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1
Microsoft helps boost Android, iOS app performance with offline access

When an app that uses Microsoft’s SDK is in offline mode, users can still create and modify data, which will be saved locally. When the app is back online, it can synchronize local changes with the Mobile Services backend. There are also mechanisms in place to handle conflicts when two devices modify the same record without synching.

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BlackBerry squeaks out quarterly profit - CNET

Even though the company has all but given up trying to compete aggressively with popular smartphone platforms from competitors like Apple and Samsung, it has two new devices: the Passport, which launched in September and the BlackBerry Classic, which launched this week. The Passport is now available in 48 countries and Chen said just over 60 percent of sales are coming from North America and Europe. But it's the BlackBerry Classic that holds the most promise for boosting BlackBerry sales, since the company hopes the traditional keyboard will appeal to diehard BlackBerry fans and possibly even attract new business-oriented customers.

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Why Uber Needs Baidu

On Wednesday, Uber announced a "strategic partnership" and investment with Baidu, China’s search giant. Baidu chief Robin Li wouldn’t say how much his company is investing—one early report from Bloomberg pegged the number at $600 million—and details on the cooperation remain vague. But the potential is huge.

4
Apple goes to war with the BBC - Telegraph

Exclusive: Chief executive Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by allegations made by BBC's Panorama programme that Apple is failing to protect its Chinese factory workers

5
CES 2015: what to expect from the biggest tech show of the year

Update December 16: LG unveiled a new line of 4K UHD TVs in the pre-CES build up that use quantum dot technology for improved color saturation and wider palette. Nano-sized crystal dots are used to emit various colors, depending on their size, can help improve the picture color reproduction rate by more than 30%. What's more, the quantum dots (the coolest TV tech name ever?) are also said to improve the screen's overall brightness. Look out for the new line at CES.

6 Support for security tech tops iSoc's Africa plan for 2015

Thirty of the 107 iSoc chapters worldwide are now in Africa, noted Christine Saegesser, in charge of iSoc chapter development in the Middle East and Africa. “Another very important project that was launched in 2014 is the online community platform called Connect which is an online platform that is there for all Internet Society members and chapters,” she said. “The platform is there for you to share information, start discussions and connect with other Internet Society members not only in Africa but also worldwide, to get connected with each of the leaders and create and promote events.”

7
Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

“We are pausing pick-ups within Portland city limits for three months,” an Uber spokeswoman said Thursday via email. The company will continue operating in the larger Portland metro area, she said, which includes Beaverton and Hillsboro. Drop-offs from those areas would continue in Portland, she said.

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Sony Pictures CEO: We Have Not Given In

In a laughable dodge, Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton has responded to President Obama's assertions that Sony Pictures made a mistake by pulling The Interview . His case? "Hey! We didn't make the mistake!"

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Elon Musk's hyperloop is actually making progress (Wired UK)

At some point, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will likely have to shift from this work-when-you-can-but-don't-expect-money model to something a bit more conventional with, you know, employees. But for now, it's a fitting approach: Bring in as many minds as possible to sort through the myriad questions an idea this ambitious presents. This is why Ahlborn's excited about the Hyperloop: It's a huge undertaking. That's why people like Elon Musk, he says: The dude wants to die on Mars and he's actually moving toward the awesome, if macabre, goal. "Other people work on their next app."

10
Airbnb signs deal to collect tourist taxes in Amsterdam

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1.16 Million Payment Cards Breached in Staples Hack

If news of a Staples hack sounds familiar, that's because it is. Back in October, the company revealed that it was investigating a possible breach , after several banks identified a pattern of credit card fraud linked to Staples stores. Now, Staples explains that the malware targeted stores' point-of-sale machines which "may have allowed access to some transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes." It's unclear if the 1.16 number refers to all credit cards or Staples cards or both.

12
Public defenders rally behind 'Black Lives Matter' movement

At the San Francisco Hall of Justice, around 100 lawyers and supporters gathered on the steps wearing shirts with "Black Lives Matter" printed on the front and holding signs with slogans like "Our clients' lives matter" and "Lawyers 4 black lives." The rally closed with four-and-a-half minutes of silence in reference to the more than four hours that 18-year-old Michael Brown's body lay in the street in August after he was shot dead by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

13
Rediscover the Power of the Mixtape with Tapely

A personalized playlist is a great way to let someone know how you feel, and it’s easy to make one online with the vast range of Web-based music services. Tapely takes things a step further, letting you customize a mixtape to set the mood and share them with anyone.

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Facebook Launches Separate “Stickered For Messenger” App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos

Today Facebook is releasing a new app called “Stickered” For Messenger that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to friends. “Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger. This is a fun experiment to see how people combine the two” the company tells me. Built by Facebook’s Creative Labs mobile design studio, it’s the first companion app for Messenger.

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Sony says no online service has 'stepped forward' to distribute The Interview

"There are a number of options open to us, and we have considered those and are considering those. As it stands right now, while there have been a number of suggestions... there has not been one major VOD distributor [or] one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they're willing to distribute this movie for us... Again we don't have that direct interface with the American public."

16
Who Needs Amazon or Wal-Mart? China Cuts Out the Middleman

Wal-Mart and Amazon have become America’s main conduits for cheap, mass-produced goods from China’s factory floors. But who needs them anymore?

17
Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is one of the latest in Android Wear devices, but it has some failings I’d expect from much earlier entrants. The painfully neutral design feels as though it won’t be able to win over anyone with looks alone, and the lacklustre display really pales when measured against others on the market. The device’s saving grace is its use of onboard GPS, as well as that future gift of local Wi-Fi, both of which make the SmartWatch 3 the best Android Wear device for those looking to take advantages of updates to the platform and third-party apps as they come in. That means making some bets on the future, however, and it’s impossible to say that better hardware won’t be available from others by the time that happens.

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FBI: Sony hack was North Korea’s work

I know what you mean about attribution – I was previously deeply skeptical about it being North Korea, and I remain mildly so. But now that the government has gone on the record about this, I can’t see what they would have to gain by doing so under false pretenses, especially as this was a private company and not some major piece of infrastructure that would demand blaming another nation state. That said, watch out for any new “cyber” policy that may result…

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Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries.

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T-Mobile Will Pay People Back $90 Million for Fake Charges

The Uncarrier's dirtiest trick isn't about the go unpunished. T-Mobile has agreed to pay at least $90 million in a settlement about bogus fees it snuck into phone bills. It may pay customers out as much as $150 million for slapping bullshit "Premium" text messaging services onto phone bills.

21
The Legend of Korra: "The Last Stand" Review - IGN

The fight between Korra and Kuvira was also pretty epic, with Book Three's superhero-like fanfare making a reprise. Of course, that fight was just a distraction until the mecha suit was destroyed, at which point the heart of the conflict came to light. It was a nice touch having the rivals' "last stand" take place in the Spirit Wilds, where the cannon was left hanging in the vines. Here, we saw Korra's sense of compassion really come into play, as she stepped in front of the laser to save Kuvira from certain death. It was pretty cool how Korra's Avatar energy combined with Vaatu's laser beams to create a new spirit portal in the middle of Republic City. While not exactly a groundbreaking development (there are two other portals, after all), it did provide a calm and peaceful setting for Korra and Kuvira to hash out their differences.

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Lords of the Fallen Coming to iOS, Android - IGN

I'd also like to offer some new information -- we're currently working on a mobile game that takes place in the Lords of the Fallen universe, which we're aiming to launch on iOS and Android in 2015. It will not be a straight port of the game though, but rather a brand new Lords of the Fallen experience. More details on that are still to come."

23
Q and A: Keep party photos private

Q and A: Keep party photos private Q. I'd love to post my holiday party photos on Facebook, but I don't want my crazy jealous ex to see them. How do I do that? A. If you have your privacy settings set correctly, any new thing you post - Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1ANRnJr

24
A Basic Guide to the Countless Birth Control Options Out There

You've likely heard of birth control pills as a contraceptive option. It requires swallowing a pill daily. You may consider the pill because it is extremely easy to start and stop, in case you want to go off birth control. You also don't have to worry about allergies or carrying it around with you for immediate use like you do with condoms. You'll still have a period once a month, though you may be able to have it once every three months by skipping the placebo pills (again, talk to your doctor). As with almost all types of birth control, especially hormonal methods, you can react differently than others, but possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, and bleeding between periods.

25
George R.R. Martin Wants to Screen The Interview and Team America: World Police - IGN

Alas, it was not to be. According to Martin, “It sounded like a great idea, so we took immediate steps to do so. Only to learn that Paramount has  decided to withdraw Team America: World Police from exhibition. We won't be allowed to show the film, and neither will Alamo, nor any of the other independent venues that wanted to use TA:WP to replace The Interview.”

26
The teens behind EarthPix and other viral Twitter feeds go legit

Damier said the founders now recognize that taking images and using them without permission may drive a lot of traffic, but “it’s not the way to build a sustainable business” (90 percent of the company’s content is licensed now). So All Day is working with Getty Images and other entities to license all its images, and to create easier tools for others to do so — and it’s also reaching out to the dozens of copycat Twitter and Facebook and Instagram accounts that are doing the same thing EarthPix was doing just a year ago.

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FBI Will Reportedly Blame North Korea for Sony Hacks Today

After  nearly a month of debates and speculation  about who is actually behind the devastating Sony hacks, it seems we’re finally starting to get some answers from more authoritative sources.  As some reports suggested after Sony cancelled the release of its upcoming movie The Interview, US officials have now found North Korea responsible for the attacks on Sony, according to Reuters .

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Sophisticated cyberattack damaged German steel plant, report says

Skilled hackers caused serious damage at a German steel mill sometime during this year, according an annual security roundup issued Wednesday by the country’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

29
Tech face-off: Apple's Mac Pro vs the 5K Retina iMac

The iMac with Retina 5K isn't exactly a slouch. The iMac I reviewed featured a quad-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, a 1TB Fusion Drive and an AMD Radeon R9 M290X. It easily handled everything I could throw at it in the six weeks I spent with it, including editing HD video in Final Cut Pro. But let's not exaggerate: if you have software that utilizes every available bit of power of a 12-core Mac Pro, the performance of this iMac isn't going to sway you. Even if you upgrade the processor to an Intel Core i7 (which, if you're going to buy this iMac, I would recommend), the Mac Pro will still beat the iMac if the software you're running supports the Pro's architecture advantage.

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Sony Pictures CEO: 'We have every desire' to release The Interview

In a later teaser, Lynton reacted to Obama's comment that he wished Sony had reached out to them. "We definitely spoke to a senior advisor in the White House to talk about the situation. The fact is, did we talk to the president himself? ... The White House was certainly aware of the situation." (Even CNN's on-air anchor described that answer as "muddled.")

31
Fast Company on Twitter

That's not a leak ~ " @FastCompany : Latest from leaked Sony emails: Mark Zuckerberg tried to stop the Facebook movie http://f-st.co/469A0Ia  "

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Engadget on Twitter

Bits to atoms and back again RT “ @engadget : Amazon updates Fire phone to translate text and identify art in photos http://engt.co/13l0k1y  "

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blog.reddit -- what's new on reddit: Announcing reddit notes

To celebrate all of you and your contributions, we plan to give away reddit notes in a random lottery. As of this point, it looks like we're going to have approximately 950,000 reddit notes to divide among active user accounts. There aren't as many reddit notes as there are accounts, so if you get one, lucky you! Eligible recipients of reddit notes will be determined based on activities before 9/30/14 ( when we first announced this project ), and we plan to give them away in the fall of 2015.

34
BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart

"The acquisition of Secusmart underscores BlackBerry’s long-standing commitment to being the best in enterprise mobile security. BlackBerry is the only vendor to offer secure and encrypted voice, text and messaging, setting us further apart from others in the industry," said Chief Executive John Chen in a statement.

35
Neurence’s Cloud Platform Gives Wearables Eyes That Can See And Ears That Can Hear

“The important point here is that the devices, the wearables that are out in the real world have full context, because they can see and hear [via Sense],” says Lynch, in an interview with TechCrunch. “Anyone can tell the system about a new thing. It’s not something we need to program. All you need to do is look at something and rather like Wikipedia you can contribute that object and its properties to the cloud and it’s then available to everyone.”

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How the U.S. Could Retaliate Against North Korea

If the U.S. decides to retaliate over North Korea’s alleged hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment computers, officials could target the government’s financial resources, its illicit drug and counterfeiting operations or the hackers themselves.

37
In About-Face, Hungary Softens Stance on Internet

BUDAPEST—Hungary’s government has completely given up on its plan to launch a levy on Internet traffic, a measure that earlier this year set off large protests. Instead, the government will conduct an online poll next year, asking the public for its opinions on issues like net neutrality and Internet prices, the politician in charge of the government’s consultation drive said on Friday.

38
Facebook Messenger add-on 'Stickered' lets you cover your photos in emoji

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

39
T-Mobile will refund up to $90 million for mistakenly billing customers

"Today’s enforcement action demonstrates the Commission’s continuing commitment to work with our federal and state counterparts to protect consumers,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a press release. “When consumers are harmed by carriers’ unscrupulous business practices, we will marshal our collective resources to seek accountability and obtain positive reforms. We are pleased to have partnered once again with the FTC and the attorneys general for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on a settlement that will bring meaningful relief to millions of consumers."

40
Elon Musk: Tesla battery swap now working in beta in California

According to a report in Forbes that was published around the time that Tesla demoed the swapping tech, a swap could cost around the “price of about 15 gallons of gas at the going local rate.” If a customer plans a return trip they could do another swap on the way back for the same price and get the fully charged battery back again. If a Tesla customer is driving one-way (and not back through the swap station later), Tesla could bill them for the difference in value, or transport the old pack back to the customer at a charge. Each battery swap station will cost $500,000 to build.

41
Report: Google wants to build Android Auto directly into cars

What about getting software updates to cars and trucks that use Android Auto? Sure, there’s a connection to make that happen but historically, mobile software updates have been a challenge for Google. Part of that is because of carriers, which may or may not have say over Android Auto updates. Even without carriers in the equation, consumers won’t be very tolerant of issues if they can’t tune into their favorite streaming service or have navigation issues due to a bug.

42
The Verge on Twitter

Here's what we learned from the most-shared Facebook posts of 2014 http://theverge.com/e/7186462  pic.twitter.com/Udkf9h2ecL

43
Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations

Christened “China’s Christmas village”, Yiwu is home to 600 factories that collectively churn out over 60% of all the world’s Christmas decorations and accessories, from glowing fibre-optic trees to felt Santa hats. The “elves” that staff these factories are mainly migrant labourers, working 12 hours a day for a maximum of £200 to £300 a month – and it turns out they’re not entirely sure what Christmas is.

44
Optical illusions show how we see

Beau Lotto's color games puzzle your vision, but they also spotlight what you can't normally see: how your brain works. This fun, first-hand look at your own versatile sense of sight reveals how evolution tints your perception of what's really out there.

45
Realtime Polling for the Realtime Web

Realtime polling over social media.

46
Flooby Nooby: The Cinematography of "The Incredibles" Part 1

1) Storyboard Sketch – Hand drawn (digitally or with pencils & markers) storyboard panels that plan out the staging of every shot, which later get compiled into an animatic (story reel). Assembled with all the panels placed back-to-back with the recorded dialogue track. This allows for the directors and editors to see where they can trim down the feature film to an appropriate length of time, observe all the sequences in order and see how well they play off each other, as well as plan out all the camera moves and determine the length of each individual scene. Once an animatic is complete, it becomes the vision of continuity that will drive the entire production from that point forward.

47
Mark S. Luckie 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

48
12 Tech Tools Productivity Experts Can't Live Without

If there’s a scheduling conflict when adding an activity to your calendar, for example, the app will suggest another time based on your personal routine. You can also enter habits you wish to build, such as dedicating a few hours each morning to making sales calls, says Keller, who is also cofounder and chairman of Keller Williams Realty. "Timeful proactively suggests times to do that task, tracks your progress, and reminds you when it’s time to get to work," he says.

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It's Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

In Carlson’s study distressed breast cancer survivors were divided into three groups. The first group was randomly assigned to an 8-week cancer recovery program consisting of mindfulness meditation and yoga; the second to 12-weeks of group therapy in which they shared difficult emotions and fostered social support; and the third was a control group, receiving just a 6-hour stress management course. A total of 88 women completed the study and had their blood analyzed for telomere length before and after the interventions. Telomeres were maintained in both treatment groups but shortened in controls.

50
How I help transgender teens become who they want to be

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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52 MIT Computer Scientists Demonstrate the Hard Way That Gender Still Matters | WIRED
53 Questioning the universe
54 Quantum physics just got less complicated
55 The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline
56 Amazon unveils one-hour delivery service Prime Now
57 Gizmodo on Twitter
58 You can now have snowball fights in Grand Theft Auto V
59 Trinket Everyday Carry Contest
60 Redirecting
61 Vulnerability announced: update your Git clients
62 THE CONNECTED-HOME REPORT: Forecasts And Growth Trends For The Leading 'Internet Of Things' Market
63 This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks
64 The TheTechNewsBlog Daily
65 Are we born to run?
66 Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era
67 What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling | WIRED
68 ‘Mythbusters’ reveal new format, explain cast changes — exclusive | EW.com
69 10 ways the world could end
70 Shanley Kane of Model View Culture Challenges a “Corrupt” Silicon Valley | MIT Technology Review
71 Corning Bets It Can Reinvent Glass Again | MIT Technology Review
72 The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots
73 NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission
74 New Zealand couple manages to lock themselves in keyless car for 13 hours
75 Ethan Zuckerman: "We Still Don't Understand Very Well How Social Change Occurs in the Digital Age" - OpenMind
76 These Failed Victorian Inventions Will Give You A New Perspective On Today's Questionable "Innovations"
77 Holding masses of data, cybercriminals face hurdles cashing out
78 5 smartphone innovations coming in 2015
79 Your Christmas tree has lived through one hell of an adventure
80 The best photos of 2014
81 See the U.S. Navy's terrifying new laser weapon in action
82 Sony Pictures hacked: the full story
83 Eva Wants To Quantify Your Showering
84 How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures - HBR
85 Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire
86 People have been making out in movie theaters since 1943, at least
87 Effort to cure HIV suffers major setback
88 Does the Scientific Method need Revision?
89 Obama has John Travolta moment, calls James Franco 'James Flaco'
90 Skype Translator is the most futuristic thing I’ve ever used
91 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny could spend 10 years behind bars
92 Duck Hunt’s Virtual Console debut, and why the original hates your new TV
93 Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency