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Kodak's new action cam offers 360-degree views of your stunts

Kodak has already thrown its hat into the action cam fray, but its new gadget offers a much wider view of the goings-on. The company's PIXPRO SP360 effort captures footage with 360-degree views in full HD (1080p), which it says is capable of creating "fully immersive images" without having to …

Oh, the irony: Facebook works on the world's biggest anonymity network

Facebook, the site where people share their entire personal lives for everyone to gawp at, is now available on the anonymity network that's designed to do precisely the opposite. Follow this link in your Tor browser and you'll be able to tell friends you're at the Park Row Starbucks without the …

ARMED GUARDS WITH AR-15's Save North St. Louis Businesses From Looters

ARMED GUARDS WITH AR-15’s Save North St. Louis Businesses From Looters<p>August 11, 2014 by Jim Hoft<p>Last night several businesses in Ferguson, Dellwood …

Netflix might finally do something about freeloaders: cut prices for everyone else

2013 has been a stellar year for Netflix.<p>The popular streaming service’s share price has soared 295%, making it the second best performing company on the S&P 500 (behind only Tesla). Its risky foray into original programming has been well received, with shows like <i>House of Cards</i> winning critical …

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Giant alien world discovered where it should not exist

A massive planet found orbiting a star at a staggeringly great distance is smashing some long-held theories of planetary formation, researchers say.<p>The planet, according to a study published online Thursday in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, is unlike anything in our own solar system.<p>Eleven …

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year—and it plans to quintuple that

Back in 2150 BC, Emperor Yu sealed his place in China’s history of eminent rulers by controlling the Yellow River’s annual flood, saving waterlogged crops. Today China’s rulers face the opposite problem: It’s water scarcity that threatens farms. So instead of the Yellow River, the Chinese …

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Sony's Cyber-shot QX100 lens camera is fantastic, impractical (sample photos)

At Sony's IFA press event, reps handed out samples of the company's $250 lens cameras to everyone in the room. We really enjoyed our time with the Cyber-shot QX10, but that model's more powerful sibling, the QX100, promised even better performance, albeit in a substantially larger package. …

Sony's PlayStation 4 upgrade program gets detailed: $10 for a next-gen copy

Back at Gamescom 2013, Sony made it known that select cross-generational games, like <i>Call of Duty: Ghosts</i>, purchased for the PlayStation 3 would be upgradeable for its forthcoming PS4. At the time, Sony kept general pricing details for the program under wraps, although Activision did announce its …

Editor's Letter: Microsoft backtracks. Is the Xbox One better for it?

<i>In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.</i><p>It's not too often that we call a tech news story stunning, but that seems like an apt description for our reaction when Microsoft decided to pull an abrupt about-face and nix its controversial rights …