It’s surprisingly difficult to tell male and female Stegosaurus apart

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Around 150 million years ago, it might not have been that difficult to look at a Stegosaurus and tell whether it was a male or a female. Today, however, it’s a big challenge. Researchers find themselves staring at piles of bones, often unable to tell whether they’re looking at multiple animals, different species, or one individual with a number of variations. Because of that, researchers seem to agree that there’s been no convincing evidence so far for sex-based differences — like the mane on a male lion, a phenomenon scientists call “sexual dimorphism” — in any dinosaur, despite those differences being common among modern animals.

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Jony Ive says the Apple Watch can’t be compared to traditional watches

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Apple has been committed to selling its Watch like it were a fashion item, but at a Condé Nast conference in Florence this morning, Apple design chief Jony Ive described how it’s still very much built as a gadget. “Our focus has been doing our very best to create a product that’s useful,” Ive said, according to Vogue. “When we started on the iPhone, it was because we all couldn’t bear our phones. The watch was different. We all loved our watches but saw that the wrist was a fabulous place for technology, so there were different motivations. I don’t know how we can compare the old watches we know with the functionality and the capability of the Apple Watch.”

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Lionel Richie is Google’s secret ambassador for Project Fi

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Google just announced Project Fi, a super important and possibly disruptive wireless service. But here’s another disruption: if you call the number prominently displayed on Project Fi’s “Experience” page, somebody actually picks up. That somebody is Lionel Richie, singing “Hello.” It starts right in the middle of the song, of course, much in the same way that Google is entering the wireless market in medias res. Then is unceremoniously cuts out after a run through the key lyric, just like…

Just kidding, no hot take analysis here, except that Google know how to make a good joke. Just dial 404-978-9316 and enjoy. Enjoy it All Night Long. “Dancing on the Ceiling” jokes are left as an exercise for the reader. Richie is Google’s secret…

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Simplilearn Raises $15M For Professional Training And Certification

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simplilearn Simplilearn, a company helping customers get certified in areas like PMP (project management) and Android development, has raised $15 million in Series C funding. The company offers courses both online and in classroom workshops and says there are more than 200 courses and 40 accreditations. Since launching in 2010, more than 400,000 people have been certified through Simplilearn courses. Read More

Two New Apple Watch Apps, Knock And oneID, Let You Unlock Your Mac From Your Wrist (And More)

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watch-mac-unlock As mobile developers rush to release applications compatible with Apple’s new wearable device, the Apple Watch, many are still wondering what sorts of app experiences make sense for the wrist’s small screen versus that of the smartphone. To some extent, where the Apple Watch really shines is with “invisible” apps – paying for items with Apple Pay, or using the… Read More

Facebook introduces Hello, an app to replace the Android dialer

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Phone calls may have fallen out of fashion, but Americans still make 1 billion of them every day. And yet the experience of making a call isn’t all that great: phones don’t always recognize numbers, contacts can be difficult to manage, and they rarely take advantage of newer technologies like Wi-Fi calling. Now Facebook is introducing an app designed to fix that: Hello, an Android-only dialer app that seeks to modernize phone calls while also working to put Facebook at the center of all your communications. Among other features, it lets you more easily make free calls over Wi-Fi.

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Comcast’s dealings with Hulu could jeopardize its merger with Time Warner Cable

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Comcast’s involvement in the potential sale of Hulu may dampen its chances of getting its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable approved by the Justice Department. According to The Wall Street Journal, Comcast, 21st Century Fox, and Disney executives met at the Allen & Co. conference in 2013 to discuss the potential sale of Hulu — which was garnering billion dollar offers at the time. Instead of hammering out the sale, Comcast reportedly convinced its partners that it could raise Hulu’s value and make it a true competitor to Netflix, promises that played a significant role in the decision to pull Hulu off the market, according to The New York Times.

Comcast is restricted from making management decisions involving Hulu

Due to its deal…

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Everything you know about Marvel Comics is about to change

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The Marvel universe is about to explode. Again.

Next month, just as Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters, the self-styled House of Ideas will kick off its own summer blockbuster series in Secret Wars, a universe-spanning event helmed by Avengers writer Jonathan Hickman that will pit superheroes and villains from across time and between dimensions against each other. Five years in the making, it’s the single biggest thing Marvel has done with its comics characters in its 76-year history, and according to Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, it promises to change how it tells stories for decades to come.

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Google launches its own mobile network for Nexus 6 owners

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Google is now a mobile carrier. Today the company has made official its plan to offer wireless service to owners of its Nexus 6 smartphone. It’s called Project Fi, and Google is launching an early invite program beginning today. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” the company wrote in a blog post. The service is only available for the Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card for Project FI — it will work with both existing Nexus 6 devices and new ones. Google is says that right now the service is only available as an “early access program,” and during that program it won’t work on other…

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Photobucket Buys Social Video Platform Milyoni, Its Second Acquisition This Year

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madcards_devices2 Photo-sharing site Photobucket has just acquired its second company in a matter of weeks, following its pickup of photo chat app Lasso in March, fueled by the recent injection of $3.6 million in new funding as it attempts to reinvigorate and expand its business. Today, the company will announce it has bought social video platform Milyoni, best known for its development of an interactive… Read More

Google Launches Its Own Wireless Service, Project Fi

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google fi As rumored for months, Google has just announced plans to offer its own wireless cellular service.
Here’s what we know so far:

It’s called “Project Fi”
It’s for Nexus 6 owners only, at first.
It’s invite only right now. You can sign up for an invite here.
It’s built on top of Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks
Subscribers pay $20 for unlimited… Read More

Startup Raises $20 Million for Smartphone Windshield Projector

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navdyHardware startup Navdy has reportedly raised $20 million to manufacture their eponymous gadget, which projects smartphone alerts directly onto an automobile windshield. “From the way information is presented, the clarity of the image, the flexibility of the gesture recognition to the way Navdy sits on your car’s dashboard, we are obsessing over every […]

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Movidius Raises $40M for Augmented Reality Venture

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tangoVision processing startup Movidius, which contributed computer vision technology to Google’s Project Tango development kit, announced a $40 million funding round this week, with Summit Bridge Capital leading the surge. “We are entering the Golden Age of accelerated computer vision,” said CEO Remi El-Ouazzane. Movidius’ work on Project Tango, a development kit that […]

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