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This Robot Valet Parks Your Car, Is Awesome

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:21

This Robot Valet Parks Your Car, Is AwesomeThe valet process is getting streamlined in Germany, as robot valets have been introduced to the Düsseldorf airport. The robot valet, created by Serva Transport Systems, is nicknamed "Ray." To use Ray, car owners drive into a parking garage and leave their car in a designated area. After they confirm on a touchscreen that they have exited the vehicle, Ray swoops in. 


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Pixel art games aren't retro, they're the future

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:15

Pixel art games aren't retro, they're the futureGenerational shifts don’t happen that often in the video games industry, so when they do, it’s natural for people to wonder about the potential of the hardware or how eye-popping the graphics will be. The best game on the Xbox One right now is the frantic, blocky side-scroller Super Time Force (above), and you could make the same case for TowerFall: Ascension on the PlayStation 4.


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America's top banker says we can't prevent economic bubbles, only contain the damage

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:13

America's top banker says we can't prevent economic bubbles, only contain the damageIn fact, Yellen questioned whether this tactic, long held to be the central banks' primary method for constraining an overeager market, actually worked at all."Monetary policy faces significant limitations as a tool to promote financial stability," Yellen told an audience at an event put on by the International Monetary Fund. "Monetary policy faces significant limitations as a tool to promote financial stability."


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Absolutely gorgeous images show the iPhone 6 like you’ve never seen it before

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:06

Absolutely gorgeous images show the iPhone 6 like you’ve never seen it beforeIt’s likely a reasonably safe bet at this point to presume that the countless next-generation iPhone mockups we’ve seen in photos and on video are a close likeness to the actual 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” Apple plans to debut later this year. The models are said to be made using actual schematics that were leaked from Foxconn several months ago, so they may be accurate down to the millimeter — though one recent report claims that there is a huge flaw in the designs that comes as the result of a misunderstanding of the schematics. With all that said, these mockups were not made using Apple suppliers’ materials or machinery, so there is likely one important thing they do


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Will the world’s most beautiful smartwatch be horribly overpriced?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:41

Will the world’s most beautiful smartwatch be horribly overpriced?While most smartwatches unveiled so far haven’t really garnered a lot of positive press, there has been one exception: The Moto 360, which by far has the most stylish design of any big-name wearable computer out there. However, GforGames flags a price listing for the Moto 360 on Chinese retailer Jingdong’s website that says the device will sell for 2,800 yuan, which is nearly twice the 1,500 yuan that Jingdong is charging for the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. Translated into American dollars, this would give the Moto 360 a price of around $450, which seems extremely high compared to the G Watch’s $229 price tag and the Gear Live’s $199 price tag. Now, this could very obviously just


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Will the world’s most gorgeous smartwatch be horribly overpriced?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:41

Will the world’s most beautiful smartwatch be horribly overpriced?While most smartwatches unveiled so far haven’t really garnered a lot of positive press, there has been one exception: The Moto 360, which by far has the most stylish design of any big-name wearable computer out there. However, GforGames flags a price listing for the Moto 360 on Chinese retailer Jingdong’s website that says the device will sell for 2,800 yuan, which is nearly twice the 1,500 yuan that Jingdong is charging for the LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. Translated into American dollars, this would give the Moto 360 a price of around $450, which seems extremely high compared to the G Watch’s $229 price tag and the Gear Live’s $199 price tag. Now, this could very obviously just


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'Civilization: Beyond Earth' launches the series into space in October

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:37

 Beyond Earth' launches the series into space in OctoberCivilization is taking flight on October 18th. Developer Firaxis has finally announced an official release date for Civilization: Beyond Earth, the first sci-fi game in the long-running strategy series, which was previously pegged for a fall release. While the game retains the same basic concept as previous Civilization games — you're building up a society over the course of many years — Beyond Earth will have you doing that on a brand-new planet, as you deal with new alien life and incredible new technology.


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Inside the early days of Google Street View

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:33

Inside the early days of Google Street ViewIt's almost hard to remember now, but once upon a time, before its invasion of everything from World Cup stadiums to the Galapagos Islands, Google Street View was just a van with a goofy camera rolling around San Francisco. Iain McClatchie, who was hired on to the Street View team in early 2006, has a new blog post up recounting the project's early days: the government-funded research project that was a forerunner to Street View, the first turret-like cameras, and the launch of country-wide maps for Australia (traffic for which broke the site on release). ...


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You Can Now Play Tetris on a T-Shirt

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:32

You Can Now Play Tetris on a T-ShirtTetris is a worldwide favorite. The classically addictive game has branded products out the wazoo, and has appeared on everything from smartphones to the side of a building. Now, Tetris is joining the world of wearable tech.


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Censorship claims as Google cuts search results

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:29
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google's removal of some search results in Europe is drawing accusations of press censorship.
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Berkeley will give free weed to homeless medical marijuana patients

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:28

Berkeley will give free weed to homeless medical marijuana patientsLow-income and homeless medical marijuana patients who dwell in Berkeley, California, will soon have access to free weed. Berkeley’s city council unanimously passed a proposal this week that will require marijuana dispensaries to hand out 2 percent of their total inventory to the less fortunate, at no cost. "One of the cruel realities is that when you do get sick and you have a serious illness, it’s often hard to keep a job," or "keep your income up," Sean Luse, a spokesperson for a dispensary called the Berkeley Patients Group, told CBS. The dispensary has been voluntarily handing out free weed to low-income patients for the past 15 years, Luse explained, because "those people really need the help the most."


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Facebook Manipulates You Every Day and They Are Not Sorry About It

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:15

Facebook Manipulates You Every Day and They Are Not Sorry About ItSince news of the Facebook mood manipulation study came out, the Internet has been up in arms, accusing the company of ethical wrongdoing. While CEO Mark Zuckerburg and the public relations department have not commented, second-in-command Sheryl Sandberg issued an almost apology.  We have not received an apology from Mark Zuckerburg because he, too, is not sorry. Facebook is fundamentally in the business of mood manipulation, although it generally takes the form of targeted advertising.


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New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:10

New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’For the first time ever, Apple reportedly has not one but two brand new, completely redesigned iPhone 6 handsets in store for us this year (last year’s iPhone 5c was just an iPhone 5 in a new plastic case, of course). According to a new report, Apple launching two new iPhone models isn’t the only big change Apple is planning in 2014. FROM EARLIER: Leaked photos may show Apple’s fully assembled iPhone 6 So far, we have seen two reports claim to peg the iPhone 6′s release date. The first came alongside word that Apple carrier partner Deutsche Telekom was having its call center staff contact some customers in an effort to get them ready to upgrade to the iPhone 6 once


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Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks like

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:09

Technology has changed art, and this is what it looks likeThis summer, London's Barbican Centre plays host to Digital Revolution, a major new exhibition that explores the impact of technology on art over the past four decades. The exhibition begins with a gallery called "Digital Archaeology" that highlights key moments in the UK's technological awakening. With the history of "technology changing art" established, Digital Revolution then showcases a number of new works from contemporary artists and entertainers, culminating in a spectacular interactive laser exhibit from Umbrellium. Included in the exhibit is a new collaboration between Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki and will.i.am, four interactive pieces from Google's DevArt project, and a small area showing indie games.


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Google forced to 'forget' history of Merrill Lynch CEO's incompetence

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:05

Google forced to 'forget' history of Merrill Lynch CEO's incompetenceWelcome to the happy Google search page. Where links to historical articles can be deleted at the request of cowards people with fragile reputations. Where the former boss of Merrill Lynch, Stan O'Neal, is a fresh, dynamic and highly employable banker, rather than a disgraced executive who contributed to the sub-prime lending crisis of 2007.


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If David Lynch made a video game, it might look like 'Virginia'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:01

If David Lynch made a video game, it might look like 'Virginia'In the upcoming game Virginia, you can sit down in a diner and enjoy a cup of coffee "black as midnight on a moonless night," as if you were Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks. Over the past year or so there's been a wave of games strongly inspired by television, but while studios like Telltale Games focus on modern properties like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, Virginia is influenced by the weird, surreal mysteries of the 1990s. The developers at new studio Variable State hope its unique story and setting will feel a bit different from what you're used to seeing in a video game. Virginia puts you in the role of a new FBI agent whose first case involves the disappearance of a young boy in the middle of rural America.


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iPhone 6 Coming Sept. 25, iPhone Air to Follow (Report)

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:43

iPhone 6 Coming Sept. 25, iPhone Air to Follow (Report)It's hard to go a day without hearing a new iPhone 6 rumor, but today's (July 3) report out of China are among the more tantalizing, if not a bit hard to believe. China.com claims that Apple has set a firm Sept. 25 release date for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, which will be followed by a 5.5-inch model dubbed the "iPhone Air" later in the year. The biggest hole in this rumor is that Sept. 25 is a Thursday, and Apple historically releases new iPhone models on Fridays.


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Google Play has a new section for Android Wear apps

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:42

Google Play has a new section for Android Wear appsAndroid Wear watches aren't in the hands of many just yet, but developers are already starting to publish their apps for them into the Google Play Store. It appears that a specific section for the apps went live yesterday, collecting a little over twenty of them on a single page, including Google's own apps and third-party apps like Pinterest and IFTTT. For now, it's a good place to browse if you're curious about how much these watches will really be able to do once they're actually on people's wrists. ...


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Facebook tried to ‘alter people’s behavior’ with hundreds of unmoderated tests

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:35

Facebook tried to ‘alter people’s behavior’ with hundreds of unmoderated testsFacebook’s social experimentation rabbit hole goes much deeper than any of us could have imagined. The Wall Street Journal reports that the controversial 2012 experiment in which the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users were altered to show either positive or negative posts was just one of hundreds that the Facebook Data Science team has conducted over the past several years. Facebook was quick to respond, attempting to downplay the effects of the experiment, but the proverbial cat was already out of the bag. A former member of the Data Science team tells the Journal that until recently, there was hardly any moderation when it came to conducting psychological tests on Facebook users. Where a typical research team would need to ask for consent before probing


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Google takes down links to British journalism under 'right to be forgotten' rule

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:31

Google takes down links to British journalism under 'right to be forgotten' ruleThe "right to be forgotten," a rule handed down last month by the EU, is supposed to allow individuals to get "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant" results removed from Google Search. Yesterday, The Guardian's James Ball said Google notified him that six articles from the site were being purged from European versions of the search engine. Three of them relate to Dougie McDonald, a former Scottish soccer referee who resigned in 2010 after allegedly lying about a penalty kick. The BBC, meanwhile, was notified that an article entitled "Merrill's mess," about departed Merrill Lynch Stan O'Neal, was being removed. Author Robert Peston originally reported that the page remained available under a search for "Stan O'Neal," suggesting that a commenter had asked for their note to be removed instead.


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