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Police Respond to Emergency Call from ‘Heavy Breather’ Who Ends Up Being a Dog

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:17

When authorities in Buckinghamshire, England, received a mysterious 999 call from a heavy breather, they arrived at the scene expecting an emergency, since that’s usually how things work.

But there was no emergency, and the heavy-breathing caller turned out to be a dog who’d stolen his owner’s phone, the BBC reports.

“Thames Valley Police arrived and said they’d heard heavy breathing and didn’t know what our emergency was,” said the pooch’s owner, Mary Amos-Cole.

Apparently, police already knew the dog — a two-year-old Belgian Malinois named Leighton — because he has set off Amos-Cole’s burglar alarm several times by tearing around the house. So clearly he has a crush on one (or several) of the police officers and keeps doing things to try and get them to come around more often.

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Guinea Says Ebola Outbreak Almost Under Control

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:13

Guinea’s health ministry says deaths from its recent Ebola outbreak have slowed, and the latest flare-up of the virus is close to being under control.

The disease has already killed 106 in Guinea and spread to neighboring countries in Western Africa, but Rafi Diallo, a spokesman for Guinea’s health ministry, told Reuters that the number of new cases have fallen dramatically. Once there are no more new cases, the outbreak can be considered under control. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it could take two to four months for the outbreak to be entirely contained, Reuters reports.

There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola, which is known to kill up to 90 percent of the people who contract it. The virus spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids, including blood, feces or sweat. The disease can spread via sexual contact or unprotected interaction with contaminated corpses.

Although the virus remains a significant concern, the WHO is confident it will be contained. Since the majority of people who get the disease will die from it, there’s not too much time for it to spread, as long as health workers can quickly identify who has come in contact with a sick person. WHO’s media spokesperson in Guinea, Tarik Jasarevic, told TIME last month: “We know this disease. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it so we know the measures we can take. It’s not a new disease.”

[Reuters]

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Our Brains Begin to Slow Down at Age 24

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:08

Is 24 the new 50? If you’re going by when our intellectual skills start to decline and dull due to the passage of time, then it might be.

According to researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada, things start going south at age 24. They came to that conclusion after studying 3,305 volunteers aged 16 years to 44 years. The participants played a real-time game that approximated everyday real-world situations that test our cognitive abilities, from concentration to juggling multiple tasks to shifting our focus from immediate to long-term issues. The game recorded the players’ moves, and researchers analyzed hours of data from it. As expected, the speed with which the volunteers made decisions, and shifted between tasks, declined with age.

Many studies have documented the gradual deterioration of cognitive skills over time. But in this study, published in the journal PLOS One, the drop, albeit small, was detected first among 24 year olds. In fact, for every 15 years after age 24, cognitive speed dropped by about 15%. And the results could not be explained by the fact that the players were getting better at navigating the game over time; the age-related decline remained, even among those with more skill playing the game.

This doesn’t mean it’s all downhill after your mid 20s. As cognitive speed slows, the brain makes up for some of the deficit in a variety of ways: by relying on experience to anticipate and more accurately predict upcoming tasks, as well as by employing mental shortcuts such as eliminating extraneous information and paring down incoming information to just core nuggets of relevant material. So while we may get slower, we might also be getting smarter. Feel better now?

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It’s a Moon! Saturn Expecting a Baby

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:00

It’s not as if Saturn needed any more kids. The ringed planet already has 53 known moons and 9 more candidate ones—putting it just two shy of 64, which would make it kind of an octo-octo-mom. That’s an awfully big shopping bill when it’s back to school time.

But Saturn apparently can’t help itself, and according to new findings by NASA’s Cassini-Huygens space probe just published in the journal Icarus, baby number 63 may be being born.

The new arrival has not been spotted directly yet. What Cassini, which has been orbiting through the Saturnian system since 2004, has seen instead is a sort of bulge in Saturn’s A Ring—the outermost of its larger, brighter bands—that measures 750 mi. (1,200 km) long and 6 mi. (10 km) wide. The rings — made of ice, rock and dust — are believed to be the nurseries in which all of the moons were born, with material coalescing and clumping, adding more mass and thus more gravity, and growing bigger still. The new moon—if it exists—is a pipsqueak, perhaps only 0.5 mi. (0.8 km) in diameter, somewhere within the 750-mi. clump, though there’s no telling exactly how large it will get.

As befits something so little and—if you’re an astronomer—irresistibly cute, the moon has been given a nickname: Peggy. It will eventually be given a formal name, but that will only be after it has, effectively, grown up and left home.

“We have not seen anything like this before,” said astronomer Carl Murray, the lead author of the Icarus study, in a statement. “We may be looking at the act of birth, where this object is leaving the rings and heading off to be a moon in its own right.”

If so, Peggy could represent the end of the line. Since the largest of Saturn’s icy moons are located furthest from the planet, the belief is that they are also the oldest, growing bigger and bigger and moving outward as they did. The formation of those big siblings as well as all of the smaller ones is believed to have depleted the rings of much of their moon-forming raw material. What’s left is enough to keep the overall ring system alive, but not enough to allow the emergence of any more moons. At 4.5 billion years old, Saturn may at last be ending its child-bearing years.

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Twitter Has a Massive Plan to Conquer Your Data

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:58

Twitter is purchasing its long-time data partner Gnip in order to sell more sophisticated products built from the Twitter dataset. The social network has historically sold access to its so-called firehose—the never-ending stream of all public tweets—to a few select companies, who then license that data to businesses and academics.

By purchasing Gnip, Twitter will be able to directly cut deals with the companies that want to use its data. “We want to make our data even more accessible, and the best way to do that is to work directly with our customers to get a better understanding of their needs,” Twitter wrote in a blog post. “Together we plan to offer more sophisticated data sets and better data enrichments, so that even more developers and businesses big and small around the world can drive innovation using the unique content that is shared on Twitter.”

Gnip currently provides its customers with access to data from a variety of online platforms, including Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. It’s not clear whether Twitter will renew contracts to access these companies’ datasets, or whether these companies will allow it. Gnip’s current customers, such as the Library of Congress, will continue have access to Twitter data, the company said in the announcement of the deal. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment; no deal price was disclosed.

Twitter made $70 million in 2013 selling access to tweets to Gnip and other data resellers, up from $47 million in 2012. Corporations like IBM and Oracle pay tens of thousands of dollars per month for access to the Twitter firehose, Gnip CEO Chris Moody told TIME last fall. LinkedIn, which directly offers businesses access to all of its users’ resumes through its Recruiter tool, has proven that licensing social data can be extremely lucrative. By bringing data sales in-house, Twitter may be hoping to imitate that success.

The company, which posted a small profit for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2013, has faced a slumping stock price in the last two months due to investor worries about slowing user growth and an overall decline in the tech sector.

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Watch Oprah Make Pharrell Williams Cry

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:57

While Pharrell Williams may be known for being happy, Oprah Winfrey made him cry.

The frequently-hatted singer stopped by Oprah Prime for a heart-to-heart chat with the talk show host. The wide-ranging conversation between the two celebrities covered everything from Williams’s humble beginnings to his career trajectory that kept him behind-the-scenes for so long to marriage and fatherhood, including why he named his son Rocket.

But the waterworks didn’t start until Oprah questioned Williams about his big year in music: 2013, a.k.a. the Year of Pharrell when “Lucky” (his collaboration with Daft Punk), “Blurred Lines” (his song with Robyn Thicke), and his own debut solo album, Girls, all topped the charts and made Williams a superstar.

When Oprah showed a clip of people around the world, from Iceland to Malawi, dancing to his hit song “Happy”, Williams burst into tears. They may be tears of joy, but still: Oprah definitely made Pharrell Williams cry.

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Suspect In Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:43

(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of 14-year-old boy and his grandfather outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said at a news conference. Cross also faces one count of first-degree, premeditated murder for the death of a woman who was gunned down while visiting her mother at a nearby retirement complex.

The capital murder charge carries the death penalty as possible punishment, Howe said. Cross is being held on $10 million bond, and is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Johnson County District Court.

Cross, a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran from southwest Missouri, founded the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in his native North Carolina and later the White Patriot Party. His activities have long drawn the attention of hate-group monitors, and federal prosecutors say there’s enough evidence to warrant putting the case before a grand jury as a hate crime. Moving the case from state to federal prosecutors would likely mean tougher punishments if Cross is convicted.

He’s suspected of killing 69-year-old physician William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, outside the community center of Greater Kansas City. Both were Methodist.

Moments later, Terri LaManno, a 53-year-old Catholic occupational therapist and mother of two, was gunned down outside a Jewish retirement complex where she was visiting her mother.

Cross shouted “Heil Hitler” at television cameras as he was arrested. Sunday’s killings shocked the city on the eve of Passover and refocused attention on the nation’s problem with race-related violence.

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Casino Pays Out In Poker Tourney With Fake Chips

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:07

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — A New Jersey casino is reimbursing players in a poker tournament that was suspended after counterfeit chips were discovered.

More than 2,100 entrants who finished outside the top 450 and played in the same room as the North Carolina man who is accused of introducing the fake chips will get $560, including a refund of their $60 entry fees from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The final 27 players are to share the remaining prize money, which comes to $19,323 each.

The 423 gamblers who fell outside the top 27 but in the money are not to get further payments. But those who have not been paid will be.

All entrants will get back their $60 fee under the deal, which was ordered by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.

Between fees refunds and prizes, the casino is to pay out $1.7 million.

The Borgata enhanced security and introduced more intricate chips for its poker tournament last week.

Christan Lusardi of Fayetteville, N.C., was charged with theft and rigging a public contest after the January tournament was suspended over the fake chips.

Authorities said Lusardi, suspecting his fake chips had been noticed, flushed them down the toilet in his hotel room at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, where he had been staying. But the chips clogged the pipes, and guests on the floor below complained that water was dripping into their rooms.

Maintenance was called, and they found the chips, with a tournament value of 2.7 million, although they had no actual cash value.

Lusardi is in custody awaiting trial, and it’s unclear whether he has hired an attorney.

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Amazon Says It Won’t Accept Bitcoin

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:05

America’s largest online retailer has no plans to hop on the Bitcoin bandwagon. Amazon’s head of payments told Re/Code that the company has no current plans to accept the digital currency. “Obviously it gets a lot of press and we have considered it,” he said, “but we’re not hearing from customers that it’s right for them.”

Despite widespread media coverage, Bitcoin is not currently accepted by many traditional retailers. Overstock.com is one of the largest online stores to accept the currency. Several vendors of digital cift cards, such as Gyft and eGifter, do accept Bitcoin, so people can buy cards through those channels and then spend them at Wal-Mart, Target and other big stores.

The value of Bitcoins has fluctuated wildly in the last week on conflicting reports that Chinese government is planning to ban the country’s banks from working with Bitcoin-related businesses. The currency was valued at $495 early Tuesday.

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Game of Thrones Breaks Piracy Record

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00

The Game of Thrones season premiere saw problems for people trying to watch via HBO Go and a record number of viewers for the network — but less scrupulous fans of the show are turning to other ways to watch.

According to filesharing news site TorrentFreak, the April 13 episode of Thrones — the season’s second — set a new record for filesharing “swarming” via the client BitTorrent, which means that loads of users were congregating around a single file at the same time. The stand-out pirated copy of the episode in question was shared by 193,418 people at one time. The site estimates that the episode was downloaded 1.5 million times over the course of its first day; Australia was the country responsible for the most sharing.

As TorrentFreak notes, the new record for simultaneous sharing doesn’t indicate overall viewership. Though the peak sharing moment for the first episode of the season involved only 140,000 people sharing the file in question, that doesn’t mean more people weren’t accessing it during a wider time span.

And for the fans who have yet to see the episode, they better get a move on (preferably legally) before it’s too late — spoilers like these aren’t likely to stay secret for long.

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Here’s How You Can Hide Those Annoying TV Spoilers on Social Media

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:59

You know that panicky feeling you get when you log onto Twitter or Facebook when you’re an episode behind on one of your favorite TV shows? When you just know somebody is going to be a life ruiner by revealing a major Game of Thrones or Scandal plot point?

Well, thanks to this handy Google Chrome extension called Silencer, you can banish those spoilers from your Twitter and Facebook feeds. It’s simple: once you install it, you type in any keywords that you don’t want to see mentioned. So it’s great if you want to avoid any TV-related status updates, but really, it can be used for anything. Let’s say you don’t want to read any updates about your Facebook friends’ engagements. You can type in things like “engagement” and “He put a ring on it!” and “She said yes!” and “I get to marry my best friend!” so any status updates containing any of these phrases will vanish.

Silencer also offers “Mute Packs” for popular shows like True Blood and Orange Is the New Black so you can automatically filter out any terms related to those programs.

The extension only works for Twitter and Facebook, so you still have to watch out for spoilers on Instagram or Tumblr or, you know, real-life conversations. Luckily, though, you can always avoid those real-life spoilers by simply never talking to anyone, ever.

(h/t Wired)

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VIDEO: Mindy Kaling Rants About Birthdays on Conan

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:48

Mindy Kaling stopped by Conan Monday night to express the deep displeasure she has when coworkers celebrate birthdays at work.

The Mindy Project star discussed everything from the tempo at which her coworkers sing “Happy Birthday” to why she doesn’t give her writers birthday presents.

“Everyone was like, ‘You’re a dictator! Go back to North Korea! We wanna have mirth at our workplace!’” Kaling said.

The only question is: what happens when it’s her birthday?

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Report: 200 Schoolgirls Abducted In Nigeria

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:36

Terrorists reportedly attacked a school in Chibok, Nigeria, and abducted hundreds of schoolgirls on Monday night.

Parents of the students told a BBC affiliate that at least 200 girls had been taken from the school in Borno state to the east of the country, and that the attackers were thought to be from the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram.

The girls were reportedly ordered into lorries and driven away. Local media is reporting that two members of the school’s security were killed and there were many other properties that were burned down during the attack, the BBC reports. It’s at least the second major attack on a school this year.

On Monday, bombings in Abuja, Nigeria that killed 70 people were also blamed on Boko Haram. The extremist group is opposed to Western education, and wants to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state. Over 1,500 deaths this year are blamed on the group.

[BBC]

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Holder Seeks $15 Million to Train Cops for Mass Shootings

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:26

Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress Tuesday to approve $15 million of special funds to help train law enforcement for mass shooting situations.

Holder’s request comes in the wake of recent shootings at Fort Hood in Texas and a Jewish Community Center in Kansas amid a growing sense that mass shootings are on the rise in the United States. Three people were killed in each shooting. Holder said active shooter incidents have tripled in frequency since 2009.

“Today, I am urging Congress to approve President Obama’s request for $15 million for active shooter training and other officer safety initiatives, “ Holder said in a recorded statement. “This critical funding would help the Justice Department ensure that America’s police officers have the tools and guidance they need to effectively respond to active shooter incidents whenever and wherever they arise.”

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No Salary, No Benefits, No Sleep: This Is The World’s Toughest Job

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:17

A company placed this classified ad looking to fill a Director of Operations position.

The job had a mandatory 135+ hours a week of work and required the job holder to be on call at all times, day or night. Qualified candidates should have a knowledge of psychology, medicine, personal finance, culinary arts and basic technology skills. The job also had physical requirements: the ability to stand for hours, lift up to 75 pounds, be constantly moving and operate on little to no sleep.

While the nation’s jobless claims may have dropped to the lowest levels since 2007, 24 people responded to the job posting at Rehtom, Inc., even though the position offered no medical or dental benefits, no pension and no paid holidays, but did offer “infinite opportunities for personal growth and rewards.”

The 24 applicants were interviewed via webcam. That’s when they got the surprise of their life. The video is worth watching all the way to the end.

[Via Adweek]

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Donald Glover Says He Wants to Split With His Record Label

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:11

Donald Glover has had a remarkably busy year: First he quit NBC’s Community, the most prominent acting gig of his career. Then in December he dropped his second studio album, Because the Internet, which proved to be as much a multimedia experience as it was a hip-hop record. Now, he’s in the midst of a lengthy tour to promote that album, but it looks like he’s making one more change in his career: dropping label Glassnote Records.

The artist (known musically as Childish Gambino) dropped the video for Because the Internet track “Sweatpants” and unveiled a new blog on Monday, but he made it fairly apparent that there was turmoil behind the scenes:

so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

and it wasnt handled correctly.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

we were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. so im done. someone buy me out of this contract.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

a lot of people came around after our first week sales. all those people are welcome now. def jam, atlantic, whatever.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

i dont like record companies. but im not having another project go through this.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

i said "i know how the internet works tho"

my record company laughed on the phone and said "oh really?"—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

dont lie to me—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

i know im not loud, or outrageous, or a white girl with a big ass, but im fuckin honest.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

my team is honest. ur not on my team if ur not honest. dont lie to me.—
Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) April 14, 2014

Glassnote also released Glover’s debut studio album, Camp, in 2011.

What will actually come of Glover’s statements remains to be seen, but he’s made it clear in the last year that he’s willing to make major professional moves if he doesn’t feel adequately served.

It’s not the first time that Glover has taken to social media to share his feelings — even on this particular subject. Perhaps the most significant development, however, is that he specifically mentions Atlantic and Def Jam as potential destinations. Glover has always maintained an independent vibe, despite his celebrity and burgeoning popularity in the hip-hop world. A move to a large, more commercially-driven label could mean less creative control for an artist who has always done his best to maintain it.

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Get the Xbox One April Update Today, Including Kinect Tweaks and Friend Notifications

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:57

Larry Hryb, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live, writes that the April Xbox One update started rolling out last night, and that the following list of features should be live now, or available “over the next few days.”

Along with the the usual presumptive bug fixes, the update adds a feature Xbox 360 owners have been enjoying forever: friends list notifications; when friends sign into Xbox Live on Xbox One, you’ll now see an alert.

“This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update,” writes Hryb, adding that friends in multiplayer will now be identified as such in the list. I’m not sure why this wasn’t present at launch. Maybe the company worried these kinds of notifications were annoying (and they can be, especially if you have a big list of very active Xbox Livers, thus I assume the new notifications can be disabled, too).

Microsoft’s still chipping away at Kinect’s uneven gesture-recognition algorithms, which Hryb says the company’s updated “to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.” Voice recognition has also been fine-tuned “for quality and reliability.” Speaking of audio, the controller and headset firmware’s been updated to “reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.”

If you’ve had trouble keeping track of large game or application saves and updates, there’s now a game save progress bar that’ll keep you apprised of what’s what, and Hryb says you’ll be able to easily identify what’s being updated (or been updated recently).

Xbox One’s GameDVR feature — the ability to capture gameplay video clips, then edit and share them via Upload Studio — now offers better video quality using an improved compression algorithm, and Microsoft’s tweaked its Blu-ray player to support 50 Hz video output (which, as I understand it, essentially means you’ll be able to watch region-free imports, e.g. Europe-originated content). Hryb adds that Microsoft plans to update the Xbox One’s Blu-ray Player app “in the coming days” to “round out these improvements.”

Last but not least, Microsoft’s finally added an option to manually update the Xbox One in system settings (Hryb says it’ll only be there if there’s an update in the wings — you won’t need to click it to check, in other words; you’ll know there’s something available simply by its presence). I’ll golf clap to that.

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Tiny New Laptop Charger Could Be Mistaken for a Cell Phone Charger

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:50

Back at the CES gadget show in January, yours truly laid eyes on FINsix’s pocketable laptop charger. As someone who hates — hates — stuffing a bulky laptop charger into a bag full of modern-day, svelte gadgets, to say the idea of this charger was intriguing to me would be an understatement.

The charger was developed by a few MIT alums, using a patented MIT technology known as very high frequency (VHF) conversion that shuttles power from wall sockets to devices at a much higher frequency and more efficiently than standard chargers, allowing FINsix’s version to be scaled down to its diminutive stature. The charger also sports a USB port for good measure, which you can use to charge your phone or other small devices.

The group used a Kickstarter campaign to raise $200,000 for production of the charger, which is now being called the Dart. That goal was met within 24 hours, with 1,000 early backers getting in at $79. Back at CES, FINsix told me the retail price would be around $90, and it looks like there’s an $89 option that’s still available to potential backers.

When the charger was first unveiled, it was shown off with a MacBook-compatible MagSafe adapter — the connector that magnetically attaches to a MacBook and can quickly detach without damaging the computer if someone trips over the cord. The problem was — and still is — that Apple doesn’t license the MagSafe technology to third parties.

FINsix has found a way around this hurdle, but it doesn’t come cheap: If you want a Mac-compatible Dart, you’ll need to shell out an additional $79, which is used to purchase an off-the-shelf MacBook charging kit from Apple in order to get access to the magnetic connector. The Dart can also only charge laptops up to around 65 watts, which means the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display aren’t compatible.

PC users have it easier, as the Dart is compatible with most major brands (see this PDF here for the full list). Just make sure you have a machine that draws 65 watts or fewer at between 18 and 21 volts.

FINsix is aiming to start shipping the chargers out to backers by the end of the year.

Dart: The World’s Smallest Laptop Adapter [Kickstarter]

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California Serial Killers Were Likely Wearing GPS Trackers

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:44

Police say a pair of sex offenders in California suspected of killing at least four women and possibly a fifth were likely wearing GPS trackers while committing the crimes.

The suspects, Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were required to wear GPS trackers, since both men were previously convicted of separate sexual assaults of a child under 14. The pair were arrested Friday near a trash-sorting facility where the body of one of the women was discovered on a conveyer belt. On Monday the men were charged with raping and killing four women. All of the victims had links to prostitution, and disappeared from Santa Ana and Anaheim.

It’s not the first time that GPS trackers on felons in California have come under scrutiny. In February, the Los Angeles Times reported that prohibition officers noticed widespread glitches with the trackers, often resulting in random alerts or monitored criminals going untracked for days to weeks.

If convicted, Cano and Gordon could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty, the Associated Press reports.

[LA Times]

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Coca-Cola Profits Dip as Americans Drink Less Pop

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:25

Coca-Cola’s profits dropped by almost 8% in the first quarter this year, as the world’s largest beverage manufacturer sold less soda and grappled with a stronger U.S. dollar.

Profits fell for the Atlanta-based company despite an overall increase in sales of non-carbonated beverages around the world and a 2% increase in global sales volume, the Associated Press reports.

Soda sales in North America fell 1% as the company raised prices. Adding to challenges for Coca-Cola—and for its competitors, like PepsiCo, which is expected to report a similarly poor performance when it posts profits Thursday—is the fact that Americans are simply drinking less soda.

“Look, we have Coca-Cola, and we have another 500 brands,” said CEO Muhtar Kent in an interview on CNBC. “The key is to offer a wide variety of choices.”

[AP]

 

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