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Sony put its e-paper watch on a crowd-funding site in September under the name "FES Watch" to gauge interest, promises delivery after May (Takashi Mochizuki/Wall Street Journal)

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:Sony put its e-paper watch on a crowd-funding site in September under the name “FES Watch” to gauge interest, promises delivery after May  —  Who's Behind the E-paper FES Watch?  —  As it seeks to differentiate itself in a competitive market, Sony is developing watches and bow ties using electronic paper.

Smart sports equipment turns phones into coaches

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There's a new crop of tools to calculate the speed of a pitch, the strength of a putt, the arch of a basketball toss and the quality of a serve. They aren't for professional ballplayers or touring golfers. These pro-level gadgets are coming for casual sports, from pick-up games to little league.

The trick to make passengers accept driverless cars

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Industry experts debate on how the perception of driverless cars must be changed before they can be accepted as the future of transportation.

Space, the final frontier for 3-D printing

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We're used to seeing manufacturer tags that read "Made in the USA," "Made in Taiwan" or "Made in..." just about anywhere on the globe. But this week, for the first time, an item can read "Made in Space."

Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

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MojoKid writes: Intel's 14nm Core M Broadwell architecture was announced a few months ago but to date, 2-in-1 hybrid devices and laptops have only trickled out to the market. Lenovo recently took the wraps off their Yoga 3 Pro 13-inch ultralight notebook and it's one of the few devices on the market right now that offers a glimpse of what Intel's Core M processor is capable of in performance and battery life testing. The 4.5 Watt TDP Core M 5Y70 actually keeps pace with 15-Watt previous generation Core i5 mobile chips in testing, but with significantly better battery life. It also enables very thin and light designs like the 2.6 pound Yoga 3 Pro, which is an interesting machine. Its watchband hinge allows it to contort into various positions for tablet, tent, stand and standard modes. The hinge is a "you love it or hate it" kind of thing, but does come with a 3200x1800 IPS display. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Your green commute is finally here

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Ever hopped in a taxi and sat in traffic for hours whilst pedestrians and cyclists sailed past your window? If so, you may wondered whether you're part of the problem and not the solution. As public transport networks continue to improve in many African cities, taxis remain a common mode of getting around.

What to get when you've got a gamer in your life

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It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...

Advertising company Outbrain files for possible Nasdaq listing -WSJ (Reuters)

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Reuters:Advertising company Outbrain files for possible Nasdaq listing -WSJ  —  Advertising company Outbrain Inc filed confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in November seeking preliminary approval to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

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Midnight Thunder writes: The first trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been released. (YouTube link.) This is the first real opportunity to get a feeling for whether childhood dreams will be crushed or Disney, with the help of JJ Abrams, will be able to breath new life into the story without making it feel like a merchandising excuse. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

OnePlus and Cyanogen on brink of breakup after India fight

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Poor OnePlus just can't take a break. Just as the company's busy taking care of its Black Friday promotion, its store opening in Beijing and its India launch with Amazon next week, a close partner decided to drop a hurtful bomb. Cyanogen Inc., the ma...

Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event (Tom Warren/The Verge)

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Tom Warren / The Verge:Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event  —  Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at an event in January.  While Microsoft will be present at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January, sources familiar with the company's plans tell …

Sony was hiding its e-paper watch in plain sight all along

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You know those cartoons where the culprit was revealed to be Old Mr. Jones, the Caretaker, all along? It turns out that Sony's been pulling the same trick concerning Fashion Entertainments' e-paper watch. The story goes that the company wanted to cre...

Uber suspends operations in Nevada due to statewide preliminary injunction, promises to return (Richard N. Velotta/Las Vegas Review ...)

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Richard N. Velotta / Las Vegas Review-Journal:Uber suspends operations in Nevada due to statewide preliminary injunction, promises to return  —  Uber temporarily suspends operations in Nevada  —  Uber, the maverick ride-sharing company that has been bending the state's transportation rules for a month, ceased operations in Nevada late Wednesday …

Flip phones are hip again

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Hipsters, rejoice. Next time you ride your fixed-gear bicycle to the the thrift store, where you find a vintage, grease-stained mechanic's shirt that matches your Rollie Fingers mustache and Grizzly Adams beard, there's an edgy, if technologically sub-optimal, way to tell your friends about it.

Philae May Have Grazed Crater Rim

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An anonymous reader writes: The European Space Agency is gradually sorting through the data collected during the brief window Philae was alive and transmitting on the surface of a comet. Analysis of that data has provided another interesting clue about what happened to the probe as it bounced across the comet's surface. According to results from the on-board magnetometer, immediately after the first touchdown, the lander's spin rate increased somewhat. It continued to spin for about 36 minutes until another event dramatically changed its spin rate. This suggests it collided with something, because there was no corresponding vertical deceleration to indicate it had landed once more. Scientists think Philae likely grazed the rim of a crater with one of its landing legs. 65 minutes later, it landed again, and bounced to its final resting place just a few minutes later. The ESA's article has some interesting graphs showing how the data changed as the lander progressed through these different events. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

First a comet, then Mercury

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After landing a probe on an icy comet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now heading to scorching-hot Mercury with its BepiColombo spacecraft.

Resurrecting drowned iPhones from the dead

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Startup TekDry has created a machine that can dry out a waterlogged phone.

Which compact cameras are worth buying?

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Plenty of people have switched to smartphones for their photography needs, but that doesn't mean standalone cameras are dead just yet. Companies like Fuji, Canon and Olympus continue to make great DSLRs and interchangeable lens cameras for photograph...

Mea Culpa: Malaysia Airlines Apologizes for Tweet

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Malaysia Airlines did a mea culpa Friday for a marketing tweet that some deemed insensitive.

Exclusive - Hutchison ready to enter race for UK mobile firms EE, O2: sources (Reuters)

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Reuters:Exclusive - Hutchison ready to enter race for UK mobile firms EE, O2: sources  —  (Reuters) - Hutchison Whampoa (0013.HK), the owner of Britain's fourth largest mobile operator 3 Group, is preparing a bid for EE or O2, the mobile groups already in talks on a deal with BT Group (BT.L), several sources familiar with the matter said.

BestBuy.com Crashes on Black Friday (Jason Del Rey/Re/code)

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:BestBuy.com Crashes on Black Friday  —  Black Friday website crashes were one of the seven e-commerce trends we are watching for this holiday season, and BestBuy.com appears to be the first major U.S. shopping site to break under the strain of holiday traffic.  —  Best Buy's website has been down since at least 9:50 am ET on Friday.

Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

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dcblogs writes: Imagine a fleet of quad copters or drones equipped with explosives and controlled by terrorists. Or someone who hacks into a connected insulin pump and changes the settings in a lethal way. Or maybe the hacker who accesses a building's furnace and thermostat controls and runs the furnace full bore until a fire is started. Those may all sound like plot material for a James Bond movie, but there are security experts who now believe, as does Jeff Williams, CTO of Contrast Security, that "the Internet of Things will kill someone". Today, there is a new "rush to connect things" and "it is leading to very sloppy engineering from a security perspective," said Williams. Similarly, Rashmi Knowles, chief security architect at RSA, imagines criminals hacking into medical devices, recently blogged about hackers using pacemakers to blackmail users, and asked: "Question is, when is the first murder?" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Europe's space-based, laser-powered data highway passes early test

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A European satellite beamed images to earth using new laser-based communications technology on Friday, opening the way for uninterrupted and near instantaneous viewing of natural disasters being sent to governments and relief agencies.

Jolla promises to give tablets cellular connection if it raises $2.5 million

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When Jolla launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of its tablet, the company was only aiming to make $380,000. Somewhere along the way -- say the moment it reached $1 million in pledges -- the people behind Jolla probably realized tha...

UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs with a focus on healthcare, communications, security (Tereza Pultarova/E&T Magazine)

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Tereza Pultarova / E&T Magazine:UK unveils £120m quantum-technology hubs with a focus on healthcare, communications, security  —  Quantum tech commercialisation network launched  —  Atomic clock and quantum cryptography research will receive a boost with the launch of a new research network aiming to get the technology from lab to market.

Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

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Zothecula writes: It may sound like the first chapter of a Quatermass thriller, but scientists from the University of Zurich have discovered that DNA can survive not only a flight through space, but also re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere and still remain active. The findings are based on suborbital rocket flights and could have considerable impact on questions about the origins of life on Earth and the problems of terrestrial space probes contaminating other planets. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

7 Great Tech Stocking Stuffers

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When Santa stuffs your stocking, it's worth wishing he'll include one of these great tech toys.

HP Stream 11 review: a $200 Windows laptop meant to be a Chromebook killer

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It's no secret that people like Chromebooks. That can't be good news for Microsoft, which used to own the market for cheap computers. Not one to take this sort of encroachment lying down, Microsoft came out with a lower-cost version of Windows 8.1 th...

Volcanic Eruption In Japan Disrupts Flights

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An anonymous reader writes: A volcano in southern Japan erupted today, sending out chunks of magma and a kilometer-high plume of ash. Flights to and from the nearby city of Kumamoto were canceled, and a Japan Airlines spokesman said more could be disrupted if the eruption continues. "Mount Aso, whose huge caldera dominates the southwestern main island of Kyushu, rumbled into life on Tuesday. Meteorologists warned volcanic stones and ash could fall in a one-kilometer radius of the volcano. The eruption is Aso's first in 19 years and comes two months after Mount Ontake in central Nagano killed more than 60 hikers when it erupted without warning." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Drinking a pint from an espresso-inspired beer tap

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I'm tired of walking into musty pubs and ordering pints that are bland, poured incorrectly, and twice the price of the nearest off-licence. If I weren't meeting friends, I'd be out the door faster than Road Runner. Of course, more than a few social d...

Virtual reality draws the crowds at Korea's G-Star game show

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The 11th paragraph of the story "Virtual reality draws the crowds at Korea's G-Star game show," posted Friday, was unclear in its description of the relationship between the Oculus Development Kit 2 (DK2) and the Oculus Rift. DK2 is a version of the Oculus Rift.

OnePlus' Black Friday deal: you can actually buy the damn phone

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OnePlus has just let it be known that you'll finally be able to buy its $299 One phone sans invitation for Black Friday. The "deal" starts today and lasts all weekend, with the 16GB white model up for $299 (€269 in Europe, £229 in the UK) or $349/€29...

IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS  —  Black Friday is traditionally thought of as first day of holiday shopping in the U.S., but with more buying options (and promotions) becoming available online, many are now starting their shopping a day earlier, on Thanksgiving.

Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

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HughPickens.com writes Gerrymandering is the practice of establishing a political advantage for a particular party by manipulating district boundaries to concentrate all your opponents' votes in a few districts while keeping your party's supporters as a majority in the remaining districts. For example, in North Carolina in 2012 Republicans ended up winning nine out of 13 congressional seats even though more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans statewide. Now Jessica Jones reports that researchers at Duke are studying the mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. Mathematicians Jonathan Mattingly and Christy Vaughn created a series of district maps using the same vote totals from 2012, but with different borders. Their work was governed by two principles of redistricting: a federal rule requires each district have roughly the same population and a state rule requires congressional districts to be compact. Using those principles as a guide, they created a mathematical algorithm to randomly redraw the boundaries of the state's 13 congressional districts. "We just used the actual vote counts from 2012 and just retabulated them under the different districtings," says Vaughn. "If someone voted for a particular candidate in the 2012 election and one of our redrawn maps assigned where they live to a new congressional district, we assumed that they would still vote for the same political party." The results were startling. After re-running the election 100 times[..]

Leaving Las Vegas: Uber suspends operations in Nevada

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The home of Las Vegas is meant to be a paradise of unhinged abandon, where consequences don't matter and everyone has a great time. Unfortunately, no-one at the Washoe County District Court got that memo, since it's just slammed Uber with a prelimina...

Airport raids tackle cyberthieves

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Cyberthieves who used stolen credit cards to buy airline tickets are targeted in raids at 80 airports.

Of 458 patented inventions and designs credited to Steve Jobs, 141 were approved posthumously (Antonio Regalado/MIT Technology Review)

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Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:Of 458 patented inventions and designs credited to Steve Jobs, 141 were approved posthumously  —  Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office  —  Years after his death, the former Apple CEO still wins more patents than most.  —  What is Steve Jobs's legacy?

UK politicians want social networks to explain their terms more clearly

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If you never read the terms and conditions for services like Facebook and Twitter, we can hardly blame you. They're often too long and use confusing jargon to describe their practices. The UK's Science and Technology Select Committee wants something ...

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Solar panels improved with Blu-ray tech, won't play 'Pacific Rim'

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On paper, collecting the sun's energy is a pretty great idea -- but most solar panels suffer from relatively low photovoltaic efficiency. On average, most panels will collect less than 20-percent of the light that hits it. Can we do better? Absolutel...

Distracted? Slap this Hitachi gizmo on your forehead to focus

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If you're looking to sharpen your mental focus, Hitachi has developed a wearable brain activity sensor designed to improve learning skills.

Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

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BarbaraHudson writes in with the latest in the Assassin's Creed Unity debacle. This time it's good news. "As an acknowledgment of the botched launch of Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has offered free additional content to everyone who purchased the title, cancelled the game's season pass and offered a free game to users who purchased the pass. The anticipation for Assassin's Creed Unity was such that the myriad of bugs and technical issues experienced at launch felt like an even greater slap in the face for gamers. In a blog posted yesterday, Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto said: 'Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Stupid Hackathon produces zany projects that no one needs

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iPad on a face, a Google Glass app that makes the user throw up and a device powered by twerking. These are but some of the masterpieces out of this year's Stupid Hackathon, and they all embody what the event's organizers are looking for: "stupid shi...
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