Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

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3458254707_1679b154fb_b Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body.
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Seen.co Secures $1.25M From Horizons Ventures And KEC To Capture Live Social Events

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Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 19.44.36 As a graduate of The New York Times Company’s “timeSpace” accelerator, New York startup Seen has been plying its wares since 2012, when capturing real-time events via social media was still relatively new and chaotic. They pitched it as a space in between Twitter and Google News. A number of competitors have arisen to also have a go at this area. Rebelmouse came out the same… Read More

China’s Chukong Partners With Facebook, Mobile Startups To Offer Developers A Full Suite of Support

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cocos2dx While giants like Facebook and Twitter try to package their acquisitions like crash-testing service Crashlytics or mobile-backend-as-a-service Parse into a suite of services that will entice app makers into their fold, gaming companies are doing the exact same thing for their communities. China’s Chukong has added Facebook support for its Cocos2d-x game engine and partnered with a slew… Read More

Taylor Swift’s new ‘1989’ album is just $0.99 with Microsoft’s Music Deals app

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Microsoft’s new Music Deals app only launched last week, but it’s already making waves thanks to a massive deal on Taylor Swift’s new 1989 album today. For just $0.99 you can own Taylor Swift’s latest album that only debuted yesterday. The same album is priced at $12.99 on the US iTunes Store, highlighting the 90 percent off sale here. Microsoft isn’t making noise about the promotion just yet though, quietly promoting the $0.99 deal on its Windows Twitter account this afternoon. It appears that the deals are limited to the US.

All part of a new weekly Music Deals app

Although Taylor Swift’s latest album is the most high profile deal right now, Microsoft is planning to offer 101 albums for $1.99 or less each Tuesday with its new Music…

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Google wants to flood your body with tiny magnets to search for disease

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Google’s ambition to cure death is beginning to take shape in a new product from its Google X division. Andrew Conrad, the head of the company’s life sciences division, today announced the details of an effort that would use nanotechnology to identify signs of disease. The project would employ tiny magnetic nanoparticles, said to be one-thousandth the width of a red blood cell, to bind themselves to various molecules and identify them as trouble spots.

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The case for cases: why smartphone design doesn’t matter

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Phones are more beautiful than ever. Close your eyes and pick one: the sleek, rounded, comfortable iPhone 6; the stark, metallic Galaxy Note 4; the rugged, cohesive Xperia Z3; the curved, customizable Moto X. Walk into a carrier store or browse Amazon and you’ll see nothing but remarkable feats of industrial design and engineering.

That moment, in the store, will be the last time your phone’s design matters. Because you, like the overwhelming majority of smartphone buyers in 2014, are going to take your phone out of its box and put it directly into a case, where it will remain for the duration of your two-year contract.

It doesn’t matter what your phone looks like. You’ll never notice anyway.

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The US Postal Service has been quietly surveilling more mail than anyone thought

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Snail mail is growing steadily less popular thanks to the internet, but people in the US still send lots of it every year — over 158 billion pieces of mail were handled by the US Postal Service in 2013 alone. As it turns out, the USPS has also been quietly spying on way more of the mail passing through its doors than previously acknowledged. A report from the agency’s internal watchdog — the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) — found that USPS captured information from the outside of about 49,000 pieces of consumer mail in 2013 and turned much of it over to law enforcement organizations throughout the country, unbeknownst to the intended senders and recipients. This information reportedly did not include the contents of letters and…

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Third ‘Captain America’ film gets a name: ‘Civil War’

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Marvel is today unveiling the subtitle for its third Captain America movie: Civil War. The subtitle speaks directly to the Civil War plot line that Marvel is introducing in this movie, which is supposed to kick off the conflict that’ll propel its next round of superhero films. Civil War film will pit Captain America against Iron Man, though Kevin Feige stated at the event that the movie’s plot will differ from the original comic series.

Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will also be directing Civil War. The film is scheduled for a release on May 6th, 2016.

Marvel had a little bit of fun announcing the new Captain America title at an event this afternoon, originally claiming that it was going to be…

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Marvel releasing ‘Black Panther’ for November 3rd, 2017

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At an event in Los Angeles, Marvel just announced that Black Panther will hit the big screen on November 3rd, 2017. Plot details are currently thin, but the news is big. Black Panther is one of Marvel most important black superheroes. He’ll be played by Chadwick Boseman, who’s perhaps best known for his recent role as James Brown in Get On Up.

In the comics, Black Panther, otherwise known as T’Challa, is the leader of the high-tech African nation of Wakanda. He’s also an Avenger, having joined the team in 1968. T’Challa has yet to make an appearance in the films so far, but rumors abound that one of his arch enemies, Ulysses Klaw, will make an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, setting the stage for the character’s debut. Since we…

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‘Captain Marvel’ will be Marvel’s first female superhero movie

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Marvel is finally giving one of its female superheroes a movie of her own. Captain Marvel will be the first of Marvel’s female heroes to star in her own film, which is being announced today with a release date scheduled for July 6th, 2018. Though it’s been a long time coming, it may have been an obvious choice after watching fellow Avenger Scarlett Johansson absolutely destroy the box office in Lucy this summer — in fact, it’s surprising that her Black Widow character isn’t getting a film herself. Nonetheless, one would imagine that improving upon that formula inside the Marvel universe will be a sure hit. The specific Captain Marvel that will be featured in the film is Carol Danvers, the first woman to take on the role in Marvel’s…

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‘Avengers 3,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and more Marvel movies get release dates

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The slate of upcoming Marvel films was announced at today’s Marvel media event. There are a number of interesting tidbits within the schedule. For one, the subtitle for Captain America further confirms the film’s connection to the Civil War comic series. Also of note, the separation of Avengers: Infinity War into two parts, because clearly there’s more money to be made from the release model popularized by young adult film adaptations.

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015

Ant-Man: July 17, 2015

Captain America 3: Civil War: May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange: November 4, 2016

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: May 5, 2017

Thor 3: Ragnarok: July 28, 2017

Black Panther: November 3, 2017

Captain Marvel: July 6, 2018

Inhumans: November 2, 2018

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12 of the best new features in Android Lollipop

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Google’s approach for rolling out the latest version of Android, Lollipop, is a little different. There are the usual things we see every year — a new Nexus phone and a new Nexus tablet — but instead of a big event, the company is posting details in blog posts and on the main Android site. So if you’re tracking the rollout closely, you probably have a sense of what’s new and what’s cool in the OS. If you’re not, though, getting a sense of what Lollipop is actually like and what it actually does isn’t easy.

Luckily, we got a chance to sit down with some Google execs last week to get a walkthrough of the coolest features. We won’t know everything until we actually have a chance to use the final version, but there are some clever additions…

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Is Twitter’s audience really bigger than Facebook’s? Depends how you measure

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Twitter announced its third quarter earnings yesterday and investors didn’t like what they saw, driving the stock down around 10 percent. The company’s lack of profits and slowing user growth has marred its relatively strong financial performance over its first year as a public company. On the call that followed, CEO Dick Costolo said the company’s goal was to have the largest audience in the world. He laid out his vision for measuring the true size of Twitter, trying to give Wall Street a narrative they could rally behind — and it was a doozy.

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Former Android VP calls iPhone 6 ‘the most beautiful smartphone ever built’

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Hugo Barra was once the public face of Google’s Android division, but today he sounds more impressed by Apple. Speaking at WSJD Live today, Barra — who is now vice president for international for Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi — was effusive in his praise for Apple’s latest devices. The iPhone 6, he said, is “the most beautiful smartphone ever built.” Barra’s comments came in response to a question about the persistent criticism that 4-year-old Xiaomi’s rise has been fueled by blatant copying of designs from Apple and others, an issue that Jony Ive raised again at an event earlier this month. “Our designers, our engineers are inspired by great products — and frankly, in today’s world, who isn’t? Point me to a product in our industry…

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