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'The X-Files' to return to TV? - CNET

"Gary and I both worked (at 20th Century Fox Television) through the entire run of 'The X-Files,'" Walden told EW.com. "It was a great experience. We've maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We're very hopeful, but it's hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it's just trying to carve out the time."

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The Verge on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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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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Why BlaBlaCar Isn't Scared By Uber's Problems In India

Even in a self-driving car, people will still need to know each other. Everything we’ve built will still be relevant, the only thing that will be different is that the person who was holding a wheel, isn’t holding a wheel anymore. The price model will be exactly the same. Today you don’t pay for the driver anyway, you share the cost of the fuel and the journey.

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Twitter buys Indian mobile marketing start-up ZipDial

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday said it will buy Indian mobile phone marketing start-up ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million to $40 million, as the U.S. microblogging service looks to expand in the world's second-biggest mobile market.

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We accept Net Banking, all major Credit cards, Debit cards, and Cash Cards. We also offer Cash on Delivery and India's largest selection of EMI options.

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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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How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet

At the height of the Harry Potter novels’ popularity, I asked a number of people why those books in particular enjoyed such a devoted readership. Everyone gave almost the same answer: that author J.K. Rowling “tells a good story.” The response at once clarified everything and nothing; of course a “good story” can draw a large, enthusiastic (and, at that time, impatient) readership, but what does it take to actually tell a good story? People have probably made more money attempting, questionably, to pin down, define, and teach the best practices of storytelling, but at the top of this post, we have a revealing scrap of Rowling’s own process. And I do, almost literally, mean a scrap: this piece of lined paper contains part of the handwritten plot spreadsheet she used to write the fifth Harry Potter novel,  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .

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17 Small (And Totally Doable) Tweaks That Will Change Your Year

For better sleep, ask yourself two questions. First, what time do I need to get out of bed? Second, how much sleep do I need? Count back your answer for the second question from your answer for the first, and then set an alarm on your phone or watch for 30 minutes prior to this time. The alarm will provide an external signal that it’s time to wind down. That means you don’t need to be the killjoy telling your partner it’s time to turn off the TV. It’s not you, it’s the alarm!

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Watch a trailer for Call of Duty Online, because you may never get to play it

Why? Perhaps we won't see Call of Duty Online in the United States because Activision wouldn't benefit from cannibalizing its own share of the first-person shooter market. In China, where PCs are the most common gaming hardware, free-to-play MMOs are dominant. In the US, Activision can still expect to sell a copy of the latest Call of Duty, along with a slew of post-release content and micro-transactions to boot. We're unlikely to have a free-to-play Call of Duty in the United States so long as millions of people in the US will pay at least $60 each year up front.

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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own | WIRED

Despite its problems, an increasing number of communities in Oaxaca are eager to be part of Rhizomatica’s experiment, attracted by the low price and the promise of complete control over their networks. Keyla Mesulemeth Ramírez, who helps run the community network in Talea de Castro, a town of 2,000 that volunteered to be a Rhizomatica pilot project in the spring of 2013, fields one such inquiry in her office the day before the Yaee installation. Four men from a town called Yalahui have heard Bloom is in the area and they want to talk to him about installing a network in their village. They grow coffee, sugar cane, corn, and beans, and they’re tired of not being able to call home when they’re out in the fields. It’s annoying not to be able to call when you’ve forgotten your lunch, they say, but it’s downright dangerous when someone has an accident and needs help. Plus, everyone in Yalahui has family in Mexico City and the US, and they want to be able to call them without worrying about how much it costs. They’ve driven for 5 hours to talk to Bloom about a possible solution.

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HTC's M9 flagship phone reportedly coming in March alongside smartwatch

The rear-facing camera is said to weigh in at a hefty 20 megapixels, but that doesn't mean HTC is abandoning its UltraPixel concept entirely; the front-facing camera will reportedly use the larger pixels, which should make for better low-light selfies. The M9 will run on an eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor; includes Dolby 5.1 audio technology; and comes with Sense 7, HTC's latest Android skin, according to Bloomberg.

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How to save Facebook content for later

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At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Beskind has macular degeneration and only has peripheral vision. So she draws her designs with easy-to-see thick black felt pens. She hands me a design for glasses that would help people like her. One of the features is that they take a photo as people walk up and introduce themselves. The glasses also have a small speaker. "So that the next time as you approach within 10 or 12 feet, something in my ear would say it's Laura," she says.

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Moog Music Recreates a Trio of Its Legendary Modular Synths | WIRED

Only 55 units of the System 55 will be offered, and each one will cost $35,000. Moog will make 35 copies of the System 35, for $22,000 a pop. For the smaller Model 15, Moog is making 150 of them, each priced at $10,000. Moog is also building some optional extras to go along with the new synths: a five-octave duophonic keyboard, a sequencer extension cabinet, and a dual 960 Sequential Controller for the 35 and 55.

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You can buy a giant mech suit on Amazon Japan for $1 million

We've been tracking the Kuratas mech suit -- a 13-foot-tall tribute to anime fandom that you can actually ride -- for a few years, but now it looks it's finally ready up for order on Amazon Japan . That is, if you've got $1 million ... and live in the Kyoto region of Japan. Oh, and you better be comfortable assembling large machinery, because it's just a starter kit. And be prepared to pay extra for arms, because you can't leave home without those. When the Kuratas first appeared it just seemed like some geek's dream project, but surprisingly, its creator Suidobashi Heavy Industries has apparently stuck with it. Better move fast though, as there's only one unit on sale (and we're not sure if it really exists). Unfortunately, there's no sign of the smile-activated BB gatling guns we saw a few years ago -- but really, that would be asking for too much.

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This cozy Danish custom could help cure your winter blues

The gathering wasn't some nonsensical hipster abstraction, nor was it a swingers party. Hygge (pronounced somewhere between "HYOO-gah" and "HOO-gah") is a Danish cultural concept that doesn't have a direct English translation. Used as a noun and a verb, the word comes close to "coziness." But it's more a mental state of well-being, a conscious effort to create a cozy atmosphere. Lighting candles and drinking wine on a cold winter night — that's hygge . Hanging out with good friends and family at the park on clear summer day — that's hygge , too.

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How To Learn New Skills Without Hurting Your Bank Account

With all of the tools that we now have available to us, there is really no excuse to be bored. And it doesn’t have to bring back painful memories of a high school lecture because you get to decide what you want to learn, how you want to learn it. Let your passions and curiosity guide you without hurting your bank account.

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Cree Connected Bulb: Simple smart light overcomes finicky Wink hub

With the Wink hub configuration complete, I had only to screw in a Cree Connected LED bulb, turn it on and wait for the Wink Hub to see it, which it did a moment later. In the app, I could name the bulb, turn it on and off and dim it. It keeps tracks of everything I did with the light in an Activity section (not sure I need that level of detail for my light). There was also a scheduling section where I could set operating schedules for all of my connected devices. There were a lot of control options, but to set a timer on the Cree Connected LED, I had to schedule on and off operations as two separate events. That seemed counterintuitive to me.

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7 ways writing by hand can save your brain

We spoke to Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert who wrote The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis in 2008. He shared with us some of the top ways writing by hand can help our brains, beyond just dotting our i's and crossing our t's.

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Most Employers Are Overlooking This Source Of Talent

There are many local, state and federal programs and organizations that help people with disabilities find jobs. This list from the Department of Labor includes a number of organizations that specialize in training, connecting and placing young people with disabilities in appropriate jobs. The National Organization on Disability and SourceAmerica also offer help to employers who wish to hire people with disabilities. Each state also has a vocational rehabilitation agency to help people with disabilities. Otto says that Think Beyond the Label has been running online career fairs, which make it more possible for job seekers with disabilities to interact with diversity recruiters.

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This Chinese Tesla Killer Has A Fish Tank In The Back Seat!

But neither can match the awesomeness of China's GAC WitStar that was introduced this week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Not only does China's Model X lookalike feature a range-extended electric powertrain and autonomous drive capabilities — it's also equipped with a fish tank!

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Workestra Turns Your Mobile Push Notifications Into Organized Tasks

A new application called Workestra for iOS, Android and Windows Phone turns your push notifications from various apps and services into tasks you can “snooze” or mark as done. The idea is to offer a more inbox-like tool for managing the various updates from your apps, allowing you to better control which sorts of notifications you want to see, and which accounts you want to see them from, among other things.

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Scientists are teaching Super Mario to think and feel

"As most of you know, this is Mario," explains a researcher in the video. "But what you do not know is that this Mario has become aware of himself and his environment — at least to a certain extent." A second researcher then shows how Mario can be taught pieces of information (e.g. "Goomba dies when you jump on Goomba") and given motivations that shape his behavior (when Mario is "hungry" he looks for coins; when he’s "curious" he explores his world). Mario responds by repeating back any new knowledge in a computer-generated voice — an effect that's a little eerie when he's told "don’t be so happy" and replies "Somehow, I feel less happy."

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Strange Visions of the Hyper-Congested Megacities of the Future | WIRED

Lyon’s photographs are minutely planned to the last detail, sometimes years before they are made. After conceptualizing the image in his head—which requires tremendous research and strategizing—he flies over a specific location just once, photographing the ground below. Lyon then digitally stitches together as many as 1,000 photographs to achieve an image that drowns the viewer in congested chaos. The intricate compositions are an artful commentary on humanity’s never-ending expansion and consumption, and the vast chasm between the rich and poor.

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Bjork's upcoming album has already leaked

When Madonna's  Rebel Heart leaked in December before she even had a chance to announce it, it prompted the pop singer to release a chunk of the album early and move up its release date. Bjork has yet to comment on the leak, but it's possible this will affect how and when  Vulnicura is ultimately released.

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Blackhat brings some hacking realism to Hollywood, but to what effect?

The irony is that for all of the work Mann devoted to ensuring hacking was portrayed realistically, the film is replete with the same explosions, car chases, and other excesses that populate so many Hollywood movies. Ultimately, the effort doesn't take mainstream viewers inside a never-before-seen hacking world so much as force a handful of miscellaneous commands, apps, and events down their throats. Bringing more realism to hacking is a great thing, but Mann needs to hone his technique.

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Moog is bringing back three massive synthesizers from the 1970s

Moog Music is known for making some of the most popular synthesizers ever. Its portable, more modern units can still be seen in clubs and arena shows every night around the world. But its early modular units from the 1970s were massive — over two feet tall and as wide as an upright piano.

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Book Chat on Twitter

“ @BookChat_ : Those who say "its impossible" should not interrupt those doing it #quote pic.twitter.com/dPS4WAP68z ” brilliant quote @BIPC

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Reg Saddler on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Facebook Makes Some Of Its Deep Learning Tools Available To Everyone

Now Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Research lab has introduced a set of modules for open source computing framework Torch , which represent considerable improvements on the online resource's existing deep-learning algorithms in both speed and efficiency. The goal is to give researchers a way of grappling with bigger AI problems, which can benefit from state-of-the-art deep learning tools.

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What Are Quantum Dots, and Why Do I Want Them in My TV? | WIRED

But there at the margin, ready to photobomb the shot, is the new kid: quantum dot. It goes by other names, too, which is confusing, and we’ll get to that in a minute. Regardless of what you call it, QD was all over CES this year, rubbing shoulders with the 4K crowd. You may have heard people say it’s all hype. Those people can go pound sand. Quantum dot is gonna be the next big thing in TVs‎, bringing better image quality to cheaper sets.

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Obama Sides with Cameron in Encryption Fight

President Barack Obama said Friday that police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance in a simmering battle over private communications in the digital age.

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X-ray vision shows hamster stuffing its cheeks down to its hips - CNET

The BBC's "Pets - Wild at Heart" series will be featuring in-depth looks at animals ranging from cats to dogs to hamsters using high-tech photographic methods. A sneak peek at the first episode shows a particularly interesting sequence involving a hungry hamster combined with X-ray imagery. The result is a fascinating inside view of how the industrious rodent is able to pack an obscene amount of food into its cheek pouches.

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The shrimp with a kick!

Biologist Sheila Patek talks about her work measuring the feeding strike of the mantis shrimp, one of the fastest movements in the animal world, using video cameras recording at 20,000 frames per second.

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10 things to know about Larry Wilmore before his 'Nightly Show' debut

While Wilmore is a veteran of comedy and television — he cut his teeth as a writer, and later producer, for several popular '90s comedies that focused on black families — he has only held small roles in front of the camera and avoided too much of the spotlight.

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The Nonprofit That's Giving Underprivileged Kids Jobs in Tech Companies | WIRED

Genesys recruits high schoolers from groups underrepresented in the tech world, including low-income kids like Almendarez, and then it places them in paid internships with IT departments inside local companies. The hope is that exposure to both computers and corporate culture—with adult mentors providing guidance—will put these students on the path to a technology-related college career.

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The Los Angeles subway system will finally get cell service and Wi-Fi

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (aka Metro) has broken ground on a multi-phase project to bring cellular service and Wi-Fi to the Los Angeles subway system,  the Los Angeles Daily News reports .

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Magzter Launches Magzter Gold, Offering Unlimited Access To 2,000+ Magazines For $9.99 A Month

Magzter Gold, which will be available in the new version of the Magzter app, will cost $9.99 per month. It will provide unlimited access to more than 2,000 magazines, including Maxim, ESPN, and Fast Company. There will also be an option called Magzter Gold Lite, where you choose only five titles — but you’ll have access to the full archive of each one, and it only costs $4.99 per month.

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The Locales That Rappers Name-Check, Visualized by a Robot | WIRED

It’s a direct reference to Picasso’s Light Paintings from the 1940s, in which the artist drew fantastical sketches into the air with an electronic pen. In the case of Hemphill’s work, the data is light sketched according to chronological mentions, beginning with an artist’s first song to his or her last. If you look at an illustration like Kendrick Lamar, most of the light is concentrated around the Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton, the setting for most of the songs on “good kid, m.A.A.d city. “It’ll be interesting to see how his chart changes as he gets older,” says Tahir. Nas’ dense web of scribbles is a nod to the commonly know fact that the rapper is a prolific story teller. Missy Elliot’s is centralized on a triangle between Los Angeles, New York and Miami. Cam’ron’s is filled with sharp, staccato-like angles—“If a robot arm could have swag,” says Hempill. “This is what it’d look like.”

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9 things you need to quit crowdsourcing on Facebook

We know you want everyone else to know you're headed on a swanky vacation or glamorous business trip, but don't fake like you need recommendations. It's highly unlikely anyone is going to be able to point you in the right direction, and you just end up looking like a big, fat boaster.

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How domesticated dogs made Serengeti lions sick

Though domestic dogs are likely the original culprit in spreading CDV to other species — a major spike in dog infections was followed by an initial major spike in lion infections — over time, dogs played less of a part in the virus spread. Using decades of data collected from both the Serengeti lion and domestic dog population, researchers determined that the frequency of infection in lions has increased while the overall frequency in domestic dogs has decreased. Peak CDV infections in lions are no longer in sync with peak infections in the dog population, the study finds.

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WorkAngel, The Mobile-First Employee Reward And Recognition Platform, Scores $5M Series A

Ensuring that employees are engaged and feel recognised and rewarded is key to employee retention. Or so the theory goes. One way that companies attempt to do this is through ‘voluntary benefits’ schemes, offering discounts and deals from various retailers and brands. However, uptake of such schemes isn’t always as good as it could be, and therefore nor is staff retention, something that UK startup WorkAngel is aiming to tackle.

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New police radars can 'see' inside homes

New police radars can 'see' inside homes At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have quietly equipped their officers with handheld radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of suspects' homes to see where Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1J4iPWr

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Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought

In the study, Holmans and his team of researchers analyzed 60,000 people — 33,000 of whom had diagnosed psychiatric disorders and 28,000 of whom didn't. The participants' genomes allowed researchers to examine the genes that act together along pathways in the body. By comparing the two groups, the researchers aimed to find out if certain pathways have a higher proportion of genetic mutations relevant to psychiatric illness. They then ranked the pathways by their contribution to disease risk for each illness, including depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Eventually, they were able to use those rankings to find out which pathways are most relevant across multiple disorders, instead of in individual illnesses.

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Python Tips and Traps

Ryan talks standard data types, control flow, context and generators to give you a better grasp on the idioms, libraries and capabilities of Python

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Design Rock Star James Victore Makes Motivational Posters Cool

These aren't your conservative Wall Street uncle's motivational posters —they eschew the clichéd sunset-photo-on-black background-plus-optimistic-slogan format. Although they serve a similar purpose, their encouraging messages are more specific, written in Victore's defiant voice: "The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today," "Freedom is something you take," "There ain't no rules," and "Your work is a gift." All are signed "With love, Victore."

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Nintendo's 3DS midlife crisis: Can Mario protect it from mobile? - CNET

Nintendo's answer: Incorporate cutting edge tech in the 3DS to compete against the new whiz-bang smartphones. Among its newest features is an improved 3D screen technology that tracks a customer's face to ensure the illusion works from many angles, something Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried and failed to popularize with his company's ill-fated Fire Phone.

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'Foodini' machine lets you print edible burgers, pizza, chocolate - CNN.com

The "Foodini," as it's called, isn't too different from a regular 3D printer, but instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules: "It's the same technology," says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, "but with plastics there's just one melting point, whereas with food it's different temperatures, consistencies and textures. Also, gravity works a little bit against us, as food doesn't hold the shape as well as plastic."

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Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

Technology squarely falls into the items that the U.S. cites in the order. Among the various activities that are now prohibited are new investment in the region by a U.S. person; the importation into the U.S. “directly or indirectly, of any goods, services, or technology from the Crimea region of Ukraine”; and “the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to the Crimea region of Ukraine”. Other areas covered in the order include investments and immigration.

51 Deep-fried graphene may be the key to long-lasting batteries
52 Stop Saying Uber Is Part Of The Sharing Economy
53 Ancient Viruses Gain New Functions in the Brain
54 Code your own climax with this customizable vibrator
55 The World's Most Beautiful Box Of Chocolates
56 How The Writer Of "American Sniper" Went From Failed Actor To Oscar Nominee
57 Every X-Man Ever - IGN
58 App Usage Grew 76% In 2014, With Shopping Apps Leading The Way
59 Four in five malware alerts are a 'waste of time' | ZDNet
60 Why Visualizing Success Isn't As Farfetched As It Sounds
61 Today Is The Last Day To Buy Google Glass
62 PS4 Remote Play Shines On The Xperia Z3 With The DualShock 4 Game Control Mount
63 gorhill/uBlock
64 Dogged Beagle 2 probe found on Mars after a decade of mystery - CNET
65 Fish-eating snails stun their prey with insulin
66 Free App Friday: 5 Great Tools For Your Commute
67 Retro-futuristic iMac concept looks like an early Apple on a diet - CNET
68 Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi
69 14 stunts we can't believe worked
70 'Surround yourself with people smarter than you are': CIOs share their tips on making it to the top | ZDNet
71 Snapchat’s Pricey Ads Could Be Too Pricey
72 Windows 10: Can Microsoft get it right this time? | ZDNet
73 How The Watch Industry Will Save Itself
74 Charted: The Tricky Trade-Offs of Cancer Screenings and Treatments | WIRED
75 Data and Science Don't Necessarily Make a Good Data Scientist
76 NASA wants to put humans on an asteroid — but Congress is skeptical
77 The Man in the High Castle never lets us believe its nightmare
78 SoftBank Emerges As The Biggest Challenger To Uber
79 The bizarre story of golfer Robert Allenby's kidnapping takes new turn
80 Today's your last chance to spend $1,500 on Google Glass
81 Prayers From 10 Spiritual Traditions, Gorgeously Illustrated
82 Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Aren't In X-Men: Apocalypse - IGN
83 This Is What Google's New Calendar App for iOS Looks like
84 Arrow: Katie Cassidy on What to Expect From Laurel as Black Canary - IGN
85 GoDaddy CSRF Vulnerability Allows Domain Takeover
86 Watch a four-finned robot fish swim in any direction
87 Boston's Olympic Bid Logo Is Straight Out Of "Tron"
88 Can a Rap Lyrics Website Finally Make Online Annotations Into a Popular and Profitable Idea? | MIT Technology Review
89 Japan's leading designers combine to create the latest Infobar smartphone
90 The Key Habit Of Highly Effective Teams
91 Win Two Tickets To The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards
92 Affordable Housing That Families Design and Build Themselves | WIRED
93 Chilling bodycam footage shows the other side of policing - CNET
94 Online attacks continue to climb driven by rise in DDoS | ZDNet
95 The Princess Bride - The Official Game review - CNET
96 The pplkpr App Wants To Tell You Which Friends Are Better To Hang With