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Ten iconic road trip songs to drive your festive journey

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africans in their numbers pour out of their city's of residence and head towards family reunions or holiday destinations, …

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Wait, Snowden built an app?<p>Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses …

Surveillance

The most mind-blowing space and astronomy pictures of 2017

Earth is a 7,917-mile-wide rock drifting through the vacuum of space — a fact that's shockingly easy to forget.<p>But every so often, a mind-boggling picture appears before our eyes and reminds us just how small, lucky, and plucky we are as human beings.<p>Some images take us on a billion-year journey …

Astronomy

5 cheap, stress-free holiday destinations

There’s no shame in admitting you’d rather be nowhere close to home when Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s come around. However, unless …

The Best National Park in Every U.S. State, Mapped

In case you didn't know already, this year, America's National Park Service is 100 years old — and to celebrate, we're disclosing a few of the …

Shonin isn’t just a wearable, it’s a body cam for civilians

Because live-streaming with your smartphone isn’t always practical<p>A new palm-sized body cam called Shonin has launched on Kickstarter, positioning itself as a security device (as opposed to other wearable cameras like FrontRow meant for capturing “experiences”).<p>The camera, which can be attached …

Wearable Tech

WhatsApp, Facebook and Google face tough new privacy rules under EC proposal

European ePrivacy directive revision looks to protect communication confidentiality, block nonconsensual tracking and lessen cookie warnings<p>Messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail will face tough new rules on the tracking of users under a revision to the ePrivacy Directive …

One in three children send naked selfies online because parents let them 'roam free' on the internet

Children are being bullied, lured into sharing sexually pictures and groomed by abusers online because parents have left them to “roam free” on the internet, the Government’s young people’s tsar has warned.<p>Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said “wholly irresponsible” adults …

Corporate giants like Apple and Alphabet sucked the life out of tech in 2016—but they won’t last forever

Technology concentrates power. The great Maciej Ceglowski warned us of this three years ago, in his epic talk/essay Our Comrade the Electron. But this year, more than ever, we learned how true this concept really is. Paradoxically, as more and more people reap the benefits of modern technology, the …

Startups

Turkey blocks Tor's anonymity network

Turkey's President Erdogan and the ruling AKP party are increasingly bent on silencing online dissent, and that now affects you even if you're smart enough to evade typical censorship methods. Watchdog group <i>Turkey Blocks</i> has confirmed that Turkey is blocking the Tor anonymity network's direct …

Dear elizy: How much should I pay myself at my startup?

<b>Dear</b> <b>elizy</b>: What’s reasonable for a founder salary? For example: I’ve got 13 years of professional experience, an MBA and I have run several of my own …

Venture Capital

10 Small Business Website Errors That Drive Customers Away

Visitors seldom leave a small business website with a <i>neutral</i> impression. For most prospects, your small business is an unknown quantity, so their first impression of your company will either make them more comfortable doing business with you or less comfortable. For this reason, you want their …

Small Business

SimilarTech’s profiler tells you all of the technologies that web companies are using

SimilarTech crawls the web to analyze what technologies are popular among website operators. The company can track all of the technologies that a website uses, and it then ranks them in order of popularity.<p>As an example, SimilarTech tracks 60 payment technologies used across 2 million web sites. …

Business Development

Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber say they won’t help Trump build a registry of Muslim-Americans

Trump has promised to be heavy on surveillance, which has long required the cooperation of technology companies.<p>Twitter was the first big tech company to say it would refuse to hand over data to help the United States government build a registry President-elect Donald Trump has described that would …