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The lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project has been hired away by Apple, fueling speculation that the iPhone maker could be working on an AR project of its own.

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Analyst Travis Jakel of Piper Jaffray found that Nick Thompson's LinkedIn page now lists him as an engineer at Apple, where he started work in July. Prior to that, he had a few stints at Microsoft, most recently where he served as the HoloLens Audio Hardware Engineering Lead from September of 2012.

Thompson previously had a noteworthy tenure — nearly 7 years — at Apple, where he served as the senior engineering manager of the company's CPU Software, Audio division. His profile reveals he was responsible for the design, implementation and execution of built-in audio systems for Mac products and the first-generation Apple TV.

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NVIDIA HAS LAUNCHED the second generation of its GRID 2.0 virtual GPU technology. GRID 2.0 promises double the performance over the previous version, and is open to twice as many users. It also now supports Linux users as opposed to just Windows.

Nvidia's GRID technology lets employees use any computing device, including their own notebooks and portable devices, to access all their office productivity and design applications virtually - just as they would at their desks - from anywhere at any time. Since its launch in late 2013, the software has liberated those who are limited in where they can work owing to the relatively large computers needed to do their jobs.

"With the launch of the second generation of GRID virtualisation technology, we are doubling the number of users we support, opening up to a larger class of users and doubling performance, so users can take advantage of the latest and greatest apps available with 2.0," said Nvidia during a briefing call.

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People can sometimes have interests outside of work you would never guess at. Financial analyst Mannan Malik is one of those people. By day he’s an analyst, by night he’s been perfecting a pair of jeans that never smell and never need washing.

The quest for such a pair of jeans came about because Malik wanted “perfectly worn-in vintage-looking jeans.” In order to get that he took a standard pair of jeans and kept wearing them without washing. Of course, doing so ended up in smelly, dirty jeans which needed washing and lost the worn-in feel.

Instead of remaining frustrated or walking around in smelly jeans, Malik set about designing a new pair of jeans that he’d never have to wash. The key was the use of silver yarn woven into the denim combined with a coating on the jeans that makes them superhydrophobic. The silver kills bacteria, while the coating stops liquids, and therefore stains, settling in the fabric and causing a stink. You can still wash them every few months if you so wish, but there should be no need to.

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Today while I still ponder the mysteries of life I have decided to nominate this day in my office to be "Fantastic Inventors Day" and the inventor that I am honoring is none other than the great Nikola Tesla.

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Someone put out this weird analogy a while back that in life you have 2 kinds of people and that is the thinkers and the doers. But I disagree - as thinkers can be doers and doers can be thinkers. Anyway, in my world I see the thinkers as the inventors of things and the doers as the salesman / investors who help the inventors sell their ideas that they have come up with. Sometimes the inventors can be the doers and fund their own projects but in a large percentage of the cases the inventors need proper funding and exposure.

Often you may have the thinkers who will create fantastic ideas and the doers will decide not to help them but to rip them off. Just is the case of Nikola Tesla and his fabulous ideas. According to history it appears that Thomas Edison ripped Tesla off as much as he can. And according to this infographic you will see some of what went on between him and Edison. To me I believe in fairness.

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Buying a home is a daunting experience. Especially if you’ve never done it before, the process is difficult to navigate, and half the battle is figuring out what all the mortgage-related jargon means. This website will help you figure it out.

Home Buying Cheat Sheet lists all the common terms associated with the process, then explains what they all mean. It’s essentially an online glossary of every home buying-related term you can think of, defined in simple terms. Of course, you could easily look these definitions up online, but I like that the site gives you a straightforward answer, based on what you need to know as a homeowner. Also, the site is organized by section, so it tells you the terms you should know when it comes to say, taxes.

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Just because the 2015 Note is already out and available doesn't mean that Samsung will cede its IFA crown without a fight. At the same August event where Samsung launched its new phablets for this year, it teased the launch of its next smartwatch, the Gear S2. The software and specs are still a mystery, but it looks mighty promising already. Like last year's IFA debutant, the Gear S, the S2 will probably be running Samsung's Tizen OS, though unlike its bulky predecessor, the new watch's emphasis appears to be on a sleeker, more refined look. Because, as every electronics manufacturer likes to remind us, watches are as much jewelry as they are utility items.

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Announced at Computex and promised for this fall, the ZenWatch 2 is likely to finally receive its price and release date at IFA. It embodies exactly the same philosophy as Samsung is pursuing: fashion and aesthetics first, technology second. Asus was already on this path with the original ZenWatch, and now it's expanding the options on offer with up to 18 different combinations of color, materials, and design. The Taiwanese company promises "dramatically improved" recharging times with a new magnetic connector, and it's also layering on a few extra watch faces atop the standard Android Wear interface.

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The FISA Court has approved another three-month extension of the NSA's phone metadata collection, allowing the agency to run out the clock on the USA Freedom Act-triggered "transition period" with no additional stipulations attached. The transition will apparently be "business as usual" right up to the expiration date (Nov. 29, 2015), at which point everything will suddenly be compliant with the new law.

Until that date, the NSA will still collect (and store) phone metadata in bulk. The only limitation in place at this point dates back to February 2014 -- when searches of the data haul were limited to court-approved "selectors" backed by reasonable, articulable suspicion.

The joint statement issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the DOJ discusses the impact of the USA Freedom Act extensively but makes no mention of court decisions or legal challenges possibly affecting the current collection of phone records in bulk. The FISA court order does mention ongoing lawsuits with implications on the collection as implemented, but simply orders the government to inform it of any changes it may need to make to the renewal order if a decision alters the bulk collection playing field.

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Ten years after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flood devastated New Orleans, the city is back, but undeniably different. Despite the innumerable changes of the past decade, NOLA remains a rich, wonderful place, one with a rhythm and pace all its own. There isn’t another city like New Orleans or another region quite like the Gulf Coast. There’s no end of Instagrammers offering small glimpses into the region. These five are especially compelling.

Baton Rouge photographer Patrick Melon’s (@melontao) striking images document communities in Louisiana and beyond. Melon’s Tumblr is worth a look too.

Elliott Kirkland Taylor’s (@ekt) diaristic photos of everyday life have gained him over 50k followers on Instagram. Expect lots of interesting architecture and dreamy moods.

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VentureBeat reports that T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that T-Mobile will cut off (at least from "unlimited" data plans) customers who gloss over the fine print of their data-use agreement by tethering their unlimited-data phones and grab too much of the network's resources. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Lerge says the company will be "eliminating anyone who abuses our network," and complains that some "network abusers" are using 2TB of data monthly. The article says This is the first official word from the carrier that seems to confirm a memo that was leaked earlier this month. At that time, it was said action would be taken starting August 17 and would go after those who used their unlimited LTE data for Torrents and peer-to-peer networking.
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Android fans wanting a touch of gold with their smartwatch — a la the Apple Watch — may be interested to learn of a fancy pants version of LG’s Watch Urbane.

Priced at just $1,200, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a limited edition timepiece produced by LG and jeweler Reeds. It will be showcased at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this week and is available for pre-order on Reeds’ site now, though the actual product — the 500 of them being made — won’t ship until October.

Beyond the standard LG Urbane, which is probably one of the nicest looking Android smartwatches to date, Reeds has added 23-karat gold plating and an alligator leather strap. If that didn’t get your fancy, there’s a bespoke deployment clasp and “each LG Watch Urbane Luxe is individually numbered and presented in a piano gloss lacquered case with a signed certificate of authenticity.”

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Western Digital has taken cloud-enabled backup features provided by other services, including syncing folders and backing up photos from a smartphone, and added them to a new software update that will be available to its My Cloud devices.

The storage company also updated its My Cloud Mirror backup devices, making them faster.

WD announced the new software, known as My Cloud OS 3, at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The software will be available for download on Sept. 21, while the new My Cloud Mirror devices, ranging from 4TB to 8TB, can be pre-ordered now for shipment on Sept. 30.

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Australian medical cannabis company MMJ PhytoTech Limited has just sold its first marijuana pills. The bad news: They are only available in Europe.

The capsules were sold in August via a Swiss-based subsidiary, Satipharm. 10 milligrams of the medication will set you back 89 euros (A$139.95).

The pills are registered as a dietary supplement in Germany. Their active ingredient, Cannabidiol (CBD), is made from a special medical cannabis strain and they do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes most of marijuana's psychological effects when smoked.

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T-Mobile Will Stop Customers Abusing Unlimited Data

T-Mobile’s ‘unlimited means unlimited’ policy is good for consumers, but it’s also a boon for less scrupulous users who use cell data to replace broadband, with the help of a few dubious workarounds. Starting today, the endless data gravy train is going to stop.

T-Mobile’s top-end plan does actually offer unlimited LTE data — but that’s just for use on your smartphone. When it comes to tethering your laptop to your phone, you get 7GB of high-speed data, after which you’re throttled. However, with some fairly simple workarounds on rooted Android phones, users trick the carrier into seeing tethering use as normal cellphone use — and according to T Mobile, some people are abusing that to the tune of 2TB a month.

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The ferrofluid font in action

You may have seen ferrofluid (aka magnetic ink) used for clever science demonstrations in school, but it might just get a much cooler application before long. Linden Gledhill and Craig Ward have developed Fe2O3 Glyphs, wild-looking characters created by putting a ferrofluid between glass plates and subjecting it to spinning magnetic fields. The result is a sort of anti-font -- while the "letters" look like they could be part of an alien language, they're so unique that you'd likely never produce the same effect twice.

The creators are producing a digital typeface that you can use for your own projects, and they also hope to create a limited run of letterpress art prints to show your friends. You'll need to pitch in to make both of these a reality, though. The duo has launched a crowdfunding campaign that gives you both the digital font and at least one print (either unique or copied). You'll need to pledge at least $30 to get something in return, but it might be worth the cash if you've ever wanted science-influenced artwork in your home.

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Pokémon fans headed to the PAX gaming conference in Seattle suffered a disappointment on Thursday when their schedule party didn't materialize. The reason? Copyright lawyers working for the The Pokémon Company saw the whole fiesta as a giant festival of infringement.

Company lawyers got wind of the unofficial party, which was advertised on a poster (above) that included two characters from the Pokémon universe: Pikachu, the most famous character (or Pokémon), and the dragon-like Snivy. On Wednesday Aug. 26, one day before the party, they sued (PDF) to stop it.

image"Defendants boast that the '5th Annual Unofficial Pokémon PAX Kickoff Party' will feature among other things, 'Pokémon themed shots and drinks - Smash Bros. Tournament with cash prize - Dancing - Giveaways - Cosplay Contest and more,' and an “AMAZIN POKEMON MASHUP," the complaint reads.

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In the ever-escalating social media arms race, GIFs are the best way to get attention. Static photos are so 2013. But a new app called Giffiti (like graffiti with GIFs) lets you enhance your pics by overlaying animations. 

Announced by Nalin Mittal this month with a simple post on Reddit, Giffiti rocketed to the front page and hit #14 amongst U.S. Entertainment apps on iOS.

This was not the plan. Mittal had sold his company Appstores.com to InMobi. He left with his friend Tim Jones and was trying to build an app for making birthday video montages called Celebrate. They weren’t getting anywhere, but saw GIF search engines gaining popularity on Reddit and Product Hunt. They took three weeks and built Giffiti. 

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Netflix users will soon have to find somewhere else to get their fix of "Hunger Games" and "World War Z."

The streaming service announced Sunday it has decided not to renew its movie licensing deal with Epix when the current contract expires at the end of September. In the announcement, the streaming service said it was putting a greater emphasis on original content.

"We've enjoyed a five-year partnership with Epix, but our strategic paths are no longer aligned," Netflix said in a statement to Variety. "Our focus has shifted to provide great movies and TV series for our members that are exclusive to Netflix. Epix focus is to make sure that their movies will be widely available for consumers through a variety of platforms."

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There’s no need to buy new extravagant knife sets every time your blades start to dull. Instead, you can take care of the knives you have and prolong their lifespan. This video will show you how to keep them just as sharp as when you bought them.http://lifehacker.com/dont-buy-expen...

The video above, from the How To You YouTube channel, explains everything you need to sharpen with a whetstone at home, and the best methods for doing so. Obviously, you’ll need a whetstone (as well as a few other things), and you’ll want to work near your sink or a bucket so you have easy access to water. Fill a container with water, then soak the whetstone in it until it stops bubbling. Inspect your blades for any trouble spots, and get to sharpening using the methods and motions described in the video; making sure to check your progress as you go. We’ve talked about sharpening knives with whetstones before, but this guide is a bit more thorough and the old video has since been removed.

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If you were ever inclined to think that criminal computer hackers were more nuisance than mortal threat to companies and the careers of their senior executives, the events of the past week should quickly change your mind.

If there’s anything that C-level executives at companies of all kinds can learn from the devastating hacking attack against Ashley Madison, a site for arranging extramarital trysts, and its parent company, Avid Life Media, it is this: Hackers can cost you your job.

Avid Life CEO Noel Biderman is only the latest in a slowly accumulating collection of senior execs who have lost their jobs after high-profile hacking incidents on their companies or organizations.

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