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Pocket invites you to try beta features, starting with recommendations

EnGadget - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:39
On the heels of last month's collaboration with Mozilla, Pocket has even more tools for you to try. In fact, the save-it-for-later repository wants you to test new features before they officially arrive in the app or on the web. Pocket's Beta Channel...

Top Gear’s Ex-Hosts Don’t Need DIY Limos Anymore

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:34

The Top Gear hosts designed and built their own limos, then drove celebrities to an awards show---or at least tried to.

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You have the power with the Zweissen Manual Food Processor

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:20
The Zweissen Manual Food Processor is an affordable kitchen tool that likes to explore. And since it requires no electricity, the gadget can be used anywhere.

Portland Is Trying to Stop an Oil-Drilling Ship With Kayaks and Canoes

Gizmodo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:20

If you want to stop a giant oil company from drilling in the Arctic, you have a few options. A large group of Portland residents are currently forming a blockade to prevent one of the oil company’s ships from getting to the Arctic. And they’re doing it with kayaks.


Yelp is in a 'death spiral,' industry expert says

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:16
The business reviews site has suffered a string of blows this week, including the departure of its high-profile board chairman. Can it regain its footing?

'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank

EnGadget - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:14
Gangplank is dead. Riot, the developer of League of Legends, took an unprecedented move this week and killed off one of its champions, the pirate Gangplank. He's completely unavailable in the game right now, even for people who have thrown down real ...

GM quickly issues fix for OnStar hack, but service still vulnerable

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:11
Just last week Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles after hackers revealed a software bug. Now, a new hack exposes a vulnerability in GM vehicles equipped with OnStar. GM issued a quick fix, however, hacker Samy Kamkar says the problem still exists.

Google said to be trying out new version of Glass for workplace

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:07
The search giant has made tweaks to its smart eyewear as it pitches the device to the enterprise. One change: Workers will be able to attach the device to an existing pair of glasses.

Man shoots down drone hovering over house

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 18:00
A Kentucky man thinks it unacceptable when a drone floats over his property. So he shoots it down. Then the drone's owners come calling.

Pinterest launches diversity initiative, will share hiring goals with public

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:53
Digital-scrapbooking site announces partnership with startup to find strategies to increase staff diversity. It will share what works and what doesn't, in an aim to help the whole tech industry.

Californians Cut Water Use By 27% During the Hottest June On Record

Gizmodo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:50

Looks like all that #droughtshaming worked. Last month, California’s urban water use dropped more than the 25% reduction ordered by Governor Jerry Brown—the state cut water use by 27.3%, in fact. We did it!


The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button

SlashDot - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:42
Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came up with the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.

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Samsung confirmed its next Gear smartwatch has a rotating bezel

EnGadget - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:39
If everything we've heard so far is true, Samsung's next Gear smartwatch could be far more interesting than any of its current products. Following news that the wearable comes with a round design, the company has reportedly confirmed it's also going ...

Former 'Top Gear' stars head for Amazon Video (Tomorrow Daily 218)

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:36
Khail and Ashley discuss Amazon's move to sign the former "Top Gear" trio to a new deal, how Nokia plans to enter the VR market with a new camera and a Lexus modded to visualize a driver's heartbeat.

I took me out to a ball game, where tech called balls and strikes

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:31
Technically Incorrect: The two-game series between the San Rafael Pacifics and the Vallejo Admirals claimed to be the first to use Pitchf/x tech to make decisions.

Cisco's pay package for CEO Robbins is a sweet deal

PC News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:00

Cisco will pay incoming CEO Chuck Robbins a higher salary than outgoing chief John Chambers made in fiscal 2014.

Robbins will make US$1.15 million in salary in fiscal 2016, which began this week, and he could earn another $2.59 million based on performance under Cisco’s Executive Incentive Plan. Add in as much as $13 million in stock grants, and Robbins could bring in more than $16.7 million for his first year at the helm.

By contrast, Chambers got $1.1 million in salary and a smaller basic percentage bonus under the Executive Incentive Plan in fiscal 2014, according to the company’s proxy statement issued last September. Chambers was a 20-year veteran at the helm of the company and was also chairman of the board. He’s now stepped back to become executive chairman.

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Mozilla CEO blasts Microsoft over Windows 10 defaults

PC News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:00

Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has blasted Microsoft in a pair of posts to the organization’s blog, arguing that Windows 10’s default browser settings are a “dramatic step backwards” for respecting user choice.

When people update their devices to Microsoft’s new operating system, their default browsers are automatically changed to Microsoft Edge, the successor to Internet Explorer that’s included with Windows 10. People who had a different default browser then have to go into Windows 10’s settings menu and change the default from there.

In an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Beard said that’s no good, since doing so from Firefox requires three or four mouse clicks (roughly twice as many as before) and scrolling to the bottom of a seven-item list. In a blog post accompanying the letter, the Mozilla CEO said it was “bewildering” that Microsoft made that choice, especially after the company’s antitrust troubles.

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Squishy Glassware Is Actually Made of Magical Crystal Clear Silicone

Gizmodo - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 17:00

If you’re clumsy, or have kids, your kitchen cupboards are probably filled with ugly but necessary plastic drinkware. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, because it turns out someone has created crystal clear drinking glasses made from squishy, shatterproof silicone.


The New Google Glass Is All Business

SlashDot - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:58
An anonymous reader writes: Google scrapped an early version of its smart glasses in January, but has developed another model just for businesses. The company hopes to get this newest version of Glass in the hands of healthcare, manufacturing and energy industry professionals by this fall. Recode reports: "The new model can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. However, unlike most other smart glasses, it still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user's vision, rather than displaying an image in the center of one's view like the ODG R7 or Microsoft HoloLens."

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Crave Ep. 213: Take a tour of the ISS, Google Street View style

CNET News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 16:53
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took many photos during her time on the International Space Station, and now they've been stitched together to create a virtual tour of the ISS.

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