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Start the Season With This Historic Cocktail From Baseball's Heyday

Gizmodo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:00

The start of this year’s Major League Baseball season is finally underway. That means sunny weather, high tech stadiums , and if you’re lucky, some really exciting games. It’s also a great time to read up on baseball history—ideally with a cocktail in hand.


Unfriended and Horror’s Long Tradition of Fearing New Tech

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:40

Unfriended is just the latest in a long line of internet cautionary horror tales. Here's how the genre went from killers in the woods to killers on the web.

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A Comfy Compact Camping Chair That Packs Away Into Its Own Legs

Gizmodo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:40

Even if you’ve opted to spend a weekend car camping instead of truly roughing it with nothing but a pack on your back, you still don’t want to pack too much stuff. So in lieu of a couple of awkward folding lawn chairs for cozying up next to the fire, Therm-A-Rest has created the Treo chair which folds up into a pod as small as a thermos.


New movies and TV shows on Amazon for May 2015

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:39
Did you know that if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you have access to a ton of movies and TV shows as a part of your subscription? Truthfact. Here are the newest videos with which to veg out.

The slow, unsettling burn of Owl Cave's indie horror

EnGadget - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:30
Owl Cave popped onto the indie scene in 2013 with a macabre, witty point-and-click adventure called Richard & Alice, which received a slew of rave reviews. Studio co-founder Nina White specializes in crafting vaguely horrific stories packed with tens...

Keep Windows 10 preview up to date -- or face a dead PC

PC News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:20

Testers running Windows 10’s preview must keep the OS relatively up to date or face a bricked PC that won’t boot.

The first three builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview—9841, 9860 and 9879, all released in 2014—will refuse to boot at the end of April, according to a message posted by a Microsoft support engineer on the company’s discussion forum.

Personal computers running the three 2014 builds have been displaying warnings of the impending expiration for the last two weeks. Starting Wednesday, the PCs have been rebooting every three hours, another hint from Microsoft to update.

“Approximately 2 weeks after the license expires, the build will no longer boot at all,” said a support engineer identified only as “RajithR” in a message dated April 10. That step is to start April 30.

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San Francisco introduces free, solar-powered electric vehicle charging

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:18
In a demonstration project, San Francisco unveiled three installations of an off-the-grid solar-powered charging station, allowing electric vehicle owners to pull up and charge for free.

Apple's 12-inch MacBook can use third-party USB Type-C cables

PC News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:15

If you’re buying a new 12-inch MacBook and scrambling to find cables that work with the laptop’s new USB Type-C port, you have more options than Apple’s pricey cables.

MacBook users can instead buy less expensive USB Type-C cables from third parties. The new MacBook also can work with third-party USB Type-C chargers, a big change from the company’s proprietary MagSafe chargers, which are used for other MacBooks.

The MacBook has just one USB Type-C port, and MacBook owners may need to buy a range of cables for charging and connections to monitors or external peripherals.

“Your MacBook will charge from USB-C power adapters not manufactured by Apple if they adhere to the USB Power Delivery specification,” Apple said on a support page updated this week.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning's Prison Twitter Account Is a Mystery

Gizmodo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:15

On April 3rd, 581 days after a military court sentenced to Chelsea Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking some 750,000 classified documents, Chelsea Manning burst back into the public eye with a new Twitter account. What the hell is she trying to do? We talked to the people running her account to find out.


John Hawley Talks About UAV Controls (Video)

SlashDot - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:13
John 'Warthog9' Hawley was the boss sysadmin on kernel.org before he jumped to Intel in April, 2014, as an open hardware technical evangelist. He last showed up on Slashdot in June, 2014, with his Dr. Who-inspired Robot K-9. Now he's talking about flight computers for quadcopters, specifically ones based on MinnowBoards. Last month (April 2015) he was speaking at the Embedded Linux Conference + Android Builders Summit. That's where he and Timothy Lord had this conversation about flight controllers for UAVs, which makes it a fitting sequel to yesterday's video, which was also about controlling drones with real-time Linux.

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First Apple Watch health IT apps bring important messages to the wrist

PC News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:09

Many of the first Apple Watch health IT apps will give doctors faster access to critical information and ease communication between health care providers, while other apps will attempt to get patients more engaged with their health.

Don’t expect doctors to glance at their wrists to view X-rays or a patient’s chart, though. Given the Apple Watch’s screen size, functions that involve text messages work best on the device.

“Doctors get that the watch is a tool to help them deal with information overload,” said Michael Nusimow, CEO of drchrono, which makes EHR (electronic health record) software.

Like many other companies in the health space, drchrono announced its app this week at a large health IT conference put on by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a nonprofit that looks to use IT to improve medical care. About a dozen companies in the health care industry announced their Apple Watch apps this week.

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What You Can Do About Mosquitos

Gizmodo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:06

From ancient home remedies to modern gadgets and even new clothes technology, there’s no need to suffer mosquito bites this spring. Follow this basic advice and never get bit again.


Drones are making the rounds in Asia

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:05
Across the continent, unmanned aerial vehicles are already in use across a broad spectrum of industries.

Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:04
Get ready for rolling BB-8 toys. The droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a real robot, based on the technology in Sphero's toy robotic balls. And in a galaxy not so far away, SpaceX delivers an espresso machine to the International Space Station.

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

Gizmodo - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:00

Today is News Editor Eric Limer’s last day at Gizmodo. All week we’ve been saying RIP Limer, because in a few short hours (after a lot of drinks) he will be dead to us.


FCC faces seventh net neutrality lawsuit

PC News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:55

Broadband provider CenturyLink has joined the long list of ISPs and trade groups suing the U.S. Federal Communications Commission over its net neutrality rules.

CenturyLink filed its lawsuit Friday, becoming the seventh organization to challenge the rules approved by the FCC in late February. The FCC officially published the rules in the Federal Register, the official publication for U.S. agency rules, earlier this week, prompting a round of lawsuits.

The company objected to the FCC’s reclassification of broadband from a lightly regulated information service to a more heavily regulated common-carrier service. CenturyLink spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to “build, maintain and update an open Internet network and does not block or degrade lawful content,” it said in a statement.

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What Scientists Learned Mapping a Sunken Aircraft Carrier

Wired Top Stories - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:44

“The big interesting thing is what happens to these things on the bottom over time.”

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NASA's Dawn gazes at Ceres' sunlit north pole

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:44
Ceres comes into sharper focus as the Dawn mission settles into an up-close study of the dwarf planet's craters and mysterious bright spots.

NASA's Dawn mission seeks Ceres' secrets (pictures)

CNET News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:32
Dwarf planet Ceres is NASA's latest object of fascination, sporting mysterious bright spots and a surface marked with endless craters.

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