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Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped

Last week changes to the Windows 10 upgrade path mean it is going to become increasingly difficult for any non-techy users to avoid being pushed to Microsoft’s new operating system. But given Windows 10 <i>is</i> better than Windows 7 and Windows 8, why would that be a problem? Because of policies like …

Software

100 Shots, One Day of Not Eating: What Happens When You Say What Really Goes Into the Perfect Bikini Selfie?

Essena O'Neill had half a million followers and made an income off her posts. She boldly quit the platform last week to bring attention to problems spawned from social media.<p>From fashion bloggers to fitness experts to simply photogenic everyday citizens, the "Instagram celebrity" has emerged as a …

The wingnut myth that refuses to die: The one simple reason why there’s no “liberal media conspiracy”

After last week’s CNBC debate, right-wingers are yet again railing against the “lefty” media. Only one problem…<p>During the third Republican debate, the winning strategy was not in attacking Hillary Clinton or calling out the absurd policy plans of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, but in slamming the …

Mogees iPhone-connected sensor turns any object into a playable instrument

I’m not musically inclined. Nor do I pretend to be. Give me a Rock Band Drum Kit and I’ll get after it, but otherwise, instruments are completely intimidating. Like many of you out there, I enjoy tapping my pencil along to the beat or playing the bongos on my desk to my favorite song. If only there …

Music Production

When planes land at O'Hare, trip just getting started

Tom Cablk was on one of American Airlines' new nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Bensenville last week and, jeez, the ride in from the runway took so long he could've used a sandwich.<p>The Boeing 737 that Cablk was aboard actually touched down at <b>O'Hare International Airport</b>, not Bensenville, of …

Decorations

Apple is quietly working on a new indoor mapping system

Apple has discreetly released an RF-based interior positioning app called Indoor Survey, as spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. It appeared recently on the App Store, and the description says you can "drop 'points' on a map within the Survey App [to] indicate your position within the venue …

Snapchat doesn't own your photos, videos and messages

Snapchat has squashed rumours that its updated privacy policy gives it total control and ownership of user content.<p>Rumours that spread on social …

Snapchat

Amazon's Black Friday site is here, almost a month before Black Friday

It seems like the deals for Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, get earlier and earlier every year.<p>But Amazon wants to beat …

Science says dancing with friends is good for your health

You might not think of yourself as a dancer. In fact, maybe even the idea of dancing makes your palms sweat. But growing scientific evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits. In our recent study, we found that synchronizing with others while dancing raised …

Dancing

I paid $300 for a $60K round-the-world adventure

Think it’s impossible to shell out just a few hundred bucks to fly around the globe — in mega-pampered first-class seats, no less? It’s not.<p>Sam …

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

Al-Qaeda

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

Psychology

What we know, don't know about Freddie Gray's arrest

<b>(CNN) —</b> New information released Thursday adds complexity, and even more questions, to the already confusing picture of what happened to Freddie Gray after his arrest.<p>The transport van that carried Gray made a previously unknown stop along its route from where he was arrested to the police station. …

Justice

Latest on traffic jam scandal: Kelly felt 'betrayed'

4:25 p.m.<p>A lawyer for Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff charged in a lane closure scheme says she felt betrayed after the governor called her "stupid" and a "liar."<p>Christie made the comments after he fired Bridget Kelly when the alleged plot came to light.<p>Kelly says she is innocent of …

Corruption

It Is Time To Repeal the 10TH Amendment And Unify America %%

This nation’s official name is the “United” States of America, and even in the Pledge of Allegiance every school child recites daily that it is “one …

Rights & Freedoms

Police: Child sex offender says he left Maryland mall with sisters on day they vanished 40 years ago

A convicted child sex offender behind bars has told cops he left a suburban Washington mall with a 10-year-old girl and her older sister the day they vanished without a trace 40 years ago.<p>Lloyd Welch, a “person of interest” in the disappearance of the two girls, also told cold case detectives that …

Crime

Android Circuit: Sabotaging The Galaxy S6 Story, Xiaomi Defeats Samsung, Sony Abandons Android

Taking a look back at the week’s news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including Samsung’s battery issues and the potential of wireless charging, the story J.K. Shin could tell the press at MWC, Sony abandons Android and its Xperia smartphones, …

Mobile

Nicki Minaj Had the Best Time at the Marc Jacobs Show

It's a Nicki/Marc Jacobs model sandwich.<p>Nicki Minaj has had quite the New York Fashion Week.<p>She made her first appearance at Alexander Wang, wearing a mesh dress, a bra, and a thong, as one does:<p>And snuck in some bonding with North West:<p>Then she surprised everyone by showing up to fashion insider …

The Latest in Celebrity Hair Transformations

How the Inventor of the Polaroid Championed the Patent

Edwin Land worked to protect inventions from large companies.<p>In 1928, a 19-year-old Edwin Land, who would later become the father of instant photography and the founder of Polaroid, dropped out of Harvard before the end of his freshman year. He had to finish his experiments on an invention he …

Innovation

These Posters For 2015’s Oscar Nominees Are Made Entirely From Stock Images

Most of the posters for the 87th Annual Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominees aren’t nearly as original as the films they advertise. (One even falls into the “white people almost kissing” movie poster cliché trap.)<p>But in what’s become an annual tradition, called Oscar Pop!, designers at stock photo …

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …

Archaeology