Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This is the CT6, Cadillac's huge bet on the future

Here's Cadillac's next huge car, both literally and figuratively: the CT6, which stands for Cadillac Touring 6. GM's luxury brand has been teasing the CT6 for quite some time, and for good reason: it's a flagship sedan, a segment that the company has been absent from since it discontinued the forgettable DTS several years ago. It's no coincidence that crosstown rival Lincoln debuted the giant Continental concept at this very same show — Cadillac and Lincoln are both learning that...-> read more

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You'd Never Leave This Folding Bike Helmet Behind

I'm normally a safety first, second and third kinda cyclist. But even with my lifelong fear of cars, I'll sometimes leave the helmet at home if I don't want to lug it around an office all day. Wouldn't it be amazing if I could have the best of both worlds? You probably see where this is going.Read more...-> read more

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Sprint Is Officially Saving RadioShack

Back in February, RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, destroying the childhood memories of many a tech blogger , and putting 4,000 brick-and-mortar stores in jeopardy at the same time . But as of today, a plan to co-brand remaining stores with the Sprint logo is officially approved. Read more...-> read more

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Now Aerial Photographers Can Get 80 Megapixel Photos From a Drone Camera

Remember that breathtaking 10k-timelapse video we stumbled upon last month? Expect to see more stuff like that in the future, but shot from drones: PhaseOne has announced the world’s smallest 80-megapixel medium format camera—a high end, lightweight shooter designed specifically for aerial photography. Read more...-> read more

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Meerkat and Periscope Can Really Chew Through Your Precious Data

New livestreaming apps Meerkat and Periscope help people share snippets of their lives—but they also gobble down data. Enough data that you might blow past your data cap. If you’re serious about streaming, you might need a bigger data plan!Read more...-> read more

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Amazon Dash Button: The Ultimate Convenience or the End of Civilization?

Amazon’s latest experimental product is the Dash button , a programmable key that makes reordering essentials like laundry detergent as easy as pushing Start on the microwave. Is this the best thing that ever happened to busy America? Or a sign that we’ve become the docile servants of our Amazon Prime accounts?Read more...-> read more

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RIP PlayStation Home, 2008-2015

PlayStation Home, one of the most ambitious (and weirdest) things Sony has ever done with video games, closes down today. It will not be missed, but it should at least be remembered. Read more...-> read more

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The Custom-Built, Model Home Workspace

Model homes are meant to entice potential homebuyers, and so the rooms in them are designed to be attractive and functional. This model home’s office sports lots of custom storage and a spacious desktop.Read more...-> read more

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Pet owners and sex havers: check out what’s happening today over at Lifehacker: After Hours, where w

Pet owners and sex havers: check out what’s happening today over at Lifehacker: After Hours, where we discuss how to keep your pets from killing the mood .Read more...-> read more

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Build the Resilience for Overwhelming Life Challenges with Segmenting

When we’re faced with a particularly difficult challenge in our lives, it can be hard for us to dig up the mental toughness we need to get us through. Segmenting makes it easier by keeping your mind off the big picture and on something you know you can do.Read more...-> read more

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Upgrade Leftover Pizza to Gooey Mini-Calzones with a Waffle Iron

A waffle iron can already help you create some tasty homemade pizza pockets with crescent roll dough, but now you can upgrade your existing leftovers too. In just a few steps, you can turn leftover slices of cold pizza into tasty mini-calzones.Read more...-> read more

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Lilbits (3-31-2015): Firefox 37 released

Mozilla releases new versions of the Firefox web browser roughly every 6 weeks, so not every new build has a lot of shiny new features. But with the launch of Firefox 37, the team did make a few interesting changes. There are a number of security improvements, support for native HTML5 playback of YouTube videos […] Lilbits (3-31-2015): Firefox 37 released is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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SnapPower Charger turns your outlet cover plate into a USB port (crowdfunding)

I live in a house that was built in 1925, which means I have very few electrical outlets. In one room, there is only a single wall plug. It also means that wall plugs are a hot commodity around here. The last thing I want to do is hog up those sockets with a USB […] SnapPower Charger turns your outlet cover plate into a USB port (crowdfunding) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: We influenced Georgia not to pass its own 'anti-gay' law (CRM)

As we previously reported, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has become the hammer that is most heavily pounding on Indiana governor Mike Pence to change a controversial law that could encourage discrimination against gay people. Pence held a press conference on Tuesday promising to "fix" the law. Business Insider just spoke to Benioff and asked him if he's satisfied with that. Short answer: No. "We see the governor saying he’s going to make changes. Now the next step is we want to see him actually...-> read more

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The 30 most popular Vine stars in the world

Forget 15 minutes of fame. Ever since its launch two years ago, Vine stars have been using six-second bursts of video to make a name for themselves. We collected and ranked the most popular Vine stars in the world based on their number of followers. Most are comedians, while others are musicians or actors. These Vine users have risen from relative obscurity, and are now followed by millions of people. Some have even landed record deals or TV show and movie deals because of Vine.30. Jessi...-> read more

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This one chart perfectly sums up why companies pour billions of dollars into messaging apps

Facebook dropped $19 billion on WhatsApp, Snapchat is valued at $15 billion, and even the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak, despite being a little over a year old, is already valued between $300 million and $400 million. Messaging apps are big business, and here’s why. Based on new data from mobile analytics firm Flurry charted for us by BI Intelligence, messaging apps retained nearly six times as many users they attracted in their first months compared to the average user retention across all...-> read more

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Google reveals budget Chromebooks including a $249 ASUS convertible

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for some new Chromebooks. Yep, Google has just announced four new Chrome OS laptops, all of which lean toward the budget-friendly end of the spectrum. They are the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the ASUS Chromebook C201, the Hi...-> read more

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Google puts Chrome OS on your TV with its own HDMI stick

Google has unveiled a whole new type of Chrome device, and it's one that can fit in your pocket. It's called the Chromebit, and it's essentially a Chromebook crammed in a dongle. This tiny little package contains a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB...-> read more

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BSXinsight's calf-worn workout intensity sensor is now available

When you're doing an exercise upon yourself, your body generates lactic acid, the levels of which are considered to be the most accurate way to measure your performance during a workout. Unfortunately, you can only test lactate levels with a blood te...-> read more

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The Big Picture: Gorgeous shot captures a drone's fiery flight

Photographer Calder Wilson added an explosive new method to his long exposure "light paintings" earlier this year when he was struck by a brilliant notion: Strap some leftover New Year's fireworks to the back of a UAV, light them up and then lift off...-> read more

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Relax: De La Soul's album's already smashed its Kickstarter goal

De La Soul love sampling, so much so that they feel as if a whole branch of copyright law was invented just for them. The sample-heavy trio (for three is the magic number) didn't want to have to compromise their artistic vision for their ninth album,...-> read more

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Flickr offers new public domain licensing in wake of SpaceX photo release

On Monday afternoon, Yahoo's photo-sharing platform Flickr announced that it would add public domain and CC-Zero licensing options for users who want to share their work freely with the public. Both options allow others to reuse photos licensed in that manner in any way they wish. In a blog post yesterday, Flickr said that Elon Musk's private space flight company, SpaceX, was one of the first accounts to change the licensing on its photos. Musk put hundreds of SpaceX photos up on Flickr last...-> read more

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UberPop granted temporary reprieve in France

Guillotine still primed however A French Court has declined to ban Uber's controversial UberPop app, bouncing the decision to the country's highest appeals court.…-> read more

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Huawei bellows big revenue jump thanks to brisk 2014 phone sales

Chinese vendor's profit up 33% Huawei – which was backed by Britain last week despite repeated claims that the Chinese company's network kit could endanger national security – saw a 33 per cent leap in net profit for 2014.…-> read more

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Ding Dong, ALIENS CALLING

We already saw your infrared ‘signature’ suckers! Sorry, sci-fi fans: pretty much anyone who's imagined what a near-light-speed spacecraft would look like has got it wrong, because they've forgotten its interaction with photons.…-> read more

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Microsoft update mayhem delays German basketball game, costs team dear

17 minutes waiting proved to be just a bit too long What’s the worst thing that could happen when your Windows update takes longer than expected? Ask the Paderborn Finke Baskets, a German pro basketball team who got relegated thanks to Windows’ sluggish performance.… -> read more

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Oracle boat picks up ex-HP hardware man Donatelli

Could be joining former colleague Mark Hurd on board HP exec David Donatelli has followed Mark Hurd to Oracle, and taken up an exec veep position related to hardware, according to Business Insider, citing numerous sources.…-> read more

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

Commissioners out of step on copyright reform, digital single market Gaffe-prone Commissioner G√ľnther H-dot Oettinger is at it again. In statements to the German press (he rarely talks to anyone else), Oetti directly mocked his boss Andrus Ansip’s desire to end geo-blocking.…-> read more

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Life after Lord Shugs looks good, as Viglen directors' packages swell

Financials out for Westcoast Holding-owned XMA, Viglen Being a director at Viglen has become considerably more lucrative since Lord Shugs offloaded the tech supplier to Westcoast Holdings.… -> read more

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Game jamming during a game convention

"Overall, it was a great experience for us. It was a great team building exercise for us. It helped us get a better feel for working together more closely and during a deadline." ...-> read more

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Remaking Gabriel Knight: A 20th-anniversary postmortem

This in-depth postmortem tackles the new remake of Gabriel Knight: "we wanted to make sure we did it right -- that this game got the love, attention and hard work it richly deserved." ...-> read more

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Casual casino game studio Idle Gaming acquired by GSN Games

Casino games are still hot in the casual industry, real-money transactions or not, as this latest purchase proves. ...-> read more

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Monday, March 30, 2015

There's a Modern TV Hidden Inside This Classic 1950s Philco Predicta

There’s nothing quite as retro-futuristic as the Philco Predicta television from the late 1950s. That bubbly, detached picture tube. The metal frame. It’s gorgeous. Unfortunately, the iconic TV set is also notoriously unreliable—and what good is a broken Predicta TV? Well, it turns out it makes a pretty bitchin’ monitor frame.Read more...-> read more

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If You Could Only Use One Social Network, What Would It Be?

Few of us have the mental bandwidth to care about the latest hot new social thing. When Foursquare split its app, I never downloaded Swarm in protest. I never signed up for Ello. Do I sound too get-off-my-lawn when I say screw Snapchat? Read more...-> read more

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Microsoft's New Spartan Browser Is Taking Its First Step Into the Wild

As Windows 10 inches ever closer to its summer release, Microsoft's been adding new features piecemeal to the preview version of its next-generation operating system , and this may be the biggest update yet. Microsoft's brand-new browser, Spartan, is about to get its first taste of open internet.Read more...-> read more

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The World's Most Famous Musicians Just Hosted a Bonkers Press Conference

Only a few minutes ago, the entire music industry stood on a stage in a collective display of how rich and out of touch they are. They think you are willing to pay up to double the price of other streaming music services to pay for their streaming music service, because they are crazy.Read more...-> read more

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That Time New York City Wanted to Put Highways On Top of Its Skyscrapers

Some might say New Yorkers had more money than sense in the Roaring Twenties. Somewhat profoundly, John K. Hencken's idea to build highways on top of skyscrapers in Manhattan required both. Bummer about that stock market crash—otherwise these elevated boulevards might have been built! Emphasis on the might have. Read more...-> read more

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Add Modular Counter Space to Your Kitchen with a Simple Folding Bracket

Most of us could use more counter space, but a simple folding bracket from the hardware store could be the solution to your storage woes. Install one and you can add working space when you want it, and then fold it away when you don't.Read more...-> read more

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Eight Steam Features You Probably Don't Know About

Like the thousands upon thousands of games it hosts, Steam has secrets.Read more...-> read more

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Always Consider the Time Costs of "Free" Items First

You’re probably aware that few things in life are ever truly free, but it’s still important to think of the other costs associated with “free” stuff. More often than not, a freebie will cost you something that’s far more valuable than anything else you have: your time.Read more...-> read more

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Revitalize Saggy Couch Cushions with Poly-Fil and Quilt Batting

Over time, couch cushions can start to get a little droopy and sad. You can perk them back up again by adding some extra fluff to the inside of each cushion.Read more...-> read more

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Gawker LBJ Was Obsessed With His Dick | Gizmodo A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Fal

Gawker LBJ Was Obsessed With His Dick | Gizmodo A Simple Design Tweak May Keep Drunk People From Falling On Train Tracks | Jalopnik Top Gear's Head Producer Says Farewell To BBC In Leaked Email | Kotaku The Year's Most Must-See Episode Of Pro Wrestling Airs Tonight | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...-> read more

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Why Intel may be interested in spending over $13 billion on its biggest acquisition ever (INTC, ALTR)

Intel's in talks to acquire chipmaker Altera, in what could be its biggest acquisition ever, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Analysts say Intel will have to spend over $13 billion for this deal. In terms of revenue, buying Altera isn’t going to move the needle for Intel, a massive company with over $55 billion in sales. Analysts estimate roughly $2.1 billion, or 4% of revenue, will be added to Intel’s top line following this deal. So why would Intel want to dole out all that money on...-> read more

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Meet the 'Shazam for fashion,' an app that listens to the TV shows you're watching and tells you what the actors are wearing

So you're watching a movie or TV show and decide you wouldn't mind owning the outfit the actor is wearing onscreen. What do you do? Sure, you could put on your detective hat and start Googling, but a new app called Spylight makes finding your favorite actor's outfit a cinch: Just let your phone listen for a few seconds and it'll handle the rest. If the concept sounds familiar, that's because Spylight is essentially "Shazam for fashion," with the app identifying the outfits by first listening to...-> read more

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Tidal offers high-def music streaming for $10 per month

Tidal is an online music streaming service that launched last year in Sweden. But Jay Z acquired the company and he’s relaunching it with support of a large group of musicians today. At a launch event Tidal was described as the first artist-owned global music entertainment platform, and a group of musicians were introduced as […] Tidal offers high-def music streaming for $10 per month is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Nextbook Ares 11 is an Android 5.0, 2-in-1 tablet for $197

Budget tablet maker E Fun’s first 2-in-1 Android tablet is now available. The E Fun Nextbook Ares 11 is an Android 5.0 tablet with an Intel Bay Trail processor and a detachable keyboard dock. It’s available from Walmart for $197. The tablet has an 11.6 inch display and 64GB of storage, a mini HDMI port, […] Nextbook Ares 11 is an Android 5.0, 2-in-1 tablet for $197 is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Gmail for Android adds unified inbox (view Outlook, Yahoo, and Gmail accounts together)

Google’s Gmail app for Android is more than just an app for viewing Gmail messages. You can also add Exchange, IMAP, or POP email accounts from other services… and starting today you can view messages from all of your email accounts in one place. Google has updated the Gmail app with a unified inbox, among […] Gmail for Android adds unified inbox (view Outlook, Yahoo, and Gmail accounts together) is a post from: Liliputing-> read more

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Wikilerts

Wikilerts is an alert-platform which helps you to not miss out on anything. Users set up "alert communities" (on any topic), clearly defining when alerts will be sent in the community. Everybody can report alerts, however they don't get sent out immediately to everybody, but first get reviewed by selected community members (to avoid spam). Only if they approve it the alert will get sent to everybody. Learn more about the concept at http://www.wikilerts.com/secret/about. View...-> read more

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Tesla teases a 'major' new product, not a car, to be revealed in April

Tesla will show off a brand new thing on Thursday, April 30, at its Hawthorne Design Studio, CEO Elon Musk tweeted today. Musk promises that this is not a car, but it is a "major" new product line. We'll have all the news as soon as it's announced, s...-> read more

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T-Mobile hopes to draw you in with crowdsourced coverage maps

If you've relied on carrier coverage maps to decide who gets your business, you know that they're sometimes sketchy. A good connection on the map could still mean lousy service in your neighborhood, for instance. T-Mobile thinks it has a better solut...-> read more

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Native Instruments' open music format is designed for DJ mixes

DJ equipment has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, but digital music formats? Not so much -- you usually have to mix whole tracks rather than just the parts that make sense for your set. Native Instruments aims to fix that with Stems, a f...-> read more

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Use an iPad to start print, web and mobile layouts with Adobe Comp CC

Mobile devices may not be able to handle all of the tasks needed project ready for print, but they are certainly handy for getting work started. Back in the fall, Adobe launched Brush CC, Shape CC, and Color CC that allow you to quickly nab useful bi...-> read more

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One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook

The pros and cons of Open Compute Data centre design is a costly business, costing Apple $1.2bn for a pair of “next-generation” carbon-neutral plants in Ireland and Denmark. Even the smallest average Joe data centre will easily cost north of $1m once the options such as multihomed networks, HVAC systems and other such critical kit is installed with redundancy, security and a thousand other things that only data centre designers think about ahead of time.…-> read more

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Virgin Media takes its time on website crypto upgrade

Mozilla and Chrome wave red flags at ISP Virgin Media has failed to upgrade weak encryption software that it uses for sensitive parts of the telco's website, despite complaints from customers who claim to have repeatedly flagged up security concerns to the firm.…-> read more

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Outsourcery still losing as much as it turns over

Another round of funding coming to a cloud biz near you Former Dragons' Den rude boy and Outsourcery co-founder Piers Linney is likely to be forced to pitch his business to investors again for a fresh round of funding, after closing off a tough, cash-zapping year.…-> read more

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Police ICT Company finally lurches off the ground

Fill your boots guys as it could be scrapped after the election After a four-year gestation period, the body intended to help UK coppers better splash their £1bn a year in tech spend – the Police ICT Company – has finally got off the ground.… -> read more

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Going strictly hands-off: Managing your data centre from afar

Techniques for saving your sanity, and your job If your core servers – and hence your core applications – live in a data centre, then by definition they're not on your premises.…-> read more

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Ofcom's to-do list: Number porting, sell spectrum, buy milk

MVNO issues also pretty important, says specialist lawyers DLA Piper Ofcom has set out its objectives for 2015/16, and they're broadly as outlined in the draft report.…-> read more

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

Follow these few simple steps, and wait a while Apple has slapped some restrictions on early-bird madcap punters who want to part with hard-earned cash for a fancy wrist-job – they must shop only on white unicorns, bring virgin £50 notes and rap their order.…-> read more

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Blog: Strategy game UI dos and don'ts

"Thinking more about it and what makes a good UI, I return back to Rise of Nations, and how it really was and still is ahead of its time, with one of the best UIs I've seen." ...-> read more

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How to create immersive game intros

"There are two critical parts of any creation that leave a trail in the viewer's mind: the introduction and the conclusion. In the case of a game, the first impression is even more important." ...-> read more

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The History of Captain Forever

Veteran indie games developer Farbs details the checkered history of his Captain Forever series of games. ...-> read more

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Halo 5 hits Xbox One on October 27th

Halo 5: Guardians will be released for Xbox One on October 27th. The date comes via a new live-action trailer that you can watch above; it won't tell you much about the game itself, but it appears that things aren't too rosy between Master Chief and new protagonist Jameson Locke. (As a commenter notes below, there's another version of the trailer which turns the tables. We've included that too.) For more on how Halo 5 is mixing up the series, you can read our impressions of the game's...-> read more

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This Microsoft help page comes with a warning: 'this process requires patience'

I may have accidentally stumbled into the purgatory of Microsoft online services. It all happened innocently enough: if you're anything like me, you probably set up your Xbox Live account many years ago. Maybe you were even a child or a teenager. And when you were forced to tie your Gamertag to an email address, you probably didn't give it a second thought. The Hotmail email address I chose that fateful day nearly a decade ago has since become a relic of another time, utterly swamped with...-> read more

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Efficient Housing Design Might Finally Be Catching On

The idea of passive housing — basically, well-insulated buildings that don't require a ton of energy to heat and cool — is certainly not a new one. Standards for passive housing have been around for 25 years in Europe, but they are only now starting to catch on stateside. Read more...-> read more

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Stunt Biker Shoots For The Moon During Recent Solar Eclipse

Last week's total solar eclipse spawned many amazing photographs and videos, but few took as much planning, skill, and ambition as this shot of stunt biker Danny MacAskill tearing down a hill on the Isle of Skye as the moon eclipsed the sun. Unlike another viral photo of the eclipse, this one's not a fake.Read more...-> read more

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The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones

When Apple decided to encrypt its iPhones by default, the move was hailed as a major step forward for security. Except, of course, by the FBI, which is now saying that such encryption should be outlawed. For the safety of Americans, of course.Read more...-> read more

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An Exploding Star Left Its Footprints at the Bottom of the Ocean

Welcome to Reading List, a weekly collection of great tech reads from around the web. This week explores the unknown corners NYC, an underwater supernova, and the real meaning of the so-called sharing economy. Enjoy!Read more...-> read more

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Guide a Clueless Interviewer by Asking a Few Key Questions

Some managers are great interviewers...and some are lousy. If you encounter the latter, you might get the job if you ask the interviewer the right questions.Read more...-> read more

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Put “Help” Instead of FWD In Your Email Subject Line

When you get an email that you need some help with, you might just forward the message. The body of the email then explains why you forwarded it. Putting "Help" in the subject line might get you a better response.Read more...-> read more

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Check Your MacBook Pro’s Battery When The Trackpad Stops Clicking

MacBook Pro users are all too familiar with a trackpad that doesn't click properly. Sometimes it just wears out. Before you do an expensive repair, check your MacBook's battery for bulging.Read more...-> read more

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The Apple Watch screen is totally different to what's in your iPhone (AAPL)

Apple is debuting its first ever AMOLED screen in the forthcoming Apple Watch. But despite this new technology, the company is trying its best not to use the edges of the screen, surrounding apps and pretty much everything on the screen with a black border. Developer Craig Hockenberry has published a post looking at the limitations of different types of screens. He points out that Apple is moving away from LCD screens (which are found in iPhones and iPods) in favour of the new AMOLED tech. And...-> read more

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Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's smartwatch turned a corner?

When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out...-> read more

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Mini-review: Intel’s powered-up Core i7 Broadwell mini PC

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);Earlier this week, Intel sent us its latest variation of its growing line of NUC mini PCs. This is Intel's first NUC to ship with one of its top-end Core i7 chips inside—it's not the fastest desktop like this you can buy (that's probably still Gigabyte's quad-core Haswell Brix Pro), but it's the fastest one you can get with Intel's solid driver support and three-year warranty. If you read our review of the Core i5...-> read more

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Dino-boffins unearth ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

508 million-year-old predator discovered Scientists have revealed a terrifying-sounding new species of lobster-like marine creature that pre-dates the first living dinosaur by roughly 250 million years.…-> read more

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Yahoo! and! Microsoft! extend! tricky! search! deal! talks! by! 30! days!

Can Redmond and the Purple Palace continue to hang tough? Microsoft and Yahoo! have extended discussions about whether to remain wedded to a decade-long and at times stormy search deal that was first struck in 2009.… -> read more

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Google turns CREEPY, predictive search tech up to 11 in Chrome OS beta

Launcher 2.0 to be released within days Google's Chromebooks are about to undergo a overhaul that puts the Chocolate Factory's creepy, predictive search tech – Google Now – at the heart of the firm's OS.…-> read more

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pin-Sized Book Reminds Us of Life's Little Pleasures

If you're feeling down, this pin-sized book may be just the thing to cheer you up. Just don't put it in your pocket, or it'll be lost forever.Read more...-> read more

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Turning Styrofoam Into Aluminum is Surprisingly Easy

If you're looking for a fun, high-risk weekend project, look no further: Grant Thompson, the self-styled "King of Random", has decided to shared his method for transforming styrofoam into metal. (Spoiler: don't try this one around your kids.)Read more...-> read more

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Somebody Found the Most Appropriate Use For the Nintendo Virtual Boy

Remember the Virtual Boy, Nintendo's early, failed foray into virtual reality gaming? Twenty years after its release, somebody's finally figured out the best use for the unwieldily console: Giving all of your friends a handlebar moustache.Read more...-> read more

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Curb Overspending by Establishing a “No Return Policy”

Generous return policies make shopping easy. After all, if you don't like it, you can return it. That could lead to overspending. If you're prone to this type of thinking, establish a personal "no return policy" to keep your spending in check.Read more...-> read more

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DashCast Streams Dashboard-Style Web Pages to Your Chromecast

Chrome: Google Chrome can send any web page to your Chromecast. If you want to close the tab on your computer, though, the content won't refresh. DashCast updates the page so you'll have the latest content.Read more...-> read more

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Use “Collection Management Policies” to Curate Your Collectibles

Whether you have a formal collection or just a bunch of things, all that stuff can overwhelm you. Even if you don't have museum quality items, setting some policies might keep it all in check.Read more...-> read more

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14 iPhone Notifications That Should Be Changed Right Now

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Boeing has patented a 'Star Wars'-style force field

Boeing has won a patent for a protective force field that could stop vehicles from being harmed by explosions, Popular Science reports. It might sound futuristic — and it is. The patent isn't about stopping bullets or lasers or anything like that, though. Instead, it detects explosions near a vehicle, and then quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle and the blast. The heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense than normal air, adding to the vehicle's protection. This diagram...-> read more

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Elon Musk explains why living off a dollar a day as a teenager convinced him he could do anything he wanted with his life

Long before SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gained a net worth of an estimated $11.9 billion, or before he became a millionaire at 28 after selling his first company, Zip2, he lived off just a dollar a day. Forcing himself to live mainly off hot dogs and oranges wasn't the result of poverty or some charitable movement, but an experiment to see if he had what it takes to lead a life as an entrepreneur, he tells astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the latest episode of Tyson's StarTalk Radio...-> read more

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Emvio's smartwatch will tell you when you're stressing out

Smartwatches are growing ever more capable by the day. Sometimes, though, there's no harm in a little focus. Enter Emvio, a watch with one core goal: to help you manage stress. There are no message notifications or apps, instead, Emvio monitors varia...-> read more

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Microsoft's Windows 10 build list SNOWBALLS for Lumia mobes

WARNING: Coders are still stitching together partition stitching code Microsoft has tentatively opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to more phones, after its initial list back in February had been extremely limited.…-> read more

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

Look up to the skies and see The European Space Agency has successfully launched two new satellites into orbit as part of the Galileo project to offer EU citizens an alternative GPS system from late 2016.…-> read more

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Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore

Gorge your way to fitness this weekend Chocolate and exercise together, whatever next? Well, for the chocoholics and general lovers of cacao based products, there are various chocolate tours springing up at various locations around the country including Edinburgh, Oxford and one taking place in London this weekend.… -> read more

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Street Culture: Reg man's snazzy snaps of punky London go on display

Captures capital's sharp, stylish side from 1976 to 1988 For the next four days a London exhibition features the youth cult photos of Register contributor Phil Strongman. Here he explains the whys and wherefores – and how technology has changed such shows.…-> read more

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

Trademark briefs complain of 'predatory, exploitative and coercive practices' The intellectual property constituency (IPC) of domain overseer ICANN has formally asked the organization to halt the rollout of the controversial .sucks top-level domain, due to start on Monday.…-> read more

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Thousands of Uber accounts are allegedly being sold on the dark web

Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, Motherboard reports. Once purchased, these accounts let buyers order up rides using whatever payment information is on file. Those accounts can also show trip history, email addresses, phone numbers, and location information for people's home and work addresses....-> read more

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Best Single-Purpose Web Sites That Do Exactly What They Say They Do

Kids these days have the most convoluted web site names. Facebook? Twitter? eBay? I'm sorry, but I like my coffee black and my web sites self-explanatory. Here's a handful of actually useful web sites that do exactly what they sound like.Read more...-> read more

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The Best of Gizmodo This Week

Our favorite posts on Giz this week cover everything from the surprising history of brands to the human lab rats researching nootropics on Reddit. We fucked around with some gadgets, baked a laptop in the oven, and paid a drunk guy to evaluate our web design. Then we swung a hatchet around. Enjoy!Read more...-> read more

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What's James Bond's Darkest Secret? First Teaser Trailer For SPECTRE!

The first teaser trailer for the new James Bond movie, Spectre, raises more questions than it answers. What's the secret that James Bond won't share with anyone, because he won't trust anyone? And why is James Bond venturing into the shadowy world of secret organizations?Read more...-> read more

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Meet the Guy Who Makes Apps for Ghost Hunters 

We don't usually think of talking to ghosts as a high-tech activity. But one guy is making a living off of ghost hunting apps, and his story from homelessness to app entrepreneur is actually pretty extraordinary. Read more...-> read more

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Here's how Ellen Pao reacted to her loss

After losing her discrimination lawsuit against VC firm Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao first gave a prepared statement to the press, then took to Twitter to thank supporters and express hope that her suit wasn't all in vain. Here's what she said: 1. Thank you, world. — Ellen Pao (@ekp) March 28, 2015 2. I have been inspired by the thousands of people who have reached out to me over the past three years with support. — Ellen Pao (@ekp) March 28, 2015 3. I’ve heard from people in...-> read more

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Kleiner Perkins celebrates its victory while Ellen Pao thanks her supporters

Now that the dust has cleared and the final verdict is in, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Ellen Pao have issued their final statements on the gender discrimination lawsuit that's kept Silicon Valley on the edge of its seat for weeks now. “Today’s verdict reaffirms that Ellen Pao’s claims have no legal merit. We are grateful to the jury for its careful examination of the facts," said the partners of Kleiner Perkins in a prepared statement emailed to press. "There is no question gender...-> read more

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Former Yahoo CFO on Pao trial: Most women I know, including me, face sexism at work

Sue Decker, a former Yahoo exec and Wall Street analyst, says she's been "obsessed" with the Ellen Pao trial. Decker's storied career, which included being CFO during Yahoo's heyday, has turned her into a Valley powerhouse. She currently sits on the boards of a bunch of powerful companies including Intel, Costco, and Berkshire Hathaway. She's been watching the trial so closely, that she attended the closing arguments in person yesterday, pulling her daughters out of school for the day to watch...-> read more

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ClearPredictions

ClearPredictions is a predictive analytics platform. We make predictions no longer exclusive to big players that can afford to hire teams of data scientists, but instead open it up to everyone. View startup -> read more

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'The Legend of Zelda' Wii U version pushed out of 2015

Nintendo's Legend of Zelda game in development for Wii U is no longer due out in 2015, producer Eiji Aonuma announced in a video (embedded after the break) today. "I must apologize to you all that were expecting the game by year's end, but we are no ...-> read more

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Play 'Super Mario 64' in your browser now

Take the edge off of a full work week with a bit of Super Mario 64, available for download or playable right in your browser thanks to ingenious Unity developer Roystan Ross. He calls it Super Mario 64 HD, and it features the original game's first le...-> read more

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Slack beefs up security after data breach with two-step authentication

When you've got a hot new online platform, you inevitably become a target for hackers. That's the lesson Slack, a popular business collaboration tool, learned when it discovered an intrusion in its systems last February. As a result, the company is n...-> read more

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Pocket camera helps the visually impaired navigate the world

This might be one of the least invasive sight aids for the visually impaired that we've spotted: it's a camera that sits in the shirt pocket, Her-style, and uses auditory alerts to warn when the user approaches obstacles. The idea here is to help fol...-> read more

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Twitch-targeting botnets use infected PCs to inflate viewer audiences

With video streaming site Twitch paying lucrative wages to celebrity gamers, it was inevitable—botnet-for-hire services that use hacked computers to fraudulently inflate viewership. According to a report published Friday by security firm Symantec, underground markets and, in some cases, sites on the open Web host several services promising to generate large viewing audiences on Twitch and other streaming sites. One such service claims that each infected computer can be commandeered to open...-> read more

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The injected JavaScript used to smash anti-Great Firewall of China GitHub projects offline

Servers up and down during 24-hour-long DDoS GitHub's servers are being hammered by web traffic from an army of unwitting cyber-foot-soldiers.…-> read more

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Red Hat explains its choice of scale-out storage hats

Ceph and Gluster – not a cabaret double act after all Which Red Hat scale-out storage product should you choose: Ceph or Gluster?… -> read more

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Big Data will shield the Apple Watch from Android onslaught

Without data advantage, cheap wristputers struggle to do more than tell the time It's possible that the arrival of a firm like Apple into wearables with its watch validates the space, just as Apple validated smart phones eight years ago.…-> read more

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All the flash world needs is more TLC, suggests report

Using it in the iPhone6 turned the supply trickle into a flood Triple-level cell (TLC) flash is heading towards being nearly half of all flash shipments.…-> read more

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VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month

vSphere to rise by 7% and all the rest by 4-5% The meteoric strengthening of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is hiking prices by mid-to-high single digits.…-> read more

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

Department has handed over a total of £185m to extract itself from the deal The Home Office has agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute relating to the cancellation of the £750m e-Borders contract.… -> read more

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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

And SanDisk's getting in on the action too Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year.…-> read more

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Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE

EU Parliament sends scientists snottogram over funding woes The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly.…-> read more

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Running an indie studio: Biz lessons, one year in

A year in to running SassyBot Studio, Elwin Verploegen shares tips on running a business -- from the initial founding agreements to accounting and planning development. ...-> read more

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GDC Europe 2015 call for papers ends soon!

Game makers, take note: The call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the 2015 Game Developers Conference Europe closes Monday, March 30. ...-> read more

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5 awesome hacks for exhibiting your indie game at PAX or GDC

"With a limited budget, it's critical to be as efficient as possible, and small edges really add up. These tricks likely made hundreds of real dollars of difference in the effectiveness of our booth." ...-> read more

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Free-to-play: What about player skill?

"Those 'near misses' keep the player feeling like they can beat the level, they just need to play a few more times or convert. With higher player skill, this becomes much more difficult to achieve." ...-> read more

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5 best practices for cost-efficient user acquisition

"Building and executing a cost-efficient user acquisition strategy is a cornerstone of mobile game monetization." Here are "the best-and most economical-ways to attract new players." ...-> read more

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Game Design Deep Dive: Traffic systems in Cities: Skylines

Colossal Order launched Cities: Skylines earlier this year to remarkable acclaim. Here, the developers explain how they went about designing and coding the city builder's robust traffic systems. ...-> read more

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British Banking Association: Bitcoin is a Real Threat to Banks

As cryptocurrencies grow in popularity, they will continue to threaten revenue streams of the traditional banking system, according to a new report from the British Banking Association (BBA). A section of The Digital Disruption: UK Banking Report looks specifically at cryptocurrencies and the impact they have already had, and will continue to have, on people's perceptions of monetary transfer. "Cryptocurrencies increasingly look like becoming ubiquitous challengers to more familiar, established...-> read more

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Microsoft is finally adding voice messaging to Xbox One

The next Xbox One update will finally bring voice messaging to Microsoft's newest console, allowing people to record and send snippets of speech to other users of Xbox Live. The update, which is currently being rolled out to people invited to Xbox's Update Preview program, also brings dedicated servers for party chat to cut down on connection errors, and expands the "What's On" area of the console's dashboard. Microsoft's previous console, the Xbox 360, let users record and send voice...-> read more

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Passing Through The Moon's Shadow Looks Way Too Scary

We though we'd seen the best of the solar eclipse images, but this video — unearthed by Reddit — has been hiding out on YouTube, saving the absolute best for last. Read more...-> read more

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You Can Buy HTC's Latest Flagship Online Right Now

HTC's latest revision to its One smartphone might not be all that revolutionary , but it's still a damn good phone. If you prioritize great design over the latest and greatest features, the One M9 might be the Android handset you need in your life. And, if you have $650 and an internet connection, you can make that a reality right now. Read more...-> read more

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This Smartwatch Ditches Apps For Great Design

In a post-iPhone world, saying that apps are useless will probably get you beheaded in the startup community. But the (brave) designers behind Olio, a gorgeous new smartwatch with a minimalist feature set are saying exactly that. Read more...-> read more

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These Smart Light Switches Require Zero Wiring

The ultimate expression of the lazy smart home is probably turning the lights off from your phone. It's not necessary, and it probably doesn't even save any time ; but damn it's cool. This switch will let you do that, without needing to be an electrical engineer. Read more...-> read more

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Our Skyscrapers Are Causing Bizarre "Thundersnow" 

Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning, and our skyscrapers are a key part of it. Read more...-> read more

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The Ocean Waves Home Screen

It may still be chilly in most parts of the country, but if you long for the summer days of ocean fun, this home screen will get you in the mood.Read more...-> read more

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What GIF Would You Put In A Time Capsule?

I used to shake my cane at the sky and declare "I just don't get kids today and their GIFsets." Then I went to work for Tumblr.Read more...-> read more

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Wallpaper of the Week #191

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Here's why Apple's iPad business is sinking

Apple's on top of the world right now, with strong sales across all its product lines — save for the iPad. Sales of the iPad have hit a wall, and while lots of people have different theories as to why that's the case, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha believes there's a simple answer: Large phones are to blame. Based on data from IDC charted for us by Credit Suisse and BI Intelligence, sales of large-screened smartphones (a.k.a. "phablets") have been growing consistently while tablet sales...-> read more

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Amazon Cloud Drive now stores unlimited files for $60 per year

Amazon thinks it has a way to entice you away from the likes of Dropbox or Google Drive: real, honest-to-goodness unlimited internet storage. It just launched two Cloud Drive plans that let you upload as much as you like, with the primary difference ...-> read more

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Google will fix Chrome's scrolling with Microsoft's help

Smoother scrolling is coming to Chrome, as Google will integrate Microsoft's Pointer Events API into a future version of the browser. To say that Google and Microsoft haven't had the best working relationship would be an understatement. The companies...-> read more

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Nine indie developers on the secret to making multiplayer magic

Ten years ago, multiplayer-only games went through a severe identity crisis. More people than ever were gaming together, but they were increasingly playing online only. The small-stakes joy of twitchy experiences like Street Fighter II and Super Off ...-> read more

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Beatport's streaming service for dance music arrives on iOS and Android

There are more music streaming apps than the world needs. But there hasn't really been a streamlined experience for electronic dance music listeners until now. Most of the popular apps -– Spotify, 8tracks and Pandora -– have a plethora of dance music...-> read more

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NetApp channel: can the new UK boss stop the rot?

Resellers talk of battle over services with flatlining storage biz NetApp practically wrote the first chapter on how to build a well-functioning and contented channel, but that was before it was squeezed by cloud providers and converged storage upstarts.…-> read more

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Hedvig all set to Google-ise that enterprise storage

You want configurable virtual pools of distributed silos. Who doesn't? Start-up Hedvig aims to bring Google/Amazon cloud-style storage to enterprises, with a virtualised pool of storage aggregated from distributed silos.…-> read more

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Watch out Wizard, Bezos wants the Emerald City for himself

Amazon Settling in Seattle Amazon has agreed to lease two more buildings in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle, in a deal leaving the company occupying a quarter of the city's best office space.… -> read more

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

* On average, globally Broadband speeds around the world increased by 20 per cent, year on year, according to internet tentacle monster Akamai.…-> read more

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Part of CAP IT system may be scrapped after digital fail – MPs

Get claims right, or face pitchfork-wielding EU mob The digital interface of the Rural Payments Agency's Common Agricultural Payments IT system – which was paused in an embarrassing U-turn last week – may not be reinstated, MPs heard yesterday.…-> read more

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Monitoring's silent revolution: The cure that doesn't kill the patient

Log analytics has come a long, long way It’s a typical day in IT. A quirky and poorly developed application meant to be on the testing server sneaks into production. Before anyone realises what's happened (something that can sadly take some organisations months) hundreds of external users are using it. Uh oh.…-> read more

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How a hack on Prince Phillip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

Thatcher, Buckingham Palace & BT left red-faced by historic techno romp This week marks the 30th anniversary of arrests in the infamous Prestel hack case. It led to arrests, breached the Royal Family's security and helped give birth to the UK's first computer crime law.…-> read more

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SNIA examines standardised access to object-based disk drives

Agreement on protocol is the key The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has a tech workgroup looking at object-based disk drives, such as Seagate’s Kinetic product, and is aiming to standardise access.…-> read more

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Thinking about people: Designing games for social simulation

Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris (Redshirt) comprehensive look at the elements that are essential to a good social simulation, and how those things have worked in existing games, both AAA and indie. ...-> read more

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Rust experiments with racial empathy by assigning players' skin tones

The latest Rust update assigns all players a permanent, randomized skin tone and face. Developer Garry Newman says it's led to an increase in racism, and also some intriguing player behavior. ...-> read more

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trent Reznor is reportedly leading the redesign of Beats Music for Apple

Nine Inch Nails frontman, Oscar-winning soundtrack composer, and new Apple employee Trent Reznor appears to be no mere figurehead over in Cuptertino. According to a new report from The New York Times, Reznor has been given a "major role" in redesigning the Beats Music service that Apple purchased last year. While there weren't many details on what exactly Reznor is working on, he was described as the "point man" for Apple's efforts at relaunching Beats Music under its own brand. Reznor...-> read more

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The Tallest Tower in Europe Will Be ... In a Quaint Swiss Village?

A new tower designed by Los Angeles architect Thom Mayne was announced today which, when complete, will be the tallest building in Europe. Is it in Moscow? London? Frankfurt? Nope. Mayne's shiny slab will stab the sky in the tiny hamlet of Vals, Switzerland.Read more...-> read more

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The Flat N' Fuzzy Desktop

Reader Royale with Cheese loves flat desktops , and so do we. This time around his desktop pays homage to the legendary fuzz pedal, the Big Muff. It's a simple, flat look that says a lot if you know what to look for. Here's how it's all set up.Read more...-> read more

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These Are the Most Beautiful Science Labs in the World

Who said that laboratories, research centers and other science institutions have to be boring places? Believe me, architects are doing their bests when it comes to designing the headquarters of such facilities. The following 22 images prove that I am right.Read more...-> read more

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All The Neat Stuff You Can Do With A Hatchet, Safely

You know the book. A kid winds up in the forest with nothing but a small hand axe and figures out how to survive. A hatchet is one of the most versatile tools you can take with you in the outdoors, this is how you use one and how you'll manage to keep all your fingers and toes when you do. Read more...-> read more

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AARP's Tax-Aide Offers Free In-Person Tax Help

The AARP's free tax help program matches volunteers with low and middle income people who need help with their taxes. Best of all, it's open to people of all ages.Read more...-> read more

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Feeling frisky?

Feeling frisky? Check out what's going on over at Lifehacker: After Hours. Today we're talking shower sex and overrated adult activities .Read more...-> read more

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Google Keep Adds Labels and Recurring Reminders

Keep, the slim-but-handy note-taking app from Google, got a useful update today that added two features: labels, so your note can finally get a bit more organized, and recurring reminders, so you can remember to actually use those notes. The update is live on the web, and should be rolling out to Android slowly (though you can download the APK at Droid Life).Read more...-> read more

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Locking In Public Access to Scientific Knowledge by Unlocking Scholarly Research

Promising public access legislation FASTR (Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act) has been re-introduced by a bipartisan coalition in Congress. Lawmakers now have an important opportunity to strengthen and expand rules that allow taxpayers to freely read articles resulting from research their tax dollars support. EFF continues to encourage legislators to pass this bill as an important step forward—though there are still some measures to improve. Take action to support FASTR right...-> read more

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You May Actually Fall Asleep Faster If You Try to Stay Awake

When you are exhausted, nothing is worse than lying in bed desperately trying and failing to fall asleep. You might have better luck drifting off into dreamland if you try to stay awake instead.Read more...-> read more

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What Would Happen If You Put A Mirror In A Scanner?

Let's find out, shall we?Read more...-> read more

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Here's one big reason Google needs to worry about Facebook (FB, GOOG)

Despite the massive library of content on Google's YouTube service, Facebook was able to claim more videos with more than 1 million views in the last 30 days, according to data from Tubular Labs charted for us by BI Intelligence. This is a pretty impressive feat considering YouTube's search functionality is far ahead of Facebook's, and YouTube also offers fewer restrictions and more opportunities to make money through ads. Yet, Facebook is becoming a more attractive place for people to upload...-> read more

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Here is everything Facebook just announced

At today's Facebook F8 event in San Francisco, Mark Zuckerberg and other folks on the team announced a bunch of new features, most of which were leaked ahead of time. This is a conference for developers, so the announcements were pretty geeky, but the biggest deal was probably the ability for people to build apps that integrate directly into Facebook Messenger. So, for instance, ESPN will have an app that lets you insert funny animated GIFs of sports events directly into a Messenger message....-> read more

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DevPort

DevPort is a platform for your portfolio. Import screenshots and text from GitHub, App Store, websites and blog posts into an online developer portfolio. Customize your portfolio template locally and deploy a bucket of static assets. Every user gets a professional yourname.developerportfolio.com subdomain that's easy to say over the phone. Betalist users get DevPort Pro for free! View startup -> read more

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rocketbiller

Rocketbiller is an online billing and subscription management tool for small businesses. You can choose from hundreds of template payment forms to match almost any industry. Simply pick our style, upload your logo, link your payment gateway such as Stripe, Authorize.net or dozens more and you're ready to go! View startup -> read more

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I tried to live with a high-end feature phone. I can't.

The feature phone. Still big in Japan. Still being sold in the millions. Still relevant, though? And does it even matter what a 30-something tech writer at a Western tech site thinks? Japan's large elderly population -- people who haven't even heard ...-> read more

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YouTube is reportedly gearing up to take on Twitch game streaming

After Google's failed attempt to acquire the live game streaming company Twitch (which went to Amazon instead), it's now aiming to relaunch YouTube's streaming feature with a focus on games and eSports, reports The Daily Dot. YouTube's been in the li...-> read more

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Your Xbox One is ready to teach you a new language

Wish your Xbox One could teach you more vocabulary than just "noob" or "get rekt?" It can now. Rosetta Stone has announced an Xbox One app that will teach you English or Spanish through simulated travel experiences. It also has phrase books, study ad...-> read more

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Riding in Mercedes' luxurious, self-driving car of the future

A four-wheeled vision of gleaming silver glides toward me, shining brightly under the warm California sun. The vehicle looks otherworldly against the empty backdrop of the former naval base in Alameda, a site perhaps more famous for Mythbusters stunt...-> read more

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Snowden dump details Canadian spies running false flag ops online

Not cool, eh While the NSA headlines most of Ed Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance, the latest leaked documents reveal the Canadians are a dab hand at cyber-stuff, both defensive and offensive.…-> read more

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Metadata retention to cost AU$3.98 a year per customer

Australian attorney-general George Brandis says Budget will reveal gov contribution to data retention costs The PricewaterhouseCoopers report provided to Australia's attorney general on the likely cost of metadata retention has suggested a median figure of AU$3.98 per subscriber, per year.…-> read more

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Spartan to be default in Windows 10, IE11 to 'remain fundamentally unchanged' Microsoft has changed direction slightly with regard to how Windows 10 will handle web browsing, in a move that suggests development of Internet Explorer has finally come to an end – as has been rumored.…-> read more

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