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How to delete yourself from the Internet

Data breaches. Identity theft. Bank fraud. Every week, we read a fearsome new headline about cybercrime. Reputable services fall victim to anonymous hackers. Ransomware holds random computer user’s files hostage. And what about those websites that track your every move, targeting you with …

Information Systems

The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

Cape Coral, Florida, was built on total lies. One big storm could wipe it off the map. Oh, and it’s also the fastest-growing city in the United States.<p>CAPE CORAL, Florida — The ads promised paradise, “Legendary Lazy Living” in a “Waterfront Wonderland.” The brochures sold the Florida dream, “an …

Swimming Pools

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Why Are There No New Major Religions?

The story of one imprisoned prophet illustrates the difficulties of getting a “baby religion” off the ground.<p>Cipinang prison stands like a huge fortress in East Jakarta, its massive walls and guard towers separating the city’s bustling traffic from the criminals held within its gates. I visited in …

Religion

Driver accused of murder in Charlottesville violence faces court hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs on Monday, bowing to mounting political pressure to condemn such groups explicitly after a white-nationalist rally turned deadly in Virginia.<p>Trump had been …

Rights & Freedoms

When a police shooting victim is a white woman

The sympathetic reaction to Justine Damond’s death shows the relentless power of race in America.<p>The reaction to a police shooting sure looks different when the victim is a white woman.<p>There’s a typical story that plays out in the aftermath of police shootings. One side, critical of police, comes …

Justice

How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect

Logic-defying experiments in quantum causality can twist the notion of time itself.<p>Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to …

Quantum Mechanics

Microsoft Surface Laptop

I feel like I always start a Surface review the same way, so here goes: I’ve always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop. A couple of years ago, Microsoft nearly did that with the Surface Book but it wasn’t enough.<p>The Surface Book was top heavy, chunky, and it had a removable screen that I rarely …

Consumer Tech

Scientists defy Einstein's prediction and use relativity to measure a star's mass

Astronomers scanning the skies with<p>NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have pulled off a feat that even Albert Einstein had declared all but impossible: they’ve witnessed the subtle bending of one star’s light by another star’s gravity and used that distortion to measure a star’s mass.<p>The findings, …

7 Cool Programming Tricks Inside Microsoft Notepad

No coding skills? No problem. Microsoft Notepad has you covered.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from …

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

With themes that range from love to fear to humanity itself, the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century all share distinctly original visions.<p>Sci-fi …

36 eBooks on Computer Programming from O’Reilly Media: Free to Download and Read

This past week, we featured a free course on the programming language Python, presented by MIT. A handy resource, to be sure.<p>And then it struck us …

Programming

Here are the best apps on Android, according to Google

From indie developers to VR apps, there's a little bit of everything in Google Play Awards 2017.<p>As Google I/O 2017 nears an end, Android developers …

The Broken Promise of Higher Education

Americans believe self-interested leaders have put their needs ahead of students, leading to a college-completion crisis.<p>May is always an important month in the college calendar. Many high-school seniors across the nation make the decision where to attend college; millions of college students …

Higher Education

The Best Ways to Learn to Code for Free

New skills at no cost.<p>The web and our phones are playing an increasingly vital part in our lives, and that isn't going to stop any time soon. That means we're more and more at the mercy of the people who design and code on these platforms.<p>If you want to be a creator rather than a consumer of apps …

Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol. Recent ransomware outbreaks underscore the need to take …

Information Security

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

Richard Feynman’s “Notebook Technique” Will Help You Learn Any Subject–at School, at Work, or in Life

Richard Feynman knew his stuff. Had he not, he probably wouldn't have won the Nobel Prize in Physics, let alone his various other prestigious …

Language Learning

Bill Gates Says There's Something Worse Than Nuclear War and We're Not Ready for It

The international community may prioritize the issue of nuclear war, but world leaders are overlooking another, greater threat: A genetically …

Bill Gates

Trump -- under fire -- returns to the campaign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is taking his fate into his own hands.<p>Reeling from a week that included the firing of his national security adviser, the withdrawal of a Cabinet nominee and persistent questions over contacts between his campaign and Russia, Trump is aiming to regain …

Donald Trump

Trump Just Owned the Media at Press Conference for the Ages–And Their Panic is a Joy to Behold

There are press conferences, and there are <i>press conferences</i>.<p>Forget the boring, stuffy affairs where reporters stiff as White House furniture lob …

Donald Trump

Why your next laptop should be a Chromebook

Chromebooks are good. Very good. If you're looking to replace a laptop then you really should take a look at them.<p>Most of us are wasting money on …

Consumer Tech

Hillary Clinton's gut-wrenching day

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was not the Inauguration Day that Hillary Clinton imagined.<p>When the skies finally opened up on Friday and rain began to fall over the US Capitol, Clinton's turn to stand before the thousands gathered on the Mall and take the oath of office as the 45th president never came.<p>Instead, she …

Donald Trump

Chrome OS 54 Hits The Stable Channel

It seems like only yesterday we were talking about when we might see Chrome OS 54 land in the stable channel: probably because it was. The much …

Thought Provoking Political Dystopian Books

If 2016 can teach us anything, it is that fiction can become reality. As a common rule, humanity strives for constant progress; movement towards a …

No More Ransom Helps You Prevent and Recover from Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are on the rise, and once your computer or network has been infected, it can be really difficult to recover. No More Ransom can …

Cybersecurity

Samsung's quick fix for Galaxy Note 7 is no full recharge

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60 percent.<p>The front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, carried a Samsung Electronics …

South Korea

Learn The Truth About Your Personality With These Stunning Inkblot Tests

I’m a sucker for personality quizzes, as my Myers-Briggs book recommendations demonstrate. And the MBTI is not alone: the history of psychiatry and …

Trolls, demons and one-eyed giants: a history of monsters

Every culture on Earth has its own monsters. Their stories, their curious habits and diets, and the ways in which they can be warded off create a picture of imaginations running riot. What does the existence of monsters, even if only in our heads, say about humankind? Why do we find the same …