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8 Ways to Listen to Music in Style

Audiophile

Snapchat Downplays Phone Number Matching Hack, Says It’s Added New Counter-Measures

Following security researchers publishing a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting “We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.”<p>Earlier …

Apple files another request to ban older Samsung phones and tablets

Apple is once again seeking a sales ban on over 20 different Samsung smartphones and tablets that were found to violate its patents last year. Though such a ban was initially rejected, last month Apple was given another chance to argue for one when an appellate court vacated the earlier ruling. …

600-Person Brawl Erupts Outside Florida Theater Christmas Day

Five teenagers were arrested outside a Jacksonville, Florida theater on Christmas Day after a brawl erupted that reportedly involved 600 people. Apparently the fight, which sounds more like a riot, started when some people tried to get into the movie theater for free by bum rushing the entrance, …

A&E calls off 'Duck Dynasty' suspension

Phil Robertson will film new episodes of A&E hit series<p>A&E has ducked away from a controversy surrounding the stars of its hugely popular reality series <i>Duck Dynasty</i>.<p>The network issued a statement late Friday backing off from its previously announced suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of …

Who will survive? '14 top primaries

The campaigns of 2014 will be messy long before the candidates get to the general election, with a growing number of incumbents facing primary challenges they weren’t expecting.<p>Republicans, who are keen on taking back the Senate, are especially concerned after two election cycles in which GOP …

Clearer path for Obama regulatory agenda after 'nuclear option' paves the way

With congressional gridlock standing in the way of his legislative agenda, President Barack Obama is getting some fresh help in adding to his legacy in a different way – through government regulation.<p>When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules and …

Injured Veteran Who Wrote Scathing 'Last Letter' To President Bush Decides To Live On

"I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," Tomas Young told NPR's Arun Rath. "And I decided that I really don't have the chutzpah to go ahead and do away with myself."<p>Young, 34, was paralyzed from the chest down by a sniper's bullet just five days into his deployment …

Veterans

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” inequality and the Gatsby myth

Leonardo DiCaprio plays yet <i>another</i> Gatsby in Martin Scorsese’s dizzying, allegorical “Wolf of Wall Street”<p>With the arrival of Martin Scorsese’s hell-for-leather American allegory “The Wolf of Wall Street,” featuring an uproarious, scenery-devouring performance by Leonardo DiCaprio that …

Microsoft's 2014 makeover: It's all up to the next boss

The world waits for Microsoft to reveal the successor to CEO Steve Ballmer. That's when the hard decisions start.<p>Somebody's got to be up for this job.<p>Months after Steve Ballmer announced plans to step down as chief executive, Microsoft heads into 2014 still searching for the right candidate. In the …

Wall Street

Computer Use May Improve Fine-Motor Skills In The Brain, Scientists Say

Don’t worry about watching all those cat videos on the Internet. You’re not wasting time when you are at your computer—you’re honing your fine-motor skills. A study of people’s ability to translate training that involves clicking and twiddling a computer mouse reveals that the brain can apply that …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat for iPhone rejected by Apple

Encrypted chat service Cryptocat has spent the past two years blocking outsiders from reading private conversations, and now it's facing a block of its own trying to get onto Apple's App Store. Developer Nadim Kobeissi took to Twitter today to blast the iPhone and iPad maker for unjustly rejecting …

Roku player software cracked open temporarily, root now to run XBMC later

Roku's line of set-top boxes have been popular thanks to their simple controls, large set of available apps (recently expanded to include YouTube for the new Roku 3) and hardware ranging in price from inexpensive to downright cheap. Still, despite an active and encouraged developer community with …