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NSA’s North Korean insight reportedly helped attribute Sony hack

When the FBI formally accused North Korea of being behind the Sony Pictures hack, it was clear that it knew more than it were letting on about the evidence – it’s one thing to give anonymous briefings about the attack’s attribution, and another to officially name the attacker. Unsurprisingly, it turns out that the NSA played a major role in creating that confidence.

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Marriott will unshackle its guests’ mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

Marriott International has caved under the public outcry over its Wi-Fi blocking policies. On Wednesday the hotel chain said it would no longer try to shut down the personal Wi-Fi hotspots its guest create using smartphones and MiFi-like modems.

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Fireteam Chat: The Big Cheese - IGN

IGN's Destiny podcast experiment returns with a new episode! This week, popular  Destiny Youtuber Datto  joins the cast of Fireteam Chat ( Jose Otero ,  Destin Legarie , and  Alfredo Diaz ) to talk about the House of Wolves "leak," why player's shouldn't exploit raids with cheese, and next week's uppdate that opens the doors to hard mode for Crota's End.

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Lizard Squad's LizardStresser site hacked with customer details leaked

Hacking group Lizard Squad made a name for itself with high-profile attacks on Sony and Microsoft’s online gaming networks. Now the group appears to have been hacked itself, as it tried to profit from its fame by selling a service to take other websites down.

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'Be My Eyes' iPhone app lets you help the blind using video chat

There's a new iPhone app from the Danish team known for Thermodo that lets sighted folks help the blind on the rare occasions they need it. Called Be My Eyes, the non-profit, crowd-sourced app (on iOS only for now) pairs sighted with blind users using video chat. The concept is pretty simple: when a blind person needs help to, say, glean the expiration date on a carton of milk or cross a street, they simply tap their screen to find the first available sighted helper. Once a helper accepts the request, the blind person points his rear camera at the problem and can get assistance by video chat.

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The Verge on Twitter

“ @verge : Moog is bringing back three massive synthesizers from the 1970s http://theverge.com/e/7617692  pic.twitter.com/qIjDcD3al0 ” @gusvelasco1

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Will the New Fleshlight Accessory Burn My Penis Off?

The lonely souls who curl up every night with their Fleshlight masturbator now have a new accessory to lust over: A rod that heats up your Fleshlight sleeve to 135 degrees, which is apparently the perfect vaginal temperature. Wait, what?

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Sprint's Net Neutrality Reversal Shows How Bad Things Are for ISPs | WIRED

That dovetails with one of the worrying trends we’re seeing in the ISP marketplace here in the U.S. Large carriers are starting to charge companies such as Netflix and Google in order to offer speedy content delivery for their movies and TV shows. Net neutrality advocates say this breaks the way the internet works, and they’re asking the FCC to stop it.

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http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26813-epic-cosmic-radio-burst-finally-seen-in-real-time.html#.VLza1qy9LCQ

A gigantic but fleeting burst of radio waves has been caught in the act for the first time, helping to narrow down the vast array of things that might cause them. Figuring out what these fast radio bursts are or where they come from could help answer some of the biggest cosmological questions.

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Mashable on Twitter

“ @mashable : You have one day at SXSW: What would you do? QT: Id be in the parking lots, looking for austin's weirdness! #esuranceaccess

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Will Arnett's new show will premiere on Netflix in 2016

According to Variety , Will Arnett and Netflix will continue their fruitful collaboration with Flaked , an eight-episode comedy starring the actor that will premiere sometime in 2016. This will be the third show starring Arnett produced for the platform, the others being the cult comedies  Arrested Development and BoJack Horseman .

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Fashion Metric scores $1M seed round for algorithmic tailoring

Fashion Metric , a two-year-old startup that can provide a retailer with your body measurement by asking you less than a dozen questions, has raised a $1 million seed round led by Tahoma Ventures and plans to launch its service in February with three customers. Corsa Ventures, Elementum Ventures and several angels also participated in the round.

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Google Nears Major Investment in SpaceX to Bolster Satellites - The Information

The price and terms Google and SpaceX are discussing couldn’t be learned although one person familiar with them said Google has agreed to value SpaceX north of $10 billion and that the size of the total round, which includes other investors, is very large.

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Amazon to produce movies for theaters, Prime video service

Amazon said on Monday it was aiming to produce close to 12 movies a year for theatrical release which would then be available on its Prime video service within two months, significantly faster than the roughly one-year wait it normally faces to stream Hollywood releases.

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Advertising company Turn will stop using Verizon's mobile tracking ID

Online advertising company Turn said Friday it will stop using a controversial tracking method by early next month that aids serving targeted advertisements to Verizon’s mobile customers.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

“ @Gizmodo : Impressive image of Earth surrounded by Saturn's rings http://gizmo.do/9qWsqbw  pic.twitter.com/re3Ixd0vz4 ”

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Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

Five years isn’t a lot of time, however, and there are plenty of unanswered questions around autonomous driving that still need to be answered. Who is at fault when an autonomous car crashes? How do you keep drivers from getting inattentive and how (and when) do you best hand control back to them? How do you keep drivers from getting carsick? Will driving still be fun? In the long run, there is also a risk for automakers that autonomous cars will change our relationship with our cars and have us rely more on car-sharing services. If that happens, they will sell fewer cars (but for now, growth is still good — especially in Asia — so they don’t seem too worried about it).

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How to Prepare for Long-haul Flights

Eating a high protein meal once you land means you’ll be able to keep as active as possible in a bid to switch to the new time zone. Look for a meat or egg option in your meal menu instead of pasta or other carb-loaded dishes. Chili has also been shown to aid sleep and leave people feeling more awake the next day, so turn up the spice if you can take it.

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http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/01/19/1545203/windows-10-can-microsoft-get-it-right-this-time?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter

That they finally start with a package manager (or package manager manager) : OneGet which will integrate with Chocolatey is a big "right" in my book. As a Linux user for a decade, one of the strangest things in Windows-land has been that users still need to go to web-pages and download installers manually - which in it self poses a security risk since the average user might not verify that the web page is genuine. With an efficient software management (keep everything up-to-date) and installation eco-system, we can hope that a lot of the crapware littering download sites will go extinct (I have had to clean up various computers for friends and family running Windows - those running Linux did not need much support apart from the occasional upgrade). As a GUI front-end I find Chocolatey Explorer user friendly enough, but other options will most likely pop up later.

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Leading App Stores See Dramatic Increase in Business Apps

The Business apps category saw the most growth in both the total number of iOS apps and number of developers creating new software for Apple's App Store, with year-over-year increases of more than 210 percent and 175 percent, respectively. More than 128,000 new Business apps were released in the iOS App Store in 2014, appFigures says. The other iOS app categories with the most growth by total number of apps were Food & Drink, Social Networking, Lifestyle and Catalogs. The iOS app categories with the most growth in new developers, behind business apps, were Lifestyle, Games, Education and Entertainment. (Apple set the specific categories names in its App Store.)

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Want to learn to code? Get 90% off this Java developer course bundle

Wondering which programming language to learn in 2015? Whether you want to build apps for the Web, desktop, Android devices or for Internet of Things-enabled gadgets, Java is a great choice. It’s a powerful object-oriented language that’s easy to learn, write, debug and use.

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A rumored Apple iPad stylus could point toward business ambitions, bigger tablets

Kuo says the first iteration of the Apple stylus will be a fairly standard writing and pointing implement that would be charged via a Lightning connector. Advanced features, like 3D handwriting using a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer, would come in future models, Kuo says. 3D handwriting would enable you to write in the air and have the data sent to the iPad.

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Amazon Echo review: listen up

In addition to becoming more accurate, the Echo needs to become more powerful, and it needs other apps to support it. The Echo app’s to-do list is too simple now, but what if I could add things to the app I already use? What if the Flash Briefing, the collection of news it provides every morning, could pull from my podcast app and my actual favorite news sources? What if it supported Spotify and Pandora, and not just iHeartRadio and TuneIn? In Amazon’s vision (and its ads), the Echo is a persistent, omnipresent companion in your life. She’s there to wake you up in the morning, to guide you through your day. That means Alexa needs to fit into your existing workflows and routines, not force you to create new ones around her existing feature set.

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Outlook Email Service Reportedly Hacked in China

GreatFire reports that the man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack was likely used as it only presents a minor error in email clients and is not as obvious as other takedown tactics. This could easily be mistaken for a network issue and users would be none the wiser as to the real cause of the outage.

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Deep-Fried Graphene Could Be the Future of Batteries

To solve this problem, researchers in South Korea took a cue from airy, deep-fried batter. They sprayed a suspension of graphene oxide into a hot solvent, not unlike dripping batter into hot oil. The resulting pom-pom-shaped clumps of graphene nanosheets with lots of surface area. When applied to electrodes, it enhanced the capacitance compared to ordinary graphene sheets.

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Israel's high-tech boom is double-edged sword

High-tech goods and services account for 12.5 percent of Israel's gross domestic product (GDP) and half of its industrial exports, government data shows. Israel leads the OECD when it comes to R&D, spending 4.3 percent of GDP on it, nearly twice the OECD average, according to Ernst & Young.

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Oracle names former CIA director Leon Panetta to its board

Panetta served as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013 and led the CIA from 2009 to 2011. Panetta also served in the Clinton administration as chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget. And he was a congressman to California’s 16th district from 1977 to 1993. The man obviously has connections.

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British intelligence intercepted emails from The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, and others

Newly released Snowden documents show GCHQ was listening in the internal communications of some of the most prestigious journalistic institutions in the world. A report in The Guardian details a test exercise that resulted in emails from BBC, Reuters, The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde, The Sun , NBC, and The Washington Post all being deposited onto GCHQ's internal intranet, available to anyone logged into the system. It does not appear to have been an intelligence gathering exercise, and the resulting emails don't seem to have targeted any sensitive stories, but it still represents a major privacy violation and a reminder of how easily bulk collection systems can be abused.

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Xiaomi Launches Mi Note Phablet To Fight The iPhone 6 Plus

The Xiaomi Mi Note is priced at 3299 CNY (~$530) for a 64 bit model, and the higher-specced Mi Note Pro, both look to be the Chinese company’s response to Apple’s iPhone 6+. Indeed, that’s a comparison that Xiaomi positively encouraged at its launch event, where CEO and co-founder Lei Jun made multiple references and comparisons of the two phones.

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​The Worst Lies You've Been Told About the Singularity | Empeopled

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The Verge on Twitter

Sid Meier, the father of Civilization, is working on a new game http://theverge.com/e/7616510  pic.twitter.com/EW5nMnjlxt

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BlackBerry Classic Review: Only The Faithful Few Will Be Happy With A Modern Dinosaur

It’s sad when a person is allowed to be paid to write inaccurate and untruthful information about a product and still keep his job. Ignorance is no excuse for lies. In the medical field androids are still not secure or compliant and apple products are (I’m sorry but this is a proven fact) SLOW and do not have the wide capabilities that the modern world lives in. The iphone keyboards are horrindeously slow and hard to use and who really has time to chase apple batteries. BlackBerry has the outright proven fastest browser, longest battery, best keyboard, best OS (2014 rated) and they are the only truly secure device you can buy. I really don’t like sharing my private information and pictures, do you? So we’re left reading this highly biased and ignorant trash about how bad this device is from a clueless writer that gets paid for his very bad and misleading opinions. Do yourself a favor, go to AT&T or Verizon and check one for yourself. I dare you to step up and make your life better.

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Dell Venue 8 7000 Review: A Terrible Name For an Incredible Tablet

Are you looking for a smallish Android tablet with a great screen? Then yes. The 7840 is the best one you can buy. Samsung's similarly priced Galaxy Tab S is no slouch, but loses points for its lackluster design and Samsung's TouchWiz skin. The Nvidia Shield Tablet is cheaper at $300 compared to $400 you'll pay for the Dell, but it's got a lower resolution screen, way worse battery life, and acres of bezel compared to this lovely looker.

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7 Things We Should Thank The X-Files For | Empeopled

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Snowden leak shows how the UK tracked iPhone users

Rather than directly targeting the iPhones, GCHQ agents focused their attack on the computers with which the iPhones were synchronised, enabling them to access much of the data stored on the handset. The method took advantage of flaws in Apple’s UDID (unique device identifier) system, which issued a unique code for every iPhone, linking it with its owner.

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Plaxo Co-Founder Minh Nguyen Charged With Murder

The sheriff’s office says that the investigation is continuing, and that Nguyen is currently in custody. I’ve reached out to confirm the victim’s identity and determine if Nguyen has hired an attorney. I’ll update this post if I hear back.

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Tech Addicts Confess How Facebook, Instagram, And Twitter Are Taking Over Their Lives

Four women told the Herald Sun that they are absolutely addicted to the social media platforms...and what it's meant for their lives, careers, and relationships with loved ones.

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US spy agency 'failed to warn Sony Pictures of North Korea hacking plans' - Telegraph

US knew Pyongyang was behind the Sony hack because it had hacked into North Korea's cyberwar unit since 2010, but was unable to detect the plot ahead of time

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Report: NSA Hacked North Korea Before Sony Breach

If the U.S. had insider information, why did it not warn Sony? According to the Times , the spear-phishing attacks that North Korea used to infiltrate Sony Pictures were nothing new and did not immediately ring any alarms until it was too late. "Only in retrospect did investigators determine that the North had stolen the 'credentials' of a Sony systems administrator, which allowed the hackers to roam freely inside Sony's systems," the paper said.

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How much work the NYT has to do on social sharing, in one chart

“When the Times published Invisible Child, the story of Dasani, not only was marketing not alerted in time to come up with a promotional strategy, the reporter didn’t tweet about it for two days. Overall, less than 10 percent of Times traffic comes from social, compared to 60 percent at BuzzFeed.”

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Power up! The hunt is on to extend battery life for mobile devices

"As personal devices like smartphones become more powerful, energy consumption is outpacing advances in battery technology," says Iqbal Arshad, senior vice president of engineering for global product development at Motorola Mobility. "The smartphone is increasingly used less as a phone and more as a screen to your online life. The trend towards larger, higher-resolution displays greatly increases the burden on the power delivery system."

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Dragon Age: Inquisition stats record more than 2 million flying lizards slain

The official Dragon Age: Inquisition Twitter account has some interesting statistics for all the Heralds of Andraste out there. According to tweets made earlier this week, more than 2.6 million dragons have been slain by players of Inquisition . The unfortunate Ferelden Frostback was the most-killed of her species, while the Highland Ravager has been the most successful at evading death. Fifty-eight percent of all dragons were killed in the land of Orlais, so any of our readers who happen to be fire-breathing monsters, take note: this is not a land you want to be traveling to right now. As for who's doing the slaying , the overall majority - 68 percent - of Inquisitors have been male, while 32 percent have been female. While the percentage of female heroes may seem small, it's actually a big step up from BioWare's Mass Effect series; back in 2011, the developer revealed that fewer than 15 percent of players used a female version of Commander Shepard between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 . But really, it doesn't matter if you're male, female, Qunari, Dwarf, etc.

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7 Cities That Are Starting To Go Car-Free

Have you ever worked as an urban planner? It is very easy to say that "Urban planners are finally recognizing ..." when you are not actually responsible for an urban planning project. UP have been trying to make our cities more pedestrian for decades, but when you are planning a city politics comes around, and several stakeholder, to who car free cities does not stand among their top priorities. What have actually changed is the public opinion and the pressure over the politicians and stakeholders in order to prioritize the pedestrianized city. If this did not happened before we are all to blame, we still bought many cars. If this happens now we are all also responsible and is our common victory!

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Google Translate Update May Save You A Lot Of Money

Your smartphone is about to become your best friend when traveling abroad, even if you don't want to shell out big bucks for an international data plan. An update to the Google Translate app, announced Wednesday, will add the ability to translate printed text by aiming your phone's camera at it -- even if you don't have an Internet or data connection.

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The danger of silence

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't," says poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

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Why I must come out

When fashion model Geena Rocero first saw a photo of herself in a bikini, "I thought ... you have arrived!" As she reveals, that’s because she was born with the gender assignment “boy.” In this moving talk, Rocero tells the story of becoming who she always knew she was.

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The opportunity of adversity

The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

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This Will Be The Best Year To Ditch Your Cable Subscription

Amazon earlier this week picked up a couple of Golden Globes for "Transparent," a dark comedy that’s only streamed online and only available to subscribers of the company’s $99-per-year Prime service. Amazon beat out established players like HBO and The CW, as well as streaming rival Netflix, for the award for the best TV series in the musical or comedy category. And Jeffrey Tambor, who won as best actor in a musical or comedy TV series for his role on "Transparent," took the award over actors from series that run on FX, Showtime and Netflix.

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The Sun calls time on topless Page 3 models after 44 years

The Sun, Britain’s top-selling newspaper, has scrapped Page 3’s topless women after 44 years, delighting the legion of critics who have branded the photos of bare-breasted models sexist, offensive and anachronistic.

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"True Colors"

In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."

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52 The ‘unverifiable’ legacy of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American history
53 PureLiFi Raises £1.5M For Tech That Uses Pulsating LED Light To Create WiFI Alternative
54 7 black female directors earning incredible Hollywood reviews
55 THE SOCIAL-COMMERCE REPORT: Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases
56 Let's save the last pristine continent
57 An ode to envy
58 10 authors of color to read in 2015
59 Immigrant Founders Need Policy Reform To Keep Creating Tech Jobs
60 Mysterious Statistical Law May Finally Have an Explanation | WIRED
61 This Is How Xiaomi Keeps The Cost Of Its Smartphones So Low
62 How Stevie Wonder Helped Create Martin Luther King Day
63 Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley
64 Why I must speak out about climate change
65 Console Madness 2015: 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 + Logitech gear
66 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
67 This Could Be Amazon Prime's Big Breakthrough
68 92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers
69 The New York City subway, through the eyes of Stanley Kubrick
70 7 ways writing by hand can save your brain
71 The secret structure of great talks
72 Cree Connected Bulb: Simple smart light overcomes finicky Wink hub
73 Chocolates Whose Intricate Architecture Is Designed to Tweak Taste Buds | WIRED
74 Researchers create 'self-aware' Super Mario with artificial intelligence
75 A Designer's Guide To Setting The Mood With Lines
76 Finally, San Francisco Is Dealing With Its Poop Epidemic
77 Mario develops awareness, plays his own game - CNET
78 Evil genius behind 'Ship Your Enemies Glitter' didn't quite think it through
79 Plan to save monarch butterflies backfires
80 Why on Earth Is IBM Still Making Mainframes? | WIRED
81 Evolve - Interactive Livestream - IGN
82 Why Emotionally Intelligent People Make More Money
83 How to Take Your Pet Everywhere
84 Qwerky Keyboard Speeds Up Typing Emoji On iOS
85 9 things you need to quit crowdsourcing on Facebook
86 8 easy feng shui changes to make right now
87 Most Employers Are Overlooking This Source Of Talent
88 You Might Control Future Apple Devices With Hand Gestures
89 A stranger e-mailed saying he planned to kill himself. What was I supposed to do?
90 How to save Facebook content for later
91 7 Simple Things We Should All Say Every Day
92 Could Hollywood's new love of complex women help Hillary Clinton?
93 Can't decide on a wearable? Lumoid lets you try a box full of them