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Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?
An anonymous reader writes: Wladimir Palant is the creator of the Adblock Plus browser extension, but he often gets asked how it compares to a similar extension for Chrome called Adblock. In the past, hes told people the two extensions
A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)
From the Firepick website: We are developing a really cool robotic machine that is capable of assembling electronic circuit boards (it also 3D prints, and does some other stuff!). It uses a vacuum nozzle to pick really tiny resistors and
seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source
Back in 2009, OKLabs/NICTA announced the first formally verified microkernel, seL4 (a member of the L4 family). Alas, it was proprietary software. Today, thats no longer the case: seL4 has been released under the GPLv2 (only, no or later versions
Enceladus's 101 Geysers Blast From Hidden Ocean
astroengine writes: New observations from NASAs Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft have revealed at least 101 individual geysers erupting from Enceladus crust and, through careful analysis, planetary scientists have uncovered their origin. From the cracked ice in this region, fissures blast out
Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)
Nervals Lobster writes: Over at Dice, theres a breakdown of the programming languages that could prove most popular over the next year or two, including Apples Swift, JavaScript, CSS3, and PHP. But perhaps the most interesting entry on the list
Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
An anonymous reader writes: Today Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill that would ban bulk collection of telephone records and internet data for U.S. citizens. This is a stronger version of the legislation that passed the U.S. House in
Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory
cartechboy writes: Teslas been pretty quiet regarding its upcoming gigafactory lately, but thats about to change. It seems the Silicon Valley startup has reached an agreement with Panasonic in regards to the gigafactory, and Panasonics going to end up having
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PlayStation 4 can now play 3D Blu-ray discs
The latest update to the PS4 also improves the sound quality at 1.5x playback for both Blu-rays and DVDs.
Xbox One preorders launch in China
The Xbox One is set to debut in China this September after the countrys decision to remove a 13 year ban on gaming consoles.
Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection (Win/Mac) for free!
No strings attached, other than the need for an Origin account. This bundle includes the game and a whopping 17 add-ons.
Xbox One to land at China Telecom in September
The countrys third biggest mobile carrier has scored exclusive rights to sell Microsofts game console.
Ridley Scott's live-action 'Halo: Nightfall' trailer lands at Comic-Con
Taking place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, the Ridley Scott-produced film featuring actor Mike Colter as agent Jameson Locke makes its first appearance in San Diego.
Sony agrees to settle PSN hack lawsuit with freebies
The company will settle a class-action lawsuit over the PlayStation Network breach in 2011 by giving gamers $15 million worth of goods and services.
Facebook's Oculus teaming with Samsung for mobile virtual reality push
The company is working with one of the worlds largest smartphone makers in an effort to push VR beyond desktop computers and consoles.
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IBM board adds Johnson & Johnson CEO, former Royal Dutch Shell CEO
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty highlighted both executives experience in running information-intensive global enterprises.
IAC's Tutor.com buys The Princeton Review: Can these models, platforms merge?
Tutor.com has the technology platform, marketing and subscription model. The Princeton Review has the content, brand and high price points. Can these these two players combine to challenge Kaplan?
Google fixes Android's Fake ID security hole
Bluebox Labs recently discovered a new serious security Android vulnerability. Google has released a fix for it. If youre not careful, though, you could still be in danger.
Twitter's Q2 not nearly as bad as expected; bolstered by World Cup
Twitter shareholders must have been chipper after the bell on Tuesday given Wall Street was braving for a loss.
BlackBerry's Passport: Crazy enough for work?
BlackBerrys Passport made an appearance in New York. The device is quirky but could find an audience in select industries.
Can becoming an Apple Store for enterprises reverse IBM's decline?
The deal between Apple and IBM is based on the idea that IBM can still make a significant impact on the IT market. However, IBMs power has been diminishing for decades, and its far from certain that CEO Virginia Rometty
Ford drops BlackBerry for Apple's iPhone in two-year rollout plan
The automotive giant seeks to ditch its trusty BlackBerry devices in favor of iPhones, as part of a global deployment for its employees.
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Apple Gives Its Retina MacBook Pros a Back-to-School Spec Boost
Just in time for back-to-school season, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro line with improved specs, including speedier Intel processors and lowered price tags.
How Dodge Packed 707 HP Into the Hellcat Without Destroying It
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car a major American automaker has ever produced. The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine delivers a ludicrous 707 horsepower. To put that in perspective, an Oshkosh M1070A1 heavy equipment
David Lynch’s New Ad for Nail Polish Is as Weird as You’d Expect
To stave off any Lynch-ian withdrawals, we suggest you direct your attention to the avant-garde director’s latest work.
Lots of People Tweeted About Batman v Superman at Comic-Con—But Will They See It?
The tweets have spoken—and according to the social media gods Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the most talked about thing at this years Comic-Con International in San Diego. The Zack Snyder-directed flick, however, is not stacking up to
A Trippy Light Show That Lets You Dance With Light and Shadows
People love to dance, but it’s no easy task convincing them to do so in a museum. It’s even tougher if they’re German.
A Rolling Object Accelerating Down an Incline
Suppose you have a cylinder on an ramp and you let it start rolling down. What will be its acceleration? Great question, right? I like this because it brings in many different concepts in introductory physics. Also, I’m not too
An Ingenious Plane Design That Makes Room for Your Carry-Ons
London-based design firm Priestmangoode has solved the problem of carry-on storage once and for all.
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Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed Again
Seems that Tizen is not quite ready to come out of the oven.
Nvidia's Shield Tablet Wi-Fi Model, Controller Now Shipping
The Wi-Fi version of the Shield Tablet is shipping for $299.
Pre-Order Microsoft's Sharks Cove Developer Board
Microsofts Sharks Cove board is now ready for pre-purchasing.
Tesoro Intros Lobera Supreme Mechanical Keyboard
Heres a new mechanical keyboard for PC gaming.
Connected Data Intros Drobo Mini with SSDs
Heres a new storage solution packed with SSDs.
Rumor: Surface 3 May Arrive In October
Theres a rumor that a Surface 3 tablet will arrive in October.
Swiftech Announces a New Pump and Reservoir
Swiftech announced a new water pump and reservoir.
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Former NSA director will file “at least” 9 patents to detect malicious hackers
Foreign Policy reports some patents will involve “behavioral models” to predict attacks.
ISPs tell government that congestion is “not a problem,” impose data caps anyway
Shocking government research also finds Internet users don’t want data caps.
“Mac Mini (Mid 2014)” briefly appears in Apple support document
Apples cheapest Mac was last updated in October of 2012.
BlackBerry doubles down on security with acquisition of German crypto firm
Secusmart voice, data encryption for anti-eavesdropping caters to anti-NSA crowd
Analysis: Bill banning phone metadata collection gives NSA access to it
Proposal is not perfect but less surveillance is better than mass surveillance.
Among meats, beef has a beefy environmental footprint
Though popular, it’s much less efficient than other foods.
EA unveils subscription plan for access to its Xbox One games
$30/year gets access to four legacy titles, with more coming, and discounts.
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Borderlands Rap Album Now Out
You read that headline right, there is a Borderlands rap album out today and you can listen to it for free on Soundcloud. Not really my cup of tea but Im sure some of you might enjoy it. Comments
GameStop Offering A High Interest Rate Credit Card?
Nothing impresses the ladies more than whipping out your GameStop credit card to pay for dinner. Am I right fellas? Comments
7 Ways Technology Is Making You Stupid
If this list is accurate, most of us probably have the brains of a drug addict by now. The good news? Technology has made us too dumb to realize it. 7. You Have The Brain Of A Drug Addict.No, internet
Microsoft Debuts Costly Raspberry Pi Alternative
Everything about this Raspberry Pi alternative looked great...until I saw the $299 price tag. The pint-sized PC features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor with integrated HD graphics, 16GB of EMMC storage, a MIPI connector for display and camera, HDMI, one
Seasonic Platinum Series 1200W PSU
There is a review of the Seasonic Platinum Series 1200W power supply at techPowerUP! today. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.Seasonic recently added a new high-end model to their arsenal, a 1200 W unit with Platinum efficiency,
Apple Awarded Patent For Crowd-Sourced Traffic Navigation
Another week, another patent granted to Apple. This time around, Apple wants to help you find the shortest route to your nearest Apple store. Comments
Microwave Weapon Made With A Stick And Soup Can
Hey, lets take apart an old microwave, tie the guts to a stick, add a soup can to the mix and then start frying stuff. Comments
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Google Begins Rollout of New Google Drive and Docs Home screens For the Web
While Google has successfully moved its suite of productivity apps away from Google Drive and into their own Docs, Sheets, and Slides app on mobile, the separation hasn't always felt as clear on the web.
NVIDIA GeForce 340.52 WHQL Drivers Now Available
Joining today’s launch of the SHIELD Tablet is a new GeForce driver set from NVIDIA. After last month’s release of the first R340 beta driver, 340.43, NVIDIA is back again with 340.52, which sees R340
Short Bytes: NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet
Today's launch of the new SHIELD Tablet with NVIDIA's Tegra K1 SoC has muddied up the tablet waters a bit. We've posted our full coverage of the device, but for those looking for a short summary
The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review
While I talked about this in the launch article, the SHIELD Tablet is very much the culmination of lessons learned from 2013. While the Tegra Note 7 was a decent tablet, it had to eke out a profit through hardware
Apple Refreshes Retina Macbook Pro Lineup
Earlier this month Intel introduced new models in their lineup of Haswell mobile CPUs. With the Haswell manufacturing process having matured since its initial launch, Intel was able to bump clock speeds by 200MHz on
AMD Kaveri Laptops Sighted
While AMD's Kaveri APUs initially launched on the desktop at the beginning of the year, for many the APUs looked like a better fit for laptops and notebooks. In early June, we were able to
Xbox Games With Gold August 2014 Preview
The latest round of upcoming games for the Games with Gold program have been announced today, and unlike last month, there are no carryover games on the list. As seems to be the norm, Xbox One
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Four short links: 29 July 2014
Online Community Detection for Large Complex Networks (PLosONE) — readable recount of earlier algorithms and inventions in the area, as well as a new algorithm with linear time complexity for large complex networks. sel4 — open source OS kernel (GPLv2,
Four short links: 28 July 2014
streisand — sets up a new server running L2TP/IPsec, OpenSSH, OpenVPN, Shadowsocks, Stunnel, and a Tor bridge. It also generates custom configuration instructions for all of these services. At the end of the run you are given an HTML file
Graph tools forge path to new solutions
Graph databases haven’t made the news much because, I think, they don’t fit in convenient categories. They certainly aren’t the relational databases we’re all familiar with, nor are they the arbitrary keys and values provided by many NoSQL stores. But
Four short links: 25 July 2014
What is Public? (Anil Dash) — the most cogent and articulate (and least hyperventilated dramaware) rundown of just what the problem is, that you’re ever likely to find. talon — mailgun’s open sourced library for parsing email signatures. Signals from
New scalable solutions for data analysis with R
The R programming language is the most popular statistical software in use today by data scientists, according to the 2013 Rexer Analytics Data Miner survey. One of the main drawbacks of vanilla R is the inability to scale and handle
Signals from OSCON 2014
Experts and advocates from across the open source world assembled in Portland, Ore. this week for OSCON 2014. Below you’ll find a handful of keynotes and interviews from the event that we found particularly notable. How tiny satellites and fresh
Four short links: 24 July 2014
Neglected Machine Learning Ideas — Perhaps my list is a “send me review articles and book suggestions” cry for help, but perhaps it is useful to others as an overview of neat things. First Crowdfunded Book on Booker Shortlist —
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DailyDirt: Should Touch Typing Replace Cursive?
Kids today are bombarded with technology -- touchscreens, keyboards, Xbox controllers, and various gesture-based user interfaces are all competing against the lowly pencil and paper. Sure, finger painting and crayons are still all the rage with toddlers, but once kids
Shamed By Google's Email Security Transparency Report, Comcast Is Rushing To Better Encrypt Emails
Well, that was quick. Yesterday Google announced its new email security/encryption transparency report, which revealed that Comcast and Verizon were primary offenders, in not using TLS to encrypt emails, making them much more vulnerable to surveillance. And, in less than
Number Of Companies Using The Patent System Is 'Surprisingly Small'
One of the common mantras is that patents are indispensable, particularly for smaller companies, in order to prevent inventions being appropriated. If that is true, then presumably innovative companies are patenting like mad in order to protect their inventions. But
Entrepreneurs Explain How The End Of Net Neutrality Would Mean Their Startups Don't Exist
Most of the discussion on the fight around net neutrality has focused on the big broadband providers, and to a lesser extent, the big tech companies. Unfortunately, that leaves out who will almost certainly be most impacted by all of
Creepypasta Feels Compelled To State That Its Stories Are Fiction & It's Not A Satanic Cult; Th(...)
I wont say I told you so, but...you know what, screw it, I told you so. I told you the horror story out of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where two girls attacked a friend, nearly killing her, invoking the name of Slender
NSA Chief Defends Facial Recognition Database By Denying Claims That Weren't Made
James Clappers defense of leaked NSA programs have fallen into the strictly legal + oversight framework so often its become a cliche that can be ably wielded by lower level staffers. Occasionally, Clapper fires off something longer, like his defense
US Marshals Step In To Keep Florida Police Department's Stingray Documents Out Of The Hands Of (...)
The incredible wall of secrecy erected by law enforcement agencies around their use of stingray devices (cell tower spoofers) continues. Harris, the manufacturer of most of these devices, gets the secrecy ball rolling with non-disclosure agreements, which law enforcement agencies
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MSI Z97 MPOWER Mainboard Review: Inflexible Power
MSI mainboards dont seem to have improved much with the transition from Intels Z87 to Z97 chipset. Although they have actually got better in some aspects, there are some buts that prevent us from calling the tested model perfect
ARM Preps Second-Generation "Artemis" and "Maya" 64-Bit ARMv8-A Offerings
ARM Readies 64-Bit Cores for Non-Traditional Applications
AMD Vows to Introduce 20nm Products Next Year
AMDs 20nm APUs, GPUs and Embedded Chips to Arrive in 2015
Microsoft to Unify All Windows Operating Systems for Client PCs
One Windows OS will Power PCs, Tablets and Smartphones
PQI Debuts Flash Drive with Lightning and USB Connectors
PQI Offers Easy Way to Boost iPhone or iPad Storage
Japan Display Begins to Mass Produce IPS-NEO Displays
JDI Begins to Mass Produce Rival for AMOLED Panels
Microsoft to Fire 18,000 Employees to Boost Efficiency
Microsoft to Perform Massive Job Cut Ever Following Acquisition of Nokia
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