Archive for November, 2013


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Death was heavy on our minds this week — we explored the US’s largest mass grave and watched Jar Jar’s life end in a never-before-seen twist. Oh, and there’s a Pandora for pornography now. Thanks, internet!

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Ford Motor Company announced this week that top designer J Mays is retiring. In his 33-year career and 16-year tenure at Ford, Mays ushered in the era of retrofuturistic styling that other car companies scrambled to follow.

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Nixie watches are nothing new – Woz wears one sometimes – but these glowing tubes, originally designed in the 1970s for heavy-duty industrial displays, are hard to power and hard to maintain.

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A number of Instagram users are currently reporting difficulty accessing the popular photo-sharing service both on the web and mobile versions of the app.

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Earlier this week, Microsoft updated its Office 365 suite with a couple of new features and licensing terms.

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Azarkant—a 3D short by Andrey Klimov—doesn’t have much of a plot, but it’s delicious computer generated eye candy for lovers of spaceships, robots, dead cosmonauts and Haloesque things in general.
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The Hill reports today that the White House is considering appointing a civilian leader to run the NSA when current director Keith Alexander, who has led the agency since 2005, steps down in the spring.

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We’re currently having system issues. We are aware of the problem and are working hard to resolve it. Thank you for your patience!— Instagram (@instagram) November 9, 2013
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Astronaut Karen Nyberg just tweeted this breathtaking photo of a sunrise, taken from humanity’s most awesome scenic overlook — the International Space Station.
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The organizers of the hackathon at Yale this weekend aren’t exactly sure how many students turned out for the sleepless grind. Gauging from the depletion of YHack t-shirts, they put it at about 950.

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After sifting through literally hundreds of options, seriously considering nearly 150 models, testing the top 40, and calling in audio experts to blindly evaluate the top 20, we’re pleased to report that if you want to buy an inexpensive pair of…

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Canada’s biggest energy companies including Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are trailing global peers in reporting environmental performance as scrutiny of the oil sands intensifies.

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ABC News One of world’s strongest storms slams Philippines CBS News As CBS News’ Seth Doan reports, Vietnam is expected to get the worst of it this weekend and then the storm heads towards China – where officials here have already warned people to…

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The contours were familiar: A hot social-media company going public with investors baying to buy its stock.

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ABC News Philippines typhoon leaves at least 100 dead Fox News MANILA, Philippines – One of the most powerful storms on record devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 100 people, leveling homes and leaving the airport in the hard-hit…

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NBCNews.com (blog) Hunt for a ghost ship: NBC News spots abandoned US vessel in Nigerian creek NBCNews.com (blog) A crew from NBC News tracked the C-Retriever to the outskirts of the Port of Onne two weeks after pirates boarded it and took hostage…

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Thursday morning we were struck by the fact that Bitcoin had surged to $300.
Friday we were stunned by Bitcoin spiking to $350.
This morning? It’s closing in on $400.
Astounding.

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If you’re like me, you’ve always imagined the Titanic as an unfathomably huge ship — a relic of an age in which shipping of all kinds was vastly more important and grander than it is today.

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Here’s a very cool video from Wired, in which Yasuhiro Ootori, director of Sony’s engineering department, goes through the PlayStation 4’s guts piece by piece.

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Two Russian cosmonauts — flight engineers Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy — took the unlit Olympic torch on a spacewalk for the first time in history on Saturday.  The Olympic torch arrived at the space station on Thursday on the Soyuz spacecraft,…

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Google is great. That’s not a secret. But the search giant can do more than you think.
For example, did you know you could make your Google Translator beatbox in German? How about give you an easier way to track packages?

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Talks Over Iran’s Disputed Nuke Program Hit a Snag ABC News France raised questions Saturday about whether a proposed deal to temporarily curb Iran’s nuclear program went far enough, complicating negotiations with the Iranians and casting doubt on…

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Philippine Red Cross: 1000 Estimated Dead in Typhoon Haiyan’s Wake
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Earlier, the Philippine Red Cross told ABC News there were 1,200 casualties estimated from the storm’s destruction, but Pang said the death toll is expected to rise.

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Navy Christens Next Generation of Aircraft Carrier
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“She is truly a technological marvel,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm.

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WASHINGTON — D.C. police have charged a Maryland man with second-degree murder in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a speeding van.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Moviegoers the nation over will be drawn to Thor: The Dark World this weekend.
But you can be a real superhero to your budget if you take advantage of some of the free movies playing in the area this week.

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That’s right. News Corpse was banned as an “Unacceptable Domain” by the martinets of virtue at Reddit.

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South Korea is a technology powerhouse with nationwide broadband and electronics companies pumping out tons of cool products, but some lawmakers are trying to change a 14-year-old law that has them hanging on to Internet Explorer as the web browser…

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Mark Wahlberg stars in the new trailer for “Lone Survivor,” written and directed by Peter Berg.

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Some interesting thoughts here from BofA quant strategist Savita Subramanian on what will work, investment-wise, during the next market cycle.

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On Tuesday, I had my first chance to get behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S.
A few hours after my drive, the automaker issued a less than perfect earnings report, driving its stock down more than 12%.

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ON NOVEMBER 5th, India’s space organisation, ISRO, launced a rocket carrying a small, unmanned spacecraft, the Mangalyaan (“Mars vehicle”). By the end of the month, the orbiter is set to stretch its solar wings and begin a nine-month trip to Mars.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm to ever make landfall, ripped through the central Philippines on Friday and Saturday, killing at least 1,200 people, according to a preliminary estimate from the Red Cross.  Haiyan is now headed…

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Tesla’s stock has been getting crushed lately in the wake of three separate incidents where a Model S has caught on fire, but one of those owners has taken to the company blog to defend Tesla and vowed he would “buy another one in a heartbeat.”…

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Warning: If you haven’t seen “Thor: The Dark World,” there are huge spoilers ahead!
If you’re heading out to see the “Thor” sequel this weekend, stay around after the film is over for not one, but two extra scenes.

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Since 2001, more veterans have committed suicide than have died in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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While there are thousands of “best places to live” lists, hardly any of them focus on the world’s most important population segment: Americans under 35.

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Reuters The personal computer market may be shrinking, but Nvidia met profitability expectations in its latest quarter and raised its dividend.

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Deep within our bodies are all kinds of genes that turn on and off over the years, including the very genes that make you grow a body in the first place.

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Boy, this is entertaining. AMD uncorks the Radeon R9 290X and captures the GPU performance crown. Nvidia counters by announcing price cuts and promising to introduce a mysterious new GPU, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti.

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British science fiction writer Arthur C.

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Billions of messages are fired off each week via Twitter, many of which capture defining moments in history, or in the evolution of the San Francisco-based firm.
Below is a sampling of 10 memorable tweets since the Twitter era began.

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New data out of Germany is pretty ugly.
Industrial production fell 0.9% in September. Economists were looking for an unchanged level.
This comes after a 1.6% gain in August.

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We’ve been waiting to get our hands on the “Man of Steel” Blu-ray for a long time.  
So I was really excited when Warner Bros.

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Possible Taurid Fireball Dazzles Southern California
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Wednesday night at around 8pm PST, local news stations received numerous reports of a bright fireball over Southern California.

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Ricoh Imaging is releasing an interchangeable lens for the K-mount digital single-lens reflex camera “HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mmF2.8-4ED Limited DC WR” in mid-December for about ¥100,000.

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From JVC Kenwood’s JVC brand, new Bluetooth audio component system “NX-W5” will be out for about ¥35,000 in early November.

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Sony is going to release the world’s lightest, thinnest 13.3 inch Digital Paper device “DPT-S1” on December 3 for about 98,000 yen.

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Sir John Sawers, the chief of MI6, spent most of his career in the Foreign Office, serving variously as Ambassador in Cairo and Britain’s representative in Baghdad immediately after the invasion.

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Super Typhoon Haiyan — which is being called one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever — has slammed into central Philippines, where it is early morning Friday local time, according to the Associated Press.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is telling online shoppers who bought erroneously low-priced merchandise Wednesday that their orders are being cancelled.

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Lenovo Group Ltd., the largest maker of personal computers, said it will triple the number of markets in which it sells smartphones by focusing on emerging economies where Apple Inc.’s iPhone is seen as too costly.

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Microsoft Corp.’s board placed Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner on a three-person list of internal candidates to replace departing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, said a person with knowledge of the process.

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As the Twitter flotation raises billions, one biotech entrepreneur has suggested Silicon Valley should break away from the US and form a separate country. Tom Chivers reports We live in a world built, in part, by the Silicon Valley internet giants.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gov. Martin O’Malley on Thursday urged supporters of raising the minimum wage in Maryland to sign a petition.

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Apple announced major updates to the Mac version of its iWork productivity suite at its October 22 event for the iPad in addition to the tablet versions remade for iOS 7.

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The CIA pays AT&T more than $10 million a year to provide phone records with possible links to suspected terrorists, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing government officials.

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Salaries for engineers are at record levels in Silicon Valley, at least one recruiter says.
So who pays the most? It isn’t Google, although Google is in the Top 5. It isn’t Facebook (No. 9). And it isn’t Twitter (No.

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The amount of progress made in Afghanistan after 13 years of war is still up for debate.

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In the name of fighting bad guy hackers, Google on Thursday said it will not allow its Windows Chrome browser to run any add-ons unless they are downloaded from its own Chrome Web store.
Unsanctioned add-ons will be banned beginning in January.

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ABC News Feds Say They Are Looking Into Third Tesla Car Fire ABC News Regarding the car fire in Tennessee, Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, Tesla’s director of global communications, provided a statement to ABC News: “We have been in contact with the…

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Police are looking for a man who stole liquor, wine, beer and money from a bar on Greensboro Avenue Wednesday morning.

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Blind men see, the lame walk, dogs speak Latin. And in other news in miracles, President Barack Obama just apologised for something.

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Top UK spies say Snowden leaks did serious damage
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(CBS News) LONDON — There was a first in the British Parliament Thursday: their top spies who are rarely seen came to a public hearing.

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Strongest typhoon of the year hits Philippines
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MANILA, Philippines – One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines early Friday, with one weather expert warning of catastrophic damage.

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Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter).

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It’s gaming console season this November with new technology hitting stores in the form of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

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It’s fitting for the iPad Air to have a new name, because it feels like an almost entirely new device. And for every second the Air sits in your hands, the iPads that came before it feel older and older and older.

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Following a recent across the board price drop to $100, Amazon is taking another 40 dollars off the price of the Moto X for AT&T subscribers, and $50 off for Verizon users.

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It’s becoming painfully aware that those involved in robotics and artificial intelligence research aren’t quite thinking about the consequences of their so-called innovations.

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The internet’s chock full of wonderful ways to carve a Halloween pumpkin every year, but few can hold a glowing candle to what the scientists, engineers, and researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab come up with.

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The ever-so-sinister Brothers Grimm have delighted readers for two centuries with countless adaptations and homages.

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Hayden Planetarium Director and supreme astrophysics badass Neil deGrasse Tyson recently took to his podcast, Star Talk Radio, to answer a few questions from the audience as read by noted funnyman Eugene Mirman.

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A few weeks ago, Sony wowed photography nerds with something actually new: Two mirrorless, interchangeable-lens cameras with full-frame image sensors, the same big chips used in professional DSLRs.

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So the post-Space Shuttle era isn’t going quite as splendidly as we’d initially hoped it would back when we retired the fleet back in 2011.

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The updated Porsche Panamera Turbo S is literally a superlative car. It’s the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive model of this four-door autobahn stormer available.

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Mitsubishi is clawing its way back from the bottom of the automotive barrel with two plug-in hybrid SUV/crossover concepts and a crossover-minivan Chimera. All three are set to to debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

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Facebook’s obsession with getting users to participate in real-time events continues: the site is testing live event notifications. Annoying or convenient?

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Oculus VR chief operating officer Brandon Iribe confirms that the company intends for its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to support Android devices as well as PC operating systems at launch.

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Capcom reveals a $29.99 Season Pass for Dead Rising 3, which includes access to four story add-ons to be released as downloadable content as well as a “Nick Ramos Tribute Pack” that unlocks a bonus muscle car and costume.

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Comcast TV content will soon be available online, wherever its subscribers may roam.

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If you can’t wait to read new eBooks, the Amazon’s new Kindle First program has been designed especially for you. It allows subscribers to buy an eBook a month before its official release date, so you can get started early.

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Nocs unveils its all new NS900 DJ headphones.

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We spoke with Harrison Ford, who plays Colonel Graff, a man determined to offer humanity a new savior, at any costs. We discussed the filmmaking process, this history with special effects, and zero gravity.

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I’m working on the finishing touches of Wendell the World’s Worst Wizard right now, which means I’ve been blogging less frequently. The book comes out on 11-12-13. Justin Stortz has graciously offered to write a guest post.

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The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014
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google glass Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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Apple’s newest full-size tablet is available online and in retail stores today! The lightweight 9.7-inch iPad Air with a Retina display is more powerful and portable than ever.

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That older model iPad gathering dust on your bedroom floor is now your ticket to the new iPad Air.

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You won’t see Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill, and Morgan Freeman in the trailer for The LEGO Movie – but you will hear them!

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Gaming will make your brain bigger, says science – FWD What makes some retro games really, really hard- Cracked The ENTIRE Alien anthology is on sale – /Film Intelligent, connected bikes are taking over the road – ReadWrite 12 jobs people decided …

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When you get a smartphone you have to buy a case to keep it safe. The same goes for your wallets and cards. And then you need a spot on your keychain for your flash drive. And you just drop that loose SD card in your pocket.

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Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed.

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In the past, we paid for power, gas, water, home phone, and trash service. Now our utilities include internet, smartphones, Netflix, cable, gaming networks, and potentially many more niche services.

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No, you can’t just trash the squirmin’ vermin. If you’re the proud possessor of a mouse stuck to a sticky trap, then you’re stuck with the problem of putting the creature out of its misery. The DIY guys at Stack Exchange are here to help.

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Meeting new people is always a bit tough, but if you’re trying to build a quick rapport, psychology blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree points to an old FBI trick: ask open ended questions.
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This week we got some marriage advice, learned some Google search tricks, flexed our evil muscles, and finally saw a glimpse of Android 4.4 KitKat. Here’s a look back.
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Chrome: Say what you want about the new design in iOS 7, there’s no denying that the iPhone’s home screen is incredibly easy to browse and use.

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In a planned mission, three ISS crew members took their Soyuz out for a ride around the ISS. Why? Did they want to show Sandra Bullock’s character in Gravity how it’s really done? Not exactly.

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The shift in season reminded me of this cool old project in cold Helsinki, where a team of designers turned an abandoned oil tank into a lovely, year-round public art project.
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Another week done, another bunch of gadgets to ogle. Today’s big news was the iPad Air, but that’s not the only gizmo game in town. Here’s what you can get your grubby, sticky-from-Halloween-candy hands on.

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