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Listen to the Historic Sounds of Space Travel on NASA's SoundCloud

Gizmodo - 9 hours 52 min ago

In space, perhaps nobody can hear your scream—but that doesn't mean that stellar travel is a silent pursuit. Now, NASA has started compiling mountains of historic space-related audio clips for us all to listen to. And there are some belters.

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Google Now wants to help protect your eyes from eclipses

EnGadget - 9 hours 58 min ago
Google Now has just added more cards to its ever-increasing arsenal, and this time, they'll help you prepare for eclipses and possibly dangerous situations. The new eclipse card lists almost everything you need to know about the phenomenon, including...

Camera made from one tiny Lego brick actually works

CNET News - 10 hours 18 min ago
A simple hack turns an itsy-bitsy Lego brick into a working pinhole camera that turns out photos minifigs can enjoy.

Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

SlashDot - 10 hours 18 min ago
First time accepted submitter agent elevator writes In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool's errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree.

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Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

SlashDot - 10 hours 18 min ago
First time accepted submitter agent elevator writes In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges. Hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool's errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree.

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Panasonic tries tablet service for assisted living homes

PC News - 10 hours 22 min ago

If you’re worried about a loved one languishing in an assisted living home, Panasonic has a tablet service to keep you connected.

The electronics giant’s North American arm is launching a “telehealth” service designed to put users in contact with loved ones and caregivers as well as generate reminders. It’s meant to keep users socially engaged while promoting their independence.

The On4Today service will feature tablets that provide daily reminders, both visually and aurally, for elderly users who may suffer dementia and cannot remember appointments easily, which can be a source of anxiety.

“As the aging population is increasing, there is a growing need and increasing demand for healthcare solutions that are flexible,” Bob Dobbins, Vice President, New Business Development, wrote in an email.

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How Many Undiscovered Blood Groups Are There?

Gizmodo - 10 hours 37 min ago

You may think that you know your blood type, but did you know that there are in fact 35 blood group systems in humans? These include well-known systems such as ABO and the Rh system (formerly known as 'Rhesus').

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Hungary needs cash, so it wants to tax internet traffic

EnGadget - 10 hours 59 min ago
It's probably a good thing that Google got its Street View surveil of Hungary in when it did, because a new tax being proposed could make internet traffic in the country more expensive. A tax bill draft sent to parliament could impose a 150 forints...

B&O Has a Stunning New High-End Bluetooth Speaker

Gizmodo - 11 hours 22 min ago

Bang and Olufsen is usually best known for audio equipment that costs more than your car. But now, it's decided to create something that normal people can afford—its first ever portable Bluetooth speaker.

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What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said in Mandarin that so impressed the Chinese

PC News - 11 hours 57 min ago

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg stunned many Chinese on Thursday, not with a new Facebook feature, but because he spoke and answered questions in Mandarin for almost half an hour.

Zuckerberg gave a talk in Chinese at Tsinghua University on Wednesday, and later posted a recording of the event to his Facebook page. The video quickly spread online, generating much surprise and praise from local Internet users.

“Such an awesome person is learning Chinese, why is my own English so bad,” wrote one user on Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo.

Zuckerberg spoke with a strong accent, but handled the language confidently enough to impress the Chinese. Increasingly, executives from the biggest tech companies in the world are visiting the country, but rarely do they speak in Mandarin, let alone for such a long period, or field questions from the audience.

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Windows 10 has new ways to protect you against internet data breaches

EnGadget - 11 hours 58 min ago
There are plenty of online services that use two-factor authentication to reduce the chances of someone hijacking your account after a data breach, but what about the operating system on your PC or phone? You'll get that safeguard if you use Windows...

This Bench Is Built Using Two Power Mac G5s

Gizmodo - 12 hours 7 min ago

The Apple Power Mac G5 was an iconic computer—but, launched back in 2003, it's since been superseded by the Mac Pro. So what better way to celebrate its long and useful life than using its bold looks elsewhere in the office?

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Yahoo's new email app, available for Android and iOS, integrates event and travel notifications alon

Gizmodo - 12 hours 32 min ago

Yahoo's new email app, available for Android and iOS, integrates event and travel notifications alongside all your messages. Sound familiar ?

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B&O Play have made a portable Bluetooth speaker, no, we're not kidding

EnGadget - 12 hours 52 min ago
Back in September, at the last press day of German trade show IFA, I should be hauling-ass across the show floor. Instead, I'm waiting outside by the taxi rank, sucking down secondhand smoke of the booth attendants on their breaks and hoping that my...

U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

SlashDot - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:59
Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.

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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

SlashDot - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:59
Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.

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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

SlashDot - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:59
Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine.

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'SimCity BuildIt' lets Canadians play urban planner before anyone else

EnGadget - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 00:18
While Canada is the brunt of countless jokes, it seems like our friendly neighbors to the north have the last laugh this time. At least when it comes to playing SimCity on the go, that is. The folks at EA have recently soft-launched SimCity BuildIt...

Microsoft to discontinue free Xbox Music streaming

PC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:40

Microsoft is withdrawing free streaming on Xbox Music from Dec. 1, citing the need to focus on its music purchase and subscription service.

The company is offering a free 30-day trial for users wanting to move to the paid service.

“Effective December 1, 2014, the free Xbox Music streaming feature currently available on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and over the Internet will be discontinued in all countries where it is offered,” Microsoft wrote on a support page.

The move will not affect music purchases on Xbox Music or MP3 files added to Xbox Music collections, according to a Microsoft FAQ. Users can also continue to view playlists or collections set up using the free streaming feature, but they can’t listen to the music in those playlists or collections unless they sign up for the Xbox Music Pass or buy the music.

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Yahoo's mail app has notifications for flights and events too

EnGadget - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:37
Yahoo has just released a new Mail update for iOS and Android that integrates event and travel notifications within the app... whoa wait, why does that sound familiar? Another tech company with a name that starts with a G might have announced...
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