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32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

New year, new TBR pile.<p>Whether you’ve promised yourself that 2016 will be the year you’ll read more books, the year you’ll read books more thoughtfully or the year you’ll read fewer curmudgeonly comments sections, we have a few new releases worth considering.<p>We’re looking forward to bold familial …

Books

These Were The Most In-Demand New York Library Books Of 2015

Shout-out to the people who are still on waiting lists.<p><i>*Unfortunately, Brooklyn Public Library didn't have the data to share, so we'll have to use our imaginations.</i><p>1. <i>TASC: Test Assessing Secondary Completion: Strategies, Practice, & Review</i> by Kaplan<p>2. <i>NYPD Red 3</i> by James Patterson and Marshall …

Oracle's Larry Ellison: IBM and SAP were our biggest competitors but 'we no longer pay any attention' to them

As expected, he talked about cloud computing and more cloud computing.<p>Oracle, like all the classic IT vendors, is madly racing after cloud computing because business customers are going gaga for it, ditching their traditional way of buying software and hardware and renting it from companies like …

Customers

Oracle sees light at the end of cloudy tunnel

Oracle’s executive dream team predicted a big groundswell (sorry) in the company’s cloud computing business. That’s the good news. But it will happen …

The Future Of The Internet, According To Its Father

Geeking out with Vint Cerf<p>The Internet has changed a lot over its 30-something years. That terrible dial-up noise is gone; the Ethernet cord has been cut; Tinder happened. What’s next? If anyone knows, it’s Vint Cerf, Google’s vice president and chief Internet evangelist. He is considered a “father …

Samsung Pay: What is it and how does it compare to Apple Pay?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1187000/1187779_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1533242360_a424eeb65d20c5a668e5b95ea5cbaf33<p><b>Samsung has launched its mobile wallet service Samsung Pay in South Korea.</b><p>It joins Apple - which launched a rival facility last year - in trying …

Samsung Pay

Snapchat generated only $3.1 million last year

The 2014 snapshot was obtained by Gawker's Sam Biddle.<p>Unsurprisingly, Snapchat — which is valued around $20 billion — is far from profitable. Many growing tech startups are in the red, and some even go public before they're profitable.<p>Uber's financials were recently leaked by Gawker, and the …

Startups

What makes a planet habitable?

<b>Water in liquid form is thought to be a necessity for life on Earth.</b><p>Naturally, some say that life may flourish under other conditions, and perhaps even in the absence of water.<p>While that may be true, take a look around - life seems to do quite well here on Earth and we've yet to find it elsewhere …

Universe

Pluto's Big Moon Charon Has a Bizarre Mountain in a Moat (Photo)

Pluto's big moon Charon keeps getting more and more interesting.<p>A newly released Charon photo, which was taken by NASA's New Horizons probe during …

Galactic collision leaves behind a stellar mess

Space is mostly, well, space, but that doesn't mean objects don't run into other objects. Some of the biggest collisions occur when galaxies run into other galaxies.<p>These events aren't uncommon, and we've seen enough of them to learn what the effects of galactic collision are. These effects can be …

Three Experiments That Show Relativity Is Real

Having written up three of my favorite experiments demonstrating quantum phenomena, the next logical step is to do the same for the <i>other</i> great theory of modern physics, relativity. Like quantum mechanics, relativity predicts some strange phenomena, but also like quantum mechanics, it’s …

Here's what would happen if the sun disappeared right now

What would happen if the sun disappeared this very second?<p>The sun is about 333,000 times the mass of Earth and produces the same amount of energy as 100 billion hydrogen bombs every second!<p>Its giant mass makes the sun the dominant gravitational force in the solar system that locks all eight planets …

Universe

Meet Alphabet, Google’s New Corporate Boss As Sundar Pichai Takes Over The Search Company

Google just rocked the world with some light news on a Monday. It has restructured the company and everything will now report up to “Alphabet Inc.” a new corporate name. That includes Google, which will now be CEO’d by Sundar Pichai (one less Twitter CEO candidate).<p>Its site? https://abc.xyz/. …

Universe slowly dying as old stars fade faster than new ones are born

Analysis of starlight from more than 220,000 distant galaxies shows that the cosmos has lost half of its brightness in the past two billion years<p>Without applause or encore, the lights are going out across the universe, as old stars die faster than new ones are born to replace them.<p>Astronomers …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Reddit has finally banned some of its most racist communities.</b> It said that it made the decision because having them on the site "made recruiting more difficult."<p><b>2. Google CEO Larry Page really doesn't care about buying Twitter.</b> A reporter from The Information has made it clear that Google …

Facebook Live

Did Ancient Mars Have Continents?

With the help of a rock-zapping laser, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected Red Planet rocks similar to Earth's oldest continental crust, …

Mars

Scientists Make The Case For A 6th Taste — But It's Less Than Tasty

To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers say they are ready to add a sixth taste — and its name is, well, a mouthful: "oleogustus."<p>Announced in the journal Chemical Senses last month, oleogustus is Latin for "a taste for fat."<p>"It is a sensation one would get from eating …

What you need to know about artificial intelligence, and the imminent robot future

Autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow<p>Future of Life Institute

Prometheus 2 rumoured to be shooting in January 2016

Ridley Scott is said to be returning to space next year for the sequel to his Alien prequel, with returning stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender<p>While the critical response might have been mixed (The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called it “muddled”), the box office for Prometheus was a global …

Box Office

Dungeons & Dragons to roll the dice once more on the big screen

Popular role-playing game returns to multiplexes as Hollywood vies to sate demand for fantasy material in the era of Game of Thrones and The Hobbit<p>A new movie based on the hugely popular fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is heading to cinemas following the settlement of a long-running …

Dungeons and Dragons

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is in talks to launch an MVNO service in the US and Europe.</b> The company wants customers to pay it directly for data, and it will then lease capacity from carriers.<p><b>2. Twitter shares closed at a record low yesterday.</b> Stock was down 5.6%, continuing the slide that started after the company's …

The extra-sized Fables finale marks the end of an era at Vertigo

As the longest-running Vertigo book, <i>Fables</i> is the last reminder of the imprint’s glory days as a major force in the industry during the early ’00s. …

Graphic Novels

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Dark Matter

Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser

Edge is the browser Windows 10 deserves<p>For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer. Over the years, Microsoft’s home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users. A lot of people turned to alternatives, …

Tiny Galaxy Bursting with Star Creation Is Spied by Hubble

A wisp of a galaxy is rich with new, blue-white young stars and primordial gas in this new cosmic photo from the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>The irregular …

Kepler helps astronomers discover a new class of planet: the “Mega-Earth”

Kepler helps astronomers discover a new class of planet: the “Mega-Earth”<p>Kepler 10-c is a newly discovered exoplanet 17 times more massive than the …

Universe

25 comic books for nerdy newbies to read first

Every comic book nerd has an origin story, and it starts with opening that first book.<p>There are so many titles with so much history, so it's natural …

Pluto's dwarf planet status is 'bulls---,' says lead scientist of NASA mission

Pluto is perhaps the most beloved object in our Solar System.<p>So when the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto on July 14 — a nearly 10-year, …