five-year legal battle over alleged illegal hiring practices in Silicon... Valley.
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Ultracold-Resistant ChemicalComputer simulations reveal that a compound found on Saturn’s largest moon may be able to form a freeze-resistant, flexible membrane that could encapsulate cells or organelles --
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YotaPhone 2, the weird Android smartphone that's all AMOLED on the front and e-paper on the back, is finally coming to the US, says Phone Scoop. However, the launch will be more of a baby step into... the US market; the phone launches this spring on Indiegogo for $600 (with backer incentives).
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Diesel power meets plug-inAudi has unveiled its Q7 e-tron SUV, the worlds first diesel plugin hybrid with quattro all-wheel drive. The Q7 has an impressive 117.6 U.S. mpg and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just six seconds.... The post Diesel power meets plug-in hybrid tech with a dash of AWD in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Benjamin Netanyahu says his speech against President Obama's Iran policy, delivered on the floor of Congress, shouldn't be taken as an affront. "My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to... President Obama," Netanyahu told AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby group, on Monday. In his remarks to Congress on Tuesday morning, the prime minister brushed aside those who "perceive my being here as political."
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Congratulations PS4 owners / HBO Go users, your long wait is over and the app is ready for your console. It's been over a year since HBO and Sony announced it was coming to the PlayStation 3 and 4,... and one day shy of a year since it arrived on PS3. T...
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The Apple Watch Might ActuallySome estimates are much higher than previously thought
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Dropcam competitor SimplicamArcSoft's Simplicam showed itself to be a worthy challenger to Dropcam when we compared three of the leading home-monitoring cameras in November. This was due in no small measure to its ability to... detect human faces. The Fremont, California-based company has made several improvements since then, the latest of which it announced today. Chief among the new features and enhancements introduced by ArcSoft is the addition of "detection zones." These are essentially the more sensitive areas around a room that the user would like their Simplicam to monitor more closely for unusual activity. By specifying detection zones the user can keep from being bombarded with trivial motion and face alerts originating from areas where motion is expected. This is similar to the " custom activity zones" feature...
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Confirmed: performance woesOver the past few days, news has surfaced that Google quietly stopped forcing full-disk encryption for Android devices. After loudly thumping their chest about security, Google silently removed the... requirement. At the time of discovery, it wasn't clear why Google would do such a thing. A study found that Android handsets performed much worse when encrypted, so it was believed …
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Ink Injected Into Water in 4K Super Slow Motion

Twisted Sifter - 3 Mar 2015 20:46
Ink Injected Into Water in 4K  In the first Ultra High Definition episode of The Slow Mo Guys, Gav and Dan inject coloured ink into a tank of water. If you have a 4K display or UHD TV, fire it up!    
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Windows 7 has replaced XP asWhile Microsoft are looking ahead to the release of Windows 10, the majority of PC users are still holding on to Windows 7 as their operating system of choice. The post Windows 7 has replaced XP as... the most popular version of the OS appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pro photographers deliver theEveryone wants their smartphone to have a killer camera and megapixel counts don’t tell the entire story by any stretch of the imagination. PhoneArena draws our attention to a new survey of... photography experts conducted by Teleguru.pl that really looks like the final word on smartphone camera quality for this generation of devices. FROM EARLIER: Benchmark tests show Galaxy S6 performance crushes everything else on the market Anyone who’s followed these kinds of surveys in the past will not be surprised to learn that the Galaxy Note 4 generally bested its rivals in most of the criteria measured, although the iPhone 6 and the older Lumia 1020 from 2013 performed admirably in many conditions as well. Overall, the Note 4 came out on top
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Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Tuesday that he doesn't put much credibility in claims that U.S. carriers would stop investing in their networks in his new era of network…
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The Wire, Game of Thrones, andThe HBO GO app for PlayStation 4 is available to download today, according to Sony, functioning just like it does on PlayStation 3. The post The Wire, Game of Thrones, and John Oliver are now on your... PS4 with HBO GO appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NBC News Sponsors NYC DroneNBC News has signed on as the headline sponsor of the first New York City Drone Film Festival, an event celebrating the art of drone cinematography.
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Steam Machines Launch FallAfter a perceived false start last year and a delayed custom controller, the Steam Machine* initiative will finally launch later this fall, according to Valve hardware partner CyberPowerPC.
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Who said that electronic music couldn't be silly? Certainly not the folks at Minimalogue. The South Korean graphics firm recently built Knuckle Visualizer, a synthesizer that replaces buttons, knobs... and sliders with fun bits like jelly beans, rubber ...
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Valet parking app Luxe, one of the newer on-demand entrants, is growing fast. On Tuesday it announced its most recent funding via a blog post, a $20 million round led by Venrock and Redpoint. It's…
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Parks and Recreation's run has come to an end. In this week's Slate Plus bonus segment, David and Emily eulogize Leslie Knope's abundant earnestness and television's most lovable libertarian.
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The following is our list of examples of the Unreal Engine at its best on the small screen. The post The 5 best iOS games made with the Unreal Engine appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] The Unreal Engine 4 was recently made available to game developers free of charge, and that's pretty huge news. These five iOS games will show you why.
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Honor 4X unveiled, coming in Q2 for €200

Android Central - 3 Mar 2015 20:37
Honor 4X unveiled, coming inThe latest in the Honor line will be available Europe in the next few months. At the Honor press event at Mobile World Congress, the newest mid-range offering, the Honor 4X has been announced. As... we've seen before from Honor devices, we're looking at good specs without a high price, and while the Honor 6 Plus is clearly the most premium offering in the European lineup, the Honor 4X sits nicely in the middle.
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Since it appeared in April 2004, Gmail has become the email client of choice for hundreds of millions of users. You're probably very familiar with it - but are you making the most out of the software?... We've put together 12 of the most helpful tips for boosting your productivity inside Gmail and powering through your inbox...
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Mozilla thinks its bargain-binBARCELONA--There's a war brewing in the bargain-priced depths of the worldwide smartphone market, and Mozilla's Firefox OS isn't backing down in the face of overwhelming Google dominance. Android... already rules the smartphone scene in developing nations, and its Android One program has been designed to cement that stranglehold. Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google, made this explicit last year at Google I/O, and in other interviews since then. But Google doesn't worry Chris Lee, Mozilla's director of product for Firefox OS, who talked to us in a closed-door meeting at Mobile World Congress.
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'Homegrown' Alien Life CouldAt first glance, Saturn's moon Titan doesn't look that different from some of the wilder parts of Earth -- there are mountains, lakes, storms, islands, maybe even flowing rivers. But look closer to... find that Titan is actually freezing and its lakes are composed of methane and other hydrocarbons and it goes without saying that this harsh world isn't like to support life, at least not life as we know it.
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With 666 hp pushing just 2,711McLaren has officially unveiled the 675LT at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Limited to 500 units, the $398,929 supercar weighs just 2,711 pounds dry and features a 666-horspower, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8.... The post With 666 hp pushing just 2,711 lbs, McLaren's 675LT appeases both Newton and the Devil appeared first on Digital Trends.
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How does a growing smartphone manufacturer gain customers? Well, some might say -- spend millions of dollars on marketing. Then there's Xiaomi, which is letting its fans do the heavy lifting. Hugo... Barra, Xiaomi's senior vice president, reiterated this strategy in an interview Tuesday at World Mobile Congress. "We don't spend pretty much any money buying media, maybe [just] a little money boosting a Facebook post," he said.
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Google 'preparing' AndroidGoogle’s efforts to counter the threat of the Apple Watch will begin with bringing Android Wear support to iPhone. Sources claim the search giant is now “preparing” an Android Wear app for iOS,... and it could be announced at Google I/O…
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5 pancake pro tips from celebrity chefs

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 20:35
5 pancake pro tips fromLet these master chefs take your perfect pancakes to the next level.          
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Intel CEO Krzanich: What we'reIntel has done well in PCs and tablets, but success in smartphones has eluded the chip maker for years. Cracking the challenging market is the next big task for Intel CEO Brian Krzanich , who is... chasing an aggressive strategy to get its mobile processors into more handsets. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Intel rebranded its Atom line with an easier-to-remember naming scheme for various models in the product family, to increase market visibility of the processors. The company also introduced the new Atom X3 chip, which will initially go into smartphones, and Atom X5 and X7 chips, which will be in tablets.
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Unity 5's new full-featuredThis is why competition is great: Following on yesterday's news that Unreal Engine 4 is going free, now Unity 5 is going even more free--as long as you're a developer making less than $100,000. Past... versions of Unity had a free edition, but it was a crippled version of the engine that lost out on many of the advanced features. Pro users either had to buy a license or pay $75 per month for a subscription. No more. At GDC Tuesday, Unity announced "Unity 5 Personal Edition": "Unity 5 Personal Edition is a free solution empowering hobbyists, sole developers, and studios just getting started with all the powerful features found in the Unity engine and editor such as Profiler, Occlusion Culling, Render-to-Texture, and Post-Processing Special Effects as well as all the big Unity 5 features like...
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Waze Adds Amber Alerts To Popular Traffic App

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 20:33
Waze Adds Amber Alerts ToWaze helps drivers get cheap gas, avoid traffic jams and spot highway patrols -- and now it could help find abducted children. The company announced Tuesday that its community-driven traffic app,... which has been downloaded and installed more than 50 million times on Android devices alone, will soon notify users of nearby AMBER alerts. If you're driving in Camden, Mississippi, for example, and a child is abducted nearby, you'll get a notification that looks like this: "Waze was built on the premise that we're all in this together. Our users are communicative and engaged with their communities -- an ideal group to assist during an AMBER alert," Julie Mossler, Waze's head of PR, said via a press representative. With an update available to iOS and Android users starting today, the app will scan...
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(Reuters) - Novetta Solutions LLC, a provider of software and IT services to the U.S. intelligence community, is exploring a sale which could value it at more than $650 million, including debt,... according to people familiar with the matter.
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Snowflakes Not So Perfect,University of Utah engineer Cale Fallgatter and atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett captured falling snowflakes to improve weather warning and road condition forecasts. But, in the process, they explode... an old myth: the symmetrical snowflake.
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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

The Register - 3 Mar 2015 20:31
But only if he's promised a 'legal and impartial trial' NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is ready to return home to the US, according to his Russian lawyer....
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Tim Cook Just Revealed MoreWe're getting a clearer picture of all the device might do
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CrowdFlower Launches Open Data Crowdsourcing company CrowdFlower allows businesses to tap into a distributed workforce of 5 million contributors for basic tasks like sentiment analysis. Today it’s releasing some of that data to... the public through its new Data for Everyone initiative. Founder and CEO Lukas Biewald (a friend of mine from college) told me that last year, the company quietly began asking some of its…
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Six Months After Acquisition, Last August, payments startup Square acquired San Francisco-based food delivery startup Caviar for a reported $90 million. Since then, the company has been growing fast, both in terms of order... volume and the size of the internal team. For Square, the acquisition follows a trend of diversifying the company’s portfolio of products and services. As it moves beyond just providing a card…
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Wealthfront Now Manages More Wealthfront, the automated investment services company that competes with traditional financial advisory behemoths like Fidelity, has today crossed the $2 billion mark in terms of assets managed.... The achievement for a company, which two years ago was managing approximately $500 million in client assets, is impressive, and it makes Wealthfront the first in its space to rake in that much…
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Apple hiring majority of  Apple is changing the way it hires much of its security staff, San Jose Mercury News reports. Apple will begin to directly employe most of its security offers rather than contracting staff out.... After a yearlong review, Apple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in the valley as full-time Apple workers, a spokeswoman told […]
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We've looked at BitTorrent Sync before as an alternative to Dropbox for sharing large files across your devices. Now, the service has updated to version 2.0 and with it comes a new Pro tier.
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HBO Go app finally arrives forYou can now use a PlayStation 4 to watch your favourite HBO shows. Sony has announced the HBO Go app for PS4 is now available for download, and that the app works just like the PS3 version. You must... first authenticate your console with your cable/satellite...
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Disable Flash

Gizmodo - 3 Mar 2015 20:30
You know Flash? Haven't thought about it in a while, have you. For good reason! It's less useful and less relevant than ever. It's worth thinking about it one last time though--as you go to disable it... in your web browser. Here's how and why you should.
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NOAA's $2.4 billion weather satellite portfolio got only a fleeting, if supportive, mention from Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in a March 3 hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and... Transportation Committee. The post Weather Sats Just a Blip on Senate Commerce Committee's Radar appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Now that Sony and Marvel are seeing eye to eye on the famed webslinger, Drew Goddard's name has been thrown around as the man in charge of Spidey's reboot
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The Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more to prevent hackers from "threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system,"... according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The warning comes after President Barack Obama said the nation's air traffic control systems need to be protected.
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The first significant look at Community's sixth season is here. But remember this isn't something you'll be seeing on NBC (or cable for that matter). After scrambling to find a new home for the... beloved comedy, Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, and the crew headed are headed to Yahoo Screen -- minus a few original cast members. Community is scheduled to return on March 17th, but you won't be binge watching. Two episodes will premiere on that date, with a single new episode following each week thereafter until things wrap up in June.
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Apple Edges Out Samsung in Q4The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus drove Apple sales.
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See how that dark Power Rangers fan film was made

Digital Trends - 3 Mar 2015 20:26
See how that dark PowerPower/Rangers producer Adi Shankar has posted a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of director Joseph Kahn's dark Power Rangers fan film. The post See how that dark Power Rangers fan film... was made appeared first on Digital Trends.
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IBM helps mobile apps meetWhen creating new mobile applications, developers all too often forget taking the few additional steps to make their programs usable for those with disabilities. Now, IBM offers a free testing tool to... ensure mobile applications are useable to the one billion people worldwide with disabilities, such as people with visual or auditory impairments. The checks are also good for ensuring the app can be used by the world's growing elderly population. More than 60 percent of the world's population now uses mobile devices, IBM has estimated. Making a mobile app accessible for everyone not only ensures the largest possible user base, but also strengthens the overall design of the product.
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Forget the Turing test. Facebook has come up with a simple quiz that will help work out the intelligence levels of your latest AI
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TMO Daily ObservationsGoogle says it's ready to launch its own cell service as an MVNO. John Martellaro and The MacCast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Google's entry into the cell service provider... market could mean for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, plus they sort out what's really going on with credit card scammers and Apple Pay.
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You Think Private Clouds AreYou can't really blame your IT staff for inflicting a private cloud--actually just a corporate data center with a fancy new name--on you. In some ways, their jobs depend upon it. Self-preservation is... a powerful incentive. Of course, your CIO's job is only truly threatened by the public cloud if she chooses to fight it, or mindlessly continues to believe she can build a better cloud than Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. For 99.999% of enterprises, building your own cloud or data center may be a comforting way to stick with old habits, but it's generally going to be the wrong decision.  While there are certainly workloads that will perform better or need to be secured within the four walls of your firewall, the reality is that most infrastructure belongs in the cloud. No, You Can't It's a...
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Mysterious Mars PlumeA network of amateur astronomers is responsible for identifying a truly mysterious phenomenon on the surface of Mars: a plume reaching so high above the surface of the Red Planet that it was visible... from Earth.
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Deal of the day: Last chanceWith The White Hat Security Hacker Bundle, you will learn the skills needed to protect your online presence from those who would do harm to you and those you depend on. For a limited time, you can get... The White Hat Security Hacker Bundle at 92% off, just $49, at BGR Deals. Internet security is pretty serious business. Nobody is immune from the threat, not even large corporations. Arm yourself to the teeth with the knowledge that will ensure your site doesn't become just another statistic. Knowledge is power. The knowledge gained with The White Hat Security Hacker Bundle's 6 courses and over 39 hours of content will give you the tools to protect your site and offer valuable insight
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SanDisk's InfiniFlash is a newSanDisk is hoping the $1/GB price of its new InfiniFlash storage platform will be enough to convince customers that all-flash systems can be viable for big-data applications, including content... streaming and giant databases. The first InfiniFlash product, the rack-mountable IF100, will sell for less than $1 per gigabyte, with the exact cost depending on who's buying, and how many, said Ravi Swaminathan, SanDisk's general manager of systems and software solutions. Pretty much everything about the IF100 is hot-swappable, whether it's the dual power supplies, the four fans, or the row of up to 64 flash storage cards each holding 8 terabytes. That gives the 3U (133 millimeter-high) box a capacity of up to 512TB.
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[From AppleTell] Reports claim the Apple Watch needs daily charging, and that means every bit of extra life will be nice to have during the day.
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Power-saving mode said to beEvery bit of extra life will be nice to have during the day. The post Power-saving mode said to be on Apple Watch appeared first on AppleTell.
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President Obama has criticized a Chinese plan to force US tech companies to install backdoors into their products for sale in the country. Without stopping for a moment to consider the phrase about... glass houses and stones, he told Reuters that China ...
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Netflix announced yesterday that it would be coming to Australia and New Zealand on March 24th, and within the first 200 words the company abandoned its principled stand on net neutrality. As GigaOm... first reported, Netflix announced a special deal with Australian ISP iiNet to exempt its traffic from broadband data caps. Remember: Netflix lobbied hard for net neutrality -- so hard it even helped change the FCC's definition of it. And zero-rating schemes like Netflix's new deal with iiNet (or like T-Mobile's controversial music freedom program, or AT&T's "sponsored data" program) clearly violate the principles of net neutrality. So was Netflix lying to its customers and the public about its stance the whole time? Netflix did not respond to...
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AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launching today

Slash Gear - 3 Mar 2015 20:15
AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launchingThis week we've heard direct from AMD about their VR initiative, LiquidVR by AMD. This system will be pushed to developers with a LiquidVR SDK, a system that'll be launched this year. Inside LiquidVR... SDK 1.0, users will be working with latest data latch, asynchronous shaders, affinity multi-GPU, and direct-to-display technology. Efficient GPU head tracking will join minimization of latency …
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Hundreds of images flash in front of our eyes each week as we navigate this strange machine we call the internet. But sometimes those images are lying to us. The following lies are culled from the... bits and bytes that came through the tubes over the past few weeks.
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Trine 3 is coming in 2015, andFrozenbyte has announced another entry in its popular puzzle-platformer franchise, called Trine 3: Artifacts of Power and coming later in 2015 according to a beautiful trailer. The post Trine 3 is... coming in 2015, and it looks like it’s got some new twists to share appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Technically the new free-to-play Unreal Tournament has been playable for awhile now. Epic Games made the shooter available as a collection of tools, hoping to engender a community of modders that... would help the studio create the new game. Not till today, though, could players play the first high-resolution map designed by Epic proper. Originally shown in early technical demonstrations, the map calls to mind Ridley Scott's sleek-but-grimy aesthetic in Alien. The map launches alongside a marketplace, new characters, and additional weapons. Players can sign-up for the pre-alpha here. And if you'd like to build something for the game, Unreal Engine 4 is now free.
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Equipped with the most-advanced gyro stabilized camera in the world, the team at Teton Gravity Research flew from Kathmandu to Mount Everest, capturing the first ultra HD footage ever shot above... 20,000 feet. I've never seen these mountains look so beautiful.
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The Honor 6 Plus is officially coming to Europe

Android Central - 3 Mar 2015 20:12
The Honor 6 Plus is officiallyWe're in Barcelona with Honor at the brand's MWC 2015 press event where we learned that the Honor 6 Plus will be officially coming to Europe.
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Bans don't help smokers quit, researchers say

Science Daily - 3 Mar 2015 20:11
No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from... having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write.
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Steven Spielberg to DirectIf you’re a fan of both photography and major Hollywood movies, there’s an upcoming film to add to your “must watch” list. Steven Spielberg has signed on to direct a war photographer biopic... with actress Jennifer Lawrence as photojournalist Lynsey Addario. The film will be based on Addario’s new memoir It’s What I Do: A […]
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In Search of Lost Innocence

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 20:10
Some comics win you over with a propulsive plot that makes a book's drawing style irrelevant, or at least not that important. It's easy to overlook artwork that isn't quite to your taste if the story... a comic tells pushes you forward, flipping pages eagerly to find out what happens next.
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Megaupload Founder Kim DotcomThings aren't looking good for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, as his accounts have been frozen by PayPal, and he gets called a 'fugitive' by the U.S. government.
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Fever pitch: A thermometerKinsa Smart Thermometer plugs into a smartphone to track your fever and related symptoms.          
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Neuroscientists and psychologists keep discovering more health benefits from mindfulness meditation. And luckily, it's a simple practice, that virtually anyone can do. But how do you get started, and... how do you get the most rewards from the practice? Here's our quick and easy guide to meditating.
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Mophie Juice Pack for theThe battery cases will be launched around the time the new Galaxy smartphones are released later this spring for $99.95
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Is that a unicorn? No, it'sMorgan's most modern car is getting newer still, as the small British automaker reveals the brand new fifth generation 2015 Aero 8. This all-aluminum steam punk sports car combines classic looks with... surprisingly modern technology. The post Is that a unicorn? No, it’s something much rarer: a new Morgan Aero 8 appeared first on Digital Trends.
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If you're up to the challenge of trying to cook for others, there's a good chance you welcome all kinds of challenges. And for chefs who love to tackle words and riddles as much as they do a... demi-glace, this $19 crossword puzzle Subtext trivet is a perfect addition to their kitchen.
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Microsoft Corp., not-so-big a player in the U.S. smartphone market and an insignificant one in China, is making some quiet gains in India, thanks to aggressive pricing and the popularity of Microsoft... software among young professionals. That momentum could grow with the low-cost Lumia 640 and the 640XL it introduced on Monday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain.
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The Cabin in the WoodsThe Cabin in the Woods director and co-writer Drew Goddard is reportedly the leading contender to write and direct the upcoming Spider-Man solo movie. The post The Cabin in the Woods director rumored... to helm new Spider-Man movie appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pebble Time is now the mostPebble Time is the most funded project in Kickstarter history, and still has plenty of time to go. Just last week, Pebble Time -- the follow-up to the popular Pebble and Pebble Steel -- took... Kickstarter by storm. After blowing past their initial $500,000 goal, the campaign is now well over $13 million and still going strong. An additional boost has come from today's announcement of the Pebble Time Steel, a luxury version of the new smartwatch. The combined effort has pushed Pebble Time over the top, making it the most funded project in Kickstarter history.
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Oetti: Will need rest of world's cooperation too, though MWC 2015 Europe's digi Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger wants China's help in deploying 5G....
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Today's a day of new records for Pebble and Kickstarter. The smartwatch company's second crowdfunding effort is now the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time. Aided by today's introduction... of Pebble Time Steel, Pebble Time has overtaken the top slot with a current (and quickly rising) total at $13,426,936 at the time of this writing. The version unveiled last week took just 49 minutes to cross the $1 million mark. The original Pebble, which began its journey in 2012, remains the third most-funded project in Kickstarter's history. And sandwiched between them? That absurd hybrid beverage cooler / party speaker thing that's somehow brought in over $13 million. Sorry Coolest Cooler, but you're no longer the coolest thing on...
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As long as the waters of Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire stay frozen, pilots can use the only FAA-certified, plowed ice runway in the continental US. The post Landing on an Ice Runway... Is Less Crazy Than It Sounds appeared first on WIRED.
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[From GamerTell] Nintendo of Japan has confirmed an additional production run for the Captain Falcon, Little Mac, and Villager Amiibos.
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Pando prizewinner ArtiphonCrowdfunding platforms are chock-full of people exaggerating their own abilities or making their products seem like they can do things outside the realm of possibility. Artiphon’s attempt to raise... funds for its “Instrument 1″ does neither of those things. I know this because I, along with several hundred other people, saw a prototype of the Instrument 1 used by a member of Moon Taxi during last year’s Southland festival in […]
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5 interesting prospects forMy plan is to publish a new version every three-six months so the information is kept fresh and relevant. Each time I will recommend five interesting prospects for Seed, Series A and Series B
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There are no classrooms that teach you basic hygiene growing up. Your parents may do what they can, but a surprising number of people make it to adulthood with gaps in their knowledge. We're here to... help fill those gaps.
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Review: RapidWeaver 6

Mac Life - 3 Mar 2015 20:00
RapidWeaver takes an old-school approach to web design, having you choose a theme, build pages on your Mac, and then publish the lot to the web. It offers 52 templates to choose from, five of which... are new to this version and "responsive" to accommodate tablets and smartphones. The new themes are quite swish, if not entirely robust across browsers. Themes can be tweaked, created from scratch if you've the coding skills, or bought in from elsewhere. Creating pages requires you to choose from pre-defined types and then use the in-context editing pane. This is intuitive and usable, for example giving you form labels and input types for a contact page, which RapidWeaver then stitches together. New to this version is a Markdown plug-in, making it quick to create structured text-oriented pages,...
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Is Messaging Going to Kill E-mail?

Scientific American - 3 Mar 2015 20:00
Is Messaging Going to KillWith new rapid-fire ways to communicate, e-mails are on the decline. But they might not be headed for extinction --
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The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe....
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A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law. One justice suggested it was time to reconsider the ban on state collection of sales... taxes from companies outside their borders.
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Lenovo's pocket projectorThe next time some llamas are running wild and your smartphone screen just won't do for sharing all the action with your friends, you can whip a projector out of your pocket for instant big-screen... glory. The aptly named Lenovo Pocket Projector snaps onto any Android phone and projects images or video up to 110 inches from corner to corner. Lenovo announced the device Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Lenovo's Pocket Projector has speakers on both sides and comes in both white and gray color schemes.
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If you carry an iPhone but would rather accessorize it with a Moto 360 than an Apple Watch, you might just get that choice without resorting to unofficial tricks. Sources for French outlet 01net claim... that Google is "preparing to launch" an iOS versi...
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Steve was wicked smart. I was always amazed at how sharp he was and how quickly he could focus on what was important. I don't know ANYONE that even comes close to how good he was at being able to do... that. Don't just read the story, read the comments too. I miss Steve.∞ Read this on The Loop
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LiquidVR: AMD's software pushThis week AMD revealed their developer-aimed virtual reality experience, LiquidVR by AMD. "We are seekers of new experiences," said AMD's CVP of Visual Computing Raja Koduri, "When you see it, when... you feel it, you know it's something different." Koduri spoke of his latest experience with Oculus VR - at CES 2015 - and how he felt like the world …
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Fear of a Red-Headed Emoji

The Atlantic - 3 Mar 2015 19:56
Fear of a Red-Headed EmojiHumans have innumerable differences, but there are only about 700 emoji.
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What Would It Be Like to LiveJupiter's moon Europa suffers from extreme cold and deadly radiation, but its astronomical and geological sights are unique in the solar system.
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HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today

TechCrunch - 3 Mar 2015 19:56
HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today Just ahead of the April 12 premiere of one of its more popular shows, Game of Thrones, HBO announced this morning that its streaming service HBO GO is now available on the PlayStation 4. The new... application, which has been available on the PS3 for nearly a year, will be made available to PS4 owners as of today, the company says.
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iPhone sales have been on a tear recently, while Samsung's smartphone lineup has shown its first real signs of struggle in many years -- a trend that led some analysts to believe that Apple had... retaken the lead as the world's largest smartphone manufacturer. Now, Gartner, one of the industry's top tracking and research firms, is also claiming victory for Apple. Its latest report indicates that Apple edged out Samsung by selling 74.8 million iPhones, narrowly edging out Samsung's 73 million smartphones sold in Q4 last year. That's a pretty dramatic reversal from a year ago, when Samsung sold 83.3 million smartphones to soundly best Apple's sales of 50.2 million iPhones. However, it seems that Samsung might now have what it takes to turn...
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The Answer Is Big Data. Now,Sounds like a conundrum from a corporate cracker, don’t you think.
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Apple could surprise us withThe Apple Watch is expected to be the main attraction at next week’s “Spring Forward” event, but according to a new report, the long-rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air could make a surprise... appearance at the Yerba Buena Center for the…
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HBO GO Arrives on the PS4 Later Today

Gizmodo - 3 Mar 2015 19:53
HBO Go has been slowly trickling out to to all our current generation set-top boxes and game consoles over the past several months. Finally, Sony's PS4 will be outfitted with an app for Games of... Thrones/True Detective/Girls creation machine later today.
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Review: Anker's Keyboard CaseI’ve tested almost every major iPad keyboard case since the first iPad was released five years ago, and still recall when companies charged $100 for greasy vinyl folios with terrible, squishy rubber... keys. Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. If you’re willing to spend $100, you can get a much nicer iPad-holding case attached to a nearly great keyboard. Drop $130-$150 (or go nuts for $170), […]
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Our friends over at Gawker's Antiviral are calling bullshit on the flood of lies and fakery on Facebook. Part one: "satire" news sites. Check it:
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It's getting harder to find a reason to buy a point-and-shoot camera anymore, but the Nikon Coolpix P900 makes its advantage clear: It as an 83X zoom lens. The post Nikon’s New Point and Shoot Has... an Absurdly Long Zoom Range appeared first on WIRED.
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Motorola boss: more wearablesWith Motorola, you pretty much know what you're getting. There are a few really good smartphones that make a mark at their respective price points, and a wearable. There are even a few neat... accessories. At Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh said nothing was going to change, either. Motorola will continue to iterate on their stuff, …
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Data Security Is A 'Lifecycle'Data security is one of those mission-critical issues people are always talking about and building solutions and policies around. But, even when we focus on the right problems, too many businesses are... doing so at the wrong time – namely, after a breach has happened.   Determined hackers have proven again and again that they can violate just about any perimeter put in front of them. Yet somehow, many companies still wait for a breach and then use it as a catalyst for updating security designs and policies moving forward. It’s a permanent response-mode that can be futile, frustrating and costly.
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American Crime cast takes Twitter lessons

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 19:49
American Crime cast takesThe cast of ABC's new Americam Crime talks tech with USA TODAY, from the SCAD aTVFest in Atlanta.          
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Why Popcorn Time Scares Netflix

The Atlantic - 3 Mar 2015 19:49
Why Popcorn Time ScaresThe free video-streaming upstart is starting to rival the larger site for traffic in some countries, but it isn't necessarily doing anything illegal.
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Airbus Leadership: Tom EndersHe called it “a pretty good year,” but Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders could barely contain his glee at announcing the company’s 2014 record annual results last week in Munich, where the German... headquarters of the pan-European company is located. In line with his leadership philosophy, he is struggling to be humble in front of the media.
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Oculus VR hires Google X execFacebook-owned Oculus VR has hired Google X executive Mary Lou Jepsen to join the virtual reality company, an Oculus spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
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AMD's LiquidVR TechnologyThe new battleground between AMD and Nvidia will focus on VR, and AMD's LiquidVR signifies the first shot.
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SanDisk shows off first thumbSanDisk has developed the first thumb drive with a USB Type C connector, which offers compatibility with upcoming notebooks offering the same. It also has an old-school USB 3.0 port, however,... providing legacy support with thousands of devices. The post SanDisk shows off first thumb drive with USB Type-C connector appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Meteorologists sometimes struggle to accurately predict the weather here on Earth, but now we can find out how cloudy it is on planets outside our solar system, thanks to researchers at MIT.... Researchers in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and...
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Hall of Mirrors

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 19:45
Many writers have published their diaries. Far fewer have published diaries about their diaries, as Sarah Manguso has done with her new book, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary. A poet turned memoirist,... Manguso has spent 25 years compulsively creating a life record of 800,000 words and counting. Her 2008 memoir, Two Kinds of Decay, was about her struggles with an autoimmune disease but really about how we write about disease. Her 2012 book The Guardians was about grieving the suicide of her friend but really about how we write about grief. Her work is characterized by a tough, lyrical self-scrutiny: an eye trying, at times exhaustingly, to look at itself. And now in Ongoingness, a meditation on diary keeping, she has turned her interest in writing about writing inside out.
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HBO Go is finally available on the PS4

The Verge - 3 Mar 2015 19:45
Almost four full months after launching on the Xbox One, HBO Go is finally launching on the PS4 later today, closing a major gap in the console's app selection. Sony acknowledged the long wait on the... official PlayStation Blog, with Sony Computer Entertainment of America executive Phil Rosenberg writing, "We know you've been looking forward to this day." The HBO Go app for PS4 functions just like the PS3 version, which launched almost exactly a year ago, allowing users to watch their favorite classic and new shows on the fly and in between games. As always, subscribers will need to log in using their cable credentials, with supported providers including Time Warner Cable, Dish, and Verizon among others. The timing couldn't be better T...
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Best Buy Announces FirstThe company also announced a special dividend of about $180 million, or 51 cents per share.
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Telstra CEO David Thodey has said the incumbent has maintained its leadership position in mobile technology advances through risk-taking, and putting its investments on the line.
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A Supreme Court case that could invalidate Obamacare subsidies to residents of states that use the federally run HealthCare.gov exchange has left officials in statehouses across the country mulling... alternatives. Some state lawmakers may look to build their own exchanges, but the track record of such projects shows they can be prohibitively costly, complex and fraught with unforeseen delays and problems.
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Pebble Time Is Now The Pebble’s extra bump from the Pebble Time Steel announcement has put it over the edge, helping it break the record for most-funded project of all time on Kickstarter. The Pebble Time campaign beats... out the Coolest Cooler, a camper cooler with various tech-friendly additional features. It’s currently sitting at just under $13.5 million, with 24 days left in the campaign still to…
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CSS Clocks

The Loop - 3 Mar 2015 19:41
I don't know why I found this so cool, but I did. Working CSS Clocks.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Stuck in the Pipeline: TheCommentary: On another Flash-less Tuesday, Crave's Kelsey Adams wants to talk about the elephant in the padded room.
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Unity has released the latest version of its cross-platform game engine. At the 2015 Game Developers Conference, CEO John Riccitiello announced a final version of Unity 5, which is now available on... the company's site. Unity 5 was announced in mid-2014 and released in beta last October, and it offers some notable updates over the past iteration, including upgraded animation and physics, a new lighting system, and more audio options. As one might expect, founder and CTO Joachim Ante calls it a "massive release" that touches just about every aspect of the engine. Besides promised improvements in graphics and efficiency, Unity 5 now supports a newer version of the PhysX physics engine, and there are more tools for mixing audio.
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Heart function has been associated with the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease through a new study. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, were two to... three times more likely to develop significant memory loss over the follow-up period.
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Google Stops Updating Chrome Google today announced that Chrome 42 will be the last version of its mobile browser to run on devices that still use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which launched in 2011. Chrome will still... continue to run on these devices, but Google will freeze development, and Android 4.0 users will not receive any updates beyond Chrome 42, which is set for release in mid-April 2015. Version 42…
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Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity... later in life, according to a new study. Maintaining family routines such as eating a regular dinner or carving out time to talk each day, however, can protect children during divorce against developing unhealthy eating habits.
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Ebola remains a serious problem in parts of West Africa and the experiences in affected areas may provide lessons for future public health emergencies. A set of tools newly created may help identify... nations that are vulnerable to future outbreaks of Ebola or other emergencies. The tools evaluate a nation's strengths across a wide range of measures such as political strength and health care capabilities, and can help assess remedies.
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Gastric bypass and similar stomach-shrinking surgeries are a popular option for obese patients looking to lose weight or treat type 2 diabetes. While the surgeries have been linked to a decreased risk... in many cancers, the single outlier is colon cancer. Scientists now present work in mice that could explain this association and raise safety concerns for a new generation of weight-loss drugs that mimic the biological after effects of these procedures.
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High-salt diet could protectMost people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a new study reveals that dietary... salt could have a biological advantage: Defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite.
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Marijuana: The allergen you never knew existed

Science Daily - 3 Mar 2015 19:37
As marijuana's legal status throughout the country continues to change, people should know it can cause allergic reactions.
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Twice as many children born to mothers who took antibiotics during pregnancy were diagnosed with asthma by age 3 than children born to mothers who didn't take prenatal antibiotics, a new study has... shown.
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Since implementation of a medical need-based allocation system of donor lungs in 2005, double-lung transplantation has been associated with better graft survival than single-lung transplantation in... patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); at 5 years, there has been no survival difference between single- and double-lung transplant recipients in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study.
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Chrome 42 will be the lastPeople who are still using a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich soon won't be able to get any more updates for Google's Chrome browser.
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Apple Shifting Security TeamApple has decided to hire the majority of its day-to-day security staff in Silicon valley as full-time employees, a company spokeswoman confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News. Many of the security... guards that Apple has hired in the past as contractors will become part of the company's expanded in-house security team and receive the same benefits as other employees, including full health insurance, retirement contributions and a leave of absence for new parents. Apple security guard in dispute with photographer at iPad event (via The Australian) Apple will continue using contractors as security guards for special events, such as the upcoming "Spring Forward" media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9th. Apple is believed to have begun constructing an extension on the...
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With a concern about inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications to children, 31 states in the U.S. have implemented prior authorization policies for atypical antipsychotic prescribing,... mostly within the past 5 years, and with most states applying their policies to children younger than 7 years of age, according to a study.
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After five years of follow-up, a majority of asymptomatic, benign thyroid nodules exhibited no significant change in size, or actually decreased in size, and diagnoses of thyroid cancer were rare,... according to a study.
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Although sedatives are often administered before surgery, a randomized trial finds that among patients undergoing elective surgery under general anesthesia, receiving the sedative lorazepam before... surgery, compared with placebo or no premedication, did not improve the self-reported patient experience the day after surgery, but was associated with longer time till removal off a breathing tube (extubation) and a lower rate of early cognitive recovery, according to a study.
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A program that included scattered-site supportive housing using rent supplements and case management services led to more stable housing for homeless adults with mental illness in four cities in... Canada, compared with usual access to existing housing and community services -- but the intervention did not result in significant improvements in health-related quality of life, according to the study.
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The latest Silicon Valley company to hop on the virtual reality bandwagon is AMD, this morning unveiling what it's calling "Liquid VR": a software development kit aimed at making VR easier for... everyone. The announcement comes from a presentation at G...
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Flower-like magneticNext-generation magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) may soon be treating deep-seated and difficult-to-reach tumors within the human body.
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Pediatric otolaryngologists and surgeons are concerned with parents getting the wrong message regarding the safety/desirability of letting babies and young children eat peanuts to prevent them from... developing peanut allergies.
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Three to bring Huawei's newHonor plans to bring Android phones to retail stores in the UK for the first time, starting with the Honor 6+, with Three acting as the exclusive network operator in the country. Some Honor-branded... devices are already available in the UK through sites...
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IKEA has a new furniture line with built-in wireless charging. It's a step toward Qi ubiquity, but Qi's capabilities and IKEA's offerings are still limited. The post IKEA's New Furniture Won’t... Jumpstart Wireless Charging appeared first on WIRED.
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A peek into 'Captivology'

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 19:32
A peek into 'Captivology'Author Ben Parr talks with USA TODAY's Jon Swartz about why people pay attention to some events, ideas and people over others.          
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Does Surface Pro 3 offer cluesMicrosoft's focus on productivity will be evident in the next flagship smartphone, poised to launch alongside Windows 10.
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And it reckons you'll pay just $2/GB for this one SanDisk has announced its InfiniFlash all-flash array for Big Data, a 3U box holding up to 512TB of data, 10 times more than the ION Accelerator... appliance, and capable of running the same software stack - or Ceph....
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What Is Minecraft Anyway?

Forbes - 3 Mar 2015 19:32
What Is Minecraft Anyway?With Minecraft, Markus Persson became a deity to millions in his virtual world.
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Gartner: iPhone worldwideGartner is out with its latest report tracking smartphone movement during the previous year and more specifically the holiday quarter. Headlining the report is news that over 1 billion smartphones... were sold in 2014, a data point IDC first said was hit in the previous year, adding that two out of three phones sold last year […]
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World Press Photo And Its"World Press Photo is committed to supporting and advancing high standards in photojournalism and documentary photography worldwide." That’s what the “About The Foundation” page on the World... Press Photo says. Now follow this timeline of recent events. A Timeline of Events “World Press Photo Disqualifies 20% of Its Contest Finalists” by TIME Magazine on Feb […]
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BlackBerry Leap is a mid-rangeBlackBerry might not be doing too well in the smartphone arena these days, what with some rather mediocre releases in recent memory, but this does not mean that the company is about to throw in the... towel and call it a day! Far from it, as we have just witnessed how the Canada-based organization has just made an announcement at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) on the BlackBerry Leap. ...
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Orange Is The New Black Orange Is The New Black (or OITNB for those of us in the know) is returning to a screen near you on June 12, according to Netflix. The Netflix original program, which is going into its third season,... has been a smash hit with consumers and critics alike with more than one Golden Globes nomination this year (but sadly, no wins). Turning up the heat! New originals coming this summer from…
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"Killer Clowns Multiplying" opens with a trio of guys clustered around a plastic tray full of magnolia-colored eggs with thick, rubbery shells. The tray is lined with something that looks like kitty... litter, and there's one small snake curled up into a neat tangle in the corner. One by one, the eggs are carefully sliced open as Jay -- the man wielding the razor blade -- exclaims in delight. "Oh man!" he says, "What's going on? I got a Tiger Anthrax, and he got a Tiger Anthrax. This is cray-" He slices opens the next egg, spilling out blood and yolk. "Oh, no way," he shouts, hooking in a finger and pulling out a tiny baby snake that dazedly curls back on itself. "It's another Clown! Platinum!" "Like a kid opening up a Pokémon pack and...
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With bills introduced that could legalise the right to die in 20 more states, this year could be a turning point for the highly controversial practice
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 3 Mar 2015 19:30
All the latest on newscientist.com: the real reasons for child obesity, alien invaders going by Suez, smelly handshakes, zombie simulator and more
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Tater tots are yummy and convenient, but you can make them even better with the help of some sweet peppers.
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[From GadgeTell] Who's up for some futuristic eye-based smartphone biometric authentication? Yes, today.
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Tinder plus costs more ifTinder Plus, the popular dating app's new premium service, will cost $10 more per month for users 30 and older. Mike Janela (@mikejanela) has the details. Video provided by Buzz60          
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Right now, you need an Android phone to use an Android Wear smartwatch. But according to a report from French technology website 01net, Android Wear might be going cross-platform with an…
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Even Marilyn Manson's dadGoth dads aren't too cool to play pranks on their kids. Hugh Warner, a.k.a. Marilyn Manson's dad, surprised his superstar son while Manson was posing for the March Paper magazine cover. Warner came in... dressed head to toe like Manson, complete with white face makeup and red lipstick. See also: 10 Glorious Shake My Head Dad Moments Image: Tumblr Terry Richardson Even though it's not Warner's usual style, its not hard to see that the acorn does not fall far from the tree. The Vietnam veteran looked more than happy to goof around with his son for photographer Terry Richardson. Manson and Warner also took a few heartwarming photos as well, which are posted on Richardson's Tumblr site
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Facebook is a big and maddening place.

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 19:25
Facebook is a big and maddening place. Antiviral wants to make it better. To that end, we're putting together a comprehensive guide to the new, bad, weird, and bullshit "news sites" that are appearing... on your feed. Here's part one: "Satire." [Gawker ]
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PCH, the Irish manufacturing and fulfillment shop that has made big inroads helping startups in the internet of things space go from idea to mass production, has purchased Fab.com and taken…
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Cylindo Raises $1M To Create Product visualization startup Cylindo has raised $1 million in new funding. CEO Janus Jagd told me the company emerged from his own struggles moving into a new apartment, where he and his girlfriend... wanted to visualize how their living room would look with a bunch of new furniture. To do that, Jagd said he built a 3D room model on his own and gave it to furniture merchants.
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Whatever happened to the HTCCEO Peter Chou says HTC is still plugging away on the project but wants to "be very careful." Meanwhile, the competition just keeps getting hotter.
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Experts consider the lasting impact of data brokers, and potential breaches, on genetic information.
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The dress is blue and blackLONDON — It almost broke the Internet last week and divided the world into two groups: Is this dress blue and black or white and gold? We have the dress. And we used it to solve one of the world's... greatest mysteries Image: Mashable We asked Londoners during their morning commute to tell us what color the Roman Originals dress is — in person, in broad daylight "It’s definitely black and blue," one woman said. "I swore blind it was gold silver and white." "It’s blue and black," another Londoner confirmed. "It didn’t look that way in the picture; it looked gold and white." Image: Mashable The unanimous decision from London is that dress is indeed black and blue
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Einstein was RIGHT! Light isResearchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne performed an experiment using lasers to excite atoms in a nanowire, allowing them to show light can be seen in both states.
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Google's Schmidt meets with EUAn ongoing investigation into Google's search practices could lead to the company getting nailed with billions of dollars in fines.
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LAPD won't release body cameraTwo Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in the shooting of a homeless man on Sunday were wearing body cameras, but Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he won't release that video... for the time being, as the investigation is ongoing A video taken Anthony Blackburn, who witnessed the shooting, shows a group of police officers fighting with two people, a man and a woman, near tents on Skid Row in Los Angeles, an area with a high homeless population. In the video, several officers arrest the woman after picking up a baton and push the man to the sidewalk; one officer tells the man twice to "drop the gun" before at least five shots are heard. The man is left dead
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Pressure is on to find theThe human body is approximately 60 percent fluids. During spaceflight, these fluids shift to the upper body and move across blood vessel and cell membranes differently than they normally do on Earth.... One of the goals of the Fluid Shifts investigation, launching to the International Space Station this spring, is to test the relationship between those fluid shifts and a pattern NASA calls visual impairment and intracranial pressure syndrome, or VIIP. It involves changes in vision and the structure of the eyes and indirect signs of increased pressure in the brain, and investigators say more than half of American astronauts have experienced it during long spaceflights.
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Power to the Partisans

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 19:21
In the plangent peroration of his dissent in United States v. Windsor, Justice Antonin Scalia bemoaned the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of marriage equality. The justices had shortchanged... democracy, he lamented: "We might have let the People decide." But as it turns out, Scalia isn't so fond of letting "the People decide" when those people decide to do something that actually strengthens democracy--like, for instance, drawing fair boundaries for congressional districts. Scalia may not see a constitutional right to marriage, but he definitely sees a constitutional right for partisan state legislatures to entrench their ruling parties' power to the detriment of democracy. And after arguments on Monday, it seems likely that Scalia's view will soon become the law of the land.
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Ceres science: NASA probe toThere's something highly reflective on Ceres twinkling at NASA's Dawn spacecraft, and scientists hope to figure out what it is after the probe arrives at the dwarf planet later this week.
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Reverse The Odds

Scientific American - 3 Mar 2015 19:20
Reverse The OddsAnalyze real cancer data by playing a mobile game --
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Taskrabbit CEO on future ofCompany allows 'taskers' to offer services for hourly rates.          
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YC-Backed TeamNote Provides Y Combinator-backed TeamNote is building an enterprise communication app that isn’t so much focused on the team, but on helping home base get important information to and from workers in the... field.
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Many "universal" payment cards... well, aren't. They either don't work everywhere or only hold a limited number of cards, which leaves you out of luck when you're trying to add one more loyalty... program. Stratos thinks it has this problem licked, thou...
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The wristbands that track yourThe range of wearbales was unveiled by Chinese firm Haier at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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Meet the drones patrolling theThe largest city on the Mediterranean Sea sits on giant flood-battling giant rainfall tanks, patrolled by drones to see what's going on in the sewers.
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What if the people behind Google and Facebook were a decade or two closer to making an AI that could think and feel like a human being? How quickly would those companies get the moral questions... underpinning that breakthrough wrong? Those are the questions that are at the heart of Ex Machina, the new film from 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, and things look to get a little bloody on the way to answers.
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The nature of the Grand TourerAston Martin reveled its DBX concept at this year's Geneva Auto Show, designed to explore the future of the luxury GT. The concept is an all-electric vehicle, powering all four wheels that house... independent electric motors for propulsion. The post The nature of the Grand Tourer is challenged by the Aston Martin DBX concept appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Buy an A3, get an R8 for theAudi of America is readying its first car sharing app. With it, Audi owners will be able to effectively rent another Audi model for the weekend or longer. The post Buy an A3, get an R8 for the weekend... with Audi's new car-sharing app (some fees may apply) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Last chance to save 92% on theWith the White Hat Security Hacker Bundle, you will learn the skills needed to protect your online presence from those who would do you harm. For a limited time, you can get the White Hat Security... Hacker Bundle at 92%…
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Amazon's new(ish) entry-level Kindle now features a touchscreen, and for a limited time, you can get one for just $59. [Amazon Kindle, $59]
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The countdown has started to the Paris climate conference at the end of the year and this time, there will be a binding deal between the parties to cut emissions, according to Mark Kenber, chief... executive at The Climate Group.
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Apple tops Samsung inStrong interest in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped Apple sell more smartphones than Samsung in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple sold 74.8 million smartphones globally during the fourth quarter,... up from 50.2 million in the year-earlier quarter, according to Gartner. Apple's decision to offer phones with larger screens paid off, the research firm said. U.S. and Chinese buyers are especially keen on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, said Gartner, adding that demand for the phones is still strong in both countries. The larger screens also gave Apple customers a reason to replace their older phones. Samsung, by comparison, sold 73 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, down from 83.3 million in 2013's fourth quarter. Samsung had held the quarterly sales title since 2011.
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Amazon's new(ish) entry-level Kindle now features a touchscreen, and for a limited time, you can get one for just $59. [Amazon Kindle, $59]
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These invisibility glassesPrivacy is a big thing in 2015 so what better way to start than by showing off a pair of invisibility glasses at Mobile World Congress? Yes you read that right, invisibility glasses. No, not like... Harry Potter's cloak. These are more for the intrepid machine...
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Wireless charging: the next frontier for smartphones. Once confined to the pages of science fiction, the technology has found its way into some of the latest devices on the market, such as Samsung's... Galaxy S6 and Google's Nexus 6. Others can also add the feature through an accessory, and now wireless charging is making its way into furniture made by IKEA.
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Earlier this week, we saw some big news in the world of virtual reality when HTC announced the Vive, a new VR headset made in partnership with legacy video game company Valve. But the most important... news for the adoption of virtual reality came from Samsung, Oculus, and Facebook: there's a new version of the Gear VR that can be powered by both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. Virtual reality is quite obviously still in a nascent state. Even the best headsets still face myriad problems like poor resolution, bulky headsets, and social stigma. "What we want to do is we want to get down to sunglasses," says Max Cohen, head of Oculus Mobile.
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Human Population and My Ancestors

Wired - 3 Mar 2015 19:09
How far back in time do you have to go such that the number of your ancestors is equal to the human population? The post Human Population and My Ancestors appeared first on WIRED.
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The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched the Clean Energy Incubator Network. The program, funded by the Energy... Department, aims to improve the performance of clean energy business incubators, connect critical industry and energy sector partners, and advance clean energy technologies emerging from universities and federal laboratories.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked "Game of Thrones" in a speech to Congress
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Xbox 360 owners will be tappedThe ability to preview monthly updates before they roll out is currently available only for Xbox One users.
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Blackphone returns for round 2Silent Circle returned to MWC this year to announce both the Blackphone 2, the sequel to last year's privacy-focused Android smartphone, and the Blackphone+, the company's rumored Blackphone tablet.... The post Blackphone returns for round 2 with the Blackphone 2 and Blackphone+ tablet appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Kleiner Perkins' John DoerrSo far, in a trial where just about everyone looks bad, Doerr has somehow managed a glowingly positive profile in absentia.
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Understanding electric carManufacturers of battery electric vehicles, or BEVs, have increased their offerings in response to rising consumer concerns over gas prices and the environment. Drivers have been slow to adopt BEVs... due to "range anxiety," the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently addressed in a study published in Human Factors that aims to explain range anxiety and determine whether hands-on BEV experience can reduce drivers' stress.
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HP adds Eucalyptus to HelionHP updates both its own OpenStack build and the Eucalyptus cloud platform
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Although the unique YotaPhone 2, with its front and back displays, can work with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks, you can't buy the phone in the U.S. just yet. That's changing soon but…
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Living On Europa Explained:Scientists believe conditions may be right for life, under Europa's icy crust.
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Hold My Beer, Because You're If you’ve ever dreamt of pulling a Little Rascals and riding down a massive hill on a wooden scooter, have we got a Kickstarter for you. The PlyFly Go-Kart is a flat-pack built-it-yourself go-kart... that runs on a gasoline engine and can go up to 25 miles per hour. The kit is made of cut wood and assembles in about a day. It includes a 2.5 or 4 HP gas engine for maximum rev action. The…
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Get a Lenovo N20p 2-in-1Don't worry about that whole Superfish thing; there's no Windows, and therefore no spyware, on this laptop.
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Apple's Photos app for OSX replaces iPhoto

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 19:03
Apple's Photos app for OSXApp replaces iPhoto on Macs, syncs photos from Apple devices; service pricey.          
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If European space officials are tired of playing "Simon Says" with SpaceX, they can invest the money and intellectual capital needed to lead in space, but they almost never do. The post Op-ed | To... Beat SpaceX at ‘Simon Says,’ Europe Must Change appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Report claims social network in breach of privacy laws Belgium's privacy tsar says he is ready to hand the Facebook case to prosecutors if consultations with the social network over alleged EU law... breaches fail....
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: uNuKeep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications.... Today’s can't miss deals: Daily Deals: uNu MFi 3000mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6 $49 (Reg. $80), more PNY Turbo 256GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $70 shipped (Orig. $130) Apple […]
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Bitcoin derivatives leaderBitcoin's derivatives leader is going public - but not in the way you'd expect. Tera Group has announced a planned merger with MGT Capital Investments, a NYSE MKT-listed online gaming company. The... transaction is a reverse merger that will see Tera assume a 70 percent controlling stake in MGT and, as such, is intended solely as a going public event. As a result, Tera Exchange will become the first publicly listed bitcoin […]
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Box's First Post-IPO Deal IsSubspace will shut down and its seven-person team will join Box.
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How to increase the chancesYou can't predict when a piece of content will go viral -- like #TheDress -- but there are a few ways you can increase its likelihood
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Sync, BitTorrent's Free File BitTorrent is today taking one more step ahead in its bid to create a revenue-generating business out of its peer-to-peer file-sharing network. Sync, the desktop and mobile file synchronising... service that BitTorrent presents as an alternative to cloud-based services like Dropbox, is today exiting beta as Sync 2.0. As part of that, BitTorrent is introducing a business-focused Pro tier…
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[From GamerTell] The decision to use chibi-fied avatars in battle is a good one in Hyperdevotion Noire.
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Luxe Confirms $20M In New Last week we reported that on-demand valet startup Luxe had raised $20 million in Series A funding from Venrock Partners and Redpoint Ventures to expand its service into new markets. Today the... company is confirming that funding, while also providing a bit more detail about where and how it hopes to grow.
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Rosetta Sees Its Shadow on a Comet

Bad Astronomy - 3 Mar 2015 19:00
I suppose, if you want to be traditional about it, Valentine's Day is a good time to get as close as you can to the one you love. That may be why the Rosetta space probe dipped to a mere 6 kilometers... from the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Feb. 14, 2015. When it did, it saw something remarkable: Its own shadow on the surface of the comet! I guess that means six more weeks of winter for 67/P. Of course, when your temperature is -70 C, it's always winter. A few weeks ago, Rosetta began a series of maneuvers that would take it very close to the comet's surface, as well as several swings that would take it much farther away. The idea is to sample the environment around the comet in different places to see how things change. At one point in the low pass, the Sun was directly...
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BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds pro features

PC World - 3 Mar 2015 19:00
BitTorrent Sync 2.0 adds proMore than two years after its initial public release, BitTorrent Sync has been updated to version 2.0 and dropped its "beta" designation. Based on the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol, it enables... users to securely sync folders among their own devices and share them with other users, without relying on cloud servers like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Apple's iCloud Drive. Although the software remains free, version 2.0 adds an optional Pro tier--aimed primarily at business users--with extra convenience features and access controls, for $40 per user per year (with volume discounts for more than five licenses). All users of BitTorrent Sync 2.0 get 30 days of free access to the Pro features.
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Razer has spent years trying to build an impossible laptop --a powerful gaming portable with the facade of a thin business machine. It's come close four times, but the Razer Blade has never quite... managed to stick the landing. At least until now--I've spent the last two weeks with the new 2015 model, and it's almost perfectly balanced.
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BitTorrent officially launched Sync 2.0 Tuesday, taking the next step toward turning the P2P-based file backup and synchronization tool into a real business. Sync 2.0 comes with a pro tier that offers... users more…
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Geomerics' Enlighten 3 engineSome artists are said to paint with light. Geomerics, an ARM subsidiary that develops dynamic lighting technology, helps game developers do just that. Today the company released its third-generation... product--Enlighten 3--along with a new Forge development tool. ARM is widely known as the designer of the processor cores that power most of the world's smartphones. But ARM thinks of itself as an intellectual-property supplier, and Geomerics is a tool to better understand what game designers want. That, in turn, shapes its own graphics core development. Enlighten 3 contains new features such as more accurate indirect lighting, color separated directional output, improved light map baking, and richer material properties. The idea, however, is to iterate toward something that the eye considers...
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BiTorrent Launch Sync 2.0

Photography Blog - 3 Mar 2015 19:00
BiTorrent Launch Sync 2.0BitTorrent have just launched Version 2.0 of Sync, their file hosting/sharing/synchronisation tool for Free BSD, Linux, Mac OS and Windows.
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] The web is still a dangerous place and can be difficult to navigate safely. We still see major corporations with protection... compromised on a regular basis. The best way to stop a hacker is to think like one. Learn how to protect yourself from the attacks that hackers launch by beefing up your online defense skills with the White Hat Hacker Bundle. It's on sale in our latest Deal. With six courses that teach you the ways of staying safe on the web from a hacker's perspective, the White Hat Hacker Bundle is an invaluable collection of courses. Learn the ways of ethical hacking and how to test your own security measures and protocols to make sure they work as you expect. You'll also learn how to keep your Mac and websites...
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When you don't have a lot of storage space, your best bet is to build up. You can purchase steel and plastic shelves from your home improvement store, but the steel shelves are expensive and heavy and... the plastic shelves can sag and fall apart. Take some time to build your own shelves from wood and you'll have a fully customizable and solid storage solution.
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Hulu's Latest Kids' Deal Hulu announced this morning an expanded deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group which will see the streaming service gain the exclusive rights to one of Disney Junior’s top-rated shows, Doc... McStuffins as well as Bunnytown, in addition to the non-exclusive rights to stream all the episodes from another Disney Junior title, Handy Manny. What’s notable about the deal is that it…
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Salesforce, SAP to get a shotThe Internet of Things is really an Internet of data about things, and combining that information with other kinds of knowledge could add to its impact. At Mobile World Congress this week, data is... starting to come together in new ways. One of the most powerful combinations may emerge from partnerships between IoT veteran Jasper Technologies and two software giants: Salesforce and SAP. Jasper sells a SaaS platform that companies use to monitor and control products or equipment in the field. It's designed to handle all the functions involved in making money from a device or just using it within an enterprise, including setup, ongoing service and data collection. Jasper sells its SaaS through mobile operators, and the platform can be deployed through multiple carriers to give customers global...
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner.
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Audi taps AT&T to connect its 2016 fleet

USA Today - 3 Mar 2015 18:53
Audi taps AT&T to connect itsSophisticated in-car tech and demanding human data users make 4G LTE an inevitability.          
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The man who created a working Millennium Falcon out of a drone has crossed to the dark side. Techcrunch spotted the sleek but sinister Star Wars TIE fighter drone that builder Philip_C based on a... Return of the Jedi model. After designing it in AutoCA...
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Does anybody understand theseOne of the things we always notice when trudging trade show floors is that companies feel the need to explain what they do, or what they are showing in a three or four word slogan. However, most of... them are claptrap of the highest order. What might sound...
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Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge;With Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, one of the coolest features is the new fingerprint scanner. Rather than having to drag your finger across the home button, you can now simply lay a finger on the... button and get the same effect. It's a much better method than Samsung's last-gen fingerprint scanner, and draws heavy comparison to Apple's Touch …
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GSMA awards top honors to LG, Motorola at MWC 2015

Android Central - 3 Mar 2015 18:52
GSMA awards top honors to LG,GSMA, the group behind Mobile World Congress, has handed out their Global Mobile awards for the 2015 show. Big winners this year include LG, Apple, Motorola, and Microsoft.
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Game Developers ConferenceWith tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next "StarCraft" or "League of Legends" might learn a few... lessons at this year's Game Developers Conference.
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Kelly Clarkson and JimmyKelly Clarkson was summoned to Jimmy Fallon's offer to sing a duet with her — and how could she resist those velvety-smooth pipes? The duo launched into a medley of the best duets from the past... several decades, starting with Sonny and Cher's "I Got You, Babe," and running through hits like Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract" and Joe Cocker's "Up Where We Belong" before ending, of course, with "Endless Love." See also: Kelly Clarkson Turns Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Into Soulful Church Song The funniest part of the video comes at just about three minutes in, when Jimmy goes for a costume change and the camera lingers on Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, who struggles to keep a straight face while watching Jimmy don a leather newsboy cap and gold clip-on earrings
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High-end Apple Watch to startThe most expensive version could snag around 10,000 in unit sales this year and account for less than 1 percent of all Apple Watch sales, analyst Gene Munster says.
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Nikon Expanding Into MedicalLast year Nikon announced that it had set aside $1.96 billion for mergers and acquisitions into new industries in order to diversity from the camera industry that had grown the 98-year-old company to... greatness. The Japanese company is now using a portion of that cash pile on its first major expansion purchase: a £259M (~$400M) […]
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The European Space Agency is calling for small, boxy spacecraft called CubeSats to hitch a ride with a mission in 2020 - perhaps the first CubeSat trip into deep space
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WIRELESS SHOW PHOTO GALLERY:A slideshow of the people and phones from the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain
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Here's the Best Place to HideIn the event of a zombie outbreak, the best place to hide is away from populated areas, scientists have confirmed. A team of researchers decided to model what would happen if an epidemic of the undead... hit the United States.
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Intuit's Mint app adds newThe popular Intuit-owned Mint finance management app updated to version 4.1 today adding new bill reminder features, more accessibility support, and general improvements all around. Highlighted in the... new version is the ability to manage bill reminders right from the app. For the iPhone version, bill reminders can be created, edited, and managed from the latest […]
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[From GadgeTell] It wouldn't be a complete Mobile World Congress without an invasion of interchangeable Android and Windows tablets, and perhaps the least exciting brand-name slates to go official in... Barcelona these past 24 hours are Lenovo's IdeaPad Miix 300, Tab 2 A10-70 and Tab 2 A8.
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Samsung might be making waves at Mobile World Congress with the new Galaxy S6, but that's nothing compared to the waves that will be produced by what the company's Heavy Industries division is working... on. It recently announced that it will be building the world's largest container ship, over 1,300-feet long, for Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines.
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iOS 8: How to Set Up Your NewWhen you take that new iPhone or iPad out of box, it's very exciting. The device is amazingly thin and beautiful. But then, when you first turn it on, you'll face a multitude of possibly perplexing... questions. John Martellaro walks us through each question with explanations for the beginner.
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SanDisk Ultra microSDXC hits the 200GB mark

Coolest Gadgets - 3 Mar 2015 18:44
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC hitsWhere the tech geek is concerned, one can never have enough memory – and this is why we continue to see leaps and bounds happen in the world of personal storage. More than a decade ago, if you were... to carry a 128MB USB flash drive, that would be a real big deal. Today, we are no longer dealing with MBs, but rather, GBs. Having said that, Android-powered smartphone owners ...
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For almost a century, scientists have been puzzled by a process that is crucial to much of the life in Earth's oceans: Why does calcium carbonate, the tough material of seashells and corals, sometimes... take the form of calcite, and at other times form a chemically identical form of the mineral, called aragonite, that is more soluble -- and therefore more vulnerable to ocean acidification?
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The first photo of JosephLOS ANGELES — Oliver Stone's Snowden is still shooting in Germany, but an image from the top secret project has already out in the open. OK, so it's no huge secret. This photo of Joseph... Gordon-Levitt as the exiled former government computer contractor who exposed the doings of the NSA was released by Open Road Films. But it's still pretty compelling. SEE ALSO: The 10 Biggest Revelations From Edward Snowden's Leaks The photo depicts Levitt as Snowden before his whistle-blowing days. It's almost hard to believe he was once just an anonymous guy Snowden, which is on location in Munich but shooting all over the world, hit theaters this Christmas.
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If you were hoping for a new flagship smartphone from BlackBerry, you might be disappointed by the Leap, with the new handset featuring a 720p display and the same Qualcomm processor we saw in the Z10... back in 2013. On the plus side, the Leap is one of the more attractive smartphones BlackBerry has released recently. ..
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Waze app will start displayingThe new feature for the social-themed navigation app should help with spreading the word about children who are either missing or have been abducted.
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Netflix heats up withThe next season of the popular "Orange is the New Black" will premiere on June 12. The upcoming sci-fi drama "Sense8" will be streaming on June 5.
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Professional Networks PowerProfessional social networks such as LinkedIn are as important to our economy as banks and capital markets. Those network reduces risks in our economy by offering transparency into the job market.
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Is This The Magic Formula ForOrganic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) are an ideal material for making light fixtures. They are thin, incredibly efficient, can be fashioned into a variety of shapes and can even be integrated into... counter tops or stairs.
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Researchers evaluateSmall semi-aqueous arthropods, such as mosquitoes and water striders, are free to go about their waterborne business thanks to their unique leg-based adaptations, which repel water and allow them to... float freely on the surface.
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Book excerpt: CaptivologyHype and hoopla aside, the truth is that most "viral" moments are years in the making.          
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AT&T Modio LTE Case for Wi-FiFollowing its unveiling at CES earlier this year, AT&T today announced that its new Modio Case for iPad Mini, which enables Wi-Fi only iPads to connect to 4G, will be available for purchase March 20... for $49.99 with a two-year agreement. The March 20 release is set only for the iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 3 compatible cases, with a launch for the iPad Air models planned for later in the year. As detailed at its CES reveal event, the Modio smartcase will allow iPad owners with Wi-Fi models to connect to AT&T's 4G LTE network using data available on a user's Mobile Share Value plan. The case connects to the network when prompted, and automatically disconnects when the folio is closed. Available for $49.99 on a two year contract, AT&T also plans to sell the new case on the AT&T...
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An anonymous reader writes On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case involving the conviction of a man based solely on the analysis of his "inadvertently shed" DNA. The Electronic... Frontier Foundation (EFF) argues that this tacit approval of the government's practice of collecting anyone's DNA anywhere without a warrant will lead to a future in which people's DNA are "entered into and checked against DNA databases and used to conduct pervasive surveillance."
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ISIS threatens Twitter forTwitter is investigating threats against its employees from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, the company said in a statement.
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SXSW plans largest iBeacon  South by Southwest (SXSW) just launched its official mobile app ahead of the festival and alongside it announced plans for the world's largest deployment of iBeacons to offer mobile app features... triggered by the Bluetooth beacons. In total, more than 1000+ beacons will be deployed to pull it all off. SXSW thinks the features will "fundamentally […]
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Video Game Engine MakersFree engines, they say, mean more people making games.
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The first Moto E cut too many corners, but this one can hold its own.
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Remember how Uber, in a Friday night post last week , admitted that the names and personal info of 50,000 drivers had been accessed by an unknown party? Well, Ars Technica has an update. A sad update....
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After the glitzy, high-profile announcements of Sunday, Monday's march to the convention center is a more business-like affair. There's still lots to see though, including announcements from a bunch... of household names, and a dancing robot. Jump in th...
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Pizza is big business in America. So it's only natural that everyone's favorite salt delivery device has a lobbying group spending money to influence politics. Big Pizza spent about $1.5 million in... the last two election cycles, which is really no surprise. What might surprise you is that pizza is so partisan: 88 percent of that money went to Republicans.
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What's Your Most Regrettable Purchase?

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 18:30
We've all bought stuff we later realize is a complete waste of money. We kick ourselves, we learn a lesson or two, and then we move on. What's your most regrettable purchase, and what did you learn... from it?
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Apple, Google pay settlementA federal judge seems inclined to accept a proposed $415 million settlement in the case.          
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Just how fast does the GalaxyImaging is a big focus of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge -- not only is the Korean company talking up image quality, but also how quickly the camera can be launched at any time -- Samsung says... the camera can be brought to life in as little as 0.7 seconds using a variety of shortcuts. To put this to the test, we spent some time with the phone at Mobile World Congress, and captured the GS6 camera's startup times compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, as well as Apple's iPhone 6. Check out the animations down below.
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From the personal email[The White House, Jan. 21, 2009.] IT guy: Welcome back to the White House, Secretary Clinton. Here’s your BlackBerry with your government—Hillary Clinton: I won’t be needing that.IT guy: But it... has your official email acc—Hillary Clinton: I said GOOD DAY. From: Hillary@Clinton.orgTo: white-house-listserv@who.eop.govSubject: Getting in touchDate: Jan. 21, 2009 Please use this email account for all communications moving forward. For Benghazi-related matters, please use Hillary@SonyPictures.com, which has additional security measures in place. -H.
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NASA probes catch solarFor the first time ever, NASA's Van Allen Probes caught the before and after effects of a solar shockwave as it was happening. The event, which occurred on October 8, 2013, was triggered by an... explosion that erupted on the sun's surface, sending a shockwave of solar wind careening through space. After passing the moon, the shockwave hurtled toward Earth before running head-on into the magnetic field surrounding our planet. This impact then set off a magnetized sound pulse, which reverberated around Earth.
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Apple Surpassed Samsung asThe latest numbers from research firm Gartner reveal that Apple surpassed Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales during the fourth quarter of 2014 to become the world's largest smartphone maker.... Samsung lost the top spot to Apple for the first time since 2011. Apple narrowly edged Samsung as the two rivals had quarterly sales of 74.8 million and 73 million smartphones respectively. Apple's 20.4% market share was also marginally higher than Samsung's 19.9% share during the three-month period ending December. "With Apple dominating the premium phone market and the Chinese vendors increasingly offering quality hardware at lower prices, it is through a solid ecosystem of apps, content and services unique to Samsung devices that Samsung can secure more loyalty and longer-term differentiation at...
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That's it. We're not telling you any more... The European Commission is remaining tight-lipped about what was said in a meeting yesterday between Google supremo Eric Schmidt and Competition... Commissioner Margrethe Vestager....
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SolarCity just changed the rules of the game in the utility business. On Monday, the San Mateo, CA-based distributed solar company filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona alleging that... the Salt River Project (SRP), a utility based in Tempe, AZ, violated antitrust laws. SolarCity explained why it decided to file the lawsuit in a post on its website:
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Sports Illustrated: Eleven-year-old Jordyn Leopold misses her dad. NHL defenseman Jordan Leopold started the season with the Blues and was traded to the Blue Jackets in November. Jordyn and the rest... of her family have been living in Minnesota, so she wrote a letter to the Wild asking them to trade for her dad. Such a sweet story. And the daughter's letter shows she knows more than a little bit about hockey.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6Bentley's big unveil at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show is this, the EXP 10 Speed 6, and it's quite a looker.
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Book Review: Emigrating Beyond Earth

Universe Today - 3 Mar 2015 18:22
Do you believe that humans are the ultimate species and that we have a destiny to rule? Perhaps you’re being optimistic according to Cameron Smith and Evan Davies. Their book “Emigrating Beyond... Earth: Human Adaptation and Space Colonization” provides an anthropologist’s view that splashes a certain amount of chagrin on the hubris of our culture. […]
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How To Make a Dumpling in 3 Seconds

Twisted Sifter - 3 Mar 2015 18:21
How To Make a Dumpling in 3  From the people who brought you, “fried shrimp in three seconds flat“, comes high velocity dumplings in an even more ambitious and elaborate setup. The live action demonstrations are spots for... Japanese telecom, Docomo, as a memorable way to tout their high-speed LTE cellular network. I wonder what the next food will be?  …
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Halifax's ad for 'date night'Advertising, at least in theory, is supposed to stimulate a consumer's desire for a product or service or at least elevate one's opinion. The Downtown Halifax Business Commission in Halifax, Nova... Scotia, either didn't get the memo or is pulling off some crazy mental jujitsu here. Its "Date Night" video will likely have the perverse effect of attracting hipsters, since no one in their right mind in 2015 would make an ad like this. (Unless it was in purpose, that is. In that case, we say well done.) See also: All your favorite '80s teen movies in one musical tribute The creative idea is pretty simple: Against a tableau of a horrific colors not seen since 1988, a group of (hopefully) actors make their pleas to potential suitors
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Cheap Photo: Camera and Lens Discounts for WPPI 2015

The Phoblographer - 3 Mar 2015 18:20
Cheap Photo: Camera and LensIn this edition of Cheap Photo, we find Camera and Lens Discounts for WPPI 2015. Canon, Nikon and so many more.
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#TheDress -- What You See SaysWho saw white and gold? People who have green eyes, an affinity for Justin Bieber, and who frequently have vivid dreams … kind of. 
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Live long and prosperous:From the Vulcan salute by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to the pancake artist who created a batter likeness of Mr. Spock, the tributes to the late Leonard Nimoy have been... touching and creative. Canadians have gone as…
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A consortium of 15 banks -- led by Goldman Sachs -- are bankrolling a messaging and networking platform, Symphony (see Consortium of Leading Financial Firms Invest in New Communication and Workflow... Platform --…
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NASA is continuing to make great strides towards sending humans farther than we have ever gone before. Take a look at the work being done by teams all across the nation on NASA's exploration programs,... including the Space Launch System,...
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[From GadgeTell] Could audiophiles be the next consumer sucker target?
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Portraits of Rescued Dogs andSince 2012, photographer Brian Batista has been shooting an ongoing project titled Tattoos & Rescues. It’s a series of portraits that seeks to combat the negative stereotypes surrounding both rescue... dogs and tattooed people. The photos are meant to show that looks can be deceiving, and you should get to know both dogs and people […]
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Project Spartan leaked: Here'sIt looks like you're viewing a restaurant's website. Would you like help? More than a decade after burying Clippy, we're seeing echoes of the virtual assistant in Project Spartan, the lightweight new... browser Microsoft is building for Windows 10. Cortana is going to be a centerpiece in Spartan, but unlike her anthropomorphic paperclip ancestor, she actually seems useful. In a leaked build obtained by WinBeta, Cortana appears as a text prompt on the far right side of the address bar, offering extra information as you visit certain types of websites. For instance, going to a restaurant's home page will bring up a message, reading "I've got directions, hours, and more." Clicking the message brings up a sidebar with the restaurant's contact information, location, reviews and an OpenTable...
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For PCH, Fab's user base is a new kind of community that can prove the viability of the startups it incubates. The post PCH Buys Fab, as a Retail Outlet for Hardware Upstarts appeared first on WIRED.
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Starting next month, Swedish furniture colossus Ikea will start selling furniture with built-in Qi wireless charging and a charging kit to build wireless charging into existing furniture...
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Get over here, wherever youWarner Brothers and NetherRealm Studios announced that Mortal Kombat X will also be released as a fighting game/card battle hybrid for mobile devices. The post Get over here, wherever you are: Mortal... Kombat X will also be mobile appeared first on Digital Trends.
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NBC News is poised for aThree weeks after NBC's suspension of Brian Williams for six months, a shakeup looms for the peacock network. Andrew Lack, who previously served as president of NBC News from 1993 to 2001, is in talks... for a comeback, according to a report from Variety. Lack spent time as chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music and later as CEO of Bloomberg Media Group; most recently, he served as CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors See also: What's next for NBC and Brian Williams? 4 ways this could shake out Lack's exact position is reportedly undetermined, but his inclusion draws into doubt the positions of Pat Fili-Krushel, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, and Deborah Turness, president of NBC NewsVariety reported that the hiring of Lack may cause them to shift positions within the company
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Fleksy brings search to yourIn the course of a conversation, you may stumble into a topic you're not quite sure about. A simple question could lead to a protracted debate or discussion, with curiosity getting the better of you.... Rather than flip-flop between apps, it would be a lot easier if you had some sort of in-line search feature in a conversation. Now, you …
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SAIC will acquire intelligence and national-security space support contractor Scitor Corp. for $780 million in cash. The post SAIC To Acquire Scitor for $780 Million in Cash appeared first on... SpaceNews.com.
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This Is the Kind of PhoneThe Blackphone 2 is all about privacy over whiz-bang features
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New SXSW GO app uses 'audienceMusic and tech festivals can feel so overwhelming that, despite all the great bands and mindblowing technological installations, it’s often barely worth the anxiety. In response to this cultural and... content overload, every festival now has its own app to help make sense of the lineup. I used the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands apps last year which, for the most part, helped me keep my sanity while also getting to check out all the acts I’d […]
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Pentagon's $11 BillionAmericans, it is said, are living in the midst of an information revolution.  Every facet of commerce and culture is being transformed by internet-driven technologies that greatly increase the speed... of transactions while affording users unprecedented insight and options.  But revolutions aren't tidy affairs -- some sectors of the economy such as the entertainment and logistics industries have embraced the potential of information technology while others, most notably healthcare, have hung back.  Many medical practices and care providers still rely on pre-internet technologies such as fax machines to move information around.
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NASA JPL Briefing: Dawn Ceres Arrival

SpaceRef - 3 Mar 2015 18:12
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hosted a Pre- Close Approach News Briefing on March 2 to discuss the March 6 arrival of the agency's Dawn spacecraft to the dwarf planet Ceres. The news briefing was... held at JPL's von Karman...
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Domino's now lets you orderFancy pizza but can’t be bothered to find your phone? We’ve all been there, and it’s not a pretty place. But now you don’t have to fall asleep hungry wondering what you’re doing with your... life, because Domino’s finally lets you…
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The Best of Mobile World Congress 2015

Gizmodo - 3 Mar 2015 18:10
Mobile World Congress, the big annual tech show that goes down in Barcelona every year, is now coming to a close. There were a few really big hits this year--a new flagship Samsung phone, and Valve's... VR headest!--plus a few, lower-profile but still awesome announcements. Here's the best of MWC 2015.
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BlackBerry is planning four new smartphones, including one that will have a curved touch screen and a slide-out keyboard, shown at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. BlackBerry didn't give many... details on most of its upcoming phones, which will also include another phone in the Porsche Design line as well as one with a standard keyboard.
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2nd-deadliest HIV group tracedThe origins of all four HIV groups have now been pinpointed.          
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(VIDEO) Ad Tech ConsolidationAd-tech M&A is in full-swing. Whilst the industry lumascape looks complex today, large internet operators are snapping up some of the bigger ad tech platform vendors? So, as consolidation occurs, will... vendors under new ownership be temped to lock customers in to their parents' business ecosystem? "That's one of the risks," according to Brightroll marketplace SVP and GM Dan Mosher, whose company was recently acquired by Yahoo. "But, when we make the case to the publishers, we never say, 'Be in our walled garden'. For us, it's open to all of the programmatic buyers in the universe." "There is a lot of console on the sell side with Facebook buying LiveRail and AOL buying Adap.tv. Now it's a case of, who's going to bring the best tool to market?" Mosher was interviewed at Beet.TV's annual...
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WeaselPecker: Why the internetWhen a weasel rides a woodpecker this internet goes mad, apparently. Could this be another hit like The Dress viral? A photo was captured on Monday of what turned out to be a tiny weasel attacking a... woodpecker. But the photo was timed so well it looked...
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Deliverance

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 18:06
Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this special sixth installment, Sebastian Junger--founder of RISC, and a... best-selling author and journalist--sits down with Elliott Ackerman (author, Green on Blue), Jennifer Percy (author, Demon Camp), and Peter van Agtmael (photojournalist and author, Disco Night Sept. 11).
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'I can't figure out whyWe spoke to Ubuntu's mobile boss Cristian Parrino to find out how it's different from Android, Firefox and Tizen.
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BlackBerry Leaps Back to Touchscreens

ABC News - 3 Mar 2015 18:05
BlackBerry Leaps Back toBlackBerry is hoping people shopping for a mid-market smartphone will take a leap on their latest device.
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(VIDEO) eXelate LaunchingIt's been going for seven years with its customer data services. Now eXelate is also one of the companies helping advertisers knit together messaging in the multi-screen era, with some pretty... cool-sounding technology. "We've partnered with Innovid and connected mobile app data with smart TV boxes to be able to dynamically change advertising based on what you're doing on a mobile phone at the same time," CEO Mark Zagorski tells Beet.TV in this video interview. "We're looking to change the dynamic of TV advertising - making it more targetable, making it more related to what that consumer is doing on multiple diff devices and leveraging our unified consumer profile." The eXelate proposition, which just moved out of beta, sounds interesting. According to its announcement: "If a consumer...
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Net neutrality will put U.S.U.S. net neutrality rules will help Europe take the lead in broadband, Cisco CEO John Chambers says. The regulations approved last week by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will slow down... broadband deployment, Chambers said at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday. Instead of focusing on net neutrality, the government should aim for more available broadband, he said. "Sometimes, if you're not careful, your regulatory goals can slow down your end goals," Chambers said. He praised German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying she's kept Germany focused on fast Internet access for every citizen. The U.S. led in the Internet era until about 2010 but in a few years will be behind the major European countries, India and China, he said.
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Google's Schmidt meets EUGoogle chairman Eric Schmidt and other company officials have met with the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to discuss the ongoing antitrust investigation into Google's search practices.... The Monday meeting was the first time Google executives had the chance to talk to Vestager about the antitrust case since she took over from her predecessor, Joaquín Almunia, on Nov. 1 last year. Vestager spokesman Ricardo Cardoso confirmed the meeting at the Commission's midday press briefing Tuesday. He declined to comment specifically on what was discussed since it relates to an ongoing competition investigation.
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Spain's Telefonica goes virtual with HP

PC World - 3 Mar 2015 18:05
Spain's Telefonica goesThe push to virtualize mobile networks is picking up speed at Mobile World Congress this week as carriers and vendors promise new services and faster connections. Telefonica, the big international... carrier based in Spain, plans to roll out a virtualized platform from Hewlett-Packard across its whole network in the coming years, a significant vote of confidence in NFV (network functions virtualization) only about four years after the concept emerged. NFV changes the back end of a carrier's network from a set of specialized appliances into applications running on virtualized servers. The same way virtualization gives enterprise IT more freedom to deploy new capabilities, NFV should help carriers roll out new services and meet capacity demands.
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Fast Playback and the Art of Speed Leisure

The Atlantic - 3 Mar 2015 18:05
Fast Playback and the Art ofConsuming media in double- and triple-time may be more efficient, but at what cost?
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Paperspace Lets Anyone Access Imagine never having to buy new and expensive hardware to upgrade your personal computer with more speed and storage space. That’s the vision behind Y Combinator-backed Paperspace, a new company... launching today, which is building a full, personal computer that lives in the cloud, which you access from any web browser. Similar, to some extent, to enterprise-grade solutions like…
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'World of Warcraft' Looks ToWorld of Warcraft has no reason to go free-to-play, as it’s defied all odds to live for well over a decade, and still has a stable of millions who are willing to pay a subscription fee to access the... game.
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Wow! 200GB microSD card storesSanDisk has done it again. The flash storage maker has unveiled a new microSD card with more storage than your laptop probably features. Just one year after unveiling the first 128GB microSD card,... SanDisk has announced a 200GB microSD card at Mobile World...
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OSIRIS images taken during Rosetta's close flyby on 14 February show 67P's surface in remarkable detail and the shadow of the spacecraft encircled in a wreath of light....
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It's bad enough having a toothache. It's much worse when your dentist rips you off for $4,000 and then threatens to sue you for complaining about the treatment. That's what happened to New York…
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The Very Best's "Let Go" isn't your standard-issue 8-bit-inspired music video. While it has all the fun and side-scrolling action of an 8-bit video, the clip also has something else: It was made out... of beads. The post An Awesome 8-Bit Music Video Made Using Beads as Pixels appeared first on WIRED.
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[From GamerTell] Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is here. Plan your night around it.
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SXSW to Get (More) Social WithA clever new way to goose those spontaneous connections.
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Why we should all be thrilledOn Feb. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a huge step towards patient-centric medicine when it approved the marketing of genetics testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom...
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Water brand turns old couchesVittel Couch Converter transforms customer's old sofas into custom made running shoes to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.
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What role will evolutionaryThe development and structure of the Internet of Things is more closely linked to evolutionary natural selection than we might have previously thought
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'The Voice' recap: Did theOn Monday night's episode of The Voice, the teams began to take fuller shape, offering some insight into what each coach is looking for. It seems Pharrell is trying to diversify himself and find a... different voice than he would usually go for; Adam is searching for a voice he can relate to; and Christina is aiming for an equal mix of genres on her team. Blake is just... well, Blake Dyuring this round of the blind auditions, we saw the coaches battle it out over many of the contestants Top 3 performances Jacob Rummell, 18 Song: "Count On Me" by Bruno Mars This voice definitely didn't match his look. And isn't that what this whole show is about? Rummell's voice wasn't too spectacular, but it was clean — and rather shocking. It was exciting to anticipate the coaches' reaction when they...
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What if a robot could 3-D print a plastic shell for itself, much the way a caterpillar crafts a cozy cocoon? The post Hypnotic Robot 3-D Prints Webs Like a Spider appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its antecedent, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), with several events highlighting the historic committee's contribution to the... nation's space program and aeronautics research.
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Workouts and wired headphones can be a dicey business, so finding a wireless option to fit your regimen should be a top priority -- a mid-run tangle on a treadmill could end up flinging you and your... phone to the ground. You'll probably be sweating bu...
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NASA and Honeywell kicks off the spring 2015 tour of "FMA Live! Forces in Motion" Monday with shows at Talley Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the 11th year of this innovative... collaboration designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
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NASA astronaut Steve Swanson, who returned in September 2014 from 169 days of living and working aboard the International Space Station, is visiting the Washington area today through Thursday, March... 5, to discuss with students and local innovators research being done on the station.
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NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is making final preparations for his launch this month to spend a year living and working on the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite... interviews from 5:30 to 7 a.m. EDT Monday, March 9.
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NASA and Bigelow Aerospace invite media to a photo and interview opportunity at 10 a.m. PST on Thursday, March 12, at Bigelow Aerospace's North Las Vegas facility to mark the completion of all major... milestones on the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).
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It can be hard to recover from a bad fight in a relationship. Even if you and your partner have come to an agreement, the arguing can really put a damper on things. It might take some time to restore... the romance and affection. Here's how you can get your relationship back on track.
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In a heartbeat: new modelEach heart muscle cell consists of numerous parallel filaments comprising repeated subunits. When the heart beats, each individual filament contracts to produce muscle cell contractions. However, new... research shows that the filaments in heart muscle cells don't automatically keep the beat.
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Nice to sniff you: HandshakesWhy do people shake hands? A new study suggests one of the reasons for this ancient custom may be to check out each other's odors. Even if we are not consciously aware of this, handshaking may provide... people with a socially acceptable way of communicating via the sense of smell. People sniff their hands twice as much after a handshake.
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Kanye West says Steve JobsWith Kanye West’s astute analysis of Apple’s business, his close friendship with Steve Wozniak, and his unabashed love for “Jony Ives” (sic), Tim Cook must count his lucky stars every day that... he managed to scoop the role of Apple CEO out…
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Peter Hurley on Why GoodPhotographer Peter Hurley talks about how the best headshots and photos need to elicit emotions from people.
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The asteroid-hopping spacecraft will arrive at Ceres on Friday, making it the first to visit a dwarf planet and the first to visit two different worlds
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It appears that stress markers in unemployed people can be found, independent of smoking, alcohol consumption and overweight/obesity. Results from a study suggest that long-term unemployment may be... especially damaging to health. Authors also note that older jobseekers appear more affected than younger counterparts.
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Sonos Controller app updatedSonos is today rolling out version 5.3 of its Sonos Controller app for iOS to introduce a few new features and a tweaked user interface. The feature being highlighted above others in the update is... easier access to controlling the app's Rooms feature: Effortlessly move your music around your home with a more accessible ROOMS menu […]
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All-metal watch joins the plastic models and new extensible Pebble smartstraps.
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While flu season starts to die down, researchers are diligently monitoring for the next novel influenza virus by monitoring swine influenza viruses. The work is starting with swine in the field.... Researchers are surveying for swine influenza viruses as part of a $1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "The Breakfast Club" will debut a 30th anniversary remastered version at South by Southwest
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Huawei's new TalkBand B2 andFitness trackers can be useful tools for keeping up on daily exercise goals, but they often aren't much to look at. With the TalkBand B2 and N1, Huawei is hoping to take fitness-focused wearables and... add some style so you'll consider wearing them more often. The new TalkBand B2 is a complete refresh of the more mundane B1 of last year, while the TalkBand N1 isn't a band at all -- it's a set of bluetooth earbuds.
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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue... development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all, as a public company with revenues to justify, it doesn't seem beyond unreasonable a few years down the line, especially since a Minecraft-like game was one of the stand-out tech demos shown for the software giant's HoloLens augmented reality headset. As the author points out, Microsoft will have to tread carefully, tackling issues like whether greater graphical fidelity is actually what players will want ever — and whether to continue to support Minecraft on PlayStation."
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The Walking Dead Podcast

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 17:53
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No news on contact with desperate Nigerian princes Hillary Clinton allegedly used a private email account while presiding over the State Department, potentially violating US federal record-keeping... laws in the process....
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Consumer Privacy Bill ofThe White House published a draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act three years in the making late February, but not all privacy advocacy groups are satisfied.
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Galaxy Clusters' Mass Amps UpGalaxy cluster Abel 1689 is so massive, light bends around it in an effect predicted by Einstein called a gravitational lens, revealing Galaxy A1689-zD1 to be surprisingly mature despite the young age... of the universe seen.
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Supermoons. Blood Moons. Moons both Black and Blue... by now, you'd think that there was nothing new under the Sun (or Moon, as it were) when it comes to new unofficial lunar terminology. Sure, the... Moon now seems more colorful than controversial viral dress shades. Love it or loathe it, the Internet can sure set […]
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Shift to new credit cards won't fix security issues

Business Standard - 3 Mar 2015 17:50
The new technology will be nearly as vulnerable to other kinds of hacking and cyber attacks as current swipe-card systems, security experts say
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HTC and Valve announced their upcoming virtual reality headset, the Vive, on Sunday, and the Taiwan-based HTC revealed on Monday that it wants to see Valve's popular science fiction first-person... shooter series come to the virtual reality device.
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It's a bird! It's a weasel!This weasel riding a wood pecker is the wind beneath our wings. The now-famous picture taken by Martin Le-May that soared around the Internet on Monday night inspired plenty of laughs — and, of... course, memes See also: How the Internet handled the Great Llama Escape of 2015 It's entirely possible that the weasel was just looking for a fast meal rather than a ride to work, but it's so much more inspiring to imagine a tiny woodpecker version of The NeverEnding Story. Thank you, Weasel Pecker. Did you ever know that you're our hero?
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Koenigsegg's Regera goes greenThe Koenigsegg Regera is a plug-in hybrid supercar with an emphasis on luxury, from the people that brought you the insane One:1. With over 1,500 horsepower, though, it's no Prius. The post... Koenigsegg’s Regera goes green with a 1,500-HP plug-in hybrid powertrain appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Petapixel: A photographer and birdwatcher in London has captured a strange and rare photo that has the Internet abuzz: an image showing a weasel riding on the back of a woodpecker as it flies through... the air. Perfect example of what I teach in my photography class - always be ready to shoot.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Were Hillary Clinton's EmailsHow safe were Hillary Clinton's emails? That is the question security experts are asking.
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Chasing the Light Magazine Issue 38

Photography Blog - 3 Mar 2015 17:45
Chasing the Light MagazineIssue 38 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available.
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Android Wear could come to iOSAs Google I/O approaches, we'll start to hear some interesting rumors and chatter about what we might discover in May. Though a lot is going on lately with Google+, Android Pay, and Google's incoming... Nexus-ish carrier plans (which we can expect to hear more about at I/O), a lot is left dangling in the wind. Now we're getting word that …
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The jury is still out on Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker, but that hasn't stopped Sony from developing a competitor. The 'Smart Bluetooth Speaker BSP60' is a petite black orb that pairs with... Android devices and vocalizes basic information, suc...
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Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge:It’s here, it has dominated the headlines for the last two days and it has caused a stir. The S6 and S6 Edge finally landed on Sunday and Samsung’s dramatic changes have piqued the interest of the... tech press, whilst overshadowing the rest of the Mobile World Congress. But what’s the big deal? What do you need to know about the new smartphones?
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Check out these adorableA series of adorable Android badges is scattered around MWC for intrepid hunters to find.
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In a bid to be more transparent, the Seattle Police Department is posting footage from the body cameras and dashboard cameras of on-duty cops on YouTube. But, the footage has been carefully censored... to blur out faces and remove any sound.
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Canadian company also promises a new slider phone.
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Canadian company also promises a new slider phone.
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House of Zzzzs

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 17:37
Through its first two seasons, Netflix's House of Cards has been a ludicrously entertaining--or entertainingly ludicrous, if you say potatoh--political thriller about a corrupt and craven man's... breakneck pursuit of power. The third season, which arrived in its entirety on Netflix this past Friday, began in the expected spirit: Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), now president, talking directly to the camera in a Southern accent more larded than fatback, literally pissing on his father's grave. Here was what House of Cards audiences have come to know and binge-watch--a camp-fest barely disguising itself in highbrow TV drama duds. But Frank's opening act of rebellious urination is, in fact, a misleading feint: In its third season, House of Cards pulls back from the outlandish to make itself over...
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We have a feeling some of those backers that combined to pledge over US$12 million to Pebble Time are going to be adjusting their pledges today. A week after launching Pebble Time on Kickstarter, the... company has added a Steel option for an extra $91...
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​Mobile industry dipsDemonstrations at Mobile World Congress show the growing momentum toward the launch of faster, more responsive mobile networks in 2020.
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Zombie Outbreak: ScienceIn this simulated zombie outbreak, susceptible humans (blue - upper right) hide from zombies (red -bottom left) or disregard 'dead zombies' (green -bottom right). Combined effect of is shown on the... upper left.
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Kan. music firm doubles downKan. music firm doubles down on vinyl renaissance          
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Airbnb exec denies competitionAn Airbnb trip "doesn't end when you leave -- when you go home it changes you somehow," says head of engineering Mike Curtis.
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AT&T wants to help us trackThe carrier plans to launch a health platform to help monitor and break down data from fitness trackers. Separately, AT&T will also power Philips GoSafe's medical alert service.
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Froth Milk Easily With a Tea Infuser

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 17:30
Frothy, foamy milk is a delicious add to your morning (or anytime) cup of joe. If you don't have a milk frother on hand, you can use a handheld tea ball infuser to get the job done.
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Moths Inspire AntireflectiveA plastic film that mimics the microsized lenses in the compound eye of a moth could help boost solar cell efficiency and sharpen image sensors' views --
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MWC: Microsoft details howMicrosoft briefs developers on how they will be able to build write once, run anywhere apps
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"It is the first time dust has been discovered in one of the most distant galaxies ever observed - only 700 million years after the Big Bang. It is a galaxy of modest size and yet it is already... full...
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Director-General Tony Hall lays out plan for world domination The BBC could resurrect Margaret Thatcher's hated Poll Tax as well as turning itself into a technology giant to fend off "colonising"... American media outfits, BBC director general Tony Hall has said....
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The Best Thing to Happen toMicrosoft is introducing a preview program on Xbox 360
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Tax-Shelter Tech Takeovers

Forbes - 3 Mar 2015 17:26
Buying Minecraft allowed Microsoft to deploy billions in cash parked overseas (and far from the U.S. taxman). Here are other tempting targets.
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IHOP Dishes Out Free Pancakes Today, March 3, 2015

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 17:25
IHOP Dishes Out Free PancakesHotcakes, flapjacks, fluffies or pancakes. Whatever you call 'em, they are free at the International House Of Pancakes today, March 3. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., you're welcomed to stick a fork deep into... a short stack of buttermilk of pancakes -- yes, fo' free. IHOP is celebrating its 10th anniversary of "National Pancake Day At IHOP," even though the rest of the country already celebrated National Pancake Day (yes, there's another day to celebrate) on February 17 this year. It's kind of confusing, but there's no reason to complain. Pancakes are great. While the short stack is comped, IHOP encourages its customers to make a donation to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. Find an IHOP in your hood, pour on the syrup and dig in. Nibble on, kittens! Want to
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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has unveiled an interactive infographic that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nuclear weapon states: the United States, Russia, the... United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. The Nuclear Notebook Interactive Infographic is designed to provide a visual representation of the Bulletin's famed Nuclear Notebook, which since 1987 has tracked the number and type of the world's nuclear arsenals.
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[From GadgeTell] The aptly named Huawei Watch has just gone official at the 2015 Mobile World Congress, and believe it or not, it's a gizmo to be reckoned with.
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Gesture tech will bringYou taking a selfie and a dolphin hunting for prey doesn’t seem to have much in common. But what if you could operate your smartphone with a similar type of signaling dolphins use to find food?... Elliptic Labs, which has…
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North Korea lifts travel banTOKYO — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually closed its borders... to foreigners last October, halting all non-essential visas and requiring those few foreigners allowed in to undergo three weeks of quarantine. The rules applied to diplomats, NGO workers and even senior North Korean officials returning from overseas trips. One tour company that takes tourists into North Korea, Uri Tours, said on its website Tuesday that it had been told by the country's national airline that the ban had been lifted.
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Waze may soon be a pre-loaded Android app

Slash Gear - 3 Mar 2015 17:21
Waze may soon be a pre-loadedIf Google Maps didn't come pre-installed on your phone, you probably went and found it on an app store somewhere. The leading mobile Maps app has a lot of features that keep users coming back, and it... gets better all the time. On purchasing Waze, many assumed Google would simply shutter the service at some point (at least in the …
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India rapist says victim wasA convicted rapist sentenced to death for a brutal gang attack and murder of a woman on a bus in India in 2012 says the victim would still be alive today if she had not fought back against her... attackers. The incident on a New Delhi bus shocked the international community and forced a closer look at India's treatment of women, in a country that traditionally saw women's be blamed for rape. Instead, the 23-year-old woman should have remained silent, said her attacker See also: Uber adds 'SOS button' to app in India after woman's alleged rape "Then they would have dropped her off after 'doing her,'" said Mukesh Singh in a 2013 interview for a documentary being released Sunday. Singh was driving the bus during the majority of the time the 23-year-old woman was being attacked.
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[From GadgeTell] Probably realizing it can no longer compete against the likes of Apple or Samsung in the extravagantly priced high-end mobile segment, and acknowledging Motorola's entry-level... low-cost dominance, Sony has decided to go after the in-between target audience.
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Samsung loses smartphone crownWith its big-screened iPhone 6 lineup, Apple jumped past Samsung to capture a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales last quarter, says research firm Gartner.
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Unified theory for skyrmion-materials

Phys.org - 3 Mar 2015 17:20
Unified theory forMagnetic vortex structures, so-called skyrmions, could in future store and process information very efficiently. They could also be the basis for high-frequency components. For the first time, a team... of physicists succeeded in characterizing the electromagnetic properties of insulating, semiconducting and conducting skyrmion-materials and developed a unified theoretical description of their behavior. This lays the foundation for future electronic components with purpose-designed properties.
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Boston Scientific Forays IntoEndo International sells its men's health and prostate business to Boston Scientific. The deal is worth $1.65 billion, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.
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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge: Gear VRSamsung on Sunday announced that the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are going to get their own version of the Gear VR, the company's own virtual reality headset that lets users enjoy immersive VR... content with help of compatible devices -- you actually have to insert the smartphone inside the headset to make it all work. Naturally, I had to take the new model for a hands-on, and eyes-in spin at Samsung’s booth at MWC 2015. FROM EARLIER: Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on: Meet the smartphone to beat in 2015 First, the bad news: the headset is rather gigantic, and while it's not uncomfortable to wear, it would be a pain to carry it around. The moving images you experience once you
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Villarrica unleashed an impressive lava fountain as the recent unrest continues at the Chilean volcano. The post Impressive Lava Fountain as Villarrica Erupts in Chile appeared first on WIRED.
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BlackBerry spent a long, long time courting the world's business buffs, and for a while its phones were corporate icons as much as they were communicators. Now the folks in Waterloo are making another... play for all the "young, mobile professionals" ou...
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MicroSD cards have become the standard currency for mobile devices that offer an external storage option. And to make it extra easy to speedily share files back and forth between devices like your... smartphone, tablet, and laptop, ADATA has created this tiny card reader that cleverly hides its slot for a microSD card right inside its USB connector.
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BlackBerry unveils 'Leap';Aimed at the young mobile professionals, the device features a five-inch all-touch screen with BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, 16 GB storage, 8 MP camera and 2,800 mAh battery. The phone will go... on sale in Europe in April with three more devices to follow.
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Google Reportedly PreparingGoogle is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website 01net [Google Translate] (via iPhon.fr). The report claims... Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch. Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the report adds. Last month, an unofficial video of an iPhone paired with Android Wear for notifications amassed over 300,000 views on YouTube. Android Wear smartwatches such as the LG G Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live are currently limited to...
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Sinking Ship? Pirate BayThe Pirate Bay seem to have difficulty in making the site run smoothly after it has returned online. Several users reported being redirected to accounts of other users after logging in.
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Watch: HTC Unveils NewThe One M9 and Grip debut at the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain.
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MWC: HTC One M9 hands-on video

V3 - 3 Mar 2015 17:17
MWC: HTC One M9 hands-on videoWe check out the Taiwanese firm's answer to the Galaxy S6
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Apple will give its securityIt’s not just technology and environmental credentials where Apple’s helping lead the way; the company is also doing its bit to secure the futures of those service employees working further down... the payscale in Silicon Valley. Like many tech companies,…
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has a scope of regulatory responsibilities that have outgrown its budget. The post Editorial | FAA Office... Needs Every Penny It Can Get appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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GranitePhone is designed toLooking for a smartphone that's s secure as Fort Knox? The Sikur GranitePhone is built from the ground up with security and secure messaging in mind, and can help ensure your secrets don't ever get... out. The post GranitePhone is designed to keep your personal data secure, and prevent leaks appeared first on Digital Trends.
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HuffPost Tech Is Hiring A Fellow

The Huffington Post - 3 Mar 2015 17:15
Location: New York City Position Type: Intern Job Description: The Huffington Post is seeking an editorial fellow to cover technology for HuffPost Tech in our New York office. Applicants should be... hungry self-starters with a familiarity with business and tech news eager to learn and contribute in a fast-paced, fun environment. We are looking for go-getter news and internet junkies with strong web skills. This is a great opportunity to learn all the ins and outs of new media and get first-hand exposure to how The Huffington Post works. Primary responsibilities: - Writing headlines, packaging stories, and video content -Find and write short stories about the hottest entrepreneurs, small businesses and startups. --Conceive and package career strategy and management strategy stories. -...
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YotaPhone 2 heading to theThe YotaPhone 2 is not currently available in the U.S. but that looks to be changing very soon. YotaPhone's Michael Kelly has said that the device will be available in the U.S. this spring via... crowd-funding site Indiegogo. The YotaPhone 2 features a unique dual-display, with a standard LCD up front and a power-saving e-ink display on the back. The phone is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile and will sell for somewhere around $600. The company said it hopes to have Android 5.0 ready to go when the phone ships in the U.S. as well, and that a white version is on the way later this summer.
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With 305 hp, Honda's CivicHonda fans have waited five years for a new Civic Type R, and it appears to have been worth it. The new Type R sports a 305-horsepower turbocharged engine and aggressive aero modifications. The post... With 305 hp, Honda’s Civic Type R is a tantalizing piece of forbidden fruit appeared first on Digital Trends.
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An anonymous reader writes 14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users' ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc, virus writers and hackers are still... taking advantage of the tendency of popular consumer operating systems to hide file-name extensions: Windows users still need to activate extension visibility manually – even though email-transmitted viruses depend most on less savvy users who will never do this. Additionally applications on even the latest versions of Apple's OSX operating system still require the user to 'opt in' to including a file-name extension during an initial save. In looking at some of the eccentricities of the modern user experience, this article argues that it might be time to admit that users need to understand,...
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How to run Windows programs inMost of the time we focus on helpful tips for Windows users, but today's article will also appeal to anyone with a Chromebook. A company named Cameyo is known for its software that lets you run... Windows program from a USB stick, but it also offers a virtualization service that lets you run full-blown Windows desktop programs in a browser for free. Cameyo offers a number of open source programs by default, and if you don't find what you need you can also upload your own EXE files. Cameyo isn't perfect. Virtual programs tend to run slowly, some don't work at all, and using personal files with the apps is not as obvious as it could be. Nevertheless, Cameyo can come in handy in a pinch when you're away from your primary PC. Here's how it works.
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At Geneva Auto Show, Worry About Silicon Valley

The New York Times - 3 Mar 2015 17:12
At Geneva Auto Show, WorryApple and Google are using their technology domination to take over car dashboards. Someday, they could try to build entire vehicles.
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Tibco launches Spotfire 7 toThe latest version can automatically present data in the most relevant fashion for easy analysis
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The number of private players in the Russian entrepreneurial space market remains relatively small, but promising developments are afoot. The post Op-ed | Russia Offers Startups 'Space' for Growth... appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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BlackBerry to Launch Four New Devices

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 17:07
BlackBerry to Launch Four NewBlackBerry Ltd. said a new touch-screen phone will be one of four devices it launches this year, as it bolsters its turnaround effort.
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"This experiment demonstrates that, for the first time ever, we can film quantum mechanics - and its paradoxical nature - directly," says Fabrizio Carbone of Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausann.... In addition, the importance of this pioneering work can extend...
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We're seeing a massive growth in the use of real-time messaging. While the most heavily used form of messaging is, of course, SMS, we're also seeing a plethora of other platforms vying for attention.... Standalone solutions like Twitter and Yammer. Messaging solutions built into other platforms such as Google Chat and MSN Messenger and chat within broader communication platforms such as Slack and Skype.
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Photographer CapturesPhotograph by Martin Le-May (@KingYamel on Twitter)   Aladdin jokes aside, what you are actually witnessing is a remarkable battle for survival as a Green woodpecker attempts to escape the predatory... clutches of a weasel. The incredible photo was caught on camera by amateur bird watcher and photographer Martin Le-May who spotted the event in…
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Samsung Bets on Its Chips in Galaxy S6

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 17:05
Samsung Bets on Its Chips inThe most important feature of Samsung's new Galaxy S6 smartphone may be the one inside the phone that most consumers won't even notice: the internally developed Samsung microprocessors.
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Following the Digital Breadcrumbs

Slate - 3 Mar 2015 17:05
When news of a mass shooting breaks, do you try to find the alleged perpetrator on Twitter? Perusing the social media accounts and online activity of murderers and terrorists has become one of the... strangest and most immediate rituals of post-tragedy news analysis. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's tweets; following the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, we analyzed shooter James Holmes' online dating profiles; after Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we learned about his online alter ego, "Kaynbred," and penchant for violent video games and editing Wikipedia articles about mass murderers. We latch on to these details because they are some of the most immediately available information in the aftermath of...
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Long-Term Paracetamol Use UpsLong-term use of paracetamols can increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Experts suggest that low dose of the drug over a shorter period is safe.
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If it wasn't clear that Apple's holiday quarter was a phenomenal one for the iPhone, the latest sales figures tell the story. In the fourth quarter of 2014, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus led Apple to the... top spot for smartphone sales, knocking Samsung off its pedestal for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner.
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Khronos Group AnnouncesOpenGL is evolving into Vulkan, an API with lower overhead and more direct access to compute power. Members of the Khronos Group, the consortium behind OpenGL, praise the API's potential to reshape... mobile gaming.
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Boom and Bust: Fab.com's Fire Sale Is a Cautionary Tale

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 17:03
Boom and Bust: Fab.com's FireFab stands as a cautionary tale for the latest generation of high-flying Internet startups.
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Heard of the long-lost "White City" or "City of the Monkey God"?
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Fab finally gets acquired, CEOThis is certainly not the fabulous exit Fab was hoping for Fab, the design-focused ecommerce service that was at one time valued at nearly $1 billion, has been acquired by PCH International, an Irish... hardware manufacturer, the two companies announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a Bloomberg report put it at $15 million See also: Fail Fast: How 5 Startups Got a Second Chance The deal comes after months of rumors that Fab's demise was imminent as the once hot startup went through rounds of layoffs and struggled to refocus on private-label products Liam Casey, the founder and CEO of PCH, said his company plans to double down on exclusive offerings at Fab and work to turn it into a platform for "up-and-coming designers."
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Obama's hypocritical stance onPresident Obama wants China to know that the United States government is the only one that can ask Western tech companies to include backdoors in their consumer products. Obama told Reuters that... China’s mandates “would essentially force all foreign companies, including U.S. companies, to turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they can snoop and keep track of all the users of those services.” That, obviously, would be bad. […]
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Planes are parked after flying in on frozen Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Alton,N.H. Jim Cole/AP After several brutal months, most of America is ready to see winter's backside. But... for aviation enthusiasts in New England, the longer and colder the season, the better. As long as the waters of Alton Bay on […] The post How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline appeared first on WIRED.
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[From GamerTell] GameStop wants your PS2s again.
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Planes are parked after flying in on frozen Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Alton,N.H. Jim Cole/AP After several brutal months, most of America is ready to see winter's backside. But... for aviation enthusiasts in New England, the longer and colder the season, the better. As long as the waters of Alton Bay on […] The post Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents’ Bad Habits appeared first on WIRED.
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If you want a camera lens with a zoom range of 24mm to 2000mm, you won’t find it in a DSLR. In order to get that kind of preposterous wide-angle to telephoto reach in one package, you'll have to opt... for Nikon's new Coolpix P900 fixed-lens ultrazoom. If you do the math, that translates to […] The post An Online Game That’ll Help Pay Off Your Student Debt appeared first on WIRED.
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New Federal Regulation Deters Security experts were abuzz last month in anticipation of President Obama’s proposal for new federal regulations that would concentrate on bolstering the nation’s stance on cybersecurity. Last... year was witness to a number of high-profile breaches, which shone a light on the possibility of nation-state-backed cyberattacks and espionage and even drove the federal government to…
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Israel's Benjamin NetanyahuIsrael Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns a joint meeting Congress on Tuesday on the perils of a nuclear deal with Iran. We teamed up with Reportedly to cover the buildup, the remarks and the... aftermath. Mashable teamed up with Reportedly to bring you live coverage of Bibi's speech using Reddit's live thread tool.
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MWC Daily Recap: All the newsIf you haven't been glued to your computer for the last two days, we've got a good recap of some of the hottest new tech and mobile devices out of the world's largest mobile trade show, MWC 2015. The... post MWC Daily Recap: All the news from the biggest mobile tech show in the world appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Automakers vow not to give upTop automakers are vowing not to give up on weak-selling electric vehicles--even as they unveil an array of powerful luxury cars with conventional engines aimed at a growing global market.
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How Do You Start a Breakup Talk?

Life Hacker - 3 Mar 2015 17:00
When you know that it is time for your relationship to end , you have a tough conversation ahead. If you want to stay friends with your soon-to-be ex , the talk can be even more difficult to navigate.... What is the best way to begin this talk?
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We first caught up with the folks behind Artiphon at NAMM 2013, and after taking the time to redesign its Instrument 1, the company is hoping to crowdfund the device. For those that may not remember,... the gadget not only handles the functions of multi...
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Ford said to have long-rangeAll-electric cars are starting to gain quite a bit of momentum. Many consumers are waiting for auto manufacturers to come down in pricing, and bring an affordable model to market before they're ready... to make the plunge. Chevy has their new Bolt, which is the first bank-account-friendly model from a major manufacturer. Tesla has the Model 3 incoming, and a …
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Apple Pay adds 17 more banks &Ahead of Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ event on Monday where we expect to hear much more about the Apple Watch, more than a dozen new banks and credit unions have added support for Apple Pay. The... Apple Watch will support the mobile payment service and extend Apple Pay support in stores beyond the iPhone 6 and […]
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BlackBerry unveilsSmartphone features 5-inch touchscreen, enhanced security.          
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On the heels of an American nationwide measles outbreak comes a report that campaigns aimed at scaring people about the consequences of non-vaccination might not be as effective as many think. Authors... challenge the popular assumption that emotional appeals have a wide, sweeping effect on people's health beliefs.
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Google's Schmidt Meets EU's Antitrust Chief

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 16:58
Google's Schmidt Meets EU'sGoogle's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt met the European Union's new antitrust chief in Brussels, ahead of a key decision on where to take the bloc's long-running investigation into the U.S. search... giant.
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Third time's a charm?BlackBerry introduced the all touchscreen BlackBerry Leap smartphone at MWC 2015. The device has mid-range specs and a pretty low price. CEO John Chen also teased an upcoming device with a slider... keyboard. The post Third time’s a charm? BlackBerry tries touchscreens again with the ‘Leap’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Computer simulator willA project to develop a computer simulator of dual foil scattering systems used in radiation therapy is underway. "The user user-friendly interface and real-time nature of the simulator also make it an... effective educational tool for gaining a better understanding of the effects that various system parameters have on dose profiles," an author said. "In other words, it will help medical physicists and linear accelerator designers to better understand the physics behind the equipment with which they will be working."
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Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry... far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report.
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Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back... where they started a year later, according to new research.
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Semi-recycled release still 'biggest ever' rollout, we're told MWC 2015 Telefonica will roll out software-defined network and cloud services using an x86 system from Hewlett-Packard....
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Xiaomi's Hugo Barra Confirms Rumors that Google feels threatened by the fast-paced rise of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, which has built its own UI atop Android and in China also offers its own app store (rather than... pre-loading Google Play), were presumably front of mind for Xiaomi VP and former Google employee Hugo Barra today.
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How to completely eliminate aThis discussion follows "How Guinea worm disease went from 3 million cases to 126," an in-depth look at a treacherous virus in Africa that's close to becoming fully eliminated In the late 1980s,... Guinea worm disease — a nasty, parasitic infection caused from drinking contaminated water — affected more than 3 million people in Africa. Now, only an estimated 126 cases remain. In a Google Hangout on March 3, we'll be joined by Dr. Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs at the Carter Center, and Dr. Mark Siddall, curator for the division of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History
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Galaxy S6 vs. HTC One M9 vs.After the Galaxy S5 was a huge letdown to smartphone fans around the world -- and to Samsung, in terms of sales numbers -- the South Korean giant had a tough road ahead when it began developing the... Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. It’s still early, but it’s already pretty safe to say that Samsung came through this time around. The company unveiled fresh new smartphones that are not only the most gorgeous handsets Samsung has ever made, but also phones that are packed full of exciting next-generation mobile technology. Did Samsung succeed in building new phones with brawn that matches their beauty? As they say, benchmark performance test results speak louder than words. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on preview Samsung Galaxy S6
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The First Ever Photo ShowingOne of the strange properties of light is that it behaves as both a wave and a particle. Experiments over the years have confirmed both aspects, but none have succeeded in directly observing both... natures at exactly the same time… until now. Scientists in Switzerland have successfully captured the world’s first photograph showing light behaving […]
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'Doomsday Vault' gets itsThe "Doomsday Vault" sits on an Arctic Island, quietly helping to protect our future.
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Ford launches e-bikes atFord has been showing off two e-bikes at Mobile World Congress as manufacturers start to look beyond the car.
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Phopojijo writes The Khronos Group has announced the Vulkan API for compute and graphics. Its goal is to compete against DirectX 12. It has some interesting features, such as queuing to multiple GPUs... and an LLVM-based bytecode for its shading language to remove the need for a compiler from the graphics drivers. Also, the API allows graphics card vendors to support Vulkan with drivers back to Windows XP "and beyond."
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First 64-bit Firefox buildMozilla has joined the 64-bit browsing party with Firefox for Windows, but only in the Developer Edition for now. The Developer Edition is a special version of Firefox with built-in tools for creating... websites and web apps. While OS X and Linux already have a 64-bit version, Mozilla is just adding a Windows build with 64-bit support now. The main advantage of 64-bit browsing is the ability to address more than 4 GB of RAM, allowing for beefier web apps. As an example, Mozilla points to games that run on Epic's Unreal Engine, noting that a 64-bit browser can store significantly more assets in memory. "For some of the largest of these apps, a 64-bit browser means the difference between whether or not a game will run," Mozilla wrote in a blog post.
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Fraud Comes to Apple Pay

Wall Street Journal - 3 Mar 2015 16:52
Fraud Comes to Apple PaySome banks are seeing a growing incidence of fraud on Apple Pay as criminals exploit vulnerabilities in the verification process of adding a credit card.
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Google Ready to Launch it Own Cell Service Network

The Mac Observer - 3 Mar 2015 16:52
Google Ready to Launch it OwnGoogle has plans to go beyond making the operating system for your smartphone and now wants to offer its own cell service, too. The Internet search giant said it plans to make an announcement in the... coming months, and that it doesn't plan to compete with the current crop of cell service providers. The Mac Observer Spin: Google launching its own MVNO cell service sounds like another shakeup for the market even though the company says this is a way for it to experiment. If Google offers price plans and features AT&T and Verizon customers find appealing, they'll have to respond or risk losing some of their marketshare-just as they've had to do with T-Mobile.
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While the US might be leading the race to open the first commercial spaceports, the UK is working hard to close the gap. More than six months after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) shortlisted eight... potential spaceport locations, the government tod...
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Emerging world drives cheapPhone and Internet firms are rolling out cheaper handsets and may turn to hot-air balloons to boost network coverage in developing countries, where sales of smartphones are booming.
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Apple Pay fraud alreadyApple Pay might be taking over the world of mobile payments, but as with any new technology there are scammers looking to misuse the service. In the United States, criminals are reportedly using Apple... Pay to buy expensive goods, often…
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Hillary Clinton May HaveWASHINGTON, March 2
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Apple Rolls Out OS X YosemiteApple's new Photos app in OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 will replace the outdated iPhotos app. The public beta version of the software is now available.