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Meet NASA’s Next Mars Rover

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 06:16
At 10 feet long, weighing almost a ton, and equipped with a laser and percussive drill for shattering earth and rocks, Curiosity is our best hope yet of finding signs of life on Mars.


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6 Ways to Find Your Stolen Laptop

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 05:47
If your laptop is ever lost or stolen, this security software will work hard to protect your precious data and help you recover the device.


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Video: Cameras Mounted on Fireworks Show Dizzying Point-of-View

Wired: Gadgets - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 05:40
Sure, you love to watch a crash-bang firework show while you sip a cold beer on July 4th, but did you ever think about how the poor firework feels? Well did you, you callous spectator, you? No, you didn't, which means that Jeremiah Warren is a much better man than you. Not only did he ask ...


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Three-Way Headphone Splitter Shaped Like a Tiny Branch

Wired: Gadgets - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 05:17
I can think of precisely one use for a headphone jack splitter, and that's for watching movies on the iPad when I'm on a plane or train, traveling with The Lady. However, I am also aware that there are couples whose individual musical tastes don't make each other physically sick, and who might like to ...


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Richard Stallman Urges Rejection of Anti-Piracy Web Blocking

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 05:08
Under Italian government legislation, telecommunications agency AGCOM will have to take responsibility for dealing with Internet content deemed illicit by entertainment companies. To that end, AGCOM is about to give itself the power to remove content and block websites without the need for any legal process. According to free software guru Richard Stallman, Italians should use “what’s left of their democracy” to oppose such measures.


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Motorola DROID 3 Images Surface Before Launch [w/PICS]

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 04:52
Motorola's DROID continues its run on the rumor wagon, even as the release of its newest member, DROID 3, is nearing. First on the cards is a bunch of leaked images of the DROID 3, from Verizon’s site. See them here.


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Electronic Devices to Cost Less? Japan Discovers Rare Earths in Pacific

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 04:29
Some people may say “So what?” but those who think about it see the costs of smartphones and other electronics devices coming down.


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Hackers Target Apple

Digg: Tech - Tue, 2011/07/05 - 01:11
The vulnerability of 225 million iTunes credit card accounts has been grossly exaggerated


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Hackers Select a New Target: Other Hackers

Digg: Tech - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 22:48
In a fractious free-for-all, rival hackers engage in tit-for-tat attacks on each other, often for no better reason than to outwit the other guy.


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Weather-Ready Bike Bag Keeps Your Stuff Drier Than a Mormon Wedding

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
After a helmet, a cyclist's best friend is a weather-ready bag. This one works as both a backpack and a pannier.


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Lots to Like About Sony's Low-Light Camcorder

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
The HDR-CX700V is Sony's top-of-the-line consumer camcorder, and it's fair to say this sucker is loaded.


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Canon's Low-Light Camera Is a Filmmaker's Perfect Nocturnal Companion

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
There are full-manual controls, a wide range of cinematic filters, and excellent low-light, feature-worthy performance. But it's spendy.


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De-Moisturize Your Gadgets With the Bheestie Bag

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
It won't bring a dunked Droid back to life, but it gets the residual damp out of your gadgets.


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Bluetooth Thermometer Turns Your iPhone Into a Sous Chef

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
No, you don't need a Bluetooth thermometer to keep tabs on your steak from 200 feet away. But backyard cooking is rarely about need.


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Scuba Mask POV Camera Sees Everything Under the Sea

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
With a 136-degree field of view, this hybrid scuba mask/videocam captures 720p video and 5-megapixel photos -- from your face!


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Backstroke With a Backbeat: UWaterG2's Waterproof MP3 Player

Wired: Gadgets - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 20:00
Need a little Kanye to get you through your morning laps? Try this tiny waterproof player on for size.


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Feature: Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal?

ArsTechnica - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 19:00

Amazon.com made waves in March when it announced Cloud Player, a new "cloud music" service that allows users to upload their music collections for personal use. It did so without a license agreement, and the major music labels were not amused. Sony Music said it was keeping its "legal options open" as it pressured Amazon to pay up.

In the following weeks, two more companies announced music services of their own. Google, which has long had a frosty relationship with the labels, followed Amazon's lead; Google Music Beta was announced without the Big Four on board (read our first impressions). But Apple has been negotiating licenses so it can operate iCloud with the labels' blessing.

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Unlicensed: Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal?

Digg: Tech - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 18:36
Apple paid up, but Amazon and Google did not, announcing cloud music services without the major labels' blessing. Who was right? Ars digs into the history of music lockers and explores when they might be legal under copyright law.


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BitTorrent Admin Continues Fight Against Police Abuse

Digg: Tech - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 16:29
At the beginning of 2011 two administrators of FileSoup – the longest standing BitTorrent community – had their case dropped by the authorities and were free men once again. But that was not the end of the story for one of the admins.


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Google Loses Access to Twitter Stream, Suspends Realtime Search

Digg: Tech - Mon, 2011/07/04 - 14:30
Sometime on the morning of July 3rd, Google Realtime Search mysteriously went offline and, assuming it was just another example of things breaking on a holiday weekend, most tech publications ignored it. Well as it turns out the reason behind its disappearance was not so mysterious, on July 2nd Google's access to Twitter's special firehose expired and it pulled the feature in order to rethink its strategy. Bing, which had a similar deal with Twitter still has access to the firehose.


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