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Obama appoints first transgender White House staff member

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama has appointed the first openly transgender White House staff member, according to an announcement Tuesday.<p>Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a former policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, will serve as an outreach and recruitment director in the White …

SanDisk unveils $40 Concierge service for SSD upgraders

SanDisk today announced the availability of its SSD Concierge service that provides consumers with the tools and software required to upgrade their laptop successfully.<p>SanDisk says the service includes the hardware and software necessary to migrate data as well as install a new SSD. Once the data …

Swipe, The Web-Based PowerPoint Competitor, Raises Further Funding And Launches Pro Plan

Swipe, the web-based PowerPoint alternative that brings features such as audience analytics, real-time polls and live syncing to the humble presentation, is flipping the monetization switch today with the roll out of a Pro plan aimed at businesses and marketers.<p>It adds new features including a …

Galaxy Note 5 fares better than S6 in drop tests, but worse than iPhone 6 & HTC One M9 (Video)

If you’re eagerly awaiting the chance to get your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5, a new <i>PhoneBuff</i> drop test suggests that – like the Galaxy S6 – you’ll either want to be confident you won’t drop it, or start looking for cases …<p>Like the Galaxy S6, the back of the device hitting concrete …

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Launches in India, Availability Starts from August 28th

Earlier this month in New York, Samsung introduced the much awaited Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Both handsets are already available for …

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is here with Cortana in tow

Apparently, the leaks had a some meat to it after all. Microsoft is really trying to push Cortana everywhere. From Windows to Xbox to Android, the …

Xbox August Update Enables 1080p 60fps Game Streaming And More

Microsoft has today rolled out the latest update to the Xbox One games console which brings with it a few highly anticipated features including the …

LG Announces New Wireless Speakers Ahead Of IFA 2015

LG has announced some new wireless speakers that it will be showing off at IFA 2015 in Berlin next month.<p>The company has added two new devices to its …

The best portable game console you can buy

Everybody plays video games now – play them right<p>Video games are welcome at the table of popular art, alongside movies, music, and television. Home consoles get a lot of attention, but portable gaming has done the heavy lifting when it comes to expanding the reach and acceptance of the medium.<p>The …

Japan: Evacuation warning as Sakurajima Volcano near nuclear reactor ready to erupt

People living near Sakurajima Volcano, 31 miles from Sendai nuclear plant, have been told to evacuate the area after a government alert was raised to …

Coverage of Disruptive Science and Technology

Pictures of the day: 17 August 2015 - Telegraph

IBM's 'Rodent Brain' Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

Dharmendra Modha walks me to the front of the room so I can see it up close. About the size of a bathroom medicine cabinet, it rests on a table …

A thin ribbon of flexible electronics can monitor health, infrastructure

A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing …

Get ready for the new normal: dry and drier

California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and "dude," wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large …

Cap and Trade

Google wants you to put solar panels on your roof

To ecourage more people equip their homes with solar panels, the company just launched a new initiative dubbed Project Sunroof.<p>Search your home address and Google's tool will spit out information to will help you decide whether solar panels could be a right renewable energy option for you.<p>You'll …

'Artificial leaf' could power communities of the future

The world could one day be powered by photosynthesis from artificial leaves, say researchers from Monash University in Melbourne. Their system to …

Adventure Photo of the Week

Scientists uncover nuclear process in the brain that may affect disease

News Release<p>Monday, August 17, 2015<p>NIH-funded study highlights the possible role of glial brain cells in neurological disorders.<p>Every brain cell has …

IBM has built a digital rat brain that could power tomorrow’s smartphones

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In August 2014, IBM announced that it had built a “brain-inspired” computer chip—essentially a computer that was wired like an organic brain, rather than a traditional computer. These chips are designed to work like neurons—the brain’s nerve cells. Wired reported on …

What Is Killing America’s Bees and What Does It Mean for Us?

There was a moment last year when beekeeper Jim Doan was ready to concede defeat. He stood in the kitchen of his rural New York home, holding the …

Yeast Can Now Produce (Almost) Anything

Within the next few years, scientists will be able to produce morphine with genetically engineered yeast. That’s just one example of synthetic …

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

Economics,Business,UK unemployment and employment statistics,Technology,Work & careers,Robots,Money,Unemployment and employment statistics,Work-life balance,Services sector,Accountancy,Economic growth (GDP),Financial sector<p>Study of census results in England and Wales since 1871 finds rise of …

Work-life Balance

The Immortus electric sports car can drive all day using just the power of the sun

Even with an impressive driving range of 400 miles, there will be a time when you’ll have to plug in the Tesla Roadster – but there’s a new electric …

Sports Cars

Today in Pictures: August 18

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Top 10 Implantable Wearables Soon To Be In Your Body

Wearables. A growing trend with very soon to have their “moment in the sun” but I am a firm believer that wearable technology is simply a transition …