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Hybrid Play clips turn playground toys into videogame controllers

(7 minutes ago)
A group of developers thought it would be fun to merge playground activities with mobile gaming -- so they did. They've created a system called Hybrid Play that lets kids (or adults, no judgment here) control games on their phones with see-saws,...

New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

(31 minutes ago)
An anonymous reader writes Microsoft today launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it's time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company's employees dream up. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Illumio, exiting stealth, aims to secure both your data center and the cloud (Jonathan Vanian/Gigaom)

(49 minutes ago)
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:Illumio, exiting stealth, aims to secure both your data center and the cloud  —  Illumio acts like access management for computing workloads; users can run Illumio to ensure that the right workloads get transmitted to the appropriate servers, whether they are on the cloud or on bare metal.

Ford's next cars will brake by themselves to avoid collisions

(49 minutes ago)
Automakers like Subaru and Volvo have had automatic anti-collision braking for a while, but what if you're a Ford fan? You won't have to wait long. The Blue Oval has revealed that it's adding its own smart braking system (Pre-Collision Assist) as an...

Netiquette: Saying farewell

(One hour ago)
So many folks manage to lose their netiquette heads when they scramble, legs flailing and akimbo, toward the denouement of events and life chapters. So here is the ultimate (get it?) digital-etiquette guide to a polite big finish.

10 Smartphone Habits To Avoid

(One hour ago)
How annoying and rude and antisocial have we all become with our smartphones? We're embarrassing ourselves all over the place. Please stop.

Five texts you should never send

(One hour ago)
We're texting more than ever, and, like society, the texts themselves are getting worse and worse. Read on to learn just how terrible silent cell phone users are these days.

An open letter to texting-mad teenagers

(One hour ago)
Put your phone down for a second, teen texters -- there are some things you've got to hear.

Is this the end of the 9-5 working day?

(One hour ago)
Business Talent Group, founded by Jody Miller, seeks to help workers who are after a project-based career.

Navy exoskeleton creates 'superworkers'

(One hour ago)
The FORTIS makes physically demanding jobs a lot easier, by rendering heavy tools weightless.

Skype is about to become a 'universal translator'

(One hour ago)
Users of the video chat app will soon be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by a near-real time translation technology.

Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(One hour ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach  —  The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital.

Sonos sues Denon for allegedly copying its wireless speaker tech

(One hour ago)
If you thought Denon's Heos wireless speakers were a little too similar in purpose to Sonos' range, you're not alone. Sonos has sued D&M Holdings (the company that owns Denon) for allegedly violating "at least" four patents. The audio gear maker...

Hear the space age unfold on NASA's historic SoundCloud account

(2 hours ago)
If you've ever wanted to cobble together a really wicked EDM track comprised mostly of sound bites from NASA's Mercury missions, well, now's your chance. Everyone's favorite beleaguered space agency has been posting a treasure trove of audio clips...

Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category (Ben Thompson/stratechery)

(2 hours ago)
Ben Thompson / stratechery:Google dominates search advertising but will likely be eclipsed in native ad category  —  Peak Google  —  Despite the hype about disruption, the truth is most tech giants, particularly platform providers, are not so much displaced as they are eclipsed.  IBM, for example …

Behind Twitter's Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop (Yoree Koh/Wall Street Journal)

(2 hours ago)
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:Behind Twitter's Move to Become a Mobile-Services Shop  —  Twitter is looking to have its Google moment, the time when the tech giant began pushing to become more than just an Internet search engine.  —  For Twitter, this means staking a claim on the mobile universe as smartphones …

Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

(2 hours ago)
First time accepted submitter dkatana writes Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream. This is creating another "digital divide." Not having the virtually unlimited bandwidth of all-fiber networks means that, for these populations, many activities are simply not possible. For example, broadband provided over all-fiber networks brings education, healthcare, and other social goods into the home through immersive, innovative applications and services that are impossible without it. Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)

(3 hours ago)
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device  —  Late in 2012, when Tim Cook was relatively fresh on the job as Apple's chief executive, he made a sudden and potentially risky shuffle in the firm's executive ranks.  He fired Scott Forstall, who had been in charge of Apple's mobile operating system …

See what makes the iPad Air 2 so skinny

(3 hours ago)
It's safe to say that you don't buy most Apple devices these days with the expectation that you can open them up, and it looks like the iPad Air 2 is no exception. Do-it-yourself repair shop iFixit has torn down the new tablet and found that it's...

Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability (AppleInsider)

(3 hours ago)
AppleInsider:Apple to drop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications on Oct. 29 due to POODLE vulnerability  —  In response to a recently discovered vulnerability with SSL version 3.0, Apple on Wednesday announced through its developer website that it will be removing support for the protocol on its Apple Push Notification server.

iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price (Dana Wollman/Engadget)

(3 hours ago)
Dana Wollman / Engadget:iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price  —  When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as “iPad day.”  Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show.

Alibaba looking to expand Hollywood content offering: Bloomberg

(3 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is looking to expand its entertainment content offering on its Internet television set-top boxes through deals with studios in the United States, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

(3 hours ago)
sciencehabit writes DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neanderthal DNA. But his Neanderthal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neanderthals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That's a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Yahoo: Tumblr to Make Over $100 Million in Revenue Next Year (Brian R. Fitzgerald/Wall Street Journal)

(4 hours ago)
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:Yahoo: Tumblr to Make Over $100 Million in Revenue Next Year  —  Tumblr is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue in 2015 thanks to a growing user base and a successful introduction of sponsored advertising, Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said Tuesday.

SK Hynix third-quarter profit at record high on firm chip demand

(4 hours ago)
SEOUL (Reuters) - SK Hynix Inc , the world's second-biggest memory chip maker, reported record quarterly profit for the July-September period as the launch of new smartphones and steady demand from the personal computer sector boosted earnings.

Gemalto reaffirms goals after third-quarter sales rise

(4 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Franco-Dutch technology firm Gemalto NV said its third-quarter revenue rose 6 percent on a constant currency basis, helped by strong sales of chip-enabled credit cards.

Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December (Sam Sabri/Windows Phone Central)

(4 hours ago)
Sam Sabri / Windows Phone Central:Free Xbox Music streaming on Windows 8.1 and web will be discontinued in December  —  The free Xbox Music streaming you've been enjoying on Windows 8.1 and on the web will be discontinued on December 1st, 2014.  This doesn't impact you if you're using the Xbox Music Pass …

Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

(4 hours ago)
astroengine writes Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters our theoretical understanding of the violent processes that led to the formation of Earth and the other terrestrial planets in the solar system. "If you look back at the solar system when it was only 22 million years old, you might have seen phenomena that's a like more like what's happening in Beta Pic," astrophysicist Aki Roberge, with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., told Discovery News. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Mark Zuckerberg gives 30-minute public interview in Chinese at Tsinghua University (Marcus Wohlsen/Wired)

(4 hours ago)
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:Mark Zuckerberg gives 30-minute public interview in Chinese at Tsinghua University  —  Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin, Blows Everyone's Mind  —  Think you're too busy to learn another language?  Well, you're not the CEO of a $205 billion company, and apparently, even this rather demanding …

Mark Zuckerberg appointed to China's Tsinghua University board (Businessweek)

(4 hours ago)
Businessweek:Mark Zuckerberg appointed to China's Tsinghua University board  —  As Facebook Eyes China, Zuckerberg Makes Ties With Chinese Business School  —  In its quest to dominate the social media industry worldwide, Facebook (FB) has long hankered after China, where the company been been banned since 2009.

AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter

(4 hours ago)
AT&T signed up half a million cars to its 4G network between July and September, the result of deals with Audi and General Motors to connect cars and offer in-vehicle hotspots for riders.

Progress builds up developer chops with Telerik buy

(4 hours ago)
In a move to muscle up in the app dev space, platform services provider Progress Software is in the process of acquiring development software vendor Telerik for US$262.5 million.

IBM's chip business sale gets national security scrutiny

(4 hours ago)
IBM's plan to transfer its semiconductor manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries faces a government review over national security implications. It has the potential of being complicated because of IBM's role as a defense supplier.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their clouds compatible

(4 hours ago)
Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.
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