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Here's How Much Your Social Security Number Is Worth on the Dark Web

If you’ve ever wondered how much your Social Security number is worth, here’s a hint: About as much as your password to a pornographic …

The Latest: Flights resume to Istanbul international airport

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the attempted military coup in Turkey (all times local):<p>12:30 a.m.<p>Flights into Istanbul's international airport …

South Asia

Google wants to inject cyborg lenses into your eyeballs

Google has patented a new technology that would let the company inject a computerized lens directly into your eyeball.<p>The company has been developing smart glasses and even smart contact lenses for years. But Google's newest patented technology would go even further -- and deeper.<p>(<i>Note: the</i> …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

SpaceX updates the capabilities of its Falcon rockets on its website

The rockets can lift even more than the company thought<p>This weekend, SpaceX made a few updates to its website, changing the launch capabilities of its Falcon rockets. The company claims its Falcon 9 rocket can transport nearly twice as much weight into lower Earth orbit as originally listed. The …

Space Travel

NVIDIA will power the first-ever driverless race cars

NVIDIA made autonomous cars a major company focus a few years ago, but today it announced something a bit more daring at the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose today. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang that NVIDIA technology would power the custom sports cars competing in the upcoming driverless racing series …

Inside the Starburst-sized box that could save the Internet

Cybercrime is costing us millions. Hacks drain the average American firm of $15.4 million per year, and, in the resulting panic, companies often spend more than $1.9 million to resolve a single attack. It’s time to face facts: Our defenses aren’t strong enough to keep the hackers out.<p>But there is …

'Body Hacking' Movement Rises Ahead Of Moral Answers

A curious crowd lingered around Amal Graafstra as he carefully unpacked a pair of gloves, a small sterile blanket and a huge needle. A long line of people were waiting to get tiny computer chips implanted into their hands.<p>Graafstra had set up shop in a booth in the middle of an exhibit hall at the …

Singularity

The 11 highest-paying tech jobs in America in 2016

Glassdoor sifted through the salaries reported by employees who have these jobs, limiting its search to salary reports from the past year, to come up with median salaries.<p>The website also looked at the demand for these jobs, based on the current number of job openings on its site.

Space radio signal solves the mystery of the missing matter

<i>Update April 5 PT, 2016: Researchers at Harvard University have announced that the afterglow on which these conclusions are based was a flickering black hole unrelated to the fast radio burst. You can read the full report here.</i><p>For nearly a decade, astronomers have been puzzling over a certain type …

A new social network grants you a real-life 'Follower' for a day

Follower is the ultimate "social network" for people who aren't satisfied with random attention on Twitter and want anonymous relationships to extend into the physical realm, too.<p>"Don't go unnoticed," is its tagline. "Follower is a service that grants you a real-life Follower for a day. A no-hassle …

Social Media

Who needs faster computers? | John Naughton

Following Moore’s law, chip manufacturers assume that computing capacity will double every two years – so what happens when that becomes impossible?<p>Fifty years ago, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of the chip manufacturer Intel described a regularity he had observed that would one day make him a …

Moore's Law

Photographer Uses Roadside Weather Cameras for Creepy Self Portraits

Tatu Gustafsson’s self portraits are like the world’s easiest and most depressing game of Where’s Waldo?<p>Tatu Gustafsson’s four-year-long <i>Weather camera self-portraits</i> project is an exercise in relinquishing artistic control. As a photography student, he found that he “didn’t really like the control …

'Operator' is a font designed to make coding easier

While many of us bristle at the sight of Comic Sans (this writer included), coders have an altogether different view of typefaces and how they're presented. Thus, Operator Mono, the new font from one of the highest-regarded typeface-creators that was forged to make life easier for the folks who …

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

92% of college students prefer print books to e-books, study finds

If you imagine millennials are just young people entranced by their cellphones or tablet computers, you might want to think again. According to a new study, 92% of college students would rather do their reading the old-fashioned way, with pages and not pixels.<p>The finding comes from American …

College & University

Millionaires want to have sex in space, and the only company that can help is ok with the idea

That's according to Tom Shelley, the president of Virginia-based Space Adventures, which has arranged eight successful launches of private citizens into orbit since 2001.<p>"It's actually not an uncommon request," Shelley told Tech Insider.<p>These days, Space Adventures uses Russian rockets to take …

Space Exploration

Google’s AI just cracked the game that supposedly no computer could beat

Computers have slowly started to encroach on activities we previously believed only the brilliantly sophisticated human brain could handle. IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Grand Master Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997, and in 2011 IBM’s Watson beat former human winners at the quiz game <i>Jeopardy.</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Slack forms Search, Learning, & Intelligence Group focused on ‘mining the chat corpus’

Team communication app Slack has hired Foursquare executive Noah Weiss to head up a new Search, Learning, & Intelligence Group for Slack, which will be part of the well-funded startup’s new New York office.<p>“The focus is on building features that make Slack better the bigger a company is and the …

Scientists make a 'true' neural network using brain-like chips

Many people have built brain-like neural networks that can learn on their own, but they're typically using plain old silicon to do it. Wouldn't it be better if the chips themselves were brain-like? A mix of Italian and Russian researchers might help. They've created a neural network based on …

The $79 Endless Mini aims to reach billions without PCs

There are still billions of people in the world who don’t have a personal computer. The Endless Mini is for them.<p>The new ball-shaped computer from Endless is a $79 machine aimed at bringing the next four billion people into the information age, said Matt Dalio, CEO and chief of product at Endless. …

Operating Systems

Microsoft Acquires Big Data Silo-Breaker -- Redmond Snaps Up Startup Metanautix

Microsoft did a little last minute Christmas shopping just before the weekend and bought itself a shiny new data compute engine in the shape of Metanautix. Pronounced ‘meta-naugt-ix’ Redmond’s latest toy is no toy… the firm is a data management for business analytics company — but what does that …

SQL Servers

A Master List of 1,000 Free Courses From Top Universities: 30,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

We reached a little milestone this week. Our big list of <b>Free Online Courses</b> now features 1,000 courses from top universities. Let's quickly break …

Gold and platinum offer clues about the moon's mysterious tilt

A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year and a half, on average. But imagine if it happened every single month. For this to be the case, the moon would have to orbit Earth in the same plane in which Earth travels around the sun – that way, the new moon would always come …

Astronomy

Nvidia's Shield Tablet is back on sale for $199 after fire hazard recall

Nvidia called its Shield Tablet the "ultimate tablet for gamers" upon announcement last year, but the company had to backtrack hard this summer when it issued a recall for every single unit due to a potential battery fire hazard. It would seem the issue has been fixed, though — Nvidia was already …

'Light field' camera maker Lytro announces professional VR video rig

Camera maker Lytro drew our attention three years ago with what it called "light field" photography. Instead of focusing at a specific depth, its camera would capture everything in range of its finder, so you could do things like pick a focus <i>after</i> taking the picture. It was a fascinating …

​Google makes email smart enough to answer for you

DUBLIN -- Google doesn't presume to know what you're thinking, but the Internet giant will offer its best guess with a new email feature called "smart reply."<p>Unveiled Tuesday, the smart-reply feature in the Inbox by Gmail app analyzes the text of incoming email and offers three tailored responses …

Panasonic bringing light and portable power to those without

Around a fifth of the world's population has only sporadic access to electricity -- if at all. Panasonic is hoping to lower that number with its latest project.<p>The Japanese electronics giant this week unveiled its eneloop solar storage system, which acts as a source of power for LED lights and …

Google tests Who's Down, an app for broadcasting your total alienation

How do you do, fellow kids?<p>You're a teen, and you're down. But how is anybody else supposed to know that? Enter Who's Down, a new invite-only app from up-and-coming social networking company Google, Inc. The app, which is more or less a direct rip of Danny Trinh's Free, lets you broadcast your …

Wall Street is cashing in on Silicon Valley's biggest problem

Lately, it seems to be a big source of agitation for top venture capitalists and CEOs. Venture capitalist Mark Suster, recently called "BS on 50 new billion-dollar US companies in just 18 months," but later admits he thinks "there is nobody to blame for this abandonment of common sense."<p>But there …

Venture Capital