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NPR One Delivers A Curated Public Radio Stream For The Smartphone Era

TechCrunch - 34 min 56 sec ago
 Radio is an increasingly perplexing mode of content delivery as we gain access to more and better streaming services with on-demand programming. But the serendipity of radio is still appealing, the ability to turn on and tune in without having to monitor, tweak and pester. That’s why it’s great that NPR is looking to deliver its public programming in a way that combines the benefits… Read More

The Beautiful Game Just Got Its Own Meme Generator

TechCrunch - 36 min 56 sec ago
 There are plenty of meme generator apps around. Imgur’s Memegen immediately springs to mind. Or something more quirky, such as Yarrly, the anonymous chain letter-styled meme generator for Android. But what the world really needs is a meme generator for the beautiful game. And now, thanks to Gliff, it finally has one. Read More

The TouchPico Projector Turns Any Surface Into A Giant Android Touchscreen

TechCrunch - 40 min 35 sec ago
 The TouchPico projector is launching today on IndieGogo. Announced at this year’s CES, it’s about as powerful as a mid-range Android phone, and has a camera that sees when you draw on the surface it’s projecting on — it basically turns any surface into a giant tablet-like display. Read More

Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

Slashdot - 42 min 54 sec ago
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers. Last week security researchers from Kaspersky Lab found new variants of Mayday, a Trojan program for Linux that's used to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The malware supports several DDoS techniques, including DNS amplification. One of the new Mayday variants was found running on compromised Amazon EC2 server instances, but this is not the only platform being misused, said Kaspersky Lab researcher Kurt Baumgartner Friday in a blog post."

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Russia offers a $110,000 bounty if you can crack Tor

Engadget - 48 min 54 sec ago
Countries that have less-than-stellar records when it comes to dissenting voices must really, really hate Tor. Coincidentally, Russia's Interior Ministry has put out a bounty of around $110,000 to groups who can crack the US Navy-designed privacy...

Case Remote Lets You Wirelessly Control Your DSLR Camera From A Phone

TechCrunch - 52 min 28 sec ago
 Here’s a neat idea aiming to bridge the gap between older generation technology and today’s ubiquitous touchscreen smartphones. Case Remote is a wireless remote controller for DSLR cameras which links to an Android or iOS smartphone, allowing the camera kit to be controlled via a mobile app. Read More

Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Slashdot - 1 hour 21 min ago
hypnosec writes with news that India's Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by the Surveyor General of India's office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused of organizing a mapping competition dubbed 'Mapathon' in February-March 2013 without taking prior permission from Survey of India, country's official mapping agency. The mapping competition required citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants. The Survey of India (SoI), alarmed by the event, asked the company to share its event details. While going through the details the watchdog found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain."

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What you need to know about card skimming

Engadget - 1 hour 22 min ago
"Skimming" is a blanket term used when referencing a crime where you take small amounts of money. It literally means to take cash off the top, as if money were the sweet cream floating atop a cauldron of lesser riches. Fifty years ago, skimming might...

Tiempo Wants To Simplify Time Tracking So You Can Focus On Work

TechCrunch - 1 hour 48 min ago
 Y Combinator-backed Tiempo is a free time-tracking app for iOS, Android and the web that can be used by individuals or companies to track employee hours to pay them faster. Read More

Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars." The linked article suggests that the 200-mile-range, $25,000 electric car is a more realistic concept with batteries made with this technology, though some people are more interested in super-capacity phone batteries.

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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars." The linked article suggests that the 200-mile-range, $25,000 electric car is a more realistic concept with batteries made with this technology, though some people are more interested in super-capacity phone batteries.

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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Slashdot - 1 hour 59 min ago
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars." The linked article suggests that the 200-mile-range, $25,000 electric car is a more realistic concept with batteries made with this technology, though some people are more interested in super-capacity phone batteries.

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Instagram’s Forthcoming Photo Messaging App Bolt Could Face Legal Trouble

TechCrunch - 2 hours 1 min ago
 The developer behind the mobile voice app Bolt is none too pleased with Instagram’s decision to launch what appears to be a new mobile messaging app by the same name. Bolt, a new app from Instagram, is expected out this week, we’re hearing. Meanwhile, the original Bolt’s founder, Andrew Benton, has published a blog post imploring Instagram to reconsider its name choice to… Read More

Judges ruling on secret telecoms cases found to own Verizon stock

Engadget - 2 hours 5 min ago
It looks as if the judges who operate the gateway between the NSA and the cable companies may not be as impartial as their job description requires them to. An investigation by Vice has revealed that several judges who sit on the Foreign Intelligence...

It’s Business Time: Airbnb Targets Work Travelers With Concur Partnership

TechCrunch - 2 hours 22 min ago
 Airbnb has spent the last six years trying to get consumers comfortable with the idea of staying in someone else’s home when traveling. Now it’s trying to make headway in the enterprise, with a portal specifically designed for business travelers, as well as a partnership with Concur that will make it easier for them to file expenses when booking on its peer-to-peer rental platform. Read More

Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

Slashdot - 2 hours 28 min ago
New submitter melarky (3767369) writes This is a fun weekend project that most nerds will appreciate. Step by step instructions and also a handy video will make the construction of this project fast and easy. I have seen lots of plans for sale (or actual guns/kits for sale), but couldn't seem to find any plans for free. I played around with a few different designs (even cut my first few on a homemade CNC machine) and finally landed on this design. I made the guide more accessible to the general public (no need for a CNC machine here), so if you've ever dreamed of ending friendships because of hundreds of rubber band welts, now's your chance! We'd like to see your home-made projects, too.

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Powermat Wireless Phone Charging Comes To Cadillac Vehicles

TechCrunch - 2 hours 43 min ago
 Wireless inductive charging is coming to Cadillacs. Starting with the 2015 ATS and later hitting the CTS and Escalade, the vehicles can be equipped with a Powermat charging pad. Sadly, most devices with wireless charging use a competing standard and are not compatible with this system. The Powermat charging pad will be located behind the Caddy’s motorized CUE infotainment screen. Hit… Read More

Amazon now lets you customize and buy 3D-printed products

Engadget - 2 hours 54 min ago
3D printing has made low-volume manufacturing of highly personalized products both affordable and accessible, but first you need a printer. A number of businesses have sprung up to bridge that gap -- investing in printers so you don't have to -- and...

World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Slashdot - 2 hours 55 min ago
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late next year, the Chinese plane would replace Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as the largest of its kind globally." Take a look at a side profile illustration of the CA-600, on this Korean language page. The TA600 has a huge maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, but looks a bit puny compared to Howard Hughes' H-4 Hercules.

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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Slashdot - 2 hours 55 min ago
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late next year, the Chinese plane would replace Japan's ShinMaywa US-2 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft as the largest of its kind globally." Take a look at a side profile illustration of the CA-600, on this Korean language page. The TA600 has a huge maximum takeoff weight of 53.5 tons, but looks a bit puny compared to Howard Hughes' H-4 Hercules.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.