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The inventor of Linux is furious at Intel

Linus Torvalds, the inventor and founder of the Linux operating system, is not known for holding back strong opinions he has about computers, and he is now one of the loudest voices critical of Intel's handling of "Meltdown," the flaw revealed Wednesday that could enable an attacker to steal …

Linux

Why I gave my kidney to a stranger — and why you should consider doing it too

On Monday, August 22, 2016, a surgical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore removed my left kidney. It was then drained of blood, flushed with a preservative solution, placed on ice, and flown to Cincinnati.<p>Surgeons in Cincinnati then transplanted the kidney into a recipient I’d never met …

The Strangest Moon In The Solar System

In 1671, Giovanni Cassini gazed through a telescope at Saturn, and discovered a number of incredible wonders: the famed gap in its rings, detailed band structures in its atmosphere, and a number of moons. The second Saturnian moon ever discovered — Iapetus — was immediately caught doing something …

Duolingo's clubs make language learning a competition

Duolingo debuted chat bots to help you learn a new language back in October, but now the company is looking to offer a bit more human interaction. Today, it introduced a new feature called Language Clubs so you can band together with friends and other users who are attempting to tackle another …

Why reindeer near the North Pole are shrinking

Reindeer have it rough, and not because Santa makes them fly around the globe.<p>In August, a lighting strike killed more than 300 of the animals in …

The Key to Treating Depression? Exercise, Research Says

You're 75% more likely to develop depression if you don't workout.<p>If ever you had any doubts about the mind-body connection, listen up: New research suggests that physical activity may be the key to fighting depression.<p>Three recent studies pooled data from past research involving a total of …

22 couples who both have mental illnesses confess what their relationships are really like

While the topic of mental health has gained traction over the years, having a mental illness remains one of the more difficult facets of a person’s …

LinkedIn is working on a project that should terrify Cisco and the rest of the $175 billion hardware industry

In the shadow of its acquisition by Microsoft, LinkedIn has quietly begun talking about an internal project that has the potential to shake up the roughly $175 billion data-center hardware market .<p>LinkedIn's plan is somewhat similar to what Facebook is doing with its Open Compute Project. OCP is …

Cisco Systems

Amazon's $99 Prime problem

Amazon is in a pickle.<p>It would probably like to raise the fee on its popular Prime membership to offset its skyrocketing shipping costs. That fee, though, already stands at $99 a year, meaning an increase of just a buck would push membership to the psychologically important $100 barrier.<p>Here's the …

eCommerce

This Is Why Your Drug Prescriptions Cost So Damn Much

When the Republican-controlled Congress approved a landmark program in 2003 to help seniors buy prescription drugs, it slapped on an unusual …

Health Care

32GB iPhone 7 significantly slower than more expensive versions, tests show

Testing shows 32GB iPhone 7 is slower and Intel-based iPhone 7 Plus has worse signal than 128 or 256GB versions<p>Not all iPhone 7s are born equally, according to new tests, which appear to show the cheapest, 32GB versions are significantly slower than the more expensive 128 or 256GB versions and that …

Mobile Technology

Hackers take hospital offline, demand $3.6m ransom

For more than a week, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been in a state of emergency after a malware attack shut down the network unless a ransom of $3.6 million was paid.<p>The attack has compromised the hospital’s ability to care for patients as medical professionals have been unable to …

50 best iOS apps of 2015

2015 saw a whole load of new apps hit the iOS app store. With standouts like Periscope, livestreaming became one of the biggest trends, as well as GIFs and of course, emoji.<p>So, if you’re looking forward to unwrapping a new iOS device this Christmas, make sure you get some these apps installed to …

Australia enacted one of the largest gun reforms ever nearly 2 decades ago — and gun deaths plummeted

This massacre comes just five days after three people died at a shooting that targeted a Planned Parenthood. And it comes two months after 10 people died in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.<p>So far, 2015 has seen more mass shootings — 352 — than days in the year. Many …

Cyber Monday Beat Forecasts With A Record $3.07 Billion In Sales, 26% From Mobile Devices

Yesterday’s Cyber Monday sales event was already poised to break records with a forecasted $3 billion in sales, making it the largest online sales day in U.S. history. It ended up beating those estimates, however, according to the final numbers provided by Adobe’s Digital Index today: the company …

Mobile Devices

In Red States, Pressure Mounts To Expand Medicaid Under Obamacare

The election of a Democrat to the Louisiana governorship clears the way for yet another Republican-leaning state to expand the Medicaid program for poor Americans under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Already, 31 states have expanded Medicaid including five states led by Republican governors who are …

Microsoft let off a software pirate if he made an anti-piracy video that got 200,000 views

A hacker named Jakub was found guilty of pirating Windows and other software. He was handed a three-year suspended sentence and a hefty fine—5.7 million koruna ($223,200)—by a Czech court. He couldn’t afford to pay it, so the companies suing him—including Microsoft, HBO, Sony Music, and 21st …

Will MySpace Ever Successfully Get Resurrected?

Today, MySpace embodies an unexpected aspect of online business culture: eternal optimism. The people currently in charge of the site imagine that with a little luck it could return to its current glory, even if no one else thinks so.<p>The story of MySpace's rise, fall, and (so far failed) …

Dell-EMC Deal Facing Issues On Multiple Fronts

When the news broke in early October that Dell was planning on buying EMC for a whopping $67 billion, more than a few jaws dropped (including mine), but in the weeks since, reports have surfaced about multiple problems from tax issues to VMware’s plunging stock price and the post-deal creation of …

EMC

Apple's next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Apple's quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter devices may produce another casualty: your iPhone's headphone jack. A rumor at <i>MacOtakara</i> claims that the next iPhone might drop the 3.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio instead. The move would let Apple slim its phone even further (reportedly, …