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KPCB Internet trends 2014

The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes:<p>1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet and mobile data traffic growth as well as rapid growth in mobile advertising.<p>2. Emerging positive efficiency trends in education and …

Trends

Say bye bye to parmesan, muenster and feta: Europe wants its cheese back

Would parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.<p>As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like parmesan, feta and gruyere on cheese made in the United States.<p>The argument is that the …

Senators propose smartphone antitheft 'kill switch' bill

Lawmakers' bids to require a smartphone "kill switch" seem to be gaining momentum.<p>Following the proposal of a California bill, a handful of senators have now proposed federal legislation to require carriers to provide a security feature on all cell phones that would render the devices inoperable if …

These adorable robots could someday put construction workers out of a job

Termites have a reputation for breaking buildings down, not constructing them. But that’s about to change. Harvard engineers have used the insects as inspiration for a new robot called the TERMES. One day, they say, it could complete simple construction tasks without any supervision.<p>Why termites? …

Robotics

PlayStation 4 beats out Xbox One as the best-selling console

In the battle for the best-selling console, Sony's<p>PlayStation 4has come out on top -- beating Microsoft'sXbox One-- for the month of January.<p>Research firm The NPD Group released new data on Thursday showing that hardware sales were up 17 percent to $241 million in January compared to the same time …

Call of Duty (Video Game)

NSA-based drone strikes: A deep philosophical problem

<b>A ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Syracuse, New York. (AP/Tsgt Ricky Best)</b><p>A target that emerges from electronic surveillance cannot be assumed to align with a body on the ground to kill<p>Natasha Lennard<p>February 13, 2014 7:08pm (UTC)<p>The first report published in Glenn …

Google deems Android ready for more Chromecast apps, lets the floodgates open

With Google's latest update to Play Services, it shouldn't be long before the Chromecast section of its app store gets a little more lively. Now that the Android SDK has support for the HDMI dongle baked in, developers can add the functionality to virtually any app they want, at-will. Google opened …

Want A Neat Overview Of What’s Going On In Wearables? Point Your Eyes Right Here…

Wearables are so hot right now. Apple iWatch rumours are in rude health. Google is apparently looking (beyond Glass) at picking up and strapping onto its business another startup in the wearables space (guesses for which in the comments, please).<p>Jawbone, maker of the UP fitness tracker bangle (and …

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FORTUNE — Here’s a question, privacy hounds: Is the video-surveillance system that blankets Manhattan from Midtown to the Battery, river to river, really not so different from an earlier anti-crime innovation, street lights? That’s what Richard Daddario, deputy commissioner for counterterrorism …

Humans Account for Less Than 40% of Global Web Traffic

If you own or manage a website, you probably refer to analytics to track performance, and help you strategize. It may surprise you, however, that …

How do I renew a French SIM card?

<b>Josette Carter writes</b><br>I have a mobile phone that I bought in France three years ago. The SIM card has expired. It says: “Orange” on it. Can I buy a SIM card online? How will I activate the phone once I get to France? Do I have to be in France and go to an Orange store to buy the SIM card and …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

Luxury

Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost

If pushing your enemy into the sea signifies success, then Google's decision to start ferrying workers to its campus by boat suggests the revolt against big technology companies is going well. Standing on the docks of Oakland, on the east side of San Francisco Bay, last week, you could watch the …

What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised

Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says.<p>Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.<p>Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. …

This Is What 200 Calories Looks Like

These photos, which come from Wisegeek, are a quick reminder of exactly what 200 calories looks like.<p>It’s one thing to know that celery has fewer …

Nutrition

Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone: My Latest Startup Was An 'Accident'

But the app was an accident, Stone told Bloomberg's Emily Chang:<p>"First of all, I did it by accident. I didn't mean to do this. My friend Ben Finkel and I were going on a walk and we accidentally asked ourselves the question, what would build if we had to build something that can answer any question …

Biz Stone

Kobe Bryant Once Told Michael Jordan "I Could Kick Your A**," Says Phil Jackson

We all know Kobe Bryant is confident. Make that <i>very</i> confident, but is he confident enough to say that he could kick Michael Jordan's behind in one-on-one?<p>Well, according to Phil Jackson, who coached both Bryant and Jordan, yes.<p>In an interview with <i>FOX Sports Live</i>, Jackson says that in the year after …

What will happen to global warming when we get the next big El Niño?

I'd like to declare a new season.<p>The back end of January is now the traditional time when we find out that the year we just had was one of the hottest on record.<p>I've no idea what we'd call this season, but it's upon us once again and it's becoming repetitive. It's been going on for a decade or more.<p>…

Dropbox snags $250 million funding at $10 billion valuation: WSJ

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dropbox Inc has secured $250 million from Blackrock Inc and other investors in a new funding round that values the provider of online storage services at almost $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal cited unidentified sources as saying.<p>Drew Houston, CEO and Co-Founder of …

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

What's really going on with the Starbucks mobile app information leak, and what you need to know

Earlier this week, security researcher Daniel Wood disclosed his findings on Starbucks' insecure handling of sensitive user information in their …

Apple Patents Mobile Payments Method With Secure Element For Protecting Account Info

Apple has filed for a new patent related to mobile payments that might provide more insight into how they’re thinking about implementing that kind of tech with the USPTO, AppleInsider notes. The patent is for an entire “touchless” phone-based payment system, which resembles existing ones in many …

It’s a myth: There’s no evidence coffee stunts kids’ growth

<b>(Wikimedia/Robert Knapp)</b><p>Modern concerns about the beverage’s health effects can be traced back to a 19th century advertising campaign<p>Joseph Stromberg<p>December 21, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Smithsonian.com.<p>Many parents, on special occasions, let their children drink Coke, …

The State of the Art: What's New in Coffee Equipment

2014 is almost upon us, and the evolution of the coffee craft marches on. In my opinion, there's a lot of stuff out there right now that falls in the "new hotness" category that history will remember as passing fads. Others are incremental improvements to the collective arsenal of coffee tools. …

China is the world's most noodle-loving nation

While China's rapidly advancing economy has allowed a great variety in diet across the country, one particular treat remains the undisputed king - …

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