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Firefox is the browser of choice. It's fast, stable and developer friendly. But at times Firefox has been know to have small memory leakage problems on occasion and cause havoc for other applications that may be running at the same time.

If you sense your PC/computer is running into high memory issues (as I did the other day) then you should use the following fast solution tip to fix that issue.


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First time accepted submitter Sigmon writes An unauthorized wave recently broadcast on the Cortex has revealed not only the existence of a previously unknown settlement on a far away border world called Miranda but also that the entire population of settlers was inadvertently wiped out by a top-secret Alliance program. Miranda was purportedly used as a testing ground for G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate, or simply "Pax" — a chemical agent designed to calm the population and weed out aggression. It seems the test did not go as planned. Also, reporters have been dispatched to the location of a battle not far from Miranda's location where the Alliance fleet has apparently suffered significant losses. It is unknown if the two events are related at this time. When contacted for comment on these events, government officials were very tight-lipped, however one official responded with a confusing statement about "Damming a river."
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Apple and IBM’s partnership that has the companies working together to produce enterprise-friendly apps has expanded yet again with the addition of eight more apps designed for iOS devices, including the iPhone and iPad, bringing the total number of MobileFirst apps up to now 22. The new apps are focused on the healthcare and industrial products industries, following prior announcements that saw the release of apps specific to banking and finance, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, law enforcement, retail, insurance, and more.

IBM confirms there wasn’t a formal announcement about the new releases this time around as in the past, because it’s planning to go into more detail about a selection of the healthcare-related apps at the HiMSS conference taking place later this month.

Of the eight new apps, the healthcare ones are perhaps some of the more interesting ones to be revealed. For example, one app, the Hospital RN app for iPhone, is working to reduce the operational costs associated with managing patient information by connecting with a hospital’s own systems, while also allowing its users to manage patient info, including discharges, right from the iPhone. And it works with Apple’s iBeacon technology in order to identify patient rooms then display the relevant patient data based on proximity.

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Microsoft considered giving away the original Xbox away for free—and even buying Nintendo—as bold strokes to enter the game console market it would eventually come to dominate, together with Sony.

According to a report by gamesindustry.biz, those were just two of the original crazy ideas the software maker considered as Microsoft weighed the launch of the Xbox, which debuted in 2001. At the time, the hardware market was dominated by the Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation. Microsoft’s challenge was to lure game developers to its new platform, and convince gamers that some of the best games would be available to the Microsoft platform.

Oddly enough, however, Microsoft thought at the time that Xbox games would be so-called “casual” titles, rather than the more “hardcore” first-person shooters, like Halo, that would eventually define the console's success. As we now know, phones became the destination for casual games. 

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Facebook has released a new app for making videos that it thinks can win over the competition by allowing collaboration among friends.

The company on Wednesday released Riff, a mobile app that lets people create short videos and then share them with friends. A video creation and sharing app alone is not unique—other services like YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter provide some other apps for this—but Facebook is hoping to distinguish its app by adding a strong collaborative element to it.

After someone creates a video in Riff, that person’s Facebook friends can add to the video with a video of their own. From there, friends of the friend can add to it, and so on. This has the potential to give the video a communal effect, reminiscent of the Our Stories function in Snapchat that lets people watch videos taken by others during an event or over a period of time.

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Conventional wisdom says you want to stay as far away from a black hole as you can, but according to one scientist turned madman being close to or even inside one is "not a big deal". Former lead scientist and current overlord of the Cygnus Dr. Hans Reinhardt says he's spent the last 20 years studying the black hole within sight of his ship and is unconcerned. His napkin written manifesto reads in part: "....In addition we have to remember that the main backer of this mission is a company best known for children's movies and theme parks. I find it highly unlikely that they would put us in a situation where we would be in danger of imploding. The black hole is not a big deal. I theorize that a trip through would result in nothing more than a musical montage with fever-like lens effects and eventual plot resolution." According to Reinhardt new visitors trapped by his null gravity field should remain calm, still, and never question his authority. "Once you've been fitted with the mandatory Cygnus crew goggles, you'll see things my way," He says.
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Cisco plans to beef up its SDN [software-defined networking] technology by acquiring Embrane, a startup with an architecture for virtualized network appliances.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cisco is already an investor in Embrane, which is based in Santa Clara, California, near Cisco headquarters. The acquisition is expected to close within three months.

Embrane’s Heleos platform can deploy software-based appliances such as firewalls across a pool of commodity servers, using more or less computing power as demands rise and fall. It lets cloud service providers quickly deploy new, differentiated services, the company says. With open APIs, users can integrate Embrane’s technology with third-party billing and orchestration tools.

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Editors Note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO, and Melissa Tilney is head of communications at AgFunder, an investment marketplace for agriculture and AgTech investing.

Before Monsanto acquired Climate Corporation in late 2013 for nearly $1 billion, few investors gave much thought to technological innovation in our agriculture system. What a difference a year can make. In what can be described as the Netscape moment for agriculture technology, the sector had a breakout year in 2014, receiving over $2.36 billion of investment across 264 deals spanning the agriculture value chain, according to data we pulled from CrunchBase as well as press releases and SEC filings for last year. Surprisingly, this $2.36 billion figure has now surpassed well-known sectors like fintech ($2.1 billion) and the former queen of green, cleantech ($2 billion).

Why now?

According to data from the CleanTech Group, investment in AgTech was relatively flat before 2013. Most tech innovation in agriculture was narrowly concentrated in biotechnology and seed genetics, and both investment and innovation was limited to players with close ties to the ag sector. Outside of seed genetics and crop inputs, most other AgTech was typically bundled with Cleantech.

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SkiathosA plane lands at Skiathos airport, in Greece.

2015-04-01 18:43:59 UTC

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's air traffic controllers' union is calling for an urgent upgrade of the country's air traffic radar system and for more staff to be hired to handle increasing number of tourist arrivals.

The country's air traffic control system was operating with diminishing staff and a main radar system dating from 1999 that has only been upgraded once, in 2008, union head Spyros Rolakis said Wednesday.

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Facebook launched a new app on Wednesday with user-generated video as the main focus.

Riff, which is available for free on both iOS and Android, lets users create and share a video to Facebook (or other places online) where other users can then add to the project with their own video clips and share it to their followers.



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A number of tech leaders signed a joint statement on Wednesday calling on lawmakers to add non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community to existing civil rights laws.

The letter includes signatories such as Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff, Square CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky, eBay CEO John Donahoe, among others. It's a response to a range of bills signed in Indiana and Arkansas this week that critics say are "anti-gay."

"This unprecedented and historic effort by the giants of the tech industry should be a clarion call to policymakers that discriminating against LGBT people is not acceptable in today's marketplace of ideas,” said Human Rights Council President Chad Griffin in statement.

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An Anonymous Coward writes in with this bit from the Intercontinental Radio News Network describing an ongoing situation near Grovers Mill, New Jersey. What was originally thought to be a large meteor crash near the Wilmuth farm has turned out to be the beginning of a Martian invasion. Local officials have had limited contact with the invaders at this point, but their actions so far have the experts scratching their heads. "I expected to be disintegrated or turned into a pile of goo by their advance weaponry but all they did was ask where they could get cold medicine," says a first responder. Initial reports indicate that the aliens have gathered all the vitamin C and antihistamine tablets from the downtown area and have now surrounded the local hospital in their strange ships and are demanding flu shots. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman says that the agency theorizes the red Martian dust makes the cold and flu season almost unbearable and hopes that the aliens will leave soon after their treatments. He adds: "While alien invaders are terrifying we can take heart in the fact that our flu shot campaign has performed beyond all expectations this year by reaching Mars. We consider their demands our success."
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Duke_nooseEarly Wednesday morning, a noose was found on the Duke University campus.

Image: Twitter @ShaunKing

School officials are investigating a noose found hanging on the Duke University campus in the early hours of Wednesday morning, an incident that comes amid rising tension at the university.

The noose, apparently made out of yellow tape, was found at the Bryan Center Plaza, an active student hub that houses many of the campus's fraternity and sorority communities as well as the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

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Sling TV, Dish’s new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become the first Internet service to offer video-on-demand content from HBO starting this month, just in time for the “Games of Thrones” premiere. The HBO content will be available as an optional add-on at $15 per month – the same price point that Apple scored for its previously announced deal which will see it bringing HBO programming to its own customers through HBO NOW.

At Sling TV, the new option is being made available to Sling TV customers who sign up for the service’s “Best of Live TV” core package, which is the $20 base programming lineup that offers subscribers access to a number of channels including ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, History Channel, H2, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, Lifetime and Galavision.

On top of that, subscribers are able to add extra and optional packages that fit their needs, such as the “Kids Extra” package for families or the “Sports Extra” package for sports enthusiasts. It’s in this optional lineup that HBO fits, the company explains. Those who choose to add HBO will receive one live HBO channel, as well as a video-on-demand library, similar to what’s available on other platforms today.

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President Barack Obama launched a new sanctions program on Wednesday to target individuals and groups outside the United States that use “malicious” cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

In an executive order, Obama declared such activities a “national emergency” and allowed the U.S. Treasury Department to freeze the assets and bar other financial transactions of entities engaged in destructive cyber attacks.

The executive order gives the administration the same sanctions tools it now deploys to address other threats — including crises in the Middle East and Russia’s aggression in Ukraine — and makes them available for less visible cyber threats.

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Dave Ramsey's EveryDollar Helps Create Your Budget, Meet Money Goals

Many people credit Dave Ramsey’s “Total Money Makeover” approach to personal finance for helping them get in control of their money. EveryDollar is Ramsey’s new free budgeting and financial goal tracking tool.

Granted, creating a budget isn’t that difficult, and we’ve even featured Ramsey’s own free guide on the subject before. But there are more than a few approaches to budgeting and several tools you could use. EveryDollar is one of the simplest and most straightforward I’ve seen, not to mention easy on the eyes.

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Facebook has added a new feature called Scrapbooks, which takes the photos you’ve tagged your children in and organizes them in one album for sharing.

Many parents already use the social network for posting photos and status updates of their kids. Scrapbooks makes it a little easier to collect all those photos by letting you choose a special tag for your child (e.g., initials, name, or a silly nickname). Only parents/guardians can tag their children in photos, and when tagged, those photos will be added to the children’s customizable scrapbooks. Friends and family, however, will be able to view the scrapbooks and see how fast the kids are growing. (Note: scrapbooks don’t have their own privacy settings, but the individual photos in them keep the privacy settings set on them when they were uploaded.)

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Since its release, the $35 Raspberry Pi mini-computer has been hailed as the perfect all-in-one retro game console. Now, it’s easier to do than ever, and it doesn’t take any advanced Linux knowledge. Here’s how to make your own retro game console in under 30 minutes.

Update (4/1/2015): We’ve updated this guide to reflect the changes in the newest version of RetroPie. This includes entirely new sections for setting up your card, system, and controllers. Thankfully, the whole process is considerably easier now!

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The Technology That Will Build Our Future May Be Found In Mushrooms

The key to the human race’s future may be right beneath our feet. It sounds bizarre, but fungi better known as mushrooms can help solve many of society’s greatest challenges, from cleaning up the environment and living more sustainability to colonizing other planets.

Threaded into nearly every square inch of the ground are tiny, biological wires called mycelia. They’re the raw, exposed nervous system of the mushrooms that hold the planet together. When your feet press against the ground, or when it rains, or when a tree falls over, the fungal network responds, streaming chemical data in all directions and altering its growth and behavior accordingly. Crusading mycologist Paul Stamets calls mycelia the “neurological network of nature,” and a “biomolecular superhighway.” He likens this fungal network to the human nervous system and the structure of the Universe itself.

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Amazon’s store of the future actually comes from the past.

Earlier this week, I reported on a patent application Amazon filed recently that described a store of the future in which shoppers can walk out of a store without paying a cashier, and still get automatically charged for the right stuff. The patent application seemed like an extra juicy find because two of the three inventors have close relationships with CEO Jeff Bezos and are said to be working on a top-secret project. To me, that was a signal that Amazon might seriously be working on the store of the future described in the patent, though Amazon hasn’t responded to requests for comment.

In the day since the piece was published, though, I’ve had a few people reach out to tell me that the system of cameras, sensors and RFID readers described in the application is not a new idea and has been talked about in some variation for more than a decade. One reader even pointed me to the YouTube video below which shows a 2006 commercial from IBM featuring a checkout process that sounds an awful lot like what Amazon described. To my knowledge, no mainstream retail chain in the U.S. has rolled out anything like what you see below. The reasons for that, I’m told, range from cost, to who will pay for what, to the tech not necessarily being up to snuff.

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