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Google to provide Raspberry Pis and Arduinos, train teachers for UK schools

Koss Adds Mic and Inline Remote to Classic PortaPro

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Classic PortaPros with inline mic and controls? Yes please! One of my favorite sets of headphones just got a little bit favorite-er. The Koss PortaPro dates back to those dark ages of stonewashed denim and shoulder pads, the 1980s. The simple folding cans, with their thin metal headband and amazing-sounding...
Koss Adds Mic and Inline Remote to Classic PortaPro

As lifelogging looks set to go mainstream, meet its pioneers in this new documentary

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Lifelogging has been the pursuit of geeks who don’t mind strapping huge homemade HUDs to their heads and computers to their backs since the 1980s, but it looks like it may finally be about to go mainstream thanks to technology like the Memoto camera. In case you’re unfamiliar with the...
As lifelogging looks set to go mainstream, meet its pioneers in this new documentary

The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

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Bill Buxton has spent most of his career getting between humans and computers. While his initial focus was on music and digital instruments, that eventually led to an interest in human-computer interaction, and pioneering work with multitouch systems and other user interfaces. He worked with the famed hotbed of...
The Distro Interview: Microsoft Principal Researcher Bill Buxton

Change: It’s Okay. Really.

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That big print set will pass into history, but the future it gives way to will be bright. For 244 years, the thick volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica have stood on the shelves of homes, libraries, and businesses everywhere, a source of enlightenment as well as comfort to their owners and users around...
Change: It’s Okay. Really.

Is TPP To Blame For The Continuing Delay In Passing New Zealand's 2008 Bill That Excludes Software Patents?

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As Techdirt reported a couple of years ago, a hard-fought campaign in New Zealand to prevent software patents being granted there seemed to have paid off, with a Patents Bill explicitly excluding them that came with the following commentary: We recommend amending clause 15 to include computer programs among inventions...
Is TPP To Blame For The Continuing Delay In Passing New Zealand's 2008 Bill That Excludes Software Patents?

Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

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It's been quite a day in terms of news out of DC. We've been talking about copyright/first sale, cybersecurity bills, the CFAA... and now Senator Patrick Leahy, for what feels like the 2,394th time, has introduced a plan to reform ECPA. Like the CFAA, ECPA is an extremely troubling and...
Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

$15,900 DeLorean watch won't go back in time

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Incorporating parts from those iconic gull-wing cars from the 1980s, the DeLorean DNA has everything you'd want from a timepiece except a flux capacitor. [Read more]...
$15,900 DeLorean watch won't go back in time

As much as one percent of the Internet is now using IPv6

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This week, the IETF is holding its 77th meeting in Anaheim, California. Last year around this time, the IETF met in San Francisco, and the Internet Society took advantage of this large gathering of Internet engineers to promote IPv6 and tell us that that it's high time to trade...
As much as one percent of the Internet is now using IPv6

Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

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Philips, a brand well known for their televisions and optical media devices, is leaving the consumer electronics market and is now focusing on medical equipment and lighting. The company sold its CE business to the Japanese manufacturer Funai Electric Co. for $201 million. Like Cisco, Philips found the CE market...
Philips Bows Out Of Consumer Electronics Business

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat learns habits, matches your neon decor (video)

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Honeywell has had WiFi-capable thermostats on the market for some time, but few of them would be a great match for home interiors that have escaped 1980s beige chic. The company's new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is going a long way toward bringing that design fully into the present century....
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat learns habits, matches your neon decor (video)

Step in the time machine as the Ars OpenForum talks retro gaming

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Remember Altered Beast? One advantage of playing video games in 2012 is that users can take their pick across genre, platform (hear our recent podcast on PCs versus consoles), solo games, MMOs, and more. With many decades of games behind them, players can now also select games based on era....
Step in the time machine as the Ars OpenForum talks retro gaming
Guess What? IBM's A Software Company Now!

BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

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Facebook’s Timeline is a cool idea, but as a representation of my life, it doesn’t have much to say about my experiences before 2004. Now, in its own small way, viral content site BuzzFeed is trying to change that. Specifically, it’s adding buttons in a few posts to take advantage...
BuzzFeed Adds A Little Nostalgia To Your Facebook Timeline

WATCH: Iconic Super Bowl Ad Gets Updated

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Downy is remaking a classic 1980s Super Bowl commercial for its first spot during the big game this year: the 1980 ad featuring "Mean" Joe Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The new spot is supporting Downy's Unstopable scent-boosting products.The iconic original featured a little boy offering Greene a bottle of...
WATCH: Iconic Super Bowl Ad Gets Updated
Atlanta renovation achieves highest LEED score in Northern Hemipshere
Classic arcade game 'Star Castle' finally ported to Atari 2600 three decades later

BBC seeks technocrat with vision

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The next BBC director general will have to see the corporation though its most demanding and life-threatening time since 1926Recent commentary on the race for the next BBC director general has focused on the frontrunners – and on the 12 necessary and four desirable characteristics the successful candidate will have...
BBC seeks technocrat with vision
Secret surveillance and gag orders highlight weak US data privacy laws
Steve Jobs details drug use, phone hacking, and more in Department of Defense docs

iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history

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According to analytics firm Flurry, the adoption rate of iOS and Android devices has now surpassed all other consumer technologies in history. Smartphones and tablets are being adopted at a rate 10 times faster than PCs from the 1980s, two times faster than the Internet in the 1990s, and...
iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history
Best Buy Will Not Destroy The Rare Nintendo Robot That An Employee Risked His Job To Save

Gov 2.0 FAIL: El Bloombito Thinks New York City’s New 311 App Really Bites

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The Mayor's Instagram account is working just fine. While the outside world piles accolades on New York City  for tech-forward initiatives like the applied sciences campus, hackathons, and open data efforts, residents who've tried to digitally interact with city government know there's still a ways to go. That's partly why...
Gov 2.0 FAIL: El Bloombito Thinks New York City’s New 311 App Really Bites

Peter Thiel: Sometimes the Opposite of Transparency is Criminality

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For a guy who’s so well known for small-government ideas and turbo-charged libertarian ideals, Peter Thiel doesn’t seem to mind flirting with a bit of old-fashioned surveillance. Speaking at tonight’s PandoMonthly in front of an audience of 400 in San Francisco, the Facebook investor and PayPal founder discussed how we’re...
Peter Thiel: Sometimes the Opposite of Transparency is Criminality
'The Hacker Digest': 2600's first year is now on sale in ebook form

Ziff Davis Trades Hands Again

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Ziff Davis has a new owner: “Cloud services” company J2 Global has bought the tech publisher from private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $167 million. J2 runs a portfolio of cloud-based services generally aimed at consumers and small businesses, like eFax, Onebox and eVoice. The company says it acquired...
Ziff Davis Trades Hands Again
Lessons from the auto industry: how the US is bringing high-tech jobs home
21 Awesome HDR Pictures Of Japan
Best Buy Employee Risks His Job In Mission To Save A Nintendo Deluxe Set
Lego will officially produce 'Back to the Future' DeLorean time machine set
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