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Jawbone Just Announced its Most Advanced Fitness Tracker Yet

Jawbone has announced the company’s most technologically advanced fitness tracker yet, and if it’s all what the company is touting it to be, it’s a …

Technology Company Will Pay You $300,000 If You Can Hack Them

The cloud-based messaging app Telegram is offering $300,000 to the most “malicious” computer hacker.<p>You read that right. If you can gain full control of the communication lines and servers used by “Nick” and “Paul” to extract their sensitive data, you could be rewarded with more than a quarter …

9 Small Beer Cities That Deserve National Attention

By: Andy Kryza<p>Portland, Denver, San Diego... blah blah blah. Whenever a discussion of America's best beer cities starts up, people simply trot out the same old cities over and over. And while it's hard to argue against their prowess, oftentimes smaller cities and towns get lost in their …

I'm So F***ed Up: New Bottle Attachment Allows You To Bong Beer And Weed Simultaneously

Note: Video contains a nice f-bomb at 0:57. Of course, if you're watching a video at work about bonging a beer and smoking weed at the same time, …

Women Can Be Make-Up Artists, Too, Says India's High Court

India’s decades-old restriction on female make-up artists in its bustling film industry received fierce criticism from the country’s high court on …

Lava Flow Spares Family Headstone in Hawaii

As Aiko Sato placed flowers at her family's headstone last week, she thought it could be the last time she would see it. Slow-moving lava was inching closer to the Japanese Cemetery in Pahoa, Hawaii, and officials had allowed her the opportunity to visit. But after lava flowed over the cemetery, …

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US tech firms help terrorists, says new UK spy chief. Maybe, but they also help the rest of us.

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>The new head of British spy agency GCHQ has attacked Silicon Valley tech firms for aiding terrorism by providing greater …

HP's slim 'Omen' gaming laptop conjures up Voodoo memories

Remember that gaming laptop HP was rumored to be building, the one @evleaks said would rival Alienware's rigs? Well, it's here -- and it's not quite what the retired leaker expected. Instead of a thick, meaty machine to match the Alienware 14 and 17, HP is putting out the Omen, a 15-inch gaming …

U.K. Spy Agency Chief Goes Public With Anti-Encryption Appeal To U.S. Tech Companies

In what must be one of the most high profile consequences of last year’s Snowden revelations, which detailed the extent of government dragnet digital surveillance programs, the new chief of U.K. spy agency GCHQ has made a public appeal to U.S. technology companies to co-operate in handing over user …

Pirate Bay co-founder who fled to avoid prison is arrested in Thailand

One of the co-founders of the torrenting site The Pirate Bay, and the last to avoid arrest, was taken into custody in Thailand on Monday, the Associated Press reports.<p>Fredrik Neij, 36, was detained at a checkpoint along the Thailand-Laos border. Thai authorities said Neij had been living in Laos …

Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government

The battle over encryption of consumer internet users’ data has pitched US technology companies against the US government itself, former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker said on Tuesday.<p>Speaking at Web Summit in Dublin, Baker claimed that moves by Google and Apple and others to encrypt user data …

These Are The Most All-American Towns Around

The idea of an "All-American" town might be a quaint notion in the 21st century, but they do still certainly exist across this land of ours. They can be found, too, in every corner of the country, from New York to California.<p>Leave it to the folks at National Geographic to come up with a list of the …

New Ball-Shaped Camera Captures Mid Air Panoramas

With panoramic cameras seemingly all the rage, it’s no surprise to find a new contender entering the market.<p>We’ve already seen a plethora of handy pocket cameras, selfie sticks and action cameras which will attach to just about anything that moves, but the Panono is something entirely …

Spice Girls hit Wannabe is catchiest pop song since 1940s, study finds

Almost two decades after they zig-a-zig-ahed their way to their first number one, the Spice Girls have achieved another smash: their debut single Wannabe is the catchiest UK hit.<p>The song, which sold 7 million copies worldwide and topped the chart in 22 countries, was rated the most recognisable …

Google CEO: Computers Are Going To Take Our Jobs, And 'There's No Way Around That'

Today, Google is much more than a search engine. The company appears to be involved in every type of new technology ranging from self-driving cars to contact lenses that can test for disease.<p>In a recent interview with the Financial Times, CEO Larry Page provided some insight as to why the company …

How Do We Know What Reality Is?

Deepak Chopra continues the discussion pointing out that the objective validity of science requires a conscious subject, consciousness. We can’t know …

Consciousness

In 2014, countries are still paying off debt from World War One

It has been 100 years since the start of the First World War, which was fought for four years and claimed the lives of more than 6000 soldiers a day. Countries in Europe began marking the centenary earlier this year and the Tower of London, pictured above, is awash in poppies in beautiful tribute …

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One pilot dead as Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane crashes

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed after an explosion during a test flight over the Mojave desert on Friday, killing one of the pilots, seriously injuring another and leaving debris scattered over a wide area.<p>The plane, SpaceShipTwo, was undertaking a test flight as part of Sir Richard Branson’s …

Spain arrests dozens in anti-corruption raids

Police in Spain have arrested over 50 people across the country, including senior members of the ruling party, in the biggest anti-corruption sweep in the country's history.<p>Monday's mass raids targeted 51 senior politicians alleged to be part of a huge corruption network, those arrested will face …

Magic Leap: startup promises a leap forward for virtual reality

Google is one of the hopeful investors in what could be a revolution in creating screen-free, Matrix-style dream worlds<p>Like fusion power or jet-packs, virtual reality has always been 20 years away. <i>Matrix</i>-inspired dreams of being transported via headset to another realm have been held back by poor …

Samsung's new induction stovetop projects 'virtual flames' onto pots and pans

Since the dawn of man, we've associated flames with heat. But since induction stovetops don't emit any flames, it seems like they're just waiting to roast your hand. That's why Samsung's latest induction range has "Virtual Flame Technology." A set of blue LEDs around the edge of each burner …

Fitbit's new 'Surge' fitness watch — blunderfully announced by Brookstone

Only yesterday I met the nice people at Fitbit to check out their new fitness watch, the $250 Fitbit Surge. I tried it on. I punched some buttons. I liked that the screen tilts up at me from my wrist.<p>I liked that it had a GPS radio inside (more room was created for that by the tilted screen — good …

Exoskeleton for your hand lets you feel virtual objects and control robots

Chinese company Dexta Robotics set out to develop a hand motion-capturing device last year, but instead of creating a glove like everybody else, they designed an impressively affordable exoskeleton. This device called Dexmo -- available in classic and F2 variants -- can be used as a virtual reality …

Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education and positively impact humanity, …

Hawaii volcano lava prompts evacuation concerns

Dozens of residents in a rural area of Hawaii were placed on alert as flowing lava from an erupting volcano continued to advance.<p>Authorities on …

Syrian Kurds repulse Islamic State attack on border gate

MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Islamic State militants tried to seize a border post in the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish frontier overnight but were repulsed by Kurdish fighters, Kurdish officials and a monitoring group said on Sunday.<p>Kurdish refugees from Kobani watch as thick smoke covers …

US envoy condemns global response to Ebola crisis

Samantha Power says international response to Ebola "needs to be taken to a wholly different scale" as she begins a tour of west Africa<p>The US envoy to the United Nations criticised the level of international support for nations hit by <b>Ebola</b> as she began a tour of west Africa on Sunday.<p>Samantha Power …

Tribe reels from Washington state school shooting

A close-knit community on the Tulalip Indian Reservation has struggled to find answers following the shooting at a high school on Washington's Puget Sound in which a young gunman from a prominent family opened fire, killing one person and injuring four others -- including two of his cousins.<p>"What …

Ebola crisis: Dozens monitored after first Mali case

<b>The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl.</b><p>The World Health Organisation said the toddler had travelled hundreds of kilometres by bus from Guinea through Mali showing symptoms of the disease.<p>More than 40 people known to have come into …

Two Dead in Washington High School Shooting

A Washington State high school "homecoming prince" opened fire in the cafeteria Friday, killing a girl and wounding four other people before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said.<p>A hospital official said three patients were in "very critical condition" with head wounds after the …

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