Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jessica Pearce Rotondi: PHOTOS: Sexy Grandma Ads Feature Innuendos And Plenty Of Spice

Jessica Pearce Rotondi: PHOTOS: Sexy Grandma Ads Feature Innuendos And Plenty Of Spice



Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go ... but my, how Grandma has changed!

A new ad campaign for Crosby's molasses of Saint John, News Brunswick, Canada, features innuendos about "Grandma's muffin" and "ample rack," pairing rosy-faced nannas with slogans like, "all the men in town would do anything to get in grandma's pantry."


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'The Dictator' Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen's New Movie (VIDEO)

'The Dictator' Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen's New Movie (VIDEO)


Sacha Baron Cohen is a brave, brave man.

He's already goofed the world with his characters on "Da Ali G Show," and caused cultural ruckuses with "Borat" and "Bruno," so now he's taking the next logical step: wading into the most sensitive of international politics. And if one man can spoof the brutal regime of a dictator -- and somehow even make him likable -- it's got to be this lanky British mastermind.

Enter "The Dictator," Baron Cohen's latest film. He plays a North African dictator named General Aladeen, a combination of such deposed despots as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi who gets sent to the United States, and from the look of this first trailer, relies less on a culture clash than exaggerating the awful things a power hungry, egomaniacal dictator might do to make sure he holds on tight to his rule. And, remarkably, it's hilarious.


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Weird Gift Guide: Jesus Shaving Mug, Fur Bras, Pregnant Virgin Mary Ornament And More

Weird Gift Guide: Jesus Shaving Mug, Fur Bras, Pregnant Virgin Mary Ornament And More

Holiday gift-giving can be weird.

Some people you don't know well enough to be able to pick out a gift that shows thought and caring.

Of course, some people don't deserve any thought and caring at all -- especially a possibility if your workplace does one of those silly secret Santa gift exchanges.

Finally, some folks are just plain weird and impossible to buy for.

If there's someone on your gift-giving list who fits any of those descriptions, there is hope. And we're bringing that hope right now.

The folks at HuffPost Weird News have combed every retailer from the major to the miniscule looking for gifts that are sure to please the weird person in your life.


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Paul Holdengraber: "Death Is a Very Liberating Thought"

Paul Holdengraber: "Death Is a Very Liberating Thought"


On June 4, 2010, Christopher Hitchens appeared on LIVE from the NYPL, in conversation with Paul Holdengraber. This was three days before he became terribly ill. When asked "why write a memoir now?," he answered by saying, "You've got to do it in time." We will miss him.

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Pot Clubs Getting Into Holiday Spirit

Pot Clubs Getting Into Holiday Spirit


SAN FRANCISCO -- At The Apothecarium, a quaintly upscale medical marijuana club in San Francisco's Castro District, the vibe is even jollier than usual this month. To boost holiday spirits, the dispensary is giving a storewide 15 percent discount to patrons who donate to its canned food drive, making year-end contributions to local charities and raffling off a seriously spiked "ganja-bread" house made with a whopping 80 "doses" of pot-infused butter.

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Chris Tina Bruce: Transgender Rights or Deviant Behavior?

Chris Tina Bruce: Transgender Rights or Deviant Behavior?

As a white, heterosexual, college-educated male living in suburbia, the sky was the limit when it came to where I could go or what I wanted to do with my life. I still needed to work diligently and attack every opportunity or challenge at full speed, although all barriers were ones I could control. During the first 40 years of my life, I graduated from Georgia State University, relocated to a new city, and entered the corporate world to then start multiple successful and profitable organizations. I had the American dream, a wonderful wife, two healthy and happy children, a loving mother and sister, and a successful career, but I was not being true to myself.


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Dumb as a Blog: 14 Dumbest People Of 2011 Photo Gallery - 1. Donald Trump - on truTV.com

Dumb as a Blog: 14 Dumbest People Of 2011 Photo Gallery - 1. Donald Trump - on truTV.com

1. Donald Trump

How can a guy with falsified hair question the validity of President Obama's U.S. citizenship? One thing's for sure, if The Donald ever actually became president, no one would need to see a certificate to confirm he's an American dumba$$.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Kindle Fire, What Is It Good For? | TechCrunch

The Kindle Fire, What Is It Good For? | TechCrunch

When the Kindle Fire first shipped a couple weeks ago, the reviews were mixed. Uncle Walt calls it good, but not great. David Pogue at the NYT thinks it is “sluggish,” lacking “polish or speed.” But the Kindle Fire is still selling like hotcakes. Some reviewers are disappointed that it is not an iPad, but that is the wrong way to look at it. The Fire is a standout media tablet that does a few things very well and I am going to tell you what they are.

I’ve been using a Kindle Fire for the past two weeks (that is, when my kids or wife haven’t absconded to another room with it). The device passes my first test: my family fights over it. The Fire is kid-tested, and mother-approved. Fruit Ninja is the new obsession with my young children...

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Startups: Silicon Valley Vs. The Emerging World | TechCrunch

Startups: Silicon Valley Vs. The Emerging World | TechCrunch

On my way to attending an Endeavor Summit this summer, I had the following conversation with a customs officer upon arriving in the U.S.:

Immigration officer: What do you do for a living?
Me: I work at a startup, and I’m here to meet people from my industry.
Immigration officer: Ok. How long have you been at your current job?
Me: We started around five years ago.
Immigration officer: Five years! And you still call yourself a startup?!

This interaction has stayed with me because it seems to me to be a great example of the discrepancy between the reality distortion field that is Silicon Valley — and the reality almost everywhere else. Even the immigration officer at the San Francisco airport was of the opinion that five years is too long for a company to consider itself startup.


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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Atom Smashers Gat An Anti-Matter Surprise

The world's largest atom smasher, designed as a portal to a new view of physics, has produced its first peek at the unexpected: bits of matter that don't mirror the behavior of their antimatter counterparts.

The discovery, if confirmed, could rewrite the known laws of particle physics and help explain why our universe is made mostly of matter and not antimatter.

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider, the 17-mile (27 km) circular particle accelerator underground near Geneva, Switzerland, have been colliding protons at high speeds to create explosions of energy. From this energy many subatomic particles are produced.

Now researchers at the accelerator's LHCb experiment are reporting that some matter particles produced inside the machine appear to be behaving differently from their antimatter counterparts, which might provide a partial explanation to the mystery of antimatter. [The Coolest Little Particles in Nature]

Missing antimatter

Scientists think the universe started off with roughly equal amounts of matter and antimatter. (Particles of antimatter have the same mass of their twins but an opposite charge.) Somehow over the ensuing 14 billion years, most of the antimatter was destroyed, leaving a leftover universe of mainly matter.

One potential explanation for this outcome is called "charge-parity violation."  CP violation means that particles of opposite charge behave differently from one another.

The LHCb researchers found preliminary evidence that this is happening when particles called D-mesons, which contain "charmed quarks," decay into other particles. The whimsically named charmed quarks, like many exotic particles, are so unstable, they last only a fraction of a second. They quickly decay into other particles, and it is these products that the experiment detects. ("LHCb" is short for LHC-beauty, another flavor of quark.)

From the experiment, the researchers found a 0.8 percent difference in the probabilities that the matter and antimatter versions of these particles would decay into a particular end state.

Ruling out a fluke

When it comes to particle physics, it's all about the quality of statistics. Measuring something once is meaningless because of the high degree of uncertainty involved in such exotic, small systems. Scientists rely on taking measurements over and over again — enough times to dismiss the chance of a fluke.

The new finding ranks as a "3.5 sigma" result, meaning the statistics are solid enough that there is only a 0.05 percent likelihood that the pattern they see isn't really there. For something to count as a true discovery in particle physics, it must reach a 5 sigma level of confidence.

"It's certainly exciting, and certainly worth pursuing," LHCb researcher Matthew Charles of England's Oxford University told LiveScience. "At this point it's a tantalizing hint. It's evidence of something interesting going on, but we're keeping the champagne on ice, let's say."

By the end of 2012, Charles said, the Large Hadron Collider should have collected enough data to either confirm or reject the result.

LHC's birthright

If the finding is borne out, it would be a big deal, because it would mean the reigning theory of particle physics, called the Standard Model, is incomplete. Currently the Standard Model does allow for some minor CP violation, but not at the level of 0.8 percent. To explain these results, scientists would have to alter their theory or add some new physics to the existing picture.

In either case, the LHC would have begun to claim its birthright.

"The whole driving purpose of the LHC is to discover and understand new physics beyond the Standard Model," Charles said. "This sort of analysis is exactly why I joined LHCb."

One possible example of the kind of new physics that might explain such CP violation is called supersymmetry. This theory suggests that in addition to all the known particles, there are supersymmetric partner particles that differ by half a unit of spin. Spin is one of the fundamental characteristics of elementary particles.

So far, no one has found direct evidence of supersymmetry. But if supersymmetric particles exist, they might be created instantaneously and disappear again during the particle-decay process. That way they could interfere with the decay process, potentially explaining why matter and antimatter decay differently.

Charles reported the LHCb team's findings this week in Paris at the Hadron Collider Physics Symposium.

You can follow LiveScience senior writer Clara Moskowitz on Twitter @ClaraMoskowitz. For more science news, follow LiveScience on twitter @livescience.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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by Zoe Chace

$199. Cheap!
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$199. Cheap!

If you wanted a tablet but thought the price of an iPad was too steep, Amazon has a message for you. You can't afford NOT to buy yourself a Kindle Fire.

The new tablet sells for $199 — less than half the price of an iPad.

Amazon can sell for such a low price partly because it's willing to sell each Kindle Fire for less than it costs to produce.

 

Amazon hasn't said exactly how much it costs the company to make each Fire. But Andrew Rassweiler of the research firm IHS iSuppli has a pretty good idea. He added up the price of the components in the tablet and came up with a cost of $209.63 for materials and manufacturing per tablet.

And Rassweiler's estimate doesn't include the licensing deals Amazon cuts to stream content, or the marketing to promote the Fire.

Why does Amazon sell a product at a loss? Because, for Amazon, the Fire is a book store, and a movie theater, and a record shop. And (of course) Amazon is the one selling books, movies and records.

Once you're inside Amazon's ecosystem, there are a whole bunch of ways they can make money off you. You buy Amazon's books, movies, and music. You buy Amazon's apps. You see Amazon's ads. There's no Apple store on an Amazon device. You're locked in.

This is the model printer manufacturers often use. You can buy a decent printer for $40 — less than it costs to produce. That's because printer companies make all their money selling ink cartridges to go in the printers.

The ink in those tiny cartridges goes for a ridiculous $4,731 per gallon, according to Eduardo Porter, the author of a book called The Price of Everything.

Unlike, say, Apple, Amazon didn't start out as a computer company. For Amazon, the computer is simply a means to an end.

"Amazon was a store that just happened to be online," Porter says.

And though Amazon sells basically everything now, it's the company's identity as a bookseller that drove it to make tablets, according to Porter. They realized that more and more reading was going to happen on this devices, and if they wanted to stay in the book business, they had to move onto this new platform.

Amazon is acting like bars in the mid-nineteenth century United States that offered a free lunch — if you paid for drinks. "There was a lot of salt in the meal," Porter says.

The Kindle Fire's not free, but it's certainly cheap. And if having a Fire makes people thirsty for more Amazon products, then the low price pays off for Amazon.

 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Duqu Virus Tied to Microsoft Windows Bug

Duqu Virus Tied to Microsoft Windows Bug

Hackers have used a security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to infect computers with the the Duqu virus, Microsoft has admitted.

“We are working diligently to address this issue and will release a security update for customers,” Microsoft said in a statement.


Sunday, October 30, 2011

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Women are Taking Over the Social Web | Smedio

Women are Taking Over the Social Web | Smedio

In the words of Martina McBride, “This One’s For The Girls.” Don’t look now, but women have taken over social media channels. Females spend more time than males on social media sites.

Hilarious Spoof: Here’s How Headlines Are Created [VIRAL VIDEO]

Hilarious Spoof: Here’s How Headlines Are Created [VIRAL VIDEO]


The funny people at Jest have been paying close attention to the way news outlets cover stories, focusing on headlines in particular. Here’s their satirical interpretation of the “hard work” media mavens go through just to bring you their catchy headlines for one particularly controversial story: Occupy Wall Street.

Our fave: Fox News, which might be a little too close to an actual headline. Which one did you like the best?


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Siri Gives Apple a Two-Year Advantage Over Google, Says VC

Siri Gives Apple a Two-Year Advantage Over Google, Says VC


Could Siri, the voice-based virtual assistant for every iPhone 4S owner, constitute a threat to Google’s Android operating system?

Absolutely, says Gary Morgenthaler, a partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, recognized expert in artificial intelligence, and a Siri board member and investor. Apple, he argues, now has at least a two-year advantage over Google in the war for best smartphone platform.


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Russia's RadioAstron

Russia's RadioAstron

RadioAstron is be the strongest radio telescope on Earth.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Real competition from Redmond: Windows Phone 7 "Mango" reviewed

Real competition from Redmond: Windows Phone 7 "Mango" reviewed

When we reviewed Windows Phone a year ago, we liked a lot of what we saw, but recognized that it had more than a few gaps and rough edges. While the platform has attracted developers and applications, with more than 30,000 titles in the app store, success with consumers has been harder to come by. Though there are signs that the platform is at least appearing on buyers' radars, actual sales remain low.

Windows Phone 7.0 was not a perfect release. Desirable features—chief among them copy-and-paste and multitasking—were missing. It had an SDK and a development environment that were easy to use but narrow in scope; applications couldn't access the camera and were limited in the network connections they could make, for example. The release of the first upgrade, which added copy-and-paste, was anything but smooth, with delays, incompatibilities, and even the occasional bricked phone. Living with Windows Phone in the first year of its release meant living with some compromises.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

From Infant Memory Into Mature Infancy

From Infant Memory Into Mature Infancy

This poem reflects upon the loss of naive intellect of youth

and the illusion of improvement in the transition from adolescence

into adulthood.

But for a few there is a mature infancy...

From Infant Memory Into Mature Infancy

Monday, October 3, 2011

From Infant Memory Into Mature Infancy

From Infant Memory Into Mature Infancy:

This poem reflects upon the loss of naive intellect of youth

and the illusion of improvement in the transition from adolescence

into adulthood.

But for a few there is a mature infancy...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Weekly Watch Round Up | TechCrunch

Weekly Watch Round Up | TechCrunch


The Dievas Vortex Professional watch gets reviewed. Durable titanium case and easy to read dial for people who just need a serious timepiece (for serious work and play).

Looking at a modern classic, a very unique classic. The Gerald Genta Gefica Bi-Retro Safari watch get’s remembered and recommended as a collectible.

Love that Japanese deconstructionist steampunk look? Dedegumo watches are custom made by hand and not too expensive.

For a bit more commentary, check out the Hourtime Watch Podcast.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire: First Impressions [VIDEO]

Amazon Kindle Fire: First Impressions [VIDEO]

Amazon just schooled the tablet market. The Fire, a $199, 7-inch color touch-screen tablet may be the first blockbuster Android tablet, though no one will care that it’s running the Android OS.

On the outside (and I do mean “outside” — Amazon wouldn’t let journalists touch or test drive the Fire), the all black device looks exactly like RIM’s PlayBook, which should not be surprising since it was reportedly built by the same manufacturer that built the PlayBook for RIM. It has a single button on one side of the device, stereo speakers on the other. It’s roughly 11.5 millimeters thick and does not include a camera. It’s also Wi-Fi only. No media slots and just 8GB of internal memory. You only have access to six of them, but Amazon reps stressed that you have unlimited storage in the cloud

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

3rd Generation Kindles Get A New Name, Discounted Prices | TechCrunch

3rd Generation Kindles Get A New Name, Discounted Prices | TechCrunch

f Amazon’s new slew of keyboard-less Kindles leaves you feeling frightened and confused, you’ve still got time to pick up one of their soon-to-be classic models. The 3rd generation Kindle (which has been retroactively renamed the “Kindle Keyboard”) is enjoying a bit of a price drop on Amazon.com as we speak.

The Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers has dipped from its usual price down to $99, while the spiffy 3G version is currently selling for $139. Given that the newly-announced Kindle with Special Offers is already available for a remarkable $79, only hardcore keyboard fanatics need apply.


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Monday, September 26, 2011

Controversy as Spotify requires new users to be on Facebook first | TechCrunch

Controversy as Spotify requires new users to be on Facebook first | TechCrunch


It seems premium streaming music service Spotify just inexorably linked its future to Facebook. Fresh from integrating so deeply with Facebook’s OpenGraph that users’ Ticker stream are teaming with their friends’ listening tastes, it is now requiring new users to have a Facebook account first in order to sign-up for the service.

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No Space In This Human Race

No Space In This Human Race

Drifting Ill At Ease With A Pleasure Disease...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Study: patent trolls have cost innovators half a trillion dollars

Study: patent trolls have cost innovators half a trillion dollars

By now, the story of patent trolls has become well-known: a small company with no products of its own threatens lawsuits against larger companies who inadvertently infringe its portfolio of broad patents. The scenario has become so common that we don't even try to cover all the cases here at Ars. If we did, we'd have little time to write about much else.

But anecdotal evidence is one thing. Data is another. Three Boston University researchers have produced a rigorous empirical estimate of the cost of patent trolling. And the number is breath-taking: patent trolls ("non-practicing entity" is the clinical term) have cost publicly traded defendants $500 billion since 1990. And the problem has become most severe in recent years. In the last four years, the costs have averaged $83 billion per year. The study says this is more than a quarter of US industrial research and development spending during those years.


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Friday, September 23, 2011

William Shatner on why Star Trek is better than Star Wars | TechRepublic

William Shatner on why Star Trek is better than Star Wars | TechRepublic

Takeaway: The geek debate Star Trek v. Star Wars is discussed by none other than the original Captain James Tiberius Kirk in this three-minute video.

In a humorous and heavily tongue-in-cheek interview, William Shatner shares his thoughts about how Star Trek differs from Star Wars and which one is better. Much of the commentary Shatner makes is pro-Star Trek, which is no surprise because of his association with the franchise and because of his desire to be in the next reboot movie. Several of his arguments are valid, some points are obvious jokes, and other statements are incorrect in my opinion. One example is his statement that Star Wars is a derivative of Star Trek, which is not true, as their respective sub-genres are completely different. Star Wars is very action-adventure whereas Star Trek is more about the human equation. Babylon 5 is a better example of being derivative of Star Trek.


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Talking computer will change the world; promises not to kill you | TechRepublic

Talking computer will change the world; promises not to kill you | TechRepublic


For as long as there has been science fiction to dream up the possibility of computers and robots that could one day rival or even surpass human beings in brain power, there have been people who have worried that these machines will eventually usurp control of the planet from humans and subjugate them.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Life in liquid carbon dioxide

Life in liquid carbon dioxide

Well, ok, perhaps it’s not life really in liquid carbon dioxide, but as you’ll see it’s pretty close. The study of extreme environments on Earth plays a big role in our expanding knowledge about places that support life but are radically different from the sunny, temperate, beer swilling, tea drinking surroundings we find ourselves in. As such these may represent good analogs to certain spots on worlds like Mars, Europa, Enceladus, or even further afield. Some of the most remarkable and provocative discoveries of extreme conditions have been those around deep ocean hydrothermal vent systems. Often located on or near to the planet-straddling mid-ocean volcanic ridges these are places where water has been siphoned into the sub-seafloor, superheated and enriched with all manner of soluble compounds (like metal sulphides, which are very bad for our delicate constitutions but just the stuff for chemoautotrophic organisms) before being squirted back out into the chill marine environment at depths of over a kilometer. Down here the ambient temperature is about 3 Celsius, and pressures can be hundreds of times that at the Earth’s surface. As the chemically rich water, often at temperatures of over several hundred degrees, sprays out into this dark cold environment it not only quickly deposits minerals but it provides oases for some of the most bizarre and unexpected ecosystems we have discovered. From extremophilic archaea and bacteria, to their symbiotic relationship with creatures like tube-worms, these locations flourish in the abyssal gloom.

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Free Will and Quantum Clones: How Your Choices Today Affect the Universe at its Origin

Free Will and Quantum Clones: How Your Choices Today Affect the Universe at its Origin


The late philosopher Robert Nozick, talking about the deep question of why there is something rather than nothing, quipped: “Someone who proposes a non-strange answer shows he didn’t understand the question.” So, when Scott Aaronson began a talk three weeks ago by saying it would be “the looniest talk I’ve ever given,” it was a good start. At a conference on the nature of time—a question so deep it’s hard even to formulate as a question—“loony” is high praise indeed. And indeed his talk was rich in ambition and vision. It left physics ├╝berblogger Sabine Hossenfelder uncharacteristically lost for words.

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Solar System Likely Once Had Another Gas-Giant Planet: Scientific American Podcast

Solar System Likely Once Had Another Gas-Giant Planet: Scientific American Podcast

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Those are the gas giants, the four heavyweights of the solar system. But was there once a fifth?

Maybe so, says a new study by David Nesvorny of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He used computer simulations to explore what the solar system may have looked like some four billion years ago.

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How Dark Matter Messes with Our Galaxy [Video]: Scientific American

How Dark Matter Messes with Our Galaxy [Video]: Scientific American

This video shows the spiral shape of our galaxy and two of its small satellite galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (to the left). The satellites orbit the main galaxy and, in the process, trigger slow-motion waves in it. On a human time scale, those waves look like a static warp in the galactic outskirts. The strange thing is that the satellites are too lightweight to have such a dramatic effect. Astronomers recently demonstrated that their gravity is greatly amplified by dark matter (which this video does not show -- it is, after all, dark).

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Netflix Releases Revised Subscriber Estimate, Stock Takes A Nosedive | TechCrunch

Netflix Releases Revised Subscriber Estimate, Stock Takes A Nosedive | TechCrunch

Netflix is crashing and burning in pre-trading as the company just released a statement to shareholders that cut forecasted subscribers by 1 million users. This comes after Netflix started rolling out new plans that effectively jacked prices up 60% for the most popular plan. As of this post’s writing, Netflix is down 15% [update below] and falling, almost erasing the company’s stellar 19% growth over the last year.

Monday, September 12, 2011

AT&T Reveals New Windows Phones, Outlines Mango Update Plans | TechCrunch

AT&T Reveals New Windows Phones, Outlines Mango Update Plans | TechCrunch

If their latest press release is any indication, AT&T really loves their Windows Phones. Their current lineup consists of four WP devices, with three of them having launched alongside the OS last November and the other being a network-swapped variant of an existing device.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Spotify And Ford Team Together To Showcase The Music Service’s First In-Car Integration | TechCrunch

Spotify And Ford Team Together To Showcase The Music Service’s First In-Car Integration | TechCrunch

Today at the TechCrunch Hackathon, Ford, the second largest automaker in the U.S., teamed with Spotify, the fast-growing Swedish music service that recently arrived in the states, to demonstrate the current opportunities for in-car app innovation as well as the new voice-activated Ford SYNC system. Just to clarify: This isn’t an “official partnership”, it’s just a cool hack meant to demonstrate how easy it is to integrate with SYNC. For those unfamiliar, Ford SYNC is the in-vehicle communications and entertainment system that allows drivers to make hands-free phone calls, as well as control music and other in-car entertainment with their very own vocal chords. SYNC recently added integration with AppLink (in 2011 Ford Fiestas for now) to allow hands-free use of smartphone apps in the car.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

8 Star Trek Gadgets That Are No Longer Fiction

8 Star Trek Gadgets That Are No Longer Fiction


Forty-five years ago, the first episode of Star Trek aired on NBC. It was five years after the Soviet Union launched the first human into space, and the franchise explored a fictional 23rd century “United Federation of Planets” through a crew based on the starship Enterprise.

Six television series and 11 movies later, some aspects of Star Trek no longer seem futuristic (people still don’t live in space, but they are working on vacationing there).


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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New iPad Rental Service Targets Travelers

New iPad Rental Service Targets Travelers

The Internet makes it easy to rent books, movies, high fashion, kid stuff and pretty much anything. But most iPad rental services don’t rent to individuals. Unless you own a business, it’s still easier to rent a speedboat than an iPad.

Flying Connected, an electronics rental site that launched in New York City last month, aims to make it easy for individuals to rent electronic companions for their trips.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Google Voice Users Can Now Export Texts, Voicemails & Phone Numbers

Google Voice Users Can Now Export Texts, Voicemails & Phone Numbers

An update to Google Takeout, the search giant’s data export service, now allows Google Voice users to retrieve all of their account data.

“We believe that our users should be able to export any data that they create in (or import into) one of our many products,” Google engineer Anthony Jawad writes in a post on the news.


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Four industries about to be transformed by the Internet | TechRepublic

Four industries about to be transformed by the Internet | TechRepublic

It’s been 15 years since the Internet became a mainstream phenomenon and began revolutionizing modern life in so many different ways — from how we find information to how we communicate with other people to how we consume news to to how we buy books and music to how we find a compatible life partner. Along the way, the Internet has completely upended entire industries, killing off or reducing many of the existing power brokers, removing the middle men, and ushering in new leaders — the digital powerhouses of the 21st century.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Quantum minds: Why we think like quarks - life - 05 September 2011 - New Scientist

Quantum minds: Why we think like quarks - life - 05 September 2011 - New Scientist

The fuzziness and weird logic of the way particles behave applies surprisingly well to how humans think

THE quantum world defies the rules of ordinary logic. Particles routinely occupy two or more places at the same time and don't even have well-defined properties until they are measured. It's all strange, yet true - quantum theory is the most accurate scientific theory ever tested and its mathematics is perfectly suited to the weirdness of the atomic world.


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10 Great Google Accessories Offer Eclectic Mix of Coolness

10 Great Google Accessories Offer Eclectic Mix of Coolness

To mark the 13th anniversary of Google’s inception, we’ve pulled together our top 10 G-themed accessories from all around the web.

From lighting to clothing via art, we think these fantastic bits and bobs are perfect for fans of the Mountain View-based business behemoth.


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

TV In The Cloud | TechCrunch

TV In The Cloud | TechCrunch

TV is moving to the cloud. It is inevitable, just as other kinds of media from books to music are increasingly delivered over the Internet. Netflix, Hulu, and even Apple TV are making inroads when it comes to distributing traditional TV shows and movies to Internet-connected screens. YouTube keeps grabbing more of our attention, accounting for 7 percent of total time spent on the Internet in the U.S., according to comScore.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Amazon Is Only Launching A 7″ Tablet? Genius. (Plus A Mockup!) | TechCrunch

Amazon Is Only Launching A 7″ Tablet? Genius. (Plus A Mockup!) | TechCrunch

The Amazon Kindle tablet is real. Very much real. As in, MG has held it in his very own hands. I threw together the mockup above based on what he shared with me.

As MG explained, we now know that the Kindle tablet won’t initially ship in both 7-inch and 10-inch variants, contrary to previous rumors. After a change in plans earlier this summer, Amazon only intends to launch with a 7-inch model.

That decision might just be the best one that Amazon could have possibly made — and it ought to have Samsung and all of the other Android tablet manufacturers shaking in their boots.


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Intel Forms ‘Federal’ Business Unit To Sell Supercomputing Services To The U.S. Government | TechCrunch

Intel Forms ‘Federal’ Business Unit To Sell Supercomputing Services To The U.S. Government | TechCrunch

Intel is forming a brand new business unit today, called Intel Federal, to ‘better address new opportunities in working with the U.S. government.’ The new subsidiary will focus exclusively on selling and advising on computing services in the government.

Initially, Intel says Intel Federal will focus on the High Performance Computing segment, including work on exascale computing with the U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies. Over time, the subsidiary will work with all branches of the government.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices | TechCrunch

Pogoplug Debuts New Hardware For Streaming To Mobile Devices | TechCrunch

Cloud Engines, Inc., makers of the Pogoplug line of devices and accompanying software, are launching a new hardware product today called Pogoplug Mobile. The device works like the company’s current Pogoplug product – you attach your hard drive or drives, plug it into your router and instantly have your own personal cloud. In short, it’s like a NAS (network-attached storage) box for your home.

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Listen Carefully: The Evolutionary Secret To Making a Hit Record

Listen Carefully: The Evolutionary Secret To Making a Hit Record

Laid bare on a stark piece of paper, removed entirely from their imposing instrumentals, strong emotions, and intimidating vocal talent, most song lyrics have all the literary force of a puff of flatulence. Once they’re quarantined like this in atonal print—and when you actually bother to read them in a quiet room—some of the most popular song lyrics read like half-dried beads of sweat fallen from a hallucinating eighth-grader’s forehead.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive) | Apple - CNET News

Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive) | Apple - CNET News

In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned.

The errant iPhone, which went missing in San Francisco's Mission district in late July, sparked a scramble by Apple security to recover the device over the next few days, according to a source familiar with the investigation.


Sony’s Latest Kindle Killer Is World’s Lightest eReader | TechCrunch

Sony’s Latest Kindle Killer Is World’s Lightest eReader | TechCrunch

These days, it’s getting tough for companies that make eBook readers to differentiate. Brief forays into jumbo models aside, Amazon’s Kindle has kept things simple and elegant since day one, while Barnes and Noble went the full-featured Android route with the Nook Color.

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Wacom Inkling May Become My Favorite Gadget of All Time

Wacom Inkling May Become My Favorite Gadget of All Time

Being an obsessive compulsive sketching bastard, I'm all shades of erect looking at the new Wacom Inkling. With an exquisite design and 1024 levels of pressure, it looks like the perfect device for anyone who sketches anything, from illustrators to architects.

While there are other ink-to-digital pens out there, the difference here is Wacom's pressure technology. Recording 1024 levels of pressure, the Inkling will capture ever nuance in your drawings. This is how it works:


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Chegg Offers 7-Day Ebook Pass While Paper Books Ship

Chegg Offers 7-Day Ebook Pass While Paper Books Ship

Students who buy or rent a textbook from Chegg will no longer need to wait for it to arrive in the mail before they can start their homework.

The online textbook vendor is launching a new “read while you wait” feature on Tuesday night that gives its customers access to an ebook version of some books while the paper versions ship.


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Adventure World: Zynga Unveils Newest Social Game [VIDEO]

Adventure World: Zynga Unveils Newest Social Game [VIDEO]


Zynga has released the first trailer for Adventure World, the company’s newest social game.

The 37-second trailer shows off a slew of new maps, complete with ancient temples, volcanoes, whips, snakes and death traps. The game’s look and feel reminds us of Indiana Jones, but with the same animation style that has made FarmVille and CityVille big hits. “Grab life by the boulders!” seems to be the game’s overarching slogan.


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The 10 best tablets of 2011 [UPDATED] | TechRepublic

The 10 best tablets of 2011 [UPDATED] | TechRepublic

Takeaway: Tablets are the hot new thing and there are too many to choose from. See Jason Hiner’s picks for the 10 tablets that are worth your attention.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The 10 Most Viral Apple Ads of the Jobs Era [VIDEOS]

The 10 Most Viral Apple Ads of the Jobs Era [VIDEOS]

With his resignation as CEO last week, Steve Jobs ended an era at Apple. Jobs has been justly celebrated as a visionary and a game changer, but we shouldn’t forget his contribution to Apple‘s advertising.

At best, Apple’s advertising under Jobs has given you the gadget fetishism the devices deserve, but in a wholesome, even folksy shell. If you agree, like so many pundits do, that Apple’s devices are “sexy,” then this is the girl- or boy-next-door kind of sexy.


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Windows Explorer 8 Gets Ribbon Interface

Windows Explorer 8 Gets Ribbon Interface

Microsoft’s file management application Windows Explorer will get a new interface in its next iteration, the company revealed in a blog post.

First revealed in April, the new Explorer will be a part of the upcoming new desktop OS from Microsoft, Windows 8, which is still in early stages of development. The ribbon interface, however, is very well known from Microsoft Office 2007 onward as well as some Windows 7 applications such as WordPad.


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Science in Science Fiction «

The Science in Science Fiction «


Rob Girvan takes a look at the manner in which the science fiction genre has informed the world of technology. And vice-versa. When I was a young man eating my cornflakes on a Sunday morning, I remember watching Inspector Gadget (the animated show, not the terrible Matthew

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can't Wait For This Fall

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books We Can't Wait For This Fall


The next few months are positively packed with literary science fiction and fantasy goodness. Neal Stephenson returns to virtual reality! Vernor Vinge finally delivers the sequel to A Fire Upon the Deep. Plus dueling magicians and digital revolutionaries.

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The Next Big Names in Science Fiction Movie-Making

The Next Big Names in Science Fiction Movie-Making

There's no shortage of praise for Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg and the rest of Hollywood's science fiction and fantasy titans. But who are the next generation of myth-makers? Who should you be keeping an eye on? Who will make the genre-defining movies that ...

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene Is Worse Than You Think

Hurricane Irene Is Worse Than You Think

You may not yet have heard yet, but Hurricane Irene is shaping up to be a major disaster for New York City, Long Island, and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Weather experts are forecasting a major storm surge that will bring torrential rains, gusting winds and flash floods to New York by Sunday. New York Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, but his statement is slim on details and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service website has only a rip current warning in place for New York currently.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Five ways Apple will never be the same without Jobs as CEO | TechRepublic

Five ways Apple will never be the same without Jobs as CEO | TechRepublic

As Steve Jobs permanently steps down as CEO, Apple is on top of the world. It has redefined the smartphone and the tablet in an era when those two devices are destined to dominate the next stage of computing. It has become the most valuable and most profitable technology company in world and one of the planet’s most powerful and recognizable brands. For a brief time when the stock market was going through its recent gyrations, Apple even passed Exxon Mobile to become the most valuable company in the world.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

NASA spots chilled-out stars cooler than the human body | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News

NASA spots chilled-out stars cooler than the human body | Technology News Blog - Yahoo! News


When you think of stars, you probably imagine massive, burning balls of fire much like our sun, but there are stars out there in space which you could actually stand on and not be burnt to a crisp. NASA has known of these celestial bodies — called brown Y dwarf stars — for a great long time. But now, a satellite has spotted a particularly chill Y dwarf that holds the new record for the coolest star at just 80 degree Fahrenheit.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Can You Really Get Solar Panels Installed for Free?

Can You Really Get Solar Panels Installed for Free?

It sounds too good to be true: you can go solar without paying a cent. I first mentioned this proposition, known formally as a power-purchase agreement, two years ago: a company such as SunRun or SolarCity installs panels on your roof at its expense and, in exchange, collects the government subsidies. But I never really grasped how it would work in detail, so I arranged for SunRun to send someone to my brother and sister-in-law’s house this past weekend as a kind of test run. The sales pitch was so persuasive that my brother and his wife, who are probably the less impulsive consumers I know (they never buy so much as a computer cable without doing months of research), are seriously thinking of going for it.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Which streaming media device is right for you? | Crave - CNET

Which streaming media device is right for you? | Crave - CNET

Once a fringe activity for the geeky set, online video streaming is now officially mainstream, thanks in large part to the omnipresence of Netflix on nearly all Internet-connected entertainment devices. But with so many options now available, what's the best solution--be it for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon, or any of the myriad other online video sources?

Best of the Best Top 10 Cities: Green Living, Health, Air Quality and Technology: Scientific American

Best of the Best Top 10 Cities: Green Living, Health, Air Quality and Technology: Scientific American

To coincide with Scientific American's "Cities" special topic issue, we gathered recent lists ranking U.S. cities on aspects of green living, pollution, health and technology. Today, we feature the cities that showed up most frequently on the top 10 lists to determine the overall top performers, Part 5 of 5

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Pitch Black: The (almost) dark truth about hot Jupiters

Pitch Black: The (almost) dark truth about hot Jupiters

The first exoplanet discovered around a normal star in 1995 was anything but normal in comparison to our own solar system. 55 Pegasi b is a gas giant world orbiting every 4.23 days – placing it some eight times closer to its stellar parent than the planet Mercury is around the Sun. At least half as massive as Jupiter, this new planet wasn’t just one of the first exoplanets, it was the first of a whole new class of objects – the hot Jupiters. How such a giant, gas laden world could exist orbiting so close to a star was a huge mystery. We still don’t fully understand all the details, but it seems that planets like this must form much further away from their stars and then orbital evolution transports them inwards – through mechanisms like disk-migration, and the gravitational perturbations of other planets in a system.

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Mashable Weekend Recap: 20 Stories You May Have Missed

Mashable Weekend Recap: 20 Stories You May Have Missed

With the back-to-school exodus looming, the weekend was consumed by prep for the new semester about to start, so who had time to keep an eye on the social media, business, tech and gadget news? Mashable did, that’s who.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Worst Cable Horror Story We've Ever Heard

The Worst Cable Horror Story We've Ever Heard

Cable companies! They are about as fun to deal with as your parents divorce. We offered you a chance to vent by telling us your horror stories. Here's the rock bottom of the coaxial carnival ride.

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StumbleUpon Drives More Than 50% of Social Media Traffic [STATS]

StumbleUpon Drives More Than 50% of Social Media Traffic [STATS]

Which social media site drives the most traffic to the rest of the web? If you think it’s Facebook or Twitter, you’re wrong. StumbleUpon now accounts for more than 50% of all referral traffic from the top social media sites.

New data from StatCounter shows that StumbleUpon is the dominant source of traffic among the world’s top social media sites. For the first 18 days of August, StumbleUpon accounted for 50.27% of all referral traffic from the top 10 social sites. Facebook was second with a 38.9% market share, while Reddit, YouTube and Twitter each garnered less than 4%.


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Craigslist Alternatives: 5 Barter Sites to Swap Your Stuff

Craigslist Alternatives: 5 Barter Sites to Swap Your Stuff

he stock market might be on an up-and-down rollercoaster ride, but one type of startup that’s currently on the rise is barter sites — online operations where people can reuse, recycle or trade goods and services. Whether that has more to do with tighter family budgets or a trend toward greener purchases, a new-ish wave of entrepreneurs and philanthropists are attempting to exploit the apparent opportunity by launching sites where consumers can either trade their stuff for other things, get rid of unwanted items without clogging landfills, exchange their goods for money or do a little bit of each.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

The Ultimate Guide to Fall 2011's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

The Ultimate Guide to Fall 2011's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV

It's almost time for the fall TV season! What are the hottest new science fiction shows coming out next season? What's coming back? And what events can you not afford to miss?

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Ridley Scott's Making a New 'Blade Runner' Movie

Ridley Scott's Making a New 'Blade Runner' Movie

Whether it's a sequel or prequel to the director's 1982 science fiction classic is still unclear. Fleming says he's "committing to direct and produce a film that advances his other seminal and groundbreaking science fiction film" for Alcon Entertainment, which has a distribution deal with Warner ...

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10 Science Fiction Books That Changed the Course of History

10 Science Fiction Books That Changed the Course of History

Here are 10 seminal science fiction novels that changed the world as we know it. Top image: Chiba in William Gibson's Neuromancer by PHATandy on DeviantArt. 10 Science Fiction Books That Changed the Course of History 1) The Tom Swift Series First appearing in 1920, Tom Swift, ...

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