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Dorothy shoes: Click your heels, summon an Uber ride?

cnet - di, 10/21/2014 - 20:00
Tuck a tiny gadget into your footwear and turn any pair of shoes into ruby slippers that can text, call or even summon a ride to your location.






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Samsung hints that a Lollipop upgrade for the Galaxy Note 4 is coming soon

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:50

Motorola, HTC and Sony have already mentioned plans to upgrade some devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but Samsung, which doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to providing timely Android updates to its devices, has yet to say anything on the matter. However, in a new post on Twitter promoting the Galaxy Note 4 phablet, the company seems to be hinting at a future Lollipop update for the device.

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Ballmer implies he and Bill Gates aren't BFFs

cnet - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:37
Appearing on CBS News, the former Microsoft CEO also says that Microsoft didn't fail at mobile, but merely got the formula wrong.






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How to make and receive phone calls on your computer with Yosemite and iOS 8

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:25

After previewing OS X 10.10 Yosemite this past summer during its annual WWDC developer conference, Apple finally released its new desktop software to an eager public last week. Yosemite features a complete visual overhaul and plenty of new functionality as well, but the most talked-about new feature set is definitely Continuity, which is a series of features that integrate Mac computers more deeply with iPhones and iPads.

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Here's the phone dialer Apple should have included with OS X Yosemite

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:17

Hands down, one of the best aspects of OS X 10.10 Yosemite is the interplay it allows between Macs and iOS devices. Using your MacBook as a speakerphone for iPhone calls is a pretty cool feeling — and it really does "just work" in true Apple fashion. (SMS relay and other Continuity features can be slightly trickier to get going.) But there's one thing missing from what Apple's given us with Yosemite: a dedicated phone dialer. Or at least a traditional one. You can place calls to just about anywhere through the FaceTime app; start typing a number or contact's name into the text field and you'll see an option to launch that call with iPhone.

But some people still like entering phone numbers the old fashioned way, and many are probably...

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Jimmy Kimmel shows you how to use Apple Pay

cnet - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:06
Struggling to figure out how to use Apple's new NFC payment system on your iPhone 6? Jimmy Kimmel has the definitive guide.
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Sean Parker is building a beach-finding app as penalty for his obnoxious wedding

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:05

Former Facebook president Sean Parker has agreed to build an app for California's Coastal Commission as part of his $2.5 million settlement for throwing a highly elaborate and highly unauthorized wedding in a protected redwood forest last year, according to SFGate. Parker is reportedly working on a mapping app that'll help people find public beaches, which can sometimes be tricky due to wealthy residents attempting to hide entrances or claim areas as private property.

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Switching from an iPhone to a Nexus 6? Here’s everything you need to know

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 19:00

For some people, switching from Android to iOS or vice versa is a difficult thing to do, not only because they may have invested money in a certain ecosystem via apps and other digital content purchases, but also because they might find it difficult to move the data they care about most, including contacts, pictures, music and others. Luckily, there are official guides for that. After Apple put up a guide for switching from Android to iOS, Google has also set up a special iOS-to-Android page on its Android site, just in time for the arrival of the new Nexus 6 smartphone and ahead of the Android 5.0 Lollipop launch.

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You can now hang out with wild chimpanzees on Google Maps

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:45

Google's Street View feature has already transported us from our humble desks to many incredible places around the globe, giving us panoramic virtual views of everywhere from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef. But now it's letting us do do something we've always dreamed of: hang out with chimpanzees in their natural habitat. As shown off in the teaser video below, Google's newest Street View "trek" lets you look around Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, Africa, home to a population...

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Here’s how to find only the best apps on the Google Play Store

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:41

There are lots of apps on the Google Play Store but a lot of them are, quite frankly, junk. However, Android Authority points out that Google has just added a terrific new feature to Google Play that will help you weed out bad apps and only find the ones that have received high praise from Android users.

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Travelers coming from Ebola-stricken countries are now restricted to five US airports

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:30

Starting Wednesday, travelers who have spent time in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea will have to land in one of five airports if they want to gain access to the US, reports USA Today. The Department of Homeland Security announced today that all travelers coming from Ebola-stricken countries will have to go through enhanced screening — screening that currently only takes place in New York City, Chicago, Newark, Washington, and Atlanta.

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You won’t believe that these incredible macroscopic photos are real

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:20

The terrifying picture above is a blister beetle photographed with a Macroscopic Solutions Macropod. The company's website describes its product as "a rigid, portable photomacrography system, which allows the user to make razor sharp, fully focused photographs of small sized specimens at 18 to 26-megapixel resolution."

What the Macropod can do is take multiple three-dimensional images, merge them together, and create a single ultra-hi-def image using its software.

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Use this app to find every place near you that accepts Apple Pay

BGR - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:01

Apple Pay has only just come out but there are already plenty of places that accept it. And if you want to find out which places near you are already set up with Apple Pay terminals, we recommend downloading MasterCard's free MasterCard Nearby app from the iTunes Store that will let you know about every location in your area that accepts MasterCard contactless payments.

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Google brings Songza's best feature to Play Music

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 18:00

After purchasing Songza for an undisclosed sum earlier this year, Google is now bringing that app’s best features to Google Play Music on Android, iOS, and the web. An update due today will add a new section to the "Listen Now" page that’s a streamlined take on Songza’s Concierge functionality. Depending on what time it is or what you’re likely to be doing at that moment, Play Music will present you with a colorful list of activities (working out, getting ready for work, sleeping, studying, etc.) designed to perfectly match your daily routine and mood.

The magic word is context, and Google tries its best to guess that by looking at the time, the day, the device you're using, and other "signals" that offer a clue on what you might want...

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Rainn Wilson is bringing some of Vine's biggest stars to TV

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 17:37

Rainn Wilson of The Office fame is enlisting comedy talent from Vine for his next TV project. Called Hollywood and Vine, the show will follow five of Vine's most popular video makers — Lele Pons, Jerry Purpdrank, Simone Shepherd, Curtis Lepore, and Christian DelGrosso — as they try to break into Hollywood.

According to Deadline, Wilson's scripted comedy will hew close to reality, depicting the five stars as they try to turn their online fame into fame in mainstream media. All five performers make frequent use of Vine for short-form comedy videos, and, since they collectively boast more than 30 million followers, have earned the attention of brands like Badoo and Swiffer. They also frequently collaborate with each other and even with...

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Amazon inks deal with book publisher Simon & Schuster, gets ammo in Hachette fight

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 17:09

Amazon continues to solidify its grip over books sales. As first reported yesterday by Business Insider, the online retail giant has signed a multi-year pact to sell new paper books and ebooks from CBS-owned Simon & Schuster, one of the largest publishing companies in the world. The full terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, but it puts an end to months of difficult negotiations and ensures that Simon & Schuster book titles will be prominently promoted on Amazon's website, according to The Wall Street Journal. Simon & Schuster touted the deal as a victory for its authors in a letter it sent them, noting that it preserves the authors' share of ebook sales going forward. But the deal is perhaps most strategically advantageous for...

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Watch this psychedelic TEDx talk from the guy Google believes is the future of computing

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 17:05

News broke this morning that Google, alongside a number of venture capital firms, led a $542 million investment in a mysterious startup named Magic Leap. The company is promising to "build a rocket ship for the mind" that will completely reinvent the way we experience the world. Founder Rony Abovitz calls his technology "cinematic reality" and says it goes way beyond what virtual or augmented reality have so far been able to accomplish.

There are very few details about the technology or examples of it in action. There is, however, this completely surreal video of a TED Talk that Abovitz gave in Sarasota, Florida in January of 2013. Neon ape-men, giant candy bar totems, and a soundtrack from 2001 A Space Odyssey. It's a thrilling glimpse...

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Homeboy is what happens when tiny security cameras hook up with magnets

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 17:00

After having his home burglarized for a third time, Mark Richards decided that it was maybe a good idea to install a security system. It just so happened he had a background in low-powered Wi-Fi chips, as well as VoIP. So instead of buying one from a store, he decided to start a new company that makes security cameras. The result is a small, battery-powered camera called the Homeboy that records video and makes a terrible noise with a siren when it senses motion. It can be affixed to a...

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Kuna is a light fixture that doubles as a home security system

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 17:00

Convergence, or multiple features coming together, is one of the many things that’s made smartphones so useful, and now the same thing is happening in home security cameras. Cameras are being built into devices that watch for all sorts of other things, like the temperature in your house, or if you need to change the air filter in your furnace. And then there’s Kuna, a home monitoring camera-plus-intercom built into an outdoor light fixture.

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This is what happens to viral art after it gets filtered through the web

The verge - di, 10/21/2014 - 16:53

When an image or video goes viral on the internet, the original file oftentimes gets, well, abused as it gets passed along and reshared, resulting in the circulation of dozens of copies that suffer in quality. The result of this process — downloading files, uploading them, and repeating — is commonly referred to as compression artifcating. You may have have seen an example of this a few years ago when YouTuber canzona uploaded a video of himself, downloaded it, and reuploaded it 1,000 times (the final product is quite terrifying). This technique dates back to at least 1969, with an art project called "I Am Sitting in a Room" where a composer recorded himself in a room, played back the recording, and then recorded that, over and over.

A...

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