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Commodore phone is not the Commodore you are looking for

Commodore phone is not the Commodore you are looking for

Nostalgia can be a pretty potent emotion, one that can be capitalized, as Kickstarter has repeatedly proven. Take for example this piece of news that has sent the Internet a flurry. Commodore is back and it has a smartphone! And it's even calling it the Commodore PET! But before you break out the champagne and break into song, celebrating the return of an old friend, do temper that excitement with one crucial fact. This is not your, your father's, or your grandfather's Commodore. Almost literally.

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Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy’s first transparency report details its crafty ne’erdowells

Etsy has followed the lead of many companies and has published its own transparency report, detailing the different aspects of its behind-the-scenes operations like complaints against accounts and user data requests. Etsy is different from many of the other companies that detail these numbers, though: they tend to be sites full of messages and personal data while Etsy is an e-commerce service. It isn't surprising, then, that a large amount of its numbers focus on complains about intellectual property violations rather than demands for account data.

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Large Hadron Collider experiment finds new class of particles

Large Hadron Collider experiment finds new class of particles

The Large Hadron Collider team has announced the discovery of a new class of particles called pentaquark. A paper detailing the discovery has been submitted to the journal of Physical Review Letters. The finding was made during an LHCb experiment, and follows past experiments where evidence of pentaquarks were inconclusive. This time around, says CERN, the latest experiment was successful because it essentially searched “with the lights on, and from all angles" rather than "in the dark" like past efforts.

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Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

A man was arrested this week for charging his iPhone on a train. This happened in London, and the man has since been "de-arrested" for the charges. The charges included "abstracting electricity" - which essentially means he was taking electricity from the train without paying for it. Electricity sockets aboard this train were meant for cleaners only, not for the public. As such, this man was captured by the police, handcuffed, and brought in to the nearest police precinct, where he was processed.

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New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

New Fisker Karma aims for mid-2016 launch

Troubled luxury hybrid maker Fisker is aiming to get its reborn new Karma sedan on roads by mid-2016, the company's new management have revealed. The new Karma will be based on the gas-and-electric original model Fisker Automotive began producing in 2011, though final details are yet to be confirmed. A spate of vehicle fires and underwhelming sales forced Fisker into bankruptcy in 2013, at which point it was snapped up as a relative bargain - albeit one with a history in need of some serious PR massaging - by a Chinese auto-parts maker.

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Comcast’s new screen sharing feature makes tech support easier

Comcast’s new screen sharing feature makes tech support easier

If you call customer support, some companies will make things easier on both you and the tech support personnel by doing a screen sharing session — basically giving the tech support person remote access to the customer’s computer so they can more quickly perform the actions needed themselves. Comcast, which has not faired well when it comes to customer service ratings, has decided to take the same route, but rather than remote access on computers it is launching a shared screen feature for one of its DVRs.

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Coders warn that security backdoor will open a can of worms

Coders warn that security backdoor will open a can of worms

The US and UK governments continue to push for a VIP backstage access to the world's computers, networks, and devices, sometimes using the most emotional, not to mention deplorable, arguments. But such a security setup is ultimately a technical consideration and should also be driven by technical arguments. A group of industry specialists and luminaries are doing exactly that, releasing a paper that gives the proposal their stamp of disapproval, proving that not only is the backdoor access unfeasible, it will actually put countries at even more risk.

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VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

VLC, quite possibly the most useful third-party media player software, has just updated its app for iOS, including a number of feature improvements and fixes, along with support for the Apple Watch. As an app that is used to play and watch locally stored media content, VLC is available on just about every platform you can imagine, and because it can handle almost any media file-type, it's usefulness can't be understated.

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Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Bricasso printer creates Lego mosaics automatically

Making Lego mosaics is a thing for geeky artists. Normally the mosaic is created by hand using lots of bricks and lots of big backgrounds squares of those Lego boards. A Lego geek named Jason Allemann has whipped up an awesome Lego creation that can created Lego mosaics for you using 1x1 Lego plates. Those are pretty small, but the upside is that you can connect them together to create much larger mosaics.

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Researchers double fiber optic capacity limit

Researchers double fiber optic capacity limit

Fiber optics offer incredibly fast data transfer speeds, but the logistics of setting up the actual fibers has stymied companies from rolling out the service. The further that data from fiber optic cables has to go, the less likely it is to be accurately interpreted by a receiver. This means that distance is a limiting factor in designing fiber optic transmission networks. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in photonics, have uncovered a way to increase a the maximum power of optical signals travelling through optical fibers. By increasing the power, the distance is effectively increased, too. The researchers sent information over a record-breaking distance of 12,000 km without using any repeaters (electronic regenerators.)

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