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“The Devil had possessed his netbook”—and other tales of IT terror
Fri, 31 October 2014 12:30 - Ars readers’ scariest tech stories, plus a few more of our own for Halloween.
Consumer Windows 7 preinstalls come to an end today
Fri, 31 October 2014 11:30 - But OEMs can continue to ship Windows 7 Professional.
Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It’s all about the video, baby
Thu, 30 October 2014 15:50 - It’s not enough to just see 4K content—you have to be able to edit it, too.
Scare your neighbors with a spooky Halloween network name
Thu, 30 October 2014 09:00 - Here's how to give (or at least try to give) your network a little holiday chill.
It came from the server room: Halloween tales of tech terror
Wed, 29 October 2014 14:40 - Share your technology horror stories in our annual rite of IT fright.
Microsoft wraps up its layoffs with another 3,000 cuts
Wed, 29 October 2014 12:55 - Almost all of the 18,000 job losses have been made now.
HTML5 specification finalized, squabbling over specs continues
Tue, 28 October 2014 20:00 - It only took 15 years.

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BBC News - Home

Space project will go on - Branson
Sat, 01 November 2014 02:48 - Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot.
Police cautions 'to be scrapped'
Sat, 01 November 2014 03:30 - The use of police cautions - where those who commit minor offences are given a formal warning - is set to be scrapped in England and Wales.
Funeral of murdered SA footballer
Sat, 01 November 2014 03:53 - Tens of thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa.
UK travellers warned of terror threat
Fri, 31 October 2014 19:24 - The Foreign Office warns British travellers they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State militants.
Abuse inquiry 'must start soon'
Sat, 01 November 2014 04:34 - The government is urged to get an inquiry into historical child sex abuse moving quickly after Fiona Woolf stood down as its chairwoman.
Power struggle in Burkina Faso
Fri, 31 October 2014 22:25 - A split emerges within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore.
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Lifehacker

Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?
Fri, 31 October 2014 17:30 -

Does Bitrate Really Make a Difference In My Music?

Dear Lifehacker,
I hear a lot of arguing about "lossless" and "lossy" music these days, but I'm having a hard time getting straight answers. Does bitrate really matter? Can most people tell the difference between high and low bitrate music files?

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Smigin Lets You Build and Learn Useful Phrases In Different Languages
Fri, 31 October 2014 17:00 -

Smigin Lets You Build and Learn Useful Phrases In Different Languages

iOS: If you're traveling internationally—or want to make simple conversation with a non-English speaker—the Smigin app on iOS lets you build phrases quickly, gives you native pronunciation, and lets you save important phrases as favorites to use later on.

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This Video Explains Four Psychological Terms You May Be Misusing
Fri, 31 October 2014 16:00 -

We sometimes get in the habit of using psychological terms to describe different people, but there's a good chance you're using these words incorrectly. This video explains what the terms psycho, OCD, schizo, and bipolar really mean, and why you may not want to use them to describe someone.

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See How Much Candy You or Your Kids Should Eat with This Calculator
Fri, 31 October 2014 15:30 -

See How Much Candy You or Your Kids Should Eat with This Calculator

With the amount of candy around right now you may want to know how much sugar you or your kid can have without going overboard. This simple calculator determines a reasonable amount of candy to consume based on age, sex, and activity level.

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Craft a Better Presentation with Zombie Apocalypse Principles
Fri, 31 October 2014 15:00 -

Craft a Better Presentation with Zombie Apocalypse Principles

We've all daydreamed about how we'd react if the undead began rise from their graves and the zombie apocalypse commenced. It would take quick thinking, careful planning, and grace under pressure. Oddly enough, these are the same principles it takes to craft an effective presentation.

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CNET News

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)
Fri, 31 October 2014 19:06 - You know, it's spooky how many products the CNET crew reviewed this week (federal law requires that a lame Halloween reference is included in at least one thing today, so there you go). From phones to laptops to "the best image editor on the iPad," there's all kinds of stuff to ogle.






Chat with ghosts using an emoji ouija board
Fri, 31 October 2014 18:21 - You text your live friends with emoji, so why not give ghosts the same chance to use their favorite symbols to communicate? Help fund the Emouija Board to give spirits a chance to chat.






Sign-language translator uses gesture-sensing technology
Fri, 31 October 2014 18:04 - A team of deaf entrepreneurs is developing software to bridge the communication gap between hearing and hearing-impaired people.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes, 1 dead
Fri, 31 October 2014 17:00 - The space plane, designed for space tourism, crashed in California's Mojave Desert. One fatality and one major injury have been confirmed by Virgin Galactic.






The 404 Show 1,574: Halloween episode, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak? Starbucks delivery (podcast)
Fri, 31 October 2014 15:21 - It's an ultra-creepy episode of The 404 today -- way creepier than normal. Will Seth Rogen play Steve Wozniak? Can an app pinpoint your death? Why would you want Starbucks delivered to your house?
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AP Top Technology News At 3:26 p.m. EDT

Microsoft promises new Office for Macs next year
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers - but not until next year....
Sony's quarterly loss balloons on mobile woes
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's losses ballooned to 136 billion yen ($1.2 billion) last quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's troubled mobile phone division reported huge red ink....
Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America....
Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon.com's low prices and seemingly endless array of goods have made it the biggest online retailer in the U.S., commanding about 20 percent of all e-commerce. The company is projected to have over $89 billion in revenue this year. Its massive success has driven other sites to offer similar perks and deals to woo customers and hold on to their piece of the retail pie. Some retailers now even offer to match Amazon's prices to try to win your business....
Microsoft unveils fitness gadget, health tracking
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - NEW YORK (AP) -- Microsoft is releasing a $199 fitness band that also checks your email and even pays for coffee as the software company seeks to challenge Apple and others in the still-infant market for wearable devices....

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AP Top Technology News At 3:26 p.m. EDT

AP Top Headlines At 6:30 a.m. EDT

Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal accident investigators are headed to a desert crash site where a winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth broke up during a test flight, killing one pilot and badly injuring another....
Driver sought in crash that killed 3 on Halloween
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles area authorities say they're looking for a motorist who crashed into three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes, leaving them with fatal injuries and fleeing the scene....
Boko Haram denies truce, kidnapped girls married
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off....
'We just had a hunch': US marshals nab Eric Frein
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) -- Scott Malkowski, a task force commander with the U.S. Marshals Service, spied a figure moving from the woods toward an abandoned airplane hangar in the Pocono Mountains. Looking at his face, his black hat and fleece, and his height and weight, Malkowski was certain he had his man....
Nurse free to move about as restrictions eased
Wed, 31 December 1969 17:00 - FORT KENT, Maine (AP) -- A nurse in who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone can move about as she pleases after a judge eased state-imposed restrictions on her, handing officials in Maine a defeat in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola....

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ABC News: Top Stories

Mexican Court Orders Release of US Marine Reservist
Fri, 31 October 2014 19:24 - The California native was arrested across border with firearms in his truck.
Cause of Virgin Galactic Crash a Mystery
Fri, 31 October 2014 16:45 - Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft suffered an "in-flight anomaly" during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert today, the company said.
Movie Hairstylist Describes When Train Killed Colleague
Fri, 31 October 2014 16:18 - ???All I know, I heard and I saw the train. And you just immediately started running,??? Gilliard said.
What Kaci Hickox Has to Say About Court???s Quarantine Decision
Fri, 31 October 2014 16:52 - Maine nurse who treated Ebola patients can leave house, court rules.
Eric Frein's Dramatic First Court Appearance After Capture
Fri, 31 October 2014 11:47 - Accused cop killer Eric Frein made his first court appearance today, looking gaunt and his face bruised, as he was arraigned on murder charges in Milford, Pennsylvania.
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