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Sony SmartEyeglass now available for pre-order

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Mere weeks after Google stopped selling Google Glass, Sony jumped on the smart eyewear bandwagon

Its SmartEyeglass Developer Edition, a pair of augmented reality glasses, are available for pre-order in the UK and Germany for $840 (

Nigeria delays elections after attacks from extremists

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Nigeria has decided to postpone the country’s hotly contested elections for six weeks, as violent attacks from the extremist group Boko Haram grip the nation.

Despite pledges of support from African Union countries taking part in a joint task force to combat Boko Haram, it’s still unclear who will command the forces — or whether the country will make any gains against the brutal Islamist group that has carried out hundreds of attacks against civilians and displaced 1.5 million people in the…

The ‘digital Jedi’ who started an online humanitarian revolution

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When a PhD student at Tufts University couldn’t verify if a loved one was alive after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti, a movement that would transform big data’s relationship to humanitarian response was born.

Five years ago, rather than waste time worrying, Patrick Meier and a few colleagues got to work. They built a real-time crisis map using data collected via SMS and social media, as well as an open-source mapping program called Ushahidi (the word means “witness” in Swahili: The…

Ross Ulbricht found guilty in Silk Road trial

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A jury has found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all counts of being the person behind Silk Road.

On Wednesday, deliberation began to decide if Ulbricht, 30, is the kingpin behind billion-dollar Silk Road, once the globe’s largest marketplace to find drugs online. Mere hours later, reports trickled in that he had been found guilty. The government shut down Silk Road in 2013. He faced charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering and could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Groundhog bites mayor’s ear during ceremony

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A mayor in Wisconsin has learned a valuable lesson about his city’s weather-predicting critter: Don’t get too close.

Jimmy, the official groundhog in Sun Prairie, bit the mayor’s ear during a Groundhog Day celebration on Monday.

The groundhog’s handler was holding the animal next to Mayor Jonathan Freund’s face when it promptly bit down.

Freund flinched, but he went on with his declaration that Jimmy had predicted an early…

Eddie Murphy expected to return to ‘Saturday Night Live’

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If Eddie Murphy was among the cast members you hoped would return to help the show celebrate its 40th season — he was on our list — then here’s some good news today:

Speaking to TV One’s News One Now, the actor said he was expected to return for the three-hour 40th anniversary broadcast.

The news came after Murphy was asked why he’d never hosted an episode of the long-running program

“It’s just timing,” Murphy…

Weather phenomenon turns Grand Canyon into sea of clouds

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The Grand Canyon was looking a bit under the weather, literally, after a temperature inversion caused clouds to settle inside the canyon’s rim on Wednesday.

A layer of low-lying clouds produced the spectacular sight, and turned the canyon into a sea of clouds. Thirty minutes of cloud movement is sped up in this time-lapse footage, above, recorded at Hopi Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

The weather phenomenon is spotted at the Grand Canyon every few months, but the last time it…

Facebook blocks pages insulting Prophet Mohammed in Turkey

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Facebook has blocked an unspecified number of pages that featured content allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed on Monday, following an order from a local court in Turkey, Mashable has learned.

On Sunday, a local court in Ankara, Turkey, threatened to block Facebook entirely if the social network didn’t comply with the order. But Facebook complied less than 24 hours later and blocked the content for Turkish users, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke to Mashable on the…

Facebook blocks pages insulting Prophet Mohammed in Turkey

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Facebook has blocked an unspecified number of pages that featured content allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammed on Monday, following an order from a local court in Turkey, Mashable has learned.

On Sunday, a local court in Ankara, Turkey, threatened to block Facebook entirely if the social network didn’t comply with the order. But Facebook complied less than 24 hours later and blocked the content for Turkish users, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke to Mashable on the…

SAG Awards 2015: ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Birdman’ among winners

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Netflix had a good night at the SAG Awards

The streaming network took home three awards at the annual event, including best comedy ensemble (Orange is the New Black), best actor in a drama (Kevin Spacey), and best actress in a comedy (Uzo Aduba)

On the movies side, many of the actors who heard their names read should be getting used to making speeches by now, as quite a few of them just accepted Golden Globes a…