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I just made $20 trying to cheat Amazon

Yesterday, somebody or something at Amazon input the wrong command, and the Kindle Voyage went on sale for $ 59.99, almost 75 percent off its $ 199 price tag. Like any other person who inhales the internet like life-giving oxygen, I saw news of this mistake immediately and took advantage of it within moments, receiving an order confirmation before Amazon made its fix.

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Today, Amazon notified me by e-mail that I will not be receiving the Kindle Voyage. Instead, I’ve been gifted $ 20 in credit at Amazon, which will be instantly credited during my next purchase. Frankly, that’s a substantial step up from my previous corporate cancelation in November 2013, when Walmart canceled my $ 329 order for a 60″ Samsung ultra-slim HDTV and…

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This ‘Lawn Dude’ is trying to get Californians to conserve water

Meet Lawn Dude. He’s a spunky ball of green turf that hopes to get Californians to conserve water as the state struggles through a persistent three-year drought. And, really, what better way to rally Americans around a cause than an adorable mascot?

Lawn Dude is being plastered over billboards in Southern California, a region that has been particularly hard hit by the drought. “I only drink 2 days a week,” reads one of the ads, which features a sunglasses-wearing Lawn Dude holding a martini. Another reads, “Don’t hose me man!”

And, of course, Lawn Dude has a Twitter account too.

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Visiting the lab that’s trying to understand fire

The cultivation of fire elevated humans as a species by allowing us to cook food, stay warm, and forge tools. But although humanity’s use of fire has been widespread for more than 125,000 years, we still don’t truly understand it. In the Rocky mountains, one center is trying to demystify the destructive force. The Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, was built in 1960 for the purposes of understanding fire in all of its forms. The Atlantic‘s short documentary about the lab, Fire, in Slow Motion, shows how its staff use specially designed apparatus such as wind tunnels and fire-whirl generators to simulate forest and wildfires, before analyzing the results.

Researchers at the Fire Lab seem to have a satisfying job. Staff are called into a room…

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How a drone named ‘Honey Badger’ is trying to sail the world’s oceans

Wired has a lengthy report about how a sailing drone may change ocean research in years to come. Affectionately named Honey Badger, the robot was designed by the two-man engineering outfit Saildrone, and is able to capture wind energy to skim across the ocean and maintain its course without needing a crew. It proved its mettle by sailing from San Francisco to Hawaii in a record 34 days. Saildrone now hopes that the technology used by the Honey Badger might one day be used for fleets of seafaring drones. You can read the full story at Wired.

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Box’s iOS app gets a revamp, early users get free 50GB for trying it

Storage and collaboration service Box wants you to use its newly-revamped iOS app so bad, the company’s giving out 50GB to anyone who downloads it in the next 30 days. That’s five times as much storage as it usually doles out to people for free, a hint at just how much the company is trying to grab new users, as well as attract others away from rivals like Dropbox.

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Fraudsters caught trying to remotely control a London bank’s computers

London’s Metropolitan Police department has revealed a sophisticated attack on a bank today. A gang of criminals plotted to remotely control a PC within a Santander branch in southeast London by fitting it with a transmitting device. Disguised as a maintenance engineer, a fraudster attached a KVM, typically used to share a keyboard and mouse with multiple PCs, to a computer within the branch that would have enabled the gang to access the machine remotely. Reuters reports that the plot was foiled by police and no money was at risk.

It’s not clear exactly what type of KVM was used, but given the remote nature it would have been capable of capturing exact keyboard and mouse signals alongside a stream of the video output from the PC….

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Microsoft reportedly trying to buy Nook ebook ecosystem for $1 billion

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TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft is trying to buy the Nook ebook and device ecosystem — for $ 1 billion. According to documents TechCrunch has obtained, Redmond hopes to buy the digital assets of Nook Media LLC; that’s the Barnes & Noble subsidiary behind the ebook business, as well as the Nook e-readers and tablets themselves.

The documents also reveal that the current Nook tablets aren’t long for this world. They reportedly state that Nook Media plans to discontinue its Android tablets like the Nook HD by the end of its 2014 fiscal year. The focus would then shift to what is referred to as “third-party partner” devices. It’s not clear what those devices specifically would be, or how far along the plans to create third-party…

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Meet Paul Vogel, the man trying to make the US Postal Service relevant

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Paul Vogel has a daunting task ahead of him. As the president of digital solutions for the US Postal Service, Vogel is in charge of leading what many see as a dying institution into the 21st century. Since assuming the position in May, Vogel has overseen the launch of a QR code rewards system and the development of new apps for Android and iOS, though as the Guardian reports, there’s still plenty of work to be done. Last year, the Postal Service saw a loss of $ 16 billion, and with Congress still meddling over government spending, its financial future remains unclear. Vogel says he tries to run his office like a Silicon Valley startup, though he could use some extra help. “I just wish I had a thousand people to work on all of these…

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Beats CEO spent three years trying to convince Steve Jobs to launch streaming music service

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Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Beats Audio, formally announced his new Project Daisy streaming music service today and gave an interview with All Things D. In it, he talked about his relationship with Apple over the years — while at Interscope, Iovine worked with Steve Jobs during 2002 and 2003, saying that “we were really close. We did some great marketing stuff together.” However, Iovine quickly began to realize that music was going to move toward streaming and tried his best to bring Jobs along. “I was always trying to push Steve into subscription. And he wasn’t keen on it right away,” Iovine said. “[Beats co-founder] Luke Wood and I spent about three years trying to talk him into it.” Obviously, that still hasn’t happened, despite recent…

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NASA trying to rent or sell space shuttle facilities before they fall apart

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In the wake of the space shuttle program’s retirement, NASA is left with sprawling facilities at its Kennedy Space Center campus in Cape Canaveral that it no longer needs — facilities that cost millions of dollars to maintain. The Orlando Sentinel reports that money isn’t allocated to keep much of that maintenance going beyond this year, so the administration has begun the process of reaching out to private industry to see who might be interested in it. The bidding and proposal process is being held largely in private to keep trade secrets away from competitors — such are the perils of commercialized spaceflight — but the hope is to start transferring or leasing property in the next six months before engineering landmarks like…

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