DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

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DipJar 1.0_1 The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits empty, as few carry around the quarters and dollars with which to fill it.… Read More

The FCC Has Received More Than 3 Million Comments Concerning Net Neutrality

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Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 12.42.22 PM The FCC has received more than 3 million comments concerning the current net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That figure is dramatically higher than the previously reported 1.5 million figure that was released last week. The massive jump comes from the FCC chewing through a deluge of comments that were filed last week as part of a public campaign that saw large websites ask… Read More

Apple releases one-click tool to delete the U2 album you didn’t want

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To put it lightly, Apple’s “gift” of a free U2 album hasn’t been warmly received by everyone. And it seems the company has heard the chorus of complaints loud and clear. As of today, Apple’s offering an easy way to permanently erase Songs of Innocence with a single click. Doing so immediately removes U2’s latest album from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchase history. Apple has even set up a support website to guide people through the process.

Note that erasing the album means it will no longer show up in your “purchases” tab. So if you want to re-download it for another listen, you’ll need to go through the regular album purchase process again. Songs of Innocence will remain free until October 13th; after that, Apple’s window…

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New Zealand’s surveillance fight could change the way the NSA spies on the Pacific

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See if this sounds familiar: a bombshell Snowden leak shows the head of a major country is surveilling his own citizens. The leader denies it, but Snowden keeps pushing, with more documents and increasingly specific accusations. Pretty soon, the public wants answers and his political opponents start to use the leaks against him, even as the nation’s spy agencies refuse to give up the goods.

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Phhhoto Is An Addictive, Albeit Poorly Named, Gif-Style Photo App

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Screenshot 2014-09-15 13.49.42 Phhhoto is a new app that launched in late July that lets users capture moving images and share them across social networks. But the app you see today, with over one million photos shared, started as something very different. The creators, Omar Elsayed, Champ Bennett, and Russell Armand, come from a digital agency called HyperHyper.com, which they still run (working on projects like the… Read More

CloudBees enterprise PaaS bites the dust

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CloudBees has decided to pull the plug on Run@Cloud, its PaaS aimed at enterprise Java developers. Instead, the company is concentrating on hosted professional editions of Jenkins, the open source continuous integration/deployment system, along with a partnership with Pivotal.

This is the latest sign of tough times in the enterprise public PaaS space. Many of the items businesses formerly would have relegated to an infrastructure-like public PaaS are now accomplished through open source solutions like Pivotal’s CloudFoundry or Red Hat’s OpenShift.

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Panasonic’s LX100 camera isn’t quite as lovely as it looks

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Panasonic already owns the Photokina 2014 spotlight with its CM1 camera phone announcement. Nothing else the Japanese manufacturer does at this week’s photo show will come close to rivaling it for attention, though that doesn’t mean the company isn’t trying its best. Introduced alongside the CM1 is today’s new LX100 camera, which takes the familiar Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor that Panasonic and Olympus have been pushing for many years now and fits it into an even more compact body.

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An award-winning war photographer futilely attempts video game photojournalism

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If anyone could capture the terror, desperation, and occasional joy of surviving the apocalypse, you’d think it might be award-winning war photographer Ashley Gilbertson — a man who spent years covering the Iraq invasion for The New York Times. This week, for Time magazine, Gilbertson “embedded” himself in (also award-winning) video game The Last of Us, using its built-in photo mode to capture shots of protagonists Joel and Ellie making their way across a dead but still hostile landscape. Gilbertson, who developed post-traumatic stress disorder during the war, found the game too bloody, intense, and disconcerting to even play himself; he took the controls only to operate the camera.

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JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

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Santa Claus on iPad JibJab Bros. Studios, which is the parent company to JibJab.com and the StoryBots apps, has made its first major purchase in its 15-year history, with the announcement that it’s acquiring a startup called Make Believe Labs, whose product “Hello Santa” we reviewed last year. The company’s three founders will now join JibJab and continue to run their service from… Read More

Watch a robot cheetah run off its leash and into your nightmares

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Did you run this morning? Maybe you’ll go for a jog after work. If you’re looking to improve your speeds, you should imagine a robotic cheetah bearing down upon you. It’s not as far fetched as it may seem. After several years of work, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced today that their prototype robotic cheetah can now run free under its own power, without cables or wires attached. Ostensibly designed with futuristic search-and-rescue missions in mind and funded by the military (DARPA, of course), the robot cheetah has been updated with a new “bounding” algorithm that precisely controls the amount of force each foot exerts when it hits the ground. The cheetah recently took a test run through a field…

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Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work

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Netflix splash screen on a television French readers, Netflix is here! But don’t get too excited; it’s an imperfect launch. After an astute media campaign to put Netflix under the spotlight, the unlimited movie and TV show streaming service is available for everyone to see. And with a limited catalog, a limited availability on set-top boxes and a limited set of features compared to its competitors, it’s going to be… Read More

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