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M-Saunders (706738) writes The death of print has been predicted for years, and many magazines and publishers have taken...
M-Saunders (706738) writes The death of print has been predicted for years, and many magazines and publishers have taken a big hit with the rise of eBooks and tablets. But not everyone has given up. Four geeks quit their job at an old Linux magazine to start Linux Voice, an independent GNU/Linux print and digital mag with a different publishing model: giving profits and content back to the community. Six months after a successful crowdfunding campaign, the magazine is going well, so here is the full story.
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ProPublica has a new story about the rise of "canvas fingerp...
ProPublica has a new story about the rise of "canvas fingerprinting," a new method of tracking users without using cookies. It's a method that is apparently quite difficult to block if you're using anything other than Tor Browser. In short, canvas fingerprinting works by sending some instructions to your browser to draw a hidden image -- but does so in a manner making use of some of the unique features of your computer, such that each resulting image is likely to be unique (or nearly unique). The key issue here is that the popular "social sharing" company AddThis, which many sites (note: not ours) use to add "social" buttons to their website, had been experi...
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rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incomin...
rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores. It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid. As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge. It is a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation....
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Palestinian militants have poured millions of dollars into a vast and complex underground network that crosses the Gaza-...
Palestinian militants have poured millions of dollars into a vast and complex underground network that crosses the Gaza-Israel border.

When Israel launched a ground offensive into Gaza last Thursday, one of the main stated objectives was to destroy the extensive network of underground tunnels that Hamas has built to funnel fighters across the border into Israel, as well as to transport supplies, store weapons and explosives, and provide a kind of safe house for high-level leaders. The Israeli military describes them as "terror tunnels."
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God, I hope not.

Airbus, one of the largest aircraft...
God, I hope not.

Airbus, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, seems to be on the path to eliminating what little comfort price-conscious travelers have left. The company has applied for a patent for a new type of plane seat on short-term flights--one that resembles a glorified bike seat. The seat does away with things like seat-back trays and the ability to recline, consisting simply of a small saddle, a very small back rest and armrests. Seat be...
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 Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made...
 Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile payments or the ability to store credit cards or debit cards. Instead,… Read More
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 Google opened up applications today for the Little Box...
 Google opened up applications today for the Little Box Challenge, announced in May, with plans to give away $1,000,000 to the group that can create a smaller and cheaper power inverter.Inverters take direct current from power sources such as solar panels and turn it into alternate current so that it can be used in homes, cars and businesses. Making the inverter smaller allows for more cost… Read More
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How do you represent a city in a single painting? When the B...
How do you represent a city in a single painting? When the BBC asked Good Wives and Warriors for a permanent mural for the Commonwealth Games, they opened the question to Parkhead residents and learned Glaswegians are the original hecklers

Cities in a single artwork: share yours with us

Billy Connolly once said: The great thing about Glasgow is that if theres a nuclear attack itll look exactly the same afterwards. Yet the city is peppered with beautiful architecture, urban nature and green spaces. It is a hotbed of culture, but also of crime, violence and deprivation. From heart attacks to Turner prize winners, Glasgow smiles to cutting-edge innovation and design...
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My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and...
My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel software update adds support for pinch-to-zoom in Chrome OS. That means any touchscreen Chromebook now has the feature. Previously, pinch-to-zoom was available on developer […]At long last, touchscreen Chromebooks gain pinch-to-zoom support originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Has ex-wrestler The Rock landed the superhero role he's beenchasing? If the blunt hints dropped at a recent interview pa...
Has ex-wrestler The Rock landed the superhero role he's beenchasing? If the blunt hints dropped at a recent interview pan outas expected, he may be taking to the screen as Shazam, the World'sMightiest Mortal.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has been circling certain roles basedon DC Comics characters for years now, from Lobo to theJohn Stewart version of Green Lantern. However, in aninterview with Total Film, the action star all but confirmshis appearance as another of the publisher's heroes.

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New submitter rongten (756490) writes I am managing a comput...
New submitter rongten (756490) writes I am managing a computer lab composed of various kinds of Linux workstations, from small desktops to powerful workstations with plenty of RAM and cores. The users' $HOME is NFS mounted, and they either access via console (no user switch allowed), ssh or x2go. In the past, the powerful workstations were reserved to certain power users, but now even "regular" students may need to have access to high memory machines for some tasks. Is there a sort of resource management that would allow the following tasks? To forbid a same user to log graphically more than once (like UserLock); to limit the amount of ssh sessions (i.e. no user using distcc and spamming the rest of the machines, or even worse, running in parallel); to give priority to the console user (i....
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"Fool the Axis--Use Prophylaxis!" and more anti-VD graphic propaganda from the WWII Allies.

During World War I, 1...
"Fool the Axis--Use Prophylaxis!" and more anti-VD graphic propaganda from the WWII Allies.

During World War I, 18,000 American soldiers were infected with STDs every day. By the height of World War II, that number had decreased to 600 per day--partly thanks to a fierce propaganda campaign that used graphic posters to educate men about the dangers of venereal disease and how to prevent it. A sick army was an ineffective army, and the government was intent on stopping the scourge. While they may appear dated today, they were serious business during WWII.
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An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, "'UNDER ca...
An anonymous reader writes The Economist reports, "'UNDER capitalism', ran the old Soviet-era joke, 'man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite.' In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity. Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans' willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8). ... The authors found that, on average, those who had East German roots cheated twice as much as those who had grown up in West Germany under capitalism. They ...
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Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held yet another co...
Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held yet another copyright hearing, this one on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term. We've discussed these issues at different times, and the hearing itself didn't break any major ground on anything, really. The artist resale right issue is nothing but a blatant money grab by successful artists, demanding to get paid any time one of their works gets resold. It shafts younger, up-and-coming artists to the benefit of the few, super-successful artists. However, the tidbit that caught my attention was the copyright term issue...
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Over the last few years, there's been a ridiculous rise in a bizarre form of anti-Silicon Valley populism, in which peop...
Over the last few years, there's been a ridiculous rise in a bizarre form of anti-Silicon Valley populism, in which people are encouraged to hate successful internet companies for... being successful. Usually, when you dig into the details, the attacks on the firms are a combination of general fear of "bigness," hatred/jealousy of success and a fundamental misunderstanding of economics. Now, let's be clear: big companies with too much power do have a rather long history of bad behavior and companies should be watched carefully if they abuse their position. But the anti-internet populism seems incredibly misplaced, especially given that the companies they're attacking are often companies that have clearly improved the lives of those doing the attacking. I'm always worried about old "enablin...
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Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams hassnuck the ...
Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams hassnuck the first glimpse of the updated X-Wing fighter into acharity appeal video tied into the much-anticipated sequel.

The redesigned one-man vessel looks a little sleeker, and hashad a colour palette swap to blue, perhaps to reflect the RebelAlliance's victory over the Empire in Return of theJedi. The biggest change appears to be only having twothrusters, one on either side of the body, rather than thetraditional four, each in the corner of an attack foil. The flightgear, at least judgin...
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Among the many things Richard Nixon was infamous for, his "E...
Among the many things Richard Nixon was infamous for, his "Enemies List" stands out for the sheer pettiness involved. The most powerful man in the free world took time out of his schedule to compose a running tab of everyone who had ever slighted him. Without a doubt, the world is full of such pettiness, but most of it remains unexposed, or deployed by people the public could not care less about. A former campus cop for the University of Oregon (now a court clerk) has sued the school for wrongful termination, something he claims was the result of retaliatory actions by his UOPD (University of Oregon Police Dept.) supervisors. The list of allegations is long and detailed, but much of the friction seems to track back to an (allegedly) oft-discussed "enemies" list maintained by o...
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rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incomin...
rtoz (2530056) writes Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores. It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid. As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge. This new material is able to use 85 percent of incoming solar energy for converting water...
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I love seeing this kind of nuts-and-bolts industrial design....
I love seeing this kind of nuts-and-bolts industrial design. Seattle-based designer Eric Brunt observed that what makes snowshoes work is their increased surface area, which enables the wearer to "float" atop the surface. But that increased surface area also means that the wearer has to walk like s/he's in a Monty Python sketch.



What if, Brunt reasoned, the footprint could shrink when lifted, enabling a more natural gait, then grow again when plac...
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Here's copyright once again playing the thug role because ri...
Here's copyright once again playing the thug role because rights must be enforced and the subsequent harm, etc. and so forth until things are broken and people are angry and in the end, the "victor" is able to walk away from a battle not worth fighting, much less worth winning. (via Nate Hoffelder) Sam Morris, a UK mobile and web designer currently employed with The Guardian, put together a few mobile/computer wallpapers based on the distinctive seat patterns found in the London Underground. Here are two examples of his creations:
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Right now the issue of housing in San Francisco is a big loc...
Right now the issue of housing in San Francisco is a big local topic -- and while I tend to agree that the real issue is the regulations limiting the building of new housing in and around the city, the fight has gotten quite nasty at times. It often seems to focus on two issues (neither of which are the true cause of the problem): local evictions for longtime tenants, and tech workers. You can certainly understand the frustration, even if it's mostly misguided. Still, even given that, this seems like a clear abuse of copyright law by some of the lawyers who have been helping train people to conduct those evictions:
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Schizophrenia research has had a massive boost this week, wi...
Schizophrenia research has had a massive boost this week, with108 relevant genetic locations identified in a global genomestudy.

Prior studies had already identified around 30 instances ofinherited variations in our genetic code that are linked inschizophrenia. However, an international group of 80 researchcentres headed up by the Schizophrenia Working Group of thePsychiatric Genomic Consortium (PGC) has this week reportedin Nature that a huge analysis of 37,000 samplesresulted in a further 83 sites of inherited mutations beingdiscovered. Those 37...
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Teju Cole was stuck in traffic in Mumbai when an idea came tohim. He had recently written a short story and he thought, ...
Teju Cole was stuck in traffic in Mumbai when an idea came tohim. He had recently written a short story and he thought, why notshare it in tweets? Cole is the author of two books offiction, Open Cityand Every Day Is for theThief. He's also a prolific voice on Twitter. So he begandirect-messaging friends who were online, asking if they wanted toparticipate in a "storytelling experiment." To those who said yes,he sent a sentence, instructing them to post it for theirfollowers. He then retweeted them in order. The result was "Hafiz,"the story of a man sitti...
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MojoKid (1002251) writes NVIDIA just officially announced th...
MojoKid (1002251) writes NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD Tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. The SHIELD Tablet and wireless controller are somewhat of mashup of the SHIELD portable and the Tegra Note 7, but featuring updated technology and better build materials. You could think of the SHIELD Tablet and wireless controller as an upgraded SHIELD portable gaming device, with the screen de-coupled from the controller. The device features NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC, paired to 2GB of RAM and an 8", full-HD IPS display, with a native resolution of 1920x1200. There ...
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 For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you ...
 For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you had to install (often dubious) plugins to make games run smoothly in your browser. WebGL and other technologies changed that a bit in recent years, but because JavaScript isn’t exactly a speed freak, plugin-free gaming never quite took off. Mozilla has been trying to work around this with asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can run… Read More
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Hold on to your compasses amateur cartographers, for there's...
Hold on to your compasses amateur cartographers, for there's anexciting new online tool at your disposal. Jimmy Wales'profit-making wiki-hosting service Wikia, sibling to thenot-for-profit Wikipedia, is introducing a featurecalled Wikia Maps.

Wikia Maps is a fan-authored mapping tool that will allow you asa user to create maps of real or fictional places and share themwith others. Some highlights we've spotted so far include Westerosfrom Game of Thrones, Dark Souls2 Locations and of course the Millenium Falcon.

 

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 Liberio is a new platform (launching today out of private beta) for simple eBook creation and publishing straight ...
 Liberio is a new platform (launching today out of private beta) for simple eBook creation and publishing straight from Google Drive. Liberio could be used to create anything form a eBook, magazine, school project, you name it, and from publishing to distributing the finished product. Its competitors including Leanpub and Inkling are already established, but Liberio is hoping that its approach… Read More
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theodp (442580) writes So, what does Microsoft do for an enc...
theodp (442580) writes So, what does Microsoft do for an encore after laying off 18,000 employees with a hilariously bad memo? Issue another bad memo — Changes to Microsoft Network and Building Access for External Staff — "to introduce a new policy [retroactive to July 1] that will better protect our Microsoft IP and confidential information." How so? "The policy change affects [only] US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests)," Microsoft adds, "and limits their access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network to a period of 18 months, with a required six-month break before access may be granted again." Suppose Microsoft feels that's where the NSA went wrong with Edward Snowden? And if any soon-to-be-terminated Microsoft...
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Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth.They can live for 45 minutes without air and ove...
Cockroaches are some of the most resilient creatures on earth.They can live for 45 minutes without air and over a monthwithout food. Cutting their heads off won't even killthem -- at least not immediately. Their bodies can liveon for several days without their heads.

At technology giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook,engineers have pioneered techniques that help make their websitesjust as hard to kill. If a server goes...
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 Mobile accounted for more than 50% of ecommerce last year, yet was just 0.08% of Broadway sales. TodayTix is chan...
 Mobile accounted for more than 50% of ecommerce last year, yet was just 0.08% of Broadway sales. TodayTix is changing that with its last-minute theater ticket app, and it’s making good money along the way. Six months after launch, the startup has 120,000 users, 15 employees, is making a hefty 12% margin on purchases, and is set to sell 1% to 2% of all Broadway tickets in 2014. The… Read More
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New submitter Tmackiller writes with an excerpt from VG247.com: The British government has decriminalised online video g...
New submitter Tmackiller writes with an excerpt from VG247.com: The British government has decriminalised online video game, music and movie piracy, scrapping fuller punishment plans after branding them unworkable. Starting in 2015, persistent file-sharers will be sent four warning letters explaining their actions are illegal, but if the notes are ignored no further action will be taken. The scheme, named the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), is the result of years of talks between ISPs, British politicians and the movie and music industries. The UK's biggest providers – BT, TalkTalk, Virgin and Sky – have all signed up to VCAP, and smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit. VCAP replaces planned anti-piracy measures that included cutting users' internet connections an...
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Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial produ...
Apple is asking suppliers for a record first production of its new iPhone, says the WSJ. While last year's initial production run of iPhone 5s and 5c phones was in the 50 to 60 million range, Apple wants nearly 80 million bigger iPhones.It’s not just iPhone 6 screens that will be bigger: Reported initial production will be, too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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LinkedIn is exploring location alerts reminiscent of Foursquare and Sonar, according to LinkedIn designers Mauroof Ah...
LinkedIn is exploring location alerts reminiscent of Foursquare and Sonar, according to LinkedIn designers Mauroof Ahmed and Moses Ting. These experiments follow a series of moves from LinkedIn designed to boost engagement, including the acquisition of Newsle, the launch of redesigned Web profiles, and the debut of LinkedIn’s new Connected app, which prods you to stay in touch with your network. Ahmed and Ting share […]
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When the AWS #cloudfather speaks, everyone listens. At the way-past-sold-out AWS NYC Summit, Amazon?s CTO Werner Volgels...
When the AWS #cloudfather speaks, everyone listens. At the way-past-sold-out AWS NYC Summit, Amazon?s CTO Werner Volgels put a new spotlight on logs and log file management. If Amazon is interested in aggregating logs to extract insights and solve operational issues, you should be interested too.Sponsored post: Werner Vogels, AWS #cloudfather, bets on the importance of log management originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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In a significant upset for the European publishing industry, the Amsterdam district court has refused to order the closu...
In a significant upset for the European publishing industry, the Amsterdam district court has refused to order the closure of secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet, saying EU law isn't clear enough on digital media resale rights to take that step.Secondhand ebookstore Tom Kabinet can stay online, Dutch court rules originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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 Subscription-based “box of the month” services have been fairly hit-or-miss so far. While some like B...
 Subscription-based “box of the month” services have been fairly hit-or-miss so far. While some like Birchbox are still going strong, elsewhere, smaller startups – and even experiments from the world’s largest retailer, Walmart – have faded away. But a new company called Nootrobox is giving the subscription biz a shot anyway by targeting those interested… Read More...
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Solutions in the application performance management market is deriving meaningful intelligence directly from the apps th...
Solutions in the application performance management market is deriving meaningful intelligence directly from the apps they monitor, intelligence that businesses can turn into actionable results that better serve customers and improve business performance.How to build a business-driven infrastructure for the software-defined enterprise originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.
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American highways are slowly filling up with Crossover vehic...
American highways are slowly filling up with Crossover vehicles that drive like a car but have some of the height and space of an SUV. Sedans still outnumber Crossovers, but this non-car-non-SUV segment is growing rapidly. The Toyota RAV4 came out in 1994, but in 1991, a car design no one of a certain age will ever forget made its debut on The Simpsons. The Homer will have the last laugh. Here are some links to prove it. A real-world version of The Homer raced in the 24 ...
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Online retailer Amazon launched a Kindle subscription servicefor books on Friday that will work much like Spotify or Net...
Online retailer Amazon launched a Kindle subscription servicefor books on Friday that will work much like Spotify or Netflix,but for books. Kindle Unlimited is available now in the US and costs$9.99 (about £6) per month.

Wired.co.uk asked Amazon when we could expect to see KindleUnlimited land in the UK, but could get no more information thanthe following statement: "Kindle Unlimited is only available in theUS right now, but please stay tuned."

 

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Lasrick (2629253) writes In a controversial article last wee...
Lasrick (2629253) writes In a controversial article last week, MIT physicist Ted Postol again questioned whether Israel's vaunted Iron Dome rocket defense system actually works. This week, he comes back with evidence in the form of diagrams, photos of Iron Dome intercepts and contrails, and evidence on the ground to show that Iron Dome in fact is effective only about 5% of the time. Postol believes the real reason there are so few Israeli casualties is that Hamas rockets have very small warheads (only 10 to 20 pounds), and also Israel's outstanding civil defense system, which includes a vast system of shelters and an incredibly sophisticated rocket attack warning system (delivered through smart phones, among other ways).
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Console gamers are used to being unable to play online again...
Console gamers are used to being unable to play online againstothers on competing platforms, thanks more to business arrangementsthan any underlying technical issues. But with Bungie's MMO shooterDestiny launching across two overlapping console generations, onemight think that PlayStation 4 users could expect to be able toplay against their friends using the PlayStation 3 through thePlayStation Network (or across the Xbox One/Xbox 360 divide usingXbox Live).

Even that kind of cross-platform play is not available inDestiny, though, a state of affairs that Bungie attributes to ...
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Fragments of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronaviru...
Fragments of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus(MERS-CoV) have been found in the air, suggesting it has thepotential to be transmitted this way.

The air samples were taken from a barn housing camels afflictedwith the disease, a team of virologists from Saudi Arabia --where the virus first surfaced in 2012 -- explain in a paperpublished in mBio. 

Camels are thought to be the animal reservoir of the virus, butlittle is know about how it is transmitted to humans. We are closerto confirming the animal's role, however, af...
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New submitter I Ate A Candle (3762149) writes Tails OS, the Tor-reliant privacy-focused operating system made famous by ...
New submitter I Ate A Candle (3762149) writes Tails OS, the Tor-reliant privacy-focused operating system made famous by Edward Snowden, contains a number of zero-day vulnerabilities that could be used to take control of the OS and execute code remotely. At least that's according to zero-day exploit seller Exodus Intelligence, which counts DARPA amongst its customer base. The company plans to tell the Tails team about the issues "in due time", said Aaron Portnoy, co-founder and vice president of Exodus, but it isn't giving any information on a disclosure timeline. This means users of Tails are in danger of being de-anonymised. Even version 1.1, which hit public release today (22 July 2014), is affected. Snowden famously used Tails to manage the NSA files. The OS can be held on a USB stick a...
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 Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-Ju...
 Later today, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for Q3 2014. For the past couple of years, the April-to-June quarter has been the slowest quarter of the year for the company. Before that, Apple used to refresh its iPad lineup in the spring. Now, it seems like nothing is happening during the Q3 quarter. But gross margin is on the rise and should make this quarter more impressive than… Read More
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Meerkats are one of planet Earth's most endearing species, a...
Meerkats are one of planet Earth's most endearing species, andyet they have a well-documented dark side. Female meerkats willraise their daughters to maturity, but will then turn on them andevict them from the group using vicious means, as well as killingtheir grandchildren.

The theory has always been that alpha females will do this inorder to prevent subordinates from breeding within the meerkatgroup. As the critters live in groups consisting of one breedingpair and helper meerkats, it has always been presumed that thealpha female will chase out breeding females in order to make s...
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New submitter bnortman (922608) was the first to write in wi...
New submitter bnortman (922608) was the first to write in with word of "a new research paper discussing a new form of user fingerprinting and tracking for the web using the HTML 5 <canvas> ." globaljustin adds more from an article at Pro Publica: Canvas fingerprinting works by instructing the visitor's Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user's device a number that uniquely identifies it. ... The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code ... on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites. Most of the code was on websites that use the AddThis social media sharing tools. Other fingerprinters include the German digital marketer Ligatus and the Canadian dating site Plentyoffish. ... Ri...
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alphadogg (971356) writes "In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks,...
alphadogg (971356) writes "In its quest to help enterprises seek out and neutralize all threats to their Wi-Fi networks, AirMagnet is now looking to the skies. In a free software update to its AirMagnet Enterprise product last week, the Wi-Fi security division of Fluke Networks added code specifically crafted to detect the Parrot AR Drone, a popular unmanned aerial vehicle that costs a few hundred dollars and can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. Drones themselves don't pose any special threat to Wi-Fi networks, and AirMagnet isn't issuing air pistols to its customers to shoot them down. The reason the craft are dangerous is that they can be modified to act as rogue access points and sent into range of a victim's wireless network, potentially breaking into a network to steal data...
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A backgrounder for those of you who don't live in Berkeley: Spirulina is a superfood. A superfood, for those who aren't ...
A backgrounder for those of you who don't live in Berkeley: Spirulina is a superfood. A superfood, for those who aren't obsessed with nutritional fads, is a food that is off-the-charts rich in vitamins, minerals and other stuff that is obviously yet mysteriously Good For You. Despite their grandiose title, it is a great idea to eat these uncommon comestibles; however, spirulina in particular can be a bit of work to get your hands on. It's traditionally grown in small ponds—historically in a lake system in Chad of all places—and it looks, to those without deep enthusiasm for biology, like pond scum. This is not a sexy or garden-variety foodstuff, but once harv...
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Speech-recognition software just keeps getting smarter. Toda...
Speech-recognition software just keeps getting smarter. Today, Nuance announced the latest incarnation of its popular software, Dragon Naturally Speaking 13, which promises to be faster and more accurate than previous versions. Dragon’s accuracy largely comes from its ability to learn your writing style and word usage preferences. It then offers smart suggestions and can better predict what […]
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It's difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if...
It's difficult for anyone to imagine the future. But what if youwere largely unfamiliar with the present?

That's the fascination at the heart of "Commissions for Utopia,"a series of futuristic scenes of North Korea dreamed upby one of the country's promising young architects. Theillustrations, currently on view at the Venice ArchitectureBiennale in Italy, show the buildings of tomorrow as envisioned bysomeone with little exposure to the architecture of today.

In the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, "architect" is agovernment job. There are no ...
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The likelihood of Apple releasing an iPhone 6 with a screenl...
The likelihood of Apple releasing an iPhone 6 with a screenlarger than the current and previous models just got a littlegreater.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, "sourcesfamiliar with the matter" confirm longstanding rumours that Applewill release a 4.7-inch iPhone, an increase over the current 4-inchmodels; as well as a 5.5-inch alternative, dwarfing thecirca-5-inch Android competition currently on sale from Samsung,HTC and Sony.

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After launching last year with Google's Android software, Samsung's first smartwatch is switching to Tizen. An official ...
After launching last year with Google's Android software, Samsung's first smartwatch is switching to Tizen. An official software update makes the change which brings new funcations and doubles the amount of apps available to Galaxy Gear owners.So long, Android: Samsung brings Tizen update to Galaxy Gear smartwatch originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.

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Fast Company
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From Fallingwater to Farnsworth House, masterpieces of modern architecture get a colorful tribute.

If you're tryi...
From Fallingwater to Farnsworth House, masterpieces of modern architecture get a colorful tribute.

If you're trying to brush up on Architecture 101, this animation of the world's most iconic houses is far more fun a learning tool than textbooks. It's a colorful, flat-design take on masterworks of 21st-century architecture, from Le Corbusier's Ville Savoy to Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Graphic designer Matteo Muci breaks down the intricate buildings into simple lines and geometric shapes, throwing in a few eight-bit trees here and there, and the animation collages them together from the ground up. Architecture nerds can test themselves by trying to guess which building is being ...
Fast Company
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Southern California history meets daytime disco in Beats' Cu...
Southern California history meets daytime disco in Beats' Culver City headquarters.

Apple may have acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics in May, but the new Beats by Dre headquarters in Culver City couldn't be farther from the all-white aesthetic favored by Jonathan Ive and Steve Jobs or Norman Foster's spaceship-in-the-garden landing soon in Cupertino. "We come from hip-hop, hardcore punk, and indie rock. Hype Williams to Paul Williams, Robert Mapplethorpe to Robert Kelly. How do you design for that without being cliché?...
TechCrunch
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 OpenTable is the main real-time reservation platform for restaurants, but it’s an old incumbent and there is...
 OpenTable is the main real-time reservation platform for restaurants, but it’s an old incumbent and there is plenty of opportunity out there. New startup Quandoo wants to address this area and today it’s close its Series $25m growth financing round lead by Piton Capital and affiliates.It will use this cash to extend its market Germany, Austria and Italy across Europe as well as… Read More
Techdirt
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A few weeks ago, an anonymous internet user was able to acquire and subsequently extract a website blacklist used by Ger...
A few weeks ago, an anonymous internet user was able to acquire and subsequently extract a website blacklist used by Germany's Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Children (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien [BPjM]). This un-hashed list was posted to the user's Neocities blog, along with some analysis of the blacklist's contents and a rundown on the minimal protective efforts used for the list. The actual blacklist is much more extensive than what's published here. In fact, as is noted in the post, a majority of the list is publicly viewable. The censorship list ("index") is split into various sublists: Sublist A: Works that are ...
Fast Company
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The CIA's collection of historical artifacts reveals hidden ...
The CIA's collection of historical artifacts reveals hidden cameras everywhere.

Real-life espionage probably bears little resemblance to the sexy, gadget-laden world of James Bond (we assume) but that doesn't mean CIA operatives don't have a few tricks up their sleeves. At the intelligence agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., CIA operatives and analysts can glimpse into the spy equipment of years past, including hidden cameras, hollow coins, and code-carrying makeup cases. For the non-spies among us, the collection is also viewable online.
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Nom du Keyboard writes: After seeing a drop in my DVD service from Netflix I got a customer service representative tonig...
Nom du Keyboard writes: After seeing a drop in my DVD service from Netflix I got a customer service representative tonight to confirm that Netflix has ceased processing DVD returns on Saturdays nationwide. And that they did this without notifying their customers, or reducing prices to compensate for the reduced service. Given that the DVD selection still far outstrips their streaming selection, this may be news to others like myself who don't find streaming an adequate replacement for plastic discs. My experience up until recently, unlike Netflix's promise of a 1-3 day turnaround at their end which gives them lots of wiggle room to degrade service even further, had been of mailing in a DVD on day one, having them receive it and mail out my next selection on day two, and receiving it on day...
GigaOmTech
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What does a modern, flexible content management application look like, how should it integrate with development processe...
What does a modern, flexible content management application look like, how should it integrate with development processes, and how should businesses get there? Find out in the next Gigaom Research webinar on July 29.Gigaom Research webinar: building content-centric applications: the new shift in enterprise content management originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.