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App Crowdtesting Startup, Testbirds, Closes €2.1M Series A, Gunning To Become The uTest Of Europe

Munich, Germany-based mobile and web app crowdtesting startup, Testbirds, which lets companies outsource their app testing to its sizeable network of testers, has closed a €2.1 million ($2.9 million) Series A round, led by Seventure Partners.<p>The startup, which was founded in late 2011, has …

Why Teens Are Innovators Of A New Public Form Of Privacy

It may seem like teens are always over-sharing without a thought. But in a world where opting out of online culture is hardly an option, many take a far more sophisticated view of privacy than adults give them credit for.<p>The following is an excerpt from It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of …

A New Material For Night-Vision Contact Lenses

The material is based on graphene.<p>Nobody has made night-vision contact lenses yet… but here's a glimpse at how that technology might work, if it ever comes to be.<p>University researchers have created a super-light, super-thin material that detects infrared light. Infrared includes the wavelengths of …

White House Launches Website App to Visualize Climate Change

Climate Data Initiative to demonstrate real-world risks of global warming.<p>The White House has unveiled a new website-based app, the Climate Data Initiative, to help explain the science behind climate change and draw attention to the immediacy of the threat.<p>"This effort will help give communities …

India Convicts 4 Men Accused of Gang Rape

A court in India declaredthe four men accused of gang raping a photojournalist last year to be guilty.<p>The men were charged with gang rape, unnatural …

Sweden's 'Hannibal Lecter' is Set Free

It was a caper that defied all logic.<p>The story of a man who raped children, murdered eight people, and cannibalized at least one of his victims, had …

Do today's scientific practices really suppress brilliant breakthroughs?

Are scientific mavericks, such as the flamboyant and brilliant bongo-playing Richard Feynman, an extinct product of the 20th century? And is science today relatively too staid and constrained to deliver the great breakthroughs such mavericks used to make? In a letter to the Guardian on Tuesday, UCL …

Is the internet harming medical research?

While the movie Dallas Buyers Club might not have been completely factually accurate, it raises an interesting question about medical research. The movie depicts experimental trials for Aids treatments in the USA in the 1980s, and how a group of patients involved in the trials came together to …

China Mobile sold over 1M iPhones last month, chairman non-committal about the numbers

China Mobile announced that it sold 1.34M 4G handsets in February and that “most of them” were iPhones. China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua was relatively non-committal on the numbers.<p>It’s just been getting started for one or two months. So far it’s hard to tell how that will affect our business […]We …

​Twitter CEO plans 'personal trip' to China, will include meeting government officials

Twitter's Dick Costolo will make his first trip to China, traveling to Shanghai to talk with government officials and academics. The social network has rejected the idea that it would open an office anytime soon in China, as it would tie the company to Chinese law. A Twitter spokesman said: "Dick …

Viewpoint: Does Singapore deserve its 'miserable' tag?

<b>Singapore's reputation as a wealthy, aspirational and hi-tech country ensures it attracts a great deal of foreign talent - so why is it labelled the world's least positive country?</b><p>It was Christmas, but as my husband and I waited for our luggage in the shiny arrivals hall of Changi airport, the …

Social Housing

Has The Reintroduction Of Wolves Really Saved Yellowstone?

Recent science suggests that, while important to restoring Yellowstone Park's ecological health, wolves are not the primary solution. Let the fighting commence.<p>The story goes something like this: Once upon a time, we exterminated the wolves from the Rocky Mountain West, including the part that …

Wildlife

Oculus VR, EA, Avegant and others join to form 'Immersive Technology Alliance'

Well, this is certainly a <i>motley</i> crew: a variety of companies in the virtual reality space are teaming up to create the "Immersive Technology Alliance." The group is an evolution of an earlier consortium, The Stereoscopic 3D Gaming Alliance -- apparently the world of 3D gaming no longer needs their …

US government begins loosening decades-old grip on the Internet

After incubating the Internet and overseeing it for decades, the US government announced Friday it's releasing the last elements of control it has.<p>The Department of Commerce originally handled core parts of the Internet, but gradually backed away from those duties through a contract with a …

Net Neutrality

Neil Young Reaches $800,000 Pono Kickstarter Goal in 1 Day

Well, that was fast.<p>At 11:00 p.m. EST Tuesday night, less than 10 hours after launching a Kickstarter page to raise money for his new digital music …

Hole In WhatsApp For Android Lets Hackers Steal Your Conversations

As part of what is predominantly an Android security issue, a CTO and consultant has discovered a vulnerability in WhatsApp encryption that could allow another app to access and read all of a user’s chat conversations within it.<p>Bas Bosschert, the CTO at DoubleThink, has posted his own method for …

Inventor of the web marks its 25th anniversary by calling for net neutrality

Tim Berners-Lee looks to future of open internet, while Google's Eric Schmidt sees end to censorship in a decade<p>On March 12th, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee put forth a proposal to make information sharing possible over computers, using nodes and links to create a "web" that would eventually stretch …

Biz Stone: Humans can outsmart the Internet

At 9:45 in the morning after his 40th birthday you might expect Biz Stone, best known for co-founding Twitter, to be a little bleary. After all, many millionaire tech execs flaunt their party lifestyle like a badge of honor.<p>But on this Tuesday, in a quiet corner of an Austin hotel lounge, Stone is …

I got 30 months in prison. Why does Leon Panetta get a pass?

The confirmation in December that former CIA Director Leon Panetta let classified information slip to "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal during a speech at the agency headquarters should result in a criminal espionage charge if there is any truth to Obama administration claims that it isn't …

National Security

How grandparents can help pay college tuition

Parents looking to pay for their children's college education often have plenty of options. And one that you shouldn't overlook – if it's available – is the bank of grandma and grandpa. That's right, if you haven't done so already, at least one expert recommends that you talk to your parents – your …

Women still face great wall of discrimination in China

When Zhou Yuxia, 24, returned to Beijing after studying in the United States, she had real trouble securing a job. She had the right qualifications for the positions she was looking for -- she just wasn't a man.<p>"I was on a job hunting site and saw this ideal position as a marketing manager. One of …

FBI to investigate disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jet

WASHINGTON — The<p>FBIis deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday.<p>He said that …

Returning veterans fight identity 'war' at home - Futurity

Veterans returning home from war may find themselves engaged in a battle of "warring identities" as they transition to civilian life.

Kid logic works better for learning new gizmos - Futurity

Because they're more "flexible" learners, preschoolers beat college students at figuring out how gizmos work, new experiments suggest.

What's It Like To Hear Color?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Neil Harbisson's TEDTalk</b><p>Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind. But thanks to a device attached to his head, he can now "hear" color, which allows him to experience an element that was once invisible.<p><b>About Neil Harbisson</b><p>Neil …

Lack of diversity means loss of talent for UK scientific workforce

If you are a brown British woman from a lower socio-economic background whose parents lack a good education and your dream is to be a scientist, well .. good luck with that!<p>The Royal Society commissioned and recently released a study designed to capture a clearer and more complete picture of the …

Death row lawyer: 'If I throw in the towel, a client dies'

By the time Edward Lee Elmore won his freedom at age 53, he had spent 30 years -- most of them on death row -- imprisoned in South Carolina for a crime he says he did not commit.<p>Law enforcement planted evidence and prosecutors manipulated facts to cast Elmore as the only suspect in the 1982 murder …

We may soon be able to upload memories - CNN Video