Monthly Archives: February 2016

Google helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people discover ‘Places of Pride’

While sex and gender discrimination will always exist in some form, I am very proud that many people in the USA have opened their minds — and hearts — to people that may be different from them. It warms my heart that people

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Kickstarter-Backed FOVE Delays VR Headset Ship Date, Begins Offering Refunds

 FOVE, an eye-tracking VR headset company, announced today that it will be delaying the expected ship date of its Kickstarter-backed HMD to fall 2016, due to unexpected difficulties in part-sourcing. Likely to be more upsetting to many of the developer backers, the HMD is

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Japan Launches Observatory To Study Black Holes And Dying Stars

 This week the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a new space observatory designed to study black holes, dying stars and the history of galaxy clusters. The X-ray Astronomy Satellite, known as ASTRO-H, will be able to detect X-rays more

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The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending February 20, 2016)

A selection of the most interesting and intriguing arXiv papers from the past week.

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Google cleans up search results by ditching sidebar ads

Google generates a huge amount of revenue through advertising, and it’s not afraid to try mixing things up a little. Ads in search results have long-been controversial, but the latest change is likely to go down well with many people

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Smile! Your DVR may email your picture to China

You may look at the DVR as that box that records your TV shows and perhaps even allows you to skip the commercials. But there is more to it than just that. Users can also record video from their home

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We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Cyberpunk Dystopia

 Apple will lose this battle with the US government. Maybe not this year, or next, but soon enough, and for the rest of our lives. It is folly to pretend otherwise. Most ordinary people, and most powerful people, don’t care

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Syed Farook’s iCloud password was changed by officials; Trump proposes Apple boycott

Apple is standing fast on its decision not to help — publicly, at least — the FBI to gain access to the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino terrorists. In the latest twist in the saga,

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Microsoft forms IoT-focused Open Connectivity Foundation with Intel, Samsung, and others

As someone who is historically an early adopter of technology, I surprised myself when I didn’t jump head-first into the Internet of Things. Don’t get me wrong, I love the IoT concepts of the connected home and smart appliances, but

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Tesla Motors Finally Owns is now in the hands of Elon Musk. Stu Grossman owned the domain since 1992 but it mostly sat unused. As of February 19, 2016, it redirects visitors to and all is right with the world. The story

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Lexus shifts gears with the 350-hp LC 500h hybrid

There are long, drawn-out car teasers, and then there are super-quick campaigns that are there and gone in a flash. Lexus goes the latter route with the all-new LC 500h. Just days after announcing the new hybrid and showing the

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Virgin Galactic unveils new SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity

Over a year after a fatal test flight accident, Virgin Galactic is back as CEO Sir Richard Branson today unveiled the new spacecraft that will replace the ill-fated SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Enterprise. Sporting a new silver and white livery

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Where Are They Now? Startup Battlefield Company PageCloud

 The beauty of content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Wix, Weebly and others is in the ability to create and build a complete website using just your browser. Designers are given the flexibility to make changes to their websites using

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Apple Executives Detail Scope Of FBI Request And Company’s Motivations For Not Complying

 In a call with reporters today, Apple executives spoke in response to a motion the Justice Department filed today to force Apple to comply with a request from the FBI to provide access to the iPhone of Syed Farook taken

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The Dangerous All Writ Precedent in the Apple Case

Tim Cook, the C.E.O. of Apple, which has been ordered to help the F.B.I. get into the cell phone of the San Bernardino shooters, wrote in an angry open letter this week that “the U.S. government has asked us for

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Soap Star Robin Strasser Looking to Make a Drama-Free Move from the UES…For $7.5M

This is what soap star Robin Strasser is leaving in favor of the West Coast

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Bethesda is developing three new ‘big and crazy’ games

Bethesda Softworks is riding high off the success of Fallout 4, but the company isn’t content to just sit back and take in the praise and adoration tossed upon them. On top of […] Go to Source

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From Trump to Zika: Pope Francis’s Eventful Plane Ride

Funny things seem to happen when Pope Francis and the papal press corps reach an altitude of thirty thousand feet. During long international flights—among the only times that Francis is in close proximity to the dozens of journalists who cover

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Do You Yearn for the Bern? There’s a Dating Site for That

Online dating has reached political spheres with the most recent addition to internet coupling:

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Superhero fan creates DIY batarang

Fans of Batman will be familiar with the batarang, a bat-shaped throwing weapon that Mr. Wayne uses to subdue his foes. In the trailer for the new film Batman v Superman, he uses a variant that can be folded up

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