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31 Jul 2014 - United States
Machine Learning: Easier WaysSeveral new products and services have been released that could make mobile payments more convenient and worth trying.
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MRI for a quantum simulation

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 14:31
MRI for a quantum simulationMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is the medical application of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is a powerful diagnostic tool. MRI works by resonantly exciting hydrogen atoms and... measuring the relaxation time--different materials return to equilibrium at different rates; this is how contrast develops (i.e. between soft and hard tissue). By comparing the measurements to a known spectrum of relaxation times, medical professionals can determine whether the imaged tissue is muscle, bone, or even a cancerous growth. At its heart, MRI operates by quantum principles, and the underlying spectroscopic techniques translate to other quantum systems.
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Guy Puts GoPro on the Wheel of  Ryan Fox affixed a GoPro to the wheel of his car just to see what the footage would look like. Turns out it’s pretty trippy and slightly hypnotizing!    
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(New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering) New research may help prevent brain damage for those exposed to pesticides and chemical weapons.The work centers on proteins called... phosphotriesterases, which are able to degrade chemicals known as organophosphates -- found in everything from industrial pesticides to sarin gas. They permanently bond to neurotransmitters in the brain, interfering with their ability to function and causing irreversible damage. The researchers re-engineered the protein to make it sufficiently stable to be used therapeutically.
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Ford, GM sued over CD-ripping feature

Slash Gear - 31 Jul 2014 05:53
Ford, GM sued over CD-rippingFord and General Motors have been both slapped with a class action lawsuit from the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies on behalf of 300,000 artists and record labels. At the heart of the... issue is the companies' CD-ripping feature in some cars, which is said to violate copyright law. The information comes from TorrentFreak, which says that it has …
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eBay is down, it's not just you

Slash Gear - 31 Jul 2014 05:24
eBay is down, it's not justBelieve it or not, eBay appears to be down in the United States. Downtime began at approximately 8 minutes after 10PM Central Time and continue through the publication time of this article. At this... time it would appear that eBay remains active through servers around the world outside of the United States, suggesting that the downtime is centered on eBay's …
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Looking for wicked fast internet? You may want to move to Denmark: researchers in DTU Photonics' High-Speed Optical Communications Group (HSOC) have set a new world record for single-transmitter data... transfer. Using a new kind of optical fiber, the...
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Samsung Electronics has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, showing the first drop in net profit in three years for the Korean electronics giant, and a slowdown in its... smartphone sales. The company announced it had made a net profit of 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down from 7.77 trillion won ($7.58 billion) last year. It also recorded an operating profit of 7.19 trillion won ($7.02 billion) in the period -- a 15 percent drop from last quarter -- on revenues of 52.35 trillion won ($51.02 billion). The new figures mean Samsung's operating profit has dropped almost 25 percent from the same quarter last year, falling from 9.53 trillion won ($9.27 billion) in the second quarter of 2013.
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The One-Horse Race: Android Another milestone for Google’s Android in its relentless march for mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion,... according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry…
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc intends to lay off about 200 people at Beats Electronics LLC following its $3 billion acquisition of the headphone and music streaming services company, Bloomberg cited a person... with knowledge of the restructuring as saying.
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Not happy that Verizon is going to throttle unlimited LTE data plans? You're not alone. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has just sent a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead criticizing the carrier for the... new policy. He's "deeply troubled" by the move,...
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Explainer: Israel's Iron DomeThe breakdown of an initial ceasefire between Israeli forces and Hamas last weekend played out to a familiar soundtrack: air-raid sirens and the menacing hiss of incoming rocket fire, followed in many... cases by Iron Dome missiles intercepting their targets
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Guy jumps off a building,Ethan Swanson, the lunatic making this ridiculous roof jump, is a professional stunt man, so he sees life differently than the rest of us. Where normal humans see buildings and houses and stairs,... Swanson sees a playground. This jump, which starts from the top of a building and ends on stairs, is just epic.
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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said online copyright infringement needs to be deterred in Australia, but has said content owners should pay for any notification system and ensure their... content is available in a timely and affordable manner.
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Samsung patents revealRound is in...when it comes to smartwatches anyway. The Moto 360 is all the rage right now, mostly due to its unique and round design. So it makes sense that Samsung, which has been dabbling in the... smartwatch trend for a whle now, would file a few patents...
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Twitter may be considering aTwitter CEO Dick Costolo suggested during the company's earnings call that it is considering algorithmically-filtered features similar to Facebook's newsfeed, but some users say if it implements a... Facebook-style approach they will leave Twitter may be considering a Facebook-style feed — but would that help its growth or derail it? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Mysterious Giant Hole InScientists have launched an investigation into a giant crater that suddenly appeared in Siberia. Internet speculation on the hole's origins abounds.
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Turn Your iPhone Charger IntoEven carrying your iPhone's charger everywhere you go doesn't guarantee you'll be able to keep your phone running all day. Sometimes outlets can be hard to find, and for those times the NomadPlus is... here to help--transforming your iPhone's standard charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for back power on-the-go.
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Mysterious Sinkholes AreWhen it's finished in 2016, the Lotte World Tower will reach more than 1,800 feet. But unfortunately, crews are encountering some problems as they near the top: Small sinkholes are forming in the... neighborhood, and a nearby lake is mysteriously emptying into... hopefully not the base of the world's sixth tallest building.
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Square readies a new ReaderThe EMV transition is only a year away in the U.S. Square's merchants will be required to accept credit cards verified by embedded chips, and that means they'll need a new Square Reader. Square... readies a new Reader that will accept chip-based credit cards originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Eating chicken can kill you byHumans can get antibiotic-resistant if they consume antibiotic fed poultry. Antibiotics are used in the poultry industry as a growth promoter and also to treat infections.
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OKCupid admits experimentingOKCupid CEO Christian Rudder admitted that the website carried out experiments on its users, which brings to mind Facebook's similar experiments that are now mired in controversy.
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Wealthy Australians with private philanthropic foundations are giving more to charitable causes in health, education and welfare, but less to the environment, QUT research has found.
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How WWI codebreakers taughtIn the depths of night on August 5th 1914 the British Cable Ship Alert took the first significant action of World War I, severing the five German submarine cables that ran through the English Channel.... This operation was a major blow, forcing Germany to use radio for international communications for the duration of the war.
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50-foot-wide Muon g-2One year ago, the 50-foot-wide Muon g-2 electromagnet arrived at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois after traveling 3,200 miles over land and sea from... Long Island, New York. This week, the magnet took the final few steps of that journey, moving across the Fermilab site and into the new building that now houses it.
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Watch this crazy GoPro videoRepeat after me, everyone: Do not try this at home. GoPro has just posted an amazing new video that shows us what it’s like to jump from the roof of a four-story building and live to tell about it.... The video was made by professional stuntman Ethan Swanson, who expertly figured out the proper angle and force of his jump that he would need to land on the downward slope of a smaller building’s roof below and slide safely to the ground. In the end, the only damage he sustained was of a torn pants leg. GoPro videos have really taken off this year, as so far we’ve seen some insane footage of tornadoes, car crashes and accidental sky dives. GoPro
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A forced PIN for all creditPut the pen away when you next take out your credit card as from tomorrow (Friday August 1) Australians will no longer be able to use their signature when completing a transaction in a store. It's... PINs only from now on, although this will apply only in store and not for online transactions.
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Comfortable climate indoorsProper humidity and temperature play a key role in indoor climate. In the future, establishing a comfortable indoor environment may rely on porous glass incorporated into plaster, as this regulates... moisture particularly well and keeps mold at bay.
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Guesthouse of Mirth

Slate - 31 Jul 2014 14:07
This August I'm hosting a literary interview series at Edith Wharton's country estate, the Mount, and as the date draws near I find myself wondering what the grande dame herself would think of such an... enterprise. My hunch is she'd have mixed feelings.  
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How startup Cubr might killSAN FRANCISCO -- Sébastien Leidgens wants to put a new angle on the business card. His invention, Cubr, is a six-sided die that connects people through private mobile web chat. When a red, blue or... green Cubr is tossed your…
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Strategy Analytics: 85% ofStrategy Analytics already has smartphone sales numbers for the second quarter of 2014, with the company revealing that Android gained even more market share during the period, at the expense of all... its competitors. Global smartphone shipments for Q2 2014 reached 295.2 million units, 27% more than the same period last year when 233.0 million units were shipped. Of those, 84.6% (249.6 million) were Android smartphones, up from 80.2% during Q2 2013. “Like the PC market, Android is on the verge of turning smartphone platforms into a one-horse race," Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston said. "Its low-cost services and user-friendly software remain wildly attractive to hardware makers, operators and consumers worldwide. Rival OS vendors are going to have to do
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(AP)--Telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says its net loss narrowed in the second quarter thanks to lower accounting charges, while revenue stagnated and restructuring charges... mounted.
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Simulation models optimize water power

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 14:00
The Columbia River basin in the Pacific Northwest offers great potential for water power; hydroelectric power stations there generate over 20 000 megawatts already. Now a simulation model will help... optimize the operation of the extensive dam system.
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Is Google's project to monitorYou donate gigabytes of valuable data to Google every day. Your browsing history, search results, and gmail behaviour as well as the countless smartphone apps which monitor your movements and personal... relationships all tell the company about you. Now Google X's "moonshot" division is using wearable technology to have healthy volunteers monitored. The idea is to monitor their physiology and sequence their DNA in order to produce a baseline for human health. Is this going a bit too far given how much Google already knows?
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Team in Denmark breaks dataA team at Denmark's Karlsruhe Institute for Technology has broken the data transmission rate record previously set by a team in Germany (32 terabits per second). In this new effort, the team (with the... High-Speed Optical Communications Group) achieved a rate of 43 terabits per second using just one laser and one fiber cable.
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Drug-resistant malariaMalaria-causing parasites increasingly become resistant to the most effective antimalarial drug Artemisinin and the resistance is most prevalent in western Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and eastern... Myanmar.
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Snapchat has held talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba toward a possible investment in the mobile-messaging startup, US media have reported.
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Japan smoking rate dips, newFor first time ever Japan's smoking population is less than 20 percent of total population. Latest research claims e-cigarettes are a viable alternative.
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New Products to ReturnThe October-to-December period will see the company's first rise in year-on-year total revenue in 12 quarters.
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Crash-testing rivets

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 13:50
Crash-testing rivetsRivets have to reliably hold the chassis of an automobile together - even if there is a crash. Previously, it was difficult to predict with great precision how much load they could tolerate. A more... advanced model now delivers realistic projections.
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It goes without saying that Superman can accomplish some pretty spectacular feats. But according to students, the Man of Steel actually achieves the impossible - by breaking the fundamental physics... law of conservation of energy.
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Does Duolingo Pass the Test?

Slate - 31 Jul 2014 13:42
This story originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.
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Charging electric carsWe already charge our toothbrushes and cellphones using contactless technology. Researchers have developed a particularly efficient and cost-effective method that means electric cars could soon follow... suit.
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A luxury condominium in Bangkok, a Malaysian rainforest retreat, and the innovative Stonehenge Visitor's Center are among the projects recognized in the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects'... International Awards. ..
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Image: Hubble serves a slice of stars

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 13:34
Image: Hubble serves a sliceThe thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company.
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NASA selects instruments toNASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways to see how forests... and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.
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IT's best friend: PagerDutyManaging IT infrastructure, be it hardware or software, is no longer confined to just so-called technology companies. In today's age, nearly every company in the world relies on technology to run its... business. And with the rise of the cloud, virtualization, and mobile, these systems and software are more distributed, operate at greater scale, and change more frequently than ever before. The result is an increasingly complex task of managing […]
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Customized surface inspection

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 13:30
Customized surface inspectionThe quality control of component surfaces is a complex undertaking. Researchers have engineered a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on a customer-specific basis and... integrated into the production process.
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Berlin companies like Zalando and Rocket Internet are considering public offerings and exits in what could be an exciting time for Europe's tech scene.
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Sensors that improve rail transport safety

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 13:24
Sensors that improve railA new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it's too late and service trains only when they need it - all thanks to a cloud-supported,... wireless network of sensors.
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Questionable rumor of iPhone 6Apple retail employees are a great resource for advice on picking your Macs and iOS devices, but info on Apple’s secret launch plans for its biggest product launches of the year, not so much. The... information was supposedly relayed during what Apple calls an “All Hands meeting” at one of Apple’s stores. MacRumors cites an Apple retail employee for […]
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Spider-Man and PS4 driveSales of the PlayStation 4 doubled in the Japanese giant's latest financial results, but it's still on course for an overall loss.
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T-Mobile swings to Q2 profit,T-Mobile on Thursday morning reported solid second-quarter earnings that sent the stock climbing in pre-market trading. The company says it led the industry in a number of key areas including service... revenue growth (7.1%), total revenue growth (8%), branded postpaid net subscriber additions (579,000) and branded prepaid net subscriber additions (102,000). Total net customer additions in the June quarter totalled an impressive 1.5 million, which included more than 1 million total branded net customer additions. The company noted a second-quarter profit of $391 million, crushing the Street’s consensus and marking a significant swing from the $54 million loss is posted in the same quarter last year. Revenue in the June quarter totalled $7.19 billion. T-Mobile’s full press release follows...
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Lifetime of gravityAlthough ESA's GOCE satellite is no more, all of the measurements it gathered during its life skirting the fringes our atmosphere, including the very last as it drifted slowly back to Earth, have been... drawn together to offer new opportunities for science.
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T-Mobile Q2 profit jumps asT-Mobile's customer base surpassed the 50 million mark as aggressive promotions once again stoked growth. Its profit was helped by a gain from a spectrum licensing deal.
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EA announces its 'EA Access'EA's new subscription service is interesting to say the least, but at the moment the gaming library is below par, and it is not certain if the company plans to add the latest titles to the Vault.
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Online phishers are 'farcing'"Phishers," the crafty perps who scam us via email, are trolling social media sites to steal vast amounts of personal data and then use it to fleece us.
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British Lords criticize EUWhile some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting... voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the …
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An academic from Newcastle University, UK, has led a lab-based research, involving 433 viewers of ages from 4 to 82 years, in which participants were asked to watch Toy Story in either 2D or 3D (S3D)... and report on their viewing experience. The objective of the study was to investigate visual discomfort in relation to 3D display technologies, as well as to determine the impact of people's preconceptions on their experience of 3D TV. It's no secret that the format hasn't taken off in the way many had anticipated.
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Flexible metamaterialElectromagnetic metamaterials boast special properties not found in nature and are rapidly emerging as a hot research topic for reasons extending far beyond "invisibility cloaks."
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Updated research released today from Creighton University Heider College of Business professor and consumer advocate William Duckworth, Ph.D., shows consumer savings from the Kill Switch legislation... exceed initial projections and now point to well over $3B. (Calculations include data from 2014 Annual State of the Net Survey by Consumer Reports national Research Center and comScore's MobiLens and Mobile Metrix reports.) This savings to consumers comes at the expense of insurance and wireless industry profits.
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Windows Phone 8.1 updateTechnology blogger Paul Thurott has gotten hold of the patch for Microsoft's next update for Windows Phone 8.1, which will deliver a slew of new features taken iOS and Android.
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The Galaxy Note 4 and GalaxyFollowing the announcement of Samsung's second quarter results and a decline in net profits for the first time in three years, the focus is on Samsung's mobile business to improve its performance.... Even though Samsung believes the demand in the smartphone and tablet category is still strong, their mobile division saw a drop in profit of 31%.
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Early research on electromagnetic (EM) absorbers dates back to 1902 when Wood observed the anomalous dips in the reflection spectra of metallic gratings under illumination of a white-light source. EM... wave absorbers are devices in which the incident radiation at the operating wavelengths can be efficiently absorbed, and then transformed into ohmic heat or other forms of energy. Thereby, neither transmission nor reflection is produced when a wave passes through a perfect absorber.
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Long day? Watching TV, playingBased on a new research, contrary to previous studies, watching television and playing video games after a long day at work or school do not relax stressed people. In fact, these activities make them... feel worse.
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Samsung to launch firstSamsung is once again flaunting its display manufacturing prowess. Starting next month, the Korean manufacturer will be selling the UN78S9B, 78-inch UHD TV whose call to fame will be that it won't... force you to choose between a flat screen and a curved one. This is because it can do both. While the jury is still out on the usefulness …
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The Surreal Photos of Brooke"I fell into this type of photography unexpectedly." says Brooklyn based photographer Brooke DiDonato about her surreal art photos.
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T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million MoreIt sold 6.2 million smartphoness, up from 4.3 million a year ago, but a drop from the 6.9 million smartphones it sold in the prior quarter.
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Make Kickass Black and WhiteTonality post processes your images into monochromatic masterpieces.
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Facebook decides to kill Gift service

Tech Times - 31 Jul 2014 12:01
Facebook decides to kill GiftFacebook is shutting down its Gifts shop on August 12. The 2-year old shop will stop selling gift cards for popular businesses such as iTunes and Starbucks.
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How Kim Kardashian and YourKim Kardashian doesn't need your cash, but she's getting it anyway. How does that happen?
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PlayStation Now not coming toSony has launched the Open Beta phase of PlayStation Now in the US and Canada, its game streaming service that offers access to classic PS3 games through a PS4 for rental fees. And although we're not... expected to get the service in the UK or Europe until...
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Middle-aged heavy drinkingBased on a new study, alcohol abuse at any point in one's life may lead to memory loss later in life. However, cutting down drinking may still reverse its cognitive effects.
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How Apple's smart music techIf you’re a runner or a gym user, chances are that at some point you’ve put together a workout playlist of some sort, full of the kind of Rocky-esque power ballads you want entering your ears and... coursing through your…
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Internet.org is live, bringingMark Zuckerberg, king of Facebook, has launched his Internet.org service in Africa to bring internet to areas that otherwise couldn't get online. On the face of it this Facebook funded venture is... wonderful. Launched in Zamibia initially it'll allow locals...
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Heart attack on a weekend orHeart attack patients who arrive at the hospital during business hours are likely to receive more immediate treatment and are likely to survive compared with their counterparts who arrive at the... hospital at night.
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Microsoft updates OneNote appsMicrosoft is shifting its focus to its cross-platform products and updates OneNote for iPhone, iPad and Mac following the introduction of OneNote for Amazon devices.
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Facebook's Internet.orgFor better and for worse, welcome to the world without net neutrality. More people will get online, but unless they have the money to pay their way into the free web, they'll effectively be in a... walled garden. Facebook’s Internet.org unveils free, limited web access — such opportunity, but at what cost? originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Insignia Lite: Shower yourselfUK shower retail specialist Smart Price Warehouse now stocks possibly the coolest shower in the world. The Insignia Lite steam shower is no mere box that sprays water on you (although it does that... too) it also has colour-changing LED mood lights, built-in...
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ATV set loose

ESA - 31 Jul 2014 11:30
ATV set looseWatch from close by as ATV-5 separates from the Ariane 5 rocket that took it into orbit
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The Pirate Bay has goneThe Pirate Bay is making moves that gives us the impression the website is here to stay for the long haul. The owners have created a mobile centric website, and plans are in the works for more.
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Following another quarter of disappointing financial results, Samsung is promising a pair of new smartphones for 2014. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Kim Hyun-joon, senior vice president at... Samsung Mobile, told investors and analysts a large-screened phone will materialize in the coming months, along with a model made from "new materials." The large-screened device is almost certainly going to be the latest in Samsung's popular Galaxy Note line, but the promise of a phone utilizing "new materials" is more intriguing. Over the past months there's been rumor of a 4.8-inch Galaxy Alpha device built from metal, which is expected to be announced next month.
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Genetic testing firm 23andMe might not be in good terms with the FDA, but it impressed the National Institutes of Health enough for the agency to give it a $1.4 million grant. The money will be used... for a two-year project that'll improve the firm's...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org initiative launched last year with the goal of helping make the internet available to the entire world. Internet.org is taking a big step towards this by... launching an Android app that provides free data access to services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more. The app will be available in Zambia initially, with plans to extend it to other developing markets over time. While Android users can simply download a standalone version, all of the services can also be accessed freely through internet.org on feature phones, or from within Facebook's Android app. Internet.org has partnered with Airtel in Zambia to provide the free data access, and the initiative has been focusing on developing...
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BitTorrent Bleep 'bleeps out'BitTorrent, the company, will perhaps forever be remembered for creating bittorrent, the file sharing protocol. However, the concept of a serverless system of sending packets to and fro the Internet... isn't just useful for downloading large videos and files, legally acquired or otherwise. It can also be used to ensure secure and private communication lines, as Bleep, BitTorrent's latest product, …
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Addicted to Candy Crush? NowApp developer King and Spun Candy have partnered to turn Candy Crush Saga into a genuine confectionery delight. Now fans can gobble up sweets inspired by the candy in the puzzle game. Three at a time,... if they like. The sweets are hard-rock based and handmade...
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A team of biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. Mount, performed cutting-edge research on a marine pest that will pave the way for novel anti-fouling paint for ships and... boats and also improve bio-adhesives for medical and industrial applications.
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An innovative 'trigeneration' system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.
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When Samsung took the time to update investors ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report, it warned 'weak demand' for phones and an increased marketing spend could hit the company hard. That... report hit today, and it's as bleak as the company...
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The companies have signed an agreement to form a massive battery manufacturing plant dubbed the Gigafactory in the United States.
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Telecoms company Alcatel-Lucent sees loss narrow in 2nd quarter on lower charges
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It might be some time before the public can get its hands on Samsung's 85-inch "Bendable TV," which can transform from a flat panel to a curved screen and back. However, a smaller alternative can soon... be purchased. Beginning August 1st, the 78-inch UN78S9B model will be available for pre-orders in Korea for an estimated price of 35 million won (about $34,000). The Ultra High-Definition TV will eventually be put on display in two locations in Seoul, specifically Samsung Digital Plaza in Gangnam and Lotte Department Store in Jamsil. International customers will have to continue waiting, as a release date for foreign markets remains unannounced.
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The acting Australian Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers, today warned parliament against moving to introduce e-voting prior to the next federal election, saying that the AEC does not currently have... the capabilities to safely carry out a trial.
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iPhone 6 Said to Launch onApple may be planning to launch the iPhone 6 on Tuesday, October 14 as the month itself will be an incredibly busy one for the company, according to a source that spoke to MacRumors citing an internal... Apple Retail Store meeting. The source notes that a senior Store Leader mentioned October 14th as being an "immense" day for Apple, adding that the whole month of October would be very busy for stores and the company itself. Apple is also said to planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, coming a month ahead of the device's launch. 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s To this point, most reports have pointed to a September announcement and launch for the iPhone 6. However, a report last week claimed that Apple is planning a mid-September event for the iPhone 6 and...
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From a contact lens that delivers tactile sensations to the cornea, to a 3D-printed ring that reads text aloud in real-time, advances in technology have opened up some groundbreaking ways for the... visually-impaired to consume printed content. Researchers from Australia's Curtin University have now unveiled a low-cost reading device that processes graphical information, enabling the blind to digest documents such as bills, PDFs, graphs and bank statements...
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Sony Surprises With First Quarter Profit

ABC News - 31 Jul 2014 10:00
Sony surprises with quarterly profit after selling buildings, stake in video-game maker
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Motorcycle Road Test: 2014 EBR 1190RX

Gizmag - 31 Jul 2014 09:54
The all-American sportsbike is back, and this time Erik Buell doesn't have a heritage cruiser company looking over his shoulder telling him how to build it. The 1190RX is the first mass-production... sportsbike out of the new EBR factory in Wisconsin, a 185-horsepower, torque-stompin', slightly quirky racer with its eyes firmly focused on World Superbike contention. But does that equate to a good road bike? We spent a couple of weeks with the RX to find out. ..
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It wasn't long ago that Sony, almost inexplicably for a company of its size and heritage, was losing money everywhere it went. After a few years of pain, however, things have begun to look up, with... the company posting a first quarter net profit of...
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You can now Shazam from your Mac

The Verge - 31 Jul 2014 09:42
While Shazam has long existed on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, it's making the jump to the Mac today to bring song detection to the desktop. Shazam already has a fullscreen Windows 8 app, but its... new Mac app is more of a traditional desktop app that sits quietly in the system tray. This subtly extends to one of its best features: automatic music detection in the background. If you allow Shazam for Mac to detect music automatically then it will do so while it's open, particularly useful if you're watching TV or listening to a radio in a coffee shop with your MacBook. If you leave Shazam for Mac silently detecting music in the background then it will trigger a notification each time a new track is identified. The idea of an app...
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Microsoft challenging US on overseas data

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 09:40
Microsoft challenging US onIn a case closely watched by the tech sector, Microsoft will challenge Thursday a US court order requiring it to give prosecutors electronic mail content associated with an overseas server.
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Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 09:40
(AP)--Facebook's Internet.org project is taking another step toward its goal of bringing the Internet to people who are not yet online with an app launching Thursday in Zambia.
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4.7-inch iPhone 6 availableA luxury retailer has kicked off pre-orders for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Price of admission for a 4.7-inch 128 GB gold finished iPhone 6 starts at $4,495.
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Verizon Kyocera BriagdierKyocera and Verizon has just beaten Apple to the punch, whether or not the latter actually reveals a sapphire glass-toting iPhone 6 in September. Kyocera's Brigadier smartphone comes with a decent set... of mid-tier specs, a near indestructible Sapphire Shield display, and a price tag that may sound too good to be true. Sapphire glass is the latest darling of …
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Sony surprises with first quarter profit

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 09:27
(AP)--Sony reported a surprise eightfold jump in quarterly profit as sales got a perk from a cheap yen and its bottom line was helped by gains from buildings and its stake in a video-game maker.
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Mac users can now take advantage of Shazam's music identifying service without touching their smartphone. The company added a Mac app to its lineup Thursday, the first time the music recognition... service has been available on the desktop. See also: 23 Freaking Rad Spotify Playlists for Every Mood Much like auto-shazam on the mobile apps, when Shazam for Mac is enabled, the software will run in the background and automatically recognize any song played on or near the computer, including songs playing in the background of TV shows or YouTube videos. "No one has ever really used a computer to do this," Shazam's chief product officer, Daniel Danker, told Mashable. "People Shazam YouTube all the time... they're watching the dancing baby video and there's good music in the background and they...
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NASA's IceCube no longer on ice

Phys.org - 31 Jul 2014 09:20
NASA's IceCube no longer onNASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has chosen a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, to build its first Earth science-related CubeSat mission.
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(AP)--Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current... quarter.
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Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our... thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn’t […]
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In an effort to help those left behind join the digital age, Internet.org---the Facebook-backed nonprofit organization---is releasing an app providing free access to a handful of core services to... people in Zambia.
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Shazam for Mac brings instantShazam, the popular music identification app for iOS that was recently integrated into iOS 8’s updated version of Siri, has launched a new Mac application that resides in the menu bar listening for... music to identify. Once it has detected a song, you’ll get a notification with the name, artist, and more of the music […]
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Cisco has suggested that businesses look at security in layers, in much the way as they do when looking at adopting new infrastructure.
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Facebook's Internet.org Expands in Zambia

ABC News - 31 Jul 2014 09:05
Facebook's Internet.org expands in Zambia with app offering basic Internet services
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Nikon Capture NX-D 1.0.1 for Windows

Photography Blog - 31 Jul 2014 09:05
Nikon Capture NX-D 1.0.1 forNikon has released an update to the 64-bit Windows edition of its new Capture NX-D software.
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Shazam expands to Mac computers

L.A. Times - 31 Jul 2014 09:05
Shazam expands to MacOn its quest to get its technology on as many of your devices as possible, Shazam has released a new version of its audio-identification service built for Apple computers.
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Consumers can save money on their electricity bills and negotiate better deals by joining forces with similar groups of customers to switch energy suppliers according to new research.
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jfruh writes "The Association for Computing Machinery is a storied professional group for computer programmers, but its membership hasn't grown in recent years to keep pace with the industry. Vint... Cerf, who recently concluded his term as ACM president, asked developers what was keeping them from signing up. Their answers: paywalled content, lack of information relevant to non-academics, and code that wasn't freely available."
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Shazam Brings Always-On MusicMusic recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the... first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac. Running as a menu bar item, Shazam for Mac quietly monitors audio around the user's Mac and provides not only pop-up notifications of the content being played but also easy access to supplemental content such as lyrics, additional tracks from the album, purchasing options such as the iTunes Store, music videos, social sharing options, and more. Once content has been identified by Shazam, a standard Notification Center pop-up appears onscreen, and an entry for the item is added to the running list of Shazam IDs in the menu bar app. Clicking in...
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Shazam makes the jump to theShazam wants to use your Mac to help you identify every song you hear, be it in a coffee shop or watching YouTube videos at home. Shazam makes the jump to the desktop with new OS X app originally... published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Facebook, Airtel to Offer FreeThe new Internet.org app includes access to Facebook, Accuweather, Wikipedia as well as local news, health information and employment services.
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Internet.Org's App With Free 85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can’t afford data plans. So Facebook’s accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world... with free data access to a limited set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Wikipedia, and Google Search. It also provides local health, employment, weather, and women’s rights…
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Health Tip: Monitor a Blister

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Monitor a BlisterCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: It's 'Buyer Beware' for Decorative Contact Lenses, FDA SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Could a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 9:36:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse OutcomesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting LifespanCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 7:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Macphun Releases Tonality

Photography Blog - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Macphun Releases TonalityTonality from Macphun is a new Mac app for creating superior black-and-white images.
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Title: Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory ProblemsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 9:36:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' Foods

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Kids Will Pass on 'Healthy' FoodsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 4:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth DefectsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 7:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Shazam For Mac BringsShazam has long been the savior of your happy hour dignity by helping you sneakily figure out what song is playing without having to ask the hip bartender. Now those audio recognition powers are... coming to your Mac.
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Title: Annual COPD Costs To Hit $49 Billion by 2020: CDCCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 9:36:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts... with Apple's line of personal computers. The newly...
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Title: Wider Face May Give You an Edge in NegotiationsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Dieting at Young Age Often Backfires, Study SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 5:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Gardens a Center of Calm for People With DementiaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Do You Still Need an Annual Doctor's Visit?

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Do You Still Need an Annual Doctor's Visit?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 11:01:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Extra Exercise Could Help Depressed Smokers Quit: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 2:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Brown Recluse Spider Bites on the Rise, Expert WarnsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Health Tip: Choosing Sunglasses

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Health Tip: Choosing SunglassesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Less Flexibility Seen in Brain Wiring of Kids With Autism: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 12:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Diabetes May Raise Risk for Head and Neck CancerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/30/2014 11:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool

MedicineNet - 31 Jul 2014 09:00
Title: Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the PoolCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/29/2014 5:35:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 7/30/2014 12:00:00 AM
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Fifteen years is an awfully long time in computing. But for the vast majority of that period, Adobe has dominated pixel-based creativity. And as a result, if you're in the digital arts, or wanting to... break in, it helps to know Adobe's software inside out. One way of doing that is to pick up a lifetime membership to Train Simple's Adobe-authorized training - which currently has 84% off...
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Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden onTeam Hortonworks now includes HP while rival Cloudera can boast of funding from Intel and In-Q-tel. Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden on the latest Hadoop hubbub originally published by Gigaom, © copyright... 2014.
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Investigation faults Obama administration's oversight of HealthCare.gov
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The Hunt Is On

Galaxy Zoo - 31 Jul 2014 08:40
The Hunt Is OnOne of our scientists Prof. Ray Norris put the call out to the Radio Galaxy Zoo community for a hunt on spiral galaxies hosting powerful radio sources. The first known galaxy of this type is 0313-192,... a galaxy much like our Milky Way and has left astronomers baffled. Figure 1: 0313-192 The wrong galaxy from […]
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Verizon LG G Vista is real,After a short series of rumors, Verizon has finally revealed what the LG G Vista really is. Unfortunately for those hoping for a more remarkable device, this is not it. At the very best, the G Vista... is a decent budget Android smartphone for those looking for a larger screen on the cheap. At the very worst, it is a …
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The growth in jobs for the Australian tech sector, and a higher percentage of jobs related to app development, have Australia ahead of its US and UK cousins.
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Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has flagged that a revised cloud computing policy for the Australian government will be released in the coming weeks.
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Entrepreneurs TackleWhile heavily-funded companies like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber capture the spotlight as companies that controversially shape city life around transportation and space, cities and their governments have a... whole bunch of behind-the-scenes needs too. That’s the premise behind San Francisco’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, which pairs tech founders with city government workers in…
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Samsung profit sags amidSamsung Electronics' second-quarter profit fell nearly 20 percent as cheaper phones from Chinese makers sapped its sales and the market is waiting for Apple's next iPhone. The Suwon, South Korea-based... company said Thursday it posted a net profit of 6.25 trillion Korean won (about US$6.1 billion) for the quarter, down from close to 8 trillion won a year before. Revenue was over 52 trillion won, almost 9 percent down from the same quarter last year. Earlier this month, Samsung issued a revenue guidance in the range of 51 to 53 trillion won.
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The benefits of open source software have long been understood and embraced within some sectors, but in the enterprise world open source has until recently been met with skepticism and caution. That's... changing fast.
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The costs involved in adhering to regulatory changes in Australia's financial services sector are making it hard for companies to invest in technology innovation, according to findings in the latest... FSC-DST CEO Survey Report.
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HTC rumored to be working onAfter what seems like forever, HTC appears to be finally returning to the Windows Phone platform with a device that is similar in construction to the well-received One (M8).
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Hong Kong-based company Design to Innovation (DTOI) has developed what it is claiming is the world's first wireless scanner mouse. The Zcan Wireless is designed as a standard optical mouse, but does... away with the cord and packs a miniaturized scanner, enabling users to instantly scan images and text. ..
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Samsung's 2Q profit falls more than expected as smartphone sales slow
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LG G Vista now availableIt turns out early leaks of the LG G Vista were pretty much spot-on, as the device has just shown up on Verizon's website for $99 on-contract. This cousin of the LG G3 looks very similar to that... high-end device, but has a set of lower-end specs and price to appeal to a different set of buyers.
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Japanese carrier KDDI has just announced a new HTC J Butterfly, a handset which resembles the HTC One in specs, but with features aimed at KDDI's home market. Like a lot of other Japanese devices, the... 5-inch, full HD handset is waterproof in case you...
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China's Xiaomi Becomes World'sWith its cult-like following in China the company grabbed a remarkable 5% market share in the last quarter, to chase Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo.
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Remember that new Google Fiber box we spotted in the FCC last month? It's almost here. According to Kansas City residents in Google's beta program, a new router is on the way that combines the... service's existing network and storage boxes into a...
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U.S. Peace Corps volunteersThe Peace Corps is removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in West Africa after two volunteers were exposed to the disease. They have both been isolated for observation during... the incubation period.
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You may want to avoid these 9This year's Xtreme Eating Awards recognizes a 3,540-calorie burger combination and a 2,780 french toast dish. They are among several other restaurant offerings that topped 2,000 calories.
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Fitness tracking goes underHackable location tracking, poor password management, and a lack of privacy policies: Symantec has a number of concerns about the fitness tracking boom.
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Small amphibians are sort of the hot hatchbacks of the aviation world and one aimed at the beginner pilot is always worth a look see. At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Light Sport Aircraft... (LSA) manufacturer ICON Aircraft debuted its first production A5 amphibious, folding-wing plane for the general public. Built in Tehachapi, California, a second is now under construction for structural testing later this year...
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In an age where reading something from a screen on a phone or a computer is a normal part of our daily lives, the wearing of glasses or contact lenses often makes doing so a chore with eye-strain... problems and the necessity to carry around spectacles or lenses wherever you go. In this vein, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have created a prototype vision-correcting, printed pinhole matrix that they claim fits directly to a screen and negates the need for eyeglasses or remedial lenses and may one day offer improved visual acuity to those with eye problems much worse than simple farsightedness...
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Washing Machine Suitcase by Suitsuit

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
Washing Machine Suitcase byNext time you're at the airport with this Washing Machine Suitcase by Suitsuit, do not feel awkward if too many eyes are found looking questioningly at your brand new luggage case. Drawing its... inspiration from your everyday washing machine, this suitcase comes with a lightweight locking trolley system with a luxurious interior to store all your necessities. What makes the luggage an extra added pleasure to carry during vacations is the washing machine design that can raise some eyebrows while...
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SteadyWheel Camera Stabilizer

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
SteadyWheel Camera StabilizerTo make your action packed adventures captured for life, make use of this revolutionary SteadyWheel Camera Stabilizer today. Basically targeted for the action sports community in mind, this wheel... shaped stabilizer is made from ABS industrious plastic with the camera mount made of 316 stainless steel. You can fit just about any camera on the wheel but it would be best if you use those which can capture fast moving scenes at its best. The wheel shaped design enhances your...
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Cobra Airwave Mini Bluetooth Speaker

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
Cobra Airwave Mini BluetoothWith a rugged body flaunting a design similar to the scales of one of the most deadliest snakes, the Cobra Airwave Mini Bluetooth Speaker turns out to be a compact solution for your outdoor music. It... is both water resistant and shockproof so as to ensure you can listen to your favorite tracks even in the most adventurous location normal speakers can't be taken to anyday. Be it for bicycling, boating, skiing, camping, travel, the beach, the office, dorm room...
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Just when we thought Samsung pushed the limits with its $120,000 television, LG tossed its hat in the pricey-TV ring with an equally expensive set. First unveiled at the International CES earlier this... year, the 105-inch 4K television costs $117,000, Ken Hong, LG's global communications director, told Mashable. For that much money, viewers get a screen with over 11 million pixels, a 21:9 aspect ratio and a large helping of buyers' remorse. See also: 7 Outrageously Expensive Barbie Dolls "The vision behind LG’s 105-inch ... TV was to bring the movie theater into the living room," In-kyu Lee, senior vice-president and head of the TV Division at LG, said in a statement. "This product pushes the envelope in home entertainment innovation and demonstrates what is possible when you bring...
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A Date with Wine by George Lee

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
A Date with Wine by George LeeJudging the quality of your wine becomes super easy with this incredible stopper called A Date with Wine by George Lee. Having an adjustable month and day display, this stopper can tell you when... you've last opened your bottle of wine thus helping you check its quality that way. The stopper has been made out of stainless steel and rubber which fits most standard wine bottles with ease and comfort. The classic look it flaunts once added on your wine...
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Expandable Trivet

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
Expandable TrivetWelcome the presence of a new-age pot stand named Expandable Trivet that can hold multiple pans or a giant casserole at a time. Designed with the perception of creating a device that could be stored... conveniently when not in use, this expandable trivet will work and hold pans and pots depending on how many you have on the table at a particular moment. Serving food from a lot of hot containers would not need an array of trivets on the...
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Prepara Herb-Savor Mini Pods

The Gadget Flow - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
Prepara Herb-Savor Mini PodsAlways enjoy the presence of fresh herbs in your everyday meal by having these Prepara Herb-Savor Mini Pods for your entire herb collection. 100% BPA free and dishwasher safe, these pods can prolong... the life of your herbs for upto three weeks at a time. The herb stems slip in the water well present inside each pod which as a whole can easily fit any refrigerator door for storage. The design is unique and eye-catching which looks even better when...
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Enterprise Mobility: Where to Start?

ZDNet - 31 Jul 2014 07:00
Is your company in the two-thirds that have only mobilised email, contact and calendar apps--nothing more? An interactive SAP website can help you identify and take the best next steps.
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The internet's regulatory authority says country-specific web domains cannot be seized in court proceedings as it sought to quash an effort to recover assets in terrorism-related lawsuits.
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Nordstrom Buys Trunk Club

Re/code - 31 Jul 2014 06:42
Nordstrom Buys Trunk ClubTrunk Club CEO Brian Spaly confirmed Thursday night that his men’s apparel and personal shopper company is being acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed price. Re/code reported earlier this month... that the two companies were engaged in acquisition talks. Both companies confirmed the deal to The New York Times in an article published on Thursday […]
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Cheesecake Factory wins theThe Center for Science in the Public Interest has named the least-healthy meals available in chain restaurants, and some pack on the calories, salt and sodium.
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Why would content owners want to make their products more easily available when the Australian government appears to be focusing entirely on deterring and punishing users for copyright infringement?
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Although our visit to its rocky surface confirmed that it's not covered in vast seas, it's not home to strange moon-men, and it's not made of cheese, the moon can still surprise us. It's only this... week that scientists have revealed that, 45 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the planetoid, our closest celestial neighbor is not actually round.
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Despite skateboarding's growth in popularity over the past few decades, there is always scope to tinker around with the equipment in an effort to make it better. The latest such design is the Swing... Blade, a skateboard that uses rotating front trucks to create quick, tight turns and forward momentum. ..
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The movie industry has seen its share of struggles as we transition into a digital future, and likely no one has felt the pinch more than film company Kodak. The struggling outfit is getting a... life-raft, though, in the form of several studios...
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SYDNEY — Your autograph will soon be worth nothing more than the paper it's signed on. Starting from Friday, Australia is changing to a PIN-only country. Many believe there are only a handful of... people who still use the caveman way, but the most serious concern for regular Australians is: How will I sign off my bar tab? See also: Digital Photo Montages Compare Australian Life in 1914 and 2014 Bar and pub owners are generally unhappy with the new PIN-only method. If customers do the old drunk stumble out, and accidentally leave their trusty card behind the bar in a hazy escape — something that happens approximately three times a night — the venue can no longer charge their card for the unpaid amount
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Galaxy Quest: The oral history

The Loop - 31 Jul 2014 06:14
MTV: In honor of the almost 15th anniversary of the movie (it was released in December, 1999), MTV News checked back in with the entire cast and creators of "Galaxy Quest": Tim Allen as the obnoxious... Captain; Alan Rickman as the humiliated thespian relegated to rubber makeup; Sigourney Weaver, an actress given nothing to do but show her cleavage; Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, the former child star. Tony Shalhoub, playing a stoner who is supposed to be the sharp chief engineer; Sam Rockwell as some guy named Guy; and many, many more. What we came away with is, in the cast and crew's own words, the story of how the crew of the Protector came together - and how things changed as the movie grew to be the phenomenon it is today. Not a "great" movie but it is a lot of fun. Thanks to Tom Negrino for...
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Twitter snaps up deep learning player Madbits

Tech Times - 31 Jul 2014 06:11
Twitter snaps up deep learningTwitter has acquired another company in the realm of deep learning. The company is called Madbits.
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DroidJason1 writes The Chinese government is investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on... Monday. These surprise visits were part of China's ongoing investigation [warning: WSJ paywall], and were based on security complaints about Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office productivity suite. Results from an earlier inspection apparently were not enough to clear Microsoft of suspicion of anti-competitive behavior. Microsoft's alleged anti-monopoly behavior is a criminal matter, so if found guilty, the software giant could face steep fines as well as other sanctions.
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Xbox One gets its own subscription service

Tech Times - 31 Jul 2014 06:08
Xbox One gets its ownEA's Access subscription service compliments Microsoft's Games with Gold on Xbox One. Sony says it doesn't believe its customers will be interested in the $5-per-month subscription for EA games.
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Advice for When PeopleAs a photographer, we encourage you to be calm when approached.
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Is Ebola a plane ride awayDespite growing fears the Ebola could be brought to the U.S. by infected travelers from West Africa, the CDC said that the deadly disease poses little risks to the American population.
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Cortana going global, arrivingWith the release of alpha and beta versions of its voice-assistant software, Microsoft says its not merely tossing things over a wall. The beta versions of Cortana arrive in China and the UK, with... alpha versions soon to follow in Australia and other countries.
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Senate blasts mobile carriersAT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all allegedly "crammed" customers with third-party charges that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Senate report says.
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Florida warns beachgoers ofSummers are definitely for beach bumming and swimming, but health officials in Florida warn that flesh-eating bacteria in warm saltwater can pose risk to their health and bring about life-threatening... illnesses.
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Vision-correcting displays

MIT - 31 Jul 2014 06:00
Vision-correcting displaysTechnology could lead to e-readers, smartphones, and displays that let users dispense with glasses.
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(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Regardless of traumatic events experienced during deployment, returning National Guard soldiers were more likely to develop a drinking problem... if faced with civilian life setbacks, including job loss, legal problems, divorce, and serious financial and legal problems -- all commonplace in military families. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found having at least one civilian stressor or a reported incident of sexual harassment during deployment raised the odds of alcohol use disorders.
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(Indiana University) Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have described the self-assembly of large, symmetrical molecules in bricks-and-mortar fashion, a development with potential value for... the field of organic electronic devices such as field-effect transistors and photovoltaic cells.
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(Elsevier Health Sciences) Regardless of traumatic events experienced during deployment, returning National Guard soldiers were more likely to develop a drinking problem if faced with civilian life... setbacks, including job loss, legal problems, divorce, and serious financial and legal problems -- all commonplace in military families. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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(SAGE Publications) While it is known that members of the US military overall are more likely to use alcohol, a new study finds that female enlistees and female veterans are actually less likely to... drink than their civilian counterparts. This study was published today in Armed Forces & Society, a SAGE journal published on behalf of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society.
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(Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) Babies who are born with severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully treated with a transplant of blood-forming stem cells, according to experts led... by Memorial Sloan Kettering's Richard J. O'Reilly, M.D.
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(Motion PR) Tree nuts have a positive impact on glycemic control in diabetes and on metabolic syndrome criteria.
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(Heriot-Watt University) Consumers can save money on their electricity bills and negotiate better deals by joining forces with similar groups of customers to switch energy suppliers according to new... research.
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(University of Michigan) Imagine you're fighting for your life but no matter how hard you hit, your opponent won't go down.
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A market for emotions

MIT - 31 Jul 2014 06:00
A market for emotionsWith emotion-tracking software, Affectiva attracts big-name clients, aims for "mood-aware" Internet.
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Australian business technology solutions company Data#3 has struck a multimillion dollar deal to acquire Wi-Fi analytics firm, Discovery Technology.
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The cost of international growth

TechPinions - 31 Jul 2014 05:53
The cost of internationalWith Amazon in the news this past week, the idea of growth at the expense of margins came to the fore again. Amazon’s financials over the last several years look like this: Amazon is very clearly... prioritizing growth at the cost ...
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ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook's App Breakup

The Mac Observer - 31 Jul 2014 05:45
ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone andFord is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry,... plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.
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Like a bad fever dream, Sharknado 2: The Second One delivered just as much inconceivable ridiculousness as the first movie, which, as you'll recall, was the cult hit of summer 2013 With heaps of cheap... effects, D-list celebrity cameos and more bad plastic surgery than you can fit into an episode of E! True Hollywood Story, it was everything we hoped it'd be. Plus a fire shark bonus! All the action is chronicled in painful detail below. Real heroes fly coach In case you forgot, our hero's name is Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) because it's a shark movie, and Selachimorpha Shepard just sounds ridiculous. ($100 says if the hero had been a heroine, they would have named her Cloaca.)
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Save money at Apple storesIf you're thinking of hitting the Apple Store for some new products in the coming days, you'll at least want to wait until Friday. Apple Store customers won't pay sales tax on select Apple products,... both in retail stores and online, if you live in one of nine states that have a tax holiday. The post Save money at Apple stores with a tax holiday appeared first on AppleTell.
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Chikungunya virus spikes in NYThe first local chikungunya virus cases have been reported in the United States. The CDC says this could lead to more cases of this disease as the virus continues to spread in the US and Caribbean... islands.
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FCC questions Verizon on speed throttling

USA Today - 31 Jul 2014 05:35
FCC questions Verizon on speedFCC chairman questions Verizon Wireless on plan to slow data speeds for some          
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Weather responsible for 2,000A recent report from the NCHS shows that more Americans die from cold-weather related deaths than storms, floods or lightning.
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Reddit's favorite non-sh*tty sh*tty painter has branched out to other social networks. The artist, known to most of the Internet as "Sh*tty Watercolour," but whose actual human name is Hector Janse... van Rensburg, has been sloth-ifying random Facebook users and messaging them the finished work. He's shared several of the portraits on Reddit. See also: 9 Sloth Facts Every Human Should Know Entering his "sloth period" in 2013, the artist visits social sites to paint company employees and users. After arguably taking over Reddit with his hilarious creations, he began sloth-verting Twitter employees in early April.
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Surgeon general 'vehementlyThe U.S. Surgeon General is warning people to avoid indoor tanning salons and to seek shade when outside in order to limit exposure to harmful UV radiation.
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Tehran's transforming houseThere's always that one moment of the day when the sunlight streaming through your window washes out the TV or blinds you when you're on your favorite part of the couch. The traditional remedy is... closing the curtains, but imagine a future where instead you rotate the floor of the house in which you're currently residing. Such is possible in …
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Days after the original Sharknado took the Internet in its jaws last year, Syfy confirmed a sequel for the cultural phenomenon: Sharknado 2: The Second One. The film premiered on Wednesday night, and... like its predecessor, Sharknado 2 made similar waves on Twitter. See also: Run for Cover: 'Sharknado 3' Is Happening For the uninitiated, Sharknado's plot involves — yes, you guessed it — a tornado of sharks terrorizing Los AngelesSharknado 2 moved one the absurd meteorological disaster to the East Coast, wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting New York City. Much of the online discussion Wednesday night centered on an insane opening sequence, impressive cameos — featuring Kelly Ripa, Al Roker, Kelly Osbourne and Mark McGrath — and an absurdly catchy theme song that spells out the doom that...
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FCC chairman attacks VerizonVerizon Wireless is planning to cut the Internet speeds of its top 5 percent unlimited 4G LTE subscribers, beginning this October. However, FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, is not happy about the move.
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As spokesman for the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Chris Gunness has certainly seen his share of tragedy in the past few weeks in Gaza. Hamas, a fundamentalist Islamic organization that... operates in Gaza, is being pursued by Israel’s military there, and hundreds — if not thousands — of innocent Palestinian civilians have been caught in the crossfire. See also: In Pictures, Palestinians Visit Ravaged Gaza Areas During Cease-Fire But an alleged Israeli airstrike on a UN school full of women and children was too much for the former BBC reporter. Appearing on Al Jazeera Arabic to condemn the attack, Gunness said on Wednesday, “The rights of Palestinians, even their children, are wholesale denied and it’s appalling."
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NomadPlus is an externalExternal batteries come in all shapes and sizes, few of which are as handy as the NomadPlus. This particular portable battery is aimed at Apple users, utilizing the iPhone's power plug to charge... itself when you're near an outlet and your mobile when an outlet isn't available. Calling it a "battery upgrade", Nomad aims to make toting around a portable …
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Blood test may be able toSimple blood test may reveal genetic predisposition to suicide, scientists say. Test could allow for early intervention, treatment.
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No patch yet for zero day inA zero-day flaw in a software driver in Symantec's widely used Endpoint Protection product may be tricky to fix. The flaw is contained in the Application and Device Control driver, which is in... Endpoint Protection versions 11.x and 12.x, the security company wrote in an advisory on Wednesday. The vulnerability in Endpoint Protection was found by training and penetration testing company Offensive Security, one of three it uncovered in the product during a recent penetration test of a financial services firm.
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Comic-Con is a strange place. You can find yourself lining up for the bathroom alongside a stormtrooper, eating a stale pretzel next to a zombie, or in our case, trapped under a dome with one of the... coolest guys on TV Dean Norris, who is arguably best known for his role as DEA agent Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad, spends his current days on CBS' Under the Dome, where he plays Big Jim, a man whose heart is in the right place, but whose brain is a little murdery See also: 'Under the Dome' Meets 'As the World Turns' in Hilarious Spoof Videos When we caught up with Norris at Comic-Con, he talked about bringing the show to the biggest fan fest on planet Earth, and gave tips to anyone who wants to pull off a Big Jim costume next year
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Android grabs record 85Google's dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to... research by Strategy Analytics. The growth in Android phones during the second quarter of this year came at the expense of BlackBerry, Apple iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone, the research firm said Wednesday. Android accounted for 249.6 million smartphones shipped in the quarter, up from 186.8 million a year earlier, and about seven times more than the 35.2 million Apple iOS phones shipped. The market share of Apple's iOS slipped to 11.9 percent in the quarter from 13.4 percent in the same quarter last year.
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Revolution 60: A game by andRevolution 60 is the first game from Giant Spacekat, a game about a crack team of four female operatives -- made by a crack team of four women.
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Pebble app updated withThe Pebble Android app is bumping up to version 2.0.16.1 tonight with several fixes and interface improvements, including changes to the interface for managing connection of your Pebble and the "My... Pebble" view. This latest version tweaks a few things to make them more visually appealing, but also contains some under-the-hood changes such as correcting for time updates when a user's phone changes time zones.
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Samsung's new TVs have pressed 4K and curved frames as features, but what if you want one that's only curved sometimes? That's where a bendable TV comes in, and Samsung says it will release the... industry's first one on August 1st in Korea. We got a...
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Vocca voice-controlled smartThe Emberlight smart socket has some new competition: the Vocca voice-controlled smart socket, which has recently arrived on Kickstarter. Vocca allows users to control the lighting in their home or... apartment using voice commands, and to demonstrate this, the folks behind it have rolled out a catchy musical you can watch after the jump. The Vocca smart socket is a …
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​Korean handset makerDespite reluctance from three major carriers, creditors have agreed to extend Pantech's deadline for debt repayment by two years, keeping the South Korean company alive for the time being.
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1Password's plannedThanks to new app interoperability features in iOS 8, 1Password will soon be able to log you in with a few taps. Previously, on iOS, users had to copy and paste passwords out of password manager apps.... 1Password’s planned third-party app login feature makes it the first convenient iPhone password manager originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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While electronics manufacturers continue to push the limits of how much innovation they can stuff into smartwatches, smartphones and even Bluetooth headphones, one challenge still hampers all of these... devices: battery life We haven’t quite solved the problem of ever-waning battery life on our mobile gadgets, but one new device may be a game changer UNU's Ultrapak is a battery pack for smartphones and tablets that can deliver a full charge to devices after just 15 minutes of charging itself up. This means that as long as users are carrying their Ultrapak, and can spare at least a quarter of an hour, they'll never have to worry about running out of power again
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Meet the voice behind AOL'sHave you ever wondered who recorded AOL's extremely popular "You've got mail" line, which you may have heard countless times so far alongside other familiar phrases spoken by your computer including... "Welcome," "File's done" or "Goodbye?" CNBC has the answer, as the actor who was hired to record the clip more than twenty years ago retired this past March after a career of 47 years in television. Elwood Edwards is this celebrity's name, although you wouldn’t recognize him on the street. What exactly landed him the job, then? “My wife worked for a company called Quantum Computer Services that became AOL,” Edwards said, “and in 1989 she volunteered my voice to [future CEO] Steve Case. And on a cassette deck in my
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Which wearable will be theWith a host of new fitness trackers, smartwatches, and other computer-enabled gear expected on the market soon, analytics firm First Insight forecasts which ones will become big sellers.
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RealNetworks names Rob GlaserThe company's founder finds himself back at the helm with plans to keep pushing forward with services like RealPlayer Cloud and Rhapsody.
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If this weekend's Lollapalooza festival doesn't have enough electronic music for you, tonight you can catch a live DJ set from Steve Aoki (above) as he spins from Ibiza, Spain. The Twitch broadcast... starts at 10 p.m. Eastern, so you might have to pull...
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Credit Karma Now Has FreeSan Francisco based startup Credit Karma runs a website that helps consumers monitor and manage their financial health. Credit Karma has been offering access to free credit scores for a while, but... today it announced free weekly credit reports.
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Surfing a never ending wave isThe barrel never ends, or at least that's what it feels like. When you think it's finally going to come crashing down, surfer Benji Brand goes through another water tunnel and keeps going and going.... It's like a never ending wave where you can see everything spin around you and you never have to stop.
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PlayStation Now Open BetaAfter a long wait, PlayStation Now Open Beta will be arriving for all PlayStation 4 owners in both the United States and Canada starting tomorrow. Thus far, PS Now has been in a private beta that some... lucky gamers have had access to, but that'll all change tomorrow when Sony removes the shackles and begins seeking mass feedback on the …
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FCC chairman grills VerizonFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has sharply questioned Verizon Wireless over its plan announced last week to throttle mobile data speeds for customers with unlimited plans. In a letter to Verizon Wireless... President and CEO Dan Mead on Wednesday, Wheeler challenged Verizon's plans to treat customers differently based on their data plans rather than on network technology issues. His questioning suggested Verizon wants to slow down subscribers' service so they'll switch to a plan with a limited monthly data allowance. "'Reasonable network management' concerns the technical management of your network; it is not a loophole designed to enhance your revenue streams," Wheeler wrote.
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Amazon started its media blitz for its new Fire Phone last week, including TV ads starring precocious children extolling the various unique features of the phone. The phone is the latest attempt to... transform the e-commerce giant into a bigger player in consumer electronics. But the Fire Phone is going to turn Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) into something else: a much bigger advertiser.
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Think you're seeing more ads for smartphones? Well, that's because you are. The mobile industry has become one of the nation's biggest advertising categories over the last few years and spending has... swelled as telcos and handset manufacturers wage an increasingly difficult war for the American consumer.
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Bits Blog: Kim Kardashian, anThe game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood generated $1.6 million in revenue during its first five days on the market.
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rtoz writes with this excerpt from an IDG story about the creation of an Android fork made just for Google's modular cell-phone project : A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique... customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of Linaro. ... Android can already plug and play SD cards. But Grey said additional OS functionality is needed for storage, cameras and other modules that are typically inside smartphones, but can now be externally added to Project Ara. A lot of work is also being done on UniPro transport drivers, which connect modules and components in Project Ara. UniPro protocol drivers in Android will function much like the USB protocol, where modules will be recognized based on different driver "classes," such as those for networking, sensor,...
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Land Rover is claiming a new lap record for a production SUV on the renowned 20.8 km (13 mile) Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring in Germany, with its Range Rover Sport SVR completing the... circuit in just 8 minutes and 14 seconds. If verified, this time is equal to one set by a BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé in December of 2008, and represents a mighty fast lap time for any car, let alone an SUV. ..
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Why Amazon Is Pouring $2The number of Internet users and smartphone owners is booming in the world's second-most populous country.
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Smartphone slowdown results inSamsung acknowledges that it faces some challenges ahead as it advises investors that the second half of fiscal 2014 may be a difficult period. The world's largest smartphone-maker says that slow... downs in the smartphone market affected its earnings in the second fiscal quarter of 2014 and to combat that, the company promises more competitive products in light of stiffer competition.
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New research shows that more than four billion years ago the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed - or melted, mixed, and buried - as a result of giant asteroid impacts....
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Want to make $1 million perFormer NSA director Keith Alexander will charge companies up to $1 million a month to keep them safe from online hackers, Foreign Policy reports. Apparently Alexander and business partners from... IronNet Cybersecurity have founded a new firm after leaving the government and military in March. The company supposedly offers a new technology that has a "unique" approach when it comes to detecting hackers online. His stint at the NSA is directly responsible for many tools the organization developed to prevent cybercriminals from stealing money and/or trade secrets online, although the new product was developed in private. Alexander's new technology will help various companies and institutions, with the former NSA boss expected to file at least nine patents to protect it. While at the NSA,
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Comic-Con Wrap-Up: TheComic-Con 2014 was chock full of amazing costumes, cool art, mind-blowing TV pilots and fascinating encounters. Because even a weak Comic-Con is better than most other events. Here's our complete... roundup of all the most incredible things we saw last weekend.
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A decline in profitability of Samsung's IT and mobile communications division has pulled overall profit for the Korean conglomerate lower.
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Save big with four popularFour games from Ubisoft have been discounted today. Head into the Google Play Store and you'll find Assassin's Creed Pirates, Rayman Fiesta Run, Rayman Jungle Run and Rabbids Big Bang are all on sale.
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Samsung has spent months promising a paid tier for Milk Music that takes the gloves off. Well, it's here at last -- an update to the Android app for its exclusive (if Slacker-based) streaming service... offers a $4 per month Premium tier that brings...
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TORONTO — Rob Ford and Deadmau5 went on a coffee run together, proving opposites really do attract. The unlikely duo traveled to a local Tim Hortons drive-thru in Toronto earlier this week, and all... 30 glorious minutes were caught on video. Deadmau5, a Canadian electronic musician based in the city, posted a YouTube clip of himself driving the embattled Toronto mayor around in his Nyan Cat-themed Ferrari See also: 'Rob Ford The Musical' Hopefuls Do Their Best Impressions in 6 Seconds Among their conversational topics: the "Purrari," football, mayoral governance, traffic, the game of Risk and potholes on Toronto's roads. For most of the video, Ford and Deadmau5 get along swimmingly, with the mayor bursting out in occasional fits of laughter.
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Just after noon on Monday, thousands of Mexico City residents evacuated their office buildings and filled the streets thanks to a warning from the SkyAlert emergency app. The alert warned of a "strong... earthquake" that was just seconds away from...
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Samsung warns second half willThe Korean electronics giant, which posted a 25 percent drop in operating profits, says the second half of 2014 "will remain a challenge" as price competition in smartphones hurts profitability.
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Have you ever been somewhere with something written in a foreign language and wondered what the heck it said in your own language? Or, have you ever looked at a sign, book, or printed text somewhere,... and wished you could instantly translate that something into the language of your choice? With your iPhone and the ...
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New NASA Research Shows GiantNASA's Ames Research Center News and Features: New research shows that more than four billion years ago the surface of Earth was heavily reprocessed - or melted, mixed, and buried - as a result of... giant asteroid impacts.
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FCC Questions Verizon's Limits Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday grilled Verizon on its plans to slow down the top 5 percent of 4G LTE unlimited data users. For the past two and half years,... Verizon has engaged in a process commonly known as throttling that slows down the data of the top 5 percent of the heaviest 3G data users.
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For a few lucky customers in Canada, one bank's special ATM dispensed a lot more than cash. As part of its "TD Thanks You" marketing campaign, TD Canada Trust asked its branch employees to pick some... of their favorite customers for a special surprise. About 20 people were told that they would be helping "test out a new ATM," according to Chris Stamper, TD's senior vice president for corporate marketing. Much to their surprise, when the customers approached the ATM, it started speaking with them, and even knew their names. See also: WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa Some of the customers "have been through tough times, and some are just wonderfully kind and caring people," Stamper wrote in an email. An additional 40 people weren't preselected but simply happened to be...
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Zebrafish neural activity:For the first time, researchers have captured footage of a complete zebrafish brain while the animal was actively seeing.
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Samsung Says Phone Business IsThe company's smartphone market share dropped seven percentage points from a year ago, as both sales and profits saw double-digit declines.
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Westpac has appointed former CBA Core Banking Modernisation executive general manager Dave Curran as its new CIO, effective September.
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SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

Slashdot - 31 Jul 2014 02:42
schwit1 writes "The competition heats up: For the first time in six months SpaceShipTwo completed a test flight [Tuesday]." The article linked is from NBC, which also has a deal with Virgin Galactic... to televise the first commercial flight. It is thus in their interest to promote the spacecraft and company. The following two sentences from the article however clearly confirm every rumor we have heard about the ship in the past year, that they needed to replace or completely refit the engine and that the resulting thrust might not be enough to get the ship to 100 kilometers or 62 miles: "In January, SpaceShipTwo blasted off for a powered test and sailed through a follow-up glide flight, but then it went into the shop for rocket refitting. It's expected to go through a series of glide flights...
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Unlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs -- two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where... planets form in such complex environments....
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Otzi Iceman had geneticWhile prevalence and types of risk factors for atherosclerosis have varied over time from ancient times to modern society -- such as levels of obesity, physical activity -- genetic predisposition/risk... for the condition today appears to be very similar to that in ancient times.
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Chinese media believe Microsoft was raided as a result of withdrawing support for Windows XP.
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Stressed Out Mongooses Can'tA recent study investigates the relationship between stress hormones and parental care in the banded mongoose.
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BlackBerry's global marketBlackBerry CEO John Chen strikes us as a very smart guy who has made some good moves to give BlackBerry fresh life. The smartest move he’s made might be to emphasize that BlackBerry will not live or... die based on smartphone sales and will instead work to offer a wide range of enterprise-centric services that put security front and center. This move is particularly smart because, as ZDNet’s Chris Duckett points out, Kantar Worldpanel has just tossed BlackBerry into its “other” category in its smartphone market share reports alongside such non-powerhouses as Symbian and Firefox OS. Earlier this year, Kantar found that BlackBerry’s market share had fallen to 0.4% in the United States, to 1.5% in the five biggest European
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A group of big name Hollywood directors has nudged studio executives into talks with Kodak, negotiating a deal that would keep the company's movie film in production. With support from the likes... of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, the deal would see studios commit to buying a certain amount of film from Kodak for the next few years. 
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When an alien from the distant planet Hondo comes to Earth with a plan to destroy all civilization, he does what any Earth-invading alien would do: He joins a bluegrass band. That's the plot of the... 2013 film The History of Future Folk, and it's every bit as delightfully campy as it sounds.
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New York posts 'bill ofThe hastily prepared document beats a deadline, but parents and educators want changes.          
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Brett Domino Explains Pop Music's Formula

The Mac Observer - 31 Jul 2014 02:25
Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you... enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once you have mastered his original techniques, you can level up with the advanced techniques. It took until very nearly August, but I think we have the song of the summer in Pinocchio from the advanced class.
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Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists that includes a NASA researcher has... proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived...
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One tiny new app takes onNew app Beehive goes where many tech companies have gone -- and failed -- before. It tries to clean up the "noisy" social media space by offering a single app feed that tracks six of your favorite... Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook "friends." One tiny new app takes on social networking’s impossible noise overload problem originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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NSA patents reveal agency's spy gadgets

Slash Gear - 31 Jul 2014 02:17
NSA patents reveal agency'sThe folks at Foreign Policy have detailed a list of patents granted to the National Security Agency, and in them we see a plethora of spy-centric gadgets and tech that covers topics spanning from... encryption to envelopes that reveal they've been tampered with. There are quite a few patents, far more than can be discussed entirely here, but we've gone …
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FCC chairman puts Verizon inFCC's Tom Wheeler says in a letter he's "deeply troubled" by Verizon's move to single out unlimited data customers, which could slow their access to the Internet.
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Scientists: Ship found buried at NYC's World Trade Center dates to eve of American Revolution
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Ohio Fire Disaster SpotlightsWith fracking chemicals kept secret, first responders are left in the dark.
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More than 25 years ago, Mac owners were introduced to Shadowgate -- a medieval fantasy quest that overcame its black-and-white limitations to become one of the most immersive and enjoyable... graphic-text adventures of its time. The game was a hit, jumping to multiple platforms and captivating countless fans. Now, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Shadowgate is back courtesy of publisher Zojoi, and will be coming to modern Macs (as well as PCs) on August 21.  More than a simple visual overhaul, the new Shadowgate is a thorough reimagining, with new challenges, redesigned environments, vastly expanded story elements, Lord of the Rings-esque atmosphere, and a grittier, gloomier world design. Though longtime fans will recognize the interface and much of the castle layout,...
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The Flag-Filled Workspace

Life Hacker - 31 Jul 2014 02:00
The Flag-Filled WorkspaceFlickr user Terry Landers (a.k.a. Lordgort141) sure likes flags...and monitors. His workspace is set up so there are screens and flags everywhere.
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With so many folks using iPhone and iPad cameras, there is a desperate need to teach people the fundamentals of photography. I've looked at several apps that provide tutorials and some are excellent,... while others are just not that helpful. The Great...
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Website of the day: Wear Sun Cream

Pocket-lint - 31 Jul 2014 02:00
Website of the day: Wear SunHeatwave. That's the word that's being used here in the UK at the moment. Those of you who live in hotter climates may scoff, but a few weeks with temperatures exceeding 20 degrees really does... constitute a heatwave as far as we Brits are concerned....
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Samsung's streaming internet radio service Milk has been free of advertising since its launch, though as part of a new update has added the option to pay to skip more tracks and download music to play... without an internet connection. The new "premium service" (spotted by Android Police) runs $3.99 a month, and upgrades users from six song skips per hour to unlimited. Users also get a sleep timer, as well as the option to turn its curated station DJs on or off. Samsung accidentally outed its premium service back in April inside an infographic posted on its corporate blog, though the feature was described only as a way to remove advertisements, which free users still do not hear.
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Hypercolour ice cream changesA physicist has invented a way of making ice cream so that it changes hue from pale blue to deep purple to pink in response to being licked.
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Hundreds of Beats workers lose  Apple is finalizing its acquisition of Beats Electronics ahead of the August 1st closing date, and while most of Beats’ top talent will be migrating to the mothership, about 40% of Beats’... global workforce will be cut during the…
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Sony's had limited tests of its cloud-based gaming service running for the last few months, but it's taking PlayStation Now to the next level tomorrow by letting anyone with a PS4 (that's in the... continental US or southern Canada) join in. There's a...
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Hands Free: Driverless CarsBritish officials have announced two official efforts to jump-start driverless vehicle testing and regulations in their country.
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Here's why you can't get EA'sWhen EA announced its new EA Access subscription program for the Xbox One, we were surprised because it sounds like a pretty good deal. Given EA’s past antics, we actually expected the program... involved asking gamers to pay an extra $5 per month just for the privilege of playing games on Xbox Live that they’d already purchased. But no -- EA Access actually will give you the ability to play games like Madden NFL 15, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 even if you’ve never bought the games themselves for just $5 per month or $30 for a full year subscription. This raises a question, however -- why is this awesome-seeming deal only available for Xbox One gamers? GameInformer reached out to Sony to
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For over a year, rumors have run rampant that Apple TV will get a revolutionary relaunch in 2014. But now, The Information reports, we may not see that new device until at least 2015 due to... complications with ongoing content negotiations. The next Apple TV, according to a "person familiar with the plans," is said to include major new features such as games, Siri voice control, and subscription packages that could replace cable services. These ambitious additions are thought to contribute to the delay, along with content-negotiation complications caused by the as-of-yet unfinished merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. "On the content side, cable executives and TV programmers say Apple has bit off more than it can chew and deny they're the holdup," the report says. "They say Apple...
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Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called... “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to…
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kkleiner writes Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Microsoft Kinect, a camera, and a handful of electrical stimulators, a London student's virtual reality system is showing users what it's... like to swap bodies. Looking down, they see someone else's arms and legs; looking out, it's someone else's point of view; and when they move their limbs, the body they see does the same (those electrical stimulators mildly shock muscles to force a friend to mirror the user's movements). It's an imperfect system, but a fascinating example of the power of virtual reality. What else might we use VR systems for? Perhaps they'll prove useful in training or therapeutic situations? Or what about with robots, which would be easier to inhabit and control than another human? The virtual body swap may...
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NASA Unveiling Instruments forSpace agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here... at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
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Tomorrow Daily 027: RobotOn today's show, a Korean baseball team installs a robot cheering section in their stands, a Spanish physicist creates color-changing ice cream, and Square announces a new card reader.
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The Information claims that content deals are holding things up.
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MobileIron CEO Bob Tinker's not losing sleep over BlackBerry supporters' talk of a recent security breach, no more than he's worried about sometime-competitor IBM inking a major new enterprise deal... with Apple. And on strong earnings results that cleared Wall Street's expectations Wed. and sent his stock soaring, Tinker's got reason to seem unperturbed.
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Gee, Star Lord sure looks and sounds a lot like Emmet from The Lego Movie in this Lego-ized version of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Hey waaaait a minute. We get it now. Because Chris Pratt ...... is in both movies! SEE ALSO: Lego 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Tribute Is Simply Brilliant Marvel/Disney has been in beast-marketing mode for the past few days, but they can't claim credit for this one — it was created by Forrest Whaley, animator and YouTube star whose many Lego creations have earned him nearly half-a-million followers Oh, and in case you haven't heard, Marvel/Disney releases Guardians of the Galaxy nationwide on Friday.
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Palantir Technologies, the big-data company whose software reportedly helped find Osama bin Laden, has acquired a 2-year-old social media marketing startup. Palantir acquired Poptip, a company that... helps major brands analyze data from Twitter, and conduct polls on social media. See also: Twitter Needs to Monetize You, Even If You're Not on Twitter Terms of the deal were not disclosedPalantir, which launched in 2004, has raised more than $900 million in funding, and is valued at $9 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The somewhat secretive company's software specializes in data analysis for banks and government organizations, and has reportedly been used for fraud prevention.
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Who Will Save Earth? TheHumans are causing the climate to change, but we'll also be the ones to fix it.
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FCC fires off letter toVerizon's plans to start throttling some users has caught the attention of the FCC, which recently fired off a letter to the carrier asking questions about the business change. The letter was from... Chairman Tom Wheeler, who said that he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's plans. This past Friday, Verizon revealed that some of its heavy data users on the …
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FCC Chair Asks Verizon ToThe chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday called Verizon's new plan to reduce speeds for certain data-guzzling wireless customers "deeply troubling" and asked the company to... justify the policy. Verizon said last week it would begin slowing speeds for wireless customers with unlimited data plans who stream large amounts of high-definition video on their phones. The company said the policy would start in October and would only apply to customers who are in the top 5 percent of data users and are connected to cell towers with high demand. The company said the policy was for "network management" and told customers they could switch from an unlimited plan to a usage-based plan, which would not be affected. Usage-based plans, however, are subject to data caps and...
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Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

Miami Herald - 31 Jul 2014 01:08
Pipe break that flooded UCLAAuthorities say a pipe break that flooded UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion has now released 20 million gallons of water and continues to gush.
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9 things you should know aboutSurge protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your gear against random power spike damage. They're not all the same. Here are a few tips before you start shopping.
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Apple releases first OS XThe impending fall release of OS X Yosemite has been on the minds of most developers since WWDC, but Apple is continuing to make improvements to OS X 10.9 Mavericks with the release of the first OS X... 10.9.5 beta…
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Intel's MinnowBoard Max comingIt's been a rough start for Intel's MinnowBoard Max open-source computer, which has been delayed and is now pricier. The Max is like the Raspberry Pi, an open-source computer that has taken hobbyists... by storm. The Max is a circuit board, with no case, that includes most components of a PC, including a CPU, memory and slots for add-ons such as storage and graphics. It's designed for people who want to build a basic Linux PC and for software developers looking to write x86 applications. The Max was due to ship in June, priced at US$129 for a board with a dual-core Atom chip and $99 for a single-core board. Two retailers are taking orders for the dual-core board, but they're asking more than the list price. One of the retailers, Mouser, is selling the board for $146. It estimates the...
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New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

The Mac Observer - 31 Jul 2014 01:03
New iPhones: Now With LessSapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now,... and thus far those orders do not exist.
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Nosee to tackle hay fever withBirmingham based 383 Labs has introduced Nosee, a smart pollen and air quality sensor that could help hay fever sufferers. At the moment pollen counts are largely found on weather reports which cover... huge areas. The Nosee, will allow users to get a local...
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FreedomPop is about to turnFreedomPop on Wednesday announced plans to sell discounted LTE tablets that come with a free data plus connectivity capable of offering tablet buyers phone features. In addition to browsing the web... with their tablets, FreedomPop tablet buyers will also be able to send and receive text messages and make voice calls for free. “The line between smartphones and tablets continues to blur," FreedomPop Co-Founder and COO Steven Sesar said. "As a result, people want to use the device they're most comfortable with, in a way that is most useful to them. We felt it was important to offer an expanded FreedomPop tablet experience by including telephony, and not just to enable calls but also for using apps like WhatsApp or
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Attackers have breached Tor'sTor, a network used by people to cloak their identities and Internet activities, published a blog post today stating that attackers had breached its system in an apparent attempt to de-anonymize... users. The breach occurred between January 30 of this year and July 4, and Tor advises that anybody who used its “hidden services” during that time may have been “affected” — though it’s unsure exactly what “affected” means. It’s unlikely, […]
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Wine has so many varieties and varying degrees of value that it can be intimidating to order when you're out to dinner. Gerald Morgan Jr, Sommelier at Simplified Wine, has some tips on choosing and... ordering wine that can help alleviate the confusion and intimidation.
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This Danish Punk Band JustFor any band, shifting musical direction is a huge moment. For some it definitely works--could you imagine The Beatles pumping out A Hard Day's Night clones for decades?-and for others, even iconic... musicians, it can be an earsplitting disaster.
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4 Ways Owning a Dog Can Make You Healthier

Live Science - 31 Jul 2014 00:58
4 Ways Owning a Dog Can MakeDog owners are healthier than people who don't own pets in several ways, research suggests.
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Samsung gives Milk MusicThough initially released as a free premium add-on for its Galaxy devices, Samsung is now giving its smartphone and tablet owners the option to pay for more features for the Milk Music service. The... $3.99 subscription option brings some noted features and requires a Samsung account.
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EU antitrust regulators toRegulators may examine whether or not Google uses Android's dominance to unfairly spread the use of its own services over those of competitors.
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In an unprecedented turn of events, the indie sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer's video-on-demand releasing bringing in almost as much money as its theatrical run. Should other films follow suit?
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Odd Cause of Gaping SiberianA trio of mysterious gaping holes in northern Siberia has spawned many theories about their origin, but scientists have suggested some concrete explanations.
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Daniel_Stuckey writes Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements... attributable to its former director. According to a report by Bloomberg , prospective clients of Alexander's, namely large banks, will be billed $1 million a month for his cyber-consulting services. Recode.net quipped that for an extra million, Alexander would show them the back door (state-installed spyware mechanisms) that the NSA put in consumer routers.
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Conan O'Brien DIY videoFor those tired of shelling out a few hundred bucks every time Cupertino announces a new iPad with the most minor of upgrades, late night TV show host Conan O’Brien has teamed up with comedian Matt... Walsh to create a…
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Modbook launches KickstarterThe custom Mac tablet, the Modbook, is back--this time with a souped-up, 15.4-inch display and the latest Mac hardware under the hood. To make this dream a reality, however, Modbook is asking that you... fund a Kickstarter campaign for the Modbook Pro X, which will cost a minimum of $2,000 apiece. That funding will buy you a place on Modbook's assembly line; company executives hope to deliver the first Modbook tablets in 2015. The Modbook has been around for about seven years, when Axiotron and Other World Computing teamed up to deliver the first Mac tablet at Macworld. Three years later in 2010, however, Apple released the first iPad, a much smaller tablet powered by Apple's iOS. Subsequent upgrades yielded the Modbook Pro.
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The Plan to Save Bluefin TunaThe bluefin tuna is a magnificent creature. A silvery torpedo, it grows as big as 1,000 pounds, swims as fast as cars, and survives the cold waters of the ocean, weirdly enough, as warm-blooded fish.... Oh, it also happens to be pretty tasty as sushi. Thanks to our growing sushi appetites, the bluefin tuna seems likely to be obliterated off the face of the Earth unless we do something drastic--like stop eating it or, what the hell, use science to start spawning them in tanks on land.
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It seems that wearable devices are trying to pack more and more functions into smaller forms, and a new one called Sync Smartband is shooting for being more than just your typical fitness band. From... exercise tracking to keeping tabs on children, the Sync Smartband is trying to carve out a niche as a wearable for active parents and children...
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All over the world, scientists are creating microscopic "nanobots" for purposes such as delivering medication to precisely-targeted areas inside the body. In order for those tiny payload-carrying... robots to get to their destination, however, they need some form of propulsion. Although some systems are already in development, a team of Israeli and German scientists may have come up with the most intriguing one yet, in the form of what they claim is the world's smallest propeller. ..
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Credit Karma Offers FreeCredit Karma is one of our favorite free services for monitoring your own credit and keeping your identity safe . Now they're upping the ante and offering free credit reports every single week, so... you're aware instantly if someone's stealing your identity.
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If you're tired of lugging around both an external battery pack and a power adapter to keep your iPhone running, today's your lucky day. Nomad (the company behind the ChargeCard) has started taking... pre-orders for the NomadPlus, a 1,500mAh external...
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NVIDIA Researchers AchieveAlthough the company published some details regarding its research into super-resolutions displays in a paper titled, “Cascaded Displays: Spatiotemporal Superresolution using Offset Pixel Layers”... a couple of months back, it appears NVIDIA will be talking about the technology in much more detail at SIGGRAPH2014, due to talk place next month in Vancouver. Papers and a video published by a handful of NVIDIA’s researchers showed a couple of handmade prototypes that offered up the kind of image fidelity normally reserved for much more expensive displays.
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FCC Questions Verizon Plan toFederal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today sent a letter [PDF via Gigaom] to Verizon Wireless, questioning its plan to throttle customers that have unlimited data plans during peak... usage times. Verizon first announced its intention to throttle high-usage customers on grandfathered unlimited LTE plans last week. In the letter, Wheeler says that he is "deeply troubled" by Verizon's decision to throttle its unlimited users, as the company described its efforts as necessary for "Network Optimization." Wheeler stated that he does not believe slowing the data speeds for select users falls under the "reasonable network management" umbrella. "Reasonable network management" concerns the technical management of your network; it is not a loophole designed to enhance your revenue...
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Otzi 'The Iceman' Had Heart Disease Genes

Live Science - 31 Jul 2014 00:37
Otzi 'The Iceman' Had Heart-tzi the Iceman, a Neolithic man preserved in the ice of the Austrian Alps, had a genetic predisposition to heart disease, new research suggests.
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During a massive bombardment this week, Israel hit Gaza's only power plant, effectively shutting it down for good With one of the main sources of electricity in the Gaza Strip knocked out, the... population now faces severe blackouts that will affect the distribution of water and force already overcrowded and over-stretched hospitals and shelters to run on generators See also: 'Shocking and Disappointing': U.S. Pushes Back Against Israeli Media Reports And it's not just the power plant that's been hit. Power lines running from Israel have also ben damaged in the more than three weeks of conflict, leaving residents with very little power.
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'Dark Skies' Heightened SenseMulti-channel projections on large CNC-routed tiles, multi-faceted sound pulled from high summer Rocky Mountains recordings have produced a exhibit which draws on the human senses. The installation's... muse is night sky preservation.
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Updated Apple TV delayed untilDo you want a newer version of the Apple TV? Oh well - it looks like you'll have to wait until 2015. It has been a whle since Apple has updated its set-top box. And you know what that means...rumours... galore. From a dedicated Game Store and built-in TV...
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The latest trailer for TheWes Ball's movie about a group of teenagers stuck in a labyrinth gets a new trailer that adds to the mystery ahead of the film's September premiere. The post The latest trailer for The Maze Runner... keeps things puzzling appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Crytek USA staff reportedlyCrytek USA's CEO and others quit last week over lack of pay, according to sources that are said to be familiar with what went down. This follows Crytek's downsizing that took place recently at the... studio in Texas, and is said to have resulted after weeks of salary payments being made late. Crytek USA's senior staff are all said to …
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Urban Biking: A Love Story

Slate - 31 Jul 2014 00:30
Listen to Episode 60 of Slate's The Gist:
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One year ago, the 50-foot-wide Muon g-2 electromagnet arrived at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois after traveling 3,200 miles over land and sea from... Long Island, New York. This week, the magnet took the final few steps of that journey, moving across the Fermilab site and into the new building that now houses it.
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Enjoy Some Fine Art with TheseThis week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art put 400,000 high-resolution images from their collection up for download. So, to give you a taste, we decided to show off a few of our favorite... wallpaper-friendly ones for your desktop.
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Thousands of women have taken to Twitter and other social networks to mock Turkey's deputy prime minister for his declaration that women should not laugh in public. The deputy prime minister, Bülent... Arınç, gave the speech that sparked the online backlash at an event Monday for Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan. He condemned "moral corruption" in Turkey, and said people had abandoned their values and needed to discover the Quran again. "Chastity is so important," he said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. "It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men. [She] will have chasteness. Man will have it, too. He will not be a womanizer. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. [The woman] will know what is haram [sinful] and not haram....
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Apple TV launches channel in Brazil

ZDNet - 31 Jul 2014 00:29
Partnership with 24-hour sports channel will support the company's first TV offering in Latin America
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ServiceNow Sales BeatAnother sign of the recovery in cloud software companies.
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The coolest, nerdiest LottoI thought this was some kind of joke but no, it's actually the results for the German Lotto--called Lotto 6 as 49--for today's draw: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 37 (notice the extra nerd bonus: 1337!) What... are the chances of this happening? 1 in 15,537,573.
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Sprint expands 4G LTE network to 17 more markets

Android Central - 31 Jul 2014 00:27
Sprint expands 4G LTE networkSprint is making an aggressive roll out behind its 4G LTE network, bringing its high speed mobile broadband access to n additional 17 more markets. The addition of these markets span across the United... States.
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Within mere hours, we will all be drowning in witty and fintastic tweets about Sharknado 2: The Second One. The thrilling and highly anticipated sequel to 2013's Sharknado airs on Syfy Wednesday at 9... p.m. ET, which gives us very little time to seek shelter and think of shark puns Of course, it wouldn't be the 21st century if we didn't experience this natural disaster together. So before you hunker down in your life boats, make sure you're following along with the appropriate hashtags, lists and second-screen experiences to truly enjoy this bloody cultural phenomenon See also: Ian Ziering Warns Twitter About Impending 'Sharknado 2' Tweet Storm
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See Alien Worlds, Spaceship inA new trailer for the movie "Interstellar" hit the Internet today, revealing more about the film's largely unknown plot.
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Amazon's bullshit

The Loop - 31 Jul 2014 00:22
Bryan Chaffin fills in the "gaps" that Amazon tends to leave out of its numbers.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Angela Fox has now taken up her role as the new Dell ANZ managing director, and plans to drive the company's enterprise, software, and service divisions going forward, but will not be neglecting its... end-user computing business either.
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Picture of the Day: Going for a (Space) Walk

Twisted Sifter - 31 Jul 2014 00:17
Picture of the Day: Going forPhotograph by NASA   [12 December 2006] Backdropped by a colorful Earth, astronaut Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission... specialists, participate in the mission’s first of three planned sessions of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction resumes on the International Space Station. The landmasses depicted are…
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The man who said Google GlassOne-time Google Glass enthusiast Robert Scoble is always an entertaining read, although he’s not exactly someone whom tech companies should take advice from. After all, Scoble was once so... enthusiastic about Google Glass that he compared it to the Apple II and similarly said it would revolutionize the way we do computing. Needless to say, that hasn’t turned out to be the case, as even Scoble admitted earlier this year that Glass in its current incarnation is “doomed.” It’s from this perspective that we should read Scoble’s recent comments in an interview with GeekWire where he says that Microsoft ought to just dump all its ambitions at building a competitive mobile platform and concentrate on making apps and services for
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DJ Steve Aoki to star inIn a departure from its core video game-playing audience, Twitch.tv is experimenting with live music concerts, starting with electronic artist Steve Aoki.
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Amazon's eBook Math

Slashdot - 31 Jul 2014 00:12
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has waged a constant battle with publishers over the price of ebooks. They've now publicly laid out their argument and the business math behind it. "We've quantified... the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000." They argue that capping most ebooks at $9.99 would be better for everyone, with the money split out 35% to the author, 35% to the publisher, and 30% to Amazon. Author John Scalzi says...
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Science Confirms: GiantIn a new case report, scientists detail a gruesome anteater attack that left one man dead in northwestern Brazil. While such incidents are rare, the attack should serve as a warning to hunters and... others who share the same turf as anteaters.
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Modbook Pro X converts theDo you still dream of the day when the iPad and MacBook finally converge in beautiful harmony? Are you also really jazzed about the Apple’s big ass iPad rumors? Well if you’ve got a measly $4000... laying around, Modbook is ready…
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NVIDIA begins shipping Shield Tablet to gamers

Android Central - 31 Jul 2014 00:10
NVIDIA begins shipping ShieldIf you've been eyeing NVIDIA's Shield Tablet to play your latest Android or PC game on, the company announced that the Shield tablet has begun to ship to consumers. The tablet is selling for $299 and... there are also optional game accessories targeted at gamers.
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This Clever Transforming HouseSometimes you want a room with a view. Sometimes you want a bunker that's walled-off to the world. Why not have both? The Sharifi-ha House can shape-shift based on the amount of sun or level of... privacy that its residents need at that particular moment.
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[From GamerTell] Madden NFL 15 will be dishing out bonecrushing tackles soon. GamerTell's Brian Allen is counting the days, and the stories surrounding Madden.
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TechGenie PC Optimizer review:Handsomely rendered in the latest Windows 8.x tile-style, TechGenie's PC Optimizer is undoubtedly one of, if not the best-looking Windows maintenance suite out there. The free version offers marginal... value--if you're careful with it. But if you fall for the copious embedded advertising, you'll wind up spending well over $100 for utilities you really don't need, then calling iYogi's tech support to undoubtedly spend more. You might want to move on the next review now. Still reading? The free version of PC Optimizer offers a decent registry cleaner, a junk file remover, disk defragger, a security advisor, an Internet settings optimizer, plus two-way remote control. The $40 Pro version adds a duplicate file finder, backup and restore, plus file encryption. There's also an $80 Absolute version...
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MacBook Pro Retina Display: AApple has announced the 2014 updates for its Retina Display MacBook Pro line. But what exactly are these updates, and what do they mean?
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Potato breeding programs at Michigan State University and Texas A&M have been churning out modified spuds for the better part of a decade, if not longer, but thanks to A&M's Creighton Miller, we now... have a better idea of the 'designer' potato's...
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[From AppleTell] Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar is an RPG set for release on August 21st for OS X, Windows, and Linux. We've been playing the beta, and here are some early thoughts.
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Hands-on with Heroes &Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar is a role-playing game set to be released on August 21st for OS X, Windows, and Linux. The game starts with you searching for a magical artifact that can prevent... an upcoming catastrophe. After finding it and returning home, you're accosted by the castle guards and thrown in prison. Thus begins your adventure of finding out just what is wrong with Queen Sijsen and the rest of the kingdom. The post Hands-on with Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar appeared first on AppleTell.
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FCC Chairman QuestionsChairman Tom Wheeler says it doesn't sound like "reasonable network management" to him.
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The Philips Hue Tap Proves An The Philips Hue system provides lighting that you can control with your smartphone, and automate with location gating and time-based alarms. But for all its fancy magic, I still find myself using... physical lightswitches to turn my Hue system on and off, in larger part because often it takes more steps to unlock my iPhone, find the Hue app, open it and select the “All off” or…
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Shakira Dethrones Volkswagen'sThe force is no longer with the Darth Vader kid. The Volkswagen ad "The Force," which featured a child dressed as the iconic Star Wars character, was dethroned as the most shared ad of all time by... Shakira's "trackvertising" World Cup video with Activia, according to marketing technology company Unruly. The pint-size galactic menace premiered during the 2011 Super Bowl and in those three years has been shared 5,372,945 times via Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere according to Unruly's data. The Colombian singer, however, beat those numbers in a little over two months. Shak produced her World Cup-inspired video for her single "La La La" in collaboration with Activia yogurt, and in support of the World Food Program. The video shows the company's logo at the beginning and the end but also...
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Logitech G402 Hyperion FuryThe folks behind the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury suggest they've created a new age in gaming mouse technology. This device does not just rely on an optical sensor - they've incorporated several... different sensors to make certain that there's no point at which any one sensor is relied upon too heavily. Inside the Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury you'll find both …
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Investment in LA Tech HasIn Los Angeles — where the tech scene is booming thanks to companies like Snapchat and exits like Oculus VR to Facebook — investment in tech has nearly tripled, according to a new report from CB... Insights. Venture capital funding, specifically, is up 163 percent and the number of deals is up 180 percent since 2009. Though Silicon Valley continues […]
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Washington Football Team Facts

Slate - 31 Jul 2014 00:01
Here at WashingtonFootballTeamFacts.com (sponsored by online magazine/grass-roots movement Slate), we're thinking football fans. We believe the team's nickname needs to go--that "history" and... "tradition" are no excuse for continuing to use a slur that offends so many Native Americans.
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My Big Break: How Brian LeeToday we dig back into the Pando archives for another legal story. Last year, during his PandoMonthly interview, Brian Lee -- co-founder of LegalZoom, ShoeDazzle, and The Honest Co. -- told Sarah Lacy... about the time he decided to cold-call star lawyer Robert Shapiro to ask if he'd be a spokesperson for the then-fledgling Legal Zoom. Lee and his partners knew that asking Americans to trust a company they'd never heard of with their bank information, credit card information, mortgage...
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I love watching crowd-funded projects make it from concept to reality. Precision Touch just recently (July 19, 2014) reached the end of a funding campaign on Kickstarter for the Dart Stylus, now... available for pre-order for US$59.95 (normal price...
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Interactions.org Newsdigest 30 July 2014

Interactions - 31 Jul 2014 00:00
Giant electromagnet completes its journey, moves into its new home at Fermilab -- JUNO International Collaboration established -- Collider reveals first glimpse of Higgs boson at work -- Moving the... ring: Final journey of 'Big Ring' at Fermilab -- New correction to speed of light could explain SN1987 neutrino burst -- Dark matter search enters round 2 -- First glimpse of Higgs bosons at work revealed -- Dark matter makes up 80% of the universe--but where is it all? -- CERN accelerators come alive for LHC restart
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Remove Egg Shells From aYou're preparing a cake or getting ready to scramble some eggs and it happens: you spot a teeny, tiny piece of shell floating around in the eggs. Before you reach in and start picking at it, be sure... to wet your fingers first.
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A Dad's Hysterical Attempt at Decoding Hashtags

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 23:58
A Dad's Hysterical Attempt atExplaining "what you do" to your parents is not exactly easy when you work in social media. I know, I know -- Facebook is now considered "your mom's social media outlet," but even if she does have a... profile (which mine does not), she still likely thinks all a social media manager does is play around on Facebook and Twitter all day. Being in the field myself, I know that's the furthest thing from the truth. When I attempt to explain what I'm doing at work to my parents, they try their best to understand, but I know they have no idea what I just said to them. In an effort to educate my parents about social media and show how different generations use it, I asked my 60-year-old dad to define the following popular hashtags. And even I couldn't have imagined all of the glorious, absurd things...
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What Amazon Didn't Say in Its Blog Post about Hachette

The Mac Observer - 30 Jul 2014 23:55
What Amazon Didn't Say in ItsAmazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children-and indeed publishers and authors, too-and those... greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.
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Twitch is the biggest name around when it comes to broadcasting live streams of video games, but Twitch's dominance hits a hard stop right there. Now, Twitch appears to be considering ways that it... could begin to branch out, and it's starting by hosting a free broadcast of a concert from house musician Steve Aoki. That's a big change for Twitch, which generally requires that streams are dedicated to video games. It doesn't appear that Twitch is about to open up to musicians or other non-gaming broadcasts just yet though -- it still says that it's asking for feedback on what it's doing. The Aoki concert will begin on his Twitch page tonight at 10PM ET. Twitch doesn't say if there'll be more concerts to follow, but it's apparently seen some...
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Instagram quietly debutsAfter a storm of speculation with leaked ads, Instagram's Bolt quietly hits app stores for users abroad. The ephemeral messaging app is available to users in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
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A Squeezable 'Glass' WaterA plastic water bottle can survive the rigors of an active lifestyle, but over time it will collect odd smells and flavors that eventually can't be scrubbed out. A glass bottle is a better option,... naturally eschewing mold and odors, but one wrong move and suddenly it's a pile of shards. These Squeezable Glass bottles claim to offer the best of both worlds--but have a bit of a misleading claim to fame.
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In the wake of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, airlines are reconsidering flights over conflict zones. European airlines and a Dubai-based carrier are rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as... a security precaution, amid fears that militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have weapons capable of shooting down planes, despite Iraq saying its skies are safe. See also: Malaysia Airlines Plane 'Blown Out of the Sky' A number of European carriers, including Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France, said they have devised alternate flight plans for their planes. Air France specifically said it detected a "potential threat" on July 24, which triggered the airline's decision, according to Eric Prevot, a spokesperson for Air France's Flight Operations Center.
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R2-D2 Kitchen Timer helps keepThe Star Wars gear available for your kitchen is expanding, and now includes a handy R2-D2 timer for those times it's extra important not to burn dinner. This joins the X-Wing Knife Block that is set... to arrive early next month from The Fowndry. The R2-D2 Kitchen Timer is available now from ThinkGeek for $20 USD, and it works much …
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Ubisoft teases Watch Dogs DLC set in Camden, NJ

Digital Trends - 30 Jul 2014 23:49
Ubisoft teases Watch Dogs DLCUbisoft has tweeted a teaser of Camden, NJ as a new setting in DLC for their open world hacking game Watch Dogs. The post Ubisoft teases Watch Dogs DLC set in Camden, NJ appeared first on Digital... Trends.
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While there are a wide range of scenarios that may cause a person to take their own life, the fact is that in a given situation, some people will do so whereas others won't. Scientists at the Johns... Hopkins University School of Medicine now believe that this difference can largely be traced to a genetic mutation in the people who are more likely to commit suicide. What's more, this mutation can be detected via a blood test. ..
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Watch teaser for 'FamilyCheck out this nearly-five-minute preview of the upcoming episode where Peter Griffin and Homer Simpson finally meet.
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Vocca is the voice-activatedWith the help of an microphone and some on-board natural language processing software, Vocca Light is basically the modern-day, voice-activated version of the Clapper The post Vocca is the... voice-activated light socket that makes your Clapper look prehistoric appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Geek Wars Loom As Geekatoo There’s a battle brewing again in the land of the geeks. Ever since 1994, when Robert Stephens launched his Geek Squad service in Minneapolis with $200 and a bicycle, his on demand IT department... for consumers bestrode the consumer tech services landscape like a colossus with a pocket protector and Scotch-Taped glasses. But like all wonders of the ancient world, the Geek Squad faces a…
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Groot can say only one thing, but he can do so in more languages than the dashing Swiss backpacker you met last summer. Vin Diesel likely got paid a king's ransom to say "I am Groot" over and over... again for Guardians of the Galaxy, but at least Disney/Marvel made him break out the Rosetta Stone to do it for their international versions, too. See also: New 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Trailer: Vin Diesel Voices Groot at Long Last Below, watch Diesel doing his best sentient tree voice in four different languages. Brazilian Portugese: French: Russian: Spanish: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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The closest thing on Earth toCool image of "pilots and plane captains make preparations for flight on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington" by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Everett Allen. The F-18s... here reminds me of the Vipers MkVII because of the photo angle and color.
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Today we are all truly #blessed because a home run landed directly in a fan's beer — annihilating the sudsy beverage — at a Major League Baseball game on Wednesday afternoon to create one of the... most serendipitously perfect sports highlights things we've ever seen What are the chances? Our home run slugger was Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth inning of an away game against the San Francisco Giants — but it's our unidentified fan who really goes down in baseball history. Here's another look .@jordy_mercer's homer landed in this woman's beer. Epic#LoveBaseball pic.twitter.com/Kx0SVlnLsY — MLB Fan Cave (@MLBFanCave) July 30, 2014
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Apple TV's huge update gets delayed until 2015

Cult of Mac - 30 Jul 2014 23:38
Apple TV's huge update getsWe’ve been waiting more than two years to get a decent upgrade for the AppleTV, but a new report suggests that Apple isn’t planning to launch the device this year, thanks to cable companies... dragging their heals on deals. The…
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Amazon Will Pay You to AcceptPossibly in an attempt to drive down costs
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn't happy about Verizon's plan to start slowing down customers on unlimited data plans this October. In fact, he seems really angry about it. Verizon announced the update to... its "network optimization" policy on Friday, making sure to note that throttling will only happen under very specific circumstances -- and only when network cell sites are experiencing heavy demand. But those assurances do nothing for Wheeler, who says he's "deeply troubled" by the news. His tone gets even harsher as the letter goes on. "It is disturbing to me that Verizon Wireless would base its network management on distinctions among its customers' data plans, rather than on network architecture or technology." Verizon and other carriers...
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New Kindle Feature SuggestedThe rise of e-readers may have made the success of books like Fifty Shades Of Grey possible by allowing people to read privately in public, but that doesn't mean that privacy doesn't come with its own... set of problems. Simply put, if you're making your way through James Joyce's Ulysses, you want people to know you're making your way through James Joyce's Ulysses. Showing off a little is your right as a book reader. But e-readers make it so that the titles you're reading are visible only to you -- a clear design flaw for proud members of the literati. Thankfully, satirical news site The Onion came up with the perfect solution in the video above. In addition to being thinner and smarter, The Onion's redesigned Kindle would also "loudly and repeatedly announce the title of the book you're...
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New website for ChristopherA new, interactive website for director Christopher Nolan's upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar adds to the mystery surrounding the much-anticipated film. The post New website for Christopher Nolan’s... Interstellar adds to the movie’s mystery appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pronto.ly's Contactless Microphone: check. Speaker: check… Israeli startup Pronto.ly is working on a universal alternative to NFC that relies on high pitched soundwaves to perform a contactless handshake.
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Amazon Will Pay You $1 To Choose Slow Shipping

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 23:32
Amazon Will Pay You $1 ToOne of the best things about being an Amazon Prime member is getting free, two-day shipping. Prime members with a little patience, however, are now getting an extra benefit: $1. Starting Wednesday,... prime members who choose "No-Rush" shipping on any order will get a $1 credit for Amazon's Instant Video service. The Instant Video service offers new releases like "Snowpiercer." It's different from Prime Instant video, which offers some free video to Prime members. You can watch the videos on your computer, phone, tablet or via a streaming video device like a Roku. Your "No-Rush" order will arrive in 5-7 business days. Amazon raised the price of Prime by 25 percent -- to $99 from $79 -- earlier this year, citing increased fuel and shipping costs. The promotion is a brilliant way for Amazon to...
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Self-driving cars will be permitted on public roads in the UK starting in January 2015, but it could be a while before commuters can actually use them. Cities in the UK can place bids to become... test-driving areas for driverless vehicles, and out of the applicant pool, three cities will be chosen, said Vince Cable, the business secretary. See also: 6 Tech Tools to Tackle Distracted Driving Several engineering groups, including one from the University of Oxford, have been experimenting with self-driving technology on private roads. The upcoming government-funded tests will mark the first time self-driving cars will be permitted on public roads, and test periods will last between 18 and 36 months
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Deep Silver takes overThis morning the Koch Media Group announced that they have acquired the rights to the Homefront franchise from Crytek, including the upcoming Homefront: The Revolution. The post Deep Silver takes over... Homefront: The Revolution development from Crytek appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Recent studies have shown that cancer development frequently involves the formation of multiple mutations that arise simultaneously and in close proximity to each other. These groups of clustered... mutations are frequently found in regions where chromosomal rearrangements take place. The finding that cancer development often involves multiple mutations arising in clusters and in regions where chromosomal rearrangement takes place may one day lead to new cancer therapies.
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This 1D Graphene Switches fromYou've heard all about the wonder properties of graphene, so come meet its one dimensional cousin, carbyne. A chain of single carbon atoms to graphene's two-dimensional layer of atoms, carbyne has... some pretty amazing properties of its own. By one measure, it's the strongest material in the world (over graphene!), and a new study finds it has the strange ability to go from conductor to insulator with a small stretch.
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Ukraine's War of Independence

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 23:30
The latest round of economic sanctions against Russia is an act of desperation by Western leaders, baffled by Vladimir Putin's intransigence over the conflict in Ukraine. Pleas and threats--voiced in... backroom meetings and countless phone calls with the Russian president--failed to move Putin to publicly disown the pro-Russian rebels. Even the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine didn't sway the Kremlin leader. The sanctions announced by the U.S. and European Union on Tuesday are an admission that the diplomatic toolkit is officially empty.
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No one wants 'mini' versionsAs flagship smartphones continue to grow more giant each year, smartphone vendors have tried to avoid losing customers looking for smaller and more affordable smartphones with “mini” versions of... their various hero phones. As it turns out, however, their efforts appear to be failing. Sales of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, LG G3 Beat, HTC One mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have “fallen short of expectations” thus far, according to Digitimes’ unnamed supply chain sources in Taiwan. The site’s sources pointed to “uncompetitive performance-price ratios” as a key reason for the mini flagship models’ failures. This logic is likely sound, of course, considering the wide variety of mid-range smartphone models currently available at far lower price points; the report...
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Marked 2: Previewer for Markdown files

The Loop - 30 Jul 2014 23:30
Marked is a previewer for Markdown files. Use it with your favorite text editor and it updates every time you save. With robust features for previewing, reviewing and exporting beautiful documents,... you can work in plain text while reveling in rich formatting. Brett Terpstra did a nice job with this app.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The Problems With Drug Testing

Slashdot - 30 Jul 2014 23:30
gallifreyan99 writes: Every drug you take will have been tested on people before it—but that testing process is meant to be tightly controlled, for the safety of everyone involved. Two... investigations document the questionable methods used in many studies, and the lack of oversight the FDA seems to have over the process. First, drugs are increasingly being tested on homeless, destitute and mentally ill people. Second, it turns out many human trials are being run by doctors who have had their licenses revoked for drug addiction, malpractice and worse.
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Opt Out of Amazon Prime's FreeIf you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can choose a no-rush shipping option during checkout and earn $1 of Amazon Instant Video credit for every order.
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Android I/O 2014 app source code released by Google

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 23:29
Android I/O 2014 app sourceGoogle announced in a blog post that it has released the source code to the popular Google I/O 2014 app, a tool that was useful to attendees of this year's Google's developer conference. In doing so,... Google hopes that the source code could serve as a useful learning tool to developers on creating apps.
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Jalopnik Watch Rob Ford Go For A Ride In Deadmau5's Nyan Cat Ferrari | Jezebel Exclusive: Tori Amos Premieres New Video And Answers All My Questions | Kotaku My Weekend In A Massive Room Full Of The... PC Gaming Elite | Lifehacker Learn the Basic Elements of Good Design in Under a Minute | Kinja Popular Posts
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Countries don't own theirThe Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country--nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to... seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property. After the plaintiffs filed papers to ICANN seeking the handover of the domains, the organization said it sympathized with their underlying claims but filed a motion on Tuesday to quash the attempted seizure.
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Rosetta spacecraft due forRosetta will finally join the object of its devotion, an icy and mysterious comet.          
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The popular log-in repository 1Password is about to get a lot more useful on iOS devices. AgileBits has revealed an extension for using the add-on in third-party iOS apps -- if the developer chooses... to build in support. Thanks to the enhanced...
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Deadspin Man Seeks Girls To Host Fantasy Football Draft, Possibly While Topless | Gawker Truvada: It's Time To Take the Fucking Pill | Gizmodo The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money | io9 The 13... Greatest Science Fiction Comedies Of All Time | Kinja Popular Posts
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15 Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

Twisted Sifter - 30 Jul 2014 23:23
15 Flower Mandalas by Kathy  Artist Kathy Klein makes beautiful mandalas using various plants and flowers. She began creating flower mandalas (or ‘danmalas’ as she calls them) in 2010 and has made hundreds since. You can... sel all of her creations in an extensive gallery on her website. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and…
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An Evil Wind

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 23:23
Global terrorist enterprises inspired by al-Qaida's ideology pose a continuing threat to the United States. That threat has been enhanced by the presence of thousands of foreign fighters who have... joined al-Qaida offshoots Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now known as the Islamic State.
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​Meet The 29-Year-OldEmily Richmond has been mistaken for Christ, had close shaves with pirates, speared her dinner and made water from a solar still to survive. We caught up with her in Borneo.
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FCC throttles Verizon WirelessFollowing the recent revelation that Verizon Wireless would begin throttling some 4G LTE customers on unlimited data plans, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has sent a letter to the carrier (full text below)... expressing his disdain with the policy and question the necessity of throttling only customers on unlimited plans. In the letter, Wheeler asks Verizon CEO Daniel […]
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The Nostalgia Machine

The Loop - 30 Jul 2014 23:22
This is just great. Pick a year and see what songs were popular when you were growing up.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Scientists reveal new visionThe Hadean and Eoarchean epochs were the real hell on Earth. For millions of years, our planet was heavily bombarded by millions of asteroids with "existing oceans repeatedly boiled away into steam... atmospheres"until its crust finally solidified. These two new visualizations will help you comprehend this violence.
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Meet Bleep, BitTorrent'sBleep, which is being developed by BitTorrent, claims that it will keep your online conversations safe and secure from prying, unseen eyes. The post Meet Bleep, BitTorrent’s Anti-NSA chat and... messaging app appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple begins Beats employee integration

The Loop - 30 Jul 2014 23:19
Apple executives have visited Beats' Southern California headquarters this week and last week to offer groups of employees positions at Apple and to notify some members of the Beats staff that they... will not be included in the transition. This makes perfect sense. Redundant admin type positions are always going to be casualties in any acquisition.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Smart Notice on the LG G3 -LG is trying to help you through your days with Smart Notice, but is it worth your time? What's the best way to describe the LG G3's Smart Notice widget? Think Google Now, but much scaled down, and... you're on the right sort of track. It's main purpose in life is to deliver you information before you need it. But does it live up to that, and is it worth keeping LGs widget permanently on your homescreen?
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Apple Launches New EFI UpdateApple today re-released its EFI Firmware 2.9 update for 2011 MacBook Air models after the original EFI update appeared to be causing trouble for many MacBook Air users. The update, originally released... on July 15 to address sleep/wake issues, caused some MacBook Air machines to shut down completely for several hours. On other machines, the update simply refused to install. Today's re-released software, labeled 2.9.1, presumably fixes these issues, allowing the update to be properly installed. The MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 is available in the Mac App Store for 2011 MacBook Airs and can also be downloaded from the Apple Support site.
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Solving Optimal Health For Cannon Mills was a textile company that stood on the edge of the blue-collar town of Kannapolis, North Carolina for over 100 years. The company employed more than 16,000 town residents at its... height, but in 2003 Cannon Mills was forced to shut its doors forever, laying off about a tenth of the town’s entire population, all in one day. What was once a tragedy for Kannapolis might just…
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Most Popular Usenet Provider: Newshosting

Life Hacker - 30 Jul 2014 23:15
Most Popular Usenet Provider:Usenet is a great resource, but before you can take advantage of it, you need to find a good provider. Last week we asked you for your favorites , then looked at the five best Usenet providers based... on your nominations. Now we're back to crown the crowd-favorite.
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Martha Stewart is hooked on drones

CNET - 30 Jul 2014 23:14
Martha Stewart is hooked onThe lifestyle goddess muses about the wonder that flying machines have brought into her life -- and could bring into yours.
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The kerfuffle over OKCupid experimenting on its users is an opportunity to discuss the experience of online dating, how online flirtations are more like closing one's eyes for kiss that never comes... than many realize.
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This 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. When you own a small business,... you never have enough of two things: Time in the day or money in the bank. For the last four years, my business partner Claire Mazur and I have run Of a Kind — a website that introduces up-and-coming designers to the world through a combination of ecommerce and storytelling — and along the way, we have unearthed a slew of tools that make our lives easier and our workloads more manageable. Better even? They are cheap or free.
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Pay just $12 per month for unlimited Facebook use, but limited everything else.
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Startup claims it'sA Cambridge, Massachusetts, startup called Nara has released a service the company claims use “deep learning artificial intelligence” to improve online personalization. Essentially, the technology... works by scouring customer databases and the web, identifying attributes and connecting the dots between them. Nara’s team has some chops in neuroscience […] Startup claims it’s revolutionizing personalization with deep learning originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. I really enjoyed reading this... article because I was around in 1985, where Kevin starts the article. There is always room for another great idea. Definitely worth a read.∞ Read this on The Loop
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To understand why Twitter just bought an artificial intelligence company called Madbits, it helps to watch a video where a modern day computer learns to play a 35-year-old video game. Captured at a... conference in Paris this spring, the video (see above) shows a machine coming to grips with a game called Breakout, something so […]
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Silent Power's tiny computer doesn't even really look like a computer. It looks more like a pot with some strange hedge growing out the top of it. But in fact, the whole package is half computer, half... heat sink, with an oversized copper blob on its top side being used to cool the entire machine, allowing it to run without fans. It isn't a weak computer either: though it'll be inside of a small package (just 6.3 inches on its longest side), Silent Power says that it'll include a Core i7 Haswell processor and a discrete graphics card from Nvidia. The heat sink on top is a metal foam, which isn't a new innovation, but is something you're more likely to read about in a scientific paper than a spec sheet. The Silent Power PC isn't ready to...
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Microsoft's Nadella posited the new board member's experience will "be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world."
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No Apple TV set this year

Slash Gear - 30 Jul 2014 23:07
No Apple TV set this yearThis week it's been tipped that Apple's media content parters - or prospective parters - for the Apple TV are "dragging their heels." This means no Apple TV release inside of the year 2014, and it... means the Apple TV box that's already on the market will stay there. Word comes from The Information where it's suggested that Apple Engineers …
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Epicurious: Each tree begins as a slightly odd-looking specimen resembling some kind of science experiment, and for much of the year, looks like just any other tree. In spring, the trees bloom to... reveal an incredibly striking and thought-provoking example of what can happen when nature inspires art. Then, over the course of several months, Van Aken's trees produce an incredible harvest of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, and almonds, including many you've likely never seen before. All on one tree. Spectacular looking.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Gaming livestream platform Twitch is branching out from its roots by testing the waters on live concert broadcasts, with the inaugural performance by EDM superstar Steve Aoki. This experiment,... according to Twitch, was something long requested by fans; apparently 80% of Twitch users surveyed wanted to see live music. It could also be a content experiment for when the company could make a bigger expansion, like if it were purchased by Google, a continually rumored deal. See also: 10 Engaging Twitch Channels to Watch for Great Gaming "This was really a serendipitous thing that came together really fast. We polled Twitch viewers about their appetite for watching live music, and the overwhelming sentiment was positive. We simultaneously had interest from some of our friends in the music...
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Maingear's Spark is a miniMaingear announced its latest gaming PC today. It's called the Spark, and it's absolutely tiny. Here's what you need to know. The post Maingear’s Spark is a mini gaming PC that weighs less than a... pound appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Early Tidal and Rotational Forces Helped Shape Moon

Universe Today - 30 Jul 2014 23:05
Early Tidal and RotationalThe shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in a way that scientists have struggled to explain. But new research shows that tidal forces during the moon's early history can explain most of its... large-scale topography. As the moon cooled and solidified more than four billion years ago, the sculpting effects of tidal […]
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Oracle-based system for USThere's no immediate end in sight to trouble that has hit the U.S. State Department's computer system for processing visa applications and caused problems for thousands of people worldwide. "We're... still working on it," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, who declined to give an estimate for when it might return to full service. The problems began last week when a software patch was applied to the Consular Consolidated Database, an Oracle database system that contains hundreds of millions of visa applications and photographs. "Our system was experiencing intermittent performance issues for several months leading up to July 20, when we patched it trying to address the issue," said Harf on Wednesday at a televised news conference.
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European Regulators TrainingThe increased focus on the mobile operating system comes as an investigation of Google's search practices wraps up.
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Senate committee: Mobile phoneMobile carriers have pulled in hundreds of millions in profits through third-party charges tacked onto customers' bills without their consent, according to a report from a U.S. Senate committee. The... carriers have been slow to act against scammers tacking third-party charges onto mobile bills even after thousands of complaints by customers and investigations by multiple state attorneys general during the past six years, said the staff report from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released Wednesday. While the mobile industry has suggested unauthorized third-party billing--often called cramming--is a minor problem, the practice has been "widespread and has likely cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars," according to the committee staff report.
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There's a distinctive sound your computer makes when an online friend is trying to get your attention. Sometimes its high pitched, other times its a low, warm tone, but regardless of your chat... software, the onomatopoeia probably reads something like...
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Dear Prudence Live Chat

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 23:03
Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions... succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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Westboro Baptist Church WillThe Westboro Baptist Church is heading out on a "God Hates the Media Tour," with plans to picket pretty much every major technology company in Silicon Valley. ValleyWag noted WBC's announcement on... Wednesday. The quasi-religious group, known for its vitriolic anti-gay rhetoric and picketing of funerals, will kick off its latest crusade on Aug. 12. Facebook, Google and Apple headquarters are just a few of the sites on the docket. From a July 25 press release about the stunt: God hates the media; in all its forms. God did not set these social media networks in place to facilitate perverts pursuing their divers filth; nor do they exist for paedophile grooming, spreading sodomite agenda, other wicked political ropaganda or propagating mountains of false doctrine. On the contrary, all these...
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Spaceflight Inc. is getting into the small-satellite operations business.
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iStumbler

The Loop - 30 Jul 2014 23:03
iStumbler is the leading wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X, providing plugins for finding AirPort networks, Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services and Location information with your Mac. This is a... great wireless utility that I've used for years. I met the developer, Alf Watt, shortly after I started using the software and he's a terrific guy.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Can your speaker survive aThe latest speaker from Morrison Innovations is sand proof, dust proof, and waterproof for up to 30 minutes, allowing users to break new ground on where they take their favorite tunes. Its Indiegog... campaign is funded, and it will ship in September. The post Can your speaker survive a toilet bowl flush? Watch the ‘Mighty speaker’ take it like a champ appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Indiegogo hits absurd low withIn the wake of the now four-months-missing Malaysian Airlines flight 370, conspiracy theories have hit strange heights. Shakira and Pitbull were even alleged to hold a key to it all, when a few months... back Internet alarmists found close parallels between the plane's disappearance in early March and the lyrics of their 2012 duet 'Get it Started.' Now, if the general sense of "well if only someone […]
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Incubated: How The 500 It’s only been around a short three years, but the 500 Startups Accelerator has already cemented its spot as one of the top programs for founders who are looking to improve their products and... reach new users. On this episode of incubated, we take a closer look at how it does that.
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Eight Power Networking Tips toYou've heard it a million times: Career advancement is as much about who you know as what you know--and that's exactly why being an effective networker is so important. Here are eight tips from power... networkers that go beyond schmoozing to expand your professional circles.
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Being a Kitchen Timer IsAs far as resumes for droids go, the skills and experience section on R2-D2's must be at least 100 holograms long by now. This latest Star Wars tie-in sees Artoo back in the kitchen as a simple $20... timer, counting off anywhere from one to sixty minutes with a quick twist of his rotating dome. When the time's up a simple bell rings for five seconds (what, no lightsaber sound effects?) at which point R2-D2 quietly waits until his services are needed again. [ThinkGeek]
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Hey, TUAW TV Live fans! The last-ever TUAW TV Live has been moved to tomorrow -- July 31, 2014 -- since my wife "Bionic Barb" is having the second of two eye surgeries today. Be sure to join us for... the last time tomorrow afternoon at 5 PM ET. I'll...
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Weekly Photo Contest: Utility

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 22:59
Weekly Photo Contest: UtilityWe like to mix things up a bit with photo contest prompts, and this one is a little bit out there but should yield some awesome results. This week we're looking for pictures that represent the word... "utility" in some way. Show off pictures of tools, utensils, anything that helps you get things done. It could be a tractor, a bike rack or textbook -- just make sure its a picture of something that has some utility to it. We'll be picking out the two best photos this week and offering up a prize to each one -- this week's prize is a TYLT VU QI Wireless Charging Pad. Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (August 5) night at 11:59 PM ET, and...
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16 Instagram Accounts Every Pit Bull Lover Should Follow

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 22:59
16 Instagram Accounts EveryIt's #PitBullWeek here at HuffPost, a time to celebrate the often overlooked and under-appreciated pups that many have come to know and love. While many shelter pets are in need of a loving forever... home (if you're looking for a new companion, check out these adoption sites, or head to your local shelter), not all of us are in a place to adopt just yet. So, if you don't have your own pit bull handy to cover you in kisses, we've compiled a list of some of the best pibble-related Instagram accounts out there to help you get your fix. Take a look, and if you do have a pooch of your own, tweet a photo to @HuffPostGreen or upload one to Instagram and tag them #PitBullWeek. We'll share some of the best on our social accounts. HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to...
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Thousands of people are journeying to a wheat field in Germany to see a giant set of mysterious crop circles Located on a Bavarian farmer's field, a balloonist first discovered the intricate design... last week. It didn't take long for word to sp
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Meanwhile, Akamai and Equinix reported quarters with better-than-expected sales. ServiceNow's 63 percent revenue growth in the second quarter led the charge.
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PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin We’re happy to announce that PayPal co-founder, Yahoo board member and self-proclaimed crypto-nerd Max Levchin will be returning to the Disrupt stage in September. Last year, Levchin spoke with... TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis about the NSA, lessons he learned from PayPal and his fertility app, Glow, which now is doing rather well. But Levchin just can’t sit still and…
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Why won't the FAA let students fly drones?

The Verge - 30 Jul 2014 22:56
From the the Seattle Space Needle to a fireworks show in Florida to Martha Stewart's farm in upstate New York, it seems like small, privately-owned drones are popping up everywhere across America... these days, providing us with previously unattainable, breathtaking aerial views. They're also causing trouble: crashing into heavily populated areas and flying uncomfortably close to hospitals and airports. The US Federal Aviation Administration has struggled for years with how to handle the growing popularity of these unmanned aircraft while keeping people safe, but the agency's latest attempt has raised the ire of an unusual group of critics: professors and model airplane pilots. As Paul Voss, an associate professor of engineering at Smith...
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FCC to Verizon: YourApparently the chairman of the FCC isn't a fan of Verzion's plans to throttle the speeds of customers signed up for its unlimited plans, and has asked Verizon's CEO to justify that decision. FCC to... Verizon: Your throttling had better be about managing congestion, not cash originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Kim Kardashian Game Maker GluGlu will also acquire Racing Rivals maker Cie Games for $100 million.
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Blood Test Predicts Suicide Risk, Study Suggests

Live Science - 30 Jul 2014 22:53
Blood Test Predicts SuicideA new gene linked to suicide risk has been discovered, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test for predicting a person's risk of attempting suicide.
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The Federal Communications Commission has sent a strongly worded letter to Verizon Wireless asking why the company has made it a policy to throttle customers with unlimited data plans. The note,... addressed to Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead and authored by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, takes the company to task for a recent announcement that users in the "top 5%" of data consumers would soon experience a slow down in data speed if they are on a busy network. See also: Even Major League Baseball Wants Net Neutrality "I am deeply troubled by your July 25, 2014 announcement that Verizon Wireless intends to slow down some customers' data speeds on your 4G LTE network starting in October 2014," Tom Wheeler wrote in the letter, which was passed to Mashable by a source that asked to remain unnamed.
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As a member of Slate Plus, you're reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
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Internet of Things VulnerableA new study finds that the "Internet of Things" often lacks common security features, leaving devices and possibly your home open to attack.
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Surprise! Yelp Posts FirstYelp’s second-quarter earnings results are in and there’s a surprise: Actual earnings, for the first time in its two-year history as a public company. The online reviews company posted net... earnings of $2.7 million, or four cents per share, on nearly $88.8 million in revenue. Analysts, on average, were expecting a loss of three cents […]
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Y Combinator-Backed Kash Lets If you’ve been to a Starbucks in the past year or so, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve seen someone in line pay with their smartphone by opening the Starbucks app and holding a bar code up to a... scanner. Kash is hoping to bring the same experience to other retailers and small businesses while cutting out one of their biggest costs: credit card fees.
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Russia to Apple, SAP: give usIn a bid against spying, Russia has tossed out the idea that Apple and SAP should fork over their source code to relevant government agencies, which would prove their products aren't facilitating... spying. The proposal was made known to both companies last week via the nation's Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov. Nikiforov is said to have met both Apple's general manager …
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Facebook shutting down GiftsThe social network will close the gift-card store, Amazon is paying Prime users for slower shipping, and EA launches a Netflix-like subscription service for games on Xbox One.
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Is the App Store Broken?

Slashdot - 30 Jul 2014 22:47
A recent post by Instapaper's Marco Arment suggests that design flaws in Apple's App Store are harming the app ecosystem, and users are suffering because of it. "The dominance and prominence of 'top... lists' stratifies the top 0.02% so far above everyone else that the entire ecosystem is encouraged to design for a theoretical top-list placement that, by definition, won’t happen to 99.98% of them." Arment notes that many good app developers are finding continued development to be unsustainable, while scammy apps are encouraged to flood the market. "As the economics get tighter, it becomes much harder to support the lavish treatment that developers have given apps in the past, such as full-time staffs, offices, pixel-perfect custom designs of every screen, frequent free updates, and...
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Are you a U.S. citizen living in the greater Washington, D.C. area looking for a new gig? Do you have impeccable oral and written communication skills? Or strong analytical and critical thinking... skills? Sure you do; you have all those things in spades. What about the ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance? At least 10 years of experience in public affairs or communications inside the U.S. government or government-related private sector work? Or experience applying public affairs regulations in a Department of Defense setting? If you meet all, or even just most, of those qualifications, do we have a job for you. The NSA is looking for a new public relations chief and the job could be yours — as long as you’re cool passing a drug test, security background...
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On the spectrum of currency ideologues, gold bugs and Bitcoin enthusiasts occupy equal but opposite positions. They’re both suspicious that governments are going to meddle around with normal money... so much that it becomes useless — it’s just that one group thinks math is the antidote and the other believes in hoarding metal bars. This week has seen the emergence of two separate plans to have the best of both worlds. Ripple, a digital payments network that allows people to transact in a range of virtual and traditional currencies, said it had developed a way for people to transact in a digital form of gold. The announcement on Tuesday came one day after a company called Anthem Vault said it had created its own virtual currency backed by gold, known (inevitably) as Independence Coin.
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Apple may release an all-newFollowing a previous accidental mention on Tuesday of an updated iMac Mini on Apple's website, the company has apparently spilled the proverbial beans on another upcoming product that should have been... kept under wraps. French site ConsoMac has discovered a mid-2014 iMac mention on Apple's site in a chart detailing what kind of Windows versions Apple's iMacs support, just as was the case with the 2014 iMac mini refresh. Apple has removed that reference from its website, but a Google cache of the support page in question is still available. Other details about the mid-2014 iMac refresh aren't available at this time, and it's not clear what's in store for Apple's upcoming 27-inch iMac. So far this year, Apple has released
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T-Mobile offers the SamsungT-Mobile revealed a cheap way to enter Samsung's Galaxy series, the Galaxy Avant. Essentially a redressed Galaxy Core LTE, the Galaxy Avant brings a bit of bang to your buck.
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Will Feds Go After OkCupid forOn Monday, President Christian Rudder disclosed in a blog post that OkCupid had conducted experiments on its users.
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Beyond Energy Efficiency

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 22:41
The Wall Street Journal had a good front-page article this week about the challenges facing the nation's utilities. For the longest time, electricity sales and consumption went hand in hand with... economic growth. In the last several years, not so much. Electricity retail sales peaked at 3.77 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2008, dropped in 2008 and 2010, recovered a bit in 2011, and fell in each of the next two years. The 2013 total of 3.69 trillion kilowatt-hours was down 2 percent from 2008.
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NASA Selects Instruments toNASA Breaking News: NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global vegetation from the International Space Station. The sensors will give scientists new ways... to see how forests and ecosystems are affected by changes in climate or land use change.
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[From GadgeTell] Amazon has announced that it wants to lower e-book prices even further since the majority of e-books still cost over $10.
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Many people say they can't go vegan because of their addiction to dairy. But that excuse could soon be past its sell-by date if a team of biohackers in California succeeds in scaling up production of... a cheese that contains no animal by-products. They call it Real Vegan Cheese. Their aim is to offer a sustainable food alternative with the same nutritional value - and taste - as non-vegan cheese. ..
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[From GadgeTell] Flickr is launching a new licensing program that will help people gain more traction with their photography.
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New Rosetta Images Show BrightImages taken by a European probe en route to link up with a comet, have revealed a striking feature of the target comet coming into view.
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Motorola Roadster Pro Bluetooth Speakerphone review

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 22:36
Motorola Roadster ProA premium product with a premium price If your car doesn't have built-in Bluetooth of some sort, and you don't want a Bluetooth dongle hanging off of your ear, the Motorola Roadster Pro Bluetooth... Speakerphone may be just what you're looking for. In most places it's illegal to use your phone while you're driving, and chances are (Boomsound notwithstanding) the tiny speaker on your phone isn't going to cut it. You need something that's loud, but also easy to use. A few extra features never hurt, either.
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Moving Hadoop beyond MapReduce

GigaOM - 30 Jul 2014 22:36
Moving Hadoop beyond MapReduceHadoop far more than the one-trick pony it was once characterized as, and with its new capabilities, businesses are using it to gain real insight and add real value. Moving Hadoop beyond MapReduce... originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The US is the largest world market for boxed wines, adding an incremental 84 million units between 2012 and 2017.
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Photomicrographer Captures theThere is beauty in imperfection. In fact, imperfection might be considered the subject within a subject that photomicrographer Danny Sanchez tirelessly seeks out to create his stunning photography.... Sanchez’s main subjects are gemstones, but the colorful, alien ‘landscapes’ he captures are made up of imperfections called ‘inclusions’ that actually make a gem less valuable. You […]
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[From HomeTechTell] First of all it is insanely easy to set up, wait a minute, it's almost like, "What set up?!" The toughest part was finding time my sister could come over and help me move my... 50-inch plasma off the stand, and position the Power One HT 200 under it, then lift the plasma back on top of it. Power One HT 200 measures 38" Wide x 5" High x 15" Deep (including grille) and has a weight of 27 pounds...if you have back problems, I suggest to unbox and position you get some help as I did.....even if you are a hunky guy.
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Like Amazon, other firms wantAmazon made headlines this month when it sought permission from the U.S. government to test its drone-based delivery service, but it's far from the only company that's applied for such approval. In... the past two months alone, at least 14 other companies have sought permission to fly drones for commercial purposes as diverse as shooting movies and inspecting oil rigs at sea, according to applications to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reviewed by IDG News Service. The FAA allows drones to be flown under the existing model aircraft regulations, but only for "recreational or hobby purposes, and within the visual line of sight of the operator." Commercial flight is specifically prohibited, and companies wanting to test drones for commercial use must obtain an exemption from the FAA.
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[From EntertainmentTell] "The Jim Gaffigan Show" will debut in 2015.
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Satellites about the size of a loaf of bread may one day explore space, propelled across the vast expanse by an unfurled sail.
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Learn to Store Electronics,Everyone is need of storing items at one point or another, but do you know what to put it in or at what temp you should try and keep it? This infographic from Next Door Self Storage gives you the... rundown on storing anything from food to electronics.
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Despite years of rumors about what Apple might, could or should do to revolutionize the TV experience, the company hasn't done much beyond releasing (and occasionally updating) its Apple TV set-top... box. The Information reports that engineers working...
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'Bronie' Boom? How 3D PrintingThe 3-D printing is making it easier than ever for fans to express their love for TV shows, movies and video games.
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Nokia actually acknowledgesSo many phone ads try to outhipster one another. This Nokia ad honors the drivers of school buses and golf carts.
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It's easy to hate your credit card company, but not so much when they replace your broken stuff. Redditor MaskedKoala, a Capital One customer, was having keyboard issues. Many websites, especially... financial institutions, disable users' ability to copy and paste text into certain fields, such as usernames and passwords. The security measure can be quite annoying, especially if your account number is a long list of random numbers, but for MaskedKoala, the feature made it nearly impossible to pay his bill online. See also: Reddit Shows Redditors How to Reddit MaskedKoala had suffered the common misfortune of an "orange juice incident" (we've all been there), which left the number "2" key on his keyboard not working properly. Although aggravating, living with a busted keyboard is possible on...
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MobileIron Pops 7% After Today marks MobileIron’s first earnings report as a public company. In the second quarter, the mobile device management company had GAAP revenue of $31.5 million, a per-share loss of $0.66 on a... GAAP basis, and $0.52 on a non-GAAP basis. The market had expected MobileIron to lose $0.70 on revenue of $26.84 million. MobileIron went public at $9 per share. After cracking the $11 mark,…
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Testing company ExamSoft says processing issue caused delay in bar exam submissions across US
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BitTorrent unveils NSA-proofBitTorrent Inc., the San Francisco company behind the most popular technology for sharing files online, is branching out into a new arena: snoop-proof calling and texting.
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Weird Delay in Pain from BrownVictims of a brown recluse spider bite might feel perfectly fine -- until a severe pain described by most as a throbbing "fire" strikes 24 hours later, a new study reports.
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BioLite has introduced some innovative, multifunctional camping chargers in the past, including its CampStove and BaseCamp wood-fire stove/chargers. Its latest product is designed to work with... existing camp stoves to produce twice the power of its other designs - enough to charge gadgets as large as tablets. ..
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Wall Street was expecting $1.74 per share on a revenue of $3.59 billion.
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A tech fan's confession: II’m not normally one to weep over obsolete business models. I can’t bring myself to fret too much about the Internet strangling the life out of print newspapers, video rental stores or CD shops,... largely because I’ve found that what’s replaced them (online journalism, Netflix and iTunes) offers much better value than the old way of doing things. And when the Internet eventually kills off cable TV, I will positively do a dance of joy in the streets. That said, there is one slowly dying business that I’ll confess that I sorely miss: Bookstores. Unlike many retail outlets, going to a bookstore is relaxing and enjoyable. The staff in the stores aren’t constantly hounding you to see if they can
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V2 Pro Vaporizer Review: AGetting your nic fix used to mean lighting up a Marlboro, but with the rise of electronic cigarettes, the market's been flooded with countless pen vaporizers that get the job done without being... gigantic. So which one should you, the neophyte vaper, choose? The V2 Pro Series 3 is one great choice.
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Verizon adds 14 more live TVVerizon Communications announced yesterday it has added 14 live channels to its FiOS TV app for Xbox One and Xbox 360. It has also opted to no longer require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to stream... content with the FiOS TV app via the consoles. The post Verizon adds 14 more live TV channels to its FiOS TV app for Xbox appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GamerTell] Spider-Man is swinging into the world of endless running in a new offering from Gameloft. It will feature 50 years worth of Spider-Men and their enemies.
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Apple Releases Fixed VersionApple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 on Wednesday to replace the problem-ridden 2.9 version it rolled out, and then pulled, earlier in July. The update addresses an issue where the... 2011 MacBook Air failed to properly wake from sleep.
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Diverticulitis patients revealPatients were interviewed by a research team in great detail about the symptoms they experience weeks, months or even years after an acute diverticulitis attack. Their striking findings add to growing... evidence that, for some patients, diverticulitis goes beyond isolated attacks and can lead to a chronic condition that mimics irritable bowel syndrome. The researchers used those insights to develop a questionnaire to help doctors better assess the long-term impact of diverticulitis, which ultimately could lead to better understanding and management of the disease.
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Yelp Swings To Profitability Today after the bell Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $88.79 million, and a profit of $0.04 per share. The company had net income of $2.7 million in the... period, up from a $878,000 loss in the year-ago quarter. Investors had expected Yelp to lose 3 cents per share on revenue of $86.32 million. The company’s revenue tally for its most recent…
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The Milky Way Galaxy May BeSurprise! Our home galaxy is no pipsqueak, but it isn't nearly as massive as scientists used to think. Astronomers often refer to the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, which is around 2.6 million... light-years away from us, as the "twin galaxy" of our own Milky Way. But a new study indicates that the two galaxies are quite different when it comes to mass. The research, from an international team of scientists, shows that the Milky Way is about half as massive as Andromeda. "We always suspected that Andromeda is more massive than the Milky Way, but weighing both galaxies simultaneously proved to be extremely challenging," researcher Dr. Jorge Peñarrubia, an astrophysics lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said in a written statement. "Our study combined recent measurements of...
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Teen Behind Hilarious CelebLiam Martin is Instagram's teen version of "Weird Al" Yankovic. His cheeky celebrity tributes toe the line between parody and promotion, but the results are so funny it ultimately doesn't matter if... they're an homage or not -- and the Internet seems to agree. Under the handle @waverider_, the 17-year-old New Zealander has amassed more than 1.5 million Instagram followers, largely by riffing on iconic celebrity portraits. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOS He's covered Miley Cyrus' infamous wrecking ball to Kim Kardashian's Vegas Magazine cover. But any target is seemingly fair game -- even wearing "oversize sweaters." Liam told The Huffington Post he first started with the celebrity riffs after dressing up like the Little Mermaid. "The photo was a success and really seemed to entertain people," he...
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How to Install New Screen Savers in Mac OS X

OS X Daily - 30 Jul 2014 22:10
Adding a new screen saver to Mac OS X that you’ve obtained from a third party source isn’t as easy as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean it’s particularly complicated. Though Gatekeeper has... made things slightly more challenging to improve security, you’ll find that installing any screensaver to the Mac is still pretty ...
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Pinterest buys startup withOnline bulletin-board service Pinterest on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Spanish startup Icebergs, specializing in helping creative people collaborate on projects.
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NomadPlus Transforms an AppleNomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack. While there are hundreds of... different portable battery options for the iPhone, the NomadPlus is unique because it functions with an existing Apple charger. The NomadPlus plugs into an Apple wall charger, transforming it into a 1500 mAh portable battery with enough juice to recharge an iPhone to 70 percent. One of the most cumbersome aspects of most battery packs is the recharging of the battery itself, but the NomadPlus allows the add-on battery to be charged as an iPhone charges via the wall charger, a simple solution that saves time and effort. The NomadPlus is not much larger than an iPhone wall charger, measuring in at...
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Subscriber gain is music toAfter 13 years of doing business, Rhapsody has announced it reached 2 million subscribers. The company also plans to move its music subscription service into Europe and South America.
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Best Buy's CEO says mostBest Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that the tablet market is "crashing" because consumers don't upgrade too often. He added that the laptop market stands to benefit from tablets' decline. The post Best... Buy’s CEO says most people don’t upgrade their tablets appeared first on Digital Trends.
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[From GadgeTell] Need some fresh hard evidence Xiaomi, which just took the wraps off the immensely promising Mi 4, is a name to be reckoned with in the smartphone scene?
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[From GadgeTell] Given it accommodates essentially the finest components an Android device maker can gain access to nowadays, Quad HD display and Snapdragon 801 processor included, plus an exquisite,... nearly edge-to-edge, one-of-a-kind design, it's hard to picture the LG G3 could get any better.
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Apple seeds first beta of OS XApple today provided a few new seeds to developers. First on the list is the first beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.9.5. The build is labeled as 13F7, and it will likely come as the final update to... OS X Mavericks, which will be succeeded by OS X Yosemite in October. The update […]
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Apple Seeds First OS XApple today seeded the first build of OS X 10.9.5 to developers, one month after releasing OS X 10.9.4 to the public. The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App... Store and through the Mac Dev Center. The beta has a build number of 13F7. OS X 10.9.5 follows new seeds of Safari 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 for Mavericks and Mountain Lion, which were released to developers last night. It is unclear what improvements the 10.9.5 update will bring to Mavericks, but it is likely to include bug fixes and stability enhancements. Apple is asking developers to focus on USB, USB Smart Cards, Graphics, and Safari. Along with working on improvements to Mavericks, Apple is also beta testing OS X Yosemite, which is due to be released in the fall. The last Mavericks update, 10.9.4,...
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Even if you have never tweeted, don't have any followers or have never visited Twitter.com, chances are you have still seen a tweet at some point in your life Twitter knows this, and it's trying to... figure out how to make money off it. See also: 9 Breaking News Tweets That Changed Twitter Forever The social media site demonstrated solid growth in its most-watched measurement — monthly active users (MAUs) — in its second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday. An unexpected profit, a positive outlook and growing revenue per 1,000 timeline views (a Twitter metric for how well it is making money from its platform), all pointed to brighter days ahead
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Testing company ExamSoft says processing issue caused delay in bar exam submissions across US
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Apache is behind a huge percentage of the world's websites, and the Apache Software Foundation is the umbrella organization that provides licensing and stucture for open source projects ranging from... the Apache Web server to Apache OpenOffice to small utilities that aren't household names but are often important to a surprising number of people and companies. Most of us never get to meet the people behind groups like the Apache Software Foundation -- except today we tag along with Tim Lord at OSCON and chat with Apache Software Foundation Executive Vice President Rich Bowen -- who is also Red Hat's OpenStack Community Liason. (Alternate Video Link)
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Can't get out of bed? HealthHealthTap Prime has launched for smartphones and Android Wear watches. The new service lets you talk to a real doctor, and get prescriptions, right from your phone. The post Can’t get out of bed?... Health Tap Prime brings the doctor to your phone (or watch) appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Why Sprint can't hit the gasCNET News talks to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse on why he has to be deliberate about any potential pricing moves.
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I wish I could live longPaul Chadeisson is a French concept designer who creates exquisite futuristic urban environments. You probably know his work from games like Remember Me but there's much more in his portfolio. Here... are some of his fantastic cities I would like to visit.
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How Can a Gentleman Appear Well-Read?

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 22:01
Please send your questions for publication to gentlemanscholarslate@gmail.com. (Questions may be edited.)
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[From EntertainmentTell] TV on the Radio announced their new album, Seeds, will be released this Fall
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[From GamerTell] Crytek is falling apart rapidly... more rapidly than we seem to realize.
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Keith Alexander and PierreRemember that old Bill Hicks routine about how both “sides” in the grand American political debate are actually puppets on each hand of the same puppeteer? Here’s a fun story that’ll remind... you why Hicks is so dearly missed. Keith Alexander is the former (that is, recently retired) head of the National Security Agency. Earlier this week, Alexander was back in the news having apparently developed and patented “a new technology, […]
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Interim No More: Rob GlaserHow can we miss him if he won't go away? We can't!
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My Weekend Hanging Out With PCFace-to-face LAN parties--local game gatherings, usually PC-focused--just aren't what they used to be in this modern, always connected age. Not even one of the biggest in the world can escape time.... But the thousands of PC gamers who gather in Texas every summer are pushing off the inevitable as heroically as they can.
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Kaspersky Internet SecurityGiven that the average person owns several Internet connected devices, straight PC security doesn't really cut it anymore. That's why companies like Kaspersky are starting to offer cross-platform... solutions for marginally more than their traditional PC-only antivirus programs. For just $70 a year, Kaspersky Internet Security--Multi-Device 2015 protects up to five devices, including PCs, Macs, and Android phones and tablets. In addition to antivirus, you get some useful Android safety features such as anti-theft and loss protection, remote management, and automatic app scanning.
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If you own a cellular data-equipped iPad without a current contract, or you're looking to buy one but think the monthly cost is too high, FreedomPop has an offer you'll want to consider. The company... is currently offering 500MB a month of free 4G LTE...
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Build Your Own Universal Portable USB Charger

Life Hacker - 30 Jul 2014 22:00
Build Your Own UniversalPortable USB chargers are nothing new, but they drain power pretty fast if you're charging multiple devices. Plus, the charger itself always needs to be charged up to work. So, Instructables user... 3zuli decided to make his own universal charger that can draw power from just about anything.
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One of the most exciting features coming in Apple's iOS 8 update is extensions. Starting this fall, third-party iOS apps will work together better than they ever have before. If everything works out... the way Apple wants it to, you'll suddenly find yourself jumping between various apps less and less. At WWDC, Apple demonstrated how this will make photo editing way easier. You can forget about those ridiculous workflows of putting a single photo through three or four apps. But extensions also have the potential to make our lives more convenient in numerous other ways, like password management. 1Password today offered a preview of what its own "holy grail" extension will look like on iOS 8. Basically, it will allow other third-party...
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6 tricky Moto E problems, and how to fix them

Digital Trends - 30 Jul 2014 21:59
6 tricky Moto E problems, andIs your smartphone misbehaving? Refusing to do as it's told? You're not the only one struggling with Moto E problems, but we may just have an answer for you. Step inside to find a few workarounds and... potential solutions. The post 6 tricky Moto E problems, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Microsoft unveils Xbox inMicrosoft on Wednesday unveiled its Xbox game console in China, the first to enter the market after an official ban 14 years ago, even as it faces a Chinese government probe over business practices.
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Shooting an OlympicNoted photographer Gregory Heisler has captured hundreds upon hundreds of iconic photographs. But, in the above video, he tells the inspiring and even humorous story behind one particular photo shoot... that involved Olympic gold medalist diver, Greg Louganis. Shooting for Life Magazine, Heisler enthusiastically tells the story of using 4×5 black and white infrared film […]
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Apple re-releases MacBook AirEarlier this month, Apple released a MacBook Air EFI update (version 2.9) with fixes for issues with the laptop waking from sleep. Approximately a week ago, the firmware update was removed by Apple... because of bugs causing MacBook Airs to crash. Today, Apple has re-released the update with fixes as version 2.9.1: This update replaces […]
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Google's Material Design isAndroid L's Material Design is not reserved only to the Android operating system or Google's mobile apps, as the company wants to use the same design principles it formally unveiled at its I/O... developers conference this year across the web. Furthermore, the company wants app developers to include the same Material Design elements in their own apps, and Google has so far showed what Material Design apps are supposed to look like. To further showcase Material Design, this time on a functional web page rather than by providing just concept images, Google has updated its Google Drive home pages (for Docs, Sheets and Slides) to Material Design. Google announced the changes in a Google+ post titled. "Home screens for Docs, Sheets,
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Sizzling tech economy isTech is creating jobs, spurring redevelopment of once-blighted urban cores, and providing a cultural jolt.          
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Pound It

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 21:54
An American Journal of Infection Control (PDF) paper reports that fist bumps are 20 times more hygienic than handshakes. 
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Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky for '3-D printing by hand,' has room for improvement
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Xbox One heading overseas,Microsoft and Chinese partner BesTV announce the Sept. 23 launch of Xbox One in China. That country's gamers have had to wait long enough for the Xbox, but they won't have to wait on a solid selection... of games.
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It's time to let the Led out again. Led Zeppelin announced on Tuesday that it would be releasing two more reissued albums — the 1971 "Led Zeppelin IV" and the 1973 "Houses of the Holy" — on... October 28. See also: Why I Ditched Beats Music For Spotify Led Zeppelin previously released reissued versions of its first three albums — "Led Zeppelin," "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" — in January. The band also released its entire discography on Spotify in December. Like the other reissued albums, the two set for this fall will be deluxe editions with one disc featuring the original remastered songs, and the other "unreleased audio culled from the band members' vaults," according to Rolling Stone.
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BlackBerry Passport: A deeperBlackBerry is back at it with a new, square, QWERTY smartphone called the Passport. The BlackBerry Passport will launch in September, but here's everything we know so far. The post BlackBerry... Passport: A deeper look at BB’s new square, QWERTY phone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Ancient Earth: Pummeled,Earth and Moon in the Hadean epoch were pummeled by large impacts letting magma flow out. But, at the same time, some parts of Earth's surface could have retained liquid water, allowing pre-biotic... compounds to form; perhaps even life itself.
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Here's why TiVo's foundersThe same duo that revolutionized TV viewing with TiVo just fell flat on their faces with Qplay, which folded within six months of launch. So what went wrong? The post Here’s why TiVo’s founders... just crashed and burned with Qplay appeared first on Digital Trends.
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OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

The Mac Observer - 30 Jul 2014 21:45
OS X Yosemite: How to TurnOS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John... Martellaro shows how to turn it off.
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Square Overhauls Reader ToMobile payments company Square is known for its signature glossy white credit card readers that plug into iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Credit cards in the U.S. will have embedded computer chips... starting next year, which is why Square announced today that it has overhauled its Reader device. The chip-based credit cards are known as EMV because it is a joint effort between Europay, Mastercard and Visa. Credit card companies will likely pressure merchants to accept chip-based cards as the deadline approaches.
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If you're a sport fisherman, then you know the frustration of having a fish strike and reject your lure. What sort of fish was it, and how big was it? Well, the Strike Cam may not help you land such... finicky fish, but it can at least answer those questions. ..
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Soul-Stirring InfraredThe video above by photographer Gary Yost is remarkable for two reasons. The first is that it was shot in true infrared, with a camera that had a 650 nanometer conversion applied. The second, is that... the haunting, stirring quality of the time-lapse serves a greater purpose than simply offering a novel look at the […]
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Coffee date with Google's EricGoogle Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is offering to give 30 minutes of his time in New York City to the highest bidder via an online auction where the proceeds will go to charity.
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The Amazon Fire Phone review

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 21:40
The Amazon Fire Phone reviewThe best phone you probably won't want to buy Of course we got interested when Amazon finally showed off the Fire Phone. Rumors had been flying for quite a while, but once we actually saw what Amazon... had to offer, we had to take a look at it. It's Android at it's core -- though not in a way we're used to seeing -- and that's what we do here. So is the Fire Phone more than Amazon Prime in your hands? With features like Dynamic Perspective and an a very custom user interface -- and a complete lack of all Google services -- the Fire Phone has it's work cut out. Let's see what makes this thing tick.
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Fan-free PC uses copper foamThe SilentPower PC sidesteps cooling fans by using a foam-like copper substance to chill out the machines.
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Tortoise With A TouchscreenIn this test of spatial cognition, red-footed tortoises presented with shapes in varying positions were rewarded with bits of strawberry when they touched the targets.
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AgileBits Shows Off 1Password At WWDC last month, Apple finally announced that it was opening up Touch ID to all app developers. Now, AgileBits is showing how its 1Password app will combine Touch ID with iOS 8’s Extensions to... let you securely log in to any app without having to save your credentials everywhere.
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Newborn's Infection Came fromProbiotics are generally thought to be safe for most people, but a newborn in Poland appears to have developed an infection after taking a probiotic product, according to a new report of the case.
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Russia has been extra-sensitive to technological threats to its government as of late, and that's clearer than ever in the wake of a new government proposal. Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov... has suggested that Apple and SAP should hand over...
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Internet of things devicesA security audit of 10 popular Internet-connected devices--components of the so-called "Internet of things"--identified an alarmingly high number of vulnerabilities. The study lasted three weeks and... was performed by researchers from Hewlett-Packard's Fortify division. It targeted devices from some of the most common IoT categories: TVs, webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, hubs for controlling multiple devices, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers. All of the analyzed devices, which weren't named in the resulting report published Tuesday, communicated with some type of cloud service, as well as mobile applications that allowed users to remotely control them.
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This Little Box Turns Your Does the world need another portable battery meant to charge your devices in a pinch? Probably not. But I dig the minimalism of this one. Instead of requiring you to carry around yet another thing,... it turns your existing iPhone wall charger into a backup battery. One less thing to forget when you’re packing up the hotel room!
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The Nikon D810 represents a consolidation of its two predecessors, the D800 and D800E. The 36MP full frame DSLR lacks an anti-aliasing filter to make the absolute most of its high resolution sensor... and provides a number of meaningful updates over the previous generation. After some extensive shooting in the field we've updated our First Impressions Review with a shooting experience. 
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The 'Netflix for pirates' isThose unencumbered by guilt and happy to steal movies instead of paying to see them will be glad to learn that the latest and greatest movie-pirating tool is coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near... you. Hot on the heels of the release of an app called TorrenTV that uses Popcorn Time’s code to stream torrents to an Apple TV or Roku box, the team behind Popcorn Time confirmed that an Apple TV streaming feature has been added to its own app. More interestingly, however, the team has confirmed that it will soon launch an iOS version of its popular app. "Our ultimate goal is to bring Popcorn Time to every platform, operating system and device that can play videos, so Airplay
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Two years ago, Lytro's first camera showed us a world in which we never had to worry about getting the right photo anymore, where we could change focus and perspective well after we shot our photos in... the first place. But that camera looked like a kaleidoscope: the square red camera was too odd, too awkward to really get down and dirty with. The Illum, Lytro's second model, is a $1,499 beast of a digital camera that is designed to completely reinvent the way we take and look at photos. W...
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Cooper Leaving SIA for Intelsat Position

Space News - 30 Jul 2014 21:30
Intelsat has hired Patricia Cooper as vice president of government affairs and policy.
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The Rechargeable Sensor Pump won't let germs spread

Coolest Gadgets - 30 Jul 2014 21:30
The Rechargeable Sensor PumpThe best thing about going into an automatic bathroom is that you don’t have to touch anything. No touching handles to flush the toilet, turn on the sink, press down the soap dispenser, or crank out... paper towels. While a few germs aren’t going to kill you, having a facility you don’t have to touch seems rather necessary in high-traffic areas. While your kitchen may not be a high-traffic area, ...
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Food of the Future: JustIf I had to name one food that defined my childhood it would have to be astronaut ice cream. I can still remember getting it from the gift shop at the Minnesota Science Museum in the late 1980s and... thinking that it was absolutely the coolest thing in the world. Look Mom, I'm eating just like an astronaut!
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Light Up Air Powered SoccerWhenever you drop by the local arcades, there should be an air hockey table lying around somewhere, although there is a possibility of it getting all covered in dust since no one plays with it any... more these days. Sure, there are some home-based solutions in the market like the Scoreboard Lights Air Hockey Table that costs quite a decent amount of money, but how about taking a different look ...
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BitTorrent Launches Bleep, aBitTorrent just opened up invitations for its pre-alpha version of Bleep, a chat client that's structured around anonymity and works similar to a peer-to-peer network.
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1Password debuts extension forThe popular password and security management app 1Password has already previewed its iOS 8 extension and Touch ID support for unlocking and accessing its content outside of its iOS app, and today... AgileBits has announced its 1Password app extension for third party apps as you can see in the video above. The feature is a […]
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Canon has revealed a pair of new PowerShot bridge cameras for people who want big zooms, on a budget. The DSLR-styled SX520 HS boasts a massive 24-1,008-mm equivalent zoom lens, and the SX400 IS isn't... far behind with its 30x 24-720-mm equivalent. Both cameras also feature optical image stabilization to help tame those monster zooms...
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iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

Slash Gear - 30 Jul 2014 21:25
iPhone 6 may be in limitedThe iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them... tough. The iPhone 6, as it's assumed to be called, has been teased more than once to be working with a full Sapphire Glass front panel. …
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Christopher Nolan came to Comic-Con last week for the first time — how he got away with Inception and three Batman films and no trip to Hall H, we'll never know — but there's clearly something... about Interstellar that's different. Though Nolan explained at some length in San Diego why he doesn't like to show too much ahead of a movie's release (tell that to the Guardians of the Galaxy marketing team, sheesh), he and Matthew McConaughey (also a Comic-Con virgin) treated the crowd to a first look at their new trailer. And just in case you thought spending hundreds on a badge and camping out in line meant you were in some exclusive company, well ... that dream is over, because Paramount just dropped the full trailer online:
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A new report published Wednesday claims US wireless carriers have raked in "hundreds of millions of dollars" from unsuspecting customers by "cramming" unauthorized charges onto their bills. The... dubious practice often finds wireless subscribers paying for premium short message services (PSMS) they have no recollection of signing up for. Cramming has "caused consumers substantial harm" according to the US Senate Commerce Committee. But it's also proven lucrative for carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have typically kept between 30 and 40 percent of each transaction. "Third-party billing on wireless phone bills has been a billion dollar industry that has yielded tremendous revenues for carriers," the report found. "Many of the...
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Ford And GM Sued Because YouSure, devices like iPods and laptops are handy for ripping music from CDs, but wouldn't they be better if they weighed 2500lbs and had gas-burning motors making hundreds of horsepower? Sure they... would. But the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies doesn't want that to happen.
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A camera with night vision

USA Today - 30 Jul 2014 21:21
A camera with night visionSony's new A7S trades megapixels for unbeatable low-light performance.          
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Teens love vacation selfies;(AP)--Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a... "selfie fest."
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Dupple sends word of new quantum mechanical research in which a neutron is sent along a different path from one of its characteristics. First, a neutron beam is split into two parts in a neutron... interferometer. Then the spins of the two beams are shifted into different directions: The upper neutron beam has a spin parallel to the neutrons’ trajectory, the spin of the lower beam points into the opposite direction. After the two beams have been recombined, only those neutrons are chosen which have a spin parallel to their direction of motion. All the others are just ignored. ... These neutrons, which are found to have a spin parallel to its direction of motion, must clearly have travelled along the upper path — only there do the neutrons have this spin state. This can be shown in the...
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The Business Behind Fake Hollywood Money

Gizmodo - 30 Jul 2014 21:20
The Business Behind FakeIn late 2000, the producers and crew for action flick Rush Hour 2 gathered at the now-defunct Desert Inn in Las Vegas and prepared to blow up a casino. The scene, which pitted policemen and Secret... Service agents against a counterfeiter attempting to launder $100 million in superdollars, was to culminate with hundreds of thousands of fake bills floating through the air.
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Apple's said to be working on a set-top box that many hope will revolutionize the way we watch TV, but according to The Information, we shouldn't expect to see it this year. The project has reportedly... been held up by Apple's inability to strike the necessary deals with cable providers, which are said to be concerned that Apple might eventually replace them as the company that consumers look to when they're shopping for TV services. The potential merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is also reported to be one of the issues that Apple sees as holding up the deal.
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T-Mobile, Sprint mergerAccording to a recent report, the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is unlikely to happen before September, the justification being that both companies are trying to come up with points that would fend... off regulators. The post T-Mobile, Sprint merger delayed: May not happen before September appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Pesticide DDT linked to slowA new study in mice is the first to show that developmental exposure to DDT increases the risk of females later developing metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of conditions that include increased body... fat, blood glucose, and cholesterol.
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Snapchat value could hit $10Last year, Snapchat decided Facebook's $3-billion offer wasn't cool. You know what's cool? $10 billion.
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WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama's... health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press. The findings are in a report to be released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, which has spent months investigating the health law's chaotic rollout. GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress. See also: 5 Things to Know About the Most Powerful Woman in Health Care* Investigators found that the administration kept changing the contractors' marching orders for the HealthCare.gov website, creating widespread confusion and leading to tens of millions of dollars in additional costs.
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Comcast regularly comes in at the bottom of customer satisfaction rankings, and a recorded phone call with an especially frustrating customer service rep recently reinforced that impression. The Verge... interviewed more than 100 current and former Comcast employees to find out why. We're publishing the results in a series called Comcast Confessions, and we also had a short conversation about it in the office today. Check out the video above.
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One Surprising Challenge ForBuoyed by investor cash and an obvious and universal desire amongst consumers to save time, the past year has seen same-day delivery and shopping services such as WunWun, Postmates, and Google... Shopping Express take off in cities around the country. For many users, these services are a heaven send—an almost too-good-to-be-true convenience that has rightfully earned them a devoted following. After all, it isn't hard to see how having an app give you access to a low or no-cost personal shopper willing to pick up a sandwich or slacks from a nearby store can seem like a no-lose proposition.
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Rocket Lab's planned Electron rocket will be a carbon-composite vehicle capable of providing dedicated small-satellite launches for less than $5 million.
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New malaria vaccine candidates identified

Science Daily - 30 Jul 2014 21:11
New malaria vaccine candidatesResearchers have discovered new vaccine targets that could help in the battle against malaria. Taking a new, large-scale approach to this search, researchers tested a library of proteins from the... Plasmodium falciparum parasite with antibodies produced by the immune systems of a group of infected children.
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HTC One M8 running WindowsA report backs claims that HTC is preparing a Windows Phone 8.1-based version of its HTC One M8 for Verizon. The aluminum-clad flagship could hit the market as early as August.
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Why OKCupid's Experiments OKCupid on Monday wrote a viral blog post where it admitted to experimenting on human beings, comparing tests it runs to improve its dating algorithms to the study Facebook did that took over the... news cycle early this month. Today Reuters reported that like Facebook’s experiment, these tests could violate Federal Trade Commission regulations. “But guess what, everybody: if you…
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New chip on the block couldIntel is likely following the launch of a new chip that is low-powered and could be a major competitor in the near future. Applied Micro Circuits announced it has a backlog of orders still to roll... out.
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Best Smartphone Car Mount Tie-Breaker

Life Hacker - 30 Jul 2014 21:10
Best Smartphone Car MountOur Five Best Smartphones voting ended with a very narrow win in favor of the Ram X-Mount, but we don't have to settle for indecisive victory. Welcome to our first Co-Op tie-breaker. Head to the... comments and star your choice.
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Best Smartphone Car Mount Tie-Breaker

Gizmodo - 30 Jul 2014 21:10
Best Smartphone Car MountOur Five Best Smartphones voting ended with a very narrow win in favor of the Ram X-Mount, but we don't have to settle for indecisive victory. Welcome to our first Co-Op tie-breaker. Head to the... comments and star your choice.
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Older Sister Devastated by  5-year-old Sadie is devastated by the prospect that her baby brother will one day grow up. In her defense, he does seem pretty adorable.    
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When Is a Piano Not a Piano?

The Atlantic - 30 Jul 2014 21:07
When Is a Piano Not a Piano?A century ago, musicians predicted instrument design changes that never happened.
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And this is what the goldBrikk unveiled its gold-plated iPhone 6 designs on Wednesday. The images reveal nearly every aspect of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6's design. Now all that's left are the specs and the price. The post And... this is what the gold iPhone 6 will probably look like appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Apple's hotly anticipatedThat list of “exciting new product categories” Apple CEO Tim Cook loves teasing at every opportunity keeps getting smaller and smaller -- and now it looks like one of Apple’s most interesting... new products that was rumored to be slated for a 2014 debut will not launch until sometime next year. TV isn’t exactly a “new product category” for Apple, but the company is widely expected to relaunch Apple TV as a hub for content streaming, video games and other third-party apps. This massive update was expected to debut sometime this fall, but now it appears as though a fall release isn’t in the cards. According to a new report from The Information, which has a solid track record when
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Never before in the history of bar bets did one end with a dancing Jude Law. Until now, that is. This just-launched short film for Johnnie Walker Blue Label, distributed by Unruly, features the... internationally known leading man cutting a rug to win his friend’s coveted sailboat. He shuffles, he claps, he poses and preens. And then – there it is! – he charmingly shakes his hips. It’s no Miley Cyrus down and dirty -– blink and you may miss it — but he’s a double Oscar nominee after all. See also: Shakira's 'La La La' is Now the Most-Shared Ad of All Time Law stars with Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini in this gorgeously shot video that sets up a somewhat ridiculous bet. The rich, successful playboy Law wants what he doesn’t have, which would be Giannini’s fabulous...
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Researchers have discovered the origins of the ship that mysteriously emerged from the ruins of the World Trade Center in 2010 Four years ago this month, construction at the Ground Zero construction... site was halted when workers uncovered a massive wooden ship 22 feet below the street's surface. Work was put on hold for weeks while the boat was excavated and taken to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, and later Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for further analysis. See also: 10 Amazing Google Earth and Maps Discoveries After analyzing samples from the ship, tree ring scientists at Columbia University concluded that the wood on the vessel originated from a forest of White Oak trees near Philadelphia, which was chopped down around 1773.
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Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Hilton Hotels is taking a page out of the airline playbook, giving users more control over the experience through their smartphone. The hotel chain has recently introduced a way for users to choose... their room on their smartphone, and promises to roll out smartphone-powered door keys to the majority of their hotels by 2016. Using the new Hilton HHonors app (yes, that name needs work) or the…
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If you've been itchin' for more info on Mountain View's compact self-driving car, you're in luck. At 11AM PT/2PM ET this Friday (August 1st), Google is hosting a live Hangout as the folks from Make... take a behind the scenes look at the project for its...
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Startups Anonymous: My StartupJust because I had a great idea that could change the world doesn't mean people will pay for it. This was the lesson I learned which I want to share. Two years ago, I quit my well-paying stable... government job to build my startup - an idea that I believed could end online piracy. I trudged on for months - got great exposure and affirmation that it was a brilliant idea that could save music, books, and film from piracy.
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JumpSnap - Exercise that Won't Trip you Up

Coolest Gadgets - 30 Jul 2014 21:00
JumpSnap - Exercise that Won'tEveryone knows how much I hate exercise, But I know the time has come to get moving. Experts agree that the key to making a switch to a healthy lifestyle is finding an activity you enjoy, and doing it... regularly. I’m not one for schlepping it off to the gym, or Jazzercise. I don’t run, unless someone is chasing me with a meat cleaver and I’m way too uncoordinated for ...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Les Claypool has announced that the prime Primus line-up, last heard from way back in 1995, will be touring behind a new Willy Wonka inspired concept album
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Don't look now, but the "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" app has already generated tens of millions of dollars in pure profit and currently occupies the #5 spot on the App Store's list of Top Grossing... apps. There's no shortage of opportunities for jokes...
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Behind the App: The Story of Plex

Life Hacker - 30 Jul 2014 21:00
Behind the App: The Story ofAt its most basic, Plex is an app that lets you stream media from your desktop to any other device, whether you're using a phone or a tablet or another computer. But it's slowly become an entire... ecosystem of media management across virtually every platform you could think of.
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After decades of health warnings, the idea that steak, cheese and lard are bad for your heart is melting away. The truth is more complex - and delicious (full text available to subscribers)
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Attackers use domino effect toData breach after data breach has illustrated just how weak and ineffective passwords can be for protecting accounts and sensitive information. Many sites and services have implemented secondary... security protocols and two-factor authentication, but users frequently use information and email accounts that can be easily compromised--giving attackers a simple way to access your information. One common secondary protocol is to have users supply an alternate email address. Sites and services will use the primary email address 99 percent of the time, but if something happens with that email account, or additional verification is necessary to prove you are really you, a message will be sent to the alternate email address. That alternate email address is often a weak link attackers can exploit.
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8 Lessons In Creating ASuccess with a startup is a matter of constant iteration, trying new things, seeing what sticks. It's answering the question: How do I add value and how do I improve every day?
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Going Out with a (Big) Bang:Europe's line of space freighters is going out with a (big) bang. Named "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian priest and astronomer who proposed what became the Big Bang theory, the European Space... Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle has lau
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Google Analytics Can Now Google made a small but important update to Google Analytics today that finally makes it easy to exclude bots and spiders from your user stats. That kind of traffic from search engines and other web... spiders can easily skew your data in Google Analytics.
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11 Ways To Lose All Your Friends On Social Media

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 20:55
11 Ways To Lose All YourSocial media affords you the chance to be a wonderful mix of creative, connected and ever-so-slightly self-centered. The right balance keeps your friends and followers up-to-date on your life without... being overwhelming. Sadly, this is a lot easier said than done. Here are some ways that you may be falling towards the more annoying side of the spectrum, arranged by social network. Facebook: 1. Writing on your best friend's wall too often We know you two are texting (or sitting next to each other) while you're writing on each other's walls, so are five posts a day really necessary? We're totally happy that you've found your soulmate and everything, but try to keep these posts to a minimum. 2. Changing your profile picture every day We understand that you have daily profile picture remorse...
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One Super Common Bacteria isUnless you're a biologist, the bacterium Mycoplasma probably will not strike fear in your heart. Our mouths are teeming with this tiny and usually harmless microbe. But when Mycoplasma finds its way... into a petri dish of cells, it becomes a big and expensive headache. A new study finds that 11% of samples in gene-expression studies were contaminated with Mycoplasma, potentially invalidating those results and wasting millions of dollars.
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OKCupid looking like OKStupidOkCupid admitted to playing games with and misleading users in social experiments that purportedly were designed to improve the dating site's algorithms and help in understanding human nature. The... mislead users and some third-party observers were less than thrilled.
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Why You Should Get Mad AboutAOL is making some changes to its terms of service, the legal documents that Internet users almost never read yet that bind them with restrictive agreements. On September 15, AOL is implementing new... terms of service, which include an arbitration clause which allows AOL to avoid class action lawsuits. AOL is also giving itself the right to call users with automated, prerecorded messages: When you sign up for Services and provide us with your telephone number or mobile phone number, you agree that we may contact you from time-to-time about the Services.YOU GIVE US CONSENT TO USE AUTODIALED AND PRERECORDED MESSAGES TO CONTACT YOU AT THE NUMBER YOU PROVIDE TO US.We may use the phone number that you provide to us when you open your account, when you add a telephone number to your account...
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Russia Wants Apple, SAP toThe Russian government wants a look at source code.
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Revamped Apple TV Debut LikelyFor several months now, rumors have continually suggested Apple is working on a revamped Apple TV, which may include capabilities like support for games and apps and expanded access to television... content. Every rumored release date has come and gone thus far, and according to a new report from The Information, an updated Apple TV is not likely to appear until 2015. A source that spoke to The Information has suggested that Apple engineers who are working on the device have been informed that the product will not launch in 2014, largely due to ongoing contractual issues with cable companies and Comcast's pending purchase of Time Warner Cable. Apple engineers who are working on aspects of the device have been told by their bosses not to expect a launch this year and are working off timelines...
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Red Hat aims atRed Hat has developed a version of the Linux operating system that can be used to test chips and associated hardware based on the ARMv8-A 64-bit architecture for servers with the aim of standardizing... that market. Based on the company's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the Linux distribution is part of a partner program that Red Hat launched Wednesday for potential ARM hardware vendors. "We don't call it RHEL, but it is a functional, unsupported, operating system for partners to use in their development activities," said Mark Coggin, Red Hat senior director of platform product marketing.
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Tiny UAVs and hummingbirds are put to test

Phys.org - 30 Jul 2014 20:50
Tiny UAVs and hummingbirds areHummingbirds in nature exhibit expert engineering skills, the only birds capable of sustained hovering. A team from the US, British Columbia, and the Netherlands have completed tests to learn more... about the hummingbird's flight expertise and how their skills measure up to helicopter rotors. They compared the hummingbird's flight performance with a micro-drone called the Black Hornet, a 16-gram helicopter used by troops for surveillance.
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Apple TV overhaul not expected  A new report from The Information published today discussing the next generation of Apple TV says the new set-top box won’t be ready for prime time until at least 2015. This expectancy timeline... aligns with previous 9to5Mac reporting on the Apple TV development progress. According to the report, Apple employees managing the project have informed […]
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T-Mobile has a new addition to its smartphone lineup: the moderately priced, mid-range Samsung Galaxy Avant The smartphone sports a 4.5-inch, qHD screen, a quad-core, 1.2GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM... — a set of specs that's quite similar to the Galaxy S5 mini, which launched in July See also: 25 Best Free Android Apps The key point is the price. The device costs $216 up front, or $9 per month with a two-year contract with $0 down. For comparison, T-Mobile offers the (admittedly much more powerful) Samsung Galaxy S5 for $610 or $25.40 per month with a two-year contract The Samsung Galaxy Avant will be available starting July 30 at T-Mobile stores in the U.S. or on its website
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Hellcat calling: DodgeYou may never feel the Challenger Hellcat's 707 horsepower rumbling beneath your right foot, but, thanks to Dodge, you can carry the sound wherever you go. The American automaker has just released a... free Hellcat ringtone for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices. The post Hellcat calling: Dodge releases the world's most powerful production ringtone appeared first on Digital Trends.
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​BitTorrent unwraps chat app Bleep

CNET - 30 Jul 2014 20:47
​BitTorrent unwraps chatBitTorrent's new instant messaging program doesn't store metadata and offers end-to-end encryption.
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64-bit Google Chrome browserGoogle's 64-bit Chrome browser took the last step before being formally released, as Google published a 64-bit beta of the browser on Wednesday morning. If you'd like, you can visit Google's 64-bit... Chrome beta page and download the new browser; Google promises that all of your saved information (passwords, bookmarks and the like) will migrate over. (Google announced 64-bit versions of the browser in its Dev and Canary channels in June.) Why do you need a 64-bit Chrome browser? At this point, that's a bit of an open question. Chances are that your PC's microprocessor and operating system (Mac, Windows, or Linux) shifted over to 64-bit technology years ago. In general, 64-bit addressing opens up the ability for software to use more than 4 gigabytes of RAM--the maximum a 32-bit application...
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Finding Mr. Right Too Soon

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 20:46
In this week's video Prudie counsels a young woman who thinks she's with the man of her dreams but also wants to sow her wild oats.
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Vizio's affordable 2.1 SoundVizio announced today the release of its new 2.1 Sound Stand, an all-in-one audio solution that doubles as a pedestal for the users' beloved flat-panel TVs. The S2121w-D0 begins shipping today for... $250. The post Vizio’s affordable 2.1 Sound Stand is here to spice up your flat screen’s paltry audio appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Get Taller on Demand withIn portraits, we're well aware of the role physical proportions play on how a subject looks. Generally speaking, longer legs, an elongated neck, and other such physical attributes dramatically affect... the aesthetic quality of portraits for many, be it subconsciously or not. And while ethics are rightfully called into questions when changing these proportions in […]
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How an Atomic Clock Was UsedNestled on a Malibu hillside, three miles up a corkscrew-like road from the Pacific Coast Highway, sits a very peculiar house. Protruding through a missing window in the basement are 18 brass strings,... tethered to a mountain 30 yards away. And at any time of day, you might hear their haunting vibrations echoing on the canyon walls.
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AMD's new 64-bit ARM boardAdvanced Micro Devices is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board. The Opteron A1100-Series developer hardware is... an uncased computer costing $2,999, and aimed at programmers who want to write applications and drivers for AMD's unreleased ARM servers, which are expected to become available by early next year. This is the first ARM-based system released by AMD, which by 2016 hopes to ship servers in which x86 and ARM chips could coexist. The effort to unite x86 and ARM, called Project Skybridge, involves the development of a motherboard to which customers can attach chips based on either architecture.
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Every bookshelf has one: a dusty old copy of a Harry Potter book that's seen better days. But you always recognize it, because they've always been the same. See also: The Entire 'Harry Potter' Series... in 2 Minutes Now Bloomsbury Publishing is casting a confundus spell on your powers of Potter recognition with an all-new set of dust jacket covers Designed by UK concept artist and illustrator Jonny Duddle, these new editions will be available Sept. 1. Have a look: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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[From GadgeTell] The 'On 2 Bean Bags' girls love souvenirs, and that's exactly what we got with MiP. The adorable balancing robot was exhibiting at the WowWee booth at CE Week, and we couldn't help... but take him home. Check out all the fun we had with our new robot friend!
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In June 2014, a Comcast customer recorded a frustrating call with a customer service representative and posted it to the internet. The story touched a nerve. Comcast has notoriously poor customer... service and little competition in most of its markets, so unhappy customers can't switch. At the same time, Comcast is preparing for an acquisition of Time Warner Cable, something critics say would worsen problems at both companies and reduce choice for consumers. The Verge interviewed more than 100 current and former employees as part of an investigative series about the cable giant.
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Announcing the 'Weekly Photo Contest: Dots' winners!

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 20:41
Announcing the 'Weekly PhotoThis is one of those weeks where we had a bit more of an abstract photo contest prompt, dots, that really brought out a variety of different pictures. People took this one in many different... directions, and we love to see the differences and creativity with each entry. We had multiple pages full of good entries, but could only keep around two to win the prizes. Read along and see this week's winners.
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[From HomeTechTell] Vizio, best known for its HDTVs but now also billing itself as "America's #1 Sound Bar company," today launched the $249.99 Vizio 2.1 Sound Stand.
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Video Games Your Parents Played

Forbes - 30 Jul 2014 20:38
Video Games Your ParentsVideogames have been around since long before 1972, when Magnavox released the first home game console. Here's a look at the games your parents, and grandparents played.
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theodp writes: U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the Obama administration Monday to scrutinize the tech industry's lack of diversity. "There's no talent shortage. There's an... opportunity shortage," Jackson said, calling Silicon Valley "far worse" than many others, such as car makers that have been pressured by unions. He said tech behemoths have largely escaped scrutiny by a public dazzled with their cutting-edge gadgets. Jackson spoke to press after meeting with Labor Secretary Tom Perez for a review of H-1B visas, arguing that data show Americans have the skills and should have first access to high-paying tech work. Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition plans to file a freedom-of-information request next month with the EEOC to acquire employment data for companies that have...
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12% Of Gamers Still HearNew research suggests that 12% of gamers suffer from “game transfer phenomena” (GTP) where they continue to hear sounds from a video game, even after they’ve finished playing. The research comes... from Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit, and was published in the  International Journal of Cyber Behaviour, Psychology and Learning. Researchers studied gaming forums and collected data from 1244 gamers. Of these, 155 (12%) had complained about having auditory experiences as a result of playing. The gamers said that they continued to hear sound effects, music and characters’ voices from the game they were playing. Sounds included vehicles, lasers, bullets, beeping, explosions, screams and even breathing from the game. This was either triggered by something...
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Gorgeous New InterstellarThis brand new Interstellar takes us all a little bit further into the vast universe that director Christopher Nolan is ready to explore. Watch as Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey blast off into... beautiful space.
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The 9 Circles of Hell forIf Dante wrote The Inferno today...
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Microsoft Office has a worthy competitor in the new LibreOffice, the best non-Microsoft office suite.
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DealBook: Snapchat Said toThe potential deal with Alibaba, which has stepped up its venture capital investments as it prepares for its I.P.O., would represent a big bet on the future of messaging apps.
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Interstellar trailer includesWhile this particular "Interstellar" won't include the code 5555 or one less "r", the team behind their newest campaign is aiming for codes. You'll find the InterstellarMovie dot com website to be... accepting secret entry codes now. There's also a very, very emotional new trailer available today. This film has been in the making since before its first drafts in …
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Doctor Who K-9 Talking PlushThere are fans of a particular series, and then there are fans. The more serious ones would most probably study the history and biography of every single event and character in the series, while the... more casual fans would know very little of what constitutes canon and what does not, other than having a gist of the idea. If you are a serious Doctor Who fan who cannot have enough ...
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MacBook Pro update clearsThe updated Retina MacBook Pros Apple announced Tuesday are essentially a minor speed bump, bur are perhaps perhaps significant in clearing the decks for Apple to devote full attention to a widely... anticipated announcement deeper into the year of a completely new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina display, no internal cooling fan, and no trackpad button. The post MacBook Pro update clears agenda for 12″ MacBook Air unveiling appeared first on AppleTell.
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[From AppleTell] Can we now anticipate a completely new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina display, no internal cooling fan, and no trackpad button.
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The Totem Pen is the best waySitting through a meeting can be a very draining experience. Some people just like to use big words and hear themselves talk for an inordinate amount of time. While we are expected to sit quietly and... take in hours of information, there’s a good chance your mind is going to wander off on its own if you don’t have something to keep you occupied. While you can’t exactly pull out ...
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Ask Google Now for DirectionsWith Google Now, you can simply say "Navigate to Home" and it knows where that is. Now, Google has added the ability to use that same feature for your hotel, if you have an itinerary in your email.
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Gadgetwise: The iOgrapher Helps Improve Your Video

The New York Times - 30 Jul 2014 20:29
Gadgetwise: The iOgrapherThe iOgrapher helps stabilize the phone or an iPad while shooting video and allows moviemakers to add lenses and lights.
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If you've wanted to try the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 but have been skittish about the flakiness of very early builds, your moment has come -- Google has released a beta of its... beefed-up browser. As with the Canary and developer...
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Heads rolling at Beats asAs Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music nears completion this financial quarter, the Cupertino and Santa Monica, California-based companies have begun work on transitioning... select employees and technology resources from Beats to Apple, according to sources briefed on the transition. Apple executives have visited Beats’ Southern California headquarters this week and last week to […]
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Sony Was Right To Turn DownSony was right to turn down EA's video game subscription plan.
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The best cheap printer

The Loop - 30 Jul 2014 20:26
The Wirecutter: For students, small-office denizens, or anyone with modest printing needs, the Samsung Xpress M2835DW is the most efficient way to make hard copies of term papers, tax forms, or any... other documents that look great in grayscale. I haven't needed to print this kind of stuff in years but this looks like a pretty good deal.∞ Read this on The Loop
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What It's Like to Attend AppleApple employees call Cupertino headquarters the "Mothership."
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Innovative scientists updateA team of Whitehead Institute researchers is bringing new levels of efficiency and accuracy to one of the most essential albeit tedious tasks of bench science: pipetting. And, in an effort to aid the... scientific community at large, the group has established an open source system that enables anyone to benefit from this development free of charge.
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Passion: The Fuel Entrepreneurs Run On

Mashable - 30 Jul 2014 20:21
In business, as in life, all you need is love (well, and some financing). Passion and a love for the craft are what keeps entrepreneurs going all day every day, and entrepreneurs Azalina Eusope and... Stephen Roginson are no different. In this next episode of Setting Up Shop, Eusope of Azalina's (@AzalinaMalaysia) and Roginson of Batch Brewing Co. (@BatchBrewing) discuss the importance of passion, drive and keeping the flame alive. In case you missed it, previous episodes of this series are below: Episode 1: Meet Stephen Episode 2: Meet Azalina Episode 3: Place Be sure to check out the show on our Mashable Originals YouTube channel and join the conversation on Twitter with #SettingUpShop. We'll be hosting a Twitter chat with Stephen and Azalina on August 12 at 3 p.m. EST, so be sure to join...
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Mysterious Molecules in Space Named?

Universe Today - 30 Jul 2014 20:21
Mysterious Molecules in SpaceIt's a well-kept secret that the vacuum of space is not -- technically speaking -- a vacuum. Strong winds generated from supernova explosions push material into the interstellar medium, tainting space... with the heavier elements generated by nuclear fusion. These lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the hydrogen, carbon, silicon, and other […]
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[From GadgeTell] Klipsch has launched its Reference R6m in-ear monitor, a universal headphone for any device. The product joins Klipsch's other Reference Series headphones: the R6 and R6i.
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Turn Your iPhone Charger IntoEven carrying your iPhone's charger everywhere you go doesn't guarantee you'll be able to keep your phone running all day. Sometimes outlets can be hard to find, and for those times the NomadPlus is... here to help--transforming your iPhone's standard charger into a portable 1,500 mAh battery for back power on-the-go.
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Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process -- think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping... into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics.
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Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury's interior differs from Earth's in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field, UCLA planetary physicists... and colleagues report.
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Do you ever look at all of those Windows 2-in-1s and wish you could only have one that runs Apple software? Well, the creative folks at Modbook are at it again, this time taking the guts of the newest... Retina MacBook Pro and turning it into something akin to a giant OS X-running Surface on steroids...
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New catalyst converts carbon dioxide to fuel

e! Science News - 30 Jul 2014 20:17
Scientists from the University of Illinois at Chicago have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas, a precursor of gasoline and other... energy-rich products, bringing the process closer to commercial viability.
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Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages... to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials called 'topological insulators', which conduct electrons only across their surface but not through their interior. One such material, samarium hexaboride (SmB6), has long been theorized to be an ideal and robust topological insulator, but this has never been shown practically.
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How to get the touchscreenApple has never been all that keen on the idea of releasing a MacBook with a touchscreen, even if it has been toying with the idea of releasing a larger “iPad Pro.” Just because Apple isn’t... going to release a touchscreen MacBook, however, doesn’t mean that a bold entrepreneur on Kickstarter won’t give it a shot. A new Kickstarter projected called Modbook Pro X is trying to raise $150,000 to build a massive MacBook-tablet hybrid that even utilizes one of Steve Jobs’ most hated accessories -- the stylus. The proposed device will feature a 15.4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, or 220 pixels per inch. You can use it as either a laptop or a tablet and it will also come
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This Guy's Wife Refused toWhen his wife Meghan refused to have maternity pictures taken, Justin (who goes by DruishPrincess69 on Reddit) decided to take matters into his own hands. And by matters we mean his belly. Since his... wife wouldn’t take the photos, he hired a photographer and posed for all the stereotypical maternity shots himself. We can’t even […]
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Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Wikipedia, the decentralized community-powered encyclopedia, is now accepting donations in bitcoin, the decentralized community-powered cryptocurrency. The Wikimedia Foundation partnered with... Coinbase to process the donations. Also new today, Coinbase will waive processing fees for all registered non-profits. Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Back in March, Wikipedia…
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Woman sues plastic surgeon forPlaintiff says she reasonably expected privacy when she went to get her nose fixed. Instead, it was allegedly put online.
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While the company said users of Tor should "assume they were affected," the developers of the anonymous browsing service do not yet know what "affected" means.
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Big Data Is Overrated

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 20:12
Today, we live in a world of data. Twenty years ago, we didn't. Just as computing power has exponentially increased over the last 50 years, doubling every two years or so, the amount of computational... data has been doubling at a similar rate. Ninety percent of all the data in human history was created in the last two years. And the advent of "big data" brings with it such scary and Orwellian doings as Facebook conducting mood experiments on its users.
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Wall-E animator's adorableThe lead animator for the movie "Wall-E," Angus MacLane, also built an incredible Lego version of Wall-E currently being considered by Lego as an official product.
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Snapchat, A Company That HasSnapchat, the company behind the app that made disappearing photos cool, is in talks with Chinese investors about an investment that would value the company at $10 billion, Bloomberg News is... reporting. That number, if you didn't catch it the first time, is a one followed by 10 zeros. Coincidentally, $0 is the exact amount of revenue this company has generated in its existence, as far as we know. Welcome to the tech industry. According to Bloomberg, the group of investors includes Alibaba, the mega-success Internet company that's essentially the Chinese version of Amazon. These guys aren't dumb. The reason Snapchat or any other company without a way of making money raises funding is that investors expect them to be super-profitable someday. A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comment on the...
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11 of the Most Beautiful andMartha Stewart uses one to survey her lush, pergola-filled properties . Photographer Ian Wood uses one to gain a bird's-eye perspective on a gentrifying Los Angeles . We asked you to share what videos... you were filming with your drones , and here are some of the best.
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[From GadgeTell] NomadPlus upgrades Apple wall chargers with battery power
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Kids with autism and sensoryResearchers have found that children with sensory processing disorders have decreased structural brain connections in specific sensory regions different than those in autism, further establishing SPD... as a clinically important neurodevelopmental disorder.
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Twitter enjoys massive userTwitter reveals unexpected spike in both users and earnings for the second quarter. That is good news for a company that had been in a slow decline for the past 12 months.
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Credit Karma Rolls Out Free Online credit monitoring startup Credit Karma is rolling out free credit reports. And no, it’s not a scam. Over the years, consumers have been burned by websites offering “free” credit reports... which had more than a few strings attached. After signing up for their free report, these misleading sites would then begin billing the unsuspecting users on a monthly basis…
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Motorola shuffling around executive team

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 20:07
Motorola shuffling aroundChanges are afoot at in the Motorola leadership. The company is in a state of transition, poised to be transferred from Google to Lenovo in a multi-billion-dollar deal, and gearing up for the rumored... launch of the Moto X+1 smartphone and the anticipated launch of the Moto 360 smartwatch running Android Wear. But some changes are happening in the company's upper echelons as well.
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[From In-Car Tech] BMW announced this week it will work with other automakers and utilities in developing a smarter plug-in vehicle charging grid.
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Corning donates $1.8M inA cancelled NASA program appears to be the source of a major stash of mirror components Corning will soon be donating to a private cause. Suggesting the original project will not be revealed due to... customer confidentiality, Corning has made note that they'll be sending the collection to BoldlyGo Institute. This group will be aiming to put its ASTRO-1 telescope …
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Deep-Sea 'Octomom' Guards EggsA real-life "Octomom" off the coast of California has been declared a champion of parenting in the animal world. Scientists watched as she shielded her eggs for a record 4.5 years.
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Facebook co-founder banking onA San Francisco start-up aims to revolutionize email. The move, from a former Facebook founder, is akin to anti-email as it moves messaging and ideas into a cloud accessible for all employees.
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Ancient Earth: Pummeled,Earth and Moon in the Hadean epoch were pummeled by large impacts letting magma flow out. But, at the same time, some parts of Earth's surface could have retained liquid water, allowing pre-biotic... compounds to form; perhaps even life itself.
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New 'Interstellar' Trailer Is Out Of This World Amazing

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 20:02
New 'Interstellar' Trailer IsChristopher Nolan surprised Comic-Con attendees last week by premiering the new trailer for his forthcoming feature "Interstellar," and now hoi polloi can experience the fun all on their own.... Paramount released a new teaser for "Interstellar" on Wednesday, one day after a snazzy new website for the film appeared. This one looks incredible, mysterious and thrilling. Nolan mentioned "2001: A Space Odyssey" during his Comic-Con appearance, so that should give fans a baseline of what to anticipate. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and your blown mind star in "Interstellar," which arrives in theaters on Nov. 7. Watch the trailer over at the "Interstellar" website by punching in the access code "7201969" (the date of the moon landing). An official embeddable version of the...
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In Photos: Amazing 'Octomom'For 53 months, scientists watched a female octopus in the deep sea vigilantly guard a single clutch of eggs until they hatched. This was the longest brooding period scientists have ever observed --... not just for octopuses, but also for all animals.
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One of the most attractive benefits of subscribing to Amazon Prime is the free two-day shipping or an overnight option available for a small fee, depending on the item and destination. But in many... cases, you might not need your stuff until the...
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Square is now moreSquare is quite popular in the US when it comes to mobile payments, though its success elsewhere has been limited because the company's Reader device hasn't been able to recognise chip cards. Until... now. The Square Reader was the first product released...
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Meet Bleep, BitTorrent'sBitTorrent has teased its chat product for months, and now some lucky testers will get the chance to see the pre-alpha in action. The serverless chat client, designed to evade surveillance and big... data collection, also has a name: BitTorrent Bleep. "As far as we're concerned, anything you say is 'bleep' to us," the company said in a Tuesday blog post. First thing's first: Bleep isn't just another messaging app. BitTorrent is well-known for its decentralized, peer-to-peer protocol, typically used for file-sharing. The San Francisco-based company described Bleep's platform as a fully distributed Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server on top of which is the app, an enhanced SIP-compliant User Agent Client (UAC). How it works: You can choose to send messages straight from your device to your...
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BitTorrent starts testingBitTorrent's new P2P chat app is dubbed Beep, and Windows users can now line up to become part of an invite-only test. BitTorrent starts testing Bleep, its new P2P messaging platform originally... published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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[From GamerTell] The cast of Danganronpa 2 is far more flawed and entertaining then the original Danganronpa's.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Guess we had to wait for Comic-Con and the first extended, red band trailer of long-in-the-works neo-noir sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" to really be convinced the... messy crime thriller isn't a year... or ten too late.
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With the hottest June on record behind us, and a quadrupling of extreme heat events predicted by the end of this century, humans are facing a heat-adaptation challenge. Sweltering summer days aren't... just oppressive and uncomfortable; they can be lethal if the body's core temperature climbs much beyond 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Scientists studying people working under super-hot conditions — think firefighters, foundry workers and soldiers marching with fully loaded packs — have learned a lot about how the body handles heat. Beyond the basic advice of staying hydrated while avoiding sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol, here are some evidence-based strategies for coping with our overheating world.
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Apple still hasn't released a Retina display MacBook Air. Would you buy one?...
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Materialism May Not Be AllConventional wisdom says that materialism-that is, using your money to simply buy more stuff-is a quick way to become unsatisfied and broke. However, spending on stuff instead of experiences may still... be beneficial...if those things are, themselves, experiences.
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The world's largest amphipod has been caught on film for the first time – and even if you love shrimp, this critter may give you nightmares
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BitTorrent Bleep: The P2P PlanLast fall, BitTorrent (the company) announced and experimental plan to build a secure chat system using the protocol that's most famous for enabling file sharing. Today, we're getting our first look... at the what will eventually become a finished product: BitTorrent Bleep.
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The 5 Best Things You Can BuyAmazon's new 3D printing store has its share of straight-up bizarre flotsam, like an $66 decorative egg cup that absolutely no one in the world needs. I can't mislead you: A lot of the stuff on offer... is overpriced and weird. But some of the store's offerings are solid. Here are our top picks.
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Shamu and the Minis -- a musing on device sizes

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 19:59
Shamu and the Minis -- aWe keep having this same conversation -- but "smaller" phones have got to stop skimping on specs Size matters. That's all there is to it. We've seen quite a bit of talk about phones and the sizes they... come in, particularly as those sizes have increased over the years. We all have our opinions on how our phones seem to be blurring (or outright obliterating) the line between phones and tablets. And more recently there's been quite a bit of discussion on phone sizes with reports of a Motorola Nexus device, code-named Shamu, and if a Nexus phablet is a good idea.
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kodiaktau writes: Hardkernel has released a new Raspberry Pi-compatible development board based on the Samsung Exynos SoC. The board is smaller than a typical Pi, keeping basic HDMI, USB and CSI... interfaces. It also has a 26-pin expansion board with more GPIO available, though it lacks an Ethernet jack. Initial prices as estimated around $30. The article makes the interesting point that this and other devices are marketed as "Raspberry Pi-compatible." The Raspberry Pi Foundation may run into name retention issues (similar to the ones Arduino had) as related hardware piggybacks on its success.
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Yahoo Finance redesign willYahoo's Finance app for Android devices has received a major update today that brings with it a revamped user interface along with some new features for financial news and information junkies to check... out.
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Watch a 1984 Mac spin outWhile we wait for this weekend’s highly-anticipated Marvel movie, The Guardians of the Galaxy, we thought it’d be fun to pass along this sweet speed-painting from filmmaker Matthew Pearce. It... shows an illustration of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, created on…
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How 'Last BlockbusterFor years, Nintendo has believed it could reject smartphone and tablet apps, yet still flourish. The reason for this delusion is familiar -- it’s the toxic Last Blockbuster Syndrome that doomed the... consumer electronics divisions of Motorola in 2004 and Nokia in 2007. Often at the start of a massive trend shift in consumer electronics, dominant dinosaurs get one massive hit built on a nearly obsolete paradigm, and that allows them to be lulled into a comfy trip to the grave. Nobody was surprised by the stiff quarterly loss and weak Wii U numbers Nintendo just reported. But there was one number in the report that was a bit of a shocker – 3DS sales sank below 900,000 in the spring quarter. The
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Logitech unleashes furiousLogitech is launching what it says is the fastest mouse on the market aimed at video gamers. The move should help gamers of first-person shooters have more speed and accuracy.
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Antivirus products riddledIt's generally accepted that antivirus programs provide a necessary protection layer, but organizations should audit such products before deploying them on their systems because many of them contain... serious vulnerabilities, a researcher warned. According to Joxean Koret, a researcher at Singapore security firm COSEINC, antivirus programs are as vulnerable to attacks as the applications they're trying to protect and expose a large attack surface that can make computers even more vulnerable. Koret spent the last year analyzing antivirus products and their engines in his spare time and claims to have found dozens of remotely and locally exploitable vulnerabilities in 14 of them. The vulnerabilities ranged from denial-of-service issues to flaws that allow potential attackers to elevate their...
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Destiny Beta Played By 4.6The beta for 'Destiny' was played by nearly 5 million gamers, a good sign for Activision's upcoming space shooter.
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Net Neutrality Comments To The Comments submitted to the FCC regarding its notice of proposed rule-making on the net neutrality issue totaled 1,101,729 as of yesterday afternoon. An impressive number, but also a nearly unchanged... figure. On July 18, the final day of the first period of comment on the proposed net neutrality rules, TechCrunch reported that the FCC had received 1,062,000 comments. After a big week that saw…
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[From GadgeTell] Just as the world was about to abandon hope for an extra-sturdy, "premium-looking" metal-clad Samsung smartphone, given the rumored Galaxy S5 Prime's debut as a bland, plastic-made S5... LTE-A, reports of a Galaxy Alpha or S5 Alpha started piling up.
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[From GadgeTell] Making good on their last week's promise, Nvidia has begun shipping the powerhouse gaming-centric Shield Tablet to tech-savvy consumers in the United States and Canada.
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Barry Diller Has an Aereo Hangover

Re/code - 30 Jul 2014 19:46
Barry Diller Has an AereoIAC bet early -- and prominently -- on the Web TV company. Now it is taking a loss on its investment.
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Personal health is becoming increasingly mobile, and there are now thousands of apps aiming to address everything from lifestyle issues to chronic diseases. But can you trust these apps the same way... you trust your prescribed drugs and medical devices? Medical devices are generally regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and although the FDA reviews some apps, experts say the agency's power and efforts aren't nearly enough to cover the 97,000 and counting health apps out there that are transforming consumer health. "The FDA is woefully understaffed and under-resourced to oversee these things, particularly given the number of the thousands of apps that are [most likely] under FDA's jurisdiction," said health law expert Nathan Cortez, an associate professor of law at Southern...
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Brighten up your GoPro footageAre your GoPro videos looking a little too dark? Light up the scene with the Qudos, a high-powered LED light that can be attached to action cams such as the GoPro Hero3/Hero3+. The post Brighten up... your GoPro footage with Knog Qudos LED light accessory appeared first on Digital Trends.
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The NSA Patented Tech ThatNow that it's been over a year since the Snowden leaks, you might've thought that all of the insane NSA revelations had been revealed. Not so! Foreign Policy just published a fascinating and... exhaustive list of every patent ever awarded to the spy agency. And one of its latest inventions is all about your SIM card.
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Deals: Faster External Drive,The HGST Touro is one of the only 7200 RPM external hard drives out there, and the 1TB model is only $60 today, which is as cheap as we've ever seen it.
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Turkish Women Can't StopA speech on public morals has morphed into a comedy of errors
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TYLT Energi Sliding Power Case for Galaxy S5

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 19:43
TYLT Energi Sliding Power CaseIt isn't the most efficient or price-conscious way to keep your Galaxy S5 powered up, but it will be a great choice for specific users TYLT makes some great accessories, and is probably best known for... its chargers, batteries and cases. Its latest product, the Energi Sliding Power Case for the Galaxy S5, combines a couple of those categories in hopes of reducing the friction involved with keeping your phone charged up at all times. Sure there are external battery packs out there, as well as rapid wall chargers and even replacement batteries on devices such as the Galaxy S5 that can swap them on the fly, but all of those solutions have inherent compromises. If you need a case that can protect your phone and then quickly move to keeping it charged without powering down or fiddling with any...
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Snapchat reportedly in fundingIf a $3 billion acquisition offer shocked you, prepare to faint at the latest Snapchat news: The company is reportedly in financing talks that would value it at $10 billion. Investors are placing... their bets that Snapchat is the next Facebook...or at least the next WhatsApp. Snapchat reportedly in funding talks that value it at $10 billion, as much as Airbnb and Dropbox originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

The Mac Observer - 30 Jul 2014 19:43
TMO Daily Observations:Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of... big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.
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New Constantine trailer outs your demons

Cult of Mac - 30 Jul 2014 19:41
New Constantine trailer outsIt’s definitely trailer week, especially for comic book and other genre movies, but here’s one for an upcoming DC television show based on the Vertigo property, Hellblazer. The show will cover the... exploits of a certain John Constantine, supernaturally sensitive…
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Microsoft OneNote embraces MacMicrosoft said late Tuesday that it has added several new capabilities for OneNote for the Mac and iOS, including imported files from email and OneDrive for Business storage. All of the improvements... are aimed at continuing to make OneNote the digital framework for storing notes and other reference materials--and, not coincidentally, to do so as students begin thinking about back-to-school purchases of laptops and tablets. OneNote users can use the software in a variety of ways, from crafting to-do lists to storing personal notes and files. In an academic environment, however, storing files digitally "handed out" by professors and aides could be a common use case.
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New Wrinkle? Ancient Earth GotOne reason old Earth rocks may be missing is they were destroyed during the Late Heavy Bombardment.
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Homefront switches handsThe folks at Crytek UK have sold the rights to the gaming franchise Homefront to Deep Silver. This means big things for the series, but suggests the current title "Homefront: The Revolution" may be in... flux. We recently saw some (rather impressive looking) trailer work earlier this year on the game - it'd be a darn shame if it never …
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Attack targeted "Tor hidden services" used to protect IDs of website operators.
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Forest Loss and Climate:When local peoples control their own land, they protect it.
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Google adds Hangouts featureThe search giant is giving Google Apps customers access to its videoconferencing feature, no Google+ account needed.
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Mike and Mike on Michael Sam

Slate - 30 Jul 2014 19:34
Last week, former NFL coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn't have drafted Michael Sam--not "because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it."... Sports radio yakker Mike Francesa defended Dungy against charges of homophobia, saying that the coach's detractors were, among other things, "dumb." On this week's episode of Hang Up and Listen, Mike Pesca debated Francesa on this topic, playing the role of ... Mike Francesa.
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Like their fellow future doctors down the road in Irvine, medical students at Stanford University will learn surgical methods with a hand from Google Glass. Those studying cardiothoracic techniques... are set use Mountain View's high-tech spectacles to...
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HTC Windows Phone Coming Soon, Report Says

Mashable - 30 Jul 2014 19:33
Months after launching the newest edition of its flagship phone, the HTC One M8, HTC will reportedly unveil a new phone with a new operating system and one new letter. HTC One M8 for Windows — whose... reputed codename is HTC One W8 — will be the brand's first foray into phones that support a Windows operating system, according to a report in Engadget. The M8 is an Android model See also: The New HTC One Is the Same as the Old HTC One — and That's Good At Computex in June, Nick Parker, Microsoft's vice president of original equipment manufacturers, hinted at a future collaboration between Microsoft and HTC. However, neither party has released any official confirmation of the phone's existence.
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​Boy Scouts: Gays Aren'tOn January 1 of this year, the Boy Scouts of America opened its doors to openly gay scouts. But, it still bars gay adult leaders. We talked about this issue with the organization's National... Commissioner and asked him if Scouting considers gays pedophiles.
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For one night, the network that's home of vampires, love triangles and unbelievably attractive human beings is turning its attention to a slightly furrier demographic The CW has announced that it will... honor man's best friend and air the inaugural World Dog Awards in January 2015 See also: 14 Dogs That Frankly Cannot Take the Heat The show will aim to celebrate the four-legged honoree's achievements in entertainment, health services and the military. In other words, you will cry while watching this award show Don't think so? One award is named “Outstanding Achievement in the Field” and it will honor a dog that has dedicated his or her life to their human, shown amazing compassion for other animals, or dedicated their lives to service for those with health issues. Yeah, you're going to...
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NASA IceCube hunts climateNASA will take advantage of new tiny satellite technology, CubeSats, to test a new weather-monitoring technology that could help unlock the secrets of climate change, the space agency has announced.... IceCube - also known as Earth-1, is around a foot long and four inches wide, and takes advantage of satellite standardization expected to make launching orbiting probes faster and more …
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In light of the recent news that HIV has been detected in the Mississippi baby previously thought to have been cured of the disease, researchers are assessing how to help those born to HIV-infected... mothers. These infants around the world are in need of new immune-based protective strategies, including vaccines delivered to mothers and babies and the means to boost potentially protective maternal antibodies, say researchers.
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In the depths of every Spotify user's sidebar is a playlist only enjoyed in private mode. You know the one — it's the "Guilty Pleasures" playlist, filled with shame-inducing hits that your hipper... friends would scoff at Spotify analyzed more than 120,000 of these playlists to determine the top most-streamed tracks its users are hesitant to admit they love. The number one track? That would be Lou Bega's 1999 hit "Mambo No. 5," a song we all know the words to, whether we'll admit it or not. See also: Listen to Every Artist on Spotify's Top 25 Under 25 Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" came in second place, followed by The Knack's "My Sharona."
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From time to time, Edward Snowden's face pops up on video-chat monitors stationed at technology conferences. Broadcasting from Russia where he's taken asylum, the former U.S. National Security Agency... contractor frequently evangelizes for use of the Internet anonymity tool Tor. Snowden's affinity for Tor, an acronym for "the onion router," is not shared by the government ruling his adopted country. Russia's Interior Ministry is offering a contract worth 3.9 million rubles ($110,000) "to study the possibility of obtaining technical information on users and users' equipment of Tor anonymous network," according to an announcement posted last week on the government's website for state purchases.
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[From EntertainmentTell] Peter Jackson's final trip through Tolkien territory, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' has a first trailer and it's an epic end to the trilogy
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Sceptre introduces new HDTVWhen it comes to HDTVs these days, the market is more or less saturated to an extent where there are just so many different models from various manufacturers to choose from, that the end user or... consumer would be spoilt for choice. If you are on a budget, chances are just about any entry level or mid-range HDTV ought to be able to fit the bill perfectly, although from time ...
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ALMA Observes Binary Star System with Wacky Disks

Universe Today - 30 Jul 2014 19:30
ALMA Observes Binary StarWhen it comes to exoplanets, we've discovered an array of extremes -- alien worlds that seem more like science fiction than reality. But there are few environments more extreme than a binary star... system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful gravitational perturbations from the two stars can easily grind a planet to dust, let […]
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Good design isn't the kind of thing that's taught as a core class in most educational systems. However, knowing just a bit about how design works can help you in many jobs. This video gives even a... beginner the kickstart they need.
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Several states in the U.S. offer sales tax holidays around the start of back-to-school season to help parents save money on required purchases. This Tuesday Apple announced that they would be honoring... these sales tax holidays not only in the retail...
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Could Apple ever do a "2 in 1″?

TechPinions - 30 Jul 2014 19:29
If you have heard Tim Cook talk about "2 in 1's", you already know the answer to this question. He likened the marrying of a tablet and a laptop to "converging a toaster and a fridge. You could do it... but it would ...
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A Better First Aid Kit ThatEven a well-stocked first-aid kit is all but useless if you crack it open but have no idea what's actually needed for a particular emergency. So these aptly-named Clever Medkits feature a series of... buttons and LED lighting that only illuminates the medical supplies needed for a specific injury, and it will even remind you when it's time to restock.
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Look like Marge Simpson withCrave writer Bonnie Burton channels her inner Marge with a makeover using quirky new Springfield-style shadows, blushes, lip glosses, and fake lashes.
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This is what ComcastComcast's customer care service is a mess, as many affected customers and even former and current employees will attest, no matter what the company says in public. It all became even clearer following... that customer call that was recorded by a certain tech personality, and which quickly went viral, as it revealed that Comcast is desperately trying to put a stop to service cancellations. The company took immediate action by apologizing for the incident and explaining its customer care policies publicly. Internally, the company served its employees a new memo supposed to be a reminder of its "customer interaction policy." That memo has obviously leaked - maybe that was its purpose in the first place - and was published by The Verge. "Comcast
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The acquisition marks Intuits first in India, as well as its push into the tax computation and e-filing category in the country.
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Birthweight and breastfeedingYoung adults who were breastfed for three months or more as babies have a significantly lower risk of chronic inflammation associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, according to new... research.
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Dissolvable fabric loaded withBioengineers have discovered a potentially faster way to deliver a topical drug that protects women from contracting HIV. Their method spins the drug into silk-like fibers that quickly dissolve when... in contact with moisture, releasing higher doses of the drug than possible with other topical materials.
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Boeing to build 787-10The aviation giant assembles other 787s in both Washington and South Carolina, but it decided the 787-10 will be built exclusively in the South.
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Oracle's summer of product launches continues as Database 12c becomes generally available. Will all applications go in-memory?
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15 Banknotes that Show Queen  Born 21 April 1926, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-lived and second longest-reigning British Monarch. Being the Queen of a number of commonwealth countries, republics, territories and realms... comes with an interesting set of privileges, one of which includes appearing on various legal tender and currency. In the gallery below, we see Queen Elizabeth…
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64-bit Chrome desktop browser now available in beta

Android Central - 30 Jul 2014 19:20
64-bit Chrome desktop browserIf you're hankering to live on the bleeding edge, a beta version of the desktop Chrome browser for 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems is now available. No need to uninstall your existing version... of Chrome, this one will haul in all of your existing settings painlessly.
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Code/red: Please Tell Me ThatPlus Google Glass-wearing opera singers, "Idiocracy" as documentary, and a bad BlackBerry Passport Joke.
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If the current events in Russia weren't tense enough, the homeland of Vladimir Putin has now asked Apple to hand over its source codes for iOS devices and Macs so it can sift through them and see if... they're being used for spying. This surfaced earlier this week when Peter Engrob Nielsen, Apple's chief representative in Russia, met with Russian communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov. The same request was made asked of Vyacheslav Orekhov, managing director of SAP, a major software consultancy, reports Reuters. It's an especially volatile request considering that Europe and the United States are considering harsh sanctions against Russia for its role in the current troubles in Ukraine. "Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services' public statements about the...
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First Data acquires Gyft, aGyft, a mobile gift card company, announced Wednesday that it has been acquired by First Data, an Atlanta-based payments giant. The acquisition terms were not disclosed, as first reported by Pando... Daily. While it’s not technically a major acquisition of a bitcoin company, Gyft has been […] First Data acquires Gyft, a digital gift card company beloved by bitcoin users originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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How Heat-Loving Organisms AreResearch on proteins used by thermophiles makes advances in medical knowledge.
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Twitter May Soon Be Able ToTwitter just bought a machine learning company that uses software to extract data from images, which means it knows what Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest know: Pictures are important. Madbits, a startup... that hasn't even launched publicly, announced it is joining Twitter on Wednesday. The announcement was first reported by Gigaom. With Madbits technology, Twitter will be able to glean information like metadata and image content from pictures shared on the social network, and in turn figure out what's visually popular and why. We're already sharing 140-character blasts of information on Twitter, and it's fairly easy to figure out what people are talking about by analyzing text. For instance Twitter's "firehose" of data provides a handful of companies access to all the tweets and activity...
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What to watch for in Tesla'sHere's what I'll be hoping to hear from Tesla's earnings on Thursday. What to watch for in Tesla’s earnings tomorrow originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Slashdot - 30 Jul 2014 19:13
Zothecula writes: The Silent Power PC is claimed to be the first high-end PC able to ditch noisy electric fans in favor of fully passive cooling. In place of a conventional fan, the unit uses an... open-air metal foam heatsink that boasts an enormous surface area thanks to the open-weave copper filaments of which it's composed. The Silent Power creators claim that the circulation of air through the foam is so efficient in dissipating heat that the exterior surface temperature never rises above 50 C (122 F) in normal use.
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Slice, cover, and repeat withThe Boska Petit Paris Cheese Board features an integrated wire cutter. The cheese serving platter also comes with a lid.
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Russia tells Apple it wants toAs the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War continues to unfold, Russian officials have proposed that Apple hand the government access to its entire source code, just... to make sure there aren’t any spying bugs…
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Xbox One Starting At $599 InMicrosoft will launch its Xbox One video game console in China this September with a surprising price-tag.
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[From GamerTell] Oculus VR teases Jaeger combat simulation with Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot, and Michael offers insight into what might happen with one prospective pilot.
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Man-made leaf could make deepThe first mad-made leaf has been created, literally opening up a world of possibilities. Space colonisation is a fantastic dream hindered by one dilemma: there's a serious lack of oxygen in the... Universe. However, due to recent advancements by a Royal...
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Man-made leaf could make spaceThe first mad-made leaf has been created, literally opening up a world of possibilities. Space colonisation is a fantastic dream hindered by one dilemma: there's a serious lack of oxygen in the... Universe. However, due to recent advancements by a Royal...
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Mad-made leaf could make spaceThe first mad-made leaf has been created, literally opening up a world of possibilities. Space colonisation is a fantastic dream hindered by one dilemma: there's a serious lack of oxygen in the... Universe. However, due to recent advancements by a Royal...
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How Much Do Publications PayWho Pays Photographers? is a Tumblr dedicated to demystifying at least some of the compensation standards held by many editorial clients throughout the world. As photographers, one of the most... difficult aspects of using it as a form of income is determining what is and isn't deemed appropriate compensation for our work. An almost taboo […]
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Amazon Finally Explains Why It's Fighting A Big Publisher

The Huffington Post - 30 Jul 2014 19:08
Amazon Finally Explains WhyAmazon is finally opening up about its fight with publisher Hachette. The two companies have been embroiled in contentious negotiations over e-book pricing for months. Until now, no one was talking... about the specifics of the deal. In a post on the Kindle forum Tuesday afternoon, Amazon said it wants to lower the price of most e-books it sells to $9.99. Thirty percent of the sale would go to Amazon, 35 percent to the author, and the remaining 35 percent would go to the publisher. "A key objective is lower e-book prices," the message, signed by the Amazon Books Team, said. The company added that $14.99 and $19.99 for e-book titles are "unjustifiably high" prices because the digital books don't have the same printing, warehousing, transportation or other costs bound books do. "E-books can be...
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Business secretary Vince Cable announced today that the law is to be changed to allow self-piloting cars, like Google's, on Britain's roads by January 2015
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Weird Orbits of Alien PlanetsSome of the oddly skewed orbits of many alien worlds may be due to the twin stars they are often found circling, a new study suggests.
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Looks Like Samsung's WorkingWhat with Android watches, other Android watches , Tizen watches , and fitness-tracker watches , Samsung has tried pretty much everything watch-y. But it's not over yet. Newly found patents make it... look like Samsung is also keen on that round style.
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Early Earth: A Battered,Cosmic bombardment of the early Earth repeatedly covered the planet's surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution... of life, scientists say.
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SocialRank rolls out 'graphWhen Facebook launched Graph Search, it was such a big deal that the company dedicated an entire live press event to the occasion. And yet, now 18 months later, the product has hardly lived up to the... hype and iw largely an afterthought for most users. Whether it's a function of the size of the data set or Facebook's concern over user privacy (seems unlikely), the company simply missed the […]
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Double Star Is Forming PlanetsThe binary system HK Tauri's 'wildly misaligned' discs of dust and gas may help explain why some exoplanets have eccentric orbits around their Suns. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... (ALMA) imaged the system. More: ://goo.gl/XMR3Hz
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How the Moon Got Its Lemon Shape

SPACE.com - 30 Jul 2014 19:03
How the Moon Got Its LemonTidal forces exerted during the solar system's youth can explain most of the moon's large-scale topography, including its slight lemon shape, reports the study, which was published online today (July... 30) in the journal Nature.
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Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies'

Miami Herald - 30 Jul 2014 19:03
A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called conservative Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.
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A look at the EU's new sanctions against Russia

Miami Herald - 30 Jul 2014 19:03
A look at the EU's newThe European Union's sanctions against Russia are bound to inflict pain on the country's ailing economy. While still narrowly targeted, they come as a warning shot to convince Moscow to change its... Ukraine policies or face even tougher penalties.
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James Inhofe Slammed on Global Warming

Bad Astronomy - 30 Jul 2014 19:01
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is more than just a global warming denier. He's a conspiracy theorist (calling warming a "hoax") and, shockingly, hugely funded by the oil industry. Reading things he's... said about global warming is like perusing a denier's playbook of nonsense. So this story comes as no surprise to me, even as it elicits a long sigh: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) submitted a resolution simply acknowledging that global warming exists and poses a threat to the interests of the United States--which it does, on both counts. Of course Inhofe blocked it. Inhofe's action was so egregious, so ridiculous, that Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) took to the floor and magnificently schooled him on reality. Watch: It should be said that Whitehouse is a new hero of mine. Inhofe's stance is...
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Powerful new patent serviceThe Patent Office is a huge trove of ideas and knowledge but much of that information has been hard to obtain. A startup's powerful visual and analytics tool could change that. Powerful new patent... service shows every US invention, and a new view of R&D relationships originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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Modbook Pro X recreatesMacBook-to-tablet convertor Modbook is back with a new model, the Modbook Pro X, turning the latest MacBook Pro into a pen-enabled graphics powerhouse for designers and artists. Building on the... 15.4-inch Pro which Apple updated yesterday, the new Modbook slate repositions the 2880 x 1800 Retina display into a new form-factor complete with shortcut keys on the back. Modbook calls …
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Follow-up to the Modbook and Modbook Pro is just a Kickstarter project, for now.
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The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full... OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that…
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Google promises to makeGoogle Hangouts has had a significant batch of updates for enterprise users. Hangouts are now supported just the same as all of the other Google Apps for Business, which includes terms of service,... certifications, and 99.9% guaranteed uptime. Third-party solutions providers now have a bunch of extra utilities available to extend Hangouts further in business. Admins can now remotely start, mute, and end a meeting, in addition to managing other Google Apps from their dedicated console.
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'Modbook Pro X' Tablet BasedModbook, the company with a history of offering pen-based Mac tablets using the internals of Apple's notebooks, is announcing a new Kickstarter campaign today to support the launch of a new Modbook... Pro X based on the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The $150,000 campaign will allow users to send in their own machines for conversion at $1999 or reserve complete systems directly from Modbook starting at $3999. An innovative computer modification product, the Modbook Pro X incorporates the original hardware of a Retina-display Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch base system running the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. The expansive drawing and writing surface of the Modbook Pro X has a scratch-resistant ForceGlass screen with paper-emulating texture that covers a crisp, clear 15.4-inch Retina display...
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Modbook announces $4k 15-inchFollowing up the last Modbook Pro tablet the company is currently selling made from a converted mid-2012 MacBook Pro, today Modbook is back with the announcement of a 15-inch ModBook tablet that uses... the new Retina MacBooks Apple just refreshed this week as its guts. For those of you unfamiliar with the company, it first […]
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Samsung to unveil the metalSamsung’s first metal smartphone is reportedly releasing in less than a week, but don’t get too excited -- it’s not going to be as great as you hoped. SamMobile reports that the upcoming Galaxy... Alpha is going to be unveiled on August 4th, or roughly a month before Samsung takes the wraps off its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 4. But wait, why wouldn’t Samsung just unveil both at the same time? Largely because the Galaxy Alpha won’t be all that much to write home about compared to the Note 4. SamMobile says that from a hardware perspective, the Alpha will basically be a watered down Galaxy S5 with a a 4.8-inch 720p display, 32GB storage and a fingerprint scanner, among other
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The shape of the moon deviates from a simple sphere in ways that scientists have struggled to explain. A new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz shows that most of the moon's overall shape can be... explained by taking into account tidal effects acting early in the moon's history.
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Young binary star system mayUnlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs--two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where... planets form in such complex environments.
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Mapping the optimal routeAs a quantum state collapses from a quantum superposition to a classical state or a different superposition, it will follow a path known as a quantum trajectory. For each start and end state there is... an optimal or "most likely" path, but it is not as easy to predict the path or track it experimentally as a straight-line between two points would be in our everyday, classical world.
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Earlier this month TUAW published a review of the IK Multimedia iKlip Xpand, a wonderful accessory for musicians that makes it simple to mount an iPad onto a music or microphone stand. Today, IK... Multimedia announced iKlip Stage for iPad (free with...
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ALMA Finds Double Star withESO Top News: Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri.... These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star. The new result also helps to explain why so many exoplanets -- unlike the planets in the Solar System -- came to have strange, eccentric or inclined orbits. The results will appear in the journal Nature on 31 July 2014.
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Modbook, the company behind those aftermarket Apple tablets, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Modbook Pro X. After paying a pre-order price of $1,999 today, backers... will be able to convert their own Retina MacBook Pros...
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Pigeon paradox reveals quantum cosmic connections

New Scientist - 30 Jul 2014 19:00
A thought experiment has exposed a new kind of quantum link that could connect every particle in the universe, all the time
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Leaving Earth made the moon lemon-shaped

New Scientist - 30 Jul 2014 19:00
The moon has odd lemon-like bulges on each side. A new model shows they were caused by the pull of Earth's gravity when the moon was young
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[This is an advertorial. Maclife gets a portion of each unit sold.] Being a designer with digital tools enables you to create all kinds of amazing work. There's just one problem: You're connected to... the internet at all times, and it's equally great at providing inspiration and distractions. If you need help putting blinders on and getting your work done, then you'll love the Productive Design Mac Bundle. It's on sale in our latest Deal. If you need help focusing on your work, then the tools in the Productive Design Mac Bundle is exactly what you're looking for. It's packed with Mac apps that will not only help you get your work done, but will help you learn new skills along the way. From helping organize all your files and photos to creating new works with unique styles, this bundle has a...
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Teens love vacation selfies; adults, not so much

Miami Herald - 30 Jul 2014 18:58
Teens love vacation selfies;Jacquie Whitt's trip to the Galapagos with a group of teenagers was memorable not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a... "selfie fest."
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What Is 'La French Tech' Supposed To Do?

TechCrunch - 30 Jul 2014 18:57
What Is 'La French Tech' Less than two months ago, French president François Hollande made a speech in front of the tech community at the Élysée to show his commitment to La French Tech. As a reminder, La French Tech is... a publicly funded initiative to promote French startups under a single brand in France and abroad — or at least, that was the plan. For the last few days, sources have told me that the…
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Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, a “Pinterest for creative types,” which offered an online collaboration service that allowed users to organize their projects, including not only images, but... also articles, files, videos, and other content, and share that content with others. The Barcelona-based company was founded last year, and had a team of just over a half-dozen in both…
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Starting today in New YorkUnder the law, companies with at least five employees are required to provide each worker with up to five days of paid sick leave each year.
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Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareActivision has unveiled the now-expected lineup of tiered special editions for their upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, all available for pre-order at its website. The post Call of... Duty: Advanced Warfare special editions revealed appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Breaking news in the socialFrom Reddit’s catastrophic witch hunt in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing to the deluge of fake images and reports during Hurricane Sandy, social media has turned every breaking news event... into a playground of misinformation. Most recently, the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 prompted all manner of false reports, like that dozens of Americans had died, shared even by otherwise reputable journalists. Many individuals and organizations have tried to […]
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Twitter acquires Madbits forThe microblogging platform snaps up Madbits, a startup focused on computer vision and dynamic search technology.
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These hidden iOS tricks willWhen using your iOS device, you can get used to doing things the same way, day after day. But sometimes there are more efficient ways of getting things done with your iPhone or iPad. In today’s... video, we show you…
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Solve Airport Security Lines, Win $5,000

Mashable - 30 Jul 2014 18:49
The Transportation Security Administration is taking suggestions for how to improve airport security lines, and they're even offering a reward. The TSA must be as frustrated as most passengers by... delayed security lines, because the agency is offering a total of $15,000 for the best ideas to improve the system. The top submissions from the public will win at least $2,500 from that pot, with the best idea earning at least $5,000. See also: One Man's Night 'All By Himself' at the Airport Becomes Hilarious Music Video The agency spends significant resources looking for ways to improve, and speeding up the lines is an obvious and transparent way to improve customer service.
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Deals: 7200RPM External,The HGST Touro is one of the only 7200 RPM external hard drives out there, and the 1TB model is only $60 today, which is as cheap as we've ever seen it.
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Ask Ford's Top AutomotiveAmko Leenarts has been the head of interior design at Ford Motor Co. since 2012. He's the one guiding the look of Ford's car interiors worldwide. And he's here in Gizmodo's comment section to answer... your questions about car design, dashboard tech, and the future of the automobile. Come ask away.
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'Sharknado 2' Is Set To BreakLast year, the buzz around "Sharknado" blew us all away, and now that the sequel is upon us, star Ian Ziering warned the "nerds" over at Twitter headquarters, to get "those servers backed up because a... storm is coming ... and it's a huge 'Sharknado' wave," he told Mashable. Reports say that the first "Sharknado" generated more than 600,000 tweets mere hours after it aired, peaking at more than 5,000 tweets per minute, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To put it in perspective, some numbers indicate that's more than double the Red Wedding episode of "Game of Thrones." Now, with "Sharknado 2: The Second One" adding even more famous names like Vivica A. Fox, Kari Wuhrer and Mark McGrath and going all out on promotions with dedicated programing on Syfy, a Comic-Con panel and more, this time...
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Xiaomi's One More Thing

TechCrunch - 30 Jul 2014 18:42
Xiaomi's One More Thing The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the... most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple.
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The Sony SLT-A77 II is that company's latest DSLR using translucent mirror technology. With a 24MP CMOS sensor, it has a newly-designed 79-point AF system and offers 12fps continuous shooting with... autofocus. That's all very impressive on paper, but what's it like in the real world? We've pulled together a sample gallery and added it to our a77 II First Impressions Review. See gallery
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The 'right to be forgotten'A House of Lords committee has slammed the "right to be forgotten" ruling of Europe's top court, as well as the interpretation of the concept that's in the new Data Protection Directive. The “right... to be forgotten” can’t work on the internet, UK Lords argue originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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The CRM giant takes a pulse check on its Marketing Cloud platform one year after the $2.5B acquisition of ExactTarget.
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Get a recycle bin for yourMiss the ability to recover files you've accidentally deleted when using Android? Check out this app.
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West Virginia editorial roundup

Miami Herald - 30 Jul 2014 18:38
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:
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Why 3 Countries, and Not theWhat about users living in the United States?
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Yahoo Finance updated with newYahoo has released a new version of its Finance app for iPhone and iPad featuring the addition of a new tab bar for quicker navigation and other visual changes. The update still features the basement... view on the left as well as the search view for adding stocks to your watch list on the right, […]
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Deep Silver AcquiresKoch Media will develop the new 'Homefront' title after acquiring it from the struggling 'Crysis 3' developer.
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A Letter to My 18 Year OldDear Eric, You are 18 years old. You just got a point and shoot digital camera from Mom as a high school graduation present. You are super excited, as you never had a camera before. A lot of exciting... things will happen in your life surrounding photography. I wanted to write this letter to you […]
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The Vocca Light Switch Is A Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone,... opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device. But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch?
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Today on New Scientist

New Scientist - 30 Jul 2014 18:36
All the latest on newscientist.com: fracking in national parks, a search for genetic superheroes, rogue wave disasters, killer sperm and more
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Want to test pre-releaseBlackBerry fans, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. In a memo sent to some customers earlier this week, BlackBerry announced that its most loyal users will soon be able to test pre-release... BlackBerry products ahead of launch. The program is open to a limited number of BlackBerry device owners who are registered in the free BlackBerry Beta Zone, which currently has more than 400,000 registered members. BlackBerry’s full email to Beta Zone members, which was published earlier this week by CrackBerry, follows below. We’re excited to announce that in the near future we will be initiating an exciting new beta program for BlackBerry 10 devices! Based on your participation in past betas you look like you would be
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Sprint Is Offering Super-CheapIn the latest example of a wireless carrier offering unique but controversial data plans
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Three Uses For Spotify ThatSpotify is the world's best-known music streaming service, but music isn't the only content you can find on the platform if you're prepared to do some digging around. There's a ton more available, if... you know where to find it.
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FreedomPop brings free voice,Bring your own device or buy an iPad or Galaxy Tab and enjoy a generous helping of monthly service.
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A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.
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In the US, prepaid cellphone service tends to be a like-it-or-leave-it proposition that rarely fits perfectly, especially for families. Virgin Mobile may have a smarter approach in store; it's... launching Custom, a prepaid family plan that lets you...
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The search giant thinks there's even more reasons to meet face-to-face, thanks to improvements in its video-chat Google Hangouts features.
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The Autonomous Robotic GutterOwning a piece of landed property is fine and dandy, and more often than not, preferable to living in the sky in the form of a condominium or a luxury apartment. Having said that, at least you pay... maintenance fees to a condominium's management so that they keep the general areas clean and nice. A house, however, would require you to perform inspections yourself as to whether places need cleaning ...
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[From EntertainmentTell] Hallmark Channel's "Cedar Cove Season One" offers a relaxing yet complex presentation of small-town life.
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During this hottest season in Beijing, hundreds of scientists from all over the world gathered at the Institute of High Energy Physics (IHEP) to announce the establishment of the International... Collaboration of the Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory (JUNO). Neutrinos are elementary particles that constitute our matter world. They have many peculiar properties, such as oscillation, which means one type of neutrinos may become another type during the flight. In past years, many new discoveries about neutrinos were announced, including the discovery by reactor experiments of a new type of neutrino oscillation, denoted by the neutrino oscillation parameter theta one-three. The JUNO experiment will study other neutrino-related problems, one of which is the mass hierarchy. This is to say,...
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The Government's RetirementIt's scary that once we retire we're supposed to live decades--maybe even 40 years or so--without a paycheck. The Department of Labor, Social Security Admininistration, and Centers for Medicare and... Medicaid want to help you plan for the kind of retirement you want.
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Slashdot - 30 Jul 2014 18:29
rtoz sends this news from the BBC: The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of... three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. ... The debate now is whether to allow cars, like the prototype unveiled by Google in May, to abandon controls including a steering wheel and pedals and rely on the vehicle's computer. Or whether, instead, to allow the machine to drive, but insist a passenger be ready to wrest back control at a moment's notice.
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Questions remain as to the eventual place in the new company of Finmeccanica, which is widely expected to purchase a majority stake in Avio SpA to give Finmeccanica the heft it needs to be a third... pillar in the joint venture.
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BMW takes M235i Coupe driftingWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade; when it hands you the keys to five brand new BMW 2 Series M235i Coupés and the empty streets of Cape Town, you go drifting. BMW's M-badged two-door may be... one of the smaller cars the company offers, but it's still capable of some mighty entertaining driving when you put a team of …
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The payments player is late to the embedded chip card game, but hopes competitive pricing will offset the lag.
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Xbox One to launch in China onThe console will bring with it more than 70 games, including exclusive content, free-to-play games, and "blockbuster" titles, says Microsoft.
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Google Glass enters operatingSurgeons in training at Stanford University add Google's Internet-connected headset to their list of at-hand surgical tools.
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Mobile payment company Square introduced on Wednesday a new reader that will accept chip cards, which are already popular outside the U.S. and are expected to hit it big stateside in the next few... years. Although the new reader looks strikingly similar to its previous model and still fits in your pocket, it's far more powerful: the reader will actually help users thwart off card fraud and protect sensitive data. See also: Inside Square's Massive New San Francisco Headquarters Square allows users (typically small business owners) to accept credit card payments via mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones. Now, the new white dongle is readying small businesses for EMV revolution in the U.S.
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Google Sends Hangouts to Work,More video chatting at the office.
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Shooting Challenge: Farmer's Market

Gizmodo - 30 Jul 2014 18:25
Shooting Challenge: Farmer'sThat's right. We're about to get all local-seasonal up in here. For this week's Shooting Challenge, go to your local farmers market and capture the produce, the culture, or the general scene as you... see fit.
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Lois Lerner Criticized GOP AsWASHINGTON (AP) -- A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called conservative Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. Lois Lerner headed the IRS... division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. The Michigan Republican says the emails show Lerner's "disgust with conservatives." In one email, Lerner called members of the GOP crazies. In the other, she called them "assholes." The committee redacted the wording to "_holes" in the material it...
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Samsung says "me too" with round smartwatch

Slash Gear - 30 Jul 2014 18:24
Samsung says 'me too' withThough not exactly following the design philosophies of Android Wear, Samsung appears to be rolling out plans for their next smartwatch collection in the round. A set of patents has appeared, filed... all the way back in March of 2014, readying Samsung for a more circular approach to the wearable game. What you'll find here is a charger on the …
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5 Cash-Saving Tech Tools

Time - 30 Jul 2014 18:24
5 Cash-Saving Tech ToolsSaving money is gratifying--plain and simple. And technology can make lining your pockets even easier. These five apps and websites help you put more dollars where they belong: in your wallet or bank... account. Find the Best Price: InvisibleHand This free browser extension for Firefox, Chrome and Safari tells you if the flight, hotel, rental…
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Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight is back on. After saying that he would cancel the project earlier this year after its script leaked online, Tarantino has slowly begun hinting that he was coming... back around to it, and others involved in the project have even suggested that it's preparing to start shooting. Now an ad in the film magazine Empire confirms as much, promoting the movie with a first poster and a premiere date of 2015. The ad also suggests, as the leaked script did, that Tarantino's upcoming western will shoot in 70mm, a rarely used higher-resolution format that results in some gorgeous images. The 2015 date might be ambitious given that The Hateful Eight doesn't appear to have started filming, but the ad is at least a...
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Like video chats but hate Google+?

Gizmodo - 30 Jul 2014 18:23
Like video chats but hate Google+? Good news: You no longer need to have Google+ to use Hangouts.
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Finally, an Orlando Bloom plot line everyone can all get behind Bloom allegedly tried, and failed, to punch Justin Bieber outside Cipriani Restaurant in Ibiza, Spain on Wednesday, TMZ reports. The... fight began when Bieber yelled "What's up, bitch?" at Bloom, who then confronted the 20-year-old pop star Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. See also: Here's What Happens When Justin Bieber Follows You On Twitter While no one can say for sure what started the feud, there are several rumors circulating that Bieber and Bloom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr, a Victoria's Secret model, briefly dated in 2012, while Kerr was still married. Paparazzi have also caught Bloom hanging out with Bieber's ex Selena Gomez
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BlackBerry hints at redesignBlackBerry's president says to expect a more native app experience for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android.
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Best Buy dreams of laptopA couple years ago, few people would have bet on the laptop as the savior for an ailing tablet market. But that's what Best Buy seems to be counting on as tablet sales fall flat. "The tablets boomed... and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months," Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told Re/code. "But I think the laptop has something of a revival because it's becoming more versatile." Although Joly didn't provide any numbers, IDC estimates that worldwide tablet sales grew by just 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, down from 60 percent growth between 2012 and 2013. Apple was hit the hardest last quarter, as iPad sales fell by 9.3 percent over the last year, but rival Samsung's growth was essentially flat, and Amazon didn't even appear on the list of top...
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Amazon offers Prime membersIn return for free, "no-rush" shipping, Prime users can score a $1 toward an Amazon Instant video.
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[From GadgeTell] How about a wireless mouse that also is a wireless scanner? An intriguing idea, and one now seeking crowdfunding.
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University of Alabama chemist Robin Rogers imagines a future where shrimp shells could become more than a smelly seafood byproduct.
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This tiny Android projectorTouchPico is an Android-powered pico projector that's about the same size as the Galaxy S4, and it can turn any surface, including a wall, into a touch-friendly 80-inch screen. With 28 days left in... its Indiegogo campaign, the TouchPico has already raised more than $96,000 in pledges, topping its $55,000 funding goal. The trick component of the TouchPico that turns it into projector with a touchscreen display is the special infrared stylus accessory, whose movements are captured by the projector's camera and turned into actions on the projected screens. In addition to working like a touch-enabled Android desktop, or a large tablet, the TouchPico also lets users project content from other devices on a wall, including Macs and PCs. The device
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NEW DELHI — Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly... trapping many more people under debris, officials said. National rescue personnel reached the area before nightfall. But continuing rains and bad roads were hampering rescue efforts and preventing reinforcements from reaching Ambegaon, a village in Pune district in Maharashtra state, said Alok Avasthy, a National Disaster Response Force commander. See also: 6 Major Climate Change Myths, Debunked Rescuers planned to work overnight using floodlights mounted on two jeeps being sent from Pune along with earthmoving vehicles, according to Suresh Jadhav, a district official.
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US spy agency patents car seat for kids

Phys.org - 30 Jul 2014 18:10
Electronic eavesdropping is the National Security Agency's forte, but it seems it also has a special interest in children's car seats, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.
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What Tiny Drones Can Learn from Hummingbirds

Live Science - 30 Jul 2014 18:09
What Tiny Drones Can LearnImproving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird.
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Twitter shares surge 21% off earnings

USA Today - 30 Jul 2014 18:08
Twitter shares surge 21% offTwitter gained 16 million users in the second quarter.          
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Fake Apple ad campaignApple’s legendary iPod ads have been nothing less than iconic, but a California street artists has turned the famous marketing campaign into an anti-Obama parody ahead of the President’s visit to... area. President Obama just wrapped up a quick fundraising…
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I'm calling it now: The next Darwin Award will go to someone who is trying to take a selfie. The latest logic-defying stunt comes from the Fêtes de Bayonne in France this year. The five-day festival... includes running of the bulls, and the young man in the video apparently couldn't imagine participating without documenting the excitement. See also: Tour de France Cyclists Faced With a New Danger: Selfies In a comment on the YouTube video, a person who claims to be the selfie-taker, Francois Hofer, commented that he was thankful for the footage. He said the video was better than just the selfie itself.
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Google Glass heads to theCrowdOptic has announced it will offer its technology made for the Google Glass wearable computing device to the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, in order to... assist medical residents in how to perform surgeries.
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You Can Now Donate to"We accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every country in the world, and today, we're adding one more."
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NASA Holds Space Tech MissionNASA Breaking News: NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the activities of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate and how technology drives... exploration.
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Satellite Imagery Startup Raises $25 Million

Space News - 30 Jul 2014 18:05
Spire, formerly known as Nanosatisfi, has raised $25 million in Series A financing that it will use to expand its satellite and data networks as well as its staff, the San Francisco-based company... announced July 29. Spire, one of the new breed of Silicon Valley data companies leveraging small-satellite technology, has deployed four satellites to date, including the Lemur 1 cubesat that was launched in June aboard a Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket that carried 37 payloads to orbit. The company said the current demand for data will allow it to scale up to 50 satellites in the near future. The company, which has opened a second office in Singapore, says it has raised $29 million to date. The latest financing round was led by RRE Ventures, which specializes in early stage financing, and included...
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Nintendo's Financial StrugglesEven the smash hit Mario Kart 8 doesn't seem to be able to save Nintendo and its Wii U. The Japanese video game giant posted a loss of 9.92 billion yen ($96.7 million) between April and June,... according to its first fiscal quarter earnings report. Nintendo had a profit of 8.62 billion yen ($84 million)…
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FreedomPop's free data andThe selection is limited, but the price is right with FreedomPop's new tablet service offering. Just be sure to read the fine print.
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A new technology discovery by University of Texas Austin researchers is expected to set the stage for the next generation of hypersensitive hearing aids and potentially create intelligent... microphones which adaptively focus on conversations or sounds the wearer is interested in.
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The Weird, Eerie World ofThe best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion.
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Researchers have, for the first time, conducted a study under real conditions on the body clocks of members of an international polar research station. The researchers have shown that a particular... kind of artificial light is capable of ensuring that their biological rhythms are correctly synchronized despite the absence of sunlight.
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Netflix is testing a "private viewing" feature that lets users hide a movie or show from their viewing history In short: You can watch whatever you want without anyone ever finding out. #victory See... also: 6 Ways Your Smartphone Can Replace Your Entertainment Center Elliott confesses his love for Pretty Little Liars, among other shows, in the newest episode of Mashable Minute Earlier this week, we told you about Apple's "app-ocalypse." It's a real thing: Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
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Parkinson's disease (PD) patients may confront a common but largely unrecognized challenge: the occurrence of impulse control disorders (ICDs) such as compulsive gambling, sexual behavior, eating, or... spending. A team of investigators conducted a pilot study and found that the opioid antagonist naltrexone may be an effective treatment for diminishing ICD symptoms in PD patients.
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Unplug to Recharge theTwenty minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, lies Pendarvis Farm -- a pristine mix of meadows and Douglas Fir with miles of hiking trails and views of Mt. Hood. Sometimes our most disruptive... experiences have nothing to do with our use of technology. In this special episode of A TOTAL DISRUPTION we witness what happens when a key designer of the microchip applies all of his UX/UI insight into creating one of the most unique music festivals in the world. Each year, in the first week of August, Pendarvis Farm plays host to Pickathon, one of the most eclectic music festivals on the planet. "It's three days of no agenda, a total break at life. Nothing else to do but wander around, talk to people, and watch music," says Zale Schoenborn, who founded the festival sixteen years ago. An amateur...
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Many depressed preschoolersChildren diagnosed with depression as preschoolers are likely to suffer from depression as school-age children and young adolescents, new research shows. The investigators followed 246 children, now... ages 9 to 12, who were enrolled in the study as preschoolers when they were 3 to 5 years old. The children and their primary caregivers participated in up to six annual and four semiannual assessments. They were screened using a tool called the Preschool Feelings Checklist and evaluated using an age-appropriate diagnostic interview.
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State of the Art: Lytro'sThe Illum, made by Lytro, allows users to switch the focus between subjects after taking a photo, but it is hampered by some quirks.
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If you use Google+ Hangouts for your business, can officially drop the "Google+" part. Starting today for Google Apps users, the videoconferencing and messaging platform is just Hangouts now that the... company has fully integrated the services into its core Apps services, including Gmail and Google Drive. For business users, it means you no longer need a G+ profile to use hangouts — all you need is a Google account. See also: 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed Regular users will still need to use G+ to start a Hangout for now, but the divergence of Google+ and Hangouts fits with the trajectory of both services. Over the past year Google has moved to unite its many disparate communications tools — Google Talk, Google Chat, Google+ Messenger and others — under the Hangouts...
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There's a good reason you don't usually see Square readers outside of the US: they're built to read payment cards with magnetic stripes, not the more secure chip-and-PIN cards that are common... everywhere else. All that's set to change, however. Square...
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[From EntertainmentTell] I blame The Hangover for pushing Mike Tyson into comedic acting, but since his one dramatic turn on Law & Order: SVU led to a boycott and his run on Broadway ended, here we... are. Iron Mike's latest role will be playing a version of himself in Adult Swim's Mike Tyson Mysteries, an almost shot-for-shot remake of Scooby Doo. Except not really - the van is different, and the gang consists of an acerbic pigeon voiced by SNL alum and the genius behind Dirty Work, Norm MacDonald; a charmingly fey ghost played by Community's Jim Rash; and as the sensible, bespectacled Velma, MAD's Rachel Ramras.
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Hangouts now work withoutYou won't need a Google+ profile anymore to use Google's Hangouts video chat, thanks to new updates that aim to make the video conferencing platform more appealing to businesses. Hangouts now work... without Google+ account, Apps users get 15-person video chat originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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HTC outs August 19th launch:HTC will hold an event on August 19th in New York City, where the recently rumored Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8 may well make its official debut. Invitations to the launch were sent out... this morning, and come amid speculation over the past few days of a "One (W8) for Windows" handset that would build on the …
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PayPal's 'Bill Me Later' Touting its increasing focus on credit products for both consumers and small businesses, PayPal today announced it is rebranding its Bill Me Later service as “PayPal Credit,” while that and its... PayPal Working Capital business loans service are now destined for international expansions. PayPal Credit is soon being rolled out to the U.K. and Germany, while PayPal Working Capital…
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Your Jawbone can share yourIt's not just your phone -- your fitness devices can be used to track your location as well, according to a new study from Symantec. Your Jawbone can share your location and your fitness app can leak... your data originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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[GamerTell] I want a Gundham Tanaka game

Technology Tell - 30 Jul 2014 18:00
[From GamerTell] Gundham Tanaka is the "real" star of Danganronpa 2 and he totally deserves his own game.
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Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography. Taking great photos with this camera has a different set of rules, a different guiding... principle. Forget the rule of thirds; shoot for depth. Frame from below, because it makes everything look more dramatic. And most of all, stop half-pressing the damn shutter and expecting something to happen. Focusing doesn't matter anymore. The Illum is Lytro's second product, but its first real...
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Hangouts Now Works Without Say what you want about Google+, but it incubated two great products at Google: Hangouts for video meetings and Google+ Photos. While Photos is still deeply integrated with Google+, Hangouts is... starting to grow up and it’s shedding some of its Google+ past today. Until now, for example, you had to have a Google+ account to use Hangouts. Starting today, that requirement is gone. Anybody…
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Chinese SWAT Member andAs a SWAT officer, Hou Weilin needs to be constantly prepared for any situation that may arise. Thus, when his fiancée, Li Jinyang, wanted to get engagement photographs, he was unable to do so in a... studio setting, where he'd be too far distanced from his equipment and gear, should a situation arise. As a […]
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: DesignBe sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can't miss deals: You get the following for... $39.99 ($900+ value)   Ember ($50) - Easily capture and organize screenshots - then sync across Apple devices Pixa ($25) - Top image management & sharing app Poser 10 […]
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NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to discuss the activities of the agency's Space Technology Mission Directorate and how technology drives exploration.
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Learn How to Eat Well on Just $35 a Week

Life Hacker - 30 Jul 2014 18:00
Learn How to Eat Well on JustFood tends to be one of our biggest budget items , but even with a limited income you can still eat well. Software developer (and avid runner) Erik August Johnson is sharing his $35 a week food... experiment to show us how to frugally shop and eat.
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Google makes Chromebox forIn a sign that its Chromebox for Meetings videoconferencing solution is alive