Archive for May, 2013


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New York City police have shut down the Brooklyn Bridge while they investigate an abandoned vehicle, the Associated Press is reporting.
Police started clearing the bridge at about 6 p.m., and it’s closed to traffic in both directions.

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President Ronald Reagan once said about remembering fallen veterans, “the dead had spoken more eloquently for themselves, than the living ever could.”
America’s most recent wars — Iraq and Afghanistan — started more than a decade ago.

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In recent months Barack Obama has visited victims of the Oklahoma tornado, the Boston bombing and the Newtown school shooting, but his visit on Tuesday to beach communities hit by hurricane Sandy is about more than just consoling another group of…

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For now, Japan has stabilized.
After a 7% crash on Thursday, followed by weakness on Friday and Monday, Japan has stabilized.
After starting down by over 1% in the early going, Japan is up modestly in early Tuesday trading.

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Brene Brown was an academic who never expected to live a very public life. 
But her 2010 TED talk, “The Power Of Vulnerability,” changed everything.

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A small number of former Apple employees — or at least people claiming to be such — have written a Quora thread answering the question, “How does Apple keep secrets so well?”
Apple, of course, is famously press shy.

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Marine Killed by Cops Linked to 2 Shooting Deaths
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FORESTVILLE, Md. — Maryland State police say a woman and her teenage son were killed when their car crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 495.

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Royal Caribbean cruise ship catches fire on way to Bahamas
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In Freeport, passenger Andrea Sanders of Washington, D.C., said she slept on the deck with hundreds of other passengers as smoke billowed out of the stern of the ship.

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Last month I posted two graphs comparing changes in public and private sector payrolls during the Bush and Obama presidencies.

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NORTH LAUREL, Md. (CBSDC) — Rescue teams are searching for a missing teen in a reservoir in North Laurel, authorities said.
A 15-year-old male was reportedly swimming in the water at Scott’s Cove in the 11000 block of Harding Road at about 4 p.m.

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Facebook Home is dying. Or it would be, if it had ever actually lived. I’m not going to pronounce it dead quite yet – there is a chance Zuck & Co.

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Google Glass isn’t even on sale yet and there is already a noticeable backlash against Google’s first experiment in wearable computing.

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.

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The Xbox One is more or less a known quantity now, but its price has yet to be revealed by Microsoft.

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When you think of hackers, your mind might jump to something like a Boris Grishenko (aka “that dude from Goldeneye”) typing away on a keyboard one-handedly with virtuosic skill. A criminal mastermind.

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Heads up, Android fans. If you took the plunge and backed the rather sleek Shine wearable activity tracker from Misfit Wearables, you may want to get your money back.

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Giving back to these who lost their properties, possessions, and household members in the devastating tornado which ripped via Moore, Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood has announced she will donate $ 1 million to relief efforts.

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin.

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Planex Communications Inc. is releasing HDMI Selector “HDMI-SW0401D” on May 31.
Using “HDMI-SW0401D” as an intermediary, you are able to connect a maximum of 4 HDMI built-in devices to a TV or display that has only one HDMI port.

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If Congress sees fit, you could soon be accompanied by your dog or cat on Amtrak, adding adorability to the increasingly popular national rail service.

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At the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting this week, a 9-year-old girl took company CEO Don Thompson to task for continuing to serve unhealthy food, frequently to children.  Her comments, via USA Today:   “There are things in life that aren’t…

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It’s Bob Dylan’s 72nd birthday.
In honor of one of the world’s greatest songwriters, here are Bob Dylan’s Top 6 songs. 1. Isis This song off of the album Desire is the best-ever song written about raiding tombs.

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Tiger Global has invested $50 million in web developer company Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com.  From Automattic’s president/founder Matt Mullenweg: Anyway, wanted to get in front of the news that will inevitably come out in the…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — China has agreed to give U.S. regulators access to audit records for Chinese companies whose shares trade on U.S. stock exchanges, a step forward in a long-running dispute.

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Less than a year has passed since its last lawsuit against HTC, but Nokia is continuing its own litigation efforts, suing HTC again over software patents.

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We sat down with Colin Hodge, one of co-founders of the controversial dating app Bang With Friends, and learned more about how this product came to life, and why the developers have finally come out of anonymity.

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A high school sub usually means your teacher’s sick and you get a free period to screw around. But for one student, its meaning is a little more literal. Eighteen-year-old Justin Beckerman could be considered the reincarnation of Thomas Edison.

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Firefox is about to follow Safari’s lead by disabling third-party cookies, but the web simply would not work without them When the Cookie Directive, officially known as the EU e-Privacy Directive, was first drafted two years ago, tablets hadn’t…

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NASA Statement on Space Technology Meetings in Europe NASA WASHINGTON — The following is a statement from NASA’s associate administrator for space technology, Michael Gazarik, about his meetings this week in Europe to discuss potential cooperation…

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When life gets hectic or crazy (and we’ve all been there), take some of the stress off by finding comfort in the mundane—even in routine chores like shining your kitchen sink.
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The Guardian Google and Facebook in bidding war over Waze travel app company The Guardian The travel app company Waze is believed to be the subject of a billion-dollar bidding war between Google and Facebook, in a move apparently aimed at tying its…

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Haswell is coming out early next month, and it’s everywhere in the news. Among other things, motherboard makers have been tripping over themselves to show off their upcoming Haswell-ready mobos.

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From Sunday, Best Buy is knocking $50 off the price off the price of iPhones for four weeks.
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Nicole Kidman wore Anne Hathaway’s intended Oscars gown – People StyleWatch The dangers of retail therapy – HuffPost Style How luxury brands determine its prices – TFS How to pack the perfect beach bag – Lucky Where The Bling Ring’s costume designer…

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Lief Storer used to commute the 10 miles from Berkeley to Point Richmond on a bike wearing headphones – not exactly the smartest of life choices. But he couldn’t help it. He loved the music.

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There are a number of password management solutions on the market today, but CommonKey, a new browser extension out this week, has a different take.

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We love Tatcha so much that we’ve featured them in not one, but two of our POPSUGAR Must Have boxes! Now, meet another of our favorite Tatcha products, the dewy skin mist.

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Facebook added 31 new positions to its careers page this week, including a number of openings on the research, recruiting, business operations, global marketing and sales teams.

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The collectible market is booming, with art, cars, and jewelry all breaking records in recent months.
Watches are no different. Google, Apple, and Samsung may all be rushing to make smart watches, but the classic chronograph continues to sell.

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Russian dash cams are the best (and scariest).
The latest clip, dated May 13, shows a car careening off the road, hitting an embankment and flipping about 15 feet in the air.

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Lucasfilm announced a new animated “Star Wars” series coming to television.
“Star Wars Rebels” will premiere fall 2014 on Disney XD and take place in between “Star Wars” Episodes III and IV.

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BEL AIR, Md. — Maryland fire investigators have charged a Harford County man with setting two fires at a woman’s Bel Air apartment after an argument.

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How to land a job in technology PR
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The Guardian recently revealed that, of the 1,000-plus companies registered on the Tech City Map, 53% were PR and media companies.

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If you have an always-on computer at home, like a home server, you probably run the occasional command on it to start a process, troubleshoot something, or otherwise control it through a terminal.

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With only one day left before Microsoft unveils its Xbox 360 successor for all the world to see, we look back over the confirmations, rumors, and speculation that sprung up in recent months concerning the next-gen console.

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Since it became clear that Yahoo was going to buy Tumblr, WordPress saw the number of blog imports from Tumblr rise from about 400 an hour to more than 72,000. That’s a ridiculous jump—and also a stupid one.

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There are a lot of great bookmark-and-read-later services out there, but if you want to switch from one to another, you probably want to take your old articles with you. Here’s how to import your old Instapaper or Readability articles into Pocket.

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If you’re going to have a glass of orange juice and brush your teeth (a good idea), there’s only one order in which to do them. It makes sense that your minty toothpaste-mouth would make OJ taste weird, but why so down-right heinous?

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Few routers utilize their full potential out of the box because their firmware limits their functionality.

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The “Internet of Things” is shaping up to be the buzzphrase of the year as more and more of our machines take off their dunce caps. But as history has shown us, a smarter gadget doesn’t necessarily mean an easier life.

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Young stroke victim recovers with help from new electrical stimulation technology
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When Wes Schlauch, of Breinigsville, PA, was 16 years old, he suffered a stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of his body.

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Kotaku Here Is a Real PS4 Teaser Video | io9 How the Runaways Movie That Never Happened Helped to Fuel Iron Man 3 | Gawker Taylor Swift’s Award-Winning Reaction to Justin and Selena Kissing | Jalopnik The Ten Craziest Single Seat Road Cars Read more…    …

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We didn’t get to see the PS4 at Sony’s big reveal event a few months ago, but with the NextBox announcement right around the corner (read: tomorrow), Sony’s showing off a sneak peek to get us all riled.

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Google Now’s new Reminders feature is pretty darn awesome, but reader Gmapper14 found a great, lesser-known feature: you can add reminders right from Google search results.
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Sending animals to do our dirty work—specifically of the drug-sniffing, bomb-hunting variety—isn’t a novel concept by any means.

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Google+ for Android has been updated to bring a host of photo-enhancing features, selective location sharing, and those fancy smart tags that are now showing up on feeds everywhere. Read more about it and grab the download here.

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There are dozens of things teachers and students should know about gamification. Here’s a handy simplified list to quickly learn from!
The post 25 Things Teachers Should Know About Gamification appeared first on Edudemic.

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Even though the Infiniti Emerg-e is dead, a flagship sports car isn’t. The yet-to-be-named coupe will be aimed at what Infiniti is calling “little emperors,” wealthy 20-something who’re used to getting what they want.

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Even though the Infiniti Emerg-e is dead, a flagship sports car isn’t. The yet-to-be-named coupe will be aimed at what Infiniti is calling “little emperors,” wealthy 20-something who’re used to getting what they want.

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Credit Suisse released a massive report on Friday detailing the outlook of the wearable technology market.

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Credit Suisse released a massive report on Friday detailing the outlook of the wearable technology market.

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Credit Suisse released a massive report on Friday detailing the outlook of the wearable technology market.

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Credit Suisse released a massive report on Friday detailing the outlook of the wearable technology market.

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Windows: As good as our camera phones have gotten, they can still produce some blurry images, especially of moving subjects or in low light.

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Seriously, what is the deal with allll those janky lyrics sites? You google the lyrics for Random Access Memory and you’re suddenly transported to the early 2000s. It’s sort of surreal.

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The Guardian Google chairman Eric Schmidt softens line on tax loopholes The Guardian But the Google boss now appears to accept that many of those “tax incentives” are in truth loopholes that have opened up as technological innovation has allowed…

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Facebook hoaxes and scams won’t relent, but at the least here are five types of hoaxes you should be mindful of as not to fall victim.

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I don’t have a desk, because there’s no room in my apartment, but if I did it would probably be covered in so much crap that I wouldn’t be able to use it anyway.

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I don’t have a desk, because there’s no room in my apartment, but if I did it would probably be covered in so much crap that I wouldn’t be able to use it anyway.

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(CNN) – While the Internal Revenue Service maintains it was not focusing on conservative groups out of political bias, Sen.

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Retooling the traditional public library for a more technically savvy populace is no small feat, especially when library budgets across the U.S. have been gutted these past few years.

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Google is under fire in the UK for its tax practices in the country, and a new key witness (who spoke to The Sunday Times) might put them in deeper hot water when he hands over a reported 100,000 emails and documents to the British Revenue &…

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Editor’s note: Glenn Solomon  is a partner with GGV Capital. Some of his recent investments include Pandora, Successfactors, Isilon, Domo, Square, Zendesk, Quinstreet, and Nimble Storage.

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Happy, sad, or confused? There’s an emoticon for that. There’s also probably a pillow or bookend to channel those feelings.

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(CNN) – Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, addressed criticism of his reporting on the Benghazi talking points controversy, saying in a statement to CNN that he regrets the inaccuracy of his report.

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It’s hard not to be curious about the true identity of Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, since he or she basically just stuck around on the internet long enough to introduce Bitcoin/get everyone all riled up and then disappeared.

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It is not every day that a former trauma surgeon, a former hedge fund manager, and a former Miss Florida USA–who has a fashion background–come together to launch a startup.

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(CNN) – President Barack Obama will deliver long-promised remarks Thursday explaining the legal framework behind the decisions he makes to use drones against terrorist threats and further detail the administration’s counterterrorism policy,…

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The Wall Street Journal is now reporting via Twitter that the rumored $1.1 billion cash acquisition deal for social blogging site Tumblr has been approved by Yahoo’s board of directors.

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Cash! The WSJ says “the Yahoo board has approved a deal” to make this happen, and given that crew’s track record so far, we believe it. It’s hard to imagine Tumblr turning this down.

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Last night, Kanye West returned to Saturday Night Live and served as the musical guest for SNL‘s season finale.

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Apple has a good deal of cash. And, in the Valley, the startup ecosystem — for many reasons — wants to see Apple spend that cash.

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Kanye West has revealed the official cover art for his sixth studio album, Yeezus.
Yeeezus is slated for a June 18th release, and is available for pre-order on KanyeWest.com [here].

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Android UX and interaction design leads Helena Roeber and Rachel Garb gave a talk at Google I/O this year about the Android Design Principles (ADP) they helped create and introduced back in 2012 with the launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

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It’s doubtful anyone in the Obama administration was laughing last week over the slew of controversies that dominated headlines, but the cast of “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to draw a few laughs about the scandals Saturday in its…

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Seriously, what is the deal with allll those janky lyrics sites? You google the lyrics for Random Access Memory and you’re suddenly transported to the early 2000s. It’s sort of surreal.

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Atlanta (CNN) – Past, present and future came together on a thunderstorm-filled Sunday, as President Barack Obama received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College, where the Rev.

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Sometimes, more medical information is a bad thing. The influential United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends against most women getting genetic screenings for their susceptibility to breast cancer.

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Doesn’t matter if your regional disaster is a flood, tornado, hurricane, snowpocalypse, or earthquake, when the next one strikes you’re going to need to be ready for it.

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You don’t know Roger Dickey’s name, but you know his creation: Mafia Wars, that incredibly popular, spammy hybrid of virus and videogame once played by millions, that polluted your Facebook feed some years back.

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(CNN) – Minnesota is expected to become the twelfth state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state Senate on Monday voted 37-30 in favor of approving it.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he would sign the bill.

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Formspring, the pioneering Q&A site that allowed people to invite other internet users to “ask me anything” anonymously, is apparently back from the brink.

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It seems like every other day an upstart wireless service provider inks a wholesale deal with someone like Sprint or T-Mobile and effectively sells access to those big carrier networks under a different banner.

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It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the switch happened, but a few years ago there was a shift in computers that moved away from the massive towers in which you could fit the kitchen sink and more toward sleek, stylish systems that looked every bit…

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Google’s big annual developer conference kicks off on Wednesday, and while Android lead Sundar Pichai has downplayed big new announcements at Google I/O this year, we’ve also seen reports that suggest the Nexus line of Google-branded hardware won’t…

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After weeks of teasing, endless itty-bitty leaks, and about a zillion radio plays of the one track they’d released so far, the entirety of Daft Punk’s new Random Access Memories has just hit iTunes, days before the official release.

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Facebook on Monday updated its native iOS app with new photo viewer options, improvements to Places and Events on the iPhone, as well as the new News Feed. You can grab the latest version now from Apple’s App Store.

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With the proliferation of smartphones, we’re now able to use these mobile, mini computers to do just about everything we would do on our desktop while on the go. Yet, in spite of this evolution, mobile payments seems to be lagging behind.

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