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Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Microsoft exec shuffle sees ex-Nokia Elop leaving

Former Nokia chief Stephen Elop is leaving Microsoft, part of an executive reshuffle the company says better fits its latest strategy. At the same time as Elop's departure, EVP Terry Myerson will take the helm of a newly-combined team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which will pull together what was previously the Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group. It's not the only change at the top, either.

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Self-awareness (probably) isn’t unique to humans

Self-awareness (probably) isn’t unique to humans

You've likely heard it said that humans are distinguished by their self-awareness, but researchers are saying that such statements might be bull. According to recent research, humans likely aren't the only creatures on this planet to possess self-awareness, with some animals possessing at least a primitive level of awareness of self. The key is mental simulation of an environment and the need for at least a low level of self awareness to do that, and signs that some animals are capable of such environmental simulation.

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Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Starbucks expands Mobile Order & Pay to 3400 more stores

Jealous because of other Starbucks customers' ability to order their beverage from afar (the mobile app), and pay for it at the same time? You might be getting access to the same mobile feature soon. Starbucks is expanding its Mobile Order & Pay system to a bunch of new states, and as such will be expanding the number of stores where the ordering method is possible by more than three thousand. The feature, as we've previously reported, first arrived late last year in Portland.

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Researchers create engine powered by water evaporation

Researchers create engine powered by water evaporation

A Columbia University team of researchers have created what is said to be the first ever engine that is driven by evaporation. The engine, in this case, is small and made of plastic and able to power LED lights and similar mild tasks when exposed to a plain puddle of water. The engine is being hailed as a scientific breakthrough, and it could in the future prove to be an inexpensive and effective way to generate useable amounts of energy from commonly found bodies of water.

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Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Chris Evans is Top Gear’s “new” Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson's replacement for wildly-popular BBC show Top Gear will be Chris Evans, the broadcaster has announced. Evans, who currently presents a BBC Radio 2 breakfast show but who has a long track-record of UK television shows, will begin filming in the next few weeks, the BBC says. Clarkson left the show amid controversy earlier this year, fired after a "fracas" with a producer while recording an episode. Co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond initially played coy as to whether they would return, though later confirmed that they too would leave the show.

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National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic and Morgan Freeman helm ‘The Story of God’ TV series

National Geographic's newest undertaking is a world away from its coverage of the animal kingdom. In partnership with Revelations Entertainment, its latest project is The Story of God. The series will be on air next year on The National Geographic Channel, and will see a global release in 171 countries in 45 different languages. Lending heavenly narration skills to the series is Morgan Freeman. At this time, it's unclear whether he will be present in voice or figure as well. Either way, attaching his name was a smart move on Nat Geo's part.

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Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News app hiring editors for hand-picked curation

Apple News, it's news browsing app designed to rival Flipboard and RSS browsers, is using a different approach than its competition. Instead of just relying on algorithms to rank and suggest stories based on browsing history, Apple demonstrated that users can submit their own RSS feeds, and popular feeds will likely gain large followings, but Apple's desires for curation go deeper than that. Apple is taking it to the next level by adding a human component. Apple is looking for human editors to, "recognize original, compelling stories unlikely to be identified by algorithms."

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Big dinos avoided the tropics due to chaotic climates

Big dinos avoided the tropics due to chaotic climates

Big dinosaurs, it turns out, avoided the tropics for millions of years due to chaotic, unpredictable climates. Such drastic changes in the climate would have been detrimental to survival, causing the larger dinosaurs to avoid such regions for tens of millions of years. Small carnivorous dinosaurs could have been found in the tropics, but researchers discovered that the larger plant eating dinosaurs stuck to high latitudes during the Triassic period. Climate, it turns out, was to blame for such dinosaur distributions.

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North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

North Korea’s 3G cellular network for visitors is down

In the relatively recent past, North Korea introduced a 3G cellular Internet service for foreigner visitors to the nation, granting them a level of Internet access that the nation's own residents do not have. The network has been available more or less consistently since it was launched, but now is no longer available. The service provider through which the network was provided, Koryolink, recently said in a statement that it was having a service outage, and that it was on “the local internet provider’s side” rather than its own. There’s no known time frame for when the service will be restored.

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Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

The University of Cambridge is about to hire its most fun-sounding professor — a Professor of LEGO. This comes after a recommendation from the university’s general board for a LEGO professorship who will get his or her own research department. The move comes after the LEGO Foundation gave the university £4 million in donations, and the eventual role will (likely) be within the Faculty of Education. Furthermore, the role will be starting in October of this year if it follows the recommendation.

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