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Microsoft, Accenture partner on hybrid cloud offering
Microsoft and integrator partner Accenture have jointly funded and developed a hybrid cloud services/software bundle that will be available next year.

New 2014 R2 version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack of Windows tools rolls out
Microsoft's MDOP 2014 R2 set of management and deployment tools for Windows, adds new application and user-experience virtualization features.

Microsoft's Windows monetization plan: Services are the new 'attach'
Starting with Windows 10, Microsoft's plan for making money on Windows is via other services that will be attached to the operating system, rather than depending on OS licensing as much as in the past.

Microsoft Azure government cloud now generally available
Microsoft's Azure Government cloud is now generally available to U.S. government customers. A CRM Online government cloud offering is still on track for early next year.

Microsoft makes its MSN consumer apps available on iOS, Android, Amazon devices
Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform push, bringing a number of its MSN-branded consumer apps to iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

Microsoft ready to show off Windows 10 mobile SKU on January 21
Microsoft will share more about the Windows 10 'consumer experience' at an event on January 21 in Redmond.

Microsoft makes available preview of Skype Translator
Microsoft is rolling out its first public preview of its Skype Translator real-time translation service, which is initially available on devices running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Microsoft's 'Arcadia' team is building a streaming app and game service
Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is staffing up a new team that is building an app and game streaming service for the company's 'core platforms.'

Microsoft no longer needs to remind EU Windows users they have a browser choice
Microsoft is no longer legally required to remind Windows users in the European Union that they have a choice of browsers beyond IE, as has been the case for the past five years.

Microsoft confirms it is dropping Public Website feature from SharePoint Online
As rumors suggested, Microsoft is deprecating Public Websites from SharePoint Online and Office 365 in January 2015. Here's more on why and what happens next.

North Korea hacking accusations threaten to escalate cyber war between U.S. and China

Chinese authorities condemned the concept of cyber attacks today but insisted there was no evidence that North Korea was behind the Sony hack.

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Report: Elon Musk's 'hyperloop' idea could work - USA TODAY

Report: Elon Musk's 'hyperloop' idea could work


LOS ANGELES -- Enthusiasts behind Elon Musk's "hyperloop" proposal -- an intercity tube that speeds passengers riding in capsules at 600 miles per hour -- have taken the next step, producing a report outlying some of the big issues around the project.
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How to Make Quitting Unappealing and Build New Habits

Persistence is an important virtue, but it's only part of the battle. Sure, you can make it easier to build new habits, but you can also make quitting more difficult—so that you're less likely to give up when the going gets tough. Let's explore a few ways you can do that.


'Atmospheric Rivers' to Soak California as Climate Warms
The "atmospheric rivers" that can bring torrential rains to Northern California will double in frequency by the year 2100 because of climate change, researchers say.

Tech the Halls with 5 Geeky Holiday Decorations
Give in to your inner tech geek and decorate your home or workspace with the things you love — like old floppy disk drives and circuit boards.

Samsung hopes you'll like some curves to your monitor, announces the 34-inch SE790C
Curved displays look cool. There is no question about it. Frankly, anything that deviates from the norm in this space -- meaning, it is not flat -- tends to have a certain appeal to it. Is it a useful change? That depends. Personally, I'm inclined to believe that it has potential in certain scenarios, although there are some who believe that a curved display is nothing more than a gimmick. No matter where you stand on the matter, one thing is certain -- we will have to get used to them, as they are growing in numbers. After first announcing… [Continue Reading]

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South Korea launches nuclear power cyberattack drills after hack

South Korea's nuclear power company is conducting drills against possible cyberattacks after its computer systems have been hacked, Reuters reports

According to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co and the South Korean government, hackers managed to steal only "non-critical" data, and the nuclear installations are not at risk

See also: China opposes cyberattacks, doesn't name N. Korea

On Sunday, a user on Twitter demanded a halt to operations at three nuclear power plants. The user threatened to disclose more data and carry out another attack if the request was not met. Last week, documents including layouts of nuclear facilities were published online. The company said they were not confidential. Read more...

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NASA wants to build airship cities in the Venus sky
Since Venus is closer to Earth than Mars -- both in size and distance -- it would be a much more convenient candidate for manned exploration. There's just a slight hitch: the average temperature is 850 degrees F, and the atmosphere is 90 times denser...

Top 10 heroes and villains of 2014
As the year comes to a close, CNN's Rachel Crane looks back at the top 10 heroes and villains of 2014.

Dji. Death Fails
A truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and ends up in hospital. The Grim Reaper appears and plays with the electrocardiogram wave like a DJ.

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A Pictorial History Of Santa Claus

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Contrary to what many believe, Santa Claus as we know him today was not the creation of the Coca Cola Company. The name Santa Claus has his roots in the informal Dutch name for St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas (an abbreviation of Sint Nikolaas).

St. Nicholas was a historic 4th-century Greek saint (from an area now in modern day Turkey) who had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes left out for him. Although the east coast of America was full of Dutch settlers, it was not until the early 19th century that the figure of 'Sinterklaas' would make his way properly across the Atlantic and so give birth to the Americanised Santa Claus.

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The Morning Brew #1763
Information AutoMapper 3.3 feature: open generics – Jimmy Bogard Vulnerability announced: update your Git clients – Vicent Marti Gotcha: Entity Framework gets slow in long Iteration Loops – Rick Strahl EF 6.1 Code First Field Lengths – Reminder to self! – Dave Noderer Textogramme – Tryphon Structuring Angular with Dan Wahlin – John Papa One […]

King Penguin Crèche - The Biggest Day Care Facility On The Planet

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If you have children you will no doubt have experienced the heart stopping moment when you realize the little one has wandered off and you cannot see them anywhere. You might imagine, then, how the average King Penguin parent might feel when they return to feed their chick. Yet it is all part of the King Penguin's master plan for the survival of the next generation.

In what has to be the biggest day care facility on this our ark in space, thousands upon thousands of king penguins

group their offspring together
in an attempt to stop them dying in the sub-zero temperatures of South Georgia. They are also better protected from predators in this huge gathering.The Presurfer

Chicago Toccata & Fugue
The City of Chicago becomes a light show to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.Toccata and fugue in D-minor.

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Microsoft’s close call, 2014: The 10 wins and 9 fails of a company racing to transform itself
From Ballmer to Nadella

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That image of Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella slouching casually in a hipster hoodie says so much about the company's aspirations. But inside it’s the same old Microsoft. Or is it?

Challenged to reinvent itself in the face of a new breed of mobile apps and services, Microsoft’s $2.5 billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang makes more sense. So does Microsoft’s Cortana. Or Sway. 

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How To Celebrate Festivus

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Not inspired to celebrate the holidays in the traditional style? You can resist holiday commercialism and stresses while still getting together with your loved ones by celebrating Festivus.

This 'Festivus for the rest-of-us' was popularized on the TV show Seinfeld and continues to draw fans of anything out of the ordinary. Set aside the day of December 23rd and break out the meat loaf, because Festivus is upon us.The Presurfer

Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015
Apple's 12-inch MacBook Air and the Apple Watch are expected to enter mass production in 2015 as the company's supply partners have accelerated component production for both products, reports Digitimes. Supply chain sources note that the 12-inch MacBook Air will feature Intel's Broadwell processors and a new ultra-thin design. The new notebook is also expected to be available in limited supply when it launches due to yield issues with components, and will be primarily manufactured by Quanta Computer.

This information about the 12-inch MacBook Air provided by Digitimes lines up with previous reports, as Apple was rumored to be developing a new form factor complete with a buttonless trackpad and a fan-less cooling system for the laptop. Intel launched its new ultra low power Broadwell Core M processors this past November, which will likely power the 12-inch MacBook Air.

Aside from an ultra-slim design and a new processor, Apple will also look to offer the 12-inch MacBook Air in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray options when it launches in mid-2015.

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?Google begins Android One expansion with three new countries - ZDNet

?Google begins Android One expansion with three new countries


Google has kicked off an expansion of the rollout of Android One, with the aim of taking the stock Android devices to most emerging markets across the Asia Pacific region. Following its launch in India this September, the Android One program will now move to ...
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Spy baby
It might be the most bizarre of the closely guarded secrets from last week's historic agreement between the United States and Cuba: How did the leader of a Cuban spy ring serving life in a California federal prison manage to impregnate his wife 2,245 miles away in Havana?

The Big Picture: Building an electric 'armored' car out of wood
If you think the coffee table you've been building in your spare time is pretty sweet, just wait until you get a load of what Liu Fulong has been making. The Shengyang, China resident recently finished his own electric armored car after four months o...

How President Obama unwinds

The Obama family vacations

Presidents have perhaps the most stressful job in the world. For Barack Obama, recharging his batteries requires a mix of golf, books, Nicorette — but most of all, time with his family.

Google Android One phones to sell in three more Asian countries

Google’s low-cost Android One smartphones will be selling in the coming weeks in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, three small but fast-growing markets, following a September worldwide debut of the devices in India.

The company said it had signed up a number of hardware and network partners in the three south Asian countries, which together have a population of over 200 million.

“All these devices will give people a high quality mobile experience for an affordable price, running stock-Android with updates from Google,” Caesar Sengupta, the company’s vice president for product management, wrote in a blog post Monday.

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North Korea: That was just the start
North Korea warns that U.S. "citadels" will be attacked, dwarfing the hacking attack on Sony that led to the shelving of the movie "The Interview."

Officers shoot man at U.S. border
U.S. officers shot a Canadian man who walked toward a border inspection booth waving a handgun early Sunday.

State joins national settlement with T-Mobile over data cramming allegations - The Ridgefield Press

State joins national settlement with T-Mobile over data cramming allegations

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Villagers' new hope after 2004 tsunami
A Sri Lankan village ravaged by the Indian Ocean tsunami ten years ago looks toward a brighter future. Paul Chapman reports

Rooms and Mazes: A Procedural Dungeon Generator
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Microservices Are Not a free lunch!
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Cross platform cross device development in Java
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Writing "Good Omens"
Neil Gaiman talks about writing "Good Omens" - "Terry Pratchett and I met in February 1985, in a Chinese restaurant. I was a young journalist. He was a former journalist and Electricity Board PR, and a writer who had just published his second Discworld novel. I was the first journalist who had ever interviewed him."

Plain threads are the GOTO of todays computing
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7 differences between Serializable and Externalizable in Java
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Tor warns of possible disruption of network through server seizures

The Tor project said it could face attempts to incapacitate its network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers.

The project did not name the group or agency that may try to seize its directory authorities, which guide Tor users on the list of distributed relays on the network that bounce communications around.

“We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users, and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use,” wrote “arma” in a post Friday on the Tor project blog. The “arma” developer handle is generally associated with project leader Roger Dingledine.

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Police departments on alert after cop killings

New York Police Department officer Jason Muller salutes during the national anthem after participating in a moment of silence for two slain NYPD officers before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Detroit Pistons Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in New York. A gunman ambushed NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn Saturday, fatally shooting them as they sat in their patrol car before running into a nearby subway station and killing himself. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Officers are being warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid inflammatory online posts.

Quantum physics theory is easier to understand than you think
Wrapping your head around quantum physics is tricky, no matter how well-educated you are -- if it were easy, there wouldn't be problems making quantum computers. However, researchers at the National University of Singapore believe they've found a way...

Tunisia: Essebsi claims poll win
Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi claims victory in Tunisia's presidential elections but incumbent Moncef Marzouki refuses to concede defeat. Paul Chapman reports

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