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Tomorrow Daily 089: Multifunctional home robots, high-tech food service, computer magic and more

cnet - do, 11/20/2014 - 01:04
On today's show, we discuss a futuristic home robot with swappable peripherals, a Parisian restaurant using wearables, tablets and phones to organize its kitchen and one university's quest to teach a computer magic tricks.

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Qualcomm wants to move out of your pocket into your cars, house and wearable

cnet - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:58
The world's biggest maker of mobile chips that power smartphones sees lots of room to grow next year. But a glitch in China may hold it back.

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Watch a supercut of Stanley Kubrick's obsession with the color red

The verge - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:48

From the budding supercut master who brought you ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut comes this short (and wildly re-watchable) exploration of Stanley Kubrick's use of the color red. Aptly set to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the smartly-edited video clocks in at just over one minute. Though the cuts are quick, be warned that they obviously give some details away about Kubrick's biggest films — which, if you haven't seen, for shame — and in certain offices this could be considered NSFW because, you know... blood.

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Video: This cool Kickstarter makes the Moto 360 look even better

BGR - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:45

For some smartwatch buyers, the circular Moto 360 is the best-looking wearable device out there, and the Motorola gadget is definitely popular with buyers — at least when compared to other Android Wear devices. To make it even more appealing, SteelConnect has created some interesting accessories that are currently available for purchase on Kickstarter, including a hook that can turn the Moto 360 into a smart modern pocket watch, as seen in the image above.

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Inhale Oxford's Word of the Year: 'Vape'

cnet - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:21
Slang terms "clickbait," "normcore," and "mansplain" lose to "vape" as Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year, which proves electronic cigarettes might not be a drag.

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The hit 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack is free at Google Play today

The verge - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:13

Look, in the months since Guardians of the Galaxy's box office dominance, we've all probably heard "Hooked on a Feeling" a few too many times. (Spotify puts the total stream count at over 16 million.) The film's soundtrack was a hit in its own right, topping the Billboard 200 charts and becoming one of the year's best sellers. It's no 1989, but the album did tremendously well considering it's really just a compilation of '70s tunes. But each song was perfectly tied to the script by writer / director James Gunn, who just today reiterated the importance of music to Guardians.

But if you haven't yet felt the need to buy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 — it was very easy to stream — consider this your lucky day. Google is offering the entire soundtrack...

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This is why the iPhone 6 doesn't have a sapphire screen

The verge - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:02

The iPhone 6 was supposed to have a sapphire display. More than a year ago, Apple turned to GT Advanced Technologies, the now-bankrupt supplier, to solve its longstanding problems with scratched and cracked displays. But as soon as the two companies signed an agreement, their relationship became riddled with complications. In the ensuing year, as chronicled in detail by the Wall Street Journal, everything shifted. Apple originally wanted to buy furnaces with which to make sapphire itself, before changing its mind and deciding to simply buy the produced sapphire from GT. But GT couldn't make sapphire at the volume and quantity Apple wanted, and the relationship splintered over and over until it broke.

The Journal's story is full of...

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Computer engineer Barbie needs men to code for her

cnet - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:01
Mattel apologizes for a book in which Barbie needs programming help from men, Walmart stores are scammed into price-matching fake Amazon listings, and Facebook launches yet another app.

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Which carrier has the most loyal customers, AT&T or Verizon?

BGR - do, 11/20/2014 - 00:00

Whether you like it or not, if you want reliable service for your cell phone, you're going to have to subscribe to one of the major wireless carriers. We all have issues with our carriers from time to time, whether its the cost of data or the lack of customer service, but many of us stick around anyway.

So which carrier has been retaining the most customers in recent months?

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2016 Cadillac ATS-V gets a double dose of turbo (pictures)

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:59
The twin-turbo Cadillac ATS-V debuts at the 2014 LA Auto Show, boasting 455 horsepower.

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In major shift, Firefox to use Yahoo search by default in US

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:58
Google's 10-year run as Firefox's default search engine is over. Yahoo wants more search traffic, and a deal with Mozilla will bring it.
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Why is Spider-Man wearing a ruffled neckpiece?

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:55
What do you get when you drop Darth Vader, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk into the 17th century? Photographer Sacha Goldberger's images tell the tale.
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Chevrolet built a futuristic, spaceship-inspired concept car for 'Gran Turismo 6'

The verge - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:54

The latest concept car designed for Gran Turismo 6 is a futuristic supercar from Chevrolet. The car, dubbed the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Tursimo (VGT), will be available as downloadable content in the PlayStation 3 game later this holiday season. It was designed through a collaboration between Chevrolet Research and Development and Chaparral Racing, and it features a propulsion system based on technology that could one day be used in spaceships.

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'Hunger Games' audiobook bundle aims to help feed the hungry

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:49
Name your own price for this Scholastic audio collection, which also includes "Goosebumps," "The 39 Clues" and more.
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Superheroes, 'Star Wars' stars go back to the 17th century (pictures)

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:44
French photographer Sacha Goldberger's Super Flemish series contains incredible portraits of Marvel, DC and "Star Wars" characters looking like they're in 17th century Europe.
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The best tablet deals for Black Friday

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:36
This Black Friday is flush with tablet deals aimed at nearly everyone, from casual users to movie-buffs.
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This is why you can’t use Touch ID to log in to your iPhone after rebooting

BGR - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:15

In the 14 months since Touch ID launched, it has become a standout feature of the iPhone and iPad line of devices. It makes paying for apps easier than ever, it's a shift toward enhanced mobile security and it was the key to making Apple Pay a reality... but it still has its limitations.

Reddit user Xenon808 asked a question this week that many of us have probably pondered in the past:

"Why do you have to type in your PIN after rebooting your phone or after a certain amount of time?"

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Apps are no longer labeled as 'Free' in the App Store

The verge - wo, 11/19/2014 - 23:00

Eagle-eyed Apple customers noticed a small change in the App Store today; where Apple once touted apps with no immediate cost as "FREE," customers are now being made to tap a "GET" button. The new language shows up throughout the different sections of the mobile and desktop versions of the App Store and is the same whether or not an application allows in-app purchases.

The move is similar to the small language and behavior tweaks other mobile platforms have made to their mobile stores in the last year in the face of increasing pressure from the likes of the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission. Removing the word free from their respective app stores was one of many suggestions made by the European Union in guidelines...

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Firefox drops Google as default search engine, signs five-year deal with Yahoo

The verge - wo, 11/19/2014 - 22:54

Today, Yahoo and Mozilla announced a five-year partnership that would make Yahoo the default US search engine for Mozilla's Firefox browser on mobile and desktop. In December, Yahoo will roll out an enhanced new search function to Firefox users, and will also support Do Not Track functions in Firefox as a result of the partnership. The agreement also sets the stage for future product integrations, but so far the companies are keeping quiet on what those might be. Firefox has lost market share in recent years but is still used by roughly 17 percent of webgoers. According to Mozilla CEO Chris Beard, Firefox users search the web more than 100 billion times each year, suggesting a major windfall for Yahoo as a result of the deal.

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Barbie book implies girls can't be coders; Mattel apologizes

cnet - wo, 11/19/2014 - 22:45
Mattel says a Barbie book that suggests girls can't handle computer code doesn't reflect its brand vision. That won't stop the uproar surrounding the title, which is still available to buy.

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