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Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet

Not an April Fools’ prank<p>Cloudflare is launching its own consumer DNS service today, on April Fools’ Day, that promises to speed up your internet connection and help keep it private. The service is using https://1.1.1.1, and it’s not a joke but an actual DNS resolver that anyone can use. Cloudflare …

Learn any of these 16 programming languages and you'll always have a job

Someone has to write that software. Why not you?<p>There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others.<p>When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — even as relatively …

New shell packs power of Python and Bash

Xonsh, now in development, provides a shell that combines the Python language with features of Bash Unix and the fish and zsh shells.<p>Pronounced …

Command-line

Edward Snowden says UK spies can send 'Smurfs' to hack into your phone and gain 'total control' over it

Snowden told the BBC that GCHQ has something called "Smurf suite," which is a collection of spying programs that the agency can use to hack into the phones of suspected terrorists.<p>One tool is called "Dreamy Smurf." Snowden says it allows GCHQ to turn on mobile phones without the user knowing. …

Lenovo PCs installed custom software even if you wiped them (updated)

Samsung isn't the only Windows PC maker to have hijacked Windows' update process as of late. Users have noticed that some Lenovo PCs running Windows 7 and 8 (such as the Yoga 3) had firmware that automatically downloaded and installed Lenovo's own update software on boot, overwriting a Windows …

Malware

How to Say (Almost) Everything in a Hundred-Word Language

Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.<p>In Chinese, the word <i>computer</i> translates directly as <i>electric brain</i>.<p>In Icelandic, a <i>compass</i> is a <i>direction-shower</i>, and a <i>microscope</i> a <i>small-watcher</i>.<p>In Lakota, <i>horse</i> is literally <i>dog of wonder</i>.<p>These …

Linguistics

‘Top Gear' Trailer For All-New Episode Starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond And James May Unveiled (VIDEO)

A clip of the final episode of ‘Top Gear’ starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May has been unveiled.<p><b>READ MORE:</b><p>Chris Evans Seems To …

Ideas for Photo Fun With Water & Food Coloring

“Wow! Oh my gosh! Cool!”<p>This is what your friends will say when they see your gorgeous photos of food coloring in water.<p>These shots are not only …

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Chemistry

The Unexpected Pleasure of Doing Things Alone

People avoid going out by themselves because they think they'll appear antisocial, but it turns out they'll end up having a lot more fun than they expected.<p>Two years ago, a Dutch creative agency opened a concept restaurant in Amsterdam that would be, in the words of its founder, “the perfect place …

University of Maryland

You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome (ARC) back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for …

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

Why Leaving Your Comfort Zone Can Be So Rewarding

You’ll lead a more fulfilled life<p>Comfort can lead to laziness, and as we’ve already touched on stepping outside of our comfort zone can lead to heightened activity and optimal performance.<p>Comfort may feel good in the short term, but as Ran Zilca, explains on Psychology Today, sacrificing …

Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us

Edward Snowden,Computing,NSA,The NSA files,GCHQ,Privacy,Mobile phones,Mobile phones,Technology sector,Telecommunications industry,Internet,Technology<p>Edward Snowden’s astute revelations show that no electronic communications device – from hard disks to sim cards – is trustworthy<p>Back in July 2013, a …

Surveillance

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

2015's Most Anticipated Hotel Openings

Nothing sparks the desire to travel like an exciting new place to stay, whether it's a cutting-edge property in a familiar destination or a jaw-dropping resort somewhere you've never been before. This year, travelers have a lot to look forward to all around the world, from Morocco to Indonesia to …

These Are The Most Creative Techie Resumes We’ve Ever Seen

And these days, a traditional resume often just won't cut it.<p>We've found cool, eye-catching resumes on Instagram and Pinterest, but these are the most creative techie resumes we've seen over the years.

Essential security apps for your smartphone and tablet

Hackers would love to weasel their way on to your smartphone or tablet, just like they try to do your computer. That's how they steal sensitive information like account details, passwords, important texts, intimate photos and whatever else possible.<p>Unfortunately for them, mobile gadgets are a bit …