Christos Papadopoulos

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Microsoft is looking to dominate the games industry ecosystem with its aggressive new UWP initiative. Developers must oppose this, or else cede control of their titles<p>With its new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) initiative, Microsoft has built a closed platform-within-a-platform into Windows 10, …

Software

Microsoft's newest app turns anyone into a programmer

As software continues to eat the world, there's more demand than ever for mobile apps in every facet of our lives.<p>But while the consumer app market just keeps growing and growing, the number of business apps just isn't keeping pace. Meanwhile, users are stuck using their old legacy software, tied …

Denmark says it isn’t the socialist utopia Bernie Sanders thinks it is

In the first Democratic primary debate, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders spoke of their fondness for Denmark.<p>Sanders, in particular, suggested that the US could adopt a socialist system by emulating Scandinavia. “I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and …

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

College & University

The middle child myth: studies say birth order has little impact on personality

Blaming your problems on being a middle child might no longer work.<p>Theories about the link between birth order and personality have been hotly debated for years, but several recent studies report that birth order has little to with personality development.<p>According to long-believed evolutionary …

Psychology

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

Back in June, YouTube announced that it would be getting into the gaming game and launch its own Twitch competitor called YouTube Gaming. Tomorrow will be that day (in the US and UK), we’ve learned.<p>The site sits at https://gaming.youtube.com.<p>Twitch is a site, acquired by Amazon, that lets you watch …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and …

Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.<p>"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

It’s like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of the bad guy’s dastardly plot, the good guys hack his phone armed with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical access to the phone, no tricking him into opening some shady application; just a quick message sent …

Trump lifts the veil on his empire

From mega-buck speech appearances to his golf empire, The Donald reveals how he makes his cash.<p>Donald Trump on Wednesday opened the kimono on his business empire, and revealed a whole heck of a lot of assets.<p>Trump made good on his promise to file the financial disclosure required of presidential …

Teenager controls HIV infection without drugs for more than 12 years

<b>(CNN) —</b> A French teenager infected at birth with HIV has shown the ability to control levels of the infection in her body -- without being on antiretroviral treatment.<p>The finding provides new hope that a "functional" cure for HIV -- where the virus is brought down to low levels but not eradicated …

We Spoke to a Researcher Working to Stop AI from Killing Us All

Ben Rubenstein got a $100,000 grant to help him study how machine learning can go wrong.<p>Most of us aren't afraid of killer robots because we're adults and we know they aren't real. But earlier this month the Future of Life Institute—a group backed by famed tech entrepreneur Elon Musk—handed out 37 …

'Inside Out': Pixar delivers a rewarding emotional journey, reviews say

In its previous 14 animated movies, Pixar has explored many imaginative worlds: one populated by anthropomorphic automobiles, another where a rat cooks haute cuisine, yet another where humans have trashed the planet and retreated into mindless consumption. But the studio's latest feature, "Inside …

Animation

The 15 Most Anticipated Video Games of Summer 2015

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Graphene-Infused Spider Silk Could Be Strong Enough to Catch a Plane

Spiderman is so jealous<p>Between lightbulbs, circuits, and body armor, the wonders of graphene just never cease. Scientists at the University of Trento in Italy now have discovered that if you spray a bunch of spiders with a coating of graphene-laced water, they'll spit out silk that could be strong …

Nanotech

The cult of healthy eating has more in common with religion than science

Food seems simple to study.<p>If we can put a man on the moon, transplant a heart, and manipulate DNA, then surely we can unpack the relationship between eating vegetables and living longer. There’s no obvious difficulty in figuring out if wine decreases risk of heart disease, or if eating red meat …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco

<i>This originally appeared on</i> <i>TheCooperReview.com</i><i>.</i><p>After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly …

San Francisco

The Most Productive Ways To Waste Your Time

Whether you’re watching stand-up comedy on TV or cat videos on YouTube, studies have shown that laughing can do everything from relieve stress to boost your immune system.<p>One Oxford University study even found that laughing is an effective treatment against pain. Across a series of experiments …

In the Lab, Maple Syrup Helps Zap Superbugs

Maple syrup is more than just a prime pancake topper. It also helps kill bacterial pathogens, according to a recent paper in the journal <i>Applied and Environmental Microbiology</i>.<p>Nathalie Tufenkji and colleagues at Canada’s McGill University found that concentrated maple syrup made such microbial …

Microbiology

The Art of Error: 12 Cool and Creative 404 Pages

Making your 404 page fun is only half the battle — there’s still a lot of practical factors to keep in mind. In closing, let’s review some general tips to remember when covering your mistakes:<p><b>Link to Popular Posts —</b> Take advantage of the fact that your user may not know where to go next. Recommend …