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Jet-fueled electronics are coming

Fuel cells may be a practical reality, but there aren't many choices for the fuel itself -- you usually have to rely on hydrogen, which dictates where and how those cells work. The University of Utah may have a clever alternative in store, however. Its researchers have developed a cell that runs on …

Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.<p>According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to …

Comcast employees explain why their customer service is so terrible

How is it possible that Comcast’s customer service is so relentlessly terrible? Hint: It’s not because it’s hired a disproportionate number of people …

AM Radio: The Banksy of Second Life

We track down Second Life's most famous anonymous artist, AM Radio.<p>Last year, a friend asked if I wanted to meet the man known as AM Radio. I never expected to meet him.<p>If the world of MMOs has a Banksy, it's AM Radio. But where the British street artist is famous for his sardonic graffiti …

Pictures of the Week 7.10.14

Tour de France

Fireworks filmed with a drone