Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Watch Microsoft's three-hour Build keynote in just nine minutes

Microsoft had a lot on the docket for its Build developer conference today, so much that it ran just a hair under three hours. A lot of that was code demos, some third-party code demos, and even more demos that happened to involve code. But there were also some pretty exciting moments too. Things like augmented reality robots, new browsers that are not named Internet Explorer, and Microsoft giving us a look at how developers can bring over their software from Android and iOS. We've...-> read more
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How a baseball game played for no one symbolizes what's wrong with America

The Baltimore Orioles played against the Chicago White Sox in an empty stadium today. The Orioles won, but no one was there to cheer. The head of Major League Baseball Robert D. Manfred decided this week that it would be safer for fans that the game proceed without spectators in the stands, and the game made history for being the first ever closed to the public. How did we get here? What does a baseball game say about the status quo in America? On April 12th, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was...-> read more
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AT&T fined $6.9 million for overcharging the FCC's low-income support program

AT&T has agreed to pay $6.9 million to the Federal Communications Commission for over-billing its low-income support program, known as Lifeline. Lifelife allows households with low incomes to receive discounts on phone service, but customers have to verify with their phone company that they qualify for the program each year. An audit of AT&T discovered that in 2012 and 2013, it had failed to remove customers from the list who were no longer eligible for Lifeline. In the majority...-> read more
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Airbnb's app finally works with the iPad and Android tablets

It's been almost a year since home-sharing service Airbnb announced a comprehensive and far-reaching redesign across the entire company — that included a new website, new mobile apps, and a new logo. Both the site and apps put a major focus on the often-beautiful photography Airbnb uses to advertise the homes of users that are available, something that seemed like a logical translation to tablets, but Airbnb's app remained phone-only. That change today with the release of Airbnb for the...-> read more
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It's your last chance to get a free month of HBO Now

If you've got an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad, you're running out of time to get a free month of HBO Now. Since launching earlier this month, the standalone subscription service has offered new customers (and that's everyone) a free 30-day trial. But that limited time deal is set to expire tomorrow, according to HBO Now's website. And Apple says you need to sign up for the free month "before" April 30th. So really, doing it today is probably your safest bet to lock down a month's worth of...-> read more
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New Windows 10 preview now available with the return of Aero Glass

Microsoft has been demonstrating all its new changes in Windows 10 during the Build developers conference this morning, and now the company is ready to provide a new update for testers. Windows 10 build 10074, which leaked out recently, is now ready to roll out officially. It’s the first preview that really demonstrates Microsoft’s various UI changes in Windows 10, and it brings back some of the Aero Glass features that were present in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Continue reading...-> read more
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New Windows 10 preview now available with the return of Aero Glass

Microsoft has been demonstrating all its new changes in Windows 10 during the Build developers conference this morning, and now the company is ready to provide a new update for testers. Windows 10 build 10074, which leaked out recently, is now ready to roll out officially. It’s the first preview that really demonstrates Microsoft’s various UI changes in Windows 10, and it brings back some of the Aero Glass features that were present in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Continue reading...-> read more
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Rubella virus officially eliminated from the Americas

It's official: rubella, a disease that can be deadly for fetuses, has been eliminated from the Americas. The news was announced today by a scientific panel convened by global health authorities, reports The New York Times. The Americas is the first World Health Organization region to eliminate the disease. Continue reading… -> read more
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Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 lock screen, Cortana, Start Menu features

Microsoft unveiled some new features for Windows 10 at the kickoff to the company’s BUILD developer conference today. We learned that the Project Spartan web browser is now known as Microsoft Edge, developers can bring Win32, web, Android, and iOS apps to the Windows Store, and some Windows Phones will be able to operate as […] Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 lock screen, Cortana, Start Menu features is a post from: Liliputing-> read more
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Google Chrome Dev browser now available for Android

Google’s Chrome web browser for desktops comes in three basic versions: Stable, Beta, and Dev Channel. The same is true of the Chrome OS software that runs on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. And now all three are available for Android as well: Google has just released Chrome Dev to the Google Play Store. You can download […] Google Chrome Dev browser now available for Android is a post from: Liliputing-> read more
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This is what happened when a woman asked 100 random guys on the street if they would sleep with her

What would you do if a random girl approached you on the street and asked if you wanted to have sex? According to a new social experiment by the crew at YouTube entertainment and comedy channel "whatever," the majority of men would answer 'No.'  Andrea Wendel — a 20-year-old student and YouTube star from Santa Barbara — was paid to appear in the viral video, which was produced by "whatever" channel creator Brian Atlas.  The pair walked around Santa Barbara’s Isla Vista...-> read more
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Bitcoin is starting to march toward the mainstream

Bitcoin is growing up.  I was briefly at the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on Tuesday. The broad takeaway was that the cryptocurrency community is moving away from its origins in political ideology, specifically cryptoanarchy, and starting to think about how to promote Bitcoin into the mainstream.  Bitcoin as a currency has been falling out of favor. But Bitcoin as a mechanism by which to transfer money is in. The buzzwords are "regulation," "settlements," and "Wall Street."...-> read more
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Stock of the company that made the Kim Kardashian app is going wild (GLUU)

Glu Mobile, the company that created the wildly popular Kim Kardashian Hollywood app, was up as much as ~20% after-hours on the news that Chinese gaming company Tencent is buying $126 million shares and that Britney Spears has signed on to make a game.  Tencent and Glu are forming this "strategic partnership" to broaden Glu's reach.  The company rocketed into the spotlight last summer after its Kim Kardashian game reached #1 in the Apple App Store and raked in $1.6 million in its...-> read more
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Pro gamer reveals the unexpected activity that takes up to 15 hours a week

Diego "Quas" Ruiz, 23, plays video games professionally for Team Liquid, where he specializes in League of Legends — the world's most popular competitive game. He also spends a chunk of time promoting products like Red Bull, HTC, and Alienware.  Ruiz competes in the League Championship Series (LCS), the top professional league in North America, earning between $60,000 and $100,000 per year from his base salary, product sponsorships, and revenue from streaming on live-steaming video...-> read more
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Samsung was the only big smartphone maker whose sales dropped from last year

Samsung passed Apple to reclaim its title as the number-one smartphone maker last quarter, but it was also the only big smartphone maker that saw its smartphone shipments drop from the previous year, which contributed to a 57% drop in mobile profits from last year. According to BI Intelligence, based on data from IDC, Strategy Analytics, and Counterpoint Research, Samsung shipped 83.3 million smartphones worldwide in the past quarter. Apple came in at second with 61.2 million units shipped,...-> read more
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SF residents are trying to make a quick buck off selling their 415 numbers

Among the mass of IKEA furniture up for sale on San Francisco's Craigslist, a new item has popped up in the last few days: area code 415 phone numbers.  In February, the "628" joined the "415" as San Francisco's area code, inducing a wave of nostalgia for the city's singular identifier and a headache for residents who suddenly had to update their phone contacts to include the area code. The 415 had been the city's area code since 1947, although its original territory has been sliced...-> read more
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Here's why Apple can't make enough Apple Watches (AAPL)

Apple may have found a key component inside the Apple Watch to be defective, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.  The watch's taptic engine, or the component that simulates the feeling of being tapped on the wrist, seems to be the issue. Apple is in the process of shifting all production of these taptic engines to another supplier, which is why it's having trouble keeping up with demand.  As a result, Apple will have to limit the watch's availability, the report says. Taptic...-> read more
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Help Free PACER in San Francisco and New York This Friday

There may be nobody more committed to ensuring that the people have access to the law than rogue archivist, EFF client, and 2009 Pioneer Award winner Carl Malamud. This Friday, his latest campaign to free PACER culminates in a "polling place" at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, where he's encouraging people to come in and vote with their pens by writing to Chief Judge Thomas of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is all scheduled for May 1, which was designated in 1958 as "Law Day"...-> read more
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Australian Copyright Censorship Bill Could Block VPNs and Circumvention Information

The steamroller that is the copyright enforcement machine continues to trundle along around the world, flattening obstacles such as fair use, privacy and freedom of expression in its path. One of its latest stops has been in Australia, where that country’s copyright site-blocking laws, first seriously mooted last year, were introduced into the Australian Federal Parliament last month. A public comment period on the legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, closed two...-> read more
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Combat Tech Is Turning Baltimore Into a Paramilitary Zone

In response to rioting and violent protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the National Guard was deployed for riot control in Maryland for the first time since the 1960s race riots. Some 500 troops patrol the city, clad in body armor, with automatic rifles strapped across their chests. Read more...-> read more
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Windows 10 with Holograms Looks Freaking Awesome

You’ve heard that Microsoft is trying to build the holodeck, yes? With a visor called Hololens you wear on your head? It turns out Hololens is a full Windows 10 computer, and using it looks totally awesome.Read more...-> read more
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Ask Your Questions About Finding and Mapping Lost Urban History

Los Angeles is no stranger to failed infrastructural schemes and vanished landscapes. But did you know that a nine-mile bike highway once traveled part of the way from LA to the nearby city of Pasadena? It’s one of 19 map-annotated essays about the city featured in the new book LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas.Read more...-> read more
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Microsoft Edge Is the Official Name of the IE-Slaying Spartan Browser

One of the most exciting additions to Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system is the IE browser killer, Project Spartan. We’ve been excited for months and months, but Spartan was never even meant to be the new browser’s final name, but today Microsoft revealed the official moniker of its next-gen window to the internet—Microsoft Edge.Read more...-> read more
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Hillary Clinton Says All Cops Should Wear Body Cameras

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for body cameras for all police in a speech about law enforcement reform at Columbia University earlier this morning. Read more...-> read more
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Starbucks Sells California's Scarce Water to "Help" People Without Water

When you buy a bottle of water at Starbucks, five cents goes towards “improving the lives of people who lack vital resources,” according to the in-house brand named Ethos Water. That may be true, but there’s a catch: The water’s bottled in a part of California where people’s wells are running dry.Read more...-> read more
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It's Official: The ISS Cargo Ship Is Totally Screwed

The Progress spacecraft looked good at the launch of its journey to the International Space Station, but problems quickly emerged. Now it’s tumbling out of control, can’t dock with the space station, and only has days to recover before burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere.Read more...-> read more
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This Calculator Helps You Crack Any Master Combination Lock in 8 Tries

Forgot your Master lock combo? Or want some incentive to not use a Master padlock? There’s a website for that.Read more...-> read more
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Save Water in Your Garden with Smart Plant Groupings

When deciding where to place your plants, consider not only their sun and soil needs, but how thirsty they are. Group them accordingly and you’ll have a more water-efficient landscape.Read more...-> read more
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How to Transition from Freelance Work to a Full Time Position

As appealing as the freedom of freelancing can be, it’s also a challenge , and sometimes you find yourself wanting to stick with one of your freelance clients for good. The company culture, the ability to focus on one client, the coworker camaraderie—there are lots of reasons to transition from freelancer to employee. But how do you convince them you should be on staff?Read more...-> read more
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Favado Can Save You 30-70% on Groceries by Showing You the Best Deals

Android/iOS: Trimming your grocery bill is one of the simplest ways to save money, but hunting for deals and clipping coupons is a chore. Enter Favado, a time- and money-saving app that notifies you of the best deals at your local grocery store, drugstore, and warehouse club.Read more...-> read more
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Evernote announced a new pay tier today.

Evernote announced a new pay tier today. Aside from the free, basic version of Evernote, there’s now Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium. Plus will run you $2.99/month and includes 1GB of uploads, offline access, and more. Premium is $5.99/month and gets you the same with unlimited uploads.Read more...-> read more
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How to Save Money Buying Lumber from a Distributor Instead of a Retailer

When you are ready to up your woodworking game, it’s time to start buying wood straight from a distributor instead of the big box retailers. You’ll have a lot more hardwood options to choose from, and you’ll save money in the process.Read more...-> read more
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Password Alert Warns You When Your Google Password Is Phished

Chrome: Google launched a new extension today called Password Alert that’s designed to keep you from using your Google password on sites that aren’t operated by Google. Read more...-> read more
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BlogBytes

BlogBytes finds the most impactful content each week and deliver audio versions for your listening pleasure. Each week, we save you time by delivering audio versions of the content you should be digesting. View startup -> read more
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HappyFox Chat

HappyFox Chat is a new & powerful live chat software, built ground up for startups & E-Commerce companies. Free for up to 10 agents. Sign up now for private beta! View startup -> read more
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TAG Heuer's Android smartwatch will cost you $1,400

So much for hopes that TAG Heuer's first smartwatch will cost less than its conventional counterparts. Jean-Claude Biver, the head of TAG's parent company LVMH, says that the Android Wear timepiece will cost about $1,400 when it ships in October or N...-> read more
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Hulu's the exclusive online home of 'Seinfeld' and 'Fear the Walking Dead'

It may be a fraction of Netflix's size, but Hulu is no small fry when it comes to the online video business. At an advertising conference in New York, the company has revealed that it has won the exclusive streaming rights to Seinfeld. It's a big dea...-> read more
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We're live at Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote

We're ready and waiting in San Francisco for Microsoft to kick off its next Build developer conference. There will likely be some surprises, especially around HoloLens, but mostly we're expecting Microsoft to delve deeper into Windows 10 and what it ...-> read more
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Chrome add-on stops scammers from getting your Google password

No matter how diligent you are about watching for scam sites trying to swipe your password, there's always the chance that a very convincing page will trick you into handing over the goods. Thankfully, Google just gave you a safety net: its new Passw...-> read more
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LG sees its future in smartphones and cars

If you had to summarize LG's financial health in a few seconds, you could just shrug and say "life's good." That's because the Korean company is one of the few in the technology industry right now that's actually making a decent profit from the hardw...-> read more
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These are the first finalists for the new World Video Game Hall of Fame

For all of the game industry's myriad "game of the year" lists and "official" awards from various bodies, as well as ephemeral "best ever" lists from various media outlets, there have been precious few organized attempts to establish a permanent, concrete gaming "canon," comprised of titles that truly represent the medium. That's set to change soon, as the Strong National Museum of Play (which also houses the International Center for the History of Electronic Games) has announced the first 15...-> read more
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Liveblog: Windows 10, Azure, HoloLens and more at Build 2015

It's time for Microsoft's annual Build developer conference, and we'll be wearing flowers in our hair on Wednesday morning as we liveblog the opening keynote presentation in San Francisco. Kicking off at 08:30 PDT, we're expecting to hear all about Windows 10 and the universal app platform that will let apps run on phone, tablet, PC, and console. Visual Studio 2015 is nearing completion, so a release candidate wouldn't surprise us. There's sure to be plenty of cloud capabilities shown off,...-> read more
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New Chrome extension warns you when your Google password gets phished

Google engineers have released an extension for their Chrome browser that warns users when they accidentally enter their Google password into a phishing page aimed at hijacking their account. The freely available, open-source extension is known as Password Alert. It stores a user's Google password in a one-way encrypted format known as a cryptographic hash. If the user types the same Google password into a non-Google website, the extension generates a warning that the user has just been...-> read more
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Twitter’s New Dedicated Food Account Could Help Broaden Appeal

 Twitter is launching @TwitterFood today, a dedicated account that sifts through the myriad food-related tweets shared on the social network and offers up a curated selection oh hand-picked missives from heavyweights in the field including Martha Stewart and Alton Brown, as well as choice posts from the general public. The Twitter Food account is a smart idea for a company looking to expand… Read More -> read more
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Journey To Zelda’s Hyrule In Any Web Browser

 The Legend of Zela: A Link to the Past was a technical feat on a home console back in 1991 when it was launched, but today a team has brought the entire overworld map from the game to your browser, using only HTML5. Thanks to the team behind “JADSDS engine,” you can now navigate to Hyrule from any device, including your iPhone or iPad, and check out a scrollable version of the… Read More -> read more
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As demand grows, Midwestern colleges prep students to fly drones

On the night of May 4, 2007, a tornado classified as a 5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale reached the town of Greensburg, Kansas. Within 20 minutes, the storm ravaged 95 percent of the city’s infrastructure, leaving 11 residents dead and nearly 800,000 cubic yards of debris in its wake. Tasked with expediting the town’s recovery and preventing future devastation, the state of Kansas allotted funding to various emergency response initiatives: debris removal, reconstruction of roads and buildings,...-> read more
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Instagram Launches @Music, Its First Official Community

 Instagram today announced the launch of a new official community on its service dedicated to music and musicians themselves, which will live under the handle @music. This marks the first time the company has created a dedicated account devoted to a single subject, explains the Facebook-owned social network in a blog post out this morning. The idea for the new community was sparked by activity… Read More -> read more
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Facebook Says There Are Now 40M Active Small Business Pages

 Facebook is announcing some new programs today for small businesses, particularly the ones that advertise. At the same time, the company’s also arguing that plenty of businesses find out value on the social network without buying ads. Specifically, Facebook says the number of active small business Pages keeps growing — it’s up to 40 million, compared to 30 million last June.… Read More -> read more
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Google Launches Password Alert Chrome Extension To Keep You From Reusing Your Passwords

 Google is launching a new Chrome extension today designed to prevent you from recycling your Google password on other sites. Password Alert, which is now available in the Chrome Web Store, will warn you whenever you are about to reuse your Google password on a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. Google’s Director of Security for Google Apps for Work Eran Feigenbaum told me… Read More -> read more
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Dave Morin And Kevin Colleran’s Slow Ventures Raises A New $65 Million Fund

 Slow Ventures, previously run by early Facebook employees Dave Morin and Kevin Colleran, has raised a new $65 million fourth fund. Sam Lessin, another former Facebook employee who left in August last year, will also be joining as a partner. The fund has made investments in many of the closest-watched startups in Silicon  Valley, including Pinterest, Meerkat, Postmates and Slack. Colleran… Read More -> read more
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Chinese report loopy Facebook redirections

Users unclear if packet racket is accident or attack China appears to have neutered swathes of otherwise uncensored websites and redirected Facebook login attempts to external websites, according to local reports.…-> read more
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Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog

And you don't have to keep data within national borders. Just be careful with it Security and privacy are not mutually exclusive says Europe’s privacy watchdog – and people should stop saying they are.… -> read more
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Fiesta exploit kits wakes from siesta

Reports of hacker toolkit's death proven greatly exaggerated Brad Duncan says attackers are again slinging the Fiesta, this time using a complicated series of loops that researchers will find difficult to trace.…-> read more
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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

This is why Lenovo is recalling ThinkPads Video  UK boffins have taken a close-up of what happens with Li-ion batteries when they get hot under the collar, and it's not pretty.…-> read more
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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

An awful lot of light cruisers dumped into landfills We're obliged to reader Simon Moore for flagging up a heavyweight improbable measurement unit, deployed by the National Physical Laboratory in an attempt to quantify the amount of printed circuit board waste dumped into UK landfills every year in terms of Royal Navy light cruisers.…-> read more
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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

Australia's NAB in strife, too, says researcher Major banks are still open to POODLE attacks months after being called out as vulnerable.…-> read more
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

iPad software issue grounds 'a few dozen' American Airlines flights

Multiple American Airlines flights were thrown into chaos tonight as an issue with the on-board iPads used by pilots made it impossible to take off. Affected flights appeared to include AA2413, AA2276, AA1654, AA235, AA128, and AA2413. Attempts to reach American Airlines directly were not initially successful, but the company confirmed the issue to passenger Bill Jacaruso via Twitter. Continue reading… -> read more
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James Cameron may have accidentally written a fifth Avatar movie already

James Cameron's never been shy about his ambitions for creating an Avatar cinematic universe. After the first film's phenomenal success, he decided to make two sequels. That then got bumped to three sequels, with a squadron of writers assisting him in putting each of the movies together. The first new installment has since been pushed to a 2017 release date, but in the midst of all of that it appears he's somehow found time to write a fifth Avatar movie already. In a recent interview with...-> read more
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This millennial yurt is nicer than my apartment

Noble millennials Mollie and Sean Busby wanted to pioneer a more sustainable lifestyle, so they decided to go off-the-grid and live in a yurt. The couple's Whitefish, Montana abode boasts 700 square feet of space on the ground floor, 300 additional square feet in a loft, and features a lovely half-moon shaped kitchen countertop and homey-looking hearth. The Busbies are convinced, nay determined, that they will be able to raise a family in their current living situation. Contrast that, if...-> read more
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President Obama doesn't have an Apple Watch. He has a Fitbit Surge.

As a president, you are necessarily a quantified being, measured and judged by a large array of numbers. Approval / disapproval ratings. Unemployment rate. Median household income. Inflation rate. The numbers of views on a clip from the White House Correspondents Dinner. The worldwide gross for Furious 7. Here are a few more ways to judge the president: heart rate, steps taken, sleep. As noted by longtime Verge friend Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal's latest interview with President...-> read more
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Apple Watch won't work properly on some tattooed wrists

If you need another reason to rethink getting that sleeve tattoo, Apple just gave you one: the Apple Watch doesn't work so well when worn on a tattooed wrist. A few days after the smartwatch's launch, users on Reddit, Twitter, and other social media channels are reporting that the Watch loses connection and reports inaccurate heart rate results when placed over tattoos. The video embedded above is a pretty effective demonstration. Such an issue could quickly prove annoying, since Apple...-> read more
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Periscope hit 1 million users in its first 10 days

Twitter's live streaming app Periscope launched late in the last quarter, and Twitter just shared some stats on its adoption — according to CEO Dick Costolo, 1 million users signed in to Periscope in the first 10 days following its launch. That's only a small percentage of the 300 million active users Twitter announced in its earnings call today, but it points to the quickly growing interest users have in live-streaming videos from wherever they are. Meerkat may have gotten a lot of...-> read more
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Watch the first full trailer for the live-action Attack on Titan movie

Fans have already seen teasers for the two upcoming Attack on Titan films, which are due out this summer, but the first full trailer offers a clear look at the destruction ahead. With humanity bloodied and on the brink, the Titans emerge, giving us our first glimpse at how horrifying — if a little low-fi — they look up close. The above trailer came out two weeks ago, but the addition of English subtitles helps drive the bloodshed home. At this point, we can also assume that the action...-> read more
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Lilbits (4-28-2015): Cyanogen and OnePlus parting ways?

Cyanogen Inc and OnePlus may have been all chummy when the OnePlus One smartphone launched a year ago. It’s a smartphone with high-end specs at a mid-range price, and one of the things that set it apart from the competition was its Cyanogen OS software. But then the makers of the custom version of Android […] Lilbits (4-28-2015): Cyanogen and OnePlus parting ways? is a post from: Liliputing-> read more
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Here’s the physics behind why the Apple Watch's pricier sapphire glass displays are actually harder to read outside

The Apple Watch's full-color touchscreen display might look flawless indoors, but it has one big problem: The screen display looks kind of terrible outside. The problem is the glare. When you're standing out in the sunlight or under really powerful ambient light, the screen can looked washed out and is really hard to read. And people aren't too happy about it: So. Anyone else love the “glare effect” of the apple watch outside on a sunny day at oh… say… noon? Awesome screen. — semaphore (@...-> read more
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The 8 best apps for creating the perfect selfie

2015 is the year of the selfie. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to President Obama has been known to turn the camera around and snap a shot. However, perfecting the picture requires more than just perfect lighting.  These apps will help you filter, highlight, soften, and transform your selfies into flattering works of photography. Facetune is the gold standard when it comes to selfie photo editing apps. The application functions like a pumped up version of Photoshop for your phone....-> read more
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Twitter throws Nasdaq under the bus for leaking its earnings early (TWTR)

Twitter blamed Nasdaq for its premature earnings leak on Tuesday.  The social networking company said on its earnings call that Nasdaq hosts its investor relations website and that it had specifically instructed Nasdaq not to release the earnings results before the close of market (as is customary).  The numbers were leaked more than 30 minutes ahead of time by a research firm called Selerity, which claimed it had found the information on Twitter's own IR page.  Selerity later...-> read more
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The 25 most exciting Bitcoin startups in the world today

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Google's oldest employee is over 80 years old (GOOG)

There's a myth that tech companies in Silicon Valley prefer to hire younger employees.  In fact, recent data from Stack Overflow even suggests that the average age of a developer is 28. Another report from The New Republic last year said that even tech industry workers in their 20s were seeking Botox treatments to look younger.  But Google's human resources chief Lazslo Bock doesn't believe this to be true at all. In fact, the oldest employee at Google is over 80 years old. Here's...-> read more
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The sapphire displays on pricier Apple Watches are tougher to read than cheaper models with glass displays, says researcher (AAPL)

The sapphire display on the high-end Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition is certainly stronger than the glass display found on the cheaper Apple Watch Sport model, but it also reflects more light making it more difficult to read, according to new research conducted by DisplayMate. It all boils down to the physical properties of sapphire, which is incredibly difficult to scratch but reflects nearly doubles the amount of reflected ambient light when compared to glass. The Apple Watch is the first...-> read more
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How collapsing bookshelves inspired Ross Ulbricht to launch illegal drug marketplace Silk Road

Who is Ross Ulbricht? While he’s been known for some time as the brains and ideological force of the now-defunct online black marketplace Silk Road, his path to this role was long and winding.  In a new Wired feature, we get a closer look into who Ulbricht was before he formed Silk Road. He was sort of a lost soul. He studied undergrad physics at the University of Texas Dallas, and then attended Pennsylvania State for graduate school. Following grad school he had a series of failed...-> read more
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Twitter just acquired a startup Dick Costolo invested in, TellApart

Get ready for Twitter ads that follow you from desktop to mobile and back. Twitter just acquired a marketing software startup, TellApart, that it hopes will help boost its bottom line. The deal terms were not disclosed. TellApart is a venture-backed startup that had raised $17.8 million since its inception in 2009, including a 2010 Series A round. Dick Costolo, Twitter's CEO, was an angel investor in the company. Basically, the TellApart acquisition will let Twitter more effectively target ads...-> read more
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Facebook is breaking some apps, but it's a good thing for privacy (FB)

If you use Facebook to sign in to your favorite apps, buckle up: Facebook is throwing the switch this Thursday on a big change that gives users more power over the information they share with outside apps, but that has the potential to break how they work.  Last April, at Facebook's F8 conference, Mark Zuckerberg and company announced a new Facebook Login screen that would let users choose what information they shared when they signed into an app. It was part of Zuckerberg's "People First...-> read more
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Microsoft dropped a huge hint about its remarkable holographic headset — and it could change human interaction forever (MSFT)

Microsoft’s HoloLens is one of the most exciting products in the technology world right now.  Business Insider’s tech editor Matt Rosoff tried it earlier this year: He’s convinced “personal computing is on the verge of a major change.”  The HoloLens is an augmented reality headset, meaning it projects virtual or digital images on top of the real world, like layers. In addition, you can interact with these 3D objects. It's something you really need to see to understand...-> read more
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A Fake Arm Selfie Stick Only Makes You Look Less Sad in Photographs

They’re being banned from museums, art galleries, and sporting events faster than people can buy them, but that’s ok because selfie sticks are awful and deserve to disappear . However, designers Justin Crowe and Aric Snee may have found a way to redeem them with a selfie stick that looks like a human arm so a self-shot can help hide someone’s crushing loneliness.Read more...-> read more
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How the "Illusion of Demand" Makes You Buy Things You Don't Need

We know that companies have all kinds of ways to trick you into thinking you need to buy something, but one of the more obnoxious techniques is the “illusion of demand.” As BBC Future points out, this illusion makes it seem like you’re missing out on something even when you’re not.Read more...-> read more
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Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always watching, and terribly Orwellian. It’s data.Read more...-> read more
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What It Feels Like to Shoot With the Military’s Experimental Smart Scope

You’ve probably never fired an M4 carbine. Until a couple weeks ago, I hadn’t either. But at a recent DARPA demo day, I loaded a magazine (also a first for me), snuggled up to the deadly assault rifle, and looked through one of the most technologically advanced smart scopes ever built. Then I pulled the trigger.Read more...-> read more
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Google Now Gets Suport for 70 New Apps, Including Spotify and OpenTable

Android: Earlier this year, Google started allowing third-party app developers to place cards in Google Now. Today, the company has announced that they’re greatly expanding this program with support for 70 new apps, including Spotify, Feedly, Runkeeper, OpenTable, and more.Read more...-> read more
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7 Surprisingly Lifelike Photos Of Things With Eyes

What happens when you stick a pair of eyes onto a random object? It comes to life. And so for this week’s Shooting Challenge, we asked you to push anthropomorphism to the next level . Here are the results.Read more...-> read more
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The Zebra Quickly Compares Car Insurance Rates from Over 200 Insurers

The average person could save $368 on car insurance, but you have to shop around to do that. The Zebra makes it super simple to find a better rate.Read more...-> read more
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Subscribe to Our Youtube Channel For a Sweet Cocktail of Video Delight

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been moving our best video content over to YouTube where it will live in peaceful sanctity. We’ve got a whole mess of short documentaries, hands-on testing, and absurd nonsense like this. With so much more to come!Read more...-> read more
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Ask an Expert Your Itching Questions About Bed Bugs Right Now

We all have at least one question about the formidable bed bug: How do I avoid having this goddamned pest infest my home? Actually make that two: How do I avoid getting bed bugs and how do I get rid of them if I do? Read more...-> read more
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How to Read Your Coworker's Personalities for Better Collaboration

Personality is a major factor to the workplace—understanding not just how your own personality affects the way you act and the decisions you make, but how the personalities of the people you interact with inform their behavior and your relationship to them. But some of us are better at reading and reacting to personality than others.Read more...-> read more
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LG G4 preview: Fashion and firepower collide in a flagship

Between LG and the rest of the leakers running wild these last few weeks, there's not a whole lot we didn't know about the G4 before today. Screen details? Leather? Word of that sweet, sweet f/1.8 camera lens? Common knowledge, dear friends. Now that...-> read more
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'Mighty No. 9' release blasted back to September

Mighty No. 9, the new, Kickstarted game from Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, is now due out in September, delayed from a spring 2015 launch window. Inafune's team, Comcept, announced the delay in a Kickstarter update, along with another nugget of new...-> read more
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LG unveils the G4 with a super-bright camera and leather backs

After weeks of quasi-leaks and actual leaks you might feel that you already know everything about the LG G4. The company's mobile chief Juno Cho clearly disagrees, however -- he just took the wraps off the new flagship phone at LG's big event in New ...-> read more
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Dropbox comments help you explain your shared files

Sure, it's comparatively trivial to share your files with others on Dropbox. But how do people know why you've shared a file, or what they'll get when they open it? That's what the company's newly introduced comment system aims to solve. You can now ...-> read more
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We're live from the LG G4 launch event!

Earlier this year, almost every smartphone maker revealed a flagship model at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. But not LG. The South-Korea based company has been relatively quiet since its introduction of the G Flex2, which was back at CES 2015. T...-> read more
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A Chrome extension taught me to love the internet again

The internet hasn't been the happiest place for me lately. Over the past three years or so I've watched friends, colleagues and loved ones battle trolls; I've learned of tragedies, both personal and public; and I continue to deal with some extremely ...-> read more
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How To Break Through Online Video Clutter

 Every day, there are press announcements about traditional content brands making their information available to consumers online in over-the-top models. In addition to traditional distributors like Dish Networks, there are new upstart programming brands that are emerging everyday attracting consumer attention by offering viewers a unique value proposition. Allen DeBevoise, venture investor… Read More -> read more
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SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone

 SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it’s finally letting everyone in. The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options, and challenge existing industry leaders including Libsyn, as well as providing the RSS hooks necessary to also publish to iTunes, and get picked up by… Read More -> read more
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PayPal Brings Its Instant Checkout Service “One Touch” To The Web

 PayPal today is making a change to its online payment service on the web, which will now allow customers to checkout from a merchant’s website without having to enter in their user ID and password to complete a transaction, after their initial login. The system, called One Touch for Web, is an expansion of PayPal’s earlier efforts on mobile. Last fall, the company announced the… Read More -> read more
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Apple Patents Using iPhones And iPads As Input Devices For Creative Desktop Apps

 Apple has a new patent, granted today by the USPTO, that details how wireless devices like iPhones and iPads might become context-specific remote input gadgets for use with creative desktop apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic, or even Photoshop. Using the tech described, your iPhone 6 Plus could become a touch-screen video scrubber for editing movies, for example, and then easily switch to a… Read More -> read more
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Amazon’s Digital Distribution Platform Whispercast Updated To Include Better Admin Tools, Premium Support

 Amazon is today updating Whispercast, its self-service platform which allows schools and other organizations the ability to deliver digital content including books, textbooks and apps to Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets and Kindle apps on other platforms. With the release of Whispercast 3.0, the company is making it easier for schools to both get set up on the Whispercast system as well as… Read More -> read more
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Marketing Startup Signpost Raises $20.5M More

 Signpost is announcing that it has raised $20.5 million in Series C funding. The company offers consumer marketing tools — it manages customers’ presence on sites like Yelp, and it uses data from things like credit card transactions and social media to send targeted marketing messages that drive sales, referrals and reviews. Read More -> read more
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Music Startup Jukely Pulls In $8 Million To Expand Its Concert Subscription Service

 Monthly concert subscription service Jukely has raised $8 million in a seed extension round from existing investors to expand into at least 20 more cities in the next year. The round was led by previous investors Northzone and former Warner Music executive Alex Zubillaga’s 14W, with additional participation from Larry Marcus, Hany Nada, Lyor Cohen, Maiden Lane and GroupMe founders… Read More -> read more
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Asus Zenbook UX305: It’s no MacBook, but it’s a good midrange laptop

When we reviewed Apple’s new MacBook earlier this month, we compared it primarily to the MacBook Air (which it kind-of-sort-of supplants) and Dell’s most recent XPS 13 (which is one of our favorite PC laptops right now). One other laptop came up multiple times in my inbox and in the comments, though—Asus’ Zenbook UX305. It’s got quite a bit in common with the MacBook on paper: high-resolution screens, Core M processors without fans, a focus on thinness. The thing that will probably draw your...-> read more
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Maple Launches In NYC’s Financial District With A Fresh Approach To Food Delivery

 I’ve got a pretty bad addiction to restaurant delivery service Seamless, but even I’ll admit that it’s not perfect — sometimes there’s a long wait for food that shows up cold, and sometimes I get stuck in a rut, wanting to try something different but unwilling to gamble on a new restaurant or weird-sounding dish. And yes, when I indulge that addiction often… Read More -> read more
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Google tries to win EU friends with €150 million Digital News Initiative fund

Google has announced the Digital News Initiative, “a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism through technology and innovation,” which sees it working with eight European news organizations to help with product development and putting €150 million into a three-year “innovation fund.” This evident attempt by Google to mend its bridges with the European news publishing industry comes in the wake of years of complaints about the effects of...-> read more
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New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards

One thing to bring them all and in the darkness charge them A new antenna design aims to solve the two major problems with wireless charging: the mess of standards and the limitations of transmitting power by radio.…-> read more
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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

Brain surgeon? Anthropologist? Ex-NASA? You're just what we're looking for Simon Zhang is a former brain surgeon, but that’s literally the last thing you’ll find on his LinkedIn profile.…-> read more
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Romanian rozzers round up alleged $15 MILLION ATM cybercrim gang

25 people arrested over international cash-slurp operation Romanian police have arrested 25 people who are suspected of being part of a cyber-crime gang that organised $15m in fraudulent bank withdrawals.…-> read more
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SanDisk goes nuclear with its Fusion flash card range

Slashes prices, switches from Micron flash to its own tech SanDisk has announced third-generation ioDrive PCIe and mezzanine flash cards, claiming up to a fourfold price performance improvement, with up to a 61 per cent list price reduction over the previous generation Fusion ioDrive 2/Atomic product.… -> read more
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EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

88,000 online outlets vulnerable, say CheckPoint peeps Hacker Netanel Rubin has found a critical remote vulnerability in Ebay's web commerce platform Magento that affects 88,000 shops and allows buyers to purchase anything for free, and compromise credit cards and personal data.…-> read more
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Hawking hologram comforts One Direction fans with Zayny parallel universe claim

Hey girls, theoretical physics is Best Song Evs!!! It turns out there's more than one direction One Direction could be heading in, after megaboffin Stephen Hawking comforted fans with the claim that Zayn Malik may still be in the band in a parallel universe.…-> read more
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Euroboffins want EU to achieve techno-independence

EuroCrypto and EuroCloud needed to protect local data Bug bounties, disclosure rules, product certification, and support for open source software are all in a grab-bag of proposals put to the European Parliament to help fight mass surveillance.…-> read more
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HP switch upgrade hopes to sneak SDN onto network, quietly

Vendor silicon's white-box fightback continues Interop  HP has used Interop as the venue for its latest switch launch, putting software-defined networking (SDN) alongside speeds and feeds in the marketing pitch.…-> read more
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Man-in-the-Middle diddle hits 25,000 iOS apps

Big banks' apps borked by silly certificate SNAFU Some 25,000 iOS apps are exposed to man-in-the-middle attacks thanks to vulnerabilities in the popular AFNetworking library.… -> read more
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Luke Skywalker shows his family photo album from Return of the Jedi

As Master Yoda famously said, "there is another Skywalker." Two others, actually, in pictures taken on the set of the classic Star Wars: Return of the Jedi by Luke actor Mark Hamill. The 35-year-old photos, seen in public for the first time on StarWars.com, show Mark Hamill with wife Marilou and son Nathan as they hang out in Yoda's Dagobah house, chill with Ewoks, and take turns sitting in the Emperor's chair. Hamill mentioned the photos during an interview at Star Wars Celebration...-> read more
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Time Warner Cable is reportedly open to being acquired by Charter

The body of the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger isn't even cold yet, and executives are already exploring new options. Reuters reports that Time Warner is "open" to being acquired by Charter, in a move that would create a cable giant with 15.6 million video subscribers and 16.4 million broadband customers. That's smaller than the giant that would have been created by a combination of Comcast and Time Warner, which would have had 21.7 million video subscribers and 20.7 million...-> read more
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Valve removes Steam's new paid mods in the face of criticism

A few days after it introduced a new system in which Steam users could pay for game mods, video game developer and publisher Valve is removing the feature, in the face of widespread criticism from angry players. In a post on Steam's Workshop, Valve's Alden Kroll said the team at Valve "didn't understand exactly what we were doing" by introducing an option for mod-makers to charge for their creations, and that the company "missed the mark pretty badly." Continue reading… -> read more
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LG's Urbane Android Wear watch lands in the US for $349

The first Android Wear device that will come out of the box with Google's big new software update is now on sale in the US. Google began selling the LG Urbane on its online store today for $349. The watch comes in either a silver or a gold, and Google says new orders will leave its warehouse by Friday, May 8th. The LG Urbane's main appeal is that it looks more like a regular "luxury" watch than many other smartwatches. Instead of plastic, it's made of stainless steel with a leather band,...-> read more
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Yahoo is making American Idol for DJs with Simon Cowell

Yahoo is teaming up with Simon Cowell for a new music competition: a series called Ultimate DJ, which will have up-and-coming electronic DJs battling for a Sony Music record contract and a headline spot at a major music festival. The show, announced on Variety, is one of many that Yahoo is unveiling tonight at a digital content and advertising presentation in New York City. Cowell, who created The X Factor and was a longtime judge on American Idol, obviously knows his music competition...-> read more
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Best Buy now accepts Apple Pay, coming to stores 'later this year'

Best Buy is getting behind Apple Pay. Today the electronics retailer pushed out an update for its iOS app that allows customers to buy items with Apple Pay for home delivery or in-store pickup. Later this year, Best Buy will let shoppers pay by NFC with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus at its checkout counters. "Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible in how they pay for goods and services at Best Buy," the...-> read more
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LG G Watch Urbane smartwatch now available for $349

LG’s latest smartwatch is the company’s nicest looking model yet. It’s also the most expensive. The LG G Watch Urbane is now available for $349. That’s $50 more than the launch price for the company’s last smartwatch with a round face and Google Android Wear software: the G Watch R, which you can now buy […] LG G Watch Urbane smartwatch now available for $349 is a post from: Liliputing-> read more
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Marvell launches Armada 1500 Ultra chip for 4K TV boxes

Chip maker Marvell is expanding its Armada line of system-on-a-chip solutions for set-top-boxes with a new octa-core processor with support for 4K video. The Marvell Armada 1500 Ultra is an 8-core, 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 chip with Vivante GC7000XS graphics. The company’s targeting pay TV operators and set-top-box makers. So you probably won’t find the […] Marvell launches Armada 1500 Ultra chip for 4K TV boxes is a post from: Liliputing-> read more
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NASA is about to solve a major mystery about dwarf planet Ceres

Back in January astronomers got one of their first close-up glimpses of dwarf planet Ceres, and they were baffled. The tiny planet is the largest chunk of rock in the asteroid belt that hangs between Mars and Jupiter, and those close-up images, captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, revealed two huge, and hugely mysterious, bright spots on the surface. The problem is that no one knows what in the world they are — and the more we observe and photograph them, the more complicated and confusing they...-> read more
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We talked to 22 Snapchat-obsessed millennials about its plan to become a news service — here's why they're not sold

It's no surprise that millennials love Snapchat. In August, Snapchat was ranked the third most popular social app among millennials, trailing only Facebook and Instagram. Unsurprisingly, investors love it too: Snapchat raised $200 million from Alibaba in March, and it's also in talks to raise another $500 million at a $16 billion to $19 billion valuation, which would bring Snapchat's total amount of money raised to more than $1 billion. The company is also starting to look at...-> read more
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Apple is working with Box and a bunch of other companies to get the iPad into businesses (AAPL, BOX)

Apple's iPad sales may be down 23% from this time last year, but the tablet still has a bright future ahead of it in the workplace, Apple CFO Luca Maestri insisted on today's quarterly earnings conference call. Apple is working with outside companies like Box, DocuSign, and ServiceMax to build more business apps for the iPad, Maestri says — a very un-Apple-like move, and one that shows how much the Cupertino company is taking these shrinking iPad sales seriously. In an email, Box CEO...-> read more
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The one thing that didn't go well in Apple's earnings report, explained in one chart (AAPL)

Apple had another great quarter, surpassing estimates for earnings per share, revenue, and iPhone sales. Its EPS came in at $2.33, up 40%, while sales jumped 27% to $58.01 billion. It sold 61.2 million iPhones, a 40% increase from last year. While everything pointed to a solid quarter, there was one category that stood out for its below-expectations number: iPad sales.  According the chart below, made by BI Intelligence, Apple sold 12.62 million iPads last quarter, down 23% year-over-year...-> read more
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Apple didn't reveal how many Apple Watches it sold, but it's rushing to increase supply (AAPL)

Apple didn't reveal how many Apple Watches it sold during its Q2 earnings report, but the company is looking to increase supply to meet demand by the end of the quarter. Apple is "aiming for watch supply-demand rebalance by quarter's end," according to Bloomberg, highlighting that Apple is ramping up supply to meet the high demand for Apple Watch. "The customer response for the watch has been great," Apple CFO Luca Maestri told Bloomberg in an interview Monday. "We are working very, very hard...-> read more
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How managing at Google is different from almost anywhere else, according to HR head Laszlo Bock

Google has had a long and odd relationship with the whole idea of management.  In 2002, Larry Page and Sergey Brin turned the company into a "flat" organization, free of engineering managers. That plan lasted a few months: Page couldn't handle all the requests for help in making decisions and charting career paths.  Then in 2009, Google launched Project Oxygen, an inquiry into whether managers mattered at all. The conclusion? They did. But not in the same way they did for...-> read more
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China is now Apple's top foreign market

China is now Apple's biggest market outside the U.S. In today's earnings report, Apple said that revenue from the Greater China region was $16.8 billion, ahead of Europe, which came in at $12.2 billion. The United States is still the company's biggest region with $21.3 billion in sales. Last quarter, Apple boasted of doubling its Chinese revenues year over year, and said that over 70% of iPhone buyers in China were first-time buyers, meaning the market was not close to saturated yet.  Last...-> read more
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Apple shifts 61.2 million iPhones in Q2, but iPad sales falter

Firm keeps quiet on early Apple Watch sales figures -> read more
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How to watch Monday's historic SpaceX launch

SpaceX is getting ready to achieve another historic first on Monday April 27 when they're scheduled to launch the country of Turkmenistan's first ever commercial satellite. The launch will take SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket higher above Earth's surface than the launch on April 14 and will therefore test the rocket close to its maximum capacity. Although one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets will launch the satellite, there will be no attempt to retrieve the rocket's first stage for reuse by guiding it...-> read more
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8 specialty websites that let you book a luxury hotel room for cheap

Luxury hotels can cost thousands of dollars per night — but they don't have to.  Insiders know where to book a luxe hotel on the cheap. Of course there are the major online travel agencies like Priceline, Orbitz, and Hotels.com, but those are just a starting point for in-the-know travelers. Here are 8 websites that let you book luxury hotels for less.Jetsetter Jetsetter.com began as an offshoot of Gilt Groupe, but was acquired by TripAdvisor in 2013. One of the original flash sale...-> read more
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Why Is the Paper Clip Shaped Like It Is?

When you think of paper clips, you immediately think of a specific form—the familiar round-ended, double-loop design. The wire trombone shape. But that’s only one variety of clip; the “Gem,” which gets its name from a British company called Gem Manufacturing Limited, which, even if it wasn’t directly involved with the development of the clip, was clearly able to market it well enough that the name stuck. There are many different (and some might say better) types of paper clip.Read more...-> read more
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Never Stop Dating Your Significant Other with the 2-2-2 Rule

It’s easy to become complacent in a long-term relationship. If you need a little help keeping the romance alive, follow this rule to keep regular dates .Read more...-> read more
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Test Your Cabbage Head's Doneness with a Cake Tester

You can use cabbage for more than just coleslaw—like cooking half a head in a pan for a crispy, hearty side dish. You can actually test cabbage’s “doneness” with a cake tester.Read more...-> read more
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Parrot Bebop Drone and Skycontroller Review: Looks Aren't Everything

You’ve graduated from your cheap beginner drone , and you want to try something new. Something that can shoot beautiful video from the sky—but doesn’t cost $1,000+ like a camera-equipped DJI Phantom . You spot the $500 Parrot Bebop Drone, and pull the trigger. It’s kind of fun, you think, between strings of obscenities.Read more...-> read more
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How Long Will My Hard Drives Really Last?

Dear Lifehacker,I know hard drives can fail, but how long do they really last? Will they last longer if I don’t use them as often?Read more...-> read more
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Google Attempts to Fight Patent Trolls with a Pretty Dubious Strategy

Google’s legal team has just announced that they’ll be buying as many patents as possible in order to “remove friction from the patent market” and defeat patent trolls, companies that buy patents just to sue people on bogus charges of infringement. But there’s a big problem with this strategy.Read more...-> read more
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Amp Up Your Weeknight Meals With This Sweet-Spicy Flavor Bomb

It’s easy to fall into a weeknight cooking rut when time, energy and creativity are often at a minimum. I like to keep a collection of few-ingredient flavor boosters in my back pocket to shake up my standard recipe repertoire with minimal effort. Recent obsessions include anchovy butter, mustardchire sauce , and today’s featured booster: a quick mix of red curry paste and maple syrup.Read more...-> read more
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The Apple Watch Display Is One of the Best Smartwatch Screens Yet

The display is literally the crown jewel of the smartwatch, and Apple delivers with its OLED, sapphire crystal display on the Apple Watch. Read more...-> read more
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A Wetsuit That Looks Like a Business Suit Is Hybrid Clothing Perfection

Yeah, bro, I know, life is complicated and you’re a grownup with hardly a minute to spare for shredding gnar. Not to worry, Quicksilver’s new “true wetsuits” are made from that wetsuit-y neoprene material so you don’t have to change between the beach and the boardroom.Read more...-> read more
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Coil a Band Saw Blade with Your Hands Using This Simple Method

Band saw blades are unwieldy, and can slice up your hands if you’re not careful. Here’s a quick tip for coiling a blade that only takes seconds.Read more...-> read more
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Choozee

Choozee helps you solve your daily dilemmas with friends and like minded people. You can ask their opinion and you can also share your opinions and help others make a choice. Where to go out tonight? What to wear? Where to go on a short trip vacation? What gift to bring to your in-law's dinner? Making a decision is easy and fun. Choozee, your daily dilemma, solved. View startup -> read more
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Sumry

Sumry is the world's first introduction tool. Use your unique story to build better professional relationships! View startup -> read more
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Liveblog: Apple’s Q2 2015 earnings call happens today at 5pm Eastern

It's that time again: Apple reports its financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2015 today at 5pm Eastern. As usual, you can join us live for coverage of the call, a breakdown of what the results mean for Apple's various product lines, and plenty of charts mapping out the data. Remember, this quarter runs from the beginning of January to the end of March, so this will be Apple's last quarter without the Apple Watch. Going forward, watch sales will be lumped into the "other...-> read more
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Tesla's home batteries may be leased, rather than sold

Tesla's not-so-secret plan to fill the world's homes with giant batteries could involve leasing them, according to a report from The Guardian. The batteries have apparently already been leased to customers of SolarCity, a renewable energy firm chaire...-> read more
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Golden Gate Bridge officials are freaked out about drones

The agency that manages the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County to the north, are quite concerned about drones flying on and around the bridge. The bridge authority’s general manager, Denis Mulligan, told the Marin Independent Journal last Friday that a drone had recently crashed into a lane of traffic. The Bridge Authority and other local government groups have sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), saying that the "increased presence...-> read more
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One of eSports' biggest stars retires with repetitive strain injury

If you're into eSports, then it's highly likely that you would have heard of Hai Lam. He's best known as the Mid Laner and captain of Cloud9, which is regarded as the best US eSports team for the popular online multiplayer game League of Legends. Non...-> read more
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TalkTalk's unlimited everything SIM is £12 per month but laden with fine print

The UK mobile market is undergoing a serious makeover, with two huge acquisitions on the horizon and new MVNOs popping up left, right and centre. Quad-play provider TalkTalk is already known for its low-cost broadband, TV and mobile deals, but now's ...-> read more
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Kojima and del Toro's 'Silent Hills' is not going to happen

Silent Hills, at least as it was originally conceived, is no more. The next chapter of the once-popular horror series had built considerable hype off the back of a fantastic playable teaser, P.T., which was released last summer. When solved the tease...-> read more
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Discover Signs On With Apple Pay

 Credit card provider Discover will join Apple Pay’s ranks beginning this fall, the company announced today. Apple Pay already supports cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and with Discover, it will reach the overwhelming majority of cardholders in the U.S. Discover was the last noteworthy holdout from the service. Apple Pay with Discover will work the same way it does… Read More -> read more
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Universal Avenue Gives Businesses On-Demand Access To A Direct Sales Team

 B2B startups often rely on word-of-mouth and online advertising to get the word out about their products. Over time, they often add a marketing and sales department, but they typically don’t have the resources to build a full-blown salesforce for their products that can pitch business owners directly, especially when they are looking to expand internationally. Universal Avenue, a… Read More -> read more
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Only Fifth Of U.S. Apple Watches Shipped Over Launch Weekend, Says Data Firm

 Apple’s debut wearable, the eponymous Apple Watch, started shipping Friday — but according to U.S. online commerce market research firm, Slice Intelligence, the launch weekend saw only around a fifth of U.S. buyers get a delivery from Cupertino. Read More -> read more
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Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

 It’s with an eye toward that hypersensitive political climate that Barry Klein, a longtime political consultant has raised the first capital to grow Glia. Along with co-founders Chris Rappley, a longtime startup consultant, and Tahlia Sutton, a product development executive, Klein has developed Glia to be an app that blends Yelp and eHarmony, for what Klein calls “values-based… Read More -> read more
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Engineering Director Lars Rasmussen Leaving Facebook To Co-Found A Music Startup

 Facebook at Work, Facebook’s first move to turn its social network into an enterprise tool, has remained in closed beta since its launch in January this year. But as the product continues to inch its way to general availability, it will be doing so without one of its key architects. Lars Rasmussen — Facebook’s engineering director, who helped create and run Facebook… Read More -> read more
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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

A walk through the back office, from MS-DOS to PowerShell PowerShell is everywhere, it seems. Not just in Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, Lync and Azure cloud, but it’s in third-party software, too. Take VMWare PowerCLI – that’s an extension of PowerShell.…-> read more
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Have Oetti and Google kissed and made up?

Nope. He's just coat-tailing Project Fi to bash roaming charges Google’s new Project Fi — the Chocolate Factory's attempt to square up to mobile carriers — has a relatively surprising big fan: none other than EU digi commish Gunther H. Oettinger.…-> read more
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HP in talks with unions ahead of the Big Split-Up

What's better than being a Fortune 50 company? Being two Fortune 50 companies HP is consulting the local Works Council and unions well ahead of the corporate bisection, with the UK organ ready to dot the Is and cross the Ts in a little over four months.…-> read more
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Ruskie hackers nab unclassified Obama emails

Highly-sensitive networks considered secure. Russian hackers have made off with unclassified emails sent and received by US President Barack Obama as part of an October Whitehouse breach previously played down as minor, according to reports.… -> read more
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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

'WattsUpDoc' is a stethoscope that detects viruses in sealed-box medicomputers Two large US hospitals will in the next few months begin using a system that can detect malware infections on medical equipment by monitoring AC power consumption.…-> read more
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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

Standards committee meeting next week should be scintillating Calm yourselves, readers. The Spring 2015 C++ Standards Committee Meeting takes place next week in Lenexa, Kansas. And at that meting much of the discussion is expected to consider C++ 17, a major revision of the programming language due in 2017.…-> read more
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Spanish minister reveals citizens are as thick as tortillas de ballenas

Quarter believe the sun orbits the earth A survey into the social perception of science by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology has revealed that a quarter of Spaniards believe the sun orbits the earth.…-> read more
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Not so fast on FM switch-off: DAB not so hot say small broadcasters

This Norwegian blue isn't dead yet Norway's plan to ditch FM radio broadcasting has come under fire from that country's smaller broadcasters.…-> read more
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Microsoft adds Azure VM controls to Virtual Machine Manager

Update rollups now include fixes and little features Redmond reckons you'll like Microsoft's about to issue a new Update Rollup for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).… -> read more
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NINETY PER CENT of Java blackhats migrate to footling Flash

Patch-or-die policy makes net scum move on to softer target RSA 2015  Almost every Java-hacking blackhat is now popping Adobe Flash, after Microsoft's hard-line patch policy made it harder to target techs such as Java.…-> read more
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Twitter’s revamped trends feature insults ‘ugly’ feminists

Earlier this month, Twitter launched a new homepage designed to pull images, headlines, and hashtags from the social network's users to show its worth as a news service. It wasn't long though, until the new page made several missteps, illustrating categories like "world news" with questionable pictures including spandex-clad butts and creepy horse squirrels. Now Twitter's attempts to encompass the opinions of its millions of users have backfired again. The network's new trends feature...-> read more
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Astronaut Scott Kelly watched Gravity in space last night

So, let's say you're one month into a year-long mission on the International Space Station, and you're feeling a little bored. You decide to pop in a movie. What film do you choose? If you're Scott Kelly, it's Gravity. The astronaut tweeted a photo of "movie night" aboard ISS, and, sure enough, you can make out Sandra Bullock floating around the space station. Pretty meta, eh? It also seems like a pretty unusual choice, since, you know, it's a space station disaster movie. And he's stuck...-> read more
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