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After testing the waters on Mac and iPad successfully, Pixelmator is now bringing its highly rated image editor to Apple's iPhone. Finally. Most notably, the application will feature new editing elements to assist while you're on the go, including a distort tool that lets you warp a photo to your liking and see the changes in real-time. The soon-to-be universal iOS app is going to be available for $5 starting tomorrow, or as a free update to people who already own the iPad version. Oddly enough, the Pixelmator app seems to have disappeared from the App Store in recent hours, but we're sure it'll be back there in time for tomorrow's scheduled launch.

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Traffic is one of those things that doesn't seem to have any positive, personal benefit unless you're the head of a multinational oil and gas conglomerate or you have some kind of fetish for being cursed and honked at over and over again.

Well, here's one more thing that may not win traffic jams any positive points for their PR team. The noise pollution that traffic produces might be associated with weight gain.

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We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the automotive world, one where the industry begins to value in-car electronics and driver-assist gadgetry just as much as handling dynamics, braking, and horsepower. It may seem like a no-brainer for infotainment enthusiasts, but not long ago, this attitude was simply unheard of.

With cars like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and McLaren P1 pushing the boundaries of performance, sports cars and supercars clearly aren’t going anywhere. But even those vehicles benefit from technology that would seem space-age in the 1970s, proving that the proliferation of in-car electronics has benefits everywhere.

At the inaugural CES Asia event, Luca de Meo, Audi’s head of marketing and sales, drove the point home with a bold proclamation.

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Apple is reportedly set to announce a rewards program next month that will give perks to customers using Apple Pay, a long-rumored feature that could escalate the stakes in what appears to be a coming battle with Google's competing Android Pay service.

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According to sources speaking with The New York Times, Apple is to announce its Apple Pay rewards program in June, potentially at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference.

Information is scarce, but people familiar with Apple's plans said the company will offer Apple Pay customers perks in exchange for using the service, which is currently hardware-limited to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

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Can you copyright or patent AI created content?

You can't copyright a picture if a monkey takes it....or his uncle for that matter.

How does this apply to AI?

What if you wrote AI software and it would eventually decide when and of what to take pictures of, could those pictures be copyrighted, by a company.... A human.... Or the AI itself

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Data breaches like the one just disclosed by the IRS aren’t something any organization wishes for, but there’s now even bigger financial incentive to avoid them than in the past.

The average cost of a data breach has increased by 23 percent over the past two years to $3.79 million, according to a report Wednesday from IBM and the Ponemon Institute. And the average cost for each lost of stolen record containing sensitive information increased 6 percent over just the past year, from $145 to $154.

Ponemon surveyed 350 companies in 11 countries for the survey, which was sponsored by IBM. All the respondents had experienced a data breach at some point, involving anything from 2,200 to more than 100,000 compromised records.

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The Fruit Alton Brown Recommends for Grilling

Mastering the grill means being able to use it to cook more than meat and kabobs. Get creative and throw some fruit on there, too. The heat will caramelize the natural sugars and enhance the flavor.

Alton Brown has a great list of fruits with firm flesh that hold up well to the heat of the grill without getting mushy:

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Iddo Genuth writes: In order to create the largest panoramic picture ever taken (using commercially available gear), a team of international photographers led by Italian photographer Filippo Blengini had to climb to an altitude of 3500 metres, wait for two weeks in a temperature of minus 10 degrees Celsius, look for a sunny, bright day, and then spend 35 hours shooting. During this time they shot over 70,000 images, which were combined in to the giant 365 Gigapxiel panorama using a special robotic head with a long 400mm telephoto lens (and a 2x Extender).

But the work didn't end up in the snowy Alps — when the team got back they had with them no less than 46TB of images which they needed to process in order to create one giant interactive image, 365 Gigapixels in size. This processing required some very powerful hardware and took over two months to complete, but the result is a look at the Mont Blanc (the tallest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range raising 4,810 meters or 15,781 feet above sea level) — like it has never been seen before.

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Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said Wednesday that his soon-to-be-available virtual reality Oculus headset and the computer needed to run it will cost “in the $1,500 range.”

The company, owned by Facebook, announced in early May that it would start selling the Oculus Rift to consumers in early 2016, but the price for the headset itself has yet to be announced.

“We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the Rift … at most you should be in that $1,500 range,” Iribe said onstage at Re/code’s annual Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Over time, he’d like to see that cost come down to under $1,000.

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Athena-1Athena Krueger was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma -- a form of breast cancer -- while pregnant in 2013.

A mom losing her battle with breast cancer gave her daughter a first birthday to remember.

Athena Krueger was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma — a form of breast cancer — while pregnant in 2013. Athena's husband Ben told Today that they learned of her lump and pregnancy simultaneously. She started chemotherapy at 15 weeks pregnant and delivered her baby Amari via Caesarean section at 32 weeks.

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Office Lens — a portable scanner for mobile devices and one of Microsoft's most impressive Office apps — is now out of preview and available on the Google Play Store.

The app lets users take a photo of "any rectangular media," and then converts it into an easily shareable, searchable document, in Word, PowerPoint, or PDF — similar to what other scanning apps already offer, although Microsoft includes tighter integration with Office, and is making the app available for free.

Office Lens previously launched on iPhone last month, along with the preview version for Android, and today Microsoft is releasing the final version.

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Mary Meeker—the longtime Morgan Stanley analyst turned venture capitalist—dropped her famed Internet trends slide deck this morning. Clocking in at 197 slides in all, the twentieth annual installment of Meeker’s influential report reflects a tectonic shift in how we’ve viewed and used the web over the past two decades.

To put those changes into context: In 1995, Netscape had just enjoyed a hugely successful IPO that spurred an unyielding optimism toward the future the internet industry—an optimism that would find itself sorely tested by the bursting of the dotcom bubble just a few years later.

This year, as Meeker tells it, the landscape of the web is almost completely transformed: everything is optimized for mobile, and we’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with video and a strong appetite for instant gratification. At the same time, Meeker says, the tech industry is becoming aware that it can’t ignore the impact of its actions, especially where the diversity of the industry itself is concerned.

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The Silk Road Trial

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Prosecutors filed papers yesterday arguing for a lengthy sentence (PDF) for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, one that would be "substantially above the mandatory minimum," which is 20 years. They cite sentencing guidelines that point to life imprisonment as the recommended sentence.

"Ulbricht profited greatly from his operation of Silk Road, ultimately amassing millions of dollars in commissions," government lawyers wrote in the filings. "He was willing to use violence to protect his enterprise, as evidenced by his solicitation of multiple murders for hire in attempts to eliminate perceived threats. At no point has he acknowledged full responsibility or shown true remorse for his actions."

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Williams said that there are over 4,000 apps now available for Apple Watch, a number we’ve previously heard. Williams also discussed the upcoming native SDK for the Apple Watch.

“A week from Monday at our developer conference we’ll release a preview so that developers will be able to write code natively and have access to sensors and we’re really excited about that.”

Williams says that he wore Android Wear watches and other devices for short periods of time but it “didn’t really help them” decide what they wanted to do in the space. Current Apple Watch apps are unable to access sensors on the Watch directly and do not actually run on the Watch, but project their interfaces to its screen from the iPhone. More capable apps will be able to be designed for the Watch once the native SDK — which has many of the functions Apple used to make its own apps — is released at next month’s WWDC conference.

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Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, said that there are over 4,000 apps now available for Apple Watch, a number we’ve previously heard. Williams also discussed the upcoming native SDK for the Apple Watch. Williams spoke in an interview today at the Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

“A week from Monday at our developer conference we’ll release a preview so that developers will be able to write code natively and have access to sensors, and we’re really excited about that.”

When asked by TechCrunch about the possibility of future Apple Watches giving more transparency to overall health, Williams declined to say anything specific but did acknowledge that Apple was considering adding more sensors.

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Pebble Time Preview: Why Can't All Smartwatches Be This Simple?

Before the Apple Watch, there was the Pebble—the smartwatch that raised an incredible $10.3 million on Kickstarter. The smartwatch that managed to outsmart Google’s Android Wear. The Best Smartwatch according to critics everywhere. For the past five days, I’ve been wearing its successor: the Pebble Time. It’s the most fun I’ve had with a smartwatch yet.

What Is It?

A wristwatch with a tiny computer inside, plus a tiny 1.25-inch color e-paper screen that delivers notifications from your smartphone, easy access to your calendar, and tiny apps. Works with Android and iOS. Four buttons to scroll and select things. A microphone to send voice replies to texts and emails. Removable lugs so you can attach any standard 22mm band. Sensors so it can act as a basic fitness tracker. Enough waterproofing for a vigorous swim. No limit on the number of apps you can install, unlike the original Pebble.

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What is it with Japan and food shortages lately? You may remember at the end of last year McDonalds was having a bit of a crisis as its Japanese restaurants were running out of fries. The solution was to limit customers to one small pack per visit. It wasn’t the company’s fault, though, US West Coast port labor disputes caused the shortfall. Now we have a butter crisis, but this time local farmers are taking the blame.

Japan isn’t a huge consumer of butter like countries in the West are, but it is required mostly for cake making there. However, something has gone awry and the Japan Dairy Association has had to issue a warning. Local butter supplies are going to fall very short this year, by at least 10,000 tons in the coming months.

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Bing's age detection (thankfully) gets it wrong

Microsoft's face-based age detection is still a little wonky (I'm thankfully younger than what you see above), but the company is clearly enamored with it -- you'll now find it in Bing image searches. All you have to do is look for a person and, in most cases, roll over the picture to find a #HowOldRobot that will guess how many birthdays the subject has seen. The feature is available in at least North America, so give it a shot... if for no other reason than to giggle at its occasionally harsh appraisals of your looks.

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You want to know what nVidia’s upcoming GTX 980 Ti is all about, right? So do we, and so when a couple of pictures of the card and a screenshot of GPU-Z appeared online, seemingly breaking down all of the different aspects of it, we couldn’t not post it. It is, however, unconfirmed, and specific details that could verify it were deliberately omitted, so take it with a pinch of salt as not all may be accurate.

With that disclaimer out of the way, the phantom 980 Ti showcased in this screengrab is quite a powerful piece of kit. It sits roughly between the standard 980 and the Titan X with 2816 shader units and a core clocked at 1000MHz at stock, which can be boosted to 1076MHz. There’s 6GB of GDDR5 on board, with a 384-bit interface, which works out to just under 367GB/s of bandwidth.

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Although its naming might suggest that this is a beefed up GTX 980, those specs would peg it as more like a slightly cut-back Titan X (albeit with half as much memory), as it features the same stock core and memory clocks, as well as the same size memory-bus.

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