The obstacles behind the demise of the sapphire iPhone screen

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In the year leading up to the release of the iPhone 6, Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of the device’s big selling points. Making screens out of the nearly unscratchable material would have helped set the new phone apart from its competitors.

When Apple announced the iPhone 6 this September, however, it didn’t have a sapphire screen, only a regular glass one. And a month later, the small New Hampshire-based company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, GT Advanced Technologies, declared bankruptcy.

Recent documents from GT’s bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong. Read more…

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The life of a Latino startup founder in Silicon Valley

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Alex Murillo leans forward in his seat, sipping coffee from a shot glass and waving his hands as he talks. He points to the screen of his MacBook Pro, explaining the genius behind Audive, the mobile application he is developing that allows users to record cover songs and mix tracks with music enthusiasts around the world.

“This is the secret sauce,” says Murillo, hitting a key on his computer that fills the air with the sound of a man singing in Italian. “You can bring in vocals from a guy in Italy or you can bring in the flamenco guitar from Spain.”

Murillo has made this pitch about three times to potential investors in Silicon Valley since launching his startup this summer. He came up with the idea and polished his pitch with the help of Manos Accelerator, a tech incubator focused on growing Latino-owned startups in America’s high-tech capital. He was one of six entrepreneurs chosen from a pool of 83 applicants to take part in Manos’s second accelerator program, which ended in August. Read more…

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28Nov

Shooter targeting multiple buildings in Austin is shot dead by police

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A shooter who was targeting multiple buildings in downtown Austin, including the Police Department, has been shot dead by police early Friday morning.

An officer saw the suspect and fired, Chief of Staff Raul Munguia told a press briefing. No one else was injured in the incident

There was an active shooter targeting multiple downtown blogs, including APD Headquarters. This resulted in an Ofc. Involved Shooting.

— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) November 28, 2014

Munguia said that police saw an improvised explosive device in the car next to the suspect

Chief of Staff Raul Munguia: Subject was wearing a vest. Officers backed away from suspect. Formed perimeter. Bomb squad on scene

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10 most clichéd hashtags you're still overusing

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#justsayin. #truestory. #nature.

When a hashtag usage becomes synonymous with social media, you know it’s a problem. And while there may be a grain of truth to every cliché — we’ve all had #justsayin moments — there comes a time when we’ve just used them way too much

See also: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook

As such, this is an appeal to find a new hashtag to overuse. We dare you to read these 10 cliches without shaking your head at least once.

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28Nov

Protestors at several Ferguson stores call for Black Friday boycott

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Protesters went to Walmart and Target stores in Ferguson, and surrounding areas in Missouri, late Thursday calling for a boycott against Black Friday.

See also: Michael Brown’s family leaves empty seat at dinner table for Thanksgiving

The group, which was protesting a grand jury’s verdict not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, managed to get into some stores, but police guarded the entrances to others.

This video show’s protestors outside a Walmart shouting the refrain “shut it down.”

Protesters also sang “Back away from the Walmart, back away.”

Elsewhere, protestors were escorted out of Macy’s Read more…

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Google slashes price of LG G Watch to $99 for Black Friday

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Looking to buy a smartwatch? Google has two Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers which sweeten the deal considerably, especially if you don’t mind getting a slightly older device

The first one is very straightforward: Google slashed $130 of the price of LG G Watch, bringing it to $99. Though that device, originally unveiled in March, is showing signs of aging (LG launched a new smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, in September), it’s still a nice entry into the fast-growing smartwatch world

See also: LG G Watch R: Sharp looks, dull performance

Those looking to buy a different smartwatch, a Nest thermostat or a Nexus 9 (the Nexus 6 is included as well, but it’s out of stock) will get a good deal also — every purchase will yield a $50 credit to buy apps, music, books, movies or magazines from Google Play Read more…

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28Nov

Stupid Hackathon produces zany projects that no one needs

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iPad on a face, a Google Glass app that makes the user throw up and a device powered by twerking. These are but some of the masterpieces out of this year’s Stupid Hackathon, and they all embody what the event’s organizers are looking for: “stupid shi…

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28Nov

Three UK owner considers fighting BT to buy EE or O2

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It’s no secret that BT is eyeing a return to the mobile market, by way of either EE or O2, but its movement may have come at a cost. According to Reuters, BT’s intentions have caught of attention of Hutchison Whampoa, owner of the UK’s fourth biggest…

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28Nov

Kim Dotcom says he's broke

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom might have been able to reclaim his New Zealand finances earlier this year, but his ensuing legal fight against internet piracy charges has apparently evaporated that. The entrepreneur told the BBC that he’ has gone thro…

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28Nov

Razer's smart wristband is finally arriving December 2nd

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Razer’s Nabu wristband has been long in the making, but it’s finally here… well, almost. The gear maker has announced that its hybrid activity tracker and smartwatch will be available in North America on December 2nd. According to the company, that…

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28Nov

The world's largest solar power plant is now up and running

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Solar power just hit one of its biggest milestones, in more ways than one. First Solar recently finished building Topaz, a 550-megawatt plant that represents the largest active solar farm on the planet. And we do mean large — the installation’s nine…

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