Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

ISS spacewalks complete, astronauts send back some stunning images

ISS spacewalks complete, astronauts send back some stunning images

The astronauts who this week took to the vacuum of space to repair a malfunctioning ammonia coolant pump on the exterior of the International Space Station are safely back inside. The electrical systems that depend on the cooling loop run by the pump are now back online. Today astronauts Rick Mastracchio, Mike Hopkins, and Koichi Wakata took the time to reflect back on the spacewalks and provide us with some photos of the operation.

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Snowden’s “Alternative Christmas Message”: Why privacy matters [TRANSCRIPT]

Snowden’s “Alternative Christmas Message”: Why privacy matters [TRANSCRIPT]

Edward Snowden has recorded this year's "Alternative Christmas Message" for Great Britain's Channel 4. The video is brief -- lasting just 1:43 -- with Snowden directly addressing "you and your family" about the state of mass surveillance and the reasons for why privacy matters now and in the future. We've transcribed the recording for your convenience below.

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Twitter stock breaks records over 3 days due to mobile ad prospects

Twitter stock breaks records over 3 days due to mobile ad prospects

Twitter's stock price rose to record levels three times in as many days. It closed today at $69.96, rising 8.4% over yesterday. In turn, the price closed 7.5% higher yesterday than the day before. The social media company's market valuation now stands at nearly $40 billion.

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Samsung “Galaxy Band” fitness tracker rumored to debut Feb. 2014

Samsung “Galaxy Band” fitness tracker rumored to debut Feb. 2014

Samsung may be developing a new wearable fitness tracker. The so-called "Galaxy Band" would likely be an update to the seemingly discontinued S-Band, the screen-less, wrist-mounted tracker for pairing with a Galaxy S 4. The Galaxy Band would add a screen along with an array of other fitness- and health-oriented tracking features.

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HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

HP rumored to launch two Android phablets by year’s end

Hewlett-Packard may or may not release two brand new smartphones by the end of 2013, reported The Information today by way of The Verge. That gives the computing company eight days to make rumors come true. The phones -- for which no leaked or officially sanctioned images exist to our knowledge -- are expected to be a 6-inch "phablet" and a 7-inch phablet.

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KIA lump-sum fuel reimbursement program seeks to resolve MPG circus

KIA lump-sum fuel reimbursement program seeks to resolve MPG circus

KIA Motors America has agreed to pay customers an average of $667 to every claimant in the class-action lawsuit over misreported fuel economy ratings. This lump-sum fuel expense reimbursement option is in addition to KIA's existing lifetime reimbursement program. The company announced the agreement today.

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Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

Gaia satellite launches, will chart 1 billion stars 70 times over 5 years

The European Space Agency last week launched Gaia, a star-charting satellite that will repeatedly survey a billion stars over the course of five years. It is en route to a virtual orbit point called "L2", 1.5 million km further from the sun than the planet Earth orbits. It will measure the position, brightness, temperature and chemical composition of each star 70 times.

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SwiftKey keyboard for Android update turns wintery, kills bugs

SwiftKey keyboard for Android update turns wintery, kills bugs

SwiftKey got a new theme for winter this week. It's called "Ice", and it is what it sounds like. The alternative keyboard shows off a wintery look with snowflakes that collect at the bottom of the display as you type. The update in which the theme is included also includes an array of bug fixes.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook has piqued fan interest and rumors once again with a characteristically vague but enticing mention of "big plans" for 2014. The mention came by way of an employee newsletter he sent to the entire Apple workforce. It was nestled near the end of a long list of accomplishments both from a product standpoint and from a corporate citizenship perspective.

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LG Pocket Photo 2 to slim down mobile photo printing for 2014

LG Pocket Photo 2 to slim down mobile photo printing for 2014

LG today announced it will be unveiling an update to its Pocket Photo, a wireless mobile photo printer, at CES 2014 in early January. We first got our hands on a Pocket Photo this last February, and it appeared to work seamlessly, producing sharp little wallet prints. The Pocket Photo 2 promises to be slimmer with more features.

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Samsung Smart TVs to accept “finger gestures” for 2014

Samsung Smart TVs to accept “finger gestures” for 2014

Samsung's 2014 Smart TV line will be a step up from the 2013 models. The company described a few of the details in an announcement today, one of which is "finger gestures" -- a fine-tuning of the gesture controls already included in the Smart TVs. Samsung will demonstrate the features in full at CES 2014 in early January. For now, here's a sneak peek.

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US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

US Director of National Intelligence acknowledges NSA mass surveillance

The United States Director of National Intelligence has publicly acknowledged -- for the first time -- the existence of National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance programs dating back to 2001. The admission comes by way of court documents filed in two separate cases involving the NSA. The documents were posted to the office's website this weekend.

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