Archive for March, 2013


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Vaccines beef up your immune system by giving it a little taste of a weak—but still alive—version of diseases. Now researchers in the UK have developed an alternative approach: rip out a virus’s insides and let your body crush its hollow husk.

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We all use computers every day, but at some moment in each of our lives, there was that first meeting. A first interface, if you will.

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Jon Chu‘s G.I. Joe: Retaliation took in $ 18.4 million at the international box office on Friday, pushing its early foreign total to a pleasing $ 37.4 million.

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(Photo : Photo: Facebook) Police have positioned and recovered the body of the trainee pilot who was ejected from an experimental plane after the aircraft malfunctioned.

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American Idol judge Nicki Minaj is declaring a Twitter war on ousted contestant Devin Velez for his less than gracious remarks following his ouster from the Fox reality show.

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Apple Insider: Canadian manufacturer BlackBerry appears to be readying another go at the tablet sector, as an image purporting to be a leaked product roadmap shows a potential iPad competitor slated for a … Read More →…

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The Verge: A leaked copy of Windows Blue suggests Microsoft may finally be ready to embrace WebGL in its Internet Explorer browser.

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Thanks to the crazy prevalence of dash-cams in Russia, we got an amazing, multi-viewpoint look at last month’s monster meteor strike just hours after it happened. But there’s more to see than just the flashes in the sky.

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Editor’s note: Sacha Labourey is CEO of CloudBees was formerly CTO at JBoss. Follow him on Twitter @SachaLabourey. Steven G. Harris is senior vice president of products for CloudBees and was formerly SVP of Java Server Development at Oracle.

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ANAHEIM — CBS unveiled the onest footage of its summer massive-swing Under the Dome to close out WonderCon on Saturday.

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.

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Editor’s note: David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Follow him on his blog or on Twitter @dteten.

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When was the last time you synced your smartphone in order to backup your data, photos, music, and videos?

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Enjoying relaxing downtime with buddies, Adam Lambert grabbed some meals and drinks at The Abby in West Hollywood, CA on Friday (March 29).

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We’ve got some pretty tall mountains here on Earth. Granted, even the best of ’em don’t hold a candle to what’s waiting on Mars, but they’re still impressive. Just look at the views Google got with its Street Mountain View shots.

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Allons-y, Doctor Who season seven, part two! Fish fingers and custard are set on the table and Whovian cupcakes are getting their finishing touches, but there’s just one thing missing: a cocktail to celebrate the return of the Time Lord.

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Public transit doesn’t have to be a total bummer if you’ve got a nice enough hub for it all to connect to. That seems to be the logic behind the upcoming 1.5-million-square-foot, San Francisco Transbay Transit Center.

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Led by Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not a Human Being II, the Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 ought to welcome 6 new entries subsequent week.

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Buildings from Washington to Japan will light up pink this week for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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As it gets cozy with media companies like Time Warner Inc., NBC Universal, and Viacom, the world’s preeminent chipmaker is on the verge of a revolution that will most certainly be televised.

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The Federal Trade Commission has completed a study of how skilled the video game, movie, music, and literature industries are at enforcing age-rating policies.

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Livemint Monsanto and DuPont Settle Fight Over Patent Licensing New York Times DuPont, which owns the Pioneer Hi-Bred seed company, has fought for years with Monsanto, which controls the technology for making soybeans resistant to the weed-killer…

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Springpad is one of our favorite web-based personal assistants, and today the service unveiled a major update that offers a fresh UI, makes your notebooks and their contents more easily searchable and faster to organize, and even lets you embed…

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Aah, Facebook. The place where all of our photos, comments, monumental moments, and information are shared online. Ever stop to think about what would happen if Facebook went down – or worse, got hacked?

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It’s been thirteen years since David Brevik made Blizzard’s beloved Diablo II, and now the designer is finally ready to release a new dunegon crawler.

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Stop polishing those mags and pestering your friends to decide what class they want to role around the galaxy as. Sega won’t be releasing its new online role-playing game Phantasy Star Online 2 in the US this spring as planned.

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Facebook wants to dominate the mobile market, but is struggling to captivate us here.

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A single hacker managed to get into millions of computers around the world. See what the results wereSimon Rogers

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“Manage your energy, not your time.” This is the quote that made Tony Schwartz famous. And it’s one that I believe best represents a truly efficient lifestyle in the 21st century.

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Twitter’s revenue could approach $1 billion next year, according to eMarketer, which is revising its estimate for the social media company based on increasing mobile revenue. The online…

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If you’re just dying to get your hands on the Apple HDTV once rumored to be coming this year to a  living room near you, you might want to settle back down in that couch and chill. A report in…

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Just weeks after first allowing foreign visitors to access 3G networks, North Korea has reportedly cut off mobile Internet service for short-term tourists, reports North Korea Tech (h/t Tech In Asia), which spotted a notice on Koryo Tours’ Web site.

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It’s often difficult to discern the mind of Yuri Milner. Despite building his investments out of Russia initially, he hasn’t invested in a startup there for over three years. What’s luring him back?

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Editor’s note: This article by Dmitri Sarle originally appeared on ArcticStartup, an independent tech blog that reports on digital startups and growth entrepreneurship from the Nordic and Baltic countries.

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Mobile technology service Glympse has partnered with automobile manufacturers BMW and MINI, both part of the BMW Group, to help provide in-car location sharing.

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Known as the Twitter of China, Sina Weibo is also infamous in the West for the number of high profile users who have had tweets censored, including Kai-fu Lee.

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Games.com, a platform for browser-based video games owned by AOL, is launching a developer center today that will give creators greater control over how their work is monetized and promoted.

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There’s a new startup accelerator in town. And by town, I mean Trento, an Italian city located in the lovely Adige River valley in Trentino-Alto Adige (which covers a large part of the Dolomites and the Southern Alps).

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Tinkercad, a browser-based 3D modeling tool that helps everyday people create useful prototypes and professional renders, will be shutting down so that its team can continue developing Airstone, a new interactive simulation product.

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King.com, the maker of the popular ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Facebook game, is celebrating tonight — and for multiple reasons.

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Mobile app marketing platform Fiksu tracked a significant decline in iPhone app downloads in February as last year’s holiday season surge calmed down.

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Amazon has expanded its X-Ray for movies feature, which enables Kindle users to tap on an actor or actress and discover which films they’ve starred in, by adding support for TV shows today.

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on East-West Digital News, a leading English-language resource on Russian digital industries and related venture activity.

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Google on Wednesday updated its Google Translate app for Android with offline support and vertical text translation. You can download the new version now directly from the Google Play Store.

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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is releasing an update to its mobile app install ads product, which launched last year.

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Evernote has updated its Windows Phone app to version 3.0, featuring a redesigned home screen with shortcuts, easier browsing of tags, plus support for Notebook Stacks and checkboxes.

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Google on Wednesday  began making movies on Google Play available for rental and purchase in India and Mexico, bringing the total number of countries to 13.
A spokesperson for Google confirmed the rollout, which was first noted in a support document.

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Google is reportedly making plans to manufacture its Project Glass eyewear device in Silicon Valley — at least that’s what sources tell the Financial Times.

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Google has added Street View imagery for Namie-machi, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture that is now a ghost town following one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters.

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Microsoft on Wednesday updated Bing with a new option for users to sort results by time period.

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Google is testing a slick new feature for its Google Play Movies & TV app on Android tablets that automaticallys pull up info cards about on-screen actors and in-movie music.

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(TrendHunter.com) The most popular bicycle design technologies at present include the use of super strong and lightweight metals and materials such as carbon fiber. This Wooden Bicycle by Yojiro Oshima deviates from…

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(TrendHunter.com) A picture is said to be able to say a thousand words, but just in case you’d like it to literally say a certain few in-particular then the Photolettering app is just what you’re looking…

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Ford marketing chief apologizes for bondage ads
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Ford Marketing chief Jim Farley on Wednesday apologized for the controversy created several days ago when its ad agency produced controversial ads for Ford India.

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(TrendHunter.com) The darkness captured in the After Lights Out photo series is more stifling than quiet, oppressive than liberating and suspenseful than serene. The shadows and silhouettes of urban buildings are…

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Dan Letellier, the airport’s executive director, said the airport has budgeted $175,000 for this year’s marketing campaign.

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(TrendHunter.com) Utterly contemporary with its sharp geometric silhouette and graphic elements, the Derma Mirror is made for modern homes that thrive on pieces that are at once practical and artistic.

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(TrendHunter.com) Although the Nebula Coffee Table looks like it is a slab of obsidian rock, it has actually been crafted out of fiberglass. Its dark inky surface with its fine facets and slight sheen simply give it…

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(TrendHunter.com) The Horlicks Nutribic Biscuits campaign acknowledges the sad fact that for many, work never ends. But just because people can be endlessly busy, that doesn’t mean they should sacrifice their…

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7 Experts Tell You How Make Social Media Drive ROI
On social media, engagement by itself isn’t sufficient to drive business ROI.

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America’s Highest-Paid Marketing Executives
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While many would argue that marketing executives are invaluable growth drivers for their companies, their paychecks don’t always reflect that.

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Matt Lauer has been the subject of much scrutiny recently as reports of what really transpired in the Ann Curry ousting come to light and ratings continue to decline.
And it appears the brass at NBC are now looking to possibly replace Lauer.

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Jon Hamm graces the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone and the “Mad Men” actor is addressing reports about his … parts.

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Actress Ashley Judd announced on Twitter Wednesday that she has decided not to run in Kentucky’s 2014 Senate race, ending speculation that the film star would make a Democratic bid to replace Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Here…

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The age of phishing scams, massive hacking attempts, spam emails has made people extremely wary of suspicious emails.  But there’s something about a cute cat photo that gets people to put some of that caution aside and go ahead and click.  After…

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Google is working with Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn to assemble Google Glass in the United States, Tim Bradshaw at the FT reports.
Bradshaw’s sources tell him Google is making Glass at a facility in Santa Clara, California.

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WASHINGTON — Maybe there’s something appropriate about the timing of it all: What’s expected to be the first full season together for Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper is supposed to be the final season for their manager, Davey Johnson.

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R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), a Nintendo accessory from the 1980s that a Best Buy employee risked his job to save, has earned its place in Best Buy lore.
The employee had posted his story on Reddit, explaining that a customer brought in R.O.B.

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JCPenney’s big turnaround has been failing, with sales down 32 percent last quarter.  Last year, CEO Ron Johnson laid out a revival plan that included boutique-style shop-in-shops, a “fair and square” pricing strategy that eliminated sales, and…

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Google announced that it’s giving 8,000 people early access to Google Glass, its computer glasses.
Google had a contest to decide who would win the privilege to pay $1,500 for Glass.

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If you have the fun kind of drinking problem where the world spins happy songs when you’re buzzing, enjoy this 24-pack of beer facts. Did you know that you probably suffer from cenosillicaphobia?

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Building on the bold design and stunning performance of the 2013 ATS, Cadillac has now given its full attention to the company’s flagship midsize sedan, the 2014 CTS — and it shows.

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When you have that brilliant stroke of genius, you want to write it down as soon as possible. When opening your note taking app just seems too slow, you can actually use Google’s Voice Actions to “jot” something down instantaneously.

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In keeping with what has become on annual tradition, EA has once again used GDC as a launching pad for a major game reveal, this time unveiling DICE’s Battlefield 4.

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Battlefield 4 – preview
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It begins with Bonnie Tyler. Total Eclipse of the Heart. I don’t think anyone was expecting that.

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Google is set to announce the winners of a recent competition offering thousands of people the opportunity to get their hands on a pair of its high-tech Glass specs. However, those invited to join its Explorer Program must first hand over $1500.

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Open to college-aged students who love the traditional outdoor pursuits of fishing, camping, hunting, the shooting sports and/or wildlife conservation, it’s a chance to describe your related career dreams and win $500 in terrific outdoor gear for…

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Reader Raghken was so enamored with the teaser trailer for Supergiant Games’ upcoming title, Transistor (you can read all about it over at Kotaku) that he built this week’s featured desktop around it.

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We’ve all spent a lifetime staring at TVs several feet away, so it makes sense that man lacks the requisite strength to hold a tablet for prolonged viewing sessions.

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Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass: what next for the ‘quantified self’?
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The quantified self movement – the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement – appears to be gathering steam.

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We’re loving the out-of-this-world photo composite by Instagram user zivanod, who submitted this surreal space snap with the #CoolCapture hashtag.
Have you been testing out your photography skills and snapped a shot you want to share?

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Optical microscopes are limited by a phenomenon known as the diffraction barrier, wherein the microscope can’t differentiate two objects separated by less than half the wavelength of light used—roughly 200 nm on average for the visible spectrum.

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Forecast.io is a well-designed, good-looking weather site that puts all of the most relevant and useful information you need right in front of you, no clicking, no wading through ads or scrolling through pages of lengthy forecast notes.

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Adidas isn’t the first company you think of when you think running. But its new Energy Boost shoes are getting a lot of hype. “Breakthrough for running shoes,” they say. Big claims, but surprisingly, backed up by the performance.

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We’re just a few weeks away from the release of ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us.’ We got a chance to go hands-on with the console game, as well as take a look at the iOS version that we can’t officially discuss yet.

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iOS (Jailbroken): It doesn’t take all that many taps to go in and update your apps on your iPhone or iPad, but if you’d prefer it just happened automatically in the background, Auto App Updater is a jailbreak app that does just that.

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Rather than let some other studio do the dirty work of porting its racing game to Nintendo Wii U, Criterion Games made Need For Speed: Most Wanted U itself.

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Barnes & Noble is giving away five free books and five free magazines to users who download them via the Windows 8 platform. The selection is curated, and some titles have limited numbers of downloads, so users should act fast.

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Players skip a variety of fish as far as they can and with as many skips as possible in ‘Fish Out of Water,’ the latest charming iOS exclusive from Halfbrick Studios.

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The latest version of Google Chrome will warn you whenever you’re making yourself a probable target for Grammar Nazis. The browser now also comes with support for three new languages.

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BMW got right down to business at this year’s 2013 New York Auto Show, showing off three new vehicles, two of which are slated to debut later this year in North America.

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Check out the latest batch of photos Rockstar Games has released for GTA 5 in this photo gallery

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Boxee TV has rolled out support for DLNA and 3D, a new TV guide, and easier DVR programming. But is that enough to distract attention from the newly-released Roku 3?

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Acura unveiled the third generation of its flagship SUV, the MDX, at the 2013 New York Auto Show. Honda’s upscale brand is pitching the MDX as a high-tech take on the sport-utility vehicle class.

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Another virus-causing link has found its way into Facebook, and this time it’s an incredibly graphic and upsetting video. Learn to protect yourself, your friends, and your kids from this kind of content.

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The Stringray has garnered a lot of fans since its recent Detroit debut, but seeing it in person at the 2013 New York Auto Show helps shed a more positive light on some of the car’s more controversial design choices.

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Microsoft has been granted three design patents for the way the Surface and its keyboard accessories attach to each other. The patents protect the look and layout of the connectors that help the Surface and keyboard “click” together.

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