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Bitcoin Finds Floor After Worst Selloff Since 2015

Bitcoin rebounded on Saturday along with most of the major cryptocurrencies, halting a four-day tumble that drew worldwide attention to the …

Cryptocurrency

The 18 apps you should use every day to be more productive

That's why we've assembled a list of apps that will make you more productive, and take away some of the stress from your life.<p>From fan favorites to cutting-edge newcomers, these apps help you sketch out an idea, take detailed notes, or stay in touch with your team.<p>Whatever your day consists of, …

New York Regulator Expands Fintech Probe Beyond Lending Club

New York state’s financial regulator, which recently launched a probe into Lending Club (lc), is preparing to look into the activities at other …

Lithium-Ion Will Be Tough To Beat, Says Argonne Battery Whiz

People who are working on next-generation batteries often put lithium-ion down, saying the current technology is too costly, too flammable, or too limited to meet the clean energy and clean transportation demands of the future.<p>But four years into a five-year effort to develop a better battery at …

Clean Energy

Snapseed 2.5 update introduces 'Apply Last Edits' feature

When it comes to finding a powerful photo editor, very few mobile apps can beat Snapseed. The application was acquired by Google back in 2012, and has since become a very popular photo editor with special features such as RAW support, one-touch enhancing tools and a variety of sliders for …

Mobile Photography

Snowden: FBI's claim that it requires Apple's help to unlock iPhone is 'bullshit'

Speaking at Common Cause’s ‘Blueprint for Democracy’ conference today, Edward Snowden used his time to speak out about surveillance, personal liberties and of course, the San Bernadino iPhone.<p>“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’ to unlock the phone,” Snowden said. “Respectfully, …

Inland Empire

How-To: Get a Sonos-like whole-home speaker setup on a budget

Sonos speakers offer some of the best features in the game, but they come with one drawback: it’s expensive to get the whole-home setup that people love so much. The cheapest speaker, the Sonos Play:1 comes in at $200, while the Play:3 runs $299, and the Play:5 goes for $499. And remember, to get …

Tech Trends

Sacha Baron Cohen Explains Departure From Freddie Mercury Biopic

Actor, Queen clashed over scope of movie, portrayal of late singer's debauchery<p>Sacha Baron Cohen told Howard Stern he dropped out of the …

Rock Music

L.A. officials seeded clouds during El Niño storm in hopes of more rain

Clouds over Los Angeles County were seeded with silver iodide to increase the amount of rainfall during Monday's storm, marking the first cloud seeding done by the Department of Public Works since 2002.<p>Los Angeles County has used cloud seeding to boost water supplies since the 1950s, backing off in …

Weather

J.K. Rowling Releases Part 1 Of New 'Magic in North America' Series

"The Native American wizarding community was particularly gifted in animal and plant magic, its potions in particular being of a sophistication beyond much that was known in Europe."<p>That's what J.K. Rowling writes in the first of a four-part essay series, collectively called <i>History of Magic in</i> …

Books

Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by herpes virus, warn experts

Drugs trials have failed and it's time to face up to the fact Alzheimer's is probably caused by viruses and bacteria, say scientists<p>Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by viruses like herpes, a group of renowned dementia experts have warned, as they call for urgent investigation into the link.<p>The …

Dementia

Why Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Oscar-nominated 'A Girl in the River' might spur real change

Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has long wanted to make a movie about the thousands of women who have been, and continue to be, murdered in her country by husbands, fathers, brothers and other male relatives who believe the women have shamed their families. But she wanted to tell the …

Nawaz Sharif

Uber Is Trying to Start a Price War With Its Rivals in the U.S.

(Bloomberg) — Uber Technologies will drop prices in 80 North American cities on Saturday. The ride-hailing company hopes the move will increase …

The periodic table is finally complete - Futurity

Scientists have confirmed the discovery of 4 new elements, filling in the periodic table's 7th row. The big question: What will scientists name them?

Chemistry

T-Mobile lost a Binge On partner after Legere told EFF to eff off

T-Mobile has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Earlier this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) found that the carrier’s Binge On subsidized mobile video streaming service throttled all video content, when it was advertised as optimizing streams from partners.<p>After CEO …

Washington raises pressure on Silicon Valley in fight against terrorism

The White Houseraised the pressure on the tech industry Friday to help rein in terrorism, dispatching top national security officials to Silicon Valley and announcing the creation of a task force to help prevent extremist groups from using social media to radicalize and mobilize recruits.<p>The moves …

Silicon Valley

Can Drinking Coffee Turn You Into a Star Athlete?

Most joggers and gym rats carry a water bottle or a sports drink, but what about toting a latte to a workout instead? A new review study from the University of Georgia indicates that drinking coffee can have a significant positive effect on athletic endurance.<p>The study, which was published in this …

One of the easiest ways to make money on US crude oil may be coming to an end

The bet was built on several converging dynamics: an ever-rising supply of condensate; a US refining system built to run heavier crudes; and a longstanding ban on crude exports that appeared unlikely to unwind amid partisan paralysis in Washington, D.C.<p>Now, as US oil output reverses its five-year …

Oil

Samsung's Galaxy S7 will reportedly come in two new sizes

A 5.2-inch version with a flat display, and a 5.5-inch curved screen variant<p>Samsung's Galaxy S7 smartphone will be released with two different screen sizes, according to a report from South Korea's <i>ET News</i>. One version will reportedly have a flat, 5.2-inch display, while the second — the "Edge" …

Junk-bond debacle has income-hunting investors feeling like it’s 2008 again

The recent announcement that Third Avenue Focused Income Fund would undergo an orderly liquidation has investors on edge about junk …

Can a basic shapes game quell anxiety? - Futurity

A video game-like exercise involving basic shapes helped anxious college students stay more focused and feel less anxious.

College & University

These Speakers Use Ultrasonic Waves To Cut Through The Noise

Like lasers for your ears<p>Problem<p>Everyday speakers—whether they’re in a cellphone, TV, or radio—scatter sound waves as soon as they leave the cone. A single wave can bounce off dozens of surfaces, slamming into other signals and degrading along the way, before reaching your ear in a muddled mess. …

Audiophile

Morgan Freeman's granddaughter dies following stabbing in New York

<i>This story was updated on Aug. 17 at 10:57 a.m. ET to reflect the murder charges.</i><p>E'Dena Hines, Morgan Freeman's granddaughter, was stabbed to death …

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift.<p>Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more …

Space Travel

Digital pens help spot early signs of brain conditions

Doctors frequently check for early signs of brain conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by looking at irregularities in your drawings, but it's an imperfect art based largely on the doctor's opinion. All too often, the only concrete signs show up by the time you've already been ravaged by the …

Morgan Freeman, John Grisham and Others Take Out Ad Against Mississippi's Flag

John Grisham and Morgan Freeman are among the dozens of prominent Mississippi natives calling on their home state to remove the Confederate battle …