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The opening minutes of MTV's Scream — based on the 1996 movie that was scary at the time — throw the viewer into the belly of the digital beast: a teenager's social (media) life.

It all starts with a salacious YouTube video that quickly spreads like an STD during prom season.

The video, which features a young girl named Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus, who was fantastic on CW's Arrow) making out with another girl, is meant to be cyber bullying. The person who filmed and shared the footage aimed to do some damage. And it sort of works.

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Here's Hillary Clinton Working Out How to Use a Fax Machine

This evening, the State Department released another trove of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state. Among the gems being uncovered is this terse exchange, a wonderful insight into trying to use a fax machine in 2015. Anyone who’s tech-supported their parents over email can definitely relate.

Here's Hillary Clinton Working Out How to Use a Fax Machine

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An anonymous reader writes: We all celebrated back in May when a federal court ruled the NSA's phone surveillance illegal, and again at the beginning of June, when the Patriot Act expired, ending authorization for that surveillance. Unfortunately, the NY Times now reports on a ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which concluded that the NSA may temporarily resume bulk collection of metadata about U.S. citizens's phone calls. From the article: "In a 26-page opinion (PDF) made public on Tuesday, Judge Michael W. Mosman of the surveillance court rejected the challenge by FreedomWorks, which was represented by a former Virginia attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican. And Judge Mosman said that the Second Circuit was wrong, too. 'Second Circuit rulings are not binding' on the surveillance court, he wrote, 'and this court respectfully disagrees with that court's analysis, especially in view of the intervening enactment of the U.S.A. Freedom Act.' When the Second Circuit issued its ruling that the program was illegal, it did not issue any injunction ordering the program halted, saying that it would be prudent to see what Congress did as Section 215 neared its June 1 expiration."
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Apple's new warranty will replace your battery once it loses 20 percent of its capacity Apple Inc.

Is your laptop's life span just not what it used to be? Is your iPhone not making it through the day? You might be in luck.

Apple has added a new feature to its AppleCare+ warranty service, an added cost for people who buy an iPhone smartphone, MacBook laptop or iPad tablet device. Typically, the company said it would replace the battery on a device only if its capacity, or the amount of energy it's able to hold, fell to less than half of its original capability. Now, Apple says, it will replace the battery if it falls below 80 percent.

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A report on Tuesday claims Apple's secret automotive initiative is creating tension within the company's ranks as resource allotments are now gobbling up personnel from other divisions.

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According to a source familiar with the matter, Apple is reassigning workers to its car project at such a high rate that department heads are beginning to beomoan the loss of talent, reports The Register.The exact nature of Apple's car initiative, dubbed Project Titan, remains shrouded in mystery, with rumors ranging from work on a bespoke automotive operating system to a full-fledged branded vehicle. As the publication notes, a staffing drain of such proportions does suggest work on a significant scale, perhaps belying a move into a completely new sector like heavy industry.In March, AppleInsider uncovered a secret off-campus installation seemingly dedicated to Project Titan. A number of buildings leased by Apple, but bearing no signage, held car-related structures including a garage, room for repairsand various research and development facilities. The site's purpose remains unknown. Circumstantial evidence suggesting Apple's interest in electric vehicles came in a poaching suit leveled by battery technology company A123. The lawsuit alleged Apple illegally recruited top researchers at A123, leaving research of high-performance, large format battery applications at a standstill. Reports of road-going Apple vans equipped with advanced sensor hardware and cameras only added to the confusion. First spotted in February, over eager reports attributed the vehicles to work on an unannounced self-driving electric car, but Apple later laid those rumors to rest earlier this month, saying the vans are part of a worldwide initiative to enhance Apple Maps.

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It's cold on Mars, so heat is required to keep people alive. Not to mention necessary to melt ice for water, and process the air to make it breathable.

Any attempt to send humans to Mars will mean we'd better get serious about 4th generation nuclear power. There is simply no other way to keep humans alive on Mars. The current 3rd generation nuclear power plants are not up to the task, since they are water cooled, and Mars is not exactly overflowing with water. Plus generation 4 has the added advantage of consuming its own nuclear waste.

Other alternatives for energy on Mars? Almost nothing. Fossil fuels - even if they existed on Mars - would be useless given the lack of oxygen with which to burn them. Wind power...yes, Mars is windy, but with an atmosphere less than 1% of the density on Earth, a 100 mph wind on Mars is less powerful than a one mph wind on Earth.

There is solar. But given the super cold nights, it's unlikely that enough heat energy could be collected and stored during the daytime to survive the night. Storage of solar energy on Earth is barely doable (pumped storage is most feasible), but would be far more challenging on Mars where water cannot be stored on the surface in liquid form.

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The Stairdesk Workspace

We’ve seen workspaces placed under the stairs and ones at the top of the stairs, but this workspace takes the combination further, with a desk literally build into and around the stairs.

The custom workspace and stairs combo was created by Bates Masi Architects and featured on Contemporist. While impractical for most people (you can’t move your desk or take it with you when you move), it’s an unusual, head-turning design that fits in with the rest of the house’s unique design. As a kind of bonus, every time the owners of this workspace clean the desk, they probably end up cleaning the stairs too.

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There’s a scene in It’s a Wonderful Life you might remember. The citizens of Bedford Falls descend on the Savings and Loan, demanding cash in hand. A beleaguered George Bailey explains that the money’s not actually in the bank; it’s tied up in various investments. Eventually, he talks most of them down. In the 21st century, though, and in Greece this week in particular, there is no George Bailey. In fact, in Greece this week there are no open banks. There are just ATMs.

The economic drama in Greece continues to evolve. The country just missed a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund, adding to the cascading crisis. Empty cash machines are far from the only pressing problem. But they’re perhaps the most concrete symbol of how a financial meltdown exposes the fragility of our modern systems for buying and selling.

As economies crumble, so does the viability of the digital infrastructure that so much of the world has come to take for granted as the way money moves. The harder an economy is hit, the more valuable cash becomes. But as Greek citizens coming away from ATMs empty-handed can attest, it turns out that money and currency aren’t the same thing.

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Ericsson’s patent dispute with Apple continues to grind forward, with the Swedish company asking a Taiwanese company thought to be an Apple supplier to produce documents that could be relevant to its court case.

Simplo Technology has been asked to produce the names of any device manufacturers that used its battery pack after Jan. 1, 2012, and any information related to its specifications. The request sheds no light on how the product might figure into the dispute, which involves wireless standards.

Ericsson filed complaints with the International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court in Texas earlier this year, alleging that Apple’s iPhones and iPads violate patents used in setting the 2G and 4G LTE wireless communications standards. Ericsson has claimed Apple refused the licensing terms it offered for its patented technology.

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Gartner is predicting that worldwide spending on information technology will decline 5.5%, while Forrester has revised its US tech market projections down slightly.
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The strong US dollar is weakening global spending on information technology (IT), according research firm Gartner. Worldwide IT spending will reach $3.5 trillion this year, representing a 5.5% decline from 2014, Gartner said.

In April, things looked rosier: Gartner projected only a 1.3% spending decline three months ago. On a constant currency basis, Gartner's prediction translates to projected market growth of 2.5%, compared to 3.1% growth predicted in April.

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Pushbullet

Pushbullet is already a secret weapon for getting content from one device (or one person) to another -- you can relay your links, notifications, photos and SMS messages with a common app. Today, though, it's getting considerably more powerful. As part of a revamp, Pushbullet's desktop, mobile and web apps are turning into true messaging apps, with easy replies and a quick way to find "pushes" (chats and shared content) from your friends. On Windows, it'll even give you Facebook-style chat heads that keep conversations close at hand. Effectively, Pushbullet is blurring the lines between sharing and messaging -- you don't have to switch apps to talk to a friend after you're done sending a photo to your phone. All of the updates are available now, so you can give this all-encompassing app a shot right away.

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CISCO IS THE latest company to throw its hat into the Internet of Things (IoT) ring with a new system aimed at smart city infrastructure.

The Cisco IoT System (great name, guys) consists of 15 IoT products ranging from 4G modules to security cameras to mass-transit WiFi access points, all aimed at "turning data into action".

Cisco IoT System is based around six "pillars" to create a complete architecture. The first is network connectivity, available in ruggedised and non-ruggedised form factors.

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Online blogging platform Medium announced this week a new way to log into its website, without having to use a password. Instead, users will be able to enter in an email address, then click a link sent to them in order to sign in to the site. Previously, the company allowed its users to sign in using their Twitter or Facebook credentials, but it received feedback from many who said they wanted an option to use Medium without having to authenticate with their social networking credentials. Or, in some cases, users said they didn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, and didn’t want to create one just to use Medium.

While many companies offer an email-based login alternative to signing in using social networking account information, Medium’s approach is different. It’s basically ditching the requirement for users to have to come up with a secure password, remember it, then enter it in each time they sign in to the blogging site.

This method, the company claims, is more secure.

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June 21st is usually seen as the longest day of the year, but in 2015, it's June 30th that technically holds that distinction. And it could be a problem. Tomorrow at just before midnight in London, the world's atomic clocks will add one extra second, reading a time of 23:59:60 before ticking back to 00:00:00. It's a measure that's required to keep the ultra-precise devices attuned to the Earth's actual rotation, but the last time this happened in 2012, the unexpected leap second crashed Reddit, Foursquare, Gawker, LinkedIn, and a host of other sites that didn't bank on time being arbitrarily changed.

Nasdaq is simply closing early to avoid the leap second

Fortunately, most companies have factored the leap second into their operations this time around. Google has adopted a "leap smear" technique to avoid issues with the added second: rather than repeating it at the end of the day, Google's engineers will dice it into millisecond chunks and sprinkle it throughout the regular day, hopefully avoiding server meltdowns in the process. Bloomberg reports that the same process will be used by Japanese, Australian, South Korean, and Singaporean stock and futures exchanges. For others, the solution is less neat. In New York, where the leap second is scheduled to be added at around 8PM, stock markets are simply closing early to avoid headaches. Nasdaq will stop trading at 7:48PM, and shut down at 7:55PM, while both Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and CME Group are delaying data transitions during the period.

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Shazam is releasing a new version of its music recognition app that lets users connect with artists they like and see what songs they’ve searched for using its service.

Shazam lets people identify songs, TV shows and movies by capturing a brief snippet onto their phone, which gets matched against Shazam’s database. The new version due out Tuesday, for iOS and Android, lets users see what songs have been identified by artists using the app. Because not even musicians know every song that’s playing.

Users will also be able to follow artists’ pages within the app, where they can “like” a musicians’ searches, listen to songs they’ve searched for and get updates on the music they release.

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A 'robot' payphone in New York

When PayPal updated its user agreement with language suggesting that it had broad powers to make automated calls (aka robocalls) and texts, customers were understandably nervous. Was the company going to spam you until you bought more stuff using its online wallet? Well, you can relax. PayPal is tweaking the agreement once again to make it clear just when it will (and more importantly, won't) send a recorded message your way. The only times the firm will robocall is when it needs to collect debt, warn you about shady activity or tackle fraud cases. You won't deal with marketing spiels unless you give explicit consent, and you can revoke that permission at any point.

It's a kind gesture, but PayPal is also trying to prevent a thorny situation from getting worse. You see, the FCC was worried that the terms of service were violating a ban on robotic telemarketing -- this should keep PayPal on the regulator's good side. Whatever the motivation, you shouldn't have to worry about getting a sales pitch while you're having dinner.

[Image credit: SarahNW, Flickr]

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Don’t be fooled — the 2016 (B9 generation) Audi A4 may look just like the current generation sedan, but beneath the sheet metal lies a multitude of changes.

Based on recent spy shots and Audi’s latest design language, an evolutionary rather than revolutionary visual update was expected. The grille has been widened a bit, the headlights mirror the TT’s new shape, the character lines are slightly more bold, and the taillights are now full LEDs, but the average car buyer wouldn’t immediately notice these subtle distinctions.

The B9 is longer and wider body than the present generation, while the drag coefficient has been reduced to improve fuel economy. Another core change that is hidden beneath the surface is a significant weight loss of 264 pounds for the sedan, which now weighs 2,910 pounds in total.

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glowing-millipede.jpgYes, this glowing millipede is real and it's coming for you. Sleep tight. Video screenshot by Danny Gallagher/CNET

If you're creeped out by bugs, you should probably just stop reading now.

As part of its ScienceTake series, The New York Times posted a video on its YouTube channel Saturday featuring a species of millipede from the genus Motyxia that can glow in the dark. I'm talking "John Malkovich standing at the foot of your bed when you wake up in the middle of the night" level of creepy -- at least for people who already find insects more terrifying than fascinating.

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According to a report on Monday, rock legends and longtime streaming music holdouts AC/DC are primed to offer their tracks through subscription services, including Apple Music, as early as Tuesday.

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Source: AC/DC

An anonymous source informed The New York Times that the band has embraced subscription-based streaming services and will make an undisclosed number of tracks available on Apple Music, Spotify and Rdio.

AC/DC first agreed to sell its classic library on iTunes in 2012, including a special edition collection featuring demo tracks, live albums and other digital exclusives. At the time, the Australian rockers were one of the last bands to join the digital music revolution.

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