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Naim Does the Impossible: Build a Soundbar Even Audiophiles Love

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30am

Naim, the British hi-fi brand known for sticker shock and reference-quality components that defy obsolescence, may have just created the perfect soundbar.

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Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Jeff Goldblum Sell the World on Apple…And This Crazy Email Thing

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30am

Today, Apple is an unstoppable juggernaut of technology, setting the agenda for the vast world of mobile computing---and more. But in 1999, its situation was rather different. There was no iPad, no iPhone, and no iPod. Steve Jobs had returned to the company only two years earlier, having been exiled back in 1985. The iMac, released in 1998, was the first major product launch after Jobs' return, and its success was anything but guaranteed. It was time to unload the secret weapon: Jeff Goldblum.

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Now Everyone Wants to Sell You a Magical Anonymity Router. Choose Wisely

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30am

Maintaining your privacy online, like investing in stocks or looking good naked, has become one of those nagging desires that leaves Americans with a surplus of stress and a deficit of facts. So it's no surprise that a cottage industry of privacy marketers now wants to sell them the solution in a $50 piece of hardware promising internet “anonymity” or “invisibility." And as with any panacea in a box, the quicker the fix, the more doubt it deserves.

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Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30am

A veteran EMT and ambulance driver in Boston, Ed McCarthy is in a great position to understand his hometown spatially. But he’s also a history geek, and while constantly driving around the city’s neighborhoods, he loves recognizing the streets, buildings and other locales from the history books he so often buries his nose in.

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A Dutch Town Installs 5 Giant Eyeballs on Buildings, Because Art

Wired - Top Stories - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:30am

At first blush, the metaphor here is about as subtle as a sledgehammer.

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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

Slashdot - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:29am
concertina226 writes The U.K. branch of global defense firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's aging armored vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2020. The Scout SV armored vehicle is the first fully-digitized armored fighting vehicle to have been built for the British Army, and is far bigger and more durable than any of its existing tanks, which are now at least 20 years old. The tank comes in six variants that can be customized with a tools for different missions, and has numerous sensors, cameras, and sights to offer real-time intelligence on weather conditions, target acquisition, and reconnaissance — all crucial battlefield data required by commanders to access and direct situations. "With the capability in the Scout SV, we're really looking for the type of people who play Xbox games – tech-savvy people who are able to take in a lot of information and process it in the proper way," says Kevin Connell, the vice president for General Dynamic UK's Land Systems Regiment.

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Technically Scary: Halloween Costumes For The Modern Geek

ReadWriteWeb - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:02am

Surf the techno-Zeitgeist this Halloween with the latest costumes out of Silicon Valley. They're sure to wow—or alarm—your trick-or-treating technophile friends.  

Apple's Hair Force One

With his luxurious grey hair and affable smile, Apple's VP of wear is the man every girl wants ... as her dad. No wonder he's the guy Apple trusts at its product unveilings. Father knows best! 

Snapchat's Ghost As A Hobo (GoBo!)

Snapchat photos are supposed to be as ephemeral as the ghost in the company's logo. But after "The Snappening," when hackers dumped hundreds of thousands of Snapchat pics purloined from a third-party app, the $10 billion company claimed it couldn't afford to secure its API.  Spooky!

Comcast Customer Corpse

Attempt to cancel your Comcast cable service and you may find your life slipping away the customer service representative tasked with retaining your patronage. Such was the fate of Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont in July, whose battle went viral after Block posted an audio sample of the stress-inducing conversation on SoundCloud.

Uber RecruiterUber Recruiter Spy Halloween Costume.

Uber takes corporate espionage to a whole new level with Operation Slog. Undercover agents are armed with burner phones to hail Lyft cars and a five-point pitch to convince Lyft drivers to defect. This costume is a great alternative if you want to play 007 super spy but can't afford the tux rental. 

#GamerGate

Sexism! Misogyny! Ethics! Threats of violence! Video games! It's GamerGate! This year's hottest Internet dust-up combines all the worst aspects of Internet culture with all the ugliest impulses of human nature (to achieve maximum redundancy). And it makes a great last-minute costume to boot! Cover yourself in rotten refuse and go! That's pretty much GamerGate in a rank, festering nutshell.

Ello, The Social Network Of Mystery

Sure, you could be obvious and make a black-and-white cardboard smiley face, but even the Ello logo is too obvious if you really want to be the new social network nobody understands. Instead, just dress entirely grayscale, including your "Hello, my name is Ello" sticker tag. You'll be instantly cool at that hipster Halloween party. Everyone will want to know you, even if they aren't sure why.

Illustrations by Nigel Sussman for ReadWrite

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