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That's right you can get the Brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 for FREE with the new Unlimited Plus Plan at Sprint - this isn't any typo.

What I like about this phone is really cosmetic. The Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body brings sexy to mind and the improved fingerprint reader make it a phone where you won't be going WTF.

If you like the portability of using a camera with your phone then the new camera shortcut key make the phone a versatile device.

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“You do get people looking at you strangely, but the tampon is not that obvious.”

That’s Professor David Lerner, explaining what it was like to conduct a research project where feminine hygiene products were inserted into streams and sewers around Yorkshire, UK. Why? It turns out tampons are an accurate and cheap way to sample water quality.

Towns and cities usually have two separate sewer systems. A sanitary sewer collects everything you flush or rinse down the drain, and transports it to a sewage facility for treatment. Storm sewers or overflow sewers collect up rain and runoff from roofs, paved roads, and parking lots. They empty that water into natural waterways like streams or rivers.

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An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has quietly rolled out a new business called "Home Services," which aims to be a middleman between customers and all sorts of contracted services. It includes things like appliance repair, home cleaning, installation/assembly of products in your car or home, tutoring (academic and musical), and even performance art. Amazon makes money on this by taking a cut of the total price — between 10 and 20 percent. Since everything is geolocated, they have many more options available in big cities than in small rural communities. One of Amazon's goals is to help standardize the price for various services, so there aren't any surprises when the bill comes due.
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There you go, making sense again.

I was raised in a very poor family, one of the poorest in our city, but I have an IQ that's very high, and I always made good grades in school. I don't see the relationship between poverty and smaller brains, nor do I see the relationship between poverty and crime. Of course I was raised in a good family that wasn't trash.

Parental involvement makes more of a difference, and unmarried teens are simply not the best parents. Ask any teacher and they can tell you which students

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Two things remain certain in life: death... and law enforcement agencies using license plate readers obtained with Homeland Security grants for purposes not even remotely related to securing the homeland.

Here's how Newport News, Virginia's police department obtained its automatic license plate readers:

Grant money from a terrorism prevention program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management provided the funding for automatic license plate readers for several Hampton Roads agencies, including Newport News, Suffolk, Norfolk, Williamsburg, James City County, York-Poquoson and Isle of Wight, said Laura Southard, public outreach coordinator for the state's emergency management department.

Hampton Roads law enforcement departments received $869,000 in 2009, $357,000 in 2010 and $143,000 in 2011 for license plate readers, Southard said.

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Techdirt wants to teach people how to break the law. Isn't that special.

"Learn about practical attacks against Wi-Fi networks
Control connections of clients around you without knowing passwords
Gather detailed information about clients & networks like their OS, opened ports & more
Crack WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryptions using a number of methods
Explore ARP spoofing/ARP poisoning
Launch various ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks
Extract important info such as: passwords, cookies, urls, and more
Detect ARP poisoning & protect yourself and your network against it
Use more than 20 penetration testing tools such as ettercap, wireshark, aircrack-ng suit, etc"

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We are still light on details, but now we know a bit more about Tidal, the high-defintion music streaming service that relaunched today, including a long list of musician-shareholders in the service and the participation of Softbank.

Jay Z may be the name we’ve heard in connection with Tidal’s new ownership, but today, the company unveiled a lineup of 17 other famous musicians that are also a part of the venture as co-owners: Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Win Butler and Régine Chassagne from Arcade fire, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Beyonce, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk, Jack White, J. Cole, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, Deadmaus, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher.

And they may not be the only ones. In her opening remarks during a launch event in New York, Vania Schlogel — an executive at Aspiro, the parent company of Tidal — confirmed that the music service will be partnering with Sprint and Sprint’s owner, Softbank. But, in keeping with the light-detail theme, she did not provide any details explaining how. Separately, the NY Post reports that Softbank may be partly bankrolling the service.

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Last year, hundreds of children across the country got sick with what looked like a common cold. Nothing to worry about: body aches, runny nose, coughing and sneezing. But then, mysteriously, a handful of those kids became paralyzed—first, just in an arm or a leg, and then spreading so far that some children needed a ventilator to breathe. The CDC reports that since August 2014, at least 115 children in 34 states have developed unexplained muscle weakness or paralysis, which they’re now calling acute flaccid myelitis. Doctors have urgently been hunting down the origin of this strange illness for over half a year, and now they think they’ve finally identified the culprit: enterovirus D68.

Enterovirus D68 has been around for decades—it was first identified in California in 1962, and it’s one of many viral strains to blame for the common cold. It also belongs to the same genus as poliovirus, an infectious, nerve-damaging pathogen that can cause paralysis. But up until 2012, EV-D68 had never been associated with anything beyond respiratory illness. That’s when some children with baffling cases of muscle weakness and paralysis also tested positive for EV-D68. At the time, there were so few cases that doctors couldn’t definitively blame the enterovirus for the frightening symptoms. Epidemiologists also suspected EV-D86 in last fall’s outbreak, but tests of spinal fluid showed no signs of the virus, so the cause of the paralysis remained a mystery.

Now a study in the Lancet Infectious Diseases confirms doctors’ suspicions, finally linking EV-D68 to the strange neurological effects. A team led by University of California, San Francisco scientists analyzed samples of blood, spinal fluid, stool, and respiratory secretions of 48 pediatric patients from two hospitals in California and Colorado, where the largest cluster of paralysis cases occurred. The researchers used genetic tests to look for all potential sources of the disease, from viruses to bacteria to fungi.

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You won’t find warnings on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the rising tide of violence in Honduras or the terrorist threat in Sydney, Australia, on travel advice site Gogobot. It leaves that to the U.S. State Department and other official agencies.

But vacationers considering a trip to Indiana will find a stark message at the top of many of Gogobot’s Indiana state and city pages warning visitors of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics fear may lead to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The site, which delivers recommendations tailored to discrete interest groups or “tribes,” counts some 30,000 gays, lesbians and transgender people among its 16 million users.

“If somebody used Gogobot to research a trip to Indiana and ended up getting turned away at a restaurant or hotel, we thought that would be important for our travelers to know,” said Chief Executive Travis Katz, noting there’s no travel advisory for this kind of information. “Given that’s what our site’s about, I felt it was a really natural response for us.”

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DHAKA, Bangladesh — The brutal killing of yet another blogger in broad daylight in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka has sent shockwaves through the country.

On Monday, blogger Oyasiqur Rahman was hacked to death, just weeks after an almost identical killing of Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin.

Rahman, who was in his 20s and went by the alias Babu — as well as the pen name Kucchit Hasher Channa, meaning Ugly Duckling — was attacked Monday morning near his home.

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mpicpp writes in with this story about a mistake that saw personal details of world leaders accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department. "With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office. Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request. Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email 'To' field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports."
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Gmail's Android app just became an even better solution for users with multiple email accounts.

Google's latest update to the Android version of the app added a new "all inboxes" view and improved the way email threads are organized for non-Google email accounts.

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DNA production is becoming cheaper than ever, propelled down a Moore’s law curve by maturing technologies and cheaper reagents. This new biosynthetic industry allows researchers to order up a customized sequence for overnight delivery.

But many users don’t just want a chain of nucleotides, they want ready-to-use sequences that can be inserted into a cell to make a product of interest. Such DNA products, known as constructs, include two components – a vector that will be read by host machinery and initiate transcription, and an inserted gene that will generate the non-native biomolecule. Constructs can be thousands of bases in length, but once they’re uploaded to the cell, production should be good to go.

This niche is where Genscript is staking its claim. “We’re the world’s largest provider for construct based gene synthesis,” says Jeffrey Hung, a Genscript Vice President, “and a lot of our growth is coming from higher demand for biologics,” or medicinal biomolecules generated through a microbial host (as opposed to an exclusively chemical synthetic process). Most frequently, the company takes orders for non-native products to be expressed in a different organism, turning the unwitting target cell into a biofactory for recombinant proteins or antibodies. In many cases, biologics – the result of intentional expression of known biomolecules – are safer than uncharacterized but empirically promising small molecules taken from a cellular milieu. And using the cell as a production platform is an appealing prospect: organisms can tune behavior and metabolism to changing conditions, so small fluctuations in temperature or reactant concentration won’t doom a costly industrial process.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to investigate Apple after two complaints from Ericsson that the iPhone maker violated its patents.

The companies have been fighting since the start of the year when a license agreement covering Apple’s use of Ericsson patents on LTE high-speed wireless technology expired. Apple complained that Ericsson had asked too much money for the patents during negotiations.

Apple sued Ericsson in January, arguing the patents are not essential for LTE technology and that the price was excessive. Ericsson counter-sued two days later, alleging Apple had infringed the patents and that the price was fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory—the requirement for patents used in industry standards.

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Although Samsung isn't revealing preorder numbers for its new Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge devices, it's safe to say that demand is high.

High enough, at least, for Samsung to charter several Boeing 747 planes packed with Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices from China headed for its partners in the United States.

T-Mobile preorders started shipping to customers on Friday, with the first units arriving in customers' hands on Monday. The official release date for the S6 and S6 Edge is April 10.

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We toss the word “disruption” around far too frivolously here but I think we’ve finally found a product that deserves to be called amazing, magical, game-changing, and – dare I say it? – disruptive. It is an Easy Cheese 3D printer, four words that have never been brought together in the English language yet that are so important to the future of mankind.

What are you watching here? The future, mostly. It’s a way to dispense sweet Easy Cheese (a cheese product extruded from a can) onto a surface. The resulting slurry can be ejected in various shapes, including, but not limited to, a square. The resulting Easy Cheese objects can be eaten or thrown away.

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Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan.

The new build’s number is 10047 10049, up a total of 6 from the preceding release.

If you are currently on the “fast ring” of the Windows Insider program, say hello to the new code. For the rest of you on the more conservative build cycles, wait for the dust to settle. You can, of course, change your ring setting and get the new tools more quickly. (Note: This is not the upcoming build that will support a host more Windows Phone handsets. This build is nearly all about Project Spartan.)

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The recently-released 9/11 Commission's review of FBI tactics in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks seems to suggest the agency should perform even more racial profiling than it already does. As Kevin Gosztola of Firedoglake points out, the language in the report places a lot of emphasis on "domain awareness" and pre-crime policing.

Documents the American Civil Liberties Union have been able to obtain show [PDF] that “FBI analysts make judgments based on crude stereotypes about the types of crimes different racial and ethnic groups commit, which they then use to justify collecting demographic data to map where people with that racial or ethnic makeup live.” The FBI uses “domain analysis” to target American Muslims and Islamic institutions.
The similarities between this suggested course of action and the NYPD's infamous "Demographics Unit" (led by a former CIA official) are notable. Both involve questionable tactics like declaring entire mosques "terrorist organizations" simply because attendees followed the same religion as the 9/11 attackers. Notably, the FBI found the NYPD's tactics so thoroughly violated the rights of those being surveilled that it refused to access any of the intelligence gathered by the Demographics Unit. That decision ultimately cost the FBI nothing in terms of usable intel. Despite years of rights violations and round-the-clock surveillance, the NYPD's special unit was never instrumental in preventing attacks or producing significant arrests.

Marcy Wheeler at Emptywheel notes that the FBI's analysis of the 9/11 Commission's reports indicates a significant percentage of FBI agents found racial profiling and pre-crime "investigations" to be a waste of time.

According to one anecdote, 20% of analysts (not even Field Agents!) understand the point of this. And even in offices where they do understand, the Field Agents won’t do their part by going and filling in the blanks analysts identify.

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Revitalize Saggy Couch Cushions with Poly-Fil and Quilt Batting

Over time, couch cushions can start to get a little droopy and sad. You can perk them back up again by adding some extra fluff to the inside of each cushion.

Your cushions and pillows will start to sag for a couple of reasons: they slowly soak up moisture and the stuffing gets displaced over time. If a little sun bathing isn’t enough to fluff those things up, you might have to add more stuffing inside. Tonya at the Love of Family and Home Blog suggests plumping the back cushions back up with some Poly-Fil polyester fiber and some quilt batting for the cushions you sit on. It won’t cost you very much, and after that your couch should look like new. Of course, this only works for couches that allow you to unzip the cushions. To learn more about the process, check out the link below.

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Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.

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