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A Cosmic Perspective: Interview With StarTalk's Neil deGrasse Tyson

When my daughter Lotus recently became interested in astronomy, and we began watching shows and documentaries about space and the universe, we discovered Neil deGrasse Tyson, the dynamic host of the National Geographic talk show "StarTalk." While Neil is a world renowned and brilliant …

WhatsApp met with backlash after giving users' data to Facebook

WhatsApp and Facebook have come under fire after the messaging app announced an update to its privacy policy that gives it permission to share its users' phone numbers, device information and metadata with the social network, its parent company.<p>The new terms have sparked outrage among privacy …

Privacy

Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple

Two weeks ago, the FBI called Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, with a jarring message:the agency wanted Apple to help them hack an iPhone. Apple refused.<p>The request stepped up a level on 16 February when a federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock a single iPhone – the …

Privacy

A Paris Weekend in November

Friday evening began to change its shape after the first text message. Three of us had been to the theatre on Rue de la Folie Méricourt, and my partner had met us there at the end of the show. We've checked the time stamps on our text messages, trying to figure out exactly what time it was. 9:24 …

Researchers think they've found the holy grail of secure passwords — using poetry

Fortunately for all of us, a pair of researchers say they have solved this problem — using poetry.<p>Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Ghazvininejad, both of the University of Southern California, have published a paper that presents creating a poem from randomly selected words as an easy way to create a …

​Adobe Stock opens photo sales channel straight into Photoshop

For the thousands who buy and sell photos, the rules are changing again as Adobe links its software to its own stock-art site. Next up: an upstream connection so photographers can contribute works to the marketplace.<p>For decades, Adobe Systems has supplied creative pros with tools like Photoshop. …