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Tracking the deadly ebola outbreak in West Africa

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:17

Tracking the deadly ebola outbreak in West AfricaThe deadly ebola virus is ravaging West Africa with an outbreak that's spanned multiple countries in the region, and caused the highest death toll yet. The outbreak has been a wake up call for health officials who are trying to keep it from spreading, as well as educate people on how to avoid getting infected. The World Health Organization has confirmed that an outbreak of the ebola virus that has killed 70 people in Guinea has spread to Liberia. Two cases of the disease have been reported in the country, and Reuters says that another 11 deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone — both of which share borders with Guinea — are suspected to be linked to ebola.


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Looking Through the Screen

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:16

Looking Through the ScreenBack in May of this year, a video on YouTube titled "Look Up" went viral. Almost everyone I know has watched it. If you haven't, I'll fill in the blanks. It was an inspirational poem about taking a break from technology and how you can miss so many great opportunities because you're too busy scrolling through social media.But out of the 45...


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Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s help

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:00

Yahoo wants to encrypt all of your email, with Google’s helpYahoo will offer its users full end-to-end email encryption and compatibility with Google’s own end-to-end email encryption at some point in 2015, CNET reports, as Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos on Thursday confirmed the company’s email encryption plans at the Black Hat conference. End-to-end email encryption will make it harder for third parties to snoop on user data, and it’s a step forward for Yahoo, which has already encrypted email at the data center level. The company hopes to work with other email providers in the future, in addition to Google. “What this means is that eventually not only will Yahoo Mail users be able to communicate in an encrypted manner with other Yahoo Mail users, but also


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Meta Watch's 'premium' smartwatch is now available for preorder

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 13:00

Meta Watch's 'premium' smartwatch is now available for preorderMeta Watch is looking to capitalize on this opportunity with its new Meta M1, a smartwatch that puts premium materials and design on the same pedastal as functionality. Originally expected this spring and first seen in prototype form at the CES trade show in January, the Meta M1 is available for preorder in a variety of finishes and band options starting today.


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The weirdest moments from 30 years of 'Ninja Turtles'

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:59

The weirdest moments from 30 years of 'Ninja Turtles'The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has some very bizarre moments (as well as some blatant product promotion). Lest we forget, though, TMNT has always been that way, from Pizza Hut commercials to a Power Rangers crossover and, yes, even a rock concert on Oprah about "coming out of their shells." Here's a look back at some of the most absurd moments in Ninja Turtles history.


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Fury in Russia over new Wi-Fi curbs

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:46

A man looks at a computer monitor displaying the main page of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's election campaign website, Moscow on January 12, 2012A new government decree requiring Russians to provide their passport details when logging on to public Wi-Fi networks had Internet users up in arms on Friday. The decree amends an existing law with a new clause that says "providing communication services on data transfer and Internet connection will be done by the operator... after user identification." The Wi-Fi connection provider would have to collect the user's full name and passport information, and would have to store the data for six months, along with details of how long the person was logged on, according to the decree. The regulation is the latest blow to Russian Internet users, with opponents of President Vladimir Putin denouncing it as yet another attempt to control even the tiniest dissent.


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The most absurd moments in 'Ninja Turtles' history

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:40

The most absurd moments in 'Ninja Turtles' historyThe new, Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has some very bizarre moments (as well as some blatant product promotion). Lest we forget, though, TMNT has always been very bizarre, from Pizza Hut commercials to a Power Rangers crossover and, yes, even a rock concert on Oprah about "coming out of their shells." Here's a brief history of the weirdest Ninja Turtles moments.


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Teen takes selfies every day for 7 years, creates incredible compilation video that shows him growing up in 90 seconds

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:35

Teen takes selfies every day for 7 years, creates incredible compilation video that shows him growing up in 90 secondsKids grow up much too quickly, as the old saying grows. However, we don’t think we’ve ever seen a kid grow up quite so quickly as YouTube user Hugo Cornellier, a 19-year-old who has been taking one selfie every day of his life since the age of 12 and who has just fashioned them into an incredible new video that shows him maturing at an astonishing pace. As you can see in the video, Cornellier starts off looking quite young and then gradually loses his baby fat and starts growing out facial hair. While this video is incredibly cool, we hope that Cornellier decides to take good care of himself is he’s planning on doing this into his old age — after


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BBM cosplay cat emojis portend a grim future of Western civilization

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:20

BBM cosplay cat emojis portend a grim future of Western civilizationThe zenith of Western civilization right now, this week, is a designer of cosplay cat emojis for the BlackBerry Messenger application. Is this reason for alarm or jubilation? How did we get here and were are we heading? Let’s break it down. 8000 BC – Wet conditions in the Middle East after the end of the last Ice Age led to spread of cereal grains in the Mesopotamian valley. With the invention of agriculture, the first truly specialized profession was born: The farmer. 4000 BC – Mesopotamia is on a hot streak. A couple of millennia of agriculture led to the development of increasingly sophisticated urban societies. This required written languages to maintain records of inventories. Earliest examples were from Uruk.


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Nurse, It's Me -- I'm Behind the Computer Screen

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00

Nurse, It's Me -- I'm Behind the Computer ScreenA few weeks ago, I was in the hospital for an outpatient medical procedure. After I had my blood drawn, went through registration, and succeeded in securing countless buttons and strings on my hospital gown, I was placed on a wheeled stretcher. And I lay there waiting only for a few seconds before they all arrive, making their rounds. In this...


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Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps moment

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00

Google Street View driver crashes after having an Apple Maps momentEveryone seems to be fascinated by the idea of seeing a Google Street View car in person, but what if the car was hurtling straight toward you on a one-way street? According to The Smoking Gun, that’s exactly what happened in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Street View driver caused a T-bone collision when he realized he had turned in the wrong direction and made a U-turn going the wrong way on a one-way street. Google’s vehicle sustained significant damage to its front end, but Dylan Case, the 22-year-old victim of the incident, said that his car was totaled. A photograph from a local resident shows that the Street View car lost its front bumper in the wreck as well. The police report cites the Street View driver, 28-year-old Alexander Spurr, for “careless


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LeVar Burton's 'Tweeting Rainbow' teaches kids about the magic of 140 characters

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:45

LeVar Burton's 'Tweeting Rainbow' teaches kids about the magic of 140 charactersFresh off his enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to share a modernized take on Reading Rainbow. Still, the end result here is shudder-inducing and should make everyone very happy that LeVar's Reading Rainbow revival will never resemble this skit.


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T-Mobile has a simple way to unlock a smartphone, but there’s a huge catch

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:35

T-Mobile has a simple way to unlock a smartphone, but there’s a huge catchNow that cell phone unlocking is again legal in the U.S., many smartphone users may be interested in unlocking their devices, either for carrier switching purposes, or for selling their old devices that were purchased with a new contract, and thus were locked to a certain operator. Luckily, for T-Mobile subscribers, there’s an app for that which was specifically conceived by the carrier to allow users to easily unlock a handset. However, the app has one huge limitation. The SIM unlock application, recently detailed in a report by TmoNews, has been discovered by Android Central, which revealed that it only works on a single device for the moment. Smartphone users who own the Samsung Galaxy Avant can use the app


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Russia demands Internet users show ID to access public Wifi

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:05

internet cafe in downtown MoscowRussia further tightened its control of the Internet on Friday, requiring people using public Wifi hotspots provide identification, a policy that prompted anger from bloggers and confusion among telecom operators on how it would work. The decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 31 but published online on Friday, also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks. A flurry of new laws regulating Russia's once freewheeling Internet has been condemned by President Vladimir Putin's critics as a crackdown on dissent, after the websites of two of his prominent foes were blocked this year. Putin, who alarmed industry leaders in April by saying the Internet is "a CIA project", says the laws are needed to fight "extremism" and "terrorism." Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said that demanding ID from Internet users was normal.


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