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30 Jan 2015 - Global
This Fleet Of Micro-SatellitesWeather forecasting is one of those sciences that never seems to be quite as good as we want it to be. But what if it had more data? That's the idea behind Spire, a tech startup which wants to use a... huge fleet of tiny, cheap satellites to tell you when it's going to rain.
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If someone asks you to name a Google X Labs moonshot, you'd probably say Glass, self-driving car or maybe even Project Loon. But as you might remember from the WSJD Live conference last year, it also... has a flourishing Life Sciences division that empl...
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Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

SpaceRef - 30 Jan 2015 01:49
A five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant... black hole tear apart a star....
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This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from... large-area perovskite crystals.
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How The Cloud AndIf you feel like developments in the world of cloud and virtualization are already happening at breakneck speed, prepare for it all to get much faster.
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Dell Venue 8 7000 might be theDude, it's a Dell..Venue 8 7000. The company that once ruled the PC world is sending shockwaves through the tech industry once again — this time with its ultra-slim Android tablet, which it claims... is the world's thinnest. Thinner than even Apple's iPad Air 2, the $399.99 Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet is a machined slab of aluminum to behold. Putting aside the gorgeous premium design and high-res screen that reaches almost to the edges, the new Venue's also got a bag of camera tricks thanks to the Intel RealSense Snapshot cameras on the backside See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps The camera boasts tricks that I've seen before —- like the ability to adjust focus points on a photo after you take it — and new ones like scanning for measurements of objects
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OnePlus has a new flavor ofYou may know OnePlus as one of the fast-rising Chinese mobile companies — the one that made a name for itself by offering an impressive phone, the OnePlus One, for a relatively cheap price. One of... the key ingredients of the phone was its OS, a popular modified version of Android called Cyanogen. Late last year, though, the relationship between OnePlus and Cyanogen hit the skids when the OnePlus One was banned in India because a rival manufacturer had an exclusive deal with Cyanogen to sell phones in that country. That led OnePlus to build its own Android-based OS, and now it has a name for it.
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Secret Co-Founder Chrys One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Byttow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms. He cites that Secret isn’t about design and curation... as much now since it redesigned recently, dropping the artful photo squares with overlaid text in favor of a sterile text feed that looks just like competitor Yik Yak. Below you can see the…
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Drug Dealers Are Using NokiaAccording to a story from the UK edition of Vice (a story which, I hasten to add, relies on a source named 'K2' and should therefore be taken with the requisite gallon of salt), drug dealers in the... fair city of Birmingham have turned to dumphones in an attempt to evade the police.
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Google Fiber is going out ofRemember when AT&T issued a high-decibel shriek that reclassifying ISPs as common carriers would kill off its ability to invest in future network buildouts and upgrades? Well, it turns out that not... every ISP thinks that way. FROM EARLIER: Google Fiber is about to announce its biggest, most ambitious expansion yet The Washington Post brings us word that Google has now explicitly said that the kinds of net neutrality rules currently being considered by the Federal Communications Commission wouldn’t impact the company’s plans to expand the availability of its high-speed Google Fiber Internet service. “The sort of open Internet rules that the [Federal Communications Commission] is currently discussing aren’t an impediment to those plans and they didn’t impact our decision to invest...
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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday set a higher benchmark for what it considers broadband when it comes to measuring how many Americans get high-speed Internet service. Under the new... definition, the minimum download speed for Internet to be considered broadband is now over six times the previous standard, last changed in 2010. The standard is now 25 Mbps for downloads, and 3 Mbps for uploads. The change won't have any immediate impact on consumers, but it could affect the government's efforts to increase broadband penetration in underserved areas.
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Reddit's first TransparencyBecause it's January, companies have been dropping their latest transparency reports detailing government data requests from the second half of 2014 -- we saw Dropbox's earlier this morning, for... example. Reddit, being the massively popular website that it is, is no doubt hit with data requests, but as its first-ever Transparency Report shows, they're relatively few and far between. Despite …
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Walking sack of crap ordered to destroy all pics, too Notorious "revenge porn" tormentor Craig Brittain has been banned from posting people's nude photos on his website or anywhere else online - and... ordered to destroy thousands of pictures in his possession....
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Which Future Lies Ahead for BuzzFeed?

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 02:17
Which Future Lies Ahead forBuzzFeed, the eight-year-old news website that pioneered the "listicle," has a host of imitators, but it now must prove that its growth model is sustainable and that "native ads" can generate... measurable returns for brands.
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If you didn't think that Tesla's Model S P85D was bonkers enough, you're in for a treat. Elon Musk has revealed that the already speedy electric sedan is getting a software update that will improve... its 0-60MPH acceleration time by a tenth of a second...
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Can Science Solve the Mystery of "Deflategate"? [Video]

Scientific American - 30 Jan 2015 00:15
Can Science Solve the MysteryEven with the physics sorted out, questions remain --
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(Reuters) - Qatar Airways has bought a 9.99 percent stake in International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) worth around 1.15 billion pounds ($1.7 billion), building closer ties with the owner of its... partners British Airways and Iberia in the oneworld alliance. Qatar's national airline said it would look to strengthen commercial ties with the European carrier and may consider increasing its stake over time, although it was not currently intending to exceed 9.99 percent.
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BANGALORE, India -- Unless Xiaomi Inc. can pull off a manufacturing miracle in the next 10 days or so, the Chinese smartphone maker may have to turn away about nine out of 10 people in India who have... registered to buy the Mi4 if demand continues to surge right up to the time registrations close on Feb. 9.
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The U.S. Navy has introduced a video game that is expected to help sailors learn ways to defend their ships from being hit by missiles. The video game, called "Strike Group Defender: The Missile... Matrix," simulates airstrikes and teaches players how to immediately react in such situations, according to the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
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The American public and scientists have strikingly different perspectives on key science-related issues, including climate change, safety of genetically modified food and human evolution, according to... a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.
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Every time I hear about a new email client that will support multiple services, I get excited. Is this finally the one that will free me from gmail's native iOS app? And time after time, I am... disappointed, all because of one missing feature.
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[From GadgeTell] The winter clearance anticipating spring launches of sizzling hot new gear at MWC and beyond continues, as Samsung now looks to get rid of lingering Galaxy Tab S 8.4 inventory on... eBay.
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[From GadgeTell] After a number of opening gaffes with Lollipop deadlines for Google Play Edition devices, HTC seemed to get its head in the game by accelerating the process for certain unlocked One... M8 versions, and the Dev Edition.
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The answer to early risers'New York-based e3light has devised a 'smart' £49.99 bed light. Called mylight, it uses motion detectors and is placed under a bed. When someone steps on the ground it turns on (shown).
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Microsoft has long been championing TV white space internet for use in places conventional types of connections don't reach, even in places that don't even have access to electricity. After a pilot... program that brought white space broadband to some A...
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Be warned: Google enlistsGoogle has taken its first step to flag ordinary sites like Wikipedia and CNN with a security warning because they are unencrypted, allowing all data transmissions to be viewed by the prying eyes of... hackers or governments.
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Lego 'Jurassic Park' andThe impending big-screen blockbusters "Jurassic World" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" will be joined by Lego video games.
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If you are into board/card games, this looks like a lot of fun, and the drawings are all done by The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman. Great idea.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Mellow is a robotic waterbathDesigners have produced a $400 (£265) robotic waterbath (pictured) that can be controlled by a mobile phone to produce slow cooked foods that will be ready when you get home.
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Amazon beat estimates in fourth quarter with enough headroom to silence the critics with their profit worries. The stock jumped 15 percent in the aftermarkets. Against a backdrop of big selloff in... June, the stock is below its highs and has underperformed the broader index for the year.
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LinkedIn's Weird LaborA new LinkedIn study shows how much tech companies' hiring binge extends beyond engineers; there's room, too, for people who have worked in retailing, education and even journalism.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Eddie Murphy will finally come back to Saturday Night Live later this month
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[From GamerTell] Grim Fandango Remastered is the best way to play this cult classic for the first time, or experience it all over again.
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Best dramatic films Tangerine Casey Newton: Sean Baker's buzzy comedy is notable for having been filmed almost entirely on an iPhone 5S. But the film itself sticks in your mind: a shaggy, draggy story... about Sin-Dee and Alexandra, two trans women of color working as prostitutes on Christmas Eve and hell-bent on "finding the fish" -- the biological female who slept with Sin-Dee's man. The caper's resolution is somewhat unsatisfying, but the journey is one to remember: dialogue comes fast and furious, and we expect to hear it quoted on Ru-Paul's Drag Race for years to come. The Witch Bryan Bishop: Writer/director Robert Eggers and his team painstakingly recreate 1600s-era New England in this drama about a family that is slowly...
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There Is No Evidence Dark WebThough a study last year claimed the Silk Road likely reduced drug-related violence, there remains no evidence to back up those hypotheses, which are now being repeated with the trial of the alleged... Dread Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht. Whilst the Silk Road provided answers to some problems around the use and laws around drugs, it hasn't done anything to assuage the violence along narcotics supply chains.
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I get that it's all about business performance, but still, this is sad.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Last October, Google announced that it was working on magnetic nanoparticles that would seek out cancer cells in the bloodstream and report back to a smart wristband. Now, if this didn't sound bizarre... enough, it turns out the search giant is also using synthetic skin to develop the technology. the nanoparticles will talk to the wristband using light When Google first announced the project they didn't discuss how the nanoparticles would relay their findings. But, in a video from The Atlantic, employees explain that they'll be using light signals to talk to the wristband through the superficial veins on the underside of the wrist. Of course, shining lights through the skin means factoring in a range of skin types and colors, and so...
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FillApp tells you when to fill up

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 15:42
A new, South African-developed smartphone application tells you when to fill up your car and how much it's going to cost you, with the idea that it will save consumers money. The app, called FillApp -... and developed by a company
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Plight of the Zombie t-shirts and Leisure Suit Larry motivational posters may be right there in the game. The post Would you buy branded products from within a game? appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] StoreFrontSDK allows developers to sell branded products from within their apps. How would you feel about the option to buy a Leisure Suit Larry t-shirt?
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Bill Gates does his third Reddit AMA

The Loop - 30 Jan 2015 15:36
One response that stood out for me - On regret for something not done in his life.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Why humans don't lay eggs:Geneticists at the University of Chicago compared the genes from the wombs of animals including cats, dogs, chickens, lizards and frogs to determine when and how live births first began.
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "Project Almanac"

Technology Tell - 30 Jan 2015 15:30
[From EntertainmentTell] "Project Almanac" is a surprisingly engaging and quite charming film about teenage time-travelers... I know, it sounds weird when I read it out loud too.
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Get a Samsung Series 3This slim 11.6-inch model could be ideal for anyone who prizes portability.
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Before we start, we know that crime is wrong and that theft is a serious issue. That said, the lengths some people will go to steal a few DVDs is pretty entertaining. Thieves at a Walmart-owned ASDA... supermarket in Cheshire, England managed to evade s...
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Super-Ancient Solar SystemSince it was launched in 2009, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has identified more than 1,000 exoplanets and almost 4,200 exoplanet "candidates." It's even found entire solar systems--but... never one like the system it just identified some 117 light-years from Earth. The newfound solar system consists of five rocky, Earth-sized planets circling a star called Kepler-444, which--at 11.2 million years of age--is more than twice as old as the Sun. Astronomers say the Kepler-444 system may help scientists pinpoint when Earth-like planets first started forming, and may have important implications for the possibility of alien life. "There are far-reaching implications for this discovery," Dr. Tiago Campante, a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and one of the astronomers...
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8 Things You Didn't Know AboutAlthough you watch it every year, what do you really know about the Super Bowl? This Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks are facing off in Super Bowl XLIX. The Super Bowl has a... long history of memorable moments, and, with Marshawn Lynch's Skittles and the Patriots (maybe) deflated balls alone, even more memorable moments are certainly bound to happen this weekend. But before everything goes down this time around, here are eight things you can learn about the game and share at your viewing party ... even if your favorite part is actually the commercials. 1. Someone has snuck into over 30 Super Bowls including the very first championship. Dion Rich has gate-crashed many, many big events including the Oscars and Olympics, but he has snuck into the Super Bowl the most. In...
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The Technology That Unmasks Your Hidden Emotions

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 15:17
The Technology That UnmasksPaul Ekman, perhaps the world's most famous face reader, fears he has created a monster. The 80-year-old psychologist pioneered the study of facial expressions in the 1970s, creating a catalog of more... than 5,000 muscle movements to show how the subtlest wrinkling of the nose or lift of an eyebrow reveal hidden emotions.
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Cape’s young female geeks-to-be show Twitter vice president a thing or two about coding.
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HughPickens.com writes The NYT reports on a new study from a prominent environmental think tank that concludes turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach... is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand. They add that continuing to pursue this strategy is likely to use up vast tracts of fertile land that could be devoted to helping feed the world's growing population. "I would say that many of the claims for biofuels have been dramatically exaggerated," says Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization based in Washington that is publishing the report. "There are other, more effective routes to get to a low-carbon world." The report follows several years of rising concern...
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Google to change privacyThe search giant has signed an agreement promising to improve how it gathers personal data from users in Britain.
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AOL is shutting down its Apple blog TUAW

The Verge - 30 Jan 2015 15:01
There goes another one. AOL is shutting down The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW, sources familiar with the situation tell The Verge. The company -- which is also shutting down its... gaming site Joystiq -- is in the midst of a major reorganization, and is cutting back on media properties it deems as underperforming. TUAW's run comes to an end on February 2nd. TUAW comes to an end on February 2nd Founded just over 10 years ago in December 2004, TUAW was acquired by AOL in 2005 when it purchased Weblogs, Inc., alongside other influential sites including Autoblog, Joystiq, and Engadget. TUAW currently has 11 editorial staffers, according to its about page. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong forecasted these changes during an earnings call...
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[From GamerTell] Codes have been doled out and you can welcome a Reckless Emboar to your copy of Pokemon Alpha Sapphire or Omega Ruby.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Chris Hayes held a "presidential candidate fantasy draft" Thursday night
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The Blade offers security forNotebooks (or laptops) as well as tablets are pretty much devices that one is unable to live without in this day and age. After all, these are useful when it comes to being productive while one is on... the road, but you know what they say – there is always the risk of the notebook or tablet getting stolen, especially when you are out in a public space or area. ...
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Here's your friendly reminder that HBO's epic fantasy Game of Thrones will be playing on IMAX theaters starting this weekend through Thursday, February 5th. The screenings will show season four's last... two episodes -- "The Watchers on the Wall" and "The Children" -- back to back, followed by a quick-and-never-before-seen preview of season five, which debuts on the small screen on April 12th. Above, watch an IMAX featurette in which David Behioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the process of bringing Game of Thrones to the big (very big) screen along with IMAX VP Lorne Orleans. We grabbed tickets to one of the earliest showings last night, and while we'll have more thoughts later today, needless to say, it's worth the price of admission for GoT...
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ARC Offers Up A ConstructionVertically-specific clouds are going to continue to be an accelerating area of attention in 2015. This is happening for a couple of reasons. Firstly, with so much froth in the investment marketplace,... well-funded but largely undifferentiated companies are going to look for some way of separating themselves from their competitors – vertical specificity is a good way to do this. The second and more prosaic reason is that cloud adoption is actually kind of hard for traditional industries. Sure a Netflix can wax poetic about their journey to the cloud and make it seem easy, but for more traditional industries; manufacturing, minerals, construction etc – lots of help is needed.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Call this one a long-shot, but stranger things have happened before:
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'Angry Birds Fight!' Is A MixRovio soft launch Angry Birds Fight! in Thailand.
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These Categories Help YouWhether you're on a diet or trying to manage diabetes, knowing the sugar content of fruits can be helpful. If you have trouble memorizing fruits individually, try to remember these categories instead....
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Supports and protect your iPad with non-slip functionality. The post Review: The SureFit Classic Folio iPad Case is a good one appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] I very much like the portfolio-type of protection the SureFit Classic case provides. I commute to work via bicycle, and with it I feel much better about placing my iPad in my... backpack.
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SA's first e-police station launched

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 14:50
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega launched South Africa's first e-police station in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga on Friday, during National Police Day celebrations. The computerised police station... would be able to save dockets and other important
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'Mini brain' in spinal cord helps us balance

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 14:48
US researchers have discovered a "mini brain" hidden in our spinal cord that helps us remain balanced while maneuvering our way through crowd or walking across an icy parking lot in winter so that we... do not slip and fall.
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Three years ago Google merged more than 60 privacy policies into one gargantuan document, in the hope it would be simpler and more readable for its customers around the world. Some people were... skeptical of the changes and, despite Google's best effor...
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Touch and go for weekend power

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 14:37
Power supply will remain extremely constrained over the weekend but no blackouts are expected, Eskom said on Friday. "The forecast for the weekend and the coming week indicates that the system will... remain extremely constrained," it said in a statement. "The electricity
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'Cold-stunned' turtles rehabilitated in New Orleans, released into Gulf of Mexico
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Write Down Things You'reGratitude isn't a trait that society pushes us to nurture too much. But if you're finding a general negative attitude too pervasive in your life, try starting a gratitude journal. Even if you don't... feel like it.
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If your significant other sends you artful nudes, it'd be pretty nasty to share those pics in the event of your separation. It's a feeling that the Federal Trade Commission shares after handing down a... judgment on Craig Brittain, the owner of a websit...
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Sky goes mobile and AppleSky is getting into the mobile game, Sony lets Spotify worry about music streaming and Facebook crashes Tinder.
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China Says It Wants 'DownwardsChina has confirmed that it's upgraded its Great Firewall internet filter in an effort to crack down on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs).
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Linney Leaves Dragons Den

Comms Business - 30 Jan 2015 14:17
Piers Linney has today announced his departure from the BBC2 show Dragons' Den. Piers joined the programme two years ago as part of a show refresh by a new production team, which saw ratings grow by... an average of 45 per cent, with series 11 also receiving a Bafta nomination. As a new breed of
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Watch: Facebook LaunchesFacebook's new tips for places help users learn more about their current location.
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Researchers parallelize aEvery undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer's memory. Every data structure has its own advantages:... Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick insertions and deletions, and so on.
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tIPicall has chosen Juniper Bridge to offer a outsourced support option to its reseller base. The agreement allows tIPicall's reseller base to leverage the expertise of Juniper Bridge as a... white-labelled extension of their own support department fully trained in managing tIPicall's array of next generation telecoms services. As Juniper Bridge operates 24x7x365, Resellers will
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Apple Earnings, Outlook AppsIt's been another busy week in tech, with a number of events stealing headline spots. Apple's enjoying record earnings thanks to the iPhone 6 and a federal agency is slapping a big fine on a carrier... for throttling service.
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The 30 Most IncredibleIf you follow my articles regularly, you'll likely have seen one of my monthly roundups of crazy PCs. Their owners come from all walks of life and from all over the globe; carpenters, metalworkers and... even 3D printer experts have all applied their unique skills to modifying their PCs
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Motrr Galileo Bluetooth helpsI am quite sure that iPhone owners would tell you that they find their smartphone to be an indispensable part of their life – whether one is a soccer mom or a busy executive, the iPhone will still... be the "lifeline" to the rest of their world. Having said that, the camera sensor within the iPhone has improved over the years to deliver more than decent photos as well as ...
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Built as a support vehicle for an ice-driving academy in Lapland, Finland, the Nissan Juke Nismo "RSnow" looks perfect for chasing down Yetis. The post A Nissan Juke on Tank Treads Is as Glorious and... Ridiculous as You’d Imagine appeared first on WIRED.
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All kinds of people turn out for Sundance every January, and they tend to stick together in packs. And one of those groups is really just the worst. The post Journalists, Please Stop Being the Worst... People at Sundance appeared first on WIRED.
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Here's How To Get Every LastThe worst, worst, worst, worst, worst thing about peanut butter is the construction of its jar. Nothing else is bad about peanut butter; it's one of the world's most divine edibles. It satisfies a... salty craving, it makes for exquisite sandwiches and it can help keep you full for long periods of time. But, when you reach the last licks of a jar (which is devastating on its own), the remnants of the nutty spread are near impossible to wrangle. No utensil is agile enough to scrape the remaining bits, and not even a toddler's hand is slim enough to fit all the way through the jar. In most cases, this quandary results in tossing out the jar while there's still some perfectly good peanut butter inside. It doesn't feel right, but it seems there are no other options. Worst. Thing. Ever....
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Oracle's New Cloud DevelopmentOracle's intense focus on cloud computing has brought on a hiring spree. The company is seeking people with experience in consumer-oriented companies to work on Oracle's public cloud platform.
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Convince Your Boss to Give YouTaking a break from your job to travel and immerse yourself in a new environment sounds great, but getting your boss on board is tough To convince them, show them the new skills you'll gain (and bring... back to benefit the company).
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The Antidote: Self-Help forEveryone wants to be happy. But despite our goal to be happy, many of us still go through life unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and stressed out. Oliver Burkeman's The Antidote won't bring you instant... happiness, but it does share some extremely helpful guidance on how to weather life's hardships.
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New Peanut Allergy Treatment Shows Promise

Live Science - 30 Jan 2015 13:58
New Peanut Allergy TreatmentChildren with peanut allergies who tried a new treatment involving probiotics wound up being able to eat peanuts without a reaction, a new study from Australia says.
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Ordinary Kids Read AsAmong parents of children 6-17, almost three-quarters (71%) agree, “I wish my children would do more things that did not involve screen time.”
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When Ant-Eating Bears Arrive,When black bears attack ant nests in a Rocky Mountain meadow, they help a native plant, rabbitbrush, grow better and produce more seeds.
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I'm an Arsenal fan, and when I'm not busy tweeting my theories about the world you'll find me on Twitter regularly commenting about football (soccer). Arsenal is one of the most successful clubs in... English football -- last year it was valued at £1.3 billion ($1.9 billion), making it the fifth most valuable association football club in the world. While Arsenal has some defensive issues on the pitch, it appears the club could also have some problems defending itself against hackers. I tried to reset my password at the club's website yesterday and the end result left me shocked and angry. After emailing a support address (because the password reset form wasn't working) from an email address that's not associated with my Arsenal account, I...
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Review: Toshiba Chromebook 2

Wired - 30 Jan 2015 13:52
While it's not perfect, the new Toshiba Chromebook 2 manages to do what other Chromebooks could not: deliver a really nice 13.3-inch 1080p screen while keeping the price reasonable. The post Review:... Toshiba Chromebook 2 appeared first on WIRED.
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What Google Fiber may mean forOn Jan. 27, Google announced that it would be expanding its fiber-optic network, Google Fiber, into four new metropolitan areas: Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville. So what?
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Jay Z splashes out $56 millionThe big money purchase puts the rapper into competition with Spotify and Dr Dre's Beats.
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Facebook and Twitter battle toWhen you kick back on your couch this Sunday to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks duke it out in the Super Bowl, you'll be prepared with the must-haves: Wings, beer, and your... phone or tablet. Even if you're surrounded by friends, the game commentary on social media is often more entertaining than their chatter--or the game itself. Many of us use both Twitter and Facebook during major events, but the networks would prefer you pick a side, because your attention translates into ad dollars for both networks. So Twitter and Facebook are putting on their game faces: Whose team are you on?
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Germ Zapping Robots Keep Hospitals Safe

Forbes - 30 Jan 2015 13:37
Germ Zapping Robots KeepVideo With the number of viruses and infections making headlines today, hospitals are increasingly under the microscope around ensuring patient health and safety. Xenex, a Texas-based company, has... recently $25 million in new funding to help development a new type of service robot -- a germ-zapping robot that will give hospitals and healthcare facilities the ability to disinfect
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When you think of bodybuilding, certain images come to mind -- shiny, rock-hard abs, too-small bathing suits, and lots and lots of flexing. Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek had never been to a bodybuilding... event before, but knew he couldn't pass up a chance to photograph the World Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation's International Austrian Championships in Vienna. De Koekkoek wanted to see the behind-the-scenes process that turned ordinary men and women into glimmering, pumped up demigods. The post The Freakish Tans and Surprising Friendships of Pro Bodybuilding appeared first on WIRED.
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As debate over free community college tuition continues in Congress, one private equity mogul and philanthropist is working to give students a head start at college for free online. The post The Grand... Plan to Give Everyone a Free Year of Online College appeared first on WIRED.
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If I learned anything from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, it's that turning into a human that's small enough to fit in a Cheerio comes with a unique set of challenges. Scorpions become even bigger jerks... than when you’re normal-sized, for instance. And your dad almost eats you because you’re inside a Cheerio. But what […] The post Absurd Creature of the Week: The World’s Tiniest, Most Adorable Snake Can Curl Up on a Quarter appeared first on WIRED.
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Apple updates iTunes with OS XApple updated iTunes to version 12.1 Thursday, giving it a handy widget in the Notification Center The widget lets you see what's currently playing, pause or skip to the next track and, if you're... listening to iTunes radio, buy the track with a click. To install the new widget, click on the Notification Center icon (top right corner of the screen in OS X) and click Edit at the bottom The new version also brings improved performance during syncing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch To get the 212MB-heavy iTunes update, check the Updates tab in your Mac App Store See also: Apple pushes out iOS 8.1.3 and OS X 10.10.2 updates on the same day
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The smartest, richest tech companies in the world all posted their quarterly earnings this week, and if you had to draw one lesson from the results, it's this: mobile matters. More than anything. The... post The Smartest, Richest Companies Can’t Crack Mobile. The Future Belongs to Anyone Who Can appeared first on WIRED.
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These posters are a tribute to the groundbreaking work Braun commissioned for its packaging designs. The post Revisit the Design Genius of Braun in the 1960s, With These Tribute Posters appeared first... on WIRED.
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LG reveals extremely bendableScreens won't be the only things that will be bending soon. Flexing ones again its manufacturing prowess, LG Chem, the company's chemical arm, which makes batteries among other things, is flaunting a... new type of lighting panel. Aside from its extremely bright luminance, the main attraction for this module is its flexibility. Going beyond how far current glass-based OLED lighting …
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Thomas Thurston wants to reduce the risks of entrepreneuriship -- and stablize the economy -- by using data science to evaluate business plans. The post The Man Who Knows Whether Any Startup Will Live... or Die appeared first on WIRED.
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10 Care Bears having a quarter-life crisis

Mashable - 30 Jan 2015 13:30
10 Care Bears having aThe Care Bears, for those who don't remember, were a society of anthropomorphic colorful bears, each of whom represented a personality type or feeling. These bears taught us about being comfortable in... our own skin, the importance of sharing and the all-encompassing power of merchandising in the '90s. Yet, the bears never grew up. While we grew older and our problems more complex, the Care Bears just kept singing songs about good moods in Care-A-Lot. We've decided to change that. See also: Mr. Men children's books reimagined for millennials If the Care Bears could escape the shackles of immortality in the 3 to 7 year-old age range, what would they become? What personalities would they reflect?
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#IDARB is one of the most hyped adventure games in ages. Here's an inside look at the development of a game created with ideas gleaned from Twitter. The post How a Tweet Turned Into the Best New... Multiplayer Game in Years appeared first on WIRED.
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Alex Schleifer argues that the way most tech companies have built their design organizations is all wrong. The post Why Airbnb’s New Head of Design Believes ‘Design-Led’ Companies Don’t Work... appeared first on WIRED.
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Why the Steam Machine's warSteam Machines could be the PC that time passed by. These small computers, designed for streaming games in your living room, were intended as an alternative platform for gamers during the dark years... of Windows 8. But what actually happened--or rather, didn't happen--with Steam Machines makes their future uncertain. The time for Steam Machines was ripe--over two years ago, when the dramatically altered Windows 8 threw everyone for a loop. Valve founder Gabe Newell called the new OS "a catastrophe," "this giant sadness," and "unusable." He wasn't the only one: Minecraft's Notch and Blizzard's Rob Pardo also slammed it. PC gaming companies feared Windows would eventually become a completely locked-down platform, where software could be distributed only from a central, walled-off Windows...
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Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant's success in cloud computing....
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Suge Knight turns himself inDeath Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight turned himself into authorities early Friday after his attorney said the rap mogul accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as... he fled attackers. See also: Suge Knight Shot Multiple Times at Chris Brown's Pre-VMAs Party The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident was being investigated as a homicide and that Knight was a person of interest. In a brief statement released early Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his attorney and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.
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Dark Pool Tech Race At FullA new dark pool is aimed at smashing HFT dominance, but executives must first handle the impending technology maelstrom.
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Amazon surprises with profit

News24 - 30 Jan 2015 13:20
Amazon has surprised the market with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant.
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Monk's 200-year-old corpseThe amazingly intact remains of a meditating monk have been discovered in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia, according to a report in Mongolia's Morning News
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Tax proposal may let AppleApple’s got more money in the bank right now than you or I could ever make if we were giving thousands of lifetimes. Due to tax laws, however, most of it is kept overseas — a not unusual business... practice for…
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Adobe Sues Fashion Chain OverAdobe asks a court for substantial damages from US fashion chain Forever 21 over Photoshop piracy claims.
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For big deals on big screens,The arrival of the Super Bowl marks the beginning of a bonanza of deals on televisions, but if you're willing to wait a little and move quickly, you could save even more money after the game. The post... For big deals on big screens, wait until after the Super Bowl appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Hello darkness, my old friend. No the image above isn't a minimalist poster for the Jack Nicholson classic Chinatown on Etsy, it's what Grand Theft Auto V's version of Los Angeles looks like when the... game's textures are stripped away, leaving just th...
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Google To Change Its Privacy Policy

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 13:11
Google To Change Its Privacy(Adds details) By Leila Abboud PARIS, Jan 30
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Mitsubishi teases new hybridMitsubishi isn't the automaker it once was having lost many of its dealers around the US and seeing its market share dwindle. That hasn't stopped the automaker from working on new models and... Mitsubishi is teasing a new hybrid SUV concept car that will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show. As of now, the concept car has no official …
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Making Friends Online Could Help You Lose Weight

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 13:10
Making Friends Online CouldIn the age of the social network, there's certainly such a thing as sharing too much. But when it comes to losing weight, sharing could be key. A new Northwestern University study published in the... Journal of the Royal Society Interface found that those who actively engage in such online communities lost a higher percentage of their body weight compared to users who participated sparingly. Scientists analyzed data from people paying a membership fee on CalorieKing.com, which grants them access to weight-loss tools (like a food journal) and an online forum. While the identity of each user remained anonymous, the researchers had access to age, gender, height, initial weight and time-stamped activities. They could also monitor members' recorded weigh-ins, friend requests and community...
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Jay Z To Buy Streaming MusicThe hip-hop mogul wants to challenge Spotify
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If you need some physics to get you through the Super Bowl, here are three of my favorite aspects of the game. The post How to Understand the Super Bowl—With Physics! appeared first on WIRED.
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FiftyThree announces goldEarlier this month FiftyThree’s popular Pencil stylus for iPad joined the accessory lineup in Apple’s retail stores, and today FiftyThree is unveiling a new gold brushed and anodized finish... variant of its Bluetooth stylus. FiftyThree’s Pencil Gold color matches that latest iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 which are both available in gold versions, while the […]
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Turn your whistling into songIf you fancy yourself a Mozart of the shower, Casio has an app that will write entire compositions based on what you whistle or sing. Chordana Composer is a simple iOS app that can take snatches of... melody and expand on them according to user preferences. While the songs aren't exactly works of musical genius, the app is another example of how computers can emulate human creativity. Designed for iPhone and iPad, Chordana Composer has a basic user interface with an abbreviated keyboard and simple editing tools. Users can input a melody by whistling, tapping the on-screen keyboard or manually entering the notes on a staff.
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Nokia sales grow 10%

News24 - 30 Jan 2015 13:00
Nokia made a net profit of $502m in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10%, but its share price fell on Thursday.
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Sling TV review: Television'sSling TV changed my TV-viewing habits in less than a week. Since my family ditched cable TV six years ago, the television has become less of a fixture in our house. We still use Netflix and a handful... of other apps on occasion, but the process of finding something to watch often feels like more trouble than its worth, and many evenings go by where I turn to my phone or tablet for entertainment instead. Dish Network's Sling TV, a $20-per-month service with live access to ESPN and 10 other cable channels, brought back the couch potato element that's been missing all these years. It's so easy to just turn on something--anything, really--that our overall TV usage has skyrocketed. Sling TV fills the gaps where on-demand seems, well, too demanding.
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Selling passwords for $150,Corporate passwords for sale, $150 OBO. That, apparently, is how little some employees may take in exchange for compromising their company's security. SailPoint's Market Pulse Survey, compiled from... responses from 1,000 workers from large companies with at least 3,000 employees, offers vivid examples of how easily one person can create a lot of risk--and why passwords alone are simply inadequate. Here are some highlights: 1 in 7 employees would sell a corporate password for as little as $150. 56 percent of those surveyed admit to reusing passwords across corporate applications they access. 14 percent of those surveyed claim to use the same password for every application. One in five of the survey participants routinely share login credentials with other members of their team. The reuse of...
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Not into football? Stream aThis week we checked out Netflix's Oscar-nominated original documentary Virunga and found it very much worth watching. While we were in an Oscar-type mood, we found some other, previous nominees and... winners, as well as some good movies that maybe should have been nominated. Amazingly, there are crime films, cult films, and rock films among them, as opposed to the usual "serious" stuff that often captures the spotlight. Finally, allow me to introduce you to Break.com, a new and free streaming service for Lionsgate movies. Recommended on Netflix Virunga ............☆ Netflix's own feature documentary Virunga (2014) received a 2015 Oscar nomination. It's a compelling work of journalism, depicting the struggles of the Virunga National Park in Africa's Congo. The park is home to an endangered...
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Dead Island all grown up and covered in putrefying flesh Game Theory Dying Light is set in the devastated city of Harran, Turkey, and my first impression on hitting the ground, as freelance operative... Kyle Crane, is that I'm trapped in some zombie-infested remake of American Sniper but with graffiti that seems more of a nod to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo....
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Uber Sued In US By AllegedA lawyer describes the California-based company's app as the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitch-hiking".
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Management Reshuffle AfterBosses admit for the first time that investment in the device has been cut and management reshuffled after targets were missed.
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Japan to launch new spy satellite

Phys.org - 30 Jan 2015 12:51
Japan's government said it will launch a back-up spy satellite on Sunday, after cancelling an earlier lift-off due to bad weather.
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Toshiba plans to ditch NorthToshiba has been selling TV in North America for a long time with mixed success. The company has never been one of the top brands in the business mostly unable to compete on pure performance and... unable to sell at prices as low as other TV makers. The company has now announced that it plans to pull out of the …
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It's alive! OnePlus's ownSmartphone manufacturer OnePlus won't be using CyanogenMod much longer, and has announced OxygenOS, its own custom version of Android destined for its current and future phone range. The post It’s... alive! OnePlus’s own version of Android is OxygenOS, and it’s coming soon appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Jay-Z Gets Into Music Dr. Dre might not be the only rapper in the music streaming business for long. That’s because Jay-Z is making a move to buy Aspiro, a Swedish company that operates the WiMP Music service and... Tidal, as it is known some markets.
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'The last McDonald's hamburgerAlthough it's clearly not a this-is-what-the-Internet-was-made-for moment, the live streaming of a five-year-old burger and fries from a hostel in Iceland is, if nothing else, helping to bring a... historical artifact to a much wider audience. The post ‘The last McDonald’s hamburger in Iceland’ now live streaming from Reykjavik hostel appeared first on Digital Trends.
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An Odd Hypothesis AboutNuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic... field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves bubbles.
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Spotify Investor TCV To BuyA Spotify investor is to plough tens of millions of pounds into fast-growing money-transfer company WorldRemit, Sky News learns.
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Everyone in the UK wants super-fast broadband in their home. The most reliable and effective solution right now is fibre, which every internet provider uses as the backbone for their network... nationwide. But there's a problem -- the fibre often stops ...
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Gaming gets an ecosystem

Gadget - 30 Jan 2015 12:34
Razer, in partnership with Las Vegas-based Gaming-Grids, has announced the first phase launch of Razer Arena, a new gaming ecosystem powered by the voice chat gaming messenger, Razer Comms.
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Free Wi-Fi brings out citizens

Gadget - 30 Jan 2015 12:34
Project Isizwe, a non-profit organisation that aims to bring the internet to people across South Africa, says that citizen journalism using video news is rapidly growing in the City of Tshwane on the... back of free Wi-Fi.
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A new platform for good

Gadget - 30 Jan 2015 12:34
A new Internet platform has been launched to help South Africans get connected to causes that can use their help.
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First time accepted submitter burtosis writes Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a... different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). From FiveThirtyEight: "The surveys found broad support for government to spend money on science, but that doesn't mean the public supports the conclusions that scientists draw. The biggest gap between scientists and the public came on issues that may elicit fear: the safety of genetically modified (or GMO) foods (37 percent of the public said GMOs were safe, compared to 88 percent of scientists) and the use of pesticides in agriculture (28...
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It's been a long time coming *fnarr fnarr* As we predicted, Sky is to launch an MVNO and get competitive against the other networks' four-play offerings....
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Poseidon portable battery isExtended batteries might keep your devices running a bit longer than usual, but any long day out and about requires either a pit stop near an outlet or a portable battery that can charge devices while... on the go. The latter is a common choice, and there's no shortage of portable batteries from which to choose...unless you need something that …
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The men of 'Twin Peaks' wantCancel your Valentine's Day plans — Special Agent Dale Cooper wants to take you out for a slice of cherry pie and some damn fine coffee Illustrator Emma Munger created a series of valentines... reimagining the men of Twin Peaks as pin-up models See also: What the Cast of 'Twin Peaks' Look Like Now Munger previously gave the women of Twin Peaks a pin-up makeover, so she felt it was only fair to give the men the same treatment "The classic pin-up ideal is something I'm also very interested in, especially in regards to how it's changing," Munger told Mashable, "it's a formula that can support any body shape, any gender and I am having so much fun plugging in my favorite TV/movie heroines, and heroes and seeing the result."
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Facebook rides mobile to strong profit

News24 - 30 Jan 2015 12:21
Facebook has reported that its quarterly profit jumped 33.8% from 2014 to $696m as ad revenue and membership grew at the leading social network.
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Huawei's big SA growth plans revealed

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 12:19
China's Huawei, which lost ground in South Africa relative to some of its smartphone rivals over the Christmas sales season - pushing it into fourth place in terms of shipments - has vowed to
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Jay Z is making a play in the music streaming business. The 45-year-old rapper and entrepreneur is buying Swedish tech company Aspiro for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash. Aspiro... currently operates a pair of streaming services: the ad-free WiMP and the high-definition Tidal. Both services angle themselves towards the more committed audiophile, offering daily track recommendations, curated playlists, interviews with artists, and audio available to stream and download in the lossless FLAC format. WiMp currently boasts around 580,000 paying users WiMP was the first of the two services to launch in 2010 and is currently available in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. This is a limited customer base compared to...
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Boris Johnson says jihadistsLONDON — London Mayor Boris Johnson has been sharing his own take on what motivates young British jihadists. See also: My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist In an interview with The Sun, published... Friday, Johnson says jihadists who are recruited by groups such as Islamic State are "literally w*nkers." "If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w*ankers. Severe onanists," he said "They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them
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FAA makes Sunday's Super Bowl a 'no drone zone'

Digital Trends - 30 Jan 2015 12:15
FAA makes Sunday's Super BowlSunday's Super Bowl has been designated a 'no drone zone' by the Federal Aviation Administration, which obviously fears some bright spark may be considering firing up their recently bought quadcopter... for a recreational stadium flyover. The post FAA makes Sunday’s Super Bowl a ‘no drone zone’ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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In China, the Great Firewall Gets Taller

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 12:15
In China, the Great FirewallChina's government has unveiled a smarter and stricter Internet filter, riling web users and widening the divide between China's Internet and the World Wide Web.
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Gaming tricks to learn

IOL - 30 Jan 2015 12:15
Language app taps into ‘gamification’ to feature tools that make learning fun and addictive.
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Jolla Tablet goes for a secondSome say "third time's a charm", but for the folks at Finnish startup Jolla, the second one might already be just as sweet. The Jolla Tablet is returning to Indiegogo again, but not exactly for a... complete second crowdfunding campaign. It's more like an extension of the original highly successful one, but this time with another chance to pledge your …
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Gates working on Personal"Hi, Reddit. I'm Bill Gates..." Like Elon Musk, like Larry Ellison, like Larry Page, certain names draw immense numbers wanting to know what's on their mind, from barbecue-sauce tastes to actual work.... A five-line comment earlier this week from Bill Gates about what he is doing sparked a pile of technology sites attempting to connect dots. "One project I am working on with Microsoft is the Personal Agent which will remember everything and help you go back and find things and help you pick what things to pay attention to," he said on the Ask Me Anything in Reddit. "The idea that you have to find applications and pick them and they each are trying to tell you what is new is just not the efficient model - the agent will help solve this. It will work across all your devices," he said. Sites...
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So this is something. The Scandinavian press is buzzing right now with the news that Jay Z is buying the Norwegian company behind the high-quality music streaming service Tidal. The rapper and... entrepreneur made a 464 million Krona (roughly $56 millio...
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City’s open data portal offers transparency, accountability with free and usable municipal informaiton now available to all
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You don't know what it was like, man, you weren't there +Vids If you want to get an idea of how pop music will be sounding in 2015, then this year's exhibition of the National Association of Music... Merchants, better known as the NAMM Show, that took place in California last week was the place to be - think of it as CES for musos....
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Google says Glass lackedAccording to a Google executive, the recently cancelled Google Glass Explorer program lacked impact, and was withdrawn so the team could take a break and rethink strategies. The post Google says Glass... lacked impact, and makes version 2.0 sound like a far off dream appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google has reported that its profit in the recently ended quarter jumped, but the leap fell short of market expectations.
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Britain asks Russia why itsLONDON — British commercial air traffic was disrupted Wednesday after two Russian warplanes were spotted flying close to UK airspace over the English channel. See also: 5 things we learned from UK's... inquiry into poisoning death of ex-Russian spy The two planes didn't enter the airspace and were escorted by two Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters, scrambled after the Russian Tu-95 ‘Bears' were spotted The planes, which did not have their transponders switched on, travelled from the north, flew past the west coast of Ireland to the English Channel before turning back The UK has summoned the Russian ambassador to account for the incident.
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Google Play Newsstand addsWhen's the last time you shook open an ordinary newspaper? You probably can't remember because you likely, like most people, get your news online. The same tends to go for magazines, which is why many... in both categories have shifted to a primarily or solely online existence, providing content under ad-supported or subscription-based business models. Google Play Newsstand is one …
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Anonymized Credit Card DataCredit card companies often strip your details from their records and then share it with third parties, claiming that it's anonymized. But a new study from MIT reveals that analysis of just four... purchases made on your card can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy, even when your details are removed.
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BT Reveals Broadband Vision for the next Decade

Comms Business - 30 Jan 2015 11:42
BT CEO Gavin Patterson today set out the company's ambition to transform the UK broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast. He revealed that BT plans to deliver much faster broadband for homes... and small businesses via a widespread deployment of "G.fast". This is an innovative technology that BT will test in two pilot locations starting
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Slurp it, trade it, sell it, swap it? The UK's main competition regulator is looking to build its knowledge of how consumer data is collected, used and traded by businesses....
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Things would be a lot easier for roboticists if their creations can learn from any instructional video they watch without further programming. While we're still far from teaching robots complicated... skills using just a playlist of YouTube clips, a Uni...
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Daisy Makes First Acquisition After Privatisation

Comms Business - 30 Jan 2015 11:35
After Daisy Group was taken private there was much speculation as to what the company’s long term plans would be for the UK market. Today Daisy has announced the acquisition of Damovo UK Limited, a... provider of voice-critical unified communications to the public and private sector, for an undisclosed sum. Damovo UK delivers essential services
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Alibaba to invest in OUYA toSeems like it's an investment run this week. After the rumored Microsoft investment in Cyanogen, Inc., another startup is getting an infusion of cash from a giant. This time, that startup is former... crowdfunding darling OUYA and the giant is Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Word on the street is that Alibaba is investing around $10 million in OUYA with the …
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Finnish tech company Jolla has re-opened funding for its first ever tablet on Indiegogo with an improved 64GB device. Customers who backed the original 7.9-inch Jolla Tablet before December 11th can... upgrade to the new model for $25, or new customers can buy it outright for $249. Support for microsd cards up to 128GB -- but not on windows devices As well as improved storage, the updated tablet has been given a slight battery bump (4300mAh to 4450mAh), a fully laminated display, gyroscope and compass sensors. The new tablet also offers support for microSD cards up to 128GB in size, but that comes with a catch. "Due to Microsoft's licensing limitations," says Jolla, "cards over 32GB that are formatted in Jolla Tablet will not be readable...
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Corsican waters

ESA - 30 Jan 2015 11:05
Corsican watersEarth observation image of the week: the Mediterranean Sea's most mountainous island, also featured on the Earth from Space video programme
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A month's worth of activity in seven days? Good luck, says analyst A Windows Server 2003 customer migration blitzkrieg is underway at HP's as it tries to generate $1bn of x86-related sales this week,... squeezing a month's worth of customer deals into just seven days....
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India's Mad Street Den Raises Mad Street Den, a one-year-old artificial intelligence startup based in Chennai, India, has closed a $1.5 million seed round to bring technology developed in the labs to consumers in a useful way.
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900 Mhz spectrum auction to see mega bids by telcos

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 11:03
After spending on 900MHz, operators may not have much left to bid with in the fresh 2100MHz band.
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Corrections

Slate - 30 Jan 2015 11:01
In a Jan. 28 Behold, David Rosenberg misspelled Abbeville Press' name.
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Why Apple is not a One Trick Pony

TechPinions - 30 Jan 2015 11:00
Apple's recent earning report was spectacular. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in the last quarter and had $18 billion in profits, setting a record in both categories. Most of the revenue and... profit came …
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Cooking up a storm: 10 EU-madeFor those who derive joy from cooking we have good news for you: Technology can spice up your cooking life. Here's 10 Europe-born tools to help you prepare a delicious and nourishing meal
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Smart Spending: Why investorsAmazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what... investors applauded and hope continues.
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Microsoft Lumia 535 review: Losing touch?

Pocket-lint - 30 Jan 2015 11:00
Microsoft Lumia 535 review:You'll notice that there has been a change in terminology when it comes to Lumia. It's not new news, but the Lumia 535 is the first Lumia to appear with Microsoft branding rather than Nokia. Microsoft... Devices' first handset is pitched at the low end....
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Never feel trapped on a flightOne of the best places to escape the confines of reality is probably on a flight. So rather ideally Quantas flights between Australia and the US will now offer Samsung Gear VR headsets to whisk... passengers off to virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR...
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BT G.fast broadband trialsAs part of its latest financial results unveiling BT has revealed that it will be testing 500Mbps broadband in two pilot locations in the UK this summer. The technology used is to be called G.fast and... BT explains that it will enable "most homes" in the...
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How do you prove your device isn't vaporware? Put a price and pre-order date on it. Well, that's what Saygus is doing with the V2 (pronounced V-Squared) that we spent some time with at the Consumer... Electronics Show this year, at least. If you reserve...
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How can Google snap its stockGoogle has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology... has trimmed its profit margins.
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China further tightens grip on the internet

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 10:48
China has long had some of the world's most onerous internet restrictions.
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SoftBank and Tiger Global Management are looking to increase their presence here and will hire or move overseas executives to lead operations in India.
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Scientists Have Made aWhile you can twist physical materials into a Möbius strip--to make chairs , tables and even buildings --until now it's been impossible to do the same with light. But researchers from the Max Planck... Institute for the Science of Light have changed that.
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Plug-and-play machine learning data models that can instantly analyze information and provide intelligent insights? Yep, Microsoft has 'em, it says.
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The advent of "revenge porn" has placed a number of victims in an enormously difficult situation -- how to get their photographs off pornographic websites. The Internet is renowned for its inability... to forget, after all. But getting websites to take down pictures of revenge porn victims is not always as hard as it seems, depending on the circumstances around the image. Revenge porn is the non-consensual posting of sexually explicit material, often of a former girlfriend or wife.
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Popcorn Time is an illegal streaming movie service that has exploded in popularity, making it faster and easier for pirates to watch Hollywood movies for free. As the site prepares to commemorate a... full year online, though, it's facing an array of challenges ranging from legal action to suspicion from Netflix. The biggest difficulty facing Popcorn Time might not be blowing out its birthday candles, but surviving long enough to enjoy the cake.
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Nearly 4,000 Comcast customers are without Internet or cable service after a residential fire on Thursday night in Chicago. The fire occurred sometime before 7 p.m. in a Logan Square neighborhood,... according to WGN.
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Report disputes claims that USA Justice Department inspector general report is disputing allegations by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the federal government secretly monitored her personal computer.
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More women need to be actively supported to pursue careers in the male-dominated South African technology scene, says an industry expert.
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The new Candy Crush? ChinesePhilipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone--hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the... triple-figure level he had reached.
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Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

The Register - 30 Jan 2015 10:28
Creds stored in cloud, delete button busted Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelwyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially... even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices....
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The Super Bowl is still two days away, but between Budweiser's attempts to tug on your heartstrings to sell beer, and Kim Kardashian's selfie-centrc self-parody for T-Mobile, we've already seen a... number of the big budget ads that will air during the big game's commercial breaks. But it's not just the biggest brands that get to show off their most creative ads during the biggest game, as phone case maker Mophie shows. Mophie makes cases capable of charging your smartphone, and its surprisingly good Super Bowl ad shows the end of the world. Streets flood, blizzard hit deserts, goats stand on donkeys, priests steal flatscreen TVs, and dogs lead people around by the leash. With the Earth's atmosphere leaking into space, the camera cuts to...
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Amazon beats profit estimates

IOL - 30 Jan 2015 10:11
Amazon surprised the market with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated.
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We have no idea how Jurassic World is going to turn out come summer, but we do know that it's getting Lego-fied for Lego Jurassic World. The game follows all three Jurassic Park stories in addition to... this June's blockbuster, and it'll be available f...
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Milk Nanny hits Kickstarter,Most smart gadgets end up making our lives more difficult by bombarding us with data that we don't really know how to use. But one new startup is making something that is actually useful.
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Crave giveaway: 51-inch plasmaTo celebrate the upcoming Super Bowl, coupon site RetailMeNot is offering up a free Samsung HDTV. Because deflated balls always look better in high definition.
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An anonymous reader sends word that British pay-TV company Sky will launch mobile services next year. UK pay-TV firm Sky is launching a mobile phone service next year in partnership with O2's Spanish... parent Telefonica. Sky will use Telefonica UK's wireless network, enabling the satellite broadcaster to offer mobile voice and data services for the first time. It takes Sky into the battle for "quad play", adding mobile to its existing services of internet, landline and TV. Offering all four services is seen as the next big UK growth area for telecoms firms and broadcasters.
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Denies claims its stock comes from 40 thieves Chinese online tat bazaar Alibaba has not only posted disappointing results, been caned by the stock market but now has also fallen foul of China's... government for knowingly hosting sellers of counterfeit kit....
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VPN providers playAmit Bareket calls it a "cat-and-mouse" game. In this instance, his company is the mouse, and the Chinese government is a giant cat. The two sides are continually at odds, because Bareket's company,... SaferVPN, is one of many that provide software tools designed to circumvent the country's notorious Internet censorship. These tools are growing more popular in China, in spite of recent government attempts to block them, according to Bareket. "I can tell you that more than 300 new VPN users come to our service every day in China," said Bareket, who is the spokesman at SaferVPN. VPNs, which stand for Virtual Private Networks, are essentially tools that can let users bypass Internet censorship. For about US$6 to $10 a month, subscribers to these services in China can access blocked sites such as...
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Credit card habits reveal your identity

News24 - 30 Jan 2015 09:53
Just four bits of information gleaned from a shopper's credit card can be used to identify almost anyone.
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Huawei Ascend P8 will launchHuawei's next flagship smartphone, the Ascend P8, will launch in April according to Jerry Huang, Huawei's director of marketing communications. Talking to Pocket-lint during a media trip to Huawei's... HQ in Shanghai, the new device will debut in London...
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Boom time: Everyone isThe online grocery shopping market appears to be the new darling of tech entrepreneurs in Australia On Friday, serial Australian entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan announced his company Kogan is launching a... home delivery grocery service called Kogan Pantry. It follows an announcement on Jan. 26, by the Berlin startup company, Rocket Internet, that it is also branching into non-perishable goods Down Under, with a service called ShopWings See also: Questions to ask before starting a business in 2015 It makes sense startups are looking to the online grocery market, which remains relatively untapped, and is forecast to grow globally from US$36 billion in 2013 to US$100 billion in 2018, according to predictions by consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
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Truecaller sees India userbase to double in 2015

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 09:50
Stockholm-based Truecaller expects the user base of its phone directory and caller identification application to double to about 120 million in India in the next one year.
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OnePlus names its upcoming software Oxygen OS

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 09:34
The ROM will be open, customizable, and free of bloat and unnecessary features.
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EMC grows new 'Enterprise Content Division'

The Register - 30 Jan 2015 09:32
Yet another attempt to make Documentum sexy Another attempted reboot for Documentum EMC's Documentum business has limped along for years now, but now has a spring in its step after rebranding and... acquiring a new leader....
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Zomato acquires Turkey's Mekanist

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 09:18
Online restaurant search platform Zomato has acquired Turkey's popular eatery search service Mekanist.
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Singtel, Sony And Warner's New Telecom giant Singtel is planning to beat Netflix to the punch in Asia after it announced it has partnered with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers to introduce a video streaming service in the... region.
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Why US tech firms are courting rivals in China

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 09:17
US technology companies in China are forming alliances with domestic firms.
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Product Hunt Adds Direct There are various ways to get a contact for the stories we write here, but it’s not always easy. The reasons can vary from the wrong contact info listed on a site to simply no contact info listed... anywhere on the web. Product Hunt, the product aggregation site, is hoping to make it a bit easier to contact founders and makers of listed products with the roll out of a new direct…
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A panel of top central government bureaucrats is set to soon consider a proposal for potentially extensive regulation of the country's e-commerce industry.
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Dating app makers blame rogue ad Malicious ads from third parties have been piggy-backing on the gay dating app Grindr to run a premium rate number scam....
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Direct Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:01
Direct Wireless Smart LampTake control of every bulb in your home with the Incipio® DIRECT Wireless Smart Lamp Adapter. Utilizing your iPhone, you can remotely take control of your devices at home or on-the-go. Toggle... specific bulbs or an entire home with integrated Siri voice commands for effortless accessibility and next-level wireless power management.
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[From In-Car Tech] Toyota said it will begin testing new silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor technology that could improve the efficiency of hybrid and other electric vehicles.
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Hemingwrite - A Distraction Free Digital Typewriter

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:01
Hemingwrite - A DistractionThe Hemingwrite is a minimalist digital typewriter for distraction free writing composition. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with modern technology like an electronic paper screen and cloud... backups to create the best possible writing experience. It is designed to do one thing only but do it exceptionally well. Since there is no email, Facebook, browser, or menus, you are able to stay in your creative groove and finally get your writing done!
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Lepow PIE iPhone 6 Battery Case

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:01
Lepow PIE iPhone 6 BatteryClip on battery cases are too wasteful. With the Pie, you no longer need to feel guilty about throwing away that still works. This is the only one that features a sustainable method. This is a new... revolutionary battery case, the first one where the battery can fit other Pie case models without having to buy a whole new one again. Choose the one that is by far the most sustainable.Detachable magnets that detach gently without much force needed yet...
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Wrong Story Decal

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Wrong Story DecalBring a natural feel on the wall while you apply the Wrong Story Decal which lets any cutout areas of the design allow your wall color to show through. It bears a very strong quote and does not look... like a petty sticker on the wall. Dedicated for all those who knows the difference between a bad and a good story, this decal could work best beside your library or study room. The decal comes in different matte colors (black,...
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Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Sarpaneva Cast Iron CasseroleWith outstanding cooking characteristics and a cult Finnish design, the Sarpaneva Cast Iron Casserole by Iittala serves as a beautiful combo of practicality and beauty. It's a design by Timo Sarpaneva... which can also work as a stunning serving dish whenever required. The striking element is the detachable wooden handle using which you'll be able to move the pot with the lid easily. This pot has already been recognized in various design awards and has won the silver medal at...
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Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger from The Refined Canine

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Outdoor Dog Chaise LoungerLet your canine friends rest luxuriously under the sun on the Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger from The Refined Canine. It's a stylish dog bed that can be used on any deck or poolside patio. The bed is made... of waterproof plastic rattan material and has a comfy 3" thick, outdoor cushion included. The cushion is machine washable and has a pillow top on it as well. What's really stunning about the lounger is its design. It looks like an extremely...
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PEQ Touch Thermostat

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
PEQ Touch ThermostatControlling your HVAC system is going to be super easy on the capacitive touchscreen of the PEQ Touch Thermostat. The quick-connect set up features facilitate faster and hassle-free installation with... the system being compatible with most residential HVAC systems. In order to operate this, you need the PEQ starter kit and service plan. The features include remote monitoring and controlling of your thermostat from a mobile phone or PC, programmable schedule for customized temperature settings and a capacitive touchscreen display with...
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Zooquariums: Elephant Shaped Fish Bowl

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Zooquariums: Elephant ShapedNurturing your favorite fish will now be even more fun on the Zooquariums: Elephant Shaped Fish Bowl. This is one elephant you would want to highlight in your rooms. The bowl design is spacious (11″... w x 6″ d x 7″ h) enough for your bettas, crustaceans, fish and even small reptiles. It can hold upto ½ gallon of water so that your aquatic friend gets enough space to loiter. You can have it either in the living room or...
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Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

MedicineNet - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: Study Underscores Power of Placebo EffectCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: More Than 2 Million Years of Life Saved With Organ Transplants, Experts EstimateCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Eye Tracking May Help to Spot Concussions QuicklyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: 72,000 Cases of Public Defibrillators Failing in Past Decade, FDA SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Using Sunscreen

MedicineNet - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Using SunscreenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Study Suggests Early Start to Football May Pose Brain RisksCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Ebola Vaccine Appears Safe, Triggers Immune Response, U.K. Study FindsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Some Kids With Autism Show Improvement by Age 6: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Health Tip: Handling Your Child's Fears About WeightCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Pesticides, Plastics Chemicals Tied to Earlier Menopause in WomenCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?Category: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Binge-Watching TV May Be Sign of Depression, LonelinessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 Cases

MedicineNet - 30 Jan 2015 09:00
Title: U.S. Measles Outbreak Now Numbers 87 CasesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Following Blood Pressure Guidelines Saves Lives, Dollars: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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Title: ADHD Linked to Earlier Use of Illicit Drugs in Teens: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/28/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/29/2015 12:00:00 AM
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EinScan-S: Fast, Accurate,EinScan-S, newly developed by SHINING 3D, is the world’s first desktop white light 3d scanner with industry level accuracy and speed. What’s more, it’s easy to use and affordable for everyone.... It’s offered at an affordable price level -- $799 now on Kickstarter!
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SnapPower Guidelight

The Gadget Flow - 30 Jan 2015 08:59
SnapPower GuidelightThe SnapPower Guidelight is a replacement for the standard plug-in night light and the hardwired guide lights found on the market. It installs within seconds and requires no wires or batteries. It is... designed to look like and replace the standard electrical outlet cover plate in the home. The Guidelight is equipped with LED lighting to provide beautiful illumination by night and blend into the home by day, while keeping both outlets available for use at all times. For convenience,...
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Huawei wants to offer trueHuawei has plans to make itself better known in the UK market by delivering true value to the consumer, but for now, that doesn't include a 4K screen on its future smartphones. According to Kevin Ho,... president of handsets product line at the company,...
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Google finally admits glass 'failure'

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 08:42
Google Inc plans to keep making ambitious and costly bets on futuristic products, even if it means shelving some of its most beloved projects.
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Online travel firm MakeMyTrip is buying a 25% stake in city-based digital hotel marketing solutions firm Simplotel.
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Toshiba has undertaken many attempts to reshape its TV segment over the years with "Cloud Portal" and Cell TV, but none have hit the mark and now it's getting out of the business entirely in North... America. Following other Japanese manufacturers that ...
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An anonymous reader writes Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS. The former is available (in preview) for download now on Google Play and the latter will arrive on Apple's App Store... later today. The pitch is simple: Outlook will let you manage your work and personal email on your phone and tablet as efficiently as you do on your computer. The app also offers calendar features, attachment integration (with OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and iCloud), along with customizable swipes and actions so you can tailor it to how you specifically use email.
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Quantum adds cloud tier to StorNext

The Register - 30 Jan 2015 08:32
It's JAT - Just Another Tier Quantum has added cloud storage to its StorNext file virtualisation package, embedding it in the workflow process as just another tier....
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Drones help wage war on rhino poachers

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 08:31
In 2014, 1 215 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, which end up in Asia as supposed cures for a variety of ailments. An estimated 30 000 African elephants were slaughtered last year... for their tusks to be turned into trinkets. The world loses three rhinos a
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Beautiful New Photo of theThe European Southern Observatory has published a new Very Large Telescope photo of the cometary globule CG4 or, as they call it, The Mouth of the Beast.
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How Uber missed TaxiForSure

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 08:21
A buyout offer from Uber, which is valued at $40 billion (Rs 2.5 lakh crore), may count for a lot, but was not quite enough for the investors in TaxiForSure.
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Marshawn Lynch Playing RobWarning: This video is graphic. This is a flawless victory for the Internet. Super Bowl XLIX starts this Sunday, but first Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski are facing off in something even bigger:... "Mortal Kombat X." Conan O'Brien teased an epic battle between the two on Wednesday as part of his ongoing "Clueless Gamer" segment, and he definitely delivered. There was intense trash talk, some celebration lessons for O'Brien and Lynch actually spoke! So, did Gronk do his thing, or did Lynch go all Beast Mode? It all comes down to this, people. Fight! "Conan" airs weeknights at 11:00 p.m. ET on TBS.
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Citizen journalism has taken off in Tshwane as free Wi-Fi access becomes a reality for a new generation of South Africans.
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Australian state and federal law-enforcement agencies have stressed that they are being pragmatic in accepting a two-year data-retention period and not being able to access web-browsing histories.
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Intel unveils 5th generation vPro Core processors

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 08:14
Companies replacing older PCs are increasingly choosing ones with high-end features, according to a senior Intel Corp executive.
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The Gamergate movement, irrecoverably linked to the online harassment of women in the games industry, has drawn the ire of Joss Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Seth Rogen, and a number of other celebrities.... But people who doxx, SWAT, and threaten women on the internet are set to face their biggest challenge yet in early February -- Ice T.
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[In-Car Tech] TDOT holds snappy sign slogan contest

Technology Tell - 30 Jan 2015 08:08
[From In-Car Tech] Those crazy cats at Tennessee Department of Transportation are at it again, this time letting citizens vote on their favorite snappy sign slogan in a contest.
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When Facebook's down, so are you

Tech Central - 30 Jan 2015 08:04
Checking social networks is a morning ritual for many, and when that routine is disrupted -- as it was this week when Facebook's servers went down -- its absence can come as a surprise. But what also... becomes apparent is that when the world's most popular social
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Spanners thrown at metadata privacy wagon Scientists have revealed it is possible to determine the identity of shoppers using credit card purchase and location metadata, in research that throws a... spanner into national privacy laws....
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EMC gives muted outlook, to cut jobs

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 07:56
EMC Corp, which has been under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp, forecast a lower-than-expected profit for the year.
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Investors cheer Amazon's 4th-quarter, hope smart spending is here to stay
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The increase of distributed denial-of-service attacks during Q4 2014 was driven by the rise of the Internet of Things, and the increasing exploitation of web vulnerabilities and botnet building.
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Huawei to reveal tablets andHuawei has announced its brand strategy for 2015 during a media trip to its head quarters in Shenzen, China, and has revealed the company will be introducing three new wearables and tablets at Mobile... World Congress in 2015. A focus will be put on "premium...
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The breathtaking art andTo celebrate the International Year of Light, Chandra X-Ray Centre is running an open-source exhibition showcasing Light: Beyond the Bulb.
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Samsung Galaxy S6: NewSpigen, a popular third party accessory maker, has listed its Galaxy S6 cases on Amazon. The listing and images could give us a clue as to the smartphone's design and release date.
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Amazon reports its first profit in months

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 07:34
Amazon surprised investors with a fourth-quarter profit that soundly beat expectations, despite a continued increase in spending and a slight sales miss, partly linked to the strong dollar.
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MikeChino writes In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the... area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever.
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Canada's telecommunications regulator has moved to outlaw billing practices by telcos that exempt their own online media content from data caps while including data costs for downloads and streaming... from competing content providers.
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Hard-Driving Uber Gives Compromise a Try

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 07:26
Hard-Driving Uber GivesFacing roadblocks, ride-sharing service Uber is trying to present a softer side to its aggressive push into global markets.
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Amazon has announced plans to offer a cloud-based email and calendar service to directly compete with Microsoft Outlook.
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A Revolutionary EntrepreneurA lucky few can say their work helped spur a fundamental shift in the economic model of modern societies. If all goes well, Robin Chase may get to do it twice. A decade before Airbnb and Uber, Chase... helped kickstart the "collaborative economy" by co-founding Zipcar, which became the world's largest car-sharing service. The big idea was to replace the enable convenient access to a valuable good (in this case, a vehicle) without requiring ownership. Now Chase and others have founded Veniam. Their technology powers mesh networks, which provide a new way for people and things (devices, cars, appliances, etc.) to connect to each other and to the internet. The holy grail: ubiquitous no-cost wireless internet access that isn't controlled by the telecom giants. Fred Wilson, one of the most...
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5 Items for the Strobist Photographer Just Starting Out

The Phoblographer - 30 Jan 2015 07:08
5 Items for the StrobistThe Strobist Photographer can start out with these items and not break the bank.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Marshawn Lynch, after a week of stonewalling the Super Bowl press, appeared on Conan
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Parallelizing common algorithms

MIT - 30 Jan 2015 07:00
Parallelizing commonResearchers revamp a common "data structure" so that it will work with multicore chips.
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(Harvard School of Public Health) A drug already approved for treating other diseases may be useful as a treatment for cerebral malaria, according to researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public... Health. They discovered a novel link between food intake during the early stages of infection and the outcome of the disease, identifying two molecular pathways that could serve as new targets for treatment.
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Decoding the meaning of language

MIT - 30 Jan 2015 07:00
Decoding the meaning ofLinguist Kai von Fintel engages in research at the intersection of science and the humanities.
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The latest iTunes is now available for download, and while it won't clothe your old application in a newer, fancier interface, it does come with a convenient new feature. To be exact, it adds an... iTunes widget right within the notification center that...
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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

The Register - 30 Jan 2015 06:55
Google also outsmarted by friendly machine pals Artificial intelligence is a worry on two fronts. In a worst-case scenario, we end up with The Terminator. In a less-painful scenario, we end up with... billions of humans out of work as drudgery is replaced by machines....
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There's Five Other CountriesThis is either an incredibly simple or incredibly lazy ad, depending on your point of view. To try and demonstrate the number of locations that Norwegian Airlines flies to, M&C Saatchi hid the flags... of five other countries in the Norwegian standard. Well, sort of.
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Play the Slate News Quiz

Slate - 30 Jan 2015 06:45
Welcome back to Slate's weekly news quiz. I'm your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.
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What (Some) Silicon Valley Tech has some issues. You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often its absurd. Newsweek, which just discovered there are only a few women in tech, sent... accomplished author Nina Burleigh to investigate tech gender politics. She did an adequate job in her piece, “What Silicon Valley Thinks Of Women.”
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OnePlus set to unveil its ownThough people have been quite happy with the incarnation of CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One, OnePlus is ready to give folks another option with its own custom ROM called OxygenOS. Posting to its forums... -- as it often does -- we get the teaser that this new OxygenOS software will be light, open and accessible, following the same design ideas that led to the creation of the One itself.
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Samsung Vs. Apple: Who Was No. 1?

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 06:30
Samsung Vs. Apple: Who Was No.So did Apple top Samsung Electronics in fourth-quarter smartphone shipments or didn't it? Or is it a tie, as data from one research firm suggests? It's complicated.
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Google reports disappointing revenue

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 06:28
Google's slumping stock price has primarily been driven by two factors: steadily rising expenses and a general shift by people toward using smartphones instead of desktop to do searches and peruse... digital content.
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Lindsay Lohan to star inLindsay Lohan, known for her history of alcohol issues and driving under the influence, is going to pitch car insurance for Esurance during this year's Super Bowl. Lohan dropped a teaser ad on her... Facebook page that may allude to that history. "Anybody need a ride to the big game?" she asks. Then the hashtag #sorta flashes against a black screen. Post by Lindsay Lohan. See also: Why Super Bowl ads never live up to the hype On Thursday, she confirmed that she'd be in an ad for the company: Maybe you've heard about me being in an #ad for @esurance. Well, it’s #sorta true..://t.co/RrnxIxuKt7 — Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) January 29, 2015
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NFL, brands look to socialWith Super Bowl attendees turning to Facebook and Twitter to chat about the big game, social media is top of mind for the National Football League as well as brands looking to capitalize on Super Bowl... moments. The post NFL, brands look to social media to manage Super Bowl buzz appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple sold as many phones as Samsung did last quarter; Microsoft is investing in Android; and SkyMall might be saved. Head past the break to find all of today's top stories in the Daily Roundup....
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Google's 4Q earnings disappoint

IOL - 30 Jan 2015 06:10
Google's fourth-quarter financial results were well below analysts’ predictions.
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Coolbox is a toolbox for yourCoolers have received a modern makeover, and so why not the trusty ol' toolbox? Enter the Coolbox, a toolbox for your tools and gadgets with some oft-used integrated technologies. LED lights, for... example, are built into the toolbox to provide light when needed, and the lid has a magnet inside that'll keep loose hardware (like nuts and bolts) in place. …
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iTunes 12.1 gives Mac users aIt’s been over six months since Apple first unveiled iTunes 12, the latest major release of its multimedia mega-app. Updates since then have been few and far between, but today, Apple unveiled the... first major update to iTunes 12: iTunes…
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Facebook tests delivering tipsFacebook is getting closer to territory occupied by Yelp and Foursquare by testing a new service that will provide users with recommendations about places they are at. Starting Thursday, some users of... Facebook on iPhone in New York will find a new feature, called "Place Tips," at the top of their news feed, which will surface information on the location they are at, as well as posts and photos of the place that friends have shared. "You can also see information about the place, including posts from its Page, popular menu items and upcoming events," wrote Mike LeBeau, Facebook product manager in a blog post.
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Tencent Partners with NBA in China

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 05:59
Tencent Partners with NBA inTencent said it has agreed to become the National Basketball Association's exclusive online partner in China, the latest in a series of alliances aimed at beefing up its entertainment offerings for... Chinese Internet users.
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Uncle Sam on the other hand ... Data demands by feds revealed 4chan-with-karma-points Reddit has published its first dossier on government demands for users' private records - and the stupidly popular... messageboard says it handed over the goods 32 times last year....
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Uber Laws: A Primer on Ridesharing Regulations

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 05:47
Uber Laws: A Primer onUber is very good at making money. Now it's also focusing on making laws. Here's a look at some of the new rules popping up.
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Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Wi-Fi Service

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 05:46
Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon Communications, accusing Verizon of falsely advertising the "fastest Wi-Fi available" in New York in an attempt to undercut Cablevision's competitive advantage.
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A look inside a VictorianA terrace home in Melbourne has been preserved through the centuries, becoming a time capsule for decades gone by. The two-bedroom, Victorian-style property in the suburb of Fitzroy North has housed... multiple generations of the same family, according to Fairfax Media. Its final owner was war veteran Eric Worsley who passed away in 2012 at the age of 102. He had been given the home by his mother, who lived there until she was more than 100 years old See also: Tony Abbott stars as a knightmare in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Image: Chambers Real Estate. Worsley bequeathed the home to his caregiver, Maria, who is now putting the vintage dream up for sale. It is expected to get upwards of $A640,000 but needs work to be livable, according to Chambers Real Estate, that is in charge of the sale....
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Actually, it's not about ethics in games journalism. NBC's Law & Order: SVU will air an episode titled "Intimidation Game" on February 11th, and unless you've been living under a rock the... circumstances will be pretty familiar. In a plotline following...
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OnePlus Will Launch Its OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed it will unveil its own ROM that... can be installed on to third-party Android devices on February 12.
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Australia's Freelancer.com has reported a negative cash flow for the fourth quarter ending December 2014, despite record customer receipts for the period.
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Microsoft Outs Good-lookingMicrosoft launched the new Outlook for iOS and Android phones and tablets. The new apps are designed to be compatible with Outlook.com, Exchange, Office 365, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and other e-mail service... providers.
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Get pumped for Super Bowl adsIt's the official holiday season for advertisers and marketers alike. It's the time of the year that consumers actually look forward to sitting through almost an hour's worth of commercials As the... weeks pass, Super Bowl ad teasers have been trickling in from an array of brands, including website-building platform Wix, Bud Light and BMW, giving us a glimpse at what is shaping up to be a promising night of entertaining ads. With a $4.5 million budget, we expect them to be, right? See also: Dove's Super Bowl ad will make a grown man cry What factors go into producing a viral advertisement? Who do you think will win bragging rights as the best Super Bowl ad of 2015? Join us on Friday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. ET for our Super Bowl #BizChats Twitter chat, where we'll be discussing these questions and...
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Logitech Unifying app bringsChromebooks might not be everyone's cup of tea, but the inexpensive devices have found a solid footing among consumers and so it isn't surprising there's a demand for accessories that are compatible... with them. Logitech has just made it easier to use its own peripherals with the new "Logitech Unifying" app specifically made for Chromebooks. Using this, Chrome OS users …
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hackingbear writes China's State Administration of Industry and Commerce on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country's biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing... to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites. SAIC said Alibaba allowed "illegal advertising" that misled consumers with false claims about low prices and other details. It claims some Alibaba employees took bribes and the company failed to deal effectively with fraud. Alibaba fired back with charges of bias and misconduct by accusing the SAIC official in charge of Internet monitoring, Liu Hongliang, of unspecified "procedural misconduct" and warned it will file a formal complaint. Such public defiance is almost unheard of in China. Apparently, Alibaba has long attained...
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As Cyanogen moves along a new path (apparently with help from Microsoft) phone maker OnePlus is working on its own flavor of Android, and now it has a name: OxygenOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't have... much else beyond promises of going back to the drawi...
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Decision breaks down arbitrary divide between web and TV A decision by Canadian telecoms regulator CRTC may have significant implications after it applied net neutrality rules to wireless... connections....
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Evander Holyfield stars in oddAvoid road rage, because you never know what the consequences may be. That's the message behind a strange new PSA starring Evander Holyfield, which is supported by a slew of Georgia law enforcement... agencies, including the Georgia Sheriffs' Association and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety See also: Russian Dog Puts an End to Road Rage Incident The low budget video features the former heavyweight boxing world champion getting cutoff by a very angry man in a pickup, complete with a vest and a trucker hat. The man demands Holyfield get out of the vehicle, then apologizes profusely after realizing who he's dealing with.
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Hero kid jumps from burningA 13-year-old boy who was trapped in a deadly blaze that engulfed a building in San Francisco's Mission District Wednesday night managed to smash a window and jump to safety The four-alarm fire... quickly tore through the three-story commercial building, killing one and injuring six. The damage ultimately left 54 people without homes, nine of them children, and damaged 15 businesses, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. See also: 3 Dead, at Least 65 Injured After Buildings Collapse in NYC Alessandro Gonzales was able to make it onto the fire escape but got stuck outside the second floor. That's when he threw his dog, a mixed Shih Tzu-miniature poodle, down to waiting police officers before jumping down himself. His mother reportedly waited anxiously outside.
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Air Force to Open AdditionalThe Pentagon will announce plans next week to open more space rocket launches to competition, paving the way for SpaceX to try to win its first military business, according to U.S. officials familiar... with the plan.
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Facebook is making a play to deliver better local information by rolling out a new feature called Place Tips. The feature will offer users helpful information in their News Feeds about the places in... their proximity.
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Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) reported its fourth-quarter results on Thursday, blowing past Wall Street estimates for earnings per share by $0.28. Sales during the holiday season were 15 percent higher, and... sales for the year were up 20 percent.
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Google posted disappointing figures for its final quarter of 2014 Thursday as the company continued to struggle with monetizing its mobile search advertising business and was impacted by fluctuations... in foreign currencies.
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Secret Co-Founder Chrys BaderBader leaves just over a month after a massive redesign.
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Blizzard of 2015 caused flurryWhen a major winter storm comes to town, what do you do? Hunker down, make sure you have enough emergency supplies, look for a cuddle buddy on Craigslist — and then illegally download some TV... content. That's what happened during this week's nor’easter, according to Irdeto, a Netherlands-based company that tracks illegal downloading for media clients. The company uses proprietary tracking software to tag particular network-owned content on BitTorrent — and if you were one of the people who downloaded those shows, it knows where you live. See also: This was New York City in the blizzard of 2015
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New release has redesigned toolbars, menus, rulers, and a new default theme on OS X.
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Dell analysis shows ZeroAccess botnet still slinging out A combined attack on one of the world's biggest networks of infected PCs has been partially successful: analysis from Dell SecureWorks shows... you can't keep a bad botnet down....
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Another Data Point

Slate - 30 Jan 2015 04:27
The case of the New England Patriots' underinflated footballs has touched off a hypertechnical forensic fracas like nothing since the kerning in George W. Bush's National Guard documents. What's the... precision level of the pressure gauge the referees use? What effect does temperature fluctuation have on the level of inflation? What about vigorous rubbing of the balls? (The jokes write themselves.)
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Nissan recalls 768k vehiclesNissan is recalling approximately 768,000 SUVs and crossovers due to issues with moisture and the hood latch. The issues affect different batches of the recalled vehicles, with the moisture being the... most pervasive problem. Of that, the affected vehicles are at risk of a fire via an electrical short that could be caused by moisture making its way through the …
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Eddie Murphy expected toIf Eddie Murphy was among the cast members you hoped would return to help the show celebrate its 40th season — he was on our list — then here's some good news today: Speaking to TV One’s News... One Now, the actor said he was expected to return for the three-hour 40th anniversary broadcast. See also: 'SNL' characters we'd like to see return before the end of season 40 The news came after Murphy was asked why he’d never hosted an episode of the long-running program "It's just timing," Murphy said. "It never worked out where the timing was right for me to do it ... actually, they are having a 40th anniversary, I think, in two weeks. I’m going to that. That will be the first time I have been back since I left.”
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Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S EdgeAgainst all odds, the Gear VR turned out to be an incredibly cool accessory. Unfortunately, unless you own a Galaxy Note 4, you aren’t able to use one, but according to SamMobile, that’s going to... change. SamMobile’s sources say that both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S Edge will support the virtual reality display when they launch later this year.
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Mystery solved: How an iconicA clock that has lay dormant in the skies of Melbourne for six years mysteriously lit up again Wednesday night. The iconic Nylex Clock, which has been in a permanent state of black-out above the... traffic on Punt Road, Richmond, since 2009, came to life at midnight Wednesday for a short period. The clock showed the temperature and the time — an hour behind due to daylight savings — when it was revived. See also: Qantas is going to have Samsung virtual reality on its flights Speculation hit fever-pitch on Thursday regarding who had flicked the switch and how, as commuters were shocked by the sight on their early morning commutes.
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iTunes 12.1 Released for OS X Yosemite

OS X Daily - 30 Jan 2015 04:10
Mac users can find iTunes 12.1 available if they are running OS X Yosemite. The update is said to include some performance improvements for syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes, and may... include bug fixes as well. Perhaps the most notable change to iTunes 12.1 is the addition of an optional widget ...
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DealBook: Law Firm Founds Project to Fight 'Revenge Porn'

The New York Times - 30 Jan 2015 04:07
DealBook: Law Firm FoundsK&L Gates has set up the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project to fight the shame-posting of sexual photos and videos online by jilted lovers.
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Not content with the thousands of identified species of real-world dinosaurs, beasts that grew so huge, with claws so sharp and teeth so long that their collective name literally means "terrible... lizard," the makers of the upcoming Jurassic World decided to make a new monster. The result, hidden on the movie's site and discovered by Screen Crush, is the Indominus Rex. If you want to know exactly what's going to be trying to eat Chris Pratt in a few months,
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Spotify to Raise $500 Million; Move Could Delay an I.P.O.

The New York Times - 30 Jan 2015 04:03
The move would increase the firm's valuation to at least $6 billion, according to a person briefed on the company's plans.
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Why Apple Watch will wrap upChina’s elite class overwhelmingly prefers Apple products for gift giving, even more so than luxury fashion brands like Gucci and Chanel. An interesting survey conducted by Hurun asked 376 Mainland... Chinese millionaires about their buying habits, and their responses also…
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Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them... while you can. Apps Now Free Zero Age [iOS Universal...
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Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's insanely profitable quarter, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In... other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter. Report: Apple Shipped As Many Phones As Samsung Last Quarter More news about the wider significance of Apple's record-breaking quarter continues to roll in, this time from Security Analytics, who claims that Apple tied with rival Samsung to dominate smartphone shipments for the quarter. According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter (although Samsung's still well in the lead as regards the annual total). As a result, at least for the quarter, both companies...
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iTunes Connect does developer shuffle

The Register - 30 Jan 2015 03:58
Apple has kicked off an impromptu game of musical chairs on iTunes Connect dropping developers into random accounts including one lucky punter who was allegedly handed Blackberry's portal....
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Australia's second-largest telco has joined its biggest rival in confirming the proposed set of data that the government wants telcos to retain for law-enforcement purposes is 'workable' for the... company.
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How three small credit cardJust three small clues--receipts for a pizza, a coffee and a pair of jeans--are enough information to identify a person's credit card transactions from among those of a million people, according to a... new study. The findings, published in the journal Science, add to other research showing that seemingly anonymous data sets may not protect people's privacy under rigorous analysis. "The fact that a few data points are enough to uniquely identify an individual was true in credit card metadata," said Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, an MIT graduate student and one of the study's authors.
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These Balloonists Just Broke AIn the surprisingly competitive world of long-distance ballooning, the world distance record is the holy grail -- more or less the equivalent of the marathon record. Somewhere just off the San... Fransisco coastline, two guys just broke that record -- and they're still flying.
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Only four vague points of information are sufficient to identify individuals through credit card metadata, and that doesn't include name, address, or credit card number, a study by MIT has revealed.
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Xbox One Assassin's CreedThe Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle is now available at the lowest price ever. You can pick it up now for a limited time for just $314.99.
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Mitsubishi closing in on newAt the Geneva auto show in March, Mitsubishi will show off a new compact SUV concept with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, building on previous concept work.
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Nickelodeon to introduce itsAs consumers continue to drop traditional cable in favor of various video streaming services, some companies and networks are (finally) accepting reality and getting on board with their own offerings.... HBO announced its own video subscription service plans in the recent past, and consumers recently scored another option with the introduction of Sling TV. Viacom, which has notoriously been picky …
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iPad Pro Image: Leaked ThirdA new image of what is reportedly a third part case for Apple's jumbo-sized iPad. The case is reportedly designed for the 12+-inch iPad Pro.
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Plans to break out numbers for cloud biz for first time this year Amazon left smiles on investors' faces on Thursday following a fourth-quarter earnings report that trounced analysts' estimates....
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Apple's growing patentA computer mouse that doubles as a scanner. A coating that keeps gadgets safe and dry even in the event of a spill. And a smartphone that rotates like a cat midair to avoid landing on its pretty glass... face.
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The Kickstarter is gonna Goetia

AppleTell - 30 Jan 2015 03:39
The Kickstarter is gonnaDiscover the mystery of your "perverted and mad lineage." The post The Kickstarter is gonna Goetia appeared first on AppleTell.
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[AppleTell] The Kickstarter is gonna Goetia

Technology Tell - 30 Jan 2015 03:39
[From AppleTell] As the long dead Abigail Blackwood, you're goal in Goetia is to discover the mystery of your return and your "perverted and mad lineage."
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Microsoft Outlook For iOS AndToday Microsoft announced Outlook for iOS and a preview version for Android. iOS and Android devices already have calendar apps, but Microsoft said that the new Outlook app makes it easier to sort... through your e-mail, contacts, calendar and file-sharing. The new Outlook app for iOS and Android phones and tablets are based on Acompli, an app company that Microsoft acquired for over $200 million in December. The Outlook app separates mail into two tabs — Focused and Other. The important e-mails will be placed in the Focused inbox. If you move your e-mail in or out of your Focused inbox, Outlook will start to learn which type of messages are important to you. Swiping left or right lets you take actions like archive, delete, move, flag and mark as read/unread. The swipe gestures can be...
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HTC One M8 Android 5.0HTC is delivering on its promise of releasing Android 5.0 Lollipop for its current flagship One M8. The company just released the software update in Europe and U.S. owners could be next.
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Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser, a feat that revolutionized science, medicine, telecommunications and entertainment, has died at age 99, the... University of California at Berkeley reported.
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Saygus to sell V2 smartphoneFor a limited time during its initial launch, Saygus' waterproof V2 handset will be available for $549.
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Two biofuels produced from single algae

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 03:33
A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study.
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Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns

The New York Times - 30 Jan 2015 03:32
Drones Spotted, but NotThwarting drones is increasingly becoming a challenge for law enforcement and security officials who are charged with protecting large-scale events like the Super Bowl.
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How Amazon Just Posted itsAmazon Prime is looking like a big win for the e-commerce empire
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Skull find breaks new ground in evolution study

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 03:31
Skull find breaks new groundAnthropologists exploring a cave in Israel have uncovered a rare 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say has a %story to tell of a reverberating transition in human evolution, at a point when and... where some early humans were moving out of Africa and apparently interbreeding with Neanderthals.
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How to make a four-year-oldMacBook Pros are great computers but they can always benefit from getting a nice hardware upgrade. A Redditor at r/apple who goes by the name of ZuluZuluZuluZulu has posted a quick guide for anyone... who wants to make their old MacBook Pro run like brand new for a relatively small sum of just under $170. FROM EARLIER: Get ready, Apple fans: Benchmarks leak for iPhone 6 running iOS 9 It’s really a pretty simple process: First buy a Crucial 8GB RAM kit for $64.99 on Amazon, then buy a Crucial 256GB Solid State Drive for $104.99 on Amazon and install them both. “I can’t stress how much of a difference it has made to go from 4GB RAM and a 5200 RPM HDD to
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Tomorrow Daily 121: RealisticOn today's show, we give kudos (and chuckle a bit) at one man's attempt to make a mechanical horse at home, check out a jaw-droppingly realistic render from Unreal Engine 4 and discuss an inflatable... planetarium with laser-projected stars inside.
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When two galaxies go to war:The giant 'Loop' was caused when two galaxies drifted too close together between 100 and 200 million years ago and began to drag at and disrupt one another's structure and shape.
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Google employs some of the world's smartest researchers in deep learning and artificial intelligence, so it's not a bad idea to listen to what they have to say about the space. One…
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Have you ever felt the need to dive into the history of music, movies and other pop culture? Well, you'll soon be able to do so with the help of Rolling Stone and Google Play Newsstand. The magazine... is set to add its archive of decade-spanning conten...
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Roadie robotic guitar tuner

The Loop - 30 Jan 2015 03:09
This looks really cool, I may buy one of these. It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and then you hold the hardware on the tuning peg of your guitar.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Flywheel calls bullshit onOne of the biggest arguments critics make when calling into question Uber’s sky-high $40 billion valuation is that the company can’t possibly be worth that much — because that’s bigger than... the entire existing taxi industry it’s disrupting. But if you believe Travis Kalanick, the gremlin in a sport coat who runs Uber, his company is already bigger than the taxi market in its home market of San Francisco. Speaking at the DLD Conference […]
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Z Launcher beta update bringsAfter making its Z Launcher open to the public in beta form last fall, Nokia has issued the first major update for the app. In this update, Nokia is laying the groundwork for icon pack support, along... with various UI and design improvements.
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Fear, Ridicule, Danger: Is ItThreats are starting to derail climate research, just when the planet needs it most.
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The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes. The research, published in the open access... journal Biotechnology for Biofuels, demonstrates the practical potential of an alternative to fossil fuels that does not compete with food resources.
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The Cast Shadows Home Screen

Life Hacker - 30 Jan 2015 03:00
The Cast Shadows Home ScreenWhile South Park may have been ahead of the curve with designs made of colored paper, the rest of the world has started to catch up. Today's design features a modern, flat look with high contrast... colors and plenty of shadows.
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Inside the Bunker WhereDuring the Cold War, Hungary was one of the westernmost allies of the Soviet Union. As a member of the Warsaw Pact, Hungary had to station a significant number of Soviet troops and military equipment... on its territory. Now we've gone inside one of their most classified bases, and taken pictures.
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When Indigo Prophecy -- also known as Fahrenheit outside of North America -- was released in 2005, it slowly started to build a rabid cult following with its cinematic brand of horror adventure... gaming. Wedged uncomfortably somewhere between the X-Fil...
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Revenue and income miss their marks amid rising costs Google's coffers swelled once again in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2014, with revenues hitting $18.10bn, a 15.3 per cent year-on-year... increase....
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An anonymous reader writes The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft plans to be a minority investor in a roughly $70 million round of equity financing for mobile startup Cyanogen Inc.. Neither... company is commenting on the plan but last week during a talk in San Francisco, Cyanogen's CEO said the company's goal was to "take Android away from Google." According to Bloomberg: "The talks illustrate how Microsoft is trying to get its applications and services on rival operating systems, which has been a tenet of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella. Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system."
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Alibaba Group's net income continues to be hampered by costs associated with its landmark IPO in the United States last year, despite seeing a moderate rise in income from operations for the December... quarter and a whopping 448 percent year-on-year surge in mobile revenue.
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There's no one reason but, among other things, the market was ready for a product like Slack.
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Google's Nexus 6 Inventory Flub Dents Holiday Revenue

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 02:51
Google's Nexus 6 InventoryGoogle said supply problems with the company's new Nexus 6 smartphone hurt fourth-quarter financial results.
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Apple Launches 'GetApple's iOS and Mac App Stores were today updated with new "Get Productive" sections, offering discounted prices on many popular productivity apps for iOS devices and Macs. In the iOS App Store, the... 19 discounted apps include Fantastical 2 for iPhone and iPad, Workflow, Clear, Duet Display, Calendars 5, and more. Apps are available for up to 60 percent off their regular prices. In the Mac App Store, there are 20 apps available at discounted prices up to 75 percent off, including popular offerings like Day One, Byword, iA Writer Pro, iTranslate, mSecure, iStudiez Pro, Notability, and more. Apple has also named ProCam 2 as its App of the Week, and as a result, the camera and photo editing app is available at no cost, instead of at its regular $1.99 price. [Direct Link] The iPad version of...
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Google CFO lifts investors' spirits after company's earnings miss analysts' estimates
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The funniest thing you'll seeTennis legend Novak Djokovic has stared down Federer and Nadal… but he’s never faced a foe quite as fearsome as this. YouTube user timtimfed has created a hilarious video in which a digital... Vietnam-era M1 Abrams tank is edited in with footage of Djokovic playing a match at the Australian Open. The result shows that Djokovic is more than capable of beating the tank at tennis, although that still doesn’t stop the tank from being a sore loser and blowing him up at the end. RELATED: Skittles finally gets Marshawn Lynch to say more than one sentence in hilarious new ad In the virtual tank’s defense, it does do a lot better than you’d expect from a 60-ton piece of machinery although it could definitely use some
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Facebook Launches 'Place Tips'With the new feature, location-based recommendations pop up at the top of your News Feed.
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During Amazon's fourth quarter earnings announcement today, the company revealed that Amazon Web Services (AWS)--essentially its cloud computing infrastructure--has over one million active customers.... The post Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services appeared first on WIRED.
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Inventor Paul Vo's latest crazy musical innovation is a hand-held wand that changes the sound of guitars like magic. Hold up to a guitar string, and the string starts to vibrate. Depending how you use... the wand, it opens the door to a multitude of new sounds. Vo did it again.
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Exploring What Makes Cooperation Work

Live Science - 30 Jan 2015 02:38
Exploring What MakesBy studying primates such as monkeys, apes and even humans, Sarah Brosnan works to understand how cooperation has evolved across time.
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The auction, wireless carriers' largest opportunity to get access to new airwaves since 2008, began on Nov. 13, and bids soared past the reserve price of $10.1 billion in the first week.
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Getting started with theIf any onlookers were puzzled by Microsoft's recent acquisition of email startup Acompli it's now clear the investment was well worth it. Microsoft's plans for the app came into full focus Thursday... when the company rolled out a new version of the app, now rebranded as Outlook. See also: Microsoft finally has an Outlook app that doesn't suck With a focus on productivity and features geared toward businesses and power users alike, the new Outlook apps fill what, up until now, was a pretty big hole in Microsoft's mobile offerings. Multiple accounts and a more "focused" inbox One of the most notable aspects of the Outlook app is that you don't actually need a Microsoft email account to use it. In addition to Outlook.com and Exchange accounts, the app also supports Yahoo, iCloud and Gmail...
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Amazon and Netflix made bigPARK CITY, Utah — Amazon Studios won’t be coming out of its first Sundance Film Festival with a sexy indie title to get the ball rolling on Amazon Original Movies. But they tried — and helped... drive up the price on at least one — with a bid package that included details on its plans to put movies in theaters before quickly adding them to Prime. Netflix, which has been at Sundance for a decade now, was also in the hunt, packing a sack of dough and high hopes to strike its first major feature-film deal here. Though Netflix offered the most cash for a big one — $5 million for the opening-night comedy The Bronze — they lost out to Relativity Media, which played a card the streaming giant doesn’t have: the promise of a robust theatrical release.
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Caffeine: Shot by Shot

Slate - 30 Jan 2015 02:32
Listen to Episode 184 of Slate's The Gist:
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There is an alien in the space station. The motion tracker scans my surroundings, but nothing moves. I creep into the next room and duck behind a stack of cargo. The…
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Purported iPad Pro caseThe iPad Pro is widely rumored to be Apple's foray into bigger tablets, challenging the size of a computer screen. At a reported 12-inches or better, the rumored tablet has reached mythical levels.... While Apple admits they've discussed a larger tablet, the last we'd heard about it from Apple was that it wasn't even a 'thing' yet. The rumors won't …
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The Disneyland measles outbreak is directly attributable to vaccine-denier movements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a conference call with reporters. From January 1 to... 28, 84 people in 14 states have been reported as having measles, said Anne Schuchat, the head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Most of these cases -- 56 people -- are linked to the outbreak at Disneyland resort in Anaheim, where five employees are sick as well. The remainder were infected abroad and brought the disease back. last year, the cdc reported 644 measles cases Measels was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, but they've been creeping back. From 2000 to 2010, there were usually about 60 cases a...
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It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and... subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....
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Sorry, your broadband InternetThe FCC has raised the benchmark for broadband speed to 25 megabits per second, above the speed that many Americans receive with their home connection.
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How Nameless Data Can Yield Your Identity

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 02:28
How Nameless Data Can YieldShopping habits can expose a person's identity even when he or she is a nameless customer in a database of anonymous credit-card records, according to a study that shows the power of so-called... metadata to circumvent privacy protections.
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Citrix's 900 job cuts seen asCitrix Systems announced better than expected financial results for the last quarter but also a restructuring plan that will see 900 jobs being cut. The restructuring, which includes the elimination... of 700 full-time and 200 contractor positions, is expected to deliver savings of $90 million to $100 million per year, Citrix said. Investors seemed to cheer the news, which came out late Wednesday. Citrix's stock rose as high as $63.27 per share on Thursday, or 7 percent over the previous day's close. "I think Citrix's plans qualify as what might be called defensive layoffs," said Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT. The results beat analyst expectations, "but only barely," King noted.
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FB posts a profitable status message via ads

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 02:24
Facebook Inc reported quarterly revenue that topped analysts' estimates, fueled by the mobile advertising business.
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Amazon may have surprised Wall Street by how much sales went up in the fourth quarter of last year ($29.3 billion, with a profit of $214 million), but for customers its Prime service is the big deal.... Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Prime membership i...
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Drone Captures Haunting Aerial  Drone video shows the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as it is today – 70 years after it was liberated by Soviet troops. The camp in Poland is now maintained as a World Heritage Site and is... visited by thousands of tourists and survivors every year. Auschwitz was the largest camp established by the Germans during…
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Spotify said to be raisingThe music-streaming company could double the amount of funding it has, which might lead to a delayed IPO.
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What Microsoft didn't sayThere's a lot to like about Windows 10, the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But the tech giant has also worryingly left unanswered a lot of important questions about the... software.
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The FAA's Drone Ban at theYou may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will... be. It's 60 miles wide. The no drone zone is larger than the city of Phoenix. Seems a little bit absurd, huh?
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How A Social Media Campaign IsPeople have a hard time thinking of the homeless as humans, let alone as someone's child, parent, brother or sister. But a new social media campaign wants to change that, and in the process, give some... homeless people permanent shelter off the streets by helping them find loved ones they're either too ashamed to contact or have no idea how to reach. The hope is that video clips get shared so that they eventually reach the right people. Kevin Adler, founder of media company NearShot, took to the streets of San Francisco during the holidays with hot tea, warm bread and a video camera in tow and asked homeless people he saw to record a message for someone. "Each person and situation is different, so it's impossible to generalize," Adler wrote on his blog, but "there is almost always at least...
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Spotify is reportedly in the process of raising $500 million in funding, a move that could open up new avenues for expansion, though delay its plans to go public. Citing sources, both The Wall Street... Journal and Financial Times say that the streaming music company has hired Goldman Sachs to help it raise the funds, which would value it at around $7 billion. The round would be Spotify's biggest yet, following the $250 million it raised in November 2013 led by venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures.
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The Federal Trade Commission has barred a man from posting nude images on women to his website without their express written consent. The post Feds Bar Man From Posting Revenge Porn appeared first on... WIRED.
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Samsung's smartphone primacy under threat

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 02:16
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is closer to losing its crown as global smartphone leader after posting a plunge in quarterly mobile earnings on Thursday, a day after rival Apple Inc reported the biggest... profit in corporate history.
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Amazon Delivers $214 Million in Profit

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 02:15
Amazon Delivers $214 MillionAmazon posted higher-than-expected net income for the fourth quarter, despite sales growth below forecasts. The e-commerce giant's spending continued to weigh on its bottom line.
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VIDEO: Firing six times fasterBBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights
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VIDEO: Tech to make your carThe tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving
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A brief but passionate #TGITSo you've never watched #TGIT and now all your friends are doing it You stopped watching Grey's Anatomy a long time ago — sometime around the time Izzy Stevens had sex with a ghostScandal seemed... just up your alley but, ugh, life. And How to Get Away with Murder looks fun but ..excuses, excuses. Enough It's time to stop telling yourself you don't want to join the rest of the TV-watching public and embrace Thank God It's Thursday for all it's OMGlory Just this once, forget what your mom told you on your first day of middle school — all the cool kids are doing it, and you should, too. But how? That's where the info below comes in. In the time it takes you to sip your last cup of coffee for the day, you're going to be all ready for tonight's return of the most-talked about block of TV in...
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TechCurmudgeon sends word that LibreOffice 4.4 has been released. "The Document foundation announced availability of the latest version of LibreOffice on Thursday, which it says is the most beautiful... version of the open source productivity suite yet. LibreOffice 4.4 also fixes some compatibility issues with files that are saved in Microsoft's OOXML formats. LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love," Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky, who leads the design team for Libreoffice, said in a statement. LibreOffice 4.4 is currently available for Windows."
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There is no excuse, at this point, for a professional technology writer to be confused by Snapchat. It has something like 200 million active users. It is, by some metrics, the fastest-growing social... app in the world. It has been the subject of Wall Street Journal think pieces, Forbes profiles, and how-to guides for panicked parents. It's 2015, for Zuck's sake, and Snapchat's basic functionality should be old news by now.
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Four things we learned fromThe South Korean firm's mobile business has been struggling, but it's doing a lot to get things back on track.
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Apple Releases iTunes 12.1Apple today released iTunes 12.1 for OS X Yosemite, introducing a new iTunes widget for the Notification Center. With the widget, it's possible to see what song is playing, skip ahead, and favorite.... When listening to iTunes Radio, there's an option to purchase the song that's being played, right within the widget. Today's update also includes performance improvements when syncing an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes. iTunes 12.1 can be downloaded via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store. This update introduces a new iTunes widget for Notification Center in OS X Yosemite. See what's playing, skip ahead, and even buy songs while listening to iTunes Radio -- right from Notification Center. This update also improves performance when syncing when your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...
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JDS Uniphase Corp. said Thursday that diversification helped its gross margin in the December quarter, although weak spending by U.S. telecom carriers hurt revenue.
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White House Privacy Bill WouldThe White House's forthcoming online-privacy bill will would place restrictions on the handling of consumer data while giving more power to the Federal Trade Commission to enforce those... restrictions, Politico reported. The current draft would require Internet companies like Google and Facebook--as well as online advertisers and mobile app developers--to get user permission before collecting or sharing personal information. The report also says the FTC would gain the power to levy fines against companies that violate online privacy laws.  Earlier this month, the White House said it will introduce a version of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights by February 26: Online interactions should be governed by clear principles ... that look at the context in which data is collected and ensure...
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DxO OpticsPro 10.2 is now available, joined by DxO ViewPoint 2.5.2 and DxO FilmPack 5.1. With this trio of updates, photographers will find new support for four more camera models: the Lumix... DMC-LX100, Pentax K-S1, Sony A7 II, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Hundreds of new camera and lens combinations have been added, the user interfaces have been improved, and more. 
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Apple releases iTunes 12.1Apple has released a new update for iTunes on OS X that introduces support for a Notification Center widget. The widget will allow users to control their music and buy songs from iTunes Radio directly... from the system-wide panel. iTunes 12.1 also includes a “quick tour” feature that runs on the app’s second launch. It’s […]
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How Samsung intends to tackle 2015

ZDNet - 30 Jan 2015 02:03
Samsung execs talk about what the company has planned for 2015 as it gears up to prepare for what may be its toughest time in recent years.
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Forget 3D, 4DX is the futureCineworld in Milton Keynes has given a glimpse of what the future of cinema may be and it's not 3D. In fact, it's beyond 3D as we found out in the UK's first ever 4DX screening. We were invited to the... cinema's screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service...
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Cineworld 4DX cinema bringsCineworld in Milton Keynes has shown a glimpse of what the future of cinema may be, with its 4DX screening of Kingsman: The Secret Service on 29 January. We went along to the UK's first 4DX cinema to... see what it had to offer. You can too from 30 January....
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Canon has released firmware updates for its EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLRs. Both updates claim to improve the user's ability to control autofocus in Live View mode when wide angle lenses are used.... Firmware 2.0.7 for the 1D-X also fixes a couple of issues, including a problem with vertical lines appearing when long exposures are used. 
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Here are all the PS4, PS3 andYou’ll have to trudge through most of February before The Order: 1886, the first major PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year, hits store shelves. In the meantime, Sony wants to make the wait a little... easier with its latest selection of free games. On Thursday, the PlayStation community team revealed the six games PS Plus subscribers will get for free on February 3rd. LAST TIME: Sony reveals the free PlayStation games it's giving away in January - here are the details PlayStation 4 owners will be treated to two visually captivating action RPGs — Transistor, which won countless awards in 2014, and Apotheon, which will release day-and-date with the February free games lineup. I don’t know much about Apotheon, but based on the fact that
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Facebook Inc. is putting profit before its users' privacy with its latest terms and conditions, according to a European Parliament lawmaker who's overseeing amendments to EU data-protection laws.
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More video games should be set in mundane places. I've spent a lot of time saving the world from monsters and engaging in intergalactic warfare, but there are few games that let me experience the... drama and excitement of everyday life. Life is Strange does just that. It stars a high school girl in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, and many of the key moments of the first episode deal with typical teenage dilemmas: drugs, relationships, figuring out who you are as a person. It's incredibly refreshing to play a game that's so fixated on everyday, modern life. And it's even more amazing considering it's also a game about time travel.
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We're fans of Facebook's Paper here at TUAW. It's a handy alternative to Facebook's main iPhone app, which lets you bypass downloading the Messenger app. Paper has just received a new update which... makes finding and sharing your favorite photos easier...
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This RSS feed from the Royal Society has moved. Please resubscribe to the RSS feed here: ://rss.royalsociety.org/news/latest-news Thank you for continuing to subscribe to our updates. If you have any... queries please contact us.
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Life is Strange Ep. 1 review:There's something refreshing about not being asked to save the world. I mean, don't worry. Life is Strange, the new adventure game from Dontnod Entertainment (Remember Me), gets around to the whole... "save the world" thing eventually. Well, "save the town," at least. There's a storm coming. Literally. But much of what makes the first episode of Life is Strange so endearing is that the stakes are low. You play as Maxine "Max" Caulfield, a teenage girl living in the Pacific Northwest. As such, your problems are, well, teenage girl problems for the most part. Will I retain my scholarship to the elite photography academy I'm attending? Will my teacher find out I kind of have a crush on him? Will I submit something to this photo contest he wants me to enter? Will I get caught smoking pot?
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Keep Your Bad Decisions fromWe all make a few bad decisions here and there, but sometimes we let those bad decisions turn into paths to things much worse. Learning acceptance and coming to terms with your bad decisions can help... you move on in the right direction.
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Hunting Ducks from a Folding Kayak

Gizmodo - 30 Jan 2015 02:00
Hunting Ducks from a FoldingThe folding Oru Kayak goes from flatpack to floating in just minutes. Tough enough for the real world? We took it down the Colorado River, armed with a shotgun, to find out.
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Amazon rallies 11% after profit returns

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 01:59
Amazon rallies 11% afterAmazon's fourth-quarter revenue was $29.33 billion, lower than analyst estimates.          
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13 things Katy Perry revealedPHOENIX — "I'm just here so I don't get fined," Katy Perry quipped when asked if she has romantic eyes on anyone during Super Bowl week, mocking Seattle Seahawks player Marshawn Lynch's recent go-to... reply to media The always quirky Katy, speaking to reporters Thursday, brought a welcome dose of humor to Pepsi's halftime show press conference, and you should expect her to bring that lighthearted quality to the field for her 12-and-half-minute performance on Sunday See also: 9 artists who might join Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show "I'm going to play on my strengths, which I think are humor, incredible joy, and I think my songs are anthemic," the 30-year-old entertainer said. "I hope at the end of the day that 100 million people are all smiling in unison."
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Apple Tied Samsung for Global Smartphone Units in Q4

The Mac Observer - 30 Jan 2015 01:59
Apple Tied Samsung for GlobalApple is running neck and neck with Samsung in global smartphone sales. Though Samsung was once the king of smartphone numbers-though never the king of smartphone profits-Apple closed the gap in the... December quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.
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Studying Primates ToSarah studies apes, monkeys, humans and other primates to understand how cooperation has evolved over time.
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Party Animal

Slate - 30 Jan 2015 01:57
Blaise Ingoglia is a minor YouTube celebrity, a minor real estate mogul, a motivational speaker, and a tournament poker player. He's also in charge of keeping Hillary Clinton from winning Florida.... Ingoglia recently became chairman of Florida Republican Party--no small gig, given the state's major implications for the 2016 presidential election--and things are already complicated.
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Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well studied supernova remnants in our galaxy. But it still holds major surprises....
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Alibaba battles Beijing over fakes

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 01:56
Alibaba battles Beijing overWar of words between Alibaba and government agency continues          
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Amazon returns to profit asThe holiday season proved to be a good one for Amazon, which reported a jump in sales for the last quarter and a return to profit. Sales jumped 15 percent from a year earlier and Amazon reported a... profit after two straight quarters of losses. It's earnings blew past expectations, causing its stock to jump more than 14 percent in after-hours trading. Amazon also revealed that it will break out its revenue from Amazon Web Services in its next earnings report, something it hasn't done in the past. The news Thursday wasn't all good. Net income for the quarter, which ended Dec. 31, declined 11 percent from a year earlier, to $214 million. But its earnings of $0.45 per share were much higher than the $0.18 analysts had been expecting, according to Thomson Reuters.
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Have We Hit Peak Food?

Gizmodo - 30 Jan 2015 01:55
Have We Hit Peak Food?Better question: what are we doing about peak food? The world hit peak wheat in 2004, peak eggs in 1993, and peak dairy way back 1989--all according to a recent study in Ecology and Society that leads... to the worrisome conclusion we could be running out of food.
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Glasses with transitional lenses are a neat idea in theory, but they have some shortcomings in practice. That's why researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing an alternative -... clear eyeglasses that can be manually tinted into sunglasses, by the user. ..
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Google Revenue Hurt by Rising Dollar

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 01:53
Google Revenue Hurt by RisingThe rising dollar claimed another victim as Google's revenue grew slower than expected. Absent the dollar's impact, revenue would have risen roughly 20%.
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Is Google the Teflon stock?

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 01:53
Is Google the Teflon stock?Investors give the Internet giant a pass on disappointing revenue miss.          
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∞ A band inside a guitar pedal

The Loop - 30 Jan 2015 01:53
This is truly amazing. You can find out more from the DigiTech Trio Web page.
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Google misses with Q4 sales and earnings

PC World - 30 Jan 2015 01:52
Google misses with Q4 salesGoogle disappointed Wall Street with its fourth quarter results, missing expectations for both sales and earnings, and growing its advertising business more slowly. Total revenue for the period ended... Dec. 31 was $18.1 billion, up 15 percent from the same period in 2013, Google reported Thursday. But after subtracting traffic acquisition costs, which is the portion of revenue shared with Google's partners, the company reported sales of $14.48 billion, well below analysts' consensus expectation of $14.61 billion, as polled by the Thomson Financial Network.
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Apple May Have Edged OutFor years, Samsung has sold more smartphones than Apple. The Korean electronics giant makes dozens of different types of handsets, many of which cost much less than the iPhone. But for the three... months that ended in December, Apple finally bested Samsung, according to one analyst. During that time, Apple sold a whopping 74.5 million iPhones. That's more than any other company sold during those three months, according to Ben Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies, a San Jose, California-based market research and advisory firm. Trying to get closer to smartphone sell through for the quarter, this is how I think the landscape played out. pic.twitter.com/0faZxuRe12 -- Ben Bajarin (@BenBajarin) January 29, 2015 A note about these numbers: Samsung, unlike Apple, doesn't actually...
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Forever 21 has been pirating photoshop, according to a new lawsuit from Adobe, and it's facing serious fines as a result. The suit was filed yesterday in California District Court, alleging that... Forever 21 pirated 63 different instances of Adobe software including copies of Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator. Autodesk and Corel also joined Adobe in the suit, based on pirated copies of Autodesk, WinZip and PaintShopPro, among others. According to the complaint, Forever 21 "continued their infringing activities even after being contacted by Adobe regarding the infringement."
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The Gorgeous View From aDrone delivery is inherently dangerous--regardless of how excited companies like Amazon are getting about the idea, the thought of airborne robots weaving in between skyscrapers and over cars is... downright unnerving. That's why it took months of preparation for a group of hobbyists to stage Hong Kong's first drone delivery.
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Feds go after operator ofU.S. federal regulators are clamping down on revenge porn, taking aim at a website whose operator allegedly deceived women into sending intimate photos of themselves and then charged them to have the... pictures removed. Craig Brittain operated isanybodydown.com, which displayed the images, and offered a "content removal service" that charged women between $200 and $500 to have their images and personal information deleted from the site, according to a complaint filed against him by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Now Brittain must permanently delete all the images and personal information he received while operating the site, under a settlement with the FTC announced Thursday. It's the FTC's first case against a revenge porn site.
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Amazon surprises investorsThe e-commerce company posts a $214 million profit for the holiday season. CEO Jeff Bezos says Prime membership got a boost of more than 50 percent in the quarter.
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(Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is working with Goldman Sachs for a new round of private fundraising which could potentially put off the initial public offering for another year,... the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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App Store is having a blowoutApple has really been upping its game with curated app collections, and today a slew of amazing productivity apps were put on sale as part of a new “Get Productive” roundup in the App Store.... It’s the most impressive collection of app…
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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 GSMYou can score a factory unlocked GSM Samsung Galaxy S5 at a new low price. Target, via eBay, is offering the smartphone for $429.99 and free shipping.
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The electric eye of a cyclone,Images of Cyclone Bansi taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station show an eye aglow with lightning.
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FBI consultant: Silk RoadThe man accused of masterminding the Silk Road underground online marketplace had between $16 million and $18 million worth of bitcoins on the laptop he was using when he was arrested in October 2013,... federal prosecutors testified in Manhattan federal court Thursday. Nearly 90 percent of the 144,000 bitcoins found on the laptop of Ross Ulbricht were transferred there from Silk Road servers, according to the testimony of Ilhwan Yum, who was part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into Silk Road, and who now works as a cybersecurity consultant for the FBI. Ulbricht is on trial at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for narcotics and criminal enterprise charges in relation to Silk Road.
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PK starts Bollywood's Rs 100 crore online club

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 01:41
Aamir Khan starrer PK has become the first Bollywood film to gross Rs 100 crore from online bookings, signaling that internet economy is beginning to seriously influence India's moviegoing habits.
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From 'Selma' to 'Social“I think it's such a big disconnect from the way people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley -- building stuff. They just can't wrap their head around the idea that someone might... build something because they like building things.” – Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network One of the most hated movies in Silicon Valley, particularly among those who have been around […]
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The Rise Of The Tech Superwoman

Forbes - 30 Jan 2015 01:41
The Rise Of The TechDespite the fact that there are tons of fabulous women leading today's most innovative tech companies, we seem to have collectively latched onto two or three. Can you guess who they are?
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Lava Amps: Tapping into Volcano Power

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 01:40
Lava Amps: Tapping intoBy Don Willlmott There's hot, there's really hot, and then there's volcanic lava hot. The Earth has plenty of lava bubbling away under its surface, which makes it worth asking if we should try to tap... into volcanoes as potential source of limitless, pollution-free energy. Scientists at Seattle-based AltaRock Energy/Davenport Newberry Holdings think so, and they plan to pump millions of gallons of water into the side of the dormant Newberry Volcano about 20 miles south of Bend, Oregon in the hope that it will return to the surface as steam that can be used to drive turbines. If you're familiar with geothermal energy, you know most existing geothermal projects rely on high-temperature permeable rock relatively near the surface that has its own naturally occurring water supply. That's all...
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Nexmo, a telecom carrier that offers communications services from the cloud, had quite the 2014 as it saw the calls to various APIs double. Like its larger and better-known rival Twilio, Nexmo... sells…
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Spotify Seeks to Raise About $500 Million

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 01:34
Spotify Seeks to Raise AboutMusic streaming service Spotify is working with Goldman Sachs on a new round of private fundraising, potentially putting off an initial public offering for another year.
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Zak's own line of guitars, amps, and anything else audio. Count me in!∞ Read this on The Loop
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Bose SoundLink ColourIt’s kind of a funny thing when it comes to reviewing Bose products of any kind. They simply don’t put their name on anything that isn’t of a real high quality, so when I first saw the Bose... SoundLink Colour […]
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Newborn chicks count left toThe trait likely evolved millions of years ago, before human ancestors split from those of modern birds, according to a study by the University of Padova in Italy.
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Jack Dorsey Heaps Praise onJack Dorsey decided to speak up about Twitter just as the company is about to report its critical earnings report card.
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Tesla's Musk: P85D speed wasThough they face pushback when it comes to getting cars to potential owners via less-than-traditional retail means, Tesla is still on a tear. Their Model S is still in high demand, and CEO Elon Musk... recently admitted they'd already sold through stock for their Model X. The Model 3 is coming soon, too. So are battery swapping stations, as well …
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Paytm plans to add over 1 lakh sellers, hire 4500

Times of India - 30 Jan 2015 01:29
The poster boys of Indian e-tailing, Flipkart and Snapdeal, might soon have tough competition from mobile wallet brand Paytm.
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D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

Slashdot - 30 Jan 2015 01:27
An anonymous reader writes At least one and likely more D-Link routers as well as those of other manufacturers using the same firmware are vulnerable to remote changing of DNS settings and,... effectively, traffic hijacking, a Bulgarian security researcher has discovered. Todor Donev, a member of the Ethical Hacker research team, says that the vulnerability is found in the ZynOS firmware of the device, D-Link's DSL-2740R ADSL modem/wireless router. The firmware in question is implemented in many networking equipment manufactured by D-Link, TP-Link Technologies and ZTE.
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Miami restaurant mogul cooksMiami restaurant mogul Gino Gargiulo owns a $1.3 million speedboat to match his Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4. The cross-surface speedsters wear a matching bright yellow color scheme. The post Miami... restaurant mogul cooks up 186-mph speedboat to match his Aventador appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Dartmouth bans hard liquorDartmouth College is taking steps to crack down on hard partying in the wake of a string of incidents that depict a culture of sexual assault and dangerous drinking at many American colleges. College... president Phil Hanlon said in a speech Thursday morning that the school will now ban all hard alcohol (that which is 30 proof or 15% alcohol by volume) from the Hanover, New Hampshire campus. That would exclude beer and wine but include hard alcochol. Hanlon said the school will also roll out a new housing system and try to create more on-campus social alternatives to partying. See also: Confessions of a Frat Boy Turned Feminist
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India Woman Sues Uber After Reporting Driver Raped Her

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 01:26
India Woman Sues Uber AfterSAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A woman who says an Uber driver raped her in New Dehli, India, on Thursday accused the company in a lawsuit filed in U.S. court of failing to properly investigate the alleged... assailant's background. The woman's lawyers filed the lawsuit in San Francisco, where the company is based, and asked the court to protect the woman's identity. The alleged rape last month prompted widespread protests in India against sexual violence and led to demands there for more effort to ensure women's safety. It also added to the legal woes the ride-service company is facing around the globe even as it attracts more customers and investors. Protesters in India called for a permanent ban of Uber there. "Our deepest sympathies remain with the victim of this horrific crime," Uber spokeswoman...
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The Chinese government has introduced new rules that require foreign tech companies to turn over source code, submit to audits, and build back doors into hardware and software.
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Reddit posts its first transparency report

Engadget - 30 Jan 2015 01:23
Reddit may not be subject to as much legal scrutiny as tech giants like Google or Microsoft, but there's enough of it that the internet community has published its first transparency report. The site... says that received 55 demands for user info throug...
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How I Made Myself a DIY SpiderI recently made myself a DIY Spider Light as a thrifty alternative to the Spiderlite that costs hundreds of dollars. The entire project ended up costing $40 per light and can be built entirely with... parts from a local home improvement store. It turned out pretty well I think, with the added benefit of being […]
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Microsoft reportedly investsThe Wall Street Journal today on its Digits blog dropped word that Microsoft is "putting money into Cyanogen." No dollar amount figures were listed by the Journal's anonymous sources, thought it is... noted that Microsoft "would be a minority investor in a roughly $70 million round of equity financing." This, of course, means that Google is doomed and Android as we know it is over. The Internet said so shortly after the rumor broke. Except that's not what it means at all.
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Delhi Uber Passenger WhoThe victim claims the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.
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Watch the very first high-def,We’ve shared dozens of incredible GoPro videos on BGR over the past year, but thanks to an upcoming firmware update, some of the videos we post in the future are going to be a lot more epic. Gizmodo... had a chance to check out a GoPro Hero4 Black update at the Winter X Games over the weekend — an update which allows the Hero4 Black to film at 240 frames per second in 720p resolution. DON’T MISS: Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees “Everything looks better in slow motion,” writes Gizmodo’s Brent Rose. “But until now, the Hero4 Black couldn’t do super smooth slow-mo and HD at the same time. When it launched, it was
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An Open Letter to Apple From Parents Everywhere

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 01:14
An Open Letter to Apple FromDear Apple, I am an avid Apple product user. So firstly, I thank you for bringing the iPhone into my life to keep my calendar organized. I'm grateful that the iPad exists for long car rides. I love my... Macbook Air. And I truly thank you for putting me in control of what I watch with my child by creating the Apple TV's on demand experience and partnering with educational providers like PBS Kids. You've done so much right. But, there is one place I regret to inform you that you missed the mark. And I think I speak for parents everywhere when I ask this question: How did you think that the Apple TV control being a sleek thin silver bit of nothingness was a good idea? For single people in their 20's, sure, it's a beautiful design, but for anyone with a kid, I can assure you, it has created a...
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Wall Street Continues AppleShares of Apple Inc. ended Thursday at US$118.90 per share, just shy of its all-time closing high of $119.75 set on November 25th, 2014. Investors continued to pile on the love for the company two... after its December quarter earnings report, giving the company a market capitalization of $692.6 billion.
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Everything We Really Need toWe live in a culture virtually enveloped by digital media, 24/7. For adults and children alike, social media has become central to our very identities -- both in how we interact with our close friends... and family, and in the many ways we present ourselves to, and engage with, our broader worlds. As I prepare to speak at a symposium about the influence of social media on our children's development, I have been acutely aware of my own behavior as someone for whom social media has become essential to both my professional and personal lives. Just this morning, I was in a 5 a.m. taxi headed to the airport, and realized how cold and rude my behavior may have seemed to my cab driver, who kept talking to me as my eyes stayed glued to my phone checking early morning emails and posts. He was right...
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FCC redefines advancedThe U.S. Federal Communications Commission has redefined advanced broadband as having 25Mbps download speeds, up from 4Mbps, giving the agency new authority to pass rules to encourage deployment... across the country. The FCC, in a 3-2 party-line vote Thursday, also determined that this newly-defined advanced broadband wasn't being rolled out in a timely manner across the U.S. The agency released a notice of inquiry asking how it can accelerate broadband deployment, but didn't offer concrete plans on how it will proceed. The agency redefined advanced broadband over the objections of its two Republican commissioners and large broadband providers. Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications have all filed comments in recent months questioning the need for the commission to change its broadband...
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'Anonymous' Credit Card DataA researcher has shown that knowing just a handful of charges out of millions of "anonymized" purchases will serve to identify a card and its owner.
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Amazon’s earnings call earlier today was interesting on many levels – general details of the call were covered here. However to those who most closely watch Amazon’s cloud operations, there... were some interesting tidbits as well.
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Tesla's 'Insane' accelerationThe Tesla Model S P85D can go from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.3 seconds — with the press of its so-called "Insane" button That we already knew. Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims it's about to... get even faster. On Thursday, in Musk's latest dramatic reveal, he tweeted that the electric Model S P85D's acceleration will improve by about 0.1 seconds with an automatic software update. He also pointed out that the "insane" speed was a side-effect of another feature Tesla P85D 0 to 60mph acceleration will improve by ~0.1 sec soon via over-the-air software update to inverter algorithm — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2015
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Zothecula writes Weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science. According to San Francisco-based tech startup Spire, this is partially because there are currently less than 20 satellites... responsible for gathering all of the world's weather data – what's more, some of the older ones are using outdated technology. Spire's solution? Establish a linked network of over 100 shoebox-sized CubeSats, that will use GPS technology to gather 100 times the amount of weather data than is currently possible. The first 20 of those satellites are scheduled to launch later this year.
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It was a surprise to everyone, even Bay of Plenty Regional Council, when an evaluation led it to choose software from US company Accela.
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Google's search for sales,The search giant continues to pull in billions from its search and advertising business, even as the company looks for other ways to make money.
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Startups Anonymous: Serial[This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of... retribution. Every Wednesday, we'll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story
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[From GamerTell] SEGA has managed to surprise us all with the announcement of Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, a game more obscure than all the Yakuza games combined.
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The Startup Advice You Don't When today’s most successful founders are asked why they started their companies, they often give some version of the answer that they were “scratching their own itch.” Airbnb founders Joe... Gebbia and Brian Chesky were renting out their floor space to help cover their rent. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook to help Harvard students find one another. Nest co-founder Matt Rogers…
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Several times in the past, TUAW has done reviews of pico projectors - projectors that are so small that they can be slipped into a pocket on a backpack or in a briefcase. Designed to make... presentations on the road less burdensome, pico projectors hav...
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​Tell Us About YourThe first thing I did when my family finally broke down and purchased internet service was disobey my mother. I'm sorry, Mom, but I made a ton of internet friends.
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'Success Is Controlling HowA lot of us get caught up in the notion that success means making more money, but success can be defined a lot of different ways. Redefining your idea of success can help you set better goals and see... that we all really just want to be masters of our time.
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FCC closes spectrum auction with four-times more dosh than it had dreamed of Cell networks in the US have spent $44.9bn buying the rights to use a chunk of the American government's airwaves for... wireless broadband networks....
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Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX:Who's to say who will win Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday? When trying to predict the victor, should we consider the skills of the quarterbacks or the strength of the defense? Maybe it'll all just depend... on the weather in Phoenix, or the size of the footballs. Here's one interesting way to compare the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks: energy. And we don't mean fan enthusiasm. Opower, a software company that helps utilities improve the customer experience, analyzed how the two teams' home cities compare in terms of energy efficiency and innovation. In a matchup that Opower calls the Efficiency Bowl, the company examined the two regions across 11 diverse categories, with a focus on technology, utility customer engagement, clean energy and transportation. It then determined which...
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Yahoo a Takeover Target? Not So Fast.

Re/code - 30 Jan 2015 00:54
Yahoo a Takeover Target? NotDon't forget about Yahoo Japan. And Softbank. And Masa Son.
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Uber passenger who allegedA passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi has sued Uber in a U.S. court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger... safety comes second to profits. The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in San Francisco, asserts that a more thorough background check by Uber would have discovered two prior accusations of rape against the driver. It also says the company should have spotted that the police-endorsed "character certificate" he presented when registering to become a driver was a fake. The alleged assault occurred on Dec. 5 last year while the plaintiff, who is not named in the suit, was taking a 45-minute Uber ride home. The lawsuit, which recounts the violent assault in detail, says the passenger fell asleep in the car...
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Microsoft said to invest inMicrosoft has invested in Cyanogen, producer of an alternative distribution of Android, according to a Wall Street Journal article published Thursday. Cyanogen is the principal backer of the popular,... open source CyanogenMod distribution of the Android operating system, which is used in the OnePlus One smartphone. The company also makes Cyanogen OS, a commercial Android distribution found in smartphones built in India by Micromax, including new models selling under the brand name YU. On its site, the company touts the OS as being "known for its revolutionary personalization features, intuitive interface, speed, improved battery life, and enhanced security."
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FCC rakes in $45 billion fromThe record-breaking auction highlights the demand for high-speed wireless service and signals strong promise for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum.
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Meet 'The Rideshare Guy' (HeSteve Rhodes via Flickr Harry Campbell has already been featured in The New York Times for his expertise (he runs the blog and podcast The Rideshare Guy). You may have even heard him recently on NPR's... Marketplace Tech. It's not uncommon for rideshare drivers to drive for multiple services, and Campbell drives for three. With ridesharing gaining so much attention lately, I decided to reach out to Campbell for an email Q&A. Read our exchange below! Working for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar seems a bit much. Why work for all three and not just one, or even two? It's important to drive for more than one TNC because that gives you the best opportunity to maximize your earnings potential. Sometimes things are slow on just the Uber app, so if you're able to leverage Lyft too, that means you'll get more...
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We still don't know everything about the information Google handed over to the government about three WikiLeaks employees, but a lawyer for the search giant has answered one question about the... incident. While a gag order prevented Google from the thr...
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Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

TechCrunch - 30 Jan 2015 00:47
Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It’s a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos,... articles and, of course, advertisements. Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover “Editions,” which play every three or four swipes. It’s really not all that bad.
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Pitbull-Dachshund mix withNo, you're not dreaming. This is an actual Pitbull-Dachshund puppy. Don't even try to figure out how it makes sense, everything about him is perfect. Just appreciate his cute little feet and his... ginormous adorable head. See also: Dog travels the country, poses for majestic portraits Image: Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society Facebook The one-year-old's name is Rami, and he's as rare as he is majestic. According to the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society's Facebook page, he's also available for adoption. But you'd be facing some stiff competition in adopting him — within hours of posting, his image had been shared more than 29,000 times. Rami was so popular, the center put out a notice to have people send in early applications.
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Amazon Reports a Profit, Citing Prime as the Key

The New York Times - 30 Jan 2015 00:47
Amazon Reports a Profit,The company delivered better earnings than expected in the fourth quarter, breaking a recent pattern of disappointments.
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Amazon Gives Investors Unexpectedly Good News

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 00:45
Amazon Gives InvestorsSAN FRANCISCO
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The Graceful Movements ofFor a series of photos titled “Chronophoto,” photographer Jean-Yves Lemoigne paid tribute to old strobe photography camera tests with his own series of images that explore the movements of tennis... players. The effect was achieved entirely in-camera by photographing the athletes in a dark studio with long exposures and repeatedly flashing strobe lights. Each of […]
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Samsung NX1 Review: ASamsung sells a crapload of cameras all around the world. But not for pros. At $1500, the new NX1 is the first Samsung cam packing enough power to be taken seriously by photography enthusiasts. It... shoots 4K video and fires off super fast 15 frame-per-second bursts. It's a good camera... but maybe not good enough.
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gnujoshua (540710) writes "The Free Software Foundation has announced its endorsement of the Libreboot X200, a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X200 sold by Gluglug. The laptop ships with 100% free... software and firmware, including the FSF's endorsed Trisquel GNU/Linux and Libreboot. One of the biggest challenges overcome in achieving FSF's Respects Your Freedom certification was the complete removal of Intel's ME and AMT firmware. The AMT is a controversial proprietary backdoor technology that allows remote access to a machine even when it is powered off. Quoting from the press release: "The ME and its extension, AMT, are serious security issues on modern Intel hardware and one of the main obstacles preventing most Intel based systems from being liberated by users. On most systems, it is...
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Common Sense: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

The New York Times - 30 Jan 2015 00:40
With the latest earnings reports from Microsoft and Apple, the once-unthinkable became reality: Apple's market capitalization hit $683 billion, more than double Microsoft's $338 billion.
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The Forgotten 13th Avenue ThatYesterday we looked at the great "fattening" of New York and all the parts that are built on what basically amounts to trash. But it turns out that parts of the city have also disappeared--and for a... few decades, New York even had 13 grand north-south avenues, not 12.
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On Web Originality and Public Discourse

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 00:39
On Web Originality and PublicI have grown up in the age of the every-blogger, a time when any person with a brain and an internet connection can transcribe their thoughts and post them online for anyone to see. I have read the... blogs of my peers who have taken their teenage angst and "big thoughts" and put them on the internet in the hopes of finding connection, support, or whatever it is they may be looking for. I have always admired the gall that each and every one of these bloggers has to expose their innermost thoughts and feelings for anyone to judge. I have read blogs I wish I wrote myself, commiserated with blogs I understand, and internally argued with posts I despise. The effects of this constant exposure have left me with the insecurity that every thought I might have or any societal question I want to pursue...
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Web giant's best bits to be fill VMware's online void Google and VMware have forged a cloudy alliance that will see several of the former's services made available through the latter's vCloud Air... service....
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You live on a whirling ball of rock and metal. As it spins it also revolves around the Sun, and all this is set in a backdrop of thousands of visible but much more distant stars ... and on top of... that, there are other planets in the solar system moving around as well. What does all this look like? Why, that's the very topic of Episode 3 of Crash Course Astronomy: Cycles in the Sky. When I sat down to write the syllabus (and later the scripts) for this series, the topic of motions in the sky was one I approached with a bit of trepidation. It's not easy for most folks to picture how all this works; it can be hard to visualize what's going on, especially when you're changing your viewpoint from what's physically happening (the Earth is spinning, the Earth is tilted, the Earth is moving around...
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3 reasons your startup isThis article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management. It's a great time to start a... company — just look at the data. The number of seed rounds in United States companies has multiplied ten times in six years, growing from 200 per year to more than 2,200 in 2013. The capital available to seed companies has tripled. We're seeing a variety of new ways to fund an early stage startup, and an increase in the number of people investing to get these companies off the ground See also: How to turn your entire team into brand evangelists
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Amazon surprises with $214 mlnAmazon surprised the market Thursday with a quarterly profit far better than anticipated for the online giant known for investing for the long term.
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Google delivers anotherGoogle has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into... far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.
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ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAhHere's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice-it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels.... That's totally cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.
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Google Glass team needed toGoogle's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke up this afternoon during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call about Glass. Briefly mentioning Glass as an example of a project that needed to... "take a pause", Pichette continued by suggesting that Google sometimes does have to "take the tough calls." He didn't say the company would be closing shop on Google Glass, …
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Amazon sales rise in holidayAmazon.com Inc reported stronger than expected earnings on Thursday as North American sales surged during the crucial holiday quarter, sending its shares up 9%.
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New algorithm can separateMuch of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and... classify their text data in a meaningful way.
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Amazon says Prime membershipsAmazon has posted its fourth quarter results, and the standout news is that Amazon Prime is still going strong. Starting off on the money-side of things, Amazon said holiday sales from the period,... which ended in December, were up 15 per cent year-over-year,...
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Amazon Prime subs grew 53 perAmazon has posted its fourth quarter results, and the standout news is that Amazon Prime is going strong, meaning the company will continue to throw money at the service in an effort to make even more... money. Starting off on the figures-side of things,...
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Tesla's P85D Will Get Even Tesla’s P85D is already fast. Really, really fast. Push the button to put the car into “Insane” mode (really — that’s what it’s called) and it’ll do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Now it’s... about to get even faster. And get this: It’s getting faster because of an over the air software update. Musk confirmed the change in a tweet: Tesla P85D 0 to…
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New leak my reveal the firstApple is widely expected to launch an even bigger iPad this year: A 12-inch device that’s tentatively being called the iPad Air Plus or the iPad Pro. Many reports and image leaks have already... provided various details about the tablet so far, and French publication Nowhereelse on Thursday published a leaked image of what appears to be a protective case for the bigger tablet. DON'T MISS: One company may have finally solved the smartphone battery life problem It's clear from the cutouts in this alleged iPad case that it's not made for the existing iPad Air 2 model. The tablet accessory has four cutouts placed symmetrically in the four corners of the device, which could reveal speaker placements for the device. Previous reports
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'The Daily Show' correspondentManspreading, for those fortunate people unfamiliar with the phenomenon, is when a man spreads his legs so widely while sitting on the subway that he takes up multiple seats It's nothing new, but... women have had enough, and they're taking a stand. The outrage is so widespread that New York City's transit authority even launched a campaign to discourage the behavior See also: 17 all-too-real terms that describe riding the subway Image: MTA However, The Daily Show's senior women's issues correspondent, Kristen Schaal, doesn't think it's a big deal. She even defends the manspreaders of the world: “As a woman who has struggled her entire life to keep her knees together, I am your ally.”
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Find Out If You're Ready toMoving can be a huge pain , especially if you're indecisive about whether you really want to move at all. Using a simple formula--or adapting it to your liking--can help you logically determine if... it's time to uproot your life or not.
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Google Q4 revenue misses WallGoogle Inc's revenue grew 15% in the fourth quarter but fell short of Wall Street's target on declining online ad prices and unfavourable foreign exchange rates.
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Techsperts going to 'seed'

TimesLIVE - 30 Jan 2015 00:27
Techsperts going to 'seed'If you want to experiment with new marketing techniques, do it online.
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Switchfoot looks back on early-2000s hype

Mashable - 30 Jan 2015 00:26
Switchfoot looks back onWelcome to Throwback Tunesday, where Mashable amplifies the echoes of music past. With genre trends and throwbacks, we synthesize music and nostalgia. Nine albums and almost two decades in, San... Diego-based alt rockers Switchfoot have been around the block. You may recall their early 2000s hits “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live” … and their lyrics' probable appearances in your friends’ AOL profiles. That’s not to mention Switchfoot’s total domination of 2002’s A Walk to Remember soundtrack and subsequent explosion in popularity. You know you cried middle school tears over star-crossed lovers Jamie and Landon (a.k.aMandy Moore and Shane West). The telescope scene … our young hearts collectively just couldn’t. And Moore's cover of Switchfoot’s “Only Hope” —...
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Jony Ive was 'tormented' withOne of the first projects Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer oversaw as CEO was the Yahoo Weather app. The app was so well received that it even ended up receiving a coveted Apple Design Award in 2013. Apple... also redesigned its stock…
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The Hunt for AlienETs may be tiny, but we'll find them.
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Bits Blog: Uber Accused of LaxThe woman who says she was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver says in a lawsuit filed in California that the company does not adequately screen its drivers, risking the safety of Uber customers.
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Spotify may be raising anotherSpotify is streaming money. The music streaming service may be working with Goldman Sachs to raise another $500 million in funding, according to a report Thursday from The Wall Street Journal. The... exact amount hasn't been nailed down, but the goal is said to be pushing back the need to go public. See also: How Spotify Engineered the New Music Economy A rep for Spotify declined to comment on the report The company most recently raised $250 million in a Series F round of funding in late 2013, valuing at $4 billion. According to the Journal report, Spotify's new fundraising would give it a valuation of at least $6 billion. A separate report characterized the funding talks as "early" and said the valuation may be more than $7 billion
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Take your music into the rapids with Drytunes

Digital Trends - 30 Jan 2015 00:20
Take your music into theDrytunes isn't your ordinary Bluetooth speaker, but a weatherized case designed to take your music, and your gear into virtually any aquatic environment. The post Take your music into the rapids with... Drytunes appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A new Zeus trojan variant is targeting a number of banks in Canada, including Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, and National Bank of Canada.
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Arizona ceases enforcementState officials say they want to encourage business while new laws are considered.          
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The NFL Shop is the hottestThis Super Bowl, Visa is everywhere you want to be. Namely, posted up in the NFL Shop in Phoenix, Ariz. where New England and Seattle will duke it out in Sunday’s showdown. The NFL Shop presented by... Visa is a 30,000 square foot space, located at the Phoenix Convention Center and offering everything from NFL jerseys to key chains and footballs for sale. For the first time this year, it is equipped with the newest payment technology, Apple Pay, and Visa is on-hand helping NFL fans learn how to use it with their Visa card With my friends at @Visa having a great time at #NFLX in Phoenix. Demoing #ApplePay! — Greg Olsen (@gregolsen88) January 29, 2015
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Watch the guts of a DSLRThe Slow Mo Guys got a 10,000-fps high resolution camera and pointed it into the guts of a DSLR camera shooting photos at 1/8000th of a second. It's amazing to see how much vibration there is when the... mirror and diaphragm move.
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The World's Most ProfitableNowadays, the famous garage is mostly filled with my grandma's laundry, cat litter, and her Ford sedan
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We're in the thick of earnings seasons, friends, and Google just pushed out its latest spate of financials for our eager delectation. Here's the skinny: Google reported a total of $18.01 billion in... revenue (closer to $14.5 billion if you don't count ...
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What's Up with "Deflategate"? [Video]

Scientific American - 30 Jan 2015 00:15
What's Up with 'Deflategate'?Even with the physics sorted out, questions remain --
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The poem of your life is a selection of tweets from your account hacked together in pseudo-rhyme. Don't believe us? Try poetweet out for yourself using any Twitter account you'd like. It may take a... few tries for it to work, but the results can be revealing. Our own Chris Ziegler put it best: "I mean, these are better than most real poems." (For poems derived from news outlets, including "Lol balls #balls" by SB Nation, check out Vox.com!)
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schwit1 writes Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies "anonymized"... the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of MIT, published Thursday in the journal Science, examined three months of credit card records for 1.1 million people. "We are showing that the privacy we are told that we have isn't real," study co-author Alex "Sandy" Pentland of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an email.
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Amazon returns to profit; sales fall short

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 00:11
Amazon returns to profit;Amazon's fourth-quarter revenue was $29.33 billion, lower than analyst estimates.          
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Google revenue disappoints Wall Street

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 00:09
Google revenue disappointsGoogle posted fourth-quarter adjusted earnings of $6.88 a share. Revenue was $18.1 billion.          
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Google blames growth stall on Nexus 6 supply

Slash Gear - 30 Jan 2015 00:09
Google blames growth stall onDuring Google's Q4 2014 earnings call this afternoon, the company's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke about the many ups and downs of the past three months. In explaining the downs of... this past quarter, Pichette spoke of two points in particular. One was the Exchange Rate between the United States and international consumers. The other reason Pichette gave for …
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Google still hasn't released any sales numbers for its Chromecast streaming stick, but Google's Chief Business officer Omid Kordestani updated investors on one metric during the company's Q4 call... Thursday: Chromecast…
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Toronto-based Nymi wants toWhether it’s logging into a work computer, bank account or even something as simple as unlocking a smartphone, passwords are a necessary and often highly frustrating complication of everyday life.... Toronto-based Nymi, formerly known as Bionym, wants to simplify the password-entering […]
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Chromecast is now the No. 1Today in the earnings call coinciding with its Q4 2014 release, Google CBO Omid Kordestani let us in on a few metrics of the Chromecast's success. The $35 (or less) streaming stick has been available... for over a year and a half now, and just crossed the milestone of users tapping the "cast" button a full one billion times as of last week.
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Google CFO Calls Glass A Case Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette wasn’t too optimistic about the future of Google Glass on today’s Google earnings call for Q4 2014. The executive took some time to highlight... the project as an example of when Google is willing to take a step back and rethink something that isn’t working out, even when they’ve made a considerable investment in…
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President's State of the UnionIn the president's State of the Union address, he made only passing -- but significant -- reference to data security and new legislation to protect consumers. No one would argue that this is needed in... the wake of the North Korean attacks on Sony and other attacks throughout the past year on Target, eBay, JP Morgan, Home Depot and others. The president likened the cyberattacks on data to terrorism, stating: "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism." The recent hack on Sony and it's link to foreign governments has ushered in a wave of fear that has...
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Weather forecasting is a notoriously inexact science. According to San Francisco-based tech startup Spire, this is partially because there are currently less than 20 satellites responsible for... gathering all of the world's weather data - what's more, some of the older ones are using outdated technology. Spire's solution? Establish a linked network of over 100 shoebox-sized CubeSats, that will use GPS technology to gather 100 times the amount of weather data than is currently possible. The first 20 of those satellites are scheduled to launch later this year. ..
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Chinese regulators can move stocks

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 00:07
Chinese regulators can moveCounterfeit sales, disappointing Q4 send shares of e-commerce giant down up to 10%.          
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The Tech Diversity Story That's Not Being Told

The Huffington Post - 30 Jan 2015 00:06
The Tech Diversity StoryOne of the most destructive tropes about Asian Americans is the pervasive myth of the "model minority". Grounded in detestably anti-Black, anti-Latino stereotypes that pit one minority against... another, the "model minority" construct presents Asian Americans as being educated without demanding power or control, able without being uppity.
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Broadcom Profit Soars on Sales Growth, Lower Costs

Wall Street Journal - 30 Jan 2015 00:06
Broadcom Corp. said fourth-quarter earnings surged thanks to continued growth in the chip maker's broadband and connectivity business, as well as lower costs.
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Deadspin Do Not Root For The Goddamn Patriots | Gizmodo The FCC Just Redefined Broadband So Expect Faster Internet | io9 11 Ways The Future Could Turn Out Differently Than You Expect | Jezebel The... Cops Don't Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now? | Kinja Popular Posts
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Brilliant: One airline willWe went hands-on with Samsung’s new virtual reality headset back in September, and we have discussed how fantastic Gear VR is a few times here on the site. The device uses the brains and quad HD... display of a Galaxy Note 4 to power a wonderfully responsive virtual reality experience, and it’s well worth the $200 price of admission. Now, Samsung has struck a brilliant partnership with an airline that will give first-class passengers free access to a Gear VR headset during flights. DON’T MISS: Video: Watch terrified passengers' reactions when the driver floors it in a Tesla P85D Beginning sometime next month, Australian airline Qantas will begin offering Samsung’s Gear VR headset to first-class passengers flying between Los Angeles and Sydney or
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Tech companies are riding high

USA Today - 30 Jan 2015 00:05
Tech companies are riding highApple and Facebook soared, while eBay and AT&T stumbled. Microsoft? Still in transition.          
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Analysis: The week that was inApple and Facebook soared, while eBay and AT&T stumbled. Microsoft? Still in transition.          
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Controversial promo tweet forSomeone tweeting for ABC's forthcoming comedy series Fresh Off the Boat is in hot water The official account for the show, about an Asian-American family that relocates from their home in the... Chinatown section of Washington D.C. to a suburban Florida neighborhood, tweeted a promo on Thursday that immediately drew criticism from followers, including series creator Eddie Huang See also: 'The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore': Yep, it's definitely about race The tweet said, "The world is full of different hats," and featured a poster with illustrated figures wearing various culturally reductive hats, including a sombrero, a turban, a cowboy hat, a bamboo hat and a kufi
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Heavy drinking in middle-ageDrinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day in middle-age raised stroke risks more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Heavy drinking in mid-life was linked to... having a stroke about five years earlier in life irrespective of genetic and early-life factors.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Maestro Rechargeable System for certain obese adults, the first weight loss treatment device that targets the nerve pathway between the brain and... the stomach that controls feelings of hunger and fullness.
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How pot startups are rewritingSoftware will eat everything, they say. But it has mostly abstained from the legal marijuana economy, stymied by the uncertainty of enhancing shareholder value in a line of business that was at best... an extension of the health care industry and at worst a felonious traffic in dangerous drugs, depending on your jurisdiction. But software is voracious, and hungrily seeks new inputs. At the same time, across the country, marijuana is […]
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[From GamerTell] This week's eShop update includes the Metroid Prime: Trilogy, Gunman Clive 2, and more.
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[From GadgeTell] TechnologyTell Review: Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboard
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Redmond to back firm sworn to 'take Android away from Google' Microsoft will invest in alternative Android firmware startup Cyanogen, a new report claims....
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What to Do When You Envy a Coworker

Life Hacker - 30 Jan 2015 00:00
What to Do When You Envy aIt happens to the best of us--one of our coworkers accomplishes something great, and even though we should be happy for their success, we can't help but wish we were in their shoes. What do you do... when you feel envious of others at work?
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Moby Whisk Is a Great (Egg)It seems the recent trend of giant sea creatures invading your kitchen isn't going away anytime soon--and we're not talking about calamari made from giant squid. This adorable mixing tool,... affectionately known as Moby Whisk, is the perfect accompaniment to that Nessie Ladle from last week .
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I've seen so many High Dynamic Range (HDR) apps, some of which have been good, some not so good. Hydra (US$2.99 on sale) from Creaceed is a well thought out and terrific performing photo app with... solid features that will improve your images in challe...
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Google reliance on ads couldEverybody knows Google makes a lot of money on advertising, but it begs the question: has Google become too dependent on that business model? The company continually struggles to pull revenues from... other sources, as evident by its fourth-quarter results...
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To the Teacher Who Changed My Life

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 23:55
Neal Tonken taught me English in 10th grade. He changed my life. He died last week. I don't remember what he taught me about how to start an essay, but that's the way he would have started it. 
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Google Q4 2014 show increasedGoogle has just announced their Q4 2014 earnings, boasting $18.1 billion in revenue, up 15% form the same quarter last year. The company also had net income of $4.76 billion, up 40% from a year ago.... $3.38 billion in profits happened in Q4 2014 as well. Still, those impressive earnings fell short of expectations, where analysts picked Google to hit …
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A toolbox isn't something you'd ever think of as being "cool." After all, it's designed to be a simple repository for your tools, nothing more, nothing less. Unless, that is, we're talking about... Coolbox, a toolbox with more than a few tricks up its sleeve. ..
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This portable device batteryLooking for a new external battery that can handle thick and thin? The Poseidon external battery is waterproof, shockproof, and designed to military specs. The post This portable device battery is... waterproof and as tough as military equipment appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Google Play drives growth inGoogle released its Q4 2014 earnings today, showing strong numbers all around, but on the earnings call we also got word on the strength of Google Play. Google CFO Patrick Pichette said today on the... call that Google's "other revenues" segment grew by 19 percent year-over-year (6 percent quarter-over-quarter) to $1.95 billion, driven primarily by growth in Play Store sales.
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Google misses on Q4, butGoogle ended 2014 with a whimper, at least in Wall Street's eyes The search giant missed analysts' estimates for its fourth quarter, prompting a 4% drop in the stock in after-hours trading at one... point, though it later leveled off and was essentially flat See also: 10 WTF Google Autocomplete Search Fails, Illustrated The company reported earnings per share of $6.91 versus the $7.08 that analysts had expected. Revenues came in at $18.1 billion, which was short of the expected $18.46 billion. Paid clicks — clicks on ads on Google's and its partners' sites — jumped 11% over the third quarter Cost-per-click also fell 3% over the third quarter for ads served on Google sites and those of its members. Among Google sites only, cost-per-click dropped 8% compared to the same period
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Amazon shows investors big spending doesn't have to mean small profits _ widely beats forecast
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Skin device uses motion toCan a skin patch power wearables? Skin-based generators have become an area of focus among researchers working on how to scavenge muscle motion whereby skin becomes a charge-collector. A detailed... report in IEEE Spectrum said on Wednesday that a team from the National University of Singapore has come up with a generator that converts muscle movements into enough power for small electronics. The device can generate 90 volts of open circuit voltage when touched gently with a finger. The device is as small as a postage stamp. Lokesh Dhakar said in the IEEE Spectrum report that his main goal was to make the device highly flexible so it could conform to human skin well in a patch of any size. Their device was presented at an IEEE conference in Portugal earlier this month which focused on Micro...
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Google delivers anotherGoogle has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into... far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.
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Good luck scoring any pointsFlappy Bird Mania may be so last year, but that shouldn't stop you from wasting perfectly good time on it! If you own a phone running Android Lollipop, you don't need to download anything--you already... have a Flappy Bird clone tucked away on your device. Here's how to get to it. Unlock your device and hop on over to the Settings app, then scroll all the way down and tap About phone. Next, tap the Android version listing...and keep tapping. Eventually, the Settings app will slide out of the way and will be replaced by an onscreen lollipop (because it's Android Lollipop. Get it?). Tap and hold the lollipop a few times, and eventually, a Flappy Bird-like game appears
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Americans Skipping MedicationsPrescription drugs are being skipped by many patients across the United States, due to high costs. How serious is the problem?
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Raising the price of Amazon Prime to $99 from $79 was the right decision, Jeff Bezos crowed in the company's Q4 2014 earnings report released Thursday. "The data is in and…
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Despite All The Buzz, TrulyReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation. Every year, cars become a bigger deal at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Demonstration of self-driving and game-like... dashboard wizardry--from the likes of Mercedes, Ford, Volkswagen and Audi--were inescapable in Las Vegas at the 2015 event earlier this month. You might logically conclude that, at last, this is the year of the connected car. Think again. There's little doubt that drivers want to maintain connectivity to the Web, social media and streaming infotainment in cars. But so-called innovations like app-based car keys, or using a television to set up your driving route, seem like solutions in search of problems that don't exist. Moreover, much of the gimmicky car technology at CES reveals how far we are...
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The Federal Trade Commission is banning Craig Brittain, founder of the notorious revenge porn site IsAnybodyDown, from publishing any more nude photos or videos of people without first receiving their... explicit consent. As part of a settlement with the commission, Brittain will also have to destroy all images and personal information that he collected during the course of operating IsAnybodyDown.
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US Spike in Measles Cases DueThe sharp rise in measles cases in the U.S. infected with measles is due to people not being vaccinated against the disease, officials say.
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Rule Breakers

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 23:46
On Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will try to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2003-2004 New England Patriots. There are many similarities between the last Patriots... championship team and this Seahawks one, particularly between the early career arcs of quarterbacks Tom Brady and Russell Wilson.
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Google confirms Nexus 6 supply constraints

Android Central - 29 Jan 2015 23:46
Google confirms Nexus 6 supplyIt's hardly been a secret that the Motorola-manufactured Nexus 6 has been a hard phone to get ahold of since its release. It's been MIA for many moon on Google Play, and the 64-gigabyte model is... pretty much a White Whale. Today on its Q4 earnings call, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette confirmed the scarcity. "We also faced a few real challenges as well" for the quarter, Pichette said. "While the Nexus 6 was very well received as a new phone, we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand that we had forecasted." [Ed note: Pichette mistakenly said "Nexus 7" on the call and clarified things at the start of the Q&A.] So it wasn't just you. The Nexus 6 is a rare bird.
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Roll on: Seattle pot shopThey smoke two joints in the morning. They smoke two joints at night. They'll smoke 12,000 goddamn joints if the Seahawks win on Sunday night A Seattle-based marijuana retailer says it's prepping... 12,000 doobies for Seahawks supporters hoping Marshawn Lynch can power the team to victory this weekend in Super Bowl XLIX See also: Super Bowl XLIX preview: The battles (and balls) to watch The medical-marijuana retailer, called Solstice, is planning to use the joints for its so-called "12th Pack" promotion, a 12-pack of joints named after the "The 12th Man," as loyal Seahawks supporters are known. (Because a football team has 11 men on the field at once, so it's as if the supporters actually constitute ... yeah, you get the picture.)
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Tumblr takes aim at seriousTumblr began rolling out a major update on Wednesday that makes it more appealing to serious writers. While the blogging service remains hugely popular, with 420 million active users and 220 million... blogs, many of its posts are only bits of text and media — abbreviated flotsam and jetsam — including celebrity quotes, animated GIFs, dog photos and so on. See also: Ev Williams wants Medium to be the next big thing — after he redefines 'big' But the latest Tumblr update cleans up its overall look, and introduces new tools, including a text editor that puts a heavy emphasis on writing. "Whatever you want to write — simple things, flashy things, handsome things, trashy things — now you can write the hell out of it," the company wrote in a post.
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Punchlines: Apple made recordThe late-night comics on the tech giant's recent news          
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Best drone video yet? Two guysAfter knocking back a couple beers, these two idiots had the bright idea to strap a bunch of roman candles to a quadcopter drone and chase each other around the backyard. And thank god they did --... it's hilarious The post Best drone video yet? Two guys strap roman candles on a quadcopter and let it rain appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Scientists Agree: AmericansA new Pew study suggests the gap between scientists and the general public on issues from evolution to education is wide.
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For cloud watchers, the real news out of Amazon's fourth-quarter earnings call is that the company will finally break out Amazon Web Services numbers from the rest of its gigantic retail business…
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Amazon has always been good at generating massive revenue. What the company has struggled with is generating a consistent profit. Today the company announced its fourth quarter results, reporting net... income of just $241 million on its $29.33 billion in sales.
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3 stylish MacBook cases youWe all know how important it is to keep our laptops safe and secure, but there’s no need to sacrifice style in order to do so. Today, we’ve decided to share three fashionable cases from Amazon... that will keep your MacBook safe in your backpack or briefcase and maybe catch the eye of your colleagues when you arrive at work. DON’T MISS: Video: See how stunning video games will look in the not-too-distant future The three links below will all lead to the 13-inch models of the cases, but there are several variations to choose from for the first two cases, including 11-inch models. Mosiso Felt Case Environmentally friendly synthetic felt enables you to carry your MacBook / laptop / notebook / Ultrabook computer in a
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U.S. prosecutor to dropU.S. prosecutors said they are prepared to drop charges against five men accused of engaging in insider trading ahead of an International Business Machines Corp acquisition, citing an appellate court... ruling that limited the ability of authorities to pursue such cases.
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Google Revenue Is Higher, but Profit Misses Expectations

The New York Times - 29 Jan 2015 23:39
Google Revenue Is Higher, butThe company's results were squeezed by a number of temporary factors, including a strong dollar that ate into overseas sales.
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This Week On The TechCrunch Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This week Alex is on vacation so I recorded a short interview with Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit, a major Bitcoin... remitter in the Philippines. Luis gave us a quick look under the hood of his growing business.
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Don't like your cloud vendor?[soundcloud url="s://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/188532972" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166"... iframe="true" /] If your cloud provider's lineup leaves you cold, you can jump ship. Or you could wait a minute because things could -- probably will…
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Kevin Spacey to play a manHouse Of Cards star Kevin Spacey will play a man trapped in the body of a cat in director Barry Sonnenfeld's upcoming comedy Nine Lives. The post Kevin Spacey to play a man trapped in the body of a... cat (no, really!) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Markets: Google's surprising problem

USA Today - 29 Jan 2015 23:34
Markets: Google's surprisingGoogle has a surprising problem. And it's becoming less of a secret.          
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Amazon stock surges afterAmazon finished 2014 much stronger than some expected. The company's Prime service grew its membership by 53% worldwide off a base of "tens of millions" in 2014. The ecommerce retailer also announced... solid earnings for the end of 2014 in its fourth-quarter earnings release on Thursday, logging $0.45 per share of profit, easily beating expectations of $0.17. Its total revenue of $29.3 billion just missed analyst estimates. Shares moved sharply higher in after-hours trading, adding around 12.9% after the company's earnings call. "When we raised the price of Prime membership last year, we were confident that customers would continue to find it the best bargain in the history of shopping," Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO said in the earnings press release. "The data is in and customers...
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Now here's something we've never expected to write: Microsoft is investing in Android -- well, sort of. The software giant is reportedly planning to become a minority investor in Cyanogen, best known... for its customized version of Android, according t...
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MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro:From Apple's Mac lineup, the company sells many more laptops than desktop computers, part of a trend that has been in place for years. Apple's laptops are well made, they offer more than enough... performance for a majority of users, and you can take the laptop with you wherever you go. Apple's laptop lineup consists of two models: the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. There are some obvious and nuanced differences between the two models that you need to consider while shopping for a Mac laptop. In this guide, we'll take a look at the specifics, the differences, and the performance of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to help you decide which laptop is best for you. Why you should pick a MacBook Pro Of the two laptop lineups, the MacBook Pro is the one outfitted with a Retina display. These...
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Facebook went down for an hourFacebook suffered an outage earlier this week allegedly due to an internal glitch. For some reason, this led to people actually calling 911, wondering when the outage would end. The post Facebook went... down for an hour and people actually called 911 to report it appeared first on Digital Trends.
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A man accused of operating a "revenge porn" website has settled with U.S. regulators who said he broke the law by posting nude pictures of women without their consent or knowledge.
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Watch a Rotten Orange Full ofEvery wonder what it would look like if you exploded an orange and filmed the carnage at 62,000 frames per second? Turns out, it looks a lot like the end of a very small world.
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Cobook Rebrands asiOS: When it first launched, Cobook was one our favorite address book apps for iOS. Eventually, development was stopped when it was purchased by FullContact. Now, it's back, and works pretty similar... to the original app.
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[From EntertainmentTell] In defense of Marshawn Lynch, why movie critics and sportswriters should smile more, and welcome back, Eddie
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You may have read a few weeks ago about the new materials that MakerBot has introduced for its 3-D printers; earlier this month, I got a chance to see some of them in person, and have them explained... by MakerBot VP of Product Anthony Moschella in a cramped demo closet — please excuse the lighting — at the company's booth at CES. Moschella had some things to say about materials, timelines, and what MakerBot is doing to try to salvage its open-source cred, despite being a very willing part of a corporate conspiracy to sell boxes of Martha Stewart-branded extruder filament — as well as a few unremarkable things that the company's ever-vigilant PR overseer decreed Moschella couldn't answer on the record for reasons like agreements between MakerBot parent Stratasys and their suppliers. The...
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Women-only protest fills CairoCAIRO, Egypt —An all-woman demonstration took place in Cairo on Thursday to protest the death of Shaimaa al Sabbagh during a peaceful protest commemorating the Jan. 25 revolution See also: Protester... killed on eve of uprising anniversary amid reported clashes with Egyptian police Egyptian security forces reportedly shot the female activist whose death was caught on camera, sparking outrage around the world Women now holding stand for Shaimaa Sabagh in the place she was killed - chants against MOI & military#Egypt #Jan25 pic.twitter.com/jeKIJCFiv3 — Fatima Said (@fattysaid) January 29, 2015 On Thursday, in defiance of a government decree, the protesters gathered on the spot in Talaat Harb Street in Cairo where Sabbagh fell.
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Misfit fitness tracker willMisfit, known for its budget fitness and sleep tracking gadgets, is again expanding beyond counting steps and monitoring your movement Like most companies, it has its sights set on joining the smart... home revolution — and now, you'll be able to use your Misfit products to control your home's temperature, lock your doors and play music See also: Swarovski bling comes to Misfit's fitness tracker collection Misfit announced this week that its ultra-affordable $49 Flash and its $99 Shine trackers will work with platforms such as Spotify, Nest, Logitech Harmony, Yo, automation service IFTTT and the August smart lock. That means you'll be able to press Flash's big button several times to work with one of those products, serving as a remote control to power them up.
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Microsoft will be investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup that makes a popular Android ROM, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The investment would make Microsoft a... minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen's value in the high hundreds of millions. The post Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen, Says Report appeared first on WIRED.
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New 'feature' touts nearby biz and reviews Facebook is rolling out Place Tips for its iOS app that tracks users' whereabouts and inserts information about nearby businesses and points of interest into... their news feed....
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Three Brothers + Dad Make a  As a Christmas gift for their Mom, three brothers and their Dad recreated a number of childhood photos, turning the series into a hilarious 2015 calendar. As with previous takes on this popular... photo idea, it works best when the participants not only match the expressions and poses, but make and effort to match…
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Google just announced its earnings for Q4 of last year, and it's looking like one of the stronger financial quarter the company has had in some time. Overall revenue for the quarter was $18.1 billion,... up from $16.86 billion one year ago, and net income of $4.76 billion was up 40 percent over a year ago, when the company pulled in $3.38 billion in profits. Despite the fact that both those revenue and profit numbers were up a healthy margin over a year ago, it wasn't quite enough to be Wall Street expectations. Analysts had predicted $18.46 in revenue and earnings per share (EPS) of $7.11, and Google missed on both those fronts -- the actual EPS for the quarter ended up at $6.88. Google was not immune to major changes in foreign exchange...
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[From GadgeTell] One of the most intriguing wearable devices to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month can be now picked up from Razer's online store.
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Playing Football Before theA new study on NFL players recently uncovered that those who played the sport under the age of 12 had more cognitive decline than their peers who started playing the sport later.
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Filming got under way in San Francisco on a new biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, with Hollywood's Michael Fassbender playing the role of the mercurial computer pioneer.
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Google's entire year couldn'tThe past quarter has definitely been an eventful one for Google. The company has released its highly acclaimed mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop, it’s announced an ambitious plan to... expand its Google Fiber service to four new markets and decided to shift responsibility for Google Glass over to Nest founder Fadell. But was this eventful quarter as profitable as analysts had hoped? RELATED: 5 reasons Google's move to become a wireless carrier may be doomed to fail The consensus estimate for its fourth quarter 2014 earnings was earnings of $7.08 per share on revenues of $14.76 billion. The company missed these expectations, however, and instead posted earnings of $6.88 per share on revenues of $14.48 billion. Google also saw its cost-per-click -- a key
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Live stream: George Lucas andPARK CITY, Utah — Call it the Star Wars and the Sundance Kid panel. Starting at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. in Utah), George Lucas and Robert Redford will participate in the second of two "Power of Story"... panels at Sundance, and you can watch it all right here. SEE ALSO: Sundance Valley or Silicon Film Festival? Either way, it's getting there Film critic Leonard Maltin will moderate the panel at the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street, where the Sundance Film Festival is taking place through the weekend. Follow along, and participate on Twitter, using the #PowerOfStory hashtag. The first "Power of Story" panel, held on Saturday, featured Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Jenji Kohan and Kristen Wiig in a freewheeling (and often funny) discussion of gender in Hollywood; check it out, here
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All About the Bass: How BaleenLittle is known about how baleen whales process low-frequency sounds. Now, researchers have found that baleen whales have specialized skulls that can capture the energy of low frequencies and direct... it toward their ear bones to hear.
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The Insurance Institute for Highway safety examined fatalities involving 2011 model year vehicles, looking at how many driver fatalities occurred in a particular model over the course of a year of... operation, expressed as a rate per million registered vehicle years. It found there was an average of 28 driver deaths per million registered vehicle years through the 2012 calendar year, down from 48 deaths for 2008 models through 2009.
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Yet it Moves now moving onAnother victory for Galileo and mathematicians everywhere. The post Yet it Moves now moving on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] In Yet it Moves, players must jump, run and rotate through a unique and colorful world of ripped paper in order to solve intricate puzzles.
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Amazon Crushes Q4 Earnings onProfit. Actual profit!
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Super Bowl a no-drone zone,Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the big game and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday. Perhaps the next Super Bowl will unleash drones to hunt down... drones.
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Google's fourth quarter earnings missed Wall Street expectations today, but only by a slight amount. The stock dipped down 3 percent in after hours trading. Here are the Q4 numbers: Revenue minus…
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Apple discounts nineteen ofFrom 9to5Toys.com: As usual, we’ve been tracking the best iOS price drops and freebies all week. About 48 hours ago we began to notice an influx of price drops for big name productivity apps. And... now we know why. Apple has just unveiled its Get Productive App Store sale which features 19 insanely popular iOS productivity apps. […]
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Battle of the big phones:Samsung and Apple are in a dead heat for the smartphone wars - but Apple has taken the lead in the lucrative Chinese market, new figures have revealed.
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Facebook adds 'tips' inFacebook on Thursday launched a new feature that automatically provides tips about places where members of the social network might be, potentially challenging review websites like Yelp.
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New app first to use gestureWhile you might think a person shaking her phone or tablet from side to side is having issues with the device, she might actually be playing a game that has her mimicking a steering wheel motion as... part of a language lesson.
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Avengers fans have to wait until May for Age of Ultron to hit theaters, but Lego just announced something that might help pass the time. The Wall Street Journal has an exclusive look at the new set... based on the Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie, and it's massive. The main attraction here is the two-foot-long Helicarrier itself, but the full set also includes two Quinjets and various fighter jets and ground vehicles. A few characters are also included -- namely Hawkeye, Maria Hill, Captain America (with Cap's vibranium shield!), Nick Fury, and Black Widow, alongside a few generic SHIELD microfigures. The 2,996-piece set will debut at the Toy Fair in New York City next month and will cost $349 when it hits retail shelves in...
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Imgur just made GIF creationCreating a GIF might seem like witchcraft to the uninitiated, but it's really not that difficult. Apps like GIFBrewery for OS X make quick work of taking your videos from full-length to looping clips... in seconds. Thanks to Imgur, you can do the same with any video, now. Via their GIF creation tool, which is now live, videos from a …
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Cecil B. DeMille Kept a WolfWhy did Southern California become the epicenter of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget:... Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were plenty of real world bullets being discharged over it. Including bullets being aimed at the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.
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Google posts earnings: $66Revenues jump, and Motorola is officially off the books as a $740 million net gain Google has just announced its Q4 and full year 2014 earnings, with the search giant and Android purveyor showing... growth in revenues for both the final quarter and the full year. Revenues for 2014 came in at $66 billion, up 19 percent, with Q4 revenues hitting $18.1 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year. The full breakdown of the financials: 2014 revenues of $66 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year Q4 revenues of $18.1 billion, up 15 percent year-over-year Q4 net income of $4.76 billion, up from $3.18 billion in 2013 Earnings Per Share (EPS) of $6.91, up from $4.95 in 2013 Capital expenditures for the quarter were $3.55 billion Google's effective tax rate was 16 percent
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Google Misses On EPS Of $6.88, Google reported its third-quarter earnings after close of market today, offering up gross revenue of $18.10 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $14.5 billion, and non-GAAP... earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88, with GAAP EPS of $6.91. Wall Street watchers had anticipated $7.13 non-GAAP EPS, with revenue of $14.8 billion. One of the key metrics to watch this quarter was…
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[From EntertainmentTell] WWE Network liked the results of its free November promotion, and is offering another free preview in February. New subscribers will see another Steve Austin podcast and the... first ever WWE Fast Lane.
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Mars' two hemispheres areSwiss researchers have revealed that Mars has a north/south divide far more pronounced than anywhere else in the solar system.
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Smartphone Snapshot: SamsungThe runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's... leading seller of smartphones.
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Kabam Cuts Back on Third-PartyThird-party games did not succeed "at the volume we planned," Kabam's CEO said.
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Google Misses Its Q4, and WallIn other news: Google Glass didn't work, and Google's finally ready to admit that.
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The Sabertooth Opener Will BeIf you thought The Snapshotr, a shot glass that effortlessly combines a shot and a chaser, was reason enough to go back to college, just wait until you meet The Sabertooth. Advertised on its... Kickstarter page as "the ultimate beer drinker's tool," it's easy to see why The Sabertooth also calls itself "the world's best shotgunning tool." For those of you who weren't "fun" in college, shotgunning is when you hold a beer horizontally, poke a hole in the can, pop the top and drink it faster than your friends can. It can also make a massive mess if you cut a poorly-sized hole (aka beer everywhere) or a hole that could cut you, leaving you bleeding from the lips. But no longer will you embarrass yourself as The Sabertooth will make shotgunning a tidy breeze: And when you're not shotgunning, you...
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Super Bowl host city will loseGLENDALE, Ariz. — The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday, as it hosts the Super Bowl and the legions of fans who are shelling out big bucks to see the big game. What may be not visible... amid all the hoopla is a sobering reality about the Super Bowl host city: Glendale is suffering deep financial issues over its troubled effort to become a sports destination. See also: Super Bowl XLIX preview: The battles (and balls) to watch Glendale bet big on professional sports in the last 15 years, spending millions of dollars on a hockey arena for the Arizona Coyotes, and investing heavily in a spring training ballpark for the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Then the economy tanked, and the hockey team went through bankruptcy, with several different owners in recent years.
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It's as if we're on different planets: Poll shows big gap in what scientists, public think
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Possible Third-Party 'iPadAhead of any major product release, we often see part leaks and case molds, which give us hints on the sizing, features, and design of the forthcoming product, and the "iPad Pro" is no exception.... We've previously seen what's said to be an iPad Pro dummy model for Apple's upcoming large-screened tablet, and today, French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] has shared an image of a case that may be designed for the device. According to the site, the image of the case originated from a reliable source that the site has been in contact with "for many years." Though the case in the photo is not depicted next to an object to provide a size reference, it is clearly quite large and could fit a tablet in the range of 12.2 to 12.9 inches. The case appears to have two speaker cutouts at both the...
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Reddit reveals bids for userReddit on Thursday issued its first transparency report, revealing numbers of requests for user data and bids to have content removed from the online messaging board.
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Security firm Symantec found a backdoor, called Winnti, on a computer also infected with Skeleton Key.
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Gunman storms Dutch televisionA gunman claiming to represent a "hacker collective" stormed the TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Hilversum on Thursday and demanded airtime, before he was arrested by police. No one was... injured in the incident. NOS reports that the man, dressed in a suit and carrying a silenced gun, produced a letter that said there were radioactive explosives in the building and threatened unspecific "cyberattacks." See also: Man's marriage proposal from a huge crane didn't really go as planned "When you read this, do not panic. Do not cry and don't tell your colleagues. Pretend there's nothing to worry about," the letter read according to a translation posted online by Volkskrant. It contained a message that the man wanted a news anchor to
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Amazon's Mixed Q4 2014 With Amazon just released its fiscal Q4 2014 earnings, reporting $29.33 billion in revenue, $214 million in net profit representing $0.45 per share. According to CNBC/Thomson Reuters, analysts expected... the company to report earnings of $0.17 per share on $29.67 billion in revenue. While the company largely beat the expectations on earnings, it fell a bit short on revenue. For the past two…
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Facebook tests ads that know where you are

Daily Mail - 29 Jan 2015 23:03
Facebook tests ads that knowIt hopes the service, called Place tips, could help it charge more for ads and take on Yelp and foursquare by offering local information, and is trialling the service in New York.
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Most of us like to blast a collection of inspirational tunes during a workout, and with its latest iOS update, RunKeeper is making that a bit easier. Runners who also have a Spotify premium... subscription can now access saved playlists inside the fitne...
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Alibaba invests $10 million inChinese internet giant Alibaba has invested $10 million in Santa Monica video game console maker Ouya, sources close to Ouya said.
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8 Snapchatters to follow forIt's easy to find famous or interesting people to follow on all sorts of social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine, but Snapchat is the exception. It's not even remotely close... to easy. To add Snapchatters on Snapchat, you have...
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[GamerTell] Light up Ryu figure brightens your desk

Technology Tell - 29 Jan 2015 23:00
[From GamerTell] You know you want a light up Ryu to throw Hadoukens on your desk.
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Time Warner Cable Costs Rise

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 23:00
Time Warner Cable Costs RiseTime Warner Cable reported its best residential-customer growth in several years in the fourth quarter, but higher costs tempered profits. The company and Comcast extended the "end date" of their... merger agreement to Aug. 12.
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In Communications, Privacy And President Obama has tried for three years to persuade Congress to pass a cybersecurity bill. The president went so far as to highlight his cybersecurity proposals to a prime-time audience during his... recent State of the Union address. And in the wake of the massive Sony hack, the political climate may finally have shifted in his favor.
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Here's a TED Talk aboutComedian and synergy expert Will Stephen recently took to the TEDx New York stage to deliver a moving and profound speech about, well, delivering moving and profound speeches. Mirroring the vocal... inflections and general nothingness of certain infamous TED Talks — looking at you, power posing — Stephen expertly deconstructed exactly how anyone could convince an auditorium of strangers of anything. Truly inspiring. Truly meta. Is Beyoncé actually an alien? 'Jurassic Parks and Rec' is the mashup Chris Pratt fans need This gas station bathroom is nicer than your first apartment 'Serial' parody teases the Sarah Koenig story for Season 2
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Fix Slow Animations inYosemite's new look is great on new Macs, but older Macs struggle with some of animations, especially when pulling up Exposé. iDownloadBlog talked with a Genius at the Apple Store who suggests... turning on "Increase contrast" to speed up those animations.
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If you're a SoundCloud fan who previously found the iPad experience to be a bit lacking in the features department you'll be happy to see today's update brings virtually every feature of the desktop... version to your tablet. Unfortunately, it also kill...
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Our Favorite Android, iOS, andA smartphone isn't much without apps. It's where the whole "smart" part of the equation comes from. Without them, we're back in the 1990s again. Nobody wants that--except maybe Dustin Diamond. So... exercise some of those smarts and outfit your phone with the best apps of the week.
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FTC settles with revenge porn site operator

SC Magazine - 29 Jan 2015 22:59
The Federal Trade Commission has prohibited a revenge porn site operator from sharing nude photos, using deceptive tactics and revealing personal information.
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Toshiba Drops North America TV Sales

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 22:58
Toshiba Drops North America TVToshiba Corp. said Thursday that it would stop making and selling TVs for the North American market amid stiff price competition.
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What could have been: CreatorConan O'Brien wanted to do an entire episode of his talk show animated in the style of Minecraft, but apparently developer Mojang wasn't having it, and rejected the idea. The post What could have... been: Creator rejected a Conan O’Brien episode set entirely in Minecraft appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Join us and Slack/FlickrLast year, our PandoMonthly lineup was heavy on founders and CEOs of giant public companies — like Jerry Yang of Yahoo, Aneel Bhusri of Workday, and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. This year, I wanted to... get back to the roots of early-stage entrepreneurship a bit more. So we’re launching our schedule with the founder of one of the hottest startups which caught fire out of nowhere last year: Slack. […]
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Generating Möbius strips of light

e! Science News - 29 Jan 2015 22:54
A collaboration of researchers from Canada, Europe and the USA have experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for... light's electromagnetic field to assume this peculiar shape.
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Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely... different protein. Understanding this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium's side effects and point the way to more effective drugs.
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Crowdsourced Instagram PhotosYesterday’s front page of the New York Times featured a story about the snow that has been falling on the Northeastern United States. Accompanying the article and dominating a large portion of the... page were 9 Instagram photos of the snow as snapped by Times readers. Poytner points out that this appears to have been […]
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[From GadgeTell] Microsoft announced the general availability of their famous Microsoft Office for Android tablets, today, which means it's available for all Android tablet users.
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Watch YouTube Stars Read MeanAnyone who watches YouTube videos knows that the "comments" section can be a breeding ground for nastiness. For YouTube stars like Hannah Hart, it's a place she knows all too well. "You can get 99... positive comments, but if you get that one negative comment, it really just sticks out like a sore thumb," she explained in her latest video. In an effort to #MakeItHappy and have the Internet be a nicer place, Hannah teamed up with Coca-Cola and besties Jenna Marbles, Colleen Ballinger, Lilly Singh and Mamrie Hart. The first call to action? Having them read mean comments about themselves. But don't worry -- Hannah had them read the nice ones, too. "It's so refreshing when someone's like, 'You know what? I am subscribing -- this is why you're wonderful," said Lilly. "And it's not some generic...
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This cool new accessoryThe images below are stills taken from a video, and no apps or clever visual effects were added. Instead, they were captured using a nifty new iPhone accessory called the “Trippy Clip,” which can... clip onto any iPhone, iPad, Android device or even a laptop. The device is a small, inexpensive accessory that is currently in development, and it’s set to launch this summer. DON’T MISS: I lost 50 lbs in 3 months - here's how technology helped me Trippy Clip was created by Connor Brereton, a 20-year-old entrepreneur who noticed something interesting about smartphone cameras. There are plenty of accessories on the market that allow users to add physical lens attachments to a device, but none of them actually change the way that a
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Hey, McDonald's: Here's how toMcDonald's, let me have your attention for a moment You're hurting right now. Your CEO, Don Thompson, is stepping down after two years on the job. Your shareholders are upset, your menu is garbage.... I'm here to fix things. So let's talk. See also: 8 Wines to Pair With Your Fast Food Put down that small Diet Coke. Small Diet Cokes are for closers only. You think I'm joking? I'm not joking. I'm here on a mission of mercy — to fix this mess you and your clown have gotten yourselves into. Listen up, because you've got about a week before I go to Shake Shack, or Five Guys, or — hell — even Quiznos Oh, have I got your attention now? Good.
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FTC settles case against CO man accused of operating 'revenge porn' site, first of its kind
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Tyketto writes Following up on a previous story about its replacement, the US Air Force has selected the Boeing 747-8 to replace the aging Presidential fleet of two VC-25s, which are converted... B747-200s. With the only other suitable aircraft being the Airbus A380, the USAF cited Boeing's 50-year history of building presidential aircraft as their reason to skip competition and opt directly for the aircraft, which due to dwindling sales and prospects, may be the last 747s to be produced.
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Ouya, the miniature Android gaming console that began as a Kickstarter sensation but largely fizzled with consumers, is getting a boost from Alibaba. The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested $10... million into Ouya, according to The Wall Street Journal. But that doesn't necessarily mean the Ouya box we're familiar with will be making the trip to China. The Journal says both companies have discussed integrating Ouya's existing software and game lineup -- which hit the 1,000 milestone in November -- to Alibaba's own set-top boxes. A deal to make that happen has yet to be finalized, according to the report, but Alibaba only made its big investment sometime last month. The idea makes sense for both companies. At least in the United States,...
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Tesla's Model S P85D is already a wolf in sheep's clothing -- a sedan with a 0-60 time bordering on supercar territory -- and CEO Elon Musk says they're going to make it even crazier.
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Giphy Nabs $17 Million toGiphy, the popular database used to search and store GIFs online, has raised $17 million in new funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and included new investor General Catalyst as... well as a number of existing investors. This follows hot on the heels of Imgur’s newly-launched GIF tool. Giphy, which claims an […]
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Rare white dolphin glimpsed inA rare white dolphin has been spotted in the waters of Monterey Bay, Calif. Experts from Monterey Bay Whale Watch saw the young Risso's dolphin on Jan. 25 and confirmed that it is the same white... dolphin that was first seen off Monterey on Aug. 28 201
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Steve Jobs biopic filming atFilming for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin has been spotted at the Flint Center at De Anza college, the venue where Steve Jobs unveiled the original Mac in 1984. A reader sent... in the images above showing the outside of the Flint Center being decorated by the film crew with retro Apple […]
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Dell Is Back

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 22:40
Dell Is BackDell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period. Who would have thought?
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PCs Were the Triumph of theApple reported a blowout iPhone 6 launch quarter. In fact, reportedly the largest quarterly profit ever reported by a public company. I had a feeling they would blow away expectations, the iPhone 6... looks and feels great, it's a must-have upgrade. Apple now has, contra Steve Jobs, an iPhone/iPad for every size and pocketbook. And deep inroads in fast-growing economies where it's very bling-y. Everyone I know (mostly rich white NYC folks) either has the iPhone 6 or wants one. And I'm an Android guy, cheap and tech-savvy, and I want one too! The current crop of flagship Android devices (Samsung Galaxy S5, Moto X, HTC One, OnePlus One) has better specs for less money than iPhone. But they lack excitement. They're S3's with better specs. I want to try Apple Pay and see if it's the future, even...
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NASA Invites Media, SocialNASA Breaking News: Media and social media followers are invited to watch as NASA tests the largest, most powerful booster ever built March 11 at ATK Aerospace System's test facility in Promontory,... Utah. The booster will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), which will be used to help send humans to deep space destinations including an asteroid and Mars.
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Saygus V2 pre-orders will beThe Saygus V2, the upcoming Android smartphone that can support up to 320GB of storage, now has a firm pre-order price of $549. The company behind the device also announced that pre-order registration... for the phone has been extended from today until Monday, Feb. 2.
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Super Bowl Ads only: DishOh thank goodness the Dish team have come to their senses, turning their advertising-skipping feature "AutoHop" on its head for the Super Bowl. Instead of skipping the advertisements, Dish suggests... you may want to skip the football. With Reverse AutoHop, the Hopper DVR device will allow you to watch the entire Super Bowl without all those tiresome, boring minutes of …
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Tech investors move into thePot entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley investors join forces          
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Minimum downlink rate up from 'dated and inadequate' 4Mbps US internet tweaker FCC this morning redefined the meaning of "broadband" internet to mean at least 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up - from the... previous 4Mbps/1Mbps definition....
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This story has been updated. At her confirmation hearing Wednesday, attorney general-designate Loretta Lynch said she has been "very aggressive" in pursuing white-collar crime. "At the outset, no... individual is 'too big to jail.' And no one is above the law," said Lynch.
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"Super Smash Bros. Wii U" just received an update that will add 15 more stages available when eight players are competing. The announcement originally came from Nintendo of Japan and was translated by... Reddit users. The new battle locations for Nintendo's popular fighting game are based on a number of popular Nintendo franchises, including "Mario Kart," "Mario Galaxy" and "Animal Crossing."
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"Dying Light," a survival action game from Polish developing studio Techland, has been touted as both a spiritual successor to the studio's "Dead Island" series and the first AAA title of 2015. While... the former is obviously true, the latter is a bit more difficult to conclude.
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"Mario Maker," a design-it-yourself game created for Nintendo's Wii U, may not reach the eighth-generation console during the first half of 2015 as originally promised. The game is still planned for a... launch date this year, but Nintendo doesn't guarantee it will reach buyers before June, according to information released following the Japan-based gaming company's earnings release.
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Move over, Hermès. Take a seat, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel. In luxury brand-obsessed China, Apple has become the most desired brand of all.
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Remember "Destiny's" Loot Cave, a respawn zone where enemies were farmed for experience and drops in Bungie's popular shooter? The location was eliminated last year, but Techland's zombie survival... horror game "Dying Light" pays tribute to the infamous feature in "Destiny" with its own loot cave.
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Imagine logging onto your computer at work in the morning and being greeted by furious emails from the most powerful executives at Sony Pictures Entertainment or better yet the hackers who leaked... information about police officers at the height of the controversy in Ferguson, Missouri. Those things actually happened to the small staff at Pastebin.com, an online text repository that's become the first place hackers look to when they're trying to publish the latest round of stolen information. And it's all happened entirely by accident.
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Shares of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) tumbled 10.17 percent, to $88.44, in morning trading Thursday after the company's quarterly sales missed Wall Street... expectations, raising concerns that the company is showing signs of a slowdown in growth. The pullback in revenue growth also evoked fears that a slowdown in China's economy is beginning to impact earnings for corporations that do most of their sales in China.
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Mark Zuckerberg. Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Steve Jobs. Young men trying to break into Silicon Valley have plenty of role models to idolize and imitate. But other than Yahoo's Marissa Mayer, there... haven't many examples for young women to look up to on the way to the top. Until now.
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Six new games are coming to subscription-based PlayStation Plus in February, but social media is abuzz over Sega game "Yakuza 4" reaching the service, which launched for the PlayStation 3 in Japan in... 2010 and in North America and Europe in 2011.
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With networks announcing new streaming options on the regular, Nickelodeon is set to reveal a standalone service of its own. During an investor call this morning, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said the... kid-friendly channel will announce its subscripti...
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I Totally Want This Camera BagCamera bags are not only almost always ugly, but they also shout to the world that you are carrying expensive objects around. The Brevit" is a backpack that looks gloriously normal yet has all the... necessary compartments to stow your camera gear.
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Shailene Woodley is a CGIThe trailer for Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent series, has star Shailene Woodley shattering glass walls, blasting through building debris and generally wreaking havoc on a CGI... world The minute-long Super Bowl pre-game trailer offers little information about the film's plot, but, at the very least, we see Woodley tackle Kate Winslet — that's good enough for us. The film is slated to release on March 20. Here's a TED Talk about sounding smart in a TED Talk Golden Retriever loses his ever-loving mind over tennis match New footage reveals GoPro's upcoming HD slow-motion update Professor Indiana Jones won't fall for prankster students' traps
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What Asteroid 2004 BL86 and Hawaii Have in Common

Universe Today - 29 Jan 2015 22:30
What Asteroid 2004 BL86 andAt first glance, you wouldn’t think Hawaii has any connection at all with asteroid 2004 BL86, the one that missed Earth by 750,000 miles (1.2 million km) just 3 days ago. One’s a tropical paradise... with nightly pig roasts, beaches and shave ice; the other an uninhabitable ball of bare rock untouched by floral print swimsuits. But Planetary […]
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Puppet Punch is a new game for iPhone and iPad. Originally only in the Canada, Brazil and Austria App Stores, the title is now available in the United States. The game has a clear bias against... puppets. Gameplay is similar to a whack-a-mole concept, j...
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LibreOffice Updates, Doesn'tWindows/Mac/Linux: LibreOffice, has always been powerful enough to stand up against Microsoft Office , but it's also been a bit ugly and clunky to use. Today, they rolled out an update the overhauls... the UI and makes it a lot more useable.
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We'd kill for a McLaren P1,A British car collector named Paul Bailey owns a McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and LaFerrari. Go behind the scenes as he drives his hybrid hypercars from one dealership to the next to complete the trinity.... The post We'd kill for a McLaren P1, Porsche 918, or LaFerrari. This guy owns all three appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Generating Mobius strips ofA collaboration of researchers from Canada, Europe and the USA have experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for... light's electromagnetic field to assume this peculiar shape.
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2014: A Contradiction of Devices and Desires

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 22:27
2014: A Contradiction ofTechnology dictated many major events in 2014. It was a year bookended by airline disasters, with three planes linked to Malaysian Airlines involved in catastrophes. It was a year of unrest -- abroad... and within the U.S. The actions and atrocities of the Islamic State drew near universal condemnation globally. Actions by police leading to the deaths of two black men caused riots and mass protests in the U.S. and may have inspired the murder of two police officers in New York City by a deranged man. We faced the resurgence of Ebola and a botched medical response in the U.S. The massive technology breaches that affected Target, Home Depot and Sony made people feel vulnerable (temporarily anyway). As much as 2014 will be remembered by these seemingly unlinked events and tragedies, the common...
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Cassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well studied supernova remnants in our galaxy. But it still holds major surprises. Harvard-Smithsonian and Dartmouth College astronomers have... generated a new 3-D map of its interior using the astronomical equivalent of a CAT scan. They found that the Cas A supernova remnant is composed of a collection of about a half dozen massive cavities -- or "bubbles."
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Surprise hit movie fromTo prove how insanely dependable the iPhone 5s' camera is, Apple shot entire commercials using the device in early 2014 before using Macs to edit the raw footage. While that was a marketing stunt, it... doesn't mean the iPhone can't be used to shoot professional video, and one filmmaker proved just that at the Sundance Film Festival. FROM EARLIER: The iPhone 6 might be low-res, but Apple's highest-resolution device ever is coming soon Filmmaker Sean Backer's surprisingly popular film Tangerine was recorded entirely on the iPhone 5s, with the crew using just three phones. The move wasn't supposed to be a marketing trick, as the team worked with a tight budget. Furthermore, the use of iPhones allowed Backer to shoot in public places, SlashFilm
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This composite image shows two perspectives of a three-dimensional reconstruction of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant. This new 3-D map provides the first detailed look at the distribution of... stellar debris following a supernova explosion. Such 3-D reconstructions encode important...
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Wet Hot cast gets nuts, addsThe Netflix prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp has added Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Jason Schwartzman, and Chris Pine to its already loaded cast. The post Wet Hot cast gets nuts,... adds Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Jason Schwartzman appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Reddit releases firstReddit has received only 55 requests for data on 78 of its users in 2014, according to the link-sharing website's first-ever transparency report, which was published Thursday. The report reveals that... Reddit, which boasts more than 174 million users, turned over data for only 32 (58%) of those requests. These numbers seems insignificant compared to other tech companies, such as Google or Facebook, which received 32,000 and 35,000 similar requests, respectively, in just the first six months of 2014 See also: Aliens in the valley: The complete and chaotic history of Reddit As promised, we released our first transparency report today. Please take a look & discuss in the comments://t.co/6mCCnVixdw — reddit (@reddit) January 29, 2015
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Technology companies that want to sell equipment to Chinese banks have to submit to extensive audits, turn over source code, and build "back doors" into their hardware and software---presumably so... that the Chinese government have the ability peek into computer banking systems. The post China’s New Rules for Selling Tech to Banks Have US Companies Spooked appeared first on WIRED.
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The Insane Camera Rig BeingProducing quality 360-degree video for Oculus Rift-like headsets is still really difficult to do, which is why high-tech porn company Huccio had the $250,000, seven camera rig above custom-designed... for its venture into the world of immersive video.
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'Ted 2' trailer puts a newLOS ANGELES — You may kiss the bear. But first you're going to have to prove in a court of law that he's human. That's the gist of Ted 2, Universal's follow-up to the $550 million global comedy hit.... The sequel comes out this summer, and is apparently putting an all-new, non-serious twist on the marriage-equality debate. SEE ALSO: Movies to look forward to in 2015 Since this is a Seth MacFarlane caper, being a stuffed teddy bear doesn't exempt Ted from biological humor — all manner of which is on display in the first trailer for Ted 2, which is due in theaters on June 26. You might want to wait until after lunch to watch this one.
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Powerful tool promises toLife scientists now have access to a publicly available web resource that streamlines and simplifies the process of gleaning insight from 3-D protein structures. Aquaria, as it's known, is fast,... easy-to-use and contains twice as many models as all other similar resources combined.
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Drugs that are on the market to treat erectile dysfunction could have another use: they might be able to protect the liver from damage caused by sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response to infection,... say researchers.
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In a role reversal, RNAs proofread themselves

Science Daily - 29 Jan 2015 22:16
In a role reversal, RNAsBuilding a protein is a lot like a game of telephone: information is passed along from one messenger to another, creating the potential for errors. Enzymatic machines proofread at each step, and... scientists have uncovered a new quality control mechanism along this path. But in a remarkable role reversal, the proofreading isn't done by an enzyme. Instead, one of the messengers itself has a built-in mechanism to prevent errors.
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Relive the hideous 'goldenWatching almost anybody explain technology can be torturous. But watching talking heads and fresh-faced kids from the ’90s rave about the wonders of the Internet — the miraculous “information... superhighway” that was about to change life on Earth — is…
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Details about where and when you use your credit card could help reveal your identity to data thieves—even if they don't know your name, address and other personal information. --
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Can Treating BrainFinding of brain inflammation link to depression could lead to new treatments, researchers say. Inflammation linked to symptoms of low mood, sleep loss.
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Apple now neck-and-neck withThe huge popularity of the new iPhone 6 pushed Apple and Samsung closer than ever at the top of the market for smartphones, according to two companies that closely track shipments of the devices.... Earlier this week, Apple said it sold 74.5 million iPhones in the last three months of 2014 and on Thursday Samsung said it sold 95 million phones. That means Samsung remains the world's biggest mobile phone maker, but its numbers include both smartphones and feature phones. Samsung doesn't break out its smartphone shipments, but Strategy Analytics said Friday that it estimates Samsung shipped 74.5 million smartphones in the quarter--leading to a tie in the smartphone market. Another industry analytics firm, IDC, said it estimates Samsung shipped 75.1 million smartphones, giving it a slim lead...
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Wynyard Group misses its numbers

ZDNet - 29 Jan 2015 22:11
A focus on large contracts and revenue per user pushes some contract negotiations out into 2015.
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The Cops Don't Care AboutI. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully,... was about to get very, very stupid.
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Google Inbox is lousy; try itEvery so often Google flubs one: Google Wave, Orkut, and Google Coupons, to name just a few. I'd include Google Inbox in that list, too. But if you disagree, or just want to check it out for yourself,... there's good news. From now until 9 AM PST Friday, if you want to try out Inbox, you can. Just send an email to inbox@google.com from an @gmail.com address and you'll get an invite shortly, Google said Thursday. Google Inbox aims to streamline your inbox, making it easy to filter and delete unnecessary mail like social notifications, promotions, and general updates. On Android, it doesn't replace the Gmail app, but sits alongside it. And that's where the problems start, for me. Essentially, Inbox duplicates Gmail, complete with notifications--so if there are four new emails in Gmail, chances...
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Intel Debuts vPro Chips ToAlready enjoying double-digit gains from its vPro chips, Intel aims to make them even more attractive for enterprises. Intel's new wireless display and docking technology seeks to cut down on the... cords and push up on the mobility.
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Not so easy to buy privacy: Study shows how 'anonymized' credit card data still identifies
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Google's Nexus Player to beIt looks like the Nexus Player is beginning its exploration of the wide, wide world. Google announced today that the Android TV device will be coming to Japan at the end of February for 12,800 yen... (about $108).
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New Outlook app for rival iOS, Android

The Australian - 29 Jan 2015 22:06
New Outlook app for rival iOS,MICROSOFT has launched a new Outlook app on rival platforms that offers access to some rival services.
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Nokia chalks $645m profit

The Australian - 29 Jan 2015 22:04
Nokia chalks $645m profitTHE Nokia business left over after Microsoft’s acquisition proves profitable.
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At a glance: Apple's iPhone 6, big-screen 6 Plus taking bite out of Samsung's market share
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Dish DVR Lets You Skip theIf you're one of the many Americans who couldn't care less which group of grown men is better at surprise bear hugs and rolling in the grass, Dish DVR is granting you a big Super Bowl surprise with... Reverse AutoHop. Now, you can cut out all that garbage football from this year's Super Bowl, and gorge yourself on garbage consumerism. Just like the good lord intended.
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Microsoft may have found theGoogle’s Android platform has basically become to smartphones what Windows has long been for desktop computers and laptops — that is, it’s the dominant player in terms of raw market share.... Microsoft is obviously not happy that it missed the boat on the smartphone revolution but it may have come up with an ingenious way to undermine Google’s control over Android. RELATED: This man wants to be Google’s new worst nightmare The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft plans to be “a minority investor in a roughly $70 million round of equity financing that values Cyanogen in the high hundreds of millions.” Why is this important, you ask? Because Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has openly declared that his company’s goal is to end
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FCC tells carriers toThe FCC has unanimously approved a measure which will require wireless carriers to monitor a person’s location inside a building to enable more accurate emergency calls. The new rule will require... carriers to provide the location of an emergency caller within a few stories — 50 meters horizontally and three meters vertically — to first responders. This is much more accurate than just providing a street address via the current system. Carriers will […]
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[From GamerTell] The PlayStation Vita is losing its dedicated YouTube app, Maps, and some features from near, and while I don't like losing things, I've determined that maybe it will be alright...
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Farmer uses drone to captureWhat can you do with a feed truck, a drone and a herd of cattle? A farmer who is famous for serenading his cows will tell you.
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The Truth About ExercisingSometimes it seems the only exercise options for pregnant women are easy swimming, gentle yoga, and walking carefully in a field of pillows. But if you're not satisfied with those, you're in luck:... many activities are safer in pregnancy than bystanders and even your doctor may realize.
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Meet miners, outlaws and sheriffs all striving to get ahead in the volatile new world of virtual money. Financial Times reporter Kadhim Shubber is your guide (full text available to subscribers)
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The idea behind the financial literacy movement sounds like common sense. The financial world is complicated? People don't do the right things? Then educate them! Teach kids about budgets and living... within their means, offer employees an investment information session--and voilà! Twenty years later, credit card debt and the retirement savings crisis will be things of the past, and we'll all be on the road to financial nirvana.
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Suitcase of body parts found aSan Francisco police found a suitcase of body parts by the city's main throughfare, Market Street, on Wednesday afternoon. The grisly discovery happened when officers investigated a report of a... suspicious package: a roller suitcase placed next to garbage by 11th and Market Street, just one block from Twitter's headquarters. See also: When a tweet diverts a plane: FBI probing Twitter threats against airlines A spokesperson for the SFPD described the suitcase's contents as "dismembered body parts of a human being." Indeed, the remains were reportedly so mutilated that a medical examiner was called to determine whether the remains were human.
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SpaceX presents a rockin'SpaceX wants to make space exploration cheaper by reusing its rockets. See how it plans to do it, set to a thumpin' soundtrack.
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Three metallic band optionsUK fans of Motorola's Android Wear-based smartwatch, the Moto 360 will be able to choose from three metallic band options later in 2015: Light Gold, Light Metal and Dark Metal. Those band options... launched in the US market in late 2014.
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People with Dementia May HaveA 60-year-old businessman lost his job and much of his personality to dementia. But he learned to play the saxophone exceptionally well, according to a new report of his case.
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Are we tired of making puns based around the silly name for the Kickstarter-funded, Android-powered, miniature game console, OUYA? No, friends. No we are not. Clearly. That aside, there's a whole... nation of people who are just now hearing of OUYA for...
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Jurrasic World for real: newAt 15-meters long, Qijianglong (pronounced "CHI-jyang-lon") was not a small dinosaur. Half of its length was made up of neck, while a tiny head sat on one end and a four-legged hulk of a body sat at... the other. The digging site at which this animal was found was first discovered in 2006, and only now have paleontologists gotten to …
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What does Microsoft see in Android developer Cyanogen? It's a question raised on Thursday by a new report in the Wall Street Journal that says that Microsoft is planning to be…
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10 handy home improvement appsWith the right apps, the smartphone in your pocket can transform into a home improvement super-tool. Here, we've hand-picked some of our favorites for iOS, Android, and Desktop users. The post 10... handy home improvement apps for your next project appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Video takes you inside StarWhat weighs 1,200 pounds and is packed with awesome? The new Battle Pod arcade game, that's what! This new video takes you behind the scenes.
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Uber just dropped off anTourists are invading Phoenix like locusts this weekend thanks to the Waste Management Open and Super Bowl. So while all the snowbirds are running around the valley, watching golfers, snapping pics of... gridiron superstars, and taking in the unbelievable Phoenix…
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Elgato Recalls Some SmartElgato recently announced that it is recalling some of its Smart Power 6000 mAh battery packs, as they can overheat while recharging. The company sent out notices to app users today, letting them know... about the recall. For those unfamiliar, the $99 Elgato Smart Power battery pack is a compact 6000 mAh external battery that integrated with an iOS app, a neat feature that allowed users to wireless monitor the charge level of the device and receive notifications when the battery was low or needed recharging. MacRumors went hands-on with the Smart Power back in December and found it's app integration to be highly useful. According to the company, affected Smart Power battery packs were sold between September 2014 and January 2015 and "fall within a limited serial number range." Affected...
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Shooting Challenge: Coffee

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 21:50
Shooting Challenge: CoffeeCoffee. You owe that shit. Big time. It gets you out of bed, keeps you employed, and only stains your teeth moderately. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, we're photographing coffee--in beans,... brewing, and cups.
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New submitter rsanford, apropos today's FCC announcement about what is officially consided "broadband" speed by that agency, asks In the early and middle 90's I recall spending countless hours on IRC... 'Trout-slapping' people in #hottub and engaging in channel wars. The people from Europe were always complaining about how slow their internet was and there was no choice. This was odd to me, who at the time had 3 local ISPs to choose from, all offering the fastest modem connections at the time, while living in rural America 60 miles away from the nearest city with 1,000 or more people. Was that the reality back then? If so, what changed, and when?
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Audio lovers will be happy to hear the latest news about Windows 10: the operating system will support lossless audio on phones and tablets. PC World noticed that Microsoft's Corporate Vice…
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Facebook: How to Opt Out of Place Tips

ABC News - 29 Jan 2015 21:48
Facebook: How to Opt Out ofNew service will show tips based on a user's location.
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[From GadgeTell] Get your fancy elegance on with Braven's latest LUX speaker
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[From GadgeTell] Just when we were ready to hail Samsung's return to form in the low-cost Android smartphone space, the oft-rumored Galaxy J1 timidly broke cover in Malaysia, shattering sweet dreams... and debunking wishful speculation.
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Chrome OS Smart Lock featureChromebook owners running the stable channel of Chrome OS can now take advantage of Google's new security feature called Smart Lock. The feature is enabled when you have a phone running Android 5.0... paired with the Chromebook over Bluetooth, and lets you bypass the typical password lock screen when the phone is nearby. The Smart Lock feature was live in the dev channel a few weeks ago.
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Adware is generally something most Mac users won’t have to worry about, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is entirely immune to the potential nuisance, and nobody likes it when their browser has... been hijacked by that type of junk. If you’re at all concerned about adware impacting your Mac and web browsing, you ...
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Puzzle Apps to Give Your Brain a Workout

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 21:44
Puzzle Apps to Give Your BrainThese four apps--Quetzalcoatl, Zeko, Striped and Swiped. Seriously? Yup! and Match the Pattern--are sure to challenge even the most advanced puzzler.
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Fugitive treasure hunter caught in Florida

Mashable - 29 Jan 2015 21:43
Fugitive treasure hunterWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history was scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday after two years on... the run. The U.S. Marshals Service captured former fugitive Tommy Thompson at a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton on Tuesday. The capture was announced Wednesday by Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency's office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing. A criminal contempt warrant was unsealed Wednesday. See also: 7 Mysterious Treasures the World Is Still Looking For
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Galaxy S6, Galaxy S Edge maySamsung is pulling out all the stops to make you want a Galaxy phone again. The company's Gear VR headset only works with the Note 4 for now, but report suggests the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S Edge could... also get in on the action by adding compatability to the current or a future generation Gear VR. To make this happen Samsung would need to produce a new Gear VR to match the smaller screen of a new Galaxy S phone. The other alternative would be to bump up the new GS6 to a 5.7 inch screen, but that's unlikely because then the Note would have to get even bigger. And while the Note sells well, 5.7 inches isn't really a size for everyone.
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It took a grueling two and half months, but the Federal Communications Commission auction of new 4G airwaves is finally over. The provisional winning bids totaled $44.9 billion for 65 MHz…
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When Robots Beam Down From the Cloud

Wired - 29 Jan 2015 21:42
It's been over 20 years since Larry Ellison made the case for cloud computing. Some speculate he only invented the idea to get at Bill Gates, the dominance of the PC and the then-newly released... Windows 95. Even if the motivation had a personal edge, the point is that he had a strong case. As […] The post When Robots Beam Down From the Cloud appeared first on WIRED.
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Do You See a Mountain or a Crater in This Picture?

Universe Today - 29 Jan 2015 21:40
Do You See a Mountain or aYesterday, we posted an image taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of an unusual crater formed by a triple-asteroid. We noticed some comments on the article and on... social media of people who said, “hey, that looks like a mountain, not a crater!” Thanks to our brains, this is a […]
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Viacom to bringAs more viewers shift away from traditional cable TV, the kids television network sets its sights on the fast-growing mobile market.
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Nintendo's YouTubeNintendo gets to approve the videos, and some popular games are off-limits.
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Join the MashableReads MeetupAs the winter weather takes a turn for the worse, cuddling up inside and devouring a good book is one of the best things you can do. Two weeks ago, we announced our next MashableReads book club... selection The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a page-turning thriller a lá the popular best-seller Gone Girl. In fact, it is the first debut novel to become an instant New York Times bestseller in a decade — the last book was The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. Additionally, the film rights have already been acquired by DreamWorks For those who missed the announcement, Hawkins will be attending the MashableReads Meetup at Mashable HQ to discuss her book with the community
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Social Shopping App Depop While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences... together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and part eBay marketplace, has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital…
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'New 3DS XL' Review:Nintendo's upgraded 'New 3DS XL' is the handheld Nintendo should have released in 2011.
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'I need your clothes, bootloaders and CPU cycles' The Chinese government wants backdoors added to all technology imported into the Middle Kingdom as well as all its source code handed over....
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Quantum computing specialist D-Wave Systems now has $29 million in new funding and plans to go on a hiring spree to add to its staff of over 120 people, according to the…
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13 travel gadgets for theThere's quite a range of travel tech on the market today. For big spenders, a real-life, to-scale Delorean car conversion kit or an underwater RV will certainly impress your friends — but they may... not be the most practical purchases. See also: Score the Best Flight Deals on These 10 Sites There are countless gizmos and gadgets specifically for travelers that aren't quite as ostentatious. From tech to keep an eye on your home or pets while you're out of town to handy gadgets for translation or keeping your smartphone powered up, we've rounded up a few useful technologies for frequent jetsetters below.
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Samsung teases Galaxy S6 withSamsung will soon unveil its next major flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6, which might be released in two distinct versions in the coming months, including a regular model and an "Edge" version.... Reports from South Korea detailing some of Samsung's statements related to its recent earnings report -- it's fifth quarterly decline in a row, and the first annual earnings decline in three years -- have revealed more details about the Galaxy S6. DON'T MISS: This is the Samsung Galaxy S6 Unpacked According to Korea Herald, Samsung said that it plans to launch an "innovative premium handset" this year, featuring a "special function." The company did not explain what that actually means during its earnings call on Thursday, though Samsung's statements may fall in line with speculation detailing the
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State may teach coding as foreign language

USA Today - 29 Jan 2015 21:35
State may teach coding asProposed Kentucky bill would count programming classes toward foreign language requirements.          
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Cyanogen gets $70 mil from"We're going to take Android away from Google" said Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. They're going to have help, too. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (to whom the above comment was made) notes... Microsoft is making a $70 million investment in Cyanogen Inc. It's an interesting angle, as Microsoft already makes quite a bit of money in licensing …
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I was so excited to have the opportunity to interview a true social lady, Carmen Shirkey Collins, on my podcast. She has been working on creating 1:1 relationships with customers since before... "social media" was a term in the lexicon, and has since helped pioneer and transform social media programs for several Fortune 500 companies and large brands. Her passion for social media aside, she's also an award-winning writer with another book on the way. Below I've shared some of her great digestible tips with you.
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Man Lost Contact With DroneThe man was flying the drone outside his apartment window when it shot off toward the White House, the friend who owned the device said.
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Dish will offer a ReverseFor many viewers, the commercials run during the Super Bowl are more fun to watch than the game. So the day after this Sunday's game, Dish Network customers using the company's Hopper DVRs will be... able to activate a special Reverse AutoHop feature. You guessed right: It will skip through the entire game to play just the commercials. "This day is about two things: football and commercials," said Dish senior VP Vivek Khemka in a press release, "and for good reason--both are entertaining and our customers love them." The impact on you : Obviously, there's no impact on you if you're not a Dish subscriber. And even if you are, the game-skipping feature will be enabled only the day after the game. It would be much more fun if you could re-watch all the commercials immediately after the game.
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Tweeted bomb threats: price of Net freedom?

USA Today - 29 Jan 2015 21:32
Tweeted bomb threats: price ofTech world experts say while some policing is necessary anonymity remains a Web hallmark.          
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The Instagram Effect & Faux-tography

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 21:31
The Instagram Effect &In the day and age of selfie sticks and endless photo editing apps, it seems like my social media channels just keep getting prettier and prettier. I can't remember the last time I logged onto... Instagram and saw something visually unappealing. A slight crop here, sharpening there, and an overall Sepia tint = visual happiness What I'm getting at is--technology is making it easier and easier for novices wielding cell phone cameras to take a photo and become a photographic Internet sensation, a title once given only to professionals. This got me to thinking: How do professional photographers feel about this? Do social channels cheapen their craft? Thankfully, Hawaii has no shortage of photography professionals to talk shop. Can you blame them when you're surrounded by this? (photo credit:...
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First-ever view of proteinWhen new medicines are invented, the drug may hit the intended target and nullify the symptoms, but nailing a bull's eye -- one that produces zero side effects -- can be quite elusive. New research... has, for the first time, revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders.
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Key element in circadian clock speed discovered

Science Daily - 29 Jan 2015 21:30
Key element in circadian clockIn a discovery that may lead to new treatments for sleep disorders, jet lag and other health problems tied to circadian rhythms, researchers have identified a determinant of the circadian clock's... period.
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A new minimally invasive cell sampling device coupled with assessment of trefoil factor 3 expression can be used to identify patients with reflux symptoms who warrant endoscopy to diagnose Barrett's... esophagus, according to a new study.
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The World Clock shows theTime is a major point of interest for us. We have meetings and gatherings to attend, and that keeps us on a strict schedule. Of course, the entire world does not run on the same time as you. Some... places are many hours ahead or behind, and should you work internationally it's part of your job to keep track of who is where and when. While your phone has a ...
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We're gonna leave behind the MacBook Air line and the lower powered 1.4GHz processors and focus on just the more powerful models in the world of refurbed Macs. This week, we're all about speed and... power and just crushing it. So let's get right into these big beautiful Macs -- and we'll see what kind of a hook up we can give you in the accessory category too.
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Creating a successful spinoff is never easy, and that must be particularly true for Vince Gilligan, who's tasked with following up the enormous success of Breaking Bad with a new series focused on one... of its standout characters. We've seen bits and pieces of Better Call Saul over the past few months, and now AMC has released a chat with its creators -- including Gilligan -- that goes behind the scenes and sets up the new series. Perhaps the standout quote here is from lead actor Bob Odenkirk, revealing how he committed to the show: he apparently told Gilligan, "If you write it, I'll do it." The website SpoilerTV has also posted what it claims are the episode descriptions for the first five installments of the new series. While we can't...
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Imgur Can Now Convert VideosAll the cool kids are making and sharing animated GIFs these days. Imgur just made it easier to get in on the action, by turning video links into GIFs (or, more technically, in Imgur's optimized GIFV... format ).
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Android 5.0 Lollipop nowOwners of the HTC One M8 in Canada might want to check their devices. The company announced today that an over-the-air download for the smartphone that will update it to Android 5.0 Lollipop has begun... for Bell, SaskTel, and WIND Mobile customers.
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Smallest version of the game breaks a 32-year-old record; its info file is 114x bigger.
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The Galaxy S6 Could BeSamsung's next big flagship phone, presumably the Galaxy S6, is almost certainly going to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March. And according to new rumors, it's looking more... likely than ever that it'll be running something close to stock Android. Be still, my heart.
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CAT scan of nearby supernovaCassiopeia A, or Cas A for short, is one of the most well studied supernova remnants in our galaxy. But it still holds major surprises. Harvard-Smithsonian and Dartmouth College astronomers have... generated a new 3-D map of its interior using the astronomical equivalent of a CAT scan. They found that the Cas A supernova remnant is composed of a collection of about a half dozen massive cavities - or "bubbles."
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$350 Lego Avengers HelicarrierThe impressive flying craft from Marvel's Avengers universe makes an equally impressive debut in Lego form as a massive model with moving engines.
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You Can Now Pre-Order Sony'sDo you have an extraordinary sense of hearing and a couple thousand bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Sony wants to talk to you.
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News Flash: Twitter Co-FounderHe offered up a tweetstorm to prove it.
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The ever-growing list ofAs a standalone device, Nest is cool. The 'Works with Nest' program makes it invaluable In the first part of our Nest Thermostat series, I called this device the first connected home appliance... everyone should want to own. Curiously, this statement had very little to do with the hardware itself (although I do still think it's one of the nicest looking thermostats out there today) or even really the apps that help make that hardware useful. The core of any connected home gadget needs to be a combination of thoughtful software design and an ability to talk to the other devices in the home. The closer you can get to an open platform for connected home tech, the better. Nest isn't currently what I would call an open platform, but the company has been working very hard to play nice with as many...
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Sprint going the barnyardWait. This isn't T-Mobile? Shots fired.
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Samsung's Galaxy S6 maySamsung may go easy on the bloatware in its Galaxy S6 as the company tries to revitalize its sagging smartphone business. Unnamed sources tell SamMobile that Samsung's next flagship won't have nearly... as much pre-loaded software as previous Galaxy phones. Instead, Samsung will reportedly offer these apps and features as optional downloads. There's no word on exactly which apps Samsung plans to cut, but SamMobile speculates that a handful of core apps like S Health will remain on board. This isn't the first report of leaner software from Samsung . A couple weeks ago, a source told BusinessKorea that Samsung was aiming to "get rid of unnecessary functions" and have a simpler interface "at the level of Google's Nexus 6."
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Is it drafty in here? TheThe Tempo is an environmental monitor that looks like a pebble you picked up on the beach. Not only can it make sure your cigars are in pristine condition, but it can help isolate heating energy waste... in your home and act as an iBeacon. The post Is it drafty in here? The Tempo lets you hunt your house for wasted heat appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Two-Billion-Year-Old FossilsTo a human, two billion years is an unfathomable interval. But that, a team of European, Gabonese, and American scientists now say, is how long ago a recently discovered hoard of fossils suggests...... --
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The Navy's NewestThe DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class Destroyer could very well revolutionize the way the Navy does its surface warfare business. One of its biggest innovations is ditching the cramped, darkly lit Combat... Information Center (CIC), a fixture for many decades on past USN combat ships, and replacing it with the state-of-the-art, spacious, Star Trek bridge-like Ship's Mission Center.
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Apple's Quarterly Revenue vs. 15 Really Big Numbers

The Mac Observer - 29 Jan 2015 21:14
Apple's Quarterly Revenue vs.Apple had the best quarter in the history of all quarters, as reported Tuesday. Kelly put together some comparisons of Apple's earning numbers to give this quarter some context.
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China Demands Back Door into Computers, Software

The Mac Observer - 29 Jan 2015 21:13
China Demands Back Door intoTech companies hoping to sell computers, smartphones, tablets, and software in China are facing some serious hurdles now that the country is demanding they build back doors into their products, comply... with invasive audits, and hand over proprietary and secret source code. The Chinese government is justifying the move by saying it's necessary to ensure western countries aren't spying through technology, but it may also be a ploy to push those companies out in favor of in-country tech makers. The Mac Observer Spin: China wants hardware and software back doors to access our private and encrypted data, as does the United States and United Kingdom. This is bad for consumers, and won't likely end well.
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Radioactive Bubbles May HaveBubbles of radioactive metal may have punched holes in the heart of Cassiopeia A, a nearby supernova, according to new observations. Studying the bubbly interior could help scientists understand why... supernovas pop their corks in the first place, and what
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What's new on Netflix andFind out what you should add to your watch list because these videos are either brand new or going offline very soon.
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Bits Blog: With a Few Bits ofKnowing just four random pieces of information was enough to reidentify 90 percent of the shoppers as unique individuals and to uncover their records, researchers calculated.
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Wheeler: If slow speeds are enough, why do you heavily promote faster service?
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Texting may be more suitableTexting may be a more suitable treatment aid for those with mental illness than mobile applications.This is the key finding of a new study led by researchers from Clemson University in collaboration... with researchers from Indiana University and the Centerstone Research Institute. The study was published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.
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Just four bits of credit cardJust four bits of information gleaned from a shopper's credit card can be used to identify almost anyone, suggesting that even anonymous big data sets can breach individual privacy, researchers said... Thursday.
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Supernovae are the funeral pyres of very massive stars. They forge most of the basic elements we know, including the ones that make up our bodies. But we still don't know exactly how they happen. It's... getting a little clearer though, and a new study published today in Science could address part of the mystery. Researchers looked at supernova remnant Cassiopeia A in a unique way -- one that allowed them to map its interior in three dimensions. The story told by that map reveals large-scale structures in the interior of the remnant, a previously undiscovered trait that suggests stars might explode differently than astronomers had imagined, says study author Dan Milisavljevic, a postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Astrophysical...
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This is SO AWESOME!One of the best things about video games replicating real world locations is finding out just how close they come to capturing a perfect digital representation of those places. For example, the city... of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto 5 is based not-so-loosely on Los Angeles. LAST TIME: Brilliant photos show how modern-day Paris compares to Paris in Assassin's Creed Unity One photographer from GTAist has made it his mission to show off the incredible similarities between the real city and the fake one, traveling around Los Angeles taking pictures of the buildings and landmarks that have been converted to digital scenery in GTA 5 and making a series of interactive slides using his photographs. As expected, Rockstar did a pretty good job bringing Los Angeles to
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Can super cute puppies save these #brands?

The Verge - 29 Jan 2015 21:10
Your company is embroiled in scandal, the stock price is down, and public opinion is turning against you. What do you do? If you're Uber, Budweiser, and Go Daddy then the answer is easy: make a Super... Bowl ad with a puppy. Hey Martha, did you hear these guys hire rapists... OH MY GOD LOOK HOW CUTE! An old Hollywood adage says "never work with children or animals." Cuba Gooding Jr. never recovered from Snow Dogs and Chris O'Donnell was exiled to television after playing the red-breasted sidekick to a bat. Will #brands fare differently? Child labor laws restrict brands from employing babies for the purposes of gridiron combat, but dogs are still fair game. This year, Uber joins Animal Planet in support of its annual Super Bowl Sunday...
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TechCurmudgeon writes According to The Register, "Mozilla has given the Tor network a capacity kick with the launch of 14 relays that will help distribute user traffic. Engineers working under the... Foundation's Polaris Project inked in November pulled Mozilla's spare and decommissioned hardware out of the cupboard for dedicated use in the Tor network. It included a pair of Juniper EX4200 switches and three HP SL170zG6 (48GB ram, 2*Xeon L5640, 2*1Gbps NIC) servers, along with a dedicated existing IP transit provider (2 X 10Gbps). French Mozilla engineer Arzhel Younsi (@xionoxfr) said its network was designed to fall no lower than half of its network capacity in the event of maintenance or failure. The Polaris initiative was a effort of Mozilla, the Tor Project and the Centre for Democracy...
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Spire expects its constellation of 100-plus cubesat-class satellites to do for weather forecasts what online mapping did for getting directions. The post Smallsat Developer Spire To Enter Commercial... Weather Market appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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Beans Do Not Belong in Chili

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 21:07
The core ingredients of chili are "fiery envy, scalding jealousy, scorching contempt, and sizzling scorn," wrote New York author H. Allen Smith, in a 1967 essay for Holiday magazine. He was mostly... right about that (I also like to add a dark lager) but wrong about almost everything else. Smith's essay, titled "Nobody Knows More About Chili Than I Do," is an historic example of pitch-perfect food trolling. In it, Smith denounces Texas and all its claims to chili dominance, and his piece culminates in a wildly misguided recipe with a special New York twist. "To create chili without beans, either added to the pot or served on the side," he writes, "is to flout one of the basic laws of nature."  
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NASA's Investment in Commercial Space Is Vindicated!

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 21:07
NASA's Investment inLast week, Google and Fidelity announced they were acquiring about 10 percent of Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, "SpaceX." This ten-figure investment (yep, that's a Billion dollars with a... capital "B") signals a coming of age for New Space -- a collection of innovative companies involved in commercializing spaceflight. Although the traditional investment community has long marginalized these firms, NASA backed the development of a competitive space launch market as the lead investor to the dismay of some traditionalists. In the Silicon Valley venture capital model many risky startups are funded, spectacular disasters occur and only a fraction of the firms ever pay off. Securing significant investment from an outside firm or an initial public offering is the inflection point that...
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Rumors of SkyMall's demise might have been exaggerated, at least if the CEO of Scottevest gets his way. Scott Jordan, head of the company that makes coats with pockets sufficient to carry your entire... gadget haul, believes that he's the man to save th...
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New Dinosaur SpeciesA new dinosaur species discovered in China is being called "extreme"--and for good reason. The dino's neck is so long that it makes up more than half of the creature's huge 49-foot-long body. The... dinosaur--dubbed Qijianglong guokr, or "dragon of Qijiang"--is believed to have roamed Asia about 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic Period. It was identified by skull and vertebrae fossils unearthed in 2006 by construction workers near Quiang City in the southern part of the country. (Story continues below image.) Artist's conception of Qijianglong being chased by two carnivorous dinosaurs in southern China 160 million years ago. "If you imagine a big animal that is half neck, you can see that evolution can do quite extraordinary things," Tetsuto Miyashita, a Ph.D. student at the...
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The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to change the definition of broadband Internet to connection speeds of 25 megabits per second or higher, up from the previous standard of 4... megabits.
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Birdbrains? Hardly: BabyBaby chicks seem to count from left to right just like humans, suggesting the mental representation of the number line is millions of years old.
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With $1.75M In Funding, When you talk to ad tech and analytics companies, one thing you hear over and over again is the promise to deliver recommendations that marketers can act on, rather than overwhelming them with data... and graphs. MaestroIQ is the latest startup to make that pitch, but it looks like it has the team and investors to back up that claim. The company is announcing today that it has raised $1.75 million…
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Major League Soccer Will SellBut ESPN still plans on selling basketball games online. And probably cricket, too.
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Incipio Octane Co-MoldedA no-frills case that just keeps your Note 4 safe without adding much bulk The Galaxy Note 4's metal frame is nice to look at, even nice to hold, but we all know it won't stay looking and feeling that... nice for long without a case. If you're someone who's rough on a phone you'll need some protection, and the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 adds solid coverage with no extra frills. There's no kickstand, screen cover or funky port system, but there is a great design with thick rubber in the places that need it while keeping full function of your phone available. Read along and see our quick review of the Incipio Octane case for the Note 4 -- it may be the right choice for you.
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Could Super Bowl Outcome BeFootball fans, take note: The outcome of this weekend's Super Bowl, along with other major sporting events, may depend on whether the players are night owls or early birds, a new study suggests.
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The last year and a half has been big for Android mod community turned legit outlet Cyanogen -- the company has raised a bunch of money, launched some official hardware, and made inroads in India.... Now, it seems that Cyanogen is getting even more support from a highly unlikely source. According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft of all companies may be putting some money into Cyanogen, becoming a minority investor. This is despite the fact that the company has no software, hardware, services, or anything that seems to be directly relevant to Microsoft, at least at first glance. That said, Cyanogen has been on a mission as of late to do as much as it can to decoup the Android software from Google's control -- Kirt McMaster, Cyanogen's...
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Nickelodeon breaks out ofNickelodeon will be offering its kid's programming through a standalone subscription streaming service, following the lead of other networks going the a la carte route, like HBO and CBS. The post... Nickelodeon breaks out of cable’s cage, preps standalone streaming service appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Exploring How DSLR ShuttersIf you want to see the mechanics of how a modern DSLR shutter works, one way to do so is through slow-motion captured with a high-speed camera. That’s what Gavin Free of The Slow Mo Guys recently... did by pointing a Phantom Flex at his Canon 7D and capturing what goes on inside the mirror […]
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FCC Sets New, FasterU.S. regulators have determined that only connections with download speeds of 25 megabits per second or faster will qualify as broadband.
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Uber is giving away MophieUber, the app-based transportation service which lets you request a ride from your iPhone, is running a pretty interesting promotion in Phoenix, Arizona starting today through Saturday for Super Bowl... XLIX . Between 10 am and 6 pm each day, Uber will offer to deliver a free Mophie Power Reserve ($49.95 1350mAh battery charger) to its […]
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5 reasons why Apple Watch needs to be a hit

USA Today - 29 Jan 2015 21:02
5 reasons why Apple WatchApple needs a new winner since there is too much riding on the iPhone.          
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ISS lowers its orbit to makeA European spacecraft was used to lower the orbit of the ISS (shown) yesterday. The ATV was used to 'slow' the station and move it down by 2.5km - but Nasa had to spin the station first.
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Chicks 'Count' Up Left ToExperiments with baby chickens suggest they perceive lower values as lying to the left of higher values, similar to how humans use a number-line. If true, this may date back to a common ancestor of... birds and people.
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More than one-third of the critical components embedded in European satellites, when measured by cost, are non-European, most of them provided by U.S. companies. The post European Satellites Still... Heavily Dependent on U.S. Parts appeared first on SpaceNews.com.
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U.S. Government TakesWASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission made an unprecedented move against "revenge porn" on Thursday, reaching a settlement with the alleged operator of one such website that bans him from posting... nude photos or videos of people online without their consent. Revenge porn refers to the practice of sharing nude photos or videos of a person in order to exact revenge against or otherwise humiliate that person. The FTC's agreement is with Craig Brittain, who allegedly operated the website Is Anybody Down out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to the agency's complaint, Brittain acquired nude images of women in a number of ways, including posing as a woman on Craigslist and soliciting images from users. He then allegedly posted the photos on the website, sometimes with the women's...
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From GMOs to Climate, PublicThe general public and scientists disagree on a wide range of scientific topics, from the safety of genetically modified foods to the cause of climate change.
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A Game Where You Build IkeaEven with an instruction manual, assembling Ikea furniture can challenge the most amateur of do-it-yourselfers. But in this simple Mac and PC game called Höme Improvisåtion, players are challenged... to assemble a box of parts into lamps, desks, and other furniture without any manuals, guidance, or idea of what the final product should look like. It sounds like the most entertaining way to spend a frustrated afternoon.
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Forget Me Not

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 21:00
First Amendment cases often deal with the fringes of free speech, forcing courts to scrutinize expression that might, on first glance, seem pretty worthless. In the last few years, the Supreme Court... has constructed constitutional protections for dogfighting videos, funeral protests, violent video games, and outright lies. This month, however, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was forced to confront a First Amendment question that most of us had assumed was settled decades ago: Does the Constitution give us a right to tell the truth?
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Despite Esteem for Science,Scientists and their work have an important place in every major aspect of American life. Many hope that advances in science will improve people's lives and enhance the economy. --
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iTunes Connect outage leavesDevelopers trying to update their apps on iTunes got a surprise this morning, when thanks to a weird glitch with iTunes Connect, devs were logged into other users’ accounts. Not only has the outage... prevented developers from being able to…
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[From GamerTell] Bonding over The Legend of Zelda is magic, even if it isn't in your native language.
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Review: Tonality

Mac Life - 29 Jan 2015 21:00
Tonality looks a lot like Intensify Pro but, in keeping with the monochrome tone, the entire interface is black and white, save for yellow highlights for selected tools and active banks of sliders.... Like Intensify, it'll happily edit JPEG and raw files with a 16-bit processing engine. Unlike its stablemate, however, the presets and sliders are geared towards one purpose. Open an image and it's immediately rendered in black and white, the presets along the bottom of the interface showing thumbnails of the effects.  Black and white photography is amenable to variations in contrast/texture, which can help viewers focus on composition and subject. Thankfully, Tonality has Adaptive Exposure and Smart Contrast settings to take the guesswork out of mono conversion, with the Micro Structure slider...
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Why The Least-Talked-About Among the many new technology products and services revealed at this year’s CES, perhaps none has gotten more press coverage than Dish’s new Sling TV service. As multiple outlets have reported,... this $20 per month subscription service gives subscribers access to TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2 — without the…
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In 2006, Netflix showed the world that anonymity isn't the same thing as privacy. The company released millions of movie ratings from its users, offering a cash prize to anyone who could use them to... build a better recommendation engine. But when researchers cross-referenced the now-public scores with iMDB reviews, they discovered they could effectively unmask the people behind them, even if customer names had been replaced by numbers. Netflix ended up in court with a woman who feared its contest would reveal her sexual orientation -- that the films she was comfortable enough to talk about in public could inadvertently expose the ones she never meant to go beyond her queue. Today, researchers from MIT have published yet another reminder...
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There just aren't too many new OS X word processing applications appearing these days, with Microsoft Word and Apple's Pages ruling the roost. So it was with some interest that I took a look at Wrise... (US$29.99 introductory pricing at the Mac app stor...
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How Business Credit CardsA business credit card, whether your employer gives you one or you apply for one yourself , can impact your credit score, as you might imagine. But only negatively.
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The Public And ScienceNew research out today finds huge gaps between public opinion and scientific consensus on a variety of topics from climate change and evolution to the safety of genetically modified foods and animal... research.
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Ghost Flaw Still HauntingA four-year-old vulnerability many thought had been put to rest is haunting Linux once again. Most Linux distributors released patches in 2010 to address the 'Ghost' vulnerability, but a second round... of patching is needed to stop the scary exploit.
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Privacy challenges

MIT - 29 Jan 2015 21:00
Privacy challengesAnalysis: It's surprisingly easy to identify individuals from credit-card metadata.
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Möbius strips of light made for the first time

New Scientist - 29 Jan 2015 21:00
A decade ago, physicists suggested that certain properties of light can twist into a one-sided loop – now there's proof
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Just four credit card clues can identify anyone

New Scientist - 29 Jan 2015 21:00
Without even knowing what someone bought, it's possible to pick their credit card history out of an anonymised pool thanks to the metadata collected by modern devices
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Kim Kardashian Masters The ArtOn Wednesday, Kim Kardashian went out for sushi with Scott Disick in Los Angeles' Encino neighborhood wearing a gray crop top and matching knee-length pencil skirt, Us Weekly noted. While in the... eatery, the 34-year-old reality star took a a selfie from the ladies' room and uploaded it to Instagram with the caption "#PublicBathroomSelfie." Somehow, Kardashian makes bathrooms work for her. She shared two bathroom selfies during a date night with Kanye West last month, looking all sorts of gorgeous. It's a gift. #PublicBathroomSelfie Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) 28 Sty, 2015 o 4:36 PST
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VMware to Offer Google Cloud Services

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 20:57
VMware Inc. will soon offer Google Cloud products as part of its vCloud Air service, as the tech company continues to expand its "hybrid cloud" business.
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If anyone still believes that bitcoin is magically anonymous internet money, the U.S. government just offered what may be the clearest demonstration yet that it's not. A courtroom powerpoint... presentation traced hundreds of thousands of bitcoins from the Silk Road anonymous marketplace for drugs directly to the personal computer of Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old accused of running that contraband bazaar. The post Prosecutors Trace $13.4M in Bitcoins From the Silk Road to Ulbricht’s Laptop appeared first on WIRED.
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Google's Nexus Player won't be exclusive to North America for much longer: The device will start selling in Japan next month, and other international rollouts may not be far behind. Google…
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Comcast apologizes afterTechnically Incorrect: A customer who tries to cancel cable service receives a bill with a new first name.
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Amazing Super Slow-Mo VideoSee how cameras work at 10,000 frames per second
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[EntertainmentTell] Movie Review: "Black Sea"

Technology Tell - 29 Jan 2015 20:51
[From EntertainmentTell] "Black Sea" might take place in the crushing confines of a submarine, but the story manages to blossom into a full-blown, throwback action thriller about culturally diverse,... down-and-outers searching for buried Nazi gold. Wunderbar.
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High blood pressure during pregnancy is increasingly common, largely due to older age and obesity. Although there is widespread agreement that hypertension in these women should be treated when it is... high enough to raise the risk of stroke, there is little agreement about whether or how to treat mild hypertension.
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What Is "the Cloud" -- and Where Is It?

Gizmodo - 29 Jan 2015 20:50
What Is 'the Cloud' -- andThere's at least one funny joke in Sex Tape. While frantically trying to cut off access to the amateur porn vid he accidentally uploaded to iCloud, Jason Segel tries to explain why deleting the file... won't work. "Nobody understands the cloud," he says. "It's a fucking mystery!" He's kind of right.
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LEGO Jurassic World game covers all 4 movies

Slash Gear - 29 Jan 2015 20:49
LEGO Jurassic World gameThat's right, Ian Malcolm fans, you're going to see everyone's favorite Chaos Theorist appear in LEGO form. In the new LEGO Jurassic World game, at least. This new game is set to be released alongside... a new Avengers LEGO game this year, starting in June with the Xbox One. You'll also see this game released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, …
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Destiny's infamous loot caveEagle-eyed survivors have found a loot cave (like the infamous Destiny exploit) in Dying Light, the latest open world zombie survive 'em up from Dead Island developer Techland. The post Destiny’s... infamous loot cave is back from the dead and hungry for brains in Dying Light appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Artist Develops 31 Rolls of  Watch photographer Levi Bettwieser of The Rescued Film Project discover and process 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago. Bettwieser knows nothing about the person... who shot the film or who it belonged to, but these never seen before photos offer a glimpse into the mind of…
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[From EntertainmentTell] Thoughts on the end of Parenthood, as the Bravermans say goodbye for good
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Swipe Raises $6.5M To Combine What if you swiped through Instagram rather than scrolling? What if posts were anonymous until you commented and the author replied? What if you’re already too old to know what kids like? Swipe... raises these questions, and it’s that last one that may have prompted top early-stage firms Sherpa Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital and Binary Capital to invest $6.5 million…
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Facebook testing 'Place Tips'Context is important, and Facebook knows it. Scale is also important, but Facebook already has that one figured out with their billion-plus users. Combine the two, and you just might have a formula... for success on several different levels. In New York, Facebook has placed beacons around the city in an attempt to better understand the locations of their users. …
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Microsoft will reportedly be a minority investor in the Android ROM builder.
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What's The Purpose Of TheI'm the author of the new book Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat, which explores the science of taste, culinary history, and the future of food. There’s a lot written about the food system,... but a great deal less about the inner workings of taste and flavor (the merging of taste, smells and other senses), though when we think about food, that’s really where the action is.
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Place tips is Facebook's newFacebook's trying something new again. The social network has unveiled a new feature called Place tips, and it's all about showing you useful and relevant information about wherever you happened to be... standing. "From friends' recommendations to information...
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19 Times Celebrities Should've Just Googled It

The Huffington Post - 29 Jan 2015 20:43
19 Times Celebrities Should'veTwitter is obviously an invaluable tool for celebrities: they can promote their latest projects, build relationships with fans and share their everyday thoughts with the world. But sometimes,... celebrities apparently forget that Google is a thing, and ask their Twitter followers questions that one quick search could've answered in 00000000.1 seconds. Behold, 19 times celebrities could've -- and should've -- just Googled it: Does anyone know which month has the most birthdays?? -- Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) August 20, 2012 Do ants have dicks? -- Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) March 28, 2010 Does anyone know when the new iphone is coming out? -- Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) September 8, 2013 to grow in height.... is this normal? LOL does anyone know? -- Khloé (@khloekardashian) June...
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Wireless Auction Ends WithBut who won what?
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In 2012, Tom Scocca looked back on 40-odd years of Super Bowl halftime shows. To celebrate this weekend's big game (and accompanying halftime spectacle starring Katy Perry), we're reprinting the piece... below:
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Stream it or skip it? DeathNot sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks are worth listening to and which you should skip. Up this week: Death Cab for Cutie, Jagged Edge, Lil Wayne and many more. The... post Stream it or skip it? Death Cab for Cutie and Jagged Edge make their returns appeared first on Digital Trends.
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These 7 iPhone Apps Will HelpAre you ready for some downloads!?
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Atlas Obscura: Around the world, there are trees that have been growing for a much longer period of time than famed arbors like Methuselah or General Sherman. Some of these beautiful ancients may not... look like much -- some appear to be mere saplings, compared to the gigantic redwoods. Trees have always fascinated me. As a kid, I would climb the oaks in our neighbourhood and sit up there for hours. I still love walking among them and feeling their presence.∞ Read this on The Loop
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[From EntertainmentTell] Some eight years after the last installment hit the big screen, CBS has ordered an hour long dramatic version of the miss matched cop comedy 'Rush Hour'
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Android switcher stats showTim Cook told investors he’s optimistic that the iPhone 6 still has legs, mostly because it has the highest Android switcher rate the company has seen in over three years. The bigger screen was... supposed to cause an avalanche of…
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Are Teachers Still Useful WithIs there a point in having high school teachers deliver in-person lectures anymore with the advent of online lectures? This question was originally answered on Quora by Hadi Partovi.
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The One Loophole to Rule Them All

Slate - 29 Jan 2015 20:33
For more than a year, alongside immigration and an oil pipeline, net neutrality has been one of the biggest policy debates in the nation, prompting thousands of articles, late-night comedy skits, many... Senate letters, days of mass action, and a video pronouncement from the leader of the free world. Cable and phone companies (like Comcast and Verizon) want the power to charge Web giants (like Netflix and Amazon) for access to fast lanes and preferential treatment on the Internet, which would radically change the level playing field we have today for all inventors, speakers, and organizers. A year ago, it looked like they were going to win big, but the American public spoke.
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The best of personal tech:Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showcases the best and latest smartphones and other everyday devices you're going to want this year.
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Samsung, Apple Battle for Top Spot

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 20:31
Samsung, Apple Battle for TopThe fortunes of the world's two biggest smartphone makers crossed paths again, as contrasting earnings reports from Apple and Samsung Electronics put the two technology giants back in a dead heat for... leadership of the global market.
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The Nissan GT-R and Chevy's Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo are about to get some fresh company thanks to French automaker Renault. The Alpine Vision Gran Turismo is the latest Gran Turismo 6 ride... turned concept vehicle, and weighing in at around 1,...
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FCC commissioner makes theThe Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to raise the standards of what constitutes broadband from any service that offers download speeds of 4Mbps or higher to any service that offers... download speeds of 25Mbps or higher. ISPs were obviously not happy with this vote since it means that a lot of their service offerings — particularly AT&T and Verizon’s DSL networks — no longer count as broadband services. RELATED: Forget 1Gbps - the cable industry says you don't even need 25Mbps Before the vote, however, FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly railed against the FCC’s proposed definition change and he made what might be the most boneheaded argument against it that I’ve ever heard. Via The Verge, this is what O’Rielly actually said: “The report
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Government Says FewerFCC officials changed the goal line this morning, officially upping the U.S. definition of broadband to 25 Mbps.
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Sleev will protect your wiresOur charging cables are very important to us. They let precious electricity flow into our smartphones, letting us continue mindlessly staring open-mouthed at social media and mobile game for hours on... end. Of course, our phones don't have the longest lifespan ever, so most of the time we have to take our cables with us to plug into a computer, backup battery, or wall outlet. The constant winding, unwinding, and ...
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Don't believe Dodge's ChargerDodge says the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat can go 204 mph, and the car delivers. What does a 707-hp sedan look like hurtling along at the double century? Watch this video to find out. The post Don’t... believe Dodge’s Charger Hellcat can go 204 mph? Watch it here appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Game Review: A new life forFor some video games, what's old is new again.
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Dust-Proof Your Home With aWe already know that dryer sheets can help repel dust . But for a cheap, more versatile solution, use a DIY fabric softener solution and just spray.
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Genetically engineeredCapitalizing on a new insight into HIV's strategy for evading antibodies -- proteins produced by the immune system to identify and wipe out invading objects such as viruses -- researchers have... developed antibody-based molecules that are more than 100 times better than our bodies' own defenses at binding to and neutralizing HIV, when tested in vitro. The work suggests a novel approach that could be used to engineer more effective HIV-fighting drugs.
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Added fructose is a principalRecent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates. Clinical experts... challenge current dietary guidelines that allow up to 25 percent of total daily calories as added sugars, and propose drastic reductions in the amount of added sugar, and especially added fructose, people consume.
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The farnesoid-X receptor (FXR), also known as the chief regulator of bile acid metabolism, is thought to play a role in some hepatobiliary and gastrointestinal disorders. A recent study has... demonstrated dysfunctional intestinal FXR-signaling in a rat model of cholestatic liver injury, accompanied by intestinal bacterial translocation (BTL) and increased permeability and inflammation. Notably, a highly potent, selective FXR agonist obeticholic acid (INT-747) counteracted these effects, suggesting a potential new therapeutic avenue for liver disease.
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Om Malik wrote a great piece on the iPhone 6 Plus and also reflected on the upcoming Apple Watch and thoughts on Apple Pay: It looks like Apple is going to ride the iPhone wave for a while, perhaps... right through the launch of the Apple Watch, which I suspect is going to provide the big lift. Agreed. That said, I am not bullish on the watch, mostly because when I saw it, the software looked incomplete by a mile. It lacked that usual Apple software pop! There is no doubt that when Apple introduced the watch, the software wasn't ready. It's ready now. I wish Apple had spent more time making Apple Pay realize its true potential, because it could change how we purchase and thus define a new era for the company. I believe they are, in the background. Typically, Apple will release something...
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halfEvilTech writes As part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband by raising the minimum download speeds needed... from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps, which effectively triples the number of US households without broadband access. Currently, 6.3 percent of US households don't have access to broadband under the previous 4Mpbs/1Mbps threshold, while another 13.1 percent don't have access to broadband under the new 25Mbps downstream threshold.
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NASA TV Coverage Reset forNASA Breaking News: NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission (SMAP) launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, now is scheduled for 9:20 a.m. EST (6:20 a.m. PST) Friday, Jan. 30, with a... three-minute launch window. The launch of the United Launch Alliance/Delta II rocket was scrubbed Thursday due to a violation of upper-level wind constraints. Launch managers have initiated a 24-hour recycle. The weather forecast for this launch window shows a 90 percent chance of favorable conditions.
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Microsoft to Invest in Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Wall Street Journal - 29 Jan 2015 20:27
Microsoft to Invest in RogueMicrosoft is investing in Cyanogen, a startup building a version of the Android mobile-operating system outside of Google's auspices.
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