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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is reportedly working on a TV service that will launch in the autumn.</b> Around 25 channels will be included with the service, and will cost between $30 and $40 per month.<p><b>2. Pinterest raised $367 million at an $11 billion valuation.</b> It could also raise up to $208 million in additional funding.<p>…

The Best Programming Language For You to Learn

They’ve got great tutorials on how you can go about building nifty applications such as basic search engines, and new ways to validate forms (making sure that when you create input forms, people are actually putting in valid criterion). With Angular itself, you can animate a website and make it …

China's tainted meat scandal explained

McDonald's restaurants in many Chinese cities have been eerily quiet this past week.<p>The fast food giant is enormously popular in China where it has 2,000 outlets, each one typically overflowing with hungry crowds.<p>But many McDonald's addicts have been forced to go cold turkey as numerous branches …

The Only Three Lenses You Need for Travel Photography

Travel photography is done best with light, sharp, prime lenses. See how I used the fisheye, the 50mm, and the 135mm on the Trans Siberian Railway.

The Details About the CIA's Deal With Amazon

A $600 million computing cloud built by an outside company is a "radical departure" for the risk-averse intelligence community.<p>The intelligence community is about to get the equivalent of an adrenaline shot to the chest. This summer, a $600 million computing cloud developed by Amazon Web Services …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake, blames IBM

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. In an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates discusses his early days building Microsoft and the all-important Control-Alt-Delete …

In 5 years, 85% of large companies will have API programs

In a survey report released today by Layer 7, enterprise-grade respondents were adamant about establishing API programs for developers.<p>In fact, more than 43 percent of those respondents said their organization already has an API program. A further 27 percent told Layer 7 that a program is scheduled …

Photo Series 'Cut Food' Documents Food Cross-Sections

It’s not that we dwell much on the subject, nor do we wonder much about this topic. However, while we are at it, how many of us has ever wondered how …

Associated Press News

Are you suffering from smartphone fatigue? (Poll)

There are days when it's so challenging to be a technology writer, I can only imagine what it's like to be a technology consumer.<p>For example, and I'm just ballparking here, there are some 37,000 smartphones you can buy today. Whoops, hang on, just got a press release from HTC; make that 37,001. Oh, …

Mobile

China’s promise to open up capital flows is a big deal—but there is a very long list of problems to be solved

China announced this week that it will formulate plans to permit more capital to flow in and out of the country, a key element of yuan convertibility, and liberalize its interest rates (link in Chinese), by the end of the year.<p>In the simplest terms, yuan convertibility refers to the government …

China

Green lifestyle choices won’t change anything about our dependence on fossil fuels

Fossil fuels don’t care which brand of paper towel you use. They don’t care whether you put bamboo flooring in your kitchen, or upcycled your coffee table. Frankly, your personal efforts to insulate your house, drive less, and turn off lights when you leave a room barely register.<p>That’s because …

Fossil Fuels

Japan's stock market hits five-year high

Bold investors reap rewards as Nikkei hits 14,000 for the first time since June 2008.<p>Investors in the Japanese stock market have reason to cheer this morning as the benchmark Nikkei index burst through the 14,000 mark for the first time in five years. The market is now up by 36pc since the start of …

The Cities That Live Behind Walls

For thousands of years, humans have been defending their cities by building huge walls around them. Over time, the cities often spill over the walls …

Hong Kong

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I was wrong.<p>One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."<p>It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've …

India-China border dispute: both sides step warily with high-level visits due

Two weeks ago Indian military officials announced that they had discovered that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between …

Microsoft Confirms Windows Blue Update Coming; Says Windows 8 Passes 100 Million Licenses Sold

After months of rumors, Microsoft on Monday confirmed that it is readying an update to Windows 8 for later this year.<p>Code-named Windows Blue, the …

Pentagon report marks first direct accusations of Chinese cyber-espionage

The US Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of singling out China's cyber-spying activities in its annual report. Though the government has tacitly chided such deeds before and even threatened sanctions, yesterday's document marks the DoD's first direct allegation of Chinese espionage. …

It’s not just about China and America—smaller countries want to wage cyberwar too

America’s Department of Defense yesterday released its annual report on China’s military capabilities (pdf). The report includes “electronic warfare” and “information dominance” as part of a larger campaign it says is an “essential element, if not a fundamental prerequisite” of China’s defense …

Cybersecurity

YouTube's Trends Map gives a real-time view of what's hot in the US

To give users a better understanding of what people are watching, but also where they are watching it, Google has launched a new Trends Map feature to "surface popular videos in real time, and provide context for trends" in the US. The map can be toggled to show what's popular with men or women, …

Bill Gates predicts iPad and Android users will switch to PC tablets

Users of iPad and Android tablets might not have noticed, but a lot of them are "frustrated" because they "can't type, they can't create documents, …

Gasoline Is Saving The Economy

Today's jobs report was a big sigh of relief.<p>Unemployment fell. Retail jobs were added in solid numbers, and there were big upward revisions to March and February numbers.<p>America seems to be avoiding recession, even with the hit from the sequester.<p>So how are things chugging along? Part of it may be …

Chinese researchers branded 'appallingly irresponsible' over creation of new lethal flu strains

Researchers at the China National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory have come under fire for creating new deadly and highly contagious strains of the influenza virus. According to <i>The Independent</i>, Professor Hualan Chen and her team deliberately mixed the 2009 strain of H5N1 bird-flu virus — which …

The complete US jobs report for April in two simple charts

The US economy <b>added 165,000 jobs</b> in April, beating expectations, and the unemployment rate <b>dropped slightly to 7.5%</b>. Here’s the breakdown of employment status for all Americans age 16 and above:<p>Here’s what job creation and loss looked like in various industries last month:

Jobs Report

Supersized natural wonders of US National Parks

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you turn in the USA's national parks. Whether you're working on your bucket list - 'Climb North America's highest mountain!' - or just wanting to hug the world's largest living tree, you can explore nature's extreme outer limits at these record-setting US …

National Parks

Meet IBM’s “Boy And His Atom,” Stars of the Smallest Movie Ever Made

The image above shows two animated characters in what has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest movie ever made. It’s …