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FDA approves AliveCor's heart arrhythmia-detecting app algorithm (Mark Sullivan/VentureBeat)

(35 minutes ago)
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:FDA approves AliveCor's heart arrhythmia-detecting app algorithm  —  Above: AliveCor's ECG app.  —  While the step counters and run tracker apps of the world get most of the attention, a growing number of apps in the marketplace are serving serious clinical needs.

The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

(59 minutes ago)
sciencehabit writes To probe the dawn of time, astronomers usually peer far away; but now they've made a notable discovery close to home. An ancient star a mere thousand light-years from Earth bears chemical elements that may have been forged by the death of a star that was both extremely massive and one of the first to arise after the big bang. If confirmed, the finding means that some of the universe's first stars were so massive they died in exceptionally violent explosions that altered the growth of early galaxies. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Zoosk debuts Photo Verification on iOS to confirm authenticity of profile photos (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

(One hour ago)
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:Zoosk debuts Photo Verification on iOS to confirm authenticity of profile photos  —  This Dating Site Is Teaching the Internet an Important Lesson About Anonymity  —  Online dating site Zoosk is rolling out a new feature that lets users verify the authenticity of profile pictures.

US House of Representatives faces Wikipedia ban thanks to trollish edits

(One hour ago)
We already know that the United States Congress (or the countless people it employs) can't seem to stop editing Wikipedia articles, but do they need to be such jerks about it? Case in point: Wiki tinkerers using an IP address connected to the US...

Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

(One hour ago)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps  —  U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications, according to a new study released by comScore this morning.  That means mobile apps, including the number 1 …

Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones (Gregg Keizer/Computerworld)

(One hour ago)
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones  —  Users will be ‘encouraged’ to replace stock Xpress browser with Opera Mini starting this fall  —  Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal that will replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini on Microsoft's dying line of feature phones.

Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store for not conforming with local laws (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)

(One hour ago)
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store for not conforming with local laws  —  Following a recent ruling that Apple would have ten days to remove the anonymous social app Secret from its Brazilian App Store, Apple has complied with the order.  The justification for the removal …

ChargeSpot Pocket will wirelessly charge both Qi- and PMA-compatible devices

(One hour ago)
If a wireless charger doesn't work with a phone or tablet with the capability, it's likely because they adhere to two different wireless charging standards. See, there's more than one out there, and that's making it hard for businesses, venues,...

After Twitter suspensions, ISIS moves to decentralized Diaspora to avoid censorship (Allie Jones/Gawker)

(2 hours ago)
Allie Jones / Gawker:After Twitter suspensions, ISIS moves to decentralized Diaspora to avoid censorship  —  ISIS Finally Finds a Social Network That Can't Suspend Their Accounts  —  After ISIS militants and supporters disseminated video and images of James Foley's brutal beheading on Tuesday …

U.S. venture firm Kleiner Perkins suffers security breach

(3 hours ago)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California detectives are investigating a July computer theft at storied venture capital-firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said on Thursday.

Twitter can now prompt attachments via hashtag

(3 hours ago)
Thinking about using a hashtag in your next tweet? Watch out -- Twitter might use it as an excuse to attach a video or image to your message. A promotion for ABC's new TV comedy "Selfie" revealed that Twitter can now prompt users to attach media to a...

Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

(3 hours ago)
vinces99 writes with news about a study that may account for a slowdown in air temperature rises. Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth's surface. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published in Science. Subsurface ocean warming explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at the Earth's surface. "Every week there's a new explanation of the hiatus," said corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a UW professor of applied mathematics and adjunct faculty member in atmospheric sciences. "Many of the earlier papers had necessarily focused on symptoms at the surface of the Earth, where we see many different and related phenomena. We looked at observations in the ocean to try to find the underlying cause." What they found is that a slow-moving current in the Atlantic, which carries heat between the two poles, sped up earlier this century to draw heat down almost a mile (1,500 meters). Most previous studies focused on shorter-term variability or particles that could block incoming sunlight, but they[..]

A federal court rejects Aereo's request to argue it's a cable company (Brian Fung/Washington Post)

(3 hours ago)
Brian Fung / Washington Post:A federal court rejects Aereo's request to argue it's a cable company  —  Aereo's seemingly last-ditch argument to save itself won't be given an airing in court, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  —  Instead, if the shuttered streaming video company wants to keep fighting for its survival …

Flappy Bird creator launches Swing Copters, available for iPhone and Android, for free (NBC News)

(3 hours ago)
NBC News:Flappy Bird creator launches Swing Copters, available for iPhone and Android, for free  —  ‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Dong Nguyen Launches New Game ‘Swing Copters’ - NBC News  —  The creator of the ultra-difficult game sensation, “Flappy Bird,” has released a new title — and believe it or not, it's even harder.

NTT Docomo and Huawei want to augment LTE networks with WiFi spectrum

(3 hours ago)
Love LTE data speeds, but fear the bane of network congestion? Researchers at NTT Docomo and Huawei may have a solution. The two firms just announced that it has successfully broadcast LTE service on the unlicensed 5GHz spectrum -- a frequency...

Swiss startup creates a wearable chair so you can rest anywhere

(4 hours ago)
Most of the wearable gadgets getting people hot and bothered either strap onto your face or your wrist, but Swiss startup noonee has cooked up a little something that straps to your legs instead. Well, fine, maybe it's not exactly little: in a bid to...

Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

(4 hours ago)
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall  —  WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell.  Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues.

Google to include temporary steering wheel and pedal system when testing autonomous cars in response to new California DMV rules (Alistair Barr/Wall Street Journal)

(4 hours ago)
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:Google to include temporary steering wheel and pedal system when testing autonomous cars in response to new California DMV rules  —  A Google Car Without a Steering Wheel?  Not So Fast, California Says  —  Google caused a stir earlier this year when it unveiled a self-driving car without …

Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

(4 hours ago)
Zothecula writes We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage. However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when there are already ready-made insects that are about the right size? That's the thinking behind research being conducted at North Carolina State University, which is aimed at converting moths into "biobots". Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Estimote's stickers let you add tiny sensors to just about anything

(4 hours ago)
The problem with the internet of things is that you often have to buy expensive add-ons or replacements to get all those clever sensors; you may not want to buy a bike computer just to track your rides. If Estimote has its way, you won't have to. Its...

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(5 hours ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(5 hours ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

Google's search app gets friendlier to bilingual Android users

(5 hours ago)
Want to Google the name of a restaurant in English and then ask for the weather in Japanese? On Android it no longer requires switching back and forth between language settings.

Engadget Daily: Lumia 930 review, remote-controlled moths and more!

(5 hours ago)
Today, we visit Seattle's Living Computer Museum, go hands-on with the Lumia 930, ponder remote-controlled moths, learn about Sony's plan to reclaim "20 lost years," and more. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....

Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from "obvious transphobe" (Julian Hattem/The Hill)

(5 hours ago)
Julian Hattem / The Hill:Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from “obvious transphobe”  —  ‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban  —  For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

(5 hours ago)
cartechboy writes Tesla's Superchargers are the talk of the electric car community. These charging stations can take a Model S battery pack from nearly empty to about 150 miles or range in around 30 minutes. That's crazy fast, and it's nothing short of impressive. But what does it take to actually build a Tesla Supercharger site? Apparently a lot of digging. A massive trench is created to run high-capacity electric cables before the charging stations themselves are even installed. A diagram and photos of the Electric Conduit Construction build out have surfaced on the Internet. The conduits connect the charging stations to a power distribution center, which in turn is connected to a transformer that provides the power for charging cars. It took 11 days to install the six charging stalls in Goodland, Kansas. If you thought it was a quick process to build a Supercharger station, you were clearly wrong. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Sony's Smart Tennis Sensor will outfit rackets in the US and Canada for $200

(5 hours ago)
We got an up-close look at Sony's tennis gadget back at CES, and after a May launch in Japan, the accessory is prepped to hit the court in the US and Canada. The Smart Tennis Sensor plays nice with rackets from Wilson, Prince and Yonex to capture...

Google updates voice search, allows users to automatically switch between five languages (Greg Sterling/Search Engine Land)

(6 hours ago)
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:Google updates voice search, allows users to automatically switch between five languages  —  Google's Search App Is Now Truly Multilingual  —  Around the world millions of people are multilingual or partly so.  In the US, census data reflect that 20 percent of the population speaks …

Sneak Attack: Android Apps Can Spy on Each Other

(6 hours ago)
Researchers have shown that one app can "spy" on another and possibly even steal passwords, credit-card numbers or sensitive photos.

FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

(6 hours ago)
tlhIngan writes Municipal broadband is in the news again — this time Chief of Staff Matthew Berry, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures, has endorsed states' right to ban municipal broadband networks and warned the (Democrat-led) FCC to not do anything that a future Republican led FCC would dislike. The argument is that municipal broadband discourages private investment in broadband communications, that taxpayer-funded projects are barriers to future infrastructure investment. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'

(6 hours ago)
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.

Next stop for Ouya Everywhere: China

(6 hours ago)
Now that everyone from Google to Amazon is getting into the Android gaming set-top box business, Ouya is going to have to get creative. It's already announced plans for "Ouya Everywhere" to extend its sizable library of 900+ TV and game...

White House cybersecurity czar brags about his lack of technical expertise (Timothy B. Lee/Vox)

(6 hours ago)
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:White House cybersecurity czar brags about his lack of technical expertise  —  TWEET SHARE +1 LINKEDIN EMAIL PRINT  —  Michael Daniel is the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, the man who “leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy” for the president.

Motorola's Moto X sequel spotted

(6 hours ago)
Want a good, clear look at one of the devices Motorola is expected to unveil at its September 4th event? You've got it. As a parting shot, retiring leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) has posted press images for Motorola's next big flagship smartphone,...

Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

(7 hours ago)
metasonix writes: As if the problems brought up during the recent 2014 Wikimania conference weren't enough, now Wikipedia is having an outright battle between its editor and administrator communities, especially on the German-language Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation, currently flush with cash from its donors, keeps trying to force flawed new software systems onto the editor community, who has repeatedly responded by disabling the software. This time, however, Foundation Deputy Director Erik Moeller had the bright idea to create a new level of page protection to prevent the new software from being disabled. "Superprotection" has resulted in an outright revolt on the German Wikipedia. There has been subsequent coverage in the German press, and people have issued demands that Moeller, one of Wikipedia's oldest insiders, be removed from his job. One English Wikipedia insider started a change.org petition demanding the removal of superprotection." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ouya partners with Xiaomi to bring its games to the Chinese smartphone maker's streaming boxes and smart TVs (Malathi Nayak/Reuters)

(7 hours ago)
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:Ouya partners with Xiaomi to bring its games to the Chinese smartphone maker's streaming boxes and smart TVs  —  Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China  —  (Reuters) - U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf.

ESPN Launches Score-Tracking App for Pebble Smartwatch (Todd Spangler/Variety)

(7 hours ago)
Todd Spangler / Variety:ESPN Launches Score-Tracking App for Pebble Smartwatch  —  ESPN wants to grab sports fans by the wrist: The cable programmer has unveiled a real-time score app for the Pebble smartwatch.  —  The app, launched Thursday, can track multiple games and causes the Pebble to vibrate when it receives game updates and score changes.

How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track

(7 hours ago)
The second paragraph of the story "How Michael Gregoire plans to put CA back on track," posted Tuesday, contained an incorrect year for when Gregoire assumed the role of CEO. The correct year is 2013. That paragraph has been corrected on the wire and now reads:

YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

(7 hours ago)
Due to a reporting error, the 11th paragraph of the story, "YouTube music might be a win for other Google services," posted Tuesday, incorrectly attributed an analyst quote. The quote should be attributed to Michael Inouye.

Intel highlights more of its wireless computing plans

(7 hours ago)
Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls "wire-free" computing by 2016, a plan the company first talked about publicly in June at the Computex trade show.

Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13 (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

(7 hours ago)
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13  —  After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13.  —  The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter …

Future Hack: New Cybersecurity Tool Predicts Breaches Before They Happen

(7 hours ago)
An anonymous reader writes: A new research paper (PDF) outlines security software that scans and scrapes web sites (past and present) to identify patterms leading up to a security breach. It then accurately predicts what websites will be hacked in the future. The tool has an accuracy of up to 66%. Quoting: "The algorithm is designed to automatically detect whether a Web server is likely to become malicious in the future by analyzing a wide array of the site's characteristics: For example, what software does the server run? What keywords are present? How are the Web pages structured? If your website has a whole lot in common with another website that ended up hacked, the classifier will predict a gloomy future. The classifier itself always updates and evolves, the researchers wrote. It can 'quickly adapt to emerging threats.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Intuit forecasts much bigger loss for current quarter

(7 hours ago)
(Reuters) - Intuit Inc, the developer of tax-preparation software TurboTax, forecast a much bigger first-quarter loss, citing restructuring in its small business group unit.

Beep is a documentary about the history of sound in video games

(7 hours ago)
Every successive generation of video games is hailed for its massive improvements in graphics performance, but what about sound? That too has come a long way -- and soon there may be a documentary chronicling the history video game audio. It's more...

LinkedIn Product Head Deep Nishar Departs Business Network (Kara Swisher/Re/code)

(8 hours ago)
Kara Swisher / Re/code:LinkedIn Product Head Deep Nishar Departs Business Network  —  LinkedIn's head of product, Deep Nishar, is leaving the Silicon Valley-based business network.  He does not have another job, although the exec has been joining a number of boards and taking advisory roles at several startups of late.
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