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Android L's newest security feature: out-of-the-box encryption

Apple isn't the only one that's making its software a lot more secure, and erm, fed-proof -- Google's upcoming Android platform will apparently be encrypted by default, according to <i>The Washington Post</i>. The publication didn't clarify whether it's Android's full-disk encryption, which Google first …

Expect the Unexpected: More 9.0 Megaquakes Are Coming, Study Says

No one should be surprised if a magnitude-9 megaquake erupts off America's West Coast — or anywhere else around the Pacific Ocean's "Ring of Fire," for that matter.<p>That's the upshot of a study in October's issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America: Researchers say that computer …

Geology

Pictures in the News | Sept. 16, 2014

Tuesday’s Pictures in the News begins in Northern California, where a wildfire approaches the shore of Bass Lake. Fire crews are attempting to get better access to a number of wildfires that have forced hundreds to evacuate their homes in Northern California.<p>Washington, D.C.: A Code Pink activist …

Islamic State video threatens to target White House and US troops

Islamic State militants have threatened to target the White House and kill US troops in a new slickly made video response to Barack Obama's campaign to "degrade and destroy" the organisation.<p>The video, in the style of a blockbuster movie trailer for what is "coming soon", purports to show a masked …

Stocks higher ahead of Fed as Dow hits record

The Dow jumped to a record close Wednesday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed that a key short-term interest rate will stay near zero for a "considerable time" after its bond-buying program ends next month.<p>Investors have been eagerly awaiting the Fed statement for clues on the timing and pace of …

Home builder confidence hits highest level in nine years

Home builders have a little more spring in their step this fall.<p>An industry trade group reported Wednesday that optimism among builders of single-family homes is at its highest level since 2005 amid an improving job market and solid demand.<p>The National Assn. of Home Builders said its confidence …

Real Estate

Gold Looks Like Death

Remember gold?<p>We used to talk a lot about it around these parts, but we've pretty much stopped following it ever since the whole goldbug, Fed-hater thing got so thoroughly discredited.<p>Anyway, it's not looking so hot. In fact, it kind of looks like death.<p>Here's a chart going back a number of …