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The debate over taxing out-of-state online sales in the US has been raging for years, but there are signs that the often messy saga is finally winding to a close… well, maybe. The Senate just voted 69-27 in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would make internet retailers collect out-of-state sales taxes that Americans are already obligated to pay, but rarely do under a current system that puts the onus on (frequently unaware) buyers. Don’t be too hasty in cheering or jeering the apparent conclusion, however. The bill’s next stop is the House of Representatives, and the reception may be decidedly colder this time around. The act could be submitted to the President this year if it does survive the gauntlet, although a six-month buffer would likely push any tax changes to 2014 if the bill is ever signed into law.
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Source: The Washington Times
The many attempts at weaving biometric identification into mobile devices have usually focused on only one aspect at a time, whether it’s fingerprints or voices, and often for access to just the device itself. AOptix isn’t quite so narrowly focused. Its new Stratus system combines an app with a custom iPhone 4 / 4S case (the Stratus MX) to verify faces, irises, fingerprints and voices for grander purposes, whether it’s office workers checking in or entire national ID programs. The bundle should be more portable than most such alternatives, as well as more intuitive through its familiar interface. Odds are that you won’t be buying a Stratus kit to scan friends and family at home, though. Apart from the bundle’s lack of support for the iPhone 5 or any non-iOS platform, the Stratus software in the App Store isn’t an impulse purchase at $ 199 — and an emphasis on quotation-based case sales likely means you’ll be the scanner’s target, not its owner.
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Highly Questionable: Fan Morphs All Batman Actor’s Faces Together To Create The ‘Perfect’ Face Of Batman
This is the hybrid face shot Redditor morphinapg made by morphing the faces of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale together to create the “perfect” face of Batman. You may have noticed I put perfect in quotation marks. That’s because it looks like Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho if Patrick Bateman had realized the whole serial killer thing wasn’t for him and settled down and got married and had some kids and got depressed. Still, he REALLY wants to stab whoever’s holding the camera. Also, my perfect Batman would have way poutier lips.
Thanks to wilmersama, who is literally like, THE perfect wilmersama. I wouldn’t change a thing, seriously.
This is Scotch Tape, a series of individuals with their faces all wonked up with scotch tape by photographer Wes Namen. I have no idea exactly what these individuals appeared like before, however they are lookin’ fine as hell now. Take this first lady– she may have only been a four before, however now? A strong eight. “Tell me you’re joking.” Jesus, of course I’m joking. An eleven … ON THE RICHTER SCALE. Apocalyptic hotness. One time I got my face all taped up however it turns out I was being kidnapped.
Hit the jump for a bunch more but make certain to examine out the photographer’s website for much more more.
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Since 2011, Twitter has strongly discouraged the creation of Twitter clients and anything that emulates the functionality of its own apps. The already-awkward situation is made more frustrating for developers who can’t add new Twitter features like Cards to its apps, and who face a hard ceiling of 100,000 users for their new apps. Last week, Windows 8 app Tweetro hit the limit Twitter imposed on new clients, and was forced to publish another app called Tweetro+ that isn’t free. At the end of the day, it’s the worst time ever to launch a Twitter app, but that hasn’t stopped several top developers from trying. Tapbots launched Tweetbot for Mac, developer Aaron Ash launched Flurry, and today The Iconfactory launched Twitterrific 5…
It has been an interesting couple of years for the Xbox, ones in which we’ve witnessed a shift from a hardcore gaming focus to a world of casual gaming with Kinect, avatars, and cross-platform Xbox games and services. Microsoft’s Kinect sensor introduced the concept of controller-less gaming to the masses and Microsoft has started to push its Xbox Live services to devices outside of the console with Windows Phone and SmartGlass for iOS and Android.
“We’re no longer just competing with the traditional console companies…”
This emerging trend isn’t new, but looking at it broadly it’s easy to pick out the future of Xbox as a brand and as an increasingly important tool for Microsoft to win back mindshare and consumers. Microsoft’s VP of…
Today in a Mannheim court, a judge ruled that Motorola Mobility did not infringe a Microsoft patent that takes care of allowing software applications to work with a phone ’ s radio antennas throughout an array of different handsets, without needing to construct a custom means of doing so for each individual gadget. The success for Motorola comes after three losses to Microsoft in German in patent cases, which have actually led to injunctions against smartphones made by the Google subsidiary.
While the phone injunctions have been a black eye for Motorola in Germany, where Motorola ’ s Droid and Atrix Android phones have actually been barred from sale for borrowing on Microsoft ’ s FAT file system patent, this assists a bargain in protecting a very crucial part of smartphone modern technology. Were Motorola to suffer a defeat in this situation, the complications would lead to problems for application developers, so this expands into the realm of defending Android itself, something Google was clearly intending to be much better able to do thanks to Motorola Mobility ’ s patent profile.
Unfortunately for Motorola and Google, Microsoft also logged a win against a patent that can represent a vital core feature of Android, for “ a technique and system for obtaining user input information into a pc system having a visual windowing atmosphere. ” Microsoft says that ’ s not something Google or Motorola can easily sidestep with design modifications.
Today ’ s choice won ’ t have any sort of impact on the Mannheim court ’ s past rulings, Microsoft ’ s legal team was fast to mention, according to Reuters. And Google has invested $ 12.5 billion on Motorola Mobility, so it was most likely expecting more checks in the wins column, however at least they ’ ve got something out of it in the continuous global patent struggle.
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Remember Tadao Cern’s ‘Blow Job’ digital photography set of extreme wind-blown faces? Well this is the minute-and-a-half online video of the face-blowing in action. Not gonna lie, it’s GOOD. Especially just how a few of the styles’ eyes keep flapping open when they want them shut. Man, that was exceptional. One time I opened my canine’s eye when she was resting and it was like, ALL WHITE. \* shivers \* Never ever doing that once again.
Hit the jump for the VERY beneficial video recording.
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Raspberry Pi hit another snag in distribution this week, though the company seems optimistic that shipments of its long-awaited Linux PC won’t be dramatically affected. The issue centers around two companies — RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell — that have confirmed they won’t distribute the device until it’s been anointed with the CE label. Raspberry Pi had previously argued that its PC is not a “finished end product,” and that it, like Beagleboard, could therefore be distributed without the CE mark. Its distributors, however, disagreed. As a result, the team is working to get their computers CE-compliant “as soon as humanly possible,” and are already pretty confident that they’ll meet category A, and perhaps even category B requirements. They’re also working closely with the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to better understand the standards to which non-CE products like Beagleboard are held. No word yet on when RS and Farnell might issue a verdict, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation says it’ll let us know as soon as they do.
If you’re reading this right now, you already know what day it is: iPad day.
We headed down to the 5th Ave. flagship store in Manhattan this morning to see just how crazy things would get, but truth be told, the mood was quiet. In fact, the media seemed to be the most raucous, while soon-to-be iPad owners simply tried to keep warm in the freezing mist.
Since it was before the crack of dawn, many of the people standing in line were still rather sleepy, but as I searched through the crowd for an enthusiastic face, I came up with a familiar one instead. Remember that girl who stood in line for 40 hours when the iPad 2 launched, only so she could sell her spot for $ 900?
She’s baaaaaaack. Unfortunately, her big offers (one topping out at $ 2,000) fell through. Maybe it was because she wasn’t first in line this time, but third.
We also caught up with the second person to leave the Apple Store with an iPad (NY1, Bloomberg, and others believe he was the first, but the first actually ran off without speaking to the media). Number Two flew in from Brazil to pick one up for his friend and himself, and seemed intensely emotional about it.
“Apple products have changed my life,” he said.