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Chinese Video Mocking Kim Jong Un
A Chinese video mocking Kim Jong Un has sparked a protest from North Korea. The video shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting. North Korea asked Chins to stop the video from spreading but Beijng was unable to oblige.

Other world leaders also make appearances, including President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Watch Lightning Strike In Real Time

Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity accompanied by thunder that occurs during an electric storm. On Earth, the lightning frequency is approximately 40–50 times a second or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year. On you can see

lightning strike
in real time. Each lightning strike is marked with a white expanding circle.

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How To Cool A Warm Drink In 2 Minutes
Chill your drink quickly. Works great with Coke, soda, beer, cans and bottles. Perfect for the summer when you need to cool a room temperature drink really quickly. All you need is a bowl, ice, water and salt.

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The World's Weirdest Plants

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The Starfish Flower (Stapelia variegata) from Africa looks like a brown and yellow starfish nesting in the sand. It also smells like a dead animal, as a result of which flies, thinking it's a lump of rotten meat, decide it is the perfect place to raise a family. As they lay their eggs on the surface, they inadvertently pollinate the flower at the same time.

Here is a list of the ten most peculiar plants and trees in the world.The Presurfer

Microsoft tops revenue forecast but profit falls short [The Seattle Times :: ] - Businessweek

Microsoft tops revenue forecast but profit falls short [The Seattle Times :: ]

July 23-- Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for revenue but fell short on profit in its fiscal fourth-quarter results -- the first since it finalized its purchase of Nokia's phone business and since new CEO Satya Nadella outlined his direction for the company and ...
One Microsoft Windows for phones, tablets, PCs and Xbox
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SQL injection flaw in Wall Street Journal database led to breach

A vulnerability in a web-based graphics system led to a breach of The Wall Street Journal’s network by a hacker, the newspaper acknowledged late Tuesday.

The system was taken offline, and the intrusion did not affect customers or customers’ data, according to a story published by the paper.

A hacker going by the handle “w0rm” posted a screenshot on Twitter on Tuesday showing a database from the newspaper. W0rm offered to sell the data for 1 bitcoin, or about US$620.

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Bodies of MH17 crash victims flown to Netherlands

The national flag of the Netherlands is flown at half staff at the town hall in Eindhoven

The first bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines plane that was downed over Ukraine were flown back on Wednesday to the Netherlands where a national day of mourning has been declared. Members of the Dutch royal family were due to meet the two military transport planes carrying 40 bodies which will undergo identification before being handed over to families. The Netherlands lost 193 citizens on the doomed jet that had 298 passengers and crew on board when it was downed last Thursday in eastern Ukraine, in a region controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Officials at Kharkiv airport held a minute's silence before the coffins were loaded onto the first Hercules plane, which took off at around noon local time.

Bodies of Malaysia jet victims leave Ukraine
KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, bringing some consolation to grieving relatives who still must wait for positive identifications and answers about who caused the disaster.

Nokia Lumia 930: A Windows Phone game changer [Review]
Despite its repeated attempts to elbow its way into mainstream popularity, Windows Phone is going on four years old and is still being slapped down by iPhone and Android -- like an overly buoyant younger sibling with a penchant for multi-colored tiles. Trouble is, now more than ever the pressure is on. LG, Samsung and HTC have all already fired their flagships into the market, and with the promise of a bigger, bolder iPhone in September, it's high time we saw a Windows Phone that can start leading the pack rather than trailing behind it. In other words, if the… [Continue Reading]

Plane carrying MH17 bodies leaves Ukraine for Netherlands

The national flag of the Netherlands is flown at half staff at the town hall in Eindhoven

Kharkiv (Ukraine) (AFP) - The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Wednesday left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands following a sombre ceremony, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war. Disagreement over whether to lift the Gaza blockade is a key stumbling block to ending more than two weeks of fighting between the Islamic militant Hamas and Israel. Some in Gaza say they would rather endure more fighting than return to life under the blockade. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as the U.S. secretary of state flew into Israel to press top-gear efforts for a truce in the conflict that has so far killed at least 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis.

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Oracle sets out to redefine the data-driven enterprise
Data makes the modern world go round and by being able to use it effectively companies can gain a competitive advantage, improve customer experience and enhance operational efficiency. Database specialist Oracle has combined a number of its offerings including the newly acquired BlueKai Audience Data Marketplace to form Oracle Data Cloud, a platform that provides customers access to world-class data-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings to allow companies to exploit marketing and social media data. "Unbundling data from SaaS applications has enhanced a business user's ability to activate insights gleaned from external data sources, leading to more engaging and personalized customer experiences," says… [Continue Reading]

William Shatner reviews Facebook's new VIP-only Mentions app
Whether you're a fan of Captain Kirk or Picard (we're Team Picard here), you have to admit that William Shatner reviewing the celebrity-exclusive Facebook app is apt -- he definitely loves some VIP prestige. The Priceline huckster gives a...

Meet Nokia Lumia 530 -- Microsoft's new entry-level Windows Phone 8.1 device
Nokia Lumia 520 has proved to be an extremely important entry-level handset for Windows Phone, allowing the platform to reach more consumers and become more relevant in emerging markets. Its successor has to live up to high expectations, as it has to exceed the 12 million activations mark quicker than Lumia 520 has managed to, in order to be considered a success. That is no easy task, when the competition in the entry-level smartphone market is heating up. So does the new Lumia 530 have what it takes to become a worthy Lumia 520 successor? Well, it at least gets off on the right foot,… [Continue Reading]

Keyboard Shortcuts in Real Life [Comic]
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Docker acquires Orchard in a sign of rising ambitions
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Facebook’s vision for Oculus Rift realized: YouVisit takes VR beyond gaming

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg boldly claimed that Oculus Rift “has the potential to be the most social platform ever” after acquiring the virtual reality company back in March. But Rift is still under development, and so far developers have been focused on making games for the headset, so it’s difficult to imagine what those social applications would look like.

When YouVisit, a 6-year-old company that builds virtual college campus tours, invited me to their New York office to check out Rift’s non-gaming potential, I had to see what they were working on.

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10 Things to Know for Today

FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

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'America's Oktoberfest'
Those hardy micro-brewing pioneers of the first Oregon Brewers Festival in 1988 were looking for some free advertising and a few people to taste the beers they were brewing in tanks scavenged from dairies, food processing plants and -- yes -- a never-used nuclear power plant.

Zmartframe brings touch capabilities to old monitors

The Zmartframe brings touch screen capabilities to non-touch PC monitors

While touch screens are an option when buying a new all-in-one PC or monitor, Hong Kong-based Gowin Technology is offering an alternative for those after touch capabilities who don't want to trash their existing monitor. The Zmartframe is a touch-enabled frame that attaches to a monitor to bring touchscreen capabilities to a Windows PC or transform it into a standalone Android touchscreen computer. .. Continue Reading Zmartframe brings touch capabilities to old monitors

Section: Computers

Tags: All-in-one, Android, Indiegogo, Microsoft, Monitor, PC, Tablet, Touchscreen, Windows

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Ukrainian claims a Russian fired shot
U.S. officials hold pro-Russia rebels responsible, but intelligence now suggests they likely didn't know it was a passenger jet

Fire phone lacks fundamentals of Smartphone - WallStreet OTC

Fire phone lacks fundamentals of Smartphone

WallStreet OTC
The Fire Phone by Amazon has plans of taking the users to a world of 3-D wherein touch is not required for making things happen. This phone which costs $199 comes with various clever whistles and technological bells. Worthwhile steps have been taken by ...
New Gesture Controlled AVG Alarm Clock App Debuts on Amazon Fire ... Wall Street Journal
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A Solid Device Beneath a Layer of Whiz-Bang Frippery New York Times
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Kerry in Israel
Washington's top diplomat landed in Tel Aviv Wednesday on an urgent mission from his boss -- to push for "immediate cessation of hostilities."

Microsoft launches $114 Lumia 530 with 4-inch display. Hits Europe next month (Ben Woods/The Next Web)

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The Next Web:
Microsoft launches $114 Lumia 530 with 4-inch display.  Hits Europe next month  —  Microsoft has today announced a new member of its Lumia range in the form of the low-end Lumia 530, which will arrive from the start of next month in Europe.  —  Priced at €85 before taxes or local subsidies …

Airbnb host: A guest is squatting in my condo and I can’t get him to leave

Here's what happens when your Airbnb guest likes your home a little too much.

Can’t Manage A Standing Desk? Meet Cubii, The Sitting Exerciser
 Sitting down — and the sedentary lifestyle it encourages — is killing you, slowly but surely. The problem is, standing desks aren’t for everyone. Making the switch is a big deal. I love mine but it took a week of pain and suffering to go from seat to feet, and it still feels pretty tough on calves and soles after a full day-long standing stretch. So here’s a third… Read More

Asus rides first consumer Wave 2 802.11ac router to shore

The RT-AC87 home router from Asus

At CES 2014 in January, Quantenna Communications revealed that the first consumer product to include its new QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset would be the Asus RT-AC87 home router. The second generation (or Wave 2) 802.11ac Wi-Fi device, which promises potential throughput of up to 1.73 Gbps, is now being readied for shipping... Continue Reading Asus rides first consumer Wave 2 802.11ac router to shore

Section: Computers

Tags: Asus, Routers, Wi-Fi

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Breakingviews: Deutsche’s push back
Deutsche Bank is under fire from U.S. regulators for poor financial reporting. It revamped strategy, but making investors believe culture has changed will take much longer, says Breakingviews.

YouTube star sued for copyright to the tune of $150,000 per song
Most YouTubers just get a takedown notice if someone reports them using copyrighted tunes with their videos. But when that user is a huge star on the video portal like make-up guru Michelle Phan, who has almost 7 million subscribers and was even...

Aaron Hernandez backs off of Pats
A Tuesday hearing was canceled in a battle between the New England Patriots and accused killer Aaron Hernandez over the former tight end's demand for his team records, including medical and psychological tests as well as his scouting report.

Michael Bloomberg Flying to Israel to Protest Flight Restrictions

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday he will be flying to Tel Aviv to protest the recent flight restrictions and show it's safe to fly in and out of Israel

"The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel," Bloomberg wrote in a statement

This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel

— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 23, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. carriers from flying to or from the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv Tuesday. The ban came after a rocket fired from Gaza exploded near the airport on that day, prompting several U.S. airlines, including Delta, US Airways and United, to cancel their flights to Israel Read more...

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Flights halted
Passengers boarding an El Al flight at Israel's Ben Gurion airport were settling into their seats, when a civil defense siren howled.

House, Senate chart separate courses on border

In this July 12, 2014, photo, Central American migrants ride a freight train during their journey toward the U.S.-Mexico border in Ixtepec, Mexico. The last time so few people were arrested at the country’s borders was 1973, when the Border Patrol recorded just fewer than 500,000 arrests. And the volume of people being arrested at the border remains dramatically lower than the all-time high of more than 1.6 people in 2000. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers.

How to protect your company data without inspecting SSL
Since the start of this year, it has felt like Armageddon within the cyber-security arena. Attacks are coming thick and fast, with resultant breaches hitting the headlines. Advanced malware -- it’s clever, almost always relentless, and it's increasingly encrypted! In every organization there are two types of traffic -- inspected traffic and non-inspected traffic. There’s a reason for that. Well, actually, it’s one of three reasons: performance, scalability or cost. According to research published by NSS Labs, it found that organizations inspecting SSL code on average experienced 74 percent performance loss with 512 and 1024 bits ciphers. This increases to… [Continue Reading]

Relive your NES glory days with a gamepad that feels like the real thing
We've ripped apart knock-off gadgets more than a few times, but there are moments where a company's urge to mimic others will pay dividends. Take 8Bitdo's recently released NES30, for example: the Bluetooth gamepad recreates as much of the NES...

RoboCup 2014 Is the World Cup for Robots

The 2014 RoboCup is an annual robot-soccer competition that brings together thousands of people to further robotics technology, and to crown a RoboCup champion. This year, the competition will be held in João Pessoa, Brazil.

See also: Relive the Greatest World Cup Moments With a Flip Book

Launched in 1997, RoboCup's goal is to create a robotic soccer team that will be able to beat the winner of the World Cup by 2050. Although none of the robot teams are currently ready to take on human soccer players, great strides have been made since the competition's creation.

The matches will take place from July 21 to 25. Read more...

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Data Point: It Looks Like 30 Is the Ceiling for How Many Apps People Use (Brian R. Fitzgerald/Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:
Data Point: It Looks Like 30 Is the Ceiling for How Many Apps People Use  —  Younger people spend more time on apps and use more of them each month, though there seems to be a ceiling to how many people ultimately will use.  —  People in the U.S. aged 18-24 spend on average about 37 hours …

Lewis Macleod reads Little Red Riding Hood (NSFW)
Impressionist and voice artist Lewis Macleod tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood with the help of some famous names. (NSFW, SLYT)

POP Gets $700K To Make Prototyping Apps Easy, Releases Second Version
 POP, an app that lets developers quickly turn paper sketches into prototypes for iOS or Android apps, has raised an angel round of $700,000 from ZPark, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups (which POP participated in last year) , and other investors. POP, which launched for iPhone first, also released a new version that can be used to create apps for iPads, Android devices, and desktop as well. Read More

How the burrito became a sandwich
NPR's Planet Money explains the history of the sales tax in the United States by tracing what kinds of sandwiches get taxed and why: How the Burrito Became a Sandwich. Bonus: In-N-Out Burger history in the podcast.

Technology and recession are cutting into blue collar jobs
The National Bureau of Economic Research just published a paper that confirms what you might have been thinking for a long time now: recession and technology have been putting people out of work. Since we've yet to design a self-aware robot or AI...

SEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington is shown. Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday July 23, 2014 to end a longtime staple of the investment industry _ the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds _ at least for some money funds used by big investors. (AP Photo/File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.

Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity

Belize has begun using drones to monitor its coastline for illegal fishing operations

Unsustainable fishing in Belize has placed growing pressure on local anglers and the country's celebrated coral reef systems. Decades of decline has led to the introduction of catch limits and even the European Union blacklisting seafood imports from Belize for a perceived lack of action against illegal fishing. In an effort to better regulate the industry, the Belize Fisheries Department has begun using drones to monitor coastal areas for unlicensed and unlawful activity... Continue Reading Drones take flight over Belize coastline to monitor illegal fishing activity

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Google & IEEE launch $1M ‘Little Box’ challenge to shrink power inverters

Can you imagine 2,000 watts of alternating current electrical power coming out of a device no larger than a small laptop? For comparison’s sake, today’s 15-inch laptops consume a mere 40 – 65 watts (using an external power brick). Now Google wants something the size of laptop, hooked to a solar array, to produce up […]

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Graphic shows results of a survey about teen drug use; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

NEW YORK (AP) — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln - Automotive News

Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln

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In his first round of major personnel moves as Ford CEO, Mark Fields has appointed Ford's top engineer to lead Lincoln. Fields today named Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s vice president of engineering since August 2013, as president of the Lincoln brand.
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Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

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Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar  —  A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board.

Apple details iOS diagnostics capabilities in answer to 'backdoor' services allegations
In what appears to be a response to allegations of installing "backdoor" services with the intent to harvest data from iOS devices, Apple on Tuesday posted to its website an explanation of three diagnostics capabilities built in to the mobile OS.

Linkedin + Bizo: LinkedIn solidifies lead within B2B enterprise advertising

Guest Post: LinkedIn announced today via its marketing blog that it has acquired B2B marketing platform Bizo for $175M, its second acquisition this year after acquiring data insights and technology company Bright back in February. This acquisition marks yet another powerhouse move for LinkedIn as the company looks to continue growing its ads business. Solidifying the enterprise LinkedIn is the […]

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