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In some respects, E Ink displays are a bit of a marvel, with their low power consumption, easy readability, and minimal glare making them both sustainable and practical. No wonder, then, that the Australian Road and Maritime Services (RMS) has decided to try out the technology in a new domain: the world of signage.

The signs are 100 percent self-sustainable

The RMS has rolled out the world's first E Ink traffic signs in Sydney, where they'll be used to display real-time information to drivers during special events. Each sign is connected via 3G to the government authority's servers, and can be updated over the air at any time. They're equipped with a light for night-time usage and are 100 percent self-sustainable, with solar panels supplying the minimal electricity needed to change the signs (RMS says the displays use zero electricity when static).

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Portland, the city, is back in the news again regarding Portland, the sign, and the city's insistence that it has a trademark over the landmark. We last checked in on this when Pabst, the brewery, had used an adaptation of the famous Portland sign to promote a concert in the city. The city then worked out an arrangement with Pabst so that it could keep using its sign imagery and keep the case out of the court. This was fully in the city's interests, because it's unclear on why a municipality should be granted a trademark on a local landmark's image when it isn't actually using that image in commerce.

It seems Jeff Kunkle, owner of the Vintage Roadside shop, which sells merchandise on Etsy, thinks similarly. When Portland found that Kunkle was selling merchandise with images of the sign, the city contacted him to arrange a licensing deal. Kunkle told them to go dangle, instead suing the city to have its trademark over the sign declared invalid.

Vintage Roadside, a Portland company that sells photos of the old "Made in Oregon" sign on Etsy, is suing the city of Portland, which recently sought a licensing payment from the company for use of the image. The suit, filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday, asks the court to declare the city's trademark of the sign, which changed to "Portland Oregon" in 2010, invalid and unenforceable.
Oops. So, if you're Portland and you've been extracting money from individuals and businesses by way of a trademark that would likely be declared invalid should a judge look it over, what do you do? Well, you utilize the rules of the court to weasel your way out of the whole thing while not admitting that your sign trademark is bullshit, of course!
City of Portland officials are employing a creative legal maneuver to get rid of a lawsuit concerning its trademark of the "Portland Oregon" sign. Last week, the city told Kunkle's attorney, Robert Swider, that it was filing a covenant not to sue, which basically means that the city still believes the city owns the rights to the sign but won't try to enforce them against Kunkle—now or ever... By eliminating that point of contention, the city takes away Kunkle's standing to bring the lawsuit.
Which keeps the question over whether or not the city's trademark is even valid to begin with. The good news is that this specific story will hopefully get enough play in the Portland area to serve as a beacon to anyone the city might later approach for one of its "licensing deals." It should be clear at this point that the proper response to the city is to sue them outright.
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Let's go to the beach, beach, let's go get away.

We're right in the middle of summer and it's the perfect time to hit the beach.

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Long before drones and drone selfies and high-speed drone racing, there was SkyCam. You know SkyCam: It’s that cable-suspended camera system that shoots mesmerizing mid-air tracking shots during the Super Bowl and college bowl games, providing floating in-game vantage points since the mid-1980s.

Even in an age where drones seem cheaper, more versatile, and far less of an installation hassle, SkyCam lives on. And today, it’s getting an upgrade. There’s a new version of the system dubbed “Wildcat,” and you’ll be able to see the first in-game footage shot with it during tonight’s Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game on Fox Sports 1.

About two years in development, the new SkyCam system has a new “open architecture” that lets broadcast crews mount different types of cameras. The user interface and control system for “pilots” has been rebuilt to make it easier to operate. It’s also lighter, which helps it reach speeds of up to 25mph while it’s zipping around above the playing field. The previous generation topped out at around 15mph. “We can actually go faster than 25mph, but we want to make sure what we’re doing is reasonable,” says SkyCam CTO Stephen Wharton.

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Credit card companies think they have a found an ally in the increasingly competitive world of online payments. Its name is Stripe.

Visa has inked a commercial agreement with the payments startup, and has separately made an investment in the San Francisco-based company that values it at $5 billion. The commercial agreement will see the two companies work closely on initiatives around payments security and new product innovation, while the investment is part of a larger round that also includes new investor Kleiner Perkins and existing investors, as well. Re/code first reported in May that Stripe was securing a new investment at a $5 billion valuation.

Visa would not disclose the size of its investment, and Stripe would only say that the total investment from all participants equaled less than $100 million. With the deal, Stripe now counts two of the three big credit card companies as investors: American Express and now Visa. Stripe CEO Patrick Collison would not comment on the potential of securing an investment or partnership from MasterCard, but said, “Our priority is working really effectively with the card networks in general.”

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The second iteration of OnePlus' line of phones has more back variety.

Megan Geuss

SAN FRANCISCO—In a breezy, open-air lobby of a small office building in the city, Bridget Hickey, a representative for Chinese mobile phone company OnePlus, invites a handful of journalists to check out two neatly organized rows of phones on a nearby table. “Basically this is super low-key,” she tells us, adding that a VR demo will be available later this evening to people around the world.

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OnePlus 2 Hands-On: So Good, It Makes Me Want To Leave Verizon

One year ago, the OnePlus One became the best off-contract smartphone you could buy. An unheard of Chinese company managed to deliver a high-quality Android handset for a crazy-low $300 price. Now, it looks like that awesomeness wasn’t a fluke. Behold: the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus 2 Hands-On: So Good, It Makes Me Want To Leave Verizon

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Impossible Foods' plant-based cheeseburger

Google has explored at least a few fields that have precious little to do with internet searches, but sources for The Information claim that it nearly went in a very unusual direction: the fast food business. The folks in Mountain View reportedly tried to buy Impossible Foods, a startup developing plant-based alternatives to meat and cheese, for between $200 million to $300 million. The young firm's crowning achievement so far is a veggie cheeseburger (you're looking at it above) that should taste like the real deal when it arrives later this year. If the rumor is accurate, Google only balked because Impossible wanted a higher sale price.

Just why Google would branch out to edibles isn't clear, although the company has explored food in the past. Co-founder Sergey Brin helped fund a burger made solely from stem cells, for example. However, the most logical explanation is that this reflects Google's recent fondness for projects that help humanity as a whole. If Impossible's technology takes off, it'll get people on to healthier diets, reduce the footprints of farms and feed people in areas where animals are impractical. It's not certain that Google is still shopping around for an alternative, but don't be shocked if the company's next acquisition has more to do with cooking than code.

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ShenZhen, China-based startup OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. Now, version 2 is hitting the market with a new Android OS.
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ShenZhen, China-based startup OnePlus unveiled its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 2, today. The device, available for purchase by invitation only, will begin shipping to the US, Europe, and India on August 11 for $329-$389 depending on model. The device will ship to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore during Q4 2015.

OnePlus shook the high-end smartphone market last year when it produced a well-designed smartphone with the same (or better) specs than premium models -- such as the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S6 -- and sold it for half the price. With its slogan "Never Settle," OnePlus has been praised by some industry observers for delivering a superb smartphone and selling it directly to its fan base without any retail partners.

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Earlier today I wrote an article about a few NDE's (Near Death Experiences) that I have personally experienced titled How To Survive An NDE (Near Death Experience) And Talk About It.  Now I know through research that the spiritual, religious, and scientific community all have their own opinions about why these occur but just hear me out since one day we are all going to experience whatever it is we believe in when it comes to our time to depart this world.

Now I don't know why these NDE's happened and I cannot explain them except for what happened when I went through them but all I ask is that you have an open mind and realize that we all live in a big and beautiful Universe.

So I found this cool infographic that may shed some light on NDE's.

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Neighbors 2 may have been pushed back a week, but the follow-up to last summer’s surprise comedy hit is gaining momentum. Just days after Chloe Moretz confirmed on Twitter that she has signed on to star in the sequel, Universal Pictures has pushed back the flick’s May 2016 release. Deadline reports that the raunchy comedy’s opening weekend has been delayed a week from the intended May 13, 2016.

Related: Ed Sheeran to try his hand at acting in FX’s The Bastard Executioner

Although the title has yet to be confirmed by Universal Pictures, Production Weekly reports that the sequel will be called Neighbors: Sorority Rising. With the first flick having centered on the battle between a couple (played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) and the fraternity next door (led by Zac Efron), it looks like a sorority may take over the house vacated by the frat. Assuming that the script goes that direction,  Moretz will likely be the sorority equivalent of Efron’s character and take the lead in another neighborhood war.

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Medium announces new rules to curb abusive behavior. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Blog publishing platform Medium has updated its rules to prohibit activity intended to harass other users, the latest Internet community to crack down on abusive behavior.

The social publishing site announced new rules Monday that prohibit public shaming, the posting of revenge porn, or publishing private or confidential information intended to harass other users. The new rules are intended to foster an environment where users feel comfortable expressing themselves online without fear of being intimidated by other users, the publishing platform explained in an unsigned blog post.

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The Geologist's Field Bag

No matter what you’re occupation, working out in the field always requires a different set of tools. Over on Everyday Carry, Geologist J.G. shares his bag, which is packed with all kinds of interesting stuff.

The bag is a Rocktrail Backpack. Here’s what’s inside:

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Apple on Monday issued the fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this fall.

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Today's El Capitan beta version comes less than one week after Apple seeded its last round of prerelease software for developer assessment, a round that included iOS 9 and watchOS 2 builds. As release notes for today's beta 5 have yet to be published, it is currently unknown what changes Apple applied to the next-generation Mac operating system. The last OS X 10.11 beta version fixed minor bugs, but noted known problems with Photos, Apple ID and Language settingsDevelopers can access the latest OS X 10.11 El Capitan build by updating through the Mac App Store or downloading from Apple's developer website.
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Millions of Americans gathered around small black and white television sets in the hot July of 1969, to watch Neil Armstrong step off the Apollo 11 spacecraft and set his left boot onto untouched moon dust. Armstrong would go down in history as the first man to ever walk on the moon.

Armstrong’s suit is now much older and in bad need of repair. So the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the half a million dollars it would take to preserve the suit and get it ready for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in 2019.

Federal appropriations usually cover funding for the Smithsonian but don’t cover preservation projects like this one. That’s why private donations, which make up about 30 percent of funding for the Smithsonian, are key. This is the first time the Smithsonian gave the crowdfunding platform a try.

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Shreddies

Shreddies may be the most expensive underwear you’ll ever consider purchasing, but when you take into consideration their ability to absorb farts, it may well be worth the price.

Yes, a company has finally designed a pair of underwear smart enough to absorb farts. This latest innovation in the under garment department may help relieve the anxiety of letting one rip in a confined space. The sound will remain, but the foul odor won’t escape your pants.

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The rise of live-streaming apps this year has proven a boon to journalists, media organizations, and everyday people who find themselves standing at the center of a news event — and those who want to watch them unfold. But their drop-everything-and-look nature can be addictive, and frequent broadcasters wind up spamming the notifications of the people who follow them. It's been my biggest complaint about Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app, from day one. Today the company took an important step to fix it.

An update to Periscope's iOS app lets you mute users on a per-account basis. So if most of the accounts you follow Periscope only rarely, but one person Periscopes multiple times a day, you can now stop that person from sending you a push notification every time they go live. To mute someone, open their profile and tap the button next to the "following" icon. Their broadcasts will still appear in your feed when you open the app, but they will no longer interrupt you. It's an important step toward reducing the thirst of the trigger-happiest users.

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