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Seeing The Forest Through Big Data: Satellite And Cloud Combine To Show Wilderness Loss

A research team using Google Cloud to analyze the last 12 years of satellite imagery has uncovered “unprecedented detail” in forest loss and gain …

Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics

If you are ever trapped in a collapsed building, SCHAFT is the robot you’ll want by your side. The a bipedal robot, built by a Japanese team, just …

The intricate flow of Comet Lovejoy’s tail

Astronomers used the Subaru Telescope to capture this image of Comet Lovejoy’s tail on December 3, 2013. This comet is now visible in earthly …

Samsung’s patent could make big smartphones easier to use for everyone

I like the idea of big smartphones more than I actually like using them. That’s because, even though I have average size hands, I can’t manage to do …

Will 3D Sensing From PrimeSense Make Apple's Siri More Psychic?

How much more intelligent and perceptive could Siri be if it understood more than just what you told it? What if it understood where you were in your house? Or if you were out in public? What if it had some basic spatial awareness that could help narrow the context of what you are asking?<p>These are …

Amazon testing 'octocopter' package-delivery drones

Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.<p>Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller drones about the size of a remote-controlled airplane to transport shoebox-size plastic bins from fulfillment centers to …

Consumer drones are coming, and they will change everything

I recently spent a week flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. It’s a 2.5 pound drone with an attached camera and easy flight controls, and I …

How to switch from iPhone to Android – the Eric Schmidt guide

In a rare Google+ post, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt offered his followers a very detailed how-to guide on switching from iPhone to Android.<p>Schmidt said that many of his iPhone friends are moving to Android and reminded buyers that some of the most recent Android handsets out there including the …

Analyst Predicts Bitcoin Will Go Over $1000 This Week: 'This Is A Classic Bubble'

As Bitcoin’s value continues its ridiculous climb, into the $600s and $700s on popular exchanges, a price forecasting analyst states the obvious, “This is a classic speculative bubble.” Based on its current momentum, he predicts that it may go as high as $1,700 within the week.<p><i>Disclosure: I own</i> …

Indian central bank unshackles foreign banks

He's just a little more than two months into his job, but new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Govind Rajan seems to be making all the right moves as far as reviving the country's ailing economy is concerned. At least till now.<p>Since taking over on September 4, concerns over rupee …

Reality check for US stock markets after day of record highs

American stock indices the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq ended lower on Monday while the Dow failed to close above its milestone level of 16,000 as stocks were sold off late following cautious comments by the investor Carl Icahn on the equity market.<p>The Dow and the S&P 500 retreated from record levels …

Apple reportedly acquiring the company behind Microsoft’s Kinect sensor

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli fabless semiconductor company, for $345 million. Israeli newspaper <i>Calcalist</i> claims Apple has finalized the acquisition, with plans for an announcement within the next two weeks. Primesense worked with Microsoft to include its technology, chips, …

Google and Microsoft agree steps to block abuse images

<b>Leading search engine companies Google and Microsoft have agreed measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online.</b><p>As many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that find illegal material, and will trigger warnings that child abuse imagery is illegal.<p>PM David Cameron has …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Does the President Alone Have the Power to Heal the Economy?

Two years ago, Pres­id­ent Obama de­clared to the res­id­ents of an east­ern Las Ve­gas neigh­bor­hood, “We can’t wait for an in­creas­ingly …

The White House

Obamacare Website Contractor Had History of Problems

Contractor for Healthcare.gov allegedly mishandled at least 20 other government projects.

DC insurance commissioner fired a day after criticizing Obamacare steps

Washington, D.C.'s insurance commissioner confirmed Sunday that he was fired after questioning President Barack Obama's proposed fixes to his troubled health-care law.<p>William White told NBC News that Mayor Vincent Gray's office didn't explicitly link his dismissal to his comments. But he strongly …

PS4: 1 million sold in first day on sale in the US

New console, released on Friday in the US, comes ahead of European launch at end of month.<p>Sony has sold 1m units of its new PlayStation 4 gaming console in the first 24 hours that it was available in the US and Canada.<p>The console, which Sony is counting on to kick-start a revival of its consumer …

Gameplay

Xbox One Vs. PS4: The Console Wars Are Just Getting Started

It’s quite possible that all that momentum Sony's had leading up to the launch of the PS4 will dry up now that the machine is in the wild. System issues, faulty HDMI ports, and a real lack of compelling first-party games all work against the next-gen console.<p>Meanwhile, the Xbox One is still out of …

Iran Nuclear Deal 'Quite Possible' Next Week: U.S. Official

* U.S. sees initial deal with Iran as close<p>* Nuclear talks resume in Geneva on Nov. 20<p>* Sanctions relief "way south" of figures being reported (Adds comment from top Iranian negotiator)<p>By Lesley Wroughton<p>WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement …

Deadly clash at China police station

A total of 11 people were killed in an assault on a police station in the north-western region of Xinjiang, the local government has said. It is the latest in a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the area.<p>Two auxiliary police officers and nine attackers were killed in the incident on …

Anonymous Hacker Jeremy Hammond Sentenced To Max Penalty Of 10 Years In Prison

One of the most active hackers in the collective known as Anonymous and the source of WikiLeaks’ largest ever leak of secret documents was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison–the most severe penalty so far of any of the activist hackers who rampaged across the Internet in the chaotic summer of …

Republicans attack president's 'phoney apology' over Obamacare rollout

Obamacare once again dominated the Republican oppposition's weekly address on Saturday despite President Barack Obama's attempt to move the debate on to energy policy in his own address. While the president chose to discuss domestic oil production and energy efficiency, the GOP maintained its …

Associated Press News

Democrats feel political heat despite ObamaCare ‘fix’

President Obama's fix to reverse millions of insurance cancellation notices may have eased slightly the pressure he faces, but Democrats at state level still face political trouble and fear what it may mean for the 2014 midterm elections.<p>One such Democrat is West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall. The …

Probe targets rigging in $5.3T currency market

Investigators probe whether bank traders manipulated trading in foreign exchange markets<p>Financial market experts have long speculated that the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market might be manipulated. Even though the system that pension funds, major businesses and institutional investors …

How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year

It doesn’t get much bet­ter than the ex­hil­ar­a­tion Barack Obama felt when he looked out at the hun­dreds of sup­port­ers packed in­to Mc­Cormick …

The Internal War Over the Volcker Rule

The so-called Vol­ck­er Rule, a pro­vi­sion in the 2010 Dodd-Frank fin­an­cial-re­form law that would ban banks from mak­ing risky bets with their …