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CIA shuts down program using spy satellites to track climate change

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by Jon Fingas 2015-05-23 19:02:00

For most of the past two decades, a handful of climate change scientists have had the CIA's MEDEA (Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program as an ace in the hole: they could draw on classified info from spy satellites and subs to...

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DOJ lays down some privacy rules for feds flying drones

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by Mariella Moon 2015-05-23 16:57:00

The Justice Department promises to keep a closer eye on how its agencies are using drones from now on -- after all, they can be useful in nabbing suspects, but they can also be used as a tool to abuse power. In its new five-page policy guidance, the ...

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Daimler and Qualcomm team up on connected car tech

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by Jon Fingas 2015-05-23 14:56:00

Car companies aren't usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren't great with cars -- if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you'll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that sho...

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Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays

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by Roberto Baldwin 2015-05-23 13:00:00

Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company's helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent t...

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Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered micro homes

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by Mariella Moon 2015-05-23 08:04:00

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harnes...

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Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?

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by Billy Steele 2015-05-23 09:30:00

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Why VFX Is Being Vilified...

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Virtual reality's roller coaster ride to the mainstream

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by Jon Turi 2015-05-23 11:00:00

In the early '90s, four odd-looking arcade games appeared at a rented-out store in my local mall. For about seven dollars, anyone could stop in and play three minutes of a new virtual reality game called Dactyl Nightmare. I paid up, put on the massiv...

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Artist adds poop emoji to selfie sticks to remind us of mortality

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by Timothy J. Seppala 2015-05-23 04:35:00

As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It's a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has figured out a way to "reduce vainglory and self-importa...

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Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act extensions

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by Richard Lawler 2015-05-23 00:49:00

The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...

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Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and reversible

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by Mariella Moon 2015-05-22 23:10:00

Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android devices might not be capable of completely wiping t...

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