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Rockin' Nun Shocks 'The Voice of Italy'

When 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia appeared on The Voice of Italy, she floored the audience and judges with her performance.

iOS 7.1 Jailbreak demonstrated on iPhone 4

Some news for iOS 7.1 owners waiting for a jailbreak. p0sixspwn developer winocm today inadvertently released a video, “iOS 7.1 untethered boot” showing an untethered jailbreak of iOS 7.1 on an iPhone 4. The 2-minute-long video without narration shows the jailbreak … Continue reading →

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Pocket Reveals Prototype of Android Wear App

Pocket , the company behind the popular iOS and Android app that allows users to save articles to read later, revealed a prototype for a new version of its app designed for Android Wear , Google's brand-new wearables platform aimed at creating a consistent user experience across devices.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day - Wired Science

In this stunning picture of the giant galactic nebula NGC 3603, the crisp resolution of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures various stages of the life cycle of stars in one single view. To the upper left of center is the evolved blue supergiant called Sher 25. The star has a unique circumstellar ring of glowing gas that is a galactic twin to the famous ring around the supernova 1987A. The grayish-bluish color of the ring and the bipolar outflows (blobs to the upper right and lower left of the star) indicates the presence of processed (chemically enriched) material. Near the center of the view is a so-called starburst cluster dominated by young, hot Wolf-Rayet stars and early O-type stars. A torrent of ionizing radiation and fast stellar winds from these massive stars has blown a large cavity around the cluster. The most spectacular evidence for the interaction of ionizing radiation with cold molecular-hydrogen cloud material are the giant gaseous pillars to the right of the cluster. These pillars are sculptured by the same physical processes as the famous pillars Hubble photographed in the M16 Eagle Nebula.

NSA Leaks Shift Market Share to European Cloud Providers | MIT Technology Review

Switzerland isn’t the only country hoping to cash in. Finland’s F-Secure recently released a Dropbox competitor called Younited. And a consortium of German telecoms, ISPs, and e-mail providers has backed an “E-Mail Made in Germany” program that aims to keep communication data routed and stored in-country when possible. In February, German chancellor Angela Merkel attended talks in Paris on building an all-European communications network so that “one shouldn’t have to send e-mails and other information across the Atlantic.”

The winners of the 2013 Engadget Awards -- Readers' Choice

Well, the results are in -- first you nominated your favorite gadgets from 2013, then you voted on the most popular picks. Not to overanalyze the results or anything, but readers definitely have a fondness for legacy gadgets (like the second-gen Nexus 7 and the updated Amazon Kindle Fire), while a certain household name provokes a very negative reaction.

Spring Blizzard 'Bomb' May Target Areas From New York to Boston

Early next week, an unusually cold air mass will park itself over the east coast, with temperatures averaging up to 25 degrees Fahrenheit below average from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic states and the Northeast. This will help ensure that any precipitation that does fall will be in mainly in the form of snow. It will also provide a necessary ingredient for the storm, which will feed off of the temperature contrast between the cold air to the north and warmer air to the south.

PepsiCo Promises Not to Buy Sugar Grown on Contested Land

Five months ago, antipoverty group Oxfam called out some of the world's largest food and beverage companies for buying sugar, palm oil, and soy from suppliers that kick people off their land to make way for plantations. On March 18, PepsiCo, one of the companies named by Oxfam, announced new rules for its suppliers specifically prohibiting the practice.

Florida's Burmese Pythons Are Eerily Good With Directions

Most snakes don't boast strong internal navigation systems, but Burmese pythons have evolved unusually accurate internal maps and compasses that guide them home from many miles away, according to a new report.

Instagram Photos With Faces Get 38% More Likes

According to a report conducted at Georgia Tech , people are more drawn to photos that feature the face. In fact, of 1.1 million randomly-selected Instagram photos analyzed with face detection software, those with faces were 38% more likely to get Likes and 32% more likely to get comments.

Billionaire Immigrants Who Struck It Rich in the U.S.

John Kapoor has another immigrant story to tell. He emigrated from India in 1964 wanting to finish his graduate studies in the U.S. His dream was made possible with a fellowship to the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in 1972 and went on to work at a struggling pharmaceuticals company called LyphoMed. By 1983 he was running the company and had taken it public. A decade later he sold his stake for $100 million. He has since financed two separate drug-making companies. One of them, INSYS Therapeutics, is a cancer-treatment maker that went public last May. Its shares have more than quintupled since then.

The winners of the 2013 Engadget Awards -- Editors' Choice

The readers have spoken , and now it's our turn. We at Engadget aren't shy about singing the praises of the products we love, and you'll find plenty of kind words past the break as we reveal our picks for the best (and worst) gadgets of 2013. Smartphone of the Year: Moto X The Moto X doesn't have flagship specs, but it still impressed us with a gorgeous design and great features like always-on listening and active notifications. It's also the most customizable phone we've ever used (read: optional wooden backplates), not to mention one of the most comfortable to hold. -- Brad Molen, Senior Mobile Editor PC of the Year: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display When Apple released the Retina display MacBook Pro with new Intel processors, we expected a bump in performance. What we didn't realize was that we had a MacBook Air rival on our hands. The Retina display MBP can now last up to nine hours on a charge, up from seven in the previous generation. -- Dana Wollman, Managing Editor Tablet of the Year: Apple iPad mini with Retina display Following months of rumors, Apple finally released a pixel-packed version of its 7.

Malaysia Airlines declined to buy a computer upgrade that could have provided critical info on missing flight

It took almost two years — from June 2009 to May 2011 — before the wreckage of the Air France flight was found on a plateau more than 11,000 feet deep in the Atlantic off the coast of Brazil. With no hint of where the Malaysian plane might have gone down, Gallo said that perhaps the only hope it will be found rests on the discovery of some floating debris.

U.S. Film Crew Recounts Harrowing Escape From Pro-Russian Mob in Ukraine

It began when the crew members were traveling back to their hotel just outside the city of Mariupol, and they decided to stop to film a small pro-Russian rally, the filmmakers say. It was just a few blocks away and seemed relatively calm. A crowd had gathered near a downtown plaza for hours, waving Russian flags and Soviet banners, and somebody was yelling into a megaphone professing the town's support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was a beautiful day. It looked "totally chill." There were dogs lying around in the sun.

These Smile-Inducing Vine Videos Will Bring You Joy

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Watch an Adorably Teary-Eyed Boy Learn He'll Be a Big Brother

Eleven-year-old Logan had no idea what to expect when he sat down in front of a camera and was told to read a special message from a sheet of paper. The video cuts in as Logan is reading off his plans for the year — just before the unexpected surprise that he will soon become a big brother.

Amazon Puts Art in Cart With Koons to Warhol Just Click Away

On just about every page, there’s something to keep you looking, titillating your taste with Amazon’s search tools until you land on a work that resonates. And then it’s just a click to buy. No haggling, no pressure, no pretense. It’s as easy as purchasing a pair of headphones. Or a humidifier. The gallery, not Amazon, ships to you directly -- and often for free.

21 Clever Promposals You'd Never Turn Down

Gone are the days when you could simply ask the object of your affection to prom. Now, you have to have a plan. High schoolers all over are finding creative, cute and downright hilarious ways to ask out their significant others to the big dance. Instagram has a bevy of prom proposals - or "promposals" - to commemorate the occasion.

World's Biggest Aircraft Is Funded by Iron Maiden's Frontman | Autopia |

It looks like a sketch from Howard Hughes’ notebooks, but this massive air ship is real, and currently the biggest aircraft ever produced. It can also be remote-controlled and land on water. And the lead singer of Iron Maiden is an investor.

Meet the future of PC graphics: Microsoft reveals faster, console-like DirectX 12 | PCWorld

Continuing DirectX’s legacy and purpose, most recent hardware will be supported—for instance, Intel’s fourth generation Core processors and all Nvidia hardware from Fermi architecture onwards. Microsoft estimates that approximately 50 percent of existing PC game enthusiasts will have the necessary hardware to run DirectX 12 at launch, and of course the technology will be coming to the Xbox One.

7 Free Apps to Create Custom iPhone Wallpaper

This freestyle doodling effort lets you create your own colorful wallpaper design with a groovy kaleidoscope effect. It's not super-easy (hence our amateurish example image), but arty types should have fun drawing their personalized pattern.

How Virtual Gaming Worlds Are Revealing the Nature of Human Hierarchies | MIT Technology Review

The way players form into groups in online games reveals that hierarchies are an inevitable product of the human condition, say complexity scientists.

Ten Thousand Things We Can’t See

Though the wicked prosper, though evil carries on, though the circumstances of God’s people are bleak, everything makes sense in God’s presence (Psalm 73:17). There the embittered soul is revived. The beastly attitude is tamed. “Nevertheless,” the psalm goes, “I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me into glory” (Psalm 73:23–24).

Mom's Facebook Lesson Takes Different Turn After 4Chan Finds Daughter's Photo

I am very grateful to all of the parents who have messaged my daughter and me, letting us know that because of our “experiment,” they were able to teach their own children more about Internet safety. This was one lesson that both my daughter and I learned very quickly! I had not anticipated it gaining momentum as fast as it did. It certainly opened my eyes to the fact that I thought my own private Facebook was secure. It was not as secure as I thought. Luckily for us, the information that was gathered by others was not my current residence or phone number.

Fighting Turkey's Twitter Ban With DNS Graffiti

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Twitter Tells Tweeters How To Tiptoe Past Turkey's Twitter Ban

Though users can send tweets easily using SMS, it's much more difficult to read them that way. To do so, users have to subscribe to individual accounts via SMS and receive updates from them. So while it's nice that people in Turkey are able to tweet the word out, it will be harder for them to follow conversations on the platform.

Mozilla Firefox 29 Beta is Out

Following the release of Firefox 28 just two days ago, Mozilla today updated its Firefox Beta channel to version 29 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. This is a massive release: Firefox Sync has been revamped and is now powered by Firefox Accounts, there’s a new customization mode, and the major user interface overhaul Australis has finally arrived.

Google Goes Mythbusting About Google Glass

The mythbusting comes soon after Google published a guide to Glass Explorers on being the best ambassadors for Glass, unofficially known as the "how not to be a Glasshole" guide. It's too early to say of Google's PR campaign will make any difference in public acceptance of Glass. Google has so far not announced any public release date for the finished product, but Google co-founder Sergey Brin said it would happen in 2014.

An Open Letter to Jimmy Kimmel

As an early adopter to YouTube, you've held the most subscribers against Fallon, Conan and Lettermen. But Fallon's hardly promoting himself on the platform, and still doubling the very audience that gave you the virility you're so desperately trying to replicate.

Scientists Reconstruct Faces From DNA Samples

Which means that until its shown that there is a general way to reconstruct faces from DNA (and it may turn out that there isn’t), cops will still have to find suspects in old-fashioned ways. But if this research pans out, it will provide one more tool that law enforcement can use to accurately determine who might have committed a crime.

Sellotape Selfies Are So Hot Right Now

The latest Facebook craze is to take a selfie after wrapping your head in clear packing tape. To us, this looks dangerous. We advise against it. However:

By abolishing anonymous companies, we can prevent exploitation

Making these changes would make no difference to legitimate businesses but make it much harder to conceal the proceeds of crime. Most importantly, it would ensure that millions of the world’s poorest people no longer suffer, and instead actually benefit from, their countries’ natural resources.

The Best Enterprise Software Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2014

I'm serving as Product Marketing Manager for Plex Systems, a leading provider of Cloud-based ERP systems for manufacturers where my responsibilities include new product introductions, messaging, marketing strategy, business development, and competitive strategy. Previous positions include senior analyst at AMR Research (now Gartner), marketing and business development at Cincom Systems, Ingram Micro, a SaaS start-up and at hardware companies. I am also a member of the Enterprise Irregulars. My background includes marketing, product management, sales and industry analyst roles in the enterprise software and IT industries. My academic background includes an MBA from Pepperdine University and completion of the Strategic Marketing Management Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. I teach MBA courses in international business, global competitive strategies, international market research, and capstone courses in strategic planning and market research. I've taught at California State University, Fullerton: University of California, Irvine; Marymount University, and Webster University.

Pebble Sold 400,000 Smartwatches in 2013

"My dream watch would be something that is just screen, but we're going to live with reality for a little while," he says. Migicovsky also looks forward to a day when Pebble becomes more than an early-adopter digital accessory, when the watch can act as a central controller to some of the user's other devices: their car, items in their home and on their body. His plan is to innovate upon Pebble to the point where "if other people compete with us, they would have to do it on our terms."

Only 11% of New Twitter Users in 2012 Are Still Tweeting - Digits - WSJ

To date, about 1.5 billion Twitter accounts have been registered, according to the Amsterdam-based Twopcharts. Of these, 955 million still exist today, but only 13% have tweeted in the last 30 days. That is roughly half of the 241 million monthly active users Twitter said that it had as of the end of 2013. Twitter defines a monthly active user as an account that logs in at least once a month. It does not necessarily have to tweet anything.

Court Fines General $20,000 For Sexual Misconduct

An Army general said to be the highest ranking officer ever to be court-martialed plead guilty on Thursday to having inappropriate relationships with several junior female officers, thereby avoiding charges of sexual assault.

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How Long You Would Last in a Zombie Apocalypse? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Zombies are everywhere but in real life, taking over our TV screens, comic books and crawling the web. We always joke about an apocalypse, but never really get down to the bottom of this faux-nomenon — if zombies were real, how long would you last?

Andy Serkis Goes From Gollum to Directing 'Jungle Book' Movie

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America's Favorite Bosses

At LinkedIn LinkedIn , CEO Jeff Weiner holds a biweekly all-hands meeting where 5,000 employees from its 26 offices around the world beam into an hour-long session held in the professional social networking company’s Mountain View, CA office. Weiner, 44, discusses important developments, like its decision last year to buy news reading application Pulse for $90 million, and introduces new hires to colleagues. At one meeting last year he told employees that they would all be getting free iPads. Weiner’s inclusive, transparent style and his emphasis on collaboration, have won him the top rating in jobs website Glassdoor’s new list of America’s 50 highest-rated CEOs in America. A startling 100% of LinkedIn employees who filled out Glassdoor’s company review surveys said that they approved of the way Weiner is leading the 11-year-old company.

'Divergent' Gets a Sequel After Less Than a Day in Theaters

Hollywood studios usually wait to see at least a full weekend of a given movie's box-office returns before approving sequels. But in the case of Divergent , Summit/Lionsgate is feeling pretty dauntless.

The Ultimate Ranking of TV Sitcom Series Finales

Unfortunately, that's not always the case. While some sitcoms end on the happiest of notes, others have left us feeling totally confused and pretty dissatisfied — we're looking at you, Roseanne .

Emerging and Developing Nations Want Internet Freedom

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Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails

Google's terms require the user to "acknowledge and agree that Google may access… your account information and any Content associated with that account… in a good faith belief that such access… is reasonably necessary to… protect against imminent harm to the… property… of Google". Apple "may, without liability to you, access… your Account information and Content… if we have a good faith belief that such access… is reasonably necessary to… protect the… property… of Apple".

Arrest of secret-leaking ex-Microsoftie raises Hotmail privacy concerns (Updated)

Courts do not issue orders authorizing someone to search themselves, since obviously no such order is needed. So even when we believe we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves. However, even we should not conduct a search of our own e-mail and other customer services unless the circumstances would justify a court order, if one were available. In order to build on our current practices and provide assurances for the future, we will follow the following policies going forward:


Bruce Budowle of the University of North Texas in Fort Worth, formerly the FBI's leading expert on forensic DNA analysis, hopes that the method will also lead to better facial reconstructions of people from skeletal remains. "It's an easier step, because the skull gives you an anchor," Budowle says. "If you have genetic information that could guide the artist, so that they're not just freewheeling it, that might help us identify the remains."

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#Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life

This is just one of the stories in #Unplug: How to Work Hard and Still Have a Life, which features Fast Company’s most practical and inspiring coverage. Stories about a week in the desert at a detox spa for hyperachieving, hyperstressed execs. Life inside a Norwegian company where balance is more than airy HR-speak. A young Rahm Emanuel sharing how he juggles his White House gig and his family.

Mt. Gox Finds 200,000 Forgotten Bitcoins in Old Wallet

"Today in court we got relief ... specifically to track the 180,000 bitcoins, which we've been monitoring. Hours later, Mt. Gox claimed it 'found' these bitcoins ... it appears Mt. Gox realized we were close and decided to acknowledge that it owned these 180,000-200,000 bitcoins," Steven L. Woodrow, a partner at law firm Edelson, wrote in an email to Reuters.

Turkey's President Slams the Twitter Ban — on Twitter

The president of Turkey's role, in a large part, is ceremonial. He does serve several important functions, such as appointing the prime minister and calling new elections for the parliament, but it's unlikely that he can directly affect TIB's decision to ban Twitter.

If Pop Culture's Coolest Cars Were 'Transformers'

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