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Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Feel too hot after your summer runs but don’t like pouring water on your head? Nike’s developing an alternative, a yet-unnamed ice hat of sorts that will chill your head more effectively, and without the mess. It’s more of a shrouded helmet than a hat, featuring a large hood-like component with a neck piece and face mesh. It is being developed in conjunction with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, and its design goal is to reduce an athlete’s overall body temperature by rapidly cooling down one’s head.

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Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Can't think of anything original to tweet? If you ever feel tempted to pilfer someone's clever quip or cheesy joke, be prepared to feel the sting of public shame. Twitter has started replacing those tweets with a boilerplate message letting others know the content was scrapped from elsewhere, and that the original content creator has issued a complaint. Take a look around Twitter and you might notice the message yourself — and you’ll also notice that many of the illicit tweeters are spam accounts, meaning this new banhammer might prove doubly useful.

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SlashGear is now on SmartNews for super-fast reading

SlashGear is now on SmartNews for super-fast reading

With more and more people reaching for their phone to get the latest news, we're excited to announce that you can now find a SlashGear channel in SmartNews. We've been big fans of the app for some time now: not only is it clean and east to read, it's fast too, something that's important when you're on the move. It's available for both iPhone and Android.

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IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s supercomputer Watson is trying its hand at discerning personalities, and it bases its guesses on text samples. A demonstration of the technology allows anyone to copy in their own snippet of text and get an assessment based on it — whether your own will prove accurate is another matter. This is the latest example of computers learning to predict and analyze; we saw a different example yesterday via a neural network that is learning to write.

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GMO rice has high yield, cuts greenhouse gas emissions

GMO rice has high yield, cuts greenhouse gas emissions

A new genetically modified rice has been developed, and though only a single gene has been altered (in this case, borrowed from barley), it has a significantly increased yield while cutting methane emissions. The new GMO rice was tested three years in fields, and the results show it was overall effective, but particularly so when grown in the summer time, a time during which researchers saw methane emissions drop to 0.3-percent from the 10-percent that was produced by regular non-modified rice.

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Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber. Some people, many of whom drive taxi cabs for a living, hate it, but the ridesharing service persists in both retaining and growing a large user base, and many want to see its service expand into their region. New York City is one of the places where Uber operates, and it does so with a user base that grows as the city grows. That made a recent plan by New York City's mayor to cap the number of Uber cars on the road at any given time a problem, and after backlash the plan has been temporarily halted.

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University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

Concerns about the safety of self driving cars have largely been excessive, but that doesn’t mean caution is not necessary, and that all cities are open to having such vehicles tested on their public roads. Enter the University the Michigan and, as it had previously teased, the official launch of its new simulated city that spans 32 acres and includes by urban and suburban environments. The city is called Mcity, and it was made entirely for testing self driving vehicles.

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Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Fossil fuels may cripple carbon dating accuracy

Carbon dating may suffer drastically if pollution levels continue to rise, and the reason revolves around fossil fuel emissions. According to a recent study by Imperial College London atmospheric scientist Heather Graven, emissions could drastically “age” the atmosphere over the coming decades and make accurate carbon dating more difficult. It has been known that such emissions have a "dilution" effect, but this recent study shows how drastically.

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Grooveshark’s 28-year-old co-founder Josh Greenberg has died

Grooveshark’s 28-year-old co-founder Josh Greenberg has died

Grooveshark's co-founder Josh Greenberg has died at 28. He was found dead at home in his bed by his girlfriend on Sunday. The Gainesville police department stated in a tweet that there is no evidence of suicide or foul play. His mother said in a statement today that Greenberg had no health issues, and that the police had advised her there were likewise no signs of drugs being involved. Grooveshark recently underwent legal turmoil, but his mother reports that he was “more relieved than depressed” over the service’s closure.

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CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

While the endless filler and sometimes mind-numbing commentary that comes with 24-hour news networks provide plenty of subject matter worthy of eye-rolling criticism, it's hard to find any subject that is approached with a deeper level of maddening condescension and downright idiocy than when a breaking technology-related story unfolds. Watching CNN and others last Wednesday was just the latest example in this continuously absurd area of mainstream journalism.

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Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit’s new content policy: bullies and more prohibited

Reddit promised that changes were coming, and now those changes are here. In a post today, the site's back-again CEO Steve Huffman detailed some additional content restrictions the company is considering, and though they aren't too restrictive they will spell the end to a variety of subreddits -- some obscure, others well-known. Talking about illegal activities, for example, is still okay but posting illegal things is not. Bullying subreddits, too, are on the chopping block.

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Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Boo-hoo sad shoppers, Amazon says Prime Day was great

Shoppers may have been enraged by blink-and-you-miss-them specials and lackluster products, but Amazon is ecstatic at how Prime Day went. The 20th birthday celebration was billed beforehand as the sale to eclipse Black Friday, but Wednesday's promos left many furious as the best deals disappeared in seconds leaving an often odd selection of clearance items to pick through. According to Amazon, though, the whole thing was just dandy.

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