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EU court rules that internet providers may have to block pirate sites

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Internet providers in Europe may soon have little choice but to filter out pirate sites. In resolving an Austrian case, the European Court of Justice has ruled that EU countries can ask carriers to block copyright infringers, whether or not the networks are involved. The EU’s laws don’t require that governments limit injunctions to just the parties directly linked to a case, according to the court. While the decision isn’t good news for online free speech advocates, there’s no guarantee of a chilling effect — individual nations still have to decide whether or not they’ll block sites in the first place. It’s the providers who are most likely to face any short-term consequences, since they may have to pay extra to obey local content restriction orders.

[Image credit: European Union Naval Force Somalia, Flickr]

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This system can tell if workers are lying by looking at their eyes

Converus' EyeDetect lie detection system

Eye-based lie detection has long been the stuff of research and science fiction, but it’s about to become a practical reality in the office. Converus is releasing EyeDetect, a hardware and software combo that helps companies find out if their workers are on the level. The system revolves around an SMI-made camera that monitors pupil dilation as well as the positions of the eyes and head. If you look shifty when answering questions, your supervisors will likely know within minutes. It’s not a perfect system; Converus claims 85 percent accuracy, which could allow for occasional false positives. We’ll know EyeDetect’s real-world usefulness very soon, though, as it’s launching in Mexico this April.

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Millennials are watching video on tablets and computers more than TVs

Apparently kids these days prefer to watch shows and movies on things other than a TV. According to a new study by Deloitte, 56 percent of “training millennials” (people ages 14-24) are tuning in to their favorite shows on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices rather than a television. The majority, 32 percent, are watching on their computers, while just 7 percent are keeping up with the Kardashians on their tablets. That’s a huge contrast from grandma’s “mature” 67+ age group where a whopping 92 percent of viewers are still watching the tube the traditional way, and even a noticeable difference from millennials ages 25-30 where 53 percent of viewers are still cuddling up in their Snuggies in front of a traditional set. If the trend continues, all those 4K TV makers might need to look at focusing their efforts on something a little smaller instead.

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HTC One Mini to get Android 4.4 KitKat update starting today

Now that the brand new HTC One is out, it’s high time the rest of HTC’s siblings get updated to Android’s latest, especially if they want to remain relevant. The previous HTC One got the KitKat bump back in February, so now it’s the little brother’s turn at the firmware upgrade. Yep, if you have a HTC One Mini, you’ll likely get your Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Senses 5.5 update starting today if this post by carrier ATT is to be believed. The update will bring a number of improvements, like an enhanced dialer app, new navigation bars, a full-screen immersive mode, a new BlinkFeed app and more. So go on, head into Settings and download the latest System Update to get with the times. That is, if you’re not tempted to get a whole new phone altogether.

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Salvador Dali’s elephants get the steampunk Lego treatment

Some things in life really are free.

Board games, arcade games, shooters, puzzles, simulations — there’s something for everyone.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57620694-1/salvador-dalis-elephants-get-the-steampunk-lego-treatment/?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=Crave

NASA captures over half the galaxy’s stars in new infrared panorama

NASA captures over half the galaxy's stars in new infrared panorama

Keeping a steady hand when snapping panoramic pictures is a valuable skill, but NASA’s upstaged your photographic prowess with something a tad more impressive. Using over 2 million infrared pictures shot with the Spitzer Space Telescope over the course of a decade, the agency’s created what’s being called the clearest infrared panorama of our galaxy ever made. This is the first time all photographs from a project dubbed the Galactic Legacy Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire (or GLIMPSE360) have been combined into a single image. Although the final product only shows three percent of the sky, it contains over half of all stars in the Milky Way.

Scientists have used the data from the effort to construct what’s said to be the most precise map of stars running through the galaxy’s center, and will use it to analyze the Milky Way’s spiral arms. In addition, the composite will act as a roadmap of sorts for the James Webb Telescope, which will take more detailed infrared images when it’s chucked into space in 2018. Space junkies can pan through the whole photo online or download the raw, full resolution images. If you plan to do the latter, be warned: some of these files hover around 1GB in size.

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