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Apple’s Jony Ive, the design genius often credited for Apple’s innovative and unique industrial design language over the past couple of decades, has taken on a new role at the company: Chief Design Officer. The new role elevates him above his previous SVP status, and also installs Richard Howarth as the new head of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye as head of User Interface.

Ive’s new role should actually give him more time to actually design, the newly minted C-level executive told the Telegraph. He’s shedding some administrative and management duties to his two new lieutenants, he told the newspaper, and will instead be in charge of both UI and ID, as well as take direct control over retail store design around the world.

In a book detailing Ive’s life and work at Apple, Leander Kahney has noted that the British designer has sometimes been uncomfortable with the administrative side of business, and instead prefers to focus on the craft of the actual design process. Ive also notably remains off-stage during Apple’s signature press events, and instead often narrates passionate paeans the company offers during the show in the form of video on the process of designing the products announced by other execs at the events.

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Did you know that Americans spend about 1.4 billion dollars on Memorial Day weekend. Amazing isn't it. To me it is a day to express our thanks to the service men and women that serve on the front-line to protect our freedom so we can spend that cash. But exactly what is the history of this day where Americans spend boatloads of cash.

Today's infographic will explain our glorious history of this holiday. Enjoy.

 

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A Whimpering Ending for the NSA's Illegal Dragnet Spying Program

The National Security Agency’s controversial bulk phone data collection program is winding down with a weird whimper following an especially bilious round of legislative squabbling.

The NSA began the multi-day process to shut down its dragnet phone collection after Congress didn’t reauthorize the Patriot Act, which was used as legal justification for the mass surveillance program. “That process has begun,” an administration official told the Los Angeles Times
on Saturday.

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From our valued partner Lenovo comes this exceptional laptop ultra-book called the Yoga. Buy Now

Besides running Techlick I manage a independent software company as an engineer. This ultra-book is just great - the performance is top, the design is unique, it is light and very impressive ultra-book, which I personally use on a very professional level. Plus I find that many people use Lenovo products in the corporate companies worldwide. I haven't seen any competition for this ultra-book lately that could be deemed as competition.

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Text messaging is now viewed as an old technology among consumers who carry around smartphones in their pockets. But in the aviation industry, it’s still relatively new tech that’s about to allow for potentially huge efficiency gains at every US airport.

Believe it or not, commercial airlines and flights across the US still rely on voice communication and writing details down when a pilot speaks with air traffic control. Clearance to take off, or changes to flight plans, requires voice communication, which is slow, inefficient, and prone to error. That is all set to change, however, as text messaging is finally being allowed by the FAA as a form of communication. This new system is called Data Comm.

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Editor’s note: Florian Graillot is a VC investor at AXA Strategic Ventures.

Bitcoin’s most disrupting feature is its decentralized architecture. Indeed, bitcoin relies on a P2P network of computers to proceed money transfers. Each part of the network works to create new bitcoins (‘mining’), keep the network alive and validate transactions.

All the transactions are registered in the blockchain that is used to validate a transaction using cryptography technology: it ensures that you can’t use a bitcoin you don’t own or you don’t use the same bitcoin more than once. This last action previously required a third party, but with bitcoin this is not the case anymore: the network replaces financial institutions and banks.

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Winter may be coming in Westeros, but it is long gone from our TV viewing schedules. The NBA and NHL conference finals are wrapping up this week, while summer TV shows start to pop up on the schedule. That means reality dreck like The Island, The Briefcase and I Can Do That, but NBC is also bringing a new scripted series called Aquarius starring David Duchovny. This season of Louie wraps up on FX, and if you haven't already bought his recent comedy special online it will air immediately after, and the Halt and Catch Fire starts on AMC. Gamers can check out expansions for Game of Thrones, The Evil Within and Dragon Age,while PS4 has a next-gen exclusive on Ultra Street Fighter IV. Look after the break to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).

Blu-ray & Games & Streaming

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Tracking the shrinking motion of atoms as they're cooled down.

One of the abiding mysteries of physics is how to make the transition between quantum and classical objects. With very few exceptions, we live in a world that is clearly and obviously classical in nature. Quantum mechanics often defies our everyday expectations, which poses a problem. Why is the classical world classical when it is constructed by objects that really don't behave like classical objects?

There are now several ideas about how this transition occurs, and each makes some distinctive predictions. Unfortunately, the experiments necessary to test these predictions are really difficult since you may need to observe the cumulative effect of many small changes. But a new paper, published in Physical Review Letters, shows that these experiments may finally be possible.

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amazon-tax.jpgAmazon will begin logging sales in individual European countries, a shift that may result in a greater tax burden. Declan McCullagh/CNET

Amazon will begin paying taxes in individual European countries instead of funneling sales through low-tax Luxembourg amid ongoing investigations into the tax strategies of American tech companies in Europe.

Amazon's new tax practices went in to effect on May 1, with local divisions in the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain already recording their own revenue, an Amazon representative said. The strategy shift, which was first reported by The Guardian, could result in a larger tax charges in certain countries.

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The Best Memorial Day Deals: Dress Your Kitchen in All-Clad, and More

So what exactly makes these so much better than the cheap pots and pans you bought in college? The secret is their three-layer construction that sandwiches a layer of fast-heating aluminum inside two layers of layer of durable and heat-retaining stainless steel. That means your pans get hot fast, stay hot longer, and distribute heat very evenly. If you find yourself reading Skillet or Foodspin with any regularity, you’ll love these. [Emeril by All-Clad Tri-Ply 12-Pc Stainless Cookware Set, $155]

Check out the rest of today’s best deals:

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Cybercriminals are targeting employees who browse the Web or check their email from point-of-sale (PoS) computers, a risky but unfortunately common practice.

Researchers from security firm FireEye recently came across a spam campaign that used rogue email messages masquerading as job inquiries.

The emails had fake resumes attached that were actually Word documents with an embedded malicious macro. If allowed to run, the macro installed a program that downloaded additional malware from a remote server.

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Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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Chinese technology firms Huawei, Lenovo, and Xiaomi have also expressed an interest, sources told PC-Tablet. In those cases however, the companies are allegedly motivated by increasing their brand exposure in U.S. and European business.

No party has taken definite steps towards an acquisition, and this is not the first time Microsoft has been rumored to buy BlackBerry.

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Last year, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary “Pony Car” with the 2015 Mustang, a thoroughly reworked and reimagined model the company hopes will keep this ‘60s icon relevant well into the 21st century.

Greatness always attracts imitation, though. The original 1964 ½ Mustang created any entire “pony car” segment, which is still going strong today.

It took Chevrolet about two years to answer Ford with the first-generation 1967 Camaro, but its rival to the redesigned 2016 Mustang arrived much more quickly. Like its Ford foe, the 2016 Camaro aims for poise and efficiency as well as muscle.

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Scientists shouldn’t be allowed to name their own creations. Today, researchers at Stanford announced a new way of creating gobbets of human brain cells that look and act like real, living grey matter. The researchers took this striking result and named their product “human cortical spheroids,” or hCSs. Which is terrible. C’mon guys, tell it like it is: You’re making brain balls.

In recent years, physiologists have learned to make and grow neural cells that look more and more like the real thing—most recently, by moving cell cultures beyond flat layers on the bottom of a Petri dish and into the third dimension. (Is this sounding like an ad for a 3-D movie?) A group out of Japan’s RIKEN Institute, led by the late Yoshiki Sasai, recently developed a cerebellum-like 3D culture. Jorgen Knoblich’s group at the Austrian Academy of Sciences created what they’re calling “cerebral organoids.” (Again, really: brain balls.)

The spheroids made by Sergiu Paşca’s group at Stanford aren’t the first 3-D neural cultures, then. But they are the first that neuroscientists have been able to study functionally, looking at the electrical workings of their structure as a whole. Nobody understands the workings of the entire brain as it fires, but at least they can begin to figure out how these simplified 5-millimeter globes of cells work.

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An anonymous reader writes: The European Union recently published plans to ban 31 pesticides containing chemicals linked to testicular cancer and male infertility. Those potential regulations have now been dropped after a U.S. business delegation said they would adversely affect trade negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. "Just weeks before the regulations were dropped there had been a barrage of lobbying from big European firms such as Dupont, Bayer and BASF over EDCs. The chemical industry association Cefic warned that the endocrines issue 'could become an issue that impairs the forthcoming EU-US trade negotiations.'"
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The pilot episode of CBS' upcoming show Supergirl has appeared on torrent sites 6 months before its planned release, TorrentFreak reported Friday.

The series, starring Glee's Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El a.k.a Supergirl, is scheduled to arrive in November. But the pilot episode is available right now on torrent sites, and in full HD resolution no less.

The 46-minute pilot, first released on torrents by pirate groups Dimension and LOL, seems to contain no visible digital watermarks. Pirated pre-releases are often watermarked, since they usually come from copies of videos sent by the studios for screening purposes. The pilot appeared ten days after the first trailer for the series was released.

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LAST WEEK was the most exciting seven days in technology since 2015 began. That is, of course, because we celebrated the first INQUIRER Tech Hero Awards, showcasing the best in business IT with companies including VMware, MicroFocus and Raspberry Pi, which scooped the award for the Product of the Year. 

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Not that it matters, but some other stuff happened last week too. Microsoft, for example, made a U-turn on remarks that pirates will be able to bag themselves a free copy of Windows 10, which it appears developers aren't too interested in.

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Amazon this week confirmed that it will start paying taxes in individual European countries, rather than running nearly all of its sales revenue through Luxembourg. The decision, reported by The Wall Street Journal, comes amid ongoing investigations into the tax practices of Amazon, Apple, and other multinationals in Europe. An Amazon spokesman told the Journal that the policy change went into effect on May 1st, and that the company will begin reporting revenue in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The Guardian reported on Amazon's UK tax change last week.

Move could pressure others to follow suit

Until now, Amazon has funneled nearly all of its European sales revenue through Luxembourg, under a low-tax agreement. European regulators opened an investigation into the tax arrangement last year, and in January announced that the deal may give Amazon an illegal advantage over its competitors. Earlier this month, Europe's antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager announced that investigators would not announce a decision by the June deadline they'd previously announced, citing a lack of data. The probe also covers tax arrangements that Apple and Starbucks have agreed to in Ireland and the Netherlands, respectively.

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It’s hard to believe that it was only years ago that director Duncan Jones was freaking out in Comic-Con’s Hall H about the fact that he was adapting one of his favorite videogames. Now, he’s in the homestretch on Warcraft; there are only, like, 50 more visual effects shots to go.

Sound like a lot? When Jones started working with Industrial Light and Magic on the film, they needed to do well over 1,000. “It’s been an incredibly ambitious thing,” Jones says. “I think we’ve delivered something pretty special.”

He’d better. Not only is World of Warcraft, the MMORPG he’s adapting, a huge game with a massive fanbase he needs to please, but he also has to also deliver a movie that non-gamers will pay money for. As history has shown, that’s not something that’s necessarily easy. (See: Prince of Persia, Doom, Postal, Bloodrayne, Wing Commander … should we keep going?)

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Chinese e-commerce site and Alibaba rival JD.com is putting its money into fresh fruit and vegetables after it led a $70 million Series C round in FruitDay, a company that sells fresh produce across China.

The investment in six-year-old FruitDay, which claims to be China’s largest online produce firm, also included participation from previous backers Susquehanna International Group (SIG) and ClearVue.

FruitDay imports over 80 percent of its produce from overseas, and it claimed to be on course to hit 10 million customers before the end of the year — up fourfold from last year.

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