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With its first iPhone app offering, Pixelmator stuffs in a dizzying array of photo editing tools normally restricted to more powerful devices like Mac and iPad, including full-featured image adjustment options, a wealth of paint brushes, layer support, effects, a polished design and much more.

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According to Pixelmator cofounder Saulius Dailide, Pixelmator for iPhone when it launches on the iOS App Store later today will be the first mobile image editor to boast "all the tools" photographers, painters and graphic designers need to create great works. After testing out a progression of beta versions over the past couple weeks, we tend to agree.

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This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet.

Lenovo has a massive footprint in several key markets including its home of China. A device like this should well to its loyal buyers. Plus with dual frequency WiFi it could work better than the stark Chromecast.

The device either sits in a dock attached to the back of the HDTV or sits nearby. It connects to a TV’s HDMI and yet still requires power from a microUSB port.

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This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet.

Lenovo has a massive footprint in several key markets including its home of China. A device like this should well to its loyal buyers. Plus with dual frequency WiFi it could work better than the stark Chromecast.

The device either sits in a dock attached to the back of the HDTV or sits nearby. It connects to a TV’s HDMI and yet still requires power from a microUSB port.

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Unlimited data has been one of Sprint’s hallmarks, in good times and bad.

Even as rivals abandoned them in favor of pay-per-gigabyte plans, all-you-can-eat plans remained a signature of the Dan Hesse era; new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has also championed unlimited data as part of the lower-cost plans he has introduced since assuming the helm last year.

However, speaking at Code Conference Wednesday, he acknowledged that unlimited data may not be around much longer. Claure said that as part of a wave of much-needed network improvements, Sprint may have to either hike prices or do away with such plans, especially if consumers start watching lots of video over the network.

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After testing the waters on Mac and iPad successfully, Pixelmator is now bringing its highly rated image editor to Apple's iPhone. Finally. Most notably, the application will feature new editing elements to assist while you're on the go, including a distort tool that lets you warp a photo to your liking and see the changes in real-time. The soon-to-be universal iOS app is going to be available for $5 starting tomorrow, or as a free update to people who already own the iPad version. Oddly enough, the Pixelmator app seems to have disappeared from the App Store in recent hours, but we're sure it'll be back there in time for tomorrow's scheduled launch.

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Traffic is one of those things that doesn't seem to have any positive, personal benefit unless you're the head of a multinational oil and gas conglomerate or you have some kind of fetish for being cursed and honked at over and over again.

Well, here's one more thing that may not win traffic jams any positive points for their PR team. The noise pollution that traffic produces might be associated with weight gain.

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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the automotive world, one where the industry begins to value in-car electronics and driver-assist gadgetry just as much as handling dynamics, braking, and horsepower. It may seem like a no-brainer for infotainment enthusiasts, but not long ago, this attitude was simply unheard of.

With cars like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and McLaren P1 pushing the boundaries of performance, sports cars and supercars clearly aren’t going anywhere. But even those vehicles benefit from technology that would seem space-age in the 1970s, proving that the proliferation of in-car electronics has benefits everywhere.

At the inaugural CES Asia event, Luca de Meo, Audi’s head of marketing and sales, drove the point home with a bold proclamation.

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Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.

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According to sources speaking with The New York Times, Apple is to announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

Information is scarce, but people familiar with Apple's plans said the company will offer Apple Pay customers perks in exchange for using the service, which is currently hardware-limited to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

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More than a year after the fight for legal personhood for the research chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, the apes and their lawyers got their day in court. At a hearing in Manhattan on Wednesday, a judge heard arguments in the landmark lawsuit against Stony Brook University, with a decision expected later this summer. At stake: the question of whether only human beings deserve human rights.

A decision could set a precedent for challenging, under human law, the captivity of other chimpanzees—and perhaps other species. It’s a radical notion, and many legal experts doubted whether the lawsuit, one of several filed late in 2013 by the Nonhuman Rights Project, would ever reach court.

But Justice Barbara Jaffe decided to consider the arguments. “The law evolves according to new discoveries and social mores,” she said while presiding over the hearing. “Isn’t it incumbent on judiciaries to at least consider whether a class of beings may be granted a right?”

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Government-Subsidized Cotton Farms Are Sucking the Colorado River Dry

Not too many drought stories have focused on cotton. As one of the thirstiest crops, it was long abandoned by many farmers in the regions hardest hit by unprecedented water scarcity. Except for one part of Arizona, where cotton blooms defiantly, even today. Because here, the more cotton fails, the more the US pays farmers to keep growing it.

As part of ProPublica’s new series Killing the Colorado, Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivam travel to Arizona, where cotton—an incredibly water intensive plant which has been historically grown in the moist Southeast—is the second most-planted crop in the state. Why exactly are farmers growing cotton in the desert? Because cotton farmers are financially protected in a way that other farmers aren’t. In fact, they even receive insurance on their fields which guarantees that they’ll still make money—even when their crop fails.

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Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe.

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Can you copyright or patent AI created content?

You can't copyright a picture if a monkey takes it....or his uncle for that matter.

How does this apply to AI?

What if you wrote AI software and it would eventually decide when and of what to take pictures of, could those pictures be copyrighted, by a company.... A human.... Or the AI itself

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Data breaches like the one just disclosed by the IRS aren’t something any organization wishes for, but there’s now even bigger financial incentive to avoid them than in the past.

The average cost of a data breach has increased by 23 percent over the past two years to $3.79 million, according to a report Wednesday from IBM and the Ponemon Institute. And the average cost for each lost of stolen record containing sensitive information increased 6 percent over just the past year, from $145 to $154.

Ponemon surveyed 350 companies in 11 countries for the survey, which was sponsored by IBM. All the respondents had experienced a data breach at some point, involving anything from 2,200 to more than 100,000 compromised records.

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The Fruit Alton Brown Recommends for Grilling

Mastering the grill means being able to use it to cook more than meat and kabobs. Get creative and throw some fruit on there, too. The heat will caramelize the natural sugars and enhance the flavor.

Alton Brown has a great list of fruits with firm flesh that hold up well to the heat of the grill without getting mushy:

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Iddo Genuth writes: In order to create the largest panoramic picture ever taken (using commercially available gear), a team of international photographers led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini had to climb to an altitude of 3500 metres, wait for two weeks in a temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius, look for a sunny, bright day, and then spend 35 hours shooting. During this time they shot over 70,000 images, which were combined in to the giant 365 Gigapxiel panorama using a special robotic head with a long 400mm telephoto lens (and a 2x Extender).

But the work didn't end up in the snowy Alps — when the team got back they had with them no less than 46TB of images which they needed to process in order to create one giant interactive image, 365 Gigapixels in size. This processing required some very powerful hardware and took over two months to complete, but the result is a look at the Mont Blanc (the tallest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range raising 4,810 meters or 15,781 feet above sea level) — like it has never been seen before.

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Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said Wednesday that his soon-to-be-available virtual reality Oculus headset and the computer needed to run it will cost “in the $1,500 range.”

The company, owned by Facebook, announced in early May that it would start selling the Oculus Rift to consumers in early 2016, but the price for the headset itself has yet to be announced.

“We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,” Iribe said onstage at Re/code’s annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Over time, he’d like to see that cost come down to under $1,000.

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Athena-1Athena Krueger was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma -- a form of breast cancer -- while pregnant in 2013.

A mom losing her battle with breast cancer gave her daughter a first birthday to remember.

Athena Krueger was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma — a form of breast cancer — while pregnant in 2013. Athena's husband Ben told Today that they learned of her lump and pregnancy simultaneously. She started chemotherapy at 15 weeks pregnant and delivered her baby Amari via Caesarean section at 32 weeks.

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Johnny Quest has a new partner, and his name is Robert Rodriguez! The writer-director-producer-musician has signed on to helm a feature based on the animated franchise and is working on the script with Terry Rossio whose credits include Aladdin, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and The Lone Ranger.

Johnny Quest focuses on the title young man, his father Dr. Benton Quest, his friend Hadji, his dog Bandit, and bodyguard Race Bannon as they go on science fiction-based adventures all over the world. The franchise began with a 1964-debuting Hanna-Barbera cartoon that lasted just one season, but eventually spawned longer running shows like The New Adventures of Johnny Quest in the ’80s, The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest in the ’90s, animated films, video games, and comic books. The franchise is even responsible for influencing the very good, very clever The Venture Bros.

Depending on which side of Rodriguez’s career you focus on, this news might come as a surprise. This is the guy who does Machete and Sin City movies, right? True, but he also created the Spy Kids franchise and two other kid-friendly films: Shorts, and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. In other words, while he might be more well-known for putting ridiculous violence on the big screen, he’s also got plenty of experience taking regular kids and turning them into world-saving heroes.

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Office Lens — a portable scanner for mobile devices and one of Microsoft's most impressive Office apps — is now out of preview and available on the Google Play Store.

The app lets users take a photo of "any rectangular media," and then converts it into an easily shareable, searchable document, in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF — similar to what other scanning apps already offer, although Microsoft includes tighter integration with Office, and is making the app available for free.

Office Lens previously launched on iPhone last month, along with the preview version for Android, and today Microsoft is releasing the final version.

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