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Samsung Packs An 8-Core Processor Into Its New 5.5-Inch Galaxy A7 Smartphone

Last year Samsung released an eight-core version of the Galaxy S5, and now it has outed a dedicated octocore smartphone in its own right: the Galaxy A7.<p>Korean firm teased the phone in 2014 and showcased it last week, according to a report, but now it is official with dual 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz …

Everything You Need to Know About the Very Ugly Monster-Beats Lawsuit

A former partner of Beats Electronics is suing the company and phone manufacturer HTC for “deliberate acts of corporate betrayal.” Monster, which was …

Licensing

FBI Director Comey reveals new details on the Sony hack

Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in Manhattan today, FBI director James Comey went into more detail about how the FBI determined North Korea was behind the recent digital attacks on Sony Pictures, which culminated in the partially canceled release of <i>The Interview</i>. According to Comey, the …

This Bill-Gates-Backed Magic Machine Turns Raw Sewage Into Drinking Water--and Creates Electricity!

Two years ago, The Gates Foundation's Reinventing the Toilet Challenge sought to design basic sanitation for those who don't have it—a staggering 40% …

Bill Gates

Apple’s Bigger iPhones Dent Android’s Sales Momentum

Apple’s newest iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, have put a spring in iOS’ smartphone sales figures for fall, and a small dent in the rival Android platform’s share, according to new data from market watcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Kantar’s latest 12-week smartphone sales figures, for the three …

Mobile

Highly specialized tattoos

Link: the artist is Eric Brunning of Vancouver's Adorned (<i>via JWZ</i>)

Cory Doctorow

Two-year-old boy kills mother with her own pistol in US Walmart store

Authorities in the US are investigating the fatal shooting of a woman by her two-year-old son in a Walmart store.<p>The Sheriff’s office in Hayden, Idaho, says the toddler pulled a loaded pistol from his mother’s purse while being pushed in a shopping cart in the store’s electronics section. The …

How to Turn a Portrait into a Sculpture in Photoshop

Want to be really creative with your portraits? Dutch Photoshop wizard, photographer, designer, and artist Dracorubio, has a unique way of blending …

Tutorials

A Designey B.A.C. Indicator: The Breeze Breathometer

Tonight is New Year's Eve, meaning a bunch of folks are going to get pulled over for DUI's. Some of the offenders will be blind-drunk, their judgment …

New Year's Eve

Fantastic Ice Sculpture Scenes Carved by Alaskan Couple

Steve and Heather Brice are a husband-and-wife team that creates amazingly detailed — and often award-winning — ice sculptures. Their work has been showcased in museums, the Word Ice Art Championships and in their own year-round gallery. The artists, both Alaska born and based in Fairbanks, met …

Up close with the New Year's Eve ball

High above Times Square in New York City, the iconic New Year's Eve ball is waiting for its moment.<p>Over the last few days, engineers have been hard at work preparing for showtime.Electrical lines have been hooked up, lights have been tested and new crystal panels have been attached to its exterior. …

Former NYPD Captain: Cops Have Turned Their Backs on New Yorkers

One of the first things every cadet is taught at the New York City Police Academy is to respect the chain of command and have proper decorum while …

newyork

10 AirAsia Flight QZ8501 questions

<b>(CNN) —</b> The discovery of debris from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 means investigators have taken a big step toward answering the questions haunting the families of those aboard the doomed plane. What are the key questions, and what might come next?<p><b>What caused the plane to crash?</b><p>It's the million-dollar …

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Review

Phil Coulson is on the job.<p>I wasn't sure how to feel about this comic when it was originally announced. It's been years since Marvel has published a …

Street-Art Pioneer Lee Quiñones on Banksy, 5 Pointz, and the Commodification of Graffiti

Lee Quiñones is an elder statesman of street art. His graffiti subway creations — called "top-to-bottoms" for the way they covered the car's entire …

Scientists Are Beaming Over Quantum Teleportation Record

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In the record-setting experiment, the quantum spin of a light particle was teleported 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) across an optical fiber, making the operation the farthest quantum feat of its kind.<p>About five years ago, …

Quantum Physics

Epson BT-200 review: augmented reality is getting … somewhere

A small robot floated in my vision and asked a simple question: Where would I like to go?<p>His name was Sparky, and he was developed especially for the …

FBI confirms: Lizard Squad under investigation for PSN, Xbox Live attacks

You’ve done it now, Lizard Squad. We can confirm that you’re under investigation.<p>The Federal Bureau of Investigation has started investigating Lizard Squad, the online group that took credit for knocking PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline. On Christmas, Lizard Squad allegedly assaulted …

Apple sued for shrinking storage space on 16GB devices thanks to iOS 8

Apple's caught plenty of flack for continuing to sell iPhones and iPads with just 16GB of storage in 2014, and just as much for the amount of storage needed to upgrade to iOS 8, two things that a pair of customers from Florida are suing the company over. In a legal complaint filed yesterday in …

Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization, Likely CNN, And Others

The hackers who compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment’s servers, releasing private files and emails to the public which detailed everything from the personal, financial and medical data of present and past employees and much more, are now threatening a “news media organization,” according to a …