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The old saying is that winning can go to your head, and winning the Nobel Prize is no different. Nobel winners earn a certain level of credibility and exposure that opens the door to more opportunities while allowing for stronger discretion. The rest of us only dream of this choosy luxury.
UC Berkeley's Randy Sheckman won his Nobel Prize in Medicine this year for describing the transit happening within cells. It's important research that could become required background reading for the entire medical field. And since the new notoriety presents Sheckman with an entirely unique spotlight, we're all waiting to learn what his next move is.
Initially, at least, Sheckman appears ready to use his Nobel platform to talk about about how the top science journals are merely glamour rags that favor style over substance. Speaking to The Guardian this week, he said that leading academic journals represent a tyranny that must be broken and that his lab would no longer publish in the likes of Nature, Cell, and Science.
Forget smartwatches—smartrings are the new thing now. An Indiegogo campaign for a product called the Smarty Ring has hit its funding goal. Smarty Ring is a 13mm-wide stainless steel ring with an LED screen, Bluetooth 4.0, and an accompanying smartphone app. The ring pairs with a smartphone and acts as a remote control and notification receiver.
The ring can display the time, accept or reject calls, control music, trigger the smartphone's camera, and initiate speed-dial calls. It will also alert the wearer with light-up icons for texts, e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Skype. It supports dual time zones and comes with a countdown timer, a stopwatch, and an alarm. It can work as a tracker for your phone, too—if your smartphone is more than 30 feet away from the ring, Smarty Ring will trigger an alarm.
The ring supports Android and iOS—as long as your device has Bluetooth 4.0, it should be compatible. The creators are promising 24 hours of battery life from the whopping 22 mAh battery, and charging happens via a wireless induction pad.
Researchers have recently uncovered two unrelated threats that have the potential to turn some Android devices into remotely controlled bugging and spying devices.
The first risk, according to researchers at antivirus provider Bitdefender, comes in the form a software framework dubbed Widdit, which developers for more than 1,000 Android apps have used to build revenue-generating advertising capabilities into their wares. Widdit includes a bare-bones downloader that requests a host of Android permissions it doesn't need at the time of installation.
These permissions are not necessarily used by the SDK software development kit, but requesting them ensures that anything introduced later in the SDK will work out of the box, Bitdefender researchers Vlad Bordianu and Tiberius Axinte wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. Among the weirdest permissions we saw are permissions to disable the lock screen, to record audio, or to read browsing history and bookmarks.
Hot on the heels of the news about a Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3, Google has released a Play Edition of the Sony Z Ultra on the Play Store. Google Play Edition (GPE) devices are sold unlocked and contract free and run stock Android instead of the OEM's skinned version of Android. Google handles the OS updates, and the track record for updating has been great lately (relatively speaking) with GPE devices getting updates only a month after the release of a new Android version.
The Sony Z Ultra is a massive device—one of the world's biggest smartphones—coming in at just over seven inches long. It has a 1920x1080 6.4 inch display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, MicroSD/XC slot, and a 3,000mAh battery. Like all GPE devices, the Z Ultra runs Android 4.4, KitKat. The Z Ultra is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, and as an added bonus, it's waterproof. The ridiculously huge smartphone will cost $649.99 and ships in one to two days. With Sony bowing out of the US smartphone market, the Play Store is probably their biggest US presence.
Google has been beefing up the Google Play Edition lineup lately. The Sony Z Ultra joins the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and LG G Pad 8.3. There is now a pretty large number of stock Android devices to pick from.
The Internet has lately upped its count of roadblocks and dead ends: obligatory e-mail subscription forms, Facebook page like prompts, and pages that masquerade as informational only to be a page full of ads. The individual, instantaneous outrage that an encounter with, say, one mandatory e-mail address request is infinitesimally small. But as this strategy of information culling or attention-grabbing rises, the Internetgoers begin to cry out.
One pop-up-shaming site, tabclosedidntread.com, specifically focuses on sites that tease you with their content before blocking it with some form that requires your attention. Sometimes they require an e-mail address, other times a social media interaction. Sometimes these things are optional—I can’t outright condemn a company for asking—but there are plenty of “membership” sites whose forms cannot be circumvented: Joss and Main, for instance, or Bespoke Post, the *mints (Shoemint, Homemint, etc.) or Fab in its olden days.
This is becoming an all-too-familiar request. It starts out innocently enough—an e-mail address! It just wants an e-mail address. An e-mail address is easy to give, and newsletters are easy to unsubscribe from. Better use a real one in case you actually like anything on the site.
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The NHL's board of governors thinks Brendan Shanahan is doing a bang-up job of enforcing player safety. That was the sense commissioner Gary Bettman got from the room on the final day of meetings that included updates on player safety, the Sochi Olympics and the relationship with the NHLPA.[text] [text]_version_ #1
After opening this trek with a loss, Jeff Skinner and the Carolina Hurricanes will try to bounce back Tuesday night and keep red-hot Edmonton forward Taylor Hall in check.[text] [text]_version_ #2
New York Rangers defenceman Marc Staal is dealing with his second concussion in the last two-and-a-half NHL seasons.[text] [text]_version_ #3
The Winnipeg Jets will seek to end a three-game home losing streak Tuesday night against a St. Louis Blues team that's attempting to avoid its fourth defeat in five overall contests.[text] [text]_version_ #4
Led by forward Clarke MacArthur, the Ottawa Senators will try to earn back-to-back victories for the first time in a month by adding to their recent success against Buffalo on Tuesday night.[text] [text]_version_
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