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Twitter restores blocking function after outcry

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Twitter said late Thursday that it had reversed course after an intense public outcry and will restore a feature that allows users to “block” unwanted followers.

The company was responding to a virtual revolt led by users who had experienced harassment on the popular social media network.

The offending change removed the ability of individuals to block unwanted followers and hide tweets from that user. Instead, the new rules rendered any blocked account invisible to the user — similar in function to a “mute” button.

The new policy created the possibility that an abusive user would be able to continue their behavior — but the target would be unaware.


How to protect your phone in cold weather

Smartphones can experience performance problems, and break more easily, in extreme cold temperatures.

Smartphones can experience performance problems, and break more easily, in extreme cold temperatures


Cold weather touchscreen tips

Winter gear is important to keep your extremities warm and cozy, but those mittens and gloves won’t work on capacitive touch screens, which is the technology currently used on most smartphones and tablets. These screens depend on your body’s ability to conduct electricity to work, and a thick insulating layer of wool prevents the screen from registering your taps and pokes.

There are inexpensive gloves that include special, conductive fabric on the tip of the index fingers so you can touch your screen without fumbling around to take off protective gear. To make your own gloves touchscreen compatible, thread the fingertips with conductive thread using this Make tutorial.

Another option for smartphones and tablets is a handheld stylus, which is better than a fuzzy finger if you need to do any volume of typing or work in the cold.

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In a pinch, you can sometimes use the tip of your nose — but precision navigation is tricky, and typing is a nightmare.

Army-Navy Game 2013: Score, Grades and Analysis

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It was a new opportunity but the same result in the 2013 Army-Navy Game on Saturday, as the Midshipmen won their 12th straight over the Black Knights by the score of 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field.

The U.S. Navy’s official Twitter account captured the win:

Early on in a dizzying flurry of snow, this tradition-rich rivalry game reflected how it’s been played for generations: with lots of running and little scoring.

Also, just like recent seasons, Navy held the advantage early. Army’s second possession entered Midshipmen territory before Black Knight quarterback A.J. Schurr fumbled and Navy took over.

Immediately after, the first fireworks went off. Navy fullback Quinton Singleton burst through the line for a 58-yard run, was tackled inside the 5-yard line and set the Midshipmen up for the game’s first score.

But after stalling at the Army 2-yard line, Navy opted for a 20-yard field goal from Nick Sloan to start the scoring off at 3-0.

A couple of short, stalled drives later, Navy struck once again. Only this time, it reached paydirt when Noah Copeland ripped off a 39-yard touchdown with 8:15 left in the second quarter.

Copeland broke away from multiple tackles at the first level, got into a footrace and utilized the stiff arm to rumble into the end zone. Suddenly, Navy was up 10-0.

Army threatened to put points on the board throughout the first half, but two turnovers early on thwarted its chances. As Bleacher Report’s own Dan Hope said, the passing efficiency just wasn’t there for Army:

Late in the second quarter, Navy took over in Army territory and required just one play—a 47-yard touchdown scamper from quarterback Keenan Reynolds—to grab a commanding 17-0 lead.

Reynolds showcased why he’s one of the most dangerous running QBs in college football. His great vision and breakaway speed left the Black Knights licking their wounds.

As Sporting News’ Eric Galko noted, Army’s comeback seemed impossible after that score:

Whatever Army head coach Rich Ellerson said to his team at halftime must have resonated. The squad accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of putting together a drive on Navy’s defense and getting some points on the board.

On a seven-play, 71-yard drive, Army quarterback Angel Santiago put together a long rush and connected with Xavier Moss on a 29-yard completion, which set up the QB’s four-yard touchdown run just two plays later.

After a considerable momentum swing, Navy needed a grueling, long drive. It got one.

The Midshipmen went 10 plays over more than five minutes, milking the clock and hitting a field goal to go up 20-7 in the closing moments of the third quarter.

Army needed two scores, and with the opposition nullifying its potent rushing attack, points were hard to come by. After a Black Knights turnover on downs early in the fourth, their comeback bid looked to be exhausted.

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Navy added two more late scores to make the final score even more lopsided, but the game was over with on that Army turnover on downs early in the fourth.

This game isn’t what it used to be in relation to the college football landscape, which has been amplified by the two programs going in different directions over the past decade. But there’s no doubt that the nation still respects this battle between the two schools.

Some of the world’s best football players took notice. Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt expressed his interest in going to a game in the future:

And what would a notable late-season game be without a marriage proposal?

Sporting News was on hand to catch a picture of Army offensive lineman Colin Joy proposing to his girlfriend before the game:

But that was about the only reason for the Black Knights to smile on a snowy afternoon in Philadelphia.

Every year, the CBS telecast highlights Army players who talk about how recent struggles against their bitter foe don’t matter. And for the 12th straight year, the result was another lopsided loss.

This game will never lose the national spotlight because of the tradition, premise and patriotism of the contest. But as the years go on, it becomes more and more debatable whether this is a “rivalry” when Navy keeps dominating.



Keenan Reynolds, Navy QB: A-

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It’s not often anymore that Army or Navy has one of the nation’s best players, but that’s the case with sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

With three touchdowns—including two late in the fourth quarter to ice the game—he set a single-season FBS record by rushing for 29 touchdowns as a quarterback, per the Capital Gazette‘s Bill Wagner:

Reynolds finished with 30 carries for 136 yards, including a 47-yard scamper in the second quarter. He was just 2-of-7 with 10 yards through the air.

He even caught a two-point conversion off a trick play to add to his already impressive stat line.


Angel Santiago, Army QB: C+

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Santiago’s dual-threat ability fueled Army’s offense throughout the season, but his ineffective game was the driving force behind the Black Knights’ offensive lethargy on Saturday.

The junior from Fontana, Calif. carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards including his team’s only touchdown, but he threw a costly interception in the first half.

His 29-yard pass to Moss was the game’s longest pass play, which says a lot about how this game was played and shouldn’t surprise the Army and Navy faithful.


Noah Copeland, Navy RB: B

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As was expected, Reynolds took a lion’s share of the carries. But Noah Copeland made his presence felt as well.

After missing the last four games, the junior fullback provided a spark for the Midshipmen offense when it needed one. His 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter put Navy up 10-0 and helped to build a lead that Army could never threaten.

He finished with five carries for 54 yards, but none was bigger than that early score.


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Default-user-icon-comment Korey Kanzig posted about 8 hours ago Contributor I

Big shocker. All they did was run. Stick to fighting for the country b/c the flyover was more exciting than the game. Troll, over and out

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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston wins Heisman Trophy

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New York (CNN) — Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was awarded the 79th Heisman Trophy on Saturday, an honor that comes amid lingering questions about a rape allegation that has cast a pall over his claim to the coveted bronze statue.

Winston, who was considered a frontrunner by many college analysts, led the top-ranked Seminoles as a freshman to an undefeated regular season and a chance to play for a national championship in January.

“It’s a blessing. I don’t even know what’s going on right now, honestly. I’m just so happy. I’m overwhelmed,” Winston told an audience during the presentation in New York.

But even as Winston became only the second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman, questions swirled about a rape allegation made against him more than a year ago but made public only last month.

Apple iOS 7 beta update hints at upcoming ‘car display’ feature

A new setting in one of the operating system’s menus suggests a car integration feature will be released sooner rather than later.

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Apple on Friday released a second version of its iOS 7.1 beta to registered developers. It’s an incremental update that fixes some bugs and moves some things around. For example, TouchID and passcode settings are displayed more prominently.

How Samsung can click with its phone-camera move

The electronics giant is shifting its camera operations to its wireless division and is getting a lot more dangerous.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom features a stronger camera than the Galaxy S4.

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Samsung’s latest shakeup will make for a tighter union of smartphones and cameras. That’s bad news for everyone else.

The Korean electronics giant, which reorganizes its businesses annually, this week told Korean media outlets that it plans to fold its camera operations into its wireless business. That will allow it to “integrate the technical know-how of the two business divisions” to differentiate its smartphones. It also will allow Samsung to use insight gleaned from its successful phone push to boost its position in the camera market.

We’ve contacted Samsung for information and will update the report when we know more.

Welcome to the CNET 100. Round 1 goes to Google.

We built a one-of-its-kind leaderboard that tracks tech’s hottest products. Each month, starting today, we’ll tell you which gadget stars are rising, which are falling, and which dominate the tech universe.

Three years. That’s all it took for Google to go from its first branded hardware product — the Nexus One — to dominating the list of most desired hardware.


he Google Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 ranking first and fifth, respectively, on the CNET 100, our groundbreaking new monthly leaderboard of gadgets. Alongside the Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Panasonic ST60 plasma TV, the two Google devices are the only two from the same manufacturer in the Top 5 products on the list:

  1. Google Nexus 5
  2. Apple iPad Air
  3. Samsung Galaxy S4
  4. Panasonic ST60 plasma TV
  5. Google Nexus 7

But Google isn’t the only one to make headlines in the CNET 100. The full rankings reveal some surprising and fascinating tech stories.

Japan designer praises iPhone 5S beauty — inside and out

A Nikkei article compares the quality and refinement of the iPhone 5S design to Toyota’s system of Kaizen.

Small refinements in the iPhone 5S point to Apple's painstaking attention to detail, according to a Japanese design expert.

Small refinements in the iPhone 5S point to Apple’s painstaking attention to detail, according to a Japanese design expert.

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A University of Tokyo professor and industrial designer had high praise for the iPhone 5S’ quality and attention to detail.

Shunji Yamanaka, founder and president of Leading Edge Design and associate professor at University of Tokyo, said the iPhone 5S has been improved over the iPhone 5 and in small — and in most cases imperceptible — ways that point to Apple’s meticulous approach to design.

He was cited as part of an article Nikkei published Thursday (subscription required), titled “iPhone 5S’ beauty is in the details.”

Google designing its own server chips? Well, maybe

A source tells Bloomberg that Google is “considering” designing its own ARM-based server chips. It’s possible, but Intel need not panic just yet.

Google designs its computing infrastructure at the level of a data center, not individual computers.

Google designs its computing infrastructure at the level of a data center, not individual computers.

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Google is considering making its own server chips, Bloomberg reported Thursday. It’s possible, but take the story with some grains of salt.

The idea would be to make server chips based on ARM Holdings’ designs, the report said, citing one person familiar with the matter and raising the possibility that server chip giant Intel could be hurt by the move.

I’ve watched the server market and Google for years, and I’ll agree it’s possible. Google builds its own servers — thousands and thousands of them — as well as its software. Extending farther down into the hardware innards is conceivable, and ARM is hungry for the server market, so it’s a sensible partner. Bloomberg extracted a noncommittal comment from Google that the company is trying to design “the world’s best infrastructure,” including “both hardware design (at all levels) and software design.”

Google already has chip design expertise in house — for example, Luis Andre Barroso, who pioneered work on multicore chips when he worked at Digital Equipment Corp. back in the day. Barroso has written about a computing approach he calls FAWN — a fast array of wimpy nodes — which would be well-suited to the relatively anemic ARM processors.

But even if it’s true that Google wants to design ARM server chips, I’m not sure Intel need panic here.