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Tor's anonymity network may have to shrink to fight the Heartbleed bug

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:24

Tor's anonymity network may have to shrink to fight the Heartbleed bugBad news if you're relying on the Tor network to evade surveillance or otherwise remain anonymous: you're not immune from the Heartbleed bug, either. Key developer Roger Dingledine warns that some Tor nodes are running encryption software that's vulnerable ...


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Former 'Chief Evangelist' For Apple Takes Same Title At Startup

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:19

Former 'Chief Evangelist' For Apple Takes Same Title At StartupGuy Kawasaki might have the same job title he had 30 years ago, but his days of working for a benevolent dictator are over. The author and entrepreneur was the "chief evangelist" at Apple under Steve Jobs in the 1980s, a title he's revived for a new job at a design startup called Canva. Kawasaki once evangelized for the Macintosh computer, and he'll now promote Canva's online graphic design tools, which can be used by both amateurs and pros.


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Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaign

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:15

Verizon sends email on customer’s behalf without telling him as part of sleazy PR campaignSleazy astroturf campaigns are nothing new in the corporate world but Verizon may have just taken things to a whole new level. Ars Technica reports that New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently received hundreds of identically worded emails from different people that all supported Verizon’s demands that it be let off the hook for building out broadband infrastructure that it had agreed to build as part of an agreement with the state that dates back to two decades ago. There’s a problem, however: Some of the people who supposedly sent emails to the board say they did no such thing. “I am a customer only to Verizon and I was not contacted by them to submit anything,” one irate


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KnowRoaming review: This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on data

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:00

 This SIM 'sticker' makes it easy for travelers to save on dataThanks in no small part to T-Mobile's free global data initiative, US carriers have begun to lighten the fee load when it comes time to roam. But you'll still pay an arm and a leg in many countries, and ...


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The beautiful electric carriage tearing New York City apart

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:55

The beautiful electric carriage tearing New York City apartHere in New York City, politicians, activists, and celebrities are renewing a hundred-year-old battle between automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. This time, however, the war isn’t over the future of personal transportation: it’s about the 68 horse-drawn carriages that offer tourists meandering rides around Central Park. The rides are a New York mainstay, but opponents argue that the long days on busy city streets is dangerous and inhumane. To fight this battle, activists are turning to the same weapon that was used a hundred years ago: an electric, brass-era horseless carriage.


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This is what apps could look like on the iPhone 6′s bigger display

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:50

This is what apps could look like on the iPhone 6′s bigger displayWhile Apple is yet to reveal details about its bigger iPhone plans, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – who has a good track record reporting on Apple unreleased products – last week revealed many details about a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 including its screen resolution. According to him, the bigger iPhone will have a strange 1334 x 750 Retina display with a pixel density of 326 pixel per inch density. In new reports, MacRumors and a The Verge forums user explained why that resolution makes sense, showing how the home screen and apps could look like on such a display. Taking into account the fact that Apple has always tried to offer developers a seamless way to adapt to bigger displays when it comes to app


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Wal-Mart takes on money transfer companies with new service

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:38

The Money Center is pictured at a new Wal-Mart store in ChicagoWal-Mart Stores Inc is launching a money transfer service in a direct challenge to the dominance of Western Union Co. and MoneyGram, aiming to broaden the financial services it offers to low-income customers and increase store traffic. Wal-Mart said on Thursday that Euronet Worldwide Inc's Ria Money Transfer subsidiary would begin running the service, called "Walmart-2-Walmart," next week. The new service, which Wal-Mart says will charge lower fees than those currently offered by competitors, will enable shoppers to send and receive cash from family members and friends at more than 4,000 U.S. discount stores. Wal-Mart, which will not offer the service online or in its international stores, hopes consumers will turn around and spend at least some of that money at the stores.


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Facebook's Nearby Friends feature keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you to

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:33

Facebook's Nearby Friends feature keeps track of your pals, but only if they want you toIf you're of the sort that likes to plan those otherwise impromptu encounters, Facebook has just announced a optional new feature that will certainly help with that. Nearby Friends will show you if your friends are close by, so you can reach out about meeting up. This isn't automatically turn on inside Facebook's apps though, as you'll have to toggle it on and your friends will have to decide to share their location for it to work.


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Dropbox acquires Loom, will shut down its cloud photo service on May 16th

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:29

Dropbox acquires Loom, will shut down its cloud photo service on May 16thLoom, a popular service that offers cloud-based photo storage, has just been acquired by Dropbox. "We look forward to this transition as the next step in creating a home for all of your photos and videos, seamlessly organized, while still keeping them at your fingertips," said founder Jan Senderek in a blog post announcing the deal. Dropbox and Loom share many of the same ambitions when it comes to preserving your photo library and protecting those memories, Senderek said. That's embodied by the recently launched Carousel app, which Senderek describes as "a single home for all your photos and videos, automatically organized and always with you." Loom's team plans to help push Dropbox's photo services forward.


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Nokia halts Lumia 2520 tablet sales after a shocking discovery

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:25

Nokia halts Lumia 2520 tablet sales after a shocking discoveryNokia announced on Thursday that it would be halting sales of the Lumia 2520 tablet in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK after discovering safety concerns related to the AC-300 travel charger. The tablet is still available in the United States, but sales of the travel charger has been suspended. According to Nokia, the plastic cover of some third-party chargers could loosen and even separate under certain conditions. With the cover separated, internal components would be exposed, posing the hazard of an electric shock. “While there have been no confirmed consumer incidents related to this potential quality issue, product quality and safety are top priorities at Nokia,” said Jo Harlow, EVP Smart Devices. “We apologize to the owners of the


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Public urination fiasco is forcing Portland to drain 38 million gallons of treated water

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:22

Public urination fiasco is forcing Portland to drain 38 million gallons of treated waterFor the second time in three years, one man's urine is forcing the city of Portland, Ore., to drain millions of gallons of treated water currently stored in an open reservoir. It's hard not point out, however, that animals must pee and defecate in Portland's open reservoirs on a regular basis.


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Creating 'Bioshock' was a protracted, ego-driven battle

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:03

Creating 'Bioshock' was a protracted, ego-driven battleLike many classic video games, the development process of Bioshock was fraught with peril — just a few months before the game's release, developer Irrational Games invited people outside the company to try the game for the first time, and the feedback was entirely negative. The testers called the game too dark, confusing, tedious — and one player didn't even understand that Rapture was a city set underwater. It's a particularly good time to tell the story of Bioshock — Ken Levine just decided to shut down the studio behind the game a few months ago, so the piece also doubles as a bit of a eulogy for Irrational Games.


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Facebook wants to find your nearby friends

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:01

Facebook wants to find your nearby friendsHighlight wanted to introduce you to strangers on the street, Sonar hoped to connect you with friends of friends at a bar, and Glancee wanted to hook you up with nearby Tolkien fans. Facebook acquired Glancee, and not a moment too soon. It was the opposite." says Glancee founder Andrea Vaccari, who’s now a product manager at Facebook. They were using it just to meet up with friends." After joining Facebook, Vaccari was tasked not with building a people-discovery app, but with building a friend-discovery app.


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Why now is the time to buy as much Apple stock as you can

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:00

Why now is the time to buy as much Apple stock as you canApple’s stock has been stuck in the doldrums for some time now, as people lament the death of Steve Jobs, the supposed lack of innovation, and concerns that the company just isn’t the same as what it used to be. However, if one key indicator proves to be a tell, now may be the time to buy. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is out with a research note noting that now’s the time to invest in Apple, as Apple has been heavily spending on research and development (R&D) in the past few years and has grown R&D spending 30%-year-over-year from 2010 to 2013. “Our recent analysis suggests that on a next 12-month view, Apple stock performance tends to improve after


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Submissions for our Insert Coin: New Challengers contest are open!

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:00

 New Challengers contest are open!The Insert Coin competition has been a highlight of our Engadget Expand live events; a ton of great products have been demoed on-stage, and a few even walked away with piles of cash to help with funding. And with Expand NY on the books for November 2014, we're accepting product submissions today through September 26th.


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Watch 80 year's worth of bizarre and historic moments thanks to British Pathé

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:44

Watch 80 year's worth of bizarre and historic moments thanks to British PathéBetween 1896 and 1976, British Pathé documented the everyday lives of Britons and events around the world with its pioneering newsreels. After a National Lottery grant enabled it to digitise over 3,500 hours of footage in 2002, the company decided it was high time to move its entire archive of moving images over to YouTube, where it's uploaded a total of 85,000 new videos. So what can you expect to find there?


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iOS 8’s Siri will help you identify any song you hear

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:40

iOS 8’s Siri will help you identify any song you hearApple will integrate Shazam song discovery features in its upcoming iOS 8 mobile operating system, Bloomberg reports, in an attempt to further increase iTunes music sales. Shazam integration will be built within iOS 8 in a similar manner to Twitter integration, the publication says, which means iPhone and iPad owners won’t have to download a separate app to enable it. Shazam, a very popular online service which currently has more than 90 million monthly users, can capture sound from a phone’s microphone and compare it to a song to identify the song. Apple reportedly plans to give its voice-based assistant Shazam powers as well, and users will be able to simply ask Siri what song is playing. Bloomberg has also


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Chupacabra update makes the OUYA game console a better media center

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:25

Chupacabra update makes the OUYA game console a better media centerGo ahead and dust off your OUYAs, friends -- it's updatin' time. The little Android game console that could wasn't exactly the runaway hit its creators were hoping for, but some fresh features found in the new Chupacabra update help this thing stand a bit taller. As far as the team is concerned, the biggest draw is the addition of AC3, DTS and AAS audio passthrough support for the exceedingly popular XBMC media center app.


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Video: Sony shares major details from the next PlayStation 4 update

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:16

 Sony shares major details from the next PlayStation 4 updateSony detailed the first major update for the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday, introducing the SHAREfactory video editor and the ability to pre-download games that haven’t hit the PlayStation Store yet. Despite its unending success in the marketplace, the PlayStation 4 has fallen behind the Xbox One recently in terms of additional features. Microsoft began patching Xbox One almost immediately after launch, adding an enhanced Twitch application, improving the party system and updating the UI. One of the more compelling features of the Xbox One is the Upload Studio app, which allows players to record, edit and share their gameplay footage with others. PlayStation 4 owners can record footage as well, but there is no way to edit the footage from


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Samsung licenses 3D chip manufacturing tech to GlobalFoundries to win more orders

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:12

Customers attend a workshop about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in JakartaSamsung Electronics Co said on Friday it would license its latest chip manufacturing technology to U.S. firm GlobalFoundries, a move that would help it expand production as it vies with bigger rival TSMC for orders from customers like Apple Inc. Samsung, the world's biggest maker of memory chips, wants to grow its foundry chip manufacturing and mobile processing chips business to match rising demand from smartphone makers. Its ambitions have been hampered by a late start in a rapidly changing industry and the dominance of TSMC, the preferred supplier for most customers. In a statement, Samsung said it had agreed to license its 3-dimentional chip manufacturing technology, called FinFET, to New York-based GlobalFoundries, the world's second-largest contract chipmaker.


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