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Saharan red dust and a spike in air pollution prompts health warning

Eastern England to bask in temperatures of up to 22C<p>Saharan red dust from the continent and a spike in air pollution could cause problems for those with breathing difficulties on Friday, experts warned.<p>Asthma sufferers and older people were advised to "reduce physical exertion" particularly while …

Google wants self-driving car ready in five years

Google “<i>doesn’t want to become a car maker</i>”. And judging by their quirky first pass at the job, we’re happy to hear it. Instead, Google wants the …

New log-in tech will make passwords ‘wither and die’

Passwords and PINs could soon be another footnote in the history of computing, as a consortium of tech giants including Google and Samsung unveil technology to make it easier for developers to check IDs using USB keys or fingerprint scanners<p>The humble password took one step closer to obsolescence …

Watch out Google - the Chinese are catching you up

Chinese internet companies are making ground on their American counterparts. But Google remains the undisputed giant of digital media for now<p>Chinese internet companies are grabbing more of the market, but Google remains the unchallenged giant of digital media, taking a third of the industry’s …

Quantum Teleportation Reaches Farthest Distance Yet

A new distance record has been set in the strange world of quantum teleportation.<p>In a recent experiment, the quantum state (the direction it was …

Quantum Physics

Humin Comes to Android and 10 New Countries

Smart address book startup Humin has a big day today. It’s overhauled its iOS app, launched in open beta for Android and expanded availability from just the US to serve Canada and nine European countries.<p>To recap, Humin aims to be a more ‘human’ way of managing your contacts. Rather than relying on …

New Apple Patent From PrimeSense Covers Kinect-Style 3D Space Mapping

Apple has begun to transfer intellectual property over from PrimeSense, the Israeli firm it acquired last year. The company was a key partner to Microsoft, which licensed its tech to create the Kinect 3D motion sensing camera, which allows users to interact with Xbox and PC via gesture control. …

Apple's top iPhone app of 2014 aims to be best brain-training game yet

2014 may have been the year of so-called "dumb apps" — but some apps are actually able to make you smarter.<p>At least, that's the claim of Elevate, the …

The Best App For People Who Can't Remember Names Comes To Android

As someone who has trouble remembering names, Humin is perfect for me, and here's why.<p>Humin is basically your own personal assistant who specializes in remembering all the tiny details when you meet somebody new, allowing you to later look that person up based on context search cues like "lives in …

HTC Desire 620 Gets Official For The UK

The HTC Desire 620 was announced in Taiwan recently, and now HTC has made the handset official for the UK, and the device will go on sale in the UK …

Iridium flare over Georgia

Iridium flares come from iridium communications satellites. They happen when an antenna from one of these satellites reflects sunlight directly down …

5 Top Landing Sites For A Manned Mission To Mars

If the European Space Agency (ESA) can put a probe on a reckless comet out beyond the orbit of Mars, suddenly sending humans to the Red Planet seems altogether doable. Coupled with last week’s successful test launch of NASA’s Orion spacecraft, talk of astronaut encampments on Mars now actually …

Samsung's virtual-reality kit, Gear VR, finally launches

Teased in September, the Gear VR will be sold on Samsung's and AT&T's websites. But Samsung is more concerned with building awareness than unit sales.<p>Samsung is making a big jump into virtual reality, and it hopes early adopters will follow along.<p>The company's first virtual-reality headgear, the …

Virtual Reality

These Photos from NASA's Orion Spaceship Test Flight Are Simply Awesome

From blastoff to splashdown, the historic test flight of NASA's first Orion spacecraft wowed experts and onlookers alike today (Dec. 5) with a nearly …

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Mesosphere Raises $36M, Launches Its Data Center Operating System

Mesosphere is a company that is commercializing the open source Apache Mesos project. Mesos itself is a cluster management platform that manages distributed hardware resources into a single pool of resources. Used for batch jobs and long-running services alike, Mesos provides developers an API to …

Dear Boss, Our 2015 Goals Are Impossible

Dear Stephanie,<p>We hope your vacation was restful and fun. All of us on the team are excited to see you on Monday.<p>Since we got your message with our 2015 goals attached and we had a chance to meet to discuss the goals today, we wanted to send you this email message. That way, you can reflect on our …

Pluto-bound spacecraft to be woken from hibernation to start mission | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - After nine years and a journey of 3 billion miles (4.8 billion km), NASA’s New Horizons robotic probe will be woken from hibernation to begin its unprecedented mission: the study of the icy dwarf planet Pluto and its home, the Kuiper Belt.<p>An artist's impression of …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Dust Blows, Stars Glow, and Volcano Explodes

Wintry views of the stars lead to vistas of volcanoes, clouds, and contrails in the week's best space pictures.

How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars?

If you wanted to pay a visit to the red planet, how long would it take? The answer depends on a number of things, ranging from the position of the …

5 ways to make your Wi-Fi faster

Tired of slow Wi-Fi? Fear not: Faster Wi-Fi speeds are possible, if you're willing to work (and pay) for them.<p>The good news is that many broadband companies are doing their part. Many cable providers are now offering lightning-fast Internet speeds. But if your Wi-Fi router isn't set up correctly, …

Gadgets We Love: Nyko PS4 Modular Charging Station

My definition of the ideal gadget is an affordable piece of tech that effectively solves an existing problem. And regardless of the device category we’re talking about, battery life is an enduring problem seemingly unsolvable by any first-party manufacturers — with the notable exception of Apple …

Fast-Spinning Pulsar Emits Super-Bright Gamma Rays

A rapidly spinning stellar corpse known as a pulsar powers one of the most luminous sourcesof high-energy gamma rays in the Milky Way galaxy, a new …

NASA's Orion lands safely after first test flight (live video) - ExtremeTech

NASA’s Orion lands safely after first test flight (live video)<p>By on December 5, 2014 at 11:29 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the …

The Boeing 787: Broken Dreams - Al Jazeera Investigations

Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free?<p>Current gossip indicates that for …