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LEAKED: Microsoft Paint is getting an incredible upgrade in Windows 10

Microsoft Paint is a true classic, having been introduced as part of Windows 1.0 way back in 1985. But it also hasn't been changed much since then — why mess with a good thing?<p>Well, according to videos uncovered by Twitter user WalkingCat, Microsoft Paint is soon to get a huge upgrade in Windows …

Software

Diana Henry: How to cook perfect steak

Mine is a steak-eating family. My mum thought it was one of the healthiest things you could consume – all that iron – and the best ‘husband food’ available.<p>Memories of family holidays now make me wince when I think that all four children often ordered steak in restaurants. My father would sometimes …

Google says charges of altering search results to help Hillary Clinton are 'simply false'

Earlier this week, YouTube channel SourceFed published a video that accused Google of altering its search engine to benefit Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, based on Google autocomplete suggestions.<p>On Friday, longtime Google search guru Matt Cutts responded on Twitter, calling the claims …

Government

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Accusations that Pentagon retaliated against a whistleblower undermine argument that there were options for Snowden other than leaking to the media<p>Long read: how the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program<p>Edward Snowden has called …

Surveillance

Global warming won’t just change the weather—it could trigger massive earthquakes and volcanoes

Bill McGuire is not optimistic about humanity’s future. In his book, <i>Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes</i>, he explains why.<p>By his estimation, carbon dioxide emissions from human activity since industrialization began have changed the trajectory of …

Climate Change

8 Famous Songs That Legitimately Changed The World

Chuck Klosterman once said that music doesn't move anyone -- it only holds our hands and guides us as we move ourselves. The perfect chords or the …

6 Tips For Traveling The World — Even When You're Totally Broke

I slung my first travel backpack over my shoulder the summer of 2003. That backpack later became a suitcase that has gotten smaller and smaller with …

Samuel L. Jackson Cell movie trailer

First it was <i>Snakes on a Plane</i>, now it’s an iPhone with a vengeance; Samuel L. Jackson still can’t escape the wrath of inhuman killers in his movies, …

Hover, a self-flying camera drone, lands $25M for better aerial shots

Have you ever tried to capture close-up video of yourself or others with a traditional drone? It’s nearly impossible.<p>To solve this problem China-based Zero Zero Robotics has raised $25M to build Hover, a small self-flying drone. The funding is composed mainly of a $23M Series A round from IDG, and …

Drones

Hover Camera is a safe and foldable drone that follows you

"Follow me" is an up-and-coming feature on consumer drones, and then you've also got those that are foldable for the sake of portability. Very few devices carry both advantages, but Beijing startup Zero Zero Robotics has already gone further with its Hover Camera. As the name suggests, this drone …

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

National Parks

4 ways airlines punish passengers for not being total jerks

Some consumers get smacked with high fees when they fly, simply for trying to do the right thing.<p>In 2015, the U.S. airlines raked an estimated $11 …

Flying

The DEA Will Soon Decide Whether it Will Reschedule Marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it will make a decision in the coming months that could prove to be a watershed moment for the burgeoning …

Cannabis

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Clean Energy

Cloud Businesses Will Make $90.3 Billion This Year by Selling Your Eyeballs

A new Gartner report reveals how companies are spending on the cloud.<p>You know the cloud is a huge industry, but you might not know how huge. According to Gartner, public cloud services will grow to become a $204 billion market this year, up from $175 billion in 2015.<p>Specifically, the Gartner …

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