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Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine

cnet.com — Go back to the future every time you climb into your car with a USB car charger designed to look like the glowing creation from Doc Brown's DeLorean. Every "Back to the Future" fan wants a DeLorean. But you can't have a DeLorean because they're rare and expensive.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @CNET: This Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine cnet.co/1AdaQ7K pic.twitter.com/t22GWeDSK7

Jul 24, 2014

RT @CNET: This Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine cnet.co/1AdaQ7K pic.twitter.com/t22GWeDSK7

Jul 24, 2014

Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine cnet.co/1ojC87v via @CNET

Jul 24, 2014

Flux Capacitor charger turns any ride into a DeLorean time machine cnet.co/1ojC87v via @CNET

Foursquare enters a new era of dual identities

cnet.com — With a revamped app and logo, Foursquare focuses on local search and moves check-ins to the new Swarm app. Meanwhile, immerse yourself in the Sharknado experience with the help of the Philips Hue smart lightbulb.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @BridgetCarey: Need a reason to buy smart light bulbs? You can sync lights with Sharknado. Details in Update: cnet.co/1tH28Kv pic.twitter.com/9jfDSFLn0q

Jul 24, 2014

Internet of Annoying Things MT @kirstensalyer: There is a light bulb that syncs with Sharknado. cnet.co/1pgPspA

Jul 24, 2014

Need a reason to buy smart light bulbs? You can sync lights with Sharknado. Details in Update: cnet.co/1tH28Kv pic.twitter.com/9jfDSFLn0q

Judge takes issue with Apple's $450M e-books settlement offer

cnet.com — Skirting an upcoming trial, Apple agreed to pay $450 million last week to settle an antitrust lawsuit that alleged the company conspired with five book publishers to fix e-book prices. However, the judge ruling over the case is having concerns with the settlement proposal, according to Reuters.
Jul 24, 2014

Judge Cote is wary about Apple's $450M e-book price-fixing settlement offer cnet.co/1tI7kxG

Jul 24, 2014

RT @CNET: Judge takes issue with Apple's $450M e-books settlement offer cnet.co/WGEPpG

Microsoft moves Yammer into Office 365 as co-founder departs

cnet.com — Ever since Microsoft bought enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer two years ago for $1.2 billion, the Redmondians have allowed Yammer to continue to operate fairly independently. But Microsoft management may be tightening its grasp a bit on the San Francisco-based Yammer business. On July 24, Yammer Co-founder David Sacks announced on Twitter that he was leaving Microsoft and Yammer.
Jul 25, 2014

. @ProfJeffJarvis Will it replace my Sharepoint newsfeed? MT @CNET: Microsoft moves Yammer into Office 365 cnet.co/1rQDmaw

Pinterest's workforce is mostly white and male too

cnet.com — Pinterest released diversity data on its workforce on Thursday and guess what? It's pretty much just as white and male and most other tech companies. This news seems a tad paradoxical considering the service is overwhelmingly used by women.
Jul 25, 2014

Here's something paradoxical: Pinterest is mostly used by women but run by men cnet.co/1tIgV7J

Did Microsoft scrap the Surface Mini?

cnet.com — Has Microsoft killed its small tablet? Probably. At least in its current form. The Surface Mini tablet -- with an estimated display size of between 7 and 8 inches -- would have complemented Microsoft's current 10.6- and 12-inch Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3 offerings, respectively. At least, so the thinking went.

Amazon Fire Phone teardown reveals hints of Apple, Samsung

cnet.com — Amazon appears to have taken a few hints from Apple and a few chips from Samsung in the building of Fire, its first smartphone. Gadget repair expert iFixit published a teardown on Amazon's new phone on Thursday, finding all sorts of hidden information inside the device.
Jul 24, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone teardown reveals some new surprises, including hints of Apple and Samsung cnet.co/1tHYXCv

Hack a hat to remind you to reapply sunscreen

cnet.com — Absent-minded sun worshipers can retrofit a regular hat with a UV index sensor to remind them to re-slather on sunscreen. You're lounging on the beach in the sun with a good book. You're not worried because you already covered yourself from head to toe with sunscreen and have on a big straw hat.

Porsche 959: Posterchild of the supercar renaissance

cnet.com — XCAR: Porsche 959: Posterchild of the supercar renaissance If you had posters of cars on your bedroom wall when you were a kid chances are the Porsche 959 may have been amongst them. The 959 could be called Porsche's first supercar and its innovations can still be seen in modern 911s.
Jul 24, 2014

If you haven't yet, do invest 10 mins to watch @XCARofficial's take on the ultimate '80s supercar, the Porsche 959: cnet.com/videos/porsche…

Colbert grills Tim Draper about his six Californias initiative

cnet.com — Stephen Colbert put his magic touch on venture capitalist Tim Draper's plan to split California into six separate states. The comedian hosted Draper on his Comedy Central talk show on Wednesday to discuss the outlandish idea.
Jul 25, 2014

Colbert on Draper's plan to break Calif into 6 states. "Just like restarting Windows, it might take a few years." cnet.co/1tHE6iD

Jul 24, 2014

Colbert hilariously grills Tim Draper about his six Californias initiative cnet.co/1tHE6iD

Apple seen inching closer to a mobile-payment service

cnet.com — The iPhone maker has long been expected to jump into mobile payments. Now a new report says that Apple's talks with payment industry players have "heated up." Apple may introduce a new mobile-payment system as soon as the fall, which would add yet another tech giant to a particularly hot trend in mobile.
Jul 24, 2014

Apple seen inching closer to a mobile-payment service - CNET cnet.co/1kYKU6b

Jul 24, 2014

Apple seen inching closer to a mobile-payment service cnet.co/1oheqsy via @CNET

Amazon whiffs with hefty $126M Q2 loss after Fire TV, Phone launch

cnet.com — Amazon's second-quarter loss was wider than even the most tempered expectations, as the company feels the weight of introducing new products and services. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant on Thursday posted a second-quarter loss of $126 million, or 27 cents a share, and revenue of $19.34 billion.
Jul 25, 2014

Amazon whiffs with hefty $126M Q2 loss after Fire TV, Phone launch cnet.co/1tHAAoh via @CNET

A birthday gift from Chromecast: $30 of unlimited music

cnet.com — For the first anniversary of Google's streaming stick, a promotion for three months of All Access streaming music cuts the $35 dongle's price to virtually $5. If you were already preparing to dive into a subscription streaming-music service, a birthday gift from Google Play and Chromecast may make it feel like you're getting Google's popular video stick for nearly nothing.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @joan_e: Chromecast for $5? Promo for Google Play's unlimited music service cuts price of Chromecast to next to nothing cnet.co/1sYg7hz

Jul 24, 2014

Chromecast for $5? Promo for Google Play's unlimited music service cuts price of Chromecast to next to nothing cnet.co/1sYg7hz

PlayStation Vita Slim review

cnet.com — The PlayStation Vita is back for an encore. The original Vita, a successor the Sony's popular PSP, was released in early 2012, but the new model -- known alternately as the Vita PCH-2000, Vita 2000, or simply "the Vita Slim" -- finally hits the US on May 6.
Jul 24, 2014

PS Vita Slim re-reviewed: the Vita makes the case for a dedicated gaming handheld. Or, why I’ve come to love it. cnet.co/1jiXC3V

Even Tatooine feels the heat from climate change

cnet.com — The inaugural report from the Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presents unique climate challenges ahead for Sarlaacs, Hutts, and moisture farmers. The hot, dry, dessert-like planet of Tatooine is getting hotter and drier, according to the inaugural and completely kind-of fictional report from the Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Jul 24, 2014

Not even Tatooine can escape climate change, according to report by @Ng_Dave cnet.co/1tHo3RW via @CNET