Show Notes, January 13th 2013

 

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Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits My last 9-to-5 job came with the unusual perk of free lunch every day. We’d usually go out for Chinese food, or get a burger or a kebab or something. Despite not being paid for, it did come with a pretty high price. I put on a lot of weight. With 2014 having just arrived, I’ve made a resolution to lose a bit of weight. Reddit is a great resource for this, with its useful subreddits and even some f
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Insane (But True) Benefits of Eating Bugs You Need To Know If you’re someone with entomophobia (a fear of bugs) or you just don’t like them, the thought of eating bugs is sure to creep you out; you may even start to feel sick to your stomach. Depending on your culture, eating bugs may be as common as eating meat, or it may be a delicacy. Entomophagy is the practice of eating bugs, and surprisingly about 2 billion people eat them each day. For those of you
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How to Disable Gmail’s New Feature that Let Google+ Users Email You Last week, Google announced that Gmail users can email their Google+ connections without knowing their email address first. For some, it’s an easy way to stay in touch. For others, it’s a ticket to unwanted email. However you feel, here’s how to turn the feature off, or set it so only the people you want can use it.Now that the new feature has rolled out to Gmail users (although it hasn’t gotten t
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How Can I Stay Anonymous with Tor? Even with recent revelations that the NSA is listening, Tor is still probably the best way to anonymously surf the net. But to do it right, you’ve got to take some precautions. The experts at Information Security Stack Exchange provide guidance on the safe way to use Tor. It has been known in the security community that a tool as versatile as Tor is likely the target of intense interest from intel
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Sprint Announces “Framily” Plan, Provides Discounts for Sharing Plans Sprint just set up a landing page for its upcoming “Framily” plans (that is not a typo) that will allow anyone to set up a shared service plan together. Up to 10 lines can be shared and each new person on the line lowers everyone’s bill a bit. Read more here.
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Facial recognition mobile app A new mobile app called “Nametag” adds facial recognition to phone photos; take a pic of someone and feed it to the app and the app will search Facebook, Twitter, sex offender registries and (if you’d like) dating sites to try and put a name to the face. Kevin Alan Tussy, speaking for Facialnetwork (who make Nametag) promises that this won’t be a privacy problem, because “it’s abo
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Cheerful Study Examines Insane Cost Of Housing In Brooklyn We know a million times over how excruciatingly, head-clenchingly, teeth-grindingly expensive it is to live in Hip Brooklyn. (To say it’s pandemic through the entire borough would be unfair—look, it’s Kensington!) A new report commissioned by brokerage firm Aptsandlofts.com now allows us to peer into the unblinking eye of the tiger, the spleen of the hornet’s nest, the hematoma of the hurricane a
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Here are all of Valve’s Steam Machines from CES 2014, in specs Remember those Steam Machine partners we heard about? Gabe Newell just took the stage at Vavle’s CES 2014 event and made them official, doling out specs for gaming rigs from Alienware, CyberPower, Gigabyte, iBuyPower, Falcon Northwest, and more. …
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Intel outs smart earbuds that track your run and your heart rate We’re here at the opening CES keynoted by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and the parade of wearables has just begun. The firms’ head honcho has just unveiled a pair of smart earbuds that can track your heart rate (and display it on a companion app), keep …
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A Million Lines Of Code: Is It A Lot? Well, is it? What can you do with a million lines of code? How many lines of code are there in a your iOS Facebook app? How many lines of code did it take to program Windows 3.1? Click to enlarge. via David McCandlessRead the full article: A Million Lines Of Code: Is It A Lot?
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Internet Archive Lets You Play Retro Games With The “Console Living Room” The Internet Archive now lets you play all your favourite retro console games. It is expanding the Historical Software Collection to include a new section called the Console Living Room, which is a collection of console games that you can run in your browser, from the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey, Astrocade, and the SG-1000 (Sega). 80s kids grew up in the era of
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NSA building quantum computer capable of cracking most forms of encryption The National Security Agency is building “a cryptologically useful quantum computer” designed to break nearly every kind of encryption, The Washington Post reported Thursday. According to the report, which cites leaked documents provided by Edward Snowden, the effort is a part of a $79.7 million research program code named Penetrating…
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Researchers hit the web to search for evidence of time travelers Researchers from Michigan Technological University recently hit the web to search for any traces of time travelers that may have come from the future to join our present-day world. Their findings are presented in a paper fittingly titled “Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers.”
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World’s first connected toothbrush surfaces at CES, encourages better dental hygiene Connected home appliances are moving from the kitchen, living room and the laundry room into the bathroom. No, I’m not talking about a Wi-Fi enabled toilet (although I’m sure someone will market a connected commode at some point) but rather a connected electric toothbrush.
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NSA Refuses to Answer to Congress “We could tell you, but then we’d have to”
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CyberPowerPC announces customizable Steam Machines starting at $499 There will be no lack of Steam Machines at this years’ CES, but CyberPowerPC beat most of the other guys to the punch by announcing a pair of models today that start at $499. Both gaming PCs (consoles?) feature Bluetooth, WiFi, USB 3.0, 8GB of RAM …
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NVIDIA seriously made a crop circle for marketing its new Tegra K1 chip You know that new NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip? And you know that crop circle that popped up and then disappeared? Yup, that was an advertisement for the new chip. Yes, seriously. …
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In Just a Single MInute, Here Are All That Happens on the Internet Just how much can you get done in a single minute – probably just a quick task or two, if you’re lucky. It’s often hard enough to get everything you need done in a 6-8 hour work shift, let alone a minute or two. One thing I’m often saying to myself is, “is it that time already?” or “where did the time go?” Just thinking about how there never seems to be enough time in my day makes it kind of hard
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Dell portrays itself as a feisty startup in its first ad after going private (video) Now that Dell is once again a private company, it’s trying to shake off its reputation as a member of the status quo. Appropriately, the PC builder just unveiled a new TV ad that suggests it has all the energy and vision of a technology startup. The …
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Senator Asks Carriers to Explain Kill Switch Decision U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar has written a letter to the CEOs of the country’s five largest wireless network operators requesting that they do more to help curb cell phone theft. Klobuchar points out that nearly one-third of all robberies involves a cell phone, and stolen mobile devices take a $30 billion toll on consumers each year. Lawmakers in California and New York recently attempted to convinc
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Enable Autocorrect on Your Desktop with Chrome Chrome: By now, most of us have grown used to our phones fixing our mistakes for us, but our computers still just lazily sit there, nagging us with a red line. If you prefer the new world, Chrome can help you out with a simple flag.Hidden among the myriad of helpful Chrome experiments is one that enables autocorrect suggestions as you type. Just like with your phone, these replace the misspelled w
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Hackers reverse engineer Wii U GamePad to stream from PC (video) Thought using the Wii U GamePad as a simple PC controller was a neat trick? Try this on for size: a small team of hackers has figured out how to stream PC games to the tablet-esque controller natively, circumventing its host console. The hack was …
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Norway’s government chimes in on Bitcoin, says it doesn’t fall under the usual definition of money As Bitcoin continues to grow in popularity, it’s no surprise that we are also hearing a number of governments around the world chime in on the matter. The latest country to speak out (negatively) on Bitcoin is Norway, Scandinavia’s richest nation.
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Amazon to shoot all upcoming original content in 4K Ultra HD We’re still probably a few years away from having access

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