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High childhood IQ linked to bipolar disorder later in life

Is bipolar disorder the price humans must pay for creativity and intelligence?<p>High childhood IQ levels are linked to an increased risk of bipolar disorder later in life, according to new research.<p>The study, carried out at the University of Glasgow, measured the IQ of a large group of people aged …

Merkel's senior German conservative ally hints that the Greece deal will not happen tomorrow

"There are a lot of questions that remain open," Ralph Brinkhaus, deputy parliamentary floor leader for Merkel's conservatives, told Deutschlandfunk radio on Monday.<p>Greece's finance and economy ministers were locked in negotiations with representatives of creditors that stretched until the early …

Europe

Galaxy Note 5 leaked in clearest images yet, complete with retail packaging

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 has been leaked in full, showing the device from almost every angle, complete with packaging and compared alongside the iPhone 6 Plus to show its relative size. As you can probably tell from the images, the photos were snapped by a retail worker. A Samsung rep had …

Apple Imagines A World You Digitize By Touch, And They Aren’t Alone

As creative apps go mobile, companies are developing new tools to capture the world.<p>Apple has filed a patent application for a stylus that you can touch to any surface, take a photo, and store the texture and color data into a 3-D image file. Easy to imagine: you’re sitting at Starbucks, drawing on …

Apps

Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality

When Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all. The first was "why?" and we never got a convincing answer: Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion in Nokia costs this month, higher than the purchase price. The second question was what would become of the rest …

Virtual Reality

Deal between Greece and its European creditors raises questions

A deal between Greece and its European creditors Monday averted financial collapse and a rapid Greek exit from the Eurozone but raised questions about whether the government in Athens can muster the political support it needs or deliver on its promises.<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is facing …

Marilyn Manson released his latest album on early PlayStation CDs

The '90s are back in style, in more ways than one. <i>Kill Screen</i> has revealed that Marilyn Manson released his latest album (<i>The Pale Emperor</i>) on the black CDs used for original PlayStation games, made in the same Sony plant. No, they're not meant to rekindle two of your fondest teenage memories. …

General Motors

British robots glimpse inside the Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan may be obsessed with robots, but it is a British company that has solved the "impossible" problem of visualising the radiation leaks inside the crippled reactor buildings at Fukushima<p>State-of-the-art British imaging technology has been deployed at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to …

Oppo's next phone has a crazy slim screen bezel

The folks over at Oppo sure know how to tease. Well, that's my guess, anyway, based on the fact that several Chinese tech writers received the above photos from "anonymous" sources yesterday. This mysterious smartphone -- running on Oppo's ColorOS Android ROM -- features an almost edge-to-edge …

Hospitality

Samsung can put 128GB of storage in your low-cost phone

Just because you're not splurging on a top-of-the-line smartphone doesn't mean that you have to settle for a tiny amount of storage. Samsung certainly thinks that way -- it just announced a 3-bits-per-cell flash memory chip that promises 128GB of storage in "mass market" (read: more affordable) …

Tim Cook: Apple isn't becoming the new Microsoft

Are you getting the sense that Apple is becoming the new Microsoft, the giant corporation that's simultaneously doing too much and refusing to take risks? Not surprisingly, Tim Cook would like to have a word with you. He tells <i>Fast Company</i> that he doesn't accept those comparisons because Apple is …

Uber drivers in Chicago start testing electric cars

Chicago now serves as home to an Uber fleet comprised of 25 all-electric cars. They're not Tesla Model S vehicles like that Uber ride Engadget's editors hailed back in 2013, though -- they're BYD e6 EVs straight from China. Uber has teamed up with Chinese automaker BYD or "Build Your Dream" in an …

Thanks to USB Type-C, external MacBook batteries may finally arrive

If you've been yearning for an external MacBook battery, you might soon be in luck. <i>9to5Mac</i> reports Apple will finally allow companies to make battery packs and chargers for its devices, thanks to the newfangled USB Type-C connectors. The folks in Cupertino have typically frowned upon bricks that …

Jolla takes on Android with a promise not to sell your data

When Jolla launched its tablet on Indiegogo, it was an instant success. Today that tablet is being shown to the media for the first time at MWC. But, that's not all that the plucky mobile startup has to reveal. With the new tablet comes the second version of Jolla's Sailfish OS. Version 2.0 brings …

BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device

BlackBerry has only been willing to give out tiny pieces of its smartphone experience so far, like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it's going to be much more liberal in the near future. It's launching BlackBerry Experience Suite, a collection of apps and services that bring some of its biggest …

Google won't ban adult content on Blogger after all

Well that was fast. Google only declared that it would begin cracking down on adult content posted to Blogger a few days ago, but it's already decided it was a bit hasty in its decision. After coming under fire over the introduction of a retroactive change that would ban sexually explicit images …

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

Consciousness

Reddit requires consent to post nude photos or videos

When nude celebrity photos hit the internet last year, Reddit was a landing spot for the hacked snapshots. After today's security update though, photos or video of naked people or folks engaged in sexual acts cannot be posted without consent. If you'll recall, the hacking incident last fall -- …

Samsung will broadcast public safety announcements over LTE this year

Samsung's got strong LTE (and LTE-A, and... whatever's next) bones and now it's looking to shift the commercial tech into the emergency services. Public safety announcements has been a project of the 3GPP for a while. What's that, you say? It's a ragtag gang of superheroes telecoms groups and …

Emergency Medicine

Japan's flip-phone love affair continues, smartphone shipments fall

In an alternate universe where up is down and black is white, more feature phones get shipped year-on-year while its replacement, the smartphone, sees sales stall. That's apparently what happened in Japan last year though, according to MM Research Institute. For the first time in seven years, …

Samsung talks up wireless charging in the buildup to Galaxy S6 launch

The countdown to Samsung's next big phone launch is at less than two weeks now, and the Korean company is starting to release strategic teasers hinting at the specs we can expect from the new device. Last week, there was the promise of an amazing new camera, whereas today Samsung is putting the …

Wireless Charging

40th Anniversary of SNL

Tesla loses its third China executive in a year amid weak sales

HONG KONG (MarketWatch) — The dismal Chinese sales for Tesla Motors Inc.’s electric cars have seemingly upset Chief Executive Elon Musk, as the …

China

Samsung teases 'amazing' camera in new flagship phone

A month ago, I wrote about the iPhone's camera and how instrumental it is to many of the things that make that bestselling device so appealing. Today, Apple's most direct competitor, Samsung, has reiterated its long history of developing cameraphones and promised to deliver nothing less than "the …

Phones

Driverless car debuts on U.K. roads

The first driverless car to hit British roads launched Wednesday and is now roaming the sidewalks of London's Greenwich neighborhood.<p>The electric-powered LUTZ Pathfinder can travel 12 miles per hour and uses sensors, radar, and cameras to avoid obstacles.<p>The two-seater pod was designed by Transport …

Autonomous Cars