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Facebook killed a guy's account. We helped him get it back

Rejoice, Al Overdrive is back on Facebook. A small victory against the casual use of unreliable algorithms has been achieved, but this case is still a salutary warning to anyone who gets a lot business from being on the social network.<p>Yesterday, I wrote about how Al’s account had been shut down for …

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Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first

New procedure used to modify disease-causing gene, but raises questions over whether restrictions should be placed on new wave of genetic techniques<p>Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos in a world first that has re-ignited the debate over the ethics and safety of genetic …

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

The NSA Is Building a Quantum Computer? We Already Knew That

The internet is abuzz over revelations that the NSA is building its own quantum computer, a machine that could crack the computer encryption codes …

Your Jetsons-Style Smart Home Starts With These Bluetooth Plugs

If you did the holidays right and spent the better part of the last two weeks parked in front of the television, you probably saw AT&T's new "smart …

Alleged Hackers Explain Reasons For Posting Snapchat Data

After millions of Snapchat usernames and other data were posted online, a group is saying it revealed the partial phone numbers and other information because the social-sharing service didn't do enough to increase its security. The popular service allows users to send images that vanish 10 seconds …

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Unofficial CM11 KitKat ROM for the Galaxy Nexus hits stable version

Users of the aging Galaxy Nexus can treat themselves with some unofficial KitKat goodness, thanks to a custom ROM developed by <i>XDA</i> contributor PlayfulGod.<p>The ROM is an unofficial build based on CM11, which in turn is based on the AOSP version of Android 4.4 KitKat. PlayfulGod calls it a beta, …

Android mirroring to Chromecast coming, Android 4.4.1 code seems to reveal

Well-known CyanogenMod developer and Cyanogen Inc cofounder Koushik “Koush” Dutta said in a Google+ post that Android mirroring may be coming soon to Chromecast, according to APIs seen in the recently released Android 4.4.1 KitKat code.<p>Display mirroring on Chromecast is only available on a PC, and …

Report: Google eyeing Nexus TV Android set-top box launch next year

According to an anonymous Google employee cited within a report on The Information (subscription required), developers at Google are prepping a new …

How Boulder Became America's Startup Capital

An unlikely story of tree-huggers, commies, eggheads, and gold.<p>We had barely started our tour of the Chautauqua, Boulder's verdant 19th-century park, when my guide for the morning, local historian Carol Taylor, handed me the packet with the "cautionary tales." They were photocopied news articles, …

6 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Your Social Media Platform

With the vast amount of social media networks for businesses to select from, how do you narrow it down to the ones that are perfect for your needs? …

7 Signs You're Not Entrepreneur Material

Finally ready to take the plunge? Don't--if any of these signs look familiar.<p>You've always dreamed about starting your own business. So you've read the books, listened to the cautionary tales, and worked through some checklists. You've done your homework.<p>You feel sure that owning your own business …

Work-life Balance

How to Be Way More Productive

Three quick hacks from Tim Ferriss.<p><b>Wake Up With More Energy</b><p>Many people feel tired in the morning not because they didn't sleep enough but because they have low blood sugar. You can minimize this by consuming a tablespoon or two of unsweetened almond butter before you go to sleep. It's a very simple …

Misfit Raises $15.2M From Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures For Its Activity Tracker, The Shine

Misfit Wearables, the hardware startup that built a sleek activity tracker called the Shine, just picked up $15.2 million from Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures in a big, new growth round.<p>Jason Wong, a director at the Hong Kong-based firm, will be joining the board. Misfit added that all of its …

Misfit Wearables, The Startup From Agamatrix’s Founders, Former Apple CEO John Sculley, Raises $7.6M

Google Glass isn’t the only game in town.<p>Misfit Wearables, a wearable computing startup from the founding team of mobile health company Agamatrix and former Apple chief executive John Sculley, just raised $7.6 million in a round co-led by Founders Fund. The other notable firm in the deal isn’t …

Tobii Opens Eye Control Software to Developers

Eye tracking in apps is getting ready for its mainstream debut.<p>Tobii, a Swedish tech company whose software lets users control tablets and laptops …

Quickly organize your storage space with Redirect File Organizer

Prolonged usage can turn the storage space of any Android device into a hodgepodge of folders and subfolders, making it hard to keep track of your files and wasting precious space.<p>A new app called Redirect File Organizer can help. The app lets you redirect files based on criteria you define. For …

The next generation USB connector will finally be reversible

<i>comedy_nose</i><p>The group of companies promoting the USB 3.0 standard announced a new generation USB connector is in the works with a target of finalization set for mid-2014. Called USB Type-C, this new type of connector should allow manufacturers to create thinner designs, will improve usability, and …

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Kima Ventures Will Allow Startups To Raise $150K Within 15 Days Via AngelList

As Paul Graham wrote a few months ago, fundraising can be incredibly distracting to a founder. It often takes months of pitching, re-pitching and paperwork to finally get your money in the bank. Kima Ventures is hoping to change this at the seed level with a new program. The seed stage investment …

Powered by the Nexus line, KitKat now on 1.1 percent of Android devices

Android 4.4 KitKat is running on over one percent of all active devices that connected to the Play Store in the last week of November.<p>Google released statistics on the Android version, display size and density, and Open GL ES support of all devices that checked in to the Play Store in the seven …

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VSCO Cam comes to Google Play, brings easy-to-use interface and tons of editing features

Last month SmugMug brought its popular iOS camera app <i>Camera Awesome</i> over to Google Play, and now it looks like Android camera enthusiasts are getting yet another popular iOS camera app, this time it’s <i>VSCO Cam</i>.<p>After a long beta testing period, VSCO Cam is available for nearly all Android devices …

Mobile Photography

JFDP Labs ‘Camera 2’ app gets a major update, includes revamped UI and more

Today’s a big day for Android photography fans. Not only did VSCO Cam finally make its way to Google Play, we’ve also now learned that JFDP Lab’s <i>Camera 2</i> app has also received a pretty significant update.<p>For those that have never heard of Camera 2, it is by the same maker as the popular Paper …

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