Saturday, May 31, 2014

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.Read more...-> read more

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LocalCast Streams Google Drive Videos to Chromecast for Free

We've written about AllCast before, which allows you to stream content from your Google Drive to a Chromecast. Localcast is an ad-supported, free alternative.Read more...-> read more

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After Expanding To Android, Addappt’s CEO Breaks Down Its Growth Plans

Mrinal Desai, founder and CEO of Addappt, is betting that people need a better way to keep their cell phone contact information up to date. Addappt, a smartphone app — iOS and Android — syncs contact information between users, allowing for individuals to remotely update their data on the phones of their friends. (For a more detailed dive into how Addappt works, TechCrunch has… Read More -> read more

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Check Your Potential Boss' References Before Starting a New Job

When you apply for a job, many employers will check your references to make sure you are a good fit. Have you ever thought about checking the references on your employer, in particular your future supervisor? Next time, give it a try.Read more...-> read more

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Get Roadside Assistance from Your Credit Card or Insurance Company for Less

Many of us have a membership in an auto club for roadside repair assistance, and we renew every year without thinking about it. However, you might already have access to this service for less money through your credit card or insurance company.Read more...-> read more

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Group Temp Jobs Together on Your Resume to Show Stability

If your job history has been unstable due to multiple temp jobs, some companies may be reluctant to hire you for fear you'll quickly move on. According to CareeRealism, you can avoid this by bunching your temporary jobs together on your resumeRead more...-> read more

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Batch Delete Photos in iOS from the Moments Section

In most areas of iOS' Photos app, you can only delete photos one at a time. What a pain. However, if you go to the Moments section, you can actually delete photos in batches.Read more...-> read more

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The Weekender: buying Beats, updating Upcoming, and making moral machines

Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Every Saturday, we'll bring you some of the best and most important reads of the past seven days, from original reports, to in-depth features, to reviews and interviews. Think of it as a collection of some of our favorite pieces that you may have missed — or that you may just want to read again. You can follow along below, or keep up to date on Flipboard. Continue reading… -> read more

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A look at the high-speed, high-stakes underworld of tennis betting

Courtsiding, or the simple practice of sitting on the sidelines of tennis matches and relaying scores via phone to hungry gamblers, can be an incredibly lucrative business. For instance, Sporting Data Ltd, a UK-based private betting company, managed to rake in millions on the speedy fingertips of its young employees. The work, to hear the young men tell it, is good, too. You get to travel around the world following the major tennis tours, watch exciting matches, and make money just...-> read more

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NumShirt

NumShirt makes t-shirts with custom numbers on them. Numbers encourage. What is your favorite one? View startup -> read more

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

Free add-on lets you easily organize your stuff Microsoft on Friday shipped Files, its on-device file management app for Windows Phone, addressing a long-standing gripe some users have had with Redmond's smartphone OS.…-> read more

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Reaction between compounds found to ... you're already off to fry some bacon, aren't you? Scientists have explained the reason why humans love the smell of frying bacon.…-> read more

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FAA: All systems GO for Virgin Galactic space plane to launch from US

As soon as it can get the thing into space, that is Beardy Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is one step closer to opening its cabin doors for business, having secured authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to launch its rocket plane from US soil.…-> read more

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'SURPRISE!' Amazon teleports cloud tech into VMware data centers, slurps cash

'AWS Connector for vCenter', better known as STEALTH BIZ STEALER Amazon has teleported its cloud business into the management software of a rival that is used in thousands of data centers across the world.…-> read more

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Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

Proposal would take 'nuclear option' off the table An Ohio congressman is seeking to strip the FCC of its biggest weapon in the battle over net-neutrality protections.… -> read more

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

Says NSA's 'incomplete' reveal shows it has something to hide Edward Snowden says the US National Security Agency is lying when it says it has no record of his emails to supervisors raising concerns about NSA surveillance programs, and that the release of one of his emails on Thursday proves it.…-> read more

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Zuckerchan toss another $120 MEEELLION to schools in charity push

Facebook boss and wife to fund classroom tech programs Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is breaking out his wallet to further technology education and training in schools.…-> read more

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

Turns out it really is hard to make things in the US, after all Motorola Mobility's adventure in stateside manufacturing is coming to an end, with the Google subsidiary announcing that it plans to close its Fort Worth, Texas factory less than a year after launching its vaunted Moto X smartphone.…-> read more

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

EPA to propose new emissions rules on Monday, industry v. government battle now raging Next Monday, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to propose limits on CO2 emissions from existing power plants, regulations that have caused the US utilities industry to see red even before they've seen the proposed rules.…-> read more

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Oi, ebook price fixer. Yes, you, Apple – stop whinging and get your checkbook out

That's more or less what a US appeals court said today A US appeals court has rejected Apple’s attempt to delay the damages trial over its ebook price-fixing scandal. The iPhone maker had hoped to postpone the hearings until after it’s had a chance to appeal its guilty verdict.… -> read more

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Watch Yann Tiersen Perform A Concert on France's Foggy, Rocky Shore

My heart still flutters when I hear pretty much any part of Yann Tiersen's lilty, lovely soundtrack for Amélie from a few years back, and I always tell myself I'll catch up with his other work. Well, it's time. Just before the French musician released his new album Infinity, he performed a "secret" concert on the shores of Brittany, and it's an hour of windy, weathered beauty. Read more...-> read more

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Man is stuck in South Korea after his kid doodled all over his passport

A Chinese man and his four-year-old son are apparently stuck in South Korea because his son used his old man's passport as a drawing book. Seriously. While on vacation, the kid started doodling over his Dad's passport, decorating it with human-ish and animal-ish figures, a lot of scribbles and some added flair. Cute!Read more...-> read more

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Reframe Roundup: This Week's Best Photography Posts

Did you guys know there is a Gizmodo subdomain where you can go for all things photographic? Yep! It's called Reframe, and it's where you'll find additional coverage of gear, techniques, news, and all kinds of great stuff related to the crafts of photography and videography.Read more...-> read more

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In this week's Landscape Reads, we learn all about Yellowstone's "Zone of Death," the bitter rivalry

In this week's Landscape Reads, we learn all about Yellowstone's "Zone of Death," the bitter rivalry of pallet companies (yes, pallet companies), the ultimate cause behind Alaska's Funny River fire, and more.Read more...-> read more

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A MIDI Joystick Is Definitely the Best Way To Play Music

In the music video for his aptly-named track Arcade, M4SONIC is seen playing a custom-made arcade-style joystick that's actually a MIDI instrument. Instead of using a piano keyboard, or a rhythm pad filled with countless buttons to trigger MIDI samples, this creation let M4SONIC channel his childhood Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat skills into his music.Read more...-> read more

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Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Hello, good people of the internet. We've made it to the almost-end of yet another Friday at work; the time of week when the clock slows to a molasses-like pace as you wonder just how soon you'll be able to abandon your desk for the comfort of a barstool and a cold, cold beer. Read more...-> read more

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FCC considers improving its definition of broadband to a video-friendly 10Mbps

The FCC last set its definition of broadband as 4Mbps downstream, and 1Mbps upstream. That was fine for 2010, but it's arguably outdated in 2014 -- you can't reliably stream HD video or host high-quality video chats on that kind of connection. The...-> read more

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It's official: Steve Ballmer is buying the LA Clippers for $2 billion

The papers are signed and the deal is done (pending approval by the NBA's Board of Governors). Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer really is buying the LA Clippers (you can say LA Clippys, once) for $2 billion, now that the NBA, owner Donald...-> read more

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Austin, get ready... Engadget Live is coming!

We've heard that it's going to be hot in Austin on June 20th. Sure, one could say that's just a typical June day in Austin, but we'd like to think it's because we're coming to town. Our Engadget Live series kicks off at 7PM at the famous Austin Music...-> read more

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Twitter abandons one of humanity's most widely used fonts

The next time you visit Twitter.com things may look a little different, now that the site is rolling out a new font. After years of using Helvetica Neue, it's switching to the Gotham typeface. Already, design and typography fans are expressing dismay...-> read more

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Tune in to our liveblog of Apple's WWDC keynote Monday!

Get ready to put on your Sunday best, kids -- WWDC 2014 begins in just a few days. The developer conference will begin with its traditional keynote, headlined by CEO Tim Cook and the rest of the executive gang. We'll be liveblogging the event so you...-> read more

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Motorola confirms Moto Maker isn't dying, despite US factory closure

Today's revelation that Motorola is shutting down its sole American plant is an indication that its latest flagship didn't do as well as expected in the US and the costs of operating the Texas factory were simply too high to continue operations....-> read more

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Engadget Podcast 399 - 5.30.14

We're taking the elephant in the room for a ride this week and jumping right into Apple's purchase of Beats, including both its Electronics and Music divisions. Since we're back in cramped confines of our NYC "studio," that scenario is more...-> read more

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Back to life: A collection of 'holographic' appearances

We've offered up the details about holographic live appearances, and now it's time to kick back and take in a few. Jump in the gallery below for performances from Michael Jackson, Tupac, Mariah Carey and more. There's also a feat from Sir Richard...-> read more

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Watch a Unity developer demo the new UI system for Unity 4.6

The long-awaited upgraded UI system didn't quite make it into the latest 4.5 update, but it's almost ready -- enough to showcase it in a nearly half-hour long demo. ...-> read more

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Get a job: Crystal Dynamics seeks a Lead Graphics Engineer

The developer of Tomb Raider is looking to hire a lead graphics engineer to work directly with the rendering team at Crystal Dynamics' Redwood City, CA office. ...-> read more

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Video: What 3 years of hardcore iteration on Antichamber looks like

Indie developer Alexander Bruce breaks down his iterative approach to polishing Antichamber and shares what he learned from it during a postmortem talk at GDC 2014. ...-> read more

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Mythic co-founder pays tribute to his shuttered studio

Electronic Arts announced that it was shutting down Mythic Entertainment earlier this week, and today Eurogamer published a paean to the studio written by Mythic co-founder Mark Jacobs. ...-> read more

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Lilbits (5-30-2014): Linux Mint 17 and a flood of new devices at the FCC

A few weeks ago we took a look at the release candidate for Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” and liked what we saw. Now the training wheels are off and Linux Mint 17 is available for anyone to download. Meanwhile, folks who are waiting for new gadgets from Toshiba, Vertu and LG can bide their time […] Lilbits (5-30-2014): Linux Mint 17 and a flood of new devices at the FCC is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Acer’s Liquid Leap fitness tracker is a Liquid Jade smartphone companion

As promised, Acer is unveiling its first wearable device. The Liquid Leap is a wearable fitness tracker and smartwatch. And as expected, Acer has no plans to sell it as a standalone device. Instead it’ll be offered along with the Acer Liquid Jade smartphone in select markets. The Liquid Leap has a 1 inch touchscreen […] Acer’s Liquid Leap fitness tracker is a Liquid Jade smartphone companion is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Hack turns Amazon Kindle into a thermometer

Amazon’s Kindle eReaders are designed to let you read eBooks for days on end thanks to a low-power processor and high-contrast E Ink display. But like many consumer electronics devices, the Kindle is basically a single-purpose computer… and with a little tweaking you can turn it into a multi-purpose machine. We’ve seen Kindles turned into […] Hack turns Amazon Kindle into a thermometer is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Write for Mac Brings the Minimal iOS Notes App to the Mac

Mac: You'll find a ton of syncing notes apps out there, but we like the iOS version of Write because it manages to toe the line between simplicity and feature-packed. The new Mac app makes that experience even better.Read more...-> read more

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Turn a Crate into a Bike Rack and Shelf

If you have a wooden crate available, you can make a nifty bike holder complete with a shelf for your helmet or other stuff.Read more...-> read more

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Good news for users of OpenDNS: no more ads.

Good news for users of OpenDNS: no more ads. Ads were previously included in the OpenDNS Guide, which displayed relevant search results when a site address couldn't be resolved. Read OpenDNS's announcement to learn more.Read more...-> read more

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This Week's Most Popular Posts: May 23rd to 30th

This week we learned what people really see on our LinkedIn profiles , made endless meals with six sauces , hailed the glory of third party apps , and won some arguments . Here's a look back.Read more...-> read more

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Google Stars Is Now on Chrome, Looks Like an Awesome Bookmarking App

Chrome: Stars is Google's new take on bookmarking, and the features it promises—adding notes, shared folders, and filters for automatic categorization—look pretty awesome.Read more...-> read more

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Huge GoPro Deal, Synology NAS, Wireless Headphones, Chargers Galore

At this point, you don't need me to tell you how great this camera is. I will tell you though that it's the lowest price we've seen on it that didn't require a paid REI membership, and you should be able to avoid tax in most states. [GoPro Hero3+ Black, $330]Read more...-> read more

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Finding 'E.T.' in the desert

The meeting, officially, didn't have anything to do with Atari. It was a "meet and greet" in 2011 between members of marketing agency Fuel Industries and a group of consultants. Fuel CEO Mike Burns does a lot of these. Small talk. Pressing the flesh. When Burns heard that one of the consultants worked for Universal in the 80s and helped license E.T. to Atari, he had a flashback. He remembered playing E.T. on the 2600 as a 12-year-old. "My god it was shitty," he says. "It was horrible."...-> read more

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'The Walking Dead' and 'The Wolf Among Us' are coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Telltale Games is going next-gen. The developer announced today that it's bringing its two biggest series, The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This includes the ongoing second season of The Walking Dead. No specific release date was announced, but the games will be available sometime later this year (boxed versions will also be coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360). You can already play both titles on a huge range of platforms, but this should be a...-> read more

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Nearly 30 percent of humans are overweight or obese

In 1980, there were 857 million overweight and obese people on the planet. Today that number is 2.1 billion, which means that nearly 30 percent of the world's population is obese or overweight, concludes a study published in The Lancet yesterday. And what's more worrisome is that no nation has managed to significantly decrease its obesity rates in the last 33 years. Continue reading… -> read more

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The Quest To Kill Cash: New Apps Are Finally Getting People To Abandon The ATM

Credit and debit cards have already gone a long way to getting people off of cash and checks. But there is one type of payment that still requires a trip to the ATM or a desperate hunt for the checkbook. Called peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, these informal transactions are made between people — say to pay someone back for a concert ticket or to pay a babysitter for a few hours of work. A new crop of apps, though, is changing the way these types of payments are made. In a new report from BI...-> read more

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A Bunch Of New York Women Went To Silicon Valley To Find Millionaires And Ended Up In Tears

Getting shipped across the country to find a millionaire husband and explore a new city may sound like an exciting adventure. But not every aspect of the trip was as glamorous as it seems. NYMag writer Maureen O'Connor was among 16 women chosen to participate in "Cross Country Love: Help Fly NYC Women to SF." The five-day trip, which was crowdfunded via Crowdtilt, was thrown by Lauren Kay, the founder of dating startup The Dating Ring. The idea behind it is that Silicon Valley has become so...-> read more

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Apple Stock Is Going Through The Roof As People Figure Out Just How Massive The iPhone 6 Launch Will Be (AAPL)

People are slowly realizing that Apple's new iPhone 6, expected in the fall, is going to be so much more massive than iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and iPhone 5C were — and it's showing in the stock. Apple stock is nearly at $640 this morning. It started the year at $553 and hit a humbling low of $499 in January 2013 when people began to suggest that maybe Apple was losing its mojo: Since then, it has become clear that iPhone 6, with its rumored bigger screen, is likely to drive a massive number...-> read more

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Here's The Incredible Argument For Why The US Desperately Needs More Young Entrepreneurs

Numbers show that the majority of elite college graduates consider success to be landing a job in finance, consulting, or law in a thriving city like New York, San Francisco, or D.C. Venture for America founder Andrew Yang thinks this is a serious problem for the United States. Too many smart, talented young people are convinced that the only way to validate their education is by following the pack, Yang argues. That means there's not enough talent flowing to businesses that create jobs and...-> read more

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Sale Of Los Angeles Clippers To Steve Ballmer May Not Be A Done Deal

Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife, has announced that the Los Angeles Clippers have been sold to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But despite the announcement, the sale may be far from done and there is still a chance it will never happen at all. The biggest problem for Shelly Sterling and Ballmer is that Donald Sterling is still the owner of the Clippers and he has vowed to fight the sale of the team "to the bloody end" even though he previously sent a letter to the NBA giving his...-> read more

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Nudgespot

Nudgespot is an way to trigger emails, SMS, push notifications or in-app messages to your customers, at the right time. Its easier than Sendgrid or Mandrill. How does it work? Send events just like you do with Google Analytics or Mixpanel, specify when you'd like to trigger emails, and use our composer to create your message. The messages will get triggered automatically when the criteria is met. Change trigger conditions, message body, delivery channel or delivery schedules, any time,...-> read more

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Report: Pikmin 3 gets stylus control option in new software update

A free update for Pikman 3 has added a new way to command your adorable alien allies. The update adds stylus control via the Nintendo Wii U's GamePad touch screen, Nintendo Everything reports. Control options can be adjusted in the game's main...-> read more

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Office website HACKED: Passwords, addresses, phone numbers slurped

Good thing you used a unique password, right? Right? British shoe shop chain Office is the latest corp to cop to a computer security breach – one that's leaked names, addresses, phone numbers, emails and passwords of its customers.… -> read more

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SPB's mountaintop HQ menaced by WOLVES

Big bad Canis lupus is back, and he's going to eat your girlfriend It's with one eye on the distant sierra and a shotgun close to hand that I report today that attempts to expel wolves from the Spanish province of Ávila have failed.…-> read more

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

Microsoft shifts up a gear, straight into, er, fourth place In a small corner of the IT industry, Microsoft is toasting a success of sorts: its relatively unloved Surface tablet is gaining customers and has unseated Google's Nexus slabs in the popularity stakes in the UK.…-> read more

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

Cane toad's poisonous relo invades Indian Ocean island A group of scientists has urged the Madagascan government to take up arms against the Asian common toad - a poisonous relative of the infamous cane toad which has gained a foothold on the Indian Ocean island.…-> read more

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Exactly How the NSA Violates International Human Rights

Even before Ed Snowden leaked his first document, human rights lawyers and activists were concerned about law enforcement and intelligence agencies spying on the digital world. One of the tools developed to tackle those concerns was the development of the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (the "Necessary and Proportionate Principles"). This set of principles was intended to guide governments in understanding how new surveillance...-> read more

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There's a pool hidden underneath this yard of grass

Magic floors that sink into the ground to create a pool are always cool but even those trick pools aren't as camouflage as this hidden pool. What looks like a seemingly normal backyard can actually transform into a pool when half the grass retracts to reveal the water. Fun!Read more...-> read more

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The new SpaceX Dragon V2: Everything you need to know

This is the new SpaceX Dragon V2, an incredible spaceship that—at last—feels worthy of the beginning of the 21st century. SpaceX claims that it is capable of taking seven astronauts to orbit and then soft-land anywhere on Earth using retro-rockets and retractile legs. Here's how it works.Read more...-> read more

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A Tale of Babe Rainbows and Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forests

The next time you think to yourself, "Hey, I sure would like to have lived as a hippie in the 1960s," watch this video—sober—and realize that you'd have to dress like this. All the time. Seriously, why would anyone want to live through the Summer of Love? Oh right, because of all the sex and drugs and rock'n'roll. Read more...-> read more

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This couple's wedding may have been the geekiest wedding ever

Meet Kristin and Zachary. They're a geeky couple who love each other and geeky things so it was fitting that they decided to have the geekiest wedding ever. How geeky? How about Nintendo cartridge invitations. Doctor Who shoes. A Star Wars guestbook. A Lego cake. Butterbeer. An Xbox achievement for the first kiss. And so much more.Read more...-> read more

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$10 million yacht tips over on its maiden voyage

Well, that's not supposed to happen. Not when you spend 10 million dollars on a 90-foot yacht. Not when that $10 million 90-foot yacht is embarking on its maiden voyage. Not when a boat, let a lone a $10 million 90-foot yacht, is never supposed to tip over sideways.Read more...-> read more

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Google's EU-only form can help the internet forget about you

Google has now complied with a European court ruling that it must remove links to personal data if requested. It has just put up a "right to be forgotten" form to help you remove links about yourself from its search results -- but not the pages...-> read more

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​Meta's augmented reality glasses are almost ready for developers

With all the attention Meta has been giving its $3,000 smart glasses prototype, you'd be forgiven if you thought the company and let its original Kickstarter design fall to the wayside. Forgiven, but wrong. Last May, the firm asked developers to help...-> read more

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Got PlayStation Plus? You're now getting two games every month

Now that Microsoft is offering free games each month to Xbox One owners with Live Gold subscriptions, Sony is in a tough spot -- how does it get you to buy a console and sign up for PlayStation Plus? By giving you more games, that's what. As of June,...-> read more

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SpaceX Dragon V2 can seat up to seven passengers, use thrusters to land on solid ground

SpaceX's Dragon capsule has been taking cargo to the International Space Station since 2012, but it's done so lacking the chops to shuttle humans into orbit. The firm's just unveiled the next generation of the spacecraft, dubbed Dragon V2, to remedy...-> read more

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Engadget Daily: Apple and Beats, GoPro's media empire and more!

Today we discussed Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics, got a taste of GoPro's growing media empire, went hands-on with Beats' new Solo² headphones and learned about an American-made TV that sits behind your bathroom mirror. Read on for Engadget's...-> read more

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

Gaming hardware delayed to iron out controller bugs Video-game kingpin Valve has announced that its Steam Machine console hardware will likely be delayed by as much as a year, owing to ongoing development of the device's ambitious controller.…-> read more

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The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS

Apple looks at system to detect multiple listeners via earbud sensors Apple is looking to develop a set of earbuds which will be able to automatically detect and play content for multiple users.… -> read more

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Linux Foundation flings two full-time developers at OpenSSL

Crack anti-Heartbleed team sent in to patch critical tech The Linux Foundation's new elite tech repair team has named its initial areas of focus as it works to find and seal holes in widely-used open source software.…-> read more

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Microsoft, Salesforce thump table in cloud tie-up talks – report

'Evil empire' changes its CEO, gets friendlier, it seems Salesforce is in talks over a cloud tie-up with Microsoft, a company its chief once branded the "evil empire".…-> read more

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

Plus other alternatives and theories behind disk-crypto util's demise The TrueCrypt project abruptly imploded on Wednesday – leaving folks in the infosec world scratching heads and scrambling to recommend alternatives.…-> read more

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Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

Server market doom plunge slows, but Big Blue's doesn't It's squeaky bottom time for Lenovo execs waiting to get their hands on IBM's System X division, as Big Blue's sales train continues to head south, making sporadic station stops at Double Digit Declines-ville and Commodity Central.…-> read more

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Atlantis hopes to sink fangs into EMC's ViPR with rival product

ILIO to compete with VMware on VDI VDI startup Atlantis has moved on and now reckons its ILIO USX product plus VSAN can take on EMC's all-singing, all-dancing software-defined ViPR storage abstraction layer.… -> read more

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Accounts probe stings IT distie giant Tech Data on the bottom line

Box slinger keeps its head above the red line in Q1 2015 The residual effects of Tech Data's accountancy blunder have emerged in the distribution goliath's figures for the first quarter of its new fiscal year.…-> read more

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Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble

Will they, won't th - oh wait, yes they will Wow! Didn’t see that one coming; Seagate has scooped up the LSI flash business from Avago, rewriting the flash product supply business at a stroke, and speeding the concentration of flash product supply into fewer hands.…-> read more

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OpenSSL to get a security audit and two full-time developers

Simon Cunningham A Linux Foundation project inspired by the Heartbleed security flaw announced that it will fund a security audit for the OpenSSL code base and the salaries of two full-time developers. The Heartbleed flaw shone a spotlight on how poorly funded the OpenSSL cryptographic software library is despite being used by many of the world's richest technology companies. The Linux Foundation, with support from those tech companies, created the Core...-> read more

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Product placement comes to Mario Kart 8 with free Japanese Mercedes DLC

Thanks to a partnership with Mercedes, a new, slightly more realistic vehicle option will soon join the likes of the airship-themed "Landship" and shoe-shaped "Sneeker" in the Japanese version of Mario Kart 8. Mario and company will be able to drive a kart-sized version of the Mercedes GLA by obtaining a piece of free downloadable content this summer, as revealed by Japanese game magazine Famitsu. The DLC is part of a wider Japanese marketing campaign between Mercedes and Nintendo,...-> read more

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Beats Solo2: A New Day, Same Beats By Dre

It's been hours—hours !—since Apple and Beats announced they would be tying the financial knot, and today, we're getting a revamped version of Beats' most popular headphone. The Solo was a winner, and so the new Solo2 doesn't mess with the recipe much.Read more...-> read more

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Vimeo's ordering up its first batch of original content for its on-demand service in the form of six

Vimeo's ordering up its first batch of original content for its on-demand service in the form of six episodes of the hilarious web series High Maintenance. No word on how much individual episodes will cost.Read more...-> read more

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This Inflatable Tent Makes the Car Part of the Canopy

This tent takes car camping to the next level. Its inflatable structure can stand by itself, but it can also be attached to the back of an Audi Q3—to offer more robust shelter and storage if you need it.Read more...-> read more

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Verizon Claims Public Utility Status on Broadband For Government Perks

The biggest Internet service providers in the U.S. hate the idea of being treated like utilities companies —but a new report reveals that Verizon's FiOS service uses public utility rules to get a raft of government perks.Read more...-> read more

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Canadian Economists: Bitcoin Needs Flexible Regulation to Thrive

The Montreal Economic Institute has published a research note on bitcoin in which it concluded that the digital currency’s future hinges upon its legal status.The institute argues that retailers, consumers and investors need to know that a clear set of rules governing bitcoin is in place. Such rules would bolster confidence and boost adoption, while at the same time speeding up investment in bitcoin companies.However, “the proposed rules must not hamper the use of bitcoin as a means of...-> read more

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Could You Get Drunk By Drinking a Drunk Person's Blood?

The average adult contains about 5 liters of blood. The average drunk contains lots of alcohol. So could you, in theory, have a cheap—if messy—night out by turning vampiric for the evening?Read more...-> read more

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Black cab feud with Uber will be decided by London's High Court

It's safe to say that London's black cabbies don't like Uber, or anything like it. While it could simply be that they're bothered by the new-style competition, traditional taxi drivers also argue Uber's use of smartphones to calculate fares is...-> read more

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Doctors urge the World Health Organization to lighten up on e-cigs

The World Health Organization suspects that e-cigarettes should be treated with the same regulatory scorn as Tobacco, even if it hasn't yet made this conclusion legally binding. A group of 53 doctors, however, are now urging the WHO to take a gentler...-> read more

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Not even Snapchat's CEO can make his embarrassing email history disappear

Snapchat's CEO has previously shared his emails to show his business dealings with Facebook, but we imagine he now regrets making his inbox fair game. Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag has leaked messages from Evan Spiegel's days at Stanford, in...-> read more

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Google employee shows what to expect from Android Wear notifications

There's plenty we know about Android Wear already: It's Google's software platform for wearables; it's designed to allow you to interact with your phone and with Google Now straight from your wrist; and numerous manufacturers, from HTC to Motorola,...-> read more

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Scottish free-to-play studio Outplay receives $5M in funding

Outplay Entertainment, a Scottish free-to-play mobile game studio founded by industry veterans Douglas and Richard Hare, has raised $5 million in a new round of funding. ...-> read more

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Designing by metaphor, inspired by epiphany

On how inspiration from other media can unlock the key to making your game's design work: "Somewhere in between overhearing snippets of dialogue that day and waking up the next day I had my epiphany." ...-> read more

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How art games are shaped by economics

Why does a particular type of game start to dominate? "All art is shaped by the economics of a specific time and place. All standardized forms of art are but niches within a socioeconomic ecosystem." ...-> read more

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google comes clean on workforce diversity (or lack thereof)

Spoiler Alert: It's mostly white, overwhelmingly male Google has published its first public report on the diversity of its workforce, and the Chocolate Factory admits it has a lot of work to do.…-> read more

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Telstra backs a couple of percent of NICTA's budget

Cloud, security, media delivery research Australia's incumbent telco, Telstra, has put forward a touch over a million dollars with negotiable extensions to research body NICTA, which is at risk of being a casualty of the Australian government's cuts to science, research, and education.…-> read more

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Germany says 'nein' to NSA hacking prosecution

Says it lacks evidence to pursue case against Merkel hackers Officials in Germany are not planning to pursue charges over allegations that the NSA was spying on German citizens and government officials.… -> read more

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iiNet trial killed ISP-content talks, says Brandis

A-G wants to talk to ISPs not consumer groups Australia's government is “actively pursuing” the issue of online piracy, but the talks once pursued between government and ISPs remain a dead duck, according to an exchange in a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday.…-> read more

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

Possible malware served after SourceForge switcheroo The website of popular drive-encryption software TrueCrypt has been ripped up and replaced with a stark warning to not use the crypto-tool. It's also distributing a new version of the software, 7.2, which appears to have been compromised.…-> read more

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Apple makes it official: $3 BEEELLION for Beats

Add 'billionaire' to list of things you may have forgotten about Dre. Apple has confirmed weeks of speculation, announcing that it has agreed to acquire Beats Electronics for $3bn.…-> read more

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Google crafts neural network to watch over its data centers

Unwittingly creates most irritating and humorless backseat sysadmin ever Google has put its neural network technology to work on the dull but worthy problem of minimizing the power consumption of its gargantuan data centers.… -> read more

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High court finds Newzbin's 'ops' man liable for copyright infringement

Judge: Evidence he operated Usenet indexer 'overwhelming' The High Court has found a man liable for copyright infringement carried out on the file-sharing Newzbin websites and ruled that he is also part of a conspiracy to infringe copyrights and defraud film studios.…-> read more

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Report: Former Index president arrested for fraud

Masami Ochiai, former president and CEO of Atlus parent company Index Corporation, has been arrested by Japanese authorities who claim Ochiai fraudulently boosted Index's financial records prior to its sale to Sega Sammy Holdings last year. News of...-> read more

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Watch PlayStation's E3 2014 conference on the silver screen

Sony is looking to grab additional eyeballs by broadcasting its E3 2014 press event to more than 40 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada. The "PlayStation E3 Experience" on the silver screen will include a special 30-minute show after the press...-> read more

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CryEngine license subscriptions now available on Steam

Developers and hobbyists alike can now purchase a license to use Crytek's CryEngine PC software via Steam to create their own video games. The software is available on a subscription basis, which Crytek revealed back in March as its "Engine as a...-> read more

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Sony to foot the bill for indie exhibitors at Tokyo Game Show

Furthering its efforts to be seen as the console manufacturer that cares about independent game developers, Sony has announced plans to pay exhibition fees for all games appearing in the Indie Game Area at this September's Tokyo Game Show. There's...-> read more

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Watch Dogs PR stunt empties Sydney news office

A well-intentioned promotional effort went horribly awry as a copy of Watch Dogs sent to Australian news site Ninemsn prompted a mass evacuation of its offices and summoned the local bomb squad. Though Ninemsn is not in the habit of covering video...-> read more

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“TrueCrypt is not secure,” official SourceForge page abruptly warns

One of the official webpages for the widely used TrueCrypt encryption program says that development has abruptly ended and warns users of the decade-old tool that it isn't safe to use. "WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues," text in red at the top of TrueCrypt page on SourceForge states. The page continues: "This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt. The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft...-> read more

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This Supercooling Fridge Chills Food To Sub-Zero Without Freezing It

The current trend in fridge innovation involves adding extra doors, built-in soda dispensers, and pointless touchscreens. So it's refreshing when a company like Mitsubishi brings a truly unique advancement to its new refrigerators in the form of a freezer drawer that chills food to three degrees below freezing, without actually freezing it.Read more...-> read more

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How to Pull Off the Perfect Bank Heist

In 2011, architect Armin Blasbichler asked his 21 architecture students at the University of Innsbruck to plan bank heists because, as he says, "architects have a specific view on buildings and organizational structures—on how things relate together, weak points and strong points."Read more...-> read more

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How Forty Acres of Desert Appeared in the Middle of Maine

Maine has miles and miles of coastline, but its most spectacular sand dunes are nowhere near water. For that, you'd have to head inland, toward the vast, sandy expanse known as the "Desert of Maine." There, thanks to hapless farmers and some unusual geology, you'll find rolling dunes in the land of lobster and pine trees. Read more...-> read more

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New Method for Spray-On Graphene Makes the Supermaterial Even Stronger

An international team of researchers just announced a simple, inexpensive way to spray graphene onto substrates at supersonic speeds. Besides sounding absolutely awesome, the method also offers a solution to a crippling weakness with the supermaterial. In effect, spray-on graphene is simply stronger.Read more...-> read more

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Lookout has just released its new Theft Alerts product for iPhone and Android which not only allows

Lookout has just released its new Theft Alerts product for iPhone and Android which not only allows you to remotely locate, lock, and wipe your purloined property but will also capture a photo of the thief and email it (as well as its exact GPS coords) back to you. This premium feature, however, comes with a $30/year premium subscription fee.Read more...-> read more

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Watch Massimo Vignelli Read a Few of the Hundreds of Letters He Received

In the final weeks before his death, acclaimed graphic designer Massimo Vignelli received over 1000 letters from fans thanking him for his inspiration. Thanks to the New York Times, we can see a beautiful video of Vignelli reading a few of those letters.Read more...-> read more

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Samsung Wants to Be the Central Platform for All Wearables

In the last year, Samsung has released three different smartwatches in an apparent attempt to iterate and get out ahead of the pack with a viable product that's actually useful. Today, we're getting a look at Samsung's master plan here: It wants to develop the central open platform for all the the data your wearables collect, and by extension to become the platform for which all of these devices are made. A bit like it's trying to be to wristables what Android was to phones.Read more...-> read more

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The Evolution of Google's Iconic Logo

It may feel like Google's colorful lettering has been with us since the dawn of time, but it's been a long, bumpy road getting there. When it comes to logo design, sometimes you have to face-plant before you can fly. And in Google's case, there's been plenty of face-planting.Read more...-> read more

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Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report Finds ‘Extraordinary Interest’ in Bitcoin

Former Wall Street analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker has dedicated a slide to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as part of her latest Internet Trends 2014 Code Conference report.Released today, the extensive slideshow notably features a graph showcasing the rapid expansion evident in the bitcoin wallet space.With this information, Meeker concludes that the uptick in bitcoin wallet ownership is proof of “extraordinary interest” in cryptocurrencies.Continue reading at CoinDesk-> read more

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Old console, new tricks: Getting the most out of your Wii

It's not a great time to be a Nintendo fan. Forecasts are falling; profits are down; and Nintendo's new console just can't bottle the lightning its predecessor left behind. The faithful may believe that the Wii U will pull through (after all, Mario...-> read more

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Mobile analytics market condenses as App Annie acquires Distimo

Mobile analytics provider App Annie announced today that it has acquired competitor Distimo in a bid to dominate the mobile analytics market and bolster its European presence. ...-> read more

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Smash's new wristband helps perfect your tennis swing

We've come a long, long way since the days when smart wristwear did little more than track your footsteps. Need proof? Smash has unveiled a wearable dedicated to tennis. The wristband uses motion sensors to track many aspects of your swing, ranging...-> read more

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Put your back out again? Doctors now available to order through Zesty

Zesty.co.uk launched this time last year as an online portal for booking last-minute dentist appointments at clinics across London. While it's no doubt been useful for anyone that needs an emergency (and likely extortionately priced) filling, the...-> read more

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Watch Samsung's 'Voice of the Body' event here

When we received an invitation for a Samsung event "around health" a few weeks ago, our thoughts immediately leapt to a potential health-centered product, perhaps either a new wearable or an updated app. Since then, we've heard tell that there would...-> read more

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Heavy Bullets is modern day indie game development dressed in 90s neon

Terri Vellmann's Heavy Bullets is reminiscent of an older-school of video games. But the way it's being made has the markings of the new school of indie game development. ...-> read more

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With chat apps heating up for games, major online companies merge in Korea

The makers of the remarkably popular mobile messaging platform KakaoTalk are acquiring South Korean ISP Daum in an effort to better compete with platforms like WhatsApp and LINE. ...-> read more

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Intel's vision for wearables includes... a shirt?

The next biggest thing in wearables is apparently something that's already technically... wearable: A smart shirt. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich came to the Code Conference wearing a shirt laden with sensors capable of monitoring your health, such as...-> read more

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Intel will let you build your own 3D-printed robot later this year

Intel CEO brought a robotic companion named Jimmy with him on stage at Code Conference today. Jimmy is a 3D-printed robot capable of walking, talking, moving his arms, dancing and even tweeting, and it's the key to Intel's vision of the future of...-> read more

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Deals of the Day (5-28-2014)

Amazon’s Fire TV normally sells for $99, and the Kindle Fire HDX 7 tablet has a starting price of $229. But for a limited time you can save $79 when you buy both devices at the same time. Amazon is offering its TV box and 7 inch tablet as part of a $249 bundle deal. […] Deals of the Day (5-28-2014) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Apple's iWatch will be a rounded Moto 360 look-a-like

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LG G3 hands-on review

LG's flagship Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone should have rivals worried -> read more

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Ofcom to free up digital TV spectrum to boost mobile internet

700MHz may be changed by 2022 as mobile needs multiply -> read more

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FeeX Exposes the Hidden Fees that Eat Up Your Retirement Savings

Saving for retirement is important, but many retirement funds and savings accounts—even those offered by employers—often come loaded with fees that can take a serious bite out of your bottom line savings. Even worse, those fees aren't well disclosed. Feex is a new service that sheds light on them.Read more...-> read more

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This Cheap, No-Mess Cold Brew System Offers a Hassle-Free Caffeine Fix

Cold-brewing is a great way to enjoy coffee on a hot day or without having to have a hot drink. We've shown you a couple of ways of making it before—once in a blender , and once using a free-but-pretty jenky brewing rig . If you want something in between that's still hassle-free, this method is for you. Read more...-> read more

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Netflix's 'Daredevil' will star Charlie Cox from 'Boardwalk Empire'

Netflix's take on the blind Marvel superhero Daredevil has cast its leading role. Charlie Cox, known for playing Owen Sleater, the Irish enforcer with IRA ties in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, is set to don the suit of lawyer Matt Murdock and the costume of his crime-fighting alter-ego. Cox also starred as Tristan Thorn in the 2007 movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust. Continue reading… -> read more

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tens of thousands of pirate gamers enslaved by Bitcoin botnet

'Watch Dogs' players targeted for access to their juicy GPUs Tens of thousands of pirate gamers have been enslaved in a BitCoin botnet after downloading a leaked copy of popular game Watch Dogs.…-> read more

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Smut-spreading copyright trolls lose John Doe case

US Appeals Court smacks down AF Holdings Notorious copyright troll AF Holdings has had a second “copyright shakedown” smacked down, with the US Court of Appeals denying it access to end user data.…-> read more

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Apple denies iCloud breach behind Oz ransomware outbreak

Hacker 'Oleg Pliss' suspected of using user names and passwords gleaned elsewhere Apple has denied that a breach of its iCloud service is the reason for an outbreak of ransomware infecting Australian iThing users.…-> read more

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Microsoft demos live translation of Skype calls

Beta in late 2014 will let us know if it's les noix du mutt Microsoft has demonstrated real-time translation of conversations conducted over Skype.…-> read more

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That Snowden chap was SPOT ON says China

Middle Kingdom concludes big meanie USA spies online, a lot China is ramping up its war of words with the USA over online espionage, releasing a report by its Internet Media Research Center that – surprise! - concludes Uncle Sam does a lot of spying online.… -> read more

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

You can't make this stuff up E-mail and SMS hold-outs are a danger to the Internet, because they foul up media giants' tracking, according to analysts with an interest in flogging social tracking services to media giants.…-> read more

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'I was a trained as a spy' says Snowden

Whistleblower reveals he was much more than just a contractor for US government Government whistleblower Edward Snowden said he was "trained as a spy" by the US government, and that he worked with an assumed name and identity while serving both the CIA and the NSA in overseas positions.…-> read more

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

Cloud operator now home to most mortified sysadmin in the USA Cloud operator Joyent went through a major failure on Tuesday when a fat-fingered admin brought down an entire data center's compute assets.…-> read more

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Four-pronged ARM-based Mac rumor channels Rasputin

Guess what company would benefit if true? Hint: It's a Korean bête noire of Apple An intriguing rumor is a difficult thing to kill – and the long-whispered switch by Apple of its Mac line from Intel to ARM-based chippery has again resurfaced, Rasputin-like, to live another day.…-> read more

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Mozilla launches Flame reference handset for Firefox OS

It's big, it's beefy, it's not cheap, and it runs Firefox OS Mozilla has begun taking preorders for the Firefox OS Flame, a new developer handset that's a reference design for what the not-for-profit browser maker calls "mid-tier hardware" for its open source mobile OS.… -> read more

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Humble Bundle PC, Android 10: Skulls of the Shogun, Symphony

Humble Bundle PC and Android 10 offers seven games for your mobile and desktop pleasure, three for any price you choose and four for more than the average. The three games up for grabs are Symphony, Draw a Stickman: Epic and Galcon Legends (plus the...-> read more

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Google’s prototype electric self-driving car seats two, has no steering wheel

A real-life prototype, left, and an artist's rendering, right, of Google's own self-driving car. Google has revealed it plans to build its own self-driving cars from the ground up, per an announcement from founder Sergey Brin at the Code conference Tuesday. The company revealed one such car to Recode, a highly compact two-seater without a steering wheel. Google had previously been retrofitting Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs with its self-driving technology. The cars were...-> read more

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You can now buy Battlefield 4 item packs with real money

Battlefield 4 developer DICE is now opening up the option for players to purchase in-game content using real money. Starting today, the game's three types of battlepacks can be picked up; $1 for Bronze packs, $2 for Silver ones and $3 for Gold packs....-> read more

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Payday 2 adding free heist DLC on PC this week

Overkill Software announced that the next batch of free content for its co-op heist sim Payday 2 is due to launch later this week on PC platforms. The new Shadow Raid heist is a stealth-only mission in which players must infiltrate a PMC warehouse...-> read more

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State of Decay 'Lifeline' DLC surges to life on May 30

State of Decay's "Lifeline" DLC is due out on May 30 for $7, Undead Labs announced this week. The DLC is in certification now, and "if all goes well," it'll hit on May 30 alongside the "Rucks in Trucks" Title Update. Lifeline places a squadron of...-> read more

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PSN Tuesday: Watch Dogs, Sly Collection

The PSN Store is updated today with Watch Dogs and the Watch Dogs Gold Edition on PS4 and PS3. Meanwhile, Vita gets Lemmings Touch, Mind Zero, Monster Monpiece, The Sly Collection PS Vita and Fort Defense & Fort Defense North Menace. PS Plus members...-> read more

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Sacred 3 comes out swinging on August 5

Deep Silver revealed today that its co-op action-RPG Sacred 3 will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms on August 5, bumping up its previously announced launch date by three weeks. The latest entry in the fantasy-themed hack-and-slash...-> read more

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How your neighborhood was designed by racists.

How your neighborhood was designed by racists. What it's like to sit behind the wheel of a car for four hours every day. The evils of alternate-side parking. And the beauty of traveling by antique rail car. All this and more, in this week's Urban Reads.Read more...-> read more

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Edward Snowden Claims He Was a Spy in Interview (Update: Video)

NBC News just published some telling quotes from its much anticipated interview with Edward Snowden. Among other self-aggrandizing things, Snowden said he "was trained as a spy"and is "a technical expert." Snowden added, "I don't work with people." Update: video below.Read more...-> read more

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Bizarre Soviet-Era Theory About New State of Matter Is Actually Right

Here's your dose of mind-bending physics for the day. In 1970, a young Soviet physicist named Vitaly Efimov proposed a trio of ultracold particles could arrange themselves in an "infinite nesting-doll configuration." Scientists have now published compelling evidence that this state of matter, once dismissed by physicists, totally does exist. Read more...-> read more

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How Mad Men-Era Americans Imagined the World Would Look In 1970

The AMC show Mad Men is in its final season, with its mid-season finale (yeah, I don't know what that means exactly either) airing this past Sunday. The show started with 1960 as its backdrop, and we now see characters in the world of 1969. A lot changed in that decade and, of course, it's a fictional representation of history. But in the real world of 1960, people were making their own predictions for what was to come one decade hence.Read more...-> read more

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How More Bike Parking Could Make Cities Better For Everyone

Car parking remains a major part of our economy, and it is easy to realize why its availability and low price are clung to so fiercely. Parking allows access for customers to stores, employees to work, entrepreneurs to meetings, tourists to places where they can deposit all their money, the needy to services, residents to their homes. Because of this, it's harder to see that the costs are so high that they outweigh all economic benefits provided.Read more...-> read more

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Gallery: Amsterdam’s Bitcoin2014 Conference in Pictures

In a whirlwind weekend that saw big news from Circle, BitPay and Satoshi Nakamoto himself, Amsterdam’s Bitcoin2014 conference certainly didn’t disappoint.One of the biggest bitcoin events to date, the Bitcoin Foundation‘s annual conference drew more than 1,100 attendees, and 140 speakers and panelists who weighed in on the future of the digital currency economy.For those that couldn’t be there, the CoinDesk team have compiled some highlights of the event in the gallery...-> read more

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Startup Accelerator Gives Boost to Bitcoin ATM Operator Liberty Teller

Boston-based ATM network provider Liberty Teller has been one of the more high-profile local ATM operators due to its ability to place machines in notable locations such as South Station and Harvard Square, two of the metropolitan area’s biggest commuter hubs.Liberty Teller rose to prominence by taking a more guerrilla approach to distributing its Lamassu ATMs, opting to set up units without merchant partnerships and in attention-grabbing locations as a way to spread awareness about...-> read more

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What's on your HDTV this week: Watch Dogs, The Life Aquatic, Wil Wheaton, Mario Kart

With Memorial Day come and gone and the temperatures rising, it's time to get ready for our summer TV schedule. The NBA and NHL are almost ready to enter the championship rounds of the playoffs, and most of the winter TV shows are out of the way....-> read more

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Playdate: We're livestreaming Watch Dogs for PS4!

Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They're fun! What would you do if you could control your hometown...-> read more

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'Lomo Instant' takes your standard Polaroid to the next level

Back in the good old days, you could take a photo of Fido with your Polaroid, and after a few shakes be ready to tape it to your dorm room wall. Now Lomo is looking to bring that same old-school experience into the next decade with the Instant – a...-> read more

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Unity 4.5 out now with OpenGL and 2D physics enhancements, fixes

Today, the popular game engine released its latest update -- including a Open GL ES support for the latest iOS devices and more. ...-> read more

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Nintendo wants its cut of 'Let's Play' gaming videos

Remember when Nintendo started wrapping ads around 'Let's Play' commentary videos last year and pocketed the revenue? It's happening again, albeit in a more organized way. Nintendo just announced that it's creating a YouTube affiliate program for...-> read more

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Inside LG's G3: How vacuums, focus groups and competitive pressure shaped a smartphone

Nine months ago, deep in a heavily guarded lab in Seoul, South Korea, LG's mobile design team set out to create a phone to rival Samsung's flagships. It was no light responsibility: According to IDC, Samsung dominated smartphone sales in 2013 with...-> read more

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This Week in Video Game Criticism: The Glitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Alan Williamson on topics ranging from the Far Cry 4 cover controversy to the lonely highways of Glitchhikers. ...-> read more

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Minnesota man building a 3D printer to construct houses

It's the dream of many to build their own home, but financial, temporal and technical limitations mean that few of us ever do. At least, that's the situation right now. An inventor from Minnesota is currently trying to build an enormous 3D printer...-> read more

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Video: Everything and nothing is killing the games industry

Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry at the Nordic Game 2014 Conference. ...-> read more

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GDC GM Scavio explains GDC Next's new agenda

Game Developers Conference general manager Meggan Scavio explains GDC Next's evolved theme - 'You've made a game, what's next?', as call for lectures ends this Friday. ...-> read more

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Pre-order Firefox OS “Flame” reference phone for $170

Firefox OS is an operating system for smartphones and tablets developed by the makers of the Firefox web browser. Up until recently, the only devices that actually shipped with the software have been low-end devices with low resolution displays and single core processors. But the folks at Mozilla have been working to add support for […] Pre-order Firefox OS “Flame” reference phone for $170 is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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