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Nielsen adds Web viewers to its TV ratings

(CNN) — A TV show can be wildly popular online, inspiring binge-watching marathons and feverish Twitter chatter, but it’s still the number of people turning in via a regular television set that are counted most by networks. In a sign of our increasingly connected age, the Nielsen Company will finally add streaming viewers to its influential ratings of who’s watching what on TV. The new ratings will collect data on people who watch their sitcoms, dramas and crime procedurals on computer, tablet and smartphone screens. Nielsen first announced it was testing programs to track streaming viewers in April. In mid-November, it will release a software development kit that clients can use to figure out who’s tuning in online. Nielsen ratings ... Read More »

Did 3D gun raid nab printer parts?

(CNN) — Sometimes a 3-D printer part is just a 3-D printer part. Police thought they had seized the UKs first 3-D-printed gun on Thursday when they raided a local model-making shop, arrested its 38-year-old owner, and confiscated a 3-D printer and a number of parts they believed were for a 3-D printed gun. However, it now appears the parts are likely just replacement components for the 3-D printer itself. Officers suspected one piece was a 3-D-printed plastic magazine and the other a 3-D-printed trigger. The seizure was part of a larger raid targeting organized crime by the Greater Manchester Police. “If what we have seized today can, as we suspect, be used to make a genuine firearm then today ... Read More »

Bionic bicep gives super strength

(CNN) — In the past, if you wanted to be able to be able to lift more weight you would have to spend months bulking up at the gym. Now, with a new invention from a group of engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania, you can just strap on an external bicep and you are ready to go. The bionic device, called the Titan Arm, is the brainchild of four mechanical engineering students who, in their final undergraduate year, built an upper-body exoskeleton that can be used in physical therapy and manual labor. The invention won its inventors $10,000 in the Cornell Cup for Innovation and has recently been shortlisted for the 2013 Dyson award. The Titan Arm straps ... Read More »

What Instagram ads will look like

(CNN) — Instagram is easing users into ads with a first look at what the paid posts will look like. The photo-sharing service said the ads will begin appearing in users’ feeds in the coming week and showed examples of what ads will look like in a blog post. Instagram first warned users of the impending ads three weeks ago. This is the first time ads have appeared in Instagram feeds. The ads will look almost exactly like regular Instagram posts, but in the top right corner a blue arrow icon and the word “sponsored” will replace the old time-stamp. Click on the more button in the bottom right corner and there will be additional options to hide an ad ... Read More »

Gaming to raise millions for charity

(CNN) — On November 2 you can help raise millions of dollars for sick children by sitting on the sofa and playing video games. Just like the weekend athletes who collect donations from family and friends for every mile they race in a charity run, thousands of gamers will be enlisting their networks to support them in a marathon of a completely different sort. This novel fund raising idea is sponsored by Extra Life, which is now a part of the nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Players can sign up to play for this charity at any time throughout the year. But November 2 is Extra Life’s annual game day. And because this year the day ends with clocks falling ... Read More »

Bionic bicep offers strength of Hercules

(CNN) — In the past, if you wanted to be able to be able to lift more weight you would have to spend months bulking up at the gym. Now, with a new invention from a group of engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania, you can just strap on an external bicep and you are ready to go. The bionic device, called the Titan Arm, is the brainchild of four mechanical engineering students who, in their final undergraduate year, built an upper-body exoskeleton that can be used in physical therapy and manual labor. The invention won its inventors $10,000 in the Cornell Cup for Innovation and has recently been shortlisted for the 2013 Dyson award. The Titan Arm straps ... Read More »

Microsoft exec savages ‘struggling’ Apple app

(CNN) — A Microsoft executive took to the tech giant’s official blog Wednesday to take an uncharacteristically direct shot at rival Apple. “Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino,” wrote Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s vice president of communications. “So let me try to clear some things up.” Shaw was referring to coverage of Apple’s rollout of two new iPads — the iPad Air and revamped iPad Mini — and other announcements. Among them was news that the company will begin giving away its iWork suite of productivity apps for free. “Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant ... Read More »

Microsoft exec savages ‘struggling’ Apple app

(CNN) — A Microsoft executive took to the tech giant’s official blog Wednesday to take an uncharacteristically direct shot at rival Apple. “Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino,” wrote Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s vice president of communications. “So let me try to clear some things up.” Shaw was referring to coverage of Apple’s rollout of two new iPads — the iPad Air and revamped iPad Mini — and other announcements. Among them was news that the company will begin giving away its iWork suite of productivity apps for free. “Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant ... Read More »

Microsoft VP blasts Apple apps

(CNN) — A Microsoft executive took to the tech giant’s official blog Wednesday to take an uncharacteristically direct shot at rival Apple. “Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino,” wrote Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s vice president of communications. “So let me try to clear some things up.” Shaw was referring to coverage of Apple’s rollout of two new iPads — the iPad Air and revamped iPad Mini — and other announcements. Among them was news that the company will begin giving away its iWork suite of productivity apps for free. “Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant ... Read More »

Google lets you hand-write e-mails

(CNN) — For many, typing has long overtaken handwriting as their primary word and sentence creation method. So much so that some schools no longer teach cursive. But now, Google is bringing some good old fashioned handwriting back to modern communication, adding new handwriting input tools to Gmail and Google Docs. Those tools now allow you to write out what you want to say with a mousepad or cursor and Google will do its best to create a typed version of your words. The input box will show the most likely matches for your word, so below your handwritten “cats” it might display this list of possible words: cats, rats, Cats, oats, and carts. Click on the right one and ... Read More »

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