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A portable router that conceals your Internet traffic

Def Con presentation unveils OPSEC tool for the rest of us—some assembly required.<p>The news over the past few years has been spattered with cases of …

Facebook knows when you see a product on your phone, buy it on a PC

Advertisers can see when you finally buy their stuff, even a month later.<p>Facebook has added the ability for marketers to track customers across …

The sad, strange saga of Russia’s “Sergeant Selfie”

After instant infamy for Instagram post inside Ukraine, soldier begs for WebMoney.<p>Alexander “Sanya” Sotkin, the Russian soldier who posted a …

The next big smartphone maker might actually be Lenovo

The world's most successful Windows PC company sets its sights on mobile.<p>Lenovo posted its first-quarter financial results last night (PDF), and …

Lawyers in Texas case not allowed to tweet deposition of ex-sheriff

"Our technology is far outpacing [the] ability to formulate rules," judge says.<p>In a high-profile civil case involving a disgraced ex-Texas sheriff, a …

Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles [Updated]

Tags only appear once a user clicks through and FB generates "related articles."<p>Facebook is already an unbearable enough place as of late, at least …

CDC accidentally contaminated bird flu samples because scientist had to rush to a meeting

A government lab team discovered a potentially hazardous bird flu contamination issue and didn't report it until other scientists began to notice that something was off a full month later, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report released today. The report describes the …

Microsoft considered renaming Internet Explorer to escape its checkered past

The team hasn't completely ruled out the possibility of rebranding the browser.<p>Microsoft has had "passionate" discussions about renaming Internet …

Rumor suggests Apple is working on its own reversible USB cable

New Lightning cable design would be compatible with current USB Type-A ports.<p>If reader reaction is any indication, most of you are looking forward to …

Manatees could lose their endangered species status

About 2,500 manatees have perished in Florida over the last four years, heightening tension between conservationists and property owners as federal officials prepare to decide whether to down-list the creature to threatened status.<p>Conservationists say the deaths are evidence of the vulnerability of …

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Who governs science?

Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address<p>To err is human, so why …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

You may be missing out on some of the iPhone's most powerful features.<p><b>1. Take Siri to School</b>Tired of Siri pronouncing things wrong? Next time she screws something up, tell her "That's not how you pronounce X," and then pronounce it for her. She'll give it another try, and offer you a few options …

Apparent Photo of 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Battery Reveals 2,915 mAh Capacity

A purported photo of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6's battery on Chinese site <i>Apple Daily</i> [Google Translate] (via <i>Macotakara</i>) alleges that the larger new iPhone could have a capacity of 2,915 mAh. The photo shows the battery carrying an Apple part number of 616-0675 and that it runs at 4.35 volts, although no …

The Pokemon Trading Card Game is Coming to iPad

Some attendees of the Pokemon World Championships, which is slated to begin this weekend in Washington, D.C. are being shown a version of the trading card game that will be released on iPad, according to <i>Polygon</i>. Video personality Josh Wittenkeller took a photo of the game running on an iPad.<p>The …

Richard Dawkins: I once tried to commune with God – aged 13

As a 13-year-old Richard Dawkins would fantasise about praying at an altar then seeing an angel dramatically appear in a burst of white light. Yes, one of the world's most strident atheists communed with God – "but God never actually did get through to me for some reason".<p>Dawkins' religious fervour …

Vampire Plant Sucks Victim's Genes While Feeding

Like an herbivorous Count Dracula, a snakelike vine coils around its leafy victim, punctures its stem and proceeds to suck out its life juices.<p>The …

This mob of swarming robots can make you a star - but not a doughnut

Here comes the swarm. Scientists at Harvard University have created the first 1,000-strong swarm of robots that can assemble themselves into different shapes upon command.<p>Using 1,024 three-legged robots roughly the size of a ping-pong ball, the robo-swarm could form all kinds of shapes – a K, a …

Robotics