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U.S. Baffled by Russian Jet ‘Bombing’

Investigators still can’t figure out how Metrojet 9268 was taken down—leading some U.S. intelligence officials to believe that militants used a novel …

Airplanes

Google launches open-source machine-learning system TensorFlow

Google has built and launched a new machine-learning system called TensorFlow, making it available for any developer through an online open-source library.<p>Google’s existing machine-learning infrastructure, known as DistBelief, has hitherto been used internally at Google to do things like identify …

Machine Learning

A 23-year-old's guide to the best Snapchat tips and tricks

We've already shown you how to use Snapchat, an app that looks simple enough to use but is replete with subtly designed features you could easily miss.<p>Last year, Snapchat was ranked the third most popular social app among millennials, trailing only Facebook and Instagram. And the app has more …

Social Media

Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR

I was at a meet and greet thrown by a prominent VC firm this week and it was quite enjoyable. There were friendly faces, conversations and a couple of folks huddled around a desk in the corner. Wait. That’s so not “social.” I went over to explore and what were they doing? Checking out virtual …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Yes, we’re giving Sunday a shot. Here’s hoping you like it!<p>[Price: Free / $1.99]<br>This week’s episode of Android Apps Weekly is sponsored by Jump’n’Roll Eyeball. This is a 2D, side-scrolling platformer where you play as a giant eye with legs. Your goal is to …

Apps

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.

Facebook Explains How Its New 360-Degree Video Works

Oculus fans, take note!<p>Facebook and its virtual reality subsidiary Oculus are betting on the new 360-degree video format, which Facebook introduced into your News Feed last month.<p>Whether you're on desktop or mobile, if you're on Facebook and see one of these new 360-degree videos published by media …

Latest WhatsApp Android version has hidden middle finger emoji: How to get it

The latest version of WhatsApp for Android now allows you to flip someone off.<p>First discovered by Stephen Wilkinson, who runs the Twitter handle …

Apps

How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Nature

iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 War Escalates As Samsung Plays Dirty

Earlier this month I wrote that Bendgate is Apple’s Mea Culpa moment. That iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus designs went too far prioritising thinness over durability, camera protrusion and battery life. I also stressed rivals should not mock Apple and bendgate, but show some dignity and learn from it to …

Alt-Fall Movie Preview 2014: The Wild, the Weird and the Totally True

From Nick Cave and Edward Snowden docs to two new K-Stew dramas, here are your alternatives to the season's sequels and Oscarbait<p>We've spent months …

Paul Thomas Anderson

14 Brilliant Bathroom Design Ideas

We all pay so much attention to keeping the rest of our home beautiful, but when it comes to the bathroom, a pretty shower mat or curtain seems to be …

18 Local News Stories That Could Only Happen In A Small Town

Every day is a slow news day when you're from a small town.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note 3, Note 2 and Note Compared in an Infographic

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is easily the company's biggest and most important smartphone launch this year, with the product expected to make up for the …

Forget alarm clocks, Wakie wakes you with phone calls from strangers

There’s alarm clock apps that force you to spin around, and ones that require you to move closer to your router. Then there’s Wakie, an app that encourages random strangers around the world to wake you up with a phone call.<p>Wakie has actually existed before, as it’s the international version of the …

Seven Ways to Extend Your Smartphone's Battery Life

Sick of your smartphone's battery dying all the time? Try these tips for better results.<p>Check email and social networks. Listen to music. Hail a car. Make a pot roast (or order one). Find a date. These are all things you can now do on your smartphone, which is pretty amazing. But for all the …