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10 facts reveal the absurdity of Pablo Escobar's wealth

Despite his humble origins, Pablo Escobar became the leader of the Medellín cartel, which was responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market.<p>"El Patron" brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, making him one of the wealthiest drug lords ever.<p>While verifying Escobar's wealth is …

Medellín

50 apps to improve your smartphone

Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of house-hunting.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/9/16/1442402799090/a29fb90d-ae79-44f6-9f7b-2bcb648e7925-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Yui Mok/PA<p>The Rightmove app takes the stress out of …

Productivity Apps

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Mutations

You can buy the only sunglasses made with NASA-certified technology for less than $80

From the surface of the moon to a crescent Earth, their eyes have experienced firsthand a grandeur that most of us will never witness.<p>But those breathtaking views come at a high price for many because in space, astronauts are exposed to higher levels of high-energy light, or radiation, compared to …

Blinded by technology: has our belief in Silicon Valley led the world astray?

In Geek Heresy, computer expert Kentaro Toyama warns against our over-reliance on technology and explains why people, not smart tools, are the key to social change<p>When Microsoft programmer Kentaro Toyama was sent by his employers to India in 2004, charged with using technology to improve education, …

Silicon Valley

8 Ways To Improve Your Focus

Our attention spans are dwindling, but focus is a muscle that you can build if you work on it. Pay attention: Here are eight ways.<p>The average human has an eight-second attention span–less than that of a goldfish, according to a 2015 study from Microsoft. That number has shrunk over the years due to …

The 22 Amendments That Could Determine the Fate of the Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill

After a brief but heated battle, sen­at­ors packed up for sum­mer re­cess early this month without vot­ing on a key cy­ber­se­cur­ity bill. In …

The 7 Best Exercises for Your IT Band

Runners know all too well that any sort of sharp pain—whether it’s in the shins, knees, or ankles—can put a sudden end to training days. One of the …

Crypto party craze: Australians learning encryption to hide data from criminals and governments as digital arms race heats up

A new kind of party craze has many Australians scrambling for invitations.<p>Crypto parties, where people gather to learn online encryption, are …

More than 10,000 websites are blocking Congress from accessing them in protest

Participants have embedded a small snippet of code into their websites that recognizes when a computer is attempting to access the websites from an IP address associated with Congress. Those who are flagged by the code are redirected to a protest page plastered with the words "Congress: this is a …

Here's when artificial intelligence could go from helpful to scary

Elon Musk compared AI to "summoning the demon."<p>Bill Gates told Reddit that he agrees with Musk and he doesn't "understand why some people are not concerned."<p>What are they so frightened of?<p>Well, Stephen Hawking told the BBC that AI could — theoretically — end humanity.<p>Here's how that would …

The 3 Best Hacking Techniques To Create A Security Breach

I find that good, law-abiding citizens are fascinated by what I do. I’m a penetration tester, a.k.a. “white hat” or “ethical” hacker. In other words, companies hire me to break into their systems for a living to demonstrate where there are vulnerabilities. (I can’t believe I get paid for doing …

Cybersecurity

Android customization – how to set up two-factor authentication on your Google account

Did you get the chance to follow along our Android customization series for the last few weeks? We covered the Android SDK developer tool ADB. While designed for, well, developers, it is actually a solid tool for file transfers, installing apps from your PC, taking screen recording and even for …

How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

Electric car buyers get $5K rebate under new B.C. government incentive

People who buy a clean energy vehicle — including some electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles — after April 1, 2015 will be eligible for a …

Scientists just blew apart the myth of the global warming “pause”

<b>(Ethan Daniels/Shutterstock)</b><p>A new study explains why manmade warming has appeared to slow down — and why it’s due to ramp up again soon<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>February 26, 2015 9:35pm (UTC)<p>The so-called "pause" in global warming, object of much scientific study and climate denier mockery, is a mystery no …

Is The U.S. Ready For A Banking Revolution? A New Fee-Free Mobile Bank

Earlier this month, MasterCard announced that it will be opening its largest tech hub outside of the U.S. in India. Why? Because of the country’s growing focus on mobile payments and innovations in the digital realm.<p>Of course, mobile money is no longer new. India is home to prominent mobile money …

You'll soon be able to try the technology that could make your phone's internet 1,000 times faster than 4G

Artemis Networks announced that consumers in San Francisco would be able to purchase a SIM card from the company's website that allows phones to connect to the pCell network.<p>Because Artemis Networks has a partnership with Dish, the company will be using a certain block of Dish's spectrum for …

T-Mobile update page tells you where your Lollipop update is

Everyone wants the latest Android update, Lollipop 5.0. What good is a phone without the latest and greatest update, anyway? Updates can mean more …

U.S. To Scale Back Its Role In Internet Governance

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Leonard Hyman is a government nerd and former Google Public Policy Fellow who lives in Los Angeles.</i><p>Even though the Internet has long been an international community, the United States has always been at its center. However, that all may be about to change as the U.S. Department of …

Nigeria's enterprising five-to-nine work ethic

<b>Nigeria has Africa's largest economy. It is mostly known for oil, but that wealth has not trickled down. As it joins the global economic top table, what kind of businesses and businesspeople are thriving in Africa's most populous nation?</b><p>"You're supposed to hold something," I was told. "Hold what?" …

'Next Pinatubo' a test of geoengineering

<b>Scientists who study ideas to engineer the climate to mitigate global warming say we should be ready to deploy an armada of instrumentation when Earth has its next major volcanic eruption.</b><p>Data gathered in the high atmosphere would be invaluable in determining whether so-called "geoengineering" …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Taxpayers getting an education? Obama student loan forgiveness program swells by $22B

The cost of President Obama's student loan forgiveness program has ballooned by nearly $22 billion over initial projections, raising alarm among budget hawks -- even as the government promises taxpayers eventually will come out ahead.<p>The figure was included in Obama's recently released budget …

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Apple files for a patent to move its fingerprint scanner from the home button to underneath the touchscreen

With the introduction of Apple Pay last year, it is safe to say Apple's TouchID fingerprint-scanning technology is here to stay — but its location might not be.<p>According to Apple Insider, Apple has filed for a new patent called "Fingerprint Sensor in an Electronic Device," which details how its …

“Fascism is rising in America”: The Koch brothers and democracy’s dispiriting demise

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>We’re still paying the price for Citizens United, and our oligarchs are poised to capture even more political power<p>Thom Hartmann<p>February 8, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A …

Nigeria postpones elections to March 28, cites uprising

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is postponing presidential and legislative elections until March 28 because security forces fighting Boko Haram …

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