Wikileaks Cables Confirm Existence of Extraterrestrial Life

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We’re already halfway through 2013 and the world continues to wake up to the fact that we are not alone in the universe. This year alone we’ve seen a tremendous step forward regarding UFO disclosure.  In early May, researchers, activists, political leaders and high ranking military/agency personnel from around the world testified to the reality of the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomenon in front of several former United States members of congress. To watch an interview with the former 2008 presidential candidate and ex-congressman Mike Gravel (who participated in the hearings) click here.  You can watch interviews with all of the senators that participated in the event here.For more CE articles on the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrials, click HERE.

Prior to the recent hearing on UFOs and extraterrestrial life, we’ve had explosive statements made by NASA astronauts and professors, you can watch some of those statements here and here. Not only has the world heard from all of these credible people, its also been privy to official documentation released by dozens of governments worldwide that outline the reality of the UFO phenomenon. Documents indicate that UFOs are of concern to governments, and they put a significant amount of  time, effort and resources into studying them. Apart from governments, agencies like the National Security Agency also released official files regarding UFOs, you can view some of these previously classified documents

Apple Watch features, materials leak ahead of announcement

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In a move that would leave the ghost of Steve Jobs grinding his teeth, the set of features and capabilities the Apple Watch will supposedly unveil on Monday has leaked, including information on the device’s materials and construction. Not all of these qualifies as a leak, certainly, but for Jobs, who prided himself on locking away even the existence of a product prior to launch, this kind of run-up would be anathema.

First up, there’s the Financial Times, which ran a long interview with Jony Ive. In it, Ive reportedly tells the FT that “the molecules in Apple gold are closer together, making it twice as hard as standard gold. And, in case you were wondering, Apple’s cold-forged steel is 40 percent more durable than regular steel”

This is… well, this is dubious, to say the least. The cold-rolled steel claim is believable; cold-rolling steel is used to produce a smooth surface, uniform thickness, and to reduce deformation under strain. But the claim that Apple’s gold has “closer molecules?” Ars Technica offers an explanation by way of a patent, filed by Apple last year, for a gold/ceramic hybrid characterized as 18k gold, but with two to four times the hardness of conventional 18k gold.

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uTorrent accused of bundling cryptocurrency malware with popular BitTorrent client

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For years, if you’ve used BitTorrent, you’ve probably used µTorrent to manage and control torrent files. The software is the most popular Torrent client online with an estimated 100 million users, and its valued for its small footprint and rich feature set. µTorrent has been including adware for several years (despite warning people in its install against installations that attempt to charge for the program), but it may have crossed a line this time — numerous users are reporting that installing the program also silently installs an application called Epic Scale.

Epic Scale is shady looking, to say the least. The company website claims a straight link between installing Epic Scale and benefiting charities — literally.

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The impression the website gives is that by installing this program, you literally donate compute time to charity. It’s like [email protected], or SETI, or another equivalent project — right?

Well, no. Not exactly. A little farther down the page, the website notes:

“How is money earned?”

Canon G7 X Review: Canon’s Best Point-And-Shoot Camera In Years

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Canon G7 X Review: Canon's Best Point-and-Shoot Camera in Years

Five years ago, I was broke, but I still needed a great camera. The Canon S90 was the perfect fit for my needs, and my credit card balance. And I wasn’t the only one who thought so. The amazing S90 and successors made Canon a mint — at least until Sony’s RX100 came along with higher quality images. With the G7 X, Canon is striking back with specs, plus a little bit of the charm that made Canon compacts so easy to love in the first place.

What Is It?

Canon G7 X Review: Canon's Best Point-and-Shoot Camera in Years
Specifications
  • Resolution: 20.2-megapixel
  • Sensor Size: 1-inch backlit CMOS
  • Screen: 3-inch LCD
  • Video: Full HD 1080p
  • Lens Mount: N/A (fixed lens)
  • Warranty: 2 Years

The Pirate Bay is back, and has barely lost a step

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The venerable piracy site The Pirate Bay has traveled down a bumpy road as of late. Along with other prominent piracy sites, The Pirate Bay was taken down in a raid around two months ago. However, like the aftermath of Superman’s death back in 1992, no one truly felt The Pirate Bay was dead for long, and pretenders rose to claim the throne in the interim. More than seven weeks after its demise, The Pirate Bay has risen from its own ashes, sporting the symbol of a phoenix to mark its return.

Back in January, a retainer appeared on the old Pirate Bay website depicting a countdown clock and a little pirate ship sailing toward what appeared to be a port. The retainer page was also home to a code that, when it was finally deciphered, linked to a supercut of Arnold Schwarzenegger saying his most famous line — the one about coming back. Over the weekend, The Pirate Bay fulfilled Arnold’s promise and returned.

Functionally, the returning site is quite similar. The usual pirate ship graphic that emblazoned the front page has been replaced by a phoenix signaling the site’s return, and the user accounts are in working order. Unlike the previous iteration — and likely to the joy of users — the returning site does not yet serve ads.

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The Pirate Bay and EZTV raided and shut down, but will they stay dead?

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As long as piracy sites, scenes, and groups have existed, they get raided, shut down, and contributors feel the inescapable wrath of the law. Most piracy sites, even private community darlings like Demonoid, come to an end. The world’s most popular torrent site, The Pirate Bay, has been able to avoid its own demise for quite a while, but has now been raided by Swedish police and shut down — and TPB wasn’t the only popular casualty.Torrent sites randomly go down for various reasons — attacks, legal issues, switching servers, or simple maintenance — but due to the nature of the service they provide, fans quickly become nervous when that service vanishes from the internet. The Pirate Bay — a (somehow) generally stable site — recently vanished from the internet, and it has been confirmed that it was the result of raid by law enforcement. Other popular torrent sites, like EZTV, were also hit by the raid.

Bill Gates is Santa for one lucky Reddit user

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Bill Gates is no stranger to Reddit, but he’s swapping 80-inch Windows 8 displays and meme pictures this time for a role as secret Santa. 24-year-old Reddit user “NY1227,” identified only as Rachel, participated in this year’s Reddit annual online gift exchange and was left shocked by her unlikely secret Santa. Thousands of Redditors participate every year, but Rachel was lucky enough to receive a gift from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Rachel excitedly recounts her realization that a stuffed cow and National Geographic book were sent by Gates, and the Microsoft chairman even included a photo as evidence. Gates donated to the Heifner International charity on behalf of Rachel, and the stuffed cow symbolizes part of the charity’s efforts to donate animals to create sustainability in areas where hunger and poverty is common. Gates has clearly researched his beneficiary well as the travel book included with the gift matches the “I also love to travel” part of Rachel’s profile. “Never in my entire life did I imagine, ever, ever, ever that Bill would get me,” says Rachel. “I am SO SO thankful for the time, thought, and energy he put into my gift.”

Turntable.fm is shutting down today. Its founder tells us what went wrong.

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Dropping the needle: the life and death of Turntable.fm

Meet me in the club, it’s going down

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Tonight at 10PM EST, the virtual DJs at Turntable.fm will be escorted off the stage for the last time. Two and a half years after founders Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein captivated music fans with their highly interactive approach to internet radio, they are shutting the service down to conserve their remaining venture capital and focus on a spinoff. Fans have used Turntable to create 1 million virtual DJ rooms and play more than 400 million songs — but it hasn’t made for much of a business. “The cost of running a music service has been too expensive,” the founders wrote on their blog, “and we can’t outpace it with our efforts to monetize it and cut costs.”

EARLY USERS INCLUDED SIR-MIX-ALOT, DIPLO, AND TALIB KWELI

On one level, Turntable is just another dead music service. Unlike some of its peers, Turntable quickly licensed the music it plays, a process that proved difficult and expensive. But Turntable also illustrates how fickle consumers of web services can be. Sometimes apps that strike the world as goofy novelties go on to become big, public companies. Most of the time, they don’t.

Hardware limits, safety questions, and FAA rules are all keeping Jeff Bezos’ dream from becoming a reality

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Here are the three things Amazon needs to get its delivery drones off the ground

Hardware limits, safety questions, and FAA rules are all keeping Jeff Bezos’ dream from becoming a reality

Amazon Prime Air

On a 60 Minutes segment last night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed a plan that would put all other rapid shipping options to shame: a fleet of little drones that could carry items from a warehouse conveyor belt to a buyer’s doorstep, all within half an hour. Like Google’s driverless cars or, on a grander scale, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, the project — dubbed Amazon Prime Air — seeks to revolutionize how things and people move, offering speed, convenience, and the futuristic experience of a flying octocopter postman. “I know this looks like science fiction,” said Bezos, suggesting it could be possible in four to five years. “It’s not.” But in order to turn its ambitious concept into a reality, Amazon has a lot of work to do.

“I KNOW THIS LOOKS LIKE SCIENCE FICTION. IT’S NOT.”

Amazon has said that its unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] should be able to carry a 5-pound package up to 10 miles within 30 minutes. To do that, it’s going to need a lot of battery power. Octocopters on the market today are often built to carry cameras heavier than 5 pounds, but they fly only a fraction of the distance; the SteadiDrone EIHG8, for example, is meant to carry between 2 and 13 pounds, but only for a maximum of 15 minutes and less than 1 mile — the heavier the package, the worse the performance. Aerial robotics company Skycatch, which has been working on a similar drone delivery project, sees the solution as swapping batteries automatically throughout the flight while traveling in an airspace corridor dedicated to unmanned vehicles.

Missy Cummings of MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics program thinks an Amazon drone would require a big leap in technology. “Unless Jeff [Bezos] has made some kind of amazing breakthrough in battery life, which I kind of doubt, the flight time is going to continue to be a problem,” she says. Some have speculated that Amazon is building off hardware and software from Chris Anderson’s UAV company 3D Robotics, pointing to a GPS and compass module in the concept video; 3D Robotics declined to comment on this possibility. If Amazon is able to build a strong enough battery and account for variables like wind, the octocopters could fly semi-autonomously with a human supervisor, who Cummings suggests could manage up to 20 or 30 of them at a time, though the FAA’s rules are still largely unknown.

Once you build an octocopter that can make a 10-mile trip in half an hour and create a system to manage it, you start getting to the really interesting questions. How, for example, would you stop people from taking down Prime aircraft and stealing their cargo? “Instead of shoplifting, we may begin to see delivery hacking,” says Ryan Calo of the University of Washington’s tech policy lab. There’s also a more low-tech option: shooting the drones. “If you saw a drone flying fairly close overhead, maybe you could whip out a gun. Maybe you could whip out a slingshot,” says Cummings. “They would have to stay high long enough to basically either be out of sight or not in range of a weapon.”