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Read an excerpt from Haruki Murakami’s new novel

Read an excerpt from Haruki Murakami's new novelHaruki Murakami has time and again proven himself as one of today's fiction greats, effortlessly jumping between the subtle and real and the the strange and surreal over the course of novels and even chapters. His latest novel comes out in English on August 12th — a quick turnaround by translator Philip Gabriel, as the novel was only released in Japanese back in April 2013. Titled Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the new novel is said to blend in the type of dreamlike elements that Murakami fans have come to expect from his longer stories. ...


Watch the full ‘Interstellar’ Comic-Con panel with Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey

Watch the full 'Interstellar' Comic-Con panel with Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaugheyEven after this week's Comic-Con panel, we still don't know much about Christopher Nolan's upcoming film Interstellar. Will there be wormholes? Check. An internal emotional struggle for our main protagonist, a pilot played by Matthew McConaughey? Check, check, check. You can now watch the 15-minute panel yourself, with Nolan and his lead star reportedly making their first-ever appearance at Comic-Con. Two words of caution, however: one, the new footage that bookended the panel isn't included in the video. ...


Foxconn pulls out the big guns to ensure iPhone 6 production goes perfectly

Foxconn pulls out the big guns to ensure iPhone 6 production goes perfectlyApple is without question Foxconn’s largest and most important client. The China-based electronics manufacturing giant has seen its revenue skyrocket since it began building iPhones and iPads for Apple, and 2014 will seemingly be the biggest year yet for the iPhone, with two new models set to debut and as many as 80 million units on order. Since the iPhone 6 and “iPhone Air” phablet comprise Foxconn’s most important project ever, the company isn’t taking any chances — the biggest of Foxconn’s big guns has been called upon to ensure that everything goes as planned. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 release date may have just been revealed Digitimes on Monday cited multiple anonymous industry sources in reporting that Foxconn founder and chairman Terry


Microsoft targeted in apparent Chinese antitrust probe

A employee stands in the Microsoft booth during the 2014 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in TaipeiMicrosoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for antitrust investigation as government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday. Representatives from China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which is responsible for enforcing business laws, made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, according to local media reports that were confirmed by Microsoft. A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company was "happy to answer the government's questions," but declined to give any further information. A source close to the company said the visits were most likely the preliminary stage of an antitrust investigation.


The first trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ shows a Middle-earth ready for war

The first trailer for 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' shows a Middle-earth ready for warAttendees of Comic-Con 2014 may have been lucky enough to get a look at the first trailer for Peter Jackson's final Hobbit film, but now those of us who didn't make the trek to San Diego are getting our first look. The first teaser trailer for the newly-titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now online for all to view, and it shows a Middle-earth embroiled in massive conflict, with dwarves, elves, wizards, humans, a hobbit, and, of course, a massive, fire-breathing dragon all ready for war. To go along with the new trailer, the team behind the movie also released a dramatic new poster of Bilbo Baggins kneeling in reflection with his sword Sting. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is scheduled to premiere on December 17th.


Fears can be inherited through smell

Fears can be inherited through smellAccording to a new study, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the mechanism might be scent — at least when the fear occurs in mice. "We found that the mother that expresses fear in the presence of their newborn pups passes her fear to her pups through scent," says Jacek Debiec, a psychiatrist at The University of Michigan and a co-author of the study. In the study, Debiec and his team exposed adult female mice to the smell of peppermint, a "neutral" scent, while giving them mild electric shocks. This produced long-term fear response in the female mice that researchers were then able to trigger using peppermint.


Amazon Opens a Store for 3D Printing Products

Amazon Opens a Store for 3D Printing ProductsAmazon has created a 3D printing store, where it will offer a platform for 3D printing businesses to sell printed products, as well as their printers and filaments. Some of the companies involved include printing giant Sculpteo, 3DLT and Mixee Labs. Amazon itself won't be involved in the manufacturing. Sculpteo CEO Clement Moreau told the Verge, "The online customer shopping experience will be redefined through 3D printing. In our interview with co-founder Steve Schell of 3D printing company New Matter, he mentioned that printing an iPhone case would cost only a few dollars in filament, and takes only about 45 minutes.


Fitbit is the first fitness band to support Windows Phone

Fitbit is the first fitness band to support Windows PhoneCompanies appeared to be ignoring Microsoft’s platforms in favor of iOS and Android. Thanks to Windows Phone 8.1, that might be about to change. Bluetooth support is greatly improved with the 8.1 update, and Fitbit is the first to take advantage of it with a new mobile syncing app for Windows Phone 8.1. Fitbit’s Windows Phone 8.1 app will be available in the Store today, and just like its iOS and Android counterparts it will automatically sync Fitbit activity wirelessly.


The ‘Holy Grail’ of batteries might double your smartphone’s battery life

The ‘Holy Grail’ of batteries might double your smartphone’s battery lifeResearchers from Stanford including former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate Steve Chu are currently working on “fixing” lithium-ion batteries in order to offer a longer charge to various devices that require such batteries, including smartphones and electric cars. A battery has three components including an anode that discharges electrons, a cathode to receive them and an electrolyte to provide electrons. Stanford researchers are trying to create a battery that has lithium in the anode as well, not only in the electrolyte. “Of all the materials that one might use in an anode, lithium has the greatest potential. Some call it the Holy Grail,” Stanford professor and leader of the research team Yi Cui said. “It is very lightweight


I unlocked my phone with a tattoo

I unlocked my phone with a tattooThese methods range from the inconvenient and insecure, like Google’s Face Unlock system in Android, to the quick and painless, like Apple’s Touch ID on the iPhone 5S. Motorola debuted a number of new lockscreen options with the Moto X last year, including trusted Bluetooth devices and the Skip accessory. Last year, Regina Dugan, head of the group that came over to Google from Motorola, showed off concepts that lets you use a sticker on your skin to unlock your phone or swallow a pill that can authenticate you. The sticker is a temporary tattoo with an NFC chip inside, not unlike the cartoonish temporary tattoos you can purchase from vending machines in department stores across the country.


Brilliant new iOS app catalogs thousands of GIFs and puts them at your fingertips

Brilliant new iOS app catalogs thousands of GIFs and puts them at your fingertipsHere’s a new iOS app that will either delight your friends or make them want to murder you. Gifit, which went live on the App Store earlier this month, has cataloged “thousands and thousands” of GIFs and has made them searchable by several different topics, including the TV show they’re from, the celebrities they feature and even just the emotional reaction that they’re conveying. Once you find the GIF you’re looking for, you can send it in messages to your friends, which they’ll either find endearing or infuriating. So for instance, if you’re looking for a GIF that shows you feel vaguely annoyed at something, you can do a search for “eye roll” and Gifit will retrieve every GIF in its


OkCupid admits that it experiments on users, just like Facebook

OkCupid admits that it experiments on users, just like FacebookFacebook received a lot of backlash when news came out that it had manipulated users' news feeds in order to experiment on them, and today OkCupid is responding with the admission that it too has run experiments on users. OkCupid isn't apologizing for it though — rather, it's arguing that experiments across the web are good and necessary. "Guess what, everybody: if you use the internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site," site co-founder Christian Rudder writes in a new blog post. Rudder goes on to detail three experiments that OkCupid has run, though two of them don't involve unknowing manipulation of its users.


Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet again

Samsung’s plans to challenge Android fall apart yet againSamsung has hit another roadblock in its troubled journey to replace Android as the primary operating system for its mobile devices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is postponing the release of its first Tizen phone, the Samsung Z, which was originally set to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year. The company didn’t give any specific reasoning for the delay, but did note that it still needs to “further enhance [the] Tizen ecosystem,” referencing the platform’s lack of software. This is only the latest in a string of setbacks keeping Tizen at bay while Android continues to dominate the mobile market. In January, Japan’s biggest carrier, NTT DoCoMo, revealed it would be indefinitely delaying its own


T-Mobile’s new family plan is cheaper than AT&T’s, but won’t be for everyone

T-Mobile's new family plan is cheaper than AT&T's, but won't be for everyoneT-Mobile thinks it's come up with a family plan that "blows away" anything from the competition. The Simple Choice Family Plan will be available beginning July 30th and T-Mobile will accept signups for through September. True to form, CEO John Legere wasted no time attempting to shame his company's rivals on Twitter. He primarily focused on AT&T and what the second-largest US carrier has recently called its own "best-ever" family plan pricing.


Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

This product image provided by real estate website operator Zillow shows the Zillow app on various mobile platforms. Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia’s stock rose more than 14 percent in premarket trading on Monday, July 28, 2014, while Zillow’s stock fell more than 3 percent. (AP Photo/Zillow)NEW YORK (AP) — Zillow and Trulia, two companies that changed the way people shop for homes, are combining.


We got dizzy watching this GoPro video so you don’t have to

We got dizzy watching this GoPro video so you don’t have toMore and more videos recorded with GoPro cameras are popping up online, some daring, some scary and some weird, as the tiny portable camera gets more and more popular. But what happens when a GoPro owner decides to stick his camera to one of the wheels of his car using nothing but duct tape and to record a short drive at 45mph or so? First of all, the resulting nearly 3-minute long video is impressive, showing yet another way the camera can be used to obtain some stunning visual effects. Secondly, you start to get dizzy, and the video seems awfully long. For more awesome GoPro videos, don’t forget to check our GoPro hub! There are plenty of lights, as the action takes


Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and RokuAn app called Popcorn Time that has been dubbed the “Netflix for pirates” has been making waves recently because it makes finding and streaming pirated movies and TV shows easier than it has ever been before. The app is also quite sleek, with a nice user interface and, apparently, equally elegant code. The program’s code has been used in a number of similar apps, and now a new offering of particular interest has popped up: TorrenTV. “Popcorn Time is beautiful in code and in looks but I wanted to do two things that Popcorn Time didn’t allow me, [such as watching] movies directly on my TV,” TorrenTV’s creator told TorrentFreak in a recent interview. Of course, Carlos’s new app does just that. Using the TorrenTV


The judges who approve phone surveillance are buying Verizon stock

The judges who approve phone surveillance are buying Verizon stockAs the world learns more about the NSA's global surveillance programs, the FISA court has come under new scrutiny as well. The court provides the legal authorization for much of the NSA's spying apparatus, including programs collecting phone records in bulk from phone companies like AT&T and Verizon. The report singles out three judges who own significant quantities of Verizon stock, including a judge who signed off on the request to renew the metadata program. It's not the first time these conflict-of-interest charges have been raised against the court, but there's still real doubt about whether the programs have helped or hurt Verizon.


The Trulia–Zillow merger could put the squeeze on real estate brokers

The Trulia–Zillow merger could put the squeeze on real estate brokersTrulia and Zillow — have agreed to a merger. "They aren't even planning any integrations short term, just like with StreetEasy," says Doug Perlson, CEO of the online brokerage RealDirect. StreetEasy was another online-listings site acquired by Zillow last year. Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff says the goal is to create a suite of real estate sites, much like IAC has done in the world of online matchmaking.


Alleged test footage shows how amazing a ‘Deadpool’ movie would be

Alleged test footage shows how amazing a 'Deadpool' movie would beThere's been talk of Hollywood making a movie out of the comic series Deadpool for a while now, and a couple years ago there was actually some forward progress. An animated clip of test footage was put together to show what the film would look like, and it appears that that footage has now leaked online. The animation is believed to have been made in 2012 by VFX artist Tim Miller, who worked on Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim movie and was on board to direct Deadpool, according to JoBlo. Ryan Reynolds was reported to be attached to star as Deadpool himself, and it certainly sounds like him in the clip.


Lady Gaga guest stars in latest ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ trailer

Lady Gaga guest stars in latest 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' trailerSin City: A Dame to Kill For comes out in a little under a month, and by now we're well aware of how stylish and downright bloody it's meant to be. But things can always get bloodier. In this latest spot that first debuted at Comic-Con this weekend, directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller both make short appearances as men dying slowly in an alley. "This rotten town," Miller croaks. "It slows everybody it touches." After that, it's pure carnage as we see plenty of returning faces, new stars... and even Lady Gaga as a waitress. We'll see more when it hits theaters on August 22nd.


New Samsung ad says bloatware makes Galaxy tablet buyers happy

New Samsung ad says bloatware makes Galaxy tablet buyers happyIt’s one thing to have to abide by the requirements of carriers and include their bloatware alongside yours when selling a new smartphone – unless you’re Apple – but the same rules don’t have to apply to tablets. Unless you’re Samsung. The company has preloaded such “gifts” on the Galaxy S5 smartphone as well as on Galaxy Tab and Note Pro tablets from earlier this year. And the newly released Galaxy Tab S, with its gorgeous 2K Super AMOLED display, is no exception. In a new ad, the company says that Galaxy Tab S buyers are happier because their devices are packed with Galaxy Gifts that offer them access to premium content, adding that the company offers them more than 30 such apps. Luckily, at


I torrented ‘The Expendables 3′ and I’m still going to see it in theaters

I torrented 'The Expendables 3' and I'm still going to see it in theatersThe Expendables 3 comes out August 15th in thousands of theaters across America. I watched it Friday afternoon on my MacBook Air on a packed train from New York City to middle-of-nowhere Connecticut. Will everyone who might otherwise pay $17 to watch Sylvester Stallone And His Merry Men blow things up just download the movie instead? Leaking a month before its release might just be the best thing that ever happened to The Expendables 3.


T-Mobile just put Sprint’s ‘Framily’ plans to shame

T-Mobile just put Sprint’s ‘Framily’ plans to shameAnything Sprint tries to do, T-Mobile is determined to try to do better. T-Mobile on Monday unveiled a new family plan that will cost $100 per month for four separate lines and offer a total of 10GB of LTE data, or 2.5GB per line. In contrast, Sprint’s most comparable “Framily” plan costs $160 per month and offers a mere 4GB of data total, or 1GB per line. You can get an unlimited-data Sprint “Framily” plan, of course, but it will cost a total of $240 per month since the unlimited option costs an extra $20 per line. The T-Mobile plan also looks pretty good when compared to similar plans from AT&T and Verizon — both of those carriers will give you 10GB


Is Instagram doing enough to fix its account hijacking bug?

Is Instagram doing enough to fix its account hijacking bug?If you're checking Instagram on public Wi-Fi, you may be exposing more than you realize. A security researcher named Mazin Ahmed has published a new report showing how easy it is to hijack an Instagram account, and taking the company to task for lax security. The technique relies on catching Instagram data in transit, either through an open Wi-Fi hotspot or a more sophisticated attack at the network level. If attackers can do that, Ahmed says, they'll be able to see unencrypted pictures, user IDs and account keys — potentially allowing outsiders to take over your account entirely.


Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernaut

Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernautOn October 7th, author James Frey will release a novel about the apocalypse. It will hold an elaborate code, directing readers towards a key hidden somewhere in the real world. Fox is developing a movie concurrently, and Google's Niantic Labs, responsible for alternate-reality game Ingress, is making a new game based on the plot. A D&D dungeon master has been conscripted to maintain social media accounts for the characters, which he has done for the past year.


Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?

Is Apple intentionally slowing older iPhones to make you buy new ones?The New York Times cried wolf in late October last year, observing that the iPhone 4 has became more sluggish following the iOS 7 update and wondering, without any kind of data to back it up other than one user’s experience, whether Apple has intentionally slowed down performance on older smartphone models to convince more iPhone users to upgrade. However, the publication is now back with a more scientific approach to the quandary. In a new piece penned by Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan, the publication draws our attention to the correlation between iPhone launches and the perceived slowness of older devices. Similarly, the study looks at Galaxy S phone slowness and relation to new Galaxy S model launches. FROM EARLIER: 12


Amazon launches 3D printing store

The Amazon logo is seen on a podium during a press conference in New York, on September 28, 2011Amazon announced Monday the launch of an online store for 3D printed items to allow consumers to customize and personalize items like earrings, pendants, dolls and other objects. "The introduction of our 3D printed products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail -- that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own," said Amazon's Petra Schindler-Carter in a statement The store "allows us to help sellers, designers and manufacturers reach millions of customers while providing a fun and creative customer experience to personalize a potentially infinite number of products at great prices across many product categories."


Liberia closing most borders to stop the spread of ebola

Liberia closing most borders to stop the spread of ebolaLiberia is closing down most of its borders and quarantining certain communities as it attempts to crack down on the spread of ebola within the region, which has so far killed over 670, including 129 people in Liberia alone, reports the Associated Press. In addition to closing all but three of its border crossings and quarantining communities widely affected by the virus, the restrictions include limitations on public demonstrations and requirements that certain venues, such as restaurants, run a five-minute video on ebola. The current ebola outbreak became the largest ever recorded over a month ago, and it's still spreading. Guinea and Sierra Leone have also had residents infected with the virus, which is believed to have begun spreading from Guinea at the beginning of the year. Despite the tight restrictions, Liberia will reportedly be keeping open its international airport.


12 slick tricks that will make your iPhone run faster

12 slick tricks that will make your iPhone run fasterEven though the iPhone offers users a rather consistent smartphone experience, the device can get slower the more it’s used, as is the case with any other kind of computer. However, there are plenty of tricks that can significantly improve the iPhone’s performance, and Business Insider has put together a collection of 12 such handy tricks every iPhone user looking for performance improvements has to know. FROM EARLIER: 5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother While some of them have been featured in previous lists, the publication offers additional tools to make the iPhone run faster, as well as instructions on how to perform the necessary chores, which may come in handy especially to newer iPhone owners.


Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016

Your smartphone will replace room keys at Hilton hotels by end of 2016Within a couple years, most people will never need to visit the front desk at a Hilton hotel ever again.


TWC hilariously claims Google and Netflix are the real threats to net neutrality

TWC hilariously claims Google and Netflix are the real threats to net neutralityYou’ve got to hand it to Time Warner Cable’s lawyers — they certainly deserve an A+ for creative writing. Per The National Journal, both Time Warner Cable and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association lobbying group have filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission warning that major Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Netflix are the real threats to net neutrality because they could threaten to charge ISPs extra money for the rights to let their customers access their websites. We are sadly not joking. “A relatively concentrated group of large [Web companies] — such as Google, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook — have enormous and growing power over consumers’ ability to access the content of their choice on


Returning to ‘Sin City’: a chat with Frank Miller

Returning to 'Sin City': a chat with Frank MillerEver the controversial figure, Frank Miller is nevertheless one of the greats. It gave me a chance to explore my world that much more deeply.


Israel’s Iron Dome

Israel's Iron DomeThe politics of the conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel are well documented, and I'm sure you have already formed an opinion about who is at fault and what must be done. This article is not about any of that. It's not about right or wrong, good or bad, politics or religion... it's about a remarkable technology that is serving both a...


New leak compares key component from iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ phablet

New leak compares key component from iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ phabletApple’s next generation iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch “iPhone Air” phablet are reportedly nearing the mass production phase and as a result, we’ve seen component leaks kick into high gear recently. Monday morning we seemingly saw the main printed circuit board (PCB) from the iPhone 6 for the first time, and now a new leak may show the iPhone 6 circuit board next to the same component from the larger 5.5-inch iPhone, again supporting the notion that Apple is planning two new iPhone models this year. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master French Apple news site Nowhereelse.fr on Monday published photos it obtained from an unnamed source in China that supposedly show both main circuit boards


John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, and Patrick Stewart plead for rescue of lost Russian space-geckos

John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, and Patrick Stewart plead for rescue of lost Russian space-geckosThere are a lot of international crises at the moment, but no one that can bring humanity together like the story of Russia' s gecko sex experiment that became lost in space. The experiment was supposed to monitor the sex lives of geckos inside a satellite, but last week Russia was reported to have lost contact with it — leaving the geckos adrift. On his show this weekend, John Oliver took a break from some of the more serious subjects that he could have been addressing to ask that viewers email Putin and raise awareness for the geckos. It's as funny as you'd expect from Oliver — and somehow, he even gets a few guest stars to show up, including Buzz Aldrin and Patrick Stewart.


A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of Paris

A giant armadillo building is hiding in the middle of ParisOn a tree-lined boulevard in southeast Paris, an enormous creature is slowly coming to life. Nestled in a dense block of 19th-century buildings, the sloping glass structure looks like a metallic armadillo shell, but is in fact a new project from world-renowned architecture firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop.


Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gear

Amazon’s new 3D printing store lets you build customized gearIf for some reason Amazon’s vast selection of products from every imaginable category wasn’t quite cutting it for you, we have some good news – on Monday, Amazon opened a 3D printing store on its website, offering customizable goods to its customers for the very first time. Amazon notes that more than 200 items are already available in the new store, including earrings, bobblehead figures, phone cases and cookie cutters. “The introduction of our 3D Printed Products store suggests the beginnings of a shift in online retail – that manufacturing can be more nimble to provide an immersive customer experience. Sellers, in alignment with designers and manufacturers, can offer more dynamic inventory for customers to personalize and truly make their own,” said Petra Schindler-Carter,


Zillow buying Trulia to make real estate titan

This product image provided by real estate website operator Zillow shows the Zillow app on various mobile platforms. Zillow is buying competitor Trulia in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal. Trulia’s stock rose more than 14 percent in premarket trading on Monday, July 28, 2014, while Zillow’s stock fell more than 3 percent. (AP Photo/Zillow)NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate website operator Zillow is buying rival Trulia in a $3.5 billion deal that would make the biggest player in the online real estate market.


Apple upgrading its MacBook Pro line this week: report

Apple upgrading its MacBook Pro line this week: reportThough neither computer's outward appearance is expected to be altered, what's under the hood is set to get a very impressive upgrade, especially in the case of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which is expected to get 16GB of RAM as standard, even on the base configuration model. According to numerous sources, including Apple Insider, each 15-inch notebook is also getting a faster Intel Core i7 processor and better harddrive options too. Also, if information that originally is believed to have come from an Apple Store in China is totally accurate, Apple might also be planning to introduce a third ‘maxed out' version of the 15-inch notebook as a standalone model which will boast a 2.8Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and Intel Iris Pro and Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics. Apple has already released refreshed MacBook Airs and iMacs this year and in updating the internal components has also cut retail prices.


GSA CIO: Successful Organizations Connect, Collaborate and Innovate

GSA CIO: Successful Organizations Connect, Collaborate and InnovateSuccessful CIOs are driving digital business transformation, leveraging mobile, social and cloud computing technologies to improve workforce productivity, while reducing IT expenses and bolstering employee engagement. Sonny Hashmi, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), has received the 2013 Federal...


7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (a $24 value!)

7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can download for free right now (a $24 value!)It’s the last week of July and as we enter the last month of summer freedom before school starts again, we need to make sure that we finish out the month on a high note. We’ve been sharing tons of paid iPhone and iPad apps we you lately that have gone on sale for free for a limited time, and we have no plans to slow down now. Monday has brought some great new sales with it, and we have hand-picked seven sweet paid iOS apps that you can get for free if you move quickly. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way


NASA is testing a laser-powered drill to explore Jupiter’s ice moon

NASA is testing a laser-powered drill to explore Jupiter's ice moonWhile Mars gets all the press, a group of NASA scientists are laying the groundwork for a more exotic destination: the ice-covered moon of Europa, locked in orbit above Jupiter. President Obama set aside $15 million of NASA's 2015 budget specifically for Europa exploration, and some researchers think the project could launch an explorer probe as early as 2022. You can see video of NASA's test below, complete with dramatic music, courtesy of the New Scientist:


MacBook Pros About to Get Major Speed Boost (Report)

MacBook Pros About to Get Major Speed Boost (Report)Apple's MacBook Air line got a speedy refresh this past spring, and it looks like the Pros are up next. Based on signage from a Chinese Apple store, the MacBook Pro lineup will soon consist of three new Retina models that have faster processors and a minimum of 16GB of RAM.


Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillowLet this cautionary tale serve as a reminder to everyone: don’t buy unauthorized parts or accessories for your smartphone. We have seen stories of combusting cell phones before, but perhaps none have been quite as unsettling as a new report from this past weekend. According to a Dallas, Texas-based Fox affiliate, a 13-year-old girl was awoken last week when she smelled something burning. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 that she slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep had caught fire in the middle of the night and had begun to burn her pillow and sheets. “I didn’t think much of it, so I went back to sleep and then I woke up again and it was more prominent,”


32 things you need to watch, read, and know from Comic-Con 2014

32 things you need to watch, read, and know from Comic-Con 2014Just about all of the biggest movies and TV shows for the year or so ahead descended on San Diego over the weekend for the 2014 Comic-Con, unleashing a whirlwind of news, trailers, and teases for what’s to come. Marvel didn't have to do much to be the star of this year's Comic-Con… and, unfortunately, it really didn't. Fans were treated to a first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, but everyone else just got two new movie announcements: that it's working on a second Guardians of the Galaxy for 2017, and that some of our favorite actors from Lost and House of Cards have joined Ant-Man. Director Zack Snyder surprised Comic-Con crowds this weekend by teasing a short clip of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.


7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to win

7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to winWe don't know much of anything about Apple's upcoming smartwatch, or even if such a thing exists. Apple's obviously not the only company trying to make an incredible product — from Samsung and Google to Pebble and CooKoo, many others are in the wristwear business. If Apple's going to do right what all others have done wrong, it needs to quickly learn a number of important lessons. It needs the iWatch to do, and be, a few things like no other smartwatch.


Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call

7 things the iWatch needs to do if Apple wants to winWhen AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a customer service representative who spent 18 minutes trying to talk him out of it. Rep: I’m just trying to figure out here what it is about Comcast service that you’re not liking. Block: This phone call is actually a really amazing representative example of why I don’t want to stay with Comcast. During the ensuing media frenzy, The Verge put out a call and sought out current and former Comcast employees, hoping to shed light on the inner workings of the largest broadcasting and cable company in the country.


Google’s ‘perfect human’ project isn’t evil, it’s business

Google's 'perfect human' project isn't evil, it's businessThis past Friday, Google unveiled the latest in a line of ambitious and somewhat confounding health programs. It's got everything you would want from a big Google project: it's big, brash, a little scary, and completely oblivious to how anyone might take it the wrong way. Already, writers have described Baseline as Google's quest to build a perfect human, implying ethical concerns before the process has even begun. Most biomarker research is still focused on finding early warning signs of a disease — a classic example would be a protein that tips off doctors to a disease before symptoms manifest — but researchers are increasingly interested in projects like Baseline that would help to better understand the healthy body.


Watch the first ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ footage in latest trailer

Watch the first 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' footage in latest trailerThe Hunger Games has been promoting itself with eerie propaganda videos and posters for a couple months now, but today the first proper teaser for Mockingjay Part I has arrived. The teaser doesn't go right into all-out advertising mode either: it still maintains the dark tones of everything else that we've seen promoting the film until now. It's both hopeful and mournful, and it shows that these film adaptations continue to have a strong grasp on what makes their dystopian world come alive. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is scheduled to open in theaters on November 21st.


The updated Retina MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for could launch tomorrow

The updated Retina MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for could launch tomorrowA picture taken inside a new Paradise Walk store and posted on a Chinese forum apparently reveals that Apple is getting ready to update its MacBook Pro line at some point in the near future, 9to5Mac reports. Apple already updated the MacBook Pro with slightly faster processors and cheaper prices across the board, and launched an even cheaper iMac version earlier this year. The company is expected to update its Pro family and release other Mac models later this year. According to the image leak, Apple apparently plans to include faster processors in all new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models – only details for the 15-inch models were leaked – with a 200MHz bump expected for all models. Other significant changes


Apple’s $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes Radio

Apple’s $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes RadioFor the time being, Apple’s iTunes Radio product is something of an also-ran. It’s a nice value-add for iOS device owners, allowing them to stream Pandora-like Radio stations for free, but it doesn’t really offer any compelling features compared to bigger rival services. According to a new report, however, that may soon change. Re/code on Monday reported that Apple is close to acquiring Swell for about $30 million. Swell, which you might recall we have covered here on BGR before, is something of a Pandora for online news radio. The app includes many sources from podcasts to news radio stations, and it chooses which content to stream in much the same way that Pandora selects music. While the deal would be extremely


Amazon opens a ‘Create Your Own’ 3D-printing store

Amazon opens a 'Create Your Own' 3D-printing storeNot to be outdone by eBay, Amazon today opens the doors to a new 3D Printing Store that allows the customization of "more than 200 unique print on-demand products." Personalized dog tags, credit card holders, iPhone cases, and even custom bobbleheads are among the first selection of items that Amazon has on offer. The massive online retailer won't be involved in the manufacturing process and is simply connecting its shoppers with established 3D-printing businesses like Sculpteo, Mixee Labs, and 3DLT, who will be responsible for fulfilling orders placed through the new store. "The online customer shopping experience will be redefined through 3D printing," says Sculpteo CEO Clément Moreau, as "a customer's wants are no longer limited to what is in stock but instead by what they can imagine." Moreau thinks Amazon's participation will expand the market for 3D-printed goods dramatically and reduce promotional costs for producers.


EU antitrust body clears Apple’s $3bn Beats deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.

US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.

Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad

Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 adMicrosoft is focusing on Apple’s Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials. It’s another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft choses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time. The new commercial sees an iPhone 5S pitted against a low-end Lumia 635, with Cortana handling people- and location-based reminders, along with traffic alerts for meetings. Siri is unable to complete similar tasks.


Chinese portal Sohu reports $45 million loss

BEIJING (AP) — Sohu.com Inc., operator of a popular Chinese Internet portal, said Monday it lost $45 million in the latest quarter while revenue rose 18 percent to $400 million.

Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for Brands

Twitter Is Still the Best Water Cooler Ever for BrandsTwitter is an essential platform for businesses marketing to other businesses and it's morphing quickly to a direct response "buy it now" platform functionality like Pinterest and Facebook. I anticipate "social selling" will accelerate moving forward, as social platforms embrace mobile enabled direct commerce and marketers pour more money into...


Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.

JD.com to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One games console in China

XBox One is seen on display at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Porter Ranch section of Los AngelesJD.com Inc, China's second-biggest e-commerce company by market share, will accept pre-orders for Microsoft Corp's Xbox One games console in China from July 28 to July 30, the firm said on Monday. The pre-orders will be taken via Tencent Holdings' mobile social networks Mobile QQ and WeChat, known as Weixin in China, JD.com said in a statement. Tencent holds a 17.6 percent stake in JD.com. The Xbox One will be the first gaming console to be released in mainland China since the government banned console sales in 2000, citing games' effects on mental health.


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