Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior

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Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit and its also not clear exactly how he or she got access to these women’s accounts, with iCloud the most widely reported service suspected of being breached. As the world digests the shocking breach of privacy, one common sentiment seems to be that anyone careless enough to take naked photos in digital form should be prepared for the embarrassment of having them leak.

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Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the privacy of women

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Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever.

These men are the detritus of human society for whom the internet provides a warm blanket, so let’s remove the warm blanket for a minute.

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Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event

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Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. If Google can really make it easy for manufacturers to build quality, low-cost phones, then that’ll be a huge step for Android toward reaching more and more people across the globe.

Android One is supposed to launch this…

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NASA to reformat Mars rover’s memory from 125 million miles away

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NASA’s long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it’s attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it’s possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory.

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Asus says it will unveil the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch yet on Wednesday

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Asus says that it’s built the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch to date and that it plans to fully unveil it just two days from now, according to China’s Central News Agency. Called the ZenWatch, this will be Asus’ first Android Wear smartwatch, and it’ll reportedly be sold for less than $199 — potentially making it less expensive than competing watches from Samsung and LG. It’s also reported to include voice control features in English and, eventually, in Chinese, but it’s not clear how those would differ from the built-in commands that are already used to control Android Wear watches. Manufacturers are only able to modify Android Wear to a limited extent, so it’s possible that these features will come through a custom app that the…

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The Celebrity Photo Hack

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-X-Men-First-Class-stills-jennifer-lawrence-22474374-2560-1707 As you will by now have probably read, around 100 women celebrities (including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian) have had naked and explicit pictures seemingly hacked from their iCloud accounts and published online, first on 4Chan and now all over the place. As a reminder, iCloud automatically stores photos, email, contacts and other information online, allowing users to sync… Read More

The New Era Of Smart Dining

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tablets at Applebee's The restaurant industry has been around for a long time – since the dawn of Western civilization itself. Starting in Ancient Rome, some of the earliest known public restaurants, called thermopolia, were local hot-spots where the citizenry would go to socialize, be waited on, and fill their stomachs after a hard day’s work. Read More

VisionX 420D Review: ASRock’s mini-PC Lineup Continues to Impress

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ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently refreshed the mini-PC lineup in sync with Intel’s product cycle. We have been reviewing members of their CoreHT lineup (rechristened as VisionHT last year) since the Arrandale days, but today, we are focusing on their gamer-targeted mini-PCs. The VisionX lineup marked the departure from NVIDIA to AMD for the discrete GPU component, and their Haswell version, the VisionX 420D combines a Core i5-4200M with an AMD Radeon R9 M270X. Read on to see how the mini-PC fares under both gaming and HTPC workloads.

Programming Languages Job Trends: Part 2 – August 2014

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In part 1 of the programming language job trends, we reviewed Java, C++, C#, 
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In part 1 of the programming language job trends, we reviewed Java, C++, C#, Objective C, and Visual Basic. In today’s installment, we review trends for PHP, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, and PERL. Watch for part 3 in the next few days,…

Microsoft teases its Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ with a selfie

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Microsoft started teasing its Lumia 730 “selfie phone” last month with an invite to a press conference in Berlin on Thursday. While the invite teased “join us for more face time” and a Lumia camera, Microsoft has posted a fresh teaser today that’s simply a selfie photo. In an obvious nod to what Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop previously described as a “selfie phone” during a private internal company meeting, it’s clear Microsoft is preparing to unveil its Lumia 730 on Thursday.

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Using exceptions when designing an API

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Many know the tradeoff of using exceptions while designing an application:

On one hand, using try-catch block nicely segregates between regular code and exception handling code
On the other hand, using exceptions has a definite performance cost for the JVM

Every time I’ve faced this quandary, I’ve ruled in favor of the former, because “premature optimization is evil”. However, this…

Reported iCloud hack leaks hundreds of nude celebrity photos

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Hundreds of nude, semi-nude, and revealing pictures of female celebrities were leaked overnight after being stolen from their private collections. Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and pop star Ariana Grande were among the celebrities apparently shown in the pictures, which were posted on infamous web forum 4chan.

It’s unclear how the images were obtained, but anonymous 4chan users said that they were taken from celebrities’ iCloud accounts. The accounts are designed to allow iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to synchronize images, settings, calendar information, and other data between devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing. Earlier this year, Jennifer Lawrence herself complained…

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