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Netflix says piracy service Popcorn Time is a real competitor

Netflix isn't just worried about HBO — it's worried about pirates, too. In a letter to shareholders yesterday, Netflix says that piracy is one of its "biggest competitors," and notably, it specifically points to one piracy service that's caught its attention: Popcorn Time. Popcorn Time's app is …

California bill would legalize assisted death for the terminally ill

It was a dying wish of Brittany Maynard, after a terminal cancer diagnosis led her to move to Portland, Ore., so she could legally end her life, that her home state of California would someday adopt Oregon's death-with-dignity law<p>On Wednesday, three months after Maynard's death at age 29 drew …

Data Protection

Samsung drops Snapdragon 810 in favor of Exynos for Galaxy S6 – Bloomberg

Samsung will be using in-house Exynos chips for the Galaxy S6, dropping Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor due to overheating issues, a credible report claims.<p>The report comes from <i>Bloomberg</i>, which cites “people with direct knowledge of the matter.” This isn’t the first time we’re hearing that …

Gear & Gadgets

The 21 Craziest Diets Ever — Debunked

A Real Doctor weighs in.<p>Just because a girl in your office has a cousin whose friend lost 10 pounds in four days with a diet doesn't mean her esoteric diet will be safe, effective, and sustainable for you. To put things in perspective, Cosmopolitan.com asked Charlie Seltzer, M.D., a weight-loss …

Nutrition

6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life In 2015

Co.Design talked to a slew of experts about how design is changing the way we experience cities, from where we live to how we eat.<p>Cities are the future. By one oft-cited statistic, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won’t look …

Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum | Reuters

STOCKHOLM/SEOUL (Reuters) - A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a truck.<p>But he offers no evidence to …

North Korea

Samsung won't use the Snapdragon 810 processor in its Galaxy S6 due to overheating, says report

For years now, Samsung has been using a mix of its own Exynos processors — primarily in its native Korea and developing markets — and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips to power its phones, but its next flagship phone may eschew the Qualcomm option. A report from Bloomberg this morning states that Samsung …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness