Free App Friday: 5 Time-Saving Gems For Your Smartphone

Make sure your entire tribe is using Cabin ( Android , iOS ). You can set up a private social network for, say, your family. You can live-chat one on one or with the entire group, and quickly hone in on everyone's location so you don't have to keep calling and texting for updates all day. And speaking of location, you can set up location-based to-do lists. Whoever's nearest to the dry cleaner next will get a pop-up reminder when they get close to the store, for instance. Once the dry cleaning has been picked up, the task can be marked as completed for all to see. "All" being only those invited to your private network, of course.

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Barbara Corcoran: Here's The One 'Shark Tank' Investment That Got Away

Barbara Corcoran: Here's The One 'Shark Tank' Investment That Got Away

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The 2014 Gift Guide: What To Get Creatives (And Those Who Want To Be More Creative)

Geese are fattening, old men are awaiting haypennies (whatever those are) in their hats, and Christmas (or whatever) is fast approaching. And while you almost certainly have great ideas for the boring people in your life (what up, gift card!), more creative friends/family members/co-workers require more consideration: their gifts have to be both genuinely useful and clever enough to make it clear that you know them well. To that end, we've assembled a can't-miss gift guide for the creative folks in your life, to ensure that they'll be inspired and equipped going into 2015.

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How to Reduce Enterprise App Clutter on Your iPad

To help control the proliferation of cloud apps cluttering iPad home screens, Collage looks to manage data feeds and notifications from Yammer, Office 365, Salesforce and others.

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A Visual History Of Body Art From Around The Globe

We cannot but recognize a paradox: we think of the body art we choose to bear as an expression of our identity, yet the motifs and styles that we typically adopt are not anchored in the places and communities in which we have grown up. Rather, they are the products of more or less distant cultures and epochs. In some cases, such as the Gothic imagery associated with heavy-metal music, they have been embraced and revalued, not once but several times. We are all familiar with retro fashion in clothing, furniture, and design, but it is important to remember that nothing can be the same as it was. The images that are being reintroduced, that abound in popular culture, that appear on the bodies of celebrities, may be old or second-hand, but their meanings and our motivations are new.

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10 Industry Leaders Share Their Best Lessons From 2014

Chestnut was monitoring a competitor’s Twitter timeline in 2014, when he noticed they retweeted an inspirational quote: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." "At first I thought, ‘Yeah, you keep posting cheesy inspirational quotes while I eat your lunch, buddy,’ but the quote wouldn’t get out of my head," he says. "It was at a time when the reality of running a company with over 300 employees had just sunk in. There’s a point where being a loner is necessary, then there’s a point where being a loner will kill you. Someone once told me that I got to where I am because I’m relentlessly serving customers. I need to keep doing the same, but now I have different customers: my employees." 9. A strong culture is part of an exit strategy

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The ultimate Tesla-killing machine? BMW preparing Model S fighter

Power will come from a highly efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a gasoline-burning four-cylinder mounted in the engine bay and two electric motors located over the rear axle. A high-capacity battery pack installed under the passenger compartment will allow the sedan to drive on electricity alone for about 80 miles.

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North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

At first, the Sony hack (which apparently wasn’t all that sophisticated ) mostly looked like a major embarrassment for the movie studio, but now that it’s turning into an international kerfuffle, North Korea isn’t likely to admit it was behind it. For now, the fog of war surrounding this whole situation is still pretty dense and it’ll likely be a while before anybody gets to the bottom of who was behind the attack (assuming we ever find out). Given the state of the U.S.’s relationship with North Korea, we aren’t likely to see a joint investigation anytime soon, though — unless Dennis Rodman  plans on running that task force.

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Could Lenovo’s next phone have a 46-day battery life?

When the P70t finally sees the light of day it will be available in black or white, according to Gizmo China, and will come with a 5-inch 720p display. The handset is said to measure 42mm by 71.8mm by 8.9mm and weighs in at 149g. A quad-core LTE processor is also part of the package and you’ll get a rather modest 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space for your money. Also of note is the fact that the battery is removable — you could take a spare along with you for 92 days of charger-free living.

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Here's Which Celebrities Lost The Most Followers In The 'Instagram Rapture' — Ranked

Here's Which Celebrities Lost The Most Followers In The 'Instagram Rapture' — Ranked

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U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites

The malware was found on numerous Afghan government websites, including the ministries of justice, foreign affairs, education, commerce and industry, finance and women's affairs, and the Afghan embassy in Canberra, Australia, according to ThreatConnect, which was formerly known as Cyber Squared.

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Rolling solo at a hotel? Marriott wants to hook you up (with platonic pals)

The interactive table and public display takes the social networking out of the virtual space and into the hotel’s lobby. Using RFID and LED lights, the table knows your presence once you put your phone or a special card on top. If another person at the table has similar interest or connections, LED lights will appear around your phones (the ice breaker), and it’s up to you to take it from there. The public display shows active participants in the hotel, as well as a visualization of all the data. “It’ll show you how many lines you’re connected to. [If you have lines connected to 20 people], there’s 20 reasons you have something in common with,” Cahill says. To respect users’ privacy, Six Degrees never shows users’ photos, last name, or any information that users opted to share. Non-participants can also use the display to possibly join in on any planned activities

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What we know about North Korea's cyberarmy

Office 91 is thought to be the headquarters of North Korea’s hacking operation although the bulk of the hackers and hacking and infiltration into networks is done from Unit 121, which operates out of North Korea and has satellite offices overseas, particularly in Chinese cities that are near the North Korean border. One such outpost is reportedly the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, a major city about 150 miles from the border. A third operation, called Lab 110, participates in much the same work.

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'Home Alone' recut as a horror movie will ruin your holidays

Turning a film about a child stuck alone in his house, while strange, seedy men attack him, into a family-friendly Christmas classic is no easy feat — clearly, writer John Hughes and director Chris Columbus were geniuses.

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Pawsome supercut: Cats vs. Christmas trees - CNET

Have a Meowy Christmas with this hilarious highlight reel of pet cats attacking holiday ornaments, gift-wrapped presents and the decorated tree itself.

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Microsoft is taking on the tech support scammers

It’s a criminal endeavor that’s been going on for years but now Microsoft is taking direct action against the scammers. The Redmond firm is filing a lawsuit in the U.S. against one of the offending businesses and promising further action in the U.K. and India, following up on lawsuits instigated by the Federal Trade Commission last month. More than 65,000 complaints have been logged from concerned users since May, Microsoft says.

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This Is What a Maxed Out Character in Dying Light Looks Like - IGN First - IGN

On Friday we took a closer look at Dying Light 's skill trees. But above we've unlocked everything and relocated the action to an entirely new area of the game, The Old Town. All abilities are unlocked, including the very cool grappling hook which transforms how Dying Light plays.

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Content Marketing Like The Pros Do It

Consider the following two points. One, more and more small businesses are embracing the merits of social media and content marketing; in fact, more than 90 percent of all businesses now use social channels for marketing purposes, and nearly as many say that these channels are important to their marketing success. And two, the majority of small business owners say that, while they believe content marketing is important, they’re not necessarily confident about how they’re doing it; they’re not necessarily sure about the best practices for savvy content marketing.

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Hands on: BlackBerry Classic

The BlackBerry Classic features a few subtle differences in design and a few more substantial ones when it comes to its specifications. The screen is 60 percent larger on the Classic than on the Bold, as the device sports a 3.5-inch square touchscreen with a 720 × 720 pixel resolution and 294ppi pixel density. Even though it doesn’t look like it, the Classic’s screen is actually the same size diagonally as that of the iPhone 4S. It is square, though, so watching videos on YouTube or checking anything out in landscape view leaves an absurd amount of black space above and below the image.

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Instagram adds five new filters for subtle photo effects - CNET

On top of the five filters, Instagram now offers a perspective tool for adjusting the horizontal and vertical planes of an image, as well as the ability to upload slow motion video. The update will also unlock real-time commenting on photos, so users no longer need to refresh their feed to see new comments.

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Sony reportedly hires the crisis specialist who inspired 'Scandal'

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 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 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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BBC Says Apple Suppliers Continue to Violate Labor Standards

A BBC documentary accuses Apple of breaking promises to improve working conditions at its suppliers, but Apple says it continues to make progress on a difficult issue.

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Best PS3 Game - Best of 2014: Games, By Platform - IGN

Reviewed on August 15 Tales of Xillia 2 is made for fans of the original, giving players dozens of hours in the same world, with the same characters they love, working their way through a new story with new goals. While it’s nearly indistinguishable from its predecessor on the periphery, I'm not sure I would have wanted it any other way. Underneath Xillia 2's familiar surface is a whole new game that’s been crafted in the same tradition that made the original such a pleasure to play.It's rare for a great JRPG to get a direct sequel that fully embraces what the original was all about. Tales fans -- and fans of the original Xillia, in particular -- shouldn't let this one slip away.

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Nintendo is working on its next console and Mario may lead the way (but not in a film)

Brace yourselves: A new Nintendo console is in the works, according to none other than legendary video game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. In a wide-ranging over-a-cup-of-coffee interview with the Associated Press, Miyamoto also hinted at Mario kicking things off for the next Nintendo console.

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Mathematicians Make a Major Discovery About Prime Numbers | WIRED

The two new proofs of Erdős’ conjecture are both based on a simple way to construct large prime gaps. A large prime gap is the same thing as a long list of non-prime, or “composite,” numbers between two prime numbers. Here’s one easy way to construct a list of, say, 100 composite numbers in a row: Start with the numbers 2, 3, 4, … , 101, and add to each of these the number 101 factorial (the product of the first 101 numbers, written 101!). The list then becomes 101! + 2, 101! + 3, 101! + 4, … , 101! + 101. Since 101! is divisible by all the numbers from 2 to 101, each of the numbers in the new list is composite: 101! + 2 is divisible by 2, 101! + 3 is divisible by 3, and so on. “All the proofs about large prime gaps use only slight variations on this high school construction,” said James Maynard of Oxford, who wrote the second of the two papers .

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'Serial' is on to suspicious Santa Claus in 'SNL' parody

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 40 million unique visitors worldwide and 20 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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China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea

China told the U.S. that it is against cyberattacks and opposes any nation or individual launching such attacks from a third country, but did not directly condemn the Sony hackings that Washington has blamed on North Korea, China's foreign ministry said Monday.

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12 TED Talks to restore your faith in humanity

In the wake of school killings and cases of police brutality, it’s easy to think the worst of human beings. But these inspiring talks can help you remember: altruism, kindness and helping hands are all around.

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South Korea nuclear plant operator says hacked, but no risk to reactors

An official at the country's nuclear plant operator KHNP, which is part of state-run Korea Electric Power Corp, told Reuters that the hacking appeared to be the handiwork of "elements who want to cause social unrest". He said he had no one specific in mind and did not elaborate.

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A Test for UPS: One Day, 34 Million Packages

UPS all year has been focused on one day above the rest: Monday Dec. 22, when it will deliver 34 million packages, more than any other in its history—putting a new high-tech sorting system to the test.

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Elton John got married and posted the photos on Instagram

So far, John's new Instagram account has been dedicated to sharing photos of his wedding. Although many celebrities try to keep their nuptials under wraps, the legendary singer is embracing the social tool, inviting fans to join him on the happy occasion.

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'The Interview' Twitter and Facebook accounts have been scrubbed

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13 fun holiday crafts to DIY with kids

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Sony looking for ways to distribute 'The Interview' online

At a televised news conference on Friday, shortly after the FBI blamed North Korea for the hack, President Obama criticized Sony for bowing to threats and the result that would have on freedom of speech. He underlined those words in an interview broadcast on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

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Life-sized Cristiano Ronaldo statue is wearing some very tight shorts

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BMW is working on cars your smartwatch can park

Additionally,  BMW claims that the information gathered by the scanners can be combined with the digital site plans of a building to allow for independent navigation. Using a smartwatch, users can activate the parking assistant and have it automatically steer the car towards a space in a multi-story car park before locking the vehicle in anticipation of a summons. The announcement follows a demonstration from CES 2014, where BMW introduced a self-driving car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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The Verge on Twitter

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

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Joystiq on Twitter

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IGN's 2014-2015 Winter Movie Preview - IGN

The Christmastime and post-holiday movie season isn't typically the strongest time of the year for movies, yet the 2014-2015 winter releases would beg to differ. Front-loaded with big blockbusters like The Hobbit and Into the Woods and ending with franchises like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the winter season also has some intriguing meat hanging in the middle, like Jupiter Ascending , Kingsman: The Secret Service , and Fifty Shades of Grey .

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Report: Sony Plans To Release 'The Interview' For Free On Its Own Streaming Service Crackle

I think it's very, very likely" Sony will release the movie, Stelter said. "I would be shocked if we don’t see this movie someway, somehow. The question now is how? One source at Sony said to me today, 'We are pursuing all options.' So let's imagine what those could be. Could be Netflix, could be YouTube, it could be independent movie theaters, or it could be the big movie theater chains that originally decided not to show the film about four days ago."

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Gmail No Longer Forces New Users to Make a Google+ Account

Google's free email service is great—tons of people use it. Google+ isn't nearly as popular, even though new Gmail users have been forced to connect to a Google+ account for years. Now, Google's making that social service integration optional . Finally.

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http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/12/21/tnws-apps-year-scanbot-makes-easy-go-paperless/

On the rare occasions I come across paper documents these days, I make sure to scan them with my phone immediately for easy reference and retrieval. I’m terrible at filing things away physically, so this system works better for me than anything else I’ve tried. My app of choice for the job? Scanbot .

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Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic

In 2011, Facebook was hailed by opposition movements during the Arab Spring and in Russia as a powerful new tool to spread information beyond the control of repressive governments. That may no longer be the case, at least not in Russia. Russian Internet regulators said Saturday that they had sent Facebook a “demand” that it block access to a page calling for a demonstration in support of Alexei Navalny , the most prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Microsoft removes unofficial Snapchat apps from the Windows Phone store

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the apps were removed at Snapchat's request "following Snapchat's decision to disable APIs used by third party apps across platforms." It's not clear why Microsoft is taking the Snapchat-a-likes down themselves, but with no official Snapchat app on the Windows Phone store, their removal means users of Microsoft's mobile operating system now have no way to access the photo messaging service on their phones.

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Obama: Sony Hack Is Not An 'Act Of War'

"No, I don't think it was an act of war," he told CNN's "State of the Union" show that aired on Sunday. "I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately."

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The Best Gaming PCs and Hardware of 2014

It's the fastest single-GPU card available today. It runs incredibly cool and sips power to boot. How low? You can run the GeForce GTX 980 on as little as a 500-watt power supply. Throw in Nvidia's full suite of outstanding GeForce Experience utilities and you get a Charlie Sheen "winning" kind of card, but without the career-wrecking benders. The card is also the first to feature HDMI 2.0 that we've seen and will comfortably handle all gaming at 1080p and even work well for most gaming at 2560x1600 too.

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Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon, comedy skit best friends and the human couple equivalent of a pair of colorful striped socks, teamed up yet again to shed light on a disease that's been plaguing phone-connected humans for years now: the ridiculous overuse of hashtags .

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The Innocence Project's Deirdre Enright Tells Serial Fans What's Next for Adnan's Case

What we know is that Hae had her clothes on, although I know her shirt and bra had been moved up. And her skirt was on but pushed up. As far as I can tell from the lab reports, they definitely did a physical evidence recovery kit where they did anal and vaginal swabs and swabs in her mouth, but they never tested any of that—which is somewhat odd. There were hairs on her body, two of which were microscopically compared to Adnan, and he was excluded and they didn’t belong to her either. Then there was this rope near her body.

51 100 Most Creative People 2014
52 “Am I dying?” The honest answer.
53 Why the moon landings could have never EVER been faked
54 Dog Runs For The First Time, Thanks To 3D Printing
55 You can now have snowball fights in Grand Theft Auto V
56 Download for Free 2.6 Million Images from Books Published Over Last 500 Years on Flickr
57 Suddenly There's A Meadow In The Ocean With 'Flowers' Everywhere
58 Why eyewitnesses get it wrong
59 The Most Expensive Home for Sale in Every State
60 Reg Saddler on Twitter
61 How to buy happiness
62 Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor
63 Here's Why Instagram Demographics Are So Attractive To Brands
64 Peter Jackson Must Be Stopped | WIRED
65 The Best Drone for Every Beginner
66 100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds
67 Dr. Ruth's tips for jolly sex during the holiday season
68 8 fresh ideas for exciting stocking stuffers
69 What I Learned From Building An App For Low-Income Americans
70 These experts still don't buy the FBI claim that North Korea hacked Sony
71 Why do we fart more on planes?
72 To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering
73 Gift Card 101: Your 10 biggest questions, answered
74 These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon's Hyperloop | WIRED
75 The safest gift to get anyone on your holiday list
76 Double amputee controls two robotic arms with his mind
77 The biggest stories of 2014
78 'Frozen' director Jennifer Lee is really sorry for 'Let It Go' - CNET
79 Martine Rothblatt: She founded SiriusXM, a religion and a biotech. For starters.
80 Thousands descend on Stonehenge to celebrate the winter solstice
81 Facebook in 2015: Drones, messaging and virtual reality, oh my!
82 Man makes pliers out of solid wood using just 10 cuts and pure genius
83 Correction: Tonight will not be the longest night in the history of Earth. It was in 1912.
84 Before Google ... Who Knew?
85 Minecraft is getting a story-driven game from the studio behind The Walking Dead
86 Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph
87 Hollywood v. Goliath: Inside the aggressive studio effort to bring Google to heel
88 The 10 weirdest things that have happened in TED Talks
89 Post-Fukushima, Japan Looks for a Solar Renewal | MIT Technology Review
90 BMW i3 review: A city car for the future
91 CNN Tech on Twitter
92 Kristen Wiig crashes Amy Adams' 'SNL' monologue
93 How I Grew Up On The Internet
94 How to wipe your phone or tablet before you sell it - CNET
95 Drinking Jacket gets funded nine times over on Kickstarter
96 11 tips that will land you a job at a small company
97 The Vast Majority Of Vegetarians And Vegans Eventually Return To Meat
98 The Science of Memory (and 4 Uncommon Ways to Enhance It)
99 Driver attacks pedestrians in French city, shouting 'God is great' in Arabic
100 http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/12/22/android-one-phones-coming-bangladesh-nepal-sri-lanka/