Show Notes June 23rd, 2014

After talking about how I, Lena, am prepping in a very technological way to go to a conference this weekend.
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3D-printed material can carry 160,000 times its own weight Researchers from MIT and Lawrence Livermore have created a new class of materials with the same density as aerogels (aka frozen smoke) but 10,000 times stiffer. Called micro-architected metamaterials, they can withstand 160,000 times their own…

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Scientists may have worked out how to defeat antibiotic-resistant superbugs It’s been known for a while that bacteria are rapidly becoming immune to the current range of antibiotics humanity has available. That’s why it’s harder to get hold of pills now than it was a few years ago, simply because if we don’t learn to get by…
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What you need to know about 3D-printed organs Sure, 3D printers that can spit out chocolates, create shoes, handcraft cars and help astronauts sound fun and magical, but a lot of scientists are working to make models that aren’t just fun. They’re developing 3D printers that can also save and…
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Blame Canada: Google ordered to block website links worldwide A minor Canadian court dispute has resulted in a judge’s far-reaching decision that Google must block a website’s search results worldwide, not just in Canada. It arose from a case involving a company that stole its ex-partner’s intellectual property…
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‘Computerworld’ ends its print run, becomes a digital-only magazine After nearly half a century Computerworld is ending its existence as a print magazine. Next Monday the final issue of the stalwart publication will be circulated on processed wood pulp. Computerworld won’t be going away completely, however, an online…
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National parks will soon ban most drone flights While we’ve already seen a few US national parks clamp down on drones in their airspace, it now looks like that no-fly rule is about to extend across the country. The National Park Service tells the Associated Press that it’s about to order all 401…
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The NSA’s mass surveillance program for phone call metadata is still going Despite last night’s vote by the House of Representatives and various plans for reform, the NSA is still peeking into places many think it shouldn’t. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence just revealed that yesterday, the program that…
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Watch this rundown on the ‘Pre-history of Online Video’ Hokay, so here we go: before the likes of Leroy Jenkins, that kid David who went to the dentist and Keyboard Cat blew up on YouTube, there wasn’t exactly a centralized place to check out the latest videos your friends were talking about. Instead,…
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Facebook’s company trip to Africa leads to more efficient Android app Facebook recently rolled out an update for Android devices that’s supposed to speed things up for users. If that update delivered on its promise, then you’ve got the company’s trip to Africa to thank — that’s how Facebook’s engineers got a taste of…
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Chicago is getting lamp posts that count people and track pollution Apparently, Chicago is becoming even more like its Watch Dogs doppelganger than we first thought. Researchers are deploying networked, sensor-equipped lamp posts from this July onward to learn how they could help urban planning and safety. They’ll…
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A New York museum’s interactive exhibit lets you redesign art pieces Yes, the British Museum’s interactive mummies exhibit sounds intriguing, but what if preserved corpses aren’t your thing? If you’re in New York, you can instead visit the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, which is slated to tie up an interactive system…
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Smart London buses get real-time map and empty seat displays Struggling to the top deck of a moving bus only to find it full can be a bit embarrassing, but Transport for London is considering new technology to help spare your blushes. As seen by London blogger Ian Mansfield, TfL are trialling screens that…
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Tax haven Jersey now wants to become ‘Bitcoin Island’ There are advantages to being a tiny, self-governing speck in the English Channel, and the ability to create a “welcoming” financial habitat is certainly one of them. But Jersey has ambitions beyond just being a haven for regular cash. Its Treasury…
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Sony SmartBand review: a fitness tracker that goes beyond fitness When you hear the word “wearable,” there’s a good chance you think of a wristband, probably one that tracks your activity. Ever since Nike launched the FuelBand, your lower arm has become the main focus for fitness tech. Already the rot is setting…
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Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures Ah, YouTube. The refuge of every bored office worker. The endless repository of cat videos. YouTube is awesome in every way. And according to this infograph, it gets the recognition it deserves. If you haven’t already checked it out, our YouTube guide will show you everything from uploading to consuming media on YouTube.Read the full article: Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures
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Credit Cards Hacked Multiple Times at Hotels, Retailers. Check Yours You might want to be more careful in checking your credit card statements for fraudulent charges. CSO notes that Amex has had to issue three breach notifications this month, due to three separate hacks.Update: It looks like the data stolen also affects Visa, Mastercard, and Discover. Per CSO: In all, [Anonymous] released 3,255,663 records from Visa; 1,778,749 records from MasterCard; 362,132 recor
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4SRS: the FBI built a list of Twitter slang to keep up with the kids Forget passwords: the FBI wants to crack your internet slang. Thanks to a FOI (freedom of information) request published over at Muckrock, we now know that the Bureau is TCOB (taking care of business) when monitoring the nation’s social media use….
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Amazon Intros Fire Phone Amazon today announced the Fire Phone, the company’s first phone. The Fire has a 4.7-inch display, quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2 Gb of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 lens and OIS, and dual stereo speakers. One headline feature is Firefly, which recognizes objects, text, and audiovisual content using the camera and/or microphone, like Shazam on steroids. Firefly has a dedicated button, as d
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Match.com to use facial recognition to help find people that look like your ex Over the years, online dating sites have managed to shed the early stigma of being reserved for creeps and the socially awkward. For those that aren’t into the bar scene, enrolled in college or would rather screen potential mates before wasting time, it’s a perfectly viable tool in the quest…
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