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Evernote for Android Gets Business Card Scanning

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 24 min ago

Android: Today, Evernote added the slick business card scanning feature from the iOS version to Android. Simply take a picture of a business card and Evernote will parse the data and create a new contact for you.

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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

Slashdot - 3 hours 37 min ago
angry tapir (1463043) writes Intel is shrinking PCs to thumb-sized "compute sticks" that will be out next year. The stick will plug into the back of a smart TV or monitor "and bring intelligence to that," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel, during the Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California. They might be a bit late to the party, but since Intel VP Kirk Skaugen mentioned both Chromecast and Amazon's Fire TV Stick, hopefully that mean Intel has some more interesting and general-purpose plans.

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All the Stores That Will Give You a Refund If a Price Drops Later

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 54 min ago

Have you ever bought something and then noticed in the retailers next flyer that the item is now on sale? If you're a bargain shopper like me, you know it can be maddening. But fortunately many major retailers will happily offer you a price adjustment within a set period of time.

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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

Slashdot - 4 hours 20 min ago
New submitter Gordon_Shure_DOT_com writes Human rights charity Amnesty International has released Detekt to tool which finds and removes known government spyware programs. Describing the free software as the first of its kind, Amnesty commissioned the tool from prominent German computer security researcher and open source advocate Claudio Guarnieri, aka 'nex'. While acknowledging that the only sure way to prevent governments surveillance of huge dragnets of individuals is legislation, Marek Marczynski of Amnesty nevertheless called the tool ( downloadable here ) a useful countermeasure versus spooks. According to the app's instructions, it operates similarly to popular malware or virus removal suites, though systems must be disconnected from the Internet prior to it scanning.

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View Source Shows HTML, JavaScript, and CSS Source in Safari on iOS

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 24 min ago

iOS: If you're a web developer, checking out the source code behind a web site is a pretty common task. View Source is an iOS app that allows you to do it on any page and includes handy syntax highlighting that makes it easy to find what you need.

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How iOS 8.1.1 Affects Performance on Older Devices

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 54 min ago

Apple released an update to iOS 8 earlier this week that promised performance increases on older devices like the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch. Ars Technica took a look at the numbers and found some disappointing results.

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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

Slashdot - 5 hours 8 min ago
dcblogs writes At the supercomputing conference, SC14, this week, a U.S. Dept. of Energy offical said the government has set a goal of 2023 as its delivery date for an exascale system. It may be taking a risky path with that amount of lead time because of increasing international competition. There was a time when the U.S. didn't settle for second place. President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech in 1962, and seven years later a man walked on the moon. The U.S. exascale goal is nine years away. China, Europe and Japan all have major exascale efforts, and the government has already dropped on supercomputing. The European forecast of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was so far ahead of U.S. models in predicting the storm's path that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was called before Congress to explain how it happened. It was told by a U.S. official that NOAA wasn't keeping up in computational capability. It's still not keeping up. Cliff Mass, a professor of meteorology at the University of Washington, wrote on his blog last month that the U.S. is "rapidly falling behind leading weather prediction centers around the world" because it has yet to catch up in computational capability to Europe. That criticism followed the $128 million recent purchase a Cray supercomputer by the U.K.'s Met Office, its meteorological agency.

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Build (and Learn to Use) the Perfect Bike Patch Kit with This Guide

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 24 min ago

If you're a cyclist, you need a patch kit. It doesn't matter if you're a commuter or a weekend warrior, if you're traveling away from home, you need the tools and skills to fix a flat. The Sweethome breaks down the best gear for your kit and shows you how to use it.

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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

Slashdot - 5 hours 51 min ago
An anonymous reader writes The man who in every sense sits at the nerve centre of SUSE Linux has no airs about him. At 38, Vojtch Pavlík is disarmingly frank and often seems a bit embarrassed to talk about his achievements, which are many and varied. He is every bit a nerd, but can be candid, though precise. As director of SUSE Labs, it would be no exaggeration to call him the company's kernel guru. Both recent innovations that have come from SUSE — patching a live kernel, technology called kGraft, and creating a means for booting openSUSE on machines locked down with secure boot, have been his babies.

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Deluminate Dims or Inverts Web Pages to Protect Your Eyes

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 54 min ago

Chrome: Many web sites are almost blindingly bright, with glaringly white backgrounds that could cause eyestrain. Deluminate is an extension that lets you dim or invert the luminance of pages in your browser so they're easier to read.

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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Slashdot - 6 hours 1 min ago
An anonymous reader writes So for a variety of reasons (some related to recent events, some ongoing for a while) I've kinda soured on Linux and have been looking at giving BSD a shot on the desktop. I've been a Gentoo user for many years and am reasonably comfortable diving into stuff, so I don't anticipate user friendliness being a show stopper. I suspect it's more likely something I currently do will have poor support in the BSD world. I have of course been doing some reading and will probably just give it a try at some point regardless, but I was curious what experience and advice other slashdot users could share. There's been many bold comments on slashdot about moving away from Linux, so I suspect I'm not the only one asking these questions. Use-case wise, my list of must haves is: Minecraft, and probably more dubiously, FTB; mplayer or equivalent (very much prefer mplayer as it's what I've used forever); VirtualBox or something equivalent; Firefox (like mplayer, it's just what I've always used, and while I would consider alternatives, that would definitely be a negative); Flash (I hate it, but browsing the web sans-flash is still a pain); OpenRA (this is the one I anticipate giving me the most trouble, but playing it is somewhat of an obsession). Stuff that would be nice but I can live without: Full disk encryption; Openbox / XFCE (It's what I use now and would like to keep using, but I could probably switch to something else without too much grief); jackd/rakarrack or something equivalent (currently use my computer as a cheap guitar amp/effects stack); Qt (toolkit of choice for my own stuff). What's the most painless way to transition to BSD for this constellation of uses, and which variety of BSD would you suggest?

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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

Slashdot - 6 hours 43 min ago
New submitter lazarus (2879) writes Apple is falling in line with the European Commission's request that app sellers do more to stop inadvertent in-app purchases. Following Google's lead, Cupertino has removed all instances of the word "free" within its iOS and Mac app stores (with the exception of its own apps, like iMovie), and replaced them with the term "Get." The new label clarifies what users can expect when downloading an app. Apps previously labeled as "Free" will now have a "Get" label. If those apps include in-app purchases, a small gray "In-App Purchase" label will appear below the "Get" button.

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Shovel Snow More Efficiently by Working in Rectangles

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 54 min ago

Many areas of the country are getting hit by cold fronts and snow, and many others can expect the same this winter. So let's talk snow shoveling technique.

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The Retailers with the Best Black Friday Deals

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 24 min ago

You're better off shopping online on Thanksgiving or any other day next week, but there are deals to be had on Black Friday . WalletHub's survey of 2014 Black Friday ads from 21 of the biggest retailers reveals which stores will offer the biggest discounts and how much you should aim to save.

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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video 2)

Slashdot - 7 hours 24 min ago
Yesterday we ran video #1 of 2 about the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at the Iowa State Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. They have partners from other national laboratories, universities, and industry, too. Obviously there is more than enough information on this subject that Dr. King can easily fill two 15-minute videos, not to mention so many Google links that instead of trying to list all of them, we're giving you one link to Google using the search term "rare earths." Yes, we know Rare Earth would be a great name for a rock band. But the mineral rare earths are important in the manufacture of items ranging from strong magnets to touch screens and rechargeable batteries, so please watch the video(s) or at least read the transcript(s). (Alternate Video Link)

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CMI Director Alex King Talks About Rare Earth Supplies (Video 2)

Slashdot - 7 hours 24 min ago
Yesterday we ran video #1 of 2 about the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at the Iowa State Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. They have partners from other national laboratories, universities, and industry, too. Obviously there is more than enough information on this subject that Dr. King can easily fill two 15-minute videos, not to mention so many Google links that instead of trying to list all of them, we're giving you one link to Google using the search term "rare earths." Yes, we know Rare Earth would be a great name for a rock band. But the mineral rare earths are important in the manufacture of items ranging from strong magnets to touch screens and rechargeable batteries, so please watch the video(s) or at least read the transcript(s). (Alternate Video Link)

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Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: A Lot Less Money for a Little Less Speed

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 33 min ago

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the bargain version of Amazon's super-fast voice search-enabled Fire TV. The HDMI version certainly sacrifices a lot of things that make Fire TV great, but is that bargain worth it? Absolutely.

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The Best Bedroom Upgrades for a Better Night's Sleep

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 54 min ago

The right furnishings and decor can turn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat and help you get a good night's rest. What bedroom items or upgrades do you suggest for making over a bedroom?

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Interviews: Ask Adora Svitak About Education and Women In STEM and Politics

Slashdot - 8 hours 6 min ago
samzenpus writes Adora Svitak is a child prodigy, author and activist. She taught her first class on writing at a local elementary school when she was 7, the same year her book, Flying Fingers was published. In 2010, Adora spoke at a TED Conference. Her speech, "What Adults Can Learn from Kids", has been viewed over 3.7 million times and has been translated into over 40 different languages. She is an advocate for literacy, youth empowerment, and for the inclusion of more women and girls in STEM and politics. 17 this year, she served as a Youth Advisor to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. and is a freshman at UC Berkeley. Adora has agreed to take some time from her books and answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

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