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After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other hand, preventing you from responding to notifications or using apps.

The Aria is an add-on band that solves this occasional frustration by measuring movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face.

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A California man who ran a website where sex workers and pimps could offer their services was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $1.28 million in cash and property. Prosecutors said the case involved the nation's first Web operator convicted of federal charges for running a site dedicated to advertising the world's oldest profession.

53-year-old Eric Omuro, who went by "Red" and other handles, pleaded guilty in December. He was sentenced on Thursday in San Francisco and agreed to forfeit the domains sfRedbook.com and myRedBook.com.

According to the Justice Department:

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Apple’s next-generation operating systems, for both mobile devices and PCs, are reportedly going to have a strong focus on zapping bugs and improving stability, reports 9to5Mac. We’d heard this about iOS before, but it appears this will be a smoothing year (but with new features, too). The more interesting news, however, is that Apple is also said to be working on improving iOS support for older devices – including ones that aren’t even necessarily on sale anymore.

The report from 9to5Mac says that iOS 9 will feature a new optimization method to better support older hardware, including the iPad mini and the iPhone 4S. Apple typically extends iOS compatibility to devices a few generations prior to the current shipping model, but in the past it has not done a terrific job of making OS updates all that friendly for those older iPhones and iPads. Typical user complaints include reports of significant performance slowdowns post-update. Apple also typically disables the most demanding features of new software updates, which can also detract from the overall user experience.

This time around, Apple is focusing specifically on performance efficiency for older gadgets running iOS 9, with an effective core app and then features added as they go, provided they don’t impeded the quality of the overall OS user experience.

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The Fantastic Pushbullet App Has a Competitor With Microsoft OneClip

I use a 15-inch MacBook Pro and one of several Android phones laying around the Gizmodo office, and sharing content between those two ecosystems is a bunch of garbage. Third-party apps like the fantastic Pushbullet app every phone should have help, but Microsoft thinks it has a better solution for the Windows crowd with OneClip.

Currently unreleased, the idea behind OneClip is simple: whatever smartphone you use—iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone—you can seamlessly move links, screenshots, and images by combining one universal clipboard with Windows.

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There comes a point in every zeitgeisty app's life when it wonders if it should stop eating nothing but Doritos and having those drunken one-night stands and become a mature, serious business. We've already seen Snapchat evolve from a way to distribute pictures of your genitals to a news broadcast system, and now Tinder is seriously considering becoming a music promoter. The dating app has just signed a deal with Interscope Records to promote the new album from Russian DJ Zedd.

If, during a swiping session, you come across Zedd's come-hither gaze and swipe right, you won't get a message telling you that you've got a match. Instead, you'll be offered a link to download his latest album for $3.99, compared to the $7.99 it's currently priced up at on Google Play and iTunes. It's not the first time that Tinder profiles have been used for viral marketing purposes, since the makers of Ex Machina had one of its lead characters chatting unwitting users up in the run-up to its US release.

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Let’s talk about painting things by dipping them into water. The process is called “hydrographics.” A design is printed onto a special piece of polyvinyl alcohol film that is gently lowered into water so it floats on the surface. An activator chemical is sprayed on the film, dissolving it into just the ink design. Then, you can dip any paintable 3D object into the vat of water and the special ink combines with the activation chemical to bond the ink to the object.

Any material that could be painted the old-fashioned way can be painted with hydrographics. That includes your basic plastics, wood, metals, and ceramics. Since hydrographics have been around since the mid-1980s, you’ve probably seen something painted using this method. Basically, everything mass produced in our transportation industry is subject to hyrdrographic painting, because it makes more sense for the speed of the application. Bike helmets, dashboards, exterior car parts that have odd contours but need specific logo application — those types of things.

Also, badass skateboards.

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We try out every top phone in the world here at DT. This year, the competition for your pocket (or purse) is hotter than ever, but one phone stands out in that fight: the LG G4. We recently gave it our Editors’ Choice award, a glowing review, and named it the smartphone to beat for 2015.

The LG G4 is one of the most comfortable phones to hold, has a gorgeous 1440p screen, manages solid battery performance compared to the other top devices this year, has a crazy new leather battery cover, and sports a camera that may be our new favorite.

The best news, loyal readers? We have four brand new LG G4 phones to give away to you, and each one comes with an extra battery, a battery charging cradle, and 32GB MicroSD card! We have devices that are designed to work on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon here in the United States. Sorry, Brazil. No luck, Eastern Europe. But if you’re here in the United States, and on one of those four networks, just follow the instructions on the widget below to enter.

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A fingerprint sensor is available in Samsung's Galaxy S6. CNET

Google's next update to its Android operating system could come with a new security feature: full support for fingerprint sensors.

At the Google I/O conference next week, Google will unveil native fingerprint authentication support in its expected Android M operating system, BuzzFeed News is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of its plans. If that's true, it would suggest that Google will launch an application programming interface (API) for fingerprint-sensing to developers, so they can incorporate fingerprint authentication into their apps.

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This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss the latest iMac, MacBook Pro, and Apple Watch news. Also, Neil has a word to say on Wall Street analysts.

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AppleInsider staff members Neil Hughes, Shane Cole, and Victor Marks discuss the top stories:

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Why Saving Money Means Changing, Not Eliminating, How You Socialize

It’s a well established fact that other people can be a huge drain on your budget. While cutting back on expensive social events can be good for your budget, it can also leave you isolated. Instead of focusing solely on eliminating costs, try to find free alternative ways to bring your group together.

As personal finance blog Frugaling points out, a lot of society’s favorite meeting places involve spending money: eating out, going to bars, attending conventions, watching a movie, etc. When we’re budgeting, all of these things look like numbers on a page, but we forget they also represent groups of people and, more importantly, they represent the socialization that we all need at some point:

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Connected cars will add to mobile traffic jams

Expect mobile networks to struggle as they are called on to handle a rapidly increasing number of connected cars. Traffic growth from M2M (machine to machine) connections, particularly from cars, will cause headaches for mobile operators, says Machina Research. Car connections are expected to surpass 500 million in 2019 and then 1 billion in 2023, when they will account for more than half of all M2M connections over cellular networks. And they’ll use lots of data, thanks to connected entertainment and navigation systems.

U.S. seeks to clamp down on exports of cybersecurity tools, zero-day exploits

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If I've learned any single thing covering technology news it's that you can blame absolutely anything on video games. Mass violence? Games. Failure at professional sports? Pssh, games, yo. Love life not as spicy as you might like? Those games, those games. But a study that supposedly claims a link between video games and Alzheimer's Disease? Come on.

“Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease”, said the Telegraph. “Video game link to psychiatric disorders suggested by study”, reported the Guardian. The Daily Mail posed the problem as a question, “Could video games increase your risk of Alzheimer’s?”, reminding us that whenever a news headline asks a question, the answer is no.

We know that when science news is hyped, most of the hype is already present in the press releases issued by universities. This case is no exception - the press release was issued by the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, and unsurprisingly it focuses almost entirely on the tenuous link to Alzheimer’s disease.

Tenuous is being exceptionally kind in this case. The study in question, produced in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, barely focused on any link between gaming and the disease, in fact. Instead, the team of Canadian researchers were simply studying the difference in brain-wave activity with groups of gamers and non-gamers. They noticed specifically a significant difference in the activity of one type of brain-wave with gamers, N2PC, which can have an effect on attention spans. So, how did we get from that to a link to Alzheimer's? Were there clinical tests done? Was the team of researchers even in any way focused on the most famous form of dementia?

No. Instead, the article describes the methodology for reaching the conclusion of a link thusly:

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APPLE HAS ADDED Apple Watch support to a handful of its IBM MobileFirst enterprise apps as the firm looks to push the wearable into the business market.

As first spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple Watch support has been added to IBM's Hospital RN, Field Connect and Incident Aware apps.

Hospital RN (below) was first announced in April, allowing nurses to see a patient's records on an iPhone from anywhere in thehospital thanks to Apple's iBeacon technology.

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And, since then, almost every Internet service I use has started bringing their stuff out of the US. Not saying that makes us "hack-proof" (not least from our own intelligence agencies) but businesses can't do business with other governments or even large corporations if this kind of thing is suspected to be going on.

Every week or so, another large company tells me that they've pulled all their EU users and their data to their Ireland datacentre so that only the US people's data can be "collected" by the US authorities and otherwise the NSA are just the same as any other foreign hostile entity trying to get into their systems.

DropBox was the latest one I got an email from. The government and education services already do everything in-EU anyway because of a lovely thing called the Data Protection Act (which the US really needs to start adopting its own version of), and now even people's photo-sharing sites are doing the same because they just don't want this kind of stuff reflecting on them because they happen to do business in the US too.

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Kent in southeast England was hit by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake early Friday morning, with tremors felt across the region.

Residents in Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable felt rumblings as the minor quake rippled out from the epicentre 5 km south of Ramsgate.

The British Geological Survey, who normally tweet "weekdays 9 - 5," posted updates on the quake location and put it into context early on.

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True to form, Uber isn't being shy about its work developing self-driving cars. In February, the company announced its plans to create autonomous vehicles, and now, one of its research cars has been seen cruising the streets of Pittsburgh. The vehicle — spotted by the Pittsburgh Business Times — has the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" splashed across one side, and what looks to be a box of electronic components on the roof.

The Pittsburgh Business Times notes that the device at the very top of the car was rotating, suggesting that it's a LIDAR sensor being used to map the immediate surroundings. The device has an identical profile to LIDAR components deployed in Google's self-driving vehicles but looks completely different to the equipment seen on the so-called Apple car.

"This vehicle is part of our early research efforts."

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Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors.

SoftBank currently holds a 43 percent stake in Yahoo Japan. Son will remain on the board of directors, with Arora taking over as the chairman.

His ascendancy at SoftBank may mean the company will make more investments in the U.S. beyond its majority stake in Sprint, which it bought in 2013 has yet to see pay off.

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NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer hydrogen-rich sheath and exposed superheated helium core, those have never been observed in the Milky Way with an accretion disc like Nasty's. (See that thing above? That's an accretion disc.)

Astronomers believe that this disc is the result of an exceedingly rare occurrence wherein two Wolf-Rayets form within the same solar system and one star's hydrogen fuel is siphoned off by its smaller companion. "We were excited to see this disk-like structure because it may be evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming from a binary interaction," study leader Jon Mauerhan of UC Berkeley said in a statement. "There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived, perhaps lasting only a hundred thousand years, while the timescale over which a resulting disk is visible could be only ten thousand years or less."

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Google I/O is around the corner and The Information is reporting that Google is developing an OS for low-power devices connected on the Internet of Things. Codenamed “Brillo,” we may be seeing a reveal of this platform, which would be launched under the Android brand at Google I/O next weekend. The connected OS would be based on the existing Android OS and would signal Google’s entry into the connected devices marketplace in a significant way.

According to the report, this OS would be primarily aimed at low-power devices that function on as little as 64 or 32MB of RAM. This certainly includes a wide range of connected gizmos including light bulbs, door locks, and pretty much any small smart home function that we can expect to see take off in the next few years.

Related: Microsoft sets its sights on the Internet of Things with lightweight Windows 10 preview

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