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Playing video games for up to an hour a day 'is good for children'

Children who play computer or video games for up to an hour daily are the most sociable, happy and least hyperactive, Oxford University study finds<p>Children who play video games for up to an hour a day are happier, more sociable and less hyperactive than those who don’t play at all, research has …

Google Glass thief unknowingly live streams his day

When it comes to thieves and technology, the latter usually proves to be their biggest nemesis. Earlier this summer, for example, one thief was …

Identity Theft

GIF your favorite movie quotes with Quotacle

A site called Quotacle might revolutionize the way you whip out movie quotes in an online discussion. It is a searchable repository consisting of over 250,000 lines from 143 movies. What makes it unique is that each entry comes with an embeddable clip showcasing the precise quote, and the ability …

GIF Animations

Researchers achieve 5TB-per-second fiber-optic network milestone

While you’re busy pining away for Google Fiber, a group of researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have been busy putting it to shame. …

PewDiePie launches official iPhone app for his YouTube fans

Gaming star hoping to reach more of his 29m subscribers on the go with free app created by Maker Studios<p>With more than 29m subscribers, PewDiePie is the biggest star on YouTube. Now he’s launched his own mobile app to keep fans watching his videos.<p>The free app was released for iPhone this week by …

Rumors: iPhone 6 Announcement Sept 16, iWatch in December

It's quite possible that Apple itself doesn't yet know when the iPhone 6 will be announced, since there are so many factors involved in ramping up production for the huge number of devices that Apple sells.<p>Still, the latest rumor, reported by <i>MacRumors</i> and citing someone who got information from an …

iPhone

Ask Ooloo puts the 'person' back in personal assistant

Before Google dominated search, Ask Jeeves depended on a team of humans -- yes, humans -- to answer your internet queries. Ultimately, search algorithms killed the internet's favorite butler, but the idea that humans are worthy competition for the software we create didn't follow him to the grave. …

Can't wait for the iPhone 6? Check out this $145 knockoff sold in China (photos)

While it’ll still be a few more months before we hear anything official about the forthcoming iPhone 6 from Apple, at least one person decided they couldn’t wait that long.<p>Reddit user lawrence_uber_alles asked his brother to buy a knockoff version of the iPhone 6 during his visit to Shenzhen, …

Amazon Fire Phone Review: A Flawed Portable Store

The first thing I did with the Fire Phone is point it at two items I needed to order. This is exactly what Amazon wants you to do with the phone. It misidentified one and couldn’t even figure out the second item.<p>My time with the Amazon Fire Phone, which was announced in June, didn’t get much better …

Flappy Bird is back, but only available on the Amazon Appstore

Developer Dong Nguyen has kept his promise and Flappy Bird is back. Just in case you were on a desert island, Nguyen created a simple, but highly …

New Photos Claim to Show Purported Rear Shell of iPad Air 2

Taiwan-based accessory maker Yi Lin Enterprises has posted new photos on Weibo showing the purported rear shell of Apple's iPad Air 2 (Google Translate, via <i>Mac Otakara</i>). The images show off a gold housing with a number of design changes, including a new speaker grille with larger holes and a …

Microsoft takes Samsung to court over royalty payment dispute

The mobile industry’s big players seem to be constantly embroiled in various legal challenges against one another. This time it is the turn of Microsoft and Samsung, with the former accusing the latter of delaying royalty payments regarding Android smartphones.<p>Samsung, along with various other …

Mobile

Here is the memo Comcast sent to employees after the 'rep from hell' call went viral

It's now been two weeks since AOL executive and former Comcast subscriber Ryan Block published a recording of his insane dialogue with an overly persistent customer service representative, and we finally have the memo that the company sent out immediately afterward.<p>"Recently, an unfavorable phone …

With This Vision Correction Technology, Your Screen Wears the Glasses

Billions each day interact with electronic displays, and a large proportion of those people have less than perfect vision — but new research from the University of California, Berkeley may soon mean that it's your phone that will wear the glasses, not you. It's not quite a pair of spectacles stuck …

Augmented Reality

Microsoft's Virtual Assistant Cortana Will Soon Be Able To Do Even More Stuff Siri Can't Do

The update will bring a handful of small yet useful features to Windows Phones, but more importantly, it focuses on further fine-tuning its virtual assistant, Cortana.<p>Cortana will now support more natural language scenarios for users in the U.S., Microsoft says. This means you'll be able to speak …

Cortana

'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth

Satellites, power and water supplies would have been hit if billion-ton plasma cloud had erupted from sun a week earlier<p>The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, …

First Glimpse of Higgs Bosons at Work Revealed

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart …

Physics

We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists

Since 1500, more than 320 land animals have gone extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline.<p>An international …

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts? It's More Complicated Than You Might Imagine

Why do dogs sniff each other's butts? The answer to that question is a bit more complicated than you might imagine.<p>According to a new video from the American Chemical Society (above), it's all about one canine literally sniffing out important information about the other--its gender, emotional …

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How clinical trials are turning homeless people into lab rats

Drugs need to go through a lot of testing before they actually make it to market, but that testing isn't all occurring in quite as ethical of a way as we might hope. Over at Medium, Carl Elliott describes the growing use of homeless people as test subjects in drug trials. Homeless shelters have …

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Weighs In On Ken Ham's Claim That Aliens Will Go To Hell

Creationist Ken Ham's strange comment about aliens rendered the usually loquacious Neil deGrasse Tyson almost speechless during his recent appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.”<p>Ham, the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., said in a July 20 blog …

Physicist concocts ice cream that changes color when you lick it

What happens when a physicist decides to become a chef? If they're anything like Manuel Linares, then you can expect a fusion of food and science to come out of their kitchen. For instance, one of the Spaniard's masterpieces is an ice cream that changes colors when you lick it. He calls it the …

Gaia satellite begins 3D-mapping the galaxy

​The largest digital camera ever sent into space is beginning its quest to map the Milky Way, surveying a billion stars with nearly a billion pixels.<p>Having launched into space in December 2013, the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite is now 1.5 million kilometres from Earth and ready to begin …

'Quantum Cheshire Cat' becomes reality

<b>Scientists have for the first time separated a particle from one of its physical properties - creating a "quantum Cheshire Cat".</b><p>The phenomenon is named after the curious feline in Alice in Wonderland, who vanishes leaving only its grin.<p>Researchers took a beam of neutrons and separated them from …

Quantum Mechanics

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

Milky Way is about half as massive as Andromeda galaxy, say astronomers

Dark matter makes up 90% of the matter in both systems, the study finds.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy is less massive than astronomers previously thought, …

Astrophysics

Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time

You had me at "seaweed."<p>For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time. The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed.<p>"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in …