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Wolves and lynx and bears, oh my! Europe's conservation win

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 22:27

Large, carnivorous predators in Europe are doing pretty well for themselves. Europe's populations of wolves, brown bears, wolverines, and lynx have recovered from a previous decline — in fact, their numbers have risen to near-record highs, according to a study published in Science today. The recovery may be due to Europe's animal conservation approach — an approach that allows for the presence of large predators among human populations, instead isolating them in state parks and conservation areas the way North America does, researchers said.

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How to fix a cracked iPad Air 2 screen yourself in 10 minutes

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 22:20

There are few things that are more heartbreaking to a gadget fan than a cracked smartphone screen. Gorilla Glass is incredibly strong, but it may never be strong enough to survive some of the nasty spills that smartphones often take. If there is one thing that's even sadder than a cracked smartphone screen though, it's probably a cracked tablet screen. For some reason, the larger scale makes it that much more heartbreaking.

If you have Apple's iPad Air 2 and it recently became the victim of an unfortunate accident, you'll need so cough up some serious money to get it fixed or replace it. If you're handy, however, and you can manage to source parts at a decent price, you can save some money by fixing your iPad yourself in about 10 minutes.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — a post-film (and trilogy) chat

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 22:18

Two Verge staffers saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and then gathered to discuss it. This discussion is, naturally, full of spoilers (and also caps-lock). Welcome to the Fellowship of the Hobbit. One (Kwame Opam) is a known stan; the other (Elizabeth Lopatto) hasn't read the books in a decade at least, and didn't see the other two Hobbit films.

The Hobbit is about hiking and trying to stay out of troubleElizabeth Lopatto: So, I haven’t read The Hobbit in a while, but there are whole swaths of this movie I do not recall being in the book. In my memory, The Hobbit was about hiking and trying to stay out of trouble when trouble is all around you; I do not remember a two-hour fight scene. The conflict re: hiking / staying out...

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The Steam Holiday Sale has begun, offering the craziest PC game deals of the year

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:55

Halloween might be spooky, but there's no time of the year quite as terrifying for PC gamers as the Steam Holiday Sale. On Thursday, Valve launched the biggest PC gaming sales event of the year on its digital download platform. From now until January 2nd, Steam will feature hundreds of sales, but you'll have to check back fairly frequently if you want to get the best deals.

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Cop allegedly objects to proof of insurance on phone, gets law wrong

cnet - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:35
In more than half the states, drivers are allowed to show proof of car insurance electronically. One driver, allegedly pulled over for playing "F--- Tha Police," says the cop who stopped him didn't know the law.






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Microsoft's Lumia Denim update arrives with big camera improvements

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:34

Microsoft has started rolling out a new Windows Phone update to its range of Lumia devices. Dubbed Lumia Denim, the latest update brings some significant camera improvements to the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520. The first noticeable change is a new Lumia Camera app that launches faster and takes photos more quickly. Microsoft’s Lumia 1520 has a more than capable camera, but the slowness of capturing photos often lets it down, and this update is designed to address that.

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Video: These terrific last-minute tech gifts all cost $50 or less

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:30

Looking for a last-minute gift that doesn't burn a hole in your wallet? Hugely popular YouTube gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee has you covered. In his latest video on last-minute holiday tech gifts, Brownlee lists a bunch of different products and accessories that are relative steals and cost $50 or less.

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Comcast employees reveal secret tricks for lowering your cable bill

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:05

Cable bills have been rising at three times the rate of inflation lately but that doesn't mean you're doomed to keep paying higher prices forever. Vox's Timothy Lee talked with two anonymous Comcast customer service representatives who let him in on the secret tricks that cable customers can use to lower their bills.

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Cadillac virtual mirror improves vision

cnet - do, 12/18/2014 - 21:01
Cadillac announces today that its new CT6 model, due out next year, will incorporate a virtual rearview mirror, increasing rear visibility by 300 percent.






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NASA's Kepler telescope is alive and finding planets again

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:51

The telescope that's done the most work for expanding our knowledge of exoplanets is alive again — and it's already found another Earth-sized one to add to the list. NASA announced today that they awakened the Kepler telescope for its K2 (or "Second Light") mission, and detailed the ingenious solution that was used to fix what was wrong.

The problem the scientists were able to solve involved Kepler's reaction wheels, which are used to position the telescope for targeting. One of them failed in 2012, which only affected the telescope's fine-tuning, but when a second wheel failed in May of 2013 the project was halted. To solve this problem, scientists and engineers devised a way to use pressure from sunlight as a "virtual reaction...

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Paramount is now canceling screenings of Team America: World Police

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:46

Just a day after Sony decided to cancel the debut of the embattled comedy The Interview, Paramount Pictures is pulling Team America: World Police from release. The Alamo Drafthouse, which had scheduled Team America as a fill-in for the Seth Rogen comedy after yesterday's development, confirmed that its December 27th screening had been canceled, as did Cleveland Cinemas, which had booked the film for a 2015 midnight screening way back in October.

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Use these 2 apps to shoot gorgeous 4K videos with your iPhone 6

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:40

We've known for a while that the A8 chip inside Apple's iPhone 6 includes support for 4K video, although the device's default camera software doesn't have the ability to film in 4K like Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 does. Just because your vanilla iPhone 6 doesn't shoot 4K videos, however, doesn't mean that you can't get it to do so with the help of some apps.

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The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:32

The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on earth — and it won't just be the polar bears who suffer. Snow was well below average, and on the Eurasian side of the Arctic, set a new record low in April. Sea ice in September was the sixth-lowest on record.

These findings come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual Arctic Report Card, which began in 2006 and has been published every year since.

Less ice and more water meant that more plants bloomed in the ocean — and there was more This may be an indication of things to comegreenery on the tundra as well, the report said. In fact, as of 2013, the amount of biomass on the tundra increased 20 percent since 1982. Melting occurred across almost 40...

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Beyond the Sony hack: How companies can clamp down on cyberattacks

cnet - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:22
Data breaches are on the rise, but cybersecurity experts say employees and companies can still make broad changes to cut back on hacks.






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The Vergecast, live today at 4:30PM ET!

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:19

For the final Vergecast of 2014, let's look back on the biggest stories of the past 12 months. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, and Chris Plante will talk about hacks, smartwatches, large phones, the rise of weed, the fall of cable, and plenty of other timely topics.

Let us know in the comments what other topics from the year you'd like us to cover. We'll start at 4:30PM ET, so be sure to make your voice heard before the show begins! If you don't live in the Eastern Time Zone, here's a helpful tool that will tell you when to watch!

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DEAL ALERT: This is your last chance to get a great deal on an Xbox One or PS4 in 2014

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:15

Let's say you missed all the Black Friday deals last month and you didn't pay attention during all the subsequent sales events, but you still want to pick up a new console before the end of the year.

Best Buy has you covered.

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Amazon still adding new features to Fire Phone despite massive flop

The verge - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:11

For a whole slew of reasons, Amazon's first smartphone has turned out to be a dud with consumers. Experiments are, by their very nature, prone to failure," CEO Jeff Bezos recently told Business Insider. But the company isn't abandoning people who actually bought into the Fire Phone experiment; it's just rolled out a new update that packages some new features and numerous bug fixes. FireFly, one of the phone's more unique features, can now automatically translate text using the built-in camera; it's also picked up the ability to recognize and identify famous works of art. Amazon says over 2,000 paintings are supported, and it'll provide Wikipedia background for anything it successfully recognizes.

The Fire Phone's pretty decent camera is...

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Internet Explorer 'browser ballot' ends, takes market share with it

cnet - do, 12/18/2014 - 20:04
Microsoft's browser was the dominant force in 2009 when the EU required the company to offer consumers a choice of browsers. But that has changed dramatically over the past several years.






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Google’s ‘email killer’ Inbox just got even better

BGR - do, 12/18/2014 - 19:50

Google on Thursday announced some very cool new features for its Inbox app, which has been called an "email killer" by several pundits. On its Gmail blog, the company detailed a new reminders feature that can sit atop the inbox in order to let users easily save and access “to-dos” for later. More than 20 pieces of information, dubbed “assists” can then further help with reminders, with Inbox also able to combine assists and learn from past experiences.

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Weird Al the Magnificent and the mysterious floating orb

cnet - do, 12/18/2014 - 19:49
Fresh off his hit album "Mandatory Fun," Weird Al Yankovic takes to YouTube to demonstrate his newly found skills as a magician.






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