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Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

Around 1920, Justo Daza, an experienced mine worker, and Fritz Klein, a mining engineer, were scrambling over the steep mountainside terraces of Chivor, a legendary emerald site in northeast Colombia. They were breaking rocks apart with long iron poles and explosives packed into drill holes. They …

Google just launched three new photography apps

Part of the company’s new ‘Appsperiments’ program<p>Google just announced three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). The releases are part of a new “appsperiments<i>”</i> program that Google just launched.<p>The new program was …

Airports Are Losing Money as Ride-Hailing Services Grow

For many air travelers, getting to and from the airport has long been part of the whole miserable experience. Do they drive and park in some distant lot? Take mass transit or a taxi? Deal with a rental car?<p>Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are quickly changing those calculations. That has …

Airports

CommBank SMB customers to accept payments via Samsung smartphones

The bank's small business customers will be able to accept payments via a Samsung smartphone in the second half of next year, thanks to a partnership …

Topgolf CEO: 'Winning' with millennials

Jim Cramer sat down with TopGolf co-chairman and CEO Erik Anderson for more on how his private entertainment play is faring in the 'experiential' …

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

<b>Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.</b><p>Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.<p>HP said more than 460 …

IT security

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.’<p>Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he …

Human rights advocates under threat worldwide

More and more human rights advocates are paying the ultimate price for their activism. Many are threatened and harassed. For years, the situation of …

Chinese students are blanketing the world, but Americans still barely make it past Europe

In the ongoing debate about the value of a semester abroad, new numbers show that the world’s two superpowers have picked sides.<p>The most recent data from the Institute of International Education shows that nearly 325,500 US students–or roughly 5% of Americans in higher education–received credits …

Students

Tech Companies That Support Net Neutrality Aren’t as Virtuous as You Think

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered a speech on his plan to undo Obama-era “net neutrality” regulations, which …

FCC Head Ajit Pai Jokes About Being Verizon’s 'Puppet' Ahead of Net Neutrality Rollback

At the Federal Communications Bar Association dinner on Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a comedic sketch in …

Chrome Remote Desktop moves to the web browser and gets a facelift

We’ve all been in the situation where we’re trying to give tech support to a friend or family member over the phone. Whether it is a tablet, phone, or a computer, it’s always harder to explain a fix, rather than just do it yourself. There are tools out there like TeamViewer that let you remote into …

Software

How to Remotely Delete Data for iPhone and Android Devices

As mobile phones carry a significant amount of private data including message history and details, photos, and other confidential information, losing …

Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year

Running shoes and graphene were made for each other. One is always in search of the latest gimmick and the other has produced some of the most stunning in recent memory. The University of Manchester, long a leading force in research surrounding the one-atom-thick material, has teamed up with …

To Some Zionist Christians And Jews, The Bible Says Jerusalem Is Israel's Capital

Those Jews and evangelical Christians who say an undivided Jerusalem should be the eternal capital of Israel have a ready answer for anyone who questions that claim: The Bible says so.<p>The most often-cited text is 2 Chronicles 6:5-6, wherein King Solomon quotes God as saying, "Since the day that I …

Israel

Watch a young Steve Jobs explain why most professional managers are “bozos”

Nobody ever accused Steve Jobs of lacking strong opinions.<p>In a video posted to YouTube, a young Jobs talks candidly about his approach to management and leadership. As the founder of Apple, and the guiding force who transformed it from emerging upstart to one of the world’s most innovative and …

Recruitment

Bitcoin Billionaire Winklevoss Sees Surge of as Much as 20 Fold

Cameron Winklevoss, thought to be one of the largest holders of bitcoin, thinks the cryptocurrency’s blazing gains this year are just the start. He …

Trading Stocks on Facebook Messenger Is Becoming a Big Thing

Investors now have more options for how they trade stocks: Facebook (FB) messenger.<p>TD Ameritrade launched a bot in October allowing its investors to …

Trading

The Most Secure Account of All—If You Can Stand It

There was a time when high-status people signaled their worth with an ostentatious key fob for an expensive car. Today the keyring of an important …

Scientists Have Finally Caught The Eerie Hum of Earth Deep Under The Sea

Ommmm.<p>For the past few decades, something has been becoming increasingly clear: Earth constantly hums, even though we can't hear it.<p>The first attempt …

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of …

Machine Learning

Outings by Microsoft Garage is a beautiful personalized travel discovery application

Microsoft Garage pumps out new apps very frequently, and while some graduate to become full-fledged products, others stay just a "garage" project: …

Uber loses another operating licence in the UK (updated)

Uber's UK troubles continue to mount. The company's operating licence has been suspended in Sheffield following what it calls "an administrative error." In early October, Uber told the council that its licence would need to be updated because the person named on the document was leaving the …

Most Americans aren't benefiting from the stock market boom

The stock market's record-breaking ascent this year has become a favorite topic for President Donald Trump.<p>"With the great vote on Cutting Taxes, this could be a big day for the Stock Market - and YOU!" he tweeted on Monday morning.<p>It's true -- the S&P 500 is up 17.4% since the beginning of the …

Stock Markets

5 Science-Backed Ways to Get Over a Rough Breakup

#1: DON'T stalk your ex.<p>The only way to truly get over a breakup is to give it time.<p>As biological anthropologist Helen Fisher previously told …

Neither Google nor Facebook: An Israeli startup is bringing India’s small businesses online

Millions of Indian mom-and-pop stores may be getting a technology leg-up from an unexpected corner.<p>Launched by Silicon Valley’s Singularity University alumni—Asaf Kindler, Vito Margiotta, Gabriel Gurovich, and Alberto Iore—Seemba is a mobile phone-based platform that helps businesses build their …

Small Business

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors.<p>Gaps in opportunity for talented kids with low socioeconomic status don’t just hold back poor, female, black, or Latino children as individuals — they also impose potentially enormous losses to society as a …

Sponge is the ancestor of all animals, reveals a recent study - IBTimes India

A team of scientists found out that the sponge-like creatures that lived 750 million years ago are our earliest ancestor.<p>One of the most heated …

Ancestry DNA tests: How accurate, how secure and how private?

PHOENIX — Tracing your family tree? Here are some tips from Arizona-based genealogist Phyllis Lewellen, who has been working on her family history for about 30 years. DNA test results can help you fill out some of the branches of your family tree.<p><b>Question: Will my DNA test tell me which country my</b> …

Genealogy