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CallBar updated for iOS 8; stops phone calls from interrupting you

CallBar is a popular jailbreak tweak that redesigns the incoming call view so that it does not fully disrupt the current task you are doing.

U.S. government posts warning regarding 'Masque Attack' iOS vulnerability

The United States government has issued a warning to iOS users regarding the "Masque Attack" vulnerability.

Lorde covering an R&B song will make you bow down

Lorde covered Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" on BBC Radio 1.

Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire | WIRED

Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation.

Cat obsessively flicking paper totally understands your boredom at work

An adorable cat flicks a corner of paper to pass the time and possibly annoy its owner.

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NHS Breaches Data Laws An Average Of Six Times A Day

Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch, says: “The information held in medical records is of huge personal significance and for details to be wrongly disclosed, maliciously accessed or lost is completely unacceptable. With an increasing number of people having access to patients’ information, the threat of data breaches will only get worse.”

XCOM: Enemy Within now on mobile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE XCOM®: Enemy Within Now Available for Mobile Devices Worldwide Save the world in turn-based battles against invading aliens with new soldiers, abilities, missions, enemies, and multiplayer mode Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #XCOM New York, NY– November 13, 2014 – 2K and Firaxis Games announced today that the award-winning strategy title XCOM®: Enemy Within is now available for download on select iOS*, Android and Amazon Fire devices worldwide. Starting today, mobile gamers can experience the critically acclaimed title for $12.99 on the App Store, Google Play and Amazon AppStore. "Providing consumers with a true triple-A game experience via a mobile or portable device is not an easy feat, but the launch of XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Mobile has shown it is possible," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "Now, with the launch of XCOM: Enemy Within, 2K is able to showcase our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, core gaming experiences for our fans on whatever platform they play on." "XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Mobile proved that turn-based strategy games are a natural fit for touch interfaces," said Ananda Gupta, lead designer at Firaxis Games.

Halo: MCC removes playlists as matchmaking woes continue

343 Industries trimmed the number of active playlists in Halo: The Master Chief Collection in a bid to ease the ongoing matchmaking issues. Executive Producer Dan Ayoub said the temporary culling of four playlists, leaving the game with six, will lower the wait time for matches. However, 343 Industries admits the change "will not solve all matchmaking issues," and the studio is "investigating" server-side fixes and content updates to address the troubled multiplayer over the coming week. Meanwhile, the Xbox One compilation is due to receive a title update this morning that should fix some of the scoring and stat-based errors. However, matchmaking-wise it'll only feature a "minor fix" for team skill matching. Halo: The Master Chief Collection (11/6/14) The four playlists that went offline yesterday are Team Hardcore, Rumble Pit, Halo 4, and SWAT Rotational. Not forgetting 343 delayed the dedicated Halo: CE playlist earlier in the week to reconfigure it following player feedback. The updated list now features six options: Team Halo 2 - Anniversary, Halo Championship Series, Team Slayer, Big Team Battle, Halo 2 Classic and Halo 3.

Why Aston Motes, Dropbox's First Employee, Chose MIT Over Caltech

But I’ll say that one of the things about Silicon Valley that makes diversity, in general, tough is that the way that companies get built is primarily about building an organization that is easy for someone who has almost no experience running an organization to run. You’ll hear it from lots of parts of the Valley that one of the easiest ways to hire good people is to look around you and hire your friends or hire people who are very close to you in your network who you know lots about on a personal level, you know their skills and how they’ll work out. And the consequence of hiring folks that you know is that if your network isn’t diverse in and of itself, then you’ve already set yourself up for a non-diverse company.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Director James Gunn Says 'We're Not Here to Service The Avengers or Infinity War' - IGN

When IGN asked if he'd like to explore them further the director said, "Maybe at some point, yeah. I mean, I love that guy that we see in the Collector's lab. I love that character. I think he's really cool. The visual effects artists did a great job with him, and they were given a pretty big task, to create this character in a short amount of time and put him in there. Yeah, I like that stuff, the Celestials. I like the whole idea that the Guardians are a bunch of mortals playing in the field of gods. It's really about their mortality in the face of all that stuff that makes it both dramatic and fun."

U.K. ISPs Agree To Do More To Filter Extremist Material Online

But the government’s announcement suggest an expansion of their filtering efforts is on the cards — although it is not clear exactly how ‘extremist’ content will be defined, and whether filtering of such content will be opt-in or automatically applied by ISPs. All of those details are apparently tbc. So the core of today’s news is that ISPs have agreed in principle to do more — whatever more ends up meaning. And the U.K. PM has banged a public drum about cracking down on terrorist content online. This, folks, is politics.

Google casts a line with conservationists to stop illegal fishing - CNET

The company is providing engineering services, mapping software and servers, and financial support to help two conservation groups detect in real time the fishing that's decimating fish populations.

Peter Thiel: We Don’t Live in a ‘Technological Age’ (Full Video)

He said Progress—that’s progress with a capital P—is at the core of any scientific or technological vision for the world. But that talk is counter-cultural right now, and so “in many ways we’re not actually living in a scientific or technological age.”

Volvo is using Google Cardboard to get people inside its new SUV

Google Cardboard , which was announced as a bit of a sideshow at this year's Google I/O and quickly brushed off as a gimmick, turns out to be pretty cool: it converts many Android phones into fully functional VR headsets with basically a few dollars' worth of materials. If you're enterprising enough, you can even make the Cardboard kit yourself — Google offers instructions on how to do it. It's no Oculus Rift, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper and more accessible.

The Vergecast 127: artisan hipster vinyls

This week's show involves a lot of policy: policy on the internet, policy in music, policy concerning not being stabbed when retrieving your stolen iPhone. And then there was something involving Taylor Swift and Scooby Doo.

Android 5.0 Lollipop review

Google has also made back-end improvements, most of which will be invisible to the end user. They promise better performance and battery life, but it's much too early to say for sure. We haven't been able to do side-by-side comparisons on identical hardware, and the versions we've been using so far aren't final. I will say that on both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, the performance story is mixed. Moments of pure speed and smoothness are interrupted by inexplicable pauses. Battery life is very difficult to pin down, too. Android 5.0 is very much a "Dot Oh" update — and that means bugs.

Renegade 'tiger' in Paris is actually a cat evading 200 cops

A reported tiger on the loose near Disneyland Paris crossed a major highway and slinked past a gas station Friday, still eluding the 200 French police and military forces trying to hunt it down.

iPhone vs. Android: Which is better? - CNNMoney

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Apple facing questions from FTC regarding collection of health data

According to a report published on Thursday, November 13, by Reuters , Apple is currently facing scrutiny from the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the collection of sensitive health data from users of its products, and how Apple plans on using that information at a later date. This concerns not only the Health app, but also the upcoming Apple Watch, which also has a big focus on health and fitness.

Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “It’s important for people to realise that it is an offence to harass others in this way. We agree with the judge that it was a despicable thing to do, especially after Luke King received warnings to stop. Anyone who is subjected to this type of crime should keep the evidence and contact the police as soon as possible.”

Mind Candy Reports Losses As Moshi Fades And It Pins Hopes On Warriors

As was widely predicted after Mind Candy ’s Moshi Monsters smash-hit game failed to make the shift from Web to mobile in any meaningful way — apart from a few cursory apps — its financial results looked dismal. The company has announced that it lurched to a net loss of £2.2 million ($3.5 million) in 2013, after making an £8 million profit in 2012. Kids have clearly left the headline Moshi game in droves – which had a web-based subscription business model which pre-dated the tablet era. But in Mind Candy’s defence, its new model of creating an ecosystem of complimentary mobile products which support each other could well lift it back up again.

Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More

Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices. The update includes the new Word Wise feature that automatically shows definitions to difficult words above the within text on compatible titles, as well as Family Library, which lets you access not only your own books, but also those of a spouse, partner or family member, and Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service starting at $2.99 per month that provides curated access to special selections for kids and beginner readers.

Google says Play Music subscribers automatically get access to YouTube Music Key starting next week

When YouTube Music Key was announced earlier this week, we were left with many details about the service unexplained. Of these, was the question of whether or not current Google Play Music subscribers were going to have access to the service automatically. While the announcement said that subscribers of Music Key would be getting All Access subscriptions included, it wasn’t exactly clear whether or not it worked the other way around. Now we have the answer:

U.S. to Spend $425 Million on Advanced Supercomputers

The federal government said Friday it will spend $425 million to advance supercomputer technology, the latest sign of its determination to leapfrog China in a field often linked to national security and economic competitiveness.

This Week's Weirdest Wild Animal Incidents | WIRED

  A deer in Ohio, which had a plastic,  pumpkin-shaped bucket stuck on its face for at least six days, finally got the bucket off its face when a teenager ambushed and tackled the animal. “It had to be done today,” the teenager said stoically.

Spotify's Artist Explorer Visualizes Musical Relations Between Artists

Spotify has launched a new experimental tool that allows you to search for a specific artist to find out which other musicians are related musically. It also provides related artist info about their background and top hits.

Apple now bigger than Russia's stock market - Telegraph

The US technology giant's market capitalisation has overtaken the combined value of all Russian public companies for the first time in history, Bloomberg reported.

Here's what Sony's PlayStation Vue cloud TV service looks like

But there's no doubt that it's a fascinating move from the Japanese giant, representing a more aggressive assault on the cable-box monopoly than many others have been able to muster. PlayStation Vue will deliver live and catch-up TV programming together with on-demand content through a PlayStation 3 or 4 console (or iPad, later); present partners include CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and Scripps, with Sony saying more will come in the future.

Apple downplays threat posed by Masque Attack bug - CNET

Earlier this week, cybersecurity company FireEye warned that it had identified a vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system that could allow hackers to use Web pages, text messages and emails to fool users into downloading fake apps that could disclose their personal information. In a threat dubbed "Masque Attack" by FireEye, fake apps designed to resemble a legitimate bank or email program could replace genuine apps installed though Apple's App Store and siphon off users' personal information back to hackers without users' knowledge.

Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley review: Fractured farming tales

3DS After taking root in the 16-bit era and spanning multiple console generations, the Harvest Moon series now finds itself in a precarious spot. The North American publishing rights for the Marvelous-developed Harvest Moon games have changed hands, leaving Xseed to publish the next 3DS sequel as Story of Seasons . Freed of its ties to the series itself but retaining the Harvest Moon trademark, Natsume took the opportunity to shift the franchise in a new direction with the internally developed Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley . Featuring terraforming mechanics inspired by the indie hit Minecraft , The Lost Valley shakes up long-standing series traditions in a bid to explore new farming-focused gameplay ideas and forge its own identity. While its attempts at innovation are successful to a limited extent, longtime Harvest Moon fans will be disappointed with the barebones end result. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley (11/13/14) The Lost Valley plops players in the middle of an abandoned swath of land cursed to suffer an eternal winter. The Harvest Goddess is slumbering, and only your agricultural skills can wake her up, melt the snow, and restore the seasons.

7 IT Startups That Will Change How Businesses Innovate In 2015

ElasticBox offers IT-as-a-service. Its platform enables IT and developer teams to collaborate so they can quickly build, manage and deploy applications to any cloud. ElasticBox eases the friction between the two teams. Generally, IT teams want to slow things down and ensure stability, while developers want to speed things up and innovate. ElasticBox is changing the DevOps dynamic into one that’s more collaborative and efficient. It also offers a wide variety of features for businesses. This gives companies more flexibility with how they move to the cloud by not locking them into a single cloud provider or a specific way of deploying applications.

Designers Of Android And Dropbox On The Smartphone Of 2020

The discussion warms up as I ask if we’re going to move beyond the touchscreen rectangle that Apple made so famous with the iPhone. Duarte staunchly defends the rectangle, pointing out that it’s a form as old as Sumerian tablets, and valuable because of the way it can organize information. He warns that “all innovation comes from solving problems” rather than falling into the “very common trap” of “looking for bright, shiny things.” Underwood admits that these things are tough to speculate about, because they require a visionary—a Steve Jobs—to make the leap and show us something that’s only obvious in retrospect. “We take it as a given that every phone is a touch surface, glass, and a rectangle, but there was a period of time that that was far from the case,” Underwood says.

Facebook Cracks Down On Overly-Promotional Non-Ad Feed Spam From Pages

“BUY THIS!” “INSTALL NOW!’ “CONTEST!” Facebook is about to start punishing business Pages that publish spammy, aggressive marketing posts with these kind of words to the News Feed. Facebook will show them to a lot fewer of their fans, even if the Page paid for ads to get those fans. After a study of 500,000 users found they wanted to see less promotional content, and that the majority of the posts that annoyed them weren’t ads, but organically displayed posts from Pages they Liked, Facebook decided to change the rules.

'Assassin's Creed: Unity' review: bigger doesn't mean better

I once met a woman from Paris. I don't know her name, but she usually wore a green dress and for some reason spoke with a thick English accent. Every five minutes, at seemingly random places throughout the city, a thief would steal her purse and she'd scream for someone to help. It was a never-ending cycle that lasted for years.

Anonymous Messaging App Secret Distances Itself From Whisper

Like Whisper, Secret sent private information to law enforcement if users said they planned  to do something illegal or hurt themselves or others. However, Secret didn’t track any users, Bader said. He said Secret was interested in the news value of aggregate posts, for example, from people participating in a protest demonstration, and that news organizations had scanned those posts. However, Secret didn’t forge formal partnerships with news outlets, as Whisper had. (The Guardian discovered Whisper’s questionable practices in the process of exploring a potential partnership with Whisper, the newspaper reported.) He said Secret didn’t let employees or users combine posts from a single contributor to create a story about or picture of the their life.

U.S. government spending $425 million to build fastest supercomputers

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it is spending $425 million to research extreme-scale computing and build two super-computers, which would be the world's fastest, for research into basic science as well as nuclear weapons.

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ASP.NET 5.0 brings some big changes to the project system and build process for ASP.NET apps. In modern web app development, there are lots of moving parts: Server-side code (such as ASP.NET), clie...

To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he's been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome's masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion.

Let’s try emotional correctness

It's time for liberals and conservatives to transcend their political differences and really listen to each other, says political pundit Sally Kohn. In this optimistic talk, Kohn shares what she learned as a progressive lesbian talking head on Fox News. It’s not about political correctness, she says, but rather, emotional correctness. (Contains profanity.)

Why 30 is not the new 20

Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives.

Microsoft starts to open source .NET and take it cross-platform to Mac, Linux

In the next release, Microsoft plans to open source the entire .NET server stack, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Common Language Runtime and Base Class Libraries. The company will let developers build .NET cloud applications on multiple platforms; it is promising future support of the .NET Core server runtime and framework for Mac and Linux.

Photoshop Artist Creates Wacky Animal Hybrids that are Mostly Cute and Sometimes Terrifying

Photoshop artist and photographer Sarah DeRemer likes animals, but she doesn’t like them just the way they are. Sure, a seal is cute… and a pug is cute… but why settle on that when your Photoshop skills will let you create what she has dubbed a ‘Speal’?

This font could help dyslexics read better - CNET

Dutch designer Christian Boer has stepped in to help those with dyslexia by creating a specific typeface called Dyslexie that may make it easier to read.

'Hero boy' video faked by Norwegians

Were they comfortable making a film that potentially deceived millions of people? "I was not uncomfortable," Klevberg said. "By publishing a clip that could appear to be authentic we hoped to take advantage of a tool that's often used in war; make a video that claims to be real. We wanted to see if the film would get attention and spur debate, first and foremost about children and war. We also wanted to see how the media would respond to such a video."

Measuring what makes life worthwhile

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

How the teddy bear taught us compassion

In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt legendarily spared the life of a black bear — and prompted a plush toy craze for so-called "teddy bears." Writer Jon Mooallem digs into this toy story and asks us to consider how the tales we tell about wild animals have real consequences for a species' chance of survival — and the natural world at large.


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The lost art of democratic debate

Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says — but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice.

Listening To Your Body Clock Can Make You More Productive And Improve Your Well-Being

So spot-on! I am a woman who does her best work late in the day and into the evening, sometimes as late as 2 AM if I am on a roll. This has really caused havoc with my health and productivity when I have had to adhere to a 9-5 office schedule. Maybe that's why I once again find myself creating my own business rather than be an employee! I have co-founded 2 software start-ups and ALL of our developers did their best work late at night. I was good with that, and never expected to see them in the office before 10-11 AM, or even later. I hope that more companies start to recognize this difference in people and their most productive times of day.

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Let's treat violence like a contagious disease

Physician Gary Slutkin spent a decade fighting tuberculosis, cholera and AIDS epidemics in Africa. When he returned to the United States, he thought he'd escape brutal epidemic deaths. But then he began to look more carefully at gun violence, noting that its spread followed the patterns of infectious diseases. A mind-flipping look at a problem that too many communities have accepted as a given. We've reversed the impact of so many diseases, says Slutkin, and we can do the same with violence. (Filmed at TEDMED.)

MKBHD and The Verge, together at last

Do you know  MKBHD ? You should. Over the past couple years, Marques Brownlee has become a huge force on the tech scene, using his passion and enthusiasm to entertain and inform his millions of YouTube subscribers. He's a true modern-day media success story — a kid in his bedroom who turned his love of tech into an empire.

Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn't define me

Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.

Why we need to end the War on Drugs

Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus on intelligent regulation instead.

What your doctor won’t disclose

Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.

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52 The hidden messages in children’s books
53 Skype Web Beta Means You Can Start Chatting Without Installations Or Plug-Ins
54 Spending On Native Advertising Is Soaring As Marketers And Digital Media Publishers Realize The Benefits
55 7 Indispensable (and Free!) Website Graders
56 Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era
57 Console Madness: Joystiq is giving away an Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundle
58 WhatsApp now lets you disable read receipts - The Next Web
59 What Cities Would Look Like if Lit Only by the Stars | WIRED
60 Amanda Palmer live Q&A – as it happened
61 Will our kids be a different species?
62 TNW Rewind
63 Jonathan Rothberg’s New Startup Raises $100 Million for Chip-based Ultrasound | MIT Technology Review
64 PhotoShrinker Lets You Quickly Free Up Space On Your Smartphone
65 Windows 10: release date, price, news and features
66 7 Tips For Job Seekers That Hiring Managers Secretly Want You To Know
67 College basketball is back, baby! Let's rank the top 25
68 An ode to envy
69 Live News Events & Coverage
70 The dangers of having all-Ivy Leauge Supreme Court
71 This Robot Falls Like A Cat
72 9 game-changing career tips for women, from women
73 What You Should Write Instead Of Another Cover Letter
74 Philae status, a day later
75 Jennifer Lawrence won't be have a cameo in 'Dumb and Dumber To'
76 Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.
77 on Twitter
78 Iris Recognition Cameras Will Be Built into Future Laptops to Kill Off Passwords | MIT Technology Review
79 15 visually stunning album covers of 2014
80 1910, Paris: Some of the world's first street style photography
81 Brazil builds its own fiber optic network to avoid the NSA
82 UK to stop its citizens seeing extremist material online
83 FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal used his cat’s name as a password
84 How To Stay Warm When It's Cold Outside
85 Gadget Lab Podcast: Why We're Big Fans of Lollipop, Android's New OS | WIRED
86 Out Of This World: The Mysterious Mental Side Effects Of Traveling Into Space
87 How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq
88 Why we use HTTPS for every .gov we make
89 Google launches Fiber for Small Business, available in select areas of Kansas City for $100 per month
90 Mobile Game Firm Gumi Announces December 18 IPO In Japan At A $900M Valuation
91 How we read each other's minds
92 Android 5.0 Lollipop, thoroughly reviewed
93 7 new speakers announced for the 2014 Media Summit
94 SendHub. SMS for Organizations. Send Texts to Individuals and Groups for free.