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Stephen King's New Book Is About Death, Death, and More Death

Short stories about what awaits us all.<p>It's not surprising that Stephen King is writing about death. It's how. And it's why. "I think that most people tend to meditate more on What Comes Next as they get older, and since I'm now in my late 60s, I qualify in that regard," he writes in the …

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial civilizations are scrambling to get a closer look.<p>In the Northern hemisphere’s sky, hovering above the Milky Way, there are two constellations—Cygnus the swan, her wings …

University of California

Apple’s new ‘Switch to iOS from Android’ app hits the Google Play Store

Sure, technically Apple’s first Android app was the now discontinued Beats Music which it picked up through acquisition last year and it’s developing Apple Music for Google’s platform, but it’s very fitting that Apple’s first in-house app is called Switch to iOS from Android. Apple first announced …

'Sleepy Hollow' for Oculus wins first virtual reality Emmy

Virtual reality has officially become mainstream, as an Emmy has been awarded to a work created for a VR headset (the Oculus Rift DK2) for the first time. <i>The Sleepy Hollow Virtual Reality Experience</i> (below), co-produced by Fox and Toronto-based Secret Location, won in the "Interactive Media, User …

Virtual Reality

Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

Archaeology

Global ocean makes Saturn's moon wobble - Futurity

After analyzing more than seven years worth of images taken by the Cassini spacecraft, scientists think they know why Saturn's moon Enceladus wobbles.

Spotify Introduces ‘Found Them First’ So You Know How Cool You Are

The definition for hipster is ever-evolving, but I have one go-to tell to determine whether or not someone is a real hipster. If a sick tune comes on, and you hear “I listened to this before it was cool,” chances are you’re in the presence of a true hipster.<p>And today, Spotify has introduced a …

BlackBerry's first tablet in years is a secure Galaxy Tab S

BlackBerry's first experience with tablets was more than a little traumatic, but it hasn't <i>completely</i> given up on the idea. The company's SecuSmart wing has teamed up with IBM to launch the SecuTablet, an extra-secure version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S 10.5. Reportedly, the slate's included security …

German Politics

Affordable Care Act Users Are Managing Tax Filing, Many Uninsured May Use New Enrollment Period

So far, most people with Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies seem to be filing their taxes without huge problems, despite the complexity of the process. However, about half of those who have filed returns with tax prep firm H&R Block and who owe a penalty for not having insurance, have …

Sony's latest wearable is a watch made of electronic paper

The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has uncovered Sony's clandestine involvement in a smartwatch project. Under the name Fashion Entertainment (FES), the company …

U.S. Justice Department Accused of Using Fake Cell Towers on Planes to Gather Data From Phones

The United States Justice Department has been using fake communications towers installed in airplanes to acquire cellular phone data for tracking down criminals, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The program has reportedly been in place since 2007 and uses Cessna airplanes that operate out of "at …

Facebook Rolls Out New, Simpler Privacy Policy

Facebook is simplifying its privacy policy, with a new set of pages called Privacy Basics. The pages are colorful, clickable and include some animation, and they all have much less legal jargon than previous versions.<p>Facebook says its new policy is 2,700 words. The company's old one was more than …

Virgin America stock soars 25% after IPO

Virgin America markets itself as the hip way to fly. Investors are apparently on board.<p>The upstart airline formed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson soared 25% out of the gate Friday from its IPO price of $23. The deal raised more than $300 million.<p>The company is based in Northern California and …

Here’s our best look yet at Samsung’s upcoming metallic mid-rangers

Samsung is expected to bring out a new series of metal-clad devices later this year, and the images below are our best look at them yet.<p>Tentatively named Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, and Galaxy A7, these new smartphones will marry sleek metallic designs with mid-range specifications. In the past, we’ve …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: Samsung's true flagship

The Bottom Line<p>Bottom Line<p>The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not only an improvement on the Note line, it just might be the best improvement we’ve seen in a smartphone, period.<p>9<p>When the Galaxy Note first burst onto the scene, smartphones with large displays were practically unheard of. Sure, there were a …

Nexus 6 and Nexus 9: rumor roundup

If the rumor mill is to be believed, the new HTC Nexus 9 and rumored Motorola Nexus 6 are almost here, with most reports pointing to a launch sometime between the middle of this month and early November. Although there’s much more solid proof for the Nexus 9’s existence, recently Nexus 6 rumors …

iPhone 6 Has Tracking Software, And It's Tricky To Opt Out

As usual, Apple is shipping its new phones — iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — with various user tracking systems within the system settings.* In other words, your activity can be tracked by advertisers on the new phone, and your geographic location can be tracked by companies that make the apps on your …

Replay: Apple's Roller Coaster Month With Highs (iPhone 6) And Lows (Well, Several)

For Apple, it’s been the best of times; it’s been the worst of times.<p><b>On the plus side of the ledger</b>:<p>4 million iPhones pre-ordered, 10 million sold in the first weekend.<br>• iOS 8 on about 1/3 of devices, literally hundreds of millions, with an important update already shipped.<br>• Tim Cook confidently …

Seek thermal camera brings heat vision to your Android phone

As smartphone cameras continue to advance we are seeing increasing megapixels, the abilities to take better night shots, 4K recording, optical image stabilization and many other improvements in the area of pictures and video. But what about more off-the-wall features like heat vision? Although no …

Farmer in China invents the suitcasemobile

China Radio International reports that this gentleman, a farmer from Hunan province, has spent the last ten years of his life developing a suitcase …

Some History in color.

iStick Flash Drive with USB and Lightning Allows File Transfers Between Mac and iOS Devices

Slated to arrive sometime next month, Kickstarter-funded iStick will allow iPhone and iPad owners to easily transfer files between their computers and iOS devices that are equipped with a Lightning connector.<p>The thumb drive, which raised $1.1 million on Kickstarter, features a slider that allows …

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

You may not be, but they're still on their way.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)</i><p>Self-driving cars sound wonderful: A computer program can ferry you to work while you kick back and read a book. But are they safe? Many Americans have mixed feelings and don't entirely trust software to take …

Autonomous Cars

This Is What It Feels Like When Google Buys Your Startup

At age 23, he invented song-sharing site Songza, bought by Google last month for an undisclosed sum. Raskin wasn't involved in Songza at the time. He sold it back in 2008 to Amazon-backed Amie Street.<p>But he had been creating cool things long before that. When he was 20, he built a human interface …

Best Summer Trips 2014

Travel Photography

Rise of the drones has police and regulators scrambling to catch up

Wardens at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopsville, South Carolina, were taken aback a few weeks ago when they conducted a routine sweep of the prison grounds. They discovered quantities of marijuana, cigarettes and cellphones scattered among the bushes in the no man’s land that surrounds the …

Apple Finalizes Beats Deal After Paying Vivendi $404 Million

Apple has cleared all of the major hurdles necessary to officially announce the $3 billion acquisition of Beats. Apple disclosed its intention to buy Beats in May, but it still required approval from U.S. regulators and the European Union. The European Union approved of the deal three days ago and …

Microsoft hits Samsung with Android patent-royalty suit

Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties.<p>Microsoft filed its complaint against Samsung in US District Court in the Southern District of New York on August 1, following what Microsoft …

Intellectual Property