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Apple celebrates Pride with new App Store featured section

With Pride 2015 just around the corner, Apple has set aside a featured spot in the App Store to commemorate the civil rights struggles of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. The section features an assortment of books, movies, music, TV shows, podcasts and apps that relate to different …

Apps

Apple Now Lets You Trade Your Android Phone For Credit Towards An iPhone

Earlier this month, there was a rumor that Apple was going to extend its trade-in program to include non-Apple devices. Now it is official. Apple will let you trade in Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone smartphones in exchange for credit towards an iPhone in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France …

Android Phones

10,000 Years of War and Immigration Captured in This DNA Map of Britain

Take a look at the regions of Europe that had the greatest genetic influence on the people of the U.K.<p>New research from geneticists and historians at Oxford University uses DNA analysis to identify patterns of immigration from Europe to the U.K. The DNA of longtime British residents—those from …

Google Glass just couldn't handle the stress

The search giant's wearable headset was plagued by numerous problems, including an excess of attention for a product that wasn't ready for a mass-market audience, according to The New York Times.<p>No piece of consumer technology in recent memory was as divisive, hyped up and emblematic of a spooky …

Wearable Tech

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

Trains

Google's Massive New Android Update Is Coming To The Galaxy S5

After launching to Galaxy S5 owners in Poland in early December, blog Sam Mobile reports that the update is now available in Spain.<p>Galaxy S5 owners in other European countries should expect to get the update over the next few weeks, the report says.<p>There's still no word on when Lollipop will hit …

Should we diagnose rare diseases with smartphones?

Your phone could help diagnose rare diseases like Ebola, finds David Robson – and one day it might even replace the doctor’s surgery too.<p>As fear of the Ebola virus escalates, Eric Topol thinks that we’re missing an important weapon. And you just need to reach into your pocket to find it. “Most …

Medical Technology

Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege: 'We’re not getting out of here'

The gunman knew his message was not getting out, and he grew suddenly more angry.<p>For hours he had roiled across the tiny cafe, erratic and unpredictable. Armed with a short-barrelled shotgun, he held his terrified captives beholden to his will.<p>Now, he saw that his dictated phone calls to media …

You only need a camera (and luck) to copy someone's fingerprints

Forget having to lift smudges from a touchscreen to copy someone's fingerprints. According to a Chaos Computer Club presentation, you only need a camera... well, that and a little luck. The hacking association's Jan Krissler recently demonstrated that you can reproduce someone's fingerprint by …

New King of Tech Startups: Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Raises $1.1 Billion at $45 Billion Valuation

The fast-growing Chinese phone maker is already the world's third-largest smartphone seller.<p>Xiaomi has said it has closed a massive $1.1 billion round of funding that values the fast-growing Chinese phone maker at a jaw-dropping $45 billion, pre-money. The huge amount makes it the most highly …

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Social Media

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

Vladimir Putin: west has tried to contain Russia for decades

President uses state of the nation speech to attack west as rouble slides under pressure of economic sanctions over Ukraine<p>Vladimir Putin has accused the west of trying to contain and subvert Russia “for decades, if not centuries”, in a fierce and uncompromising attack during his state of the …

Google.com would look amazing with Android's Material Design

Some much-needed paint on a white canvas<p>Google’s Material Design has been well-received since it was unveiled as part of the company’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop release. Apps like Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Maps have also been updated with the Material Design style, which is based on …