Florida Governor Charlie Crist has a fan that blows him every day. No. Wait.

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This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.

This video frame grab made available by CBS 4, shows a fan at the bottom of the lectern near Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Davie, Fla., Wednesday Oct. 15, 2014. The fan caused a delay in the gubernatorial debate between Crist and Governor Rick Scott, after the Scott campaign considered the fan a violation of the rules prohibiting the use of electronic devices.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist insists on bringing an electric fan to campaign appearances. One GOP operative calls the fan Crist’s “teddy bear.”

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Why The Future Of Digital Security Is Open

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shutterstock_157028330 The topic of digital security often brings to mind the image of bleak and dark future, where computers, mobile devices and other systems are riddled with malware and cyber criminals lurk, ready to steal our data and crash our systems. We have good reason to be nervous. We’ve seen plenty of cyber-security breaches in the past few years, like credit card thefts at Target and password issues… Read More

Microsoft’s CEO Apologizes Again For Comments On Women, Promises New Diversity Efforts

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satya nadella Microsoft is working to repair its public image and change course by addressing the damage that CEO Satya Nadella caused last week by saying that women should, perhaps, not ask for raises. His comments immediately became an international high water mark for tone-deafness — and being flat wrong — and he continues to apologize and promise change. Read More

Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

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unnamed-2 Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Tagged was on a… Read More

The SIM card is about to die

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Apple’s dealings with SIM cards in the past seven years, it’s that Apple gets what Apple wants.

The little gold-plated circuits — which identify you as a subscriber on a particular carrier — plug into phones, tablets, and basically anything else with a cellular radio. Customers of GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile have been using them since time immemorial; CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon have started using them since switching to LTE. Apple hates SIMs, and has hated them for as long as the iPhone has existed: it is known to have explored the use of embedded, non-removable SIMs in the past.

Finally, with the iPad Air 2 and mini 3, Apple has decided to start making its move by using a…

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‘Minecraft’ movie may be made by ‘Night at the Museum’ director

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The Lego Movie made it clear that a film based on a plotless, block-based property could somehow be wildly successful and really funny, so we really ought to be looking forward to the upcoming Minecraft movie. Work on the movie was first announced last year, and now Deadline is reporting that Shawn Levy, director of children’s films like Cheaper by the Dozen and the Night at the Museum series, is in talks to direct and develop it. Producers behind The Lego Movie and Mean Girls are already on board, which definitely seems like a good sign. It otherwise doesn’t sound like work on Minecraft has gotten too far, which means there’s no word yet on what the movie will actually be like or how many hours of it will involve watching someone hit…

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Apple’s iPad Air 2 shows that tablet photography is here to stay

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Not long after the original iPad debuted, I was home for the holidays and saw a husband take a picture of his wife at a bar with a BlackBerry PlayBook. Being from a small town that always seems a bit behind the times, it surprised me that he had the new PlayBook in the first place, let alone that it was his camera of choice.

It was an easy sight to laugh at then, and it’s remained an easy target — just look at how a large swath of Twitter reacted when, at today’s Apple event, Phil Schiller said that the iPad Air 2 “the best viewfinder for composing your photos and your videos”:

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TC Cribs: Eventbrite’s New Bright And Shiny HQ

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eventbriteriver Welcome back to a new episode of Cribs! This time around, we headed over to Eventbrite, the company behind the very popular ticketing and live events platform. If an Eventbrite Cribs tour sounds familiar, it may be because we have done one before. But that was almost three years ago, way back in 2011, and a lot has changed since then! Eventbrite has moved from its old ground floor office… Read More

OS X Yosemite is now available to download

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Apple’s latest desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, is now available to download from the Mac App Store. It’s a free update, and it delivers a whole host changes, most notably a revamped visual style that’s a lot more colorful than the OS X you’re used to. In fact, the Yosemite makes your Mac’s operating system look a lot more like iOS than traditional OS X, and it brings the two operating systems together in a few more ways too.

One of the biggest features in Yosemite is the ability for it to let you move your work between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad and then pick up exactly where you left off on another device. It also adds a few smaller — but still quite useful – integrations with iOS, such as the ability to send and receive text…

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Buy an iPad mini 2 while you still can

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Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, spent roughly 29 seconds talking about the brand new iPad mini 3 today. Schiller is a man who’s normally eager to showcase his company’s latest hardware achievements, but this afternoon he sped over the 7.9-inch tablet in record time. There was a single slide dedicated to what’s gone into the “upgraded” iPad mini. Apart from the addition of Touch ID, nothing looked different from last year. Apart from Touch ID, nothing is different from last year. And yet by the end of today’s event, Apple somehow wound up with five iPads in its product family. Something’s gone wrong.

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Zack Snyder is building a fortress in the desert for ‘Batman v. Superman’

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Batman v. Superman is shaping up to be an absolutely huge movie given that it has Zack Snyder behind the camera and at least a good five or so superheroes in it. So naturally, Snyder and crew are building at least one big set to go along with all of that. Albuquerque’s KOAT caught them at work on a set out in the desert around Deming, New Mexico. It’s not totally clear what the structure is just yet, but it looks like it encompasses a number of large buildings and potentially some guard towers forming a town, settlement, or fortress. You’ll find out just how destroyed it all gets on March 25th, 2016.

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OS X Yosemite Is Now Available To Download

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os-x-yosemite-macs Apple’s new OS X Yosemite operating system is now available, as a free download from the Mac App Store, and you can grab it right here. The new version of OS X should work on any Mac that was running OS X Mavericks, and provides a host of new features, like Continuity, which lets you start activities on your iOS 8 devices and pick them up on your Mac, or vice versa.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ gets a new old cast member: Ewok actor Warwick Davis

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Star Wars: Episode VII doesn’t have a subtitle yet, but maybe it should be called Return of the Ewok. Warwick Davis, the actor who played the charismatic Ewok warrior Wicket W. Warrick in Return of the Jedi, popped up in a new video today to gleefully announce he had received a call to return to a galaxy far, far, away. The 44-year-old Davis comically shows off his enthusiasm with a false beard, but doesn’t specify exactly what role he will be playing, or whether Ewoks will appear in Star Wars: Episode VII at all. In fact, Davis could easily be playing another character entirely, or even several new characters, as he did in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (he played young Anakin Skywalker’s Rodian friend Wald and two other…

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Twitter introduces a way to play audio inside tweets

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Twitter has built a new card for playing audio inside tweets, and its first partner is a company it once considered buying. Soundcloud will bring its full catalog to Twitter Audio Cards, the companies said today, the first of many partners to come. And the audio card has a unique function: you can “dock” the card inside the Twitter apps for iOS and Android to that you can keep listening as you scroll through your timeline.

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Google reports $16.52 billion in revenue, profits stutter as ads move to mobile

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Google posted mixed results for its third quarter this year. Revenue was $16.52 billion, not excluding traffic acquisition costs, a 20 percent rise over the same period in 2013. But its profit of $3.72 billion was down slightly from the same period in 2013, when it reported $3.76 billion in profit. Analysts were expecting the company to generate earnings per share of $6.53, but Google reported an EPS of $6.35. The stock was down a little, about 3 percent, in after-hours trading based largely on that miss.

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Google Drops 3% After Reporting Weaker-Than-Expected Third Quarter Revenue, Disappointing Non-GAAP EPS Of $6.35

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google-earnings2 Today following the bell, Google reported its third-quarter earnings: The company had gross revenue of $16.52 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $13.17 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $4.09, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $6.35. Analysts had expected Google to earn $6.53 per share on a non-GAAP basis, on net ex-TAC revenue of $13.22 billion. In the… Read More

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