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OS X Yosemite beta goes PUBLIC on July 24 – Apple confirms it

The Register - 2 hours 50 min ago
Starting tomorrow, regular fanbois get to be guinea pigs

Apple fans eager to take the new OS X Yosemite for a spin will be able to get their hands on it in a matter of hours. Paid-up developers have been able to test drive the desktop operating system for the past few weeks.…

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Facebook haters, look away now: The baby pic site's profit is up 138%

The Register - 3 hours 3 min ago
While a third of its addicts log in just from their phones

Facebook shares have rocketed after the biz reported record-setting growth, revenue and margin as it wrung cash from hundreds of millions of mobile users.…

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Qualcomm's big trouble in little China: Are some chip slingers fibbing?

The Register - 3 hours 29 min ago
Patent licensee figure disputes, antitrust probe mar US biz's third quarter

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm reported solid results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Wednesday, with revenues, earnings, and chip shipments all reaching record highs.…

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Stop begging, startup-land, and start YELLING at Catch of the Day

The Register - 4 hours 24 min ago
Consumer trust boost from data breach laws would do more for online biz than any subsidy or share scheme

Thank you, Catch of the Day: in taking three years – three years – to own up to a data breach (and by the way doing it late on a Friday afternoon), Australians have had a first-rate demonstration of why we need data breach disclosure laws.…

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Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge

Sludge obtained from water treatment plants were studied as suitable materials to be used in the pottery industry to make suitable pottery products.
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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 22:50
But those orders are now being revised

Comcast management has said the staffer who was recorded endlessly haranguing a subscriber over the phone was doing what he trained and paid to do.…

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IBM soups up SoftLayer for supers with Infiniband tech

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 22:22
Amazon-beating, Google-ganking, Microsoft-muddling high-speed IO lands

IBM wants to make its newly acquired SoftLayer cloud a destination for high-performance computing workloads – so it has rolled out a high-end connectivity option unavailable in other large clouds.…

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Israel: Palestinians Given Ample Time To Evacuate To Nearby Bombing Sites

The Onion - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 22:00
JERUSALEM—In response to criticism surrounding the death toll during its ongoing incursion into Gaza, representatives from the Israeli government Wednesday emphasized that warnings sent to Palestinian civilians provided them with ample time to evacu...

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Frustrated Employee No Longer Even Trying To Hide GRE Study Books

The Onion - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 22:00
AUSTIN, TX—No longer motivated to keep up the pretense of being a dedicated employee, TechStream systems analyst Chad Reasor told reporters Wednesday that he had abandoned all efforts to conceal the books and other study materials he was using to pr...

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American Voices: Mysterious White Surrender Flags Appear Above Brooklyn Bridge

The Onion - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 21:45
NYC police are investigating the mysterious appearance of two white surrender flags above the Brooklyn Bridge that were apparently planted by vandals who scaled to the top in the middle of the night, saying that it could be an art project.

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Chinese chipsters promise 64-bit ARMs for cheap Android slabs

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 21:35
Allwinner, Actions Semi pledge parts by late 2014 – but can they outpace Samsung?

Chinese cheap'n'cheerful chip designer Allwinner has boasted that its first 64-bit ARM system-on-chips for tablets will in punters' hands by the end of 2014.…

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Tails-hacking Exodus: Here's video proof of our code-injection attack

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 21:11
It's not a Tor exploit, but it will hit fully patched systems with default settings, we're told

Exodus Intelligence has revealed what it claims is video evidence of researchers unmasking an anonymous user of the Tails operating system.…

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Bud Selig Still Hoping To See Game At Every Major League Baseball Stadium

The Onion - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 21:00
NEW YORK—Admitting that it has always been a lifelong dream of his, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told reporters Wednesday that he still hopes to eventually attend a game at every MLB stadium in the country.

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Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 20:43
Study finds emotionless code likely to extract dark secrets

A study linked to a military IT contractor has backed the use of chat-bots for screening US government security clearance applicants.…

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Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 20:20
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. Artificial photosynthesis could allow for the conversion of solar energy into renewable, environmentally friendly hydrogen-based fuels.
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AP Reporter In Gaza Needs Another Term For ‘Blood-Soaked’

The Onion - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 20:00
GAZA CITY—Saying that he doesn’t want to use the same phrasing yet again in his latest article, Associated Press journalist Marcus Lambert, who has been stationed in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of this month’s most recent outbreak...

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Microsoft: We're building ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

The Register - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 19:31
Enterprise, Windows still power firm's shaky money-maker

+Analysis Microsoft has cracked open its annual and Q4 results, the first end of year results under brevity-challenged chief executive Satya Nadella.…

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The birth of topological spintronics: New material combo could lead to more efficient computers

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 19:17
The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic is the first promising indication that it may be possible to build a practical technology with a novel material known as a 'topological insulator.' The research team's results show that such a scheme can be 10 times more efficient for controlling magnetic memory or logic than any other combination of materials measured to date.
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15-year analysis of blue whale range off California finds conflict with shipping lanes

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 19:17
A comprehensive analysis of the movements of blue whales off the West Coast found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and mortality. But moving the shipping lanes off Los Angeles and San Francisco to slightly different areas -- at least, during summer and fall when blue whales are most abundant -- could significantly decrease the probability of ships striking the whales.
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The physics of lead guitar playing

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 19:17
String bends, tapping, vibrato and whammy bars are all techniques that add to the distinctiveness of a lead guitarist's sound, whether it's Clapton, Hendrix, or BB King. Now a guitarist and physicist has described the physics underlying these techniques.
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