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By 2015 the netbook will be extinct

When netbooks first appeared in 2007 the iPad was still 3 years away, Android had only just been unveiled, and consumers were queuing up to check out this new “smartphone” called the iPhone.… Go to Source

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Frankenstein console mod accepts 18 different types of game cartridges

If you’re a collector and have a plethora of gaming consoles sitting up in your attic or hiding away in your basement beneath mounds of the very cartridges they play, it’s most likely… Go to Source

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Styrofoam stands no chance against the Red Hot Nickel Ball

If you haven’t been following the adventures of the Red Hot Nickel Ball (RHNB) then you have been missing out on one of the better things on the internet. The premise of the… Go to Source

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DARPA seeks to build robots with more human-like ‘brains’

Researchers are already working on systems that replicate the human brain — not just in capacity, but also in cognitive thought processes.

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Will a new way to monetize journalism work?

A new online journalism model lets readers read for free as long as they share content.

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Getting Ready for Machine Learning

Machine learning has an image problem. It is either not understood or, because of its roots in artificial intelligence, is seen as far off or far out. In truth, machine learning can be a practical business tool within the reach

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HiRISE spots Mars 3 Soviet Lander from 1971

One of the truly amazing parts of space exploration today is how anyone on the planet can participate. There’s no greater example of this than seeing a few enthusiasts discover that NASA’s HiRISE… Go to Source

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U.K. carers ask for tougher regulation

The majority of healthcare assistants in the U.K. want to see tougher regulations in place, according to a survey.

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PC sales plunge. Is Microsoft to blame?

PCs are starting to look like horse and buggy. One report implicates Windows 8 for the big step backward.

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Google Chrome is getting autocorrect

Chrome already has a solid built-in spell check. In fact, Google just release delivered some major improvements to the tool in Chrome 26. In a future version of the browser, Chrome will even… Go to Source

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Do Generations X and Y ignore travel insurance?

A new survey says that the oldest and wisest generations are most likely to bother purchasing travel insurance before heading abroad.

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Work and study hybrid schools gain traction in the UK

It may not be apprenticeships of old, but it’s a start.

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Google kills 60,000 apps just in time for Play Store 4.0 release

Google is making big changes to their mobile experience this week. Just before announcing a new design for their Play Store, the company purged about 60,000 low-rated apps from their app catalog. Google’s… Go to Source

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Wireless smart meter measures your electricity use

Here’s a cheap wireless device that can monitor the power consumption of your appliances with 98 percent accuracy. You don’t need to plug it in.

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Study: Climate change means higher airfare

Scientists from the United Kingdom have determined that climate change will lead to more virulent turbulence in the North Atlantic, leading to higher airfares.

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Leaked Facebook Home can be installed on the Nexus 4

Only a few short days after the announcement of Facebook’s new Home on Android, leaked builds of the software have been made available to download. As long as you’ve got a Nexus 4… Go to Source

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Why your first decision may not be the right one

Everybody admires a ‘decisive’ leader who can make his or her choice and stick to it, never wavering. The hallmark of success, right? Wrong, say two entrepreneurial experts.

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Skype malware turns your computer into a Bitcoin mining zombie

A new piece of malware is floating around, but that seems like par for the course these days. What makes this malicious bit of code notable is the goal its creators have in… Go to Source

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Dell’s $600 Alienware X51 is now available with Ubuntu

Dell, the on-again-off-again friend of desktop Linux, has announced its first Ubuntu-powered gaming PC. The X51, Alienware’s console-lookalike, will soon ship with Ubuntu Linux and full graphics driver support, with gaming-ready specs, starting… Go to Source

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Paris Marathon will harvest energy from runners

The energy exerted by runners at the Paris Marathon won’t be wasted. Here’s how.

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