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7 Ways to Beat the Glut of Cloud APIs

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Cloud computing is big right now, but the sheer number of options, and the lack of interoperability, can be an issue for developers. Vendor lock-in reduces the options available to those working on cloud computing initiatives, while the variability between APIs inevitably leads to many hours spent pouring over documentation...
7 Ways to Beat the Glut of Cloud APIs
Net neutrality and corporate power: the mixed legacy of the FCC's outgoing chief

App Engine SDK 1.3.2 Released

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Today we are excited to announce the release of version 1.3.2 of the App Engine SDK for both the Java and Python runtimes. 1.3.2 includes a number of changes and bug fixes. For this release, we have concentrated on removing a number of limitations that have been affecting developers: Blobstore...
App Engine SDK 1.3.2 Released

You can download Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, and Linux right now; official launch tomorrow

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Firefox 19 for desktop is due to officially launch on Tuesday, with long-anticipated built-in PDF viwer, but the latest version is already available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can grab it now from Mozilla’s servers here: FTP. If you prefer to wait for the official launch, keep your browser...
You can download Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac, and Linux right now; official launch tomorrow
One mobile browser passed Facebook's Ringmark tests, and you'll never guess which one
Amazon's S3 Now Stores 2 Trillion Objects, Up From 1 Trillion Last June, Regularly Peaks At Over 1.1M Requests Per Second

A change in Google's US SafeSearch option appears to be blocking all explicit content for image searches

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Google’s SafeSearch setting appears to have been made mandatory for users in the US, as explicit searches are not returning explicit results. The issues were discovered by folks around the net, including some on Reddit and in a Google Groups thread, and we delved into it to see if we could...
A change in Google's US SafeSearch option appears to be blocking all explicit content for image searches
Suitable Technologies unveils Beam, a remote presence robot that looks like a vacuum cleaner

What Comes After "Cut the Rope"? "Pudding Monsters."

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ZeptoLab, the company behind the hit mobile game “Cut the Rope,” plans to release its follow-up, Pudding Monsters, on Dec. 20 The concept of the new game is for blobs of pudding to “find the evil man that steals their friends by sticking together,” said ZeptoLab CEO Misha Lyalin, speaking...
What Comes After "Cut the Rope"? "Pudding Monsters."
Two months, $600 and the Internet: Teen entrepreneur shows us how easy it is to start a game company
Tag! You are it! BrightTag and SiteTagger team up to tag the world
90 Seconds on The Verge: 'Under the Dome,' Curiosity on Mars, and an Apple smartwatch

4 Ways to Boost Your SharePoint Performance

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The folks at Quest Software have written a white paper describing their top performance killers for SharePoint (registration required). It is worth summarizing the results here, for those of you that still use this tool and are getting complaints from your end users, or who haven't looked at your storage...
4 Ways to Boost Your SharePoint Performance

Flickr brings in Nokia map data for precise geotagged photos, Instagram shots just got eerily accurate

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Open Street Map has been helping Flickr display geotagged shots for some time. That crowdsourced map data has led to more than a few photos being located in a gray blob, however, which is why Yahoo just struck a deal to put Nokia maps into as many nooks and...
Flickr brings in Nokia map data for precise geotagged photos, Instagram shots just got eerily accurate
Mars 'door handle' is likely just eroded rock, scientist says

How To Draw Something Truly Stunning With Your Finger

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Last week we visited OMGPOP's office and some truly impressive Draw Something art was hanging on the walls. How do some people make their drawings look so good using a tiny screen, a limited color palette and their finger? We asked one of OMGPOP's top users and artists, Jon...
How To Draw Something Truly Stunning With Your Finger

Your Genome, Your Data

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The computing revolution is not the only one driven by constant scaling of technologies: the field of genomics -- the study of DNA sequences -- has also enjoyed rapid falls in basic costs over the last decade and a half. This means that whereas the first human genome cost around...
Your Genome, Your Data

Microsoft Azure storage ends the week with a bang -- and not in a good way

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That’s life, as Frank Sinatra once sang. Microsoft Azure Storage was named the world’s best public cloud storage service on Tuesday, then crashes and burns on Friday. Here are a few of the posts to the Windows Azure status dashboard:  22-Feb-13  ·  9:45 PM UTC Access Control v2, Service Bus,...
Microsoft Azure storage ends the week with a bang -- and not in a good way

Blob and Flow keeps you company

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Sometimes when you’re sitting at that computer screen it gets awful lonely.  No amount of social networking or online chats will give you the companionship that you need and crave.  Just tap this silver little pet and he’ll respond to your touch in all sorts of pleasant ways.  Then...
Blob and Flow keeps you company
Microscopic laser-molded bunny could help fight brain disorders

Insert Coin: Playsurface open-source multitouch computing table

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In Insert Coin, we look at an exciting new tech project that requires funding before it can hit production. If you'd like to pitch a project, please send us a tip with "Insert Coin" as the subject line. A Microsoft Surface in every office? Yeah, fat chance. At $8,000,...
Insert Coin: Playsurface open-source multitouch computing table
The Unfinished Swan is wonderfully creative but full of emptiness (review)
Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack Review - Secret of the ooze

LaCie Blade Runner drive now available, offers stand-out storage for $300

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LaCie teased us at CES with the prospect of a rare high-concept hard drive design in the Blade Runner, but it left out the rather important matter of when we could buy the Philippe Starck-designed storage. As we've discovered, we didn't have to wait long -- the Blade Runner...
LaCie Blade Runner drive now available, offers stand-out storage for $300

Real Racing 3; Cut the Rope: Time Travel - review

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Toby Moses reviews the latest appsWhen is free not really, quite, free? Well, EA's shiny new addition to its high-spec driving series, Real Racing 3 (Firemonkeys, iOS/Android) won't charge you a penny to download it on to a chosen handset. So off you go, driving a gorgeously rendered automobile around...
Real Racing 3; Cut the Rope: Time Travel - review

Online Fitness Provider Wello Uses Two-Way Video Chat To Bring Personal Trainers To You

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If you’re anything like me, you’re already kind of fat and lazy and likely to just get fatter and lazier with time. You blame an intense work schedule, high cost of gym memberships, and lack of time for your gluttonous, slovenly existence. You secretly hate the squishy blob of flesh...
Online Fitness Provider Wello Uses Two-Way Video Chat To Bring Personal Trainers To You
With new look, Bing's social sidebar finally starts to make sense

Firefox Beta gets built-in PDF viewer on desktop, themes and Google widget integration on Android

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Following the release of Firefox 18 earlier this week, Mozilla on Thursday announced updates to its Firefox Beta channel on desktop as well as Android. The former has received a built-in PDF viewer and remote debugging. The latter has gained additional ARMv6 support, themes, and integration with the Google search...
Firefox Beta gets built-in PDF viewer on desktop, themes and Google widget integration on Android

What newspapers and other media could learn from Reddit

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Although it has a pretty wide following within a certain community of geeks and web natives, Reddit achieved another whole level of mainstream status recently when President Obama agreed to do one of the site’s crowdsourced “Ask Me Anything” interviews. In the wake of that event, New York Times media...
What newspapers and other media could learn from Reddit

The Ressence Type 3 Is The Liquid-Filled Watch Of The Future

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Because I like sharing cool watches with you guys I decided to share this cool watch with you guys. It’s called the Ressence Type 3 and it’s actually a liquid-filled mechanical watch with a nearly featureless face. Each of those dials – registers in the parlance – look like they...
The Ressence Type 3 Is The Liquid-Filled Watch Of The Future
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