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Samsung Gear S slated for US launch on Nov. 7

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:45

SamsungThe 3G-enabled smartwatch will be available from a wide range of carriers and let you place and receive calls while on-the-go.>


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Program your own video games with these mobile apps

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:45
Gone are the days when playing video games were viewed as a juvenile distraction. There are tangible learning benefits to games. Further, those with the skills to build games can are highly coveted and can earn significant income with minimal experience. These five apps can tutor middle and high school students about everything from coding to design to implementation that goes into creating games.
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The company that designs Ferraris just built an $11,000 bicycle

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:37

The company that designs Ferraris just built an $11,000 bicyclePininfarina is best known as Ferrari's frequent collaborator, but the Italian design firm sketches a lot of other things, too — take the Pininfarina Fuoriserie, for instance, a bicycle that's just a little fancier than your average fixie. Much of the steel frame is concealed with a walnut wood coating, for instance; the handlebars and seat are covered with a woven leather pattern. It's beautiful, particularly with the combination of wood and bare metal on the frame that gives the Fuoriserie a bit of a retro-future feel.


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How well does George R.R. Martin know 'Game of Thrones' characters?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:34

Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers grill George R.R. Martin on his "Game of Thrones" characters. Hilarity ensues.The author gets quizzed on lines uttered by his own creations on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Let the giggling commence.>


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New report may reveal on-contract pricing for Google’s Nexus 6

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:20

New report may reveal on-contract pricing for Google’s Nexus 6The recently unveiled Nexus 6 happens to be Google’s biggest and most expensive Nexus smartphone yet, but Google told CNET that it believes more people will buy the device regardless of its comparatively hefty price tag, and support from carriers will help. Unlike before, five U.S. mobile operators will have the smartphone in stores this year, including the four major players, and that’s also a first for a Nexus smartphone. FROM EARLIER: This might be why you can’t find a Nexus 6 in the Google Play Store right now Apparently, Google wants to make the Nexus 6 available to more people, especially to those smartphone buyers who are likely to buy a new device with a new two-year contract. For them, the $199


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The Coen brothers' next movie is a Hollywood comedy coming in 2016

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:15

The Coen brothers' next movie is a Hollywood comedy coming in 2016There's a more or less familiar pattern with releases from writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen: we get a critically acclaimed drama, and then the screwball comedy — often critically acclaimed, too. (See: Fargo and The Big Lebowski; No Country For Old Men and Burn After Reading.) Looks like we're now getting the followup to last year's mostly melancholy Inside Llewyn Davis: Universal says the Coens' Hail, Caesar! is coming February 5th, 2016.


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It's official: Motorola Mobility now belongs to Lenovo

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:01

 Motorola Mobility now belongs to LenovoThe transfer of Motorola from Google marks the end of a short chapter for the storied handset vendor -- and brings Lenovo badly needed credibility in the smartphone business.>


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Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooks

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:00

Google Play Books is now a lot better for reading nonfiction titles like textbooksBy now, you're likely quite familiar with the concept of reading an ebook, whether on a tablet or dedicated e-reader: you load it up with as many books as you can, tap or flip your way through the pages, and maybe highlight a few favorite passages or look up some word definitions along the way. Google believes that's a fine formula for reading a novel, but sorely lacking when reading nonfiction books — think cookbooks, textbooks, or any other book that you don't typically read straight through from cover to cover. ...


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Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing features

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:56

Any.Do updates its to-do app with new sharing featuresThere's a revamped version of minimalist to-do app Any.Do out today, and using it might cost you. Today, the company announced Any.Do 2.0, a version of the cross-platform service focused on turning your lists into collaborative projects. It's meant to unify your work and personal lists, while making it easier for other people to see and modify them — the creators want you to be using it to organize your entire life (or, as CEO Omer Perchik puts it, your "portfolio of experiences and aspirations"), not just check off items. ...


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7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:55

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get free for a limited time (save $23!)It’s been a great week so far for paid iPhone and iPad apps that were made available for free for a limited time, and a few good ones from Wednesday’s post are still free if you hurry. Thursday is another day, however, and today we have another batch of seven apps to share. Want to download $23 worth of nifty iOS apps without paying a dime? Scroll through the list below and hurry before these limited-time sales end. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging through your library when you show them a photo These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no


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'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh season

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:49

'Game of Thrones' stars sign for seventh seasonIt looks like HBO wants a seventh season of Game of Thrones. The series has already been ordered through its sixth season, and now The Hollywood Reporter says that HBO has reworked its stars' contracts to make sure that they'll all be onboard should it order a seventh. And at this point, it seems highly unlikely that it wouldn't — the show has been an enormous hit, and a seventh season would make the series run at least as long as the books are supposed to.


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The kindest cut: my journey into the nether regions of male birth control

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:41

 my journey into the nether regions of male birth controlThe doctor gives my scrotum a firm tug, stretching the skin flat. “This is where I would punch the hole,” he explains. I wince, and he says, “I can assure you, it doesn’t hurt at all.” From there, he explains, it’s a simple process to extract and sever my vas deferens, the tiny tubes that carry my seed. Just to be safe, he’ll cauterize the cut ends before tying them back together, burning my baby-making apparatus into oblivion.


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Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:30

Here are the first unboxing videos of the amazing Nexus 6 and Nexus 9The Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 are Google’s latest Nexus-branded smartphone and tablet, and while both devices are available for preorder from Google Play — the Nexus 6 is already sold out though — Android fans are yet to get their next Nexus toys. While you wait for your Nexus 6 and/or Nexus 9 to be delivered to your door, you can already check out the first unboxing videos, with Phone Arena having already posted such videos on YouTube. FROM EARLIER: You can preorder Google’s incredible Nexus 6 right now As you can easily see, Google opted for a minimal retail box design for both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 — somewhat similar to what Apple has


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A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of Swedes

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:26

A 'haunted' ad comes alive to scare the heck out of SwedesAn amusement park in Stockholm uses a terrifying technique to frighten people on the street into paying attention to their latest attraction.>


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Nintendo sleep sensor to take aim at 'quality of life'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:22

Nintendo shows how its using new sensing technology to visualize sleep and fatigue.The company unveils a new service that would monitor a person's sleep patterns and provide feedback on improving restfulness.>


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Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:18

Metallica will play for a week on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show'Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, announced he was leaving his gig for new horizons earlier this year. He'll be getting a slightly unexpected — but amazing — musical send-off: Metallica says they'll play a song on the show every night for a week to commemorate Ferguson's time as host, Rolling Stone reports.


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Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7th

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:16

Samsung's Gear S smartwatch coming to the US on November 7thSamsung's Gear S smartwatch will launch in the United States on November 7th, the company announced today. All four major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile) will carry the device, and you'll also be able to purchase it from Samsung's store-in-a-store shops at Best Buy locations across the US. The Gear S will be available in black or white, but Samsung's not revealing any pricing details;


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Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheels

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:10

Life would be better if our cars had Formula 1 steering wheelsWhether you're talking on-track performance or off-track health benefits, Formula 1 has been at the forefront of technology for decades. One obvious example is the evolution of the cars' steering wheels, which have sprouted enough knobs, buttons, lights, and displays that they look more like something out of a spacecraft than an earthbound machine. McLaren Mercedes — the second-oldest active F1 team behind Ferrari — just posted a look back through some of the most radical wheel designs that their team's drivers have used over the years with some insight into when, why, and how they changed.


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Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhone

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:05

Here’s the $100 smartphone Microsoft says is better than the iPhoneWhen in doubt, attack the iPhone. This is a strategy that has been employed countless times over the past seven years, ever since Apple’s iPhone first came along and turned the smartphone industry on its head in 2007. One company actually managed to turn iPhone-bashing into a successful business, but it costs Samsung double-digit billions in marketing money each year to make its anti-Apple campaign work. Of course, most companies don’t have that kind of money to spend on marketing and advertising, so they haven’t fared quite as well. Microsoft is no stranger to targeting Apple in marketing, of course, and its latest effort is one of its most curious to date. DON’T MISS: Hidden iOS 8 trick stops people from digging


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Dyson unleashes new Fluffy DC74 cordless vacuum in Asia

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:05

The Dyson Fluffy is named after its fluffy microfiber roller.The new roller suction head uses microfibre and carbon strips to suck up anything from fine dust to large pieces of kibble.>


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