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With the launch of its new ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook, Apple has signaled that the future of notebooks is here. The future does indeed look bright, though the initial cost and compromises made in building the new MacBook should keep most people from buying in — for the first generation, at least.

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The new MacBook is astonishingly thin, and yet it still features a gorgeous Retina display of the same caliber found on the company's MacBook pro lineup. Achieving this super-thin design required some engineering ingenuity, but also some compromises.

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Loch Ness Monster

For decades, people have searched for signs of "Nessie" in the murky depths of Loch Ness. Photos and videos have emerged over the years alongside supposed sightings, but they've ultimately failed to prove the mythical beast's existence. Is Nessie fact or fiction? Regardless of where you stand, Google is making it simpler to explore the freshwater loch yourself. The company has captured the giant lake with 360-degree panoramas and uploaded them all to Google Maps Street View. It's a beautiful place, and while you're unlikely to find Nessie lurking in the shallows, there's no harm in looking, right?

[Image Credit: Getty Creative/ Keystone]

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Searching for valuable reading material for my valued readers of Techlick I came across an interesting tidbit about Star Wars from a website called Statistic Brain and was basically overwhelmed by the thought that someone else's thought has made that person $27 Billion Dollars! Wow what a thought. George Lucas put together his thoughts one day and along the path that he has strewn he has amassed the Star Wars Enterprise a cool $27 Billion Dollars.

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Monday was a dark day for migrants in the Mediterranean. As the search continued for survivors of the weekend's capsizing off the coast of Libya - from which 800 have been confirmed dead - three separate vessels got into trouble.

Coast guard boats spent the day criss-crossing the sea responding to two boats off the coast of Libya, with hundreds aboard each, and a third that had run aground off the island of Rhodes.

Amid what Italian Premier Matteo Renzi called an "escalation in these death voyages" two arrests have been made. The Tunisian captain and a member of the crew from the boat that capsized Sunday have been charged with favouring illegal immigration, and the captain also faces the charge of reckless multiple homicide.

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The 3D printed future is looking increasingly cartoonish if this crowdfunder for one-piece flexible nylon eyewear is making a prescient design call. Called Mono, the designer specs look like they’ve been scribbled onto the model’s face with a Sharpie marker.

Hong Kong based architect Edmond Wong came up with the idea for a single piece pair of specs that are printed in one go after having trouble finding glasses to fit himself. He says he had existing experience using 3D printers for making architectural models so put the two together and came up with designs for a range of 3D printed one-piece specs — bringing an optician friend on board for relevant experience.

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The 3D printed future is looking increasingly cartoonish if this crowdfunder for one-piece flexible nylon eyewear is making a prescient design call. Called Mono, the designer specs look like they’ve been scribbled onto the model’s face with a Sharpie marker.

Hong Kong based architect Edmond Wong came up with the idea for a single piece pair of specs that are printed in one go after having trouble finding glasses to fit himself. He says he had existing experience using 3D printers for making architectural models so put the two together and came up with designs for a range of 3D printed one-piece specs — bringing an optician friend on board for relevant experience.

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Would "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" be better if it were more like "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens?" YouTuber Ross Thompson, aka The Unusual Suspect, has released a trailer for "The Phantom Menace" fashioned after the amazing second "Force Awakens" trailer to find out.

In the clip, we see several scenes from the Jar Jar-heavy film with music and voice-overs inspired by "The Force Awakens." The trailer really nails the look and feel we got when the second trailer for "The Force Awakens" debuted last week, and the result is a pretty good trailer that makes "The Phantom Menace" look better than it actually was. That's not to say "The Phantom Menace" was bad, just that failed to live up to the hype for many "Star Wars" fans.

We can't wait to see if "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" lives up to the hype when the movie debuts in theaters in December 2015. If it's half as good as the two teasers we've seen so far, "Star Wars" fans are in for quite a treat.

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For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively rendering the animals as legal "people" in the eyes of the law. New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe said that the apes, held at Stony Brook University for research purposes, are covered by a writ of habeas corpus — a basic legal principle that lets people challenge the validity of their detention.

The decision comes two years after the Nonhuman Rights Project, an animal rights group, brought legal cases in a bid to free four chimpanzees. The group said the animals — Hercules and Leo at Stony Brook university, and two others on private property — were being unlawfully imprisoned, and should be relocated to a sanctuary. Three lower court judges dismissed the cases as they were raised in 2013, but the Nonhuman Rights Project appealed, eventually convincing Jaffe that the animals were sufficiently intelligent to grant them what amounts to basic human rights.

The animal rights group wants the apes moved to a sanctuary

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Color Genomics said it had raised $15 million from two prominent venture firms and a spate of high-profile women angel investors, in an effort to make a breast and ovarian cancer genetic risk test that is affordable.

The Burlingame, Calif. company is backed by Khosla Ventures and Formation 8, along with a roster of funders that include Laurene Powell Jobs, Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior, Twitter’s Katie Stanton, Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang and Dropbox co-founder, CEO Drew Houston and many others. Color Genomics — which said its “mission is to democratize access to genetic testing” for women — is now offering a doctor-authorized kit that costs $249, a significant reduction to more current tests that can cost thousands of dollars.

The lowering and automation of medical testing costs has become a bit of an investing trend in Silicon Valley, including such high-profile startups as 23andMe, which offers DNA testing, and fertility app Glow.

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Hey I love coffee. And I am sure you love it too if you happen to be reading this. The infographic I found today is from a very talented artist by the name of Ryoko, a caffeinated Japanese lady living in Seattle.

Hey coffee is a healthy drink and one that was made for very active people. And those people are the ones that like to work and like to smile, especially aftre a good cup of coffee. Plus an economic fact is that the total amount of yearly money spent on specialty coffee in the U.S. alone is $18 billion dollars - yes that is right $18 billion dollars. Now all we need is an idea that is better than the coffee cup and we are wealthy!

Please click on the image below for the bigger picture and then again to see the full view. Thanks for stopping by!

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Now You Can Download Your Google Historyx2014;Or Better Yet, Delete It


You can now download your entire Google search history to your computer. Sound neat? That’s what I thought at first. And then I realized there were dangerous things in my search history—things way worse than my taste in porn.

I’m not talking about the embarrassing fact that I always start Pandora Radio by typing “Pandora” into Google—I guess I don’t use bookmarks—or the names of all the people I’ve stalked through the web. I’m talking about the subject lines of my private emails. Hints about the stories I’m secretly working on. My tastes in all kinds of things other than porn. My own exact street address, culled from all the times I’ve searched for directions on Google Maps.

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A plan by Qualcomm to get Samsung Electronics to make its Snapdragon 820 chip could lead to faster smartphones, offering longer battery life by early next year.

The chip company will get its top-line device manufactured in factories belonging to Samsung, according to a news report by Re/code. The South Korean company will make the Snapdragon 820 chip using the 14-nanometer process, which will also be used to make Apple’s next A9 chip.

The Snapdragon 820 chip was announced last month at Mobile World Congress and is expected to start shipping later this year. Qualcomm hasn’t shared information about where it will be manufactured, but Samsung’s 14-nm process will provide big performance and power advantages over current Snapdragon chips.

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With the Apple Watch rapidly approaching the wrists of fervent early adopters, it’s time to survey what you can actually do with the damn thing. The usual suspects will be there: The New York Times to get your up-to-the-minute news, Twitter for trolling on the go, Instagram for staying current on what your friends are eating — but the real question on everyone’s mind is: What can I play on it?

The small form factor of the watch presents an interesting challenge to designers, since most extant iOS games won’t translate over very easily. With challenges come opportunities, however — the iPhone presented new avenues for game designers to explore, reframing old genres and creating the possibility for whole new ones. The resulting creative explosion brought games into the lives of countless people that might not be playing anything otherwise.

Related: Hands on: Apple Watch

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When Microsoft's cloud platform, then known as Windows Azure, was first launched, it was strictly a Platform-as-a-Service offering. Apps written for Azure were deployed onto Windows and used Azure's services such as storage, queues, and SQL databases. But management of the operating system and configuration of the virtual hardware beneath it was strictly Microsoft's concern. In 2012, Azure added a VM role providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service capabilities in addition to the existing PaaS services.

Azure CTO Mark Russinovich announced today a new iteration the Azure PaaS offering, with Azure Service Fabric. Service Fabric provides a set of tools to do things such as offer smarter deployment with rolling upgrades to new application versions, health monitoring, automated rollbacks to earlier versions, scaling, and load balancing.

Service Fabric is built for "microservices," where the functional parts that make up a service are split into small units that can be individually deployed, updated, distributed, and scaled. These smaller units are run in containers rather than directly on VMs. Service Fabric can handle the management and scaling of these containers, with potentially hundreds of containerized microservices running on a single VM.

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The Law Student's Daily Bag

Being a law student means carrying around a lot of books and being prepared for a handful of other things. Here’s what Everyday Carry reader Rob Barthelmess has on him during those days of heading from class to class.

The bag’s a Tumi Alpha Bravo Benning Messenger. Aside from a constantly changing set of books, here’s what’s inside:

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penciling_in writes: There are no silver bullets in Internet security, warns Paul Vixie in a co-authored piece along with Cyber Security Specialist Frode Hommedal: "Just as 'data' is being sold as 'intelligence', a lot of security technologies are being sold as 'security solutions' rather than what they really are: very narrow-focused appliances that, as a best case, can be part of your broader security effort." We have to stop playing "cops and robbers" and pretending that all of us are potential targets of nation-states, or pretending that any of our security vendors are like NORAD, warn the authors.

Vixie adds, "We in the Internet security business look for current attacks and learn from those how to detect and prevent those attacks and maybe how to predict, detect, and prevent what's coming next. But rest assured that there is no end game — we put one bad guy in prison for every hundred or so new bad guys who come into the field each month. There is no device or method, however powerful, which will offer a salient defense for more than a short time. The bad guys endlessly adapt; so must we. Importantly, the bad guys understand how our systems work; so must we."

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Less than a week after star fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld showed off pictures of his yellow gold Apple Watch Edition with custom all-gold link bracelet, Beyonce was seen at Coachella wearing what appears to be the same combination.

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Beyonce was spotted donning the ultra luxe Apple Watch while attending a set by David Guetta on Sunday, the last day of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. A closer look at Beyonce's custom gold-on-gold Watch was made available on Monday through the artist's official visual blog.

Interestingly, the Watch is being worn on Beyonce's right arm with Digital Crown facing away from the wrist, meaning she has not changed screen orientation settings for "left handed" use. Apple Watch allows owners to flip the user interface from a general settings menu, accommodating both right- and left-handers.

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Wondering what you were searching for online a few years ago? You now have a (relatively) easy way to find out. Google has quietly trotted out an option to download your entire search history. So long as you searched using your Google account, you'll have a permanent record. Of course, this is something of a mixed blessing given how pervasive Google is at this stage. While the archive may help you dig up a keyword you're struggling to remember, something tells us that it'd be all too easy to dredge up embarrassing memories -- we hope you didn't Google your classroom crush.

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The long-running defamation suit against anonymous Yelp reviewers -- brought by Hadeed Carpet Cleaning -- finally has produced some good news… sort of. Hadeed's lawsuit defines "problematic," seeing as it both threatens anonymous speech and is predicated not on actual defamatory statements, but on the allegations that the reviewers were never actual customers of the business. Hadeed has argued that a review from a non-customer is defamation in and of itself, which obviously contains some very negative implications for free speech -- anonymous or not -- if he succeeds in his legal efforts.

Two lower courts chose to apply Virginia state law rather than the Dendrite Rules, and ordered Yelp to turn over identifying information. That decision was appealed by Yelp, and the state's Supreme Court has responded by rejecting Hadeed's unmasking request… but not for First Amendment reasons. Instead, its decision is based on a technicality -- one that does little to ensure the future protection of anonymous speech.

[T]he Virginia Supreme Court issued its ruling (PDF) in favor of Yelp, finding that the company doesn't have to disclose any user information, because the lawsuit shouldn't have been filed in Virginia in the first place.

The court's decision to focus solely on the issue of jurisdiction means that the more important public policy argument—whether the Yelp reviewers have a right to anonymous speech in this case—goes unaddressed.

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