Crowdfunded 3D printer shipments withheld to backers who complained about lateness

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Cobblebot’s crowdfunded 3D printers were supposed to ship in October, but many backers have yet to get theirs, including the “super early” backers — and it turns out this is on purpose, as Cobblebot is deliberately withholding shipments from customers who complained online, citing a nebulous Texas defamation statute that bans statements that statements regarding “dishonesty, fraud, rascality, or general depravity.”
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Twitter announces Highlights: “the best Tweets for you, picked by Twitter”

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The new feature is “a fast and simple summary of Twitter” for people who can’t keep up.

We look at things like the accounts and conversations that are popular among people you follow, Tweets from people you’re closely tied to, topics and events that are trending in your area or within your network, and people that are popular or trending among people you follow.

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Most women don’t need to be screened for cervical cancer annually

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Most women only need to be screened for cervical cancer once every three years, according to a new set of practice guidelines that the American College of Physicians, a national organization of doctors, released today. Women under the age of 21 shouldn’t undergo testing at all — regardless of their sexual health history — because many will receive abnormal test results without ever developing cervical cancer.

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Zero’s New Email App Can Help You Reach “Inbox Zero”

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Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.56.03 AM A new mobile email application called Zero is launching today to help users power through their inbox on the go, in order to achieve the often sought-after state of “inbox zero” – meaning an inbox that has no unread emails. Aimed at heavy email users who receive a lot of inbound email, an app that promises to speed up email processing by 30% or more sounds too good to be true. Read More

China is rewriting the rules of the mobile game, and Apple is still winning

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If you’re a producer of personal electronics without a China strategy, then you might as well not have a growth strategy. The rising influence of the world’s most populous nation has been described as the only geopolitical constant of the past 30 years, and recent times have seen it growing in economic influence as well. China is now the world’s largest smartphone market and continues surging forward as its economy and people ramp up their consumption of things to match their already vast production.

China’s Lenovo now owns two of the United States’ (and, by extension, the world’s) best-known technology brands: ThinkPad and Motorola. Like the successful companies that have risen out of the neighbouring Taiwan and South Korea, Chinese…

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Mobile Action Raises $2 Million To Help App Makers Attract More Users

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mobile-action Getting apps discovered in an increasingly packed app store is a challenge, which is why a number of firms in recent years have launched services that help app publishers figure out how to better optimize their app’s search result ranking when users type in various keywords into the app store’s search interface, as well as gain other competitive intelligence. One such firm, San… Read More

Amazon Brings HD And Cellular Streaming To The iOS Instant Video App

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screen640x640-2 Amazon has answered a long-standing request with an update to Amazon Instant Video that delivers streaming of HD resolution content, and allows streaming over cellular connections, rather than just Wi-Fi. The new 3.0 update also lets you beam the Amazon Instant Video library of movie and TV shows to your Apple TV via AirPlay in HD. Basically, this means you finally have the full control over… Read More

Steam’s virtual reality just got a boost from the maker of Unreal Tournament

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Microsoft just grabbed support from a big game engine for its augmented reality headset, and now Valve and HTC are getting support from an even bigger one for their VR headset. That support comes from Epic Games, which is today adding tools for SteamVR in Unreal Engine 4 — the latest in a line of engines that have powered major 3D games like Unreal Tournament and Gears of War.

SteamVR is Valve’s virtual reality platform, which is initially being made available through HTC’s Vive headset this spring. As a platform focused on gaming, SteamVR very much needs to get major game engines on board. Unreal is one of the more powerful options around — it’s also free, albeit with a 5 percent royalty for games that make over $3,000 — which should…

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This man has $220 million and a plan to take down Amazon

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Marc Lore does not remain still. During a recent lunch he fidgeted in his chair, stood up, stretched, then took a seat, and resumed eating. “We have an open office. I stand all day, I never sit,” he explains. “This feels uncomfortable.”

Lore has been very busy of late building Jet, an ambitious e-commerce startup trying to take the shopping club model pioneered by Costco and reimagine it for an online world. Today the company is launching in private beta to its first 10,000 customers, a slice of the 360,000 people who signed up for early access. The goal is to offer better prices than even the largest web retailer, Amazon. That’s an ambitious battle to fight, and for Lore, it’s also personal.

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Watch the secret first test flight of Jeff Bezos’ rocket

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If you didn’t hear that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ secretive rocket company Blue Origin tested a rocket yesterday, you can be forgiven: unlike many launches, the first test flight of New Shepard wasn’t streamed live. But the company has now released a video showing the successful launch from a base in Texas.

Blue Origin’s goal is to create a cheap means of private space flight, and earlier this month, the company’s president announced that it was prepared for test flights of its New Shepard rocket this year. “The engine is ready for flight… and ready for other commercial users,” company president Rob Meyerson said. He didn’t offer a timetable, but it appears the craft was closer to launch than most expected.

“Any astronauts on board…

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