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This Is Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground

For most of my 35-year technology career, fights over operating systems have dominated the landscape. First, it was MS-DOS againt the original Apple …

Humanity is ending its Goldlilocks geological era

In the space of one lifetime, human interference is bringing the conditions of the Holocene - the only ones in which we know we can flourish - to an end, writes Geoffrey Lean<p>It has been a Goldilocks geological era. The last 11,700 years have not been too hot, or too cold, too wet or too dry and …

Climate Change

The Pros & Cons of Colorados Marijuana Legalization

Some considered it a social experiment. Others say it’s a revolution. Whatever your stance, the entire world has watched as <b>Colorado</b> paved the way for …

Cannabis

How to change notification sounds on your Android device

Notification sounds can be a lot of fun to play with and a great way to embrace Android customization. From having your device proudly announce “You’ve got mail!” through to video game noises, catch phrases from your favorite movie and snippets of your favorite song, if it can be stored as an audio …

Android News

Bank of England begins monitoring internet and social networks for unconventional economic data

The UK central bank has set up a task force to monitor the internet and social networks with a view to collecting unconventional data that would …

ISIS governor of Mosul killed in coalition airstrikes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police.<p>Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri, also known as Abu Taluut, was killed 18 miles south of Mosul in the village of Qayyara, according to Maj. Gen. Watheq Al-Hamdani, a senior regional …

Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes.<p>Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants …

Insects

Secret plans to double ambulance waiting times revealed

Health Secretary says plans are 'categorically' untrue amid criticism that he has 'run up the white flag' over ambulance waiting times<p>Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, is under pressure to rule out changes to ambulance call out targets which could see some seriously ill people waiting twice as …

Facebook sees a 24% increase in government data requests since second half of 2013

Facebook today released its third Government Requests Report, meant to provide greater transparency on the amount of data authorities try to source from the company.<p>In the report, Facebook notes 24 percent increase in the number of requests since the second semester of 2014 – 34,946 total around …

Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

Elon Musk has met a technology he doesn't like.<p>Musk, who promises to take humans to new heights with space and battery technologies, was especially grounded in his latest caution on artificial intelligence.<p>Elon Musk<p>He told an audience at MIT on Friday that "we should be very careful about …

10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You Have Phobias

Afraid of clowns? We suggest you steer clear of Baraboo, Wisconsin. Can't stand bats? Maybe Austin isn't the city for you. In this, our most macabre month, we're taking a look at 10 places known for the kind of spectacles that many people would travel the world to see ... and a few would go to any …

7 Basic Pizza Myths You Probably Still Believe

<i>Happy National Pizza Month!</i><p>Pizza is, and probably always will be, one of America's favorite foods. So, in honor of the entire month of October being dedicated to this cheesy, delicious invention, we're setting seven pizza myths straight.<p>1. <i>Myth: Italians are solely responsible for creating</b> …

Isla De Las Munecas Is The Island Of Decapitated Dolls From Your Nightmares

Welcome to your childhood nightmare.<p>Not to sound harsh, but that's how we need to describe Isla de las Munecas, or "Island of the Dolls." The sinister playground floats in a canal just outside Mexico City. The island's former caretaker, Don Julian Santana, said he found a young girl floating dead …

The 10 Most-Visited Countries In The World

The World Tourism Organization just came out with new data on the most visited tourism destinations in the world in 2013, and France took the top spot.<p>Perhaps unsurprisingly, France was the most-visited country in 2013 with 84.7 million visitors. The U.S. came right behind with 69.8 million …

Forget Windows, This Private Jet Has Floor-To-Ceiling Panorama Views

The views afforded by the tiny airplane window–whether it’s cloud cover, city skylines, or mountain ranges–apparently aren’t good enough for design firm Technicon. Their French office has created a concept for a private jet called the Ixion that would replace windows with floor-to-ceiling digital …

12 Ways To Eat Your Weed

Giving the green light to recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington has made those states a retail marijuana testing ground for the rest of the U.S. That includes a burgeoning market in weed-infused edible goodies that goes way beyond your average pot brownie. Now you can choose between …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, You may be missing out on some of its most powerful features.<p><b>1) Take Siri to School</b> <br>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another …

Stock trader who called three crashes sees 20% collapse

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — Mark Cook, a veteran investor included in Jack Schwager’s best-selling book, “Stock Market Wizards,” and the winner of the 1992 …

24 Reasons Sweden Is The Most Delightful Country On Earth

I just got back from eight days in Stockholm.<p>More than the high price of beer, depth of the history, and beauty of the buildings (and people), one trait stood out like lingonberries on a stack of pancakes — the Swedes, with their famously high standard of living, really know how to live.<p>Wonderfully …

25 Gorgeous Pools Everyone Should Swim In Once

The only thing that's more relaxing than lounging poolside or soaking in the water on a sunny day is doing it at one of these incredible destinations.<p>From luxurious infinity pools with unbeatable views to natural pools teeming with marine life, these pools around the world deserve to be on …

A 24-Year-Old Allegedly Used A Simple-But-Brilliant Scam To Cheat Apple Out Of $300,000

According to a Secret Service criminal complaint, filed by special agent Bryan Halliwell and investigators associated with Apple and Chase Bank, Parrish allegedly tricked Apple Store employees in 16 states starting around December 2012 into accepting fake authorization codes to purchase $309,768 …

Google Wants to Build a Model of Perfect Human Health

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Earlier this month, Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin expressed their reservations about entering the health-care industry, a space so heavily regulated “it’s just a painful business to be in,” Brin said at the time.<p>Less than …

4 Home Security Systems to Try Now

Cheap microprocessors, easy communications, and ubiquitous smartphones make the “home of the future” a reality today.<p>Since the invention of the door lock (which allowed only certain people inside your house), homeowners have been eager to control their dwellings. The home automation market seems to …

Home Automation

California Oil Spill Turns Out to Be a Freakishly Massive Amount of Fish

Earlier this week in La Jolla, California, what appeared to be a massive oil spill in the water began creeping towards the beach. However, closer …

Articles about how make your tiny yard feel spacious on Dwell.com - Dwell

We can’t change the size of our backyard, but there are many simple ways to make your outdoor space feel larger than it is....<p>Just because your kitchen is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you can’t make it as efficient and effective as possible.<p>Creating a space worthy of an Instagram is one thing …

San Francisco

Vans Give Wooden Shoes A Contemporary Update - The Fox Is Black

We’re in an age of great footwear design and shoe technology has come so far in the last 30 years. That said, it’s always great to see interesting …

Banned for World Cup bite, soccer star Suarez heads to Barcelona

The Liverpool Football Club announced on Friday that Luis Suarez, one of its players and the man responsible for sinking his teeth into Italy’s …