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Monkey selfies in the public domain – in the U.S. at least

- August 22nd, 2014

So if you know of any monkeys, elephants or house cats out there looking to break into the art scene, they hopefully have day jobs, because they won’t be able to make money doing it.

The U.S. Copyright Office has reiterated its stance that animals cannot hold copyright, nor can work created by them be registered for copyright. This puts to rest a dispute between the U.S.-based Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, and photographer David Slater over copyright of so-called “monkey selfies,” The U.K. Register reports.

Screenshot of a Wikipedia page for one of the monkey selfie photos. (SCREENSHOT)

Screenshot of a Wikipedia page for one of the monkey selfie photos. (SCREENSHOT)

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808 Hex XL Bluetooth speaker features bottom firing subwoofer

- August 20th, 2014

808 Front

It never ceases to amaze me as to how creative manufacturers can be when trying to differentiate a product from the thousands already available. This is particularly true right now with the Bluetooth wireless speaker market.  There are so many out there, many of which I simply gloss over, but the 808 Hex XL Portable Bluetooth Speaker by Voxx International, did catch my attention.

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Ice Bucket Challenge – Tech giant edition

- August 15th, 2014

By now, you have most likely have heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Participants dump a bucket of ice water on themselves and post a video to it Facebook, tagging friends to do it as well. It was started by Pete Frates, 29, of Beverly, Mass., to raise awareness (and hopefully money) for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which he suffers from himself.

The campaign has gone viral and many famous people, especially celebrities and sports figures, have taken part, such as Joannie Rochette, Dion Phaneuf (with wife actress Elisha Cuthbert) and Tie Domi (who challenged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his post which would certainly be one to look out for).

But techies are getting in on the game too. Starting with the man of Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg who was challenged to take part by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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Dyson Cinetic DC78 54 cyclone vacuum lets you forget about fussy filters

- August 14th, 2014

DC78TH - nickel and blue gaskets

James Dyson is about to make headlines once again. You’d probably be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen his famous face in a TV commercial, starting about 20 years ago, telling us how inefficient vacuums are because they lose suction because of this culprit – the ugly dirty dusty vacuum bag.  And now there’s a new story.

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