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Anyone who works as a freelancer these days has to be at least a bit familiar with techie things. But it isn’t just that. When I was a kid and those vaguely SF puppet shows were on the television and all the other kids wanted to be Greg Gogetem or Steve Savetheuniverse, I wanted to be the guy in a white coat and glasses called Doc or Brains. Here are some technology-related feeds I find useful and/or entertaining.

Wired Top Stories » Game|Life Video: Clubbing With Vita, Rebooting Karateka

Thursday 23 February 23:56:40 UTC 2012

We take a trip to the Vita Hill Social Club, where Sony is hooking up gamers with unique nights out centered around the PlayStation Vita, in this Game|Life video newscast. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Microsoft Woos Joe Developer with New Visual Studio

Thursday 23 February 23:56:39 UTC 2012

Microsoft has unveiled a new version of Visual Studio, its venerable programming kit. Due out in beta next Wednesday, February 29, the new release — codenamed Visual Studio 11 — offers a new set of tools for building applications on Windows 8, the next incarnation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Microsoft also aims to simplify Visual Studio's developer environment … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Will an Avalanche of iPads Crush Business Networks?

Thursday 23 February 23:56:38 UTC 2012

Are Apple's iPads about to overwhelm corporate networks? The research firm Gartner says that unless businesses plan for it, they could require three times the amount of wireless coverage in order to support the iPad on corporate networks. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Keyboard Patent Shows How Apple Could Make MacBooks Even Thinner

Thursday 23 February 23:56:37 UTC 2012

A new Apple patent application filing called "Single Support Lever Keyboard Mechanism" describes a few different ways Apple could trim some of the fat from existing notebook keyboards, making them even more slender. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Interface: The Tech World Isn't a Democracy of Data, and Neither Is the NBA (Wired Opinion)

Thursday 23 February 23:56:36 UTC 2012

I love Alexis Ohanian?s technology-inspired take on the Jeremy Lin phenomenon not least because I think it?s totally wrong. This is what?s great about both sports and technology, at least if you enjoy talking about them. As long as everyone stays civil, you can argue forever. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Publisher Drops Ownership Claims to Time-Zone Data

Thursday 23 February 23:56:35 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Physicists Pinpoint W Boson, Narrow Search for Higgs

Thursday 23 February 23:56:34 UTC 2012

Scientists have produced the most precise measurement of a fundamental particle called the W boson. It will help them search for the elusive Higgs boson, the discovery of which would be an epoch-making event. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » How SodaStream Gives You the Perfect Space Mission Finale

Thursday 23 February 23:56:15 UTC 2012

How does a do-it-yourself space architect keep his capsule upright? With soda pop carbonation canisters, of course. Rocket Shop blogger and Copenhagen Suborbitals co-founder Kristian von Bengston explains why. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » White House Privacy Bill of Rights Brought to You by Years of Online Debacles

Thursday 23 February 23:56:00 UTC 2012

The White House announced Thursday a new ?Consumer Bill of Rights? for online privacy and that the net?s biggest online ad networks that build profiles will respect a ?Do Not Track? setting in browsers. [Link]

Slashdot » MIT Lecturer Defends His Standing As Email Inventor

Thursday 23 February 23:33:00 UTC 2012

hapworth writes "IT professionals were recently outraged to hear that the Smithsonian acquired some code from MIT lecturer VA Shiva Ayyadurai who has convinced no less august pubs than Time Magazine and The Washington Post that he invented email. While objectors howl on forums and message boards, VA Shiva Ayyadurai spoke up today to defend his standing as email's … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Man Assembles Skeleton in Stop Motion [Video]

Thursday 23 February 23:30:58 UTC 2012

According to the source, this is a stop motion video, but wouldn’t it be more accurate to call it a time-lapse? I guess it doesn’t really matter, the video is still really cool anyways.[Source: Museum of London | Via LS]Related posts:Epic Stop Motion Jonny Quest Intro [Video]Awesome Stop Motion Animation: Against the Grain [Video]Super Mario Bros Paper Stop Motion Orchestration … [Link]

Slashdot » Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

Thursday 23 February 22:51:00 UTC 2012

New submitter clorkster writes "I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I am opposed to paying for internet access twice and my home access is certainly more important and necessary. I am now running into … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Google to Oust Motorola Mobility Chief, Replace With One of Its Own: Report

Thursday 23 February 22:47:00 UTC 2012

Google spokeswoman Niki Fenwick declined to comment on the report, as Motorola's acquisition has not been closed. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Hands-On: Nike+ FuelBand Exercise Monitor

Thursday 23 February 22:31:00 UTC 2012

What's a "Fuel" point? It?s an arbitrary metric of how much one runs, walks, skips or jumps while wearing Nike+?s FuelBand exercise monitor, which went on sale Wednesday. We submit our first impressions. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Platforms for the Future: Magic and Neuroscience [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:30:03 UTC 2012

Listen to Luigi Anzivino as he speaks about the intersection of magic and neuroscience, because, as Arthur C. Clark would say, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”[IFTF]Related posts:Neuroscience as Art [Gallery]Amazing iPod Magic – Deception [Video]Richard Dawkins: The Magic of Reality [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Amazon Blurs Cloud Lines with Simple Workflow Service

Thursday 23 February 22:22:00 UTC 2012

Seeking to blur the lines between cloud services and in-house data centers, Amazon Web Services has released Simple Workflow Service (SWF). Initial developer reception is positive, but will the service usher a bigger shift to the cloud? [Link]

Slashdot » Obama's Privacy Bill of Rights: Just a Beginning

Thursday 23 February 22:13:00 UTC 2012

jfruh writes "Last night the White House hastily arranged a phone conference at which a 'Privacy Bill of Rights' was announced. It's an important document, not least because it affirms the idea that our data belongs to us, not to companies that happen to collect it. But it has a number of shortcomings, not least among them the companies … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Admiral Ackbar Speaks: The Erik Bauersfeld Interview [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:10:11 UTC 2012

Erik Bauersfeld, 90 years old, performed the voices of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in “Return of the Jedi.” He’s still never seen the original “Star Wars,” and the recording was a very small job in his respected broadcasting career. But he has developed a nice relationship with fans of the series, returning their letters and refusing to charge money … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Kiwis Tell Us the Sky is Falling

Thursday 23 February 22:10:10 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: NASA Earth ObservatoryChicken Little, you’re finally right. The sky is starting to fall.Well, not really. It’s just that average cloud height has decreased by 1 per cent over the last decade – that’s about 30-40 metres. How? Scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand analyzed cloud height data gleaned over the last decade from the Multi-angle Imaging … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Having PR in the Friends Zone [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:10:09 UTC 2012

Its so unfortunate how many of us get trapped in stages 1 through 5 for so long.But we just gotta keep saying, “Hi my name is…”A great one for those with post-Valentine’s day stress disorder. Don’t worry guys (and girls), we won’t be alone forever.[Via dmingthing on YouTube]Related posts:Twilight Zone San Francisco [Video]Friends Don’t Let Friends Play Inverted [Video]Extreme Archery … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geektastic Glassware

Thursday 23 February 22:10:08 UTC 2012

Etsy store owner FanBoy Glass creates custom etched glassware for fans of movies, sci-fi, anime and gaming! Here is a selection of some of our favorite from his store! [FanBoy Glass]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Videogame Dog Park [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:10:07 UTC 2012

Love the part with the companion cube! :)[Source: Dorkly]Related posts:Videogame Henchmen Ledge Safety Guide [Comics]Companion Cube Subwoofer Mod [Video]Hand-Knit Companion Cube Sweater [Pic] [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 36% Off Perplexus Original Maze – $15.99 + MORE!

Thursday 23 February 22:10:06 UTC 2012

My 7-year-old received this for his birthday a few weeks ago, and since then, the whole household has been fighting over who’d get the chance to play with it. I’m serious, this is probably the most fun toy I laid my hands on in a LONG, LONG time.You’ve mastered the Original – can you beat the new Perplexus Epic? Navigate the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Galactic Empire Invades Copenhagen [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:10:05 UTC 2012

Denmark-based advertising agency advance recently released this fun ad for Toys r us in partnership with Mike Horn, the guy responsible for the very awesome Death Star over San Francisco video that took the web by storm a few years ago. Check it out![Source: Advanced]Related posts:Bad News: The Galactic Empire has taken over CaliforniaGalactic Empire State of MindGeektastic Galactic Empire … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Lego Minecraft Micro World Available for Pre-Order

Thursday 23 February 22:10:04 UTC 2012

Minecraft found its incredible success through its simplicity. The game itself is incredibly affordable, and while lacking in any great detail like curves, it allows you to build nearly anything in its 8-Bit style like digital Lego. Genius.So it was not a surprising move that Minecraft has teamed up with Lego to release a collection of Minecraft sets, allowing you to … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Worf is Always Wrong [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:10:03 UTC 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons, and in this more culturally accepting future version of Star Trek, even the violent Klingons were members of the Federation. Worf was the first Klingon to be a lead character in a Star Trek franchise, and has appeared in more episodes than any other Star Trek character.The only reason I bring up … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Platforms for the Future: Magic and Neuroscience [Video]

Thursday 23 February 22:00:03 UTC 2012

Listen to Luigi Anzivino as he speaks about the intersection of magic and neuroscience, because, as Arthur C. Clark would say, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”[IFTF]Related posts:Neuroscience as Art [Gallery]Amazing iPod Magic – Deception [Video]Richard Dawkins: The Magic of Reality [Link]

Slashdot » Carrier Ethernet 2 Aims For Global Connectivity

Thursday 23 February 21:32:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg provides this extract from Network World: "The Metro Ethernet Forum has updated its Carrier Ethernet specification, hoping to standardize the use of Ethernet for global multicarrier services. 'With Carrier Ethernet 2, we're expanding Quality-of-Service [QoS] well beyond best efforts, and will now allow carriers to interconnect to provide worldwide [Ethernet] service,' said Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, during … [Link]

Pogue's Posts » What Cameras Inside Foxconn Found

Thursday 23 February 21:15:36 UTC 2012

ABC's "Nightline" was invited to visit Apple's production lines at Foxconn, giving Americans a chance to see how iPads and iPhones are made in China. A note from a man born in China gave another perspective on jobs in that country. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Ok Band Geeks, Tell Us Otherwise

Thursday 23 February 21:00:47 UTC 2012

This is your chance to shine, geeks of the cymbal, flute, tuba, and French horn. Tell us loud, tell us proud: how is this different from your conductor. Because I just can’t see how any of them do anything different…[Via I Waste So Much Time]Related posts:Marching Band Does Viral VideosIntroducing the “Living Band-Aid”Star Wars Geeks VS Sports Geeks: Fight! [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Dimension Data Rolls Out Enterprise Cloud Suite

Thursday 23 February 20:55:00 UTC 2012

Dimension Data cannon-balled into the cloud pool today with a number of new enterprise cloud services, mostly acquired with its purchase of OpSource in June of last year. [Link]

Slashdot » Proposed Video Copy Protection Scheme For HTML5 Raises W3C Ire

Thursday 23 February 20:46:00 UTC 2012

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Ars Technica: "A new Web standard proposal authored by Google, Microsoft, and Netflix seeks to bring copy protection mechanisms to the Web. The Encrypted Media Extensions draft defines a framework for enabling the playback of protected media content in the Web browser. The proposal is controversial and has raised concern among some parties … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Court OKs Taking DNA From Felony Arrestees

Thursday 23 February 20:37:52 UTC 2012

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a voter-approved measure requiring California authorities to take a DNA sample from every adult arrested on felony accusations in the Golden State. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Pipeline | Geo-Location, Geo-Location, Geo-Location: The Tragedy of Lightsquared

Thursday 23 February 20:37:51 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Fans Race to Find Mass Effect 3 Discs Shot Into Space

Thursday 23 February 20:37:50 UTC 2012

As part of a new promotion for its forthcoming sci-fi role-playing game, BioWare is launching copies of Mass Effect 3 into Earth's upper atmosphere in San Francisco, California on Thursday, the company said in a press release this week. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ruling Stands: Defendant Must Decrypt Laptop

Thursday 23 February 20:37:49 UTC 2012

A federal appeals court is rejecting an appeal from a bank-fraud defendant who has been ordered to decrypt her laptop so its contents can be used in her criminal case. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » After 60 Hours in Cockpit, Pilot of Solar Impulse Feels 'Better Than Expected'

Thursday 23 February 20:37:48 UTC 2012

A pilot preparing for an around-the-world flight in a solar plane sounds remarkably bright and alert after 60 hours in a flight simulator. Landing could be tricky, but he's not worried. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Sacr? Bleu! French Drone Documents Stolen From Paris Train Station

Thursday 23 February 20:31:00 UTC 2012

There are thieves out there who want your luggage, which is why you should never leave it unattended. There are also spies who want your confidential documents about your next-gen spy drone. You probably don't want to leave those alone either. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Wired Opinion: The Case of the Missing Moon Rocks

Thursday 23 February 20:28:00 UTC 2012

Joseph Gutheinz is on a mission for the moon. Decades ago, after NASA?s best and brightest brought back 850 pounds of rocks from their lunar journeys, the U.S. gave them away as "goodwill" gifts to the world?s nations. Then many of them disappeared, stolen or lost in the aftermath of political turmoil, offered for millions on the black market. Gutheinz, … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » HTML Editor Calls HTML5 Video Copy-Protection Proposal 'Unethical'

Thursday 23 February 20:19:00 UTC 2012

Google, Microsoft, and Netflix have teamed up to propose a copy protection protocol– AKA DRM — for HTML5 video. It's just a draft right now, but already the response from other W3C members has been overwhelmingly negative. [Link]

Slashdot » Nigerian Scam Artists Taken For $33,000

Thursday 23 February 20:01:00 UTC 2012

smitty777 writes "An Australian woman who was being used by a group of Nigerian scam artists stole over $33,000 from the group who employed her. Her bank account was being used to funnel the cash from a dodgy internet car sales website. Irony aside, it makes one wonder how these folks ever got the nerve to go to the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Loose cable may explain speed of light mystery

Thursday 23 February 20:00:01 UTC 2012

Researchers at Cern have discovered that a loose cable may have been the real reason for an apparent measurement of neutrinos exceeding the speed of light. However, another possible fault could mean the recorded speed was actually understated.As you can’t have failed to miss, staff on the Opera (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-Racking Apparatus) experiment were originally working on measurements of how … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Take Your Mobile App to the Circus at SXSW

Thursday 23 February 19:45:27 UTC 2012

The travelling mobile app competition AppCircus is again coming to SXSW. Last year mobile developers joined the circus, with competitors coming from all over the world. The deadline to apply this year is Friday, February 24. Here’s how the site describes AppCircus SXSW: We will be showcasing mobile apps from all over the world at the Circus Mashimus tent, you will … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Admiral Ackbar Speaks: The Erik Bauersfeld Interview [Video]

Thursday 23 February 19:21:56 UTC 2012

Erik Bauersfeld, 90 years old, performed the voices of Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna in “Return of the Jedi.” He’s still never seen the original “Star Wars,” and the recording was a very small job in his respected broadcasting career. But he has developed a nice relationship with fans of the series, returning their letters and refusing to charge money … [Link]

Slashdot » Are Smartphones Starting a Boom In DIY Medicine?

Thursday 23 February 19:17:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "How are you using smartphones and other portable devices to take charge of your medical care? The NY Times has an article about attachments to the iPhone for tracking blood sugar and blood pressure. There are also glorified web cams that take pictures of your ear drum, teeth or eyes to save you a trip … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Rain sucks energy out of world's wind

Thursday 23 February 19:00:00 UTC 2012

For the first time we have an estimate of the amount of energy dissipated by rainfall, which drains energy from the world's winds [Link]

Slashdot » Developer's View: Real Life Inspirations Or Abstract Ideas?

Thursday 23 February 18:36:00 UTC 2012

StormDriver writes "According to writer Marc Prensky, most of us come from a generation of digital immigrants. It basically means the modern web developed during our lifetime, it is a place we migrated to, discovering its potential. But people aged 20 and younger are not like that at all. They are digital natives, they've spent their whole lives here. … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Kiwis Tell Us the Sky is Falling

Thursday 23 February 18:30:51 UTC 2012

Photo Credit: NASA Earth ObservatoryChicken Little, you’re finally right. The sky is starting to fall.Well, not really. It’s just that average cloud height has decreased by 1 per cent over the last decade – that’s about 30-40 metres. How? Scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand analyzed cloud height data gleaned over the last decade from the Multi-angle Imaging … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Today on New Scientist: 23 February 2012

Thursday 23 February 18:19:11 UTC 2012

All today's stories on newscientist.com, including: Virginia law may demand invasive scan before abortion and was speeding neutrino claim a human error? [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » DIY Geiger counter smartphone app to measure radiation

Thursday 23 February 18:10:28 UTC 2012

Make your own Geiger counter with a smartphone, some aluminium foil and an empty box of sweets [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Oklahoma bill tackles 'controversial' science education

Thursday 23 February 18:09:00 UTC 2012

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has moved closer to approving a bill that critics fear will allow teaching of creationism and climate change denial [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Zoologger: The bird that cares for its rival's chicks

Thursday 23 February 17:58:00 UTC 2012

New Zealand's iconic pūkekos often allow other females to lay eggs in their nests, and care for the resulting young. What on earth for? [Link]

Wired Top Stories » 'Pig MRSA' Came From Humans, Evolved Via Farm Drugs

Thursday 23 February 17:56:00 UTC 2012

A nasty strain of drug-resistant bacteria called MRSA originated in humans but jumped to pigs on farms. There, it acquired a raft of resistance — and then jumped back to humans, according to a new study. Superbug blogger Maryn McKenna reports. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Pentagon Has 6 Bomb-Zapping Ray Guns (Which May Be 6 Too Many)

Thursday 23 February 17:50:00 UTC 2012

The Pentagon is spending $100 million on no fewer than six different kinds of laser guns designed to fry bombs from a safe distance. And that's just the tally of the laser, microwave or radio-frequency blasters that are currently in development. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Alien view of virtual Yosemite

Thursday 23 February 17:36:37 UTC 2012

Yosemite valley's Sentinel Rock is an emblem of the US romantic landscape – now artist Dan Holdsworth has used topographic data to make a stark new image [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Having PR in the Friends Zone [Video]

Thursday 23 February 17:30:04 UTC 2012

Its so unfortunate how many of us get trapped in stages 1 through 5 for so long.But we just gotta keep saying, “Hi my name is…”A great one for those with post-Valentine’s day stress disorder. Don’t worry guys (and girls), we won’t be alone forever.[Via dmingthing on YouTube]Related posts:Twilight Zone San Francisco [Video]Friends Don’t Let Friends Play Inverted [Video]Extreme Archery … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Buckyball Solids Found in Space

Thursday 23 February 17:30:00 UTC 2012

After finding gaseous clouds of buckyballs in space last year, astronomers have now discovered the carbon balls in a solid form, around a pair of stars some 6,500 light-years from Earth. [Link]

Slashdot » Where Next-Generation Rare Earth Metals May Come From

Thursday 23 February 17:25:00 UTC 2012

retroworks writes "Great piece in The Atlantic by Kyle Wiens of IFIXIT.org, who visited and photographed the Molycorp Mountain Pass rare earth facility in California's Mojave Desert. The mine is the only source of rare earths in North America, one of the only alternatives to the mineral cartels in China, and one of the only sources for the key … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Mozilla's 'Persona' Project Wants to Help Manage Your Online Identity

Thursday 23 February 17:12:00 UTC 2012

The Persona project is Mozilla's latest effort to move identity management from the web to the browser. The Firefox of the future may not only remember your passwords, but handle the entire login process for you. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Spotting symmetry in the skyscrapers

Thursday 23 February 17:08:24 UTC 2012

Marcus du Sautoy's new Maths in the City initiative gets you out and about spotting symmetry in your urban environment [Link]

Slashdot » State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

Thursday 23 February 17:03:57 UTC 2012

OverTheGeicoE writes "Here's a familiar story: a breast cancer survivor's mastectomy scars showed up on a TSA scan, which forced a horrifying pat-down ('feel-up' in her words) of the affected area. The woman decided that she would not subject herself to that again, and was barred from a later flight from Seattle to Juneau for that reason. But now … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Blame dark matter underdog for mystery missing lithium

Thursday 23 February 16:56:00 UTC 2012

Ancient stars suggest there was too little lithium in the early universe. Perhaps cold, light dark matter held back its production [Link]

Slashdot » Interrupted Sleep Might Be the Best Kind

Thursday 23 February 16:31:00 UTC 2012

Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that a growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that eight-hours of uninterrupted sleep may be unnatural as a wealth of historical evidence reveals that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks called first and second sleep. A book by historian Roger Ekirch, At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Geektastic Glassware

Thursday 23 February 16:30:25 UTC 2012

Etsy store owner FanBoy Glass creates custom etched glassware for fans of movies, sci-fi, anime and gaming! Here is a selection of some of our favorite from his store! [FanBoy Glass]No related posts. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Videogame Dog Park [Video]

Thursday 23 February 16:30:12 UTC 2012

Love the part with the companion cube! :)[Source: Dorkly]Related posts:Videogame Henchmen Ledge Safety Guide [Comics]Companion Cube Subwoofer Mod [Video]Hand-Knit Companion Cube Sweater [Pic] [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » All-seeing time-lapse reveals altered memories

Thursday 23 February 16:19:38 UTC 2012

Watch a lifelogging camera capture the stark reality of a New Scientist editor's typical day [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Intel Builds 'Chip-to-Order' Foundry Biz

Thursday 23 February 15:42:42 UTC 2012

Intel is opening up its manufacturing facilities to third parties, as it takes the further tentative steps toward building a chip-to-order foundry business. The microprocessor giant announced last year that it would build FPGAs for Achronix Semiconductor, and on Tuesday a second FPGA designer, Tabula, said that it would have its chips built by Intel. [Link]

Slashdot » Internet Giants To Honor the 'No' In 'No Tracking'

Thursday 23 February 15:41:00 UTC 2012

theodp writes "The WSJ reports that a coalition of Internet giants including Google has agreed to support a do-not-track button to be embedded in most Web browsers — a move that the industry had been resisting for more than a year. The new do-not-track button isn't going to stop all Web tracking. The companies have agreed to stop using … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Amazon Deal of the Day: 36% Off Perplexus Original Maze – $15.99 + MORE!

Thursday 23 February 15:40:08 UTC 2012

My 7-year-old received this for his birthday a few weeks ago, and since then, the whole household has been fighting over who’d get the chance to play with it. I’m serious, this is probably the most fun toy I laid my hands on in a LONG, LONG time.You’ve mastered the Original – can you beat the new Perplexus Epic? Navigate the … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » The Galactic Empire Invades Copenhagen [Video]

Thursday 23 February 15:30:53 UTC 2012

Denmark-based advertising agency advance recently released this fun ad for Toys r us in partnership with Mike Horn, the guy responsible for the very awesome Death Star over San Francisco video that took the web by storm a few years ago. Check it out![Source: Advanced]Related posts:Bad News: The Galactic Empire has taken over CaliforniaGalactic Empire State of MindGeektastic Galactic Empire … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Was speeding neutrino claim a human error?

Thursday 23 February 15:17:00 UTC 2012

The shocking result that neutrinos can apparently travel faster than the speed of light may have been due to a malfunctioning fibre-optic cable [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Twilio Goes Native on iOS with new SDK, Android in Private Beta

Thursday 23 February 15:00:54 UTC 2012

TwilioTwilio has really upped the ante with the release of its new iOS SDK for developing voice over IP applications. This means that any iOS App can quite easily add telephony via the Twilio API to its product. By providing an SDK for iOS, Twilio (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) has lowered the bar for developers wanting to build VOIP applications. It only … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Virginia law may demand invasive scan before abortion

Thursday 23 February 14:57:00 UTC 2012

Women seeking an abortion in Virginia may soon have to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound scan beforehand – is the intention to inform or stigmatise them? [Link]

Slashdot » Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries

Thursday 23 February 14:55:38 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Don't believe recent claims made by a blogger that non-functioning batteries in the Tesla Roadster cause the electric cars to be bricked, says IDC analyst Sam Jaffe. 'Here's the primary fact that the blogger in question doesn't understand: the Tesla battery pack is not a battery,' says Jaffe. 'It's a collection of more than 8,000 individual batteries. … [Link]

Slashdot » Why Canada Does Not Belong On the US Piracy Watchlist

Thursday 23 February 14:31:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Each year, the U.S. government places Canada on its piracy watch list, claiming that it is a pirate country similar to China or Russia. This year, Professor Michael Geist and Public Knowledge teamed up to respond to myths about Canadian copyright law with a submission to the USTR focusing on how Canadian law provides adequate … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Oscars' Performance-Capture Problem

Thursday 23 February 14:30:00 UTC 2012

The industry's biggest awards still won't recognize the amazing work being done by actors and effects people who are changing the face of movies. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Lego Minecraft Micro World Available for Pre-Order

Thursday 23 February 14:26:34 UTC 2012

Minecraft found its incredible success through its simplicity. The game itself is incredibly affordable, and while lacking in any great detail like curves, it allows you to build nearly anything in its 8-Bit style like digital Lego. Genius.So it was not a surprising move that Minecraft has teamed up with Lego to release a collection of Minecraft sets, allowing you to … [Link]

Slashdot » Academics Not Productive Enough? Sack 'em

Thursday 23 February 13:50:00 UTC 2012

ananyo writes "One hundred academics at the University of Sydney, Australia, have this week been told they will lose their jobs for not publishing frequently enough. The move is part of a wider cost-cutting plans designed to pay for new buildings and refurbishment to the university. Letters were posted to researchers on Monday 20 February, informing them their positions … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » The Beauty and Tragedy of Hungary's Supple Stringbike

Thursday 23 February 13:11:41 UTC 2012

The Stringbike is a bicycle from another world, a cat's cradle of strings, springs and pulleys. But it's so expensive, it may never win the public's acceptance. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Giveaway: iPad App Explores George Harrison's Guitar Collection, Music

Thursday 23 February 13:11:40 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Music Legends' Last Stops Before Great Gig in the Sky

Thursday 23 February 13:11:39 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » In Back Alleys and Basements, Video Arcades Quietly Survive

Thursday 23 February 13:11:38 UTC 2012

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Wired Top Stories » Military: Who Cares How Many Taliban Stop Fighting?

Thursday 23 February 13:11:37 UTC 2012

The U.S. military used to obsess over how many Taliban laid down their arms, calling it key to ending the war. But it turns out that nearly two years into a heavily promoted "reintegration" program, barely 12 percent of the Taliban are quitting the fight. So the military has started saying the (anemic) numbers don't tell the real story. … [Link]

Slashdot » EFF Wins Protection For Time Zone Database

Thursday 23 February 13:08:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter TempestRose writes "The trials and tribulations of the time zone database sued by an astrology software company are finally over. From the article: 'The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce that a copyright lawsuit threatening an important database of time zone information has been dismissed. The astrology software company that filed the lawsuit, … [Link]

ProgrammableWeb » Real-time Location Platform Heats Up On iPhone, Android

Thursday 23 February 13:00:48 UTC 2012

GeoloqiGeoloqi has added added platform-specific SDKs to its collection of developer tools for real-time location. The SDKs interact with the Geoloqi API and have native tools to improve battery life and simplify common location-based app features. The company hopes the new enhancements will encourage broader use of its platform, which has already found fans in government and enterprise. The Geoloqi platform … [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Mystery booms: The source of a worldwide sonic enigma

Thursday 23 February 12:10:00 UTC 2012

Every so often, a loud booming noise is heard from over the horizon without any obvious explanation. What on Earth could the culprit be? (full text available to subscribers) [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Climate change may stir geological mayhem

Thursday 23 February 12:00:00 UTC 2012

In Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, geologist Bill McGuire warns we may be waking primordial monsters [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Online spat over who joins memristor club

Thursday 23 February 11:58:00 UTC 2012

The debate centres on whether a set of technologies already used in recordable DVDs should be classified as memristors too [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Underwater 'Seaview' lets you explore coral reef

Thursday 23 February 11:07:48 UTC 2012

The Catlin Seaview Survey, with Google, will let you explore the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your home [Link]

Slashdot » Why Tesla Cars Aren't Bricked By Failing Batteries

Thursday 23 February 10:31:00 UTC 2012

itwbennett writes "Don't believe recent claims made by a blogger that non-functioning batteries in the Tesla Roadster cause the electric cars to be bricked, says IDC analyst Sam Jaffe. 'Here's the primary fact that the blogger in question doesn't understand: the Tesla battery pack is not a battery,' says Jaffe. 'It's a collection of more than 8,000 individual batteries. … [Link]

Slashdot » Secret UK Network Hunts GPS Jammers

Thursday 23 February 8:07:00 UTC 2012

garymortimer writes "A secret network of 20 roadside listening stations across the UK has confirmed that criminals are attempting to jam GPS signals on a regular basis. From the article: 'Government-funded trials involving the police have revealed more than a hundred incidents of GPS jammer use in the UK. The Sentinel project, which has been running since January 2011, … [Link]

Slashdot » Gates Foundation Makes Progress On Reinvented Toilets

Thursday 23 February 6:32:00 UTC 2012

Julie188 writes "Last summer the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to spend millions to reinvent the toilet. That investment has born fruit with teams from around the world coming up with many different ways to turn human waste into energy." Share on Google+ Read more of this story at Slashdot. [Link]

Slashdot » Almost a Million UK Homes Will Suffer 4G TV interference

Thursday 23 February 5:35:00 UTC 2012

First time accepted submitter Nick Fel writes "As the UK nears the end of a lengthy digital TV switch-over, the sale of the analogue TV spectrum for 4G mobile phones will disrupt digital TV in almost a million homes. Affected homes will be issued with a filter or required to upgrade to satellite or cable, and in extreme cases … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » A Google-a-Day Puzzle for Feb. 23

Thursday 23 February 5:26:32 UTC 2012

Google's daily brainteaser helps hone your search skills. [Link]

New Scientist – Online news » Google 'Seaview' gives you underwater reef tour

Thursday 23 February 4:31:00 UTC 2012

The Catlin Seaview Survey, with Google, will let you explore the Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your home [Link]

Slashdot » FCC Chair Calls On ISPs To Adopt New Security Measures

Thursday 23 February 3:06:00 UTC 2012

alphadogg writes "U.S. Internet service providers should take new steps to protect subscribers against cyber attacks, including notifying customers when their computers are compromised, the chairman of the FCC said Wednesday. Julius Genachowski called on ISPs to notify subscribers whose computers are infected with malware and tied to a botnet and to develop a code of conduct to combat … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » DataLocker Aims to Allow Personal Cloud at Work

Thursday 23 February 2:56:02 UTC 2012

AppSense Labs today released a new product aimed at making free-wheeling consumer cloud practices such as synching of mobile devices more acceptable at work. But while Dropbox is popular and DataLocker is welcome for encypting mobile data, the bigger question facing IT soon will be what to do about iCloud on Macs and SkyDrive on Windows 8. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Alleged Accomplice of Accused Cable-Modem Hacker Testifies Against Him

Thursday 23 February 2:56:01 UTC 2012

The alleged accomplice of an accused cable-modem hacker testified in court on Wednesday that the suspect taught him how to pirate cable service using hacked firmware and cloned Mac addresses. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » After Oracle Lawsuit, HP's Itanium Sales Take a Hit

Thursday 23 February 2:56:00 UTC 2012

Looking at Hewlett-Packard¿s financials, it¿s easy to see see why the company around and sued Oracle last year after the database vendor decided to pull support for HP¿s Itanium systems. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Tesla Dismisses Report of 'Bricked' Roadsters

Thursday 23 February 2:55:56 UTC 2012

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Slashdot » Biologists Debunk the "Rotting Y Chromosome" Theory

Thursday 23 February 1:25:00 UTC 2012

An anonymous reader writes "Biologists have previously predicted that that the male sex-determining Y chromosome, which once carried around 800 genes, like the X, has lost hundreds of them over the past 300 million years, will mutate itself out of existence, leading to the eventual extinction of men. However, researchers of a study published in the latest issue of … [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Worf is Always Wrong [Video]

Thursday 23 February 1:00:13 UTC 2012

Star Trek: The Next Generation ran for seven seasons, and in this more culturally accepting future version of Star Trek, even the violent Klingons were members of the Federation. Worf was the first Klingon to be a lead character in a Star Trek franchise, and has appeared in more episodes than any other Star Trek character.The only reason I bring up … [Link]

Slashdot » NRC Releases Audio of Fukushima Disaster

Thursday 23 February 0:56:00 UTC 2012

mdsolar writes "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today released transcripts and audio recordings made at the NRC Operations Center during last year's meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The release of these audio recordings comes at the request of the public radio program 'BURN: An Energy Journal,' and its host Alex Chadwick. The recordings show the … [Link]

Slashdot » LinkedIn Buys Rapportive

Thursday 23 February 0:36:00 UTC 2012

redletterdave writes "Business networking site LinkedIn acquired Rapportive on Wednesday, which is a Gmail add-on that provides information about your social contacts as you e-mail them. The deal was reportedly already in place by Dec. 8, but Rapportive confirmed the acquisition on Wednesday in its company blog. Rapportive, which is still available over Gmail, adds an e-mailer's social networking … [Link]

O'Reilly News and Commentary » #Ebook Deal/Day: MacRuby: The Definitive Guide – $15.99 (Save 50%)

Thursday 23 February 0:26:31 UTC 2012

Get "MacRuby: The Definitive Guide" today and save 50%!This sale ends at 2:00 AM 2012-02-23 (PDT, GMT-8:00). [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Ex-Apple Man Streams Flash Onto the iPad

Thursday 23 February 0:16:38 UTC 2012

On Wednesday, OnLive unveiled a new version of OnLive Desktop — a iPad application that lets users access a virtual Windows desktop and Windows applications housed on servers in the proverbial cloud — and this new version includes a browser equipped with Adobe Flash. Famously, Apple doesn't allow the Flash player to run locally on the iPad, but OnLive is … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Apple, Google and Other Mobile Giants Commit to App Privacy Standards

Thursday 23 February 0:16:37 UTC 2012

The California Department of Justice issued a press release Wednesday detailing an agreement among leaders in the mobile space to strengthen user privacy and transparency policies for mobile apps. Apple, Google, HP, Amazon, Microsoft and RIM signed the agreement. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results May Be Due to Bad Cables

Thursday 23 February 0:16:36 UTC 2012

The sensational result that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light may be undone by nothing more than a simple mechanical error. [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Blasts to the Head 'Primed' Brains for PTSD, Study Says

Thursday 23 February 0:16:35 UTC 2012

The "signature wounds" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury — are both rooted in traumatic events. Until recently, though, military docs mostly treated them as two different health problems: one physical, the other psychological. That approach might be poised to change, thanks to a new study, which shows that injuries to … [Link]

Wired Top Stories » Access Sensitive Data Remotely

Thursday 23 February 0:16:26 UTC 2012

Wired.com's guide to setting up your own VPN for secure connections wherever you go. [Link]

Geeks are Sexy Technology News » Alternate Uses for Portals [Pic]

Thursday 23 February 0:00:55 UTC 2012

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