Barista's edition for Mon 11 January 2016

Illumina Jumps into Cancer Screening with $100 Million Spin-off Grail | MIT Technology Review

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The world's largest DNA sequencing company says it will form a new company to develop blood tests that cost $1,000 or less and can detect many types of cancer before symptoms arise. Illumina, based in San Diego, said its blood tests should reach the market by 2019, and would be offered through doctors' offices or possibly a network of testing centers.

full article at MIT Technology Review →

Juniper drops NSA-developed code following new backdoor revelations

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Juniper Networks, which last month made the startling announcement its NetScreen line of firewalls contained unauthorized code that can surreptitiously decrypt traffic sent through virtual private networks, said it will remove a National Security Agency-developed function widely suspected of also containing a backdoor for eavesdropping.

full article at Ars Technica →

5 Things That Will Disappear In 5 Years

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Just five years ago the world was a very different place. In 2010, the iPad had just made its debut, Kickstarter was introducing a new form of venture capitalism that would change the face of fundraising and Square was letting vendors of any size accept payment with a swipe of a card on a mobile device.

full article at TechCrunch →

Philosophers want to know why physicists believe theories they can't prove

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It's often assumed that physics and philosophy are at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. In fact, they're close-so close that they can overlap, with professors sometimes switching between the two fields as they work to advance our understanding of highly abstract subjects in theoretical physics.

full article at Quartz →

Cost, censorship, VR: Your questions about Netflix's global expansion answered

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Netflix dropped big news at CES this week when it announced an expansion into not just several new markets but one hundred and thirty new countries. Naturally, you'll have questions about what this means if you're in a country not previously serviced.

full article at The Next Web →

Everyone has the same personality online

Popularity: 2.21

Ever notice how the same jokes, phrases and hashtags keep cropping up again and again on social media? All those "I can't even..." comments on Facebook, the emojis on Slack or Gchat, that endlessly snarky tone on Twitter. We all sound exactly the damn same. Even larger-than-life personalities, such as Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer,...

full article at Quartz →

Razer's $999 Blade Stealth is basically a MacBook Air made for gamers

Popularity: 1.84

Razer has become much more than a gaming peripheral company. Its recent Blade line of laptops have been the subject of a fair amount of critical acclaim, and the latest entry - the Blade Stealth - is going to make a lot of gaming dreams come true.

full article at The Next Web →

Hide Unwanted iPhone App Icons With This iOS 9 Trick

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For those who believe a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind, the same is likely doubly true when it comes to your iPhone's home screen. Unfortunately, those who desire complete control of the aesthetic flow of their phones have always had to play around the unavoidable inclusion of Apple's stock iOS apps on their launch screens.

full article at TechCrunch →

Endless Has Built A $79 PC For The Offline World

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There are affordable computers, there are cheap computers and then there's the Endless Mini, which is available for as little as $79. "Everybody in the world deserves the option to have a computer," said Endless CEO and Chief of Product Matt Dalio.

full article at TechCrunch →

There are a lot of ridiculous myths out there about raising bilingual kids

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By the age of two, children are typically able to say a few hundred words. My son, Alexander, was able to understand almost everything in both languages-Greek and English-but he could say only six words. Our concerns grew as we watched younger kids overtake his speaking ability.

full article at Quartz →

Amazon to offer on-demand stream of Obama's final State of the Union

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The White House and Amazon have reached an agreement that will allow the service to host a free stream of President Obama's final State of the Union beginning Wednesday, the day after Obama makes his annual address to the nation.

full article at Mashable →