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This premium GE fridge has the coolest water dispenser ever

The GE Profile Series French Door refrigerator has a lot going for it -- but it's the water dispenser that steals the show.

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Editor’s note: Jonathan Friedman is a partner at LionBird, an early-stage fund investing in digital health, commerce and enterprise software. He blogs at Venture Capital Point of View.

So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most founders may expect.

Here are the three most common reasons why receiving a term sheet may not result in an investment by a VC and what you can do about it.

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LA Noire is, at its core, an impeccably executed, hard-boiled police drama. As a member of the 1940s LAPD, you spend your time combing scenes for clues, interrogating suspects, following leads, et cetera.

Built around a large number of scripted cases with linear scenarios—though an optional free-roaming mode is available—LA Noire leans heavily on deft writing and powerful performances, buoyed by the use of MotionScan technology, which portrays actors' faces in startling detail, from small wrinkles to nervous tics. (Expressions play a major role during interrogation scenes.) Fistfights, shoot-outs, car chases, and foiled bank robberies add delicious action to the drama.

LA Noire grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go for roughly the same amount of time as two TV series seasons—an apt description for such a narrative powerhouse.

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This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric.

We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. And surprisingly, we spend very little time talking about the Apple Watch, for probably the first time since that device became available – or even was first announced.

Rumors also suggest iPad could get a dual-screen mode, and we’re fairly split on how we feel about that. One thing’s certain, though: Apple probably has a ton of new stuff to show off at WWDC this year if they’re spilling the beans on Mac hardware refreshes a few weeks before the actual event.

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In Canada there are basically two prison systems. One, for those sentenced to less than two years, is run by the province (thus a common sentence is "two years less a day"). The second, for those sentenced to two years or more, is run by the Federal Government. Recidivism rates for those sentenced to provincial jails is roughly 45% re-offend (statistics are lifelong, not three years as in the parent post's research). For the Federal system, it's less than 5%. Provincial inmates are released to the community they came from, while Federal inmates are paroled to a different community. They balance the releases by placing people based on the incarceration rate in a given community; in other words if 5 criminals are sent to Federal prison in a town, then 5 are released to that town, but are not from that town.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man

This phone isn’t something Tony Stark was able to build in cave with a box of scraps. It’s a brand new Galaxy S6 Edge from the folks at Samsung, and it’s going on sale soon. No, you won’t need an arc reactor to power it: an ordinary lithium polymer battery will do just fine. Other than the crimson and gold tones borrowed from Iron Man’s armor and the image of his helmet on the back, this is an ordinary S6 Edge.

Wait, what helmet? The render above is obviously lacking that particular detail, but it’s clearly visible in another image — a teaser posted by Samsung itself. As you can see, the Avengers Edition Edge should be arriving in just a few more days.

iron-man-phone

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"It's-a me! Mad Max!"

A new twist on the original Mad Max: Fury Road trailer imagines what the film might be like if it took place in the Mario Kart universe. What if Fury Road was littered with cartoon-like banana peels, and giant chain-chomps that cause explosions? The results are pretty awesome.

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Finally, here are the last speakers to be announced for our second annual Code Conference, which takes place next week.

Because Twitter has been so in the news for a variety of reasons, and because the livestreaming startup called Periscope that it bought this year has too, we thought that CEO Dick Costolo and founder Kayvon Beykpour would make a great pair to interview in our famous red hot seats. (Costolo has been grilled by us before, while Beykpour is a newbie.)

We hope to cover a lot of topics onstage about how the social communications company innovates (make or buy?), copyright issues around mobile video (we’ll ask speaker and CBS CEO Les Moonves about that dicey issue too) and how Twitter leaders think of the company as it moves forward (and how they cope with the constant scrutiny).

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Mozilla is learning that making smartphones dirt cheap doesn't guarantee success when you're running up against Google's Android operating system. CNET reports that in an email to employees sent out on Thursday, CEO Chris Beard made it clear that the company will soon be changing its mobile strategy. "We have not seen sufficient traction for a $25 phone," Beard wrote. He went on to say, "We will focus on efforts that provide a better user experience, rather than focusing on cost alone."

Reality sets in

That's not to say that Mozilla will exclusively be targeting the high-end iPhone and Android flagship market. The company seems determined to produce enticing options across a broad range of prices, and more Mozilla employees will likely be asked to help gauge just how Firefox OS phones stack up against an endless sea of Android competition. "While we won't be able to live and breathe on each and every target device for our core product and technology, we can on phones that are powerful enough for each of us to make our primary phone," Beard wrote. His email even mentions that Mozilla will continue to explore developing feature phones — presumably employees won't be forced to carry those around.

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Firefox new tab ads

Heads up, Firefox users: a new round of context-based ads are headed your way later this year. They’ll be making an appearance on your new tab page. Luckily, Mozilla’s giving you an easy way to opt out.

In August of last year, Mozilla shipped Directory tiles in Firefox. It was the company’s first big push to generate a bit of income in-browser from something other than a search integration deal. While any kind of ads in Firefox sounded like a slap in the face to users, Mozilla worked incredibly hard to come up with a system that respected users’ privacy and choice. Ultimately, the response to the tiles has been positive.

Now they’re preparing to launch phase two. They’re still targeting the new tab page, but this time the sponsored tiles will appear even if you’ve got a full grid. Right now, only new users are guaranteed to see ads; you can squeeze them out with enough browsing, but even with that change, it’s not time to grab pitchforks and torches and storm Mozilla HQ. It’s important to remember that Mozilla doesn’t charge you or me anything for their browser — the company needs to generate revenue somehow, and thankfully it hasn’t resorted to selling DLC like everyone else.

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The modern mobile era began in 2007 with the release of the first iPhone. But Apple didn’t invent the smartphone, the mobile web, or even the app store. It wasn’t even the first to sell a smartphone to the everyday consumer.

In 2002, T-Mobile launched the Sidekick, a smartphone that featured a full keyboard, an email client, a custom mobile web browser, and an AOL Instant Messenger Client. It sold for about $200 when paired with a wireless contract, with monthly plans starting at around $40 a month.

T-Mobile tried hard to position the phone not as a toy for geeks and business people, but as a cool lifestyle gadget. The company shelled out for an extensive advertising campaign and the phone appeared in many TV shows, probably through product placement deals (see video above). The hype culminated in a commercial that featured a ensemble cast of celebrities, including Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Burt Reynolds, and Jason Acuña.

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Martini’s are a sophisticated drink, but they can be daunting if you don’t know the ingredients or lingo. This infographic explains everything you need to know about ordering and making one the most iconic cocktails there is.

This infographic, from Fix.com, explains what goes in a martini, as well as how to make the classics yourself. You’ll learn the differences between dry and sweet vermouth, and whether you want your martini wet, dry, or very dry. It even offers an example of how to order one from a bartender with the right lingo so you can look extra cool when you get yours shaken, not stirred.

More Martinis Please! | Fix.com

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Clear Your Mind Before Bed by Promising to Return to Your Thoughts Later

It’s hard to fall asleep when your mind is going full speed, but you can clear your head of ideas and worries by cutting a deal with yourself.

Whether you can’t stop thinking about work tomorrow, or your just too excited about an idea you thought of, you need to calm yourself so you can get some shuteye. Author Naomi Goodlet at Pick the Brain suggests you promise yourself that you’ll return to your thoughts later:

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After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other hand, preventing you from responding to notifications or using apps.

The Aria is an add-on band that solves this occasional frustration by measuring movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face.

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A California man who ran a website where sex workers and pimps could offer their services was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.28 million in cash and property. Prosecutors said the case involved the nation's first Web operator convicted of federal charges for running a site dedicated to advertising the world's oldest profession.

53-year-old Eric Omuro, who went by "Red" and other handles, pleaded guilty in December. He was sentenced on Thursday in San Francisco and agreed to forfeit the domains sfRedbook.com and myRedBook.com.

According to the Justice Department:

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Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS support for older devices – including ones that aren’t even necessarily on sale anymore.

The report from 9to5Mac says that iOS 9 will feature a new optimization method to better support older hardware, including the iPad mini and the iPhone 4S. Apple typically extends iOS compatibility to devices a few generations prior to the current shipping model, but in the past it has not done a terrific job of making OS updates all that friendly for those older iPhones and iPads. Typical user complaints include reports of significant performance slowdowns post-update. Apple also typically disables the most demanding features of new software updates, which can also detract from the overall user experience.

This time around, Apple is focusing specifically on performance efficiency for older gadgets running iOS 9, with an effective core app and then features added as they go, provided they don’t impeded the quality of the overall OS user experience.

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PUSH MARKETING PLATFORM Donky launched officially this week, offering developers a series of platform-agnostic options to incorporate into apps and IoT devices.

Capable of delivering rich media messaging, push notifications, user identification and marketing automation, the system can be niche targeted or action triggered, regardless of access method.

We caught up with Donky CEO Paul Putman who told us: "What we realised is that it was easiest to flesh out the developer proposition by creating a marketing automation suite to compete with the Urbans and Pushios, but with the fundamental difference that we're a network, we have two way capabilities, but with added funky stuff.

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ARE YOU A TECH GENIUS? Do you have a brain to rival Alan Turing, Tim Berners-Lee and Bill Gates combined? In which case, you'll want to take our quiz to show off your IT IQ.

We've trawled through the week's biggest technology news and have put together this quiz that will test your knowledge of the IT industry, and fill you in on any of the big stories you've missed over the past seven days.

Once you've finished, you can always share your score on Facebook or Twitter to wow your friends and colleagues with how brilliant you are. Or just sit at your desk with a smug smile of self-satisfaction, knowing you got a top score.

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The Fantastic Pushbullet App Has a Competitor With Microsoft OneClip

I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.

Currently unreleased, the idea behind OneClip is simple: whatever smartphone you use—iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone—you can seamlessly move links, screenshots, and images by combining one universal clipboard with Windows.

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There comes a point in every zeitgeisty app's life when it wonders if it should stop eating nothing but Doritos and having those drunken one-night stands and become a mature, serious business. We've already seen Snapchat evolve from a way to distribute pictures of your genitals to a news broadcast system, and now Tinder is seriously considering becoming a music promoter. The dating app has just signed a deal with Interscope Records to promote the new album from Russian DJ Zedd.

If, during a swiping session, you come across Zedd's come-hither gaze and swipe right, you won't get a message telling you that you've got a match. Instead, you'll be offered a link to download his latest album for $3.99, compared to the $7.99 it's currently priced up at on Google Play and iTunes. It's not the first time that Tinder profiles have been used for viral marketing purposes, since the makers of Ex Machina had one of its lead characters chatting unwitting users up in the run-up to its US release.

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