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Video: Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s square off in fingerprint scanner battle


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The soon-to-be-available Galaxy S5 comes with fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button, which will help users unlock the device but also perform other actions including securing PayPal transactions. Of course, the phone’s new feature will be extensively compared to its arch nemesis’ Touch ID functionality soon. But a first video that highlights Samsung’s and Apple’s way of implementing fingerprint-based security features for the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s, respectively, is already available on YouTube.

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Developing: NASA Suspending Contact With Russia Over Ukraine


Citing Russia’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereign and territorial integrity, NASA announced today that it is suspending all contact with Russian government representatives. In an internal NASA memorandum obtained by The Verge, NASA said that the suspension includes travel to Russia, teleconferences, and visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities. NASA is even suspending the exchange of emails with Russian officials.

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The Mystery Google Barge Arrives At A New Port (video)


The mysterious Google barge seen floating in the San Francisco Bay has docked in a city sometimes hailed as the “asparagus capital of the world,” making its new home in Stockton, Calif.

“It’s been a busy six months for our barge and it’s grown tired of all the attention,” a Google spokeswoman said “So we are moving it to Stockton where it can have a break, enjoy the city’s delicious asparagus and warmer climate, and get a bit of rest before its next chapter.”

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This Is How Strong A Modern Plane Is (video)


What happens when 120 tons of landing Boeing 767 encounters severe turbulence just above the runway? You get to see the incredible strength of modern engineering.

The flexing wings are a good indication of the blustery conditions – crosswind gusting 35 knots perpendicular to runway.

Just watch the wheels bouncing in all directions under the shear forces. Very reassuring that the undercarriage can take this sort of punishment without blowing itself to pieces.

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Season Three For ‘House of Cards’ Already Approved By Netflix


Before the start of season two on Valentine’s Day, Netflix has a gift for the legions of House of Cards fans. Deadline reports that the streaming outfit confirmed that it has renewed the political drama for a third season. When the series started, it was planned as a two-season run with a $100 million investment in tow,

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GoPro: Red Bull Stratos – The Full Story (video)


October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth. Felix set three world records that day—and inspired us all to reach beyond the limits of our own realities, and reimagine our potential to achieve the incredible.
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Facebook Hopes To Be Twitter’s ‘second screen’ Crown In Superbowl (reuters)


SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – More than 100 million people will be glued to their TV screens on Sunday, when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in America’s premier sporting contest, the Super Bowl.

But two fierce rivals, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc, will also be clashing head-to-head on a “second screen” that TV viewers will tune in for the big game.

The two social networks are jostling to be the venue of choice for fans to comment on big plays, the star-studded halftime show and of course the commercials – multimillion dollar productions by major brands that are often a draw in their own right.

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Microsoft’s First Nationwide Superbowl Commercial (video)


Microsoft has never aired a national Superbowl ad before. That changes this Sunday when a company ad will air during the Superbowl game between the Seahawks and Broncos.

“With our great partnership with Xbox and Surface with the NFL, and Bing with the Seahawks, it’s a logical step to extend that participation,” said Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos, who declined to say how much Microsoft is spending on the ad.

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Bitcoin Exchange CEO Charlie Shrem Arrested On Money Laundering Charge


Charlie Shrem, the chief executive officer of Bitcoin exchange BitInstant, has been arrested and charged with money laundering. ‘In the federal criminal complaint, the Southern District of New York charges Shrem, the 24-year-old CEO of BitInstant, with three counts, including one count operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count willful failure to file suspicious activity report.

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Telsa Superchargers Now Stretch Coast To Coast In The USA


Tesla’s Superchargers, which can provide up to 170 miles of range with just a 30-minute charge, now cover trips between Los Angeles and New York, Elon Musk tweeted yesterday. The somewhat circuitous route brings drivers through states like New Mexico, South Dakota and Wisconsin during a journey from LA to NY, rather than the more direct I-40, I-70 or I-80 options that run farther south, so expect the cross-country adventure to take a bit longer than usual if you’re setting out within the next few months.

Tesla will be adding many more Superchargers throughout this year, however, eventually enabling a more direct routing. And, come 2015, the entire country will be covered, making it possible to visit all 50 states and parts of Canada without going out of your way for a change.

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