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The best iOS 8 jailbreak tweaks for Notification Center

If you surf the web on your iPhone frequently, you should probably check out NCBrowser 8. The tweak adds a web browser to the Notification Center allowing you to access the web from anywhere within iOS, without even requiring you to launch the Safari app. The web browser will be accessible from a new tab in the Notification Center labelled as ‘Browser’.

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Hands-on with the Huawei Watch at MWC 2015

Huawei announced its first smartwatch at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, and it's the most watch-like Android Wear device yet. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/lfcGfq Visit our playlists: http://goo.gl/94XbKx Like The Verge on Facebook: http://goo.gl/2P1aGc Follow on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XTWX61 Follow on Instagram: http://goo.gl/7ZeLvX Read More: http://www.theverge.com

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Tinder Plus Will Launch On Monday

Tinder is an online dating app which offers its users an opportunity to meet new people for dating, friendship or networking. When it first came on the scene, it was used more as a hook-up/casual sex app because it finds potential matches for its users based on their proximity. Tinder finds the locations of its users using GPS, then uses their Facebook information to create a profile. A Tinder profile …

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Samsung and HTC have much to prove with Sunday smartphone launches

HTC and Samsung's new flagships are sure to get the most attention, but the majority of smartphones launched at the Mobile World Congress won't be expensive products. Instead, vendors will launch more affordable products. Some of these smartphones were already announced this week, including the Moto E from Motorola Mobility and the Magna from LG Electronics. So, irrespective of what kind of smartphone you are on the lookout for, there will be something to pique your interest.

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Samsung bundles Microsoft apps on its new Galaxy S6

Samsung is bundling at least three Microsoft apps on its new Android-powered Galaxy S6 device. While the move seems unusual, it comes just weeks after Microsoft and Samsung ended a bitter Android royalties dispute . Both companies announced the end of their contract dispute in a join statement last month, but kept the fresh deal terms confidential. Part of the court case revealed that  Microsoft earned $1 billion from Samsung in the form of patent-licensing loyalties during 2013.

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HTC One M9 with 20MP Camera and Sense 7 Unveiled at MWC

Hardware-wise, the One M9 has a 5-inch full HD display, octocore Qualcomm 810 Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a 4 ‘UltraPixel’ front-facing camera. To bulk up that storage a little, there’s also 100GB of Google Drive storage space included with the M9.

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We're live in Barcelona for Samsung's big Galaxy S6 launch

19.02 Optical image stabilisation is back again - and we're comparing to the iPhone 6 Plus' OIS too. It's a big difference, but making this much of a deal about how much better than the iPhone is dangerous.

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Alcatel's new flagship smartphones have high-end features, low-end prices

If you're familiar with the name Alcatel Onetouch at all, you probably associate it with low-end phones that aren't particularly exciting. Those low-end phones have been the company's bread and butter here in the US, and have helped it move up the rankings of smartphone makers. With the new Idol 3, a high-end smartphone being announced at Mobile World Congress today, Alcatel is looking to change that perception.

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Samsung mass produces 128GB smartphone memory with 2X-plus performance

Samsung's UFS memory has up to 19,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reads, which is 2.7 times faster than eMMC 5.0 flash memory. It also delivers a sequential read and write performance 12 times faster than that of a typical high-speed memory card, which runs at 1,500 IOPS.

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WebOS Shambles Back From The Grave In LG’s Latest Smartwatch

What’s more interesting, however, is the decision to use WebOS at all. Android watches have existed almost as long as Android has been around and the decision to resurrect a non-standard mobile OS for a watch project sounds more science fair than market survey. The watch is Korea-only for the moment and I doubt it will roll Stateside any time soon. Alternatives to established mobile software is ostensibly welcome by the vociferous minority but I doubt seriously this thing will put a dent in even Android Wear uptake.

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We Finally Know Who's Making Valve's Virtual Reality Headset

HTC says the Vive has the “most immersive experience of any VR package,” thanks to a full 360-degree field of vision and 90 frames-per-second video capabilities. The company is also working on wireless controllers for the headset, which, given the Valve partnership, will probably be marketed primarily as a gaming device—games like shooters are a natural fit for the VR experience, and the Vive will be compatible with Valve’s SteamVR virtual reality platform.

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BlackBerry wants to bring its secret sauce to iPhone, Android - CNET

The move is part of a larger shift by BlackBerry toward the more lucrative software and services business. It also signals a willingness to embrace operating systems it previously would have considered a competitive threat. That philosophy is likely encouraged by its struggle to maintain relevancy in the smartphone business -- the BlackBerry operating system ceded even more market share in 2014, falling to 0.4 percent of the market, according to IDC.

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Huawei unveils its first Android Wear smartwatch (update: our hands-on!)

Huawei didn't just unveil one wrist-worn wearable today; it announced two. Huawei has just revealed its first-ever Android Wear device and, appropriately enough, it's called the Huawei Watch. As was teased and leaked over the past few days, the Watch looks to have a rather premium pedigree, with a circular display and a design that's more reminiscent of a luxury timepiece than a geeky smartwatch. Indeed, Huawei took pains to say that it modeled the watch after classic designs -- it even has an ergonomically placed crown on the top right. Boasting a sapphire crystal screen (the first Android Wear watch with such a display), the Watch is encased in a "cold-forged" scratch-resistant stainless steel housing, available in gold, silver and black. As for the size, Huawei told us that the watch is a compact 42mm, which is apparently friendlier to those with smaller wrists. It also has a standard 18mm lug width and you have the choice of either metal or leather straps. Gallery | 21 Photos Huawei Watch hands-on

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Samsung Lauches its Own Mobile Money Service Called Pay

The service uses NFC and mag stripe technology to achieve its ends, and Samsung has partnered with Mastercard and Visa, meaning it should be pretty widely accepted, which has previously been a barrier to mobile payments until now. Samsung said it had the potential to be accepted in 30 million stores today.

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Huawei Launches 2 New Activity Trackers at MWC

Huawei has today announced two new wearable devices, the B2 and N1, just ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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SanDisk pushes MicroSD to 200GB

Memory chips are typically sized in powers of 2, with steps such as 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. Keeping that patten would result in a 256GB chip, but it appears SanDisk wasn't able to do that. Instead, it settled for 200MB.

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How Hackers Abused Tor To Rob Blockchain, Steal Bitcoin, Target Private Email And Get Away With It

I cover security and privacy for Forbes. I’ve been breaking news and writing features on these topics for major publications since 2010. As a freelancer, I worked for The Guardian, Vice Motherboard, Wired and BBC.com, amongst many others. I was named BT Security Journalist of the year in 2012 and 2013 for a range of exclusive articles, and in 2014 was handed Best News Story for a feature on US government harassment of security professionals. I like to hear from hackers who are breaking things for either fun or profit and researchers who've uncovered nasty things lurking on the internet. Data breaches are always of interest too. You can email me at TFox-Brewster@forbes.com. If you have a story to tell and are worried about prying eyes, here's my PGP fingerprint: 1EF8 CD0E 342E 7C50 430B 1F87 14E4 1420 BBFB F0B4

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Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

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Whaa? Now there's a second bright light on dwarf planet Ceres - CNET

As Dawn gets closer, the images sent back of Ceres become more clear and, frankly, more weird. The above image with the two bright spots was taken from about 29,000 miles from the surface of the dwarf planet. Dawn will continue its approach until March 6, when it will enter orbit around Ceres to get better views for a period of 16 months.

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12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye

Changing a color’s appearance by changing the background or lighting is one of the most common techniques in optical illusions. As the examples below show, colors can change dramatically against different backgrounds. (If you’ve ever held a sock up to something black to see whether it was black or navy, you understand the concept.)

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Looking past limits

Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life, starting with a revelation (no spoilers). In a talk that challenges perceptions, Casey asks us all to move beyond the limits we may think we have.

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The Invention That Could End Obesity

After Baker and his team safely removed the Full Sense Device from 10 more patients this month in Cancun, BFKW achieved “design freeze,” meaning the company is done tweaking (for now) and can move forward with the remainder of CE mark submission. Sometime this year, Shaw Somers and other surgeons from around the world will head to Mexico for training. As Walburn finishes the European approval process, he also has to keep the horse blinders on Baker, who’s already sketching out adjustable and absorbable versions of the device — ones that would potentially allow patients to keep the device in place for more than six months and could be tailored to each patient’s body type, whether morbidly obese or just overweight. “Randy is a chess player,” Walburn says. “He’s thinking two or three moves ahead. I don’t want him to stop, but I have to stay focused. I just tell him, ‘Write it down.’”

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Gaming can make a better world

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.

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Dark and gritty 'Power Rangers' vision is not for children - CNET

Today, I was deeply disappointed to learn that Saban Brands decided to attack my Power/Rangers "Bootleg Universe One-Shot" film. To all the viewers that enjoyed this film, I consider this an outright infringement on freedom of expression and individualism. I set out to make this film because I am a childhood fan of the Power Rangers. As children our retinas are burned with iconic images and as we grow older these images come to represent crucial moments within the trajectories of our own lives. This film is a homage to the original creators of the Power Rangers, and a parody of a television series we all grew up loving. Films like my Power/Rangers "Bootleg" are vital expressions of creativity in our troubled world. If we suppress this creativity and become passive participants in the consumption of the culture we live in, we implicitly allow a dangerous precedent to be set for the future of the internet.

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Star Trek Online game developers are building a digital memorial to Leonard Nimoy

Fans of the game will have to wait for regularly scheduled maintenance on March 5th before visiting the virtual memorial. In the meantime, players have found their own way to cope. Active players report that as many as a thousand active users traveled to Spock's home planet of Vulcan after news of Nimoy's death broke on Friday. One Reddit user posted a screenshot of the digital "wake." While only a handful of players can be seen in the shot, it represents just one of many instances of the game.

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Why some people find exercise harder than others

Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others — and offers a surprisingly simple solution to overcome these differences.

30 Customer service app and help desk support ticket software for growing businesses | Desk.com

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Kino - The New Yorker

Back in college, Kino had been a standout middle-distance runner, but in his junior year he’d torn his Achilles tendon and had to give up on the idea of joining a corporate track team. After graduation, on his coach’s recommendation, he got a job at a sports-equipment company, and he stayed there for seventeen years. At work, he was in charge of persuading sports stores to stock his brand of running shoes and leading athletes to try them out. The company, a mid-level firm headquartered in Okayama, was far from well known, and lacked the financial power of a Nike or an Adidas to draw up exclusive contracts with the world’s best runners. Still, it made carefully handcrafted shoes for top athletes, and quite a few swore by its products. “Do an honest job and it will pay off” was the slogan of the company’s founder, and that low-key, somewhat anachronistic approach suited Kino’s personality. Even a taciturn, unsociable man like him was able to make a go of sales. Actually, it was because of his personality that coaches trusted him and athletes took a liking to him. He listened carefully to each runner’s needs, and made sure that the head of manufacturing got all the details.

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How I'm preparing to get Alzheimer's

When faced with a parent suffering from Alzheimer's, most of us respond with denial ("It won't happen to me") or extreme efforts at prevention. But global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh sees it differently. She's taking three concrete steps to prepare for the moment — should it arrive — when she herself gets Alzheimer's disease.

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Startups are failing because they make products no one wants

The most prominent modern example of this phenomenon is the mobile phone. People dismissed it as a novelty in its early days. Obviously, they are no longer a novelty. The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously said, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” The problem is that entrepreneurs have taken that to heart. For every $19 billion company like Uber, the private transportation service, there are all manner of frivolous products that never evolve past the phase.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

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SanDisk stuffs 200GB into a microSD card for your phone

If a 128GB microSD card just isn't big enough to put your media collection on your phone, don't worry -- SanDisk is coming to your rescue. It just unveiled a whopping 200GB card (the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition, to be exact) that makes just about anything else seem puny. You won't even have to give up performance, as it should still transfer about 90MB per second, or roughly 1,200 photos every minute. The price could easily be a showstopper, though. SanDisk will ask an eye-watering $400 for the 200GB card when it ships in the second quarter, so it may only make sense if you insist on gobs of room for 4K videos or a gigantic music library.

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HP teamed up with Microsoft to build its latest flagship laptop

This isn't your typical laptop announcement post. The most interesting thing about the Spectre x360, HP's new flagship notebook, isn't its design, performance or even price. No, what's interesting about this laptop is that Microsoft helped build it. Over the course of a year and a half, the two companies met regularly to hash out everything from the BIOS, fan noise and wireless range, even obsessing over details like the screen's color gamut. The result is a well-built laptop that promises long battery life, fast performance and one clean OS install. If you've ever speculated about whether Microsoft might make its own clamshell notebook, this is probably the closest you're going to get. HP of course deserves much of the credit, but make no mistake: The x360 has Redmond's stamp of approval all over it. Gallery | 40 Photos HP Spectre x360 hands-on + See all 40

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7 TED Talks on the complexity of memory

The mind is a diligent recorder, taking note of all that happens and storing data on it for retrieval later, right? Well actually, no. Enjoy these 7 illuminating talks on the science—and oddities—of our memory.

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The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over.

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“Bionic Leaf” Makes Fuel from Sunlight

Here's a new way to make fuel from sunlight : starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel. A newly developed bioreactor feeds microbes with hydrogen from water split by special catalysts connected in a circuit with photovoltaics. Such a batterylike system may beat either purely biological or purely technological systems at turning sunlight into fuels and other useful molecules, the researchers now claim.   "We think we can do better than plants," says Joseph Torella of Boston Consulting Group, who helped lead the work published February 9 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .   The process started in 2009 with the cheap, water-splitting catalysts developed by chemist Daniel Nocera, now at Harvard University. These cobalt–phosphate catalysts use electricity to make hydrogen out of ordinary water . But hydrogen has not caught on as an alternative fuel. So when Nocera arrived at Harvard, he partnered with biochemist Pamela Silver of Harvard Medical School, her then-graduate student Torella and others to build a hybrid system that could make a more useful fuel.

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False hope

LET me tell you about the perfect investment offer. Each week you will receive a share recommendation from a fund manager, telling you whether the stock’s price will rise or fall over the next week. After ten weeks, if all the recommendations are proved right, then you should be more than willing to hand over your money for investment. After all, there will be just a one-in-a-thousand chance that the result is down to luck.

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'Bionic' rebuild gives three amputees mind-controlled robotic arms - CNET

Three men in Austria have become the first in the world to have been given these mind-controlled prosthetic limbs through a new technique called "bionic reconstruction."

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An Ingenious Invention That Turns Beehives Into Flowing Honey Taps | WIRED

Beekeepers Cedar Anderson and his father Stuart have, essentially, hacked the honeycomb—a nearly flawless geometric and structural achievements—to make it more mechanically efficient. In a nutshell,  Flow frames have a partially formed honeycomb matrix within a transparent frame. Bees complete the comb, fill the cells with honey and cap them. To harvest the honey, the beekeeper inserts a tool into the top of each frame and twists, a move that splits each cell in the honeycomb vertically, allowing the honey to flow freely. It is collected at the bottom through a tube. Presto! Honey on tap.

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How I requested my photographs from the Department of Homeland Security

I have my photograph taken and my fingerprints scanned every time I enter the United States. So do all other foreign nationals. The information is collected under the US-VISIT program . Information such as name, date of birth, gender, and travel document data is recorded as well. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed in November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security released a document containing information collected about me under this program over the last four years.

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Everything I Own Fits in One Bag. Here's How (and Why)

Put anything that you want to keep, but haven’t used in a while and anything you are unsure of in a box. Now, see, if after 3 or 6 months, you’ve actually taken out any of the things from that box and used them. If you haven’t, you can calmly throw them out without having to worry whether you’ll need them in the future.”

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The Eiffel Tower now generates its own power with new wind turbines - CNET

The two vertical-axis turbines have been installed on the tower's second level, about 122 metres (400ft) from the ground -- a position that maximises wind capture. The turbines have been specially painted so as to blend in with the tower, and produce virtually no sound. They can also capture wind from any direction, producing, between them, a total of 10,000kWh per year -- enough to power the tower's first floor.

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The Top 25 Nintendo 3DS Games - IGN

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 25 games available for the system. But which of these games is best in your book? Leave a comment and let us know. And be sure to check back for more top 25 lists for your favorite platforms right here on IGN.

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Why some iMessage texts are blue and some are green - CNET

So, are there times when you should opt for one messaging method over the other? Although text messages are very small, picture messages can consume a fair bit of data -- and if your service plan offers unlimited texting but limited data, you may prefer to switch off iMessage in favor of SMS.

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'Girls' Season 4, episode 6 recap: 'I don't need you'

For her part, Hannah is coping with the break-up by seeing her well-meaning, but clueless, therapist. "I think you're being very stable about this whole thing and very mature," Dr. Rice (Bob Balaban) says. He then encourages Hannah's self-delusion by inexplicably telling her that she's "a helper." Hannah liked getting into the Iowa Writers' Workshop because it made her mother happy, which means she liked "helping" her mother, according to Dr. Rice's perplexing logic. In reality, Hannah liked getting in because she got the attention and praise she so often craves.

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Parrot Zik 2.0: Beautiful noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones [REVIEW]

The Zik 2.0 offer a rich sound and terrific noise-canceling in a beautiful comfortable form factor. The touch panel interaction is a great feature and the app offers a fair amount of audio customization to mess around with until you get everything exactly how you want it — though it’s admittedly a bit of a bummer that the headphones are so fully dependent on the app to get the full effect of features like noise-canceling.

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