Doctor Who: series 8

For series 8 of Doctor Who — the first series starring Peter Capaldi — Ross Miller and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. It’s mostly about the show but often just their own lives.

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A closer look at Windows 10

Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 10 this morning, and the company is planning to distribute a Technical Preview of the new operating system tomorrow. At Microsoft’s event today there were a number of machines running the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and I got an opportunity to briefly explore the new OS. While Microsoft pushed hard with touch on Windows 8, Windows 10 is the complete opposite. If you mouse into the corners to find the tricky Charms Bar they no longer trigger and frustrate. Instead, you’re greeted with the familiar Windows desktop and Start Menu from the moment you use Windows 10. It’s Windows 7 right now and very early in its development, but it has some interesting improvements waiting inside.

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Turn Off Flash to Avoid ‘Malvertising’ Attacks

Financial scammers are infecting ads on Google’s ad network, and people who visit Examiner.com are at risk. These infected ads look legit, but they use Flash-based redirection to install malware and steal financial information. And you don’t even have to click on them to get infected with Zbot, the banking trojan that takes financial data. You just have to visit the page and have Flash enabled.

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I Ditched My iPhone and Spent the Summer With Android

For five straight years, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the screen of an iPhone. I’m not alone in that, but I am usually quick to buy new models and even quicker to download new operating system updates. Perhaps I’m a little too quick, because earlier this year, my enthusiasm got the best of me.

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What’s Inside a Golf Ball

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that insides of golf balls are unexpectedly beautiful —like psychedelic bullseyes or surreal alien planets. But what is all that colorful stuff made of ? As this video from Wired shows, golf ball is a serious piece of technology crammed into a mere 1.62 ounces.

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Amazon Sells the Most Vinyl Records, Not Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a poseur. In recent weeks, the claim that the trendy chain sells the most vinyl of any other retailer has been repeated over and over and over again. It is a lie, according to Billboard, because it’s actually Amazon dot com that sells the most vinyl.

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Pharrell became an SNES character for his latest video and it’s a little creepy

Pharrell’s latest music video, “It Girl,” is out and it’s very weird, guys. Just very weird. Here he is, Arby’s hat and all, singing inside what looks like a Japanese Super Nintendo dating sim crossed with an extremely fan-service-y shojo anime. While he sings — the song is kind of catchy — you can watch him leer at his It Girl from afar, with extreme closeups of his eyes thrown in every now and then. It’s bright, unsettling, and might even induce seizures in some. But most concerning of all, I’m left with that damn Pharrell sprite dancing in my head. Proceed with caution.

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Fox is remaking ‘Big’ as a television series and that’s a great idea in 2014

Fox wants to remake Big as a television series. Finally, we have show to decode the mystery that is the man-child!

The 1980’s comedy Big, starring Tom Hanks, is being developed as a half-hour comedy by writers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the creators of the underrated workplace comedy, Enlisted. That show — canceled by Fox in May after playing outs its first season at 9:30 PM on Friday nights, also known as viewership wasteland — was a heartfelt and funny take on life at a rear detachment U.S. Army base. In fact, the show felt too warm and kind for Fox, which for years has trafficked largely in gritty, bloody, loud and snarky programs.

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Reddit gets $50 million in funding and will share 10 percent of that with its users

The front page of the internet has a lot more money in the bank, with Reddit confirming $50 million in new funding. More interesting than the amount raised, however, was that investors promised 10 percent of their new equity in the company will be shared with community members, a highly unusual move. While the exact mechanics of how these shares will be distributed to users is not yet clear, lead investor Sam Altman told The Verge that it will most likely use a block chain method similar to the systems used to create and distribute Bitcoin.

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Bioluminescent Octopus Bacteria Makes This Beautiful Lamp Glow

To see the glow from a species of bioluminescent octopus used to require a trip to the deep sea and a fair amount of patience. Not anymore. Ambio, a mobile lamp from Amsterdam-based designer Teresa von Dongen brings the sublime light away from the ocean by creating a “artificial saltwater medium.”

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This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong’s Protests Really Are

Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on Storyful, by Nero Chan, (uploaded to his Facebook account on September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of the movement. Tomorrow is National Day, a public holiday across China. Activists say there’s a chance the protests could swell even beyond what you can see in this video. http://dlvr.it/73t5zF

Apple Watch debut in Paris attracts more fanboys than fashionistas

The Apple Watch went on display this morning at Colette, a high-end Paris boutique that consistently attracts swarms of the hipper-than-thou. The event marked the first time that the watch has been shown to the public since company CEO Tim Cook unveiled it at a media event in California earlier this month, though it remained a decidedly hands-off affair. The watches were kept behind glass displays on the ground floor of the store, and visitors were not allowed to touch them.

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Apple’s OS X Yosemite is nearly finished

While Microsoft was busy taking the wraps off Windows 10, the next major version of its operating system, Apple released a final candidate for its next desktop OS update. Apple’s given developers the first “golden master candidate” for OS X Yosemite, a sign the company is close to wrapping up development before making it available to the public. Yosemite was introduced back at Apple’s developer conference in June, and has undergone testing from both developers and the public as part of a beta program. The golden master is typically the same version that goes out to people through the updater in the Mac App Store, though the “candidate” moniker means there are likely still bugs left to be squashed.

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Path Talk lets you text businesses instead of calling, and it actually works

"What if you could text message a store instead of calling them?"

This is the stuff of a Silicon Valley fairytale — the promise of an app that’s never actually going to work. But this one does. Path Talk, the first standalone app from Dave Morin’s Path social networking enterprise, now lets you message businesses. I’ve been testing the app for the last few days with great results.

I messaged the Apple Store to find out if they had any 64 GB space gray iPhone 6’s in stock. I messaged Barney’s to see if they had a coat I was looking for. I even messaged Chipotle to find out how long the lunch line was. Path Talk works with any store — there’s no proprietary software for them to install or iPads to set up — since you aren’t actually…

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Wild chimps learning to use tools from each other may hint at humanity’s past

Under a tree in Uganda’s Budongo forest in 2013, Catherine Hobaiter first mentioned the strange chimp behaviors she’d seen two years before. Hobaiter, a chimpanzee researcher at the University of St. Andrews in the UK, told fellow primatologist Thibaud Gruber that she had witnessed a group of chimps using a mix of moss and leaves to soak up drinking water from a watering hole in the forest. In 20 years of research, no one had observed this behavior in this community of chimps, and yet Hobaiter had managed to capture the behavior on video — numerous times.

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