Snapchat’s New Year’s Eve “Our Story” Will Be Its Biggest Yet

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snapchat ios icon Snapchat is preparing to launch its biggest “Our Story” feature yet this New Year’s Eve, documenting worldwide celebrations using curated user photos and videos from cities like New York, Dubai, St. Petersburg, Russia and more. The company says it expects to process hundreds of hours of footage to create this New Year’s Eve collaboration, which will be in the… Read More

After several biohazardous screw-ups, the CDC is hiring a safety chief

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hire a chief of laboratory safety, according to a Reuters report. Because apparently there wasn’t one before; creating the position was a major recommendation of a lengthy internal investigation into mishandling of anthrax and bird flu in the agency’s labs, according to a memo Reuters obtained.

The announcement comes a week after another lab mix-up — one involving Ebola. Last week, a wrong transfer of a sample containing the Ebola virus exposed at least one lab technician to the disease. The technician wore gloves and a gown, standard gear for inactivated viruses, but not all of the protective gear — like a face mask — recommended for working with the live virus. The worker was…

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Fighting Distractions Should Be Top Resolution For 2015

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4009019611_7b4ef6570b_o BING the head of Sony Pictures is talking about CLICK my friend just uploaded a photo to Face BING the wreckage of the AirAsia flight PLOP Danny, are you around for dinner? We are thinking DING Try out the new version of our app CLICK the weather today will be PING Danny, we have a brilliant idea for a startup and we are launching on Kickstarter. BUZZ. Game over. The first minutes after waking… Read More

Tech To Save You From Your Drunk Self On New Year’s Eve

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4267664866_64e8b658ed_o The safest thing you could possibly do on New Year’s Eve is not drink, not go out, not do anything. You’re probably going to go out, anyway. You’re probably going to go to some party and you’re probably going to drink. A lot. You’ll dance terribly. You’ll tell someone that you love them. This person is someone you do not love. New Year’s day is also… Read More

Bilbo’s sword Sting can detect unsecured Wi-Fi, not just orcs

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How is an orc like an unsecured Wi-Fi network? It’s really not, except that you could argue both align as chaotic evil and — as of earlier this month — you can detect either one with Bilbo’s sword Sting. Spark, a company that sells hackable internet hardware, celebrated the release of the last Hobbit film by modding a toy version of Sting into something that can detect, connect to, and “vanquish” networks. Instead of glowing blue when it’s near orcs and goblins, it flashes in the presence of unsecured Wi-Fi. If you slash the sword, it will connect to the network and remember it, printing “{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!” along the way.

The project is called WarSting after WarKitteh, a Wi-Fi-finding cat collar that debuted…

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Ensure your child is the coolest on the block with this tiny electric supercar

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If you were fortunate enough to have owned or driven a Power Wheels car as a kid, it’s hard to forget the feeling of breezing down the sidewalk at 5 mph. For many of us, it was our first driving experience that wasn’t powered by furious pedaling. But they were still very much toys — quick to lose a full charge and often made of flimsy plastic that was easily damaged.

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Sony Hackers Threaten A Media Organization, Likely CNN, And Others

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sony logo The hackers who compromised Sony Pictures Entertainment’s servers, releasing private files and emails to the public which detailed everything from the personal, financial and medical data of present and past employees’ to Sony’s plan to revive SOPA with the MPAA’s help to the MPAA’s plans to break DNS in an effort to fight piracy, and much more, are now… Read More

The Samsung Gear VR makes virtual reality easy, but I still feel dumb using it

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Virtual reality is a difficult thing to review. It’s hard not to be impressed when you look into a screen and see a world, magnified to surround you and responding to the motion of your head. It’s even harder when the basic technology is so simple: almost every VR headset on the market is a mobile phone screen with some gyroscopic sensors and a pair of lenses. But when something like Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR comes out, you can’t simply judge and recommend it like a phone or laptop. It’s a $200 toy, plus an extra $700-800 for the phone it fits around, that promises to contain the embryo of a revolutionary new medium. So the real question isn’t just whether you should buy it right now (because you shouldn’t). It’s whether there’s a…

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Crowdsourcing His New Year’s Resolutions On Facebook

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New_Year_Resolutions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolutions have generally put most people’s to shame. In the past, he has vowed to do things like write a thank you note to someone who made the world better each day and to learn to speak Mandarin – which he did. He even held a Q&A session in Chinese this year. But this time around, the social network founder is… Read More

The heart emoji is 2014’s most popular word

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The most popular word of 2014 wasn’t actually a word, according to a new survey of global English usage, it was an emoji: the ? emoji in fact. “The Heart and Love emoji, emoticon, and variations thereof appear billions of times a day around the world — across languages and cultures,” claims Global Language Monitor (GLM) in their 2014 report on English-language word usage, adding that it is “the first time an ideograph has captured [the] Word of the Year honors.”

The most popular heart emoji on Twitter has been used nearly 500,000,000 times

Although the above claim — that the heart emoji and its cognates appeared “billions of times a day” — is most likely a big exaggeration, it’s credible that an emoji overtook any single word as the…

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NYC May Integrate Apple Pay, Bitcoin, PayPal For Parking Tickets

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parkingtickets Given that NYC is the greatest city in the world (I’m definitely not biased), it makes sense that the Big Apple is looking to give its residents a better way to pay off their many parking tickets. According to MarketWatch, the city of New York issues eight to ten million parking tickets each year, coming out to around $30 billion in revenue for the city. That said, the city is… Read More

Tesla Is Working On Robotic Snakes That Emerge From The Wall To Charge Your Car

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tumblr_ln2oa88Bn01qaqeu1o1_r1_500 Elon Musk is pretty much the best thing about Twitter, and today is no exception – the Tesla CEO tweeted that his electric car company is actually working on tech that would allow chargers to snake out of the wall and plug into your car automatically, eliminating the need to manually connect when you get your Model S back to your garage at night. Btw, we are actually working on a… Read More

2014’s biggest stories made us pick up the dictionary

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One of the last summaries of 2014 to be posted has arrived from the guys behind Dictionary.com, who have picked out the hottest trending words of the past year. Replacing the selfie, cronut, and twerk of 2013 are terms like misogynistic, sociopath, and asphyxiation, which reflects a stark change in mood from the previous rankings. The impetus for looking up those definitions in 2014 came from a series of tragic events in the US, including a murder spree at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the death of Eric Garner after being subjected to a chokehold by police. On a more positive note, the increased scrutiny of the Washington NFL team’s nickname led to more people finding out exactly what “redskin” means, and at least some…

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