Skitch makes sharing annotated pics easier for iPhone and iPad

Skitch’s share screen for iOS just got a makeover, making it easier to send out and save your annotated, doodle-filled masterpieces. The latest iOS update now shows a preview of your image on the Share screen, where you can type in and attach a…

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An LED Lamp That Floats Like a Sheet of Translucent Paper

An LED Lamp That Floats Like a Sheet of Translucent Paper

This ethereal little lamp is the latest creation of visionary lighting designer Ingo Maurer. Made of transparent film mounted with LEDs, Dew Drops adds flowing curves and a soft glow to any room. From certain angles, it almost looks like a grid of tiny stars, peeled back and draped into your wall or desk.

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Steve Ballmer says he couldn’t change Microsoft fast enough

Steve Ballmer says he's leaving Microsoft to help the company change faster

Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he would retire from Microsoft came as something of a surprise, and left many wondering whether his eventual exit is voluntary. Thanks to an interview with the outgoing CEO at the Wall Street Journal, we now know that it is — although it’s coming after intense pressure. Ballmer explains that the company board of directors has been pushing him to speed up Microsoft’s transformation into a devices and services company ever since January. By May, he decided that his own way of thinking was slowing down the transition; he was the “pattern” that had to break. New leadership might reshape the company at a faster pace, Ballmer says. While the success of his strategy will depend heavily on just who takes the reins next year, it’s clear that the chief executive is willing to sacrifice a lot to keep Microsoft healthy… including himself.

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet reaches AT&T on November 22nd for $400 on contract (video)

If you’ve been jonesing for that other flagship Windows RT tablet, you won’t have long to wait. AT&T has just announced that it will release the Nokia Lumia 2520 on November 22nd for $400 when paired with a two-year data contract. It will launch only in black, unfortunately, rather than the vibrant …

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Did you order a new Retina iPad mini? [Poll]

Well, well, well. Apple sure dropped this one on us, and caught many of us – sleepy Brits included – by surprise. Just last night as we were all getting ready to bed a rumor surfaced that we might be seeing the Retina iPad mini today, and lo and behold here it is. It looks like online sales only at the moment, so, did you order yourself a new Retina iPad mini?

Shipping time seems to vary right now, from 1-3 days on the WiFi only models up to 32GB, increasing to 5-10 days for the larger storage and cellular options. There’s no in-store pickup available, so this is our only option right now. For some, that might be the deal breaker, and you might be holding out until it becomes available in physical stores. Or, perhaps you bought a new iPad Air or are just outright happy with what you currently have. And that’s just fine too.

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Google finally talks barges: it’s an ‘interactive space where people can learn about new technology’

It’s stayed mum as speculation has run rampant about just what the “mystery barges” under construction in San Francisco and Portland, Maine will actually be used for, but Google has now finally offered its first official comment on the matter. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson says that while “it’s still early days and things may change,” the company is “exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.”

That mostly lines up with a report from San Francisco TV station KPIX 5 last week that the barges would serve as a “high-end showroom,” although Google seems to be downplaying the existence of a “party deck.” Unfortunately, the company still isn’t offering much more than that brief comment, so it remains to be seen just what those interactive spaces will look like.

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Deal of the Day: LLOYD Flex Case for LG Nexus 4

Deal of the Day The Nov. 7 Deal of the Day is the LLOYD Flex Case for LG Nexus 4. Made from shock absorbent and scratch resistant TPU, this flexible case provides great protection for the Nexus 4 from day to day use and drops. The back of the case features our very own LLOYD mascot and comes in black, clear, smoke and green.

The LLOYD Flex Case is available for just $5.75, over 70% off today only. Backed by our 60-day return policy and fast shipping.

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‘Mandela’ to screen for Obama at White House

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Idris Elba, as Nelson Mandela, left, and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela in a scene from “Mandela: Long walk to Freedom. The film will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hilary Clinton. he Weinstein Co. told The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Keith Bernstein)

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Idris Elba, as Nelson Mandela, left, and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela in a scene from “Mandela: Long walk to Freedom. The film will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hilary Clinton. he Weinstein Co. told The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Keith Bernstein)

British Actor Idris Elba, who stars as Nelson Mandela, arrives at the South African premier of the film Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom, in Johannesburg, Sunday Nov. 3, 2013. The biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick, is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton.

The Weinstein Co. tells The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris.

The film will also screen Nov. 20 at the Kennedy Center, with Clinton hosting the gala.

Though there have been other films about the former South African president, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” has long had Mandela’s approval and the cooperation of his family. It premiered Sunday in Johannesburg with much of Mandela’s family in attendance.

“Mandela” opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 29.

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Red Sox hold “rolling rally” to celebrate title

Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox’s championship parade in celebration of the baseball team’s World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Duck boats line up in Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox’s championship parade in celebration of the baseball team’s World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Police gather near the “B Strong” logo, in honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox’s championship parade in celebration of the baseball team’s World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Carlos Arredondo raises his arms as he waves to fans at Fenway Park in advance of the Boston Red Sox’s championship parade in celebration of the baseball team’s World Series win, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have set out on their parade from the Green Monster to the Charles River to celebrate a most improbable journey.

The “rolling rally” left Fenway Park on Saturday three days after the team won the World Series with a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. It capped a stunning turnaround from 2012 when the Red Sox had their worst record in nearly half a century.

Players still sporting their beards, manager John Farrell, coaches and team officials boarded 25 amphibious “duck boats” on the warning track. The route includes the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street where three spectators died in the bombings during the April race. The vehicles also will go into the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge.

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Animal personalities are more like humans than first thought, according to Deakin University study

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A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural trait in the animal world.

Animals are known to show consistent individual differences in behaviour, which is often referred to as them displaying ‘personality’. In contrast to previous research into these predictable aspects of behaviour, this latest study has shown for the first time that some individual animals, just like humans, are consistently more un-predictable than others over time.

Un-predictability is a known and accepted aspect of human behaviour much like we’ve always viewed predictable aspects of personality. However, until now it has never been studied in animals.

“We all know someone who is notoriously unpredictable happy, friendly, supportive one day and grumpy and unhappy the next. My experience is that those people tend to be extroverts. Even though I don’t know what to expect of them, I am often torn between liking them because they are easy to talk to and fun to be with, and disliking them for their volatility,” said Associate Professor Peter Biro, a behavioural ecologist with Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences and lead researcher on this study.

“Until now, un-predictability has only been studied extensively in humans, where it has been linked to learning, ageing, and to certain diseases that produce erratic behaviour due to fluctuations in brain chemicals.

“The results of this new study shed light on another important aspect of animal personality that has previously not been considered.”

Working with Dr Bart Adriaenssens at the University of New South Wales, Dr Biro observed the behaviour of adult male mosquitofish over 132 days. They found that the behaviour of some individuals was consistently more predictable in a given context than others. Mosquitofish were used for the study because they are widespread and easily sampled from ponds in and around cities.

“We observed that individuals differed in their average levels of activity, but also differed in variability about their average activity,” Dr Biro explained. “Some individuals chose to be active, others chose to be sedentary, some were consistent in their chosen level of activity, others not. But, we found no association between activity levels and predictability.

“What this tells us is that the fish differed in how un-predictable they were, and that this un-predictability is a consistent attribute over time.

“We believe that un-predictability might represent a form of behavioural flexibility that facilitates learning, or makes animals un-predictable to predators or competitors. Some have even referred to this phenomenon as representing ‘free will’ in animals. Our study, having confirmed that un-predictability is a trait, now sets the stage for further studies to test for this phenomenon in other species, and to tease out the causes and consequences of this behavioural variation.”

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The results of this study are published in the November issue of The American Naturalist, one of the world’s premier peer-reviewed publications in ecology, population biology, evolution, and conservation research.



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A Deakin University study has found for the first time that, just like humans, un-predictability is also a consistent behavioural trait in the animal world.

Animals are known to show consistent individual differences in behaviour, which is often referred to as them displaying ‘personality’. In contrast to previous research into these predictable aspects of behaviour, this latest study has shown for the first time that some individual animals, just like humans, are consistently more un-predictable than others over time.

Un-predictability is a known and accepted aspect of human behaviour much like we’ve always viewed predictable aspects of personality. However, until now it has never been studied in animals.

“We all know someone who is notoriously unpredictable happy, friendly, supportive one day and grumpy and unhappy the next. My experience is that those people tend to be extroverts. Even though I don’t know what to expect of them, I am often torn between liking them because they are easy to talk to and fun to be with, and disliking them for their volatility,” said Associate Professor Peter Biro, a behavioural ecologist with Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences and lead researcher on this study.

“Until now, un-predictability has only been studied extensively in humans, where it has been linked to learning, ageing, and to certain diseases that produce erratic behaviour due to fluctuations in brain chemicals.

“The results of this new study shed light on another important aspect of animal personality that has previously not been considered.”

Working with Dr Bart Adriaenssens at the University of New South Wales, Dr Biro observed the behaviour of adult male mosquitofish over 132 days. They found that the behaviour of some individuals was consistently more predictable in a given context than others. Mosquitofish were used for the study because they are widespread and easily sampled from ponds in and around cities.

“We observed that individuals differed in their average levels of activity, but also differed in variability about their average activity,” Dr Biro explained. “Some individuals chose to be active, others chose to be sedentary, some were consistent in their chosen level of activity, others not. But, we found no association between activity levels and predictability.

“What this tells us is that the fish differed in how un-predictable they were, and that this un-predictability is a consistent attribute over time.

“We believe that un-predictability might represent a form of behavioural flexibility that facilitates learning, or makes animals un-predictable to predators or competitors. Some have even referred to this phenomenon as representing ‘free will’ in animals. Our study, having confirmed that un-predictability is a trait, now sets the stage for further studies to test for this phenomenon in other species, and to tease out the causes and consequences of this behavioural variation.”

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