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Tim Cook just sent a powerful warning to the US government

Cook's pro-privacy speech came just days after Facebook introduced support for the technology on its social network for the first time.<p>Strong encryption has become a contentious issue and a source of rising tensions between the US government and the tech community.<p>The term refers to data masked in …

Privacy

The Children of ISIS

Why did three American kids from the suburbs of Chicago try to run away to the Islamic state, and should the Feds treat them as terrorists?<p>On the day …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Hacking North Korea

It can be hard listening to the stories of people who have escaped from North Korea -- or, to give its official name, the Democratic People's …

A Very Short History Of The Internet And The Web

2014 marked two important anniversaries in the evolution of information technology. Forty-five years ago (October 29, 1969), the first ARPAnet (later to be known as the Internet) link was established between UCLA and SRI. Twenty-five years ago (March 1989), Tim Berners-Lee circulated a proposal for …

Semantic Web

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

The Order: 1886 is a gorgeous PS4 exclusive that plays like a classic PS2 game

There are a lot of things that <i>The Order: 1886</i>, a new exclusive for the PS4, does differently than its contemporaries. It has some incredibly long cut-scenes — you'll regularly go 10 minutes or more without actually pushing a button — and many of the pivotal action moments are reduced to quick time …

Nikola Tesla

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Renewable Energy

The hunt is on for new antibiotics

Global antibiotic resistance is imperilling our existence. We need clever ways to find new bug-beating drugs<p>In 1945, Alexander Fleming, the scientist who first observed the action of a new bacteria-fighting substance on a mouldy Petri dish, sounded a sober note. I imagine it may have clashed …

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Will autocorrect make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Oxford Dictionary