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Interactive Apple Watch demo gives a nice glimpse of the future

Developers that created Pipes, a news app for iOS, have gone out of their way to build an interactive demonstration of the Apple Watch and a few of the apps that owners will be able to access on the wearable. That includes apps like the bulit-in Weather app, see what a phone call will look like, and even what a popular game might look like on the device. The Music app will actually open up “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay and start playing.

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Apple: App Store developers in 2014 earned $10B, up 50% from last year

$10 billion of that total was billed in 2014, a 50 percent increase from the year before. For comparison, at the annual Google I/O conference this past June, Google announced that it paid $5 billion since the previous I/O conference, and that was a 250 percent increase over the year before.

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Sony says to delay sale of Playstation 4 in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Sony Corp will delay sales of the PlayStation 4 gaming console in China, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, due to "various factors", the company said in a statement on Thursday.

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What the Shift to Video Means for Creators

The most important thing to remember when creating video for Facebook is that it will be a part of News Feed. As a creator, you should be conscious that people will discover your video in News Feed next to a photo from a friend or a status update from a relative. Your video needs to fit in, and it needs to be something that your audience will want to watch and share.

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IGN on Twitter

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Apple Hires HP Veteran to Head Corporate Sales

The Cupertino-based company has hired John Solomon, a former senior VP with HP’s printing and personal systems group. His precise role and title are unclear, though several sources describe it as being central to Apple’s push to boost sales to big companies and government agencies with large technology budgets. Some sources say he may also be involved with international efforts to sell the Apple Watch , specifically in the Asia-Pacific region, though others considered this a less likely possibility.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show - "Magical Thinking" Review - IGN

In "Magical Thinking" (Freak Show's "midseason premiere," despite only having been gone a few weeks), Chester came calling on the freaks as salesman who's always wanted to work on stage as a magician. And who's ruled off-stage by a sadistic ventriloquist dummy (portrayed by AHS player Jamie Brewer when Chester sees her in human form). Though other than Chester having returned from the war with a brain injury, it's never fully explained why he's attached to "Majorie," or why he needs her to be able to perform in sexual situations, but one thing we do know is that he's basically unhinged enough not to hide the fact that he thinks she's real. From Elsa, the cops, or anyone.

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AT&T strikes back at T-Mobile with its own data rollover plan

If you have four lines and have a 15GB AT&T Mobile Share Value Plan and only use 10GB in a given month, you’ll roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available to use within the next month.  If you were to only use 10GB in the second month, you’ll again roll over 5GB and have a total of 20GB available the next month. Bottom line: if you have unused plan data this month, it automatically rolls over to be used within the next month in case you need more than your plan’s allotment. This gives you that extra data to do the things you love across all your devices, like surfing the web, watching videos, listening to your favorite music or sending email.

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NRF Expo Booth

The pace of new technology is rapidly changing the way consumers shop, but also opening the door to how retailers and suppliers engage with consumers in a more personalized manner. This session speaks to the fast-changing digital landscape. The panel explores the possibilities and realities of how technology can capture digital touchpoints that provide clues on how to better engage and interact with today’s omnichannel consumer.

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Intel® Compute Stick

The Intel® Compute Stick is a new generation compute-on-a-stick device that’s ready-to-go out-of–the-box and offers the performance, quality, and value you expect from Intel. Pre-installed with Windows 8.1* or Linux, get a complete experience on an ultra-small, power-efficient device that is just four inches long, yet packs the power and reliability of a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, with built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand.

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The EFF’s New App Is Android-Only, As Organization Calls Out Apple For “Outrageous” Developer Terms

While some may disagree with the EFF’s somewhat black-and-white stance when it comes to the openness, or lack thereof, in today’s mobile application marketplaces, it’s important that the organization exists and that it continually raises questions for the industry to consider. Even if Apple never capitulates to any of the EFF’s demands here – and it’s not likely it will – the group’s awareness-raising efforts may at least give a corporation like Apple something to think about. For instance, giving developers a faster App Store review queue for pushing out critical bug fixes and security updates would be a welcome change on both developers’ and users’ parts. While it’s doubtful that Apple would ever just allow app developers to publish directly, it could make improvements in this area.

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LG's New Smart Watch Is Powered by WebOS

that LG's new smartwatch is powered by webOS. The watch has been shown off at CES by Audi, where it was used to beckon a car on to the stage.

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The Serious Business Behind Warby Parker’s Jokey Annual Report

Warby Parker, the fast-growing New York eyeglasses startup, will publish its annual report this morning, and the news, provided in an advance copy to Fast Company, was very good. The company, which introduced Silicon Valley to the trend of vertically-integrated online retail—witness the Warby Parker of mattresses , of underwear , and of startup pivots —has been making big moves in the offline world over the past 12 months, opening stores in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, as it cements itself as a fashion brand rather than a pure e-commerce player. There are a few telling tidbits buried in the report, including the fact that Warby started selling progressive lenses, a small but significant step that will allow Warby to go after a broader swath of the eyewear market. The annual report also notes that this year the company's charitable arm, which helps distribute a pair of glasses in the developing world for each one it sells, gave out its millionth pair of frames .

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It’s here! Take your first gander at the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

The brand promises “new, rugged tech” on the all-new Tacoma, and it will definitely equip a V6 option. Hopefully, it will use the 3.5-liter unit from the 2015 Camry. The engine produces 268 horsepower, 32 more than the current Tacoma’s 4.0-liter mill.

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Bill Gates Drinks Water That Was Human Waste - IGN

Water supplies in many poor countries are often contaminated with waste, causing diseases that kill 700,000 children each year and hurt many others. The blog is promoting the Omniprocessor, a Gates Foundation technology that is set to begin a pilot project soon in Dakar, Senegal. It uses a steam engine to make its power needs efficient enough to fuel itself, and even generates extra electricity along with the by-products of drinking water and ash. The processor also has a system of sensors that will allow its creators to help control it from afar during the pilot program.

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That Image That Everyone Is Sharing By 'Banksy' Isn't By Banksy — But It's Awesome

Another clue that points to the image being fake is its file size. The image uploaded to the fake Banksy social media posts is pixelated and low-resolution. Banksy is an artist who makes a living from exhibiting his work, he wouldn't want his work to be displayed in a way that makes it look bad.

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Windows 10’s new browser will have the most advanced features ever

Microsoft is planning to keep the look and feel of Spartan very similar across phones, tablets, and PCs. The desktop version looks like a simplified version of Chrome, with a tabbed interface above the address bar, alongside options to go back, forward, and refresh a page. It’s all designed to look lightweight, without the bloat typically associated with older versions of Internet Explorer. While the Spartan name is a codename, it’s not clear if Microsoft plans to continue the Internet Explorer branding with its new browser. That naming and other features of Spartan could play a part in Microsoft’s Windows 10 event on January 21st. Microsoft is planning to detail the consumer features of Windows 10 at its press event later this month, including its phone and tablet features.

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2015’s 8 Most Promising Vita Games - IGN

What’s so great about Shovel Knight is it’s not just another retro game. It’s clearly and distinctly inspired by not just any 8-bit games, but the best-of-the-best 8-bit games. It has pieces of Mega Man and Ninja Gaiden in it, portions of Duck Tales and Zelda II, and even fragments of Faxanadu and Super Mario Bros. 3. Shovel Knight was an absolute delight to play on Nintendo platforms and PC, and there’s no reason to expect it to be any different on Vita. Be excited, PlayStation fans. This one is a big deal.

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10 Cool Products From CES: Musical Light Bulbs, Smart Fans, and the Most Polite Bathroom Scale Ever | WIRED

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—We’re over the hump here at CES, having completed two days worth of scouting new products in the expo hall. Sure, there’s always a selection of silly and ridiculous items on display, but there are of course scores of truly genius innovations.

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How Facebook's iOS App Stands on the Shoulders of Photography's Giants

Cabral and his colleagues want Facebook users to be able to share images that look more like their memories, and the techniques the app uses—leveling out highlights and shadows and selectively smoothing out noise while sharpening edges—are comparable to what Adams and other giants of film did manually by controlling exposure in the developing process, he says.

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Samsung Elec tips first annual profit fall in 3 years

The outlook means Samsung's 2014 profit will probably be 25 trillion won, the weakest in three years, although it marks a rebound from the third-quarter's 4.1 trillion won profit which was the firm's lowest quarterly result in more than three years. The company is expected to release its annual results around the end of January.

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NASA's Made Retro Travel Posters For Real Exoplanets

With Interstellar -style galactic travel not within our grasp quite yet, the designers have had to guess a little at what each planet might look like. We’re pretty sure that plants on a planet orbiting a red dwarf wouldn’t be red, for a start.

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Duolingo Launches Free Language Learning Platform For Schools

Duolingo is making this new service available for free (just like the rest of its language learning platform). It’s available for all the languages the service currently offers (with the exception of Chinese, which should be available in the next two weeks). Already, the governments of Costa Rica and Guatemala are running pilot projects that use Duolingo in a number of public schools.

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The Verge on Twitter

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The Witcher 3 PC requirements are hefty, not surprising

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the final episode of the award-winning RPG series and the last part of the legend of Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the most robust and breathtaking game ever created by CD Projekt RED. Open world free-roaming exploration is an adventure in itself as the player will gallop through war-ravaged lands, sail misty waters and track down dangerous beasts for money. An improved combat system will allow players to feel like a real monster-hunter, a witcher who uses his superior senses and fighting skills to survive in a dark fantasy world--while he embarks on a quest to save his loved ones. The new core mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt immerse the player in the experience completely, with no Quick Time Events, only intuitive RPG gameplay.

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Can you guess what these gadgets from CES 2015 are?

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27 Automakers in the Driver's Seat as Car Tech Dominates CES

Except, well, not so fast. There are still some roadblocks to these concepts becoming realities, both on the technical end and on the regulatory side. And, as with many of the wares shown off each year in Las Vegas, many are just that: Concepts. Others are still years away from coming to market.

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U.S. Olympic Committee Selects Boston As Applicant City For 2024 Olympic And Paralympic Games

“Today’s selection by the USOC is the beginning of an incredible opportunity for Boston,” said Boston 2024 Chairman John Fish. “This bid has already provided our many educational institutions, community and business leaders, and elected officials a unique opportunity to collaborate like never before to promote our city to the world. Going forward, Boston 2024 is committed to a thorough and extensive process to discuss the potential opportunity the Olympic and Paralympic Games present our community. Boston is a global hub for education, health care, research and technology. We are passionate about sports because we believe in the power of sport to transform our city and inspire the world’s youth. A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.”

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Drones know where to find you at CES 2015 - CNET

As CES 2015 draws to an end, we look up to the skies for the latest trends in drones at the show. Also, we get a taste of new 3D food printers.

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Daredevil is coming to Netflix on April 10th

Marvel has finally revealed the release date for  its upcoming Daredevil series : it's coming on April 10th. All 13 of the hour-long episodes from the first season of the Netflix-exclusive show will be available on that date, in every territory that the streaming service is available. The series will star Boardwalk Empire 's Charlie Cox in the titular role, and is inspired by the "Man Without Fear" run of the comic book created by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. And as is  becoming a Marvel tradition , the company hinted that you can expect to see a lot more in the way of teases between now and April.

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Apple Just Hired A 20-Year HP Veteran To Help It Sell To Big Companies

The business market will be particularly important for the iPad. That's because people are treating iPads much more like PCs than phones, and upgrading them infrequently rather than every two or three years. But Apple may have room to replace some PCs in businesses, or get iPads into the hands of employees like retail floor workers who previously didn't use a PC at all.

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The best drones of CES 2015: in pictures - Telegraph

Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, have been everywhere at this year's CES, after 16 commercial and consumer drone companies showed off their wares at the world's largest consumer electronics exhibition. Here, a DJI Inspire 1 drone is flown within a safety area.

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3 young girls are the newest faces of health and empowerment

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I tried Sling TV at CES 2015, and now I'm cancelling cable

Two days ago, Dish CEO Joe Clayton made a grand entrance to his company's CES press event. Backed by a marching band, Clayton himself walked out with a giant drum strapped to his chest. There was a good reason for his over-the-top arrival: Dish went on to publicly unveil Sling Television , an internet TV streaming service that packages ESPN, TBS, TNT, CNN, Disney Channel, and other networks for $20 per month. No contracts, and no strings attached. If ESPN should one one day disappear from Sling TV's channel lineup — or if you find yourself missing AMC and FX — you're free to bail at any time. But after trying it out here on the CES show floor, I think I've convinced myself to make a break with cable.

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Microsoft Lumia 830 and 930 Arriving in Special Golden Edition

The Lumia 830 Gold, will also be available in the same colors and is set to land in February.  The 830 and 930 Gold will be offered in Europe, Asia Pacific and China, India, the Middle East and Africa, Microsoft said. Price will vary according to operator.

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Test Drive the Apple Watch in your Browser Right Now

The Apple Watch isn’t due until at least March, but someone’s already created an interactive prototype so you can try it for yourself in the browser.

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Evernote lays off 20 employees globally in a partial restructuring

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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Portable Media Center with an Old VCR

MisterM's system integrates the Pi with all the VCRs function, so all the buttons actually work and do something. The whole thing has a screen attached to the back and works surprisingly well as a little portable system. Obviously it'd be tough to track down the same VCR MisterM used here, but the basics of building a portable media center are all included in his guide so you can adjust them as needed.

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Police officer dies following second shooting in Paris

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Apple TV is part of Apple's smart home — but it's not the hub

CES 2015 has given us a deluge of new HomeKit announcements. Thus far, we’ve seen several smart outlets, a garage door opener, light bulb adapters, a door lock, and a power strip from vendors such as iDevices, iHome, GridConnect, Chamberlain, Schlage, and  Incipio .  Elgato announced an entire range of HomeKit sensors while  Insteon introduced a full-on hub that bridges HomeKit-compatible devices with Insteon’s vast catalog of otherwise incompatible smart home accessories.

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White House declines to act on petitions to fire Aaron Swartz prosecutors

The White House has declined to act on two petitions, collectively signed by 90,000 people, that called for the president to fire the federal prosecutors who charged the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz with computer hacking.

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Intel's Compute Stick is a dirt-cheap Windows PC that fits in the palm of your hand

The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor “and bring intelligence to that,” said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California, which was webcast. The concept isn't new, of course. Amazon, Google, and others have dedicated streaming boxes squezed into the HDMI stick form factor, and Dell’s $129.99 Wyse Cloud Connect can turn a screen or display into a PC, gaming machine or streaming media player.

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Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords

Pr0x13 claims that he made iDict public in order to draw attention to the problem and force Apple to fix it. “This bug is painfully obvious and was only a matter of time before it was privately used for malicious or nefarious activities,” he said in the tool’s description.

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2015 State of the CIO: The Good, the Bad and the Scary

Each year, CIO.com’s research team surveys hundreds of CIOs to provide you with our State of the CIO report – a barometer of your hopes, dreams and fears (OK, that may be overstating things, but it does provide a benchmark of the business and technology climate). This year (our 14th), 558 top IT leaders responded to an online survey to help us gauge the industry and technology trends as they apply to the CIO role (check out Kim Nash's insightful feature story on this year's results).

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Yahoo Shareholder Warns Mayer 'Significant Leadership Change' Could Be Needed

We appreciate the constructive and on-going dialogue we have had with you, your management team and certain members of the Board of Directors (the "Board") regarding the extremely compelling opportunities to create value at Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo" or the "Company"). However, we have recently become increasingly concerned due to the growing number of media reports indicating Yahoo's interest in doing large-scale acquisitions. The latest reports speculate that Yahoo may be considering an acquisition of cable assets including Scripps Networks Interactive and Time Warner's CNN. Our concerns that these media reports may have some truth are exacerbated as it has now been more than sixty days since the IPO of Alibaba, and Yahoo is now free to disclose its intentions with regard to its shares of Alibaba. However, to date, no announcement has been made regarding Yahoo's plans for a tax-efficient separation of its non-core minority equity interests.

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French government donates $1.2 million to ensure Charlie Hebdo lives on

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Playstation 4 Launch in China Delayed Indefinitely

Sony is delaying the launch of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in China due to “various factors,” including prolonged negotiations with local authorities, reports Reuters .

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It's Time Someone Told You The Truth About 'Ultra-High-Definition 4K' TVs

Also true: 4K TVs do look sharper than regular high-definition TVs. But they do not offer anywhere near the same leap in sharpness and enjoyment as the jump from regular def to high-def did. So don't prepare to be astounded.

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Why Humbling Jobs Can Be The Key To Career Success

Except Ohmaye wasn’t in Brazil any longer. He was in Monticello, New York, working at a resort catering to some of the world’s wealthiest people. If Ohmaye had already felt humbled in Brazil, in Monticello he felt outright downtrodden. He started out in the lowest paid position, cleaning floors. He wanted to be a busboy, but knew no English. His friend taught him to memorize a sentence to pitch the maitre d’. He still remembers the robotic way it came out. "I - heard - from - Robert - my - friend - that - you - think - I - cannot - be - a - busboy - because - I - cannot - speak - English - but - I - think - I - can - do - the - job." It worked: a little while later, he was promoted to busboy, which paid three times as well, but still paid less than dishwasher (a promotion Ohmaye never did wrangle).

51 Sony to delay sale of PlayStation 4 in China
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72 The habits of happiness
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77 The social animal
78 The art of choosing
79 Your brain on video games
80 What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits
81 The FTC Warns Internet Of Things Businesses To Bake In Privacy And Security
82 Reversible USB Type C connector and 10 gigabit USB 3.1 are here
83 The opportunity of adversity
84 How Marketing Will Change In 2015: The Creative Forecast
85 Amazon Bought This Man's Company. Now He's Coming for Them
86 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
87 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015
88 The recurring Facebook privacy hoax
89 Many Outlets Are Censoring Charlie Hebdo's Satirical Cartoons After Attack
90 Ivory products pulled from fourth major Hong Kong retailer
91 Half a million secrets
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