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Apple Patents An iPhone Drop Protection Mechanism That Changes Device Angle In Freefall

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iphone-6-plus-rear-hand-landscape Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible.

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Apploud Is Like An Instagram For Live Music Where Musicians Get Paid

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Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 13.27.21 Musicians have a need to perform, whether it’s a subway platform or a stage. But they also need money to create their art. Street musicians get tips. But what if you allowed more people to view the performances beyond who are in front of the musicians at that moment? appLOUD is a new startup with a clever new app.

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Microsoft Is Getting Rid Of Clip Art

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clipart There are many things that the next generation of geek won’t get to experience.
The sound of the 56k modem connecting when your parents are sleeping in the next room.
Burning CDs.
Being somewhere and not knowing something, and just having to deal with it because you don’t have a space computer with pretty much all of humanity’s collective knowledge in your pocket.

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The Point Will Watch Your House While You’re Away

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6a9cae0d187155bbc50ab393b92ac6bb_large When you leave home, who makes sure all of your newspapers, back issues of TV Guide, and take-out containers are safe? If all goes according to plan, the Point has got your back.
The point is essentially a simple sensor that listens for loud noises – glass breaking, doors opening – and senses motion.

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An Interview With William Gibson, Author Of The Future

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Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.15.00 PM William Gibson didn’t invent the Web but he gave us the language we use to describe it. His original Sprawl trilogy defined the buzz of the dot-com days and led the futurist charge in media including inspiring Wired, Mondo 2000, and much of the Matrix trilogy.

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Clover Lets You Order A Date Like You Would A Burrito

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Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 10.44.25 AM New dating app Clover is a sort of OKCupid meets Tinder but with the “algorithmic matching” included in other online dating sites like eHarmony. The twist? It aims to make it as easy to order a Friday night date as it is to summon your next burrito.

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Nexus 6, Scout Alarm, And Other Fun Toys

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gadgets141114 The fall weather and the swift approach of the holiday season has us aspiring for some of our favorite things and settling in for a cold winter. Darrell is unimpressed with the boat-sized Nexus 6, but I’m loving my new, configurable Scout Alarm home security system.
Matt is obsessed with a new drone, and John’s excited about some special sintering desktop 3d printer.

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Facebook’s Newest Data Center Is Now Online In Altoona, Iowa

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1795561_675414769215779_534700529522168794_n Facebook today announced that its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa, is now open for business. The new facility complements the company’s other centers in Prineville, Ore; Forest City, N.C. and Luleå, Sweden (the company also operates out of a number of smaller shared locations).

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BlackBerry To Ship A Classic BlackBerry With Modern Software In Mid-December For $450

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blackberry classic Did you used to carry a BlackBerry, but have since moved on to an iPhone, Android, or well… pretty much anything else? Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, pawing at the air for the glorious click of that wideset physical keyboard? Good news!

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Walmart Now Price-Matches Online Retailers In Its Stores, Including Amazon And Walmart.com

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Image (1) walmart-exterior1.jpg for post 381068 Just ahead of another busy shopping season, Walmart confirmed that it has updated its price-matching policy company-wide to allow its retail stores to match the prices from nearly any online retailer, including top competitor Amazon.

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