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Are Brushless Cordless Tools Worth the Cost?

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 10 min ago

Brushless motor technology has been the rage in cordless power tools the last couple of years. Every major manufacturer now sells a brushless lineup of tools, but is it worth it for you?

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iMac With Retina 5K Display Review: Do Those Extra Pixels Really Matter?

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 20 min ago

Resolution is often misunderstood. You instinctively know that you want more of it, even when its real utility doesn't live up to the marketing hype. And Apple's new $2500 iMac has a lot of hype to live up to.

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Spend Rarely but Freely to Rebuild Your Wardrobe Over Time

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 40 min ago

Unless you were born with fashion sense, many people have a time in their life when they want to revamp their budget. To pull it off without breaking the bank, limit clothes shopping to once every month or two, but spend generously on just a few items when you do.

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Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

Slashdot - 4 hours 42 min ago
AlbanX writes The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years so it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies. Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups. (The Sydney Morning Herald has some audio of discussion about the law.)

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Any.do 2.0 Adds New Tools to Collaborate, Plan Your Day, and More

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 10 min ago

iOS/Android/Web: Any.do is one of our favorite to-do apps , and Any.do 2.0 promises to make it even better. The new update includes tools to manage family and household to-dos, work and team projects, voice notes and attachments, and a premium tier that adds much-desired features like customizable recurring tasks.

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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

Slashdot - 5 hours 24 min ago
An anonymous reader writes Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialized personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also invoked during the Congressional Ebola debate. The group also released a map with real-time tracking of conversations about Ebola on Twitter. Policy makers and first responders are the main target audience of the tool, which is able to show a series of potential warnings and events (mostly unconfirmed) related to Ebola spreading and case importation.

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Download Over $100 In Premium Android Apps For Free Today

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 25 min ago

Amazon's Android Appstore is back with another terrific promotion for Halloween. From now until November 1, you can get 39 different paid Android apps absolutely free, with no strings attached.

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The Lesser-Known Factors That Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 40 min ago

In most states, auto insurance companies can use your credit score to set your rate. That's not surprising. But there are a handful of lesser-known reports they use, too. It helps to know what these are so you have a better idea of your monthly premium.

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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

Slashdot - 6 hours 5 min ago
MarkWhittington writes Professor Richard Binzel published a commentary in the journal Nature that called for two things. He proposed that NASA cancel the Asteroid Redirect Mission currently planned for the early 2020s. Instead, he would like the asteroid survey mandated by the George E. Brown, Jr. Near-Earth Object Survey Act of 2005, part of the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, funded at $200 million a year. Currently NASA funds the survey at $20 million a year, considered inadequate to complete the identification of 90 percent of hazardous near-Earth objects 140 meters or greater by 2020 as mandated by the law.

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What's The Best Burr Coffee Grinder?

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 10 min ago

There are a lot of things that go into brewing a great cup of coffee, but one of the most important (and often underrated) is the quality and evenness of your grind. A good burr grinder is a must for any coffee fan, but this week we want to know which ones are the best, and we need your help to find them.

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Pictacular Is a Powerful Instagram Photo Browser for iPad and the Web

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 40 min ago

Web: Instagram is loads of fun, but doesn't provide the best interface on the web. Pictacular fills this void with a powerful, Pinterest-like layout for your Instagram feed.

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The Best Microsoft Apps For...Android?

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 10 min ago

Ecosystem lock in is a rampant problem in the mobile industry, with every manufacturer preferring its own platform at the expense of others. Every so often there are exceptions, though. Like this collection of apps Microsoft made for Android, of all platforms.

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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

Slashdot - 8 hours 44 min ago
Presto Vivace writes H-1B records that are critical to research and take up a small amount of storage are set for deletion. "In a notice posted last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said that records used for labor certification, whether in paper or electronic, 'are temporary records and subject to destruction' after five years, under a new policy. There was no explanation for the change, and it is perplexing to researchers. The records under threat are called Labor Condition Applications (LCA), which identify the H-1B employer, worksite, the prevailing wage, and the wage paid to the worker. The cost of storage can't be an issue for the government's $80 billion IT budget: A full year's worth of LCA data is less than 1GB."

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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

Slashdot - 11 hours 6 min ago
bmahersciwriter writes Citation is the common way that scientists nod to the important and foundational work that preceded their own and the number of times a particular paper is cited is often used as a rough measure of its impact. So what are the most highly cited papers in the past century plus of scientific research? Is it the determination of DNA's structure? The identification of rapid expansion in the Universe? No. The top 100 most cited papers are actually a motley crew of methods, data resources and software tools that through usability, practicality and a little bit of luck have propelled them to the top of an enormous corpus of scientific literature.

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Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-10-29 23:32
hazeii writes Though legal proceedings following the Snowden revelations, Liberty UK have succeeded in forcing GCHQ to reveal secret internal policies allowing Britain's intelligence services to receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies and to keep this data on a massive searchable databases, all without a warrant. Apparently, British intelligence agencies can "trawl through foreign intelligence material without meaningful restrictions", and can keep copies of both content and metadata for up to two years. There is also mention of data obtained "through US corporate partnerships". According to Liberty, this raises serious doubts about oversight of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee and their reassurances that in every case where GCHQ sought information from the US, a warrant for interception signed by a minister was in place. Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy international, said: "We now know that data from any call, internet search, or website you visited over the past two years could be stored in GCHQ's database and analyzed at will, all without a warrant to collect it in the first place. It is outrageous that the Government thinks mass surveillance, justified by secret 'arrangements' that allow for vast and unrestrained receipt and analysis of foreign intelligence material is lawful. This is completely unacceptable, and makes clear how little transparency and accountability exists within the British intelligence community."

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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-10-29 21:00
jyosim writes On Tuesday, Internet2 announced that it will let researchers create and connect to their own private data clouds on the high-speed network (mainly used by colleges), within which they will be able to conduct research across disciplines and experiment on the nature of the Internet. The private cloud is thanks to a $10-million grant from the NSF. "They will have complete visibility into [the clouds] so they can really treat this as a scientific instrument and not a black box," the project's lead investigator told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-10-29 19:58
An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we've seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.

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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-10-29 19:58
An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we've seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.

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Categories: Technology

Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-10-29 19:58
An anonymous reader writes Google today announced it will be hosting the second iteration of its Project Ara Module Developers Conference for its modular device project early next year. The first event will be in Mountain View on January 14, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in New York City, Buenos Aires, and London. The same agenda will be repeated in Singapore on January 21, 2015, with satellite locations at Google offices in Bangalore, Tokyo, Taipei, and Shanghai. The company also released a video showing off the first prototype from Project Ara. Until now, all we've seen so far are industrial design models. This one actually boots up.

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