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Apple denied iPad Mini US trademark

<b>Apple has been denied a trademark for the popular iPad Mini by the US Patent and Trademark Office.</b><p>The trademark application for the tablet was turned down because the name was "merely descriptive" and did not create a unique meaning, it said.<p>But Apple still has until July to persuade the Patent …

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Can You Crack The NSA's Top-Secret Crossword Puzzles?

The National Security Agency just released archive editions of its in-house magazine, Cryptolog. Check out the crosswords.<p>The National Security Agency has just released back issues of <i>Cryptolog</i>, the agency's in-house, formerly top-secret news magazine. In some of those issues, you'll find: cool '70s …

World’s top supercomputer from ‘09 is now obsolete, will be dismantled | Ars Technica

IBM Roadrunner, the first petaflop machine, goes offline today.<p>Five years ago, an IBM-built supercomputer designed to model the decay of the US …

The rise of the Albanian Alps

Former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha’s final heart attack and the eventual collapse of Communism hailed the beginning of the end of Albania’s …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

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Cicadas Coming to U.S. East Coast This Spring

Every 17 years, millions of cicadas fill the sky to mate—this is the year.<p><b>Periodical cicadas (Magicicada septendecim), the cousins of katydids and crickets, have a unique breeding schedule, and after 17 years of living underground, a large group of them are preparing to fill the skies along the</b> …

As historic Qantas-Emirates alliance starts, Europe bookings up six fold

Qantas Airways Ltd., Australia’s largest carrier, said bookings for trips to Europe have gone up six-fold as its first flight in partnership with …

Cinematics emotionally connect players to game narratives, says StarCraft 2 writer

Cinematics help pull players into a story, bringing players "down to eye-level" and connecting them to event in the in-game world, according to Brian Kindregan, lead writer on <i>StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm</i> and co-writer for <i>Wings of Liberty</i>.<p>Speaking in a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference …

Order & Chaos Duels Is Polished Mobile CCG Play

CCGs have swarmed to the mobile and digital spaces, and <b>Gameloft’s</b> <b>Order & Chaos Duels</b> (iOS, <b>Android</b>) is looking to lay anchor in a sea of new titles. The launch experience is a polished one, with the game borrowing its primary elements from a combination <i>of World of Warcraft TCG</i>, …

What The American Airlines-US Airways Merger Will Mean For Your Frequent Flyer Miles

If you fly American Airlines or US Airways with any regularity, news of the merger between the two airlines could have you worried about your frequent flyer miles.<p>Don't worry. You won't lose any. They'll be fine.<p>While many of the merger details have yet to be decided, many travelers have questions …

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