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The best cheap and free perks for college students

There's a reason college students famously gravitate to ramen noodles: The latter are cheap and the former are broke, what with staggering tuition costs having turned out their pockets, hobo-style.<p>Thankfully, lots of companies offer great discounts and freebies to anyone with a student ID. Because …

College & University

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind.<p>The headquarters of A.P. …

Maersk

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Particles

These are the best smartphone commercials of all time

Many people who read articles on <i>Android Authority</i> or watch our YouTube channel are looking to purchase a new smartphone. They might be concerned with features like a fast processor, a good camera, or long battery life and want to know exactly if the price is justified. But many people who buy …

Wi-Fi hacking: Learn the tricks of the bad guys

Effectively safeguard against threats to wireless systems.<p>Get another comprehensive look at security threats that may endanger wireless networks, and learn how to address them. Whether seeking to fortify home or corporate networks, you’ll learn key techniques to help you address the security …

The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained

We explain nothing.<p>The computer you’re reading this article on right now runs on a binary — strings of zeros and ones. Without zero, modern electronics wouldn’t exist. Without zero, there’s no calculus, which means no modern engineering or automation. Without zero, much of our modern world …

Mathematics

Intel processors are being redesigned to protect against Spectre

New hardware coming later this year<p>Intel is revealing today that the company is introducing hardware protections against the Spectre CPU flaw that was discovered last year. While the Meltdown vulnerability will continue to be addressed through software updates, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the …

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

What you need to know about Dolby Atmos sound

Dolby is a well-known company in the cinema and home theater space, involved in the design of cutting edge technologies used on both the video and audio side of professional and consumer equipment. The company has gradually been extending its expertise to mobile with the adoption of HDR display …

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

With WPA3, Wi-Fi security is about to get a lot tougher

Finally, a security reprieve for open Wi-Fi hotspot users.<p>At last, Wi-Fi security -- or lack of -- is about to get its day in the sun.<p>The Wi-Fi …

Google Station Wi-Fi program in India now offers paid plans

Google Station<p><b>The Google Station Wi-Fi program now offers only 30 minutes of free high-speed internet access</b>• <b><br>Those who need more have to opt for a subscription plan</b>• <b><br>Unlimited access for 24 hours costs Rs. 19, while a one-week plan retails for Rs. 149</b><p>The Google Station program in India kicked off in …

Oprah for President? Why Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes Stump Speech Just Changed Everything

Oprah Winfrey, as she is wont to do, just gave the most galvanizing, inspiring, and possibly life-saving speech in awards show history. (And, as she …

Golden Globes

Scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time

by Kristin Houser January 6, 2018 Hard Science 41547<p>The Nature of Space and Time<p>A pair of researchers have uncovered a potential bridge between …

Quantum Mechanics

Windows 10 free upgrade is still available through this handy loophole | Trusted Reviews

<b>Microsoft is still offering Windows 10 upgrades for free, providing you’re in need of assistive technologies (or not).</b><p>The company had previously …

Two Experiments Show Fourth Spatial Dimension Effect

To the best of our knowledge, we humans can only experience this world in three spatial dimensions (plus one time dimension): up and down, left and …

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

Do you know how to keep your smartphone's battery healthy?<p>Probably not. In fact, you may have been hastening the death of your phone's battery with your charging habits.<p>Charging to 100%, or overnight? Fully discharging before plugging in? These common practices can shorten the usable life of your …

Batteries

Flying in planes is like standing next to nuclear reactor, but worse

From the spread of disease to deep vein thrombosis, air travel is not without its health risks.<p>But a much less commonly known hazard associated with …

Google’s voice AI is more human than ever before

• Google has published a new research paper detailing a text-to-speech system known as Tacotron 2<br>• The system, which is powered by neural networks, includes an AI that can read text aloud in a near human-like manner<br>• The results have significant implications for the Google Assistant and the Google Home …

3 Reasons Why You Should Start A Business In This $400 Billion Industry That Most Entrepreneurs Ignore

This might be better than the next Facebook.<p>Some say it's $400 billion. Other estimate it to be over $800 billion. To put it in perspective... this industry is 6 to 13 times larger than digital advertising. In fact, Google, Amazon, and Bing are fighting to see who's boss in this space.<p>I'm talking …

Mysterious and Surreal Nude Photography

Based in Milan, photographer Sofia Masini challenges the idea of beauty and identity with a new series of self-portraits. She presents a surreal …

Who will be remembered in 1,000 years?

Hopeful contenders for everlasting fame must run the gauntlet of numerous challenges, including the jealousy of rivals and possible extinction of their own civilisation and language. How do you remain remembered for generations?<p>I’m in the secluded western corner of London’s Highgate cemetery, …

Universities must be places that 'open minds, not close them', Jo Johnson warns

Universities must be places that “open minds, not close them”, Jo Johnson is to warn as he argues that students must be able to challenge …

Higher Education

Physicists Just Discovered a Way to Track Unobserved Quantum Particles

What we see is only a fraction of the picture.<p>One of the underlying principles of quantum theory is that quantum objects can exist as waves or …

Scientists discover entirely new material that cannot be explained by classical physics

An international team of physicists has “stumbled upon” an entirely new material, which they have called "Weyl-Kondo semimetal”.<p>The “semimetal” …

Physicists Demonstrate How to Reverse of the Arrow of Time

The extraordinary experiment opens the door to a new generation of devices and reveals a deeper relationship between time, entropy, and …

Physics

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security. The world's most sensitive users …