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November 2015

10 Tech Buzzwords And How To Explain Them To Your Extended Family

One of the nice things about living in the Bay Area or another technology hub is that everyone speaks the same language – there’s common jargon. As nice as going home and meeting family is, your language is going to need a bit of a readjustment. Here’s a list of some tech buzzwords that you can explain to your family when you’re not quietly moving your grandparents… Read More

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Apple Bought the Company That Helped With Motion-Capture For Star Wars

Apple, a maker of expensive aluminum slabs, might not be the obvious first buyer for …

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Lumia 950 XL pre-orders start shipping in US

When Microsoft started taking pre-orders for the Lumia 950 XL smartphone in the US last week, it was revealed that the device will begin shipping by November 25. However, some of those who pre-ordered the device last week have already received their shipment email.

Those planning to order to the phone now are out of luck as the handset seems to be out of stock at Microsoft Store currently – it’s listed as ‘coming soon’ with ‘Email me when available’ button at the bottom.

As for the smaller Lumia 950 flagship smartphone, it is already available for purchase in the US since late last week – selling for just $19.97 on contract or $599 sans contract. Keep in mind that it’s currently exclusive to AT&T in the country.

Both Windows 10-powered devices will be launched in the UK and India next week, with events planned for December 2 and November 30, respectively. Those attending the events will also be able to purchase the…

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Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars

As the market for virtual reality technology continues to grow, Apple has made an interesting acquisition that could further its role in the space. TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has snapped up Faceshift, a startup based in Zurich that has developed technology to create animated avatars and other figures that capture a person’s facial expressions in real time.
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Man blames his Apple Watch for severely burning his wrist

A man living in Denmark by the name of Jørgen Mouritzen, says that his Apple Watch got so hot, it left him with severe burns on his wrist. According to Danish website Ekstra Bladet, the incident took place on October 17th and Mouritzen has been awaiting the results of an investigation by Apple. An eyewitness to the event agrees with the victim’s story, both saying that the heat came from the timepiece itself, and that there was no external source responsible for the burns.

Today, Apple announced that after examining the band and the watch, it has come to the conclusion that there is no evidence … – Source

With traffic fatalities rising, safety officials see tech as cause and solution

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released numbers on Tuesday showing a slight decrease in the number of fatal accidents in 2014, but an 8.1 percent increase in estimated fatalities in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014.

Speaking to Reuters, NHTSA head Mark Rosekind guessed that, although it’s too early to tell what has caused the increase in estimated fatalities, smartphone use may have contributed. “The increase in smartphones in our hands is so significant, there’s no question that has to play some role. But we don’t have enough information yet to determine how big a role,” Rosekind said.

While cautioning that the results for the January to June 2015 fatality estimate could be subject to major adjustments when the Administration does its year-end tally, the NHTSA posited that low gas prices throughout 2015 could have led to more driving from teenagers and other “risky drivers.”

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Fuzzy golden retriever puppy battles untrustworthy doorstop

Gracie the golden retriever is very tough, in case you didn’t know

She is totally ready to give this weird doorstop a piece of her mind — if only it would just HOLD STILL for a second. She tries to bare her tiny puppy teeth in an act of intimidation, but the effect is just too adorable to be scary

Don’t worry, Gracie. You’ll get that mischievous doorstop one day.

Little Dachshund attempts to look like a fearsome hunting dog

Parents troll their kids by sneaking them turkey baby food

Cool teens unite to film epic 11-minute lip dub

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This juicy spin on a classic mimosa will be everyone’s prized holiday drink

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Spectacular lightning storm in Australia is out of this world

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Diversifying Technology Education

We all know the tech industry has a diversity problem. The major tech companies have released their bleak workforce diversity numbers, and one year later most of them are unchanged. Obviously, this is not an easy problem to fix. A workforce of white males naturally develops unconscious bias, which then impacts everything else. It leads to a “brogrammer” culture, a hiring bias… Read More

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Here are your new ‘Destiny’ challenges for the week of Nov. 24

Tuesday means only one thing if you’re a Destiny fan: reset day.

It’s that wonderful time when Bungie’s rotating selection of high-reward activities are rebooted (along with any raid progress made in the previous week), giving everyone a fresh chance at scoring some of the game’s sweetest and rarest loot.

See also: ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ is amazing fan service with too little meat on the bone

The release of …

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How to turn your cheese and cracker spread into a festive turkey in no time

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Russian military plane shot down near Turkey-Syrian border

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This Could Be The Mortgage Industry’s iPhone Moment

It took nearly five years and a team of 450 people, but today Quicken Loans is announcing Rocket Mortgage, an online mortgage that takes just a few minutes to complete. Quicken Loans sees Rocket Mortgage as the turning point in home financing. It’s home financing’s iPhone, Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert tells me. And he could be right. The process takes less than 10 minutes.… Read More

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For J.J. Abrams, building a game is a learning experience

J.J. Abrams cites a long list of gaming loves.

He played those early Infocom text adventures and lined up to drop quarters into Asteroids “coin-op” machines. He logged hours in PlayStation classics like Wipeout and Tomb Raider, and admits to having had “something of an obsessions” with Resident Evil.

See also: Don’t worry, ‘Star Wars’ fans: J.J. Abrams promises minimal lens flare

More recently, he was struck by the beauty of Journey and the depth of Grand Theft Auto’s world. He also filled the miniscule moments of downtime on the …

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The New Yorker wants younger readers — but not enough to change itself

David Remnick describes his job like this: “to get The New Yorker from one shore to the other shore with our soul intact and…our clothes dry.”

The shores he’s referring to are the very distant beaches of print — that world of glossy paper and ink — and online journalism, the world of ephemeral pixels.

It’s a swim that’s very choppy for just about every magazine and newspaper, and has been for yearsThe New Yorker —piles of which exist in the apartments of everyone who considers themselves smart and savvy — is no different. Its strength is print. Now in its 90th year, the magazine still operates at a high level. In 2015, it won three National Magazine awards including one for general excellence …

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