Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Weekender: on Kegels, Comcast, and Super Bowl Sunday

Hello fellow weekend-goers, and welcome back to The Weekender. The week's big news sent to Sundance and into space on NASA's nickel — and we'll certainly be catching you up on anything you might've missed — but we'll also be setting you up for a stellar weekend back on this terrestrial plane. So sit back and take a journey with us. We promise you can film the whole thing on an iPhone 5S. Continue reading… -> read more

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Doctor Who and other BBC shows are vanishing from Prime in Amazon's fight for exclusivity

Amazon's streaming war with Netflix is about to claim a new victim: Doctor Who. The Verge has learned that the program, along with the majority of BBC programming, will be vanishing from Prime Instant Video starting February 15th. According to sources familiar with the matter, the issue is exclusivity. Amazon's licensing deal with the BBC allows other subscription services like Netflix to carry the same shows at the same time. That doesn't align with Amazon's current strategic goals, so...-> read more

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This is what's happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per second

The "D" in DSLR does not stand for dark magic. In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can't really enjoy it all with the naked eye. Luckily, the Slow Mo Guys have painstakingly chronicled what's happening with the mechanical shutter of a Canon 7D using a very fast (and expensive) Phantom Flex camera, recording various shutter speeds at a mind-boggling 10,000 frames per second...-> read more

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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest's vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She's leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June...-> read more

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Finding the real Kurt Cobain: a conversation with documentary director Brett Morgen

The Sundance documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is far from a traditional biopic. Directed by Brett Morgen, the filmmaker behind movies like The Kid Stays in the Picture and the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, it eschews conventional narrative in an attempt to bring audiences inside the mind of Cobain through his paintings, personal recordings, journals, and some disturbing home video footage. I saw a lot of documentaries at Sundance this year, and Montage of Heck was my...-> read more

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Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

You may have seen this earlier today in much blurrier form, but now HBO is giving it a proper release. The first trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones has just been put up to stream on the show's Facebook page. You can watch the trailer on YouTube above, or you can check it out in the Facebook embed below for slightly better quality video. The series returns on April 12th. Continue reading… -> read more

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Friday, January 30, 2015

This is what's happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per second

The "D" in DSLR does not stand for dark magic. In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can't really enjoy it all with the naked eye. Luckily, the Slow Mo Guys have painstakingly chronicled what's happening with the mechanical shutter of a Canon 7D using a very fast (and expensive) Phantom Flex camera, recording various shutter speeds at a mind-boggling 10,000 frames per second...-> read more

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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest's vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She's leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June...-> read more

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Finding the real Kurt Cobain: a conversation with documentary director Brett Morgen

The Sundance documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is far from a traditional biopic. Directed by Brett Morgen, the filmmaker behind movies like The Kid Stays in the Picture and the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, it eschews conventional narrative in an attempt to bring audiences inside the mind of Cobain through his paintings, personal recordings, journals, and some disturbing home video footage. I saw a lot of documentaries at Sundance this year, and Montage of Heck was my...-> read more

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Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

You may have seen this earlier today in much blurrier form, but now HBO is giving it a proper release. The first trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones has just been put up to stream on the show's Facebook page. You can watch the trailer on YouTube above, or you can check it out in the Facebook embed below for slightly better quality video. The series returns on April 12th. Continue reading… -> read more

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Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, and Brad Pitt are bringing a Lewis and Clark miniseries to HBO

HBO has officially greenlit Lewis and Clark, a six-hour miniseries that will chronicle the pair's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. Starring Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark, Lewis and Clark has even bigger names serving as executive producers. Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Edward Norton are among seven people backing the miniseries. It's based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose, who also wrote Band of Brothers — another project...-> read more

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Catch Croteam's Talos Principle postmortem at GDC

GDC officials confirm Alen Ladavec and Davor Hunski, CTO and CCO (respectively) of Croteam, are delivering a postmortem of development on their IGF award-nominated game The Talos Principle at GDC 2015. ...-> read more

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How we created the video for our successful Kickstarter

"The video was the thing that we feel was most important to the success of our campaign and is also the place that we see otherwise great games trip and fall down on." ...-> read more

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Building the booth: A PAX South indie exhibitor postmortem

"With this post I want to do a postmortem and share some behind the scenes footage on what's it like trying to wing a 'professional indie setup' during a major games convention." ...-> read more

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Lessons learned from localizing our game in 10 languages

"It was so painful and tedious and boring which obviously led to mistakes and led to more time spent in QA. We could have made it more interesting, quicker and less of manual work if we knew some tricks." ...-> read more

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Kickstarter in 2014: The breakdown

A detailed analysis of the Kickstarter platform in 2014 -- and a particular look at how game projects did. Full numbers inside. ...-> read more

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Get an inside look at The Long Dark and This War Of Mine at GDC

GDC officials highlight great GDC 2015 talks from the developers of This War Of Mine and The Long Dark about the art of making great indie games. ...-> read more

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Cook, Serve, Delicious, the final chapter: Sales, crunch, and success

David Galindo returns after a year with the sixth installment of dev-log for Cook, Serve, Delicious, including Humble Bundle and Steam sales numbers, and how his free updates were created (and performed). ...-> read more

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These Categories Help You Remember Which Fruits Have Low Sugar Content

Whether you're on a diet or trying to manage diabetes, knowing the sugar content of fruits can be helpful. If you have trouble memorizing fruits individually, try to remember these categories instead.Read more...-> read more

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Write Down Things You're Grateful For to Build Your Own Happiness

Gratitude isn't a trait that society pushes us to nurture too much. But if you're finding a general negative attitude too pervasive in your life, try starting a gratitude journal. Even if you don't feel like it.Read more...-> read more

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Convince Your Boss to Give You a Sabbatical by Learning New Skills

Taking a break from your job to travel and immerse yourself in a new environment sounds great, but getting your boss on board is tough To convince them, show them the new skills you'll gain (and bring back to benefit the company).Read more...-> read more

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The Antidote: Self-Help for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Everyone wants to be happy. But despite our goal to be happy, many of us still go through life unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and stressed out. Oliver Burkeman's The Antidote won't bring you instant happiness, but it does share some extremely helpful guidance on how to weather life's hardships. Read more...-> read more

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The Cast Shadows Home Screen

While South Park may have been ahead of the curve with designs made of colored paper, the rest of the world has started to catch up. Today's design features a modern, flat look with high contrast colors and plenty of shadows.Read more...-> read more

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Keep Your Bad Decisions from Getting Worse by Mastering Acceptance

We all make a few bad decisions here and there, but sometimes we let those bad decisions turn into paths to things much worse. Learning acceptance and coming to terms with your bad decisions can help you move on in the right direction.Read more...-> read more

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"Success Is Controlling How You Spend Your Time"

A lot of us get caught up in the notion that success means making more money, but success can be defined a lot of different ways. Redefining your idea of success can help you set better goals and see that we all really just want to be masters of our time.Read more...-> read more

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Battlefield Hardline beta test arrives February 3

Hoping to both stress test its servers and drum up an extra bit of pre-release hype, publisher EA has announced plans for a five-day beta test of its imminent cops versus robbers shooter Battlefield Hardline scheduled to begin on February 3. "There'...-> read more

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Valve: Steam Workshop creators have earned over $57 million

There's tidy cash to be made in designing virtual items for players on the Steam Workshop. According to a recent Valve announcement, the platform has paid out over $57 million to creators since 2011. That figure represents items created for three of...-> read more

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Rovio's head of games flies the coop

Jami Laes has departed Angry Birds developer Rovio where he lead the games division for nearly the past two years, reports Reuters. Laes was hired in April of 2013 as Rovio's EVP of Games. At the time, he claimed he was a huge fan of Angry Birds and...-> read more

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Conan O'Brien takes a field trip to Minecraft

In a promo no doubt aimed at those lucrative younger demographics, talk show host Conan O'Brien transports his co-host, set and musical accompaniment to the wildly popular cubist sandbox known as Minecraft. [Image: Mojang/TBS] ...-> read more

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Joystiq Deals: Xbox One, Beats by Dre giveaways

If you're on the hunt for free stuff, Joystiq Deals has a pair of giveaways you won't want to miss. This week, we're giving away a free pair of Beats by Dre headphones and an Xbox One bundled with a free copy of Grand Theft Auto 5. Enter today for a ...-> read more

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Visit exotic locations and grind on them in OlliOlli 2

The debut trailer for OlliOlli 2: Welcome To Olliwood (sequel to the addictive skateboarding platformer OlliOlli) promises "bigger tricks, epic new locations" and a "silky new style and flow," alongside locations ranging from Aztec temples to carniva...-> read more

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Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy remastered for Steam, iOS

The "definitive version" of Quantic Dream's Indigo Prophecy is now available on PC, Mac and Linux via Steam as well as iOS. Crafted by porting specialist Aspyr Media, the updated version of the "supernatural murder mystery game" goes by the name Fahr...-> read more

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Grand Theft Auto drives off with top UK spot for third week

Oh, hey! Ok, so, we know it's Thursday and all, but there's a perfectly good reason we're posting the UK sales data late this week. First off, Grand Theft Auto 5 was top of the pops for the third week in a row. Now, excuses time: Monday, the Chart-Tr...-> read more

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Your Smartphone's GPS Uses Quantum Mechanics To Locate You

I keep watching this video and it keeps blowing my mind. Read more...-> read more

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At Last, This Revenge Porn Kingpin Has Been Stopped

Remember Craig Brittain? Hopefully not. The wannabe unibrow won attention a few years ago for running a truly evil revenge porn racket called Is Anybody Down. Now his revenge porn days are finally over.Read more...-> read more

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The First Super Bowl Played Under LEDs Will Use 75 Percent Less Power

It might seem like LED bulbs are only for early-adopters hoping to cut down their monthly Con Ed power bill, but come Sunday, the energy-efficient lighting alternative will take center stage at one of the greatest spectacles on Earth. This will actually be the first Super Bowl to be entirely lit by LED bulbs.Read more...-> read more

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$50 Dashcam, Long Lightning Cable, Cheap Flash Storage, and More Deals

If there's one thing we've learned from Jalopnik, it's that you should really have a dashcam in your car. [Esky 2.4-inch Full HD H.264 1080P Car Vehicle DVR, $50 with code CARDVR06]Read more...-> read more

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Nintendo's YouTube Plan Is Already Being Panned By YouTubers

Nintendo launched a new affiliate program yesterday for YouTubers that, on paper sounds like a good thing. It's a way to let YouTubers make money off their Nintendo-related videos on YouTube, after all. But if you look at the finer details, things don't look so great.Read more...-> read more

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Take a Look Inside the Secret Google X Life Sciences Lab

In the past year, Google X's secretive life science division has been tantalizing us with seriously cool-sounding shit: contact lens that monitor glucose , cancer-tracking nanoparticles , etc etc. The Atlantic has made the first video from inside the lab and—oh, were you actually expecting Google to unload a bunch of secrets? Nah. But hey look, it's some fake human arms.Read more...-> read more

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Faxpapers: A Lost 1930s Technology That Delivered Newspapers via Radio

One of the greatest media experiments of the 1930s and 40s was the faxpaper. Almost entirely forgotten today, it was a technology that could deliver newspapers over the radio waves, then print them instantly right in your home. Read more...-> read more

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The FCC Just Redefined Broadband So Expect Faster Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to redefine broadband as "internet which is actually fast enough to use." Now, in order to call its service broadband, companies will need to guarantee download speeds of 25 megabits per second or faster and upload speeds of 3 Mbps or faster. This is really, really good news .Read more...-> read more

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The First Self-Charging Smart Bracelet Is Obscenely Expensive

As smartwatches get more and more capable, many have wondered how luxury watch makers will compete. Will Rolex eventually introduce a timepiece with smartphone notifications? One company that might have the answer is Britain's Christophe & Co. who's developed a smart bracelet called the Armill that blends luxury and technology into a wearable accessory for the extremely wealthy.Read more...-> read more

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Spotify Is Killing It, and That's a Good Thing

Sony just made PlayStation immeasurably better by ditching its own Music Unlimited service for Spotify, bringing the world's most popular (and arguably best ) on-demand streaming service to the word's most popular next-gen gaming console.Read more...-> read more

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

France could make social networks pay for hate chat

Liberté, égalité, blamegameré -> read more

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Council of Europe: Surveillance is bad and doesn't stop terrorism

So, not a fan then -> read more

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HTC One M8 gets Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update in Europe

Finally, HTC has it licked -> read more

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Apple's Q1 results show that the iPhone's comeback against Android is on

Google's dominance could be about to end -> read more

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Ghost in the Linux machine hits Debian, Red Hat and Ubuntu

All you need is a dodgy email -> read more

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TalkTalk asks customers to join the stand-up-and-accept-porn brigade

Go on, tell aunty TalkTalk, do you like smut? Or bingo? -> read more

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US military is developing identity verification system to replace traditional passwords

Also dubbed a major step forward from existing identity checks -> read more

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YouTube ditches Adobe Flash for HTML5 on most browsers

Flash down the pan -> read more

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Microsoft kills the Surface 2 and Windows RT with it

Cuh! You just can't get the Surface these days -> read more

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Apple goes on bug fix spree with iOS 8.1.3 and OS X 10.10.2 release

Both updates available to download now -> read more

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple Watch is coming in April

Apple’s first smartwatches will begin shipping in a few months. The company first unveiled the Apple Watch in September, promising they’d be available in early 2015 for $349 and up. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook says they’ll ship in a few months. Cook’s remarks came during a conference call to discuss Apple’s latest quarterly earnings […] Apple Watch is coming in April is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Razer Nabu X activity tracker now available for $50

The Razer Nabu X is a $50 activity tracker that was unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Now it’s available for purchase from the Razer store. Razer is a company that’s probably best known for making gaming devices and accessories. But last year the company introduced its first fitness tracker, the $100 […] Razer Nabu X activity tracker now available for $50 is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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TI's super-slim graphing calculator shows that math can be stylish

Who said that graphing calculators were dead in the smartphone era? Certainly not Texas Instruments -- if anything, it's showing that there's still plenty of life left in dedicated math machines. Its new TI-84 Plus CE is 30 percent thinner and 30 per...-> read more

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Daily Roundup: The Pixar of VR, Apple Watch ship date and more!

In today's Daily Roundup, we look at Oculus Story Studio, the new film-innovation lab creating cinematic content to take advantage of VR devices. Meanwhile, Apple continues to crush it and announces when the Apple Watch will ship, and we learn more a...-> read more

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What movies do you want to see in virtual reality?

It's no secret that virtual reality seems to be all the rage at this year's Sundance Film Festival. With a number of consumer oriented VR headsets on the horizon, filmmakers are clearly excited about this technology and experimenting with ways to tak...-> read more

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Louis CK releases his first nightclub comedy special online

Louis CK has made it a habit of releasing comedy specials online, bypassing the industry gatekeepers that jack up prices and delay releases. Well, he's at it again. The laugh-maker has just posted his first nightclub special, Live at the Comedy Store...-> read more

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A drunk intelligence worker crashed that drone near the White House

When you heard that someone crash-landed a drone on the White House's grounds at 3AM on a Monday morning, did you suspect that the pilot was hammered? Well, you're right. Officials have revealed that the operator was a drunk National Geospatial-Intel...-> read more

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Tim Cook expects to ship the Apple Watch in April

Of all the mysteries still surrounding the Apple Watch, its long-awaited launch window was easily the most debated. Well, not any more. Apple CEO Tim Cook just confirmed during the company's quarterly earnings call that the company's oft-hyped Watch ...-> read more

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Sonos update makes it easier to play music in any room

Sonos' big controller app update from last year was a case of two steps forward and one step back. It was slicker and made it easier to find music, but playing music got harder -- among other issues, it required extra effort to send tunes to speakers...-> read more

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Apple's revenues soar thanks to iPhones and China

Well, it's that time again. Apple has just released its latest batch of quarterly earnings, and wouldn't you know it -- the folks in Cupertino once again sold more iPhones than it has in any other quarter. We're talking 74.5 million phones changing h...-> read more

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Thousands of laundry machines, parking kiosks and more get Apple Pay

Checking out at the super market with your phone is old hat. But topping off the parking meter, now that's kind of interesting. USA Technologies, a company that handles cashless payments, announced that about 200,000 of its points of purchase will ac...-> read more

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OS X Yosemite update tackles 'surprise' Mac security flaws

You know those unpatched Mac security exploits that Google revealed a few days ago? You probably won't have to worry about them any more. Apple has released OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, a hefty update that fixes those vulnerabilities, which let an intruder...-> read more

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Monday, January 26, 2015

I saw a rocket launch, and now I'm in love with NASA

Big ambitions and bigger rockets, what's not to love? Continue reading… -> read more

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5 Startups That Could Shake Up Money, Shopping And More In 2015

ReadWritePredict is a look ahead at the technology trends and companies that will shape the coming year.Startups are all about innovation, although it's often difficult to distinguish in advance between world-changing technology and mere novelty. And the competition to break through is fiercer than ever; there are over 40,000 startups on AngelList, a place for connecting startups with funding and talent.See also: 9 Startups That Made Life Better In 2014The best and most noteworthy startups can...-> read more

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Milestone prizes announced for Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition

Google has announced the full list of milestone prize winners in the Lunar XPRIZE contest. Five teams have won prizes totaling $5.25 million across three categories: landing, mobility, and imaging. The biggest winner was a team from Carnegie Mellon called Astrobotic, which brought in $1.75 million for its lunar polar rover. The team's awards in imaging and mobility were actually announced back in December, but it was discovered today that the team was also chosen for one of the $1 million...-> read more

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Postmortem: Space combat and trading sim Starpoint Gemini 2

Mario Mihokovic, CEO at Croatia's Little Green Men Games, writes about what went right, wrong, and key takeaways from the development of space sim Starpoint Gemini 2. ...-> read more

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GDC 2015 partners with iam8bit to showcase the 'Wheel of Whimsy'

For the fifth year running, iam8bit will delight GDC attendees with an interactive exhibit on the show floor. This time it's the Wheel of Whimsy, which is tied to four fun live-action minigames. ...-> read more

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This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Formalism to Femmes Fatale

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the continued role of formalism in game studies to a Bayonetta style guide. ...-> read more

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Blog: A design dilemma in prop behavior

"This turned in to more of a design rant more than a 'lesson learned' post, but one of my motivations for writing this was to hear from other designers how you approach a design challenge like this." ...-> read more

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Unity error fix: Timestamps and assets maps out of sync

One developer encounters a devastating Unity error: "My work of about three weeks was gone. I couldn't see anything, I couldn't do anything at all." Here's how to work around it. ...-> read more

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Looking back, looking forward with devs of the Independent Games Festival

Past Independent Games Festival finalists and winners revisit their time in the IGF, and reflect on where they are now. ...-> read more

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

This Is What It's Like To Drive The Tesla Model S And The New 'D' On The Same Day (TSLA)

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These Are The Best Headphones You Can Buy

It's never a bad time for music. Whether you’re commuting to work, working out, or just trying to shut out the world, there’s a pair of headphones that’s right for you. This collection is based on reviews from critics like Consumer Reports and CNET, as well as our own hands-on experience. We've provided two quality options for each category and preference, whether you want something over your ears, in your ears, or something with a resounding bass. We've also considered headphones across...-> read more

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What Is Your Favorite Hologram?

This week you've no doubt heard about Microsoft's Windows Holographic and HoloLens , a piece of head gear equipped with a "holographic" processor that has all intentions of being the next-generation PC. Big whoop! Who cares! Microsoft is walking around like they've invented holograms are something. We've had wonderful holograms for decades!Read more...-> read more

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The Pirate Cinema Is Just Endless Torrenting and I Can't Stop Watching

The Pirate Cinema turns worldwide torrent traffic into art. The results are equally beautiful, chaotic, inspiring, maddening, and there's a slight chance that I can feel my brain melting. Read more...-> read more

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Can You Solve This Puzzle Blindfolded?

This puzzle would be a lot easier without the blindfold. Are you up for the challenge?Read more...-> read more

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Most Popular Space Heater: DeLonghi Oil-Filled

Our space heater voting ended up being a dead heat, but the Delonghi Oil Filled 1500W Radiator ran the hottest in the end, figuratively. Oil filled space heaters have a slower start up time, but ultimately tend to be more capable of heating larger spaces, and retain their heat much longer after being turned off.Read more...-> read more

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An Artist Created a Stop-Motion Short Film Using 1139 Light Paintings

Light painting is the process of using light and long exposure photography to create almost electric-looking works of art. This bit of light trickery has been used by artists and hobbyists to create stunning visual works as well as recreating the proton streams from GhostBusters . But Darren Pearson, also known as Darius Twin, instead created "Lightspeed," a stop-motion short film made up of 1139 separate light paintings.Read more...-> read more

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Tool-making may have made language genes more useful

It’s widely understood that human genetics can influence culture, but increasingly, the idea that culture can also affect genetics is gaining ground. The theory of gene-culture coevolution suggests that “the cultural practices we adopt change the costs and benefits of having certain genes,” explains Catharine Cross, a researcher at the University of St Andrews. “A gene that is advantageous under one cultural practice is not necessarily advantageous under another.” For example, yam cultivation...-> read more

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Updated ice sheet model matches wild swings in past sea levels

It has been a bit of a head scratcher. Records of sea level during the last few million years tell us that there have been some warm periods where sea level may have been as much as 20 meters higher than it is today. When fed the conditions that prevailed at the time, however, our computer models of ice sheets haven’t been able to reproduce such a swelling of the ocean. The models can simulate that much sea level rise, but it requires temperatures much higher than were seen during those warm...-> read more

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Don’t cry for the Google Play edition program; it was already dead

Earlier this week, the last of the Google Play edition Android phones in Google's online storefront were listed as "no longer available for sale." When contacted for comment, Google had nothing to say, but it's not hard to read between the lines here. The last new Google Play phone was introduced in the spring of 2014. Plans for a Galaxy S5 GPe phone made it far enough that official press photos leaked out into the wild, but the phone never materialized. The program hit its peak early last...-> read more

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Sesame – Smart Gadget That Will Unlock Your Mac Wirelessly

Office workers know the pain of needing to manually lock and unlock their computers every time they want to take a break for lunch or coffee. It’s inconvenient and tiresome to such an extent that one begins to wonder why computer manufacturers won’t add an ability to block the device with a single key. Fortunately there are third-part solutions, like Atama Sesame. It’s a small gadget that can lock and unlock your computer remotely. It can automatically unlock your Mac based...-> read more

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Cyanogen wants to make Google-free version of Android

Cyanogen Inc produces a custom version of Android for smartphones including the OnePlus One and Micromax Yu line of devices. Right now that means users get some special features and more control over settings than they’d get if they were running a phone running the stock version of Android that runs on phones like the […] Cyanogen wants to make Google-free version of Android is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Shipping News: Docker 1.5rc1 arrives in port … NOW!

Get testing devs, you've got less than two weeks before this goes live Docker 1.5rc1 is upon us and should be ready to slide down the slipway in the first week of February.…-> read more

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Adobe finds, patches ANOTHER exploited Flash 0day

One down, one to go. Another exploited zero-day vulnerability has been uncovered and patched in Adobe Flash, 24 hours after a second flaw in the popular web trinket was found being used in attack kits.… -> read more

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

May prove fatal, if we throw Pearl Harbor into the mix Our piece earlier this week on a study which proved The Wizard of Oz is the "most significant" movie ever – by dint of being the flick most referenced in subsequent works – provoked some interesting comments from our ever-lively readers.…-> read more

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

Craft reveals 'goosebumps', dunes and other features The European Space Agency (ESA) has released details of the first bushel of studies derived from the Rosetta spacecraft's visit to Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.…-> read more

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

Both Windows and OS X to get desktop suite revamps in 2015 Microsoft let slip a few more details of its plans for the company's Office productivity suite on Thursday, including hints about when we can expect the next major version of its desktop suite to land.…-> read more

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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Stop face-palming and start patching - the fixes are out there Security bod Stefan Viehböck has detailed holes in Symantec's data centre security platforms that the company plugged this week because they allowed hackers to gain privilege access to management servers.…-> read more

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Seagate's spinning rust most likely to crash, claims backup biz

PLEASE! They're using consumer drives in enterprise gear, says firm Online backup bods Backblaze have found Seagate hard disks fail much more than other suppliers, although recent improvements have redressed the situation.… -> read more

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

Ding ding ding: Round 94 of the EU vs the US on privacy A top US law enforcement commissioner has claimed European data protection authorities are too worried about helping consumers instead of robustly enforcing privacy laws.…-> read more

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Sony blames NORK The Interview cyber strike for delayed Q3 report

Offline finance and accounting systems not back until mid-Feb Sony plans to delay its third-quarter financial results and has blamed North Korea’s crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s business systems.…-> read more

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Searching for a Cryptocurrency Security Standard

Bitstamp's recent hacking woes suggest that security in the bitcoin world seems to be getting worse, rather than better. Whether it's down to external attacks, or internal irregularities as alleged at Mt Gox, it's clear that something has to change. When bitcoin wallet Blockchain experienced its own security problems in December, decentralised cryptography expert Emin Gün Sirer noted that the standard security practices among technology companies would not stand up in the bitcoin world. Too...-> read more

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

No matter what your stance is on file sharing, the commercial downsides to pirating movies and television shows are obvious. Writers and directors see their work inherently devalued, and the companies financing the projects see less return — potentially impacting their desire to fund future projects. Objectively speaking, piracy is bad. Except when it changes the world. That ‘s the lesson at the heart of Chuck Norris vs. Communism, one of the documentaries screening at this year’s...-> read more

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Google Introduces History for Voice and Mobile Search, Opt Out Here

Google tracks a ton of information about what you've done with their products, which they use to make suggestions for products like Google Now and autocomplete . They recently updated their Account History page with the ability to view or pause or voice search history, as well as other information from your mobile devices.Read more...-> read more

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Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Monitor, the Screen You Stare at All Day

Many of us are stuck behind our desk and computer all day long, which makes the hardware we use quite important. Let's give some more thought to our monitors, with these ten tips for getting the most out of those screens.Read more...-> read more

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Reduce Stress During the Day With a Slow Morning

Setting up some morning rituals helps start off your day right. The first ritual you pick should be a slow one. Deliberately taking time to slow down first thing in the mornings could reduce your daily stress.Read more...-> read more

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PSN Indie game flash sale: Resogun, Brothers, Shadow Warrior

A lineup of more than 60 indie games and various movies are on sale right now on the PlayStation Network as part of a new Flash Sale, the PlayStation Blog has revealed. From now until Monday, January 26 at 9:00am, titles like the PS4 original downlo...-> read more

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EA snitches on Battlefield Hardline, reveals maps and modes

Following a raid by local authorities, informants at publisher EA were compelled to give up detailed information on the multiplayer maps and game modes included in the upcoming cops versus robbers shooter Battlefield Hardline. The nine maps included...-> read more

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APB: Reloaded to wreak MMO havoc on PS4, Xbox One

Free-to-play PC MMO All Points Bulletin: Reloaded is coming to consoles, thanks to a collaboration between publisher Deep Silver and developers Reloaded Games and The Workshop Entertainment. Barring catastrophe, APB: Reloaded is planned to launch on...-> read more

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WRUP: Encounter at Farpoint

Internet: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the gameship Joystiq. Its mission: to explore strange new downloads, to seek out new games and new experiences, to boldly go where no one has gone before. What's everyone playing?...-> read more

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Trials Fusion adds online multiplayer, new DLC hits next week

As promised late last year, developer Redlynx has added online multiplayer gameplay modes to its stunt-platforming motorcycle game Trials Fusion in a new, free update. According to publisher Ubisoft, the new online multiplayer options support up to ...-> read more

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The $72 Amazon Prime Deal is Live, Even For Existing Subscribers!

As promised, Amazon is selling 1-year memberships to Amazon Prime for just $72 right now (down from $99) in celebration of the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Plus, everyone can also stream the award-winning Transparent for free today, even without a membership. I've watched it, and can't think of a better way to spend a lazy Saturday.Read more...-> read more

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US Navy to publicly show their amazing railgun for the first time ever

The US Navy will publicly show their formidable railgun at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington D.C. on February 4. The formidable electromagnetic cannon launches solid projectiles over 100 nautical miles at more than six times the speed of sound. You can see it in action here:Read more...-> read more

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Hungarian noodles with bacon fat and sprinkled sugar will kill you fast

I spent the last few days in Hungary, where I had good food and discovered a new Kinja that I will watch every day even if I don't speak a word of Hungarian: Malackaraj. Where else can I learn how to make something as delicious and deadly as túrós csusza. Watch my new favorite food blogger Anna Péter preparing it.Read more...-> read more

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​Why Google Is Strong-Arming Artists Into Signing With YouTube Music Key

Cello rock n' roller Zoë Keating is really upset that Google is trying to force her to sign over the rights to her music for its new streaming service, YouTube Music Key . If she won't play ball, she'll lose all of YouTube's monetization options, and her account will be demoted to a third-party account just like any other jerk on YouTube. In other words, YouTube will no longer treat her like a musician.Read more...-> read more

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Windows 10's Coolest Features In 5 Animated GIFs

Microsoft put out the first Windows 10 preview right after its first big announcement. But now— following all of Wednesday's chaos —there's a new one. Here are some of its most notable features in GIF form. Read more...-> read more

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Masterpiece Sticky Notes Let the Mona Lisa Remind You To Get Milk

A bright yellow sticky note attached to your monitor is supposed to serve as an impossible to ignore reminder of something that needs to get done. But what about when your monitor is covered in 30 sticky notes? They all start to blend together into one easily ignorable mass. But with the Mona Lisa smirking at you, you'll never forget to pick up bread and milk after work.Read more...-> read more

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Popular YouTuber Denounces Steam, Plans To Curate Own Store

Despite practically being PC gaming, Steam is by no means perfect—as we've discussed on numerous occasions. But is the whole enterprise busted, not so much a sinking ship as it is a ship that's sinking a lot of great games? Popular YouTuber NerdCubed thinks so, and that's why he's abandoning Steam altogether.Read more...-> read more

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This Is The Fish Researchers Found Living Underneath 2,400 Feet Of Ice

After drilling down through almost half a mile in solid ice on a glacial shelf in Antarctica, scientists found something surprising. There was something alive swimming in the just over 30 feet of water: this strange, clear fish.Read more...-> read more

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A Better Home Brew Kit: Holy Shit, It Tastes Like Beer

Where I grew up people make their own whiskey in rusty bath tubs. Houses explode. Shotguns are fired. Cop chases ensue. Tragedies are inevitable. So when an all-in-one home brew kit showed up at our office, I wondered: How hard can beer be?Read more...-> read more

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Every Windows Phone 8 phone will get Windows 10, except the ones that won’t

Windows Phone users are understandably a little nervous about the release of Windows 10 for phones later this year. Windows Phone 7 devices couldn't be upgraded to Windows Phone 8, and the fear is that history is going to repeat itself, leaving current Windows Phone 8 handsets, many of which aren't very old, stranded. Microsoft has, of course, been asked about this. Back in November, the Lumia Twitter account announced "We plan to upgrade all Windows Phone 8 devices to Windows 10 in the...-> read more

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SkyMall parent company files for bankruptcy, CEO blames electronic devices

SkyMall LLC, the company behind those absurd in-flight shopping catalogs that are often stuffed in the seat-back pocket on many airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Phoenix on Thursday. SkyMall is owned by Xhibit Corp., whose CEO Scott Wiley said that the growth of electronic devices and in-flight Wi-Fi threatened the profitability of the marketing rag. Most people know SkyMall as a catalog full of wacky or ridiculous products to flip through while you're trapped in a tube hurtling...-> read more

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Friday, January 23, 2015

​Oakland cops' license cams follow drivers everywhere

EFF obtained and analyzed records from the Oakland Police Department's secretive automatic license plate readers, showing that the department has mounted a program of incredibly intrusive, highly racialized secret surveillance of an entire city. Read the rest-> read more

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Deals of the Day (1-23-2015)

The Lenovo Miix 2 10 is a Windows tablet with a full HD display, an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, and 2GB of RAM. It also works with a detachable keyboard, letting you use the tablet like a notebook (although the screen angle isn’t adjustable when using the machine with a dock). Lenovo charged $499 […] Deals of the Day (1-23-2015) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Minix Neo Z64 mini PC now available with Android, Windows

The Minix Neo Z64 is a small, fanless desktop computer with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of solid state storage. What makes this little guy interesting though, is that it’s available for purchase with a choice of Google Android or Windows software. Geekbuying is taking pre-orders for both versions, […] Minix Neo Z64 mini PC now available with Android, Windows is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Pro Tools First: Avid will launch free audio editing software this year

Avid’s Pro Tools is pretty much the industry standard for folks that edit audio for a living, including musicians, radio journalists, and other audio producers. But it ain’t cheap. When I started working in radio news nearly 15 years ago, Avid offered a basic free version cleverly called Pro Tools Free. But it was discontinued […] Pro Tools First: Avid will launch free audio editing software this year is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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DISPLIO is a customizable mini e-ink widget display (crowdfunding)

The DISPLIO is a mini e-ink display that lets you customize the data you receive. By adding your favorite widgets, you can display such information as the weather, email notifications, new tweets, and more. Draugiem Group, the company making the DISPLIO, is looking for crowdfunding on Kickstarter to mass-produce the device. You can preorder it […] DISPLIO is a customizable mini e-ink widget display (crowdfunding) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Local RankWatch

Local RankWatch will keep you posted about what's going about your business online. With LRW you would realize all the hardship simplified and you are never going back the old way. We will track, analyze, filter, process and produce your data to the most actionable information you ever wished for. View startup -> read more

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Jobscribe

Jobscribe sends you an email every day, week or month with exclusive jobs at tech startups. Choose whether you're a Designer, Programmer or Writer and we will send a tailored email to you based on your preferred frequency. Jobs are hand picked and at the fastest growing names in the tech world. Jobscribe today and find your perfect job! View startup -> read more

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oh what a tangled cloud we weave

AWS sneaks Windows VMs out the back door as Rackspace offers vCloud Air alternative The cloud caper's getting more competitive, with four of the industry's bigger players jostling in new and fun ways.…-> read more

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

3D fax machine destroys as it creates Researchers in Germany have formulated a way to transfer information to a 3D printer on a one-time purchase basis, by killing off the original.…-> read more

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Swots explain how to swat CPU SNITCHES

Side-channel attacks are real because CPU leakage reveals instructions being executed A variety of sneaky side-channel attacks have been demonstrated over the years: from measuring the amount of processor power devoted to encryption to using an antenna to pick up stray electromagnetic emissions from computers.… -> read more

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Verizon posts WANTED poster for copper rustlers

Them varmints is putting innocent lives in danger … Verizon is sick of having to refresh its copper network merely to replace stolen metal, and for the forth time since 2013 has posted a reward for information leading to arrests.…-> read more

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Amazon gobbles chips firm Annapurna to speed up cloudy data centers

Stealth firm could solve networking costs conundrum for AWS Amazon has agreed to buy a secretive Israeli chipmaker in an apparent bid to build new custom tech for its massive data centers.…-> read more

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Nope. That's not our FAKE BOMB say Oz spooks and cops

Tourist hot spot shut down for hours by bottles and wires used for training For at least the third time in as many years, someone carrying real or fake explosives in a security training exercise has lost track of their cargo. Yesterday, that resulted in a full-scale security lockdown at Sydney's Circular Quay, the city's ground zero for tourism thanks to views of the city's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.…-> read more

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Google signs up Sprint and T-Mobile's to sell its cellphone plans

Chocolate Factory wants its fingers on your phone Google's plans to become a mobile phone operator - which we outlined earlier this month - have grown closer to reality with the news that the search giant has signed deals to run calls and data over Sprint and T-Mobile's network.… -> read more

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Windows RT not invited to Windows 10 upgrade party?

Redmond says ARM-based OS to get just 'some of the functionality' With all the hoopla coming out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event in Redmond on Wednesday, there was surprisingly little talk of Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8.x for ARM-based tablets – and perhaps with good reason.…-> read more

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FCC Commissioner argues for delaying February net neutrality ruling

Let's wait to see how badly Congress does first One of the FCC's five Commissioners has argued that the Commission should delay its net neutrality ruling until Congress has had an opportunity to devise new legislation aimed at resolving the issue.…-> read more

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OKCoin CEO Star Xu: Bitcoin’s Price Depends on User Growth

“If the industry is only interested in buying, selling and trading bitcoin, confidence will disappear.” The remark finds OKCoin CEO Star Xu cutting to the core of what seems to be on his mind these days. The head of the world’s leading BTC/CNY exchange, Xu looks contemplative, picking absentmindedly at the grass in front of Miami’s Fillmore Theater, winding the stems through his fingers and plucking pieces from their roots as he sits for a new interview with CoinDesk.Continue reading at...-> read more

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is Windows 10 for phones

Microsoft showed off a number of new features for Windows 10 on phones today, but in afternoon sessions at the company’s press event we got a closer look at what’s coming. Most of the demonstrations focused on improving the built-in apps and features of Windows Phone, and fixing a lot of the oddities. That includes mail, maps, photos, Skype, and messaging. Continue reading… -> read more

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Life in Japan: an 18-part look inside Japan's game industry

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Here's what your Project Ara phone could look like as a health tracker

Google's first crop of Project Ara modular smartphones won't be available until later this year, and only in Puerto Rico, but people are already trying to figure out ways to use it differently than existing phones. That includes Lapka, a company that makes a beautiful (albeit expensive) set of sensors for tracking humidity, radiation, and temperature in homes. Where that project was inspired by NASA and designer Yves Saint Laurent, the group has taken new inspiration from designer sneakers to...-> read more

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X-rays may help us read scrolls preserved in Vesuvius' eruption

Researchers may soon be able to read papyrus scrolls from a villa destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, The New York Times reports. And they won't have to unroll the fragile antiquities to do it, either. X-rays allowed researchers from the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems in Naples, Italy to discover slight contrast between the paper and the ink. about 300 scrolls are still intact The villa where the scrolls were found was in Herculaneum, one of two...-> read more

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Weapon balance in Halo: Combat Evolved

The human weapons in Halo: Combat Evolved were easy to understand. I'm a human, and I know what we use guns for. But the weapons used by the aliens of the Covenant were another matter. ...-> read more

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Touch Up Your Haircut and Upgrade Your Laptop With Today's Best Deals

Touch up your scalp, or even give yourself a full haircut for just $25. Great reviews across the board. [ Philips Norelco HC7452/41 7100 Hair Clipper, $25 after $5 Off Digital Coupon]Read more...-> read more

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Edit All Your Calendar Events at Once with This Google Script

Editing individual events on Google Calendar isn't difficult at all, but changing all of the events? Pretty hard without some sort of program, like this bulk edit calendar script.Read more...-> read more

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Where to Watch Today's Windows 10 Live Stream

Microsoft is holding another event to show off more new features of Windows 10. You can watch it live here starting at 9AM PST. We'll also have a post with the most important stuff right after the announcement, so stay tuned!Read more...-> read more

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How to Choose Proper DIY Workwear for Comfort and Protection

Ratty jeans and old t-shirts are no longer your only clothing options when working around the house or building do-it-yourself projects. Proper workwear is durable, comfortable and safer to use than standard clothing. Here is what you should look for when selecting work apparel.Read more...-> read more

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Don't miss these GDC 2015 talks - or today's Early Reg deadline

Developers, this is it -- early registration for GDC 2015 ends today, January 21 at 11:59 PM Pacific, and conference officials encourage prospective attendees to register now at the discounted rate. ...-> read more

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Anger Can Become Productive Fuel If You Calm Your Aggression

Anger can be useful. It alerts you when something isn't in your best interest, or when a situation is unfair or injust. However, anger can lead to aggressive reactions, which are often impulsive and unproductive. Separate your anger and aggression, then learn to calm your aggression to resolve problems.Read more...-> read more

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How to Set Up Triple Monitors for Super-Widescreen Gaming (and Work)

Using more than two monitors used to be a luxury for those with the biggest PC building budgets. These days, large, high-resolution displays are affordable, and graphics cards are more powerful than ever. If the thought of gaming (or working) on three displays at once entices you, here's how to make it happen. Read more...-> read more

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If You’re Stuck on a Problem, Push for 15 Minutes, Then Find Help

Being stuck can be draining. You may feel like you can grasp the problem if you spent just a little more time on it. Unfortunately, next thing you know, you've wasted hours making little progress. Next time, if you're stuck and about to give up, spend just 15 more minutes on it—then ask for help.Read more...-> read more

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Deadspin The Patriots' Ballghazi Scandal Cannot Be Overblown Enough | Gizmodo And Now, Every Single

Deadspin The Patriots' Ballghazi Scandal Cannot Be Overblown Enough | Gizmodo And Now, Every Single User Interface In Star Wars: A New Hope | Jezebel Joni Ernst Responds to SOTU By Not Discussing It At All | Kotaku Putin Looks Disappointed With Russia's Latest Robot Read more...-> read more

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HealthCare.gov Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

The Associated Press reports that healthcare.gov–the flagship site of the Affordable Care Act, where millions of Americans have signed up to receive health care–is quietly sending personal health information to a number of third party websites. The information being sent includes one's zip code, income level, smoking status, pregnancy status and more. An example of personal health data being sent to third parties from healthcare.gov EFF researchers have independently confirmed that healthcare....-> read more

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Where Copyright Fails, New Laws and Guidelines Help Secure Your Right to Tinker

It may seem odd to say so during Copyright Week, but copyright in itself isn't very important. Sure, EFF expends a lot of time and energy arguing about copyright law, and some of our adversaries spend even more. But we don't do so because copyright has any independent value. Rather, its value is derived from its ability to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts” (in the words of the US Constitution), as well as to promote other important values such as the rights to freedom of...-> read more

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Who Will Own the Internet of Things? (Hint: Not the Users)

We're taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. From phones to cars to refrigerators to farm equipment, software is helping our stuff work better and smarter. But those features come at a high hidden cost: the...-> read more

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It's Copyright Week: Let's Take Copyright Back

We're taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. All around the world, copyright policy is on the agenda. In the United States, lawmakers are nearly two years into a process that promises to lead to the "Next...-> read more

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Google (and Friends) Just Invested $1 Billion in SpaceX Internet

Following earlier reports that Google was finalizing a $1 billion investment in Elon Musk's zany new space internet project, SpaceX has confirmed a new round of funding worth—you guessed it—$1 billion. The new investors include not only Google but also Fidelity, Founders Fund and others. The new investors now own slightly less than 10 percent of SpaceX's new venture.Read more...-> read more

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And Now, Every Single User Interface In Star Wars: A New Hope 

Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters in 1977—the same year that Apple moved from a garage to a real office building and Microsoft hired its first official employees. And the fact that it came out as consumer computers were truly hitting the mainstream shows. Read more...-> read more

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Panasonic LX100 Review: A Small Camera So Good At So Many Things

The Panasonic LX100 might just be the best small camera ever made. Read more...-> read more

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The Original Apple Watch Definitely Wasn't Smart

It's no secret that the original Apple watch was nothing like the connected touchscreen wonder the company revealed last September. In reality, it looked more like something Swatch's designers sketched on a discarded napkin, and back in 1995 it was actually given away to encourage Mac users to upgrade their operating systems.Read more...-> read more

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HP's Hybrid Pen-Stylus Is the Best Time I've Had Writing on a Tablet

HP's new fleet of business tablets includes a giganto 12-inch Android slate with a stylus that can write on screen and paper with equal ease. While the tablet's size draws attention—and heads off any potential iPad Pro at the pass—the stylus is the real story here. I just tried it out, and it's legitimately awesome.Read more...-> read more

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Here's What Embroidery Patterns Sound Like Played Through a Music Box

If you step back and compare the two, the intricate patterns you'll find in a detailed folk embroidery don't look that much different than the series of punched holes you'll find on the scrolling scores used in a traditional hand-cranked music box. Artists Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács saw the same similarities, and discovered that when played through a music box, classic embroidery patterns are surprisingly melodic.Read more...-> read more

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This App Builds You a Fake Girlfriend or Boyfriend, Voicemails and All

Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend aren't the first apps that promise to be your virtual partner. But they might be the best apps that promise to trick your friends into thinking you're in a relationship when really you're just sad and lonely and watching too many of the Netflix and eating all the pizza. The best.Read more...-> read more

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Facebook Is Finally Going to Stop Showing You Garbage Hoaxes

Your Facebook News Feed is, more often than not , full of fetid, steaming, click-projectile-vomiting garbage. And Facebook wants to change that! Its latest attempt at weaning out undesirables? Calling out dumb, viral hoaxes. Read more...-> read more

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iPhone 6 Battery Case for $30, Inflatable Hot Tub, and More Deals

External battery packs are fine and dandy, but nothing beats a battery case for convenience and portability on long days where your phone might need a little bit of extra juice. Typically, they'll set you back $60 or more, but this one is only $30 today with code BH9VVFFN.Read more...-> read more

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The ​11 Most Horrifying Redesigns Of Childhood Classics

Last week we gazed into the abyss, and the cold, dead eyes of the new International Rescue team from Thunderbirds gazed back. As movies and TV constantly seek to strip-mine your nostalgia for profit, redesigns like this are common. And sometimes, they go very wrong. Here are 11 awful makeovers of our childhood favourites.Read more...-> read more

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Cory Doctorow and EFF aim to “eradicate DRM in our lifetime”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Tuesday that Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow has been commissioned to tackle digital rights management technologies (DRM) that the rights group says threatens security, privacy, and undermines public rights and innovation. Cory Doctorow Gregory Katsoulis The group said Tuesday that Doctorow, a vocal DRM opponent, is to become a special consultant for what the group is calling the Apollo 1201 Project, "a mission to eradicate DRM in our lifetime."...-> read more

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Liveblog: Windows 10 “The Next Chapter” event on January 21st

REDMOND—Microsoft is unveiling the next major beta of Windows 10, the Consumer Preview, with an event at the company's home in Redmond, Washington. We'll be on the scene to report on the news and get a first look at the new release. We're expecting to see the new Continuum feature that adapts the Windows interface on 2-in-1 devices and a new browser that sheds the legacy (and name) of Internet Explorer. Representatives of the Xbox team will also be at the event, with Microsoft having news...-> read more

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A hacked DDoS-on-demand site offers a look into mind of “booter” users

A leaked database from a hacked denial-of-service site has provided some insight into what sorts of targets individuals will pay to knock offline for a few dollars or bitcoin. And it's safe to say that a significant percentage of them are not the brightest stars in the sky. To get an idea of who would use such a service and for what purposes, Ars analyzed the data from a recently hacked DDoS for hire site: LizardSquad's LizardStresser. "Booter" or "stresser" sites offer users the ability to...-> read more

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