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Sony's A7s Camera Shoots 4K Video in Low Light Conditions

At the NAB Show currently taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sony has announced the Alpha 7s, a full-frame mirrorless camera with some serious 4K recording capabilities.

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Microsoft's open sourcing of .Net: The back story | ZDNet

I think he didn't want to pollute and rather liked to improve Linux by bringing the CLI technology to the platform. I also think that people like Stallman, who make it no secret how much they dislike it, are wrong in being so suspicious about it. After all, C# and the CLI are open standards and everybody is allowed to implement them without limitations. The problem with Mono in the beginning was that they wanted to create a pendant to .NET and wanted to make it as much compatible to it as possible, which possibly lead to patent issues in the past given the fact they actually reimplemented parts of the BCL which are not covered by the standard. If they went another route and created an independent implementation of their own from day one, things might be different and Linux could have benefit a lot from it.

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Online Consignment Shop ThredUp Expands Into High-End Fashion With Launch Of “X Collection” | TechCrunch

But with the “X Collection,” that changes. While the earlier model is still in place for your everyday clothing, the new consignment payout structure for sellers offers them up to 80% of the resale value for their brand items when sold, which thredUp notes is higher than the industry average of 60%. (Though not necessarily higher than competitors in the peer-to-peer clothing resell space, like Poshmark or Threadflip for instance, who  also pay 80%.)

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Charge Your Phone in 30 Seconds? An Israeli Firm Says It Can - Digits - WSJ

StoreDot Ltd., a Tel-Aviv based start-up, says it hopes to at least make the charging process faster–unveiling Monday a prototype charger that promises to take you battery from a tiny sliver of red to 100%, all in about 30 seconds. See the company’s demo video here.

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Planning the Perfect Iteration Schedule for Your User Base

One of the biggest challenges for software developers lies in the realm of updates. From small tech startups to giants of industry, the problem of fixing bugs, updating code and design, and diversifying software functionality requires the deployment of frequent updates to the user.

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'Game of Thrones' Premiere Crashes HBO Go

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StoreDot’s Bio-Organic Battery Tech Can Charge From Flat To Full In 30 Seconds | TechCrunch

“We’ve demonstrated an iPhone display that the active material which emits light is a bio-organic material that is created by our compounds. This will be the first ever bio-organic display,” says Myersdorf. “We already demonstrated all the colours… we can bring the entire RGB spectrum for the display so now it’s all a matter of being able to reach the lifetime and the efficiency similar to cadmium.”

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7 things I Wish Every Search Box Did - Inside Intercom

It’s hard to imagine a product without search, yet it’s rare to see a product that does it well.

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WhatsApp Launches A €10 SIM With E-Plus In Germany With Free WhatsApp Usage Included | TechCrunch

This is not the first time that WhatsApp has worked with carriers; it offers reduced tariffs with bundles with some 50 different mobile operators worldwide. What’s different here is how it has integrated with E-Plus to create a SIM, which now comes with WhatsApp branding along with the free usage allowance. It doesn’t appear that taking the SIM lets you waive the $0.99 annual subscription fee for WhatsApp itself that users need to pay after the first year of service, however.

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Internet Ad Spend To Reach $121B In 2014, 23% Of $537B Total Ad Spend, Ad Tech Boosts Display | TechCrunch

When it comes to regions, the U.S. remains the biggest market for advertising, at more than three times the value compared to the next-biggest market. In 2013, the U.S. accounted for $167 billion of ad spend, and by 2016 that will rise to $191 billion. Japan, disproportionately when you consider the size of the country, was number-two in 2013 with $53 billion in ad spend, but by 2016 it will be handily overtaken by the juggernaut called China. By then, China will bring in $57 billion compared to $56 billion from Japan. German is and will remain the biggest ad market in Europe, followed by the UK. In the top 10, Canada will eventually drop out to be replaced by Indonesia — a more general sign of how Asia continues to rise.

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Using Windows 8.1? It's time to get the update - CNET

The Windows 8.1 Update is cumulative and includes all previously released security and non-security updates. It also requires users be running Windows 8.1 as a prerequisite, so those still running plain-old Windows 8 need to do a two-step upgrade, the Premier Field Engineering folks note.

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Sophia Amoruso To Speak At TechCrunch Disrupt NY | TechCrunch

At only 29 years old, Amoruso has become one of the most prominent figures in retail and a cultural icon who has worked from the ground up and landed on top of a fashion empire named Nasty Gal— a term originally coined after a 1975 Betty Davis album and the singer’s outspoken and unapologetically sexy style. Building on that inspiration, Amoruso’s Nasty Gal first sparked a cult following in her one-woman vintage venture on eBay where she quickly learned she had a knack and photographer’s eye for fashion, styling and buying. In just five years (and after being kicked off the site in 2008), the brand has grown into a one-stop shop and online retail haven with a progressive following of fashion risk-takers and well over a hundred million dollars in revenue. Today, Amoruso’s bold style is synonymous with six-inch platforms, motorcycle jackets, rock tees, shredded denim and an occasional red lip— all elements of the fashion retailer’s intrinsic personal taste.

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Livestream from Google Glass in one click - CNET

Get ready, Google Glass Explorers: Now you can livestream to the world straight from your face. Will that work?

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Stratsys Acquires 3D Filament Researcher Interfacial Solutions | TechCrunch

Stratasys is a maker of additive manufacturing machines for prototyping and producing plastic parts. The company markets under the brands uPrint and Dimension 3D Printers and Fortus Production 3D Printers. The company also operates RedEye On Demand, a digital manufacturing service for prototypes and production parts. Stratasys manufactures 3D printers for Hewlett Packard, which it sells under the …

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Internal slides highlight why Apple needs to launch a bigger iPhone 6

Apple is said to address the lack of a larger iPhone with the iPhone 6, which is rumored to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants. The company also tried making a mid-range iPhone, with the iPhone 5c, but it didn’t sell as Apple would have liked, and will likely be axed in the next iPhone refresh. In a separate document, Apple says that its 2011 strategy included creating a low cost iPhone based on the iPod touch to replace the iPhone 3GS, but the plan didn’t seem to work out.

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The killer vehicles of James Bond

With the possible exception of Inspector Gadget, there is no better known or loved fictional gadget fiend than James Bond. Employing personal technology to achieve clandestine professional goals, Her Majesty's favorite secret agent has fascinated readers and film audiences for over half a century now.

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Intel to change how it reports earnings. $INTC

Intel Corp. unveiled a series of changes to how it will report results for its operating segments, including breaking out results associated with a technology trend called the Internet of Things.

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Ultracapacitor Maker Ioxus Raises Another $21 Million

Still, the technology—which enables bursts of energy for faster acceleration—continues to attract plenty of attention in places like China, where it is widely used for hybrid buses and other transportation alternatives aimed at reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

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The technology behind Android TV: how Google wants to reinvent apps for the living room

Google is working on yet another platform for the living room, and it doesn’t just want to compete on looks alone: The company has come up with a novel way to develop TV apps and make use of their data. It’s all part of Google’s goal to unlock the information in apps — but it may not be what content providers actually want.

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WrestleMania 30 Live Blog and Results - IGN

Though I'm still confused and scattered by Undertaker's loss (and it'll probably take a while to absorb it much less understand it), this was a really fun main event. Triple H and Steph ran back in (with referee Scott Armstrong no less) and tried to take out Bryan. But nothing they did could stop him. Batista Bomb? Nope. Sledgehammer? Uh uh. Then, after Triple H and Steph were sent packing, Batista and Orton teamed up to take Bryan out - delivering a brutal Batista Bomb/RKO combo through a table, which then put Bryan on a stretcher.

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BioConsortia Raises $15 Million To Boost Crop Yields | TechCrunch

As food security becomes a flashpoint for governments concerned about the effect of climate change on their populations, venture capitalists are stepping up their investments in technology to improve agricultural efficiency and yield.

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Disqus Launches Sponsored Comments

Commenting platform  Disqus  has launched a new advertising product called Sponsored Comments, letting publishers and brands reach a targeted audience on sites surrounding specific topics — and in particular those who are engaged enough to scroll down to the comments section.

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'Kinect Sports Rivals' review: get your head in the game

It wasn't because I just watched the finale of How I Met Your Mother , or because of the Maple Leafs' most recent crushing loss — I just really needed a goal. After a back-and-forth game of soccer, it was overtime, and I needed the next goal to win. I had just punched a shot out of the corner to keep my opponent from scoring, and after a few passes upfield, it was my turn. I chipped the ball in front of the net, dove for the header, and narrowly put it over the keeper for the win. But my momentum also brought me close to diving into my TV — playing Kinect soccer in your living room can be dangerous.

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White House: No Ban on Selfies - Digits - WSJ

On Sunday, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer reiterated that Mr. Obama didn’t know anything about Mr. Ortiz’s connection to Samsung when the picture was taken, and added: “And perhaps maybe this would be the end of all selfies.” This led to headlines  wondering if the White House planned to ban all selfies.

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Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet

In related news, Seagate subsidiary LaCie announced today it is offering its 2big external drive with two of the new 6TB hard drives. The LaCie 2big comes with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, a RAID controller, and it sports data transfer speeds of up to 420MB/s.

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2015 Audi A3 (With Audi Connect)

One of the A3's coolest new tech features is called Picture Destination and allows the navigation system to find a route using the geographical coordinates included with a digital photo instead of a physical address. For example, if someone texts or emails you a photo of, say, their meal at a restaurant that includes geo coordinates, Picture Destination can route you there using the information. Or, with Google Maps, a driver can snap a photo of a location while in Street View mode and the system will get the geo coordinates from the pic. But the process, though cool, can take as long as inputting an address.

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New Transportation And Energy Accelerator To Run In Berlin And SF | TechCrunch

Startupbootcamp , which has spread a network of accelerators across Europe is creating a new “cross-continental” program connecting Berlin and San Francisco based on “smart transportation” and energy. Global partners include Bosch, Castrol innoVentures, Cisco, Daimler, EnBW and HERE.

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Square Secures Line of Credit - Digits - WSJ

Square, the maker of credit-card reading devices that plug into smartphones and tablets, secured a new line of credit from a group of banks led by Goldman Sachs Group , two people familiar with the matter said.

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The Raspberry Pi Compute Module

Raspberry Pi cluster computers are old hat by now, and much to our dismay, we’ve even seen Raspberry Pis crop up as the brains of a few ill-conceived Kickstarter projects. The Pi was never meant for these applications, with the very strange port layout and a bunch of headers most people don’t need. The Raspberry Pi foundation has a solution for the odd layout of the normal, consumer Pi:   The Raspberry Pi compute module , a Raspi and 4GB flash drive, sans connectors, on an industry standard DDR2 SODIMM module.

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How Zombies Help Siemens Design Disaster-Proof Cities

There are valuable lessons to be learned from the zombie apocalypse, though, says Siemens's Ben Collar. A global expert on city resiliency and transit efficiency, Collar's role at Siemens is to figure out how to help cities design transportation systems that can move people quickly in times of emergency, whether that's a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or Z-Day.

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

Smarter mouse movement responses. Microsoft has made mousing around smoother and more familiar feeling with the Windows 8.1 update. The rule of thumb for getting around Windows 8 and 8.1 has long been "edges for touch, corners for mouse." Those actions call up OS features such as the Charms menu or running app list. Now, though, if you move the mouse quickly to the corner of a window just to hit its top-right X button, or to a browser's top-left back button, you won't see these OS features unless you pause the mouse. In another time-honored tribute to mouse power users, right-clicking on the Start screen opens a context menu near the cursor rather than the app bar at the bottom of the screen.

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Game of Thrones Returns to Grown-Ass Dragons and a Broken World | Underwire | WIRED

Brienne tries to get Jaime to honor his promise to free Catelyn’s daughter, but he points out that the promise is kind of moot: not only is Arya in parts unknown, but Sansa no longer has any mother to send her back to. Mrs. Tyrion is still pretty sad-face emoticon about the Red Wedding, including the gruesome details about her mother and brother’s deaths as well as basically her entire life. Tyrion tries to comfort her, but how do you even do that? At least one person finds a way to be kind, however: Dontos, the one-time knight Sansa saved from Joffrey’s wrath in Season 2. He gives her a beautiful blue necklace that he says has been in his family for years, which she promises to wear. Hmm, maybe this is important? Also, Tyrion keeps refusing Shae’s sexual advances, largely because his father threatened to kill the next prostitute he sleeps with. She pitches a fit that gets overheard by one of Cersei’s informants, which bodes very poorly for Shae.

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AmazonDash Aims To Make Shopping From Home Even Easier

Part of that will undoubtedly involve making the checkout process even more frictionless. One way to do that is to diminish the need to navigate and click around on a computer. Over the weekend, Amazon revealed the AmazonDash , a plastic device that looks like a stripped-down Nintendo Wii controller. Basically Dash is a barcode scanner that you can use on your real-world products--toilet paper, an empty milk carton, etc.--to add those items to your AmazonFresh queue. Furthermore, as the video above saccharinely illustrates, you'll be able to order using voice commands.

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6 ways the Internet of Things will transform enterprise security

Over the next few years, analysts expect tens of billions of devices to be connected to the Internet in similar fashion. The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon promises, or threatens, depending on your point of view, to transform our understanding of the Internet and a networked world. A lot of what will transpire will be on consumer-oriented products. But as with everything in technology, what happens in the consumer world will inevitably affect the enterprise.

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Errol Morris On The Value Of Just Listening

When Morris first started out, he was planning to write a book on Ed Gein, the serial killer in Plainview, Wisconsin, and he was interviewing people connected to the man. “I was recording audio, I wasn’t filming, and I would play this game where I would try to see how long I could go in an interview without saying anything.” Morris recalls. “I was interested in this stream of consciousness narration. [I felt] that I was eliciting something.” He evolved a technique in these interviews–-he would walk in, the recorder would already be running, he’d put it down on the table in clear sight. “I would never say, 'May I record?' But the recorder was clearly visible.” He and his subject would start a conversation. Often the result was long stretches in which Morris’s voice was not heard at all.

36 Google Licenses Room 77 Software in Mobile Travel-Booking Push

Google has bolstered investments in travel to capture a bigger portion of the dollars spent by tourists who book hotels and plane tickets online. In 2011, Google spent about $700 million to buy ITA Software Inc., a provider of flight information, and the company has a service called Hotel Finder that scans prices and availability from numerous online travel agents.

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Shopify Lowers Prices For Point Of Sale Plans, Adds Custom Gift Card And Receipt Options | TechCrunch

Another new option for Shopify customers is to go in-store only. Previously, Shopify offered either ecommerce alone, or ecommerce + POS options for using its services. Now, Shopify offers the ability to just sell offline, which is something McNamara said has been a request from merchants eager to sell but not yet too keen on building an online business. Getting this option ready to roll was just a matter of time McNamara said, and he believes that many of these merchants will eventually opt-in to the online selling portion of the platform, too, later on when it makes sense for them to do so.

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Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans

In the past, when anyone has talked about the possibility of a low-cost iPhone aimed at the budget market, most have assumed that Apple would essentially take the iPod touch — currently the cheapest iOS device, after subsidies, which saves on cost in a number of key regards like screen quality, speed, storage and more — and graft some cellular modems onto it. Yet when Apple unveiled the iPhone 5c, what they showed was a smartphone that was essentially an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell. In other words, a last-gen iPhone that was cheaper for Apple to make, but not necessarily to buy.

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Movie studios sue Megaupload for millions over downloaded Hollywood hits

While the studios are likely to triumph in the copyright case, the bigger question is whether they will be able to get anything out of Dotcom and the other defendants. While Dotcom regularly flaunted yachts and other signs of wealth before his arrest in 2012, it’s unclear if the studios will be able to get their hands on it — or even identify the country where Dotcom stores his assets in the first place. In the meantime, the U.S. government has had recent success overcoming procedural obstacles in seeking to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand.

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Apple Testing 65-Inch iTV Panels With Korean Supplier [Rumor] | Cult of Mac

Are we finally getting closer to the existence of the Apple TV set Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson he had “finally cracked?”

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Will.i.am has made a smartwatch, and it’s going to launch in July

From what we can see in the video, Will.i.am’s watch has an unusual bracelet-style design, is quite thick, and has a slightly curved glass screen. The brief glimpse of the display didn’t give any clues to the software, but we’re guessing it’s proprietary rather than, say, Android Wear. If it does make calls, it’ll be more in-line with multi-function hardware like the Neptune Pine.

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How to watch Game of Thrones online

However, although HBO is considering offering the programming without a cable subscription , users are still currently required to purchase a premium HBO package. Assuming you already have cable, an HBO subscription will cost you an upwards of $15, with the exact rate fluctuating based on your region and available promotions. HBO Go is free with your subscription through participating TV provides, and once subscribed, users can access HBO Go content online or through the network’s accompanying app. Available platforms depend on your service provider, but the app is typically accessible via the Xbox 360, Google Chromecast, Roku, Kindle, iOS , and  Android  devices. The best part? HBO Go subscribers can catch up on all three seasons of Game of Thrones  and even stream the latest episodes immediately upon airing.

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Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push

It’s unfamiliar ground for the world’s largest software maker, which has zero experience in original TV programming and is wading into a crowded field where Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. have generated hits such as “House of Cards.” Yet Microsoft is betting on the new studio to produce shows that will attract consumers to its Xbox game console, lure subscribers to its Xbox Live online service and eventually anchor a consumer home entertainment network that will tie the company’s devices together.

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Xbox One YouTube App Gets Improved Game Video Sharing - IGN

"We’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world," Microsoft said in a press release . Game DVR and Upload Studio are reportedly two of the most used apps on Xbox One, and the YouTube app update supposedly makes sharing game highlights as simple as a button click to upload to a user's YouTube channel.

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UK government pays Microsoft £5.5m to extend Windows XP support

Wider extended support for Windows XP, which was released in mid-2001, ends on Tuesday after the operating system was removed from mainstream support in 2009. The date was announced in 2007, giving the government seven years to migrate to newer software – which it hasn’t yet done.

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What "Game Of Thrones" Would Look Like If Twitter And Google Were Kingdoms

Google, Twitter, and Instagram might all be vying for social media domination, but at least no blood has been spilled. Yet. A clever spot entitled "A Game of Social Thrones," imagines a geographic social media landscape that's strikingly similar to the opening credits of HBO's fantasy epic. The spot was produced for HootSuite , a platform that unites myriad social media networks--er, kingdoms-- on one web-based dashboard. It was released just in time for the premier of Game of Thrones season four. And if that episode is any indication, it's going to be a violent few months. Let's hope the Zuckerbergs and Pages of the world aren't unduly influenced by what they see on TV.

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'Captain America: The Winter Solder': 9 Key Details You May Have Missed

Every week, Mashable presents “Let’s Talk About …,” a Monday-morning look back at the biggest, buzziest WTF moments from the weekend’s most talked-about new movies in wide release. If you haven’t seen the film, be warned: This doesn’t just contain spoilers — it is spoilers.

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Uber announces UberRUSH, a bicycle courier service, launching first in Manhattan - The Next Web

While Uber  has quickly become one of the easiest ways for us to get where we need to go, the company now wants to help get things to you. It just announced  UberRUSH , an experimental bicycle delivery service that is launching first with limited availability in Manhattan.

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Microsoft Developing Six Original Series for Xbox - IGN

The programs are being designed to have interactive elements that "make use of the Xbox technology," according to the report. One example cited is the reality soccer program "Every Street United," where viewers will unlock extra scenes and be able to play mini-games during the show.

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Rainbow Loom Butterflies

Get your hook and put it under all the bands on the last hook of the loom until you pick up the 2 bands from the body. Pull them over and put them on the same hook as the other end of those bands. Also do this with the 2 above

51 Microsoft: We’re in an ‘AI Spring’ - Digits - WSJ
52 Taiwan's HTC posts first-quarter loss, lags estimates
53 RMIT researchers bring bird-like flight to unmanned drones
54 The incredibly detailed costume embroidery of Game of Thrones
55 High-Flying Camera: DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Promises Stabilized HD Video - Personal Tech News - WSJ
56 Microsoft’s First Original TV Content Reportedly Coming in June
57 Data Point: How Advertisers Will Change Their Spending by 2016 - Digits - WSJ
58 Sony Alpha ILCE-7s (A7s) Preview - CNET
59 Redefining Internet Journalism Proving Harder Than Vox Expected
60 https://ifttt.com/
61 Freelancer.com Launches Android App
62 Top jobs of the week in tech: Zappos.com, Microsoft and more
63 This Class Just Played The Best Prank On Their Professor
64 Surviving the post-employment economy
65 UN: World Running Out Of Time To Stop Global Warming
66 Google Guy Comes Home To Find Fliers Labeling Him A 'Parasite' Plastered Everywhere
67 Someone Created A Slightly Less Horrible Version Of Comic Sans
68 Psychopaths: how can you spot one? - Telegraph
69 The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain
70 How politics makes us stupid
71 So You Paid $4 For An Anti-Virus App That Does Nothing
72 Now Even Microsoft Wants Its Own 'House Of Cards' Hit
73 Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses
74 Latest 'Godzilla' trailer offers best look at the monster yet
75 Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power The Future
76 The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene
77 'Google Bus' Protests: How Far Is Too Far?
78 If Social Networks Were 'Game of Thrones' Houses
79 Why Nate Silver can’t explain it all | Al Jazeera America
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83 Active Twitter Use Could Lead to Divorce and Infidelity, Study Says
84 Scientists: Search Crews Unlikely to Confuse Black Box 'Pings' With Whale Sounds
85 25 Iconic TV Theme Songs
86 USAID Issues Vehement Denial of Reports About 'Cuban Twitter'
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