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Physicist shows why your WiFi sucks in that one room

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by Steve Dent 2014-09-01 12:12:00

If WiFi can track a heartbeat through walls, why can't I get internet in my corner bathroom? Jason Cole was trying to figure that out too, but unlike me, he's a PhD student in physics. So he mapped his own apartment and assigned refraction values to...

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What's on your HDTV: NFL, 'Drunk History', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Trailer Park Boys'

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by Richard Lawler 2014-09-01 19:17:00

It's time. This week NFL football is back (and so are the Engadget HD Podcast fantasy leagues), and the season kicks off Thursday night as the Packers face the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks on NBC. Boardwalk Empire on HBO starts its final...

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Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

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by Daniel Cooper 2014-09-01 17:22:00

Apple is such an opaque company that even app developers can be left, out in the cold, wondering why their app was rejected from the app store. Thankfully, the company does have some sympathy for those dejected coders, which is why it's published a...

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Opportunity rover is getting reformatted after ten years on Mars

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by Steve Dent 2014-09-01 13:59:00

NASA's ironman Mars rover Opportunity, like your five-year-old PC, is about to get reformatted. Problems have been causing the aging vehicle to reboot and scientists suspect that worn-out cells in the flash memory are to blame. Opportunity's been...

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Google set to reveal Android One budget phone hardware in India on September 15th

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by Michael Gorman 2014-09-01 15:58:00

Not everyone is interested in paying for premium handsets, and Google knows that in many parts of the world, shelling out five or six hundred dollars for a One, G3 or Galaxy S5 simply isn't an option. The Android One initiative is how Google plans to...

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Physics' best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web

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by Jon Fingas 2014-09-01 10:02:00

Ask professors about important physics lectures, and they'll probably point you toward Richard Feynman's famous 1964 talks. They led to one of the most popular physics books ever (over 1.5 million English copies sold) and helped generations...

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Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy

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by Mariella Moon 2014-09-01 09:17:00

Facebook's 2012 experiment, while controversial, showed that what other people post on social media can alter moods. Apparently, though, that's not the only thing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others of their ilk can do: according to a study by...

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'Find My iPhone' exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks

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by James Trew 2014-09-01 07:32:00

?We don't need to rake over the gory details here, but in the last 12 hours, the internet has lost its "you know what" over some leaked celebrity photos. Initial reports suggested that hackers targeted the iCloud accounts of the high-profile...

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UKTV will copy Amazon, ask viewers which shows it should make

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by Daniel Cooper 2014-09-01 14:57:00

When it comes to choosing which new TV shows to make, British broadcaster UKTV is taking a leaf out of Amazon and the BBC's playbook. The company behind Dave, Really and Watch will produce pilot episodes of shows, asking users of its UKTV Play...

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UK police threaten companies that sell domains to piracy sites

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by Matt Brian 2014-09-01 12:52:00

When a piracy site is targeted by authorities, the owner's usual trick is to move the website to another domain (and sometimes hosting provider) to re-establish access for users. The Pirate Bay is probably the biggest example of this, which has spent...

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