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40% of Web users have been harassed, says survey
CNN
From GamerGate to Zelda Williams, he vast majority of us have seen the Web being used to harass, intimidate or threaten women, others.
Wearable tech to hack your brain
CNN
New tech: Strap on a headset, send targeted electrical currents into your brain for about 15 minutes to get more energy, improve your focus or calm down.
Tim Cook: 'I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me'
the Guardian
Apple CEO Tim Cook has written about his sexuality for the first time, in the hope that he can ‘help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is’. By Alex Hern
What Science Lost in the Antares Rocket Explosion | WIRED
WIRED
Last night, an unmanned Antares rocket carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station exploded in a huge fireball seconds after liftoff. No one was hurt, but in addition to damage to the launch pad, NASA lost tons of supplies, including equipment and food for astronauts. Science also took a big hit in the explosion.
Beyond Disruption: The Age of the Impact Entrepreneur | WIRED
WIRED
In Mike Judge’s excellent comedy series “Silicon Valley”, the much clichéd mission statement of start-ups claiming “to make the world a better place” is mocked to full effect. In one episode, a handful of start-ups line up to pitch to a panel of investors. They all conclude their presentations with the same lofty ambition, pledging…
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Facebook wants to bring back the anonymous chatroom
CNN
Facebook releases a free app that lets you anonymously create or join chatrooms based on shared interests.
Lenovo adds a 13-inch Windows tablet to the Yoga mix
Ars Technica
Packs on more RAM and storage than its Android sibling, but lacks the projector.
China rising: Xiaomi becomes world's third biggest smartphone manufacturer
the Guardian
Smartphone shipments in the third quarter place Chinese rising star Xiaomi ‘China’s Apple’ ahead of South Korea’s LG, but behind Samsung and Apple. By Samuel Gibbs
Personal: Check. Next Up: The Workplace -- Contextual Communications Change the Game | WIRED
WIRED
Personal communications are becoming more user friendly every day. However workplace communications seem to be getting more complex. Every time employees log-in, there are more applications that they are required to use and more streams to keep up with. Despite communications advances, the inevitable truth is that employees spend too much time messaging and not…
Can the web predict the future? The strange world of long-term betting
CNN
From drones to dry spells, Longbets.org takes the long view and places odds on the shape of the future.
Missing bitcoin cash: 'I'm not missing,' says Moolah CEO
the Guardian
The head of the collapsed bitcoin firm has hit back at allegations of fraud, saying he is working to return all money to customers. By Alex Hern
Nintendo to expand fitness focus beyond games to sleep-tracking
the Guardian
Games firm reveals plans for launch by early 2016, after Super Smash Bros helped it return to profitability. By Stuart Dredge
Last-Minute Tech Tips for Making Your Halloween Nice and Creepy | WIRED
WIRED
Even if you've procrastinated on your Halloween plans, you can still whip up festive, interactive costumes and decor. Here are seven tips and ideas for a WIRED All Hallows Eve.
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Class-action suit alleges 2011 Apple MacBook Pros were defective
Ars Technica
Lawyers say laptops suffered from faulty soldering connecting AMD GPU to logic board.
MPAA Bans Google Glass And Other Wearable Cameras From Movie Theaters Because Duh | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Under the new rules, theater owners will ask anyone with wearable recording devices to turn'em off and put them away. Fail to do that, and they'll give you..
'Interstellar' Black Hole is Best Black Hole in Sci-Fi : DNews
DNews
Christopher Nolen's movie 'Interstellar' will be an epic space adventure encapsulating humanity's need to explore the Universe, but it's the visual effects for the movie that are garnering early attention. Continue reading →
New Frog Species Discovered in NYC : DNews
DNews
How could a frog go unnoticed in NYC for thousands of years? Discretion is everything. Continue reading →
Internet experts see ‘major cyber attacks’ increasing over next decade
the Guardian
Pew Research report’s survey finds 61% of respondents predicting at least one attack causing ‘widespread harm’. By Stuart Dredge
Winning Microscope Photographs Are Beautiful, Intriguing, and Creepy | WIRED
WIRED
The winner's of Nikon's annual Small World microscope photography contest this year include images of transgenic kidneys, a cricket's tongue, spider eyes, and a scarlet pimpernel. The first-place photograph was chosen out of more than 1,200 entries from 79 different countries. Rogelio Moreno, a computer programmer and self-taught microscopist from Panama, managed to capture an image of a tiny creature known as a rotifer with its mouth open.
This Fiery Tool Finishes Your Meat With a Blast of Heat | WIRED
WIRED
The Searzall is a baffle that fits over the business end of a blowtorch to spread out the heat, turning your BernzOmatic torch into a handheld broiler.
Microsoft’s $199 fitness band, the Microsoft Band, leaked by app stores
Ars Technica
Apps for OS X, smartphones, reveal the device's existence.
Google Play Books Updated To Make It A Better eReader For Students, Chefs, And Others Who Read Huge Books | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Most eReader apps tend to be built for reading something from start to finish — which makes sense, given that that's how about 99 percent of fiction works..
Nintendo's New Health Device Listens to You Sleep | WIRED
WIRED
Nintendo's first entry into the "quality of life" business, which it plans to release by early 2016, is a device that tracks a user's level of fatigue by monitoring sleep.
Five Ways to Move Your Big Data Projects Into the Cloud | WIRED
WIRED
As the cloud goes mainstream, the technology will become crucial to executives handling projects powered by analytics. Which basically means every department head. Because the insights that analytics are churning out these days are the biggest drivers of new business models, closer ties with customers, and more production collaboration with partners, customers and employees.  But as more data…
PS4 Share Play impressions: Here, have a laggy Internet controller
Ars Technica
Despite latency issues, the "virtual couch" is a nice addition to PlayStation Plus.
Does Uber-Ancient Earth Water Mean Life Started Earlier? : DNews
DNews
Just 14 million years after the start of the solar system, Earth and the rest of the inner planets were inundated with water, setting back the clock for when life could have evolved.
After IBM Deal With Twitter, Watson Supercomputer Can Mine Mountains of Tweets | WIRED
WIRED
Watson, the artificially intelligent IBM supercomputer, can already beat you at Jeopardy. And soon, it will know more than you do about what’s happening on Twitter, too. It’s part of a deal the two companies announced on Wednesday that’s designed to let IBM’s business clients mine the 500 million daily Twitter messages for competitive intel.…
Of course blocking instant messaging at work makes sense
Ars Technica
Chatting at work is non-negotiable to some employees.
Verizon Ventures Seeks To Double Portfolio And Investment Capital | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Verizon Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Internet, phone, and wireless networking services company, will look to double its portfolio and the capital..
Cycling Deaths on the Rise : DNews
DNews
A new report shows a 16 percent increase in biking deaths between 2010 and 2012. Continue reading →
DNews: Antares Rocket Explosion: The Day After : DNews
DNews
To the horror of onlookers worldwide, last night an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket exploded moments after lifting off on a journey to ferry cargo to the International Space Station. We recount the event and assess what was lost in the crash.
Republicans make a play for Silicon Valley, ‘the country’s largest ATM’
the Guardian
Conservative politicians such as Rand Paul and Chris Christie are making inroads among the billionaires of ‘the country’s largest ATM’
Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of Metal | WIRED
WIRED
Researchers had tried for 23 years to connect this piece of metal to Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They finally think they've proven it was part of her plane.
Copyright Office about to consider 6th round of exemptions for dodging DRM
Ars Technica
Deadline's up for copyright exemptions: Cars, DVDs, and 3D printers on the line.
Ezra’s Craft Liquor Marketplace Helps You Understand All The Subtle Notes Of Your Drink | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
At some point in most everyone's life, alcohol consumption goes from a sport wherein players try to get pounded in the most efficient way possible to an..
Elimi Turns Dating Into Truth Or Dare | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Hey, are you interested in ladies or men? Do you like to flirt with a capital F? Then Elimi is for you (or perhaps not if you prefer to meet potential..
Digital Innovation and the Future of Storytelling: A New Golden Age? | WIRED
WIRED
The media world was taken by surprise when HBO — and subsequently CBS — announced they will allow consumers to bypass traditional pay TV distributors to access entertainment content directly via the Internet. This move was seen as both validation of and a direct challenge to Netflix, whose rapid growth has dramatically changed the way…
Google ordered to pay a woman $2,250 for Street View image showing cleavage
Ars Technica
Although her face was blurred out, image had “part of her breast exposed.”
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about the video, baby
Ars Technica
It’s not enough to just see 4K content—you have to be able to edit it, too.
Latest Android encrypted by default, adds “smart” device locking
Ars Technica
Google reveals features designed to make Android "Lollipop" more secure
Xiaomi Now The World’s Third Biggest Smartphone Maker, Says IDC | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Xiaomi is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker, due in large part to the success of its high-end Mi4, says new research by IDC. This is also the..
Even With The Novel Sprout, HP Just Can’t Win | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
By all accounts HP announced something truly innovative today. The Sprout by HP is a mind-blowing mash-up of desktop computer, 3D scanner and touchscreen. It..
Hydropower May Be Huge Source of Methane Emissions : DNews
DNews
What if reservoirs that store water and produce electricity were among some of the world's largest contributors of greenhouse gasses?
UK joins world’s fastest mobile internet club with next generation 4G+ rollout
the Guardian
EE joins Vodafone with mobile data speeds five times faster than average UK broadband in London, with Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool added in 2015. By Samuel Gibbs
Oculus Rift: Mark Zuckerberg targets 50m-100m headset sales in 10 years
the Guardian
Facebook boss: ‘When you get to that scale, that’s when it starts to be interesting as a business’. By Stuart Dredge
6 Expert Tricks for Getting the Best Candy This Halloween | WIRED
WIRED
Your kids may be content with a few fun-size Snickers and tiny boxes of Nerds, but if you're looking for quality candy and lots of it, you need a PhD-level strategy. So we talked to a bunch of academics to create this greed-is-good guide to landing more loot.
Beyond gaming, the VR boom is everywhere—from classrooms to therapy couches
Ars Technica
From trauma treatment to space exploration, VR is more than just fun and games.
About.Me Launches App That Aims To Replace The Business Card | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Tony Conrad, the founder of about.me, says it's time to disrupt the business card. He's released a new app today called Intro to do just that. "You don't..
Earth's Oceans May Actually Be as Old as Earth Itself
Motherboard
Scientists used to think that Earth was a dead, dry planet for hundreds of millions of years.
Fiat Is Selling Ferrari. What's the Worst That Could Happen? | WIRED
WIRED
Brand aficionados (including us) are concerned about what could happen to a publicly traded Ferrari.
Motorola is now officially part of Lenovo
Ars Technica
Lenovo and Motorola say they will continue to ship stock Android devices.
Cassini Spies a Sunny Day on Titan's Seas : DNews
DNews
During a recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini mission captured some breathtaking infrared views of the small world, photographing sunlight glinting off its hydrocarbon seas. Continue reading →
Worsen a laser to improve it
Ars Technica
Researchers show that lasers run better when they shouldn't run at all.
Looks Like Microsoft Just Leaked Its Own Fitness Band [Update: It's Now Official] | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Whoops! Before Microsoft even got a chance to announce that they're making a fitness tracking band (a la Jawbone Up, Fitbit Force, etc.), the device's..
Freaked Out Fish Grind Their Teeth and Produce Odd Noise : DNews
DNews
Fish don't scream, so what's a scared fish to do? Researchers found that some fish warn others and express their distress by grinding their teeth. Continue reading →
Now Showing: 3-D Virtual Reality Movies : DNews
DNews
New and retrofitted films are already being released for the forthcoming virtual reality platform. Continue reading →
Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled
the Guardian
Creators say AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster 3.0 could become regular mode of transport for commuters
Google is developing a cancer and heart attack-detecting pill
the Guardian
New ‘nanoparticle’ pill could detect signs of disease before it becomes a problem for pre-emptive treatment, monitored by a wrist-worn device. By Samuel Gibbs
We'd Sell a Kidney for One of These Vintage British Motorcycles | WIRED
WIRED
Classic British motorcycles from the collection of a Texas lawyer are going up for auction.
Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health: The $199 all-platform fitness band
Ars Technica
Designed to let you "leave your phone in your pocket and miss nothing."
Cookies Are Dead: User-Based Attribution Models Are The Only Way Forward | TechCrunch
TechCrunch
Cookies are the base tracking mechanism for most companies running online marketing initiatives, yet cookies are dying out rapidly because mobile usage is..
Prepaid smart meters outwit Africa's power thieves
CNN
In the narrow winding lanes of Old Delhi, the knotted masses of electrical wiring hanging across the streets are sometimes so thickly entwined they blot out the sun.
The Best Thing About Microsoft's Health Tracker Is That It's Cross-Platform | WIRED
WIRED
Microsoft has been working on its own health tracking service, Microsoft Health, and a wearable to go along with it, Microsoft Band. Both are available starting today.
Retailers accuse credit unions of talking smack about card breaches
Ars Technica
Letter calls out credit unions for spreading “misleading” info to media, Congress.
Hi-Tech Harness Helps Dogs and People Communicate : DNews
DNews
A dog harness helps enhance communications between pets and service animals and humans. Continue reading →
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Google ordered to pay a woman $2,250 for Street View image showing cleavage
Ars Technica
Although her face was blurred out, image had “part of her breast exposed.”
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about the video, baby
Ars Technica
It’s not enough to just see 4K content—you have to be able to edit it, too.
US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy : DNews
DNews
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading →
Motorola is now officially part of Lenovo
Ars Technica
Lenovo and Motorola say they will continue to ship stock Android devices.
Cassini Spies a Sunny Day on Titan's Seas : DNews
DNews
During a recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini mission captured some breathtaking infrared views of the small world, photographing sunlight glinting off its hydrocarbon seas. Continue reading →
Just the facts, please. : DNews
DNews
A lot of the fear surrounding spiders is based on myths, not facts, according to the experts who study these eight-legged creatures.
Retailers accuse credit unions of talking smack about card breaches
Ars Technica
Letter calls out credit unions for spreading “misleading” info to media, Congress.
Does Uber-Ancient Earth Water Mean Life Started Earlier? : DNews
DNews
Just 14 million years after the start of the solar system, Earth and the rest of the inner planets were inundated with water, setting back the clock for when life could have evolved.
300 Feared Missing in Sri Lanka Mudslides : DNews
DNews
At least 16 people are dead and hundreds missing after a landslide in central Sri Lanka.
PS4 Share Play impressions: Here, have a laggy Internet controller
Ars Technica
Despite latency issues, the "virtual couch" is a nice addition to PlayStation Plus.
Hi-Tech Harness Helps Dogs and People Communicate : DNews
DNews
A dog harness helps enhance communications between pets and service animals and humans. Continue reading →
DNews: How Young is Too Young to Use Technology? : DNews
DNews
"Kids these days..." They're using tablets practically right out of the womb! Other than embarrassing people 40 times their age who can't even figure out how to visit Youtube, is there any harm in letting the little ones loose so early?
   
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