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DNA smeared on a rocket survives re-entry and tells of life's origins

Well, would you look at that: scientists have discovered that DNA can make it through the hellish ordeal of atmospheric re-entry after all. German and Swiss researchers dotted a rocket's grooves and screw heads with fragments of genetic blueprints to see how they'd fare in situations that could've …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Man says he stood 44 hours in iPhone 6 line to win back wife

When love is torn asunder and flowers can't fill the gap, what do you do?<p>This was the quandary faced by Dariusz Wlodarski, a fellow Pole now living in the UK.<p>He says his wife recently left him "because I wasn't the best husband and father."<p>"I didn't know how family is important to me," he told …

Mobile Technology

Honey, we could have a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

We've seen several promising developments arise in recent years in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or so-called "superbugs", from …

Biology

Significant enhancements coming to AppleCare+, Apple IDs, iOS support

Apple’s vice president of AppleCare and technical support initiatives, Tara Bunch, held a Town Hall meeting for for AppleCare employees earlier this week, according to several employees in attendance who asked to remain anonymous. During the meeting, Bunch, along with a few other Apple executives, …

Microsoft hopes iPad users won't exploit Office loophole

We do not strictly enforce the limit on tablet installations, but trust that our users respect and understand the device limits outlined in the EULA [end user rights agreement]."<p>Microsoft spokesperson

iPad

MIT Students Invent A Universal Language Made Of GIFs

Created by MIT Media Lab, GIFGIF is a new project that tries to analyze the emotive power of GIFs.<p>Which GIF better expresses happiness? This one of Ren and Stimpy bouncing up and down, or this one of <i>Lost’s</i> John Locke grinning with an orange slice in his mouth? Does your opinion change if Grumpy Cat …

US Government Cedes Control Of The Internet

The US government is to give up control of the administration of the internet, handing over responsibility for the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) to the global community.<p>Since 1998, under a contract with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out

Last April, Dong Nguyen, a quiet 28-year-old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, and had a day job programming location devices for taxis, …

Angry Birds

Apple may make Siri smarter by tapping into your apps

Right now you can ask Siri to nab you some movie tickets or reserve a table at your favorite restaurant, but there's still plenty she (or he) can't handle. According to a report from <i>The Information</i> though, the folks in Cupertino are working to make Siri smarter by giving it the ability to search …

The Company That Makes Glass For Apple Isn't Happy About Apple's Move To Sapphire

Corning senior vice president Tony Tripeny was one of two executive from the company to speak at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference yesterday.<p>As CNET's Brooke Crothers noted last evening, the mood of the conversation got very serious when Morgan Stanley analyst James …

Apple Reportedly Plans To Open Siri To Third Parties (Just As Hackers Force It Open)

For anyone that wants Siri to do more than set iCal appointments and dictate SMS messages, there may be hope beyond a hack. Apple is reportedly working on allowing third-party services to integrate with Siri so that the iPhone’s digital assistant can carry out tasks — book flights or send texts on …

Code.org turning the ashes of 'Flappy Bird' into a phoenix of coding education

The wildly simple yet infinitely frustrating game <i>Flappy Bird</i> is no more, though it continues to live on in countless clones. Now Code.org, the non-profit aimed at teaching people how to write code, has created a tool to make your own <i>Flappy Bird</i> game while learning some code at the same time.<p>The …

IBM Wants The Power Of The Watson Supercomputer In The Palm Of Your Hand

Since its first appearance on "Jeopardy" in 2011, many have pointed to Watson as an indicator of where we're headed with technology like Apple's Siri.<p>If fed enough data, Watson can become an expert on a seemingly unlimited number of topics. Using probabilities, it's able to work out how different …

Dual-lens smartphone cameras are coming, and this is why we want one

One camera. Two separate lenses. That's the conundrum raised by leaked images of HTC's forthcoming M8 smartphone, which is rumored to bring some interesting new imaging features that go far beyond mere 3D. But what could those features be? For an answer, we turned to a startup called Corephotonics, …

The company behind Candy Crush withdraws US trademark application for 'candy'

A few weeks ago, a group of game developers launched Candy Jam in protest of <i>Candy Crush</i> maker King's attempt to trademark 'candy.' The result? A barrage of rage inspired confectionary-themed titles were submitted to Apple's App Store. Well, it seems those efforts weren't for naught as King has …

Playing Tetris Can Reduce Urges to Eat, Smoke, Drink

Three minutes of the game reduced cravings by 24 percent in a recent study.<p>The never-ending falling blocks of Tetris have caused innumerable people untold amounts of frustration. YouTube star Hank Green even has a song memorializing the evil of “The Man Who Throws The Tetris Piece.” But a new study …

Internet trolls are also real-life trolls

My brother and I have a childhood history of internet trolling under our belts. Innocent enough, yes – but disruptive nonetheless. From the same room at our parents’ house, we’d play Yahoo! Graffiti(the internet’s version of Pictionary). The word was “dinosaur” and it was his turn to draw. He’d …

Learn to code through dungeon crawling

Looking at a bunch of code for the first time can be something of a daunting affair. All those strings and symbols can simply look like a mess to the …

Open Source Software

The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines<p>The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, <i>Jeopardy!</i>-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up …

Humans Account for Less Than 40% of Global Web Traffic

If you own or manage a website, you probably refer to analytics to track performance, and help you strategize. It may surprise you, however, that …

Let’s talk about robots: Google’s Nest acquisition brings AI to the smart home

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Disney Research<p>In the hours after Google announced its agreement to purchase Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, the companies …

Microsoft Beating Apple, Samsung in Battle for Consumer Mindshare

Microsoft has more consumer mindshare than mobile behemoths Apple and Samsung. In fact, the latest findings from Forrester Research say Microsoft was the only brand to achieve the coveted “trailblazer status,” which indicates it is “at the forefront of brand building with a unique and distinct …

With Release Of iOS 7.1 Beta 3, Apple Favors Circular Buttons, Changes To Phone & “Power Off” Screens

Apple is continuing to tweak the interface to its iOS 7 mobile operating system, it seems, as today’s release of the iOS 7.1 beta 3 build indicates. In this latest update, the company has revamped the phone dialer, in-call screen, and power off screen, with a tendency to favor circular buttons …

Italian Google Glass competitor GlassUp shows off first prototype

Venice-based GlassUp today unveiled its first augmented reality glasses prototype, an interesting combination of Google Glass and a more conventional heads-up display. Most importantly, GlassUp projects an image onto a lens in front of you, and not on a prism up and to the right of your field of …