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Stories 2011-11-08T01:44:45Z
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Sifting for Diamonds with the Digg Newswire

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 18:15
Today Digg is launching the Digg Newswire, which is a tool for discovering breaking stories on Digg and speeding them on their way to Top News.

'Stone-Like' DVD Etches In Movies, Pics, Data To Last Forever

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 18:06
Start-up Millenniata is planning to introduce a new optical disc and player that etches bits of data into a stone-like material that it claims lasts forever and can be played on any moden DVD or Blu-ray player.

The Long-Shot Rifle That Can Drop a Taliban Fighter from 1.5 Miles Away

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 17:05
1.54 miles. That's the world's longest recorded sniper strike. It's the distance at which British Corporal Craig Harrison eliminated a Taliban machine gun team in Afghanistan in 2009. This is the gun he used: the L115A3 rifle.

Tech Can Identify Faces (and Social Security Numbers) in a Crowd

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 16:16
A new study from Carnegie Mellon can cross reference a person's face with currently available photos on the Web and find information, including their interests -- and in some cases their social security numbers.

Is a tablet with a keyboard really a tablet?

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 15:44
After debuting at January's Consumer Electronics Show, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider is nearing a release. An Australian blogger has one of the first units and shares his impressions. I'm not sold that many folks will want the extra weight and bulk of an integrated keyboard.

The BBC's iPlayer for TVs goes HTML5

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 15:06
Users of Sony's PS3 can now access a special TV version of the BBC's iPlayer, complete with a navigation optimized for remote controls, personalization and video overlays. The new iPlayer is based on HTML5, showing how important the emerging standard is to the connected TV world.

RIM’s First QNX Phone Revealed: BlackBerry Colt to Launch in Q1 2012

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 14:56
While Research In Motion just recently announced its new BlackBerry 7 device lineup — including the fantastic BlackBerry Bold 9900 — we all know that the real-deal smartphones are still in the oven. What everyone is waiting on from RIM is the company’s QNX-based devices, which we hope will make RIM competitive in the smartphone industry once again.

Killer Android app allows the clueless to hack, pwn like a pen tester

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 14:56
Have an Android and wanna start pwning people, networks and machines like penetration testers do? Well you are in luck. Just what the world needs, another killer mobile app for the clueless who want to hack but need only to push a couple buttons to find targets or to take control of computers and servers.

Mini RFID Device Stores Personal Medical Data, Makes It Instantly Accessible

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 13:51
Japan-based chemical and tech company Asahi Kasei has developed a small healthcare product that should make life for paramedics, emergency doctors (and patients) easier: the portable device (pictured) makes it possible to instantly access all medical data on a specific person with a PC or smartphone, via RFID.

3D-printed Mario Kart Turtle Shells Race to Rescue American Economy

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 13:33
As soon as you see these little RC Koopa shells, you know that life can't be that bad. In fact, they've already had a hallelujah-inducing impact on the world of the 3D-printing genius who created them. Ten days ago, Michael Curry (aka Skimbal) was among America's 13.9 million unemployed, having been unceremoniously booted out of his ailing architect's firm.

Facebook 'Spam King' Sanford Wallace Has Google+, Seems Like Kind of a Nice Guy

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 13:15
Someone's sneakiness is only fun when the joke isn't on me," reads self-proclaimed "spam king" Sanford Wallace's Google+ status from July 29. Ironic, right?

The pain point for Bloom Energy & fuel cell makers

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 12:37
In the grand scheme of energy technologies, the key component that makes up a fuel cell is relatively short lived. This achilles heel is one of the main reasons that the business of selling fuel cells is often times not profitable.

Intel's Ultrabook Reference Design To Be Cheaper Than The Macbook Air

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 12:36
Intel plans to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air with a standard CPU power envelope of just 15W. The cheaper ultranotebook model will be 21mm thick with a BOM (bill of materials) between $475-650. A second, thinner model (18mm thick) will have a BOM between $493-710.

200,000 BitTorrent Users Sued In The United States

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 11:41
The avalanche of mass-lawsuits in the USA that target BitTorrent users has reached a new milestone. Since last year, more than 200,000 people have been sued for allegedly sharing copyrighted material online, and this number continues to expand at a rapid pace. Added up, the potential profit from the so-called pay-up-or-else scheme runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Privacy and Technology: WTF Happened to Your Constitutional Rights?

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 11:41
At DefCon, Michael "theprez98" Schearer gave an interesting presentation called "WTF Happened to the Constitution?! The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age." He listed six "things that should p*ss you off."

Life on Mars: An Awesome Retro Sci-fi Film From 1950 [VID]

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 11:39
Astronauts land on Mars and discover a lost civilization in 1950 sci-fi film

Comcast Rolls Out $10 Internet Access for Low-Income Families

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:37
Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.

Sleep mask uses virtual sunrise to wake you up on time

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:11
Designed by Taylor Franklin Hide, the LUMI Mask is a sleep mask that helps you wake up on time without jarring alarm clock sounds, but with a gentle simulated sunrise lighting effect embedded in the mask.

FBI's Child ID app helps iPhone users find their missing children

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 09:31
The FBI has just released its very first mobile app, aimed at helping parents deal with their worst nightmare -- a missing child.

Hackers can do a lot of damage via broadband power lines

Mon, 08/08/2011 - 08:19
Hackers showed that they have a very long reach at the Defcon hacker conference this week, showing that they can turn off your power or hack your home automation systems through internet-connected power lines.