Sunday, November 30, 2014

Australia dumbs down: Chief Scientist says research performance lags the world

Chief Scientist Benchmarking ALL the stupid Australia likes to flatter itself that it's good at sciences: the nation's scientists did, after all, invent WiFi and lots of other useful stuff. But when the nation looks in the mirror it should be honest and and admit it's wasting away, says a new report from the nation's Chief Scientist.…-> read more

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

100,000 creeps buy mobe-watching wares A US man has been handed a US$500,000 fine for selling the StealthGenie malware in the first prosecution of a mobile spyware slinger.… -> read more

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NBN Co details fibre/copper divide in new rollout plan

These are the places NBN Co promises - probably - to get something working by 2016 NBN Co has reconfirmed what's been known ever since the 2013 election: fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) builds are more-or-less frozen, and all new builds will be under its multi-technology model.…-> read more

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Did Nork hackers cripple Sony Pictures' network? Probe underway – report

Massive attack stung film studio ahead of The Interview release Sony Pictures has reportedly begun investigating possible hacking links to North Korea, following a savage attack on its network earlier this week.…-> read more

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Some of the week's tech news in VIDEO EGG form!

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn

Trick-cyclists peddling BS about our online lives. Who knew? Researchers who heavily rely on social media data when studying human behaviour have been warned that such information can be very easily skewed.…-> read more

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The Basis Peak Is An Excellent Fitness Tracker That Shows You Helpful Details About How You Sleep

Fitness trackers have evolved a lot over the past several years. The sensors are getting better, the apps are becoming more polished and functional, and the devices themselves look more attractive. Basis' new Peak fitness tracker meets all of this criteria. The Basis Peak is a $199 fitness device that comes with a screen so that it can serve as a smartwatch, too. Basis has kept the functionality simple though, and the Peak's focus remains on health and fitness just like the company's previous...-> read more

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Here's A Simple Reality Check For Any Tech Founder Who Thinks They're 'Changing The World'

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors often say they're building world-changing companies. And companies like Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber are actually doing that. But, would any of those companies stand a chance, if say, a massive solar flare struck the earth and hundreds of millions of people suddenly found themselves without electricity? (That could happen, by the way. The White House released a report in 2013 which discussed the ramifications of a large flare from the sun: A worst-...-> read more

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Kim Dotcom Says He Is Officially Broke

German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has acknowledged that he has run out of money after spending over $10 million on legal costs. Speaking through a Skype call at the unBound Digital conference in London, Dotcom said his three-year legal fight could be coming to an end. "My legal team resigned after I ran out of money," Dotcom said. "I spent $10 million to defend myself. They have drained all my resources." Dotcom was arrested in 2012 after a dramatic police raid on his $24 million mansion in New...-> read more

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RTS Grey Goo sends units to January 23 Steam release date

Petroglyph Games' combat-focused real-time strategy, Grey Goo, will deploy units for battle on Steam on January 23, 2015. Community Manager Mathew "Berek" Anderson shared the release date on the official Grey Goo forums, explaining that the team's al...-> read more

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The answer to Star Citizen's $64M question: pets

As Star Citizen's number of crowdfunded dollars continues to climb, developer Chris Roberts and his team at Cloud Imperium Games continue to add new stretch goals to the game's development. This week, Roberts thanked his backers for pushing the game ...-> read more

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Team up with friends in Loadout to take down the Kroad

Loadout has hosted plenty of shootouts between cartoonish, human-guided opponents, but developer Edge of Reality is planning on giving players a chance to work together against a greater evil: aliens. As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, Loadout's co...-> read more

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Square Enix augments store with Cyber Monday sales

You may have survived Black Friday, but don't get cocky - America loves to shop, and a slew of online deals is about to invade the interwebs thanks to Cyber Monday. One such deal comes to us courtesy of Square Enix, which is cutting prices of items s...-> read more

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Open a Bottle with a Seat Belt Buckle

A cold drink doesn't do you much good if you can't open it. If you need a bottle opener and can't find one, a seat belt works in a pinch.Read more...-> read more

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Five Best Custom PC Builders

We're all for building your own computer. We've shown you how and given you some builds . However, if you're looking for a rig that's high-end but also comes with perks like support, a warranty, and your supervision but not your time and troubleshooting, we have five custom PC builders that'll build that rig for you—based on your nominations.Read more...-> read more

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Here are Some Insane Fitbit Deals, Including a Fitbit One for $10

GNC is currently offering the Fitbit Flex for $40, and the Fitbit One for $10. If you have a $15 GNC membership, those prices fall to $32 and $8, respectively.Read more...-> read more

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You Can’t Be All Things to Your Partner,  So Stop Trying

Many of us in monogamous relationships could learn a few things from those in polyamorous relationships. Instead of trying to fulfill all your partner's needs, consider outsourcing a few.Read more...-> read more

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German spy agency can monitor its own citizens via technicality

Germany's top foreign intelligence agency, known as the BND, has been revealed to claim a loophole that broadens its spying mandate, allowing it to snoop on its own citizens abroad if they are working for a foreign company or organization. Normally, the agency is not allowed to spy on German people or companies under Article 10 of the Basic Law regardless of where they live. On Saturday, the Associated Press received confirmation from the German government "that work-related calls or emails...-> read more

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: interactive pajamas, Earth-sized force field and a fold-up camper

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. The holiday shopping season kicked off on Friday, and Inhabitat is here to help you get through the shopp...-> read more

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Fan-Made The Force Awakens Trailers Show Signs of Prequel PTSD

Unless you were five years old or particularly interested in intergalactic trade negotiations, Star Wars' return to cinemas 15 years ago was most likely an underwhelming experience. In fact, you may find it hard to trust any Star Wars film ever again. Don't worry, you're not alone.Read more...-> read more

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Put your Game Boy on the big screen with this HDMI adapter

There are certainly ways to play classic Game Boy titles on modern TVs, but many of them involve emulators. What if you have the real system in your hands? That's where the crowdfunded Hdmyboy project might just save the day. The project lets you mod...-> read more

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The most amazing and inspiring vision of the future I've ever seen

I've seen countless science fiction movies and documentaries about the future of humanity. Nothing I've ever seen is as inspiring and beautiful and realistic as this extraordinary short film by Erik Wernquist, narrated by Carl Sagan. Watch it and get ready for goosebumps.Read more...-> read more

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The Best Deal In 4K Monitors Gets Way Better

This Samsung 28" 4K is the most popular monitor we've ever listed. It was an amazing deal when it debuted at a $700 MSRP. It's $400 right now, with no tax for most and free shipping.Read more...-> read more

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Mod turns your graphing calculator into a selfie camera

Your graphing calculator may not be getting much use these days now that other mobile devices can do the job, but it still has a few tricks up its sleeve if you're willing to do some tinkering. Christopher Mitchell's latest project, ArTICam, lets you...-> read more

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Dino App

Dino App is a mobile app with different interfaces for parents and children to help them organize their family life, educate and motivate children. Parents can see where their children are, assign chores and let the app remind about everything. Children can plan their schedule with their parents, do chores and get rewards. A funny character will motivate children do chores and use services like calendar and shopping list, explain difficult things in easy and interesting way and give useful...-> read more

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blackout Saturday: Oracle website DIES after mammoth US shopping binge

Mysterious 'technical difficulty' causes service to go titsup Oracle's website tumbled from the interwebs in the last hour but the cause of the outage remains unclear.…-> read more

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

'I fell into a burning ring of fire ...' The Brit post-pub gourmets among you will doubtless have indulged in the national pastime of staggering from the boozer to the nearest curry house, so it's no surprise that reader Martin Gregorie got in touch last week to suggest we venture into the hot and spicy by cooking up something with a bit of a kick.… -> read more

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

Fibre diet makes Virgin Media daddy an obvious suitor Mobile giant Vodafone has reportedly been mulling over a number of takeover plans, including the possibility of scooping up cable company Liberty Global – Virgin Media's owner.…-> read more

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The Longest Journey Remastered now exploring additional App Stores

Following last month's soft launch in Australia and New Zealand, The Longest Journey Remastered is now available for devices running iOS 7.0 or later. The game's store description notes that Remastered has been "optimized" for iPhone 5, iPhone 6 and ...-> read more

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Classic Star Wars skins make the jump to Minecraft for Xbox

Did the teaser for JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens ... ahem ... awaken within you a burning nostalgia for the Star Wars franchise? If so, you're in luck: skins designed after Galactic Civil War-era Star Wars characters are now ava...-> read more

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Report: The Crew lead designer confident of stable launch

Glitches and save issues have plagued Ubisoft's most recent prominent releases, but The Crew's lead game designer, Serkan Hasan, has told The Metropolist that the upcoming social racer should have a smooth ride out of the gate. Aside from urging play...-> read more

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Kickstarter suspends funding of blood-collecting game device

A modified blood collection unit that draws blood from game players whenever their controller rumbles launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, but unfortunately for the Canadian duo behind the project (and video game-loving vampires everywhere), K...-> read more

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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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Avoid Bad or Fake Listings on Airbnb With a Reverse Google Search

Airbnb rentals are generally safe, but an occasional scammer slips through the system. If you doubt a listing is legit, try doing a reverse image search on the pictures.Read more...-> read more

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Find Your “Spending Triggers” to Stay on Budget

If you're trying to reduce spending, you probably have a few regular overindulgences you'd like to cut out. Instead of focusing on cutting back, discover the triggers that cause you to overspend.Read more...-> read more

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Ask Kids What they Want as an Incentive Instead of Guessing

Sometimes we need to bribe kids to get them to do what we want. While we may be different on what we give as motivation, the best solution may be to ask the kids what they want. Read more...-> read more

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Release Tension on a Long Flight with These Stretches

Sitting for hours on a long cramped flight takes a toll on our bodies. We're stiff and sometimes in pain. We've already covered some tips to massage your muscles during a flight with a tennis ball or support your back with a beach ball . Even without these carry-ons, you can still get a good stretch.Read more...-> read more

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Toast Nuts in a Microwave Instead of a Skillet

Toasting nuts makes them fragrant and adds color. Most cooks do it in a skillet or the oven. A microwave can heat them up, but don't do much for the color or flavor. The secret is to add a little oil to the plate.Read more...-> read more

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DNA survives a ride into space—on the exterior of a rocket

The ability of biomolecules—and entire organisms—to survive space has implications for a number of scientific questions: whether molecules from space could have seeded life on Earth, or whether life could spread among the inner planets following impacts. It also has practical implications, in that it dictates how careful we need to be in sterilizing hardware we send to other planets. Chance gave some biologists access to a rocket, and they figured out a way to answer one of the questions....-> read more

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Holiday reading for a certain sort: If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript

Ah, JavaScript—a scripting language oft abused nearly as much as the masses abuse English. But what if the great literary minds of the ages were harnessed to craft code in the way they tackled verse and prose, to both get the job done and raise the doing to art? That’s the concept behind Angus Croll’s If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript, a book that explores the liberties of style JavaScript allows by putting it in the (imagined) hands of literary heavyweights ranging from Shakespeare to Douglas...-> read more

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What's The Best Easter Egg On The Internet?

The Easter egg as a concept can be dated back to rich aristocrats hiding things inside priceless jewellry. But in the modern age, you're far more likely to encounter one when you Konami-code a website, or made some odd menu choices in a game. Read more...-> read more

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Razer's slightly crazy Nabu fitness band finally has a price and release date: $100, launching this

Razer's slightly crazy Nabu fitness band finally has a price and release date: $100, launching this Tuesday in North America. If you're wondering what happens when a gaming company makes a fitness wearable, take a look at our initial impressions . [Razer]Read more...-> read more

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Of Course Someone Has Recreated The New Star Wars Trailer In Lego

I'm just taking it as read by this stage that you've seen the trailer for the new Star Wars movie . But you can't claim true nerddom until you've seen this incredible Lego recreation. Read more...-> read more

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These Wirelessly Powered Christmas Lights Would Decorate Tesla's Tree

Now that you've polished off the last of the turkey leftovers, it's probably time to think about rolling your catatonic body off to find a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, that also means trying to untangle the seven miles of tree lights, a solid 50 percent of which will have broken in the last year. Read more...-> read more

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All The Best Images From NASA's Black Hole Friday

In a proud and noble tradition stretching back a whole two years, NASA yesterday did Black Hole Friday, rather than just flogging a few Apollo mini-figs for 25 percent off. We got science, we got knowledge, and of course, a bunch of jaw-dropping images of black holes. Here are the best. Read more...-> read more

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iOS 8.2 Has Been Jailbroken Before It's Even Released

The 8.2 version of iOS is still in beta and unavailable to non-developers, but that hasn't stopped Chinese-based outfit TaiG from breaking it free from Apple's shackles (and also jailbreaking 8.1.1, the current release, in the process).Read more...-> read more

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Here's an Extremely Rare 10% Off Deal on Google Play Credit

We see deals on iTunes credit pretty often, but Google Play gift cards almost never go on sale. Snap these up while you can.Read more...-> read more

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This Wireless Thermometer is the Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Chef

If you're still checking the temperature of your food by opening up the oven or grill to look at a thermometer, it's time to level up. This wireless thermometer from Maverick is only $50 today with promo code EDYPAZML, and it comes packed with features:Read more...-> read more

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Engadget's Cyber Monday 2014 roundup

So you've finally recovered from Thanksgiving dinner, only to realize that you missed out on some hot Black Friday deals. Are you stuck paying full price for your gifts? Far from it -- a whole host of stores are participating in Cyber Monday, a secon...-> read more

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​TZOA is a wearable that tells you where to find clean air

Some mornings, you wake up, walk outside and breathe in a hearty lungful of dirty, smog-heavy air. It's almost tasteless, but it can still wreak havoc on your respiratory conditions. What if you could avoid those nasty, unseen pockets of nasty air? T...-> read more

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​Tate museum reimagines works of art as Minecraft maps

When we talk about the idea of video games as art, we typically mean as art unto itself -- but what if a video game was a companion piece to an existing piece of art? And what if that work was over 100 years old? That's the idea behind Tate Worlds, a...-> read more

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Nomnom

Nomnom is a mobile app and community, which connects people who cooked more than they wanted, with those who want to eat homemade food nearby. Nomnom “cooks” can take a photo of their extra foods and post them with their location and price (which can also be zero). Other users can browse those based on their current location. If they find something they like, they can contact the uploader and arrange the takeaway. After that both parties can leave feedback of their experience on Nomnom. View...-> read more

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The Importance of Keeping Crypto Crowdsales Accountable

For many entrepreneurs, one of the most compelling use cases of blockchain technology is the potential for it to enable new marketplaces that remove traditional hurdles associated with investing and crowdfunding. The growing number of public crowdsales has been widely covered as of late. With these crowdsales, companies sell a branded bitcoin fork as a way to finance the early development of cryptocurrency-related projects. The popularity of many of the early crowdsales has sparked a...-> read more

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Endorsevent

Endorsevent is an online platform that allows consumers to list major events (weddings, bar mitzvahs, retirement parties, etc.) that they would like sponsored. In exchange for social media praise and advertising (i.e. company logo on invitations, etc), sponsors will provide some or all of the expenses, products and/or services for the consumer event. View startup -> read more

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The Weekender: Thanksgiving Weekend edition

Good morning, and welcome back to The Weekender. Our weekend journey is just now starting, so thank you for choosing us for your travels. As you may recall, this was the 48th week of the year 2014 on the planet known colloquially as Earth, otherwise known as Terra in other inhabited star systems. It was not a quiet week, as you might imagine. Below you'll find your itinerary, carefully crafted for your pleasure; stories from the week passed and recommendations for the days ahead. Now. Please...-> read more

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That sub-$100 Android slab you got on Black Friday? RIDDLED with holes, say infosec bods

You get what you pay for Those fighting through hordes of fellow crazed bargain junkies this Black Friday should avoid some of the cheapo Android tablets on offer.… -> read more

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Looking for a tip-top high-end storage array (and who isn't?) Gartner names its favorite

Fujitsu box shines at OLPT, almost as good as HDS and HP Gartner's latest Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report says HDS wipes the board with its VSP array while Fujitsu shines bright for OLTP.…-> read more

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

Hayabusa2 blaster won't fly until December Japan's space agency JAXA has called off the launch of its Hayabusa2 asteroid-mining mission. The plan is to send a probe to a far-flung space rock, blast a hole in it, grab some material, and return it to Earth.…-> read more

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Sony staff face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

And compromising details for megastars may have been pinched – report Sony Pictures still hasn't recovered from a comprehensive attack on its computer networks – and staff have been reduced to doing their work by hand – according to insiders.…-> read more

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Buy a Samsung 840 EVO SSD, Get Far Cry 4 for Free

Several retailers are offering the excellent Samsung 840 EVO SSD for $190 and $350 for 500GB and 1TB respectively, but Newegg is tossing in a free download of Far Cry 4 with either one to sweeten the deal. Just add either one to your cart, and the game download coupon will appear automatically at checkout.Read more...-> read more

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This Ultra-Fast External Drive is Down to an All-Time Low Price

The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the most popular hard drives on Amazon (4.5 stars on nearly 5,000 reviews), a Wirecutter runner-up selection, and only $80 right now for 2TB on eBay. For a point of comparison, Amazon has never offered it for less than $99. Plus since it's eBay, you probably won't have to pay sales tax.Read more...-> read more

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Prep for Cyber Monday with This Discounted eBay Gift Card

Ebay has had some of the best deals of Black Friday, and we expect that trend to continue through to Cyber Monday, so prepare for the madness with a $50 eBay gift card for only $45. It's delivered via email, so you'll definitely have it ready to use when the deals start picking up again. No brainer. [eBay]Read more...-> read more

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Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane In Under 10 Minutes

If you're looking for something fun to make, or you're involved in some sort of competition, here the instructions for the world's best and furthest flying paper airplane. All it takes is one sheet.Read more...-> read more

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German government says “ja” to BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart

The German government has signed off BlackBerry’s acquisition of the German company Secusmart, according to local media (Google Translate). Secusmart is the company that develops software and hardware to protect government phones, including the “Merkel Phone” used by Chancellor Angela Merkel. She moved to a more secure device after it came out that the National Security Agency had been monitoring her communications. "The German government has examined the planned purchase of Secusmart by...-> read more

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This Is What Happens When You Reverse Engineer Facial Recognition

These haunting images are what happens if you take the state of the art in facial recognition and detection—and turn it completely on its head.Read more...-> read more

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Children Of Men Is A Brilliant Adaptation of P.D. James' Book

Yesterday, legendary crime novelist P.D. James passed away, at the incredible age of 94. The 'Queen of Crime' might've been best known for her writing, but this 2006 adaptation of James' novel captures everything that's great about her writing. Read more...-> read more

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Spoon: Inside Out

Perhaps you've had a little too much family time this week. So let "Inside Out," a track off Spoon's excellent 2014 album They Want My Soul, lull you into a calm. Read more...-> read more

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This Military Photograph Looks Like a Turner Painting

I can't stop staring at this overwhelming photo of British troops in Afghanistan. Both serene and stressful at the same time, the dusty Chinook silhouette hangs frozen in time over the soldiers' heads. Read more...-> read more

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Remembering a Lock's Combination Might Be Easier With Pictures

With the amount of information they're expected to ingest every day during high school, it's a small miracle any student is able to remember the combination of their locker padlock. And it doesn't get any easier the older you get. So instead of numbers, the Image Lock uses simple shapes and images so you can just make up a story to help you recall its combination.Read more...-> read more

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A 9-Volt Battery Is All This Tiny Charger Needs To Revive Your Phone

When you're spending the day with family you probably haven't seen in a year, nothing is more vital to keeping your sanity than your smartphone. And to ensure it's got enough charge to keep you busy on Twitter instead of actually having to talk to your cousins, the diminutive but clever Plan V charger accepts common 9-Volt batteries for a quick boost.Read more...-> read more

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Scientists Have Invented a Time Cloak That Makes Events Disappear

We've all heard of invisibility cloaks that can (theoretically) hide objects. But a team of researchers from Purdue University have now built a time cloak that allows them to hide events.Read more...-> read more

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Retro Safety Glasses For Style-Conscious Carpenters

Just because you're handy with a hammer doesn't mean you have to look fashionably-challenged while plying your trade. So leave it to Restoration Hardware to stock a pair of retro-styled horn-rimmed safety glasses to keep you looking chic while working on a construction site.Read more...-> read more

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Enter the tech-powered playground of the future

There are playmats where you build the roads in seconds, a ballpit where the balls are as big as you, and a drawing-board where your doodles come to life. This is Team Lab's "Theme Park of the Future" .. but it isn't really a theme park. It's an atte...-> read more

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Graphene stronger than kevlar when blasted with Mach 9 microbullets

Here's another new use for graphene (that will probably never happen): stopping bullets. University of Massachusetts-Amhers researchers have found that everybody's favorite potential wonder-material vastly outperforms steel and even kevlar armor. Tes...-> read more

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How Qualcomm aims to be everywhere -- not just phones

Qualcomm already rules the mobile world -- now it wants to tackle all of the other gadgets in your life. But none of this should be a surprise if you've been paying attention. Its Snapdragon chips already power most high-end smartphones, so it makes ...-> read more

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Europe will make Ariane rockets more competitive with SpaceX

No, not "airline" rockets. Ariane rockets. According to The Wall Street Journal, EU ministers are finally about to approve plans for a more affordable version of the Ariane series -- the same family that launched Rosetta back in 2004. What counts as ...-> read more

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 review (Bay Trail and full HD)

Over the past few years we’ve seen most major PC makers release inexpensive laptops running Google’s Chrome operating system. Most have the kind of features you’d expect from a low-cost laptop, including 1366 x 768 pixel displays, 2GB of RAM, and other entry-level specs. But Toshiba’s taken a slightly different approach with the Chromebook 2. […] Toshiba Chromebook 2 review (Bay Trail and full HD) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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I designed a better lightsaber than J.J. Abrams while I was in line for coffee this morning

Today I finally realized why there are so many Star Wars fanboys: there's a lot of shady pseudoscience behind everything in the Star Wars universe, and it's pretty fun to argue about. Today's preeminent fanboy argument is over the crazy new lightsaber in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. In the darkest vignette from the trailer, we're shown a cloaked figure who stumbles down a snowy slope in a dark forest. The figure reaches the bottom, enters a defensive stance, and whips out a...-> read more

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The designers behind the Nike FuelBand are working on old-school watches

If you were to place a bet on the future of wearables, odds are good that your cash would not go toward a line of ordinary wristwatches. Yes, wristwatches: the things that tell the time and little else, often operating on centuries-old technology. The very objects that were disrupted by cellphones over the last decade. Dinosaurs. Don’t tell that to Astro Studios, though. The prolific San Francisco-based branding and design firm has helped meld a variety of high-tech products ranging from...-> read more

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Amazon's Cyber Monday sales start tomorrow and run for eight days

Say hello to Cyber Saturday. Amazon's not waiting for Monday to kick off its Cyber Monday sales. The leading online retailer has said its limited-time deals will begin tomorrow — Saturday — and span eight days. As usual with Amazon, everything will come and go very quickly, so you'll want to check ahead to see when the item you want will go on sale. Discounts will be offered "as often" as every 10 minutes, according to Amazon. The company is saving a few major sales for Cyber Monday...-> read more

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The E-Label Act Will Remove Those Silly FCC Symbols From The Back Of Future Gadgets

You know all that crap that’s listed on the back of your smartphone and tablet? It looks something like this: A jumble of letters and words, an FCC symbol, and instructions to not throw your electronic equipment into the trash. It’s ugly, and generally a waste of space. But luckily for us, it’s time to say goodbye to that mess. In what feels a bit like a holiday gift,… Read More -> read more

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VMware secures trademark for something cloudy and secure

What is 'VMware SWITCH'? And is it linked to Virtzilla's looming investor call? VMware has been awarded a mighty interesting-sounding trademark.…-> read more

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Leaked Syrian log files reveal attempts to starve rebels of information

Users self-censor to avoid arrest Syria's Bashar al Assad-led regime blocked scores of legitimate services and entire network regions in its bid to scrub out access to sites such as Reddit, Google and Skype, the first analysis of the nation's web filtering reveals.…-> read more

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Chinese search engine Baidu to peddle SmartBike

At least it's not another smartwatch China's Baidu is often compared to Google: it runs a dominant search engine and is tacking on related services at a brisk pace.…-> read more

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Cryptocurrency cruncher cranks prime number constellation

Riecoin distributed miner claims world record for prime sextuplet generation Bitcoin mining, our own Simon Rockman wrote last January, “is essentially a brute-force attack on the generating algorithm”.…-> read more

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Edward Snowden: best ... security ... educator ... EVER!

Study finds those aware of leaker-at-large harden up and surf smarter A good deal of folk aware of NSA leaker Edward Snowden have improved the security of their online activity after learning of his exploits, a large survey has found.… -> read more

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NICTA chief quits over future structure flap with board

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte heads for the exit as former HP man drafted as interim CEO Australian research house Research house National ICT Australia (NICTA) has announced the unexpected resignation of CEO Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.…-> read more

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Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon

VMware, meanwhile, reveals patent-pending desk-o-matic decision maker Desktop virtualisation's year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn't require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads.…-> read more

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

Life came here by meteorite theory gets a boost Sounding rockets are sub-orbital spacecraft used to test rocket technologies and to run other experiments. Launches of such craft are quite common and most escape attention: the TEXUS-49 mission launched from Sweden on March 29th, 2011, and now doesn't even produce a clean hit on Google.…-> read more

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Simplez: OLD SCHOOL TECH can SAVE the MEERKAT

More TV white space magic Ever wondered who tried to steal your meerkat? Well, worry no longer thanks to the London Zoo, Google and CCTV biz Kinesense.…-> read more

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World's best threat detection pwned by HOBBIT

Forget nation-states, BAB0 is the stuff of savvy crims Some of the world's best threat detection platforms have been bypassed by custom malware in a demonstration of the fallibility of single defence security.… -> read more

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Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Die Within 16 Years

The days of broadcast TV are numbered according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings said that while traditional broadcast TV has served a purpose in the past, on-demand streaming will cause broadcast TV to die off within the next 16 years. "It's kind of like the horse, you know, the horse was good until we had the car," Hastings said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030." With over 53 million users, Netflix is largely responsible for...-> read more

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Sony Is Secretly Creating A Watch Made Of Electronic Paper That Changes With Your Gestures

Sony is working on a new smartwatch made of electronic paper that can change it's appearance depending on how you use it, The Wall Street Journal reports. The device, called the Fes Watch, is part of Sony's new project called Fashion Entertainments, which examines how electronic paper can be used to create fashionable wearable tech products. Sony has been hiding its name from the project — a strategy that those working on the product think is key to its success. "We hid Sony's name because we...-> read more

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A look at a low-poly facial animation technique

"Because I don't need to make the vertex counts match for each change in expression I can really push the facial animation. It also has the benefit of looking more 'hand made.'" ...-> read more

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What we got out of exhibiting at PAX Australia

"From my perspective the event was successful due to the public response alone. We had a constant stream of attendees lining up to play for all three days." ...-> read more

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How Do Touchscreens Actually Work Anyway?

Touchscreens are everywhere these days, and even though you've probably heard people mumble about the relative benefits of capacative screens compared to resistive ones, you might not actually know how they work. This video explains.Read more...-> read more

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Choose From Two Great Pairs of Over-Ears at All-Time Low Prices

We were hoping Amazon had another surprise up their sleeve for Black Friday, and they didn't disappoint with these headphone deals.Read more...-> read more

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Almost 30 of Your Favorite Logitech Peripherals Discounted

We love Logitech, you love Logitech, here are an insane amount of discounted Logitech peripherals.Read more...-> read more

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Stock Up on iTunes Credit for 25% Off

We see iTunes credit at 15-20% discounts every now and then, but the deals almost never get better than that. Today though, eBay is selling $100 iTunes cards for 25% off, so you should absolutely stock up for the year ahead. [eBay]Read more...-> read more

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Seth MacFarlane Made a Christmas Album And It's Actually Very Good

Technically, right now is the exact moment when the few of us who genuinely love Christmas music can flip the switch on the carols, firing up the jingle jangle jingle with reckless abandon. Should you be one of those people, I have an album all ready for you to blast at top volume. And the dude who made it? Also brought us Family Guy.Read more...-> read more

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Quirky's Black Friday Sale is Full of Great Gift Ideas

You might not have had any items from Quirky on your Black Friday wish list, but if you need some cool gift ideas for your discerning friends and family members, they have some seriously great stuff on sale right now.Read more...-> read more

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Is the Ultimate Thanksgiving Flick

If you are going to sit down tonight and watch a post-turkey movie with the assemblage of humans who share your genetic matter, I highly recommend Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The 1987 John Hughes flick is funny and touching. Watching John Candy play a well-meaning but obnoxious slob is like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Maria Callas sing opera. You are watching the master at the top of his game. Read more...-> read more

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

eBay wants to put interactive mirrors in dressing rooms

To reach the brick-and-mortar world, eBay is turning to interactive mirrors. Because shopping wasn't stressful enough before the mirrors started talking to you. Continue reading… -> read more

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Singapore rides to rescue of local cabs by out-Ubering Uber

Government develops own taxi app Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has found a way to out-Uber Uber, by launching a taxi-finding app of its own.… -> read more

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

New gizmo lets Disney character tell you the time Apple has reached an agreement with Disney that will see Mickey Mouse telling the time on its new Watch device.…-> read more

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HP's converged storage 'growth engine' stalls

Annual compare shows fall HP's newer, converged storage offerings are selling less well than they did a year ago. In the storage golf tournament, HP has hit bogeys instead of a birdy for the latest hole.…-> read more

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

Refresh activity to be XP-like, biz still pondering next move Windows Server 2003 refresh activity has yet to show up in a major way across the UK tech channel amid estimates that eight million physical systems are still out there in the wild - not all of which will be replaced like-for-like.…-> read more

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'Watson AI, cloud, mobile', says payments firm, trousering £49m

Gathers cash from Telefonica, MasterCard, Santander Mobile payments company Monitise has raised £49m via partners Telefonica, Santander and MasterCard to invest in global payments tech.… -> read more

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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

It’s only code, you greedy chunters Inflated valuations for software companies are discouraging possible acquirers, says Chinese giant Huawei.…-> read more

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User flexibility without the risk

Don’t stumble into the responsibility void Most organisations are seeing users and business groups starting to make their own technology decisions to some degree or another. On the one hand this provides those in the business with the freedom and flexibility they often crave, but unilateral adoption of equipment, software and services can create ambiguity over who is responsible for what. Action therefore needs to be taken to ensure that costs and risks do not escalate out of control.…-> read more

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Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

Chairman of the board takes leave of absence The chairman of Candy Crush-maker King has quit as the head of the firm and stepped down from the board for “personal reasons”, the company said.…-> read more

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Forget the accountancy scandal, our biz is back: Tech Data

We're keeping a lid on costs and exiting unprofitable sales, so there If companies operate as intended then sales growth should be a given, and with its accountancy scandal pretty much behind it Tech Data reported business as usual for the fiscal third quarter that ended last month.…-> read more

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20 Incredibly Useful Free Apps From Microsoft

Microsoft makes a whole lot of money selling software. But it also gives a lot of it away for free. Here's a collection of useful free Microsoft apps for all sorts of devices — not just Windows PCs, but also Macs, iPhones, and even Android devices. These apps will help you take photos, share them, give you access to your documents, notes, organize your travel and more.Photosynth lets you create 3D photographs Photosynth is a tool that lets you create a 3D photograph, known as a synth, which is...-> read more

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This 24 Year Old High School Dropout Is Tackling A Problem Every Startup Hates To Deal With

Jessica Mah, the founder and CEO of Indinero, was only 11 years old when she started her first business. Having learned how to code in fifth grade, Mah built websites for people and got paid a few thousand dollars a month. That experience led her to do something more serious for her next business. She leased servers out of a few data centers and created a fully managed hosting service for small businesses, which she describes as a “cheaper version of Rackspace.” She had about four part time...-> read more

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Check Out The Cast of Star Wars VII During A Script Read-Through...

The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is about to be released. Those of you fearing that you will have to go to a movie theater to see it will be relieved to hear that it will also be released online. In the meantime, from TV Secrets (follow here), here's a fun picture of some of the cast during a script read-through. Note the cameo by R2D2 in the upper right. The actor who plays him was apparently unavailable.Join the conversation about this story » -> read more

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How Samsung Executive David Eun Changed His Life After Surviving A Plane Crash Last Year

Samsung mobile ad executive David Eun shares the three ways he changed his life after surviving the crash landing of the Asiana Airlines 777 at San Francisco airport last year. We interviewed Eun at last year's IGNITION conference. Produced by Kamelia Angelova, Alana Kakoyiannis, and Justin Gmoser. Originally published in November 2013. Follow BI Video: On FacebookJoin the conversation about this story » -> read more

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Meet Plague, A Social Networking App That Spreads Information Like A Virus

Plague is a new social networking app with a fun twist that could just work. Plague is all about discovering "viral" content, but the way you discover the next viral video or hilarious photo is what's unique. Instead of seeing posts from people you follow or whatever is trending, a post on Plague is designed to spread much like a virus in real life. Whenever a user submits a funny picture or video, it gets sent to the four Plague users closest to that person, who can either pass it along to the...-> read more

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Latest Halo: Master Chief Collection update addresses matchmaking, stability, more

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been plagued with matchmaking problems since its initial launch, but a fresh update from developer 343 Industries' should be available the next time you boot up the game. As detailed on Halo Waypoint, the 523 MB ...-> read more

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WRUP: Game of the Year 2014? Go!

We've reviewed a lot of games in 2014 and it's time for the Joystiq crew to begin their annual battle for their favorites to compose the "Top 10" of the year. Those that don't make it are honored in our "Best of the Rest." So, let's hear it from you,...-> read more

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Titanfall update brings co-op to Xbox 360 next week

The Xbox 360 version of Titanfall will receive update number eight next Monday, December 1, Respawn Entertainment announced. The update adds Frontier Defense to the game, Titanfall's cooperative multiplayer mode that arrived on PC and Xbox One just o...-> read more

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You Have a Couple of Options for Your Philips Hue Black Friday Deal

The Philips Hue home lighting system is one of the great aspirational geek home decorating items of our time , but unfortunately, it's rarely discounted. Well, that trend continues on Black Friday, but if you buy today, you can at least get a freebie with your order.Read more...-> read more

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Save 30% on Any Printed Book Today on Amazon. Yes, ANY Book.

Category-wide sales on Amazon are few and far between, and this is one of the most wide-ranging discounts they've ever offered: Promo code HOLIDAY30 will take 30% off any physical book they sell, up to $10.Read more...-> read more

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This 12,000 DPI Logitech Gaming Mouse Comes With a $50 Steam Gift Card

The Logitech G502 Proteus Core has been my mouse of choice for gaming and work for more than 6 months now. You can grab it right now for $80 plus a $50 Steam gift card, which, if you're buying a gaming mouse, you shouldn't have much trouble spending. [G502]Read more...-> read more

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The 50 Free Apps We're Most Thankful For

It's the time of year where we all give thanks, and among many other things, we here at Lifehacker are thankful for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 of our favorites.Read more...-> read more

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Why You Shouldn't Buy Everything at Once When You Redecorate

When you're redecorating, avoid the common mistake of buying all of your furniture and accessories at once. Instead, spread your purchases out over the following weeks or months. It'll be easier on your cashflow. You would also have more time to refine your vision for your home.Read more...-> read more

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Put Android Wear on Your Wrist for $100, Plus More Wearables

The current crop of Android Wear smart watches certainly isn't perfect, but the LG G Watch was actually a pretty good first attempt . If you're curious how a smart watch might fit into your life, you can score one from Verizon's online store right now for just $100. [LG G Watch, $100]Read more...-> read more

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Where and how do Ars staffers work? Our computers, let us show you them!

Our quick "Chairs Technica" write up last Thanksgiving was a hit, and we all enjoyed showing you all the different awesome places where we put our butts while working. This year, though, we wanted to give you something a little more interesting to look at: our computers and desks. Unlike a lot of other tech publications, Ars Technica is entirely remote-staffed—our core group of writers and editors and techies work from homes spread across the whole US, literally all the way from sea to...-> read more

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Blog: The advantages of joining a bundle

"My criterion is simple; when you've reached end of your big buzz, stimulate the late buyers with the incentive of a lower price." ...-> read more

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King's chairman Melvyn Morris has stepped down

Candy Crush Saga studio King saw its chairman of the board step down this week, with personal reasons cited. ...-> read more

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Looking for edu-games in Kuala Lumpur

"There are 9 million children in Malaysia under 14 years old. Parents are education focused, investing in a range of supplemental learning services." ...-> read more

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Bottomless IAPs: Balancing profit with consumer value

"The negative stigma from bottomless IAPs is the fact that most of them don't provide value to the player but take time and money away from them." ...-> read more

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Subway Etiquette Posters From 1970s Japan Are Just as Relevant Today

Don't smoke in the train station. Don't spit your gum on the floor. And please, god, don't splay your legs out like no one else is around you. These sound like basic rules of today's public transit, but they're actually messages that graced the walls of Tokyo's subway forty years ago. Read more...-> read more

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This Is What Astronauts Will Eat For Thanksgiving

Irradiated smoked turkey? Check. Thermo-stabilized candied yams? Present. Freeze-dried cornbread dressing? Of course! This is what the American astronauts aboard the ISS will be feasting on today.Read more...-> read more

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The DOJ Used 225-Year-Old Law to Bypass a Phone's Password

When it comes to encryption, some of the Department of Justice's views are... interesting . Now, it transpires that it's been using laws that date back 225 years to get phones unlocked, too.Read more...-> read more

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Report: Foxconn Is Building a Display Plant to Make Sapphire Glass

Foxconn is said to be gearing up to produce sapphire glass—the tough screen covering many were expecting to see in the iPhone 6—in a newly purchased plant.Read more...-> read more

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Opera Wants to Make All Apps Subscription Services

Opera wants to shake up the app store as we know it. Instead of one-time paid and free apps, it wants to build a store where each and every app works as a subscriptions service.Read more...-> read more

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The EU Wants to Extend Its 'Right To Be Forgotten' Around the World

Earlier this year, the European Union Court of Justice ruled that people could ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results. Now, it wants to extend the measure around the rest of the world.Read more...-> read more

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Your Future Gadgets Won't Have Those Strange Logos on the Back

Ever looked at your phone and thought it would be a whole lot prettier without all those FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers printed on the back? Well, from now on, they'll be a thing of the past. Here's why.Read more...-> read more

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Monitor Your Home With Dropcam, Only $100 for Black Friday

Dropcam is a dead-simple solution for home video monitoring, and you can own one today for an all-time-low $100. What's your Benjamin get you?Read more...-> read more

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The new Victoria's Secret sports bra connects directly to heart-rate monitors

Sports bras have been one of Victoria's secrets for a while, but the latest model, "Incredible" warrants at least a passing mention here at Engadget. It houses sensors and other connected technology within the fabric, courtesy of Finnish smart fabric...-> read more

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Vinyl certainly isn't dead

With all of the hoo-ha surrounding Taylor Swift's decision to pull her tracks from Spotify, it's easy to forget that downloads and streaming aren't the only ways people get their music. Many still buy CDs, although album sales have nearly halved in f...-> read more

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Adidas adds Microsoft's MixRadio to its miCoach Smart Run watch

It was supposed to be Spotify. Instead, it looks like Adidas will rely elsewhere to get more music for miCoach Smart Run users to listen to during workout sessions. Thanks to a new partnership with MixRadio, Adidas is bringing Nokia's Microsoft's mus...-> read more

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European Union wants Google to extend 'right to be forgotten' worldwide

The European Union wants Google to extend the range and impact of the "right to be forgotten" measures that passed earlier this year. The proposal would take the current limitation of EU-only domains like those ending in ".fr" and ".co.uk," and open ...-> read more

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Opera is working on a subscription-based storefront for apps

For entertainment services such as Netflix and Spotify, the all-you-can-eat model has been tremendously beneficial -- both have racked up millions and millions of subscribers to date. When it comes to offering mobile applications, though, that idea o...-> read more

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Listen to Microsoft Sam sing 'The Piña Colada Song'

Microsoft's Sam has many talents. But what does he do when he's finished helping users install their shiny new copy of Windows XP? Turns out, he kicks back, fixes himself a Piña Colada, and lays down the vocals for perhaps the definitive version of R...-> read more

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LG GizmoPal wearable lets kids call their parents with one button

Even though the wearable space is flooded with a ton of options, most of those are geared toward grown-ups. And, hey, why not let the little ones join the fun too. Earlier this year, LG introduced the KizOn in South Korea, a wearable for children tha...-> read more

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UK will miss the Internet of Things boat without a major boost in development

Digital Catapult CEO says UK needs IoT test beds so investors don't go overseas -> read more

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Hudl 2 review

Tesco's second budget tablet could have Google and Apple worried -> read more

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday Week Joystiq Deals: Game dev training bundle

Learning to develop games takes time, dedication and practice, but Joystiq Deals can help. For the next six days, our readers can purchase a developer's training bundle that includes primers on everything from creating sprites in Photoshop to buildin...-> read more

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Fix Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues with a Terminal Command

OS X Yosemite has had a slew of issues with Wi-Fi , namely that connections are randomly dropping out or slowing down. If you're affected by this, developer Mario Ciabarra has a Terminal command that'll fix the issue.Read more...-> read more

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I'm Will Young, Director of Zappos Labs, and This Is How I Work

Zappos, of course, may be your online destination to peruse a plethora of shoes, among other things, but there's a bit more to it than that. At Zappos Labs, a research and development unit in San Francisco, they are exploring the future of online retail.Read more...-> read more

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Rockstar's Black Friday sale discounts GTA 5 merchandise

Rockstar joins this week's money-saving festivities with a collection of Black Friday price drops on collectibles and apparel featured in its online store. DIscounted items include traditional fare like lithographs, hoodies, and posters along with o...-> read more

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Joystiq Streams: Will Shadow of Mordor on Xbox 360 break us?

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have, for all their technological advancements, returned the gaming world to a place few expected it would go: the land for the down port. Way back when, PC and arcade games too beefy for consoles would be adapted to ru...-> read more

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The Grandfather of the Space Shuttle Looked Like a UFO

On this day in 1975, the venerable X-24B, an experimental aircraft that paved the way for the Space Shuttle's lifting body design, made its 36th and final test flight in the skies over southern California. To honor that aviation milestone, here is the story of how the plane came to be. The following post originally ran on March 3, 2014.Read more...-> read more

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How to Explain Net Neutrality to Your Relatives: A Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means turkey, mashed potatoes, and explaining tech-related news stories to your parents and extended family because hey, you read a bunch of blogs and you even know what a yik-yak is! Read more...-> read more

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How important is 'clean' gameplay?

"Once the gameplay became looser, the level of tuning required to make the game feel good changed, and it diluted the fundamental requirements for making jump and shoot gameplay as pristine as possible." ...-> read more

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WSJ: GoPro Is Going to Make Its Own Drones

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that GoPro is going to start making its own consumer drones. Specifically, the action camera company is going to market "multi-rotor helicopters with high-def camera lenses late next year." Makes sense!Read more...-> read more

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Today Definitely Isn't the Worst Day to Fly 

Everyone—ourselves included—loves to moan about how terrible Thanksgiving travel is: The crowds! The weather! The godforsaken airports ! But QZ has run the numbers, and it turns out we're all a bunch of factually incorrect babies. Read more...-> read more

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How to Fly During the Holidays Without Losing Your Mind

Starting today, Americans will engage in the county's annual combat ritual: Holiday Travel Season—a brutal tradition pitting travelers against the monolithic security and transportation apparatus in a race to their respective destinations. Believe it or not, it's possible to make it through with your dignity intact. It just takes a bit of planning.Read more...-> read more

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A Rowing Machine Slingshot Is the First Time Rowing Has Been Scary

Joerg Sprave is our favorite kind of crazy, a YouTube star who builds lots and lots and lots (and lots ) of insane slingshot creations. This time he's applied the art of rubberized weaponry to personal fitness machines.Read more...-> read more

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Positively horrifying

"The horror fan wants blood because the horror fan is bleeding. The horror fan wants Isolation because the horror fan only knows isolation." ...-> read more

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Adults Who Live in Treehouses Aren't as Weird as You Might Think

Before I was born, my mom lived in a treehouse in the Smoky Mountains and had a pet goat with one ear. His name was Van Goat. This was the late 70s, and even then, it was a unique lifestyle. But my how treehouse culture has evolved.Read more...-> read more

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EA honored for its LGBT equality practices

Electronic Arts is one of the best companies practicing LGBT equality, according to an annual report from the Human Rights Campaign. ...-> read more

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Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put

Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making cash, the...-> read more

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The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700

Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an...-> read more

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Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide

Bing Maps users outside the US will now have a better idea of how long it takes to get from A to B, as Microsoft has just launched Clearflow traffic estimation around the world. The system works by taking live traffic data for main roads and surface ...-> read more

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UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit

Some vloggers have made it big on YouTube, so it's not surprising that advertisers want to tap into their burgeoning audiences. But rather than shell-out for a traditional pre-roll ad, they're paying the stars themselves to film their commercials. Th...-> read more

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Deepak Chopra: the spiritualist as technologist

Deepak Chopra has an app. And that's about the least of the famed spiritual guru/physician/alternative-medicine advocate/friend of Oprah's technological ambitions....-> read more

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UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying

Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). Thi...-> read more

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Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199

When we reviewed Amazon's Fire Phone, we said that you'd better off waiting for the sequel. That's good advice for you, but not ideal for the company, since it ate a $170 million loss and has $83 million worth of unsold devices piled high in warehous...-> read more

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Google will kill Microsoft Silverlight in Chrome by disabling NPAPI plug-in

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Amazon Fire Phone on sale for $199 (unlocked, includes 1-year Prime membership)

Amazon launched its first smartphone this summer, charging $199 for an Amazon Fire Phone with a 2-year contract or $649 for a contract-free model. The phone didn’t sell well, and Amazon dropped the price by about $200 in September. Now the company’s offering an even better deal: You can pick up an unlocked Amazon Fire […] Amazon Fire Phone on sale for $199 (unlocked, includes 1-year Prime membership) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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