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Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | MIT Technology Review

That could change now thanks to the work of Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of pals. These guys have worked out how to measure the “beauty” of specific locations within cities and then designed an algorithm that automatically chooses a route between two locations in a way that maximizes the beauty along it. “The goal of this work is to automatically suggest routes that are not only short but also emotionally pleasant,” they say.

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20 Dream Backyards to Make You Green With Envy

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

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A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

In the same way that aggregate usage information is important when developing a web application, we've found that it's just as important for desktop applications, especially during the beta program. By knowing which Atom features are being used the most, and how the editor is performing, we can focus our development efforts in the right place. For details on what data Atom is sending or to learn how to disable metrics gathering, visit https://github.com/atom/metrics .

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Scanning Your Dinner to Determine Its Calories | MIT Technology Review

The device works by passing low-energy microwaves through a weighed portion of food and measuring how the microwaves are changed by the food—fat and water affect the microwaves in characteristic ways. Getting a reading is easy using existing equipment if the food is liquid or blended. Getting a good reading for a sandwich and chips will require “virtual blending” Webster says. That could be done by developing microwave antennas that form a more uniform distribution of microwaves than the current equipment and using algorithms to get an average, or by progressively scanning the food. In either case, the complete measurement could be taken in a second or two.

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Jennifer Lawrence Facepalms Emma Watson. Enjoy.

Actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson ran into one another at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris on Monday, and while a simple selfie of them would have been enough, J.Law facepalmed Emma — and we could look at the photos all day.

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Brazil-Germany World Cup Game Is Most-Tweeted Sports Event

The FIFA World Cup has just helped Twitter break its own record, again. The dramatic Brazil vs Germany semi-final match last night scored a whopping 35.6 million tweets, breaking the previous record of 16.4 million tweets racked up by the Brazil-Chile match also during the World Cup less than two weeks ago, with more than double the number of tweets.

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This Startup Wants To Get Google Glass Into Every Workplace

Google Google Glass has had a difficult time finding its way in the world. As a consumer product, it has been the subject of endless ridicule for being too awkward and intrusive–most recently in a Daily Show segment . One day, people may begun accepting an odd contraption sitting on a person’s face, but for now, the focus has shifted toward how this technology can be used in the workplace. And that’s where Virginia-based startup APX Labs plans to start making some money.

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Symmetrical Photos Give a Breathtaking Bird's-Eye View of NYC

is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable's record 34 million unique visitors worldwide and 15 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

9 What Every Company Should Know About Agile Software Development | MIT Technology Review

An agile team’s goal is to deliver narrow, fully-functional slices of the project at the end of each iteration (usually one to two weeks in length). Perhaps a website’s basic login functionality—from the user interface all the way down to the database—is built during this iteration; next iteration, a “forgot password” feature might be added, and so on. Each slice is demonstrated to end users and stakeholders at the end of the iteration so they can provide feedback on what’s been built so far and guide priorities for future iterations. As you can imagine, this approach makes adapting to the changing marketplace a whole lot easier and makes your software more relevant for customers.

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AR on Smartwatches: A Perfect Fit? [Video]

Just as the new wave of smartwatches offer much of the Google Glass feature set without the stigma of wearing a computer on your face, they may replace the need to wave your smartphone around in front of you to get data about your surroundings too. We’ll need to see more high-end smartwatches with cameras attached first though. The wrist isn’t a great place from which to take photos, but using the camera as a visual sensor makes a lot more sense

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TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Meetups: London, July 11 And Berlin, July 17 | TechCrunch

European startups! TechCrunch Disrupt Europe , our stupendous conference, is coming to London in October. To tell you all more about it, we’re taking TechCrunch on the road this summer.

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How to Block Annoying Facebook Apps From Posting to Your Feed

Your friends are having a fun time with some trendy new Facebook app and you don't want to be the cranky curmudgeon that complains, but you also don't want to see their posts. What do you do? Block the app of course.

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Report: Samsung To Launch 'Gear VR' Virtual Reality Headset At IFA 2014

It’s really not surprising that mobile solutions like Cardboard from Google and Gear VR from Samsung would ship before the more elaborate (and one expects much more expensive) offerings from Oculus and Sony. It’s certainly interesting to watch the virtual reality arms race take off with such gusto.

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A New Process for Cleaning Contaminated Water from Oil and Gas Wells | MIT Technology Review

In a nondescript site in Midland, Texas, an inexpensive new process is cleaning up some of the most contaminated water around—the extremely salty stuff that comes up with oil at wells. By the end of next month the technology is expected to be chugging 500,000 gallons per day, furnishing water that’s sufficiently clean to use in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas production (see “ Natural Gas Changes the Energy Map ”).

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DeNA Is Launching A Genetic Testing Service

UPDATE: DeNA has revealed that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing service will be available in Japan in mid-August. Following that, users can register for Mycode online and mail their samples to DeNA Life Science’s lab, which will be analyzed for genetic markers that indicate risks for 40 types of cancer, 25 types of lifestyle diseases, 87 types of other diseases and 131 physical predisposition factors.

16 What price potato salad?

He set a goal of $10 (£5.84). That's low considering that the majority of successful Kickstarter projects raise between $1,000 and $9,999, but steep for homemade potato salad. But the humble and slightly ridiculous request - Brown promised to say the name of each backer aloud as he made the salad - took off. Five days into his challenge, Brown has raised almost $60,000 (£35,000), with most donors giving $4 or less.

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A Screen for Bringing the Web’s Most Beautiful Artworks Into Your Home | Design | WIRED

With his new company Electric Objects , Levine’s aiming to bring digital art into your home. The effort takes the form of EO1, a custom-built display housing a barebones computer that links up wirelessly to a web platform. Log on, select a work of art from the database or upload an image you’ve found yourself, and in seconds it shows up big and bright on your wall. You can think of it like a more sophisticated version of one of those digital picture frames from years back–or, more enticingly, as a canvas for a new age, one in which the world’s creative energy is increasingly being spent in pixels, not paint.

18 Growing Criticism of Europe’s Human Brain Project | MIT Technology Review

The problem, says Kording, who is a German citizen, is that it’s simply too soon to invest heavily in large-scale computational models of the brain. “The HBP is premature, we do not have the data needed, we do not know what we need to simulate, and we lack ways of thinking computationally about the brain. And yet, the HBP focuses on massive scale simulations that are currently not helpful,” he says.

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Latest Snowden Leaks: FBI Targeted Muslim-American Lawyers | Threat Level | WIRED

The five identified Americans—all with Muslim-American backgrounds—include: Faisal Gill, who served as a top advisor for the Department of Homeland Security in the Bush Administration; Asim Ghafoor, a prominent attorney for al-Haramain and other clients involved in national security cases; Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Hooshang Amirahmadi, a Rutgers University professor; and Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University and champion of Muslim-American civil liberties.

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Social media users warned against falsely calling politicians paedophiles

Just months after the late Conservative peer Lord McAlpine settled legal action against Twitter users for untrue suggestions he was a paedophile, people are now openly naming MPs and celebrities as suspected child abusers on the internet. Many of the online allegations are much more direct than the insinuation of Sally Bercow, who paid damages after tweeting "Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*".

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Microsoft's Bing Ads Are Growing Nicely, But It's Still Living In Google's World

With Google continuing to dominate spending on search advertising, Microsoft’s Bing Ads have had to struggle to get table scraps from advertisers. But the software company keeps plugging away, and with the close of Microsoft’s fiscal year on June 30, the ad group has decided to trot out some good news and plans for the 2015 fiscal year.

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startup’s Plan to Remake Banks and Replace Credit Cards Just Might Work | Business | WIRED

Dressed in a bright green t-shirt with the name of his startup—Affirm—emblazoned across the chest, Levchin looks and sounds like just another idealistic Silicon Valley entrepreneur rehearsing for Demo Day. But he isn’t. As the co-founder and former CTO of PayPal, Levchin is also one of the Valley’s foremost experts on the payments industry. When he says he wants to overhaul banking, you should take him seriously.

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Kristian Nairn Talks 'Game of Thrones' Theories, 'Hodor Line' | Movies News | Rolling Stone

Elsewhere in the Q&A, Nairn discusses what other  Thrones  character he'd choose to portray ("I would like to play Arya [Stark]. Maybe physically I'm not the right type!"), his character's "affinity for animals," the death he envisions for Hodor ("I would like Hodor to die in the middle of a big speech. The first time ever he stands up to say something different, he gets eaten by a wolf. That would be ironic.") and his prediction of how the series will end.

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Singapore passes law to block illegal sites - CNET

The Singapore government has passed an amendment to the country's Copyright Act that will let content owners compel service providers to block infringing sites, like Pirate Bay.

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Publisher HarperCollins Fortifies Defenses Against Amazon

Amazon is undoubtedly HarperCollins’s No. 1 retailer and, with the launch of the new HarperCollins.com, Amazon is also the company’s No. 1 competitor. Publishers like HarperCollins have been hesitant to build their own direct sales e-commerce operations for exactly this reason (not to mention that running an e-commerce operation is complex and difficult — though several publishers already do it ). Amazon’s recent business dispute with HarperCollins rival Hachette may have had something to do with HarperCollins making this move.

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NewVoiceMedia Raises Another $50M For Its Cloud-Based Contact Centers | TechCrunch

NewVoiceMedia , a UK-based provider of cloud-based contact solutions, is today announcing that it has raised another $50 million. The company will use the funding to build out its business in America and Asia in order to compete with the likes of Inside Sales , LiveOps , inContact , carriers, and a number of regional providers.

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Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action | TechCrunch

I’ve been watching my buddy Nicholas Manousos for a few years now. He’s been designing and printing large representations of various watch parts and movements and posting them on Facebook for a while, and he’s just completed his pièce de résistance: a working tourbillon in brightly colored plastic.

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Prominent Design School Devotes An Entire Department To Food

As a massive food adorer, greenthumb newbie and graphics designer, my inner fat kid who loves to draw was doing the truffle shuffle when I saw this article heading. Love, love, love the impetuous and future implications for this kind of curriculum. I have to disagree about 86'ing the cooking portion. That's like an architecture program that doesn't include building construction and methods. If you don't know how to craft food to go in your pie hole, the theory and philosophy behind it become mere conversation starters and nothing else. Best of luck with the program. Are you going to be doing regular updates or publications on the program's progress? If so, please drop me a line. @ahargis

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Wink Squares Off Against Nest In The Battle For "Home" Field Advantage

Wink is betting that consumers want to buy better versions of the home products and appliances they already need, and use their smartphone as the built-in remote control for managing those devices. Plus, in a nuanced way, Wink is offering consumers a home that is not smart so much as it is connected; the “intelligence” comes from third-party product designers and consumers themselves, who are responsible for programming the triggers and shortcuts that govern how Wink-enabled products operate. Wink offers cohesion and control via its software platform and all-encompassing app--but little else.

30 How to extend your iPhone or Android's battery life

• Use the Battery usage monitor to identify apps that impact battery life. It can be accessed under Settings –> Battery. The monitor shows the percentage of battery power used by each app and the screen. Normally the screen should consume about 25% of the power, with the device’s system software “Android System” and “Android OS” often ranking second and third. Apps that consume large amounts of power should be immediately obvious and can be uninstalled.

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Clay Fridges That Keep Food Cool Without Electricity

Reasons for food waste differ from developed to developing worlds. In rich countries, it's usually the food consumers who are responsible--i.e. people just throwing away excess food that they haven't eaten or that spoiled before they could. In poorer nations, the problem tends to be in the supply chain. Because of poor refrigeration, food rots during transport or spoils at market stalls because it's not sold quickly enough.

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Watch It: This Fan-Made Stop-Motion "Transformers" Video Is More Than Meets The Eye

Roger Ebert once described one of Michael Bay's interchangeable Transformers movies as "a horrible experience of unbearable length," with an "incompressible" plot and "meaningless word flap" for dialog. So basically, he didn't care for it. He's not alone, either. Although pretty much each of these movies is more successful than the last, a broad swath of the population remains seemingly immune to their sense-assaulting charge. Anybody who still finds appeal in the whiz-bang spectacle of cars turning into robots, minus the Michael Bay maximalism, has a new outlet in which to get a transformative fix.

33 Success tips of female Turkish boss

Morning folks, lots of news promised for today. It's the start of a new era at Sainsbury's under boss Mike Coupe; we have the monthly interest rate decision from the Bank of England, India announces its first Budget under new prime minister Narendra Modi; another house price index - this time from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - and a trading update from Burberry. So plenty to come.

34 Germany's World Cup hammering of Brazil broke Twitter records

Sami Khedira officially bigger than Miley Cyrus as semi-final's fifth goal set new standard of 580k tweets-per-minute

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Prominent Muslim-Americans came under NSA and FBI surveillance, report claims

A major new report from The Intercept has identified 5 respected individuals whose emails were targeted by the NSA and FBI. NSA leaker Edward Snowden said he leaked the list to enable targets to challenge the constitutionality of their surveillance.

36 Chatterbox: Wednesday

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ACLU Digs Deep Into The Law Enforcement War Machine | Techdirt

The police taking actions like this are causing the respect for the police to decline even further. It is true that police personnel have died serving warrants. It is also true that police personnel have died serving no-knock warrants when they would not have died had they knocked on the door. There are two cases in Texas in the last year where people in a house thought the no-knock warrant was an armed intruder and killed a police officer. In one of those cases, the grand jury would not indict the homeowner because they believed he only acted in self defense. In Macon, Ga, police attacked a gang occupied building and a gunfight ensued. Even according to the police, as soon as the gang members realized that the people attacking them were the police, they threw their guns down and completely surrendered. An officer was killed before the gang realized it was the police. Had the police knocked, they would have met some resistance. However, based upon the actual reactions of the gang members after realizing that the police were attacking them, the gang would not have started an all-out gunfight.

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Urban Airship CEO Kveton steps down after sexual assault investigation becomes public

“It hit me a few months ago that it was time for me to step aside. I met with our board of directors in June and told them I felt it was time to start looking for Urban Airship’s next CEO. They agreed, and we selected an executive search firm to start the process, which has been underway for a few weeks now … When the story about my personal situation was published last Wednesday, it became clear that my transition timing needed to accelerate.”

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TV Shows at Comic Con 2014 - San Diego Comic-Con Wiki Guide - IGN

This page contains a complete, updated list of TV Shows at Comic Con 2014 appearing in some form, including the popular TV Pilot panels that will appear, alongside their dates and times. Don't miss out on all of the buzzworthy TV programming that will be openly available at SDCC before anywhere else! Check back for frequent updates as more series are confirmed and added to this list.