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What are British values? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google some of life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Values. The eternal principles on which our sense of self depends. The moral code that runs through our character like words in a stick of rock. …

Arrested Development

Secret T-shirt message explains why Microsoft skipped Windows 9

Last week at the Microsoft Build conference, Microsoft staffers and other insiders were wearing a blue shirt with the Windows logo that was actually made up of the 1's and 0's of binary code.<p>The mystery was irresistible.<p>Developer Kévin Gosse took a screenshot of Microsoft Windows chief Joe …

Software

PayPal co-founder raises $275 million to reinvent credit

Banks and financial institutions have not created products that serve younger generations in the most efficient way, according to Max Levchin, the …

Windows 10 The End? Microsoft Talks Giving Up Windows

I like Microsoft under Satya Nadella. It is a company which both plays to its traditional strengths yet is also prepared to rip up the copy book to modernise. Yes his reign is still in its infancy but it has been a superb 16 months, and the biggest changes are clearly still to come… as one key …

Software Development

City Space: Street Photography as Psychological Art - Photographs and text by Clarissa Bonet | LensCulture

The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me.<p><i>City Space</i> is an ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it. I am interested in the physical space of the city and its …

Street Photography

Intel forges ahead to 10nm, will move away from silicon at 7nm

To keep up with Moore's law, Intel is looking at new materials, 3D packaging.<p>This week at the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference …

Moore's Law

How A Site That Streams People Playing Video Games Became A Billion Dollar Business

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear wasn't born a leader, he became one almost by accident. And he now runs one of the most valuable video properties on the web, just purchased by Amazon.<p><b>The genesis of Twitch</b>, one of the most popular gaming-related Websites and applications in the world, can be traced to a few …

Startups

The Best and Worst Surprises From This TV Season

The season of the ... season finale is upon us. (Season finale season? Sure, why not.) Our favorite shows from fall—or winter, depending on the …

Google's Self-Driving Car Is Here in All Its Glory

Sometimes, we joke about concepts like driverless cars as the next (kinda creepy) futuristic thing. But leave it to Google to turn those jokes into …

US cybercrime laws being used to target security researchers

Security researchers say they have been threatened with indictment for their work investigating internet vulnerabilities<p>Some of the world’s best-known security researchers claim to have been threatened with indictment over their efforts to find vulnerabilities in internet infrastructure, amid fears …

TrueCrypt, the final release, archive

Yes <b>. . .</b> TrueCrypt is still safe to use.<p><b>Phase 2 of the TrueCrypt Audit FINISHED!</b><p>And see why the TrueCrypt spinoffs are <b>violations of the TrueCrypt</b> …

One Vine user asks followers to choose their own adventure

When Twitter introduced Vine, expectations were high. Facebook had Instagram, and Vine was poised to be Twitter’s answer, a smaller, mobile-first app …

Treatsie's Subscription Box Will Feed Your Chocolate Addiction

<i>The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion,</i> …

Don't Blame Us for Slow YouTube Videos, Says Google

Today Google unveiled Google Video Quality Report, "a simple tool to see the level of video quality your Internet service provider can play YouTube." …

$2,400 “Introduction to Linux” course will be free and online this summer

The Linux Foundation is putting its training materials up on edX's platform.<p>Earlier this week, The Linux Foundation announced that it would be …

A Solar-Powered Drone Designed To Fly For Five Years Nonstop

Titan Aerospace will test a drone that could track hurricanes, spot pirates, and more.<p>If a drone never had to land, it could track hurricanes, spot pirates and smugglers, follow animal migrations, and even act as an auxiliary GPS. In essence, it would be a geostationary satellite without the …

Drones

10 Creative Workstations to Get Your Juices Flowing

Creative Workspaces<p>1. Hully<p>2. Laptop Pods<p>3. Le Bureau de Paolo<p>4. K Workstation<p>5. balKonzept<p>6. Kororo Desk<p>7. HIDEsk Folding Desk<p>8. WorkaWay<p>9. Locus …

Target of Silk Road murder-for-hire plot tells his story

47-year-old Utah grandpa liked Bitcoin, "never intended" to get into drug deals.<p>A key administrator who says he helped Ross Ulbricht run the Silk …

Tin Can app relays messages to phones without Internet, cell reception

New app delivers messages via phones' Wi-Fi, uses nearby phones as relay points.<p>Developer Mark Katakowski has created an app that facilitates a …

Microsoft’s anime Internet Explorer 11 promo is really rather weird

Inori Aizawa is an ugly duckling who now battles robots.<p>I'm not going to even begin to pretend I understand this promotion that Microsoft is using …

Ars readers react to extinct businesses and imaginary IT projects

Blockbuster Video closes and LA wants a free gigabit network.<p>Although we've all seen this coming for quite some time now, this week Dish Networks …

Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?

Your boss doesn't forbid it, but it still feels weird.<p><i>This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by</i> …

UK spies continue “quantum insert” attack via LinkedIn, Slashdot pages

Targets included engineers at Global Roaming Exchange providers and OPEC.<p>According to a new report by <i>Der Spiegel</i>, the British signals intelligence …

Gesture control startup Flutter acquired by Google, could make Gmail Motion a reality

Another day, another tech startup gets acquired. This time around it's Google snatching up Y Combinator-hatched Flutter, the developer of a gesture control app for Windows and Mac PCs. There's no word on what it's planning for the team and its technology -- we'd suggest 2011 April Fool's joke Gmail …

D-Wave's quantum computer overcomes key math challenge, doesn't silence skeptics

D-Wave has long wanted to show that its quantum computing technology is the real deal, and it may have just come closer to proving its case. The company now says that its computer has calculated Ramsey numbers, or solutions to optimization-based math problems that are sometimes difficult to find …

Google 'Hummingbird' algorithm to elevate niche websites

Google's new Hummingbird algorithm could create a more even playing field for ‘the long tail’ of website publishers, and help Google to rival Apple Siri in voice search, says Ovum analyst Gerry Brown.<p>Last week, Google announced a brand new algorithm for its search engine, called Hummingbird. …