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From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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From the clock face of your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access any enabled Glances. Swipe left and right to scroll through all the Glances activated on your Watch, like the built-in Now Playing Glance.

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Users can add, remove and rearrange Glances using the Apple Watch app on their iPhone.

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Leave it to Audi to make headlights something interesting to talk about. Not satisfied with their laser light technology, they’re hard at work incorporating that with the matrix-beam system they demonstrated working with LED lighting.

To bring you up to speed, the matrix lighting maps out a grid for the headlight beam area. Instead of shutting off or redirecting the whole beam, the LED tech can simply turn off the light in a section where the light might be blinding. In practical terms, if the car detected an oncoming vehicle, it would still brightly illuminate the dark path in front of the car and just switch off the part of the beam where another vehicle was traveling.

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Getting this to work with its laser light tech isn’t a matter of just swapping out the light source. Laser light tends to be more direct and intense, so the solution Audi has been working on revolves around a system called the Intelligent Laser Light For Compact and High-Resolution Adaptive Headlights.

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Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective — if not entirely inspired — strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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This is not the Apple ad you're looking for.

When Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed Apple Watch at a special event in March, his presentation came with the usual assortment of impeccably produced videos showing off device design, features and, notably, an in-depth look at materials processing.

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One of the beautiful things about Netflix is the service’s addictive formula of unloading every episode of a series’ latest season at once. Those wondering just how much impact the Netflix way has had on the TV industry need only look at NBC’s latest series, Aquarius. The upcoming David Duchovny drama, which debuts May 28 on NBC, will follow the Netflix mantra, allowing fans to binge-watch the remaining 12 episodes online the following morning.

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In a first for network TV, NBC has announced that it will make all 13 episodes of the new series available on NBC.com, as well as the NBC mobile app, and on cable VOD platforms the day after the series debut.

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Non-game Android apps are normally written in Java, but a group inside Google is experimenting with a whole new way of writing Android apps using Dart, Google's in-house Web development language. It's Android apps with no Java, a focus on speed, and deep integration with the Web.

Dart was created by members of Chrome's V8 Javascript engine team, after being frustrated with some aspects of the 20-year-old language they dealt with on a day-to-day basis. The group recently held a Dart Developer Summit where it showed off the Dart on Android project. Dart on Android isn't called something obvious like "Dart on Android,"—it's going by the name of "Sky." For now Sky (Dart on Android) is just an open source experiment, but the project offers a lot of promise compared to traditional app development.

Being fast and responsive is one of the biggest goals for Sky. While 60FPS (or Hz) is the smoothness standard most devices and app developers aim for, the Dart team wants to crank that up to 120FPS, which isn't even possible to display on the standard 60Hz smartphone screens we have today. That sounds rather improbable on Android, where many apps don't stay at 60FPS, let alone 120. Rendering an app at 60FPS requires a frame to be drawn every 16ms, and apps "jank" or display an animation stutter, when they can't keep up with the 16ms deadline.

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Tin foil is beneath government budget levels. We must now gold plate the interior of our space ships.

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Five telecom trade groups and two broadband providers have asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to put a hold on net neutrality rules it recently approved.

Seeking a partial stay of the FCC’s rules are trade groups USTelecom, CTIA, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the American Cable Association and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association as well as ISPs AT&T and CenturyLink. The groups asked the FCC Friday to put a hold on its decision to reclassify broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service, but the requests do not affect the commission’s rules that prohibit blocking, throttling and paid prioritization.

Most of those groups are among those who have filed seven lawsuits challenging the rules.

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Its not simply Atom, it uses the Monaco editor MS have been using on VS Online for some time, as well as Omnisharp and a few other things - Atom supplies the shell, and Chromium the runtime, but its much more than simply Atom.

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Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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With Tweetbot 3 version 3.6, the new tweet quoting format, first introduced through Twitter's official iOS app earlier this month, not only saves on character limits, but looks much cleaner in users' timelines.

The feature is activated by selecting Standard Quote in the Quote Format settings menu. When selected, quoted tweets will be embedded with author, images and text set off in their own box, topped by a link to the original tweet's URL and space for a reply.

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Editor’s note: Kevin Raposo is a tech blogger who writes for KnowTechie, which he launched. When he’s not catching up on all the latest startups budding out of the Boston tech scene, he’s holding his post down as a media relations manager at EZPR

Thanks to a little startup sprouting up from Boston, I was able to map out a small section of a neuron through EyeWire, a company that’s gamifying its neuroscience research in order to enlist the help of people from all over the world.

To understand how the brain works, scientists need to figure out how electrical impulses travel through its vast network of 85 billion neurons, connected through 100 trillion synapses. And to do this, they need to map the structure and connections of all these neurons. Enter EyeWire, a company that’s crowdsourcing this mapping process with a fun and addictive online game.

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Earlier this week at the Milken Institute’s annual global conference, I interviewed Ben Horowitz, who is the founder of high-profile Silicon Valley venture firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Unlike a lot of powerful people in Silicon Valley — and much to my surprise — Horowitz gave an unusually honest answer to why his firm is not actively trying to hire a woman general partner, noting that it had “no quotas, goals, mandates.” The issue of the small percentage of women at VC firms has been in the spotlight of late, due to the recent trial between Kleiner Perkins and former partner Ellen Pao.

Pao lost her gender discrimination case, but the hot-button topic has now focused on why most major firms have few or no women general partners.

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Tommy Palm, formerly the “games guru” at Candy Crush Saga maker King, is heading up a new virtual reality games studio called Resolution Games. The Stockholm-based startup, currently self-funded, said today that it would seek to make casual, “light-hearted” games for VR aimed at as broad an audience as possible. A spokesperson said Resolution will focus on the VR platforms “that will have the most mainstream attraction at first” and plans to release its first game by the end of this year.

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Apple has updated its Apple Watch support documentation, confirming that the device may have issues when worn by users who have wrist tattoos. The changes were added following a series of reports from new Apple Watch owners who found that their tattoos seemed to interfere with the smartwatch’s ability to track their pulse or cause other problems. Apple now says that permanent and temporary changes to your skin, including the ink used in tattoos, can impact the heart rate sensor’s performance.

In addition, the document clarifies, the ink, pattern and saturation of the tattoo can block the light from the sensor, making it difficult for Apple Watch wearers to get reliable readings. That is to say, those with darker tattoos that cover more of the skin’s surface may have more issues than those with lighter tattoos that are smaller in size.

The paragraph on tattoos was added to a page detailing how the Apple Watch heart rate sensor works, in a section that explains what sorts of factors could affect the sensor’s performance and a wearer’s ability to get a good reading. The Internet Archive, which keeps historical copies of websites, shows that an earlier version of this same page didn’t include the note about tattoos, ahead of the Apple Watch’s launch in April.

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Look, sometimes it takes a little while for things to reach their full potential. Or does it? In our review of the HTC One M9, we talked about how lackluster the smartphone's camera is, especially when compared to rival flagships like the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. That said, HTC has released an update to its standalone camera app that will make quite a few people happy. Available now on Google Play, this version of the HTC Camera is finally getting RAW support, which will let those of you with an M9 start capturing uncompressed image files -- unfortunately, that's the only device compatible with the new feature. You can grab the refreshed app right now -- and once you've taken it for a spin, be sure to share your thoughts with us.

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In love with the Surface pen? You're not the only one. Microsoft confirmed on its Surface blog this morning that it acquired the pen-sensing technology that helps power the Surface Pro 3 from the company that created it, Israeli tech outfit N-trig. If you're the type who pays attention to Israeli business newspapers, this whole thing might not come as a shock - Calcalist reported earlier this year that Microsoft was eyeing N-trig for a full-on acquisition that would see the company's 190 employees folded into the Microsoft mothership at some point. That's not the case anymore, though: We've been able to confirm the folks in Redmond just bought the technology, and not the whole company.

So, aside from a little M&A intrigue to spice up your Friday morning, what does this mean for you? Well, the Surface Pen is one of those bits of the Surface experience that seems totally extraneous at first, and then more-or-less lovely after you've gotten to play with it. It's far from perfect -- N-trig's pen ditched its predecessor's ability to erase stuff by flipping the thing around -- but the purchase signals Microsoft's commitment to making pen input something that could feasibly replace the traditional thumb-punching and finger-poking touchscreens have attuned us too. It shouldn't be long before we see some of N-trig's tech in action, either Windows 10's launch is just over the horizon at this point and we already know that some new Windows smartphones will play nice with pen inputs thanks to a feature called DirectInk. That we'll be able to write on a broad swath of new devices soon was never a question, though there is one loose end we haven't been able to tie up: What's going to happen to the rest of N-trig?

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Amazon Twitch hack

Do you make sure your passwords are secure?

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451 RESEARCH has revealed that proprietary cloud offerings are currently more cost effective than OpenStack.

The Cloud Price Index showed that VMware, Red Hat and Microsoft all offer a better total cost of ownership (TCO) than OpenStack distributors.

The report blames the shortfall on a lack of skilled OpenStack engineers, leading to a high price for employing them.

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The tone of the book often makes the reader feel like we are on a collision course to another eventual large scale extinction. We're already witnessing it in certain areas of the world as landscapes change, heat rises, and acidification of oceans increase, which leads to the extinction of plants and animals in those areas. As much of a wake up call as this book is, it could have provided solutions about how to stem the tide of these extinctions. It's up to the human race to reverse the trends that are leading to such devastating loses and hopefully solutions that can be found. We as a race have created such destruction  and we as a race can continue to destroy or foster the growth of a more habitual life for those who live here on our planet. In all seriousness the Earth doesn't need the human race. It will be able to maintain itself without such debauchery that greed has harnessed.

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Kirstie Alley has had unwanted publicity before, but this may be a bridge too far.

The actress was a trending topic on Twitter on Friday morning, but not for the right reason. In a totally unrelated news development, The New York Times reported a development in the "Bridgegate" scandal surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: A former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be pleading guilty Friday to unspecified charges in the case.

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LOS ANGELES — Behold ... The Vision ... cannot see a thing?

“Oh, do you think I could get my glasses — my things that make me actually see people?,” Paul Bettany asks his attendant publicist, the first words out of his mouth before the interview begins. “My glasses ... proper ... I just can't see a fuckin' thing. Thank you.”

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