United Nations forces launched surveillance drones for the first time this week in an effort to track potential violence on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s war-torn easternmost borders. According to Reuters , the Selex ES-manufactured Falco UAVs will be deployed from the city of Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo, from which Selex staff will watch for armed groups crossing into the country from nearby Rwanda and Uganda. The region only a month ago saw the defeat of the rebel group M23 , whose year-long siege of Goma left a UN peacekeeper dead this past July . Peace talks are currently underway
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UN launches its first drones to monitor violence in eastern Congo
While Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year choices often appear to be intentionally buzzy — be it “podcast,” the verb “GIF,” or this year’s selection of “selfie” — Merriam-Webster has turned to statistics to determine its Word of the Year, removing an editorial hand from the selection. That process makes 2013′s Word of the Year a fairly fitting winner: science. The selection was based on the word with the greatest increase in lookups over the past year.
Phil writes, “Edward Hasbrouck of the Identity Project is doing a fantastic job of reporting on-site from Ibrahim v. DHS , the first legal challenge of United States government’s no-fly list that has ever seen a courtroom.
Boing Boing has a new addition to its family of wonderful podcasts! The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt .
Nintendo is fond of including games with its handhelds, and it’s keeping up that habit by launching its first 2DS bundles. As of December 6th, Target will carry a red 2DS with Pokemon X pre-installed for $150; stop by Toys R Us the same day and …
Apple today issued its latest Supplier Responsibility Report, laying out results of 393 internal audits of its supply chain. The company says that in 2012, it “found no cases of underage labor” at any of its final assembly plants. “While we are encouraged by these results, we will continue regular audits and go deeper into our supply chain to ensure that there are no underage workers at any Apple supplier,” reads the report. In all, the company says labor conditions have improved substantially over where things stood one year ago
Artists Maotik & Fraction created this glitchy, brain-melting installation at the 2013 MUTEK art/music festival in Montreal. Titled ” Dromos ,” it’s meant to push on the concept of dromology, the perception of a compression of space-time.
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Glitchy A/V art installation about "space-time compression"
After wannabe buyers failed to get a Moto X for $150 off on Cyber Monday due to higher-than-expected demand and problems with MotoMaker, Motorola announced two new sale days. The first is today, with another chance next Monday (December 9th) and …
Motorola is preparing to give its big Moto X sale another go. After the company failed to meet expectations on Cyber Monday, it plans to offer a $150 discount on all off-contract Moto X models today starting at 12PM ET and again on Monday. As its second attempt approaches, Motorola has laid out exactly how the two-day sale will work. Beginning at noon, interested buyers can visit motorola.com/holiday2daysale and register for the promotion. (The company promises “you’ll know right away if quantities are still available” on each day.) After you’ve successfully registered, you’ll receive a promo code “within a few hours” that will grant you the $150 discount.
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Motorola reveals how you can buy a $349 Moto X today and Monday
The UN’s atomic energy watchdog today announced that a truck carrying dangerous radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, adding that the material could be used to produce a dirty bomb. As AFP reports , the truck was carrying the material from a hospital in Tijuana to a waste center before it was stolen near Mexico City. Suspects have yet to be named, though Mexican authorities have alerted the public and are currently investigating. The cobalt-60 material onboard was used for medical purposes, and was properly sealed at the time of the robbery, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement Wednesday
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Radioactive ‘dirty bomb’ ingredients stolen in Mexico
Just as promised, the Chinese government has finally granted TD-LTE licences to the country’s three carriers: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. This means the companies can launch their 4G services whenever they want, though the reality …
While you’re still trying to work out why you need a curved phone, LG’s getting ready to sell you one anyway. That’s if you live in Hong Kong, Singapore or Thailand at least. The firm’s arched G Flex handset is just embarking on its worldwide …
Started in 1933 and publishing both within the US and internationally for 80 years, Newsweek is one of the best-known weekly magazines around. Its decision to cease print publication at the end of last year in favor of a digital-only service was thus a surprise, but what’s even more eyebrow-raising is that the editors have reversed their decision and will resume printing the magazine from early next year. With a renewed emphasis on subscription fees over advertising as the central revenue source, Newsweek hopes to swim against the tide that’s swept many other printed publications out of business. Repackaging itself as more of “a premium product, a boutique product,” Newsweek will adopt a business model closer in nature to The Economist..
UK mobile operator Three is extending its free roaming destinations today. After initially rolling out free roaming to some European markets, Three now supports the US, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Macau. Three customers will be able to use their UK data, text, and calling allowance while in the US and 10 other countries for no additional cost. While a number of UK carriers offer roaming services across Europe, Three is the first to provide free data, calls, and text roaming to the US. Three’s changes mirror a similar move by T-Mobile in the US to allow its customers to roam freely at no extra charge in over 100 countries around the world at 2G speeds
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Three UK customers can now roam in the US for free
After dedicating a lot of focus to its streaming subscription services, Sky is finally showing some love for those who like to rent movies. Originally only available to its TV customers, the broadcasting giant has opened the Sky Store to all in the …
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Sky opens its movie rental store to everyone in the UK
Hey hey, it’s a party in the USA, or at least, it will be for UK-to-US travelers who are signed up to Three. The network has just announced that those intrepid pond-hoppers will be entitled to roam with their UK allowances of data, text and calls …
An Android smartphone that has both a regular color touchscreen and an e-paper display will go on sale later today in Russia and parts of Europe. It’s called the YotaPhone, and it s priced at €499 in Europe and 19,980 rubles in Russia (so around $600-$675). In our time with the device earlier this year, we found the premise to be promising idea, but both prototypes we’ve spent time had significant issues with responsiveness. Hopefully the kinks in the experience have been ironed out for the retail edition. The YotaPhone has a 4.3-inch 720p LCD display, a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.
We’ve been looking forward to Spike Jonze’s Her — the story of a man named Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with a computer operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson — for quite some time. With the film just weeks away, Warner Bros. has released a new trailer highlighting Amy Adams as Theodore’s best friend and Rooney Mara as his ex-wife. Suffice to say that we’re more excited now than ever before. Her opens in Los Angeles and New York on December 18th, but in the meantime check out the trailer below.
Many Smart TVs don’t really talk to other devices as well as we’d like; integration tends to be basic, proprietary or both. LG may soon have a more elegant solution, as it’s promising AllJoyn support in its TV line. The Qualcomm-built framework …
Tom writes, “Subterranean London is a strange and fascinating world, a labyrinth of underground tunnels that range from Victorian sewers to wartime bunkers.
Abandoned and hidden tube stations beneath London.
I’ve seen the fantastic documentary, The Wrecking Crew , about the legendary group of studio musicians who played the instruments on a great many of the songs recorded by famous groups of the 1960s and 1970s.
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The Wrecking Crew – documentary about the famed studio musicians of the 1960s and 1970s
Sesame Street parodies starring Cookie Monster are always a good bet (c.f. Monsterpiece Theater ) but even by those standards, “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur” (with Cookie Monster as “Cookieness Evereat”) is a standout.
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Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
We got a chance to check out LG’s first-ever curved smartphone, the G Flex, last month at an event in South Korea , but LG has now brought the phone to the US for us to see it. It’s the same Korean model we saw earlier, with its massive 6-inch, 720p display, but LG also showed off some of the individual components broken down so we could see what goes into the phone’s construction. We got to see the bendable display, which can flex quite a bit more on its own than it can once encased inside the phone. We were also able to see the non-removable battery, which is both curved and can flex just like the display. LG’s Dr.
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A closer look at LG’s curved G Flex smartphone