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66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now

Ah, the joys of the connected life: opportunities to engage with global communities, be educated and entertained, and shop with ease. But these go …

Information Systems

Pipe bomb explodes near Jersey Shore 5km run in support of US Marines

No injuries reported in explosion in Seaside Park, New Jersey Semper Five race cancelled after unattanded backpack also found<p>A pipe bomb exploded in a Jersey Shore town on Saturday, shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5km race to benefit US Marines and sailors, …

New Jersey

The 'Earth next door' may have a cozy atmosphere — and we could find out in just 2 years

Astronomers know it exists because they've seen its gravity tug on and "wiggle" Proxima Centauri, the red dwarf star that it orbits.<p>But no telescopes in space or on the ground, nor any in serious stages of planning, can directly photograph Proxima b.<p>It's very distant at 4.2 light-years away from …

Mercedes' Maybach Of The Future Won't Fit In A Garage

Mercedes unveiled its vision for the future: an all-electric luxury coupe that won’t leave much room in the average American garage. The Vision Mercedes – Maybach 6, which debuted at Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, Calif. on Thursday, is a 738-horsepower roadster that runs on a battery and four …

Maybach

The Double-Slit Experiment That Blew Open Quantum Mechanics

Is light a wave or a particle? Yes.<p>The physics equations you learned in school don't work on the atomic scale. We have Newtonian physics to explain the world we can see and feel, and we have Einsteinian physics to explain the behavior of matter and light in the universe, but we observe a bunch of …

A Python ate my GUI — Part 2: Design

Creating a solution<p>In the first part of this series, we discussed a few existing modules that give us tools for building interfaces. I promised to …

Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?

A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion. Stephen Dowling investigates the challenges of making airliners run on atomic power.<p>It could whisk you from London Heathrow and have you stepping onto the air bridge at New York’s John F Kennedy airport …

Aviation

THE FOURTH QUADRANT: A MAP OF THE LIMITS OF STATISTICS

THE FOURTH QUADRANT: A MAP OF THE LIMITS OF STATISTICS<p>Statistical and applied probabilistic knowledge is the core of knowledge; statistics is what …

How I built my first Android open source library (and how you can too)

A practical, step-by-step guide for building your own open source library.In early 2015 I recognized a major hole in my professional work — I hadn’t …

Hung Up

Why You Should Be Really Excited That Juno is at Jupiter

On July 4, NASA’s Juno spacecraft fired its engines for the 35-minute orbit insertion burn. The spacecraft’s nearly five year trek to Jupiter ended and its orbital mission began. It was an exciting moment for space nerds, but the casual observer might not have been thrilled. After all, we’ve been …

Astronomy

Three suns for one planet

Astronomers have discovered a unique solar system. It's not just one of those where planets are orbiting a star - three stars and one gas giant are …

A 2005 FBI Hack Exposed a Secret List of Informants and Hunted Cybercriminals

In 2005, an email server of the FBI’s was catastrophically hacked, and journalists quoted sources who were worried that sensitive information had been obtained.<p>In 2005, an email server of the FBI's was catastrophically hacked, and journalists quoted sources who were worried that sensitive …

Hacker 'Guccifer' says he broke into Hillary Clinton's email server

The infamous hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, recently spoke with Fox News from a jail cell in Virginia where he is being held. He was extradited from Romania after being arrested in January 2014 following a string of email hacks of high-profile individuals, including former Secretary …

A Colorful Visit to the Vault Where the World’s Rarest Pigments Are Safely Stored

Great Big Story visited the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts to speak with …

This cute little robot can teach your kid (and you) how to code

Teaching kids to code is probably something that will be part of school curriculum in the not-so-distant future or at least it should be. Being able to code is an invaluable skill and learning at a young age leaves time for ample discovery and exploration.<p>However, as anyone who has ever tried to …

Top 25 highest-paying U.S. workplaces: Guess which tech companies made the new list

Technology and consulting companies dominate Glassdoor’s new annual ranking of the highest-paying workplaces in America. Twenty-four out of the 25 …

Scientists claim breakthrough in hunt for Planet Nine

Scientists working with data captured by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft have identified a region of the Solar System that they say is most likely to …

Former CIA Agent Reveals What It's Really Like to Be a Spy

Rule #1: Learn to live a lie.<p>The complex life of a CIA officer is unveiled in this fascinating AMA on Reddit, which reveals an existence that is both terrifying and amusing, but never boring.<p>Names, places, and timelines are redacted, but that doesn't lessen the impact of his words, as it's easy to …

Here are the 3 key issues that Europe has with Android

Why? The short answer is that the European Commission thinks that Google is using the dominant position of its mobile operating system, Android, to promote its apps and products at the expense of its competitors' — thereby stifling innovation.<p>"In Europe you can be big. You can grow. You can be …

Microsoft Garage releases three new business productivity apps for Android | On MSFT

The latest creations to come out of Microsoft’s wildly innovative department, Garage, has gotten an official introduction on the company’s official …

Apps

Ole Miss Fraternity Brothers Nicknamed Sorority Sister BJ

While raising money for charity, the men asked sexually charged questions of the Derby Days Queen contestants.<p>A University of Mississippi fraternity …

Ole Miss

Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location [Updated]

<i>Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national</i> …

Privacy

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36 years ago, Microsoft became a hardware company by making a device for the Apple II

It actually announced its first hardware product 36 years ago, on April 2, 1980, reports Marcel Brown at This Day in Tech History.<p>The product was a computer card for the Apple II computer. Open up the Apple II, put the card in and it allowed the Apple II to run software on a different, alternative …

9 Reasons Why iPhone Is Still Better Than Android

Apple is 40 on April 1. Its most iconic product dominates. Why is that?<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>In 2007, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed at the launch of the iPhone.<p>It's far too expensive, he said. Microsoft's …

Mystery object slams into Jupiter

<b>(CNN) —</b> In case you missed it, the largest planet in our solar system was struck by a foreign object.<p>Videos emerged this week of an object apparently hitting Jupiter. The footage shows a quick flash on the right side of the planet as an object seemingly makes impact.<p>Amateur astronomer Gerrit …

Astronomy

Supermassive Black Hole Simulations Suggest Dark Matter Origin

Cutting edge simulations have revealed for the first time exactly how the supermassive black holes at the heart of quasars were formed.<p>Quasars are some of the brightest objects in the visible universe and they are believed to contain supermassive black holes that are more than a billion times the …

Black Holes

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Getting Fired From Facebook Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to This Entrepreneur

How one entrepreneur went from losing his dream job to founding a multi-million dollar business.<p>Recently my Inc.com colleague Bill Murphy, Jr. highlighted the story of Brian Acton, who co-founded billion-dollar start-up WhatsApp after being turned down for jobs at both Facebook and Twitter. But if …