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RIP, Clip Art

"Starting today, customers searching for Online Pictures in Office desktop products worldwide will view and download royalty-free images curated through Bing Images," wrote Microsoft's Doug Thomas. "The Office.com Clip Art and image library has closed shop."

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Longform overload

“In a way what you’re seeing now is as if all magazines were invented within a three-year period,” said Michael Shapiro, a professor at Columbia Journalism School. “And the fact is, into the market comes a whole bunch of things. And certain things fail and certain things succeed.”

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Game of Thrones Episode One review: Baptism by ice

Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Mac, iOS The good news about Telltale Games' Game of Thrones is that it is very, very Game of Thrones . It captures perfectly the machinations, intrigue and violence that are the hallmark of the show - which is why, of course, its fidelity to its source material is also the bad news. You can say all the right things and still have everything go horribly wrong, your fate changing irreparably because of someone's malicious whim. It makes for a faithful adaptation of the popular HBO show based on the even more popular series of books, undoubtedly filling some players with despair and others with a fire to claw their way to the Iron Throne. Telltale's Game of Thrones absolutely assumes that you are not only familiar with the show (or the books, potentially, though the game is very much based on the world created by the show, using voices and likenesses of the cast) but also fairly up to date. Without getting into spoiler territory, when the game begins, Joffrey isn't married, but Robb Stark is, and if the significance of either event is lost on you, you'll be baffled by most of what happens in the episode.

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6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World's Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities

That's why a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which shows how six teams of architects and designers tackle the problem of growing income equality in cities from Lagos to New York, is so fascinating. The design teams spent 14 months looking at urban interventions in their own cities, and then used that inspiration to create new visions. "The teams were learning from informality, these spontaneous bottom-up interventions," says curator Pedro Gadanho .

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Twitter Releases New Suite Of Anti-Harassment Tools, Promises Faster Response Times For Dealing With Abuse

Twitter has changed its policies around how blocking behaves several times now, and this appears to be something of a reversion to an older policy. So far, no policy have effectively culled Twitter’s often darker side where anonymous accounts have been allowed to threaten users with violence, including rape and murder, and tweet hate speech to anyone listening. The problem comes from Twitter’s policy to support anonymous accounts, identified only by an @handle and authenticated via an email. But that also means that Twitter can be used more safely by those with authoritarian governments in power, so it’s something of a trade-off.

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Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider ), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent also includes descriptions of other more advanced and fantastic scenarios, including ejection devices for cables, and even retractable air foils to control the angle of descent, like those Elon Musk is testing for his reusable rockets at Space X , but built into an iPhone.

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Why Determination Matters More Than Smarts In Getting Ahead

While Dweck’s series of studies centered on children, it’s important to note how having a particular mindset can affect you at any age. As someone with a fixed mindset, you believe basic qualities—like intelligence—are fixed traits. Since you are often praised for your intelligence, you want to continue remaining intelligent in the eyes of others so you shy away from challenges. You think failure is a personal attack on your intelligence, so you don’t recover as easily when goals go awry.

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Misfit Raises $40M From Xiaomi And Others As It Eyes More Growth In China

Wearable device maker and health and fitness platform provider Misfit has raised an additional $40 million in a Series C funding round led by GGV Capital and including Xiaomi, JD.com (online retailer with massive reach), Shunwei and existing investors, including Horizons Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund and Northwest Venture Partners. The new funding brings Xiaomi and JD.com on board as strategic partners, which reflects a deepening of Misfit’s commitment to the wearables market in China, which currently drives about a third of its total business, according to Misfit CEO and founder Sonny Vu.

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Snapchat Now Lets Anyone Create Location-Based Geofilters

Notably, Snapchat also includes a separate request form for businesses. Geofilters could serve as a type of alternative check-in, so it’ll be interesting to see how businesses take advantage of the feature.

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Code/red: Artificial Intelligence Freaks Stephen Hawking Out, Too

Two Windows Phone handsets was all it took for Huawei to realize that Microsoft’s mobile OS wasn’t worth further time or effort. The company tabled plans for further Windows Phone devices back in August, saying it was having a hard time persuading consumers to buy them. And Windows Phone’s flagging performance in the smartphone market in the ensuing months clearly hasn’t done much to temper the company’s distaste for the OS. In an interview with the Seattle Times, Huawei head of international media affairs Joe Kelly said the company is unlikely to attempt another Windows Phone handset because there’s simply no good reason to do so. “We didn’t make any money in Windows Phone,” he said . “Nobody made any money in Windows Phone.”

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'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' has a familiar ring - CNET

Ultimately, it feels churlish to pick holes. Jackson's vision of J. R. R. Tolkien's world is as grand and entertaining as any fantasy world you could hope to escape to. If "Five Armies" feels familiar then it's thoroughly, comfortably familiar, like wrapping yourself up in a duvet on a Sunday afternoon and watching any of the "Lord of the Rings" flicks for the 20th time. With Jackson deftly weaving in references to the still-to-come trilogy he began 13 years ago, the end loops back to the beginning. Like a circle. Like something round.

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Downgrading from iOS 8.1.1 to iOS 8.1 is no longer possible

This doesn’t come as a surprise as over the last few years, Apple has used this strategy to keep jailbreakers at bay. It not only releases new software updates, that fixes the vulnerabilities used by the jailbreaks, it also stops signing the older iOS firmware file, which prevents users from downgrading back to the older iOS version that can be jailbroken.

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It's Cyber Monday! Celebrate with an Extra 10% Off On Everything in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub [Deals Hub]

There are two different kinds of shoppers out there: The ones that are willing to brave the crowds and take risks with limited inventory on Black Friday and the ones who would rather stay at home and simply click “Check Out” and wait for their great savings to arrive. If you’re one of those armchair shoppers, you’ll love what we have for you: An extra 10% off on every deal in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub. Just use “HAPPYCM10″ at checkout and score more savings on offers like these ones.

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Misfit Raises $40 Million From Xiaomi, Plans Entry Into the Connected Home

The company plans to focus on three categories of devices in the coming months: Its existing activity trackers (which Vu says Misfit never really intended to get into to begin with), “advanced wearables” that go beyond the wrist and products in the connected home space.

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Sleepy Hollow: "The Akeda" Review - IGN

In a wonderful example of the show taking the unpredictable route, Irving’s lack of a soul was flipped around to being an advantage here, allowing him to wield the sword with no consequences (other than, you know, the consequence of being killed in a swordfight). It was also good to see Irving finally get directly involved in the action after what’s been a frustrating season for his character. If it’s the last we see of him then it was a good way to go out, but I’m not ready to call it a send-off. As we’ve seen before with John Cho and Clancy Brown, “dead” doesn’t always mean “gone” in Sleepy Hollow.

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Gadgets We Love: AOC U3477PQU Ultra-Wide PC Monitor

As gadgets go, my choice is likely to be the only present I’d receive this Christmas, and that’s only if I’m lucky and I’ve been especially good. However, I haven’t picked AOC’s new U3477PQU 34in ultra high resolution monitor because it’s expensive. It and a whole range of new PC monitors represent a seismic shift in PC gaming and PC technology in general. The number of pixels in your average PC monitor has stayed fairly stagnant for  years but things are set to change.

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OnePlus One Smartphone Launches in India

It’s worth noting that unlike the rest of OnePlus’ 17 markets, India will not receive OTA updates of the phone’s Cyanogen ROM (though it will ship with the current version), since the OS is now licensed to smartphone manufacturer Micromax exclusively in India. OnePlus has said they are working on their own build based on Android Lollipop for India, which they hope to ship around February next year.

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Top 12 Laptop Bags for Pros on the Go

We asked a group of road warriors for recommendations on the best laptop bags for business travelers and came up with these 12 options, all of which make great gifts.

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Stephen Hawking's Communications Interface Gets Its First Overhaul In 20 Years

Hawking's typing speed is now twice as fast. His previous system had a word prediction function, but it was rudimentary at best. "It wasn't based on sophisticated machine learning. Even your smartphone has a better word predictor," says Haussecker. Intel and a company called SwiftKey integrated a more modern word prediction system into Hawking's interface—one that learns from his actions and knows that if he types "the" that his next word is most likely to be "universe."

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The Father Of The Powersquid Launches A Bluetooth-Enabled Carbon Fiber Drone

“I had the original idea to do a carbon fiber free flight plane while walking in a park one day, and then Abraham and I brainstormed about it on a drive, which led to the idea of making it powered. Bret then added in the Bluetooth control-idea, as well as the expertise to pull it off. We decided to crowdfund it after getting our first images together and realizing how cool it looks and that it would really appeal to the crowdfunding community,” said Hawker.

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Apple Goes to Trial over $1bn Digital Music Lawsuit

Apple is headed to court today to defend against allegations that it “abused a monopoly position in the digital music player market”, in a class action lawsuit in California that could cost the company $1 billion, reports Reuters .

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HBO picks up rock 'n' roll drama from Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese

The yet untitled one-hour show is set in 1970s New York and will "explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and discos were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound," according to a logline released by HBO. What would Jagger know about that?

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AMC sorry for spoiling 'The Walking Dead' on Facebook

In a statement posted to their Facebook page Monday night, the network expressed regret for posting a photo of Daryl carrying the limp body of Beth, who was shot and killed in the midseason finale, immediately following the east coast airing and two hours before the episode would air on the west coast.

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How To Hire When Everyone Wants To Found Their Own Startup

Back before founding a company was cool, it was a lot easier to get a lot of smart people in a room. Rock stars were hireable because they weren’t forging their own paths. That led to powerhouse teams like the “PayPal Mafia” seen below.

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A Comic Sans For Hipsters

With Comics Spurs, the trend Kleinman and Byrnes-Enoch want to skewer is the lame typography of every artisinal coffee shop chalkboard or bespoke food court franchise. "It was intended as a joke about how fake everything seems now, with words like 'artisanal' and 'bespoke' thrown around like they mean nothing at all," Kleinman tells me. "Comic Spurs is the font for that fakeness."

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This Year, Google's Santa Tracker Gets Kids to Code

Santa is under surveillance—but not by the NSA. Instead, Google is helping children of all ages to to keep tabs on the jelly-bellied gift giver, and even learn some new technical skills along the way.

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DIY tech for the holidays - CNET

The Fix puts on its holiday hats and shows you three new DIY projects just in time for the holidays.

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8 holiday scams and mistakes to avoid

You're not the only one feeling merry and bright this holiday season - so are the criminals! This time of year provides them with plenty of opportunities for Scrooge-worthy scams. Here's how to ensure all they'll get is coal in their stocking

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Your Creative Calendar: 55 Things To Do, Watch, Hear, And Read This December

It seems almost unfair that most pop culture critics and reporters must put together best-of-the-year lists before the year is actually through. The reason it’s so difficult is because the end stretch is often disproportionately stacked with high-quality content. Even with advance screenings and album streams, it’s a mighty marathon to make it through all this material, let alone properly digest it and put it in context with the rest of the year’s offerings. In fact, the line-up of what’s to come for December looks like it could double as a best-of-the-year list itself. Have a look at Co.Create’s festive foreword to the most promising movies, shows, albums, and other fun stuff coming your way this December, which is sure to keep you busy well into 2015.

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The Verge on Twitter

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

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Top CoD: Advanced Warfare players get ironic armor

Developer Sledgehammer Games has a special reward for those Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players tough enough to survive the weaponry of the near-future, an overacting Kevin Spacey and the horrors of playing online, though it's as garish as it is anachronistic. In lieu of hyper plastics and glowing LEDs - the de facto aesthetic for the game - the armor awarded to the top 100 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players apes overwrought Renaissance-era ceremonial armor with fine Baroque details and what appear to be precious gems. Apparently once you've cracked the elite ranks of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare there's no need for stealth, so you may as well dress like a militant Fabergé egg. Sledgehammer offers no details on how the armor is distributed to the upper tiers of the online shooter's leaderboards, nor does it offer information on what happens if a player falls out of the top 100. Do players have to go back to drab, boring military colors after a few brief moments as a fabulous peacock of death? We've attempted to contact Sledgehammer Games and will update this story with anything we hear back.

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Thieves may regret stealing HP's Elitebook Folio 1020 laptops

Pricing for the laptops was not immediately available. One comparable laptop could be Lenovo’s 14-inch ThinkPad Carbon X1, which is 17.3 millimeters thick and considered one of the thinnest PCs available today. The Elitebook Folio 1020 models have Intel’s latest Core M processors, which are also used in tablets, while the Carbon X1 runs on Intel’s older Core processors code-named Haswell, which are considered faster but more power hungry.

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Facebook, iPhone 6 and Kim Kardashian top Bing’s 2014 search lists

With 2014 almost over, Microsoft has released its lists of the top searches on Bing and, so far, Apple's iPhone 6, Facebook and Kim Kardashian are the year's big winners.

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Snapchat Opens Geofilters So Anyone Can Submit Location-Based Artwork

Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends. You control how long your friends can view your message – simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send. They'll have that long to view your message and then it disappears forever. We’ll let you know if they take a screenshot! Build relationships, collect points, and view your best friends. Snapchat is instantly fun and insanely …

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Pandora redesigns its mobile apps to put more focus on personalization

Pandora is releasing a redesigned version of its app for  Android and  iOS today that brings a new focus on personalization to the venerable streaming-audio service. The update, which will roll out over the next few weeks, adds a thumbs-up icon to the top of the app’s now-playing screen. Tapping it brings up a description of the station along with counters that show the number of songs you’ve liked and disliked.

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How to resolve VMWare Physical machine hard disk space issue?

"My VMWare Physical machine hard disk has reached the minimum memory space, Physical Hard disk size 500, Utilized 458 Free Memory =346 MB Can't start the virtual machine, due to low memory size, How can increase the physical hard disk size.. Can I delete the .VSWP file in data store...?"

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Can Better Workplace Leadership Solve America's Health Care Problems?

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country, yet we lag behind our peers. Could the answer to our health problems be at work?

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Here's What We Know About North Korea's Cyberwar Army

North Korea likes to launch its cyber attacks on important dates. On the Fourth of July in 2009, North Korea launched an attack, which included a denial-of-service operation against media and government websites in South Korea and the U.S. The attack included malware that wipes data from the hard drives of targeted machines. A similar attack was carried out by what researchers at Symantec have branded the “DarkSeoul gang,” thought to be working for North Korea, which attacked South Korean banks and TV networks in 2011 and 2013. The attacks in 2013 froze ATM networks in South Korea and prevented people from taking money out of their accounts. They also coincided with North Korea’s cutting of the official communications link between it and South Korea. Further cyber attacks since then have often coincided with the anniversary of the start of the Korean War and other notable dates.

39 OmniJoin™ Homepage

OmniJoin™ delivers a best-in-class HD-quality meeting experience that combines multi-party video with smoothly synched audio. From the C-suite on down, your employees will be able to meet online to see their colleagues clearly, share and mark-up files, and play video files virtually instantly, all with surprisingly simple desktop controls – and our training and support programs keep the calls to IT at a minimum.

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High school girls build kick-ass robots

The girls’ team travelled to San Diego to compete in Dean Kamen’s FIRST robotics competition. The event is akin to a robot death match mashed up with a basketball tournament — robots have to dodge their opponents and score points by winning various games. The girls didn’t make it to the finals, but it was one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. They developed competition strategies without loud-mouthed boys and repaired the robot on the fly without having to defer to the strongly held opinions of the male members of the team. "I might not have stayed in engineering if Fredi and Allan hadn’t supported girls so much," says Angelica Hernandez, a former member of the team who was Arizona State University’s outstanding graduating senior in mechanical engineering in 2011 and received a Masters in Science in atmosphere and energy from Stanford in 2014. "That trip to San Diego was so important."

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Google is funding “an artificial intelligence for data science”

Google is funding a project called Automatic Statistician that bills itself as “an artificial intelligence for data science,” it announced Tuesday. The project, which comes out of the University of Cambridge and is still in its early stages, aims to automate the selection, building and explanation of machine learning models.

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Robin Williams Talks Sex and Comedy In Newly-Unearthed Recordings

"Robin Williams on Masks" was pieced together from two newly excavated interviews conducted by writer Lawrence Grobel in 1991 for a piece in Playboy . Williams waxes comedic on topics like sex ("the face you make when you have an orgasm…everyone looks pretty fucking stupid!") and the future ("we'll actually be able to power our cars with our own feces…the emissions problem will be a little intense, but just light a match!). But when asked what his faults are, Williams gives us a touching glimpse of the sensitive man behind his own smiling mask:

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Cyber Monday: 10% off storewide with promotional code HAPPYCM10 [Deals] | Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac Deals has tons of deals for Cyber Monday. In fact, every single thing in the store is offered with huge savings.

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HP's new laptop looks like a MacBook Air and is made for hardcore business users

HP is today introducing a new laptop that's thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air — a stylish Windows 8 machine called the EliteBook Folio 1020. Even though HP is boasting about this laptop's slim size, it isn't necessarily taking aim at Apple here. HP says that it's designed the Folio 1020 with office users in mind: the laptop includes a proprietary enterprise port and a fingerprint reader for security, and it's said to pass military-grade drop and shock tests, since office workers are apparently quite clumsy.

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Sprint promises to cut Verizon and AT&T bills in half if customers switch

Sprint's been taking aggressive steps to reverse its fortunes under new CEO Marcelo Claure, and today the carrier is making a bold bid to steal customers away from Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Sprint's new "Cut Your Bill in Half" event promises that existing customers of the biggest two US carriers will pay half their normal billing rate by making the switch to Sprint.

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Stephen Hawking: Humans evolve slowly, AI could stomp us out - CNET

In the latest of his pessimistic thoughts on the future, the famed physicist warns yet again of the end of the human race.

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Assassin's Creed Victory Has Been Leaked - IGN

"It is always unfortunate when internal assets, not intended for public consumption, are leaked. And, while we certainly welcome anticipation for all of our upcoming titles, we're disappointed for our fans, and our development team, that this conceptual asset is now public. The team in our Quebec studio has been hard at work on the particular game in question for the past few years, and we're excited to officially unveil what the studio has been working on at a later date. In the meantime, our number one priority is enhancing the experience of Assassin's Creed Unity for players."

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IT Resume Makeover: Top 11 Tips From 2014

Over the past year, our resume experts and career consultants have helped numerous IT professionals put their best foot forward. Here are the top 11 tips from 2014's IT Resume Makeover series.

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New data fails to prove a gender gap in developer pay

Work experience within job titles varies . Obviously, whether or not a gender pay gap exists, salary will always vary with experience. For each job title at each company, Glassdoor, presents the average number of years of experience for men and women, and it can vary quite a bit, even within job definition. For example, female Software Engineers at Facebook had a median salary almost $6,000 less than that for males, but the women averaged only 0.7 years of experience, compared to 3.2 for men. Could that pay difference be due to the experience difference? It’s possible, but we can’t tell from these data.

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