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Apple Launches CarPlay, Integrating iOS in the Car

After announcing its iOS in the Car initiative at last year’s WWDC, Apple has officially launched the program today with partners Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo — which will premiere it to their drivers this week.<p>The program, called CarPlay, is described as a “smarter, safer and more fun way to …

Why is our payment card data being hijacked? It’s people — not PCI

Recent payment card data breaches in the headlines have led some here to criticize PCI standards. Elsewhere, the US government is scrutinizing how merchants and banks are securing card data.<p>The problem with payment card security is not the PCI standards, it’s people. Don’t get me wrong. PCI is not …

The weird, wacky & cool energy ideas coming out of labs across the US

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>A fuel cell for space. Batteries that use air. A way to tap pine trees and extract biofuels like maple syrup from a maple …

Google Glass updates slow down ahead of KitKat upgrade

The electronic eyewear will be "smoother" and "better" after moving to the latest Android operating system version, Google says.<p>Google took a break from its monthly update cycle for the Google Glass Explorer Edition, saying it's working on a bigger change to the 4.4 KitKat version of …

Android News

Google's Project Tango: 3D mapping on a smartphone

Google has unveiled a prototype smartphone fitted with 3D sensors as part of its Project Tango - which aims to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.<p>The phone emits pulses of infrared light and records how it is reflected back allowing it to build a detailed depth map …

Augmented Reality

Ask Anything: Can You Hypnotize An Animal?

Lassie, stare deeply into my eyes.<p>Laboratory studies of “animal hypnosis” were fairly common in the 1970s and the 1980s. One paper defined its subject as “a state of prolonged, reversible immobility which is brought about by different types of sensory stimulation and is characterized by passivity …

Tiny Algae Responsible for Mysterious Fossil Whale Graveyard?

Algal blooms might have been responsible for mass deaths in ancient baleen whales.<p>Ever since a highway construction crew in Chile uncovered a fossil graveyard of some 40 prehistoric whales in 2010, with skeletons dating back more than five million years, scientists have wondered why so many giant …

Dinosaurs

Robot Nikes And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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Doomsday Seed Vault's New Adds: "Space Beer" Barley, Brazil Beans

About 20,000 new crop varieties have been sent to the Arctic facility.<p>Beer and whiskey lovers, raise a glass to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which has just taken in 20,000 new crop varieties—including 575 types of barley.<p>The seeds, sourced from more than a hundred countries, arrived this week to …

Agriculture

What Escapes A Black Hole?

Now that's dark<p>Black holes have a bad rap. They’re known for sucking in everything around them, but matter can actually break away from their grasp, in the form of jets. Although astronomers have been aware of this for half a century, they didn’t know what exactly the jets were made of until last …

Oscars 2014: the final countdown

We bring you this evening's schedule and last minute predictions – and invite you to watchalong with us<p>Frock? Check. Speech? Check. Tablecloth? Check. There's a mere five hours to go until red carpet coverage of the 86th Academy Awards starts, and seven until the ceremony. So you should be fully …

300: Rise of an Empire - Trailer 1

The Greek general Themistocles battles an invading army of Persians under the mortal-turned-god, Xerxes.

Military

How Mobile Games Can Make A Difference (and Still Be Profitable)

<i>Oliver Miao is the CEO of Pixelberry Studios.</i><p>Mobile game developers are always looking for ways to build strong relationships with their user bases, and rallying players around important social issues is a great way of doing so.<p>This strategy has already seen great success in the PC and console …

Dragon Age: Inquisition character kits help with cosplay

Ahead of the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, BioWare will release free, highly detailed character kits to help fans design their cosplay creations.<p>Cosplayers, it can't be denied, put in a lot of work dressing as their favorite characters (to varying degrees of success, to be sure, but even …

Dragon Age