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Google Discloses Receiving NSA Letters

In an effort to become more transparent in its dealings with the U.S. government, Google this week shared eight letters from the National Security …

Advertising Industry

Incredible new graphic design app now available to download

Adobe's incredible new app for graphic designers, Project Felix, is available for Creative Cloud subscribers to download today. The 3D tool for 2D …

Cannabis Water Is Coming To Make Your Next Workout Lit

Working out really sucks. Even if you work out daily, getting to that level probably required someone pushing you to get started. Few people really want spend hours at the gym, running on a treadmill like a hamster while watching reruns of Dateline NBC on a TV so small it would be unfit for even …

8 Ancient Writing Systems That Haven't Been Deciphered Yet

The Indus Valley civilization was one of the most advanced in the world for more than 500 years, with more than a thousand settlements sprawling …

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.<p>In October, the ACLU released emails showing that a social media monitoring company called Geofeedia had tracked the accounts of Black Lives …

Social Media

Stunning modern house in Brazil's rain forest has cozy sunken living room, green roof

Absolutely gorgeous<p>What brilliant person would have ever thought to place a conversation pit in a house set in the jungle? That would be the folks at Studio MK27, the São Paulo-based firm led by Marcio Kogan behind the Ramp House and a penthouse lined with bookshelves. Though it’s more of a …

Microsoft’s new plan is to flood your entire life with artificial intelligence

“We want to bring intelligence to everything, to everywhere, and for everyone,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told developers earlier this year.<p>Artificial intelligence has been the company’s touchstone technology since Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant was added to Windows more than a …

Artificial Intelligence

How Personality Traits Tip Over Into Mental Illness

Disorders like depression and ADHD may be genetically linked to personality traits.<p>Psychologists are aware that personality can factor into mental health ― for example, perfectionism leading to clinical depression and anxiety disorders ― but the relationship between certain personality traits and …

Mental Health

5 tricks to free up space on your Android phone

Is your microSD card not enough? Here are some quick ways to reclaim storage space.<p>It doesn't matter if your Android phone has expandable storage via a microSD card -- you fill up whatever space you're given, whether it's 32GB or 200GB. Here are some easy ways to free up storage on your Android …

Apps

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates: what happens next?

The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for only the second time in a decade.<p>Janet Yellen, the chairman of the Fed, described the move as “a reflection of the confidence we have in the progress that the economy has made and our judgment that progress will continue”.<p>But with “considerable …

Federal Reserve

Endless war, endless greed: The Pentagon is lining its pockets with taxpayer dollars

Obama now plans to rebuild America’s nuclear weapons cache, the latest in a series of military enrichment schemes<p>These days, lamenting the apparently aimless character of Washington’s military operations in the Greater Middle East has become conventional wisdom among administration critics of every …

Here's How Your Smartphone Can Be Hacked Without You Knowing

Not only can your smartphone be hacked, it can be done very easily without your knowledge.<p>"At the end of the day, everything is hackable. What I am surprised about is that people sometimes forget that it's so easy to hack into these devices," said Adi Sharabani, the co-founder of mobile security …

Information Systems

Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier and YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Adapter

With “Folia Rodrigo Martinez” fresh in mind, I played the same piece from my iPhone 6 through the YBA-11 Bluetooth connection. My expectations …

Reasoning poetically to tackle The Big Picture

Sean Carroll's latest book unites all sorts of ideas into one cohesive Universe.<p>The title of physicist Sean Carroll’s latest book, <i>The Big Picture: On</i> …

Consciousness

Scott Disick Thinks He's Cursed + More Deranged Celebrity Sorcery This Week

Scott Disick uses a rooster to wash the Kardashian curse off his body.<p>It was only a matter of time before this show got witchy. In the latest …

17-year old gives away DIY instructions for working low-cost SLS 3D printer

Jun 18, 2016 | By Andre<p>There are low-cost options for most of the 3D printing processes on the market today. Whether it’s a Printrbot for FDM, a Form …

3D Printing

The big search upgrade — and how Amazon could beat Google at its own game

Despite the tremendous technological innovation we’ve witnessed over the past two decades (smartphones, cloud computing, social networks), search interfaces and their underlying mechanics have remained fairly stagnant. The familiar portals of the early naughts are largely what we see today: empty …

Tim Cook

What's so great about high-resolution audio?

The Audiophiliac ponders the long and winding road to better sound.<p>High-resolution audio has a long history, dating back to at least 1999, with the introduction of the Super Audio CD, aka the SACD. DVD-Audio followed a year later, and a hi-res format war was waged for a few years without a clear …

Audiophile

Alien contact could be 1,500 years away, say Cornell astronomers

If you are hoping to meet an alien then you may be in for a very long wait, according to astronomers at Cornell University.<p>The experts say that it could be 1,500 years before alien contact with Earth and will present their research at the American Astronomical Society’s meeting in San Diego …

How to Be a Creative Genius

What Picasso, King, and Einstein have to teach entrepreneurs<p>Creativity isn't some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dals of the world possess -- it's a learnable, trainable skill that can be honed into a process. Once you have the process down, you can use it to solve problems …

Microsoft Is Getting into the Marijuana Business

Talk about cloud computing.<p>Like an aging baby-boomer trying to feel young again, Microsoft is experimenting with marijuana. With a new partnership, the tech giant will become the first corporate behemoth to publicly throw its weight into the legal yet still controversial pot industry, with the …

Cannabis

Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson on guns, debates and pot

NEW YORK — Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, making a second White House bid as the Libertarian nominee, suspects he's risen to an impressive 10% in the latest national polls based less on his strength than on voter unhappiness with their other, better-known options.<p>"I understand that any …

Government

Now you can hack everything (including robots) in Watch Dogs 2

By Dom Reseigh-Lincoln<p><b>With the dog firmly leaked out of the bag (we're pretty sure that colloquialism got the better of us), Ubisoft has officially</b> …

Watch Dogs (Video Game)

1 killed, 2 injured in Aurora crash

Investigators believe alcohol and speed were factors in a crash Wednesday afternoon that left one person dead and two others with severe injuries.<p>The …

FEMA, DHS, prepare at secret underground bunker

While a growing community of individuals is set out to prepare for a collapse of society, and become known sometimes dismissively as “preppers,” the …

Denver dispensary could lose license due to odor

For the first time ever, the City of Denver could stop a pot shop from growing marijuana.<p>The shop, Starbuds, has already been denied in its bid to …

Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 1080 Xtreme Gaming goes all-in for VR

Nvidia clearly had VR gaming in mind when it launched its GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, both based on Pascal and both …

Computer Hardware

Don't buy a PC graphics card until you read this

Nvidia's GTX 1080 and 1070, and AMD's RX480 are the graphics cards you've been waiting for. But you'll want to keep waiting a little bit longer.<p>When you read my headline I expect you'll react in one of two ways. You'll say: "Well, I wasn't planning to anyway. Thanks for the useless article, …

Computer Hardware

US intelligence wants real-time behavior monitoring software

A new initiative from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence aims to create an intelligent surveillance system that can analyze live video and spot suspicious behavior in real time. According to <i>Defense One</i>, the research project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (a.k.a. …