Archive for May, 2014


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Op-Ed: Design Has to be Emotionally Durable
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Even when a design is ‘green,’ it may not be apparent. You can’t tell that a super-efficient hybrid car has miraculously low fossil fuel consumption by looking at it: it’s still a car.

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50% OFF our Logo Design Bootcamp Course: https://www.udemy.com/the-logo-design-process-from-start-to-finish/?couponCode=YTLDBOOTCAMP16 Adobe Illustrator Graphic Design Tutorial Download File…

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First announced at MWC earlier this year, Sony is finally bringing the 4G mid-range Xperia M2 Android smartphone to the UK.

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PingTune, an app for sharing songs from YouTube and SoundCloud with friends, is now available for Android devices.

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 Meet the Kangeroo Light, the latest Kickstarter project from the off-the-wall design studio that created the Ostrich Pillow. This time around they’re cooking up a portable, rechargeable, touch-sensitive gizmo to shine a light in dark places.

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Social media sharing, scheduling and analytics service Buffer is becoming a lot more than that from today. Have you ever heard the mantra that content is king? Well, it apparently is.

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Scientific American Robots Help Design and Build Architecturally Novel Exhibit Hall Scientific American University of Stuttgart researchers have created what some say is the first permanent building to be significantly designed and built using…

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Intel trims marketing staff ahead of new chief’s arrival
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The reductions come as the world’s largest chipmaker struggles to revitalize a brand associated with a crumbling PC market.

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Today Adobe kicked off Summit London. With close to 4000 marketers from around the world and hundreds of leading brands in attendance, this years’ digital marketing conference in Europe focuses on how marketers can …

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Organic marketing: Not truthful, often misleading
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The report examines the last 25 years of academic and organic industry market research, public statements and often questionable marketing practices.

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Oscar Pistorius Must Undergo Psychiatric Testing, Judge Rules
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Oscar Pistorius must undergo psychiatric testing, ruled today, a decision that will delay the athlete’s murder trial for at least a month, but potentially much longer.

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Woman wading at Jacksonville Beach describes being bitten by shark
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suddenly turned into a frightening trip to the hospital. It was a shark ..that did finally let go. She says the bite felt like knives slicing into her foot.

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 Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that makes it easier to remember who you’re texting.

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 With an eye on capturing some of Gartner’s $6.28 billion market cap, the crowd sourced software review service G2 Crowd has raised $2.3 million in its first institutional round of financing.

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Facebook wants to help developers gain their footing on the platform. The company is now accepting applications for FbStart, a program announced at f8 that helps developers build, grow and monetize their apps using Facebook.

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 The photo above, released to coincide with Glenn Greenwald’s new book No Place To Hide, depicts the TOA – the Tailored Access Operations – division at the NSA where busy techs unpack expensive networking equipment in order to implant bugs and…

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An update Wednesday to Facebook’s iOS app borrows from Foursquare, showing detailed information — context cards — over the News Feed after a user checks in or after they link to something like a movie or song in a status update.

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When Facebook sends out emails about notifications — such as a tagged photo or a friend request — it’s usually encrypted with plain text communication protocol STARTTLS, creating a more secure connection.

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Offerpop, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in apps, announced today a new round of senior-level hires:
Catherine Racette, Training Specialist, from Conductor, Inc.

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 When it comes to understanding the profusion of applications employees are using to conduct business, IT departments are increasingly lost in the cloud.

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 Pantheonwp_front_promo, which currently offers a professional hosting solution for Drupal and WordPress sites, today announced that it has raised a $21.5 million Series B funding round led by Rory O’Driscoll at Scale Venture Partners, with…

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 HTC is making good on its pledge to expand its range of mid-tier smartphones with the launch today of a new handset called the HTC One Mini 2.

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The Meyers Manx V is an all-electric version of the classic Manx dune buggy that will be more about style than substance. It will only be sold as a low-speed Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.

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No, Nikon’s new 400mm lens is not for the casual DSLR user. But for sports and wildlife photographers who need large glass like this, Nikon says they’ll get best optics and image quality.

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Sony’s new Android smartphones, most notably the Xperia Z1, have given the company a lifeline as it attempts to crawl out of persistent losses. It posted strong sales to mitigate the effects of declining profits.

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Blue’s new Spark Digital condenser mic offers both Lightning and USB connection for both iPad and PC compatibility, providing a bundle of options for laying down tracks.

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The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is a 1970s 3.0CSL racer for the digital age. Designed for Gran Turismo 6, it features aerodynamic (and virtual) carbon-fiber bodywork and a powerful turbocharged engine.

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DOD Shows Science, Technology Success Despite Hard Year for Workforce Department of Defense WASHINGTON, May 14, 2014 – Despite a year of workforce furloughs and dwindling budgets, the Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise reports…

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Researchers at Duke University and Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in the Republic of Korea hope the cell-sorting system will revolutionize research by allowing the fast, efficient control and …

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Android/iOS/Web: When you need to transfer a file from your PC to your mobile or vice versa, you could turn to Pushbullet . But for a faster, no-signup and secure method, Send Anywhere is a worthy alternative.

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Looking for something new to read? Lots of great services suggest books to you either based on your interests or the interests of a big community of readers.

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When you are grilling anything that can melt or drip, a good way to keep it contained and avoid spills is to turn any regular spatula into a tray with some aluminum foil, suggests celebrity chef Alton Brown.

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Managing money is a big source of stress. It can drive relationships apart and send us spiraling into depression. It’s no wonder many of us stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best.

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Plus does Nintendo’s chief play mobile games?

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Not too long ago, PBS Learning Media announced the latest round of educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

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Students leave poetry and paint for science and technology
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With nearly half of recent grads unemployed or underemployed, students choose to rest on what seems safe and prevalent: technology and health care.

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Motorola has announced the Moto E, a low cost Android smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen, and a 4G LTE version of the popular Moto G. Both will be on sale before the end of the month in the U.S. and the UK.

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A mysterious LG smartphone known as the Uni8 has been leaked, and rather than running Android, it’s shown with Microsoft Windows Phone 8 installed. Is it evidence of LG’s return to the world of Windows Phone?

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BlackBerry this week launches the Z3, Jakarta Edition phone made “exclusively” for the Indonesian market. The 5-inch touchscreen handset hits stores in the Asian nation Thursday with a $190 price tag.

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Aluminum is literally one of the most common elements on Earth. So how did it come to be that aluminum cost more than gold?
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Ka-boom. Clearing fields of mines with rockets is probably one of the most spectacular military duties you can be assigned with.

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Here’s the Totally Amazing Wonder Material That Could Revolutionize Technology TIME In the past decade, it has taken the scientific and technology communities by storm, and has become the most promising electronic material to supplement or replace…

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A new report about Virgin Galactic has taken a look at the small print in the customer contract that Virgin Galactic will give to those who choose to fly in the most ridiculous commercial aircraft ever —and it seems that they can’t promise you’ll…

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HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Clari-Fi Technology – today I’m taking a look at Harman Kardon Clari-Fi on the HTC One M8. With the removal of Beats from the M8 and the standard inclusion of BoomSound…

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It’s come to light that a small drone almost collided with a US Airways jetliner in Florida in March—and it’s enough to spur the FAA to further clamp down on the use of UAVs.
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The Moto G is Motorola’s best-selling smartphone ever, and it just got a little bit better: there’s now an LTE version available, as well as budget version called the Moto E.
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The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory has found a strange coronal hole in the Sun, “almost square in its shape.” I don’t know about you, but this square phenomenon freaks me out a bit.

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Worried that you aren’t good, smart, or attractive enough to find success and happiness and that you’ll die pathetically alone, a washed-out neverwas from the middle of nowhere?

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Uber has decided to launch a low-cost SUV car service in San Francisco called UberXL—not to be confused with UberX, which offers smaller vehicles, or UberSUV, which is more expensive. Make sense? No, not really.

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It’s been hard to go a day without hearing news about the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, and his highly contested plan for the future of network neutrality.

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Plus the trouble with smartwatches, correlations with no obvious cause, tablets v the world, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team our information leads us to believe that the navigation bar will be…

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A fundamental law of material science could be rewritten by graphene: in simulations and experiment, scientists have shown that graphene’s heart absorption varies with the size of the sample, which means it could absorb an unlimited amount of heat.

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When you’ve only $150 sitting in your pocket, you have to measure your expectations if you’re looking to spend it on a phone.

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iOS: The iPhone already has some great photography apps to complement its fantastic camera, but Vhoto brings something new to the table. Instead of a single photo, it shoots a short video and then auto-picks photos out of that.

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Windows: Handbrake is one of the best video converters out there, but its GUI leaves a lot to be desired, particularly if you’re converting a large batch of videos.Free app Smallx264 fixes that with an easy interface based on the power converter.

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More than 60 whistleblowers and intelligence officials tell the story of how Americas national security state came to be.View Comments on The Tech Block

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Microsoft will start selling its new console, the Xbox One, without the Kinect sensor, eliminating one of the biggest criticisms of the new machine and allowing for a significantly lower cost of entry.View Comments on The Tech Block…

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Reviewing semiconductor trends today, both Brean Capital’s Ananda Baruah and ABR Investment Strategy’s JoAnne Feeney offer upbeat summaries of the trends in the industry.

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You know those Twitter users: they clog your feed with non-stop commentary about the weather, what they ate for dinner, how much politicians annoy them or their March Madness bracket. You don’t…

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There’s a beautiful sequence in “Noah” that presents Creation in scientific terms, treating Biblical concepts metaphorically, with only a few revisions to fit everything together.

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Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.
“Godzilla” opens in theaters Friday. We were able to catch an early screening of the film and it may not be everything you’re hoping for.
Don’t get us wrong.

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The founder of MuleSoft — a startup that specializes in technology that Oracle and Google are fighting over — thinks Oracle’s copyright lawsuit over Android is terrible for the software industry.

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3-D printers have come a long way since the technology initially debuted in the early 1980s.

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It might not come as a huge surprise, but the wealthiest ZIP code in the country belongs to a peaceful little town in the Silicon Valley. 
The ZIP is 94027, which is the ZIP code for Atherton, California; it has a population of around 7,000.

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Tarshema Brice hardly ranks among the world’s elite counterfeiters. But with the help of modern consumer technology, she developed an exacting system for crafting fake U.S. greenbacks.

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Two new studies published on Monday report that the melting of the ice sheet in West Antarctica is unstoppable and could raise global sea levels by as much as 4 feet in the next century, a higher estimate than the 1 to 3 feet laid out in the latest…

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Monday, May 12 NASA broke some devastating climate news — two studies with the latest measurements and models indicated that it’s almost certain that the melting of the Western Antarctic Ice sheet is unstoppable, and the glaciers are doomed to…

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Selfie fever, man. What’s the cure? We might not have one yet, but National Geographic is taking the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach with its newest campaign.

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Last week, Fox announced it picked up Batman prequel series “Gotham” for a full season this fall.
The origin story will follow the adventures of a young Bruce Wayne along with Detective James Gordon’s rise to Commissioner.

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AT&T is in late talks to buy DirecTV for $100 per share, the equivalent of about $50 billion, Bloomberg reports.
It’s not the first time we’ve heard of this deal.

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This month Saturn is closer to the Earth then it will be all year, making it appear particularly bright in the night sky, Slate reports. But even at its closest, the ringed planet is 830 million miles away, rendering it just a dot to the unaided eye.

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National Geographic West Antarctic Ice Sheet’s Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning NBCNews.com Two teams of scientists say the long-feared collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, kicking off what they say will be a centuries-long,…

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As some airlines gut their frequent flyer programs, increase fees and cram more seats into coach, others are pushing the boundaries of flying luxury with of over-the-top first class suites.

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U.S. Strategic Command will be conducting a massive “deter and detect” nuclear drill from May 12 to May 16, just four days after a similar Russian exercise. 
The U.S.

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Square has given up on its payment app Square Wallet and removed it from the App Store. In its stead, Square just introduced Square Order, an app that lets you pay ahead at places like coffee shops and cafes.

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Everybody loves the Nest thermostat. Or at least, they love the idea of it. Who wouldn’t want a futuristic thermostat with a brain that automatically adjusts to your habits and optimizes your energy usage?

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has announced that its hybrid ROV, the Nerus, was lost over the weekend and is unrecoverable, having sunk to the bottom of the 10,000 meter Kermadec Trench.
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We’re one step closer to on-demand dreaming you can control, after a recent study showed that applying a mild electrical current to the scalp can induce lucid dreaming. It sounds a little bit like Inception, only with more science and less espionage.

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Today, Twitter announced a much needed improvement: the ability to mute a user without unfollowing them. The feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
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Most companies don’t like to make it easy for you to cancel their services. Google, on the other hand, puts the quick links front and center when you create a reminder to cancel a particular service.
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U.S. Stocks Rise as Technology, Small-Cap Shares Rally Bloomberg The S&P 500 has rallied 4.3 percent from an April 11 low, recovering all of its losses after a selloff in technology and small-cap stocks that overshadowed optimism about the strength…

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A new free online course from NYU helps users learn how to mix and produce audio through the use of free software, and a nice helping of Peter Gabriel tunes.

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Beats may be Apple’s largest acquisition yet, but Cupertino has a long history of snapping up smaller companies. Here are a few of the most memorable ones – and what become of their products.
The post Will Beats go on?

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A security report from Microsoft claims that the company’s newer operating systems are more secure from malware than their older counterparts. How seriously should you take these findings? Learn more here.

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Big SUVs aren’t as popular as they used to be, but GM hopes an added dose of style and technology will help the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe pick up where the 2014 model left off. Is it the real deal?

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Adobe has launched Adobe Voice, a new, free storytelling app for the iPad that allows users to create short videos using graphics and images. The app comes preloaded with icons, themes, and images from Adobe.

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Camera drones are becoming increasingly popular, but could flying one for fun or work get you into hot water? A judge has ruled it’s legal, but there are some basic regulations you should remember before flying one.

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Honda continues their performance renaissance with a new, 350 horsepower hybrid S2000. The new roadster, due out in 2017, will round out Honda’s sporty lineup alongside the NSX and the S660.

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It appears as if Mozilla will tweak Directory Tiles, and make something more user friendly. Sponsorships could still be on the horizon though. You can learn more about Mozilla’s plans here.

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Gawker Watch the Full Jay-Z Vs. Solange Elevator Attack Video | Jalopnik The Next Batmobile Looks Like It’s Gonna Be Mean As Hell | Jezebel Writer Sues TMZ for Being A Sexist, Harassing ‘Boys Club’ | Kotaku 10 Things You Might Not Know About…

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If you’re a frequent traveler, you know what it’s like to jump between time zones and get hit with jet lag.

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At Xaviant studios, gamers help shape the games. We went behind the scenes as the company worked on Lichdom: Battlemage to see how hardcore fans can become the best play testers any studio could ask for.

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Sick of missing when people ring on your doorbell? DIYer Daniel Garden was, so he built a system that notifies him on his Pebble smartwatch when someone rings his doorbell.
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It appears that the major public backlash in response to the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules hasn’t fallen on deaf ears.

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After watching this Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars trailer, I want to see him direct Star Wars Episode VIII. I mean, it makes total sense: it’s all about cowboys, magical samurais, and bad guys who look like Nazis.

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Samsung’s 72-year-old chairman Lee Kun-hee suffered a major heart attack over the weekend, though is now stable, breathing without assistance and undergoing surgery.

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If you ever think that medical techniques sometimes sound icky , then at least be glad you live in a world of modern medical progress.

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CNET’s +iyaz akhtar is on the show today. We’ll talk about Twitter’s new mute feature, float a few more idea about why Apple might want to by Beats, and discuss FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s…

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Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old. What do you want to change?

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Starting a new business and thinking over to come on internet so have a look at some security threats & Vulnerabilities to E-commerce Websites.

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