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Sony's Xperia Z2 goes on sale in US, with $50 discount

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 22:14
The device is available now on Sony's US online store for $700, instead of its $750 suggested retail price.

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The Man Who Mailed Frying Pans

Boing Boing - 21 July, 2014 - 22:08
In the latest episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we follow postal enthusiast W. Reginald Bray as he sends bowler hats, seaweed, his dog and even himself through the British mail. Read the rest
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Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 22:07
Sales boom by nearly a fifth despite US and Aussie regimes' spy fear boycott

Execs at Chinese hardware maker Huawei are laughing all the way to the bank after reporting a healthy bounce in revenues and margins, despite being effectively blockaded by some governments in the West.…

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Road Trip Pic of the Day, 7/21/14: What is this?

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 22:00
If you know what today's picture is, you could be eligible to win a prize in the CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day contest.

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Even nerdier bowties

Boing Boing - 21 July, 2014 - 21:43

The Speicher Tie Company enhances your bowtie's nerdiness with the periodic table of elements, the oxytocin molecule, and more! (via Geekymerch)

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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

Slashdot - 21 July, 2014 - 21:43
An anonymous reader writes If you're tired of yelling at the kids without the help of technology, Toyota has a van for you. From the article: "The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called 'Driver Easy Speak.' It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak 'so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back.' But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids can't talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an optional 'pull-down conversation mirror' that lets drivers check on kids without turning around."

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SK Hynix says Toshiba seeking $1.1 billion in damages

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 21:30
Toshiba filed suit against the South Korean company in March, claiming it profited from the theft of flash-memory data.

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iThing builder Foxconn applies to be mobile network operator in China

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 21:29
Wants its customer's customers' customers

Foxconn, maker of Apple's iPhone, wants to own a mobile phone network in China and has applied for an MVNO licence.…

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 21:11
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really

A UK government-backed scheme to curtail the widespread use of pirated copies of music, television and film has officially been launched and - as expected - comes without any harsh penalties being threatened against persistent offenders.…

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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Slashdot - 21 July, 2014 - 20:55
jfruh writes While several U.S. judges have refused overly broad warrants that sought to grant police access to a suspect's complete Gmail account, a federal judge in New York State OK'd such an order this week. Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein argued that a search of this type was no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive, and that alternatives, like asking Google employees to locate messages based on narrowly tailored criteria, risked excluding information that trained investigators could locate.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 20:37
Not so much backdoors as frontdoors, basically without doors in them

Second hand point-of-sale systems sold through eBay are likely to contain all sorts of sensitive information, according to the work of a security researcher at HP.…

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 20:23
Can't add detail in subhead because SPOILERS

Some meagre plot details for the new Star Wars movie have leaked online, revealed to BadAssDigest by “multiple sources” (some spoilers follow, obviously).…

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How long can Apple's iPhone stay above the smartphone fray?

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 20:13
Apple is expected to post strong iPhone sales in its latest quarter despite stiffer competition, a slowing smartphone market in general, and a new iPhone still months away.

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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

Slashdot - 21 July, 2014 - 20:07
An anonymous reader writes Thanks to some clean-energy tax incentives approved late this spring, California appears to be in the running again for Tesla's "Gigafactory". From the article: "The decision should have been made by now, and ground broken, according to the company's timeline, but is on hold, allowing California, which was not in the race initially — CEO Elon Musk has called California an improbable choice, citing regulations — to throw its hat in the ring. 'In terms of viability, California has progressed. Now it's a four-plus-one race,' said Simon Sproule, Tesla's vice president of global communication and marketing, referring to the four named finalists — Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada — for the prize. That's heartening. Having the Gigafactory would be a vindication of Gov. Jerry Brown's drive to make California the home of advanced manufacturing, of which Tesla's battery technology is a prime example. With its technology, 'Tesla may be in position to disrupt industries well beyond the realm of traditional auto manufacturing. It's not just cars,' a Morgan Stanley analyst told Quartz, an online business publication last year.

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How Microsoft's Cortana came by its human touch

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 20:01
Microsoft's Sogol Malekzadeh talks about her journey from artist in Iran to designer who helped create Windows Phone's marquee virtual assistant.
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Rebels seize MH17 plane crash black boxes and bodies, human remains shipped on train to unknown site

Boing Boing - 21 July, 2014 - 19:55
Xeni Jardin recaps the latest news from Ukraine, where securing the crash site of Flight MH17 remains an open question Read the rest
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UK.gov pops lid off £70m barrel of non-Cloudable hosting pork

The Register - 21 July, 2014 - 19:54
Come and get it while it's still porky, shouts Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office is seeking a joint venture partner to help it tackle what it describes as one of the most costly areas of public sector tech – hosting.…

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Misleading on Marriage: how gay marriage opponents twist history to suit their agenda

Boing Boing - 21 July, 2014 - 19:52
Much of what you hear about the purpose of marriage is ahistorical. Lisa L. Spangenberg on what the institution was traditionally fit for. Read the rest
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Long after shipping accident, Lego never stops washing up on a beach in England

Boing Boing - 21 July, 2014 - 19:49
In storms 17 years ago, the Tokio Express listed so far it lost 62 shipping containers. One of them contained 4.8m pieces of Lego, and they're still washing up in Cornwall, "offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides"
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'Cloud Atlas' author publishes short story using Twitter

from News.com - 21 July, 2014 - 19:40
Author David Mitchell has released a new short story called "The Right Sort" piecemeal, less than 140 characters at a time.

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