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The FAA wants you to have a pilot's license to fly commercial drones

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If you're planning to shoot your next movie using a drone, beware: you may need to meet some stringent conditions to stay in the Federal Aviation Administration's good books. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the agency will propose...

Urban Outfitters and 200 Others Start Selling Directly in Shopping App Wanelo (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:Urban Outfitters and 200 Others Start Selling Directly in Shopping App Wanelo  —  For the last two years, the popular shopping app Wanelo has touted itself as the top digital mall where clothing brands can reach millennial shoppers who would rather spend time on their phone than in a physical store.

The home security device that's always listening

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For Airbnb hosts who want to keep tabs on their homes, a full home security system might be overkill. They're expensive, and live cameras and motion detectors invade guests' privacy. So how do they make sure guests keep the volume down, aren't smoking inside and don't ransack their home?

Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

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An anonymous reader writes Morgan Pietz, one of the lawyers who took on Prenda Law, has a new target in his sights: copyright enforcement company, Rightscorp. In a class action suit (pdf) Pietz claims the company made illegal, harassing robo-calls to people who were accused of illegal downloading and by doing so Rightscorp broke the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which limits how automated calling devices can be used. "They robo-called Jeanie Reif's cell phone darn near every day for a couple of months," Pietz said. "And there could be thousands of members of this class." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

HTC RE Camera review: a fun personal shooter with room to grow

(38 minutes ago)
My father's camcorder was a common sight on childhood vacations. Trips to Mount Rainier, the Oregon Coast, Disneyland, skiing, weddings -- you name it, there's video evidence of my siblings and I enjoying time together. I'm lucky to have grown up in...

NXP opens wallet to build wearables with better battery life

(One hour ago)
To help it improve the battery life of next-generation smartwatches and fitness bands, NXP Semiconductors has acquired part of U.S. chip maker Quintic.

You can now get AMD's Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card for $800

(One hour ago)
The GPU wars between AMD and Nvidia are heating up, and as a result, prices are coming down. If Newegg listings are any indication, AMD has slashed prices for its top-of-the-line Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card to around $800.

Airport-restaurant company OTG Management rolling out 6K iPads over next 18 months at Newark (Josh Dzieza/The Verge)

(One hour ago)
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:Airport-restaurant company OTG Management rolling out 6K iPads over next 18 months at Newark  —  How iPads are making airports less terrible  —  An airport-restaurant company will soon have more customer-facing iPads than Apple itself  —  What if airports weren't miserable gauntlets of long lines …

Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

(One hour ago)
An anonymous reader writes Apple will donate a portion of their sales from online and retail stores on Cyber Monday and Black Friday as a contribution to the worldwide fight against AIDS. Apple kicks off a two-week fundraising campaign for RED, the charity started by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver. It includes 25 partnering app-makers, from Angry Birds to Toca Boca, which will donate all proceeds from purchases of their apps or in-app upgrades. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give. For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple's retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Exiled Tinder co-founder comes back with another dating app

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Earlier this year, Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe left the company after launching a sexual harassment lawsuit against her colleagues. One of the allegations leveled was that co-founder Justin Mateen stripped her of her credit because her age and...

Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

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An anonymous reader writes A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, Nasa's Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut. "I think that 100 years from now, 500 years from now, people will look back on this as the initial baby steps that we took going into the solar system," Virts told a pre-launch press conference. "In the same way that we look back on Columbus and the other explorers 500 years ago, this is the way people will look at this time in history." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Big Picture: our clearest view yet of Europa, Jupiter's icy moon

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It's going to be a long, long time before anyone gets to see Jupiter's moon Europa first-hand, but NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory just provided the next best thing. It has released a "remastered" image of the icy celestial body that shows what it...

Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

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MojoKid writes After years of working on prototype vehicles, multiple car companies have announced a major push for hydrogen fuel cell automobiles. At the LA Auto Show last week, Toyota showed off its Mirai, a four-door passenger sedan with a $57,500 base sticker price and a hydrogen-only fuel system. Honda recently delayed its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle until 2016, while Hyundai is planning to build 1000 fuel-cell powered Tucson's by the end of the year. Currently, most proposed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are actually combined hydrogen-electric designs. Hydrogen gas, under enormous pressure, is used to drive a generator, which then charges a lithium-ion battery. Toyota plans to sell up to 3,000 Mirai a year by 2017, which would put it well below Tesla's own sales projections for its Model S — but at a lower overall price point. The pressurized fuel tanks in the Mirai can hold a total of 122 liters of hydrogen for an estimated range of 300 miles. A standard gasoline-powered car with a 122L capacity at 30mpg would be capable of traveling 960 miles. Proponents of hydrogen point to the vastly improved fueling time (roughly equal that of gasoline) as opposed to the 20-60 minutes required to recharge a vehicle like Tesla's Model S. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

Google search on smartphones and tablets now shows product details with 360-degree view, where to buy them (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Google search on smartphones and tablets now shows product details with 360-degree view, where to buy them  —  Google today updated its search engine on smartphones and tablets to show new product details.  The company says it wants to help shoppers make purchase decisions …

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

(2 hours ago)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

(2 hours ago)
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

Computer spying malware uncovered with 'stealth' features: Symantec

(2 hours ago)
(Reuters) - An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday.

Study: IT pros are overly confident that they know how to prevent data breaches

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It's been a rough year for businesses when it comes to data breaches. A new report from ThreatTrack Security suggests that things will improve dramatically in 2015--that is, unless the survey participants are overstating the efficacy of their network defenses. It's important for you to take steps to secure your own data to make sure you're protected either way.

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

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HughPickens.com writes Kate Briquelet reports in the NY Post that Principal Mark Federman of East Side Community HS has invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to give a two-day training session to 450 students on interacting with police. "We're not going to candy-coat things — we have a problem in our city that's affecting young men of color and all of our students," says Federman. "It's not about the police being bad. This isn't anti-police as much as it's pro-young people ... It's about what to do when kids are put in a position where they feel powerless and uncomfortable." The hourlong workshops — held in small classroom sessions during advisory periods — focused on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program and how to exercise Fourth Amendment rights when being stopped and questioned in a car or at home. Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice. "It's unlikely that a high school student would come away with any other conclusion than the police are a fearful group to be avoided at all costs," says Eugene O'Donnell, a former police officer and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. NYCLU representatives told kids to be polite and to keep their hands out of their pockets. But they also told students they don't have to show ID or consent to searches, that it's best to remain silent, and how to file a complaint against an officer. Candis Tolliver, NYCLU's associate director for[..]

How NASA will launch four spacecraft at once to study magnetic fields

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NASA has been planning to study the magnetic reconnection between the Earth and the sun for years, and now the agency has revealed how its scientists are going make it happen. Magnetic reconnection is a process that converts magnetic energy to...

Engadget UK giveaway: win a GoPro Hero4 Black Edition courtesy of Tagstr

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Alas, our Galaxy Note 4 giveaway has run its course, but don't be too downhearted if you missed out. This week, we've got one of GoPro's new Hero4 Black Edition action cams to offload, and the timing couldn't be better if you've got a shredding...

The trouble with Bob Geldof's advice

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Bob Geldof wants people to delete Do They Know It's Christmas? and buy it again, but that's very difficult to do.

VIDEO: Can live events save TV ratings?

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For programme makers it is becoming increasingly difficult to generate big ratings on TV but the solution may lie in live television, especially in America, as Tom Brook reports

UK bill requires ISPs to retain IP-matching records for a year, stops short of requiring metadata on calls, text, and chats (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:UK bill requires ISPs to retain IP-matching records for a year, stops short of requiring metadata on calls, text, and chats  —  UK Government Pushes IP-Matching In Latest Digital Counter-Terror Measure  —  ISPs and mobile operators will be forced to retain information linking IP addresses …

Galaxy S5 sold 40 percent fewer units than Samsung predicted: WSJ (Sam Byford/The Verge)

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Sam Byford / The Verge:Galaxy S5 sold 40 percent fewer units than Samsung predicted: WSJ  —  A report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone has performed below expectations.  The S5 is said to have sold 12 million units in its first three months on sale; roughly 4 million fewer …

CERN's letting everyone look at its Large Hadron Collider data

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Life can he hard for the armchair particle physicist, forever knowing that other people have their own Large Hadron Collider and you don't. Thankfully, the folks at CERN remember what it was like not to have a LHC of their own, which is why the...

Breached camera site owner seeks job

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A website containing live links to thousands of baby monitors, web cams and CCTV feeds has shut down

BT is in talks to buy back O2 (Matt Brian/Engadget)

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Matt Brian / Engadget:BT is in talks to buy back O2  —  Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together.  The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonia to buy back O2, almost a decade after it sold the operator for £17.7 billion.

BT is in talks to buy back O2

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Following in the footsteps of Take That, S Club 7 and 5ive, BT appears determined to get the band back together. The company has confirmed to us that it is in talks with European communications giant Telefonića to buy back O2, almost a decade after...

Samsung reportedly sold 4 million fewer Galaxy S5s than Galaxy S4s

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There's been a few signs that not all is well in Samsung's mobile division, with the company pledging to make fewer new devices, as well as its chief taking a pay cut. If the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, the cause of this unrest is all down...

Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

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An anonymous reader sends word that the 2014 wireless spectrum license auction has surpassed $34 billion. "A government auction of airwaves for use in mobile broadband has blown through presale estimates, becoming the biggest auction in the Federal Communications Commission's history and signaling that wireless companies expect demand for Internet access by smartphones to continue to soar. And it's not over yet. Companies bid more than $34 billion as of Friday afternoon for six blocks of airwaves, totaling 65 megahertz of the electromagnetic spectrum, being sold by the F.C.C. That total is more than three times the $10.5 billion reserve price that the commission put on the sale, the first offering of previously unavailable airwaves in six years." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

UK wants internet providers to identify who's using their connections

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The British government isn't letting up on its desire to track internet activity in the name of fighting terrorism. UK Home Secretary Theresa May is proposing a bill that would require internet providers to keep tabs on who's using a given internet...

Google's Inbox uses open source tools like J2ObjC to reuse 70% of code across Android, iOS, and web apps (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:Google's Inbox uses open source tools like J2ObjC to reuse 70% of code across Android, iOS, and web apps  —  How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web  —  Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard.  If you want to reach a wide audience …

Google case over web abuse to begin

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The case of a businessman who wants to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in Google searches is set to begin at the High Court.

Robots face new creativity test

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A US professor is proposing a successor to the famous Turing test devised to spot when artificial intelligence becomes "human".

VIDEO: Festival celebrates indie gaming

(6 hours ago)
Marc Cieslak visits GameCity which looks to promote the cultural benefits of playing games.
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