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Pitch Perfect 2 and Better Call Saul Top This Week’s Trailers

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:00pm

Do you love singing and laughing and smiles and rainbows? Then this is the week in trailers for you! We've got Pitch Perfect 2, live-action Cinderella, and a trailer for the next season of Portlandia. Check it.

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Why You Need to Think About APIs Before Websites

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:58pm

I came out of college right at the exciting explosion of the web. Most people paid little attention to it, WIRED looked like this, and my family would get excited when they saw a URL in a TV ad because that was that web thing that Brant worked on. As business models began to solidify […]

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Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:20pm
Zothecula writes "Nuclear weapons are a paradox. No one in their right mind wants to use one, but if they're to act as a deterrent, they need to be accessible. The trick is to make sure that access is only available to those with the proper authority. To prevent a real life General Jack D Ripper from starting World War III, Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division is developing a system that uses a nuclear weapon's own radiation to protect itself from tampering.

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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:38am
An anonymous reader writes "Two private companies, Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources, have received contracts from NASA to study asteroid redirection and will pursue their plans of asteroid mining. From the article: "Deep Space Industries is planning to build a number of dense spacecrafts called FireFlies, and they plan on sending the satellites on one way missions to gather information about the density, shape, composition and size of an asteroid. They also have plans to build a spacecraft called Dragonfly, which has the purpose of catching asteroids. The asteroid material will be collected and returned to Earth by 'Harvesters'. Planetary Resources, on the other hand, plans to build a number of middle sized and small telescopes that will be capable of examining asteroids near the planet Earth for economic potential. They already have the telescopes Arkyd 300, Arkyd 200 and the Arkyd 100, each having its own specific systems."

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Tips for Designing a Connected Home That Isn’t Chaos

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:30am

Not much is certain in technology and design, except for one pattern we’ve seen time and again: whenever a new class of technology becomes available, everyone wants a piece of it. In the late ’90s it was websites, then it was apps, and now it’s connected everything, aka, the Internet of Things (IoT). But there’s […]

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Magnified Plankton Looks Just Like Outer Space

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:00am

When photographed through a microscope, drops of seawater look like the outer reaches of the cosmos.

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Here’s a New Tricked Out Version of the Origami-Inspired Oru Kayak

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:00am

A couple years and plenty of trips on the water later, Anton Willis is introducing new details. Perhaps most notably, the new Oru has a foam chair with adjustable back support.

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Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:55am
First time accepted submitter Greenargie points out this story about an indoor flying pavilion for drones being built at a college in southwestern Ohio. An indoor flying pavilion for students to test and fly drones will be built at a college in southwestern Ohio. Sinclair Community College officials say the 40-foot high pavilion resembling a traditional aircraft hangar will be built adjacent to a building in Dayton that houses some of its education and training programs in unmanned aerial systems and aviation. The indoor pavilion will allow students to fly drones without having to deal with weather issues or Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on flying them outdoors, said Andrew Shepherd, director of Sinclair's unmanned aerial systems program. Congress has directed the FAA to integrate drones into civilian manned airspace by next fall. The agency currently allows unmanned aircraft to be flown only under controlled conditions.

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An iOS 8 Keyboard App That Lets You Draw Your Texts

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:30am

This could very well be the year we get over our emoji obsession.

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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:12am
An anonymous reader writes Morgan Pietz, one of the lawyers who took on Prenda Law, has a new target in his sights: copyright enforcement company Rightscorp. In a class action suit (PDF) Pietz claims the company made illegal, harassing robo-calls to people who were accused of illegal downloading and by doing so Rightscorp broke the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which limits how automated calling devices can be used. "They robo-called Jeanie Reif's cell phone darn near every day for a couple of months," Pietz said. "And there could be thousands of members of this class."

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15 Gifts That Will Definitively Prove You Love Your Dog

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:30am

Do you love your dog? Then you should probably buy him more stuff.

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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:30am
An anonymous reader writes Apple will donate a portion of their sales from online and retail stores on Cyber Monday and Black Friday as a contribution to the worldwide fight against AIDS. Apple kicks off a two-week fundraising campaign for RED, the charity started by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver. It includes 25 partnering app-makers, from Angry Birds to Toca Boca, which will donate all proceeds from purchases of their apps or in-app upgrades. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said: "Apple is a proud supporter of (RED) because we believe the gift of life is the most important gift anyone can give. For eight years, our customers have been helping fight AIDS in Africa by funding life-saving treatments which are having a profoundly positive impact. This year we are launching our biggest fundraising push yet with the participation of Apple's retail and online stores, and some of the brightest minds in the App Store are lending their talents to the effort as well."

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The 10 Coolest Cars at the LA Auto Show

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:28am

The best concepts, sports cars, and even video game stars we spotted at this year's show.

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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:07am
An anonymous reader writes A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. Aboard the capsule are Russian Anton Shkaplerov, Nasa's Terry Virts and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut. "I think that 100 years from now, 500 years from now, people will look back on this as the initial baby steps that we took going into the solar system," Virts told a pre-launch press conference. "In the same way that we look back on Columbus and the other explorers 500 years ago, this is the way people will look at this time in history."

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Citizen Explorers, Meet Your New Submersible

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:04am

OpenROV releases the latest version of its remote controlled submersible so you can finally do some science on that stuff growing on the bottom of your pool.

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That Time Will.I.Am and a Silicon Valley VC Rapped Together

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 9:00am

Celebrities dabbling in tech is nothing new, but these days it's different. When the venture capital money dries up in Silicon Valley, when interest rates rise and institutional investors seek safer returns elsewhere, it's the rich and famous who will be left.

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Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used to Hack Telecoms and Belgian Cryptographer

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:59am

Piecing together new information from various researchers, it's clear the 'Regin" malware is one of the most sophisticated nation-state spy tools ever found.

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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:47am
MojoKid writes After years of working on prototype vehicles, multiple car companies have announced a major push for hydrogen fuel cell automobiles. At the LA Auto Show last week, Toyota showed off its Mirai, a four-door passenger sedan with a $57,500 base sticker price and a hydrogen-only fuel system. Honda recently delayed its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle until 2016, while Hyundai is planning to build 1000 fuel-cell powered Tucson's by the end of the year. Currently, most proposed hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are actually combined hydrogen-electric designs. Hydrogen gas, under enormous pressure, is used to drive a generator, which then charges a lithium-ion battery. Toyota plans to sell up to 3,000 Mirai a year by 2017, which would put it well below Tesla's own sales projections for its Model S — but at a lower overall price point. The pressurized fuel tanks in the Mirai can hold a total of 122 liters of hydrogen for an estimated range of 300 miles. A standard gasoline-powered car with a 122L capacity at 30mpg would be capable of traveling 960 miles. Proponents of hydrogen point to the vastly improved fueling time (roughly equal that of gasoline) as opposed to the 20-60 minutes required to recharge a vehicle like Tesla's Model S.

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How Do You Charge Your DC Phone With an AC Source?

Wired - Top Stories - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:27am

The outlets in your house produce alternating current, but your phone charger needs DC. How do you get from AC to DC? This simple demo shows you how.

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Slashdot - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 8:05am
HughPickens.com writes Kate Briquelet reports in the NY Post that Principal Mark Federman of East Side Community HS has invited the New York Civil Liberties Union to give a two-day training session to 450 students on interacting with police. "We're not going to candy-coat things — we have a problem in our city that's affecting young men of color and all of our students," says Federman. "It's not about the police being bad. This isn't anti-police as much as it's pro-young people ... It's about what to do when kids are put in a position where they feel powerless and uncomfortable." The hourlong workshops — held in small classroom sessions during advisory periods — focused on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program and how to exercise Fourth Amendment rights when being stopped and questioned in a car or at home. Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice. "It's unlikely that a high school student would come away with any other conclusion than the police are a fearful group to be avoided at all costs," says Eugene O'Donnell, a former police officer and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. NYCLU representatives told kids to be polite and to keep their hands out of their pockets. But they also told students they don't have to show ID or consent to searches, that it's best to remain silent, and how to file a complaint against an officer. Candis Tolliver, NYCLU's associate director for advocacy, says was the first time she trained an entire high school. "This is not about teaching kids how to get away with a crime or being disrespectful. This is about making sure both sides are walking away from the situation safe and in control."

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