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Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alien

cnet.com — Deciding, perhaps, that Facebook will bring him closer to the masses, the famed physicist signs up and shares a post that says being curious is vital in today's world. Stephen Hawking has made it clear he believes there is no God. He must, therefore, mix it with the Mammonites and hope for the best.
Oct 25, 2014

RT @ChrisMatyszczyk: cnet.com/news/stephen-h… Stephen Hawking joins Facebook, jokes about being an alien and attracts the usual commenters.

The outer limits: the Cowon Plenue 1 music player

cnet.com — The Cowon Plenue 1 is a strong contender for best sounding portable high-resolution music player. Neil Young's much touted and highly anticipated Pono high-resolution music player will hardly be the first of its kind. HiFiMan has been making awesome sounding hi-res players for five years, and just last week I reviewed Sony's superslim Walkman NWZ-A17 player.

PS Audio reinvents the stereo integrated amp for the 21st century

cnet.com — Imagine a full-blown, high-end integrated stereo amp -- shrunk down to the size of a small book -- voilà, it's PS Audio's Sprout! PS Audio is an American high-end audio company with a long track record making innovative products, but the little Sprout feels like a fresh start.
Oct 25, 2014

PS Audio reinvents the stereo integrated amp for the 21st century cnet.co/1nESp90 via @CNET

AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores

cnet.com — The difference is a T-Mobile iPad purchased at an Apple store will remain open. The new Apple SIM card in new iPad models was supposed to make it easier to bounce around between different wireless carriers. That didn't seem to last long. The Apple SIM promised the ability to switch carriers with a few taps on the tablet.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @benfoxrubin: So much for the universal Apple SIM: AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores - cnet.co/1xl6Fnb

Oct 24, 2014

So much for the universal Apple SIM: AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores - cnet.co/1xl6Fnb with @rogerwcheng

Oct 24, 2014

RT @BridgetCarey: So turns out the Apple SIM isn't so special when the carriers lock it down! (Sigh.) cnet.co/12sUj3k via @benfoxrubin & @RogerWCheng

Oct 24, 2014

So turns out the Apple SIM isn't so special when the carriers lock it down! (Sigh.) cnet.co/12sUj3k via @benfoxrubin & @RogerWCheng

Oct 24, 2014

RT @RogerWCheng: AT&T, T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIMs in their stores (although T-Mobile iPad is open at Apple store) http://t.co/29…

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I am Marty McFly: My week in 'Back to the Future II' shoes

cnet.com — The future is now as Crave writer Amanda Kooser dons a glowing pair of Air Mag replica shoes and wears them everywhere for a week. My mother looked at my feet and shook her head. "You've been like this since you were a baby," she said.

Vimeo tech chief takes on 'terrifying' online video challenges (Q&A)

cnet.com — Andrew Pile has to make sure his service works with everything from phones to smart TVs, even as video-streaming technology constantly changes. Think online video is old hat? Think again. It was eight years ago that Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, so you'd be forgiven for considering that streaming video is humdrum.
Oct 25, 2014

What does @Vimeo CTO Andrew Pile face every day? Smart TV chaos, changing video technology, petabytes of storage. cnet.com/news/vimeo-cto…

Macan: Meet the very different future of Porsche​ (CNET On Cars, Episode 52​)

cnet.com — Porsche Macan marks the beginning of several chapters for the carmaker, plus a new list of the safest cheap first cars for teens and the new options that are putting the squeeze on car radio.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @briancooley: Hot off the griddle, new CNET On Cars: Porsche Macan, the new flavors of radio and good cheap first cars. ow.ly/DjpP7

Oct 24, 2014

Hot off the griddle, new CNET On Cars: Porsche Macan, the new flavors of radio and good cheap first cars. ow.ly/DjpP7

iMessage spam deluge traced to knock-offs in China

cnet.com — Text message spam is best ignored, but when a security researcher followed a trail of deception laid out on Apple's iMessage he became the proud owner of cheap designer accessories from China. If you haven't gotten spam on your Apple iMessage, count yourself lucky.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @sethr: iMessage spammers want your credit card info not to sell it off, but to send you designer knockoffs cnet.com/news/imessage-…

Oct 24, 2014

iMessage spammers want your credit card info not to sell it off, but to send you designer knockoffs cnet.com/news/imessage-…

Oct 24, 2014

Apple's iMessage service is increasingly becoming a target for spammers cnet.co/1zoP4Ac

Oct 24, 2014

Apple's iMessage held a dubious distinction: the target of 40% of mobile message spam worldwide cnet.co/12qOaEH tip @techmeme

Silicon Power Armor A60 review

cnet.com — With a sustained speed of more than 110MBps, the USB 3.0 Silicon Power Armor A60 is faster than most portable hard drives on the market. That, plus the fact it's also rugged and water-resistant, makes the drive an excellent buy.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

cnet.com — For the past couple generations, GoPro's Black model has been the one to buy because like the majority of top-of-the-line models, it had the best features and best performance and was markedly better than the step-down model, the Silver. That's what makes the GoPro Hero4 Silver a bit of a head-scratcher.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @CNET: GoPro Hero4 Silver takes the gold-- and our Editors' Choice Award (review) cnet.co/12trgMX pic.twitter.com/NhCKL6FKFg

College students more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, study says

cnet.com — A new survey -- conducted for a firm that recently brought its private social-networking app to the US -- also shows that teens are tired of the lack of reality on sites like Facebook. Social media just isn't real.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @CNET: College students are more prone to thoughtless social posts than high schoolers, a study says cnet.co/1wqpPsK

Breaking open iPads, Groupon's quest to be Yelp

cnet.com — The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free version of Xbox Music.
Oct 24, 2014

Today's @CNETUpdate is a high-tech hodgepodge: cnet.co/12sSvHw Poking open iPads & news on Groupon, Yelp, Songza, Xbox Music & PS4!

The scariest games to play this Halloween

cnet.com — Jeff Bakalar picks the scariest video games to play this Halloween. Player beware!