Monday, June 30, 2014

Silent Circle’s 'surveillance-proof' Blackphone starts shipping

The first batch of handsets are 'completely sold out' -> read more

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Samsung admits its Chinese factories STILL 'unsafe', violate laws

Another yearly audit, another catalogue of labour abuses Samsung has admitted that its Chinese suppliers are still guilty of legal and safety violations, despite its repeated promises to clean up its factories.…-> read more

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Namibian householders leap on chairs, flee from MINIATURE ELEPHANT MENACE

Not exactly, but mini-Dumbo species certainly looks the part No, it's not a mouse, it's not a rodent at all... Think you're shrew-d 'cos you guessed it's from the Soricidae clan? Guess again: this creature is more closely related to an elephant.… -> read more

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Fear not, posh tech tarts! Selfridges' Apple concession still open despite selloff

Square Group sells retail outlet to CompuB The Apple retail concession in posh London department store Selfridges has been sold to Ireland's largest Apple Premium Reseller, giving it a ready-made route into the wallets of rich Arabs the wealthy elite.…-> read more

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IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London

Unbelievable... Chessington's nowhere near London Retro computing fans will be thrilled to hear IBM is working on floating mainframe platforms onto the cloud even as its pours cash into the rollout of its SoftLayer offering which will hit London this week.…-> read more

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Warren Buffett’s Best Money Advice

Warren Buffett is a hugely successful investor, and his tips for investing are surprisingly accessible. Most of his methods are simple, straightforward and timeless. Here's some of Buffett's best money advice.Read more...-> read more

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The 'Sheltered' apocalypse is coming!

Sheltered, described as a post-apocalyptic strategy game, will be published by Team17, the developer best (only?) known for the Worms franchise. The publishing deal is part of Team17's expanding third-party publishing program, which is interesting...-> read more

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GoPro Shares Are Going Crazy Again (GPRO)

GoPro shares are surging again. After gaining more than 30% in their debut Thursday, and another 14% on Friday, shares of the wearable camera company were up as much as 10% in morning trade on Monday. At $39 per share, GoPro is worth more than $4.7 billion. GoPro's revenue grew steadily from 2011 to 2013, hitting nearly $1 billion a year ago. In the first quarter of 2014, however, the company's revenue fell to $235 million from $255 million in the prior year period. This chart shows GoPro's...-> read more

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Booster.ly is a service designed for publishers and advertisers, which allows to extend the scope and efficiency of adverts. By means of publishers’ content, advertisers win new customers and have bigger sales profits. Publishers who publish the content reach a wider group of clients and increase the website traffic – totally for free. All of that is simple and intuitive. Content marketing is the future of effective advertising. Join a group of the best publishers/advertisers and check all the...-> read more

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UK cinemas to ban Google Glass over piracy fears

The UK's data regulator may have clarified that Google Glass shouldn't be singled out for special measures over personal use, but that isn't stopping domestic companies from enforcing their own rules. The Independent reports that just a week after...-> read more

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Serious Security Threat Lurks on 86 Percent of Android Phones

A bug in the Android KeyStore left an estimated 86 percent of Android phones vulnerable to major security breaches, according to an advisory IBM researchers published last week. Read more...-> read more

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How To Recover Old Versions and Deleted Files in Dropbox

Dropbox offers an excellent way of syncing files across computers and devices, sharing files with others and automatically backing up your photos. The more you dig into the app , the more features you uncover, and one tool you might not know about is the ability to recover deleted files.Read more...-> read more

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4 Parking Garages That You Wouldn't Mind Getting Lost In

Cars are wonderful things. They take us places, they bring us joy, they're arguably one of the most important consumer technologies of the last 150 years. Parking garages, on the other hand, are more like a necessary evil. Which is why these designers are trying to make them a little more pleasant to be around. Read more...-> read more

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Watch a sniper nail his target from 500 yards without even 'looking' at it

Smart-weapon company TrackingPoint seems pretty intent to make real-world guns act like the virtual firearms we use for offing video game villains. The latest demo of its ShotView targeting system showcases live video being transmitted from a rifle's...-> read more

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Blackphone’s smartphone for the paranoid now shipping for $629

The Blackphone is a smartphone for folks who aren’t satisfied with the privacy and security features offered by Android, iOS, or other popular operating systems… and who are willing to pay a premium price for those features. First announced earlier this year, the Blackphone is now shipping to customers who pre-ordered. A new round of […] Blackphone’s smartphone for the paranoid now shipping for $629 is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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BLU promises Android KitKat update for 8 phones

BLU offers a range of low-end and mid-range Android smartphones with decent specs and even better prices. Most of the company’s recent phones have shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, an aging version of Google’s mobile operating system. Soon at least 8 of those phones will receive a software update that brings Android 4.4 […] BLU promises Android KitKat update for 8 phones is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

Please don't inflict another godawful GIF on us... Britain has today introduced new flexible working laws which could finally free beleaguered wage-slaves from the misery of office-based working.…-> read more

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Facebook: We 'carefully considered' ... before deciding to let shrinks loose on USERS

Unrepentant biz: It's an old study, m'kay? Facebook has hit back at its critics, after the free content ad network's data scientist Adam Kramer instructed researchers to play God with posts seen by 700,000 users on the "News Feed" to work out if an individual's emotions could be poked around like a pound of flesh on a petri dish.…-> read more

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Application delivery controllers tighten the security perimeter

Protect your assets The application and data landscape today is in something of a state of flux. Of course, information technology is always in a state of flux but this is a new kind of dynamism.…-> read more

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Flynx Opens Links in Background with a Loading Bar, Reading Mode

Android: Don't interrupt the flow of reading your Twitter or Facebook timeline. Flynx opens any link you tap and shows it as a floating icon, with a loading bar to tell you when the link is ready to read.Read more...-> read more

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Frame Questions with "Could" Instead of "Should" for Ethical Dilemmas

When faced with a question that requires morality-based answers, don't ask yourself, "What should I do?" Harvard researchers say the right question is, "What could I do?"Read more...-> read more

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Sniper Elite 3 zooms up UK charts

EA Sports' UFC managed one week as the British king of the ring, but it failed to spot Sniper Elite 3 lurking in the audience. Rebellion's shooter displaced the fighter this week, marking the series' second time on top of the UK...-> read more

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REPORT: Those iPhone 6 Leaks You've Seen Are Getting A Major Detail About The Phone Wrong (AAPL)

We’ve seen numerous alleged mockups for the so-called “iPhone 6,” Apple’s eighth-generation smartphone set to release this fall. But according to a new report from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei (via 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo), the mockups are a good estimation of the iPhone’s final design but some “key details are omitted.” According to the Nikkei report, which was translated by GforGames, the iPhone 6 won’t feature the white stripes we’...-> read more

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Sorry, But It's Time To Remind You About The Possibility Of A Stock Market Crash

The stock market has had another good year so far. Despite concerns about high prices (from people like me), stocks have meandered higher over the past 6 months. And they are now, once again, setting new all-time highs. That's good for me, because I own stocks. But I'm not expecting this performance to continue. In fact, the higher stocks move, the more concerned I get about a day (or days) of reckoning. Why? Because the higher stocks move, the farther their prices get farther away from the...-> read more

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Economy Airplane Seats of the Future Will Be More Like First Class

BAE Systems has taken a break from submarines and warships to lavish attention on the humble cattle-class flyer. Its IntelliCabin, a system that integrates passenger controls into a touchscreen tablet interface for fliers and staff, should make standard class a bit more like first. A bit.Read more...-> read more

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Record-breaking magnet crams three tons of force into the size of a golf ball

University of Cambridge scientists have broken a decade-old superconducting record by packing a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a golf ball-sized hunk of crystal -- equivalent to about three tons of force. The team used high temperature...-> read more

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Apple irks professional crowd with Aperture development shutdown

Professional-grade photography app to be replaced with Photos -> read more

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Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather

Nick Hancock battens down the hatches on North Atlantic islet Rockall pod-dweller Nick Hancock has now spent over three weeks atop the North Atlantic islet and was battening down the hatches on Saturday ahead of predicted stormy weather.…-> read more

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Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

Vows to fight on after US Supreme Court ruling TV-streaming biz Aereo suspended its services over the weekend, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that its operations breached US broadcasters’ copyrights, but the firm has vowed to fight on.…-> read more

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

Accused will tap the boards before the beak today An unnamed London teenager has been charged with a series of criminal offences following a series of denial-of-service attacks against internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.… -> read more

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Dragons' Den newbie firm Outsourcery: We are losing sales, we need to go DIRECT

Born-in-cloud biz trims £1m Generals in the war-room at cloudy Brit biz Outsourcery are hiring direct sales reps in the public sector amid concerns that channel partners alone are not hitting the mark just yet.…-> read more

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NSA Chief Says The Sky Is Not Falling Over Snowden — But Doesn't Mention The Biggest Impact

New NSA Director Adm. Michael S. Rogers told The New York Times that the damage done by leaks made by Edward Snowden last summer is largely manageable. “You have not heard me as the director say, ‘Oh, my God, the sky is falling,’" Rogers said in an interview. "I am trying to be very specific and very measured in my characterizations.” Rogers' predecessor, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, has previously said that the Snowden's theft of up to 1.7 million documents caused “...-> read more

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5 People You Should Regularly Talk Shop With for a Better Career

The right advice can dramatically change your career. But to get that insight, you need to talk to the right people. Build a network of people with different roles and your professional life will benefit from diverse perspectives. Here are a few people you should regularly connect with.Read more...-> read more

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10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning (FB, TWTR, AAPL, GOOG)

Good morning! A warm sunny day (again) here in New York City. Let's dig into the news. 1. Facebook conducted an experiment with ~700,000 users to see if it could alter their emotions by showing them positive or negative posts. (It could.) 2. This Facebook experiment (naturally) led to a backlash against Facebook. One of the data scientists involved in experiment said it was done two years ago, and that it was a small group of Facebook's users, and the resulting mood swings were not gigantic. 3...-> read more

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Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping for $630

If you missed our coverage during Mobile World Congress, then here's what you need to know about Blackphone: it's a mid-spec Android smartphone that comes pre-subscribed to (and pre-installed with) a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance services,...-> read more

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Boston Is Getting Solar-Powered Smart Benches in Its Parks

The next park bench you sit on may be smarter than you think. Boston is rolling out new smart benches to parks around the city, which will use solar power to allow anyone to charge their phone on the go and record data about their surroundings at the same time.Read more...-> read more

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

Wooing shareholders to smooth things over Hewlett-Packard seems poised to settle a lawsuit with shareholders over its $10.7bn purchase of Mike Lynch’s software company, Autonomy.…-> read more

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Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop

Screeching sound heard amid Spark stampede as Cloudera changes opinion on Hive Cloudera has rallied four major companies behind a scheme to tie two open source projects together for the benefit of the Hadoop community.…-> read more

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

Customers left fuming at the weekend BT was hit by a huge DNS outage on Saturday morning but the telecoms giant was very slow to respond to customer complaints, it has been claimed.…-> read more

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Amazon Fire: Who needs a WAREHOUSE when you have a global ADS PLATFORM?

Analyst sees tat emporium's empire surging into China Amazon could use its new Fire phone to help fight its way into countries where it doesn't - or can't - operate warehouses, says an industry analysis firm.… -> read more

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Ericsson resurrects not-spot swatter

Radio Dot: Skyscrapers could get mobile signal on 99th floor Mobile phone hardware firm Ericsson has relaunched its Radio Dot indoor mobile base station, aimed at networks which want to provide indoor coverage for major corporate clients.…-> read more

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Saddle up for the Tour de Firmware

Build a BONKERS BICYCLE laden down with gadgetry Lots of techies ride bicycles and it is not hard to see why: both pursuits involve the creation of heavily customised and finely-tuned machines coaxed to peak performance after arcane preparations and exhaustive effort, often at odd hours of the day or night.…-> read more

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Dropbox used as command and control for Taiwan time bomb

PlugX trojan gets an upgrade for new attacks A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says.…-> read more

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Panasonic's seven-inch Windows slab has tough exterior, confused mind

Can a hard-as-nails tablet do double duty on your desktop? When Samsung announced that the Galaxy S5 had earned the IP67 rating, the next-to-highest moisture-and-dust-resistance score attainable on the intrusion protection rating scale, it made ruggedisation look easy.…-> read more

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

Science finally admits it's been taking the piss all along Racehorses have long been noted for the prodigious length of their - wait for it - toilet breaks. Yet boffins have claimed that all animals actually wee for the same amount of time, demolishing equines' much-vaunted status as the greatest urinators on Planet Earth.… -> read more

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A piece about a smart pelvic floor exerciser, written by someone totally out of their depth

The quantified self movement is all about strapping gadgets to our bodies to tell us that we don't get enough exercise. The trend may have neglected certain parts of the body, which is something that adult toy manufacturer Minna Life wants to fix. At...-> read more

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How Chillies Can Be Used to Treat Pain

Humans are, essentially, sadomasochists. For more 600 years we have sought out, cultivated, eaten, applied to our skin and even weaponised a chemical capable of making us feel heat and pain.Read more...-> read more

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The US National Archives plans to upload all its holdings to Wikipedia--and that, apparently, includ

The US National Archives plans to upload all its holdings to Wikipedia—and that, apparently, includes so many images that it's given up counting.Read more...-> read more

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BT ruins weekends with broadband outage

Left many of its seven million customers unable to get online on Saturday -> read more

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Microsoft's Cortana World Cup predictions rival Paul the octopus

Paul the octopus might have been the star of the 2010 World Cup with his accurate predictions, but Microsoft’s Cortana assistant is proving a worthy digital replacement for the now-deceased cephalopod. Microsoft started adding World Cup predictions to Cortana over the weekend, and she has successfully predicted four results, backing Brazil, Columbia, The Netherlands, and Costa Rica in their final 16 games. The new prediction functionality is part of regular updates that Microsoft makes to...-> read more

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Kickstarter unplugs iFind miracle battery-free locator

Funding suspended at a whopping $US546,852 Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the campaign to raise funds for the iFind - described as "The World's First Battery Free Item Locating Tag".…-> read more

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Server count down by a third, says engineer, and Iowa data centre coming online now Facebook has migrated Instagram's colossal collection of images out of Amazon Web Services and into its own bit barns.…-> read more

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

First and seventh pings from plane indicate power interruptions Australia's Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has published a detailed analysis of efforts to find Malaysian Airways Flight 370.… -> read more

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MPAA, meet the Streisand effect: Picture ass. slaps Reddit with takedown

Would-be pirates flock to r/FullLengthFilms The Motion Picture Ass. of America has shot itself in the foot by issuing a copyright takedown notice against a corner of Reddit – and promptly turned a virtually unused subredit into a popular forum.…-> read more

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Send Bitcoin or we'll hate-spam you on Yelp, say crims

Extortion letters demand cryptocurrency from pizza parlours Businesses are being served printed 'Notice of Extortion' letters demanding Bitcoins to avoid 'severe and irreparable' damage to their reputation.…-> read more

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

All those safety logos on kit aren't just window dressing An Australian woman has been found dead, possibly as the result of connecting a device to a USB charger that does not comply with safety standards.…-> read more

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Tell us about your first time … on the internet. Was it gentle?

Australia marks 25th anniversary of first internet connection The University of Melbourne this week marked the 25th anniversary of Australia's first internet connection, which took place on June 24th, 1989.… -> read more

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

Nein, danke, we need 'a very high level of security' The German government has said it will cancel its contract with US telecoms provider Verizon, citing spying fears.…-> read more

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Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

Mobile Interior Imaging cameras know who you are, Ahab Intel and the Ford Motor Company have announced a joint effort to equip the automaker's vehicles with cameras – but not ones that will survey the driving environment; instead, interior-mounted eyes will keep their gaze on you and your passengers.…-> read more

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BBC Star Said He Had Sex With Corpses And Claimed His Jewelry Was Made From The Glass Eyes Of The Dead

Over the last couple of years, the BBC has been dragged through the mud as several of its former top celebrities have been accused of the sexual abuse of underage fans, while the executives around them turned a blind eye. Britain was already horrified when it emerged after the death of DJ Jimmy Savile in 2011 that he had abused hundreds of children, often during his role as a charity fundraiser for hospitals, from the late 1960s onward. (Savile career with the BBC spanned decades.) But...-> read more

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Foruum

Foruum helps companies to focus on what features people do and do not use. Listen to your user’s feedback and find out what it’s the most important for them. View startup -> read more

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LykeIt

LykeIt helps users connect with social media accounts of their favourite brands, without the hassle. Don't waste time looking for social media accounts, the process is broken. Simply follow any brand's accounts by snapping a photo with your smartphone. We do all the work for you. View startup -> read more

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Mozilla takes the Web 3D with Oculus Rift VR experiment

With WebGL and fast JavaScript, the browser is becoming a viable gaming platform. Mozilla has been promoting it as capable even of graphically rich 3D gaming. A new Mozilla experiment is making that 3D a little more real. Mozilla developers are working on experimental support for 3D virtual reality support within the browser. The initial prototype supports the Oculus Rift Developer Kit to provide both stereoscopic 3D output, and lets scripts use the headset's orientation sensors for input. The...-> read more

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New Senate Bill Could Help You Unlock Your Phone

The murky copyright situation surrounding phone unlocking could get a little bit clearer, thanks to the new and somewhat improved Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, a bipartisan bill in the Senate.Read more...-> read more

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Woman photoshopped to fit 25 different countries' definition of beauty

Here's an amazing experiment to see the differences between feminine beauty "ideals" across different countries: 24-year-old radio journalist Esther Honig had her picture photoshopped by Photoshop artists from 25 different countries. She told them to "make her look beautiful" according to their country standards.Read more...-> read more

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This map shows where the most famous Marvel characters are from

Here's a map of the world plotting out Marvel characters and there's no surprise which state is best at pumping them out.Read more...-> read more

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The world's largest gathering of snakes looks like a slithering sea

Imagine your worst nightmare. And then imagine your living room filled with thousands and thousands and thousands of snakes. That's what it's like at the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada. It's the largest concentration of snakes in the world. It basically looks like an ocean of snakes.Read more...-> read more

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The Darkest, Strangest, Creepiest, British-est Comedy Series of All Time

Are you local?Read more...-> read more

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There's a Plan to Breed Bald Chickens That Can Survive Global Warming

In a few decades, global warming will likely make our unbearable summers hotter, longer, and even more unbearable. So think of the chickens. Or, if you can't find a place for chickens in your heart, think of the chicken nuggets and hot wings that you'll miss. That's why researchers at the University of Delaware want to breed a heat-resistant chicken with no feathers on its head and neck.Read more...-> read more

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This is the best way to peel a whole bucket of potatoes in seconds

Leo Morten Lund's has a great trick that allows him to peel an entire two-pound sack of potatoes in less than a minute. You will only need a drill, a circular (clean) toilet brush head, a hose, and a bucket full of water.Read more...-> read more

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Watch Plastic Ocean Junk Become a Pair of Wild Multi-Colored Sneakers

That our poor oceans are overflowing with our disgusting floating garbage is not news, but we keep on keeping on disposing of a crazy amount of non-biodegradable trashola—and lightly worn wardrobes. Your Shoes Are Rubbish represents one small step towards increasing awareness of the massive problem; these kicks were made entirely from washed up junk. Read more...-> read more

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Scientists Swapped a Toxic Chemical in Solar Cells For a Tofu Ingredient

Thin-film solar cells promise to bring flexible, low-profile solar power to all kinds of surfaces. Unfortunately, constructing thin-film panels requires cadmium chloride, a finicky, expensive, and toxic material. Now, University of Liverpool scientists have figured out how to make solar cells using magnesium chloride, a compound so innocuous, it's actually used in the production of tofu.Read more...-> read more

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

PlayStation Now streaming service beta coming to Sony HDTVs

The company announced plans to bring its service, which is currently in beta and streams PlayStation 3 games to users, to its televisions in April. Its pilot program begins on June 30. ...-> read more

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Apple gives a boost to iOS devs with 'Best New Game Updates'

Apple recently added a new discovery tool to its App Store with "Best New Game Updates" -- which should help players connect with games that are actively being worked on. ...-> read more

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German government cancels Verizon contract over NSA concerns

Verizon just suffered a major setback at the hands of the NSA. Bloomberg is reporting that the German government is declining to renew its contracts with the telecom giant, primarily because of concerns over the company's collusion with NSA surveillance. "There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA," German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate told Bloomberg, "and that's one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won't continue."...-> read more

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Google's ATAP group is a 'band of pirates' making the future

The Advanced Technologies and Products group within Google is the kind of place where the smartest people on the planet might want to make their careers, but ATAP won't let them. Instead, it follows Regina Dugan's DARPA model of innovation: tiny teams pick ridiculously ambitious goals and then try to achieve them in two years — and achieve them at a real, meaningful scale. Three teams from ATAP presented their progress here at the Google I/O Developer conference. We saw Project Tango,...-> read more

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Silicon Valley works to fix its diversity problem

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and LinkedIn have each published diversity reports in recent weeks that outline gender and ethnicity statistics within their workforce ranks. The lopsided data shows that Silicon Valley mostly employs white and Asian workers, with men holding far more jobs than women — particularly in the tech field. Those trends are nothing new; but these companies and others say that's no excuse. With the diversity reports and increased transparency, they're hoping to reverse...-> read more

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Which is Better: Rooted or Unrooted Android?

From the early days of Android, it's been assumed that rooting your Android phone is clearly better. Some might argue that it isn't as necessary as it once was. So, who's right?Read more...-> read more

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​Forget.me Helps Remove You from Google Search Results

A recent European ruling decided that internet users can ask Google to remove outdated or incorrect information about them from search results. Forget.me makes the whole process as easy as possible.Read more...-> read more

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What's hot and what's not in storage this week: Your byte-sized guide

A little pun there about the latest cloud, flash and convergence developments Cloud, flash and convergence are surely three of the hottest topics in storage right now. The storage sphere is facing a torrent of news announcements and here are some of the latest ones in bite size:…-> read more

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

BT, ARM and IBM back 'Google for Iot' HyperCat The Internet of Things is all a question of semantics, according to a government-backed consortium that includes mega tech players like BT, IBM and ARM.…-> read more

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IBM's SPSS buyout: FBI cuffs two on insider trading charges

Stockbrokers deny inside dealing Two stockbrokers have been arrested and charged with insider trading related to IBM’s £1.2bn acquisition of software firm SPSS in 2009, after three others pleaded guilty.…-> read more

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Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

Wanna see EVERYTHING? Just click the 'use Google.com' button. Simples Google has begun notifying European Union-based netizens that its search results have to respect the 28-member-state bloc's 19-year-old data protection law.…-> read more

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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Get Safe Online launches campaign against 'social engineering' UK consumers have lost more than £21m to "social engineering" scams where fraudsters impersonated bank employees and tech support since the beginning of the year, according to GetSafeOnline.…-> read more

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

This dogfood tastes of Apple Few companies have as all encompassing a vision as our friends at Google. From handsets and cloud apps, to airships via, ad sales and Chromebooks, this is the company that reckons anything you can do, it can do better. Or at least do with an ad on it.…-> read more

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It's a Brit Apple supplier BORG: Two become one £80m fruity tech titan

Jigsaw24 swallows Square Group Private equity-backed Jigsaw24 has swallowed fellow Apple supplier Square Group for an undisclosed sum to create a circa £80m powerhouse in the fruit-branded channel.…-> read more

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Jammable

Jammable is a mobile platform that allows music players to jam with any other music player around the world. Tired of playing music on your own? Use your smartphone to record yourself playing your music and share it on Jammable so that other musicians from around the world could add new tracks to your recording to create a jam session. Just as easily, search Jammable to find other music players' jam sessions and join in by recording your unique track to it. You will never be without an...-> read more

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Apple gives 16GB iPod touch a camera, lowers prices on all models

The fifth-gen iPod touch gets a mild refresh a few months before the release of iOS 8. Andrew Cunningham Apple quietly refreshed its iPod touch lineup this morning, adding a camera to the previously camera-free 16GB model and lowering prices across the lineup. The 16GB model is now $199 instead of $229; the 32GB model is $249 instead of $299; and the 64GB model is $299 instead of $399. This iPod touch hardware was originally released back in late 2012, a...-> read more

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Google I/O in photos: Keynotes, crowds, and Androids all over the place

CN.dart.call("xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:["top"], collapse: true});SAN FRANCISCO—The second (and last) day of Google I/O kicks off today, and we'll be spending most of our time in sessions, conducting interviews, and generally working to get our hands on everything we can. This means that more in-depth looks at Android Wear and both the Samsung and LG watches, Android's L release developer preview, and Android TV and Android Auto are all in the works. You can expect to read more about those...-> read more

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Running WordPress? Got webshot enabled? Turn it off or you’re toast

A zero-day vulnerability in the popular TimThumb plugin for WordPress leaves many websites vulnerable to exploits that allow unauthorized attackers to execute malicious code, security researchers have warned. The vulnerability, which was disclosed Tuesday on the Full Disclosure mailing list, affects WordPress sites that have TimThumb installed with the webshot option enabled. Fortunately, it is disabled by default, and sites that are hosted on WordPress.com are also not susceptible. Still, at...-> read more

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Microsoft: Return of Xbox One family sharing is part of “update roadmap”

Soon, Xbox One owners will be able to be digital versions of this darling sharing family. Flickr / Gemsling It's a bit hard to remember now, but Microsoft's original roadmap for the Xbox One included a "family sharing" option that let players loan their game library to up to ten other accounts. Those features went away when Microsoft reversed its controversial digital licensing policy a year ago, though Microsoft has hinted that such sharing features could...-> read more

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Anonibet Talks Bitcoin Foundation Membership, World Cup Contest

Anonibet has become the latest gold member of the Bitcoin Foundation. The bitcoin bet shop is currently in the middle of its World Cup 2014 contest, with a total of 22 BTC up for grabs. Anonibet has been around since 2011 and it has the distinction of being the first bitcoin sportbook and casino. It offers user the opportunity to bet on a wide range of sports, from basketball and football to snooker and beach volley. With its latest World Cup 2014 contest and its recent decision to support the...-> read more

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Edible Wrappers Just Solved the Only Bad Thing About Cupcakes

Cupcakes could quite possibly be one of the world's most perfect foods—a tiny cake, just for you!—were it not for those annoying wrappers you have to peel away. But thanks to Dr. Oetker, those are now edible too.Read more...-> read more

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10 Graceful Posters Immortalizing the World's Air Traffic Control Towers

Well, this is a fascinating story. In May, Gizmodo posted a large collection of air traffic control towers —and you, the readers, added many of your own contributions in the comments. Now, the collection has helped inspire a set of beautiful posters devoted to the towers. Read more...-> read more

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The Long-Neglected 16GB iPod Touch Gets a Camera And a Price Cut

While it might surprise some that the iPod touch is still trundling along, the entire lineup has gotten a significant price cut today—and the lowest-end version picked up a fancy new camera and a color spectrum.Read more...-> read more

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Everyone Should Get to Travel in a Giant Mechanical Elephant Like This

The Swedish Tekniska museet has just released this charming vintage photograph of "the World's first mechanical elephant", giving no further information about the huge robotic creature in the black and white shot.Read more...-> read more

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These Shelves Are Like a Shape-Sorter Toy For Grown-Ups

Storage can be so boring sometimes—but not if you're friends with Stockholm designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho, because they've decided to create a shelving system that resembles the shape-sorter toys we all used to play with as kids.Read more...-> read more

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This robot bakes the world's most expensive flatbread

You wouldn't expect robots to be into baking, but we've seen more than a few examples of the two coming together. Rotimatic is the latest smart kitchen appliance that wants to take the effort out of making Roti -- hot flatbreads. It was invented by...-> read more

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Apple drops iPod touch prices, adds a dash of color and iSight camera to 16GB model

Apple has finally brought parity to its iPod touch line, which before treated the 16GB model as some sort of necessary, but unwanted, entry point for the family. It only came in one color, didn't have a camera and seemed a tad overpriced at $229....-> read more

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'OK Google' voice commands are coming to your Android lockscreen

"OK Google." The phrase is slowly working its way across Google's mobile and web services, but the touchless control is about to get even better for many Android users. Previously limited to just the homescreen on Android 4.4 KitKat devices and...-> read more

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The three faces of Android Wear, compared

Google made much ado about the debut of Android Wear at its I/O conference keynote, and few would doubt that this is a potentially sea-changing move in the wearable space. However, the company didn't do much to address the differences between the...-> read more

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Three reminds Vodafone patrons they can still cancel their contracts for free

Vodafone decided in May to tell everyone it was committed to never increasing prices mid-contract, and Three was quick to highlight its identical policy -- one that's shared across the industry thanks to Ofcom regulations that state any customer can...-> read more

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This is what you'll see when Google removes 'Forgotten' search results

It was only a matter of time until it happened, but Google has now started removing search results from its listings as part of the European Commission's "Right to be forgotten" ruling. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company started...-> read more

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Roku's remote control app comes to Windows Phones and tablets

This is not a great day for developers of the various third-party Roku apps available at the Windows Store. It's an excellent day, however, for those who've been waiting on a free remote control app direct from the company itself. The app is...-> read more

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Meet Adidas' new smartband: the miCoach Fit Smart

It looks like Adidas is ready to launch a new fitness tracker called the miCoach Fit Smart, judging by leaks at the FCC, LegalForce and retailer Keller Sports. Product shots from the latter show a hybrid of Nike's Fuelband and Adidas' own miCoach...-> read more

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Knitgadget: High-tech yarn can control devices and play tunes

See the glove in this video? It's made of conductive yarn that's 80 percent polyester and 20 percent stainless steel, which gives it the power to control electronic components. In fact, its creator, Royal College of Art student Yen Chen Chang, wired...-> read more

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Blog: The value of nostalgia in game design

"There's something special about diving back into a game you know and love well. It's not unlike re-reading a beloved book or returning to a favourite childhood film. It's a feeling of comfort, a bit like belonging." ...-> read more

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Razer unveils its own microconsole, with a focus on games

As hinted at by Google this week, Razer is creating its own microconsole powered by the newly-unveiled Android TV -- and the company says it will have an emphasis on video games. ...-> read more

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Breaking the NES: Developing Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games programmer David D'Angelo details how breaking but "being aware of the rules... led to the game feeling clear and simple; one of the hallmarks of a great NES game." ...-> read more

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

PayPal 2FA mobe flaw chills 'warm and fuzzy' security feeling

Take another look at those pastebin dumps, bods say Duo Labs video… -> read more

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox to developer partners

What can possibly go wrong? Google's announced a grand plan for e-mail that involves letting World+Dog write apps to access your inbox, just so long as you've given them permission to do so.…-> read more

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

Dependency hell by-the-numbers Dependency errors aren't just the bane of Linux users living the configure-make-install life: they also have a significant impact on developer productivity that could be dealt with in the tools developers use.…-> read more

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'Occupy Google': Protesters attack ads giant as I/O gets underway

There is no TRY not to be evil, says Yoda, only DO Google's I/O developer conference is traditionally a time when the company basks in the love of its community: but some other Bay Area residents have been making their displeasure with the Chocolate Factory known in a very vocal fashion.…-> read more

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MongoDB pops up in Microsoft and Google data centers

Oracle's NoSQL nightmare inks new pacts, gets into all major clouds Those expert dealmakers at MongoDB have done it again and have announced freshly-inked agreements that will loft the company's NoSQL database into Google and Microsoft's cloudy data centers.… -> read more

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Turnbull to reveal regional FTTN NBN trial

Telstra wins $150m contract to do the work and maybe, just maybe, explain network arrangements Telstra will build trials of fibre-to-the-node technology for Australia's national broadband network (NBN), according to reports in Comms Day and The Australian Financial Review.…-> read more

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Face up to a double life with hybrid Office 365

Integrating Lync, SharePoint and Exchange “Cloud first” is Microsoft’s new mantra. The vision is of businesses using Office 365, running in Microsoft’s Global data centres, for collaborating, conferencing, messaging and calendaring.…-> read more

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Australia relaxes in-flight device use rules

Take-off switch-off nears end-of-life Australia is following the US in eliminating the air-flight ritual of switching off electronic devices during take-off and landing.…-> read more

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Someone Copied The Yo App And Called It Hey

Yo, the bite-sized messaging app that only lets you send your friends a "Yo" notification, already has a competitor called Hey. Competitor might be too generous of a description, because everything about Hey is lifted and cloned from Yo, right down to the minimalist design. Hey is still pre-beta, but it does promise to (slightly) differentiate itself by allowing you to choose how many Y's to include in your cryptic "Hey" message. Apparently, a simple "Heyy" means far more than a boring ol' "Hey...-> read more

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Google Partners With Samsung And Takes Shots At Microsoft To Win Over Business Users (GOOG)

Google showed off a bunch of new products for business users on Wednesday at its Google I/O developers conference. Here's the rundown: Drive for Work: For $10/user/month businesses can get unlimited cloud storage and all the other Google Apps features, plus new management tools for IT administrators. Enterprises can also still buy the previous version of Google Apps for $5 per user per month, which includes 30GB of online storage. Android for Work: Google is adding a feature sometimes called "...-> read more

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Here's Your First Look At Samsung's New Smartwatch

The first devices running Google's new operating system for smartwatches, Android Wear, launch this summer. Samsung gave us quick look at its first Android Wear Device, the Gear Live. The Gear Live is very similar is design as the company's other smartwatch, the Gear 2, which runs a different operating system called Tizen. But unlike that watch, the Gear Live will work with any Android phone, not just Samsung phones. The Gear Live is available very soon directly from Google. It costs $200. You...-> read more

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Courts may hear challenges to secret cell tracking devices after new ruling

Chris Isherwood Legal experts say that Wednesday’s landmark Supreme Court decision protecting cell phone privacy does not have any immediate implications for the use of cell tracking devices, known as stingrays. But the court’s ruling could point the way forward for future judicial consideration. Relatively little is known about how, exactly, stingrays are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although new documents have recently been released showing...-> read more

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BTC-e Empowers Veteran Investors with Advanced PAMM Trading Account

BTC-e, the popular and highly secretive Europe-based digital currency exchange, has launched a new service to add percent allocation management module (PAMM) accounts to its platform, a move that effectively allows site traders to become money managers for other users.BTC-e stated that the launch of PAMM accounts adds a “proven and effective” money management tool to the website, one used in traditional currency exchange markets.PAMM account providers will be able to open account...-> read more

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NASA Will Send Your Messages To Aliens Into Outer Space

Last year, when Voyager I left our solar system for the lonely pastures of interstellar space, it carried a message for extraterrestrial life: A golden record containing images and words selected by Carl Sagan and others. But that was almost 40 years ago. Now, NASA is making a whole new message from the Earthlings of 2014. And it wants your messages. Read more...-> read more

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Google Cardboard Turns Your Android Into a DIY Virtual Reality Headset

Want a virtual reality headset, but can't afford the hefty pricetag on most existing models (or to hold out for the future)? Google dropped an inexpensive solution today following its I/O keynote : Google Cardboard, an app that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets with the help of a DIY cardboard viewer. Read more...-> read more

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Deals: $150 Chromebook, Logitech Gear, Gunnars, Fandango Voucher

With excellent battery life, and the performance offered by a legitimate Intel chip, the Acer C720 is one of the best Chromebooks you can buy. If you've been on the fence, Acer is selling refurbs through Amazon today for just $150. Just today, Google announced that it's bringing Android apps to Chromebooks , so this just became an even more enticing deal. [Refurb Acer C720, $150]Read more...-> read more

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This Nifty Tool Turns Google Street View Into a Graffiti Time Machine

Graffiti may be ephemeral, but then there's Google Street View with its all-seeing camera. Inspired by Google's recent to move to let users go back in time in Street View, Brian Foo at the New York Public Library Labs thought he could make us look at street graffiti from a new perspective—through time. Read more...-> read more

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10 Stunning Shots Of The Solstice

It's the longest day of the year and the start of vacations, lemonade, and bee stings. It's the summer solstice. Here are 10 stunning shots of our sun, by you.Read more...-> read more

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Google Wants to Keep Track of Your Vitals with Google Fit

Going head-to-head with Apple's newly announced HealthKit , Google has just revealed Google Fit, a fitness tracking service service to call its very own. Read more...-> read more

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'Cardboard' is Google's attempt at an inexpensive VR headset

Even Google is getting in on the virtual reality game. At the end of the search giant's I/O 2014 keynote, Sundar Pichai announced that everyone in attendance would get a nondescript cardboard package, but was coy about its contents. Turns out, it's...-> read more

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You can now edit articles, view random pages on the Android Wikipedia app

Wikipedia already has an app, but get ready to meet its replacement. Available on Android starting today, the app's not just an aesthetic refresh; it adds the ability to edit entries directly from your mobile device. For those of us who use Wikipedia...-> read more

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LG's G Watch has a smartphone processor inside and goes on preorder today

Google thinks it's finally time for smartwatches. Its Android Wear collaboration with LG goes on preorder today in 12 countries, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, South Korea and Japan. The G Watch might only be a wearable, but inside beats the...-> read more

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Google Fit is Android's answer to exercise and health tracking

Google Fit is Google's new health initiative. It's a service that'll track all your health metrics -- sleep, steps, etc. -- and it's built into the next version of Android. But what does that mean? Well, it means that Google's Android platform is...-> read more

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Android for Work lets your personal and business data coexist on one device

If you've bemoaned the inability to use your personal Android phone for company business, Google has some heartening news. It just unveiled Android for Work, a code platform that lets your business and personal info coexist on a single device. The...-> read more

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Google Drive for Business now offers unlimited storage for $10 per month, per user

You didn't think we'd go through the whole keynote without a little Google Drive love do you? To celebrate an impressive 190-million Drive users (that's active within the last 30 days), Google has just added a more compelling "Drive for work"...-> read more

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Chromecast can finally mirror your Android device's screen

Which is better, huddling around a 5-inch screen or a 50-inch TV? Google is making that answer a lot easier with a few upgrades to its HDMI dongle. Chromecast can mirror your device's screen to the flat-panel in your living room. The stage demo...-> read more

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Google bringing Android apps to Chromebooks

Google I/O wasn't all about Android and wearables. The Mountain View company unveiled more information about Chrome OS, that other Google operating system, as well. The big news? Google is finally bringing Android apps to the Chromebook. Sundar...-> read more

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Android TV will be in Sony, Sharp and Philips TVs next year

Google isn't giving up on TVs yet. While its new Android TV flavor of Android L will hit the streets in set-top boxes aimed at game consoles and media streamers, it announced that next year smart TVs from Sony (all of its 4K and smart TVs), Sharp and...-> read more

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Razer's making a gaming 'micro-console' with Android TV, available this fall

The company behind crazy devices like the Razer Edge and Project Christine is getting into game console creation as well. Razer's employing Google's Android TV initiative to create a game-focused "micro-console" and it's arriving this fall. So, what...-> read more

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Marketing 101: The five steps to marketing your mobile game

"Developers can tailor this 5 step approach to their own needs and resources, so that all developers big or small can take away a few tips on how to successfully promote a game in today's crowded market." ...-> read more

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Let's revisit Final Fantasy X! Anyone?

Games remember who we were when we played them. Leigh Alexander revisits Final Fantasy X -- and puzzles over the lost heyday of big Japanese roleplaying games. ...-> read more

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Autodesk acquires cloud production company Shotgun Software

Autodesk has acquired Shotgun Software, the team behind a cloud-based production tracking and asset management solution for video games, with the aim to speed up further development on these resources. ...-> read more

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UK IP police promise to 'disrupt' advertising on 'illegal' websites

Copyright cops look to stop money going to 'pirate' sites -> read more

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Luuuk malware lifts €500,000 a week from European bank

Customers of a ‘large European bank' should be extra vigilant, says Kaspersky Lab -> read more

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HP's next generation network switches boast SDN, IPv6 support

New range aimed at software defined networks -> read more

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The Soviet Union's gigantic stash of porn

There is a mountain of pornographic media buried deep in the Russian State Library. The Moscow Times' Joy Neumeyer explores how the Soviet Union came into possession of 12,000 pieces of erotica, including scandalous paintings, bawdy limericks, and multiple copies of the Karma Sutra. Some of the titillating material was confiscated from aristocrats, while others originated from a librarian's private collection. Unsurprisingly, "top Stalinist henchmen" had easy access to the tantalizing...-> read more

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

Starts with a jolt After the driving the Citroen C-Zero, the Volkswagen e-Up! is a fantastically different experience.… -> read more

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Mobile money firm Weve waves goodbye to David Sear

Departing boss looks for some change David Sear, the boss of mobile money joint venture Weve, has stood down, Mobile, Marketing Week and others have reported.…-> read more

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Oracle's IP lawsuit foe: We'll fight SAP tooth and nail in Europe

Rimini Street: We'll have your large and mid-sized customers off you, ta Rimini Street, the fast-growing business software support specialist currently fighting Larry Ellison’s database giant in US courts, appears to have SAP in its sights in Europe.…-> read more

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Own goal as World Cup WiFi passwords spilled in newspaper pic

Not-so-L33t login now sprayed across Twitter The WiFi SSID and password for the football World Cup security centre have been exposed after a photograph of the nation's federal police brass inadvertently captured the creds written on a white board.…-> read more

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

This is the site George Lucas has been looking for Chicago will house the official museum of all things George Lucas and Star Wars.…-> read more

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Study of Brit students finds TXTING doesn't ruin your writing

UzN abbreviations w yor M8s not a gateway 2 lousy wrk @ OPIS o skul Parents and teachers can relax just a bit more after a study found that kids – and adults – who use the wacky abbreviations so common when using short message service doesn't spill over into writing performed at school or work.… -> read more

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Sysadmins rejoice! Patch rampage killing off nasty DDoS attack vector

Server fleet open to NTP attack drops from 400k to just 17,000 Sysadmins rejoice! NSFOCUS researchers say hundreds of thousands of Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers have been patched, reducing the threat from some devastating and cheap distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.…-> read more

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ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

They're OPENLY doing it, too Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so.…-> read more

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Unisys makes a tilt at converged infrastructure and containerisation

Reference platforms on the way to allow other server-makers to spread the love Unisys is the latest iron-monger to make a run at converged infrastructure, or something that looks an awful lot like it.…-> read more

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Queensland man arrested on charges including Bitcoin theft

More than $AU110k of crypto-currency 'in his possession' Back in March, a man from the Queensland town of Kingaroy identified by News Limited as Shane Duffy was charged for breaching the systems of Riot Networks.Those attacks included copying files and briefly hijacking the company's Twitter account, and in April, a Maryborough magistrate confirmed bail conditions that forbade him from all access to computers.…-> read more

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The 7 Best Apps For Making GIFs

Great news everyone — you can now share GIFs on Twitter! Twitter announced the change last week, so your feed will probably be getting a lot more animated. And just in case you want to add your own GIFs into the mix, we decided to put together a list of the best apps for making GIFs. You don't have to be a professional to make those pictures move.GifGrabber lets you create a GIF out of any video. Giffffr does basically the same thing, but only from a YouTube link. Recordit makes a GIF...-> read more

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How governments devise custom “implants” to bug smartphones

Citizen Lab On Twitter, it was billed as Qatif Today, a legitimate Android app that provides news and information in Arabic with a focus on the Qatif governorate of Saudi Arabia. But in fact, the shortened link came with a hidden extra—an advanced trojan wealthy nation states use to spy on criminal suspects and political dissidents. Citizen Lab Citizen Lab, the University of Toronto group that monitors government surveillance in the digital age, analyzed...-> read more

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iWork for iCloud now picks up exactly where you left off

Web-based apps are supposed to let you easily hop between devices without missing a beat, but that hasn't been the case with iWork for iCloud -- you've had to open files, tweak settings and otherwise break your flow. The experience should be much...-> read more

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Pioneer and Onkyo unite to bring their home audio into the internet era

Home audio isn't what it used to be -- for many people, it means internet-savvy speakers everywhere instead of a conventional stereo in the den. Pioneer and Onkyo are clearly aware that they need to adapt, as they've just started the process of...-> read more

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Lenovo's Google Glass-like wearable concept keeps your voice chats private

Even Lenovo isn't immune from the temptation to produce a Google Glass-like wearable display, it seems. The Chinese tech giant has applied for a US patent on a headset design with dual screens, touch-based navigation and an unusually strong emphasis...-> read more

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New Google Glass headsets ship with more memory, everyone gets help with photos

Two years after it was introduced, Google Glass hasn't gotten any cheaper -- although it is a bit more stylish with Diane von Furstenberg frames and international now that it's launched in the UK -- but it is getting better. Not just through one of...-> read more

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Chromebook Pixel owners get $150 after Verizon abruptly cuts off free LTE

The Chromebook Pixel is undoubtably an expensive offering, starting at $1,299 for the 32GB WiFi-only model and $1,449 if you decide to opt for LTE and 64GB of storage. What made the latter pricing more palatable, however, was that you also got two...-> read more

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Google+ Photos now lets you go back and re-edit pics you already edited

Google+ Photos already saves originals of your edited photos, in case you ever regret some of the more Warholish tweaks you made. Now, Google is letting you go back and edit your edits (editception!), rather than making you start from scratch with...-> read more

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Powerful spyware apps let the government control everything on your phone

There's been a lot written over the past year about government spying, but not so much about how governments spy. It's easy to forget that there's an industry thriving underneath that controversy. In 2011 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released a...-> read more

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Building a game around AR: The story of Outsiders

Despite repeated attempts at making augmented reality video games part of the mainstream, the genre refuses to take off. Now one studio is looking to take it to a whole new level. ...-> read more

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Oculus acquires Carbon, the design team behind the Xbox 360 controller

Oculus VR has been on a hiring spree recently, but now it's made an acquisition: Carbon Design Group, a Seattle-based industrial design firm that designed the Xbox 360 pad and the original Kinect. ...-> read more

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Get a job: Vicarious Visions is hiring a character artist

The studio that built Skylanders and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 needs an experienced character artist to work alongside the art team in the company's Albany, NY office. ...-> read more

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IGDA: More women are making games, but crunch remains a problem

Results of a recent IGDA survey suggest that the diversity of the industry is (very slowly) improving, even as its members continue to struggle with work/life balance. ...-> read more

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Don't Miss: Is YouTube killing the traditional games press?

There's been a notable shift in the video game industry that many traditional game critics would rather turn a blind eye to than investigate. ...-> read more

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Kabam taps ex-EA VP Aaron Loeb to lead its North American studios

Industry veteran Aaron Loeb (Simpsons: Tapped Out, Giants: Citizen Kabuto) has signed on with free-to-play game company Kabam to help manage its operations in San Francisco and Vancouver. ...-> read more

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AirBnB Tests Group Travel Partnerships With London’s Citysocializer

AirBnB has signed what appears to be a new deal to offer ‘social group travel experiences’ to independent travellers. It’s partnered with citysocializer, and app and web platform which, like Meetup, helps organise real-world social events for new groups of people in cities, by charging a monthly fee. The partnership appears to feed into the initiative AirBnB is testing out… Read More -> read more

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