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Apple’s iPhone and wearables event liveblog!

Apple’s iPhone and wearables event liveblog!

September is a month synonymous with the beginning of autumn, but it’s also become associated with something else entirely: The iPhone. Today, we’re in attendance at the Flint Center in Cupertino to hear about the latest products and updates from Apple, and we’re expecting at least four new devices (two iPhones and two wearables). Join […]

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Bungie’s leap forward with ‘Destiny’ isn’t gameplay: it’s social

Bungie’s leap forward with ‘Destiny’ isn’t gameplay: it’s social

“Waffles. Waffles with Swedish fish in them!” Destiny developer Bungie’s community manager Eric Osborne is telling me about his crew’s Halo LAN-party ritual. Lugging bulky CRT TVs everywhere (“You didn’t have a 36-inch [Sony] Trinitron Wega?” he asks), snaking ethernet cable around a possible stranger’s house, sipping Mountain Dew in the kitchen between games of […]

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Cops using controversial database to identify search and seizure targets

Cops using controversial database to identify search and seizure targets

The Washington Post has reported that a network called “Black Asphalt” is used by police officers as a (possibly illegal) aid in seizing drugs and cash during roadside stops. The site was created by a counterterrorism firm called Desert Snow, and has been tapped by as many as 25,000 police officers, DEA officials, customs agents […]

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Samsung’s Gear S hits the runway with Diesel Black Gold for New York Fashion Week

Samsung’s Gear S hits the runway with Diesel Black Gold for New York Fashion Week

When we saw Samsung’s Gear S curved smartwatch last week, we said its design, “feels functional, but also like an afterthought.” The 2-inch behemoth certainly doesn’t blend into outfits as much as it becomes the centerpiece, for better or worse. Diesel Black Gold — the even more expensive, “premium” line of the Diesel clothing brand […]

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UN study shows atmospheric CO2 increases reach 30 year high

UN study shows atmospheric CO2 increases reach 30 year high

Aside from paying someone to scream “this is a problem” into everyone’s faces, there’s not much more that the UN can do to tell us that we’re heading towards an environmental catastrophe. The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization has found more proof of our forthcoming doom, showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose faster between […]

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Nest devices now talk to the rest of your automated home

Nest devices now talk to the rest of your automated home

Nest’s thermostat and Protect smoke detector may help automate your home, but they haven’t actually talked directly to home automation systems so far — a bit of a discrepancy, don’t you think? All should be well now, though, since the Works with Nest program has just expanded to support the whole-home automation gear from Control4, […]

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Bitcoin’s elusive creator allegedly found… again

Bitcoin’s elusive creator allegedly found… again

Because Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto has chosen to remain anonymous, the whole world is obsessed with unmasking him, her or them. This obsession has gotten to the point where reporters have harassed an elderly Californian with the same name on a multi-car chase through LA. Now, however, an anonymous hacker (oh, the irony) claims to […]

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Samsung Gear S preview: What’s it like to type emails on a 2-inch screen?

Samsung Gear S preview: What’s it like to type emails on a 2-inch screen?

Six. That’s how many smartwatches Samsung has unveiled in the past 12 months. If these devices were Friends episodes, there’d be the original Galaxy Gear (“The one announced last year at this time”), the Gear 2 (“The one with fewer bugs”), the Gear Fit (“The one designed for fitness tracking”), the Gear 2 Neo (“The […]

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International science panel 95% sure global warming is humans’ fault, urges ‘substantial and sustained’ greenhouse gas reduction

International science panel 95% sure global warming is humans’ fault, urges ‘substantial and sustained’ greenhouse gas reduction

Global warming is almost certainly the fault of human beings, a new report by the United Nations climate panel states. It offers 95 percent certainty of that assertion, based on “some 2,500 pages of text and…millions of observations and over 2 million gigabytes of numerical data from climate model simulations,” and it cites over 9,200 […]

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Nest Learning Thermostat gets refreshed with a slimmer design, improved scheduling features

Nest Learning Thermostat gets refreshed with a slimmer design, improved scheduling features

It’s been just about a year since former Apple exec Tony Fadell unveiled his newest project, the Nest Learning Thermostat. At the time, it was notable for being the sexiest thermostat in the history of household automation, with WiFi connectivity, mobile apps and an iPod-like click wheel for adjusting the temperature. Today, Nest Labs announced […]

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