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Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearables addictive and unstoppable says Google X’s Mary Lou Jepsen

Wearable computing is an unstoppable, addictive force that could well step in to address neurodegenerative illnesses where medicine cannot, Google X's Mary Lou Jepsen says, though the display division chief refuses to be drawn on what her team is working on inside the clandestine lab. "It's coming. I don't think it's stoppable" Jepsen said of wearables like Google's Glass which she wore round her neck while speaking at MIT's EmTech conference on Thursday. However while it may be inescapable, Jepsen still can't tell us about her particular role in the future; "Sergey insists" on continued secrecy around her project, she explained, referring to Google X lab overseer and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

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Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype Project Chess allegedly explored NSA access ahead of Microsoft buy

Skype allegedly developed a clandestine program dubbed Project Chass that investigated potential ways to increase government and law enforcement access to its VoIP calling service, years in advance of Microsoft's acquisition in 2011. Project Chess was formed while Skype had "sometimes contentious talks with the government over legal issues," insiders tell the NYTimes, with knowledge of the program limited to under a dozen within the firm.

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Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia Nearby flags close-by curiosities on your smartphone

Wikipedia has launched its first location-based feature for mobile readers, Wikipedia Nearby, which pulls up articles related to your current position. Described as the learning equivalent of services like Yelp, which show nearby coffee shops and entertainment, Wikipedia Nearby sifts through historic sites, parks, museums, and other points of interest, and also allows the reader to add to them while on the move.

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Wikipedia app to gain watchlist feature, make it easier to monitor entries

Wikipedia app to gain watchlist feature, make it easier to monitor entries

Wikipedia relies on users to hold other users accountable, monitoring content for inaccuracies or problems and updating it as necessary. One such way to do this is watchlists, which users can use to keep an eye on their favorite articles, such as their area of expertise or hobby. This feature has been lacking for mobile users, but that ends with an update Wikimedia is rolling out this week.

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Facebook tops list of most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012

Facebook tops list of most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012

We turned to our old pal Wikipedia a lot this year, but judging from a list of the most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2012 put together by Johan Gunnarsson, some of the pages we visited most might surprise you. Wikipedia doesn't rank its pages at the end of the year like so many other sites do, so Gunnarsson put the 100-entry list together by looking at the service's log files. The page users visited most in 2012? Facebook, by a pretty significant amount.

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Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Cut fiber-optic cables put Wikipedia offline last night

Wikipedia has been around for a long time been and is one of the most popular places for people to learn about all sorts of subject matters. While the content is suspect at times, Wikipedia is generally a friend of students and anyone else searching out information on a particular topic. Last night Wikipedia was off-line for several hours, and the reason for the outage is now known.

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SlashGear 101: What is IPv6?

SlashGear 101: What is IPv6?

Today is a vastly important day in the history of the internet as it is the day that IPv6 is being pushed with World IPv6 Day. Thusly it's important also that we let everyone know exactly what IPv6 is and how it will affect you and yours! This term IPv6 stands for Internet Protocol version 6 and it represents one piece of the Internet puzzle, the part that points to your device, in this case. While the internet has thus far been working with IPv4 which had a limited amount of "IP Addresses," we've now moved to IPv6 which allows a much more massive amount of devices to be handled than the previous generation.

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Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

Wikipedia to be first Data Free mobile website on Earth

When the term Data Free comes up on your news readers and in the newspapers in the coming months, you'll know that it started here, and with Wikipedia and Orange, who together will be offering free - that is, without data charges - use of Wikipedia's vast knowledge archive. What this means for the future of the mobile industry is this: the door has been opened to free data, or at least that's what Wikipedia is aiming at through mobile users in Africa and the Middle East soon. Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced in a press release today that they are aiming to make their store of information available for free to those who need it, those who otherwise would have no such simple access to the information you and I take for granted.

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Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Lawmakers sway post-SOPA/PIPA protest but Acts still have venom

Wikipedia is back, Google has taken off its blindfold and US Representatives have danced, shuffled and snuck across the aisles as the whip counts waver, leaving the future of SOPA and PIPA uncertain. After online protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act saw multiple sites post call-to-arms messages or black-out altogether, at least seven senators have jumped ship from supporting the proposed legislation. Yet Wikipedia - and others - highlight the fight isn't over; "we're not done yet" the online encyclopedia ominously warned today.

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