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Apple is investing $850 million to build a giant solar farm that will power its new headquarters

The company is partnering with First Solar on an ambitious renewable energy project<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook told an audience at the Goldman Sach's Technology and Internet conference that the company is very focused on making environmentally responsible decisions. As proof, he offered up a piece of news. …

Do you use Gmail and Dropbox? Get this free, new extension

Image copyright Gil C/Shutterstock.Even though I’m a Chromebook user with 1 TB of free Google Drive storage, I have multiple cloud storage accounts. …

Software

5 Ways MIT Is Reinventing Your Power Cord

Inspired by a water hose, MIT’s Tangible Media Group has come up with a way to make cords and cables part of your gadget’s UI.<p>Bending your lamp cord to turn off the light? Pinching your headphone cable to mute your music? A new project out of MIT is looking to change the way you look at cords by …

Box Brings the Cloud to High-Security Organizations

Soon after becoming a publicly traded company, cloud storage solution Box is aiming its guns straight at security-conscious organizations. With its newest feature, dubbed Enterprise Key Management (EKM), Box wants to entice more businesses into the cloud by giving them complete control over their …

Amazon Web Services

This electronic bike raised $3.2 million on Indiegogo in just 10 days

The bike has raised $3.16 million on Indiegogo since the campaign started on February 1. They blew by their $75,000 goal.<p>There's several reasons why people are going so nuts for this bike. The great design of the bike. The very low cost of the bike. The amazing story of bike's creator. The pledge …

Google to discard support for SPDY in Chrome as HTTP/2 becomes standard

The SPDY protocol was introduced by Google in 2009, aiming to make web browsing much faster and more secure than sites running hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). HTTP has been the standard networking protocol that powers the web since it came to be, though it used to be much slower and less …

Google

Study says that Sprint is not the worst network anymore

RootMetrics<p>According to RootMetrics, Sprint is not the worst wireless network in the United States. That title now belongs to T-Mobile. RootMetrics collects mobile network performance information.<p>As ReCode points out, it isn’t all bad news for T-Mobile as they continued to do well in many major …

Mobile

Boston Dynamics' newest robot has a dog's name but walks like a horse

Boston Dynamics, the robotics company purchased by Google in 2013, is best known for BigDog, a quadrupedal robot designed to navigate rough terrain. Now BigDog has a baby brother. Spot is a smaller Boston Dynamics creation — only 160 lbs to BigDog's 240 lbs — but it shares its sibling's four …

Robotics

U.S. sued over planes that suck up cell phone data

Image copyright BackyardProduction/iStock.A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Marshals Service, demanding more information …

Surveillance

Hackers are stealing your tax refund

The recent slew of massive hacks are costing you money -- your U.S. government tax refund.<p>Last year alone, hackers stole more than 6.5 million Social Security numbers. The number of SSNs stolen this year might be significantly higher, given the recent Anthem hack of 80 million customers. (The …

Identity Theft

Singapore first country outside of South Korea to get LG G Flex 2

Mirroring last year's launch of the LG G Flex, Singapore will be the first country outside of South Korea to receive the second-generation curved octa-core smartphone.<p>LG's G Flex 2 is set to make its first global debut outside of South Korea, and it's headed to the high-tech island city-state of …

South Korea

Urban Engines app can help people catch buses and trains in big cities

It can be downright nightmarish having to squeeze and force your way into trains or buses during rush hours in big cities. A company founded by former Google employees called Urban Engines says its app can help you look for alternate routes, or even help you get around if you're not familiar with …

5 hot Raspberry Pi projects for Mac geeks

The credit-card-size Raspberry Pi has taken the tech world by storm. Thousands of geeky kids and adults use the tiny, low-cost computer boards to learn about coding and create fun projects like motion detectors, birdhouses that tweet when birds are present, and mini weather stations.<p>You, too, can …

Raspberry Pi

You Can Now Unlock Your Phone and Switch Carriers in the US

Tired of your mobile operator’s service or plans? The Cellular Telephone Industries Association’s (CTIA) new standards on unlocking phones go into effect among all mobile service providers in the US today, allowing users to switch carriers, provided they clear any binding terms on their …

Mobile

Samsung Teases Galaxy S6 Camera As Reports Of Two All-Metal Models Emerge

Samsung’s next flagship device is going to be revealed in just a few short weeks ahead of this year’s Mobile World Congress, and the head of the company’s camera division is already teasing us about its photo capabilities. In an official blog post, Samsung SVP DongHoon Jang provided a survey of the …

Karma Mobile WiFi Hotspot Gets an Accompanying Android App

Owners of the Karma WiFi hotspot are in luck today as the company has released an Android app to accompany the pay-as-you-go hotspot, called Karma …

Malaysia airliner 'may have changed course'

The head of Malaysia's air force has denied saying an airliner missing since Saturday had turned back towards Kuala Lumpur, flying hundreds of kilometres to the west.<p>Malaysia's <i>Berita Harian</i> newspaper had quoted General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud as saying military radar detected the plane near the island …

US senator: CIA searched Senate computers

A senior US senator has accused the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations of torture.<p>Democrat Dianne Feinstein, in an extraordinary speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, publicly aired an intense but formerly quiet …

Clashes in Turkey over death of boy in coma

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas at protesters who gathered outside a hospital after a teenage boy injured during last year's anti-government protests and left comatose, died.<p>Nearly 1,000 people staged a rally outside an Istanbul hospital on Tuesday in solidarity with 15-year-old Berkin …

US plans full troop pullout from Afghanistan

The US president, Barack Obama, has told his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that he is preparing a contingency plan to withdraw all US troops, as a post-2014 security pact remains unsigned.<p>The message, delivered on Tuesday, however did not rule out making a deal on a post-2014 mission with the …

Playing Tetris Can Reduce Urges to Eat, Smoke, Drink

Three minutes of the game reduced cravings by 24 percent in a recent study.<p>The never-ending falling blocks of Tetris have caused innumerable people untold amounts of frustration. YouTube star Hank Green even has a song memorializing the evil of “The Man Who Throws The Tetris Piece.” But a new study …

The 'Polar Vortex' Is Coming Back. Again.

Associated Press News

What Cold? Earth Had Its Fourth-Warmest January

Continuing the nearly 29-year streak of above-average global monthly temperatures, January came in as the fourth-warmest such month on record, …

Falcon Accidentally Shoots Awesome Footage of Penguin Colony

Earth is a vast and incredible place, especially when a falcon unknowingly picks up a camera disguised as an egg and then flies over a rockhopper …