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A Brief History of Doctor Strange and His Relationship with Tibet, Occultism, and Buddhism

In 1963, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Marvel's Doctor Strange, a "different kind of superhero" who practiced Occultism and held quasi-Buddhist views that he learned from an "Orientalized" figure named the Ancient One.<p>What can a half-century's worth of this odd superhero's comic books tell us …

How to download and install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Edge extensions, here you come!<p>The first major update to Windows 10 -- the Windows 10 Anniversary Update -- started rolling out to all users on August 2. This update brings several changes to the operating system, including visual modifications, improvements to the Edge browser and new features …

Windows 10

I Haven’t Brushed My Teeth Since I Got To Russia (By Edward Snowden)

I knew my life would never be the same after leaking classified information about the NSA’s global surveillance program, and I don’t regret standing …

Surveillance

This YouTube star makes $1,800 a month reviewing fast food

Sitting in his parent's living room in suburban New York, Youtube food reviewer "ReportOFTheWeek" skeptically eyes his newest subject: Burger King's Cheetos Chicken Fries.<p>"'Dangerously Cheesy?' No. 'Very cheesy?' No. 'Mildly cheesy?' Yes ... I would like to see more emphasis on the cheesiness and …

Living Rooms

Samsung recalls millions of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones after reports of exploding batteries

Samsung has announced that it’s recalling more than two million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, following reports of exploding batteries.<p>First introduced in early August, the latest addition to the Galaxy Note-branded phablet line was met with positive reviews. But earlier this week, reports began …

A planet orbits around the closest star to our Solar System — and it may be habitable

Proxima Centauri has an Earth-sized neighbor<p>Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, has a planet that may have just the right features to support life on its surface. That makes this world the closest possible residence for alien life outside our Solar System — and perhaps the most …

Devialet's Phantom Gold wireless speaker literally blew us away

I've heard incredible things about Devialet's Phantom wireless speaker, but I was not prepared to experience the even more powerful Phantom Gold.<p>The …

Anki’s Cozmo robot is the real-life WALL-E we've been waiting for

Race cars to robots was the plan all along<p>While Cozmo sleeps, it snores. The small robot — shaped like a miniaturized bulldozer with a CRT monitor for a cockpit — sits in a charging dock, waiting to be awoken. Like Pixar’s adorably anthropomorphic WALL-E, Cozmo falls somewhere between a Mars rover …

Google launches Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform for teaching kids to code

Google today announced Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform that allows developers, designers and educators to build physical programming experiences that can help kids (5+) learn to code.<p>While Google worked together with design firm IDEO to build a reference kit, the idea here is to provide …

Trump: Clinton is a 'world-class liar'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump sought to regain control of his campaign Wednesday, turning attention away from the turmoil roiling his operation with a blistering denunciation of the character, career and qualifications of Hillary Clinton.<p>After enduring weeks of self-inflicted wounds, the speech was …

Donald Trump

On the road with George Hotz’s $1,000 self-driving car kit

Sitting in an Aria Hotel penthouse suite with views of the Las Vegas Strip and the vast Mojave Desert beyond, George Hotz was ready to bury the hatchet with Elon Musk. “I’m an Elon Musk fan,” he said. “He jerked me around, I jerked him around, we’re even.”<p>In a splashy <i>Bloomberg Business</i> feature …

Atari is embracing the Internet of Things with new smart home devices

Admittedly, Atari isn’t the entertainment powerhouse it once was. The company has spent the last few years digging attempting to reinvent itself after declaring bankruptcy in 2013, focusing largely on mobile gaming plays and casino deals. Now the one-time gaming juggernaut is lending its legendary …

Navy probing discrepancies in 'American Sniper' medal records

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Navy is investigating why documents show a discrepancy between the number of medals awarded to Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and what he wrote about in his best-selling book "American Sniper."<p>Documents obtained by The Intercept though a Freedom of Information request show that Kyle -- who became …

Military

SpaceX makes historic rocket landing

<b>Kennedy Space Center, Florida. (CNN) —</b> If at first you don't succeed, try until you make history.<p>For the first time, SpaceX has successfully landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship. That occurred in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday afternoon.<p>SpaceX launched the rocket from the Cape Canaveral …

Space Travel

Tech Experts Condemn Proposed Law Targeting Apple, Secure Messaging

"Burr-Feinstein may be the most insane thing I've ever seen seriously offered as a piece of legislation. It is 'do magic' in legalese."<p>Technologists and policy experts wasted little time bashing soon-to-be-released encryption legislation, a draft of which was published online late Thursday …

Privacy

Ford just made cop-spotting a whole lot harder

The company's new slim-profile LED visor light bar makes it all but impossible to tell that the car behind you is about to ask for a mandatory "donation" to the Policeman's Ball.<p><b>Update, October 3:</b> <i>This story has been updated to include yet another light bar that makes its cop cars that much harder</i> …

Photons

See Vintage Photos of Cute Animals from the ASPCA Archives

ASPCA rescue puppies in cardboard pet transport boxes, 1970s.<br>ASPCA<p>1 of 11<p>According to legend, Henry Bergh was traveling in St. Petersburg around 1863 …

Even Elon Musk Is Surprised By How Popular Tesla's New Car Is

Automaker Tesla is seeing a nice boost in its stock price Monday following news of high demand for its upcoming electric sedan.<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk …

How Reddit Strongly Hinted It Received a Secret Surveillance Order

Reddit, the popular web forum site, appears to have received a national security letter in the last year — at least, that’s the strong implication of …

How the 11.5 million Panama Papers were analysed

The biggest leak in history has connected more than 70 current and former world leaders to tax evasion schemes that channel billions of pounds into …

Corruption

Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin launches and successfully lands rocket

"Launch. Land. Repeat."<p>That's the approach Jeff Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, is taking to test its New Shepard, which launched and landed safely on Saturday.<p>The launch in West Texas is the third for the New Shepard rocket, which is named after Alan Shepard, the first American to go to …

Space Travel

Buzz Aldrin: 'My First Experiment on the Moon Was a Failure'

If you want to do something significant, something noble, something that perhaps has never been done before, you must be willing to fail. And don’t …

Never pay for an overweight suitcase again

An overweight suitcase can run you $100 in fees, but what if you could weigh your suitcase by simply lifting it off the ground?<p>That's just one of many utilities that's built into a new smart luggage brand called Raden, which launches Tuesday.<p>Raden charges your phone, gives you details about TSA …

Shopping

Google unveils new Android 'N'

In a surprise unveiling, Google has given the world its first look at the next version of Android.<p>The yet-to-be-named Android update, codenamed "Android N," features a split-screen mode, improved notifications and better battery life. Google unveiled a preview version of Android N for developers …

Customers

Cola launches its app for smarter, more interactive text messages

Do you sometimes get the feeling that you’re having a looooooong text conversation to accomplish some fairly simple planning? I’ve certainly had tedious back-and-forths where I’m trying to figure out when to meet with someone, and then where, and so on.<p>That’s the problem that a startup called Cola …

New "Passive Wi-Fi" Could Drastically Cut Power Needs For Connected Devices

Electrical engineers at the University of Washington have come up with a new type of Wi-Fi hardware that uses 10,000 times less power than existing …

Marathon space flight just the start for Scott Kelly, walking science experiment

The Nasa astronaut and his twin brother, who remained on Earth, was the focus of a battery of tests to investigate the viability of sending a human to Mars<p>Scott Kelly returned to Earth this week slightly taller than when he left it, irradiated, and with his eyesight changed from almost a year spent …

Space Science

Instagram blocks links to Snapchat and Telegram

Links with no purpose other than adding a user on a different social network are ‘not the way our platform was intended to be used’, says owner, Facebook<p>Facebook doesn’t often give the impression of being scared of anything, but it looks like the social network is a bit concerned about the …

Privacy

Mattel Unveils ThingMaker, A $300 3D Printer That Lets Kids Make Their Own Toys

At New York’s Toy Fair trade show over the weekend, Mattel unveiled its new, $300 3D Printer, the “ThingMaker,” which will allow children to print their own toys at home. The device works in conjunction with a 3D printing app developed in collaboration with Autodesk that offers a simple interface …