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Supercomputer Beagle can analyze 240 whole genomes in two days

The time and cost of sequencing entire human genomes has dropped dramatically in the 21st century. Unfortunately, it can take months to analyze the results, given that there are 3.2 billion base pairs to decode. (As such, it's become popular instead to focus on the fewer than 2 percent of the …

Inside DuckDuckGo, Google’s Tiniest, Fiercest Competitor

By John Paul Titlowlong Read<p>When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a …

Microsoft blames 'system error' but denies censoring Chinese search results

Photograph: Utpal Baruah/Reuters<p>A Chinese language search for 'Dalai Lama' in the US returned radically different results from an English-language search. Photograph: Utpal …

Is Microsoft’s Bing spreading the Chinese government’s censorship around the world?

Search for “达赖喇嘛” (Dalai Lama) in China, and you should expect the results were cleansed by the government. More alarming: China’s censorship seems to extend well beyond its borders for users of Microsoft’s Bing search engine.<p>“It would appear that no matter where you use Bing in the world, …

China

Once Again, Apple Removes An Anti-Censorship iOS App From China's App Store

It's not the first time this has happened, but Apple has come under criticism from various groups after removing an anti-censorship iOS application …

Book bannings on the rise in US schools, says anti-censorship group

An anti-censorship group in America has reported a flurry of attempted book bannings in the last quarter of the year and has said there are increasing numbers of books being taken off school shelves that deal with race or sexuality or are written by "minority" authors.<p>The Kids' Right to Read …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …

China Censorship Fail: Hundreds of Millions Sent to Blocked Website

In one of China’s largest ever Internet outages, hundreds of millions of people were unable to access some of the country’s most-popular websites …

Sudan accused of censorship in wave of newspaper confiscations

Newspaper publishers in Sudan are being harassed and intimidated by the arbitrary confiscation of newspaper issues and through sudden orders to cease printing.<p>There have been at least seven confiscations since the start of 2014 following more in the preceding months, according to the international …

Iran will provide state-run email addresses to all citizens

Iran is creating the building blocks of a state-controlled internet, and its next major effort appears to be email. Reuters reports that Iran is planning to dole out a government-run email address to each of its citizens and to use the addresses as a way to communicate with them. While that would …

Saudi Arabian Web Editor Sentenced To 600 Lashes For Making A Liberal Site

Raif Badawi, who started the "Free Saudi Liberals" website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, has been held since June 2012 on charges of cyber crime and disobeying his father - a crime in the conservative kingdom and top U.S. ally.<p>Al-Watan newspaper said the judge had also ordered …

US criticises Vietnam internet control law

<b>The US has criticised a new internet decree in Vietnam that would restrict online users from discussing current affairs.</b><p>The law, announced last week and due to come into force in September, says social media should only be used for "[exchanging] personal information".<p>The US embassy in Hanoi said it …

Vietnam

US "Deeply Concerned" by Vietnam Internet Sharing Ban

The US has spoken out against last week’s troubling news that Vietnam has passed a bill to prevent citizens from sharing news and all non-personal information to blogs, Facebook and any other sites on the Internet.<p>The AP reports that the US embassy in Vietnam today released a statement saying that …

Sony Looks To The Past To Move Forward

The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday. For every memorable blockbuster, there’s an infamous flub: The late embrace of …

Why You Don't Steal a Case Full of Magical Golden Lego Pieces

What if Lego minifigures were real people, you had a case of full of magical golden Lego pieces, and they wanted it back? We’re making a big assumption here, but the result would probably be a massive battle:<p>Someone please make a Lego game where humans interact with Lego characters. Oh, and by …

Report: China bans Battlefield 4 on grounds of national security endangerment

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China has reportedly banned Electronic Arts' <i>Battlefield 4</i> on the grounds that it contains content that endangers national security, according to news outlets like China.com, QQ and an article on PCgames.com.cn that has since been taken down.<p>The …

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y review: new life

Pokemon X and Y is the revival the series has been waiting for<p><i>Pokemon X and Y</i> is the renovation this series has deserved for over a decade.<p>With <i>Pokemon X and Y</i>, Game Freak hasn't just buffed out long-standing blemishes with the core series; they've also added new, welcome features at every turn. The …

PSA: Nintendo 2DS now available to budget-minded gamers

Many gamers are focused on the PS4 and Xbox One launches, but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention a third that just took place: the Nintendo 2DS is now available in Australia, Europe and North America. US-based shoppers can buy black/blue and black/red models for $129. As a refresher, the system is …

What Games Are: The Nintendo Difference Still Exists

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer and the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>There are three kinds of articles that regularly get written about Nintendo.<p>The first article says Nintendo’s hardware business is doomed and talks …

Like The Evolution Of Apple's iPod And iPhone, Nest Is Building One Product At A Time

Today Nest officially unveiled the follow up to its popular learning thermostat with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the “Nest Protect.”<p>Getting a look at it in person, co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers showed me why this smoke alarm is a little more exciting than what …

How to Use Google Plus

While Google Plus isn't quite in the same league as Facebook, it's growing fast—in May 2013, Time reported that Google Plus had approximately 190 million active members. Ready to sign up? Learning how to use Google Plus is easy, especially if you already have a Google account.<p><b>Adding Yourself to</b> …

YouTube Says It Will Bring Advertisers Into Its Partner Program, Starting This Fall

YouTube just announced (as part of this week’s Cannes Lions advertising event) that it’s expanding its partner program to include advertisers.<p>The program already provides the top YouTube content creators with access to resources for improving their production skills and distribution (and as a …

Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring

You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.<p>Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?) were utterly useless as a predictor of who will be a …

San Francisco

Intel’s low-power, dual-core Haswell CPUs unveiled

On 1 June, Intel officially took the wraps off its first next-generation desktop and laptop CPUs based on the "Haswell" architecture. Absent from …

Google Music 'All Access' iOS app is coming within weeks

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Just a few weeks after announcing its music subscription service, Google is bringing it to iOS.<p>Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president overseeing Android and Chrome at Google, made the promise today at D11, a tech conference here. Google Play Music “All Access” will …

Google Invests $12m in South African Solar Plant

Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa.<p>Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and …

Tapping 'noise canceling' data signals for faster Internet

At the moment, sending data via fiber means blasting a light signal down the line. The farther you want the data to travel, the more power you need …

Headphones

Google said to deploy Wi-Fi blimps in Africa and Asia

How can the Internet be brought to areas that have no infrastructure for high-speed wireless? Beam the Wi-Fi networks down from flying objects, of course.<p>Google is reportedly working on creating wireless networks for more remote parts of the world, such as countries in sub-Saharan Africa and …