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While the desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified on Monday, residents and rescuers remain uneasy over the more than 40 aftershocks that have rattled the region since Saturday.
Simon Rogers, a data editor at Google's News Lab, used data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that show the location of aftershocks since Friday's devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
U.S.-based Applied Materials on Monday scrapped its $10 billion planned takeover of chip-making gear rival Tokyo Electron after the deal, a rare foreign bid for a Japanese firm, fell foul of U.S. antitrust regulators.
The all-share purchase would have combined the No. 1 and No. 3 makers of the equipment that makes semiconductors into a group with a stock market value of more than $38.5 billion.
Tokyo Electron said both companies gave up on the deal after more than 18 months of talks after it became clear that differences with the U.S. Justice Department could not be bridged.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is here, and that means a mad scramble is on as manufacturers rush to update their existing phones to the new version of Google’s operating system. Well, “scramble” and “rush” may be relative terms here, since bringing out an update can be a plodding affair, sometimes taking months for it to show up.
To make sure you’re fully informed, we’ve pulled together all the official news, and the rumors, concerning 5.0 Lollipop’s arrival on your smartphone or tablet of choice. Check it out below.
Updated on 04-27-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added Lollipop upgrade news for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at T-Mobile.
The move should affect over 80,000 patients, Darren Dworkin told Bloomberg. He acknowledged, however, that there are no definite plans for how HealthKit data will be used.
"This is just another set of data that we're confident our physicians will take into account as they make clinical and medical judgments," Dworkin commented. "We don't really, fully know and understand how patients will want to use this and we're going to basically stand ready to learn by what will happen."
The agency that manages the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which connects San Francisco with neighboring Marin County to the north, are quite concerned about drones flying on and around the bridge.
The bridge authority’s general manager, Denis Mulligan, told the Marin Independent Journal last Friday that a drone had recently crashed into a lane of traffic. The Bridge Authority and other local government groups have sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), saying that the "increased presence of these unmanned aircraft is a major threat."
Mulligan told the newspaper that such drones have also been flying beyond a security perimeter. "If you find the person who flew the drone in areas where they are not supposed to, you can’t cite them for trespassing," he said. "But if you climb over a fence and take pictures we can cite you. There should be some mechanism to place restrictions on airspace for security reasons."
When we have to confront someone else, it’s tempting to remove any and all hostility, to the point of watering down our frustration completely. Outbursts aren’t helpful, but remembering why you’re annoyed and standing up for that feeling can help.
As business blog Entrepreneur points out, confrontation is designed to smooth over conflict between two people. If your method of resolving conflict is to sugarcoat it so much that the other person doesn’t understand that it’s a big deal to begin with (or worse, thinks you’re just joking!) then nothing actually gets solved. You’re annoyed enough to speak up, so act like it:
The bitcoin-watching news service CoinDesk recently released its first quarter look into the cryptocurrency’s performance during the opening months of 2015. Mostly the data is net positive, showing an increase in total wallets, and investment. However, there are a number of included data points that demonstrate slowing growth in key bitcoin, and bitcoin-related areas.
The collected data indicates that the first quarter of 2015 was the most popular ever in terms of the dollar-value of venture capital investments made into the bitcoin ecosystem. That data point, however, is skewed by a single investment — the $116 round million invested into 21, a company that remains at least partially occluded in terms of its ambitions. Aside from that single investment, first quarter venture investment was on par — $113 million — with the preceding fourth quarter.
Key to bitcoin’s performance, at least from an external perspective, is the number of wallets in existence. Those receptacles and storage locations of bitcoin help the market understand how many new people the cryptocurrency is attracting. In the first quarter, according to the CoinDesk report, total wallets grew from 7.4 million to 8.4 million, up 14 percent on a sequential quarter basis.
Sources in the music industry noted to the New York Post that while Tidal has fallen out of the top 700 iPhone apps in the App Store — only weeks after its March 30 relaunch — positioning is affected by downloads. Apple "deliberately took a long time to approve Tidal iOS app updates," which led to slower uptake, one of the sources said.
"Tidal had a new app on Android on April 15, but still hasn't received approval for Apple's iOS app store," the person added.
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A Google engineer was killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest triggered by a massive earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday.
Dan Fredinburg was among at least 17 climbers killed when an avalanche set off by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake rolled into the climbers' base camp on the world's tallest mountain. Fredinburg's death was announced in a message posted to Fredinburg's Instagram account by his sister.
Warning: This video contains strong language that some viewers may find offensive.
"The ground is shaking."
Like it or not, ports of classic games to the latest consoles are still all the rage... and Microsoft appears eager to cash in on the trend. Both Kotaku and Polygon report that Microsoft, Black Tusk Studios and Dirty Bomb's Splash Damage are working on a remastered Xbox One version of at least the first Gears of War game. It's not certain just how far this update to the cover-based shooter will go, but it supposedly includes both improved in-game graphics (such as sharper textures and improved lighting) and "reworked cutscenes" courtesy of animation studio Plastic Wax. This sadly wouldn't be a genuinely new game, then, but it wouldn't be surprising if the leaks are on the mark. Gears of War was one of the big money-makers for the Xbox 360 in the console's heyday, and it'd likely attract plenty of gamers with fond memories of blasting Locust drones.
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Everybody, it seems, is into making Iron Man replica-gloves these days. And why not, when they’re totally badass looking? Not every would-be Iron Man, however, can shoot lasers and metal bolts out of his hand.
Patrick Priebe’s Iron Man glove is one of the more advanced models we’ve seen. It’s got two button-operated lasers, a high-powered blue one that can sear wood, and a low-grade red one which is still powerful enough to pop balloons. The device also includes an ejectable slug of metal which could definitely knock a person’s eye out. (Please don’t do that.)
A teenager has just lopped an impressive 0.3 seconds off the world record for solving a Rubik's Cube. Collin Burns solved a traditional (3x3) Rubik's Cube in just 5.25 seconds this weekend in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. That time beat the previous record, 5.55 seconds, which was set in the Netherlands by Mats Valk in 2013.
The record-setting attempt was held at an official World Cube Association competition, with a regulation, pre-scrambled cube. A representative from the association tells Mashable that "we can confirm that this is ... the new official WCA world record for the 3x3x3 single solve category." The spokesperson added, "To our best knowledge, it has been performed in an official competition, with all the rules being followed, even the scramble has been checked for its correctness."
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Stephen Hawking is taking on an unlikely new role as grief counselor to the innumerable tweens devastated by Zayn's departure from One Direction.
During a special live event Saturday evening at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, a hologram of the famed physicist appeared onstage to answer some questions.
The most controversial app available for your iPhone and iPad isn’t in the App Store.
Popcorn Time let’s users stream pirated TV shows and movies as easily as they would stream Netflix, and has made waves with millions of defiant users, thanks to the virtual middle finger it flips at movie and TV producers. A new free Popcorn Time app for non-jailbroken iOS devices went live on April 8. We’ve used it, and we’ve talked to the folks that made it.
“We always felt Apple’s totalitarian approach to their ecosystem was wrong.”
Apple Watches finally started landing in mailboxes on Friday and pictures, videos, personal essays and more almost immediately began surfacing on social media.
Right out of the gate, one user noticed a familiar shape in the Apple Watch container: