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400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Shark scientists explain what’s right and what’s wrong with Shark Week

By David Shiffman<p>Shark Week, the Discovery Channel’s annual bonanza of shark documentaries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week. It’s the longest-running series on cable, and that longevity has given it a prime role in pop culture and public understanding of shark science. But its legacy …

Shark Week

Why You Forget Names Immediately—And How to Remember Them

Of all the social gaffes, none is perhaps more common than meeting a new person, exchanging names and promptly forgetting theirs — forcing you to …

Self-help

420 Songs About Marijuana, In One Spotify Playlist

Is there anything significant about April 20? Absolutely: On this date in 1916, the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park, which is now Wrigley Field. Apollo 16, the tenth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, landed on the moon on this day in 1972. April 20 is …

Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Woman sucked out of Southwest plane window 'was wearing seatbelt' and died from blunt impact trauma

The woman who was killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but died from blunt impact trauma, according to authorities.<p>Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that banking …

Defending the world’s hottest pepper, a grower explains how to safely eat it

By Lindsey Bever<p>Lindsey Bever<p>General assignment reporter covering national and breaking news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A farmer is defending <b></b>a chile pepper dubbed the hottest on Earth that reportedly landed a man in a hospital with “thunderclap headaches.”<p>Salvatore Genovese, who runs a seven-acre farm in …

Cleveland Clinic

This 22-year-old college student makes $10,000 a month off Amazon's Alexa

David Markey, a 22-year-old senior studying applied mathematics and economics at Brown University, got his first Amazon Echo during the e-commerce …

Spectrum wants you back: cut-rate Internet TV package targets cord-cutters

Spectrum apparently has come to the conclusion there's no turning back the consumer explosion in cord-cutting and streaming television — the cable television giant is making a play to lure traditional cable defectors with a cut-rate Internet television package.<p>Customers who don't buy traditional …

Cambridge Analytica’s Alexander Nix: Bond villain, tech genius or hustler?

By William Booth and<p>William Booth<p>London bureau chief<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Karla Adam<p>Karla Adam<p>London correspondent covering the United Kingdom<p>Email Bio Follow<p>LONDON — The British press and parliamentarians — and his own former employees — are divided over how to characterize the mysterious, plummy, …

Cambridge Analytica

5 Car Gadgets Under $25 You Didn't Know You Needed

These essential, affordable items will give your ride a serious upgrade.<p>Hitting the road is a beautiful thing – be it a cross-country trip where you …

‘A grand illusion’: seven days that shattered Facebook’s facade

They may now regret it but they knowingly unleashed the forces that have led to this lack of trust and loss of privacy<p>Left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency<p>“Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him …

Cambridge Analytica

Former Apple Employees Reflect on Siri's 'Squandered Lead' Over Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

<i>The Information</i> has published an in-depth look at how Siri has transitioned from one of Apple's most promising technologies into a "major problem" for the company. The article includes interviews with a dozen former Apple employees who worked on the various teams responsible for the virtual …

Google Assistant

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.<p>Amazon is undoubtedly the most significant force in the digital transformation of commerce: an estimated 44% of all online sales are on Amazon, …

Here Are 911 Transcripts of Some of the Times Apple Employees Walked Directly Into Glass Walls

Last month, reports emerged that Apple’s new “spaceship” campus in Cupertino, California—which hosts roughly 13,000 employees behind around 3,000 …

Apple Park

Everything an AR-15 maker says consumers want in their gun

How To: Use Google Voice as a 'Burner' Number

No matter your reasons, you might need a second phone number that's a little more disposable than your primary number — a "burner" number, so to …

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

The competition between Alexa and Google Assistant is fierce. How fierce? Cover all of Las Vegas in Google Assistant ads for CES fierce? Put voice assistance in weird things like a light switch or a fridge fierce? How about <i>“don’t dare utter our competitor’s name in your voice app”</i> fierce?<p>Yep, …

Wine 3.0 arrives on Android to let you run Windows apps on your phone

Wish you could do more with your phone than just run Android? Codeweavers is working to sort you out: it’s just released version 3.0 of the Wine compatibility layer for Linux-based systems, which can now be built into an APK package and installed on your Android device.<p>Once you grab the installer …

How Square’s CFO exercises financial discipline to grow the $16.5 billion public company by 40% each quarter

Most people going into their annual review can expect a mix of praise and criticism, some new targets to hit and, if they're lucky, a pay rise.<p>Sarah Friar, in her first review as chief financial officer of payments firm Square, was told by her boss: "I have a simple vision for you, which is that I …

Jack Dorsey

How to price cryptocurrencies

Predicting cryptocurrency prices is a fool’s game, yet this fool is about to try. The drivers of a single cryptocurrency’s value are currently too varied and vague to make assessments based on any one point. News is trending up on Bitcoin? Maybe there’s a hack or an API failure that is driving it …

Netflix is now worth more than $100B

Netflix crossed a fun milestone today, crossing the $100 billion mark for its market cap as it once again surprised industry observers with better-than-expected growth in its subscribers.<p>We’ll get to the financial numbers in a minute but, as usual, the big story here is that it continues to wow …

Berkshire Hathaway’s stock has risen more than one million percent under Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett seems closer to naming his replacement to run Berkshire Hathaway, the storied conglomerate that he took control of in 1965. The CEO is known for many things—his love of ice cream for breakfast and Cherry Cokes—but he’s also known for managing a company that has beaten the S&P 500 …

Amazon’s new 4K Fire TV now comes with a free HDTV antenna that gets you free live TV for life

OK seriously, this is the kind of deal that’s far too good to pass up. Amazon just released its new Fire TV last week, and it’s easily the best …

4K Ultra HD

Scientists have found an exciting new clue about how 'super-agers' stay sharp as they age

So much for not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>Some older people can remember things just as well as peers who are nearly half their age. Scientists are calling them "super-agers" for their unique ability to stay sharp into old age<p>Several months ago, researchers discovered at least one …

What's the best way to invest $100,000 in today's market?

<i>I have $100,000 sitting in cash that I'd like to invest. What's the best way to do that in today's market?--R.B.</i><p>Given today's gaseous stock valuations and concerns that this eight-and-a-half-year bull market might be getting a little long in the tooth, it's understandable why many investors are …

13 Wild Science Facts You Probably Didn't Learn in High School

Show kids the good stuff!<p>We learn about some awesome science in high school - like Einstein's theory of relativity, the Periodic table, and DNA …

The Mystery of S., the Man with an Impossible Memory

On an April afternoon in 1929, a timid-looking man with a broad face appeared at Moscow’s Academy of Communist Education and asked to see a memory specialist. The man, who would become known in the psychological literature as S., had been sent by his boss, a section editor at a Moscow newspaper …

Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult'

Damore is currently on tour of media outlets favored by conservatives. In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with …