Florida mayor follows prayer for freedom with civil rights violation

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Completely missing that our Armed Services serve to prevent this type of civil rights violation, a Florida mayor likely gets himself sued. “Rees said he considered the man’s refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to be disrespectful to American military troops who are serving overseas and others who have given their lives in defense of freedom.” (Via)

The latest iPhone 6 leak assembles parts into the best video yet

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There’s been no shortage of parts leaks and even “leaked” iPhones assembled from various parts on the internet in the past few weeks. But the latest leak of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, from Russian YouTuber user Rozetked, might just be the best we’ve seen so far. As the camera slowly pans over the assembled device, you can get a clear look at the curved edges, large antenna bands, and relocated power button. As 9to5Mac notes, you can also get a (brief) look at the white front panel and compare the space gray color to the iPhone 5S (spoiler: the colors look very similar.)

Everybody is expecting both a 4.7-inch iPhone and a 5.5-inch version at Apple’s event on September 9th, not to mention the iWatch. It will be an event so big that Apple…

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Tables, Tablets, Data And Eating

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shutterstock_93996670 Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers, talking refrigerators. Today’s reality is far more interesting and complex than those sweeping visions. A tsunami of technology, both from established industry providers such as POS and IT… Read More

HTC’s Nexus tablet could get a Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover

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For several months, rumors have been pointing toward a new Google Nexus tablet supplied by HTC — possibly in conjunction with the release of Android “L” — and a new report from Android Police suggests that there could be a high-tech cover to go along with it. The cover is said to have several creases on on side so that the tablet can be propped up at one of a number of angles (similar to Apple’s Smart Covers, among others), while the other side would have a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard cover has been front and center at every Microsoft Surface launch; with Android, though, not so much.

The keyboard apparently pairs over Bluetooth 4.0, which would eliminate the need for a finicky pogo pin connection with the tablet, and a 450mAh…

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Where You Are Is Who You Are Even If It Is China

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shutterstock_162383249 Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your personal data were stored on a cloud server in China, a nation-state actor well known for conducting cyber espionage against U.S. businesses and… Read More

Apple ‘actively investigating’ alleged hack that revealed nude celebrity photos

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Apple says it is “actively investigating” an alleged exploit to its iCloud service that allowed hackers to post dozens of private celebrity photos to public message boards this weekend. “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” said an Apple spokesperson to Recode. Among the pictures posted to the Reddit and 4chan message boards were nude photos of celebrities Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and numerous other models, actresses, and athletes.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.”

Though it hasn’t yet been confirmed that the pictures came from iCloud accounts, reports have speculated that the hackers used a recent tool called iBrute, which…

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RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

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runScribe Do you heel strike or are you a forefoot runner? If you have no idea what that question means this wearable probably isn’t for you. RunScribe is aiming for serious running geeks who want to nerd out over exactly how, where and when their feet connect with the ground — and use that data to improve their running technique and (hopefully) avoid injury. Read More

Sending nude selfies is increasingly common behavior

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Hundreds of nude and revealing photos of female celebrities were released onto the internet last night by a hacker. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit and its also not clear exactly how he or she got access to these women’s accounts, with iCloud the most widely reported service suspected of being breached. As the world digests the shocking breach of privacy, one common sentiment seems to be that anyone careless enough to take naked photos in digital form should be prepared for the embarrassment of having them leak.

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Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the privacy of women

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Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever.

These men are the detritus of human society for whom the internet provides a warm blanket, so let’s remove the warm blanket for a minute.

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Google may reveal first low-cost Android One phones at September 15th event

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Google has begun working with hardware manufacturers to help them easily produce low-cost Android Phones, and the first phones built as part of that effort could see a release soon. Google is holding an event in India on September 15th, according to NDTV, and it seems likely that it’ll take this opportunity to focus on these new phones. The phones come as part of Android One, a reference program announced back in June that allows manufacturers to make phones based on inexpensive hardware designs put together by Google. If Google can really make it easy for manufacturers to build quality, low-cost phones, then that’ll be a huge step for Android toward reaching more and more people across the globe.

Android One is supposed to launch this…

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NASA to reformat Mars rover’s memory from 125 million miles away

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NASA’s long-running Mars rover Opportunity is going to have its memory reformatted in an attempt to resolve a series of recurring errors that have been interrupting its work for a day or two at a time with some frequency over the last month. The rover, which is now over 10 years old and well beyond its original mission lifetime, reset itself over a dozen times last month because of what NASA says is likely an issue with worn-out flash memory that it’s attempting to store data in. Pieces of flash memory can wear out after repeated use, and it’s possible that the rover is still attempting to use these worn-out parts of its memory.

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