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The strange world of computer-generated novels

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 17:24

It’s November and aspiring writers are plugging away at their novels for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, an annual event that encourages people to churn out a 50,000-word book on deadline. But a hundred or so people are taking a very different approach to the challenge, writing computer programs that will write their texts for them. It’s called NaNoGenMo, for National Novel Generation Month, and the results are a strange, often funny look at what automatic text generation can do.

The developer and artist Darius Kazemi started NaNoGenMo last year, when he tweeted out an off-the-cuff idea.

Hey, who wants to join me in NaNoGenMo: spend the month writing code that generates a 50k word novel, share the novel & the code at the...

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FEATURED -- The holidays are almost here: Here are 10 of the best accessories you can buy

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 17:10

Picking out a smartphone is a tremendously difficult chore considering all of the great choices out there, but picking the right accessories for your phone can be even more difficult. Why? Because instead of choosing from a dozen or so solid choices, there are hundreds or even thousands.

With the holidays fast approaching, we dug through the crates and selected 10 of the best mobile accessories money can buy. Looking for the perfect gift? Looking to treat yourself this holiday season? You can't go wrong with any of the great devices on this list.

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Researchers used Jackie Chan's 'Police Story 3: Supercop' to improve solar cells

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 17:02

As far as threequels go, Jackie Chan’s 1992 movie Police Story 3: Supercop has done pretty well for itself. It has a 7.3 rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.9 on IMDb. But those ratings have nothing to do with Northwestern University researchers’ decision to purchase three copies of the flick in Blu-ray for their lab. According to them, the film was just a means to an end — a random purchase that helped them discover that the etchings that cover Blu-ray discs can actually improve the way solar cells absorb light.

"Now there's a new purpose of unwanted Blu-ray discs."

"Now there's a new purpose of unwanted Blu-ray discs," says Jiaxing Huang, an engineer at Northwestern University and a co-author of the study published today in Nature...

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The Verge 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is here

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:54

The Verge 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is here, filled with the best gift ideas for Christmas, Hannukah, or year-end shopping lists. From coffee subscriptions to camping gear to the best bluetooth speaker, we have a little something for everyone.

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Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end?

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:45

Apple's market capitalization hit $700 billion during Tuesday morning's trading session, which is a lot of moolah. It's more than the value of the entire Russian stock market combined. It's more than the annual gross domestic product of Sweden, home to such powerhouse companies as Ikea, Volvo, Ericsson, H&M, Spotify, Astra Zeneca and Assa Abloy, the world's leading lock brand.

The Cupertino-based company also now towers over ExxonMobil, which used to be the world's most valuable company. Poor Exxon is stuck at around $400 billion.

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Microsoft can't explain why its Surface tablet needs a pen

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:43

What can you do in 30 seconds? If it’s an advertisement for the Surface, the answer is: a lot. For the past two years, Microsoft has been showing the tablet running the full version of Office, editing photos in Adobe Photoshop, and converting into either a tablet or a notebook on the fly. But one thing Microsoft hasn’t been able to do very well in 30 seconds is explain why the Surface needs a stylus, which in an era of stroking our screens has long seemed antiquated.

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Mark Cuban made billions from an open internet. Now he wants to kill it

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:30

Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Cuban said that he was in favor of creating "fast lanes" on the internet that would ensure the quality of certain services. He’s a man who has always had plenty of opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to them, but in this case, it’s worth pointing out what a hypocritical asshat he sounds like, pushing a position that would have been a death blow to the very startup that made him so rich in the first place.

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23 big Black Friday sales you can shop RIGHT NOW!

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:20

If you think we still have three days to wait before Black Friday 2014 kicks off, you haven't been paying attention at all. The days of waiting for Thanksgiving to come and go before being able to take advantage of the huge savings associated with the biggest shopping day of the year are long gone. Now, Black Friday begins weeks before the actual Friday rolls around, and the savings you can enjoy ahead of time are often just as impressive as they are on Black Friday itself.

We have spent almost two weeks sharing the best deals available this holiday shopping season, and you can find everything you're looking for in our big Black Friday 2014 hub. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop, however, you can now find a list of 23 big Black Friday sales that have already begun right here in this post.

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The best Black Friday 2014 deals at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:18

If you don't need a new TV, video game console, or computer, heading to your local carrier store on Black Friday might not be such a bad idea. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all offering discounts — some of them decent — on smartphones and various accessories like smartwatches and fitness trackers. As of right now, it looks like Verizon is offering the best deals if you're after a new phone. The Sony Z3v is an easy recommendation if you don't mind signing on with Verizon for two years; same goes for the "free" Moto X and $99 Droid Turbo.

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Fassbender replaces Bale as 'Jobs' moves from Sony to Universal

cnet - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:15
Universal has paid $30 million to take on the Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin and helmed by Danny Boyle.






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Super Smash Bros. becomes fastest-selling Wii U game in US

cnet - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:07
Nintendo says it sold 490,000 units of the Wii U title in its first three days on store shelves, topping Mario Kart 8's record.
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Unwrap the first picture from the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special

cnet - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:05
The festive episode will be titled "Last Christmas". And when season 9 returns, it'll include an episode written by only the fifth female writer in the show's history.






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9 apps to help make a crazy Thanksgiving more bearable

cnet - di, 11/25/2014 - 16:00
Expecting Uncle Bob and Grandpa Joe to get into their usual Thanksgiving debate? Crave's Michael Franco has some apps to help you deal with everything from shouting matches to awkward silences.






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Microsoft drops AT&T Lumia 635 smartphone to $39 -- off contract

cnet - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:59
The only catch? The phone is currently out of stock online, though Microsoft promises it will be available for Black Friday.






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FEATURED -- The holidays are almost here: These are the best tablets you can buy

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:55

When Apple’s iPad first started blowing up and other consumer electronics companies rushed to copy it, tablets were seen as the next huge growth market. Fast-forward to 2014 and we’re already seeing sales growth slow to a crawl. For many, tablets are nonessential devices and they also don’t needed to be upgraded as frequently as a smartphone, so it makes sense that the market for slates is much smaller.

Of course, tablets are still fantastic devices for millions of consumers out there. They also still make great holiday gifts, so here are the five best tablets on the market.

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HERE WE GO: Best Buy's huge early access sale for Black Friday 2014 starts right now!

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:30

We're now just a few short days away from full-on Black Friday 2014 madness, but as anyone who has been following BGR's Black Friday coverage knows, the deals began a long time ago. Retailers across the country and online vendors have turned up the heat on pre-Black Friday sales in an effort to boost revenue this shopping season, and it certainly seems to be working.

Of course, that also means you don't have to wait for Black Friday or even Thanksgiving Day to roll around to save money, and now Best Buy has kicked off its big early access sale for one day only.

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Samsung admits defeat with failed WhatsApp competitor

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:09

Shaken up by a recent downturn in phone sales and profitability, Samsung is now reassessing all aspects of its operations and "streamlining its business units." That's turning out to be bad news for the company's cross-platform messaging app ChatOn, which, it has been determined, "isn't a business that can show improvement in the future." Multiple Samsung officials are cited by The Korea Times in a report that says ChatOn will be gradually phased out on a region-by-region basis as Samsung looks to cut its losses and focus on more profitable ventures.

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BlackBerry will pay you up to $550 to dump your iPhone 6 for the Passport

BGR - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:05

Do you want to be super productive with a rugged phone that will help you work wide and do real work? Even better, do you want to get $550 to buy it just for trading in your wimpy, un-wide iPhone 6? There's great news for you, then. Per 9to5Mac, BlackBerry has announced a limited-time offer that will give you up to $550 if you trade in the iPhone 6 for the Passport.

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Nieuwe app van De Lijn verwittigt reizigers wanneer ze moeten afstappen

Knack - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:03
De Lijn gaat reizigers via een nieuwe mobiele applicatie waarschuwen wanneer ze moeten afstappen. Gebruikers kunnen bovendien zien over hoeveel minuten ze aan hun bestemming zijn. Daarvoor maakt de app gebruik van de gps-positie van de bus.
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Small Empires: Forget your keys? There's an app for that

The verge - di, 11/25/2014 - 15:03

We've reached a stage where most consumers are familiar with the concept of a "smart home," full of "connected devices," that works, at least in the commercials, something like the futuristic home of The Jetsons. The problem is that unless you're building a home from scratch, most people are going to be adding these smart features in a piecemeal fashion. Each device has to justify its price tag over cheaper, more conventional appliances.

The August Smart Lock brings a couple of enticements to the table, starting with its design. Crafted by the legendary Yves Behar, the August lock is a gleaming, modernist beauty. More importantly, it's social. Because the "keys" to the lock are just some code executed by a phone, you can use the app to...

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