Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Gran Turismo 5 kicks off final online event; free GT6 rides up for grabs

On May 31, online services for Gran Turismo 5 will come to an end. To celebrate the 2010 PlayStation 3 release, developer Polyphony Digital will host a special online event. The celebration will consist of two stages: first with a focus on the Mazda...-> read more

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Become the Ultimate Fighter in EA Sports UFC's career mode

EA dished out some details today on EA Sports UFC's career mode, which will drop created fighters into the game's version of the UFC's popular reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Participating in the TUF tournament lands players on a team...-> read more

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Craft your own paper Journey traveler

If anyone would know how to make an adorable hooded traveler out of paper, it's the art director for Journey, Matt Nava. Nava created a step-by-step guide to crafting your own traveler, oragami-style, and developer thatgamecompany shared it with the...-> read more

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Take a free shot at Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer this weekend

Those of you scratching your heads in bewilderment as to why so many people buy each new installment of Activision's Call of Duty will have a chance to get in on the action themselves at the always attractive price of "free." From May 2 until May 5,...-> read more

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Soup's on: Outlast's Whistleblower DLC cooks up a bloody trailer

It may look like a damning indictment of socialized health care - not to mention food preparation standards - but the above footage is actually the launch trailer for Whistleblower, a DLC expansion slated to reach survival horror hit Outlast on May...-> read more

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A single drop of seawater hides all these icky microscopic creatures

We know the ocean is home to some of the weirdest looking monsters on the planet. It's a big place, after all. But did you know that a single drop of seawater is also home to alien-looking critters too? They're just invisible to us because they're microscopic. Once you get closer, all these creepy things start coming out!Read more...-> read more

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Data Hidden Inside of Music Could Soon Stream Right to Your Smartphone

Your religious neighbor may have been wrong about the satanic messages hidden in your new-fangled rock music, but researchers at Disney have figured out a very real way to hide data within songs. In a new study, they explain how the next concert or movie you go to could broadcast content to your phone through sound.Read more...-> read more

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This R2-D2 toy is so detailed that you can use it in the new Star Wars

The detail on this 1:6 scale R2-D2 figurine is pretty much insane, especially since this type of toys are mostly, if not completely, static. Not this one. Everything opens and lights up in this R2-D2. It's pretty damn cool. Check out this video.Read more...-> read more

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LeapFrog's Kid Fitness Watch: A Tamagotchi That Gets Kids Off the Couch

Fitness trackers are basically a grown-up excuse to mess around with a gadget under the guise of self-betterment. But why should adults have all the fun? Kids' electronics maker LeapFrog just unveiled the LeapBand, a wrist-worn fitness tracker that encourages kids to get up and do stuff. Read more...-> read more

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Duck and Cover Chic: The 1956 Uniform For the End of the World

I was flipping through some old copies of the Sunday newspaper insert American Weekly (as one does) when I came across these amazing images from 1956. New uniforms for the ladies of civil defense!Read more...-> read more

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Get to Know 63 Styles of Graphic Design With One Simple Poster

This one goes out to anyone who's ever fumbled and bluffed their way through a conversation about graphic design without the foggiest notion about differences between Bauhaus and British Arts and Crafts. The unrelenting creative team at Pop Chart Lab put together this handy—and quite handsome—crib sheet; an at-a-glance breakdown of styles through the ages. Read more...-> read more

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The US government is using social media to battle terrorist regimes

The United States government puts hundred of billions toward military spending to fighting terrorism each year, but it's also putting social media to work combating Al-Qaeda and other extremists. In a report released today, the US State Department...-> read more

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LeapFrog's latest gadget for kids is a Tamagotchi-Fitbit mashup

Look, we get it: wearable tech is big business these days. We also get that childhood obesity is a serious problem. That's why it's literally no surprise that the folks at Leapfrog are jumping on the nascent child wearables bandwagon with the...-> read more

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Bloomberg: Sprint planning a bid for T-Mobile this summer

Those longstanding rumors of Sprint hoping to buy T-Mobile USA may soon come to fruition: Bloomberg sources claim that Sprint has met with six lending banks in preparation for a takeover bid. There aren't any financing deals in place just yet,...-> read more

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Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin...-> read more

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Windows will let you search your computer using everyday language

If you've ever searched a computer's apps or settings, you know how frustrating it can be to guess the keywords you'll need to get a result -- why can't you just say what you want and let the PC figure it out? Microsoft must have asked itself that...-> read more

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Windows Phone 8.1's new apps let you make reading lists and bite-sized movies

The perks for Windows Phone 8.1's early users just keep on coming. Microsoft has posted versions of two desktop Windows 8.1 apps, Movie Moments and Reading List, that are built solely for its new mobile OS. Reading List is arguably the bigger of the...-> read more

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Photographer uses drone to create military-style landscapes of America

Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer with an eye for reframing perspectives -- particularly those we're more used to seeing in modern conflict. The image above is taken from a 16-page photo essay featured in April's Harper's Magazine (incidentally,...-> read more

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Why I Sued Google (and Won) [Updated]

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-greenspan/why-i-sued-google-and-won_b_172403.html


This is the first article in a two-part series.
Like most Americans, I use Google's search engine several times a day without so much as a second thought. It was only in 2007 that my company's relationship with Google, Inc. temporarily escalated to that of a full-fledged customer, when Think Computer Corporation became yet another a Google AdWords advertiser. (AdWords advertisements appear on the right side of the main Google search results.) Sadly, the several ad campaigns we tried during this brief experiment failed miserably to bring in any new revenue, and so I personally went back to being just another user of Google's search service -- at least until March, 2008. That's when my company signed up for the flip side of Google's advertising juggernaut: AdSense. In anticipation of a new product, Think had acquired a brand new domain name that was unexpectedly receiving a high volume of internet traffic. Instead of paying Google for Think's ads, I thought it might make more sense for Think to get paid for displaying Google's.
Everything went according to plan until 11:00 A.M. on December 9, 2008. With a single click, a faceless Google employee decided that Think Computer Corporation's membership in the AdSense program "posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers," and the account was disabled with no warning. Trying to sign into the AdSense management site brought not the familiar user interface, with its limited account payment records and reports (including what Google currently owed Think, which amounted to approximately $721.00), but the following unhelpful statement, and nothing more:
Your AdSense account for this login is currently disabled. We recommend checking your email inboxes for any messages we may have sent you regarding your account status. Sometimes our messages can be caught by email filters, so please be sure to check the Bulk/Spam folders of your email accounts as well.
If your account was disabled for invalid click activity, please visit our Disabled Account FAQ for more information.
Return to AdSense home.
Knowing only that I was somehow posing "a significant risk" to advertisers, I e-mailed Google to ask about exactly what had happened. An errant automated response told me that my records could not be found. Going back and using the on-line appeal form on the AdSense web site similarly yielded no result; not even a confirmation that the appeal had been received. In the appeal I offered to send Google hundreds of pages of log files to prove that no fraud had taken place, but no one replied.
More than once, I tried calling Google at its corporate offices in Mountain View. Invariably the person on the other end of the line sounded like they were approximately my age, and there's a chance I might have even gone to college with some of them, but despite all of those similarities the difference in bureaucratic flexibility could not have been more vast. While I was capable of authorizing any action on behalf of my company, Google's overachieving receptionists were not even permitted to transfer my phone call to AdSense customer service. There was no AdSense customer service. Even if there had been, it would not have mattered much. I also couldn't be transferred to any of the engineers who worked on AdSense. Or product managers. Or executives. It made no difference that I was also a paying AdWords customer.
Trying a more aggressive approach, I tried instead to be transferred to the legal department. That, too, was not an option. Despite the clear existence of the legal department, I was told again and again that I was not allowed to speak with anyone in it. For the time being, I gave up.
Two days after the account was disabled, on December 11, 2008, Google's AdSense team posted a message on its blog introducing a new system called "AdSense for Domains." Unlike normal AdSense ("for Content," as it was then re-branded), AdSense for Domains was designed to be used by web sites that were effectively blank. When I had tried to sign up for it previously, given that my domain name needed exactly such a service, it had been "closed"--code for "available to a limited number of companies with large numbers of domain names." Now, I was once again enraged since Google could have easily allowed me to switch over to their new service if they had merely waited two days.
Another flurry of phone calls to the AdSense employees who had written on the corporate blog got me nowhere. I left voicemails about my disabled account diligently, to no avail. I even called AdWords customer support, intentionally asking for the wrong department to see if a real human being could help. These efforts netted a relatively quick e-mail rejection of my appeal form, and fairly unbelievable recordings of telephone calls with Google employee Adam C. When questioned, "Can I just ask in general why you guys have a support team for AdWords, but not AdSense?", the knowledgeable Mr C. replied, "I do not know." When asked, "Is there a project manager," he replied, "There's no one I'd be able to transfer you to." I was able to get an e-mail address for the legal department, so I e-mailed legal@google.com--and never received a reply. In the meantime, I tried to figure out what to do with my web site since I couldn't use AdSense anymore.
I found Sedo, a European company that had a contract with none other than--you guessed it--Google AdSense--to display advertisements on placeholder web sites. By signing up with Sedo, I could once again use AdSense, but with one small catch. Since Sedo was the middleman, my effective rate of payment per click was somewhere between 1/5,000th and 1/10,000th of what it had been previously. Despite all of its well-meaning claims about its Terms and Conditions, it appeared that Google was willing to pay for my web site traffic after all--so long as it wasn't me receiving the money.
I'd already posted once on the AdSense Forums, where thousands of AdSense partners regularly asked questions and voiced gripes about the program, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to post again, hoping someone from the Google legal team might see my concern. Again, there was no reply.
I looked up the profiles for the "AdSense Experts" who answered questions in their official roles as forum moderators. Each expert had a different crayon stick-figure picture, and (useless) information about their favorite food or town, but no contact information--not even an e-mail address. With undoubtedly hundreds of employees working on advertising alone, all of them completely unreachable except in heavily scripted contexts, Google's amazing money machine was starting to look a bit more like the type of Potemkin Village the parents of the company's founders had fled decades before.
I spoke with Adam C. of AdWords once more on the phone. After pointing out that in the United States of America, the accused are generally given the right to know both the crimes they are being accused of, and the identities of their accusers, Mr. C. responded by saying that such thinking did not apply to Google's terms of service. Effectively, Google's position was that it was above the law, and if not any law in particular, then at least the spirit of the law. Irked, I decided to find out if such a position was tenable.
On January 15, 2009, I walked over to the Santa Clara County courthouse in Palo Alto, which conveniently fell within the same county lines as Google's home of Mountain View, and filed a civil small claims lawsuit for $721.00--the amount Google owed Think when it disabled the account--using form SC-100. For a total of $40.00 in court fees, I arranged for Google, Inc. to be served by certified mail. The hearing was scheduled for March 2, 2009.
Since lawyers are not permitted in small claims court, Google instead sent Stephanie Milani, a Litigation Paralegal. During the short last-ditch-resolution period before the hearings on the afternoon schedule began, Ms. Milani argued that I must have done something wrong to deserve my fate. When I asked her what, she didn't know. The AdSense engineers had not told her.
"Google can terminate your account for any reason," she told me.
"Not any reason," I said. "Not because I have blue eyes. Or brown eyes." After being told to quiet down by the courtroom guard, we decided that we had reached an impasse, exchanged documents, and went back into the court room.
Arguing before that day's pro tempore judge, I pointed out that my company had done nothing wrong to deserve termination of the contract, that Google could not prove any wrongdoing, that Google's fraud detection algorithm was imperfect by definition (since one cannot intuit moral intent through mathematical analysis), that advertisers must already agree to bear risk as part of the AdWords terms and conditions (clause 5), and that Google had gone to great lengths (including eliminating the ability to view account records) to make it difficult to dispute anything--all while owing Think money. In fact, terminating accounts for "posing significant risk" just when they started to earn significant amounts of money seemed like a great way for Google to cut accounting liabilities in a difficult economic climate. After my explanation, the judge had a question.
"What was the reason Google gave you for disabling your account?"
"Beyond, 'posing a signficicant risk to advertisers,' they didn't give a reason." I said. "I don't know."
Google's Ms. Milani didn't know either. She argued that advertisers had already been refunded my $721.00, even if they hadn't asked for a refund. She claimed that Google could terminate accounts for any or no reason, and that I had agreed to such terms by signing up for AdSense in the first place. She even said that I'd admitted to violating the terms of service when I sent in my appeal form, because I had mentioned that my new domain name was only a placeholder site.
In fact, clause 6 of the AdSense for Content Terms and Conditions does not allow Google to terminate accounts for "no" reason--only "any" reason. Much to my amusement, the judge interrupted her to make a point that sounded familiar.
"But you couldn't terminate my account because of the color of my eyes, could you? I have brown eyes. You couldn't terminate my account because of that."
Ms. Milani reiterated her previous arguments, but the judge didn't buy them. "I don't think I have the power here in Palo Alto small claims court to make you reinstate his account, but I think you owe this young man $721," he said finally. "I think there might be money in Google's treasury for that."
In the end, printed on a baby blue sheet of paper by the clerk's aging dot matrix printer, the judgment was actually entered for $761.00 total, due to the $40.00 court costs. I couldn't help but to smile in front of the judge.
"But it's not fair!" Google's paralegal protested. "What if everyone whose account was canceled sued Google?"
It's a valid question. Yet until Google changes its policies to become more transparent, which might also reassure skeptics that AdWords and AdSense, which have oddly limited reporting capabilities, aren't just two sides of the same ponzi scheme (for why else would one want to terminate legitimate accounts with high monthly liabilities when they're supposed to be making money for Google on each click?)--I will give this answer:
Maybe everyone whose account was canceled, should.
Aaron Greenspan is President & CEO of Think Computer Corporation and the author of Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era.
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UPDATE:
Read the next article in this series, Why Google Bothered to Appeal a $761 Small Claims Case (and Won)

 

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

IRS kicking leaves tat bazaar with $6bn for potential buyouts Online tat bazaar eBay has copped a $3bn tax bill after bringing $9bn of cash held overseas back to the US. The firm hopes to use the remaining money to fund potential acquisitions at home.…-> read more

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PARTY TIME! MIT slips $100 to each student ... in Bitcoin

We'll wager 0.0189BTC it gets instantly converted into real money and spent at the bar Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will each be handed $100 of Bitcoin in a bid to create a crypto-currency economy within the university.…-> read more

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Red Hat snaps a Ceph-ie: Upstart Inktank gobbled for $175m

Red Hat clutches Gluster in one arm, beckons Ceph with wad of cash Open-source slinger Red Hat has bulked up its cloud storage arsenal by buying Inktank, the main developer of Ceph for about $175m in cash.…-> read more

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Fusion-io takes DIMM view of flash card ... Diablo goes for broke

Cheeky CEO parks his tanks on Fusion's lawn Fusion-io's chief operating officer Lance Smith is going around lancing the boil that is the flash DIMM – flash memory interfaced to a server's memory bus instead of its slower PCIe interface – but he's facing a challenge from Diablo Technologies.… -> read more

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

Mountain View advertising king scrambles to set record straight Google has denied allegations made by a self-styled “former Google employee” – who claimed he was ordered to take part in “theft of money” from “thousands upon thousands” of publishers using Google AdSense.…-> read more

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

Sandy Windjana almost ready to get up close and personal with US nuke truck NASA’s Curiosity team has signed off on the newest drilling site for the Martian rover – and plans to stick its third ever hole on the planet into the Windjana rock in the next few days.…-> read more

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

But oldsters are flocking to interwebulator 'cos of fondleslabs While some Brits appear keener than ever to access services via the internet, the proportion of people who completed government processes online at least once every three months dropped five percentage points in 2013 compared with a year earlier.…-> read more

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The Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh challenge: What's the point, exactly?

Malaria sucks, that's the point – and let us tell you how It's been an entertaining week so far for the El Reg Quid-a-Day Nosh Posse, as team members battle to survive on just £1 per day for food as part of the Live Below the Line challenge.… -> read more

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Ads bandog berates Virgin Media in BSkyB broadband bumf bust-up

Day 47 in the Big Telco House, and Sky's upset at claims about its package Virgin Media was successfully muzzled by rival BSkyB today – for failing to adequately explain the basis of a savings claim it made in a direct mail, and for omitting material that showed the differences between competing services.…-> read more

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' review: a step in the wrong direction

If the last decade saw superhero movies edging towards the overwrought and self-important, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may go too far in returning them to their silly, comic-bookish origins. While an improvement over its 2012 predecessor, director Marc Webb’s follow-up is populated with fan service and franchise bait, but leaves its actors — and the audience — foraging for anything resembling a human connection. The result is camp without conviction; a Batman & Robin-style scenery chewer in...-> read more

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Pixel Press review: this is what it’s like to draw a video game

When I was a kid, video games didn't end the moment I turned off the NES. If I wasn’t holding a controller, I had a pencil in my hand, furiously scribbling out maps of Hyrule or alien caves for Samus to explore in Metroid. But since I didn't know how to code and wasn't much of an artist, those ideas stayed in my notebook, and I never got to explore them on my television. For kids growing up today, though, that could be different. Last year a project called Pixel Press raised more than $100,...-> read more

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Installing the world's first electronic spine

In The Washington Post this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A chip in the man's brain will pick up motor signals, transmit them to a computer for decoding, and then beam those instructions to a strip of electrodes on the man's forearm, effectively...-> read more

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Hulu will allow free viewing on mobile this summer

Those who don't subscribe to Hulu will be able to watch it on more devices starting this summer. At an event in New York this morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced that the streaming service will begin letting viewers watch a selection of TV shows on mobile devices, rather than only allowing free viewing on the desktop. Hulu began to open up on mobile last year, but even today it still limits viewers to watching select clips, and not full episodes. Free episodes will arrive on Android...-> read more

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Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct announces Wii U bundle, free bonus game

Nintendo decided to blue shell your morning plans by publishing a new 36-minute video on Mario Kart 8, which is coming to the Wii U on May 30. Among the headline news is a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle that's similar to the Mario & Luigi-themed ones...-> read more

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Gotta draw 'em all in the Pokemon Art Academy, Japan enlists in June

Nintendo's latest crossover is Pokemon Art Academy (alternative name: Farfectch'd A Sketch), a 3DS game that's coming to Japan on June 19. As Gematsu reports, the new Art Academy features detailed lessons for how to draw 40 Pokemon, and templates for...-> read more

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PS4 1.70 firmware goes live, has a bunch of extra tweaks

The latest major firmware update for the PlayStation 4 is available to download now, adding SHAREfactory, HDCP disabling, Twitch and Ustream archiving, auto-downloading and pre-loading for pre-ordered games, and a few extras besides. A large chunk...-> read more

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TrackaCompany

TrackaCompany will track and monitor your list of companies across multiple sources and notify you weekly of changes in stats, popular feeds, or profile changes across those sources. We will track 6 different sources at launch. View startup -> read more

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This Japanese House Is Entirely Clad in Aluminum

Talk about tin foil hats: this house is for the truly paranoid. Sitting in a small provincial town near Tokyo, this house is clad entirely in a soft metallic coat of aluminum.Read more...-> read more

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DreamWorks: Films of the Future Will Be Paid For By the Inch

Watch films on your TV instead of your tablet? It might cost you—at least, that's if Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, is right about a future where films are priced according to screen size.Read more...-> read more

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When It Comes to Technology, It's Best to Bow Out Gracefully

Maybe you should stop using Facebook while the going's good? [XKCD]Read more...-> read more

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Who is Murphy of Murphy’s Law?

For those not familiar, Murphy's Law states: "Anything that can go wrong will."Read more...-> read more

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This Hack Gives Your DSLR 9 Hours of Battery Life

Take a 10,000mAh Anker battery and a DC coupler from Amazon, add a hot-shoe plate and some industrial strength velcro, and throw it all at your DSLR. Nope, it's not a craft project—it'll give your camera an amazing 9 hours of battery life.Read more...-> read more

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Chromecast has been updated to show Google Drive presentations.

Chromecast has been updated to show Google Drive presentations. Which is pretty handy: shove the dongle into your projector, make sure you're on the same Wi-Fi network, and go present like a corporate rockstar. Perhaps.Read more...-> read more

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GTA 5 will survive GameSpy's server shutdown, but Rockstar's older games aren't as lucky

Since GameSpy announced that it was shuttering its online mulitplayer services come May 31st, a few companies have adressed how their respective legacy games would keep functioning in the future. Rockstar Games has recently come out with its...-> read more

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Secret's anonymous confession box comes to the UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ

Ever wanted to tell the world that you stuck your genitals into a bowl of jam (or vegemite) without compromising your reputation? Secret, the app that lets you anonymously bare your soul to the world has landed in the UK, the Republic of Ireland,...-> read more

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LG's probably going to announce the G3 and G Watch on May 27th

LG's new flagship phone is coming: the company told us to expect the G3 later this quarter, with a screen resolution going beyond the (increasingly standard) 1080p spec. New smartphone necessitates a glitzy press reveal, right? This time round, LG is...-> read more

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Essay generator can spew out BS, still get you an 'A'

While automated essay-grading machines can tackle 16,000 essays in 20 seconds, are they any good compared to a human? Online course administrators in the machine camp think so, but retired MIT prof Les Perelman has shown that such bots aren't about...-> read more

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Interactive chandelier turns data streams into a light show

Most hotels have fancy chandeliers hanging in their lobbies, but a new one in Palo Alto has something a lot more apt for its location: a "participatory" light fixture. This high-tech chandelier, which has a hundred bulbs that can dim and move...-> read more

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BioShock gets an HD remake, sort of

When it launched almost seven years ago, BioShock was quite the looker thanks to its stylized aesthetic and the custom version of Unreal Engine 2 under its hood. The game has held up pretty well in terms of visuals (all that water!), but it's...-> read more

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Lunecase harvests excess iPhone energy to light up LED notifications

iPhone cases are a dime a dozen, but the creators of Lunecase claim their masterpiece can do something special. While it looks just like any other case on the surface, Lunecase can apparently harness the electromagnetic energy the iPhone emits and...-> read more

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MIT students raise cash to give $100 in Bitcoins to every undergrad

Starting this fall, every MIT undergrad will have at least $100 worth of Bitcoins to their name, thanks to a couple of students who've raised half a million to do so. But, they're not just doing it so their schoolmates can eat something other than...-> read more

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Gibson has crammed a digital recorder inside a guitar cable

When I was an aspiring musician a few years back, I'd always forget new guitar licks that would arise from just messing around at rehearsals. Well, Gibson is looking to remedy that, and has partnered up with Tascam to do so. The result is the Memory...-> read more

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​New York City is cleaning its ancient Egyptian monument with lasers

A 69-foot, 3,500-year old granite obelisk has stood in New York City's Central Park for 130 years, and it's never, ever, been cleaned. The ancient pillar is deceptively fragile, and conservationists have been hesitant simply to hose it down. The...-> read more

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Xbox One Will Be The First Mainstream Gaming Console Sold In China In 14 Years

The Xbox One is officially coming to China in September. Re/code reported the news first. Microsoft will officially make the announcement on its Xbox blog Tuesday evening. This is a big deal because it will make the Xbox One the first foreign gaming console to be released in China since 2000. For the past 14 years, the country has had a ban on selling gaming consoles in the country. It was put in place to protect youth from the potentially harmful effects of video games, according to Kotaku....-> moviesndroids tech

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Uber Is Working On A Plan To Fix Airports

We recently noted that Uber is having an effect on more than just the taxi companies it competes with. Because the taxi-ride-sharing app makes getting from A to B without a car so much easier, it's making commuters think they ought to move into cheaper neighborhoods that they previously would never have considered. I visited Uber's corporate HQ in San Francisco this week to see what else the company is cooking, and what else about our lives Uber might change. It turns out that Uber is...-> moviesndroids tech

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Microsoft will launch Xbox One in China in September

Now-removed video from Microsoft appears to confirm reports that the Xbox One will launch in China in September. Details inside. ...-> moviesndroids tech

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Microsoft does deal with East Coast upstart to get on-premises PaaS tech

Kiss, Marry, or Kill? Luckily for Apprenda, Microsoft picked number one Microsoft is trying to get into on-premise cloud clusters and hook the buyers on its own public Azure cloud by partnering with a small East Coast software company named Apprenda.…-> moviesndroids tech

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Twitter investors squawk as user growth, income disappoint again

Shares sink on fears its popularity has plateaued Twitter reported first-quarter revenue growth of 119 per cent over the year-ago period, but profitability continues to elude the microblogging network and it still isn't gaining new users as fast as investors would like.…-> moviesndroids tech

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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

"Alright... we're jammin'... I think the feds gonna sue" The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for a $48,000 fine to be levied against a man who allegedly kept a phone jammer in his car.…-> moviesndroids tech

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New Firefox version delivers Chrome-clone UI redesign to world+dog

Mozilla browser's 'new hull' has a familiar shape Firefox 29 has left beta to become the latest stable release for desktop PCs and Android devices, bringing with it a long-promised UI overhaul, new customization options, and an improved data sync feature.… -> moviesndroids tech

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

Point and click fingering is the future, claims team A team of engineers formerly from Google and Jawbone thinks it has cracked gesture recognition for electronics with a Bluetooth-equipped ring that can control cursor movements and manipulate household devices.…-> moviesndroids tech

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Target finally implements chip and PIN card protections

Barn door closed, but the horses are three towns away Embattled US big-box retailer Target, still struggling to handle one of the largest and most expensive card heists in history, is implementing chip and PIN payment card systems for its stores.…-> moviesndroids tech

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Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

TLC SSD dangled over data centre admins – but how many writes can it take? Samsung has gone and used cheap-to-make triple-level cell NAND chippery to make an SSD for data centre use. Will it catch on?…-> moviesndroids tech

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

What next for the Finns now free of phones? Nokia Oyj begins a new chapter in its 149-year history today with new CEO Rajeev Suri – and a massive pile of cash in the bank.…-> moviesndroids tech

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GULP. Veeam adds thousands of accounts. It must be eating SOMEONE'S lunch

Hey backup bods, what's that in your teeth? Growing virtual server backup biz Veeam continues to spread like an out-of-control viral infection.… -> moviesndroids tech

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Twitter now has 255 million users, but activity has dropped year over year

Twitter posted solid financials and user growth today, but it wasn't enough to reassure Wall Street after the company's struggles last quarter. The company reported $250 million in revenue, more than double what it pulled in for the same quarter last year. But it also reported a net loss of $132 million for the period, more than four times what it lost in the first quarter of 2013. Investors were actually more concerned with its user growth than financials. Twitter added 14 million new...-> moviesndroids tech

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Supreme Court decision makes it easier to stick patent trolls with court costs

The Supreme Court thinks that if you bring a bad enough patent suit, you should have to pay for it. In a pair of rulings handed down today, the court loosened restrictions on patent lawsuit fee-shifting, in which the losing party must pay the winner's attorney's fees. It's a move that could make it harder for so-called "patent trolls" to bring frivolous lawsuits, as well as the first of a number of major patent cases expected this year. Because of the frequency and increasing visibility...-> moviesndroids tech

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Polygon previews 'Destiny,' from the creators of 'Halo'

Imagine yourself, back in 2001, playing the spectacular Xbox space shooter Halo. Now, imagine swooshing forward in time, to here, to 2014, playing Destiny. Continue reading… -> moviesndroids tech

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These are the faces of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that a new Star Wars trilogy was on the way back in October of 2012, but details have been slow in coming. Today, however, director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the production announced the key cast members of Star Wars: Episode VII. The biggest news is the return of the trio of actors that defined Star Wars for a generation: Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa. However, all three were relative unknowns back...-> moviesndroids tech

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Spotify's major redesign comes to Android

The all-new Spotify experience that launched on iPhone and desktop earlier this month is now arriving on Android. The app now looks essentially identical across both mobile platforms, sharing the same dark theme, new typeface, and subtle translucency effects. Spotify's "Your Music" — which lets users save their own music collection in a library structure not unlike iTunes — is a key part of the new update. That feature allows Android users to finally move away from the playlist-based...-> moviesndroids tech

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FreedomPop Unveils New Free iPhone Voice, Text, and Data Plans

FreedomPop, makers of one of our favorite mobile hotspots and some seriously low-cost (or free) mobile data plans , announced today that they're rolling out free and budget-friendly voice, text, and mobile data plans for iPhone users looking to save some money.Read more...



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Jalopnik Everyone Who Rides The Subway Knows This Absolutely Joyous Feeling | Gawker Black People Ar

Jalopnik Everyone Who Rides The Subway Knows This Absolutely Joyous Feeling | Gawker Black People Are Cowards | Jezebel More Evidence Planet Fitness Is The Worst | Kotaku An Ode To The Video Games We Can Barely RememberRead more...



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Common Sense Media Warns Parents (And Kids) of Adult Content in Movies

Web: Which movie is safe for your kids to watch? For that matter, which film you plan on watching with your parents isn't going to have a scene that makes you feel awkward? Find out at Common Sense Media. | viaRead more...



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Gusto Sorts Multiple Inboxes by Mails, Files and Photos

iOS: Those who use multiple email accounts know all too well the pain of sending an attachment received in one inbox to someone on another account. Gusto wants to make that easier, and along the way, add a few neat attachment sorting options to your inbox too.Read more...



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Perform a “4PM Triage” to Cap Off Your Workday Productively

As your work day winds up, you may realise you didn't finish everything on your to do list. So what should you do first? Fast Company suggests a mental trick to figure out your priorities: pretend there's a villain who will switch the power off in an hour!Read more...



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Steer clear of Internet Explorer, warn international CERTs

Use Chrome or Firefox, at least until it is fixed



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Microsoft doesn't know what to call its Nokia brand

Six months later, it still doesn't have a clue



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NSA will sit on security vulnerabilities because of terrorism

Only sometimes, mind; sometimes it won’t



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Adobe patches Flash Player zero-day flaw used in watering-hole attacks

Bug could have allowed attackers to take control of affected systems



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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Phone with a 21MP camera and zoom lens

Samsung is updating its Galaxy Zoom line of smartphones with a new model designed to let you snap better-than-average photos with your phone. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom features a 20.7MP camera and a 10x optical zoom lens. The rest of the phone’s specs are decidedly mid-range, but the phone’s a bit more powerful than […] Samsung Galaxy K Zoom: Phone with a 21MP camera and zoom lens is a post from: Liliputing



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MIT Project to Distribute $500,000 in Bitcoin to Undergraduates

A couple of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students have managed to raise $500,000 in bitcoin for a curious cryptocurrency project.The pair intend to distribute the money to every single MIT student this fall: each undergrad will receive $100 in the digital currency.The project was launched by Dan Elitzer, the founder and president of the MIT Bitcoin Club, and Jeremy Rubin, a sophomore studying computer science. Their goal is simple – to create an ecosystem for digital currencies...



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Why Bitcoin’s Volatility is Unique Among Commodities

A single bitcoin broke the price of an ounce of gold five months ago. Now, it’s worth less than half that – and, of the two, it’s bitcoin’s price that’s bouncing around the most.For people trying to evaluate bitcoin’s potential against other commodities, its relative price volatility could be a worry or an opportunity, depending on your appetite for risk. So, how closely can we map bitcoin’s volatility against other commodities?Not very closely, argues Kirill Gourov, Director of Finance...



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Blog: Un-pro-cedural generation

"Randomization can lead to a vague sameness when repeatedly executed... It's our greatest hope that this effervescent blend of digital and human creativity will lead to dangerous amounts of replayability." ...



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Sueball-slingers seek stake in bankrupt Bitcoin blunder bunker MtGox

Stung investors offer to settle class actions for slice of new exchange, coinage US and Canadian Bitcoin investors have offered to settle their class-action lawsuits against the bankrupt MtGox exchange in return for a stake in the firm and the return of any of the digital currency it still holds.…



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Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

'Disruptive technologies' tentacle to battle Google X? Microsoft has secretly formed a "Special Projects" sub-tentacle of its Microsoft Research limb in an apparent attempt to out-black-ops Google X.…



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Hit the Nytro: LSI's PCIe cards now even faster with SQL Server 2014, says firm after upgrade

Less spinning rust, more flashy goodness for you all Chip-making chappies LSI have added some go-faster SQL 2014 juice to their Nytro PCIe server flash cards.…



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Voice-babble-over-Wi-Fi lands in Europe – take that, mobe masties

Cheap call rates for hotspot-smothered streets The Netherlands is about to become a test-bed for Wi-Fi-first and Wi-Fi-only telephony services, as both Ziggo and UPC offer free downloadable apps to use a growing number of Wi-Fi spots for voice calls.…



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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

New Litecoin hardware means alt miners will ditch their packs If you’ve been mining "low-price Bitcoin wannabe" Litecoins with a rig of graphics cards, now is the time to shuffle them off to eBay – unless you can find a better use for them.…



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China's customs cops grab 76 MEEELLION tech products

Just the tip of the 'pirate-berg' in the Middle Kingdom Chinese customs cops claim to have confiscated a whopping 76 million items thought to have broken copyright laws last year, many of them electronics, highlighting the persistent problems associated with IPR in the Middle Kingdom.…



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Hot summer of football to stir Samsung's profits after slow Q1

Growth plans include more sales of security product 'Knox' to business Samsung Electronics, the mobes, slabs, screens, domestic appliances and chips arm of the industrial giant, has posted results showing a decline in operating product.…



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Destiny pre-order perk lets you fly around Devil's Lair in style

The Devil's Lair of Destiny is what happens to hell when Call of Duty doesn't sell well or EA ships an online game that works properly in its first week. It's a snowy, frozen-over wasteland in Destiny's Old Russia - but it has more guns than we...



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The perks and quirks of Billionaire Banshee, a card game with cool cameos

Sometimes you have to take a break from video games, you know? You just want to sit back with friends, have a little gab and relax, maybe crack open a board game. Of course, that doesn't mean your board game can't have video game characters in...



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Angry Bird publisher profits halved as company plans for future

As Rovio plans for (or fights, depending on perspective) the future, the company's profits took a hit for the 2013 calendar year. The Angry Bird house's net profits were slashed in half to €26.9 million ($37.2M), but important to note here is that...



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Destiny saves span console generations, Bungie confirms

Bungie's upcoming first-person shooter Destiny will allow players to transfer their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 save data to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game, studio investment lead Tyson Green confirmed with Polygon. "We're...



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Capcom's GameBoy Advance hits coming to Wii U

Say what you will of Nintendo's Wii U, but the Virtual Console grows increasingly intriguing with word that Capcom is working to bring its slate of GameBoy Advance games to the retro emulation service. Recently, Capcom confirmed to IGN that both...



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George R.R. Martin's assistant to consult on Telltale's Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, is immensely popular, especially thanks to HBO's Game of Thrones adaptation. It's to be joined by another take on the property from adventure gaming studio Telltale Games. To help...



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New water records show NSA Utah Data Center likely behind schedule

Peter Dutton New water records finally released to the Salt Lake Tribune appear to confirm that the National Security Agency's new data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah may not be fully operational. On Friday, Tribune reporter Nate Carlisle was sent over two years of data following a new ruling requiring the city to comply with his request issued earlier this month by the State Records Committee. Carlisle filed a public records request under the state’s...



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A waffle made from ice cream means you get to eat dessert for breakfast

Dominique Ansel, the Willy Wonka of desserts and creator of the Cronut, has announced his latest imagination busting, tastebud oozing creation: The Waffogato. It takes the delicious affogato, which is basically ice cream topped with espresso, but remixes it by making the ice cream a waffle made from ice cream and mixed with Belgium waffle bits, tapioca balls and a bit of salt.Read more...



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Handless piano player shows that nothing is impossible

Watching this guy playing piano is simply astonishing. It's an amazing example of the things the human being is capable of, no matter what his condition is.Read more...



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Video explains why so many scientific studies are basically bullcrap

How many things cause cancer according to science studies? Probably the same amount of things that can make you magically healthy. What is good for you is bad for you is good for you, depending on the day and which scientific study came out recently. There are so many of those studies and they all prove and disprove each other that it's hard to figure out what's the truth anymore. Why is it like that?Read more...



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This bastard kills more humans than all the deadliest animals combined

This little bastard is the deadliest animal in the world, with an estimated 750,000 human deaths every year. According to this great visualization posted by Bill Gates, mosquitoes kill 163,780 more humans than all the other "dangerous" animals combined, including sharks, snakes, and humans—the second deadliest animal.Read more...



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Aging Baby Boomers Could Be The Boost America's Public Transit Needs

Baby Boomers are getting older. Their eyesight isn't what it used to be, and their reaction time is slowing. Even if they've been faithful drivers all their lives, their primary means of getting around might start to shift away from the car. Which is great news for public transit in the U.S.Read more...



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Netflix and Verizon Just Signed a Traffic Deal, And That's Bad

Remember how Netflix and Comcast signed a peering deal ? And how that could cost us all ? Well now, the chickens are coming home to roost because Verizon's making the same deal. Read more...



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Watch a creepy robot draw an even creepier joker

A recent Pew Research study says 51 percent of Americans believe robots will be able to create art indistinguishable from a human's. Well, they might be surprised that robots like those already exist, and one of them's this new mechanical Picasso...



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Samsung's giving you more to watch on that ridiculously expensive 4K TV

If Amazon, Netflix and DirecTV's promised 4K content aren't enough to entice you to pick up an ultra high definition TV, maybe this will help: Samsung is now giving buyers of its new curved TVs eight UHD films for free. The films are actually part of...



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Harper Lee okays 'To Kill a Mockingbird' e-book on her 88th birthday

An important piece of American literary history, and one of the few missing selections in digital libraries, is finally becoming an e-book. On her 88th birthday, Harper Lee agreed to let her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird be...



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Netflix pays to play with Verizon, too

After Netflix reached an agreement with Comcast for direct access to its network, several other ISPs lined up with their hands out, and now there's another deal with Verizon. First reported by analyst Walter Piecyk based on a meeting with Verizon's...



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This ad uses Oculus Rift to show how internet lag could ruin making brunch

We've seen some pretty nutty uses (and a very sentimental one) for the Oculus Rift so far, but a Swedish ISP's might take the cake. For two days, Umea Energi had four people strap on one of the VR headsets rigged with a webcam and a Raspberry Pi, in...



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Facebook Messenger now lets you share videos and photos in an instant

Just weeks after notifying its users that Messenger will no longer be incorporated into its primary app, Facebook has updated the standalone messaging client with a slew of new options that makes it a whole lot faster to send a media file. Now when...



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Be Wary of Deadlines When Making Important Decisions

Deadlines are an integral part of life and getting things done. That said, The Wall Street Journal points out that the closer we get to a deadline, the more likely we are to make a bad decision. Read more...



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Gawker The Non-Sports Fan's Guide to Donald Sterling | Jalopnik The Ten Creepiest Roadside Motels |

Gawker The Non-Sports Fan's Guide to Donald Sterling | Jalopnik The Ten Creepiest Roadside Motels | Jezebel Men With Bigger Penises Are More Likely to Get Cheated on, Study Says | Kotaku Star Wars Lore Is Changing—Here's What That Means | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...



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Today in APIs: HackSummit Partners with Evolve, and 10 New APIs

HackSummit features a partnership with The Evolve Organisation focused on two problems for democracy. Kings of Code Hack Battle’s brilliant hacks. Plus: Yodlee links incubators for fintech innovation, LinkedIn launches Sponsored Updates API, and 10 new APIs. HackSummit and Evolve Offer Two Challenges to Improve Democracy This year’s HackSummit, June 14-15 is being held at the offices of Change.org, and features two challenges sponsored by The Evolve Organisation. As HackSummit...



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Is Hiring a House Cleaner Worth the Money?

You probably spend quite a few hours each week on household chores. If you're time-crunched and have always longed to ditch the duster to spend more time with your family or catch up on your favorite shows, it may be time to hire some help. Here are a few things you should think about first, though.Read more...



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Remotely Put Your Mac to Sleep from Your iPhone Using Drafts

If you walk away from your Mac and forget to put it to sleep, David Sparks shows off a clever way to remotely put it to sleep using Drafts, Dropbox, and Hazel. Read more...



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10 Ways To Market Your API (And Why Old-School Marketing Won’t Work)

This Guest Post comes from Chuck White. He has worked with APIs for more than 15 years in a wide variety of capacities. He spent eight years as a Web developer at eBay and PayPal, and is currently consulting at Hewlett-Packard on its business-to-business e-commerce platform. He has published a number of books on Web development. His most recent book is Web Development in the Cloud: Bootstrapping an Enterprise-grade Website on a Shoestring. So you’ve built a stellar API. Now what? How do you get...



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Use Your Fist to See Better Without Glasses

If you wear glasses, you've likely tried every trick in the book to try to improve your vision when you can't find your glasses. From squinting to holding up a piece of paper to your eye, they all work to a point, but Minute Physics says that using your fist works best.Read more...



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This Bill Gates Infographic Reveals The World's Deadliest Animal — And It's Not Even Close

Bill Gates posted the graphic below to his blog on April 25. It shows how many people are killed by different species of animal every year. The big red block at the bottom might surprise you: "The number of mosquito-caused deaths really is a mind-blowing thing. Other than humans killing humans during periods of war, most years, the mosquito wins," the Mosquito Week trailer says. The reason? Mosquitoes carry terrible diseases, including: Malaria (which kills more than 600,000 people every year...



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New Payments Companies Are Beginning To Shake Up The Massive Credit Card Industry

The credit card industry processes a massive volume of transactions — over $4 trillion this year in the U.S., according to BI Intelligence estimates. With so much money in play, it's no wonder that a host of startups are trying to carve out a niche for themselves and offer services to merchants and consumers that will rewrite the value they get from every credit card payment. But the credit card processing industry isn't going to change over night. These startups are entering into an...



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These Are Some Of The Biggest Changes That May Be Coming To Android

Google may be planning to make some significant changes to Android in the near future. The company is reportedly experimenting with making voice commands a bigger part of the interface and replacing the traditional home key with a search button. Google wants to make its "Ok Google" command a more prominent hot word throughout the OS, according to Android Police. This means you'd simply need to say "Ok Google" within any app to launch a command related to that app. For example, if you're using...



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Why Elon Musk Is Suing The US Air Force

SpaceX — the spacecraft company owned by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk — is suing the U.S. Air Force over a huge government contract for rocket components that was awarded to Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co. The official complaint is over the U.S. Air Force's decision to award a long-term contract to launch future national security satellites to United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture between the military's two biggest suppliers, Lockheed and Boeing. The Air Force did so...



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Let them eat cache: PernixData crams RAM in virtual flash platform

Adds RAM as cache medium PernixData has added RAM as a cache and Network File System support to its FVP clustered flash cache product with the aim of making virtual machines go even faster.…



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The future of Motorola is on this man's wrist

A few months ago, this meeting would’ve taken place at a sprawling campus of anonymous office buildings in Libertyville, Illinois, about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. But I’m in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, an imposing stone structure two city blocks long that has rested on the banks of the Chicago River for the better part of a century. Once owned by the Kennedy family, this architectural landmark is best known as the mecca of interior design: much of the...



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A French gaming giant revives classic Japanese style in 'Child of Light'

Japanese role-playing games aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII were system-selling blockbusters, fusing together epic narratives with tight, strategic gameplay. But like much of the Japanese video game industry, the genre has seen a steady decline, both in terms of popularity and creative output. There are still great games like Bravely Default that evoke the feeling of a classic Final Fantasy adventure, but they're relatively niche...



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The Verge's inside look at MDMA therapy debuts tomorrow

Long after his experience in the Vietnam War, Bob Walker, like many veterans, still experiences the harsh effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He had little luck in dulling the pain — until discovering MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Though it has a notorious reputation as a party drug, Walker and others are convinced that MDMA’s unique qualities have the potential to treat the debilitating symptoms of PTSD that other approaches can’t. But Walker and other advocates are...



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People are going to compete in 'Call of Duty' at the X Games

The world's best Call of Duty players will soon square off at ESPN's X Games. For the first time ever, ESPN and Major League Gaming have teamed up to produce the MLG X Games Invitational, a three-day contest that will take place starting June 6th at X Games Austin. MLG says it's rounded up eight of the premier CoD teams, and they'll all be racking up kills to earn medals — the same ones going to world-class athletes competing in events like skateboarding, BMX, and Moto X. The MLG...



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Lab mice fear men but not women, and that's a big problem for science

The history of science is one chock-full of mice and men. Historically, biological and medical research has largely depended on rodents, which provide scientists with everything from cells and organs to behavioral data. That's why a new study in which researchers found that mice actually fear men, but not women, has the potential to be so disruptive. It might mean that a number of researchers have published mouse studies in which their results reflect this male-induced stress effect — and...



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Pokemon are back in Happy Meals with new X, Y collection

Pokemon and McDonald's are joining forces again for the fast food chain's latest batch of bonus NEC - that's Non-Edible Content. Going by the McDonald's website, the next bunch of Happy Meals comes with one of 12 Pokemon X and Y toys and what looks...



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Gears of War, Fable and Forza fair game for TV shows

Having announced its first lineup of Xbox Originals, a brand of exclusive television shows made for Xbox platforms, Microsoft is highlighting Gears of War, Fable and Forza Motorsport as potential sources slash victims of adaptation in the...



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Xbox Originals TV to fill the gaps between game launches

Xbox has a place for original television, wedged somewhere between major game releases. Of course, we can't get away with just calling it television - Xbox Entertainment Studios is making "premium television experiences," said president Nancy Tellem,...



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From Software acquired by Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corporation

Dark Souls and Armored Core developer From Software is to become a subsidiary of Kadokawa Corporation, after the Japanese publisher announced its acquisition of the studio. According to a report by GameBiz.jp, Kadokawa will conclude the transfer of...



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UK Charts: Titanfall stands tall

If Lionel Richie was infatuated with giant mechanical killing machines rather than ladies, he'd be singing an ode to Titanfall right now. Respawn's shooter is once, twice, three times the UK No. 1 in a row - that's four times in total if you include...



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The grand experiment of bringing original shows to Xbox

Microsoft had a lot to say at the Xbox One reveal about its potential for "TV." Original content will arrive to the platform starting this summer. After the Xbox One console announcement a year ago that was littered with references to "TV," Microsoft is starting to lift the curtain on its original content. The company is planning a large and diverse slate of shows, broadcast events, movies, and serials to roll out on the Xbox platform in the coming year, seemingly...



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Android laptops? Leaked HP Slatebook 14 runs Google OS on a Tegra SoC

Google's typical mobile computing strategy employs Android for smartphones and tablets, and Chrome OS for laptops (and the occasional all-in-one), but it looks like HP is about to turn this paradigm on its ear. If a leaked promotional video found by Notebook Italia (via 9to5Google) is to be believed, HP is working on an Android-powered laptop that has been blessed by Google. The device, called the HP Slatebook 14, has a touchscreen and is devoid of any convertible shenanigans...



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The C-130H Hercules never fails to impress when its drop its heavy equipment payloads.

The C-130H Hercules never fails to impress when its drop its heavy equipment payloads. Somehow it seems so easy and simple, despite the fact it requires skill, judgement and a raft of calculations to get right. This majestic shot was taken on April 18, 2014, over South Korea, during exercise Max Thunder–a bilateral air exercise between regional air assets during contingency operations. [U.S. Air Force/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy]Read more...



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You Can Make This Raspberry Pi Cellphone Yourself for $160

There's something deeply satisfying about building your own gadgets . So when it comes to your next phone, forget Project Ara : how about building your own using a Raspberry Pi?Read more...



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Where Do Insects Go in Winter?

As cold-blooded creatures, insects are particularly susceptible to winter's freezing temperatures. To survive, this class of animals has developed a wide variety of adaptations, including long migrations, creating their own anti-freeze and even purposely freezing portions of their bodies.Read more...



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The Team in Charge of OpenSSL: Two Guys Named Steve

Earlier this month, we found out that OpenSLL was screwed in the worst possible way: we all got Heartbleed . But fortunately there's an expert team working to solve the problems: err, two guys named Steve.Read more...



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This Trick Will Let You See Anything Without Glasses

If you're ever in a fix without glasses but need to see, this trick lets you see the world again—however blurry you vision is.Read more...



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A Gorgeous Wooden Kitchen Scale That Masquerades as a Cutting Board

Successful baking requires strict adherence to a recipe and precise measurements, which is made easier with a scale at your disposal. But if the last thing you want is another ugly appliance cluttering up your kitchen counters, feast your eyes on the lovely GKILO scale (pronounced kilo) which when not in use looks like another wooden cutting board.Read more...



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Raspberry Pi modded into a $160 cellphone

Remember how happy you were when you got your Raspberry Pi project to do, well, anything? Programming savant and photographer David Hunt has merely created a working cellphone with his, complete with video proof (below). The PiPhone consists of a...



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The horse riding simulator that pairs an Oculus Rift with an exercise machine

In the midst of the mind-boggling Nico Nico Chou-Kaigi, an event hosted by one of Japan's leading video streaming sites, there was no shortage of Oculus Rift demos for attendees to drop their jaws at. Our allies at Engadget Japanese toured military...



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How would you change Samsung's ATIV Tab?

I don't normally discuss products that I've reviewed on How Would You Change, but I'm making an exception for Samsung's ATIV Tab. The Korean company pondered the merits of launching the device right up to its debut, and swiftly axed any US expansion...



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26% The Other Woman

The Other Woman definitely boasts a talented pedigree, but all that skill is never fully brought to bear on a story that settles for cheap laughs instead of reaching its empowering potential.



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28% Brick Mansions

Choppily edited and largely bereft of plot, Brick Mansions wastes a likable cast on a pointless remake of the far more entertaining District B13.



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39% The Quiet Ones

While it definitely sports a few palpable scares, The Quiet Ones finds Hammer Films trading too heavily on past glories.



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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Samsung Breaks Into A New Product Category: Premium Headphones And Audio Devices

Samsung is getting into the premium audio business. The company announced Sunday night a new line of headphones along with a wireless Bluetooth speaker called Level. Level products will launch globally in the coming weeks, but Samsung hasn't announced finalized dates and pricing for the U.S. yet. However, based on the specs, you can bet these new products won't be cheap. There are four new products in the Level family. Let's break it down. The Level Over is the top-tier model. The noise-...



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Apple patents WiFi access point location lookup

Cupertino turns world into 50m x 50m grid Apple has once again demonstrated that it's no slouch as a patent troll, applying for and receiving a patent to tell you where you are, by performing a database lookup of WiFi access points.…



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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

Boffin nearly threw away first lens before realising it could end the daily grind An accidental discovery at the Australian National University (ANU) has created a way to deposit-print small, high-quality optical lenses, in something that's been hailed as “turn a smartphone into an optical microscope”.…



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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

E.T. cartridges-a-plenty found in New Mexico landfill Yes, Atari really did bury lots of cartridges for a dud game titled E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in a New Mexico landfill, according to film-makers who broke out the heavy digging equipment late last week.…



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Oops, we did it again! Microsoft warns of new and nasty IE zero day

Remote code execution vulnerability impacts all IE versions from 6 to 11 Microsoft has roused its security teams on a Saturday to issue an advisory about a nasty flaw in its Internet Explorer web browser.…



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Security flaw puts all Internet Explorer users at risk, exposes Windows XP

If you're still using a 12-year-old operating system, a new security flaw discovered in Internet Explorer should cause you quite a bit of consternation. Microsoft published a security advisory today warning its customers that a vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer (6 through 11) could let hackers gain full user permissions over your computer, allowing them to install programs, view and delete data, and much more simply by visiting a website. That's not good, but at least...



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Habitat builds with space debris on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One

We know you're not used to games handing you responsibility for an entire populace or anything, but Habitat's version of Earth is a collective goner unless you can build a suitable space environment for them. Sounds like something you'd receive...



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Working Pip-Boy 3000 from Fallout built for NASA challenge

A fully functional Pip-Boy 3000 has emerged from the vault of Team Reno, a five-member group of people way, way smarter than us. The device can display relative humidity, altitude, latitude and longitude, atmospheric pressure, ambient temperature,...



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Microtransactions march toward PvZ: Garden Warfare

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare's in-game currency is earned through regular play and can be spent on upgrade packs, which unlock extra content for players populating the game's warzones. However, those that have tired from the grind will soon have...



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RadiumOne CEO who attacked and abused girlfriend is fired by his board

Chahal in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, one year before he was brought up on domestic abuse charges. RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal has been fired by the company's board of directors following his domestic abuse charges and conviction, according to Recode. Chahal recently faced 45 felony charges of domestic violence but was convicted of only two misdemeanors, and he has vigorously defended himself over social media and on his own website. The news of the domestic abuse...



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Code Dicks Parody Site Is Your Equal Opportunity Answer to Code Babes

It was only a matter of time. Just a few days after the internet got good and outraged over the wildly absurd, porn-based learn-to-code site Code Babes , we present to you its satirical, equal opportunity cousin. Say hello to Code Dicks. Read more...



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New Vulnerability Found in Every Single Version of Internet Explorer

According to a confirmation by Microsoft late last night, a new zero day vulnerability has been found to affect every version of Internet Explorer. In other words—over a quarter of the entire browser market.Read more...



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The Life-Saving Science Behind Sunscreen

Every summer we slather layers of sunscreen with the highest SPF we can find, and bravely venture outside hoping our slimy cloak will shield us from the sun's death rays. So how does this work?Read more...



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