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What Your Poo is Trying to Tell You

Gizmodo UK - 1 hour 7 min ago
What the hell is that? Seriously, did that just come out of you or did it crawl up the pipe? If you’ve just exorcised a poo that looks nothing like what you’ve eaten recently, it could be a sign of a serious illness. It could also just be that curry from last Wednesday, so it’s [...]
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OnePlus One smartphone officially launched

Coolest Gadgets - 1 hour 8 min ago

When it comes to smartphones, there are many different manufacturers out there, where each of them will have their very own flagship model, so to speak, in order to compete at the high end side of things. A few years back, everyone looked to the iPhone as the gold standard, and new devices that rolled out were deemed to be “iPhone killers”. It seems that the ante has just been increased, as the OnePlus One is now touted to be the “2014 Flagship Killer.” Now this is definitely quite a step up, don’t you think so? After all, there are many great flagship devices out there like the waterproof Galaxy S5 as well as the HTC One M8, not to mention the upcoming iPhone 6 in the future.

Still, what does the OnePlus One pack that makes it think it can stand heads and shoulders above the rest of the other handsets? First of all, it looks really good, boasting of industry leading design, superior build quality and top of the line specs at a price point that is going to be difficult to beat. Sporting subtle curves, sleek lines and a slightly raised, jet-black display, the OnePlus One measures all of 8.9mm thin, and has a tapered edge of just 4.6mm that makes it extremely easy to tote around.

Not only that, it will run on CyanogenMod 11S, which so happens to be a special release that has been tuned to take advantage of everything that makes up the One. CyanogenMod 11S points to the first phase of a unique visual experience that will blend the best of the Android operating system alongside the freedom that CyanogenMod tends to offer, and unlike majority of the other OEM skins, there will be virtually no limits when it comes to customizing your One, allowing you to mix and match thousands of themes, with the option to return to stock with the new theme engine and store.

Ah, the hardware. Glorious hardware. The OnePlus One will run on a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, with custom Krait CPU architecture, integrated 4G LTE connectivity, Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM, to deliver a fluid and lightning quick user experience. Apart from that, your eyes will definitely appreciate the 5.5” Full HD display, as it shows off images captured using the Sony Exmor IMX214 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash brilliantly, regardless of whether it is day or night. Not only that, selfies look great thanks to the 5 megapixel distortion free front-facing camera that boasts of an extra wide 80 degree capture angle. Above all, a 3,100mAh battery would tie everything together.

Those who are interested can pick up the OnePlus One in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States in 16GB Silk White for $299/€269 and in 64GB Sandstone Black for $349/€299.
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions Of Apple’s OS X—For Free

Read Write Web - 1 hour 13 min ago

People love trying out new Apple software before it’s fully baked, and the company knows it.

That’s why Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch.

Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up.

Of course, it wouldn't be an Apple program without an ominous confidentiality agreement, one that declares all beta software, including "its nature and existence, features, functionality, and screen shots," to be confidential information that cannot be disclosed to anyone without written permission from an authorized Apple representative. Once you've signed away your right to even show the beta version to third parties, Apple will provide you with a special “Beta Access Utility” that offers access to pre-release versions of OS X within the “Updates” panel in the Mac App Store.

This policy change for pre-release Mac software comes a little more than a month before WWDC, the annual developer conference where Apple typically unveils new versions of iOS and OS X software. Still, it doesn’t look like Apple plans to expand this program to iOS just yet. Which has got to be frustrating for iPhone and iPad fans, who exhibited considerable interest in upgrading to iOS 7 ahead of its public release date last year.

Considering that Apple is expected to unveil a new version of OS X at WWDC 2014, it will be interesting to see to what extent users and developers participate in the new beta program are able to access the new software, as well as how well the actual Seed Program actually works. 

Either way, there will be plenty of users interested in experimenting with the unready OS X software, even if it’s glitchy, now that Apple has pulled down the $100 barrier. It’s a win for users who aren’t developers but want to try out new Mac software before it's fully ready. It’s a win for Apple, too, since this program will undoubtedly attract many users and, presumably, plenty of constructive feedback as well.

Lead image by Flickr user Daniel Dudek-Corrigan, CC 2.0

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Could This £229 Quad-Core Beast Bring CyanogenMod to the Masses?

Gizmodo UK - 1 hour 23 min ago
Being “the best custom version of Android” is kind of like being a Winter Olympics medal-winner: an amazing achievement, for sure, but it doesn’t change the fact that no-one’s actually heard of you. That could all be about to change, however, as CyanogenMod has teamed up to put their custom version of Google’s OS on [...]
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The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 23 min ago
 Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when it… Read More
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WhatsApp active user-base crosses the 500 million mark

New Launches - 1 hour 25 min ago
Many times we have witnessed that an acquisition of a company ending up being detrimental for its growth, but that’s sure not the case with WhatsApp which was acquired by Facebook a.. WhatsApp...

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Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 35 min ago
 The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More
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Watch the First BASE Jump From the Tip of the World’s Tallest Building

Gizmodo UK - 1 hour 38 min ago
Hold tight. This new video shows Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen break a new World Record: by climbing to the very top of Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building—and then BASE jumping off it. The Burj Khalifa stands 830-metres tall above the Dubai cityscape it dominates, providing a tantalising—and terrifying—challenge for BASE jumpers. Now, for the [...]
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Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 43 min ago
 To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More
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Rebecca & Fiona (ft. Duvchi) – Cold Heart

DiscoBelle - 1 hour 51 min ago

Swedish electro/dance queens Rebecca & Fiona collaborates with our favorite Swedish crooner Duvchi on new break-up track “Cold Heart”. The track is taken from their sophomore album “Beauty Is Pain” that drops April 29th. (Via Vibe)

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Diddy Wah goes gospel

Diddy Wah - 1 hour 52 min ago
Monday was Easter Monday and so I got my gospel on for this sanctified instalment of the Diddy Wah radio saga. Joshua, Elijah, Shadrach, Meshach and all the old testament crew were shaking hands, shouting, marching and generally feeling alright. It was a happy day.

New Samsung S5 Camera-Phone Hybrid Leaked in Ironically Blurry Photos

Gizmodo UK - 1 hour 53 min ago
Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Whatever it is, it’s shaped like a slightly thicker version of the Galaxy S5, and it’s been caught on camera in the wild, a week before its expected debut at a Samsung event in Singapore. The alleged photos, which look fairly plausible, show a form factor that’s [...]
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Each time I cling to your kiss, I hear music divine

Diddy Wah - 1 hour 53 min ago

mp3: Richard Berry - Besame Mucho

Here's one of the Richard Berry records that Flip released between Louie Louie in 1957 and Have Love Will Travel in 1959. Yep, you guessed it, Besame Mucho arrived in record stores for the first time in 1958. I've posted several versions of this, famously written by a fourteen year old girl and the most covered Mexican song of all time, but this is my fave so far.

Shakespeare Insult Wallet

Geek Alerts - 1 hour 58 min ago

Thou has not so much brain as ear wax. Well, there’s something to make you re-think spending your hard-earned money on some useless bauble. The Shakespeare Insult Wallet might make you laugh, it might make you cry, and it might even give you a new appreciation for the Bard, but I seriously doubt it will […]

Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 58 min ago
 Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More
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Baldrick’s Tomb Dungeon Crawl Game

Geek Alerts - 2 hours 8 min ago

The Baldrick’s Tomb Dungeon Crawl Game is a fun dungeon crawl game where the playing field changes every time you play. The player with the most gold at the end of the fourth floor wins. It is a great gateway game for young dungeon crawlers too. This one looks like a lot of fun for […]

Now Even Sous-Vides Have Bloody Smartphone Apps

Gizmodo UK - 2 hours 8 min ago
New kitchen tech buddy Mellow is a bit like a Nest for food, allowing owners to automate the sous-vide slow-cooking process remotely via an app. If you’ve bothered setting up everything before going out, that is. The Mellow machine is a combination of fridge and slow cooker, so you can stick your duck or beans [...]
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Marketing Suite For Visual Web Piqora Raises $7.7 Million Series A

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 9 min ago
 Piqora, a marketing platform and analytics provider for “visual” social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by DFJ, and saw participation from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2012, and originally called… Read More
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Wonder Woman vs. Hydra Mini Patina Statue

Geek Alerts - 2 hours 16 min ago

This Wonder Woman vs. Hydra Mini Patina Statue looks fantastic. It shows DC Comics Amazon Princess facing off against one of the most famous monsters from Greek Mythology. The multi-headed hydra. It is alive with action, so it will look great displayed. Plus, it has a great patina on it, hence the name. This detailed […]

Chinese Android Phone Maker Xiaomi Preps Big Global Push For This Year

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 22 min ago
 Chinese Android device startup, Xiaomi, is stepping up its international expansion plans -- with founder Lei Jun today naming 10 markets it plans to enter this year, speaking at a Beijing press event. Read More
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