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4/22 blaze it: Snoop Dogg voices 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' starting Tuesday

The headline feature of last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts was the addition of a playable German Shepherd, but the latest downloadable content takes the dog theme one step further — it replaces the typical gruff announcer with none other than gangsta rap legend Snoop Dogg. Multiplayer sessions will now be punctuated by proclamations such as "Rack up points by reaching the enemy portal, you...

Amazon's first smartphone revealed in leaked photos

Amazon's long-awaited smartphone is apparently right around the corner, and today images of what looks to be an early prototype have been leaked by BGR. Unfortunately the pictured device is surrounded by a protective, screwed-on case that conceals the phone's true physical design. BGR claims the phone's screen measures 4.7 inches, which would make it noticeably smaller than the latest flagships from Samsung and HTC. It's also said to be a 720p display, which falls a bit short of the now-standard 1080p resolution found on the Galaxy S5 and HTC One. Amazon's smartphone is reportedly powered by an unspecified Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM.

Interestingly, the shots reveal a total of five front-facing cameras. One will presumably used for pictures, video chat, and interacting with Amazon customer support via the company's signature Mayday service. But the four cameras located at each corner are more interesting, as they're the secret behind Amazon's "3D" experience.

So many cameras

Mt. Gox abandons rebuilding plans and files for liquidation: WSJ

Mt. Gox, the embattled bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection last month after losing almost half a billion dollars' worth of customers' virtual funds, is now reportedly asking a Tokyo court for permission to liquidate. According to The Wall Street Journal, the once leading exchange has abandoned its attempt to rebuild the business under bankruptcy protection due to the...

Rehabilitation said to be complex and unrealistic

Apple, Google, Microsoft and others sign anti-phone-theft pledge

A new pledge signed by nearly every major player in the phone industry is promising that after July of 2015, it will be a lot harder to steal a smartphone, according to a new report from Re/code. After that date, the companies pledge that every user will be able to remotely brick and wipe their phones in the event of a theft, features currently offered by Find my iPhone and the Android Device...

NYPD shutters controversial unit that spied on Muslims

The New York Police Department has disbanded a division that conducted extensive covert surveillance on the city's Muslim communities. The Demographics Unit infiltrated mosques, restaurants, and other locations with plainclothes officers and informants, but the NYPD was forced to conclude in 2012 that the program never generated any serious leads or investigations into terrorism. A report last year explored the fear and mistrust that the unit spread among Muslims in New York, with many saying they felt forced to downplay their faith as a result.

National Security

DARPA is turning drones into wireless hotspots

Google and Facebook aren't the only ones trying to beam down connectivity from the sky: DARPA, the US Defense Department's advanced research agency, is trying to turn drones into hotspots for high-speed wireless networks, and it recently completed an initial testing and development phase on the program working toward that goal. The major developments were in the creation of steerable antennas and efficient radio amplifiers for the hotspots. DARPA also created a housing for the hotspots, which will eventually be mounted on drones that have traditionally been used for surveillance.

90 Seconds On The Verge

Is it Prime time for Amazon's smartphone?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Fifth Annual Jeff Bezos Book Burning! This year we are pleased to unveil the Kindling Fire, which is sure to put a spark in the Amazon ecosystem. Using the Kindling Fire, customers will now be able to get a book bonfire started in 60 seconds or less. Got the hardcover version of The Hunger Games series? Toss it into the pit! Still holding on to the paperback version of Huckleberry Finn? Burn that book! Once...

And may the odds ever been burned in a bonfire
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Samsung Gear Fit review

I’m in the final stretch. My legs are aching; I’m drenched in sweat. The finish line is near, I can feel it. My wrist buzzes. An email: Amazon finally shipped my order of Rice Krispies Treats...

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Concepts

James Dyson wants to build a giant floating vacuum to clean rivers

Thanks to his vacuum cleaners, famed designer James Dyson is already helping to keep homes clean all over the world — now he wants to do the same for the Earth's water. Dyson has detailed a concept he's tinkering with called the M.V. Recyclone barge, which uses a similar suction system as his vacuums, but would use it to suck up plastic and other debris floating on the water's surface.

The floating barge first captures the trash in a large net, before it's then sucked inside and processed...



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