Sunday, December 27, 2015

IT News Head Lines (Engadget) 28/12/2015





Pluto gets rainbow-hued in NASA's latest images
Pluto may have been imaged six ways from Sunday, but it's clear that the New Horizons probe still has a few surprises up its sleeve. NASA has posted both a photo and a video showing how the spacecraft can produce vibrant colors from the seemingly dr...

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Columbia House hopes you'll come back for vinyl records
To put it mildly, Columbia House has seen better days. The mail-order service went bankrupt this summer, and it's hard to see the allure of regularly buying movie discs when downloads and streaming are within easy reach. The company thinks it has a...

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Translogic 191: Best of 2015
It's been another stellar year for Translogic. We explored the futuristic world of electric and autonomous cars, as well as drones, robots and hoverboards.It's been another stellar year for Translogic. We drove the updated Tesla Model S, raced agains...

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A lot of people apparently got Fitbits for Christmas
If Apple's App Store rankings are any indication, a lot of you got a Fitbit for Christmas yesterday: The company's fitness-tracking app quickly shot to the top of the free list in iTunes. As Qz points out, Fitbit's activity tracker was already the mo...

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'Pokken Tournament' Wii U controller coming to US after all
When the Pokken Tournament Wii U controller from Hori surfaced earlier this month our excitement was quickly subdued when Japan seemed like the only place you'd be able to buy it when in launched in March. Well it's time to get excited again because...

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Ford's self-driving cars, and more!
Energy bills tend to spike in the wintertime, but this incredible UK home costs just $2 a month to run. The secret? Tons of insulation and a massive set of rooftop solar panels. We also spotted a futuristic Russian dome home that's able to withstand...

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So, what did you get?
With Christmas well under way around the world, it's time for our annual show-and-tell. This year we're doing things a little different, and pulling in your favorite gifts into this article. But before we get to that.. let's see what Engadget editors...

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Researchers propose using patterns and icons for passwords
Researchers at Plymouth University have devised a new password input method they believe could improve security. Called GOTPass, it combines patterns, imagery, and one-time passcode to create a system that it's hoped would be both more secure and eas...

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Samsung execs said to blame struggles on lack of software expertise
It would be unfair to say that Samsung alone is struggling in mobile: There's evidence that the smartphone industry in general is suffering a slowdown. That said, despite being a huge name in tech, the Korean giant has certainly seen its share of cha...

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Watch LeBron James' training on your Gear VR
Did you get a shiny Gear VR headset as a gift? If so, you already have something new to try with it. Oculus, Samsung and Uninterrupted are launching Striving for Greatness, a 12-minute Gear VR "experience" that shows what training is like for baske...

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Valve's gaming platform is experiencing a Christmas disaster (updated)
In a major security lapse, players on Valve's Steam platform have been able to access other people's accounts. As per reports, when players logged into their accounts on the massive gaming site, they were able to see someone else's information includ...

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Neato's new vacuum is cheaper than Roomba, but more trouble
In the robot vacuum wars, Neato has made a name for itself by developing cheaper, laser-guided devices that are just as effective as iRobot's Roombas. In fact, while Roombas have been bouncing around walls for years with no real intelligence (somethi...

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Ben Heck's Holiday Present Protection System
Scales pack a punch for detecting holiday present thieves when Ben, Felix and Karen hack apart a set of weighing scales with a PIC microcontroller and key lock to use as an alarm system, preventing cheeky people and pets from sneaking an early peak a...

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Getting Christmas right was never this hard for my parents
The most my parents generally had to do for a Christmas present was remember to buy batteries. Okay, maybe I'm underselling their role. One year they got me a bike, and somehow kept it hidden from me until the big day. I would've been five at the tim...

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Radiohead released a 'Spectre' theme tune for Christmas
It's the season for giving, and Radiohead just gave us a real treat. The British band was apparently invited to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre last year. Ultimately, "it didn't work out," and Sam Smith ended up recording "Writing's On...

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Tesla Model Xmas show is cooler than your house's lights
Currently there are only a handful of owners of the Tesla Model X. But by this time next year, expect everyone with the electric SUV to show off the vehicle's elaborate holiday light show complete with flashing lights and opening doors.

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Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up
Researchers believe they've identified the part of the brain which ends light sleep, called the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) cycle, and ultimately wakes you up. Professor Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern and his team found a neural ci...

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Spotify pledges to fix the music industry's royalty problems
Paying artists for streams isn't just Spotify's problem -- the whole industry is stuck with a royalty model that's better suited for physical sales than streaming. Spotify is the one that's pledging to fix that, though. In a recent blog post the comp...

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The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands
Each holiday, Cards Against Humanity runs a mystery gift club, in which subscribers pay $15 in exchange for... uh... mystery gifts. This year, the presents included socks, socks and socks, as well as a year's membership to NPR and giving a week off t...

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DraftKings and FanDuel sue to keep operating in Illinois
Online fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel are striking back at Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan who asked that the sites (and similar services) be banned in the state because she believed they were unregulated illegal gambling. Both co...

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Apple wants $179 million more from Samsung after patent fight
Apple and Samsung — or more precisely, their teams of incredibly well-paid lawyers — can't get enough of each other. This time, Apple claimed Samsung owes it an additional $179 million in supplemental damages (and interest!) because five...

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Fujitsu spins out its PC and mobile divisions
Much in the same way that Sony got rid of its PC division last year, Fujitsu has announced that it'll do the same in 2016. The outfit's leadership has revealed that its laptop and desktop firm will be spun out into a new wholly owned subsidiary, Fuji...

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Sony will ensure 'The Banner Saga' comes to PS Vita
Now that Sony has more or less given up on first-party support for the Vita, indie games have become the portable system's lifeblood. It should come as no surprise, then, that when The Banner Saga developer Stoic announced it was putting its Vita por...

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China's moon rover proves the moon has different rocks (update)
China's Jade Rabbit (Yutu) successfully came back from the dead after a serious malfunction in 2014. (*see update below) Scientists have finished analyzing the data China's moon rover Yutu beamed back sometime ago. As it turns out, the rocks the Jade...

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Firefox OS may live on in a TV stick and Pi-powered keyboard
Shortly after Mozilla said that it was done with Firefox OS smartphones, it confirmed that the OS would live on in connected devices. We might now have a better idea of what that means, thanks to a leak from Hipertextual. The Spanish site unearthed s...

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