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Wednesday - August 27, 2014
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Everybody's doing the Hyperlapse, it seems -- at least, everyone who owns an iPhone 4 with iOS 7 or better. Late night host Jimmy Fallon posted a Hyperlapse video of him eating a column of cake. Arizona Beverage Company uploaded one of a man binge-drinking nine flavors of its potables. The app provides an easy way to deliver smooth time-lapse photography without expensive hardware. [More...]

Wednesday - August 27, 2014
Researchers recently developed a technique to record the quantum mechanical behavior of one electron in a nanoscale defect in diamond. The team used ultra-fast pulses of laser light both to control the defect's entire quantum state and to observe how the state of one electron in the defect changes over time. "This experiment uses a 'trapped' electron," said team leader David Awschalom. [More...]

Tuesday - August 26, 2014
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Google has upgraded Glass with some nifty improvements for the Explorers who are taking it out for a spin. It's not likely consumers will follow those brave few any time soon, although they might warm to a redesign that "normalizes" its look. Where Glass is likely to catch on first is in occupational settings where people could benefit by using a computer while remaining focused on the job. [More...]

Tuesday - August 26, 2014
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Samsung has collaborated with Barnes & Noble on a sad little Nook tablet -- not that there's anything wrong with the tablet itself. It's just that B&N seems to think a tablet that can make it easy for you to buy its stuff online is a cool new idea. A slightly better idea is slapping Windows into an HTC One (M8). Very nice housing for an OS that's still trying. [More...]

Tuesday - August 26, 2014
The United States National Security Agency secretly shares the communications data it has amassed over the years with nearly 24 U.S. government agencies using a search engine resembling Google Search, according to documents released by Edward Snowden. That's more than 850 billion records of phone calls, emails, cellphone locations and Internet chats. [More...]

Monday - August 25, 2014
Sony's PlayStation and Sony Entertainment networks were taken down over the weekend by a distributed denial of service attack. The hackers, who call themselves the "Lizard Squad," also forced authorities to divert a plane Sony Entertainment president was on by tweeting that there might be a bomb on board. A hacker with the handle "FamedGod" later claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack. [More...]

Monday - August 25, 2014
The days of gathering on front porch stoops to chat may be long gone, but the Internet is making it easy to reawaken the neighborhood spirit. Nextdoor is a social network for people who live in a defined area to communicate with one another about just about anything. It's even helping neighbors get to know each other face-to-face. Here's to borrowing cups of sugar again. [More...]

Monday - August 25, 2014
We were treated to the customer support call from hell earlier this month when a couple of well-connected bloggers taped their call to Comcast attempting to disconnect from the service and posted it online. Apparently there has been a sequel. The clear lesson -- particularly from the second call -- is that if you talk to Comcast support you need to record the call if you don't want to get screwed. [More...]

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