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Apple accused of intentionally slowing down older iPhones

Geekbench has carried out an investigation into reports that iPhone performance droops as batteries age<p>Apple has been accused of deliberately slowing …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Genetics

BitTorrent releases Bleep, a secure peer-to-peer messaging service for iOS and Mac (Video)

If you want the security of knowing your voice, text and picture messages can’t be intercepted, direct peer-to-peer communication with end-to-end encryption is the gold standard: and that’s what BitTorrent offers with its Bleep app.<p>Every conversation is between you and your friends. There is no …

Peer-to-peer

A Brief History Of AOL

Verizon just bought one of the last big tech veterans from the pre-dotcom era. Here’s a timeline of its history stretching back to… 1983??<p>Verizon announced today that it is buying AOL for $4.4 billion, probably to help Verizon better stream video online, especially to mobile devices, says <i>The</i> …

Millennials leaving church in droves

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Demographics

The cult of healthy eating has more in common with religion than science

Food seems simple to study.<p>If we can put a man on the moon, transplant a heart, and manipulate DNA, then surely we can unpack the relationship between eating vegetables and living longer. There’s no obvious difficulty in figuring out if wine decreases risk of heart disease, or if eating red meat …

Holistic Medicine

Solar-powered grill cooks your food no matter the weather

However much you may like grilling food on a warm day, you probably don't like dealing with gas tanks or other typical grill hassles... and most solar cookers won't help much if it's overcast outside. The upcoming GoSun Grill might be a smarter way to handle those backyard shindigs, however. It can …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes
Phones

McDonald's to Shutter Hundreds of Stores As it Bleeds Money

McDonald's is closing hundreds of its stores as it continues to struggle financially. The chain revealed today in its first quarter earnings report that McDonald's plans to slash costs by closing "about 220 under-performing restaurants primarily in the U.S. and China." There are also plans to …

Ben Bernanke

A cake fit for royalty: Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite chocolate cake recipe

You can’t beat a royal family tradition – especially when it involves cake.<p>On Tuesday, April 21, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 89th birthday. …

'The Birth of Sake,' the Beautiful New Documentary About the Endangered Art of Making Sake by Hand

We're loving the Birth of Sake, the new food documentary about the art of making rice wine.<p><b>Toji</b> ("Toji-san") <b>Yamamoto</b> has dedicated his life to brewing sake by hand. At 68 years young, he's the brewmaster at <b>Yoshida Brewery</b> in Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture. It's 144 years old and one of only a handful …

Japan

Microsoft Office Preview apps released for Android tablets on Lollipop, and x86 systems

Microsoft truly has been on a tear bringing their apps and services to tablet users, and not just users of their own Windows operating system. In this latest release, a new Preview of their Office apps is available for Android 5.0+ Lollipop tablets, or any tablet 10.1-inches and smaller running x86 …

Microsoft Office

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.<p>Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.<p>And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have …

Papua New Guinea

What Saddam Gave ISIS

Newly unearthed documents shed light on the foundations of the terror group—and the crucial role Baathists played in organizing and directing a …

Islam

Windows 10 is coming to 190 countries this summer

Windows 10 is coming this summer, Microsoft has announced.<p>The company's next major version of Windows, which skips a version number (the last major …

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

How to Make Foolproof Cheese Fondue

We spend a lot of time here at Serious Eats reinventing recipes. Instead of adhering to the received wisdom, we try to push beyond that, seeking methods and techniques that get us to an even better version of the dish than most others have. Whether sneaking gelled stock into meatballs, sushi rice …

This Easy Trick Guarantees Grit-Free Clam Pasta

Pasta is one of our all-time favorite simple weeknight suppers. Chef Michael Schlow of Tico in Washington, DC, comes to the rescue with an easy, …

Dulce De Leche Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Need For Milk Caramel

There are many lovely levels of caramel. There's the basic caramel that we generally want to pour all over our ice cream. Then, there's salted caramel (which perfectly pairs savory with sweet), which we also want to pour all over our ice cream. And then, there's dulce de leche -- a milk caramel …

Watch a Dumpling History Lesson With Hakkasan Chef Chen Zhineng

Here's a video from YouTube channel Foodie that gives a brief primer on Chinese dumplings: New York City chef <b>Chen Zhineng</b> (of Hakkasan) explains the dish's symbolism while making a batch of some seriously delicious-looking dumplings. Along the way, he drops some pro-tips ("It's easier to make …

Light Beer Doesn't Suck If You Know What to Order

In the world of the craft beer drinker, nothing rings more true than Greg Koch’s mantra,"Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies!" And for years beer aficionados have followed the CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co.’s lead, circling the wagons around huge beer styles like bitter double IPA hop bombs …

CNN

Incredible! Watch great blue heron swallow huge fish

You may have seen a snake swallow a big animal, but have you ever seen a bird do it?<p>David Dickinson created this dramatic video photo essay of a …

Apple approves Kim Jong-un spoof Little Dictator after initial rejection

North Korea meets Flappy Bird in new mobile game, which is available for iOS after initially falling foul of App Store regulations<p>Apple has approved the release of mobile game Little Dictator on its App Store, weeks after initially rejecting the app due to its content spoofing North Korean leader …

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Dell XPS 13 Teardown: 'Strikingly Similar' To MacBook Air, Says iFixit

Reviews have compared the new Dell XPS 13 regularly to the MacBook Air. Now repair site iFixit is proclaiming a “striking” resemblance in some key respects.<p>Calling the 2015 XPS 13 “Dell’s New MacBook Air,” the widely-followed teardown experts at iFixit cracked open an XPS 13 to find a blueprint for …

MacBook Air
Mobile

BANK OF ENGLAND: DEFLATION IS COMING

They're saying UK inflation is more likely than not to turn negative in a few months time, and that no interest hike is on the horizon.<p>Since inflation is now below 1%, Governor Mark Carney also had to write a letter to Chancellor George Osborne explaining why that's the case.<p>Here's a breakdown of …

Economics