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Farmer uses drone to capture bird's-eye view of 'cow art'

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:21
What can you do with a feed truck, a drone and a herd of cattle? A rancher who is famous for serenading his cows will tell you.

Super Bowl a no-drone zone, while ads swarm on social

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:18
Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the big game and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday. Perhaps the next Super Bowl will unleash drones to hunt down drones.

Cecil B. DeMille Kept a Wolf and Guns To Defend Against Edison's Thugs

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:15

Why did Southern California become the epicenter of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget: Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were plenty of real world bullets being discharged over it. Including bullets being aimed at the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' gets a neon tribute

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:06
The dark side isn't so bad when illuminated with neon. Watch this fan-made tribute to the "Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens" teaser trailer re-imagined in vivid, glowing detail.

RunKeeper powers training sessions with Spotify playlists

EnGadget - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:03
Most of us like to blast a collection of inspirational tunes during a workout, and with its latest iOS update, RunKeeper is making that a bit easier. Runners who also have a Spotify premium subscription can now access saved playlists inside the fitne...

Big flagship Radeon graphics card price cuts add pressure to GTX 970 memory furor

PC News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:01

Surprise! AMD and its partners have eagerly leveraged the furor surrounding the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970’s memory allocation performance and corrected specifications, dropping prices on the high-end Radeon R9 290X.

The potent price-to-performance ratio of the GTX 970 forced AMD hardware partners to cut the cost of the R9 290X and other graphics cards to as low as $299 around the time of the Nvidia card’s launch. In the months since, however, prices for the flagship Radeon have generally crept back up to the $330-ish range—the same MSRP as a stock GTX 970.

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Our Favorite Android, iOS, and Windows Phone Apps of the Week

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:00

A smartphone isn't much without apps. It's where the whole "smart" part of the equation comes from. Without them, we're back in the 1990s again. Nobody wants that—except maybe Dustin Diamond. So exercise some of those smarts and outfit your phone with the best apps of the week.


Facebook dives deeper into Yelp, Foursquare world with Place Tips

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:52
The social network is testing a mobile-app feature that serves up information about wherever you happen to be. For now, it's iPhone-only.

US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

SlashDot - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:46
Tyketto writes Following up on a previous story about its replacement, the US Air Force has selected the Boeing 747-8 to replace the aging Presidential fleet of two VC-25s, which are converted B747-200s. With the only other suitable aircraft being the Airbus A380, the USAF cited Boeing's 50-year history of building presidential aircraft as their reason to skip competition and opt directly for the aircraft, which due to dwindling sales and prospects, may be the last 747s to be produced.

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Dell Is Back

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:40

Dell is the company building the most interesting computers right now. Dell is making computers interesting again, period. Who would have thought?


Nickelodeon's standalone streaming service is coming in February

EnGadget - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:34
With networks announcing new streaming options on the regular, Nickelodeon is set to reveal a standalone service of its own. During an investor call this morning, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said the kid-friendly channel will announce its subscripti...

I Totally Want This Camera Bag That Looks Like a Normal Bag

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:32

Camera bags are not only almost always ugly, but they also shout to the world that you are carrying expensive objects around. The Brevitē is a backpack that looks gloriously normal yet has all the necessary compartments to stow your camera gear.


Jawbone opens a Marketplace to show that it's more than step counter

PC News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:32

Jawbone is trying to separate itself from run-of-the-mill fitness trackers with its new Marketplace, selling third-party products that tie into Jawbone's own wearables.

For instance, Nest's Learning Thermostat can set your preferred bedtime temperature when you fall asleep sleep, and set a morning temperature when Jawbone detects that you've awoken. The Lose It Scale can automatically sync your weight to Jawbone's app, and the Fitocracy service provides personalized coaching based on your Jawbone activity. There's even a dog collar that lets you compare your own activity to that of your pet.

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China’s New Rules for Selling Tech to Banks Have US Companies Spooked

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:21

Technology companies that want to sell equipment to Chinese banks have to submit to extensive audits, turn over source code, and build “back doors” into their hardware and software---presumably so that the Chinese government have the ability peek into computer banking systems.

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The Insane Camera Rig Being Used to Shoot 360-Degree Oculus Porn

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:20

Producing quality 360-degree video for Oculus Rift-like headsets is still really difficult to do, which is why high-tech porn company Huccio had the $250,000, seven camera rig above custom-designed for its venture into the world of immersive video.


The Cops Don't Care About Violent Online Threats. What Do We Do Now?

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:10

I. "Hey Anna, do you like pizza?" I was just sitting down to dinner one evening this past November when I looked through some new Twitter notifications on my phone. My night, I realized regretfully, was about to get very, very stupid.


Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

PC News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:05

Apple’s efforts this week to remedy the Wi-Fi connectivity issues plaguing many OS X users produced mediocre results, judging by comments left in Apple’s support forum.

Immediately following the Oct. 16 public release of Mac OS X Yosemite, an undetermined but substantial number of users took to discussion forums and social media to report that the OS crippled and in some cases disabled their machine’s Wi-Fi capabilities. As of Thursday, the thread “OSX Yosemite Wifi issues” on Apple’s support forum had 709,855 views and 2,261 comments.

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Viacom to bring video-streaming subscriptions to Nickelodeon fans

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:03
As more viewers shift away from traditional cable TV, the kids television network sets its sights on the fast-growing mobile market.

Dish DVR Lets You Skip the Football And Watch Nothing But Super Bowl Ads

Gizmodo - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:02

If you're one of the many Americans who couldn't care less which group of grown men is better at surprise bear hugs and rolling in the grass, Dish DVR is granting you a big Super Bowl surprise with Reverse AutoHop. Now, you can cut out all that garbage football from this year's Super Bowl, and gorge yourself on garbage consumerism. Just like the good lord intended.


SpaceX presents a rockin' vision of recyclable space travel

CNET News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:59
SpaceX wants to make space exploration cheaper by reusing its rockets. See how it plans to do it, set to a thumpin' soundtrack.

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