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From: Ars Technica Infinite Loop

Virginia judge: Police can demand a suspect unlock a phone with a fingerprint
But passcodes need not be divulged as per the Fifth Amendment, court says.

New Outlook for Mac shines, but licensing confusion gets in the way
New version brings new interface and features?including full push e-mail.

Why is the new iMac 5K instead of 4K? It?s all about the video, baby
It?s not enough to just see 4K content?you have to be able to edit it, too.

 


From: MacNN | The Macintosh News Network

Hands On: Facetune (iOS and Android)
There are few things that tend to make someone feel as chagrined as a bad picture. In a time when social media seems to dictate that we have pictures of ourselves plastered all over the Internet, Facetune by Lightricks promises to help eliminate the embarrassment of blemishes in pictures by using a battery of advanced photo-editing tools....








HP, Michael Bastian unveil MB Chronowing designer smartwatch
HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information....








Giveaway: Trick or Treat! Win a set of A-Audio: Elite HD Earphones
Ah, is that? Yes, yes, we think it is! The sweet sound of success, the sweet sound of freedom and victory over evil. The end of this journey has come. The Trick or Treat giveaway is over, but first we have one last treat to hand out. We have a set of A-Audio: Elite HD earphones to give to one lucky reader. We bet that sounds pretty sweet too....








 


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From: MacOSXHints.com

Getting Java client apps to run the way you want
I sometimes find the Java setup on my various Apple devices to be a mystery.

Recently, I was trying to get a Java applet to run in the same way on 2 iMacs and my MacBook Air. The applet is a simple vpn client from Juniper that lets me access a Citrix Desktop from any Mac that I can install the Citrix receiver client on so I can work on 'Company stuff' from a large screen iMac when I'm sat at home or from my MacBook when I'm on the road (it works fine over 3/4G).

The first thing is that you have to do some configuring of both Java and Safari to get the applet to run at all.

Once that was all done, I could log in from all my Macs, fire up the applet and establish a secure connection.

On two of the Macs, as soon as I fired up the Citrix app, the Java vpn window would show 'error'. The console showed a Java crash. But on the third Mac, everything worked fi ...

Siri: workaround Content Not Available error
A few weeks ago, a number of people started reporting having trouble with Siri. Phrases like 'Call my wife' or 'Tell my dad' stopped working. Siri knew who those people were but proclaimed 'Uh oh, I don't have a phone number for Jane Isa Doe." and beneath, there's a message: "Content Not Available."

I debugged this for over an hour and on a hunch, found a workaround that seems to work for nearly everyone who has tried it. All you have to do is delete the middle name of the person in *your* contact card where it is stored as a relationship.

I'm not sure why that works; it shouldn't, but it does. That's why I call it a workaround instead of a fix. I figure Apple is mucking around with Siri and perhaps caused a bug or some sort of corruption.

I'd be curious to know from MacOSXHints users whether they are experiencing this problem in the first place and if the workaround works for you, too. I'd also like to understand why this works and why the problem even e ...

Older browser behavior changes in Google search
As of August 29, 2014, Google has decided to intentionally break old browsers. They say it's not a bug, it's by design here, even though Google's support page says it accepts Safari 4 as a fully supported browser.

If you want Google searches to go back to the modern style, you need to change your User-Agent string. For Safari, enable the Develop Window and use an option in there that works. Internet Explorer 9 (Windows) works, for example.

[crarko adds: I don't have an older system active at the moment to try this. It's inevitable that older software becomes obsolete, the same way older hardware does. I think the actual hint here is a reminder that if a site misbehaves, changing the user agent can be an effective troubleshooting tool.]

 


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From: WIRED

No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It?s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo
No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo

Friday morning, Virgin Galactic?s spaceship, meant to eventually take wealthy passengers on brief rides into space, crashed during a test flight over southern California. One of the pilots onboard was killed, the other suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. It?s a serious setback for the space tourism effort, but is unlikely to kill the enterprise altogether. The program is quite advanced, and Richard Branson?s employees have put a ton of effort into finding a reliable way to get people into space. Here's how they plan to do it once they're back on track.

The post No Automation, One Shot at Landing: It’s Really Hard to Fly SpaceShipTwo appeared first on WIRED.










Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku
Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku

By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon.

The post Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku appeared first on WIRED.










Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech?s Gender Gap
Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap

Following in the footsteps of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and others, Amazon has released the diversity statistics of its workforce, and they're in line with what we've seen from its many tech competitors.

The post Amazon Joins Google and Facebook in Exposing Tech’s Gender Gap appeared first on WIRED.










 


From: Gizmodo

This levitating pumpkin is the best Jack O' Lantern

This levitating pumpkin is the best Jack O' Lantern

Okay, this pumpkin isn't carved but still, it's freaking floating in the air! Therefore under the rule known as things that can float in the air can be called whatever they want, I name this levitating pumpkin the best and spookiest and awesomest and nerdiest Jack O' Lantern of Halloween.

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These cookies are so beautifully decorated that it's wrong to eat them

These cookies are so beautifully decorated that it's wrong to eat them

Even though all cookies should be eaten so more cookies will be made to be eaten, I would feel so guilty if I ate any of these cookies made by SweetAmbsCookie. They are a work of art. The painstaking detail and beautiful decorations are unreal. You wouldn't want to eat a painting made by Picasso, right?

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Top photographers explain what modern photography is really about

Top photographers explain what modern photography is really about

Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Tyrone Lebon created this neat documentary showing the state of the art of modern photography. The film features some of the world's best contemporary photographers talking about their creative process, inspiration, and ultimately, what modern photography is about.

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Science
From: National Geographic News

Will Virgin Galactic's Crash End Space Tourism?
The fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert may lead to more scrutiny of the fledgling space passenger industry.

Week's Best Space Pictures: Antares Falls, Mars Mystifies, and the Sun Rises
A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts
It's no Halloween movie?some parasites hijack their hosts' brains to make them act in horrific ways.

 


From: BBC News - Science & Environment

Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot
A pilot is killed and another is injured as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.

Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

Wannabe is 'catchiest hit single'
Results from a citizen science online experiment suggests that the Spice Girls' Wannabe is the UK's catchiest hit single.

 


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