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Why We're Not Prepared for The Coming Decades of Sea Level Rise

Sea levels rose faster in the 1900s than in any of time over the previous 2,800 years, and will continue to rise at record rates without drastic cuts …

Climate Change

Dr. Luke issues statement, tweets after injunction denied in Kesha lawsuit

After widespread outcry over a judge's decision denying the singer Kesha a preliminary injunction, which would have halted her exclusive contract with producer Dr. Luke and label Sony, Dr. Luke has issued his first statement.<p>"The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already …

Samsung's Galaxy S7 automatically flags nuisance callers

Impressed by the Samsung Galaxy S7? Before you give a final verdict, there's one extra feature we think you should know about. Whitepages, a company that provides caller ID and spam detection in the US, has teamed up with Samsung to bake its services directly into the new flagship. So when your …

First U.S. penis transplant is set to happen at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is best known for its innovative surgery, such as implanting the first defibrillator in a human heart or being the first to separate twins who were joined at the head, will take on its most notable surgery yet. This year, the hospital will perform the first U.S. penis …

Medicine

EFF scores a blow against the government's domestic spying

Before we knew that the National Security Agency was getting its jollies by spying via Prism, there was <i>Jewel vs. NSA</i>. That case, filed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, has gotten a boost from California judge Jeffrey White who's has granted discovery to the EFF -- something the EFF says it's been …

FBI rebuts reports that county reset San Bernardino shooter's iCloud password without consent

The<p>FBIon Saturday rebutted media reports that San Bernardino County technicians acted without the agency’s consent when they reset the password for the Apple iCloud account belonging to one of the shooters involved in the Dec. 2 terror attack at a county facility that killed 14 people.<p>“This is not …

Why Donald Trump's Win Is Apple's Loss

There were a lot of losers in the South Carolina Republican primary. Most of them were candidates not named Donald Trump.<p>Go ahead and add Apple …

Government

Apple/FBI fight looks destined to go all the way to the Supreme Court as more background is revealed

If Tim Cook’s strongly-worded response to the court order instructing it to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone left any room for doubt about Apple’s determination to fight the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, that doubt appears to be removed by further background emerging …

Windows Phone sales have almost ground to a halt

Gartner has released its smartphone stats for Q4 2015 and the news is especially bad for Microsoft. In Q4 2014, the software giant owned 2.8 percent of the smartphone market -- not great, but still good enough for around 10 million units sold. In the same quarter of 2015, however, Windows Phone …

A Los Angeles hospital paid $17,000 in ransom to hackers blocking access to patient records

The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles has announced that it paid hackers 40 bitcoins ($17,000 USD). The criminals had used malicious software to encrypt the hospital’s records, and held the key to decrypt the files for ransom.<p>The hospital was infected with the software, commonly …

Los Angeles

The life-size BB-8 is real and you can get one this year

NEW YORK — The rumored life-size BB-8 droid from <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> is real, everyone, and you’ll be able to roll it around your house later …