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Video Replaces the Sounds of Game of Thrones With Old Video Game Sounds

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 18:00
If you think there's too much violence and sex and awful human behaviour in Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy this light-hearted remix.
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Here's A Phone-Charging Bracelet You Might Actually Wear

Read Write Web - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:55
<em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/08/phone-charging-bracelet">Fashionista</a>.</em>

There's no cellphone owner who doesn't understand intimately the special agony of watching their device drain and then ... die. It's a universal. Most people have a plan B: Use a Mophie juice pack, bring along a charger and pray for an outlet—or this reporter's favorite, hang out in a bar for an hour and use the bartender's charger. There's always one behind the counter.

A new startup called Q Designs is hoping to make juicing on the go a bit more convenient. The company just launched pre-orders for its first product, a sleek bracelet that conceals enough rechargeable lithium-ion battery to give your phone a 60% charge. The bangle, available for both Android and iOS devices, unhooks to reveal the connector.

We took a look at one of the prototypes a few weeks ago, and it's really, truly not bad-looking. It comes in black, silver and gold, the last of which co-founders James Kernan and Alessandro Libani say they spent a lot of time getting exactly right. The bracelet is still fairly thick—according to Kernan, making it any thinner would reduce the charging potential significantly —so it's a statement, but a clean one.

It's also not terribly expensive. Pre-orders run at $79, and the bracelet will eventually retail for $99, hopefully in time for the holiday season. Although frankly it's the type of thing we'd like to have for September's various fashion weeks, a.k.a. the month of dead phones. 

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Here's A Phone-Charging Bracelet You Might Actually Wear

Read Write Web - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:55
<em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/08/phone-charging-bracelet">Fashionista</a>.</em>

There's no cellphone owner who doesn't understand intimately the special agony of watching their device drain and then ... die. It's a universal. Most people have a plan B: Use a Mophie juice pack, bring along a charger and pray for an outlet—or this reporter's favorite, hang out in a bar for an hour and use the bartender's charger. There's always one behind the counter.

A new startup called Q Designs is hoping to make juicing on the go a bit more convenient. The company just launched pre-orders for its first product, a sleek bracelet that conceals enough rechargeable lithium-ion battery to give your phone a 60% charge. The bangle, available for both Android and iOS devices, unhooks to reveal the connector.

We took a look at one of the prototypes a few weeks ago, and it's really, truly not bad-looking. It comes in black, silver and gold, the last of which co-founders James Kernan and Alessandro Libani say they spent a lot of time getting exactly right. The bracelet is still fairly thick—according to Kernan, making it any thinner would reduce the charging potential significantly —so it's a statement, but a clean one.

It's also not terribly expensive. Pre-orders run at $79, and the bracelet will eventually retail for $99, hopefully in time for the holiday season. Although frankly it's the type of thing we'd like to have for September's various fashion weeks, a.k.a. the month of dead phones. 

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U.S. Warrants for Overseas Data Trample Foreign Privacy Laws

Technolgy Review - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:50

Microsoft’s failed efforts to resist a U.S. warrant for data stored in Ireland show how American law enforcement policies conflict with foreign privacy laws.

U.S. Internet companies, and indeed all multinationals with a presence in the United States, appear to be trapped between the data access requirements of U.S. law enforcement agencies and foreign privacy laws.

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TechCrunch Giveaway: Canon EOS T3i Kit And NeroTrigger

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:40
 One of you will be the lucky winner of a Canon EOS T3i kit paired with a NeroTrigger. The Canon EOS Rebel is a digital SLR camera, and is accompanied by an accessory kit that includes three lenses, a camcorder and a 59″ lightweight tripod – among other accessories. Read More
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Will Developer Tools Startups Ever Find Investors?

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:30
 Venture capital is an industry in which the exceptions are often more important than the rules. For many years, investors believed in a golden rule that software was the key to minting returns, leaving hardware as one of the most underinvested areas of venture. Then things changed as new technologies like 3D printing allowed hardware startups to accelerate their product design, and several… Read More
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Scientists are Building a Tomato That Grows 24 Hours a Day

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:30
The research is still in its early stages so, for now, ketchup still needs its beauty sleep.
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Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics

Read Write Web - Fri, 2014-08-22 17:24

Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.

On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.

Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this year.

Instagram launched advertising last fall. 

Images courtesy of Instagram.

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Secret Is Cracking Down On Bullying

Read Write Web - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:58

Secret, the anonymous application that lets users post random comments and share them with friends, is finally doing something about bullying.

Secret now uses sentiment analysis to determine if someone is posting something against the app’s guidelines—like a harassing comment—and will prompt users to rethink their posts if so. If someone posts it anyway, the Secret team will review the post, and block it if they find it in violation of its policies. Real names will also be blocked from the site whenever possible.

The changes were announced in a blog post on Friday.

It’s a much-needed update to the app that’s become one of Silicon Valley’s most popular Burn Books. Rumors that start on Secret have spilled out into online conversation, including a bunch of actual news about the tech industry.

Of course, many rumors are false. Earlier this year, prominent developer Julie Ann Horvath was the subject of gossip on the mobile application, and in response, she publicly told the real story behind her departure from GitHub, which included accusing company leadership of harassment.

Gossip transcends Silicon Valley—though it’s certainly polarizing in the Bay Area, Secret’s home. On Thursday, Secret was pulled from the App Store in Brazil because under Brazilian law, anonymous free expression is forbidden.

Creating A More Positive Environment

Secret has tried to solve it’s bullying problem before. But as Fortune writer Dan Primack discovered, the app’s flagging system and algorithm that detects certain keywords was not enough.

Now, though, by enabling more extensive anti-bullying measures, Secret can create a safer space and cut down on the anonymous mudslinging.

See Also: I'll Tell You A Secret: Anonymous Apps Matter

I’ve found that Secret can be a positive place, when you start to weed out all the poison. I often see inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking stories that, for whatever reason, people don’t feel like they can post them anywhere else.

Adding Photos And Polls

Along with the anti-harassment updates, Secret prevents people from uploading photos from their own photo libraries.

People can now search for and add photos from Flickr to use as the image behind their secret, similar to another anonymous app, Whisper. However, the app still lets users take photos in real-time, so it won’t necessarily prevent people from accidentally (or purposely) shrugging the anonymity. 

The app also added a polling feature that lets users ask their friends questions, and see responses in real-time.

Images courtesy of Secret.

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No One Nominated The Galaxy S5 For The Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:56
 Just stop, Samsung. Stop. The Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to raise awareness for a horrible disease, not sell your phone. It doesn’t matter that you, Samsung, donated money to a UK organization fighting the same condition as the ALS Association. To degrade a worldwide movement to a phone advert is just about the worst thing possible. Read More
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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending August 23, 2014)

Technolgy Review - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:45

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

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How the Hell Does Quantum Mechanics Work Anyway?

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:30
People that know about quantum mechanics tend to talk about it very breezily, leaving us mortals behind. Be left behind no longer, by watching this video.
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White House Cybersecurity Czar Is A Total N00b (And Proud Of It)

Read Write Web - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:11

Only in Washington, DC could a lack of technological know-how be a positive thing. In a city where people prefer to vote for charismatic politicians over intellectuals, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel sees his lack of expertise as a selling point.

"Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction," he told Gov Info Security. "You can get enamored with the very detailed aspects of some of the technical solutions. And, particularly here at the White House ... the real issue is to look at the broad, strategic picture and the impact that technology will have."

Daniel, who describes himself as “not a coder” is an unlikely appointed official to oversee the White House’s national cybersecurity strategy and policy. Most senior policy makers, as Vox observes, have advanced degrees in the fields they operate in. The surgeon general is a medical doctor, the attorney general has a law degree, and the head of the federal reserve has a degree in economics. And honestly, would we trust them as much if they didn’t?

In his own words, Daniel has a degree in public policy, but says he has little experience in programming or protecting computer networks from attacks. We can trust him to make policy, but probably not as the one in charge during a national cybersecurity emergency.

The situation echoes that of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinator Michael D. Brown. It wasn’t until Hurricane Katrina that it came out that Brown had inadequate experience in disaster management and was forced to resign after his botched handling of the situation.

It would take a cybersecurity equivalent of Hurricane Katrina to put Daniel’s skills to the test, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Photo of Michael Daniel courtesy of CSIS

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Femur on Mars: The Leg Planet

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 16:00
Wait, is that... human bones on Mars? Not quite, conspiracy theorists: in fact it's just a rock that happens to look a little bit like a femur thigh bone. It was snapped by the Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam. [NASA]
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Today’s Best Reads From Our Other Sites

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:50
Kotaku UK: Meet the Pokémon families | Borderlands: The pre-sequel – The joke wears thin? | This is the Virtual Reality dream we've all been having | Lifehacker UK: Top 10 DIY projects for the bank holiday weekend | The best Windows apps that every PC needs | Fix stuck pixels in your photos
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I Really Hope Samsung’s VR Headset Doesn’t Look This Silly

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:45
The low-quality shots from the leaker show face plates in two different colours, some in a traditional Samsung blue, others in what appear to be gold.
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See an Entire Muddy River Bed Transplanted Inside an Art Museum

Gizmodo UK - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:30
The installation takes up the entire south wing of the museum, a sprawling amount of space that's been painstakingly transformed into a natural landscape.
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Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers

Tech Crunch - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:21
 Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both display ads from Amazon as well as other “high-quality” advertisers. The program is currently in a pilot testing period –… Read More
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Secret Update Removes Photo Library Access As It Faces Renewed Claims It Isn’t So Anonymous

Mobile Crunch - Fri, 2014-08-22 15:13
 Secret has a new update out for Android, with an iOS equivalent arriving sometime next week. The app changes include the addition of Flickr image search, which requires the “exchange” of the ability to use pics from your photo library, in a move clearly designed to limit users from sharing potentially damaging pics of people they know. You can still take a pic on the fly and share… Read More
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