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LyteShot Wants To Build A Platform For Live-Action Games

Having instigated a NERF gun war at the last Disrupt SF Hackathon back in September, I understand how fun it is to run around shooting your friends with harmless foam darts in a big open setting. But anyone who’s participated in such antics knows that they come with some pretty annoying issues. Guns break for no obvious reason, foam darts go missing — or worse, end up everywhere — and after you’re done having fun, you’ve either littered or have to spend just as much time cleaning as you did playing.

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Self-lacing 'Back to the Future' shoes still due this year, says Nike designer - CNET

According to Nice Kicks , a site dedicated to sweet shoes, we could be in for some futuristic footwear this year: "Without giving a release date, Tinker confirmed that his team is working as hard as possible to deliver the Nike MAG in 2015 with Power Laces, but also reminded us all that we still have '11 and two-thirds months left in 2015.'" The information came from Hatfield's appearance at the Agenda Emerge conference.

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7 Email Habits You Need To Break

Your signature tells the receiver who you are. It’s your introduction, your handshake. Your signature should include your name, title, the company you work for, your contact information and a website that the recipient of your email can click on to find out more about you and your company. "If there’s no signature in your email, how do I know who you are?" asks Duncan. Sending an email without a signature gives the impression to the receiver that you’re unprofessional and even worse, that your email is not legitimate.

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Captain Kirk, your Mercedes F 015 awaits

Captain Kirk, your Mercedes F 015 awaits Mercedes-Benz engineers spent nearly three years fine-tuning the F 015 Luxury in Motion prototype, which can drive itself while four passengers face each other to socialize. It showed it off at CES 2015. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1In5OH9

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Oculus is inching toward a finished Rift

The fact that we actually have a very precise position of your head — you haven't had that in the past. Sure, you could simulate this quality of 3D surround sound if you motion-captured and put markers and dots on a pair of headphones, you could deliver this kind of an experience in the past. But people didn't buy ten, twenty, thirty thousand-dollar rooms just to sit there and listen to audio. We're in this great position where we have the exact position of the head. So now we can fuse that and use that to manipulate the audio sound. So when you hear something over here [snaps fingers], it should sound like you're getting closer to it as you lean in. We'll be coming out with a date soon on when that SDK is going to be available, but we're sharing it here."

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Pew Research will call more cellphones in 2015

For example, young adults, Hispanics, renters and the poor (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty thresholds) are all far more likely to be cell-only. To the extent that cell-only households are underrepresented in our samples, these groups are also underrepresented. In a typical Pew Research Center national telephone survey, a little more than half of respondents interviewed on a cellphone report that they have no landline telephone; consequently, the share of all respondents who are cell-only depends heavily on how many total cellphone interviews are conducted. By raising the cell-only share of all interviews to 65%, we expect that about 37% of our total sample will be cell-only – still short of the target of 46.5%, but closer.

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Google’s Cloud Loses Following Among CIOs, Survey Finds

The brokerage firm asked CIOs to name their preferred public cloud provider. The results: Amazon Web Services led the pack, at 35%, up from 33% in a similar poll a year earlier. Microsoft ’s Azure service was second, at 21%, versus 20% a year earlier. Rackspace was third with 16%, up from 15% a year earlier.

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6 highlights to get you back up to speed on CES

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7 things CES 2015 tells us about the future of displays

CES is all about progress, and Sharp's latest TV is the progress poster child for TVs at CES 2015. On the spec sheet, Sharp's set is a 4K TV. But there's some pixel magic going on here: The TV has a total of 66 million subpixels — 42 million more than a normal 4K TV, and all of those subpixels can be individually controlled. Sharp's clever TV can allow pixels to "borrow" subpixels from their neighbors, increasing the overall sharpness, also called pixel splitting. The result is a display with an effective resolution of 7,680 x 4,320, which is — you guessed it — 8K. Technically it's not actual 8K, which is why Sharp avoids the term, but the company does claim the set is the highest-resolution 4K UHD TV you can buy.

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IGN on Twitter

“ @IGN : Check out 15 minutes of gameplay footage from The Order: 1886. http://go.ign.com/wkNyGDp  #CES2015 http://twitter.com/IGN/status/552942948288331776/photo/1pic.twitter.com/no5QAp46Uu  ”

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This device tells you when you have bad breath

Bang & Olufsen has brought forward some real innovation in the interface of the BeoSound Moment: a music player with a capacitive touch wheel that's built into a real wood surface. When you use it for the first time, the effect is a little like magic. You can plug in your own iPhone or music player, or stream, via Bluetooth, from any number of services, including Spotify, Deezer or YouTube. The interface also offers something called a MoodWheel, a color wheel where the colors correspond to the mood of the music you want to play. The entire set-up is designed to play more toward your intuitive music listening instincts rather than forcing you to spend time learning yet another complicated interface: the sweet spot for high-end audio matched with simplicity.

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Ex-DICE leads found Fugitive Games, build space survival sim

Former DICE Leads Found Fugitive Games, Announce 'Into the Stars' Kickstarter campaign for Unreal Engine 4-powered open-world space sim begins today MON 05 JAN 2015 2:00PM GMT / 9:00AM EST / 6:00AM PST January 5, 2015 – SANTA MONICA, Ca. – Two former DICE leads, an established art director and a veteran designer from the Battlefield, Lost Planet and Shadows of the Damned games have combined to form Fugitive Games. Their first title, Into the Stars, is an open-world space survival simulation for PC and Mac built in Unreal Engine 4. Into the Stars features an original score from Jack Wall, the legendary composer behind the music of Mass Effect, Call of Duty and Lost Planet. In order to secure finishing funds and truly serve fans of the space genre Fugitive Games have launched a Kickstarter campaign which can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fugitivegames/392502096?token=15a3ba42 WHEN GOING... INTO THE STARS Take the role of Captain as you explore a massive solar system in search of a new home for humanity. Outfit your ship, hand pick your crew, and set off on a journey where you must scavenge resources, shelter civilians, and outrun a hostile alien force in order to survive.

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FBI: "Sloppy" Sony Hacking Pointed to North Korea Servers

In earlier remarks at the conference, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the Sony hack the most serious such attack ever against U.S. interests. The attack offered North Korea “global recognition at a low cost with no consequences,” Clapper said, and that recognition will make the North Koreans more likely to commit similar acts in the future.

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Bill Gates Will Drink Water Made From Poo To Prove New Santitation Tech Works

The technology isn’t particularly groundbreaking. Distillation, which purifies a liquid by heating it to a vapor then condensing it, is a basic principle of high school chemistry. Evaporating the water vapor from waste sludge and condensing it creates the water, which is then purified (and it’d be nice to know exactly HOW they purified the water and assured their multi-billionaire philanthropist backer that it was safe to drink). The remaining sludge is then heated in a steam engine and runs a generator to produce electricity.

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Person of Interest: "If-Then-Else" Review - IGN

Everything worked here. The Glitch Mob-scored action was brutal (we basically saw each hero except Lionel get dropped), the stakes were high, and the format was genius. And yes, I was fooled by the first faux-death when Harold fell. But then when we saw that it was all part of The Machine's option-scanning, it tied everything neatly into the wonderful 2003 chess scene flashback we'd seen. A flashback narrative that continued throughout the episode as The Machine learned the difference between a game with pawns and real people. An awesome way to break up an episode that had a lot of simulated scenarios in it.

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BlackBerry jumps into smartwatches with BBM on Android Wear devices

Finally, BlackBerry unveiled a new AT&T-exclusive version of the 4.5-in. display Passport smartphone , this one with rounded corners, instead of the sharper corners in the original released last fall. AT&T wanted a device customized for its use and the rounded corners provided the solution, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said. AT&T said it will carry the phone at a price of $50 with a two-year wireless agreement or no annual commitment for $420. Other options are also available.

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The FCC Will Finally Decide on Net Neutrality in February

After countless months of hemming and hawing, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will reportedly vote on new net neutrality rules in February. Unnamed sources at the FCC told The Washington Post as much today . Specifics remain vague, but here's hoping Tom Wheeler and friends listen to the president's advice .

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German government website attack may be Ukraine-related

Two German government websites were knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack around 10am local time on Wednesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s site is still down five and a half hours later, but that of the Bundestag came back minutes ago. The pro-Russian CyberBerkut hacker group has claimed responsibility, claiming the attack was carried out as an appeal to Germany to “stop financial and political support of criminal regime in Kiev, which unleashed a bloody civil war” in Ukraine. Although the attribution of today’s attack remains unconfirmed, the group has been highly active since the ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

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LG's webOS smartwatch is scheduled for early 2016, says WSJ

LG's smartwatch plans may be only a year away, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal . The report says LG's much-rumored webOS smartwatch is set for release in early 2016, citing "a person familiar with the plans." According to the source, "We’re going to slowly try to build an (software) ecosystem around areas we can have more control over," setting the watch in contrast to the company's Android watch offerings. If true, it's an encouraging sign for a project that many thought might never see a final release. As the company told The Verge in October, "there are many initiatives going on at LG at any given moment. The majority of them never see the light of day."

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By streaming ESPN, Dish just dashed cable’s last leverage

Like I said, that’s not me, and it might not be you either, but that’s still a large group of people. But just because it’s not targeted at you, that doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate the development. Frequent travelers, for example, should cheer since the channels go wherever you go. And single parents, possibly fresh off a divorce, should like that it exists. For them, the $5 Kids add-on bundle (including more kid-friendly channels) could be a must-have. And then there are the TV super-users, the people who currently subscribe to multiple streaming services, in addition to cable or satellite, simply for the convenience of them. Unlike Sony’s streaming cable alternative, which costs almost as much as traditional cable, Sling TV is inexpensive enough to justify as a complimentary service, even if you don’t intend to cut the cord.

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This tiny concussion-tracking sensor could save athletes' lives

It’s estimated that as many as 3.8 million Americans experience concussive events as a result of athletic or recreational activities every year. But as many as 50 percent of these injuries go unreported or undiagnosed, and the results can be life-threatening: athletes who have suffered one concussion are more susceptible to future concussions, and secondary blows before the brain has had time to recover can have devastating and permanent effects. Repeated blows can bring on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease marked by cognitive dysfunction, dementia, depression, and suicidal tendencies. Difficult to measure and diagnose, concussive injuries have plagued players and coaches for decades. But a tiny head-mounted sensor called the Linx Impact Assessment System could change all that.

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Why Our Brains Love Lists And How To Make Better Ones

Often our to-do lists leave out a lot of tasks that occupy our attention. There's a method to this approach—the list will help us focus on what we really need to get done so that the other stuff doesn't distract. But your brain hangs onto those distractions and if you don’t get them all down on paper, you very well may be setting yourself up for derailment.

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Say butt? BelfieStick makes backside-selfies easy - CNET

Who cares what you look like from the front? Share the glory of your derriere with the world with the BelfieStick, a camera extender designed to capture your behind.

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Apple Watch Must Be Ahead of Its Time

As gadget enthusiasts hype wearable technology at the Consumer Electronics Show, one company’s plans loom large despite its absence. Apple, as usual, is skipping the annual soiree in Las Vegas this week. Several rivals are showing off their latest attempts at wearable tech and smartwatches in particular. Companies ranging from Sony to Alcatel are targeting this nascent market, which has so far failed to appeal widely to...

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Huawei Bets Americans Will Want Contract-Free Phones

The brand is a new effort by China’s Huawei Technologies to get a toehold in the U.S. market. While Huawei is the world’s largest telecommunications gear maker and it sold 75 million smartphones globally last year, only a sliver came from the U.S. (Huawei launched its first self-branded smartphone in the U.S. last year.)

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New York Prosecutor Calls for Law to Fight Apple Data Encryption

Apple and Google said in September that their new phones would automatically scramble data so that a digital key kept by the owner is needed to unlock it, making it harder for detectives to examine the content of suspects’ phones without their knowledge or cooperation.

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Oral-B interactive Bluetooth toothbrush coming to US teeth soon - CNET

After a trip across Europe, the Oral-B Pro SmartSeries 7000 Bluetooth toothbrush is set to come to the US in February of this year.

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Proto-X nano quadcopter now comes in three flavours - CNET

LAS VEGAS -- Proto-X made waves with its matchbox-sized nano quadcopter when it first launched in 2014, a clever little package at an easy to swallow price of $30 (around AU$40; £20). Since then Hobbico, the company behind Proto-X, has added two new models to the range, the Proto-X SLT and the Proto-X FPV.

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The reversible USB Type-C connector is turning heads at CES

A third benefit of Type-C is that it can deliver greater amounts of power—up to 100 watts. That means you should be able to charge something as big as a laptop via a USB cable, as well as the phones and other small devices you can charge today.

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Here’s how a real teenager uses, and doesn’t use, social media

Whether Watts’ experiences or those of his friends can be extrapolated to a worldwide market is debatable — he is 19 and a student at the University of Texas in Austin, so not all of his behavior is going to apply to younger or non-university users. But still, there is plenty of meat in his descriptions for anyone interested in social media and its evolution. If I worked at Twitter or Facebook I would make it required reading.

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The Verge on Twitter

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AT&T launches rollover data plan

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said it would introduce a rollover data plan for some of its customers, less than a month after smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc launched its own plan.

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Amazon Temporarily Reduces Price Of Troubled Fire Phone

Bezos was closely involved with developing both the hardware and the software. "I would see him brainstorming wild ideas with the industrial design team, or discussing font sizes and interaction flows with the UI team," recalls a former topflight designer at Lab126, who describes a demanding pace. "And I thought, This is a CEO who cares about design; what a wonderful place to be." Eventually, however, this designer grew frustrated, as did others. "In essence, we were not building the phone for the customer—we were building it for Jeff," this source says. With Bezos managing every critical decision, teams began second-guessing themselves trying to anticipate how he would react.

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Nike confirms it's working on 'Back to the Future' shoe for 2015 release

Speaking at a trade show in Long Beach, California, on Monday, Nike's innovation chief Tinker Hatfield said the shoe — known as Nike Air MAG — would hit in 2015. He declined to give a release date or pricing info and distribution info, reminding the crowd that there are still "11 and two-thirds months left in 2015," according to sneaker blog Nice Kicks .

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Meet Sereneti Kitchen, A Company That Wants To Help Your Sorry Ass Cook

Currently Sereneti is a device, a four-person team, and the pursuit of capital. They have large dreams, however. Akin to how Keurig has built an empire off of selling K-Cups that slot into its coffee machines, Sereneti has the idea of building food pods, if you will, that you could pick up at the local store and then use at home.

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Shaquille O’Neal Built A Water-Proof Floating Speaker Called The SuperStar BackFloat

Monster.com is a publicly traded (MWW) employment website that came about in 1999 as the result of a merger between Monster Board and the Online Career Center. The site has one of the largest employment related databases with over 70 million stored resumes and over 1 million job postings at any given time. Monster has a market capitalization of over $1.6 Billion as of June 2009. Monster's closest …

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David Cross' new movie will be the first feature film distributed in a BitTorrent Bundle

Bundles are BitTorrent's way of legitimizing the network it created, allowing artists to take advantage of the way it limits costs for distribution by spreading files out across a large group, while also making people pay for the content that they're downloading. It doesn't always make sense — if a seller can afford to distribute their file through a direct download, that's going to be a much easier experience for most viewers — but it's not totally illogical. In an instance like this, where Cross wants to do pay-what-you-want, he isn't going to be losing money on bandwidth costs for every viewer who doesn't pay. The Bundle for Hits is going to go on sale February 13th.

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FAA Allows First Real Estate Company To Use Drones For Aerial Photography

Tierra Antigua and Advanced Aviation Solutions can’t just take their drones for a spin, however. In addition to the pilot, there also has to be an observer around. The pilot also needs to have “an FAA Private Pilot certificate and a current medical certificate, and the UAS must remain within line of sight at all times.” Obviously, you can’t safely operate a Vision+ if you can’t answer these questions from the FAA’s pilot exam.

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Fuel3D's 3D Selfie Scanner is Next-Level Narcissism

3D scanning, modeling and printing are all big topics here at CES 2015 – so much so that there is an entire section at the Sands Expo convention center dedicated to companies within the category. And while we’ve seen lots of people take selfies while roaming the show floors, none of the results can compare to Fuel3D ‘s handheld 3D scanner Scanify .

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Open Source Databases Keep Chipping Away at Oracle's Empire | WIRED

The DB-Engines ranking system was created by the Austrian technology consulting firm Solid IT to help its developers decide which new technologies were worth learning about and which were marginal. To rank databases, Solid IT analyzes data from many sources, such as Google Trends, LinkedIn, and various job listing sites, and assigns each system a score. To determine the fastest growing database systems, the company looked at which ones had the biggest change in their scores.

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Introducing the Best of CES 2015 finalists!

CES 2015 is finally here and boy, have we been busy the past few days. Engadget's editors have been hard at work pounding the show floor here in Las Vegas to bring you what we think should win the coveted Best of CES awards. Now, we're ready to announce our finalists for all 15 categories, which range from best home theater product to the most innovative tech we've seen at the show. Tomorrow, we'll announce our winners of each category, along with who will win the Best of the Best award. The recipient for that will be chosen amongst the category winners. But we want to know what you think too. So there's an additional category called People's Choice, where you can vote for your favorite product in our pool of finalists. To vote, simply head on over to this poll to make your voice heard. The product with the most votes will win a special People's Choice award, which will also be given out tomorrow at a ceremony onstage.

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5 Tips For Mark Zuckerberg On Sticking With His 2015 Reading Challenge

It likely won’t surprise a reader of Fast Company to hear that technology can help us achieve our goals. While there are plenty of tools out there that can help track goals like number of books read, what is particularly exciting in 2015 is the number of apps and services which allow us to dive into our data in a way we never could before. Might it be that your coffee intake is slowing down your reading progress? The answer is in your data .

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Intel's RealSense technology taught a drone to fly itself

Four men — one in a suit, three in black shirts — stood around a single drone, buzzing restlessly in the middle. One man rushed at the drone, which quickly veered out of the way... right into the waiting arms of another. The four men passed the drone among each other, never touching or controlling it, only moving it around by flailing their arms and moving in its direction. The drone knew the men were coming, and it avoided them all on its own.

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TechRadar's CES 2015 Staff Picks

Rising above them all is our Best in Show winner, the LG 4K OLED with webOS 2.0. The gorgeous screen and its updated software also scored our Best TV award, so it can enjoy an extra glass of bubbly.

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Mashable on Twitter

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Samsung Rolls Out Low-Cost Smartphones for India

On Tuesday evening, Samsung said it would release a pair of new mid-range Galaxy smartphones, the E7 and the E5, in India, part of a bid to fend off domestic upstarts such as Micromax Informatics and P.S. Associates Private’s Karbonn.

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VentureBeat on Twitter

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Here's a phone with 320GB of storage

It's not necessary to say something is "great on paper." Saygus has created what it's called a "super smartphone," and in many ways it feels like they looked at a spec sheet and said, "we can make this look really good."

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53 Meet The Super-Hawkish North Korean General Thought To Be Behind The Sony Hack
54 Joystiq on Twitter
55 StartupBlink Maps Startups and Accelerators Worldwide
56 WhatsApp growth continues with 700m users sending 30bn daily messages
57 US weather agency to boost supercomputers to 2.5 petaflops each
58 WhatsApp Keeps On Growing, Hits 700 Million Users
59 MIT Technology Review
60 Revolutionary Scuba Mask Creates Breathable Oxygen Underwater On Its Own
61 Don't regret regret
62 What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits
63 Redirecting
64 The art of choosing
65 Hubble returns to 'old friends'
66 Web IQ Quiz
67 Techmeme
68 Depressed dogs, cats with OCD — what animal madness means for us humans
69 'Jaws' baby bed is horrifyingly awesome - CNET
70 Bacteria ‘factories’ churn out valuable chemicals
71 Love -- you're doing it wrong
72 See invisible motion, hear silent sounds. Cool? Creepy? We can't decide
73 Drawing on humor for change
74 These lively GIFs teach the world about safe vaccine transport
75 Startup Poland Hopes To Highlight The Country’s Booming Tech Scene
76 The power of cartoons
77 The Next MacBook Air Will Be A 12-Inch Beauty With An Edge-To-Edge Keyboard
78 The opportunity of adversity
79 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
80 Love, no matter what
81 Joystiq on Twitter
82 The epic visual history of Beats by Dre
83 Most Popular CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
84 Remix is the Android tablet that can replace your laptop
85 Mercedes-Benz unveils its vision of a self-driving car
86 What If Nike Sold Oranges And Apple Sold iMilk?
87 Some Outlets Are Censoring Charlie Hebdo's Satirical Cartoons After Attack
88 What I've learned from my autistic brothers
89 FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places
90 Apple’s Bigger iPhones Dent Android’s Sales Momentum
91 10 dos and don'ts for entry-level job seekers
92 TechStars Will Launch In Berlin In June, Applications Open Now
93 Oculus Rift Preview - CNET
94 The exponential business benefits of putting people first
95 Indian Real Estate Search Engine CommonFloor Acqui-Hires Anonymous Gossip App Bakfy
96 What we all feared. The view from Paris
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