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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

A fuel cell for space. Batteries that use air. A way to tap pine trees and extract biofuels like maple syrup from a maple tree. These are just some …

Google Glass updates slow down ahead of KitKat upgrade

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.<p>Google's Teresa Zazenski announced the change on the private forum for owners of the electronic eyewear, according to Glass Almanac. …

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 …

Mobile Devices

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 …

Robot Nikes And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Staten Island

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 …

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 …

Black Holes

Oscars 2014: the final countdown

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 primped and primed for this year's Oscars.<p>If not, we can help: below is a comprehensive reading list of …

300: Rise of an Empire - Trailer 1

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

Ancient History

Official Tickets and Your Source for Live Entertainment

Houston

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 …

Daily Fix Roundup for the Week of February 24, 2014

This week's top stories.<p>Browsing the news but not sure where to start? Here's the week's five Fix episodes including our top 5 stories to help …

Dragon Age: Inquisition character kits help with cosplay

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 throwing together the right elements can take quite some time to source). In many cases, they have to scour the Web for reference materials to make sure …