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Peter Vogel

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Teacher | Network Admin | Journalist | Technology Enthusiast | CERN HST2011

Occupation: Teacher: Physics, Information and Commmunications Technology; Journalist; Network Administrator; Amateur Radio Operator (NDRS Vancouver BC ICT/Physics/Network Admin)

Location: Vancouver BC Canada

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2017-01-11 00:54:41 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Another interesting email scam

I'll get on this right away. It has to be true, right?

Most reshares: 22

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2017-01-14 14:57:05 (5 comments; 22 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Don't fall for this Gmail phishing scheme.

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/ 

Most plusones: 38

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2017-01-07 21:42:38 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Prediction: new star to become visible in 2022. Here's how we know.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/06/spectacular-collision-suns-will-create-new-star-night-sky-2022/

Latest 50 posts

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2017-01-16 03:33:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The situation with man-made diamonds.

They are flawless. They aren't cheap to produce, but they are cheaper than "natural" diamonds.

I hear them advertised on the radio here in the Vancouver area. For engagement rings.

Here's what we know about them and how they might be used.

And why De Beers and the diamond cartel aren't worried, for now.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/15/luxury/synthetic-diamonds/index.html?sr=twCNN011617synthetic-diamonds0320AM

The situation with man-made diamonds.

They are flawless. They aren't cheap to produce, but they are cheaper than "natural" diamonds.

I hear them advertised on the radio here in the Vancouver area. For engagement rings.

Here's what we know about them and how they might be used.

And why De Beers and the diamond cartel aren't worried, for now.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/15/luxury/synthetic-diamonds/index.html?sr=twCNN011617synthetic-diamonds0320AM___

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2017-01-14 23:04:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Google Doodle recognizes Carrie Derrck.

Canadian geneticist and the first female professor in a Canadian university.

https://www.google.com/doodles/carrie-dericks-155th-birthday

Google Doodle recognizes Carrie Derrck.

Canadian geneticist and the first female professor in a Canadian university.

https://www.google.com/doodles/carrie-dericks-155th-birthday___

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2017-01-14 18:19:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

SpaceX makes it back into space after earlier setback.

The SpaceX rocket has carried 10 Iridium satellites into space, the first of a total of 70 satellites designed to replace the now 20y-old original batch of Iridiums, the satellites that handle ground-based satellite communication, and that star-gazers know for their brilliant flares when light reflects from their antennae.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/science/spacex-falcon-9-iridium-elon-musk.html?partner=IFTTT

SpaceX makes it back into space after earlier setback.

The SpaceX rocket has carried 10 Iridium satellites into space, the first of a total of 70 satellites designed to replace the now 20y-old original batch of Iridiums, the satellites that handle ground-based satellite communication, and that star-gazers know for their brilliant flares when light reflects from their antennae.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/science/spacex-falcon-9-iridium-elon-musk.html?partner=IFTTT___

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2017-01-14 14:57:05 (5 comments; 22 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Don't fall for this Gmail phishing scheme.

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/ 

Don't fall for this Gmail phishing scheme.

https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2017/01/gmail-phishing-data-uri/ ___

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2017-01-14 14:50:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating phishing attack, especially with what it does to the url bar, but I'd like to point out it's not new.

One of the linked posts is from 6 months ago. However, it may be spreading wider right now, which is why there's more attention on it. And the fact that it was at the top of HN yesterday. 

Fascinating phishing attack, especially with what it does to the url bar, but I'd like to point out it's not new.

One of the linked posts is from 6 months ago. However, it may be spreading wider right now, which is why there's more attention on it. And the fact that it was at the top of HN yesterday. ___

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2017-01-13 21:38:46 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A completely free American genealogy web site proves troubling for the data it provides.

http://www.familytreenow.com/ 

A completely free American genealogy web site proves troubling for the data it provides.

http://www.familytreenow.com/ ___

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2017-01-12 23:01:56 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Toontastic 3D from Google.

http://mashable.com/2017/01/12/toontastic-3d-launch/#s0SIP3OuF65P 

Toontastic 3D from Google.

http://mashable.com/2017/01/12/toontastic-3d-launch/#s0SIP3OuF65P ___

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2017-01-12 18:13:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Google has just released some updates this evening for Google Classroom.

Read about them here if you make use of Classroom.

https://www.blog.google/topics/education/new-google-classroom-features-make-it-easier-learn-teach-manage-and-build/


There are improvements for handling differentiated learning, and updates to the notifications system. There are also back-end improvements that will eventually make it easier for third-party applications to integrate with Classroom.


Google has just released some updates this evening for Google Classroom.

Read about them here if you make use of Classroom.

https://www.blog.google/topics/education/new-google-classroom-features-make-it-easier-learn-teach-manage-and-build/


There are improvements for handling differentiated learning, and updates to the notifications system. There are also back-end improvements that will eventually make it easier for third-party applications to integrate with Classroom.
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2017-01-11 03:10:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

On the hunt for planets in the Alpha Centauri system.

It will be decades before Project Breakthrough Starshot attempts to launch its swarm of microsatellites designed to look for life on a planet, or planets, orbiting Proxima Centauri.

In the meantime, efforts are ramping up at a Chilean observatory.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/giant-telescope-chile-seek-habitable-planets-alpha-centauri-191555343.html

On the hunt for planets in the Alpha Centauri system.

It will be decades before Project Breakthrough Starshot attempts to launch its swarm of microsatellites designed to look for life on a planet, or planets, orbiting Proxima Centauri.

In the meantime, efforts are ramping up at a Chilean observatory.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/giant-telescope-chile-seek-habitable-planets-alpha-centauri-191555343.html___

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2017-01-11 00:54:41 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Another interesting email scam

I'll get on this right away. It has to be true, right?

Another interesting email scam

I'll get on this right away. It has to be true, right?___

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2017-01-10 14:47:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Lengthy list of improvements coming to Windows 10.

Including lower blue light levels for night time use, something +Vicki Davis often writes about. This is quite an impressive list.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/01/09/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-15002-pc/#I9wRiwFGkACyEVOo.97 

Lengthy list of improvements coming to Windows 10.

Including lower blue light levels for night time use, something +Vicki Davis often writes about. This is quite an impressive list.

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/01/09/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-15002-pc/#I9wRiwFGkACyEVOo.97 ___

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2017-01-09 18:49:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The confusing case that is the streaming music business.

More than 100 million people are now paying customers in the streaming music field. That's more customers than Netflix has.

And the music industry is finally seeing some sales growth, although revenue is only around a third of what it was 15 years ago.

Two majors, Spotify and Pandora, account for half of the music streaming business in the US. And they are having a tough go of it.

More here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-09/music-streaming-is-a-hit-but-it-can-t-afford-to-skip-a-beat

The confusing case that is the streaming music business.

More than 100 million people are now paying customers in the streaming music field. That's more customers than Netflix has.

And the music industry is finally seeing some sales growth, although revenue is only around a third of what it was 15 years ago.

Two majors, Spotify and Pandora, account for half of the music streaming business in the US. And they are having a tough go of it.

More here:

https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-09/music-streaming-is-a-hit-but-it-can-t-afford-to-skip-a-beat___

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2017-01-09 02:14:36 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The mystery behind attacks on DrudgeReport.com.

Matt Drudge is a controversial figure. His one-page site is among the most-visited on the Internet. Recently, according to Drudge, his site has come under attack. He says its a DDoS attack. Experts say it's unlikely, given the volume of traffic the site routinely handles.

Here's what little we know.

http://www.businessinsider.com/hackers-ddos-drudge-report-2017-1

The mystery behind attacks on DrudgeReport.com.

Matt Drudge is a controversial figure. His one-page site is among the most-visited on the Internet. Recently, according to Drudge, his site has come under attack. He says its a DDoS attack. Experts say it's unlikely, given the volume of traffic the site routinely handles.

Here's what little we know.

http://www.businessinsider.com/hackers-ddos-drudge-report-2017-1___

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2017-01-09 00:27:16 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Quite a list of hacks from Leaked Source.

Not sure of any data behind this. It just appeared in my email. With the subject tag: "LeakedSource Breach Notification January 2017".

Youku.com - 100244186 users leaked on approx - Some time in 2016
R2Games.com (main) - 40760002 users leaked on approx - 2015-12-28
UUU9.com - 18333810 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-04
Tunngle.net - 7225304 users leaked on approx - 2015-08-08
HelloKitty.com - 3345168 users leaked on approx - 2015-12-21
iDressup.com - 2211034 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-26
SubaGames.com - 2056801 users leaked on approx - 2013-11-22
cdprojektred.com - 1871469 users leaked on approx - 2016-03-18
SuperCell.net - 1736180 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-01
Esea.net - 1503707 users leaked on approx - 2016-12-26
Elance.com - 1407577 users leaked on approx -... more »

Quite a list of hacks from Leaked Source.

Not sure of any data behind this. It just appeared in my email. With the subject tag: "LeakedSource Breach Notification January 2017".

Youku.com - 100244186 users leaked on approx - Some time in 2016
R2Games.com (main) - 40760002 users leaked on approx - 2015-12-28
UUU9.com - 18333810 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-04
Tunngle.net - 7225304 users leaked on approx - 2015-08-08
HelloKitty.com - 3345168 users leaked on approx - 2015-12-21
iDressup.com - 2211034 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-26
SubaGames.com - 2056801 users leaked on approx - 2013-11-22
cdprojektred.com - 1871469 users leaked on approx - 2016-03-18
SuperCell.net - 1736180 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-01
Esea.net - 1503707 users leaked on approx - 2016-12-26
Elance.com - 1407577 users leaked on approx - 2009-04-23
HowardForums.com - 1386653 users leaked on approx - 2016-09-22
PakWheels.com (main) - 1148515 users leaked on approx - 2016-11-01
Bedstore.co.uk - 1110201 users leaked on approx - 2015-12-07
Brazzers.com - 928071 users leaked on approx - 2013-04-01
RedFlagDeals.com - 661073 users leaked on approx - 2013-08-28
MoparScape.org - 615831 users leaked on approx - 2016-10-01
SnitchSeeker.com - 505265 users leaked on approx - 2016-10-14
TwoPlusTwo.com (part 1) - 446717 users leaked on approx - 2016-12-07
MrExcel.com - 391086 users leaked on approx - 2016-12-05
QJ.net - 334276 users leaked on approx - 2016-11-20
Sci.Rutgers.edu - 328429 users leaked on approx - 2016-08-27
TwoPlusTwo.com (part 2) - 321107 users leaked on approx - 2012-05-08
Serebiiforums.com - 305649 users leaked on approx - 2013-08-27
SeoChat.com - 304119 users leaked on approx - 2016-07-23
Ebaumsworld.com - 260765 users leaked on approx - 2013-08-26
Kirupa.com - 221137 users leaked on approx - 2016-11-30
CardingMafia.ws - 210421 users leaked on approx - 2016-08-28
3FatChicks.com - 208924 users leaked on approx - 2016-05-19
FileForums.com - 203071 users leaked on approx - 2016-05-09
AceOfSpades.com - 70925 users leaked on approx - 2013-09-05
PS3Trophies.com - 59641 users leaked on approx - 2013-08-28
GoalUnited.org - 42072 users leaked on approx - 2016-10-16
SaGamer.co.nz - 27491 users leaked on approx - 2016-05-15
WalkingDeadForums.com - 19245 users leaked on approx - 2016-03-20
GameFuse.com - 13539 users leaked on approx - 0000-00-00
___

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2017-01-08 20:10:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone.

http://www.internethistorypodcast.com/2017/01/the-history-of-the-iphone/

On the tenth anniversary of the iPhone.

http://www.internethistorypodcast.com/2017/01/the-history-of-the-iphone/___

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2017-01-08 06:24:37 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Why the iPhone 8 could reverse Apple's recent fortunes.

And perhaps take the company to that elusive trillion dollar valuation.

http://digitalreview.co/will-iphone-8-set-new-sales-record/

Why the iPhone 8 could reverse Apple's recent fortunes.

And perhaps take the company to that elusive trillion dollar valuation.

http://digitalreview.co/will-iphone-8-set-new-sales-record/___

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2017-01-08 02:59:07 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Google honours Sandford Fleming.

Today's Google doodle recognizes this 19th century engineer, inventor and surveyor.

Scottish-Canadian Sir Sandford Fleming set in place the system of time zones we know and use today. He designed Canada's first postage stamp and he was a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada.



Google honours Sandford Fleming.

Today's Google doodle recognizes this 19th century engineer, inventor and surveyor.

Scottish-Canadian Sir Sandford Fleming set in place the system of time zones we know and use today. He designed Canada's first postage stamp and he was a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada.

___

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2017-01-08 02:22:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Galileo's big night, 407 years ago.


A look back at an event that shaped history. By +Jason Major.

https://lightsinthedark.com/2017/01/07/eppur-si-muove-galileos-big-night-407-years-ago-today/

Galileo's big night, 407 years ago.


A look back at an event that shaped history. By +Jason Major.

https://lightsinthedark.com/2017/01/07/eppur-si-muove-galileos-big-night-407-years-ago-today/___

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2017-01-07 22:03:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Messier 15.

Globular Cluster Messier 15

Read full story and view larger image: https://earthspacecircle.blogspot.com/2016/12/globular-cluster-messier-15.html___Messier 15.

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2017-01-07 21:42:38 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Prediction: new star to become visible in 2022. Here's how we know.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/06/spectacular-collision-suns-will-create-new-star-night-sky-2022/

Prediction: new star to become visible in 2022. Here's how we know.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/06/spectacular-collision-suns-will-create-new-star-night-sky-2022/___

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2017-01-07 10:51:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Cool new theme park developments.

Includes mention of Dynamic Structures, a sponsor of my long-running Physics Balsa Bridge Building Contest.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/theme-parks/2017/01/06/10-new-theme-park-developments-iaapa-2016/96215196/ 

Cool new theme park developments.

Includes mention of Dynamic Structures, a sponsor of my long-running Physics Balsa Bridge Building Contest.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/america/theme-parks/2017/01/06/10-new-theme-park-developments-iaapa-2016/96215196/ ___

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2017-01-07 02:48:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Google Hangouts API pulled.

Another chip falls from the original Google+ structure.


https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/06/hangouts-api-shut-down/

Google Hangouts API pulled.

Another chip falls from the original Google+ structure.


https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/06/hangouts-api-shut-down/___

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2017-01-07 02:42:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Changing face of retailing. Amazon's value greater than that of Sears, Macy's, Target, combined.

Yes, combined. Plus the value of seven other major retailers.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/06/investing/amazon-rules-retail-worth-more-than-almost-everyone/index.html

Changing face of retailing. Amazon's value greater than that of Sears, Macy's, Target, combined.

Yes, combined. Plus the value of seven other major retailers.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/06/investing/amazon-rules-retail-worth-more-than-almost-everyone/index.html___

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2017-01-07 02:24:26 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Earth and moon as seen from Mars.

http://gizmodo.com/incredible-new-image-shows-the-earth-and-moon-from-mars-1790910506

Earth and moon as seen from Mars.

http://gizmodo.com/incredible-new-image-shows-the-earth-and-moon-from-mars-1790910506___

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2017-01-06 20:31:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Getting #IFTTT disconnect notices like this one.

IFTTT has been changing its "recipe" structure. 

Getting #IFTTT disconnect notices like this one.

IFTTT has been changing its "recipe" structure. ___

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2017-01-06 04:47:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Extreme Bitcoin volatility on Thursday.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoins-big-day-from-new-highs-to-a-bear-market-1483634033

Extreme Bitcoin volatility on Thursday.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoins-big-day-from-new-highs-to-a-bear-market-1483634033___

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2017-01-05 21:58:01 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Concerning, and, of course, part of the problem.

That's not a good sign.___Concerning, and, of course, part of the problem.

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2017-01-05 18:44:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Five innovations that will bring change in our lives within five years: IBM.

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/cio/ibm-releases-its-annual-list-of-five-innovations-that-it-says-will-change-our-lives-within-five-years?__lsa=f7aa-cdb3

Five innovations that will bring change in our lives within five years: IBM.

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/cio/ibm-releases-its-annual-list-of-five-innovations-that-it-says-will-change-our-lives-within-five-years?__lsa=f7aa-cdb3___

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2017-01-05 17:48:12 (13 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Norway begins shutting down FM broadcasting.

Starting January 11, and continuing over the course of the year, the nation of Norway is pressing ahead with plans to close down FM transmission. The decision has angered some. In particular, there is anger over the loss of FM reception in many vehicles not equipped with DAB receivers.

Several European nations are poised to follow in Norway's footsteps.

That begs the question of why, here in North America, we are beating around the bush with HD radio. Is it a technology doomed to fail?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-radio-idUSKBN14P1TH



Norway begins shutting down FM broadcasting.

Starting January 11, and continuing over the course of the year, the nation of Norway is pressing ahead with plans to close down FM transmission. The decision has angered some. In particular, there is anger over the loss of FM reception in many vehicles not equipped with DAB receivers.

Several European nations are poised to follow in Norway's footsteps.

That begs the question of why, here in North America, we are beating around the bush with HD radio. Is it a technology doomed to fail?

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-radio-idUSKBN14P1TH

___

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2017-01-05 01:37:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Nice-looking units from Samsung.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/350781/samsungs-new-pro-plus-chromebooks-run-google-play

Nice-looking units from Samsung.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/350781/samsungs-new-pro-plus-chromebooks-run-google-play___

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2017-01-05 01:23:02 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Sony's OLED Bravia TV uses an acoustic surface.

There are no obvious speakers. The sound comes directly out of the screen.

#CES2017

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/04/sonys-newest-bravia-tv-is-the-first-interesting-tv-ive-seen-at-ces/

Sony's OLED Bravia TV uses an acoustic surface.

There are no obvious speakers. The sound comes directly out of the screen.

#CES2017

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/04/sonys-newest-bravia-tv-is-the-first-interesting-tv-ive-seen-at-ces/___

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2017-01-05 00:38:23 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Let's see if Samsung brings Chromebooks back to Canada, with the rollout of two high-end units at #CES2017

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/04/samsung-google-chromebook-pro-plus-hands-on/

Let's see if Samsung brings Chromebooks back to Canada, with the rollout of two high-end units at #CES2017

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/04/samsung-google-chromebook-pro-plus-hands-on/___

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2017-01-04 20:37:09 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

A 2 TB flash drive. Just because it can be done!

http://bgr.com/2017/01/03/kingston-2tb-flash-drive-release-date/

A 2 TB flash drive. Just because it can be done!

http://bgr.com/2017/01/03/kingston-2tb-flash-drive-release-date/___

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2017-01-03 20:10:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Is this the future of streaming TV: AirTV?

America's Dish Networks rolls out Air TV, a hybrid platform based on Android TV but integrated with Sling TV and an OTA antenna.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/03/dishs-airtv-combines-4k-streaming-with-an-over-the-air-antenna/

Is this the future of streaming TV: AirTV?

America's Dish Networks rolls out Air TV, a hybrid platform based on Android TV but integrated with Sling TV and an OTA antenna.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/03/dishs-airtv-combines-4k-streaming-with-an-over-the-air-antenna/___

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2017-01-03 06:04:28 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Humans: the real problem when it comes to self-driving cars.

The case for Level 3 Autonomy.

https://www.wired.com/?p=2139946&mbid=social_twitter

Humans: the real problem when it comes to self-driving cars.

The case for Level 3 Autonomy.

https://www.wired.com/?p=2139946&mbid=social_twitter___

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2017-01-03 01:48:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

TV trends to watch for at #CES2017, the 50th annual CES.

https://www.cnet.com/news/ces-2017-expected-tv-trends/

TV trends to watch for at #CES2017, the 50th annual CES.

https://www.cnet.com/news/ces-2017-expected-tv-trends/___

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2017-01-03 01:34:53 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

What to expect at CES 2017.

Increasingly CES has become an auto show, as self-driving, entertainment and other vehicle technologies become ever more prominent.

TV technologies and streaming gear will be prominent.

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-7-big-trends-that-will-dominate-ces-2017/#ftag=COS-05-10aaa0j

What to expect at CES 2017.

Increasingly CES has become an auto show, as self-driving, entertainment and other vehicle technologies become ever more prominent.

TV technologies and streaming gear will be prominent.

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-7-big-trends-that-will-dominate-ces-2017/#ftag=COS-05-10aaa0j___

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2017-01-02 16:33:33 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin, the currency that outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies in 2016.

The cryptocurrency starts 2017 at just above the $US1000 level.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-bitcoin-idUSKBN14M0IF

Bitcoin, the currency that outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies in 2016.

The cryptocurrency starts 2017 at just above the $US1000 level.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets-bitcoin-idUSKBN14M0IF___

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2017-01-02 05:42:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Kepler's six-year effort to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft.

Johannes Kepler

In the days before the Internet made knowledge so easy to come by, I stood bewildered in this square in a small village near Leonberg in Germany, astonished to see this monument and to read that Johannes Kepler was born in Weil der Stadt, where his Father was the mayor. The adjacent Kepler museum seemed the only other monument to him there, and was closed all the time, and so the one available reference to Johannes Kepler was a handful of words on the plinth (http://goo.gl/M6eW3a).

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 - 1630). Although he is overshadowed today by Isaac Newton and Galileo, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists in history. The three laws of planetary motion Kepler developed transformed people's understanding of the Solar System and laid the foundations for the revolutionary ideas Isaac Newton produced later. Kepler is also thought to have written one of the first works of science fiction. However, he faced a number of challenges. He had to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft, he had few financial resources and his career suffered as a result of his Lutheran faith.

The expert guests include Ulinka Rublack, Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John's College, who was born in Tübingen near Stuttgart and Kepler's birthplace, Weil der Stadt.

Professor Ulinka Rublack wrote a book, The astronomer & the witch : Johannes Kepler's fight for his mother, which tells the story of how Kepler's Mother was accused of witchcraft by Ursula Reingold in the village of Eltingen (https://goo.gl/yQD4vG) near Leonberg, who was, by the way, arguing with his brother Christoph about money.

Kepler's widowed mother Katharina was incarcerated for over a year, sometimes chained-up, verbally tortured with territio verbalis (terrifying descriptions of the physical torture in-store for her) and then tried for six years. Professor Rublack explains how Johannes had to drop what he was doing and return without explanation to save his Mother and his own reputation.

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was one of the most admired astronomers who ever lived and a key figure in the scientific revolution. A defender of Copernicus's sun-centered universe, he famously discovered that planets move in ellipses, and defined the three laws of planetary motion. Perhaps less well known is that in 1615, when Kepler was at the height of his career, his widowed mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft. The proceedings led to a criminal trial that lasted six years, with Kepler conducting his mother's defense. In 'The Astronomer and the Witch', Ulinka Rublack pieces together the tale of this extraordinary episode in Kepler's life, one which takes us to the heart of his changing world. First and foremost an intense family drama, the story brings to life the world of a small Lutheran community in the centre of Europe at a time of deep religious and political turmoil-- a century after the Reformation, and on the threshold of the Thirty Years' War. Kepler's defense of his mother also offers us a fascinating glimpse into the great astronomer's world view, on the cusp between Reformation and scientific revolution. While advancing rational explanations for the phenomena which his mother's accusers attributed to witchcraft, Kepler nevertheless did not call into question the existence of magic and witches. On the contrary, he clearly believed in them. And, as the story unfolds, it appears that there were moments when even Katharina's children wondered whether their mother really did have nothing to hide ...

The astronomer & the witch : Johannes Kepler's fight for his mother (local library): https://goo.gl/7pXLP2

Johannes Kepler (Wikip): https://goo.gl/3Cz9mI

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In Our Time: Johannes Kepler (listen here): https://goo.gl/tXRCyy
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Image: https://goo.gl/MZYcjv___Kepler's six-year effort to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft.

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2017-01-02 05:38:40 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Check out NASA's best of 2016 images and videos.

Throughout 2016 we posted more than 350 images and videos of galaxies, planets and more! Check out our Instagram #2016BestNine: http://www.instagram.com/nasa___Check out NASA's best of 2016 images and videos.

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2017-01-02 05:26:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Bitcoin predictions for 2017.

The cryptocurrency is on a major uptick. Here's what we might look for in 2017.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-price-prediction-for-2017-6-major-events-to-impact-bitcoin-value

Bitcoin predictions for 2017.

The cryptocurrency is on a major uptick. Here's what we might look for in 2017.

https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-price-prediction-for-2017-6-major-events-to-impact-bitcoin-value___

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2017-01-02 05:21:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

BTC at record highs in some currencies.

In Canadian dollar terms, Bitcoin today set an all-time high, at more than $1300 CDN. BTC has been on quite an uptick through 2016. 

BTC at record highs in some currencies.

In Canadian dollar terms, Bitcoin today set an all-time high, at more than $1300 CDN. BTC has been on quite an uptick through 2016. ___

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2017-01-02 04:12:12 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

AI accountability becomes a topic of discussion.

It's more than just personalized newsfeeds. "Ethically and technologically, 2017 is shaping up to be a year in which the issue of AI accountability becomes a hot topic."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/01/algorithms-ai-artificial-intelligence-facebook-accountability 

AI accountability becomes a topic of discussion.

It's more than just personalized newsfeeds. "Ethically and technologically, 2017 is shaping up to be a year in which the issue of AI accountability becomes a hot topic."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/01/algorithms-ai-artificial-intelligence-facebook-accountability ___

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2017-01-01 01:32:28 (7 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Thanks CircleCount for analyzing my G+ activity in 2016.

Definitely a drop-off in activity compared to this same analysis a year ago. 

Thanks CircleCount for analyzing my G+ activity in 2016.

Definitely a drop-off in activity compared to this same analysis a year ago. ___

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2016-12-30 17:28:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Cord cutting increases in Canada for 2016.

Final numbers aren't in yet but the yearly total could hit 200,000. However, it may be that the rate of cutting is slowing, possibly impacted by the introduction of $25 basic or skinny TV packages, as mandated by the Canadian regulator.

In my own case, I cut back from a full-service TV plan, with pretty much all channels, to the $25 plan. I also increased my Internet service plan to 150 Mbps (from 60 Mbps).

For combined TV and Internet service, I reduced my bill, taxes included, from $165 to $100.

I have added a Roku Ultra streaming device to my television and have found it quite compelling. However it isn't compelling enough to get me to completely cut the cable cord to the television. The streaming solution is not seamless and there is content that is not readily replaceable if the cord is cut. ... more »

Cord cutting increases in Canada for 2016.

Final numbers aren't in yet but the yearly total could hit 200,000. However, it may be that the rate of cutting is slowing, possibly impacted by the introduction of $25 basic or skinny TV packages, as mandated by the Canadian regulator.

In my own case, I cut back from a full-service TV plan, with pretty much all channels, to the $25 plan. I also increased my Internet service plan to 150 Mbps (from 60 Mbps).

For combined TV and Internet service, I reduced my bill, taxes included, from $165 to $100.

I have added a Roku Ultra streaming device to my television and have found it quite compelling. However it isn't compelling enough to get me to completely cut the cable cord to the television. The streaming solution is not seamless and there is content that is not readily replaceable if the cord is cut.

Here is an update on cord-cutting data for Canada.

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/cord-cutting-escalates-for-canada-tv-subscribers-in-first-three-quarters-of-2016?__lsa=6f69-563d
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2016-12-30 02:12:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Amazon's Digital Day, December 30.

50% off a wide range of digital products and services. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/28/amazon-tries-to-recreate-prime-day-magic-with-the-first-ever-digital-day-sales-event/

Amazon's Digital Day, December 30.

50% off a wide range of digital products and services. https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/28/amazon-tries-to-recreate-prime-day-magic-with-the-first-ever-digital-day-sales-event/___

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2016-12-29 23:39:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

An astronaut's view of the earth from the ISS.

Just published.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nmNhKRzy4w

An astronaut's view of the earth from the ISS.

Just published.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nmNhKRzy4w___

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2016-12-29 20:25:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The driverless cars of 2016.

http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/photos-driverless-vehicle-advances-of-2016/

The driverless cars of 2016.

http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/photos-driverless-vehicle-advances-of-2016/___

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2016-12-27 21:27:46 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Roku Ultra user here. Looking for suggestions.

I've been testing a Roku Ultra the past month. Well, this one is the second unit as the first one only lasted a day. It locked up on pretty much any channel and by the second day the remote had completely ceased functioning.

The second unit is stable. There has been but one lockup.

However there are lots of oddities. Variation in audio output is annoying. Some channels are nearly inaudible, or backing music overpowers spoken audio, others are far too loud on launch.

All of the channels I've tested have a three-second dead audio interval after the video appears. I've yet to hear the beginning audio of any of the annoying commercials on Crackle TV for instance.

I tried watching a movie on TubiTV. I picked, at random, Life Stinks, by Mel Brooks. I was quite enjoying the movie until the... more »

Roku Ultra user here. Looking for suggestions.

I've been testing a Roku Ultra the past month. Well, this one is the second unit as the first one only lasted a day. It locked up on pretty much any channel and by the second day the remote had completely ceased functioning.

The second unit is stable. There has been but one lockup.

However there are lots of oddities. Variation in audio output is annoying. Some channels are nearly inaudible, or backing music overpowers spoken audio, others are far too loud on launch.

All of the channels I've tested have a three-second dead audio interval after the video appears. I've yet to hear the beginning audio of any of the annoying commercials on Crackle TV for instance.

I tried watching a movie on TubiTV. I picked, at random, Life Stinks, by Mel Brooks. I was quite enjoying the movie until the audio decoupled from the video. At first I thought, well, it is a Mel Brooks movie after all. The video began playing at 2-4x normal speed while the audio remained as it should have. Very disconcerting to watch a movie this way. I relaunched the app and the movie and skipped to more or less where I left off. The movie played fine for another five minutes or so and then the decoupling returned.

Now I am looking for a good free streaming live TV news app. You'd think there might be something. France 24 is pretty good. Is there anything else? If there is, I haven't found it yet.

What have you found that you like and use regularly on your Roku?

https://www.roku.com/en-ca/products/roku-ultra ___

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2016-12-27 17:43:21 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Handbrake video transcoder hits V. 1.0.0 after thirteen years!

Yes, 13 years.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/26/video-converter-handbrake-1-0-0-released/

Handbrake video transcoder hits V. 1.0.0 after thirteen years!

Yes, 13 years.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/26/video-converter-handbrake-1-0-0-released/___

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