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Collusion for Chrome

Disconnect, the team behind privacy extensions like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Disconnect, has traditionally focused on stopping sites from sending your data back to social networks and other collection entities. These sites, however, aren't the only ones getting information from your browsing, and a new Disconnect tool, "Collusion for Chrome," will chart a map of where exactly your clicks are going.

That name ought to sound familiar — it's the same as an experimental Firefox extension that Mozilla created several weeks ago. On Firefox, Collusion opens a new, almost blank tab. As you browse, the tab adds a circle for each site, then sniffs out where that data is going. Within a few clicks, you're likely to have a tangled web linked...

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ioptik

The Pentagon has placed an order for a prototype augmented reality display system that is based on dual focus contact lenses with an expanded field of vision. The system, called iOptik and developed by Innovega, allows the wearer to focus on a HUD at the same time as the surrounding environment by projecting an image onto different sections of the lens. HUD information goes through to the center of the pupil, and light from the wearer's peripheral vision is filtered out to avoid interference. The US military already uses HUDs on the battlefield, but they require bulky equipment and the wearer must actively focus on the information displayed. However, iOptik uses a lightweight eyewear system that doesn't look entirely dissimilar to what G...

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Could all those LOLcats, advice animals, rage comics, and various memes you've spent hours laughing online at actually be a new form of artistic self-expression? After taking a look at things from the perspectives of famous artists and philosophers like Andy Warhol and Aristotle, PBS's Idea Channel thinks so, and discusses why in a truly upvote-worthy video.

"Creating images and sharing them with strangers for the purpose of communicating personal experiences? That my friends, is art."

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The Witness

Game developers aren't in the public eye as much as their contemporaries in film or music, so it's always great when we can get a glimpse at the person behind the game. The Atlantic has done just that with a lengthy profile on Jonathan Blow, the mind behind 2008's Xbox Live Arcade hit Braid and the much-anticipated exploration game The Witness. Blow is known for being outspoken about the games industry and the quality of experiences it produces, and the profile gives some good insight into what he wants games to be and what inspired him during the development of The Witness.

"I don't know what else I would spend money on. So for me, money is just a tool I can use to get things done."

Blow also discusses money, as the success of Braid...

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Open graph

Do the seemingly limitless interaction opportunities provided by social networks like Facebook make us lonelier? It seems contradictory at first, but as Facebook has grown to over 800,000,000 active monthly users, it's a question that has certainly been floated more than once. The Atlantic has just published an in-depth report on the subject that starts with explaining how loneliness has become an epidemic, with more Americans than ever living alone (27 percent) and a staggering 25 percent of Americans in 2010 saying they have no one to confide in — an increase from 10 percent in 1985.

"We were promised a global village; instead we inhabit the drab cul-de-sacs and endless freeways of a vast suburb of information."

How is Facebook...

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free the network map

Motherboard has released its feature documentary, Free the Network, which takes a look at the work being done by some young activists to supplant the corporate-controlled internet with a new, uncensorable, user-controlled network. The 30-minute piece follows hacker Isaac Wilder and his Free Network Foundation from providing internet access to the Occupy activists in Zuccotti Park, to their aspirations for user-owned fiber backbones; and includes commentary from journalist Melissa Gira Grant and author and media critic Douglas Rushkoff. We found the film really works as a snapshot of the movement, conveying its triumphs and setbacks, and educating viewers about the physical infrastructure underlying the internet — control of which...

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In-app purchases Draw Something

Flurry has released its latest research results comparing the iTunes App Store, the Amazon Appstore, and Google Play, and on its face, it looks like users with open wallets are headed to Apple's and Amazon's offerings over Google. The mobile research and advertising company found that for every $1 spent per user on in-app purchases in the App Store, 89 cents was spent in the Amazon Appstore and just 23 cents in Google Play. To get those numbers the agency looked at "a basket of top-ranked apps that have similar presence" across all three platforms and whose "primary business models are in-app purchase[s]." The selection of apps had a total of 11 million active users per day, and revenue was measured from mid-January to the end of...

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Canon 5D Mark III teardown

Freelance filmmaker James Miller could hardly spend a week with his shiny new Canon 5D Mark III before tearing it apart and removing one of the camera's low-pass filters to try and get all the sharpness he could from its full-frame, 22.3-megapixel sensor. While the teardown photos are sure to terrify you, some of Miller's final results look promising. The comparison shots below (which were taken at two different times of day) clearly show more detail in the roof shingles. Low-pass filters sacrifice a bit of clarity to avoid moiré, but in the couple of samples provided by Miller it doesn't look to be a problem. While we'd hardly recommend anyone take a screwdriver to their 5D Mark III yet, it's worth noting that this isn't an unheard of...

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