Christopher Cook

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FAA Declares Super Bowl A 'No Drone Zone'

The 12th man can't be a robot<p>Every day, people find new places where they shouldn’t fly drones. Earlier this week, it was the White House grounds. Before that, a meth-smuggling remote control copter crashed just south of San Diego. There are even maps of where not to fly drones. Now, in a new, …

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Apple laptops vulnerable to virus that 'can’t be removed'

A security flaw in Apple laptops could leave users vulnerable to infection by malicious software that hackers could use to steal data and which is virtually impossible to remove<p>A security expert has found a way to install malicious code on a tiny chip built into Apple laptops which would resist any …

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

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PlayStation 4's SharePlay can be turned off by developers

Sad news, PS4 owners -- that awesome new "virtual-couch" feature Sony added with the console's latest update won't work with the latest <i>Call of Duty</i> game. Users trying to use Share Play to digitally lend <i>Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare</i> to a friend have found the feature completely blocked. "This …

"Star Wars: Episode VII" Title Revealed

Author:<p>John Kim<p>Publish date:<p>If you've been keeping up, you'll know that chapter 7 of the <i>Star Wars</i> saga has completed principal photography, and on …

How to Earn Hotel Perks Using Social Media

<i>Victoria Winters / Flickr</i><p>It's difficult to deny that social media has become a part of our everyday experience, including travel. When you go on vacation, you tweet about your hotel, share your location on Facebook and upload photos to Instagram.<p>Travel brands -- hotels in particular -- have taken …

Snapchat, Square want to make it easy for you to send cash

Let's hope Snapchat's latest feature doesn't make your cash disappear.<p>Snapchat, known for sending photos that immediately disappear after being viewed, has teamed with payment processing service Square to help users send money to one another. The unusual pairing gives Snapchat a new feature its …

Facebook will start to reduce promotional Page posts next year

Facebook is messing with its News Feed again, but this time for the better: It will start reducing “overly promotional Page posts” from your News Feed next year, the company says.<p>Facebook has been surveying its users for feedback, and says that users have consistently expressed they’d like to see …

The Brain May Compensate For Heavy Pot Smoking -- Until It Can't Anymore

Another study adds to the growing but controversial pile of evidence that heavy marijuana use over the years can lead to changes in the brain. The research, published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, found that an area in the front of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex …

Spotify CEO to musicians: Do you want 'zilch' or $2 billion?

An artist in the range of Taylor Swift could make more than $6 million a year from Spotify at its current size, the music streaming service's chief executive said Tuesday in a rebuttal to the criticism he's faced the past week.<p>"Our interests are totally aligned with yours," Daniel Ek told musicians …

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

How Sex Organs Got Started: It Was an Evolutionary Quickie

If you turn over a mouse and a snake to look for their sex organs, you'd probably gain an appreciation for the diversity of genitalia in the animal world. Down near their tails, male mice have penises studded with tiny spines, and female mice have vaginas. But male snakes have a pair of penises, …

12 Excellent Hard Ciders to Drink This Fall

If trends do indeed come and go in cycles, then we’re currently heading back to colonial times when cider was the drink of choice.<p>If trends do indeed …

This Robot Can Make You Feel Like There's A Ghost Behind You

Ever feel another human “presence” nearby? It may just mean your brain is confused.<p>You’re all alone in a room, when all of a sudden your senses start tingling. Though you can’t hear or see anyone around, you have this indescribable perception of a human presence lurking nearby. It just <i>feels</i> like …

As many as half of all stars reside outside of galaxies, study finds

Even stars can get lost in space.<p>Scientists who shot a rocket up beyond Earth’s atmosphere for a matter of minutes have made a remarkable discovery about the diffuse background light that permeates the universe: As many as half of all stars may have been stripped from their home galaxies and flung …

Amazon just surprised everyone with a crazy speaker that talks to you

It's called Echo, and it's shipping 'in the coming weeks'<p>Well this one came out of nowhere: Amazon is building a speaker that's controlled with your voice. It's called Echo, and Amazon tells <i>The Verge</i> it will be "shipping in the coming weeks." Available on an invite-only basis to start, Echo is …

Malware Discovered In China Could Herald ‘New Era’ Of iOS And Mac Threats

Conventional wisdom suggests that the vast majority of mobile malware cases impact Android devices. Or at least that those who do not jailbreak their iPhones are safe from most threats — even Apple CEO Tim Cook has bashed Android for “dominating” the mobile malware market. Yet a new virus found in …

Obama ordering 275 military personnel to Iraq; may send special ops

In a sign of the growing danger in Iraq, President Obama notified Congress on Monday that he was sending up to 275 U.S. military personnel "to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad."<p>Obama also is considering sending 100 or fewer special operations troops to …