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Breakthrough study reveals how LSD dissolves a person's sense of self

A fascinating study led by scientists at the University of Zurich has uncovered key insights into the mechanisms behind how our brain generates our …

How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …

Neuroscientists Have Followed a Thought as It Moves Through The Brain

We didn't think it was possible.<p>A study using epilepsy patients undergoing surgery has given neuroscientists an opportunity to track in unprecedented …

Testing a self-driving car on the Las Vegas strip

Self-driving cars are cruising the Las Vegas streets this week, and anyone can catch a ride.<p>Well, anyone who walks to the Las Vegas Convention Center, opens the Lyft app, and is going to one of more than 20 pre-set destinations.<p>Lyft and automated car tech company Aptiv have teamed up for a …

The film that makes me cry: Brokeback Mountain

A tale of two men falling in love in 1960s Wyoming, Brokeback Mountain was never going to be your average screen romance; nor did director Ang Lee intend it to be.<p>Based on the short story by Annie Proulx, the 2006 film adaptation is not afraid to wear its heart on its bloodstained sleeve. Almost …

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T-Mobile adds Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and others to Music Freedom

The list of music services that won't impact your data plan on T-Mobile is getting much longer today. The carrier has added Google Play Music, Xbox Music, SoundCloud, and 11 other music apps to its Music Freedom initiative. Those three are the big names, but T-Mobile says it's also added listening …

Symantec Has Found a Spying Tool Active on Computers Around the World

Computer security experts Symantec say their researchers have uncovered a sophisticated malware tool on Windows PCs across the globe, that appears to be used for spying and data collection, reports Recode.<p>Named ‘Regin’, the tool is a Trojan that has infected several organizations’ and individuals’ …

Samsung reportedly sold 4 million fewer Galaxy S5s than Galaxy S4s

There have been a few signs that not all is well in Samsung's mobile division, with the company pledging to make fewer new devices, as well as its chief taking a pay cut. If the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> is to be believed, the cause of this unrest is all down to faltering sales of the Galaxy S5, which has …

Samsung considering management changes as Galaxy S 5 sales fall 40% short

Samsung’s profits have slowly been declining all year, and we’ve heard multiple reports that the company is working on changing their business plan …

HTC RE Camera review: a fun personal shooter with room to grow

My father's camcorder was a common sight on childhood vacations. Trips to Mount Rainier, the Oregon Coast, Disneyland, skiing, weddings -- you name it, there's video evidence of my siblings and I enjoying time together. I'm lucky to have grown up in an era where this technology was available, but …

Trek-worthy gifts for outdoor adventurers

Going gear-shopping for your favorite outdoors-loving friend or family member can be harder than trekking up Mount St. Helens as she’s about to blow. There are so many options, but so much crap.<p>To help you out with your holiday shopping, Cult of Mac waded through the endless lists of camping and …

Christoph Waltz tipped to play Blofeld in new James Bond movie

Christoph Waltz will play the iconic James Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 24th 007 film, according to the Mail on Sunday.<p>The two-time Oscar-winner is expected to be named as Daniel Craig’s latest opponent next month. Previous reports suggested Waltz would initially portray a conflicted …

Latest settlement could mark the end of Apple's patent war

According to reports and new court filings, an end to the long running legal battles between Apple and Google, along with various Android handset manufacturers, is finally within reach, just over a year since the mobile patent war escalated.<p>A federal judge involved in the disputes has agreed to …

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Xiaomi thinks it can top Apple and Samsung as world’s largest smartphone maker within a decade

Just weeks after Xiaomi overtook Huawei and LG to become the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, The Guardian reports that the Chinese handset maker’s chief executive and founder Lei Jun is out with a bold prediction that his company could move past Apple and Samsung to become the world’s …

Facebook wants to be a tech news powerhouse

Facebook is trying to be your go-to source for tech news, rather than just a way to see baby pics and find out which friends are engaged.<p>Seven months …

5 Android apps you can't miss this week - Google Play Weekly

Welcome back to Google Play Weekly! Here are the headlines this week:<p>Titanium Backup got updated to support Android Lollipop.<br>• Google Play Services received an update that affects Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Wallet, and Google Fit.<br>• Ingress celebrated its second birthday by releasing an …

iPhone 6 Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Notes: Final impressions

Place your bets, folks. Which of these phablets will reign supreme in the battle of design, usability and productivity?<p>Instead of simply falling to the ground, the Note began a journey on an upward trajectory. A tumbling, slow-motion, agonizing trajectory.

Android Auto is great, but automakers are holding it back

It's time to overhaul the byzantine rules of the dashboard<p>At the LA Auto Show this week, I spent time with a recent pre-release build of Android Auto using a Nexus 5 connected to a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It's mostly the same as the version we were shown at Google I/O in June, apart from some minor …

Motorola Droid Turbo (Verizon Wireless) review: Powerful Droid with an enduring battery, at the right price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> Hands-free voice controls and epically long battery life supercharge the Motorola Droid Turbo. Its high screen resolution and crisp, nimble camera earn it bonus points.<p><b>The Bad</b> A sharp bottom point makes the Droid Turbo uncomfortable to hold, and the black color's nylon backing feels cheap. …

India isolates man with Ebola-infected semen

<b>New Delhi, India (CNN) —</b> An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.<p>The 26-year-old man, an Indian national, traveled to New Delhi from Liberia on November 10, almost two months after he was hospitalized in …

Apple May Introduce 'Biggest Camera Jump Ever' in Next-Generation iPhone

Apple may introduce its "biggest camera jump ever" in the next-generation iPhone, according to <i>Daring Fireball</i>'s John Gruber (via <i>The Tech Block</i>). In a recent episode of his podcast <i>The Talk Show</i>, Gruber said that he heard "from a birdie of a birdie" that Apple is working on major camera …

Why Steve Jobs drowned the first iPod prototype

Every once in a while an anecdote comes along that so perfectly describes the late Steve Jobs’ vision, that it’s a perfect metaphor for Apple as a whole. This might be my favorite of those anecdotes.<p>Originally posted on Quora by ex-Apple employee Amit Chaudhary, here’s a story about how Jobs got …

Celebrate 20 Years Of ‘The Professional’ With This Action-Packed Ranking Of Movie Hitman Vengeance

The backlash came and went pretty quickly from Gary Oldman’s June interview in Playboy. If you don’t recall, the celebrated actor was very candid and open about everything from the politics of Hollywood to whether or not Philip Seymour Hoffman could have been “saved,” and in between he revealed …

Android rival Jolla hits crowdfunding target for first Sailfish OS tablet

Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has passed its Indiegogo crowdfunding target -- in just over two hours -- for its first tablet, a 7.9-inch slate that runs Sailfish OS, rather than Android.<p>Finnish smartphone manufacturer Jolla has successfully taken to crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to seek …

Apple slapped with $23.6 million fine for infringing pager patents

It’s been decades since pagers played a central role in our tech lives, but the beeper is causing some headaches for Apple lately. A federal jury just slapped Apple with a $23.6 million fine for infringing patents related to ’90s technology.<p>Mobile Telecommunications Technologies sued Apple last …

11 Incredible Photography Tips That Have Nothing to Do with the Camera You Use

The great team at Artifact Uprising has created a strong list of tips by some of the top mobile photographers on Instagram. Having been engulfed in …

Nokia's first device after Microsoft is an iPad mini clone that runs Android

Nokia is back in the devices business just under seven months after selling its devices and services unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Nokia is unveiling its N1 Android tablet today, days after revealing its plans to license its brand name and teasing a black box on Twitter. Just like Xiaomi’s …

11 things we just learned about how the Apple Watch works

As of today, developers can now make apps for Apple Watch. Well, they're not separate apps so much as they are extensions of pre-existing iPhone apps, and there isn't a lot of flexibility in the WatchKit toolset — but it looks like that'll change next year.<p><b>Update:</b> Read our Apple Watch review.<p>We've …