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Remembering Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Inside Flipboard / December 6, 2013<p>Nelson Mandela, the human rights leader, Nobel Laureate and first black African president of South Africa, died …

Hubble finds water on five distant planets

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.<p>The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but this is the first study to …

Actor Paul Walker, Star of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ Films, Dies In Car Crash

Actor Paul Walker, 40, died in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in Southern California.<p>Paul Walker, the blond-haired, blue-eyed actor best known for …

From Treasure To Trash: Man Tosses Out Bitcoin Wallet On Hard Drive Worth $9 Million

Years ago, when renovating with friends, I took off my rings so that they wouldn’t get damaged. In the flurry of clean-up, the rings got tossed into the trash. Despite going through bag after bag of garbage, we couldn’t find them. I was not happy.<p>That has to be nothing compared to what James …

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How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

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US hijacker William Potts returns from Cuba

Potts (left) was driven to a FBI field office after landing in Miami<p><b>An American man who hijacked a plane in 1984 and forced it to fly to Cuba has returned to the US.</b><p>The FBI said William Potts was taken into custody shortly after his charter flight landed in Miami on Wednesday.<p>Potts, now 56, …

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Clear majority favors legal marijuana, new Gallup poll shows

Americans who believe marijuana should remain illegal are now in the minority, according to new poll numbers released Tuesday.<p>For the first time ever in a Gallup poll, a clear majority of the country – 58 percent – say that pot should be legalized. That figure represents an increase of 10 …

US defends drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

<b>The US has defended its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, saying it takes "extraordinary care" to ensure they comply with international law.</b><p>The unmanned raids targeting terror suspects were a "course of action least likely to result in the loss of innocent life", the White House said.<p>It follows …

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Man stabbed and robbed of Grand Theft Auto 5 game

Three teenagers have been charged over the stabbing and robbery of a man who had bought the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 only 80 minutes earlier.<p>The 23-year-old man was attacked as he made his way home from a midnight launch event in London in the early hours of Tuesday with the game, which …

Barclays hacking attack: four charged over £1.3 million theft

Four men have been charged in connection with the theft of £1.3m from a Barclays bank branch by taking control of its computer system.<p>The money was transferred by a computer at a branch in Swiss Cottage, north London, in April after an alleged hacking attack.<p>It is believed somebody posing as an …

Google Glass app Blue puts real-time baseball info in your eye (video)

The boys of summer are about to come home, but that doesn't make developer Aaron Draczynski's Google Glass baseball app any less rad. Blue uses geolocation to determine what park you're at and feeds all manner of ball diamond-data directly into your eye. Whether it's displaying play-by-play …

Sony Announces PS Vita TV

Sony has made its third announcement at the SCEJA Press Conference, and it’s arguably the most significant of the day.<p>The company has unveiled PlayStation Vita TV: a 6cm x 10cm gadget that connects to a TV to let users play Vita and PSP games, and access a broad range of entertainment services — …

China could become the first country to legalize parcel delivery by drone

In building drones that kill people, the US has a couple-decade head start on China. But when it comes to domestic uses, US businesses are hamstrung because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t required to issue commercial drone rules until 2015. In the meantime, one of China’s biggest …

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Google Glass could be worth $3.3B in just 4 years

<i>Updated September 5 at 7:13 AM with an accurate number of projected sales</i><p>Glass could be worth $3.3 billion to Google by 2017, one analyst suggests. And that’s even if only 650,000 people end up actually wearing the face-mounted augmented reality glasses.<p>Given the amount of interest in Google Glass …

Samsung introduces the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a companion watch for your Galaxy devices

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 are here, but what would they be without a companion smartwatch? In a move we’ve been expecting for …

Black Betty 2K camera can shoot, cut and upload video with built-in Mac Mini

The Black Betty company has just hit the scene with a cinema camera that pulls an astounding trick -- it's got a freaking desktop computer jammed into the body. Camera-wise, there's a 2/3-inch 2K sensor with a 16mm lens mount developed by Silicon Imaging and used in films like <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i>. …

Control Philips Hue From Your Mac’s Menu Bar With New App For OS X

Philips Hue is a fun but expensive way to turn your at-home lighting into an interactive experience to pass your idle hours, but so far it’s been mostly controlled via smartphone. Chances are, you spend a good portion of your day at your computer, and it’s likely easier to control things from …

Twitter and New York Times still patchy as registrar admits SEA hack

Twitter's inline image service remains out of action hours after the site's domain name server (DNS) record was hacked, apparently by the hacker group Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), as part of a cyber-attack against the registrar for sites including the New York Times.<p>Images and some avatars posted …

First batch of Firefox phones sell out in U.S., U.K.

The ambitious Firefox phone may face a long, uphill road to success, but the first batch of phones up for grabs in the U.S. and U.K. has sold out after its first weekend of availability.<p>Less than 1,000 units of the low-powered ZTE Open were sold in each locale, with the American eBay tapped out at …

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Apple's cheaper and not so cheap iPhone explained (FAQ)

For all its talk of doubling down on secrecy, Apple's efforts to keep its upcoming iPhones under wraps seems all for naught. Over the past few weeks there have been a flurry of photos of both plastic and metal iPhones that may or may not be (but probably are) its next-generation devices.<p>Most …

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