Saturday, February 28, 2015

Holy Shit, This Weight Loss Supplement Has Prozac In It

The FDA just issued a warning not to use the weight-loss supplement Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic — because it contains fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. Not a drug humans should be taking unaware, and one that can cause serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and seizures.Read more...-> read more

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These Tiny Satellites Just Left The International Space Station

A pair of nanosatellites were deployed by the NanoRacks Launcher on the end of the Japanese robotic arm of the International Space Station on Friday. The tiny CubeSats are loaded with tools to observe the planet and conduct other scientific experiments.Read more...-> read more

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A Quantum Computer Isn't Nearly As Glamorous As It Sounds

You'd think quantum computers exist in heavily-guarded labs, with many men in white suits manning control stations filled with unfathomable screens and charts. Actually, they exist in a small cupboard in England's West Country. Read more...-> read more

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You Can't Burn Yourself With This Teapot

Someone at OSHA probably has a terrifying stat about the number of workplace injuries caused by teapots. But if everyone rushes out and buys this gorgeous glass hot beverage receptacle, we can do something about this critical national issue. Read more...-> read more

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The U.S. Doesn't Like It When China Wants To Build Encryption Backdoors

The NSA and U.S. tech giants have come to blows over government backdoors in encryption products lately, with the government arguing that backdoors are vital to national security, and the likes of Yahoo claiming it will make encryption pointless. Well, it looks the party line on backdoors changes pretty sharpish when China is involved. Read more...-> read more

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An Incredibly Touching Leonard Nimoy Tribute From The ISS

Since Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday, tributes have been pouring in from around the web . But this one, posted without comment from NASA astronaut Terry Virts aboard the ISS, is probably the most touching. LLAP. Read more...-> read more

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Meet Tworlds, an app that lets you see how your life compares to a stranger's around the world

One of the biggest reasons Chatroulette became so popular back in 2009 was that it offered a window into the lives of strangers around the world. There's something exciting about seeing the world through another's eyes, and while Chatroulette has since devolved into a landscape littered with creepy guys doing creepy things, a photo-sharing app called Tworlds is trying to recapture some of that same magic by adding some structure to the idea of anonymous, random connection. The concept of...-> read more

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50,000 Uber driver names, license plate numbers exposed in a data breach

On Friday Uber posted a notice saying that the company had discovered that one of its databases had a point of entry for unauthorized users. On further investigation it found that “a one-time unauthorized access to an Uber database by a third party had occurred on May 13, 2014.” That database reportedly contained driver names and license plates. “Our investigation determined the unauthorized access impacted approximately 50,000 drivers across multiple states, which is a small percentage of...-> read more

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

'The first concrete blueprint of life not as we know it' Scientists believe they have come up with a solid model for a new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that could thrive in the harsh, icy conditions of Saturn's mysterious freezing moon, Titan.…-> read more

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Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

Construction to begin in 2016, apparently Billionaire space baron Elon Musk has inked a deal with land developers in California to allow his company to begin installing an over-hyped, loopy new transport system appropriately dubbed Hyperloop.… -> read more

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EU governments are CRAP at cloud, moans Brussels' infosec watchdog

'Look at the UK, they've done it really well!' Uh, hold on ... European governments haven’t got a clue how to implement cloud services. So say the EU's own cybersecurity experts.…-> read more

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Fork me! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

Taxi biz demands IP addresses and more Uber has subpoenaed GitHub to unmask netizens suspected of hacking its database of thousands of taxi drivers.…-> read more

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Blog: What is the purpose of game development?

"'What is the purpose of game development?' I will take a leap beyond game development and quote Alejandro Jodorowsky: 'What is the goal of life? It's to create yourself a soul.'" ...-> read more

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Taco Bell and Cap'n Crunch are making horrifying milk-filled donuts together

Taco Bell just announced its newest co-branded menu item, and the result is truly nuts. The fast food taco slinger and Cap'n Crunch are shoving their collective calorie-filled parts together and creating Cap'n Crunch Delights — colorful donut holes sprinkled with mashed bits of cereal. That Taco Bell thought it was chill to replace sprinkles with cereal is bad enough, but the restaurant chain is also, astoundingly, calling the donut holes a "breakfast item." The worst, worst part? The...-> read more

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Every copy of Hot Chip's new album will feature a different cover

London graphic designer Wallzo, aka Darren Wall, has created album art for the British electro-pop band Hot Chip since 2003, but for their upcoming album, Why Make Sense?, Hot Chip is trying something a little different. Infinitely different, that is. Visual artist Nick Relph built an algorithm capable of creating subtle variations on the black and white optical illusion seen above. That, paired with 501 potential background colors, means every copy of the physical album (on CD and LP)...-> read more

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Decide What Style of Beer You Want to Drink with This Flow Chart

There's so many types of beer out there that it can be tough to decide what you want to imbibe. This handy flow chart is here to help you with that.Read more...-> read more

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Make Decluttering Easier by Ditching Items You’ve Kept Out of Guilt

When you're trying to minimize the amount of clutter you have around the house, there are a lot of things that can hold you back . Don't let guilt be one of them.Read more...-> read more

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Stupid Patent of the Month: Attorney “Inventor” Games the System

The worst patent trolls bring weak cases and use the cost of defending a lawsuit as leverage to force settlements. A company called Joao Bock Transaction Systems LLC (“JBTS”) has elevated this business model to an art form. The company is associated with patent attorney and prolific “inventor” Raymond Joao. Apparently not content with drafting patents on behalf of others, Joao began to file his own patents. His companies have since launched dozens of lawsuits against technology ranging from...-> read more

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EFF Tells the Supreme Court that Patent Law Shouldn't Reward Ambiguity

EFF submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court yesterday in Commil v. Cisco, a patent case that asks whether having a “good-faith belief” that a patent is invalid means that someone can’t induce infringement of a patent. The issue of what it means to “induce infringement” is a complex, esoteric area of patent law. Generally, inducement liability is where the person accused of infringement didn’t actually carry out infringing acts herself, but instead encouraged other people to do them. For...-> read more

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A gun machine that shoots dumplings together would be the greatest thing

The world should put together all their brain power and weapons experts and artillery and dumpling ammo so that we can make this dumpling gun machine happen. Imagine a world where at a push of a button we can shoot out the perfect amount of meat, spice it, wrap it and cook it in less than 2 seconds. Read more...-> read more

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This Unusually Short-Lived Fish Could Hold the Secrets to Getting Old

The turquoise killifish is largely unremarkable except for how fast it ages. In just three months, it goes from a spry, young fish (left) to a decrepit, old one (right). For scientists who study aging, the turquoise killifish could be the key to their future experiments. Read more...-> read more

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Hot Beer. No Really, Hot Beer. 

When I go home to Tennessee, nobody ever asks me if I want a beer. "How 'bout a col'beer?" say the Southerners as they toss a can through the air. (All one word.) The ice cold brew cuts through the summertime humidity nicely. This frigid February in New York City deserves a different kind of cocktail.Read more...-> read more

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How The Universe Is Saying Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed away today. But his memory and legacy will live on forever in his fans and the lives of the people he touched — which is easy to see because right now because Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the Internet is teeming with touching Nimoy tributes. Here's how the world is responding.Read more...-> read more

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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

Philips and Siemens made the top 3, though The European Patent Office (EPO) has released its latest annual figures showing that the number of patents filed reached an all-time high in 2014.…-> read more

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GAMIFY your FRIDAY with our Public Sector Innovation Bingo!

'This is an agile process, meaning... er, whatever we want it to mean' Bored with another grey Friday? Here is a game for two players. The exercise allows you to keep up to date with vital subsidy-seeking buzzwords – while retaining the vital element of "fun".…-> read more

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

By Windows 10 launch our systems will be PURE, honest Barely a week after the breaking of the Superfish scandal, Lenovo has done a complete reverse ferret on bloatware - promising that by the time Windows 10 comes out its systems will be as pure as they can be.…-> read more

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BP: Oil prices crashed, so must our ICT budget

Sources say suppliers to be squeezed to help save biz $300m BP has confirmed it is looking to squeeze costs from its annual ICT budget on the back of crashing oil prices, and well-placed sources tell us the business wants to identify $300m in savings.… -> read more

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SCC bags universal credit hosting contract

DWP chucks more money at car crash of a programme Reseller and IT services outfit SCC has won a two-year hosting deal for the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) troubled universal credit programme for a sum worth "over six figures".…-> read more

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Ministry of Fun tries again on mobile mast planning permission

Want not-spots washed out? Well, we have to put 'em somewhere, NIMBYs The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has announced a consultation (PDF) on reforming the Electronic Communications code. This is crucial ingredient to the “landmark” not-spots deal announced at the back end of last year.…-> read more

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Nimble revenue diet gets fibre supplement

Losses are lessening, but can it get the result it wants IPOed hybrid array market star Nimble Storage beat the street with fourth-quarter revenues of $68.3m, and lost less money than last quarter as Fibre Channel sales kicked in. Can it keep on like this?…-> read more

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Deconstructing the method to Nintendo's madness

It's easy to hate on Nintendo. With the Wii U, the company played right into negative consumer expectations by releasing a product derided for its kid-friendly appeal, Fisher-Price toy-like looks, less-than-bleeding-edge silicon, confusing branding a...-> read more

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Smart liquor bottles can keep tabs on your bourbon collection

A close friend of mine returned home from vacation to discover his house sitter -- his brother-in-law -- had downed an entire bottle Pappy Van Winkle 20 year bourbon. A tragedy, really. However, if an alcohol tech duo in Europe has its way, keeping t...-> read more

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Masquerada's gay characters are defined by humanity, not sexuality

In Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, the city of Ombre resembles a fantastical, medieval Venice: elegant stone towers are lined with heavy wood furniture and the people dress in lush fabrics, wielding swords and spears. But Ombre is not Venice; it's an ...-> read more

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'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy passes away at 83

The Star Trek and sci-fi world at large suffered a great loss today, as Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his role as human/alien Spock in the TV and movie series, he had been hospitalized two days ago for chest pains. Hi...-> read more

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Swatch Touch Zero One tracks your beach volleyball skills

Swatch's first foray into the fitness-tracking business is the Touch Zero One, a touchscreen watch built with beach volleyball in mind. This is an upgrade to the barely readable Swatch Touch, introducing features that track the ferocity of your spike...-> read more

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Viber launches Viber Games worldwide

Viber launches Viber Games with three titles, Viber Candy Mania, Viber Pop and Wild Luck Casino. ...-> read more

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Prototyping modes for a competitive typing game

"I was imagining a competitive typing game where you would face off against a friend, typing as fast as you can with words / attacks flying in both directions. I thought it to would be very interesting." ...-> read more

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Water interaction model for boats in video games

Avalanche Studios senior software engineer Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming article. ...-> read more

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Red vs. Blue: Which team should you choose?

"The rules of the Olympics stipulate that one competitor is randomly assigned a blue outfit while the other gets red. The researchers found that those wearing red uniforms won a statistically significantly larger portion of their matches." ...-> read more

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10 things to expect at Mobile World Congress next week

Every year, tens of thousands of reporters, analysts, and suited-up businesspeople descend upon Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress trade show. Mobile World Congress, or MWC if you're in the know, is the largest trade show for mobile technology: phones, networks, hotspots, infrastructure, and more phones. In recent years, MWC has been fairly sleepy, shifting from a consumer-centric show with big product launches to a more business-focused one that catered to infrastructure announcements....-> read more

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Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners

A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine is known primarily as a party drug, in lower income countries it's one of the most widely used anesthetics available, and is particularly notable for its use during caesarean sections. ketamine is easy to administer for non-skilled health workers Because ketamine is injectable, it's far...-> read more

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House of Cards season 3 is now on Netflix — and we're live blogging all night!

Netflix's flagship original series is back. After (briefly) appearing a couple weeks early, the third season of House of Cards is now officially available. That's 13 new episodes of the political drama starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright — and we're about to binge-watch the whole thing in one sitting. Continue reading… -> read more

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The White Winter Home Screen

You may not be able to tell in some places, but we're right in the middle of winter. If you need a reminder beyond your window, this peacefully white home screen will make you feel winter's chill.Read more...-> read more

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Why Relativity Would Mess Up Car Headlights

The crew over at Vsauce has set out to answer a very important and critical question: would car headlights work at the speed of light? Unsurprisingly, the answer is not simple, but in the process, you do learn a lot about general relativity and photons and other sciencey stuff. Read more...-> read more

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What The Fuck Is Wrong With Your Eyes? A Dress Explainer

At some point this evening your flatmate or loved one probably ran headfirst into the room, iPad in tow, screaming about how YOU HAVE TO TELL ME WHAT COLOR THIS DRESS IS , and then subsequently disowning you when you said blue/black. What the fuck is going on? Here's an educated guess. Read more...-> read more

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The Latest Twitter Update Tries To Address Doxxing

Doxxing, and the death threats and swatting that almost invariably follow, is one of the nastiest tools of internet trolls worldwide. Twitter is on the front lines of the online abuse problem, but thus far they've been fighting a fairly pathetic losing battle . The company's latest update hopes to turn that around. Read more...-> read more

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An uncomfortable private jet trip allegedly shows the locker-room culture at Kleiner Perkins

We're learning more about Ellen Pao's working environment at Kleiner Perkins, thanks to trial testimony from managing partner Ted Schlein. Pao, a former junior partner at Kleiner, is seeking $16 million in damages from the firm for gender discrimination. Schlein recalled a private jet trip to New York with Pao and Dan Rosensweig, the CEO of Chegg, a company Kleiner had invested in. Rosensweig allegedly kept the conversation around Playboy, Victoria's Secret, and other "very offensive sexual...-> read more

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758,000 gamers have already signed up for this crowdfunded video game with no official release date

Launching a video game has become a challenge akin to launching a major feature film. Tons of money is invested up front, a release date is set, and gamers play. One ambitious videogame CEO, however, is taking a risk and turning this process on its head. Cloud Imperium Games’ Chris Roberts is relying on crowdfuning to finance "Star Citizen." Furthermore, players can pay for the game now, but but can't play the entire thing just yet. Already, as of Friday, the company had raised close to $73...-> read more

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Facebook throws a lifeline to depressed users

Friends can notify trained mental health pros of comments that hint at suicidal thoughts The signs of future suicide often pop up on social media, so Facebook has partnered with the University of Washington (UW) to roll out new tools that can hopefully provide a lifeline to those in need.…-> read more

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

Users unfriend Sammy in furious Facebook scenes Turning social media against Samsung, a Facebook group has been set up to get the Korean company to fix a firmware update that borks the 850 Pro SSD.…-> read more

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

We all owe plenty to the mainframe age's pioneers The IT runs strong in my family.… -> read more

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

Even Redmond is fed up with 'IE-specific behavior' Microsoft says it decided to start from scratch with a new web rendering engine for Windows 10 because keeping up with web standards while maintaining compatibility with older, noncompliant versions of Internet Explorer had simply become too much of a burden.…-> read more

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FinFisher, the spyware loved by cruel dictators, stomps all over human rights, says UK govt

Bahraini sales were dodgy, please don't do it again FinFisher, the spyware sold to police and tyrants around the globe, has gained the dubious honor of becoming the first piece of software judged by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to have trampled human rights. The OCED is an influential consortium of world powers.…-> read more

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Colt sales slide, profits turn to mush in shiny new cloudy world

Medium-term forecast? Sorry, never heard of it A double-digit sales crash in the carrier voice division led top-line declines at Colt in 2014, as a series of one-off costs – including a major restructuring programme – downed profit.…-> read more

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

Telcos, start your litigation as US broadband faces regulation US watchdog the FCC today approved its strongest ever rules governing internet access. The regulations were passed in a 3-2 vote by commissioners.…-> read more

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Ex-Logica beancounter pleads guilty to insider trading

CGI takeover info netted man £30k in ill-gotten gains A financial planning manager at the outsourcer formerly known as Logica has today pleaded guilty to three instances of insider dealing.…-> read more

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Adult Themes: The rise and fall of America's first digital brothel

If someone forced you to describe RealTouch Interactive in just two words, you'd probably call it a "digital brothel." And rightly so, as the North Carolina-based business specializes in teledildonics, wearable gadgets that let people "have sex" thro...-> read more

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Hiring SaaS Platform Workable Raises Another $5M

Workable has secured $5 million in additional funding from its existing investors, including Greylock Israel (which has since become 83North) and Greece-based seed investors Openfund. Workable enables smaller companies to post to multiple jobs boards, review candidates and schedule interviews. Read More -> read more

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Google Search lets you Hangout directly with businesses

Want to know if that burrito is made from sustainable, organic ingredients? If you found the restaurant on Google Search, you might be ask the proprietor himself on Hangouts, thanks to a new experimental feature. A Google rep told Techcrunch that it'...-> read more

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'Bejeweled' co-creator has a new studio devoted to 'social' VR

What do you do after co-founding a studio responsible for myriad massive successes? From Bejeweled, to Peggle, to the massively popular Plants vs. Zombies, former PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey left a wake of breakthrough gaming franchises. Afte...-> read more

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FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility

It's a good day for proponents of an open internet: The Federal Communications Commission just approved its long-awaited network neutrality plan, which reclassifies broadband internet as a Title II public utility and gives the agency more regulatory ...-> read more

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CoinSpark 2.0 Taps Blockchain Tech for Notarized Messaging Service

CoinSpark has released a new version of its protocol that allows users to send private messages tied to bitcoin transactions, effectively allowing its technology to be used for more commercial, notarized transactions. The second major update from the asset transfer protocol launched in September, CoinSpark 2.0 will enable a broad range of applications based on the ability for two parties in a bitcoin transaction or asset transfer to record its purpose. Gideon Greenspan, CEO and founder of Coin...-> read more

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Make room in your GDC 2015 schedule for these standout talks

As everyone finalizes their GDC 2015 conference schedules, we'd like to take a moment to highlight some standout sessions that you should keep on your radar. ...-> read more

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Live from the FCC's historic net neutrality meeting

At its February Open Commission Meeting, the FCC will vote on one of the most controversial and game-changing measures in internet history: application of so-called Title II regulation, which would help ensure that companies can't restrict or limit the internet for profit. Continue reading… -> read more

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The Xiaomi Mi Note is the best phone you can't have

The smartphone business is notorious for eating companies alive. Even giants of industry have fallen: Sony is on the cusp of throwing in the towel on its phone division, Nokia is now out of the game entirely after having been the largest manufacturer of phones in the world as recently as 2011, and even smartphone-centric companies like HTC are struggling. Yet somehow, there are a few upstarts that are navigating these treacherous, Samsung- and Apple-infested waters — sometimes with enormous...-> read more

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The first full-scale Hyperloop test track may launch in California next year

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has secured land for the first full-scale Hyperloop, planned for a 2016 launch in the California model town of Quay Valley. Building off Elon Musk's freely available designs, the crowdfunded company has staked out a five-mile stretch of Quay Valley adjacent to California's Interstate 5 freeway as a place where the innovative transportation system can be deployed. If successful, it would be the first full-size implementation of Musk's ideas, published...-> read more

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Audi will build you a Tesla-beating electric R8 supercar, but only on request

Audi will announce its second-generation R8 supercar at the Geneva Motor Show next week (we'll be there!), which will be available in a couple flavors of V10 engine producing anywhere from 540 to 610 horsepower. By all appearances, it's going to be a beautiful machine — the first R8 certainly was. The most interesting thing about it, though, is that there will be an e-tron model (Audi's parlance for all-electric) that will only be built by hand "upon request." The new R8 e-tron can zip...-> read more

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Marco Civil Da Internet: The Devil in the Detail

On April 24, 2014, Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff, signed Marco Civil Da Internet, a civil-rights based framework for the Internet which Brazilian activists have long fought. Dubbed the “Internet Constitution,” the law seeks to reinforce the protection of fundamental freedoms in the digital age. The law was developed through a participatory process, but not without getting caught in the traditional horse-trading of the legislative process, which resulted in several concessions. One of the...-> read more

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Dear Software Vendors: Please Stop Trying to Intercept Your Customers’ Encrypted Traffic

Over the past week many more details have emerged about the HTTPS-breaking Superfish software that Lenovo pre-installed on its laptops for several months. As is often the case with breaking security incidents, most of what we know has come from security engineers volunteering their time to study the problem and sharing their findings via blogs and social media. Unfortunately, the security implications have gone from bad to worse the more we’ve learned. For instance, researchers have determined...-> read more

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amazing video shows how dust moves from the Sahara Desert to Brazil

Here's an awesome 3D visualization from NASA that shows how the Sahara Desert helps fertilize the Amazon rainforest even though they're on two different continents that are separated by an entire ocean. The Saharan dust is carried over by wind and the phosphorous in the dust is essential to the Amazon.Read more...-> read more

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In the New Episode of Haphead, We Finally See the Gamer Underground

io9 is proud to be bringing you new episodes of indie series Haphead every week. Created by Jim Munroe, Haphead is the story of a VR gamer in a near-future dystopian Toronto. In the sixth episode, Maxine discovers where all the underground hapheads hang out — and what they do together.Read more...-> read more

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Watching beer cans get made is like seeing a ballet of machines at work

New Zealand craft brewery Garage Project reveals how they make their Hops on Pointe beer cans and it's like watching a machinery ballet unfold before our eyes. It's funny to imagine these big honking machines made of metal and wires dressed in tutus but there is a surprising elegance to the can making process.Read more...-> read more

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​The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Need

Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They're powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented.Read more...-> read more

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A firecracker exploding a rubber band ball in slow motion is the best

Who knew that rubber band balls could serve as an endless source of entertainment ? Slow Mo Lab stuck a firecracker inside one of those balls and filmed it exploding in oh so sweet slow motion. It's like watching a mummy spontaneously combust right before our eyes. Read more...-> read more

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Salesforce boss Marc Benioff just SLAMMED Oracle and SAP (CRM, ORCL, SAP)

On the back of a great a fiscal year and projections of more to come, Salesforce cofounder and CEO had some cocky things to say about his biggest rivals, Oracle and SAP. He particularly slammed Oracle, his former employer, who has turned into his most heated competitor. Wall Street analysts on the quarterly conference call were asking Benioff to defend his assertion that Salesforce has enough desirable products to grow into a $10 billion company and beyond, as he had just boldly promised. "If...-> read more

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A breakdown of the 5,000 Airbnb listings in San Francisco

It's no secret that San Francisco housing is pricey, but a San Francisco Chronicle report sheds light on one factor that could be limiting housing supply: Airbnb rentals. There are nearly 5,000 Airbnb rentals in the city, according to the Chronicle's report. Renters are increasingly listing whole properties rather than extra rooms. Of San Francisco's 5,000 rentals, nearly 3,000 are entire houses and apartments, meaning that nobody else is living there. Most of these listings probably would not...-> read more

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BuzzFeed just launched its second app — and it's like a Tinder for pictures of people's adorable pets

BuzzFeed has launched its second-ever app called Cute or Not, which lets you swipe through pictures of people's adorable pets. The concept for the app is pretty simple: You swipe right if you like a picture of a cute pet, and left if you don't. You can also upload pictures of your own pets, share your favorite pets on social media from the app, and earn badges as you keep playing. You can also have your pet discovered and featured on BuzzFeed's website. Cute or Not, which won't have...-> read more

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Here's what a 16-year-old Harvard 'dropout' learned from working at a startup

It's an extraordinary academic achievement to be admitted to Harvard University. It's arguably an even bigger accomplishment when you're only 15 years old. When he entered Harvard, Patrick Pan was a 16-year-old student from Texas, armed with a 2400 SAT score and a plan to graduate in four years with a degree in biomedical engineering. Among his other accomplishments was graduating fifth out of 568 students at Clear Lake High School and being named a 2014 US Presidential Scholar, one of only two...-> read more

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Samsung introduces faster storage for smartphones (like the Samsung Galaxy S6)

Most current smartphones use a type of flash storage called eMMC. But Samsung has started mass producing a new embedded memory solution which the company says offers faster speeds without consuming any more power. Samsung says phones with its new UFS 2.0 memory will offer quicker boot times, faster file copying, and improved multitasking, among […] Samsung introduces faster storage for smartphones (like the Samsung Galaxy S6) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Newsflash: the greenhouse effect really exists

You'd think that over a century after Svante Arrhenius described the greenhouse effect, we'd be done arguing about it. After all, as Arrhenius suggested, the Earth would be an icy place without it, and there'd be no explaining the hellish temperatures on Venus, either. Yet you often see people claiming that carbon dioxide's role in greenhouse warming is already maxed out—people that include a well credentialed physicist. The simplest thing to do, then, would just be to measure it. If rising...-> read more

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Attackers protesting Superfish debacle hijack Lenovo e-mail, spoof website

Almost a week after revelations surfaced that Lenovo preinstalled dangerous ad-injecting software on consumer laptops, attackers took complete control of the company's valuable Lenovo.com domain name, a coup that allowed them to intercept the PC maker's e-mail and impersonate its Web pages. The hijacking was the result of someone compromising a Lenovo account at domain registrar Web Commerce Communications, and changing the IP address that gets called when people typed Lenovo.com into their...-> read more

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Boffins build first true bionic hand to wield mind over matter

Volunteer amputees get neural implants Austrian scientists have used a technique dubbed "bionic reconstruction" to connect a robot hand to grafted human nerves, enabling true mind-controlled prosthetics for the first time.…-> read more

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Say cheese! Europe's antitrust chief has Google boss in her sights – reports

Schmidt meeting Competition Commissioner soon If reports are to be believed, Google big boy Eric Schmidt is to meet Europe's new competition chief for the first time soon, in an effort to sort out the long-running court case against the Chocolate Factory and avoid a possibly substantial fine.… -> read more

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COSMIC FATTY from the DAWN of TIME simply can't exist – astroboffins

Now that's a black hole, my boy Researchers from Australia and China have turned up an unfeasibly large black hole that almost dates back to the beginning of time.…-> read more

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NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

All woven in to DataFabric concept NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas.…-> read more

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

Finns finding MIMO: But even that won't be enough in 5 years In the arms race for faster data speeds, Nokia Networks has pulled out 600Mbps over Ericsson’s 450Mbps by using 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology.…-> read more

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There's more than one way to back up your data

Here's how to tell them apart In the world of data protection you don't get fired for losing money, you get fired for losing data.…-> read more

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

And its flash will 'never' become obsolete. Bold claim All-flash array startup Solidfire has a new array and is selling its software, minus hardware, to hyperscalers.… -> read more

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Big data = big loss for Hadoop-flinger Hortonworks

Professional services the future, for now If the future of big data is Hadoop, those peddling it still have a long journey ahead of the them.…-> read more

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Google is working on a Chrome reading mode, try it out

Google wants to give your peepers a break. Google Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort laid out early versions of Reader Mode for Chrome desktop and mobile in a post today on Google Plus (of course). Reader Mode is designed to make on-screen text ea...-> read more

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Here's what we know about Magic Leap so far

When Google came out in full support of Magic Leap in the form of a $542 million investment last year, people wondered what it was exactly and why Mountain View gave it that much money. Unfortunately, the startup continues to guard its secrets closel...-> read more

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Withings Activité activity trackers are beautiful, but limited

Forget notifications, forget apps, forget all of the noisy little distractions masquerading as help -- sometimes a wearable is at its best when it stays out of your way. As it turns out, that's just what French hardware house Withings had in mind whe...-> read more

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YouTube makes sure you know 4K videos are out there

Even though most of us are only just now starting to look at 4K / Ultra HD, YouTube has had support for the high-res video since 2010 (just two years after it started streaming in HD!). With more than four years of experience under its belt the video...-> read more

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Sesame's smart door lock lets you in with a simple knock

There's no shortage of smart door locks, but they typically require that you bring out your phone or enter a code to get in. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just knock, like you're visiting a friend? Candy House thinks that's a decent idea. It just ...-> read more

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Google Play Music now lets you store 50,000 songs in the cloud

Even if you're not paying for All Access or YouTube Music Key, Google Play can be a useful way to stream your personal music collection. With its free "locker" service, you can store thousands of tunes online and stream them from the web, as well as ...-> read more

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Smartphone ad banned from UK TV for objectifying women

Kazam is hardly a well-known smartphone brand in the UK, and that's unlikely to change any time soon if its ads are being pulled from TV. After a series of complaints, Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad for the company's...-> read more

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Smartphone ad banned from UK TV for objectifying women

Kazam is hardly a well-known smartphone brand in the UK, and that's unlikely to change any time soon if its ads are being pulled from TV. After a series of complaints, Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an ad for the company's...-> read more

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Netflix picks up Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse reboots

Netflix is ordering five new children's series, including a rebooted Inspector Gadget that will debut next month. Like the original cartoon, the new Inspector Gadget follows a bumbling detective outfitted with crazy, high-tech gear that he uses while tracking down a crime syndicate. This series actually appears to be positioned as a sequel, with the original cartoon's villain returning, Gadget being brought out of retirement, and his niece — now somewhat older — in training to fight crime...-> read more

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The HPV vaccine works. So why aren't more girls getting inoculated?

While parents who eschew MMR out of fears of autism might be the most frequently discussed "anti-vaxxers," they’re not the only ones who are letting misinformation dictate choices about their children’s health. In fact, far more parents are neglecting to immunize their children with Gardasil, a cancer vaccine. Gardasil provides immunity against several strains of HPV, a virus known to be responsible for numerous forms of cancer — most notably cervical and anal — and genital warts. The...-> read more

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Motorola's new Moto E has LTE and a bigger screen for just $149

Motorola teased an announcement in the form a hand-delivered package last week, and sure enough, today the company delivered a box with a new Moto E. The second-generation Moto E is still Motorola's most affordable smartphone in its lineup, but this time around it has a larger 4.5-inch (but still 540 x 960 pixel) display, faster 4G LTE networking, and a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. Unless you're looking really closely, it's hard to tell the difference between the new Moto E and...-> read more

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Bill Gates on The Verge: Can we eradicate some of the world's worst diseases by 2030?

The parasitic worms that cause river blindness give birth to 1,600 larvae each day. “I’ve heard people say that they feel this buzzing under the skin; they feel the little larvae under the skin and it’s itchy,” says Elodie Ghedin, a molecular parasitologist at New York University. The larvae then travel to various parts of the body, including the eyes, where they cause inflammation and lesions when they die. Continue reading… -> read more

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The future according to Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation ended its run last night after seven seasons in a turbulent primetime NBC slot. It was a witty, endearing show that became so good it elevated the careers of almost every cast member. After last season's finale flashed forward three years to 2017, we learned that the show was going to stick to that time jump, and the show's creator Mike Schur was quoted as saying that Parks would become "very gently sci-fi" in its final season. That may have been a bit of an...-> read more

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Learn how roguelike design can level up your game at GDC 2015

At GDC 2015 next week, Riot Games VP of Game Design Tom Caldwell will break down what the League of Legends company has learned about roguelike appeal in its game design R& D work. ...-> read more

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Predicting the future of prediction in the game industry

Data expert Dmitri Williams delivers the third in a three-part series on prediction and using predictive metrics in the game industry. ...-> read more

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When 'minimum viable product' becomes a crutch

Iteration based mobile game designers have taken "minimum viable product" development principles too far, argues developer Joseph Kim. ...-> read more

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Getting to know the business of Dota 2's indie Announcer Packs

We talk to Supergiant, Galactic Cafe and Hidden Path about what it takes to make a Dota 2 announcer, and how successful it's been. ...-> read more

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The World's Biggest SIM Manufacturer Denies NSA Encryption Key Hack

Last week, The Intercept reported that the NSA had been able to capture and store the encryption keys that protect SIM cards . Now, Gemalto—the largest SIM card manufacturer on the planet—has responded, denying the breach and explaining that 3G and 4G networks are unaffected.Read more...-> read more

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Check out the new (and coolest) Mars Curiosity panorama selfie

Bravo NASA f0r capturing this new cool Mars Curiosity selfie on the surface of Mars at its new research site, the Mojave. NASA made this image by combining dozens of photos taken during January 2015. Here is the annotated version, so you can see the sites that the rover visited before reaching this point.Read more...-> read more

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All The Ways Apple Will Probably Mess Up Its Car

Much as Apple's successes are celebrated in breathless blog posts and barely believable earnings reports, it still screws up as much as any company. Maps. Crappy battery life. Forcibly inserting Bono into your life. This (quite fake) ad details how those mistakes would apply to the rumored Apple automobile. Read more...-> read more

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Incredible aerial view of Chinese New Year's fireworks over Beijing

Apparently, July 4th ain't got nothing on Chinese New Year in Beijing. This video was recorded on an airplane that was landing in Beijing at midnight of Chinese New Year and it shows all the fireworks going off at once across the city. It looks like every corner is firing off explosions at the same time.Read more...-> read more

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A Combo Flash Drive-Phone Cable Is The Most Useful Thing On Your Keys

For the past couple of years, I've always carried one of those miniature fold-up flash drives on my key chain. It's invaluable for those moments when then internet is broken or Comcasted and the world will stop turning if you don't transfer those photos and that slide deck right the hell now. But if that flash drive would also serve as an emergency phone cable, I would be the happiest geek on the internet. Read more...-> read more

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Google Is Hosting "Nascar On The Moon"

The Lunar XPrize is a $30 million competition for a privately-funded mission to get to the moon, land a rover, and travel across the Moon sending back images and telemetry. The Google-sponsored prize has been around since 2007, but it looks like first place is going to come down to a mad dash across the lunar surface. Read more...-> read more

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What being strapped to a rocket launch looks like (hint: awesome)

This is just awesome. A camera was strapped onto a GoFast 2014 rocket—an amateur rocket that set the record for highest and fastest rocket ever launched into space—so that we can see the entire launch from the rockets point of view. The initial burst and thrust into the air is epic and then the world starts spinning and then we see space.Read more...-> read more

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Meg Whitman says revenue drop at HP's most troubled unit is like water 'draining out of the bathtub' (HPQ)

For years, we've been reporting on HP's troubled Enterprise Services business unit. That's the group that handles consulting, outsourcing, and other hands-on services for big HP customers. On Tuesday, HP executives said that the company's promised turnaround rests on this unit finally getting its act together. On Tuesday, HP reported earnings for the quarter ended in January. Revenue was down 5% overall from last year's quarter, across nearly all units. But Enterprise Services revenue dropped...-> read more

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More than 1 million WordPress websites imperiled by critical plugin bug

More than one million websites that run on the WordPress content management application run the risk of being completely hijacked by attackers exploiting critical vulnerability in most versions of a plugin called WP-Slimstat. Versions prior to the recently released Slimstat 3.9.6 contain a readily guessable key that's used to sign data sent to and from visiting end-user computers, according to a blog post published Tuesday by Web security firm Sucuri. The result is a SQL injection vector that...-> read more

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AMD’s Carrizo System-on-Chip: more transistors, more performance, less power

AMD has unveiled some of the first details of its Carrizo system-on-chip. The processor is the latest iteration of AMD's accelerated processing unit (APU) concept, pairing a CPU with a tightly integrated GPU. The CPU portion of Carrizo is AMD's latest iteration of its Bulldozer family. This version is called Excavator, with Carrizo having two Excavator modules providing four cores. Currently, not much is known about Excavator, aside from having larger caches: the level 1 data cache has been...-> read more

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FedEx won’t ship the box that makes homemade metal semi-automatic rifles

Defense Distributed, the group that pioneered 3D printed firearms in 2013, informed its customers on Tuesday that FedEx has refused to ship the company’s latest product, a computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) mill—dubbed the "Ghost Gunner." “I've got an account with another courier, but FedEx is bewildering because the reason I started with them in the first place was their [National Rifle Association] advantage program,” the company’s founder, Cody Wilson, told Ars by text message. FedEx...-> read more

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

Do it, nerds! This morning has seen the launch of the dot-science top-level domain – and one registrar at least is offering them for free.…-> read more

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FlashRay bang, wallop: NetApp bigwigs play musical chairs

New Performance Products Group includes all-flash FAS and FlashRay El Reg has learned that NetApp's leadership of its all-flash array project FlashRay is changing: the original engineering head is no longer involved, and the veep for flash storage is absent.…-> read more

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Apache finally signs off Hadoop database... after 7 years of development

HBase 1.0 a ‘a thing of collaborative beauty' A completed first version of what’s been called the Hadoop Database has been released, seven years after work started.… -> read more

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Deutsche Bank pens cloudy infrastructure deal with HP

10-year, multi-billion dollar outsourcing gig for data centre services Fat outsourcing contracts are relatively few and far between these days, so HP’s 10-year, multi-billion dollar global win with Deutsche Bank is a welcome shot in the arm for its declining Enterprise Services division.…-> read more

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iHump? Apple buys Camel Audio – report

Edinburgh-based firm quietly changes office to Cupertino's Blighty HQ Apple appears to have scooped up British music software specialist Camel Audio Ltd.…-> read more

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

Could spot malpractice, says panel advising Bank of England Financial institutions in London could use "big data" technology to pinpoint malpractice by City traders in future, a panel advising the Bank of England has said.…-> read more

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Springpath springs out of stealth with HALO-based platform

Welcome to the world of Datacore, FalconStor, Nexenta Springpath has emerged from stealth with a silo-melding storage data platform, offering a remedy which includes an annual subscription pricing scheme. Is it perhaps seemingly hoping to move in on a market that has too many (and too costly) separate storage silos?… -> read more

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

Microsoft's new mantra: Code in Windows, run anywhere Microsoft has released a new preview of Visual Studio 2015, which is shaping up to be a major release. Community Tech Preview 6 includes cross-platform tools for its ASP.NET web application framework.…-> read more

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Algorithm determines which rappers have the slickest rhymes

The days of arguing over the worth of your favorite rappers might soon come to an end. Data mining student Eric Malmi has built Raplyzer, an algorithmic program that gauges the average length of a rap or hip-hop star's multi-syllable rhymes (the key ...-> read more

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The PC version of 'Grand Theft Auto V' is delayed... again

Bad news, highway high-jackers: Grand Theft Auto V on PC has been delayed for a second time. It's now due out on April 14, pushed back from a previous release date of March 24. The PC version's original release date was January 27, nearly a month ago...-> read more

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Crowd-based shipping service lets you use Waffle House for pickups

If you're running a crowd-driven shipping startup that delivers packages through helpful travelers, where would you have people pick up their goods? A restaurant, apparently. Roadie has forged a deal that will have Waffle House locations serve as som...-> read more

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The new Pee-wee movie will be a Netflix exclusive

Come in, and pull yourself up a chair: the new, Judd Apatow-produced Pee-wee movie is called Pee-wee's Big Holiday, and rumors that it would be a Netflix exclusive have been confirmed. The production starts filming in three weeks, and John Lee (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Delocated) will make his feature film debut as a director. Netflix is starting to push for feature-length exclusives Not only has Netflix become extremely successful at launching its own scripted series (House of...-> read more

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Talib Kweli has expressed all of my feelings about Parks and Recreation ending

We were going to write a PSA anyway to let you know that Parks & Recreation is ending its seven-season run tonight at 10PM on NBC (schedule around Twitter accordingly), even though technically the season itself takes places two years in the future so it doesn't "end" until 2017. That's when we noticed hip-hop icon Talib Kweli was having the same feels as we were. So take it away: Better shot of my Ron Swanson bust. Parks and Recreation you will be missed! A photo posted by Talib...-> read more

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Lionsgate invests in Telltale Games to create a TV show / video game hybrid

Telltale Games — the studio behind series like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones — is finally working on an original series. But this time it will be more than just a video game. While details on the new, original series are still under wraps, it will be what Telltale has dubbed a "super show": a sort of half game, half TV show hybrid. One episode will include both a scripted TV-style portion, as well as an interactive section in line with Telltale's previous work. "It's not an...-> read more

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Lenny Kravitz designed a Leica that's the camera version of pre-ripped Abercrombie jeans

Leica is releasing another jealousy-inducing camera, this time featuring a gorgeous, custom design from musician Lenny Kravitz. This isn't a brand new model, just a redesigned version of the existing Leica M-P, but it has a stylish overhaul that makes it look like a worn, premium, and reliable device that you've been toting around for a while. Most notably, the camera's black body has been intentionally worn away to reveal bronze streaks along the edges. Additionally, the body's trim is...-> read more

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What is a smartphone? A helpful explainer from What's Tech?

My smartphone is my most personal electronic. It's the first and last screen I see each day. I give it a look a couple hundred times in between. I don't think much of my smartphone, though. And while I could confidently tell you what makes this phone "smart," I would be wondering in the back of my mind if what I know is wrong. On this week's What's Tech?, The Verge's Executive Editor Dieter Bohn explains smartphones. The iPhone and Android have made smartphones ubiquitous. But when did...-> read more

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Meet The New Pebble Time—Though Getting One Will Take ... Time

Don’t call Pebble’s new smartwatch platform a reboot. That implies scrapping the old and ushering in the new. Consider the new software and its new companion product, dubbed Pebble Time, a progression of the Pebbles that came before.The old models aren't going anywhere. They're just going to be joined by something a bit flashier.That flash comes from the color display, on-screen animations and a brand-new microphone—all stuffed into a device that’s 20% thinner, founder Eric Migicovsky told me....-> read more

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GDC 2015: Don't miss these standout Summit sessions

The 2015 Game Developers Conference is next week! Today, show officials are highlighting a few more noteworthy Summit sessions that you should keep on your radar as you prepare for the show. ...-> read more

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Crowfall, and saving the MMO from 'stagnation'

Can two MMO veterans save the genre from itself? That's the question that drives Crowfall, the title from Gordon Walton and J. Todd Coleman that seeks to "upset the applecart" of the genre. ...-> read more

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Why Stack Exchange Doesn't Corral Workers Into An Office

This post is presented by Business Is Great Britain.Home sweet office.In an era where more and more corporations are pulling workers into the office, Stack Exchange stands out: The New York-based operator of a network of question-and-answer sites has more than a fifth of its employees working outside its offices.Former advocates of telework like Yahoo and Hewlett-Packard have pulled back on the practice, citing an "all hands on deck" need to have employees at headquarters to more effectively...-> read more

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Playtesting games at the DMV

People are bored, so why not? Here's how one dev did it: "If you're part of a small team and working on a mobile game (or app), playtesting at the DMV can be very productive." ...-> read more

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Blog: Design issues with survival games

"After playing Rust, H1Z1, and DayZ, I found some constant issues with the genre," writes Alex Nichiporchik. And in this post, he lays out the problems -- and the solutions. ...-> read more

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Darkest Dungeon: Designing for despair, and kicking you when you're down

We talk to Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios about the difficulty of Darkest Dungeon, and why they want their narrator to compound defeat by insulting the player. ...-> read more

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The Everyday Camera Bag

You have a billion options for camera bags and gear setups out there, but reader ddakki shares his simple, but effective daily carry that includes everything he needs.Read more...-> read more

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Master Make-Ahead Salads with the Perfect Combination of Veggies

When your schedule is packed but you still want to eat healthily, salads make great to-go meal options . Put together a salad that will fill you up and stand up to storage by opting for ingredients that will stay crisp.Read more...-> read more

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The 5 best headphones you can get this week for under $20

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a great pair of headphones. We've found 7 great pairs that will be on sale for less than $20 this week. Check them out. Sony extra bass smartphone headset with mic (black) These headphones have incredible sound quality considering that they're only $20. The sound is clear and the bass is the real deal. Plus, the ear-cups have a swivel function, which makes them easy to store. Price: $29.99 $19.86 [34% off] Sony extra bass smartphone headset...-> read more

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Teeny tiny keyboard, cycling, 3rd party apps come to Microsoft Band

Microsoft today made the first major update to its Band fitness device since it launched in the US (and, still, only the US) just under four months ago. Today's update touches all aspects of the Band's ecosystem, with new capabilities on the device itself, an SDK to let third-party phone apps communicate with the Band, and a new Web dashboard. On the Band there's a new Bike Tile, used to track both indoor and outdoor riding. It'll do the expected health band things: GPS will let you map out...-> read more

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Can an app diagnose melanoma? It’ll need proof, says FTC

On Monday, the US Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached settlements with two companies that marketed apps claiming the ability to diagnose melanoma. Two marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective were charged with “deceptively claiming their mobile apps could detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages,” the FTC wrote in a press release. Two additional marketers of Mole Detective did not settle, and the FTC is still pursuing charges against them. These melanoma apps and...-> read more

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Yahoo exec goes mano a mano with NSA director over crypto backdoors

Echoing the concerns of many US-based technology companies have about US-led surveillance programs, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos asked the director of the National Security Agency some pointed questions concerning proposed or existing backdoors placed in encryption technologies. The responses from NSA director Adm. Mike Rogers only underscored the growing divide. The frank exchange occurred Monday at the Cybersecurity for a New America conference in Washington DC. It...-> read more

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

Should be open and shut (laptop) case A California woman has filed the first lawsuit against Lenovo and Superfish over the pair's adware debacle, claiming the "malware" injected smutty pictures into her web browser on her Yoga laptop.…-> read more

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Google allies with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

Softcard deal sees Google Wallet installed on major carriers' mobes Google has inked a major deal with mobile payment alliance Softcard that will see its Google Wallet payments system pre-installed on phones sold by US carriers AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.…-> read more

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ACLU: Here's a secret – cops are using the FBI's fake cell-tower tech to track crims' phones

Feds let drug robbers walk rather than expose Stingray Documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union have shown that US cops are using the FBI's Stingray mobile phone tracking tech much more often than first thought.… -> read more

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

Sorry we accused everyone of piracy, say not-so-sour krauts A German record label's bungling anti-piracy software flooded Google with demands to remove search results – just because the links included the word "download" in their URLs.…-> read more

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

Stop! This Open Internet proposal. It is not ready yet The two Republican commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have formally called for this week's vote on net neutrality to be delayed.…-> read more

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EMC learns object lesson in accuracy after ViPR death goof

We, er, didn't kill that off after all, confesses red-faced firm An EMC blog saying ViPR Object and HDFS data services have removed from ViPR 2.2 was wrong, and has been corrected in an updated version of the source blog.…-> read more

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

Big Brother Watch unfurls report on Communications Act UK communications laws should be reformed to account for the social media age, a civil liberties group has said.…-> read more

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Last round, folks: Dell 'n' pals pull out wallets as Nexenta preps for IPO

Inks connected car deal... but with WHICH firm? Nexenta is clearly keen to be top dog of the software-defined storage world. After reportedly experiencing 100 per cent year-on-year growth from 2013 to 2014, Nexenta says it is gearing up for an IPO in the next 18 months or so – with channel and geographic expansion and a final funding round coming.… -> read more

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Psst, hackers. Just go for the known vulnerabilities

Look for the obvious, not the esoteric, warns HP Despite all the publicity about zero-day exploits, a big percentage of breaches (44 per cent) come from vulnerabilities which are two to four years old.…-> read more

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EMC looks to military to swell ranks of sales and techie army

'Right you 'orrible lot, who wants to be an EMC Certified Implementation Specialist?' EMC is trying to close the skills gap by recruiting the next wave of sales and technical personnel from the armed forces, training steely eyed military leavers for a life on Civvy Street… well, flogging storage.…-> read more

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Hand-made wood turntables are the newest scratching post

Sure, your hip friends who live in that converted loft downtown have a record player -- but odds are they don't own an artisanal turntable crafted by a father-and-son team from the wood of an American black walnut tree. This is the type of turntable ...-> read more

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Porsche offers to put modern tech in the dash of your classic 911

Older sports cars are great for hitting the open road, but let's face it, they lack the bells and whistles of modern automobiles. Porsche is looking to help, though, with a new version of its Radio Navigation System for those older vehicles. On top o...-> read more

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The top 11 tablets you can buy today

Unless you've opted for a pocket-busting phone, you can probably still see the utility of having a tablet to handle books, movies or even a bit of on-the-go productivity. There are plenty of options for different budgets, and we've lined up our top p...-> read more

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This season of The Bachelor has everything you need to know about reality television

Tonight, one of the most surreal seasons of reality television will reach a fever pitch as Bachelor Chris decides whether or not to bed three women, including one secret virgin, on broadcast television. Verge editors Emily Yoshida and Chris Plante discuss what has made this season of The Bachelor so perversely momentous. Continue reading… -> read more

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Conservative FCC commissioners ask Wheeler to delay net neutrality vote

Days before the FCC's net neutrality vote, commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly are making a last-ditch effort to delay it. Today, the pair asked for chair Tom Wheeler to release his full proposal — currently available only to FCC staff — and wait at least 30 days for public comments to come in. That would mean tabling "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet," which is currently set for a vote on February 26th. "With the future of the entire Internet at stake, it is imperative...-> read more

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