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Here's The Weather Prediction That Won WWII

German military leaders expected an Allied invasion on the Channel coast in late May, 1944, when there was high tide, a full moon, good visibility, and little wind. When it did not come, and when the weather turned in June with a depression bringing storms, they felt they could relax.<p>"There were …

100 Mystery Novels Everyone Should Read In Their Lifetime

Amazon editors debuted a new list of the 100 mysteries and thrillers that everyone should read in their lifetime, based on reader selections and ratings at Goodreads.<p>From well-known authors like Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe to suspense-genre newcomers, these are the 100 thrillers that will …

Books

How A Hacker Was Able To Take Over New Facebook Accounts In Just 15 Minutes

In a post on his personal site, this blogger, known as "Abhibandu," laid out exactly how he hacked into unverified accounts on Facebook.<p>When you sign up for a new Facebook account, Facebook sends you an email to verify who you are. Your account is "unverified" until you check this email and either …

Mark Zuckerberg

A Message to Recent Graduates, from Nicholas Negroponte

Designers Tackle The 7 Great Miseries Of Flying

Cryptic boarding passes, uncomfortable seats, crappy coffee: Flying’s pain points get a much-needed makeover courtesy of Ideo, Frog, Priestmangoode, and more.<p>Where to even begin? Between the TSA screenings and the watered-down coffee and the flight attendants that manage to be folksy and robotic at …

Russia vows response to new Western sanctions over Ukraine crisis

Russia has vowed to respond to a newly imposed set of sanctions from the West, Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, said Tuesday as the European Union released its list of 15 Russians and Ukrainians subject to asset freezes and travel bans.<p>That list includes a deputy …

MIT designs a floating, tsunami-proof nuclear plant

What's the safest place to put a nuclear reactor? Offshore, apparently. A new power plant design concept from MIT envisions a facility built on floating platforms, moored in deep water several miles off the coast. This, the concept's creators explain, lends it several crucial advantages -- making …

Netflix reportedly launching in Germany in September

Netflix (S NFLX) will open up shop in Germany in September, according to a report from Germany’s Curbed that quotes “multiple people with knowledge …

Google launches standalone Camera app in Play Store

Google has just launched its own Camera app in the Play Store. Simply called Google Camera, the app looks a bit different from the camera software currently shipping in Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has made a number of improvements and refinements here, introducing a much cleaner interface "that gets …

Amazon and Google are in an epic battle to dominate the cloud—and Amazon may already have won

In technology, it’s sometimes good to let a pioneer figure out the pitfalls of a new market. Apple’s iPod transformed music listening after countless lesser MP3 players failed to make a real dent.<p>Google is now trying to do something similar in cloud computing. The company last month announced price …

Cloud Computing

Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Already Battling The iPhone 6

It’s less than a year after Samsung’s landmark Galaxy S4 Android superphone went on sale, and already the follow-up Galaxy S5 is in the wild and reportedly selling like… not hot cakes, exactly; more like… an iPhone. And that is exactly the type of response that Samsung has been trying to …

Building blocks: how Project Ara is reinventing the smartphone

In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison bulb hangs from a wire, over some simple IKEA furniture and a table with Lego blocks on it. The blocks …

In photos: Shows of strength in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian forces beef up presence in Slaviansk and seize Donetsk city hall, while Ukrainian military brings personnel carriers and jets to Kramatorsk

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