Safer Kitchen Knives Inspired By the Tools in Your Workshop

Safer Kitchen Knives Inspired By the Tools in Your Workshop

If you think back to the last time you cut yourself using something sharp, it was probably in the kitchen, not your workshop. Given how much more time we all spend in the kitchen, it makes sense that the risk of injury would be higher. So it also makes sense that someone would design a set of kitchen knives that are safer, easier, and more comfortable to use.

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iPhone 5c 8GB goes on sale in more countries across Europe

It looks like Apple’s latest model in the iPhone 5c line, the 8GB version, is beginning to go on sale in some additional countries today. We’ve received a tip that it has just this morning gone on sale in the Czech Republic for the first time, while the folks at 9to5Mac have confirmed it has also gone on sale in The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and Poland.

The initial launch of the iPhone 5c 8GB was limited to a very select number of locations, and as yet hasn’t been seen in the U.S. Pricing varies from country to country, but the 8GB 5c offers a modest saving of around €50 on the 16GB version.

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How 3D Printing Will Create On-Demand Swarms of Disposable Drones

How 3D Printing Will Create On-Demand Swarms of Disposable Drones

New advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that, and this is only the beginning.

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Berlin museum seeks return of ancient gold tablet

A renowned Berlin antiquities museum is trying to get back an ancient gold tablet excavated from an Assyrian temple that a Holocaust survivor somehow obtained after World War II.

Who gets it is up to New York’s top court, which is set to hear arguments Tuesday.

The 9.5-gram tablet, about the size of a credit card, was excavated a century ago by German archaeologists from the Ishtar Temple in what is now northern Iraq. It went on display in Berlin in 1934, was put in storage as the war began and later disappeared.

Riven Flamenbaum brought it to the U.S. after surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp and settling on Long Island. Family lore says he had traded two packs of cigarettes to a Russian soldier for the tablet in the chaotic days at the end of the war.

Flamenbaum’s family is trying to keep the 3,200-year-old relic, arguing the museum forfeited any claim to ownership by waiting 60 years to seek its return.

Lawyers for the Vorderasiatisches Museum, a branch of the Pergamon Museum, said it didn’t know Flamenbaum had the tablet until 2006, three years after he died.

Steven Schlesinger, the lawyer representing the estate, said any claim is complicated by the passage of so much time and Flamenbaum’s death. He said he believes Flamenbaum was trading Red Cross packages and anything else he could get for silver and gold.

The tablet is now in a safe deposit box in New York. One recent estimate put its value at $10 million, he said, and the family wants to donate it to the Holocaust Museum in Washington.

Lower courts were split on the decision, leading to the latest appeal.

According to court documents, the tablet dates to 1243 to 1207 B.C., the reign of King Tukulti-Ninurta I of Assyria. Placed in the foundation of the temple of a fertility goddess, its 21 lines call on those who find the temple to honor the king’s name.

The tablet was excavated by German archaeologists from about 1908 to 1914 in what was then the Ottoman Empire, with Germany giving half the found antiquities to Istanbul, Raymond Dowd, the museum’s lawyer, said. The modern state of Iraq has declined to claim it, he said.

In 1945, the Berlin museum‘s premises was overrun, with many items taken by Russia, others by German troops and some pilfered by people who took shelter in the museum, Dowd said. The museum director was not in a position to say who took it, only that it disappeared.

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Xbox one's free dedicated servers should improve multiplayer gaming

We knew that Microsoft was aggressively promoting its cloud-gaming services for the Xbox One. We knew that meant that games like Titanfall will benefit from everything from more on-screen computer-controlled characters and stabler connections because of it. Now comes news that those dedicated servers will be free to all developers.

“One of the benefits of publishing games on Xbox One,” Microsoft director of Xbox product planning Albert Penello wrote yesterday on the NeoGAF gaming message board, “ALL game developers get Dedicated Servers, Cloud Processing, and ‘storage’ (for save games) free.”

That’s the kind of good news that should trickle down to gamers in some cool ways. After all, if those services are free, there’s more reason for game creators to use them—so long as they have the resources to develop for them.

So, what’s it mean for you?

Back in June, we reported that Xbox One launch game Forza 5 would use Microsoft’s cloud servers to read and spread players’ driving habits into other copies of the game, populating the playerbase’s Xbox Ones with computer-controlled racers that drove like real players. Neat, but that’s a Microsoft-developed and Microsoft-published game. Of course they’d get the chance to try tricks like that.

The potential impact of cloud computing and dedicated servers on Xbox One games became more clear when the creators of the EA-backed, Respawn-developed Titanfall began talking in June about the benefits they were getting from Microsoft’s tech:

“That’s a 7 on 7 game but it felt huge because there’s [extra] AI [soldiers] in there that brings the world to life,” Respawn boss Vince Zampella says, referring to the Titanfall bout I’d just seen.

The AI for the grunts is designed to run off of Microsoft’s cloud servers, a service that the Xbox One maker is offering to all game creators on the new console. …

With Zampella there, I sense I can get some answers on whether this cloud stuff is really just hype. I mention I’d seen plenty of games that don’t use the cloud rendering tons of characters on screen, though maybe not in multiplayer. “It’s better to do it on the cloud,” Zampella said. “It’s more secure. It’s a better experience. It also lets us focus on the experience we’re giving to you, the rendering experience, all that power. The more we can offload the better, because then we can do more locally on your box.” In other words, if they calculate the grunt AI remotely, the Xbox One can spend more processing on graphics.

It’s not just that.

The cloud servers, Zampalla said, are “dedicated servers so there’s no host advantage. The game spins up fast.” No host system has to be bogged down with that grunt AI. “When that’s handled on the cloud, now it’s the same experience, it’s not lagging for you. If I’m the host, and I’m calculating AI on my box or if we’re both calculating AI on our boxes and we have different things…” That wouldn’t be good. The cloud helps. To Titanfall‘s busy multiplayer design, perhaps it’s essential.

In August, Microsoft said that Activision and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty Ghosts on Xbox One would also have dedicated servers. Dedicated servers would ensure that players didn’t have to worry about player-hosted matches dropping because one gamer had a bad connection. They meant that Microsoft’s reliable server tech would keep games running as players came and went, making it much more likely that games would be more stable for all players in a match.

While we knew the cloud was coming to all Xbox One games, if developers wanted it, it had seemed like this might be a service that had special perks for the most elite games. Penello’s comments on NeoGAF, however, suggest that what’s been offered to Call of Duty and Titanfall could be used at no charge by all game creators. That’s a good thing, for sure, and it’s consistent with Microsoft’s sometimes-controversial vision for its console: a machine that lives best as an online-connected device, that is made, like our computers and phones, to take advantage of being networked.

The Xbox One may no longer be situated to mandate a regular connection to the Internet, but the kind of services the company is talking more and more about are likely to make Xbox One gamers want to keep their console online as much as they can—especially if the games they can play on it do great things with all of these options being offered at no extra charge to hard-working game creators.

To contact the author of this post, write to stephentotilo@kotaku.com or find him on Twitter @stephentotilo.

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Netflix, Disney Strike Netherlands Deal for Films in Pay TV Window

“The Avengers” is among the Disney titles Netflix will have exclusively for the Dutch pay-TV market.

COLOGNE, Germany – Netflix has signed a deal with Walt Disney Studios that gives the online VOD service exclusive pay-TV rights in the Netherlands for all animated and live action films Disney releases in the territory.

The multi-year deal, which kicks off in early 2014, includes both new and library product and features titles from all of Disney’s studios.

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Highlights include Marvel’s The Avengers, Pixar’s Monsters University and Disney’s The Lone Ranger, as well as back-catalogue titles including The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Wall-E and Ratatouille. ABC television productions, including episodes of Lost, are also part of the Dutch deal.

The deal is a boost to Netflix’s nascent Dutch operations, which launched last month, and a blow to the two major Dutch pay-TV broadcasters, Chellomedia’s Film1 and HBO. It is the first time Disney has picked an online provider over an established pay-TV broadcaster in the territory.

If successful, the agreement could signal a major shift in Europe, where the rollout of VOD services, such as Netflix, has lagged behind that of the United States.

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Gunmen in Syria release 4 aid workers, hold 3

This image made from citizen journalist video posted by the Shaam News Network, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows the aftermath of a car bomb attack on a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Syrian activist groups say the bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town has killed and wounded dozens of people. Car bombs are becoming more common in Syria’s civil war, now in its third year. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

This image made from citizen journalist video posted by the Shaam News Network, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows the aftermath of a car bomb attack on a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Syrian activist groups say the bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town has killed and wounded dozens of people. Car bombs are becoming more common in Syria’s civil war, now in its third year. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

This image made from citizen journalist video posted by the Shaam News Network, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows the aftermath of a car bomb attack on a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Syrian activist groups say the bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town has killed and wounded dozens of people. Car bombs are becoming more common in Syria’s civil war, now in its third year. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

This image made from citizen journalist video posted by the Shaam News Network, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows people evacuating a victim of a car bomb attack on a market in the town of Darkoush in Idlib province, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Syrian activist groups say the bombing in a rebel-held northwestern town has killed and wounded dozens of people. Car bombs are becoming more common in Syria’s civil war, now in its third year. The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people.(AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Assad has conceded making mistakes and says no side in his country’s civil war is entirely free of blame. (AP Photo/SANA)

(AP) — Gunmen in Syria released three Red Cross staffers and a Red Crescent volunteer who had been kidnapped in rebel-held territory, the international agency said Monday.

The fate of three other Red Cross workers who were also seized Sunday in the northwestern Idlib province remained unclear, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

Syrian opposition activists said the seven aid workers were taken at a rebel checkpoint outside the town of Saraqeb, manned by an al-Qaida-affiliate, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. There was no claim of responsibility.

About two dozen miles away, near Turkey, a car bomb went off in the market of the town of Darkoush on Monday, while it was crowded with people shopping for the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha holiday. The blast set cars on fire and sent people running.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 27 people were killed, while another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, put the death toll at 15.

It was not clear who carried out the bombing and why they attacked a civilian target in a rebel-held area. Syria’s conflict has seen an increasing use of car bombings, but most have been carried out against regime targets, usually by jihadi fighters among rebels.

Meanwhile, Syria became a full member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Monday, in another step toward eliminating its chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014.

The mission is overseen by the OPCW and the United Nations. The joint team has inspected five of at least 20 sites in the past two weeks, according to the OPCW chief.

Ahmet Uzumcu signaled that the team of 60 OPCW inspectors and U.N. staff is encountering difficulties. He was quoted as saying that one abandoned site was in rebel-held territory and that in other cases, routes went through opposition-controlled areas, preventing access because rebels have not promised cooperation.

“They (the areas) change hands from one day to another, which is why we appeal to all sides in Syria to support this mission, to be cooperative and not render this mission more difficult. It’s already challenging,” he told the BBC.

The OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, in a strong endorsement of its Syria mission.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, selected Sigrid Kaag, a Middle East expert from the Netherlands, to head the joint OPCW-U.N. team in Syria, U.N. diplomats said. Kaag is an assistant administrator of the U.N. Development Program and speaks Arabic, said the diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement.

The push to eliminate Syria’s stockpile of about 1,000 metric tons of blistering and nerve agents stems from an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus. Hundreds were killed, including many children. The West says the Syrian government was responsible, while Damascus blames the rebels.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that his country stopped manufacturing chemical agents in 1997 because they became an “outdated deterrent.” He said Syria has since concentrated on its missile capabilities.

Damascus is believed to have thousands of long-range missiles that can reach targets almost anywhere inside Israel, its archenemy.

“Developing Syria’s missile deterrent force that can be used from the first moments of war ended the necessity of chemical weapons,” Assad was quoted as saying in the Lebanese Al-Akbar newspaper.

Nonetheless, Assad said, Syria is suffering a “moral and political loss” in handing over its chemical weapons.

Asked about the OPCW’s Nobel prize, Assad attempted an apparent joke, saying, “this prize should have been mine.”

More than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the Syria conflict erupted in March 2011, with a popular uprising that escalated into a civil war. The country has turned into a patchwork of regime- and rebel-held areas. Assad’s political opponents are divided, while Islamic extremists have emerged as dominant in many rebel areas.

Despite the fractured nature of the opposition, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said talks on a political transition must begin by mid-November, as envisioned by the U.N.

Kerry said Syria urgently needs a transitional government, but that Assad “has lost the legitimacy to be able to be a cohesive force that could bring people together.”

It’s uncertain if the Syrian political opposition will attend.

Opposition figure George Sabra said a final decision of the Syrian National Council, the main Western-backed umbrella group, is expected at a conference starting Oct. 24. Sabra’s group, the largest in the council, won’t attend transition talks, he said.

The opposition wants Assad to step down first. It has also expressed anger over the chemical weapons deal, in which the regime is treated as a partner. “Unfortunately, they let the criminal escape from punishment,” Sabra said.

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Associated Press writers Karin Laub in Beirut, Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations and John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.

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