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Build an Exercise Bike That Won't Let You Watch TV Unless You Pedal It

Exercising is all about finding motivation. This custom bicycle stand you can build at home will let you watch TV while you work out, but only if you keep pedaling.

You’ve probably seen a bicycle set up to provide power before, but this project from Instructables user plays in traffic does something different. Instead of providing or cutting off power, this setup merely cuts the signal to the TV after 10 seconds of no pedaling. Resume pedaling, and the signal is restored. There’s even a warning buzzer that warns you before the signal is going to cut off. The build uses a bicycle, a bike stand, an Arduino Nano, and a few other simple components, but its construction is fairly simple. Once you have it all put together, the only way you can watch TV is if you work for it. It’s a great way to motivate your exercise and be entertained at the same time. You can see a simple video of it in action here.

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In perhaps the first sign that live streaming might spawn its own assortment of sub-players, a visual data analysis startup is putting its chops to work to categorize and rank videos on Periscope, the app owned by Twitter.

Dextro, which uses algorithms to analyze the content of photos and videos, is launching Stream on Tuesday. It’s a web app that categorizes and links to videos posted publicly in Periscope as they’re broadcast in real time.

Periscope’s popular, having gotten 1 million users in its first 10 days. The amount of video in the app can be overwhelming; Dextro wants to make it easier to see some of the popular ones.

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No longer will SQL Server administrators have to worry about filling up their database servers.

SQL Server’s next edition will provide a way to extend databases into the cloud, allowing customers to retain information they otherwise might need to erase due to a lack of local storage space.

SQL Server 2016, a preview of which will be released around the middle of the year, will also encrypt all data by default, and has been integrated with the R statistical programming language, said T.K. Ranga Rengarajan, a Microsoft corporate vice president who leads engineering for the company’s database and big data businesses.

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Loading Displays Apps Using Your Network in the Menu Bar

Mac: When an app connects to a network in iOS, you get a handy little indicator in the top bar so you know when apps are connecting to the internet. Loading is a Mac app that brings that same functionality to OS X.

When an app uses your network connection, Loading starts spinning. Click on the icon and you’ll see list of apps using your network. Option-click and you’ll get a direct path to that app. If you’re worried about apps connecting to the internet without your knowledge, Loading is a very simple way to see what’s happening live.

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> Home users will receive updates as they come out, rather than queueing them all up on "patch Tuesday."

So random breakage, then, rather than breakage on a particular weekday. Sucks to be a home user.

> so they can see if any of the patches accidentally break anything for home users before trying them out.

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“Ebola was not the exception. Ebola is a precedent.”

This warning, featured in a searing documentary from PBS’ Frontline that begins airing tonight nationwide, comes from Dr. Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization, who was at the center of troubled efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The episode, like many aired by the award-winning journalism program, is at once infuriating, frightening and mobilizing. It should also be required viewing for anyone who wants to know more about the outbreak than panicked panels of pundits on CNN, or ambulance chases from airports in Western nations where a handful of health workers were treated.

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I am going to nitpick... Because Science coverage has been abused by the word Theory.

These are not Theories, but Hypothesis, once you are able to test these idea, then you get the Theory out of it.

Global Warming is a Theory. There have been mountains of test to show its validity.
Health Problems with GMO is a Hypothesis, it is a guess that needs further investigation.

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A British court today disclosed documents in the $5 billion accounting fraud lawsuit brought by computing giant Hewlett-Packard against the former executives of Autonomy, the British software firm it acquired in 2011.

In the complaint, released today by the U.K.’s High Court of London, HP accuses Mike Lynch, Autonomy’s former CEO, and Sushovan Hussain, its former CFO, of engaging in “improper transactions and accounting practices that artificially inflated and accelerated Autonomy’s reported revenues, understated its costs of goods sold,” and had the effect of making Autonomy appear to be more profitable and growing faster than it actually was.

“The reality was that the group was experiencing little or no growth, it was losing market share, and its true financial performance consistently fell far short of market expectations,” HP said in a statement.

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JetBlue and Amazon have agreed to stream television, movies and music from the Internet retailer in-flight, broadening travelers’ entertainment options, the companies said Tuesday.

The service will be available on a majority of JetBlue’s aircraft this year via the airline’s free Wi-Fi, so passengers can use their laptops and mobile devices.

Travelers can rent or buy titles from Amazon, or stream content at no extra cost if they are Amazon Prime members. The companies did not disclose the commercial terms of the agreement.

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NEW YORK —Periscope co-founder Kayvon Beykpour was at TechCrunch Disrupt Tuesday, talking about his app, Android and of course, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

TechCrunch's Sarah Lane opened the interview by asking Beykpour about the much-discussed Periscoping of the "fight of the century," as well as the larger discussion about the platform in the context of piracy.

Beykpour thinks some of the discussion has been overblown. "There was an order of magnitude more articles written about Game of Thrones on Periscope than there were steams," he said.

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After weeks of debate, the French parliament has approved a sweeping surveillance bill, aimed at monitoring the phone calls and emails of suspected terrorists. The bill was introduced in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and critics say it will seriously curtail the country's civil liberties. Under the new system, a nine-person committee will oversee the surveillance operations, which are led by the prime minister, but the committee only has the power to advise the prime minister, not to overrule him. As a result, many privacy groups say surveillance power will be dangerously centralized in the wake of the new law.

In 2013, Le Monde reported on a number of similar programs, described as akin to the NSA's PRISM program. The systems reportedly collected bulk telephone metadata along with private traffic from Google, Microsoft, and others. Officials denied any illegal or improper activity, saying, "French citizens are not subject to massive and permanent spying outside of all control." France is not a member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group, and the Snowden leaks turned up little evidence of the country collaborating with US or UK intelligence-gathering efforts.

Still, the new bill shows a number of tactics that seem cribbed from the NSA, including bulk collection of internet metadata, which would allow the government to track French citizens from site to site. Prime Minister Manuel Valls has denied the similarities — stating plainly, "This is not a French Patriot Act," but privacy groups disagree, saying the bill would give too much power to the intelligence services. "Suddenly, you're in a system where the government has full power, full control over intelligence services," the non-profit group Privacy International told The Verge in April. "If we learn anything from history it's that giving full power to governments on surveilling citizens is really not a good idea."

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As an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Anthony Noto orchestrated Twitter's initial public offering. Now Noto is Twitter's chief financial officer, and he's changing the score again, moving the social network's hapless marketing department under his control. Marketing is not typically the purview of a CFO, and a source familiar with the situation told The Verge that the unusual structure was discussed in a meeting at Twitter headquarters Monday. "Noto is consolidating power, so to speak," the source said.

During the dot-com bubble, Noto hyped troubled tech stocks like eToys and Webvan. These days, he's better known as the Twitter exec whose direct message fail exposed a planned acquisition, and who later had his Twitter account hacked. Regardless, Noto is rewarded handsomely for his services. In 2014, he received a $72.8 million compensation package, mostly in stock, taking home roughly three times more than his predecessor.

Charged with boosting user growth

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Several startups now offer tools that bring “dynamic pricing” to Airbnb rentals. When renting out rooms over online services like Airbnb, property owners can use tools like PriceLabs, Smart Host, and Beyond Pricing to automatically adjust prices according to supply, demand, and other market variables.

Beyond Pricing, which launched in early 2014, is now available in 26 cities, and according to Techcrunch, it controls $1 million worth of Airbnb bookings a week. But Joe Fraiman and Andrew Kitchell still believe the market is underserved.

Today, their startup, the San Francisco-based PriceMethod, unveiled a new dynamic pricing tool for people who rent rooms over Airbnb and similar services. It’s available in 60 U.S. markets, including San Francisco and New York, and property owners can try it for free.

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Last month, producer Nosaj Thing played a show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The set was good; folks cheered; it was beautiful.

But he can never play it again.

Why? Less than two weeks after that show, all of the musician’s gear was stolen from a tour bus in Houston. In terms of gear, the thief (or thieves) made off with four MacBook Pros, a few Lacie hard drives, some MIDI controllers, and a few other pieces of assorted equipment. But in terms of blood, sweat, and tears, they got hours and hours of the artist’s recording sessions—including those for his new album Fated, out this week.

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MICROSOFT HAS BEEN explaining the enhanced update functionality in Windows 10 for system administrators.

Operating systems EVP Terry Myerson, fresh from the Build conference keynote, told Ignite delegates about an increasingly sophisticated system for controlling updates that will be available to business users of Windows 10.

Headlines of the announcement include a hardware-based secure boot with a device guard to ensure that side-loaded apps are banished and that only Windows Store for Business apps run, using Hyper-V isolation, just in case they're not just erroneous, but nasty.

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CoreOS logoGOOGLE HAS joined Red Hat and VMware in being the latest backers for appc, an alternative container engine to Docker.

Docker and CoreOS, the company behind appc, were originally buddies, but a bust-up over the level of control Docker is said to have over customers led to CoreOS striking out on its own.

Appc is an open source project which also supports Docker containers, meaning that customers can mix and match.

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German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering up an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service has offered a variety of the standard “smart” features car manufacturers have built into their mobile apps since its 2014 model year. Features like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available from iOS and Android apps (which, if we’re being honest, have design elements from both platforms that make it look really odd on both), and as soon as the new iOS app update rolls out they’ll be on your wrist, too.

All of those features are nifty, but not what I would call must-haves. The feature that should get some attention: speed and boundary alerts on your wrist. Looking back on my teen driver years (which were right before we were all super-connected with smartphones), my parents had no idea where the heck I was most afternoons or how responsible I was with the several-ton hunk of metal on wheels they so graciously provided for me.

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Apple’s next Apple TV is rumored to be breaking cover in just a few short weeks at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference it hosts in San Francisco, and said device could also come bundled with a brand new redesigned remote control. The remote redesign will include a touch pad, according to the New York Times, which would allow people to scroll and navigate.

Apple declined to comment on the report when contacted by TechCrunch, but the design alteration could make a lot of sense, given Apple’s general input trends, the reports of what’s coming for the next version of the Apple TV, and some of the company’s most recent developments in the area of touch-based tech.

First, a touch pad could help with more advanced navigation requirements if Apple is indeed revamping the Apple TV with a full-fledged App Store and developer SDK. It could help both with UI navigation, and with working within apps, especially if we see a greater range of app types available on the streaming box – games, for instance.

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Regardless of how you feel about the utility of the Apple Watch, the one thing most people can agree on, including Ars, is that it's expensive. That's especially true of the Apple Watch's replacement wristbands, which start at £39 ($49) for a rubber sport band, rise to £129 ($149) for a leather strap, and peak at an eye-watering £379 ($449) for a metal link bracelet. Thankfully, Apple is letting third-party developers fill in the price gaps with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.

Like Apple's previous "Made for" programs—which include Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod—Made for Apple Watch lets third parties in on the Apple cash-cow by providing them with various schematics, design guidelines, and parts in order to create accessories that meet with the company's performance standards. In the case of the Apple Watch, they will soon have access to the "lugs" that Apple uses to connect straps to the watch, as well as the specifications for making their own.

As for the straps themselves, Apple recommends that bands have a length sizing adjustment pitch of less than 7 mm (centre-to-centre) in order to maintain a snug fit for use with the watch's heart rate sensor, while also passing a 72-hour salt mist test with no visible corrosion. Other recommendations include straps being able to resist a 20 kgf or greater pull force, and resist a resist a 5-20 kgf lateral slide-out force when installed in the watch.

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SpaceX has announced that the first major test of its Crew Dragon (aka Dragon V2) is expected to take place tomorrow, May 6, from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in Cape Canaveral.

For the first launch of the Crew Dragon capsule, SpaceX will be performing what's known as a pad abort test, which will test the capsule's launch abort capabilities. While the next test after this one (the in-flight abort test) will launch a Crew Dragon using a full-size Falcon 9 rocket, this first test will see the Crew Dragon take off from the launchpad using its own integrated SuperDraco thrusters. The capsule will ascend to around 1500 meters (4,900 feet) before separating from the trunk section; it will then deploy its parachutes and land about 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) down range in the Atlantic Ocean.

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