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Apple chastised for unsafe working conditions in supplier factory

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:15

China Labor Watch found human rights violations at an Apple supplier factory in China.China Labor Watch and Green America say the iPhone maker hasn't lived up to its commitments to improve worker conditions in a China factory.>


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It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated feature

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:15

It turns out Steve Ballmer was directly responsible for developing Windows’ most hated featureWhen former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially bought the Los Angeles Clippers, many Twitter comedians used the opportunity to rebrand the team the “L.A. Clippies,” in honor of the much-loathed cartoon paperclip Office assistant that famously drove users crazy during Ballmer’s reign. However, it turns out that Ballmer was involved in developing something far more annoying to Windows users than even Clippy — that is, the Blue Screen of Death. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Ballmer’s speech to Clippers fans is just as hilariously insane as you hoped What longtime Windows user can forget the panic that set in the first time their entire screen went blue for no explicable reason and was informed that “This Windows application has stopped responding


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Two ex-Google employees want you to start talking on your phone again

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:01

Two ex-Google employees want you to start talking on your phone againThey speak a message out loud which Google translates back into text. "That has made voice messaging a dirty word." Today two veterans of Google’s Creative Lab, Thomas Gayno and Jeff Baxter, are releasing a new app, Cord, that lets you send and receive brief audio messages up to 12 seconds long. "By extension that has made voice messaging a dirty word.


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Sennheiser's momentous Momentum brand goes in-ear

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00

The first Momentum-branded in-ear headphones from Sennheiser.Sennheiser's Momentum brand of high-quality headphones gathers speed with the first in-ear headphones to bear the name.>


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Google's Cartographer is a backpack for mapping the insides of buildings

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00

Google's Cartographer is a backpack for mapping the insides of buildingsGoogle has an unusually high interest in strapping small computers to people's bodies in the name of bettering the spread of information. Something called Cartographer, which — as the name suggests — is a project to map things. As people walk with it on, it creates a map that's accurate up within 5 centimeters (3.9 inches).


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How to make thousands of dollars just by standing in line for the iPhone 6

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:50

How to make thousands of dollars just by standing in line for the iPhone 6Earlier this week, we all had a good laugh at the seemingly sheepish iPhone fans who were standing in line outside the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York to wait for the iPhone 6 days before it’s even set to be announced. It turns out, however, that those alleged “iSheep” are a lot smarter than we thought and will themselves be laughing all the way to the bank. FROM EARLIER: Apple fans are already lining up to buy a phone that hasn’t even been announced yet Quartz did some good detective work on the four people who were caught on camera this week camping outside the New York Apple Store and learned that they were actually being paid


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Obama names Google exec Megan Smith as new US chief technology officer

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:45

Obama names Google exec Megan Smith as new US chief technology officerMegan Smith, a Google vice president and champion of women in technology, has been named the new chief technology officer of the US. Smith is an MIT-educated engineer who worked most recently at Google X, the company's lab for hyper-ambitious projects like the self-driving car and the future of robots. Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's former top lawyer, has been named deputy CTO. It's an interesting choice: at Twitter, Macgillivray set a tone for that company's independence from the US government and resistance to law enforcement data requests.


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iPhone 6 won't go sapphire but will offer 128GB version -- analyst

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:37

iPhone 6 won't go sapphire but will offer 128GB version -- analystA sapphire screen isn't in the cards, claims analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, but a larger capacity and other surprises await.>


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Logitech makes minor adjustments amid accounting probe

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:31

Logitech headquarters are pictured in Morges near LausanneLogitech said it would make minor adjustments to past earnings due to erroneously booking inventories, amid an investigation that the company believes it will conclude in coming weeks. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), rose. On Thursday, Logitech said it would remove some income from the last quarter of 2011 and move it into the first three months of 2012. "The restatement is not expected to materially impact fiscal years 2013 and 2014," Logitech said in a statement.


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Some of the world's most brilliant filmmakers hand-pick their favorite movie stills

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:29

Some of the world's most brilliant filmmakers hand-pick their favorite movie stillsIf you're looking for singularly beautiful stills from cinema, you should definitely follow Geoff Todd's @OnePerfectShot on Twitter. In a similar vein, over the last several days a number of filmmakers have been sharing their favorite movie stills via the #cinephilephoto (sometimes #cinefilephoto) hashtag — and subsequently nominating other filmmaker friends to do the same. It's the best kind of public chain letter. Here are a few of our favorites:


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BP found grossly negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:29

BP found grossly negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spillA Louisiana federal court has found that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was the result of "gross negligence" on the part of BP, a decision that will potentially have the company paying billions of dollars more in fines. Under the Clean Water Act, a company can be charged up to $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled in the absence of gross negligence. This is only its first phase, focusing on loss of control over the well, the following fire and explosion, the sinking of the oil rig, and how oil started to be discharged.


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Meet Bleep, a simple iCloud alternative to backing up all your nude pictures

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:25

Meet Bleep, a simple iCloud alternative for backing up all your nude picturesBleep is a smartphone accessory that has already passed its $20,000 goal on Indiegogo with 51 days left in the campaign, which means it will become an official product ready to fix two particular problems smartphone users have – charging the battery of their device and simultaneously backing up their personal data on it. As the recent nude celebrities leak scandal has shown, backing personal data in the cloud may not always be good enough, especially if you’re not familiar with what you’re doing, and especially if you’re a public figure who’s likely to be targeted by hackers dying to see you naked. So this is where Bleep could help. The device looks like a simple phone charger, and also acts


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Meet Bleep, a simple iCloud alternative for backing up all your nude pictures

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:25

Meet Bleep, a simple iCloud alternative for backing up all your nude picturesBleep is a smartphone accessory that has already passed its $20,000 goal on Indiegogo with 51 days left in the campaign, which means it will become an official product ready to fix two particular problems smartphone users have – charging the battery of their device and simultaneously backing up their personal data on it. As the recent nude celebrities leak scandal has shown, backing personal data in the cloud may not always be good enough, especially if you’re not familiar with what you’re doing, and especially if you’re a public figure who’s likely to be targeted by hackers dying to see you naked. So this is where Bleep could help. The device looks like a simple phone charger, and also acts


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The 404 Throwback Ep. 699: Where it's one down, two to go (podcast)

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:23

 Where it's one down, two to go (podcast)Today's throwback is current most-requested rerun from our subreddit. This is the episode right after Jeff got married!>


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