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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is reportedly pressuring record labels to end their support of free music streaming.</b> It wants services like Spotify to operate on a paid model only, a move which an industry source described as "cutthroat."<p><b>2. Education startup AltSchool raised $100 million from investors including Mark</b> …

4 Things Your Employees Want More Than a Raise (and That Won't Cost You a Cent)

A new survey reveals what employees care about most. Money doesn't make the list.<p>Do the people who work for you love their jobs? If so, it may not be for the reason you think. For years, some management experts have argued that employees care more about the nonmonetary aspects of their jobs than …

The Workplace

New Snowden documents show how the GCHQ tracked iPhone users

Snowden documents published today by <i>Der Spiegel</i> give new insight into the British GCHQ's efforts to track targets through their iPhones. Previous leaks have revealed specific NSA exploits used to compromise the famously malware-resistant iPhone software controls, but the new documents show that …

Inside The New Stealth Arsenal

A top secret class of autonomous drones is changing the way war is waged<p>On May 2, 2011, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—locked in a steady, predawn orbit above a residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan—transmitted live video of an unfolding military raid to a laptop in the White House …

The Benefits of Being Cold

Year-round warmth is a modern luxury. Some scientists believe it is changing human metabolism.<p>When you first put on the ice vest, you will feel cold. Not intolerably cold, but cold enough to make you think, <i>What am I doing with my life?</i> Or, at least, as numbness spreads across your shoulders and …

'Free the Nipple' a provocative take on real-life movement

"Free the Nipple" is a bright, scrappy satire inspired by a real-life movement to nationally legalize a woman's right to go topless in public — just like a man can. Director and star Lina Esco keeps this compact film moving with enjoyable buoyancy until it bids adieu with a showy climax that needs …

Leaked CIA documents show how to beat airport security like a spy

A Wikileaks gift for both holiday travelers and terrorists<p>WikiLeaks has published a pair of internal CIA documents briefing undercover agents on how to dupe security at airports. The two documents — both classified as "Secret/NOFORN" meaning not to be shared with allied security agencies — give …

Sony was bad. Worse is coming.

The North Korean hack of Sony Pictures that unleashed proprietary information, leaked embarrassing emails and brought the multi-billion dollar company's operations to its knees was unprecedented. But cyber security and intelligence experts warn that this is only the beginning.<p>A CNN review of cyber …

Google Just Gave Photographers A Big Reason To Choose Android Over The iPhone

This means users will be able to see what photos look like before the phone's camera processes it and translates it to a JPEG file.<p>The ability to shoot in raw is common on high-end DSLR cameras, but it hasn't really been available for mobile phones until recently.<p>Nokia's Lumia 1520 and 1020, which …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

Watch: Navy Ship Uses Energy Weapon In Persian Gulf

It's not <i>Star Wars</i> on the high seas — but the U.S. Navy says it has made a "historic leap" by deploying a laser weapon system for the first time. The Navy released a video showing a LaWS — shorthand for "laser weapon system" — being used by the USS Ponce during target practice in the Persian Gulf.<p>In …

Iggy Azalea’s strange year: What her latest Twitter feud reveals about the character she’s created

<b>Iggy Azalea (AP/Jon Furniss)</b><p>The root of Iggy Azalea’s cultural appropriation isn’t simple racism; it’s total self-absorption<p>Sonia Saraiya<p>December 6, 2014 9:00am (UTC)<p>All year, the bizarre collection of affected mannerisms that is Iggy Azalea has been slowly gaining in momentum—first dropping the …

Living with less - the key to happiness

Living with less – the key to happiness<p>Look around your home – you're probably surrounded by things you've worked hard to own – that 50” flat screen …

Inventor creates watch that fires laser - CNN.com

Patrick Priebe's laser watch will pop balloons and burn through plastic.<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- It cuts through plastic! It burns holes in walls!<p>It ... tells time?<p>Like something out of a James Bond film, it's a watch -- equipped with a laser. Its inventor, Patrick Priebe, built it during downtime from his …

Self learning computers: giving machines a human brain

The race is on to bring us cognitive computing… machines and systems that are faster than anything we know and that have the ability to teach themselves<p>From HAL to C-3PO, films and TV have for decades portrayed a vision of the future where machines have some level of human intelligence. In labs …

These are the most popular non-Apple apps people keep on their homescreens

You don’t need to go any further than iTunes to see the most popular iPhone apps, but a couple of days after Betaworks launched #Homescreen, an app which allows people to share their homescreens on Twitter, we thought it would be interesting to check the results so far. The above image was the …

Cheapest place to buy an iPhone? It’s not where you’d expect

Looking for a Black Friday or Cyber Monday bargain?<p>Don’t forget to check the stores… in Tokyo.<p>This autumn’s collapse in the Japanese yen on foreign …

Great Depression

The 5 Best iPhone Apps You Should Download This Week

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

iPhone Apps

17 iPhone-Only Apps That Will Make Your Android Friends Jealous

It may not be fair, but it's a great perk for iPhone users. That means there's always something new to try.<p>You can enjoy exclusive apps from Instagram and Facebook, cutting-edge photography apps, your own digital butler, and even an app that will tell you the exact minute it's going to start …

Russian website posting live video streams from hacked webcams

LONDON — If you have a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera, you should probably change your password now.<p>A Russian website is collecting …

FTC shuts down massive “PC cleaner” scam

Every year, tens of thousands of consumers spend millions of dollars on services that purport to “clean” their computers and protect them from …

Hacker successfully uses Heartbleed to retrieve private security keys

This morning, content distribution network Cloudflare gave some hope to those affected by the Heartbleed security flaw with an announcement that the bug might not be as bad as feared. In two weeks of testing, Cloudflare said, its researchers failed to exploit the bug to steal a website's private …

Israeli Hacker Reportedly Exposes 'Anonymous' Members Behind #OpIsrael Cyberattack

Posting on the Israeli Elite Force Facebook page, "Buddhax" linked to a Dropbox document with names, IP addresses, locations, and photos — many of which apparently came right off the 'Anonymous' members' personal webcams.<p>"Im sure Anonymous 'hackers' will think twice next time before they trying …

Carriers block Samsung Galaxy S5 Download Booster feature

When Samsung first announced the Galaxy S5 one of the big software features it touted was Download Booster, a feature that uses both Wi-Fi and LTE to make downloading files faster, but as with so many things, most U.S. carriers block the feature on their versions of the phone.<p>AT&T, Sprint, and …

Samsung Galaxy S5