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Londoners can now give to charity by paying for travel with a contactless card

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:40
More Londoners than ever are using contactless payments to get around the capital, and now, a new initiative called "Penny for London" is asking commuters to add charitable donations to their daily routine, too. The idea is that every time you use a...

Verizon's new tech site won't cover anything that makes its owner look bad

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:31
It's a great time for technology journalism, with hundreds of sites all working very hard to bring you exhaustive coverage of their specialist field. Verizon, however, clearly doesn't feel that it's getting enough attention, which is why it's...

Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:15
HughPickens.com writes: The Independent reports that Pope Francis, speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has declared that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real. "When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so," said Francis. "He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment." Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator – arguing instead that they "require it." "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve." Experts say the Pope's comments put an end to the "pseudo theories" of creationism and intelligent design that some argue were encouraged by his predecessor, Benedict XVI who spoke out against taking Darwin too far.

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Smart microwave suggests meals based on your cooking habits

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:00
It's not hard to find microwave-friendly recipes, but it's another matter to both find the right recipes and cook them properly. However, SectorQube may just take care of all of those challenges at once if its crowdfunded MAID (Make All Incredible...

A group of retailers can't support Apple Pay due to contract with rival tech

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 11:14
When CVS and Rite-Aid shut off their NFC-based payments to prevent customers from using Apple Pay, we heard it was because they're part of a large group developing rival technology CurrentC. Now, The New York Times has shed more light on the issue,...

​Security researcher uses radio frequencies to smuggle data out of isolated network

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 10:13
Think your completely isolated, internet-disconnected "air gap" computer network is secure from wireless infiltration? Think again -- security researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have found a way to lift data from closed networks using...

Manuel Noriega's case against Activision dismissed by California judge

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:47
Apparently Mayor Giuliani's defense worked: Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega's case against Activision for including his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been dismissed by a California judge. As Kotaku spotted, Activision issued a press...

Getting Lost In the Scientific Woods Is Good For You

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:18
StartsWithABang writes: Wandering into the woods unprepared and without a plan sounds like a terrible idea. But if you're interested in scientific exploration at the frontiers, confronting the unknown with whatever you happen to have at your disposal, you have to take that risk. You have to be willing to take those steps. And you have to be okay with putting your best ideas out there — for all to see — knowing full well that you might get the entire thing wrong. Sometimes, that's indeed what happens. Some of the most revered and famous scientific minds in history confronted the great mysteries of nature, and came away having done nothing but set us back many years by leading the field down a blind alley. But other times, the greatest leaps forward in our understanding occur as a result. The article shares some notable examples, and explains why this is vital for scientific progress.

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At just 4.85mm, Oppo R5 is the world's slimmest smartphone

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:01
Step aside, Gionee, as your record for the world's slimmest smartphone has just been beaten by a fellow Chinese manufacturer. Oppo's R5, the successor to the Asia-only R3, comes in at just 4.85mm thick, thus beating the 5.15mm-thick Elife S5.1 from...

Oppo N3's motorized swivel camera takes selfies to the next level

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 09:00
If you thought Oppo was done with making eccentric selfie phones, you're wrong; the Chinese company is back with a new model dubbed the N3 to replace the N1 from last September. The iconic swivel camera at the top is here to stay, but this time we...

Vimeo plans to offer video subscriptions

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 08:33
You'd think that YouTube would launch a subscription video service ahead of its rivals given its love of original content, but someone might just beat it to the punch. Vimeo's Kerry Trainor tells Recode that his company already has a subscription...

Huawei's Honor 6 smartphone comes to Europe to spook the OnePlus One

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 08:01
Huawei's Honor series of smartphones are designed to pack a punch without punching a hole in your wallet, but these devices typically don't see the light of day outside of China and other select markets. Today, that changes, with the announcement of...

16-Teraflops, £97m Cray To Replace IBM At UK Meteorological Office

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 07:37
Memetic writes: The UK weather forecasting service is replacing its IBM supercomputer with a Cray XC40 containing 17 petabytes of storage and capable of 16 TeraFLOPS. This is Cray's biggest contract outside the U.S. With 480,000 CPUs, it should be 13 times faster than the current system. It will weigh 140 tons. The aim is to enable more accurate modeling of the unstable UK climate, with UK-wide forecasts at a resolution of 1.5km run hourly, rather than every three hours, as currently happens. (Here's a similar system from the U.S.)

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Nintendo returns to profit thanks to 'Super Smash Bros.'

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 07:35
Super Smash Bros. isn't just fun to play, it finally gave Nintendo a fun financial quarter, as well. For the first time in a while, the Japanese company turned a profit, 24 billion yen worth ($224 million) to be exact. That's a big U-turn over last...

Reserve's restaurant concierge app lets you forget about the bill

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 06:54
You can already organize fine dining excursions through a single app like OpenTable, but you still have to pull out your phone or wallet to pay when the night's over. You won't have to worry about the bill with Reserve's new concierge service,...

UK's £97 million supercomputer will predict the weather in your back yard

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 06:27
If someone asks you about UK weather, you can probably say "lousy" with about 75 percent accuracy. But the UK's national weather service, the Met Office, needs a bit more precision than that, so it just purchased a £97 million ($156 million) Cray...

Open Consultation Begins On Italy's Internet Bill of Rights

Slashdot - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 06:19
Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Hot on the heels of Brazil's recent initiative in this area, Italy has produced a draft [PDF] Declaration of Internet Rights, and on Monday opened the bill for consultation on the Civici [Italian] platform, a first in Europe. "[A]s it is now, it consists of a preamble and 14 articles that span several pages. Topics range from the 'fundamental right to Internet access' and Net Neutrality to the notion of 'informational self-determination.' The bill also includes provisions on the right to anonymity and tackles the highly debated idea of granting online citizens a 'right to be forgotten.' Measures are taken against algorithmic discriminations and the opacity of the terms of service devised by 'digital platform operators' who are 'required to behave honestly and fairly' and, most of all, give 'clear and simple information on how the platform operates.'"

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A single fiber strand could carry the world's internet traffic

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 06:02
Researchers in the US and Netherlands have managed to transmit data at 255Tbps across a single strand of fiber cable over a kilometer (0.6 miles), about 2,500 times faster than any commercial fiber. They used a so-called multicore cable with seven...

LG sells a record-breaking 16.8 million smartphones, doubles profit in the process

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 05:51
As Samsung struggles and Apple starts to encroach on the Android mainstay of giant screens, LG's smartphones are doing alright. In fact they're doing pretty darn well. Announcing a record number of smartphones sold and the best quarter in five years,...

AT&T will carry LG's G Watch R in stores

Engadget - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 05:31
LG may still be coy about when you can strap a US version of the G Watch R on your wrist, but you'll at least know where you can get it. AT&T has confirmed that will be "among the first" carriers to sell LG's nicer Android Wear timepiece in stores....