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5 things we learned from WanaCryptor, the biggest ransomware attack in internet history

How do we stop this from happening again?<p>On Friday, some hospitals in the United Kingdom were struck with a peculiar attack: computers taken over, data inside encrypted and held ransom, all for the measly payment of just $300. The attack spread rapidly, hitting 150 countries and shutting down …

WannaCry

How Facebook powers money machines for obscure political 'news' sites

From Macedonia to the San Francisco Bay, clickbait political sites are cashing in on Trumpmania – and they’re getting a big boost from Facebook<p>Donald Trump may be struggling to capture a majority of voters in the heartland of America, but there is one eastern European precinct he would likely carry …

Do your genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

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How Hackers Abused Tor To Rob Blockchain, Steal Bitcoin, Target Private Email And Get Away With It

Across October and November of last year, some unlucky users of the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet, Blockchain.info, and one of the better-known exchanges, LocalBitcoins, had their usernames and passwords silently pilfered. They were robbed of significant sums, probably tens of thousands of …

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Six Reasons To Buy A Wii U Instead Of A PS4 Or Xbox One

The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving gave way to Black Friday. Black Friday set the stage for Christmas. And we slackers out there—those of us who don’t have the moxie or the guts to get up that early and go stand in line in the cold—still have our shopping ahead of us.<p>For some, this means …

An Ingenious Way To Keep People From Spying On Your Password

As many a snoopy significant other knows, it’s pretty easy to figure out a smartphone passcode. On the iPhone, the numbers helpfully light up when they are tapped. But thanks to new technology, you don’t have to use the side-eye technique to compromise someone’s privacy. A snoopy Google Glass app …

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

<b>Tim Jenison</b>, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage …

British spies launched cyberattack on Anonymous, according to leaked documents

Operation 'Rolling Thunder' led to arrests and convictions, but some say the government's tactics went too far<p>The UK's spy agency launched a cyberattack against the hacker collectives Anonymous and LulzSec, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and obtained by NBC …

How 'Flappy Bird' Went From Obscurity to No. 1 App

The developer behind <i>Flappy Bird</i>, a simple but rage-inducing game that recently went viral, says his success was just luck.<p><i>Flappy Bird</i>, which first …

Why free games are increasingly the most profitable apps

With the possible exception of Pou, every one of the 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, when you include downloads on both Apple and Android devices, is a game. (Pou is a virtual pet, which is not strictly a game, but it’s also not not a game, depending on how you look at it.)<p>There’s no ambivalence …

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Nintendo confirms smartphone apps while restating commitment to game consoles

Nintendo has reiterated its commitment to its strategy of keeping its games exclusive to its own consoles, while acknowledging plans to utilize smartphones and tablets in ways that drive new users to Nintendo hardware. At an investor briefing today, CEO and president Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo …

Why the Wii U’s failure won’t change Nintendo

Don't expect one dud console to shift the gaming giant's strategy<p>The Wii U’s poor sales performance is hardly news anymore, but last month’s arrival of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 brought Nintendo’s predicament into sharp relief. Sony and Microsoft touted their new machines as the best- and …

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.<p>Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …