Curiosity rover reaches long-term goal: a massive Martian mountain

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A little over two years after landing, Curiosity has reached a milestone. NASA recently announced that the rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile-high mountain that Curiosity has been heading towards since July of 2013. The initial landing was in Gale Crater, and the total journey has been around 9km or 5.5 miles — a number that becomes more impressive if you consider that Curiosity was designed to travel a maximum of 660 feet per day and navigate difficult terrain on its six wheels. The Spirit rover traveled only 4.8 miles over its lifespan, although the still-active Opportunity rover has logged about 25 miles since 2003. Curiosity’s path was rerouted earlier this year after scientists found that sharp rocks were…

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Anita Sarkeesian shares the most radical thing you can do to support women online

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Anyone looking to support women suffering from harassment online has a surprisingly simple place to start, says Anita Sarkeesian, founder of the web video series Feminist Frequency. “One of the most radical things you can do is to actually believe women when they talk about their experiences,” Sarkeesian told the audience today at XOXO Festival in Portland. It’s radical in part because of misinformation campaigns organized against high-profile women that accuse them of making up the threats against them — and it’s an issue that Sarkeesian has recent experience dealing with.

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Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

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Apple Pay A song lyric from “All That Jazz” comes to mind following Apple’s big announcement about mobile payments on Tuesday: “Everything old is new again.” Amid rumors and leaks surrounding the new Apple phone, operating system and peripherals, Apple clearly saw – and took advantage of – the looming perfect storm in mobile payments that’s been swirling… Read More

The Verge Playlist: I’m not buying an iPhone

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Look. There’s nothing wrong with being excited about the next Apple product. The new iPhones are sure to own the market, and are already breaking records for preorders. But how about we take a minute for the crazy ones not buying into the hype? How about saying something for the people buying a Moto X or HTC One M8 for Windows?

The point is, it’s been a long week of Apple news, so we can finally start to the shut the fire hose off. There are good phones for everyone, and they weren’t all designed in Cupertino. If you felt like you were drowning this week, this is for you. And you know what? Let’s keep it going. What songs are you listening to to drown out the Apple noise?

  1. Public Enemy – Fight the Power
  2. Beastie Boys – Sabotage

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A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

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Doors light You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish. We call it inevitable. The era of the assistant that began with Siri will eventually dominate the way people interact with mobile devices, computers, cars, wearables, appliances and every other piece of technology that requires complex human-machine interaction. We do not appear… Read More

Leaked Windows 9 video shows new Notification Center in action

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Windows 8 debuted with a notification system to allow apps to generate brief alerts, but the operating system lacked a central Notification Center to collect and display them all. Microsoft appears to be planning to provide a Notification Center in Windows 9. WinFuture has published a new video of the feature in action, providing an early look at how the Notification Center will work. The functionality appears to be similar to the Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center, with the ability to dismiss individual notifications or clear all at once.

The Windows 9 Notification Center collects toasts and alerts from traditional Windows applications and system notifications, alongside those generated from Windows 8-style apps. Skype is…

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Hey Microsoft, Acquiring Game Companies Is Stupid

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Microsoft Minecraft Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF

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Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 1.33.17 PM We’re on the verge of a linguistic revolution, made possible by the fact that Apple has opened up its iOS operating system to allow third-party keyboards. One of the first entrants will be PopKey, a project out of the WorkshopX creative studio based in Ottawa, which has created on-demand social photo printing service CanvasPop, among others. The Betaworks-style operation’s new… Read More

Microsoft reportedly announcing ‘Minecraft’ acquisiton on Monday

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Reports of Microsoft’s plans to acquire Mojang, creator of the Minecraft video game franchise, surfaced earlier this week, shortly after Apple’s iPhone 6 event. Reuters now reports that the surprise deal is said to be worth $2.5 billion, and Microsoft will announce the acquisition on Monday. While there are a number of reasons Microsoft might want to secure the rights to Minecraft, some analysts and developers believe it could be related to Windows Phone.

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Taye Diggs is a master of Vine and it’s deeply confusing

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When Taye Diggs effectively followed everyone on Twitter earlier this year, it confused the internet to no end. His videos on Vine are no less peculiar, exposing a man with a talent not only for acting but also for eating hard-boiled eggs and pole-dancing. There’s even (what we assume is) a homage to Monty Python’s classic Silly Walks sketch. Does he have a Tumblr we’re not aware of?

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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tc-weekly-roundup1 It’s been an exciting week for us here at TechCrunch with the Hackathon, Disrupt SF and Apple’s product launch all taking place within a few days. Here are 11 of our best stories from the past week (9/6-9/12). 1. Apple had a number of new product releases this week. We introduced you to the Apple Watch, the company’s highly anticipated first foray into the world of… Read More

The Weekender: on Jaws and jazz in space

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Welcome back to The Weekender, and what a week it’s been. We’ve gone from the Flint Center to the Cretaceous period and back, and the world will never be the same. So it’s time to take a little break and unwind. Time to take a minute as the weather gets a little cooler, step outside into this futurescape we’ve created for ourselves, and take stock. Together. Below you’ll find a collection of the week’s finest, most important work from here and abroad, along with some of the best ways you can…

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The Music Industry Is About To Change, And Apple And U2 Are Just The Beginning

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shutterstock_182483948 Of all industry roller coasters, the music industry must be the wildest. The last 30 years reshaped the business in a way we never could have imagined. Music as a product changed dramatically (e.g. from LPs to MP3s) and the ups-and-downs in worldwide sales would make the most hardened theme park visitor queasy. Nonetheless, we have yet to experience the biggest switchback on this… Read More

Twitter’s Huge Mistake

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bluth The worst tech news I read last week was: “Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not.” The horrified firestorm of condemnation that erupted in response was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like unanimity on my Twitter feed. Fortunately, it seems it’s not actually happening. (At least not any time soon.) Read More

Leaked Windows 9 video shows multiple desktops at work

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Glimpses of the next Windows have been coming out at a steady clip, but the latest is the clearest yet of the operating system’s multiple desktops. German site WinFuture obtained a video showing off a build of the new feature and how users can expect to use it.

As seen in the video, the taskbar for this early build of Windows 9 includes an icon for creating and closing virtual desktops. New workspaces can be made on the fly, and each workspace and their open programs can be accessed from this icon. The interface is certainly reminiscent of what’s already been available on OS X and even Linux for years, but it’ll be a welcome feature for power users when the new OS finally debuts.

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