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As El Nino grows, drought-stricken California braces for wild winter weather

For months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California's four-year drought.<p>Given the stakes, there is likely going to be much focus Thursday when the latest El Niño forecast is released.<p>The forecast is scheduled to be announced …

Weather

Verizon: Existing customers eligible for discounted phones

NEW YORK (AP) — Good news for existing Verizon customers: You'll still be able to get discounted phones for $100 or $200 by renewing a two-year …

Ranking the Most Complete Players for the 2015-16 College Basketball Season

With so many sports debates nowadays centering around whether an athlete is elite, wouldn't it make more sense to wish they were complete?<p>The game of college basketball is still played using a version of the longstanding five-player, five-position model the sport was built around. But over time …

Get ready: 8 new products Apple will release before 2015 is over

This has been a record-breaking year for Apple… and the company has only launched one major new product so far in 2015. Stop for a moment to think …

Mystery of the ancient monolith

The enormous stone totem, now split in two and sitting in the Sicilian Channel between Tunisia and Sicily, was hewed from a rocky outcrop some 300m …

Verizon will drop phone contracts, end discounted phones

Verizon, the nation's largest wireless provider, will stop offering phones at discounted prices when customers sign two-year service contracts.<p>The move was made in the name of simplification, but it could result in some customers paying more.<p>All wireless carriers have been trying to wean customers …

Best iPhone 6 Wireless Chargers: Charge Your iPhone Wirelessly

Wireless charging has been available in many Android devices for quite some time. However, iPhone is yet to support it. But that doesn’t mean you …

How to turn off Windows 10's controversial Wi-Fi sharing feature

It's a cool idea. But Wi-Fi Sense has triggered a firestorm among some security experts, who are concerned that it gives hackers one extra weapon in their arsenal.<p>A lot of the panic seems a little overblown. But if you're extra security conscious, you might want to turn it off. It provides a …

NASA Has Discovered a Planet Similar to Earth

Could this be our first step towards a real life ‘Interstellar?’<p>NASA scientists have just found a planet most similar to Earth. Dubbed Keplar-452b, …

Four-legged snake fossil stuns scientists—and ignites controversy

Scientists have described what they say is the first known fossil of a four-legged snake. The limbs of the 120-or-so-million-year-old, …

Dinosaurs

Microsoft Windows 10: 5 Reasons To Be Excited

It’s taken a while for Microsoft to clear up some of the loose ends around Windows 10’s availability, price and support -as Gordon Kelly has covered extensively on these pages.<p>But what is clear is that this update is expected to be the biggest, most well-received and feature-rich update in recent …

Which wireless carrier has the best airport data coverage?

If you're a frequent flyer who spends a lot of time at airports in the US, you're better off using Verizon Wireless.<p>That's the conclusion from wireless testing firm RootMetrics, which released its bi-annual report on the state of mobile coverage in the nation's 50 busiest airport. As with the …

Alexander the Great's father found -- maybe

A decades-old mystery about the body of Alexander the Great's father has been solved, anthropologists claim.<p>A new analysis of bones from a Macedonian tomb complex reveals a skeleton with a knee injury so severe that it would have caused a noticeable limp in life. This injury matches some historical …

Shaq vs. Scottie: All-Time Lakers Battle All-Time Bulls in 'NBA 2K' Simulation

We all witnessed the social media firestorm that took place as NBA legends Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O'Neal went at one another over Instagram on Monday night. Shaq kicked off the feud by posting a photo of his all-time greatest Lakers up against the all-time greatest Bulls with the caption "we …

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How to Set Up Your Own Home VPN Server

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are very useful, whether you’re traveling the world or just using public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop in your hometown. But …

Information Systems

New Pyramid Found on Mars Joins a Growing List

A photo taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover in May 2015 shows what appears to be a small pyramid on the planet’s surface. This isn’t the first pyramid …

Here’s the Apple Watch emulating a vintage 20-year-old Mac

The Apple Watch might not seem like it has the most powerful processor on the block, but it’s still an A5-caliber CPU, similar to the one shipped with the iPad 2, the original iPad mini and the iPhone 4s.<p>That means the Apple Watch’s processor is still more powerful than pretty much every other CPU …

Apple Watch

We Took Apart Some Beats Headphones and Here's What We Found

<i>This post was co-authored with Avery Louie.</i><p>It's nearly impossible to be on a train, fly on a plane or walk down the street without spotting the iconic "b" logo. Beats has been extremely successful in marketing its headphones and now enjoys large market appeal. But with a sky-high retail price of …

Headphones

How Does Blood Pressure Work?

The satellites of our solar system have some glorious designations: Europa, Io, Triton, Titan, Phobos, Oberon, and...the Moon. Technically, Earth’s …

High Blood Pressure

The Newest Multicolor Flyknit Has Been Revealed

You don’t have to be a sneaker professional to know that Nike’s Flyknits always race off the shelves in their multicolored colorways. So, why would …