NASA wants you to build your own Mars Rover

The work astronauts do in outer space has always captured people’s imaginations, but it can be tough to translate the complex science and expensive equipment NASA uses every day into lessons anyone can enjoy. “I tried to build some of my own stuff to teach kids about the electromagnetic spectrum,” says Ginger Baker, who leads education and outreach for NASA’s Aura Mission, which has been studying Earth’s atmosphere since 2004. “But I had to solder it myself, which meant it was pretty expensive. And would break a lot.”

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More than a social network: Facebook aims to be the source for breaking news

Facebook has always been filled with “news,” just not the kind you’d find in a daily newspaper.

Recently, however, Facebook had made several moves to shift the content of your News Feed towards hard news — towards providing the RSS-like news experience people never knew they wanted. Facebook started with juicing the popularity of breaking stories by its favorite publishers inside the News Feed and Paper, its news app, but today, the company is taking its news efforts one step further. Facebook is announcing Newswire, an official Facebook Page you can follow that aggregates the best original content posted on the site. If you’d like, you can even follow the channel on Twitter — which is precisely the service Newswire seems designed to…

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FCC approves T-Mobile’s $2.4 billion spectrum deal

The FCC has approved a $2.4 billion deal that would give T-Mobile rights to 700 MHz A block spectrum that’s currently unused by Verizon. The deal was first announced in January, but the FCC’s regulatory go-ahead removes the last obstacle, giving T-Mobile a clear path to broader, faster LTE service. The deal is particularly notable since the 700 MHz band is seen as one of the most desirable spots on the spectrum, and a place where giants like Verizon and Sprint had held a clear advantage over the scrappier T-Mobile holdings. T-Mobile is also giving Verizon the rights to some of its AWS and PCS spectrum as part of the deal.

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Why Your Brain Needs Its Own “Inbox Zero”

Most of us are familiar with the concept of “inbox zero,” the state (and long-term goal) of having and keeping an empty inbox. Productivity blog Johnny Moneyseed explains why it’s even more important to apply this concept to your mind.

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Win 8 App Remover Eliminates Pre-installed Junk Apps from Windows 8

Windows: Microsoft’s operating system usually comes with a bundle of pre-installed apps, but Windows 8 took it to a whole new level. If you want to clear out some of the crap, Win 8 App Remover can help.

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FBI informant directed cyberattacks on Iran, Pakistan and Syria

Hector Xavier Monsegur, also known as Sabu, is already infamous among Anonymous members as an FBI informant, but new documents uncovered by The New York Times suggest he may have been directing offensive actions for the government against government websites for Iran, Pakistan and Syria. According to recently unredacted court statements, Monsegur also directed actions against the Polish Embassy in Britain and Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity, well after he had been arrested and began cooperating with the FBI.

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My.Com Offers Mobile-Only, SMS-Authenticated Email and Cloud Storage

Android/iOS: If you’re looking for a new (or alternative) email address, or just a way to get a ton of free cloud storage, My.com’s new mobile-only email service lets you get any address you want at their domain, and it comes with 150GB of storage, to boot.

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Confide brings its beautiful self-destructing messages to Android

"Snapchat for business" was a joke that was always bound to become reality. It’s not just texting-crazy teenagers who benefit from avoiding a paper trail — grown adults already go to great lengths not to put things in writing. The fact that we respond to texts and emails by saying "call me" reflects our anxiety over having our words come back to haunt us. And that could be a business opportunity.

At least, that’s what the team behind Confide thinks. What LinkedIn is to Facebook, Confide aspires to be to Snapchat — a grown-up, professional alternative for business users. It allows you to send text messages to your contacts that disappear after being read, with end-to-end encryption and some clever design touches designed to thwart…

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Leica taps Audi’s design team for new mirrorless camera

Leica is best known for being a traditionalist camera company. It took years for it to release a digital version of its revered M rangefinder, and it’s one of the few camera companies left that still produces film cameras, the designs of which have gone largely unchanged for 60 years. But today Leica is launching a new line of cameras that are exceptionally modern, from their design to their technology. The Leica T is the company’s first line of mirrorless, non-rangefinder cameras, with a…

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Accompli is the powerhouse email app for iPhone that Outlook users have been waiting for

For all the advances the smartphone has brought us, our email is still largely chained to the desktop. Stock email apps have never had half the features of their desktop counterparts, and they’re all but useless when it comes to scheduling meetings or finding your files. They were built under the assumption that you would rarely want to do more than check your messages and send the occasional reply while on the go, saving the real work for when you were in front of a larger screen and physical keyboard. And in the early days, that assumption was right.

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Verizon Wireless’s Q1 2014 results see $21 billion in revenue and 539,000 postpaid subscribers

Verizon's first quarter results are in, and mirroring rival AT&T, they saw some rather impressive growth. Verizon as a whole saw $30 billion in revenue, but even with their substantial non-cellular businesses, Verizon Wireless accounted for a whopping $20.9 billion of that income. That’s an increase of nearly 7% from this quarter last year, though growth through their retail outlets was slightly lower.

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UbiShow, turning your Windows Phone 8 photos into a video slideshow

UbiShow is a slideshow maker for Windows Phone 8 where you can take your pictures, add background music and create a video slideshow that can be shared through OneDrive or uploaded to YouTube.

The interface does take a little time to get used to but in tinkering with UbiShow for a short while, it makes a nice first impression. UbiShow is an easy way to turn your Windows Phone 8 still images into a video slideshow.

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What’s the Best Resource for PC Games?

When you’re ready to buy or download a new PC game, you have tons of options, from the obvious to the independent. Sure, you might go where the games are, but which is the best? This week, we want to talk about the best places to get PC games.

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Google, Microsoft and Facebook launch $3.6 million project to stop the next Heartbleed

The sudden chaos of the Heartbleed bug drove home just how much of the web relies on the OpenSSL standard, and just how little was being spent to maintain it. But in the aftermath, some of the biggest players in tech are coming together to change that, and hopefully spot the next Heartbleed before it can wreak quite as much havoc.

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Lift’s Guide to Meditation Is a Data-Driven Introduction for Beginners

You already know that meditation has real benefits , both emotionally and health-wise , but getting started is easier said than done. Finding the right type of meditation for you can be difficult. That’s why the team at Lift put together this guide for beginners who want a more instructive approach.

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