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Disney to acquire Lucasfilm and Star Wars franchise.
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10/30/2012   4 comments
In a surprising move, the Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, owner of the Star Wars franchise, for $4.05 billion.
Hurricane Sandy filmed from space
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10/30/2012   7 comments
NASA released a video of post-tropical cyclone Sandy, shot from the International Space Station, this morning, as many cities in the Northeast U.S. began picking up the pieces after the destruction.
Steve Jobs’s 260-foot iYacht sets sail
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10/30/2012   3 comments
A little more than a year after Apple co-founder’s death, a yacht he helped design has been spotted floating in Dutch waters, near the city of Aalsmeer.
Scratching the Surface: Microsoft’s Apple Envy and failure of Windows RT
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10/22/2012   17 comments
The Redmond-based software giant is blazing a new trail in an attempt to stay relevant in an increasingly Apple/Google-centric device world. While the rationale for Microsoft’s change is sound, the two divergent paths being taken is turning the PC eco-system on its head, as the firm prepares for war not only with Apple, but with the very customers who helped build its software empire.
A finer body of men…
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10/19/2012   8 comments
Well, things are certainly bouncing along merrily here in the pleasure dome (my office). In fact, I just took place in a jolly interesting email exchange…
Mega-cool audio reality costume
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10/16/2012   2 comments
The people at Think Geek keep on coming up with things I never knew I wanted (until I see them) and that I cannot afford, like...
Yet still the dog doth grunt and snore…
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10/15/2012   12 comments
The shop assistants (who are growing younger by the day), looked at us like we were from another planet…
Why can't good engineers get good jobs?
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10/10/2012   67 comments
Are online job applications more of a hindrance than a help? Was your dream job easier to land before the Monster.com’s, Careerbuilder’s and Google got involved? And is job software filtering good people out for the most minor reasons?
JellyBean 4.1.2 rolling out
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Google started rolling out Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) very stealthily Tuesday morning.
Xi3: Most un-boring desktop PC ever
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10/8/2012   12 comments
If you thought the desktop computer was dead, think again. Hardware startup Xi3 says it’s on a mission to “change the way computers are built, serviced and upgraded,” by eliminating obsolescence and stuffing as much into a tiny, gorgeous little cube as it can. Welcome to modular computing at its cutest.
Security the main challenge for wireless?
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10/5/2012   6 comments
Wireless technology still has huge challenges ahead of it according to Intel’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner.
Will crowdfunding solar projects work?
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10/3/2012   6 comments
Mosaic, an online marketplace connecting investors to solar projects, announced it has come up with funding for its 6th large solar project in rather unusual fashion… by crowdsourcing it, Kickstarter style.


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