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Obama turns left

President Barack Obama wants to sound like a different kind of Democrat.<p>He’s connecting to progressive populism with an aggressive, spending-oriented, activist government approach to the economy personified by Elizabeth Warren and Bill de Blasio. Obama’s already backed raising the minimum wage, the …

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Guns in America after Newtown, by the numbers

There have been 26 school shootings since Sandy Hook, and more than 30,000 have died by way of gun violence<p>Take a look at gun deaths, school shootings, public opinion and the Senate vote on gun control in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 …

Boston Police indefinitely suspend license plate reader program citing privacy concerns

Privacy advocates scored a major victory in Boston this week when the city’s police department announced it would indefinitely suspend its use of automated license plate readers. The <i>Boston Globe</i> reports that the 14 devices currently in use let the BPD scan as many as four million vehicles a year, …

Gun control advocates take new look at strategy

WASHINGTON — After a year that produced limited results, at best, for their cause, advocates of new gun-safety laws are recalibrating strategy, hoping to find more success at the ballot box and upset the conventional wisdom that opponents of gun control have an iron grip on Washington.<p>Political …

R.I. Town Recall Over Gun Rights Rejected

The peaceful, sparsely populated, wooded town of Exeter, Rhode Island is turning into the latest battleground over gun laws.<p>But after a nasty fight …

Gun control is killing people, claim US lobbyists

A year after Sandy Hook massacre, a teenager fights for life following latest school shooting but gun rights lobbyist calls for end to "lethal" restrictions on firearms to mark "Guns Save Lives Day"<p>A prominent US gun rights advocate called for a campaign to overturn state-level weapon control laws, …

Eye-tracking takes a big step towards the mainstream with Tobii’s new dev engine

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Eye-tracking is going to be a big deal for consumers very soon.<p>But before the tech gets to you, it first has to get to developers — and Tobii wants to make that happen. The eye-tracking company is taking the wraps off its EyeX Engine, a new set of tools …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

The Amount Of Computing Power Dedicated To Mining Bitcoin Has Gone Parabolic

Bitcoin mining is becoming a serious business.<p>This chart, from Bitcoin wallet service and block explorer Blockchain.info, shows the amount of computational power worldwide dedicated to Bitcoin mining — the process of maintaining the public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions, and of being rewarded …

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UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as …

The AUUG iPhone Grip And App Turns Your Body Into A Musical Instrument

Anything that encourages people to stop hunching over their iPhones like a tech-literate Mr. Burns is a good thing–especially when it also looks cool and makes fun noises. The AUUG Motion Synth, a grip that attaches to your iPhone or iPod touch and creates sound by tracking your movements through …

The Cyber Security Arms Race Is About To Go Nuclear

Quantum computers–which use advanced physics to go way faster than computers bogged down in 1s and 0s–are going to blast our passwords out of the water.<p>Cyber security presents a big enough challenge as it is when it’s just your Gmail password and online banking. A whole other underground Internet …

How.Do adds brief video clips for more flexible micro-guides

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>It’s been a year more so since we covered the launch of How.Do, a startup that lets users create instructional storyboards …

Qualcomm Jumps Into The Smartwatch Fight With The $350 Toq Smartwatch

Meet the Qualcomm Toq. The $350 smartwatch will be available come December 2nd directly from Qualcomm. The watch packs some interesting features including Qualcomm’s own low-energy screen technology called Mirasol that should make it more readable in direct sunlight. The smartwatch race just got a …

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

1st Black Holes Discovered in Milky Way Star Clusters --"May Produce 'Ripples' in Spacetime"

Black holes in globular clusters may provide a way for them to get close enough to one another to merge into bigger black holes that may produce the …

Tap Less, Say More: Create iOS Keyboard Shortcuts for Common Text Messages

Whether it's a dinner inquiry or an arrival time request, everyone has a handful of text phrases they tap out on a daily or weekly basis. Save your …

Stephen Hawking: physics would be 'more interesting' if Higgs boson hadn't been found

World-famous cosmologist admits to losing bet as a result of particle's discovery<p>Physics would have been "far more interesting" if scientists had been unable to find the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern, according to Stephen Hawking.<p>The cosmologist was speaking at an event to mark …

This Man Thinks He Can 3-D Print An Entire House

Scientists already are working on 3-D printing organs. If we can do that, a house should be easy.<p>While enthusiasts believe that there will eventually be a 3-D printer in every home, University of Southern California professor Berokh Khoshnevis has spent the last decade working on a far bigger …

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America’s angriest white men: Up close with racism, rage and Southern supremacy

Up close with small-town white rage, with bitter, scary men who feel left behind by economic and cultural change<p>Who are the white supremacists? There has been no formal survey, for obvious reasons, but there are several noticeable patterns. Geographically, they come from America’s heartland—small …

Sony sells over 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in just 24 hours

Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4 console is off to a good start. The company announced today that it has sold over 1 million consoles in just 24 hours. Sony’s PlayStation 4 only launched on Friday in the US and Canada, so it's an impressive start for just two regions. "We are thrilled that consumer …

Apple Reportedly Acquires 3D Sensor Tech Company PrimeSense

<b>UPDATE:</b> Sources tell AllThingsD that the deal is not done yet, but could be drawing to a close.<p>Israeli news outlet Calcalist is reporting (in Hebrew) that Apple has acquired Tel Aviv-based 3D sensor technology company PrimeSense for $345 million. News of a potential deal emerged in July this year, …

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S.

When you think of Oregon and food, you probably think organic chicken, kale chips and other signs of a strong local food movement. What probably <i>doesn't</i> come to mind? Food stamps.<p>And yet, 21 percent of Oregon's population – that's one out of every five residents – relies on food stamps to get by. …

Apple reportedly acquires PrimeSense for $345M

The Israel-based 3D-sensing company provides the technology that powers Microsoft's Kinect sensor.<p>Apple has reportedly closed a deal to acquire PrimeSense, the 3D-sensor company behind Microsoft's Kinect sensor.<p>Apple paid $345 million for the Israel-based company, according to a Calcalist financial …

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Facebook Could Be Unraveled By Mobile

INFOGRAPHIC: How Facebook Could Be Unraveled By Mobile. Facebook has been taking ideas from others for their website. With their limited distribution …

The Capitol of Social Media

Written by Bob Carver on 29 January 2018.<p>Back at the start of October, when I got back from the Inbound 17 conference, I wrote a blog post on the …