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Baidu Invests $10M In Mapping Software Maker IndoorAtlas
Baidu sign Finnish startup IndoorAtlas, which develops indoor mapping technology that uses magnetic positioning, has received a $10 million investment from Baidu, China’s top search company. The two companies also announced that they have signed an agreement which will make Baidu the only user of IndoorAtlas’ technology in China.

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Iceland volcano send lava spraying 60m into air -
Iceland's largest volcano has erupted spectacularly, sending columns of lava up to 60m into the air and disrupting flights. The breath-taking blasts took place yesterday on a lava field on the north side of the Badarbunga volcano and was 50 times more ...

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Apple's iTunes Store hit with hours-long outage affecting music, app and e-book downloads
Apple late Tuesday confirmed an unknown issue affecting its digital storefronts has barred users from purchasing, downloading or re-downloading content from the iTunes Music Store, App Store and iBookstore.

Satellite Maps Use Stunning Colors to Show Napa Quake's Impact

A European satellite mapped how the Napa quake ruptured the Earth's surface using a technique that highlights minute surface changes in psychedelic colors.

However, the maps, known as interferograms, will never replace fieldwork, geologists said.

See also: Drone Shows Napa Quake's Impact From Above

The interferograms were made with data from Sentinel-1A, the first satellite in the European Space Agency's Earth observation program. Sentinel-1A can track millimeter-sized movements on the Earth's surface, according to the agency's website.

The satellite began recording data on Aug. 7, and captured a radar image of the Bay Area that very same day, according to the BBC. Over the weekend, it flew over California again and recorded the post-earthquake terrain. Read more...

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Lenovo's new gaming laptop is surprisingly light for a 17-inch machine
Slimmed-down gaming laptops seem to be all the rage, but most of the designs we've seen don't have anything larger than a 14-inch display. Lenovo, however, appears to be taking a chance on big screens. The company just announced the Y70 Touch, a...

Lenovo debuts new gaming rigs at IFA: The $1299 Y70 Touch laptop and the $599 Erazer X315 desktop

Lenovo took the wraps off two new gaming PCs at the IFA trade show in Berlin today. The Y70 Touch is the more interesting of the two, as it boasts a 17.3-inch touchscreen display, a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, and a discrete Nvidia graphics processor in a chassis that’s slightly more than one-inch thick.

A touchscreen is an unusual feature in a gaming laptop, and the Y70 has the largest one that Lenovo offers (the panel’s native resolution is 1920x1080 pixels). As is becoming increasingly common with laptops, the Y70 Touch won’t have an optical drive, but Lenovo has decided to put a free external drive in the box.

Lenovo's Y70 Touch gaming laptop boasts a 17.3-inch touchscreen. 

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Tu Kaha O Pango Te Kahikatia!
Whose tradition counts on the basketball courts? The Tall Blacks, New Zealand's basketball team did their new Haka before games with their Turkish opponents turning their backs and the American players looking just confused. Marc Hinton dares to suggest that the Haka, a New Zealand sports tradition for over a century, might not work internationally. The Haka is a Maori chant and dance given before battle to intimidate and challenge your opponents or as a way to mark important occasions. (Also, it's just plain awesome.)

Popular YouTube Star PewDiePie Cuts Comments

The most-subscribed creator on YouTube, PewDiePie, shut off the comments section on his page because it is clogged with spam, making it a poor platform for audience interaction, the 24-year-old announced in a video Tuesday.

"To me, it doesn't mean anything, like I don't care about it," PewDiePie said in a video posted to his channel last week, referring to the spam, self-promotion and offensive comments he has seen. "I don't want to see it."

See also: Yes, John Oliver Is Reading Your YouTube Comments

This isn't the first time the Swedish gamer, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, disabled his comments section. He did the same last year after YouTube unveiled its new comment system, which rolled in Google+ profiles, and rewarded relevant comments. Read more...

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Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch  —  Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services.

Joan Rivers still on life support
Joan Rivers remains on life support five days after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest during a medical procedure, her daughter said Tuesday.

Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security (Matthew Panzarino/TechCrunch)

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Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security  —  It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months.  —  It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug.  It was called out for not adequately documenting …

Mysterious blob-like structures in cells continue to baffle boffins: Key to fight ... - Tech Times

Mysterious blob-like structures in cells continue to baffle boffins: Key to fight ...

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The invention of the electron microscope has paved way to the discovery of assemblages. These blobs may offer a new approach to treating diseases but much about them remains a mystery. (Photo : Public Domain). With the invention of the electron ...
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Odor-Eliminating Toilet Hopes for Sweet-Smelling Kickstarter Success

Never again will you face the embarrassment of a stinky bathroom.

Nobody likes the odorous aftermath of a trip to the bathroom, but it's just part of being human. Inventor Adam Payz refused to settle for that. With his Fresh Air toilet seat, our house guests will now never know you (or anyone else) made a stink cloud in the bathroom.

See also: The Magic Butter-Softening Knife We've All Been Wishing For

The odor-eliminating toilet seat features "a built-in fan that immediately starts removing odors through a hose as soon as the user sits down," according to the Fresh Air Kickstarter campaign Read more...

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Apple details HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight and app extension rules in App Store Review Guideline update
After releasing a set of developer rules for HealthKit in the last iOS 8 beta, Apple on Tuesday updated its App Store Review Guidelines to restrict apps from storing user health data in iCloud, as well as add coverage for upcoming frameworks including app extensions, HomeKit and TestFlight.

Family of girl who shot instructor: Pray
The family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed an Arizona instructor with an Uzi is "devastated" and asking for privacy, according to a statement from a family lawyer.

Home Depot May Be the Latest POS Malware Victim
Home Depot confirmed that it is investigating "some unusual activity" and working with banking partners and law enforcement.

DNA frees death-row siblings
A pair of siblings who served decades behind bars in the rape and murder of a North Carolina child will walk out of prison free men Wednesday after DNA evidence implicated someone else.

McDonald's To Launch NFC-Enabled Mobile Payment And Ordering App: Report - International Business Times

McDonald's To Launch NFC-Enabled Mobile Payment And Ordering App: Report

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McDonald's reportedly has a mobile payment and ordering app in the works for Android and iPhone users. Reuters. McDonald's will roll out a mobile payment platform on Sept. 15, reported Tuesday. The fast-food giant created the mobile ...
Will Apple Partner Visa, Mastercard for NFC Mobile Payment?

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Disney Taking 'Frozen' Out of Cryo for a Springtime Short Film

Winter is coming again! No, not that winter, you Game of Thrones sickos — the Frozen gang is getting back together for an animated short that will debut next year.

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen Fever will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, the bowling pin-shaped Olaf and — perhaps the most exciting news for parents of young children — an all-new Frozen song.

SEE ALSO: Mother-Daughter Lip-Sync Will Rekindle Your 'Frozen' Heart

Frozen directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck are returning for the short, while "Let It Go" (which you may have heard by now) songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are back to write the tune. In a nutshell, according to Disney: Read more...

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Say goodbye to invites -- OnePlus One will go up for pre-order
OnePlus has announced that it will soon be launching a pre-order system for its elusive smartphone, the OnePlus One. The handset, which offers a premium Android experience for just $299 (£230) is currently only available via a random invite system. This means that anyone wishing to own the handset can only do so if they are invited by a current owner of a OnePlus One phone or by entering contests and promotional events hosted on the OnePlus Forums or social media channels. However, a company spokesperson announced during a Reddit AMA that the device could become more readily available. "We… [Continue Reading]

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

A City of Detroit Water and Sewerage man-hole cover is seen along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood of Detroit

By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr looked on in the courtroom, Bruce Bennett, an attorney for the city, sought to convince Judge Steven Rhodes that Detroit's 1,034-page plan to adjust $18 billion of debt would save the city. "There is no doubt, your honor, that progress has been made, but Detroit is still a city in distress," said Bennett, an attorney with the Jones Day law firm, in his opening statement. The plan is aimed at reducing Detroit's debt by about $7 billion and reinvesting as much as $1.7 billion in the city, according to Bennett.

Clinton raising $$$ at house of Usher
Usher is hosting a Senate fundraiser, but Bill Clinton is getting top billing.

Friend: 'Steven was my hero'
Journalist Danielle Berrin remembers childhood friend Steven Sotloff, who is the latest alleged victim of ISIS.

ISIS: Killing is message to America
American journalist Steven Sotloff speaks to the camera in the ISIS video before his apparent execution.

Airlines phasing out screens
Rachel Crane investigates airlines' newest cost-cutting measure.

Girl from Uzi shooting said gun was too much for her

An employee smokes outside of an office for the Last Stop outdoor shooting range Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in White Hills, Ariz. Instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed at the range by a 9-year-old with an Uzi submachine gun. (AP Photo/John Locher)

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale country club, shortly before 1 p.m. CDT. They found five victims with gunshot wounds, three of whom died at the scene, according to a statement by the Kansas City, Missouri, police department.

"Don't open your story with a picture of an abandoned house."
Wyoming Indian High is located in Ethete, a tiny town of about 1,500 residents, in central Wyoming. The school itself is composed of approximately 200 students, mainly from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes on the Wind River Reservation. Given the hoops mania, though, the gym is the largest in the state, capable of holding 3,000-plus rabid fans. That's right. A bunch of Native American kids from the rez are the basketball kings of Wyoming. If you haven't heard of this dominant team, you might know the area itself—the subject of consistently negative, reductive and often false representation(s) in the media, where life on the reservation is depicted as nothing but a sad, grim blight; and has served to reinforce all of the old prejudices about Native Americans."

Obama assigns 350 more troops to U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, as he begins his trip to Estonia and Wales for the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.

Yes, HBO is re-airing 'The Wire' and this time it's in high-definition
Some of us have been waiting for this for years (*cough*, Ben), and now HBO has confirmed it: The Wire is being remastered and will be rebroadcast in high definition. News of the series' return to television popped up in a promo captured by Arthur...

Acronis Acquires BackupAgent to Bolster Its ISP Offering
BackupAgent is designed specifically for managed service providers, hosting providers, telecom providers and cloud distributors to re-sell.

Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

A video purportedly shows U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff kneeling next to a masked Islamic State fighter holding a knife in an unknown location in this still image from video released by Islamic State

By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off "this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State".

Mainframe veteran Compuware goes private for $2.5 billion

The venerable Detroit-based company, started in 1973, said it can now focus on its mainframe solutions and application performance management.

"Eating and walking is a false economy, time-wise"
How to eat: burritos
"It may be categorised as 'street food', but eating a burrito while walking is hazardous. We've all been there: you take a bite from one side of the burrito, which leaves a quivering 'lip' of rice-loaded tortilla on the other, and, like a slow-motion shot in the world's most boring action film, it falls to the ground or down your shirt, before you can whip your head down and around to snaffle it to safety. Then there is the issue of leakage from the bottom of a too-loosely-twisted foil wrap, and also the delicate procedure of prising that, by now sopping wet, last mouthful from the final cup of foil – itself now overflowing with juices – and transferring it to your mouth without any spillage. It's a task that requires focus and concentration. You walk with a burrito once, twice maybe, before you either a) get knocked-down on a busy road or b) realise – standing outside the pub trying to wipe meat juices off your trainers with an old tissue – that eating and walking is a false economy, time-wise.
"Even just standing to eat a burrito, is fraught with debris-danger, so, instead, take a seat. But, very specifically, take a seat in a fast-turnover burrito bar (one that serves burritos from a San Francisco Mission District-style assembly line), where you eat with your hands, unpeeling your burrito like a banana/Cornetto/packet of Polos, but crucially retaining its tinfoil wrapper until the last mouthful. Only a lunatic takes the whole burrito out to eat it, and only a very elderly aristocrat or someone with serious hygiene phobias would eat a burrito with a knife and fork. Even sitting down, burritos can get messy. Get involved or eat elsewhere.
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UK government warns of legislative action if search engines don't stop linking to pirate sites (Andy/TorrentFreak)

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UK government warns of legislative action if search engines don't stop linking to pirate sites  —  UK Govt. Warns Google, Microsoft & Yahoo Over Piracy  —  Developments over the past 12 months have sent the clearest message yet that the UK government is not only prepared to morally support …

Is this really the world's first unstealable bicycle?

The Yerka Project is an attempt to create the 'world's first unstealable bike'

Billed as the "world's first unstealable bike," the Yerka Project is the work of three engineering students from Chile who have figured out how to make the lock an integral part of the frame. .. Continue Reading Is this really the world's first unstealable bicycle?

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This tiny, bipedal robot can somersault and run faster than a toddler
Those of you with recurring Terminator-esque nightmares of a not-so-distant future ruled by machines won't have to worry much about one robot developed by a research team at the University of Tokyo. The group (which happens to be the same one that...

Apple, Nordstrom in Talks to Partner on Payments (Ian Kar/Bank Innovation)

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Bank Innovation:
Apple, Nordstrom in Talks to Partner on Payments  —  Department store Nordstrom is reportedly in talks to be one of Apple's early merchant partners when the company unveils its new payments platform soon, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

Google’s upcoming trans-Pacific cable ripe for NSA intercepts

The NSA is no doubt licking their lips at the prospect of tapping Google's upcoming trans-Pacific fiber optic cables. Here's why.

This former Starbucks exec is now tasked with making gamers like EA

The former Starbucks exec will help EA get it better touch with its customers.

Samsung will introduce a soundbar to match its curved TVs
Samsung is unveiling the world's first TV-matching curved soundbar, the HW-H7500/H7501. The device is being introduced for this year's IFA event, and is designed to complement the firm's range of curved television sets. The release is part of Samsung's "Total Curved Solution" and aims to complement the aesthetic design of the TV. The curved soundbar can be wall-mounted and can also be easily installed under the set, replacing the TV stand, without the need to drill separate holes in the wall. The soundbar has a width of 42mm and a curvature radius of 4,200mm, replicating the Samsung Curved UHD TV. The… [Continue Reading]

74-year-old serial killer convicted of 3 murders

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles.Testimony is set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 in the trial of Little, accused of sexually assaulting and strangling three women in the 1980s. Prosecutors planned to call their first witnesses in their case against Little, 74, who faces life in prison for killing the three women who were found nude below the waist. Little was arrested in 2012 after detectives from Los Angeles found him living in a shelter in Kentucky.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)

A jury has convicted a 74-year-old career criminal in 3 serial murders from the 1980s.

SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper will go on sale in US within a year, coming to Sprint stores (Bloomberg)

SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper will go on sale in US within a year, coming to Sprint stores  —  SoftBank to Sell Robot in U.S. Stores Within 12 Months  —  Billionaire Masayoshi Son will start selling his humanoid robots named “Pepper” at Sprint Corp. (S) stores in the U.S. by next summer …

Wild Monkeys Learn to Puzzle Out Banana Video
Wild marmosets that watched a video — a short flick of a marmoset opening a box to get a banana slice — are likely to copy the what they saw in the video and open the box themselves, a new study finds.

Marmosets Open Box After Watching How-To Video
A group of wild marmosets were exposed to a how-to video of an unknown marmoset opening a box containing a banana. Some of them appeared to learn from the video and figured out how to open the box on their own.

Greg Wyler, satellite executive and founder of 03b Networks, has abruptly left Google (Jessica E. Lessin/The Information)

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The Information:
Greg Wyler, satellite executive and founder of 03b Networks, has abruptly left Google  —  Abrupt Exit for Google Satellite Exec  —  One of the leaders of Google's effort to build a constellation of Internet-beaming satellites, Greg Wyler, has left the company, according to two people familiar with the situation.

IS releases video it says shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff
The Sotloffs are closeted inside their Miami home, following the release of Islamic State video purporting to show the execution by beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff by a masked Islamic State fighter. Gavino Garay reports.

U.S. soldier convicted in sex scandal dies

Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrives for the fourth day of his trial at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Friday, July 20, 2012. Walker is accused of sexually assaulting 10 basic trainees, with charges ranging from rape and aggravated sexual assault to obstructing justice and violating rules of professional conduct. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express News, Billy Calzada)

First Air Force trainer convicted of rape, sex assault at military site has died.

TechCrunch Disrupt SF Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
 TechCrunch Disrupt, a thrice-yearly event where they drag me, the founder of TechCrunch, out like Lenin’s embalmed body to show I’m still around, is but a week away. And if anything will shock me back to life, it’ll be Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO of the controversial startup (if a company can still be called a startup after raising $1.5 billion in venture… Read More

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