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Nature is green and not to be trusted.

Stay vigilant. 
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The smell of freshly cut grass is actually the grass screaming for help.
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So the most popular devices still at risk of Heartbleed-based exploits are from HTC, which tells me it has a patch in the pipeline that will address that vulnerability. 
 
HTC plans Heartbleed fix after being named top legacy Android risk #heartbleed

Half of the top ten Android smartphones susceptible to Heartbleed hacks are made by HTC, security research firm Lookout claims, with phones like the HTC One X+ and Desire X still running older versions of Google’s OS that are unpatched. Lookout describes…
Half of the top ten Android smartphones susceptible to Heartbleed hacks are made by HTC, security research firm Lookout claims, with phones like ...
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Congratulations +Elon Musk and +SpaceX on a successful CRS-3 launch today! Robo-legs, lasers, and a veggie-growing chill-out room all headed to the International Space Station - +NASA must be ecstatic!

#space   #spacex   #falcon9   #nasa  
 
SpaceX has successfully launched its CRS-3 Mission, the second attempt to send the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station and further demonstrate the effectiveness of its reusable technology. The launch – scratched…
SpaceX has successfully launched its CRS-3 Mission, the second attempt to send the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to the International Space ...
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Both amazing and terrifying, but I definitely want one. 

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Don’t look now if scuttling robots send shivers of dread down your spine: engineer Kåre Halvorsen is bringing the sort of transforming ‘bot tech you’d expect to see in CGI movies to life, with his new hexapod. The spherical robot, dubbed MorpHex MKII,…
Don’t look now if scuttling robots send shivers of dread down your spine: engineer Kåre Halvorsen is bringing the sort of transforming ‘bot ...
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I think I remember that, +michael interbartolo - would definitely be interesting!
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Now this looks like good fun! Weather reports read out through your Sonos system, thanks to new features in +SmartThings - plus some new hue functionality as well.

You know me, I love a bit of #smarthome  goodness!
SmartThings Labs has revealed five new integrations for using Sonos and Philips hue, among them being things like mood music and mood lighting. ...
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Am I hopeful about +Nokia's future after it sheds its phone business? I certainly am - this is a company very familiar with changing direction over its long history, and while we may know it today as a company that makes phones, yesterday it made rubber boots, and the day before that it was paper.

Tomorrow, it looks like maps and mapping technology will become Nokia's forte. The company is pushing its HERE business to the fore as it creates HD maps with hitherto-unseen degrees of detail; autonomous car technology already on roads in the real world thanks to partnerships with Mercedes-Benz and others; and explores street-view-style mapping with incredible detail and groundbreaking camera technology. 

You may think you know where you are today, but Nokia might argue that simply knowing is no longer sufficient: you need to understand too. Exciting times ahead.
 
#Nokia  isn't leaving its post- #Lumia  future to chance, and it's transforming itself into a mapping specialist that should be giving Google some sleepless nights. Our own +Chris Davies went behind the scenes at +Nokia's HERE division to see what's being done on autonomous vehicle tech, HD Maps with exponentially greater detail than what you'd find in your current car or phone, and how high-res laser arrays are helping record - and revisit - the world as never before. 

http://www.slashgear.com/for-autonomous-cars-driving-dumb-is-key-16325366/

http://www.slashgear.com/inside-the-nokia-here-hd-maps-putting-google-on-notice-18325742/
Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed ...
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This is awesome - stripping out the sound from the original video, and redubbing it without music. 
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It is quite common to film a music video without the music playing in the background. Especially one like this in which the majority of the music video is actually dancing and goofing around rather than Pharrell lip syncing and/or singing with the actual song and lyrics. 
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HERE is one of the divisions that +Nokia will be left with post-Microsoft deal, and it's doing some crazy-interesting stuff with mapping and navigation.

The other day I showed you how HERE mapping is teaching autonomous cars how to drive more like humans (http://www.slashgear.com/for-autonomous-cars-driving-dumb-is-key-16325366/); today, it's HD Maps, the next-generation of data-rich mapping which uses things like LIDAR laser spotting and super-high-res images to go significantly beyond what current maps rely on.

Why would you need that? Well, think more immersive street-view style options, including 3D panorama, real-time image processing and more; self-driving cars will also be heavily reliant on this sort of data, as they'll need to precisely understand not only which road they're on, but which lane and what's happening around the corner - insights that sensors mounted on the bumpers just can't give you.

It's incredible stuff, and it leaves me really excited about the next phase in Nokia's storied history. B'bye Lumia, hello HD Maps!

#Nokia   #mapping   #autonomouscars   #autonomousdriving   #3d  
 
Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed its phone business, but in how it’s constructing the next-generation of mapping data that’s clever enough to give Google Maps…
Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed ...
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Still loving Project Tango a little bit more than Google Ara, so I'll be excited to see how this pans out - Tango in Space!
 
Google unveiled its slick Project Tango 3D mapping system inside a prototype smartphone not long ago. We got to see what all the camera lenses inside the Project Tango smartphone looked like when iFixit performed a teardown of one of the smartphones…
Google unveiled its slick Project Tango 3D mapping system inside a prototype smartphone not long ago. We got to see what all the ...
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On that try-it-at-home +Google Glass promotion, a Google spokesperson just told me this:

"We’ve heard from potential Explorers that they’d love to be able to try Glass on at home before committing to purchase it. As a result, we’re doing outreach to a small group to see how this approach works. We’ll let you know if this experiment continues."

http://www.slashgear.com/glass-try-on-kit-lets-you-test-glasshole-style-at-home-17325658/
Google is inviting would-be Google Glass buyers to test the style of the wearable and its designer frames at home before slapping down ...
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