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Modern smartphones are filled to the brim with sensors, radios, and all sorts of other wireless gadgetry. Despite the odd exception here and there, chances are your handset of choice sports NFC, Wi-Fi, and cellular capabilities at the very least. But one thing it’s likely missing is FM radio, because smartphone giants have long declined to enable the requisite chipsets in their top-end smartphones.

That’ll change, though, if AT&T has its way. Next year, the carrier will request that handset makers support FM radio on its network. The new policy aims to switch on FM radio “on as many [AT&T] devices as possible” according to NextRadio, AT&T’s strategic rollout partner. If all goes according to plan, it’ll be a seamless transition: newer smartphones will ship with FM hardware activated, and older handsets will get the functionality in over-the-air updates.

Related: Norway to kill FM radio dead in 2017

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1-credit-amazon-prime-video.pngRichard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May left the BBC's "Top Gear" in controversial circumstances. BBC

The three stars of the BBC's blockbuster motoring show "Top Gear" will return, in an online-only show created by Amazon, the online retailer has confirmed.

The popular trio made a high-profile exit from the BBC's "Top Gear" car programme earlier this year, following Clarkson's suspension for punching a producer. The move to Amazon follows months of speculation regarding Clarkson, Hammond and May's next move.

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According to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is investigating an advanced tablet stylus design capable of simulating the texture of onscreen graphics as it moves across a display surface.

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Apple's patent application for a "Touch implement with haptic feedback for simulating surface texture" details a stylus input device with onboard electronics that enable it to sense contact with a touchscreen, gather information about a displayed texture and output vibratory feedback corresponding to said texture.

In some embodiments, the stylus contains contact sensors to determine when the device touches down on a target surface, while other implementations rely on capacitive sensors, pressure sensors and cameras. Sensors like photodiodes are also used to determine textures depicted onscreen, such as wood, paper, glass and more.

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Vaniday, the online marketplace for beauty and wellness professionals co-founded by e-commerce behemoth and ‘startup builder’ Rocket Internet, has bagged its first major round of funding.

The burgeoning company has raised €15 million of investment from Rocket Internet and others — money co-founder and CEO Maxime Legardez tells me will be used to bed down in existing markets and enter new ones, in addition to improving the experience for customers.

The latter will involve signing up more beauty and wellness professionals to the platform and offering them better tools for acquiring and managing customers — think CRM, marketing, and online-booking — with the aim of significantly increasing the scope and quality of Vaniday’s inventory, which includes massages, haircuts, make-up, waxing, and yoga classes.

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HACKERS ARE USING Twitter and an insecurity method called Hammertoss to break into computers and do hacking things, according to experts.

The warning comes from FireEye, which said that the infamous Russian hacking group APT29 is the threat metric and a rather adaptable one at that.

The firm said that it has been tracking the hacking group and its methods for some time. Hammertoss is particularly sophisticated, as it uses Twitter, Twitter hashtags, GitHub and cloud services as part of the attack.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is not just one of the most famous museums in the world, is also trying to give back to the public somewhat as well. Not only has it proudly embraced Creative Commons by displaying CC's own logo as a part of its collection, it has decided to release data on over 125,000 works into the public domain by posting them to Github using a cc0 public domain dedication.

Unfortunately, the data included does not include images of the artwork, which would have been a much more impressive move. Also, on the Github page, there is a list of "usage guidelines" which includes lines such as saying if you modify the dataset "you must make it clear that the resulting dataset has been modified by you." Of course, that's not actually required. Most of the other "guidelines" are more in the form of a request -- which is fine -- rather than a command. Of course, it's not even clear if the data in the dataset even could be covered by copyright, as most of it appears to be factual data (names of projects, dates, sizes, etc.) which would be akin to a phone book -- whose data are decidedly not covered by copyright.

So, yes, it's always great to see more people embracing the public domain, and it's unquestionably great that MoMA is releasing all this data in an easily accessible format without restrictions. But it could still go even further. Hopefully we'll soon reach an age when this kind of thing is just standard operating procedure, rather than it being considered a big thing to release some datasets to the public to use.

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Okay, so I know since Angry Birds came out in 2009, we've had Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Go!, Angry Birds Transformers, Angry Birds Fight!, Angry Birds Stella, and somehow even more. But none of those titles mattered. Because they didn't have a number.

Yes, the wait is over — Angry Birds 2 is out now for Android. Knock yourself out.

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Uber has revised its car leasing program with features that could be more favorable for certain kinds of drivers. This appears to be its first major revamp of the program since the company introduced it in November 2013.

Under the new terms, drivers can lease a used car, such as a 2013 Toyota Corolla, with a $250 deposit and monthly payments that are much higher than in a typical lease (see more below).

There are some benefits to Uber’s new terms, however, including no limit on the amount of miles they can drive as well as the ability to break the lease before the end of the three year term by paying a $250 fine. The information comes from an email Uber sent to drivers in the San Francisco area Monday. One driver in Okalahoma City told Re/code he didn’t receive the email, suggesting that the loan program is only available for some markets.

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James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater.

Arlene Holmes said her son's campus psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts when she called that June of 2012 and revealed he was quitting therapy and dropping out of school.

"He was not a violent person. At least not until the event," Holmes' father, Robert Holmes, said earlier Wednesday in the sentencing phase of James Holmes' trial. "The event" is a phrase Robert Holmes used several times to refer to his son's attack on the audience inside a darkened Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012.

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Oracle is looking to expand the market for its Sparc-based servers with a new, low-cost processor dubbed Sonoma that its engineers will discuss publically for the first time later this month.

The company isn’t saying yet when the chip will be available, but if it delivers as advertised it could become a new rival for Intel’s Xeon chips and make Oracle’s servers more competitive with those from Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Sonoma will allow Oracle to introduce Sparc-based servers at significantly lower price points than it offers today, allowing companies to use them for smaller, less critical applications, said John Fowler, head of Oracle’s systems division, in an interview Wednesday.

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An anonymous reader writes: Scientists and engineers at Arizona State University, in Tempe, have created the first lasers that can shine light over the full spectrum of visible colors. The device's inventors suggest the laser could find use in video displays, solid-state lighting, and a laser-based version of Wi-Fi. Although previous research has created red, blue, green and other lasers, each of these lasers usually only emitted one color of light. Creating a monolithic structure capable of emitting red, green, and blue all at once has proven difficult because it requires combining very different semiconductors. Growing such mismatched crystals right next to each other often results in fatal defects throughout each of these materials. But now scientists say they've overcome that problem. The heart of the new device is a sheet only nanometers thick made of a semiconducting alloy of zinc, cadmium, sulfur, and selenium. The sheet is divided into different segments. When excited with a pulse of light, the segments rich in cadmium and selenium gave off red light; those rich in cadmium and sulfur emitted green light; and those rich in zinc and sulfur glowed blue.
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Three years ago, Facebook didn’t really have a mobile business. Now, mobile is its core business.

Facebook released its second quarter earnings report this afternoon, revealing revenues of more than $4 billion, and that mobile advertising represented about 76 percent of that revenue. That’s up from 62 percent during the same quarter last year.

In June 2015, on mobile devices, the company says, it saw 968 million daily average users across all devices, with 844 million checking in daily on mobile, year-over-year increases of 17 and 29 percent respectively. That number grows considerably with monthly average users. Facebook says it sees 1.49 billion users over all as of June, with 1.31 billion checked-in on mobile. That’s also an uptick from last year.

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If you've ever wondered why Uber will show you a horde of available cars but still quote you an oddly long wait time for a ride, you now have an explanation: some of those cars don't exist. Motherboard has learned through a study that the app's map activity doesn't correlate that well with reality, even in those areas where you simply can't get a lift. Why? That depends on who you ask. A spokesperson insists that the number and location of cars is "generally accurate," but the company's help staff disagree. One claims that it's a glitch stemming from map zooming, while another says that the cars are purely there for a "visual effect" that indicates the presence of cars looking for fares.

Those drivers get a more accurate view, but even they don't get as much help as they'd like. While it'll say whether or not they're in surge pricing areas, it doesn't tell them how many other drivers know about the surge and how long it's likely to last. They could easily end up hovering around a busy area without realizing that the surge is over, or finding out that there are already hordes of Uber cars headed into the region.

The company does have reasons to be cautious about giving you accurate data. Theoretically, Lyft or another rival could use these maps to find weak points in Uber's coverage. However, the concern is that neither passengers nor drivers have proper insight into how Uber actually works -- the only ones that do aren't on the street at all.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Instagram Kicks the Crap Out of Yours

The chances that any of us will travel to space are about one in a billion. That’s why astronaut Scott Kelly has been spending his lucky year in orbit helping the rest of us Earthlings imagine what that might be like.

Every day for the last 124, Scott Kelly has posted pictures of the mind-blowing view out his bedroom window to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. His #YearInSpace campaign has garnered Kelly hundreds of thousand of social media followers already — and he’s still got another 2/3 of a year to go. If you’re not following Kelly yet, perhaps this little collection of his recent work will convince you to do yourself a favor. Seriously, people: Nobody’s selfies, cat videos or amateur food photography holds a candle to the scenery 240 miles up.

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In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, supervisors for San Bernardino County, California agreed to offer $75,000 worth of rewards (PDF) in exchange for help in tracking down the drone pilots who flew their drones over wildfires in recent weeks. The drone interference has forced firefighters to ground aircraft, and has caused fires to “spread faster and further,” according to Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.

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The tiny screen on a smartwatch can be maddeningly difficult to read even for someone with 20/20 vision, so for anyone with visual impairments, models like the popular Apple Watch or LG Watch Urbane definitely aren’t an option. Enter Dot, a smartwatch created by a South Korean startup that finally gives the visually impaired a way to access digital information.

With the ability to relay text messages, set alarms, and read location directions, it has pretty standard feature set. What’s different about the Dot, though, is how it communicates such notifications to the user: using Braille. Four sets of six dots raise and lower at speeds of up to 100 times per second in order to produce four Braille characters at a time. If that’s too quick, the watch can also slow all the way down to one Braille character per second. It’s supposed to be good for 10 hours of usage per charge, but Kim said average users would only have to charge the smartwatch every five days.

Combined with a vibration motor inside, the Dot can alert users of incoming notifications, which are sent to the watch through Bluetooth from a phone. According to Dot co-founder and CEO Eric Ju Yoon Kim, the Dot was created in order to offer a more intimate wearable for the visually impaired.

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The Martian Dual-Monitor Desktop

Orbmiser put together this dual monitor desktop in Windows using a great-looking wallpaper taken by MSL Curiosity, some smart use of virtual desktops, and a few desktop widgets.

Since the last time we looked at a great dual monitor desktop you guys liked it, we figured we’d highlight another one. Orbmiser’s desktop is pretty simple—it’s Windows 7, running a few discontinued Yahoo widgets that still, somehow, manage to work on his desktop. Here’s what he uses, and what you’ll need if you want to get the same effect on your system:

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Beaming Spock action figureMr. Spock is halfway to Vulcan by now.Entertainment Earth

Back in high school I had to come up with a way to create a "Star Trek" transporter effect on film for a school project. I settled on a tall cylindrical glass full of water and glitter with a Captain Kirk action figure standing behind it.

I swirled the water with a chopstick and we filmed the transportation with vocal sound effects. It sure would have been easier if I'd had Beaming Spock and Beaming Kirk ReAction figures.

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Apple has plans to build a dedicated visitor's center at its upcoming Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., that will offer views of the main "spaceship" building at the heart of the development and retail opportunities, planning documents show.

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Rendering of Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center. | Source: Apple

Spotted by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, plans for Apple's Campus 2 visitor's center describe a free-standing glass-walled structure done up to match the so-called "spaceship" main building.

The two-story center will boast a 2,386-square-foot cafe and 10,114-square-foot store topped by a carbon fiber roof and observation deck situated 23 feet above ground level. Other amenities include stairs, elevators and 684 underground parking spaces. Apple tentatively pegs visitor center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

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