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Location American Technology News for 30 Mar 2014

Add The Final Touch to YourThis Cult of Mac Deals offer features a must-have set of icons for all your designing needs. With three different sets of icons available, you have the necessities to make any webpage unique and give... that hand-drawn personal touch. The…
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While Pluto might have been stripped of its full planetary status, thanks to a shift in official definitions, a newly discovered planetoid could actually hint at the existence of a "super-Earth" in... the far reaches of our solar system. The ball of...
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Kickstarted app aims to help folks capture the songs they hear in their heads.
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Google clamps down on AndroidGoogle has issued revised rules for Google Play apps in its continuing effort to stay one step ahead of nefarious developers. This time, the primary target is apps with pop-up ads that spoof a system,... service or app notification and trick you into...
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Compared with Harold Edgerton's electronic stroboscope, the mechanical shutters on even the fastest cameras moved at a glacial pace.
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When Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard in October 2012, it left a trail of devastation and heartache in its wake. Now, the U.S. government is considering a multibillion-dollar plan to build... artificial islands off the coast of New York and New Jersey to cushion their densely populated coasts from future storms.
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Watch The Apple Store TakeConsidering their nearly ubiquitous status in retail cuture, it’s easy to forget that the Apple Store is a relatively new creation. Although Apple brought in over $7 billion in revenue last... quarter across 400 physical locations, the first one was…
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Apple's New Patent Wants ToSick of colliding with lampposts and the elderly whilst walking and texting? A new Apple patent for ‘Transparent Texting’ might be right up your alley, using your iPhone’s video... camera to pipe through a live feed of what’s happening in…
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Why are tech companies trying[commentary] Google Glass and Oculus Rift may be the future, but they aren't about connecting me to a better world. They want me to believe computers are better than the world....     
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Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface... material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer. The modified material can reliably operate at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius.
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After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker.... Replying to a blog post by chiptune musician Peter Berkman, Carmack says he "wasn't expecting Facebook" to purchase the company he joined last August. "I wasn't personally involved in any of the negotiations," he adds, "I spent an afternoon talking technology with Mark Zuckerberg, and the next week I find out he bought Oculus."
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Three Expedition 39 Flight Engineers, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Steve Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of... Roscosmos, enter the International Space Station for a welcoming ceremony after a...
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Interesting. There's potential to help fine-tune work environments to make employees happier and, presumably, more productive. There's a big brother aspect to this. Hopefully, the "Don't be evil"... motto is still in effect at Google.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Technology is great but, when it comes to awesome, nothing can beat nature. Just look at Duncan Lou Who, the famous boxer who got his two back legs amputated because of a genetic malformation. He... learned to walk with his two arms--and this video shows he's now running faster than ever.
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London dig reveals newMolars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death -- and of its victims.
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Fast Company: Decluttr buys anything--because that's their business model. They will literally buy any CD, DVD, or video game you want to mail them. And they pay the postage, too. Might be a way to... get rid of all that old media you have no use for.∞ Read this on The Loop
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The business of building roller coasters

The Loop - 30 Mar 2014 01:08
Priceonomics: Perhaps no other creation in history has navigated the divide between terror and unadulterated joy as skillfully as the roller coaster. Since these "scream machines" were introduced... nearly 250 years ago, they have brought millions to tears in all capacities. As one roller coaster designer told us, anonymously: "My job is basically to get as close to making people poop their pants as possible, then have them step off in ecstasy and want to go again." I've always loved roller coasters. One of my biggest regrets while I was living in the US was not getting to the sixteen roller coasters of Cedar Point, Ohio.∞ Read this on The Loop
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Cleaner than electric? Mazda(Phys.org) --Auto-focused sites are buzzing over a recent report in Autocar, reporting Japanese automobile manufacturer Mazda's future gasoline engine technology, which will reduce carbon dioxide... emissions below the amount generated to power electric cars.
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Turkish court backs TwitterIn a second ruling against Turkey's ban on Twitter, a Turkish court has overturned an order for the social media network to remove an account that accuses a former minister of corruption, reports said... Saturday.
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Rail link is new 'silk road'It is one of the world's longest railways--an approximately 11,000-kilometre "modern-day silk road" that traverses Russia and Kazakhstan to link a megacity in the heart of China with a key commercial... hub in western Germany.
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BlackBerry: Call It a Comeback (Maybe)

Mashable - 30 Mar 2014 23:57
BlackBerry surprised Wall Street on Friday by beating the already admittedly low-end estimates for its fourth quarter. BlackBerry's numbers were dismal — but not that dismal. In fact, the... company's stock has risen about 24% over the last three months, as some investors have been sold on a comeback story. So does BlackBerry have a shot? The company's CEO, John Chen, has given BlackBerry a 50% chance of coming back. Some investors apparently think those are good odds, especially with Chen at the helm. After all, when he led Sybase in 1997, research firm Gartner predicted a 70% chance of that company's death at the time.
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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Guardian reports that a million jars of peanut butter are going to be dumped in a New Mexico landfill and bulldozed over after retailer Costco refused to... take shipment of the peanut butter and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons. The peanut butter comes from a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a salmonella outbreak in 2012 and although 'all parties agreed there's nothing wrong with the peanut butter from a health and safety issue,' court records show that on a 19 March conference call Costco said 'it would not agree to any disposition ... other than destruction.' The product was tested extensively and determined to be safe....
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Judge Koh smacks down Google, Intel, Apple and Adobe Silicon Valley companies will be lining up in front of Judge Lucy Koh to defend themselves over their notorious anti-poaching agreements at the end... of May, after the judge denied their attempt to have the case tossed out....
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Microsoft’s big reorg last year left Terry Myerson in charge of Windows, and three Windows executives sidelined without jobs. The big changes came around six months after former Windows... chief Steven Sinofsky departed the company in a surprise shakeup following the Windows 8 release. Two of the sidelined executives, Jon DeVaan and Grant George, left last year, and the third — Antoine Leblond — is leaving Microsoft this week. Recode reports that Leblond, who has worked at Microsoft for 25 years, will leave the company after Monday, just days before the Build developer conference he has typically presented at over the years. Leblond worked on Microsoft Office for 20 years, with a lot of time spent working alongside Steven...
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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans... beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here).
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