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Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao in unanimous decision

LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather stands alone.<p>Unified welterweight world champion.<p>The pound-for-pound best.<p>And king of the era.<p>Mayweather turned in a …

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge features - quick look

Samsung has recently announced its 2015 flagship, the Galaxy S6. But alongside the flagship, the company also unveiled its second major curved-screen smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge. These two devices are very similar in specifications, though the Edge has a few more features to help it stand out. …

Phones

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: 13 things to know

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is thinner, made of glass and metal, and has a curved screen version<p>Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphones have powerful processors, very high resolution screens and a new metal and glass design – but sacrifices have been made in pursuit of premium …

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Hackers rob US and global banks of millions in one of the largest heists ever

Banks in Russia, Japan, the US, and Europe have fallen victim to a massive, sophisticated malware hack, allowing the perpetrators to steal hundreds of millions of dollars since 2013. According to a Kaspersky Labs report provided to the <i>New York Times</i>, more than 100 banks in 30 nations have been …

Tamiflu IS effective against influenza, major review finds

The most thorough study to date suggests that the controversial antiviral drug Tamiflu is effective<p>The controversial drug Tamiflu is effective against influenza a major study has found, justifying the government’s decision to spend £500 million stockpiling the medication.<p>Research by the London …

Xbox meets Windows 10 – will this end the PC v console war?

There have been many attempts to unite console and PC gamers in cross-platform play, but this could be the one that works<p>Five years ago a scintillating rumour crept across gaming news sites and forums – a rumour that satisfied deeply entrenched beliefs held throughout the industry.<p>The story goes …

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10 Easy Ways to Detox

The word detox makes us think restriction, hunger and mood swings. We asked health experts how to reap the benefits of a cleanse without actually committing to one.<p><b>Start your mornings with a glass of room temperature lemon water.</b> (Room temperature is important, since cold foods and drinks can shock …

Wellness

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla?

Firefox users in the US will no longer see Google from December when searching on the browser, but will be offered Yahoo as their default search engine which outbid Google for the deal.<p>It is not clear if Firefox was looking to end its 10-year-relationship with Google. But it is suspected that, …

We rode a $10,000 hoverboard, and you can too

It's impossible to talk about hoverboards without invoking a particular movie title, so we're not even going to try: Remember that awesome scene from <i>Back to the Future Part II</i>? It's one step closer to reality: A California startup just built a real, working hoverboard. Arx Pax is attempting to …

Video: Solar eclipse on October 23

Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the partial solar eclipse this Thursday.<p>A total eclipse is when the moon …

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Why some 'green' buildings have stinky water - Futurity

Plastic pipes, rather than metal ones, can lower carbon footprints and save money. They can also make drinking water smell strange, report …

Armored Fish Pioneered Sex As You Know It

Fossils suggest that long before birds and bees, vertebrates used internal fertilization.<p><b>Hundreds of millions of years before there were birds or bees, fish were pioneering the earliest known form of vertebrate sex, paleontologists report Tuesday in Nature.</b><p>The armor-coated swimmers, called …

Brain-Training Toys for the Baby Crowd?

Long before goos and gah turn into recognizable words, baby brains are hard at work distinguishing the sounds of their home language, and creating connections that will support future language production. Now, new research appears to show that all the hard work could be accelerated with a little …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

A computer just passed the Turing Test in landmark trial

Can machines think?<p>In 1950, famed London scientist Alan Turing, considered one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, published a paper that put forth that very question. But as quickly he asked the question, he called it “absurd.” The idea of thinking was too difficult to define. Instead, he …

How websites spy on us

Wondered why the adverts you see online appear linked to your browsing habits? We explain<p>How do websites know who I am?<p>Typically, every time you visit a website, a little text file is left in a folder on your computer. These data are called "cookies". They log which websites you visit and when.<p>That …

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Video Games: Where did they come from? | Stuff of Genius

The Modern Gentleman's Guide To Starting A Watch Collection

This should be done carefully. A gentleman should conduct his research before selecting his first watch. It is a deduction that requires an understanding of not only what is out there, but also of one's own personal style.<p>And of course, one's own financial limitations.<p>"Unless you're spending $5,000 …

Comcast admits it sent erroneous ‘bot’ warnings to Xfinity Internet customers

If you received a warning from Comcast last weekend that one or more of your home computers connected to Xfinity Internet service may have been …

Chromebooks aren’t just for kids anymore: How my mom made the switch from Windows

Like many GeekWire readers, I’m the de-facto IT support guy in our family. So when my mother’s laptop began to fail a few months ago, I was ready …

Microsoft to hold Windows 9 press event on Sept. 30

The public will learn more about Microsoft’s new major update to Windows later this month as the Redmond company just sent out press invites for a …

Year’s fastest sunsets around equinoxes

Tonight – at sunset – here’s a natural phenomenon you might never have imagined. That is, the sun actually sets faster around the time of an equinox. …

A New 'Radar Gun' May Spot Drivers Who Text Behind The Wheel

It works by detecting the radio waves used to send SMS messages.<p>ComSonics, a company specializing in cable leakage detection, is working on a device that would sense when drivers are texting, the <i>Virginian-Pilot</i> reports. The Virginia newspaper suggests the final product, designed for police to use, …

Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

With Facebook’s massive $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp earlier today, any possible marriage between Facebook and Snapchat appears to be dead.<p>After spending $20 billion on a photo sharing company (Instagram) and messaging company (WhatsApp), can Facebook really justify spending billions more to …

Microsoft Is Rolling Out Office 365 Message Encryption Now

In November last year, Microsoft unveiled plans to release Office 365 Message Encryption, a new service allowing you to send encrypted emails to anyone outside your company. Today, the service has become generally available.<p>The message encryption service means that no matter the end destination of …

17 Of The Most Unbelievable Places You’ll Find On Earth

Whether natural or man-made, it’s impossible to deny the fantastic beauty and variety of landscapes the world has to offer. The subjects of countless …