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Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

The Supreme Court has confirmed in a ruling that if the government places a GPS tracker on someone's person or their belongings, the act counts as a search—something that remains protected by the Fourth Amendment.

As part of a case referred to as Grady v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court heard about how Torrey Dale Grady—twice-convicted as a sex offender—was made to wear a GPS monitor at all times by North Carolina officials. In court, Grady challenged this, claiming it qualified as an unreasonable search. The Supreme Court agreed, explaining:

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lginviteg4.jpgLG's invitation to its press events late next month has the tagline: "See the great. Feel the great." LG

LG has just sent out invites to upcoming events simultaneously taking place around the world late next month, and they likely point to one thing: the unveiling of its new flagship handset, the LG G4.

The South Korean electronics giant will host the events on April 28 and April 29 (due to time zones) in six cities: New York, London, Paris, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul.

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A Medieval Recipe Could Kill Hospital Superbugs. No, Really.xa0;

Staph infections are one of the most pervasive and annoying bacterial infections faced by hospitals every year. It infects half a million people in the US every year, with symptoms ranging from skin infections to heart problems — and worse, some strains (commonly known as MRSA) have evolved to resist common antibiotics.

As it turns out, medieval communities also faced staph — in particular, with staph causing eye sores called styes. Our ancestors had an old-timey cure, too, written in Old English in Bald's Leechbook:

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Dyson Put a Filter In Its Bladeless Fan To Cool and Clean a Room

Following up on its first humidifier that used a UV light to kill germs in its water reservoir, Dyson has just announced an updated version of its Cool fan that now includes a built-in 360-degree glass filter to remove 99.95 percent of airborne invaders in a room. And not just any filter, but a high-efficiency particulate arrestance—or HEPA—filter as regulated by the U.S. government making it as effective as you can get in a consumer-grade appliance.

Since a fan is often pointed directly at people, the inclusion of a HEPA filter on the new Dyson Pure Cool means that any germs or allergens floating around won't be directed right towards them. And the use of a 360-degree filter means that all of the air being sucked into the Pure Cool's base passes through it and is scrubbed of all particles as small as 0.1 microns.

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remedy.jpgPage from Bald's Leechbook showing the recipe. The British Library Board (Royal 12 D xvii)

The key to killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- also known as MRSA or golden staph -- may not be new-fangled treatments after all, but a treatment for an infected eyelash follicle found in a 1,000-year-old book.

The MRSA "superbug" is notoriously difficult to treat. Over the years, it developed resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics, which include common treatments like penicillin and its derivatives, cephalosporins, monobactams and carbapenems. It's also a particular problem in hospitals and nursing homes, where a high percentage of the population of which have open wounds and weakened immune systems.

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That's right you can get the Brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 for FREE with the new Unlimited Plus Plan at Sprint - this isn't any typo.

What I like about this phone is really cosmetic. The Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body brings sexy to mind and the improved fingerprint reader make it a phone where you won't be going WTF.

If you like the portability of using a camera with your phone then the new camera shortcut key make the phone a versatile device.

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That's right you can get the Brand New Samsung Galaxy S6 for FREE with the new Unlimited Plus Plan at Sprint - this isn't any typo.

What I like about this phone is really cosmetic. The Samsung Galaxy S6's smooth glass-and-matte-metal body brings sexy to mind and the improved fingerprint reader make it a phone where you won't be going WTF.

If you like the portability of using a camera with your phone then the new camera shortcut key make the phone a versatile device.

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radio.jpgThis poor radio executive worries he may never make money again. Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

What does denial sound like? A group of hopelessly out-of-touch media executives who have no idea what to make of things like Netflix, Hulu and paywalls, according to Funny or Die.

"There will always be a place for real books, bound books, where people actually turn pages," one insists in a new parody video by the comedy group.

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Over the weekend, reddit users posting on the subreddit /r/cordcutters were surprised to find that some of Sling TV's most recent channel additions—A&E, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN), and WE TV—were not entirely available. Shows like Criminal Minds on A&E, Kept Woman on Lifetime, and Intervention on LMN were throwing up a “Restricted Content” notice, sometimes for eight- and ten-hour blocks.

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Apple on Monday expanded the reach of its Maps Connect service for small businesses to three more countries, namely Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland.

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The Maps Connect portal lets smaller companies submit and edit a Maps listing without having to enter into a complex arrangement with Apple. The goal has been to make Apple Maps more competitive with Google Maps in terms of helping customers find local shops and services.

Entries are submitted through a web interface, but fact-checked by Apple reviewers before appearing in the live edition of Maps.

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Few features in Windows 10 have been more anticipated than Project Spartan, but the high-profile replacement to Internet Explorer 11 has been missing from the Technical Preview. Until now.

Build 10049, released today, has the full Spartan browser. That means it offers not just the rendering engine, which was technically accessible before if you knew the right trick, but also the interface with its hotly anticipated features.

These include Cortana integration, the ability to markup web pages, and a reading mode that simplifies pages so that distracting page elements are no longer an issue. In addition to this trio, Microsoft has added a feedback feature into both Spartan and Internet Explorer. An emoji icon in the interface of both lets users quickly “send frowns” that provide feedback about the company’s progress and any issues impacting the browsing experience.

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Opposition to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last week, has been particularly strong among the tech and hobbyist sectors, and that opposition grew even louder thanks to a letter written by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Rockstar Games has released a new batch of high-resolution screenshots for the upcoming Windows PC port of Grand Theft Auto V, set to release on April 14.

Optimized for all the latest PC hardware, the sky is the limit for the visuals in this edition of the game. These new images show off the game’s new compatibility with 4K monitors. Take note of the details: the city lights reflected on the glossy black of a car’s hood; the white, churning wake behind a speedboat; beams of soft, fog-filtered light slipping through trees in the forest. GTA V has always been a pretty game in all of its versions, but this edition promises to look definitively the best.

Related: GTA Online‘s Heists are coming on March 10, PC release slips to April

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“You do get people looking at you strangely, but the tampon is not that obvious.”

That’s Professor David Lerner, explaining what it was like to conduct a research project where feminine hygiene products were inserted into streams and sewers around Yorkshire, UK. Why? It turns out tampons are an accurate and cheap way to sample water quality.

Towns and cities usually have two separate sewer systems. A sanitary sewer collects everything you flush or rinse down the drain, and transports it to a sewage facility for treatment. Storm sewers or overflow sewers collect up rain and runoff from roofs, paved roads, and parking lots. They empty that water into natural waterways like streams or rivers.

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Let me straight away say that the new 570S, apart of McLaren’s new Sport Series, is not simply another 650S variant; it’s an all-new sports car built to compete with the Porsche 911.

As always, McLaren has given its latest, orange-clad creation a moniker indicative of the power nestled mid-chassis: 570 PS (562 horsepower) derived from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. Though it makes fewer horsepowers than its bigger brother the 650S, it boasts a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 388 hp per ton.

Along with the 562 ponies, its 443 pound-feet of torque are routed to the ground through a seven-speed SSG transmission and out to the unique, forged alloy rear wheels. 0 to 62 mph is trounced in 3.2 seconds and 0 to 124 mph is achieved in 9.5 seconds. The 204 mph top speed will be greeted not long after.

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The Computer Science Student's Bag

Being a student means you need to keep your bag as minimal as possible while still having everything you need for the day. Lifehacker reader Gavin Porter shares the bag he uses to get things done.

The bag’s a Reebok Hockey Backpack. Here’s what’s inside:

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Following formal complaints by Ericsson, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday showed intent to launch an investigation into Apple's potentially illegal use of patented LTE technology.

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The ITC investigation will take a closer look at Apple's use of granted Ericsson wireless network patents, specifically those applying to LTE technology, as well as other IP deemed "critical" to certain Apple products.

As noted by PC World, the ITC decision is a reaction to a legal barrage Ericsson lobbed at Apple in February. The Swedish telecommunications giant lodged two ITC complaints and seven lawsuits with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, seeking both damages and injunctions against Apple product sales.

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An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has quietly rolled out a new business called "Home Services," which aims to be a middleman between customers and all sorts of contracted services. It includes things like appliance repair, home cleaning, installation/assembly of products in your car or home, tutoring (academic and musical), and even performance art. Amazon makes money on this by taking a cut of the total price — between 10 and 20 percent. Since everything is geolocated, they have many more options available in big cities than in small rural communities. One of Amazon's goals is to help standardize the price for various services, so there aren't any surprises when the bill comes due.
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Interop Radio is coming to you live from the Hot Stage warehouse again this week -- you won't want to miss an episode.
Vegas Geeks: What Happens Here, Stays Here

Vegas Geeks: What Happens Here, Stays Here

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Last week we saw Interop Radio move into high gear with a great show on Tuesday and a full week of the Hot Stage Diaries. Things aren't slowing down this week as the activity at Hot Stage turns to the SDN Lab and we have an episode of Interop Radio centered on all the networks (and network technology) not defined by software. Whether you're planning to join us in Las Vegas, or are part of the Interop community that meets us online, you'll want to be part of Interop Radio every day this week.

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If you follow the enterprise networking press (and really, why wouldn't you?) then you would be excused for thinking that SDN is the only thing that matters in the world of moving bits from place to place. The truth, though, is that the vast majority of networks deployed today are still defined by switches, routers, and old-fashioned configuration methods, rather than by software.

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Add Modular Counter Space to Your Kitchen with a Simple Folding Bracket

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