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Dangerous new Mac malware fully compromises OS X

Apple’s Mac systems have been exposed to a dangerous new piece of malware that allows attackers to take full control of OS X.<p>The new malware, dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor by security researchers, provides attackers with a backdoor into OS X systems by embedding a script into a fake file converter …

Mac App Store

Apple just launched 'the absolute best way to teach everyone to code'

Swift is already a smash hit: Over 100,000 apps have started using Swift to build at least some of their code, including Twitter, Uber, and Lyft, not least because Apple purpose-built it to be easy to learn.<p>Indeed, Swift has seen a lot of love from schools and classrooms everywhere. To keep that …

Tim Cook

In iOS 10, Photos adds Map view, automatic face recognition and object recognition

Apple will add advanced face and object recognition in iOS 10 Photos, as well as a Map view. Apple will relate together people, locations and other information to bring collections of photos without any user interventions — things like highlight reels, trips and more albums.<p>Apple presents these …

iOS

Apple adds voicemail transcription to iOS 10

Part of the updated Phone app, which also includes built-in spam detection<p>Apple announced a whole raft of new communication focused features with iOS 10 at WWDC today, but really, what we're most looking forward to are voicemail transcriptions. Why? Because voicemail transcriptions are either a) …

iOS

LinkedIn cancels Apple WWDC viewing party

LinkedIn has had a busy morning.<p>The company announced it would be acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion on the same day that Apple's developer conference kicked off at1 p.m.<p>LinkedIn had planned a viewing party in San Francisco so that its Apple developers could watch the World Wide Developers …

Wwdc

Underwater graveyard full of WWII planes is otherworldly

Underwater Plane Graveyard<p>For 70 years, World War II planes have been resting in peace at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.<p>Although divers have …

Scuba Diving

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.<p>For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's …

Neurophilosophy

Rats Taught to Detect Land Mines in Cambodia

Africa

How Greece Became European

The troubled relationship between modern Greeks and their neighbors to the north and west—sometime admirers, sometime lenders, sometime detractors—helps explain today’s crisis.<p>Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe?<p>The answer might seem obvious: The country is on …

Europe

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

We’ve adapted our reading habits to fit our screens, but at a cost.<p>Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the …

Your New Ride To Space

You don’t need a rocket to leave Earth. There’s a slower, gentler trip in the works—and it comes with a cocktail.<p>When Alan Eustace lifted off into space from the New Mexico desert this past October, it was with a quiet whoosh, and a slight jostle of his harness. The 57-year-old computer scientist …

The world's most powerful radio telescope: the Square Kilometre Array

The SKA, which will be split between sites in Australia and South Africa, will peer back into the ‘dark ages’ of the universe. No one knows what it will find there<p>• Radio silence in Western Australia for most powerful telescope in history<p>The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a huge project designed …

After Lengthy Mystery, Buckyballs Found In Interstellar Space

What's a nice molecule like you doing in a space like this?<p>There are buckyballs floating around in space! Not to be confused with toy magnets, buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules made up of 60 carbon atoms, affectionately named for their resemblance to the geodesic dome designs of …

Charon: The Mega-Moon With a Mountain in a Moat

Pluto’s largest moon, Charon, is almost as enigmatic as Pluto. As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft helps unveil the underworldly moon, most of its features are turning out to be more puzzling than expected.<p>Early images showed an unexpectedly dark polar cap, which scientists think could be the result …

Astronomy

FBI Director: ISIS Is Relying On Encryption to Recruit Americans and Order Killings

20 Christian Iraqis who fled ISIS are being detained in California, and no one knows why

The imprisoned Iraqis — known as Chaldeans— are being detained for an unusually long time with no explanation even though they have family members willing to sponsor them in San Diego County, according to Al Jazeera.<p>Mark Arabo, an activist for the Chaldean community in San Diego, told Al Jazeera …

Immigration

FBI: Data encryption is making it harder to hunt ISIS sympathizers

The testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee marked the latest front in a high-stakes dispute between the Obama administration and some of the world's most influential tech companies, placing squarely before Congress an ongoing discussion that shows no signs of an easy resolution. Senators, …

Privacy

ISIS is taking full advantage of the darkest corners of the internet

"The tools we are asked to use are increasingly ineffective," Comey told a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. "ISIL says go kill, go kill...we are stopping these things so far...but it is incredibly difficult."<p>The FBI wants tech companies using end-t0-end encryption, such as …

Privacy

Iraqi Christians Form Babylonian Brigades Militia, Battle ISIS

Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by ISIS have formed their own militia and are fighting alongside their "Muslim brothers" to retake their homeland from the extremists.<p>The 1,000-strong Babylonian Brigades is the only Christian militia under the Shiite-dominated umbrella group of volunteer …

Mesopotamia

Isis launches Russian-language propaganda channel

Islamic State’s social media and video efforts have stepped up, part of a region-wide effort to sign up youths to fight take up the black flag. RFE/RL reports<p>The militant group Islamic State has stepped up its Russian-language propaganda efforts, another sign it is becoming more powerful in the …

Iraq says operation to retake Anbar province underway

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi troops and Shi‘ite Muslim militia forces attacked Islamic State fighters on several fronts on Monday in Anbar, the country’s largest province, at the start of what is likely to be a long and fiercely contested offensive.<p>A spokesman for the joint operations command said the …

Islamic State (ISIS)
Middle East

Iran's conservatives take aim at nuclear deal

South Asia

Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra talks Apple copycat ‘melodrama,’ more in Bloomberg interview [Video]

As smartphones grow in popularity in emerging markets, Hugo Barra has very publicly spoken for Xiaomi, the Chinese-based technology company that he left Google to join as Vice President of International in September 2013. Today, he sat down with <i>Bloomberg</i> to talk about many topcis, including …

Mobile Technology

Samsung reportedly in talks with cell providers to launch new ‘e-SIM’ cards

With the launch of the latest iPad model, Apple debuted its own SIM card that allows users to choose between three different cell carriers and change service on-the-fly. Rumors that such a card could be included in the next iPhone appeared almost immediately, and now a new report confirms that …

Mobile

Reddit Takes Stand Against ‘Unfettered Free Speech’

Reddit is clamping down on controversial content.<p>The popular website’s CEO Steve Huffman fielded questions on Thursday in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) …

YouTube and mobile ads drove strong revenue growth for Google last quarter

Google just released its financials for Q2 2015, the first such release the company is making under the guidance of new CFO Ruth Porat. The company made revenues of $17.7 billion, an 11 percent year-over-year increase. While Google's still growing, things have slowed a bit since last year, though — …

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