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The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables

I associate different appliances with different times of the year. The vacuum cleaner comes out in the summer as the dogs start to shed their fall coats. (Ironically, the vacuum cleaner <i>also</i> comes out around November when my building decides to kick in its …

Rovio: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Fast CompanyRovio’s head of games is leaving the company<p>Fast CompanyAngry Birds maker Rovio has set the price range of its IPO valuing the company at $1 billion<p>Fast CompanyAngry Birds maker Rovio announces it’s going to IPO<p>Fast CompanyFinnish learning-game studio Lightneer just scored $5 million in …

Tencent: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Tencent’s WeChat messaging app is so popular that it has more users than there are smartphones in China. It has 980 million active monthly users as of January 2018. (Some people have multiple accounts, and some users are outside the country.) That’s because the app is far more than just a social …

Apple: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

For a company slagged for not having had a hit since the iPad in 2010, Apple had a notable 2017: Its wireless AirPods became ubiquitous around the country; the Apple Watch Series 3 is a bestseller; developers embraced ARKit, its AR framework; and even skeptics were blown away by the iPhone X. Apple …

Google: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

When Google CEO Larry Page created a new holding company called Alphabet in 2015, initiatives such as self-driving cars and health tech got divvied up into new companies, and Google became an Alphabet division with a sharper focus on internet services and software. Today’s Google, now led by CEO …

Historic Apollo Moon Rocket Engines Raised From Deep Ocean

When the giant Saturn V rockets that propelled Neil Armstrong and his colleagues to the Moon had done their brief but fiery job, they were simply left to tumble through the atmosphere. They then fell, discarded, into the Atlantic ocean, where all those millions of dollars of cutting edge tech bits …

Space Travel

Strand-1, The Space-Bound Smartphone, Is Nearly Ready For Liftoff

The unmodified Nexus One, which powers the Strand-1 satellite, will be in orbit for six months and will send photos of Earth from space from its 5-megapixel camera.<p>The countdown to send Strand-1, the smartphone-powered satellite, into space has begun. SSTL, aka Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, …

Space Exploration

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

Mars

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Space Exploration

Google Takes Its Tracking Into The Real World

Tech companies large and small have long been trying to use smartphones to connect consumers’ online activity to what they do in “real” life. Google …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Amazon DynamoDB Serves Trillions Of Requests Per Month While Counterpart SimpleDB Is No Longer A Listed Product On AWS

An Amazon executive said today at AWS re:Invent that NoSQL database DynamoDB now serves trillions of requests per month to its users. The news is in contrast to SimpleDB, another AWS NoSQL database, which is no longer listed on AWS product page, a sign that the world’s largest cloud service is …

Hulu in talks with Time Warner, Comcast, and others about possible cable bundling deals: WSJ

Hulu officially appointed its new CEO last month, and it appears the company may now be pursuing a new business strategy as well. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that the streaming video service is in talks with several high-profile television providers about potential bundling deals that could …

'Temple Run' could become the latest mobile game to be turned into a movie

The producer of the <i>Harry Potter</i> series of films is in talks to bring best-selling game series <i>Temple Run</i> to the big screen, according to a new report. Warner Bros. is considering a movie adaptation of the 2011 game from Imangi Studios, according to the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, with the Potter series's …

Android 4.4 KitKat heading to Nexus 7 and 10 starting today

Google has just announced that Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 owners will wait no longer for their upgrade to Android 4.4, as the OTA update is starting today. To be clear, however, the new code is only rolling to WiFi-only 7-inch slates, so folks owning tablets with mobile data will have to wait. Naturally, …

Android dominates 81 percent of world smartphone market

A new IDC study shows Google's operating system has a stronghold on the smartphone market, but Windows Phone is quickly moving up the ranks.<p>For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.<p>The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker …

Mobile

Depression may accelerate the aging process of our cells, study finds

Depression harms more than just the mind: research has linked the ailment with a host of physical conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Now, fascinating new research suggests that depression might also accelerate the aging process at a cellular level.<p>In a study published …

Occupy Wall Street buys $15 million of Americans' medical debt

An Occupy Wall Street spin-off group has bought up $14.7 million worth of Americans' personal medical debt and forgiven it over the last year as part of its Rolling Jubilee project, the group announced Monday.<p>The Rolling Jubilee project, organized by Occupy Wall Street's Strike Debt group, has so …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Health Care