Information Technology

HP’s fanless 2.2-pound laptop includes Broadwell and a 2560×1440 screen
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CN.dart.call(“xrailTop”, {sz:”300×250″, kws:[], collapse: true}); The high-end Ultrabook market is tightly bound to Intel’s release schedule. No other company is offering similar performance and power consumption, so when Intel hits a delay like it did with its new Broadwell architecture, it means that things get boring for a while. We’re expecting the landscape to get more intriguing as we draw […]

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Learning the science behind silencers on the range with SilencerCo
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CN.dart.call(“xrailTop”, {sz:”300×250″, kws:[], collapse: true}); AUSTIN, TEXAS—Let’s get this out of the way immediately: movies and TV consistently get silencers totally wrong. The ways silencers are used on the screen—often clamped to the barrel of a submachine gun or assault rifle or large-bore pistol, mowing down bad guys while other, blissfully unaware bad guys calmly […]

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Social media data is RIDDLED with human behaviour errors, boffins warn
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Trick-cyclists peddling BS about our online lives. Who knew? Researchers who heavily rely on social media data when studying human behaviour have been warned that such information can be very easily skewed.…

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Twitter Will Soon Track Which Apps You Use On Your Phone
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Twitter is forever looking to find new ways to put better targeted ads on your tweet stream, but its latest approach is bound to spark off some controversy. The company has revealed that it will begin tracking the apps you have installed on your smartphone, in order to improve the relevance of ads and content […]

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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
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HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. That’s because the folks behind Wikipedia actually see a non-neutral Internet as […]

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Murder-for-hire suspect gets new ACLU ally in battle against phone spying
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In a new court filing, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has jumped into the criminal case of a man who federal prosecutors allege orchestrated a murder-for-hire earlier this year in Baltimore, Maryland. Specifically, in its 29-page amicus (friend of the court) brief filed on Tuesday, the ACLU supports the defendant’s earlier motion that the […]

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Seattle police may dump plans for body cams, citing records requests
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Retro Seattle police car. Curtis Cronn Police in Seattle are just weeks away from implementing pilot program in which 12 officers will test different types of body cameras. It’s a first step in a plan to put body cameras on the department’s more than 1,000 officers by the year 2016. Now that plan may get put on […]

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Assassin’s Creed: Rogue review—A fitting AC B-Side
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Look familiar? Except for that iceberg, it probably should. Ubisoft doesn’t want anyone to know about Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. That’s all I can gather from the game’s total lack of marketing—especially relative to its new-console cousin, the problematic Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which launched the very same day—and the fact that review copies didn’t go out […]

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US Senate falls two votes short of shutting down NSA phone spying
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in 2013. Rubio was first to speak against the USA Freedom Act in today’s debate, saying it could slow the government from disrupting an ISIL cell. Gage Skidmore The US Senate voted against reining in the NSA’s spying powers tonight, shooting down a proposal that was supported not just by intelligence reform […]

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