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Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades

In 2004, when color printers were still somewhat novel, PCWorld magazine published an article headlined: “Government Uses Color Laser Printer Technology to Track Documents.”<p>It was one of the first news reports on a quiet practice that had been going on for 20 years. It revealed that color printers …

Surveillance

Massive database containing over 560 million passwords discovered

Looks like it’s time to change passwords again. Security researchers have discovered a massive database of login credentials — over 560 million emails and passwords — put together by an unknown person. All of the information is insecure.<p>The database was discovered by the Kromtech Security Research …

China's massive infrastructure project is facing a cash crunch

The remarks from Yi Gang, vice-governor of the People's Bank of China, come just days ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on Sunday and Monday. Leaders from 29 countries and regions will gather in Beijing to learn more about the blueprint for China's trade …

China

This school helps inexperienced programmers land jobs at Apple

Programmers are in hot demand. Tech companies are especially eager to grab talent as fast as they can find it.<p>"We're interviewing people every week," said Neha Jain, a senior software engineer with LinkedIn. "Every time we get a great idea at LinkedIn, the question is always -- who will work on …

Silicon Valley

5 Android navigation apps for those who are sick of Google Maps

If you think Google Maps is the best navigation app for Android, you haven't seen the competition.<p>Don't get me wrong: Google Maps is the king of the online mapping industry, but that doesn't mean that the Google Maps app is the best navigation app for your Android phone. There are plenty of other …

Maps

Uber reportedly lost at least $1.27 billion in first half of 2016

Time I

The bond market is 'broken'

As we've written before, if you really want to know what's happening in the world economy you need to look at what the bond market is saying. But these aren't normal times, and looking to the bond market for guidance is, well, misguided.<p><b>What falling bond yields usually mean</b><p>Under normal …

Bank of Japan

President Obama Warns of Excessive Heat as Temperatures Expected to Top 110

President Obama warned Americans to stay safe during an ongoing heat wave as heat advisories remained in effect in at least 15 states and some places …

Weather

The best browser for watching Netflix isn't Chrome or Firefox

Chrome and Firefox might dominate the web-browser landscape, but that doesn't mean they are the best for streaming Netflix.<p>In fact, you might be surprised to know that only a few web browsers support playing Netflix in full 1080p high-definition.<p>On Wednesday, Microsoft published data claiming that …

Software

Hackers are making $500k off mobile trojans they deployed, research shows

According to the Cheetah Mobile Security Research Lab, Chinese hackers are making a whopping $500,000 a day from a group of smartphone trojans dubbed “Hummer.” In just the first half of 2016, Hummer was being installed on 1.4 million devices <i>a day</i>. In China alone there were around 63,000 being …

Google Play

What Is a Convertible Bond?

Convertible bonds offer advantages that savings bonds and other Treasury obligations can't. Image source: Getty Images.<p>Few investors look closely at convertible bonds, but these investments can be ideal for those looking for a combination of reliable income and potential capital appreciation. …

Google launches two new APIs to improve app intelligence and context

On Monday Google rolled out two new Awareness APIs that will give Android apps greater ability to react to a user's environment and behavior.<p>The two features, Snapshot API and Fence API, were first unveiled during Google's I/O developer conference in May and are now available for developers through …

Apps

THE FINTECH REGULATION REPORT: How European regulators are creating fertile ground for fintech growth

Financial technology — known more commonly as fintech — is attracting a lot of attention globally. Fintech companies provide technologies that aim to disrupt the financial services industry by making financial products more efficient and more widely distributed with lower overhead costs.<p>The …

Customers

11 million Americans spend half their income on rent

More Americans are struggling to make rent.<p>The number of renters dedicating at least half of their income toward housing hit a record high of 11 million people in 2014, according to the annual State of the Nation's Housing Report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.<p>A …

Housing

Turnbull first PM to host iftar for Ramadan

Malcolm Turnbull has become the first Australian prime minister to host an iftar, breaking bread with faith leaders.<p>The prime minister hosted the …

Australia

The AR-15 is the gun of choice for mass shootings and it’s easier to buy in Florida than a pistol

An “AR-15-type assault rifle” has been linked to this morning’s massacre in Orlando—the deadliest mass shooting yet in the US. The most popular rifle in the country, it’s become a symbol for both sides of the gun control debate. Update June 14: According to Florida authorities, the exact gun was an …

Guns

Psychologists and experts explain how to stop being a 'chronically late insane person'

In a Wait But Why analysis of people who are habitually late—whether it's to work, social engagements, or major appointments—Tim Urban concludes that some members of this group, including himself, could be deemed Chronically Late Insane People (CLIP). As classified by Urban, these individuals are …

Self-help

The Average American's Social Security Benefits by Age

The average Social Security benefit for a retired worker is $1,347, but most Americans draw Social Security before full retirement age. While there's no clear best age to collect Social Security, benefits increase significantly for waiting, as you can see from the averages.<p>Here's a thorough …

Religion

How Much Do I Need to Retire?

Wondering how much money you'll need to retire? You're not alone. You can bet that question is top of mind for millions of Americans who are in their 50s and fast approaching retirement, and millions more who are younger than that and eager to make sure that they're correctly answering the …

Watch an 18-rotor electric helicopter take its first manned flight

E-Volo has been talking about the prospect of using many-rotor electric helicopters (aka multicopters) as semi-affordable personal transport for years, and it now looks like this isn't just a far-fetched dream. The company recently completed the first manned test flight of the first certified …

UPDATE: Reddit’s firing up a thread on the Panama Papers leak

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story linked to an earlier expose’ conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on offshore companies. The post has been edited.<p>The good folks at Reddit are already getting their Redditors fired up about the massive document dump we …

Corruption

Who are the Alawites?

The Alawites are an offshoot of Shia Islam who revere Ali, the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law. However, they have added to their religion aspects of other faiths, including Christianity, and have a Holy Trinity of their own, comprising Mohammed, Ali, and Salman the Persian, a Companion of …

Middle East

Uber Using Smartphone Gyrometer Data To Monitor Speeding Drivers

We’ve all been in an Uber where the driver seems to be in a little bit more of a hurry than need be. Once you hop out of the Uber and complete the ride, you’re left with the app asking you how you’d rate your experience. This is generally a great opportunity to voice your concerns but when opinions …

Uber
Apple Pay
Wall Street

How 3 investors, all under 25, made money this year

Talk about a tough year to invest.<p>Markets were volatile left and right, driven by three main reasons -- Oil prices tanked, China's economic slowdown got worse and the U.S. Federal Reserve kept everyone on their toes over whether it was going to increase interest rates for the first time in a decade.<p>…

Stock Markets

Build real-time battery drain warnings using Tasker - Android customization

Last week on our Android customization series we took a somewhat confusing and in-depth look at storing battery data at various points throughout the day. While that was a great tool for capturing long term battery statistics, we are going for something a little more immediate this week, using …

Android News