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The Free Encryption App That Wants to Replace Gmail, Dropbox, and HipChat | WIRED

Cryptographers devote their careers to the science of securing your communications. Twenty-four-year-old Nadim Kobeissi has devoted his to the art of making that security as easy as possible. His software creations like Cryptocat and Minilock encrypt instant messages or shared files with three-letter-agency-level protection, with user interfaces that require Lincoln-Log-level skills. Now he’s combining elements of his dead-simple apps into what he’s calling his biggest release yet, a single platform designed to encrypt everything you and any group of collaborators do on the desktop.

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Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app - Google Translate Blog

Often the hardest part of traveling is navigating the local language. If you've ever asked for "pain" in Paris and gotten funny looks, confused "embarazada" with "embarrassed" in Mexico, or stumbled over pronunciation pretty much anywhere, you know the feeling. Now Google Translate can be your guide in new ways. We’ve updated the Translate app on Android and iOS to transform your mobile device into an even more powerful translation tool. Instant translation with Word Lens The Translate app already lets you use camera mode to snap a photo of text and get a translation for it in 36 languages. Now, we’re taking it to the next level and letting you instantly translate text using your camera—so it’s way easier to navigate street signs in the Italian countryside or decide what to order off a Barcelona menu. While using the Translate app, just point your camera at a sign or text and you’ll see the translated text overlaid on your screen—even if you don't have an Internet or data connection. This instant translation currently works for translation from English to and from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and we’re working to expand to more languages.

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Spike Lee is selling his new movie on Vimeo one month before it hits theaters

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus may be more suited to an online release. The film was  funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2013 , so there are fans out there who will likely jump at the opportunity to watch it early online. The apparent eccentricity of this new film may also lend to an online release, allowing Da Sweet Blood of Jesus to gain some steam before it's in theaters. Lee's latest is a vampire pic, though he prefers not to call it one: rather, it's a modern "love story" about people who become addicted to blood and want to live forever. It's supposed to explore the nature of "love, addiction, sex, and status" in today's society.

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6 Ways To Beat Workplace Distractions

Hallowell coined the term "screen sucking" to describe the pacifier effect of the Internet. As soon as we’re hit with that first feeling of boredom or frustration, we head to the Internet. "People go online and aren’t really doing anything terribly productive, but they’re just sucking on the screen," he says. The best way to control screen sucking, says Hallowell, is to split your day into chunks of focused work and chunks of potentially distracting elements of your job—such as answering emails and checking social media feeds. Scheduling some off-screen time is also important, especially if you’re working on a task that requires extreme focus. Turning off phone and email notices during times when you need to be productive can help fight the urge to screen suck.

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Project Ara's next prototype will stand equal to a top-tier smartphone

Long ago, Google once said it hoped to get an official, final Project Ara device -- the so-called gray phone -- onto the market by January 2015. It doesn't take a math whiz to realize that window is rapidly closing, but that doesn't mean Google's taking the whole modular smartphone thing any less seriously. Project lead Paul Eremenko shed a little more light on Ara's future at Google's second Ara Developer Conference, and dropped a few juicy details about forthcoming Spiral 3 Ara prototype in the process. He also unveiled the latest design for the Ara, which you can peek in the gallery below. Gallery | 29 Photos Project Ara prototype 2015 + See all 29

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Changing the Culture of IT

So, De Prins designed a program, “The Future of IT,” to give his IT organization and its business partners real clarity about the role of IT going forward.  To initiate the program, De Prins had every IT employee participate in a two day workshop that focused on digital technologies. “If you area member of the IT organization, whether you are in server management or digital marketing, you are part of the program,” says De Prins.  “We all need to be thinking: ‘What does this new world of technology mean for IT, for UCB and for its stakeholders?’”

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AT&T tackles LTE-Broadcast at college football championship

Consequently big events like football games are the ideal use case. Everyone wants to see the replay of that touchdown. Instead of thousand devices requesting the same content as individual streams from the same few cell towers – overloading the network in the process – the LTE-Broadcast network sends it as a single transmission. Everyone sees a high-quality video and the network uses only a fraction of its overall bandwidth.

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Majora's Mask New 3DS coming February 13

With the launch of the New 3DS XL stateside, there will also be a Majora's Mask 3D limited edition released on February 13. The bundle will feature a gold-tinted New 3DS XL featuring five of the game's masks, which transform Link into various characters from the Majora's Mask universe. The remastered Nintendo 64 game will launch on February 13 as well. Hopefully we'll have more than three days to snag it before an angry moon crashes into us. Update : The unit appears to be sold out at GameStop, currently listed as " not available ." [Image: Nintendo] The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (1/14/2015) New Nintendo 3DS XL (Majora's Mask Edition)

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Notorious ISIS-linked British hacker could be behind CENTCOM hack

A 20-year-old British hacker who was once jailed for publishing former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's personal details, is said to be the leader of the group behind the hack of CENTCOM's Twitter account on Monday.

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Apple, Google and others to Settle US Lawsuit Over Poaching

Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have agreed to a new settlement deal to resolve an antitrust class action lawsuit filed against them, reports  reports Recode .

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A restaurant in China is offering free meals, but only for beautiful people

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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UK’s Purple WiFi Raises $5M To Push Its Free Social WiFi Service Abroad

Free public WiFi has become one of the more popular ways that cafes, shops and other public places attract users and then use the connections to serve ads and collect other kinds of anonymised analytics. Now, a startup out of the UK called Purple WiFi has raised some funding for its own twist on the idea: letting people log in using social IDs from Facebook, Twitter, Google or Instagram (Chinese Weibo and Russian VKontakte coming soon), and then continuing the connection by pushing other messages to those users relevant to the venue.

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Ram Trucks’ new 1500 pickup is a ‘Rebel’ with a mud-flinging cause

“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said Bob Hegbloom, CEO of Ram Trucks. “The Rebel drops right into a core segment of the truck market with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering.”

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Nike's Perfect Real-Time Tweet Photo Was Staged But Still Pretty Perfect

The only hitch, if you'd call it that, is that it was staged. As others have pointed out, it's against NCAA regulations for college players to appear in advertising. The players in the Nike shot aren't wearing real numbers of real players. There was also one other very significant and telling omission from the Nike post— CROP TOP .

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Everything We Currently Know About the Apple Watch

We know Twitter and Facebook will have apps. City Mapper will also have a transit app which could potentially be the perfect travel companion. During the Apple Watch announcement, 64 app icons were shown on the watch, some of which went unmentioned. People have since dissected the list and figured out what most apps are.

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Ericsson files complaint against Apple over mobile technology

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecom equipment supplier Ericsson said on Wednesday it filed a complaint against Apple Inc over mobile technology license payments, responding to a lawsuit from the iPhone maker earlier this month.

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Home | IoTivity

Welcome to IoTivity, an Open Source Project sponsored by the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) and hosted by the Linux Foundation. The aim of this project is to develop an open source software framework to seamlessly connect the billions of devices in...

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The challenges ahead for Oculus VR as it creates the consumer Rift

"As always, the consumer Rift is in progress and we're making great progress," says Oculus VR Product VP Nate Mitchell. He told me that this week, but you could really pull versions of that response from any of the half dozen interviews we've done with Oculus VR in the past few years. It's the elephant in the room that Oculus brings with it from trade show to trade show: When is this thing going to be a consumer product? There's still no answer in January 2015, as of this year's CES. Will there be an answer in 2015? Maybe! Your guess is as good as ours, but Mitchell offered us something slightly more optimistic:

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New Fire Emblem Announced for 3DS - IGN

No title or release date was given, but the latest game in the Fire Emblem series will work on the "new 3DS family," which includes the 2DS, 3DS, 3DS XL, and New 3DS XL.

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Get Yours Today: Awesome Prints of Classic Nintendo Boss Fights | WIRED

Entitled “Boss Fight,” the set features Bowser, Ganon, and Mother Brain looking particularly horrifying (and Bowser looking rather undead), towering over their nemeses Mario, Link and Samus Aran. They’re captivating images, especially if you lived through these fights as a kid. Every piece is numbered and signed by Derington, and there’s only a hundred of each of the three prints available.

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IGN on Twitter

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate release date revealed, plus limited-edition 3DS model: http://go.ign.com/4KRYsIq  pic.twitter.com/BIbI9S9UPN

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Blackberry Goes Nuclear On Samsung Talks, Then Crashes Hard After It Denies Negotiations To Sell Itself To Samsung

BlackBerry Limited ("BlackBerry") is aware of certain press reports published today with respect to a possible offer by Samsung to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry. BlackBerry's policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.

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Pokemon Blue speedrunner uses 'shortcut,' is super effective

Are you going through Awesome Games Done Quick withdrawal like we are? Those that missed some of the speedrunning marathon's fast-paced antics have two options: Attempt to mash through a game of their choice as fast as possible or catch up on the action with archived videos. Frankly, we're taking the easier approach, opting for this fascinating 21-minute speedrun of Pokemon Blue . Performed by "Werster," this run avoids save-file-corrupting tactics, instead taking advantage of glitches that manipulate the number of items in the speedrunner's inventory. Thanks to the item manipulation glitch, he reached Pokemon Blue 's final scene in mere minutes after triggering a few events early in the game. Awesome Games Done Quick wrapped up this past weekend, raising over $1.1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The marathon offered plenty of entertaining moments to Twitch viewers, including a marriage proposal . [Image: Nintendo]

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Woody Allen, 'Transparent' make Amazon essential and wow TV is getting expensive

It adds up fast, and in an area of your life — home entertainment — that was skyrocketing even before all these premium streaming services came along. A Federal Communications Commission report released in May showed that the average U.S. cable bill is in recent years rising as rapidly as four times the rate of inflation in 2012. The FCC Media Bureau cable-rates survey, which has been tracking the rates since 1995, shows that the average monthly cable rises roughly $3 per year and is currently at $64.41 per month (a figure that shoots up more than 50% when you start bundling in the premium channels you'll need to see everything in the awards purview).

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Hyrule Warriors getting Majora's Mask pack next month [Update]

NEW NINTENDO 3DS XL LAUNCHES IN THE U.S. ON FEB. 13 New Fire Emblem Game and Next Line of amiibo Among Nintendo Announcements REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 14, 2015 – During a Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DS XL system will launch in the U.S. on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $199.99. New Nintendo 3DS XL offers a number of new enhancements designed to offer the smoothest and most engrossing portable gaming possible. New Nintendo 3DS XL features a wider range of controls with the addition of a C Stick and ZL/ZR buttons, super-stable 3D via face-tracking technology and built-in NFC functionality that allows for communication with amiibo figures. All of the new features of New Nintendo 3DS XL make it the ideal way to experience upcoming portable games like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., as well as all other existing Nintendo 3DS software. The system also enhances certain games like Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS with amiibo functionality, faster processing speeds and more control options when compared to the Nintendo 3DS system.

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Magnetic Minecraft Blocks

Bring Minecraft into the real world with the Magnetic Minecraft Blocks. All you need is some wood, magnets, and sticky-back inkjet paper.

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Starter kit for giant mech suit lands on Amazon Japan - CNET

If you've ever wanted your very own mech suit, you may now be able to snap one up for just 120 million yen -- if you live in the Kanto region of Japan. Oh, and there are other caveats too.

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The Ara Configurator app is how you'll build your custom Project Ara smartphone

Even though Google is a long ways off from selling Project Ara phones directly to consumers, the company took a bit of time to detail its go-to-market strategy, which contained some details on the Puerto Rico pilot program. Perhaps most interesting was the look we got at how users might manage the many potential phone configurations that Project Ara makes possible.

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Tesla Gets Crushed

Tesla hasn't exactly struggled to build and deliver the Model S, but the company is unlikely to meet its goals for 2014. If Tesla does fall short, it won't be by much, however. The main issue is a disconnect between the cars Tesla takes deposits on and the cars it delivers, when it can officially book a sale.

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Samsung and BlackBerry Need Something, Just Not Each Other

Under John Chen, BlackBerry has focused on several key areas including its devices, its enterprise software and services, the QNX software used in cars and devices and in BBM, the company’s messaging platform. Would BBM get a new life under Samsung or be similar to the ChatOn effort that Samsung tried and has now mostly abandoned ?

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Facebook at Work is here — but only for a select few

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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Microsoft Patches Windows Bugs That Got Under its Skin

As part of an eight-update Patch Tuesday slate yesterday, Microsoft issued fixes for two Windows bugs that Google security engineer James Forshaw had found and reported in 2014. Forshaw works on the Google Project Zero team, which has a policy of automatically revealing technical details of a flaw, and in most cases sample attack code, too, 90 days after reporting the vulnerability if it has not been patched by then.

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Australians woken early by mobile phone glitch - Telegraph

Thousands of Australians were woken an hour early by their mobile phones this morning as networks mistakenly switched to daylight saving time in Queensland, despite the state opting out of the practice in 1972.

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Silk Road founder was a patsy, defense maintains

The alleged mastermind behind the notorious "Silk Road" online marketplace maintained his innocence in court on Tuesday, asserting, through his lawyer, that while he started the site, he turned over all operations to other parties shortly thereafter.

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BlackBerry shares jump, then dip, after Samsung buyout report

BlackBerry shares jump, then dip, after Samsung buyout report Report claims Samsung approached BlackBerry about deal. BlackBerry shares surge, then drop after BlackBerry denies it. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1ILgqjb

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How Facebook Knows You Better Than Your Friends Do | WIRED

That, he says, could have implications far beyond Facebook. Sure, this trove of personality data could turn Facebook into more of an advertising powerhouse than it already is. But more importantly, Kosinski says, it could help all of us from being stereotyped or categorized based on other people’s biases. “Computers don’t care if you’re a man, woman, old, young, black, or white,” Kosinski says. “This gives us a cheap, massive, fake-proof algorithm to judge the personality of millions of people at once.”

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Parks and Recreation: "Ron and Jammy" Review - IGN

I like the fact that Ben's helping April follow (or find) her bliss. It harkens back not only to the time the two of them worked in D.C. (Benji's Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix!) but also to way back when he was trying to help April and Andy live less like animals when he was their beleaguered roommate. Their story also introduced both the "Pawnee Walk of Fame" and a newer, crazier Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins, on point as always). I don't know how many times these great Parks supporting characters will appear in these final 13 episodes, so I'm treating each moment like a swan song of sorts. And Joan's didn't disappoint. Having written her ninth memoir (Game of Joans) she's now preaching for America to adopt an actual "Purge" night. Despite the fact that Ben couldn't procure her a Buddy Holly performance or a bottle of Chateau Marmont .

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Man Saves Wife's Sight by 3D Printing Her Tumor

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Social Media Engagement Is Dead — 2015 Is About Measurable Goals

The true business value of social media likes, retweets and favorites is questionable, at best, and 2015 could be the year that marketers shift their focus to more tangible business goals and organizational objectives.

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Avatar's first sequel has been delayed until late 2017

Cameron is able to get away with creating three Avatar movies at once and not being super concerned about their release date because he made the two highest grossing movies of all time, both domestically and worldwide. One of those two — the one in first place — also happens to be the original Avatar . He originally planned to make two Avatar sequels so that the series would conclude as a trilogy, but he later decided to just go ahead and make an entire trilogy to follow up the original. The plan is for the three films to stand on their own but to still feel as though they have an overarching narrative, even connecting back to the first film. Cameron hopes to release the following Avatar sequels on an annual basis. He plans to complete their scripts by the end of the month.

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LinkedIn's Working On Tools To Connect With Where You Work

While LinkedIn’s the place where people go to scout for new jobs, it’s not currently where companies and current employees go to communicate. A company representative told Recode it plans to change that with two new products.

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The Lumia 435 is Microsoft's cheapest Windows Phone yet

Both of Microsoft's new smartphones come with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia Denim Update, Microsoft’s Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote), Outlook for email, seamless Skype integration and front-facing camera for Skype video calling, HERE location services, up to 30GB of free cloud storage on OneDrive, and access to thousands of apps in the Windows Phone store, Microsoft said.

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CryptoWall ransomware is back with new version after two months of silence

A malware researcher who uses the online alias Kafeine discovered this change after infecting his test system with a CryptoWall 3.0 sample. When he tried to visit one of the Tor gateway links as instructed by the malware he received an error in Russian that roughly translates to: “I2P website is unavailable. Perhaps it is disabled, the network is congested or your router is not well integrated with other nodes. You can repeat the operation.”

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Deer are invading New York City, and we don't know how to stop them

It’s a pattern that has unfolded across the American Northeast and Midwest over the past 30 years. White-tailed deer — once on the brink of extirpation in the United States — find refuge in the parks, backyards, and golf courses of suburban and exurban America. Humans are largely at fault: the way we develop things, with our fondness for cultivated, abrupt treelines, wide-open soccer fields, and the absence of hunters and predators are ideal for deer. As far as they are concerned, Staten Island — best views of the Manhattan skyline in the tri-state metropolitan area! — is as nice a place to live as any. Unmanaged, however, the population will become an increasingly expensive problem, with any semblance of balance difficult to restore. That one of New York City’s five boroughs will soon be overrun with hundred-pound pests (some with horns), at this point, seems inevitable.

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US E-commerce Giants Compared Across the Web and Apps

Games used to dominate the mobile app market, but as use of smartphones continues to grow and mobile devices are becoming bigger and with larger screens, apps are becoming a key driver for other sectors too. One such, rapidly growing, industy is online retail.

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Obama Plans Executive Action to Speed Up US Broadband

In advance of his State of the Union address next week, US President Barack Obama announced plans to boost broadband internet speeds while bringing costs down, The Verge reports .

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Scroogled no more: Microsoft's anti-Google campaign slinks away for good

Why this matters: Although Microsoft had already started to back away from Scroogled last year, redirecting to a new site is the final nail in this campaign's coffin. The new site is a much better look for Microsoft, painting the company as a superior provider of productivity services rather than an underdog trying to drum up business through scare tactics.

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The Verge on Twitter

@verge This photo is misleading, that is the new 3DS, North America is not getting that model, we're getting the new 3DSXL :[

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Apple Watch details reportedly revealed through leaked app - CNET

An iPhone app that manages settings for the Apple Watch purportedly offers more clues as to how the smartwatch will work, according to 9to5Mac.

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Prince William and Kate now have official Twitter and Instagram accounts

LONDON — Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, sent its first tweet to the world Wednesday morning.

51 Win an Apple iMac
52 Apple tipped to design chips for Mac computers, just like for iOS
53 Facebook launches mobile app offering free Internet in Colombia
54 Web TV Startup NimbleTV Goes Dark, Promises to Return
55 There's a Security Bug on 60% of Android Phones—And Google Won't Fix It
56 A Startup That Delivers Groceries Just Raised $220 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation
57 MIT Technology Review
58 GOG.com drops protected installers following Linux backlash
59 Aziz Ansari goes off on Rupert Murdoch Anti-Muslim Tweets
60 “Am I dying?” The honest answer.
61 Social | TechCrunch
62 These GIFs from GE's new body scanner are gruesome and marvelous
63 What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country
64 What Your Coffee Preference Says About You [COMIC]
65 You Are Not Late
66 Let’s try emotional correctness
67 CloudRail Scores Seed Round To Help Developers Solve IoT Interoperability Problem
68 A Slick Macintosh Design, Inspired by the Very First Mac of All Time | WIRED
69 Should you buy a selfie stick? - The Oatmeal
70 Video Chat App Rounds Raises $12M In New Funding Led By Sequoia
71 The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos's Fire Phone Debacle And What It Means For Amazon's Future
72 Why on Earth Is IBM Still Making Mainframes? | WIRED
73 Most Popular Password Manager: LastPass
74 How I help transgender teens become who they want to be
75 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
76 THE FUTURE OF MOBILE: 2014 [SLIDE DECK]
77 Extreme athletes live-tweet one of the world's most grueling free climbs
78 How Intel Gave Stephen Hawking a Voice | WIRED
79 What if our healthcare system kept us healthy?
80 Presenting the Best of CES 2015 winners!
81 Joystiq Streams: Free to be Super Mario Galaxy 2 for me and Wii U
82 The life-long learner
83 Roberto Saviano: My life under armed guard
84 Kick off 2015 with killer job hunt tips with #BizChats Twitter chat
85 To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera
86 Meet KeySweeper, the $10 USB charger that steals MS keyboard strokes
87 Flexible spinal cord implants will let paralyzed people walk
88 Moovit Raises $50M To Scale Its Public Transit App, Goes Up Against CityMapper
89 How Two Brothers Built Life Is Good With $200
90 Google Brings The Account Switcher To The Stable Version Of Chrome
91 Boko Haram's trail of destruction in Nigeria seen in satellite images
92 Stephen Hawking on Black Holes and Why He'd Be a Good Bond Villain | WIRED
93 The rare 1965 Shelby Cobra rolls off the printbed - CNET
94 Sony-Backed Mesh Sensor Kit Looks To The Crowd