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Chris Paul’s injury against the Lakers underscores the fragile nature of the magnificent Rockets

By Tim Bontemps<p>National NBA writer<p>The Houston Rockets weren’t going to finish the season with a 66-game winning streak.<p>So no, it isn’t a cause for concern that the Rockets saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end in a 122-116 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, a game …

Basketball

Digital Photography: Exploring Monument Valley, Arizona

Let's explore the Monument Valley area in Arizona through the camera of photographer Alessandro Guida. If you are a movie fan, you might have …

Facebook temporarily stops advertisers from filtering by race

A year ago, ProPublica discovered they -- and conceivably anyone else -- could make ads on Facebook that weren't shown to certain ethnic or racial groups. The social network claimed it would fix the issue and prevent legally-prohibited advertising discrimination on its platform. Weeks ago, …

Warriors’ Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant return from injuries to secure win over Lakers

(Click here if you are having trouble viewing the gallery and video on your mobile device.)<p>LOS ANGELES – In a city centered on star power, the …

Big-screen Nintendo Switch gaming goes portable with the Ojo projector

This entry-level projector aims to turn any wall into a big-screen TV for the Nintendo Switch.<p>Yesojo's Ojo projector is a great idea: It's a portable Nintendo Switch ($298 at Amazon.com) dock that lets you project your gameplay on any wall or screen without being tethered to a wall outlet.<p>I've …

FDA Approves First Digital Pill That You (And Others) Can Track

“Did you take that pill?’<p><b>Response:</b> “Yes.”<p>“Are you sure?”<p><b>Response:</b> “Absolutely. I’m fairly certain. I think so. Maybe. What was your question again?”<p>“Let’s ask the pill.”<p>Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they approved the first drug in the U.S. that can tell you and others …

Digital Health

Lord Of The Rings Prequel TV Show Is Happening, Amazon To Produce

Earlier this month it was reported that Amazon Studios was in discussions to produce a TV show based on the fantasy classic <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. It has now been confirmed that the media giant has closed the deal to acquire to the global TV rights to the property.<p>According to Deadline, Amazon has …

Amazon Studios

Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch …

A handful of clinics is embracing a 'party drug' that could be a rapid-fire depression treatment — we got a look inside

After a 45-minute infusion of ketamine, clients at a clinic in San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood are not partying.<p>Instead, they're in a state of quiet contemplation — reclining on cushioned chairs, listening to music, or occasionally striking a tranquil yoga pose.<p>These clients are patients at …

Depression

Code mistake freezes up to $280 million in digital currency

Imagine if one person's code error deprived you of a pile of money, and there was no guarantee you'd get your funds back. Wouldn't you be hopping mad? That's how many cryptocurrency owners are feeling right now. The digital wallet company Parity is warning users that a large volume of Ethereum …

The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

How Leonardo da Vinci engineered the world’s most famous painting<p>Leonardo da Vinci liked to think that he was as good at engineering as he was at painting, and though this was not actually the case (<i>nobody</i> was as good at engineering as he was at painting), the basis for his creativity was an …

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Saudi reopens Lebanon front in struggle with Iran

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in its regional proxy war with Iran, threatening Tehran’s powerful ally Hezbollah and its home country Lebanon to try to regain the upper hand.<p>A man walks past a banner in the mainly Sunni Beirut neighbourhood of Tariq al-Jadideh in Beirut, …

South Asia

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

Prince Charles lobbied for policy changes that he would have profited from offshore

Prince Charles campaigned to alter climate change agreements without disclosing his estate’s financial interest in such a rule change, leaks from the …

Xbox One X Review

An incredibly impressive console that delivers exactly what was promised.<p>Microsoft’s positioned the $500 Xbox One X as the most powerful console ever …

EU-U.S. data transfer pact passes first annual review

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union on Wednesday after a first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans' data stored on U.S. servers.<p>The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was agreed last year …

Nick D’Aloisio, who sold startup to Yahoo aged 17, has raised funding for a new app

Nick D’Aloisio, who previously founded news summary app Summly, which he famously sold to Yahoo aged 17 for a reported $30 million, has raised funding for a new stealthy startup that promises to help you find and instantly chat to an expert on a range of topics.<p>According to sources, Sphere …

When you split the brain, do you split the person?

The brain is perhaps the most complex machine in the Universe. It consists of two cerebral hemispheres, each with many different modules. …

Neurology

The hottest startups in Barcelona

Barcelona might still be playing catch-up with some of Europe's bigger players, but in the first quarter of 2017 it completed the highest number of …

Startups

5G stole the show at Mobile World Congress Americas

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>5G — the networking standard that will succeed 4G LTE — took center stage at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas in San Francisco last week. Over the course of three …

Internet of Things

This Company Staged A Hack With Multiple Devices To Show Your Home's Vulnerability

Gartner says by 2020, the number of connected devices will reach more than 21 billion. With all those people online, cybercrime is on the rise. According to data in an article in <i>CSO Online</i>, humans now outnumber machines as the top target for cybercriminals. Top that off with the fact that by 2021, …

The Untold Story Of IoT In Business: Three Real-World Examples

IoT may be touted as the biggest, baddest digital disruptor, but it’s nothing without mobile connectivity. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 20.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020. However, up to 25 percent of IoT scenarios will involve a mobile connection to a device. Many …

How to support the accelerating growth of the used smartphone market

Although many consumers will be replacing their smartphones to purchase the new flagships that Apple, Samsung, Google and others are launching, their old devices will not wither and die. They’ll most likely be integrated into the growing market of used and refurbished phones.<p>According to IDC, used …

5G isn’t just faster, it will open up a whole new world

The transition from 3G to 4G went largely unnoticed by the average consumer, but the coming shift to 5G will be very different. It was clear at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month that after years of talk, major US wireless carriers are going all-in on 5G. Verizon is solving …

Mobile Devices

Transparent solar panel enables first solar-powered smartwatch

The LunaR, which is the subject of a crowdfunding campaign, appears a rather stylish timepiece, with a clean and basic watch face that works with a …

Winners and Losers in the Trump Tax Plan

The tax plan the Trump administration released Wednesday consists (so far) of a single page of bullet points.<p>If this were a more rounded plan, we could wait for the tax wonks at various think tanks to run it through their models and tell with some precision how it would affect people at different …

United Airlines Settles with David Dao, the Passenger Violently Dragged Off a Flight

Dr. David Dao's lawyers have praised United and its CEO for "[doing] the right thing."<p>Following weeks of global outrage, United Airlines has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the passenger who was violently dragged off of a flight last month.<p>According to <i>CNN</i>, lawyers for Dao announced the …

This blind test lets you work out which smartphone camera is best

Mobile photography has come a long ways since the original iPhone was released with a rather unremarkable 2 megapixel camera. Even for its time, the …

Heineken Crushes Pepsi's Controversial Kendall Jenner Ad With This Video

Ever since Pepsi quickly pulled its Kendall Jenner ad — amid extreme backlash after it suggested that world peace and the resolution to police …